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ACAM Welcomes Dr. Paul Tai as Newest Advisor to the Board

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 28, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Calif -- The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Tai, DPM, FACFS, ABPS, ABAARM, DACBN as ACAM’s newest Advisor to the Board of Directors.

Dr. Tai has a tremendous history and passion towards integrative medicine with a significant focus on anti-aging.

"We look forward to Dr. Tai assisting ACAM with incorporating the concepts of rejuvenation and optimized biomedical gerontology into the educational curriculum of ACAM,” said Neal Speight, MD, President and CEO of ACAM.

Among many other accolades Dr. Tai is the founder and serves as Chairman and President of the Brasil American Academy of Aging & Regenerative Medicine (BARM).

About ACAM: The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the safe and effective application of integrative medicine. ACAM's healthcare model focuses on prevention of illness and a strive for total wellness. ACAM is the voice of integrative medicine; our goals are to improve physician skills, knowledge and diagnostic procedures as they relate to integrative medicine; to support integrative medicine research; and to provide education on current standard of care as well as additional approaches to patient care.

About Dr. Tai: Prof. Dr. Paul Ling Tai is the Chairman of the Department of the Post Graduate Medical Education and Chairman of the Department of Medical Research at University of Health Science Antigua (UHSA), School of Medicine & School of Nursing; A Professor of Aging & Regenerative Medicine & Professor of Clinical Nutrition; Chairman & President of the Brasil American Academy of Aging & Regenerative Medicine (BARM), Institute of Bones, Joints & Muscle Pain, International Society of Obesity & Metabolic Dysfunction, American Academy of Anti-Aging Clinical Nutrition & International Society of Stem Cell & Genetics; A past faculty member and lecturer of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), American, and World Organization of Natural Medicine Practitioners (WONMP); a frequent lecturer at American Naturopathic Medical Association (ANMA) and countless other Anti-Aging & Health Conferences worldwide.

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Fighting Colds and Flu Naturally

Posted By Anette Mnabhi, DO, Friday, January 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How many viruses does it take to get sick?


Simple steps you can take to help your body!

These foundation steps are critical to building and restoring your immune function. Nothing can replace the basics. No pill can take the place of what the body needs to build and repair itself.

The Foundation

Water, Water, Water

  • Humidify the air at home and work!
  • Stay Well Hydrated! Drink 8-10 glasses daily!
  • Handwashing–wash those germs away!


  • 7-8 hours average
  • 9-10 for people with chronic health concerns


  • Sugar paralyzes your white blood cells


  • Strengthens your immune system

A Positive Attitude

  • "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine”
  • Positive attitude boosts your immune function

Foods & Nutrients To Boost Immune Function

  • Zinc
    • Beans, Nuts (such as pumpkin seeds)
  • Vitamin C
    • Citrus Fruits, Kiwi, Strawberries, Red and Green Peppers, Tomatoes, Cantaloupe
  • Garlic and Onions
    • Antibacterial
    • Antiviral
    • Increase the activity of NK cells and T-helper cells
  • Fresh Oregano and Thyme
  • Fresh Ginger
    • Honey Ginger Tea
  • Vitamin D3
  • North American Gingseng
  • Probiotics

This is a great little recipe to try when you feel something coming on. If it is too strong you can always dilute more and drink more. Take as you would an antibiotic, ate least twice daily and better if 3-4 times a day.


16 ounces pineapple juice

8-10 garlic cloves (a small bulb of garlic)

Blend well and drink as needed.

Here is a nice little recipe for your own essential oil hand sanitizer. Gentle on the hands, but effective.

Home Made Hand Sanitizer Recipe

4oz glass spray bottle

Sterile water

1 Tsp aloe vera gel

5 drops each of these essential oils:

Cinnamon, clove, rosemary, eucalyptus

10 drops of lemon or wild orange essential oil.

Shake gently and use 2-3 sprays on hands as needed.

For natural decongestant effect crush these fresh herbs and put into a bowl of hot steaming water, cover your head with a towel, and enjoy the soothing natural decongestant effects.

Decongestant Herbs:

Eucalyptus, Thyme, Rosemary, Peppermint

Staying well is a challenge when the cold and flu is raging all around you, but keeping your immune system healthy by getting the basics in, like sleep, good nutrition, and staying well hydrated goes a long way to staying fit and healthy.

Be well!

Dr. Anette

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Join ACAM & Save 50% on Dr. Alan Gaby's Textbook "Nutritional Medicine"

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nutritional Medicine is a textbook designed to teach healthcare practitioners how to use nutritional therapy as an alternative or adjunct to conventional medicine.

It is the result of over thirty years of research, study, and experience by Dr. Alan Gaby, who is widely recognized as an authority on medical nutrition.

"A landmark, a milestone in the history of 21st century medicine." - Jonathon V. Wright, M.D. | Pioneer in nutritional medicine.

"I recommend that Nutritional Medicine be on the desk of every healthcare practitioner." - William Manahan, M.D. | Past President, American Holistic Medical Association.

The book features:

  • More than 400 different health conditions and symptoms discussed in detail.
  • Sixty-one chapters on vitamins, minerals, and other therapeutic agents, including biochemistry, clinical indications, absorption, excretion, deficiency signs, requirements, assessment of nutritional status, adverse effects, drug interactions, nutrient interactions, preparations, and dosage and administration.
  • Chapters on fundamentals of nutritional medicine including dietary fundamentals, reactive hypoglycemia, food allergy, "sub-laboratory" hypothyroidism, and candidiasis.
  • More than 1,300 pages and 15,000 reference citations.

ACAM has secured an exclusive discount on this valuable textbook for our new members. Join ACAM today and pay only $147.50 for this incredible book! (Retail value: $295)

Call us at: 1-800-532-3688 or (949) 309-3520 for information on this promotion.

Tags:  nutrition  Professional Membership 

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Save the Date for ACAM's Spring Education Summit

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Please save the dates for ACAM's upcoming Spring 2013 Education Summit, May 29 - June 2, 2013, in beautiful Hollywood, Florida.

Enjoy ACAM's one-of-a-kind continuing medical education combined with a relaxing getaway at the Westin Diplomat Resort.

Pre-Conference workshops will be hosted on Wed, May 29 and Thur, May 30 on the following topics:

  • Integrative Psychiatry for the Non-Psychiatric Practitioner
  • Metal Toxicology
  • and more to be announced soon

The General Session will be Fri, May 31 - Sun, June 2 on:

  • Managing Mitochondrial Function in Clinical Practice

Be first to get information on this event by joining the Interest List here.

Tags:  Annual Meeting  Education Summit  Spring Conference 

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Attend IHS and Save 15% - Compliments of ACAM

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 13, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Integrative Healthcare Symposium

Conference: February 28 – March 2, 2013

Pre-Conference Workshop: February 27, 2013

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Visit for more information.

Practical and Inspirational knowledge to immediately enhance your practice.

