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Healthy for Life Weight Loss

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.

Before

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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“I had accepted the fact that I was fat and would remain fat for the rest of my life… until…”

 

My name is Sheila. Two years ago I started The Healthy For Life Program at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Many unsuccessful attempts at many, many weight loss programs had left me feeling like a failure. I had no self-esteem; I also had depression that led to more eating and more weight gain. I had accepted the fact that I was fat and would remain fat for the rest of my life….until……..my life changed.

 

In November 2004, I got very sick with pneumonia. Many rounds of antibiotics were given to me. Bed rest was recommended and it was the holidays. I of course ate my way through it all, as food always comforted me. I started the 2005 year bigger than I had ever been and quickly

Sheila has lost 118 lbs. and is 80 lbs. away from her goal

 

noticed that something wasn’t right. I began having panic attacks which made it difficult to even leave my house. The panic attacks were brought on due to the fact that after the pneumonia and more weight gain, I could not breathe. I noticed that I could not walk from my car in the parking lot of Wal-Mart into the store without struggling for breath. I knew I was in trouble.

I scheduled an appointment to see Dr. Lieberman at The Center. They reviewed my life history and determined what “passengers were on my body’s elevator.” I was told that the body can be compared to an elevator. It was explained to me that an elevator can hold a maximum capacity of 2000 pounds. It does not care what passengers get off, or what passengers get on. It only knows that once it’s reached its maximum capacity, it malfunctions. I understood this concept, and we quickly identified passengers on my elevator and decided which ones we would kick off first. The obesity was at the top of the list.

Dr. Lieberman placed me on what he called a Hyperinsulinemia diet. It contained three phases. He also explained to me that I would withdraw from foods that I had been eating that I could no longer have. I was asked to make a list of what foods I thought I would need help with. I did. It is my personal opinion that this is what makes this program so successful. The Center looked at those foods as allergens. Allergy was looked upon as addiction. Anyone who diets knows that the withdrawal brings on headaches, mood swings, and fatigue. What would you say if I told you that my cravings were shut off along with other withdrawal symptoms, simply by allergy testing me for the foods and giving me extracts that would turn them off? That is exactly what happened and it did just that! So I carried around a bottle of my extract with me for several months. When I had symptoms, I would place a drop under my tongue (sublingually).

I have never been so successful on ANY diet plan and let me tell you there have been too many to count in my life. I also learned certain foods triggered me in different ways–some would make my appetite increase, some would provoke pain. I suddenly realized that while I always thought that food comforted me, it did so much more than that! It was controlling me.

If you suffer from obesity, you owe it to yourself to check this out. I have lost a total of 118 pounds and I am still 80 pounds away from my goal. While the weight is coming off slower now, this is no longer a diet plan for me, it truly is my healthy for life plan. I believe I will reach my goal and I also believe that I will stay there. This plan has removed my ” I cannot do it” attitude and left me feeling so much better about myself. Please call the Center today for more information. What do you have to lose? (Except the weight?)

To read more in-depth testimonials from patients who have benefited from treatment at The Center, click here

 

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Almost as soon as the ball drops at Times Square many people start making resolutions to improve their health.

If your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, you aren’t alone.

According to ABC News, 45 percent of Americans vow to lose weight as the New Year approaches. However, each year, many people try to go it alone without any support. This is the # 1 way that we set ourselves up for failure. We all need support. Not just from our family and friends, but from people going through the same journey, dealing with the same addictions and bad eating habits.

Let’s break this cycle in 2009! The Healthy for Life Weight Loss Program at COEM can help!

We are very pleased to offer a system that maximizes your success because it addresses all the major reasons for obesity:

  1. Decreased carbohydrate tolerance and poor blood sugar control (acquired or genetic)
  2. Hormonal imbalance
  3. Food allergy and food addiction, which are controlled by individualized food allergy drops.
  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:

  • In-depth medical/laboratory assessment prior to entering the program
  • Counseling on appropriate diet, exercise, allergy, and other individualized factors
  • Weekly injections of lipotropic (fat-burning) nutrients that decrease hunger
  • (yes-these really work!)
  • Specific nutritional supplements, including licorice oil that reduces abdominal fat.
  • NO amphetamines, diet pills, herbal stimulants, or unhealthy gimmicks of any kind

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 which 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.

