Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lead Poisoning in Children

Lead can be ingested by eating old paint chips and by drinking contaminated water.  The crisis in Flint, Michigan has brought awareness for the need to test municipal water supplies and several new problem areas have been identified.  A more common source that is often missed lies in the fields where food is raised.  Years of plowing with tractors run by leaded fuel have contaminated our food supply still to this day.  A safe blood level was listed as 60 mcg/dl in 1970.  Now that level is down to 5 mcg/dl.  The truth is that no level is safe.  Further, a challenge test is more accurate than blood screening, but it is rarely performed.

See Family Practice News, March 1, 2016, p. 30-32 for more details.


American College forAdvancement in Medicine

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Anxiety is Often Missed in Children

Dr. John Walkup of Cornell University emphasizes that many children who have been labeled as ADHD, autism spectrum, or even depression are simply anxious.  They have difficulty focusing and concentrating because their minds are full of worry and anxiety.  Rather than medications, we usually treat this problem with herbal and homeopathic supplements.  Better yet, they can receive Sensitivity Reduction Technique (SRT), which involves light tapping on acupuncture points (no needles).  This treatment can give long-term relief.

Contact our office at 800-788-4627 for more details or see our website.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Don’t Wait Until You are Older to Safeguard Your Memory

Some of us define aging as what happens 15 years after your current age.  An Australian Study showed that mid to late life exercise had the most powerful lifestyle effect on verbal memory.  Blood pressure control and high levels of HDL, the good cholesterol, were the next most important factors.  What you do now will have a good effect on what happens later.

See  Szoeke, American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 5/8/2016.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Insomnia in Young Men and in Older Adults Increase CV Risk

Insomnia increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes in younger to mid-life men and the elderly, but not in younger women.  The insomnia is related to excessive sympathetic stimulation.  This can be detected and treated by getting a heart rate variability test (Max Pulse), which we offer in our office.  If you are at risk, you can counter-balance the risk with regular relaxation exercises.

 See the CARDIA Study in the Journal of Preventive Cardiology, Jan. 2014, 57-64.