The intestinal lining is subject to injury from many sources: the foods we eat, over-the-counter medications, alcohol, antibiotics, allergies, auto-immune conditions, and a multitude of infections, bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic. It is no wonder that gastrointestinal symptoms comprise the most common maladies leading to doctor’s office visits.
The most common offending drugs are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat pain, usually muscle and joint pain. Many people take these NSAIDs to start the day or prior to exercise. They are the drugs most commonly causing gastritis, ulcers in the stomach and intestines, and GI bleeding. Most of them are available in your local grocery store: Advil, Nuprin, Motrin, Aleve, and plain old aspirin. How can we heal or prevent this damage?
Immunoglobulins from colostrum are highly effective in protecting the gastrointestinal lining. Immunoglobulin G is the main component in this preparation. IgG enhances healing of lesions in the intestinal mucosa.
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Ozone is a powerful and rapidly reacting super oxygen that is consumed within minutes after its production. It is produced from oxygen through the application of an electric current. When applied directly it kills bacteria, viruses, parasites and mold. When given systemically it has the effect of improving oxygen utilization and enhancing energy production. Also, by creating a mild oxidative stress, it stimulates the immune system to be more active. Because it is unstable, ozone must be utilized within several minutes of being produced, or it will no longer be effective.
We have been using ozone for several years to treat musculoskeletal problems as a component of prolotherapy. We have given ozone rectally to treat intestinal problems such as colitis. In its strongest systemic formulation, we have given ozone by major autohemotransfusion (MAH). The patient’s blood is withdrawn through a needle by gravity, heparinized so it doesn’t clot, then combined with an equal volume of ozone at high concentration, and infused back into the patient. This process has required about 40 minutes, or 80 minutes for a double-pass.
This year I learned about the 10-pass technique from Dr. Robert Rowan, who has been responsible for the proliferation of ozone therapy in the United States, along with Dr. Frank Shallenberger. Ten passes, or ten times the treatment of a single pass, can be given within 60-90 minutes by using a special ozone machine to vacuum the blood into a glass bottle, then return it rapidly by applying pressure into the bottle. Read more »
If you had any doubts about the benefits of eating whole fruit, you can put them to rest. A study out of China published in the New England Journal of Medicine (April 7, 2016, pp 1332-1343) reveals that a higher level of fruit consumption led to lower blood pressure and lower glucose levels. There was also a 30-40% reduction in death from heart disease, and of heart attack, and stroke, both from vessel occlusion and brain hemorrhage.
The greater the fruit intake, the lower was the risk. Apples, pears, and citrus fruits are the main fruits eaten in China, although average fruit consumption in China is generally quite low. Fruit is a rich source of potassium, magnesium, fiber, folate, antioxidants, and many phytochemicals with cardioprotective effects. Fruit is also low in calories, sodium, and fat. Raw vegetable intake in China is high, so it is interesting that adding fruits had substantial beneficial effect. Read more »
Stem cell therapy is revolutionizing medicine. Stem cells are multipotential cells residing in various body tissues, especially adipose tissue and bone marrow, but also circulating in the blood stream. When activated and placed in different areas of the body, they are able to differentiate into functional cells to replace damaged tissues. Stem cells are being employed to heal the heart, repair the retina, and reverse various neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis and ALS. In all of these conditions technology is being developed.
Stem cell therapy is well established in the treatment of orthopedic disorders. Many studies have documented regrowth of cartilage and reduction of pain in damaged joints, especially knees and hips. Any joint can be treated, including the back, neck, wrists, elbows, shoulders, feet, fingers and toes. Injections can rebuild torn and degenerated tendons including the Achilles tendon. Partial tears can be reversed and individuals can return to prior activities without the prolonged healing time required after surgery.
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Blood clots cause heart attacks, strokes, phlebitis, blockage of lung arteries, often leading to severe illness or sudden death. Persons who spend hours in sitting positions, such as in plane flights or long distance driving, are especially susceptible to blood clots forming in their legs, then breaking off and going to the lungs. Symptoms include sudden shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, passing out, palpitations, and the possibility of cardiac arrest.
Hospital patients, especially post-operatively, are often immobile, therefore extremely susceptible to forming blood clots in their legs. In all of these instances, physicians routinely order blood-thinning agents, usually heparin, to avoid serious complications.
