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The Not-So-Common, Common Cold

The “Not-So-Common” Common Cold

Common Colds Shouldn’t be so Common

A recent Wall Street Journal article (March 24, 2014) talked about the common cold.  It stated that the average adult has 2 to 5 colds per year while school children may have up to 7 to 10 colds per year.  It also stated that the average cold lasts 18 days.  And conventional doctors say zinc, echinacea or vitamin C are not the answers–the evidence is not conclusive that any of them help.

Dr. Gardner’s comments:  Although I recognize 2 to 5 colds a year is ‘average,’ having any more than 0 or 1 cold a year is not healthy.  ‘Average’ people do not have healthy immune systems. 

So: How do you build the immune system?

  1. Get off sugar and processed food, which suppress the immune system!
  2. Get proper nutrients—eat real food and high-quality supplements.
  3. Reduce stress—poor sleep, emotional stuff, finances, relationships.
  4. Exercise releases redox signaling molecules which help fight all infections.
  5. There are supplements that specifically build the killer T cells and support the immune system.
  6. And yes, zinc, echinacea, and vitamin C all can benefit our health.

When you get a cold, what should you do?

  1. Get rest, especially if sleep-deprivation is the cause of the stress.
  2. Oil of Oregano has the strongest anti-viral properties of all the essential oils.
  3. High dose vitamin C, 6 grams per day, as it takes that much to replace the vitamin C depletion in the white cells during a viral infection.
  4. Drink plenty of fluids to flush out toxins released as part of the infection.

To your dynamic health and energy,

Stan Gardner, MD, CNS

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Hair Loss

I had major surgery 6 months ago, and 2 months after I recovered, we moved out of the country. The adjustment has been a little stressful. Shortly after surgery my hair started falling out and I continue to lose hair every day. Is there something I could take to help my hair to grow back in? Thank you.

There are 3 treatable causes of hair falling out:

1. low thyroid

2. low nutrients, especially biotin and zinc

3. stress.

Outside of those 3 conditions are some identifiable and some non-identifiable conditions–male balding being one of them.  My recommendation for you is to get your thyroid levels checked.  If the T3 is below the mid reference range, I consider it low thyroid, although conventional medicine does not consider it low until it is below the low range.

Take extra biotin and zinc for up to 3 months. (Because zinc competes with copper for the transporter, long term use of either one will cause a deficiency of the other one.)  Learn some relaxation, de-stressing techniques and practice them.  Also, be aware the average person loses between 60 to 100 hairs each day.  So if that is the amount of loss you are experiencing, it is not a matter of concern.

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Heart Disease

My friend, who recently had a quadruple bypass, said her sister told her a symptom of heart disease is that a line forms on your earlobe. She also said that since her surgery, and recovery, the hair on her legs grows faster, and her fingernails no longer have ridges on them.
Are these really signs of heart disease? If so, then I guess I need to do something, because I have all three.

Nail growth (and ridges in the nails) and hair growth require a broad range of nutrients. However, biotin and zinc are the most important of all of them.

Although one cannot be sure until conducting a thorough physical exam, my best guess for the increased growth of nails and hair after bypass surgery is that there was a generalized compromise of oxygen (and other nutrients) because of the vascular disease in the vessels to the heart. The blood could not flow like it should to all the body, including the hair and nails.

This was possibly resolved after the bypass surgery and the hair and nails started growing. However, you need to be aware that the hair and nail conditions you describe are not the typical signs of heart disease, but of nutrient deficiency.

You should be sure you are on a potent multivitamin and essential oils, then add extra biotin (5 to 10 mg per day) and zinc (50 mg per day) for a few months.  If you stay on zinc for more than 3 months, be sure to add more copper also, as copper and zinc compete for the same transporter in the intestines, and taking either one long term will cause a deficiency of the other one.

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Causes of Thinning Hair

Female thinning hair? I am 65 & have noticed my hair thinning a LOT. Webmd suggested it was hormone related. What do you think & what can I do about it? I have had a stroke so I’m not on HRT. I recently quit herbal hormone tablets since they didn’t seem to help my hot flashes, now I’m wondering if that is why my hair is falling out?

There are 2 treatable conditions that contribute to hair falling out:

1. Low thyroid. If your free T3 (which is only rarely obtained in conventional medicine) is at the middle of the ‘reference range’ or less, you are probably hypothyroid. Iodine and thyroid hormone may stop the hair from falling out.

2. Poor nutrition, especially with the minerals zinc and biotin. In addition to eating good food, you need a potent multivitamin and essential fatty acids (and vitamin D).  In addition to that, extra amounts of zinc and biotin can be added.

If there is no improvement in a few weeks, then that is not the problem. Because zinc and copper compete for the same transporter in the GI tract, zinc without extra copper cannot be used long term. If you are having menopausal symptoms, you should at least try progesterone, which is not part of the controversy over HRT and vascular disease.

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Optimal Conditions for Bone Repair

I broke my radius in a cycling accident. I’d like to know what nutrition I can take to help speed healing.

Summertime is a common time to experience bone breaks, with our active sports and fun outdoor activities. Breaks can also happen in the winter, such as when we slip and fall on ice.

The best way to improve healing of bone fractures is with a therapeutic magnet. This releases a magnetic frequency that stimulates bone repair.  I have seen this myself with patients, and in consultation with an orthopedic surgeon who tried magnets on nonhealing fractures with tremendous success.

Your best nutritional options are to eat good food and take a potent supplement with good amounts of the minerals:

  • calcium,
  • magnesium,
  • zinc,
  • biotin