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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Dr. John Walkup of Cornell University emphasizes that many children who have been labeled as ADHD, autism spectrum, or even depression are simply anxious. They have difficulty focusing and concentrating because their minds are full of worry and anxiety. Rather than medications, we usually treat this problem with herbal and homeopathic supplements. Better yet, they can receive Sensitivity Reduction Technique (SRT), which involves light tapping on acupuncture points (no needles). This treatment can give long-term relief.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Some of us define aging as what happens 15 years after your current age. An Australian Study showed that mid to late life exercise had the most powerful lifestyle effect on verbal memory. Blood pressure control and high levels of HDL, the good cholesterol, were the next most important factors. What you do now will have a good effect on what happens later.
See Szoeke, American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 5/8/2016.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Insomnia increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes in younger to mid-life men and the elderly, but not in younger women. The insomnia is related to excessive sympathetic stimulation. This can be detected and treated by getting a heart rate variability test (Max Pulse), which we offer in our office. If you are at risk, you can counter-balance the risk with regular relaxation exercises.
See the CARDIA Study in the Journal of Preventive Cardiology, Jan. 2014, 57-64.
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
If you know someone who is suffering from alcoholism, the best way that you might be able to help is to urge him or her to attend 3-4 meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous to give the program a chance. Their success rate is better than any other measure. The average person who has achieved strong recovery has attended AA meetings for 7 years or more. The added social support is crucial for success.
See Marc Gallanter, “What is Alcoholics Anonymous? A Path from Addiction to Recovery”, Oxford University Press, 2016.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
A few years back, doctors were urged to treat pain as the fifth vital sign so it could be adequately treated. Unfortunately, this resulted in more narcotics being diverted toward abuse. Now the CDC is asking for caution. Whenever possible, non-drug measures are now recommended first line for pain relief, such as chiropractic, massage, and the Kaufman technique that we use. Non-steroidal drugs such as ibuprofen are also preferred for short-term pain relief, but they have their own set of side effects. Nutritional supplements like curcumin can also be very effective and safe.
See Family Practice News, June 15, 2016, p. 12.
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Thursday, August 25, 2016
The New England Journal of Medicine published an editorial pointing out that there was no evidence that treating Lyme disease with long-term antibiotics is effective in treating persistent symptoms of Lyme disease. The infection with this disease does not persist after initial antibiotic treatment. The editorial did not recommend any other treatment at this time. However, a small group of physicians in the American Academy of Environmental Physicians that I am proud to belong to have used an allergy desensitization technique called Low-dose immunotherapy (LDI) to reduce the autoimmune response of Lyme disease with impressive results.
See the editorial in the March 31 issue of the NEJM and Google AAEM for more info on LDI.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
An Editorial in the AMA journal summarized the limited evidence and concluded that it is indeed beneficial to increase fish intake to slow the progression of various neurogenic diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. The benefit exceeded the risk of eating fish, much of which is contaminated with mercury. My advice is to be as sure as possible that your source of fish oil has been tested for the absence of mercury. Further, a simple challenge test for mercury accumulating in the body should be done at least every 2-3 years for fish-eaters. If the level is high, chelation can bring much of the mercury out of the body and brain. This should increase the benefit of eating fish substantially.
See the Editorial on Fish Consumption in JAMA, Feb 2, 2016 issue.