Saturday, December 20, 2014

Osteopathic Medicine Is Gaining Recognition

August 11, 2014
By Dr. Mercola
While many people are now aware that there are well-trained health care practitioners specializing in complementary medicine, many are still unaware that there are two kinds of allopathic physicians to choose from as well.

Medical doctors, MDs, and doctors of osteopathy, known as DOs, have similar training requiring four years of study in the basic and clinical sciences, and the successful completion of licensing exams.

As you may know, I'm an osteopathic physician (DO), and DOs, just like MDs, are licensed to prescribe medication, deliver babies, and perform surgery in all 50 states in the US. DOs have the identical license to practice the full range of medicine and surgery as MDs; there is absolutely no difference in their state license.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What is Suboxone®?

Suboxone® is the first narcotic drug available for prescription from a doctor's office for use in the treatment of opioid dependence under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 or DATA 2000.

The primary active ingredient in Suboxone is Buprenorphine, which itself is a partial opioid agonist. This means the the opioid effects and withdrawal symptoms from Buprenorphine are less than other full opioid agonists such as heroin, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and others.

Suboxone, taken as sublingual tablet>>>

Find a doctor who can provide treatment

Here you will find a listing of Doctor's in Portland, Maine who offer Suboxone treatments.

And ask for an appointment>>>

Experts say abuse of addiction drug suboxone has dangerous consequences

Yes, this article has very helpful advice for those who seek Suboxone help.

For the last few years, medical professionals have worked to combat opiate addiction, which has claimed the lives of nearly 8,000 Ohioans since 2001, by prescribing a medication that would prevent an addict from going through severe withdrawal symptoms.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Suboxone Treatment Program



Hello:  I am presently providing Suboxone treatment to qualified applicants.  Please call my office at: 207-797-4148 for additional information.

Friday, October 24, 2014

20 Little-Known Reasons To Take a Daily Multivitamin

I am a 'long time' subscriber to Dr. Whitaker's  Health & Healing newsletter and I always learn something new with each issue.

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Most everyone knows that taking a quality, daily multivitamin and mineral supplement can help protect against many degenerative disorders such as heart disease and osteoporosis, as well as run-of-the-mill illnesses like infections or the common cold.
Here are 20 other lesser-known ways a daily multivitamin can help promote optimal health and well-being.

20 Reasons To Take a Daily Multivitamin  

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Poison Ivy and Oak Treatment

by The Editors of Yankee Magazine  



 Poison ivy and oak are members of a plant family that includes poison wood (an itch-causing plant found in Florida) and poison sumac, according to W. Hardy Eshbaugh, Ph.D., a retired botanist in Oxford, Ohio. “Some other members of the same plant family can cause a rash in some people,” Dr. Eshbaugh says. “The skin of a mango can be irritating to sensitive skin.   Read More Here>>>
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Medical Research Org CIDRAP: Ebola Transmittable by Air

Startling news!  What else are they not telling us?     mc

The highly respected Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota just advised the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) that “there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles,” including exhaled breath.                         

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A shocking report just issued by the W.H.O. says that 1 in 20 Ebola victims could incubate the virus for up to SIX weeks (42 days) before showing symptoms.
Yet all along, we've all been told the incubation period is only 21 days. See what else the W.H.O. is now saying that calls many Ebola assumptions into question:http://www.naturalnews.com/047267_Ebola_outbreak_incubation_period_viral_transmission.html

Friday, September 26, 2014

Predator Doctors Take Advantage of Patients With ‘Chronic Lyme’ Scam


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09.19.14
 
 
‘Chronic Lyme disease’ is a highly debated topic, one with no scientific support. But that doesn’t stop Lyme truthers and the docs who take advantage of them. 
 
With the possible time-limited exceptions of occasional outbreaks of various infectious diseases, nothing inspires quite so much anxiety as Lyme disease.

Caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, the illness is transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. Practicing as a pediatrician in a part of the country where the disease is endemic, I’ve treated a fair share of patients for it. Most have been straightforward cases where the child came in with the characteristic rash. A few have been more complicated and have presented in later stages, including arthritis and meningitis, which required more extensive testing and longer treatment. But in all cases, the appropriate course of antibiotics has been curative.

Yet there’s something about Lyme that makes some parents fear even the possibility of their child being infected, despite there being effective treatment regimens. I have faced demands that children be put on weeks of antibiotics (the treatment for more advanced stages of the disease) after merely being bitten by a tick, in the off chance that it was carrying the disease. The one time I acquiesced to being thusly mau-maued is one of a handful of clinical decisions that make me truly angry with myself in retrospect.

The problem of antibiotic resistance is too serious to be doling them out without good reason, and I’m resolved not to do so again. In a similar vein, Lyme is brought up again and again when parents bring in their kids for any number of vague complaints, typically some combination of malaise or fatigue. In almost none of these circumstances does Lyme disease seem likely, but everyone wants testing done anyhow. The results are almost always negative, and when they are equivocal it rarely is an indication of actual illness.

Undergirding all of this>>>

Dr. Dennis Goodman: A Man On A Mission To Promote Magnesium

Life Extension Magazine August 2014


By Jon Finkel
 
Dr. Dennis Goodman
Dr. Dennis Goodman
Cardiologist Dennis Goodman, MD, could not get rid of the nagging feeling he was experiencing as he did rounds in the hospital. Day after day, he was treating heart patients and helping them live longer, but increasingly he had the sense that he was simply putting out a fire with the medical treatments he had to offer. The root causes of heart problems, he felt, were simply not being addressed.

“I had that sense that I was taking care of people who were already in deep trouble,” says Dr. Goodman, a board-certified cardiologist who trained at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. “It got to the point where I kept thinking about how we can prevent this stuff in the first place. I had this sense of starting to focus on what people can do themselves to keep themselves healthy before you have to come to the doctor with an acute problem.”

Dr. Goodman graduated cum laude from the University of Cape Town Medical School in Cape Town, South Africa. He completed his residency in Pittsburgh, did his fellowship at Baylor, and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University and the Director of Integrative Medicine at New York Medical Associates in Manhattan.

“What makes people healthy is what we eat,>>>
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Homocysteine: Rethinking a Predictive Biomarker

Sunday, 02 March 2014 17:50 By Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD - Vol. 15, No. 1. Spring, 2014 


In 1968, Dr. Kilmer McCully, a Harvard researcher, reported that a genetic defect that caused sharp elevations in homocysteine led to early, aggressive atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. This was the first of many studies that pointed to homocysteine as an independent risk factor for heart disease.
Homocysteine and methionine are sulfur-based amino acids that differ by a transferable methyl group. They are abundant in meats, seafood, dairy, and eggs, as well as plant foods such as peas, beans and lentils. Homocysteine is 'remethylated' to methionine with the help of mainly folate and Vitamin B12.
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Elevations in circulating homocysteine levels are strongly associated with increased cardiovascular risk in all age and ethnic groups. The homocysteine to methionine ratio, or set point, reflects how available each of these nutrients is to the cells.

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Curcumin Equals Fluoxetine for Major Depression

Sunday, 02 March 2014 16:23 By Janet Gulland - Vol. 15, No. 1. Spring, 2014 

 Sunday, 02 March 2014 16:23 By Janet Gulland - Vol. 15, No. 1. Spring, 2014 In a head to head comparison trial, a standardized form of curcumin—a bioactive compound found in the spice, Turmeric--proved as effective as fluoxetine in reducing signs and symptoms of major depression.

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Turmeric (Curcuma longa), a staple ingredient in Indian cooking, has generated considerable research attention over the last decade, partly in response to the growth of interest in Ayurveda and other forms of Asian medicine. A large body of clinical research describes the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin when used as a food, and also when taken as a dietary supplement.

According to Ajay Goel, MD, of Baylor University Medical Center's Sammons Cancer Center, the new finding that curcumin can reduce depression is in line with the increasing evidence linking depression with chronic, systemic inflammation.

