Do you get enough vitamin D & do you know how much is enough for you?

By Kristine Blanche, RPA-C, MD, PhD

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Vitamin D has always been known as the sunshine vitamin, right?

Unfortunately, I am finding that, for most people, the sun is not enough anymore. I have been checking vitamin D levels for 10 years in every patient that walks through my door. I have found that over the past several years I am prescribing five times the amount of vitamin D in most of my patients to get the levels to the therapeutic range of 60–80. It used to be enough to tell patients to take 1000iu-2000iu of vitamin D in the winter, and then make sure to get 10 minutes of summer sun a few times per week.  That, combined with a trip or two to somewhere warm during the winter, was enough. This regimen is no longer enough for most of us New Yorkers.  I explain it to my patients this way:

 

When skin is exposed to sunlight, 7-dehydrocholesterol a hormone in the skin absorbs UVB radiation, and converts it into D3. This is a good thing. We also know that vitamin D3 has diverse properties and numerous important unique biological processes.

Now in 2015, even my sun worshipers who spend the winters someplace warm and surf all summer long are not getting enough vitamin D from the sun. Even these bodies need a supplement of vitamin D in pill or liquid form. The amount varies, but for many patients 3,000 to 10,000iu is necessary for the body to have enough of this vital nutrient.  Some of this shortage can be attributed to stress – and we all know that New Yorkers have a lot of stress. But that does not explain why there has been an increase over the past few years, as New York stress is not a new phenomenon.  So why are we seeing this increased need for more vitamin D, even in patients who manage their stress or live in sunny areas like Florida?

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Well, I think I have the answer. One day a patient came for a breast thermography, and she had an envious tan in New York in January. Obviously, I asked where she had vacationed, and to my surprise, she said her tanning bed, two times per week religiously for years. I checked her vitamin D and it was right were it belonged – 70ng/dl. This was all the more surprising to me because this patient was under a tremendous amount of stress, and did not take any vitamin D.  Conventional wisdom, and even my own experiences, had taught me that a tanning bed was never the answer for a healthy person. But it worked. I discussed this conundrum with an environmental engineer from John Hopkins University and she explained that because of pollution and the UVB rays no longer make it from the sun to our skin – they are filtered out, so to speak, from the toxins and pollution in our sky.  The result for New Yorkers (and for others in highly polluted environments) is troubling because it has become increasingly difficult for the body to get enough vitamin D without taking significant amounts as part of a regular supplement regime. The other option, of course, is going to a tanning bed twice a week. But as alluring as that may be for some of us, it is not a practical fix for most of us.

Vitamin D is a very important part of living a healthy life and preventing disease. Its benefits are endless, but some of them include:

  • Cancer prevention
  • Boosting the immune system function
  • Manufacturing hormones like; DHEA, Progesterone & Testosterone
  • Risk for autoimmune disease
  • Preventing the flu
  • Preventing/treating depression & Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Pregnant mothers protecting their unborn children

You need to be very careful with vitamin D and consult your physician or health care professional because there are dangers if too much is taken.   My recommended treatment is to check Vitamin D 25 OH and Vitamin D 125 levels twice a year – once in the fall to help calculate your winter dose, and again in the spring to calculate your summer dose.

Vitamin D is an important part of cancer prevention. Numerous studies have shown that healthy levels of vitamin D can help reduce chances of breast, colon and prostate cancer.

So what can you do to make sure your body has enough vitamin D?

  • Ask you doctor to check your Vitamin D 25OH levels.
  • Keep your Vitamin D 25OH level between 60-80ng/dl.
  • Actively work to decrease your stress.
  • Share this information with everyone you love (and those you like, and even those you tolerate!).

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References: 


Antico A, Tampoia M, (2012) Can supplementation with vitamin D reduce the risk or modify the course of autoimmune diseases? A systematic review of the literature. Autoimmun Rev. 2012 Dec; 12(2): 127-36.

Cauley JA, et al. (2013) Calcium plus vitamin D supplementation and health outcomes five years after active intervention ended: the Women’s Health Initiative. Journal of Women’sHealth:22(11):915-929.

Chlebowski RT, Johnson KC, Kooperberg C, et al. (2007) Calcium plus vitamin D supplementation and the risk of breast cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst; 100:1581-1591.

Goodwin PJ, Ennis M, Pritchard KI, et al. (2009) Prognostic effects of 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in early breast cancer. J Clin Oncol ; 27:3757-3763.

Hatse S, et al. (2012) Vitamin D status at breast cancer diagnosis: correlation with tumor characteristics, disease outcome, and genetic determinants of vitamin D insufficiency. Carcinogenesis; 33(7):1319-1326.

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Holick MF. (2007) The Vitamin D Deficiency Pandemic: a Forgotten Hormone Important for Health, Public Health Reviews, Vol. 32, No 1, 267-283.

Kimlin M, Sun J, Sinclair C, et al. (2015) Are the current Australian sun exposure guidelines effective in maintaining adequate levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D.

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10 simple natural ways to boost your energy levels

01/28/2015

Do you ever moan about how you are constantly tired? You wake up feeling tired and never really feel wide awake for the rest of the day? Do you feel exhausted after work and have no desire to do anything in the evening? You go to bed early but your quality of sleep is poor? If you recognise these symptoms and constantly feel sluggish then the chances are you need to take steps to boost your energy levels. Here are ten top tips for adding some excitement back into your life.

Nourish yourself don’t just eat

Yes, it’s seems obvious but you really do need to eat the right foods. Expert in nutrition recommend you choose from all of the food groups, and that “live” foods, such as fruit and vegetables, are particularly good for adding bounce to your step and not your waistline. But, the latest information is suggesting AVOIDING sugar is ESSENTIAL. Avoiding white potatoes, white rice, and anything made with white flour. We all know to avoid fast junk food and anything that is overly processed, but do we realize too much sugar from fruit can leave us pre-diabetic?

