4 Tips On Avoiding Common Dental Myths

informationredLouisville dentist Dr. Ronald Receveur is warning Americans that misinformation is partly to blame for the $108 billion we spend annually on general and cosmetic dentistry. It also is at least partially responsible for why 74 percent of all Americans suffer from at least one type of periodontal disease in their lifetime.

Louisville dentist Dr. Ronald Receveur is warning Americans that misinformation is partly to blame for the $108 billion we spend annually on general and cosmetic dentistry.

It also is at least partially responsible for why 74 percent of all Americans suffer from at least one type of periodontal disease in their lifetime.

“There are these things that ‘everybody knows’ that are completely wrong,” Dr. Receveur said.

Here are four tips on dental health myths you should ignore:

1. Bad breath comes from not brushing your teeth. While 85 percent of all cases of bad breath do originate in the mouth, not all of it comes from uncleanliness. Several illnesses, acid reflux and dry mouth can all cause bad breath.

2. Brush your teeth after meals. Some foods, especially those that are acidic, can soften your tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth before that enamel rehardens into the hardest substance in your body can wear it away. You should wait at least 30 minutes, studies show.

3. Teeth whitening gives you a movie star-white smile. Teeth whitening is the number one cosmetic dental procedure in this country. Those who get professional teeth whitening usually have very good results, even if it takes multiple treatments. But for some of those with poor oral hygiene, cavities and deep stains, no amount of teeth whitening will give them bright white teeth.

4. Only bad food causes cavities. This myth probably stems from decades of dentists warning patients against eating too much sugary food and drinking sugary soda. However, plenty of “healthy” foods contain sugars. They contain acid, too. So be careful of citrus fruits, honey and sports drinks.

Dr. Receveur, who practices in New Albany, Ind., across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky., is a Louisville cosmetic family dentist and general dentist offering such services as teeth cleanings, X-rays, fillings, extractions, root canals, crowns, teeth whitening and veneers.

Dr. Receveur also is an expert in more advanced implant dentistry like All on Four dental implants, All on Six dental implants, mini dental implants, dental implants in one day, dental implants in one hour, Strickland facelift dentures, bone grafting and sinus lifts, all with IV sedation dentistry.

– Courtesy of PRWeb

Top 10 Myths About Male Infertility

seniorwoman2Infertility is mostly a problem for the woman to manage and figure out. Is that a myth? Total fabrications, prejudice, sexism, denial, male insecurity and a cultural norm pushing infertility as a female dysfunction — these are all embedded in young couples’ minds. Such perceptions can lead to expensive, inappropriate, and failed treatment choices for the man and woman . This is the daily challenge standing before Dr. Lani Burkman, the founder, andrologist and chief science officer for LifeCell Dx. Dr. Burkman works hard to change and redirect consumer thinking. LifeCell Dx is an e-diagnostic, male infertility laboratory, with a patented approach for serving infertile couples from all over the world. LifeCell Dx uses digital video files of his sperm that are sent through the Internet to the central lab in Buffalo, NY. “It is not the couples’ fault, since detailed information surrounding the sperm fertility issue is not readily available. It’s similar to the telephone game; by the time the message gets to you, it is fragmented and misleading as it passes from person to person. We acknowledge their frustrations during the personal consultation time and begin by giving them the straight answers they are seeking,” stated Dr. Burkman.

Dr. Burkman does not let her international reputation get in the way of personal time with each patient. Although she is highly experienced with human sperm and egg problems, has developed fertility tests, and made presentations in 7 countries, her first conversation with the male patient or the couple involves simple photos and education. “First, we talk about what goes wrong with sperm and eggs, and how fertilization may be blocked,” she explained. “Educating them beyond the myths, falsehoods and bad information, that is our focus. Spending time answering their questions. We use photos, brief videos of swimming sperm, and a quick look into the microscope to see their own sperm. They love it.” One-on-one, these patients will get the facts; understand lifestyle behaviors (nicotine and marijuana both hit the ability of sperm to attach to the egg), negative work conditions that affect their fertility, plus overall health and nutrition. Dr. Burkman speaks about the following common Top 10 Myths:

1. Infertility is primarily a female problem. In fact, infertility is an equally shared gender issue – about 50% of all infertile couples seeking help may have a hidden sperm problem. The informed couple will start their search by asking for an Advanced Semen Analysis. Half of the time, erroneous interpretation of a basic report will take the couple down the wrong path.

