Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN,
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
“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.
Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN,
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
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.
Posted By Daniel Breeman, Editor-in-Chief, Natural Practitioner Magazine,
Monday, June 15, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
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.
Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCn,
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
DO YOU SUFFER FROM ADRENAL FATIGUE?
__ Do you need to take sleep aids to get a good night's sleep?
__ During the night do you often wake up and are unable to get back to sleep?
__ Are carbonated drinks and coffee necessary for you to “make it through the day?”
__ Do you suffer from skin rashes, pimples, allergies, frequent illness or asthma?
__ After eating do you feel nauseated or unable to digest your meal?
__ No matter how hard you try to eat right, diet, and exercise do you continue to gain weight?
__ Do you experience anxiety at the end of the day? Feel irked by small things? Feel pessimistic or have excessive sensitivity to stress?
__ Frequent joint and muscle aches?
__ Dark circles under your eyes that require a concealer to cover them up?
__ Do you have a "buffalo hump" on your back?
__ Crave salt or sugar?
__ Have difficulty becoming aroused for sex?
__ Have difficulty concentrating or finishing a task?
__ Pre or Post menopausal?
__ Have you been prescribed Synthroid for low thyroid values?
If you have answered yes to several of these questions, you are suffering from Adrenal Fatigue, much like the majority of adult Americans. Because the sex hormones, adrenal glands, and thyroid are intimately involved, testing should be performed yearly for all of these functions. Today, most patients are also hypothyroid, so a complete thyroid panel including Total T3, T4, and TSH should be performed. Many practitioners today are making millions of dollars testing free T3 and T4. This is all well and good, but unless the T3 is bound to gobulin and the T4 is bound to protein, no thyroid hormone has been produced. A total T3, T4, and TSH should provide the practitioner with adequate information to balance thyroid values.
“The adrenal glands lie at the superior poles of each of the two kidneys. Each gland is composed of two distinct parts, the adrenal medulla and adrenal cortex."¹ For our purposes, we will focus on cortisol, which is the principle glucocorticoid produced by the adrenal cortex. "Glucocorticoids stimulate the formation of carbohydrates from proteins by the liver."²
Cortisol increases all enzymes required to convert amino acids into glucose in liver cells. Amino acids are the primary building block for energy in the body. When there is a lack of cortisol, all metabolic processes are impaired, including the ability of the liver to have sufficient enzymes for optimal liver function.
Adrenal function can become impaired by trauma of any type; infection, surgery, ongoing stress situations, chronic lack of sleep, food choices, pharmaceutical drugs, and severe emotional distress. Cortisol is light sensitive, so when the sun comes up, the body begins its production. In optimal circumstances, the adrenal gland modulates cortisol production throughout the day and night, to handle the stressors we all encounter.
When sundown approaches, the adrenal glands ideally should slow production to allow us to prepare for sleep. The reality is that today by sundown, adrenal production increases, and the patient is "sleepless in Seattle." Cortisol is light sensitive, so years ago before the invention of the electric light, people went to sleep when the sun went down. This was the optimal situation for adrenal gland function. They also arose with the sun, and the adrenal gland began its correct function: to help us modulate the production of cortisol throughout the day. Today, because of shift work and lifestyle changes, the adrenal gland has decreased function.
Actuarials have proven shift workers live an average of seven years less than those who work during the day. The disruption of the circadian rhythm or sleep cycle is extremely detrimental to total body health. Usually, the upside down adrenal process begins again the next day. This is why no one who begins taking Ambien, Lunesta, or Excederin P.M. ever stops taking these sleep aids.
For those persons whose adrenal gland is fatigued, the gland is not able to catch up to the body's needs for cortisol until early evening. The result of this situation is that these people are unable to sleep, and must take sleep aids to get a good night's rest. Even with the supplementation of sleep aids, most hypo adrenal patients do ever not receive a "good night's sleep". Only thyroid, sex hormone replacement, and adrenal supplementation can remedy the situation.
Life style changes that would help "the Sleepless in Seattle situation" would be to get to bed by 9:30 pm or 10:00 pm at the latest. If the patient is not experiencing Rapid Eye Motion (REM) sleep between 2 and 5 am, the body will not be able to complete its repair of the immune system. Sleep space should be dark, cool, clean, have no night light, and no noise from a television. Electronic gadgets such as alarm clocks, phone chargers, and clock radios should not be kept in the sleep space. EMFs or Electro-magnetic frequencies are emitted from these appliances, and can cause severe immune and adrenal system dysfunction. The television should be at least 12 feet away from the bed.
Patients should stop or modify abusing caffeine, sugar, and fast food. All humans should drink minimum of one half body weight in ounces daily of filtered water. Our bodies have not chemically evolved in millions of years, so hydration only occurs when water is consumed. The body does not recognize ice tea, coffee, or soft drinks as hydration, with the exception of green or white tea.
For hydration purposes, if a person weighs 100 pounds, the minimal amount of water the person should consume daily would be 50 ounces. This amount is sufficient as a minimum, if no physical exertion is performed during the day. It is helpful to purchase water bottles and set the needed amount out each morning as a goal for the day. Plastic bottles should never be placed in the dishwasher, as the hot water releases plasticides into the water. Warm water and soap is the preferred method to clean plastic bottles. Even more environmentally friendly are non-disposable water containers.
Stress is measured by saliva cortisol testing. Cortisol, the product of the adrenal gland is measured four times during the day and evening to determine the level of cortisol the patient has at each particular time of the day. After testing, natural adrenal supplements can be prescribed at the correct time of day to give the patient optimal adrenal function. If a patient has low cortisol, at certain times of the day, or hypoadrenal, we prescribe a compounded product called "Cortisol", which is compounded from natural sources. Before the patient's cortisol falls, Cortisol is given two hours before the adrenal function plummets.
Sometimes, we have patients whose testing reveals hypo-adrenal at certain times of the day, and hyper-adrenal at other times of the day; meaning they have too little or too much cortisol production at certain times or the day or the night. For those patients who are also hyper-adrenal, we prescribe Pregnenalone.
"Pregnendlone is the memory hormone. In animal studies, it improves memory one hundred times more than DHEA."3Pregnenalone allows the adrenal gland to modulate its output of cortisol throughout the day and night. In the adrenal cascade, Pregnenalone is the first hormone to be made from cholesterol. Pregnenalone allows the body to choose which other hormones it will make according to its needs of the body. In todays upside down world, most people over 50 years old would benefit from 25mg of Pregnenalone given two times daily.
Because the body needs cholesterol to make Pregnenalone, many people are classically Pregnenalone deficient. Millions of Americans are dutifully destroying the cholesterol our body needs to function by taking statin drugs such as Lipitor, Zocor, and Crestor. If patients have a total cholesterol below 150, no thyroid, adrenal, or sex hormones can be made. A certain part of cardiac health is controlled by cholesterol.
For patients who have excess total above 250 cholesterol, only 30% of patients experience cardiac arrest. The majority of cardiac issues can be laid squarely at the door of inflammation. And what is cholesterol after all? It is inflammation. Tests for inflammation for patients taking statin drugs are fibrinogen, highly sensitive C - reactive protein, and Homocysteine. If any of these cardiac risk factors are elevated, natural supplements can be given.
In fact, millions of Americans are adrenal and sex hormone deficient, because of over prescription of statin drugs. Many patients have reported to us their physician said their cholesterol "could never be too low." The opposite is the truth. The first fact we learned from graduate study as nutritionists is the body's necessity for a certain amount of cholesterol.
Optimal values from cholesterol should be 170, or even up to 200 and above, as long as HDL is high. Cholesterol forms a protective barrier against invading pathogens. Too much cholesterol is detrimental, no question about it, but too little is harmful as well. The doctors and the pharmaceuticals are well aware of this fact, but choose to ignore it; in pursuit of profit from illness.
Red Rice Yeast is a natural supplement that reduces cholesterol. It is a "natural statin," and has the same side effect as pharmaceutical statins, including the same possible muscle aches and pains. 1,200mg should be taken after each meal. If a patient is taking Red Rice Yeast, 100 milligrams of CO-Q10 should be added to replace the enzyme in the heart depleted by the Red Rice Yeast and pharmaceutical statins.
Canadian pharmaceutical companies warn patients taking statin drugs to supplement with 100 milligrams CO Q10. CO Q10 is a natural enzyme produced by the heart. Unfortunately, our law allow millions of American patients to take statin drugs with no warning of the danger of lack of CO Q10. Yet, if a choice between a synthetic chemical statin and a "natural statin" was presented, the natural version would usually win with the patient. Unfortunately most patients are never offered the option.
Testing for adrenal function is performed by saliva testing at home. The results are mailed to ZRT labs. We test sex hormones in addition to adrenal function; they are Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone and DHEA. Women produce Estriol which is the "protective" estrogen. Estriol and Estradiol are prescribed in all estrogen prescriptions. This bio-identical formulation is called Biest. Biest and all other hormones we prescribe originate from Yam sources. The formulation is 20% Estradiol and 80% Estriol. This is exactly the same estrogen percentage found in the body.
In addition, all patients are tested with a fifty value blood test including microscopic urinalysis. Four thyroid values are evaluated as well. It is optimal to test hormone, adrenal, and thyroid function; they are all aspects of endocrine function. If you fix one endocrine value, and not the other, the patient will not achieve an acceptable state of wellness. It is similar to a performance of the "Three Musketeers", and only one or two appearing on stage. It would certainly not make for a satisfying performance.
The information in this article may seem disturbing to many of you. Some may have the knee jerk reaction to go to your primary care physician to talk about bioidentical sex hormones, adrenal glands, thyroid dysfunction, and cholesterol. When you have your five or ten minutes with your practitioner, you may show him this article, and you will be told that this information is just "not proven". The reality is that standard medicine operates within a rigid timeline. If the practitioner spends anymore than 5 to 10 minutes with the patient, they are losing money. Most physicians simply will not allow patient health to overrule their financial interests.
The "expected values" for each chemistry on a lab report were designed 50 years ago to alert a doctor of disease in progress, when the values fell outside of the limits. The authors of these textbooks could not have guessed the severe symptoms of endocrine and exocrine dysfunction in our society in the year 2014.
In addition, many doctors one hundred years ago were advocates of homeopathy in combination with allopathy. Those doctors could never imagine the death grip the pharmaceuticals now exert over the patients and doctors of the world today. Nor could they dream of the impairment of adrenal, hormone, and thyroid function caused by overuse of pharmaceutical drugs, altered lifestyles, antibiotics in food sources, consumption of fast and GMO foods, and disruption of the sleep cycle in 21st century.
