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Join ACAM for 2.5 Days of Gut Health Education

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Developments in Gut Health & its Relationship to Systemic Illness - Nov. 16 - 18, 2012 - Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino - Las Vegas

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is one of the five most prevalent gastrointestinal disease burdens in the United States, with an overall health care cost of more than $1.7 billion. This chronic condition is without a medical cure and commonly requires a lifetime of care. Each year in the United States, IBD accounts for more than $700,000 physician visits, 100,000 hospitalization, and disability in 119,000 patients. Over the long term, up to 75% of patients with Crohn's disease and 25% of those with ulcerative colitis will require surgery.

According to a recent article in the gastroenterology literature: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is commonly used by the general public and by those suffering from chronic diseases including individuals with Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis. This increase in patients' use of CAM has spurred interest in CAM among gastroenterologists and other physician's general knowledge of CAM efficacy in IBD is lacking and most physicians are unprepared to advise their patients about CAM or understand the application and appropriate use of CAM therapies in IBD or know the effect these therapies will have on conventional IBD therapies. According to multiple surveys published in the gastroenterology literature, patients using CAM report benefits that extend beyond simply improved disease control. Using CAM allows patients to exert a greater degree of control over their disease and its management than they are afforded by conventional medicine.

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is implicated in irritable bowel syndrome and is difficult to both diagnose and treat. This treatment challenge arises mainly because a specific algorithm for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (diarrhea subtype) does not exist, treatments are not equally effective in all patients, recommendations change, and new therapeutic options have recently become available. Reactions to dietary components have also been implicated in irritable bowel syndrome, but physician knowledge about optimal testing for and treatment of food-related allergic reactions are limited.

This activity will provide caregivers with information CAM interventions for irritable bowel disorder and irritable bowel syndrome: clinical nutrition, probiotics, integrative use of antibiotics, dietary therapy and hormonal interventions and will provide them with information to use in counseling patients about CAM interventions in inflammatory and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as other gastrointestinal conditions in which CAM therapies can be applied.

Register by the end of this week (Oct. 20) and receive Early Bird rates, which are $100 off. Get more information and register at:

Tags:  gastrointestinal disease  gut health  systemic illness 

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How to Make Your Business Card Work Harder for You

Posted By Wendy Bauerschmidt, Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A business card may be a small piece of real estate - but if used well, it can have a huge impact on your business. Unfortunately, many doctors’ business cards are formal and nondescript. That is a shame because your business card can be one of your least expensive and most effective marketing tools.

You can spend a ton of money on design and printing. There are also online design and print options that are quite reasonable. Either way, the look & feel of your card should fit with the overall image that you want for your practice. It is also helpful if there is consistency with the look of your website and other marketing materials.

Some marketers suggest including your photo. Statistics show that a business card with a photo is retained more than one that doesn’t include one. Other strategies include vertical rather than horizontal orientation, curved edges and other designs so that the card catches attention and is memorable. Memorable is good. For an Integrative Physician, a business card that is memorable because it powerfully connects with your ideal patients is even better.

Why Do Patients Come to See You?

One of the best ways to use your business card to engage with potential patients is to include one carefully crafted line encapsulating the benefits that a patient, preferably your ideal patient, receives by working with you.

You may think that patients come to see you because you uncover and resolve the root cause of their symptoms. That is only part of the reason. The real reason that they come to see you is for what gets to happen for them as a result. Appeal directly to this desire and your business card will stand out from the pack. Try this exercise to help you get to the core reason that patients come to see you:

I help ___________, so that they can ___________________________.

In the first blank fill in who you work with – you looked at this in the last post. Is it children, athletes, over-40 men and women, menopausal women?

In the second part, describe how their life is changed by working with you.

Once you have your main benefit or benefits, include it in a prominent place on your card. The back side of the card is often unused real estate that can be used for this purpose.

Please share your ideas & experiences with business cards that you have found effective or that work for you.

Tags:  business  member benefit 

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The Road Back to Health Goes Through the Gut

Posted By John Gannage, MD, MCFP, DH, Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

As living beings, the quality of our digestion relates holistically to the function of every cell in every organ or gland within our bodies. The first step is making the correct food choices, providing the proper fuel for our inner machinery. What have become staples in our diet e.g. excessive dairy, refined grains, refined sugars, coffee, alcohol and processed meats, can slowly undermine the proper functioning of our digestive tract (and other organs, including our brains). In combination with overuse of medications (e.g. antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, antacids, steroids, and hormones) and stress, the more than 2.5 billion pounds of chemical pollutants dumped into our environment each year contribute to the burden of chronic disease that we are faced with at this point in human history.

There was a time when foods were eaten as close to their original source as possible, where additives and processing were unheard of. With the advent of modern day agricultural practices, changes in the family unit, the premium placed on convenience, and lack of rotation in our diets of wholesome foods, chronic illness has soared in our population, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer; as well as pediatric cancers, obesity, allergic illnesses and autism. The road back to wellness always includes proper nutrition and behaviour, and MAINTENANCE of them as part of everyday life. Does this need to be difficult? I don’t believe it does. Seek out like-minded individuals, and there are more of them everyday, and the journey will have many rewards.If you have eaten improperly for a number of years, the process of regaining your health may need to extend beyond an incorporation of wholesome foods. In the pyramid of intervention that we focus on at 300 Main Street, the initial step is dedicated to reducing toxicity within one’s intestinal system, and restoring proper liver function.

Tags:  gastrointestinal disease  gut health 

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Who Do You Like to Work With?

Posted By Wendy Bauerschmidt, Thursday, October 4, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

If you could clone your ideal patient, who would that be? It may be a compilation of characteristics of different patients. What would he or she be like? Be as specific as you can in identifying the patients you really love to work with. If you get stuck, think about the patients that you are energized by working with, or with whom you really feel as though you are fulfilling your purpose. Your ideal patients often lie beyond a demographic bucket, look for the common values or personal qualities. For example, willingness to take responsibility for lifestyle choices or valuing health may be a common characteristic of your ideal patients.

As a doctor, you were probably trained to help, serve and heal any and all who are sick. As a practitioner, it may be scary to think of leaving out anyone who could benefit from, and pay for, the services that you provide. I am not suggesting that you turn anyone away. I am suggesting that in your marketing message you consciously encourage your ideal patients to make an appointment. This will make your marketing easier and more effective. It will likely make your practice more gratifying.

So, back to your ideal patient. What is it that he or she is looking for? Why do they come to you? What are the health benefits or life changes that your ideal patient desires?

In the next post we’ll look at how you can use this info to add spark to your business card.

Tags:  practice marketing 

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We're Extending Early Bird Rates to Fall 2012 Conference

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Irvine, Calif -- The American College for Advancement in Medicine is happy to extend Early Bird discounts for our Fall Conference and Tradeshow through October 20, 2012. The exciting event will take place Nov. 14 - 18, at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

The meeting will feature education that is accredited for 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(TM) and an exhibit hall with over 60 companies that support integrative medicine practitioners.

"This year is especially exciting because we're celebrating ACAM's 40th Birthday," said Megan Marburger, Marketing and Events Manager for ACAM. "We're happy to extend Early Bird pricing as part of the celebration and to encourage as many healthcare practitioners as possible to join us."

For more information on the event and for a line-up of the speakers and topics please visit:

Tags:  Annual Meeting  business  fall meeting 

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A Simple Marketing Tip that is Hard for Some Doctors

Posted By Wendy Bauerschmidt, Monday, October 1, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"Honey, do you have any of my business cards?” My husband Mike asked at a recent dinner party we attended. As I have many times before, I pulled out the card holder with his cards that I always carry in my purse and handed him a few.

I have learned to always have some of my husband’s business cards in my purse, stash some in the glove compartment of his car, my car and in a drawer of the console next to our front door so that we (translation – I) can grab some on the way out the door.

A common tool, if not badge of identity, for the corporate professional, it was hard for me to understand why it is not second nature for my husband to carry his business card. I have observed this phenomenon is true of many physicians I have met, regardless of their specialty.

My husband explains that as an ER doctor cards weren’t necessary – people were literally dying to see him. Other specialists are accustomed to getting all the referrals they need from insurance provider lists. An integrative medicine practice is different. Since patients often pay out of pocket, you have to convince them to invest their hard earned cash. A well designed business card can be the first step in the process of getting a prospective patient to know, like and trust you.

In the next post we will talk about how to design your business cards that will have patients hungry to see you – without appearing cheesy or salesy.

In the meantime, please share tips on how you remember to carry your business cards or where you stash them so that you always have them readily available.

