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Overview of Candida Albicans

CANDIDA ALBICANS AND OTHER YEASTS

By Allan D. Lieberman, M.D.

Dr. Billy Crook (William Crook, M.D.) wrote the Yeast Connection book in 1986. It was one of the first books published on the importance of Candida albicans on the health of men, women, and children. Everyone knew women had yeast, but few realized that yeast infection wasn’t reserved just for women.

Billy was a member of the American Academy of Environment Medicine (AAEM) and had a great deal of influence on the many like-minded physicians who recognized the environment as a major influence on health. I became a member of AAEM in 1978, which changed the course of my life in medicine.

The Yeast Connection brought down the wrath of conventional medicine upon us for treating our patients with anti-fungal medications. We had at the time only Nystatin, one of the safest drugs in the whole Physicians Desk Reference. As time went on, we learned more and more about the role of Candida albicans, as well as the development of new more potent drugs, such as Ketoconazole and Fluconazole.

As many books and medical papers have been written about yeast, it would be difficult to discuss this topic in a few paragraphs. Nonetheless, I would like to share my 33 years’ experience in this brief report.

Unbeknownst to most people, Candid albicans is part of the normal flora of our bowel. It acts as our body’s own antibiotic against enteric bacteria such as Salmonella, Shigella, and Typhoid fever. However, when we imbalance the microbiological flora of our intestine, that which is good becomes bad.

The one factor that made Candida bad was the introduction of antibiotics, which altered our healthy flora. Our use of steroids and immunosuppressive drugs also contributed to Candida’s imbalance.

Surprisingly, there are probably no signs and symptoms recorded by patients that could not be associated or caused by Candida, and the symptoms may affect every organ of the body.

The only way you can tell if Candida is the cause, in my experience, is to treat the patient empirically. There are now a few laboratory tests available which can be helpful in suspecting Candida, but even if the results are positive, you will never know if a patient’s problems are related to yeast until you treat it.

There are a few important observations I have found over the years:

1) There is clearly a relationship between endocrine function, especially the ovary and thyroid, with Candida. That is because there is molecular mimicry between Candida and the tissues of these glands.

2) One of the toughest problems in medical practice is recurrent hives. It is true that the known causes are drugs, yellow dye, food (especially natural salicylates), parasites, and hidden infection. Yet despite a patient being reactive to these many things, yeast eradication using systemic anti-fungal drugs clears the great majority of these patients’ hives.

3) A large segment of my patient population is made up of children with the Autism Spectrum Disorders. Whereas heavy metal poisoning is clearly the major cause in altering behavior in these children, yeast cannot be far behind. It never ceases to amaze me how effective systemic yeast eradication is in improving these disorders. As so many of these children have significant allergies, which leads to superimposed infections with massive recurrent use of antibiotics, the prevalence of yeast should really be no surprise. [For further information, see our companion article Yeast-Yet Again!-An Interview]

4) Diet plays a role in the support of our natural good flora-and of yeast. Diets high in simple carbohydrates do promote further yeast, so controlling its overgrowth requires reducing refined carbohydrates and simple sugars.

5) There are many alternative products that can control Candida. These include Oregano, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, and bicarbonate. I prefer beginning patients on Ketoconazole (Nizoral) or Fluconazole (Diflucan) first because the therapeutic trial is critical to making the diagnosis and establishing the cause. If Candida is the cause, the response is usually rapid and obvious.

6) Some patients are from Missouri and demand to be shown first that they are inhabited by massive yeast before they will start drug therapy. An Organic Acid Analysis, performed on a urine sample, may reveal presence of specific metabolites that are not of human origin. D-arabinose is specific to Candida, while Citromalic and Tartaric Acid are non-specific to other forms of yeast.

7) Finding physicians willing to test and treat problems of yeast is difficult, except for environmental physicians. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine’s website will provide their names: www.AAEMonline.com

8) There are presently numerous books on yeast, but all of the late Billy Crook’s are, in my opinion, some of the best.

Based on 33 years in the practice of Environmental Medicine, it is my opinion that Candida plays a critical role in many of the patients I have treated. Candida should be considered in every patient, especially those patients with multi-system involvement. In my experience, a therapeutic trial using systemic anti-fungal drugs is the only way to identify yeast as a causative factor in the patient’s multiple signs and symptoms.