Stay hydrated

Keep an eye on your hydration levels because dehydration leads to tiredness and lethargy. Muscles contain 75% water and even a slight dip in your hydration levels mean that you will lose strength and speed. You should try to drink around 1 and ½ litres per day (around 8-10 glasses) and avoid excess consumption of salt, caffeine, alcohol they all dehydrate you even further. One final thought, you might feel you are hungry when you’re actually thirsty so try drinking a glass of water before reaching for a snack. Avoid drinking from plastic water bottles. (BPA is linked to breast and prostate cancer)

Keep portion in proportion

Eating a number of smaller meals is much better for your energy levels than eating one large one in the evening. You probably find that you feel very lethargic after eating a large dinner; this is because digesting a large meal makes your body tired. The golden rule is to never skip meals and in fact to eat little and often. Four or five smaller meals spaced evenly throughout the day will keep your energy levels constant, your blood sugar more sable, and boost your mood.

Exercise

Believe it or not but another way to keep your energy levels boosted is to exercise! No matter how tired you feel, a quick ten minute walk will increase your energy levels for two hours and get your serotonin flowing too, so that you feel good. Make sure you eat at least 15 minutes before you exercise, even if it is just a few nuts. This will ensure your workout is most effective and you have the energy to do it. Need an extra incentive: exercise has been shown in numerous studies to also reduce the risk for cancer!

Avoid stimulants

Stimulants such as sugary foods, fizzy drinks, energy drinks, coffee, tea and smoking will only give you a short term high. They encourage a spike in your energy that quickly disappears leaving you feeling depleted when that energy is not replaced. It is far better to snack on proteins, which release energy more slowly and consistently, while balancing your energy levels and avoiding energy dips.

Essential Fats

When we’re dieting we often forget that some types of fat are absolutely essential to our wellbeing. A proper intake of essential fats will increase energy levels and transport oxygen effectively throughout the body. Essential fats are vital for healthy red blood cells which in turn ensure our immune system functions at its very best. The best source of essential fats is found in Omega 3 foods such as small oily fish, seeds, avocado and nuts.

Sleep

You probably think it’s odd that tips to boost your energy include advice on sleep, but poor sleep is a major source of fatigue. Are you getting enough sleep? The average adult needs a good 8 hours. If you can’t fit 8 hours in to your day, is there any chance you could manage a power nap? This is particularly useful if you are a student or you are currently training or learning a number of new skills, as a nap replenishes lost energy and helps you to retain new information. Keeping on top of your sleep, helps you to handle stress too.

Stress

Stress kills & is a huge drain on our energy levels because we expand a great deal of energy managing emotions, anxiety and anger. This is wearing and damaging. It sounds simplistic but you need to get a handle on exactly what is causing your stress and make sure you find better tools/outlets to help you deal with it. Make simple changes and you’ll soon feel back in control of your own life.

Breathing

You can boost your energy levels by paying attention to your breathing. You have it with you all the time, it’s free, and you have to do it anyway, why not do it consciously and kill two birds with one breathJ Part of the problem with a lack of energy is that our breathing is too shallow. We need to become aware of particularly panicky or stressed breathing and slow it down. Take time to feel the breath going in for a slow count of ten through the nose. Feel it filling your lungs and slowly exhale. Practice often and you will find yourself feeling calmer and more awake. Try an experiment for 3 days do 10 breathes in AM, before each meal, and again before bed, let me know your results.

Positive mental attitude

Conflict is exhausting. If you hate your job, you’re in a bad relationship or you hang around with negative people you are bound to feel tired and low in energy. Find ways to direct your thinking more positively. Steer your focus away from demanding thoughts that belittle you or make you feel guilty, and instead focus on ideas that empower you and make you feel good about yourself.

Make choices that empower you and you’ll have more energy in no time!

Kristine Blanche, RPA-C, PhD

“Together we can change the face of medicine!”

Integrative Healing Center/ Aristocrat Plastic Surgery
560 Northern Blvd. Suite 109
Great Neck NY 11021

516-676-0200 Phone

References:

Vandenberg LN, Hauser R, Marcus M, Olea N, Welshons WV. Human exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) Reprod Toxicol. 2007;24:139–177. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17825522

Leo F. Doherty, et al. In Utero Exposure to Diethylstilbestrol (DES) or Bisphenol-A (BPA) Increases EZH2 Expression in the Mammary Gland: An Epigenetic Mechanism Linking Endocrine Disruptors to Breast Cancer. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3140020/

World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research. Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective. Washington, DC: World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research; 2007. http://www.dietandcancerreport.org

Hölzel, Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. Stress reduction correlates with structural changes in the amygdala, Mar 2010; 5(1): 11–17.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3460809/

Here is a clip from Kristine’s Girlfriend Cleanse lecture that talks more about stress. . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE FLU?

WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE FLU

I am getting a lot of calls about this Flu this year, really in August…that is strange. It seems the flu vaccine did not do much this year, shocker. Honestly, the best protection you have is your immune system. Plain and simple; why do some get it and others don’t? The health of their immune system has everything to do with it. So what can you do to protect your self; sleep well, drink plenty of liquids, mom was right; eat your fruits and veggies.

To vaccinate or not?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is looking at whether or not the flu vaccine is effective. Preliminary results indicate you’ll get just as sick (with colds, flu, flu-like illnesses) if you got the vaccine than if you didn’t. Why doesn’t the vaccine work? The flu is a pretty savvy bug, frankly it’s smarter than us. My issue with the flu vaccine is, unfortunately some people can get sick from the vaccine itself. Many get the flu in-spite of having the shot. And the some of the flu vaccines still have thimerosal (mercury). It is a tough for may to decide. For my children & I, in my opinion the risks out way the benefits.

What can you do to protect you and your family?