Many of our patients report they dutifully made the annual physical appointment with their primary care physician as their insurance instructs them to. The patients often ask for testing for hormone and thyroid functions. Frequently, females are offered an anti-depressant or a synthetic hormone, usually in the form of a "convenient patch". The hormone symptoms women suffer are night sweats, crying for no reason, menstrual cycles lasting for fourteen days, lack of interest in sex, dry skin, and weight gain.
The synthetic hormone estrogen/progesterone combination is usually given without testing to determine what the patient's need for hormones might be. Remember, significant money cannot be made from testing within the standard of care insurance model". The luxury of our practice that there is no knock on the door. We are able to devote as much time as we need for each patient. Tests should include adrenal/hormone function, review of lab results, formulation of a natural hormone replacement, consultation with the patient, and sending Rx for the bioidentical blend to a compounding pharmacy for formulation. Most medical doctors have no idea how to test or write a protocol for adrenal/hormone replacement. Natural medicine left the standard of care in 1910. Rockefeller decided his interests would be better served by pharmaceutical medicine. He funded 6 medical schools.
Adrenal testing routinely does not occur in insurance fueled medicine, unless a severe disease state exists in the adrenal gland. Blood testing is usually the only modality used to determine hormone status in standard of care medicine. Saliva hormone testing is preferable to blood testing because saliva testing will indicate free hormone status and blood testing will only indicate total hormone status. How can a practitioner accurately determine what dose to give if the hormone is bound to albumin and globulin?
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.
Call 936-291-3351 or e-mail: email@example.com
1909 22nd Street, Huntsville, Texas 77340, U.S.A
1 Arch Intern Med 2008 April 28:168 (8) in 855-60.
2 "The Textbook of Medical Physiology." Arthur Guyton MD and John Hall Ph.D. 1996. ISBN 0-7216-5944-6 p.957.
3 "Breakthrough" Suzanne Somers. Copyright 2008 ISBN 978-1-4000-5327.8. p.11
Posted By Reprinted with permission from Natural Practitioner Magazine,
Friday, June 5, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) current regulation of homeopathic drugs provides sufficient, substantial oversight of these products, according to testimony presented by the American Herbal Product Association (AHPA) at a public hearing held by FDA on April 20-21. The hearing, "Homeopathic Product Regulation: Evaluating FDA's Regulatory Framework After a Quarter-Century," was held to gather input on appropriate regulatory policy for homeopathic medicines.
AHPA's testimony, presented by Will Woodlee, partner at Kleinfeld, Kaplan and Becker, LLP, highlighted several points that demonstrate the adequacy of FDA's current regulatory framework for homeopathic medicines in protecting public health and ensuring consumer access to safe products.
Woodlee stressed that, under the existing framework, companies are required to register their facilities and to list their drug products with FDA, which, along with other investigative and surveillance tools, provides the agency with the means to identify manufacturers, marketers, and products as candidates for education, administrative action, or enforcement action, as necessary or appropriate.
The current regulatory framework also provides FDA with sufficient information on adverse events associated with over-the-counter (OTC) homeopathic drug products to allow the agency to protect the public health, according the AHPA's testimony. Manufacturers are required to maintain records of all adverse events reported to them and must maintain records and reports regarding complaints. When required, firms must investigate these complaints and, upon request, make their files available during FDA inspections.
Woodlee also noted that FDA's existing regulatory framework for homeopathic drug products appropriately reflects the small saety risk inherent to these highly diluted products. In addition, AHPA is not aware of any data indicating that consumers perceive appropriately marketed OTC homeopathic drug products as substitutes for prescription drugs, and AAHPA believes FDA currently has adequate enforcement authority to address and OTC homeopathic drug products that inappropriately marketed for non-OTC indications or without adequate directions for use.
For m ore information, visit www.ahpa.org or www.fda.gov.
Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP,
Friday, June 5, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Recently, I subscribed to consumerlabs.com, an independent testing lab for nutritional supplements and natural products. There is a subscription fee but the information on laboratory testing results is very interesting. In addition, consumers can write in with their personal questions and get them answered. One recent query was in regard to the side effect of nausea from various multi vitamin/mineral supplements. I could easily relate and remembered years ago being hit with a bout of severe nausea while in the middle of a therapy session. I felt like I would fall off my chair, but as horrible as it was, it rapidly passed and I was able to continue. My resolution after that experience was to find a new supplement. Today the problem isn’t as difficult to remedy because the new food based multis are tolerated much better and can be taken with or without food. We’ll look at the ingredients in some of these multiple vitamin/mineral preparations shortly. But first should we even be bothered with them at all?
For decades physicians and registered dieticians proclaimed that nutritional products were a waste of money, producing “expensive urine.” The message was always “you can get everything you need in your food.” Oh, but how I laughed when many health food store owners told me that physicians were buying their own supplements by the boatload. Even though they were personally convinced of the benefit, they were not ready to publicly say so. Let’s consider the logic here. First of all, as a scientist, I know that nothing is a 100% iron clad truth; there are simply too many variables in life. And even when those variables are controlled in research study designs, there are always more that remain; hence, the “limitations of the study.” Therefore, as a consumer, waiting for the final “evidence based” word on a topic of interest may be unwise, especially since in a decade, evidence will have changed. I’ve been around long enough to see the trending of health issues, from pediatric to dietary and exercise advice. I started taking nutritional supplements decades before any awareness had surfaced among the public. Many years ago I was given a book written by Robert Rodale on vitamin E and pregnancy that became my compelling introduction to nutritional supplementation. Shortly afterwards, it was vitamin C and the work of Linus Pauling. When I was in nursing school, I secretly read Prevention Magazine and knew better than to talk about it. I would have been laughed out of class! Back in the 1970s Prevention presented useful information in a professional manner. The Prevention Magazine of today, which seems to harp on blasting belly fat, is unrecognizable as a distant cousin of that early publication. Evidence was slowly building by such pioneers as Ewan Cameron, Irwin Stone and Carl Pfeiffer, to name just of a few of my early heroes. One must think of supplements as a form of health insurance and why not err on the side of prevention? It just makes common sense as few of us have perfect dietary habits.
It is difficult for professionals to sort out the value of the various studies on the subject of supplementation, let alone the public consumer. It’s confusing enough just wondering through a health food store and pondering the many products and brands. And certain compounds like co enzyme Q-10 is pricey. Fortunately, most of the ACAM members have an affiliation with Emerson Ecologics, a clearing house for high quality nutritional products. Professionals receive a discount on products and the savings can now be passed on to the consumer by way of a virtual pharmacy online. This is fairly new so not all the providers have set up their programs yet, myself included. You can find an ACAM provider near you by going into the directory and entering your location. Even if there is no provider in your own town, you can still contact one by phone or online to arrange for a consultation and advice on the best choices for your particular health issues. You can be directed to the provider’s online virtual pharmacy to order your products along with a discount which varies from provider to provider.
Multi vitamin/mineral products are a good place to begin if you’ve never taken supplements before. Let’s look at a couple brands I just happen to have in my cupboard at the moment, good examples of “whole food” based products. Alive and New Chapter are two brands that are well tolerated. I also like Vitamin Code by Garden of Life for the 50 and wiser women. They are capsules and the serving size is 4 caps per day, easy enough to handle. It is best to spread dosing throughout the day to replenish nutrient supplies. We are constantly metabolizing, absorbing, utilizing and excreting the compounds so more frequent replacement is more desirable. One a day multis are plentiful but I personally do not recommend them for the above reasoning. However, if convenience is an important issue, a one a day is better than nothing.Another brand I like is Bluebonnet’s super earth multi nutrient, which comes in tablets with a daily dose of three per day. Some of the categories you can expect to see in whole food based supplements are the following:vitamins, minerals, phytonutrient sprouts, super fruit antioxidants, plant source minerals, plant source enzymes and herbs. Most also include probiotics. I have only mentioned a handful and there are many other high quality brands from which to choose. They even have a brand of “minis” for seniors that are easy to swallow. After starting on a multi, then you can more closely examine specific nutrients to target your own personal health issues and add them in, preferably one at a time just in case there is a problem.
Nutritional supplements have subtle effects upon the body, comparing them to prescription drugs like antibiotics and allergy medications, so don’t be alarmed. I have had many patients tell me they stopped “because I couldn’t tell any difference.” Most did not give the supplements a fair trial and stopped prematurely. When you have taken them long enough you can detect a difference between days they are taken and days they are not, particularly in terms of energy production. Just be assured you are giving your body extra nutrients that are sometimes difficult to consume in the typical daily diet.
If you’ve never been in a health food store before, it’s an interesting experience. Try to go with a knowledgeable person who can show you the ropes. Staff can be helpful and some are experts in their knowledge base, so don’t hesitate to ask. While you’re there pick up a bag of PureVia, a natural raw cane sugar and stevia blend sweetener with half the calories of sugar but with the same great taste.
Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP,
Friday, June 5, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
If you’ve never been in a health food store before, it’s an interesting experience. Try to go with a knowledgeable person who can show you the ropes. Staff can be helpful and some are experts in their knowledge base, so don’t hesitate to ask. While you’re there pick up a bag of PureVia, a natural raw cane sugar and stevia blend sweetener with half the calories of sugar but with the same great taste. As soon as you can find fresh peaches, try out this wholesome recipe, courtesy of PureVia.com. You can substitute with your favorite fresh fruit.
Fresh Peach Crisp
3 pounds peaches, peeled, sliced ¾” thick
¼ c orange juice
1 c flour
¾ c old fashioned oats
2/3 c PureVIa Turbinago Cane Sugar and Stevia Blend
¼ c chopped walnuts
1 tsp cinnamon
4 0z (1 stick) cold butter, cut into pieces
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2.Toss peaches and orange juice in medium bowl. Pour into 2 qt. casserole.
3.Stir together flour, oats, PureVIa, walnuts and cinnamon. Work in butter with pastry blender of fingertips.
4.Sprinkle crumb mixture over peaches. Bake 35-40 minutes until topping is golden and peaches are tender.
Nutrition Facts: ½ c PureVIa is equal to 1 c sugar. Serving size of PureVia is ½ tsp= 1tsp of cane sugar.
Calories per serving: 5. Enjoy! Recipe is courtesy of PureVia.com.
A word of caution: please do not feed hummingbirds any sweetener but pure cane sugar as they need the calories. Stevia has zero calories.
Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN,
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
True I False
______ 1. Eating iodized salt will provide sufficient iodine for the average person.
______ 2. Iodine deficiency is not widespread in America today.
______ 3. Correcting Iodine insufficiency has proven to prevent autoimmune illness, polycustic ovary and breast syndromes, thyroid disorders, cancers, and other conditions.
