Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fish Consumption Cuts Heart Attacks

This fall I was program chairman for a medical meeting that highlighted a debate between an advocate of fish oil and one who preferred vegetable oils.  This is a hot topic in alternative medicine lately.  The fish oil advocates are supported by a meta-analysis of 408,305 subjects in the American Journal of Medicine that showed a 5% reduction in risk of heart attacks for every 100 gram serving of fish per week.  The benefit could have been even greater, in my opinion, if the patients had been monitored and treated for mercury toxicity, which can happen when one eats a lot of fish.  Put me in the corner of the fish advocates.

See  The American Journal of Medicine, Sept. 2014, p. 848-857.

 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Disease Care for People with Multiple Chronic Conditions

The Department of HHS has called for a better approach to those with multiple chronic conditions.  One quarter of all adults have 2 or more chronic conditions. Two-thirds of Medicare patients have multiple medical problems, and 14% have 6 or more conditions.  Most of those problems are treated with one or more drugs, all with potential side effects and interactions.  No wonder that our current drug-based care model is impossible to manage efficiently!  A more natural approach using lifestyle modifications, nutrients, homeopathics and selected herbs avoids most of the problems with drugs and usually is significantly less expensive.  That approach makes a lot more sense to me.

 

See JAMA, Sept. 24, 2014, p. 1199-1200.


 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Incidence of Diabetes has Doubled

The Center for Disease Control has reported that the incidence of Diabetes has doubled during the period 1990 to 2008.  The primary cause is the increased numbers of people who are overweight.  The transformation diet 360 is particularly good for people with blood sugar levels of 90 or above.  It reduces calories while adding small protein snacks so that participants do not get hungry, and they lose weight rapidly.  Fasting sugar levels of 90 or above increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, 90-126 are pre-diabetics, and 126 and higher are diabetics by definition.  Contact our office for more information.

 See JAMA, Sept. 24, 2014, p. 1218-12225.  Contact Celebration of Health Assoc. at


 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Lasting Chronic Pain Relief in Ten Minutes or Less

Jonathan Wright’s newsletter, Nutrition and Healing, led off its June 2013 issue with a report on Dr. Steve Kaufman’s amazing techniques of pain neutralization.  Dr. Kaufman has discovered many techniques that relieve trigger points of pain rapidly with only a light touch of nearby soft tissue.  I have attended several of his seminars, and I can vouch for his teaching.  Most recently, he showed attendees how to relieve hot flashes and menstrual cramps with a few brief treatments for the great majority of patients without drugs or surgery.

For more information, google Dr. Kaufman for his website or contact our office at healthcelebration.com or 1-800-788-4627.


 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Children Damaged by Toxic Stress

The American Academy of Pediatrics has launched a campaign to deal with children who have been exposed to emotional abuse, neglect, caregiver wrongdoing, violence and other stressors.  There is no perfect screen and no specific intervention to offer.  It would seem helpful to me to teach stress coping skills in elementary school, where they could be most helpful.  Offering them to everyone might identify children at high risk and yield long-term benefit to those who need them.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Two Major Problems of Senior Patients are Often Missed

Balance problems that can lead to hip fractures and sleep apnea that can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and strokes.  I either of these problems is unaddressed, it can be fatal.  Don’t wait for your doctor to ask, make the inquiry yourself.  Ask if you are at risk, and if so, ask to be tested.  Treatment is available.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Doctors Charged with Medicare Fraud

In the seventh national operation, involving 400 law enforcement officials from across the country, 90 individuals and 27 health care providers, including doctors, were charged with Medicare fraud.  Among other accusations, the most common alleged offense involved treatments and services.  I do not know how many integrative physicians were included in the operation, but I do know that some very good doctors have been charged in the past.  The problem is that there are no codes for many integrative procedures, but if you participate in Medicare, you are required to put down a code, even if it doesn’t fit.  If Medicare judges your code to be inaccurate, you are charged with fraud, which can lead to stiff fines and possible jail.  That is why integrative doctors like myself do not belong to Medicare.  It would be stupid to put yourself in such a terrible position.

See Family Practice News, June 15, 2014, P.4.