know that the state of Ohio now requires an informed consent just to get tested
for Lyme disease?All such tests have
false positives and false negatives.Mainly,
we need to rely on clinical judgment.If
acute Lyme is suspected, a 2-3 week course of antibiotics is surely
indicated.Beyond that, Lyme becomes an
autoimmune problem that can affect several systems in the body.Dr. David Minkoff has reported excellent
improvements in several patients treated with ozone therapy.Dr. Ty Vincent has used the LDA allergy
treatment to neutralize the sensitivity to the Lyme organisms with outstanding
results.I have years of experience with
LDA, so I prefer that approach.For a
limited time, I would be happy to discuss the treatment with anyone who has
tested positive for Lyme.
“Study lifts cloud over heart drugs Zetia, Vytorin,” said
the headline.Dr. Christopher Cannon of
Harvard described the benefit of the drug combo: “This is the first time that
something added to statins has been shown to be beneficial.”Dr. Cannon is simply wrong.Vytorin added to statins cut the risk of
heart problems by 6% over 7 years.The
number needed to treat for 7 years.The
number needed to treat for 7 years was 5-6 patients.The 2012 TACT study showed that chelation
plus high dose multivitamins reduced the risk of cardiac events over 5 years by
26%.In diabetic patients the reduction
was 51%.The number needed to treat for
diabetes was 6!All groups in TACT were
continued on statin drugs.IV chelation
is much more effective than drugs.Where
are the headlines showing this?
multi-centered study published in the American College of Cardiology Journal
followed 55,000 adults for 15 years found that those who ran 15 minutes a day,
three days a week, were 45% less likely to die of a heart attack or
stroke.Those who ran only 1-2 times a
week still had benefits, as did those who were overweight or continued to
smoke.Running only for 5 minutes a day
can add 3 years to one’s life.A
vibrating power plate can produce quality fitness by using it 45 minutes a week.
See the Toledo Blade, August 25, 2014 in the Peach
section.Multiple studies have been
published in scientific journals.
A correspondence in the New England Journal of Medicine states that such drugs as
Fosamax do prevent fractures of the hip and low back in women younger than 80
years of age, but they also can create atypical fractures in the upper leg.The risk of these additional fractures
increases with the duration of taking the drug.In a separate Taiwan study, one out of 200 long-term users of the drug
developed osteonecrosis if the jaw, which can be a devastating problem.Taking the drug might do more harm than good,
especially if it’s taken for the wrong indication or over many years.In the same issue, deficiency in B12 is
linked to osteoporosis.My suggestion is
that many women do better with optimal doses of vitamin D3, along with calcium,
magnesium, regular exercise and maybe some natural progesterone and B12.
A report in
Hepatologystated that there has been an increase in
liver damage in both body-building and non body-buildingrelated herbal supplements over the previous
decade.Often such supplements are
poorly labeled and contain multiple ingredients.The damage is characterized by jaundice and
it can lead to liver transplants and rarely death.The same problem can occur with regular acetaminophen
(Tylenol).Take such supplements only
under a knowledgeable doctor’s care, and get regular blood tests if you do.
published in Nature showed that
popular sugar substitutes, such as Sweet n’ Low, Equal, and Splenda can
increase the blood sugar and create problems for diabetics and those who are
taking them to help lose weight.Apparently, they disrupt the biofilm, which consists of the good
bacteria in the gut.This leads to an
increased risk of insulin resistance and glucose intolerance.It can actually cause diabetes to be
expressed when the gene for the disease is lying dormant in the body.The article did not mention the neurologic
side effects seen by these substances on occasion.Best advice is to avoid them altogether.
known for some time that depression in women increases the risk of heart
attacks.Now it is evident that a diet
deficient in fruits, vegetables, and fiber makes that association even more
powerful.If a woman has depression,
even if treated fairly successfully, it is very important that extra attention
is paid to a healthy diet.Otherwise her
risk of heart disease increases substantially.
See The American Journal of Medicine, Sept. 2014, p.