Thursday, April 23, 2020

Benefits of Vitamins, Herbs, Minerals, and Other Supplements

Consider taking the following as daily supplements. (Always consult with your health provider before adding any new supplement to your regimen.)


Calcium is crucial in growing new bone and maintaining bone strength. Calcium supplements are standard for treating and preventing osteoporosis -- weak and easily broken bones -- and its precursor, osteopenia.

Calcium is used for many other conditions. It's an ingredient in many antacids. Doctors also use calcium to control high levels of magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium in the blood. There's good evidence that calcium can help prevent or control high blood pressure. It also may reduce PMS symptoms as well as play a role in preventing certain cancers. According to some research, calcium with vitamin D, for instance, may help protect against breast cancer in premenopausal women. Other research, however, has not come to this conclusion. Calcium also has been looked at for other uses, for example, aiding weight loss. But so far, these studies have been inconclusive.

The people at highest risk of a calcium deficiency are postmenopausal women. Since dairy products are one of the most common sources of calcium, people who are lactose intolerant or vegan are also at increased risk of calcium deficiency. (WebMD, November 13, 2018).


CoQ10 - Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant that your body produces naturally. Your cells use CoQ10 for growth and maintenance. Levels of CoQ10 in your body decrease as you age. CoQ10 levels have also been found to be lower in people with certain conditions, such as heart disease. CoQ10 is found in meat, fish and whole grains. The amount of CoQ10 found in these dietary sources, however, isn't enough to significantly increase CoQ10 levels in your body. As a supplement, CoQ10 supplement is available as capsules, tablets and by IV. CoQ10 might help treat certain heart conditions, as well as migraines and Parkinson's disease. (MayoClinic, October 13, 2017).

D3 vitamin

Vitamin D (ergocalciferol-D2, cholecalciferol-D3, alfacalcidol) is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus. Having the right amount of vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus is important for building and keeping strong bones. Vitamin D is used to treat and prevent bone disorders (such as rickets, osteomalacia). Vitamin D is made by the body when skin is exposed to sunlight. Sunscreen, protective clothing, limited exposure to sunlight, dark skin, and age may prevent getting enough vitamin D from the sun.

Vitamin D with calcium is used to treat or prevent bone loss (osteoporosis). Vitamin D is also used with other medications to treat low levels of calcium or phosphate caused by certain disorders (such as hypoparathyroidism, pseudohypoparathyroidism, familial hypophosphatemia). It may be used in kidney disease to keep calcium levels normal and allow normal bone growth. Vitamin D drops (or other supplements) are given to breast-fed infants because breast milk usually has low levels of vitamin D  (WebMD).


Magnesium is a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation. Magnesium is required for energy production, oxidative phosphorylation, and glycolysis. It contributes to the structural development of bone and is required for the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and the antioxidant glutathione. Magnesium also plays a role in the active transport of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, a process that is important to nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm (National Institute of Health).


  • Omega-3 fats are essential fats that you must get from your diet. They have important benefits for your heart, brain and metabolism.
  • Omega-6 fats are essential fats that are an important source of energy for the body. However, the Western diet contains too many.
  • Omega-9 fats are non-essential fats, since they can be produced by the body. Diets that replace some saturated fats with omega-9 fats may have benefits for metabolic health.
  • The best sources of omega-3s are oily fish, whereas omega-6s and omega-9s are found in plant oils, nuts and seeds.
  • Combined omega-3-6-9 supplements provide optimal ratios of fatty acids, but likely provide no additional benefits compared to omega-3 supplement (Healthline, January 15, 2017).


Probiotics balance friendly bacteria, reduce the symptons of digestive orders, and improve the immune system. They may help some mental health issues, improve heart health, reduce severity of some allergies and eczema, help lose weight and reduce belly fat, and prevent and treat diarrhea  (Healthline, Aug. 23, 2016).




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Catuaba Bark

Catuaba is also used for agitation, trouble sleeping related to high blood pressure, nervousness, ongoing mental and physical fatigue (neurasthenia), poor memory or forgetfulness, skin cancer; and as a tonic. It is also used to heighten sexual arousal and treat male sexual performance problems (RXList, Sep 17, 2019).

Eurycoma Longifolia Jack root  

The root and bark of Eurycoma longifolia are used for treating erectile dysfunction (ED), increasing interest in sex, male infertility, boosting athletic performance, body building, and reducing body fat (RXList, Sep 17, 2019).

Monday, April 20, 2020

Copper, Zinc, Magnesium supplements for use with Light Therapy Patches

Light therapy patches, like those from LifeWave, require you have enough copper, zinc, and magnesium in your body to work effectively. In addition, you need to be drinking water enough water, so that you are fully hydrated. 

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is: About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men. About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women (Mayo Clinic, Sep 6, 2017).

For use with patches, the recommended daily amounts of copper are 2 mg and zinc 15 mg. I get enough zinc in my doTerra multi-vitamins but I buy chelated copper supplement. 

Copper is an essential nutrient for the body. Together with iron, it enables the body to form red blood cells. It helps maintain healthy bones, blood vessels, nerves, and immune function, and it contributes to iron absorption. Sufficient copper in the diet may help prevent cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis (Medical News Today, Oct 23, 2017).

