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Everything Tomato!

Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP, Monday, September 7, 2015
Updated: Friday, September 4, 2015

Is there anything more luscious tasting than a ripe, red tomato? August is the month when tomato plants mature and are laden with the weight of their fruit. That’s right, tomatoes come from flowers and contain seeds, the scientific definition of a fruit. This growing season, like every other, brings some learning along with the delicious produce. And I just have not quite mastered the successful growing of tomatoes, yet. The plants have grown well and are robust , all except for one that has been savaged by the mighty tomato worm. The worm(s), that  I have not yet managed to find, are working their way down from the top and when I use the word “decimation” I am talking green stalks with no leaves. So I pondered my approach: garlic, green chile or cayenne pepper juice.  Hmmm. So I settled on a combination of garlic and green chile juice. The garlic powder doesn’t work too well because the powder doesn’t flow out from a spray bottle well but nonetheless, I thought I would try to cover my bases.  Just as an aside, I rub the garlic juice on the dogs’ ears when we are out on the trail. It works well for keeping all insects away including misquitoes, flies and bees.

So I doused the plant well and have been waiting for results. The good news is that no new damage has been done so far. Last evening I popped some tiny cherry tomatoes into my mouth while watering and they were bursting with flavor and the first of the tomatoes to mature. I have been contemplating which tomato recipe to offer this month, but the answer came easily, as it is one of my favorites and a summer soup that I often make called gazpacho. There was a lovely recipe on the Today Show presented by Chef Shea Gallante on July 10th of this year.   I never follow a recipe exactly and so my first batch was more green than red because I had added too much parsley and cilantro, so I took those out of the 2nd batch and just used basil as my only green. The color turned out much better and so did the taste and so I am offering my own revised version of Chef Gallante’s gazpacho minus the crab.

My version: Gazpacho

5 organic on the vine, well ripened  tomatoes

Large red pepper

One large cucumber

Large Red onion

Five sprigs of basil

2 cloves of garlic

Fano 9 grain bread,  couple crusty slices torn into pieces   

4 oz organic extra virgin olive oil

1 cup orange juice

1 oz sherry vinegar

1 avocado

Fresh chives

Chop the tomatoes, red pepper, red onion, cucumber into large chunks along with the garlic cloves and basil and add them to a bowl along with the bread pieces. Pour the orange juice over the mixture, toss everything together and marinate overnight in an airtight container. Prior to making the soup, pour off any orange juice. Place the vegetables into the mixer in batches. Run on low until mixed then turn on high for a couple minutes until all ingredients are well mixed. Add the olive oil and the sherry vinegar to the last batch and mix it into the rest of the soup. Season to taste with black pepper and sea salt,then decorate with avocado slices and chopped chives on top. Serve immediately. The soup can be stored for another day in a tightly closed mason jar. Enjoy!!

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Patient History Questionnaire for Possible Need for Oxygen Supplementation

Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN, Sunday, August 9, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Circle the best answer below
1. Do you sometimes snore? Yes No
2. Has your snoring ever bothered other people? Yes No
3. Has anybody noticed you sometimes quit breathing during sleep? Yes No
4. Do you sometimes feel tired or fatigued after you sleep? Yes No
5. Do you have shortness of breath when you are awaking? Yes No
6. Do you awake during sleep? Yes No
7. Have you ever been diagnosed with Asthma? Yes No
8. Have you ever been diagnosed with Bronchitis? Yes No
9. Have you ever been told you have Emphysema? Yes No
10. Have you ever been told you have COPD? Yes No
11. Have you ever been told you have any type of lung disease? Yes No
12. Do you sometimes awake feeling like you can’t catch your breath? Yes No
13. Do you sometimes awake from sleep feeling like your heart is racing? Yes No
14. Do you feel short of breath during exercise? Yes No
15. You sleep on how many pillows? ______________
16. Do you have High Blood Pressure? Yes No
17. Have you ever been told you have Heart Disease? Yes No
18. Have you ever been told that you have Congestive Heart Failure? Yes No
19. Have you ever been told you have Sleep Apnea? Yes No
20. Have you ever used a CPAP? Yes No How Long? ____________
21. How would you describe your sleep? ________________________________________
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If you answered “yes” to several of these questions, you may be “hypoxic” or in need of oxygen supplementation. Ask us for details about testing.

Tags:  hypoxia  oxygen supplementation  sleep apnea  snoring 

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Embryonic Organotherapy Supplementation Is Now Available Through Volpe Office

Posted By Judith Volpe, MD, Thursday, August 6, 2015

Available for the past 70 years in Europe, ovine, bovine, and  porcine embryonic cell therapy is now available in the US in the form of sterile embryonic cellular supplements, making it possible, and affordable, to receive the incredible benefits of embryonic organ products without traveling to expensive European clinics. The principal of “Similia Similibus” or “like cures like” is the rationale for the mechanism of action of live cell therapy. First put forth by the Swiss physician Paracelsus, it means that the preferred method to revitalize diseased and aging organs is to use healthy young cells of the same tissue type. Swiss and other European physicians studied and developed the principles of live cell therapy from the 1930’s to 1950’s. Professor Paul Niehans is considered the “Father of Live Cell Therapy”. A refined version of his sheep- derived live cell therapy is still administered at the legendary Clinique La Prairie in Montreux, Switzerland.

Currently available embryonic organ supplementation (EOS) uses similar principals as those used in traditional live cell therapy. However, EOS starts with the selection of specific organ tissue from organically produced porcine, bovine, or ovine embryos or placenta and through proprietary technology, processes them into a simplified bio-available form as a nutritional supplement. Since embryonic organotherapies today are ultrafiltrates, they provide superior results to the crude whole cell therapy of the past. The low molecular weight peptides and growth factors [ 600 daltons or less] are absorbed through the oral mucosa.

Although bovine, ovine and porcine cell extracts are available, many years of experience have demonstrated that pigs, which are mammals, are the best donor animals for humans, which are also mammals, because they are vital, hardy animals and immunologically, their bodies are the closest match to the human body. Due to this fact, many heart valve transplants for humans are still derived from pigs. In addition, porcine cellular supplements are particularly compatible with the human body, and in the embryonic stage there is a very low degree of immunogenicity (rejection). Pigs are also not carriers of any known “slow virus diseases”. Cattle can be carriers of “mad cow” while sheep have been afflicted with a similar disease called scrapie. However cattle and sheep embryos utilized for live cell therapy are obtained from closed herds that are carefully monitored.

Embryonic organ therapy, or  EOT preparations are derived from specific embryonic organ cell tissues and are ideally suited to support anti-aging and health maintenance.

Many individual organ and tissue supplements are available in 3 or 5 ml bottles and also combination 7 ml bottles containing 3 to 9 organ supplements. Each extract is composed of cell ultrafiltrates, low molecular weight, sterile constituents, thus enhancing absorption both through the oral mucosa of the mouth and intestinal walls of the digestive system. They are for oral use and with the help of a trained professional, can often perform little miracles in supporting body structure and body function.

As these embryonic organ supplements are normally not recognized as a foreign substance by the host body, they seldom cause any type of allergic reaction, or rejection, by the patient. This is because they contain no large proteins capable of eliciting an allergic response, only low molecular weight peptides and growth factors. However, as a precaution, patients with an allergy to beef, pork, or lamb should choose an animal they are not allergic to.

According to Dr. Niehans, Father of Live Cell Therapy, when ingested into the human body, "like goes to like"; the embryonic peptides hone to the adult patient’s corresponding organ, bone to bone, liver to liver, heart to heart, etc., where they begin to support the function of that specific target organ. Since mammalian tissues have similar surface proteins [ antigens] and receptor sites, the ingested embryonic peptides only fit onto the receptor sites for the specific organ or tissue from which they were derived. Once attached to a receptor site, they can stimulate and improve the function of the target organ. Animal embryonic organ supplements, which seem to be organ specific, are not species specific and are designed to "re-educate" human and animal organs, alike, to function at a more youthful level. There can be a gentle rejuvenation, or stimulation of a failing organ to continue to function. The organ itself, then, can retain its structure and function for an extended period of time.

In addition to body rebuilding, health maintenance, and anti-aging, EOS is designed to stimulate the structure and function of specific organ systems to help the general overall health of the body, or can be used with specific intent, such as to enhance immune function, memory and cognitive function, sexual function, specific organ function, endocrine function, or improve joint and bone health, just to name a few.

EOS is also designed to help structure and function concerning the remodeling of body musculature, sexual function, aerobic capacity, sports performance, fertility, senile ocular conditions, energy, vitality, skin elasticity and promote general healthy structure and function, as it gently helps to improve the structure and function of tissues derived from all three embryonic tissue groups; ectoderm, endoderm and mesoderm that the entire new baby is developed from. EOS can be used to improve the health of patients in which hormonal therapies are contraindicated.

EOS products are manufactured according to the requirements of GMP (Good Manufacturing Procedures), meet the standards for both food and oral nutritional supplements, are supplied sterile in liquid and lyophilized form to preserve product integrity, are 100% pure and natural, and contain no preservatives

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The Plague of Autoimmune Disease

Posted By Judith Volpe, MD, Thursday, August 6, 2015
There are over 50 distinct types of autoimmune disease, in which your own immune system attacks and destroys your normal body tissues and organs. Rates of autoimmune diseases, asthma, and allergies haven increased steeply in recent decades, fueled by the ever increasing toxicity of our environment.

An autoimmune reaction is a normal body defense process gone awry. Driven by  the chronic inflammation caused by constant exposure to a food allergen, chemical toxin, pathogenic microbe, etc the immune system, in its attempts to protect the system, sometimes creates antibodies [ substances meant to neutralize the offending substance ] that cross react with normal body tissues and organs. This results in a host of symptoms from fatigue and systemic inflammation to hair loss, major organ failure, and, if untreated, death.

The allopathic medical system has only one approach, and that is to suppress the immune system with toxic pharmaceuticals from corticosteroids to chemotherapy, often with serious side effects including infections and cancer. Increasingly, allopathic medicine is turning to the monoclonal antibody pharmaceuticals, commonly referred to as “the biologics” such as Humira and Enbrel. The use of these products markedly suppresses the immune system, leading to serious infections, and over time, cancers, especially lymphoma.

Alternative practitioners attempt to get to the root cause of the autoimmune reaction with intense environmental detoxification and functional medicine protocols. These approaches sometimes ameliorate the problem, and can cause remission in early cases. However, once the autoimmune reaction is set into motion, it usually can’t be undone by these methods.

What to do, then. There does exist a method of immunomodulation that is restricted to only a few physicians in the United States, and I am grateful to be one of them. It involves using  “antisense peptides”, small chains of amino acids, that are capable of blocking the effects of the autoantibodies and protecting the target tissues and organs from damage. They are injected intramuscularly once every 3 or 4 weeks. Eventually, the immune system gets the message that “the war is over” and diminishes or ceases its production of autoantibodies. Thus, the disease goes into remission or is greatly ameliorated. Symptoms subside and the serum levels of autoantibodies fall.  These products are remarkably safe with no major side effects in over 20 years of use. They are available, not only for autoimmune disease, but for aging [ the frail elderly ], osteoarthritis, allergies/asthma, and atherosclerosis.

Please note that these are not natural products, they are created in an immunology research institute. Proprietary restrictions mandate that detailed information regarding these products can only be discussed face-to-face in an office consultation.

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Tags:  allergies  allopathic  asthma  Autoimmune  Judith Volpe  toxicity 

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Los Ranchos Lavender Festival - and Lavender Chicken Recipe

Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP, Thursday, August 6, 2015

Every year in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque there is a lavender festival, now also featuring garlic. As it states on the town’s website, lavender is not only a plant with many uses but it also signifies a certain lifestyle that promotes the tranquility and sustainability of a rural, agricultural community. The setting of the festival is in the “green belt,” close to the Rio Grande River and the smell of newly cut alfalfa fields is in the air. The most amazing thing about the celebration, now sponsored by the Growers’ Market, is the number of wares made with lavender, everything from edibles and freshly cut bouquets to essential oils. Vendors tout their unique wares: lavender plants, natural beauty products, teas, candles, lavender themed quilts and pottery, even lavender dresses! There are many different cooking demos with lavender and garlic including a lavender rub and spice mix, fruit/lavender smoothies, cookies and pound cake, jams and jellies and even lavender chocolate and lavender ice cream. It’s a great outing for the whole family.

Not far from the Grower’s Market, heading South down Rio Grande Blvd, is a historic organic lavender farm called Los Poblanos. The lavender fields in bloom are a sight to behold and the harvesting occurs in the month of July, usually by volunteers. At The Farm Store, they distill the essential oil right on the premises and use it to make their signature salve and other skin care products. In addition to the farm, the historic main house provides accommodations for a relaxing weekend getaway or a wedding celebration. There are ongoing educational events such as cooking classes and children love to visit the farm animals.

Most people are familiar with the aromatic properties of lavender and its use in sachets, soaps and candles, but it can also be a culinary delight. Lavender can quickly overpower a dish and give it a bitter taste, so it is best used in small quantities and mixed with other flavors such as mint, lemon balm, vanilla and raspberry or strong Mediterranean herbs such as oregano, marjoram and fennel. I still have a small jar of culinary organic royal velvet lavender seeds that I got at last year’s celebration. With its rubber hermetic seal, it will last for years. With a mortar and pestle, you can grind the seeds and add them to sugar for many baking treats or make a rub combined with other herbs and spices for a delicious roast. You can order their products online at LosPoblanos.com at their Farm Store.

Here is a recipe using lavender that is very tasty and heart healthy as well. It is Chicken Breast with lemon, Lavender and leeks.

  • Thoroughly wash 4 chicken breasts under cold running water and pat dry. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Coat a baking pan with olive or grapeseed oil and place the breasts skin side up in the pan.
  • Chop sage, lemon balm, tarragon and add the lavender buds that have been pulverized with a mortar and pestle and cover the chicken.
  • Chop the leeks and spread over the chicken.
  • Cover the leeks and herbs with lemon slices and lay them on the breasts.
  • Add one cup of chicken broth and bake at 350 degrees for an hour. 

You can bake the chicken covered for a moist version or leave it uncovered for some crispy texture, if you prefer.  You can also quickly run it under the broiler at the end to “crisp it up.”

Chicken breasts with lemon and leeks are great served with quinoa or brown rice and a green salad.  A single chicken breast with bone is 142 calories; quinoa is 14 calories per tablespoon.  A heart healthy meal.

Bon appetite!

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The Amazing Liver Cleanse - a Powerful Tool to Improve Your Health - by Andreas Moritz

Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN, Saturday, August 1, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Most people believe that gallstones can be found only in the gall bladder. This is a false assumption. Most gallstones are actually formed in the liver and only a few in the gall bladder. This statement can easily be verified by anyone who gives himself a liver cleanse, regardless of whether he is a layperson, a medical doctor, a scientist, and someone who no longer has a gall bladder and is believed to be free gallstones altogether.

An estimated 20% of the world’s population will develop gallstones in their gall bladder at some stage in their lives. This figure, however, does not account for the many more people who will develop gallstones in the liver. From my personal experience as a health practitioner with thousands of patients suffering all types of diseases, I can document that each one of them has had large amounts of gallstones in the liver. Surprisingly, only relatively few of them have had a history of gallstones in the gall bladder. Gallstones in the liver are, as will be seen in this book, the main obstacle to maintaining health, youthfulness, and vitality. They are indeed one of the major reasons why people fall ill and have difficulty in recuperation from an illness.

The failure to recognize gallstones in the liver maybe an important missing link in the field of medicine, both orthodox and complementary. By understanding how gallstones in the liver contribute to the development of almost every type of disease and by taking the steps of removing these obstructions, every person can discover for himself an easy method to restore health on a permanent basis. The implications of applying the liver cleanse for yourself or, if you are a health practitioner, for your patients, are both vast and rewarding. To have a clean liver is like having a clean start in life.

