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Saturday, October 24, 2009
Staying Healthy During FLU Season
I know there is a lot of pressure to get the seasonal and the H1N1 flu vaccine, however, I do not recommend getting a flu shot or use the flu mist version. As a naturopathic physician, I know the body can fight off any flu with the proper support of the immune system. We already have had cases of Swine flu in our office and the ozone treatments took care of it immediately.
“Study after study, and master studies that compile the results from several studies to get a more objective result, keep coming to the same conclusion: Flu vaccines DO NOT WORK, and in many cases do more harm than good.” ~Dr. Mercola
Please go to: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/09/26/Flu-Vaccine-Exposed.aspx to read more from Dr. Mercola and to watch a quick video by Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute with a good summary of what every person should know about the seasonal flu vaccine; how it’s made, and its effectiveness, so you can make an informed choice!
Tips to try and help PREVENT the flu:
1. Wash your hands frequently
2. Drink enough water even in the winter months
3. Eat a well balanced nutritious diet
4. Take a food based multi vitamin and fish oil.
5. 2000-4000 I.U. of vitamin D daily has been shown to help to prevent the flu
6. Elderberry syrup: 1 teaspoon before bed; this has been shown to inhibit and kill H1N1 through various studies
7. You can take a “Homeopathic flu vaccine”, called Influenzinum, via oral homeopathic pellets taken 1 pellet every 3 weeks throughout the flu season. It’s effective and has no adverse reactions.
8. You can also take an oral immune system support formula as prevention (i.e. Acute Immune or Super Bio-vegetarian) at 2 caps/tabs once or twice daily.
9. Another great way to help prevent the flu is by minor autohemotherapy (where small amount of your blood is taken out of the body, ozonated and injected back into a muscle), this stimulates the non specific immune system, our first line of defense against viruses, through the production of cytokines and natural killer cells. This is best done every 3-4 weeks during flu season.
Upon the first signs of the flu:
Homeopathic Oscillococcinum (from Boiron) taken every 2-3 hours together with immune system formula (such as Acute immune or Super Bio Vegetarian at 2 every 2-3 hours), high dose vitamin D, proper diet (with avoidance of sugars and simple carbohydrates) and constitutional hydrotherapy on a daily basis -- all those can be done at home!
Or we can administer a stronger treatment in the office, if the above were not sufficient, such as intravenous high dose vitamin C or major ozone therapy to help your immune system fight the flu!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Chronic Pain
When we’re injured, blood rushes to the site of the injury to quickly initiate healing. Poor blood supply equals poor healing, so it only makes sense that a greater blood supply would speed up the process considerably. Blood platelets clot wounds, clean up dead and injured cells, and – most importantly – contribute growth factors that start the regeneration of new, healthy tissue and blood vessels. And that’s exactly the goal of platelet-rich plasma therapy: to facilitate healing and re-grow strengthening tissues, restoring damaged areas to pain-free vitality. It’s a procedure very similar in nature to prolotherapy, a treatment which proliferates – or grows – new tissue in places where it has been weakened. The only difference is that in platelet-rich plasma therapy, the patient’s blood is being injected, rather than the proliferant (mild irritant) solution that prolotherapy utilizes.
During the procedure, a small sample of blood is drawn and placed into a centrifuge for fifteen minutes. The centrifuge separates the components of the blood, and the red blood cells are removed from the plasma and platelets. This creates a solution of super-concentrated, or “platelet-rich,” plasma; the level of healing platelets that it contains is much higher than normal. The solution is placed into a syringe and injected into the specified problem area, which can be treated with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. The platelets get to work repairing damage and generating new, healthy tissue, leading to an eventual healing of the injured area.
Patients may experience a mild soreness at the injection site for a few days afterward, but it can easily be managed with ice or acetaminophen (Tylenol) –never anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, though, as they interfere with the inflammatory process necessary to heal the affected area.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is steadily gaining in popularity. It is an efficient treatment, and its effects are easily seen with ultrasounds, offering undisputable scientific proof. Plus, it’ s safe: since the patient’s own blood is being used, there’s no risk of contamination with blood-born disease, and no chance of rejection by the body. With these combined factors, platelet-rich plasma therapy is proving itself to be an increasingly attractive option for those suffering from pain.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Cortisol and Stress
If you find yourself under stress quite often, you may have a prolonged increase in cortisol. While it's extremely helpful in smaller, normal doses, higher and more prolonged levels have been shown to cause negative effects, such as higher blood pressure, trouble falling/staying asleep, blood sugar imbalances, increased body fat, lower immunity, impaired brain function, slower healing of wounds and decrease inflammatory response, and weakness in both muscles and bones. In order to keep cortisol levels optimal, it's important to manage the amount of stress in your life. This can be achieved by using relaxation techniques such as journaling, doing yoga, listening to music, deep breathing, and meditation. In addition, herbs like Ginseng, Ashwaganda, Rhodiola and Licorice root can further help the body deal with stress and cortisol reduction.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Candida isn't always bad; in fact, it is present in the naturally occurring flora of the mouth, throat, skin, digestive system (in both men and women), and in the vagina, and its growth is controlled by the presence of good bacteria. But when we are exposed to things that kill off the protective bacteria, the yeast can grow out of control. If it is allowed to grow unchecked, it actually becomes a mold, with roots (or rhizomes) that puncture the intestinal walls. Once that happens, undigested proteins, food particles, and more Candida can leak from the intestine into the bloodstream – which can cause a host of other problems, such as food allergies/sensitivities, that are typically misdiagnosed as something else. Or, worse yet, never diagnosed at all; many sufferers of chronic Candida infection have tried, and failed, to control symptoms with a variety of treatments (including antibiotics, which can make the infection worse) – only to give up and live with the discomfort.
