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Aging and Disease: Which Comes First?

Aging and Disease….A Real Chicken or the Egg Dilemma!

Aging and disease…Is it time for a paradigm shift?

We have always thought that as we age, we become diseased. What we have learned the last number of years with epigenetics & the aging of our cells, it really is possible disease comes first.

Cellular aging is the progressive decline in the resistance to stress and other cellular damages, causing a gradual loss of cellular functions and resulting eventually in cell death. Aging is the progressive loss of tissue and organ function over time, from cell death. As we lose cellular function, we are more and more susceptible to disease, we age.

Disease happens with breakdown in the functioning of our cells.

Let’s take a look at the 3 most recognized causes of aging.

 

3 Theories of Cellular Aging:aging and disease

  1. Oxidative Stress theory of Aging
  2. The Mitochondrial Theory of Aging
  3. The Sirtuins Theory of Aging

 

 

 

  1. Aging and Disease with Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress causes chronic inflammation, which is at the root of our chronic illnesses, mental and physical. Fact: Lowering our levels of oxidative stress is a critical aspect of living a healthy, proactive lifestyle. Problem is – even with our best intentions, we often increase our levels of oxidative stress. Many articles here on BICH about oxidative stress and inflammation, how we can measure and lower.

How we can get our body to produce its own, homegrown most vital antioxidants

This is vital to really controlling our levels of oxidative stress. Activating our own body to produce its own antioxidant system, fights the free radicals of oxidative stress a million times greater than the antioxidants we eat. We must optimize our own NRF2 pathway, and produce glutathione, SOD and catalase….THE most aggressive antioxidants against oxidative stressors.

Oh….Those hand sanitizers we are slathering on now? A main ingredient is Triclosan (in various forms). The toxicity and oxidative stress from hand sanitizers.

2. Aging and Disease from Mitochondrial Dysfunction

You probably remember from biology class – the mitochondria are the powerhouses of our cells.  Our mitochondria produce our ATP – which is our currency of energy in our bodies. and are key in metabolic homeostasis.  BTW – I just thought I would add here:

Production of ATP is vital for our existence. You know what a very normal by-product is of ATP production?   Oxidative stress   ⚡️⚡️

Mitochondrial dysfunction has emerged as one of the key hallmarks of aging process and is linked to the development of numerous age-related pathologies including metabolic syndrome, neurodegenerative disorders, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. However, we can increase the amount of mitochondria we have, and increase the strength of our mitochondria with our NRF1 pathway.

Just as the NRF2 pathway activates our own homegrown antioxidant system, we need to call on the NRF1 pathway that stimulates our mitochondria – both in terms of quantity and quality. Aging and disease of our mitochondria is NOT a necessity of aging. We can stave off   mitochondrial aging.

” Strategies aimed to enhance mitochondrial function by targeting mitochondrial aging and disease cellular agingdynamics, quality control, and mitohormesis pathways might promote healthy aging, protect against age-related diseases, and mediate longevity.” Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute,  December 2017

 

3. Aging and Disease with Sirtuins

NIH 2017: ” The search for an activator of sirtuins is one of the most extensive and robust topic of research”

We now have activators for sirtuins, and this is done with the NAD+ molecule.

Over the years, researchers have found that caloric restriction has a number of health benefits. We are not talking about knocking 500 calories off per day for fat loss, we are talking sever caloric restriction – in the range of eating less than 800 calories per day. Research found that by keeping calorie intake this low it provided healthy longevity, a healthier vascular system, cholesterol control,  cognitive benefits including  better mood, the ability to think clearer, and increases in energy.

Nobody wants to eat less than 800 calories per day, every day.  Researchers discovered that by activating our NAD production, we can reap the same benefits from drastic caloric restriction, of increasing the activity of our sirtuins.

Back to our original question, which is it?

Aging   ⇒ Disease  OR

Disease ⇒ Aging?

biological age vs. chronological ageCell senescence is a  growth arrest that is induced when cells reach the end of their replicative potential or are exposed to various stressors. AKA Zombie cells. These cells can also turn the healthy cells near them into zombie cells. Producing an inordinate amount of oxidative stress, is just one of the ways zombie cells destroy neighbouring healthy cells.  By strengthening our cells, we have less cell senescence, and yes, research is showing – we do have the ability to stave off cell senescence.

