USANA healthPak

USANA Vitamins HealthPak Provides the full daily dose of the top-rated USANA Essentials (Mega Antioxidant and Chelated Mineral), includes Active Calcium™, a core USANA Optimizer and USANA’s unique AO Booster™ for added antioxidant protection.


What was upgraded in the new (2009) AO Booster?

Two ingredient amounts have been increased in the new AO Booster:

Resveratrol: 15mg per tablet (previously 2mg)
Alpha-Lipoic Acid: 90mg per tablet (previously 30mg)
One ingredient amount remains the same:

Grape Seed Extract: 45mg per tablet

Several minor ingredients have been removed from the product:

Turmeric Extract
Rosemary Extract
Green Tea Extract

Turmeric extract and green tea extract continue to be provided in each Mega Antioxidant tablet.

Coronary computerized tomography (CT) Scans

Once you reach the age of forty, annual physicals are a first line of detection for risk factors of cardiovascular and other life-threatening diseases. Typically your doctor will give you a standard battery of tests designed to look for factors that may put you at risk for cardiovascular disease down the road. Unfortunately, most doctors do not perform a comprehensive test that looks at numerous potential markets of heart disease.

Coronary computerized tomography (CT) Scans

New methods and procedures are being discovered and experimented with constantly find better ways of predicting the true threats of cardiovascular disease suddenly ending an individual’s life with a heart attack or sudden death. While standard blood tests give us feedback on the presence of certain risk factors, they do not give us a very good picture of how much buildup is already taking place within arteries, how blood flow is being affected, and how many potential “hot spots” are present where plaque might rupture to cause a sudden ischemic event. Thus more and more doctors are letting their patients know about such examinations as the coronary CT scan.

A computerized tomography (CT or CAT) scan is done by taking a number of CT “slices” of a person’s body and internal organs from various angles and then reassembling them with a computer into a three-dimensional image of the organ(s) concerned. The procedure is noninvasive (meaning they don’t have to put anything into your body), though it does carry some risk because of the higher radiation level than would happen with standard X-rays (approximately equal to one hundred fifty chest X-rays). These risks, however, are usually outweighed by the valuable information the examination gives the patient.

When this is done specifically to detect coronary heart disease, the CT scan will give feedback on the presence, location, and amount of calcified plaque in the arteries. The findings can then be easily turned into a calcium score that indicates the amount of plaque that has accumulated as well as a means to monitor your plaque reversal. This calcium score will also help predict the likelihood of a cardiovascular incident happening in your future.

Some of the limitations of this exam are that for people under the age of fifty, their atherosclerosis may not yet have calcified enough to be detected by a CT scan; however, new CT scan software is able to detect soft plaque that is not yet calcified. Also, very few health insurance companies cover this exam at the present time. And for any given calcium score, there is not yet a prescribed line of treatment to specifically address that level of risk. Nor can a specific number tell you just how much blockage you have at present, only the statistical likelihood of it being present. On the other hand, any amount of plaque can lead to a rupture and a heart attack; however, unstable plaque is more likely to rupture compared to stable plaque. You may have a high calcium score that indicates significant plaque; however, if the inflammation is controlled as indicated by a low CRP and low LP PLA2 test, the plaque is table and significantly less likely to rupture.

While cholesterol tests will give you a snapshot of your current diet and lifestyle, it will not give you a cumulative total of how your past lifestyle might still be affecting you today. A CT scan, on the other hand, will. No matter what you are ding toady, a CT scan will show the cumulative effects of your lifetimes’ lifestyle in how much plaque has built up over your years, and thus it gives you a much better picture of your actual risk than standard blood tests will.

If you want to significantly increase the probability that you will stabilize and reduce your plaque, you should do what you need to in order to lower your LDL, number below 70 and raise your HDL number above 60, as well as lower the CRP and PL PLA2 numbers to normal. Also have all risk factors checked and modified by following the strategies recommended by expert doctors. Have all positive risk factors rechecked until they are in normal range.

Poor blood circulation in the legs

Blockages that can develop in the arteries supplying blood to the legs and feet causing aching in the calves or buttocks when walking, a painful burning sensation in the feet, especially in bed at night, and in some severe cases gangrene. It is more common in diabetic patients.