Zinc is a trace element that is necessary for a healthy immune system. A lack of zinc can make a person more susceptible to disease and illness. It is responsible for a number of functions in the human body, and it helps stimulate the activity of at least 100 different enzymes. Only a small intake of zinc is necessary to reap the benefits. Currently, the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for zinc in the United States is 8 milligrams (mg) a day for women and 11 mg a day for men (Medical News Today, December 5, 2017).

Magnesium Chloride Flakes 
Magnesium spray is recommended rather than magnesium supplement. The most common side effects of magnesium supplements are stomach upset, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea (as nearly all forms of magnesium have a laxative effect). Magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia) and magnesium citrate, for example, are commonly found in over-the-counter products to treat constipation (ConsumerLab,Apr 28, 2018).

According to most findings, taking magnesium internally as a supplement is the most effective way to counter a magnesium deficiency. However, some evidence shows that for individuals with challenged digestive systems, applying magnesium externally on the skin may help to bypass the digestive tract, allowing them to absorb the magnesium more quickly and completely (The Herbal Academy, November 29, 2019)

Magnesium chloride flakes are readily available in many pharmacies or online at Amazon or Swansons for making magnesium spray. The container suggests amounts for foot soaks or bathing. As a spray, I recommend 1:1 (4 ounces of magnesium flakes mixed into 4 ounces of hot distilled water). I put the solution into a glass spray bottle, although that is probably not necessary. 

Spray the magnesium solution on your fore arms and thighs after showering. When it dries, it may leave a white powder on the skin. Dust it off with your hand. 

Saturday, April 18, 2020

LifeWave CEO shares the secret to better living — no more pain

Good Day Orange County (January 27, 2018) - If you are looking for a better life filled with more energy, happiness, fulfillment, more productivity — with no chemicals or prescriptions, David Schmidt of LifeWave has the solution. For more information on local events, fun activities, recipes, business, health, and all things Orange County, please visit!

3:14 - In this video, David Schmidt, the inventor of LifeWave patches, describes how he was developing survival equipment for the Navy, when he invented the energy patch. The goal was to keep the crews of submarines alive longer and give them natural energy. Schmidt discovered how to stimulate the cell with energy so it would produce more energy. This led to LifeWave.

4:00 - This light therapy. Light causes the production of Vitamin D. Light converts the cholesterol on our skin into Vitamin D. Similarly light can give us more energy, relieve pain, elevate  anti-oxidants without using drugs or stimulants.

4:34 - Schmidt demonstrates the use of the patches on the show host to relieve her pain.

4:57 - Schmidt applied an Aeon patch to the skin on the neck at the C-7 vertebrae. It is anti-inflammatory and also anti-aging and anti-stress. Many people can feel about 50% to 100% relief in pain in about two to three minutes, says Schmidt.

6:30 - The pain patch (called IceWave) is like a battery with a white and tan patch. Pain is like resistance to the flow of electrical energy. Normally a pulse flows from the brain through the nervous system to the muscles. When it's blocked, we get pain. Get the conductivity of the tissue to be normal and the pain will be reduced.

9:02 - How does it work? LifeWave patches do not  mask the pain. Instead the patches restore the natural balance of the tissue. They promote a healing effect, get conductivity of cells working, and normalize the body instead of covering pain up with the use of drugs.

10:15 - David Schmidt says his passion is to prevent anti-aging, get age reversal, keep the body young. One way is to detoxify the body. The body takes in toxins from the air and from our food. The body has a natural detoxifier in the liver - glutathione. The Glutathione patch elevates the production of glutathione in the body, which removes toxins, like mercury, for example.

11:02 - For athletic performance, a patch called Carnosine elevates the level of carnosine that is stored in the skeletal muscles, the heart, and the brain. When people use the product, the level of carnosine increases providing greater strength and stamina. It's also good for cognitive functions, improving the ability to learn and remember things.

12:15 - The body uses light for communication. For example, when we say that the body uses light to produce Vitamin D, the body has a system that takes light to cause different chemical reactions within the cells. We can use the frequencies or wave lengths of light to trigger different reactions that help us live longer and stay younger.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

5 Of The Best Core Exercises You Should Do Everyday

We could all use a stronger core. As a doctor of physical therapy many of the problems I treat are resolved with increased core strength.
These are the 5 exercises I recommend most often to people with weak cores and the results are pretty incredible! Try doing these everyday to get stronger and more healthy.
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A strong core is vital for overall fitness and pain-free movement. Check out these 5 core exercises everyone should be doing for improved posture, better stability, and less back pain. Not only will you tone your abs and slim your stomach, core exercises will also help you with day-to-day activities.
5 Core Exercises Everyone Should Be Doing

1. Planks 1:36
30 seconds x 2
1. Planks 

2. Bridges 2:48
10 reps X 2, up for 3 seconds and down


3. Side Plank 4:05
30 seconds on left side; 30 seconds on right side

Side planks

4. Bird Dogs 5:10
10 reps with left arm right foot; 10 reps with right arm left foot

Bird dogs

5. Side Line Hip Abduction 7:26
10 reps on one side; 10 reps on the other side
Side line hip abductions