The smallest unit of life, is the most powerful unit of life

Biological age does not have to be in accordance with the chronological age

 

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Lower oxidative stress, Redefine Your healthy Lifestyle, from your DNA! Once again, we see the data – oxidative stress and chronic inflammation is at the root of disease. 

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Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, BSc, Corporate Wellness Specialist, Chronic Care recovery, medical exercise, holistic nutrition, addiction recovery

In Health,

Shira Litwack

Shira has been in chronic care management and prevention for 30 years, researcher,  specializing in lifestyle habits including holistic nutrition, medical fitness and oxidative stress reduction. She has created and provided oxidative stress assessments, to help clients identify potential health risks. Lowering chronic inflammation for disease prevention and management is the focal point of BICH.

She partners with companies that  provide immediate, affordable, accessible, reliable solutions for populations.

Articles featured in:  Corporate Wellness Association, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio, Medical Fitness Network

Covid-19 and Immunity- Protect Ourselves

Covid-19 and Immunity – Can We Build our Defences to Protect Ourselves?

Covid-19 and Immunity – What can we do to protect ourselves?  I have specialized for years showing people we have to dig deeper, get past the superficialities about health. We have to think about the health of our cells. Most of all, we must calm the flames of chronic inflammation.  All of our efforts might look good on the outside, but are we fanning the flames of inflammation. Please read on, open  the many research articles in this blog.

  • Having a strong immune response during the incubation period can prevent the infection taking hold, reduce the actual quantity of virus in the body and prevent it from getting to the lungs.
  • Yet an excessive immune response can actually cause so much inflammation it can be fatal. Chronic Inflammation ……

Our immune system is divided into 2 categories:

Our  innate immunity is the immune system we are born with, and functions to keep foreign threats out – bacteria, viruses, toxins…..

Our adaptive immunity, the body identifies a threat, and the immune system creates antibodies specifically designed to that threat.  The threat is neutralized, and the adaptive immune system “remembers” it, so hopefully future responses to the same threat are also neutralized.

We often hear people talk about “strengthening our immune system”.  What we really need is a balanced immune system. When out of balance, the immune system not only fails to protect us,  but it can even turn against us, mistaking our own cells for invading pathogens, resulting in debilitating chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases.   Lupus , rheumatoid arthritis, allergies are all examples of autoimmune disease.

We do not want to always boost our immune system, we want to balance it.

Please review the many articles here oxidative stress, leading to chronic inflammation, leading to disease.  Here we present many research studies which show the effect of ROS  on our immune function.  Impact of ROS on lung function, critical in our response to Covid-19.

Let’s look at some of the current research on Covid-19 and immunity – Can a balanced immune system protect us from this deadly virus that cripples our lungs?

Why Some COVID-19 Patients Crash: The Body’s Immune System Might Be To Blame

Scientific American April 24, 2020: ” Many of the people dying in the novel coronavirus pandemic appear to be harmed more by their own immune system than by the virus itself.”

Science Daily, research from the University of Melbourne:    “a robust immune response across different cell types was associated with clinical recovery”

Covid-19 and Immunity…..Balanced Immunity

Science now refers to something called a cytokine storm. Albeit still under a great debate,  a cytokine storm is an over active immune response and inflammatory responses out of control.  An uncontrolled release of proinflammatory cytokines. There are a number of articles, featuring hundreds of studies on the diseases linked to chronic inflammation.

Covid-19 and Immunity A cytokine stormDoctors and researchers are increasingly convinced that in at least some cases of Covid-19, the body’s own immune system is overreacting to the virus with a cytokine storm. The immune system has an extreme response that causes more damage than the virus itself. Some doctors are now using powerful anti-inflammatory drugs.

Obviously, we should NEVER try and treat ourselves. Any concern of Covid-19, or any other medical issues – contact your medical professionals immediately.

More on fighting Covid-19 with anti-inflammatories.

Research on Covid-19 is very recent. The entire world has put other research on hold, scrambling to save lives.  There is so much we do not know, however, we do not have the luxury of time. We all have to do our very best to protect ourselves, and we all have a social responsibility to do our utmost to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

Self testing for Covid-19 with physician supervision is also readily, affordably, available. Protect yourself, your loved ones and be socially responsible. Especially as we start to re-open our world, our economies, self testing is even more important.