The liver is the major controlling agent of normal growth and health functioning of all body cells. Any malfunction, deficiency, or abnormal growth pattern of the cell is to a large extent due to an impaired liver performance. There is rarely a disease in the body that does not start in the liver.

All diseases or symptoms of ill health are causes by obstruction. If a blocked blood vessel no longer allows delivery of vital oxygen or nutrients to a group of cells, the cells will be forced to introduce emergency measures or specific survival tactics. Many of the cells will not survive the famine, others will learn to mutate and live off the other cells and toxic materials, which may turn them malignant or cancerous.

An obstruction of fluids in the body is directly and indirectly linked to an impaired liver performance and in particular to a blockage caused by gallstones both in the liver and in the gall bladder. The presence of stones in these organs greatly impairs the digestion of food, elimination of waste, and detoxification or harmful substances in the blood. By unblocking the liver and gall bladder, the body’s 60-100 trillion cells will be able to “breathe” more oxygen, receive more nutrients, eliminate their metabolic waste products more efficiently, and maintain perfect communication links with the nervous system, endocrine system and all other parts of the body.

Although almost every patient with a chronic illness has an excessively large number of gallstones in the liver (this can easily be verified by having a liver cleanse), unless there is a specific liver disease, this important organ is rarely considered a “culprit”. Since the majority of gallstones in the liver and gall bladder consist of the same “harmless” constituents as are contained in the liquid bile with cholesterol being their main ingredient, they are “invisible” to x-ray technologies. Stones in the liver do not show up as solid whereas some of the gallstones (20%) occurring in the gall bladder can be made up entirely of minerals, mainly calcium salts and bile pigments. Modern diagnostic tools can easily detect these hardened and relatively large stones but fail to recognize the softer and smaller ones in the liver. Only when there are excessive amounts of large stones in the liver can an ultrasound reveal a “fatty liver”. In such case, the ultrasound pictures show a liver that looks almost completely white (instead of dark). A fatty liver can have up to 6,000-8,000 stones before it succumbs to suffocation and ceases to function.

But even if the early stages of a fatty liver are recognized and diagnosed through ultrasound, this vital organ is hardly ever relieved of the heavy burden it has to “carry” by having accumulated hundreds and, in many cases, thousands of these hardened bile deposits which continuously block the liver’s bile ducts. In view of the effects the stones have on liver performance as a whole, it is irrelevant whether the stone consist of mainly thickened cholesterol or are mineralized and hard. Whether we call them gallstones, fat deposits or clots consisting of hardened bile, the net result is that they prevent bile from flowing through the bile ducts.

Bile is a green colored, alkaline fluid with many functions. Apart from helping the digestion of fat, calcium and protein, it is needed to maintain normal fat levels in the blood, to remove toxins from the liver, to help maintain proper acid/alkaline balance in the intestinal tracts, and to keep the colon from breeding harmful microbes. To maintain a strong and healthy digestive system and to feed the body the right amount of nutrients, the liver has to produce between 1 and 1.5 quarts (1.1…1.6 liters) of bile a day. Anything less than that (many people produce just about a cup full) is bound to cause problems with the digestion of food, elimination of waste and constant need for detoxifying the blood. Almost all health problems are a direct consequence of reduced or blocked bile production and inefficient bile transport.

The Liver Cleanse Recipe
Cleaning the liver and gall bladder from gallstones is one of the most important and powerful tools to improve your health. To remove gallstones you need the following things:

Malic Acid…………………..2- 500mg 4 x daily
Apple Juice…………………5 glasses (Organic no sugar added if possible) - Drink throughout the day
Epson salts…………………4 Tablespoons
Extra Virgin Olive Oil……… ½ Cup
(Cold press & pure)
Fresh Lemons………………Enough squeeze ¾ cup juice
Ginger Tea
Clear Organic Soup Broth
Can have protein shake for lunch and dinner.

Preparation
All day drink the apple juice (remember: the apple juice helps to soften the stones and makes the passage easier!)

1st Day: Stop all supplements, eat a huge breakfast. Take Malic Acid- (2) with breakfast, (2) with protein shake with lunch, (2) with protein shake for dinner, and (2) at bedtime.
6:00 PM – Epson salts – 1 cup water to 1 T. salt – OK to add Stevia and lemon juice if needed.
8:00 PM – Epson salts mixture – 1 cup water to 1 T. salt
9:00 PM – 2 cups of Ginger tea
10:00 PM – Olive oil and lemon juice **may be consumed in smaller batches if needed – blend really well.

2nd Day:
6:00 AM – Epson salts mixture – 1 cup water to 1 T. salt
-OK to add Stevia and/or lemon juice
8:00 AM – Epson Salts mixture – 1 cup water to 1 T. salt
-OK to add Stevia and/or lemon juice

**After drinking the olive oil mixture, lie down, this is necessary to help release stones. Turn off the light and lie flat on your back with your head on a pillow. Put your attention on your liver and visualize the mixture moving the stones out if the numerous bile ducts in your liver. Keep perfectly still for at least 20 minutes. This gives the stones a chance to move along the bile ducts. There will not be any pain because the Epson salts will keep the bile duct valves wide open. Go to sleep if you can. If at anytime during the night you feel the urge to have a bowel movement, do so. Check to see if there are already small gallstones (pea size or tan colored ones) floating in the toilet.

The Results You Can Expect
You will have a number a bowel movements in the form of diarrhea, consisting of gallstones, mixed first with food residue and then with water only. Most of the gallstones float in the toilet because they contain large amounts of cholesterol. You will see mostly green ones of all sizes and shapes, some are pea sized or smaller and others will be as big as 2-3 centimeters. There may be hundreds of stones coming out at once. Also watch out for tan colored and white ones. Some of the larger tan colored stones may sink with the stool because they are calcified and contain heaver toxic substances and only small amounts of cholesterol. All the green stones are as soft as putty, thanks to the apple juice.

You may also find a layer of white or tan colored scum or “foam” floating in the toilet. The foam consists of millions of tiny white sharp-edged cholesterol crystals, which can easily rupture small bile ducts; and they are equally important to get rid of.

Try to make a rough estimate of how many stones you have eliminated. To permanently cure bursitis, back pain, allergies or other health problems, and to prevent disease from arising you need to remove all the stones. This may require up to six or more cleanses which can be preformed at 2-3 weeks intervals (do not cleanse more frequently than that). If you cannot cleanse this often, you may take more time between the cleanses. The important thing to remember is that once you have started cleansing the liver; keep cleansing it until no more stones come out. Leaving if half clean for a long period of time (three or more months) can cause greater discomfort than not cleansing at all.

The liver as a whole will begin to function more efficiently soon after the first cleanse and you may notice sudden improvements, sometimes within a few hours. Pains will be less, energy will increase and clarity of mind will improve considerably.
However, within a few days, stones from the rear of the liver will have traveled “forward” towards the two main bile ducts exiting the liver, which may cause some of the previous symptoms of discomfort to return. In fact, you might feel discomfort because the recovery seems so short-lived, but all this shows, is that there are still stones left behind, ready to be removed with the next round of elimination. Nevertheless, the liver’s self repair and cleansing response will have increased significantly, adding a great deal of effectiveness to this all important organ of the body.
As long as there are still a few small stones moving from some of the thousands of small bile ducts towards the hundreds of large bile ducts, they may combine to form larger stones and produce such previously experienced symptoms as backache, headache, earache, digestive trouble, bloating, irritably, anger, ect., although these may be less sever than they were before. If a new cleanse no longer produces any stones, which usually happens after the sixth cleanse, your liver can be considered to be in excellent condition. Still it is recommended to repeat the liver cleanse every six months. Each cleanse will give a further boost to the liver and take care of any toxins that may have accumulated in the meanwhile. NEVER CLEANSE WHEN YOU ARE SUFFERING AN ACUTE ILLNESS. After the cleanse, be sure to watch out for dehydration. CONTINUE TO DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS!

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fungal Overgrowth

Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN, Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
For GC, CL, EA, SH, SS – who have awed us with their strength and belief

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a long term disease that leads to inflammations of the joints and surrounding tissues. It can also affect other organs. One symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis is morning stiffness, which lasts more than an hour. Joint pain is often felt on the same joint on both sides of the body. Current medical literature states there is no known cause for Rheumatoid Arthritis. We believe indeed fungus or yeast is the cause of the disease. It affects joints on each side of the body equally. Wrists, fingers, knees, and ankles are the most commonly affected parts of the body.

Yeast is epidemic in America today. The cause of the “epidemic” is the unbridled prescription of Antibiotics by physicians without benefit of probiotics. Additional causal factors are: excessive consumption of dairy, bread, carbohydrates, sugar, carbonated drinks, processed, fast food, and beer.

"In 1963, Dr. Harold Hyman M.D, prominent author of a medical encyclopedia stated that approximately one-half of the population in the United States suffers from a systemic fungal disorder that has largely gone unnoticed ." If that was true, 150 million people in America today are suffering from undiagnosed fungal overgrowth. Imagine the health problems in the coming years of the victims of Hurricane Sandy who were forced to live in fungal infested homes that were flooded. Mold remediation is the new scam being put upon unsuspecting homeowners. Seldom is the mold really removed, usually only the most apparent mold is remediated. The home in the end is toxic to the persons continuing to live in it.

Recently, in her excellent book, Dr. Lida Mattman, professor emeritus at Wayne university asks", are fungi in blood cells overlooked because they are confused with blood cell because of simplistic laboratory equipment? Her answer was a resounding “Yes!" Another bold statement is made on the same page. This one by Dr. M.G. Rinaldi who says, given the right immunocompromised host, virtually any fungus can kill a human being.

“Other diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis are addressed in the 1995 issue of the Townsend Letter for Doctors, 19 doctors wrote that a condition known as candidiasis or yeast can mimic symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis” 2. Other conditions that have been directly linked to fungal overgrowth are: cancer, heart disease, prostate disease, chronic sinusitis, Khron's disease, Colitis, dermatitis, acne, gout, gum disease, and obesity. The dermatological problems directly associated with fungal overgrowth are: chronic allergy, rosacea, psoriasis, dandruff, hives, and eczema are linked to fungus. No, the standard care of care dermatological organizations do not concur with this statement. Those professionals truly believe Steroids can solve the problem. If one does not work, just add in some other immune function depressors and anti-depressants.

One interesting note, here is a confirmation of my long term hypothesis that consumption of sugar is directly linked to cancer. Cancer thrives on sugar and not coincidentally so does fungus. While cancer patients are instructed at the major medical centers to eat anything they want including pies, cakes, bread, Coke and other drinks to "keep their weight up". The opposite is actually the case. Cancer patients should have no sugar, complex carbohydrates, deserts, dairy, cow milk, French fries, baked white potatoes, chips, gluten, crackers, fast, processed, or cooked food. Cancer is an imperfect cell, which thrives on sugar, fat, and even in an environment free of oxygen! Most Oncologists would take us to the mat over these statements. There are, however, thousands of articles which elucidate the importance of refraining from these foods. The higher percentage of raw to "dead" food, the better. In fact, Lorraine Day M.D. proposed that cancer patients should only consume "live" food; nothing that was cooked. She had breast cancer, which was about the size of a grapefruit. She had the mass cut out, and had no their traditional therapy. What she did though, was to consume only raw fruits and vegetables. She ate in this way for about three months. On reexamination, cancer markers were non existent. To this moment, Dr. Day has remained cancer free!

For the Arthritis patient, the process that begins the pain and the resulting destruction of the lining of the stomach and intestines is the destruction of the Villi; which are the finger like tendrils in the stomach. The Villi are meant to protect the walls of the stomach from the reaction produced when undigested food lies upon the walls of the stomach and intestines. Another function of the villi is to expand the surface of the stomach for increased nutritional function.

The body's reaction when we eat mucus forming foods such as cow milk, wheat, bread, dairy, sugar, and processed foods, is that the body cannot keep the fungus at bay, and the protective Villi die from fungal overgrowth. Because the Villi are no longer guarding the walls of the stomach and intestines, microscopic particles of food escape out into the bloodstream and settle in the joints and begin the painful cycle of Arthritis. The body is quite efficient when it stores the undigested food away in the joints. The problem is the ongoing unremitting pain from the microscopic particles lodged in the joints.

Immediately some things that can be done to help the patient are: abstention from all gluten products, bread, sugar, cow milk, dairy, white potatoes, carbohydrates, alcohol, carbonated drinks, processed food, potato chips, snacks in a bag, and especially fast food! The drinks that are allowed are water, water, and more water. Nondairy almond milk is allowed. The rule of thumb is that humans should consume one half the body weight in ounces of water daily. Example 100pounds = 50 ounces of water. Green or white tea is a liquid the body thinks is water. It can be enjoyed with Stevia as a sweetener. In order for the patient to enjoy the water a product called Sparkling Ice is available at Kroger. A small amount will flavor the water.

Because the Villi are no longer there to protect the stomach, ingestion of the afore mentioned foods will most certainly significantly increase the fungal population. A high quality probiotic such as Dr. Ohhira's Essential Formulas should be taken daily. Two capsules three times a day is a minimum. Optimal consumption would be 2 capsules 4 times daily. The effect of the probiotics is to regrow the "good bacteria" and begin the process of regrowing the Villi for protection against the foods we eat. Essential Formulas can be purchased online at wholesale prices. The reason we recommend Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics is that the product has been fermented for 5 years. We are unaware of any other probiotic product of this status.

Other medical conditions that can be caused by fungal overgrowth are: rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, Sjogrens Syndrome, intestinal lymphoma, thyroid disease, type 1 diabetes, hormonal insufficiency, prostate PS1 elevated, depression, any kind of cancer, insomnia, and any other kind of disease you can imagine.

In addition to the restricted diet, antifungals must be a part of the healing. In our practice, we use a compounding pharmacy as well as natural supplement companies for our pharmaceutical needs. We prescribe a compounded anti-fungal called Tinidazole. It is the pure powder from the manufacturer encased in a veggie cap. Two capsules should be taken three times daily, as long as the patient wishes to remain feeling well. Tinidazole has anti-viral, fungal, parasitic, and bacterial properties. In addition, Nystatin 500,000 IU 2 times daily are necessary. For the viral component, Valacyclovir 800mg three times daily ongoing. Some patients feel better in a month or two and falsely believe they are “cured”! Our protocol is treatment not a cure!

Many of our Arthritis patients are taking cancer drugs to help with the ongoing pain they experience daily. Most all of the patients are unaware the drugs such as Orencia, Humira, Remacaid, and Methotrexate are anti -cancer drugs. The effect of these drugs is to quiet the body's immune response to the food that has lodged in the joints. The hope is taking these medications will reduce the pain. Unfortunately, this is usually not the case. Most arthritis patients are also taking Vicodin or other narcotic pain relievers for the pain. Because it hurts to move, most Arthritis patients are usually sedentary. If insurance will cover the expense of physical therapy, it should begin immediately, and be ongoing. Hydro therapy is of particular benefit. One of our patients spends most of her time in the electric wheelchair. Her muscles are slowly deteriorating. When she is able to arise from the wheelchair, she will need a body that can support her as she returns to her life.

The most helpful tool we have employed is the Far Infared Sauna manufactured by High Tech Health. The long beams of the Far Infared sauna penetrate deep into the mitochondria, bringing oxygen, which will in turn will create ATP, or energy, and detoxify toxic metals. An additional benefit of this kind of sauna is detoxification of the residue of the cancer drugs and steroids. Pain is also lessened by the warm healing heat. A sauna for one is sufficient, and costs about $2,500.00. If a patient did nothing else for themselves, a Far Infared sauna should be the one thing they did for themselves. Patients have told me they plan to purchase a sauna when they move or build their dream home; or get more funds. It is never a convenient time to get well. Most people are so toxic and debilitated they will never move. We have advocated the Far Infared Sauna for 4 years. Two patients have purchased one!