2. You seem to be fine. You have plenty of sperm and they are swimming. After a Basic Semen Analysis, too many men hear these words. A Basic Semen Analysis cannot tell you whether the sperm are working correctly. The Advanced Semen Analysis at LifeCell Dx, or its affiliated clinics, provides physicians and patients with careful basic numbers as well as answers to critical questions: are the sperm behaving like fertile sperm? Is your nicotine exposure, marijuana use, or medication affecting the sperm? Can simple changes improve the sperm quality? Will special steps in a second lab visit improve your fertility chances?

3. I don’t need to see a Urologist. That won’t help us get pregnant. If it has been a struggle to get pregnant, then a Urologist should evaluate every man. For pregnancy, the man is 50% of the equation! The male should have a thorough physical exam by a Urologist to check for any abnormalities – sometimes this visit actually saves their life! Half of the men out there resist seeing a Urologist because of shyness, manly pride or a belief that only the woman has a problem. Let’s be fair! An infertile woman may visit the doctor 20 times!!

4. Of course my doctors know all about this stuff; I don’t need to do any reading. Your doctors want to help, but many of them have had no training related to sperm or infertility. Often, they refer too quickly to IVF clinics (in vitro fertilization) or talk about donor sperm. Patients need to ask their doctor about getting Advanced Semen Analysis first. This report will answer the question, “Are my sperm fertile?” The detailed sperm explanation will guide you and your doctor to a logical treatment path.

5. My sperm count is low; I guess I will not have a biological child. Not true. There are several ways to improve the situation. A Basic Semen Analysis may show a “lower sperm count” and your doctor might state that your chances are slim. First, try each of these options: always have a second semen analysis done by a different lab; search for a lab that performs Advanced Semen Analysis; use longer abstinence for the second test; visit lifecelldx.com for more choices to improve semen quality.

6. We should have intercourse twice a day right around ovulation. Not true. Quite a few men have moderate to lower sperm counts. This could be due to too many ejaculations on a daily basis, including masturbation. Each person is different about the number of sperm produced every day by the testes, and the fluids produced by the prostate and other glands. Too much is too few — not enough sperm in each ejaculation. You might consider sex once a day: on the day before expected ovulation, the day of ovulation, and the day after expected ovulation.

7. I have a lot of stress in my life, but that should not affect having a pregnancy. The best recommendation is to de-stress your life, as much as you can, when you are both worried about having a baby. This includes the man and the woman. Stretching, breathing, some exercise, watching my weight, getting help with my stress – these are good recipes for fertility.

8. Detailed sperm testing is so expensive. What is truly expensive is having a failed IUI treatment or failed IVF procedure. Or maybe 3 failed IUI treatments? Advanced Semen Analysis will cost about $300, compared to $10,000 for the failed IVF. This often happens because the Basic Semen Analysis led you to believe, “the sperm are fine.”

9. Nicotine and marijuana don’t affect sperm that much. For many men, using marijuana and/or nicotine has a negative effect on semen quality and fertilizing ability. Search on the web, do your reading, and ask your doctors for help in quitting nicotine or marijuana use.

10. I live far away from LifeCell Dx, so I guess I have to use the labs in my local area. LifeCell Dx is a unique sperm diagnostic company. Ask whether a newly trained Advanced clinic is showing up in your area. Ask whether your doctor wants to provide this Advanced service in your town. Dr. Burkman’s unique patent allows for remote digital testing. Any patient is invited to visit the central LifeCell Dx lab in Buffalo, NY. Make Niagara Falls your mini-vacation during the visit.