Start each day with a bunch of fruits and veggies…Watch this video on how to make GREEN SMOOTHIES.

Why is this FLU SEASON? Could it be because our sun exposure is low and our summer sun exposure is far behind us? I test every patient who sees us in the center and there is rarely one that has “enough” vitamin D unless they are supplementing.

Vitamin D is essential for protecting you from the flu. According to the findings from a 2010 study that didn’t get any widespread attention, vitamin D is a highly effective way to avoid influenza.

In fact the study found, that children taking low doses of Vitamin D3 were shown to be 42 percent less likely to come down with the flu. The randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study included 430 children aged 6-15, who were followed between December 2008 and March 2009 a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial comparing vitamin D(3) supplements (1200 IU/d) with placebo in schoolchildren. The primary outcome was the incidence of influenza A, diagnosed with influenza antigen testing with a nasopharyngeal swab specimen. This study suggests that vitamin D(3) supplementation during the winter may reduce the incidence of influenza A, especially in specific subgroups of schoolchildren.

It is important to know, that the appropriate dose of vitamin D will vary from person to person, so ask your doctor to check your levels, optimal levels are between 50-80. Vitamin D can reach toxic levels so be sure to have you doctor check your Vitamin D 25-OH level.

Other IMMUNE boosting supplements: Vitamin C, zinc, elderberry, goldenseal and echinechia. These can all protect you and help shorten the course if symptoms present.

In my medicine chest at home the most important tools are my essential oils. Thieves oil is an amazing blend of cinnamon bark, clove, lemon and eucalyptus oil. It can be used on the bottom of your feel, gargle in water at the first sign of a sore throat, or diffuse in the air to kill germs.

RC oil is great for congestion diffuse or rub on sinuses and chest to help clear congestion.

Eucalyptus is great to diffuse in the air to break up check congestion.

To learn more about the oils email us: info@integrativehealthmanhasset.com

Do your best to stay healthy stop in for a super Immune Vitamin drip(check out Kristine on TV talking about drips) for extra support!

Stay warm & healthy

~ Kristine Blanche RPA-C

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/thimerosal.htm

Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, p6

Cinnamon Bark essential oil vapor showed inhibitory effect against respiratory tract pathogens Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus, including some penicillin-resistant strains.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition May 2010;91(5):1255-60

Start preventing breast cancer naturally

Start preventing breast cancer naturally

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Breast cancer has become an increasing problem in the recent times. The World Health Organization estimated that 508 000 women died globally due to breast cancer in the year 2011 alone, and it is said that this number will increase with the next few years. It is considered a disease of the developed world and it is progressing due to increasing risk factors.  What is breast cancer? Breast cancer is a disease caused by abnormal cells called malignant cells located in the breast’s milk glands. These cells multiply uncontrollably before they reach a mature age and spread to healthy tissues rapidly. The term malignant defines a cancer and the invasion of distant healthy tissues throughout the body is called metastasis. How can we prevent breast cancer? The major aspect, which we have to consider when we hear about breast cancer, is prevention.You hear of the wonders of the latest discovery of Boswellia sacra’s effect on the cancerous tumor, how promising the results are. It can suppress the aggressiveness of the breast cancer and it generates tumor cell apoptosis.These results are very important and a huge discovery. We should try to make the same progress with prevention.Women must understand that they can prevent breast cancer naturally by taking measures and educating themselves about prevention. By taking these steps, you can genuinely lower you risk of developing breast cancer.

  • Check you vitamin D levels. There is research that proves that low vitamin D levels can be a risk factor for breast cancer. Take vitamin D supplements or vitamin D drugs depending on the result of your blood level.
  • Be careful with iodine deficiency. Iodine deficiency is caused by insufficient intake of iodine in your diet. Iodine deficiency can also cause fibrocystic breasts, a disease which is also a risk factor for breast cancer. Make sure your diet has enough iodine and check tour iodine levels.
  • Watch your diet. It was proven that obesity is known to cause an increased inflammation process and higher estrogen levels which are major risk factors for breast cancer. Even if you don’t have obesity, watch your diet and eat toxin-free foods. Toxins are also proven to increase the risk for breast cancer.
  • Reduce your stress levels. It can be really hard not to get stressed out by all the things that you are facing with in daily activity, but try to reduce the stress levels to a minimum. Stress is a major risk factor for breast cancer and for many other diseases. Stress doesn’t allow your body to function in a normal way and it starts a chain of unpleasant events which cause disturbances in the body and leaves the road clear for diseases.
  • Get tested to see if you have a MTHFR gene mutation. The medical research department is more convinced every day that the mutation of the MTHFR gene is one of the bigger risk factors of breast cancer. They are conducing investigation protocols and studies to prove it and they are making progress.
  • Take a Breast Thermography test. It is an innovation to breast cancer prevention. It is an investigation which tests the heat pattern in a certain body part and can detect inflammation and neovascularity (new blood vessels) which are signs of an early process in the body part that can later become a cancer.

~Kristine Blanche, RPA-C

Check out our RESEARCH project here:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fund-cutting-edge-research-natural-approach-to-preventing-breast-cancer/x/7472767

THE INTEGRATIVE APPROACH FOR BREAST CANCER PREVENTION & MTHFR mutations?

The Integrative Approach For Breast Cancer Prevention: “MTHFR mutation bigger than BRCA?”

Kristine Blanche, RPA-C ~ July 2014

 

I spent the first half of my medical career in a conventional mindset. Throughout my work in surgery, emergency medicine, & critical care, I realized that there was a very limited focus on prevention in the medical world. Prompted by a series of family illnesses, I became “obsessed” with the prevention of illness and disease.

I have always told my patients:

“Genes load the gun, but the environment pulls the trigger.”

Everyday people are born with genetic mutations, which can increase the risk of illness and disease; however, mutations are rarely the ultimate cause of the disease. Many factors influence whether the mutation is expressed, and you have control over many of these factors.

