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Hurricane Preparedness from a ‘Medical Perspective’

Hello, everyone! It is always time to prepare for the next disaster, whether it is flood, fire, hurricane or some other disaster.  Waiting for the last-minute results in increased cost, time in ‘line’ at the store, and risking the inevitable supply shortages that routinely occur. The purpose of this Article is to help you prepare for the disaster from a medical viewpoint. Not as a primer on first aid, but more from a practical point of view, that is, what can a reasonable person do, with reasonably limited resources, and somewhat limited available space. Here is what you can [...]

Hurricane Irma Announcement

Dear patients, Due to Hurricane Irma and the threat it poses, Safety is very important to us prompting the decision to close our office on Monday. We urge you to monitor government communication on the storm location status, subsequent updates, and lists regarding supply lists if you decide not to evacuate. We will monitor storm news and will keep you updated on opening dates and times. Currently, all Monday appointments will be rescheduled to Friday, September 15th. We will begin contacting you using the following communication methods email, text, and telephone. If you happen to read this and haven’t been [...]

Flu Season: Prepare Early and Decrease Risk of Infection

'Tis the Season...For Influenza What is the "Flu"? The human influenza strains are single-stranded RNA viruses that cause millions of deaths worldwide each year. The influenza pandemic of 1918 had the highest death toll of any other disease outbreak in history.  Despite modern and advanced medical care readily available to the masses, the influenza virus still presents a serious health risk.  In the united states, the flu virus is associated with approximately 200,000 hospitalizations and roughly 36,000 deaths each year. A single sneeze projects approximately 45,000 droplets of moisture into the air that will then circulate into the surrounding air. The [...]

The Many Health Benefits of Bergamot Supplementation

Bergamot (A Versatile Fruit) Bergamot, Citrus bergamia, is a citrus plant and a member of the Rutaceae family. A hybrid of lemon and bitter orange, it grows largely in some regions of italy. More than 90 percent of bergamot comes from the southern coast of the Calabria region, the balance is produced in Greece, Morocco, Iran, and the Ivory Coast. The Bergamot fruit posesses many medicinal properties. Bergamot juice has separate qualities than the essential oil extracted from the peel. The essential oil is widely used in perfumes, cosmetics, food, and confections, because of its fragrance and therapeutic effects. The [...]

Type II Diabetes: A Worldwide Epidemic

Type II Diabetes & Nutraceutical Intervention What Caused this Epidemic, and Why is Patient Education Important? Non-insulin dependent Diabetes, or Type II Diabetes, is sometimes referred to as "adult-onset" diabetes. This disease has reached epidemic proportions all over the globe, with China as an "epicenter" of increased prevalence of Type II Diabetes. Diabetes is more than a disease involving just an elevation of blood sugar levels. The CDC, in 2014, claimed that 1/3 of Americans are Pre-Diabetic, and 29 million people in the US are diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. In 2001, the established research model [...]

Facts About Diabetes That Everyone Should Know

Helpful Tips to Decrease your risk of Diabetes: Swap out processed foods, all forms of sugar — particularly fructose — as well as all grains, for whole, fresh food. Maintain optimal vitamin D levels year-round. Get adequate high-quality sleep every night. Maintain a healthy amount of daily exercise Click to Take The Free National Diabetes Association Risk Assessment Test Complications/Co-Morbid Conditions Hypoglycemia: In 2011, about 282,000 emergency room visits for adults aged 18 years or older had hypoglycemia as the first-listed diagnosis and diabetes as another diagnosis. Hypertension: In 2009–2012, of adults aged 18 years or [...]

Risks vs Benefits of Spinal Surgery

The public perception of the Art of Medicine is highly influenced by many factors. For example, I come across individuals on a daily basis that think real world medicinal practice is the same as it is on television. On television medical dramas, five minutes into an episode and the doctors come up with an obscure diagnosis that would have taken "real life medicine" three to six months to diagnose, let alone finish any sort of treatment. The TV docs heroically manage to pull off a cure before the end of the episode. The long and short o it is that [...]

Food Borne Parasites and Illness

Today's topic is food borne parasites and illness, and a few ways they can manifest in the human body. When it comes to a bacteria called E. Coli, most everybody thinks they understand what it is all about. When you start delving into other, fancier bacterial names, it becomes a different type of issue. Some of the things that really need to be addressed, in particular, are food borne parasitic infections. For some reason, we do not think too much about parasites in this country, but the place where it is most common is in fish. If you ask a [...]

Food as Poison, and Food Borne Illnesses

During holiday occasions, healthy dietary practice is blatantly ignored, regardless of consequence and the often unpleasant aftermath following a traditional holiday meal. A quick example is a Labor Day Barbecue; a lot of people go out and enjoy the traditional holiday meals. Following these indulgences, often people wonder why they do not feel quite "right" by the end of a long weekend--or, perhaps, an illness may manifest soon after a few days worth of participation in many holiday festivities. Food borne illnesses--how do we make ourselves sick and how do we end up accidentally making our friends and family sick [...]

High Dose Folic Acid

Question Is it true that high dose Folic Acid actually dissolves plaque in the arteries? Answer A 5000 microgram dosage level on a daily basis, and even higher, up to 10,000 mcg, actually reverses placing in the arteries. You can measure this through the elasticity of the arterial walls. What is interesting about this is that you will actually lower cholesterol levels as well by using Folic Acid. There are other aspects about Folic Acid that make it quite useful. One of which is that Folate is thought to have cryoprotective effects on the brain, [...]

Hormone Levels & the Aging Process

The aging process begins at birth, but as we et older certain things happen. Our adrenal glands begin to lose function, we begin to diminish in certain hormonal levels, and as a response to the body's degradation over time, our GI tract begins to operate less and less efficiently. The question we have here is, do we go willingly, or do we fight the aging process. What do we do first? As we get older, a hormone called DHEA, diminishes, very gradually throughout the lifetime. DHEA is known as the "fountain of youth hormone," and is the most prevalent hormone [...]

Peripheral Neuralgia

A commonly overlooked cause of extremity pain results from injury to small nerves subsequent to solvent exposure.  Commonly encountered chemicals can cause pathology to develop over the course of months to years.  The nature of these problems is such that determination of the source of pathology takes time and patience.     As it is with most problems, correction cannot be attained without precise diagnosis. Peripheral neuropathies can result from exposure to common household and shop chemicals. Gasoline, industrial solvents, cleaning supplies, hobby supplies as well as agricultural chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, acaricides, and fungicides easily penetrate the skin and enter [...]

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement (HRT): Cancer, Menopause, and Other Medical Risks

The controversy over hormone replacement risks has been going on for over 3 decades, now. What is uncontroversial, however, are the   seemingly contradictory opinions that arise over the same scientific data.  One month, is good and safe, the next month, a newspaper article describes it as ‘unsafe.’   Fact #1: Both women and men must have estrogen (estriol, estradiol, estrone), testosterone and progesterone in the blood stream.  These hormones are necessary to maintain the health of essentially every organ and tissue in the body.  Neither good, nor bad, these hormones must be maintained in rather tight ratios, relative to each [...]

Treatment of Osteoporosis with Oral Strontium Citrate

Introduction Osteoporosis is a complex medical condition that results in  thinning and weakening of  bone. Osteoporosis may be defined empirically as the decrease in   bone mass density, relative to normal values, at a particular age in life.  Resulting in weaker bone, the patient with osteoporosis will have a weakened skeletal system resulting in bone structure that has a  higher risk of fracture This problem of the bone relates to the structural inability to adequately support body weight.  Osteoporosis is a systemic skeletal disease characterized by decreased bone mass, weakened bone tissue leading to increased risk of bone fractures.  Women can [...]

Insomnia

  Introduction: Insomnia is a problem that plagues a majority of the adult US population.  Insomnia results from a variety of clinical situations, resulting from metabolic disorders, physical or physiatric problems as well as from primary neuropychiatric pathology.  Oddly, a tremendous number of individuals choose to treat themselves, using non-prescription techniques, due to the ineffectiveness of traditional medicine. According to the National Health Interview Survey analysis, over 1.6 million civilian, noninstitutionalized adult US citizens use complimentry and alternative medicine to treat insomnia. (1). Sleep deprivation, if allowed to persist will result in clinical depression, in as little as 3 [...]

Diabetes and Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease- Nutraceutical Intervention Update

Alpha Lipoic Acid:  The incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) in the U.S. is already high, and the rate is climbing rapidly. Medical complications seen in  DM patients include coronary heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, nephropathy, neuropathy and retinopathy. While control of blood sugar levels is of paramount importance, attention to the sequelae may reduce morbidity and help reduce healthcare costs. Pivotal in the development of diabetic complications is dysfunction of vascular endothelia. Inflammation of the inner lining of the blood vessels results in platelet aggregation and deposition of cholesterol resulting in atherosclerotic plaque development.  The formation of atherosclerotic [...]

The Spinal Withdrawal Reflex and Athletic Performance

While the principal focus of athletic training has been placed, traditionally, on improvement in strength and enhanced flexibility, measurable degradation in actual performance results from involuntary, protective mechanisms ‘hard-wired’ into our nervous system. The Spinal Withdrawal Reflex (SWR) is one such protective mechanism that robs the athlete of what could be the winning difference or competitive edge. Sometimes known as the nociceptive spinal reflex, the SWR protects the body from self inflicted damage.  Stretch, pressure, or pain receptors are triggered, and a signal follows the sensory nervous system to the spinal cord.  Processed in the Dorsal Horn, a reflex signal [...]

Omega Fatty Acids: The Missing Dietary Link?