 

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CAN CANDIDA CAUSE CELIAC DISEASE, ALLERGIES, AUTISM, & AUTO-IMMUNITY?

By Allan D. Lieberman, M.D., Medical Director of COEM

Do you have Candida (yeast)?

If you are reading this, then you may be wondering about Candida (yeast) as a cause of your medical problems. So, based on my 33 years of evaluating and treating for yeast overgrowth, let me set you straight. Yes! Yeast could certainly be the cause of your disease and is often the cause of many patients’ multiple problems. There is no sign or symptom that cannot be associated with it.

Everyone has some Candida albicans because it is part of the normal flora of our intestine. It was put there to protect us, like a natural antibiotic, from pathogenic enteric organisms including Salmonella, Shigella, and Typhoid fever. Like everything in Nature, the key is balance. In our body, which is made up of around 300 trillion cells, is another body of about 300 trillion cells living within our gastrointestinal tract, made up of our microbiological or bacterial flora. This community of helpful organisms can be altered or destroyed when we take antibiotics, steroids, hormones, and an unhealthy diet rich in refined carbohydrates and sugars.

How do you know if yeast is contributing to your problems?

You can look for Candida in your stool, vaginal secretions, and even from scraping the inside of your mouth. Or, you could analyze your urine for the metabolites produced by yeast. An Organic Acid Analysis performed on your urine may reveal the presence of such metabolites as d-arabinose, citramalic and tartaric acids, and several others. These are not metabolites natural to humans, so if you find them, you know they must belong to something else living in your body, such as Candida. Organic Acid Analysis is routinely used in diagnosing our patients as a first step towards yeast eradication. Kits are available from the Center.

Most women can easily diagnose if they have yeast vaginitis by the white odorless discharge accompanied by itching. But you must remember the vagina and also the prostate in men are only opportunistic sites. ALL Candida comes from the GI tract.

If we have Candida, is it really all that harmful to the body?

Although this may be hard to believe, taking an antibiotic can alter the flora of your gut for as long as two years. This alone explains why Candida can be so damaging. The proper balance of flora in your gut provides a strong foundation for good immunity.

Candida has at least 90 antigenic foci on its outer membrane, which cross react with multiple tissues of the body in what we call autoimmunity. This is especially true for ovarian and thyroid tissues. Autoimmunity is the mechanism by which many of man’s enigmatic diseases are caused. We may be especially vulnerable to disruption of our endocrine glands’ function through this process of autoimmunity.

Candida albicans overgrowth as a cause for celiac disease or gluten intolerance is also being actively researched. In gluten intolerance, a person is unable to properly digest gluten in wheat, oats, rye, barley, spelt, kamut, or anything containing these grains. When people with gluten intolerance consume gluten-containing grains, their intestines become so inflamed the intestinal villi are gradually destroyed and the person suffers many symptoms such as diarrhea or constipation, unexplained weight loss or even weight gain, irritable bowel, skin rashes, or unresolved nutrient deficiencies. Even chronic headaches, neurological symptoms, mood swings, and changes in behavior, can be provoked by gluten intolerance, since the breakdown products of gluten adversely affect the brain and nervous system. The gliadin portion of the gluten protein is thought to be the component of gluten that is so toxic to gluten-intolerant people. A laboratory test for celiac disease measures antibodies in a patient’s blood against gliadin (anti-gliadin antibody) and against their own body’s tissue transglutaminase (anti-tissue transglutaminase antibody).

“Is Candida albicans a trigger in the onset of coeliac disease?” was the title of a research article published in the highly respected medical journal, The Lancet [reference below]. The researchers found Candida albicans contains a protein in its cell wall called “hyphal wall protein 1” or HWP1 that is very similar in its structure to components of gliadin. In addition, Candida can actually use its human host’s tissue transglutaminase to adhere to the intestinal wall. Researchers are looking at the possibility that when Candida becomes attached to a person’s intestines and their immune system tries to get rid of it, antibodies are produced that attack both gliadin and transglutaminase, since these are similar or identical to components within Candida’s cell wall. Unfortunately, these antibodies could also trigger full-blown celiac disease in the unsuspecting person. This is yet another reason why overgrowth of Candida is not to be taken lightly. The researchers went further to hypothesize that some patients who are gluten intolerant but do not improve with a gluten-free diet, might be able to improve if Candida overgrowth was effectively treated.

