Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A “New” Approach to Cancer

An article in the New England Journal of Medicine called “Releasing the Brakes on Cancer Immunotherapy” was really excited about new ways to activate the immune system, rather than to simply destroy it with chemotherapy.  One of the precautions noted is that too much activation can result in autoimmune problems.  Interestingly, there was no mention of high dose IV vitamin C and oral vitamin D3, which are both helpful for immune deficiency as well as autoimmune diseases.  We have been using this approach for many years with good success.

See the NEJM, Sept 8, 2015.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls

Falls are a leading cause of death for people greater than 65 y.o..  You might have missed it, but it is not too late to participate in the 10 Million Steps program centered around September 23, the National Falls Awareness Day.  Walk a mile, take a selfie, and post it on social media using the hashtags #PreventFalls and #10MStepsOH.  Regular walking for 15-30 minutes a day is one of the best ways to prevent falls (and heart attacks too).

Google National Falls Awareness Day.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Take Aspirin or Not?

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends that you take 81 mg aspirin daily if you are in your 50’s or 60’s, you have at least a 10% risk of having a heart attack over the next decade, and you have no increased risk for bleeding in the stomach or brain.  You might also get some protection from colon cancer as well.  Personally, I would rather take nattokinase and/or ultra pure fish oils, a more natural approach.

See the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force Report on low-dose aspirin, Sept, 2015