Obesity and Weight Loss

Experts tell us it takes 40 days to change old habits and develop new ones. There are certain habits you MUST develop if you want to lose weight and keep it off forever. You develop new habits by religiously disciplining yourself to do the following, every day, for 40 days

Natural Cure For Arthritis

he natural cure for arthritis exists for all forms of arthritis symptoms and pain. Arthritis is considered to be the most common muscular-skeletal disorder. Most people suffering from arthritis are of the opinion that no cure for the disorder exists, so they depend on the conventional medicines to get relief from pain.

Ayurvedic Medicine: A Gift From The Gods

Ayurvedic medicine is traditional Indian medicine where mixtures of herbs and minerals are used to cure ailments. The word Ayurveda comes from Ayus which means life and Vedas which means knowledge.

Holistic Health: Empowers You With Optimum Body, Mind, and Spirit

Holistic Health refers to all parts of the individual, not just the physical aspect of a person where manifested illnesses are often most apparent. When problems arise through physical discomfort or pain signals; our mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects also indicate imbalances and “dis-ease”


Alternative medicine has historically been at the forefront of recommending exercise for good health. Now, there is a library full of information on exercise and proper diet. Books such as Dr. Phil's Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Mediterranean Diet, the Atkins Diet, the Zone Diet

Sunday, August 1, 2021

What is acupuncture?

What is acupuncture?

    The history of acupuncture dates back at least 2,000 years. In the tradition of Eastern medicine, acupuncture is described as a form of healing which causes the movement of Qi (energy) in channels called meridians. What is Qi? It is a vital substance; the combination of the air we breath the food we eat and movement. Some describe it as an electromechanical force, some describe it as life's energy, others the essence of life. In Einstein's formula E=mc 2, there is a relationship between energy and matter. It is the blockage of Qi, deficiency of Qi or imbalances, that are responsible for illness. Unblocking the Qi, balancing either Qi, or other vital substances relieves the pain or corrects the source of the disease or discomfort.

    How do we access this energy, but through acupuncture points. Western scientist have tried to define the meridians and acupuncture points. Interestingly, in one study there was a 71% correlation between trigger points, motor points in muscles and acupuncture points. Biopsies at acupuncture sites show a great collection of blood vessels of nerves at these sites. When radioactive tagged dye is injected in an acupuncture points it follows the trajectory in the limbs of the meridians described over thousands of years. Very good research done over the last 20 years on the release of neuropeptides with acupuncture by Bruce Pomeranz Ph.D. and Gabriel Stux MD. It apparently causes the release of endorphins and we do have 16 different kinds of experimental models to explain their effect on and treatment of pain.

    There is also evidence that acupuncture causes the release of beta endorphins in the CSF, Rossier J, Nature (1977). Pituitary beta endorphin and ACTH are released on an equimolar basis into the circulation. The ACTH then goes to the adrenal cortex where cortisol is then released into the blood. This may explain why acupuncture also helps with inflammation and why it is so useful in the treatment of Asthma. There have also been experiments on the involvement of other neuropeptides monoamines and serotonin and norepinephrine to explain the effects of acupuncture. Functional MRI's have shown the correlation of acupuncture points turning off pain pathways in the brain and classical points having relationship to particular brain centers.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Adrenal Axis-Stress the Cortisol Connection

Adrenal Axis-Stress

Adrenal Axis-Stress the Cortisol Connection

You will likely find the most help in pursuing adrenal axis problems with your alternative medicine practitioner. Alternative medicine routinely gives a lot more attention to the nutritional and lifestyle issues that are associated with stress and the adrenal cortisol connection.

The adrenal glands are two small glands one of each which sits on the top of each kidney. They secrete a number of hormones, the most well known being adrenaline which you will remember is the emergency hormone which enables people to do miraculous feats of strength such as lifting a car off a child. The adrenals also are involved in secretion of DHEA, and get involved in the cycling of sex hormones as well. They are a primary gland in metabolism of sugar and can be involved in hypoglycemia. The problem is, they are capable of becoming stressed out with their function becoming “insufficient” or even “exhausted”. The scope of severity can range from a simple excessive craving of sugar to full blown anxiety attacks. The type of stress that leads to adrenal problems is usually more of a chronic nature as opposed to some type of high stress emergency. For example, long-term stress such as financial troubles, marital troubles, work troubles, or chronic physical illness, long term use of Prednisone or physical disability can cause a constant drain on the adrenals leading to stress related symptoms. The adrenals can also be over stressed by severe physical trauma such as severe burns or automobile accidents.

The symptoms of adrenal axis stress and cortisol imbalance are very similar to hypoglycemia and are typically characterized by:

  • Adult attention deficit disorder or adult ADD or adult ADHD
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue with a mid morning or mid-afternoon let down.
  • Craving of sweets, caffeine or soda.
  • Over consumption of sweets, caffeine or soda.
  • Shakiness or lightheadedness.
  • Lightheadedness upon standing.
  • Constant hunger.
  • Headaches and muscle tension.
  • Feeling better after eating.
  • Frequent heart pounding.
  • Anxiety, anxiety attack, panic attack, depression.
  • Family history of diabetes.

There are a number of diagnostic tests available to your physician for detection of adrenal axis stress. Please see the Laboratories page of this site. They include:

Five hour glucose tolerance test. Be sure your practitioner knows all the interpretations of the results of this test as they relate to the adrenals.

Adrenal Stress Index test from Diagnos Tech Lab.

Cortisol and DHEA from Great Smokies Lab.

The pupils constrict upon exposure to light followed by immediate dilation. Normally, they should remain constricted without fluctuating open and closed.

Upon standing from the lying position, the blood pressure should increase 10mm. If not, it's suggestive of poor adrenal function.

The typical nutritional approach for adrenal stress is a low sugar, complex carbohydrate diet similar to that of hypoglycemia. Supplementation usually includes B complex, especially B5 (pantothenic acid) and B6. Vitamin C is important as well as herbal support for the adrenals such as glycyrrhinized licorice.


There are a number of other conditions which can contribute to adrenal axis stress and the myriad of symptoms caused by it. A Comprehensive Health Assessment found at www.eHealthAssessment.com d oes a very good differentiation of your symptoms of adrenal axis stress versus other conditions which produce similar symptoms. Please study carefully the related conditions listed below for additional information.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS Chronic Fatigue Immunodeficiency Syndrome)

See also Fibromyalgia.

CFIDS is usually a multicausal condition, meaning that there are many different facets of underlying cause each of which may or may not be having an effect on you. CFIDS can be a very frustrating problem, resistant to most orthodox medical treatments, and a severe test of a person's resolve to solve it. This is where alternative medicine can help. If you have CFIDS you will definitely want to seek the best alternative medicine professional you can find to help you walk through the maize of confusing proposed treatments that are available. The problem lies in identifying those causes and then correcting them. So often a physician will diagnose a person with CFIDS and/or fibromyalgia (FMS) (they are commonly found together in the same person) and to the physician, the diagnosis has been made, end of discussion. It is what has been termed a "dead end diagnosis". Physicians often fail to pursue the myriad of potential underlying causal factors leaving the patient to fend for him/herself. Rarely are such seemingly unrelated problems such as adrenal gland stress resulting in anxiety attacks considered as part of the chronic fatigue picture. To best organize this discussion, we will list below, in approximate order of significance, those potential causal factors each of which should be considered. Your physician will want to address them as well as others including lyme disease which may be appropriate but not on the list.

  • Intestinal dysbiosis, parasites, digestive disorders. Very important.
  • Food allergies
  • Candidia yeast infections or candidiasis
  • History of heavy metal intoxication, lead, cadmium, mercury, etc. including surgical metal implants.

Environmental allergy from insecticides, chemicals, sprays, etc. Note: intoxication from heavy metal or environmental chemicals can cause impairment of liver detoxification pathways leading to CFS symptoms.

  • Adrenal Axis-Stress
  • Hypoglycemia and reactive hypoglycemia
  • Neurotransmitter (chemical) imbalance
  • Hypothyroid
  • Wilson 's Syndrome (borderline hypothyroid)
  • Cyclical hormonal imbalance in females
  • Mercury toxicity from dental fillings. (Controversial, but possible).
  • Obesity

You can sort through the potential presence of these causal factors by completing an online Comprehensive Health Assessment which is discussed below. Once the causal factors have been identified they will be appropriately addressed by your practitioner. There is commonly a history of overuse of antibiotic therapy sometime in the life of a CFIDS patient resulting in candidiasis (yeast overgrowth) which by itself can create many of the symptoms. As you pursue the solution to your condition, try to look for medical, traumatic, emotional or environmental factors which may be contributory.

Laboratory tests which may be indicated are:

  • ELISA/ACT test for food and environmental allergies. ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies Lab.
  • Food Allergy Panel. Great Smokies Diagnostic Lab., Alletess Laboratories, Immunolabs.
  • Adrenal Cortisol/DHEA test. Great Smokies Lab, Diagnos Techs Lab.
  • ACT test. Diagnos Techs Lab.
  • Heavy metal hair analysis. Doctor's Data Lab.
  • Comprehensive Digestive and Stool Analysis. Great Smokies Lab, Meridian Valley Lab.
  • Female Hormone Profile. Great Smokies Lab.
  • Complete a Comprehensive Health Assessment which you will learn about at

his personal assessment is a great tool to address the underlying causes of CFIDS which we have discussed above. It will help you and your physician determine which of those causes may apply to you. It is inexpensive and conveniently done online. We strongly recommend it to all CFIDS patients.