Our answer for the pain is non-narcotic pain relievers. We utilize Tramadol 50 milligrams four times daily. Baclafen is another non narcotic given as well for pain. It is 25 milligrams also given four times daily.

The result of ingestion of these cancer drugs to “treat arthritis” is a total lack of hormones, digestive enzymes, B-vitamins, and all other substances required by the body to function effectively. In addition to treating the fungus, the endocrine system must be addressed. It is composed of the thyroid, sex hormones, and adrenal glands. Review of labs of patients taking cancer drugs for Arthritis is shocking! All lab values must be corrected. In addition, hands on telephone conference must be included. These patients have been sick for a long time. Psychologically, they cannot imagine how they will get well.

Bio identical hormones and adrenal function are measured by saliva testing from ZRT labs. An individualized bio identical blend is then formulated to replace the deficits. A 50-value chemistry gives us information about needs across the body systems. Usually, there is an extreme need for B and other vitamins and minerals. We advocate daily injections of 50 milligrams of hydroxocobalamin with 5milligrams of Folic acid. In addition, patients are asked to inject thymus and liver extract also daily.

Melatonin is given at night to help rebuild serotonin levels. If possible, neurotransmitter testing should also be performed; Neuroscience Labs perform these labs. The cancer drugs have removed most all neurotransmitter activity, therefore, depression is usually a factor for people with Arthritis. Some patients self medicate with tobacco products and alcohol, which is the WORST answer to the pain problem.

Additional therapies include IV vitamin C in 25 and 50 gram infusions. Vitamin C is well known to kill pathogens, and therefore boost the immune system. Dr. Linus Pauling did not win the Nobel prizes for nothing! Anti-microbial IV’s for fungus are necessary as an additional therapy to the Vitamin C IV’s.

At this point, you are probably saying I just cannot do all that! Yes you can! Changes in your life can occur in a piecemeal fashion! One change at a time, one day at a time. Our goal for a new patient is to make them feel better in some way immediately. If the patient can feel better in some way, they know it is possible we can help them. So far, we have treated 24 patients on cancer drugs for arthritis. All but 2 remain off of the drugs!

Always With God's Help!
Dr. Frank McGehee M.D. C.C.N.
Vivienne Noble- McGehee B.A. C.N.

1. "The Fungus Link" Doug Kaufman p9. 2000 and 2008 1.
2. Constantini A.V.M.D. “The Fungal Mycotoxin Etiology of Human Disease” Johann Friedrich Oberlin Verilog. Freiburg, Germany. The Fungal Mycotoxin Conference, Toronto, Canada. 1994.

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TAKE ACTION NOW: FDA "Compounds" Its Attack on Supplements

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 13, 2015

The FDA’s hostility toward both supplements and compounded medicine is legendary—after all, they compete with the FDA-approved drugs that pay the government’s bills. Now the agency is attacking compounded supplements. Action Alert!

A few weeks ago, we reported on an amendment designed to fix a number of the most problematic regulations arising from Congress’s Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA). The amendment would clarify provisions governing “office use,” allowing physicians to keep certain quantities of compounded drugs on hand in their office, and also remove the cap on interstate shipments if the medication is for an individual patient. ANH-USA strongly supports this amendment, as it would ensure patient access to important compounded medications which are currently endangered.


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How to Live WITH and WITHOUT Cancer - by Vivienne Noble-McGehee, BA, CN

Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN, Thursday, July 9, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
I. Laboratory Testing
A. In order to assess the health status of the patient, lab testing with a 50 value chemistry, viral and fungal testing, and bone density should be performed. Additional testing should include fecal toxic metal test with provocation, saliva adrenal and bio identical hormone testing. If cancer is present, cancer markers such as CEA and CA 19-9 should be performed two times monthly. Standard labs should also be assessed monthly if cancer is present. Detailed questionnaires allow us to assess the symptoms patients have apart from the lab results. If the patient can furnish us with copies of laboratory results in the past year, it will help us assess treatment needs.

Iron Anemia
B. Many cancer patients suffer from serum iron and storage iron anemia, along with hemoglobin and hematocrit anemia. Most oncologists would immediately prescribe oral iron. If any microorganisms are present such as parasites, yeast, or virus, the additional oral iron fuels these organisms like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Yes, the patient is most certainly anemic because of chemo. Our choice is to replenish stores of iron naturally. B-vitamins such as B1, 2, 6, 12, and folic acid. These are the vitamins that build the body naturally. These B vitamins can be given orally and/or injected IM daily at home.

Thyroid Hormone Replacement
C. Most patients in America today are thyroid deficient, because of the lack of iodine in our food sources. While we perform a Total T3, T4, and TSH value, the results are sometimes obtuse, because of organisms inhabiting the thyroid. The determination of need for thyroid replacement is also the basal digital temperature under the arm, taken before getting out of bed in the morning. If the temperature is less than 97.6 degrees for 5 days in a row, the person would do well with T3 and T4 thyroid replacement. Naturesthroid is made from a porcine source; which is anatomically the closest to ours. Naturesthroid is exactly the T3 and T4 percentage found in the human body. Armour thyroid is similar to Naturesthroid, but has not been filtered additionally like Naturesthroid for impurities.



II. Detoxification
Because chemo and radiation does not willingly leave the body, detoxification of chemo and/or radiation with vitamin C IVs until immune markers improve. Vitamin C IV's are administered in 25, 50, and 75 gram doses. A minimum of a three month detox I V program three days a week should be begun as soon as possible. We have treated patients who are actively having treatment at cancer centers. If the patient takes the treatment on a Monday, the therapeutic benefit is over in 48 hours. The remnants of the treatment only cause additional cell degradation, and compromise kidney and immune functions. The patient could “drain off” the chemo on Wednesday with a detox IV

III. Immune System Repair
The reason the patient got cancer is that their immune system crashed. Immune system repair with anti oxidants like vitamin C; and other natural supplements is vital for recovery. The oral vitamin C we recommend is Lypo-Spheric, and is manufactured by Liv-On Labs. It is a gel, one just tears open a packet and squeezes it into the mouth. Because it is lypospheric, 1,000 milligrams; as it stays active for 12 hours in the system. Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant. The best Vitamin E is made by A.C. Grace Company. It is called Unique E - 400 IU 2X a day. There are many other immune modulators, which are actually too numerous to mention for this article.

IV. Use of Oxygen
Another beneficial treatment modality is the use of oxygen while sleeping and exercising. Most people are hypoxic, meaning they lack oxygen. Unless someone is an extreme athlete, they are in need of additional oxygen. Suggested exercises are yoga, Pilates, stationary bike riding, walking, low tension treadmill, light weight training, ballroom dancing, and swimming. Used Room air oxygen converters can be purchased for about $200.00 on Amazon. Use of oxygen while exercising and sleeping increases energy production. See hypoxia questionnaire at the end of this article.

V. Life Style Eating Choices
After cancer treatment, mineral and vitamin stores are left in a nutritional wasteland. Efforts should be made to take the stress off the body when digesting food. Nutrition and lifestyle eating changes should include: 80 percent raw food, and juicing of organic fruits and vegetables. Adequate consumption of water is important for maintenance of health. Example: 100lbs of bodyweight: the person needs 50 ounces of spring or R/O water daily, with no additional exertion. Carbonated drinks of any kind should not be consumed by anyone EVER. Coke contains 1 teaspoon of sugar per ounce: 12 ounces=12 teaspoons of sugar. If diet Coke is your drink of choice, aspartame is the artificial sweetener one molecule removed from formaldehyde. When a person drinks a diet drink, the aspartame becomes formaldehyde in the body. Diet drinks begin the process of "pickling" your insides long before the funeral home begins working on your remains.


VI. Organic Food
Organic food is preferred, if one can eat organic chicken, pacific wild caught fish, and organic meat, they can lessen the load of toxic chemicals in the body. Breakfast can be almond milk in the blender with Jay Robb’s egg white protein, ice and strawberries, blueberries or raspberries. Jay Robb’s protein is available at Kroger, HEB, and online. Frozen fruit is also acceptable. Patients should eat every two hours while awake. Ruth’s Hemp bars are an excellent snack. They have no sugar or glutens, and are available in many fruit flavors. You can find them at Ruth'shempfoods.com. Another great snack is organic hard cooked eggs. We usually hard cook a dozen organic eggs one day a week, peel them, and load them into bags. This is a great snack between meals. Another go-to snack is roasted chicken breast. Coat the breasts with Olive Oil, garlic powder, pepper, and Sea or Celtic salt. Roast in the oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Take the meat off in strips and load into zip lock snack bags.


VII. Toxic Metals, Chemo, and Radiation
Chemo is composed of toxic metal and chemicals. If left in the body, there is some belief that they can lead to a reoccurrence or growth of a new cancer. If toxic metals are indicated on the toxic metal test, EDTA suppositories can be given three nights a week at home, to remove toxic metals. For the test, toxic metals are "provoked" out of the cell using blue green algae tablets for 5 days. Collection occurs on the 6th day. Results are then sent to Doctors Data in Chicago. After results are received of the toxic metal test, the patient should determine if they have mercury fillings in their mouth. If so, they should contact a biological dentist for removal. In the Houston area we recommend Dr. Bill Glaros on Kuykendahl or Dr. Marilyn Jones on Bering Drive. Mercury has no half life. This means the toxic vapor is released forever! After results of toxic metal test are received and the patient is free of mercury, the blue green algae tablets can be used ongoing to remove the remaining toxic metals, if one would rather not utilize a suppository.

VIII. Far Infrared Sauna
Patients should invest in a Far Infrared sauna in the home for detoxification of radiation and or chemotherapy treatments. The sauna for one person is sufficient. Detoxification should be ongoing, even if a person has not suffered cancer. If a person believes we are not swimming around in a toxic soup, they are unaware of the toxicity in America today. Sauna should be utilized at least 3 times weekly for about 20 minutes at a time. When beginning sauna therapy, daily use would be recommended. The brand we recommend is High Tech Health Saunas: 1(800)794-5355. If you mention Dr. McGehee’s name, a $500.00 discount will be given to you. The cost is $2,500.00.

IX. Melatonin and Sleep
Melatonin: 20 to 60 mg nightly/if cancer is present, 500 milligrams per night. Melatonin increases serotonin and immune system markers. Natural melatonin levels drop with age. Some older adults have none at all. That is one of the reasons for depression in older adults. During the shorter days of the winter months, your body produces melatonin either earlier or later in the day than usual. This change can lead to symptoms of seasonal affective disorder or winter depression.

Melatonin is a powerful immune modulator. Research has proven large doses of Melatonin to be safe for people with cancer. In order to awaken adrenal function every morning, a LED light is a fantastic addition to anyone’s regimen. It is also useful for jetlag. The light is used for 20 minutes every morning to help the adrenal gland produce Cortisol for the energy needs of the day. The light can be purchased for about $170.00 online.

X. Gallbladder/Liver Cleanse
To cleanse the body of toxins, a gallbladder/liver cleanse should be performed on a regular basis. The malic acid/magnesium is supplied by our office. Instructions for the cleanse are included at the end of this article.

XI. Water System
Another useful tool for recovery is the reverse osmosis water system for the home at the point water enters the home, with additional filtration for the drinking and the cooking source in the kitchen. Municipal water systems are "disinfected “with chlorine for bacterium, and fluoride to "help us retain our teeth." Chlorine is a toxic chemical, and surely will compromise the recovery of a cancer patient. A 15 minute shower in chlorinated water is the equivalent of drinking a cup of swimming pool water. Patients should equip their shower head with a reverse osmosis filter, and take ONLY showers!

If the patient has a chlorine disinfected swimming pool, they should not swim in it. An alternative would be conversion to a salt water pool. Another type of water system that could be a benefit to the patient is the Alkaline Water Treatment System. This small device changes the pH of your water from acid to alkaline. The device is manufactured by High Tech Health (303)413-8500. Because cancer thrives in an acid pH, the alkaline is the answer for anyone who has had or has cancer.

XII. Glycemic Index
Another critical component of recovery is the observation of the Glycemic index; which is calculated to indicate how quickly food turns to sugar. One slice of white bread has a glycemic index score of 100. No one should eat any foods with a score over 50. A copy of the Glycemic Index is included. Dairy products should be avoided with the exception of a bit of organic butter. Wheat and gluten products, which turn to sugar upon ingestion, should also be removed from the diet. Blue Diamond manufactures nut and rice crackers which are delicious, and available at your local grocery store.
Gluten free bread or spelt bread are suitable substitutes occasionally! Routinely, cancer patients are instructed to eat pies, cakes, ice cream, drink coke, eat hamburgers, and chicken fried steaks; keep the weight up! Actually cancer thrives on sugar, so it should be avoided. Cancer patients should eat meat and fish protein, vegetables, and salad. Fatty foods or carbohydrates turn immediately to sugar when ingested. Some patients have actually
produced the wrapper from the whole wheat bread. See no sugar listed on the label. Quite right, but when the yeast touches your tongue, it is sugar!


XIII. The Endocrine System
The body system clearly impacted by cancer treatment is the endocrine. The endocrine is composed of the thyroid, sex hormones, and adrenal system. Testing needs to be performed for adrenal and bio identical hormone replacement using saliva collection. Saliva collection is the preferred method of testing, because it yields "free" hormone values. Blood testing only yields hormone values which have bound to albumin and globulin. If the patient cannot produce saliva, blood testing can be substituted.
This is the aspect of our program may be confusing for some patients. Oncologists tell their patients that "hormones" can feed cancer. They are actually partially correct. Synthetic hormones cooked up in the lab can indeed encourage cancer growth. These are pharmaceutical hormones available at CVS and Walgreens. Synthetic hormones are 78 percent identical to the body. That percentage actually does not sound so bad, but imagine if the key to your home was only 78 percent identical to the lock! We compound individually formulated, plant-based hormones. It is impossible and unrealistic to imagine that consumption of plant based hormones could "feed cancer". If that were the case, cancer patients should cease eating vegetables!

XIV. Spiritual Regrowth
After endurance of cancer, the surgery, treatment, anxiety, and depression, the person becomes wounded; wounded in the way that the patient no longer feels “like their old self”. Ideas for spiritual regrowth may include volunteering a portion of your time to those less fortunate than you are. Volunteering in cancer treatment facilities might be a good place to begin your spiritual regrowth. Meditate or pray daily. Use visualization techniques to imagine your cancer going away, and exiting the body. Also imagine your life as a cancer free person. Cancer changes the patient and the family forever. The changes need to be embraced. Many times the person we become after a long illness is stronger, wiser, and hopefully grateful for the blessings they have.
Another aspect of healing involves letting go of any anger or resentment you have toward others; who may have "wronged you” in some way. This may be the hardest request we ask of you. Complete healing will not occur without total forgiveness of everything negative that has occurred. Many patients feel anger at the cancer for hurting them. Yes, the cancer needs to be forgiven also.
We have experienced main stream cancer treatment first hand in our family. For twenty years we traveled to M. D. Anderson for "treatment". Treat they did, to the limits of the insurance, and/or the life span of the patient. Your continued survival is now in your hands. Most of the beliefs and half truths you have learned from your cancer center will no longer serve you in your post treatment phase of your life. Now we must cleanse the body of the "treatments" that have been given to you. We believe we can impart to you the tools you need to live a long and healthy life. Always with God's help!

Related books on Natural medicine and cancer are:
“Knockout by Suzanne Somers”
“Natural Cancer Therapies by Russell Blaylock

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Hemp Pesto

Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP, Monday, July 6, 2015
1 tbsp chopped garlic
3/4 tsp salt
3 bunches basil (leaves only)
3/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup hemp seeds

Place all ingredients except for the hemp seeds in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the “S” blade. Pulse and scrape down sides of bowl until all the ingredients have reached a pretty smooth texture. While running, add the hemp seeds. (Some people like their pesto chunky. Use your own judgment as to when to add the seeds.)