Lets take a look a very common genetically linked disease in the US: type-two diabetes. During my first pregnancy, I developed gestational diabetes. Upon further tests, I discovered that I was born with a gene that significantly increases my risk of developing type-two diabetes. I have been pre-diabetic all my life, and did not even realize it. However, now that I am fully aware of the risk, I can prevent myself from becoming diabetic by maintaining a stable blood sugar level, staying active, and rarely indulging in sweets. By taking simple preventative actions, I can remain diabetes-free for the rest of my life, despite my genetic predisposition. The United States government spends approximately $245 billion a year on the co-morbidities of diabetes (National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014) while approximately 1.7 million people are diagnosed a year (CDC, 2012). Type-two diabetes is one of the most preventable diseases on the planet. Yet, it is predicted that 1 in 3 people in the United States will have diabetes by 2050. These staggering numbers are a result of the non-existent focus on prevention.

Even though type-two diabetes can be prevented with a few lifestyle changes, many medical practitioners chose prescribing insulin instead of prescribing a healthy lifestyle. Type-two diabetes can be prevented despite genetic predisposition – Can cancer prevention work in the same way?

Further research is necessary to learn the relationship between certain genes and cancer. Recently, the BRCA gene, which has been proven to increases the risk to breast and ovarian cancer, has become the frontier for studying genetic links to cancer. However, the mechanisms behind the function and expression of the gene are not yet fully understood. The recommended conventional treatment is to undergo prophylactic mastectomies and oophorectomies – surgery to cut out the potential problem. But what if you could prevent the expression of the BRCA gene, and bypass all the pain and money spent on procedures? If type-two diabetes can be prevented, despite genetic predisposition, what effect will prevention have on cancer genes?

Similarly to the BRCA gene, research suggests that the MTHFR gene mutation also increases breast cancer risk. (Dong 2014) However, the mechanisms of action are more clearly understood and continue to be further studied. The MethyleneTetraHydroFolateReductase,orknown as the MTHFR gene mutation, can be detected with a simple blood test. Simply put, the MTHFR gene mutation slows down methylation and the ability to create anti-oxidants and detoxify the body. Because toxins are a common environmental trigger to cancer, and the genetic mutation impairs this detoxification process, it is speculated that this particular gene mutation is the link to cancer risk – yet thousands of people are unaware they have the MTHFR gene.

After learning of the MTHFR gene at a conference with Dr. Ben Lynch, I began testing for MTHFR A1298C and MTHFR C6777T in all my patients nine months ago. Alarmingly, 85% of people I have tested in my New York practice are either homozygous or heterozygous for one or both of the MTHFR genes mutations. These numbers are staggering. Empowered with this information, my patients are now able to identify a potential increased risk for cancer and heart disease, and institute simple changes to their lifestyle to help prevent the onset of disease.

The right lifestyle and nutrient recommendations can assist a patient in ultimately “feeding their genes” in order to increase methylation and minimizing the negative effects of the MTHFR mutation.

As Dr. Ben Lynch has written for many years, any people with a MTHFR gene mutation should take these simple steps:

  • Maintain a gluten and dairy free lifestyle
  • Eat organic foods
  • Avoid toxins – cleaners, perfumes, and skincare chemicals
  • Detoxify regularly – saunas
  • Ensure adequate amounts of methylcobalamine and methylfolate
  • Take precautions to ensure gut health – probiotics
  • Avoid folic acid
  • Exercise

 

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(Matheos, Laura, Holy MTHFR, LLM,December 31, 2012)

The above diagram is a great visual of the complex biochemical pathways that are affected by the MTHFR gene. The diagram effectively illustrates the significance of methyl B12 and folate, and identifies how the MTHFR gene is central to many biochemical processes.

It is clear toxins increase the risk of cancer. A study by Darbre (2004) discovered Parabens, chemicals found in most skin care products and deodorants, in 99% of breast tumors removed in women being treated for primary breast cancer. Parabens are just one of the many chemicals that have an established link with breast cancer incidence (Darbre, 2008). BPA is another toxin linked to breast cancer (Li, 2014).

My passion is cancer prevention. I strive to learn more about the genetic mutations linked to the development of cancer. Personally, I have not treated a single patient with breast cancer who tested negative for the MTHFR mutation. If the gene is discovered pre-cancer development, simple measures can be taken to prevent the progression towards disease, including detoxification protocols and the supplementation of methylfolate and methylcobalamine (Wei, 2014).

In preventative medicine, the goal is to identify risk factors and implement a plan to reverse these risk factors and prevent disease. The connection between toxins and breast cancer is firmly established (Barr, 2012, Darbre 2008, Li, 2014). Screening for impaired detoxification pathways and implementing nutritional changes to optimize methylation and detoxification can stop cancer before it even starts.

Health is our greatest asset. We simply MUST demand PREVENTION.

 For more information please visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fund-cutting-edge-research-natural-approach-to-preventing-breast-cancer 

Kristine Blanche, RPA-C 

“Together we can change the face of medicine!”

Integrative Healing Center
403 Main Street #1~ Inspiration Wharf
Port Washington, NY 11050
516-676-0200
www.GetIntegrativeHealth.com

References:

Barr, L., Metaxas, G., (2012) Measurement of paraben concentrations in human breast tissue at serial locations across the breast from axilla to sternum

Journal of Applied Toxicology March 2012; 32(3): 219-232

Darbre, P., Aljarrah, A., & Miller, W. (2004). Concentrations of parabens in human breast tumours. J Appl Toxicol, 24, 5–13.

Darbre, P., & Harvey, P. (2008). Paraben esters review of recent studies of endocrine toxicity, absorption, esterase, and discussion of possible health risks. J Appl Toxicol, 28, 561–578.