There is an emerging body of medical evidence that associated chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia symptoms with Lyme disease. We suggest you type Lyme disease in your search engines for web sites that can inform you about this important subject.

Friday, February 5, 2021




Alcoholics are almost always nutrient deficient. This may be a result of the poor diet associated with alcoholic lifestyle. In addition, they may be predisposed to alcoholism by pre-existing conditions and nutritional deficiencies. To do a truly comprehensive assessment of the alcoholic state, other physical and nutritional factors in addition to the traditional social and psychological evaluation must be considered. Those often overlooked factors include chronic intestinal yeast infection or overgrowth, food allergy, cortisol or adrenal gland insufficiency, hypothyroidism, functional hypoglycemia and nutritional status. Unfortunately, the usual case is that alcoholics are given excellent emotional support but their physical status goes wanting. Please read on for more information on this essential component of alcoholism.

Melvin R. Werbach, M.D. in his book Nutritional Influences on Illness states "There are many nutritional deficiencies which may be caused by excessive alcohol ingestion and the deficient nutrient intake often associated with alcoholism. By boosting the nutritional intake, not only may it be possible to reduce the toxic effects associated with alcoholism, but there is preliminary evidence that alcohol craving and the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may also be ameliorated”.

Laboratory Tests

Alcoholism is often associated with a problem in the metabolism of amino acids. Amino acids are the basic building blocks of protein. It would be valuable to have an amino acid test run. You can learn more from the web sites of the labs listed in the Laboratories page of this web site. Talk to your alternative medicine physician about an amino acid test. Other appropriate lab tests are discussed in the related pages of this web site referred to at the end of this section. You must read each page because they have important information to help your recovery from alcoholism.

Vitamins and Supplements

Nutrients which studies have shown to be helpful in addressing alcoholism include:

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is effective in reducing both alcohol cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Folic Acid, C, and E.

Minerals, especially Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium, and Selenium.

Amino Acids. We use the product "Seacure" which is a hydrolyzed, easily digested form from fish protein.

Essential Fatty Acids. Also found in "Seacure". Omega 3 Fatty Acids as well as Omega 6 Fatty Acids found in Evening Primrose oil are also good.

Food Supplement. "Juice Plus" is an excellent fruits and vegetables in a capsule supplement.


It is imperative that alcoholics adhere to a strict health food diet. All foods containing caffeine, high sugar, "Nutrasweet", highly processed, packaged foods, junk foods, fast foods, deep fried foods, soda and partially hydrogenated oils are to be strictly avoided. In other words, a good healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, fish and some red meat are required.

Given the complexity of recovering from alcoholism, I strongly urge people to get under the guidance of a qualified physician/nutritionist who understands the subjects we have discussed here.


Seven Weeks to Sobriety , by Joan Matthews Larson This book is required reading.

Comprehensive Health Assessment is an online self-assessment of the potential for presence of various alcoholism-related health issues discussed herein. Visit www.eHealthAssessment.com for details.

Lab Tests Which May Be Helpful ( See the Laboratories page of this web site.)

  • Amino acid analysis
  • Adrenal Axis-stress
  • Five hour glucose tolerance
  • Food allergy panel
  • Candida Albicans IgG, IgA, IgM
  • Vitamin analysis from Spectracell Lab

Thursday, February 4, 2021




Dementia is almost a certainty if you live long enough. Statistics tell us that as many as 2/3 of the population over the age of 90 suffers from some form of dementia or depression. Alzheimer's disease is the leading cause of dementia in the elderly. There is no known cure for Alzheimers disease. There are certain drugs on the market which offer some encouragement in that they slow the progression of the disease. Alternative medicine, a good healthy lifestyle and exercise also offer some benefit.

The medical approach to dementia should include an assessment of the aspects of life style somewhat unique to the elderly. Therefore, we should consider the following as possible contributory causes of dementia: oxidative stress, lack of exercise, poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, and need for food supplements.

Seniors are notorious for getting little to no exercise. Yet, it has been established that they live longer, healthier and happier if they get regular exercise, even as little as a 20 minute walk a day.

Seniors are also known for their diet of tender roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, some Jello and green beans or corn with a cup of coffee or tea. This, of course, falls pathetically short of the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables, preferably raw, a day. This is where the oxidative stress enters the picture. Oxidative stress or the formation of free radical molecules in our bodies is a chemical process that leads to aging. The antidote for this oxidative process is consumption of "antioxidants". Antioxidants such as vitamins and certain minerals are nutrients found in food, especially fruits and vegetables.

Studies published in the June, 2002 issue of the "Journal of the American Medical Association" have shown certain antioxidant supplements to be of benefit in reducing the risk of Alzheimer's. The most commonly recommended is folic acid at a dosage of 2.5 to 10 mg. per day. The herb ginko biloba is also commonly used and is a good antioxidant for the brain and entire body. Other supplements including vitamins B12, C, E, zinc, beta-carotene and phosphatidyl choline are also beneficial.

Comprehensive Health Assessment

Anyone seriously seeking guidance into what alternative medicine has to offer persons with dementia will benefit greatly from a Comprehensive Health Assessment to be found at www.eHealthAssessment.com . You can complete it in behalf of another person if you like. You will need their presence as you complete the comprehensive questionnaire included with the assessment. Your assessment will not only identify possible personal causative factors contributing to dementia but will also give you detailed guidance for improving your own risk factors including cardiovascular disease and nutritional deficiencies. The assessment is not complicated and easy to complete, all done online. Another wonderful benefit of the Comprehensive Health Assessment is that it will help you be proactive and slow the aging process through better life style and nutrition. Review the web site for details.

Your approach to combating Alzheimer's and dementia involves three components:

A. Alteration of lifestyle as much as possible.

B. Good nutrition.

C. Dietary supplements.

NOTE: If you are dealing with a younger person with dementia, pay close attention to the related pages of this report which are listed below.

Since most dementia patients are elderly, there probably isn't too much we can do to realistically alter the lifestyle. However, there is one thing, albeit it controversial, that should be addressed. That is the matter of aluminum which has been shown in some studies to be a causative factor in Alzheimer's disease. The main sources of aluminum in our environment are cookware, cigarette filters, and antiperspirants. These sources of aluminum should definitely be eliminated from the environment. If there has been excessive exposure to aluminum in the patient's life, it would be a good idea to have a hair analysis for toxic metals. If high in aluminum or other toxic metals, you can follow protocols for their removal. See the Toxic metals of this site. (Link to follow)

The second concern for most senior citizens is good nutrition. The Center for Disease Control says we all should eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, preferably raw, a day. Very few of us do that, let alone seniors. An excellent dietary supplement which is comparable to the five servings is called Juice Plus . It is fruits and vegetables juiced, dried and condensed into a capsule. 

Your third concern is food supplements. The nutrients which have been found deficient and helpful in Alzheimer's and dementia are listed below.

Folic acid is a vitamin found commonly deficient in patients with a variety of psychiatric illnesses. Your physician can test your blood level. If deficient, a supplementation of 2-10 mg. daily or as directed by your physician or nutritionist should help.

Vitamin B6 is commonly deficient in Alzheimer's patients. There are little to no risks with B6 supplementation at a level of 100-200 mg. per day.

Vitamin B12 has been found to be helpful. You should have your physician measure the blood B12 and supplement, probably with injections or sublingual tablets accordingly.

Antioxidants including Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) at 400-800 i.u. per day, Vitamin C at 1000-5000 mg. or bowel tolerance per day, and zinc have been shown to be of benefit .

Phosphatidyl choline or lecithin has been associated with Alzheimer's and dementia and supplementation may be of benefit. Choline is an important brain chemical and should be a part of every patient's supplement regimen. You should be careful to read the label because there is a great variation in the content of different products. The usual dose of phosphatidyl choline in the studies was 20-25 grams in divided doses per day.

Another promising supplement is glycerylphosphorylcholine (GPC) . GPC is a choline precursor which means it is involved in one of the steps of choline metabolism. It has been found to be effective in improving patients' clinical conditions in a number of studies. It is sold as a prescription drug in Europe but as a food supplement in the U.S.

In some studies estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) has been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's in women. A natural approach to ERT without the risks of prescription estrogen replacement includes the use of the herb Black Cohosh, indole-3-carbinol extracted from broccoli and natural progesterone crème made from the wild yam. All these products should be taken under the direction of a clinical nutritionist.

The September, 2002 issue of the "Life Extension" magazine published by the Life Extension Foundation www.lef.org offers a few articles on the subject of Alzheimer's and dementia. They also offer products containing these and other nutrients.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021



Anemia can be associated with many different medical conditions, some of which are serious. If you think you may be anemic you should definitely tell your doctor. Though most types of anemia are uncommon, there is one type that is common, that is iron deficiency anemia. We will limit our discussion here to iron deficiency anemia only. Any good nutritionist or alternative medicine practitioner should be able to help you with iron deficiency anemia. Anemia occurs when the blood loses its ability to carry oxygen via the red blood cells. Anything that causes a decrease in the number of red cells or a decrease in their oxygen carrying capacity can lead to anemia. Iron deficiency is the most common of those causes. Internal bleeding of known or unknown source can be a significant cause of anemia. Heavy menstrual flow or bleeding ulcers are examples.

