Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Healthy Detox Program

By Guest Blogger: Vivian Tiegen, RD,LD/N, CDE, M.Ed., Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist

We are all exposed to many toxins and poisons in our environment and foods. Normally, our liver, kidneys, digestive system, and skin get rid of many of the toxins. Our genetic make-up also affects our ability to be a good "detoxifier". Some people lack a gene that assists with the detoxification process. People often seek out food and supplement programs to assist the body with detoxification. Many of these programs are unsafe and can have dangerous side effects.

There are safe, science based metabolic detoxification programs available. A good detoxification program is medically supervised and includes a medical food supplement that contains adequate protein to prevent muscle breakdown. A good source of fiber is included to assist with improvement in intestinal elimination without causing diarrhea or constipation. A healthy but low allergy potential elimination meal plan is recommended. Sugar, caffeine, and alcohol are avoided. Specific nutrient and plant-based supplements that support the liver, kidney, and digestive system are part of the detoxification protocol.

It is proposed that a medically supervised metabolic food-supplemented detoxification program is useful in the initiation of a weight loss program by assisting in the release of toxic chemicals stored in the liver and fatty tissue. Animal studies have shown that ingestion and fat storage of certain toxins may contribute to Insulin resistance, a condition that can lead to obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Studies also show that a clinically proven detoxification protocol may contribute to symptom relief of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Other conditions that are associated with environmental toxicity include cancer, fertility problems, headaches, and Parkinson’s disease. The body’s ability to get rid of toxic substances has been shown to be a factor in disease resistance. Functional and integrative medical professionals believe that detoxification programs may support the prevention of these medical problems.

At Acupuncture and Anti-aging Physicians Group in Jupiter, Florida, we offer a medically supervised ten or twenty-eight day detoxification program. For more information, come to a seminar at our office on Thursday, January 12, 2012 from 7 pm to 9 pm. The cost is $10.00 and can be applied to the purchase of a “Detoxification Package.” The seminar speakers are Elyse Marrone, RD, LD, Nutrition Specialist for Metagenics, Inc. and Vivian Tiegen, RD,M.Ed, CDE. of Acupuncture and Anti-Aging Physicians Group. To register, contact the office by phone: 561-624-9744 or e-mail at If unable to attend the seminar, please contact the office to arrange a consultation with our dietitian to assess if a detoxification program would be a healthy choice for you. For more information about our practice, check out our website at:

Friday, December 16, 2011

Clean Teeth Decreases Risk of Heart Attack

Recent study of 1000,000 people, average age 38, showed people having regular dental cleanings reduced risk of heart attack by 24% and stroke by 13%.  Please let us know if you would like more blogs about inflammation, the factor that is common to both gum disease and heart disease and many other illnesses.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

CoQ10 and Exercise

Recent study shows CoQ10 may reduce muscle damage during intensive exercise. 

Supplements of co-enzyme Q10 may counter the rise in oxidative stress associated with strenuous exercise and reduce subsequent muscle damage, says a new study with ultra-runners participating in a 50 km run across Europe’s highest road in the Sierra Nevada.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bio-Identical Hormones

I have added Bio-Identicals to my practice.  Prescriptions of these medicines contain the exact amount of each hormone needed for each individual's optimal health.  Lab tests are specialized beyond the typical ones ordered by most doctors.  The hormones are derived from plant based sources unlike the synthetic hormones customarily prescribed.  There are many hormones that decline with age.  The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) is the current  standard for teaching, certifying and researching the relationships between aging and new treatments including bio-identicals.  We now offer these services by an A4M Board Certified MD.

