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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Primary care staff increasingly facing physical assaults

The BMA backed efforts to increase the number of criminal convictions for culprits found guilty of assaulting general practitioners and their staff, with GPC deputy chair Dr Richard Vautrey warning that as resource-strapped general practitioners find it tougher and tougher to meet patient demands, 'the risk that patients take out their frustration on those who are trying to help them increases'.

Is This The End Of Primary Care? - Forbes

"Estimates suggest that a primary care physician would spend 21.7 hours per day to provide all recommended acute, chronic, and preventive care for a panel of 2,500 patients. The average US panel size is about 2,300. Estimating a Reasonable Patient Panel Size for Primary Care Physicians With Team-Based Task Delegation ‒Annals of Family Medicine"

Saturday, November 29, 2014

What You Should Know About Histamine Intolerance - Chris Kresser

"You can get your diamine oxidase levels tested actually. It’s a serum test. So you can get diamine oxidase. You can get serum histamine tested. Serum tryptase, T-R-Y-P-T-A-S-E, is considered one of the most sensitive markers for mast cell activation syndrome. So you can run some tests, and that might be helpful in seeing where the problem lies. For example, if you run the test and your diamine oxidase levels are normal but your histamine is very high, that means that you may not have an issue with breaking down histamine. It may be more of an issue of overproduction of histamine due to gut dysbiosis, for example. In that case, fixing the gut and doing a low-histamine diet would probably be enough, without any additional intervention. However, if you get tested and your histamine levels are normal, but your diamine oxidase is really low, then that suggests you have possibly a genetic deficiency of diamine oxidase. And what’s probably going to help you more is to take diamine oxidase, which you can take as a supplement. Seeking Health sells it as Histamine Block. There’s also DAOSin, D-A-O-S-I-N, from Swanson. There’s Histame. They’re all basically the same thing. It’s actually taking diamine oxidase, the enzyme that breaks down histamine. You take it with meals. That can help a lot. Then there are some natural antihistamines that are probably a better idea for excess histamine production. Those include quercetin; bromelain, which is an enzyme; pine bark extract, which is also known as Pycnogenol. That’s pretty expensive, but it can be effective. Then there are, as I said, certain species of bacteria that break down histamine and certain species of bacteria that produce histamine. So Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus delbrueckii, and Lactobacillus bulgaricus, which are typically in yogurt and fermented dairy products, those are notorious histamine producers, which is why fermented dairy can be like kryptonite. Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium infantis are two histamine degraders. It’s quite difficult though to get Bifidobacterium infantis separately as an individual strain, without other strains that are also in it. But it is possible to get Lactobacillus plantarum that way, just as a single strain, pretty easily. So that can be a good one to take. Then soil-based organisms like Prescript-Assist, which I like for many other reasons. This is another reason that I like it. There’s not a lot of research on this, but my experience is that soil-based organisms tend to be neutral or even histamine-degrading. They tend to be tolerated pretty well by people with histamine issues."


Friday, November 28, 2014

Rose Essential Oil Benefits Skin, Depression and Hormones - DrAxe.com

Rose Oil Improves Depression
A perfect example of how beneficial Rose oil can be is seen in how it affects depression. As our ancestors battled situations where their mental status was dampened, or otherwise impaired, they would have been naturally drawn to the pleasant sights and smells of the flowers that surrounded them. I have never seen a person take a whiff of a powerful rose and not smile and then remark how incredible and uplifting it is.
The journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice recently published a study that set out to prove these types of natural reactions to rose aromatherapy clinically. Taking as their subject group 28 postpartum women, the researchers separated them into two groups: one who would be treated with 15 minute sessions of a 2.5% solution of rose/lavender oil aromatherapy twice a week for 4 weeks, and a control group.
Their results were quite remarkable. Not only was it discovered that the women experienced a significant decrease in postnatal depression scores, they also reported marked improvement in general anxiety disorder!
How to use rose oil for depression: If you're ever feeling anxious or down in the dumps try putting 5 drops of rose and 5 drops of lavender in a diffuser by your nightstand before bed and hopefully you should wake up renewed and at peace!

"Celiac disease showing up in many forms and at all ages

"The most striking change in clinical presentation of celiac disease over time has been the decrease of diarrhea as the leading symptom and the progressive increase of other non-classical gastrointestinal symptoms (such as constipation, bloating and alternate bowel habits as well as gastro-esophageal reflux, nausea, vomiting and dyspepsia)," Volta said in an e-mail to Reuters Health.
"A high proportion of celiac disease patients did not show any gastrointestinal symptom, but they displayed extra-intestinal manifestations such as iron-deficiency anemia, unexplained osteoporosis, abnormalities of liver-function tests and recurrent miscarriages," he said.
The most common illness associated with celiac was thyroid disease. Only half the patients had severe intestinal damage, and 25 percent had partial damage."

Monday, November 24, 2014

Advertisers Looking to Get Between the Doctor and You

Since less and less physicians are being influenced by ads on TV and magazines (and there are significantly fewer industry sponsored "gifts"), there is momentum to inject ads directly into the physician EHR (electronic health record - the computer system which houses your medical data). So the next time your physician clicks on erectile dysfunction, a cleverly designed ad will pop up reminding him that 75% of patients prefer Viagra and that it really should be prescribed for this patient (let's just ignore the necessary recommendations for weight loss, exercise, less alcohol, and a healthier diet).

Remarkable, even reading the article on Medscape (referenced below), I was blocked from seeing part of the article by an ad with statistics about Shingles and its vaccine Zostavax. Merck is running some fairly controversial ads about the Zoster vaccine on TV right now. This is a bold move for a vaccine that is only about 50% effective for a limited period of time.

Education about the facts should not be delivered by someone influenced by a potential financial gain. Research should also be independent and not influence by the success or failure of a commercial product.

Keep the ads out of the EHR.


"Because EHR data give marketers the ability to target messages in a more granular way to the specific physician, it’s very effective for marketers, Padron said. For example, the system can identify the condition a physician is looking at and automatically pop up a drug that can treat it. Plus, he added, in the EHR, advertisers can be assured that it’s a physician who is looking, unlike online sites that may not authenticate whether a user is a doctor.


Meehan, a former pharmaceutical marketer, said “the holy grail was to get in between the doctor and the patient and somehow become part of the conversation.” But it’s something MD On-Line has chosen not to do. He said that reaching physicians “near” the point of care as opposed to “at the point care” is less intrusive and something MD On-Line’s physician clients were more open to. The ads and communication they receive through the practice management system comes through a dashboard that includes in-house and sponsored educational material, clinical guidelines and industry news and announcements specific to the physician."


