DO YOU HAVE CELIAC DISEASE?

January 18, 2011

It is important for all of us to recognize that gluten or wheat, barley, oat intolerance can be the cause behind many of our chronic illnesses. Although estimated to be a disease affecting 1-2% of people I suspect many more of us to be effected.

In an earlier alert entitled “Screening For Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance” I reviewed Celiac Disease and you may want to review that material. As patients of mine you remember my always emphasizing that food is the greatest stress to the human body. I also reminded you that for 300,000 years our ancestors ate nothing but what they hunted and gathered- basically meats, vegetables, berries, seeds and nuts. Agriculture did not develop until just 10,000 years ago when grains and dairy were introduced into our diets. It should come therefore as no surprise that milk and wheat may be the greatest problem for us as it takes a very long time for evolution to catch up to us.

I often tell patients that there are three levels of health- true well-being, relative well-being, and sick. In my career it is rare to find individuals who have true well-being. Most of us if lucky have relative well-being. It is amazing, none the less, how many of us are sick. What I am working up to is the basic philosophy of the Center: We do not just become sick, we are being made sick. The practice of Environmental Medicine does have answers to the questions- “Why me?” and “Why now?”

So let us continue where we began. I strongly urge all of us who are chronically ill to consider gluten intolerance as a possible cause of our malady. In a recent issue of Dr. Shallenberger’s newsletter he states if you have Rheumatoid Arthritis and or depression, gluten intolerance can be the cause. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease and patients with Celiac Disease are extremely prone to autoimmunity. For every case of Rheumatoid Arthritis I would bet there are a hundred cases of depression; a disorder with multiple manifestations and not just an alteration in mood.

That acquired Celiac Disease could be the cause of depression and the many autoimmune diseases is very exciting especially when all you need to do is stop eating gluten grains. Over the last few years almost every new patient has been screened for Celiac Disease using a simple and reasonably inexpensive blood test. During this period we found three patients with the disease. But, I suspect elimination of grins would yield a higher incidence.

There are many resources for people wishing to go on a gluten-free diet, I especially recommend the book, The Super Allergy Girl Allergy & Celiac Cookbook by Lisa Lundy.

It’s time for us to return to the diet of our ancestors- once again becoming hunter gatherers.

To Your Health,
Allan Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.
Medical Director,
The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Posted in Health Alerts
November 28, 2010

If I have said it once, I have said it multiple times: everyone should be taking Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K2. These two nutrients alone can protect you against the two major causes of disease and death- cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Today I am adding a third nutrient that provides even more protection to Vitamins D and K. This nutrient comes from the spice TURMERIC and is called CURCUMIN.

Inflammation is the mechanism by which most diseases injure us. The link between obesity and diabetes, the world’s greatest epidemic disorders, is inflammation. Fat cells generate inflammatory cytokines which trigger a pathologic cascade that affects our bodies’ ability to metabolize sugars, fats and proteins. Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory substance capable of blocking diabetes and its myriad sequelae.

CURCUMIN:

1) Enhances control of your blood sugar
2) Increases insulin sensitivity
3) Reduces inflammation at the cellular level
4) Restores balance to the multiple systems of the body ravaged by diabetes
5) Reduces blood pressure and restores endothelial function to blood vessels injured by diabetes
6) Increases insulin receptors on cell membranes- thereby improving insulin binding capacity and restoring both to normal levels in diabetics
7) Blocks the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGE’s) which have tissue-damaging effects such as diabetic retinopathy, blindness and cataracts
8) Normalizes out-of-control lipid profiles- in diabetics, it lowered total cholesterol by 21%, LDL by 43%, but increased the good HDL cholesterol by 50%
9) Inhibits platelet clumping that can cause heart attacks and strokes
10) Prevents diet-induced fatty liver
11) Prevents and reverses diabetic neuropathy and also encephalopathy which effects memory and cognition
12) Prevents obesity by reducing the blood supply of fat cells, thus inhibiting their growth
13) Reverses cancer

Seeing all these actions of curcumin makes it obvious why I consider this natural product of spice the third essential nutrient we should all be taking.

