Nutritional Nugget: Vitamin C

by Melissa Vertosick
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Image used via Creative Commons License. Click for source.

What does vitamin C do for your body?

  • Water soluble antioxidant
  • Reduces inflammation which can help with osteoarthritis + rheumatoid arthritis
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Enhances iron absorption
  • Needed to produce serotonin

The RDA for adult men is 90mg. For women it is 75mg with more needed when pregnant or lactating. Smoking increases the amount of free radical damage in your body. The National Academy of Sciences recommends that if you smoke to include an extra 35mg of vitamin C in your diet daily.

Good sources of Vitamin C include:

  • Citrus fruits: Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit
  • Kiwifruit
  • Pineapple
  • Papaya
  • Berries
  • Broccoli
  • Parsley
  • Swiss Chard
  • Cabbage

Provided by: Melissa Vertosick, CHHC, AADP

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Mental Health in the News: Dr Dan Wagner on the Link Between Nutrition, Toxicity, and Mental Health

by Sven Hosford

Mental Health in the News - a podcast where issues in the news and upcoming events are discussed with mental health and integrative medicine professionals.

This week, Dr. Dan Wagner joins Dr. Safdar Chaudhary and host Sven Hosford to discuss his recent visit to S'eclairer to learn about mindfulness and how it is practiced in the mental health arena, while offering his knowledge of the affects of toxins, especially heavy metals, on mental health. They conclude together that a great many mental issues could be completely cured with proper nutrition and supplementation.

They also discuss the upcoming Open House at Nutrifarmacy, and the May 2 Conference. 

Educational Grand Rounds: Is It Panic or Just Manic?

by Michael Sorg

James Ellermeyer and Kaitlyn Angeletti talk about the misdiagnosis of manic episodes and bipolar disorder, the high risk behavior that can accompany these, and what a small conversation with the right professional can reveal.  We discuss the treatments and medications sometimes used, including mood stabilizers, application of mindfulness, and finding the outside factors that may be leading to these conditions such as thyroid issues and substance abuse.  

Oh.  And Let's Go Bucs!

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Nutritional Nugget: Chromium

by Melissa Vertosick
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Image used via Creative Commons License. Click for source.

What does chromium do for your body?

  • Essential for sugar and fat metabolism 
  • Enhances insulin action
  • Can help raise HDL (good) cholesterol 

The adequate intake for chromium is 35mcg for men and 25mcg for women daily. Absorption is affected by amount of Vitamin C and by Niacin. Both help with absorption. Chromium is stored in the liver, spleen, and bone.

Good sources of chromium include:

  • Broccoli
  • Potato
  • Whole grains
  • Raw Onion
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Orange
  • Grape Juice

It is important to note that levels of this mineral vary based on the soil and growing conditions.

Provided by: Melissa Vertosick, CHHC, AADP

Appointments now open on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Please make appointment at front desk by calling 724.468.3999. Visit the S’eclairer website at

 For more diet and lifestyle information, visit

Violence and Feeling Safe in Public Places

by Sven Hosford

The staff of S'eclairer is joined by neuroscience researcher Dr. Matt Keener to discuss the recent events at Franklin Regional High School, which is close by geographically. Medical Director Dr. Safdar Chaudhary and staff discuss the role violence in our society and how it has changed over recent years, and how the media seems to make the problem worse but focussing only the most negative aspects of a story. As Dr. Keener works with children and teenagers, and as S'eclairer works with those dealing with the aftereffects  of violence, the conversation covers many aspects of healing the wounds and how to create a caring and more loving community.


We also were passed the following on the topic.  Please check the link for more below.  

On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs
(From the book, On Combat, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman)

One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me: “Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident.” This is true. Remember, the murder rate is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated assault rate is four per 1,000 per year. What this means is that the vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another.

Some estimates say that two million Americans are victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic, staggering number, perhaps an all-time record rate of violent crime. But there are almost 300 million Americans, which means that the odds of being a victim of violent crime is considerably less than one in a hundred on any given year. Furthermore, since many violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders, the actual number of violent citizens is considerably less than two million.

Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep.

I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin’s egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful. For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators.
“Then there are the wolves,” the old war veteran said, “and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy.” Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.

“Then there are sheepdogs,” he went on, “and I’m a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf.” Or, as a sign in one California law enforcement agency put it, “We intimidate those who intimidate others.”

If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath--a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed

Psychiatric Grand Rounds: Restore Your Failing Vision Now with Dr. Dennis J. Courtney

by Michael Sorg

Dr. Courtney started his career as a high school teacher and his passion for learning motivated him to earn a medical degree in anesthesiology. After studying at West Penn Hospital, he founded his own practice and began incorporating alternative and complementary medicine in 1994, finding many of his patients with serious health problems were not interested in traditional medical approaches. Dr. Courtney and his patients eagerly pursue alternatives to traditional procedures not usually seen in orthodox western medicine. He is actively involved in physician organizations that promote integrated medicine such as the Executive Boards of both ACAM (American College for the Advancement of Medicine) and ICIM (The International College of Integrated Medicine). He is a respected authority on natural and integrative disciplines and is mentor to physicians and patients alike.

Working closely with Dr Edward Kondrot for over 10 years, Dr Courtney has founded the Pittsburgh Eye Protocol, an affiliate of the Healing Eye and Wellness Center located in Dade City Florida. Dr Kondrot is the world's leading homeopathic ophthalmologist, and is renowned for his 3-day Healing the Eye Treatment, which will be the topic of discussion for this Psychiatric Grand Rounds.

Dr. Courtney produces the radio show "AM-Impact On Your Health" 3 days a week on an all health talk radio station KHB 620. It is also available LIVE on the Internet Mon, Wed and Fri at 8:00am Eastern, on Dr. Courtney's YouTube Channel, where archives of over 10 years of past shows are available