Concussions and the healthy brain

In the last couple of years, there has been much discussion in the news about concussions and other brain injuries. In fact, the concussion rate in high-school athletics has more than doubled over the past seven years. Some of this upward movement in the numbers reflects increased awareness of the problem, but some is due to the increasing violence of sports at the high-school level (reflecting an earlier increase in violence in professional sports). We cannot let this get into sports at even younger ages!!

 

And it’s not just football. If you watched any of the World Cup, you know that soccer players are vulnerable to head injuries also!

 

A concussive injury to the brain produces a “transient” loss of brain function. Most concussions feature and are diagnosed by dizziness, lightheadedness, confusion, headaches, and visual changes. Imaging of the brain at the hospital usually reveals nothing. Younger athletes take longer to recover than older athletes.

 

Medical treatment for post-concussion symptoms has consisted mainly of opiates for headaches, antidepressants (God forbid!), anti-nauseas, anti-vertigo, stimulants, and other medications to increase neurotransmitter levels. But research has shown that Glycerophosphocholine (GPC) should be looked at as a valuable tool. GPC is a form of choline that has been shown to protect and repair damaged brain cells. It supports the brain’s ability to recover after traumatic brain injuries  and to reduce the symptoms associated with concussion and post-concussion syndrome.

 

The traumatic forces involved in concussion and in those with post-concussion syndrome have been shown to result in a decrease of glucose use by the brain, and changes in cerebral blood flow. GPC has been used to help prevent damage to brain cells after blood flow (and thus oxygen) has been cut off to brain cells. One study showed that patients who suffered from concussions and cerebral contusions and who were given GPC for a three month period had improved mental faculties and function at a 96% level over those who were not given GPC, but who received “normal” medical treatment.

 

Research done by Paris Kidd, PhD has shown that Phosphatidyl Serine and Acetylized L-Carnitine also are important for brain health. Together, these three ingredients are truly “brain food,” for treating the injured brain and for maintaining brain health. Designs for Health combined the three ingredients into a formula named Brain Vitale.

 

If I were a parent or coach of athletes (professionals and younger) who were subject to head injuries I would advise my players to take Brain Vitale as a preventive for brain injury during the season when damaging contact is likely to occur. I also would keep a supply on hand to increase the dosage when and if there is a brain injury such as concussion. Yes, this will cost a few dollars, but what is the cost of a brain injury? (This is the same supplement I recommend for the problems of an aging brain.)

 

I also would strengthen the rules of sports to eliminate these head injuries without taking away from the sport itself. We have loved our sports for decades without relying on violence to be entertained. If officials enforced rules prohibiting purposeful hits intended to hurt the opponent, this violence would abate. First time, out of the game; second; out for the year; third time—the player is finished and so is the coach!! We are not (at least not yet) the Romans in the Coliseum!!

 

As an aside to this blog, I have to mention what was discussed on a Dr. Oz show just the other day. He told his audience that they did not need any more Vitamin C than what they could get through a multi-vitamin and their “normal diet.” I am so disappointed by his saying this. It shows a basic misunderstanding of the existing and recent research on vitamins. The definitive text on the need for nutrients was done by Roger Williams, PhD. In the particular discussion on Vitamin C, Dr. Williams noted that to achieve “cell saturation” (or a healthy level of the vitamin) in his test subjects, the amount of the vitamin supplied varied between 250mg and 10,000mg. That’s an enormous disparity!!! And please remember that the amount of the RDA by the government is 60mg!!! This is so inadequate as to be laughable. I recommend at least 1,000mg of supplemental Vitamin C and more if there are any health problems at all. Dr. Oz, I disagree with you entirely!

 

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Dr. Baldwin works with people by utilizing the modern technique known as “telemedicine,” and he would love to help you. You do not have to come to Delaware! I also can help you as a “Medical Advocate.” What this means is that, if you have questions about health matters, including the interpretation of laboratory testing, you can contact me and we will discuss what your test results mean and help you get good answers to your questions. It seems that today everyone, including doctors, is in a rush and you end up getting the short end of the stick. We can help with that problem. Just give us a call at 410-326-6690.

Malabsorption Syndrome

In our last discussion we looked at why someone who is not feeling well and yet is eating a “healthy diet,” and taking supplements might still be deficient in nutrients due to the lack of quality of those supplements. This time, let’s take a look at what is becoming an epidemic in humans: Malabsorption Syndrome.

 

There are several reasons for the occurrence of Malabsorption Syndrome:

The most common is when the gut is damaged as in leaky gut syndrome, subclinical celiac disease, food allergies, and other issues which affect the integrity of the gut lining. If the gut is damaged, the nutrients we take in whether in the form of food or supplements cannot be absorbed properly and the person becomes undernourished. If advanced enough, proteins, vitamins and minerals from the diet and from supplements can actually enter the bloodstream through this damaged area of the gut and cause an inflammatory response throughout the body because they should be absorbed through the digestive system and therefore the body sees them as foreign to itself.