Chronic inflammation and those cytokine storms, are linked with more chronic diseases, and death as research deepens.

Ex: hand sanitizers are a fact of life now. Control the long term consequences ….There is always another side to every coin

Hand sanitizers – Toxicity and oxidative stress. 

Research is showing us that there is a relationship between  Covid-19 and immunity, more directly, our levels of inflammation. We do not have the luxury of decades to understand this virus, we all need to do what we can to stop the spread of this global pandemic. Let’s all follow the rules set out by our medical institutions to stop the spread, and research.

 Book a consult, provide employees with our OS assessment, a very different approach to corporate health! We can also arrange for employee Covid-19 testing – keep a Covid Clean workplace

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Lower oxidative stress, Redefine Your healthy Lifestyle, from your DNA! Once again, we seeCovid-19 and Immunity the data – oxidative stress and chronic inflammation is at the root of disease. Lower oxidative stress, lower chronic inflammation – Calm the cytokine storm. …..

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Recommended & Researched by: American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic, Harvard, Louisiana State, Colorado State, Université de Montréal, NIH, NIA,  Washington State University, ……+ hundreds more.  11 patents worldwide and referred to as the “greatest medical therapeutic discovery”…….

Please refer to the many articles here on Best In Corporate Health on the health hazards of living with chronic inflammation, and the importance of lowering our levels of oxidative stress. Again, many of us think we are choosing a healthy lifestyle, but we are actually increasing our levels of oxidative stress, which can lead to chronic inflammation.

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, BSc, Corporate Wellness Specialist, Chronic Care recovery, medical exercise, holistic nutrition, addiction recovery

In Health,

Shira Litwack

Shira has been in chronic care management and prevention for 30 years, researcher,  specializing in lifestyle habits including holistic nutrition, medical fitness and oxidative stress reduction. She has created and provided oxidative stress assessments, to help clients identify potential health risks. Lowering chronic inflammation for disease prevention and management is the focal point of BICH.

She partners with companies that  provide immediate, affordable, accessible, reliable solutions for populations.

Articles featured in:  Corporate Wellness Association, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio, Medical Fitness Network

Combatting Oxidative Stress from Within

Combatting Oxidative Stress from Within

Combatting oxidative stress from within is a much smarter approach than trying to minimize our exposure. Sure – let’s try to do that as well. However, OS is internally produced and attacks us from our environment. There are many exposures to oxidative stressors that are out of our control.

How many times have you said, or heard someone else say:

“ Uncle Tom smoked a pack a day, was never sick a day and lived to be 90”.

Or

“I don’t get it – Sally is 32, healthy, exercises, eats right…and has breast cancer!”

The body is a very complex system of chemical reactions. Those chemical reactions are dictated by both genetics & epigenetics. When we talk about living a healthy lifestyle – we need to look beyond the superficialities, and understand how our choices are impacting our DNA – definitely not always as we hope. 

Oxidative stress (OS) is a fact of life. I have made it my mission in my personal life and corporate life to enlighten people about the dangers and realities of oxidative stress. Workplace health programs center around eating right,  exercise, sleep – all of those are obviously critical. However, my mantra – our cell being – we have to dig deeper and investigate what epigenetic influences are sabotaging our best efforts. Illness happens because our cells have been manipulated. 

combatting oxidative stressThink of OS as the mortal kryptonite. OS comes from within our bodies, as it is a natural by-product of our energy production in the mitochondria of our cells. And, it is also an unfortunate by product from our environment, exposures & the thousands of choices we make on a daily basis, such as:

  • toxins …..abundant in all of the chemicals in our world
  • pollution
  • poor food choices
  • smoking (1st, 2nd, 3rd hand smoke)
  • drinking alcohol
  • exposure to radiation
  • constant mental stress and high cortisol production
  • many many more… 

OS can lead to chronic inflammation. It is at the root of all of our chronic illnesses including cancers, heart disease, depression, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, neuro-degenerative disorders, macular degeneration, diabetes….you name it. 