Reference: Goepp, J. “Combating the “Diabesity” Epidemic” in Life Extension, August 2010, pp.39-48.

Curcumin is poorly absorbed unless it is enhanced. A good source is Cardiovascular Research’s C3 Complex, the brand we use at the Center.
Email orders@coem.com if you would like to order it.

To your health,
Allan Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.
Medical Director,
The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Posted in Health Alerts
November 14, 2010

It is flu season time again and we are being cajoled into getting our flu shot at our local pharmacy. But wait and think about what you are about to do.

Most influenza studies have not demonstrated the vaccine to be effective and safe.

80% of all flu like illness reported is not caused by influenza but by other viruses and bacteria.

Out of 308 million Americans, CDC estimates that about 12,000 deaths were associated with influenza in 2009, a pandemic year. These deaths usually involve bacterial pneumonia complications that rarely occur in healthy children and adults.

Influenza viruses constantly evolve and depending upon the year, the flu shot may or may not contain the strains associated with most reported influenza cases.

The 2009 pandemic, H1N1, “Swine Flu” vaccine and the current 2010/2011 seasonal component have generated increased reports of Guillain Barre Syndrome, Bells Palsy, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, convulsions and narcolepsy.

THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES THAT MAY BE SAFER AND MORE EFFECTIVE

If you keep your vitamin D3 level between 50-70ng/ml, which can be achieved by safely taking 5000iu of vitamin D3 a day, you will protect yourself not only against influenza and other infectious diseases but also against cancer, diabetes, heart disease, auto immunity and depression.

Keep a bottle of INTERFERON ALPHA for flu in your refrigerator to be used at first sign of respiratory or flu like symptoms. Rushing a sublingual drop every 10 minutes for 4 doses and every one to two hours will usually turn off the disease. Also have a bottle of the 50,000iu capsules of vitamin D3 available and take approximately 1000iu per pound of body weight each day for 3 days. Vitamin D3 stimulates the production of antimicrobial peptides, your own body’s antiviral and antibacterial factors.

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine is prepared to help. If you need any of the recommended products, email orders@coem.com.

VITAMIN D3 DROPS FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN
VITAMIN D3 5000IU
VITAMIN D3 50,000IU
INTA/FLU DROPS (one bottle is sufficient for 2-3 people)

Reference
National Vaccine Information Center. NVIC.org

To Your Health,
Allan Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.
Medical Director,
The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Posted in Health Alerts
October 31, 2010

This week’s anouncement that women using post menapausal hormone replacement therapy for longer than 5 years places them at increased risk of Breast Cancer repeats what the government health agencies has said numerous times before.

I can’t believe that these responsible people can be so ill informed. This health alert repeats what I have preached many times before:

1. The abnormal break down of estrogen is one of the key factors that cause cancer of the breast, uterus and prostate.
2. It is not the elevated levels of estrogen, but the deficiency of progesterone.
3. After menapause a women’s estrogen level goes down 50% but her progesterone level goes down almost 100%.
4. Estrogen is proliferative causing multiplication and division of breast duct cells. Progesterone is anti-proliferative and protects against the proliferating effects of estrogen.
5. The term estrogen dominance describes the great majority of our population, both women and men.
6. But estrogen dominance is caused not by excessive levels of estrogen but by decreased levels of progesterone.
7. In an interview by Suzanne Somers Dr. Nelson expreses these profound words: “I have never seen a woman with high levels of progesterone who ever developed breast cancer. Not one.”
8. No physician should ever prescribe estrogen without progesterone. It is like driving a car without a brake. You should only use a bioidentical progesterone never synthetic progesterone.
9. The statistics being used to warn against using post menapausal hormone replacement therapy is based upon use of estrogen only. Our Creator created the perfect system of hormone balance. We need to follow His directions so our hormones will be a blessing and not become a curse.
10. You should do periodic saliva hormone panels to be sure your level of progesterone is 200-600 times greater than your level of estrogen.
11. You should increase your dietary intake of cruciferous vegetables, broccoli, cabbage, and brussles sprouts, which are rich in Indole 3 Carbinol, a substance that metabalizes estrogen to a safe non-proliferating form. Taking a supplement of I3C and its metabolite diindolylmethane (DIM) would also even the odds in your favor. This is true for both men and women.
12. Do what the Japanese do. Eating an Iodine rich food, kelp, results in this population having the lowest incidence of cancer of the breast and prostate in the world.
13. Finally, I can’t repeat often enough my advice to every woman. Screen your breasts annually beginning at age 25 with thermography. A procedure that is 100% safe with no radiation or compression and which is 99.7% sensitive and 98.4% specific.

