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By lemaster 28 Oct, 2016
Have you or someone you know tried Viagra and Cialis with little to no improvement? Did you know 50% of men don’t respond to them?

A new research study might hold the answer…

A group of 60+ year old men with Erectile Dysfunction Syndrome (EDS) who had poor responses with the above medications were chosen for this study. Circulation to the penis was measured by using a combination of ultrasound and angiography. Thirty of the men were found to have plaque build up in the artery that supplies the blood needed for an erection.

They implanted stents to open circulation which showed a general improvement in erectile dysfunction. Now, we don’t recommend running out to get a stent. 34% of the stents placed in this study failed after only six months so they are not the long term answer. However, the study does highlight the importance of circulation in cases of erectile dysfunction.

So if you happen to be one of those men over 60 years old suffering from erectile dysfunction and not responding to medications, consider circulation as a possible culprit rather than hormones or even the combination of the two. Look into improving your entire body’s circulation with Chelation. Every man and woman over 60 has some plaque build up and taking Chelation can dramatically reduce chances of heart disease and strokes as well as prevent or treat EDS.

Want to know more information? Our consultation with the doctors is free. So give us a call today, get your questions answered, and get back to living. Doctors Clinic @ 806-355-8263 .

You can also find more information about this research study in the Journal of American College of Cardiology  by authors Rogers, Goldstein, Kandzari, and Zotarolimus (j.jacc. 2012.08.1016 ). Dr. Frank Shallenberger has also written more details on this subject in his book  Bursting With Energy .
By lemaster 28 Oct, 2016
Suffering from cold, numb or aching hands and feet? This affliction may be due to poor circulation. Don’t wait…if left alone, it will only get worse. Unless…you choose to do something about it! Take control of your health today!

There are simple non-invasive tests here at the clinic that can let you know if your blood flow is being inhibited. This could be due to several causes. The most common causes of poor circulation or Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) can include diabetes, abnormal cholesterol, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, even lack of exercise.

With almost each of these, the basis is the same…hardening of the arteries. Also known as atherosclerosis, it occurs when arteries (blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood from the heart to other parts of the body) become narrowed due to fat deposited on the inside walls of the arteries, which then becomes hardened by fibrous tissue and calcification (arteriosclerosis). This plaque can grow, narrowing the diameter of the artery (the space in the artery tubes), thereby reducing both the oxygen and blood supply to the affected area or organ (such as the heart, eyes, kidneys, legs, or the brain). The plaque, if not treated, could eventually block the artery, causing death of the tissue supplied by the artery. This increases your risk of damaged tissue (gangrene) that may require amputation. People with peripheral artery disease also have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. A visual of this process can be seen here.

When atherosclerosis narrows the long arteries of the legs, blood flow to the leg muscles becomes inadequate when the muscles are trying to work. Muscle pain, called intermittent claudication, can result. This typically comes on with exercise, and is relieved with rest.

Depending on the arteries affected and the location of the blockage(s), different muscle groups can be affected. Location examples of this include buttock and hip, thigh, calf (most common), and foot (less common).

However, pain can be atypical and therefore, attributed to something else. Some patients describe burning or numbness. There also can be severe blockages with no pain at all. Often this is because the body grows blood vessels that "bypass" the blockages, called collateral circulation.

Other signs and symptoms of peripheral artery disease to watch for can include wounds that heal poorly or don’t heal, legs that are cooler than arms, shiny skin or loss of hair on the legs, and decreased pulses in the feet. If you have any of these symptoms or know someone else who does, call us today for a free consultation with the one of our doctors to see how they can help, 806-355-8263.
By lemaster 28 Oct, 2016
Mercury levels can be tested both via hair and urine analysis, and are both available here at the clinic.