• Physical examination includes checking the pulses in the legs. Blood tests and more specialized blood flow tests, ECG, and sometimes ultrasound and angiograms of the leg arteries can also be performed.
• Treatments.
o Surgery: sometimes it is possible to bypass the blockage with a graft made from a vein or other tissue.
o Angioplasty and stents can sometimes be effective in opening blocked arteries.
o Drugs: aspirin and cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) are often used but there are no drugs which help open the arteries.
o Amputation may be necessary if symptoms are too severe or if gangrene develops.

Chelation therapy can be very effective in improving the circulation. Because amputation is so destructive to quality of life, NO PATIENT should ever have a leg amputated for poor circulation without having a trail of chelation therapy.

• If you have diabetes, make sure your blood sugar is well controlled.
• Look after your feet, and treat infections and cuts very carefully.
• Regular walking is helpful but stop when the pain occurs and then restart when it has gone. This encourages the development of natural bypasses, called collaterals.
• If your feet hurt or you have a burning sensation in bed at night, even though they may feel cold, take the blankets off your feet to keep them cool. It is heat which causes the pain.

Nutritional supplements

These are very important because with reduced blood supply, nutrition to the feet is reduced.

• A good multivitamin/multimineral make sure that the legs and feet have all the nutrients and minerals they require.
• Omega 3 fish oils, 1-2 grams daily, help the blood flow through the arteries and improve tissue healing.
• Calcium and magnesium, 800-1,000mg/day, can relax the muscles in the artery wall and may improve circulation.
• Ginkgo Biloba, an ancient Chinese herb is the only therapy which has been shown in a reputable trial to improve circulation to the legs.
• Grape seed extract is a powerful antioxidant and can be protective of the tissues which have a poor circulation.

Multiple sclerosis

The cause is unknown, but it may fit into the “autoimmune” group of diseases, where the body’s immune system attacks itself. The myelin sheath around the nerves and the brain is slowly destroyed, causing short circuits and malfunction of the nerves. Imagine damage to the plastic coating around an electrical wire. Multiple sclerosis patients tend to relapse with stepwise deteriorations.

Doctors can
• Usually nothing. Some doctors try steroids or immune suppressors but these usually do not have any benefit.

A positive mental approach is very important and may in itself reduce relapses.

• Plenty of rest and regular exercise are beneficial. Avoid getting over tired.
• Some people suggest bowel cleansing and a low stress diet to see if this reduces the relapses.
• Do hair mineral analysis for heavy metal toxicity, and check the teeth for excess mercury, infected root canals or jaw cavitations.
• If there is anything which precedes a relapse (stress, pollen, changes in temperature, dietary change), try to avoid these.

Nutritional supplements

• A good multimineral makes sure that brain tissues have all the nutrients and minerals required to function perfectly.
• Omega 3 fish oils, 1-2 grams daily. This is very important for good brain function. Because MS is a disease affecting the nerves, a high omega 3 intake can be very beneficial. It may also reduce the relapse rate and improve symptoms. In a small study of patients with multiple sclerosis, over 2 years the incidence of recurrences fell from 1.39 to 0.06 in those taking omega 3 fish oils, B vitamins and vitamin C.
• Calcium and magnesium, 800-1,000mg/day. Magnesium has a very calming effect, helps with sleep and enables people to cope better. It can also help with nerve function.
• Grape seed extract (proanthocyanidins) is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent and some people with multiple sclerosis find that taking high doses can help both with the severity and the frequency of the relapses.
• Vitamin C, 1-3 grams/day, is a powerful antioxidant which is essential in the repair of fibrous tissue and may help the repair of the myelin sheaths round the nerves.
• Because the muscles can become weak, exacerbating tiredness, Coenzyme Q10 can be helpful to improve energy.
• Whenever there is an exacerbation of the multiple sclerosis, the Co Q10 and grape seed extract should be greatly increased, b up to 3 or 4 times the usual dose, and may well prevent the relapse.

