Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Calcium Score of Zero Means You Do Not Need Statin Drugs

Many patients feel the pressure from their doctors to take statin drugs long term to reduce their cholesterol levels.  A report presented at the winter American Heart Association suggested you get an Ultra-fast CAT scan test to determine your calcium score in your coronary arteries. About half of the non-diabetic patients screened had a score of zero, which means they were at very low risk of having a heart attack.  Even if their cholesterol levels were elevated, it did not make sense for them to take statin drugs, which can cause significant side effects.  This test does not require an order from a physician and is available at many hospitals.  The cost varies from $100-300.

Google Dr. Khuram Nasir of the center for prevention and wellness research at Baptist Health Medical Center in Miami Beach for details.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Is There no Exit From Chemical Pollution?

 A class of chemicals known as poly and perflouroalkyl substances (PFASs) commonly used in thousands of products from pizza boxes to carpet treatments can persist in the body for many years and predispose us to cancer.  Manufacturers are proposing replacement chemicals that might be even more dangerous.  Nowhere on earth is free from chemical pollution.  This stresses the importance of eating organic as much as we can and doing something to help our bodies detoxify.  Sweating from a sauna or exercise can be effective.  The common herb, milk thistle is a good detoxifier.  We recommend a 7-day detox program with supplements once a year as a preventive measure.

 Contact our office at 800-788-4627 for more details or Google Detoxification.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Vitamin B3 Reduces the Risk of Common Skin Cancers

Basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers are the most common cancers.  They often result from excessive sun exposure, even years prior to their appearance.  Three million cases are diagnosed yearly.  Scalely patches called actinic keratosis (AK) can be pre-cancerous.  An Australian study has shown that we can reduce the incidence of both AK and these skin cancers by taking 500mg a day of Nicotinamide (vitamin B3).  At this dose there were no side effects.  A prescription is not required, but you do have to keep taking the vitamin to maintain the results.

Google Diona Damian of the Dermatology Division of the University of Sidney in Australia.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Great Lakes Area Ranks High in Allergies

 A national report about the “wheeziest and sneeziest” cities in the U.S. ranks Toledo 17th, Dayton 15th, and Detroit 7th.  Industrial pollution coupled with our history of containing the “Black Swamp” in the area north of Bluffton makes us a prime area for allergy and asthma.  Fortunately, we have a simple but powerful remedy for these conditions called Low-dose Allergens (LDA).  If all you have is airborne allergies, two treatments per year by mouth usually produces excellent results without side effects.  If you are food or chemically sensitive, you have to take the treatments once every two months initially, but then they are gradually spread out.

Contact our office at 800-788-4627 for more details or Google LDA.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Wonderful New Book from Dr. Derrick Lonsdale

I want to tell my blog readers and patients about a new book, A Nutritional Approach to a Revised Model for Medicine.  He links high-calorie malnutrition to the lead that caused the fall of the Roman Empire.  He describes how conventional medicine has evolved and how alternative medicine is primed to rescue it from its failures.  He shows us how the brain works and how important energy metabolism run by the limbic system is to optimal function.  He illustrates how some of the procedures of alternative medicine fit with the new model of medicine.  And he gives us many examples from his 64 years of practicing medicine.
The book is available from Amazon

Celebration of HealthAssociation website   


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Simple Formula for Healthy Aging from Dr. C

Eat lots of veggies, good protein, and some fruits.  Avoid much sugar, fatty and creamy foods, fast and processed foods.  Drink ample water.  Eat some good foods raw.  Do not fry or grill your foods, slow cooking is better.  Get regular physical exercise, moderate, not excessive.  Don’t forget to exercise your mind as well, be socially involved.  Do something to deal with stress, laugh a lot.  Use natural therapies rather than medications whenever you can.  Take vitamins D3 and C, and other supplements prescribed by an expert.  Detoxify with herbals (milk thistle is good) and chelation for toxic metals, desensitize your allergies.  Sleep 7-8 hours per night, no more, no less.



Thursday, May 7, 2015

Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome is often missed, perhaps because patients are frustrated that they have not been helped or have even been ridiculed.  The incidence has been reported as somewhere between 1 and 40%.  The cause is unknown, although some speculate a connection to smoking or food allergies.  One promising new treatment is LDI (low-dose immunotherapy), along with anti-yeast protocols.

Call our office at 800-788-4627 to set up a free consultation to discuss a burning mouth.




Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Acupuncture for Hot Flashes

Breast cancer survivors can have terrible problems with hot flashes, and they cannot take estrogen for effective treatment.  Gabapentin (Neurontin) is commonly prescribed to try to treat them.  In a study comparing gabapentin with electroacupuncture, the acupuncture proved to be much more effective and safer (48% of the gabapentin users had treatment-related side effects).  Patients were treated for 8 weeks, but were followed for 24 weeks.  The magnitude of benefit of the acupuncture was even greater at 24 weeks than it had been during the treatment phase.

Dr. Chappell offers acupuncture for hotflashes.

See Family Practice News, January 2015, p. 18.