Feature When Stéphane Provencher, DC, graduated from chiropractic college in 2007, he had plans of being a “doctor.” Not only did he want to work on subluxations but he planned to help patients improve their nutrition, cognition and overall health. To that end, he embarked on studies in functional medicine and energy work, homeopathy and nutrition. For a while, he treated patients in every way his scope allowed. But his move to a high-volume practice in Virginia increased his patient load from two visits per hour to 10.
In order for nutrients contained in dietary supplements to effectively provide the important health benefits for which they are intended, it is critical that supplements are formulated with optimal absorption in mind. While this might appear obvious, the task can be easier said than done. Our digestive tract is essentially an aqueous environment, and although our bodies are equipped with systems (i.e, enzymes, bile acids, etc.) to assist with the absorption of fat and other compounds that are poorly soluble in water, there are numerous nutrients for which the body still has a very difficult time absorbing.
Wellness Approach If you have patients who deal with respiratory diseases, in between their regular adjustments and lifestyle changes a powerful botanical may provide the additional relief they need. Boswellia serrata, also known as Indian frankincense, is an herbal extract uniquely qualified to reduce the inflammation associated with a variety of respiratory conditions because of its ability to inhibit 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) inflammation, something that synthetic drugs can’t do safely—and even other strong botanicals can’t do as well.
Research Results You have seen firsthand the impact cardiovascular disease has on your patients’ health. When treating a patient with cardiovascular disease, such comorbid conditions as obesity, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), cancer, type 2 diabetes, metabolic disease, respiratory disorders, and dyslipidemias are commonplace. Such increases in morbidity come via risk factors such as increased fasting plasma triglycerides, high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, elevated blood glucose and insulin levels, and high blood pressure.
As we are starting to head into late spring, you should not be surprised that a large percentage of your patients are diligently trying to get in shape for summer. If this is the case, they are not alone. Rather, they are part of 97 million Americans who are actively on a diet. This translates into $66 billion dollars of revenue, overall. Approximately 80 percent of these dieters are taking a DIY approach, rather than using a structured, commercial weight-loss program.