Environmental, cultural and practical changes in the industrialized world have resulted in alterations in dietary habits that have had interesting, if not life-threatening implications.  The human physiology has remained relatively unchanged for tens of thousands of years- diet remaining relatively unchanged, but for the periodic and unpredictable famine. Rather suddenly, rapid and remarkable dietary changes occurred. Diets rich in fiber, complicated carbohydrates and omega-3 fatty acids were changed to diets poor in fiber, rich in simple carbohydrates and rich in omega-6 fatty acids.  Replacement of simple carbohydrates for the more natural complicated carbohydrates introduces a vulnerability to diabetes, obesity, autoimmune [...]

A Physician’s Primer to Liver “Detoxification:” Cleaning Out the System

Introduction: The body expends a tremendous effort to maintain and grow. Chemical protection from the environment is represents the body’s greatest expenditure of energy & resources. While the skin may be the largest organ of ‘detoxification,’ followed by the lungs, the liver represents the best recognized organ system involved in the detoxification of digestive, environmental and metabolic poisons. The liver demonstrates outstanding regenerative abilities. Routinely rebounding from trauma and chemical insult, the liver is a remarkable organ. Like other organs, it requires proper care and maintenance for proper health and long service life. In many medical cultures, including allopathic, [...]

Fructose, Weight Gain, and Diabetes

Introduction: Consuming as little as 40-50 grams or slightly over 1.5-ounce fructose over a 10 hour period may increase blood pressure, blood triglycerides, reduced insulin binding & insulin sensitivity, and increase fat weight gain. The disturbing fact is that the general population has been consuming more than that amount every day for the past 34 years. Total fructose consumed per person from combined consumption of sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup has increased by +26%, from 64 g/d in 1970 to 81 g/d in 1997. As Body Mass Index increases (fat weight gain), the increased risk of insulin resistance, [...]

Blended Medical Approach to Anti-Aging

Introduction: Aging is a natural consequence of successful life survivorship.  Suffering the ravages of age may be an avoidable consequence of this success.  Health is maintained and youth is prolonged when attention is paid to maintenance of hormonal, nutritional and life-style balance.  We will briefly discuss a few of the most cost-effective interventions that can prolong health, improve function and improve quality of life. The goal to ‘anti-aging’ is to bring the body into a healthy metabolic and hormonal balance.  This balance changes with age, and with ‘anti-aging,’ the intention is to restore that balance that would emulate a [...]

Vitamin D-3 (Cholecalciferol)

Cholecalciferol, or Vitamin D3 is a fat soluble, steroidal hormone, that is sometimes  mis-represented as a ‘vitamin, or enzyme co-factor.’  The precursors to Vitamin that is found in food, and production of Vitamin D3 from these precursors requires exposure to UV light, found in abundant sunshine. Vitamin D exists in several inactive precursor forms, each with a different level of activity. The liver and kidney are involved in the production of active  vitamin D. The major biologic function of vitamin D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Essential to calcium absorption, vitamin D helps to form [...]

Nutritional Intervention in the Middle-Aged Male Patient

While it is both natural and desirable to grow older, it is neither natural nor desirable to feel or perform ‘older.’ Only a few short years ago, discussions of erectile difficulties were unlikely topics for the average middle-aged male patient.  Frankly, few men were at all likely to admit to difficulties, at all.  Only after the introduction of Viagra® did the topic of erectile dysfunction (ED) become regular or routine.  Now, not only are these discussions routine, but the topic is advertised on the side of a popular NASCAR race car. Before we had Viagra®, impotence in the younger male [...]

Weight Gain and Unsuspected Gluten Sensitivity, Sub-Clinical Gluten Enteropathy

The ‘Classical Presentation’ is the Exception, not the Rule Introduction: Obesity is now endemic. More than a national disgrace, the fattening of America may well be one of our greatest threats to our national security. In North America, the general public spends huge sums of money in futile effort to lose weight, when simultaneously, we are wasting huge sums of money ignoring what may be the treatable cause of weight gain in a large percentage of the population. Gluten Enteropathy is a common cause of weight issues in populations that consume grain as a diet staple. Celiac Disease (CD) is [...]

Maintaining Cardiovascular Health Through Supplementation

Effective Cardiovascular Treatment Using Non-Prescription Medicines: An Introduction to a Few, Basic Examples For decades, the general public has been interested in the prevention and treatment of cardiac disease. To the public, however, the medical community is rather backward, if not reactionary, in attitude towards any form of self-help. The result has been a general public that is often more informed and more sophisticated than the health care professional. Often described as ‘bad medicine,’ or ‘lacking in scientific evidence,’ the use of non-prescription medications has been ignored or rejected by mainstream medical practitioners. Strange it is that medicines are only useful [...]

Diabetes Nutraceutical Protocol

Introduction: Diabetes is a disorder that can be caused from inadequate insulin production, antibodies to insulin and, most commonly, resistance to insulin hormone at the insulin receptor. Known as 'insulin resistance,' this type of diabetes is best treated after identification of the underlying cause of the insulin resistance. The incidence of diabetes is increasing in the general population. Traditional treatment has consisted of oral hypoglycemic agents, which are ' molecules new to nature.' While the use of these agents such as Metformin and Glyburide, may bring down blood sugar, they are not without untoward and undesirable side-effects. The insulin resistance [...]

Hypothyroidism: The Silent Epidemic

Hypothyroidism can be loosely defined as a medical condition that results from the under-secretion of thyroid hormone. The difficulty with this traditional approach to diagnosis of hypothyroidism is that it relies on 'normal values,' or reference ranges that are defined by the population itself. It has been estimated that as many as 50 million Americans suffer from undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Fact #1: Thyroid hormone is necessary to maintain basal metabolic rate, or the amount of fuel that is consumed to sustain health. When a person is generating too little thyroid hormone, or has an imbalance that involves thyroid metabolism, body temperature [...]

GERD; Stomach Pain; Ulcers; Celiac’s; Gluten; 051015

Question My son was diagnosed with GERD in 2001, and he was given Omeprazole. It did not help and caused unexplained weight loss. His endoscope and CT of the abdomen were normal. He still has pain in the middle of his chest, and is unable to eat comfortably. He is now on Dexilant. Answer By the time he is 30, they will cripple him. Here is the problem: That stomach acid was not put there by accident. When you start removing it, you take away several important things. Probably the most important thing for him [...]

Erectile Dysfunction; ED; Hormones; Low Testosterone; Low T; 051015

Erectile dysfunction has an abbreviation. When you give a complaint or a disease an abbreviation, that is the first step before you start being able to commercially treat it. Very few things have abbreviated names that do not have treatments attached to them. It is kind of interesting. My favorite one is opiate-induced constipation. Now they call it OIC because there is an expensive medicine for it. Before that, it was just called constipation. What do you do for ED? The first thing you have to do is figure out why you have it in the first place. It is [...]

Hormonal Imbalance; Menopause; 051015

Question I am 56 and have terrible hot flashes, especially at night. I have tried black cohosh, to no avail. What do you think of Prempro. Answer You have made one mistake, and you are about to make a second. Black cohosh is a selective estrogen receptor blocker, and it really does not do you very much good; the problem that you have is estrogen dominance. Black cohosh is very difficult to use, and that would not be what I would recommend. In order to deal with the hot flashes, the first thing I would [...]

Stomach Ulcers; GERD; Nausea; 051015

Question I am a 53 year old female having gastric problems and ulcers. The ultrasound showed no problems. I was given Omeprazole, but is there anything else I can take for this issue? Answer I would be inclined to make sure that I got treated a little more appropriately. I am not typically a big fan of endoscopy, but you may want to get one done. An ultrasound simply indicates if there is a tumor large enough to be visible. If you have an ulcer and take Omeprazole, this will make exacerbate the problem. Years [...]

Vitamin D-3; Nutrient Absorption; 050315

Question I understand that for your body to absorb Vitamin D-3, it requires an oil. Is a quality flax seed oil supplement sufficient? Answer You had a wide variety of choices and you picked one of the few ones that does not work for this purpose. Flaxseed Oil, when taken in sufficient doses, does not get absorbed well. Flax oil forms what is called an oil-water partition in the gut. If you are going to use an oil, your best bet is fish oil, followed by olive oil, followed by evening primrose oil, and [...]

Trichotillomania; Skin Disorder; 050315

Question This one says do you have an opinion about using NAC for skin picking disorder or excoriation? Answer There is somebody out there that knows that N-acetylcysteine is useful for something called "Trichotillomania," which is a compulsive disorder of picking its skin and hair. Do I believe that it works? Yeah, it does. The problem, though, is that it takes a very high dosage of NAC for this purpose? It is usually around 1,000 milligrams 2, 3, or 4 times a day. Does it work? Yes. How does it work? Nobody really knows the [...]

Cholesterol; Insulin Levels; Cardiac Disease; 050315

Question My wife recently had a stent put in. She is otherwise a very healthy person with no blood pressure issues. She just had a couple of kinks in a vein and an artery and they clogged up. Her Triglyceride and cholesterol levels are normal. The medicine she is taking bothers us both. One of which is metaprolol. Answer Normal is a “relative thing.” This distinction is important, because you want to figure out why people develop certain problems. If they are otherwise healthy, these disorders just don't happen. If she has a triglyceride level [...]

Shingles; Viral Infection and The Eye; 050315

Question I am 74 and have shingles on my face, involving my eye. Answer You should to go straight to the doc, okay? This is not something with which you want to waste a tremendous amount of time. The problem with shingles is that if you can catch it within the first several days, 2, 3, 4 days, the antivirals are very, very helpful to stop the progression of the illness. If you wait much past that, it gets harder and harder and harder. The antivirals are still going to be beneficial to you, but [...]

