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Digging deep into The Power of Turmeric

I am thrilled to launch Dr. D's Ultra Bio Turmeric, our new revolutionary product made possibly by years of extensive research. This research is summarized in the pages of my first book "The Power of Turmeric" but I wanted to share just some of what I have learned about this powerful natural antioxidant.   

Over the past decade I have noticed an alarming number of increased cases of chronic pain in my patients and society at large – and not just in older demographics. My first products were formulated to help treat this pain, but I wanted to dig deeper into the cause of chronic pain and disease – and all research seemed to point to inflammation.   

I began extensive research into natural supplements and their effect on inflammation. In analyzing hundreds of journal articles, turmeric kept coming out on top, and I knew I was on to something.

Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, but it’s less known in the western hemisphere so I went right to the source and connected with scientists in India to learn more. I also consulted with PhDs from the US, Germany, Italy and Portugal and reviewed an extensive number of in depth studies on turmeric and its benefits. My approach has always been to dive deep into the science behind any ingredient and as a result I accumulated a wealth of knowledge about the power of turmeric.

Turmeric’s effectiveness as an anti-inflammatory lies in its powerful antioxidant properties. On a scientific level, it attacks the inflammatory chemicals and free radicals responsible for inflammation and has been shown to protect the nervous system, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, liver, kidneys and musculoskeletal system from damage. Studies have illustrated positive impacts on all manner of diseases including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and all types of inflammatory conditions.

My intention was always to develop a supplement that provided all of these benefits, but as I continued my research I was surprised to find out that most health professionals knew very little about turmeric. If they didn’t have the information on this powerful herb, how could they recommend it to patients who could benefit greatly?

I knew I wanted to share my findings with my colleagues, but felt it was important to keep things accessible to the average person as well. That’s why I chose to write a book outlining everything I’d learned, distilling down the hundreds of studies and hours of research. Since the book’s release, a number of colleagues have reached out to thank me for writing such an in depth yet easily understood summary of the power of turmeric.

Click here to purchase "The Power of Turmeric" and Dr. D's Ultra BioTurmeric. 

Arnica Montana: Harnessing the power of a flower

Over the past decade, I’ve been doing extensive research and trying to find the most effective combination of natural ingredients to help with pain relief and healing. At the same time, I noticed most of my patients were wanting to avoid popping pills and move toward topical, natural pain relievers.

So, I developed a topical treatment, Dr. D’s Super 7. In this seven-part series, I will breakdown each of the seven natural ingredients in the ointment and why they’re effective in treating pain and helping with recovery.

Arnica Montana is said to be the most commonly used homeopathic medicine in the world. I chose to include it in Dr. D’s Super 7 because:

  1. It’s antibacterial
    In its natural form, it can be use on open wounds to prevent infection. For someone who’s had an external injury, it helps relieve skin irritation.
  2. It minimizes swelling
    Arnica Montana helps with sprains, strains, blisters and even reduces bruising. It’s also known to help with arthritis; It goes to the source of inflammation.
  3. Right from a flower
    You’ll commonly see synthetic arnica in topical treatments, but Arnica Montana oil is straight from a flower. It’s 100% pure. This is one thing I made sure of for Dr. D’s Super 7 because I wanted the consumer to make sure they were getting the best of the best.

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Top 3 things to know about oil of wintergreen


 

Over the past decade, I’ve been doing extensive research and trying to find the most effective combination of natural ingredients to help with pain relief and healing. At the same time, I noticed most of my patients were wanting to avoid popping pills and move toward topical, natural pain relievers.

So, I developed a topical treatment, Dr. D’s Super 7. In this seven-part series, I will breakdown each of the seven natural ingredients in the ointment and why they’re effective in treating pain and helping with recovery.

Oil of wintergreen is commonly used worldwide, especially in Europe, because of its proven results. It’s the most active ingredient in Dr. D’s Super 7 for three reasons:

1. It’s proven to be one of the best natural anti-inflammatories
It improves blood supply to injured area, which helps speed up the healing and not just mask the pain.