"With the government's electronic health records (EHR) incentive program struggling and running low on funds, a broad array of private sector stakeholders, led by the eHealth Initiative (eHI), has launched an ambitious new effort to drive the information technology (IT)-enabled transformation of the healthcare industry forward.

Dubbed the "2020 Roadmap," the initiative is "a public-private collaborative, creating a shared vision of the strategies, policies and actions that are required to transform our healthcare system by the year 2020," according to a report released by the participants. The roadmap is also a bid to break the "gridlock" that has hampered the resolution of key issues in health IT, said Jennifer Covich Bordenick, chief executive officer of eHI, at a press conference announcing the 2020 Roadmap."


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Swallowtail Farm Fall Festival

Saturday, November 22, 2014 
12:00pm  –10:00pm 

Swallowtail Farm
17603 NW 276th Ln, 
Alachua, Florida 32615

Come one, come all! Come warm your souls as we gather all the most uplifting ingredients of good ol' fashioned community and country livin' and Gainesville together and brew up something magical!
All local, all extraordinary, all wonderful - Music, Food & Drink, Bonfire, Workshops, and Hayrides and other delights for the Children!

Fermentation with Wellspring Kombucha
Mushroom & Wild Forage with Mycol Stevens
Blacksmithing with Leslie Tharp
Beekeeping with Ken & Celia
Jamaican Ginger Beer Brewing with Jaybird Eats

Friday, November 21, 2014

Mercury Detox - Dr. Hyman

DMSA is available in a prescription 100 mg dose called Chemet. The FDA removed it as an OTC supplement.

Genova has a great comprehensive Toxic Element Profile (that looks at Lead, Mercury, Aluminum, Arsenic, Cadmium, Uranium, and more). Their Toxic Effects Core is also a very nice test which looks into volatile solvents, chlorinated pesticides, PCBs, organophosphates, bisphenol A compounds, phthalates, and parabens.



Step 1: Getting Ready for Detoxification
This process can take a few months, and I can’t stress enough how important this preparation step is. It is accomplished by optimizing your nutritional status and detoxifying ability. Once this is done you will begin mobilizing and binding the metals in your body and excreting them through your urine, bile, stool, and sweat.
Here is what I recommend to my patients.
  1. Optimize your gut function. Eliminate the common food allergens (dairy, gluten, corn, eggs, etc.), taking probiotics and enzymes for one to two months before detoxifying.
  2. Optimize your nutritional status for detoxification. Use healthy fats (omega-3 fats, olive oil, and flax oil), amino acids (which boost all your liver’s detoxification capacity), and minerals, particularly zinc and selenium (which help your body detoxify metals).
  3. Enhance your liver’s detoxification pathways. Take folate and vitamins B12 and B6 and eating sulfur-containing foods such as broccoli, collards, kale, daikon radish, garlic, onions, and omega-3 eggs.
  4. Start sauna therapy. Make sure you take adequate electrolyte and mineral replacements to prevent dehydration and mineral loss from the sweat.
  5. Optimize elimination routes for metals including your urine, stool, and sweat. Use fluids, fiber, and saunas.
Step 2: Integrate Additional Steps to Support Detoxification
At this stage you can integrate the following to support your liver detoxification pathways even more:
  • Alginate from seaweed (this binds to metal in the gut)
  • Selenium, zinc, n-acetylcysteine, lipoic acid, milk thistle, and garlic
Step 3: The Metal Detoxification Period
  • Find a biological dentist to evaluate the extent of your mercury fillings and options for replacing them.
This can be done slowly over time, but must be done VERY carefully and only under a trained biological dentist’s supervision to avoid burdening yourself with more mercury during the removal process.
  • Get a test to assess your total body load of mercury. This is called a challenge or provocation test. This is done with a doctor’s prescription and under a doctor’s supervision. The easiest and safest way to do this is to take 500 mg of DMPS in one dose first thing in the morning after emptying your bladder, followed by a six-hour urine collection. DMPS is a prescription drug and is not FDA-approved in the US, although it has been approved and used for decades in Europe.
  • The other option is to use DMSA, which is FDA-approved. It pulls out a lot less mercury and needs to be taken at a dose of 30 mg/kg for the challenge test. I find this is not as effective to get a true reading on what is in the body.
  • Use binding agents to pull the mercury out of your body. There is a lot of controversy about the best way to do this. But after helping people detox from heavy metals for 10 years, I’ve found the safest and most effective treatment is oral DMSA. It is taken as follows: One 100 to 250 mg capsule of DMSA orally three times a day before meals. Take it for three days. Then take 11 days off. Do this for six months. Then recheck your level of mercury through the challenge test.
  • Do saunas daily — especially on those days when doing DMSA.
  • Consider getting intravenous vitamins and antioxidants for three months while undergoing this process this to administer glutathione, phospholipids, vitamin C, and B vitamins to boost detoxification. This is harder to get, but can help the process work better and help you feel better throughout the process.
  • Drink enough filtered water and fluids to make urine clear.
  • Make sure you have bowel movements twice a day. This is very important or you will reabsorb mercury from the gut. You can add ground flax seeds to shakes or foods, or take one to two 150-mg magnesium citrate capsules twice a day if you are not going regularly. You can also try even stronger laxatives if you have to such as senna or cascara.
  • Consider whey protein to boost glutathione if you are not allergic to dairy.


Dr. Mercola discusses here and here approaches to mercury detox.

Mercury, Autism, Neurodegenerative Disease

The Toxicology of Mercury and Current Sources of Exposure
Boyd Haley, Ph.D.

Boyd E. Haley is a retired professor of chemistry at the University of Kentucky. The basic research interest of his laboratory centered on biochemical and biomedical problems involving control at the molecular level, particularly in biological systems regulated by protein–nucleotide interactions where the bioenergetics involved are expressed through site-specific nucleotide binding of high affinity or through protein substrate phosphorylation. He has also investigated the effect of mercury on tissues and published on similarities between these and some biochemical changes reported in nerve cells in Alzheimer's disease and autism. His views about mercury and dental amalgams go against the consensus held in the medical community.

Mast Cell Disorders

Mast cell disorders are on the rise. It is unclear why, but many suspect imbalances in the gut microbiome, a decline in the nutritional quality of our food, and also chronic exposures to toxic/harmful substances. Understanding the interventions for mast cell and histamine problems can be helpful with a wide range of medical problems.

