Jan-Feb 2010 Inside Outside Wellness Center & Medical Spa Newsletter

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This Month's Inside Outside Star: Rod Reed

 

 

This months Inside Outside Star is Rod Reed! Rod and his wife Kim own and operate Alamo Laserwash at 7979 Bandera Rd.  Rod has been in the car wash business in San Antonio for over 25 years!! They also have several  self serve Car Wash locations! Kim and their daughter Melissa are also Inside Outside Clients!!

 

In Rod's own words:

I really do thank you. Here is my story.

Why did I want to give Inside Outside a try? First ,was my high cholesterol - for which I was prescribed Lipitor or Crestor for more than 5 years. My internist said I would have to take it for the rest of my life. Taking those medications made my muscles sore so I took something for that. I also felt stiffness in my joints (shoulders mostly) and wasn’t very flexible anymore. Lastly, I had a belly hanging over my belt that I was not very proud of. You here it all the time – “diet & exercise”… I also knew that if I controlled my diet, I should be able to bring down my bad cholesterol level. I decided to stop taking the meds and see my doctor again in six months and check all my blood levels.

Dr. Christian’s Inside Outside clinic and staff have been the answer for me. I first started the Hi-Lo weight program and started feeling better and stronger. But after one month and no weight loss, I talked with Dr. Christian, went to his nutrition seminar and really started thinking about losing the fat I had on board. With Dr. Christian’s help, “I changed what I ate” and I didn’t think of it as a diet. I got serious about protein, fish oil and supplements. I started every morning with a Brain Shake, made sure I got my daily protein for the strength program (so I wouldn’t lose muscle) and cut down on so many carbs and the bad fats in my meals. I stuck with the strength program twice a week, thanks to my “Super Trainer – Sierra” . I never thought I’d make the “500 Club or the Row Your Own Club” when I started but I have with her help.

And well, I saw my internist after six months at Inside Outside. My cholesterol level was great, and in fact, lower than at any time over the last 5 years while I was taking a prescription to lower it . The doctor said no more medications where needed. Where am I now after 10 months of Super Slow? I have lost almost 20 pounds of pure body fat. My body fat percentage is down to almost 16%. My weight has not been this low in more than twenty years and I feel great! Thanks Sierra for pushing me on the weights. Thanks Dr. Christian for changing the way I think about nutrition and health."

Rod Reed

Here are some graphs which demonstrate his progress in body composition based on our DXA Scanner, and strength changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Initially Rod focused on cutting back on  calories to lose fat and overall he has lost

16 lbs of fat and dropped his body fat from 22% to 16%!   Now that the fat is gone he is focusing on more  protein and putting on some quality muscle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rod has made significant improvements on all our machines and is a member of the 500 Club and the Row Your Own Weight Club!!A True Mesomorph!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rod we are proud of you!!  Thanks for setting a great example!

 

Congratulations on being selected our Inside Outside Star of the Month and earning 4 more Sessions!!!

 

 

Back to the Basics: Vitamins  Part 13 CoEnzyme Q10.

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.

 

Vitamins  A 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 disease symptoms specific to that vitamin.

 Vitamins 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 lipids.

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 from beta carotene; niacin from the amino acid tryptophan; and vitamin D through exposure of skin to ultraviolet light.

The term vitamin does not encompass other essential nutrients such as dietary minerals, 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 essential.

Essential  Pronunciation: ĕs`sĕn´sjal  or i-primarystresssen-chschwal a :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  s :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 Gummy Bears...

  

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

CoEnzyme Q10

 

 

 

 

 

CoQ10 History

 CoQ10 was first isolated by Dr. Frederick Crane in 1957 from the mitochondria of beef heart. During that same year Professor Morton, from Britain, also discovered CoQ10 in the livers of vitamin A deficient rats. During the following year researchers at Merck, Inc. determined its chemical structure and became the first to produce it.

It was neither the British nor the Americans that first found a practical use for the CoQ compounds. Professor Yamamura from Japan first used a related compound (CoQ7) in the treatment of congestive heart failure. Other practical uses then followed. CoQ6 was used as an effective antioxidant in the mid 1960s. In 1972 (in Italy) deficiency of CoQ10 was linked to heart disease. The Japanese, however, were the first to perfect the technology necessary to produce CoQ10 in sizeable enough quantities to make large clinical trials a reality and most of the pharmcological grade Co Q10 comes from Japan. 

 Function

Coenzyme Q10 is a member of the ubiquinone family of compounds. All animals, including humans, can synthesize ubiquinones, hence, coenzyme Q10 cannot be considered a vitamin.   The name ubiquinone refers to the ubiquitous presence of these compounds in living organisms and their chemical structure, which contains a functional group known as a benzoquinone.

 

Under normal conditions we produce all we need while we are young. But there are many factors that can contribute to CoQ10 deficiency. Among these are aging, disease, dietary deficiency, use of statin drugs and increasing tissue demands.

