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April 18, 2008
Why detoxify? - Just as factories and industries produce products and pollution, so, too, does life. Unfortunately, the process of life also produces direct waste products and forces us to come into contact with a variety of chemicals, radiation and stress that have an adverse impact. We're all involved with detoxifying things constantly without even paying atte... Full Story

March 14, 2008
Drug resistant bacteria may outlive humanity - Welcome to flu season everybody. It has arrived. Every fall we see more viral respiratory illnesses in the office. Folks will come in for "an antibiotic for my flu." It won't work. The flu is caused by a virus; antibiotics kill bacteria. Flu, by definition, is an infection of very sudden onset. Typically, within an hour, you go from feeling OK t... Full Story

January 18, 2008
Chelation: one of life's secrets - Chelation refers to an organic chemistry molecule that holds a metal atom or ion. Probably the most recognized chelates would be hemoglobin or chlorophyll, the substances that carry oxygen in our blood and help plants make energy, respectively. That's right, folks. We wouldn't survive without it. Chelation also refers to a type of medical therapy... Full Story

December 21, 2007
Steer clear of poisonous plants this holiday season - The holiday season is here. In an effort to keep a happy season free from unpleasant memories, I would like to review some of the problems that can be caused by various plants that may be used for decorative purposes. There are many myths about the toxicities of certain members of the plant family that may or may not be toxic. If there is any que... Full Story

November 23, 2007
Wrestling with insomnia - Insomnia affects one out of every three people in the US each year. The most effective treatments involve identifying and addressing causes. The most common causes include depression, anxiety and stress. Foods, drinks (especially caffeine and alcohol), nicotine and medications can also be responsible. One of the things that people with this often... Full Story

October 19, 2007
Family doctors versus primary care providers - There's a lot of confusion as to what's what and who to go to regarding medical care. Primary care provider is a somewhat misleading and vague term. There are "physician extenders," such as certified physician assistants and registered nurse practitioners. Physician extenders typically have up to four years of college, which may or may not includ... Full Story

September 21, 2007
Allergic reactions: How to recognize, treat, avoid - There are three different main classes of bad reaction that are often called "allergic reactions." Misconceptions can cause confusion, so it's important to clarify terms as to what's what. Allergic reactions can range from mild discomfort to life-threatening and lethal conditions. Typically, an allergic reaction happens rapidly. They can be quite ... Full Story

August 17, 2007
How to recognize, treat common summer emergencies - Editor's note: This is the second of a three-part series Infectious, toxic syndromes from fish and shellfish consumption There are several major categories of problems that can occur from eating seafood. We'll try to organize them into the agents involved: viruses, bacteria, parasites and toxins. Viruses Eating raw shellfish, such as oysters a... Full Story

June 15, 2007
How to recognize, treat common summer emergencies - Editor's note: This is the first of a three-part series Summer's here, let's go have some fun! But let's be careful out there, too. It's inevitable that occasionally things will go wrong, but we can be prepared, and in this case, knowledge (and a few basic supplies) is power. Let's review the most likely culprits to ruin a good time this summer ... Full Story

May 18, 2007
Providing relief for fibromyalgia, other auto-immune syndromes - Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series on this topic One of the most difficult and critical aspects of the Marshall protocol (named after Trevor Marshall, who has developed a protocol that seems to effectively find and target cell-wall deficient bacteria, classically known as l-forms, that are ingested by the white blood cells of ... Full Story

April 20, 2007
Providing relief for fibromyalgia, other auto-immune syndromes - Editor's note: This is the first part of a two-part series on this topic. For many years there have been theories that autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA is not the "wear and tear or osteoarthritis, but OA can also respond), sarcoidosis, uveitis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and other simila... Full Story

March 16, 2007
Exercise: how to get started - Why should you exercise? Increasing your activity level can help you live a longer life and improve your health. Exercise helps prevent heart disease and many other health problems. Exercise builds strength, gives you more energy and helps reduce stress. It is also a good way to curb your appetite and burn calories. Who should exercise? Increased p... Full Story

February 23, 2007
What is restless legs syndrome? - Restless legs syndrome is a sensori-motor (movement) disorder characterized by uncomfortable sensations in the legs, which are worse during periods of inactivity or rest or while sitting or lying down. There is often a positive family history of the disorder. Individuals affected with the disorder describe the sensations as pulling, drawing, crawl... Full Story

December 22, 2006
Tips to surviving catastrophic health care costs - Health care is becoming a very expensive commodity, rapidly priced above what most of us can afford. The problem is that since we're human, we do need periodic maintenance and repair. Insurance companies are posting record profits, while charging patients more dollars for less coverage and reimbursing providers at progressively lower rates to max... Full Story

November 24, 2006
The medical therapy of obesity - The first component to weight loss therapy is to check the overall metabolism. Probably everybody knows that an under active thyroid causes weight gain. There are some more subtle clues that also need to be evaluated relating to the thyroid and other parts of the endocrine/glandular system. DiHydroEpiAndosterone is the "parent" of the sex hormones... Full Story

February 23, 2006
Is your food making you sick? - Feeling tired, bloated, achy, or run down? How about all of the above? Well, these symptoms, and many other common health complaints can often be caused by adverse reactions to foods and additives found in our diet. Full Story


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