If these symptoms (see graphic below) are present (including the oh-so-common seasonal allergies) and have been challenging to control, consider:
  1. Testing for MTHFR, DAO
  2. Using a low histamine diet
  3. Consider using Ketotifen, Zantac, Zyrtec
  4. Consider using Quercetin, Stinging Nettles, Bromelain, NAC, Vitamin C (D-Hist is one combo product)

"What do chronic illnesses such as Autism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia Lupus, Chronic Lyme Disease, Interstitial Cystitis, Multiple Sclerosis, and more have in common? Well, these illnesses may have a lot of things in common, and a lot of overlapping symptoms, but many patients symptoms seem to be compatible with Systemic Mast Cell Activation Disorder (MCAD)."


Dr. T.C. Theoharides, M.D. Ph.D has a wealth of research on the topic:


"The Mastocytosis Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), a first-of-its-kind center, provides expert multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment for patients from across the country. Led by Allergist and Immunologist Cem Akin, MD, PhD, specialists in the Center have developed advanced approaches to diagnosis and treatment of the disease."


"Histamine is found in mast cells. It it released to help fight infection/illness/injury, keep us awake, regulate our hormones, run our digestive system and as a neurotransmitter. Some people have unstable mast cells that release too much of it, or they just have too many mast cells. Some people have allergies which means they also have too much histamine at times. Others have too little of the histamine lowering enzymes diamine oxidase (DAO) or HNMT. An excess of histamine is involved in: allergies, histamine intolerance, mast cell activation, mastocytosis and a number of other medical conditions."


"Dr. Miner has stated that there are 7 deadly sins for mast cell patients to eat: beef, pork, onions, tomatoes, wheat, oranges, and chocolate. These foods are all high in histamine and his research has shown that mast cell patients can clear up a lot of stomach issues by ceasing to eat these foods."


"MTHFR Polymorphism may be a predisposing factor to mast cell disease. 5-MTHF regulates biosynthesis of BH4. The A1298 mutation in the MTHFR enzyme effects the conversion of BH2 to BH4. Less amounts of BH4 inhibits NO formation resulting in increased mast cell degranulation. Inadequate BH4 formation also puts a strain on the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin and tyrosine to dopamine, leading to low levels of the neurotransmitters: dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin and melatonin.

Low blood serotonin levels help define a sub-group of patients with mastocytosis that are more likely to present with neurological and gastrointestinal complaints. Human mast cells can express and be activated through multiple serotonin receptors, and synthesize and release serotonin. Low blood serotonin levels in such patients may be the result of low BH4 levels due to 5-MTHF deficiency, the result of long-term malabsorption from chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract or both, as is the case with me.

BH4 is a critical factor in cellular activities such as cell proliferation, cell cycle regulation and differentiation. Could BH4 deficiency secondary to MTHFR polymorphism be one of the fundamental mechanisms that underlie mast cell proliferation?"



Mercury induces inflammatory mediator release from human mast cells

Mercury is known to be neurotoxic, but its effects on the immune system are less well known. Mast cells are involved in allergic reactions, but also in innate and acquired immunity, as well as in inflammation. Many patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have "allergic" symptoms; moreover, the prevalence of ASD in patients with mastocytosis, characterized by numerous hyperactive mast cells in most tissues, is 10-fold higher than the general population suggesting mast cell involvement. We, therefore, investigated the effect of mercuric chloride (HgCl2) on human mast cell activation.

Human leukemic cultured LAD2 mast cells and normal human umbilical cord blood-derived cultured mast cells (hCBMCs) were stimulated by HgCl2 (0.1-10 μM) for either 10 min for beta-hexosaminidase release or 24 hr for measuring vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and IL-6 release by ELISA.

HgCl2 induced a 2-fold increase in β-hexosaminidase release, and also significant VEGF release at 0.1 and 1 μM (311 ± 32 pg/106 cells and 443 ± 143 pg/106 cells, respectively) from LAD2 mast cells compared to control cells (227 ± 17 pg/106 cells, n = 5, p < 0.05). Addition of HgCl2 (0.1 μM) to the proinflammatory neuropeptide substance P (SP, 0.1 μM) had synergestic action in inducing VEGF from LAD2 mast cells. HgCl2 also stimulated significant VEGF release (360 ± 100 pg/106 cells at 1 μM, n = 5, p < 0.05) from hCBMCs compared to control cells (182 ± 57 pg/106 cells), and IL-6 release (466 ± 57 pg/106 cells at 0.1 μM) compared to untreated cells (13 ± 25 pg/106 cells, n = 5, p < 0.05). Addition of HgCl2 (0.1 μM) to SP (5 μM) further increased IL-6 release.

HgCl2 stimulates VEGF and IL-6 release from human mast cells. This phenomenon could disrupt the blood-brain-barrier and permit brain inflammation. As a result, the findings of the present study provide a biological mechanism for how low levels of mercury may contribute to ASD pathogenesis."

Duraisamy Kempuraj, Shahrzad Asadi, Bodi Zhang, Akrivi Manola, Jennifer Hogan, Erika Peterson and Theoharis C Theoharides
Journal of Neuroinflammation 2010, 7:20  doi:10.1186/1742-2094-7-20

The Gut Microbiome and the Brain

"Experimental studies with human volunteers and with small mammals demonstrate effects of commensal intestinal bacteria on behavior and brain function that are contextually meaningful and which appear to be biologically significant. Gut bacteria influence reactivity of the HPA axis and the
induction and maintenance of nREM sleep. They may influence mood, pain sensitivity and normal brain development.

Clinical studies have demonstrated distinct pathological CNS effects of commensal gut bacteria in hepatic cirrhosis and short bowel syndrome and have led researchers to speculate on possible adverse effects of gut microbes in alcohol dependence, CFS, fibromyalgia, RLS, ASD, schizophrenia, mood disorders, and degenerative or autoimmune neurologic disease. Adverse effects have been attributed to alterations in bacterial community structure (dysbiosis), SIBO, and increased intestinal permeability.

Several mechanisms, none mutually exclusive, may enable commensal gut bacteria to influence function or dysfunction in the CNS: (1) stimulation of host immune responses leading to diverse patterns of systemic cytokine activation; (2) synthesis of absorbable neuroactive metabolites, including neurotransmitters; and (3) alterations in neuronal circuitry by direct microbial effects on the ENS, with CNS transmission through vagal and other routes. The only mechanisms with a high level of proof in humans are the neurotoxic effects of ammonia in HE and of D-lactic acid in short bowel syndrome.