Stankova J, Lawrance AK, Rozen R (2008). “Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR): a novel target for cancer therapy”. Curr Pharm Des 14 (11): 1143–50. doi:10.2174/138161208784246171. PMID 18473861.

Li K, Li W, Dong X (2014) Association of 677 C.T (rs1801133) and 1298 A.C (rs1801131) Polymorphisms in the MTHFR Gene and Breast Cancer Susceptibility: A Meta-Analysis Based on 57 Individual Studies. PLoS ONE 9(6): e71290. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071290

Lynch, Benjamin. MTHFR C677T Mutation: Basic Protocol. MTHFR.net. Feb. 24, 2012.

Weiwei Z, Liping C, Dequan L. (2014) Association between dietary intake of folate, Vitamin B6, B12 & MTHFR, MTR Genotype and breast cancer risk. Pak J Med Sci 2014;30(1):106-110. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12669/pjms.301.4189

Feature: Q&A with Kristine Blanche, PA-C

Feature: Q&A with Kristine Blanche, PA-C

Kristine Blanche is a physician assistant in Port Washington, Long Island, practicing holistic medicine. She graduated with honors and received both a BS in Biology and a BS in Physician Assistant studies from Long Island University, and is finishing her master of arts degree in Experimental Health Healing from the Graduate Institute. Kristine works in preventative care and environmental health in regards to water purification. Read our Q&A interview to see why Kristine feels like a “rock star” everyday!

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Q: You worked in a variety of settings prior to becoming a physician assistant. Can you talk about those and how you decided on holistic medicine?

A: I always knew I wanted to be in medicine. I took an interesting journey through being an EMT, paramedic, trauma technologist and, finally, PA. I worked in ERs, ORs and ICUs. Then I saw the light and realized holistic or preventative medicine is where really I belonged.

Q: Why did you decide to open Integrative Healing Center & Spa?

A: Integrative Healing Center was born out of a need. I had three family members get sick in a very short period of time and I could not find a holistic center that offered evidence-based integrative medicine and everything under one roof, so I opened one. I was very disenchanted with my experience as the family member when my sister-in-law was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 32 years old. We lost her to the disease and I felt that had we had an integrative approach the outcome might have been different.

Q: Typically, what are your day-to-day responsibilities?

A: I partner with patients and listen like a detective: listening for red flags, patterns and imbalances that may have led to a symptom or disease they came in to have treated. I listen to their story for one hour, and we move forward with a physical and blood work to help me complete the picture. Then we go through each lab, explain what it means and how it fits together in their follow-up visit to help the patients understand. We come up with a plan of what they need to take their health back and keep at it! I spend time doing these initial visits, follow-up visits and IV vitamin therapies as well.

Q: What are the most common types of patients/diagnoses you encounter?

A: Patients are typically 35-65 years old, 50/50 male and female. We mostly encounter people who just “don’t feel great”—tired, sad, dragging themselves through their day. Some come in with serious diagnoses like cancer.

Q: What are the greatest challenges you face in holistic medicine?

A: Our greatest challenges are getting conventional doctors onboard with our team approach. There seems to be a preconceived notion that all holistic practitioners are “tree huggers” not practicing evidence-based medicine, which is simply not true.

The other barrier is getting insurance companies to cover preventative medicine. Our system is built on getting paid for diagnoses, codes and illnesses. We get people better, but the insurance companies are not willing to pay to help keep them that way. Insurance is not set up to compensate us for the time it takes to really listen to the patient and, in all honesty, that is the most important thing! It is how we know what they need to heal. Doctors cannot listen to a patient’s story, and come up with a comprehensive plan for him or her to heal and stay well in 10 minutes. This short period only leaves them time to decide which prescription will make the symptom—not the cause of the problem—go away.

Q: What do you like and dislike most about healthcare today?

A: I like wellness care and compassionate doctors who consider themselves partners in their patients’ healthcare plan. I don’t like the parts of medicine that have lost the human connection, communication and compassion.

Q: Can you share a story about working with a patient?

A: I recently had a 30-year-old male stockbroker come in for migraines. I recommended many changes in his very stressful lifestyle, but essential oils and deep belly breathing were a number one priority. He looked at me a little funny and said, “Really, oils?” I assured him to trust me and just give it a try. He came in for the next visit with his oil kit and said, “This really works!” He wanted to know more about what he could use oils for, like a kid with a new toy he was once unsure about and now enjoys. I love it!

Q: In addition to your work at the Integrative Healing Center & Spa, you talk about the hazards of contaminated water. How did you first learn about these dangers?

A: I really became enthralled with the aspects of detoxification and awareness of toxins after working with the 9/11 rescue workers. I worked with them several years after 9/11, eight years later, and could not believe how sick they were and how amazing it was after they detoxified! Everything improved: cholesterol, shortness of breath, thyroid levels, testosterone levels, weight and stamina. It was like we turned back the hands of time, they felt great. It was like nothing I had seen in conventional or holistic medicine, and it made me realize we all needed this. The body relies on water to detoxify; urine, sweat and stool are the only ways out for toxins. All three pathways rely on water, so naturally “good” water is essential!

Q: Is contaminated drinking water an issue for businesses and households in the US? If so, what are the necessary steps we can take to make it safe?

A: Absolutely. The toxins are everywhere and we have to become educated on how to protect ourselves. I found the PUR2O water purification system several years back and absolutely love it! It is the only system I know of that has this technology. They purify, alkalinize, and put the minerals back in the water! I have made sure my entire family and all of our businesses have this water system.

Q: What advice would you give to a PA who wanted to specialize in holistic medicine or environmental health?

A: Go for it! Being a PA in this field is everything I dreamed of as a little girl about helping others. I spent many years “fixing” people; now I feel like a rock star everyday watching patients realize they can heal themselves. I feel incredibly privileged to join their journey to health. I believe together we can change the face of medicine.

