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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Should we be taken a collagen supplement?

We’ve had an offer of Collagen with a wide ranging list of benefits – ‘money back guarantee’.

Ref. Collagen. I am copying direct from the pamphlet sent ………. There will be visible improvement within the first few weeks for rosacea, migaines, swollen legs, oedema, varicose veins and stroke….Dr. M Lauraine’s opinion.
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Gary:
Collagen is a wonderful nutrient that most of us do not get enough of.  This is because we no longer eat the animal parts that are rich in it - gristle, cartilage, bone and skin.  We cut all these parts off, dump them and eat only the meat - the least nutritious part of the animal.

Replacing dietary collagen with a relatively expensive supplement is, in my opinion, a waste of money and poor nutritional practice.  

The best alternative is to go to the butcher or supermarket and ask for a couple of chicken frames.  These will cost you next to nothing and may even be free. Take them home and turn them into a collagen rich chicken broth and have at least one cup daily as soup and as the stock for much of your cooking.  It can be stored in the fridge and freezer.  When the broth is cold it is jelly-like which is indicative of just how rich it is in collagen.

Collagen does have many health benefits, including soothing and nourishing the digestive tract, as well as being beneficial for joints, hair, skin and nails.

The best collagen is the chicken broth because it is rich in minerals as well as collagen.

For recipes and ten rules for making your broth, here is a good start.

This Hair Analysis indicates a disorder with zinc
metabolism and low copper.
Of equal, if not more importance for strong collagen is ensuring you have healthy a cellular balance between copper and zinc.  Copper and zinc regulate the enzyme processes for the formation of healthy collagen.  Going by hair tissue tests, most New Zealanders have a problem with zinc and copper and this fits with the epidemic of related health issues, ranging from poor healing, fluid retention, tendonitis, anxiety, eating disorders, infertility, high blood pressure and even learning disabilities.

As a matter of interest, athletes have huge needs for additional zinc as do anby

Correcting these imbalances is a very, very slow process that may take years of steady dietary supplementation that should be regularly monitored by way of repeat hair tissue mineral analyses.  Of course, there will be steady but very subtle improvements in health as levels are built up and balanced.

Some of the subtle signs that things are improving may include stronger skin that is less prone to damage, faster healing of wounds and less visible appearance of veins in the hands, feet and legs.

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2 please comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Gary. Do you have a colleague in bayside Melbourne?
My hallux rigidus needs some help so I can avoid surgery for a while. 3 months ago I finally got an appt with a great surgeon but had no pain then. Now it's approaching winter and I'm wearing different shoes it's really hurting. I got the list of what to take off an older post but the fish oil and vitamin c have been discontinued.

I am going to an Osteo on Tues but she was the one who gave me the surgeon's ctc details!

Migrid

Gary Moller said...

If the joint is beginning to develop spurring/ossify, then this is the time to commence mobilising it. If you leave it be, then the odds are that the toe will simply fuse completely and you don't want that.

Any manipulation/mobilisation should be done by an experienced massage therapist, osteopath or chiropractor. At the same time, listen carefully to the advice of your Dr. Remember that I am not present, so my advice must be carefully and cautiously considered.

Can I recommend a suitable therapist?
I do not know of a suitable therapist near you. Ask around. A good place to start is to contact the trainer of a professional sports team in your area. Conditions like "turf toe" are common and always being treated by a team's physiotherapist or massage therapist. Please keep your primary physician informed of what you are doing and please heed his or her advice.

Before you start
I recommend that you commence before the massage/mobilisation with a few weeks of glucosamine with fish oil and the Active Elements Tissue Salts (2.1), Coenzyme Q-10 (1-2/day), Enzogenol (2-4/day) and 2-4 capsules per day of MSM. It is essential that your body has the nourishment to capitalise on the effects of the mobilisation; hence the nutrient supplements. These are all available from my website store and I can deliver worldwide within about 4 weeks.

Medications
Many medications are implicated in the kind of joint pain and degeneration we are discussing. The worst culprits are statins, bisphosphonates and many blood pressure medications. Anti-psychotics may affect liver and kidney function, leading to toe pain and degeneration. This effect is akin to a slow motion case of chemical poisoning.

If you suspect medication may be contributing factors, take the matter up with the prescribing doctor, bearing in mind that your concerns are liable to be dismissed. As a general rule of thumb: Being free of any medication is a prerequisite for a long and healthy life.

How often?
Only mobilise the toe once a week and do so for at least 4 sessions. The pain of the procedure should diminish by about the 3rd session and recovery should be quicker and residual pain should be less as well. It is important that the person doing the procedure tractions the toe to gap the joint before actively mobilising it. The entire lower leg and foot should be thoroughly massaged, as should the healthy leg.

Pain medication
Do not use pain killers to dull any pain associated with the procedure. Use pain to guide how much work to have done on the toe at any one time. Pain killers are therefore not to be used while doing this therapy.

Look at getting a pair of Formthotics Shock Stop heat moulded inner soles off my website and wear them in your shoes all the time. These will support the foot and the toe while not restricting movement.

Continue the nutrition for as long as there is any pain and then for at least a month after.

Scrutinise your diet ensuring that everything that goes into you is as close to natural and unprocessed. Include fresh red meat, preferably grass fed and foods high in dietary sulphur like fresh garlic.

Please go on a healthy "Health Kick": No junk food, go easy on the coffee, alcohol and no artificial sweeteners, preservatives etc. Aim to be medicine free if you are not already. Please prepare your meals at home using raw, natural foods.

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Please let me know how you get on with this therapy.

Wishing you a quick and full recovery.


Gary