Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Go to cdc.gov/heartdisease/heart-age.htm, and follow the instructions to calculate your heart age. If it is higher than your chronological age, you can lower your heart age with diet, exercise, stress reduction, smoking cessation, and most importantly in my experience, by getting chelation therapy. It is never too late—start today. You can also go into much more detail about your risk of heart attack or stroke by going to an alternative doctor.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Specialists in Infectious Disease are anticipating an increase in cost for Daraprim, which is a major drug to treat life-threatening parasitic diseases. Only one company makes. The cost is $13.50 per tablet for this 62 y.o. drug. Turing Pharmaceuticals has recently bought the company that makes the drug and has announced that it will now charge $750 per pill. IV vitamin C until recently cost us about $12 a bottle. Next thing we know the price jumped up to $65 per bottle, with no explanation. We can get a blood test for vitamin D3 for about $40 for a patient. The usual charge for free-standing or hospital labs for the same test can range from $200-400. Corporate greed is killing our health care system. I hope someone can stop this from happening.
See the Toledo Blade, September 21, 2015, p. 4.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Dr. Samih Bittar wrote a special article to the Toledo Blade on the dangers of poor circulation. This affects 8 million Americans, many of who are not aware that they have a problem. Signs and symptoms include pain in your calf with exercise, pain in the front of your foot, sore on your feet that do not heal easily, shiney skin or loss of hair in your feet, and a weak pulse on top of your foot or behind the medial ankle bone. If you have these complaints, you should be tested by an ultrasound or at least by checking the blood pressure in the arm and leg. The latter should be higher than the former. What you can do is control your diabetes, BP, and cholesterol, quit smoking, get regular exercise. Above all, see an alternative doc and get chelation therapy—it could make a big difference to feel better and to avoid getting a major heart attack.
See Toledo Blade, Peach section, September 21, 2015.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians has launched the Million Hearts program in 20 sites throughout Ohio. Mainly it consists on putting more targeted patients on drugs for hyperlipidemia and hypertension. First of all, there are natural ways to accomplish these goals. Secondly, the new Boston Heart Blood profile goes into far more detail about the risks that each patient has for developing vascular problems, while documenting nutritional and lifestyle approaches that can effectively reduce these risks. The lab accepts assignment as long as you have Medicare or some form of insurance other than Cigna (so there is no cost to the patient). Thirdly, we now have proof that chelation therapy is effective for preventing heart attacks. If you procrastinate and ignore these effective treatments, you risk sudden death from our number one killer, heart disease.
Go to www.ohioafp.org.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
An article in the New England Journal of Medicine called “Releasing the Brakes on Cancer Immunotherapy” was really excited about new ways to activate the immune system, rather than to simply destroy it with chemotherapy. One of the precautions noted is that too much activation can result in autoimmune problems. Interestingly, there was no mention of high dose IV vitamin C and oral vitamin D3, which are both helpful for immune deficiency as well as autoimmune diseases. We have been using this approach for many years with good success.
See the NEJM, Sept 8, 2015.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Falls are a leading cause of death for people greater than 65 y.o.. You might have missed it, but it is not too late to participate in the 10 Million Steps program centered around September 23, the National Falls Awareness Day. Walk a mile, take a selfie, and post it on social media using the hashtags #PreventFalls and #10MStepsOH. Regular walking for 15-30 minutes a day is one of the best ways to prevent falls (and heart attacks too).
Google National Falls Awareness Day.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends that you take 81 mg aspirin daily if you are in your 50’s or 60’s, you have at least a 10% risk of having a heart attack over the next decade, and you have no increased risk for bleeding in the stomach or brain. You might also get some protection from colon cancer as well. Personally, I would rather take nattokinase and/or ultra pure fish oils, a more natural approach.
See the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force Report on low-dose aspirin, Sept, 2015