Posted By Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD,
Thursday, November 19, 2015
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To my friends and colleagues,
Attached is a rebuttal argument I put together to help a physician in responding to an action taken against him by his state medical board. After an hour or so meeting with the board, no fault was found with his therapy for the patient in question, nor with the use of vitamin C and glutathione in that patient's treatment. In accordance with this finding, no fines were levied, and no restriction was placed on his license. Some additional CME (continuing medical education) was about the only tangible recommendation that resulted.
It should be noted that this physician not only rendered excellent medical care, he had never had an action initiated against him in roughly 40 years. Furthermore, he put together a massive and, I believe, excellent written scientific defense of his course of medical care for this patient. Nevertheless, the last communication before the hearing took place seemed to focus on the vitamin C and glutathione aspect of the patient's care, as the board expert continued to press with his or her lack of awareness of "any significant uses for vitamin C and glutathione in the treatment of sepsis."
While it is doubtful it will ever be known exactly what the board's reasoning was, it would appear that some truly objective scientific minds were part (or all?) of the committee ruling on this case. While I will not mention what state board this was, I will say that this was one state that has historically been absolutely brutal in dealing with any physicians who did not tow the mainstream party line. Maybe the hard-liners are finally disappearing, who knows.
So, are the times a-changing? This is only one case, but it tells me that the mainstream is finally beginning to recognize the legitimacy of the non-mainstream (aka alternative, complementary, integrative). Progress by microincrementalism goes slow, but it does proceed.
Feel free to use the reasonings and concepts in this letter for any similar cases in the future that you might encounter.
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Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD
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Thursday, November 19, 2015
Integrative Therapies Institute will be holding its 5th Annual Integrative Medicine Conference at the beautiful Irvine Hotel, Irvine, Orange County, California, January 22nd-24th, 2016.
Following nationwide conferences during 2015, that covered genomics, autoimmunity, chronic infectious diseases, and other modalities, ITI's Curriculum Director, Paul Anderson, N.M.D., has picked many clinical experts to join the 5th Annual Conference in late January, 2016.
They will deliver evidence based data, trends, analysis, case studies, protocols, to a level that you can return to your clinics on a Monday, far better equipped in treating your patients. The conference will be covering the following topics:
• Inflammation Management Genomics in the 21st Century
• Chronic Infectious Diseases Autoimmune Diseases
• Orthopedic Case Management Immune and Autoimmune Conditions
• Neuropsychiatric Therapies Chronic Illnesses
For the complete agenda, click here: http://www.iti2016.com/images/Forms/agenda-3-day.pdf
All ACAM Members will be offered 20% off the 3-day event. Regular price is $575. To book your space, please go to the event website at www.iti2016.com
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Chronic Infectious Diseases
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Posted By submitted by Helen Saul Case, Orthomolecular Medicine News Service,
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
(OMNS, Nov 16, 2015) It would be novel indeed to see a news media report entitled "Life- Saving Vitamins." That's a headline about vitamins that would be true for once.
Instead, I see folks on TV speaking about those drugs they so desperately "need" while they plead with drug companies to just make them more affordable. "It's tough when it comes to medical stuff costing so much because you can't say no to medication," says one patient who seeks an expensive drug to help lower his high cholesterol .
"[It's] a kind of blackmail: if you want drug companies to keep turning out life-saving drugs, you will gratefully pay whatever they charge." - Marcia Angell, MD
Take comfort, consumer. NBC is on it. On Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, they presented a news bit ominously entitled "Your Money or Your Life." NBC asked Leonard Schleifer, MD, CEO of Regeneron: "Why do the same medications cost so much more here than in other countries?"
After all, NBC pointed out that drugs cost twice as much in the United States then they do in Canada, the United Kingdom, or Australia. And they noted that Regeneron's new drug Praluent is particularly costly.
Dr. Schleifer justified the price tag on his company's expensive new drug because of the high cost of the product's development. "Do we want cheap drugs now, and no drugs in the future?" he asks. "Or more expensive drugs now, and a constant stream of drugs?" 
This pharmaceutical CEO would have us enjoy an endless stream of expensive drugs. Of course he would. For many people who take cholesterol-lowering drugs every day, a constant supply is exactly what they end up paying for.
The drug marketing machine
The pharmaceutical industry is "primarily a marketing machine to sell drugs of dubious benefit," says Marcia Angell, MD, a senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School and former editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine . In her book bestselling book, The Truth About the Drug Companies , she says that the supposedly high cost of research and development has very little to do with how high they price their products. Basically, drug companies charge what they think they can get. And while you will hear it claimed otherwise, far more is spent on marketing than on research and development. She even points out that "news" about drugs is just another way to promote drugs. "Contrary to the industry's public relations," says Dr. Angell, "you don't get what you pay for."
"New drug" does not automatically mean "improved," "better," or "safe." It means that at least in a couple of trials, it beat a placebo. "Clearly drug companies are more concerned with profits than with patients," says Andrew W. Saul, PhD. 
Get out your checkbook
Praluent costs $40 a day . That's $14,600 a year. NBC reported that this is significantly more costly than it should be. They referred to a watchdog study that suggested a more reasonable price would be $2,200 to $7,700 a year, or just $6 to $21 a day. Golly, thanks so much, NBC! That's much more reasonable.
Believe it or not, there is an even cheaper, more effective option to reduce "bad" LDL cholesterol, and we've known about it for over 60 years .
Niacin is better than any cholesterol drug
Back in the 1950s, William Parsons, MD, and colleagues reported that niacin lowers bad cholesterol, increases good cholesterol, and lowers triglycerides, among other benefits, such as living longer . Abram Hoffer, MD, who pioneered the use of niacin to cure schizophrenia, says Dr. Parsons provides the evidence that niacin is the "only practical, effective, safe, and cost effective method for restoring lipid levels to normal." 
"Niacin should probably be the first-line medication for people who want to lower their cholesterol levels," say Drs. Hilary Roberts and Steve Hickey, authors of The Vitamin Cure for Heart Disease. Additionally, the health advantages of niacin extend well beyond its ability to reduce cholesterol. "[N]iacin inhibits inflammation and protects the delicate linings of the arteries," say Dr. Roberts and Dr. Hickey, and "helps maintain the arterial wall and prevents atherosclerosis" .
"A vitamin can act as a drug, but a drug can never act as a vitamin." - Andrew W. Saul, PhD
The dose is the key. "[T]he data on patients with problem cholesterol/LDL levels still support 3,000-5,000 milligrams of immediate-release niacin as the best clinically-proven approach to maintaining a healthy lipid profile," says researcher professor and niacin expert W. Todd Penberthy, PhD. And, despite what you may have heard, niacin is "far safer than the safest drug." 
And niacin is cheaper, too
The cost of a bottle of regular, flush niacin comes in under eight bucks. Taking six to ten 500 mg niacin tablets per day ($0.03 a tablet) would cost $0.19 to $0.30. The yearly investment to take the best cholesterol lowering substance out there, would be $70 to $110. That's 20 to 100 times cheaper than statins. That's up to 200 times cheaper than Praluent. And niacin is safer then all of them.
"We've all been carefully taught that drugs cure illness, not vitamins," says Dr. Saul. "The system is remarkably well-entrenched."  Instead of being hailed as the safe, effective, affordable, life-saving vitamin it is, niacin is bashed in the media, and dangerous drugs are practically revered: Is the only fault we can find with them is that they cost too much?
We can do better. We can say no to medication. We can do something about high cholesterol, and it doesn't have to cost a pile. We don't have to buy into or believe what we see on TV. And until a headline reads "Life-Saving Vitamins," I sure won't.
(Helen Saul Case is the author of The Vitamin Cure for Women's Health Problems and Vitamins & Pregnancy: The Real Story. She is also coauthor of Vegetable Juicing for Everyone.)
The FDA continues its war on the compounding of custom medications by eliminating even more dietary ingredients. Action Alert!
1. NBC News. "Regeneron CEO Explains the High Cost of Cholesterol Drug Praluent." http://www.nbcnews.com/video/regeneron-ceo-explains-the-high-cost-of-cholesterol-drug-praluent-559474243915
3. Angell, M. The Truth About the Drug Companies. New York: Random House, Inc. 2004.
4. Review at http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/2005/pdf/2005-v20n02-p120.pdf
5. Saul, A. W. "Rigged Trials: Drug Studies Favor The Manufacturer." Orthomolecular Medicine News Service (Nov 5, 2008). http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v04n20.shtml
6. "New Cholesterol Lowering Drug Praluent far more expensive than statins." http://www.cbsnews.com/news/praluent-cholesterol-lowering-drug-high-cost-statin-alternative/
7. Hoffer. A. "Niacin, Coronary Disease and Longevity." http://www.doctoryourself.com/hoffer_cardio.html
8. Parsons, W. B. Cholesterol Control Without Diet! Lilac Press. 2000.
9. Hoffer, A., A. W. Saul, and H. Foster. Niacin: The Real Story. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Publications, Inc. 2012.
10. Roberts, H., and S. Hickey. The Vitamin Cure for Heart Disease. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Publications, Inc. 2011.
11. Penberthy, W. T. "Laropiprant is the Bad One; Niacin is/was/will always be the Good One." Orthomolecular Medicine News Service (July 25, 2014). http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v10n12.shtml
To learn more:
Introduction of Niacin as the First Successful Treatment for Cholesterol Control, A Reminiscence by William B. Parsons, Jr., M.D., FACP http://www.orthomolecular.org/library/jom/2000/articles/2000-v15n03-p121.shtml
Niacin is the Safest and Most Effective Way to Control Cholesterol: (But You'd Never Know it from the Media). http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v09n07.shtml
Niacin Beats Statins: Supplements and Diet are Safer, More Effective. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v09n25.shtml
Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs For Eight-Year-Old Kids? American Academy of Pediatrics Urging "McMedicine." http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v04n08.shtml
Niacin (Vitamin B3) Lowers High Cholesterol Safely. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v01n10.shtml
No Deaths from Vitamins. Absolutely None. 31 Years of Supplement Safety Once Again Confirmed by America's Largest Database. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v11n01.shtml
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Friday, October 30, 2015
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IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Center for New Medicine announces the opening of their new integrative addiction treatment center “Addiction Center for Healing” in Irvine, CA. “I am extremely proud to launch Addiction Center for Healing,” said Leigh Erin Connealy, MD, Medical Director of Center for New Medicine. “Our practice has been growing and thriving for over 29 years and we continue to offer quality care and integrative treatment options to our growing patient base. As we grow, our focus remains clear: to provide consistent and comprehensive medical care for all of our patients.”
Addiction Center for Healing tailors time-effective medical, psychological, and relational treatment methods to quickly bring life balance to the addicted client. This new paradigm treats and balances the 'whole person' and the person's family. A comprehensive medical-psychological evaluation provides the blueprint for a specific, and individualized multi-modal treatment plan. The treatment methods are unique; this is not a 'one size fits all' approach. Each client experiences a treatment program that is absolutely one-of-a-kind!
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“The partnership with Center for New Medicine strengthens our mission to provide state-of-the-art comprehensive care to patients suffering from addiction,” said Neil Sommer, Clinical Director of Addiction Center for Healing. “Our centralized medical suite and treatment facility offers patients a one-stop resource for continuous, on-site care. This expansion brings the best of both worlds to patients who have come to rely on our reputation as a world-class integrative addiction treatment facility.”
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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Urinary neurotransmitter analysis provides a non-invasive means of assessing a patient’s ability to synthesize and metabolize neurotransmitters, and may be used to evaluate patient responses to supportive nutritional therapies (Marc 2011). Central and peripheral nervous system functions are dependent upon normal synaptic transmission, mediated by neurotransmitters including the biogenic amines (catecholamines dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine; serotonin; histamine) (Eisenhofer 2004, Rothman et al. 2012). The incorporation of metabolic intermediaries such as 3-methoxyyramine (3-MT), 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC), normetanephrine, metanephrine and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA), into the Comprehensive Neuro-biogenic Amines Profile may provide clinicians with the means to evaluate the function of monoamine oxidase (MAO) A and B, catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH). These enzymes are essential not only in the catabolism of neurotransmitters, but the detoxification of exogenous estrogens, pharmaceuticals and environmental amines. Targeted nutritional support may optimize enzyme function and support patient health. Given the recent advances in the understanding of nutritional biochemistry, inheritance, epigenetics, and environmental toxicology, as well as improved sensitivity and specificity in the analysis of urinary neurotransmitter levels (Li 2014) and their intermediaries, it may be time to reconsider the clinical utility of urinary neurotransmitters in functional medicine. The evaluation of only the end products of neurotransmitter metabolism, homovanillic acid (HVA) and vanillylmandelic acid (VMA), may not provide a complete picture of enzyme function for the clinician.
Urinary levels of neurotransmitters primarily reflect the activity of the peripheral and GIT enteric nervous systems. The majority of the neurotransmitters excreted in the urine reflect peripheral metabolism (Eisenhoffer 2004). However, with the exception of tryptophan-5-hydroxylase, the enzymatic machinery for neurotransmitter synthesis and metabolism is often similar (if not identical) on both sides of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) (Cansev 2007). Part of the metabolism of catecholamines takes place in the same cells where the amines are produced. Different enzymes may be used and different metabolites are generated if a neurotransmitter is processed within a neuron (MAO, ALDH), or outside of it (COMT). This occurs because catecholamines are constantly leaking out of vesicles and into the cytoplasm. Circulating neurotransmitters may also be metabolized in the liver or kidney. The metabolism of precursors or neurotransmitters results in intermediary metabolites. The metabolites may or may not be biologically active, and may provide important functional clues about catabolic transformation reactions.
Enzyme function may be affected by inheritance, nutritional status or environmental exposures. Mutations or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) may alter enzyme function and affect the metabolism of neurotransmitters. Dietary deficiency or gastrointestinal malabsorption may affect the availability of required nutrient cofactors. Toxic exposures may inhibit enzymatic functions and increase oxidative stress, resulting in altered neurological function and metabolism. The catabolic enzymes for neurotransmitters may be affected by any or all of these factors.
There are two forms of monoamine oxidase (MAO). Monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) activity is necessary for intraneuronal neurotransmitter metabolism. It oxidizes the catecholamine neuro-biogenic amines dopamine, norepinephrine and tryptophan to an aldehyde intermediary. MAO-A also oxidizes dietary and environmental amines (dyes, pigments, insecticides and polymers). Dopamine is primarily oxidized by MAO-B. The degradation of dopamine creates reactive oxygen species, and increased MAO-B activity has been associated with aging and Parkinson’s disease. Animal studies indicate that MAO activity may up-regulated with stress. MAO is inherited with the X chromosome; males have one copy and females have two copies of the genetic code for MAO. MAO-A and MAO-B are coded by two separate genes. Inherited variations in MAO activity may affect neurotransmitters or neurochemistry. In addition to medications designed to inhibit MAO activity (MAOIs), MAO may be inhibited by cigarette smoke, and toxic elements such as cadmium, lead and mercury. Dopamine, if not converted into norepinephrine is degraded by intraneuronal MAO and extraneuronal COMT. MAO-A converts dopamine to 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC). COMT uses SAMe and magnesium to degrade dopamine into 3-methoxytyramine (3MT). MAOA and COMT further convert the intermediary metabolites to homovanilic acid (HVA). There is no way to tell, by the level of HVA, if one or both degradation enzymes are deficient. Differences in the levels of DOPAC and 3MT may easily distinguish which degradation enzyme, MAO or COMT, is not functioning optimally.