______ 4. In the last 30 years iodine levels have fallen by 50% in the United States.
______ 5. Celtic salt will increase blood pressure.
*Answer to quiz at end of the article
Iodine has been largely forgotten, and now ignored by the pharmaceuticals and physicians in America today. The reason that iodine has been neglected is that is inexpensive, can cure most diseases, or significantly improve symptoms of disease. In the 1940's, when antibiotics came into vogue as the treatment for most disease, iodine therapy vanished from popular medical vernacular. Some of the therapeutic actions of iodine are antibacterial, anticancer, antiviral, antimicrobial, parasitic, and elevation of body Ph to healthy alkaline levels.
Conditions that can be remedied by iodine supplementation are: ADD, ADD/ADHD, breast disease, overgrowth of yeast, excess mucous production, fatigue, fibrocystic breasts, headaches, migraine headaches, hypertension, liver disease, ovarian disease, carotid duct stones, prostate disorders, thyroid disorders, vaginal infections, and many more common ailments. Iodine is plentiful in sea organisms such as seaweed. In fact, seaweed is one of the most abundant sources of iodine, because seaweed has the ability to concentrate a large amount of iodine from the ocean in water" 1. Consuming daily portions of seaweed salad would be an excellent source of iodine supplementation. Maybe McDonald's will feature it soon!
There are only a few sources of iodine available to us in our food sources today. Years ago our soil used to be abundant in selenium and iodine. Decades of irresponsible farming and drought have depleted the food supply of these vital minerals. Iodized salt today contains only tiny micrograms of iodine. Manufacturers have substituted bromide for iodine; in the baking and salt industries to save a few pennies. "As of 2008, Drs. Brownstien, Ng, and Nasbaum have now tested iodine levels on well over 4,000 patients. Our results have been consistent; approximately 967 of patients test low for iodine. The balance of patients initially tests near zero for iodine levels, as their results are reported below detectable limits." 2
Doctor’s Data offers a water test for toxic metals. If the water test for your home reports significant levels of toxic metals in the water, the homeowner will also have toxic metals in entire body. In addition, if the homeowner also has mercury amalgams or fillings in their mouth, heavy metal toxicity is assured. Mercury has no half-life, so it continues indefinitely to wreak havoc upon the body.
Heavy metal toxicity is believed to be one of the cause of coronary heart disease, cancer, pulmonary embolism, high blood pressure, peripheral artery disease, Parkinson's disease, dementia, Alzheimer disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, infertility, and many other illnesses. There is a reasonable and convenient way to check for heavy metals in the body. The test is called the Fecal Metals test by Doctor's Data. We "provoke" the metals into the blood stream from the deep tissues using an algae product called Neprorella, manufactured by Marko Pharma. The patients consume 5 Neprorella 3 times daily for five days, and then collect the sample. If the fecal tests report excess toxic metals, the patient with Mercury fillings would do well by having them removed by a biological dentist.
Further ongoing detoxification can be accomplished in several ways. A glutathione suppository of 300mg is given before the EDTA suppository. The glutathione will increase heave metal removal by 300%! One method is use of an EDTA suppository called Detoxamin. Detoxamin is administered as a suppository 3 times weekly before bedtime, at home. In our practice, World Health Products formulates a EDTA 1500 mg suppository for our patients. In addition, a Glutathione Suppository of 300 mg is added to the Detoxamin. It increases toxic metal excretion by 300%. We recommend patients continue to take suppositories three times weekly, indefinitely, because of high levels of toxic metals in our society today.
Bromide is a halide, (as are iodine, fluoride, and chloride). Bromide interferes with iodine utilization in the thyroid, as well as wherever else iodine would concentrate in the body3. Other halides in our environment are found in our water sources. They are chlorine and fluoride; fluoride is an industrial waste product!
Most municipal water supplies are supplemented with fluoride levels of 1or 2 or more parts per million. "For over fifty years, the American Dental Association has advocated the addition of fluoride to drinking water, toothpaste, and mouthwash, as a preventative against cavities. Fluoridation has been linked to dental fluorosis (discoloration of the teeth), hip fractures, bone cancer, lowered intelligence, and other negative effects. Research has shown that fluoride is much more toxic to the body when there is iodine deficiency present. Many commonly prescribed medications contain fluoride including SSRI antidepressants such as Paxil and Prozac. Interestingly, there have been reports of this class of antidepressants increasing the risk of breast cancer”4.
Chlorine and fluoride are halides; and they compete and win in the body over iodine every time. If a person takes a shower in most municipal water for fifteen minutes, it is the equivalent of drinking one cup of swimming pool water treated with chlorine. Our skin absorbs all the chlorine we bathe in every day. Imagine ten or 15 years of drinking water, showers, and baths with halides added!
Fluoride routinely is added to city water, supposedly to "keep our teeth from falling out." Fluoride is an industrial waste product of smelting. For more information go to: http://poisonfluoride.com/pfpc/index.html. The greatest scam ever perpetuated on the American public and our dentists may be the addition of fluoride to water systems, dental office treatments, toothpastes, and mouthwashes. How could fluoride; the end product of industrial smelting possibly help us retain our teeth? Once again, the profit motive has overruled known science for our communal health. "In a remarkable turnabout, federal health officials say many Americans are getting too much fluoride, and it's causing splotches on children's teeth and perhaps other, more serious problems”. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced plans Friday, January 7, 2011 to lower recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in nearly 50 years."5
Not the least dangerous aspect of fluoride; which is found in almost every part of our life, is the fact that it will totally eliminate any iodine we might have in our bodies. Iodine kills many single celled organisms like virus, bacterium, fungi, and protozoa. Sufficient iodine also allows the thyroid to operate efficiently. Witness the pandemics of candida (yeast), virus, mycoplasma, bacterium, and parasites routinely found in people in the world today.
Today, all people are routinely deficient in iodine. The results of the deficiency are hypothyroiditis and/or Hashimoto's Syndrome. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is represented by a low TSH and T3 and T4 in the "normal range." The low TSH is a marker for the presence of thyroid peroxidase antibodies. These conditions occur separately or concombinantly. "The definitive test for Hasimoto's thyroiditis is testing for thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO Ab). It is the most important test to diagnose Hasimoto's. Other contributing factors to Hashimoto's can be if the patient has pernicious anemia, gluten intolerance or celiac disease."6 Often gluten intolerance can CAUSE Hasimotor's thyroiditis! Ergo; pathogens in our environment begin the process of Hashimoto's.
Hashimoto's Syndrome was a rare occurrence years ago, when iodine was still readily available in food sources to the population. Even five years ago, we rarely saw Hasimoto's patients. Today, these patients are more the routine than the exception.
Hypothyroidism is usually an additional complication of the health status of the patient along with Hashimoto's Simply stated, we believe the antibody response by the thyroid has occurred because of thyroid infection by various pathogens. A variety of pathogens are now widely disseminated into our society, through the water system and food chain. They are bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic, mycoplasmic, allergic responses, or routinely; a "Frankenstein-istic" combination of all the above. Because the thyroid is a soft tissue organ, microorganisms prefer to "set up shop" there; to eat, thrive, discard dead cells in the gallbladder/liver, and cause general distress to the function of other organ systems.
The thyroid antibodies generated by a person with Hasimoto's are actually antibodies to the PATHOGENS in the thyroid; not actually to the thyroid itself. Radioactive treatment will be of little benefit to most patients, unless a cancer
condition exists. Until the pathogens are eliminated, or at least reduced, optimal thyroid function and health will not occur.
Some of the obesity in America can be attributed directly to the lack of iodine in our food sources. Of course, poison fast food, processed food, frozen food, carbonated drinks, lack of iodine in salt and bread, and copious consumption of beer have not helped the iodine deficiency we experience today.
You probably would like to know if you are "iodine deficient." A simple way to test yourself is to apply a 1" by 1" square of Lugol's iodine on your inner arm. Note the time of application. If your body has sufficient stores of iodine, the "patch" should remain for 24 hours. Never have we witnessed a patient whose "patch" remains for 24 hours. Today, we routinely consume 50 mg of Lodoral, in addition to a dose of Naturesthroid T3 and T4 daily. T4 values are also usually depressed unless the person is taking Synthroid, which is synthetic T4.
Lugol's solution was discovered by Jean Lugol, a Paris physician, in 1829. He found that iodine is more soluble in water that contains potassium iodide. "Lugol's is a liquid mixture of iodine iodide, and potassium iodide (which is 77% iodine)."7 Lugol's can be obtained from compounding pharmacy with a prescription from an M.D. Lodoral is an iodine oral supplement, identical to the iodine mix in Lugol’s. It is taken orally in a long acting dextrose compound, iodate salts, and the antimicrobial betadine (17% iodide).
1 "Iodine Why You Need It Why You Can't live Without It", David M. Brownstein M.D. Copyright 2008 Medical Alternatives Press. P26.
2 Ibid. p. 54
3. VO Becky M., Effect of enhanced bromide intake on the concentration ratio of 1/BR in the rat thyroid gland. Bio. Trace Element Research, 43:509-513,1994.
4. "Iodine Why You Need It Why You can't Live Without It", David M. Brownstein, M.D. Copyright 2008 Medical Alternatives Press. P.110
5. Houston Chronical. "Experts Frown on Too Much Fluoride." January 8,2011.
6. Jerry Tennant, M.D., Newsletter Volume, Copyright 2008, "Hypothyroidism - The Epidemic".
6. Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS, "Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?", Copright 2010
Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN,
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
__ Is the outside third of your eyebrow thinning or non-existent?
__ Are your nails thin and brittle?
__ Do your feet and hands seem cold all the time? Conversely, are you severely intolerant to heat?
__ Is it almost impossible to lose weight, no matter how hard you exercise and watch your diet?
__ Do you "feel sluggish" throughout the day even after a good night's sleep?
__ Is your hair thinning or balding?
__ Do you have slow speech, movements, low blood pressure, hoarseness, or slow heart rate?
__ Do you have increased cholesterol levels?
__ If you take your under arm temperature before getting out of bed, is it below 97.6?
__ Are you pre or post menopausal?
If you answered yes to several of these questions asked in this article, you certainly should have your thyroid levels checked by a simple and inexpensive thyroid blood panel. The blood values included should be total T3 - the active form of thyroid, total T4 - the reserve thyroid, and TSH - thyroid stimulating hormone. In order to make a correct diagnosis, T3, T4, and TSH must be tested. Ideally, testing should be performed fasting after midnight; water only. If you are taking thyroid hormone, by all means take it one hour before the blood is drawn, so it can be determined how well your thyroid medication is or is not serving you.