The Center is here to help.

To your health,
Allan Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.
Medical Director,
The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Posted in Health Alerts
October 10, 2010

I have just returned from my annual research conference at Rensselaerville, New York and would like to share some interesting and provocative information.

Dr. Jane Plant, a victim of Breast Cancer, wrote a book in 2000 entitled Your Life In Your Hands. Here she describes her own experience and that of 65 other women with Breast Cancer who cured themselves by their elimination of all milk and milk products. There was a linear decrease in size of tumors over 6 weeks resulting in the complete disappearance of the tumor.

She discusses the relatively low rate of Breast cancer in China where no dairy products are usually eaten. This came as a surprise to me. I have been pushing all of my patients to simulate Japanese women who have very low levels of Breast Cancer related to their high intake of iodine rich kelp. But I never knew Chinese women also had less Breast Cancer.

Dr. Plant hypothesizes that milk is high in Insulin Growth Factor One (IgF1) and Proloctin substances that promote cell division.

What does anyone with a cancer have to lose by cutting out all dairy products for let’s say 90 days? Evidence also suggests that this phenomenon includes other malignances including ovary and prostate.

As we are monitoring breast cancer through Thermography and have hundreds of women in our database, I would like to ask any of our patients with a Thermogram rated a TH3 or TH4 to consider going dairy free for 90 days and repeat their thermogram.

I would appreciate if you would also discuss this observation with your friends and relatives and give me some feed back about what might have happened with milk product avoidance.

For those interested in learning more about this topic go to Cure Breast Cancer By Avoiding All Milk Products or RGBH Produced Milk: Cancer From Your Dairy Products?.

To your health,
Allan Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.
Medical Director,
The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Posted in Health Alerts
October 1, 2010

NEW & ENHANCED WOMEN’S BREAST HEALTH FORMULA

Now including more protective nutrients

Who can use our Women’s Breast Health Formula?

Our New & Enhanced WBHF is appropriate for any adult woman with a personal or family history of fibrocystic breast disease or breast cancer or who simply wants to prevent breast cancer.

a) For women who simply want to prevent breast cancer or who have normal breast tissues (rated TH1 or TH2 on a breast thermascan), one packet one time per day is recommended.

b) For women with abnormal breast tissues, a dose of one packet TWO times per day is strongly recommended. These are women with breast thermascans rated TH3, TH4, or above, or women with a past history of breast cancer. The nutrients in our New & Enhanced WBHF are highly effective for reverting abnormal breast health tissues when taken consistently for 3 to 4 months at this higher dose. In these cases, we also strongly recommend a woman pay careful attention to the diet and lifestyle measures recommended in our breast thermography reports. After 3 to 4 months, a repeat thermascan will verify if the breast tissues have reverted to normal and the Women’s Breast Health Formula (WBHF) can be reduced to one packet per day.

c) For adolescent women who are still developing, or chronically underweight women with known estrogen deficiencies, we do not recommend that they take WBHF. This is a strong estrogen-converting formula. The best way to accurately measure estrogen and other hormone levels is with a saliva comprehensive hormone panel, since it measures only active hormones. Blood hormone tests measure both active and inactive hormones. A woman shouldn’t assume she is low in estrogen because she’s menopausal (see next question below).

d) Adult men can take this formula too! Due to estrogen mimics in our environment, most men have too high estrogen levels also, which puts them at risk for prostate cancer. The WBHF is very helpful for them.