Oxidative deamination by MAO produces hydrogen peroxide and a reactive aldehyde, which may increase oxidative stress and put excessive demand on the cell’s glutathione pool. Aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) converts aldehydes to fatty acids. Aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) activity contributes to a variety of vital biochemical reactions in the body. Mutations or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) may occur in the dehydrogenase or reductase enzymes, and may affect enzyme function. Environmental aldehydes that must be processed by aldehyde dehydrogenases include cigarette smoke, formaldehyde, polyurethane, polyester plastics, and many medications. Aldehyde excess due to enzymatic insufficiency may be associated with symptoms of dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat (tachycardia) and “alcohol flush”. ALDH is part of the metabolic pathway for dopamine and serotonin. The dopamine intermediaries may elevate and have neurotoxic effects (increased oxidative stress) if ALDH or MAO-B activity is compromised. Serotonin may elevate and the serotonin metabolite 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) may decrease, if either MAO-A or ALDH activities are insufficient. Comparison of serotonin and 5-HIAA levels against dopamine, DOPAC and 3MT levels may distinguish insufficiencies in the activities of MAO-A, MAO-B or ALDH.
Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) activity is necessary for extra-neuronal neurotransmitter metabolism. COMT methylates both catecholamines and catecholamine metabolites oxidized by MAO. COMT is not found in sympathetic nerves, but is abundant outside the neuron in other cells and tissues. High levels of COMT are found in the liver, kidneys; COMT is also present in red blood cells and in adrenomedullary chromaffin cells. Inherited or acquired factors may affect enzymatic activity. Various mutations and SNPs in the genes coding for COMT have been associated with some types of mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and schizophrenia. COMT requires magnesium and S-adenosyl methionine (SAM) cofactors. Low levels of the metabolites metanephrine and normetanephrine, and (perhaps) elevated levels of epinephrine and norepinephrine, may occur if catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) function is insufficient. The conversion of norepinephrine and epinephrine to their metabolites had been considered a major pathway leading to VMA, but it is now known that this is a minor pathway. Most VMA (94%) is formed from the transient aldehyde metabolite 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylglycolaldehyde (MOPEGAL) in the liver.
Only 10-20% of urinary neurotransmitters and their intermediaries may originate in the central nervous system. However, while the majority of the urinary neurotransmitters and metabolites in urine originate in the peripheral nervous system, normalizing urinary neurotransmitter levels based on laboratory analysis has been shown to result in the improvement of some mood and behavior symptoms (Marc 2010). The evaluation of peripheral neurotransmitters and intermediaries may also assist in the evaluation of physiological conditions such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, thyroid or parathyroid disease, adrenal disorders or hormone imbalances, as all of these conditions may alter mental status or contribute to metabolic encephalopathy.
In 2011, an article in The Lancet (Kurian, 2011) stated “The monoamine neurotransmitter disorders consist of a rapidly expanding heterogeneous group of neurological syndromes characterized by primary and secondary defects in the biosynthesis degradation, or transport of dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and serotonin”. The article also noted that “many neurotransmitter disorders mimic other neurological disorders, and may be misdiagnosed”. The article recommended the analysis of neurotransmitters in cerebrospinal fluid for accurate clinical diagnosis. However, the collection of cerebrospinal fluid for the assessment of urinary neurotransmitters and metabolites is expensive, uncomfortable and simply not practical in most cases. Urinary neurotransmitters are easily collected by patients and the results may be readily integrated into routine practice. Urinary neurotransmitters are stable during collection and transportation (other methods of evaluating neurotransmitters, such as platelets, may not be as stable), and urinary neurotransmitter intermediaries may best reflect enzyme functions.
The proper collection and handling of urine specimens prior to laboratory receipt is necessary for accurate results. As the purpose of urinary neurotransmitter testing is to evaluate clinically significant elevations or deficiencies in neurotransmitter status, either true first morning void (i.e., after being in bed without arising x 8 hours) or 24-hour urine neurotransmitters and intermediaries may be most clinically relevant. The ingestion of certain foods may affect the results of urinary neurotransmitter testing, and the avoidance of specific foods is recommended, as certain foods may affect serotonin and other neurotransmitter levels. Any medication that is meant to affect neurotransmitters (such as reuptake inhibitors, etc.) may alter neurotransmitter or intermediary levels from baseline levels; it is the clinical decision of the prescribing physician whether or not to discontinue (by safely tapering off), any such medications prior to testing.
Alterations in urinary neurotransmitter status may be associated with a variety of conditions including metabolic disorders, mood/behavioral disorders, environmental exposures, or (rarely) the presence of certain tumors. Analysis of both neurotransmitters and their intermediaries may provide the clinician with greater clarity about patient health, functional status, and nutritional needs.
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Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP,
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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Beans are a mainstay of any vegetarian diet. Here is the recipe for Blue Corn Enchiladas:
One 12 pack stone ground blue corn tortillas. (www.buenofoods.com)
Two 15 ounce cans of organic pinto and/or black beans.
Flame Roasted green chile 40 oz bottle (you will use about half). (www505chile.com)
Red chile sauce made from red chile powder. 3 oz bag. Follow directions on bag (www.northoftheborder.net).
One large chopped onion
Daiyan cheddar cheese slices or other cheese as desired
One small tomato; lettuce
In a hot skillet or griddle, heat each tortilla on both sides until crisp and set aside. Line a large baking pan with an olive oil spray and line the pan with the tortillas.Pour organic pinto and/or black beans, chopped onions, and cumin over the tortillas. Pour half the pan with green chile and half the pan with red chile (Christmas!) Place (vegan) cheese slices over the top and bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes.Garnish the enchiladas with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, and raw onions if desired. Avocados or guacamole are also a delicious addition.
Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP,
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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Two 15 ox cans organic garbanzo beans
3 cloves garlic
Juice of one half lemon
2 tablespoons Tamari
½ cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons olive oil
One half cup tahini or sesame butter
Sea salt and cumin spice to taste.
In a food processor, mix the olive oil, lemon juice and tamari together for a minute or two until mixed well. Add in the parsley, garlic, garbanzo beans, cumin, salt and mix well until pureed. Then drop small spoonfuls of tahini into the top of the processor and mix well before adding the next. The processor should not be straining, but if it is, add a small amount of water. Taste and season as desired with a splash more lemon or tamari. The hummus should be light tan colored with a smooth and creamy consistency. Hummus can be refrigerated up to a week, so keeping it in a tightly closed container makes it easy to reach for when it is snack time or as a side for a salad at lunch. Sprinkle with paprika. It is delicious with chips, crackers and bread or as a filling for celery.
Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP,
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
If anyone would have ever told me that I would become a vegan, I would have laughed until my sides ached. You see, I am just one of those people who need mainly protein to feel well. Back in my running and competing days when a banana and a bagel were the breakfast prescription before a race, I just couldn’t go along with the recommendations. In my training runs I became aware that if I did not eat protein, meaning an egg or high protein shake, I would become uncomfortably shaky to the point that I felt weak.
In keeping with life’s oftentimes random but meaningful events, my whole life spun around last weekend when I was innocently talking to my neighbor as we irrigated our properties. He had lost 19 pounds in 6 weeks and when I asked how he had done that, he told me he had become a vegan after reading The China Study. My first reaction was hope because I could lose a few pounds. I have never been overweight but fat distribution changes for a woman after menopause and I was no exception despite my love of working out and being active. I joked about it telling others my body was preparing itself to roll when I started falling. But falling is not funny at all and a serious issue for the elderly.
And so I started reading The China Study and I am quite simply, stunned by what I have read. Having earned a doctorate, I consider myself to have the scientist mentality and I want scientific explanations with a preponderance of evidence in order to make a significant change in my life. The results of The China Study are anything but inconclusive. It is a seminal study on the difference between a plant based and a meat based diet in terms of health and risk for chronic disease. Not only does it address the specifics of the research design but it also addresses many individual diseases. However, it does not stop there and goes on to address the immense, mind blowing corruption in our great country in regard to nutrition and who is holding which reins on which national committee. Dr. Campbell challenged much of what I have believed over the last 30 or more years in terms of nutrition and I am ready to listen.
People become vegetarians or vegans for many different reasons. I want to lose weight and I want to avoid the “C” diagnosis. I am encouraging those of you who wonder about this to read the book and at least try out the diet for a period of time. It can only help to improve your health. When I make a decision, I want to immediately move forward on it and I was eager to start on my new diet. But alas, my refrigerator and freezer were filled with animal based products! What was I going to do with all that food? So I realized that this change in diet was going to be a transition which actually made sense and gave me a sigh of relief. After all, I love cheese even more than meat and giving that up will be the greatest test of all. Realizing that some transitory time was necessary, I started thinking about the practical aspects of it in my mind. The study results showed that a protein diet of 5% was noncontributory to negative health events, so I realized I could eat a bit of protein each day while incorporating some new approaches. If you go on Amazon you will find many cookbooks along with the original China Study. I didn’t order any cookbooks because I needed to read about the study results first. But I am thinking about an entirely new way of eating and like Dr. Campbell’s friend stated in his book, I am wondering “What am I going to eat?”
OK, so no dairy, no meat, no fish, no eggs; that is a lot to give up! But then I think how much I love vegetables and whole grains. Can I really make this work? Most of the animal products are now gone and I have even tested out some vegan cheese. Daiya brand is lactose, casein, gluten, soy and cholesterol free. The cheddar style slices melt well and taste is pretty good. Since I like very sharp cheddar cheese, it has been more of an adjustment for me. Another brand is Treeline, a soft creamy cheese that is made with scallions and finely ground cashew nuts and is delicious. A third product is called “Follow your Heart” by Earth Island and is made from potato starch. I found these products at my local grocery cooperative. Some other ideas for snacks are organic Kalamata olives, mixed organic nuts, raw or roasted, celery with almond butter filling and whole wheat crackers or bread with hummus spread. Dr. Campbell does not encourage calorie counting!
I thought the best place to start was to figure out some foundational recipes I could eat routinely that would be easy to prepare, so I chose hummus and blue corn enchiladas. It would sound like hummus would be very easy to make, but it is tricky how you put the ingredients together. One recipe I came across suggested mixing the lemon juice with the tahini first. When I tried that, it was just too thick and the machine kept shutting itself off. I would have to wait and I had to keep adding water. I recommend the opposite and that is adding the tahini last in small spoonfuls.
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Monday, September 7, 2015
Updated: Friday, September 4, 2015
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The epidemic of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, which is striking Western nations and the United States in particular, has elicited somewhat of a muted reaction. “Diabesity” may affect as many as 100 million Americans and nearly a billion people around the world, but compare the public health response to previous epidemics—polio for example. It doesn’t come close. Perhaps this is because it’s a silent, insidious epidemic, developing over years with debilitating symptoms that seriously impact a person’s quality of life.
Yes, we have taken some measures, such as urging people at risk to improve their diet and exercise habits. This approach places the emphasis on the lifestyle choices of the individual, but new research, along with the skyrocketing rates of diabetes, suggests that we’re missing some key pieces of the puzzle.
As a nation, we adhere religiously to the notion of calories in and calories out. Eat less, exercise more and everything will be fine. This is not entirely wrong—but it’s clearly an oversimplification. We cannot pretend that metabolism functions in isolation,sequestered from environmental influences
and the delicate balance of our biological systems.
So it’s not a question of following the same strategies—except more vigorously. We need to look beyond the well-worn tropes that have dominated our approach to these conditions. Fortunately, there’s a growing body of research to help us better understand the complex factors behind metabolic
syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Two factors emerging as key culprits: environmental toxins and poor quality sleep.
The Toxic Load
While what we eat, and how much, certainly affect our weight and susceptibility to diabetes and metabolic syndrome, this oversimplified equation ignores the body’s ability to process these calories. Again, there is a growing body of evidence that overexposure to
environmental toxins can impair our intricate metabolic mechanisms.
Numerous studies demonstrate that many of the chemical compounds pervasive today have an adverse impact on metabolism.
• A study published in The Lancet found a correlation between persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in blood and insulin resistance.1
• Another study described the different ways toxins provoke insulin resistance, such as mitochondrial injury, oxidative stress, inflammation and debilitated thyroid metabolism.2
• Research published in JAMA showed BPA, found in plastics, canned foods and even cash register receipts, increases risk of diabetes.3
• Toxins have been shown to interfere with an entire class of nuclear receptors (called PPARs), causing insulin resistance and other harm.4
• Another study found that weight gain and fat storage in rats exposed to chemical toxins was completely independent of calories and exercise.5
There are dozens of studies with similar findings, and they paint a toxic picture: environmental pollutants appear to scramble our metabolic signals, impairing glucose management and weight control mechanisms.Clearly, genes and genetic expression play a role as well, but as so many have suggested, “Genetics loads the gun, environment pulls the trigger.”
While it’s upsetting to see that common chemicals are having such a profound impact on metabolism—and other areas of health—the fact that research is elucidating some of these complex mechanisms means we may be zeroing in on effective therapeutic targets.
Given the quantity of toxins we face in our everyday lives, detoxification plays an important role in maintaining long-term health on a number of levels. The practice of detox is an ancient one, popularized in recent years with a myriad of products, services and wellness retreats aimed at reducing toxic body burden and restoring vitality.
Aside from the hype, as well as the discrediting of detox by much of conventional medicine, there are a number of foods, ingredients and supplements, which are shown to reduce levels of toxins in the body. But it’s important to do it right so as not to overwhelm your system or deplete essential nutrients. I rarely recommend extreme measures such as rapid detox programs, fasting or colonics. Rather, an emphasis on nutrient-dense whole foods and select botanicals and nutrients offers a gentle yet effective route to eliminating toxins from the body over time. Our bodies are designed
with an elaborate system of detoxification mechanism, incorporating many organ systems and biochemical pathways including the skin, lungs, liver and kidneys. The daily intake of dietary phytochemicals found in common foods, herbs, and nutrients provides ongoing support for the optimal functioning of our inherent detox capacities.
Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, kale and bok choy are well-known detoxifiers, and also help promote healthy hormone metabolism. Other effective detoxifiers include green tea, garlic, milk thistle, dandelion leaf and root, onions and turmeric. One clinical study showed that broccoli sprouts helped the body detoxify a number of airborne pollutants, particularly benzene. A half cup a day enhanced excretion of benzene, acrolein and other toxins.