Dr Goel, Director>>>

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Prediabetes Increases Your Cancer Risk by 15%

September 24, 2014
By Dr. Mercola
More than one out of three Americans aged 20 and older has prediabetes,1 a condition in which your glucose, or blood sugar, levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as full-blown diabetes.
For those with prediabetes (86 million Americans in all), 15 percent to 30 percent will go on to develop type 2 diabetes within five years. This is virtually always preventable if you change your diet and exercise, however, which is why a diagnosis of prediabetes can be viewed as a serious warning that your lifestyle needs some attention.
Unfortunately, 90 percent of those with prediabetes don’t know they have it…2 nor are they aware that prediabetes raises your risk of more than just type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes Increases Your Risk of Cancer by 15 Percent

A meta-analysis that included>>>

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Alzheimer's Prevention for 30-Somethings With No Symptoms



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Max Lugavere seems an unlikely patient to be sitting in an Alzheimer's clinic.

The fit, 32-year-old, dressed in Converse All-Star sneakers and a white T-shirt, eats a carefully calibrated diet and exercises regularly. He takes supplements of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B and D. He also has zero symptoms of memory or cognitive loss.

"I generally like to feel I have a handle on my health," Mr. Lugavere says during a session with Richard Isaacson, director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. "My mother is 62 and she has memory loss and cognitive difficulty.… So when I came across this idea of dementia prevention, it was eye-opening," says Mr. Lugavere, a filmmaker who lives in Los Angeles and New York.

Alzheimer's experts increasingly are researching ways to prevent or delay memory decline instead of just focusing on treating patients who have the disease. There have been encouraging results from some studies of preventive strategies, including lifestyle interventions in people at risk for dementia. Some 5.2 million people in the U.S. had Alzheimer's in 2014, a number that is expected to about triple by 2050.

While Alzheimer's prevention is being widely studied>>>

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Osteopathic Oath



I do hereby affirm my loyalty to the profession I am about to enter. I will be mindful always of my great responsibility to preserve the health and the life of my patients, to retain their confidence and respect both as a physician and a friend who will guard their secrets with scrupulous honor and fidelity, to perform faithfully my professional duties, to employ only those recognized methods of treatment consistent with good judgment and with my skill and ability, keeping in mind always nature's laws and the body's inherent capacity for recovery. 

I will be ever vigilant in aiding in the general welfare of the community, sustaining its laws and institutions, not engaging in those practices which will in any way bring shame or discredit upon myself or my profession. I will give no drugs for deadly purposes to any person, though it be asked of me.
I will endeavor to work in accord with my colleagues in a spirit of progressive cooperation and never by word or by act cast imputations upon them or their rightful practices. 

I will look with respect and esteem upon all those who have taught me my art. To my college I will be loyal and strive always for its best interests and for the interests of the students who will come after me. I will be ever alert to further the application of basic biologic truths to the healing arts and to develop the principles of osteopathy which were first enunciated by Andrew Taylor Still.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

As Obama Leads Anti-Ebola Charge To Save Africa, Little Done About New Diseases Coming Up From Border

If this article makes sense to you, you are far more intelligent than I and should be ashamed of yourself !

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Politics: Amid applause, President Obama has made fighting Ebola in Africa a military priority, to protect U.S. health. So why is he doing nothing about the raft of new diseases that may be rolling in from our unguarded border?

'We can't dawdle on this one," the president intoned this week, announcing that he would be putting 3,000 boots on the ground in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, in a $600 million rescue effort for three nations badly hit by the dreaded Ebola epidemic.

"We have to move with force and make sure that we are catching this as best we can, given that it has already broken out in ways that we have not seen before."

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Holistic Healthy Health Here Hint Just For You !

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Sitting up straight doesn't just help your posture but can also make you feel happier, according to a study in New Zealand. 
 
