Thursday, April 24, 2014

Protection Against Radiation Exposure

You can get low-grade radiation exposure from the environment, or you can be exposed to a higher degree with procedures like CT scans and mammograms, or you might have radiation therapy recommended for breast or other cancers.  Some degree of protection against the harmful effects of radiation might be obtained by taking Chlorella, miso broth, turmeric, seaweed, and/or holy basil before and after exposure.  You could also take a hot bath with a pound of Epsom salt or sea salt and a pound of baking soda, soaking until the water cools.  Afterwards, do not shower or rinse the salt off for at least 4 hours.

 From  Superfood Therapeutic Guide by Robin Murphy.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Staying Awake and Breathing Better

A negative ion generator, available at health food stores or over the internet for as little as $20, might help your breathing if you have asthma, allergies, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  You can also get a portable device that might keep you awake while driving.


From  Superfood Therapeutic Guide by Robin Murphy.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Super Foods for Allergies

One of the first measures to take if you have prominent allergies is to check for and treat toxins.  Yeast toxins are generated when you have an overgrowth in the intestine.  A stool culture will help to make the diagnosis.  Heavy metals can be detected with a “challenge test”, using the same chelating agent that might be utilized for treatment.  Activated charcoal from the health food store removes toxins with a dose of 1 tsp or 3 capsules in 8 ounces of water.  Super foods that might help allergies include evening primrose oil, garlic, grape seed oil, horseradish, noni, and onions.  Olive leaf and holy basil are good immune boosters.

 See Superfood Therapeutic Guide by Robin Murphy. Celebrationof Health Association website  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Choosing Wisely Program

Nearly 60 medical organizations have endorsed a new program that has identified 120 tests and procedures that might be medically unnecessary and should be avoided.  Patients often come out of the ER with thousands of dollars of bills that might have been avoided.  I have seen families with an autistic child elsewhere rack up $25,000 charges in a couple of months.  Every test should have a purpose that leads to potential benefit for each individual patient.  The risks to testing such as mammograms, CT scans, MRI’s, and catherizations should be carefully weighed against the potential benefits.  Is the proposed test going to change the therapy for that patient?  We certainly do not want to spend so much on testing that we have nothing left for treatment.

See Family Practice News, 12/2013, p. 48.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Task Force Calls for True Preventive Medicine

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has called for more emphasis on preventive medicine that can make a difference in patients’ lives, including screening for cognitive impairment, mental and physical well-being, fall prevention, vision and hearing problems, and avoiding unintended harms from medical procedures and testing.  One could easily add side effects from drugs to the list.  At COHA, we have added the specific measures of toxic metals testing, breast thermography, balance testing, vascular screening (the CHAS score), and the 3-day intensive treatment for eye diseases.  We believe that true prevention is far more effective than vaccines and screening for diseases that are already present.

See Family Practice News, 12/2013, p. 40.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Walking Program Relieves Pain for Breast Cancer Patients

 A 6-week walking program relieved joint pain, fatigue, and stiffness for breast cancer patients on hormone therapy such as tamoxaphen.  Patients in the program gradually increased their time spent walking by 62 minutes per week.  Once again, exercise works better than almost any drug.