Mercury toxicity symptoms can depend on many factors:
1. The chemical form absorbed and how it is transported into the body tissues
2. The presence of other synergistic toxins (Pb and Cd have similar effects)
3. The presence of a disease that lowers the bodies own immune system
4. The body's concentration of protective nutrients (Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin E)
5. Organ levels of foreign substances (pesticides which must be detoxified via liver)

Early signs of mercury contamination include:
1. Decreased sense of touch, hearing, vision, and taste
2. Metallic taste in mouth
3. Fatigue or lack of physical endurance
4. Increased salivation

Symptoms may progress with moderate or chronic exposure to include:
1. Anorexia
2. Numbness and paresthesias
3. Headaches
4. Hypertension
5. Irritability and excitability
6. Immune suppression and/or possible immune dysregulation

Advanced disease processes from Mercury toxicity include:
1. Tremors and incoordination
2. Anemia
3. Psychosis
4. Manic behaviors
5. Possible autoimmune disorders
6. Renal dysfunction of failure

Depending on the duration of Mercury contamination, renal excretion may become impaired and levels tested might not be accurate due to renal failure, if things have progressed to this extent.

Mercury exposures are common in:
1. Dental amalgams
2. Pure liquid form in glass thermometers
3. Laboratory equipment
4. Fungicides and pesticides
5. Explosive detonators
6. Barometers
7. Batteries and electrodes

Methylmercury, the common poisonous form occurs by "methylation" in aquatic sediments (both freshwater and salt). It accumulates in aquatic animals and fish and is concentrated up the food chain reaching higher concentrations in larger fish and predatory birds. With exception of fish, the human dietary intake is negligible. However, a daily diet of fish can easily cause 1 to 10 micrograms of Mercury a day to be ingested, with about 3/4 of this as Methylmercury.

Removal of Mercury from the body involves using a detoxifying agent, IV EDTA. It is common to find elevated levels in the urine following these treatments. We recommend using both hair and urine analysis for corrobarating the toxicity. Blood analysis is also useful in differentiating recent or ongoing Mercury exposure.

For further questions or more information, call to schedule a free consultation with our physicians at 806-355-8263.
By lemaster 28 Oct, 2016
Large study links poor vitamin D status with greater risk of dying of all causes over 8 year period.
Life Extension Update, August 12, 2008

The risk of dying this study is describing is all causes…infections, cardiovascular events, and all cancers! To better explain how vitamin D works to reduce these risks let me first start with the basics, the immune system.

Dr. John Cannell published a study in Epidemiology Infections noting some interesting observations.
First, flu season occurs in the months following the winter solstice (the shortest day of the year), when vitamin D levels are at their lowest. The flu then usually disappears after summer solstice (the longest day of the year). Second, children with vitamin D deficiency (resulting in rickets) suffer from frequent respiratory infections. Third, children exposed to sunlight regularly are less likely to get colds. Lastly, dark skinned individuals have lower vitamin D levels because they do not absorb as much sun due to skin pigment. They are also more likely to die from influenza and pneumonia than lighter skinned individuals. So what is the explanation? What happens is natural Vitamin D, cholecalciferol, turns on genes that boost production of antimicrobial peptides called cathelicidins, which destroy viruses, bacteria, and other germs. Thus, the less sun exposure, which is typically the winter months, equals less Vitamin D production and higher likelihood of compromised immunity.

Heart Attacks
More observations from Cannell…the elderly are more likely to die from heart attacks in winter months than in the summer. However, elderly who live in countries like Norway that consume high levels of vitamin D are less likely to die in the winter. Interested yet? Another study published by Circulation showed, the higher the levels of vitamin D, the less coronary plaque measured by CT scans. The most recent study from the American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine showed that reduced vitamin D levels were also associated with heart attacks in men. Now on this note, I want to mention cholesterol. Most physicians focus on this because numbers are easy to keep track of versus the way the patient is “feeling.” Therefore, statins, with all their negative side effects, are being overly prescribed on a daily basis. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also published a study on women finding improved lipid profiles, when supplementing their weight loss program with just Calcium and vitamin D. Did you know that it’s the cholesterol in your skin that is transformed into vitamin D by the sun?