People with good posture said that they felt "more enthusiastic, excited and strong," while those who slumped in chairs felt 
 
"more fearful, hostile, nervous, quiet, still, passive, dull, sleepy and sluggish." Sitting up straight also improved pulse rates 
 

Friday, September 19, 2014

A New Approach for Treating the “Other Circulatory System”




When physicians use the phrase “lymph node,” it’s more often than not followed by the word “excision” or “biopsy.”

Indeed, if doctors talk about the lymphatic system at all, it is usually in the context of a cancer diagnosis in which lymph nodes are viewed as harbors for potentially lethal metastases. Or perhaps it is in relation to lymphadenopathy, signaling a potentially serious disorder.

Rarely is lymphatic health a consideration.

Yet lymphatic circulation—the “other circulatory system”—plays a vital role in maintaining homeostasis. It is intimately connected with every other organ system. It’s a key factor in maintaining fluid balance, and serves as a major pathway for eliminating toxins. At the same time, because it is a primary reservoir of white blood cells, it is an essential part of the immune system.

Perhaps it’s because the lymphatic system is diffuse and has no central organ—no brain or stomach or heart—that it is so often overlooked. Or maybe it’s because it does most of its work quietly, when a person is in a parasympathetic state. Whatever the reason, it seems that lymphatic health is low in the order of medical priorities.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

What Is Holistic Medicine?

Holistic Medicine from WebMD explains my practice at Holistic Healthy Health Here.


Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person -- body, mind, spirit, and emotions -- in the quest for optimal health and wellness. According to the holistic medicine philosophy, one can achieve optimal health -- the primary goal of holistic medicine practice -- by gaining proper balance in life.
Holistic medicine practitioners believe that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts and if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected. In this way, if people have imbalances (physical, emotional, or spiritual) in their lives, it can negatively affect their overall health. 

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A holistic doctor may use all forms of health care, from conventional medication to alternative therapies, to treat a patient. For example, when a person suffering from migraine headaches pays a visit to a holistic doctor, instead of walking out solely with medications, the doctor will likely take a look at all the potential factors that may be causing the person's headaches, such as other health problems, diet and sleep habits, stress and personal problems, and preferred spiritual practices. The treatment plan may involve drugs to relieve symptoms, but also lifestyle modifications to help prevent the headaches from recurring.

Principles of Holistic Medicine

Holistic medicine is also based on the belief that unconditional love and support is the most powerful healer and a person is ultimately responsible for his or her own health and well-being. Other principles of holistic medicine include the following:
  • All people have innate healing powers.
  • The patient is a person, not a disease.
  • Healing takes a team approach involving the patient and doctor, and addresses all aspects of a person's life using a variety of health care practices.
  • Treatment involves fixing the cause of the condition, not just alleviating the symptoms.

Holistic Medicine: Types of Treatments

Holistic practitioners use a variety of treatment techniques to help their patients take responsibility for their own well-being and achieve optimal health. Depending on the practitioner's training, these may include:
  • Patient education on lifestyle changes and self-care to promote wellness. This may include diet, exercise, psychotherapy, relationship and spiritual counseling, and more
  • Complementary and alternative therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, homeopathy, massage therapy, naturopathy, and others
  • Western medications and surgical procedures

Holistic Medicine: Where to Find a Holistic Provider

Holistic providers may include medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, and homeopathic doctors. To find a holistic practitioner in your area, visit the American Holistic Medical Association web site. There you can use an online provider search to find a practitioner near you.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing a holistic provider:
Don't go to just anyone. As with all professionals, there are those who are good at their jobs and those who are not as good. Before choosing a holistic medicine doctor, get a recommendation from someone you trust, or contact a credible health organization and ask for a recommendation.

Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession

 I am an Osteopathic Physician and I am not unhappy. I am an avid reader of many journals, papers, magazines and medical healthcare articles that I always share with my patients. I thrive on my patients new knowledge as it usually improves their quality of life as it does mine. 