 

Subclinical celiac disease damages the gut lining because gluten and gliadin react with the gut lining when grains are eaten. Modern day grains for the most part bear no relationship to those eaten by our ancestors. While not frank celiac disease, this is called gluten intolerance, and is a real and epidemic problem. A gluten-free diet for 30 days is an excellent way to allow the gut to begin to heal.

 

Toxicity damages the gut lining, the gall bladder and the liver. (Toxicity damages all body cells, but we are just talking about Malabsorption Syndrome in this blog.) Again, foods and supplements are not broken down in an effective way, and the person becomes undernourished and does not function well in any capacity. A professionally guided detoxification is the only way to correct a toxic state.

 

Poor gut bacteria due to inadequate diet, poor supplementation, and antibiotic use is another way that Malabsorption Syndrome occurs. If you have followed my Newsletters and Blogs throughout the years, you know that I believe the most important supplement we can take is a high quality probiotic. This will strengthen your body, including the immune system, 75-80% of which comes from the healthy bacteria in the gut.

 

But there’s a lot more to a healthy gut than just probiotics. We follow a program called “The Four R’s of Gut Repair.” This involves Removing both foods that may damage the patient’s gut and infectious “bugs.” Reinoculating with healthy probiotics is step two. Then we Replace missing digestive enzymes and acids. Repairing the gut lining is step four. The process may take many months or just a few weeks depending on the individual patient’s needs.

 

The last step to getting all the body’s nutritional needs fulfilled is to follow what is prescribed by the treating doctor or nutritionist. This goes without saying, and does not demand any further explanation!

 

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Please pass this blog along to your friends, family, and co-workers. We work with people by utilizing the modern technique known as “telemedicine,” and we would love to help you. You do not have to come to Delaware! We also can help you as a “Medical Advocate.” What this means is that, if you have questions about health matters, including the interpretation of laboratory testing, you can contact us and we will discuss what your test results mean and help you get good answers to your questions. It seems that today everyone, including doctors, is in a rush and you end up getting the short end of the stick. We can help with that problem. Just give us a call at 410-326-6690. Also, check out our Web Site at http://www.wholebodyhealth.us for more info.

Qulaity of Supplements

I was talking to a long-time patient recently and she told me an interesting story. It seems that she was feeling really good, and then she started to go downhill. She was feeling a lack of energy, lack of motivation, and coming down with infections that she hadn’t had before. After talking to her I decided that the best way to proceed was to go through an up-to-date workup and re-evaluation. She agreed, and I sent her the documents necessary to update her condition so that we could update her nutritional needs. (This can all be done by phone.)

 

When someone has been taking nutritional supplements and finds over time that they are going downhill, or at least not doing as well as they were in the past, it is usually due to one of three things:

1. They are not taking high quality supplements.

2. They are not absorbing the vitamins, electrolytes, and minerals that their body requires to function optimally.

3. They are not following what we asked them to do based on our workup or they are not eating a healthy diet.

 

Let’s take these in order.

 

When I looked at this patient’s “Systems Survey” when she had returned it to me, I realized that she was taking several supplements which she had not obtained from me. I asked her on the phone consult why she was taking these, and I also asked where she had purchased them. She told me that she had heard about the “extra” supplements from various sources: television, magazines, friends, workmates, and even the health food store. None of these sources had tested her nor did they know anything at all about her health status and needs. She also had stopped taking certain supplements that I had originally recommended after evaluating her needs scientifically.

 

Our office distributes professional quality medical foods and dietary supplements. The products we carry are scientifically formulated to support specific aspects of health and we understand the health of our patients to whom the products are recommended. Online and store-front retailers are not authorized to sell most of the products we offer. Many of these products are relabeled, counterfeited, or damaged. Many on-line products are sold by “bait and switch” tactics where you think you are getting the original products, but the retailer does not have them and will substitute an inferior brand while telling the purchaser that it is “just as good.”

 

Several things can be learned from this exchange:

1. We stand behind the quality and purity of every product we sell. Our Mission is to help you achieve Optimal Health, and you can trust what you purchase from us.

2. We strive to make high quality affordable. We do not charge “suggested retail price,” but instead we discount the products for our patients.

3. We do not sell supplements to people we do not know. We believe in the phrase “Test–don’t guess.” If it has been a while since we have worked up a health profile for you, give us a call and we will do a new work-up at a reasonable price and restart your engine!

 

Don’t play around with your health, and don’t try to cut corners for a few pennies.

More on absorption, and particularly “Malabsorption Syndrome” next time.

 

Give us a call–we need to talk!

 

Please pass this blog along to your friends, family, and co-workers. We work with people by utilizing the modern technique known as “telemedicine,” and we would love to help you. You do not have to come to Delaware! We also can help you as a “Medical Advocate.” What this means is that, if you have questions about health matters, including the interpretation of laboratory testing, you can contact us and we will discuss what your test results mean and help you get good answers to your questions. It seems that today everyone, including doctors, is in a rush and you end up getting the short end of the stick. We can help with that problem. Just give us a call at 410-326-6690. Also, check out our Web Site at http://www.wholebodyhealth.us for more info.