Tags:  member benefit  practice marketing 

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You're Invited to ACAM Member's Grand Opening

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Join ACAM Member Sushma Bahl, MD at the Grand Opening of American Integrated Medicine and Aesthetics Center | September 27, 2012 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Please RSVP by September 27 to

(4:30pm Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - San Gabriel Valley Chamber of Commerce)

Dr. Sushma Bahl will help you repair your health by restoring balance between different body systems. Her cutting edge Functional Medicine approach is to treat disease from the root cause by natural therapies. Dr. Bahl specializes in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine and is certified in assessment and management of Fibromyalgia by FACSUF.

Dr. Bahl is also certified in facial aesthetics, Botox, fillers, acne treatment and laser treatment. Her expertise in aesthetics helps her patients achieve excellent results.

Tags:  integrative medicine  member benefit 

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Practice Building is about Serving More Patients

Posted By Wendy Bauerschmidt, Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How to build your practice isn’t something that you probably learned in medical school. You probably didn’t need to at the time. Simply becoming part of the insurance company’s provider networks and being on call was all that was probably required to have the phone ringing off the hook and the waiting room filled to capacity.

That practice model has its trade-offs. If you have an integrative practice, chances are that a good portion of your services are not covered by insurance, or you may not accept insurance at all. This different practice model requires a more proactive method of patient recruitment.

Many integrative physicians aren’t comfortable with marketing. After all, it’s not something that you were trained to do. You are trained to serve, to heal. That’s precisely why I would make the case that it is important that you learn practice building skills and become comfortable with a few techniques that work for you.

It’s important because your mission is BIG. The more people you serve, the more you can heal. Teaching more patients about healthy lifestyle choices creates a ripple effect that increases your impact. These are worthy goals.

The goal of these blog posts is to support you in this worthwhile endeavor by giving you tips that you can implement easily and to support you in taking consistent action. We also encourage you to share strategies that have or perhaps have not worked for you.

Tags:  practice marketing 

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Certify in Chelation Therapy with ACAM

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 10, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
ACAM's certification exam, developed in conjunction with Applied Measurement Professionals, is the only certification exam for chelation therapy. The examination was developed using state-of-the-art psychometrics, robust questions development and the academic rigor necessary for a certification program. The CCT Designation Exam allows physicians to use CCT as a credential and showcases his/her commitment to applying the highest standard of care when administering Chelation Therapy.

CCT Designation elevates the practitioner to a higher standard of reputation and professional development. Our rigorous and sound program ensures that only those truly qualified to administer chelation therapy safely and effectively are awarded designation. Patients will look for CCT designation when selecting a healthcare provider.

ACAM is offering the course: A Clinician's Guide to Chelation Therapy: Integrating Chelation Therapy Into Your Practice, as well as the CCT exam at our upcoming Fall 2012 Conference and Tradeshow, Nov. 14 - 15, 2012. If you cannot take the exam at our event in November, the exam is also offered at over 220 testing centers around the United States.

Please visit our website ( for more information regarding this program. Please note that additional documents are required to sit for the examination and ACAM must receive all candidate materials by October 1, 2012 if you would like to take the examination on-site in Las Vegas. For more information on our Las Vegas conference please visit

Please contact the ACAM Executive Office for more information at 1-800-532-3688 or 949-309-3520 for international callers.

Tags:  certify  chelation therapy 

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Interview with Hormone Speaker Ty Vincent, MD

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
ACAM: You’ve lived in Alaska your whole life, and now you practice there, have you seen a growing trend toward complementary, alternative and integrative medicine?

Dr. Vincent: I’ve been practicing medicine here in Wasilla, Alaska since 2005 and in that amount of time I have seen an increase. We’ve had a naturopath move into town and we have two acupuncturists that currently work out of my clinic. There are also practitioners that do energy medicine, colon hydrotherapy, body wraps and other things that could be considered on the health and wellness continuum. We also probably have more chiropractors than we do primary care physicians in the area. So, I’d say although this region tends to be pretty politically conservative it is surprisingly embracing of integrative medicine.

ACAM: Your bio says that even before you went to medical school you had an interest in complementary and alternative medicine, did that prompt you to go to medical school?

Dr. Vincent: No, but it also did not discourage me. Whereas, if I knew then what I know now I unfortunately probably would have been discouraged to go to MD medical school. I was kind of naive before going in, not knowing that original thought was discouraged and that alternative medicine was completely shunned and not embraced. Since I had the interest before I got into medical school I was able to maintain that perspective and keep an open mind and learn everything truly good that conventional medicine had to offer me, so that I could then add to that later on and I could learn more in addition to it. I certainly do not discard what I learned in conventional medical training in my current practice.

ACAM: Where did you get additional training in integrative medicine from?

Dr. Vincent: During the last year of my family medicine residency in Anchorage I had the opportunity to train in acupuncture through the Helms Medical Institute. Learning acupuncture opened up my mind and my world to the concepts of Chinese Medicine and how the diagnostics are completely different and yet it works extremely well. It was my first exposure to an integrative or alternative medicine technique.

The same organization offered a training course in Chinese herbal medicine. When I finished the acupuncture course I took the Chinese herbal medicine curriculum and I learned how to use patent herbal formulas to help people with various things and then combined that with acupuncture.

I also decided to learn about nutrition which had always made sense to me as being one of the most important things. In my search online for nutrition books I found the Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) nutritional textbook for clinicians. I read it and got really excited because it talked about things in the way that I thought they should be discussed in terms of how the body actually works and what it takes to make the body work right. Then I found that they had a textbook of functional medicine and I got that book and read almost the entire thing in about a month. I started going to IFM conferences and through that network I discovered the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, ACAM and the Autism Research Foundation. So, I started attending lots of different conferences with these different groups. Then I found a hormone training conference which interested me because I learned through some other exposure that hormones seem to be important. I did a more formal hormone therapy training through the International Hormone Society in the beginning of 2007 and then started doing a lot of hormone therapy, which is now the subject of the course that I helped set up at ACAM.

I’ve gathered education and material from all kinds of different organizations and lots of conferences, reading journals, researching things online and there really isn’t a comprehensive place to learn everything at this point, which people ask me all the time. Medical students and residents ask me, ‘Where can you go to learn integrative medicine,’ and there isn’t one single place. My hope would be that ACAM could become that single place, where we could offer workshops and ongoing longitudinal educational experiences and the things that give you everything you really need to know to be a very functional integrative medical practitioner. I think that ACAM does the best job out there so far.

ACAM: Is your practice mainly hormones patients?

Dr. Vincent: No, I’m a family practitioner by board training. I used to deliver babies, perform colonoscopies and a very broad spectrum of family medicine. Now that my practice is sort of specialized, I see people who have chronic medical complaints that other doctors haven’t been able to figure out and a lot of times hormones are involved. I also deal a lot with autoimmune disease and immune system problems, gastrointestinal problems, and other sort of functional disorders. I see all kinds of chronic illness, but in the majority of chronic illness problems people come in with including fatigue syndromes and other things I see hormones as playing a role.

ACAM: Do you see the interest in HRT growing by both patients and practitioners?

Dr. Vincent: I do. Hormones are in the mainstream media, in mainstream reading and people are talking about the subject, especially women. Now women in our society feel much more empowered, they feel like they have a voice and that they can come in and get their needs met better than they used to. A lot of the patients I see come in wanting hormonal things, specifically women, and they have already read books and done research. So, it’s definitely something that’s increasing in public awareness. I think the approach integrative medicine should take is to appeal to the consumer. It is a consumer industry, but it’s still up to the physician or practitioner to know what is safe in terms of hormone therapy, know how to answer questions correctly and know how to steer therapy decisions. It’s important to try to accomplish the goals and the needs that the patient comes in with, which are often different than what I think the patient ought to do. So, we have to figure out where we can agree.

ACAM: Since Summer Camp last year, how has the Hormones program changed?

Dr. Vincent: At Summer Camp in Fort Lauderale it was a one man show where I was tasked with trying to put together a comprehensive hormone curriculum workshop in one day. I did brief overview lectures on every major hormonal topic in a 7 hour lecture period.

Then for the San Diego conference, which was this past May, there was a team of us that put the workshop together. We chose speakers from outside of ACAM and we had two days of workshop to put together, so we could really address things in greater depth and detail and with a variety of speakers. At the conclusion, we had panel discussions with the multiple speakers and it was certainly a very different format that I think was much better for everybody. It’s nice to get different opinions, views and fields of medicine where everybody has their own take on things.

The course we’re planning for November in Las Vegas is going to be a similar format. There will be a number of speakers and we’re going to try and cover material in a more basic format. In San Diego we weren’t really sure what the audience was looking for persay and we weren’t sure what level they were coming in at, so we put together a workshop that we thought covered material that was important. Some of the feedback from attendees suggested that we should probably make it a little more basic for people that are coming in with no previous hormone training whatsoever. We decided that was a good idea, so down the road we’re going to try to do a basic workshop one time and then the second offering of the year will be a more advanced workshop on the same types of topics. So, this November will be our first time doing what we consider the more basic workshop.