There are also a variety of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that support detoxification, such as L-methylfolate, zinc, selenium, N-acetyl-cysteine, glutathione and vitamin C. Alginates, derived from kelp, are also effective detoxifiers shown to remove heavy metals, radioactive isotopes and pesticides from the digestive tract. Alginates also support healthy glucose metabolism.
Another clinically proven detoxifier is modified citrus pectin (MCP). Made from the pith of orange peels, MCP has a well deserved reputation for safely binding and removing toxins such as lead, mercury, arsenic and others, while not affecting essential minerals. MCP also binds and blocks galectin-3, an inflammatory protein that’s been linked to cancer, fibrosis, heart disease and other conditions.
Sleep and Metabolism
In addition to overexposure to toxins, there’s another potential culprit in the diabetes and metabolic syndrome epidemic— lack of sleep. Like industrial pollutants, sleep deprivation has become a common feature of modern life. It’s well known that poor sleep can lead to a host of health problems,
including problems with immunity, cellular health, digestion and cognitive well being— including the ability to flush toxins from the brain. Now we can add metabolism to the list.
This is not really news. There have been studies as far back as 1969 showing that sleep deprivation, even for just a few days, decreases insulin sensitivity and increases glucose levels.
• One study found that people who slept only four hours each night for six nights reduced their glucose tolerance by 40 percent,prematurely aging their metabolism. The issue reversed after normal sleep was restored.6
• Another study found similar results even with less severe sleep deprivation—5.5 hours per night over 14 nights.7
• Other studies have shown that loss of sleep contributes to increases in certain growth hormones, associated with increased glucose and cortisol.8-10
• Lack of sleep has also been shown to increase the release of inflammatory cytokines, which can also increase insulin resistance, as well as causing other problems.11
The Sleep Solution
The first step toward fixing sleep deprivation is recognizing the problem. This may mean convincing patients that the competitive advantages they may gain from sleeping less are more than offset by the damage they are
doing to their health.
Routine plays a critical role in good sleep, and also helps balance circadian rhythms, which in turn can benefit metabolic function. It’s best to go to bed at the same time each night and embrace relaxation routines before bedtime. That means avoiding televisions, smart phones and computers at least two hours before bed, as well as other electronic devices that emit blue light since this disrupts melatonin production. Melatonin naturally increases in a dark environment, so make sure your bedroom is free of glowing electronics, and external light sources such as streetlights.
There are many herbs and nutrients that can also support relaxation and good sleep. One extract emerging as a multi-purpose ingredient is honokiol, derived from magnolia bark. Honokiol supports restful sleep and healthy mood, is a powerful antioxidant, and has been shown to support metabolism, cellular function, neurological health and offer other important benefits.
There are a number of other natural ingredients that support sleep, including lemon balm and passionflower extracts and the amino acid L-tryptophan. I also recommend calcium and magnesium. A small amount of supplemental melatonin can also promote relaxation and more restful sleep, and offer powerful protective benefits.
In addition to detoxification and better sleep, we can also support healthy metabolism more directly. There are a number of botanicals that help balance glucose, improve insulin function and support overall metabolic function. I recommend gymnema leaf, fenugreek, holy basil, as well as berberine-containing botanicals such as extracts of Indian kino bark and golden thread rhizome. Minerals, such as zinc and chromium, the amino acid taurine, as well as the organosulfur compound alpha lipoic acid, also work to benefit metabolic function.
Like so many other chronic health conditions, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes are rooted in complex biological interactions requiring precise balance. By taking a comprehensive, holistic approach, we can help our patients address the multiple underlying causes of the diabesity epidemic while improving other key areas of health in the process.
1 Jones OA, Maguire ML, Griffin n JL. Environmental pollution and diabetes: a neglected association. Lancet. 2008;371(9609):287-288.
2 Hyman M. Systems biology, toxins, obesity, and functional medicine. Altern Ther Health Med. 2007;13(2):S134-S139.
3 Lang IA, Galloway TS, Scarlett A, et al.Association of urinary bisphenol A concentration with medical disorders and laboratory abnormalities in adults. JAMA. 2008;300(11):1303-1310.
4 Griffi n JL, Scott J, Nicholson JK. The influence of pharmacogenetics on fatty liver disease in the wistar and kyoto rats: a combined transcriptomic and metabonomic study. J Proteome Res. 2007;6(1):54-61.
5 Chen JQ, Brown TR, Russo J. Regulation of energy metabolism pathways by estrogens and estrogenic chemicals and potential implications in obesity associated with increased exposure to endocrine disruptors. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2009;1793(7):1128-1143.
6 Spiegel K, Leproult R, Van Cauter E. Impact of sleep debt on metabolic and endocrine function. Lancet 1999; 354:1435–1439.
7 Nedeltcheva AV, Kessler L, Imperial J, Penev PD. Exposure to recurrent sleep restriction in the setting of high caloric intake and physical inactivity results in increased insulin resistance and reduced glucose tolerance. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2009; 94:3242–3250.
8 Spiegel K, Leproult R, Colecchia EF, et al. Adaptation of the 24-h growth hormone profile to a state of sleep debt. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 2000; 279:R874–R883.
9 Van Cauter E, Polonsky KS, Scheen AJ. Roles of circadian rhythmicity and sleep in human glucose regulation. Endocr Rev 1997; 18:716– 738.
10 Vgontzas AN, Papanicolaou DA, Bixler EO, et al. Circadian interleukin- 6 secretion and quantity and depth of sleep. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1999; 84:2603–2607.
11 Vgontzas AN, Zoumakis E, Bixler EO, et al. Adverse effects of modest sleep restriction on sleepiness, performance, and inflammatory cytokines. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2004; 89:2119–2126.
Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP,
Monday, September 7, 2015
Updated: Friday, September 4, 2015
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Is there anything more luscious tasting than a ripe, red tomato? August is the month when tomato plants mature and are laden with the weight of their fruit. That’s right, tomatoes come from flowers and contain seeds, the scientific definition of a fruit. This growing season, like every other, brings some learning along with the delicious produce. And I just have not quite mastered the successful growing of tomatoes, yet. The plants have grown well and are robust , all except for one that has been savaged by the mighty tomato worm. The worm(s), that I have not yet managed to find, are working their way down from the top and when I use the word “decimation” I am talking green stalks with no leaves. So I pondered my approach: garlic, green chile or cayenne pepper juice. Hmmm. So I settled on a combination of garlic and green chile juice. The garlic powder doesn’t work too well because the powder doesn’t flow out from a spray bottle well but nonetheless, I thought I would try to cover my bases. Just as an aside, I rub the garlic juice on the dogs’ ears when we are out on the trail. It works well for keeping all insects away including misquitoes, flies and bees.
So I doused the plant well and have been waiting for results. The good news is that no new damage has been done so far. Last evening I popped some tiny cherry tomatoes into my mouth while watering and they were bursting with flavor and the first of the tomatoes to mature. I have been contemplating which tomato recipe to offer this month, but the answer came easily, as it is one of my favorites and a summer soup that I often make called gazpacho. There was a lovely recipe on the Today Show presented by Chef Shea Gallante on July 10th of this year. I never follow a recipe exactly and so my first batch was more green than red because I had added too much parsley and cilantro, so I took those out of the 2nd batch and just used basil as my only green. The color turned out much better and so did the taste and so I am offering my own revised version of Chef Gallante’s gazpacho minus the crab.
My version: Gazpacho
5 organic on the vine, well ripened tomatoes
Large red pepper
One large cucumber
Large Red onion
Five sprigs of basil
2 cloves of garlic
Fano 9 grain bread, couple crusty slices torn into pieces
4 oz organic extra virgin olive oil
1 cup orange juice
1 oz sherry vinegar
Chop the tomatoes, red pepper, red onion, cucumber into large chunks along with the garlic cloves and basil and add them to a bowl along with the bread pieces. Pour the orange juice over the mixture, toss everything together and marinate overnight in an airtight container. Prior to making the soup, pour off any orange juice. Place the vegetables into the mixer in batches. Run on low until mixed then turn on high for a couple minutes until all ingredients are well mixed. Add the olive oil and the sherry vinegar to the last batch and mix it into the rest of the soup. Season to taste with black pepper and sea salt,then decorate with avocado slices and chopped chives on top. Serve immediately. The soup can be stored for another day in a tightly closed mason jar. Enjoy!!
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Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN,
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
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Circle the best answer below
1. Do you sometimes snore? Yes No
2. Has your snoring ever bothered other people? Yes No
3. Has anybody noticed you sometimes quit breathing during sleep? Yes No
4. Do you sometimes feel tired or fatigued after you sleep? Yes No
5. Do you have shortness of breath when you are awaking? Yes No
6. Do you awake during sleep? Yes No
7. Have you ever been diagnosed with Asthma? Yes No
8. Have you ever been diagnosed with Bronchitis? Yes No
9. Have you ever been told you have Emphysema? Yes No
10. Have you ever been told you have COPD? Yes No
11. Have you ever been told you have any type of lung disease? Yes No
12. Do you sometimes awake feeling like you can’t catch your breath? Yes No
13. Do you sometimes awake from sleep feeling like your heart is racing? Yes No
14. Do you feel short of breath during exercise? Yes No
15. You sleep on how many pillows? ______________
16. Do you have High Blood Pressure? Yes No
17. Have you ever been told you have Heart Disease? Yes No
18. Have you ever been told that you have Congestive Heart Failure? Yes No
19. Have you ever been told you have Sleep Apnea? Yes No
20. Have you ever used a CPAP? Yes No How Long? ____________
21. How would you describe your sleep? ________________________________________
If you answered “yes” to several of these questions, you may be “hypoxic” or in need of oxygen supplementation. Ask us for details about testing.
Posted By Judith Volpe, MD,
Thursday, August 6, 2015
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Available for the past 70 years in Europe, ovine, bovine, and porcine embryonic cell therapy is now available in the US in the form of sterile embryonic cellular supplements, making it possible, and affordable, to receive the incredible benefits of embryonic organ products without traveling to expensive European clinics. The principal of “Similia Similibus” or “like cures like” is the rationale for the mechanism of action of live cell therapy. First put forth by the Swiss physician Paracelsus, it means that the preferred method to revitalize diseased and aging organs is to use healthy young cells of the same tissue type. Swiss and other European physicians studied and developed the principles of live cell therapy from the 1930’s to 1950’s. Professor Paul Niehans is considered the “Father of Live Cell Therapy”. A refined version of his sheep- derived live cell therapy is still administered at the legendary Clinique La Prairie in Montreux, Switzerland.
Currently available embryonic organ supplementation (EOS) uses similar principals as those used in traditional live cell therapy. However, EOS starts with the selection of specific organ tissue from organically produced porcine, bovine, or ovine embryos or placenta and through proprietary technology, processes them into a simplified bio-available form as a nutritional supplement. Since embryonic organotherapies today are ultrafiltrates, they provide superior results to the crude whole cell therapy of the past. The low molecular weight peptides and growth factors [ 600 daltons or less] are absorbed through the oral mucosa.
Although bovine, ovine and porcine cell extracts are available, many years of experience have demonstrated that pigs, which are mammals, are the best donor animals for humans, which are also mammals, because they are vital, hardy animals and immunologically, their bodies are the closest match to the human body. Due to this fact, many heart valve transplants for humans are still derived from pigs. In addition, porcine cellular supplements are particularly compatible with the human body, and in the embryonic stage there is a very low degree of immunogenicity (rejection). Pigs are also not carriers of any known “slow virus diseases”. Cattle can be carriers of “mad cow” while sheep have been afflicted with a similar disease called scrapie. However cattle and sheep embryos utilized for live cell therapy are obtained from closed herds that are carefully monitored.
Embryonic organ therapy, or EOT preparations are derived from specific embryonic organ cell tissues and are ideally suited to support anti-aging and health maintenance.
Many individual organ and tissue supplements are available in 3 or 5 ml bottles and also combination 7 ml bottles containing 3 to 9 organ supplements. Each extract is composed of cell ultrafiltrates, low molecular weight, sterile constituents, thus enhancing absorption both through the oral mucosa of the mouth and intestinal walls of the digestive system. They are for oral use and with the help of a trained professional, can often perform little miracles in supporting body structure and body function.
As these embryonic organ supplements are normally not recognized as a foreign substance by the host body, they seldom cause any type of allergic reaction, or rejection, by the patient. This is because they contain no large proteins capable of eliciting an allergic response, only low molecular weight peptides and growth factors. However, as a precaution, patients with an allergy to beef, pork, or lamb should choose an animal they are not allergic to.
According to Dr. Niehans, Father of Live Cell Therapy, when ingested into the human body, "like goes to like"; the embryonic peptides hone to the adult patient’s corresponding organ, bone to bone, liver to liver, heart to heart, etc., where they begin to support the function of that specific target organ. Since mammalian tissues have similar surface proteins [ antigens] and receptor sites, the ingested embryonic peptides only fit onto the receptor sites for the specific organ or tissue from which they were derived. Once attached to a receptor site, they can stimulate and improve the function of the target organ. Animal embryonic organ supplements, which seem to be organ specific, are not species specific and are designed to "re-educate" human and animal organs, alike, to function at a more youthful level. There can be a gentle rejuvenation, or stimulation of a failing organ to continue to function. The organ itself, then, can retain its structure and function for an extended period of time.
In addition to body rebuilding, health maintenance, and anti-aging, EOS is designed to stimulate the structure and function of specific organ systems to help the general overall health of the body, or can be used with specific intent, such as to enhance immune function, memory and cognitive function, sexual function, specific organ function, endocrine function, or improve joint and bone health, just to name a few.
EOS is also designed to help structure and function concerning the remodeling of body musculature, sexual function, aerobic capacity, sports performance, fertility, senile ocular conditions, energy, vitality, skin elasticity and promote general healthy structure and function, as it gently helps to improve the structure and function of tissues derived from all three embryonic tissue groups; ectoderm, endoderm and mesoderm that the entire new baby is developed from. EOS can be used to improve the health of patients in which hormonal therapies are contraindicated.
EOS products are manufactured according to the requirements of GMP (Good Manufacturing Procedures), meet the standards for both food and oral nutritional supplements, are supplied sterile in liquid and lyophilized form to preserve product integrity, are 100% pure and natural, and contain no preservatives
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Posted By Judith Volpe, MD,
Thursday, August 6, 2015
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There are over 50 distinct types of autoimmune disease, in which your own immune system attacks and destroys your normal body tissues and organs. Rates of autoimmune diseases, asthma, and allergies haven increased steeply in recent decades, fueled by the ever increasing toxicity of our environment.
