Thursday, February 27, 2014

Controlling Diabetes and Preventing Complications

You might 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=""> 
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.

See Family Practice News, Feb. 2014, p. 1, 32.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

What is the Lp(a) and Why Might it be Important for Me?

The Lp(a) 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.

See any of the many books by Linus Pauling.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Cheap and Easy Way to Reduce your Risk for Vascular Disease

Drink 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 benefit.

See the Townsend Letter, May, 2013, p. 40-41 for more information.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Do You Have Metabollic Syndrome? If so, Pay Attention!

In 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;">  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.
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

New Stroke Guidelines for Women

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

“Healthy Obesity” is a Myth

In the recent past, it was thought that people who were overweight but were OK with cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure were not at increased risk. However, a recent meta-analysis that followed these patients over a ten-year period showed that an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality catches up with them, no doubt about it. If you are overweight, you should shed the excess pounds. It makes a big difference in your future health. See Family Practice News, December, 2013, p.25. Celebration of Health Association website

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Chelation Plus Multivitamins Halved Cardiac Events in Diabetic Patients

The TACT study showed even better results in patients who received both multivitamins and EDTA chelation therapy than previously reported with chelation treatment. There was a 34% reduction of a composite of cardiovascular risk, heart attack, and stroke in patients that had had a previous heart attack. Diabetic patients had a remarkable 51% reduction in risk with this therapy combination. Critics of the therapy are becoming less vocal as more and more details of the study are reported. In my experience of 30 years giving chelation in the office, the results are even better yet. See Family Practice News, December, 2013, p. 24-25. Or visit my website at Celebration of Health Association website

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Weight Loss Results in Reversal of Aging

Short telomeres are unique markers for accelerated aging. Many lifestyle factors, such as smoking, depression and lack of exercise are associated with shortening of telomeres. There are only a few activities that can lengthen telomeres, including raising HDL and reducing inflammatory markers such as CRP sensitive. If you are overweight and have elevated inflammatory markers, you can actually reverse the aging process, as documented by a lengthening of your telomeres. Weight loss by any technique from a healthy diet to Gastric bypass will increase your telomeres and help prevent many chronic degenerative diseases. See Family Practice News, December, 2013, p. 11-12 or go to to find an integrative physician. Celebration of Health Association website