Migraine

This debilitating headache can destroy a person’s quality of life. It usually starts with an aura – jagged visions, unusual light, sounds or even smells and other unusual sensations. This is then followed by a severe thumping headache, often with nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. Some things like chocolate, cheese or red wine can precipitate a migraine. In women it may be premenstrual.

Doctors can

• Investigations. These are usually unnecessary because the history gives the diagnosis.
• Treatments. There are a number of drugs which can be tried as preventatives: beta blockers, clonidine, pizotifen. Note that these do have side effects and it is best to try more “natural therapies” first. In the past, injections of ergotamine were given to treat migraine, but today, a newer drug (sumatryptan, also known as Imigran) orally or by injection can be very effective.

Every time you have a migraine, look back on what you have done, eaten or drunk in the preceding 24 hours and see if you can find a common cause. If you do, then avoid this in future if possible. Avoid bright lights or flashing light areas.

Nutritional supplements

These can make a real difference in the treatment of migraine and it is hard to see why more people are not given this information.

• Magnesium helps the arteries to relax, and reduces the spasm, which creates the “aura”. It takes some months for the full effect to occur, but over time 800-1,000mg taken daily may eliminate migraine completely.
• Some doctors give an intravenous injection of magnesium when the migraine occurs which can stop it. Once gram is given over 15 minutes.
• A good multivitamin/multimineral ensures that the arteries have all the nutrients and minerals required to function optimally.
• Omega 3 fish oils, 1-2 grams daily. These, when incorporated into the artery walls and the brain tissue, can help in the prevention of migraine.
• Grape seed extract (proanthocyanidins) is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which can help in the prevention of migraine.
• Sometimes hormonal changes cause migraine attacks and the use of some hormones (especially natural progesterone) can be helpful.

Hepatitis

A viral infection of the liver. There are a number of different viruses whose names are identified by a different letter. Hepatitis A is caught through eating or drinking food with viral faecal contamination. Most other types of hepatitis such as B, C, D, E, F and G are transmitted by blood or blood products through needles, cuts or sometimes unprotected sexual intercourse. Acute hepatitis is a very serious disease with liver failure of varying degrees. After the patient has recovered, chronic hepatic disease can lead on to cirrhosis or even liver cancer. Excess alcohol can also cause hepatitis and cirrhosis.

Doctors can
• Provide you with a protective hepatitis vaccine before going into countries where hepatitis is a risk.
• In acute hepatitis there is no effective treatment, but in time most patients recover.
• Chronic hepatitis may be helped by a number of drugs such as interferon alpha, lamivudine or steroids. These may reduce the inflammation and may lower the risk of subsequent cirrhosis or cancer.

Avoiding hepatitis is by far the best option, so make sure you are vaccinated if going to at risk areas. Only drink bottle water and do not use any ice; eat only freshly cooked vegetables and avoid salads. Demand non reusable needles and intravenous tubing sets. Always use a condom during sexual intercourse.

If you have contracted hepatitis, don’t overstress the liver. Avoid alcohol and toxins, poisons and preservatives which rely on the liver for their detoxification before they can be excreted. Eat organic, non-fatty and simple food.

Some people believe that high doses of intravenous vitamin C (30-45 grams) can damage the virus and be beneficial in both the acute and chronic phases of the disease.

Nutritional supplements

Because the liver may not be functioning well, these are especially important:

• A good multivitamin/multimineral makes sure that the liver and the immune system have all the nutrients and minerals required to function perfectly. These contain the nutrients the liver needs to detoxify and also to change potentially damaging materials in the body to less harmful ones.
• Grape seed extract (proanthocyanidins) is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. In the detoxification process many free radicals are produced, and proanthocyanidins help neutralize these before they cause damage.
• Co-enzyme Q10 is an anti-inflammatory supplement; it also provides additional energy. Dosages of 30-100mg/day help the liver cells to work.
• Specific compounds can also help the liver work and also heal, in addition to those found in a good multi-tablet: tri methyl glycine (Betane), selenium, glutathione, dietary flavanoids – green tea extract, curcumin, indole 3 carbinol, sulfapyrone, milk thistle.