Can women who are menopausal and having hot flashes and other symptoms safely take Women’s Breast Health Formula?

Many menopausal women have symptoms that they have been told were because their bodies no longer make estrogen in appropriate amounts after menopause. However, results of saliva hormone panels have demonstrated that their symptoms were actually coming from having too little progesterone in relation to estrogen, which is called estrogen dominance. Our WBHF greatly helps women to correct this pattern and also helps convert forms of estrogen that are considered proliferative (cancer-promoting) to forms that are more protective against cancer.

Is the Women’s Breast Health Formula all that helpful? It seems like a lot of money for supplements and my family thinks I’m being naïve to think something like this could help reverse abnormal breast tissues.

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We are passionate about our Women’s Breast Health Formula because we have seen it work with clinical results. We have several women whose thermascan results were rated TH3 or TH4. A rating of TH4 carries a 65% chance of confirming a malignancy using thermology criteria. When these women consistently used the WBHF, one packet two times per day with meals, paired with the other diet and lifestyle measures we recommend, their thermascan results reverted to more normal ratings within 4 to 6 months, or occasionally taking as long as 12 months to revert all the way back to a TH1. Their repeat thermascan results have shown a dramatic difference, and these previously very fearful women were thrilled, especially since many had strong family histories of breast cancer. We have not seen these results in women who did not use the WBHF consistently at the full therapeutic dose, and did not adopt the full comprehensive breast health program.

Keep in mind that these higher doses of WBHF are only necessary while there are abnormal breast tissues, and lower doses may be taken for maintenance once the diet and lifestyle measures are routinely practiced. Some women do opt to stay indefinitely at the higher dose of one packet two times per day, but that is their personal choice based on a prudent approach to their own health history. Prevention is always less expensive than treatment of breast cancer.

Why did you change the Women’s Breast Health Formula to this new version?

Our WBHF has evolved over the years, based on clinical results from close to 1500 thermography patients enrolled in our Women’s Breast Health Program. We found our patients who took both our old version of the WBHF, plus therapeutic doses of Ubiquinol (the active form of CoQ10), natural Vitamin D3, extra Iodine in iodine/iodide or seaweeds, Omega 3 oils, and Tocotrienols/Vitamin E Complex had better results. But that meant these women were paying much more and juggling multiple bottles to manage their supplement program. They traded worrying about breast cancer for worrying about how to manage their extensive supplement program!

So we felt it was definitely time to combine all these excellent, highly effective nutrients into one formula, and pass on the savings to our patients. We estimate that a woman saves about $84.00 when she buys the New & Enhanced WBHF, over purchasing all the nutrients separately. We’re thrilled, as our family members or we take this formula too!

In addition, nutrition research advances so quickly that we had to take advantage of the more active and more easily assimilated forms of nutrients that are now available to us. Folic acid has been replaced by natural folate, d-alpha Tocopherol with a full Vitamin E Complex including mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols, and other changes have been made that are not readily apparent to the average consumer. These forms of nutrients seem more expensive, but are actually less expensive in the long run because the body uses them so much more easily and can accomplish more repair and repletion with less of the newer forms of nutrients.

Do I need to take any other supplements beside the New & Enhanced Women’s Breast Health Formula?

We found that many women were just taking one packet of the WBHF daily, so we increased the amount of multiple vitamin/multiple mineral capsules in each packet to provide more general health protection. Actually, the new formula is so comprehensive that we consider it capable of being a stand-alone prevention formula, when paired with a healthful diet and lifestyle.

