Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living

  • Initiating Fitness

    by Jim Fox | September 10, 2009

    Have you been overwhelmed lately by the speed with which many changes have manifested in your life? Instead of feeling like a victim trying to adjust to each dramatic change coming at you, why don't you empower yourself by creating change within yourself? A very old tradition of medicine called Ayurveda states, "Heal Thyself." Read more

  • The Role Nutritious Food Plays in Weight Control

    by Ellen Kittredge | September 7, 2009

    I have found in my work with weight-loss clients that teaching just the simple act of becoming more present with each meal by slowing down, taking a breath before lifting each forkful to the mouth, and truly tasting, savoring, and enjoying every bite of food, can bring about 2-3 pounds of weight loss in just one week. Read more

  • I Love Summer Tomatoes!

    by Paula Gallagher | September 2, 2009

    Is there anything better than a warm tomato picked from your garden? Okay, maybe there are a few things, but when you are biting into this ripe red fruit, it's hard to think of what they may be. I know that not everyone is lucky enough to have tomatoes growing in their backyards, but your local farmers’ markets are brimming with them, so there is no excuse not to enjoy locally grown tomatoes. Read more

  • Birth Control Pills and Supplements, Part 1: B Vitamins

    by Christine Gonzalez | August 24, 2009

    If you are currently on birth control pills (the pill), you should consider taking a B-complex supplement. While it is best to get your B vitamins from a healthy and balanced diet, the reality is sometimes you may fall short. This is often the case for superwomen trying to balance a career and personal life in stressful times. You may also need to supplement other vitamins and minerals while on the pill, but I will cover these in future blogs. For today, the focus is on B vitamins-specifically B-6 (pyridoxine), folic acid, and riboflavin (B-2).

    Most birth control pills are a combination of an estrogen and a progestin. The estrogens in the pill can affect the metabolism of B-6. A Tufts University study, published in the May 2008 issue of the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that contraceptive-using women of child-bearing age had lower plasma levels of B-6. There are a few ways that the estrogens in the pill can deplete folic acid. These include decreasing absorption, increasing metabolism, and increasing excretion (removal from the body). The pill can also decrease the body’s absorption of riboflavin or its conversion to the active forms used by the body.

    The B vitamins are a group of vitamins and vitamin-like compounds that naturally occur together and work together. This is why you see them packaged together in B-complex supplements. If there is a deficiency in one of the B vitamins, then there is often a deficiency in the others. This is why it is best to supplement with a B-complex that contains the whole group of them for best coverage of a potential depletion and to keep the body’s balance of them in check. The B vitamins are involved in maintaining healthy nerves, eyes, hair and skin, sex glands, sebaceous glands and bone marrow. They are involved with appetite and digestion, hormone production, and prevent anemia.

    Low B-6 levels may cause symptoms of depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance and irritability. Interestingly, these are also known side effects of the pill. Symptoms of folic acid deficiency include fatigues, weakness, headache, difficulty concentrating, palpitations, and diarrhea. A bigger concern with low folic acid is the risk of neural tube birth defects in the developing fetus when a woman gets off the pill and is trying to conceive. Some symptoms of riboflavin deficiency include sore throat, cracking around the lips, mouth sores, eye irritation, and skin dermatitis.

    Keep in mind that part of the reason that research results are conflicting regarding B vitamin depletion from the pill is because there is a lot of variability from blood analyses. Some feel that this may not be the most accurate or sensitive measure of your nutritional status. It is also assumed that women taking the “pill” eat a healthy and balanced diet. But this may not always be true. As a reminder, here are some good sources of B vitamins:

    B-6: Fish, poultry, meat, whole grains, potatoes, sweet potatoes, brewer's yeast.

    Folic acid: Liver, dark green leafy and stem vegetables, dried beans.

    Riboflavin: Milk, meat, poultry, fish, dark green leafy vegetables, organ meats, enriched grains and cereals.

    After reviewing various studies and expert opinions, this is my conclusion on the need for a B-complex supplement while on the pill. I think a B-complex supplement is wise for women on the pill who eat a not-so healthy diet and take a high-dose pill (a product with more than 50 mcg of an estrogen). It is also good insurance for most other women on the pill, especially those who plan to conceive once off the pill. Please feel free to consult with a Village Green practitioner on which B-complex supplement is best for your needs. And stay tuned for Parts Two and Three on this topic…

  • Is Healthcare Reform Taking the Right Approach?

    by Marc Isaacson, President, Village Green Apothecary | August 20, 2009

    This is part 2 of a series of blog posts by Marc Isaacson, CEO/President of Village Green Apothecary, who is deeply concerned about including prevention and healthy living in our country’s plan for healthcare reform.

    Clearly the healthcare system is broken. The big challenge is that the current system is designed around treating symptoms and patients with a “one size fits all” approach.”

    The current plan may be part of the right approach, but it certainly is not the complete package and not sustainable long-term if this is the only approach.

    The essence of the pending plan is built around competition and cost management. The thinking to-date is to have a public plan option that will be priced very competitively and provide competition to private insurance plans.

    There will also be subsidies and tax credits to make healthcare more affordable across-the-board, with additional incentives for small businesses, as well as those in low-income brackets.

    But is this plan sustainable long-term?

    With the proposed plan, there appears to be the potential for initial cost savings of up to 15-20% in some segments, such as small business. We will also have significantly more uninsured individuals covered, which is needed.  Read more


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