CNS and neuroendocrine activity, stress responses in particular, may, in turn, influence the composition of the gut microbiome by differentially altering the growth of bacterial species and the production of bacterial virulence factors. Enterobacteriaceae, a family that includes most of the
aerobic Gram-negative pathogens, is especially well tuned to exploiting host stress responses for enhancing bacterial growth and virulence.

Dietary patterns also modify microbiome composition and function, in complex ways that vary among individuals and cultures and are the subject of intense ongoing research. Prebiotics, probiotics, and fermented foods such as yogurt may influence the impact of the gut microbiome on the CNS and have shown significant effects on brain function in a number of experimental trials and clinical studies. Along with diet, these functional food components may offer future opportunities for altering the microbiome to enhance cognitive or emotive function and prevent or treat neurologic disorders."

J Med Food. 2014 Nov 17. [Epub ahead of print]
The Gut Microbiome and the Brain.

Naturopathic Approach to Neurofibromatosis (NF)

"Perhaps the most convincing evidence that diet and lifestyle can have an impact on NF is cases where a NF gene has been in a family for generations but started causing more problems when combined with today's diet and toxin exposures.
"Until the past 100 years or less, processed foods, air pollution, radiation, toxic chemicals and preservatives were almost unheard of. The number of people affected with things like cancer, autism, ADD, ADHD, acne has risen multiple times over. Though yes, I do acknowledge that with NF1 the problem is our genes mutating. My family has been affected by NF1 since at least the late 1890s. My great grandmother died at 96 with almost perfect health compared to later generations affected such as my grandpa, great uncles. aunts, uncles and a couple cousins. I know for a fact that diet and quality of life has affected them."--Diet and Nutrition thread
For an example of a MD (medical doctor) applying nutrition to help manage another condition with no proven cure (multiple sclerosis) see this inspiring talk by Dr. Terry Wahls: Minding Your Mitochondria. Much of what she recommends could be helpful for many chronic conditions. You can read about her approach to healing through finding food sources of things that helped to target her chronic condition and many chronic conditions in her book, The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine. The approach she designed to manage her chronic condition with nutrition and diet is now being tested in clinical trials. Another book, Anticancer: A New Way of Life is yet another example of a MD (doctor) using research and nutrition to address his or her own chronic condition.

This site collects patient reports, research, and articles about natural approaches to managing neurofibromatosis, with a focus on NF1."


Dealing with Chronic Pain Naturally

Advice from a Survivor – How to Live a Healthy Life:

By the time it was all said and done, my “routine” had left me in a much different place. I NO LONGER had:
  • Neck, shoulder, back, elbow, or wrist pain
  • Knee problems
  • Shin splints
  • Signs of plantar fasciitis
  • Skin conditions
  • High sensitivity to chemical smells
  • Frequent urination, especially in the night
  • Digestion problems (even with foods I had to monitor previously, like nuts)
  • Lymph issues
  • Brain fog
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Acidic-feeling blood
  • Allergies or sinusitis

Three natural approaches to chronic pain:
  • Boswelia
  • Turmeric
  • Astaxanthin

Proper Nutrition and Dry Eyes

Dr. Lange (he is an optometrist and certified nutritional specialists that has 9 stores throughout florida including Gainesville) advises a healthy diet with lots of organic fruits and veggies, omega-3, astaxanthin, and gamma-linolenic acid supplements for people suffering with dry eyes.


"I have finally come to the realization that patients who will follow a combination of the Mediterranean, paleo or hunter gatherer type of diet, eating more like our ancestors, along with regular exercise and proper sleep benefit significantly. This is a diet that consists of organically grown fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, whole grains, proteins and mainly water and a few other beverages. I recommend patients avoiding water that is in plastic bottles and drinking water that is filtered or in glass bottles due to the potential for bisphenols leaching into the water from the plastic. Bisphenols cause endocrine disruption which will compound a dry eye problem. Bisphenols are in plastic bottles as well as in canned foods. F, D and C red yellow and blue dye can also cause endocrine disruption and so should be avoided. Dyes are in just about everything we consume these days, so teach your patients to be proactive in their health and read labels. I recommend patients try to consume half their body weight in ounces of good quality water daily. I also advise patients to try to substitute their morning coffee with organic green tea and lemon. The antioxidant and anti inflammatory effects of green tea and lemon have significant health benefits and many of my patients will notice symptomatic relief of their dry eyes from this one simple step. I advise my patients to try to eat 10-13 servings of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. I recommend “the dirty dozen” fruits and vegetables be only organically grown due to their high amounts of pesticide found inside this specific group. Most of us have an accumulated build up of pesticide exposure in our bodies due to numerous years of exposure. This “chemical burden” leads to a variety of serious health issues that may potentiate a dry eye condition. The protein in this particular type of diet should always be free range organically raised or wild, not farm raised! Try to get your patients to eat fish at least three times per week to improve the omega three to omega 6 ratio in their blood. The fish that is highest in omega three and lowest in potential contaminants are sardines, anchovies, herring, mackerel, wild rainbow trout and wild Alaskan salmon. Some of your patients will follow your directions precisely; however the majority is going to wonder off of these specific recommendations. This is why supplementation with antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids is so important."


Top Ten Iodine Rich Foods

1. Seaweed
2. Cranberries
3. Yogurt
4. Cod
5. Himalayan Salt
6. Eggs
7. Turkey
8. Potatoes with skin
9. Navy beans
10. Strawberries


10 Foods That Increase Your Risk of Cancer

1. Processed meat. In order to make processed meat, many different chemicals have to be added to act as preservatives. Sodium nitrate is a standard ingredient in processed meats, which is known to be a carcinogenic precursor and both Sodium Nitrite and Sodium Nitrate are both linked to causing colon cancer.

2. Diet soda. When sugar is not added to a soft drink, odds are something much worse has been. Aspartame is the normal substitute for sugar in diet soda and has been found to cause cancer as well as birth defects over 20 different studies undertaken within Europe under the European Food Safety Authority.

3. Soda at all. All soda types have artificial sweeteners and flavorings and about ten teaspoons of sugar. Studies have shown that consumption of two units of soda per week greatly increase a person's chances of pancreatic cancer.