Crohn’s Disease and Antibiotics

Question My wife has been on Crohn's Disease and has been on Doxycycline. Do you have any other suggestions? Answer The tetracyclines are wonderful for autoimmune disorders. When you have things like Crohn's Disease, chemicals that act as tumor necrotic factor alpha antagonists, like Doxycycline, it will cause the inflammation to diminish. Not because it is an antibiotic, but because it is also an anti-inflammatory. There are a couple of other things you can do as well. Look for other TNF-A ant-agonists. The best of which is curcumin. I would not necessarily go to the [...]

Neuropathy & Treatment; 050315

Question I have been diagnosed with neuropathy and I am taking Venlafaxine 75 ms 3 times a day for neuropathic. But Venlafaxine is used for mood disorders. Why am I taking this medication? Answer It is called an "Anti-Depressant," and it is an SNRI, or selective serotonin norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitor. Is it really good for neuropathy? No, it is much better as an anti-depressant, and there are better things to take for neuropathy, if in fact it is neuropathy. Lyrica is dos an interesting medication, and one of few medications that is truly effective for [...]

Blood Testing; Cancer; White cell count; 050315

Question If a person has cancer, would that show up in the white blood cells? Answer It could, but it doesn't have to. One of the problems with science fiction, especially things like Star Trek, where they have those computers that they wave over people and it tells you everything is right and wrong with them. When you are looking at blood work, there are things called "Limits of detection", "Limits of error", and then there is this: You only see that which you are prepared to see and you will only find that which [...]

Spinal Stenosis; Back Pain; Pain medication; 050315

Question I have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 3 places in my back, and I have severe lower back pain. I am currently taking hydrocodone. When I walk, it feels like a fire is going from my feet to my spine, right over my hip bones. I always have pain in my hip bones; I cannot even sleep on my side. My doctors say they cannot do anything for me because I am obese, and losing 100 pounds would help a lot. Answer You are unable to sleep on your side because the problem [...]

Nocturnal Leg Cramping; Restless Leg Syndrome; Magnesium Deficiency

Question My wife deals with nighttime leg cramps. We have tried a couple of things that seem to work, but what do you suggest? Answer Nocturnal leg cramping is not the same thing as restless legs syndrome, which is what most people think it is. It is actually caused by a magnesium deficiency, and Magnesium deficiency is the most common micronutrient deficiency in our population. The way that you can correct this, is by taking something very inexpensive. It is called chelated magnesium. These are organic magnesium salts. The only one you don't want to [...]

Nail Fungus & Hypothyroidism

Question I have had nail fungus for over 15 years. I've tried the Lamicil, Sporanox, and now I'm on Jublia. Will that help? Answer It may or may not. One of the problems with nail fungus is that it is difficult to cure. Typically, what I like to do, is put people on oral anti-fungals, starting with Diflucan. It is taken on a daily basis. If it is in the great nail of the toe, which can take a year on the medication, if it's on the smaller toes it will take as much as [...]

Tylenol Risks, Toxicity, and Natural Alternatives

Tylenol Risks, Toxicity, and Natural Alternatives: Under normal circumstances and in the absence of medical conditions, handling modest amounts of Tylenol won't be an issue. The place where Tylenol becomes a problem is when you have an underlying, or intermittent medical condition involving the liver. There are more deaths worldwide from Tylenol use, Tylenol abuse, or Tylenol mishap, than any other drug. That includes alcohol, cigarettes, heroin, cocaine, etc.Tylenol is extraordinarily dangerous. In other words, if you were a heavy drinker and you had an alcohol load on the liver, then Tylenol would be a problem. If you have hepatitis, [...]

Low Testosterone; 041915 Hour 2

Question I have a high estradiol level, and a low testosterone level. 158 and 328, respectively. I have not been receiving any testosterone products thus far. What is happening, and how can I fix it? Answer To fix this is simple. To treat this issue, we would give you transdermal testosterone to bring that hormone level up. In the testosterone transdermal, I would add something called chrysin and progesterone. The reason for that is these aromatase and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors block the degradation of testosterone to estradiol. Then, in the meantime, I would start you [...]

Thyroid; Auto-Immune; 041215 Hour 2

Question Is there anything natural, and over the counter, that can be taken other than medications to control low thyroid? Answer The long and short of it, is that you can have low thyroid function for one of several different reason. First reason is that there may be a pituitary problem in the hypothalamus, however unlikely. The second reason may be primary hypothyroidism, which is far more likely. Third reason may be autoimmune, which means your bland is kicking out enough thyroid hormone, but it just doesn't work due to antibodies. The fourth reason may [...]

Depression; Longterm use of SSRIs; 041915 Hour 2

Question Is it harmful to stay on Zoloft for many years? Answer Not really. The problem with SSRIs is not that it is bad to stay on them, but they do tend to lose their effectiveness. This is because they do nothing for the production of serotonin. They are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and what they do is make it such that the cells do not reabsorb the serotonin as rapidly as they should, thereby increasing the effect of serotonin levels, in what is called the neural cleft. Wonderful, but unless you do something to [...]

Lung Infection; Histoplasmosis; 041215 Hour 2

Question I am currently being treated through the VA for a lung infection. My doctors are not sure whether it has bacterial or fungal origin. They have me on three different antibiotics. I am from Pittsburg. Answer In Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York Areas it is not uncommon for people to end up with a fungal infection, called Histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is very common in the mid-Atlantic states. If that is where you grew up, or if you spent any time there at all, it is likely what you have is Histoplasmosis. All you have to [...]

Depression and Sleep

Depression will affect about sixty to seventy percent of the population in a meaningful clinical way, at some time during their lifetime. Symptoms manifest differently between men and women. It is near impossible, during brief conversation, and to know whether a man is depressed. Why? Because men hide things very well. They don't share their pains. Men are less likely than women to share their feelings, which is not necessarily a good thing, in the long term. Lack of sleep is a leading cause of depression. Lifestyle can cause it. Those without proper sleep hygiene, will inevitably suffer from depression, [...]

Aortic Aneurysm; Doppler Testing

Question 12 years ago I was diagnosed with abdominal aortic aneurysm. It has progressed to 5.4 centimeters. My doctors scheduled a CAT scan. Answer Why are they not operating on it? I recommend you look at being admitted and having the operative procedure done. When it hits 5 centimeters things can go from bad to worse very quickly. Get a CAT scan, but schedule the repair procedure. That is just what you have to do. If they are going to do a CAT scan at all, the goal is to verify the fact that there [...]

Arthritis; Copper Sleeve; Pain Relief

Question Do copper sleeves truly work for arthritis pain? Answer Here is an interesting fact about copper—People used to take things like pennies made out of copper and tape them to the joints, and it would give them some relief. Copper will be absorbed through the skin in a sufficient enough dosage to act as an anti-inflammatory. So the answer is yes. Unfortunately, there is not much real metallic copper in pennies anymore, so you cannot tape whatever you want to your skin and expect results, unless it happens to be an old penny. [...]

Mold; Mold Testing

Question My daughter has a mold issue. Were pretty sure its coming from her home; she lives in an older home. Can you recommend any sources of reputable mold remediation? Answer There are people that do it, but there are a couple of things that you need to do first. One, you are pretty well convinced that there is a mold issue. If there is, you get your daughter out of the house. You cannot get the mold out of an old house. Once it is in there, it is a done deal. Most of [...]

Diabetes; Blood Sugar; Insulin; Berberine; Hypoglycemia

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Insulin Resistance; Receptor Sensitivity; Diabetes

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Anti-Histamines; Sleep

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Chronic Medical Conditions; Vanadium; Chromium; Diabetes; Diabetes; Insulin

Common medical conditions can sometimes be treated by what we eat and through the addition of nutritional supplementation. The main reason for the supplementation is that we are not getting it in the food that is being presented to us. One of the problems is processed foods. They are cheaper; it makes them more available. It makes everybody somewhat healthier, but it does cause untoward consequences. Why in the world did we start developing elevated cholesterol? This is not something that really is new to our species. When did this happen and why did it happen? Why aren't we born [...]

Psoriatic Arthritis; Autoimmune Disorders

[title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Question[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis, and currently taking monthly shots of a medicine called Symphony. It is outrageously expensive, and is there anything else I can do to alleviate the problem?[/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type="none" top_margin="" bottom_margin="20" sep_color="" icon="" width="" class="" id=""][title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Answer[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]Psoriatic arthritis, for the uninitiated, is an odd form of an auto-immune disorder that manifests chiefly as arthritis with scaling of the skin either over [...]

Vitamins; Minerals; Supplements; Nutraceuticals

[title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Question[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]Is it true that if you take minerals because for osteoporosis, they won’t do any good unless you take them along with a full spectrum of B vitamins at the same time?[/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type="none" top_margin="" bottom_margin="20" sep_color="" icon="" width="" class="" id=""][title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Answer[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]It’s an interesting question, but it addresses two different problems. Minerals are very important by themselves, even without any vitamins. The question is, what is [...]

Insomnia; Fatigue; Sleep Disorder

Many of us are suffering from sleep. When people are tired during the day or they find themselves dozing off. Does that just mean it’s time to take a nap, or is it time to go see a doctor about or sleep specialist? It could be a little bit of both.. We may find ourselves taking a power nap at lunch time, and that maybe perfectly reasonable, but sleep disorders by themselves lead to more important, and far more deadly consequences than just simply falling asleep in the middle of a conversation. What is wrong with our sleep, and [...]