Dr. Billy Crook was one of the first physicians to call our attention to the dangers of Candida. When he wrote The Yeast Connection, many of us began to think that the sun rose and set on this little microorganism called Candida albicans. Dr. Crook and many other doctors paid a heavy price from the medical establishment who did not agree. But Dr. Crook was right–problems with yeast must be considered in any patient with unexplained multi-system disease.

How do you treat an overgrowth of Candida?

Dr. Crook always liked questioning his fellow physicians who were actively working with patients to overcome yeast overgrowth, in order to learn what they found to be successful treatments. I was no exception. He quoted me in many of his books as saying, “A therapeutic trial with a systemic anti-fungal drug is, in my opinion, the most effective way of identifying yeast as the cause of a patient’s problems,” and a major step in yeast eradication. If the patient improves dramatically when on the anti-fungal drug, yeast is most likely at least one of the major causes of his problems. We’ve been helping patients successfully overcome yeast-related illnesses for over 30 years.

Unfortunately it is hard to find physicians open-minded enough to look for the presence of yeast or to write a prescription for anti-fungal drugs for yeast eradication. I am often amazed to see patients coming to us from all over the country for treatment of yeast because they cannot get their own doctors to treat them for this condition.

Although treating Candida is important, preventing it is just as important. If taking antibiotics is a major cause, then how do you prevent an overgrowth of Candida if you are prescribed an antibiotic? Using large and generous doses of a well-balanced probiotic with your antibiotic is one way. Taking the anti-fungal drug Nystatin with the antibiotic is another way, but again you need a physician who understands the importance of preventing yeast overgrowth and is willing to work with you.

To make this point, I would like to share my experience specifically with children with autism. When taking the history of these children, we very often see they’ve had multiple ear infections and have been treated with multiple antibiotics, resulting in major GI flora imbalances. So it should come as no surprise that yeast becomes a major factor for these children. Although autism is a complex multi-cause disorder, I find yeast to be very prominent as a cause. Treating with a systemic anti-fungal often results in dramatic reversal of these children’s symptoms, including problems with behavior and focus. When yeast recurs many of the symptoms recur, and when treated again the signs and symptoms abate. This is the pattern often seen when yeast is a major cause and why I believe it is important to do a therapeutic trial of a systemic anti-fungal and a comprehensive program for yeast eradication.

What can you do to get started?

The Center is happy to talk with any patient who feels they might have a problem related to Candida. You can call our New Patient Coordinator, Cathy, at (843) 572-1600 to talk with her and set up an appointment for evaluation and treatment.

 

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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.

Progesterone gets its name from “for gestation” because its highest levels occur during pregnancy. Without the high levels a mother would reject her boy baby. But, progesterone is present and functioning throughout our entire life. It is equally important to both men and women.

Everyone is trying to reduce their cholesterol levels but cholesterol is the essential molecule we begin with to synthesize Progesterone as well as all of our sex and adrenal hormones. This is one good reason you should explore the alternatives to taking cholesterol-blocking drugs. Let’s focus on Progesterone, the subject of this alert.

Progesterone’s contributions to health and well being are:

1-Essential for maintaining pregnancy.

2-Lowers blood pressure.

3-Converted by the adrenal glands into all of the stress hormones.

4-Promotes calmness.

5-Relieves water retention.

6-Protects the brain against estrogen induced brain fog.

7-Helps form the protective layer around nerve endings.

8-Provides significant protection against heart disease.

9-Offers protections against osteoporosis.

10-Is necessary for balancing many other hormones and nutrients in the body.

And most importantly, it balances the proliferative effects of estrogen preventing breast, prostate and uterine cancer. The epidemics of these cancers, remember, are caused buy dominance of the hormone estrogen. Not because there is an overabundance of estrogen in our bodies but because we have so little progesterone.

During Menopause your estrogen levels drop about 50% but your progesterone drops 99% leaving what Dr. John Lee calls “estrogen dominance”. Another disastrous situation of young women is the occurrence of anovulatory menstrual cycles. If you don’t ovulate, even if you have normal menses, you do not make progesterone. It is estimated that as many as one third of women are having anovulatory cycles.