The Integrative Healthcare Symposium brings together the most influential and inspiring multi-disciplinary practitioners and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to improving patient care and defining the future of integrative healthcare.

Join us for four days covering more than 60 live session hours presented by nationally and internationally renowned speakers in the fields of Nutrition, Hormones/Women’s Health, Mind Body Spirit, Integrative Approaches, Integrative Nurses, World Medicine and more.

2013 Keynotes include: - Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB

- David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM

- Mehmet Oz, MD

- Larry Dossey, MD

See a complete list of 2013 Speakers

Register today!
Register online at and use

Promo Code: 105403 for your 15% ACAM discount.

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View the 2013 Conference Program

Learn more about: Continuing Medical Education credit certified by Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s & Roosevelt Hospitals and Continuing Education Programs offered to naturopaths, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and registered dietitians.

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ACAM Reflects on the Life of James Frackelton, MD, FACAM

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of one of ACAM’s founding fathers, James Frackelton, MD, FACAM. Dr. Frackelton served as ACAM President from 1985-1987.

He was a major player in the fight for EDTA chelation therapy, examining the therapy and its critics as well as publishing articles and studies such as the landmark study about free radical control as the primary mechanism for chelation therapy that he published with Elmer Cranton, MD in 1984.

Dr. Frackelton received his undergraduate education from Yale University and his MD degree from Case Western Reserve University. After an extra year in Immunology and hospital training, he spent two and a half years in the U.S. Navy where he served as a flight surgeon. He established practice in Westlake in 1958 emphasizing Family Practice with a specialty in Exercise Cardiology. As chairman of the Family Practice Department at Fairview General Hospital, he established the Family Practice Residency program.

In 1976, Dr. Frackelton changed the direction of his medical practice to emphasize Preventive Medicine and formed Preventive Medicine Group. After many years of studying biochemistry, he began teaching nutrient and detoxification therapies to alternative oriented physicians.

A special note from Dr. Frackelton’s longtime business partner, Derrick Lonsdale, MD, FACAM:

"Jim Frackelton and I met in a small group of professionals that had become interested in what has come to be known as Complementary Alternative Medicine. At that time, only a few short years ago,it was easy to get into a position where one's medical license was jeopardized.We met in each other's houses, somewhat like the early Christians and called it ‘The Nutrition Cell’.

In 1982 Jim offered me a partnership in the practice that he founded in 1976. In spite of several official attempts to discredit us, we never looked back and the practice became known as Preventive Medicine Group.Jim was a true pioneer and a tireless leader who has been a giant in helping CAM to its present acceptance.

He had a degree in Chinese language and had the courage to give the first two minutes of a lecture in China in their own language.It was during his presidency that he changed the name of the organization from the American Institute of Medical Preventics to its present name as the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a fundamental change in professional perspective that made it easier to attract speakers for the biannual conferences.His pioneering leadership in chelation and CAM treatment of cancer patients enabled him to ease the health burdens of thousands. In spite of his rapidly declining physical health, his mind remained as sharp as ever and he continued to drive to the office and see patients until only twenty four hours before his death.As his partner and friend of thirty years I am one of many physicians, nurses and patients that owe him a debt of gratitude that is beyond price.” - Derrick Lonsdale, MD

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ACAM Welcomes New Executive Director Michael Boutot

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
ACAM is thrilled to announce the hiring of Michael Boutot as ACAM’s new Executive Director.

"We are delighted to have Michael join us. He is highly qualified to help lead ACAM into the next decade and beyond as we forge new paths through the world of Integrative Medicine and we are privileged to have him as part of our team!” said Neal Speight, MD, ACAM President and CEO.

Michael is a business consultant and entrepreneur with nearly 30 years experience in various professional arenas. Michael has spent the past 15 years in sales leadership and sales training in the legal and litigation support arena as well as serving as a business coach and consultant to several companies and organizations.

He has previously served as director of litigation management for Atlanta-based Crawford & Company, the world’s largest provider of claims management solutions to insurance companies. Michael established Crawford & Company’s Litigation Management Division and there developed his Managed Legal Care concept to litigation management. He grew that business in less than three years to over 2,500 law firms across the United States and Canada and likewise established their Legal Services Provider Network.

In July 2002 Michael became one of the originating founders of the International Litigation Management Association and served as their President and Chairman of the Board until 2007 when the organization merged with the Council on Ethical Billing and together later became the Council on Litigation Management (or the CLM). He served in a transitional role as Chairman of the advisory board and President for the first year after the organizations merged. With over 20 years experience in the insurance claims industry, Michael has extensive experience in the area of litigation management and the creation of litigation management standards and guidelines.

An experienced private investigator (trained as a counter-intelligence agent with the United States Army), claims manager, and having served as an executive in sales & marketing, Michael presents a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm as a gifted speaker and motivator. In addition to his professional experience, Michael has formed extensive relationships and alliances within the legal, litigation, risk management and insurance industries.

Married for over 31 years, Michael and his wife Carol have raised twelve children. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. He has also received training as a family counselor. Michael and his family currently reside in Monroe, GA.

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Suzanne Somers Speaking at ACAM Fall 2012 Conference

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 9, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Irvine, Calif. --American College for Advancement in Medicine is ecstatic to welcome Suzanne Somers to its Fall Conference and Tradeshow Friday, Nov. 16.

Ms. Somers will speak in place of Tony Lamas, MD who was originally set to discuss the findings of the NIH Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT).

"ACAM is pleased to be joined by wellness advocate Suzanne Somers to discuss her life altering experiences related to integrative and alternative therapies,” said Megan Marburger, Executive Director for ACAM.

Ms. Somers' speaking engagement will be hosted at ACAM's Friday luncheon which is complimentary to all guests of its 'New Developments in Gut Health and its Relationship to Systemic Illness' Scientific Session.

For more information on ACAM’s Fall Conference and Tradeshow please visit

About ACAM: The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is a not-for-profit Organization dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the safe and effective application of integrative medicine. ACAM's healthcare model focuses on prevention of illness and a strive for total wellness. ACAM is the voice of integrative medicine: our goals are to improve physician skills, knowledge and diagnostic procedures as they relate to integrative medicine; to support integrative medicine research; and to provide education on current standard of care as well as additional approaches to patient care.

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Join ACAM for 2.5 Days of Gut Health Education

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Developments in Gut Health & its Relationship to Systemic Illness - Nov. 16 - 18, 2012 - Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino - Las Vegas

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is one of the five most prevalent gastrointestinal disease burdens in the United States, with an overall health care cost of more than $1.7 billion. This chronic condition is without a medical cure and commonly requires a lifetime of care. Each year in the United States, IBD accounts for more than $700,000 physician visits, 100,000 hospitalization, and disability in 119,000 patients. Over the long term, up to 75% of patients with Crohn's disease and 25% of those with ulcerative colitis will require surgery.

