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We have a new DXA Machine with a great new feature.  We can do body composition with BodyLogic (by Hologic).

Traditional body composition is a skin-fold pinch or BMI.  Both are often highly misleading.  (Most professional athletes are “obese” or “morbidly obese” by BMI because they have too much muscle.)  Newer systems like bio-impedance or immersion can give fairly accurate measures of total lean and total fat.  These were a big step forward, but BodyLogic goes way beyond that.

BodyLogic separates lean into bone and muscle.  It can even give a good estimate of the volume of each muscle group.  This has made it useful in assessing athletes as they train for specific sports.  Professional teams, and a growing number of Division I NCAA teams now track their players’ progress routinely.

BodyLogic body composition is also useful to recreational athletes and members of the fitness community who want to track their muscle development and fat loss.  The biggest advantage is that it can measure metabolic health by differentiating healthy fat and unhealthy fat.

“Love handles” are sub-cutaneous white fat which is actually healthy fat when present in moderation.  We dislike them because we can see them, but they do little harm.  What we cannot see is what can really hurt us.

Visceral Adipose Tissue is unhealthy yellow fat inside the abdomen and chest.  Too much of this can lead to diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis and metabolic syndrome.  More about VAT and how to change it next time.

Jay Ginther, MD

 

Treating Fibromyalgia with Nutrition

March 31, 2018 @ 8:09 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

I was asked about treatments for Fibromyalgia.  Pain clinics have injections and pharmaceuticals that often help, but not always enough.  I approach from a different angle.

Fibromyalgia is a collection of many different maladies that are  magnifying each other.  They are very difficult to untangle.  Treating all aspects of the pain is the key to success.

I have actually “cured” fibromyalgia only 4 times, but usually I can decrease the pain enough that other measures will work better than before. 

The key is understanding that pain often is nerves misbehaving, magnifying the intensity of unpleasant stimuli.  This is neuropathy or neuralgia.  These conditions are made much worse by nutritional deficits.

B1, B6, B12 and Folate are key nutrients for nerve function.  Controlling diabetes is also important.  Low calcium, potassium or magnesium cause cramping and pain.  These should ALL be checked.

Vitamin D is often overlooked as essential for nerve function.  Low vitamin D will cause depression, malaise, nerve malfunction and increased pain.  I aim for a vitamin D level of 70 ng/ml – higher than needed for bone health, but completely safe.  If your level is very low you may need megadoses, well above 5000 IU daily.

Take Control Naturally with Vitamin D3, as well as B1, B6, B12, Folate, Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium.

Jay Ginther, MD

National Osteoporosis Prevention Month

May 5, 2017 @ 10:40 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

May is National Osteoporosis Month.  That should be National Osteoporosis Prevention Month.  Or perhaps National Bone Health Optimization Month.

Click on the helpful link to National Osteoporosis Foundation to learn more.

Take Control Naturally by following the posts from earlier this year.  And get a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.

Jay Ginther, MD

“I want to treat my bone health entirely naturally – without any “artificial” medications.”  That might be possible if you are among the less than half of all women not destined to suffer one or more fragility fractures without medication.  Your odds are certainly better if you take all the measures outlined over the past weeks.

Years ago Osteoporosis was rarely a problem.  100 years ago most people died before age 65.  200 years ago most people died before age 40.  We live too long to avoid the natural decline in bone health.  (I would rather live long and deal with medications).

When I was in medical school (45 years ago) we lived entirely naturally in terms of bone health.  Most woman, and some men, became stooped forward with “humpback” kyphosis until they fell, broke a hip and either died or were shipped to a nursing home forever.  There was nothing we could do to prevent that.

Now we know a bunch of natural things we can do to postpone that scenario, but we cannot prevent it entirely in many people without adding medication.  Adding medication may be “cheating”, but I would rather stay active and enjoy life.

Take Control Naturally as long as you can, but evaluate your bone health periodically and add osteoporosis medication when your fracture risk rises.

Jay Ginther, MD