An autoimmune reaction is a normal body defense process gone awry. Driven by the chronic inflammation caused by constant exposure to a food allergen, chemical toxin, pathogenic microbe, etc the immune system, in its attempts to protect the system, sometimes creates antibodies [ substances meant to neutralize the offending substance ] that cross react with normal body tissues and organs. This results in a host of symptoms from fatigue and systemic inflammation to hair loss, major organ failure, and, if untreated, death.
The allopathic medical system has only one approach, and that is to suppress the immune system with toxic pharmaceuticals from corticosteroids to chemotherapy, often with serious side effects including infections and cancer. Increasingly, allopathic medicine is turning to the monoclonal antibody pharmaceuticals, commonly referred to as “the biologics” such as Humira and Enbrel. The use of these products markedly suppresses the immune system, leading to serious infections, and over time, cancers, especially lymphoma.
Alternative practitioners attempt to get to the root cause of the autoimmune reaction with intense environmental detoxification and functional medicine protocols. These approaches sometimes ameliorate the problem, and can cause remission in early cases. However, once the autoimmune reaction is set into motion, it usually can’t be undone by these methods.
What to do, then. There does exist a method of immunomodulation that is restricted to only a few physicians in the United States, and I am grateful to be one of them. It involves using “antisense peptides”, small chains of amino acids, that are capable of blocking the effects of the autoantibodies and protecting the target tissues and organs from damage. They are injected intramuscularly once every 3 or 4 weeks. Eventually, the immune system gets the message that “the war is over” and diminishes or ceases its production of autoantibodies. Thus, the disease goes into remission or is greatly ameliorated. Symptoms subside and the serum levels of autoantibodies fall. These products are remarkably safe with no major side effects in over 20 years of use. They are available, not only for autoimmune disease, but for aging [ the frail elderly ], osteoarthritis, allergies/asthma, and atherosclerosis.
Please note that these are not natural products, they are created in an immunology research institute. Proprietary restrictions mandate that detailed information regarding these products can only be discussed face-to-face in an office consultation.
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Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP,
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Every year in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque there is a lavender festival, now also featuring garlic. As it states on the town’s website, lavender is not only a plant with many uses but it also signifies a certain lifestyle that promotes the tranquility and sustainability of a rural, agricultural community. The setting of the festival is in the “green belt,” close to the Rio Grande River and the smell of newly cut alfalfa fields is in the air. The most amazing thing about the celebration, now sponsored by the Growers’ Market, is the number of wares made with lavender, everything from edibles and freshly cut bouquets to essential oils. Vendors tout their unique wares: lavender plants, natural beauty products, teas, candles, lavender themed quilts and pottery, even lavender dresses! There are many different cooking demos with lavender and garlic including a lavender rub and spice mix, fruit/lavender smoothies, cookies and pound cake, jams and jellies and even lavender chocolate and lavender ice cream. It’s a great outing for the whole family.
Not far from the Grower’s Market, heading South down Rio Grande Blvd, is a historic organic lavender farm called Los Poblanos. The lavender fields in bloom are a sight to behold and the harvesting occurs in the month of July, usually by volunteers. At The Farm Store, they distill the essential oil right on the premises and use it to make their signature salve and other skin care products. In addition to the farm, the historic main house provides accommodations for a relaxing weekend getaway or a wedding celebration. There are ongoing educational events such as cooking classes and children love to visit the farm animals.
Most people are familiar with the aromatic properties of lavender and its use in sachets, soaps and candles, but it can also be a culinary delight. Lavender can quickly overpower a dish and give it a bitter taste, so it is best used in small quantities and mixed with other flavors such as mint, lemon balm, vanilla and raspberry or strong Mediterranean herbs such as oregano, marjoram and fennel. I still have a small jar of culinary organic royal velvet lavender seeds that I got at last year’s celebration. With its rubber hermetic seal, it will last for years. With a mortar and pestle, you can grind the seeds and add them to sugar for many baking treats or make a rub combined with other herbs and spices for a delicious roast. You can order their products online at LosPoblanos.com at their Farm Store.
Here is a recipe using lavender that is very tasty and heart healthy as well. It is Chicken Breast with lemon, Lavender and leeks.
- Thoroughly wash 4 chicken breasts under cold running water and pat dry. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Coat a baking pan with olive or grapeseed oil and place the breasts skin side up in the pan.
- Chop sage, lemon balm, tarragon and add the lavender buds that have been pulverized with a mortar and pestle and cover the chicken.
- Chop the leeks and spread over the chicken.
- Cover the leeks and herbs with lemon slices and lay them on the breasts.
- Add one cup of chicken broth and bake at 350 degrees for an hour.
You can bake the chicken covered for a moist version or leave it uncovered for some crispy texture, if you prefer. You can also quickly run it under the broiler at the end to “crisp it up.”
Chicken breasts with lemon and leeks are great served with quinoa or brown rice and a green salad. A single chicken breast with bone is 142 calories; quinoa is 14 calories per tablespoon. A heart healthy meal.
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Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN,
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
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Most people believe that gallstones can be found only in the gall bladder. This is a false assumption. Most gallstones are actually formed in the liver and only a few in the gall bladder. This statement can easily be verified by anyone who gives himself a liver cleanse, regardless of whether he is a layperson, a medical doctor, a scientist, and someone who no longer has a gall bladder and is believed to be free gallstones altogether.
An estimated 20% of the world’s population will develop gallstones in their gall bladder at some stage in their lives. This figure, however, does not account for the many more people who will develop gallstones in the liver. From my personal experience as a health practitioner with thousands of patients suffering all types of diseases, I can document that each one of them has had large amounts of gallstones in the liver. Surprisingly, only relatively few of them have had a history of gallstones in the gall bladder. Gallstones in the liver are, as will be seen in this book, the main obstacle to maintaining health, youthfulness, and vitality. They are indeed one of the major reasons why people fall ill and have difficulty in recuperation from an illness.
The failure to recognize gallstones in the liver maybe an important missing link in the field of medicine, both orthodox and complementary. By understanding how gallstones in the liver contribute to the development of almost every type of disease and by taking the steps of removing these obstructions, every person can discover for himself an easy method to restore health on a permanent basis. The implications of applying the liver cleanse for yourself or, if you are a health practitioner, for your patients, are both vast and rewarding. To have a clean liver is like having a clean start in life.
The liver is the major controlling agent of normal growth and health functioning of all body cells. Any malfunction, deficiency, or abnormal growth pattern of the cell is to a large extent due to an impaired liver performance. There is rarely a disease in the body that does not start in the liver.
All diseases or symptoms of ill health are causes by obstruction. If a blocked blood vessel no longer allows delivery of vital oxygen or nutrients to a group of cells, the cells will be forced to introduce emergency measures or specific survival tactics. Many of the cells will not survive the famine, others will learn to mutate and live off the other cells and toxic materials, which may turn them malignant or cancerous.
An obstruction of fluids in the body is directly and indirectly linked to an impaired liver performance and in particular to a blockage caused by gallstones both in the liver and in the gall bladder. The presence of stones in these organs greatly impairs the digestion of food, elimination of waste, and detoxification or harmful substances in the blood. By unblocking the liver and gall bladder, the body’s 60-100 trillion cells will be able to “breathe” more oxygen, receive more nutrients, eliminate their metabolic waste products more efficiently, and maintain perfect communication links with the nervous system, endocrine system and all other parts of the body.
Although almost every patient with a chronic illness has an excessively large number of gallstones in the liver (this can easily be verified by having a liver cleanse), unless there is a specific liver disease, this important organ is rarely considered a “culprit”. Since the majority of gallstones in the liver and gall bladder consist of the same “harmless” constituents as are contained in the liquid bile with cholesterol being their main ingredient, they are “invisible” to x-ray technologies. Stones in the liver do not show up as solid whereas some of the gallstones (20%) occurring in the gall bladder can be made up entirely of minerals, mainly calcium salts and bile pigments. Modern diagnostic tools can easily detect these hardened and relatively large stones but fail to recognize the softer and smaller ones in the liver. Only when there are excessive amounts of large stones in the liver can an ultrasound reveal a “fatty liver”. In such case, the ultrasound pictures show a liver that looks almost completely white (instead of dark). A fatty liver can have up to 6,000-8,000 stones before it succumbs to suffocation and ceases to function.
But even if the early stages of a fatty liver are recognized and diagnosed through ultrasound, this vital organ is hardly ever relieved of the heavy burden it has to “carry” by having accumulated hundreds and, in many cases, thousands of these hardened bile deposits which continuously block the liver’s bile ducts. In view of the effects the stones have on liver performance as a whole, it is irrelevant whether the stone consist of mainly thickened cholesterol or are mineralized and hard. Whether we call them gallstones, fat deposits or clots consisting of hardened bile, the net result is that they prevent bile from flowing through the bile ducts.
Bile is a green colored, alkaline fluid with many functions. Apart from helping the digestion of fat, calcium and protein, it is needed to maintain normal fat levels in the blood, to remove toxins from the liver, to help maintain proper acid/alkaline balance in the intestinal tracts, and to keep the colon from breeding harmful microbes. To maintain a strong and healthy digestive system and to feed the body the right amount of nutrients, the liver has to produce between 1 and 1.5 quarts (1.1…1.6 liters) of bile a day. Anything less than that (many people produce just about a cup full) is bound to cause problems with the digestion of food, elimination of waste and constant need for detoxifying the blood. Almost all health problems are a direct consequence of reduced or blocked bile production and inefficient bile transport.
The Liver Cleanse Recipe
Cleaning the liver and gall bladder from gallstones is one of the most important and powerful tools to improve your health. To remove gallstones you need the following things:
Malic Acid…………………..2- 500mg 4 x daily
Apple Juice…………………5 glasses (Organic no sugar added if possible) - Drink throughout the day
Epson salts…………………4 Tablespoons
Extra Virgin Olive Oil……… ½ Cup
(Cold press & pure)
Fresh Lemons………………Enough squeeze ¾ cup juice
Clear Organic Soup Broth
Can have protein shake for lunch and dinner.
All day drink the apple juice (remember: the apple juice helps to soften the stones and makes the passage easier!)
1st Day: Stop all supplements, eat a huge breakfast. Take Malic Acid- (2) with breakfast, (2) with protein shake with lunch, (2) with protein shake for dinner, and (2) at bedtime.
6:00 PM – Epson salts – 1 cup water to 1 T. salt – OK to add Stevia and lemon juice if needed.
8:00 PM – Epson salts mixture – 1 cup water to 1 T. salt
9:00 PM – 2 cups of Ginger tea
10:00 PM – Olive oil and lemon juice **may be consumed in smaller batches if needed – blend really well.
6:00 AM – Epson salts mixture – 1 cup water to 1 T. salt
-OK to add Stevia and/or lemon juice
8:00 AM – Epson Salts mixture – 1 cup water to 1 T. salt
-OK to add Stevia and/or lemon juice
**After drinking the olive oil mixture, lie down, this is necessary to help release stones. Turn off the light and lie flat on your back with your head on a pillow. Put your attention on your liver and visualize the mixture moving the stones out if the numerous bile ducts in your liver. Keep perfectly still for at least 20 minutes. This gives the stones a chance to move along the bile ducts. There will not be any pain because the Epson salts will keep the bile duct valves wide open. Go to sleep if you can. If at anytime during the night you feel the urge to have a bowel movement, do so. Check to see if there are already small gallstones (pea size or tan colored ones) floating in the toilet.
The Results You Can Expect
You will have a number a bowel movements in the form of diarrhea, consisting of gallstones, mixed first with food residue and then with water only. Most of the gallstones float in the toilet because they contain large amounts of cholesterol. You will see mostly green ones of all sizes and shapes, some are pea sized or smaller and others will be as big as 2-3 centimeters. There may be hundreds of stones coming out at once. Also watch out for tan colored and white ones. Some of the larger tan colored stones may sink with the stool because they are calcified and contain heaver toxic substances and only small amounts of cholesterol. All the green stones are as soft as putty, thanks to the apple juice.
You may also find a layer of white or tan colored scum or “foam” floating in the toilet. The foam consists of millions of tiny white sharp-edged cholesterol crystals, which can easily rupture small bile ducts; and they are equally important to get rid of.
Try to make a rough estimate of how many stones you have eliminated. To permanently cure bursitis, back pain, allergies or other health problems, and to prevent disease from arising you need to remove all the stones. This may require up to six or more cleanses which can be preformed at 2-3 weeks intervals (do not cleanse more frequently than that). If you cannot cleanse this often, you may take more time between the cleanses. The important thing to remember is that once you have started cleansing the liver; keep cleansing it until no more stones come out. Leaving if half clean for a long period of time (three or more months) can cause greater discomfort than not cleansing at all.
The liver as a whole will begin to function more efficiently soon after the first cleanse and you may notice sudden improvements, sometimes within a few hours. Pains will be less, energy will increase and clarity of mind will improve considerably.
However, within a few days, stones from the rear of the liver will have traveled “forward” towards the two main bile ducts exiting the liver, which may cause some of the previous symptoms of discomfort to return. In fact, you might feel discomfort because the recovery seems so short-lived, but all this shows, is that there are still stones left behind, ready to be removed with the next round of elimination. Nevertheless, the liver’s self repair and cleansing response will have increased significantly, adding a great deal of effectiveness to this all important organ of the body.
As long as there are still a few small stones moving from some of the thousands of small bile ducts towards the hundreds of large bile ducts, they may combine to form larger stones and produce such previously experienced symptoms as backache, headache, earache, digestive trouble, bloating, irritably, anger, ect., although these may be less sever than they were before. If a new cleanse no longer produces any stones, which usually happens after the sixth cleanse, your liver can be considered to be in excellent condition. Still it is recommended to repeat the liver cleanse every six months. Each cleanse will give a further boost to the liver and take care of any toxins that may have accumulated in the meanwhile. NEVER CLEANSE WHEN YOU ARE SUFFERING AN ACUTE ILLNESS. After the cleanse, be sure to watch out for dehydration. CONTINUE TO DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS!
Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN,
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
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Rheumatoid Arthritis is a long term disease that leads to inflammations of the joints and surrounding tissues. It can also affect other organs. One symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis is morning stiffness, which lasts more than an hour. Joint pain is often felt on the same joint on both sides of the body. Current medical literature states there is no known cause for Rheumatoid Arthritis. We believe indeed fungus or yeast is the cause of the disease. It affects joints on each side of the body equally. Wrists, fingers, knees, and ankles are the most commonly affected parts of the body.
Yeast is epidemic in America today. The cause of the “epidemic” is the unbridled prescription of Antibiotics by physicians without benefit of probiotics. Additional causal factors are: excessive consumption of dairy, bread, carbohydrates, sugar, carbonated drinks, processed, fast food, and beer.