According to a recent article in the gastroenterology literature: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is commonly used by the general public and by those suffering from chronic diseases including individuals with Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis. This increase in patients' use of CAM has spurred interest in CAM among gastroenterologists and other physician's general knowledge of CAM efficacy in IBD is lacking and most physicians are unprepared to advise their patients about CAM or understand the application and appropriate use of CAM therapies in IBD or know the effect these therapies will have on conventional IBD therapies. According to multiple surveys published in the gastroenterology literature, patients using CAM report benefits that extend beyond simply improved disease control. Using CAM allows patients to exert a greater degree of control over their disease and its management than they are afforded by conventional medicine.

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is implicated in irritable bowel syndrome and is difficult to both diagnose and treat. This treatment challenge arises mainly because a specific algorithm for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (diarrhea subtype) does not exist, treatments are not equally effective in all patients, recommendations change, and new therapeutic options have recently become available. Reactions to dietary components have also been implicated in irritable bowel syndrome, but physician knowledge about optimal testing for and treatment of food-related allergic reactions are limited.

This activity will provide caregivers with information CAM interventions for irritable bowel disorder and irritable bowel syndrome: clinical nutrition, probiotics, integrative use of antibiotics, dietary therapy and hormonal interventions and will provide them with information to use in counseling patients about CAM interventions in inflammatory and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as other gastrointestinal conditions in which CAM therapies can be applied.

Register by the end of this week (Oct. 20) and receive Early Bird rates, which are $100 off. Get more information and register at:

Tags:  gastrointestinal disease  gut health  systemic illness 

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How to Make Your Business Card Work Harder for You

Posted By Wendy Bauerschmidt, Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A business card may be a small piece of real estate - but if used well, it can have a huge impact on your business. Unfortunately, many doctors’ business cards are formal and nondescript. That is a shame because your business card can be one of your least expensive and most effective marketing tools.

You can spend a ton of money on design and printing. There are also online design and print options that are quite reasonable. Either way, the look & feel of your card should fit with the overall image that you want for your practice. It is also helpful if there is consistency with the look of your website and other marketing materials.

Some marketers suggest including your photo. Statistics show that a business card with a photo is retained more than one that doesn’t include one. Other strategies include vertical rather than horizontal orientation, curved edges and other designs so that the card catches attention and is memorable. Memorable is good. For an Integrative Physician, a business card that is memorable because it powerfully connects with your ideal patients is even better.

Why Do Patients Come to See You?

One of the best ways to use your business card to engage with potential patients is to include one carefully crafted line encapsulating the benefits that a patient, preferably your ideal patient, receives by working with you.

You may think that patients come to see you because you uncover and resolve the root cause of their symptoms. That is only part of the reason. The real reason that they come to see you is for what gets to happen for them as a result. Appeal directly to this desire and your business card will stand out from the pack. Try this exercise to help you get to the core reason that patients come to see you:

I help ___________, so that they can ___________________________.

In the first blank fill in who you work with – you looked at this in the last post. Is it children, athletes, over-40 men and women, menopausal women?

In the second part, describe how their life is changed by working with you.

Once you have your main benefit or benefits, include it in a prominent place on your card. The back side of the card is often unused real estate that can be used for this purpose.

Please share your ideas & experiences with business cards that you have found effective or that work for you.

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The Road Back to Health Goes Through the Gut

Posted By John Gannage, MD, MCFP, DH, Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

As living beings, the quality of our digestion relates holistically to the function of every cell in every organ or gland within our bodies. The first step is making the correct food choices, providing the proper fuel for our inner machinery. What have become staples in our diet e.g. excessive dairy, refined grains, refined sugars, coffee, alcohol and processed meats, can slowly undermine the proper functioning of our digestive tract (and other organs, including our brains). In combination with overuse of medications (e.g. antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, antacids, steroids, and hormones) and stress, the more than 2.5 billion pounds of chemical pollutants dumped into our environment each year contribute to the burden of chronic disease that we are faced with at this point in human history.

There was a time when foods were eaten as close to their original source as possible, where additives and processing were unheard of. With the advent of modern day agricultural practices, changes in the family unit, the premium placed on convenience, and lack of rotation in our diets of wholesome foods, chronic illness has soared in our population, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer; as well as pediatric cancers, obesity, allergic illnesses and autism. The road back to wellness always includes proper nutrition and behaviour, and MAINTENANCE of them as part of everyday life. Does this need to be difficult? I don’t believe it does. Seek out like-minded individuals, and there are more of them everyday, and the journey will have many rewards.If you have eaten improperly for a number of years, the process of regaining your health may need to extend beyond an incorporation of wholesome foods. In the pyramid of intervention that we focus on at 300 Main Street, the initial step is dedicated to reducing toxicity within one’s intestinal system, and restoring proper liver function.

Tags:  gastrointestinal disease  gut health 

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Who Do You Like to Work With?

Posted By Wendy Bauerschmidt, Thursday, October 4, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

If you could clone your ideal patient, who would that be? It may be a compilation of characteristics of different patients. What would he or she be like? Be as specific as you can in identifying the patients you really love to work with. If you get stuck, think about the patients that you are energized by working with, or with whom you really feel as though you are fulfilling your purpose. Your ideal patients often lie beyond a demographic bucket, look for the common values or personal qualities. For example, willingness to take responsibility for lifestyle choices or valuing health may be a common characteristic of your ideal patients.

As a doctor, you were probably trained to help, serve and heal any and all who are sick. As a practitioner, it may be scary to think of leaving out anyone who could benefit from, and pay for, the services that you provide. I am not suggesting that you turn anyone away. I am suggesting that in your marketing message you consciously encourage your ideal patients to make an appointment. This will make your marketing easier and more effective. It will likely make your practice more gratifying.

So, back to your ideal patient. What is it that he or she is looking for? Why do they come to you? What are the health benefits or life changes that your ideal patient desires?

In the next post we’ll look at how you can use this info to add spark to your business card.

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We're Extending Early Bird Rates to Fall 2012 Conference

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Irvine, Calif -- The American College for Advancement in Medicine is happy to extend Early Bird discounts for our Fall Conference and Tradeshow through October 20, 2012. The exciting event will take place Nov. 14 - 18, at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

The meeting will feature education that is accredited for 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(TM) and an exhibit hall with over 60 companies that support integrative medicine practitioners.

"This year is especially exciting because we're celebrating ACAM's 40th Birthday," said Megan Marburger, Marketing and Events Manager for ACAM. "We're happy to extend Early Bird pricing as part of the celebration and to encourage as many healthcare practitioners as possible to join us."

For more information on the event and for a line-up of the speakers and topics please visit:

Tags:  Annual Meeting  business  fall meeting 

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A Simple Marketing Tip that is Hard for Some Doctors

Posted By Wendy Bauerschmidt, Monday, October 1, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"Honey, do you have any of my business cards?” My husband Mike asked at a recent dinner party we attended. As I have many times before, I pulled out the card holder with his cards that I always carry in my purse and handed him a few.

I have learned to always have some of my husband’s business cards in my purse, stash some in the glove compartment of his car, my car and in a drawer of the console next to our front door so that we (translation – I) can grab some on the way out the door.