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Press Release on cutting edge research

Real patient story!

Help Fund Cutting Edge Research To Prevent Breast Cancer

Kristine Blanche, founder of the Integrative Healing Centers is looking for funding, not to attempt to cure the disease but to help prevent it all together, she believes that preventative medicine is the key

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Kristine Blanche research seeks to fortify the evidence that Breast Thermography can stratify women into high, moderate, and low risk groups for breast cancer

New York, Manhasset (PRWEB) June 14, 2014

Learning that you have developed cancer can be one of the most devastating things a human being can learn. One of the most rapid growing forms of the disease occurs in the breasts. This terrible health issue is so prevalent that 12% of women in the United States alone will develop an invasive form of breast cancer at some point in their life. That means that over 230,000 women, this year alone, will be diagnosed with a severe form of the cancer. Of all those women, 40,000 or more will die. These numbers do not include relapses and the 65,000 women who will be diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS), a less serious and non invasive form of breast cancer.

Over the last few years, it has been proven that inflammation in the breast tissue and glands is a precursor and sign that cancerous cells may be beginning to form. Because the survival rate for most cancers increases exponentially the sooner you catch it, searching for inflammation in women who are predisposed to this disease may be of great help in breast cancer prevention.

Kristine Blanche, founder of the Integrative Healing Centers is looking for funding, not to attempt to cure the disease but to help prevent it all together, she believes that preventative medicine is the key. With over 20 years experience in the medical field and the passion to truly want to make a difference, she will be attempting to prove that Breast Thermography is the key to early detection and prevention. Thermography can detect heat and inflammation in the breasts. The use of this tool will help doctors be able to see the cancer starting to form before it can even be detected by a mammogram. The best part about this treatment is that it is completely non invasive and safe.

If this form of testing can be proven a success, it will be used by doctors all over the world and can help to save hundreds of thousands of lives in just a few short years. Not only will lives be saved but many women will be spared the torture of having to go through painful cancer treatments once the disease becomes more pronounced within their breasts.

Right now, they are accepting donations from $5 to $25,000 and anything in between. These donations will not only go to researching breast cancer prevention through the use of Thermography but also in studying the MTHFR gene, a gene that is thought to play a huge part in which women develop breast cancer. Take the time to visit their site and make a difference today!

About Kristine Blanche and Integrative Healing Centers

Kristine Blanche is a board certified physician’s assistant who received her degree from Long Island University. She then went on to get her Masters degree in Experiential Health Healing and is expected to complete her doctoral degree in medicine in late 2015. She also has over twenty years of medical experience.

Aside from her extensive medical expertise, she is also the owner of Integrative Healing Center, a health spa and alternative and holistic health center. Find out how you can help by visiting her Indiegogo campaign here and don’t forget to check out all of the people who have already contributed here.

Contact information

Kristine Blanche and Integrative Healing Centers

403 Main St.
suite #!
New York Manhasset
United States
Phone: 1.888.293.2039

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/IntegrativeHealing

Start preventing breast cancer naturally

Breast cancer has become an increasing problem in the recent times. The World Health Organization estimated that 508 000 women died globally due to breast cancer in the year 2011 alone, and it is said that this number will increase with the next few years. It is considered a disease of the developed world and it is progressing due to increasing risk factors.

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a disease caused by abnormal cells called malignant cells located in the breast’s milk glands. These cells multiply uncontrollably before they reach a mature age and spread to healthy tissues rapidly. The term malignant defines a cancer and the invasion of distant healthy tissues throughout the body is called metastasis.

How can we prevent breast cancer?

The major aspect which we have to consider when we hear about breast cancer is prevention. There are a series of health organization programs and clinical trials for the treatment of breast cancer, but not so many for prevention. You hear of the wonders of the latest discovery of Boswellia sacra’s effect on the cancerous tumor, how promising the results are. It can suppress the aggressiveness of the breast cancer and it generates tumor cell apoptosis. These results are very important and a huge discovery. We should try to make the same progress with prevention. Women must understand that they can prevent breast cancer naturally by taking measures and educating themselves about prevention. By taking these steps, you can genuinely lower you risk of developing breast cancer.

• Check you vitamin D levels. There is research that proves that low vitamin D levels can be a risk factor for breast cancer. Take vitamin D supplements or vitamin D drugs depending on the result of your blood level.

• Be careful with iodine deficiency. Iodine deficiency is caused by insufficient intake of iodine in your diet. Iodine deficiency can also cause fibrocystic breasts, a disease which is also a risk factor for breast cancer. Make sure your diet has enough iodine and check tour iodine levels.

• Watch your diet. It was proven that obesity is known to cause an increased inflammation process and higher estrogen levels which are major risk factors for breast cancer. Even if you don’t have obesity, watch your diet and eat toxin-free foods. Toxins are also proven to increase the risk for breast cancer.

• Reduce your stress levels. It can be really hard not to get stressed out by all the things that you are facing with in daily activity, but try to reduce the stress levels to a minimum. Stress is a major risk factor for breast cancer and for many other diseases. Stress doesn’t allow your body to function in a normal way and it starts a chain of unpleasant events which cause disturbances in the body and leaves the road clear for diseases.

• Get tested to see if you have a MTHFR gene mutation. The medical research department is more convinced every day that the mutation of the MTHFR gene is one of the bigger risk factors of breast cancer. They are conducing investigation protocols and studies to prove it and they are making progress.

• Take a Breast Thermography test. It is an innovation to breast cancer prevention. It is an investigation which tests the heat pattern in a certain body part and can detect inflammation and neovascularity (new blood vessels) which are signs of an early process in the body part that can later become a cancer.