"In 1963, Dr. Harold Hyman M.D, prominent author of a medical encyclopedia stated that approximately one-half of the population in the United States suffers from a systemic fungal disorder that has largely gone unnoticed ." If that was true, 150 million people in America today are suffering from undiagnosed fungal overgrowth. Imagine the health problems in the coming years of the victims of Hurricane Sandy who were forced to live in fungal infested homes that were flooded. Mold remediation is the new scam being put upon unsuspecting homeowners. Seldom is the mold really removed, usually only the most apparent mold is remediated. The home in the end is toxic to the persons continuing to live in it.
Recently, in her excellent book, Dr. Lida Mattman, professor emeritus at Wayne university asks", are fungi in blood cells overlooked because they are confused with blood cell because of simplistic laboratory equipment? Her answer was a resounding “Yes!" Another bold statement is made on the same page. This one by Dr. M.G. Rinaldi who says, given the right immunocompromised host, virtually any fungus can kill a human being.
“Other diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis are addressed in the 1995 issue of the Townsend Letter for Doctors, 19 doctors wrote that a condition known as candidiasis or yeast can mimic symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis” 2. Other conditions that have been directly linked to fungal overgrowth are: cancer, heart disease, prostate disease, chronic sinusitis, Khron's disease, Colitis, dermatitis, acne, gout, gum disease, and obesity. The dermatological problems directly associated with fungal overgrowth are: chronic allergy, rosacea, psoriasis, dandruff, hives, and eczema are linked to fungus. No, the standard care of care dermatological organizations do not concur with this statement. Those professionals truly believe Steroids can solve the problem. If one does not work, just add in some other immune function depressors and anti-depressants.
One interesting note, here is a confirmation of my long term hypothesis that consumption of sugar is directly linked to cancer. Cancer thrives on sugar and not coincidentally so does fungus. While cancer patients are instructed at the major medical centers to eat anything they want including pies, cakes, bread, Coke and other drinks to "keep their weight up". The opposite is actually the case. Cancer patients should have no sugar, complex carbohydrates, deserts, dairy, cow milk, French fries, baked white potatoes, chips, gluten, crackers, fast, processed, or cooked food. Cancer is an imperfect cell, which thrives on sugar, fat, and even in an environment free of oxygen! Most Oncologists would take us to the mat over these statements. There are, however, thousands of articles which elucidate the importance of refraining from these foods. The higher percentage of raw to "dead" food, the better. In fact, Lorraine Day M.D. proposed that cancer patients should only consume "live" food; nothing that was cooked. She had breast cancer, which was about the size of a grapefruit. She had the mass cut out, and had no their traditional therapy. What she did though, was to consume only raw fruits and vegetables. She ate in this way for about three months. On reexamination, cancer markers were non existent. To this moment, Dr. Day has remained cancer free!
For the Arthritis patient, the process that begins the pain and the resulting destruction of the lining of the stomach and intestines is the destruction of the Villi; which are the finger like tendrils in the stomach. The Villi are meant to protect the walls of the stomach from the reaction produced when undigested food lies upon the walls of the stomach and intestines. Another function of the villi is to expand the surface of the stomach for increased nutritional function.
The body's reaction when we eat mucus forming foods such as cow milk, wheat, bread, dairy, sugar, and processed foods, is that the body cannot keep the fungus at bay, and the protective Villi die from fungal overgrowth. Because the Villi are no longer guarding the walls of the stomach and intestines, microscopic particles of food escape out into the bloodstream and settle in the joints and begin the painful cycle of Arthritis. The body is quite efficient when it stores the undigested food away in the joints. The problem is the ongoing unremitting pain from the microscopic particles lodged in the joints.
Immediately some things that can be done to help the patient are: abstention from all gluten products, bread, sugar, cow milk, dairy, white potatoes, carbohydrates, alcohol, carbonated drinks, processed food, potato chips, snacks in a bag, and especially fast food! The drinks that are allowed are water, water, and more water. Nondairy almond milk is allowed. The rule of thumb is that humans should consume one half the body weight in ounces of water daily. Example 100pounds = 50 ounces of water. Green or white tea is a liquid the body thinks is water. It can be enjoyed with Stevia as a sweetener. In order for the patient to enjoy the water a product called Sparkling Ice is available at Kroger. A small amount will flavor the water.
Because the Villi are no longer there to protect the stomach, ingestion of the afore mentioned foods will most certainly significantly increase the fungal population. A high quality probiotic such as Dr. Ohhira's Essential Formulas should be taken daily. Two capsules three times a day is a minimum. Optimal consumption would be 2 capsules 4 times daily. The effect of the probiotics is to regrow the "good bacteria" and begin the process of regrowing the Villi for protection against the foods we eat. Essential Formulas can be purchased online at wholesale prices. The reason we recommend Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics is that the product has been fermented for 5 years. We are unaware of any other probiotic product of this status.
Other medical conditions that can be caused by fungal overgrowth are: rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, Sjogrens Syndrome, intestinal lymphoma, thyroid disease, type 1 diabetes, hormonal insufficiency, prostate PS1 elevated, depression, any kind of cancer, insomnia, and any other kind of disease you can imagine.
In addition to the restricted diet, antifungals must be a part of the healing. In our practice, we use a compounding pharmacy as well as natural supplement companies for our pharmaceutical needs. We prescribe a compounded anti-fungal called Tinidazole. It is the pure powder from the manufacturer encased in a veggie cap. Two capsules should be taken three times daily, as long as the patient wishes to remain feeling well. Tinidazole has anti-viral, fungal, parasitic, and bacterial properties. In addition, Nystatin 500,000 IU 2 times daily are necessary. For the viral component, Valacyclovir 800mg three times daily ongoing. Some patients feel better in a month or two and falsely believe they are “cured”! Our protocol is treatment not a cure!
Many of our Arthritis patients are taking cancer drugs to help with the ongoing pain they experience daily. Most all of the patients are unaware the drugs such as Orencia, Humira, Remacaid, and Methotrexate are anti -cancer drugs. The effect of these drugs is to quiet the body's immune response to the food that has lodged in the joints. The hope is taking these medications will reduce the pain. Unfortunately, this is usually not the case. Most arthritis patients are also taking Vicodin or other narcotic pain relievers for the pain. Because it hurts to move, most Arthritis patients are usually sedentary. If insurance will cover the expense of physical therapy, it should begin immediately, and be ongoing. Hydro therapy is of particular benefit. One of our patients spends most of her time in the electric wheelchair. Her muscles are slowly deteriorating. When she is able to arise from the wheelchair, she will need a body that can support her as she returns to her life.
The most helpful tool we have employed is the Far Infared Sauna manufactured by High Tech Health. The long beams of the Far Infared sauna penetrate deep into the mitochondria, bringing oxygen, which will in turn will create ATP, or energy, and detoxify toxic metals. An additional benefit of this kind of sauna is detoxification of the residue of the cancer drugs and steroids. Pain is also lessened by the warm healing heat. A sauna for one is sufficient, and costs about $2,500.00. If a patient did nothing else for themselves, a Far Infared sauna should be the one thing they did for themselves. Patients have told me they plan to purchase a sauna when they move or build their dream home; or get more funds. It is never a convenient time to get well. Most people are so toxic and debilitated they will never move. We have advocated the Far Infared Sauna for 4 years. Two patients have purchased one!
Our answer for the pain is non-narcotic pain relievers. We utilize Tramadol 50 milligrams four times daily. Baclafen is another non narcotic given as well for pain. It is 25 milligrams also given four times daily.
The result of ingestion of these cancer drugs to “treat arthritis” is a total lack of hormones, digestive enzymes, B-vitamins, and all other substances required by the body to function effectively. In addition to treating the fungus, the endocrine system must be addressed. It is composed of the thyroid, sex hormones, and adrenal glands. Review of labs of patients taking cancer drugs for Arthritis is shocking! All lab values must be corrected. In addition, hands on telephone conference must be included. These patients have been sick for a long time. Psychologically, they cannot imagine how they will get well.
Bio identical hormones and adrenal function are measured by saliva testing from ZRT labs. An individualized bio identical blend is then formulated to replace the deficits. A 50-value chemistry gives us information about needs across the body systems. Usually, there is an extreme need for B and other vitamins and minerals. We advocate daily injections of 50 milligrams of hydroxocobalamin with 5milligrams of Folic acid. In addition, patients are asked to inject thymus and liver extract also daily.
Melatonin is given at night to help rebuild serotonin levels. If possible, neurotransmitter testing should also be performed; Neuroscience Labs perform these labs. The cancer drugs have removed most all neurotransmitter activity, therefore, depression is usually a factor for people with Arthritis. Some patients self medicate with tobacco products and alcohol, which is the WORST answer to the pain problem.
Additional therapies include IV vitamin C in 25 and 50 gram infusions. Vitamin C is well known to kill pathogens, and therefore boost the immune system. Dr. Linus Pauling did not win the Nobel prizes for nothing! Anti-microbial IV’s for fungus are necessary as an additional therapy to the Vitamin C IV’s.
At this point, you are probably saying I just cannot do all that! Yes you can! Changes in your life can occur in a piecemeal fashion! One change at a time, one day at a time. Our goal for a new patient is to make them feel better in some way immediately. If the patient can feel better in some way, they know it is possible we can help them. So far, we have treated 24 patients on cancer drugs for arthritis. All but 2 remain off of the drugs!
Always With God's Help!
Dr. Frank McGehee M.D. C.C.N.
Vivienne Noble- McGehee B.A. C.N.
1. "The Fungus Link" Doug Kaufman p9. 2000 and 2008 1.
2. Constantini A.V.M.D. “The Fungal Mycotoxin Etiology of Human Disease” Johann Friedrich Oberlin Verilog. Freiburg, Germany. The Fungal Mycotoxin Conference, Toronto, Canada. 1994.
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Monday, July 13, 2015
The FDA’s hostility toward both supplements and compounded medicine is legendary—after all, they compete with the FDA-approved drugs that pay the government’s bills. Now the agency is attacking compounded supplements. Action Alert!
A few weeks ago, we reported on an amendment designed to fix a number of the most problematic regulations arising from Congress’s Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA). The amendment would clarify provisions governing “office use,” allowing physicians to keep certain quantities of compounded drugs on hand in their office, and also remove the cap on interstate shipments if the medication is for an individual patient. ANH-USA strongly supports this amendment, as it would ensure patient access to important compounded medications which are currently endangered.
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Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN,
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
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I. Laboratory Testing
A. In order to assess the health status of the patient, lab testing with a 50 value chemistry, viral and fungal testing, and bone density should be performed. Additional testing should include fecal toxic metal test with provocation, saliva adrenal and bio identical hormone testing. If cancer is present, cancer markers such as CEA and CA 19-9 should be performed two times monthly. Standard labs should also be assessed monthly if cancer is present. Detailed questionnaires allow us to assess the symptoms patients have apart from the lab results. If the patient can furnish us with copies of laboratory results in the past year, it will help us assess treatment needs.
B. Many cancer patients suffer from serum iron and storage iron anemia, along with hemoglobin and hematocrit anemia. Most oncologists would immediately prescribe oral iron. If any microorganisms are present such as parasites, yeast, or virus, the additional oral iron fuels these organisms like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Yes, the patient is most certainly anemic because of chemo. Our choice is to replenish stores of iron naturally. B-vitamins such as B1, 2, 6, 12, and folic acid. These are the vitamins that build the body naturally. These B vitamins can be given orally and/or injected IM daily at home.
Thyroid Hormone Replacement
C. Most patients in America today are thyroid deficient, because of the lack of iodine in our food sources. While we perform a Total T3, T4, and TSH value, the results are sometimes obtuse, because of organisms inhabiting the thyroid. The determination of need for thyroid replacement is also the basal digital temperature under the arm, taken before getting out of bed in the morning. If the temperature is less than 97.6 degrees for 5 days in a row, the person would do well with T3 and T4 thyroid replacement. Naturesthroid is made from a porcine source; which is anatomically the closest to ours. Naturesthroid is exactly the T3 and T4 percentage found in the human body. Armour thyroid is similar to Naturesthroid, but has not been filtered additionally like Naturesthroid for impurities.
Because chemo and radiation does not willingly leave the body, detoxification of chemo and/or radiation with vitamin C IVs until immune markers improve. Vitamin C IV's are administered in 25, 50, and 75 gram doses. A minimum of a three month detox I V program three days a week should be begun as soon as possible. We have treated patients who are actively having treatment at cancer centers. If the patient takes the treatment on a Monday, the therapeutic benefit is over in 48 hours. The remnants of the treatment only cause additional cell degradation, and compromise kidney and immune functions. The patient could “drain off” the chemo on Wednesday with a detox IV
III. Immune System Repair
The reason the patient got cancer is that their immune system crashed. Immune system repair with anti oxidants like vitamin C; and other natural supplements is vital for recovery. The oral vitamin C we recommend is Lypo-Spheric, and is manufactured by Liv-On Labs. It is a gel, one just tears open a packet and squeezes it into the mouth. Because it is lypospheric, 1,000 milligrams; as it stays active for 12 hours in the system. Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant. The best Vitamin E is made by A.C. Grace Company. It is called Unique E - 400 IU 2X a day. There are many other immune modulators, which are actually too numerous to mention for this article.
IV. Use of Oxygen
Another beneficial treatment modality is the use of oxygen while sleeping and exercising. Most people are hypoxic, meaning they lack oxygen. Unless someone is an extreme athlete, they are in need of additional oxygen. Suggested exercises are yoga, Pilates, stationary bike riding, walking, low tension treadmill, light weight training, ballroom dancing, and swimming. Used Room air oxygen converters can be purchased for about $200.00 on Amazon. Use of oxygen while exercising and sleeping increases energy production. See hypoxia questionnaire at the end of this article.
V. Life Style Eating Choices
After cancer treatment, mineral and vitamin stores are left in a nutritional wasteland. Efforts should be made to take the stress off the body when digesting food. Nutrition and lifestyle eating changes should include: 80 percent raw food, and juicing of organic fruits and vegetables. Adequate consumption of water is important for maintenance of health. Example: 100lbs of bodyweight: the person needs 50 ounces of spring or R/O water daily, with no additional exertion. Carbonated drinks of any kind should not be consumed by anyone EVER. Coke contains 1 teaspoon of sugar per ounce: 12 ounces=12 teaspoons of sugar. If diet Coke is your drink of choice, aspartame is the artificial sweetener one molecule removed from formaldehyde. When a person drinks a diet drink, the aspartame becomes formaldehyde in the body. Diet drinks begin the process of "pickling" your insides long before the funeral home begins working on your remains.