Depression; Sleep; Insomnia

Many of us have experienced feelings of drowsiness following a large turkey dinner. The reason why people tend to get sleepy after eating turkey is really quite interesting. Eating turkey makes us sleepy because there is about 200 mg of 5-hydroxytryptophan in a quarter of a pound of turkey. Around Thanksgiving, people eat turkey, turkey sandwiches, and so on, and so forth, and then they snooze. They go right out in the middle of the football game. 5-hydroxytryptophan is not the same thing as L-tryptophan. However, 5-hydroxytryptophan gets converted directly into a sopophoric called serotonin, and serotonin will improve mood [...]

Sleep Hygiene; Sleep Disorders; Insomnia

You can train your body to do good things and you can train it to do bad things. There are good habits, and there are bad. Sleep habits are sometimes called sleep hygiene. The very first thing you do, is start with the kids, and train them to not to watch television in bed. When it's bed time it's bed time. The cellphone was one of the worst inventions ever. That's guaranteed to make our kids stupider and sicker. The cellphone has to be taken out of the bedroom and turned off. Every time that little beep goes off, it [...]

Hormone Replacement Therapy; HRT; Chronic Fatigue; Adrenal Fatigue; Adrenal Failure

Always Tired If waking up in the middle of the night, and often not being able to get back to sleep, is leaving you with no energy throughout the day, you may be suffering from Chronic Fatigue. It can negatively impact daily life and inhibit normal day-to-day activities. Chronic fatigue develops with age as a result of a decrease in Adrenal Function. Essentially, the adrenal glands decrease in their effectiveness and function as we get “older.” This is the way the body ages. Fatigue and Insomnia usually result from adrenal fatigue or adrenal failure. Fatigue itself is merely [...]

Low Testosterone; Low T; Hormone Replacement Therapy; Energy Levels; Adrenal Fatigue

[title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Question[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]I'm 41 years old, and I've seen all these commercials on TV about low testosterone, and I'm tired at the end of the day. I don't know why, I used to be able to work 13/14 hours a day, and be able to go home and do something. But now, at the end of the day, I'm beat down. I'm wondering if that's low testosterone.[/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type="none" top_margin="" bottom_margin="20" sep_color="" icon="" width="" class="" id=""][title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Answer[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" [...]

Cardiac Support; Heart Health; Folic Acid

There are areas of the body that aren't really all that visible that are terribly, terribly important to maintain. If you don't maintain these areas, nothing else matters. The first one that comes to mind would be the heart. We're talking about the first signs of heart attack and what kind of scans can we do to see the little plaques and so on and so forth, all of which is really wonderful if your job is to put stents in peoples' heart. What can you do to actually reverse the plaquing in the arteries? What can you do to [...]

Baker’s Cyst; Knee Pain

[title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Question[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]I was diagnosed with a Baker’s Cyst a few years ago, and I was told that not much could be done about it. Is this true? [/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type="none" top_margin="" bottom_margin="20" sep_color="" icon="" width="" class="" id=""][title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Answer[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]A Baker's cyst is a benign problem that occurs as a result of fluid accumulation. It is usually following an extension injury of the knee, where your knee may have [...]

Herniated Disc, Car Accident

[title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Question[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]“Well, I'm a retired police chief and I've got a friend of mine that's a State Trooper. He was on an off-ramp writing some citations and got rear ended at about sixty miles an hour while he was stopped. He’s got three herniated disks, one at the lower back, one at the middle back, one just below the neck. And his doctors have been able to do absolutely nothing for him. I heard your show and I thought I'd just give you [...]

Arachanoiditis; Low Back Pain; Spinal Surgery; Spinal Fusion

[title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Question[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]I'm 49 years old. In 1992, I had low back pain, and it went down my right leg and into my foot. They did a fusion L5/S1 with plates and screws. After one year, to the day, they took the plates and screws out, and since that time 1993, to present, I suffer chronic pain on a daily basis. I was diagnosed with something called Arachanoiditis. I'm back on more oral medication, which of course, is not good for your body but [...]

Sebaceous Cyst

[title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Question[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]I recently was diagnosed with a sebaceous cyst behind my ear. And I was wondering you know, what the doctor can tell me about that, and if there's any natural remedies for it, besides surgery? [/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type="none" top_margin="" bottom_margin="20" sep_color="" icon="" width="" class="" id=""][title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Answer[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]A sebaceous cyst is an odd sort of inclusion. The body secretes this, material called sebum, and it's supposed to get [...]

Pushing MRI and Pain

The real question is, are you certain that particular finding on an MRI is new? You can differentiate between an old or recent injury by the changes around it, which will tell you that it had been there for years. You can see the lack of edema, or lack of swelling around it. It may be at the wrong level or may be on the wrong side, but the doc went ahead and operated on it anyway, because that’s what they do. The question has to come down to causality. Did that herniation result in that problem, or did that [...]

Herniated Disc

What is it about herniated discs, and you know, everybody says, "Oh yeah, herniated disc, that's awful.” Neck, mid back, lower back, it doesn't really matter, it's all the same. So what is a herniated disc? Well, it really helps to get a general idea of, of what this is. It's made up in the same way that a jelly donut's set up. It's got a firm outer layer, which is actually a bunch of circles, like onion rings. And then in the center, there’s a soft goo. What happens is, the same thing that would happen if you stepped [...]

Arthritis and Temperature

The term warming up, what does that mean? Well, it means exactly that, your muscles work best at a temperature between 100 and 101, yet your temperature typically runs 98, sometimes a little bit more, sometimes a little bit less. In order for you to get the muscles to work properly they need to be at a higher operating temperature, very much like your car. So in the morning when the temperature is the coolest outside, and your body temperature is the coolest, that's when your joints hurt the most, that's when your muscles hurt the worst, and that's when [...]

Thyroid; Hypothyroidism, Cervical Disc; Nerve Damage; Double Crush Syndrome

[title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Question[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]I’m 40 years old, have hypothyroidism, and was diagnosed with C5, C6, and C7 disk degeneration. I didn’t have any problems until about two months ago when I hurt my shoulder and severed a tendon. My EMG showed severe nerve damage. What can I do about it? [/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type="none" top_margin="" bottom_margin="20" sep_color="" icon="" width="" class="" id=""][title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Answer[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]It is reasonable to assume that you have had [...]

Age and Sleep

[title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Question[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]Why is it that older people tend to sleep a lot less?[/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type="none" top_margin="" bottom_margin="20" sep_color="" icon="" width="" class="" id=""][title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Answer[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]In addition to the fact that older people are no longer in developmental stages, they also tend to sleep less because they're ill a lot more. It's actually it takes energy and health in order to sleep. There are people out there that say, "I'd [...]

Cryptogenic Pain, Chronic Pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Headache, Migraine

Cryptogenic is a term that's used to describe an origin that's uncertain. If you don't know what's happening or what's causing a particular symptom, it's cryptogenic. We may call it ideopathic, which is really rather disingenuous. Ideopathic this, ideopathic that. It simply means that we don't know why it's there. Well, the fact of the matter is, or that it has no cause. Everything has a cause. Everything in life, whether it's in medicine, the economy, sports, it doesn't really matter. Everything has a cause, so what's the cause? And if you don't know the cause, it's “cryptogenic.” It may [...]

Meniscus, Knee Pain

[title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Question[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]Hi. I fell back in July 2, 2008, and it was a small room in a bathroom and, I fell underneath my right knee, and I hit my back and my neck. I didn't feel the pain in my back and my neck initially. The knee was popped, and they told me I had a torn meniscus. I've had 3 surgeries to repair it. Now they tell me I hardly have anything there. It's bone on bone, but I have severe pain [...]

Alkalization

[title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Question[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]Other than veggies, what's good for alkalizing?[/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type="none" top_margin="" bottom_margin="20" sep_color="" icon="" width="" class="" id=""][title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Answer[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]All right, the better question is why do you think you need to alkalize? Your body has to maintain a PH between 7.36 and 7.44, or you die. That's what triggers your ability to breathe. There are people out there that think that by taking extra alkaline substances, that they'll [...]

B-12 Deficiency, GERD, Stomach Ache

[title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Question[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]“Sometimes it feels like an ice pick going through the sides of my feet, the inner part of my feet, the top of my feet, the bottom of my feet.”[/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type="none" top_margin="" bottom_margin="20" sep_color="" icon="" width="" class="" id=""][title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Answer[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]What you're describing sounds an awful lot like a B12 deficiency. B12 is very, very difficult to absorb. B12 deficiency will cause the symptoms that you're having. [...]

Magnesium, Knee Pain, Restless Leg Syndrome

[title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Question[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]What are some remedies for foot and toe cramps?[/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type="none" top_margin="" bottom_margin="20" sep_color="" icon="" width="" class="" id=""][title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Answer[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]What's going on here, is that you have one of two things, or both of these two things going on. A tendinitis behind the knee will cause a pair of muscles that attach at the posterior tibial plateau to spasm, and pull your toes downward. So throwing a [...]

Ankle Pain, Saphenous Neuralgia, Shin Splints

[title size="1" content_align="left" style_type="single" sep_color="" class="" id=""]Question[/title][testimonials design="classic" backgroundcolor="" textcolor="" class="" id=""][testimonial name="" avatar="male" image="" image_border_radius="" company="" link="" target="_self"]I was a runner for years and years until I was 16, through all my pregnancies and all that, and I started having a lot of swelling in my right, from my knee down to my toe. Well, I ended up with arthritis and they said that it had to do with running abuse, I guess. I had talonavicular joint fusion in November of 2009, and one of the risks was cutting the saphenous nerve. I’m having zinging pain right where the [...]