“Don’t give up based on the words that you heard, or your Basic Semen Analysis results. Most couples start the conversation with an OB/GYN or primary care doctor, and men can learn from their urologist. So ask questions and find out about Advanced Semen Analysis. We are happy to have you call us directly,” stated Dr. Burkman.

LifeCell Dx is located in Buffalo, New York. For more information, visit http://www.lifecelldx.com.

– Courtesy of PRWeb

5 Most Common Colon Cancer Myths Dispelled

newsLos Angeles Gastroenterologist with La Peer Health Systems, Ari Nowain, MD, speaks about the top 5 cancer myths and why they’re incorrect.

Ari Nowain, MD, a gastroenterologist at La Peer Health Center in Beverly Hills, California, took time recently to discuss why some of the most common myths about colon cancer are incorrect. The recently published list of the top 5 colon cancer myths includes the belief that only men are at risk for colon cancer and that having a polyp means you have cancer.

“One of the best ways to protect yourself from colon cancer is to have all the necessary information,” said Dr. Nowain. “That way you can make the correct choice based on accurate knowledge.”

Dr. Nowain went on to explain, “The belief that men alone get colon cancer is simply not true. Women and men both are at risk. It is also not true that having a polyp means you have cancer. Most polyps are benign, but removing them early is a good way to prevent them from potentially turning cancerous.”

Other common colon cancer myths include the belief that only those who are 50 or older need screening, that colonoscopies are painful, and that patients rarely survive colon cancer.

“In fact, all of these are untrue,” said Dr. Nowain. “And it is very important that patients don’t avoid screening for reasons such as fear of pain or the misconception that they don’t need it. Colon cancer screening saves lives.”

Current recommendations for the first colon cancer screening include everyone 50 years of age and older. African Americans should begin screening at age 45, and those with a family history should begin screening ten years before the age at which their family member was found to have colon cancer.

Ari Nowain, M.D. is double board-certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine and practices in Beverly Hills, California. Trained to diagnose and treat conditions of the digestive tract – with special training in colonoscopies, Dr. Nowain is committed to providing high quality accessible medical care to his patients. He performs outpatient procedures at La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills.

La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 47 world-renowned physicians in 13 specialties, comprehensive medical treatment is offered that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. The 13 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer’s unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment.

To learn more about La Peer Health Systems, visit http://www.lapeerhealth.com.

– Courtesy of PRWeb

Q & A: Juice Fasting: Myths & Benefits

Q & A with Dr. Michael Wald

fruitswhite1. True or False: Fasting with vegetable juices will provide all one needs for effective elimination of toxins?

ANSWER: False. There are countless toxins and many require very specific nutrients or medications to eliminate them. Even if juices contain the necessary nutrient compounds, the dosages might not be enough. Only testing of the toxin(s) in question and retesting will reveal if juicing efforts were/are effective.

2. True or False: Vegetable juice fasting is appropriate for everyone?

ANSWER: False. Allergies, digestive problems, medications, adrenal gland weakness, blood sugar problems and thyroid issues, among a few, can undermine the appropriateness of juice fasting.

3. True or False: Juice fasting can slow down one’s thyroid function?

ANSWER: Maybe. If you have an undiscovered slow thyroid (such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or nonautoimmunelow thyroid), cruciferous veggies added to juicing can further aggravate juice fasting efforts.

4. True or False: There is a way to idealize juicing recipes for each person?

ANSWER: Absolutely. Knowledge of health history, food reactions (allergies) and nutritional deficiencies
(revealed upon blood and urine testing), can help uncover information that can be used to idealize juice fasting ingredient combinations.