The minerals that are in our New & Enhanced WBHF are in balance. Calcium definitely competes with zinc for absorption, and to a certain extent with manganese, and those are CRITICAL trace minerals to prevent cancer and atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries leading to heart disease and stroke). Interestingly, women are now developing more cancer, immune problems, and heart disease since our society has been pushing high dose calcium supplementation. Depending upon the form and dose of calcium in those products, the other nutrients can’t compete for absorption. The really sad thing is that for calcium to be utilized properly by the body, it actually needs all the other minerals to be in balance

If a woman wants to take more calcium/magnesium, we recommend that she do it at a DIFFERENT time in the day and take it with a Vitamin K2 supplement (menaquinone or MK-7). It would be even better to consider using food sources of calcium, since calcium in foods has not been shown to decrease the absorption of either zinc or manganese. If you request, a list of non-dairy sources of calcium can be provided to you.

Here’s what EACH ONE PACKET of WBH Formula contains and why: (Suggested Dose: 1 packet 1 or 2 times per day-see above)

3 Multi-Thera hypoallergenic multi-vitamin, multi-mineral capsules, iron-free — provide all essential vitamins & minerals, in proper ratios. 6 capsules (in 2 packets) provide over 100% of more than 25 essential nutrients. Iron is not included due to its oxidizing effect.

2 Omega 3 fish oil capsules, 300 mg EPA\ 200 mg DHA –balance the large amount of Omega 6 fatty acids in our diet, reduce the risk of cancer forming or metastasizing, help reduce inflammation and pain, and support proper hormone balance. Always take fish oils with extra Vitamin E (see below).

1 Indole Forte (Indole 3 Carbinol (IC3) & Diindolylmethane (DIM) capsule – 400 mg. — active ingredients found in the crucifera family of vegetables: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collards, etc. IC3/DIM stimulates the proper metabolism of estrogen from 16-alpha-hydroxyestrone to the anti-proliferative metabolite 2-hydroxyestrone.

1 Ubiquinol 100 mg. softgel, the highly active reduced form of Coenzyme Q10 — acts as a potent antioxidant in the energy factories (mitochondria) & membranes of cells. Kaneka QH Ubiquinol is more expensive to produce but gram for gram has over twice the effect of regular Co Q10. Numerous studies support Co Q10’s role in reverting abnormal breast tissues to normal. Many of our patients have felt the difference in their energy when they routinely take Ubiquinol.

1 Vitamin E Plus Tocotrienols softgel, 200 IU Vit. E / 50 mg. Mixed Tocotrienols – Breast Cancer patients have low levels of Vitamin E and dangerously high levels of peroxides. Vitamin E in most nutritional supplements (d-alpha tocopherol acetate form) does not provide truly protective Vitamin E. The d-alpha tocopherol succinate form included here has been shown to be protective in breast cancer, and the mixed tocotrienols are the most highly active of all. MultiThera in this formula (see above) provides d-gamma tocopherol and mixed tocopherols to round out the full Vitamin E complex. Always take Vitamin E complex when taking any supplemental oils in the diet.

1 Iodine Complex capsule, 6.25 mg. — induces apoptosis (cell death), the mechanism that turns off cancer. Japanese women have very low levels of breast cancer because of their seaweed diet containing high levels of iodine. They also consume an average of 14 mg of dietary iodine a day compared to American women who average 0.5 mg per day.

1 Vitamin D3 capsule, 1000 I.U. — This active natural form of Vitamin D3 has been shown to reduce the incidence of breast & prostate cancer by almost 80%. Vitamin D boosts immunity, helps overcome depression, and prevents diabetes. Sunlight is a major source of Vitamin D3 production on our skin but primarily only during mid-day exposure between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for at least 15 minutes. MultiThera included in each packet supplies an additional 400 I.U. in each packet.

1 Calcium D Glucarate capsule, 500 mg. — supports the second phase of the body’s own detoxification process (Phase II glucuronidation) that deactivates and eliminates toxins, including excessive estrogen.. It is felt to be as effective as tomoxifen in preventing cancer or its recurrence but is safer. Because of its beneficial effect on reducing excessive estrogen, body builders use Calcium D-Glucarate to reduce fat and increase lean muscle mass.

