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Statins πŸ’Š (cholesterol-lowering medication) are probably the most prescribed drug worldwide. Despite that, they have not been effective in reduce incidence or risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) 😩.
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Yesterday morning, I was presenting to a group of pharmacists about this in KC, Kansas (these are a few of my slides) ... and on my way home I see that @lifestylemedicinedoctor is talking to @drmarkhyman on the Doctors Farmacy podcast about thisπŸŽ™πŸŽ§!
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πŸ€” Coincidence, I think not πŸ˜‚! Love the name BTW 🀣 ...
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The epidemic has been gradually increasing (swipe πŸ‘‰πŸ½ and you'll see the numbers) ... and the truth is there are well-known underlying mechanisms that include drug-induced nutrient depletion at play πŸ™„...
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Statins deplete key nutrients that reduce ability of cardiac muscle contract effectively πŸ‘‰πŸ½ reduce the production of ATP to power the muscle πŸ‘‰πŸ½ and may even lead to increased calcification further contributing to reduced contractility and elasticity 😳.
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These might be supported by supplementing these key nutrients, but we don't have enough data to make that statement as a solo intervention (although usually I use the supplements as I work on the full foundational approach).
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What we do know is that we can πŸ’― impact outcomes by addressing the underlying root cause πŸ‘‰πŸ½ insulin resistance and inflammation with diet and lifestyle πŸ₯¦πŸ§˜πŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜΄πŸ‹πŸ½β€β™‚️!
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Swipe to the πŸ‘‰πŸ½ for my
Statins πŸ’Š (cholesterol-lowering medication) are probably the most prescribed drug worldwide. Despite that, they have not been effective in reduce incidence or risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) 😩. . Yesterday morning, I was presenting to a group of pharmacists about this in KC, Kansas (these are a few of my slides) ... and on my way home I see that @lifestylemedicinedoctor is talking to @drmarkhyman on the Doctors Farmacy podcast about thisπŸŽ™πŸŽ§! . πŸ€” Coincidence, I think not πŸ˜‚! Love the name BTW 🀣 ... . The epidemic has been gradually increasing (swipe πŸ‘‰πŸ½ and you'll see the numbers) ... and the truth is there are well-known underlying mechanisms that include drug-induced nutrient depletion at play πŸ™„... . Statins deplete key nutrients that reduce ability of cardiac muscle contract effectively πŸ‘‰πŸ½ reduce the production of ATP to power the muscle πŸ‘‰πŸ½ and may even lead to increased calcification further contributing to reduced contractility and elasticity 😳. . These might be supported by supplementing these key nutrients, but we don't have enough data to make that statement as a solo intervention (although usually I use the supplements as I work on the full foundational approach). . What we do know is that we can πŸ’― impact outcomes by addressing the underlying root cause πŸ‘‰πŸ½ insulin resistance and inflammation with diet and lifestyle πŸ₯¦πŸ§˜πŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜΄πŸ‹πŸ½β€β™‚️! . Swipe to the πŸ‘‰πŸ½ for my "Cardiometabolic Rx summary" . ⭐ONE LAST THING: I want to add, if you can only make one change πŸ‘‰πŸ½ the addition of #phytonutrients and fiber is key... also, there's evidence that #paleodiet and #ketogenicdiet are also useful as interventions, as is #intermittentfasting and Fasting Mimicking Diet (though we need more time to better understand their role in the general population). . . πŸ“’ I want to hear your thoughts below πŸ€“! . . . . #FxMed #nutritionist #pharmacist #foodiefarmacist #farmacynotpharmacy #lifestylemedicine #personalizedmedicine #eatyourveggies #leafygreens #eatrealfood #healthyeats #eatingclean #functionalnutrition #functionalpharmacy #FunctionalMedicine #healthylifestyle #cardiovasculardisease #cardiometabolic #insulinresistance #insulinresistancediet #FMD
Woops!! I went and got my self a little over cooked πŸ˜³πŸ– ...
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This is a good opportunity to talk about something that is important as the Summer blazes on β˜€οΈ... you can see I took a little too much advantage of the 1.5 days I was in Florida and got a bit burned.
