Ladd McNamara, M.D discusses the future of medicine both as it relates to health, supplementation, and how health professionals are finding new ways to increase income in an ever evolving world!

Category: Nutritional Supplementation

Should You Take Vitamins & Supplements During Chemo or Radiation Therapy?

It is long been tradition, based upon what I call medical myth, for doctors to tell patients to stop taking nutritional supplements (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and omega 3 fatty acids) while undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. I understand why and how it became “medical tradition,” but the medical evidence points to the complete opposite viewpoint.  It appears that nutritional supplements DO NOT interfere with chemo or radiation therapy, but even better, antioxidant supplements may actually help kill cancer cells, as well as help reduce the damage to healthy cells by these toxic cancer treatments!

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IgA Nephropathy (Berger’s Disease) and Nutritional Supplementation

IgA nephropathy, also known as Berger’s disease and synpharyngitic glomerulonephritis, is a disease in which IgA antibodies are abnormally produced due to an unidentified immune response (most likely in the intestinal tract); the blood stream is flooded with IgA antibodies which are then filtered by the kidneys.   The glomeruli (small bundles of capillaries where filtration occurs) become inflammed, and is known as glomerulonephritis.
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New_Study: High Level of Vitamin D and Atrial Fibrillation

A new study reported at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando this week indicates that “too much” vitamin D is associated with atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat).   However, the findings are not as bleak as it sounds.   In fact, the results are actually reassuring in regard to the safety of high dose vitamin D!   Despite some who try to spin the results in favor of minimal or no supplementation, this study, lead by Dr. T. Jared Bunch, a heart rhythm specialist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Utah reaffirms the safety of supplementing with high doses of vitamin D.   So, what daily dose is safe, and how much was “too much?”

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