Low levels of T3 and T4 indicate a need for thyroid replacement. Sometimes, the thyroid dose you are taking has not been given in sufficient dosage, or if on Synthroid, the body sometimes cannot convert T4 to active T3. The last thyroid value that needs to be tested is TSH. Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) values are different from T3 and T4 in that a high TSH means thyroid replacement is needed. Low T3 and T4 are the indications thyroid replacement is necessary. A recent study of 25,000 participants argues that the ideal TSH level is 1.4 or less, not the upper limit of 5.5 still cited by some laboratories.
Many patients are denied thyroid replacement by their physicians because the physicians only prescribe thyroid if thyroid values fall outside the "expected or lab range". For TSH, that level is 5.5. Some physicians feel fearful prescribing any thyroid even if values are outside of "the norm." The fear originates from past censure by their local medical boards. This was the routine practice twenty years ago. Today, most patients are offered synthoid and anti-depressants for their symptoms.
Lab ranges were originally designed to identify a disease in process for the physician. These values are decades old, and our bodies, needs, and lifestyles have changed since then. Unfortunately, by the time a patient falls outside the "expected range" full blown disease is already in process. As nutritionists, we designate an optimal number as desirable for all lab values. Variance either way from the optimal value allows us to treat deficiency before it becomes a disease.
Most physicians today prescribe a drug called Synthroid, which is T4 only. It is synthetic, or made in a laboratory, and the body cannot assimilate the chemical. Pharmaceutical Synthroid is 78% bio-identical. Imagine trying to open a locked door with a key that is 78% keyed to the lock! Most of the time T3 should be included in thyroid replacement, along with T4. In a few cases T4 alone is called for, and this is an extremely rare situation. Physicians are really not educated by the drug representatives or continuing medical education about a choice in prescription medication for hypothyroidism. The drug company markets Synthroid to physicians as if it is the only remedy to treat hypothyroid conditions. Insurance driven medicine and drug company incentives have made physician research thing of the past.
Our choice for thyroid replacement is a combination of T3 and T4, called Naturesthroid, which originates from a porcine tissue source. It is inexpensive and available at a compounding pharmacy, and remarkablty by order at CVS. Most probably, your greatest problem will be finding a physician to prescribe it. Science has proven the porcine endocrine system to be the most similar to our own. Dr. Broda Barnes stated more than fifty years ago that “patients talking thyroid replacement therapy have much better improvement of symptoms with natural desiccated thyroid made from a tissue source of a pig, rather than with synthetic hormones”1.
Besides the synthetic chemical make up of Synthroid, another problem has arisen to prevent absorption and conversion of T4 to activate T3 in our systems. Years ago, our soil was full of iodine and selenium. We used to receive iodine and minerals in our food. Iodine is T4. Depletion of the minerals in our soil over time has rendered most foods unable to meet our needs for iodine. Most every person could benefit from 50mg of a tablet called Iodoral daily. Many women today suffer from fibrocystic breasts, because of lack of iodine in the food sources. Application of iodine directly to cysts in breast tissue several times daily can reduce cysts over time.
Any time a patient feels they are over medicated or perhaps have taken by mistake or has taken too much thyroid medication, the patient should eat 1/2 cup of raw broccoli, and keep it available in the freezer at all times. Broccoli temporarily calms thyroid function. Thyroid medication be discontinued until your physician's advice can be obtained.
Seldom are these extreme symptoms a problem for our patients. We begin thyroid titration slowly, in 30 mg or 1/2 grain increments. We routinely retest T3, T4, and TSH about every three weeks, until optimal values have been achieved. This process sometimes takes about 6 weeks, or more but once the dose has been determined, patients are given a prescription which is good for a year.
1. Suzanne Somers, "Breakthrough," Copyright 2008, p. 122
Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN,
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
The Glycemic Index is a measurement carried out on carbohydrates containing foods and their impact on our blood sugar. GI looks at the impact of foods on our actual blood sugar.
The rule of thumb we use in our practice is to routinely eat no food with a GI number greater than 50. The latest research into healthy longevity exposures the theory that the medication Metformin given to diabetics should be given to healthy individuals to reduce their glucose level. The theory is the lower the glucose level, the less chance of cardiac disease, obesity, and resulting inflammation from high cholesterol.
Glycemic Loads of Common Foods in Descending Order - PRINT COMPLETE GRID
From: The Sugar Blockers Diet
Rob Thompson, M.D.
Glycemic Load (Percentage of 1 slice of white bread)
Posted By Reprinted with permission from Vitamin Retailer,
Friday, May 15, 2015
On March 30, GNC (Pittsburgh, PA) announced that it had reached an agreement with the New York Attorney General (NYAG) that affirms the company's Herbal Plus products were in full compliance with the federal U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) requirements and acknowledges GNC's full cooperation with the AG's inquiries.
In its response to the NYAG's inquiry, GNC provided the results of rigorous tests conducted both internally and by independent third parties. These tests provided conclusive evidence that GNC's products are safe, pure, properly labeled and in full compliance with all regulatory requirements. The testing also demonstrated that the company's products contain all herbal extracts listed on their respective labels.
In addition, a former senior FDA cGMP expert performed a comprehensive review of GNC's manufacturing processes for the products at issue and found them to be in compliance with all applicable requirements. Accordingly, GNC has restored its full assortment of Herbal Plus products to all GNC stores in New York State.
GNC also announced that it will expand its testing processes deeper into its supply chain by leading ongoing industry efforts to integrate source material traceability standards including DNA barcoding where appropriate(prior to extraction processes) and enhance certain other aspects of its operations to provide consumers even greater confidence in its products.
GNC said that it believe these measures, which would not have impacted availability of the products subject to this review, will result in the adoption of stricter minimum standards across the broader industry.
"As our testing demonstrated, and this agreement affirms beyond any doubt, our products are not only safe and pure but are in full copliance with all regulatory rewquirements," said Michael G. Archbold, CEO, GNC. "A robust testing regime, careful sourcing regimen and detailed manufacturing specifications have always been cor elements to ensuring that we provide our customers with high-quality products. Our customers trust and value our products, and we are steadfastly committed to maintaining that trust and confidence. As an industry leader we have always gone above and beyond the minim requirements in pursuing quality for our consumers, and we will continue to lead the efforts for higher standards. This is good for consumers, good for the industry and good for GNC.
GNC has preserved the specific product lots of the five products that were the subject of the NYAG inquiry for us in defending the Company against the lawsuits that have been filed subsequent to the NYAG's February 2 letter, despite the fact that there is no prohibition against the sale of such products. GNC believes these lawsuits are completely without merit and will defend itself aggressively. Identical products to those that have been preserved remain available for sale to consumers at GNC stores in New York State. For more information, visit www.gnc.com.
Posted By Daniel Breeman, Editor-in-Chief, Natural Practitioner Magazine,
Friday, May 15, 2015
Just how much longer will the dietary supplement industry continue to be under attack? And more importantly, has the damage already been done?
It's been nearly three months since New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched his investigation into the dietary supplements industry by issuing cease-and-desist letters to four major retailers - GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart - calling on them to pull their own brands of herbal supplements from their shelves, following an investigation by his office that found nearly 80 percent of the products tested from those stores contained none of the plants listed on the products' labels. GNC, as you may know, reached an agreement with the attorney general's office in late March whereby the company will use DNA tests to authenticate the plants that will be used as ingredients in its herbal supplements. Some industry experts applauded the agreement, while others said it set a dangerous precedent going forward.
Of course, the questionable DNA testing methods used have come under hard scrutiny by the likes of the Natural Products Association (NPA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and other industry groups, but that didn't prevent Schnedierman and 13 other state attorneys general from sending a letter to Congress requesting an investigation into herbal supplements and calling for more regulatory oversight of the industry by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Schneiderman and his counterparts, despite admitting that the federal good manufacturing practices currently in place for dietary supplements are sufficient, continues to push forward in what is seemingly becoming a "witch hunt" at the expense of taxpayer dollars.
While the two sides continue to slug it out and the NPA calling for a grassroots campaign to attempt to prevent Schneiderman from taking further action, a larger question for the industry at-large may be, "Has the damage already been done?" While little has yet to be determined legally regarding the outcome of the dispute, the danger here for the dietary supplement industry is that in the court of public opinion, they may have already lost.
Of course, a Harvard-led study early last month that indicated that a handful of weight-loss and sports supplements contained amphetamine-like ingredients, not the plant extract listed on the label of the product, didn't help the cause.
For those who have long supported the dietary supplement industry, not much will change. Natural products manufacturers, suppliers and retailers alike will strongly defend the methods used to test and regulate their industry and will continue to fight for its survival. On the other hand, those who have long opposed or questioned the industry now have more ammunition at their disposal to challenge every move the industry makes. And finally, the real danger here is in convincing those consumers who have long been considering walking into your store to try a natural remedy or supplement might now be turned off by the ongoing negative press.
So what's the next step? Will the letter to Congress sent by Schneiderman and the 13 other state attorneys general be enough to eventually push the industry under regulation by the federal government? Does DSHEA carry no weight here?
For now, the smart move for the dietary supplement industry is to continue to provide the quality products that it's always provided. I also encourage you to take part in NPA's grassroots campaign and to join in fighting the good fight.
Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN,
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
To determine if Sodium laurel Sulfite is in a product, the consumer must go to the manufacture’s web site.
Cleaning Products: (Available at Kroger) – Organic and non-toxic
• Clothes Washing: 7th Generation or Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. No dryer sheets, Febreeze, bleach, or stain removers.
• Dish Washing: 7th Generation or organic dishwasher detergent and liquid soap for the sink.
• Soap for Body: Seaweed soap available Health and Energy Health Food or organic soap without Sodium Laurel Sulfite.
• Soap for Hair: Organic shampoo without Sodium Laurel Sulfite.
• Kitchen Counter Cleaner: 7th Generation or Meyers all purpose. No Ajax, Comet, or Bleach.
• To Clean Floors: Meyers all Purpose cleaner
• Ovens: No oven cleaner, except organic
• Bathrooms: Meyers all purpose cleaner
• Windows: 7th Generation for windows
• Personal Hygiene: Toothpaste – Tom’s without fluoride. No mouthwash! Deodorant – Tom’s
• Bathroom: Reverse Osmosis on shower heat to prevent chlorine absorption.
• Kitchen: Reverse Osmosis on kitchen faucet to prevent drinking of chlorine.