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For someone who always brags about being blessed with enough melanin to
Woops!! I went and got my self a little over cooked πŸ˜³πŸ– ... . This is a good opportunity to talk about something that is important as the Summer blazes on β˜€οΈ... you can see I took a little too much advantage of the 1.5 days I was in Florida and got a bit burned. . For someone who always brags about being blessed with enough melanin to "never burn" (thanks dad!) I admit this was also a burn to my ego πŸ™ˆπŸ˜Ή ... . We've all been there, so what do you do to minimize the sun damage 😎? . πŸ‘‰πŸ½ I'm gonna call out my bestie @shannon_esti (hey that rhymes) to drop some knowledge in the comments ... AND πŸ’‘ maybe y'all can let me know if you want us to do a video on this topic since it seems timely! . In the meanwhile, πŸ‘‰πŸ½ cool compresses with chamomile and aloe, keeping it UBER moisturized, and ramping up the antiinflammatory and antioxidants, including: . βœ”Vitamin C (I like the liposomal version) βœ”Resveratrol & Turmeic (in liposomes form) βœ”Fish oil and SPM (in higher doses) βœ”Vitamins A and E (topical A and D cream, yes the kind for diaper rash, can help) βœ”Swaping a coffee for green tea and matcha🍡 ... . And yes, I'll up my sunblock (mineral-based never chemical-based) next time πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ! Promise! . Heading to the beach this weekend?? Regardless of your complexion... πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Make sure you're sticking a balance between getting some vitamin D and protecting your skin 😎 . . . . . #sunburnrelief #skinhealth #summervibes #summerskincare #sunburns #FxMed #nutritionist #foodiefarmacist #farmacynotpharmacy #functionalnutrition #functionalpharmacy #nutrition #pharmacist #antioxidantfood #antiinflammatoryfood
Soapbox alert 🚨 ...
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No this isn't everyone... most practitioners are probably nodding in agreement. AND sometimes it's our patients/clients who read about a supplement and want to take it but not willing to commit to making dietary and lifestyle changes πŸ˜”.
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I posted this on my stories a few days ago ... and I got some great responses in my DMsπŸ™πŸ½. It also seems to be something that has been coming up a lot lately (at least in my tiny corner of the universeπŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ).
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To be πŸ’― crystal clear ... I'm not saying I don't like or use supplements in my plans. I absolutelu use them both personally and recomend then in my patients/clients all the time.
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When there's a deficiency or need, it's going to be necessary to supplement because often the gut isn't absorbing enough from the diet... or maybe the diet hasn't been great and it's going to take a while to implement those changes 🍞πŸ₯―πŸ”πŸ•...
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πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Supplements can be an essential, and even life-changing tool! BUT...
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Heres the but... if we just use supplements and ignore the foundational diet and lifestyle (and that includes making sure someone isn't constipated πŸ’© or having good BM, not getting enough fiber, sleeping...) then how is it different then the
Soapbox alert 🚨 ... . No this isn't everyone... most practitioners are probably nodding in agreement. AND sometimes it's our patients/clients who read about a supplement and want to take it but not willing to commit to making dietary and lifestyle changes πŸ˜”. . I posted this on my stories a few days ago ... and I got some great responses in my DMsπŸ™πŸ½. It also seems to be something that has been coming up a lot lately (at least in my tiny corner of the universeπŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ). . To be πŸ’― crystal clear ... I'm not saying I don't like or use supplements in my plans. I absolutelu use them both personally and recomend then in my patients/clients all the time. . When there's a deficiency or need, it's going to be necessary to supplement because often the gut isn't absorbing enough from the diet... or maybe the diet hasn't been great and it's going to take a while to implement those changes 🍞πŸ₯―πŸ”πŸ•... . πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Supplements can be an essential, and even life-changing tool! BUT... . Heres the but... if we just use supplements and ignore the foundational diet and lifestyle (and that includes making sure someone isn't constipated πŸ’© or having good BM, not getting enough fiber, sleeping...) then how is it different then the "pill for an ill" mentality we are criticizing in the conventional world?? Were still not addressing the root cause πŸ™„ ... . πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Supplements can help when we make changes in the foundation, diet alone might make an impact without supplements πŸ‘‰πŸ½πŸ‘‰πŸ½πŸ‘‰πŸ½ but supplements without changes in the foundational diet and lifestyle factors will not work AND might actually make things worse 😱. . I realize #FoodFirst approach is hard - hard to educate on, and even harder to implement .... BUT Skipping "Food First" is still a shortcut ... and it will eventually backfire. . OK rant over 🀐 ... what do you all think?? Are you seeing supplements substitute for lifestyle modification? . . . . #fxmed #gettotheroot #nutritionist #pharmacist #foodiefarmacist #farmacynotpharmacy #lifestylemedicine #personalizedmedicine #guthealth #eatyourveggies #leafygreens #eatrealfood #healthylifestyle #eatingclean #functionalnutrition #CNS #nutritionnerd #healingthroughfood #foodsthatheal
Staying on plan when you're traveling can be really challanging πŸ€”... especially if you're on a restrictive elimination-type diet.