What happens when doctors are unhappy? They have unhappy patients. A new memoir, 'Doctored,' presents one cardiologist's take on the challenges facing American medicine and the real impact on patient care. Dr. Sandeep Jauhar discusses his book on Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero. Photo: Getty 

All too often these days, I find myself fidgeting by the doorway to my exam room, trying to conclude an office visit with one of my patients. When I look at my career at midlife, I realize that in many ways I have become the kind of doctor I never thought I'd be: impatient, occasionally indifferent, at times dismissive or paternalistic. Many of my colleagues are similarly struggling with the loss of their professional ideals. 

It could be just a midlife crisis, but it occurs to me that my profession is in a sort of midlife crisis of its own. In the past four decades, American doctors have lost the status they used to enjoy. In the mid-20th century, physicians were the pillars of any community. If you were smart and sincere and ambitious, at the top of your class, there was nothing nobler or more rewarding that you could aspire to become. 

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Some Cancer Experts See 'Overdiagnosis,' Question Emphasis on Early Detection


Early detection has long been seen as a powerful weapon in the battle against cancer. But some experts now see it as double-edged sword.

While it's clear that early-stage cancers are more treatable than late-stage ones, some leading cancer experts say that zealous screening and advanced diagnostic tools are finding ever-smaller abnormalities in prostate, breast, thyroid and other tissues. Many are being labeled cancer or precancer and treated aggressively, even though they may never have caused harm.

As a result, these experts say, many people may be undergoing surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and other treatments unnecessarily, sometimes with lifelong side effects.

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Source:  Wall Street Journal

Sunday, September 14, 2014

This Doctor Changed His Life with Intermittent Fasting and High Intensity Exercise—You Can Too


By Dr. Mercola

Is there such a thing as a fast diet? Dr. Michael Mosley, a physician like me, wrote a best-selling book on this subject, aptly called The Fast Diet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting, which answers that question.
As a journalist for BBC in the UK, Dr. Mosley has really helped popularize one of the most powerful medical interventions I’ve ever encountered for helping people normalize their weight, namely intermittent fasting.
I’ve previously featured some of his TV documentaries on intermittent fasting and high intensity exercise in this newsletter. In those programs, Dr. Mosley reveals his own health journey, showing how he went from being overweight, diagnosed with diabetes and high cholesterol, to regaining his health.
“My doctor wanted to start me on drugs. But I said, ‘I want to see if there’s something better and alternative out there,’” he says. “I started exploring, and came across intermittent fasting...
I ended up testing all sorts of different forms of fasting, including alternate-day fasting. Eventually, I came up with something that I called the 5:2 Diet, which is really counting calories two days a week and eating normally the other five days.
I stuck to that for about three months. During that period, I lost about 20 pounds of fat, my body fat went down from 28 percent to 20 percent, and my blood glucose went back to normal.
That was two years ago and it stayed completely normal since... I have to say it’s been absolutely life-changing.”

Different Types of Fasting Regimens

Intermittent fasting is an umbrella term that covers an array of different fasting schedules. As a general rule however, intermittent fasting involves cutting calories in whole or in part, either a couple of days a week, every other day, or even daily, as in the case of the scheduled eating regimen I use myself.
In his explorations, Dr. Mosley tried a number of these different approaches, including a five-day fast, alternate day fasting (promoted by Dr. Krista Varady), and the 5:2 fast.
The five-day fast was very effective in that he lost weight and improved some of his biomarkers. But it was quite difficult to go a full five days without nearly any food whatsoever. The alternate day fasting also worked, but he found it to be a bit inconvenient.
“And then I came across some work done in England by Dr. Michelle Harvie, which was [fasting] two days a week. I thought, ‘I can handle two days a week.’ In a way, I kind of combined a number of different techniques together and ended up with the 5:2 plan.
One of my inspirations was the Prophet Muhammad because he had told his followers they all need to fast on a monthly basis for Ramadan but also cut your calories two days a week – Mondays and Thursdays. That’s what I did.
I’m not a very religious person, but I do believe that great religions have a lot to teach us, whether it is mindful meditation or indeed some of the benefits of fasting. I think the reason that these ideas persist is there is something very profound about them.”
On the 5:2 plan, you cut your food down to one-fourth of your normal daily calories on fasting days (about 600 calories for men and about 500 for women), along with plenty of water and tea. On the other five days of the week, you can eat normally.
Yet another version of intermittent fasting, and the one I personally recommend for most people who are overweight, is to simply restrict your daily eating to a specific window of time, such as an eight-hour window. It is more aggressive and, as a result, people will see results sooner.
I too have experimented with different types of scheduled eating for the past three years, and this is my personal preference as it’s really easy to comply with once your body has shifted over from burning sugar to burning fat as its primary fuel.
It is important to note that this is not a permanent eating program and once your insulin resistance improves and you are normal weight, you can start eating more food as you will have reestablished your body’s ability to burn fat for fuel.