Your pesto is now ready to use. This stores well in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Makes 1 1/2-2 cups.

To celebrate the sweetness of hemp seeds, try sprinkling seeds on top of raspberry sorbet with blueberries and a sprig of mint. A lovely summer dessert! I also like to top off my breakfast of organic, certified non GMO shredded wheat biscuits by Kashi with some coconut/almond milk, a mix of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries and a generous sprinkle of hemp seeds.

The garden is growing well and today is irrigation day when in turn, we receive our fair share of this state’s precious water reserve. I was greeted by a small trespasser with a large white stripe down his back but thankfully, he didn’t think I was scary. Now he is hunkered down under a cottonwood tree waiting for the water to subside so he can be on his merry way. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to see such creatures wonder through my pasture, but I’m sure not everyone would share my sentiment!

Bon Appetit!

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Time to Reclaim Our Billion Dollar Crop

Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP, Monday, July 6, 2015
I stumbled across an article in Environmental Health News on hemp by Katarina Maloney and decided to devote this month’s article to the neglected cousin of a notorious newshound, marijuana. The story of hemp is an amazing one, fraught with misconceptions on the part of the general public and baseless laws on the part of the government. How a world leader could distort and frame a poor plant to the degree that is has is, well, quite frankly astounding.

Back in the Jamestown colony days of our new nation, law mandated that all settlers grow hemp. George Washington grew it as one of his primary crops. Benjamin Franklin made his newspapers out of hemp and our Constitution was written on it. By 1850 medicinal preparations of cannabis became available in American pharmacies. In 1913, an amendment to the Poison Act made possessions of hemp or loco weed as it was known a misdemeanor. In 1931, 29 states had outlawed cannabis and from that time forward the drug war began with a vengeance with Ronald Reagan and George Bush enacting more restrictive laws. It wasn’t until 1996 and Proposition 215 that medicinal cannabis came back on the national landscape in the state of California. All the fuss was about the variety of Cannabis sativa L that produced a psychoactive state but what happened to its ugly duck sibling, the plant with the strong, woody stalks, lacking in pretty flower buds? Was it simply lost in all the notoriety over psychoactive marijuana? Or was there a political agenda that reared its ugly, greedy head? My guess is it was a combination of both. Remember that through an adage like “better living through chemistry” in the 1950s, profits were to be made by companies that were developing synthetics.

So what is the difference between marijuana and hemp? Marijuana has a high level of THC, the psychoactive compound, at anywhere from 3 to 22%. Hemp is cultivated for its oil, seeds and fiber and has a low THC content, less than one percent. The chief compound in hemp is cannabidiol, which blocks a psychoactive effect in the nervous system. In terms of “getting high,” marijuana is an agonist which fosters an effect; whereas, hemp is an antagonist, a blocker or inhibitor of such an effect.

So here is the amazing part: hemp is one versatile plant of blockbuster proportions. Not only can we eat the seeds, but we can utilize it for many important industrial processes. Ms. Maloney outlines four of them in her article and I will paraphrase here. First up is a real surprise. How many plants can fend off weeds? Not many, but hemp grows well without any pesticides or herbicides, eliminating the carcinogenic risk of those sprays and the relatively unknown risks of GMO crops. That is very impressive! Next, hemp can be used to make “hempcrete” an alternative form of concrete that reduces dependence on plastics and fiber glass that require higher energy costs. “Hempoline” is a biofuel and converts with a 97% efficiency rate and burns at a lower temperature than any other biofuel. Hemp can save the canopies of our forests and be recycled more than wood pulp. Hemp can control nematode and fungi growth in fields and fend off weed growth due to its large canopy, turning unproductive soils into verdant agriculture that can remain organic. Rotating wheat fields with hemp can increase the productive capacity by 10 to 20%.

Hemp oil in lotions and other products is just another use and in my guest bath, I have a bottle of Hemp with Argan Oil by Moist with Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil listed as an ingredient. Unfortunately, the list is replete with chemicals I try to avoid so I will not buy it again, but will look for a more natural product featuring hemp oil.

We need an effort to reclaim the use of this amazing plant in our country. Sometimes it’s difficult for us environmentally minded folks to understand that there are many agendas out there and utilizing natural products is not one of the more popular ones. However, the fact remains that hemp could preserve our economy, conserve resources and protect the health of the population against carcinogenic compounds that are in widespread use.

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Big Food Infiltrates Another Nutrition Group

Posted By Tim Reihm, Director of Communications & Outreach - Alliance for Natural Health, USA, Monday, July 6, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A new report details how Big Food appears to have captured yet another key nutrition group, the American Society of Nutrition.

You may remember the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ (AND) ill-fated partnership with Kraft Foods. Kraft was permitted to place the AND’s “Kids Eat Right” logo on their Kraft Singles synthetic “cheese product.” After the story broke, AND backpedaled.

This week saw the release of another report, this time exposing the ties between the American Society of Nutrition (ASN)—whose membership includes some of the nation’s leading nutrition scientists and researchers—and junk food giants like Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Monsanto, McDonald’s, and Mars.
Among the report’s findings:

  • Of the thirty-four scientific sessions at ASN’s annual meeting, six were financially supported by PepsiCo.
  • The International Life Sciences Institute (a front group for Big Food and Big Pharma) sponsored a session on low-calorie sweeteners. Speakers included a scientific consultant for Ajinomoto, which produces aspartame.
  • The Grocery Manufacturers Association, a lobbying group for the food and beverage industries, sponsored a symposium on sodium intake, which referred to “putative health concerns.”
  • For $35,000, junk food companies can sponsor a hospitality suite at the annual meeting, where corporate executives socialize with nutrition researchers.
  • Official spokespeople for ASN reportedly have ties to Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, the American Beverage Association, General Mills, and Cadbury Schweppes.
  • ASN published an eighteen-page defense of processed food that appears to consist of numerous talking points for the junk food industry, such as this one: “There are no differences between the processing of foods at home or at a factory.” Parents who work hard to make meals from scratch for their children deserve better than this.
  • ASN opposes an FDA-proposed policy to include added sugars on the Nutrition Facts panel, at a time when excessive sugar consumption is causing a national public health epidemic.

Despite these well-documented ties to Big Food, ASN plays an active role in public policy formation. Just when the federal government was drafting its update of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, ASN published a report revealingly entitled “Processed Foods: Contributions to Nutrition.” It seems to us that ASN plays a useful role—but only for junk food companies looking to influence government nutrition policies.

Because it purports to be a bastion of science-based information about nutrition, ASN also influences what nutritionists and the general public consider to be “good nutrition.” The findings of this week’s exposé should be enough to give all of us pause when considering the “scientific” information put out by ASN.

The main takeaway, then, is this: ASN is actively promoting policy decisions and disseminating information that line the coffers of its Big Food patrons. Until ASN severs these ties with the junk food industry, Americans should look elsewhere for nutrition advice.

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Do You Suffer From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN, Thursday, July 2, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
The CDC Defines Chronic Fatigue patients as these who answer yes to suffering several of these symptoms.

__ Constant Unremitting Fatigue
__ Muscle pain
__ Headaches
__ Depression
__ Recurrent sore throat
__ Lymph node swelling and or pain
__ Food and environmental allergies
__ Mental confusion or "brain fog"
__ Weight gain for no apparent reason
__ Difficulties with sleep

If you have answered “yes” to several of these symptoms, you are suffering from chronic fatigue. Chronic Fatigue; Immune Suppressive Deficiency Syndrome is also known as CFIDS, fibromyalgia, "yuppie flu" and Epstein Barr virus. The National Center for infectious disease estimates 95% of adults between 35 and 40 years of age have been infected1. Apparently, those of us who suffer from chronic fatigue are meant to feel better about our condition since most of America has also been infected. Epstein Barr Virus or (EBV) is a member of the herpes family, and the most common of human viruses. It is a unique and pervasive combination of symptoms causing both mental and physical limitations of daily activity. The CDC instructs practitioners to diagnose CFIDS by elimination of other diseases, and according to the CDC, there is no definitive test for CFIDS.

On the contrary, we believe the comprehensive Epstein Barr virus lab test we perform is unequivocal. The blood test will identify significantly elevated titers of the nuclear and viral capsid antigen. None of these values are elevated without ongoing activity of the Epstein-Barr virus. "IGM to the viral capsid antigen appears early in the disease and usually disappears within 4 to 6 weeks if the disease is in the convalescent stage. The IGG to the viral capsid antigen appears in the acute phase, peaks at 2 to 4 weeks after onset, declines slightly, then persists for life"2. The fact most practitioners are unaware of is that high numbers of the IGM and IGG to the viral capsid antigen are proof of ongoing viral activity.

Many of our patients report being turned away by doctors because the doctor did not understand the different values associated with virus in progress and virus convalescence. Even if the practitioner did recognize viral capsid antigen titer elevation, the "treatment" would be "a good dose of Doxycycline." Current research is available and widely disseminated. Actually, if a patient is in the chronic phase of Epstein Barr, a four month treatment cycle of Doxycycline can be helpful. Probiotics should be an important part of Epstein Barr patient’s regimen.

In our practice, we treat many people suffering from CFIDS, and most are women. We follow the CDC guidelines with a complete 50 value blood test, Epstein Barr test panel, saliva adrenal/hormone test, oxygen saturation test, intensive Health Questionnaire, physical exam and history, as well as comprehensive review of past medical records, medicines and supplements. We adjust adrenal, hormone, and thyroid values when needed, and encourage patients to continue care with their primary care physician. These may seem like a lot of tests, but in order to address this syndrome, all endocrine and exocrine systems must be examined.

Many patients complain of severe allergy complications. Allergies can be caused by the patient’s diet and environment. When patients suffer from Epstein Barr, their immune function has been severely compromised. IGG4 allergy blood tests alert us about a possible food interaction, and irritable bowel syndrome. IGG4 is definitive, because it represents the delayed reaction response. The "pin prick" method of allergy testing is prehistoric. If a patient encounters a practitioner still using the acute response pin prick method, they should run out the door! The practitioner has not kept up with advances in modern allergy testing. Usually, avoidance of gluten, sugar, corn, complex carbohydrates, carbonated drinks, processed foods, and eating only organic whole foods will solve the allergic response issue associated with Epstein Barr virus. Patients can ingest 1 dye free Benadryl at bedtime to help with the allergic response and interruption of the sleep cycle.

Silver solution is used orally and given by IV therapy. Liquid MSP 500 parts per million is manufactured by Dr. Bill McFarland of New Orleans; his phone number is (344) 493-0420. Dr. McFarland is patient friendly and always willing to help a patient navigate the difficult situation associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The product is called MSP or Mild Silver Protein. Silver as a treatment for disease has been ignored since the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940's. Unfortunately, antibiotics only address the bacterial aspect of disease.

It is important patients not increase the dose of MSP treatment too quickly. Remember, silver addresses bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasite activity in the body. Too large a dose will result in a severe allergic or flu like reaction. Patients are advised to begin with 1/4 tsp. two times daily, and slowly titrate up to 1 tablespoon three times daily. If a reaction occurs, a hot Epsom salt bath (using 5 cups) drawn with hot water for 15 minutes can help with allergic reaction. The bath can be repeated every 3 hours.

All CFIDS patients suffer from yeast or Candida. They must adhere to the Candida and gluten free diet. Avoidance of alcohol and sugar is crucial; patients are strongly advised to eat organic foods only. Probiotics are also vital to recovery. Two Essential formulas 4 times daily are beneficial in the beginning of treatment. Our recommendation is Dr. Ohira's Essential Formula Probiotics.

Because chronic fatigue patients are B-vitamin deficient, B-12 is given hydroxocobalamin 50 mg with 5 mg folic acid is given daily; or three times weekly.
We dispense hydroxocobalamin, combined with methylcobolamin, as EBV patients have severe methylation disruption. A 50 mg dose of hydroxocobalamin given IM is the treatment most effective or those with severely out of range titers for EBV. "I believe that it I also true that glutathione depletion is present in these patients, and is directly responsible for many of the features of CFS."2 To compensate for the lack of glutathione in CFS patients, a rectal Glutathione suppository is compounded for our patients. The suppository delivers 300 mg of glutathione rectally.

Another aspect of our treatment regimen is a porcine liver extract called Kutapressin. It is a potent anti-viral originally discovered in 1952. Immune function is composed of Th1 and Th2. During a talk in 2001, the famed researcher Dr. Paul Chaney spoke about the shift in immune function typically found in chronic fatigue patients. Dr. Chaney explained that "the immune system is composed of two different immune systems. Th1 attacks organisms that eat the insides of our cells. The other is Th2. Th2 attacks intracellular organisms found outside the cells in blood and other bodily fluids.

A healthy immune system is dynamic; able to switch back and forth as needed, quickly eradicating one threat before responding to the next. Researchers have demonstrated that most CFIDS patients end up locked in TH2 mode. When Th2 activates, it blocks Th1 system. Most notable of the immune dysfunction is increased antibody production. When CFIDS patients are Th2 activated, they no longer have defense mechanisms to keep dormant pathogens that took hold in the past. The EBV, HHV6, Chlamydia pneumonia, CMV, and yeast reactivate3. Usually, thyroid antibodies are also present. Thyroid antibodies are represented by a low TSH and relatively normal T3 and T4. The condition is called Hashimotos thyroiditis. The definitive test for this condition is called TPO Ab. This test will report if thyroid peroxidase antibodies are present.

Many patients have needlessly had thyroid glands irradiated by main stream medicine, because of the presence of thyroid antibodies. If doctors cannot cure the problem, or understand the cause, they routinely burn, poison, or cut it out so that hospitals and doctors make money on the procedure. The reason for the elevated thyroid antibodies is that pathogens have invaded the thyroid. If the pathogens could be eliminated, thyroid antibodies would cease to be an issue.

Test results also often reflect liver/gallbladder function is impaired. Natural liver/gallbladder cleanses and supplements also relieve this condition. We also dispense a natural gallbladder/liver cleanse which can be performed at home. The cleanse was pioneered by Hulda Clark. When patients suffer from Epstein­ Barr, as there is a continual birth and death of cells, about every 25 days. EBV patients can actually chart the times of death and rebirth of cells, according to the severity of symptoms. This "mapping" sometimes helps the patient to estimate the times of the month when they will not feel well. The dead cells are eventually deposited in the gallbladder/liver. For those who have the gallbladder removed, they are in a most unfortunate situation, as the liver must now take up the work of the gallbladder. The result is intense "liver sludge", which needs to be removed. The values elevated or depressed on lab work are GGT, ALT, and AST. Ursodiol is a product compounded with the same chemical formula as Wild Bear Gallbladder bile.

If a patient does not have a minimum of two or more soft bowel movements daily, magnesium oxide is needed to correct the problem. The product we utilize is magnesium oxide capsules, manufactured by Twin labs. Two 400mg capsules before bed should remedy any constipation problems. In rare cases, more than two capsules are needed.

We test for toxic metals, as virus has an unnatural affinity for toxic metal. The use of blue green algae tablets provokes the toxic metal from the tissue for the fecal collection. Hair tests for toxic metal provide a snap shot of toxic metal status from 1 year ago. The presence of excess toxic metals is often confused as the primary diagnosis of CFIDS patients. Toxic metals are always a secondary diagnosis.

Many CFIDS patients have been chelated excessively in an attempt to remove toxic metals. The lack of adrenal function, amino acids, hormones, and minerals place the patient in tenuous position when chelation is administered. Once these basic values are brought up to acceptable levels, toxic metals can be removed using oral blue green algae tablets for several months, and/or chelation. Removal of toxic metals is vital to return to health. All EBV patients with Mercury amalgams should have them removed by a "biological dentist". A biological dentist is adept at removing mercury amalgams and not allowing the mercury vapor to invade the patient. Mercury has no half-life, therefore, its harmful efforts never end!