The point of all this is that risk of cancer to the breasts is increased in young women with little to no progesterone and to perimenopausal and menopausal women when again progesterone is very low to absent.

Therefore, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for women to have adequate levels of progesterone. (200-600 times more progesterone than estrogen.) The only way to be sure if you have adequate levels is to measure it in the saliva. This applies to both men and women. The only way to measure the free and available levels of hormones is to use saliva. Blood levels measure only the bound and non-useable form.

Although I have said this before it bears repeating again and again. A physician with many years of experience said, “I have never seen a woman with high levels of progesterone ever get breast cancer, not one.”

Also, the most common pathology of the breast found on mammography and thermography is Ductal Carcinoma in Situ. It is said to represent stage 0 cancer. Dr. Lee felt strongly that this was caused by a deficiency of progesterone and if supplemented the lesion returned to normal. And men, don’t feel left out because treating men with progesterone often also reverses prostate cancer.

A deficiency of progesterone can lead to many health issues. It is fortunate that this can be treated.

The Comprehensive Saliva Hormone Kit tests for the following:
A. Estradiol
B. Progesterone
C. Testosterone
D. Morning/noon/evening/pm cortisol levels
E. DHEA
F. Estriol

We are offering a special introductory price for the month of March for Comprehensive Saliva Hormone Panel testing. This test is performed at home and shipped to the laboratory. UPS fees are included in the price.

Probalance (2 oz. cream) is offered here at the Center. This transdermal cream supplies the recommended effective dose of natural progesterone (400 to 500 mg. per ounce) in a base suitable for proper absorption. (Not all progesterone creams are.)

CLICK HERE to order Comprehensive Saliva Hormone Kit or ProBalance Transdermal Cream.

Allan Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.
Medical Director, The Center for Occupational and Environmental
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SPRING CHECKUP – HAIR LOSS & AGING SKIN
Today is the first day of spring and we are almost into the second quarter of the year. We all promised ourselves we would pay more attention to our health and welfare. Some of us have by adding Vitamin D 2,000 to 4,000 I.U.’s and Vitamin K2 as MK7 to our daily regimen. Whether you realize it or not you have reduced your risks to all of the major disease processes including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, autoimmunity and osteoporosis. Now, you have to admit, that was pretty easy.

How we look has a lot to do with how we feel and also vice versa. As we all would like to look good I am going to discuss a few important points about our hair and skin; two parts of our body we are all so aware of.

I never really noticed how many women style their hair with tight curls close to their scalp in order to cover up for what they see as thinning hair. Men don’t have that luxury. Hair loss is a part of the aging process, which can be reversed, and more importantly prevented.

Hair loss in young women is more often associated with low levels of hydrochloric acid in our stomachs. In older women it’s acid deficiency but often also deficiencies of the hormones: thyroid, progesterone and DHEA.

The Center has one of the few Heidelberg Systems in both North and South Carolina, which measures accurately your stomach’s ability to produce acid. This is such a critical piece of our health maintenance that if you have any suspicion of malnutrition you should really undergo testing. (Click here to learn more about the Heidelberg System) When HCL is low in the stomach you cannot breakdown proteins or absorb minerals. Sublimely simple but incredibly important to our health. The best part is this deficiency is correctable and minerals can also be repleted.

Hormone testing is also easily done using a simple saliva panel and blood for testing the thyroid. How you interpret the results of hormone testing is critical because you don’t want “NORMAL FOR AGE”. You want “OPTIMAL” which is normal for a youthful age.

We discovered, empirically that the Pantothenic acid formula we developed to treat Acne Vulgaris and Acne Rosacea was also a remarkable skin cream. Almost overnight your skin would appear so much younger as a result of the great moisturizing properties of Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid). Acne Rosacea is a very common problem of older people. It is nice to have not only a therapeutic agent for this skin disease but also one that has an anti aging effect.

The message for this alert is that we can both prevent and correct the causes of hair loss and aging skin. If this is a concern for you call (843) 572-1600. Click on one of these links for more information on the discussed products, Vitamin D, Vitamin K2 MK7, Pantothenic acid, hormone panels, thyroid panels, Heidelberg System Analysis.