We really want people to come who have preexisting knowledge on hormone therapy and we want people with no knowledge of hormone therapy. I think there is something in it for everyone who attends. We also really want feedback to tell us how to better teach the course as time goes by because this is a really important aspect of medicine that is involved with the majority of my patient care experiences. It’s one of the most powerful tools we have in integrative medicine so I think it’s an important thing to continue to fine tune for our attendees.

ACAM: If someone took the Hormones course in San Diego, what is something new they can expect in Las Vegas?

Dr. Vincent: This time I’m doing the thyroid lecture, we don’t have an outside person giving it. In San Diego there was some very obvious disagreement between myself and the speaker we had for the thyroid talk. I’m also giving the lectures on women’s hormone replacement and Matthew Cavaiola is giving the men’s hormone lecture instead of me. Basically we have some different speakers giving different talks this time. We are also taking a more basic approach. We’re going to step back and take a little more of a basic, concise and clear approach to understanding hormone replacement. Hopefully it will be more clear and it will be more user friendly and it will leave plenty of time for question and answer and we’re going to try and have things be a little more case based as we do each presentation also. There are a few changes we’ve made and they’re all based on attendee feedback from San Diego.

ACAM: What is one thing you want attendees to take away from your lectures?

Dr. Vincent: That the issue is extremely complex and it requires them to think on their feet. There isn’t one way to do it, there is no protocol for hormone replacement. You have no idea what’s going to happen to any given individual when you give them a hormone no matter what their laboratory data shows or what their symptoms were. Every time you give someone hormone therapy you have to pay really close attention and follow them clinically based on their response. There’s no ‘cookbook’ way to do it. So, the way I teach this material is from a conceptual basis and that it’s complete chaos which is disconcerting for some people but that’s really too bad because that’s just the way it is. People really want to have clear cut answers and a protocol and an algorithm and that has to go out the window when you start doing hormone replacement therapy. I have a lot to say about what can happen when you start doing hormone therapy, but it’s certainly not the gospel and everybody has to go forth and gain experience and do their own learning on their own beyond that.

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Medical Students and Residents Join ACAM in Las Vegas

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Irvine, Calif -- The American College for Advancement in Medicine is pleased to offer reduced rates for medical students and residents that wish to attend the organization's annual Fall Conference and Tradeshow.

The event is taking place at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nov. 14 - 18, 2012.

ACAM conferences are a great opportunity for students and residents to learn from renowned integrative medicine experts, gain new perspectives, and meet new mentors.

Medical students and residents interested in attending at the reduced rates must submit a copy of their student/resident ID, a letter from their office of admissions or director at their residency indicating their current enrollment status, and a completed registration form.

View the event website here.

Download the Medical Student/Resident registration form here.

About ACAM: The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is a not-for-profit Organization dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the safe and effective application of integrative medicine. ACAM's healthcare model focuses on prevention of illness and a strive for total wellness. ACAM is the voice of integrative medicine; our goals are to improve physician skills, knowledge and diagnostic procedures as they relate to integrative medicine; to support integrative medicine research; and to provide education on current standard of care as well as additional approaches to patient care.

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Registration Open for ACAM Fall Conference & Tradeshow

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 2, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Registration is now open for ACAM's annual Fall Conference and Tradeshow. The event is taking place Nov. 14 - 18, 2012 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Practitioners may earn up to 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM over the duration of the symposium.

We invite you to take advantage of Early Bird rates through Oct. 14th. During the Early Bird promotion all a-la-carte courses are $100 off.

The General Session topic is: New Developments in Gut Health & Its Relationships to Systemic Illness, featuring experts in GI and gut health.

Pre-conference workshops (Nov. 14th and Nov. 15th) will be on the following topics:

  • An Integrative Approach to Balancing Hormones
  • Chelation Therapy
  • The GI Microbiome in Depth: Clinical Applications and Lab Testing
  • Hands-On Hyperbarics
  • Autoimmunity: Permeability, Pathogenesis, Prediction
  • Oxidative Medicine

For more information, view the event website at:

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Cracking the Weight Loss Code

Posted By Andrea Purcell, NMD, Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A groundbreaking study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on June 27, 2012 by Dr. David Ludwig out of the Boston Children’s’ Hospital settling the debate about how we lose and gain weight.

Up until this moment there have been two sides to the weight loss discussion.

Side A – Quantity, how much we eat determines our weight. In essence the calories we take in minus the calories we burn will determine our fate. For example: If we require a 1400 calories per day and we eat 1900 calories then we are at a surplus of 500 calories that will get stored as fat and cause us to gain weight. If we require 1400 calories and consume 1400 calories then we break even for that day and will not gain weight.

Side B – Quality, the quality of our food matters. For example: If we require 1400 calories per day and we eat 1400 calories it will depend on the food groups that make up those calories which will determine weight gain. In essence if we eat 1400 calories of potato chips those will be metabolized differently than 1400 calories of chicken. The quality side argues that even if we eat within our caloric limits certain foods are more likely to be stored as fat than others.

In this study Dr. Ludwig took a group of obese patients and put them on a starvation diet to lose 10% of their body weight. In this case a 300lb person would lose 30lbs and be 270lbs at the beginning of the study.

The starvation part is not the interesting part.

This next part is what is most interesting:

Patients were then divided into three groups and given 3 different food plans.

Dr. Ludwig wanted to see what would happen to these patients over 30 days when they were given the same caloric load but different qualities of food.

1) Group one was put on a high carbohydrate low fat diet. (60% carbohydrate, 20% protein, 20% fat)

2) Group two was put on a low glycemic diet similar to a diabetes diet. (40% carbohydrate, 40% fat, 20% protein)

3) Group three was put on a high protein, high fat, and low carbohydrate diet. (60% fat, 30% protein, 10% carbohydrate)

At the end of 30 days Group three, the very low-carbohydrate diet, had the most beneficial effects on energy expenditure and several metabolic syndrome components. Group one had the most unfavorable outcome of all the groups.

Note from Dr. P: This is something that Naturopathic Doctors have known for some time. Calories in, minus calories out, are an extremely generalized view of the complex metabolism of the human body and typically only help younger individuals lose weight. As we age hormonal fluctuations contribute to a sluggish metabolism and weight loss becomes increasingly difficult. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this, "Dr. Purcell, I don’t know what happened I’m gaining weight and my diet hasn’t changed, I’m still eating what I always ate.” Women’s bodies’ change every 5 years. What worked when you were 30 is not going to work when you are 40. That means we need to change our food choices. Women especially are plagued by weight gain in peri-menopause and the quality of the calories makes the biggest difference for weight loss and a healthy weight.

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Allergens Lurking in Your Home

Posted By Hyla Cass, MD, Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014

When I moved into my current home in Southern California nearly 20 years ago, I went searching for nontoxic paint, carpeting, and other furnishings. My efforts were met mostly with odd looks and raised eyebrows (ah, the olden days!). So I was overjoyed when I finally found Mary Cordaro, just starting out on her path as a consultant on healthy, green home building and remodeling. She spoke my language! She immediately became my non-toxic home guide, and over the years I have referred her numerous friends and patients: people with allergies or, simply, those interested in green, clean living. Mold, volatile chemicals, indoor and outdoor pollution -- you name it, she has a resource. President of Mary Cordaro, Inc., she works as a healthy home consultant and certified Bau-biologist, lecturing around the country as well.

My latest concern, likely in response to some incessant commercials on the subject, is the existence of disgusting, invisible dust mites that camp out in our mattresses, living off our skin flakes (yuck!) and generally up to no good. I asked Mary what she does for this scourge, and she gave me some great solutions, along with some advice covering the gamut of home toxins, which I'm including here as well. We'll start with the creepy crawlies.

Death to Dust Mites According to the Mayo Clinic, the average bed is home to 100,000 to 10 million dust mites (and you thought a snoring mate was a problem!). Along with their favorite food, our skin particles, mites thrive on warmth, moisture and darkness. So, before making the bed, pull back the covers and air your bedding, reducing moisture. When it's sunny, air your bedding outdoors. Wash sheets in hot water weekly if you are dust mite-sensitive. You'll itch if you are. Unless they are filled with organic or chemical-free wool, which is naturally mite-resistant, encase mattresses, pillows and comforters with nontoxic dust mite barrier covers tightly woven to at least 4.91 microns. Seek barrier covers that are free of PVC and antimicrobial, stain- or wrinkle-resistant treatments. No more dust mites!

Now for the other invisible threats within our castles.

Allergies on the Rise. They've doubled since the 1970s, according to a 2005 study by the National Institutes of Health. Some of that increase may be because most of us spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors, meaning we are almost constantly exposed to airborne allergens in our offices, homes and cars.