You may have Systemic Candidiasis – a chronic yeast infection of the bloodstream – or be at an increased risk if you have:
• Taken oral antibiotics or oral acne medication
• Been on birth control pills
• Used corti-steroids, such as prednisone
• Weakened immunity due to illness or stress
• A diet with an overabundance of sugar, which feeds the yeast
• Recurrent yeast or fungal infections of the skin, nails, or mucus membranes
• White patches or a white coating on the tongue
Systemic Candida infections can cause a myriad of seemingly unrelated difficulties, including:
• Chronic fatigue
• Difficulty losing weight
• Recurrent yeast, fungal, or urinary infections
• Mood swings, irritability or emotional instability
• Aching joints
• Unexplained muscle pain
• Poor memory and/or lack of concentration
• Severe symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome, or PMS
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, especially if you fit into one or more of the high-risk categories listed above, it may be time to consider a systemic yeast infection as a possible suspect. Systemic Candidiasis can be successfully controlled through several methods, including dietary changes (a complete refrain from simple, refined sugars and a cutback in carbohydrate intake) and intravenous ozone therapy.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Bio-oxidative therapy (the infusions of medical-grade ozone or hydrogen peroxide throughout the body) offers tremendous advantages for the health, providing clinically established results in treating a large variety of conditions. Among its known benefits:
• Increases the delivery of healthy oxygen to the cells that thrive on its presence
• Stimulates the production of beneficial white blood cells, boosting the immune system
• Breaks down toxins through the process of oxidation
• Kills viruses and bacteria
• Produces an anti-tumor effect, inhibiting the growth of new tissue
• Increases the body's natural production of several cancer- and disease-fighting compounds
• Can be used for anyone, from newborns and pregnant women to the elderly, without adverse reactions or side effects
• Reduces the harmful side effects of medicinal treatments such as chemotherapy
• Protects the cells from the damage of free radicals, which are touted as the root of many disease and aging processes
It isn't a drug. It isn't a miracle. It's an occurrence that happens naturally in our bodies, and science has found a way to bump up its benefits. Bio-oxidative therapy can be administered in a variety of ways: intravenously, through the muscle, through the rectum or vagina, and more – depending on the specific area being treated. Still considered somewhat experimental in the United States (though more and more practitioners are catching on to its advantages), bio-oxidative therapy is well-established in much of Europe, Asia, and South America, having been used extensively in those locales for years.
Let's look more closely at how bio-oxidative therapy can be used to improve health, no matter what the condition. Ozone, also known as trioxygen or O3, is made up of three oxygen atoms: think of it as super-charged oxygen. The “good” cells in our bodies love oxygen, and thrive when they receive enough. The “bad” cells, such as viruses, fungi, parasites, and other disease-causing microbes, are greatly harmed if exposed to an abundance of oxygen. When we are deprived of oxygen – these days, through environmental pollution and destruction, and self-imposed depletion through smoking – the good cells can't do their jobs and the body is no longer able to effectively rid itself of harmful cells and toxins. But an infusion of oxygen into our cells aids in the process of oxidation: the “burning off” of elements which impair cell function.
Hydrogen peroxide is another powerful oxidizer that is effective in cleansing the body. You've seen it in some form before: most likely as the bubbly stuff people use to sterilize wounds. It's also the disinfectant property in many contact lens solutions, toothpastes, and mouthwashes. Within our bodies, hydrogen peroxide is produced by the immune system to ward off the advancement of bacteria and disease. Like ozone, it can be administered intravenously to help detoxify the blood.
In a nutshell: bio-oxidative therapy, whether ozone or hydrogen peroxide, delivers a direct dosage of purifying, nurturing oxygen to vastly improve the quality and efficiency of the cells. It cleanses from the inside, assisting the body in its natural disease-fighting processes to help mend existing problems and prevent new ones from occurring.
Some speculate that the reason for bio-oxidative therapy's slow introduction into the United States, despite its amazing capacity to heal, is simply that it isn't profitable for pharmaceutical companies; since ozone and oxygen are natural gases, they are unable to be patented. But whatever the reason that people here are just beginning to understand this type of therapy, its benefits are clear and have been aptly demonstrated around the world. It's a “breath of fresh air” for your body – and your health.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Are you a Secretor or a Non-Secretor?
The concepts of secretors and non-secretors were first introduced to the public by Dr. Peter D'Adamo's book Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type. In his book, Dr. D'Adamo posits that differences in blood type make people respond differently to various diets and medical treatments, and are the reason why some people are more vulnerable to certain illnesses and maladies than others. Each blood type, he says, has a distinct chemical reaction to lectins – substances found in foods. When a person eats a food containing lectins that are incompatible with his or her blood type, those lectins target a certain area and cause blood cells in that area to clump (or agglutinate), leading to uncomfortable symptoms. Continuing to ingest the offensive food will make the person susceptible to disease in the areas where the agglutination occurs.
Whether you're a secretor or a non-secretor is completely independent of your blood type, but just as important when it comes to understanding any metabolic dysfunctions and immune susceptibilities. Simply put, a secretor is a person whose body secretes its blood type antigens into its fluids – saliva, mucus, etc. A non-secretor does not. (Approximately 80% of the general population are estimated to be secretors.) And while no one blood type is better than the others, it is thought better to be a secretor than a non-secretor. The ability to secrete blood type antigens into your bodily fluids offers enhanced protection against outside factors such as potentially harmful microorganisms and the lectins from the food you eat. Secretors also have a more accomodating intestinal environment in which beneficial probiotic bacteria can thrive, since blood type can be used as a food source for such bacteria. Non-secretors on the other hand, because their bodies don't infuse their fluids with blood type antigens, have tendencies toward:
• Higher rates of oral disease, including more cavities – and, interestingly, habitual snoring
• Digestive problems, such as inflammation and ulcers
• A more prevalent rate of autoimmune disorders, such as multiple sclerosis
• Lungs that are more susceptible to environmental factors and cigarette smoking
• A greater risk of diabetes and heart disease
• A greater risk for recurrent urinary tract and Candida (yeast) infections
• An increased association with alcoholism
• More difficulty breaking down dietary fat and properly metabolizing calcium
• An increased intolerance to carbohydrates
Your “secretor/non-secretor” status, in conjunction with your blood type, also determines the viscosity and clotting time of your blood. So you see? Since many of your bodily functions and responses are influenced by your secretor status, knowing which you are can be a valuable tool in determining how to take the best care of yourself – and how to feel better than ever.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Testosterone: Not just for Men
It may surprise you to know that a testosterone deficiency actually hits women harder than men; this is because women have less of it to begin with, so that when the small amount they do have is lessened, the effects are felt more keenly. Regardless of sex, if you're deficient in testosterone – which can happen as the body ages – it can cause disruptive symptoms. For men, this can include erectile dysfunction, loss of sex drive, fatigue, reduced strength, and an inability to concentrate. Women with low testosterone levels may experience a loss of not only libido, but motivation in general; fatigue; reduced muscle tone and an increase in body fat, osteoporosis, and even a higher risk for breast cancer.