Lower oxidative stressOur redox state is the balance within between OS & antioxidants. The reason we are told to “eat a rainbow” of colored fruits and vegetables is for the antioxidants (and many other healthy reasons!) to counteract the free radicals created by OS. An imbalance in our redox state – high levels of oxidative stress- alter and impair the functioning of proteins, enzymes & our DNA. Here I am discussing two ways to help control OS. 

Methylate!

DNA methylation is an epigenetic mechanism adding a methyl (CH3) group to DNA, modifying the function of the genes and affecting gene expression. DNA methylation often inhibits the expression of certain genes, in a good way.  For example, methylation  might stop a tumor-causing gene from “turning on,” thereby preventing a cancer formation. Research shows us DNA methylation slows down as we age. Research is looking into learning to analyze our own methylation abilities. As a result, genes that were once repressed by methylated DNA start to become active, possibly allowing the development of a  variety of diseases. Research is looking into learning to analyze our own methylation abilities. What we can do to reduce demethylation? 

  • We know methylation is slowed by alcohol. Alcohol is NOT our friend. A glass of wine a day does NOT support heart health. Those studies have been ripped apart many times. I think we all know better, heart smart habits than alcohol. The very first glass of alcohol causes inflammation in the body – and yes it will in some people more than others. 
  • We know certain nutrients in our diet are supportive of methylation including folate, B12 (decreases with age) B6 & choline.- Take a look at this list. How many of those foods are written off because people perceive them as “unhealthy” ? Beef, eggs, bananas, fish, dairy chicken, potatoes…so as always – I beg people to really think if they are eating a complete diet, really supporting their health vs. following a fad, making sweeping generalizations. 
Combatting Oxidative Stress with NRF2 Pathway:

Combatting oxidative stress with NRF2Complicated – but simply, our inner NRF2 pathway triggers our antioxidative genes. It is completely accepted the NRF2 pathway  lowers oxidative stress, however, it also dramatically decreases with age. The NRF2 powers provide a million times the antioxidative power. There are hundreds of studies, peer reviewed studies that prove the incredible power of activating our NRF2 pathway. The truth is – there really is only one way to activate the NRF2 pathway – and that is with the natural supplements that have been studied, proven and accepted by our respected medical institutions. 

Our cells are forced to confront the  daily cacophony of life, from oxidative stress. We have the ability to orchestrate the musicians, our cells, into the symphony of life. Contact me to lower oxidative stress by up to 40% in the first month. My Bonus for the corporate world – free educational webinars on understanding oxidative stress and inflammation – and really managing and preventing disease.  email me for details.

Oxidative Stress at the Root of Disease

In Health,

Shira

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The supplement like a flu shot against oxidative stress…..

Why are we not controlling chronic illness? We must control the wildfire of inflammation and lower oxidative stress. We know oxidative stress is at the root of chronic illness such as cancer, heart disease, depression, arthritis, stroke, diabetes. Inflammation ages us and leaves us susceptible to disease….We take a flu shot to prevent the flu – one simple supplement to lower your oxidative stress by as much as 40%.    7 patents, 24 peer reviewed studies on pubmed, accolades from American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic, National Institute on Aging….Washington State: “may well become the most extraordinary therapeutic and most extraordinary preventative breakthrough in the history of medicine.”

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, BSc, Corporate Wellness Specialist, Chronic Care recovery, medical exercise, holistic nutrition, addiction recovery

Shira Litwack:  Corporate Wellness Specialist, Chronic Care prevention & management program design, health technologies, population health management on 3 continents.

There is an estimated 750 Billion dollars in U.S. health care waste every year. Our many technologies assure you are not contributing to that $750 billion. Health technology serving the continuum from prevention through chronic illness management. 

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Surviving Kidney Disease

Surviving Kidney Disease – Dr. Michael Fisher

Surviving kidney disease: True stories of love, courage, hope,and heroism…And a roadmap for prevention

Battling a silent killer

Did you know that Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD):

  •  Affects 31 million Americans?
  •  Kills more of them each year than breast or prostate cancer?
  • Is linked to obesity and diabetes, both of which are skyrocketing?
  •  Is called “a silent killer” because most people are unaware of the threat—even a large percentage of those who have CKD!?

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What do our kidneys do?