A common tool, if not badge of identity, for the corporate professional, it was hard for me to understand why it is not second nature for my husband to carry his business card. I have observed this phenomenon is true of many physicians I have met, regardless of their specialty.

My husband explains that as an ER doctor cards weren’t necessary – people were literally dying to see him. Other specialists are accustomed to getting all the referrals they need from insurance provider lists. An integrative medicine practice is different. Since patients often pay out of pocket, you have to convince them to invest their hard earned cash. A well designed business card can be the first step in the process of getting a prospective patient to know, like and trust you.

In the next post we will talk about how to design your business cards that will have patients hungry to see you – without appearing cheesy or salesy.

In the meantime, please share tips on how you remember to carry your business cards or where you stash them so that you always have them readily available.

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You're Invited to ACAM Member's Grand Opening

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Join ACAM Member Sushma Bahl, MD at the Grand Opening of American Integrated Medicine and Aesthetics Center | September 27, 2012 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Please RSVP by September 27 to

(4:30pm Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - San Gabriel Valley Chamber of Commerce)

Dr. Sushma Bahl will help you repair your health by restoring balance between different body systems. Her cutting edge Functional Medicine approach is to treat disease from the root cause by natural therapies. Dr. Bahl specializes in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine and is certified in assessment and management of Fibromyalgia by FACSUF.

Dr. Bahl is also certified in facial aesthetics, Botox, fillers, acne treatment and laser treatment. Her expertise in aesthetics helps her patients achieve excellent results.

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Practice Building is about Serving More Patients

Posted By Wendy Bauerschmidt, Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How to build your practice isn’t something that you probably learned in medical school. You probably didn’t need to at the time. Simply becoming part of the insurance company’s provider networks and being on call was all that was probably required to have the phone ringing off the hook and the waiting room filled to capacity.

That practice model has its trade-offs. If you have an integrative practice, chances are that a good portion of your services are not covered by insurance, or you may not accept insurance at all. This different practice model requires a more proactive method of patient recruitment.

Many integrative physicians aren’t comfortable with marketing. After all, it’s not something that you were trained to do. You are trained to serve, to heal. That’s precisely why I would make the case that it is important that you learn practice building skills and become comfortable with a few techniques that work for you.

It’s important because your mission is BIG. The more people you serve, the more you can heal. Teaching more patients about healthy lifestyle choices creates a ripple effect that increases your impact. These are worthy goals.

The goal of these blog posts is to support you in this worthwhile endeavor by giving you tips that you can implement easily and to support you in taking consistent action. We also encourage you to share strategies that have or perhaps have not worked for you.

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Certify in Chelation Therapy with ACAM

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 10, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
ACAM's certification exam, developed in conjunction with Applied Measurement Professionals, is the only certification exam for chelation therapy. The examination was developed using state-of-the-art psychometrics, robust questions development and the academic rigor necessary for a certification program. The CCT Designation Exam allows physicians to use CCT as a credential and showcases his/her commitment to applying the highest standard of care when administering Chelation Therapy.

CCT Designation elevates the practitioner to a higher standard of reputation and professional development. Our rigorous and sound program ensures that only those truly qualified to administer chelation therapy safely and effectively are awarded designation. Patients will look for CCT designation when selecting a healthcare provider.

ACAM is offering the course: A Clinician's Guide to Chelation Therapy: Integrating Chelation Therapy Into Your Practice, as well as the CCT exam at our upcoming Fall 2012 Conference and Tradeshow, Nov. 14 - 15, 2012. If you cannot take the exam at our event in November, the exam is also offered at over 220 testing centers around the United States.

Please visit our website ( for more information regarding this program. Please note that additional documents are required to sit for the examination and ACAM must receive all candidate materials by October 1, 2012 if you would like to take the examination on-site in Las Vegas. For more information on our Las Vegas conference please visit

Please contact the ACAM Executive Office for more information at 1-800-532-3688 or 949-309-3520 for international callers.

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Interview with Hormone Speaker Ty Vincent, MD

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
ACAM: You’ve lived in Alaska your whole life, and now you practice there, have you seen a growing trend toward complementary, alternative and integrative medicine?

Dr. Vincent: I’ve been practicing medicine here in Wasilla, Alaska since 2005 and in that amount of time I have seen an increase. We’ve had a naturopath move into town and we have two acupuncturists that currently work out of my clinic. There are also practitioners that do energy medicine, colon hydrotherapy, body wraps and other things that could be considered on the health and wellness continuum. We also probably have more chiropractors than we do primary care physicians in the area. So, I’d say although this region tends to be pretty politically conservative it is surprisingly embracing of integrative medicine.

ACAM: Your bio says that even before you went to medical school you had an interest in complementary and alternative medicine, did that prompt you to go to medical school?

Dr. Vincent: No, but it also did not discourage me. Whereas, if I knew then what I know now I unfortunately probably would have been discouraged to go to MD medical school. I was kind of naive before going in, not knowing that original thought was discouraged and that alternative medicine was completely shunned and not embraced. Since I had the interest before I got into medical school I was able to maintain that perspective and keep an open mind and learn everything truly good that conventional medicine had to offer me, so that I could then add to that later on and I could learn more in addition to it. I certainly do not discard what I learned in conventional medical training in my current practice.

ACAM: Where did you get additional training in integrative medicine from?

Dr. Vincent: During the last year of my family medicine residency in Anchorage I had the opportunity to train in acupuncture through the Helms Medical Institute. Learning acupuncture opened up my mind and my world to the concepts of Chinese Medicine and how the diagnostics are completely different and yet it works extremely well. It was my first exposure to an integrative or alternative medicine technique.

The same organization offered a training course in Chinese herbal medicine. When I finished the acupuncture course I took the Chinese herbal medicine curriculum and I learned how to use patent herbal formulas to help people with various things and then combined that with acupuncture.

I also decided to learn about nutrition which had always made sense to me as being one of the most important things. In my search online for nutrition books I found the Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) nutritional textbook for clinicians. I read it and got really excited because it talked about things in the way that I thought they should be discussed in terms of how the body actually works and what it takes to make the body work right. Then I found that they had a textbook of functional medicine and I got that book and read almost the entire thing in about a month. I started going to IFM conferences and through that network I discovered the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, ACAM and the Autism Research Foundation. So, I started attending lots of different conferences with these different groups. Then I found a hormone training conference which interested me because I learned through some other exposure that hormones seem to be important. I did a more formal hormone therapy training through the International Hormone Society in the beginning of 2007 and then started doing a lot of hormone therapy, which is now the subject of the course that I helped set up at ACAM.

I’ve gathered education and material from all kinds of different organizations and lots of conferences, reading journals, researching things online and there really isn’t a comprehensive place to learn everything at this point, which people ask me all the time. Medical students and residents ask me, ‘Where can you go to learn integrative medicine,’ and there isn’t one single place. My hope would be that ACAM could become that single place, where we could offer workshops and ongoing longitudinal educational experiences and the things that give you everything you really need to know to be a very functional integrative medical practitioner. I think that ACAM does the best job out there so far.