• No aluminum foil for cooking
• No anti acid tablets – contains aluminum
• Canned Goods: lined with Bisphenol A - it is a poison used on crops. Only organic canned goods, if any at all.
• New furniture, carpet, and mattresses are treated with formaldehyde and flame retardant.
Consumers should only purchase products not containing toxic chemicals.
Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN,
Thursday, May 7, 2015
For GC, CL, EA, SH, SS – who have awed us with their strength and belief
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.
Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN,
Thursday, May 7, 2015
The reason most food purchased at the grocery store is no longer healthy to eat is the pursuit of profit by the farmers, food companies, grocery stores, popular chain and other eateries, and the inability of most of America to pay or understand the need for "clean" food. Commercials on television also add to the problem, by advertising delicious looking fast food at a cheap price. The reality is that the food is laden with preservatives, nitrites, food coloring, flavor enhancers, growth hormone, anti-biotics, and excess sodium and fat.
Years ago, scientists discovered genetic modified organics or GMO alterations to the food sources. The clever name they gave to the altered food was Genetically Modified Organics, or GMO. The thought process was that placing pesticide inside the seed would lessen disease, and cut the cost of food production. Indeed, that is exactly what occurred. Unfortunately, when the mad scientists rearranged the DNA of the food, they failed to realize the modified food would rearrange OUR DNA! Human beings are not able to digest and process pesticide ridden food.
In addition, minerals and vitamins usually found in fresh vegetables are diminished by the addition of pesticides. The body is so busy trying to store and dispose of pesticides; few minerals are available to nourish the body.
The mad food scientists have not stopped their tinkering with fruit and vegetables. They have also poisoned chicken, pork, hamburger, and all other red meats. The addition of growth hormone in all dairy products has lessened the time needed to raise an animal and get it to market. Costs on meat injected with Growth hormone are much less than organic or grass fed beef.
Years after the addition of Growth Hormone in meats, eggs, milk, and all non-organic dairy, we routinely see young girls at 10 years or younger starting their menses. The age used to be 13 or 14 for this event. No one could think this is a good idea. There are additional problems with cow milk. Non organic cow milk is just that. The milk is replete with antibiotics and growth hormone. Because cow milk is from another species than our own, it creates mucus in the body; because we cannot assimilate it. We are the only species that drinks the milk of another. A great choice for milk is Almond Milk without sugar added. Almond milk actually has more Vitamin D than cow milk, and none of the unpleasant side effects.
In addition, the mad food scientists have discovered that animals injected with Anti-Biotics have less disease. The problem of Fungal overgrowth is rampant in America today. Every day hundreds of thousands of times patients are offered Z packs of antibiotics without benefit of Probiotics. It is really quite a good idea to set up a rampant fungal overgrowth. The situation
guarantees return business in the future. It is our belief and that of other natural medicine providers that all disease can be squarely laid at the door of Fungus.
An additional danger to your food source lies in the chemical substitutes for Butter. Some of the offenders are Country Crock, Better than Butter, and Margarine. These products are CHEMICALS! They are not for human consumption. Buy a stick of non-salted organic butter, and you will not believe how fresh it tastes!
Other areas of danger to your health lie in cereals, protein bars, processed cookies, potato chips, peanuts, and most other "snacks" served at football parties. People need to read the label! If there is an ingredient you cannot pronounce, DO NOT BUY IT!
Another area of concern is the Campbell Soups, the lining is Bisphenol-A, which kills pests on crops. It is a frank poison, but also a preservative. Beware if there is no expiration date on a food! Persons who wish to maintain their health and the health of their family should never eat ANYTHING from a can that is non-organic!
Foods to avoid or drink for healthful eating are processed foods or food in a box. Vegetables that are frozen are acceptable as long as there is no sauce on them. The consumer should not heat and eat in the bag in the microwave. Plasticides are not part of what is for dinner!
A new sugar substitute is called TRUVIA, it is manufactured by a joint venture of the Coca Cola Company and the Cargill Company. Do not be fooled! There is actually no Stevia in TRUVIA!
The ingredients are Erithritol, Rebiana, and "natural flavors". Natural flavors is the loophole given to food manufacturers to place any ingredient in a food that they wish to. Yes that includes MSG, flavor enhancers, color enhancers, preservatives, and any other chemical the mad food scientists can think of that will preserve the product, and make the food taste so good the consumer will continue purchasing the product.
Erithritol is a product of GMO corn. Rebiana is the chemical formula for Stevia. A group of U.C.L.A. Scientists wrote to the FDA to express their concerns about Rebiana. Laboratory testing revealed gene mutations with Rebiana.
Some of you may say why do the food companies not manufacture Stevia? The reason is that natural substances such as vitamin C and stevia cannot be patented. Only chemical combinations can be patented. Another artificial sweetener to be avoided is Splenda. Splenda began as sugar, and was modified by removing one molecule and inserting Chlorine. Chlorine is the antibacterial we use to disinfect swimming pools. I do not wish for it with my glass of ice tea.
Most bread should be avoided. Yes, even multigrain wheat bread. The yeast in bread when consumed, turns immediately to sugar, and feeds fungal overgrowth. The mad food scientists have insinuated pesticide in the wheat seed, to protect the wheat against disease. So if you are eating store bought wheat bread, you are getting a dose of pesticide with each bite,and you cannot detox out of your system.
The best choice for bread is Spelt from a bakery that uses organic spelt. Spelt is also low on the glycemic index, as well as low in yeast. Another good choice is Flatbread. Since there is no yeast, a good choice is Subway. The only problem with Subway is the meats have Nitrites, which are detrimental health. Sometimes though, there is not a choice if one is on the road.
Carbonated drinks of almost any kind should be looked upon as poison. Have you ever noticed the obese women in the grocery store with suitcases full of diet drinks? The reason is the phosphate or fizzy actually dehydrates the body. The aspartame then works its wicked ways, and causes gene mutations as it permanently deposits itself in the cell. One little known fact is that Aspartame is one molecule away from formaldahyde. When ingested, the aspartame becomes formaldahyde. Persons drinking diet drinks are beginning the funeral home work to their body in advance of death!
Earlier, we touched on sodium nitrites, which is a preservative for deli meats, beef jerky, bacon, sausage, hot dogs, frozen pizza with meats, canned soups with meat, frozen meals with meat, kid's meals containing meat, sandwich meat served at public schools, hospitals, hotels, theme parks, and most popular eating establishments.
"In 2005, the University of Hawaii reported processed foods increase he the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67%!" . “Another study revealed that for every 50 grams of processed meat consumed daily, the rate of colon cancer increased by 21%.!” .
The answer to protect your family against these carcinogenic chemicals is to eat grass fed or organic meats. Many varieties are available on the Internet and at Whole Foods, and most large grocery stores.
Eating fish purchased at the grocery store can also be dangerous to your health. Atlantic salmon is so polluted; red food coloring must be added to make it look edible. There are many sources for fresh caught Pacific salmon; always a good choice, another source of concern is Tuna fish. Tuna is a large fish, and not a deep water fish, meaning it lives a long time, allowing it to absorb the toxic metals in the ocean. Years of ongoing medical and industrial dumping have severely polluted the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. If one insists upon eating Tuna, do so no more than once a month. The best fish choices are deep water fish, such as Halibut.
It is not a coincidence that millions of people are now suddenly gluten sensitive; and unable to eat the bread and most other foods in the main stream food sources. Eating at most restaurants is potentially dangerous for gluten sensitive people. The flat top is heat source for most restaurants. Food is cross-contaminated with gluten by the buns being toasted on it. Gluten will now be imparted to chicken, pork, and meat eaten by the patrons of the restaurants.
If families wish to “eat clean”, all meat, chicken, and pork should be organic. In the case of red meat, should be grass fed. The only fish that should be consumed is Pacific caught. Atlantic fish has been corrupted by extensive dumping of waste in the waters.
Luckily, organic fruits and vegetables are readily available. We cringe when we see advertisements for vegetables that “cook in their own bag in the microwave”. Really? We do not wish for plasticides as an addition to our dinner. Plasticides also incorrectly convert to estrogen when ingested. Hormonal cancers are one the rise in spite of more sophisticated diagnostic testing.
All products consumed in the home need to be organic. A list of some is: butter, half and half, eggs, ice cream, frozen treats, sour cream, jams, jellies, pancake mix and syrup, tomato sauce, bread, bacon without nitrites, peanuts, chips, cereal, fruit drinks, coffee, sugar, flour, dry spices, cake mix, deli meat, chicken and beef broth and salt and pepper. In other words, everything one eats should be organic if possible.
One of our dear friends, who is now departed, wanted to argue the point with us about organic food. He said, “Show me a credible study that proves organic food is better for you than conventionally grown with pesticides?” No I do not have a study proving organic food is better for you. What I said to him was, “this is America, and if I do not wish pesticides in my food, it is my right to purchase it.” As I said, he departed with cancer in 2012.
Last but not least is the wine produced in America. The grapes if not organic are sprayed with toxic pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides. We are the richest country in the world and also the only country using pesticides on our wine. Even the least expensive wine from another country is better for you than non organic wine for the USA. Beer has not escaped the mad food scientists either. Have you ever wondered why beer from other countries always tastes better? The technology of GMO is not accepted by even the poorest country in Africa. Yes beer drinkers, the genetically altered wheat, barley, and malt seed is infused with pesticides in this country.
Posted By Laura Elayne Firetag, ND,
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Q: What is a FODMAP and how do I know if I should be avoiding FODMAPs?
A: Dr. Sue Shepherd, PhD discovered FODMAPs , or Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols, aggravated many digestive complaints and subsequently developed the low FODMAP diet in 1999. Foods high in FODMAPs include honey, apples, mango, pear, watermelon, high fructose corn syrup, leek, onion, wheat, rye, barley, inulin, milk, yogurt, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, apricots, avocado, cherries, nectarines, plums, mushrooms, sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol.
Foods low in FODMAPs include meat, poultry, fish, oils, bok choy, bean sprouts, bell peppers, butter lettuce, carrots, celery, chives, corn, eggplant, green beans, tomatoes, potatoes, spinach and ripe bananas.