For more information about this incredible new discovery, contact:

Kristine Blanche, RPA-C
“Together we can change the face of medicine!”
Integrative Healing Center
403 Main Street #1~ Inspiration Wharf
Port Washington, NY 11050
516-676-0200
www.GetIntegrativeHealth.com

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fund-cutting-edge-research-natural-approach-to-preventing-breast-cancer/x/7472767

A Loving Tribute to our “Girls”….it’s all about Prevention!

October….it is all about prevention!

Most people are aware October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but here at Integrative we choose to focus on PREVENTION. The statistics are scary for any one who has breasts or loves some one with breasts, but as we emphasize to all of our patients, we, as Women, are so much more than a statistic. In this month’s Newsletter we offer you education and application for cancer prevention and breast health, along with a special article written by our resident expert, Kristine Blanche.

Whether it be for you or for someone that you love, take a few minutes and read through the information within. It could save a life!

“It is the big choices we make that set our direction. It is the smallest choices we make that get us to the destination.”-Dr. Shad Helmstetter

A Letter from Kristine Blanche: 7 Steps to Breast Cancer Prevention

I have been privileged to treat many, many women with breast cancer over the years and have been honored to learn from their stories . . . it is the power of these stories that helps us learn how to prevent this disease.

It is in honor of those women and their personal experience & journey with cancer that I encourage you to learn as much as you can about prevention and don’t wait…take action now.

 

7 Simple steps to PREVENT breast cancer:

#1. Get enough Vitamin D & know how much is enough for you-

Unfortunately, the sun is not enough anymore!! I have been checking vitamin D levels for years… and the amount of vitamin D 3 required to get the levels to the therapeutic levels of 50-80, have increase 5 x in 5 years. Even my sunbathers who spend the winter some place warm and wonderful CAN NOT get enough vitamin D from the sun, they all need it in pill or liquid form. I have patients on any where from 1000iu to 10,000iu and some times it is still not enough. You need to be careful and request your physicians help because Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin so you can take to much. You can request your doctor check the Vitamin D 25 OH levels 2x per year in the fall to help calculate your winter dose and in the spring to calculate your summer dose. Vitamin D is one of the single most important things you can take to prevent cancer.

#2. Get screened-

Thermography is a wonderful screening tool that ideally is started in your 20″s. Although, it is never to late to start. It gives us a wonderful peak into the patterns of inflammation in the breast. We can determine if you have mild, moderate, or severe fibrocystic breasts. This information helps us help you. . . fibrocystic breasts indicate increased risk. So we start women on a protocol to get the fibrocystic breast disease to GO AWAY… yep it can go away… not only decreasing your risks but also improving the likely hood that your breast exam and mammograms will be more effective. If you are one of the women that have to always go for a sonogram after your mammogram too, most likely you have “dense” or significant fibrocystic breasts. If we get you on the breast protocol we can minimize or ideally get the “fibrocystic” nature of your breast to go away!!

It is amazing to watch women’s faces as they see their before and after thermogram…and they so excited to see the change they made in there breasts!

#3 Get to know your girls . . . breast self exam can SAVE your life-

GIVE YOURSELF AN EXAM ONCE A MONTH

Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month.  Johns Hopkins Medical center states,“Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.”

While mammograms can help you to detect cancer before you can feel a lump, breast self-exams help you to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel so you can alert your healthcare professional if there are any changes.

I ask every woman if they do self-exams and 75% are honest and say no. Some are afraid they don’t know what they are feeling; my response is you won’t know till you know what is normal for you…

Breast exams are best done for menstruating women the week after your period and for post-menopausal women the 1st day of the month (just so you remember)

Just give your girls some love, don’t do it with fear, do it with love.

HOW TO PERFORM A BREAST SELF-EXAM

  To perform a breast self-exam, use a methodical approach that ensures you cover your entire breast. For instance, visualize your breasts as divided into pieces of a pie and sweeping your fingers along each piece in toward your nipple.

 

#4. Iodine is an essential element for the breasts-

We used to fortify everything with Iodine, like bread and cereal. Not anymore. The only place you find iodine is kelp and Morton salt. Most people have switched to yummy Himalayan sea salt (there is no Morton’s in my house). As a result most of us are deficient, resulting in fibrocystic breasts, right? It is that easy. The only caution is obviously if you have an iodine allergy… avoid it! The other is Graves disease and hosimoto’s thyroid disease. These are both autoimmune conditions of the thyroid and unfortunately, because the body has mistakenly identified the thyroid as foreign, if you stimulate it some times that can make it worse.

The effect of various forms of iodine for fibrocystic breast disease treatment changes were examined in three long-term studies conducted by Queen’s University, Ontario on more than 1,300 participants. Molecular iodine showed the most promise-74% of women studied experienced clinical and objective improvement with no negative impact on the thyroid.

Watch this sneak peak into Dr. Jonathan wright’s lecture on iodine and fibrocystic breasts and the Myer’s protocol.

Myer’s Protocol

#5 Estrogen Dominance

The bottom line is we live in a toxic world and these toxins are hormone disruptors; BPA, parabans, and pesticides all disrupt hormones and it is this hormone disruption that can increase our likely hood for cancer. If you get “hormonal” symptoms then chances are your hormones are disrupted. Request a hormone profile with your doctor and look into detoxification. If you detox the cause of the problem the problem goes away. There are many ways to address this problem; but symptoms are your bodies was of telling us we are out of balance . . . listen to your body.

#6. Inflammatory foods-

Foods known to increase fibrocystic disease:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Salty foods
  • Saturated fats

Foods known to lead to inflammation:

  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Sugar

#7 Self-care-

As a woman myself, I can personally attest to our inclination to care for everyone else’s needs before our own. I work with women each and every day helping them realize how important it is TO THEIR HEALTH, to give themselves permission to take care of themselves. Life is so crazy that we can get trapped on the hamster wheel of life.