The body's level of available testosterone can decrease as early as the 30s, so if you've dealt with any of the above mentioned symptoms, a check of your hormones just might shed some light on the problem.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Estrogen Imbalancements in both Men and Women
Aging men often have the opposite problem: an excessive amount of estrogen, which also affects them adversely. A loss of libido and sexual function, an enlarged prostate, and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke are a few of the possible symptoms.
No matter if you're a man or a woman, a balanced estrogen level is necessary for good health. There are several lifestyle changes you can make that will help to naturally regulate estrogen production. Eat a healthy diet, limiting coffee and alcohol as much as possible. Certain foods are rich in natural estrogens – soy, flax seed, olives, eggplants, olives, and cherries, for example – so if your levels are low, you can try increasing your intake of those foods. Estrogen-inhibiting foods include cabbage, broccoli, corn, onions, and pineapple, so if your levels are high, it might be helpful to eat more of these.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Progesterone Deficiency Seen in Men and Women
For women, adequate levels of progesterone can provide relief from menopausal symptoms, keep the reproductive system in balance, stabilize mood swings, facilitate concentration, normalize thyroid levels, keep the bones strong ... the list goes on and on. For men, progesterone can increase sperm count, keep the energy level high, decrease prostate problems, even improve the complexion – and again, that's just the tip of the iceberg. This is why it's crucial to have the proper balance of progesterone in your body; it's responsible for so many important functions.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
DHEA: the "anti-aging hormone"
Restoring the body to its youthful level of DHEA has been shown to help with a multitude of problems, among them depression, obesity, menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis, immune system dysfunction, chronic fatigue, and cognitive decline. Ongoing studies continue to extensively test DHEA's benefits. To ensure safety, it should only be used under the supervision of a qualified health pracitioner, and not used by pregnant or nursing women or by those taking certain medications.
Friday, March 13, 2009
"Shots of Ozone Zaps Back Pain!"
Please read the following article and keep in mind that this treatment has already had significant amount of research and use clinically for years!
Shot of Ozone Zaps Back Pain!
"In just a few years, a shot of ozone could be the "go to" method to relieve an aching back. Radiologists predict oxygen-ozone therapy will become the standard treatment in the United States to treat herniated disks within the next five years.
"Having a herniated disk can affect how you perform everyday activities and can cause severe pain that influences everything you do; however, you don’t have to undergo invasive surgery," Kieran J. Murphy, M.D., an interventional neuroradiologist and vice chair and chief of medical imaging at the University of Toronto, was quoted as saying.
The non-invasive procedure of oxygen-ozone therapy involves injecting the gas mixture into the disk. It works to limit pain and inflammation by reducing the disk's volume. Compared to a surgical diskectomy, pain and function outcomes are similar, plus the recovery time is significantly shorter."
SOURCE: Society of Interventional Radiology online, March 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement for Women
Bio-identical hormones are taken from plant sources such as wild yam and soybeans, then altered in a lab until they are molecularly identical to the hormones that women naturally produce. Since they're just like the hormones found in the body, they are metabolized much more easily, thereby minimizing unwanted side effects. Synthetic hormones are not identical to those found naturally; drug companies cannot patent a bio-identical structure, so they intentionally made synthetic hormones different enough to be able to patent. Some of the side effects of synthetic hormones can include depression, fluid retention, vaginal bleeding, dizziness, and nausea – which makes little sense when you're trying to alleviate symptoms in the first place!
Another advantage is that bio-identical hormones can be given in custom-mixed doses to better target a specific problem, matched to each woman's individual needs rather than the “one size fits all” approach taken by traditional synthetic hormone replacement therapies.
Many women can effectively manage hormone imbalances through lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet, high-grade nutritional supplementation, and gentle exercise. But if they still need help resetting the delicate hormonal balance, bio-identical hormones are a decidedly safer choice.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Salivary Hormone Testing is Superior to Blood Testing
Traditionally, the most common hormone testing is done via the blood. However, research has shown that blood testing is not as accurate, and does not provide the most complete overall picture. Salivary hormone testing has proven to be more effective. The saliva provides a clearer indication of the amount of free, unbound and active bioavailable hormones – the form of hormones that actually have an effect on the tissues – which are filtered into the saliva. Salivary hormone tests can also tell us, more accurately than ever, how much of an effect topical hormone supplementations (gels, creams, and patches) are having. One significant study found that, when topically applied, such preparations elevated hormone levels in the area's tissue – yet despite the hundredfold increase of hormones, there was no change noted in the blood hormone levels. In order for a blood test to register an increase of hormone levels, there must be extremely high levels of hormones, which has often led to the use of excessive amounts of supplementation. Since saliva better reflects the saturation of topically applied hormones, it's much easier to determine the correct, most beneficial dose.
The hormones in saliva are very stable and can be stored for up to a week without affecting the accuracy of the result. Last but not least, salivary testing is less invasive and more convenient. It's a new dawn for hormone testing, and needle-phobes everywhere can rejoice.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Are Mercury Fillings Really Safe?
• can cause neurological problems
• can cause kidney damage
• can cause disturbances to various metabolic processes
• is freely transported in the blood
• crosses the blood brain barrier
• crosses the placenta
• crosses into breast milk
• transported freely in the blood
• reduces reproductive function
• rapidly depletes the immune system
• mercury from amalgam is absorbed into the body at a rate of 3 to 17 mcg/day (World Health Organization)
• binds to hemoglobin
• damages blood vessels
• can cause single strand breaks in DNA
• may have connection with Alzheimer's Disease
The American Dental Association has said that the studies done on amalgam fillings show there's no evidence that they are harmful. The Food and Drug Administration cautiously agrees, but is “investigating” more closely and is expected to release a final report by summer of 2009. In my opinion, even if there is the slightest possible risk to our health why continue to advocate the usage or endorse the safety of mercury fillings?
