Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Biofilms might cause antibiotics to be ineffective in treating infections

Pathogenic biofilms might protect bacteria from attacks by antibiotics.  If you have a resistant infection, you should add nattokinase, NAC, and/or lactoferrin to disrupt such biofilms so they can be killed by antibiotics.

From Advances in Microbial Physiology 2015.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Vitamin D3 is still extremely important

One study published last year claimed that vitamin D was not as important as previously thought.  Do not believe it, just because it might be the “latest” study.  Other studies published last year confirmed that Vitamin D is a powerful treatment for autoimmune problems, such as Lupus, MS, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.  5000-10,000 iu a day might be required for desirable effects.  Blood tests are needed to monitor results.

See Arthritis Care and Research, January, 2016


Thursday, December 15, 2016

CoEnzyme Q10 boosts energy

Chronic fatigue syndrome produces profound fatigue.  A recent report showed that CFS patients had dramatically lower levels of CoQ 10.  The lower the levels, the more fatigue and the less cognitive function was present.  I suggest that 200 mg a day would be an appropriate starting dose.

See Maes and associates in Neuroendocrinology, 2009.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Several of the next few notes were sent by Dr. Steve Olmstead, a research cardiologist at Prothera.  He is my friend, the comments are mine.
B 12 and Fish Oils are a Great combo for Cardiovascular health. 
   Taking these nutrients can have favorable effects on triglycerides, uric acid, CRP, ferritin, and homocysteine.  No drug reduces these important risk factors better.

From the Asian Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2015.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

New Recommendations for Fibromyalgia

The 2016 recommendations for fibromyalgia treatment are a step in the wrong direction.  We can do a lot better in the field of alternative medicine.  The first guideline is giving the patient non-drug information and begin an exercise program with or without physical therapy.  Then three subgroups are identified:  those with anxiety and depression are treated with psychological therapies, those primarily with pain are given medications, and those with severe disability are treated with a comprehensive rehab program.  Every day, patients come to us having failed with this expensive and inadequate approach.  We utilize such therapies as B12 injections, low-dose naltrexone, food allergy desensitization, trigger point injections, correcting yeast imbalance, biofeedback, acupuncture, herbal preparations, and intravenous vitamin C, with more effective and less expensive results.

 See Family Practice News, August, 2016, p. 9-10.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Smoking is By Far the Biggest Risk Factor for Disease and Death

Smoking is responsible for 29% of all cancers—lung, throat, stomach, liver, colon, pancreas, and kidney cancers.  Smoking is the biggest risk factor for heart disease.  Chronic Lung Disease is directly related to smoking in most cases.  40 million people in the U.S. continue to smoke, putting themselves at risk as well as loved ones from second-hand smoke.  Our present strategy of gradually increasing the taxes on tobacco and limiting the places where smoking is allowed is not working.  Cigarettes are dangerous, and they should be outlawed.

See the October Issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.