Your Desired Eulogy

We were driving in the car on Easter Sunday, and we heard talk show host Tom Rose reading from a speech given by David Brooks of the New York Times. This speech shook me to my very core! It has a great deal to do with one of the Four Pillars of Optimal Health, Lifestyle Changes. Although it will lead to a very unusual blog post, I need to share this speech with you, and then I am going to give you a “homework” assignment. Here it is:

 

“I’ve been thinking about the difference between the resume virtues and the eulogy virtues. The resume virtues are the ones you put on your resume, which are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that get mentioned in the eulogy, which are deeper: who are you, in your depth, what is the nature of your relationships, are you bold, loving, dependable, consistent? And most of us, including me, would say that the eulogy virtues are the more important of the virtues. But, at least in my case, are they the ones that I think about the most? And the answer is no.

 

“So I’ve been thinking about that problem, and a thinker who has helped me think about it is a guy named Joseph Soloveitchik, who was a rabbi who wrote a book called “The Lonely Man of Faith” in 1965. Soloveitchik said that there are two sides of our natures, which he called Adam I and Adam II. Adam I is the worldly, ambitious, external side of our nature. He wants to build and create (create companies, create innovations). Adam II is the humble side of our nature. Adam II wants not only to do good but to be good, to live in a way internally that honors God, creation and our possibilities. Adam I wants to conquer the world. Adam II wants to hear a calling and obey (that calling). Adam I asks how things work. Adam II asks why we’re here. Adam I’s motto is “success.” Adam II’s motto is “love, redemption, and return.”

 

“And Soloveitchik argues that these two sides of our nature are at war with each other. We live in perpetual self-confrontation between the external success and the internal value. And the tricky thing, I’d say, about these two sides of our nature is they work by different logics. The external logic is an economic logic: input leads to output, risk leads to reward. The internal side of our nature is a moral logic and often an inverse logic. You have to give to receive. You have to surrender to something outside yourself to gain strength within yourself. You have to conquer the desire to get what you want. In order to fulfill yourself, you have to forget yourself. In order to find yourself, you have to lose yourself.

 

“We happen to live in a society that favors Adam I, and often neglects Adam II. And the problem is, that turns you into a shrewd animal who treats life as a game, and you become a cold, calculating creature who slips into a sort of mediocrity where you realize there’s difference between your desired self and your actual self. You’re not earning the sort of eulogy your want and that you hope someone will give for you. Your don’t have the depth of conviction. You don’t have an emotional sonorousness. You don’t have commitment to tasks that would take more than a lifetime to commit.

 

“I was reminded of a common response through history of how you build a solid Adam II, how you build depth of character. Through history, people have gone back into their own pasts, sometimes to a precious time in their life, to their childhood, and often, the mind gravitates in the past to a moment of shame, some sin committed, some act of selfishness, and act of omission, of shallowness, the sin of anger, the sin of self-pity, trying to be a people pleaser, a lack of courage. Adam I is built by building on your strengths. Adam II is built by fighting your weaknesses. You go into yourself, you find the sin which you’ve committed over and again through your life, your signature sin out of which the others emerge, and you fight that sin and your wrestle with that sin, and out of that wrestling, that suffering, then a depth of character is constructed. And we’re often not taught to recognize the sin in ourselves, in that we’re not taught in this culture how to wrestle with it, how to confront it, and how to combat it. We live in a culture with an Adam I mentality where we’re inarticulate about Adam II.

 

“Finally, Reinhold Niebuhr summed up the confrontation, the fully lived Adam I and Adam II life, this way: ” Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by Hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must be saved by Faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we must be saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own standpoint. Therefore, we must be saved by that final form of love, which is forgiveness.”

 

What a beautiful speech! Now for the “homework” assignment. As part of the improvement in your Lifestyle Changes I’m asking you to take some quiet time and sit down and write what you would like to have said at your own funeral as a eulogy. Read it over and make any changes you think you would like. Then put it away. In two weeks or so, pull it back out and read it again—make changes that you like. Then—live your life like this!!! Earn that eulogy! I believe this will bolster you Four Pillars of Optimal Health in ways you cannot imagine until you do it.

 

Give us a call–we need to talk!

 

“I really don’t like looking back and saying I regret decisions I made in the past, because they were the right decisions for me with the knowledge I had at the time, but I would love for someone to build me a time machine so that I can go back and say “no” to having chemotherapy and surgery….I have absolutely no doubt that healing would occur much easier and faster if I wasn’t dealing with the collateral damage caused by those harsh conventional treatments.”

          Jessica Ainscough at http://www.thewellnesswarrior.com/au describing                        how she healed from cancer.