5. True or False: Water fasting, for the purpose of detox-elimination, is always a good idea?

ANSWER: False. Water fasting is almost never appropriate as water is devoid of antioxidants and other
nutrients absolutely required for the detox-elimination processes.

6. True or False: Headache, muscle aches and pains and fatigue, when experienced during a juice detox always mean one is experiencing a “Clearing (or Cleansing) Reaction”?

ANSWER: False. These symptoms and others could mean that the detox process is proceeding, but may also mean that the detox process has gone awry.

7. True or False: The best way to know if your juice detox is working is that you feel great?

ANSWER: False. In fact, if you feel great the juicing detox may not be moving forward at all. A combination of blood/urine testing as well as how you feel is the best way to know if juicing is working.

- Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

10 Weight Loss Myths That You Thought Offered Real Benefits – Part 2

By Lura Peterson

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

5. Crash Diet Works

healthdietMyth Busted: No, it absolutely doesn’t. The fact is, you don’t just want to lose weight but also want to make sure you’re not risking your lives doing so. More importantly, you don’t want to regain all that weight as quickly as you’ve lost it. Crash diets need to be avoided like the plague. They do help you lose weight, but what crash diets actually do is they make you use up all the carbohydrate glycogen that’s stored in the body, which means your body loses a lot of water as well. The loss of water and carbohydrate glycogen makes you think your body’s burning a lot of fat, but the real reason for your weight loss lies elsewhere. What’s more, it also takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on your body. This is why you should stay away from it.

6. You put on the pounds, so you can lose them too

Myth Busted: If you’re piling on the pounds thinking your weight gain is temporary and you can lose all those pounds you’ve gained, you’ve got another thing coming. It’s easy to put on weight but you will find it very difficult to lose weight. Consumption of calories is easy, but burning them is really very difficult. What you are looking at when it comes to losing weight is a really sustained daily effort, and not everybody can pull off weight loss. There are so many people who just give up their battle to lose weight.

7. Exercise isn’t really important

Myth Busted: I know you are shocked, but this myth does do the rounds. The proponents of this myth are usually targeting people who want to lose weight but don’t want to put any effort into it. These people are couch potatoes who want to lose weight but shy away from exercising. All they are looking for, is a way of losing weight that won’t make them get off the couch. In such a scenario, all those “innovative” diet plans come to their “rescue”. Whether they succeed or not is anybody’s guess, but the truth is, if you want to lose weight, you will need to exercise.

8. “That Chocolate” is the reason for my weight gain

scaleMyth Busted: It’s not a bad idea to zero in on the reasons for your weight gain, but to put the blame for your gain on just one food alone isn’t right. Yes, if you’re addicted to chocolates or some other food, and you believe it’s the reason behind you putting on weight, cut its intake down. But more often than not, weight gain is a result of a combination of factors. Just one reason alone doesn’t cut it. The problem with laying the blame on just one food for your weight gain, means you think, cutting down on its intake will ensure you lose weight. But, as that particular food wasn’t the only factor responsible for weight gain, you will find yourself, unable to lose weight.

9. If it works for my friend it will work for me

Myth Busted: No it won’t. The needs of two individuals differ across a broad spectrum of preferences, likes and dislikes. So, if you’re fried is using the Atkins diet to control his weight, that doesn’t mean it will work for you too. So, it’s always advisable to make informed decisions regarding your weight loss efforts. Don’t follow a diet plan or an exercise routine blindly. Ensure that it’s something that is good for you and will help you achieve all your weight loss objectives successfully.

10. I know what’s good for me

Myth Busted: No, you don’t know what’s good for you with respect to weight loss. That’s because you’re neither an expert dietician nor a professional trainer. You need expert help for your weight loss efforts. You might think you have a nice idea of all that it will take to lose weight because of all that you have read up on it and the exercise videos you’ve watched on YouTube, but that’s just going to improve your knowledge. To know what’s actually good for you and what’s right, you need to talk to a professional.