Treatment of Osteoporosis with Oral Strontium Citrate (Part 1)

Introduction: Osteoporosis is a complex medical condition that results in thinning and weakening of bone. Osteoporosis may be defined empirically as the decrease in bone mass density, relative to normal values, at a particular age in life. Resulting in weaker bone, the patient with osteoporosis will have a weakened skeletal system, resulting in bone structure that has a higher risk of fracture. This problem of the bone relates to the structural inability to adequately support body weight. Osteoporosis is a systemic skeletal disease characterized by decreased bone mass, weakened bone tissue leading to increased risk of bone fractures. Women [...]

Nutraceutical Intervention and Treatment of Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a significant health issue. It is estimated that one in six American men will eventually be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second leading cancer killer in men, trailing the death rate due to lung cancer. In total, more men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer than women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.  Resulting in large part from hormonal imbalance, prostate cancer in large part a preventable disease state.   The incidence of microscopic prostate cancer is around 80% in men between the ages 70 and 80 years old, 40% in men between 50 [...]

Selenium Supplement Intake and Prostate Cancer Prevention

IntroductionProstate cancer presents a very real risk to life and longevity. The incidence of prostate cancer rises dramatically with age. Genetic predisposition does play a role in the risk of prostate cancer, but it is difficult to change the structure and nature of the gene thereby mitigating cancer risk. It is, however, fairly easy to alter some environmental risk factors that dramatically improve risks for disease development. Evidence suggests a significant link between prostate enlargement (BPH) and hormonal levels. As males age, production of androgenic (male) hormones decreases, causing an imbalance in androgen and estrogen levels, and high levels of [...]

Spinal Withdrawal Reflex and Athletic Performance. Improvement with Kink Ease.

The Spinal Withdrawal Reflex and Athletic Performance While the principal focus of athletic training has been placed, traditionally, on improvement in strength and enhanced flexibility, measurable degradation in actual performance results from involuntary, protective mechanisms ‘hard-wired’ into our nervous system. The Spinal Withdrawal Reflex (SWR) is one such protective mechanism that robs the athlete of what could be the winning difference or competitive edge. Sometimes known as the nociceptive spinal reflex, the SWR protects the body from self inflicted damage. Stretch, pressure, or pain receptors are triggered, and a signal follows the sensory nervous system to the spinal cord. Processed [...]

Curcumin is a potent anti-oxidant. Useful for protection of cardio vascular system.

J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2007 Jul;50(1):41-9.Curcumin attenuates inflammatory responses of TNF-alpha-stimulated human endothelial cells.Kim YS, Ahn Y, Hong MH, Joo SY, Kim KH, Sohn IS, Park HW, Hong YJ, Kim JH, Kim W, Jeong MH, Cho JG, Park JC, Kang JC.Heart Center of Chonnam National University Hospital, Gwangju, South Korea.Curcumin, a yellow pigment of turmeric in curry, is reported to interfere with nuclear factor (NF)-kappaB. This study was designed to investigate the underlying pathway of antiinflammation of curcumin on endothelial cells. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were stimulated with 10 ng/mL tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha. Curcumin blocked the activation of [...]

Spider Veins, Varicose Vein and Hemorrhoid Alternative Treatments

Definitions: Varicose veins are tortuous, swollen, enlarged veins. While any vein may become varicose, the veins most likely to become varicose are found in the legs, ankles and feet. Resulting from standing and walking upright, the  increase in venous back-pressure results in distension of the veins in the lower body.Spider veins are a common, mild variation of varicose veins, involving superficial, smaller venous structures, close to the surface of the skin. Treatment Options: Horse chestnut extract (Aesculus hippocastanum) is one of the most widely used natural treatments for varicose veins. The active chemical moiety in horse chestnut is called aescin. [...]

Cinnamon & Honey

Okay, you saw this one several weeks ago, but, we are seeing a tremendous number of patients in the office with the flu and/or some miserable respiratory problem lasting up to 2 weeks or more. Look this over, and please........... buy some quality honey and cinnamon and give this remedy a try. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a 'Ram Ban' (very effective) medicine or all kinds of diseases. Honey [...]

Vitamin D-3 in the Prevention & Treatment of Viral Infections and Influenza

Supplemental cholecalciferol (vitamin D) significantly reduces all-cause mortality emphasizes the medical, ethical, and legal implications of promptly diagnosing and adequately treating vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency is common, and is implicated in most of the diseases of civilization. Vitamin D-3 is a steroidal hormone that targets more than 200 human genes in a wide variety of tissues. With genes asits target, vitamin D has been shown to up-regulate the gene that is in volved in the production of cathelicidin, a naturally occurring broad-spectrum antibiotic. Treatment of vitamin D deficiency, in otherwise healthy persons involves dosages between 2,000-7,000 IU vitamin [...]

Muscle Tension Headache

Headache is one of the most prevalent of all complaints that might bring a patient to seek medical attention. Diagnostic evaluation of the patient may be simple or comprehensive, dictated by the situation and presentation. Statistically, the most common cause of headache is muscle tension. While the diagnosis of muscle tension headache (MTH) might suffice for most circumstances, unless the clinician locates the precise physical site of the ‘pain generator,’ the chances of successful treatment are slim. On the other hand, treatment is likely to be successful, if diagnosis is refined from the generic ‘muscle tension headache,’ to the more [...]

Human Growth Hormone

In response to a posted question: Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is rather controversial for a number of reasons. The body sees HGH during certain times of growth and maturation and it seems smaller levels during REM sleep. There are persons who sue HGH to enhance muscle mass and in 'anti-aging' endeavors. In some venues, HGH is currently being used to increase muscle tone, and this is dangerous on many levels. In particular, the effects on the heart are worrisome and will likely be found to shorten life-span. We see 'unexplained deaths' in highly successful athletes and it is highly possible [...]

Splenius Capitis Syndrome: Muscle Tension Headache

Headache is one of the most prevalent of all complaints that might bring a patient to seek medical attention. Diagnostic evaluation of the patient may be simple or comprehensive, dictated by the clinical situation and patient presentation.  Statistically, however, the most common etiology of headache is found to be muscle tension in nature. While the diagnosis of muscle tension headache might suffice for most circumstances, unless the clinician locates the precise physical site of the ‘pain generator,’ the chances of successful treatment are slim.  On the other hand, treatment is likely to be successful, if diagnosis is refined from the [...]

Nutritional Conditioning, Stretch and Prevention of Muscular Injury

It is well known that stretch is necessary to prevent sports-related muscular injury.  What is less well appreciated is what additional steps must be taken to minimize trauma to muscle, tendon and connective tissues. A warm up is intended to raise body temperature, increase blood flow, and permit time to focus on the physical challenge to come.  The time investment required is rather individual.  The length of time required will increase with the age of the athlete. Younger athletes may require as little as 15 to 20 minutes, the  time investment will increase to as much as 45 minutes for [...]

Curcumin and Curcuminoids in the Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Curcumin inhibits a number of enzymes that are involved  in the synthesis of inflammatory chemical modulators. Curcumin has been recognized as an anti-inflammatory agent as well as a pain reliever.  Research studies have demonstrated that the anti-inflammatory activity of curcumin is comparable in strength to steroidal and non-steroidal prescription medications. TNF-alpha elevation is an important component of the inflammatory process,  involved in the pathogenesis of many inflammatory disorders, including Crohn's Disease, Irritable Bowel, rheumatoid and lupus. Curcumin, a flavonoid from the herb turmeric is a well studies known inhibitor of TNF-alpha. Studies have demonstrated that TNF-alpha increased intestinal permeability and curcumin inhibited the NFkappa [...]

Hypothyroidism- The silent epidemic

Hypothyroidism can be loosely defined as a medical condition that results from the under-secretion of Thyroid Hormone. The difficulty with this traditional approach to diagnosis of hypothyroidism is that it relies on ‘normal values,’ or reference ranges that are defined by the population itself. It has been estimated that as many as 50 million American suffer from undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Fact #1: Thyroid hormone is necessary to maintain basal metabolic rate, or the amount of fuel that is consumed to sustain health. The manifestation is that of temperature. a. When a person is generating too little thyroid hormone, or if the [...]

New Herbal Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer?

Thymoquinone, the major constituent of the oil extract from a Middle Eastern herbal seed called Nigella sativa, exhibited anti-inflammatory properties that reduced the release of inflammatory mediators in pancreatic cancer cells. Nigella sativa seeds and oil are used in traditional medicine by many Middle Eastern and Asian countries.  Previous studies have also shown it to have anti-cancer effects on prostate and colon cancers. Based upon their previously published findings that thymoquinone inhibits histone deacetylases (HDACs), Dr. Arafat and her colleagues compared the anti-inflammatory properties of thymoquinone and trichostatin A, an HDAC inhibitor that has previously shown to ameliorate inflammation-associated cancers. [...]

FDA Acts Against Unapproved Narcotic Drugs

FDA Acts Against Unapproved Narcotic Drugs By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage TodayPublished: March 31, 2009 . SILVER SPRING, Md., March 31 -- The FDA has taken steps to pull 14 unapproved painkillers containing immediate-release morphine sulfate, oxycodone, and hydromorphone from the market. The agency has warned nine companies that make the unapproved products to stop manufacturing them within 60 days and to cease distribution within 90 days. Among the drugs affected by the enforcement action are two branded products containing morphine sulfate and oxycodone (Roxanol and Roxicodone, respectively) as well as generic versions of the three painkillers. All the affected [...]