 

Please pass this blog along to your friends, family, and co-workers. We work with people by utilizing the modern technique known as “telemedicine,” and we would love to help you. You do not have to come to Delaware! We also can help you as a “Medical Advocate.” What this means is that, if you have questions about health matters, including the interpretation of laboratory testing, you can contact us and we will discuss what your test results mean and help you get good answers to your questions. It seems that today everyone, including doctors, is in a rush and you end up getting the short end of the stick. We can help with that problem. Just give us a call at 410-326-6690. Also, check out our Web Site at http://www.wholebodyhealth.us for more info.

Everybody is toxic!!

This is a topic that is very close to my heart, and about which I know a great deal through personal experience! Environmental toxins—such as heavy metals (for instance, “silver” dental fillings, drinks in aluminum cans, leaded paint, cigarette smoke, gasoline fumes), industrial compounds, pesticides in and on food, abnormal estrogens from  plastics and Styrofoam heated in microwaves, solvents used in the home environment, diet sodas,  artificial sweeteners, and countless other toxins—find their way into our bodies every day. We are literally swimming in a sea of toxins in the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat. These toxins have names like phthalates (from plastics), styrene (from Styrofoam), parabens, and dioxins (from pesticides, plastics, and other chemicals). And this is far from being totally inclusive! Research has shown that these chemicals cause over 85% of the diseases afflicting mankind today—especially cancer, heart disease, and endocrine diseases.

Over time, an accumulation of these toxins can reduce energy levels and accelerate aging, as well as negatively impact immune, neurological, and overall health. Skillful physicians in all cultures have relied on purification strategies to harmonize and balance body biochemistry to induce the body into a pattern of self healing. Specialized nutritional support to enhance detoxification capacity can help you stay healthy.

A poorly planned program can drain your energy and redistribute toxins (such as heavy metals and pesticides) to vital organs. The goal must be to incorporate a cleansing diet, targeted natural supplements, exercise, and lifestyle changes to help gently remove toxins over time while promoting overall wellness.

To do a detoxification or even cleansing properly you must have professional help from a qualified health-care professional. It scares the heck out of me to see signs outside of health food stores and supplement shops which advertise their “Spring detox and cleanse” programs. It’s sad to say, but they just do not have the proper personnel to help you with this medical process.

Detoxification is a two-step process: the organs of detoxification and the whole body are prepared to have the ability to get rid of toxins (if they were already strong enough, you wouldn’t be toxic) and only then the toxins are pulled from the tissues for elimination. We can help you with this process.

Give us a call–we need to talk!

 

“I really don’t like looking back and saying I regret decisions I made in the past, because they were the right decisions for me with the knowledge I had at the time, but I would love for someone to build me a time machine so that I can go back and say “no” to having chemotherapy and surgery….I have absolutely no doubt that healing would occur much easier and faster if I wasn’t dealing with the collateral damage caused by those harsh conventional treatments.”

          Jessica Ainscough at http://www.thewellnesswarrior.com/au describing                        how she healed from cancer.

 

Please pass this blog along to your friends, family, and co-workers. We work with people by utilizing the modern technique known as “telemedicine,” and we would love to help you. You do not have to come to Delaware! We also can help you as a “Medical Advocate.” What this means is that, if you have questions about health matters, including the interpretation of laboratory testing, you can contact us and we will discuss what your test results mean and help you get good answers to your questions. It seems that today everyone, including doctors, is in a rush and you end up getting the short end of the stick. We can help with that problem. Just give us a call at 410-326-6690. Also, check out our Web Site at http://www.wholebodyhealth.us for more info.

Treating Depression

As we discussed last time, depression is caused by a biochemical imbalance. This is no longer debatable, and the answer to treating depression is to correct the causes of this imbalance. The lack of vitamins, minerals, and other natural substances normally found in the body is what causes a chemical imbalance, and this is what must be addressed when treating a disease state. The chemical imbalance is caused by either a lack of intake of proper fuel (nutrition), blockage against the use of this fuel (poor digestion), or an inability to get rid of toxins that build up naturally through metabolic processes, or through the food, air, and water that permeate our lives. I can tell you that depression is not of a lack of a pharmaceutical drug. And while I support “talk therapy,” all the talking in the world will not correct a chemical problem. Furthermore, depression does more than cause pain to the person afflicted. It hurts everyone with whom they come in contact.

One thing that leads to depression is what is referred to as “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). (This acronym SAD is also used to describe the “Standard American Diet.” Hmmmm–might just be some relationship there!) We now know that SAD can be caused by a lack of Vitamin D3. Especially in the winter, there is not enough intensity to sunlight to allow the body to make vitamin D3 (the only kind the body makes or utilizes). So, we supplement this lack of D3 through diet and dietary supplementation with D3. (Dietary sources of Vitamin D3 are wild salmon, sardines, tuna in oil (beware of mercury), and free-range eggs.)

We know that depression can be caused by heavy metal toxicity. This is a major cause and most professionals do not know how to properly test for it let alone treat it.

Excessive insulin and leptin resistance (due to too much sugar and grains in our diets), deficiency of omega 3 fatty acids in our diets, lack of the B vitamins (especially B12), sodium deficiency, poor intestinal probiotic levels, the use of statin drugs to “lower cholesterol” are all contributing causes to depression.

