Thursday, October 29, 2009

REGULAR and H1N1 FLU

When discussing any infectious issue, the emphasis is generally on the virulence of the organism. While this is a legitimate concern, this approach often creates some fear and apprehension in people. At times, patients may even feel totally helpless.

At our clinic, we believe that a preventive approach should be equally, if not more emphasized, to empower people to boost their immune system and avoid victim-like attitudes that may further compromise their immune system.

Pasteur popularized vaccinations in the Western world. After all his work, it is telling that he came to believe that the problem with infections “is not the germ, but the terrain.” In other words, strengthening our immune system, which is mostly found in the tissues, especially in the gut and sinuses, gives us reasonable assurance that we could defend ourselves from any infectious organism with a higher chance of success.

Things to do to strengthen our immune system:

1. Get adequate sleep. Losing one hour of sleep per night depresses immune function.

2. Wash your hands often. Try not to touch your eyes, mouth. Sneeze into your sleeve.

3. Take 5-10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 each day. Increase to 50,000 IU while sick. Children: 1,000 IU daily, 5,000 IU when sick.

4. Take Vitamin C: 1,000 mgs. Increase to 5,000 mgs 3 times a day while sick; add IGG 2000 (immunoglobulin) 2 caps twice a day.

5. Take probiotics 5-10 caps a day; feed them with Slippery elm or Constant Health fiber.

6. Avoid processed sugar: one can of coke depresses white cell function by 90% for 5 hours.

7. Take Echinacea, Mushrooms, Elderberry and/or Silver only while ill. They are not indicated for maintenance.

8. REST!

9. LOTS OF WATER. Pomegranate, green tea would be best.

10. Consider wearing surgical mask if risk of exposure is high.

If you believe you have the Flu:

Try the above suggestions.

The CDC advises patients to stay home and rest; avoid the ER and clinic, unless you are extremely ill. In that case, come in wearing a surgical mask. The main thing we would do is to give you a Myer’s cocktail by IV route with fluids. Prescriptions for cough and pain would be considered.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

October Books

Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
I loved it. His writing is so clear and simple. He has amazing benevolent insights into human nature. This book is especially good for music lovers. Ishiguro became well-known with Remains of the Day, which became a movie. That book helped me understand Great Britain better.

Decipher by Stel Pavlou
What a waste of time; terrible writer from an immature person. However, the topic may be appealing to some (it was an international best seller). If you like stories about Atlantis, Aliens, symbols and physics, you may risk reading it.

Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Beher
That’s it! I am finally getting off the evolution bandwagon. Beher does a great job explaining the science behind the objections to evolution. Darwin did not know much about cells when he wrote. NeoDarwinians need to read this book if they are to continue supporting the old bigot.

America’s Secret Destiny by Robert Hieronimus
Not worth reading. I can tell you about the one pearl in this one: Our Founding Fathers were inspired by the writings of John Locke and Jean Jacques Rousseau, who in turn got their revolutionary ideas about democracy from the Iroquois in the Northeastern USA and Quebec province. A federation of 6 Native American tribes was firmly established, with equal rights for all, including women, when the white man came to America. In fact, they had to be “Americanized” to survive.

Hieronimus also talks about the Great Seal of the USA, dispelling a lot of the conspiracy theories surrounding it.

Spontaneous Evolution by Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman
A MUST read. Lipton continues where he left off in Biology of Belief. He teams up with “Swami Beyondanada” to lighten up the heavy nature of the topic. Basically, they join the chorus of people getting off the Darwin bandwagon by showing how stress can cause spontaneous mutations. According to them, and many others, humans are about to take another leap in the evolutionary journey. This time, I hope, we will be able to mimic our body’s cells’ approach to living; all 50 trillion of them have learned to live in harmony, not in competition. “Survival of the fittest” got us in the terrible mess we are in. We need a more feminine-cooperative approach if we are going to make it.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dealing with Chronic Pain: A Missing Tool

Many of us suffer daily with intractable pain for one reason or another. Doctors try to help with pain medications. Other medical workers concentrate on physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic adjustments, hypnotherapy, etc.

These modalities are successful in many cases; yet, chronic pain, particularly arthritic inflammation, is seldom dealt with to everyone’s satisfaction. I believe a seldom used mode of dealing with the pain is focusing on nutrition and the way we process food in the intestines. The recent article “Increased Frequency of Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Patients with Fibromyalgia and Associated Factors” (J. Rheumatology 2009;36:1720) is not the first article to bring up the association between inflammation and our intestinal function. We have known about inflammation arising in the intestines since Metchnikoff won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1908.

The implications of this article are far reaching; at least in my clinic, where we are able to help patients with arthritis inflammation 80% of the time.

Sadly, most people are not willing to change their diets to minimize the toxic intestinal environment that begets inflammation. Worse, most doctors continue to ignore articles like this one; they are not able to offer patients the choice that some may welcome to decrease pain.

Sometimes patients are told that they have genetic tendencies that cause the inflammation, ignoring the cutting edge reports that each gene may express up to 30,000 proteins. (J. Cell 2000;101:671) This means that any gene may or may not lead to inflammation: it all depends on environmental clues, like nutrition, toxins, and even our thoughts, beliefs, and relationships.

The article “Transposable Elements: targets for early nutritional effects on epigenetic gene regulation” (J. Molecular & Cell Biology 2003;15:5293) simply means that “control from above” (epigenetic) can decrease an inflammatory genetic tendency; if we change our diets, clean up our environments and improve our thoughts, relationships and beliefs we have a good chance to manage a lot of our pain issues. Of course, there will always be cases where more traditional treatments will be needed.

On a similar note: Why does our health care system “hurt?”
Could we stop the pain (manage the cost) in a more sustainable way?

Hopefully someday we will focus on teaching patients these simple concepts.
Maybe someday we will stop spending most of our money on weapons and concentrate on the health of our people.

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Stimulating Blog

Recently I saw a patient who was over-treated with pharmaceutical drugs. She was on amphetamines and thyroid hormones to pick her up in the morning (she originally complained of fatigue) and sedatives and sleeping pills to bring her down in the evening.

Not surprisingly, this regimen only aggravated the fatigue and on top of it, it created a dependency on questionable and potentially addicting prescription drugs, which is quickly becoming a national problem. The latest disturbing report I saw about this was on CNN news the last week of September 2009. College students are popping Adderall, an amphetamine-like stimulant often prescribed for ADD, like it’s going out of style.

No doubt the diagnosis of ADD is legitimate in many patients, but, some practitioners use said diagnosis on practically any patient with the slightest fatigue or depression symptoms in order to justify the use of this questionable drug. Not infrequently, these practitioners justify this practice by arguing that “the patient wanted me to prescribe the drug.” Such self-deception requires no retort.

Please, do not fall for the indiscriminate use of thyroid hormones when the laboratory shows normal levels. Have you been told that the lab is not indicative of thyroid dysfunction? If you follow that logic, we would need to put everyone on thyroid hormone. The same applies to sex hormones, which are also abused, since they are also stimulants and have other steroid-like effects that in the long run end up overpaying the fiddler. HCG is another example of this irresponsible prescribing.

If you are presently victimized by any of these modes of practice, I hope you seek help from a responsible caregiver who will try to find the root of your health problems and get you off “the candy.”