2. It acts as a counter-irritant
It distracts the nervous system from feeling pain within muscles joints and nerves. That means, not only does it help speed up healing, but it helps take the pain away as well

3. It’s easily absorbable
Many essential oils don’t penetrate the skin layer – but oil of wintergreen does. In the Dr. D’s Super 7 formula, we also enhanced the absorption rate by adding a triple carrier system, but even on its own it penetrates quite nicely.

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Three ways to avoid injuries in the winter

Three ways to avoid injuries in the winter

During this time of year, I see an influx of patients coming into my clinic because of seasonal activities. Here are some tips to avoid common injuries during this time of year.

1. Pick the right shovel and practice shoveling the “right” way

Even before heading out to clear the snow off the driveway, make sure you have an ergonomic shovel. How do you know if you have an ergonomic shovel? First off, it need to be the right height. If you’re standing a shovel beside you, it should reach just below your chest. If your shovel just as tall as you are, you’re likely going to be bending at an unhealthy angle. Secondly, pay attention to the head of the shovel. The wider, the better. This will distribute the weight of the snow over a larger surface area and make shoveling easier.

Next is the technique. Here’s the key: you want to avoid bending and twisting. It may not be intuitive, but you want to move as a unit. So, if you have a shovel full of snow, instead of planting your feet and twisted your upper body to move the snow, move your entire body, keeping the shovel in front of you.

Lastly, make sure you take your time. It may be cold out there, but rushing through the task can lead to sprains, strains or chronic pain flaring up.

2. Be strategic when changing your winter tires

I’ll preface this by saying it’s always best if you can get someone to help you. I realize this is not always possible, but if you are able to get an extra set of hands, it goes a long way.

When lifting tires, the closer you can keep it to your body, the better. This is why it’s best to hold the tire vertically, with the rims to each side (rather than horizontally, with the rims facing the ceiling/floor).

Once you’ve got hold of the tire, go slow and avoid extreme bending. Make sure you contract your core and bend your knees during movement. Thisgoes for all heavy lifting.

3. Keep moving!

Sounds like a no brainer, but movement is key. During the winter, many people are not as motivated to go outside and this means they can be less active. If that’s the case for you,try to make an effort to keep your joints moving while staying indoors.

For instance, in the morning, right when you get up, take some time to stretch. Many injuries happen first thing in the morning because you’re not warmed up. Something as simple as bending down to put on your socks can lead to a back spasm. Try incorporating a stretch routine. This can include exercises like reaching toward the ceiling, circular movements of the shoulders and lifting your knees while sitting at the edge of the bed.

This will help increase lubrication and blood supply to the joints. Then, when you start your day, you’re not as stiff and less likely to get injured.

Why my clinic is always busy on cold days

Why my clinic is always busy on cold days

My clinic is rammed when there’s a drop in temperature. It’s a fact: temperature change does affect your body. Especially when you have a preexisting condition like arthritis.
Specifically, cold weather takes a toll on people because when there’s decreased barometric pressure, there’s an increased amount of pressure in your body. This can cause irritation to joints, muscles and nerves.

Of all my patients that come in because of cold weather pain, about 80 per cent of them feel it in their low back. Another common place to feel the pain is in the knees. This is because these are weight bearing joints.

So, what can be done?

1. Warm up before you go outside

About an hour before braving the winter weather, apply heat to areas that typically get irritated. It’s ideal to use moist heat (like a wet cloth or a hot water bottle). Other ways to warm up is to take a bath or boot up the home sauna, if you have one! This will help increase blood circulation to the areas that need it most.

2. Dress warmly when you go out

It sounds simple, but it helps prevent your body from feeling the effects of the temperature swing. Cover your head, hand and wear a scarf. It goes a long way! Also, wear extra layers over the areas that usually irritate you.

3. Try a topical treatment, like Dr. D’s Super 7TM

If you’ve been outside for a while, things stiffen up naturally. Once you come back inside, you want to increase blood circulation again.I developed Dr. D’s Super 7TM not only for symptomatic relief, but also to help increase circulation. Some of the ingredients (like peppermint, menthol and eucalyptus) are known as circulation enhancers and promote blood flow. Many of my patients apply the ointment before bed and find that they sleep better and wake up feeling less stiff.