The most common signs of developing anemia are chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, headaches, irritability or loss of concentration. Pale color of the skin is common.

Iron supplementation by your physician will be most likely. In addition, you should emphasize foods high in iron including red meat, liver (can be taken in capsules), blackstrap molasses, plenty of fruits and vegetables and eggs. You should avoid foods that interfere with absorption of iron including alcohol, sweets, dairy, chocolate, most nuts and beans, coffee and tea.

Dietary supplements include, of course, iron. You should use the product your doctor prescribes, however, he/she might not be aware that the most absorbable iron product is "heme" iron and the brand name is “Proferritin”. Ask if you can use it. B complex vitamins are very important, especially folic acid and vitamin B12. Vitamin C is helpful in the absorption of iron and you certainly want to be sure you have adequate production of stomach acid, HCl if you expect to absorb your iron. Click on the Gastrointestinal page of this web site below.

Speaking of absorption, do not take calcium, vitamin E, Tums or Rolaids, etc., or eat a lot of fiber at the same time as you take your iron. It will defeat the purpose. Take these products 3 hours removed from your iron supplement.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Arthritis including Osteoarthritis OA and Rheumatoid Arthritis RA

Arthritis including Osteoarthritis OA and Rheumatoid Arthritis RA

Arthritis including Osteoarthritis OA and Rheumatoid Arthritis RA

There are few diseases for which less hope is offered by traditional physicians than arthritis. Happily, alternative medicine has a lot of hope to offer arthritis sufferers. Arthritis is one of the conditions sometimes termed a "dead end diagnosis" meaning, "there's no more we can do for you". Arthritis patients are offered only pain and anti-inflammatory medications to enable them to tolerate the pain until the disease progresses to where more radical procedures such as joint replacement can be justified. Rarely is the CAUSE of arthritis addressed let alone a plan to actually correct the cause. Modern medicine is great at treating crises and emergencies but when it comes to chronic degenerative illnesses such as arthritis, conventional medicine is woefully lacking. Yet, the good news is, you will routinely find arthritis sufferers gaining good relief under the guidance of alternative medicine and nutritional practitioners.

Arthritis is often associated with an intestinal disorder termed "leaky gut" or leaky gut syndrome, a problem commonly addressed by alternative medicine practitioners but overlooked by medical doctors. Usually associated with leaky gut is a wide variety of food allergies which create toxicity to the muscles and joints eventually leading to arthritis. Food allergies and leaky gut are discussed in detail elsewhere on this web site.

Low stomach acid levels are also commonly found to be involved with arthritis. In spite of what the TV commercials tell you, 40 to 50% of the population over the age of 50 is LOW in stomach acid. Low acid leads to incomplete digestion of food and ultimately to the leaky gut and arthritis in some individuals. This hypochlorhydria, as it is called, is discussed in the Gastrointestinal pages of this web site (Link to follow). There are several vitamins, minerals, and herbs which studies have shown to be beneficial for arthritis, as well.

Food Allergies and Arthritis

There is a class of foods known as nightshades which, when eliminated from the diet afford not only long term relief but in some cases an improvement in the development of joint deformity. The study regarding nightshades and arthritis was long term, 7 years, so don't expect an immediate fix when you eliminate these foods. The improvement was progressive over time. Nightshade foods include white potato, tomato, all peppers except black pepper, eggplant, and tobacco. If you have arthritis, you should eliminate these foods from your diet even if they don't test positive on a food allergy blood panel. Remember, you have to do it for months to see if it will help.

Leaky Gut, Leaky Gut Syndrome

Increased intestinal permeability or "leaky gut" is a problem commonly seen in arthritis patients, both OA and RA, by alternative practitioners but not usually considered by conventional doctors. It can be a very important player in arthritis and you should study carefully the Gastrointestinal pages of this web site.

Low Stomach Acid

Unless you have a known stomach lining inflammation such as ulcers or esophagitis, It may be of benefit to use hydrochloric acid supplements. You should do this under the supervision of a physician who understands the use of HCl supplements (most traditional physicians don't). Please refer to the Gastrointestinal pages of this web site for details. If you are deficient in HCl, supplementation will support the function of your digestive tract and help heal the leaky gut.

Over-consumption of Toxic Foods

It is astounding how often we see "arthritis" symptoms disappear with the simple elimination of coffee. Some people drink incredible quantities of coffee, measured in pots, not cups, consumed per day. If you are one of those people, now is the time to kick the habit. Coffee is addictive, and you will go through withdrawal for a few days. To make it easier, drink a lot of water and eat frequent between meal healthy snacks such as fruit and vegetables. Co-conspirators to coffee are tea, soda and chocolate. Even though we usually think of the caffeine as the culprit, it is actually the acidity level of those drinks. So don't think you can get away with decaffeinated drinks. It won't work. Decaffeinated drinks are still highly acid. If you are consuming more than a soda every few days or an occasional tea or coffee, you may be pouring gasoline on the fire of your arthritis.

If you expect to succeed in improving your arthritis, it is essential that you stick to a very good healthy diet with at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Fruits and vegetables enable you to maintain an alkaline diet. We strongly recommend the food supplement "Juice Plus " which is comparable to five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. You can learn more about this product at the web site listed below. If you want Juice Plus, contact us and we will give you information on how to order the product. You should avoid alcohol and minimize the consumption of red meat. Try to replace red meat with fish. Do not use any partially hydrogenated oils which are found in deep fried foods, packaged snack foods, chips and all butter substitutes and spreads. Partially hydrogenated or "trans fats" are one of the most dangerous foods (if you want to call them food) in our environment. They promote inflammation in the body and with arthritis, that's the last thing you want. The food label will say something like "partially hydrogenated oil". Avoid it.

In addition, a low fat diet is important for RA sufferers. Try to have about 70% of your calories from carbohydrates, 15% from fats and 15% from protein. See the Diabetes and Weight Loss pages of this web site (links to follow) for details on calculating your caloric intake of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

Toxic Metal Overload

Heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and others are much more common in our environment than most people, including physicians, realize. The really overlooked issue here is the dramatic impact these toxic metals can have on your health. Commonly, when the body burden of these metals is excessive, the symptoms manifest in the form of muscle and joint complaints. This is because heavy metals interfere with the normal biochemical processes involving calcium, magnesium, zinc and other nutrients in the cells of your body. When these essential healthy minerals in the body are disrupted by heavy metals, musculoskeletal symptoms such as muscle and joint pain commonly occur. Please read carefully the Toxic Metals pages of this web site for details (links to follow).

Vitamins and Other Supplements

One very effective nutritional support protocol effective for arthritis is offered by the Metagenics company (see Vitamin Supplement Companies page). The product is called UltrainflammX. It is specifically formulated to address the inflammation and leaky gut associated with arthritis. It includes the nutrients and antioxidants specific to the needs of arthritic patients. Included with the protocol is a booklet outlining the dietary requirements which will make the program more effective. It is a rice based product. Except for those who test positive for rice allergy, we recommend it for every arthritic patient. A nutrition oriented and experienced chiropractor or other alternative medicine practitioner can help you with the protocols and supply you with the product. Metagenics products are not sold over the counter, only through professionals. You can order the product online through our clinic website Performance Plus Rehabilitation Center. You will need to log in, get a password and then click on Online Store You can then order UltraInflammX and be sure to ask them to include the patient guide book.

For years Niacinamide has been recognized as a successful supplement for osteoarthritis. If you take niacinamide, you should have your doctor monitor your liver enzymes. One problem with niacin is the "flush" feeling some people get when taking large doses. The preferred form of niacin is inositol hexaniacinamide which eliminates the flushing problem.

Vitamins C and E have been helpful in studies to assist in combating arthritis.

Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is supportive of adrenal function. The adrenals secrete your body's cortisone, essential for pain free joints.

Glucosamine sulfate and Chondroitin sulfate are very popular supplements for arthritis. You should take about 500 mg. of each three times a day. Be sure you get products containing these two ingredients. Others, such as glucosamine HCl are not found to be as effective.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are always beneficial in inflammatory conditions and apply to arthritis, especially RA. Omega 3 FA's are found in fish oil and flax oil and are available at your health food store.

Herbs which have been shown beneficial include Boswella, Horse Chestnut, Garlic, Cayenne , Ash, Blackcurrent, Rose Hip, and Feverfew. Of this list, Boswella is probably the most commonly used.

There are a number of minerals which have been studied and found helpful. The most common is probably copper. We have all seen people wearing copper bracelets for arthritis. One study done in 1976 found the bracelets to be helpful in arthritis pain. The most effective form of copper for oral use is copper salicylate.