These are the ten myths you really need to stay away from if you’re really serious about losing weight. But these are not the only myths doing the rounds. So, if you come across a tip, diet plan or an exercise regimen that claims it is a perfect pick for your weight loss efforts, get it vetted by experts. There is nothing like making an informed decision to beat your weight gain.

- Lura Peterson is associated with Top Mobility, a leading industrial mobility products manufacturing company.

10 Weight Loss Myths That You Thought Offered Real Benefits – Part 1

By Lura Peterson

weightlossballtextI have a friend who believed a particular weight loss myth. He stuck to a diet, where he ate just once a day. Yes, you read that right. He only ate lunch, that’s it. In spite of experiencing really high levels of fatigue, symptoms like headache, stomach cramps, inability to sleep well at nights, he still went ahead with it. But one fine day he realized he was getting nowhere. Not only was he unable to lose weight, but he was on the verge of an emotional breakdown. That got me thinking. Weight loss myths disappoint their followers at multiple levels. It’s not the fact they don’t work at the physical level that is such a damper for the people concerned, it’s the fact they’ve been had and all their effort and sleepless nights were for nothing, which really gets people down. This mix of physical and emotional trauma is what makes weight loss myths so dangerous.

This is the reason why everybody needs to stay away from them. So let’s take a look at ten of these myths that have been fooling quite a number of people for many years now:

1. Eat a High protein Diet

Myth Busted: People who stick to a protein intensive diet to keep their calories in check are getting it partially right. It will help your body burn all the excess fat and with your diet having only protein in it, your body won’t build up excess fat deposits; this will result in weight loss. So what’s the problem? Well, what happens is that when your liver starts converting all those fats into fatty acids, it also creates a harmful by-product called ketones. Excess ketones in the body can lead to a condition called Ketosis, wherein the acidity of your blood increases above acceptable levels. This is definitely harmful for your body, so yes eat a diet filled with protein by all means, but supplement it with fibers and carbohydrates. Essentially, what you need is a

2. Carb Free Diet

Myth Busted: Not all carbohydrates are bad for you. All you need to do, is avoid processed carbs that have high sugar content and are packed with white flour. But, there are good carbs, think brown rice, whole grain breads, and even all those fruits and veggies that are actually good for you. And a totally carb-free diet, isn’t all that beneficial. If you’re suffering from weighty issues, you will be doing some exercise to burn that fat. This is when all that carb will come in handy.

3. Eat what you want but exercise

seniorexerciseMyth Busted: I honestly don’t know where this myth is coming from but using exercise as the end all solution of all your weight loss efforts doesn’t make sense. You can’t hope to lose weight if you’re sticking to same diet that made you pile on the pounds, hoping your morning exercise routine will save the day. That’s not going to happen. You need to supplement your exercise by cutting down on your calories. This is how you lose weight.

4. The Only Fruit Breakfast

Myth Busted: Yes, there is absolutely no doubt that fruits are good for you, but a fruit intensive breakfast? No, that’s simply not on because that’s the first meal you’re having after dinner last night and there’s been a huge gap in-between. That’s why it’s called ‘break-fast’ in the first place. Fruits give your body fiber and vitamins, but not the energy that is present in complex carbohydrates. A heavy breakfast, not necessarily fatty breakfast is what you need in the morning. A heavy breakfast that contains cereals, bread, an egg or two and some meat is quite a good idea. You need carbohydrates in the morning, and fruits aren’t going to cut it for you.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

- Lura Peterson is associated with Top Mobility, a leading industrial mobility products manufacturing company.

Top Parathyroid Myths

newsProminent parathyroid surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS, of the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery in Los Angeles, explains common parathyroid misconceptions in a new article.

