Dr. Crew Review | Collagen

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Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body, making up the structure of our bones, tissues, tendons and more. However, over time collagen breaks down in our body. In this episode of the Dr. Crew Review, Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN, and Dr. Alex Keller, ND, dive into the different types of collagen supplements that you can find at naturalpartners.com.

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Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women's health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women's Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the 'Daphne Blayden' award for her 'Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.



Dr. Alex Keller, ND

Dr. Alex Keller, ND is the Medical Director at Fullscript and oversees the Integrative Medical Advisory division. Prior to joining Fullscript, he helped establish two integrative healthcare clinics in Ottawa, Canada, one with a focus on sports medicine and the other on rural family care. He currently maintains an active practice at both clinics.

In 2015, he converted an old equestrian farm into a certified organic produce farm where he and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Keller, ND, host workshops and retreats connecting people with organic food and botanical medicine. In his spare time, he competes in ultra-marathon trail races and is learning the ropes of being a father to his son Oliver!




Why Is My Pee Yellow?


If you’ve ever taken supplements, you may have noticed a change in the color of your urine to bright yellow. Bright yellow, almost fluorescent, urine is a very common side effect, particularly when taking multivitamin and B complex supplements. A common misconception is that bright yellow urine is an indication that your supplements are worthless and aren’t providing any of the desired beneficial effects.

More often than not, the bright yellow color is simply a result of excess vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin. Riboflavin can be found in foods such as beef, dairy, eggs, and fortified grains. The discovery of this yellow pigment can be traced back to 1872 when chemist Alexander Wynter Blyth noticed a pigment in milk that was yellow-green. The word “flavin” is actually derived from the Latin word “flavus”, meaning “yellow”.

Unlike fat-soluble vitamins which can be stored in fat in the body, vitamin B2 is water-soluble and is excreted, primarily through the urine, when your body has absorbed as much as it can. This explains the bright yellow urine you may experience after taking certain supplements. Taking your supplements in divided doses throughout the day can help maximize absorption and ensure you benefit from the full recommended dose.

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I’m Taking Supplements, Why Don’t I Feel Different


I’m taking supplements: Why don’t I feel different?

As a growing number of people are turning to integrative medicine to address their health concerns, many individuals are being introduced to the world of dietary supplements. If you have taken or been prescribed a supplement, you may have asked yourself this question: “I’m taking supplements. Why don’t I feel different?” In order to address this common question, we must first highlight the difference between conventional and integrative approaches to medicine.

A conventional approach

Conventional medicine takes a “reductionistic” approach to medicine, which addresses the symptoms associated with a condition or disease. The approach generally involves a diagnosis, followed by a prescribed treatment, often a pharmaceutical medication.

As adults, we’ve likely all taken pharmaceutical medications at one point in our lives. The goal of these fast-acting pharmaceuticals, like that of conventional medicine, is specifically to address the symptoms of a condition or disease. For example, your doctor might prescribe a beta-blocker to lower your high blood pressure or an anti-anxiety medication to relieve symptoms of anxiety. While pharmaceutical intervention is sometimes necessary, especially in cases of emergency, pharmaceuticals do not address the root cause of a condition. In part, this highlights the difference between conventional and integrative systems of medicine.

An integrative approach

Integrative medicine, on the other hand, does not address the symptoms of a disease, but focuses primarily on prevention, as well as addressing the root cause of an individual’s health concerns. Integrative medicine takes into account the whole person, assessing several factors that may impact an individual’s health, including dietary, lifestyle, environmental and even psychological aspects. This system of medicine strives to balance the body, minimize symptoms, and prevent diseases. If you’ve seen an integrative health practitioner, they’ve likely provided a comprehensive plan or protocol, including dietary, lifestyle and sometimes supplement recommendations.

