Vitamin Deficiency Linked to Stroke and Plaque Buildup in Carotid Arteries

By: Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., MS

“A study published in the the Canadian Medical Association Journal revealed that people low in vitamin B12 had an increase risk of a fatal heart attack and stroke.

The study focused on the relationship between homocysteine, B-12 and carotid artery plaque.

The study showed that higher blood levels of B vitamins are related to lower concentrations of homocysteine leading to decrease plaquing in the carotid arteries. However, an elevated blood homocysteine level revealed a strong risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

How the Study was Conducted
The study examined 421 people with the average age being 66. Vitamin B12, homocysteine levels and degree of plaque in the carotid arteries (via ultrasound) were evaluated.

The Results
Seventy-three patients (17%) had vitamin B12 deficiency with significant elevation of homocysteine (inflammatory cells). In addition and most important, carotid plaque was significantly larger among the group of patients who had deficiency of vitamin B12. In conclusion, the authors found that low blood vitamin B12 levels are a major cause of elevated homocysteine levels and increased carotid plaque area.

Dr. Grisanti’s Comments
Have your physician order a blood homocysteine test and a methylmalonic acid (MMA) test. This is the most specific test for B12 status NOT the serum B-12 blood test.”

Dr. Jentes’ Comments
“In my practice, I test the functional intracellular components of 35 micronutrients, including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within the white blood cells. Research shows intracellular testing is more accurate than the red blood cell testing (serum testing) at identifying a body’s nutrient deficiencies. Intracellular micronutrient testing is a clinically effective diagnostic tool for the prevention and management of chronic disease conditions. The following graphs are a sample of some of the micronutrient test reports we receive from SpectraCell Laboratories.”

Source: http://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/public/1015print.cfm

Reference
Robertson J, Iemolo F, Stabler SP, Allen RH, Spence JD. Vitamin B12, homocysteine and carotid plaque in the era of folic acid fortification of enriched cereal grain products. CMAJ. 2005 Jun 7;172(12):1569-73

 

 

Breast Friends Wine and Cheese Party!

Did you know that 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime?

Breast Thermography is a promising non-radiation screening tool that is safe, effective, non-invasive and can detect cancer up to 8 years before a mammography can detect cancer!On Wednesday night, September 20th at 6:30pm, Dr. Jentes is opening up her home for a ladies only wine & cheese health talk on the comparison between breast thermography & mammography presented by Dr. Sabrina Quinene-Sanchez.

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to invite your breast friends to this casual, yet very informative, discussion!

Contact the Brio Wellness Center front office for more information and directions!

Please RSVP by
Monday, September 18th.
(562) 598-2746

 

 

It’s HAPPY FEET month at Brio Wellness Center. All month we will be sharing cool info on how to maintain Happy Feet during the dry weather, which for us is like year round, right?!? So keep checking back here to learn something new. And if you haven’t already subscribed to our e-newsletter, be sure to take care of that before you leave.

Okay, let’s get things kicked off with a refreshing foot scrub. While you’re at it, you can use this scrub anywhere on your body. Just keep it away from your eyes and sensitive parts where the peppermint could burn. We especially love to use this scrub on our hands frequently throughout the week. It is really great at relieving dry, itchy fingers.

Cool fact: Peppermint Oil has a stimulating effect on the right brain. Which means when you are feeling anxious, hyperactive, have lack of focus, and feel overly emotional you could use some right brain stimulation.* This Refreshing Foot Scrub will wake up your brain in the morning, or refresh your brain after a long day of work or play, and it’s the perfect chemical free way to sluff away dry skin, moisturize, and invigorate all at the same time. No need for soap. The coconut oil is a natural anti-microbial. Just rinse & pat dry to maintain silky smooth skin.

Now that you’re feet & brain are happy… how’s your spine? #getadjusted 

*Source: “Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders” By Dr. Robert Melillo

PaleoCleanse Detoxification

Presented by: Mendi Kessler, Nutrition Educator, Designs for HealthJoin us for this FREE community event!

Monday, September 12th @ 6pm

Presented by:
Mendi Kessler
Nutrition Educator, Designs for Health

Invite a friend to join you!

Call to Register!
(562) 598-2746

The 3 Things Getting in Your Way of Optimal Health

Dr. Mindi L. Jentes, D.C. Brio Wellness Center
Dr. Mindi L. Jentes, D.C.
Brio Wellness Center

The 3 Things Getting in Your Way of Optimal Health
By: Dr. Mindi L. Jentes, D.C.

When we were younger we had a bunch of life, full of energy! 4am wasn’t an early morning, it was a late night! Sometimes we look back on our “younger days” and wish we had the energy and stamina now that we had then. As we age, we begin to notice more and more the importance of taking care of our bodies. Incorporating chiropractic is one super solid way to do that!

Aging causes stiffness, aches, joint pains, changes in our sleep and digestion and the list could on, right? But did you know you could slow this process and even prevent many of these “normal aging processes”?

There are 3 things that are getting in the way of achieving optimal health. These 3 things initiate a stress response to harmful situations, leading to functional changes in your body.

  1. Trauma results from falls, injuries, accidents.
  2. Toxins are harmful things we inhale, injest, or absorb.
  3. Auto Suggestions are the negative words, self doubt, beliefs about ourselves & others, crippling thoughts/memories we play over and over in our heads.

You may not be able to control the situation, but you can control your response to these 3 Things. When we respond positively, our body is able to heal quickly. However, when you respond negatively to Trauma, Toxins &/or Auto Suggestions, you will likely notice muscle aches and joint pains, headaches, change in digestion and elimination, stiffness, irritability, sleep disturbances, etc… creeping in on you. Often times, we chock it all up to “getting older” or we tell ourselves what we are experiencing will pass. However, that is not necessarily true nor is resignation the best approach to living a life full of vitality.

Chiropractic adjustments performed by a licensed chiropractor can improve your body’s stress response to these life challenges by unlocking stuck joints throughout the body. When the joints begin moving again the nervous system functions better, blood flow increases, lymphatic drainage improves, muscle tension eases, and your body is better able to rest and digest. By restoring the communication between the brain and the the rest of your body, optimal can be achieved!

Chiropractors can also help you reach your healthy lifestyle goals by teaching you exercises to improve the integrity of the joints in your body. We also teach you about the role of nutrition on your health and help you find solutions to metabolic changes as you age. We help you set goals towards achieving balance in your many life changes and challenges as you age.

So the next time you start to tell yourself “Well, I’m just getting older”… STOP! Replace that thought with…“It’s time to get adjusted!”

What CHIROPRACTIC Does

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Chiropractic IMPROVES

  • Health
  • Quality of Sleep
  • Mental Focus
  • Active Lifestyle
  • Less Stress
  • Happiness
  • Well-being
  • Immune System
  • Circulatory System
  • Healthy Digestion
  • Strength
  • Mobility
  • LIFE!

Chiropractic DECREASES

  • Pain
  • Disease
  • Illness
  • Stress
  • Aches
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Prescription Drug Use
  • Fatigue
  • Over the Counter Remedies
  • Injuries
  • Bad Posture

beach bags for homeless preschool children

April 13 – May 30
Donate a BEACH BAG filled with:
boy/girl swimsuit (size 5)
sunscreen
beach towel
& flip flops
to give to the homeless children of
Precious Lamb Preschool & receive…
New Patients: FREE New Patient Visit!
Active Patients:  FREE Essential Oil Therapy Session!

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