There are so many studies on vitamin D supplementation cutting cancer risk, where do I begin? From breast cancer and ovarian cancer to prostate, colon, and lung…even kidney and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma have all seen reductions in occurrence thanks to increased vitamin D levels. Eighteen different kinds of cancers in all have been linked to low levels of vitamin D. The lab-dish research shows vitamin D actually stops cancer cells from dividing and encourages them to self destruct. Journals such as American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Journal of Clinical Pathology discuss several vitamin D/cancer studies. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention even concluded taking the US Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of 400 IU a day was associated with a 43% lower risk of developing pancreatic cancer compared to 150 IU a day. But there are arguments on if the RDA is actually high enough. Another study quoted a reduction in cancer risk by 50% when taking a daily dose of 1000 IU. Just an average day in the summer sun for 20 minutes is equivalent to 20,000 IU of vitamin D created. That’s all it takes in the summer, just 20 minutes. What about sunscreen? Well, an SPF of just 8 actually reduces vitamin D production by 95%. So are we really getting enough? Is there a chance of getting too much? Well, thanks to the unique design of your body, once optimal levels are reached, your body actually slows production in the body to avoid too much.

Nerves and Autoimmune
The Neurology journal has also published the benefits of vitamin D from a study on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients. Those patients with the highest vitamin D levels were 40% less likely to develop MS than those who didn’t’ supplement. The American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine even showed reduced pain levels when supplementing vitamin D in patient’s suffering from diabetic neuropathies. A third study in Arthritis & Rheumatism found subjects who consumed the most vitamin D either through food or supplements had a reduced risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Bones and Teeth
For years the research has shown improved calcium absorption when taken with magnesium and natural vitamin D. So what about the vitamin D in milk and dairy products? Is it enough? Well, most suppliers supplement with synthetic vitamin D because it is cheaper, however, like all synthetics, it isn’t natural to the body. Therefore, it isn’t absorbed as well or deposited in places you don’t want it. What does this mean? The calcium absorbed, could be going to the wrong places, like joints and arteries versus bones and teeth. Be sure to get supplements or milk and dairy fortified with natural vitamin D, cholecalciferol. As far as dosage goes…every physician is different. So we recommend you discuss amounts and reasons for increasing your vitamin D with the physician before starting your regimen.
By lemaster 28 Oct, 2016
1. Anytime you take the stairs at home or at work, double step (every other stair). This is similar to the lunge, which is great for firming legs and butt.
2. Commit to always taking the stairs. Set a number (6 times) and make yourself achieve it by the end of the day.
3. Re-route. Take the longest route to your destination, ex. walk to the farthest bathroom, or around the office before dropping off that paperwork.
4. Invest in a pedometer. Try increasing your distance daily. This is also a great way to actually keep track of how much activity you really are getting.
5. Start your day right…upon waking set aside 10 minutes of continuous exercise. Choose 3 movements for different areas of the body (squats for legs/butt, crunches for abdominals, and push-ups for chest/arms) and do 15 reps of one, then move right in to the next, and continue for 10 minutes. Change up your movements each day.
6. Another version of the above would be to pick one exercise movement for the day to do for 7-10 minutes, such as step-ups (standing in front of a chair and stepping up and down with one leg, then the next) on Monday then, bicep curls on Tuesday; pelvic lifts on Wednesday, etc. It teaches consistency, but is still quick and easy.
7. Interval training. Time how long it takes you to walk around the block or around the office (10 minutes) and try to make it in less time (8 minutes) the next trip, ex. lunch break.
8. A great one for work or in the car is isometric exercises. Women remember Kegel exercises for the pelvic floor…well, it’s the same thing. Tighten any muscle, such as abdominals or legs for 30-60 seconds breathing normal, then release. Three sets per area and the boss won’t even know.
9. No more excuses…tired when you get home, just want to plop in that chair and watch TV, ok then, just make sure to take breaks. Exercise breaks that is. Enjoy your show, but during the commercials pick an exercise and do it for 5 minutes through each commercial break.
10. It seems so simple, but if you can find a spouse or friend to do any of the above with you, then it will be more likely to be enjoyable and consistent.
By lemaster 28 Oct, 2016
A recently published article in BMC Pediatrics finds children with autism may benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments (HBOT). The multicenter, randomized, double-blind, controlled study compared children taking 40 hours of HBOT versus those receiving slightly pressurized room air. The study found significant improvements in overall functioning, receptive language, social interaction, eye contact, and sensory/cognitive awareness.

