Now that we have more access to the sun (only for a few brief months) how much Vitamin D do I need?”
This was asked by a patient of mine this week and it’s a great question! I will make this short, sweet and to the point. There are four required supplements for optimal health:

  1. Omega-3 Fish Oil
  2. Probiotic
  3. Vitamin D
  4. Whole Food (Multivitamin/Mineral) Supplement

If you look at the landscape of our food, we cannot get enough of these vital nutrients from our daily food intake.  We must supplement them. As far as Vitamin D is concerned, you need 1000 IU’s (international units) for every 40 lbs. of bodyweight. I recommend Vitamin D in the liquid form either in organic olive oil or organic coconut oil.

“What if I am in the sun or go to the beach?” Another great question. If you are able to get 30 minutes of un-blocked (no sun screen) to large parts of your body (back, chest, thighs) then you do not have to take your Vitamin D for that day. If you go to the beach and are under the umbrella or have a 30 block sunscreen on all day then you will still need to take your Vitamin D. Hope this helps…have a happy, healthy summer.


Statins (Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, etc..) are widely accepted in the public and medical community to  “help” reduce your risk of heart disease, unfortunately it has never been proved in the medical literature. This one topic has many books and websites dedicated to it so I will not labor the point. If you are curious check out the longest running and perhaps most famous health study: The Framingham Study- it demonstrated that the intake of cholesterol in the diet had absolutely no correlation with heart disease!! NO CORRELATION!

If the last paragraph wasn’t bad enough…the makers of “cholesterol lower drugs” were very well aware of the fact that while lowering your cholesterol numbers the satins also stopped production of your CoEnzyme Q10. Why is this important you ask? CoQ10 is one of the most vital nutrients for our bodies and it responsible for energy production in the cell. In addition to energy production it also plays a major role as an anti-oxidant.

Lets put this all together…your doctor put you on a statin to reduce your risk of heart disease (please find out the truth) and the drug that he/she puts you on greatly reduces your energy production AND reduces your anti-oxidant fighting abilities! Bottom line: if you take a statin you must supplement with CoEnzyme Q10. We carry an excellent CoQ10 by Designs for Health.


University research shows that 50% of people taking multivitamins are still nutritionally deficient! Vitamin and mineral deficiencies have been linked to the following:

  • Suppressed function of your immune system
  • Degenerative processes such as arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes

You may be contributing to a vitamin and mineral deficiency with your multivitamin as well as the food you currently eat. Anytime you consume something processed (any type of food that comes from a box, package, plastic, etc..-bread, bagel, rice, pasta, cereal) your body requires vitamins, minerals and digestive enzymes to digest this type of food. Unfortunately, processed food is dead and has little to no vitamins, minerals or enzymes (VME’s). Even though the processed food does not contain VME’s your body still requires them in order to digest the food, so where does the body get the VME’s ? It robs them from your body!!! This means when you continually eat processed food your body runs on a vitamin and mineral deficiency. The food you are eating may be causing some of the diseases you are trying to avoid!

In order to reverse this situation stop eating processed foods and start eating more vegetables and fruit…both contain vitamins, minerals and enzymes, especially in the raw form. Also get a Micronutrient Test done. A Micronutrient Test is a simple blood test that tells you exactly what deficiencies you have…it may be the most important decision you make about your health. Call the office today to get one scheduled: 978-774-4468.


If you are a Type 2 Diabetic and take the drug Metformin then you have a nutrient deficiency of the following nutrients: Vitamin B12, Folic Acid and CoEnzyme Q10. Some of the potential health problems that arise from these specific deficiencies are cardiovascular disease, weakened immune system, tiredness, weakness, etc..


The good news is that Type 2 Diabetes is 100% reversible and preventable. It does require that you exercise on a regular basis and reduce your processed carbohydrate consumption. When the body consumes carbohydrates it breaks down into glucose molecules, as far as the body is concerned there is no difference between a glass of orange juice, a candy bar and a slice of bread. Be aware as you start to make improvements to your diet. The last thing you want to do is to start your day with a bowl of oatmeal and a glass of orange juice-way too many processed carbohydrates for one meal especially for a Type 2 Diabetic. If you continue to eat this way you will be heading towards Type 1 soon enough. A better breakfast, for a Type 2 Diabetic, would be two eggs cooked in coconut oil and a cup of berries (blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries). This will give much less of an insulin spike and provide more nutrients to your body.


To promote strong bones throughout your life, it is recommended that everyone consume calcium on a daily basis. For adults between the ages of 19-50 they should consume 1000mg of calcium per day. If you are over 50 you should consume 1200mg per day.

When most people think of calcium we immediately think of milk as the ideal source. Unfortunately, milk does not do the body good as we once thought. In fact, milk is not the best source of calcium.

According to Annemarie Colbin, PhD, author of Food and Our Bones states, “You see the most fractures in countries that drink a lot of milk,” she says. “I am not too keen on dairy.” She goes on to mention that if look at animals with the largest bones (cows & elephants) they eat leafy plants.

In order to have healthy bones the largest part of your diet should consist of leafy green vegetables, both cooked and raw. Some of the best examples are spinach, broccoli, and kale. These greens not only give you calcium but also provide vitamin K, potassium and other minerals, which are essential to bone growth.

Here is an example of food with high amounts of calcium:

  • Cup of spinach-245 mg
  • Quarter cup of sesame seeds- 351 mg
  • Two cups of broccoli- 124 mg
  • One cup of kale- 94 mg
  • One ounce of almonds- 75mg

It is recommended to spread your calcium intake throughout the day. To absorb calcium optimally, most experts recommend consuming 500mg or less at each meal or snack.


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