Weight Gain, Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Syndrome “X”

Insulin Resistance Syndrome (IRS), sometimes referred to as Metabolic Syndrome “X” is a medical condition affecting as many as one in four Americans. Considered to be a ‘pre-diabetic’ state, IRS precedes the development of diabetes by as much as 10 years.   Insulin is a hormone, secreted by the pancreas. Insulin has two principal functions: (1) control of blood sugar, and (2) deposition of free fatty acids into the fat cells. If the insulin receptor becomes dysfunctional, it takes more and more insulin to maintain normal blood sugars. Unfortunately, the increase in the Insulin level results in fat deposition, mostly [...]

Curcumin: Breast Cancer Treatment & Prevention

Cucumin is a spice extracted from turmeric root.  This commonly available spice may be a key to fighting cancer. 1.  Curcumin reduces number of lung metastases and makes the chemotherapy agent, Taxol, less toxic. Taxol, as is true with many chemotherapeutic agents, provokes an inflammatory  response, which leads to drug resistance. When administered with the chemotherapy, curcumin inhibited Taxol's inflammatory response by blocking nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kappa B) which regulates inflammation, cell proliferation, and apoptosis (cell death). 2. Curcumin shuts down the production of NF-Kappa B, the "Smoke-Sensor" It was determined that curcumin suppresses  tumor necrosis factor (TNF), from activating [...]

Lake Mary Life Magazine Article 3/1/09

Focus on Pain Center of Orlando Peter Reilly Chronic pain is the symptom that your body is out of balance. At the Pain Center of Orlando, Dr. David Klein works to restore hormonal and nutritional balance as well as to relieve pain. He has helped many headache, hand-, foot- and back-pain sufferers regain their health, taking great satisfaction in curing those who have sought treatment elsewhere and haven’t found relief. “I want to see the patients who are not satisfied with their care, those who have not found relief elsewhere,” he says from his Longwood office, the walls of which [...]

Dr Klein is now on: www.stopchronicdisease.com

Metagenics, Inc. Launches StopChronicDisease.com Online Social Networking Community to Combat Lifestyle-Related Chronic Illness First online health information and social networking community to connect people with chronic illness with a diverse network of therapeutic lifestyle change (TLC) specialists   February 25, 2009 – San Clemente, CA – Metagenics, a global life sciences company focused on reversing chronic illness and improving health and wellness, announced today that it has launched StopChronicDisease.com, a social networking and online health information community dedicated to helping patients with chronic illness connect with health care professionals who specialize in lifestyle medicine. Metagenics is the only company in [...]

The Case of the Elderly Acrobat

The case of the elderly acrobat An 84 year old man presented with the diagnosis of ‘sciatica’ following a fall, two weeks before Christmas.  He was visiting family in Oklahoma when he hit a patch of black ice.  His legs went up in the air as he bell backwards landing flat on his back, ankles over ears.  This man, a tradesman before retirement, was not muscular, but was more flexible than most.  He brushed himself off and thought nothing of it until the next morning when the pain in his back awakened him. His visit to the local ER resulted [...]

Menstrual Cramps – New Treatment Approach

Yesterday, my medical office assistant was bent over with menstrual cramps. While it was painful for her to stand up straight, her boss (me) was unsympathetic and did not send her home to recover. Being a resourceful and somewhat problem-focused person, I thought to try something a little different. I used the Kinkease MSM ointment that we have been promoting for skeletal pain, and rubbed about 1/4 tsp of this over her abdomen, from the lower rib cage margin to the inguinal area. The pain completely abated after 20 minutes and she was able to function for the entire day [...]

Non-Cardiac Chest Wall Pain: Costochondritis

After cardio-vascular disease has excluded from the differential diagnosis of the patient presenting with chest pain, fibromuscular and skeletal etiologies of chest pain can be considered. Costochondritis is one of the most common problems that cause chest wall pain, in the primary care setting While it is very satisfying to demonstrate the absence of life-threatening vascular occlusions, the patient will remain unsatisfied if the pain persists and the diagnosis is missed.  Prior to hospitalization and catheterization, many unnecessary hospital admissions result from the failure to consider these common non-life threatening causes of chest pain. In our well recognized spare time, [...]

Omega 3 – Update

Environmental, cultural and practical changes in the industrialized world have resulted in alterations in dietary habits that have had interesting, if not life-threatening implications.  The human physiology has remained relatively unchanged for tens of thousands of years- diet remaining relatively unchanged, but for the periodic and unpredictable famine. Rather suddenly, rapid and remarkable dietary changes occurred.  Diets rich in fiber, complicated carbohydrates and omega-3 fatty acids were changed to diets poor in fiber, rich in simple carbohydrates and rich in omega-6 fatty acids.  Replacement of simple carbohydrates for the more natural complicated carbohydrates introduces a vulnerability to diabetes, obesity, autoimmune [...]

Advice to Patients Discussing Pain with Their Doctors

1.  First and foremost, find a pphysician that is skillful and willing to treat pain related problems.  If the physician is not so skilled or interested, you can talk until you are blue in the face, and nothing will change.  That is the way life is in medicine, and elsewhere. 2.  Ignore the insurance company 'list' of physicians.  More times than not, the better physicians do not participate with your plan.  Why?  Because they do not need to put up with the insurance company nonsense and they do not need to discount their services in a Walmart-type setting. a.  The [...]

Kink Ease Successfully Introduced to Competitive International Karate

We introduced Kinkease at an national competition last year, hoping that it would provide relief for those participants that might get injured.  The response was remarkable.  This post came from their website.  Links were intentionally left intact.  For more information, use the links below, or follow this one. “KINK-EASE” Sports Pain Lotion Testimonial AS YOU KNOW I HAVE TWO VERY BAD SHOULDERS.  SOME NIGHTS I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO TRAIN AT ALL. MOST NIGHTS I JUST GET BY AND DREAD THE RESULTS.  SLEEPING HAS BECOME A  TOUCH AND GO PROCESS ALSO.  YOUR SUGGESTION TO TRY KINK-EASE WAS THE SAME TIME [...]

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement

The controversy over hormone replacement risks has been going on for over 3 decades, now. What is uncontroversial, however, are the   seemingly contradictory opinions that arise over the same scientific data.  One month, is good and safe, the next month, a newspaper article describes it as ‘unsafe.’  Fact #1: Both women and men must have estrogen (estriol, estradiol, estrone), testosterone and progesterone in the blood stream.  These hormones are necessary to maintain the health of essentially every organ and tissue in the body.  Neither good, nor bad, these hormones must be maintained in rather tight ratios, relative to each other, [...]

From the Johns Hopkins Medical Center: Cancer Prevention

  AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY ('TRY' IS THE KEY WORD) TO ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHN HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY.    Cancer Update from John Hopkins  1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the t ests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have [...]

Tax Deductions for Celiac Treatment

Tax Deduction for Gluten-Free Foods as a Medical Expense for Diagnosed Celiacs Only The following guidelines were received from the Oct. 1993 CSA/USA National Conference in Buffalo, NY: 1) You can claim only the EXTRA COST of the gluten-free product over what you would pay for the similar item at a grocery store. For example, if wheat flour costs $0.89 per 5 lbs. and rice flour is $3.25 per 5 lbs., the DIFFERENCE of $2.36 is tax deductible. You may also claim mileage expense for the extra trip to the health food store and postal costs on gluten-free products ordered [...]

Melatonin and Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis Melatonin has been shown to stimulate cells called osteoblasts that promote bone growth. Since melatonin levels may be lower in some older individuals such as postmenopausal women, current studies are investigating whether decreased melatonin levels contribute to the development of osteoporosis, and whether treatment with melatonin can help prevent this condition. Melatonin is useful not only in the treatment of sleep disorders, but it  is useful in cancer prevention, osteoporosis and, as an adjuvant for weight loss.   Melatonin's therapeutic potential is underestimated because of its wide variety of functional roles and  mechanism(s) of action are complex and varied. [...]

Glycine and L-Glutamine in the treatment of Bipolar Disorder

N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) glutamate receptor antagonists are used in clinical anesthesia and are being developed as therapeutic agents for preventing neurodegeneration in stroke, epilepsy, and brain trauma. However, the ability of these agents to produce neurotoxicity in adult rats and psychosis in adult humans compromises their clinical usefulness. In addition, an NMDA receptor hypofunction (NRHypo) state might play a role in neurodegenerative and psychotic disorders, like Alzheimer's disease, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. In addition to the glutamate (NMDA) binding site, there are also multiple binding sites on the NMDA receptor for modulatory compounds. Efficient NMDA receptor activation requires not only NMDA [...]

Media Coverage and Press Releases

Triad: March, 2003: http://www.ijpc.com/RxTriad/pdf/RxTriad_V06_N03_Sample.pdf

Publications

Klein DS and Kosanin R:  Anisocoria and Ipsilateral Exophthalmos. Anesthesiology 58:237‑238, 1982. Klein DS and Wilds PW: Pulmonary Toxicity of Antineoplastic Agents: a Review of Anesthetic and Post-operative Implications.  Can Anaesth Soc J 30(4):399‑405, 1983. Kosanin RM, Klein DS, and Hall KD:  Comparison of Pulmonary Artery and Right Atrium Shunt Fractions.  Anes Rev 6:23‑25, 1983.  Klein DS:  An Endotracheal Tube Fixation Device Constructed from Discarded Oxygen Tubing and Umbilical Tape.  Anesthesiology 60:76, 1984. Klein DS:  Nalbuphine and Droperidol Combination for Local Standby Sedation.  Anesthesiology 58:397, 1984. Klein DS, Klein PW, Mahaley MS:  Nalbuphine and Droperidol in Combination for Sedation and [...]