The most common home allergens are particulates and chemicals. Particulates include seasonal pollen, mold, dust, dust mites and animal dander. Indoor chemicals associated with allergies include formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds (chemicals that outgas from products such as plywood and fiberboard), conventional paint and finishes, and permanent fabric treatments. By improving air flow and reducing sources of particulates, chemicals and moisture, we can reduce our homes' levels of typical airborne allergens. Here are some strategies:

Allergenic Particles. Many of the chemicals in our homes are tracked in from our shoes and on pets' feet. One of the easiest ways to reduce our homes' particulate and chemical loads is to remove shoes upon entering the house. They do it in Japan and Hawaii, and I've instituted it in my own home as well. And make bedrooms off limits to pets.

To control allergens that do get in, vacuum frequently, including upholstered furniture, with a HEPA vacuum independently certified to capture at least 99 percent of particulates (e.g., Miele, Nilfisk). This is especially important if you have wall-to-wall carpet or pets. If you don't have a HEPA vacuum, open windows while vacuuming and for 30 minutes afterward, as non-HEPA vacuums can stir up allergens. You might also invest in a HEPA air cleaner that filters particulates such as dust, pollen, dander and mold. The best HEPA cleaners contain carbon for chemical filtering as well.

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Moisture Patrol. Moisture helps create an ideal environment for mold and other allergens. One of the most common sources of indoor moisture is condensation from bathing and cooking. Run exhaust fans when cooking and for 30 minutes after bathing, even if your bathroom has a window. Make sure exhaust fans vent to the outdoors. While fans are running, it's wise to crack a nearby window to provide a source of makeup air (see "This House Doesn't Suck" below). Outdoor moisture may also lead to indoor mold. Make sure your home's drainage directs water away from foundation walls.

In basements, avoid materials that mold thrives on, such as drywall and carpet. Instead, choose hard materials such as concrete, ceramic, tile and stone. Keep moist basement air out of living spaces by installing an airtight seal around the basement door and caulking holes where plumbing and electrical wires pass from the basement to the ground floor. Also install weatherproofing around attic doors.

Carpet cleaning and humidifying increase indoor moisture. If carpet doesn't dry quickly after cleaning, you may end up with low levels of mold you can't see or smell. Use chemical-free cleaning methods that require the least water and only clean carpets when humidity is low and you can open windows. If you hire professionals, ask them to extract as much moisture as possible. If you use a humidifier, use filtered water and clean the reservoir with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide before refilling to prevent mold and bacteria.

Increase Air Flow. Unless you have seasonal pollen allergies or live in a highly-polluted area, open windows whenever weather allows. Fresh air and sunlight are great remedies for high levels of particulates, mites, moisture and chemicals. For fast relief, open windows and turn on all exhaust fans. Whole-house fans ventilate your entire home. If you install one, make certain its exhaust is mechanically vented to the outdoors, not into the attic.

This House Doesn't Suck. When you turn on your furnace, air conditioner or exhaust fans, your home may become negatively pressurized, an effect that causes indoor air to suck in pollutants from basements, wall cavities, attics and crawl spaces. To prevent this, keep all interior doors open and crack one window on each floor when furnace or fans are running. Change furnace filters when you see grime buildup or once every six months.

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Overcoming Chronic Lyme Disease with Integrative Medicine

Posted By John C. Pittman, MD and Mark N. Mead, MSc, Monday, June 18, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lyme disease is a chronic inflammatory condition caused when a certain type of bacteria, called Borrelia burgdoferi, is transmitted by the bite of a deer tick or black-legged tick. Other common infections transmitted by ticks—notably Babesia, Bartonella and Ehrlichia—will very often contribute to the severity of the condition. Although Lyme disease is easily treated in its early stages, the condition is difficult to diagnose. This is due mainly to the wide range of symptoms and to the poor reliability of lab tests that are currently used for identifying the Lyme-related infections.

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness reported in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, annual cases reported in the nation more than doubled between 1991 and 2005. Again, however, most cases are likely to be missed and thus are not reported.

Symptoms commonly linked with chronic Lyme disease include severe fatigue and debilitating joint pain, which some physicians refer to as "Lyme arthritis”. In fact, however, Lyme disease as a multisystem disease that affects the entire body, including muscles, bones, cartilage, brain, heart, skin, eyes, ears, head, neck, and face, as well as the digestive, respiratory, circulatory, reproductive and nervous systems. The symptoms of Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses can be so diverse as to seem mind-boggling in complexity. For example, the digestive problems can include diarrhea, constipation, nausea and stomach pain, as well as symptoms of gall bladder disease. The respiratory and circulatory challenges may include shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, heart palpitations, night sweats, heart blockage, murmurs and even heart attack.

Other signs of advanced Lyme and tick-borne illness include unexplained changes in weight, repeated infections, increased allergic reactivity, pain that moves from one part of the body to another, and symptoms that come and go. For some people, the infection can lay dormant for years and then manifest for no apparent reason. For many others, symptoms manifest within a few months following the initial tick bite—whether or not antibiotic treatment was received at the onset.

Because most physicians do not have adequate training in identifying Lyme and tick-borne disease symptoms, the condition is frequently overlooked or misdiagnosed. Moreover, because some Lyme-related symptoms are psychological in nature—e.g., frequent anxiety, heavy moods, poor concentration and short-term memory lapses—the condition tends to be dismissed as being "all in your head.”

Insights from Dr. Pittman’s Recent Physician Trainings

At this writing, I now have over a decade of clinical experience working with Lyme patients and have regularly attended the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society Annual Conferences, the "Lyme literate” professional organization of which I am a member. Beginning last year, I decided to intensify my training by participating in one-on-one preceptorships in New York, considered "Lyme Ground Zero” due to the enormous number of cases documented there. My mentors for this training were two of the top Lyme-literate physicians in the world, Dr. Richard Horowitz of Hyde Park and Dr. Bernard Raxlen in Manhattan.

These clinical trainings led me to create a three-week Lyme Stabilization Program, which we have begun implementing at our Raleigh-based Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine. The program provides intensive nutritional, digestive and detoxification support in preparation for targeted antibiotic protocols that include both pharmaceutical and herbal antimicrobials. Our center is a full-service integrative medicine facility that provides various intravenous (IV) therapies, which are immensely helpful in stabilizing very ill patients. Once stable, patients are started on antibiotics and herbal anti-microbials, with many patients requiring IV antibiotics for treatment to be effective. We have taken steps to make this approach as cost-effective as possible and, to some extent, have been able to maximize insurance coverage for our patients.

Upon returning from my recent clinical training with Drs. Horowitz and Raxlen, I realized that many of us who have been treating tick-borne diseases have overlooked a very basic detail: Treatment must be specific for each stage of the life cycle of the Lyme organisms. After being transmitted by the tick bite, the infectious agent actually changes its structure upon reaching each phase of its life cycle within the human host. Unless the antimicrobial treatments target each and all of the life-cycle stages, the disease will persist and treatment success will be relatively short-lived.

Another key insight concerns the severity of tick-borne coinfections, especially blood parasite Babesia. Even though it is difficult to get reliable test results on Babesia’s presence, we know that it is a very common co-infection. Babesia is a very challenging organism to treat, often requiring multiple anti-parasite medications as well as herbal antimicrobials. My training up in New York also helped provide a clearer understanding as to which patients need to be on antibiotics early on (as opposed to trying the herbal antimicrobials first), as well as which patients probably will never get better without IV antibiotics.

Tools for Overcoming Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases

The Carolina Center’s approach to treating Lyme and other tick-borne diseases is grounded in principles laid out in the Physician Training Program, sponsored by the International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society. Our approach utilizes a combination of strategies that address nutrient deficiencies, immune dysfunction and hormone imbalances, along with the careful use of antibiotics, which serve as a first line therapy and thus play a pivotal role in combating Lyme disease. Much of the art of treating this condition is determining when and how to use antibiotics, immune and hormonal support, detoxification, nutritional therapies, and some combination of these options.

Antibiotics are always the first course of action for anyone who has experienced a tick bite and now has acute symptoms of fatigue, body pain, headaches, and generalized flu-like symptoms. Although Lyme disease is easily treated with antibiotics in its early stages, if undiagnosed until it has progressed considerably, then chronic symptoms can develop. This more persistent form of Lyme disease obviously requires a more aggressive treatment approach..

Other factors that affect the ability to recover from Lyme disease include the following: treating the co-infections with other tick-borne organisms as well as other organisms (bacteria, yeast or parasites); removing toxic metals and other environmental pollutants that disrupt the immune system; correcting cellular nutrient deficiencies that ultimately compromise the immune and detoxification systems; and addressing hormonal imbalances that are often due to Lyme-related damage to the hypothalamus, resulting in numerous deficiencies.

The tools we embrace for treating Lyme disease at the Carolina Center are designed to not only eradicate the infection, but to bolster energy, sleep, mood, and overall functioning. These changes, in turn, give our patients the sense of peace and control they need to fully turn this situation around.