VI. Organic Food
Organic food is preferred, if one can eat organic chicken, pacific wild caught fish, and organic meat, they can lessen the load of toxic chemicals in the body. Breakfast can be almond milk in the blender with Jay Robb’s egg white protein, ice and strawberries, blueberries or raspberries. Jay Robb’s protein is available at Kroger, HEB, and online. Frozen fruit is also acceptable. Patients should eat every two hours while awake. Ruth’s Hemp bars are an excellent snack. They have no sugar or glutens, and are available in many fruit flavors. You can find them at Ruth'shempfoods.com. Another great snack is organic hard cooked eggs. We usually hard cook a dozen organic eggs one day a week, peel them, and load them into bags. This is a great snack between meals. Another go-to snack is roasted chicken breast. Coat the breasts with Olive Oil, garlic powder, pepper, and Sea or Celtic salt. Roast in the oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Take the meat off in strips and load into zip lock snack bags.
VII. Toxic Metals, Chemo, and Radiation
Chemo is composed of toxic metal and chemicals. If left in the body, there is some belief that they can lead to a reoccurrence or growth of a new cancer. If toxic metals are indicated on the toxic metal test, EDTA suppositories can be given three nights a week at home, to remove toxic metals. For the test, toxic metals are "provoked" out of the cell using blue green algae tablets for 5 days. Collection occurs on the 6th day. Results are then sent to Doctors Data in Chicago. After results are received of the toxic metal test, the patient should determine if they have mercury fillings in their mouth. If so, they should contact a biological dentist for removal. In the Houston area we recommend Dr. Bill Glaros on Kuykendahl or Dr. Marilyn Jones on Bering Drive. Mercury has no half life. This means the toxic vapor is released forever! After results of toxic metal test are received and the patient is free of mercury, the blue green algae tablets can be used ongoing to remove the remaining toxic metals, if one would rather not utilize a suppository.
VIII. Far Infrared Sauna
Patients should invest in a Far Infrared sauna in the home for detoxification of radiation and or chemotherapy treatments. The sauna for one person is sufficient. Detoxification should be ongoing, even if a person has not suffered cancer. If a person believes we are not swimming around in a toxic soup, they are unaware of the toxicity in America today. Sauna should be utilized at least 3 times weekly for about 20 minutes at a time. When beginning sauna therapy, daily use would be recommended. The brand we recommend is High Tech Health Saunas: 1(800)794-5355. If you mention Dr. McGehee’s name, a $500.00 discount will be given to you. The cost is $2,500.00.
IX. Melatonin and Sleep
Melatonin: 20 to 60 mg nightly/if cancer is present, 500 milligrams per night. Melatonin increases serotonin and immune system markers. Natural melatonin levels drop with age. Some older adults have none at all. That is one of the reasons for depression in older adults. During the shorter days of the winter months, your body produces melatonin either earlier or later in the day than usual. This change can lead to symptoms of seasonal affective disorder or winter depression.
Melatonin is a powerful immune modulator. Research has proven large doses of Melatonin to be safe for people with cancer. In order to awaken adrenal function every morning, a LED light is a fantastic addition to anyone’s regimen. It is also useful for jetlag. The light is used for 20 minutes every morning to help the adrenal gland produce Cortisol for the energy needs of the day. The light can be purchased for about $170.00 online.
X. Gallbladder/Liver Cleanse
To cleanse the body of toxins, a gallbladder/liver cleanse should be performed on a regular basis. The malic acid/magnesium is supplied by our office. Instructions for the cleanse are included at the end of this article.
XI. Water System
Another useful tool for recovery is the reverse osmosis water system for the home at the point water enters the home, with additional filtration for the drinking and the cooking source in the kitchen. Municipal water systems are "disinfected “with chlorine for bacterium, and fluoride to "help us retain our teeth." Chlorine is a toxic chemical, and surely will compromise the recovery of a cancer patient. A 15 minute shower in chlorinated water is the equivalent of drinking a cup of swimming pool water. Patients should equip their shower head with a reverse osmosis filter, and take ONLY showers!
If the patient has a chlorine disinfected swimming pool, they should not swim in it. An alternative would be conversion to a salt water pool. Another type of water system that could be a benefit to the patient is the Alkaline Water Treatment System. This small device changes the pH of your water from acid to alkaline. The device is manufactured by High Tech Health (303)413-8500. Because cancer thrives in an acid pH, the alkaline is the answer for anyone who has had or has cancer.
XII. Glycemic Index
Another critical component of recovery is the observation of the Glycemic index; which is calculated to indicate how quickly food turns to sugar. One slice of white bread has a glycemic index score of 100. No one should eat any foods with a score over 50. A copy of the Glycemic Index is included. Dairy products should be avoided with the exception of a bit of organic butter. Wheat and gluten products, which turn to sugar upon ingestion, should also be removed from the diet. Blue Diamond manufactures nut and rice crackers which are delicious, and available at your local grocery store.
Gluten free bread or spelt bread are suitable substitutes occasionally! Routinely, cancer patients are instructed to eat pies, cakes, ice cream, drink coke, eat hamburgers, and chicken fried steaks; keep the weight up! Actually cancer thrives on sugar, so it should be avoided. Cancer patients should eat meat and fish protein, vegetables, and salad. Fatty foods or carbohydrates turn immediately to sugar when ingested. Some patients have actually
produced the wrapper from the whole wheat bread. See no sugar listed on the label. Quite right, but when the yeast touches your tongue, it is sugar!
XIII. The Endocrine System
The body system clearly impacted by cancer treatment is the endocrine. The endocrine is composed of the thyroid, sex hormones, and adrenal system. Testing needs to be performed for adrenal and bio identical hormone replacement using saliva collection. Saliva collection is the preferred method of testing, because it yields "free" hormone values. Blood testing only yields hormone values which have bound to albumin and globulin. If the patient cannot produce saliva, blood testing can be substituted.
This is the aspect of our program may be confusing for some patients. Oncologists tell their patients that "hormones" can feed cancer. They are actually partially correct. Synthetic hormones cooked up in the lab can indeed encourage cancer growth. These are pharmaceutical hormones available at CVS and Walgreens. Synthetic hormones are 78 percent identical to the body. That percentage actually does not sound so bad, but imagine if the key to your home was only 78 percent identical to the lock! We compound individually formulated, plant-based hormones. It is impossible and unrealistic to imagine that consumption of plant based hormones could "feed cancer". If that were the case, cancer patients should cease eating vegetables!
XIV. Spiritual Regrowth
After endurance of cancer, the surgery, treatment, anxiety, and depression, the person becomes wounded; wounded in the way that the patient no longer feels “like their old self”. Ideas for spiritual regrowth may include volunteering a portion of your time to those less fortunate than you are. Volunteering in cancer treatment facilities might be a good place to begin your spiritual regrowth. Meditate or pray daily. Use visualization techniques to imagine your cancer going away, and exiting the body. Also imagine your life as a cancer free person. Cancer changes the patient and the family forever. The changes need to be embraced. Many times the person we become after a long illness is stronger, wiser, and hopefully grateful for the blessings they have.
Another aspect of healing involves letting go of any anger or resentment you have toward others; who may have "wronged you” in some way. This may be the hardest request we ask of you. Complete healing will not occur without total forgiveness of everything negative that has occurred. Many patients feel anger at the cancer for hurting them. Yes, the cancer needs to be forgiven also.
We have experienced main stream cancer treatment first hand in our family. For twenty years we traveled to M. D. Anderson for "treatment". Treat they did, to the limits of the insurance, and/or the life span of the patient. Your continued survival is now in your hands. Most of the beliefs and half truths you have learned from your cancer center will no longer serve you in your post treatment phase of your life. Now we must cleanse the body of the "treatments" that have been given to you. We believe we can impart to you the tools you need to live a long and healthy life. Always with God's help!
Related books on Natural medicine and cancer are:
“Knockout by Suzanne Somers”
“Natural Cancer Therapies by Russell Blaylock
Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP,
Monday, July 6, 2015
1 tbsp chopped garlic
3/4 tsp salt
3 bunches basil (leaves only)
3/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup hemp seeds
Place all ingredients except for the hemp seeds in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the “S” blade. Pulse and scrape down sides of bowl until all the ingredients have reached a pretty smooth texture. While running, add the hemp seeds. (Some people like their pesto chunky. Use your own judgment as to when to add the seeds.)
Your pesto is now ready to use. This stores well in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Makes 1 1/2-2 cups.
To celebrate the sweetness of hemp seeds, try sprinkling seeds on top of raspberry sorbet with blueberries and a sprig of mint. A lovely summer dessert! I also like to top off my breakfast of organic, certified non GMO shredded wheat biscuits by Kashi with some coconut/almond milk, a mix of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries and a generous sprinkle of hemp seeds.
The garden is growing well and today is irrigation day when in turn, we receive our fair share of this state’s precious water reserve. I was greeted by a small trespasser with a large white stripe down his back but thankfully, he didn’t think I was scary. Now he is hunkered down under a cottonwood tree waiting for the water to subside so he can be on his merry way. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to see such creatures wonder through my pasture, but I’m sure not everyone would share my sentiment!
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Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP,
Monday, July 6, 2015
I stumbled across an article in Environmental Health News on hemp by Katarina Maloney and decided to devote this month’s article to the neglected cousin of a notorious newshound, marijuana. The story of hemp is an amazing one, fraught with misconceptions on the part of the general public and baseless laws on the part of the government. How a world leader could distort and frame a poor plant to the degree that is has is, well, quite frankly astounding.
Back in the Jamestown colony days of our new nation, law mandated that all settlers grow hemp. George Washington grew it as one of his primary crops. Benjamin Franklin made his newspapers out of hemp and our Constitution was written on it. By 1850 medicinal preparations of cannabis became available in American pharmacies. In 1913, an amendment to the Poison Act made possessions of hemp or loco weed as it was known a misdemeanor. In 1931, 29 states had outlawed cannabis and from that time forward the drug war began with a vengeance with Ronald Reagan and George Bush enacting more restrictive laws. It wasn’t until 1996 and Proposition 215 that medicinal cannabis came back on the national landscape in the state of California. All the fuss was about the variety of Cannabis sativa L that produced a psychoactive state but what happened to its ugly duck sibling, the plant with the strong, woody stalks, lacking in pretty flower buds? Was it simply lost in all the notoriety over psychoactive marijuana? Or was there a political agenda that reared its ugly, greedy head? My guess is it was a combination of both. Remember that through an adage like “better living through chemistry” in the 1950s, profits were to be made by companies that were developing synthetics.
So what is the difference between marijuana and hemp? Marijuana has a high level of THC, the psychoactive compound, at anywhere from 3 to 22%. Hemp is cultivated for its oil, seeds and fiber and has a low THC content, less than one percent. The chief compound in hemp is cannabidiol, which blocks a psychoactive effect in the nervous system. In terms of “getting high,” marijuana is an agonist which fosters an effect; whereas, hemp is an antagonist, a blocker or inhibitor of such an effect.
So here is the amazing part: hemp is one versatile plant of blockbuster proportions. Not only can we eat the seeds, but we can utilize it for many important industrial processes. Ms. Maloney outlines four of them in her article and I will paraphrase here. First up is a real surprise. How many plants can fend off weeds? Not many, but hemp grows well without any pesticides or herbicides, eliminating the carcinogenic risk of those sprays and the relatively unknown risks of GMO crops. That is very impressive! Next, hemp can be used to make “hempcrete” an alternative form of concrete that reduces dependence on plastics and fiber glass that require higher energy costs. “Hempoline” is a biofuel and converts with a 97% efficiency rate and burns at a lower temperature than any other biofuel. Hemp can save the canopies of our forests and be recycled more than wood pulp. Hemp can control nematode and fungi growth in fields and fend off weed growth due to its large canopy, turning unproductive soils into verdant agriculture that can remain organic. Rotating wheat fields with hemp can increase the productive capacity by 10 to 20%.
Hemp oil in lotions and other products is just another use and in my guest bath, I have a bottle of Hemp with Argan Oil by Moist with Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil listed as an ingredient. Unfortunately, the list is replete with chemicals I try to avoid so I will not buy it again, but will look for a more natural product featuring hemp oil.
We need an effort to reclaim the use of this amazing plant in our country. Sometimes it’s difficult for us environmentally minded folks to understand that there are many agendas out there and utilizing natural products is not one of the more popular ones. However, the fact remains that hemp could preserve our economy, conserve resources and protect the health of the population against carcinogenic compounds that are in widespread use.
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Posted By Tim Reihm, Director of Communications & Outreach - Alliance for Natural Health, USA,
Monday, July 6, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
A new report details how Big Food appears to have captured yet another key nutrition group, the American Society of Nutrition.
You may remember the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ (AND) ill-fated partnership with Kraft Foods. Kraft was permitted to place the AND’s “Kids Eat Right” logo on their Kraft Singles synthetic “cheese product.” After the story broke, AND backpedaled.
This week saw the release of another report, this time exposing the ties between the American Society of Nutrition (ASN)—whose membership includes some of the nation’s leading nutrition scientists and researchers—and junk food giants like Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Monsanto, McDonald’s, and Mars.
Among the report’s findings:
- Of the thirty-four scientific sessions at ASN’s annual meeting, six were financially supported by PepsiCo.
- The International Life Sciences Institute (a front group for Big Food and Big Pharma) sponsored a session on low-calorie sweeteners. Speakers included a scientific consultant for Ajinomoto, which produces aspartame.
- The Grocery Manufacturers Association, a lobbying group for the food and beverage industries, sponsored a symposium on sodium intake, which referred to “putative health concerns.”
- For $35,000, junk food companies can sponsor a hospitality suite at the annual meeting, where corporate executives socialize with nutrition researchers.
- Official spokespeople for ASN reportedly have ties to Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, the American Beverage Association, General Mills, and Cadbury Schweppes.
- ASN published an eighteen-page defense of processed food that appears to consist of numerous talking points for the junk food industry, such as this one: “There are no differences between the processing of foods at home or at a factory.” Parents who work hard to make meals from scratch for their children deserve better than this.
- ASN opposes an FDA-proposed policy to include added sugars on the Nutrition Facts panel, at a time when excessive sugar consumption is causing a national public health epidemic.
Despite these well-documented ties to Big Food, ASN plays an active role in public policy formation. Just when the federal government was drafting its update of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, ASN published a report revealingly entitled “Processed Foods: Contributions to Nutrition.” It seems to us that ASN plays a useful role—but only for junk food companies looking to influence government nutrition policies.
Because it purports to be a bastion of science-based information about nutrition, ASN also influences what nutritionists and the general public consider to be “good nutrition.” The findings of this week’s exposé should be enough to give all of us pause when considering the “scientific” information put out by ASN.
The main takeaway, then, is this: ASN is actively promoting policy decisions and disseminating information that line the coffers of its Big Food patrons. Until ASN severs these ties with the junk food industry, Americans should look elsewhere for nutrition advice.
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Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN,
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
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The CDC Defines Chronic Fatigue patients as these who answer yes to suffering several of these symptoms.