For those who are concerned, amalgam fillings can be replaced with composite resin, a tooth-colored material that is being used more frequently to repair cavities. Resin fillings are gaining popularity because their color blends in with the tooth, making them more aesthetic, and because the material has continued to improve for the past few years. The only drawback is that resin fillings may have to be replaced more often than amalgams – but if it means ridding your body of harmful mercury, it may be worth the extra trips to the dentist.
** Extreme care and caution must be used during the removal of mercury fillings to ensure minimal spreading of the mercury outside the localized area. Although rubber dams and suction are some of the ways to prevent this, it is virtually impossible to assume that none of the mercury leeches into the oral cavity or even into circulation via the bloodstream. Intravenous (IV) chelation therapy should be started concurrently to ensure maximal removal of mercury from the body which can take 6-12 months to complete. A blood and urine test can be a reliable way to determine levels but only if the body is provoked prior to testing by an oral or IV chelator. This forces the metal out of our adipose tissue and into circulation. **
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Why is Homeopathy Gaining in Popularity?
When a person is suffering from an illness or condition, allopathic medicine dictates that the treatment should counteract the symptoms; for example, for diarrhea, a patient would be given something that slows the bowels. But with homeopathy, the treatment actually mimics the symptoms, which prompts the body's own natural defenses to kick in, allowing the body to heal itself. It's a principle much like conventional allergy treatment, where a minuscule amount of the allergen is introduced in order to bolster the body's tolerance to it.
Homeopathy is effective and safe – even for the most vulnerable groups such as babies, pregnant women and the elderly. It works with the immune system rather than against it, promoting it to heal the way it's naturally designed to. And homeopathy can be used as a complementary therapy, in conjunction with other treatments. It's a versatile, gentle way to treat what ails you.
Friday, January 23, 2009
What is a Photofacial?
The energy emitted by the IPL wavelength is only absorbed by the unwanted pigment, shattering it into tiny fragments that are harmlessly absorbed by the body – all while leaving the surrounding tissue undamaged. The treatments are given in a series, so effects are gradual and subtle, but noticeable. Photofacials are ideal for people who lead an active lifestyle; sessions are generally quick, there's little to no interruption in your daily activities, and no downtime for recovery. And though the word “facial” is in its name, IPL can be used not only on the face, but the chest and hands as well.
Whether you've got discoloration due to acne, rosacea, sun damage, or hyperpigmentation, it can be improved – you've just got to see the (intense pulsed) light.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Colon hydrotherapy is a gentle method of cleansing the inside of the colon, ridding the body of harmful toxins and buildup. Once the colon is free of the waste that has been impeding its function, patients notice surprising improvements. These can range from weight loss to a higher energy level to clearer skin to improved concentration. The body is able to absorb the vitamins and nutrients from food more efficiently, leading to better overall health.
To keep the colon in smooth working order, you should have hydrotherapy treatments on a fairly regular basis – but in the meantime, eating plenty of fiber and keeping your diet as organic and additive-free as possible will help move things along.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
High Fructose Corn Syrup and Obesity
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is metabolized differently than sugar, blocking the action of insulin, which is responsible for regulating the body's use and storage of sugar for energy. It stimulates the appetite and lessens our ability to recognize when we're full, leading to weight gain – and contributes to conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease. HFCS is processed by the liver, which has difficulty metabolizing large amounts of it; this increased workload ultimately puts the liver at risk.
To cut down on your family's intake of HFCS, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
• Read labels – even on products that aren't sweet.
• Avoid fast food, as it can contain lots of HFCS.
• Watch what you're drinking – most sweet beverages (including a lot of fruit juices) contain HFCS. When in doubt, drink water.
• Just because a product is labeled “natural” doesn't mean it's free of HFCS!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Acupuncture: Ancient technique for Modern Complaints
Acupuncture is equally great at treating specific complaints – such as headaches, for example – or general feelings of ill health or malaise. It has been used successfully to treat a large number of diseases, and to provide substantial relief from a range of symptoms. It can help in the process of overcoming addictions or emotional disorders. But you don't have to be sick to reap the benefits; by balancing the body's systems, acupuncture can assist in keeping you healthy and vital.
Acupuncture is drug-free and safe for anyone: even children, pregnant women (some points are contraindicated), and the elderly. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) are just two of the respected institutions that have acknowledged its beneficial effects. Whether you're in need of relief or fit as a fiddle and want to stay that way, there's something in it for you.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Mesotherapy: a Non-Surgical Approach to Body Sculpting
AFTER: 3 treatments over 6 weeks
Try as we might, there are just some spots that refuse to be dieted-and-exercised into submission. And to rid themselves once and for all of those “wobbly bits,” many people turn to liposuction. Sure, it works – if you don't mind surgery, lengthy downtime, painful recovery and the possibility of fat depositing to surrounding areas.
Mesotherapy, a naturally-derived alternative, delivers where liposuction falls short. First of all, it's a non-invasive procedure; small quantities of plant extracts, nutrients, and homeopathic elements are injected into the skin and upper fatty layer. These natural compounds emulsify fat in the cells, improve the fibrous connective tissues that contribute to the appearance of cellulite, and improve both blood flow and lymphatic drainage to the area. Mesotherapy is safe (thousands of treatments performed worldwide) and well-received by the vast majority of patients; side effects, include temporary bruising or tenderness, a much easier recovery than liposuction – and without the downtime. The procedure itself can be done with minimal discomfort, and patients are able to immediately resume their normal lifestyle. It's a fantastic choice for those who are seeking to lose the stubborn “pockets” of fat – in areas such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, and underneath the chin – without going under the knife.
We have a 75% success rate at removing unwanted fat. Check out our before and after photo gallery to see actual patient results!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Can Your Environment Increase Your Cancer Risk?
Even chemicals that have been deemed “safe” can build up to unsafe levels after years of repeated exposure. And as the body ages, its ability to effectively purge itself of toxins diminishes. When the cells are inundated with toxic substances that they can't get rid of, mutations occur; cancer is a proliferation of these mutated cells.