The key components of our integrative medicine protocol include:

  • Stabilization of chronically ill patients, using a combination of intravenous nutrient therapies (to correct deficiencies) and detoxification therapies (colon hydrotherapy, glutathione support, and other techniques);
  • Treatment of the digestive system with a variety of nutrients that improve absorption, bolster immune system functioning, and restore the normal flora to an optimal balance.
  • Treatment of chronic gut infections, focusing on removal of the "biofilm” that protects these organisms using a combination of pharmaceutical and natural anti-microbial agents.
  • Promotion of elimination and detoxification through the use of colon hydrotherapy
  • Implementation of other detoxification techniques including modified fasting, chelation therapy and glutathione therapy.
  • The use of hyperbaric therapy to promote cellular repair, immune system stimulation and detoxification.
  • The use of immune boosting pharmaceuticals and supplements necessary for the body to ultimately control the infection when antibiotics are no longer being used.
  • Note: For patients who have been on extended periods of antibiotic therapy prior to being seen at the Carolina Center, we often recommend a break from those treatments to assist with improving detoxification, immune function and gut repair.

Our overall approach continues to be informed by clinical trainings sponsored by the International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society and through direct work with leading Lyme physicians in the Northeast. Also, by affording increased antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection, the addition of specific nutritional and herbal supplements can further improve therapeutic outcomes for Lyme patients, as reported by University of California researchers in the September 2009 issue of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

A Story of Hope: Janet’s Recovery From Lyme [Case of Barbara Miller]

Two years ago, a 56-year-old woman named Janet came to our Raleigh office complaining of various symptoms that had progressively worsened over several years. These included back pain, muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, fevers and sweats, numbness and tingling of her lower extremities, shooting pains throughout her body, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, and irregular heartbeats. She has been to numerous physicians, including three neurologists who claimed they could find nothing wrong with her.

The relentless pain and discomfort took a toll on her normally upbeat disposition. "The symptoms gradually took over my life,” Janet recalls. "I became physically and mentally handicapped. Prior to the diagnosis, I went through a long period of time where the symptoms and intensity increased. It was both stressful and discouraging to be passed along from one doctor to another without any positive results or a diagnosis.” Three of her doctors had suggested that she see a psychologist.

Her initial labs were strongly positive for active Lyme Disease and she had a classic history of numerous tick attachments dating from shortly prior to the onset of her symptoms. Prior to commencement of antibiotic therapy, Janet underwent comprehensive testing to assess her nutritional status and immune, toxic burden, detoxification capacity, and other factors then treatments were employed to redress nutrient imbalances and prepare her digestive system for antibiotic therapy.

We then started her on an aggressive treatment protocol that helped her feel more at peace and in control. "It was a huge relief to finally get on a plan designed to get my healthy life back,” says Janet. "Over the past year I have worked with every person at the Carolina Center and felt totally supported and encouraged. At this point, I have greatly improved, and my attitude is once again positive. I am feeling and functioning much better every day, and am deeply grateful to have my life back.”

As of the spring of 2012, Janet was 75% better, with nearly all body pain eliminated and most other symptoms resolved. However, she still suffered from periodic dizziness, disorientation, and numbness and tingling in her extremities—all symptoms attributed to neurologic Lyme disease. At that point, we realized Janet was not going to fully recover without antibiotic therapy that could penetrate the blood brain barrier and reach the central nervous system.

We started her on a Lyme-specific antibiotic called Rocephin (ceftriaxone), and her oral antibiotic regimen was adjusted so that all life cycle stages of the Lyme bacteria were addressed. We also treated her for the coinfection known as Babesia, which was strongly suspected in her case due to her pattern of fevers and sweats. Janet immediately noticed a more dramatic response to treatment. "I can feel this working in my head like nothing else,” she said soon after starting the new treatment protocol.

Though Janet did experience a brief worsening of her symptoms—the Herxheimer or "die off” reaction that results from toxins being released as microbes are killed by antibiotics—she is now stable and feeling positive about her future. "I have begun to have days when I feel like my old self more than ever,” she says. "It’s been a long journey, but I’m feeling stronger and better than I have in a very long time.”

My hope is that Janet’s story will inspire other patients who are striving to overcome advanced, chronic Lyme disease. Though her recovery from this condition is ongoing, there is little doubt that she has largely reclaimed her life and her health. At least some of the credit must be given to her proactive attitude and willingness to embrace a healthier diet and lifestyle, as well as the nutritional and herbal supplement regimen to which she has been adhering. As she continues to get even stronger, I expect that Janet will motivate others with chronic Lyme disease to face their challenges with authentic hope and with the conviction that they can, indeed, overcome this seemingly intractable illness.

* Dr. Pittman is Medical Director of the Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine, former President of the North Carolina Integrative Medicine Society, and a member of North Carolina’s Vector Disease Task Force. Mark N. Mead, MSc, is a nutrition educator and research consultant. For more information about the Carolina Center, call (919) 571-4391 or visit

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When Do You Take Your Supplements?

Posted By Joel Lopez, MD, Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014

Are you taking handfuls of supplements? You might wanna think about what you’re doing if you’re in the habit of doing that. Timing of supplement intake is as important as the form in which you take them. That would have to be a totally different discussion altogether though. For now, let’s discuss ways in which to optimize the effectiveness of your nutritional supplement program. One thing to take note though before I make general recommendations is that everybody is metabolically different and unique and as such, an individualized program has to be in order.

Multivitamins, whole-food based, should be taken with food a couple of times a day. I’m not a huge fan of time-released multis because they usually come in the form of tablets (which by the way, may have unnecessary binders and fillers).

Probiotics ideally, are taken on an empty stomach unless they’re enteric-coated.

Supplements such as essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E and K are best taken with the heaviest meals.

Mineral supplements are taken apart from meals since fiber from food would actually interfere with their absorption.

Amino acids should ideally be taken apart from food as well. Examples include NAC, L-carnitine and L-tryptophan.

Digestive enzymes such as pancreatic enzymes should be taken 15-30 minutes prior to meals.

Plant-based enzymes such as bromelain and papain are more stable in an acid environment and as such, can be taken with meals.

I’m available for in person and virtual consultations. Contact me at +1-415-800-3757 or on Skype at drjlopezmd. Yours in wellness, DrJLo.

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Dr. Douglass Writing 2nd Edition of Hydrogen Peroxide: Medical Miracle

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014
World renowned physician W. Campbell Douglass III, MD, MS is writing a second edition of his successful book Hydrogen Peroxide: Medical Miracle, to be published in both hard copy and eBook formats. The new book will have an updated list of physicians that offer intravenous hydrogen peroxide therapy. Additionally, it is anticipated that the electronic version will contain links to the various practice websites that are listed. If you are interested in having your practice included in the book, please contact Dr. Douglass.

Dr. Douglass also invites you to provide case reports of patients you have treated. Such reports would be presented as coming from your practice, but without patients’ names to ensure patient privacy is maintained.

Interested parties please contact Dr. Douglass at your earliest convenience. Phone: 888.317.6767. Email:

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Vitamin D "101"

Posted By Holly Lucille, ND, RN, Monday, May 21, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014

Besides commanding celebrity status these days, with Vitamin D deficiency being fairly common in the general public.,Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin (other fat soluble vitamins are E, A and K) that actually functions as a pro-hormone (a precursor to hormones). Vitamin D plays many roles in the body, enhancing absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the intestines, promoting healthy bone structure, influencing cellular growth, modulating the immune system and in addition, it appears that vitamin D enhances the secretion and action of insulin. There are a couple of different forms to understand. Vitamin D3 is also known as "cholecalciferol” and you can obtain it from foods such as cheese, beef liver and egg yolks. It can also be made in the skin after exposure to sunlight and is the preferable form when it comes to supplementation. Vitamin D2, also called "ergocalciferol” is actually a synthetic form, not normally present in the body, made from fungus.

Potential consequences of low vitamin D levels include a faster rate of bone loss, an increased risk of falls among the elderly, decreased resistance to infection, and a potential increased risk of developing cancer and certain autoimmune diseases. Studies have shown that individuals suffering from diabetes, cancer, hypertension, lower back pain, the seasonal flu, and a myriad of other illnesses typically have depressed levels of Vitamin D in there blood.

And yes, you can get too much. Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, headache, dry mouth, abdominal or bone pain, and dizziness are the classic symptoms of vitamin D toxicity. As the condition progresses, signs of impaired kidney function, such as excessive urination, may arise. Itching, calcification of organs and blood vessels, osteoporosis, and seizures are still other signs that develop at the later stages.
A 25-hydroxy Vitamin D test, also referred to as a 25(OH)D is the test usually performed to measure Vitamin D in the blood and optimal levels are between 50-80ng/mL. At this time I recommend that levels be monitored periodically however there is some debate over the accuracy of this particular test.