Rossignol, DA, et al. Hyperbaric treatment for children with autism: a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics 2009, 9:21.

We acknowledge the multitude of controversy between autism and vaccinations. This is truly a personal choice that needs research on both sides in order to make the most educated and comfortable decision. We are here to lend our knowledge base and offer some complementary treatments available, but understand this is not a specialty area at our office. There is a ton of material out there to research, but one of the more interesting finds this month was “The Age of Autism, Dan Olmstead.” He is a science writer, but rather than use others mainstream research, he chooses to do his own. We also provided some other sites below for further research and updates.
By lemaster 28 Oct, 2016
Don’t make it harder than it already is…avoid some of the most common weight loss mistakes!

1. Setting unrealistic goals.
Consider your age, body type, hormones (thyroid, menopause), sex, stress level, and ability to exercise. Yes, it is great to set a goal or even multiple goals, but don’t make them to look like Cameron Diaz or Matthew McConaughey. People are unique and therefore will lose at different rates from different areas.

2. Once I finish the diet, I can go back to eating like I was.
The goal is to apply a life style change that will enhance your quality of life for years to come. Food selection, snack habits, water consumption, and daily exercise are just a few components of this goal. That isn’t to say that special events or foods aren’t allowed, but moderation is essential or you’ll find yourself right back at square one. People are always amazed at how great they feel, how much more energy they have, and how much clearer their thinking becomes after just a couple weeks on the diet. They didn’t realize how bad they felt because they had simply let things creep up and thus became accustomed to it.

3. I can eat what I want as long as I exercise that day.
This might take care of that day, but it isn’t going to get the 365 days before that off. Exercise needs to become part of your lifestyle, not a quick fix. Exercise helps reduce sugar levels, increase energy levels, reduce the risks for heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. If nothing else find the reason that works for you and take it to heart. Exercising just to get your weight down, will never be enough to keep it there. In order to lose 1 pound of fat, one has to run at 7.5 m/hr for 5 hours. Exercising does increase the metabolism for up to 18 hours after a 30 minute aerobic exercise and is necessary to keep the weight off. So find a way to prioritize into your day…for your own health benefits.

4. No time to exercise, so I’ll cut more calories.
Again, the focus is on health and nutrition, not starving one’s self. The longer one goes without eating, the less metabolic activity, which is essential to burn fat. Skipping meals or dropping calories without physician supervision has the potential to deplete one of life sustaining electrolytes and land somebody in the hospital.

5. It doesn’t matter if I write things down.
Anytime we have a patient having difficulties, we ask them to keep a daily diary for a couple of weeks. This always finds the problem, whether it be the wrong food, not enough food, water intake, or exercise. Writing things down allows us to keep track of all those little things, we don’t think count because they’re small or realize that we aren’t getting all of our water in (me too, unfortunately). We find out where we are struggling, and therefore, can make a plan to change.

6. Guilt, need I say more.
One of the most common things that keep people from success, is themselves. People don’t want others to see them fail, yet want everyone’s attention when they succeed. You are not a bad person for having something extra or high in sugar or carbs, or enjoying a special occasion. We are all human and we try to make the best choices, but frankly some days are better than others. I would love to say that weight loss is totally physical and only involves keeping track of what goes in your mouth, but anyone under stress and/or time constraints can argue otherwise. Starting a diet in itself is stressful, and one has to be in the right state of mind and prepared to tell themselves “no.” Don’t forget, support and encouragement are essential no matter the source.
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