In a new article on ParathyroidMD.com, “Top 3 Parathyroid Myths,” world-renowned parathyroid surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS, dispels some of the most common myths associated with the parathyroid glands. The parathyroid glands are four tiny glands located at the base of the neck near the thyroid gland that control the level of calcium in the bloodstream. The first, and most common myth is that the parathyroid glands are related to the thyroid gland.

“It is easy to understand why people would think this since parathyroid does have thyroid in the name. However, this is just referring to the location of the glands and the fact that they are next to the thyroid. They do, in fact, have completely different functions within the body,” explained Dr. Babak Larian.

Another common misconception is that a parathyroid disorder can clear up over time on its own. The reality is that the only effective treatment for a parathyroid disorder is surgical removal of the dysfunctional gland. Dr. Larian says it is important for people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of parathyroid disease so it can be caught and treated early.

“I see many patients who have been living with undiagnosed, or misdiagnosed, hyperparathyroidism for years. It is important that this condition is treated surgically soon after diagnosis is confirmed, as the disease will cause osteoporosis if left untreated,” said Dr. Larian, Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery.

The removal of abnormal parathyroid glands is crucial to maintaining bone health. It is also crucial that patients with a parathyroid disorder seek surgery from a parathyroid specialist. Dr. Larian is renowned for his minimally invasive parathyroid surgery techniques in which he removes the dysfunctional gland through a tiny incision during an outpatient procedure.

“By using advanced imaging technology before surgery to locate the problem gland, I am able to make one small incision and keep the amount of time the patient is in surgery to a minimum. And with intra-operative PTH testing, I can ensure the surgery was successful before the patient leaves the operating room,” explained Dr. Larian.

Dr. Babak Larian, the Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid Surgery in Los Angeles, is a highly experienced and reputable board-certified head and neck surgeon. Dr. Larian is nationally renowned for his expertise in minimally invasive surgery techniques involving parathyroid disorders and is considered a pioneer in his field. Currently, Dr. Larian holds the prestigious honor of Chief of Head and Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA.

For additional information regarding Dr. Larian and the various services offered at the CENTER for Advanced Parathyroid surgery, please visit http://www.parathyroidmd.com or call 310-461-0300.

– Courtesy of PRWeb

11 Male Infertility Myths Debunked

newsEven though Men’s Health Month has already passed last June, this article still points to some great information…..

In honor of Men’s Health Month this June, Fertility Centers of Illinois is debunking 11 common male infertility myths for men nationwide.

Approximately 2,000,000 men per year are diagnosed with infertility in the United States, but through simple lifestyle changes, many men can improve their fertility significantly.

For male infertility issues that require fertility treatment to achieve pregnancy, men should rest assured that these issues are highly treatable with great success.

“Many men don’t think about their fertility, and avoid learning more due to a fear of the unknown,” explains Dr. Christopher Sipe of Fertility Centers of Illinois. “Learning about basic male infertility helps take the fear and confusion out of conception.”

To help men understand fertility, Dr. Sipe has dispelled 11 male infertility myths:

Myth: Age does not affect male fertility.

A recent study published in the journal Nature has shown that paternal fertility decreases with age. The study found a direct link between paternal age and an increased risk of autism and schizophrenia. The study also shows that fathers pass on as many as four times more genetic mutations when compared to mothers. It is important that men are aware of their age and fertility potential during conception. If you plan to delay fatherhood, preserving fertility by freezing sperm is a relatively inexpensive way to “freeze” your fertility in time. If you are older and looking to conceive, a semen analysis evaluating shape and motility will provide valuable insight to fertility potential.

Myth: Only women need to take supplements to improve fertility.

It has long been known that women should take folic acid while trying to conceive, as well as during pregnancy to prevent certain birth defects, but folic acid is now known to be an important supplement in male fertility. Researchers at the University of California found that men had a higher rate of chromosomal abnormalities in their sperm when their diet was low in folic acid. Coenzyme Q10 has also been found to increase sperm count and sperm motility, while Vitamin E also improves low sperm count.

Myth: Smoking doesn’t affect male fertility.

