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Posts for: October, 2011

If you have high cholesterol, chances are very good that you have been prescribed or will soon be prescribed a drug such as Simvastatin, Lovastatin, Pravastatin or Zocor.  These are a few examples of drugs that belong to a group called statins.  They were developed to lower cholesterol levels, but what you may not have been told is that these are powerful drugs with many possible side effects.  True informed consent (a procedure that EVERY physician and health care provider is REQUIRED to perform) mandates that prior to starting ANY prescription or treatment, the patient is to be made aware of all potential risks (i.e. side effects) involved.   Please take a moment to review this well written article by MIT Senior Scientist Dr. Stephanie Seneff.  In this article Dr. Seneff provides links to 13 different sites that have well referenced information about the dangers of Statin Drugs.

First discovered in 1957, Coenzyme Q10 has been the subject of over 5,000 studies.  Coenzyme Q10 is best known as the nutrient that is critical in the production of energy within our body's cells.   This property of supporting energy production is what makes Coenzyme Q10 a key factor in improving athletic endurance and in protecting our body's most important muscle, our heart!  Coenzyme Q10 also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from free radicals and thus helps to reduce many of the signs of aging.

If you or anyone that you know is currently taking or previously has taken a statin drug, it is absolutely necessary that those individuals take a coenzme Q10 supplement!  Why? Because the pathway that statin drugs use to lower cholesterol levels affects the same pathway the body uses to produce coenzyme Q10.  Therefore statin drugs decrease the body's coenzyme Q10 levels.  Research has shown that long term depletion of coenzyme Q10 can be a source of heart failure!

Coenzyme Q10 is found primarily in fish, organ meats and in the germ portion of whole grains.  Coenzyme Q10, formally known as ubiquinone, cannot be fully utilized until the body converts it to the active form ubiquinol.  Research has indicated that as early as our mid 20s, our ability to convert ubiquinone to ubiquinol decreases.   Therefore when it comes to supplementation, if one is older than 25, he should supplement with the active form ubiquinol.

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Back to Health Chiropractic PC is pleased to welcome Dr. David Doiron as the newest member of our health care team! 

Dr. Doiron, a native of Sanford, Maine, holds advanced training in Sports Science & Rehabilitation as well as certification in Active Release techniques (ART®) and Graston® soft tissue mobilization.  He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist.  Pleased to be done the educational process and excited to help the community, Dr. Doiron looks forward to working alongside Dr. Marc Dupuis at Back to Health Chiropractic Clinic.

Dr. Doiron’s evaluation and treatments mainly focus on restoring motion and mobility in the spine and extremities while addressing soft tissue dysfunction through specific stretching protocols and functional exercise prescription. Although much of Dr. Doiron’s training has been focused on athletes, the common denominator is that all people can benefit from having a more sport specific approach to treatment.

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