__ Constant Unremitting Fatigue
__ Muscle pain
__ Recurrent sore throat
__ Lymph node swelling and or pain
__ Food and environmental allergies
__ Mental confusion or "brain fog"
__ Weight gain for no apparent reason
__ Difficulties with sleep
If you have answered “yes” to several of these symptoms, you are suffering from chronic fatigue. Chronic Fatigue; Immune Suppressive Deficiency Syndrome is also known as CFIDS, fibromyalgia, "yuppie flu" and Epstein Barr virus. The National Center for infectious disease estimates 95% of adults between 35 and 40 years of age have been infected1. Apparently, those of us who suffer from chronic fatigue are meant to feel better about our condition since most of America has also been infected. Epstein Barr Virus or (EBV) is a member of the herpes family, and the most common of human viruses. It is a unique and pervasive combination of symptoms causing both mental and physical limitations of daily activity. The CDC instructs practitioners to diagnose CFIDS by elimination of other diseases, and according to the CDC, there is no definitive test for CFIDS.
On the contrary, we believe the comprehensive Epstein Barr virus lab test we perform is unequivocal. The blood test will identify significantly elevated titers of the nuclear and viral capsid antigen. None of these values are elevated without ongoing activity of the Epstein-Barr virus. "IGM to the viral capsid antigen appears early in the disease and usually disappears within 4 to 6 weeks if the disease is in the convalescent stage. The IGG to the viral capsid antigen appears in the acute phase, peaks at 2 to 4 weeks after onset, declines slightly, then persists for life"2. The fact most practitioners are unaware of is that high numbers of the IGM and IGG to the viral capsid antigen are proof of ongoing viral activity.
Many of our patients report being turned away by doctors because the doctor did not understand the different values associated with virus in progress and virus convalescence. Even if the practitioner did recognize viral capsid antigen titer elevation, the "treatment" would be "a good dose of Doxycycline." Current research is available and widely disseminated. Actually, if a patient is in the chronic phase of Epstein Barr, a four month treatment cycle of Doxycycline can be helpful. Probiotics should be an important part of Epstein Barr patient’s regimen.
In our practice, we treat many people suffering from CFIDS, and most are women. We follow the CDC guidelines with a complete 50 value blood test, Epstein Barr test panel, saliva adrenal/hormone test, oxygen saturation test, intensive Health Questionnaire, physical exam and history, as well as comprehensive review of past medical records, medicines and supplements. We adjust adrenal, hormone, and thyroid values when needed, and encourage patients to continue care with their primary care physician. These may seem like a lot of tests, but in order to address this syndrome, all endocrine and exocrine systems must be examined.
Many patients complain of severe allergy complications. Allergies can be caused by the patient’s diet and environment. When patients suffer from Epstein Barr, their immune function has been severely compromised. IGG4 allergy blood tests alert us about a possible food interaction, and irritable bowel syndrome. IGG4 is definitive, because it represents the delayed reaction response. The "pin prick" method of allergy testing is prehistoric. If a patient encounters a practitioner still using the acute response pin prick method, they should run out the door! The practitioner has not kept up with advances in modern allergy testing. Usually, avoidance of gluten, sugar, corn, complex carbohydrates, carbonated drinks, processed foods, and eating only organic whole foods will solve the allergic response issue associated with Epstein Barr virus. Patients can ingest 1 dye free Benadryl at bedtime to help with the allergic response and interruption of the sleep cycle.
Silver solution is used orally and given by IV therapy. Liquid MSP 500 parts per million is manufactured by Dr. Bill McFarland of New Orleans; his phone number is (344) 493-0420. Dr. McFarland is patient friendly and always willing to help a patient navigate the difficult situation associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The product is called MSP or Mild Silver Protein. Silver as a treatment for disease has been ignored since the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940's. Unfortunately, antibiotics only address the bacterial aspect of disease.
It is important patients not increase the dose of MSP treatment too quickly. Remember, silver addresses bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasite activity in the body. Too large a dose will result in a severe allergic or flu like reaction. Patients are advised to begin with 1/4 tsp. two times daily, and slowly titrate up to 1 tablespoon three times daily. If a reaction occurs, a hot Epsom salt bath (using 5 cups) drawn with hot water for 15 minutes can help with allergic reaction. The bath can be repeated every 3 hours.
All CFIDS patients suffer from yeast or Candida. They must adhere to the Candida and gluten free diet. Avoidance of alcohol and sugar is crucial; patients are strongly advised to eat organic foods only. Probiotics are also vital to recovery. Two Essential formulas 4 times daily are beneficial in the beginning of treatment. Our recommendation is Dr. Ohira's Essential Formula Probiotics.
Because chronic fatigue patients are B-vitamin deficient, B-12 is given hydroxocobalamin 50 mg with 5 mg folic acid is given daily; or three times weekly.
We dispense hydroxocobalamin, combined with methylcobolamin, as EBV patients have severe methylation disruption. A 50 mg dose of hydroxocobalamin given IM is the treatment most effective or those with severely out of range titers for EBV. "I believe that it I also true that glutathione depletion is present in these patients, and is directly responsible for many of the features of CFS."2 To compensate for the lack of glutathione in CFS patients, a rectal Glutathione suppository is compounded for our patients. The suppository delivers 300 mg of glutathione rectally.
Another aspect of our treatment regimen is a porcine liver extract called Kutapressin. It is a potent anti-viral originally discovered in 1952. Immune function is composed of Th1 and Th2. During a talk in 2001, the famed researcher Dr. Paul Chaney spoke about the shift in immune function typically found in chronic fatigue patients. Dr. Chaney explained that "the immune system is composed of two different immune systems. Th1 attacks organisms that eat the insides of our cells. The other is Th2. Th2 attacks intracellular organisms found outside the cells in blood and other bodily fluids.
A healthy immune system is dynamic; able to switch back and forth as needed, quickly eradicating one threat before responding to the next. Researchers have demonstrated that most CFIDS patients end up locked in TH2 mode. When Th2 activates, it blocks Th1 system. Most notable of the immune dysfunction is increased antibody production. When CFIDS patients are Th2 activated, they no longer have defense mechanisms to keep dormant pathogens that took hold in the past. The EBV, HHV6, Chlamydia pneumonia, CMV, and yeast reactivate3. Usually, thyroid antibodies are also present. Thyroid antibodies are represented by a low TSH and relatively normal T3 and T4. The condition is called Hashimotos thyroiditis. The definitive test for this condition is called TPO Ab. This test will report if thyroid peroxidase antibodies are present.
Many patients have needlessly had thyroid glands irradiated by main stream medicine, because of the presence of thyroid antibodies. If doctors cannot cure the problem, or understand the cause, they routinely burn, poison, or cut it out so that hospitals and doctors make money on the procedure. The reason for the elevated thyroid antibodies is that pathogens have invaded the thyroid. If the pathogens could be eliminated, thyroid antibodies would cease to be an issue.
Test results also often reflect liver/gallbladder function is impaired. Natural liver/gallbladder cleanses and supplements also relieve this condition. We also dispense a natural gallbladder/liver cleanse which can be performed at home. The cleanse was pioneered by Hulda Clark. When patients suffer from Epstein Barr, as there is a continual birth and death of cells, about every 25 days. EBV patients can actually chart the times of death and rebirth of cells, according to the severity of symptoms. This "mapping" sometimes helps the patient to estimate the times of the month when they will not feel well. The dead cells are eventually deposited in the gallbladder/liver. For those who have the gallbladder removed, they are in a most unfortunate situation, as the liver must now take up the work of the gallbladder. The result is intense "liver sludge", which needs to be removed. The values elevated or depressed on lab work are GGT, ALT, and AST. Ursodiol is a product compounded with the same chemical formula as Wild Bear Gallbladder bile.
If a patient does not have a minimum of two or more soft bowel movements daily, magnesium oxide is needed to correct the problem. The product we utilize is magnesium oxide capsules, manufactured by Twin labs. Two 400mg capsules before bed should remedy any constipation problems. In rare cases, more than two capsules are needed.
We test for toxic metals, as virus has an unnatural affinity for toxic metal. The use of blue green algae tablets provokes the toxic metal from the tissue for the fecal collection. Hair tests for toxic metal provide a snap shot of toxic metal status from 1 year ago. The presence of excess toxic metals is often confused as the primary diagnosis of CFIDS patients. Toxic metals are always a secondary diagnosis.
Many CFIDS patients have been chelated excessively in an attempt to remove toxic metals. The lack of adrenal function, amino acids, hormones, and minerals place the patient in tenuous position when chelation is administered. Once these basic values are brought up to acceptable levels, toxic metals can be removed using oral blue green algae tablets for several months, and/or chelation. Removal of toxic metals is vital to return to health. All EBV patients with Mercury amalgams should have them removed by a "biological dentist". A biological dentist is adept at removing mercury amalgams and not allowing the mercury vapor to invade the patient. Mercury has no half-life, therefore, its harmful efforts never end!
Immune system issues are boosted with the addition of vitamins C, A, and E, Resveratrol, Krill Oil caplets, D3, B1, 2, 3, 6, and 12. Melatonin is compounded in a melt away tablet containing 20 mg, with an upward limit of 100mg being acceptable as a nightly dose. The sublingual melatonin is available by prescription at a compounding pharmacy. Melatonin has positive effects over the entire organ system.
Body oxygen blood levels are usually perilously low in society today. A condition called hypoxia or lack of oxygen is found in virtually all CFIDS patients. The exception to this condition would be an extreme athlete with EBV. Few EBV patients fall into this category.
Hormonal and adrenal values are measured by the ZRT laboratories using saliva testing. Sex hormones are tested; estradiol, estriol, progesterone, DHEA and testosterone. Men do not manufacture estriol, like women do, but instead are tested for Dihydrotestosterone. High dihydrotestosterone levels indicate the incorrect conversion of testosterone to estrogen. Excess dihydrotestosterone can lead to prostate cancer. Another substance which can cause increased dihydrotestosterone is the synthetic testosterone called depotestosterone. Routinely, in main stream medicine, male patients are offered injections of this synthetic testosterone. Testosterone is available in bioidentical form made from yams, as are all bioidentical hormones.
Using the same test kit, adrenal function is tested over four times in the day; to assess the exact levels of production of the patient's adrenal gland. Ideal dosing
of adrenal supplements should occur before insufficiency occurs over the day. For those patients who are hypo adrenal, or low adrenal function, they are given Cortisol, at the appropriate times of day before their adrenal function becomes low. When adrenal function is impaired, all endocrine processes are impaired.
Many patients today exhibit both hypo and hyperadrenal function during the day. For the hyperadrenal condition, Pregnenolone is prescribed. When results are received, a bio-identical hormone and adrenal prescription is designed for the patient. Bio-identical hormones are made by compounding pharmacy then individually compounded from the prescription. The perscription is valid for one year.
Our treatment program is intense, but we actually prefer to go step by step to help our patients. Our primary goal when a patient presents is to get them up, out of bed, and feeling better. The majority of patients begin to feel better almost immediately. So many of our patients, have been ill for so many years, they are willing to make the commitment required to "feel good again", and have the energy to remain out of bed more hours per day. These patients are then able to enjoy their activities, family, and friends.
For more information on CFIDS, please call our office
Frank McGehee, M.D., C.C.N. & Vivienne McGehee, B.A., C.N.
1909 22nd Street
Huntsville, Texas 77340
1. CDCWebsite- www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/cbv.htm
2. Richard Van Konynburg, Ph.D. "Suggestions for Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndromes (CFS) based on the Glutathione Depletion - Methylation Cycle Block Hypothesis for the Pathogenicisis of CFS "January 25, 2007 http://phoenix-cfs.org
3. "Chronic Neuroimmune Disease". A talk by Paul Chaney to the Dallas, Ft. Worth CFS Support Group. December 18, 2009
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Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN,
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
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“The St. Louis Adam Questionnaire” YES NO
1. Decrease in sex drive ______ ______
2. Erections less strong ______ ______
3. Lack of energy ______ ______
4. Decrease in strength and Endurance ______ ______
5. Lost Height ______ ______
6. Decreased “enjoyment of life” ______ ______
7. Sad and/or grumpy ______ ______
8. Deterioration in sports ability ______ ______
9. Falling asleep right after dinner ______ ______
10. Decreased work performance ______ ______
Answering yes to 1, 2, or any four total is considered suspect for hormone deficiency”1.
Men experience hormonal drop-off, just as women do; it is just not as in-your-face as the female experience. Andropause is male menopause- as hormones decline, men may exhibit the symptoms listed above. The positive benefits of replacing testosterone are many. “Testosterone also lowers cholesterol thereby protecting the heart and arteries, and reducing the risk of heart disease. As a benefit, patients feel much better than they would have on a conventional cholesterol medication (statin). Statins have debilitating effects such as nausea, gallbladder disease, diminished libido, liver problems, abdominal pain, muscle wasting, kidney failure, and total transient ammesia”2. Other diseases positively affected by hormone replacement are hypertension, diabetes, and regulation of inflammatory cytokines.
Now that you are aware of the benefits of hormone replacement, one should understand that men have more hormones than just testosterone. DHEA and Progesterone are also important sex hormones to test and balance along with testosterone.
Today, because of growth hormones being added to dairy and meats, men often “aromatize” testosterone incorrectly into Estradiol or Estrogen. A responsible practitioner will always test dihydrotestosterone (or DHT) on any male being tested for hormone replacement. High DHT is a marker for prostate cancer. Today, it is uncommon for a male to get more than a simple blood test for “low testosterone”, or low T. The problem with blood testing for hormone replacement is that the practitioner cannot get an accurate value for each hormone. The hormones in blood are bound to Albumin and Globulin. Free hormone status is the only accurate way to determine need, and that is by using saliva collection.
For this reason, we recommend saliva testing for both adrenal and sex hormone status. The testing is a small kit that is preformed at home, and the ZRT laboratory from Beaverton, Oregon evaluates the test. In addition, a saliva dihydrotestosterone test is performed, also at home, by Diagnos-Tecs Labs. If the dihydrotestosterone level is high, balance of testosterone, DHEA, Progesterone, four adrenal levels over the day and night, and thyroid hormone if needed should optimize levels. In addition, all hormone patients are given a plant lignan called DIM. DIM allows hormone receptors to remain open to help the body conjugate and process hormones thorough the body.
Each hormone formulation is individually designed. The hormones we use are all natural; from yam or soy sources. Therefore, they are 100% bioavailable to the body. When the test results have been received, a compounding pharmacist is then faxed the protocol to be individually compounded for the patient. The protocol is valid for one year, and there is no charge for phone calls during this time. Many mainstream practitioners today are constrained by the time limit insurance driven medicine places upon them. For this reason, most men with “low T” are given synthetic testosterone called Testosterone Cypionate. Men inject themselves once weekly to increase erections. Actually, it works quite well for this purpose. It also, however, aromatizes testosterone to Estradiol which as we have elucidated earlier in this article is very dangerous. In addition, if this is not enough damage to the system, Cypionate also compromises production of DHEA, which is an androgen hormone like testosterone. “DHEA is always chronically low in these diseases: malaria, posttraumatic stress, lupus, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, coronary artery wall thickening, Parkinson’s, and cancer”3. While we are not proposing low DHEA can cause these diseases, it makes one wonder how much benefit people might receive from proper Bio-identical hormone replacement!