1 canister, 60 packets, 1 or 2-month supply, $160.00.
We offer discounts on multiple canisters purchased at one time.

Posted in Health Alerts
August 19, 2010

I received a gift, from a patient, of a book about thyroid dysfunction and its treatment. It was written not by a physician or specialist but by a woman who suffered from hypothyroidism and took it upon herself to learn from other patients suffering from this disorder. She was angry and critical of the bulk of physicians who treat the disorder because she felt most physicians are wrong and that we were taught incorrectly.

The message of this author is important and I feel a compulsion to share this message with you. Basically:

Treat the patient, not the laboratory test numbers.

Most physicians are doing the wrong blood tests and don’t know how to interpret them.

Most hypothyroid patients are not being given enough Thyroid to turn off their signs and symptoms. The average hypothyroid patient will require 3 to 5 grains of dessicated thyroid, and most are being under-dosed.

Patients should never be treated with pure T4 synthetic hormone. All patients should be given natural dessicated thyroid that contains T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin. Pure T4 Thyroid is devoid of the active form of Thyroid which is T3. T4 is our bodies’ storage form and patients must be given also the active T3 if they are to recover.

Critical to patients suffering hypothyroidism is that half of them are also suffering from adrenal fatigue. You will never recover unless you treat adrenal fatigue first.

The goals of treating hypothyroidism are:

Raise body temperature to 98.6 degrees in mid-afternoons.
Turn off all the signs and symptoms of low thyroid.
Raise the T3 level to upper third of normal range.

Treat patients who have autoimmune thyroiditis, one of the most common causes of hypothyroidism, with Thyroid.

Iron as measured by a ferritin level should be tested and supplemented if low.

The trace mineral Selenium is essential in the body’s ability to convert T4 to T3. Be sure the patient has some source of supplemental Selenium.

In general, I am happy to say, we at the Center have practiced most of these principles. What we may want to do is try to raise afternoon body temperature to 98.6, try to turn off most of the signs and symptoms and elevate the T3 level to the upper one-third of normal as measured in the blood.

Many of you are on Thyroid for hypothyroidism. If we have not achieved the established goals of therapy, you may want to review your current status and see if we can improve your condition.

I think this book, Stop the Thyroid Madness: A Patient Revolution Against Decades of Inferior Treatment by Janie A. Bowthorpe, is a worthwhile read. I encourage you to get a copy. It is written to be understood by the average non-medical person.

To your health,
Allan Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.
Medical Director,
The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Posted in Health Alerts
August 4, 2010

Headaches are extremely common, affecting nearly 100% of Americans at some time in their lives. Anyone who has recurrent headaches should suspect possible migraines; an estimated 28 million Americans suffer from migraines, but many are never diagnosed. Migraine headaches are characterized by recurrence, and some of the following symptoms, at least some of the time: involvement of one side of the head, throbbing, moderate to severe intensity, worsening of the throbbing and severity with activity and with bending forward or valsalva maneuver (compression of the abdominal muscles as in lifting or expelling a bowel movement), sensitivity to light and/or loud noise, nausea/vomiting, association with hormonal changes in women (especially around the time of menses), triggering by certain foods, and there is often a family history of migraine. About 15% of migraine sufferers will sometimes experience an aura, usually around the onset of the headache; auras typically involve transient loss of part of one’s vision due to flashing lights, an expanding blind spot, or loss of vision in the left or right visual field, experienced in both eyes. Less frequently, an aura can cause brief numbness or even weakness of one side of the face or body. The duration of a migraine headache is typically one to several hours to three days, and a refractory migraine can last much longer.

If your headaches are migraines, it is important that you know this, because migraine, particularly with aura, can cause stroke. Those who develop migraines with aura late in life are at six-fold risk of having a stroke, compared with the rest of the population. Additionally, migraineurs have a highter incidence of epilepsy, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and elevated homocysteine (a protein associated with inadequate utilization of the B vitamins folic acide, B12, and B6; if elevated, you have increased risks of myocardial infarction, stroke, and other disease).