Each day this month I challenge you to take a moment for you:

  • Take a bath and light a candle
  • Spray some lavender on your pillow
  • Listen to a meditation track
  • Go for a massage or Reiki treatment
  • Get a facial
  • Go for a quite walk in nature
  • Write in a journal
  • Take 10 deep breathes 3x/day

 

You deserve to be taken care of too, and not just on your birthday or mothers day every day!!

There are so many ways to insulate your self from disease, but they all require action. You are worth it!!

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Wishing you a month of self-love and wellness,

Kristine Blanche

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Breast Check- A Feature from the LI Pulse Magazine

pink-ribbon-bannerBreast Check-Cancer screenings that improve the odds of early detection

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many women may feel relieved after their annual mammograms come back clear, but what if finding a tumor on a mammogram was like trying to find a polar bear in a snowstorm? According to the American College of Radiology Imaging Network, 40 percent of women who have mammograms have dense breast tissue (DBT), which is harder to read than fatty breast tissue. Unlike fatty tissue, which appears black on a mammogram, both dense tissue and tumors appear white.A new law passed in New York, and 11 other states, requires mammography providers to inform women if they have dense breast tissue, a charge led by Nancy Cappello of Connecticut. Cappello, now 60, started getting annual mammograms at 40. When she was 51, a doctor found a lump in her breast just six weeks after a mammogram appeared normal. A follow-up mammogram did not detect it and she was told she had dense breast tissue, but the cancer had already spread to 13 lymph nodes. Cappello underwent a mastectomy, chemo and radiation. She believes that if she’d known about the density, she would have had ultrasounds and/or MRIs and the tumor might have been found earlier.In addition to the digital mammogram, the high-priced MRI and the diagnostic ultrasound, the FDA has cleared several adjunctive tests that expand the options.

Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound

Radiologist Kevin Kelly wanted to do for breast cancer what the pap smear did for cervical cancer when he created the SonoCiné Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound (AWBUS) screening test. The goal: Finding cancer early and avoiding chemotherapy. The AWBUS is able to find tiny, fast-growing invasive cancers (5-10mm in size) in dense breast tissue using sound waves. An attached computer slowly moves the transducer (held by the technician for pressure and alignment) across each breast, taking three or four thousand images per scan to capture all the tissue. The test takes about 20 minutes and can be read by the radiologist in five (as opposed to the labor intensive manual screening ultrasound). Studies have shown that AWBUS as an adjunct to mammography may be 100 times more effective in finding cancers in dense breasts than can be found by mammography alone.

Benefits: No radiation, no compression, no injected dyes, safe for pregnant women, helpful for high-risk women with dense breast tissue or implants, false positives have decreased over time.
Downsides: Costs range from $250-$400 per test, not shown to be as effective as the mammogram for detecting calcified cancers like DCIS, not widely available yet.
Insurance: Not covered by many companies.
Available at: Central Park Women’s Imaging in Manhattan.

Breast Thermography

Approved by the FDA in 1982 as an adjunct to mammography, the thermogram is a physiological screening test as opposed to an anatomical one. It monitors changes in an individual’s thermal pattern, which is as unique as a fingerprint, years before lesions develop. Tumors need blood and nutrients to grow, thus blood vessels increase around compromised areas causing the surface temperature of the breast to rise. An infrared camera records the skin’s temperature by way of a colored digital image detecting vascularity, inflammation and asymmetries.It is then read by a radiologist who might recommend the patient for further testing if something appears suspicious. Long Island physician assistant/thermographer Kristine Blanche applauds the preventative aspects of the test with regard to issues like fibrocystic breast disease. “We teach the patients, based on research, what areas we can maximize in their lives to decrease the risk factors for breast cancer,” she said. “Then these women get to return and see the changes they’ve made in their own breasts in as little as three months. What I love most about thermography is watching women, especially with a family history, transform from being afraid to being empowered.”

Benefits: No radiation, no compression, no injected dyes, safe for pregnant women and for implants, good for young women with dense breast tissue, has an average sensitivity of 90 percent (95 percent when used with other tests), can detect the rare but aggressive inflammatory breast cancer (IBC).
Downsides: Costs about $200, not good at detecting some small cancers or the exact location of a tumor, not standardized.
Insurance: Not covered by many companies.
Available at: The Integrative Healing Center in Port Washington.

MicroDose Mammography

Touted as the “next generation of mammography,” the MicroDose Full Field digital mammogram has been used in Europe and Asia for years. The MicroDose has 18 to 50 percent less radiation than other digital mammograms, which is good for those who get tested annually (along with other X-rays) as the effects of ionizing radiation are cumulative.A photon detector minimizes shadows, allowing for higher quality images and the machine has a curved and warmed surface.

Benefits: Low-dose radiation, better image quality, more comfortable, five-minute exam time.
Downsides: Radiation, compression, may not be able to read dense breast tissue, not widely available yet.
Insurance: Many insurers cover the tests.
Available at: Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, NJ.

Tomosynthesis (3D mammography)

This test is an extension of a digital mammogram and is sometimes ordered for women with dense breast tissue. The machine takes multiple images—25 exposures with up to two pictures per second—that can be combined into a three-dimensional picture in hopes of finding more tumors than the standard test. The jury is still out on whether or not it finds more cancers than the traditional mammogram. For one, Dr. Susan Love, nationally recognized women’s health expert and surgeon, questions if avoiding a few false positives is worth two to three times as much radiation.

Benefits: Overlapping tissue doesn’t obscure the inside of the breast, less repeat testing when standard mammograms are questionable.
Downsides: Two to three times more radiation than a standard mammogram, compression, density can still be an issue.
Insurance: Not always covered.
Available at: Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip.

Lisa Heffernan
Author: Lisa Heffernan
Originally from Newport, RI, Lisa Heffernan received a master’s in Communications from Emerson College in Boston before moving to New York. She has written for Rolling Stone, Newport This Week, New York Daily News, Time Out and many other publications.