Carbohydrate digestion and absorption is surprisingly complex. In order for carbohydrates to be properly digested, the wall (“brush border”) of your small intestine has to produce specific enzymes. If you do not optimally produce the enzymes or if the brush border of your small intestine is inflamed, carbohydrate digestion will be compromised. One gene, succinctly referred to as MGAM, codes for the intestinal brush border enzyme maltase-glucoamylase alpha-glucosidase which is one of two membrane-bound digestive enzymes required for the final stage of starch digestion. Many people have single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) or mutations in the MGAM gene which could lead to suboptimal enzyme production and activity. Once carbohydrate digestion is compromised, the microorganisms that populate your digestive tract, known as your microbiome, will feed on the carbohydrates by fermentation. Candida, in particular, is one microorganism that feeds on undigested carbohydrates. Carbohydrate digestion by your microbiome can lead to dysbiosis (an imbalance of the microbiome), “leaky gut,” abdominal bloating and distension, flatulence, abdominal pain, nausea, changes in bowel habits, diarrhea and constipation. These symptoms are commonly resolved by the low FODMAP dietary approach.
The low FODMAP diet has two phases. The first phase is a strict elimination diet when all high FODMAP foods are avoided. The initial phase should be followed for 6-8 weeks. After the initial phase, an expert such as a naturopathic physician will guide you through the second phase. The second phase is a challenge phase where you try one food at a time and wait for symptoms. The purpose of the second phase is to personalize your low FODMAP diet so a less restrictive, clinically effective, long-term diet can be established.
If you have ever been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), if you have many symptoms related to your digestive system or if you have MGAM SNPs, a low FODMAP diet might be highly beneficial. Please ask your physician for guidance about how to properly initiate the low FODMAP diet.
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2. "The Low FODMAP Diet Approach: What Are FODMAPs?" - AboutIBS.org. International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, 15 Sept. 2014. Web. 24 Apr. 2015. <http://www.aboutibs.org/site/treatment/low-fodmap-diet/what-are-fodmaps>.
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Posted By Tim Reihm, Director of Communications & Outreach - Alliance for Natural Health, USA,
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Health advocacy group calls the University of Colorado’s analysis “grievously flawed” and “premature”
April 22, 2015 — The Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA) today recommended caution regarding the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s claim that dietary supplements have been “shown to increase cancer risk.” According to Gretchen DuBeau, ANH-USA’s legal and executive director, the center’s conclusions, which were presented at a forum at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2015, are based in part on studies that have been largely discredited.
“Leaving aside the hysteria with which media outlets have been reporting this very minor story, with headlines like ‘Too many vitamins can give you CANCER, major new study warns the millions who take them,’” DuBeau said, “the research on which these dire conclusions are based is not new, by any means. This was a meta-analysis of twelve trials conducted with wildly varying parameters, inputs, and controls over two decades, and some of those studies were grievously flawed. This reduces the significance of any findings tremendously, since one study cannot be directly compared to another. And because this new analysis has not yet been published, it hasn’t been subjected to any peer review process, so any real conclusions are premature at best.”
According to scientists and reviewers familiar with the analysis, one of the trials was the SELECT study, the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial of 2008. In it, participants were given vitamin E in the form of synthetic alpha-tocopherol—an incomplete form of the vitamin not found in nature. “Vitamin E is comprised of mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols,” DuBeau explained. “Too much alpha-tocopherol can interfere with your body’s use of the arguably more important gamma form. No information was kept on the participants’ dietary or exercise habits or other lifestyle considerations. And a peer-reviewed study published in the respected Journal of the National Cancer Institute demonstrated a 32% reduction in prostate cancer incidence in response to daily vitamin E supplementation! Studies in other scientific journals tell a similar story.”
The current meta-analysis also noted concerns over vitamin B and a risk of colon cancer. “But once again, the researchers tested the wrong stuff,” says DuBeau. “They used folic acid, a synthetically produced form that is widely used to fortify processed foods. The important thing to remember is that folic acid is not itself biologically active, and 30% to 40% of the population can’t efficiently convert synthetic folic acid into folate, the naturally occurring form of the vitamin that the body can actually use. So of course these people would never see any benefits from supplementing with folic acid.”
DuBeau has some sound advice for consumers worried about all the contradictory, frightening warnings about supplements being disseminated by the media: talk to an integrative physician or other healthcare professional who understands things like co-factors (which supplements need to be taken together), take appropriate therapeutic doses, and choose the highest quality supplements possible.
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The Alliance for Natural Health USA is part of an international organization dedicated to promoting natural, sustainable healthcare through good science and good law. We protect the right of natural health practitioners to practice, and the right of consumers to choose the healthcare options and treatment modalities they prefer, including complementary and alternative medicine. As a membership-based organization, we unite consumers, practitioners, and industry to speak with a common voice and have worked since 1992 to shift the medical paradigm from an exclusive focus on surgery, drugs and other conventional techniques to an “integrative” approach incorporating food, dietary supplements, and lifestyle changes.
Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP,
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
This month we address the concept of cross training, not to be confused with “cross trainers,” a synonym for the elliptical exercise machine. Cross training is a concept that is easy to grasp because it is based on good old common sense. Rather than continually working the same muscle group when you pursue your favorite form of exercise, try out different activities that work different muscle groups. This broadening of activities provides better overall conditioning. Just as an aside, there is much repetitive muscle use on an elliptical machine which can lead to contracted hip flexors without proper stretching techniques. That is just another reason to add in some variety to your exercise routine. So it’s simply a matter of expanding your interests. If you are a regular walker or runner, try out an activity that requires side to side motion like tennis or skating. Remember to wear your protective gear. For skating try knee pads and or wrist splints, similar to those made for roller blading. Just because you have knee problems, you don’t have to shy away from activities like tennis, basketball or hiking. Knee braces allow those with mild to moderate osteoarthritis an opportunity to continue participating in their favorite activities and even try new ones.
When beginning a new activity, it might be worth your time to do some reading on it first. Look for tips from experts and recent study results to develop your understanding. Put some consideration into the lifestyle requirement of the activity. Does it require a partner(s) like tennis or can you engage in it alone? Is it expensive like snow skiing or getting into the world of horses? You don’t want to start an activity that you may later need to ditch due to financial constraints. How often will you participate in the new activity? In order to develop skill, there must be consistency. Will you have to drive to get there or can you simply walk out your front door?
Variety is important and keeps us engaged. Doing the same exercises over and over can get boring and boring leads to lack of motivation. Don’t worry about the number of calories burned per unit of the exercise. That is not as important as your enjoyment factor because that is what will keep you moving over the long haul. It is fun to have an exercise buddy but hopefully you will enjoy the activity as much as your friend. Participating to please someone else may lead to burnout. Depending on someone else to participate in an activity may result in disappointment if you’re buddy is not as committed as you are. So consider these factors as you make your choices. I have taken some energizing group classes over the years that keep me coming back for more. It’s a great way to squeeze in some socializing time as well. On the other hand, solitary activities offer their own benefits. Walking in the solitude of the alfalfa fields allows me an opportunity to have that important “alone time” to think and sort things out. I call it my “therapy.”
The assumption of our discussion is that our cross training activities will have a cardiovascular benefit so make sure you do not forget to include your resistance training, an even more effective fat burner that revs up the metabolism. You don’t need to go to the gym although a gym will have complete equipment and the ability of socialize. I prefer barbells or a straight bar where I can adjust the weights. Shoot for multi joint moves like squats and overhead presses to decrease the amount of time you need to spend. Do start slowly if you are just beginning weight resistance exercises. DOMS or delayed onset muscle soreness is no fun and it’s unnecessary. Twice a week is an effective schedule to maintain. Depending on your fitness level, you might want to start with only one set of 8 repetitions, then 2 sets and then the standard 3, gradually increasing the weight as you get stronger. There are many how to videos on the internet showing you the proper way to perform an exercise or you can seek the professional advice of a certified fitness instructor.
Don’t feel discouraged when you miss a day; just pick the activity back up when you can. Over time you will start to see the positive changes in your mind and body. Stay motivated by surrounding yourself with trainers/instructors and family/friends that are inspirational, whether they are on a tape you are following in your living room or in the flesh at the gym. An excellent instructor will support your limitations as well as inspire you to try harder. If something doesn’t feel right or you feel uncomfortable, look for a different trainer. Attitude is important and there are some trainers who should not be teaching. An example is a former spinning instructor who used to like to ask us why we were doing the spinning. Her answer was “because we can.” Not everyone “can” and the instructor’s job is to make all feel welcome even when the participants are on different levels. One well known trainer is Billy Blanks who developed Tae Bo, a form of cardio boxing and kicking. I consider him to be an excellent trainer who combines both the inspirational power to bring out the best in someone while supporting their efforts to get there.
So after that great workout, how about some lunch? One of my favorites is a caprese salad, although as you can see in the picture, I usually prepare an expanded version, based upon what veges I happen to have on hand. The traditional salad is a slice of mozzarella cheese, topped by a slice of tomato and a sprig of basil and drizzled with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The serving size is one cup or one small bowl or approximately 135 grams. Calories usually range from about 250 to 330 per serving. If you add in more veges, you will not greatly increase the number of calories. I like to add cucumber slices, spears of bell peppers, radishes, carrot curls and celery but most of all, avocados. If you add in the recommended serving size of an avocado, one fifth or approximately two slices, it is only an additional 45 calories. Add in a half of avocado and it becomes 114. Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fat and along with the extra virgin oil, you are consuming a “healthy fat” lunch. If you need to increase the protein requirement, just add slices of hard boiled egg, offering an extra 76 calories. Vegans can add in tofu crumbles or chia seeds. I top it off with sunflower seeds, feta or goat cheese crumbles and a sprinkling of turmeric and cayenne pepper that goes on just about everything I eat. The orange and red colors also increase the eye appeal of the dish. If you like you can substitute the balsamic vinegar with 2 teaspoons of dry white wine, and 4 teaspoons of lemon juice whisked with the 3 tablespoons of olive oil, one half teaspoon of fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. If there was ever a dish to bring out your artistic talents, it is a caprese salad. It is as lovely as it is nutritious and delicious!
Posted By ANH-USA,
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Teeth-Whitening SCOTUS Decision Deals Blow to Monopolistic State Medical Boards
On February 25, the US Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina’s dental board violated antitrust laws by shutting down hair salons and day spas that offered teeth whitening services.According to theWall Street Journal, “The decision preserves the power of antitrust enforcers to scrutinize professional licensing organizations, even if they are designated as state-government entities.”
The dental board had claimed they were exempt from antitrust law because they were a government body, but the court found that the board was acting without proper state supervision.Writing for the court, Justice Kennedy stated that antitrust law “does not authorize the states to abandon markets to the unsupervised control of active market participants, whether trade associations or hybrid agencies.”
This ruling is a clear message of caution to all state medical boards that use their power to protect their monopoly on the practice of medicine, typically to the detriment of CAM doctors.
Take, for instance, the state of Washington’s Medical Quality Assurance Commission (MQAC), a state board infamous for its malicious treatment of integrative physicians.