The way to approach the treatment of depression is to strengthen the Four Pillars of Optimal Health and then to correct any remaining chemical imbalance. You should not attempt to do this without experienced and competent professional guidance.

(Of the Four Pillars of Optimal Health, only the Lifestyle changes should be done by yourself without professional help. Dietary decisions, exercise, and supplementation all require some guidance.)

Give us a call–we need to talk!

“I really don’t like looking back and saying I regret decisions I made in the past, because they were the right decisions for me with the knowledge I had at the time, but I would love for someone to build me a time machine so that I can go back and say “no” to having chemotherapy and surgery….I have absolutely no doubt that healing would occur much easier and faster if I wasn’t dealing with the collateral damage caused by those harsh conventional treatments.”
Jessica Ainscough at http://www.thewellnesswarrior.com/au describing how she healed from cancer.

Please pass this blog along to your friends, family, and co-workers. We work with people by utilizing the modern technique known as “telemedicine,” and we would love to help you. You do not have to come to Delaware! We also can help you as a “Medical Advocate.” What this means is that, if you have questions about health matters, including the interpretation of laboratory testing, you can contact us and we will discuss what your test results mean and help you get good answers to your questions. It seems that today everyone, including doctors, is in a rush and you end up getting the short end of the stick. We can help with that problem. Just give us a call at 410-326-6690. Also, check out our Web Site at http://www.wholebodyhealth.us for more info.

The Nightmare of Depression

Spring must be getting close, because baseball Spring Training has started!! I’ve always thought that the main reason for baseball’s popularity is that when baseball begins, it signals the end of Winter. When the “Boys of Summer” begin to play, it makes a lot of people happy!

This reminds me that happiness is an emotion that is associated with enhanced physical health and a feeling of well-being. While “happiness” is rather subjective, it is also to a large extent an emotion that is almost totally under our control. We can, for the most part, determine what emotions affect us on a day-to-day basis. So why are there so many prescriptions written for drugs to deal with depression? Why is depression the number one “disease” afflicting our populace?

The answer to these questions is really easy: it is because of a biochemical imbalance. (Please refer back to our blog on Biochemical Imbalance.) Depression is caused by Biochemical Imbalance. Since this statement is backed by volumes of scientific evidence, and is accepted by virtually all mental health professionals, what good are prescription drugs except to “treat” depression and all other emotional “diseases” symptomatically? The drugs have nothing to do with the causes of emotional “diseases,” they only treat the symptoms, but with massive side effects, some of which can kill!

Happy people tend to live longer. Happiness protects your body from stressors that can lead to coronary heart disease. It boosts your immune system’s ability to fight off the common cold and other diseases. We all want to be happy! So again, why is there so much depression in a society that has so much. Do we not know how blessed people in this country are? Yes, we do know, but we are unbalanced chemically, and we cannot make the connection.

One thing that leads to depression is what is referred to as “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). (This acronym SAD is also used to describe the “Standard American Diet.” Hmmmm–might just be some relationship there!) We now know that SAD can be caused by a lack of Vitamin D.

We know that depression can be caused by heavy metal toxicity. This is a major cause and most professionals do not know how to properly test for it. My Goodness, the American Dental Association still thinks that mercury does not contribute to neurological and mental diseases!

Other causes of depression, teen psychological disorders, autism, ADD, ADHD, OCD and other mental diseases can be excessive insulin and leptin resistance (due to too much sugar and grains in our diets), deficiency of omega 3 fatty acids in our diets, lack of the B vitamins (especially B12), sodium deficiency, poor intestinal probiotic levels, the use of statin drugs to “lower cholesterol,” and others.

Subclinical symptoms of depression are also very real. This “almost depressed” category can lead to lower job satisfaction, lower satisfaction with one’s mate and family, lower personal relationships, more anxiety issues, less control over one’s life, and lower overall well-being. Seventy-five percent of those with subclinical depression will devolve into full-blown major depression if they are not recognized and the problem treated by balancing the person chemically.

In the next blog we will go into diagnosis and treatment of depression using natural means. You can help yourself and those you love if you just take charge, contact us, and follow up for your own good!

Give us a call–we need to talk!

“I really don’t like looking back and saying I regret decisions I made in the past, because they were the right decisions for me with the knowledge I had at the time, but I would love for someone to build me a time machine so that I can go back and say “no” to having chemotherapy and surgery….I have absolutely no doubt that healing would occur much easier and faster if I wasn’t dealing with the collateral damage caused by those harsh conventional treatments.”
Jessica Ainscough at http://www.thewellnesswarrior.com/au describing how she healed from cancer.

Please pass this blog along to your friends, family, and co-workers. We work with people by utilizing the modern technique known as “telemedicine,” and we would love to help you. You do not have to come to Delaware! We also can help you as a “Medical Advocate.” What this means is that, if you have questions about health matters, including the interpretation of laboratory testing, you can contact us and we will discuss what your test results mean and help you get good answers to your questions. It seems that today everyone, including doctors, is in a rush and you end up getting the short end of the stick. We can help with that problem. Just give us a call at 410-326-6690. Also, check out our Web Site at http://www.wholebodyhealth.us for more info.