We're surrounded by these toxins on a daily basis, from even the most unlikely sources. Here is just a small sampling of fairly common carcinogenic compounds:
-solvents such as benzene, carbon tetrachloride, chloroform, methylene chloride, trichloroethylene
-asbestos, which can be found in older roofs, pipes, insulation, and many other products (over 5000 in all)
-dioxins, produced in part by the bleaching of paper products (including tampons and toilet paper)
While it's virtually impossible to avoid every environmental hazard, we can substantially cut our risk factor by being vigilant about what goes into (and onto) our bodies. Read labels and familiarize yourself with ingredients; the fewer chemicals you come in contact with, the better.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Rejuvena Long-term Weight Management System: combination hCG and Food Sensitivity Testing
hCG stands for human chorionic gondadotropin, which is a substance that occurs naturally in human tissue, most notably in the bodies of pregnant women. When used to help combat obesity, hCG is generally in synthetic form. Do not confuse hCG with hGH, which his human growth hormone.
Is hCG approved by the FDA?
Although the FDA has not yet specifically approved hCG for the purpose of weight loss, it is approved for a variety of conditions. Several well-known studies have shown the effectiveness of hCG for the treatment of obesity, and as it is proven by similar studies and its success becomes more widely recognized, it may someday be FDA-approved for weight loss. However, based upon a single poorly controlled study, the FDA currently states that hCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, or that it causes a more attractive or “normal” distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.
History behind the diet
Unlike many flash-in-the-pan, “miracle diet” schemes, the hCG diet is time-tested; in fact, the first published study on the use of hCG for weight loss came out in 1954. The person responsible for discovering this phenomenon was A.T.W. Simeons, M.D., a brilliant and accomplished British physician. While practicing medicine in Rome, he devoted years to the study of obesity. Dr. Simeons was one of the first to examine obesity as a physical disorder, not a mental or emotional disorder as had been previously suggested. He observed that, when given hCG injections, his patients not only lost weight but experienced a reshaping of their bodies as well.
Though Dr. Simeons’ initial report garnered quite a bit of attention at the time of its publication, the concept of the hCG diet didn’t really “catch on” until a bestselling book extolling its virtues was published by Kevin Trudeau in 2007. Since then, it has enjoyed renewed awareness, which seems to increase as more and more success stories surface.
How the diet works?
Excess fat is stored so that it can be used for fuel in case we find ourselves facing starvation; it’s the body’s way of ensuring its survival. That might have been an asset in the days of our prehistoric ancestors, but today we’re lucky to have an abundance of food available – which means that our excess fat stores just keep piling up.
hCG is designed to be a sort of protective mechanism. If a pregnant woman doesn’t take in enough calories to support the growth and nourishment of her baby, hCG mobilizes stored fat, breaking it down to make sure that the body has an adequate amount of calories at its disposal. During the hCG diet, your calorie intake will be very low, around 500 calories per day – so the body is prompted to use hCG to metabolize its stored fat as an energy source, just as it would during pregnancy.
On the hCG diet, your stored fat will be continually released into the body. That means you’ll never lack energy; despite taking in very few calories, your body is actually operating on thousands of calories’ worth of burned fat stores. That’s why it’s possible for hCG dieters to lose multiple pounds of fat per day.
Since hCG appears to work primarily on areas where extra adipose tissue, or fat, has accumulated, it tends to work on bulkier parts first: the lower abdomen, hips, thighs, and double chins. This leads to a reshaping of the body, even without exercise (we ALWAYS encourage exercise)). hCG doesn’t diminish necessary “structural” fat – such as the subcutaneous fat that gives the face a smooth look – only the places where fat is found in excess.
Why we test for hidden food sensitivities?
The last part of our weight loss program is designed to help you decide what foods to eat and which ones to avoid going forward. A healthy, organic whole food diet can still contain foods that are problematic for you. From a simple blood test, a detailed report is provided to you as a recommended guide for future eating. The test identifies your food sensitivities. Food sensitivities cause symptoms that are not always immediately seen upon eating. They can occur hours or even days after ingestion. Gas, bloating, fluid retention (ruling out cardiovascular origin), fatigue, constipation, diarrhea, headaches, and joint pain are common symptoms that can be related to food sensitivities. Eating a diet free of these foods can ensure even longer results, at the same time, decrease your chances of developing chronic disease.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The Importance of Detoxification
If you're looking to more effectively ward off toxin-related diseases, a good place to start is with the addition of more fruits and vegetables to your diet (organic, please!). They're a great source of phytochemicals and antioxidants, which bolster the body's ability to rid itself of toxic substances. Some of the best sources include cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower; leafy greens like spinach, kale, and watercress; and tomatoes, red grapes, and berries. Adding more of these foods to your diet is a good way to help immediately, and for a more complete detoxification there are holistic methods (IV therapy, colon hydrotherapy, coffee enemas) that work wonders.
When your system is free from years worth of built-up toxins, it's able to function much more efficiently. You'll be amazed at the difference.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Heavy Metals in Tattoo Ink
If you're thinking about getting inked, it pays to do your research first. The dyes injected into your skin get their bright hues and permanent staying power from heavy metals, which can include arsenic and lead, just to name a few. In this respect, some colors are worse than others; reds, for example – most of which contain mercury – have been known to cause allergic reactions and make people extra-sensitive to other sources of mercury (such as dental fillings). Several major lawsuits have brought the high metal content of tattoo pigments to light recently, and though the FDA has the power to regulate those pigments, they haven't officially deemed them safe for injection.
Before you commit to a tattoo, find out what's in the ink. Manufacturers are not required to reveal their proprietary ingredient lists, so it may require a bit of intensive searching. Generally, though, the more professional and reputable the tattoo artist, the more knowledgeable (and trustworthy!) he or she will be. And if the studio staff mixes its own pigments, they'll be able to give you the information you require in order to make a smart decision. When it comes to ink, stop and think.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tired of Shaving?
Which brings laser hair removal into play. It's a perfect treatment for those who want to rid themselves of excess hair for good. So how does it work? Simply put, a high-energy laser heats up the hair deep into its follicle, producing inflammation. The inflammation signals the follicle to retreat into a “resting phase” in which it doesn't grow any new hair. It generally takes a series of treatments – five to seven on average – in order to achieve the desired result. Though laser hair removal dramatically decreases or eliminates unwanted hair, maintenance treatments (one per year, or even less frequently than that) may be needed to keep the area as smooth as possible. The number of initial treatments and the frequency of maintenance largely depends on the area being treated.