 

 Mitochondrial ATP synthesis

 The conversion of energy from carbohydrates and fats to adenosine triposphate (ATP), the form of energy used by cells, requires the presence of coenzyme Q in the inner mitochondrial membrane.

  

 Antioxidant functions

 CoEnzyme Q10 serves as an antioxidant which neutralizes free radicals and helps protect our DNA and Lipids such as LDL from Oxidation.

 

 Possible Role in the Aging Process

 According to the free radical and mitochondrial theories of aging, oxidative damage of cell structures by reactive oxygen species (ROS) plays an important role in the functional declines that accompany aging . ROS are generated by mitochondria as a byproduct of ATP production. If not neutralized by antioxidants, ROS may damage mitochondria over time, causing them to function less efficiently and to generate more damaging ROS in a self-perpetuating cycle. Coenzyme Q10 plays an important role in mitochondrial ATP synthesis and functions as an antioxidant in mitochondrial membranes. Moreover, tissue levels of coenzyme Q10 have been reported to decline with age . One of the hallmarks of aging is a decline in energy metabolism in many tissues, especially liver, heart, and skeletal muscle. It has been proposed that age-associated declines in tissue coenzyme Q10 levels may play a role in this decline and a recent study suggests Co Q10 may help relieve fatigue and help to improve exercise endurance and recovery.

Antifatigue effects of coenzyme Q10 during physical fatigue. Mizuno K et al Nutrition. 2008 Apr;24(4):293-9. Epub 2008 Feb 13

Effects of acute and 14-day coenzyme Q10 supplementation on exercise performance in both trained and untrained individuals. Cooke M,et al  J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2008 Mar 4;5:8Click here to read

 

In recent studies, lifelong dietary supplementation with coenzyme Q10 did not increase the life spans of rats or mice ; however, one study showed that coenzyme Q10 supplementation attenuates the age-related increase in DNA damage . Presently, there is no scientific evidence that coenzyme Q10 supplementation prolongs life or prevents age-related functional declines in humans. 

 

Life-long supplementation with a low dosage of coenzyme Q10 in the rat: effects on antioxidant status and DNA damage.  Quiles JLet al Biofactors. 2005;25(1-4):73-86.

 

Because of the Antioxidant and Energy Production Functions of Co Q10, It may have usefulness for the following.

 

Protection against Heart Disease and Heart Failure

By blocking LDL oxidation and the the development of atherosclerosis.

By improving the function of the Failing Heart.

 

Various Neurologic Diseases.  Parkinsons, Huntington's, Friereich's Ataxia

By virtue of the antioxidant qualities of Co Q10.

 

Inhibition by statins.

Coenzyme Q10 shares a common biosynthetic pathway with cholesterol. The synthesis of an intermediary precursor of Coenzyme Q10, mevalonate, is inhibited by some beta blockers, blood pressure-lowering medication, and statins, a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Statins can reduce serum levels of coenzyme Q10 by up to 40%. Some research suggests the logical option of supplementation with coenzyme Q10 as a routine adjunct to any treatment that may reduce endogenous production of coenzyme Q10, based on a balance of likely benefit against very small risk.

 

Food Sources 

Food Serving Coenzyme Q10(mg)
Beef, fried  3 ounces*  2.6 
Herring, marinated  3 ounces  2.3 
Chicken, fried  3 ounces  1.4 
Soybean oil  1 tablespoon  1.3 
Canola oil  1 tablespoon  1.0 
Rainbow trout, steamed  3 ounces  0.9 
Peanuts, roasted  1 ounce  0.8 
Sesame seeds, roasted  1 ounce  0.7 
Pistachio nuts, roasted  1 ounce  0.6 
Broccoli, boiled  1/2 cup, chopped  0.5 
Cauliflower, boiled  1/2 cup, chopped  0.4 
Orange  1 medium  0.3 
Strawberries  1/2 cup  0.1 
Egg, boiled  1 medium  0.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recomendations

For those on Statins or those with known heart disease or heart failure 200mg per day. 

Everyone else 50-100mg per day.

 

 

 

Item 01226 Life Extension CoQ10, 100mg. 

 $46.50 Lasts 2 Months

 

 

 

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 Super Ubiquinol CoQ10 Life Extension Video

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ely's CoQ10 Resource Site

John T. A. Ely Research Associate Professor (Emeritus);
Ph.D., Physics, University of Washington 1969.
Member: Biological Physics Division, American Physical Society
 

 

ODS Logo Office of Dietary Supplements National Institutes of Health

 

 

 

 CoEnzymme Q10 at the Linus Pauling Institute.

 

 

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NUTRIENT DATA LABORATORY

Search the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

 The Institute of Medicine in their Dietary Reference Intake Book and tables

  

Dr. Sears'  Book "The Anti-Inflammation Zone"  

From Dr. Sears' Monthly Newsletter

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 Seminar.

 

 

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