Feb 2008 Inside Outside Wellness Center & Medical Spa
This Month's SuperSlow®
months SuperSlow® Star is Jack Laurence
Jack Laurence bought Allied Sheet-metal and Air Conditioning,
a company founded in 1956, in 1962. There were 7 employees. In 1968 the
company was incorporated as Jack Laurence Corporation. Over the years
they have fabricated metal products such as monkey feeders and cages for
Southwest Foundation, floats for radio stations and duct work for our and
other companies use. Air conditioning was installed in houses, churches and
retail outlets. In 1981 Lynn Laurence joined the operation after graduating
from Texas A & M. In 1984 plumbing was added to the mix with larger
projects being completed along the way. Today they have 100 employees air
conditioning, plumbing and fabricating metal for all over South Texas.
They have participated in the building of power plants, hospitals, hotels, meat
plants, milk plants, grocery stores, theaters, jails, office buildings,
schools, churches even buildings in the Kwajalein atoll. In addition,
service for A/C and plumbing is provided for both commercial and residential
customers. Jack's son Lynn is a SuperSlow Member.
Lynn's wife, Caroline is an Operating Room Nurse in the Methodist
Hospital and is also a SuperSlow member. Contact Jack Laurence Corporation at 210-696-0273 for your
Plumbing and Air Conditioning Needs!!.
Jack's own words:
was introduced to the SuperSlow Strength Training Program
when Lynn arranged to have Dr. Christian come and speak to
the San Antonio Breakfast Club in Oct 2007. When he
said about loss of muscle and strength as you age made a lot
of sense to me and at 81 years I was starting to realize I
was losing both muscle and strength. I decided to
start the program with some skepticism as to whether I
could, at my age, actually build muscle and feel younger.
Dr. Christian performed my followup scan and I had gained
3lbs of muscle and lost 10lbs of fat!! I recently realized
how much the program had helped me when I slipped on a curb
and was able to keep myself from having a bad fall.
Without SuperSlow I would surely have broken something.
SuperSlow is something I can see myself doing indefinitely.
Why would anyone ever stop?"
are some graphs which demonstrate his progress in
body composition and gaining strength!
Jack has gained 3 lbs of Muscle and lost
10 lbs of fat and his body fat has dropped 4.5%!
Jack has demonstrated significant strength
changes since starting his SuperSlow Program.
Jack we are proud of you!!
Congratulations on being selected our SuperSlow®
Star of the Month and earning 4 more SuperSlow®
Back to the
Basics: Vitamins Part 9
The B Vitamins, Vitamin B12.
We are continuing a series talking about those nutrients
which are Essential to Life. A “Back to the Basics Series”.
Basic questions we need to answer are: Why is this molecule
or element Essential, What Purpose does it Serve, In What
Form is it Best Consumed and How Much do we need.
vitamin is an
organic molecule required by a living
organism in minute amounts for proper
health. An organism deprived of all sources of a
particular vitamin will eventually suffer from
symptoms specific to that vitamin.
can be classified as either
water soluble, which means they dissolve
easily in water, or
fat soluble, which means they are
absorbed through the
intestinal tract with the help of
In general, an organism must obtain vitamins
or their metabolic precursors from outside
the body, most often from the organism's
diet. Examples of vitamins that the
human body can derive from precursors
include vitamin A, which can be produced
beta carotene; niacin from the
tryptophan; and vitamin D through
The term vitamin
does not encompass other
essential nutrients such as
essential fatty acids, or
essential amino acids, nor is it used
for the large number of other nutrients that
merely promote health, but are not strictly
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pronunciation: ĕs`sĕn´sjal or
:basic and fundamental a: being a substance that is
required for normal functioning but cannot be synthesized by
the body and therefore must be included in the diet
:absolutely required and not to be used up or sacrificed
s :of the greatest importance s :absolutely
necessary; vitally necessary n :anything
indispensable ie don't leave home without it....More
important than Gummi Bears...
has the largest and most
complex chemical structure
of all the vitamins. It is
unique among vitamins in
that it contains a metal
ion, cobalt. Vitamin B12 is
utilized by the body in many
ways involving the
production of red blood
cells and in the function of
the the nervous system.
Vitamin B12 is found only in
animal products and is also
available as supplements.
vegan diet which contains no
animal products (including
milk products or eggs) does
not supply any vitamin B12.
Patients following such a
diet, should be advised to
take oral vitamin B12
regularly. The need for
is increased by pregnancy
and lactation. Deficiency
has been recognized in
infants of vegan mothers who
were breast fed, even though
the mothers had no symptoms
of deficiency at the time.
Vegetarians who consume eggs
and milk products will get
some Vitamin B12 but still
are at risk.
Our body has developed a
very sophisticated system to
absorb B12. This involves
the production of acid and
intrinsic factor in the
stomach which attaches to
B12 and allows it to be
absorbed in the end of the
As we age many will
develop degrees of Atrophic
Gastritis, a chronic
inflammation of the lining
of the stomach (often
associated with H. Pylori
Infection), and this affects
the acid production in the
stomach making it very hard
to absorb Vitamin B12 from
food. It is even
thought that drugs such as
Prilosec which decreases
acid production leads to
poor absorption from food.