Zinc has been found helpful in joint swelling and pain. The typical dose is 25-50 mg three times a day. If you want to take a larger dose, you should consult a nutritionist. It is important to also understand that zinc and copper should be taken together because they have an antagonistic effect against one another in the body. You should take the two in a 10:1 zinc to copper ratio. Also, zinc is bound in the digestive tract by cereal grains, especially oats, and some of its effectiveness is lost. If you are a large cereal consumer, you will want to take your zinc a few hours removed from the cereal.

Arthritis, particularly RA can be a result of impaired amino acid or fatty acid metabolism. Your amino acid and fatty acid status can be measured by laboratory tests. We suggest you talk to your alternative physician about these tests. You can learn about them on the Great Smokies Laboratory website. Laboratories are listed elsewhere on this site.

Arhritis is a condition that requires ongoing management. There is hope for you to be completely free of symptoms if you are successful with the suggestions made in this report. If you are able to heal your leaky gut, rid yourself of offending toxins and restore the gut to normalcy through good nutrition, you will, indeed, feel much better.

Monday, February 1, 2021




Alternative medicine practitioners frequently see amazing results with the protocols we will outline here for you. Common with asthmatics, yet usually overlooked by physicians are conditions which can play a major role in asthma. These include hypoglycemia, adrenal fatigue, adrenal gland or cortisol insufficiency, yeast or candida overgrowth, food allergy and others.

There is a major component of asthma to which many physicians and even allergists seem to be oblivious. It is a problem that is present to some degree in many if not most asthma patients. Yet, due to the relatively recent understanding of this problem, physicians are yet to be informed as to its importance. The problem is that of delayed onset food allergies or sensitivities. Asthma patients are routinely tested for allergies, including food. But, the problem is, they are not tested for delayed onset food allergies. A delayed food allergy is one in which you eat the food today but don't have an asthmatic reaction until tomorrow or even the next day. Unfortunately, the gold standard allergy test, the skin scratch, does not identify delayed onset allergies. There is a detailed explanation of this phenomenon to be found below and in the Food Allergy pages of this web site.

Adrenal gland insufficiency or exhaustion is another factor commonly involved with asthma but usually overlooked in physicians' offices. The adrenals produce the body's cortisone and are often overstressed by the long term use of Prednisone. Adrenal insufficiency results in hypoglycemia and associated asthma potential. Don't miss the Hypoglycemia pages of this web site.

Another often undetected problem is the overgrowth of yeast which results from extensive use of prednisone and antibiotics. Yeast overgrowth, termed

"candidiasis" is commonly found accompanying food allergy and adrenal insufficiency. Please see the Yeast pages of this web site.

Asthma and Food Allergies

Food allergies are the commonly overlooked villain in asthma. I will never forget the case of one adult asthma patient who learned the hard way just how great an impact made upon her allergy. We discovered her to be allergic to dairy products. ( Most asthmatics are allergic to milk and should avoid it.) When placed upon a treatment regimen similar to the one you will read about here, she was completely free of asthma and her medications. She decided to try some dairy rich foods at Thanksgiving and ended up in the ER with an asthma attack. Food allergies are a very important component of the asthma picture and must be addressed. Every asthmatic should have an IgG food allergy blood panel done. Please see the Food Allergy page of this web site for details (link to follow).

Asthma and Functional Hypoglycemia and Adrenal Axis Stress

The adrenal glands and their teammates the thyroid and hypothalamus are major players in asthma. The adrenals are responsible for production of your body's cortisone. It would seem only logical to reason that if your adrenals are producing enough cortisone, medications such as Prednisone would not be necessary. With Prednisone being one of the most potent, destructive prescriptions on the market, it behooves us all to avoid it if at all possible. That is where you can do yourself a world of good by paying close attention to the function of your adrenal axis system. Please study carefully the related pages of this web site listed below. Complete understanding of these related topics is essential to your seeing the big picture of asthma and how it occurs. With all these issues understood, asthma becomes a SYMPTOM. It is commonly a RESULT of all these other health conditions which join together to produce the picture we call asthma.

Asthma and Diet

Studies have shown that a vegetarian diet is beneficial to asthmatic patients. A vegetarian diet basically eliminates most of the allergenic foods. In light of the availability of simple blood tests for food allergies, it is a lot more convenient to just have the test as opposed to trying to determine by experimentation what are the offending foods.

Sugar and fat are major offenders with some asthmatics. In a study of 102 children with asthma, they were found to consume 25% more fat and 23% more sugar than non-asthmatics. Junk foods certainly are more of a threat than is commonly appreciated. Avoid them like the plague. I will never forget one of my first big successes with asthma. We treated a 12 year old boy for asthma and he was not responding. When we took him off Pepsi the asthma ended. The point is, avoid the junk foods, sweets and everything that is obviously bad for you. Take heed to what your mama said. Eat good food. That means 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Asthma and Obesity

If you are overweight and serious about getting over asthma, you must lose weight. Obesity is a common component of the asthma picture and is completely reversible. See the Weight Loss pages of this web site for details (links to follow).

Asthma and Food Supplements

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) is a mainstay in the asthma nutrition protocol. Several studies have shown it to be beneficial. It should be taken in conjunction with Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) which is supportive for the adrenal glands. We use a product called "Cortico B5B6 from the Metagenics company. B6 dosage for adults usually ranges from 100-250 mg. in divided doses daily. For children, the dose should be decreased proportionately according to body weight.

Vitamin B12 was given by injection to 100 children in a study done in 1989. They all improved except one and 60% stopped wheezing entirely. In a difficult case, ask your physician about this. Meanwhile, Vitamin B12 can be taken orally at the dosage level suggested on the label.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are products derived mainly from fish oils. They are very beneficial if the patient is not allergic to the fish (another reason to be tested for delayed food allergies). Typically, one gram a day will improve asthma but don't expect immediate results. In one study, it took nine months to see improvement. If you are allergic to fish oils, try taking flax seed oil instead.

Magnesium is a major player in the protocols for asthma. There have been a number of studies looking at magnesium treatment for asthma given orally, by inhalation and by injection. They all were beneficial. The typical dose for oral Magnesium is 400-800 mg. per day for adults, less for children according to body weight.

Antioxidants play a role in all hyperimmune and allergy conditions, asthma included. Zinc is a good antioxidant which has been shown effective in reducing the production of histamine. If you take zinc, a dosage of 25 mg. per day and possibly increasing to double that amount is typical. Zinc is antagonistic to copper and therefore copper should be taken concurrently with zinc at a dosage of about 10% the level of zinc. In other words, if you take 25 mg. of zinc take about 2.5 mg. of copper.

Quercetin is another antioxidant which, similar to zinc, has a good antihistamine effect. Usual dosage is 250 mg. two to four times a day.

Vitamin C at a dosage of 1-2 grams per day is shown to be of benefit. In times of acute asthma vitamin C can be taken up to 5-6 grams per day depending on bowel tolerance. When you increase dosage to the point of it giving you diarrhea, that is about your limit. Buffered ascorbate powder is a form of vitamin C which allows larger dosages without the bowel effect. You should consult a nutritionist before using this product long-term.

N-acetylcysteine is a precursor to the very powerful antioxidant glutathione. NAC is useful because glutathione is not easily utilized by the body when taken orally. NAC is transformed into glutathione. 600 mg. twice a day is a typical adult dose.

Hydrochloric Acid (plain old stomach acid) was found to be deficient in a study of 200 asthmatic children. No, it's not a misprint, they were deficient, not high, in stomach acid contrary to what the ads for antacids would have us to believe. Hydrochloric acid can be purchased as a food supplement and you can try it if you have no stomach ulcers or inflammation. Take it according to the label, after meals. Visit the Gastrointestinal page of this web site for more information.


Glyconutrients are a rapidly rising star in the world of alternative medicine. There are a number of good studies and many anecdotal reports and case histories reporting the effectiveness of glyconutrients in dealing with immune deficiencies relating to asthma. For case histories and other related valuable information please visit Glyconutrition. To read the science and studies behind glyconutritionals please visit www.Glycoscience.org. We strongly urge you to make a study of glyconutritionals and the benefit they may offer.

Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractors routinely have success with spinal manipulation for asthma. It helps with varying degrees of success depending upon the patient. Every asthmatic, especially children should consult a chiropractor to see if it will help.

Lifestyle Considerations

An air filter in the patient's bedroom is often helpful. Since we can't spend 24 hours a day indoors, the second best is to breathe filtered air at night.

Another successful home unit is the negative ion generator. This is an instrument that is placed in the home. Medical studies have discovered that negative ionic air is beneficial for asthma and other allergies.

Studies have also shown that dust mites, a common allergen are significantly lower in homes where dehumidifiers are used and the carpets and furniture are kept as clean as possible.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder


 Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Alternative medicine offers most of the research and hope for families experiencing these disorders. An excellent resource for this condition is the Autism Research Institute. You will find their web address below at the end of this discussion. The ARI offers exhaustive information on secretin and other beneficial protocols for autistic children. The alternative medicine protocols we will discuss herein include food allergies, leaky gut, yeast or candida overgrowth, vitamins, nutrition, and more.