Hair today, gone tomorrow ... and the next day ... and the day after that ...
Friday, October 24, 2008
Myer's Cocktail: Making the body's immune system stronger and more resistant to STRESS
The substances used in the Myers Cocktail are safe, essential nutrients that our bodies must have in order to function. Normally we get them through the food we eat, but the processed foods of today are often lacking – and nutrient deficiencies can be linked to many illnesses. By getting those vital components into our bodies (intravenously or otherwise), we can ensure good health. That's one cocktail that, oddly enough, just might make you feel better in the morning.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Glycemic Index, Blood Sugar and Weight Loss
The glycemic index ranks carbohydrates on a scale of 0 to 100 – 0 being foods with very minimal impact on blood sugar (such as beans) and 100 being foods that are extremely sugary (such as jelly). For weight loss, low-GI foods are key components of a healthy diet. Their smaller fluctuations in blood sugar levels help control the appetite, reduce insulin levels and insulin resistance, and ultimately combat obesity and general unhealthiness.
Never has the phrase “you are what you eat” been proven more true than in the case of carbohydrates. Swapping high-GI carbs for those at the lower end of the spectrum can be very beneficial, especially when it comes to watching your waistline. Try couscous instead of white rice; fresh fruits instead of dried. It's an easy and effective way to maintain a healthy weight without sacrificing the carbs you love.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Benefits of Yoga and Meditation
Yoga is beneficial in so many ways, and has been used for thousands of years as a means of keeping the body (and mind!) strong, sound, and healthy. Its various positions enhance flexibility for less stiffness and greater ease of movement. It massages and stimulates the organs, bringing increased blood flow and bolstering the detoxification process. It tones the muscles, strengthening the body and helping to keep weight in check (and in turn, improving weight-related issues). Its meditative qualities help quiet the mind, clearing away negative energies. Coupled with deep breathing (pranayama – the science of breath control), which carries vital oxygen to the brain and bloodstream and helps to eliminate toxins, it has a profound effect on health and wellness.
Even if you’re a beginner, you can benefit from the most basic of positions. Through yoga, you can learn to better handle tension, improve your health, and achieve unity in mind, body, and spirit. Namaste!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Naturally, your cortisol level is highest in the morning, when your body needs an extra boost of energy to begin the day. By evening time, the level drops about 90% - or at least, it should. But you can have too much of a good thing, and though cortisol is crucial for your body, levels that remain elevated for long periods of time can negatively impact your health. Chronically elevated cortisol has been shown to cause exhaustion, fat accumulation, insulin resistance, loss of memory, high blood pressure, and more.
In order to keep cortisol levels under control, thereby reducing the risk of prolonged elevated exposure, it’s important to activate the body’s relaxation response. This can be especially effective in the evenings, when cortisol levels are naturally supposed to be lower. By learning to relax through stress management techniques such as yoga, meditation, deep breathing, journaling, or guided imagery, you can help make sure your body is releasing only enough cortisol to be beneficial.
Monday, September 1, 2008
If you’re lacking in Omega 3, your body will tell you through symptoms – though they’re easily attributed to other conditions and most people don’t realize they’re due to an Omega 3 deficiency. You may notice:
• Dry, brittle nails
• Dry skin
• Slow wound healing
Unfortunately, the body doesn’t produce Omega 3 by itself; therefore, you’ve got to make sure that your diet includes plenty of foods that are rich in this valuable substance. The following foods are some of the best sources of healthy Omega 3:
• Hemp seeds
• Flax seeds
• Cold-water fish such as mackerel, salmon, tuna, halibut, and herring
• Pumpkin seeds
• Sunflower seeds
You hear a lot about staying away from fat, but the kinds of fat that contains Omega 3 are different than the artery-clogging saturated fats found in lard and butter. By eating the proper balance of these “good” fats, you can protect your body and your brain.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The Power of Consititutional Hydrotherapy
Constitutional hydrotherapy is named such because it changes the constitution of the cells, prompting them to rid themselves of waste products and work more effectively, thereby detoxifying the body and bringing it back into its proper balance. Alternate applications of hot and cold improve circulation, boost the body’s white cell count, increase the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream, and promote blood flow to the organs. The electrical current – which isn’t painful, just feels like a slight “buzzing” or tickling sensation – stimulates the muscles. In combination, the water and electricity work very well together, encouraging the body to heal itself naturally.
This type of treatment is useful for chronic conditions such as asthma, autoimmune conditions (fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, etc.), migraines, even cancer. It can also be used to treat acute conditions: a sinus infection or bronchitis, for example. And if you aren’t ill, it can help keep you that way – since constitutional hydrotherapy helps the body to rid itself of waste and increases the amount of white blood cells, it’s a fantastic means of strengthening the immune system.
Water and electricity may normally be best kept apart, but in the case of constitutional hydrotherapy, they’re a perfect pair.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Lowering Cholesterol with Guggulipid
It was animal studies that initially recognized Guggulipid’s cholesterol-lowering properties. It was also found to protect the arteries against atherosclerosis, the hardening that leads to heart attacks. This prompted further studies, on humans, specifically to deduce what benefits Guggulipid had on cholesterol levels.
So how does it work? Guggulipid blocks the activity of a receptor that slows down the elimination of excess cholesterol. When the receptor is inhibited, the “flushing out” of cholesterol can continue. In addition, Guggulipid has been found to possess blood thinning and antioxidant properties as well, which also aid in the treatment and prevention of heart disease and elevated cholesterol levels.
If you would like to add Guggulipid to your health care regimen, be sure you’re choosing the proper supplement; not all are created equal. Here are some things to keep in mind.
• Beware of fillers and additives such as starch, gluten, silica, or artificial colors and flavors.
• Choose only a supplement that comes from a standardized extract. The resin that Guggulipid comes from contains several toxic substances, and only supplements from standardized extracts have had these removed.
• The nutritional supplement industry is largely unregulated, so do your homework on the manufacturing facility, its product standards, and quality control.