Immune system issues are boosted with the addition of vitamins C, A, and E, Resveratrol, Krill Oil caplets, D3, B1, 2, 3, 6, and 12. Melatonin is compounded in a melt away tablet containing 20 mg, with an upward limit of 100mg being acceptable as a nightly dose. The sublingual melatonin is available by prescription at a compounding pharmacy. Melatonin has positive effects over the entire organ system.

Body oxygen blood levels are usually perilously low in society today. A condition called hypoxia or lack of oxygen is found in virtually all CFIDS patients. The exception to this condition would be an extreme athlete with EBV. Few EBV patients fall into this category.

Hormonal and adrenal values are measured by the ZRT laboratories using saliva testing. Sex hormones are tested; estradiol, estriol, progesterone, DHEA and testosterone. Men do not manufacture estriol, like women do, but instead are tested for Dihydrotestosterone. High dihydrotestosterone levels indicate the incorrect conversion of testosterone to estrogen. Excess dihydrotestosterone can lead to prostate cancer. Another substance which can cause increased dihydrotestosterone is the synthetic testosterone called depotestosterone. Routinely, in main stream medicine, male patients are offered injections of this synthetic testosterone. Testosterone is available in bioidentical form made from yams, as are all bioidentical hormones.

Using the same test kit, adrenal function is tested over four times in the day; to assess the exact levels of production of the patient's adrenal gland. Ideal dosing
of adrenal supplements should occur before insufficiency occurs over the day. For those patients who are hypo adrenal, or low adrenal function, they are given Cortisol, at the appropriate times of day before their adrenal function becomes low. When adrenal function is impaired, all endocrine processes are impaired.

Many patients today exhibit both hypo and hyperadrenal function during the day. For the hyperadrenal condition, Pregnenolone is prescribed. When results are received, a bio-identical hormone and adrenal prescription is designed for the patient. Bio-identical hormones are made by compounding pharmacy then individually compounded from the prescription. The perscription is valid for one year.


Our treatment program is intense, but we actually prefer to go step by step to help our patients. Our primary goal when a patient presents is to get them up, out of bed, and feeling better. The majority of patients begin to feel better almost immediately. So many of our patients, have been ill for so many years, they are willing to make the commitment required to "feel good again", and have the energy to remain out of bed more hours per day. These patients are then able to enjoy their activities, family, and friends.

For more information on CFIDS, please call our office
Frank McGehee, M.D., C.C.N. & Vivienne McGehee, B.A., C.N.
Phone: 936-291-3351
1909 22nd Street
Huntsville, Texas 77340
drmcgehee@hotmail.com

1. CDCWebsite- www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/cbv.htm
2. Richard Van Konynburg, Ph.D. "Suggestions for Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndromes (CFS) based on the Glutathione Depletion - Methylation Cycle Block Hypothesis for the Pathogenicisis of CFS "January 25, 2007 http://phoenix-cfs.org
3. "Chronic Neuroimmune Disease". A talk by Paul Chaney to the Dallas, Ft. Worth CFS Support Group. December 18, 2009

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Do Men Need Sex Hormone Replacement Too? (It's not all about the erections)

Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN, Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
“The St. Louis Adam Questionnaire” YES NO
1. Decrease in sex drive ______ ______
2. Erections less strong ______ ______
3. Lack of energy ______ ______
4. Decrease in strength and Endurance ______ ______
5. Lost Height ______ ______
6. Decreased “enjoyment of life” ______ ______
7. Sad and/or grumpy ______ ______
8. Deterioration in sports ability ______ ______
9. Falling asleep right after dinner ______ ______
10. Decreased work performance ______ ______
Answering yes to 1, 2, or any four total is considered suspect for hormone deficiency”1.

Men experience hormonal drop-off, just as women do; it is just not as in-your-face as the female experience. Andropause is male menopause- as hormones decline, men may exhibit the symptoms listed above. The positive benefits of replacing testosterone are many. “Testosterone also lowers cholesterol thereby protecting the heart and arteries, and reducing the risk of heart disease. As a benefit, patients feel much better than they would have on a conventional cholesterol medication (statin). Statins have debilitating effects such as nausea, gallbladder disease, diminished libido, liver problems, abdominal pain, muscle wasting, kidney failure, and total transient ammesia”2. Other diseases positively affected by hormone replacement are hypertension, diabetes, and regulation of inflammatory cytokines.

Now that you are aware of the benefits of hormone replacement, one should understand that men have more hormones than just testosterone. DHEA and Progesterone are also important sex hormones to test and balance along with testosterone.

Today, because of growth hormones being added to dairy and meats, men often “aromatize” testosterone incorrectly into Estradiol or Estrogen. A responsible practitioner will always test dihydrotestosterone (or DHT) on any male being tested for hormone replacement. High DHT is a marker for prostate cancer. Today, it is uncommon for a male to get more than a simple blood test for “low testosterone”, or low T. The problem with blood testing for hormone replacement is that the practitioner cannot get an accurate value for each hormone. The hormones in blood are bound to Albumin and Globulin. Free hormone status is the only accurate way to determine need, and that is by using saliva collection.

For this reason, we recommend saliva testing for both adrenal and sex hormone status. The testing is a small kit that is preformed at home, and the ZRT laboratory from Beaverton, Oregon evaluates the test. In addition, a saliva dihydrotestosterone test is performed, also at home, by Diagnos-Tecs Labs. If the dihydrotestosterone level is high, balance of testosterone, DHEA, Progesterone, four adrenal levels over the day and night, and thyroid hormone if needed should optimize levels. In addition, all hormone patients are given a plant lignan called DIM. DIM allows hormone receptors to remain open to help the body conjugate and process hormones thorough the body.

Each hormone formulation is individually designed. The hormones we use are all natural; from yam or soy sources. Therefore, they are 100% bioavailable to the body. When the test results have been received, a compounding pharmacist is then faxed the protocol to be individually compounded for the patient. The protocol is valid for one year, and there is no charge for phone calls during this time. Many mainstream practitioners today are constrained by the time limit insurance driven medicine places upon them. For this reason, most men with “low T” are given synthetic testosterone called Testosterone Cypionate. Men inject themselves once weekly to increase erections. Actually, it works quite well for this purpose. It also, however, aromatizes testosterone to Estradiol which as we have elucidated earlier in this article is very dangerous. In addition, if this is not enough damage to the system, Cypionate also compromises production of DHEA, which is an androgen hormone like testosterone. “DHEA is always chronically low in these diseases: malaria, posttraumatic stress, lupus, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, coronary artery wall thickening, Parkinson’s, and cancer”3. While we are not proposing low DHEA can cause these diseases, it makes one wonder how much benefit people might receive from proper Bio-identical hormone replacement!

For more information about us and our protocol visit us at:
Dr. Frank McGehee, M.D., C.C.N.
Vivienne McGehee, B.A., C.N. Office
Call 936-291-3351 or e-mail: drmcgehee@hotmail.com
1909 22nd Street, Huntsville, Texas 77340
drmcgehee@hotmail.com

1. Lichten, Edward. Textbook of Bio-identical Hormones. S.l.: Foundation for Anti-Aging Research, LLC, 2007. Print. Page 211.
2. Somers, Suzanne. Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness; Life-altering Secrets from Today's Cutting-edge Doctors. New York: Crown, 2008. Print. Page 157.
3. Lichten, Edward. Textbook of Bio-identical Hormones. S.l.: Foundation for Anti-Aging Research, LLC, 2007. Print. Page 84.

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The Fountain of Youth: Bio-identical Hormone Replacement

Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN, Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Recently Linda S. (57 years old) presented to us. She is post menopausal by two years, severely depressed, and lacking energy to perform everyday tasks. Treated by a psychiatric practitioner, she was taking a potpourri of anti¬ depressants. She was seriously considering checking herself into a psychiatric facility. After an interview, it was determined the patient was probably in desperate need of female hormones, as she ceased cycling two years ago. Testing for Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, DHEA, and Testosterone revealed she had no significant levels of any hormone. A bio-identical hormone blend was quickly formulated by a compounding pharmacist. Days later, the patient resumed her active and productive life. The patient will be followed for any adjustments necessary to her hormone blend.

"Dear Suzanne Somers,
My wife and I have been together since high school in east Texas and have enjoyed a thirty-five year love affair that produced four great kids. Last year, she suddenly became this other person I did not know who complained a lot about the smallest things, was sharp with our children and on top of all that, the "love" disappeared from our love affair. We were sleeping in the same bed, but were not together. She was up and down all night, with the Harlequin books and the refrigerator door opening and closing, which led to her packing on about twenty-five pounds. She was a petite little gymnast in school. Our oldest daughter saw you talking about your book "Ageless" and ordered it. There was some resistance from my wife at first and then she sat down and read your book start to finish without a break; she was really into it.

Next thing I knew we were on our way to Houston to consult with one of the doctors you mentioned. I don't know what he gave her, but within a couple of days, things started getting better and now four months later, we are once again one happy family. The weight is dropping off, the love has returned, and I can now look forward to many more wonderful years with the girl of my dreams.

Now its my turn. I have an appointment with the doctor next week. Thank you, Suzanne Somers. You have given our family the greatest gift of health and happiness and we toast you at every opportunity.
Sincerely, Dustin R" 1.


"Perimenopause affects women from the early thirties on, and is the most dangerous passage we as women experience. This condition is the hormonal precursor to menopause; and the time period when most disease begins. Dangerous because it is not understood by physicians, as a general rule, and dangerous because hormones are surging one day when estrogen is sky high, then the next day the estrogen may plummet. The same is true for progesterone and other sex hormone levels. Most young women become estrogen dominant, meaning they no longer are making adequate supplies of progesterone, and other hormones, which are needed to initiate the menstrual cycle. This is dangerous because it is a set up for cancer" 2.

Estrogen dominance occurs when women take birth control pills, as they are composed of estrogen only. This condition can cause women to cease to cycle before they should. The hormone produced during the menstrual cycle protects the body against disease in so many ways. Those of us who understand the protection against diseases offered by menstruation, hope to cycle as long as possible.

Sadly, most physicians are unaware or uncaring about the differences between bio­identical or natural hormones; and synthetic hormones; made in the lab. Often, practitioners cite the 2002 NIH study of 10,000 nurses that was performed using the synthetically made combination of estradiol and progesterone; Prempro. The discontinuation of the study is frequently given as reasons why women should never take hormones of any kind.

The results of the study were an increase in cardiac and blood clot events, breast cancer and pulmonary embolisms. Those patients given sugar pills experienced none of these side effects. "Yes, the volunteers on Prempro also had fewer bone fractures and less colon cancer, but not enough to balance out the risks."3. The study was immediately halted. Synthetic hormones are 78% identical to our body. Imagine trying to use a key on a lock that was 78% correct! Bio-identical hormones are made from yam sources. They are plant based substances; 100% identical to our bodies.

Drug companies are the vehicles for funding clinical trials; and trials are unbelievably expensive. Natural medicine practitioners do not hold a patent on natural medicine, therefore; no study will ever be performed by drug companies about their effect on the body. If a study were performed, results would actually show a decrease in cardiac and blood clot instances. If there were reports of increased cancer, blood clots, or heart disease reported by patients taking natural hormones, the news would be broadcast incessantly. Unfortunately, news reports make no distinction between bioidentical and synthetic hormones. The increase in disease the news reports are all synthetic hormone reports.

Premarin is an equine urine estrogen pharmaceutical product given routinely to women for menopausal symptoms. "First, because of the potential risk of heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, and blood clots, use of Premarin should be limited to the shortest duration possible. Equilin is the horse estrogen found in Premarin. The amount of Equilin you get from Premarin is seven times higher than human estrogens. Because it is so strong, it appears to tax your liver more than non-equine estrogens do; which could be a problem, especially if you have a history of liver disease in your family, smoke, are obese, or have high blood pressure.

Before taking conjugated or synthetic estrogens, tell your doctor if you have angina, heart disease; take Synthroid, have high levels of cholesterol or triglycerides in your blood, asthma, epilepsy, migraines, diabetes, depression, gallbladder disease, uterine fibroids, or have had a hysterectomy."4 No such warning is required with bio-identical hormones.

The usual age that perimenopause began used to be 45 years old, but today's lifestyle, birth control pills, growth hormones in food, pharmaceutical medications, and synthetic hormones have accelerated this process. Today, we routinely hear mothers report their child has started to cycle at 9 or 10 years of age, and began to grow breasts at 8 years of age. The reason for acceleration in the beginning of menstrual cycling can be the growth hormones found in all non organic dairy and meat products. Once again, pursuit of profit by the food industry has compromised our health as a society.

Because of the toxic factors associated with life in the year 2014, 30 year old women are often in initial stages of perimenopause. Many physicians will tell the patient they are just depressed and place them on an anti-depressant without hormonal testing. If the woman is "lucky" the practitioner will offer them a "one size fits all” hormone patch composed of synthetic estradiol and possibly synthetic progesterone. The symptoms associated with perimenopause are weight gain for no reason, acne, sleep interruption, loss of interest in sex, depression, hot flashes, tearfulness, anger for no reason, forgetfulness, and fatigue.

Postmenopausal women need hormones even more than those in perimenopause. Bio-identical hormones control blood pressure, sleep cycles, build bones, maintain muscle tone, lubricate joints, and BURN FAT!! They fight stress, prevent fatigue, calm anxiety, and relieve depression. Hormones also maintain the correct level of glucose in blood and tissues. They help us resist allergic reactions, infections, and soothe pain. Hormones control sex drive, virility, fertility, and stimulate the brain and immune system.

Bio-identical hormone replacement can actually prevent hysterectomies in some cases! A true story is that an OB-GYN doctor was asked by his friend, a compounding pharmacist, when he was going to start prescribing bio-identical hormones. His response was "why in the world would I do that? Those natural hormones would take away about 80% of my hysterectomy surgery business. I have a high maintenance lifestyle and wife to keep up." The patient should carefully consider the choices.

Testing for hormones should be accompanied by a complete fifty value blood chemistry, to assure there are no other primary medical conditions that should be addressed. Blood testing for hormones only reveals hormones bound to globulin or albumin. Saliva testing is the most accurate method of testing hormone levels in women. All five sex hormones should be measured. They are Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone, and DHEA. For some strange reason, physicians believe women only have estradiol and progesterone.

Intimately involved with sex hormone replacement therapy is testing of the adrenal gland function. The glands have long been ignored by the majority of physicians unless a severe disease condition existed. The adrenal glands sit atop both the kidneys and modulate the stress for the body. The glands produce a substance called cortisol, which is sometimes over supplied at night time when we are trying to sleep, or undersupplied when it is time to awake and start the day. Other patients report a "slump" about mid afternoon.

We, in our practice, use Bio-identical Cortisol for hypo-adrenal function. The Cortisol compound is the actual substance produced by the adrenal gland, and is from a yam source. Modulation of output of cortisol is intimately involved with successful hormone supplementation. ZRT laboratories perform our hormone/adrenal saliva testing for us. For those patients who are unable to produce saliva, blood testing can be substituted.

Not the least important of the three components of hormone testing is proper regulation of the thyroid gland. The current thinking by the majority of physicians is to administer T4 only for hypothyroid conditions. There are three components of the thyroid gland. T4 is the reserve or the passive part of the thyroid gland. "The thyroid gland is regulated by pituitary gland. The pituitary gland releases a hormone; thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)”5. The third part of the thyroid gland is T3, which is the active form of thyroid.

A T4 medication called Synthroid is the only form of thyroid most of our patients who present to us are prescribed. There are problems with conversion of T4 to T3 caused by the depletion in the soil of iodine, selenium, and other minerals over the years. Our thyroid function has been impaired by the unbridled use of pesticides, growth hormones, herbicides, genetically altered wheat, corn, fruit, vegetables, MSG, flavor enhancers, preservatives, coloring, and overuse of prescription drugs in our society. Our answer for the problem of T4 to T3 conversion is a porcine thyroid T3 and T4 combination. It is called Naturesthroid, and available by prescription at a reasonable cost at a pharmacy. The percentage of T3 and T4 in Naturesthroid is identical to the percentage of T3, T4 hormone found in the body.