Autism is a man made epidemic. The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients reported in January 2002 that in California it took 25 years from 1969 to 1994 for 5,100 cases of autism to be diagnosed. Then, the next 5,100 cases were reported in five years (1994-1999) and now only 2.5 years have passed for another 5,100 to have been reported. Autism is on the rise at an exponential rate. It is in one way or another connected to immunizations, overuse of antibiotics, poor diet, environmental toxins such as heavy metals and the complicated matter of food allergies. Is it only coincidence that the drastic increase in the number of immunizations has paralleled the increase in autism? Did you know that the average child now has about twenty-five immunizations by early school age? The drug industry has persuaded our state legislatures to make the use of their products mandatory. Beyond that, it is an industry with so much political clout that it has successfully lobbied the government to provide a fund to compensate families whose children were injured by immunizations. The Center for Disease Control maintains that the immunization risk-benefit ratio justifies the harm done to some children. Well, that sounds good until it is your child who was perfectly normal one day and the next day after an immunization was clinically autistic. We are not dogmatically opposed to immunizations. But we are in favor of informed consent starting with the drug companies completely educating the doctors and the doctors in turn informing the parents of the risks . Then, let's give the parents the right to choose.

There are other environmental factors involved in autism as well. The exposure to heavy metals such as lead are still a threat even though the EPA has done a lot to remove the threat. Then there are insecticides, pesticides and all kinds of toxic chemicals in the environment that have an adverse influence on the immune system, especially of children.

Food allergies and the "leaky gut" are major players in autism. Simple elimination of dairy and gluten containing foods from the diet of autistic children is usually very helpful and should be done with every autistic child.

For parents who are not aware of the wealth of information available but probably not offered them by their pediatrician, autism becomes a lonely venture into the unknown for which they certainly did not ask. Assertive and aggressive parents pursue the information available on the web and other sources. And, they find answers. In our practice we have seen successes ranging from partial but nonetheless significant improvement to complete elimination of autism symptoms. The purpose of this web site is to share that information with those interested parents.

Food Allergies and Autism

Even though a child can be allergic to any food in the kitchen, there are two foods that have been implicated in the development of autism. Those two foods are the proteins from certain grains and milk products. Those proteins or peptides as they are scientifically termed are the gluten from grains and casein from milk. The grains containing gluten are wheat, oat, rye, barley and to some degree, buckwheat. A study done at the University of Florida in 1996 found high allergy to gluten in 87% and to casein in 90% of autistic children. These peptides have an opiate-like effect on the brain of autistic children. It's like a drug addiction and you will often see children with these allergies actually craving the foods containing them. Sometimes they will go to any length to get their "fix" of gluten or casein. You will see them restrict their diet to exclude nearly all foods except those which make them feel better, namely, the gluten or casein. There are several sources of gluten and casein restricted diets. They are listed below. It is very important that you study and understand the Food Allergy pages of this web site (links to follow). It will help you understand why food allergies happen and the impact they have on your child's health.

Intestinal Disorders and Autism

A significant number of autistic children have related intestinal disorders which can lead to or complicate the autism picture. These intestinal disorders are very closely related to food allergies. Every autistic child should be evaluated for intestinal candidiasis, parasites, leaky gut, and functional abnormalities. Please study carefully the very important Gastrointestinal pages pages of this web site to understand the connection (links to follow).

Yeast and Autism

Almost without exception, my autistic patients have all exhibited an overgrowth of yeast in the intestine. This is usually referred as intestinal candidialsis which is an overgrowth of the yeast called "Candida albicans". My observation from years of seeing candidiasis patients has been that there is a tendency for the problem to run in families. Some have suggested that the yeast or at least the predisposition to yeast overgrowth is passed from mother to fetus during pregnancy or delivery. I have found this to be the case with nearly every child presenting with candidiasis. There is a strong correlation with autism here, and you need to educate yourself in the matter of yeast. Study carefully the Yeast pages of this web site (links to follow).

Autism Treatment with Alternative Medicine

It is a monumental task to sort through the mountain of material presented herein and the other resources listed below. I have found that the most effective way to approach the problem is to go back to the beginning of the child's life, meaning before birth and question any thing that may have happened to trigger the autism onset. Using a detective's mentality, you will want to ask yourself about anything at all that may have adversely influenced the development of the child; illnesses of the child or mother, accidents, drugs, both prescribed and illegal, immunizations and antibiotics and their timing related to the autism onset, allergies, etc. Did your child have ear infections treated repeated by antibiotics? A big clue. If you can associate any such life's events of the child to the onset of autism, you have a uncovered some possible direction as to the treatment protocols. Question everything you can think of, even the unlikely. I am reminded of one patient, not autistic, but the most hyperactive child I have ever had in my office. He nearly destroyed the office and himself in a :30 time period, and his mom said he was medicated! During the course of the history and exam, it was learned that he had fallen a few years earlier and hit the bridge of his nose across the edge of a step. His nose looked like a boxer's. A simple chiropractic cranial manipulation completely resolved his hyperactivity. The point is, pursue all possibilities as you sort out the causes of your child's autism. Then, share them with your physician.

I strongly recommend you find a nutrition certified chiropractor or clinical nutritionist to assist you. There are lab tests and other helps such a practitioner can offer which will be of tremendous benefit. You will find them discussed other pages of this site listed below.

Vitamin B6 and Magnesium

Studies have shown a strong benefit from use of vitamin B6 in autism. B6 should be used in conjunction with magnesium and also a good vitamin B complex. The B6 dosage can be from 300 to 500 mg. per day with 200-400 mg. of magnesium based upon the size of the child. You may need to go to higher doses but, again, your nutritionist is an important resource in setting dosage levels. Vitamin B6 has been researched for decades in many different health settings. Unless taken in radical doses of thousands of milligrams per day which no person ordinarily would do, it is not toxic and has no side effects. As much as possible, your child should have three good meals a day emphasizing fruits and vegetables as a source of these vitamins.

Cod Liver Oil

Cod liver oil which is high in vitamin A has been shown beneficial in autism. I suggest it be given twice a day at a dosage level which will equal about 2500 i.u. of vitamin A.


Glyconutrients are a rapidly rising star in the world of alternative medicine. There are a number of good studies and many anecdotal reports and case histories reporting the effectiveness of glyconutrients in dealing with autism. To read the science and studies behind glyconutritionals please visit Glycoscience Links. We strongly urge you to make a study of glyconutritionals and the benefit they may offer your child.

In Summary

You might proceed in approximately the following sequence of actions:

1. Eliminate gluten and casein,. even if they don't test positive on a food allergy test.

2. Begin Vitamin B6, magnesium, and cod liver oil.

3. Test for food allergies.

4. Identify presence of candidiasis.

5. Identify gut and digestion problems.

6. Identify life events which may have contributed to the problem.

7. Fix all the problems you have identified under the guidance of a clinical nutritionist.

A very good starting point for any parent with an autistic child is to test him/her with an online Comprehensive Health Assessment. I consider this assessment to not be optional but required information on all my autistic patients. The assessment will evaluate your child for food allergies and other risk factors for autism which we have discussed here. It is done completely online at a very reasonable fee. Please visit www.eHealthAssessment.com for details.


Books on Autism

Seroussi, Karyn, Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Shaw, William, Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD Available from Great

Plains Laboratory (above).

Saturday, January 30, 2021

General Alternative Medicine Health Principles Appropriate to All Types of Cancer


General Alternative Medicine Health Principles Appropriate to All Types of Cancer

Twenty-five years ago anyone such as the brilliant Dr. William Donald Kelley who had the audacity to suggest that cancer was environmentally or nutritionally related was labeled a "quack". Today, the official position of medical authorities is that at least 70% of cancer has an environmental or nutritional component. And, finally, the protocols of Dr. Kelley are being investigated by government funded studies. Alternative medicine has subscribed to that position for decades. Environment and nutrition are two areas you can deal with without drugs or physicians. You can take charge of this component of your health and you will be surprised at what appropriate changes will do for you.

There is an incredible maize of confusing information on the different non-medical approaches to cancer. You have probably already discovered that fact as you have searched the web. The information is so vast and the therapies so numerous that we will offer only a broad outline of how you can organize your search with the goal of arriving at a logical plan for your particular problem. You will find at the end of these pages listings of books, web sites, resources and laboratories that can provide you with information. If you combine the general principles we provide you here with what those resources have to offer, it will give you a good start in your quest for better health.

You will greatly appreciate the services of an alternative medicine physician to guide you through the information on cancer that is out there. To approach the subject without a professional consultant will be a very confusing and frustrating and probably unsuccessful endeavor.

Healthy bodies do not get cancer. Sick bodies get cancer. To conquer cancer you must first get that concept firmly in mind. If you have breast cancer, it is not just your breast that is sick. The same applies to prostate or any other kind of cancer. Cancer must be viewed for what it is; failure of the body to maintain health. The lump or bump that the surgeon removes is not the whole problem. It is a manifestation of the problem. So often, we are told after surgery that "we got it all". Yes, the lump has been removed but health has not been restored. The lump may appear again. To overcome cancer is probably the biggest challenge you will ever face. It is not a problem where you can go to the doctor and say "here is my body, fix it". Medicine can fix the lump but it is up to you to regain your health. Your doctor will probably not offer much help in this regard. It is your challenge to return your body to that state wherein the cancer will not reoccur. It requires a tremendous amount of self discipline. But, you can do it. Thousands of others have regained their health and so can you. To do so, you must think in terms of what it was that gave you cancer and what you must do to reverse the problem. Regardless if you are currently undergoing cancer therapy or not, these principles still apply. With that in mind, here are the steps you will want to consider to achieve your goal: 

Step 1. Try to identify the causes of your cancer.