An imbalance of bacteria in
the small intestine can also
produce impaired absorption,
as would removal of a
portion of the small
intestine (commonly done in
Crohn's Disease). Passive
absorption of Vitamin B12
from Supplements is not very
efficient with only 1% of a
Supplement actually being
absorbed. A 1000mcg
oral dose would only allow
for about 10mcg to be
studies have shown that
about 40% of the US
Population is mildly
deficient in Vitamin B12
with levels in the low
normal range and close to
10% are very deficient. The
deficiency can be from
inadequate intake or
B-12 deficiency can be
difficult to diagnose
clinically, as its symptoms
are often nonspecific
that could be attributed
to old age
Moreover, symptoms vary and
often don’t include the
degeneration of the
It is well established that the clinical manifestations of overt, severe vitamin B12 deficiency include both hematologic (macrocytic or megaloblastic anemia, Pernicious Anemia) and neurologic (subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord, peripheral neuropathy, cognitive impairment) sequelae. The neurologic consequences are of particular concern, because they can occur in the absence of hematologic symptoms and can become permanent if vitamin B12 replacement therapy is not initiated within a year of the onset of symptoms. It therefore is incumbent on clinicians to recognize vitamin B12 deficiency at an early stage, before the neurologic health of a person is irreversibly affected.
Deficiency of Vitamin B12 also leads to elevations of Homocysteine which has been shown to be an independent risk factor for Atherosclerosis.
Plasma vitamin B-12 concentrations relate to intake source in the Framingham Offspring study.
Am J Clin Nutr. 2000 Feb;71(2):514-22.
Assessing the association between vitamin B12 status and cognitive function in older adults
Am. J. Clinical Nutrition, December 1, 2006; 84(6): 1259 - 1260.
J. W Miller
B Vitamins, Cognition, and Aging: A Review
J. Gerontol. B. Psychol. Sci. Soc. Sci., November 1, 2001; 56(6): P327 - 339.
E. Calvaresi and J. Bryan
Impaired vitamin B12 metabolic status in healthcare workers occupationally exposed to nitrous oxide.
Br J Anaesth. 2007 Dec;99(6):812-8. Epub 2007 Oct 20.
Gastric status and vitamin B12 levels in cardiovascular patients.
Dig Dis Sci. 2007 Sep;52(9):2186-9. Epub 2007 Apr 11.
van Oijen MG
Vitamin B12 deficiency in the aged: a population-based study.
Age Ageing. 2007 Mar;36(2):177-83. Epub 2006 Dec 21
*A three-ounce serving of meat or fish
is about the size of a deck of cards.
Requirements and RDA
The FDA has established an
RDA of Vitamin B12 of 2.5 to 5mcg per day.
Because of the increased
risk of food-bound vitamin B12 malabsorption
in older adults, the Food and Nutrition
Board of the Institute of Medicine
recommended that adults over 50 years of age
get most of the RDA from fortified food or
vitamin B12 containing supplements. With
only 1% absorption this would mean about 250
to 500mcg per day from our supplements to
get the 2.5-5mcg we need on a daily basis.
Vitamin B12 is available as individual supplements and
is found in Multivitamins which usually
contain about 400mcg of Vitamin B-12.
Injections of 1000mcg B12 can be given on a
monthly basis to supplement oral intake.
Office of Dietary Supplements
National Institutes of Health
B12 at the Linus Pauling Institute.
NUTRIENT DATA LABORATORY
Search the USDA National Nutrient Database
for Standard Reference
The Institute of Medicine in
their Dietary Reference Intake Book and
Next month, Vitamin C
From Dr. Sears' Monthly
The OmegaZone E-Magazine
"For years the medical establishment has been telling
Americans that fighting heart disease means a war against
cholesterol. Slowly but surely, like the powerful Wizard of
Oz façade, the cholesterol story has been slowly eroding.
Now the scientific data is shifting more to inflammation as
the underlying cause of heart disease. Of course, this makes
common sense since the number-one drug to prevent a heart
attack is an aspirin. Although aspirin has no effect on
cholesterol levels, it has a dramatic effect on reducing
inflammation. Recent articles in the New England Journal of
Medicine have again confirmed the importance of inflammation
on heart disease. A crude indictor of inflammation,
C-reactive protein, appears to be more powerful than bad
cholesterol levels in predicting future heart attacks.
But what if there was an even more powerful predictor of
inflammation that could predict heart attacks? As I describe
in my newest book, “The Anti-Inflammation Zone,” such a
blood marker exists. It is the ratio of arachidonic acid
(AA) to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). This marker of
inflammation precedes C-reactive protein by years. You could
take drugs, such as statins, on a lifetime basis to reduce
C-reactive protein. Of course, there are some side
effects, such as memory loss, muscle weakness, neuropathy,
and liver damage. But statins don’t reduce the AA/EPA ratio
– they actually increase it. On the other hand, taking
high-dose fish oil reduces the AA/EPA ratio, and the only
known side-effect is to make you smarter. The amount of fish
oil you need to reduce inflammation depends on how well you
control insulin in your diet. The more you control insulin
by following the Zone Diet, the less fish oil you need. On
the other hand, the less you control insulin, the more fish
oil you need. The choice is yours. Whatever approach (drugs
or diet) you choose, just keep in mind that controlling
inflammation is a much wiser medical approach to reducing
heart attacks than controlling cholesterol."
Let us know if you want the
AA/EPA test. The Cost is $300 and includes a consult
with Dr. Christian to discuss the results. We also
talk about the AA/EPA test in detail in our Omega Zone
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