Recommended dosage for supplementation vary, the Vitamin D Council recommends the following amounts of supplemental vitamin D3 per day in the absence of proper sun exposure.
Healthy children under the age of 1 years – 1,000 IU.
Healthy children over the age of 1 years – 1,000 IU per every 25 lbs of body weight.
Healthy adults and adolescents – at least 5,000 IU.
Pregnant and lactating mothers – at least 6,000 IU.
Additionally, children and adults with chronic health conditions such as autism, MS, cancer, heart disease, or obesity may need as much as double these amounts.
The US Government’s Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) for vitamin D is set at 4,000 IU per day.

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New Vaccine Information

Posted By Gina Nick, NMD, PhD, Thursday, April 5, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014

A new groundbreaking study published this month in the journalImmunitycontradicts the basis for the use of vaccinations. The current theory is that your body must produce antibodies to a virus in order to fight a viral infection. Hence the need for vaccinations that trigger a portion of your immune system, the adaptive response, to produce necessary antibodies that will fight the virus if you are exposed.

Now we are learning that the innate immune response, that does not require antibodies to a particular virus to fight, is effective in fighting viral infections. This portion of the immune system uses macrophages and interferons to effectively prevent fatal viral infections.

Just prior to coming across this new research, I had listened to a continuing medical education seminar on Autism treatments where a pharmacist outright stated that we should simply stop conducting any research into the link between Autism and vaccines because there is none. In light of this new information, that questions the very basis of vaccines, and begins the exploration into other means of preventing fatal viral infections, we should certainly be investigating the effects of vaccinations on our children and newborns, and whether the risks actually outweigh the benefit.

This is the most hope I have seen regarding the vaccine controversy. We have other options for viral protection, involving stimulation and strengthening of the body’s innate immune response, rather then its adaptive response. Breastfeeding, homeopathic preparations, and nutritional interventions all play a role in the innate response, that will likely gain more attention in the years to come. That is good news for those physicians and parents concerned about the damaging effects of vaccines on our children.

In health,

-Dr. Gina

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Pharmageddon: Can a New Weight Loss Drug Really Save Us?

Posted By Mark Hyman, MD, Friday, March 23, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014

This week, in an act of desperation to turn back the tide of the obesity epidemic that now affects almost seven out of every ten Americans and over 80% of some populations (African American women), the advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted 20 to 2 to recommend approval of Qnexa, a "new” obesity drug that is simply the combination of two older medications, phentermine (the "phen” of phen-fen”) and topiramate (Topamax).

It is a misguided effort at best, and a dangerous one at worst. Mounting evidence proves that the solution to lifestyle and diet-driven obesity-related illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and even cancer, won’t be found at the bottom of a prescription bottle.

By 2020, over 50% of the US adult population will have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, with annual costs approaching $500 billion. By 2030, total annual economic costs of cardiovascular disease in the US are predicted to exceed $1 trillion. By 2030, globally we will spend $47 trillion; yes trillion, to address the effects of chronic lifestyle-driven disease.

Prescription medication for lifestyle disease has failed to bend the obesity and disease curve. Statins have been recently found to increase the risk of diabetes in women by 48%. And large data reviews by independent international scientists from the Cochrane Collaborative found that statins only work to prevent second heart attacks, not first heart attacks, which means they are not helpful and most likely harmful for 75% of those who take them.

Avandia, the number one blockbuster drug for type 2 diabetes has caused nearly 200,000 deaths from heart attacks since it was introduced in 1999. The drug was designed to prevent complications of diabetes, yet heart attacks are the very disease that kills most type 2 diabetics. In 2011, the FDA issued stricter prescribing guidelines for Avandia, but the drug is still on the market.

The large ACCORD trial found in over 10,000 diabetics that intensive blood-sugar lowering with medication and insulin actually led to more heart attacks and deaths.

Something is deeply wrong with our medical approach.

The problem of chronic disease, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, is not a medication deficiency, but a problem with what we put at the end of our fork.

The emperor truly has no clothes. Why would good men and women of science vote to approve a medication for a condition that is a social disease and requires a social cure? The social, environmental, economic, and political conditions of America and increasingly the global community have created an obesogenic environment.

Clearly we need to do something. But it is not better medication or surgery or more angioplasties and stents, which have no proven benefit in over 90% of those who receive them. The data show they work for acute coronary events, but not stable angina or blockages.

We continue to pay for expensive treatments for chronic disease, despite the fact that they don’t work, while insurance does not pay for nutrition counseling unless the patient has kidney failure or diabetes.

Chronic disease is a food-borne illness. We ate our way into this mess and we must eat our way out.

Every year the average American consumes 24 pounds of French fries, 23 pounds of pizza, 24 pounds of ice cream, 53 gallons of soda (or a gallon each week), 24 pounds of artificial sweeteners, 2.7 pounds of salt, 90,700 mg of caffeine, and about 2,700 calories a day. And that’s just the average.

Do we really think that we can medicate our way of this problem with a repackaged old diet drug (phentermine), combined with an older anti-seizure medication (Topamax)? Both these drugs have concerning side effects, including increased heart rate, heart attacks, and birth defects such as cleft lip.

I recently saw a patient on 26 medications and 450 units of insulin. This is Pharmageddon. His physicians were treating the downstream symptoms, not the causes. They were mopping up the floor while the sink was overflowing.

Large studies published over many decades show that 90% of coronary heart disease cases, 90% of type 2 diabetes cases, and one-third of cancers can be avoided by maintaining a healthier diet, increasing physical activity, and stopping smoking. We must treat the cause, not the symptoms.

Mounting evidence points to the power of food to reverse heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and even to lengthen our telomeres, slowing the aging process. In a recent study, intensive dietary change reversed advanced type 2 diabetes in only 12 weeks. There is no medication that can achieve those results.

The science of epigenetics and nutrigenomics documents how food regulates gene expression and can upgrade our biologic software reversing obesity, type 2 diabetes and chronic disease.

There is a solution to our obesity epidemic. But it is not at the bottom of a pill bottle. It is at the end of our forks. It is simply more effective than any medication and works better, faster, and cheaper, not just as prevention, but also as treatment for what ails us in the 21st century. We can change our obesogenic environment through individual small choices we make every day, and making changes in our homes, our families, our schools, our workplaces, our faith-based communities. We have the power to take back our health. Let’s start today.

My new bookThe Blood Sugar Solution is a personal plan for individuals to get healthy, for us to get healthy together in our communities and for us to take back our health as a society. Obesity and diabetes is a social disease and we need a social cure.

My personal hope is that together we can create a national conversation about a real, practical solution for the prevention, treatment, and reversal of our diabesity epidemic.

To learn more and to get a free sneak preview of the book go

Now I’d like to hear from you…

Are you currently taking statins and what is your experience on them?

Have you developed diabetes as a result of taking statins?

Please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

To your good health,

Mark Hyman, MD

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How is Your Glutathione?

Posted By Matt Angove, ND, NMD, Saturday, March 17, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014

In 1994, the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry stated, "Disease states due to glutathione deficiency are not common.”

Well, 25 years and 90 thousand journal articles later we have found this statement to be false on all levels. Glutathione is recognized as an extremely important intracellular antioxidant that also plays a central role in the detoxification and elimination of potential carcinogens and toxins. Studies have found that glutathione synthesis and tissue glutathione levels become significantly lower with age, leading to decreased ability to respond to oxidative stress or toxin exposure.

The higher the glutathione peroxidase in the plasma or red blood cells, the more your body is running through and out of glutathione. Now consider the follow…

Total glutathione peroxidase activity was elevated in females 65 years of age or older. Cigarette smoking significantly elevated glutathione peroxidase. Alcohol elevated glutathione peroxidase, with the highest levels seen in drinkers who also smoked. Increased glutathione peroxidase was also seen in vigorous exercise, especially triathletes and marathoners.

According to the National Cancer Institute, dairy products, cereals and breads are low in glutathione. Fruit and vegetables have moderate to high amounts of glutathione. Frozen versus fresh foods had similar amounts of glutathione. Processing and preservation resulted in considerable loss of glutathione.

A 27% reduction in glutathione has been reported in the cerebrospinal fluid of schizophrenic patients.

Studies have shown that dietary glutathione enhances the metabolic clearance and reduces net absorption of dietary peroxidized lipids, which cause intense cellular damage.

  • High altitude exposure reduces glutathione levels.
  • Glutathione functions as an antioxidant and can maintain vitamin C in its reduced and functional form.
  • Chronically low glutathione levels are seen in premature infants, alcoholic cirrhotics and individuals with HIV.

Glutathione increases sperm motility patterns and sperm morphology. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial of infertile patients, patients were randomly and blindly assigned to treatment with one injection every other day of either glutathione at 600 mg or an equal volume of placebo. All the glutathione selected patients showed an increase in sperm concentration and a highly statistically significant improvement in sperm motility, sperm kinetic parameters and sperm morphology. Want to get pregnant? Make sure your husband has optimal levels of glutathione.