Statistics don’t lie. Smoking increases chances of male infertility by 30 percent. Cutting out cigarettes is an obvious health advantage, but many don’t realize how harmful cigarettes can be to fertility. A report by the British Medical Association showed that smokers may have up to a 10-40 percent lower monthly fecundity (a.k.a. fertility) rate. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has estimated that up to 13 percent of infertility may be caused by tobacco use. The effect is dose dependent on the number of cigarettes smoked per day. Smoking as few as 5 cigarettes per day has been associated with lower fertility rates in males (and females).

Myth: Cell phones, laptops, hot tubs and bicycles don’t have an effect on semen quality.

Heat in extreme amounts can damage the testes and decline semen quality. A recent study by Fertility and Sterility found that the heat created from laptops can affect sperm motility and cause DNA damage. Cell phone emissions can also cause sperm damage, so keep phones in the back pocket and put a fan under your laptop. Men should be careful of putting too much time on the bike or lounging too long in a hot tub. Not to worry – semen quality typically declines only in extreme use or regular exposure. Enjoy your life and simply be aware and moderate in your habits.

Myth: Only hard drugs can affect male fertility.

Hard drugs affect fertility – and most importantly, pose a threat to your life. But it isn’t just hard drugs that can affect fertility health. Prescription drugs, antibiotics, blood pressure medication and even exposure to lead and mercury can affect the quality and quantity of sperm. Frequent marijuana use has also been known to cause similar problems.

Myth: In a healthy male, all sperm are healthy.

In an average male, only 14 percent of sperm by strict morphology have a normal shape, size, and ability to move properly. While this may seem low, remember that you only need one sperm to fertilize an egg and become pregnant.

Myth: Male infertility is genetic.

While male infertility can be genetically passed down, there are several different factors that can cause male infertility. A cancer diagnosis or injury can result in male infertility, while repeated infection or immunity problems can decrease male fertility. A multitude of lifestyle choices such as diet, nutrition, smoking habits, drug use, exercise habits and body weight can decrease male fertility.

Myth: There is no common diagnosis with male infertility.

While the specific cause of male infertility can vary greatly, the most common diagnosis associated with male infertility is low sperm count.

Myth: Separate health problems do not affect male fertility.

Chronic conditions such as diabetes and liver cirrhosis can cause abnormal male ejaculation due to nerve damage and retrograde ejaculation. Muscles in the bladder normally close during ejaculation, preventing the entry of semen. During retrograde ejaculation, the semen is redirected into the bladder when these muscles fail to activate. If you are concerned that a chronic condition may be impacting your fertility, reach out to a physician to learn more.

Myth: Weight does not affect fertility.

Extra weight presents a multitude of health issues, and can wreak havoc on male fertility. Obesity causes elevated estrogen and low testosterone levels, which can cause sperm count to decrease. Overweight males also experience a decreased libido. The simple solution is to calculate your Body Mass Index, which provides a healthy numerical range based on height and weight, and work towards it. Exercise will increase energy, decrease weight, and equalize testosterone and libido levels.

Myth: Diet does not affect male fertility.

Quite simply, you are what you eat. Men who consume high-fat diets have been found to have a decreased sperm count. Conversely, a mostly plant-based diet has been found to improve fertility and overall health. Fill your refrigerator and pantry with whole grains, fruits, and vegetables while avoiding thick cuts of meat and refined carbohydrates such as white bread and cookies.

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Juice Fasting – Myths & Benefits

qaQ & A With Dr. Michael Wald

1. True or False: Fasting with vegetable juices will provide all one needs for effective elimination of toxins?

ANSWER: False. There are countless toxins and many require very specific nutrients or medications to eliminate them. Even if juices contain the necessary nutrient compounds, the dosages might not be enough. Only testing of the toxin(s) in question and retesting will reveal if juicing efforts were/are effective.