Atrial fibrillation, a heart irregularity causing blood clots that migrate from the heart to the brain, is a major cause of stroke, and eventually develops in 25% of adults.
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There are so many diverse opinions about testosterone that it would be hard for anyone, physician or layman, to see a clear picture.
What is well established is that testosterone:
- Improves athletic performance
- Increases muscle mass
- Raises bone density
- Increases libido
- Often improves erectile function
- Reduces abdominal fat
- Increases red blood cell production
What has been argued is the effect of testosterone on heart disease, stroke, and mortality. A recent study reveals a powerful effect of testosterone in preventing heart attacks, stroke and death. (Normalization of Testosterone is Associated with Reduced Incidence of Myocardial Infarction and Mortality in Men, European Heart J. Aug 6, 2015) Read more »
A new study* validates the powerful effect of intravenous vitamin C in recovery from infection.
Dr. Fowler described his study in the October 2015 issue of the Townsend Letter, the major alternative medicine journal. Twenty-four patients, all critically ill with severe sepsis, were treated in the intensive care unit. Sepsis is a disseminated infection that travels through the blood stream, causing damage to heart, kidneys, liver, lung and brain, often resulting in death or permanent organ impairment.
Sixteen patients were given medium or high dose intravenous vitamin C, and 8 patients were given placebo. There was rapid correction of organ failure in the vitamin C-treated patients, more impressive in those who received higher doses. No correction occurred in patients who were given placebo.
Biomarkers of inflammation were also measured, including C-reactive protein and procalcitonin, and these declined significantly, only in the vitamin C-treated patients. Another marker, thrombomodulin, is released into the blood as an indicator of severe vascular injury. It rose in the patients on placebo, but not at all in patients on intravenous vitamin C.
Mortality was 62% in the patients on placebo, and 38% in vitamin C-treated patients.
Both human and animal studies have demonstrated benefits of vitamin C in treating infection. High levels of vitamin C in the blood cannot be achieved with oral doses alone, because there is a limit on how much can be absorbed from the GI tract. Intravenous vitamin C is safe, easy to administer, and can be given in high doses.
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Basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers are by far the most common type of cancer. They are rarely lethal, but the surgery or radiation required to treat them can be deforming, painful, and expensive. More than 2 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer yearly. Sun exposure is a primary risk factor, so people living in California are especially susceptible.
A recent Australian study, presented at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, revealed a 25% reduction in the incidence of basal and squamous cell cancers in patients taking niacinamide, 500 mg twice a day.
Niacinamide is a form of niacin, or vitamin B3, that does not cause itching or flushing of the skin. Benefits in skin cancer reduction were seen within the first 3 months of treatment. The benefit was lost when niacinamide was discontinued. In addition, niacinamide reduced the incidence of actinic keratosis, a precancerous lesion, by 15%.
If you have had skin cancer or actinic keratosis, are fair-skinned or spend a lot of time in the sun, consider taking niacinamide 500 mg twice a day, indefinitely. There are no side effects.
Allan Sosin, MD
Crohn’s disease is an inflammation of the intestine characterized by pain, bleeding, and ulcerations in the gut. Impaired gut permeability leads to the passage of bacteria, toxins, or other substances through the gut lining into deeper tissues, and throughout the body. This aggravates the inflammatory immune response. Increased gut permeability occurs before clinical relapse in Crohn’s disease.
Vitamin D supplementation has been demonstrated to maintain intestinal integrity, thus reducing leaky gut. Crohn’s disease patients were treated with vitamin D 2000 units daily for 3 months. They were found to have more intact gut linings than those treated with placebo. They also had reduced evidence of inflammation, measured by C reactive protein and antimicrobial proteins. (United European Gastroenterology Journal, 2015).
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And if yes, why and what should we eat for breakfast?
After a whole night of fasting, breakfast serves as a means to supply “fuel” to the brain. Research show that daily breakfast eaters tended to gain less weight and have lower body mass index levels (an indicator of obesity risk) compared with those who had skipped breakfast. On the other hand people that skip breakfast are missing out on key nutrients, such as Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin A. Breakfast-skippers consume 40 percent more sweets, 55 percent more soft drinks, 45 percent fewer vegetables and 30 percent less fruit than people who eat breakfast.Children and teens who regularly have breakfast on a near-daily basis had 25% higher score in math, science and reading, meaning breakfast helps keep a clear and sharp brain at any age. Read more »