Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dismissing Vaccine Refusers From Practice

A Colorado study reported in Family Practice News revealed that 21% of Pediatricians and only 4% of Family doctors regularly dismissed children of families that refused to vaccinate.  This conflicts with ethical guidelines that have been widely published.  Those guidelines state that the physician’s role should be to discuss the pros and cons of alternative therapies with their patients.  It is then the patient’s or parents’ role to decide on which approach to take.

See Family Practice News, Nov. 15, 2015, p.10.




Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How Low Should We Go?

A major study called SPRINT from Case Western Reserve seemed to indicate that lowering blood pressure to 120 Systolic might lower all-cause mortality by 25% in non-diabetic patients.  The study is controversial because the results conflict somewhat with the earlier ACCORD study that included diabetic patients.  We can expect guideline writers to lower BP goals in the near future.  That might be a good thing, but it would be much better if we added natural therapies like garlic, magnesium, and herbal preparations rather than adding another drug or two and their potential for new side effects.

See the NEJM, Nov. 9, 2015

Thursday, January 21, 2016

High Intensity vs. Low Intensity Exercise

A report in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that it really does not matter which you choose to use.  Both have impressive benefits.  The current recommendations remain the same.  You should do high intensity exercise for 75 minutes per week or low intensity exercise for 150 minutes a week to get the same benefit.

See Annals Intern Med 1015; March 3: 162.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New Information about Gardisil

Derrick Lonsdale, MD is a brilliance pediatrician and holistic clinician.  He has had a particular interest in collecting news of reactions to the Gardisil vaccine, which is given mostly to females around the age of 13 y.o.  Some report that there have been more than 30,000 reactions to the vaccine.  A typical reaction starts with a “flu-like” reaction but progresses into a strep infection that is mistaken for infectious mono.  But it does not stop there.  Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) develops, which is a multisystem disease involving the lower brain and which is very difficult to treat.  The best treatment I have seen is LDI, which I have discussed earlier in the blog.

Be very careful about the Gardisil vaccine.



Thursday, January 14, 2016

Heartburn Might not Be a Heart Attack but it Might Cause One?

GERD is a common complain for many Americans.  Almost all GI doctors immediately treat you for GERD with PPI drugs like Prilosec, Nexium, or Protonics.  These drugs dry up the acid in the stomach.  Long-term use of these meds have a couple of problems.  First the problem might be too little acid rather than too much.  Second, PPI drugs lead to a 16% increase in heart attacks, probably because they interfere with the digestion of important nutrients that tend to protect against having heart attacks.  Alternative docs have other ways to treat GERD.  Find one and see how they can help you.

Contact or to find a holistic physician.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

It Might be Lyme Disease, Despite What the Tests Show

In 2012, the official incidence of Lyme disease in the US was 30,000.  In 2013, the incidence was 300,000!  There are false positive tests, and false negative tests.  Recommended treatment sometimes is a short course of oral anti-biotics and sometimes a long course of intravenous anti-biotics.  Sometimes the course of illness turns into a nightmare like chronic fatigue syndrome.  In my experience, if you are suspected of having Lyme disease anytime in the past, the most important treatment is to get desensitized to the family of organisms that can cause the syndrome.  The LDI treatment can be given orally and is not terrible expensive or toxic.

Contact the American Academy of Environmental Medicine website to find an LDI doctor.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Are You Young at Heart?—Most Folks are NOT

Three out of four adults have a heart that is older than their actual age.  For men, the average heart age is 8 years older than actual age.  For women it is 5 and ½ years.  The average age of the first heart attack for men is 64 ½ and for women it is 72.  Too often the first symptom is sudden death.  So do not wait until you get that first heart attack.  It might be too late to do anything about it.  Get a CardioRisk test (which we offer at our office or an ultrafast CAT scan for calcium score or at least an on-line Framingham Risk score.  If you are at risk, get a Boston Heart Profile or come directly to get chelation therapy.  In my opinion, chelation is the best way to avoid getting a heart attack or stroke.

Next CardioRisk date is March 15, you do not need to be a patient
See Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Statins and Other Drugs Have Minimal Effect on Arterial Plaque Volume

The PREVISE-IVUS trial sought to determine exactly how much plaque could be dissolved by a statin drug over a year.  The answer was 1.1% (a very low number).  Adding another drug, ezetimibe, to the statin improved the results.  However, the investigators did not evaluate how long the patients lived, their quality of life, or the complications they suffered.  EDTA chelation had excellent results for all of these other factors.  Asking your doctor for a Boston Heart Profile will get you much more detail as to the variety of significant factors that can cause plaque to form (and heart attacks to occur).

See the American College of Cardiology Journal 2015; 66: 508-510.