Don’t go breakin’ my heart!

I am increasingly concerned with the direction of the health care system in our country. Some are saying that if we don’t like Obamacare we just want to go back to the “disastrous health care system” we had before. Actually, we had a health care system that was the model for the world. We offered the very best health care available, and at no time was anyone refused treatment. People came from around the world to be treated here. The “problem” began when the government and insurance companies took over the system many years ago. Costs to the patient skyrocketed, treatment began to be rationed, and the system started to decay. Even with all this, on January 1, 2009 we had the best health care system in the world. Now, we are faced with either taking care of our health ourselves or having bureaucrats do it for us. This will not end well if you don’t take charge right now. The purpose of our blog is to teach you how to take charge. The good news—-you can take charge of your health!

 

Let’s begin this blog with a personal story about how heart medications are prescribed and what might be wrong with the process. About 20 years ago I began having a problem with a “tachycardia” (unusual beating of the heart, including skipping of beats and pounding which could actually wake me up at night). Because I was on the verge of turning 50 years old, I decided to go to a cardiologist and have a complete work-up. If something was wrong, I wanted to deal with it, and if nothing was wrong, I wanted to have a good baseline.

 

The cardiologist was concerned and ordered several diagnostic regimens. I wore a “halter monitor” for 24 hours, I had a couple of different kinds of EKG and ECG, a cardiac ultrasound, and a “nuclear stress test.” About a week after all of these tests were completed I had a consultation appointment with the cardiologist and he said the following: “Tom, everything looks really good on all the tests. So, due to your age and the symptoms, I am going to be very conservative and prescribe a low-dose statin and a low-dose beta blocker.”

 

I was incredulous! I asked him to back up and review the part of the statement which went: “everything looks really good on all the tests.” He acknowledged this again, but then told me that he and his department partners believed that “all men over 50 years old should be taking low doses of these two drugs as a preventive measure.”

 

I left his office and decided to research what to do for the condition of tachycardia myself. I came up with the fact that I was most likely not getting enough magnesium and Coenzyme Q10 through my diet. So, I supplemented with both of these and lo and behold, my tachycardia symptoms went away within days!

 

On January 15, 2014 Forbes Magazine published an article which pointed out how medical guidelines regarding the use of beta blockers  have resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths in patients in just a few years. Forbes also said that British researchers have found that by following an established guideline on treatment of heart disease with beta blockers, doctors in the United Kingdom may have caused as many as 800,000 unnecessary deaths over the last 5 years. (European Heart Journal, 2014,:35(3); 131-137) That would be comparable to the crashes of almost 2,500 jumbo jet-liners over the 5 years or 500 crashes per year! Can you imagine the yelps from the press and public if that were to happen?

 

Furthermore, more than half of the lives lost may have occurred “after the research was discredited.” It turns out that if you do have a pre-existing, serious, life-threatening condition, beta blockers may help if you are going into surgery for your cardiac condition. If you have little or no prior heart risks, beta blockers may actually do harm.

 

The journal Science Daily pointed out in 2008 that the routine use of beta blockers actually increased the odds of having an acute coronary event.

 

As for statins, in addition to their proven negative effect on muscle tissue (and the heart is a muscle), and other negative side effects, the British Medical Journal found that simply eating an apple a day might help prevent cardiovascular-related deaths in those over 50 to a similar degree as using a daily statin (BMJ, 2013; 347). And exercising about 40 minutes a day 6 days a week is far superior to taking a daily statin and the exercise has only positive side effects. In December of 2013 Medical News Today reported that “research shows that prescribing a statin to everyone over the age of 50 (remember my age at the beginning?) could lead to over 1,000 extra cases of muscle disease and more than 10,000 additional cases of diabetes.”

 

One in 4 Americans over 45 currently take a statin drug, despite the fact that over 900 studies prove their adverse side effects. Also recently “updated” guidelines will double the number of Americans being prescribed these dangerous drugs. Further, and this is really scary, the research shows that statins can effectively  nullify the benefits of exercise, which is one of the best and primary heart disease prevention strategies.

 

To quote Dr. Joseph Mercola, “the take-home message here is that even if a drug or treatment is “backed by science” (often paid for by the drug companies) this absolutely does not mean it is safe or effective.”

 

You must realize that you are responsible for your own and your family’s health–not the drug companies and certainly not the government!

 

Over the next several months I will be posting new guidelines as to how you can take advantage of the services I have to offer, with different pricing depending on the services you choose. I hope you will utilize these services and tell your family, friends and neighbors about them.  In the meantime, stay well!!!

 

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“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedents of chemical therapy over nutrition. It is a substitution of artificial therapy over natural, of poison over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.”