 

 

 

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AGING GRACEFULLY AND BEAUTIFULLY (ANTI-AGING SKIN CARE)

The Trienelle Photodocumentation Project:
***Daily Renewal Creme

Following is a series of case studies showing the various stages of skin improvement on subjects who used Trienelle Daily Renewal Creme for a specific time.

SUBJECT: Female, 41 y.o.

CONDITION: Early “crow’s feet” wrinkles around eye area HISTORY: The subject began to notice wrinkles around the eyes in her late 30’s and used a variety of moisturizers and facial cremes, none of which affected the appearance of the wrinkles. Trienelle was applied twice daily for three months.

OUTCOME: The appearance of the wrinkles improved gradually over the three month period and are virtually gone at the end of three months. The slightly rough, “pebbly” texture of the skin appears smoother.

SUBJECT: Female, age undisclosed

CONDITION: Advanced photodamage over face; ‘crow’s feet’ at eye area

HISTORY: Many years of ongoing unprotected sun exposure resulted in significant photodamage to this woman’s face and other exposed skin. The skin had become dull, dry and wrinkled despite use of various products.

OUTCOME: Trienelle was applied to the face twice daily. While mildly pleased with the changes in the first two months, the subject was elated with the changes seen by the end of the third month. Other areas of the face show similar improvements.

SUBJECT: Female, age 41

CONDITION: Wrinkling and creasing of skin beneath and around eye area

HISTORY: Skin shows evidence of moderate photodamage and aging. Wrinkles around the eyes indicate loss of collagen beneath the surface of the skin. Uneven pigmentation and freckling suggests long-term, chronic UV exposure.

OUTCOME: Regular use of Trienelle Daily Renewal Creme has led to a substantial improvement in the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The skin is significantly smoother and firmer. Pigmentation is more even, with fading of freckles and age spots.

SUBJECT: Female, 48 y.o.

CONDITION: Severely photodamaged skin

HISTORY: Concerned about the prematurely aged appearance of her skin, the subject had tried a variety of high-priced skin care products, without significant results. She has very sensitive skin and frequently cannot tolerate even high-quality skin products. These unretouched photographs demonstrate the effects of the use of Trienelle Daily Renewal Creme.

OUTCOME: After three months, a dramatic reduction in the depth of facial wrinkles is apparent. Skin appears tighter and skin tone is noticeably improved. Coloration and texture is more uniform. The subject reports that acquaintances have begun to mention that she looks younger. She reports no irritation or sensitivity to Trienelle Daily Renewal Creme and has even noticed decreased skin reactivity to other medications.

SUBJECT: Female, 80 y.o.

CONDITION: Chronic dry skin with severe desquamation (flaking)

HISTORY: Despite routine use of a moisturizer, the subject’s lower legs were extremely dry, itchy, and “tight” feeling. She continued to apply the old moisturizer daily to the left leg and used Trienelle Daily Renewal Creme on the right.

OUTCOME: After 3 months, the skin on the right leg has been transformed to smooth, healthy skin while the left leg remains unchanged… The subject reports that the itchiness and discomfort were relieved within the first week of using Trienelle Daily Renewal Creme. No moisturizer was applied for 24 hours before both photos were taken.

The Trienelle Photodocumentation Project:
*** Eye Reviving Gel

Following is a series of case studies showing the various stages of skin improvement on subjects who used Trienelle Eye Reviving Gel for a specific time.

SUBJECT: Female, 49 y.o.

HISTORY: Subject’s change in appearance after using Trienelle Eye Reviving Gel for five months.

SUBJECT: Female, 49 y.o.

HISTORY: Subject’s change in appearance after using Trienelle Eye Reviving Gel for four months.

SUBJECT: Female, 66 y.o.

HISTORY: Subject’s change in appearance after using Trienelle Eye Reviving Gel for three months.