4. Canned tomatoes. Far from an old wives tale, the idea that tomatoes are too acidic to be canned and eaten safely is quite correct. Tomatoes contain acidity, which can break down the innermost lining of cans called bisphenol-a (BPA), a component linked to cancer and other negative health issues. Only cans that are labeled BPA-free are totally safe for tomatoes.

5. GMO foods. Forget what the USDA says on this issue: What is coming from them is not in line with worldwide studies and knowledge in the area, which is quite worrying. A study undertaken in Scotland at Rowett Institute found that a study on rats showed every single research rat had pre-cancerous cell growth and damage to their immune systems after only 10 days of eating GMO food. Effects included reduced sizes in rat's brains and livers.

6. Alcohol. There are many known health effects related to alcohol, but anyone who consumes alcohol daily (one drink every day for a woman or two drinks if you are a man) is at a risk of bowel, liver, breast, esophagus or mouth cancer.

7. Pesticide-sprayed fruits and vegetables. The truth is, all fruit and vegetables are not made the same and any plant grown with pesticides can be harmful if consumed. Fruit and vegetables are always best when they are organic. The Environmental Work Group found that there are at least 98 percent of conventional fruit and vegetables that have been grown using cancer-causing pesticides.

8. White or refined flours. Refined flour contains excess carbohydrates, which have been studied and linked to breast cancer and rapid blood sugar rise, which causes cancer cells to grow. A recent study highlighted in the Cancer Epidemiology journal linked constant consumption of refined sugar to a 220 percent increase in breast cancer.

9. Artificial sweeteners. Most studies have found that people trying to lose weight through the use of artificial sweeteners in fact gain weight. Also, just like aspartame is to sugar, any artificial sweetener is not naturally occurring, so are chemical-based and therefore not healthy.

10. Chips. Cancerous cells grow through the intake of fat, trans-fats, preservatives, artificial flavorings and sodium, not to mention chemicals. What does this have to do with chips you ask? All of these ingredients are present in the average bag of chips.

Don Colbert, M.D. has been board-certified in Family Practice for over 25 years and practices Anti-aging and Integrative medicine. He is a New York Times Bestselling author of books such as The Bible Cure Series, What Would Jesus Eat, Deadly Emotions, What You Don't Know May be Killing You, and many more with over 10 million books sold. He is the Medical Director of the Divine Health Wellness Center in Orlando, Florida where he has treated over 50,000 patients.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rocker Neil Young calls for Starbucks boycott over GMOs

In a post on his website dated Nov. 9 and titled "Goodbye Starbucks," Young writes that the Seattle-based company has taken action "to sue Vermont, and stop accurate food labeling." Starbucks said Monday it is not aligned against Vermont on the GMO issue.
The lawsuit referenced by Young was brought against Vermont by a group that includes the Grocery Manufacturers Association. The GMA comprises "more than 300 food, beverage and consumer product companies," according to its website.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Study Finds Alternative to Anti-Cholesterol Drug - NYTimes.com

Zetia is now an validated option for folks needing to reduce cholesterol levels. Keep in mind that fiber - like the kind found in whole organic apples - is also very effective at lowering cholesterol through a similar mechanism.
Both groups ended up with very low LDL levels — those taking the statin, simvastatin, had an average LDL of 69, and those taking simvastatin and the other drug, ezetimibe, or Zetia, in a combination pill sold as Vytorin, had an average LDL of 54. No clinical trial had ever asked what happened when LDL levels get below 70 because, said Dr. Robert Califf, a Duke cardiologist and the study chairman, "many people were nervous about going this low and imagined a lot of possible toxicities."
"Apples would give a similar boost to cardiovascular health as medicines, such as statins, yet carry none of the side-effects, the University of Oxford researchers say in the BMJ."


"There is increased risk of diabetes mellitus, cataract formation, and erectile dysfunction in young statin users, all of which are alarming. Furthermore there is a significant increase in the risk of cancer and neurodegenerative disorders in the elderly plus an enhanced risk of a myriad of infectious diseases.

All side effects are dose dependent and persist during treatment.

Primary prevention clinical results provoke the possibility of not only the lack of primary cardiovascular protection by statin therapy but highlight the very real possibility of augmented cardiovascular risk in women, patients with Diabetes Mellitus and the young . Statins are associated with triple the risk of coronary artery and aortic calcification. These finding on statin major adverse effects had been under-reported and the way in which they withheld from the public, and even concealed, is a scientific farce."


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Playing Hide-the-Ball With Data

"But at least 70 people have died, many of them by suicide, after Tamiflu-induced episodes. The deaths were almost surreal: A 14-year-old who took Tamiflu jumped off a balcony, and a 17-year-old on the drug ran in front of a truck. Scientists documented other cases of "psychopathic events," including a South Korean girl who temporarily developed bipolar disorder and an 8-year-old Japanese boy who wouldn't answer to his name and began to growl.

Tens of millions of people have taken Tamiflu without incident, and you are far more likely to die from the flu than you are to have a dangerous reaction to the drug. And it's true that with many medicines a minuscule chance of death is usually tolerated—as long as the benefits far outweigh that risk.

But if Tamiflu does nothing, and there's even a slight chance of life-threatening side effects, why was it approved? And why continue to prescribe it? "


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ObamaCare architect says he regrets 'stupidity of the American voter' remarks

Yikes... What an admission!
"This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes," he said. "If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it's written to do that.  In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass… Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I'd rather have this law than not."

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Natural H.Pylori Treatments

"Not only did I have H. Pylori, but I also had a parasite that I needed to get rid of.  I wanted to make sure I got rid of both of them so I did a 6 week herb program for the H. Pylori and then another 6 weeks for the parasite.  After the herbs, I needed to replenish my good bacteria and heal my gut so I did another 6 week gut healing program.  The typical treatment for H. Pylori is antibiotics, but that can wreak havoc on your gut and I’ve been trying heal my gut in last year with a Paleo diet.  I decided to work with a holistic nutritionalist and use an herbal program to get rid of both the h. pylori and the parasite.  Since I’m not a medical professional I haven’t listed amounts below.  You should contact a holistic nutritionalist, naturopath, or medical professional before starting an herbal supplement program.