The role of supplements

A supplement, by definition, is something that completes or enhances something else when added to it. This means that supplements are not meant to provide a quick fix, but to support your overall wellness plan. In some cases, you may notice a difference in the way you feel after taking a supplement. For example, if you are iron deficient, supplementing your diet with iron may help improve energy levels and other symptoms of iron deficiency. However, in many cases, you may not notice an immediate result, especially when supplements are used as a preventive measure. For example, an individual with an aggressive strain of HPV taking curcumin may not feel the effects of the supplement. However, at the cellular level, curcumin can help to slow or limit the viral activity and also support the tumor suppressing gene T53.

In the end, it’s important to remember that just because you don’t immediately feel the effects of a supplement, it can still be beneficial and supportive to your comprehensive wellness plan. When in doubt, an integrative practitioner can help you determine which supplements are best for you.

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Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women's health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women's Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the 'Daphne Blayden' award for her 'Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.


3 Natural Remedies To Have On Hand Before Heading To The Clinic

You know how it goes.  You wake up, head is heavy, and something feels a little off. You take a swallow and the prickles of pain run down your throat.  YOU ARE SICK.  However, you also have a family, a deadline and a very important meeting in a few days.

Let’s face it -there is never a good time to get sick, and being sick can suck up a lot of time. If you don’t get better quick, there is time off work, cancellation of important events and scheduling a trip to the clinic. If you want to recover from your flu or head cold quicker, read on and learn to rely on minerals, plants and bugs!

Zinc: The research on the mineral zinc's effect on pathogens is a bit inconsistent, but many studies show a strong protective effect. A 2011 analysis of clinical trials found that oral zinc helps to reduce the length and severity of colds when taken within 24 hours after symptoms start. The Cochrane Review found that zinc reduced both the duration and severity of symptoms of the common cold. And using zinc helped prevent colds, leading to fewer school absences and less antibiotic use by children.  Look for zinc in lozenges, syrups or capsules.

Elderberry: For centuries, elderberry has been one of the top natural remedies for flu and cold symptoms.  In fact, in 1995, elderberry juice treated the flu epidemic in Panama. It also contains immune-fighting nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, flavonoids, and carotenoids.

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the Journal of International Medical Research in 2004, elderberry extract proved to be an effective, safe and cost-effective natural flu treatment. For the study, 60 Norwegian patients suffering from flu-like symptoms for 48 hours or less received 15 ml of elderberry or placebo syrup four times daily for a five-day period. Elderberry extract significantly reduced flu symptoms four days earlier compared to those receiving the placebo.

Probiotics: There are thought to be trillions of microorganisms living in the intestines and digestive tract. It comprises up to 90% of the immune system. Many substances destroy the good bacteria in your digestive tract, including antibiotic use, birth control pills, steroidal and hormonal drugs, heavy exposure to chlorine and fluoride, carbonated beverages, coffee, radiation, stress, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, additives and preservatives. That being said, probiotics are good bacteria that can effectively boost your immune system, which can prevent and treat cold and flu symptoms.

In a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition earlier this year, University of Florida researchers found that probiotic supplementation, especially bifidobacteria, will decrease the incidence of the flu during the fall and winter months. The study included 581 students and found that there were significantly fewer flu infections over a six-week period. Students taking bifidobacteria also had less-severe flus when they did get the virus.

IF you do happen to fall to the flu or a head cold, be prepared!   I recommend having a flu and cold first aid kit so you can use these all-natural ingredients immediately at the sign of sickness and get back into your normal schedule ASAP!

References:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/250310880_Cochrane_Review_Zinc_for_the_common_cold

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15080016

Langkamp-Henken B, Rowe CC, Ford AL, Christman MC, Nieves C Jr, Khouri L, Specht GJ, Girard SA, Spaiser SJ, Dahl WJ. Bifidobacterium bifidum R0071 results in a greater proportion of healthy days and a lower percentage of academically stressed students reporting a day of cold/flu: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Br J Nutr. 2015 Feb 14;113(3):426-34. doi: 10.1017/S0007114514003997.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women's health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women's Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the 'Daphne Blayden' award for her 'Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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