Dr. Royal Lee, 1951

 

Please pass this blog along to your friends, family, and co-workers. We work with people by utilizing the modern technique known as “telemedicine,” and we would love to help you. You do not have to come to Delaware! We also can help you as a “Medical Advocate.” What this means is that, if you have questions about health matters, including the interpretation of laboratory testing, you can contact us and we will discuss what your test results mean and help you get good answers to your questions. It seems that today everyone, including doctors, is in a rush and you end up getting the short end of the stick. We can help with that problem. Just give us a call at 410-326-6690. Also, check out our Web Site at http://www.wholebodyhealth.us for more info.

Saving health care dollars!

Happy New Year! I want to start this new year with an item that demonstrates the value of a good supplement program which is implemented into your daily regimen. (Supplementation is the fourth pillar of the Four Pillars of Optimal Health.) The report was done by a management company, Frost and Sullivan (F&S), which is highly respected in the international business community. Basically, without publishing all 110 pages of the F&S report in my blog, I can say that the F&S report demonstrates that the use of specific dietary supplements can lead to large and positive health care cost savings.

The four diseases that F&S examined are: Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), Diabetes-attributed CHD, Age-related Eye Disease (ARED), and Osteoporosis. The conclusion of the study was that “Targeted dietary supplementation regimens are recommended as a means to help control rising societal health care costs and as a means for high-risk individuals to minimize the chance of having to deal with potential costly events and increase quality of life.” You and I are not concerned with controlling “societal” costs, but of controlling the costs to ourselves and our families. With the “changes” in our health care system occurring now and on the horizon, this becomes ever more important.

Today, approximately 75% of total U.S. health care expenditures are spent on preventable diseases, but only 3% of total health care expenditures are invested in disease prevention programs. And this includes things that are not preventable at all. For instance, “prevention” includes regular physician checkups and lab procedures on health people (including cancer screenings and blood work). In reality, this is not prevention at all. Rather, it is a form of health diagnostics, and diagnostics do not prevent illness! True prevention implies a lifelong habit of adopting lifestyle practices that are known to favor better health.

Since there is a significant amount of scientific research involving dietary supplements, this is a good place to look to see if there is a way we can take control of our own disease prevention. And indeed, there is significant scientific proof that supplements can save all of us a significant amount of money over our lifetime. But in addition, the intangible costs such as the significant physical and emotional distress of ARED sufferers and their families are also additional burdens to consider in assessing the overall quality of life and consequently the total social costs of Acute Macular Disease and cataracts.

One example of the results of this study is what that F&S has calculated that “there would be a savings of $4.76 billion per year in cumulative net osteoporosis-attributed cost savings if the target population used magnesium dietary supplements to increase intake by 100 mg per day.” And this amount of magnesium is actually far too low for almost everyone to be taking!! Effective control of osteoporosis requires much more than just magnesium. It requires other macro and micro nutrients, lifestyle changes, dietary changes, and exercise. But the effect of only adding magnesium was profound! The total savings in costs of all four diseases to society (and by extension to you) is estimated to be well over 30 billion dollars in money alone!! And there are some researchers who say that including Vitamin D and other supplements considered micro nutrients would be in excess of $1 trillion. Add in the other three Pillars of Optimal Health and you are talking real money!!

The take-away from all this is that you need to be using high quality supplements on a daily basis in order to have Optimal Health and to really enjoy life to the fullest. There is no longer any doubt in serious scientific minds!
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“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedents of chemical therapy over nutrition. It is a substitution of artificial therapy over natural, of poison over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.”
Dr. Royal Lee, 1951

Please pass this blog along to your friends, family, and co-workers. We work with people by utilizing the modern technique known as “telemedicine,” and we would love to help you. You do not have to come to Delaware! We also can help you as a “Medical Advocate.” What this means is that, if you have questions about health matters, including the interpretation of laboratory testing, you can contact us and we will discuss what your test results mean and help you get good answers to your questions. It seems that today everyone, including doctors, is in a rush and you end up getting the short end of the stick. We can help with that problem. Just give us a call at 410-326-6690. Also, check out our Web Site at http://www.wholebodyhealth.us for more info.

The Wonders of Coconut Oil

It’s far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has. Hippocrates

It seems that lately everywhere I look I’m finding articles on the wonder of coconut oil. Magazines, newspapers, and television are all touting “experts” who are talking about this “wonder oil.” If you have questions or are confused about what is causing this sudden wealth of information about coconut oil, I hope to help you with the subject in this blog. Right at the beginning, I need to tell you that I love coconut oil, and we use it for all kinds of things which I will talk about below. It is truly the essence of a “healthy fat,” and proves the “research” about saturated fats over a century ago was totally worthless!

Coconut oil is especially important at this time of year because we are facing cold and flu season, and I will be writing a separate blog on how to boost the immune system and avoid and defeat the viruses that cause these illnesses. It also has other uses, and in fact, there have been books written about coconut oil!

