Vitamin D with calcium may prevent bone fractures for high-risk seniors

For seniors over the age of 65, taking a daily supplement of vitamin D with calcium—but not vitamin D alone—can offer some protection against the risk of common bone fractures, according to an updated review from The Cochrane Library.

Broken bones of the hip, wrist, or spine due to osteoporosis or low bone mass affect about 52 million Americans, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. About one in two women and one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to their declining bone health. Vitamin D has been proven essential for maintaining strong bone health.

Source: Health Behavior News Service,

Recipe of the Month

Cabbage Avocado Slaw With a Twist of Lemon



This purification friendly version of a traditional picnic favorite combines the crunch of cabbage with the satisfying creaminess of avocado. And though you can’t taste them, you’ll also enjoy the health benefits of the abundance of glucosinolates and carotenoids in this salad.



  • 6 cups purple and green cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 small red, orange, or yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • ¼ cup shelled hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt



Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl until the avocado is creamy throughout.


Recipe courtesy of

Underserved Patients



A great article about the standard of care in this country.  Make sure you do your research so you can make an inform decision next time you seek medical care.–Dr. Nam

When I think about the typical medical doctor (MD), I think of only three things: diagnose, drugs, referral.  With the exception of  minor injuries, this pretty much sums up their “toolbox.”  The typical patient interaction amounts to a few tests and an “I’ve got a drug for that” conversation.

If the tests suggest something more serious, there is ultimately a referral to a medical specialist.  Chiropractic, nutrition, and other forms of care are rarely considered, yet a trip to the general/family practitioner MD is the first stop for most Americans.

When most people think about doctors of chiropractic, they think about back, neck, shoulder or some other musculoskeletal pain.  The typical chiropractic visit includes a discussion of the pain area, some palpation, sometimes a few tests, and the resultant adjustments.  Depending on the severity of the pain, other modalities may be utilized.  Depending on the DC, nutrition or herbs may also be part of the conversation.  There is little talk about drugs, even though the majority of the U.S. adult population is taking at least one prescription drug.  Most times these prescriptions are for ailments chiropractic or nutrition/herbs could address.

In both of the above scenarios, the patient is underserved.

From, By Donald M. Peterson Jr.

Top 5 Essential Herbs You Should Get To Know


Below are some of the best herbs to have on hand are: boswellia, echinacea, milk thistle, rhodiola, and St. John’s wort. You can easily apply these herbs to support a variety of systems within the body.

Boswellia serrata: This is an ideal herb for your patients as it helps maintain and support joints. It is also an essential adjunctive therapy for spinal decompression support.

Boswellia is an Ayurvedic gum resin that has been shown to affect systemic inflammation via its key component boswellic acid. Numerous studies have demonstrated that boswellia can reduce joint swelling and is a suitable option for patients who can no longer use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for the treatment of chronic joint inflammation due to NSAIDs-induced organ damage.

Standardized and stable boswellic acid concentrations are the key to a reliable and efficacious product. These acids have been shown clinically relevant for 5-Lipoxygenase inhibition and are the key marker in bioavailability. Prefer products with extracts standardized to contain at least 180 mg of boswellic acids.

Echinacea: A strong immune system is essential to modern survival. Consider this your innate “immunity adjustment.” Since echinacea is globally a top selling plant extract, most patients will have had some experience with it.

Several recent studies on the alkylamides from echinacea have demonstrated its ability to modulate

innate immunity via interaction with CB2 receptors. These alkylamides have also been shown to increase white blood cell production. Using echinacea with guaranteed levels of alkylamides ensures bioavailability and reliable results.

Milk thistle (Silybum marianum): You will find this herb to be a true “metabolic adjustment” for many patients. As fatty liver becomes an increasing problem among younger populations, milk thistle holds promise for targeted hepatic support. Milk thistle becomes essential for patients who have a history of NSAIDs abuse, and is a valuable tool for those patients who require surgical intervention as a means to support the detoxification pathways post-surgery.

The unique phytochemicals — flavanolignans — from milk thistle, collectively known as “silymarin,” are the key to healthy hepatic support. Milk thistle has recently shown clinical promise for the support and management of metabolic syndrome in the reduction of several key blood markers including cholesterol, triglycerides, and Ha1C. Having a milk thistle product quantifying flavanolignans is essential for reliable results.

Rhodiola rosea: This herb may offer a stress adjustment for many of your patients. Its ability to reduce fatigue, increase physical work capacity and well-being, and improve performance and endurance in athletes are just some of the reasons your patients will find this herb an invaluable supplement.

It can also improve sexual performance in men with erectile dysfunction, and improve mental performance, concentration, and memory, especially when under stress. It’s suitable for nearly every patient. Selecting a product with quantified amounts of rosavins and salidrosides ensures a reliable outcome.