ACAM: Is your practice mainly hormones patients?

Dr. Vincent: No, I’m a family practitioner by board training. I used to deliver babies, perform colonoscopies and a very broad spectrum of family medicine. Now that my practice is sort of specialized, I see people who have chronic medical complaints that other doctors haven’t been able to figure out and a lot of times hormones are involved. I also deal a lot with autoimmune disease and immune system problems, gastrointestinal problems, and other sort of functional disorders. I see all kinds of chronic illness, but in the majority of chronic illness problems people come in with including fatigue syndromes and other things I see hormones as playing a role.

ACAM: Do you see the interest in HRT growing by both patients and practitioners?

Dr. Vincent: I do. Hormones are in the mainstream media, in mainstream reading and people are talking about the subject, especially women. Now women in our society feel much more empowered, they feel like they have a voice and that they can come in and get their needs met better than they used to. A lot of the patients I see come in wanting hormonal things, specifically women, and they have already read books and done research. So, it’s definitely something that’s increasing in public awareness. I think the approach integrative medicine should take is to appeal to the consumer. It is a consumer industry, but it’s still up to the physician or practitioner to know what is safe in terms of hormone therapy, know how to answer questions correctly and know how to steer therapy decisions. It’s important to try to accomplish the goals and the needs that the patient comes in with, which are often different than what I think the patient ought to do. So, we have to figure out where we can agree.

ACAM: Since Summer Camp last year, how has the Hormones program changed?

Dr. Vincent: At Summer Camp in Fort Lauderale it was a one man show where I was tasked with trying to put together a comprehensive hormone curriculum workshop in one day. I did brief overview lectures on every major hormonal topic in a 7 hour lecture period.

Then for the San Diego conference, which was this past May, there was a team of us that put the workshop together. We chose speakers from outside of ACAM and we had two days of workshop to put together, so we could really address things in greater depth and detail and with a variety of speakers. At the conclusion, we had panel discussions with the multiple speakers and it was certainly a very different format that I think was much better for everybody. It’s nice to get different opinions, views and fields of medicine where everybody has their own take on things.

The course we’re planning for November in Las Vegas is going to be a similar format. There will be a number of speakers and we’re going to try and cover material in a more basic format. In San Diego we weren’t really sure what the audience was looking for persay and we weren’t sure what level they were coming in at, so we put together a workshop that we thought covered material that was important. Some of the feedback from attendees suggested that we should probably make it a little more basic for people that are coming in with no previous hormone training whatsoever. We decided that was a good idea, so down the road we’re going to try to do a basic workshop one time and then the second offering of the year will be a more advanced workshop on the same types of topics. So, this November will be our first time doing what we consider the more basic workshop.

We really want people to come who have preexisting knowledge on hormone therapy and we want people with no knowledge of hormone therapy. I think there is something in it for everyone who attends. We also really want feedback to tell us how to better teach the course as time goes by because this is a really important aspect of medicine that is involved with the majority of my patient care experiences. It’s one of the most powerful tools we have in integrative medicine so I think it’s an important thing to continue to fine tune for our attendees.

ACAM: If someone took the Hormones course in San Diego, what is something new they can expect in Las Vegas?

Dr. Vincent: This time I’m doing the thyroid lecture, we don’t have an outside person giving it. In San Diego there was some very obvious disagreement between myself and the speaker we had for the thyroid talk. I’m also giving the lectures on women’s hormone replacement and Matthew Cavaiola is giving the men’s hormone lecture instead of me. Basically we have some different speakers giving different talks this time. We are also taking a more basic approach. We’re going to step back and take a little more of a basic, concise and clear approach to understanding hormone replacement. Hopefully it will be more clear and it will be more user friendly and it will leave plenty of time for question and answer and we’re going to try and have things be a little more case based as we do each presentation also. There are a few changes we’ve made and they’re all based on attendee feedback from San Diego.

ACAM: What is one thing you want attendees to take away from your lectures?

Dr. Vincent: That the issue is extremely complex and it requires them to think on their feet. There isn’t one way to do it, there is no protocol for hormone replacement. You have no idea what’s going to happen to any given individual when you give them a hormone no matter what their laboratory data shows or what their symptoms were. Every time you give someone hormone therapy you have to pay really close attention and follow them clinically based on their response. There’s no ‘cookbook’ way to do it. So, the way I teach this material is from a conceptual basis and that it’s complete chaos which is disconcerting for some people but that’s really too bad because that’s just the way it is. People really want to have clear cut answers and a protocol and an algorithm and that has to go out the window when you start doing hormone replacement therapy. I have a lot to say about what can happen when you start doing hormone therapy, but it’s certainly not the gospel and everybody has to go forth and gain experience and do their own learning on their own beyond that.

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Medical Students and Residents Join ACAM in Las Vegas

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Irvine, Calif -- The American College for Advancement in Medicine is pleased to offer reduced rates for medical students and residents that wish to attend the organization's annual Fall Conference and Tradeshow.

The event is taking place at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nov. 14 - 18, 2012.

ACAM conferences are a great opportunity for students and residents to learn from renowned integrative medicine experts, gain new perspectives, and meet new mentors.

Medical students and residents interested in attending at the reduced rates must submit a copy of their student/resident ID, a letter from their office of admissions or director at their residency indicating their current enrollment status, and a completed registration form.

View the event website here.

Download the Medical Student/Resident registration form here.

About ACAM: The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is a not-for-profit Organization dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the safe and effective application of integrative medicine. ACAM's healthcare model focuses on prevention of illness and a strive for total wellness. ACAM is the voice of integrative medicine; our goals are to improve physician skills, knowledge and diagnostic procedures as they relate to integrative medicine; to support integrative medicine research; and to provide education on current standard of care as well as additional approaches to patient care.

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Registration Open for ACAM Fall Conference & Tradeshow

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 2, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Registration is now open for ACAM's annual Fall Conference and Tradeshow. The event is taking place Nov. 14 - 18, 2012 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Practitioners may earn up to 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM over the duration of the symposium.

We invite you to take advantage of Early Bird rates through Oct. 14th. During the Early Bird promotion all a-la-carte courses are $100 off.

The General Session topic is: New Developments in Gut Health & Its Relationships to Systemic Illness, featuring experts in GI and gut health.

Pre-conference workshops (Nov. 14th and Nov. 15th) will be on the following topics:

  • An Integrative Approach to Balancing Hormones
  • Chelation Therapy
  • The GI Microbiome in Depth: Clinical Applications and Lab Testing
  • Hands-On Hyperbarics
  • Autoimmunity: Permeability, Pathogenesis, Prediction
  • Oxidative Medicine

For more information, view the event website at:

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Cracking the Weight Loss Code

Posted By Andrea Purcell, NMD, Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A groundbreaking study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on June 27, 2012 by Dr. David Ludwig out of the Boston Children’s’ Hospital settling the debate about how we lose and gain weight.

Up until this moment there have been two sides to the weight loss discussion.

Side A – Quantity, how much we eat determines our weight. In essence the calories we take in minus the calories we burn will determine our fate. For example: If we require a 1400 calories per day and we eat 1900 calories then we are at a surplus of 500 calories that will get stored as fat and cause us to gain weight. If we require 1400 calories and consume 1400 calories then we break even for that day and will not gain weight.

Side B – Quality, the quality of our food matters. For example: If we require 1400 calories per day and we eat 1400 calories it will depend on the food groups that make up those calories which will determine weight gain. In essence if we eat 1400 calories of potato chips those will be metabolized differently than 1400 calories of chicken. The quality side argues that even if we eat within our caloric limits certain foods are more likely to be stored as fat than others.

In this study Dr. Ludwig took a group of obese patients and put them on a starvation diet to lose 10% of their body weight. In this case a 300lb person would lose 30lbs and be 270lbs at the beginning of the study.

The starvation part is not the interesting part.

This next part is what is most interesting:

Patients were then divided into three groups and given 3 different food plans.

Dr. Ludwig wanted to see what would happen to these patients over 30 days when they were given the same caloric load but different qualities of food.

1) Group one was put on a high carbohydrate low fat diet. (60% carbohydrate, 20% protein, 20% fat)

2) Group two was put on a low glycemic diet similar to a diabetes diet. (40% carbohydrate, 40% fat, 20% protein)

3) Group three was put on a high protein, high fat, and low carbohydrate diet. (60% fat, 30% protein, 10% carbohydrate)

At the end of 30 days Group three, the very low-carbohydrate diet, had the most beneficial effects on energy expenditure and several metabolic syndrome components. Group one had the most unfavorable outcome of all the groups.

Note from Dr. P: This is something that Naturopathic Doctors have known for some time. Calories in, minus calories out, are an extremely generalized view of the complex metabolism of the human body and typically only help younger individuals lose weight. As we age hormonal fluctuations contribute to a sluggish metabolism and weight loss becomes increasingly difficult. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this, "Dr. Purcell, I don’t know what happened I’m gaining weight and my diet hasn’t changed, I’m still eating what I always ate.” Women’s bodies’ change every 5 years. What worked when you were 30 is not going to work when you are 40. That means we need to change our food choices. Women especially are plagued by weight gain in peri-menopause and the quality of the calories makes the biggest difference for weight loss and a healthy weight.

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Allergens Lurking in Your Home

Posted By Hyla Cass, MD, Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014

When I moved into my current home in Southern California nearly 20 years ago, I went searching for nontoxic paint, carpeting, and other furnishings. My efforts were met mostly with odd looks and raised eyebrows (ah, the olden days!). So I was overjoyed when I finally found Mary Cordaro, just starting out on her path as a consultant on healthy, green home building and remodeling. She spoke my language! She immediately became my non-toxic home guide, and over the years I have referred her numerous friends and patients: people with allergies or, simply, those interested in green, clean living. Mold, volatile chemicals, indoor and outdoor pollution -- you name it, she has a resource. President of Mary Cordaro, Inc., she works as a healthy home consultant and certified Bau-biologist, lecturing around the country as well.

My latest concern, likely in response to some incessant commercials on the subject, is the existence of disgusting, invisible dust mites that camp out in our mattresses, living off our skin flakes (yuck!) and generally up to no good. I asked Mary what she does for this scourge, and she gave me some great solutions, along with some advice covering the gamut of home toxins, which I'm including here as well. We'll start with the creepy crawlies.

Death to Dust Mites According to the Mayo Clinic, the average bed is home to 100,000 to 10 million dust mites (and you thought a snoring mate was a problem!). Along with their favorite food, our skin particles, mites thrive on warmth, moisture and darkness. So, before making the bed, pull back the covers and air your bedding, reducing moisture. When it's sunny, air your bedding outdoors. Wash sheets in hot water weekly if you are dust mite-sensitive. You'll itch if you are. Unless they are filled with organic or chemical-free wool, which is naturally mite-resistant, encase mattresses, pillows and comforters with nontoxic dust mite barrier covers tightly woven to at least 4.91 microns. Seek barrier covers that are free of PVC and antimicrobial, stain- or wrinkle-resistant treatments. No more dust mites!

Now for the other invisible threats within our castles.

Allergies on the Rise. They've doubled since the 1970s, according to a 2005 study by the National Institutes of Health. Some of that increase may be because most of us spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors, meaning we are almost constantly exposed to airborne allergens in our offices, homes and cars.

The most common home allergens are particulates and chemicals. Particulates include seasonal pollen, mold, dust, dust mites and animal dander. Indoor chemicals associated with allergies include formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds (chemicals that outgas from products such as plywood and fiberboard), conventional paint and finishes, and permanent fabric treatments. By improving air flow and reducing sources of particulates, chemicals and moisture, we can reduce our homes' levels of typical airborne allergens. Here are some strategies:

Allergenic Particles. Many of the chemicals in our homes are tracked in from our shoes and on pets' feet. One of the easiest ways to reduce our homes' particulate and chemical loads is to remove shoes upon entering the house. They do it in Japan and Hawaii, and I've instituted it in my own home as well. And make bedrooms off limits to pets.

To control allergens that do get in, vacuum frequently, including upholstered furniture, with a HEPA vacuum independently certified to capture at least 99 percent of particulates (e.g., Miele, Nilfisk). This is especially important if you have wall-to-wall carpet or pets. If you don't have a HEPA vacuum, open windows while vacuuming and for 30 minutes afterward, as non-HEPA vacuums can stir up allergens. You might also invest in a HEPA air cleaner that filters particulates such as dust, pollen, dander and mold. The best HEPA cleaners contain carbon for chemical filtering as well.

Moisture Patrol. Moisture helps create an ideal environment for mold and other allergens. One of the most common sources of indoor moisture is condensation from bathing and cooking. Run exhaust fans when cooking and for 30 minutes after bathing, even if your bathroom has a window. Make sure exhaust fans vent to the outdoors. While fans are running, it's wise to crack a nearby window to provide a source of makeup air (see "This House Doesn't Suck" below). Outdoor moisture may also lead to indoor mold. Make sure your home's drainage directs water away from foundation walls.

In basements, avoid materials that mold thrives on, such as drywall and carpet. Instead, choose hard materials such as concrete, ceramic, tile and stone. Keep moist basement air out of living spaces by installing an airtight seal around the basement door and caulking holes where plumbing and electrical wires pass from the basement to the ground floor. Also install weatherproofing around attic doors.

Carpet cleaning and humidifying increase indoor moisture. If carpet doesn't dry quickly after cleaning, you may end up with low levels of mold you can't see or smell. Use chemical-free cleaning methods that require the least water and only clean carpets when humidity is low and you can open windows. If you hire professionals, ask them to extract as much moisture as possible. If you use a humidifier, use filtered water and clean the reservoir with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide before refilling to prevent mold and bacteria.

Increase Air Flow. Unless you have seasonal pollen allergies or live in a highly-polluted area, open windows whenever weather allows. Fresh air and sunlight are great remedies for high levels of particulates, mites, moisture and chemicals. For fast relief, open windows and turn on all exhaust fans. Whole-house fans ventilate your entire home. If you install one, make certain its exhaust is mechanically vented to the outdoors, not into the attic.

This House Doesn't Suck. When you turn on your furnace, air conditioner or exhaust fans, your home may become negatively pressurized, an effect that causes indoor air to suck in pollutants from basements, wall cavities, attics and crawl spaces. To prevent this, keep all interior doors open and crack one window on each floor when furnace or fans are running. Change furnace filters when you see grime buildup or once every six months.

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Overcoming Chronic Lyme Disease with Integrative Medicine

Posted By John C. Pittman, MD and Mark N. Mead, MSc, Monday, June 18, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lyme disease is a chronic inflammatory condition caused when a certain type of bacteria, called Borrelia burgdoferi, is transmitted by the bite of a deer tick or black-legged tick. Other common infections transmitted by ticks—notably Babesia, Bartonella and Ehrlichia—will very often contribute to the severity of the condition. Although Lyme disease is easily treated in its early stages, the condition is difficult to diagnose. This is due mainly to the wide range of symptoms and to the poor reliability of lab tests that are currently used for identifying the Lyme-related infections.

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness reported in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, annual cases reported in the nation more than doubled between 1991 and 2005. Again, however, most cases are likely to be missed and thus are not reported.

Symptoms commonly linked with chronic Lyme disease include severe fatigue and debilitating joint pain, which some physicians refer to as "Lyme arthritis”. In fact, however, Lyme disease as a multisystem disease that affects the entire body, including muscles, bones, cartilage, brain, heart, skin, eyes, ears, head, neck, and face, as well as the digestive, respiratory, circulatory, reproductive and nervous systems. The symptoms of Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses can be so diverse as to seem mind-boggling in complexity. For example, the digestive problems can include diarrhea, constipation, nausea and stomach pain, as well as symptoms of gall bladder disease. The respiratory and circulatory challenges may include shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, heart palpitations, night sweats, heart blockage, murmurs and even heart attack.

Other signs of advanced Lyme and tick-borne illness include unexplained changes in weight, repeated infections, increased allergic reactivity, pain that moves from one part of the body to another, and symptoms that come and go. For some people, the infection can lay dormant for years and then manifest for no apparent reason. For many others, symptoms manifest within a few months following the initial tick bite—whether or not antibiotic treatment was received at the onset.

Because most physicians do not have adequate training in identifying Lyme and tick-borne disease symptoms, the condition is frequently overlooked or misdiagnosed. Moreover, because some Lyme-related symptoms are psychological in nature—e.g., frequent anxiety, heavy moods, poor concentration and short-term memory lapses—the condition tends to be dismissed as being "all in your head.”

Insights from Dr. Pittman’s Recent Physician Trainings

At this writing, I now have over a decade of clinical experience working with Lyme patients and have regularly attended the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society Annual Conferences, the "Lyme literate” professional organization of which I am a member. Beginning last year, I decided to intensify my training by participating in one-on-one preceptorships in New York, considered "Lyme Ground Zero” due to the enormous number of cases documented there. My mentors for this training were two of the top Lyme-literate physicians in the world, Dr. Richard Horowitz of Hyde Park and Dr. Bernard Raxlen in Manhattan.

These clinical trainings led me to create a three-week Lyme Stabilization Program, which we have begun implementing at our Raleigh-based Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine. The program provides intensive nutritional, digestive and detoxification support in preparation for targeted antibiotic protocols that include both pharmaceutical and herbal antimicrobials. Our center is a full-service integrative medicine facility that provides various intravenous (IV) therapies, which are immensely helpful in stabilizing very ill patients. Once stable, patients are started on antibiotics and herbal anti-microbials, with many patients requiring IV antibiotics for treatment to be effective. We have taken steps to make this approach as cost-effective as possible and, to some extent, have been able to maximize insurance coverage for our patients.

Upon returning from my recent clinical training with Drs. Horowitz and Raxlen, I realized that many of us who have been treating tick-borne diseases have overlooked a very basic detail: Treatment must be specific for each stage of the life cycle of the Lyme organisms. After being transmitted by the tick bite, the infectious agent actually changes its structure upon reaching each phase of its life cycle within the human host. Unless the antimicrobial treatments target each and all of the life-cycle stages, the disease will persist and treatment success will be relatively short-lived.

Another key insight concerns the severity of tick-borne coinfections, especially blood parasite Babesia. Even though it is difficult to get reliable test results on Babesia’s presence, we know that it is a very common co-infection. Babesia is a very challenging organism to treat, often requiring multiple anti-parasite medications as well as herbal antimicrobials. My training up in New York also helped provide a clearer understanding as to which patients need to be on antibiotics early on (as opposed to trying the herbal antimicrobials first), as well as which patients probably will never get better without IV antibiotics.

Tools for Overcoming Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases

The Carolina Center’s approach to treating Lyme and other tick-borne diseases is grounded in principles laid out in the Physician Training Program, sponsored by the International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society. Our approach utilizes a combination of strategies that address nutrient deficiencies, immune dysfunction and hormone imbalances, along with the careful use of antibiotics, which serve as a first line therapy and thus play a pivotal role in combating Lyme disease. Much of the art of treating this condition is determining when and how to use antibiotics, immune and hormonal support, detoxification, nutritional therapies, and some combination of these options.

Antibiotics are always the first course of action for anyone who has experienced a tick bite and now has acute symptoms of fatigue, body pain, headaches, and generalized flu-like symptoms. Although Lyme disease is easily treated with antibiotics in its early stages, if undiagnosed until it has progressed considerably, then chronic symptoms can develop. This more persistent form of Lyme disease obviously requires a more aggressive treatment approach..

Other factors that affect the ability to recover from Lyme disease include the following: treating the co-infections with other tick-borne organisms as well as other organisms (bacteria, yeast or parasites); removing toxic metals and other environmental pollutants that disrupt the immune system; correcting cellular nutrient deficiencies that ultimately compromise the immune and detoxification systems; and addressing hormonal imbalances that are often due to Lyme-related damage to the hypothalamus, resulting in numerous deficiencies.

The tools we embrace for treating Lyme disease at the Carolina Center are designed to not only eradicate the infection, but to bolster energy, sleep, mood, and overall functioning. These changes, in turn, give our patients the sense of peace and control they need to fully turn this situation around.