The brain processes underlying an acute migraine headache include local inflammation, reduced energy production, low levels of ionic magnesium, and high levels of the amino acid glutamate. MRI spectroscopy reveals that migraineurs have lower brain levels of magnesium than do nonmigraineurs. Glutamate is a problem because it is your brain’s primary excitatory neurotransmitter, and in excess, it is able to overexcite neurons to the point that they die. (This process has been well established as the reason that an acute stroke typically involves a larger territory than would be expected, based on the size of the vascular territory that is compromised.) You are able to modify all the causative factors in migraine. Dietary changes can reduce inflammation, increase energy productions and magnesium, and lower levels of glutamate. Many sufferers have eliminated migraines simply by changing from a typical American diet to a more wholesome diet, devoid of processed foods and rich in leafy greens and other vegetables, berries, nuts, seeds, and wholesome animal products (eg grass fed or wild meats and eggs, wild fish). Such foods supply ample magnesium and B vitamins (which are needed for energy production) and reduce inflammation and glutamate. It is very important for any migraine patient to avoid dietary sources of glutamate and aspartate; in the high doeses absorbed from foods, both these neurotoxic substances can kill your brain cells! Both glutamate and aspartate are heavily used in many processed foods and their presence is disguised by euphemisms.

In my extensive experience as a neurologist, providing a well-absorbed form of magnesium, over time, greatly reduces the number and severity of migraines. One can also abort an acute migraine attack by taking a high enough dose of well-absorbed magnesium, such as powdered or liquid magnesium malate/citrate or a chelated magnesium. Intravenous magnesium sulfate has been shown, in many studies, to be a very effective intervention for acute migraine, stopping the headache in up to 80% of patients. Magnesium Sulfate can be equally effective when taken sublingually.

For prevention of migraines, use magnesium as above. Riboflavin (vitamin B-2) in doses up to 400 mg per day, coupled with COQ10, at 200-300 mg up to three times a day, has reduced the number of headache days by 50% in one study. All antioxidants and natural antiinflammatories reduce migraine severity and may also reduce the number of attacks. These include vitamin C, natural vitamin E (mixed tocopherols), curcumin plus quercetin, omega-3 fatty acids, and silymarin. Getting sufficient sleep is also important in migraine prevention, and both sleep and migraine control may be aided by nightly melatonin (a powerful natural brain antioxidant) in doses from 0.5 up to 9 mg.

At the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine we classify migraines as a cranial neuronitis, which also includes Bells Palsy, Meniere’s Syndrome, (vertigo, tinnitus, nausea, vomiting) and Globus (lump in throat sensation). The importance is that all of these conditions may be caused by the Herepes Simplex Virus, which we have learned to turn off with one of our molecular signals.

When we combine the viral signal with Histamine and Serotonin the treatment becomes even more effective. By rushing a series of 4 separate drops under the tongue most migraines can be turned off. For patients with recurrent migraines taking one drop twice a day often prevents the headaches.

Also, remember that most migraines may be triggered by foods. If you or your loved ones suffe from migraine, schedule an appointment and let us help.

To your health,
Carol E. Benoit, D.O.
The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Posted in Health Alerts
May 13, 2010

Over the course of the past several weeks I have learned of the untimely death of a few of my patients and family members. What was so tragic was these people were given no information about alternative treatments that might have provided some hope. Two cases will make my point.

S.L. had been my patient for several years. I saw a notice about her death, which shocked me. I never knew she was even sick other than some allergy symptoms. She died very rapidly of cancer of the pancreas. When I spoke to the family I was told she did not want anybody to know; not even me, her doctor. The prognosis for this disease is dismal with most patients dying within three months. But did she know that there was an alternative treatment to surgery, radiation and chemotherapy and with none of the usual side effects?

