Grey Hair Linked with Increased Heart Disease Risk in Men

Grey Hair Linked with Increased Heart Disease Risk in Men

You thought of your grey hair as a cosmetic burden to deal with, along with being an outright nuisance … and considered that to be plenty to contend with. Now it turns out that the grey is so more than “hair strand deep!” It’s now been shown, confirming what many thought already, myself included, that grey hair also meant that your insides were, at least theoretically, greying as well!

Yes – we now must add a dangerous veneer to the pain of greying hair, as it has been shown in men (ladies this most definitely should apply to you too, though your gender has yet to be studied) that it indicates a very real increased risk of cardiovascular events.

But why would this be? Why should grey strands on your noggin foretell of a disastrous heart attack or stroke? The reason for this correlation is so simple to grasp. Grey hair is a sign of oxidative stress, of an imbalance favoring free radicals! Free radicals are molecules carrying an unmatched electron,

making it exist in a state of oxidative stress – it needs an electron to balance its charge and neutralize it! It’s now an oxidant in search of an antioxidant!

In women in menopause in particular, lack of estrogen predisposes to oxidative stress and lots of free radicals. Another way to think of this is that grey hair is a sign of inflammation!! And inflammation breeds disease! If oxidative stress and free radicals exist in one place in the body, you can be safe extrapolate  that they exist everywhere! And free radicals at the level of the scalp leads to a state of inflammation and oxidative stress at the hair follicle – and hence the greying of hair!

Rather than freaking out about this, better to just swallow and take the steps needed to reduce your level of inflammation and be grateful you know the score prior to a bad event! Together we can lower your state of inflammation and lower your risk of a cardiovascular event (heart attack or stroke, or heart or kidney failure … down the line!)

With a whole foods, organic diet, filled with fiber and an array of vegetables and fruits, along with exercise, proper sleep, stress control, and detoxification – your body can be restored to a much healthier state.

And will the grey hair disappear? This has yet to be tested … so let’s see how your hair reacts!! No promises for the hair, but for sure your arteries will smile!!!


Hormonal contraceptives and hair dyes increase breast cancer risk

Hormonal Contraceptives and Hair Dyes Increase Breast Cancer Risk | University of Helsinki

I’m anti the use of Progestin embedded IUDs (intrauterine devices), and have been for a long time. Here is now another reason, based on a just published study from Finland. There are several such IUDs, which are different from the copper containing ones.

The progestin containing IUD was found to increase the risk of breast cancer by 52% in postmenopausal women. Granted this is a retrospective observational study … but it makes sense to me!! With such an IUD, you’re putting into the uterus a progesterone endocrine disruptor! Progestins (phony progesterone) block the natural and protective effects of real progesterone!! These IUDs do not contain hormones … but rather contain “anti-hormones,” toxic substances which interfere with real hormones. After all, that’s their purpose – to prevent the natural hormones of the female body from being produced and working in the ways intended for females to work!

I’m also anti oral, and otherwise delivered, chemical endocrine disruptors, known as birth control pills!! These apparently increase the risk of breast cancer by about a third. I’ve been opposed to them for some time as well. It’s especially horrifying that we place these acknowledged toxins into the bodies of young teen girls, whose bodies have not yet fully matured … including their brains!

It’s no wonder that in the USA that over a quarter of adult women use SSRI’s for depression! Of course there are other toxins entering the brains of women, and lots of other issues as well, but often women are kept, unaware of the risks, on those disgusting BCP chemicals for decades!!

I know I’m full of venum on this topic … but why on earth is no one questioning this practice and thinking about the true ramifications of such a thing? Well … at least in Finland there are some who feel as I do!!

And we won’t go over the issue of mammography right now! That was also mentioned in the study. That’s another giant topic for another day!

I know I’m an outlier on the use of chemical endocrine disruptors as contraceptives. I am universally opposed to the intentional placement of endocrine disruptors in humans.

As for the hair dye issue – at the very least, those who do dye their hair should know what the risks are. That’s the entire point of informed consent – to understand the opening and make choices intelligently, with full awareness of the options and risks!

PS: I’m on the fence now … as I do dye my hair … in this regard I’m a phony! I will immediately look into natural wash-in hair coloring. I want to be true to my pronouncements!

B’s Block Smog’s Damaging Effects

B’s Block Smog’s Damaging Effects

Air pollution is bad for you, and while most of us think in terms of coughing, wheezing, and watery eyes; the effects go way beyond this. In fact, exposure to high levels of air pollution are associated with significantly increased rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, dementia, and cancer. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) air pollution kills approximately 3 million people per year and is considered the greatest environmental risk to health.