Call and schedule your consultation today, 843-572-1600! What do you have to loose, except the weight?

 

 

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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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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS & THE GIFT OF HEALTH

2010 is almost here and it’s time to make our annual resolutions. If you are like me, my intentions are good but I just can’t always stick to the plan. So this coming year, let’s keep it simple. As you know, I love being your physician and care deeply for each of you. That is why I keep encouraging you to do just a few things to protect your health – the most valuable thing in your life!

So, let me try again to persuade you to take the leap of faith and begin to take good care of yourselves. We have discovered a few supplements that are consistently helpful. Imagine being able to reduce your risk of cancer by 80% as well as heart disease, depression, diabetes and most autoimmune diseases. And while you are doing that, also protecting yourself from influenza – all of this, from one dose of Vitamin D3 a day. However, your dose must raise your blood 25 hydroxy Vitamin D3 level to a minimum of 50 ng. A dose of between 4000 to 5000 I. U. should achieve this. Additionally, it is best taken with an oil or any type of fatty food for better absorption, since it is a fat soluble nutrient.

Remember, twice a year you should have your blood level checked – once in the winter and once in the summer. You do this maintenance on your car at least twice a year so why not for yourself. Strangely, my other ‘harped’ recommendation is also a fat soluble vitamin. Yes, Vitamin K2, as Meniquinone 7. It pulls calcium plaque out of your arteries and puts it back on you bones. It has also been found to reduce the aggressiveness of cancer cells from the prostate. If it works on prostate cancer, it will do the same thing in breast and most other malignancies. Vitamin K2 protects us from three major diseases – atherosclerosis, osteoporosis and cancer. It only takes one 90 mcg capsule a day taken along with your Vitamin D. What could be so profound and yet so simple?

To add the frosting to the cake, lets add one more nutrient derived from the skin of a grape. You guessed it – Resveratrol. Would you believe this nutrient can do all of the following:

1. Reduce platelets from clumping, thus reducing risk of clots, heart attacks and strokes.
2. Reduces your LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
3. Reduces inflammation – the mechanism of injury for most diseases.
4.Is a powerful anti-oxidant.
5.Induces apoptosis, reversing cancer cell proliferation.
6.Reduces Insulin resistance, the first stage of diabetes.
7.Reduces eating, reducing obesity.
8.Increases ATP production in muscle giving us more energy.
9.Increases aerobic capacity and consumption of oxygen – so we can exercise longer and better.
10.Reduces fatty liver from high fat diets.
11.Last and by no means least, increases the longevity genes to help us live longer.

Resveratrol, at one 300 mg capsule a day, comes as close as possible to being the panacea that treats everything.

So here you have it, three nutrients providing you with the best cost effective insurance policy you could have.

Here’s wishing you and your families a blessed holiday season,

Allan D. Lieberman, M.D.
Medical Director

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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

 

 

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Breast Health and Thermography as an Adjunct Screening Tool

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.

From the very first breast thermogram that we performed back in March, 2003 until today we have worked with professionals who are experts at reading thermograms and interpreting their results. This should give you confidence that your breast studies have been and continue to be read by the most experienced in this field. Always remember that Mammography is considered the primary diagnostic tool for identifying breast cancer. Thermography is useful as an adjunct procedure.

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. Breast Thermography can be used as an adjunct procedure to Mammography WITHOUT radiation or compression. Thermography, can be highly sensitive and specific.

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.

Patient A: had her first thermogram performed on January 2004 (shown on the left). After beginning a preventive treatment protocol, she was rescanned on December 2005, showing marked improvement.

Patient B: also showed great improvement with a nutritional and immunological treatment protocol, as demonstrated in her before and after thermograms between November 2006 and October 2007.

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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