For more information about us and our protocol visit us at:
Dr. Frank McGehee, M.D., C.C.N.
Vivienne McGehee, B.A., C.N. Office
Call 936-291-3351 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
1909 22nd Street, Huntsville, Texas 77340
1. Lichten, Edward. Textbook of Bio-identical Hormones. S.l.: Foundation for Anti-Aging Research, LLC, 2007. Print. Page 211.
2. Somers, Suzanne. Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness; Life-altering Secrets from Today's Cutting-edge Doctors. New York: Crown, 2008. Print. Page 157.
3. Lichten, Edward. Textbook of Bio-identical Hormones. S.l.: Foundation for Anti-Aging Research, LLC, 2007. Print. Page 84.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
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Recently Linda S. (57 years old) presented to us. She is post menopausal by two years, severely depressed, and lacking energy to perform everyday tasks. Treated by a psychiatric practitioner, she was taking a potpourri of anti¬ depressants. She was seriously considering checking herself into a psychiatric facility. After an interview, it was determined the patient was probably in desperate need of female hormones, as she ceased cycling two years ago. Testing for Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, DHEA, and Testosterone revealed she had no significant levels of any hormone. A bio-identical hormone blend was quickly formulated by a compounding pharmacist. Days later, the patient resumed her active and productive life. The patient will be followed for any adjustments necessary to her hormone blend.
"Dear Suzanne Somers,
My wife and I have been together since high school in east Texas and have enjoyed a thirty-five year love affair that produced four great kids. Last year, she suddenly became this other person I did not know who complained a lot about the smallest things, was sharp with our children and on top of all that, the "love" disappeared from our love affair. We were sleeping in the same bed, but were not together. She was up and down all night, with the Harlequin books and the refrigerator door opening and closing, which led to her packing on about twenty-five pounds. She was a petite little gymnast in school. Our oldest daughter saw you talking about your book "Ageless" and ordered it. There was some resistance from my wife at first and then she sat down and read your book start to finish without a break; she was really into it.
Next thing I knew we were on our way to Houston to consult with one of the doctors you mentioned. I don't know what he gave her, but within a couple of days, things started getting better and now four months later, we are once again one happy family. The weight is dropping off, the love has returned, and I can now look forward to many more wonderful years with the girl of my dreams.
Now its my turn. I have an appointment with the doctor next week. Thank you, Suzanne Somers. You have given our family the greatest gift of health and happiness and we toast you at every opportunity.
Sincerely, Dustin R" 1.
"Perimenopause affects women from the early thirties on, and is the most dangerous passage we as women experience. This condition is the hormonal precursor to menopause; and the time period when most disease begins. Dangerous because it is not understood by physicians, as a general rule, and dangerous because hormones are surging one day when estrogen is sky high, then the next day the estrogen may plummet. The same is true for progesterone and other sex hormone levels. Most young women become estrogen dominant, meaning they no longer are making adequate supplies of progesterone, and other hormones, which are needed to initiate the menstrual cycle. This is dangerous because it is a set up for cancer" 2.
Estrogen dominance occurs when women take birth control pills, as they are composed of estrogen only. This condition can cause women to cease to cycle before they should. The hormone produced during the menstrual cycle protects the body against disease in so many ways. Those of us who understand the protection against diseases offered by menstruation, hope to cycle as long as possible.
Sadly, most physicians are unaware or uncaring about the differences between bioidentical or natural hormones; and synthetic hormones; made in the lab. Often, practitioners cite the 2002 NIH study of 10,000 nurses that was performed using the synthetically made combination of estradiol and progesterone; Prempro. The discontinuation of the study is frequently given as reasons why women should never take hormones of any kind.
The results of the study were an increase in cardiac and blood clot events, breast cancer and pulmonary embolisms. Those patients given sugar pills experienced none of these side effects. "Yes, the volunteers on Prempro also had fewer bone fractures and less colon cancer, but not enough to balance out the risks."3. The study was immediately halted. Synthetic hormones are 78% identical to our body. Imagine trying to use a key on a lock that was 78% correct! Bio-identical hormones are made from yam sources. They are plant based substances; 100% identical to our bodies.
Drug companies are the vehicles for funding clinical trials; and trials are unbelievably expensive. Natural medicine practitioners do not hold a patent on natural medicine, therefore; no study will ever be performed by drug companies about their effect on the body. If a study were performed, results would actually show a decrease in cardiac and blood clot instances. If there were reports of increased cancer, blood clots, or heart disease reported by patients taking natural hormones, the news would be broadcast incessantly. Unfortunately, news reports make no distinction between bioidentical and synthetic hormones. The increase in disease the news reports are all synthetic hormone reports.
Premarin is an equine urine estrogen pharmaceutical product given routinely to women for menopausal symptoms. "First, because of the potential risk of heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, and blood clots, use of Premarin should be limited to the shortest duration possible. Equilin is the horse estrogen found in Premarin. The amount of Equilin you get from Premarin is seven times higher than human estrogens. Because it is so strong, it appears to tax your liver more than non-equine estrogens do; which could be a problem, especially if you have a history of liver disease in your family, smoke, are obese, or have high blood pressure.
Before taking conjugated or synthetic estrogens, tell your doctor if you have angina, heart disease; take Synthroid, have high levels of cholesterol or triglycerides in your blood, asthma, epilepsy, migraines, diabetes, depression, gallbladder disease, uterine fibroids, or have had a hysterectomy."4 No such warning is required with bio-identical hormones.
The usual age that perimenopause began used to be 45 years old, but today's lifestyle, birth control pills, growth hormones in food, pharmaceutical medications, and synthetic hormones have accelerated this process. Today, we routinely hear mothers report their child has started to cycle at 9 or 10 years of age, and began to grow breasts at 8 years of age. The reason for acceleration in the beginning of menstrual cycling can be the growth hormones found in all non organic dairy and meat products. Once again, pursuit of profit by the food industry has compromised our health as a society.
Because of the toxic factors associated with life in the year 2014, 30 year old women are often in initial stages of perimenopause. Many physicians will tell the patient they are just depressed and place them on an anti-depressant without hormonal testing. If the woman is "lucky" the practitioner will offer them a "one size fits all” hormone patch composed of synthetic estradiol and possibly synthetic progesterone. The symptoms associated with perimenopause are weight gain for no reason, acne, sleep interruption, loss of interest in sex, depression, hot flashes, tearfulness, anger for no reason, forgetfulness, and fatigue.
Postmenopausal women need hormones even more than those in perimenopause. Bio-identical hormones control blood pressure, sleep cycles, build bones, maintain muscle tone, lubricate joints, and BURN FAT!! They fight stress, prevent fatigue, calm anxiety, and relieve depression. Hormones also maintain the correct level of glucose in blood and tissues. They help us resist allergic reactions, infections, and soothe pain. Hormones control sex drive, virility, fertility, and stimulate the brain and immune system.
Bio-identical hormone replacement can actually prevent hysterectomies in some cases! A true story is that an OB-GYN doctor was asked by his friend, a compounding pharmacist, when he was going to start prescribing bio-identical hormones. His response was "why in the world would I do that? Those natural hormones would take away about 80% of my hysterectomy surgery business. I have a high maintenance lifestyle and wife to keep up." The patient should carefully consider the choices.
Testing for hormones should be accompanied by a complete fifty value blood chemistry, to assure there are no other primary medical conditions that should be addressed. Blood testing for hormones only reveals hormones bound to globulin or albumin. Saliva testing is the most accurate method of testing hormone levels in women. All five sex hormones should be measured. They are Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone, and DHEA. For some strange reason, physicians believe women only have estradiol and progesterone.
Intimately involved with sex hormone replacement therapy is testing of the adrenal gland function. The glands have long been ignored by the majority of physicians unless a severe disease condition existed. The adrenal glands sit atop both the kidneys and modulate the stress for the body. The glands produce a substance called cortisol, which is sometimes over supplied at night time when we are trying to sleep, or undersupplied when it is time to awake and start the day. Other patients report a "slump" about mid afternoon.
We, in our practice, use Bio-identical Cortisol for hypo-adrenal function. The Cortisol compound is the actual substance produced by the adrenal gland, and is from a yam source. Modulation of output of cortisol is intimately involved with successful hormone supplementation. ZRT laboratories perform our hormone/adrenal saliva testing for us. For those patients who are unable to produce saliva, blood testing can be substituted.
Not the least important of the three components of hormone testing is proper regulation of the thyroid gland. The current thinking by the majority of physicians is to administer T4 only for hypothyroid conditions. There are three components of the thyroid gland. T4 is the reserve or the passive part of the thyroid gland. "The thyroid gland is regulated by pituitary gland. The pituitary gland releases a hormone; thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)”5. The third part of the thyroid gland is T3, which is the active form of thyroid.
A T4 medication called Synthroid is the only form of thyroid most of our patients who present to us are prescribed. There are problems with conversion of T4 to T3 caused by the depletion in the soil of iodine, selenium, and other minerals over the years. Our thyroid function has been impaired by the unbridled use of pesticides, growth hormones, herbicides, genetically altered wheat, corn, fruit, vegetables, MSG, flavor enhancers, preservatives, coloring, and overuse of prescription drugs in our society. Our answer for the problem of T4 to T3 conversion is a porcine thyroid T3 and T4 combination. It is called Naturesthroid, and available by prescription at a reasonable cost at a pharmacy. The percentage of T3 and T4 in Naturesthroid is identical to the percentage of T3, T4 hormone found in the body.
The Metamatrix 2/16 is a urine test, and is a substitute for mammogram, and is performed at home. The bone density measurement test can be added to the urine test. The 2/16 Estronex test is preferred, because the patient will not be exposed to radiation. If there is no choice between which modality of testing use, please ensure the mammogram test is digital, as it reduces the radiation significantly by 2/3.
Current literature estimates with each non digital mammogram test a woman has performed increases her risk of developing breast cancer by 3%. Therefore, after 20 years of mammograms the risk of cancer is increased 60%; without consideration of genetic, hormone, or environmental factors that may also add to the cancer risk. Sadly, breast cancer awareness has had little or no
impact on cancer risk of the society. Cancer occurrences are actually higher than when women did not routinely have a mammogram.
Another group of women is in even greater danger of harm from nondigital mammograms. Those women are BRCA1 and BRCA2 positive. A dose of radiation delivered by non-digital mammogram can cause not only cancer, but a very aggressive cancer. In addition, women who have a family history of breast cancer, and have fibrocystic breasts are advised to have a mammogram every six months instead of once a year. If they also are BRCA1 and BRCA2 positive, their risk of cancer now increases exponentially.
In addition, we ask the patient to fill out an extensive Health Questionnaire, which touches all organ symptoms, and the patient also reports a full accounting of medications. Environmental and Family Health Questionnaires are also furnished. Although the answers are subjective, most patients are able to tell you exactly what is bothering them. The combination of laboratory testing, symptom reports and consultation allows our team to address many problems often overlooked in the rush involved with a regular physician appointment.
The dangers of synthetic testosterone or Testosterone Cypionate should be known. Mainstream doctors mistakenly believe that an infection of Testosterone Cypionate will bring a man lost vitality. What it can also bring is blood clots, coronary artery disease, and strokes. Our bodies are unable to assimilate chemicals. Bioidentical hormones made from plants are a much better answer.
A one hour plus consultation is part of the hormone/adrenal replacement protocol, once results are received. The prescription is valid for one year, and there is no charge for follow up phone calls.
1 Suzanne Somers, "Breakthrough" Copyright 2008, pg. 142.
2 1bid p: 146.
3."The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women", Barbara Seaman
Copyright, 2003 pg. 341bid p: 240 and 241.
5 David M. Brownstein, "Iodine Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live
Without It", Copyright 2008. p.130.
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Posted By Daniel Breeman, Editor-in-Chief, Natural Practitioner Magazine,
Monday, June 15, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
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Do you recommend supplements to your patients? If so, the news that taking too many supplements actually increases the risk of cancer likely stopped you in your tracks and possibly even made you reconsider the health benefits of supplements vs. the risk factors for your patients and what this could mean for your practice long term.
For years, supplements have been touted for their health benefits, including those thought to have anti-cancer properties, such as curcurmin and boswellic acids, which are well-established dietary botanicals with potent anti-cancer properties. In fact, a new study actually suggests that there is a synergistic benefit to taking both together, as stated by Ajay Goel, PhD, director of epigenetics, cancer prevention, and cancer genomics, Baylor Research Institute, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX, who authored a related study.
But on the other side of the argument sits Dr. Tim Byers, director for cancer prevention and control at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, who, last month, conducted a meta-analysis of two decades worth of research, including 12 trials that involved more than 300,000 people, and found a number of the supplements tested actually made individuals more likely to develop certain types of cancer.
Dr. Byers' findings suggest that while eating certain fruits and vegetables can reduce an individual's risk for cancer, taking supplements that provide the same vitamins and minerals as those fruits and vegetables not only failed to provide similar protection, but actually increased a person's cancer risk.
This, of course, is not the first time this has been suggested. Past studies have pointed to an increased cancer risk for patients who took high doses of dietary supplements. In a 2011 study, for example, researchers found that taking high-dose vitamin E supplements was linked to a 17 percent increase in cancer risk over a sever to 12-year period. Other similar studies have linked women's increased risk of breast cancer to high intake of folic acid supplements.
But not so fast. Did the meta-analysis method used by Dr. Byers do justice to the evidence at hand? Not according to Natural Products Association (NPA) Senior Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Corey Hilmas, MD, PhD, and former Chief of the Dietary Supplement Regulation Implementation Branch within the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who questioned the research that linked supplement intake with an increased risk of cancer.
In his argument, Dr. Hilmas points out that dietary supplements are designed to "supplement the diet because consumers do not eat enough of the critical phytochemicals and constituents found in fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods, including fish, on a daily basis. Dietary supplements should be taken as part of a healthy lifestyle and after consulting with one's health care provider."
So perhaps this is where Dr. Byers and his meta-analysis goes awry. Should the study compare the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables to gain the needed nutrients to taking comparable dietary supplements or should it look at both with the need for a healthy lifestyle a must?
There are some other questions surrounding Dr. Byers' methods, according to Dr. Hilmas, like why the 12 "cherry-picked" trials for the meta-analysis failed to include other studies that may have evaluated negative outcomes in a long-term prospective study.
NPA says it welcomes the opportunity to review the finalized manuscript once it is published, and reminds consumers that they "should remain confident that their dietary supplements are safe and effective and can contribute to one's overall health and wellness." This, of course, should also hold true for both your practice and your patients.
Dr Time Byers