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It can feel like the whole world is conspiring against you eating on-plan πŸ˜–.
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Usually when I'm working with patients, inevitably a trip comes up and we have to plan how to handle their unique restrictions when they're away from home πŸ€“.
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I've got a crazy week of travel, and I honestly don't know what to expect... so I was thrilled I could find this perfectly prepared salmon and veggie-rich salad for lunch today so I can stay pretty low carb (where I feel best) πŸ’ͺ🏽😎.
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Here's some thoughts:
βœ”Call ahead and talk to the kitchen staff, you'd be amazing how fat some places will go to make your experience great!
βœ”Traveling during more quiet times of year or week might mean more flexible staff too...
βœ”Don't be afraid to bring food or rent a place with a fridge or kitchen (I AirBnB a LOT)...
βœ”Scout out nearby Whole Foods or similar grocery stores that are reasonably accessible...
βœ”Bring snacks that dont need refrigeration... never make decisions when hungry!
βœ”You know your body and how many exceptions you can make - chose widely and no matter what ALWAYS ENJOY 😍 ...
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Dont let travel, completely derail you a few treats and exceptions might be OK (depending on your health needs). You'll be surprised how far some planning ahead can get you.
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What do you have planned this summer, any getaways? πŸ˜ŽπŸ–...
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Staying on plan when you're traveling can be really challanging πŸ€”... especially if you're on a restrictive elimination-type diet. . It can feel like the whole world is conspiring against you eating on-plan πŸ˜–. . Usually when I'm working with patients, inevitably a trip comes up and we have to plan how to handle their unique restrictions when they're away from home πŸ€“. . I've got a crazy week of travel, and I honestly don't know what to expect... so I was thrilled I could find this perfectly prepared salmon and veggie-rich salad for lunch today so I can stay pretty low carb (where I feel best) πŸ’ͺ🏽😎. . Here's some thoughts: βœ”Call ahead and talk to the kitchen staff, you'd be amazing how fat some places will go to make your experience great! βœ”Traveling during more quiet times of year or week might mean more flexible staff too... βœ”Don't be afraid to bring food or rent a place with a fridge or kitchen (I AirBnB a LOT)... βœ”Scout out nearby Whole Foods or similar grocery stores that are reasonably accessible... βœ”Bring snacks that dont need refrigeration... never make decisions when hungry! βœ”You know your body and how many exceptions you can make - chose widely and no matter what ALWAYS ENJOY 😍 ... . Dont let travel, completely derail you a few treats and exceptions might be OK (depending on your health needs). You'll be surprised how far some planning ahead can get you. . What do you have planned this summer, any getaways? πŸ˜ŽπŸ–... . . . . . . . #healthylunchideas #beachvibes🌊 #healthylifestyle #travelingonketo #travelinghealthy #Fxmed #nutritionist #pharmacist #foodiefarmacist #kitchenfarmacy #foodisfuel #brainfood #brainhealth #eatingouthealthy #eatrealfood #eathealthyfats #eatyourveggies #leafygreens #healthyeats #eatingclean #paleotreats #ketoeats #lowcarbdiet #ketolife #paleolifestyle #FunctionalMedicine #functionalnutrition #functionalpharmacy #nutrition

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