While we may not know how air pollution does all its damage on the cellular and molecular levels, we are beginning to understand how it does some of its dirty work – and we’re finding ways to fight back!

A case in point is a new study just published by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. It showed that at least some of pollution’s harmful effects are the result of inflammation and oxidative stress induced by epigenetic changes made to genes involved in mitochondrial oxidative energy metabolism. (Epigenetics refers to the “turning on and off” of specific genes through the methylation process, and not the mutation, or changing, of the underlying DNA.)

Basically, they exposed ten healthy adults to three different levels of air quality for 2-hour stretches of time while also giving them sham or vitamin B supplementation. First, the subjects breathed clean air and received supplementation placebos. Next, they were exposed to “hazardous” levels of polluted air and again given supplementation placebos. Lastly, the subjects were instructed to breathe polluted air, but this time were given supplements containing three different B vitamins – folic acid, B6, and B12.

So, what did they find out? First, they confirmed that breathing polluted air increased epigenetic changes to the genes controlling mitochondrial oxidative energy metabolism. It seems that compromising mitochondrial function in this way leads to inflammation and oxidative stress. Second, they discovered that giving B vitamins was an effective way to prevent and, in fact, reverse this epigenetic damage.

What does this mean for you?

While it’s certainly true that most of us don’t live in areas with hazardously high levels of pollution, over 90% of the world’s population lives in areas where pollution exceeds the WHO’s recommended level for healthy air. We start from a base of bad quality – Southern California is no exception – and things get worse. If you get stuck in traffic on the freeway, if your office building (or your children’s’ school) backs up to a highway, if you fire up the grill this summer, or if you decide to visit cities in India, China, or Iran (just to name a few); you’re probably way over the limit of safe exposure.

What should you do?

While the best advice is to eat a healthy diet with lots of B vitamins – leafy green vegetables and beans are rich in folic acid, B6 can be found in fish, beef liver and starchy vegetables, and B12 is abundant in fish, meat, eggs and milk – sometimes this isn’t enough. To be on the safe side, especially if you have genetic issues with methylation – you may want to take a high-quality B vitamin supplement. Check with us to see which one suits your specific needs best.

Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women


Approximately two weeks ago, we were all shocked by a story appearing in the national news media warning that women taking vitamins had a higher mortality than women not taking vitamins. Subsequent to this, many patients called our office, concerned that their use of vitamins and supplements might be dangerous. In response to these concerns, we are forwarding one of the many well-reasoned rebuttals that appeared after this story was published.

Our take on this matter is no different from the position we have always held. We believe that good lifestyle choices – based on sound principles of good nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, minimizing exposure to environmental toxins, adequate amounts of sleep, and an upbeat emotional attitude – are the mainstays of a long, healthy, and happy life.

Nevertheless, obtaining adequate vitamins and minerals on a daily basis is a challenge for many people. Fast foods, processed foods, and our continued exposure to high levels of environmental toxins combine to make high-quality vitamin/mineral supplements a good idea.

Of course, all vitamins and supplements should be of the highest quality – low quality, hard-pressed vitamin tablets filled with suspect binders and synthetic (not bio-identical) vitamins are not a good choice. Although the study could not appropriately draw any conclusions due to its poor design, the best conclusion one could draw from this flare-up of silly science and media headline mongering would be that it is best to avoid substandard quality in supplements.

Below is an excerpt from the rebuttal written by an expert on supplements, Dr. Alan Miller, Director of Medical Education and Research at Thorne Research, Inc.

Felice L. Gersh, M.D.
Medical Director
Integrative Medical Group of Irvine

A recent study, “Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women,” published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 2011, Volume 171(18):1625-1633, has caused some concern among the public about the safety of dietary supplements. We have thoroughly reviewed this study and share the following analysis in order to help you better understand the study’s design and its findings, and to help allay any concerns you may have.

The Study’s Design

This study is an analysis of data gleaned from 38,772 postmenopausal Caucasian women enrolled in the then-ongoing Iowa Women’s Health Study. The data for the study is based on the responses obtained through a self-administered questionnaire initially distributed in 1986, with two follow-up questionnaires distributed over the next 18 years, in 1997 and 2004. The questionnaires inquired about lifestyle practices, food intake, dietary supplement use, weight, smoking status, hormone replacement therapy, and the presence of diabetes or heart disease.