The Metamatrix 2/16 is a urine test, and is a substitute for mammogram, and is performed at home. The bone density measurement test can be added to the urine test. The 2/16 Estronex test is preferred, because the patient will not be exposed to radiation. If there is no choice between which modality of testing use, please ensure the mammogram test is digital, as it reduces the radiation significantly by 2/3.

Current literature estimates with each non digital mammogram test a woman has performed increases her risk of developing breast cancer by 3%. Therefore, after 20 years of mammograms the risk of cancer is increased 60%; without consideration of genetic, hormone, or environmental factors that may also add to the cancer risk. Sadly, breast cancer awareness has had little or no
impact on cancer risk of the society. Cancer occurrences are actually higher than when women did not routinely have a mammogram.

Another group of women is in even greater danger of harm from non­digital mammograms. Those women are BRCA1 and BRCA2 positive. A dose of radiation delivered by non-digital mammogram can cause not only cancer, but a very aggressive cancer. In addition, women who have a family history of breast cancer, and have fibrocystic breasts are advised to have a mammogram every six months instead of once a year. If they also are BRCA1 and BRCA2 positive, their risk of cancer now increases exponentially.

In addition, we ask the patient to fill out an extensive Health Questionnaire, which touches all organ symptoms, and the patient also reports a full accounting of medications. Environmental and Family Health Questionnaires are also furnished. Although the answers are subjective, most patients are able to tell you exactly what is bothering them. The combination of laboratory testing, symptom reports and consultation allows our team to address many problems often overlooked in the rush involved with a regular physician appointment.

The dangers of synthetic testosterone or Testosterone Cypionate should be known. Mainstream doctors mistakenly believe that an infection of Testosterone Cypionate will bring a man lost vitality. What it can also bring is blood clots, coronary artery disease, and strokes. Our bodies are unable to assimilate chemicals. Bioidentical hormones made from plants are a much better answer.

A one hour plus consultation is part of the hormone/adrenal replacement protocol, once results are received. The prescription is valid for one year, and there is no charge for follow up phone calls.


1 Suzanne Somers, "Breakthrough" Copyright 2008, pg. 142.
2 1bid p: 146.
3."The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women", Barbara Seaman
Copyright, 2003 pg. 341bid p: 240 and 241.
5 David M. Brownstein, "Iodine Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live
Without It", Copyright 2008. p.130.

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Guest Editorial: Supplements and Cancer Risk

Posted By Daniel Breeman, Editor-in-Chief, Natural Practitioner Magazine, Monday, June 15, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Do you recommend supplements to your patients? If so, the news that taking too many supplements actually increases the risk of cancer likely stopped you in your tracks and possibly even made you reconsider the health benefits of supplements vs. the risk factors for your patients and what this could mean for your practice long term.

For years, supplements have been touted for their health benefits, including those thought to have anti-cancer properties, such as curcurmin and boswellic acids, which are well-established dietary botanicals with potent anti-cancer properties. In fact, a new study actually suggests that there is a synergistic benefit to taking both together, as stated by Ajay Goel, PhD, director of epigenetics, cancer prevention, and cancer genomics, Baylor Research Institute, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX, who authored a related study.

But on the other side of the argument sits Dr. Tim Byers, director for cancer prevention and control at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, who, last month, conducted a meta-analysis of two decades worth of research, including 12 trials that involved more than 300,000 people, and found a number of the supplements tested actually made individuals more likely to develop certain types of cancer.

Dr. Byers' findings suggest that while eating certain fruits and vegetables can reduce an individual's risk for cancer, taking supplements that provide the same vitamins and minerals as those fruits and vegetables not only failed to provide similar protection, but actually increased a person's cancer risk.

This, of course, is not the first time this has been suggested. Past studies have pointed to an increased cancer risk for patients who took high doses of dietary supplements. In a 2011 study, for example, researchers found that taking high-dose vitamin E supplements was linked to a 17 percent increase in cancer risk over a sever to 12-year period. Other similar studies have linked women's increased risk of breast cancer to high intake of folic acid supplements.

But not so fast. Did the meta-analysis method used by Dr. Byers do justice to the evidence at hand? Not according to Natural Products Association (NPA) Senior Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Corey Hilmas, MD, PhD, and former Chief of the Dietary Supplement Regulation Implementation Branch within the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who questioned the research that linked supplement intake with an increased risk of cancer.

In his argument, Dr. Hilmas points out that dietary supplements are designed to "supplement the diet because consumers do not eat enough of the critical phytochemicals and constituents found in fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods, including fish, on a daily basis. Dietary supplements should be taken as part of a healthy lifestyle and after consulting with one's health care provider."

So perhaps this is where Dr. Byers and his meta-analysis goes awry. Should the study compare the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables to gain the needed nutrients to taking comparable dietary supplements or should it look at both with the need for a healthy lifestyle a must?

There are some other questions surrounding Dr. Byers' methods, according to Dr. Hilmas, like why the 12 "cherry-picked" trials for the meta-analysis failed to include other studies that may have evaluated negative outcomes in a long-term prospective study.

NPA says it welcomes the opportunity to review the finalized manuscript once it is published, and reminds consumers that they "should remain confident that their dietary supplements are safe and effective and can contribute to one's overall health and wellness." This, of course, should also hold true for both your practice and your patients.


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The Adrenal Gland and Pregnenalone - Forgotten by Modern Medicine

Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCn, Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
DO YOU SUFFER FROM ADRENAL FATIGUE?
__ Do you need to take sleep aids to get a good night's sleep?
__ During the night do you often wake up and are unable to get back to sleep?
__ Are carbonated drinks and coffee necessary for you to “make it through the day?”
__ Do you suffer from skin rashes, pimples, allergies, frequent illness or asthma?
__ After eating do you feel nauseated or unable to digest your meal?
__ No matter how hard you try to eat right, diet, and exercise do you continue to gain weight?
__ Do you experience anxiety at the end of the day? Feel irked by small things? Feel pessimistic or have excessive sensitivity to stress?
__ Frequent joint and muscle aches?
__ Dark circles under your eyes that require a concealer to cover them up?
__ Do you have a "buffalo hump" on your back?
__ Crave salt or sugar?
__ Have difficulty becoming aroused for sex?
__ Have difficulty concentrating or finishing a task?
__ Forgetful?
__ Pre or Post menopausal?
__ Have you been prescribed Synthroid for low thyroid values?

If you have answered yes to several of these questions, you are suffering from Adrenal Fatigue, much like the majority of adult Americans. Because the sex hormones, adrenal glands, and thyroid are intimately involved, testing should be performed yearly for all of these functions. Today, most patients are also hypothyroid, so a complete thyroid panel including Total T3, T4, and TSH should be performed. Many practitioners today are making millions of dollars testing free T3 and T4. This is all well and good, but unless the T3 is bound to gobulin and the T4 is bound to protein, no thyroid hormone has been produced. A total T3, T4, and TSH should provide the practitioner with adequate information to balance thyroid values.

“The adrenal glands lie at the superior poles of each of the two kidneys. Each gland is composed of two distinct parts, the adrenal medulla and adrenal cortex."¹ For our purposes, we will focus on cortisol, which is the principle glucocorticoid produced by the adrenal cortex. "Glucocorticoids stimulate the formation of carbohydrates from proteins by the liver."²

Cortisol increases all enzymes required to convert amino acids into glucose in liver cells. Amino acids are the primary building block for energy in the body. When there is a lack of cortisol, all metabolic processes are impaired, including the ability of the liver to have sufficient enzymes for optimal liver function.

Adrenal function can become impaired by trauma of any type; infection, surgery, ongoing stress situations, chronic lack of sleep, food choices, pharmaceutical drugs, and severe emotional distress. Cortisol is light sensitive, so when the sun comes up, the body begins its production. In optimal circumstances, the adrenal gland modulates cortisol production throughout the day and night, to handle the stressors we all encounter.

When sundown approaches, the adrenal glands ideally should slow production to allow us to prepare for sleep. The reality is that today by sundown, adrenal production increases, and the patient is "sleepless in Seattle." Cortisol is light sensitive, so years ago before the invention of the electric light, people went to sleep when the sun went down. This was the optimal situation for adrenal gland function. They also arose with the sun, and the adrenal gland began its correct function: to help us modulate the production of cortisol throughout the day. Today, because of shift work and lifestyle changes, the adrenal gland has decreased function.

Actuarials have proven shift workers live an average of seven years less than those who work during the day. The disruption of the circadian rhythm or sleep cycle is extremely detrimental to total body health. Usually, the upside down adrenal process begins again the next day. This is why no one who begins taking Ambien, Lunesta, or Excederin P.M. ever stops taking these sleep aids.

For those persons whose adrenal gland is fatigued, the gland is not able to catch up to the body's needs for cortisol until early evening. The result of this situation is that these people are unable to sleep, and must take sleep aids to get a good night's rest. Even with the supplementation of sleep aids, most hypo­ adrenal patients do ever not receive a "good night's sleep". Only thyroid, sex hormone replacement, and adrenal supplementation can remedy the situation.

Life style changes that would help "the Sleepless in Seattle situation" would be to get to bed by 9:30 pm or 10:00 pm at the latest. If the patient is not experiencing Rapid Eye Motion (REM) sleep between 2 and 5 am, the body will not be able to complete its repair of the immune system. Sleep space should be dark, cool, clean, have no night light, and no noise from a television. Electronic gadgets such as alarm clocks, phone chargers, and clock radios should not be kept in the sleep space. EMFs or Electro-magnetic frequencies are emitted from these appliances, and can cause severe immune and adrenal system dysfunction. The television should be at least 12 feet away from the bed.

Patients should stop or modify abusing caffeine, sugar, and fast food. All humans should drink minimum of one half body weight in ounces daily of filtered water. Our bodies have not chemically evolved in millions of years, so hydration only occurs when water is consumed. The body does not recognize ice tea, coffee, or soft drinks as hydration, with the exception of green or white tea.

For hydration purposes, if a person weighs 100 pounds, the minimal amount of water the person should consume daily would be 50 ounces. This amount is sufficient as a minimum, if no physical exertion is performed during the day. It is helpful to purchase water bottles and set the needed amount out each morning as a goal for the day. Plastic bottles should never be placed in the dishwasher, as the hot water releases plasticides into the water. Warm water and soap is the preferred method to clean plastic bottles. Even more environmentally friendly are non-disposable water containers.

Stress is measured by saliva cortisol testing. Cortisol, the product of the adrenal gland is measured four times during the day and evening to determine the level of cortisol the patient has at each particular time of the day. After testing, natural adrenal supplements can be prescribed at the correct time of day to give the patient optimal adrenal function. If a patient has low cortisol, at certain times of the day, or hypoadrenal, we prescribe a compounded product called "Cortisol", which is compounded from natural sources. Before the patient's cortisol falls, Cortisol is given two hours before the adrenal function plummets.

Sometimes, we have patients whose testing reveals hypo-adrenal at certain times of the day, and hyper-adrenal at other times of the day; meaning they have too little or too much cortisol production at certain times or the day or the night. For those patients who are also hyper-adrenal, we prescribe Pregnenalone.

"Pregnendlone is the memory hormone. In animal studies, it improves memory one hundred times more than DHEA."3Pregnenalone allows the adrenal gland to modulate its output of cortisol throughout the day and night. In the adrenal cascade, Pregnenalone is the first hormone to be made from cholesterol. Pregnenalone allows the body to choose which other hormones it will make according to its needs of the body. In todays upside down world, most people over 50 years old would benefit from 25mg of Pregnenalone given two times daily.


Because the body needs cholesterol to make Pregnenalone, many people are classically Pregnenalone deficient. Millions of Americans are dutifully destroying the cholesterol our body needs to function by taking statin drugs such as Lipitor, Zocor, and Crestor. If patients have a total cholesterol below 150, no thyroid, adrenal, or sex hormones can be made. A certain part of cardiac health is controlled by cholesterol.

For patients who have excess total above 250 cholesterol, only 30% of patients experience cardiac arrest. The majority of cardiac issues can be laid squarely at the door of inflammation. And what is cholesterol after all? It is inflammation. Tests for inflammation for patients taking statin drugs are fibrinogen, highly sensitive C - reactive protein, and Homocysteine. If any of these cardiac risk factors are elevated, natural supplements can be given.

In fact, millions of Americans are adrenal and sex hormone deficient, because of over prescription of statin drugs. Many patients have reported to us their physician said their cholesterol "could never be too low." The opposite is the truth. The first fact we learned from graduate study as nutritionists is the body's necessity for a certain amount of cholesterol.
Optimal values from cholesterol should be 170, or even up to 200 and above, as long as HDL is high. Cholesterol forms a protective barrier against invading pathogens. Too much cholesterol is detrimental, no question about it, but too little is harmful as well. The doctors and the pharmaceuticals are well aware of this fact, but choose to ignore it; in pursuit of profit from illness.

Red Rice Yeast is a natural supplement that reduces cholesterol. It is a "natural statin," and has the same side effect as pharmaceutical statins, including the same possible muscle aches and pains. 1,200mg should be taken after each meal. If a patient is taking Red Rice Yeast, 100 milligrams of CO-Q10 should be added to replace the enzyme in the heart depleted by the Red Rice Yeast and pharmaceutical statins.

Canadian pharmaceutical companies warn patients taking statin drugs to supplement with 100 milligrams CO Q10. CO Q10 is a natural enzyme produced by the heart. Unfortunately, our law allow millions of American patients to take statin drugs with no warning of the danger of lack of CO Q10. Yet, if a choice between a synthetic chemical statin and a "natural statin" was presented, the natural version would usually win with the patient. Unfortunately most patients are never offered the option.

Testing for adrenal function is performed by saliva testing at home. The results are mailed to ZRT labs. We test sex hormones in addition to adrenal function; they are Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone and DHEA. Women produce Estriol which is the "protective" estrogen. Estriol and Estradiol are prescribed in all estrogen prescriptions. This bio-identical formulation is called Biest. Biest and all other hormones we prescribe originate from Yam sources. The formulation is 20% Estradiol and 80% Estriol. This is exactly the same estrogen percentage found in the body.

In addition, all patients are tested with a fifty value blood test including microscopic urinalysis. Four thyroid values are evaluated as well. It is optimal to test hormone, adrenal, and thyroid function; they are all aspects of endocrine function. If you fix one endocrine value, and not the other, the patient will not achieve an acceptable state of wellness. It is similar to a performance of the "Three Musketeers", and only one or two appearing on stage. It would certainly not make for a satisfying performance.

The information in this article may seem disturbing to many of you. Some may have the knee jerk reaction to go to your primary care physician to talk about bioidentical sex hormones, adrenal glands, thyroid dysfunction, and cholesterol. When you have your five or ten minutes with your practitioner, you may show him this article, and you will be told that this information is just "not proven". The reality is that standard medicine operates within a rigid timeline. If the practitioner spends anymore than 5 to 10 minutes with the patient, they are losing money. Most physicians simply will not allow patient health to overrule their financial interests.

The "expected values" for each chemistry on a lab report were designed 50 years ago to alert a doctor of disease in progress, when the values fell outside of the limits. The authors of these textbooks could not have guessed the severe symptoms of endocrine and exocrine dysfunction in our society in the year 2014.

In addition, many doctors one hundred years ago were advocates of homeopathy in combination with allopathy. Those doctors could never imagine the death grip the pharmaceuticals now exert over the patients and doctors of the world today. Nor could they dream of the impairment of adrenal, hormone, and thyroid function caused by overuse of pharmaceutical drugs, altered lifestyles, antibiotics in food sources, consumption of fast and GMO foods, and disruption of the sleep cycle in 21st century.

