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Probiotics can make a difference in elderly patients with irregularity, concluded a systematic review published in April 2017. Approximately half of all elderly patients living in nursing homes suffer from chronic constipation and 56%-75% of institutionalized elderly patients regularly take laxatives or stool softeners.

In this specific review, scientists looked at data from 4 randomized, placebo-controlled trials and 5 observational reports including a total of 778 participants, 60 years of age or older. Six of the studies used multispecies probiotics containing Lactobacillus reuteri, L. rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium longum, L. plantarum, L. acidophilus, and other microorganisms.

The results from these randomized, placebo-controlled trials determined that supplementation with probiotics results in a significant 10% to 40% improvement in constipation compared to control treatment. Two of the observational studies also showed significant benefits for probiotics in constipated persons. The reviewers concluded, “Our systematic analysis suggests that probiotics display some beneficial effect as an additional therapeutic tool to treat chronic constipation in older individuals but further trials are still required.”

Intestinal irregularity and constipation don’t only affect elderly patients, but others as well. Eating a diet high in fiber and including lots of unprocessed foods such as fruits and vegetables can make a big difference. Adding a high quality probiotic supplement can keep your gut healthy. improved digestion, reduced inflammation, bolstered immune function are just some of the benefits.

Reference: Martínez-Martínez, et al. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2017;71:142-9.

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“I have been a patient of Dr. Sosin since 5 years ago. I drive over an hour from Pasadena to see him. After visiting my doctor in Pasadena, I always felt hopeless and defeated, but after visiting Dr. Sosin I always feel very good about my health. Today I told him about my upcoming knee surgery, and he immediately told me about what I can expect, advised me as to what to tell my surgeon, and recommended tests and natural preventative strategies which will help me to avoid negative outcomes and recover quickly. I had an immune IV and my fatigue has disappeared.

“Dr. Sosin is so caring and knowledgeable! An amazing combination! The best doctor I have ever had!”


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Many people reach for a commercial energy drink daily or even several times a day to help avoid an afternoon slump. However, a 16 oz. can of Red Bull contains 52 grams of sugar, about the same amount as 11 Oreo cookies, and more than a 12 oz can of Coca-cola which has 39 grams.

Although energy drinks claim to provide a boost for mental and physical stimulation, the effects are often short lived. They often contain artificial colors, preservatives and low quality supplements or herbal additives. Excessive doses of caffeine and other stimulants will also increase your heart rate and blood pressure and can lead to irritability, anxiety and an inability to sleep. If you have an energy drink in the late afternoon, the effects of these stimulants can stay in your system well past 10pm at night.

Here are some healthier alternatives to an afternoon energy drink:

Green Juices and Smoothies
The dark green vegetables such as spinach, parsley and kale used in green drinks are a great source of B vitamins which our body requires for metabolism to run at its peak. Since the best sources of energy are whole foods, high metabolism combined with a diet full of vitamins and nutrients will have you feeling fueled all day long. Consider adding lemon juice or ginger to taste and flax or chia seeds for a boost of omega-3s

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Organic Green Tea
Green tea contains less caffeine than an equivalent volume of coffee while providing many health benefits including decreased risk of heart disease and cancer. This makes it a great energy drink alternative. There’s also evidence that green tea helps improve mental clarity and performance. Organic teas will have much reduced levels of pesticides and may taste better.

Protein Shakes
Lack of protein is a common cause of fatigue. A high quality protein shake can help your body reach its nutrient requirement. Protein requires carbohydrates to turn into an energy we can use. Add fruit, wheat germ or quinoa to your shake with 10 grams of protein from a powder, yogurt, milk or soy milk for a more sustainable energy boost.

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All of the metabolic reactions that happen in the human body happen in water. When we’re dehydrated all those metabolic reactions start to slow down and you start to feel tired and slow. Dehydration is one of the main reasons we experience a drop in energy. If you think drinking water is boring add some flavor with fruit slices, blueberries or strawberries. The fruit provides some carbohydrates and B vitamins for an extra nutritional punch. You can also use fresh mint, ginger or cucumber for flavor.

Replace Lost Electrolytes
A good quality electrolyte powder can help you replace salts and minerals lost during physical activity, working long hours in air-conditioning or in the hot sun. This can be added to a liter of water and sipped throughout the day.

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Do Hormones Cause

This is a question we regularly hear from patients when we discuss their symptoms and hormone replacement options. Often people are led to believe hormone replacement of any kind will increase their chances of developing cancer later. We have seen that this simply isn’t the case with patients treated using bio-identical hormones.

A large study of 20,000 men showed no increase in prostate cancer in those men treated with testosterone. But testosterone supports the growth of prostate cancer, and a main treatment of prostate cancer is to give agents that block testosterone production and activity- Lupron, Proscar, Casodex, Xgeva. Read more »

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Dr Sosin’s assistant asked me if I would write a testimonial about the recent stem cell treatment on my knee. So, when his assistant called to remind me I realized I hadn’t thought about my knee in sometime. That’s right – no knee pain, no squeaking bone, no twinges to remind me to be very careful how I walked or climbed stairs.

Three years ago I had extraordinary knee pain in my right knee. I went to Dr Sosin who prescribed an X-ray. The diagnosis was a torn meniscus and places that were bone on bone. I underwent prolotherapy which helped but still left considerable unease and pain during exercise. So, after a year of enduring this continual annoyance, I decide to have stem cell treatment. Three weeks after treatment my knee felt much better. Two months later it was still improving and a sonogram showed that the fat pad (a source of natural stem cells) on my knee was almost completely restored.