Though it is considered safe and effective, consult your physician if you are considering the replacement of your cholesterol-lowering drugs with Guggulipid.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Dangers of Parabens in Skin Products
Most body care products – including shampoos and conditioners, lotions, deodorants and antiperspirants, sunscreens, and cosmetics – include parabens, synthetic chemicals which act as preservatives. There are six primary types of parabens: benzyl, butyl, ethyl, isobutyl, methyl, and propyl. These petroleum-based chemicals prevent the growth of bacteria, and often two or more of the types are combined to further aid in extending the product’s shelf life. For quite a while, it seemed the only problem with these preservatives was the occasional allergic reaction. But more recent studies have forced consumers to take a closer look at the effects of parabens.
Parabens can have an effect on the body that closely mimics estrogen, which can lead to diminished muscle mass, extra fat storage, and even male breast growth. What’s more, a 2004 study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology found a clear link between parabens and breast cancer; tissue samples from 20 different breast tumors contained traces of the preservative. The risk is especially high in leave-on products such as lotion and sunscreens, due to the prolonged amount of time that the body is exposed to the chemicals.
Luckily, more products are going “paraben-free.” If you’re looking for a lower-risk body care product, check the label for the following (safe!) preservatives:
Grapefruit seed extract
Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Retinyl (Vitamin A)
Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Testing for Vitamin D deficiency jumps by 80% over the past year!
So what is the best source of vitamin D for the human body? If you are like many, you would be surprised to learn from the sun! That’s right, good ole’ Mr. Sunshine. But the irony is that many of us do not get ENOUGH sunshine because we live in a society that is infatuated with dousing on sunscreen. One application of SPF 8 decreases absorption of Vitamin D by 95%. Now, sunscreen definitely has it place for use, especially, if you are going to be out in direct sunlight for long periods of time. However, too many people are applying this stuff all over their body day in and day out when the only sun exposure they get is walking from their car to the office and back into the car to go home. This is just ludicrous! The state of Arizona, land of the sun, is actually leading the US in the number of children who are deficient in vitamin D. EVERYONE should be getting at least 10-15 minutes of sun exposure 3-4 times a week to major body parts. Also, why are we not talking about other preventative ways like how our diet makes us more susceptible to skin cancer? After all, there are numerous studies illustrating how a diet high in Omega 6 oils and low in Omega 3 oils increase the chances of developing melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) and most Americans are not getting enough Omega 3s which, by the way, helps make a stronger heart and brain! Lastly, we must look at the long-term use of certain prescription drugs and how they can affect vitamin D levels. Phenytoin (Dilantin), fosphenytoin (Cerebyx), Phenobarbital (Luminal), carbamazepine (Tegretol), rifampin (Rimactane) and ketoconazole all have been shown to decrease Vitamin D levels.
There are many people who get melanoma that have never been sun worshippers. Maybe we need to be looking at other possible contributors besides Mr. Sunshine and remember that approximately 10,000 deaths occur due to skin cancer every year in the United States but around 13,000 deaths occur due to some sort of Vitamin D deficiency!
Friday, August 1, 2008
U.S. Health Care spending is out of control....
Currently, the United States spends more per patient on health care than any other country, and the costs are steadily rising. Such increases create a major economic problem, impeding the financial security of those dependent upon medical care. Necessary household expenses such as food and utilities are being pushed to the back burner in order to pay for medical bills. Businesses are having a harder time providing adequate funding for employees’ health coverage, and if they are able to keep up with the higher costs, it is usually at the expense of business developments such as employee training, equipment, or research.
A 2008 report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers indicates that of the $2.2 trillion spent annually on health care, a whopping $1.2 trillion of it is “wasteful spending” – including the “behavioral waste” category, which is money spent on preventable health issues such as obesity (an estimated $300 billion per year).
If you needed yet another reason to keep yourself fit, here it is: investing more in your health means investing less in your health care.
What’s the point of living longer if, in order to do that, we’re saddled with bills we’ll never be able to pay?
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Juicing to Boost Immunity
• Carotene-rich foods. The body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, and its high antioxidant content fights off cell-damaging free radicals. Try carrots, bell peppers, pumpkin, cantaloupe, mangos, and butternut squash. Tip: the brighter a fruit or vegetable’s color, the higher its beta-carotene content.
• Vitamin C-rich foods. Vitamin C stimulates the production of antibodies and white blood cells, which fight infection and protect the body against bacteria. Try cantaloupe, grapefruit, lemons, mangos, oranges, papaya, pineapples, and strawberries – or go veggie and use asparagus, avocados, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bell peppers, radishes, and tomatoes.
• Greens. Mom always said you needed “something green” on your plate, and she was right – greens are loaded with vitamins (B’s, C and E, especially) and beneficial antioxidants. Try beet greens, collards, kale, mustard greens, Swiss chard, parsley, turnip greens, spinach, and watercress.
Keep your body protected: raise a toast with a delicious and nutritious glass of juice. Bottoms up!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
So how do you know if you’re at risk for a vitamin B deficiency? Your crucial vitamin B stores can be depleted by many common lifestyle factors, including …
• Stress, either physical or emotional
• Too many processed foods and refined sugars
• A strictly vegetarian diet
• Toxins such as alcohol and tobacco
If you suspect that you’re low on vitamin B, speak to your doctor. In the meantime, there are ways to ensure that your body is receiving a more adequate supply:
• Reduce stress in as many ways as possible, whether through cutting back activities or using meditation and other relaxation techniques
• Lessen your intake of processed and sugary foods
• Eat foods rich in vitamin B, such as whole grains, wild crafted fish and seafood, free-range poultry and meats, dairy products, free-range eggs, leafy greens, and peas (if you’re a vegetarian, peanut butter, tofu, and B-fortified cereals are good sources)
• Avoid excessive alcohol intake
B vitamins (B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin, folic acid, biotin, and pantothenic acid) assist the body in many essential functions, such as making red blood cells and performing metabolic duties (breaking down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates for energy). They’re extremely important for your wellbeing, so do your body a big favor by inviting in more of these “busy Bs.”
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sprouted Foods: a Nutritional Powerhouse
The science behind it is simple: dry grains, beans and seeds, though rich in protein, are not very high in vitamin content and not as easy for the body to digest. But sprouting turns them into living foods, increasing their vitamin content exponentially and making them more easily digestible. Sprouted foods are at their peak nutritionally, and contain valuable enzymes, minerals, and antioxidants in addition to their abundant vitamins. Even people with food sensitivities – such as wheat – tend to find that their digestive systems are able to handle the offending food when it’s in sprouted form. Sprouts are full of fiber and help to keep you full, and their balance of protein and carbohydrate content helps to keep your blood sugar stabilized, so they’re a great dietary tool for the maintenance of healthy weight.