From the journal of Digestion:Glutathione is extremely important in normal functioning of the pancreas, being needed for normal folding of the proteins that will ultimately form key digestive enzymes when the pancreas is stimulated after a meal. In patients with chronic pancreatitis, it has been found that glutathione is often significantly depleted, suggesting that lack of glutathione has a role in the generation and/or maintenance of the disease. In addition, many patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis appear to be under xenobiotic or oxidant stress, creating an even greater need for glutathione. Since the pancreas is under relative glutathione "stress” during the normal process of packing and secreting digestive enzymes, it is easy to see how the lack of glutathione could have a role in chronic pancreatitis.

From the Journal of Brain Research Reviews: Glutathione depletion can enhance oxidative stress and may increase levels of excitotoxic (toxins that excite neurons to the point of death) molecules, which may initiate cell death in specific nerve cell populations. Evidence of oxidative stress and reduced glutathione status is found in Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

From the Annals of Pharmacotherapy: Glutathione is important in DNA synthesis and repair, protein and prostaglandin synthesis, amino acid transport, metabolism of toxins and carcinogens, enhancement of immune function, prevention of oxidative cell damage and enzyme activation.

From the Journal Acta Dermato-Venereologica: Low levels of blood glutathione were found in patients with pemphigoid, acne conglobata, polymyositis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus, atopic dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.

From the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology: Intracellular glutathione enhances the immunologic function of lymphocytes (perhaps the most important immune cell line in preventing infection and cancer). Low levels of glutathione limit the optimal functioning of T cells. Cytotoxic T cell (necessary to eliminate cancer) responses and interleukin-II-dependent functions are inhibited even by a partial depletion of the intracellular glutathione pool.

From the journal of Ocular Pharmacological Therapy: Susceptibility of the lens nucleus to oxidative damage and loss of transparency has been shown in experimental animal models, including exposure to hyperbaric oxygen, x-ray and UVA light. Depletion of glutathione allows the levels of oxidant to damage lens tissue and structure. From the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Science: An increased incidence of low glutathione levels in apparently healthy subjects suggests a decreased capacity to maintain metabolic and detoxification reactions that are stimulated by glutathione. The authors stated that glutathione status, physical health, and longevity are closely related.

From the Lancet: The plasma glutathione in young, healthy adults was 0.54 umol/L; in healthy elderly it was 0.29 umol/L; in elderly outpatients it was 0.24 umol/L; and in elderly inpatients it was 0.17 umol/L. Aging results in a decrease in plasma glutathione and an increase in oxidative damage in apparently healthy individuals.

Simply put, if you want young cells and the ability to overcome disease you need to work on getting your glutathione levels up!

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Prolozone for Damaged Joints: A Non-Surgical Solution for Injured Joints & Chronic Pain

Posted By Andrea Purcell, ND, Friday, March 9, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014
As we age, trauma from injuries accumulates in the connective tissue of our bodies, specifically, the ligaments, tendons and joints. As one joint becomes injured it affects the surrounding joints and then multiple joints frequently become involved. A good way to think about the joints is like the tires on a car, tires need to be rotated, checked for air, and replaced when they get worn down. This is exactly what happens to our joints. The goal with prolozone therapy is to keep the joint functioning as long as possible without having to replace it. In this example, we are working with the healing ability of the body to get as much mileage out of the joint as possible.

Additionally, as we age declining hormone levels can exacerbate the damaged areas, due to a decrease in muscle mass and less elasticity inside the joint. This places additional stress on the joints causing pain syndromes that reflect a lifetime of repeated injury and internal joint breakdown.

When a joint is injured, ligaments become over stretched and loose. In an effort for the body to maintain function, muscles become tight and go into overwork or spasm.

Low back Pain:

Low back pain is often caused by repetitive strain of the ligaments of the lumbar spine and the sacroiliac joint; this is one of the most common injuries that people sustain. An unstable sacroiliac joint affects the entire spine and aggravates most back pain including sciatica. Prolozone is extremely effective at healing back pain caused by sacroiliac injuries.

There are two main areas that require assessment in low back pain and both may be involved.

1) Sacroiliac ligaments are the most frequent cause of unresolved chronic low back pain in patients. Prolozone is very effective is stabilizing low back pain from the sacroiliac ligaments.

2) Lumbar spine and disk injuries. These require careful assessment as pain may be from several areas.

Note from Dr. P:

*Pain syndromes can be corrected with naturopathic medicine, proper hormone restoration, exercise and prolozone.
*Prolozone is effective at eliminating back pain, and healing injuries.
*Prolozone repairs the stretched and unstable ligaments and damaged connective tissue.

When the ligament strength is restored, the muscles relax; this decreases pain and increases range of motion. Then specific exercises need to be performed to stabilize the joint.
Patients often have MRI's and X-rays and we ask that you bring your reports to your visit. If you have films or CD's bring them also. Reports indicate if spinal degeneration, herniated disks, joint damage and arthritic changes are mild, moderate or severe. We assess these carefully looking for the significant areas that can be treated effectively.

Conditions successfully treated:
Low back
Cartilage injuries
Knee pain
Shoulder injuries
Tennis elbow
Upper back pain
Ankle sprains
Torn meniscus

-Be Healthy, Happy & Holistic

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Diabesity - A Reversible Epidemic

Posted By Mark Hyman, MD, Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014

What life threatening, life sapping, energy robbing condition affects one in every two Americans (that is EVERY OTHER person) including 80% of those overweight and up to 40% of normal weight people? What condition is responsible for more deaths from heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and dementia than anything else? What condition also causes acne, infertility, sexual dysfunction and depression?

What condition accounts for more then 70% of our $2.4 trillion annual health care bill and will account for most of the $47 trillion we will spend globally over the next 20 years to deal with chronic disease? What is responsible for nearly twice as many deaths every year as infectious disease, even in the developing world?

And what condition is not even diagnosed in over 90% of those who suffer from it?

What condition are doctors not trained or reimbursed to diagnose, treat or prevent, yet makes up the majority of health care visits and costs?

And what condition is nearly 100% preventable, treatable and reversible?


It is the single biggest health challenge facing us individually, as a nation and as a global community.

Diabesity is the continuum of metabolic disturbances from mild blood sugar and insulin imbalances to pre-diabetes to full blown type 2 diabetes. It occurs in about 40% of people of normal weight – these are the skinny fat people who look thin but are metabolically fat and have all the same risk factors for disease and death as those who are overweight. And it occurs in 80% of overweight people.

Since it affects every other American, watch this video to see if you have it.

The solution is not coming from our health care system or doctors, not from our government, or from most corporations. There are too many people vested in maintaining the status quo or worse profiting from making us fat and sick. We need a solution.

That is why I wrote, The Blood Sugar Solution. It has a bold central goal: to address and begin to reverse a global epidemic. It is a personal guide and plan, as well as a program for helping people get healthy together, based on functional medicine, and it is a blueprint for us to take back our health as a society.

Obesity, pre-diabetes and diabetes or what I call diabesity, which now affects one in two Americans arises out of existing social, economic and political conditions. In fact obesity and diabetes are social diseases and need a social cure and collective action on many levels to reverse the tide.

Over 10 years, these conditions will cost America over $3.5 trillion in direct costs, not including lost productivity and the costs in quality of life. From 1983 to 2008, worldwide diabetes rates increased seven fold from 35 million to 240 million. In just 3 years from 2008 to 2011, the roll call for diabetes increased another 110 million.

Children less than 10 years old now get type 2 (or adult onset) diabetes, and have strokes and heart attacks by age 15 or 20. One in three children born today will have diabetes unless we do something differently.

I wrote The Blood Sugar Solution to tackle this problem head on.

It is a personal plan that breaks through myths about obesity and diabetes that keep us sick and fat. And lays out the seven key steps to preventing, treating and reversing diabesity by dealing with the underlying causes. It is an eight-week plan that takes you through step by step how to reboot your metabolism, lose weight, reverse type 2 diabetes.

It is a plan for us to be more successful by working together to get healthy. We do twice as well and lose twice as much weight when we get support from others in community. We are better together.

We recently did a "beta test” of this program with about 150 people. Their results were astounding:

  • The group lost a total of 1,536 pounds in just eight weeks. That’s an average weight loss of over ten pounds per person!
  • More than half the group lost more than ten pounds. Some lost as much as 28 pounds.
  • Average waist size decreased by 1.5 inches, and some people lost so much of their waist that they had to go out and buy new clothes. One woman lost eight inches from her waist. Imagine, eight inches in eight weeks. No medication can help you do that.

But The Blood Sugar Solution is about far more than weight loss; it’s about taking back your health and your life. People who completed the program reported an average reduction of 14 points on their systolic blood pressure, their fatigue evaporated and they had more energy than they had felt in years, their joint and muscle pain vanished; the program improved their mood and sleep, eliminated their brain fog, and a provided a deep sense of well being. The Blood Sugar Solution gave these people a new lease on life, here are a few of their stories.