So, now six months after the procedure I exercise regularly and my knee pain is only a distant memory.

Thank you, Dr Sosin, Dr Moore, Shirin and Shannon for a procedure well done. –T.M.

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Certainly the researchers who published this article in The Lancet would agree – one of the best things you can do right now to greatly improve your overall health is to quit using tobacco products.

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Low vitamin D levels have been associated in past studies with neurovascular injury – damage to the major blood vessels supplying the brain, brainstem and upper spinal cord. A university of Massachusetts study involving 96 stroke patients assessed blood status of vitamin D. Stroke patients who had low vitamin D levels (less than 30 ng/mL) showed two-times larger areas of dead tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply compared with patients who had normal vitamin D levels. Further, for each 10ng/mL reduction in vitamin D level, the chance for healthy recovery from stroke in three months decreased by almost half, regardless of the patient’s age or initial stroke severity.

This is a very significant difference in outcome correlated specifically to one nutrient that is easy to test and easy to supplement. Vitamin D is essential for many functions in the body. It helps protect vascular function, bone density, and other essential body processes. If you are uncertain about your vitamin D status, come in and get tested.

Allan Sosin, MD

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Now that Spring is in full swing it is very easy to get dehydrated, especially in hotter parts of the country and when it is humid outside. Remember, you can be dehydrated even before you feel thirsty.

In people over age 50, the body’s thirst sensation diminishes and continues diminishing with age. Many senior citizens suffer symptoms of dehydration but do not know they are dehyrdrated.

Patients often report softer skin that is moister with less visible wrinkles. Ozonated cosmetics are also good for use on healing wounds and scars and can even benefit chronic skin conditions, such as dryness, flaking and allergies.

Dehydration symptoms generally become noticeable after 2% of one’s normal water volume has been lost. These include:

  • Thirst and dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Decreased urine volume
  • Abnormally dark urine
  • Unexplained tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Athletes who are dehydrated may suffer a loss of performance of up to 30% and experience
    flushing, low endurance, rapid heart rates, elevated body temperatures, and rapid onset of fatigue.

Simple Ways to Avoid or Remedy Dehydration

  1. Make sure to drink plenty of clean, fresh water. Eight, 8oz glasses a day is great.
  2. Supplement your water with electrolytes to replenish salt, potassium and trace mineral. You can take salt and potassium supplements or add an electrolyte powder to your drink. These are available in health food stores and are much better alternatives to sports drinks, which contain artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners.
  3. Eat more fruits and vegetables or drink fruit juices. These contain potassium, electrolytes and water. Remember to watch juice intake if you are diabetic or have difficulty controlling blood sugar.
  4. Exercise and go outside in the early morning or evening when it isn’t so hot.
  5. Get an IV therapy at the Institute for Progressive Medicine.

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Ozonotherapy is the use of medical grade ozone, a highly reactive form of pure oxygen, to create a curative response in the body. The body has the potential to renew and regenerate itself. When it becomes sick it is because this potential has been blocked. The reactive properties of ozone stimulate the body to remove many of these impediments thus allowing the body to do what it does best – heal itself.

Ozonotherapy has been and continues to be used in European clinics and hospitals for over fifty years. It was even used here in the United States in a limited capacity in the early part of the 20th century. There are professional medical ozonotherapy societies in over ten countries worldwide. Recently, the International Scientific Committee on Ozonotherapy (ISCO3) was formed to help establish standardized scientific principles for ozonotherapy. The president of the AAO, Frank Shallenberger, MD is a founding member of the ISCO3.

Ozonotherapy was introduced into the United States in the early 80’s, and has been increasingly used in recent decades. It has been found useful in various diseases:

  • It activates the immune system in infectious diseases.
  • It improves the cellular utilization of oxygen that reduces ischemia in cardiovascular diseases, and in many of the infirmities of aging.
  • It causes the release of growth factors that stimulate damaged joints and degenerative discs to regenerate.
  • It can dramatically reduce or even eliminate many cases of chronic pain through its action on pain receptors.
  • Published papers have demonstrated its healing effects on interstitial cystitis, chronic hepatitis, herpes infections, dental infections, diabetes, and macular degeneration.

Here at the Institute for Progressive Medicine, we find ozone therapy highly effective for a number of conditions and use it successfully along with other traditional and alternative therapies to treat patients on a daily basis.

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ArthritisOn March 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new data on the prevalence of arthritis in the USA. More than 54 million adults (23%) in the USA report arthritis diagnosed by a doctor, and almost 60% are of working age (18–64 years old). 24 million adults with arthritis report that the disease limits their daily activities, which represents an increase of about 20% since 2002. Most have osteoarthritis, but rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, and fibromyalgia are other common diagnoses in the report.

The burden of arthritis goes well beyond pain, stiffness, swelling, and restricted movement of a joint. Difficulties in lifting a grocery bag, walking to the car, holding a cup, and bending or kneeling are common. Comorbidity with heart disease, diabetes, or obesity is particularly high, leading to further restrictions in activity for many, and a downward spiral of ill health. Work becomes impossible for many with severe arthritis, and mental health disorders are common, with a third of those aged 45 years or more with arthritis also reporting anxiety or depression.

Poor management is common, with many arthritis sufferers prescribed opioids, contributing to the opioid misuse epidemic in the USA. Safer, effective, disease-specific options exist. Pain, fear of pain, and lack of knowledge about what exercise is safe all limit activity. Regular physical activity can reduce pain and improve function in some patients, while recognizing that a quarter of all patients with arthritis have severe joint pain, and some are almost immobile.

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