Sprouts can add a surprisingly delicious twist to your food, or can be eaten all by themselves. There are an abundance of varieties available, each with its own distinct texture and flavor, all nutritionally complete – alfalfa, mung bean, quinoa, sunflower, broccoli, wheat … the list goes on and on. They’re simple, fun, and quick to grow, whether you use a pot of dirt or an inexpensive sprouter (specially designed containers made to grow larger amounts of sprouts). And when it’s wintertime and the produce at your local grocery store leaves much to be desired, you’ll have all the whole food energy you need – right in your own home.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Dangers of Processed and Refined Foods
Our bodies are not biologically designed to effectively deal with the artificial ingredients that are so common in today’s typical diet – and they respond by letting us know in the form of various health problems. All sorts of unpleasant maladies can be linked to our ingestion of processed and refined foods, from acne, tooth decay, and water retention to highly serious consequences such as obesity, heart attacks, cancer and diabetes.
Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has compiled a comprehensive, user-friendly guide to food additives (http://www.cspinet.org/reports/chemcuisine.htm); it lets consumers known which are safe and which to avoid. But whenever possible, you can ensure you’re cutting down on harmful additives by choosing foods that aren’t bagged, boxed, canned, or jarred, and buying certified organic. And if you must purchase processed food, read the ingredient list: if it’s hard to pronounce, don’t put it in your body!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Vaccines, Toxicity & Autism
History of 20th Century Diseases and Vaccinations by Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Dr. Richard Buttar provides an educated summary of what happens to vaccinated children who have problems with detoxification and why the diagnosis is often overlooked. Very interesting!
National Vaccine Information Center:
Friday, March 7, 2008
Weak Ligaments and Chronic Pain
Weak and stressed ligaments and tendons can be the route cause of your chronic pain and Prolotherapy might be the answer. To fully understand Prolotherapy, it helps to start with its meaning. Prolo is short for proliferation, which means growth – because the therapy causes the proliferation of new tissue in areas where it has weakened. When the ligaments and tendons which connect muscles and bones become weakened or damaged, they can cause severe pain. Prolotherapy relieves this pain at its source by using a special solution injected into the site where the tissue meets the bone. Ligaments and tendons have a poor blood supply, so it’s difficult for the body to heal them, but the injection causes a localized inflammation in the weak connective tissue, which stimulates the body’s own immune system to spring into action. Blood supply to the area is naturally increased, aiding in the body’s innate rejuvenation process. Within two to five Prolotherapy treatments, the ligaments and tendons are stronger and have been rebuilt naturally – no drugs, surgery, or long-term therapy required.
While for some, chronic pain is centered in one area, others suffer from more generalized pain or body aches. When no specific area can be targeted, finding the source of the pain can be baffling. But believe it or not, a delayed food allergy is often the culprit. We think of food allergies only as an immediate and severe reaction, such as breaking out in a rash when we eat a certain food; that isn’t always the case. Delayed food allergies are responsible for iliciting symptoms hours or even days after eating the food. A simple blood test can pinpoint any delayed food allergy that may be contributing to the pain. A food allergy-elimination diet, sometimes combined with prolotherapy, can provide complete and lasting relief in these individuals.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Growth Hormone: Safe for Beef not Roger Clemens???
Seriously, why is it okay for the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Dairy Association to say that it is safe to inject cattle with growth hormone but considered unsafe when professional athletes use it? Almost 80% of the beef and dairy consumed in the US has growth hormone in it, specifically rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone, a genetically engineered ARTIFICIAL growth hormone). So if these hormones are so great for animals and the food they produce why not let everyone inject themselves with this stuff? The truth is because IT IS NOT SAFE! Of course this statement has "never been proven" to be true according to the FDA. Despite the fact that Canada and EVERY European country ban the use of this hormone and reject all of our rBGH beef and dairy for the past 20 years. The rBGH debate is indeed controversial for obvious reasons. Farmers in the US are trying to get more beef and more milk from their cows and Monsanto Corporation the holder to the patent continues to thrive in
A couple of key points... Cows injected with rBGH have a 25% chance of developing mastitis, an infection that is treated by antibiotics. We all now how rampant the use of antibiotics have become only making bacteria stronger and more resistant, not to mention how it further affects the food supply. Why would anyone promote something that increases the use of antibiotics to the animal by 25%? Another significant issue is how rBGH increases the amount of Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) in the body. "Almost every cell in the human body is affected by IGF-1, especially cells in muscle, cartilage, bone, liver, kidney, nerves, skin, and lungs. In addition to the insulin-like effects, IGF-1 can also regulate cell growth and development, especially in nerve cells, as well as cellular DNA synthesis." (Wikipedia 2008) Increased levels of IGF-1 can have carcinogenic affects specifically increasing ones chances of getting prostate or premenopausal breast cancers. (J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2000;85:4258–65, Lancet 1998;351:1393-6). The FDA continues to dance around the safety questions posed by many medical studies and advocates the use of the hormone as if nothing can be further from the truth. Is all this necessary?
We can indeed make a difference by buying free-range, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, organic meats and dairy. Stop focusing on what the athletes are doing, start focusing on what our FDA is promoting!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Drug Companies: the Supreme Beings
Sunday, December 30, 2007
New Year's Resolutions
Friday, December 28, 2007
Food: A Tool for both Prevention and Ammunition against Disease
Around 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, first popularized the "food as medicine" concept, which unfortunately, fell into obscurity by the 19th century. The first 50 years of the 20th century saw the discovery of the essential elements and vitamins. This led to "enrichment" of processed foods to help people regain the health they lost when they abandoned real whole foods. However, today we are realizing that processed and refined foods “fortified with nutrients” is not beneficial and actually harms the body’s immune system. A diet lacking whole, unprocessed natural foods free from pesticides and hormones is a valid explanation for the declining function of our immune system. Lets get back to what Hippocrates said, “let thy foods be your medicine and your medicine be thy food.”
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Chronic Digestive Problems
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Pfizer Withdraws Potential Blockbuster Drug
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