Many of our patients report they dutifully made the annual physical appointment with their primary care physician as their insurance instructs them to. The patients often ask for testing for hormone and thyroid functions. Frequently, females are offered an anti-depressant or a synthetic hormone, usually in the form of a "convenient patch". The hormone symptoms women suffer are night sweats, crying for no reason, menstrual cycles lasting for fourteen days, lack of interest in sex, dry skin, and weight gain.

The synthetic hormone estrogen/progesterone combination is usually given without testing to determine what the patient's need for hormones might be. Remember, significant money cannot be made from testing within the standard of care insurance model". The luxury of our practice that there is no knock on the door. We are able to devote as much time as we need for each patient. Tests should include adrenal/hormone function, review of lab results, formulation of a natural hormone replacement, consultation with the patient, and sending Rx for the bioidentical blend to a compounding pharmacy for formulation. Most medical doctors have no idea how to test or write a protocol for adrenal/hormone replacement. Natural medicine left the standard of care in 1910. Rockefeller decided his interests would be better served by pharmaceutical medicine. He funded 6 medical schools.

Adrenal testing routinely does not occur in insurance fueled medicine, unless a severe disease state exists in the adrenal gland. Blood testing is usually the only modality used to determine hormone status in standard of care medicine. Saliva hormone testing is preferable to blood testing because saliva testing will indicate free hormone status and blood testing will only indicate total hormone status. How can a practitioner accurately determine what dose to give if the hormone is bound to albumin and globulin?


For more information about us and our protocol visit us at:
Dr. Frank McGehee, M.D., C.C.N.
Vivienne McGehee, B.A. C.N.
Call 936-291-3351 or e-mail: drmcgehee@hotmail.com
1909 22nd Street, Huntsville, Texas 77340, U.S.A


1 Arch Intern Med 2008 April 28:168 (8) in 855-60.
2 "The Textbook of Medical Physiology." Arthur Guyton MD and John Hall Ph.D. 1996. ISBN 0-7216-5944-6 p.957.
3 "Breakthrough" Suzanne Somers. Copyright 2008 ISBN 978-1-4000-5327.8. p.11

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AHPA Testimony Outlines Adequacy of Current FDA Framework for Homeopathic Drug Regulation

Posted By Reprinted with permission from Natural Practitioner Magazine, Friday, June 5, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) current regulation of homeopathic drugs provides sufficient, substantial oversight of these products, according to testimony presented by the American Herbal Product Association (AHPA) at a public hearing held by FDA on April 20-21. The hearing, "Homeopathic Product Regulation: Evaluating FDA's Regulatory Framework After a Quarter-Century," was held to gather input on appropriate regulatory policy for homeopathic medicines.

AHPA's testimony, presented by Will Woodlee, partner at Kleinfeld, Kaplan and Becker, LLP, highlighted several points that demonstrate the adequacy of FDA's current regulatory framework for homeopathic medicines in protecting public health and ensuring consumer access to safe products.

Woodlee stressed that, under the existing framework, companies are required to register their facilities and to list their drug products with FDA, which, along with other investigative and surveillance tools, provides the agency with the means to identify manufacturers, marketers, and products as candidates for education, administrative action, or enforcement action, as necessary or appropriate.

The current regulatory framework also provides FDA with sufficient information on adverse events associated with over-the-counter (OTC) homeopathic drug products to allow the agency to protect the public health, according the AHPA's testimony. Manufacturers are required to maintain records of all adverse events reported to them and must maintain records and reports regarding complaints. When required, firms must investigate these complaints and, upon request, make their files available during FDA inspections.

Woodlee also noted that FDA's existing regulatory framework for homeopathic drug products appropriately reflects the small saety risk inherent to these highly diluted products. In addition, AHPA is not aware of any data indicating that consumers perceive appropriately marketed OTC homeopathic drug products as substitutes for prescription drugs, and AAHPA believes FDA currently has adequate enforcement authority to address and OTC homeopathic drug products that inappropriately marketed for non-OTC indications or without adequate directions for use.

For m ore information, visit www.ahpa.org or www.fda.gov.

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Nutritional Supplements

Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP, Friday, June 5, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Recently, I subscribed to consumerlabs.com, an independent testing lab for nutritional supplements and natural products. There is a subscription fee but the information on laboratory testing results is very interesting. In addition, consumers can write in with their personal questions and get them answered. One recent query was in regard to the side effect of nausea from various multi vitamin/mineral supplements. I could easily relate and remembered years ago being hit with a bout of severe nausea while in the middle of a therapy session. I felt like I would fall off my chair, but as horrible as it was, it rapidly passed and I was able to continue. My resolution after that experience was to find a new supplement. Today the problem isn’t as difficult to remedy because the new food based multis are tolerated much better and can be taken with or without food. We’ll look at the ingredients in some of these multiple vitamin/mineral preparations shortly. But first should we even be bothered with them at all?

For decades physicians and registered dieticians proclaimed that nutritional products were a waste of money, producing “expensive urine.” The message was always “you can get everything you need in your food.” Oh, but how I laughed when many health food store owners told me that physicians were buying their own supplements by the boatload. Even though they were personally convinced of the benefit, they were not ready to publicly say so. Let’s consider the logic here. First of all, as a scientist, I know that nothing is a 100% iron clad truth; there are simply too many variables in life. And even when those variables are controlled in research study designs, there are always more that remain; hence, the “limitations of the study.” Therefore, as a consumer, waiting for the final “evidence based” word on a topic of interest may be unwise, especially since in a decade, evidence will have changed. I’ve been around long enough to see the trending of health issues, from pediatric to dietary and exercise advice. I started taking nutritional supplements decades before any awareness had surfaced among the public. Many years ago I was given a book written by Robert Rodale on vitamin E and pregnancy that became my compelling introduction to nutritional supplementation.  Shortly afterwards, it was vitamin C and the work of Linus Pauling. When I was in nursing school, I secretly read Prevention Magazine and knew better than to talk about it. I would have been laughed out of class! Back in the 1970s Prevention presented useful information in a professional manner. The Prevention Magazine of today, which seems to harp on blasting belly fat, is unrecognizable as a distant cousin of that early publication. Evidence was slowly building by such pioneers as Ewan Cameron, Irwin Stone and Carl Pfeiffer, to name just of a few of my early heroes. One must think of supplements as a form of health insurance and why not err on the side of prevention? It just makes common sense as few of us have perfect dietary habits.

It is difficult for professionals to sort out the value of the various studies on the subject of supplementation, let alone the public consumer. It’s confusing enough just wondering through a health food store and pondering the many products and brands. And certain compounds like co enzyme Q-10 is pricey. Fortunately, most of the ACAM members have an affiliation with Emerson Ecologics, a clearing house for high quality nutritional products. Professionals receive a discount on products and the savings can now be passed on to the consumer by way of a virtual pharmacy online. This is fairly new so not all the providers have set up their programs yet, myself included. You can find an ACAM provider near you by going into the directory and entering your location. Even if there is no provider in your own town, you can still contact one by phone or online to arrange for a consultation and advice on the best choices for your particular health issues. You can be directed to the provider’s online virtual pharmacy to order your products along with a discount which varies from provider to provider.

Multi vitamin/mineral products are a good place to begin if you’ve never taken supplements before. Let’s look at a couple brands I just happen to have in my cupboard at the moment, good examples of “whole food” based products. Alive and New Chapter are two brands that are well tolerated. I also like Vitamin Code by Garden of Life for the 50 and wiser women. They are capsules and the serving size is 4 caps per day, easy enough to handle. It is best to spread dosing throughout the day to replenish nutrient supplies. We are constantly metabolizing, absorbing, utilizing and excreting the compounds so more frequent replacement is more desirable. One a day multis are plentiful but I personally do not recommend them for the above reasoning. However, if convenience is an important issue, a one a day is better than nothing.  Another brand I like is Bluebonnet’s super earth multi nutrient, which comes in tablets with a daily dose of three per day. Some of the categories you can expect to see in whole food based supplements are the following:  vitamins, minerals, phytonutrient sprouts, super fruit antioxidants, plant source minerals, plant source enzymes and herbs. Most also include probiotics.  I have only mentioned a handful and there are many other high quality brands from which to choose. They even have a brand of “minis” for seniors that are easy to swallow. After starting on a multi, then you can more closely examine specific nutrients to target your own personal health issues and add them in, preferably one at a time just in case there is a problem.

Nutritional supplements have subtle effects upon the body, comparing them to prescription drugs like antibiotics and allergy medications, so don’t be alarmed. I have had many patients tell me they stopped “because I couldn’t tell any difference.” Most did not give the supplements a fair trial and stopped prematurely. When you have taken them long enough you can detect a difference between days they are taken and days they are not, particularly in terms of energy production. Just be assured you are giving your body extra nutrients that are sometimes difficult to consume in the typical daily diet.

If you’ve never been in a health food store before, it’s an interesting experience. Try to go with a knowledgeable person who can show you the ropes. Staff can be helpful and some are experts in their knowledge base, so don’t hesitate to ask.  While you’re there pick up a bag of PureVia, a natural raw cane sugar and stevia blend sweetener with half the calories of sugar but with the same great taste.

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Fresh Peach Crisp Recipe

Posted By Carol L Hunter, PhD, PMHCNS, CNP, Friday, June 5, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

If you’ve never been in a health food store before, it’s an interesting experience. Try to go with a knowledgeable person who can show you the ropes. Staff can be helpful and some are experts in their knowledge base, so don’t hesitate to ask.  While you’re there pick up a bag of PureVia, a natural raw cane sugar and stevia blend sweetener with half the calories of sugar but with the same great taste. As soon as you can find fresh peaches, try out this wholesome recipe, courtesy of PureVia.com. You can substitute with your favorite fresh fruit.

Fresh Peach Crisp

Ingredients:

3 pounds peaches, peeled, sliced ¾” thick

¼ c orange juice

1 c flour

¾ c old fashioned oats

2/3 c PureVIa Turbinago Cane Sugar and Stevia Blend

¼ c chopped walnuts

1 tsp cinnamon

4 0z (1 stick) cold butter, cut into pieces

Preparation:

1.      Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

2.      Toss peaches and orange juice in medium bowl. Pour into 2 qt. casserole.

3.      Stir together flour, oats, PureVIa, walnuts and cinnamon. Work in butter with pastry blender of fingertips.      

4.      Sprinkle crumb mixture over peaches. Bake 35-40 minutes until topping is golden and peaches are tender.

Nutrition Facts: ½ c PureVIa is equal to 1 c sugar. Serving size of PureVia is ½ tsp= 1tsp of cane sugar.

Calories per serving: 5. Enjoy! Recipe is courtesy of PureVia.com.

A word of caution: please do not feed hummingbirds any sweetener but pure cane sugar as they need the calories. Stevia has zero calories.

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Iodine Insufficiency in America: The Neglected Pandemic

Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN, Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
True I False
______ 1. Eating iodized salt will provide sufficient iodine for the average person.
______ 2. Iodine deficiency is not widespread in America today.
______ 3. Correcting Iodine insufficiency has proven to prevent autoimmune illness, polycustic ovary and breast syndromes, thyroid disorders, cancers, and other conditions.
______ 4. In the last 30 years iodine levels have fallen by 50% in the United States.
______ 5. Celtic salt will increase blood pressure.
*Answer to quiz at end of the article

Iodine has been largely forgotten, and now ignored by the pharmaceuticals and physicians in America today. The reason that iodine has been neglected is that is inexpensive, can cure most diseases, or significantly improve symptoms of disease. In the 1940's, when antibiotics came into vogue as the treatment for most disease, iodine therapy vanished from popular medical vernacular. Some of the therapeutic actions of iodine are antibacterial, anticancer, antiviral, antimicrobial, parasitic, and elevation of body Ph to healthy alkaline levels.

Conditions that can be remedied by iodine supplementation are: ADD, ADD/ADHD, breast disease, overgrowth of yeast, excess mucous production, fatigue, fibrocystic breasts, headaches, migraine headaches, hypertension, liver disease, ovarian disease, carotid duct stones, prostate disorders, thyroid disorders, vaginal infections, and many more common ailments. Iodine is plentiful in sea organisms such as seaweed. In fact, seaweed is one of the most abundant sources of iodine, because seaweed has the ability to concentrate a large amount of iodine from the ocean in water" 1. Consuming daily portions of seaweed salad would be an excellent source of iodine supplementation. Maybe McDonald's will feature it soon!

There are only a few sources of iodine available to us in our food sources today. Years ago our soil used to be abundant in selenium and iodine. Decades of irresponsible farming and drought have depleted the food supply of these vital minerals. Iodized salt today contains only tiny micrograms of iodine. Manufacturers have substituted bromide for iodine; in the baking and salt industries to save a few pennies. "As of 2008, Drs. Brownstien, Ng, and Nasbaum have now tested iodine levels on well over 4,000 patients. Our results have been consistent; approximately 967 of patients test low for iodine. The balance of patients initially tests near zero for iodine levels, as their results are reported below detectable limits." 2

Doctor’s Data offers a water test for toxic metals. If the water test for your home reports significant levels of toxic metals in the water, the homeowner will also have toxic metals in entire body. In addition, if the homeowner also has mercury amalgams or fillings in their mouth, heavy metal toxicity is assured. Mercury has no half-life, so it continues indefinitely to wreak havoc upon the body.

Heavy metal toxicity is believed to be one of the cause of coronary heart disease, cancer, pulmonary embolism, high blood pressure, peripheral artery disease, Parkinson's disease, dementia, Alzheimer disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, infertility, and many other illnesses. There is a reasonable and convenient way to check for heavy metals in the body. The test is called the Fecal Metals test by Doctor's Data. We "provoke" the metals into the blood stream from the deep tissues using an algae product called Neprorella, manufactured by Marko Pharma. The patients consume 5 Neprorella 3 times daily for five days, and then collect the sample. If the fecal tests report excess toxic metals, the patient with Mercury fillings would do well by having them removed by a biological dentist.

Further ongoing detoxification can be accomplished in several ways. A glutathione suppository of 300mg is given before the EDTA suppository. The glutathione will increase heave metal removal by 300%! One method is use of an EDTA suppository called Detoxamin. Detoxamin is administered as a suppository 3 times weekly before bedtime, at home. In our practice, World Health Products formulates a EDTA 1500 mg suppository for our patients. In addition, a Glutathione Suppository of 300 mg is added to the Detoxamin. It increases toxic metal excretion by 300%. We recommend patients continue to take suppositories three times weekly, indefinitely, because of high levels of toxic metals in our society today.

Bromide is a halide, (as are iodine, fluoride, and chloride). Bromide interferes with iodine utilization in the thyroid, as well as wherever else iodine would concentrate in the body3. Other halides in our environment are found in our water sources. They are chlorine and fluoride; fluoride is an industrial waste product!

Most municipal water supplies are supplemented with fluoride levels of 1or 2 or more parts per million. "For over fifty years, the American Dental Association has advocated the addition of fluoride to drinking water, toothpaste, and mouthwash, as a preventative against cavities. Fluoridation has been linked to dental fluorosis (discoloration of the teeth), hip fractures, bone cancer, lowered intelligence, and other negative effects. Research has shown that fluoride is much more toxic to the body when there is iodine deficiency present. Many commonly prescribed medications contain fluoride including SSRI antidepressants such as Paxil and Prozac. Interestingly, there have been reports of this class of antidepressants increasing the risk of breast cancer”4.

Chlorine and fluoride are halides; and they compete and win in the body over iodine every time. If a person takes a shower in most municipal water for fifteen minutes, it is the equivalent of drinking one cup of swimming pool water treated with chlorine. Our skin absorbs all the chlorine we bathe in every day. Imagine ten or 15 years of drinking water, showers, and baths with halides added!