Coconut is nature’s number one source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s), a group of fats that are absorbed into metabolically active cells, which use them for energy, growth, and repair, according to Mary Enig, PhD, author of Know Your Fats. MCFA’s neutralize damaging free radicals and reduce cellular inflammation.

To use coconut oil, just melt the oil by microwaving for 30 seconds, put in your hot tea, coffee, or hot water and let it melt. (Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature.) It can be substituted for other fats in baking (use the same amount as with butter, etc.), used in homemade salad dressings (use 1/2 the amount of the oil), or use topically by rubbing it into the skin or hair. It is far less expensive than “cosmetic” creams, and extremely non-toxic. Remember what I’ve said before: don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat or drink.

Now for the uses of coconut oil:
1. Coconut’s MCFA’s prompt liver cells to burn fat 50% faster than normal, thereby melting fat fast. This is especially good following the Holidays! Research has shown that adding 2 tablespoons coconut oil to your daily diet will help shed up to 24 pounds per year.

2. The MCFA’s in coconut oil rev-up the white blood cells which fight infection, plus it kills germs on contact according to research at Michigan State University. Bruce Fife, ND, author of Coconut Cures says that consuming 3 tablespoons of the oil a day can prevent winter ailments. If you do get sick, the same dose can cut the length of time you are ill.

3. Many of us suffer from dry skin patches, especially in the cold winter. This is a time of increased rashes, fine lines and wrinkles. That’s right, I said wrinkles! Dabbing coconut oil on trouble spots twice daily can conquer winter skin woes quickly—as little as a week or two! The reason is that the lauric acid in the oil cuts down on inflammation, kills the bacteria that can cause pimples and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles!

4. Our hair gets dry and cracks more easily in the winter (and even in the summer due to the sun and the chlorine in the water). Coconut oil nourishes hair follicles, destroys dandruff-causing yeast and leaves a layer of healing fatty acids on hair. Just massage 2 tablespoons coconut oil into dry hair and scalp, cover with a shower cap if lying down, and shampoo 30 minutes later or the next morning. Repeat this procedure weekly.

5. You can use coconut oil to help end fatigue. Consume 2 tablespoons per day. The MCFA’s help the thyroid gland to ramp up production of thyroxine, the hormone that speeds the conversion of food into energy. Also, coconut oil helps heal overworked adrenal glands (the “stress glands”) which helps their output of adrenaline which energizes the body.

6. One in three women over 45 years of age have vaginal dryness. If nothing is done to alleviate this situation, it can lead to vaginal atrophy and painful intercourse. Hilda Hutcherson, MD, author of Pleasure, recommends massaging 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil onto your vulva and labia daily. There is a bonus to this: the antifungal and antimicrobial coconut oil will help prevent or treat vaginal infections. (The oil damages latex, so don’t use it with condoms or diaphragms.)

7. The aforementioned Bruce Fife, ND has also done research which points out that coconut oil is useful in helping alcoholics and addicts to break these lethal habits. This should only be used with the help of an experienced and trained health professional, but it is really exciting. the coconut oil has an effect on the brain which defeats the need for the drug or for sugar.

8. You can use coconut oil as an inexpensive, fluoride free, and tasty toothpaste. Put a little on your brush, and it destroys the bacteria, viruses, and yeast that cause dental infections.

9. Coconut oil, because of its MCFA’s, is a great “brain food.” It supplies the fats the brain needs to function at its best. The brain needs sugar to function well, and even in a low-sugar diet, 1/4 of the sugar taken in by diet is used by the brain. Coconut oil replaces the sugar and is actually more effective in feeding brain cells. Research is investigating whether it might prevent, delay, or reverse dementia and Alzheimer’s. Mary Newport, MD has written that Alzheimer’s is a type of diabetes of the brain. She has documented cases where she has been able to reverse Alzheimer’s with coconut oil.

10. There is no better creamer for coffee (organic coffee, of course) than coconut creamer. It tastes great, has a long shelf-life, and is actually healthy for you! I use So Delicious which is available at Whole Foods and at Giant.

And coconut oil is relatively inexpensive! Just make sure you use an organic, high quality blend, or that you order it from us. One good one in the store is Spectrum Organic CO.

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This is the last edition of the Blog before Christmas. Kathy and I wish you the very Happiest of Christmases. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the wonder of the Season. It’s a time for reflection and looking ahead with great optimism!! Merry Christmas!!

“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedents of chemical therapy over nutrition. It is a substitution of artificial therapy over natural, of poison over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.”
Dr. Royal Lee, 1951

Please pass this blog along to your friends, family, and co-workers. We work with people by utilizing the modern technique known as “telemedicine,” and we would love to help you. You do not have to come to Delaware! We also can help you as a “Medical Advocate.” What this means is that, if you have questions about health matters, including the interpretation of laboratory testing, you can contact us and we will discuss what your test results mean and help you get good answers to your questions. It seems that today everyone, including doctors, is in a rush and you end up getting the short end of the stick. We can help with that problem. Just give us a call at 410-326-6690. Also, check out our Web Site at http://www.wholebodyhealth.us for more info.

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