The Blood Sugar Solution is a plan for each of us to take back our health as a society. Our health has been hijacked from us, taken from us slowly, quietly, over the past century. Our current food, social, family, school, work, faith-based, and community environments, health care institutions, and government policies make it hard for us to make healthy choices. We are presented with choices that foster bad habits. But
together, getting and staying healthy is possible given the right information, tools, support, and collective action to take back our health.

Navigating the Terrain of Disease: Getting to the Root of the Problem

To effectively treat diabesity we must shift our focus away from the symptoms or risk factors of the disease and begin taking a hard look at the causes. All of our attention is on treatments that lower blood sugar (diabetes drugs and insulin), lower high blood pressure (anti-hypertensive drugs), improve cholesterol (statins), and thin the blood (aspirin). But we never ever ask the most important question:

Why is your blood sugar, blood pressure, or blood cholesterol too high and why is your
blood too sticky and likely to clot?

Put another way: What are the root causes of diabesity?

Answering that question must be the focus of our diagnosis and treatment of the disease if we are going to solve this global epidemic.

The good news is that the answer is shockingly simple.

The Real Causes of Diabesity

The entire spectrum of diabesity including all of its complications—diabetes, elevated blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol—are simply downstream symptoms that result from problems with diet, lifestyle, and environmental toxins interacting with our unique genetic susceptibilities.

Those are the real causes of diabesity.

And the reason these dietary and lifestyle factors lead to diabesity is because they create a condition known as insulin resistance. Contrary to what most people think, type 2 diabetes is a disease of too much, not too little, insulin. Insulin is the real driver of problems with diabesity.

When your diet is full of empty calories and an abundance of quickly absorbed sugars, liquid calories, and carbohydrates (like bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes), your cells slowly become resistant to the effects of insulin and needs more and more to do the same job of keeping your blood sugar even. Thus you develop insulin resistance. A high insulin level is the first sign of a problem. The higher your insulin levels are, the
worse your insulin resistance. Your body starts to age and deteriorate. In fact, insulin resistance is the single most important phenomenon that leads to rapid and premature aging and all its resultant diseases, including heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer.

As your insulin levels increase it leads to an appetite that is out of control, increasing weight gain around the belly, more inflammation and oxidative stress, and myriad downstream effects including high blood pressure; high cholesterol; low HDL, high triglycerides; weight gain around the middle; thickening of the blood; and increased risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and depression. These are all a result of insulin resistance and too much insulin. Elevated blood sugar is not the source of the problem. And because insulin resistance (and diabesity) are a direct outcome of diet and lifestyle, the condition is 100 percent reversible in the vast majority of cases. Most people just need to eliminate the things that are sending their biology out of balance and include what’s needed to help the body rebalance itself. For most the interventions required are extremely simply and extraordinarily effective.

8 Steps to Reversing Diabesity

In my new book The Blood Sugar Solution I outline a comprehensive 8-week plan for overcoming diabesity in all its forms. Here is a sneak preview of the steps outlined in the book:

1. Get the right tests. Most doctors focus on fasting blood sugar. This is actually a poor indicator of diabesity. The best test to tease out the condition is an insulin response test where insulin levels are measured fasting and then 1 and 2 hours after a glucose drink. Demand this test from your doctor.
2. Get smart about nutrition. Despite the media hype and the seeming confusion amongst doctors, the basics of nutrition are extremely simply. Eliminate sugar and processed carbohydrates, include whole real foods like lean protein (chicken or fish), veggies, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains.
3. Get the right supplements. There has recently been a frenzy of negative reports about supplements. Most of them are unfounded. Supplements are an essential part of treating diabesity. A good multivitamin, vitamin D, fish oil, and special blood sugar balancing nutrients like alpha lipoic acid, chromium polynicotinate, biotin, cinnamon, green tea catechins, and PGX (a super fiber) should also be included.
4. Get relaxed. Stress is a major unrecognized contributor to insulin resistance and blood sugar imbalance. Push your pause button every day with deep breathing, visualization, yoga, and other relaxation techniques.
5. Get moving. Aside from changing your diet, exercise is probably the single best medication for diabesity. Walk for at least 30 minutes every day. For some, 30-60 minutes of more vigorous aerobic exercise 4-6 times a week may be necessary.
6. Get clean and green. Environmental toxins also contribute to diabesity. Filter your water, look for green cleaning products, and avoid plastics when you can.
7. Get personal. While the steps above will address 80 percent of the problems with diabesity, some may need to take additional steps to optimize key areas of their biology. Remember, the medicine of the future is personal medicine. Seek out your own biological imbalances and look for ways to address them.
8. Get connected. Research is beginning to show that we get better more effectively when we get together. Invite your friends, families, and neighbors to change their diets and lifestyle along with you. Together we can all take back our health.

I hope that my book The Blood Sugar Solution will be the beginning of a larger transformation – for individuals, communities and for society. In the book I outline all of the social, economic, biological, and medical underpinnings of this health epidemic and provide an 8-week, step-by-step system that will allow you to dig deep into your own biology and heal even the most severe cases of diabesity.

Get a book, get two and give one to someone you love – you might be saving their life. When
you purchase the book from this link you will automatically receive access to the following special bonuses:

  • Special Report—Diabetes and Alzheimer’s: The Truth About "Type 3 Diabetes” and How You Can Avoid It.
  • More Delicious Recipes: 15 Additional Ways to Make The Blood Sugar Solution as Tasty as It’s Healthy!
  • Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Nutrition Coaching – FREE for 30 days!
  • Hour 1 of The Blood Sugar Solution Workshop DVD

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ACAM Wins Best Health Blog at World Media Awards

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 27, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014
Irvine, Calif -- The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is thrilled to announce winning Best Health Blog at the World Media Awards.

The World Media Awards recognizes successful bloggers and publishers from across the globe. To see all of the 2012 winners, visit the World Media Awards website at

"I am thrilled to help shine a spotlight on some of the best blogs from around the world. I think it's important to hold up examples of bloggers and publishers doing great things," said, Murray Newlands, Founder of the World Media Awards.

The ACAM Integrative Medicine Blog features articles by world-renowned integrative medicine physicians and may be found at:

About ACAM: The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is a not-for-profit Organization dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the safe and effective application of integrative medicine. ACAM's healthcare model focuses on prevention of illness and a strive for total wellness. ACAM is the voice of integrative medicine; our goals are to improve physician skills, knowledge and diagnostic procedures as they relate to integrative medicine; to support integrative medicine research; and to provide education on current standard of care as well as additional approaches to patient care.

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Diet Soda Intake Linked with Adverse Vascular Events

Posted By Zina Kroner, DO, Monday, February 13, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014
"Vascular events" have now been added to the widely known laundry list of ill-effects of diet sodas. An eye-opening study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows that individuals who drink diet soft drinks on a daily basis may be at increased risk of suffering vascular events such as stroke, heart attack, and vascular death.
Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Columbia University Medical Center studied the soda-drinking habits of 2,564 people in a multi-ethnic, urban population over a 10-year period, and discovered that daily drinkers had a 43 percent higher risk of having a vascular event than non-drinkers.
In today's fast paced climate, where zero calorie sodas find their way in many people's daily lives as an assumed healthier alternative to sugary drinks, many are disregarding much solid evidence showing that diet sodas are associated with multiple side effects.
The Ingredients:
Caffeine is quite dehydrating. For every ounce of soda, one needs 2 ounces of water to handle the toxin level. Caffeine causes irritability and palpitations in some. Caffeine elevates cortisol levels which contributes to weight gain, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. It is addictive in nature and depletes B-vitamins, especially B1 (thiamine). Fatigue, nervousness, general aches and pains, and headaches are all symptoms of a low B1 level. This level can be assessed by your physician. It contributes to a general malabsorptive state, and therefore depletes a variety of minerals as well, leading to fatigue and muscle cramps.
The FDA granted aspartame, which is 200 times sweeter than sugar, a "generally recognized as safe" status, or GRAS. It is composed of two amino acids – phenylalanine and aspartic acid, and contains10% methyl alcohol, a light volatile flammable liquid alcohol used as a solvent and anti-freeze. It is a known neurotoxin.
Saccharin is quite dangerous as well. It is a non-caloric petroleum derivative and is 300 times sweeter than sugar. It is excreted unchanged in the urine being that it is not modified by the body.

Phosphoric acid's acidic nature dissolves calcium out of the bones. Caucasian women in particular have been shown to suffer from osteoporosis in the setting of high phosphoric acid intake (soda & coffee).
In spite of this study and prior research on the ill-effects of diet drinks, the diet soda industry is not going downhill after this study, especially being that soft drinks in general account for more than a quarter of all drinks consumed in the United States.

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