  • a. Are you a smoker?
  • b. Did you spend time working in a toxic environment? Heavy metals such as lead and cadmium are implicated in cancer as well as many other illnesses. Cadmium is found in cigarette smoke, welding rod, and old galvanized water pipes. How about chemical exposure such as insecticides or other products?
  • c. Do you have allergies to petroleum products?
  • d. Have you recently gone through a period of high stress?
  • e. Have you spent a life time of bad eating habits especially void of fruits and vegetables?
  • f. Are you obese? Chronically constipated?
  • g. Have you used drugs or medications such as birth control pills long-term? Have you abused alcohol?
  • h. Have you lived near industrial sites giving off pollutants? Near high tension power lines? Near freeways?
  • i. Have you been exposed to radiation?

Step 2. Work to reverse the identified causes.

  • a. If you smoke, quit. If you are not willing to quit smoking, probably the protocols we outline here are not for you because of the self discipline they require. Frankly, if you will not quit smoking, there probably isn't much hope.
  • b. Regarding toxins and their effect on your health, the ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies Laboratories page offers a blood test which can identify dozens of environmental toxins and food allergies. The report from the lab includes suggestions for you to remove identified toxins from your system. We enthusiastically recommend their ELISA/ACT test to help you identify hidden causes.
  • c. Detoxify your body. There are a number of good ways to do this and you will want to choose a detox protocol which fits your specific needs. Again, a clinical nutritionist experienced in cancer will help you.
  • d. Adopt a strict organic health food diet. Our food supply contains pesticide residue, herbicide residue, hormones, antibiotics and numerous other additives and preservatives which compromise the immune system. Your goal is to eat as closely to the garden as possible. Avoid all the chemicals. If there are words you can't pronounce on a food label, it's probably an additive that you should avoid. Among the worst are nitrates and nitrites which are primarily used as preservatives in meats.
  • e. Limit your intake of red meat. In his book Cancer, Curing the Incurable, Dr. William Donald Kelley stated that meat should be restricted to fish and fowl and should be eaten before 1:00 P.M. All meat should be organically grown. Studies have shown that vegetarians live longer.
  • f. Limit your intake of animal fat. Fat has been linked to the incidence of several types of cancer. Particularly bad and to be avoided at all costs are the partially hydrogenated oils or trans-fats. These are the oils used for deep frying and in snack foods.
  • g. Eat a high fiber diet. Fiber from fruits, vegetables and grains have shown to be protective against various forms of cancer.
  • h. Avoid alcohol, white sugar, white flour, caffeine, soda, fried foods, junk foods, processed, packaged foods, and fluorinated water and toothpaste.
  • i. Take supplements appropriate to your metabolic type and cancer. Here are a few core supplements which are common to most cancer dietary protocols. It is beyond the scope of our purpose to detail how each of these products work or if they are appropriate for you. However, the resources listed at the end of this article will do just that.

Pancreatic and digestive enzymes. We usually recommend the product "Wobenzyme". Also consider a hydrochloric acid digestive supplement.

Antioxidants including B complex, vitamin A, E, C, D, CoQ10, folic acid, n-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) and selenium.

Herbs including garlic, onion, indol-3-carbinol (from broccoli), curcumin, Esiac tea, green tea, and a whole food supplement such as Juice Plus.

Minerals, preferably in the ionic form which is much better absorbed at the cellular level. Minerals associated with improved cancer risk are calcium, magnesium, iodine, selenium, and zinc.

Other basic products include omega three and six fatty acids, conjugated linolenic acid, flax oil, whey protein, shark cartilage soy (especially in breast and prostate cancer. Estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer patients should NOT use soy products), lactobacillis acidophilus, and apricot pits (source of the controversial Laetrille).

Breast cancer patients should become familiar with the benefits of natural progesterone creme as explained in Dr. Lee's book What Your Doctor Didn't Tell You About Breast Cancer (see below).

Breast cancer patients should also be aware of a product called "calcium d-glucarate".


Glyconutrients are a rapidly rising star in the world of alternative medicine. There are a number of good studies and many anecdotal reports and case histories reporting the effectiveness of glyconutrients in dealing with cancer. For case histories and other related valuable information please visit Glyconutrition. To read the science and studies behind glyconutritionals please visit www.Glycoscience.org. We strongly urge you to make a study of glyconutritionals and the benefit they may offer.

j. Avoid obesity. Yes, obesity is associated with a variety of types of cancer. If you are overweight, loose it!

Step 3. Fine tune your musculoskeletal system with chiropractic.

Chiropractic works with the nervous system. Virtually every body function has a nervous system component. Chiropractic is based upon the premise that spinal misalignment can adversely affect your nervous system. For optimal health, you need the spine and nervous system checked and maintained by your chiropractor. Adjunctive modalities which chiropractors may offer are acupuncture, physical therapy, and massage. In addition, some chiropractors are board certified in clinical nutrition which makes them your choice for primary care alternative medicine physicians. Nutrition certified chiropractors can usually order your lab tests, monitor your progress and work with your other physicians.

Step 4. Prayer. There are good medical studies that have shown that people who are prayed for get well faster than those who are not prayed for. In the studies, the patients did not know they were being prayed for and still exhibited better improvement than those similar cases who were not prayed for. Find a good Bible centered evangelical Christian pastor and ask him and his church to pray for you.

Step 5. Your spiritual health. If you or a loved one have cancer, reality says that you may be closer to meeting God face-to-face than you were before you had cancer. With that in mind, we are obligated to offer you the following verses from the Bible describing the state of man and what each individual can do to find peace with God. Adapted from a booklet published by Billy Graham, please consider:

We have all fallen short of God's standard. Romans 3:10.

We're all sinners. Romans 3:23.

Because we're sinners, we all die physically and spiritually. Romans 6:23.

Christ solved the sin problem by dying in our place. Romans 5:8.

We have to accept the free gift of salvation by belief in what Christ did. Romans 10: 9-13.

Having believed, we can know for sure we are saved and on our way to eternal life in heaven one day. I John 5:11-13.

If you have never done so, you can talk to God in a prayer something like this: “God, I know I am a sinner and that Christ died to pay the penalty for my sins. I now invite Jesus Christ to be my personal savior and forgive me of my sins. Thank you for hearing my prayer”. If you prayed that prayer, find another Christian and tell him/her about it.

The Bible, in First John 5:11-13 assures you that when you die, whether from cancer or other causes, if you prayed this prayer, you will have eternal life in heaven with Him.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Cardiovascular Disease... What Your Doctor May Not Have Told You

Cardiovascular Disease... What Your Doctor May Not Have Told You

Cardiovascular Disease... What Your Doctor May Not Have Told You

If you are experiencing cardiovascular disease either personally or are looking for information in behalf of another person, this page has some important tips for you. The information to follow is based upon the assumption that you either already know you have cardiovascular disease, have had a heart attack, stroke or other CV event, have elevated cholesterol or triglycerides or other known CV problem. The problem people face is how to sort through the maize of dietary and nutritional protocols on the market. What is best, Dr. Phil's Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Mediterranean Diet, the Atkins Diet, diet pills, or one of many others? We will offer some general principles and alternative medicine protocols to help you sort through the choices. We also address type 2 diabetes, obesity and weight loss, exercise and other cardiovascular associated conditions elsewhere in this web site.

Cardiovascular disease is our number one killer. Typical medical intervention for CVD is cholesterol lowering drugs. In advanced cases, surgery is the treatment of choice. There are 500,000 bypass surgeries performed annually in the U.S. at an average cost of $45,000 each. Add to that the cost of cholesterol and blood pressure lowering drugs which are prescribed by the truck load. Perhaps the greatest tragedy is that the deleterious consequences of this disease are preventable!

If you have already had your bypass surgery or other intervention, it is still not too late to do what is necessary to prevent further deterioration and reoccurrence requiring repeat surgery.

If you have not had surgery but it is just a matter of time, take advantage of this window of opportunity. Do more for yourself than just rely on medication and maybe a half-hearted attempt at some dietary changes. CVD can be reversed if you act now.

Listed below are the lab tests available for assessment of cardiovascular status. Some of the tests are routine and certainly have been done by your physician and some of them have probably not. The reason all the tests are not routinely performed is that the physician requires only certain ones to give him the information necessary to prescribe your medication. However, if you intend to go beyond just the medication and take charge of your cardiovascular health by changing your diet and lifestyle, the additional tests we list here will give you essential information. The tests accompanied by an asterisk (*) are those you may not have previously had done. Each test is accompanied by suggestions for what you can do to improve the lab results. These tests also have a number of other indications which your physician will want to consider. A Comprehensive Cardiovascular Assessment which includes all the tests discussed here is available from Great Smokies Lab. See our Laboratories page.