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of a computer mouse, located on the back side of the torso just inside the lower ribs. They are just as important to human survival as the heart or lungs. Without at least one functioning kidney, you’re dead. That’s because the kidneys:

 

  • Filter toxins and excess water from the blood for excretion as urine
  •  Maintain overall fluid and mineral balance in the body
  •  Regulate the body’s salt, potassium, and acid content- balancing electrolytes
  •  Help regulate blood pressure
  •  Create a hormone that helps to produce red blood cells
  •  Produce a form of Vitamin D that promotes bone health
  • Maintain a normal gastrointestinal biome, a balance of the trillions of bacteria living in our colon that are responsible for a strong immune system
Surviving Kidney Disease with Dr. Michael Fisher

Dr. Michael Fisher, co-founder of Santa Barbara Artificial Kidney Center and co- medical director of Acute Dialysis at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, has been treating patients with kidney disease since 1973. Alarmed by the increase in CKD, he has written a book to explain the causes, consequences, treatment options, and prevention strategies for surviving kidney disease. He also shares inspiring stories of patients who have successfully battled it. Dr. Fisher prioritizes yoga as well as other forms of physical activity in his own life.

I give Dr. Fisher’s book a 10 for informative information on treatment and prevention of chronic kidney disease and a 10+ as a chicken soup book on over – powering disease with heart, gumption and determination.

surviving kidney disease on Best In Corporate Health

We discuss with Dr. Fisher:

  • The many functions of the kidneys
  • obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes
  • diagnosing kidney disease
  • dialysis
  • why transplantation is an excellent option to treat CKD – and the many advancements in kidney transplants
  • a heartfelt discussion on Dr. Fisher’s own journey with cancer
  • lifestyle choices: smoking, alcohol, high protein diets, medications, exercise, nutrition
  • oxidative stress in kidney disease
  • Breathe! Proper nasal breathing and its role in our health
  • Creating our roadmap to prevention

Connect with Dr. Fisher:   mifisher39@gmail.com

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, BSc, Corporate Wellness Specialist, Chronic Care recovery, medical exercise, holistic nutrition, addiction recovery

The supplement like a flu shot against oxidative stress…..

Why are we not controlling chronic illness? We must control the wildfire of inflammation and lower oxidative stress. We know oxidative stress is at the root of chronic illness such as cancer, heart disease, depression….We take a flu shot to prevent the flu – one simple supplement to lower your oxidative stress by as much as 40%.    7 patents, 24 peer reviewed studies on pubmed, accolades from American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic, National Institute on Aging….Washington State: “may well become the most extraordinary therapeutic and most extraordinary preventative breakthrough in the history of medicine.”

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Shira Litwack:  Corporate Wellness Specialist, Chronic Care prevention & management program design, health technologies, population health management on 3 continents.

There is an estimated 750 Billion dollars in U.S. health care waste every year. Our many technologies assure you are not contributing to that $750 billion. Health technology serving the continuum from prevention through chronic illness management. 

Lifestyle Management        Medical Cost Transparency     Best Specialists     Choosing benefits  Chronic Care Management

Articles featured in:  Corporate Wellness Association, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio

Mental Health with Integrative Psychiatry

Mental Health – Approaching through Integrative Psychiatry

Mental health is an integral part of health. Without mental health, there is no health.

Mental Health NutritionAlong those lines, we all know we should be eating right, exercising, making lifestyle choices that are responsible for good health. However, those are choices usually associated with physical health, not mental health.

Dr. Greenblatt discusses with us stress, depression, schizophrenia, and yes, the what seems to be, a recent epidemic of suicides. Did you know that most people who commit suicide had sought  health treatment in the last 30 days before the suicide?

Mental Health – An Integrative Approach with Dr. Greenblatt:
  • Nutrition for mental health
  • What is integrative Psychiatry?
  • functional medicine approach
  • Gut health and mental wellness
  • Biochemical individuality- genetic vulnerability…the genetic/environmental dance
  • The role of stress
  • psychopharmacology
  • apparent epidemic of suicides
  • The stigma
  • blood tests for vital nutrients
  • Biological model of suicide prevention…understanding markers to go from stress to suicide.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids – the research – The US military and omega 3 infused foods
  • cholesterol & mental health…..will surprise you!
  • Treatment model vs. finding causes
  • sugar & alcohol ….correlation of co-morbid conditions with mood problems…..the “nutritional vacuum cleaners”
  • thyroid testing
  • Getting the primary doctor to perform certain blood tests
  • suicide prevention

 

Dr. James Greenblatt. Integrative psychiatry – nutrition and mental health – Dr. Greenblatt will open a whole new angle to dealing with mental health and wellness

Our Guest – Dr. James Greenblatt

Mental Health Dr. James GreenblattA pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, James M. Greenblatt MD has treated patients with complex behavioral and mood disorders since 1988.