For H. Pylori:

  • GastroMend-HP (you can find it here) which is a combination of Vitamin C, DGL, Mastic Gum, “Vitamin U”, and Zinc.
  • Silvercillin (you can find it here) which is a natural antibiotic
  • Mastica (you can find it here) which is resin obtained from the mastic tree and is great for getting rid of H. Pylori

For the Parasite:

  • Ultra MFP Forte (you can find it here) which is a combination of Grapefruit Seed Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, Berberine HCl, Burdock (root), Goldenseal (root), and Black Walnut Hull Powder
  • Oil of Oregano (you can find it here) which is a natural antibiotic
  • Arcetin (you can find it here) or Chinese wormwood which is known to support gut health, maintain normal balance of microbes in the intestine, and enhance bile acid secretion

For Gut Healing:

  • Bone Broth and LOTS of it.  I would drink at least 3-4 cups of bone broth at every day.  I would make my own bone broth….you can find the recipe here.
  • Prescript Assist (you can find it here) which is a plant based probiotic that helped replenish the good bacteria in my gut.
  • GI Revive (you can find it here) to help heal the lining of  my gut so that the bad bacteria and parasites don’t penetrate the lining of my stomach again.
  • GAPS style diet (you can find the book here) which also helps heal the lining of my gut."

SIBO (and IBS) Treatments

"In 2006, Dr Pimentel shared his treatment protocol for IBS with SIBO, which included the use of antibiotics, an elemental diet, or both.  I offer 2 additional options, diet and herbal antibiotics.  See my explanation and treatment algorithm on You Tube (an excerpt from my class SIBO: Overview), and further details in the treatment section on page 2 of my article: Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth: Often Ignored Cause of IBS.
  • Reduce the bacteria.  Options include:
                Herbal Antibiotics
                Elemental Formula
  • Heal the SI lining.   Occurs on it's own with bacteria reduced, assisted by diet and optional supplements.

"Which ones are used?Numerous herbs demonstrate antibiotic activity, but as with any condition that antibiotics are used for, finding the right match and dose is crucial.  Because there have only been two studies, the best herbal antibiotics for SIBO have not been as well defined as the pharmaceutical antibiotics.  

The Multi-Center Team used:
2 herbal combination formulas together, at a dose of 2 caps 2 x day x 4 weeks, for each formula.
     Biotics FC Cidal with Biotics Dysbiocide, or
     Metagenics Candibactin-AR with Metagenics Candibactin-BR
My team commonly uses:
1-3 of the following herbs x 4 weeks per course, at highest levels suggested on product labels.
    Allicin from Garlic (the highest potency formula I know of is Allimed)
    Berberine- found in Goldenseal, Oregon Grape, Barberry, Coptis, Phellodendron


Foods that Help Diabetes

Correcting high blood sugar requires removing excess carbohydrates, inclusion of appropriate exercise, and weight normalization. However, we know there are many other hidden steps - like correcting the gut bacteria, nutritional and hormonal imbalances, and fighting food addictions and psychological issues. Check out these 8 great foods that can also help.


1. Turmeric
2. Ginger
3. Cinnamon
4. Olive Leaf Extract
5. Berries
6. Black Seed (Nigella Sativa)
7. Spirulina
8. Berberine


Clean Water in North Florida?

I did not realize the long history behind phosphate mining (for fertilizers), fluoride, and the connection with our aquifer's water quality - especially here in North Florida. This documentary discusses this with some old clips from TV20 news.


The Great Culling: Our Water. Our Food. Our Air. (free full movie): http://youtu.be/P7BqFtyCRJc

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Remembering ... The Monsanto Protection Act

Fortunately the "Farmer Assurance Provision" aka Monsanto Protection Act expired in 2013 after its short life. But the powerful GMO lobbying efforts and deep pocketed manipulation against GMO labeling continues. There are two good videos discussing the issues. One is free on YouTube. One costs $5 to rent online.

Seeds of Death (free full movie) …: http://youtu.be/B_XtCcMeWrw

“Your health is now brought to you by Wall Street. If you thought they hurt us with the banks, wait till you see what they’re are doing to our health care.”  A new documentary about vaccines and GMO: http://boughtmovie.com/

Friday, November 7, 2014

Digestion Sessions

Our hand-picked team of 25 functional medicine doctors, naturopaths, bestselling authors, and real food chefs reveal how you can eliminate your digestive problems by finding the root cause, treating undiagnosed infections, identifying the best diet for you, and healing your gut, naturally.

A FREE Online Conference in HD Video: November 9th thru 23rd


1. How a sluggish thyroid and low energy may be rooted in your gut.
2. Probiotic supplements: Why one size does NOT fit all.
3. A simple, inexpensive breath test that identifies the cause and treatment for abdominal bloating.
4. Is gluten-free just a fad? What the science really says ... and why THEY don't want you to know about it.
5. Must-know tips for managing Crohn's and ulcerative colitis without steroidal drugs.
6. The real cause of heartburn and acid reflux … and why your doctor never tests for it.
7. The must-get tests for finding undiagnosed parasite infections. Plus, anti-parasitic herbs and foods you can buy at any health food store.
8. Why “candida cleanses” seldom work long-term ... and how to reduce your risk of GI cancer by 75%!
9. Effective medication-free strategies for beating constipation and diarrhea.
10. Is it all in your head? Why your brain may be the true cause of your digestive problems.
11. How anxiety and depression may be rooted in your gut. No one talks about this.
12. How to make simple, gut-healing meals in just minutes. Our real food chefs will show you how!

Dr. Teta's Best Tips for Beating Constipation

How to Keep Your Gallbladder .. and What to Do if it’s Been Removed

3 Critical Lab Tests Your Doctor isn’t Running


Lucky's is coming to Gainesville to complement our Trader Joe's, Fresh Market, Wards, Sunflower, and Earth Origins. I am glad we are voting with our wallets on improved food quality.

1459 NW 23rd Ave. , Gainesville, FL
Phone: 303-530-0782

"Here at Lucky’s Market, we believe food is the connection that ties us all together. Speaking directly to our beliefs, our character and our purpose, it not only fuels our body, it gives us amazing opportunities to gather and connect with each other.

We seek the freshest local, organic, sustainable and traditionally crafted foods made with purpose and pride to sell in our stores. We also passionately support local farmers and organic foods with a garden to table belief that celebrates our neighbors in the community.

We thrill in what’s important, from our farm families, to our guests, to our team. We are passionate about learning, making conscientious choices and nurturing communities.

We believe in Doing Good through our giving programs, through volunteering, and through education. We endeavor to, at all times, promote responsible social practices, support youth education, offer second chances to area neighbors, and provide sustainable environmental initiatives.

Independently owned and operated, Lucky’s emphasizes openness, not only with our products and services, ­­­­­but through our actions, procedures and protocols. We believe when we give back to the earth, the earth repays in kind.