Fluoride routinely is added to city water, supposedly to "keep our teeth from falling out." Fluoride is an industrial waste product of smelting. For more information go to: http://poisonfluoride.com/pfpc/index.html. The greatest scam ever perpetuated on the American public and our dentists may be the addition of fluoride to water systems, dental office treatments, toothpastes, and mouthwashes. How could fluoride; the end product of industrial smelting possibly help us retain our teeth? Once again, the profit motive has overruled known science for our communal health. "In a remarkable turnabout, federal health officials say many Americans are getting too much fluoride, and it's causing splotches on children's teeth and perhaps other, more serious problems”. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced plans Friday, January 7, 2011 to lower recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in nearly 50 years."5

Not the least dangerous aspect of fluoride; which is found in almost every part of our life, is the fact that it will totally eliminate any iodine we might have in our bodies. Iodine kills many single celled organisms like virus, bacterium, fungi, and protozoa. Sufficient iodine also allows the thyroid to operate efficiently. Witness the pandemics of candida (yeast), virus, mycoplasma, bacterium, and parasites routinely found in people in the world today.

Today, all people are routinely deficient in iodine. The results of the deficiency are hypothyroiditis and/or Hashimoto's Syndrome. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is represented by a low TSH and T3 and T4 in the "normal range." The low TSH is a marker for the presence of thyroid peroxidase antibodies. These conditions occur separately or concombinantly. "The definitive test for Hasimoto's thyroiditis is testing for thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO Ab). It is the most important test to diagnose Hasimoto's. Other contributing factors to Hashimoto's can be if the patient has pernicious anemia, gluten intolerance or celiac disease."6 Often gluten intolerance can CAUSE Hasimotor's thyroiditis! Ergo; pathogens in our environment begin the process of Hashimoto's.

Hashimoto's Syndrome was a rare occurrence years ago, when iodine was still readily available in food sources to the population. Even five years ago, we rarely saw Hasimoto's patients. Today, these patients are more the routine than the exception.

Hypothyroidism is usually an additional complication of the health status of the patient along with Hashimoto's Simply stated, we believe the antibody response by the thyroid has occurred because of thyroid infection by various pathogens. A variety of pathogens are now widely disseminated into our society, through the water system and food chain. They are bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic, mycoplasmic, allergic responses, or routinely; a "Frankenstein-istic" combination of all the above. Because the thyroid is a soft tissue organ, microorganisms prefer to "set up shop" there; to eat, thrive, discard dead cells in the gallbladder/liver, and cause general distress to the function of other organ systems.

The thyroid antibodies generated by a person with Hasimoto's are actually antibodies to the PATHOGENS in the thyroid; not actually to the thyroid itself. Radioactive treatment will be of little benefit to most patients, unless a cancer
condition exists. Until the pathogens are eliminated, or at least reduced, optimal thyroid function and health will not occur.

Some of the obesity in America can be attributed directly to the lack of iodine in our food sources. Of course, poison fast food, processed food, frozen food, carbonated drinks, lack of iodine in salt and bread, and copious consumption of beer have not helped the iodine deficiency we experience today.

You probably would like to know if you are "iodine deficient." A simple way to test yourself is to apply a 1" by 1" square of Lugol's iodine on your inner arm. Note the time of application. If your body has sufficient stores of iodine, the "patch" should remain for 24 hours. Never have we witnessed a patient whose "patch" remains for 24 hours. Today, we routinely consume 50 mg of Lodoral, in addition to a dose of Naturesthroid T3 and T4 daily. T4 values are also usually depressed unless the person is taking Synthroid, which is synthetic T4.

Lugol's solution was discovered by Jean Lugol, a Paris physician, in 1829. He found that iodine is more soluble in water that contains potassium iodide. "Lugol's is a liquid mixture of iodine iodide, and potassium iodide (which is 77% iodine)."7 Lugol's can be obtained from compounding pharmacy with a prescription from an M.D. Lodoral is an iodine oral supplement, identical to the iodine mix in Lugol’s. It is taken orally in a long acting dextrose compound, iodate salts, and the antimicrobial betadine (17% iodide).

1 "Iodine Why You Need It Why You Can't live Without It", David M. Brownstein M.D. Copyright 2008 Medical Alternatives Press. P26.
2 Ibid. p. 54
3. VO Becky M., Effect of enhanced bromide intake on the concentration ratio of 1/BR in the rat thyroid gland. Bio. Trace Element Research, 43:509-513,1994.
4. "Iodine Why You Need It Why You can't Live Without It", David M. Brownstein, M.D. Copyright 2008 Medical Alternatives Press. P.110
5. Houston Chronical. "Experts Frown on Too Much Fluoride." January 8,2011.
6. Jerry Tennant, M.D., Newsletter Volume, Copyright 2008, "Hypothyroidism - The Epidemic".
6. Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS, "Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?", Copright 2010

*Answers to quiz:
1. F
2. F
3. T
4. T
5. F

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Thyroid: The Master Gland - Are you Hypothyroid?

Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN, Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
__ Is the outside third of your eyebrow thinning or non-existent?
__ Are your nails thin and brittle?
__ Do your feet and hands seem cold all the time? Conversely, are you severely intolerant to heat?
__ Is it almost impossible to lose weight, no matter how hard you exercise and watch your diet?
__ Do you "feel sluggish" throughout the day even after a good night's sleep?
__ Is your hair thinning or balding?
__ Do you have slow speech, movements, low blood pressure, hoarseness, or slow heart rate?
__ Do you have increased cholesterol levels?
__ If you take your under arm temperature before getting out of bed, is it below 97.6?
__ Are you pre or post menopausal?

If you answered yes to several of these questions asked in this article, you certainly should have your thyroid levels checked by a simple and inexpensive thyroid blood panel. The blood values included should be total T3 - the active form of thyroid, total T4 - the reserve thyroid, and TSH - thyroid stimulating hormone. In order to make a correct diagnosis, T3, T4, and TSH must be tested. Ideally, testing should be performed fasting after midnight; water only. If you are taking thyroid hormone, by all means take it one hour before the blood is drawn, so it can be determined how well your thyroid medication is or is not serving you.

Low levels of T3 and T4 indicate a need for thyroid replacement. Sometimes, the thyroid dose you are taking has not been given in sufficient dosage, or if on Synthroid, the body sometimes cannot convert T4 to active T3. The last thyroid value that needs to be tested is TSH. Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) values are different from T3 and T4 in that a high TSH means thyroid replacement is needed. Low T3 and T4 are the indications thyroid replacement is necessary. A recent study of 25,000 participants argues that the ideal TSH level is 1.4 or less, not the upper limit of 5.5 still cited by some laboratories.

Many patients are denied thyroid replacement by their physicians because the physicians only prescribe thyroid if thyroid values fall outside the "expected or lab range". For TSH, that level is 5.5. Some physicians feel fearful prescribing any thyroid even if values are outside of "the norm." The fear originates from past censure by their local medical boards. This was the routine practice twenty years ago. Today, most patients are offered synthoid and anti-depressants for their symptoms.


Lab ranges were originally designed to identify a disease in process for the physician. These values are decades old, and our bodies, needs, and lifestyles have changed since then. Unfortunately, by the time a patient falls outside the "expected range" full blown disease is already in process. As nutritionists, we designate an optimal number as desirable for all lab values. Variance either way from the optimal value allows us to treat deficiency before it becomes a disease.

Most physicians today prescribe a drug called Synthroid, which is T4 only. It is synthetic, or made in a laboratory, and the body cannot assimilate the chemical. Pharmaceutical Synthroid is 78% bio-identical. Imagine trying to open a locked door with a key that is 78% keyed to the lock! Most of the time T3 should be included in thyroid replacement, along with T4. In a few cases T4 alone is called for, and this is an extremely rare situation. Physicians are really not educated by the drug representatives or continuing medical education about a choice in prescription medication for hypothyroidism. The drug company markets Synthroid to physicians as if it is the only remedy to treat hypothyroid conditions. Insurance driven medicine and drug company incentives have made physician research thing of the past.

Our choice for thyroid replacement is a combination of T3 and T4, called Naturesthroid, which originates from a porcine tissue source. It is inexpensive and available at a compounding pharmacy, and remarkablty by order at CVS. Most probably, your greatest problem will be finding a physician to prescribe it. Science has proven the porcine endocrine system to be the most similar to our own. Dr. Broda Barnes stated more than fifty years ago that “patients talking thyroid replacement therapy have much better improvement of symptoms with natural desiccated thyroid made from a tissue source of a pig, rather than with synthetic hormones”1.

Besides the synthetic chemical make up of Synthroid, another problem has arisen to prevent absorption and conversion of T4 to activate T3 in our systems. Years ago, our soil was full of iodine and selenium. We used to receive iodine and minerals in our food. Iodine is T4. Depletion of the minerals in our soil over time has rendered most foods unable to meet our needs for iodine. Most every person could benefit from 50mg of a tablet called Iodoral daily. Many women today suffer from fibrocystic breasts, because of lack of iodine in the food sources. Application of iodine directly to cysts in breast tissue several times daily can reduce cysts over time.

Any time a patient feels they are over medicated or perhaps have taken by mistake or has taken too much thyroid medication, the patient should eat 1/2 cup of raw broccoli, and keep it available in the freezer at all times. Broccoli temporarily calms thyroid function. Thyroid medication be discontinued until your physician's advice can be obtained.

Seldom are these extreme symptoms a problem for our patients. We begin thyroid titration slowly, in 30 mg or 1/2 grain increments. We routinely retest T3, T4, and TSH about every three weeks, until optimal values have been achieved. This process sometimes takes about 6 weeks, or more but once the dose has been determined, patients are given a prescription which is good for a year.


1. Suzanne Somers, "Breakthrough," Copyright 2008, p. 122

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The Glycemic Index (GI)

Posted By Frank O. McGehee, Jr, MD, CCN, Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015
The Glycemic Index is a measurement carried out on carbohydrates containing foods and their impact on our blood sugar. GI looks at the impact of foods on our actual blood sugar.

The rule of thumb we use in our practice is to routinely eat no food with a GI number greater than 50. The latest research into healthy longevity exposures the theory that the medication Metformin given to diabetics should be given to healthy individuals to reduce their glucose level. The theory is the lower the glucose level, the less chance of cardiac disease, obesity, and resulting inflammation from high cholesterol.

Glycemic Loads of Common Foods in Descending Order - PRINT COMPLETE GRID
From: The Sugar Blockers Diet
Rob Thompson, M.D.
ISBN: 978-1-60961-253-5
Food    Description  Typical Serving Glycemic Load
(Percentage of 1 slice of white bread)

 Pancake  5” diameter  2 ½ oz  346
 Bagel 1 medium
 3 1/3 oz  340
  Orange Soda   12-oz can   12 oz   314
 Macaroni  2 cups  10 oz  301
 White Rice  1 cup  6 ½ oz  283
 Spaghetti  2 cups  10 oz  276
 White Bread  2 slices, 3/8’” thick    260
 Baked Potato  1 medium    246
 Orange Soda  12-oz can  12 oz  314

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GNC Makes Deal with NY Attorney General

Posted By Reprinted with permission from Vitamin Retailer, Friday, May 15, 2015
On March 30, GNC (Pittsburgh, PA) announced that it had reached an agreement with the New York Attorney General (NYAG) that affirms the company's Herbal Plus products were in full compliance with the federal U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) requirements and acknowledges GNC's full cooperation with the AG's inquiries.

In its response to the NYAG's inquiry, GNC provided the results of rigorous tests conducted both internally and by independent third parties. These tests provided conclusive evidence that GNC's products are safe, pure, properly labeled and in full compliance with all regulatory requirements. The testing also demonstrated that the company's products contain all herbal extracts listed on their respective labels.

In addition, a former senior FDA cGMP expert performed a comprehensive review of GNC's manufacturing processes for the products at issue and found them to be in compliance with all applicable requirements. Accordingly, GNC has restored its full assortment of Herbal Plus products to all GNC stores in New York State.

GNC also announced that it will expand its testing processes deeper into its supply chain by leading ongoing industry efforts to integrate source material traceability standards including DNA barcoding where appropriate(prior to extraction processes) and enhance certain other aspects of its operations to provide consumers even greater confidence in its products.

GNC said that it believe these measures, which would not have impacted availability of the products subject to this review, will result in the adoption of stricter minimum standards across the broader industry.
"As our testing demonstrated, and this agreement affirms beyond any doubt, our products are not only safe and pure but are in full copliance with all regulatory rewquirements," said Michael G. Archbold, CEO, GNC. "A robust testing regime, careful sourcing regimen and detailed manufacturing specifications have always been cor elements to ensuring that we provide our customers with high-quality products. Our customers trust and value our products, and we are steadfastly committed to maintaining that trust and confidence. As an industry leader we have always gone above and beyond the minim requirements in pursuing quality for our consumers, and we will continue to lead the efforts for higher standards. This is good for consumers, good for the industry and good for GNC.

GNC has preserved the specific product lots of the five products that were the subject of the NYAG inquiry for us in defending the Company against the lawsuits that have been filed subsequent to the NYAG's February 2 letter, despite the fact that there is no prohibition against the sale of such products. GNC believes these lawsuits are completely without merit and will defend itself aggressively. Identical products to those that have been preserved remain available for sale to consumers at GNC stores in New York State. For more information, visit www.gnc.com.

Tags:  dietary supplements  FDA  GNC  Target  Walgreens  Walmart 

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Guest Editorial: The Beat Goes On

Posted By Daniel Breeman, Editor-in-Chief, Natural Practitioner Magazine, Friday, May 15, 2015

Just how much longer will the dietary supplement industry continue to be under attack? And more importantly, has the damage already been done?

It's been nearly three months since New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched his investigation into the dietary supplements industry by issuing cease-and-desist letters to four major retailers - GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart - calling on them to pull their own brands of herbal supplements from their shelves, following an investigation by his office that found nearly 80 percent of the products tested from those stores contained none of the plants listed on the products' labels. GNC, as you may know, reached an agreement with the attorney general's office in late March whereby the company will use DNA tests to authenticate the plants that will be used as ingredients in its herbal supplements. Some industry experts applauded the agreement, while others said it set a dangerous precedent going forward.

Of course, the questionable DNA testing methods used have come under hard scrutiny by the likes of the Natural Products Association (NPA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and other industry groups, but that didn't prevent Schnedierman and 13 other state attorneys general from sending a letter to Congress requesting an investigation into herbal supplements and calling for more regulatory oversight of the industry by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Schneiderman and his counterparts, despite admitting that the federal good manufacturing practices currently in place for dietary supplements are sufficient, continues to push forward in what is seemingly becoming a "witch hunt" at the expense of taxpayer dollars.

While the two sides continue to slug it out and the NPA calling for a grassroots campaign to attempt to prevent Schneiderman from taking further action, a larger question for the industry at-large may be, "Has the damage already been done?" While little has yet to be determined legally regarding the outcome of the dispute, the danger here for the dietary supplement industry is that in the court of public opinion, they may have already lost.

Of course, a Harvard-led study early last month that indicated that a handful of weight-loss and sports supplements contained amphetamine-like ingredients, not the plant extract listed on the label of the product, didn't help the cause.

For those who have long supported the dietary supplement industry, not much will change. Natural products manufacturers, suppliers and retailers alike will strongly defend the methods used to test and regulate their industry and will continue to fight for its survival. On the other hand, those who have long opposed or questioned the industry now have more ammunition at their disposal to challenge every move the industry makes. And finally, the real danger here is in convincing those consumers who have long been considering walking into your store to try a natural remedy or supplement might now be turned off by the ongoing negative press.

So what's the next step? Will the letter to Congress sent by Schneiderman and the 13 other state attorneys general be enough to eventually push the industry under regulation by the federal government? Does DSHEA carry no weight here?

For now, the smart move for the dietary supplement industry is to continue to provide the quality products that it's always provided. I also encourage you to take part in NPA's grassroots campaign and to join in fighting the good fight.

Tags:  dietary supplements  DNA testing methods  FDA  GNC  Target  Walgreens  Walmart 

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