After receiving his medical degree and completing his psychiatry residency at George Washington University, Dr. Greenblatt completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Greenblatt currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine.

An acknowledged integrative medicine expert, educator, and author, Dr. Greenblatt has lectured internationally on the scientific evidence for nutritional interventions in psychiatry and mental illness. Through three decades of practice and research, Dr. Greenblatt has been a leading contributor to the revolution of patients and families seeking individualized care and offers evidence-based approaches toward nuanced and integrative recovery.

In April of 2017, Dr. Greenblatt was inducted into the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame by the International Society of Orthomolecular Medicine, which has recognized significant contributors to science and medicine who operate from the perspective of biochemical individuality and nutrition-based therapies since 2004.  Dr. Greenblatt shares this honor with recognized founders in the field of integrative medicine, beginning with the pioneers of nutritional psychiatry Abram Hoffer, Linus Pauling, and Roger Williams.

His book series, Psychiatry Redefined, draws on his many years of experience and expertise in integrative medicine for psychiatry. Dr. Greenblatt’s knowledge in the areas of biology, genetics, psychology, and nutrition as they interact in the treatment of mental illness has made him a highly sought-after speaker at national and international conferences and workshops. He currently offers online courses for professionals as well as specialized fellowship programs in the functional medicine approaches to integrative psychiatry. For more information, please visit www.JamesGreenblattMD.com.

 

The supplement like a flu shot against oxidative stress…..

Why are we not controlling chronic illness? We must control the wildfire of inflammation and lower oxidative stress. We know oxidative stress is at the root of chronic illness such as cancer, heart disease, depression….We take a flu shot to prevent the flu – one simple supplement to lower your oxidative stress by as much as 40%.    7 patents, 24 peer reviewed studies on pubmed, accolades from American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic, National Institute on Aging….Washington State: “may well become the most extraordinary therapeutic and most extraordinary preventative breakthrough in the history of medicine.”

calendly.com/Shira-Litwack

There is an estimated 750 Billion dollars in U.S. health care waste every year. Our many technologies assure you are not contributing to that $750 billion. Health technology serving the continuum from prevention through chronic illness management. 

Lifestyle Management        Medical Cost Transparency     Best Specialists     Choosing benefits  Chronic Care Management

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Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, BSc, Corporate Wellness specialist, Chronic Care prevention &management

Articles featured in:  Corporate Wellness Association, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio

Artificial Intelligence And Your Health

Artificial Intelligence – What Does it Mean for your Health?

Artificial Intelligence – we hear it all the time – Do we know what it means? Do we know how AI has revolutionized healthcare?

Artificial Intelligence for HealthcareAI involves inputting vast amounts of data into computers – and let it crunch away. The term AI has been around since the 1950s – but now because of its potential for such vast reach into technology, healthcare….the implications are overwhelming.

 

Artificial intelligence organizes big data that exists for a particular task

calculates best processes for a desired outcome

Every time we ask Siri a question on our iPhone, or use voice command in the car – we are enjoying the benefits of AI.

cell      atom    data

What do these 3 words have in common?     artificial intelligence and big data

The cell is the smallest unit of our physiology

The atom is the smallest unit of matter

Data – The raw resource that powers AI.

Keeping that data safe and secure, not violating privacy…..that is forever the challenge, think of the Facebook fiasco.