More on Curcumin and Alzheimer’s Treatment & Prevention

This is an interesting study that looked at the plaques, themselves in Alzheimer's Disease.  Studies, such as this one, are used to develope pharmaceutical 'improvements' to naturally occurring compounds.  By altering the non-patentable, naturally occuring compounds, companies can introduce patented pharmaceuticals.  While this is often beneficial to the consumer, just as often it is a more expensive alternative to the naturally occuring substances.   Case in point:  "Gee, I remember when fish oil was ineffective to treat anything, let alone heart disease."  Now that there is a prescription fish oil product, it magically works.  Go figure.   Ono K, Naiki [...]

Curcumin as a treatment/preventative agent for Alzheimer’s Disease

NOTE:  While technical in nature, this study demonstrates the value of Curcumin in the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease, and demonstrates the biochemical basis of action.  Why wait for the medical community to recommend this inexpensive, available and safe nutraceutical if there is a reasonable expectatation that it may treat, prevent or forstall the development of Alzheimer's Disease? Begum AN, Jones MR, Lim GP, et al: Curcumin structure-function, bioavailability, and efficacy in models of neuroinflammation and Alzheimer's disease. J Pharmacol Exp Ther: 2008 Jul;326(1):196-208.  Curcumin can reduce inflammation and neurodegeneration, but its chemical instability and metabolism raise concerns, including whether the [...]

B-1 (thiamine) may reduce the risk of kidney disease in Diabetes

From the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine Newsletter: NOTE WELL:  Thiamine is very inexpensive, easy to take.  This is something that anybody with Diabetes, Insulin-dependent or not, should consider taking. Recent study results suggest that taking a high-dose vitamin B1 supplement each day may help diabetics reduce their risk of kidney damage.Diabetic nephropathy, or kidney disease, is a common complication of type 2 diabetes. An early indicator of kidney disease is microalbuminuria, where the kidney leaks albumin into the urine. Researchers set out to investigate whether supplementation with vitamin B1 would effect microalbuminuria. Type 2 diabetics were given 300 milligrams [...]

Tennis Elbow-Lateral Epicondylitis

  Tennis Elbow-Lateral Epicondylitis Tendinitis is a common ailment, sometimes due to repetitive use/dysuse, sometimes due to trauma, and occasionally due to systemic illness.  Under most circumstances, the cause of the problem is fairly self-evident. Repetitive use results in lateral epicondylitis, or 'Tennis Elbow,' whit activities that require the wrist to be gently dorsiflexed accompanied by flexion of the fingers.  Key-board use, as might be seen with prolonged computer keyboard or piano performance.  It will result from repetitive micro trauma as with ground stroke on a tennis raquet or non-dominant arm in the golf swing.  In any event, inflammation of [...]

Bicipital Tendinitis

Bicipital Tendinitis Shoulder injuries are a common problem in the general population, but these injuries are particularly common in weight lifting, body building, tennis, golf and martial arts. Among the most common injuries is sprain/strain of the biceps.  This muscle flexes the forearm to the shoulder.  It is commonly injured through repetitive use, violent stretch and with acceleration/deceleration of the arm/shoulder unit. The biceps has two heads, as the name would suggest, one entering the shoulder capsule through the biceps groove and running under the shoulder blade, the other head attaching on the coronoid process of the scapulae. Symptoms of [...]

Selenium and prostate cancer

Prostate Cancer and Selenium Intake Prostate cancer presents a very real risk to life and longevity.  The incidence of prostate cancer rises dramatically with age. Genetic predisposition does play a role in the risk of prostate cancer, but it is difficult to change the structure and nature of the gene thereby mitigating cancer risk.  It is, however, fairly easy to alter some environmental risk factors that dramatically improve risks for disease development. Evidence suggests a significant link between prostate enlargement (BPH) and hormonal levels. As males age, production of androgenic (male) hormones decreases, causing an imbalance in androgen and estrogen [...]

Vanadium and Diabetes

Mineral Metabolism:   Vanadium - Insulin receptor activity This is a very important abstract, below.  While a bit on the technical side, it is interesting to understand that there is well understood science behind the use of certain trace minerals in the treatment of diabetes. This is partialy explains why the use of 'organic trace minerals' is so important to general health. The balance of vanadium and chromium is delicate, and it is dangerous to simply 'throw' supplements at a patient and expect anything but trouble. Both vanadium and chromium are necessary for health, but too much is toxic. Chromium should [...]

Persistent Ankle Pain Following Sprain

Stretch Nerve Injury of the Superficial Peroneal Nerve and/or the Intermediodorsal Branch of the Fibular Nerve Ankle injuries are quite common in life and they generally require little, if any, special medical attention.  A sprain is a stretch injury of a ligament or tendon, and rates of healing depend in large on patient age, health and nutritional status. The most common sprain involves 'inversion of the ankle. More times than not, these sprains mend on their own in as little as 6 weeks (for children and adolescents) and the length of time tends to double with each decade of life, [...]

Functional Approach to Men’s Health

Functional Approach to Men’s Health Of the many health issues that are important to men, most result from hormone imbalance. Focus on individual symptoms, such as hair loss, erectile dysfunction and prostatic enlargement tend to divert attention to the underlying pathology that directly, or indirectly results in each of these three, prevalent problems. Between the ages of 21 and 50, a man's testosterone level can be expected to drop approximately 1% per year.  That is, the average 50 year old, barring any alcohol intake, medication consumption or weight gain, will experience a decrease of 50% in serum testosterone levels.  If [...]

Holiday Detoxification Recommendations

Many people believe that periodic 'detoxification' provides a healthy break for organs, such as for the liver, kidney, bladder and galbladder. The holidays, for the most part, are a pleasant, memorable time of the year.  As it is with so many things, the good is accompanied by the bad.  For purposes here, excessive and unhealthy eating accompanied by consumption of alcoholic beverages results in tremendous metabolic stress on the body.  Were this not enough, travel and work stress adds to the load placed on the biological system. Preventive maintenance, in the form of a formal systemic detoxification, might be a [...]

Plantar Fasciitis

Of the many causes of foot pain, the clinical syndrome known as Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most challenging. The plantar fascia is a tough band of tissue that stretches from the forefoot to the heel, and is responsible for maintenance of arch integrity. Due to persistent mechanical stress resulting from prolonged walking, standing and stretching, the plantar fascia withstands remarkable mechanical challenges during routine activity.  As a result of microtrauma subsequent to jumping, jogging, and running, the plantar fascia can develop small areas where it is torn from the attachment on the heel. The pain of plantar fasciitis [...]

Foot pain

Pain in the foot is a very common clinical entity.  Causes of foot pain can include arthritis, tendinitis, ligament inflammation, sprain and fracture. Metabolic diseases can cause foot pain, including gout, diabetes and vitamin deficiencies.Often overlooked causes of foot pain include enthesopathies (tendinitis) of the knee, muscular spasm in the calf and nerve irritation in the thigh.Each of these topics will be discussed, in turn.

TMJ Pain- Alternative Treatment Options

Pain due to inflammation of the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) can be one of the most miserable conditions to experience and it is certainly one of the most difficult conditions to treat. By the time the patient is referred to this office, most of the traditional approaches have been tried.  these include: Splinting Oral narcotics Oral anti-inflammatories Muscle relaxants Anti-depressants (hopefully this one has not been done yet) Surgery to the TMJ. Transdermal medication delivery. Each of these approaches has advantages, disadvantages, proponents and critics. 1. Splinting sometimes works, but it tends to be expensive, transient in effect.  Minimally invasive in [...]

Influenza- Time to prepare

The influenza (flu) season is upon us.  In these days of powerful antibiotics, impressive hospitals and expensive diagnostic equipment, the influenza virus still kills otherwise healthy adults and children.  It kills, in the US, nearly as many persons as who perish in automobile accidents, yet we assume that the 'guardians in white coats' will save us this potential killer.   Well, the reality is that we have very few options to treat this viral infection, once it takes hold.  We can, however, take steps to improve the immune system and thereby reducing the changes of contracting the illness or minimizing [...]

Foot Pain: Topical Pain Cream- Kink Ease

The most common joint affected by arthritis is the MP joint of the great toe.  Arthritis here can result in pain with walking, standing, reaching overhead.  Over time, arthritis at this point can result in bunion deformity and reduced flexibility of the foot. I have had very good response using the high concentration MSM cream, Kink-Ease.  It is very inexpensive, and provides pain relief in as little as 15 to 30 seconds. Best applied before climbing into bed, it can be used several times, daily.  Effects last 2-4 hours, or more. For more information: www.stages-of-life.com

Useful Sleep Aid- l-Theanine

Treating Insomnia with Theanine Theanine  (l-theanine) is an amino acid found in tea leaves.  In addition to providing benefits as an anti-oxidant, theanine is useful in sleep induction, as well. L-Theanine provides an interesting combination of salutary benefits.  It acts as a non-sedating relaxant by enhancing alpha wave production in the brain. It improves mental focus during wakeful hours, yet it enhances sleep quality.  The alpha-wave enhancing effect is very useful for students, promoting concentration, yet it does not cause sleep disturbances that result from the use of caffeine and amphetamines. The effective dosage range of L-Theanine ranges between 50 [...]

So you want to keep gaining weight, eh?