Our unrelenting commitment: to offer the best quality for the finest value from our family of stores to your family. Responsibly. Sustainably. Remarkably


In 2003, chefs and food lovers Trish and Bo Sharon opened Lucky’s Market in Boulder, Colorado. Their vision: to create a grocery store with a genuine, personal touch that offered quality products at an affordable price.

Lucky’s Market was born, based on our pledge to be our very best for our guests, team members, and the community. What’s more, our group of seasoned professionals, many of whom have worked together for decades in the natural foods industry, are dedicated to keeping our commitment of acting as responsible members of our community.

Over a decade later, we’re still making a meaningful impact locally by displaying thought and purpose in our actions, by selling quality products, and by providing entertaining and educated service.

We would be nothing without our relationships, so we treat our guests as an extension of our own family. Of course, our suppliers are an equally integral part of our success, from the artisans, to the ranchers, local farmers, talented bakers and even our candlestick makers.

This robust combination of all of us together helps make Lucky’s…well, lucky."

Thursday, November 6, 2014

How to Minimize Exposure to Toxic Chemicals - Mercola

"The featured research now shows that when combined, you create a situation in which your body absorbs the greatest amounts of toxin possible... First of all, absorption of BPA via your skin promotes higher levels of biologically active BPA in your body, compared to ingesting it via contaminated food.
"When scientists added in two other factors—scrubbing hands with hand sanitizer and eating greasy food—the evidence points to a super-sized dose of BPA," Time Magazine notes.
'The chemicals used to make hand sanitizers, soaps, lotions, and sunscreen degrade the skin's ability to act as a barrier and so act as skin penetration enhancers,' says [study author] vom Saal.
So BPA enters the body more efficiently than it would otherwise. Food grease and other oils can act similarly because BPA itself is fat-soluble..."

Remarkably, absorption of BPA occurred in people holding a receipt for as little as TWO SECONDS! According to the author of the study, the amounts of BPA absorption found in his research "are in a zone where effects associated with obesitydiabetes, and neurological effects can result."

Past research also suggests caution is warranted when handling receipts, even if you only hold them long enough to put them in your wallet. A 2010 study in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry3 found that of 13 thermal printing papers analyzed, 11 contained BPA.

In that study, holding the paper for five seconds was enough to transfer BPA to a person's skin, and the amount of BPA transferred increased by about 10 times if their fingers were wet or greasy (such as if you've just applied lotion or eaten greasy food)."

The Flu Vaccine

Deep into my 6th year of researching and investigating the damning science that condemns vaccine efficacy and safety – yes, all of them – I am beginning to turn my attention more to the societal memes and the individual belief systems that protect and perpetuate tragically flawed and unacceptably dangerous collective behaviors.

The information is OUT THERE, brilliant scientists, physicians, and researchers without financial ties and agendas have weighed in and presented their concerns about vaccine safety and efficacy, however, the average citizen resists and clings to a hyper-simplified, seemingly “safe” stance.

“Well, I’m not against vaccines, I mean, they’ve done a lot. I’m sure there are some risks, but they’re extremely rare.”

I understand, now, that, my collection of PubMed articles substantiating concerns about inefficacy, neurological, autoimmune, and fatal risks of these poorly conceived and anachronistically relevant immune modulators is not meaningful to someone who is not interested. The questions raised by this information are not provocative to someone who needs, above all, to believe that the government, the CDC, and doctors mean well, are doing their due diligence, and that they are holding themselves to a basic standard of ethical delivery of healthcare. They are not meaningful to someone who needs to outsource their power.

Instead of debating the science, what it may take to change to bring awareness to this egregious misuse of medical authority is, one of two, non-scientific, anecdotal exposures:

1.They see it doesn’t work, and may even cause illness
I have several pediatricians as patients. Unprovoked, all of these women have confessed to me that they have observed increased virulence in their vaccinated populations. It is this clinical experience that has given them pause about the heavy-handed mandate coming down from the CDC.

“Oh!” I say, “Have you read the studies that suggest increased risk of infection in the vaccinated population? There’s THAT ONE where they actually used a saline placebo in 115 children and found that those vaccinated had a 4.4 times increased rate of non-flu infection? Or how about that CANADIAN ONE where they looked at 4 observational studies and found that 2008-2009 H1N1 vaccination was associated with a1.4 to 2.5 increased risk of actually contracting said virus?”

Only after they have a personal template within which to fit the science affirming their observations, do they have room to hear it. But what of all of the children they have brought this ineffective and dangerous intervention to?

2.They know someone harmed
It is basic human psychology that what is out over there is irrelevant at best, and threatening at worst. What is near and familiar is what is true. Few of us seek to bridge gaps between what we are surrounded by and what may be out there to learn. The difficulty of appreciating the scale of harm brought to the population by vaccination practice is related to the insidious nature of immune and neurologic insult.

The CDC can report, as they do, that brain inflammation and death are known side effects of every vaccine, but most do not appreciate what brain inflammation looks like. That this can look like ADHD, autism, learning delay, and that autoimmune disorders can take years to manifest. Tracing the thread back to the vaccine exposure can only be done with studies that assess vaccinated versus unvaccinated populations. These have not been done.

Tragically, we all know, now, of someone who has died from the flu vaccine, just this past week. CHANDLER WEBB, a healthy 19 year old, was given a “routine” and “recommended” flu vaccine at his physical, one day before he became violently ill, and one month before he died. He died from vaccine-induced encephalitis, a known risk of this intervention. In addition to feeling remorse for the pain that this family is experiencing, I feel rage for what I believe to be manslaughter. This is a medical intervention, delivered without any regard for its objectively determined lack of efficacy, and its potential to maim and kill healthy adults.

The propaganda surrounding this CDC and government-endorsed practice is so thick that doctors treating this young man were blind to even the most obvious of causative insults. If doctors cannot appreciate a documented adverse event that occurs within 24 hours, you cannot expect the system to acknowledge more complex disturbances to the immune system and neuorologic development that will land you and your loved ones on medications and in therapies for life.

And, remember, that this family cannot sue the physician who pushed the needle or the pharmaceutical company who created the lethal product.

I think about the Cliff’s Notes version, a distillation of why the flu vaccine is evidence that our government and regulatory bodies have forgotten us, and are following an objective that may leave you lying dead on the side of the road. I know that few of you will read the papers that I have read, attend lectures, seminars, and dialogue with concerned experts. If nothing else, digest these important points, and then wait until this issue gets close enough to you to change your mind on it…hopefully before it’s too late.