Artificial Intelligence – Reinventing Healthcare Solutions

AI is being implemented in every aspect of the betterment of our health. These examples realm of possibilities:

  • A Danish AI software company is using computers to eavesdrop while human dispatchers took emergency calls. The algorithm analyzed what the callers voice.  The tone of voice and background noise could detect cardiac arrests with a 93% success rate compared to 73% for people trying to accomplish the same task
  • Virtual nursing assistants are being used to help monitor patients between doctor visits – giving people 24/7 access to tailored support
  • AI surgical robots are providing greater accuracy to surgery – fewer complications post-op
  • Clalit Health in Israel is using AI along with existing CT scans  identifying  patients with bone and cardiovascular disease far earlier than ever before.
  • University of Toronto engineering students along with the Faculty of Medicine are using AI for patients with glioblastoma. Their AI tool is reducing the time for developing radiation treatments for these patients from days to hours
  • AI is being used now in a number of ways to predict and treat breast cancer, including earlier diagnosing, better individualized treatments, has reduced over treatments (unnecessary surgeries)

The most exciting part is we are still early, AI is still in its infancy stage for uses in healthcare.

 

Re-engineering the “patient” to educated healthcare consumer. Health technology for greater transparency, and better health outcomes.

Help control workforce oxidative stress:

The supplement like a flu shot against oxidative stress…..

Why are we not controlling chronic illness? We must control the wildfire of inflammation and lower oxidative stress. We know oxidative stress is at the root of chronic illness such as cancer, heart disease, depression….We take a flu shot to prevent the flu – one simple supplement to lower your oxidative stress by as much as 40%.    7 patents, 24 peer reviewed studies on pubmed, accolades from American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic, National Institute on Aging….Washington State: “may well become the most extraordinary therapeutic and most extraordinary preventative breakthrough in the history of medicine.”

calendly.com/Shira-Litwack

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, BSc, Corporate Wellness specialist, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionis

Articles featured in:  European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio

Health Care Dollars – The Waste and the Want

Health Care Dollars – The Want Because of the Waste

Health care dollars seem to out pace the speed of light.

health care dollars Best In Corporate HealthMore than $750 Billion of the total $2.5 trillion spent annually on health care in the US is waste.  This number does not include the immeasurable wasted dollars from lack of prevention and better initial care. In a recent Gallup poll, people cited the high cost of healthcare as their most disturbing financial concern. According to the National Academy of Medicine, if we could save and reinvest that $750  billion in waste, more than the budget of the Defense Department, we could  insure 150 million Americans. If we saved half, we could buy groceries for every family in America for a year…..that certainly puts it into perspective! And most obviously, by eliminating the waste we could halt the obscene rising costs. Some states are reporting their healthcare premiums will rise 45-57% in 2018.

There are a number of culprits labelled in this  flushing of health care dollars. flushing health care dollars

 

Point is, until the powers that be deal with this situation, how can we save health care dollars, and still provide people the availability and affordability in healthcare.

This is not a problem to go away quickly – it seems waste in healthcare has become almost normalized.

health care spending in the US
OECD

Harvard Business School:
“A comprehensive demand-side strategy that gives consumers incentives and information to be much better purchasers of health care, and an aggressive supply-side strategy that changes the way providers are paid so their profit margins are tightly linked to outcomes and efficiency rather than the volume of services delivered. We believe that the United States should pursue both strategies. ”

  • Give consumers better information to be better purchasers of health care
  • providers are paid so profit margins dependent on outcomes & efficiency

Let’s come better health care purchasers:

The range in costs across the country for the same procedure. A knee replacement in Tucson can cost $21K and $38k in Sacramento. Even within California, there is a $30k fluctuation in knee replacement costs.

Yes, different locations will have higher costs to cover, overhead demands.

medical procedure costs across the US
Health Care Cost Institute 2016

Greyed out states –  data not available. Albeit this data is a couple of years old , however, we need to research best providers, best providers. Medical tourism  within the United States.

The tragedy, more reasons to look for the best providers……

The IOM estimated deaths because of medical errors as high as 98,000 a year. … His  (Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins 2016) calculation of 251,000 deaths equates to nearly 700 deaths a day — about 9.5%  of all deaths annually in the United States. Published in the BMJ,   “medical errors” in hospitals and other health-care facilities are incredibly common and may now be the third-leading cause of death in the United States — claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s.

 

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Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, BSc, Corporate Wellness specialist, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Health Tech…saving dollars and health, chronic care management…….Shira@BestInCorporatehealth.com

 

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Articles featured in:  European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio