February 2, 2017

 Over the years, I have learned several very powerful secrets to beautiful skin. The first is keeping the skin well hydrated. Yes, the ‘6 to 8 glasses of water a day’ are certainly important. This is especially true as we age because older people tend to stay in a state of dehydration. Using nutrients with hydrating properties can be a great help. Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid, is just a great one.

I designed a transdermal cream containing the equivalent of 4000 mg. of Panthenol, which you rub all over your face at night before you go to sleep. You can also put it on again in the morning. Make up can be applied on top of the cream as it soaks into the skin without leaving any film. This hydrating cream is great for both men and women. You may not want to use any make up when you see how great your skin looks.

The movie star, Suzanne Somers, has certainly gotten the message across in her many books that our hormones are vital to aging. Yet we fear that our hormones will increase our risk of breast, uterine and prostate cancers. This fear cannot be evidenced base when you know that these cancers are extremely rare in very young men and women when the normal hormone ranges are at their highest levels.

Remember you want to have the same hormone levels when you are old as when you were young. You may have “normal” levels of a 65-90 year old but ideally you want to be ’20’ again. The only way you can have that is to supplement with estrogens, progesterone, DHA and testosterone. You don’t know what your sex hormone levels are unless you measure them and that is easily done using a comprehensive saliva hormone panel, which you can do at home. Your fountain of youth is but 3 weeks away when you review your levels and decide to supplement them if they are low.

You must never take Estrogen or Testosterone without balancing with Progesterone. To quote Dr. Wilson, “I have never seen a woman get breast cancer if she has high levels of progesterone. NOT ONE.”

The other two secrets to beautiful skin are a well-functioning G.I. tract with an adequate bacterial flora, as well as a functioning detoxification system. Probiotics are a critical aid to everyone desiring good health. I recommend Ther-Biotic Complete, which contains 25+ billion CFUs of multi-species probiotics.

What I also learned was toxic pollutants contaminating our bodies play havoc with our skin. This is especially true of heavy metal poisoning and specifically mercury poisoning. When I have chelated patients with severe acne many clear dramatically.

Just as we can measure our hormones, we can measure our body burden of toxic heavy metals. You simply swallow a chelating agent and collect your urine for 6 hours. The laboratory does the rest. You may even notice an immediate lessening of blemishes just with the challenge chelation dose. Continuous chelation will be required over many months to remove mercury from your body if you have a body burden. You may also note a change in your mood, a feeling of overt happiness after just one challenge dose, potentially revealing the cause of two major problems in your life – your skin and your mood.

If you are interested in trying some of these health aids click here or call the office for more assistance, 843-572-1600.

Allan Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.

Medical Director

Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Posted in Anti-Aging
February 2, 2017

“Well, sign me up!” That may be your first response to learning about Anti-Aging or Longevity Medicine, a phrase now being heard on talk shows and written about in popular magazines. Is it a new surgical technique or a magic pill? Oh, if only it were that simple!

Longevity Medicine describes a paradigm shift in the way some holistic doctors are approaching their patients. There are numerous differences from conventional “preventive” medicine. The first big difference is the amount of time spent getting to know the patient. In regular medicine, there may only be 8 to 15 minutes to review the entire history and medications and perform an exam. In Anti-Aging Medicine, the first visit may last 1 to 2 hours and follow-ups up to one hour, based upon the patient’s choice. Longer consultations are        necessary to gather a very thorough history, and to allow time to explain concepts which are important in an individual patient’s case.

Longevity Medicine also differs in testing and analysis. The usual blood, urine, and X-ray tests can be performed, but the Anti-Aging physician can also order a whole new battery of recently developed tests that can diagnose problems decades before the traditional tests.

For example, if you go to your regular doctor for your yearly physical and say, “My only complaint is that I feel tired a lot and don’t think as clearly as I used to,” then it’s not uncommon for the kind doctor to reply, “Well, Mrs. Jones, the blood, urine, X-ray, and EKG say you are okay. It’s probable you are just getting a little older. You aren’t 30 years old anymore. Are you depressed? Perhaps you could try an anti-depressant.”

And if you asked, “How could I live a healthy, long life?” the doctor would say all the right things like eat healthy and exercise. These are excellent suggestions, but you could reasonably ask, “What would be a healthy diet for me as an individual?” And, “Why don’t I have the energy to exercise?”

Now let’s ask the same question and imagine that you are asking an Anti-Aging or Longevity doctor. What would he say or do, and how is his approach different? “Mrs. Jones, I see you are 57 and you want me to address your fatigue and your desire to live well, not just longer.” After a 1 to 2 hour complete life history and physical examination, he would order—beyond the usual panel—an extensive testing panel to begin the diagnosis process. Let’s jump ahead to when they sit down to review the report of what they found.

“Mrs. Jones, let me tell you briefly all we found, but then we’ll want to educate you about each of the individual aspects. We did a saliva hormone panel that shows you’re estrogen dominant. This puts you at risk for breast cancer. The low progesterone may explain the breast tenderness, insomnia, and edema you checked on your symptom response form. Your testosterone was very low and may be why your libido is low. The DHEA and cortisol levels are low and your fatigue may be from adrenal insufficiency.

“We also found from our allergy testing that you reacted strongly to molds, dust, 3 foods, and ragweed, and even felt exhausted when one of them was tested, so this is a big clue!

“We performed the Cardio Ion Panel and after reviewing the levels of amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, we found numerous imbalances that if not corrected, will eventually lead to disease. Your test showed evidence of cell membrane damage and DNA damage and high oxidative stress (“body rust”). This shows that your body is wearing down but you just can’t see it. This can come from the trans fats, pesticides, plasticizers, and other toxic chemicals in our diet, and we’ll want to inform you of possible sources of these toxins.

“The cutting edge cardiovascular markers show you have inflammation in your arteries. I know your cholesterol is normal but your HS CRP tells us there is a problem. Your homocysteine, fibrinogen, LPa and plaque test also indicate we should intervene now.

“The toxic metals test reveals high levels of aluminum and mercury. These could be why your memory is slipping and your blood pressure is rising. Other tests indicate you aren’t absorbing your nutrients and your level of the anti-cancer mineral selenium is very low, as well as your levels of magnesium and calcium.

“We found these things on your laboratory tests, but the important thing, Mrs. Jones, is to help you to know what to do with this information.”

Armed with a clear-cut report card of her body’s systems, Mrs. Jones is able to know what needs addressing in her individual case and can confidently take steps to correct her problems. Longevity Medicine can genuinely boost her quality of life—in ways she can feel long before she’s old!

If you would like more information about Longevity Medicine as practiced at The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, please call our Center at (843) 572-1600.

Posted in Anti-Aging
February 2, 2017

By Allan Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.

Medical Director

Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine

It took me many years in the practice of medicine to realize that we get many of our chronic diseases from chronic malnutrition. Whether it’s heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis or obesity our increased susceptibility comes from deficiencies of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.

If malnutrition is the cause of all these diseases then nutrition could also be the treatment. A few simple examples will support this concept.

Our Center has been doing breast thermography for many years. We have been able, over and over again to reverse the pathologic breast changes seen on a thermogram using intense nutritional intervention. Japanese women have the lowest incidence of breast cancer in the world because their diets are high in iodine. The corollary is also true. American women have the highest levels of breast cancer because they have the lowest. (0.5 mg. vs. 13.8 mg.) Does this mean if we would only increase the iodine in our daily diet we could prevent and even treat breast cancer? YES. Fibrocystic disease of the breast is unequivocally caused by iodine deficiency and can be reversed over 6 to 9 months by supplementing iodine. Also in general, countries with the highest levels of Selenium in their soil have the lowest evidence of all cancers.

The second example is that of this country’s number one killer- Heart Disease. Could it be that a deficiency of Vitamin K2 may be the cause and not cholesterol and fats in our diet? I was overwhelmed by the research from the Netherlands that demonstrated how Vitamin K2 pulled the plaque out of our arteries and did it in a matter of several weeks. Again, the Japanese and pacific islanders have the lowest incidence of heart disease because they eat NATTO, fermented soy, the greatest source of Vitamin K2.

A study done on a large population in Rotterdam revealed that 45 mcg. of Vitamin K2 prevented heart disease. This is why I urged all of my patients to take a single 90 mcg. capsule of MK7 (Vitamin K2). Does this mean that if we would only add a source of Vitamin K2 we could reduce our risk of deadly heart disease? Again, the answer is yes. The second part of the Vitamin K2 story is that when the plaque is pulled out of the arteries it goes back into the bones and reverses osteoporosis. A disease affecting a majority of women but also many men.

And finally if you haven’t heard it from me many times before, Vitamin D3, the sunshine vitamin, may be the panacea that both prevents and treats our worst degenerative diseases. These include almost every disease that you can mention from heart disease, cancer, MS, diabetes, and the whole spectrum of autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Scleroderma and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

So what do I want you to take away from this medical alert? None of us should be foolish enough not to supplement our diets with these 4 basic nutrients:



3)Vitamin K2 as menaquinone 7

4)Vitamin D3

There are around 44 essential nutrients that your body requires but for our generation these 4 are dynamite!

Posted in Anti-Aging