•It’s not indicated: I’m sure you don’t know a single person who has died of the flu, and if you think you do, I can almost guarantee you that the diagnosis was not confirmed in a way that ruled out the 150-200 infectious pathogens that cause flu-like syndromes, none of which would be “covered” by the vaccine. Despite the astronomical figures the CDC flashes before us of “flu deaths”, there were 18 (yes, 1-8) confirmed in 2001, for example. Access to these figures is suspiciously concealed, but in the end, forget the stats, and use some common sense to see the fear mongering and sales marketing for what it is.

•It doesn’t work:
The Cochrane Database – an objective, gold-standard assessment of available evidence has plainly stated, in TWO STUDIES, that there is no data to support efficacy in children under two, and in adults. Even the former Chief Vaccine Officer at the FDA states: “there is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza.” Liking the idea of being protected from the flu does not equate to being protected from the flu. That’s essentially what your vaccine-promoting doctor (or pharmacist) is engaging in – promoting an idea.

•Should there ever be a medical intervention appropriate for everyone?
It’s being pushed on demographics where it is known to be ineffective, or is unstudied and likely unsafe including children, adults, elderly, and pregnant women as reviewed on THIS WEB SITE and GREENMEDINFO. I write about how this offends my sensibilities as a perinatal physician HERE.

•We just don’t know what we are doing:
The grave possibility of undetectable viral proteins in the chick embryos used to culture vaccines is just an example of how the immune roulette of vaccine development and rampant implementation has resulted in death and lasting injury. C. jejeuni contamination, for example, IS THEORIZED TO PLAY A ROLE in documented risk of Guillain-Barre paralysis after flu vaccine. Producing antibody response to virus and associated toxic preservatives is not immunity. We know that now.

As those of us who shake our heads in pain and frustration watching the sheep get herded off the cliff, we refrain: these agents cannot be considered “safe and effective” and also “unavoidably unsafe” as the government agencies would have us accept. They are avoidably unsafe, in fact, when you don’t use them as part of your healthcare.

~Kelly Brogan, MD

As an undergraduate at M.I.T, Dr. Brogan studied Cognitive Neuroscience and worked with Harvard undergraduates to create a public forum for the discussion of alternative medicine, directing conferences for the Hippocratic Society. She attended Cornell Medical School where she was awarded the Rudin Scholarship for Psychiatric Oncology and began her work in Reproductive Psychiatry, which she went on to train in during her residency at NYU/Bellevue. A strong interest in the interface of medicine
and psychiatry led her to pursue a fellowship in Consultation Liaison/Psychosomatic Medicine at NYU/Bellevue/VA Hospital. Since that time, she remains on faculty and has focused her efforts on her private practice where she cares for patients with medical illnesses, as well as women at all stages of their reproductive life cycle. A passion for holistic living, environmental medicine, and nutrition are the bedrock of her functional medicine practice. She has published in the field of Psycho-Oncology, Women’s Health, Perinatal Mental Health, Alternative Medicine, and Infectious Disease. She is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, as well as Board Certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Link to her website HERE and sign up for her newsletter HERE

Some opposing positions...

Silent Epidemic; The Untold Story of Vaccines: http://youtu.be/lJGyN3gCsBg

Dr. Paul Offit of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia  (CHOP) who made 29 million dollars for his part in a 182 million dollar sale of the hospital’s royalties in the drug company Merck Rotateq vaccine in 2008 to Royalty Pharma...

Dr. Paul Offit on the Dangers of the Anti-Vaccine…: http://youtu.be/ooeQYxYLXMI

'Vaccine Exemptions'? Call Them What They Really …: http://youtu.be/MQsgHTDoJZk

Fire Patients Who Won't Vaccinate?: http://youtu.be/LYKiXs4FnwM


Kenya's Catholic bishops are charging two United Nations organizations with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus inoculation program sponsored by the Kenyan government.

According to a statement released Tuesday by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, the organization has found an antigen that causes miscarriages in a vaccine being administered to 2.3 million girls and women by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Priests throughout Kenya reportedly are advising their congregations to refuse the vaccine.

"We sent six samples from around Kenya to laboratories in South Africa. They tested positive for the HCG antigen," Dr. Muhame Ngare of the Mercy Medical Centre in Nairobi told LifeSiteNews. "They were all laced with HCG."



I have an individualized approach on recommendations for the flu vaccine. Dr. Brogan has a strong contrarian opinion which I have some reservation accepting 100%. The flu vaccine does save lives in many cases. However, there is truth in much of Dr. Brogan's article and discussion (indeed she has some strong references supporting her comments). The CDC recommends that everyone should get the flu vaccine 6 months and older, including pregnant women. My position is that if a disease is common (flu is quite common), the disease is problematic (flu CAN be problematic), the vaccine has demonstrated some efficacy (it has some efficacy), the vaccine is safe (for the average person it is likely safe), then it can be encouraged. Unfortunately, I do not think it should be mandated. Vaccines do alter the immune response (due to adjuvants) - and at times can make vaccine recipients susceptible to other infections in the peri-vaccination period. I also feel that in some very rare circumstances (that are difficult for us to predict with our current understanding), it can cause adverse reactions (autoimmune related). We also know that the flu vaccine has a short-lived vaccine response - giving immunity for less than 1 year. However, the flu infection itself usually gives a life-long immunity. It is important to consider that while often quite a nuisance, flu is rarely the lethal blow for patients - it is the secondary infections that come about due to the inflammatory response from flu. Many times when we actually test for flu - in more serious  cases - we find other secondary infections present (Diatherix PCR Testing). These secondary infections are actually treatable with antibiotics (unlike the flu which isn't treated by antibiotics). Rapid flu tests are therefore inherently misleading as they can often allow us (physicians) to put on our blinders when the test is positive for flu - we assume nothing else can be causing symptoms - which is often not true. For all these reasons, I have to weigh the recommendation for vaccination person by person. If the flu infection is likely to result in hospitalization or death (directly or indirectly), then I do encourage vaccination - so this applies to asthmatics, diabetics, older patients, patients with cardiovascular or pulmonary disease, patients with cancer, and many other clinical scenarios. If the flu infection is likely to be tolerated outpatient (when mild varieties are in circulation and you are immunologically healthy) then it is reasonable to consider allowing your immune system to be challenged. However, it is important to check with your physician if you take this approach. Be kind to others and stay away from work and crowds if you do get sick.