The key components of our integrative medicine protocol include:

  • Stabilization of chronically ill patients, using a combination of intravenous nutrient therapies (to correct deficiencies) and detoxification therapies (colon hydrotherapy, glutathione support, and other techniques);
  • Treatment of the digestive system with a variety of nutrients that improve absorption, bolster immune system functioning, and restore the normal flora to an optimal balance.
  • Treatment of chronic gut infections, focusing on removal of the "biofilm” that protects these organisms using a combination of pharmaceutical and natural anti-microbial agents.
  • Promotion of elimination and detoxification through the use of colon hydrotherapy
  • Implementation of other detoxification techniques including modified fasting, chelation therapy and glutathione therapy.
  • The use of hyperbaric therapy to promote cellular repair, immune system stimulation and detoxification.
  • The use of immune boosting pharmaceuticals and supplements necessary for the body to ultimately control the infection when antibiotics are no longer being used.
  • Note: For patients who have been on extended periods of antibiotic therapy prior to being seen at the Carolina Center, we often recommend a break from those treatments to assist with improving detoxification, immune function and gut repair.

Our overall approach continues to be informed by clinical trainings sponsored by the International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society and through direct work with leading Lyme physicians in the Northeast. Also, by affording increased antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection, the addition of specific nutritional and herbal supplements can further improve therapeutic outcomes for Lyme patients, as reported by University of California researchers in the September 2009 issue of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

A Story of Hope: Janet’s Recovery From Lyme [Case of Barbara Miller]

Two years ago, a 56-year-old woman named Janet came to our Raleigh office complaining of various symptoms that had progressively worsened over several years. These included back pain, muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, fevers and sweats, numbness and tingling of her lower extremities, shooting pains throughout her body, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, and irregular heartbeats. She has been to numerous physicians, including three neurologists who claimed they could find nothing wrong with her.

The relentless pain and discomfort took a toll on her normally upbeat disposition. "The symptoms gradually took over my life,” Janet recalls. "I became physically and mentally handicapped. Prior to the diagnosis, I went through a long period of time where the symptoms and intensity increased. It was both stressful and discouraging to be passed along from one doctor to another without any positive results or a diagnosis.” Three of her doctors had suggested that she see a psychologist.

Her initial labs were strongly positive for active Lyme Disease and she had a classic history of numerous tick attachments dating from shortly prior to the onset of her symptoms. Prior to commencement of antibiotic therapy, Janet underwent comprehensive testing to assess her nutritional status and immune, toxic burden, detoxification capacity, and other factors then treatments were employed to redress nutrient imbalances and prepare her digestive system for antibiotic therapy.

We then started her on an aggressive treatment protocol that helped her feel more at peace and in control. "It was a huge relief to finally get on a plan designed to get my healthy life back,” says Janet. "Over the past year I have worked with every person at the Carolina Center and felt totally supported and encouraged. At this point, I have greatly improved, and my attitude is once again positive. I am feeling and functioning much better every day, and am deeply grateful to have my life back.”

As of the spring of 2012, Janet was 75% better, with nearly all body pain eliminated and most other symptoms resolved. However, she still suffered from periodic dizziness, disorientation, and numbness and tingling in her extremities—all symptoms attributed to neurologic Lyme disease. At that point, we realized Janet was not going to fully recover without antibiotic therapy that could penetrate the blood brain barrier and reach the central nervous system.

We started her on a Lyme-specific antibiotic called Rocephin (ceftriaxone), and her oral antibiotic regimen was adjusted so that all life cycle stages of the Lyme bacteria were addressed. We also treated her for the coinfection known as Babesia, which was strongly suspected in her case due to her pattern of fevers and sweats. Janet immediately noticed a more dramatic response to treatment. "I can feel this working in my head like nothing else,” she said soon after starting the new treatment protocol.

Though Janet did experience a brief worsening of her symptoms—the Herxheimer or "die off” reaction that results from toxins being released as microbes are killed by antibiotics—she is now stable and feeling positive about her future. "I have begun to have days when I feel like my old self more than ever,” she says. "It’s been a long journey, but I’m feeling stronger and better than I have in a very long time.”

My hope is that Janet’s story will inspire other patients who are striving to overcome advanced, chronic Lyme disease. Though her recovery from this condition is ongoing, there is little doubt that she has largely reclaimed her life and her health. At least some of the credit must be given to her proactive attitude and willingness to embrace a healthier diet and lifestyle, as well as the nutritional and herbal supplement regimen to which she has been adhering. As she continues to get even stronger, I expect that Janet will motivate others with chronic Lyme disease to face their challenges with authentic hope and with the conviction that they can, indeed, overcome this seemingly intractable illness.

* Dr. Pittman is Medical Director of the Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine, former President of the North Carolina Integrative Medicine Society, and a member of North Carolina’s Vector Disease Task Force. Mark N. Mead, MSc, is a nutrition educator and research consultant. For more information about the Carolina Center, call (919) 571-4391 or visit

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When Do You Take Your Supplements?

Posted By Joel Lopez, MD, Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014

Are you taking handfuls of supplements? You might wanna think about what you’re doing if you’re in the habit of doing that. Timing of supplement intake is as important as the form in which you take them. That would have to be a totally different discussion altogether though. For now, let’s discuss ways in which to optimize the effectiveness of your nutritional supplement program. One thing to take note though before I make general recommendations is that everybody is metabolically different and unique and as such, an individualized program has to be in order.

Multivitamins, whole-food based, should be taken with food a couple of times a day. I’m not a huge fan of time-released multis because they usually come in the form of tablets (which by the way, may have unnecessary binders and fillers).

Probiotics ideally, are taken on an empty stomach unless they’re enteric-coated.

Supplements such as essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E and K are best taken with the heaviest meals.

Mineral supplements are taken apart from meals since fiber from food would actually interfere with their absorption.

Amino acids should ideally be taken apart from food as well. Examples include NAC, L-carnitine and L-tryptophan.

Digestive enzymes such as pancreatic enzymes should be taken 15-30 minutes prior to meals.

Plant-based enzymes such as bromelain and papain are more stable in an acid environment and as such, can be taken with meals.

I’m available for in person and virtual consultations. Contact me at +1-415-800-3757 or on Skype at drjlopezmd. Yours in wellness, DrJLo.

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Dr. Douglass Writing 2nd Edition of Hydrogen Peroxide: Medical Miracle

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014
World renowned physician W. Campbell Douglass III, MD, MS is writing a second edition of his successful book Hydrogen Peroxide: Medical Miracle, to be published in both hard copy and eBook formats. The new book will have an updated list of physicians that offer intravenous hydrogen peroxide therapy. Additionally, it is anticipated that the electronic version will contain links to the various practice websites that are listed. If you are interested in having your practice included in the book, please contact Dr. Douglass.

Dr. Douglass also invites you to provide case reports of patients you have treated. Such reports would be presented as coming from your practice, but without patients’ names to ensure patient privacy is maintained.

Interested parties please contact Dr. Douglass at your earliest convenience. Phone: 888.317.6767. Email:

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9/14/2017 » 9/16/2017
ACAM 2017 Annual Meeting

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