Dr. Burton Berkson of Las Cruces, New Mexico published two papers on the use of Alpha Lipoic Acid and low dose Naltrexone that miraculously saved the lives of four patients with terminal Pancreatic cancer. Could my patient have been saved from this tragic disease? I do not know but it would have been nice to have at least tried.

The second case was the same as the first but this time it concerned a brain tumor. Again the death of the patient was announced without anybody but the immediate family knowing about the patient’s struggle over several years using the conventional existing therapy. Did they not know that Stanislaw Burzynski of Houston Texas had an 81% successful response using his antineoplastons therapy?

The Center is happy to share what could be life saving information. You need only ask. Knowledge is power

This alert would be incomplete if I did not repeat what I keep telling you. Cancer can be prevented but you have to know how. Our website www.earlycancerdetection.com offers valuable information especially about Breast cancer and Thermography. But more importantly, as I keep saying, you must keep your Vitamin D3 levels between 50-70 ng, which requires on average 5,000 I.U. a day of Vitamin D3. This relates to most forms of cancer, not just breast and prostate. By doing this, it is estimated that you can reduce your risk of cancer by 80%.

If the Japanese have the lowest incidence of cancer you need to do what they do. Eat kelp or supplement with iodine at levels equal to theirs- 13.5mg a day. The world’s authority on trace minerals taught, “If you tell me what the level of Selenium is in your soil, I can tell you your incidence of cancer.” Selenium, 200-400 mcg a day is another important piece of the cancer puzzle. And, finally, having an adequate level of progesterone, 200-600 times your estrogen, is crucial in the prevention of many cancers, but especially breast, prostate and colon.

We can help you measure your levels of Vitamin D, Iodine, Progesterone and Selenium to help determine how to supplement if your levels are low. More importantly, become informed about what may offer a better way of treating many life-threatening diseases. You do have choices.

To your health,
Allan Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.
Medical Director,
The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Posted in Health Alerts
April 26, 2010

After many years of working alone in providing medical care to our female patients, The Center for Women’s Health at COEM has finally achieved its goal. We are now part of a network offering comprehensive medical care for preventing, diagnosing and treating breast cancer.

The attached resumes (click here to read) describe the professional credentials of our team, which now provide imaging and evaluation with a breast specialist with a surgical consultation. From the very first breast thermogram that we performed back in March, 2003 until today we have had the best of the best certified thermologist. Dr. Phil Hoekstra, has read over 750,000 thermograms thus providing all of you with the confidence that your breast studies have been and continue to be read by the most experienced in this field.

If a breast thermography is interpreted as a TH3, TH4 or TH5 we now have the services for comprehensive imaging utilizing ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Dr.’s Goltra and Clinton and their staff have been outstanding in working with the special needs of our patients. Dr. James Majeski has joined our team to provide the services as a breast specialist along with surgical intervention if needed. A review of his credentials will assure you that you are in the hands of a truly outstanding doctor. We are hearing wonderful reports from our patients who have consulted with him. They are appreciative of his skills and compassion.

As the greatest death rate from breast cancer occurs between the ages of 40-45 years and these cancers on average began 15 years before, early detection becomes critical beginning as early as age 25. Because breast thermography can detect changes in a breast 6-10 years before mammography and is done WITHOUT radiation or compression you have a very safe and effective procedure. Thermography, using Dr. Hoekstra’s protocol, is 99.7% sensitive and 98.4% specific. No other procedure comes close for the purpose of breast screening.

Finally, if you will stop fearing breast screening with Thermography, you will be able to detect abnormalities at there earliest and be able to literally reverse the disease. Using nutritional and immunologic treatment protocols we have been able to reverse even a TH4 (65% plus risk of confirming malignancy) to a normal TH1 and TH2 rating. Prevention is a better way to manage a disease that affects one in eight women. See the images for yourself.

Contact the Center for Women’s Health at COEM today by calling (843) 572-1600 or by visiting our web site at www.earlycancerdetection.com

Allan Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.
Medical Director,
The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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