Friday, October 14, 2011

B Vitamins & Memory

A recent study shows B vitamins can slow cognitive decline in patients with high homocysteine levels.  High homocysteine levels are associated with heart disease and cognitive decline.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Reversal of Aging Stem Cells

New research has shown the ability to reverse aging in adult stem cells.  By manipulating activity of non-coding RNA, considered "genomic junk," aging process on adult cells was reversed.  It is believed that the loss of telomeres, a cellular genetic component, leads to the inability of a cell to regenerate.  Once we lose this ability, aging follows.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Running & Hydration

Main cause for sodium depletion in runners due to too much water or sports drinks.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hearing Loss Less with Vitamin Supplementation

High levels of vitamin A are linked to a 47% decrease in the risk of hearing loss.  High levels of vitamin E associated with 14% decrease in hearing loss.  This is based on the most recent studies analyzing data from 2,956 people by scientists at the University of Sydney, Australia.!-Antioxidants-may-slash-risk-of-hearing-loss-says-study/?c=bVdZUOSjjpsQKCcy4thd7w%3D%3D&utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%2BDaily

Monday, August 8, 2011

Cinnamon may Prevent Alzheimer's

Recent study indicates that an extract of cinnamon inhibits the development of Alzheimer's Disease.  Also, extract proves to be an anti-viral.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Testosterone and Aging

Recent study shows testosterone treatment can reverse protein decline seen in aging people.  This can lead to restoration of muscle mass in in seniors.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Exercise & stroke prevention

"Silent strokes," (un-noticed) can often be prevented by engaging in moderate to severe exercise on a regular basis.  A study done at Columbia University with 1,238 participants showed that people who exercise are 40% less likely to have a silent stroke.  People who do have silent strokes are at increased risk of falls, memory problems, dementia and stroke.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Lifestyle and Anti-Aging

NIH funded study shows simple lifestyle changes can decrease bodily pain and depression, improve vitality, social functioning, mental health, improve overall life satisfaction as well as general health and physical abilities.  Full article:

Friday, June 24, 2011

Yoga Improves Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Recent study shows yoga improves symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.  Practicing yoga on a regular basis shows statistically significant improvements in the disease state as well as on anxiety, a common component of RA symptoms.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cell phones & Fertility

Recent study shows use of cell phones by males can increase testosterone, decrease sperm quality and decrease fertility.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Green Tea Boosts Immunity

Research has shown green tea can improve immune function.  Pharmaceuticals that perform this function are toxic.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Nicotine addiction

Nicotine and cocaine leave a similar change in the brain after one contact.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Gene/Diet Weight Loss

People with certain genes identified with weight gain who add omega 3 FA'S to diet weigh less.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Omega 3's Decrease Muscle Loss in Aging

Recent study shows omega 3 FA's increase rate of muscle synthesis, increase supply of amino acids and increase insulin in older adults.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Reaching 90 years of age

Recent study in Journal of Internal Medicine revealed factors such as moderate coffee consumption, physical work capacity, good socio-economic status and low cholesterol may be responsible for a high survival rate to age 90.  Parents' survival rate did not seem to affect the outcome.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Diet soda and stroke

Recent study suggests drinking diet soda daily is linked to increased risk of stroke & heart attack

Friday, February 18, 2011

Cherry Juice and muscle strength

The American College of Sports Medicine reports that cherry juice improves recovery of muscle strength after extensive exercise.  It is believed that this is due to both the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of cherry juice.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Fruits, vegetable healthy glowing skin

Researchers found eating tomatoes & carrots gives skin a healthier glow than the sun.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Curcumin treats arthritis

Recent study shows curcumin (as found in curry) can help successfully manage osteoarthritis, decrease use of NSAIDs, improve quality of life and decrease biochemical markers of inflammation.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Walking Speed and Longevity

Recent study of 34,485 adults suggests walking speed may predict longevity.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Big Breakfast and Weight Loss

New research shows a big breakfast generally does not help with weight loss.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Cocoa for Digestive Health

Scientists have shown that cocoa is beneficial for intestinal health as well as decreasing CRP, a marker for cardiovascular health.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Pomegranate juice slows cancer

Recent study shows pomegranate juice slows cancer growth,  Study conducted on people with prostate cancer.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Herbal Weight Loss

New study shows combo of pepper/caffeine burns 100 calories per dose