Cardiovascular Disease... What Your Doctor May Not Have Told YouGeneral Protocols for Management of Cardiovascular Disease

  1. Find a clinical nutritionist to guide you through the deeper aspects of
  2. cardiovascular disease which go beyond the scope of this report.
  3. Do not smoke.
  4. Avoid alcohol.
  5. Avoid partially hydrogenated or "trans-fat" oils and fats.
  6. Minimize your white sugar intake
  7. Minimize the consumption of coffee, tea, and soda.
  8. Maintain optimal weight.
  9. Minimize the stress in your life.
  10. Increase you fiber intake to 25 grams a day.
  11. Maintain a high fruits and vegetables diet accompanied by high intake ofcereal grains, ocean fish and olive oil (usually termed the "Mediterranean diet").
  12. Exercise daily.

Your basic supplement program should include:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from fish oil or flax seed.
  • Vitamins B6, B12, and Folic acid.
  • Coenzyme Q10 50 to 200 mg. per day depending on your heart condition. Patients with congestive heart failure should have larger doses.
  • Magnesium , about 400 mg. per day.
  • Vitamin E (be sure you get d-alpha tocopherol not "dl-alpha tocopherol which is synthetic) 400-800 i.u. daily.
  • *Caution* Males in the CVD high risk age group of 40 and over should NOT take supplements containing iron. Iron has been found to add to the risk for heart attack in that age of group of men only.

Laboratory Tests for Cardiovascular Health


If your triglycerides are high, you are probably consuming too much sugar. You will definitely want to minimize your white sugar and also white flour consumption. You also should be sure you are not a candidate for non-insulin dependent diabetes. If you are overweight, refer to the Weight Loss page of this web site and do get on a good weight loss program. You should increase your fiber intake to 25 grams a day. (Most of us are getting about half that amount). Fiber comes in the fruits, vegetables and cereal grains. You should decrease your fat intake by adhering to a low fat diet. Supplements which are helpful are gugulipid, inositol hexaniacinamide, garlic, and omega 3 fish oils.

Total Cholesterol

If your total cholesterol is too high, follow a low cholesterol diet which restricts animal fat, eggs and organ meats. Your diet should include fiber, especially oat bran and fruits and vegetables. Supplements should include gugulipid, garlic, milk thistle, niacin, chromium, and vitamin C.

  • * Lipoprotein levels including:
  • LDL (Low density lipoprotein)
  • *Lipoprotein (a)
  • *Lipoprotein B

LDL is sometimes termed "bad cholesterol" and therefore the lower the number, the better. Lipoprotein (a) and B are similar to LDL in their effect on the cardiovascular system. The principles for managing these lipoproteins are similar for all three. Lowering your LDL is usually more difficult than lowering your total cholesterol but the protocols are about the same. You should do what is suggested above for triglycerides and cholesterol but in addition antioxidant supplements including vitamins E, A, C, B complex are good. Exercise is particularly important. High fiber intake is cannot be overemphasized and you might want to consider a fiber supplement product as well. You should be eating 25 grams of fiber a day, at least. Particularly good for CVD is oat bran fiber.

 * Homocysteine

Cardiovascular Disease... What Your Doctor May Not Have Told You

Studies have shown homocysteine, a toxic amino acid found in the blood, to be a good indicator of cardiovascular risk. Elevated blood levels greatly increase the risk for CVD. It is strongly recommended that you have your levels tested. Even though the typical laboratory may consider the "normal" range to be below 11, studies have shown the lower the better with a level below 7 to be best. To lower your blood homocysteine levels, in addition to the general protocols above, pay particular attention to adequate amounts of Vitamin B6, B12, Folic acid, zinc and trimethylglycine (TMG) . These five supplements have been repeatedly successful in lowering homocysteine levels.

* C-Reactive Protein

If this test is elevated you need the consultation of your nutritionist or physician to further investigate the reason. The test indicates the presence of inflammation somewhere in your body.

* Fibrinogen

Fibrinogen is associated with the blood clotting mechanism and consequently is important to assess in stroke and heart attack victims. Its levels in the blood may be reduced by Vitamin E, C, EPA and GLA Fatty acids and using Olive Oil as the main source of dietary fat. In addition, natural anti-clotting factors include garlic, onions, pectin, licorice and ginger will help lower fibrinogen levels.

HDL (High Density Lipoprotein)

HDL is sometimes termed "good cholesterol". Therefore, the higher the number on your blood test, the better. HDL levels can be improved by the suggestions made in the paragraphs above with particular emphasis on exercise, fish oils and high fiber.

* Apolipoprotein A-1

Apo A-1 is the major component of HDL cholesterol and therefore, the higher the number, the better. The blood levels of Apo A-1 will increase with the protocols listed above for HDL, Triglycerides and the High Lipoprotein Levels. Please refer to those paragraphs.

Herbs Beneficial for CVD

Gugulipid is an excellent herb for improving cholesterol and lipoprotein levels. It has performed well in studies comparing it to Lipitor and other statin drugs. Take a product which yields 25 mg. of the standardized extract three times a day.

Hathorne Berry is a practitioner's favorite herb for CVD. Take 160 mg. daily in two divided doses. For intensive treatment you can start with 160 mg. three times a day.

Garlic is a proven cholesterol reducing herb. Take enough to get 2500 mcg. of allicin, the active ingredient, twice a day.

Psyllium seed is the high fiber ingredient in most high fiber products.

In Conclusion

It is astounding to see the number of cardiovascular patients who make no effort to lose weight! Such a simple thing to do, yet it has life saving effects upon the heart and circulation. Shame on the doctors who do not insist that their CV patients lose weight. If you are overweight, lose it now! See the Weight Loss pages of this web site (links to follow).

Cardiovascular disease is preventable! Even though it is the number one cause of death and disability in the world, the good news is you can do something about it on your own. If you are already a victim, maybe you've had a bypass, and you're wondering if there is hope, the answer is a resounding YES! Find a good nutritionist who can apply the lab tests we've discussed above, follow the protocols we've given you here, lose weight and get on with your life. You'll do just fine. It requires lifestyle changes and self discipline. But it sure beats a life of drugs, surgeries inconvenience and disability, or worse. Get started today. You can do it.

Thursday, January 28, 2021



Depression is often a symptom resulting from some other condition rather than being a primary issue. For example, depression can be one of a group of yeast infection symptoms, intestinal yeast infection or overgrowth termed “candidiasis”. Depression can be associated with adrenal gland insufficiency or anxiety attack. It can be associated with the thyroid gland or underactive thyroid, food allergy, hypoglycemia, adrenal gland insufficiency and anxiety attacks. At the end of this discussion you will find a list of other pages of this web site which address these other issues associated with depression.

The questionnaire below is provided by the American Psychiatric Association as a screening tool for depression. It is a suggestive screening tool only and you should not use it to diagnose yourself as depressed. It is only an indication. As there are other conditions that can cause depression such as underactive thyroid, glandular problems or side effects to prescription medications, you should definitely discuss this with your physician if you think you may be experiencing depression.

Remember that the answers to the questionnaire can be perfectly normal for certain of life's crises such as a death in the family, divorce or financial troubles. Do not consider yourself clinically depressed if you are experiencing these symptoms as a result of a crisis of life. To be applicable, the feelings must be exaggerated or inappropriate to the occasion.

To answer the questionnaire correctly , you must have recently experienced the symptoms indicated for at least two consecutive weeks. In order for your answers to be suggestive of depression the following criteria must be true:

  • A. You must answer "yes" to both questions #1 and #2.
  • B. You must answer "yes" to at least five of questions #3 through #11.
  • C. Questions #12 through #20 are additional questions that may or may not apply to you but can be helpful in assessing yourself.

  • 1. Y N Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety or "emptiness".
  • 2. Y N Loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities, including sex.
  • 3. Y N Changes in appetite-either no appetite, often resulting in weight loss, or eating ravenously so that you've gained weight.
  • 4. Y N Sleep problems-insomnia, or, wanting to sleep all the time.
  • 5. Y N You have no energy and are often fatigues.
  • 6. Y N You're restless and irritable.
  • 7. Y N Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness or inappropriate guilt.
  • 8. Y N Difficulty thinking, making decisions or concentrating.
  • 9. Y N Thoughts of death or suicide or attempts at suicide.
  • 10. Y N Chronic aches and pains that don't respond to treatment.
  • 11. Y N Excessive crying.
  • 12. Y N You feel pessimistic about your life.
  • 13. Y N You have a "what difference does it make?" attitude (you don't use a seat belt any more).
  • 14. Y N You avoid old friends.
  • 15. Y N Crowds bother you.
  • 16. Y N You don't get along with people.
  • 17. Y N You have a poor memory. You've started writing things down.
  • 18. Y N You're not doing nearly as well as you used to at work or school.
  • 19. Y N You have unexplained headaches, backaches and bellyaches.
  • 20. Y N You've made a will and have been thinking about your funeral.

Our nervous system contains chemical messengers called neurotransmitters which become deficient or inactive in depression. The two most common neurotransmitters relating to depression are serotonin and norepinephrine. Antidepressant drugs such as Prozac and Paxil work to reduce the deficiencies in neurotransmitter function. These and other similar drugs are effective but are not without potentially serious side effects. There is even some evidence that these drugs will further deplete an already deficient supply of neurotransmitters over long term use. If you are on antidepressant medication, you should educate yourself about all the potential side effects and interactions with other medications. It is possible to treat depression with more natural protocols and products which are relatively free of the threat of side effects. It is the alternative medicine approach to depression that we discuss below.