 

 

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At the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, we are very pleased to offer a comprehensive Weight Loss Program that maximizes our patients’ success because it addresses all the major reasons for weight gain:

  1. Food allergy and food addiction
  2. Decreased carbohydrate tolerance and poor blood sugar control (acquired or genetic)
  3. Hormonal imbalance
  4. Nutrient deficiencies that decrease metabolism and increase cravings
  5. Lack of medical and professional support for adequate length of time
  6. Lack of knowledge about food choices (starving is NOT a desirable option)
  7. Lack of knowledge about safe exercise for overweight individuals
  8. Inability to maintain desired level of functioning when dieting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our program is designed to not only successfully produce weight loss in our patients but to improve their health, energy, and fitness levels. This is accomplished by means of:

  1. In-depth medical/laboratory assessment prior to entering the program
  2. Counseling on appropriate diet, exercise, allergy, and other individualized factors
  3. Lipotropic (fat-burning) nutrients that decrease hunger
  4. Specific nutritional supplements
  5. NO amphetamines, diet pills, herbal stimulants, or unhealthy gimmicks of any kind
  6. When needed, allergy desensitization to decrease food cravings

As a medical practice, it is in our best interest, too, if you succeed. As your weight normalizes and the very real and severe medical risks caused by obesity are diminished, our ability to help you in other ways with your health is facilitated. Your success in this program makes our overall job as your chosen health care provider much easier. We consider ourselves partners with our patients in this program, and that is why we wish to give you the best tools and knowledge we have to make this program work for you.

You know the reasons why you, yourself, wish to lose weight and look and feel better. But did you know that the US government, medical and even insurance industries recognize the enormous risks and costs of obesity and are willing to do something about it?

In April 2002, the Internal Revenue Service recognized obesity as a disease, instead of a precursor to other diseases. You may now claim weight loss programs that are under a physician’s guidance (such as this one) as a medical expense when you file your taxes. The cost of diet foods is not included, but if your insurance company does not yet provide reimbursement for a weight loss program (many do now), then the cost can be itemized as a tax-deductible medical expense.

We look forward to helping you achieve your weight loss and health goals.

For a testimonial from a participant in the Healthy for Life Program, see A Patient’s Story: I Had Accepted the Fact…

 

 

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Bone loss is the second most commonly occurring health problem in women (after breast and other cancers). Since osteoporosis does not have any outward symptoms until a fracture occurs, early diagnosis and intervention are critical. Although a DEXA scan is valuable for measuring base line Bone Mineral Density, assessment of overall bone remodeling is possible only by comparing repeated scans.

 

At the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, we have been highly motivated to find a means of monitoring a woman’s bone building status without repeated radiation exposure. In time, our doctors found a safe, accurate, and very affordable test for measuring biochemical markers of bone turnover. Whenever collagen and bone are being broken down or resorbed, specific byproducts of the disintegration are found in the urine. With just one urine test, bone loss is not only identified but the severity of bone breakdown is also determined without the added risk of radiation.

 

When a woman’s health history and family history indicate a need for bone monitoring, the Center provides both noninvasive measurement of bone loss and a comprehensive and natural bone building program, including broad-based nutritional supplementation, dietary counseling, and when necessary, natural hormone balancing. Our Bone Health Program is a safe, natural means of preventing and overcoming osteoporosis, and is up to three times more effective than currently prescribed drugs.

 

For more information, please call The Center at (843) 572-1600.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BREAST HEALTH AND THERMOGRAPHY

DISCLAIMER: Per the FDA, Thermography should not be used as the sole device to diagnose or screen for breast cancer or other conditions. Thermography should not be used in place of mammography and is only for use in addition to other diagnostic or screening devices. Use of thermography carries the risks of a delayed or missed diagnosis.

 

The Center for Women’s Health at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine is pleased to be the first medical facility in the Charleston area to offer Breast Thermography, utilizing infrared digital thermal imaging. The Center’s Breast Health Program has been operating for nearly five years, and has performed over 1,000 breast thermography studies for women from all over the Southeastern United States.

 

Women seem to especially like that The Center’s program not only provides visualization of breast tissue but can also include recommendations for individualized nutritional supplementation and lifestyle changes, depending upon the results of the thermogram. With application of these viable prevention measures, women can see for themselves when cancer risk factors have decreased by observing the positive changes in breast tissue.

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After Breast Health Program

              

We are pleased that many women have found the experience so helpful that they have chosen annual follow-ups as part of their own preventive medicine programs.

These are some of the Frequently Asked Questions about our program:

1) Why did The Center decide to offer a Breast Thermography Program?

