England Journal of Medicine reports that we might be witnessing the birth of a
revolution in our understanding of human health and disease.Bacteria in our guts are being linked to
cancer, autoimmunity, liver disease, asthma, autism, obesity, diabetes, heart
disease, synthetizing important vitamins and amino acids, detoxification, and
improving digestion. Our bodies
typically contain 13 trillion cells and 130 trillion bacterial cells, 20,000
genes and 5-8 million bacterial genes.Alternative practitioners have been talking about the biofilm for
years.It is about time that physicians
are finally paying attention.
See the New England Journal Watch, Year in Review for 2013.(subscription needed)
headaches occur in 10.5% of children ages 10-15 years of age and 7% of 7 year
olds.Environmental triggers can include
lack of sleep, dehydration, stress at school including bullying, and hormone
imbalance.Many drugs are
available.Often overlooked are food
allergies and yeast problems, which are readily treatable.The Kaufman techniques of pain neutralization
might be particularly helpful.
have heard the advertisements lately about controlling diabetes while getting
off the drugs used to treat it.In the
scientific literature, the Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania reported
that it saved 300 heart attacks, 140 strokes, and 160 cases of retinopathy for
25,000 patients over 3 years by treating them with a “bundle”.This included measuring the HBA1C every 6
months and maintaining it at less than 7%, measuring the LDL and urine protein
annually and keeping the former below 100, maintaining BP <140 and="" avoiding="" date="" flu="" keeping="" pneumococcal="" span="" style="mso-spacerun: yes;" to="" tobacco="" up="" use.="" vaccines=""> 140>
14.5% of patients complied with all points of
the “bundle”.The results were reported
as “fabulous”.Getting off oral drugs,
if possible, is a laudable goal since some might even increase the risks for
diabetes.Monitoring the biomarkers is
certainly useful.But patients will get
far better results if they also lose weight with a low carb diet, get regular
exercise, take the natural products, berberine, chromium, and cinnamon, and
especially take IV chelation.
was promoted by Linus Pauling as the most important sub fraction of the lipid
panel.If it is high, it increases the
risk of heart attacks and strokes substantially.Any lab can do the test.Just ask your doctor if it is not included in
your standard lipid panel.Dr. Pauling
advocated high dose vitamin C to reduce an elevated Lp(a).I have found that intravenous chelation might
be even more reliable.
more water!Increased water consumption
might optimize blood viscosity, reduce gum disease, improve cardiac muscle
efficiency, lower cholesterol, and improve kidney function.A useful guideline is half your weight in
ounces per day, although you might not need that much to see a noticeable
a nutshell, you have metabolic syndrome if you have 3 of the following 5 signs
and symptoms:Increased waist
measurement (35 inches for women, 40 inches for men), BP > 130/80, fasting
blood sugar >100, triglycerides >150, and HDL <50 .="" span="" style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> 50>If you qualify, you have a substantially
increased risk for heart attacks and strokes.Most important for treatment is weight loss with a low carb diet.Exercise helps, and chelation might lower
your risk, according to the results of the TACT study.Moderate changes can make a big difference.
See the Townsend Letter, May,
2013, p. 52-60 for more information.
The American Heart Association has published new stroke prevention guidelines for women. The include getting your blood pressure checked before taking birth control pills, consider taking BP meds for slight elevations when pregnant, and getting screened for atrial fibrillation if you are at least 75 years of age. Lifestyle suggestions are eat well, exercise regularly, don’t smoke, and don’t eat too much salt or drink too much alcohol. All of these make good sense. I would add getting screened for carotid plaque with a CardioRisk test and taking chelation if plaque is developing, especially if the family history is positive for heart attacks or strokes, and using bio-identical hormones instead of synthetic hormones if needed for menopause symptoms.
Next CardioRisk screening will be in Bluffton COHA office on March 11th, you do not have to be a COHA patient.
See American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Guidelines for Stroke Prevention in Women.
Celebration of Health Association website