Consider MQAC’songoing attacksagainst integrative medical practitioner Dr. Jonathan Wright. In the most recent case, Dr. Wright’s Tahoma Clinic had hired a medical doctor who had been licensed in another state, under the condition that he apply for a Washington medical license. He did so, and the doctor’s Washington license was listed as “pending” on MQAC’s website. During this period, Dr. Wright followed the legal advice he had received and monitored him closely as required by Washington law.
Suddenly, MQAC charged Dr. Wright with “aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine” because the doctor’s out-of-state license had been revoked! To add insult to injury, it soon became known that at least four MQAC staff members knew from the beginning that the doctor’s out-of-state license had been revoked and that he could therefore not be licensed in Washington, but they never put that information on the MQAC website or made any effort to inform Dr. Wright. It seems apparent that the intent was to entrap Dr. Wright by denying him any information.
Sadly, this is just one example among many of MQAC harassing integrative doctors. Examples abound where infractions by conventional doctors are overlooked entirely or given a slap on the wrist by MQAC and other state medical boards. When integrative doctors engage in similar behavior, however, MQAC throws the book at them.
This Supreme Court ruling offers hope to consumers, practitioners of integrative medicine, and all who oppose monopolies in healthcare—monopolies that usually have nothing to do with protecting public health and everything to do with protecting turf. That is why various nurses’ groups opposed the NC medical board.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) has also been at this game for a while in its efforts to pass “scope-of-practice” laws whereby only Registered Dieticians (RDs) can offer nutrition services. This, of course, explicitly excludes other nutrition professionals, who are often better educated, more experienced, and better qualified than RDs.
We can only hope that this Supreme Court decision serves as a precedent— not only for monopolistic state medical boards across the country, but for state nutrition/dietetics boards as well. Therecent victory of Steve Cooksey in North Carolinaoffers another glimmer of hope that governmental and legal bodies are starting to crack down on medical and nutritional monopolies, and we at ANH-USA applaud these actions.
Posted By Bastyr University,
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Licensed massage therapists have a new option for meeting the increasing client demand for ayurvedic treatments and bodywork. Bastyr University's Master of Science in Ayurvedic Sciences is now accepting applications for its Fall 2015 class. Previously open only to licensed medical professionals such as doctors and nurses, the program was recently revamped to allow qualified applicants with a "license to touch" and a bachelor's degree to enter the program.
The two-year graduate program, which is the first regionally accredited program of its kind in the United States, offers hands-on clinical training with experienced faculty, and includes an optional externship in India where students observe and assist ayurvedic practitioners in clinics and hospitals.
"After years of hard work we are thrilled to see Bastyr University's ayurvedic program become a reality," said Bastyr University Senior Vice President and Provost Timothy C. Callahan, PhD, who collaborated with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and ayurvedic experts in both India and the United States to design the program. "We believe that this form of natural medicine is growing in popularity as people seek preventive solutions to their medical issues, and the need for providers with accredited training will increase in the coming years."
Ayurveda, which has ancient roots dating back 5,000 years in India, is the Hindu science of health and medicine based on healing and prolonging life. According to a 2007 National Health Interview Survey, more than 200,000 U.S. adults had used ayurvedic medicine in the previous year, citing reasons such as the high cost of traditional health care, side effects from prescription drugs and ineffectiveness with other forms of medicine. That number is sure to grow as more people gain exposure to ayurveda.
Many licensed massage therapists looking to expand or augment their services with other healing modalities may find ayurvedic medicine to be a perfect fit to meet their clients' needs and interest in time-honored healing traditions from around the world.
"Ayurveda addresses the purpose of life and how to live your life to its full potential with minimal suffer," said Dhaval Dhru, MD, director of Bastyr's ayurveda program. "It offers a way to keep ourselves and other healthy and happy, and to proceed with the full benefits of what life has to offer."
Posted By Daniel Breeman, Editor-in-Chief, Natural Practitioner Magazine,
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
On the surface, the recent front page news regarding the New York Attorney General's cease and desist notification to four of the nation's largest retailers (Walmart, Target, Walgreens and GNC), ordering them to pull from their shelves certain store-brand herbal supplements, may not mean much to those physicians who have already been hesitant about encouraging their patients to use nutritional supplements.
But a closer look should stir up some cause for concern, especially among the complementary, alternative and integrative physician world, about what this attach on supplements may potentially mean for their practice going forward. Many integrative physicians support or even encourage their patients to supplement their diets with nutritional supplements, and nearly all trust that the products they are purchasing from their vendors and promoting to their patients are safe and effective.
Is there a way to guarantee the safety of these products? Regardless of which side you stand on regarding the attorney general's actions (not to mention the alleged flawed DNA barcode testing methods), the front page news should make all health care practitioners re-examine their selection process for purchasing herbs and other nutritional supplements for the safety of their patients and the good of their practice.
The chances are pretty good that those physicians who have historically turned away from nutritional supplements will continued to do so, equipped with only more "evidence" to say, "I told you so." This many be especially true among conventional physicians, many of whom have waited for an incident like this one to find greater justification in turning a blind eye to nutritional supplements.
So as alternative, complementary and integrative health care practitioners looking to treat the whole person, should you now be scared off by the attorney general's findings and move away from nutritional supplement use in your practice?
As mentioned previously, perhaps the best way to approach this for both your practice and your patients is to not lose faith in herbal products or other nutritional supplements that may indeed by the right call for what ails them. Instead, a closer look at your purchasing methods, who is involved in making those decisions, and perhaps asking a few more questions of your supplier is the right path to choose. Remember, there's nothing wrong with asking questions, which in the long run will likely only enhance the relationship between you and your supplier.
Review each product you select carefully, perhaps bringing in the opinions of other physicians in your practice if possible, along with an herbalist and/or nutritionist to make sure all the bases are covered.
As health care practitioners, you are likely receiving higher quality grade supplements products than those that were pulled off the store shelves at your favorite retailer. Make sure the pharmaceutical-grade supplements you recommend are top of the line, not taking anything for granted.
Posted By Dennis Harper, DC, NMD,
Monday, April 6, 2015
Virtually anyone who has been to Dr. Harper’s office or been to one of the classes that we have been holding this year has probably heard about the “Metabolic Diet.”
So what exactly is “The Metabolic Diet” and why do some call it “crazy”, or worse? The Metabolic Balancing Diet is a diet that consists of protein and carbohydrates from select vegetable sources. It is broken out into a three meal a day plan (although I tell patients that it can be divided into 5-6 smaller meals or really into whatever works best for your particular lifestyle.) For our purposes we will look at the three meal a day example. A protein shake or other protein food (veggie omelet, steak and veggies) for example depending on if you’re a breakfast vs no breakfast person; coffee or tea with 1-2 oz. of Almond milk and Stevia if you don’t like it black, and that’s breakfast. Lunch consists of 8 oz. protein, Fish, Seafood, Beef, Poultry or Veal; 2 cups of select vegetables and unlimited Lettuce. Sea salt is recommended to insure that you are getting some trace minerals, and let’s not forget water, water, water! Drinking at least 64oz. of water (minimum) each day will hydrate the body, and is important for assisting the body to access nutrients stored in the fat cells. Dinner is a repeat of lunch in portion size and content; however feel free to eat a variety of permissible vegetables and proteins. This helps to eliminate boredom which is the greatest danger of the diet. You also get a snack which can be a shake or other protein source. Olive or Grape seed oil, 1-2 teaspoons are recommended daily, as is Magnesium and Vitamin D. That and a short list of permissible seasoning options are what make up the “Metabolic Diet”.
So now that you actually see what the diet consists of let’s discuss the purpose of the diet as well as the things that you don’t see listed. We will also explain the rational for excluding them from the Metabolic Balancing Diet. The first thing that may jump right out at you is “where is the fruit? Fruit is healthy right?” The reason that fruit is restricted is twofold: first we are trying to reset the metabolism. Fruit has excessive amounts of natural sugar in it and when we consume it our body, (which breaks ALL food down into a form of “sugar” that we use for fuel) quickly becomes flooded with an overabundance of sugar that your pancreas then has to try and deal with. What can’t be dealt with is either stored as fat or is voraciously digested by disease which feeds on sugar. The high sugar content is also the rationale behind prohibiting corn, carrots, peas and most root vegetables. The second reason for the sugar restriction is to make the body as inhospitable as possible to disease. These are the reasons for restricting fruit and high sugar vegetables during the 4-6 week course of the diet.
We will take the other two food groups that are conspicuously absent from our plan together, as they are prohibited for the same reason. Grains and Dairy are not permitted due to the inflammatory response they encourage in the body in general and in the vascular and digestive systems in particular. Inflammation in the veins produces an oxidative effect which stimulates the release of “free radicals” into our systems this combined with excess calcium in the veins causes narrowing of the vessels, plaque formations and hardening of the arteries. This is why the term “antioxidant” which we all hear so much about is such a desirable thing to take into the body. To our way of thinking ELIMINATING inflammatory food groups makes much more sense, stopping the inflammation BEFORE it causes damage. Taking a pill that may or may not even reach these areas seems rather pointless. One of the first things our patients notice after having been on the diet for about a week is that they feel less “puffy.” The aching joints that bring many of them in to our office initially, pretty much disappear, and as the body becomes more adept at accessing nutrients from our fat stores that low energy feeling subsides and most feel increased energy and a sense of well-being that may be completely foreign to them. Outwardly we notice that the doughy skin disappears, eyes that were dull and at times clouded with pain are bright and sparkling. Brain fog begins to clear and the light goes on! An additional benefit although unseen but perhaps the most significant in terms of overall health is that this diet will increase the alkalinity of the body, which is also a deterrent to disease. Research is suggesting that Vitamin D levels above 75 and blood sugar levels below 100 are major deterrents to cancer. Both of these concerns are addressed with the Metabolic Diet. Dr. Harper recommends the Magnesium for its anti-inflammatory effect, and prefers the powdered form because it is easily and quickly assimilated into the body.
So there you have it "the crazy diet" when you actually take a moment to see what it consists of and look at why we restrict certain foods and food groups it does make sense. We DO NOT tell people that this is a forever diet, but we strongly encourage folks to make this the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Other foods when eaten in moderation should then be metabolized better by a more efficient system.
At Harper Chiropractic our primary concern is the health and well-being of our patients. We recognize that we don’t have all the answers; however we never stop striving to create or find the best available treatment options for our patients. We never belittle or dismiss treatments out of hand simply because they didn’t originate with us or are “outside the box.” Your health is your responsibility; invest some time and effort in it and you will be “WELL“rewarded.