Eighty percent of all cancers are environmentally triggered, so environmental causes such as diet, lifestyle, and exposures to toxic substances all need to be addressed in order to reduce cancer risk. Also, the Center’s Breast Thermography Program offers women the best opportunity to identify changes in breast tissue up to 6 years before a clinically recognizable tumor or malignancy presents itself and before it can be seen by mammography.

The Center’s Breast Thermography Program offers women a secondary diagnostic tool to identify potentially dangerous changes in breast tissue which could indicate the presence of a tumor or malignancy..

The thermogram is able to identify early pre-cancer/cancer cells because it can detect changes that occur in the tissues surrounding the cancer cells. Just as scaffolding goes up at the construction site of a new building, an infrastructure of new blood vessels forms to nurture and sustain a developing cancer. It is these blood vessel changes, with their increased blood flow and heat, which Thermography’s ultra-sensitive infrared camera can detect.

2) What are the advantages of The Center’s Breast Thermography Program?

  1. The thermogram is painless and safe
  2. Uses no radiation or compression
  3. Can be used effectively and safely for all women, including pregnant or nursing women
  4. Is effective even for women with dense breast tissue and women with breast implants
  5. Causes no embarrassment—only a trained technician is present during the scan itself
  6. Natural preventive measures can be recommended, depending upon the results of the thermogram

3) Why should women get breast thermograms?

  1. Breast cancer rates are increasing every year. Today 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and a new case is diagnosed every 2 ½ minutes.
  2. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 20 to 59.
  3. This year 39,800 women are expected to die of breast cancer in the United States.
  4. Recovery rates for breast cancer patients have not improved significantly in more than 40 years.

It is clear that one of the most important keys to avoiding or surviving breast cancer is to diagnose the problem as early as possible. If pre-cancer/cancer cells are identified in the earliest stage, it is possible to not only significantly improve survival but to even reverse the process before a cancerous mass is formed! At The Center, we help patients learn how to apply specific preventive measures.

Since The Center’s Breast Thermography Program is a safe and effective adjunct tool for identifying early pre-cancer/cancer cells in breast tissue, it can be a very important part of a woman’s preventive medicine program. Please note that Thermography should be used in conjunction with Mammography and not as a substitute for Mammography.

For more information, please contact our office at (843) 572-1600, or see our in-depth website devoted just to The Center’s Breast Thermography Program at www.earlycancerdetection.com.

References:
Epstein, Samuel. Dangers and Unreliability of Mammography. International J. Health Services, Vol.31(3):605-615.

Wright CJ, Mueller CB. Screening Mammography and Public Health Policy. The Lancet July 1 2005 vol.346:29-32.

 

 

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Because a woman’s intricate hormonal balance determines how she feels, looks, and functions, hormone testing and monitoring can be essential to her aging gracefully and beautifully. The Center’s Natural Hormone Balancing Program is one of the most loved and appreciated programs we’ve offered to date.

 

Hormone evaluation is one area where it is critical to have professional testing and monitoring based on years of clinical experience in order to achieve optimal hormone balance. In addition, laboratory results must be interpreted in light of a woman’s total health history and family history.

 

If your laboratory test results indicate a need for hormone balancing, our doctors recommend or use only bio-identical hormones and/or other natural therapies. These do not increase cancer risk but have been shown to actively prevent cancer when used in proper balance. We believe in partnering with each patient to arrive at a course of treatment that will not only support female hormone balance and relieve any uncomfortable symptoms, but also support every other aspect of health over time, without additional risk.

 

An important part of addressing hormone balance is to accurately assess whether

 

 

 

all the major hormones (all three forms of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA) not only exist in proper quantities but in proper ratios to each other. Thyroid and insulin levels are other important hormones that must be considered. Test procedures need to adequately reflect levels over time, not just the quantity of hormones circulating in the blood on one particular day.

With accurate assessment of a woman’s hormonal balance, any necessary fine-tuning can be applied—always with natural, bio-identical hormones.

Typical comments have been: “I got my life back,” “My long-lost energy returned,” and “My mental clarity improved tremendously and my depression is gone.” Through careful assessment, using only natural and bio-identical hormones, women can safely restore that all-important part of a woman’s health–her delicate hormonal balance.

For more information, call The Center at (843) 572-1600 and ask to speak to our New Patient Coordinator.

 

 

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