The sweetener fructose, sometimes labelled as 'high fructose corn syrup,' is found in many processed foods, soft drinks and confections.  NOTE WELL:  This is the carbohydrate found in those wonderful fruit drinks that we feed our little children. This may be one of the main issues leading to pediatric obesity. It has  been found to cause leptin resistance, one of the hormones found to control hunger, thereby linking it directly to weight gain and obesity.Shapiro A, Mu W, Roncal CA, et al: Fructose-induced leptin resistance exacerbates weight gain in response to subsequent high fat feeding. Am J Physiol Regul Integ Comp Physiol. 2008.

Licorice- an overlooked, under-utilized medicine

  Licorice The chemical component of licorice that seems to have the greatest apparent medical benefit is Glycyrrhizin.  Chemically, glycyrrhizin is a sulphated polysaccharide, in a class known as triterpenoid saponins. Glycyrrhizin  is considered to be the active constituent of licorice, and potency is determined by glycyrrhizin content.  Glycyrrhizin is converted into glychyrrhetic acid by glycaronidase. Glycyrrhizin has demonstrated salutory and beneficial effectts on liver function. In situations where liver enzymes are elevated, glychorrhizin can reduce alanine transaminase and aspartate transaminase values. While the mechanism has not been entirely elucidated, glycyrrhizin may inhibit the immune mediated cytotoxicity against hepatocytes and on [...]

Peptide that can induce cancer cell death

From the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine: Researchers have created a peptide that binds to a protein, converting it from a cancer-promoting protein to a cancer-killing protein.The Bcl-2 protein has long been known to protect cancer cells from programmed cell death, or apoptosis, a process that the body uses to destroy cancerous cells. Interest in Bcl-2 led Xiao-kun Zhang and colleagues at Burnham Institute for Medical Research to create a peptide called NuBCP-9 from a protein called Nur77, which is a potent pro-apoptotic (cell death-promoting) protein.  Both laboratory and animal studies showed that NuBCP-9 binds to Bcl-2, converting it into [...]

Blended Medical Approach to the Treatment of Diabetic Peripheral Polyneuropathy

Blended Medical Approach to the Treatment of Diabetic Peripheral Polyneuropathy Of the many dangerous and unpleasant sequelae of diabetes, the complaint of burning foot pain is probably the most common.  As many as 60 to 70 percent of diabetics have some form of neuropathy, with risk rising with age of the patient and with duration of the illness. Diabetic neuropathy tends to be more prevalent in patients with poor blood sugar control and elevated triglycerides, high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure and obesity. Diabetic neuropathy is metabolic in nature.  Entrapment or occlusive neuropathy is structural in nature.  Symptoms Symptoms of diabetic [...]

Nutrition and Diabetes Prevention

I had done a brief article on nutritional intervention and prevention of diabetes. It is important to realize that diabetes does not begin when blood sugars start to rise over '100 mg/dl.'  The problem begins, in ernest, when insulin levels climb above 10 microunits/ml. The ratio of glucose to insulin should be greater than 10:1.  When insulin levels climb above 10, the ratio drops below this benchmark, and the risk of developing diabetes increases.  When the level of insulin exceeds 20, it is far more likely than not that the patient will develope adult onset diabetes. What is more interesting [...]

Enlightened approach to diabetic neuropathy

New Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment Options There has been a good bit of advertisement for a number of 'new products' for the treatment of diabetic neruopathy. Some of these products are very impressive, some, well, not so much. I have been having some pretty good results using a combination of nutritional intervention with a recently introduced anti-convulsant "Lyrica." The trick to using Lyrica is using it principally at bed time, using a dosage sufficient to introduce deep sleep.  Generally, if the patient awakens feeling a little groggy, the dosage is close to being enough.  Introducing a good night's rest is important [...]

Constipation Update

What is contipation, anyway? If you ask an 'expert' what is a normal 'bowel habit,' the answer will reflect what is 'normal' to the expert.  Unfortunately, there is no general consensus of opinion as to what is truly 'normal.' What is irrefutable is the fact that other mammals have bowel movements every time they eat.  If you have a dog or cat, they enjoy 'going outside' for a walk after each meal.  This reflects the gastro-colic reflex that is present in mammals. Stimulate the stomach with distension and the distal bowel readies itself for defecation.  Unfortunately, we are just so [...]

Melatonin- Sleep and much more

Sleep Disorder is remarkably common.  For a general idea as to how prevalent this problem might be, simply watch television and count the number of commercials that pop up for prescription sleep medications. The Problems: Sleep Dysfunction or insomnia is a symptom, not a primary disease state. Without sorting through WHY a person has difficulty sleeping, it is impossible to correct the underlying problem. Taking a medication that is 'new to nature' rarely corrects any underlying problem. That is, a medication that is formulated from chemicals that are not native to the organism (human, in this case) cannot by nature [...]

Sleep Dysfunction

Sleep Dysfunction: a silent epidemic Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms: Early Insomnia:  Difficulty falling asleep Mid-Insomnia:  Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep Late-Insomnia: Waking up too early in the morning Functional Insomnia:  Feeling tired upon waking Primary insomnia is defined as sleep difficulty unrelated to a recognized  health condition or problem. Secondary insomnia is defined as sleep difficulty related or resulting from another medical condition or problem, such as asthma, pain,  depression, arthritis, [...]

Reducing Cancer Risk with Vitamin D-3

Latest Lowdown on Vitamin -3 For starters, Vitamin D-3 is not a vitamin at all.  Vitamin D is a family of steroidal hormones that the body needs to acquire from the environment to maintain an ever increasingly appreciated importance to the maintenance of health. Vitamin D occurs in 3 morphologies- Vitamin D1, D2 and D3.  Vitamin D-3 is made in the gut from D-2, which is essentially inactive. Vitamin D-3 is derived from cholesterol and is structurally similar to estrogen, testosterone and other essential hormones.  ____________________________________ Vitamin D-3, in doses of at least 2,000 IU/day will decrease the risk of [...]

Osteoporosis- Nutritional overview

Nutritional Factors in Osteoporosis     Introduction   The incidence of osteoporosis increases with age, and is develops at an earlier age in woman than in men. About 55 % of Americans, women more so than men, are at risk of developing osteoporosis. This disease is characterized by a demineralization of the bones, which become porous and fragile, this causing a higher susceptibility to fractures.5   Background to Medical Intervention   Bone is largely calcium in nature, and if demineralization were the issue than common sense would dictate that increasing dietary intake of calcium would arrest, reverse or at least [...]

Sleep Dysfunction

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms: Early Insomnia:  Difficulty falling asleep Mid-Insomnia:  Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep Late-Insomnia: Waking up too early in the morning Functional Insomnia:  Feeling tired upon waking Primary insomnia is defined as sleep difficulty unrelated to a recognized  health condition or problem. Secondary insomnia is defined as sleep difficulty related or resulting from another medical condition or problem, such as asthma, pain, depression, arthritis, cancer, or heartburn.  Medication side effects and certain foods/beverages can cause [...]

Diabetes

Diabetes is more than a disease of elevation in blood sugar. The vast majority of cases result from a disorder of insulin receptor chemistry, and not from an inadequate supply or level of the hormone ‘insulin.’ For purposes of this newsletter, we will concentrate on Type II Diabetes, or what is sometimes referred to as ‘adult-onset’ diabetes.   Adult Onset Diabetes Adult onset diabetes, or Type II Diabetes, occurs most commonly in middle-age. In recent years, however, Diabetes seems to be presenting earlier and earlier in life. Traditional diagnosis focuses on elevations in blood glucose, or ‘blood sugar,’ because traditional [...]

Phosphoric Acid, Vitamin K-2

Dietary influences that increases bone demineralization are becoming more and more problematic. Intake of phosphoric acid, as an example, can dramatically accelerate the development of osteoporosis. Cola beverages are the greatest risk in this regard. Phosphoric acid is present in high concentration in cola beverages, and with intake of these soft-drinks, excretion of the phosphate moiety takes place in the form of calcium phosphate. With intake of excessive amounts of phosphoric acid, drinking cola beverages may hasten the development of osteoporosis by  worsening  calcium deficiency in the bone itself, which in turn causes weakening of the  teeth and weak bone [...]

Osteoporosis Treatment: Nutritional Supplement

Introduction The incidence of osteoporosis increases with age, and is develops at an earlier age in woman than in men. About 55 % of Americans, women more so than men, are at risk of developing osteoporosis. This disease is characterized by a demineralization of the bones, which become porous and fragile, this causing a higher susceptibility to fractures.5 Background to Medical Intervention Bone is largely calcium in nature, and if demineralization were the issue than common sense would dictate that increasing dietary intake of calcium would arrest, reverse or at least minimize the ravages of this illness. For years, physicians recommended [...]

Foods as Medicine

Is it any wonder that 2/3 of the US population is over-weight?  Is it any wonder that it is a rarity to find an adult who does not suffer from at least one (if not several or more) chronic illnesses? In order to properly diagnose any problem, solve any puzzle or correct any problem, one has to find the underlying factor that leads to the present situation.  Is it reasonable to assume that nearest explanation is the most logical cause for the problem?  Is it reasonable to ignore the fact that one problem leads to the next, which leads to [...]

Introduction to David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM

Well, after years of procrastination, delay and denial, I have finally agreed to invest the time and effort into sharing 'tricks of the trade' that your doctor may not have shared with you.   In all fairness, your doctor probably did not have all of the data to share with you, or, more likely, you spend your medical visits in the company of the nurse practitioner of physician's assistant, while the doctor is elsewhere, 'supervising.' It was not the doctor's fault that he or she is forced to practice this way, but the reality is simple:  The government and the insurance [...]