Posted By Laura Elayne Firetag, ND,
Monday, April 6, 2015
I just received my genome interpretation and I have hundreds of questions. Right now, I’m most concerned that I’m double positive for all BCMO SNPs. What is this BCMO gene and are these positives something about which I should be concerned?
Since there are readers who might not be familiar with SNPs, I will begin with a very brief explanation of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). SNPs are the most common type of genetic variation among people and are found in DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). DNA holds the biological instructions necessary to create every cell, tissue and organ in our bodies and it is passed along from generation to generation. While many SNPs have no impact on health or may even reduce the risk of disease, physicians who use genetics to recommend clinical interventions will hone in on the SNPs that could lead to the development of imbalance or disease and then offer recommendations to optimize health.
Now, to answer your question - yes, if you are homozygous positive for all of the reported BCMO SNPs, there is a reason for concern. The BCMO gene is the gene that codes for the enzyme known as beta,beta-carotene 15,15'-monooxygenase. Research in the field of precision medicine (also referred to as nutrigenomics), or medicine based on your unique genome, is just beginning and while we do know a lot, there is MUCH more to be learned. For now, we know this enzyme is responsible for the conversion of dietary carotenoids (provitamin A carotenoids) from foods such as carrots and pumpkin into Vitamin A. Vitamin A is necessary to maintain healthy skin and the tissue that lines your respiratory, digestive and genitourinary tracts. Vitamin A also plays a significant role in immune function, embryonic development, antioxidant activity, DNA expression, visual function and the formation of sperm. There is speculation that the presence of BCMO SNPs could contribute to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Fortunately, even with the presence of BCMO SNPs, true vitamin A deficiency is very rare in the United States.
The fact that you are homozygous positive for all of the clinically relevant SNPs, though, means that if anyone has a tendency towards deficiency, it is you. Vitamin A is stored in the liver and blood levels remain relatively constant as the liver releases what is necessary. One research study concluded that blood levels of retinol (Vitamin A) are similar in people with and without the BCMO SNPs but researchers have yet to assess liver stores of vitamin A based on genome. I have had a few friends who “turn orange” when they consume foods high in carotenoids on a daily basis. While I have not asked them about their genome, I suspect they might be homozygous positive for many BCMO SNPs.
For you, supplementation with a physician-recommended dose of Vitamin A would most likely be beneficial. High and/or long-term doses of Vitamin A can be toxic so it is best to seek the advice of a licensed naturopathic physician for optimal dosing and monitoring. Serum calcium, triglycerides and liver enzymes should be periodically assessed when supplementing with Vitamin A. While Vitamin A toxicity is not likely in your future, especially if under the supervision of a physician, early signs of vitamin A toxicity include joint pain, muscle aches, dry skin, bone pain, headaches and fatigue so please seek medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms while supplementing with Vitamin A. Also, for women of child-bearing age, vitamin A supplementation can cause birth defects. Until you consult with a physician, dietary sources of Vitamin A include fish oil, fish liver oil, dairy products, eggs and foods fortified with Vitamin A. Fish liver oils such as cod liver oil can have a rather high amount of Vitamin A so if you do begin to supplement with cod liver oil, be sure to mention the amount you are consuming to your physician. Women of child bearing age must be extra cautious when supplementing with cod liver oil.
As a silver lining, the fact that you have the BCMO SNPs could be beneficial as long as your intake of Vitamin A is adequate. A recent study, published in 2015, concluded that carotenoids, in the absence of the BCMO enzyme, appear to inhibit atherosclerosis while the retinoids (Vitamin A) produced from carotenoids in the presence of the BCMO enzyme appear to contribute to the development of atherosclerosis in mice. This is only one study performed on mice, not humans, so don’t jump to a concrete conclusion just yet about the relationship between BCMO SNPs, Vitamin A and atherosclerosis! As more people have their genomes sequenced and new research studies are performed, we will know more. In the meantime, consider consulting with a physician who specializes in precision medicine or nutrigenomics.
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Posted By Frank O. McGehee, MD, CCN,
Monday, April 6, 2015
Our bodies are 70 to 90% made of water. Sufficient hydration with water is critical for health. Few if any patients who come to us drink enough water. For those people who wish to nourish their kidneys and bodies, people should drink only spring water, or reverse osmosis filtered water. Green and white tea is good for your immune system, and the kidneys read these teas as hydration. For however much you weigh, you should drink ½ your body weight in water (in oz.) daily. Ex: 100 lbs = 50 oz. water. This amount of water is without any extra physical exertion. The ideal water purification system for the home is called Reverse Osmosis, or R.O. The R.O. System should be connected to the home at the point where the water enters the home. The reason for the water treatment system location is the toxic elements found in municipal and well water sources. A 15 minute shower in chlorinated municipal water imparts the equivalent of drinking a cup of chlorinated swimming pool water.
Soy products should be avoided, unless the soy has not been modified. The body “registers” the soy as Estrogen. Women do not need any additional Estrogen with the prevalence of birth control pills, hormones in meat and dairy, and “convenient Estrogen patches”. Most of the soy in America has been genetically modified, and humans cannot assimilate it. The GMO or Genetically Modified Organism process alters the DNA of the fruit or vegetable. When we humans ingest GMO food, the food re arranges our DNA!
Unknown to most Americans, 70% of all processed, foods in the supermarkets contain GMO ingredients. Nearly 90% of all corn and soy products sold in the United States age GMO. Many European countries have recognized the danger and have rejected these crops, as have most African countries; the poorest countries on Earth.
Exactly what are GMO foods? GMO foods were critiqued in a recent article in the Journal of Biological Sciences. (2009; 5:706-726) "In this critique, they show that data, when analyzed demonstrated potential kidney and liver problems, as well as damage to the heart, adrenal glands, and spleen, resulting from eating all three varieties of GMO corn." 1
Microwave cooking should be strictly avoided. Plastic containers should never be placed in a microwave, nor should plastic wrap be placed in this cooking source. Many prepared foods advise you to pop the dish into the microwave, and enjoy. Unfortunately, the heat from the oven releases plasticides and chemicals into your food.
Routinely, in the grocery store we witness cases of diet soft drinks being purchased by obese mothers for their family. Carbonated drinks, with sugar or sugar free, are particularly worrisome. In addition to the health danger of the sugar or aspartame in carbonated sodas, additional health dangers lie elsewhere. The “fizzy” part of the drink is phosphate. The pH of a carbonated drink is 2.3, which is extremely acid. Ideal pH level for the body is alkaline: 6.5 to 7.0; acid is a disease state; which allows cancer and other diseases to thrive. Ingestion of one carbonated beverage keeps body pH in the basement for three hours!
Canned foods and drinks are lined with a preservative called Bisphenol A. It is a preservative, and also a poison. Bisphenol A is a poison used to kill pests in crops. It is also a preservative for food. Health conscious people should never consume anything packaged in a can, unless it is certified organic.
An acceptable substitute for sugar is Stevia. Stevia is available packaged in individual packets, or in a liquid form. Stevia sweetener is derived from is a plant grown in South America. Ingestion of stevia does not raise glucose in diabetics, nor is it full of calories like sugar. The “sweet level” is one hundred times that of a teaspoon of sugar.
Most other sugar replacements are to be avoided at all cost. Aspartame found in Sweet and Low is a chemical, which studies have linked to brain cancer and other illnesses. Splenda begins as sugar. The manufacturers remove one molecule from the configuration, and substitute chlorine! Chlorine is commonly used to disinfect swimming pools and unfortunately municipal water. It is toxic!
Bread should be wheat and gluten free, unless it is organic. The reason for this is that the majority of wheat seeds have also been genetically modified. Unfortunately, we humans cannot assimilate genetically modified grain, nor the herbicides and pesticides infused into the seed. Today, we are witnessing a pandemic of gluten sensitivity and allergic responses to the food consumed in our country. Without a doubt, the genetically engineered wheat, corn, and soy seeds are reason for this phenomenon.
Some delicious alternatives to genetically modified wheat bread are available in the frozen food section of most large grocery stores. We enjoy flax and rice seed bread. Other alternatives are sprouted grain bread and Ezekiel bread. Patients with of over growth of fungus, (and most of America) should avoid bread with yeast. Traditional trade pasta is not recommended, nor are white potatoes. Sweet potatoes are fabulous for our health when baked, (no sugar added). The Glycemic Index should be consulted to determine how quickly foods turn into sugar. Some fruits and other foods turn to sugar more quickly than others. Blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries rank low on the index.
Any fruit with a non-porous skin is desirable to protect us against pesticides. Berries and peaches of any kind should be organic; because the skin of the fruit is porous. Conventionally grown fruit has tested routinely positive for at least ten pesticides/herbicides.
For breakfast, we usually juice fresh fruit such as organic baby spinach, kale, organic strawberries, blackberries, oranges, McIntosh apples, egg or hemp protein powder, and 1 cup of almond milk (no sugar added). In addition, a container of yogurt adds creaminess. This delicious drink will carry us until lunchtime. If we are hungry mid-morning, we consume one organic hard cooked egg/or ½ protein bar.
Lunch could be roasted chicken breast, avocado, tomato, cucumber, and a salad of field greens. The dressing is organic balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and a 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard. The next day, we will probably make chicken salad with the leftover chicken with celery, boiled eggs, organic mayonnaise, and fresh dill. Mid afternoon snack could be organic whole roasted almonds with Celtic salt or a small piece of fruit or string cheese, or a boiled egg or ½ protein bar. The more raw food you can ingest, the healthier you will be; our goal is to eat 80% raw food daily.
Dinner can be an organic hamburger patty, chicken, steak, or fresh caught Pacific fish, with a baked sweet potato, usually with vegetables or a salad. Soups and stews in a crock pot are great because you can freeze them in small quantities. NO FAST FOOD- IT IS POISON!
I know this probably sounds hard, but please believe me, you will feel a lot better if you observe this diet, at least until you are better. If you want to read about Candida or yeast, Dr. Sherri Rogers has written extensively on yeast. If you want to have a "cheat day" once a week, by all means do so. What you will find though is once you start eating "clean" you won't really want the stuff you should not have. Your body is capable of “speaking” to you once you clean it up. When bad foods or good foods are eaten, the body will tell you how it feels about what you have eaten. People just need to “learn to listen”.
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1 Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D.. "Genetically Modified Food: Is the Food Industry Serving Up Poison?" Vol. 7 No. 6 Newsletter, June 2010
Dr. Murray Susser is an expert in chelation therapy. He discusses the benefits as well as some of the preferred methods of removing heavy metals from the body. He also mentions some things you need to be aware of before starting a therapy.
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