Although study participants were asked about their intake of dietary supplements, the study did not report how much of any specific nutrient was consumed. Nor was information elicited from the women regarding the chemical form of the supplement (e.g., picolinate versus sulfate) or the quality of the supplements that were taken. Furthermore, although the women were asked whether they took a “multivitamin,” the study does not define this term; i.e., the mineral, vitamin, and botanical content of the study’s universal “multivitamin” cannot be determined.

Finally, no attempt was made to verify the accuracy of the answers provided in the questionnaires, nor were any of the participating women asked why they were taking supplements, and no attempt was made to determine the impact of taking-or not taking-supplements on any specific individual.

One possible flaw to consider: it is well known that when an individual is diagnosed with a serious disease, such as cardiovascular disease or cancer, beginning or increasing the use of dietary supplements occurs commonly. If the new or increased supplement use were reported on a questionnaire and then subsequent mortality resulted because of the underlying disease, the situation could very possibly exist such that the individual’s death, while properly attributed to the disease, would also be “associated” with the use of a dietary supplement. Such an erroneous scenario is a highly likely flaw in the study’s design.

The Study’s Findings

The results of the study’s analysis claim to show a slightly higher risk of all-cause mortality associated with the use of multivitamins, iron, and copper. In weighing the pills3-150x102 study’s findings, however, it must be emphasized that the Iowa Women’s Health Study is a retrospective study of already collected data. It is not a prospective, controlled intervention study, i.e., it is not a “clinical trial,” in which participants would be given a specific dietary supplement or a placebo and then followed closely over time to observe not only the specific outcomes but also the factors possibly contributing to those outcomes.

As can only be surmised retrospectively, individual circumstances change over time, and a significant number of the women participants likely either changed or began new dietary supplement regimens over the course of the 18 years they were studied. And since there was no direct contact with the participants outside of the mailed questionnaires, general information surrounding individual deaths had to be obtained from public records; it was not ascertained by direct medical investigation.

With regard to iron and copper, it has been known for decades that both metals can be potentially toxic, as exemplified by the multi-system disease states that can result from hemochromatosis and Wilson’s disease, respectively. For this reason, many postmenopausal women, like men, probably should not take an iron supplement in the absence of anemia or a documented deficiency. At the very least, iron and copper supplements should be taken concurrently with antioxidants and/or antioxidant-rich foods to prevent a potential increase in oxidative stress. Each of these circumstances points to the merits of dietary supplements being recommended and overseen by medical professionals.

With regard to multivitamins, there is simply insufficient data that can be gleaned from the study to make any serious conclusion about the impact of multivitamins on mortality. This is due to the fact that there are literally thousands of different combinations of vitamins, minerals, and botanicals that can be considered a “multivitamin,” as well as a whole host of considerations such as quality, potency, dosage, protocol, and indications for use, among others.

Practitioner and Patient Concerns

We believe there are serious flaws in the methodology, analysis, and findings on which this study is based. Retrospective surveys such as this-in which people are asked to recall years of dietary habits or supplement use-are notoriously inaccurate. The only conclusion that can realistically be drawn is that a slight statistical association was found based on a limited data set of questionable reliability-and a simple association does not reflect causation. The study’s authors do not disagree, stating the following in their commentary to the study: “It is not advisable to make a causal statement of excess risk based on these observational data…” We heartily agree with this advice.

When made by a quality manufacturer, when recommended by a knowledgeable health-care practitioner, and when taken for the appropriate indication, dietary supplements promote, enhance, support, and help maintain overall good health and well-being. The “results” of the recent study do not diminish this conclusion.

Additional commentaries on this study are available at:

The Alliance for Natural Health

The Council for Responsible Nutrition

Why Eating Gluten Can Be Reproductive Suicide for Women

The incidence of infertility is rising and innumerable women are experiencing menstrual dysfunction of varying types while their OB/GYN doctors scratch their collective heads and send them off to get IVF treatments or just put them on birth control pills when pregnancy is not desired. Sadly, most of these women will never be properly diagnosed with the real cause of their problems-gluten sensitivity.

Gluten sensitivity is now recognized as a very common genetic condition, capable of developing at any age. It is acknowledged in learned circles as a significant cause of reproductive and hormonal problems in both men and women. It is my opinion that EVERY SINGLE WOMAN with chronic menstrual dysfunctions, otherwise unexplained infertility and any autoimmune condition should be considered as possibly gluten sensitive and thoroughly evaluated and tried on a gluten-free diet.