2. True or False: Vegetable juice fasting is appropriate for everyone?

ANSWER: False. Allergies, digestive problems, medications, adrenal gland weakness, blood sugar problems and thyroid issues, among a few, can undermine the appropriateness of juice fasting.

3. True or False: Juice fasting can slow down one’s thyroid function?

ANSWER: Maybe. If you have an undiscovered slow thyroid (such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or nonautoimmune low thyroid) cruciferous veggies added to juicing can further aggravate juice fasting efforts.

4. True or False: There is a way to idealize juicing recipes for each person?

ANSWER: Absolutely. Knowledge of health history, food reactions (allergies) and nutritional deficiencies (revealed upon blood and urine testing), can help uncover information that can be used to idealize juice fasting ingredient combinations.

5. True or False: Water fasting, for the purpose of detox-elimination, is always a good idea?

ANSWER: False. Water fasting is almost never appropriate as water is devoid of antioxidants and other nutrients absolutely required for the detox-elimination processes.

6. True or False: Headache, muscle aches and pains and fatigue, when experienced during a juice detox always mean one is experiencing a “Clearing (or Cleansing) Reaction”?

ANSWER: False. These symptoms and others could mean that the detox process is proceeding, but may also mean that the detox process has gone awry.

7. True or False: The best way to know if your juice detox is working is that you feel great?

ANSWER: False. In fact, if you feel great the juicing detox may not be moving forward at all. A combination of blood/urine testing plus how you feel is the best way to know if juicing is working.

- Dr. Michael Wald, Brain-Energy Blast

Immunity Myths And Facts

qaQ & A With Dr. Michael Wald

Test your knowledge regarding immunity.

1. Which of the following comprises your immune system?
a. Your white blood cells (wbc’s) aka Cell-Mediated Immune System
b. Your lymphoid tissue
c. Your immunoglobulins (IgG, IgA, IgM, IgE)….aka Humeral Immune System
d. All of the above

ANSWER: All of the above, and more, comprise your immune SYSTEMS!

2. True or False: Herbs such as Echinacea, goldenseal and Astragalus increase immunity?

ANSWER: True and False: The herbs are known as biological-response modifiers which means that if your immune system is low they will increase it; and if your immune system if high it will decrease it.

3. True or False: 60-70% of your immune system is located in your small intestine?

ANSWER: True – the GI tract comprises the majority of the immune system within what is known as, The Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissue. Remember This – To balance your immune system you must maximize your nutrition. First, you need to test (i.e., blood work) your various immune systems and provide the specific balance of lifestyle factors including herbs and various nutritional supplements to kick it into high gear!

4. True or False: As we age, our immune system(s) can both increase and decrease at the same time?

ANSWER: True – the cell-mediated immune system (the white blood cells) often decreases with aging while the humeral immune system (immunoglobulins) increases; this increase is sometimes called auto-immune disease.

5. Which of the following nutritional compounds can potentially improve (balance) immunity?

a. Ginseng
b. Testosterone
c. Plant proteins
d. Glandular supplements (i.e., thymus, intestine, spleen, liver, etc.)
e. NAC
f. Vitamin C

ANSWER: All of these can help balance protein. Here is a partial explanation – Ginseng, actually a group of adaptogenic herbs, powerfully modifies cell-mediated immunity. Testosterone is essential for all aspects of immunity and is anti-infectious. Plant proteins are essential for both the cell-mediated and humeral immune systems. Glandulars reduce autoimmune processes by affecting the humeral immune system. NAC is a precursor to a powerful immune modulating substance known as glutathione. Vitamin C modifies both the cell and humeral immune systems.

6. True or False: Consuming immune modifying nutritional compounds is always safe?

ANSWER: False – Immune modulating nutrients always have other effects and may have adverse effects. There use should be based on physical signs and symptoms, lab work, medications, other nutrients and other factors.

- Dr. Michael Wald, Brain-Energy Blast