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Winter 2016 Edition

"In order to change, we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired." -Author Unknown

There are different coughs which mean different things. This means that how we attack the cough matters. There are wet coughs, dry coughs, and unproductive coughs. 

 

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Special Edition 2015

Probiotics may be one important option to help prevent illness as these healthy bugs help boost our immune system

 

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December 2015 Edition

"The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied;"
- Proverbs 19:23a

Humans are the only mammals that willingly delay sleep!

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November 2015 Edition

If you could stretch out all of a human's blood vessels, they would be about 60,000 miles long. That's enough to go around the world twice. 

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October 2015 Edition

Some common cold stats: There are about 1 billion colds in the US every year, with every child catching it 6-10 times a year, resulting in 22 million school days being lost every year!

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September 2015 Edition

Some common cold stats: There are about 1 billion colds in the US every year, with every child catching it 6-10 times a year, resulting in 22 million school days being lost every year!

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July 2015 Edition

According to the American Thyroid Association, over 20 million of Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and more than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime.

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June 2015 Edition

Men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year and are 22 percent more likely to have neglected their cholesterol tests, AHRQ research shows.

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May 2015 Edition

Half of all children between the ages of 12 and 15 have cavities. "Dental care should begin as soon as a child's first tooth appears, usually around six months," says Caryn Solie, RDH, president of the American Dental Hygienists' Association.

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Other Topics

Lymes Disease


This information is taken from here, “Advanced topics in lymes disease”, by Joseph Burrascano, Jr. M.D.
This regimen along with the proper antibiotic was a very helpful program I used with my own daughter. She responded extremely well.
I would recommend this to everyone dealing with Lymes.

BASIC DAILY REGIMEN (in order of importance)

  1. PROBIOTICS (required when on antibiotics)
    • Kefir: This is a yogurt-like drink that is said to more permanently replenish beneficial flora. It is only necessary to drink 2 to 4 ounces a day.
    • Acidophilus: The best kinds are frozen or refrigerated to ensure potency. Usual dose is two with each meal. Plan to mix together several different brands to broaden the spectrum. Acidophilus can be found at most vitamin stores but some generic brands are of unknown freshness and potency. In addition, have 4 ounces of sugar-free yogurt on occasion.
  2. MULTI-VITAMIN (required)
    • Continue long term.
  3. CoQ-10 (required)
    • Do not use while taking the prescription drug atovaquone (Mepron, Malarone). Deficiencies have been related to poor function of the heart, limitations of stamina, gum disease, and poor resistance to infections. Heart biopsy studies in Lyme patients indicated that they should take between 300 and 400mg daily. One caplet contains 400 mg, so the dose is one a day with food.
  4. ALPHA LIPOIC ACID (required)
    • This facilitates entry of CoQ-10 into mitochondria. Dose is 300 mg twice daily. Generic is OK.
  5. VITAMIN B (required)
    • Clinical studies demonstrated the need for supplemental vitamin B in infections with Borrelia, to help clear neurological symptoms. Take one 50 mg B-complex capsule daily. If neuropathy is severe, an additional 50 mg of B-6 can be added. Generics are OK.
  6. MAGNESIUM (required)
    • Magnesium supplementation is very helpful for the tremors, twitches, cramps, muscle soreness, heart skips and weakness. It may also help in energy level and cognition. The best source is magnesium L-lactate dehydrate DO NOT rely on “cal-mag”, calcium plus magnesium combination tablets, as they are not well absorbed. Take at least one tablet twice daily. Higher doses increase the benefit and should be tried, but may cause diarrhea. In some cases, intramuscular or intravenous doses may be necessary.
  7. ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS (required)
    • Studies show that when EFAs are taken regularly, statistically significant improvements in fatigue, aches weakness, vertigo, dizziness, memory, concentration and depression are likely. There are two broad classes: GLA (omega-6 oils) and EPA (omega-3 oils), derived respectively from plant and fish oils. This is what to take:
      • Plant Oil: Use a refrigerated liquid product of mixed omega oils obtained from the local health food store (always avoid capsules as the plant oils within may be rancid and you would never know). Take one to two tablespoons of the liquid oil daily. May be mixed with food, put on salads, etc.
      • Fish Oil: Use “Marine Omega” by Pharmanex. Use four daily, taken on a full stomach (this brand is required because it is made not from fish, but from Krill and is certified to be free of any measurable amounts of heavy metals and organic toxins).
  8. NT-FACTOR
    • This product addresses the mitochondrial damage thought to underlie the metabolic dysfunction associated with chronic diseases which, in patients with tick-borne illnesses, is manifest by fatigue and neurologic dysfunction. It is the single most reliable agent I have found that can give noticeably increased energy levels. When supplements known to support neurological function are added (see below), improved cognition and memory often result. Effects will be noted in two to three weeks. It also contains high quality prebiotics and probiotics. Available from Researched Nutritionals.

OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

FOR IMMUNE SUPPORT

FOR JOINT SYMPTONS

OTHER OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

LYME DISEASE REHABILITATION

Despite antibiotic treatments, patients will NOT return to normal unless they exercise, so therefore an aggressive rehab program is absolutely necessary. It is a fact that a properly executed exercise program can actually go beyond the antibiotics in helping to clear the symptoms and to maintain a remission. Although the scientific basis for the benefits of exercises is not known, there are several reasonable theories. It is known that Bb will die if exposed to all but the tiniest oxygen concentrations. If an aggressive exercise program can increase tissue perfusion and oxygen levels, then this may play a role in what is being seen.

Also, during aggressive exercise, the core body temperature can rise above 102 degrees; it is known that B. burgdorferi is very heat sensitive. Perhaps it is the added tissue oxygenation, or higher body temperature, or the combination that weakens the Lyme Borrelia, and allows the antibiotics and our defenses to be more effective. Regular exercise-related movements can help mobilize lymph and enhance circulation. In addition, there is now evidence that a carefully structured exercise program may benefit T-cell function: this function will depress for 12 to 24+ hours after exercise, but then rebound. This T-cell depression is more pronounced after aerobics which is why aerobics are not allowed.

The goal is to exercise intermittently, with exercise days separated by days of total rest, including an effort to have plenty of quality sleep. The trick is to time the exercise days to take advantage of these rebounds. For an example, begin with an exercise day followed by 3 to 5 rest days; as stamina improves, then fewer rest days will be needed in between workouts. However, because T-cell functions do fall for at least one day after aggressive exercises, be sure to never exercise two days in a row. Finally, an in intermittent exercise program, properly executed, may help to reset the HPA axis more towards normal. On the following page is an exercise prescription that details these recommendations.

This program may begin with classical physical therapy if necessary. The physical therapy should involve massage, heat, ultrasound and simple range of motion exercises to believe discomfort and promote better sleep and flexibility. Ice (vasoconstriction) and electrical stimulation (muscle spasm and trauma) should not be used! The program must evolve into a graded, ultimately strenuous exercise program that consists of a specific regimen of non-aerobic conditioning, see below. Have the patient complete a gentle hour of prescribed exercise, then go home, have a hot bath or shower, than try to take a nap. Initially, patients will need this sleep, but as they recover, the exercise will energize them and then a nap will no longer be needed.

If you have any questions regarding any of the topics above, please feel free to contact me.

All health-related material and links contained in this document are provided for information purposes only. The information in this document does not replace medical advice. Advice on treatment or care of an individual patient should be obtained through consultation with a physician or trained health care practitioner who has examined that patient or is familiar with that patient's medical history.