St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum): This is an essential tool in a drug-free practice. While it is pure adjustment support for many of your patients, it can be invaluable for nerve pain as well as immune support.

For patients who have difficulty relaxing, St. John’s wort is recognized globally as the most reliable herb for maintaining emotional balance and supporting the nervous system. It has a mixed reputation in the medical community because of reported adverse drug reactions when used with pharmaceuticals. Having a product that labels guaranteed levels of hypericins and flavonoid glycosides is essential for reliability and safety.

If you want more information about the top 5 recommended herbs, please call the office at 616.238.8888

Source:, Dr. Brockenshire

How to avoid the top 10 most common toxins

Household consumer products injure 33.1 million people in the United States every year. These incidents cost $800 billion in related expenses from death, injury or property damages. And many scientists are starting to believe that, in particular, the chemicals found in a wide variety of the goods you use every day may be more toxic than previously thought. Here are 10 of the most common products that may be hazardous to your health:

10. Mothballs

Since moths chew holes through clothing and other textiles, people pack away these stinky repellents to kill them. But studies on one active ingredient in some repellents, paradichlorobenzene, found that it can cause cancer in animals. Other types of moth balls use naphthalene, which after prolonged exposure can damage or destroy red blood cells, and which can also stimulate nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

9. Pesticides

Ninety percent of households in the United States use some form of pesticide, a broad term that encompasses a variety of chemical formulas that kill everything from tiny microorganisms up to rodents. In 2006, the American Association of Poison Control Centers received nearly 46,000 calls regarding children under 5 years old who had been exposed to potentially toxic levels of pesticides.

8. Pressed Wood Products

This faux wood takes bits and pieces of logs and wood leftovers and combines them together. Pressed wood products include paneling, particle board, fiberboard and insulation, all of which were particularly popular for home construction in the 1970’s. However, the glue that holds the wood particles in place may use urea-formaldehyde as a resin. The U.S. EPA estimates that this is the largest source of formaldehyde emissions indoors. Formaldehyde exposure can set off watery eyes, burning eyes and throat, difficulty breathing and asthma attacks. Scientists also know that it can cause cancer in animals. The risk is greater with older pressed wood products, since newer ones are better regulated.

7. Chemicals in Carpets

Indoor carpeting has recently come under greater scrutiny because of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) associated with new carpet installation. The glue and dyes used with carpeting are known to emit VOCs, which can be harmful to your health in high concentrations. However, the initial VOC emissions will often subside after the first few days following.

6. Laser Printers Chemicals

A 2007 study found that some laser printers give off ultra fine particles that can cause serious health problems. Another study confirmed that laser and ink-jet printers can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ozone particulates. All of these have been linked with heart and lung disease.

5. Lead Paint

In 1991, the U.S. government declared lead to be the greatest environmental threat to children. Even low concentrations can cause problems with your central nervous system, brain, blood cells and kidneys. It’s particularly threatening for fetuses, babies and children, because of potential developmental disorders. Many houses built before 1978 contain lead paint. Once the paint begins to peel away will, it release the harmful lead particles that you can inhale.

4. Air Fresheners and Cleaning Solutions

Air fresheners and cleaning solutions, when used excessively or in a small, unventilated area, can release toxic levels of pollutants. This comes from two main chemicals called ethylene-based glycol ethers and terpenes. While the EPA regards the ethers as toxic by themselves, the non-toxic terpenes can react with ozone in the air to form a poisonous combination. Air fresheners in particular are linked to many volatile organic compounds, such as nitrogen dioxide, and some fresheners also contain paradichlorobenzene, the same chemical emitted by mothballs.

3. Baby Bottles and BPA

Canada has taken the first steps to outlaw the sale of baby bottles made from polycarbonate plastics, which are the most common type on the market. It has done so because the plastics are made with a chemical called bisphenol-a (BPA). BPA has a structure very similar to estrogen and for that reason is referred to as a “hormone disruptor.” Hormone disruptors can interfere with the natural human hormones, especially for young children.

2. Flame Retardants

Commonly used in mattresses, upholstery, television and computer casings and circuit boards, flame retardants usepolybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs for short. Two forms of PBDEs were phased out of use in manufacturing in the United States in 2004 because of related health threats, but the products containing them linger on. Studies have linked PBDEs to learning and memory problems, lowered sperm counts and poor thyroid functioning in rats and mice. Other animal studies have indicated that PBDEs could be carcinogenic in humans, although that has not yet been confirmed.

1. Cosmetic Phthalates

Phthalates, also called plasticizers, go into many products including hair spray, shampoos, fragrances, and deodorants. Phthalates bind the color and fragrance in cosmetic products, and are also used to increase the durability and flexibility of plastics. Like BPA, these hormone-like chemicals are linked to reproductive and developmental problems in animals. Because of these findings, California and Washington state have banned the use of phthalates in toys for younger children.