Thursday, February 28, 2013

Vitamin C and Weight Loss

Dr. Russ Jaffe of Perque Integrative Health has pointed out two articles in the recent scientific literature that describe the role of vitamin C and weight loss. The first is attributed to Vitamin C’s production of carnitine in the body. Carnitine is an amino acid that aids in fat transportation and metabolism. The second showed that individuals with high vitamin C status are much more efficient at oxidizing fat with exercise. Thus those low in vitamin C have much more difficulty burning off fat. See

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tap Water Consumption Related to Food Allergies

Researchers from Albert Einstein School of Medicine tested the urine of 2000 patients for dichlorophenols. This chemical is contained in pesticides and in tap water that has been treated with chlorine. Patients with the highest levels were 80% more likely to have food allergies. Over the last 15 years, the incidence of food allergies has increased at least 20%. Food allergies are more likely if digestion of proteins is inadequate. Digestion is adversely affected when probiotic bacteria are decreased, and guess which chemical kills off the good bacteria. By the way, food allergies are treatable by a complex protocol of stimulating acupressure points developed by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny in Cleveland, called SRT (Sensitivity Reduction Technique). We have been using SRT for the past decade with impressive results. See The Week. December 21, 2012, p. 17.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Half of All Heart Attack Victims Had Normal Cholesterol

Too great an emphasis of treatment in this country focuses only on controlling cholesterol. Lifestyle factors are also very important. Some of the most overlooked factors are metabolic risk factors, such as obesity, oxidized fats, insulin sensitivity, and even slight increases in glucose in the blood. Two herbal supplements help control these metabolic factors and should be considered as supplements for those at risk: berberine and grape seed extract. For more information, go to Disclosure: I have no financial connection to this company.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Americans are in Worse Health and Die Younger then Citizens of Other Countries

A new study by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council compared U.S. health markers and death rates for people of all ages to those of 17 other developed countries. American men ranked last in the study and women were next to the last. Car accidents, gun violence, and drug overdoses were major contributors for those less than 50 y.o. We had more than twice as many homicide deaths related to guns than any other country. Chronic diseases, especially heart disease, were also more prevalent in the U.S. We need a lot more emphasis on prevention, and a greater utilization of safer, more natural medicine. See January 10 issue of New York Times and report from the Institutes of Medicine.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Concentrated Dark Chocolate Can Help Your Heart if You Can Stand the Taste

Dr. Roger Corder of Queen Mary University of London reported from a randomized, double-blind study that daily consumption of a 50 Gm dark chocolate bar with 1094 mg of flavonoids lowered the diastolic blood pressure by 5 mg and reduced the brain natriuretic peptide marker for congestive heart failure by 39% over 4 weeks of treatment. The bad news was that the average dark chocolate bar contains only 312 mg of flavonoids per 50 Gm. And the worse news was that even the patients that finished the study complained about the taste. The company that sponsored the study is working on that. See Family Practice News, December, 2012, p. 9.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hypertension a Missed Diagnosis in Young Adults

Dr. Heather Johnson opened eyes at the American Heart Association meeting this fall by finding that 65% of patients in the age groups of 18-31 y.o. who had hypertension documented in patient records over a 4 year period remained undiagnosed and untreated. Many others in all age groups are classified as untreated prehypertension (BP between 130/80 and 140/90). Hypertension leads to heart disease and strokes. Weight loss, low salt diet, and exercise are initial treatments. But nutritional supplements and/or medications are often needed as well. See Family Practice News, December, 2012, p. 1,8.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

If You Have Diabetes, Would You Rather Have Bypass Surgery or Chelation Therapy?

The New England Journal of Medicine had a recent article comparing angioplasty with stents to bypass surgery (CABG) for patients with diabetes and vascular disease. The end points were a composite of death from any cause, nonfatal heart attack, and nonfatal stroke. Conventional medical therapy was continued as well. The study showed that CABG had fewer deaths and heart attacks but more strokes. These end points were included in the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT), and those patients who were given EDTA chelation therapy had significantly fewer cardiac events. Diabetic patients with vascular disease did better than the rest of the patients. I believe it would save lives and improve the quality of life for patients at risk if the TACT results were promptly put into the accepted practice of medicine. The experience of our clinic over the last 30 years has shown that all vascular patients, including diabetics, do very well with chelation therapy, even when other therapies have not been effective. See ME Farhouh and associates. N Engl J Med 2012; 367:2375-2384. Contact Dr. Chappell's office for more info on chelation therapy.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Toxic Metals and Cardiovascular Disease

Peter Jennrich has written and distributed an insightful article showing how arsenic, lead, and mercury influence the development of cardiovascular disease. These toxic metals are commonly found in our environment. They increase free radicals, which leads to lipid peroxidation and other mechanisms that damage vascular endothelium, raise blood pressure, and increase mortality from cardiovascular disease. Jennrich cites 132 references that document this connection, and yet conventional medicine refuses to recognize, detect, or treat this emerging epidemic. I believe that all adult patients and selected children should be screening with a metals challenge test to see if they are collecting toxic metals. If these metals are found, various chelating procedures are available to remove them from the body. The Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) showed a reduction in cardiac events for patients with known heart disease treated with EDTA chelation therapy. See P Jennrich. The Influence of Arsenic, Lead, and Mercury on the Development of Cardiovascular Disease. ISRN Hypertension, Vol 2013, article ID 234034. Contact for more info on EDTA chelation therapy.