There is known correlation between faulty amino acid (protein) metabolism and depression. Clinical studies have shown that amino acid deficiency can lead to neurotransmitter deficiency and subsequent depression. This information may be new to your medical physician but a good clinical nutritionist or other alternative medicine practitioner will be familiar with it. An amino acid "precursor" is the amino acid which your body requires to make a neurotransmitter. For example, the amino acid tryptophan is a precursor of serotonin, the neurotransmitter influencing sleep, appetite, and mood. Tryptophan imbalances can definitely affect serotonin performance. Tyrosine is the amino acid precursor to the production of norepinephrine, another key player in depression. An amino acid analysis which is performed on a urine sample is available from Doctor's Data Lab and Great Smokies Diagnostic Lab, definitely worth the investment for any person with depression. It will show amino acid deficiencies and guide your alternative medicine practitioner in the resolution of the problem. Tyrosine can be taken orally. Tryptophan is not available over the counter but its metabolite 5HTP is. Both these amino acids can be beneficial but should be taken under the supervision of a clinical nutritionist.

In addition, there can be environmental influences on depression which your physician may not consider. For example, heavy metal intoxication (not “poisoning”) can have a profound influence on the nervous system. Lead is one very toxic metal found in some industrial settings. Cadmium is a common heavy metal found in our environment. It is in welding rod, cigarette smoke, and old galvanized water pipes. You should review your life history and see if there has ever been an exposure to toxic metals, even as a child. If you have experienced past toxic metal exposure , a hair analysis for heavy metals can be ordered by your practitioner from either of the two labs mentioned above. Refer to the Toxic Metals page of this web site (links to follow) for details on the surprising impact toxic heavy metals can have upon your neurotransmitters.

Certain environmental chemicals can lead to depression. These include insecticides, herbicides, and thousands of other industrial and household chemicals. They can have a profound effect on your health in a very subtle manner. Review your history to see if you can recall any such exposures during your life time. If environmental chemicals may be a problem for you, your practitioner can order an ELISA/ACT test from Serammune Laboratory which will identify sensitivities to environmental chemicals.

Another frequently overlooked contributor to depression is food allergies. Please visit the Food Allergy pages (links to follow) of this web site for a discussion of the subject. Food allergies often come in a package with other related problems including intestinal dysbiosis, yeast overgrowth, increased intestinal permeability and hypoglycemia.

The point to be understood here is that there are a number of seemingly unrelated conditions that can indirectly contribute to depression. With that in mind, we wholeheartedly recommend a Comprehensive Health Assessment . It is a simple online self assessment of your health history and symptoms designed to help you sort through conditions that contribute to depression such as we have discussed here. 

St John's Wort is a popular antidepressant herb that has been shown in studies to be effective in mild to moderate depression. Do not take St. John's Wort if you are taking Prozac, Paxil or other prescription antidepressants without first talking to your physician. They should not be taken together.

Another supplement which studies have shown effective against depression is S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe). It is produced from the amino acid methionine. SAMe is available over the counter but is expensive.

Lifestyle changes you can make include exercise, relaxation, avoidance of alcohol, B complex vitamins, and good diet. Talk to your clinical nutritionist for the best plan for you.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome X

Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome X


If you think that you may have diabetes you will definitely want to discuss it with your medican or alternative medicine physician.

Statistics indicate that problems with carbohydrate metabolism, diabetes and their resulting health problems continue to be some of the most costly expenditures in the health care budget. Insulin resistance, poor regulation of blood sugar, obesity and adult-onset diabetes (non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitis, NIDDM) (type 2 diabetes) are increasing at an alarming rate. Sixteen million individuals in the U.S. have NIDDM and one third of them don't even know it! An additional 30-40 million have problems with glucose tolerance, the precursor to full-blown diabetes. There are numerous popular dietary approaches which can be of benefit to the diabetic. How to know which is best is the problem. They include the Dr. Phil's Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Atkins Diet, the Mediterranean Diet and others. We will discuss the proper dietary approach including information on the glycemic index in the paragraphs to follow.

There are two types of diabetes mellitus. Type I or “insulin dependent” diabetes is hereditary and usually of early age onset. Type 2 or “non-insulin dependent” diabetes usually begins later in life and is a direct result of a life time of bad dietary and lifestyle habits. Type 2 is perhaps the most common of the serious illnesses directly associated with diet. Obesity is the most common contributing factor to development of type II diabetes.

Type II diabetes is most likely to occur in persons with family history of diabetes. Given the near epidemic proportions of Type II, now is the time to do something about your risk for developing it, even if you don't have it now, and even if there is no family history. If you do have diabetes, Type I or II, syndrome "x" or the prediabetic condition known as dysglycemia, there are a number of dietary and supplement measures you can take to minimize your symptoms and even reduce your insulin requirements.

First and foremost, if you are overweight, lose it. Diabetes can be spelled o-b-e-s-i-t-y! Please refer to the Weight Loss (see below) pages of this web site for tips on losing weight.

Second, you must exercise . This is beginning to sound like not much fun, isn't it? Well, sorry, if you have had a lifetime of fun as a couch potato now is the time to get serious and extract as many more years of quality life out of that body as you can. There is a difference between growing old and growing old in a state of misery. Now is the time to return to activities of quality living. You need to burn more calories than you eat and exercising is the way to do it. The type of exercise is not as important as your enjoyment of it. Do something you enjoy so you will have a chance of staying with it. It doesn't have to be aerobic. Just burn some calories exercising 20-30 minutes a day. Even a walk is better than nothing. If you have cardiovascular risk or there is any doubt about your fitness to exercise, see your doctor before beginning. Please see our exercise link below.

Third, reduce your caloric intake and eat balanced meals. This means you should get about 40% of your calories from complex carbohydrates, 30% from protein and 30% from fats. Here is a quick reference chart of the caloric requirements of a person with the average sedentary lifestyle:

















































To calculate the number of calories you are eating you must first know the carbohydrate, fat and protein content of the food you are eating. When you eat out, it's easy, restaurants are required by law to have a chart giving those statistics. Otherwise, you will need to get a textbook or other nutrient content of foods chart from your library, dietitian or the internet www.ntwrks.com/~mikev/chart1.html With the chart in hand, here's how to calculate your caloric intake:

  • One gram of carbohydrate = 4 calories
  • One gram of protein = 4 calories
  • One gram of fat = 9 calories
  • One gram of alcohol = 9 calories (this is FYI only, avoid alcohol)

So, to calculate your daily intake, simply take the total grams consumed of each nutrient and multiply by the appropriate caloric number and then total the three.

For example let's say today you ate:

  • 225 grams of carbohydrate x 4 = 900 calories
  • 40 grams of fat x 9 = 360 calories
  • 55 grams of protein x 4 = 220 calories
  • Total caloric intake = 1480 calories

Get it? O.K. Go get skinny. You need to do this if you expect to control diabetes. Please see the Weight Loss pages of this web site listed at the end of this discussion.

Fourth, eat the right foods . You should increase the fiber content of your diet. The recommended daily intake is fiber is 25 grams. The average American gets, maybe, 12 grams. Fiber lowers your blood sugar and cholesterol as well as protects you against colon cancer and heart disease. You should eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, preferably raw, a day. See the section of this web site on My Favorite Supplement. Increase your intake of the omega-3 fats and oils including fish oil, flax oil, canola oil and olive oil. Avoid partially hydrogenated and trans fat oils like the plague! These bad fats are found primarily in deep fried and packaged snack foods.

There are certain foods which increase insulin resistance and should be avoided. The first is milk. Historically, one component of the legendary food pyramid is that of the “dairy group” and it is commonly recommended to diabetics. Recent studies, however, have disclosed that milk increases insulin resistance. Besides, milk is for calves, not humans. We don't recommend milk for anything under most circumstances. See www.not m ilk.com for a few eye openers. Other foods which are detrimental include hydrogenated fats and sugar. It is now known that if you have food allergies, those allergenic foods will also increase insulin resistance. Avoid all this stuff, it's bad for your blood sugar levels!

Fifth, take supplements . Again, see My Favorite Supplement . Other supplements which have been reported in the scientific literature to have a positive effect on the maintenance of blood sugar levels are vanadyl sulfate, chromium picolinate, magnesium, niacinamide (the best is inositol hexanicotinate), and vitamin E. Herbs known to be effective are gymnema, fenugreek seeds, and Siberian Ginseng. If you have or are at risk for diabetes, it would be a good idea to take your supplements under the guidance of a nutritionist.


Glyconutrients are a rapidly rising star in the world of alternative medicine. There are a number of good studies and many anecdotal reports and case histories reporting the effectiveness of glyconutrients in dealing with diabetes. For case histories and other related valuable information please visit Glyconutrition. To read the science and studies behind glyconutritionals please visit www.Glycoscience.org. We strongly urge you to make a study of glyconutritionals and the benefit they may offer.