Intermittent Fasting Actually CURBS Your Hunger

Many are hesitant to try fasting as they fear they’ll be ravenously hungry all the time. But one of the most incredible side effects of intermittent fasting that I’ve found is the disappearance of hunger and sugar cravings.
I’m a fellow of the American College of Nutrition and have studied nutrition for over 30 years, and I’d never personally encountered or experienced hunger cravings just disappearing like they did when I implemented intermittent fasting.
Dr. Mosley had the same experience once he began fasting. Others have also contacted him saying they’re astonished to realize that hunger no longer dominates their lives; they’re back in control. Now, you get hungry because your body needs fuel. But the vast majority of people in the world, certainly in the developed world, are eating foods that severely inhibit their ability to produce lipase and use fat as an energy source. Lipase is inhibited because of high insulin levels, and your insulin rises in response to eating foods high in carbohydrates.
“Absolutely. I think we’re just beginning to discover what insulin is capable of –not just in managing blood glucose but also in managing fat deposition and probably its link with cancer and dementia. I think we’re just beginning to grasp just how important it is,” Dr. Mosley says. When fasting, I recommend paying attention not only to the timing of your meals but also the quality of the food you eat. I believe it's important to eat a diet that is:
  • High in healthy fats. Many will benefit from 50-85 percent of their daily calories in the form of healthy fat from avocados, organic grass-fed butter, pastured egg yolks, coconut oil, and raw nuts such as macadamia, pecans, and pine nuts
  • Moderate amounts of high-quality protein from organically raised, grass-fed or pastured animals. Most will likely not need more than 40 to 70 grams of protein per day
  • Unrestricted amounts of fresh vegetables, ideally organic

Dr. Mosley on Intermittent Exercise

Dr. Mosley is also a proponent of high intensity interval training (HIIT), and recently finished a new book called Fast Exercise.
“The reason I got into high-intensity exercise (and this was three years ago) was because I was making a documentary for the BBC called The Truth About ExerciseI met a professor and he said, ‘I can give you many of the benefits of exercise for just a few minutes a week.’ I didn’t believe him. I did the program; it changed my life.”
After that, he began looking into the science behind it, again discovering that there’s a huge body of science showing the benefits of HIIT. Dr. Mosley has also started doing a form of high intensity weight training, which is like the strength-training equivalent of HIIT, based on research he found from the University of Texas. But there’s also another piece of the fitness puzzle that many are still unaware of, and that is the importance of avoiding sitting. When I first started seeing the studies showing that even fit people had an increased risk of dying if they sat for long periods of time, I couldn’t believe it.
I researched it and eventually came across Dr. Joan Vernikos, who’s a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research scientist. She wrote the book Sitting Kills, Moving Heals. She really drove home the point of how important it is to engage in intermittent non-exercise movement throughout the day. As it turns out, your body needs to interact with gravity in order to function properly.
Ideally, you shouldn’t sit down for more than 15 minutes or so at a time. Personally, I set a timer to go off every 15 minutes. Once I got used to the routine of standing up several times an hour, I started adding some simple exercises to it. I’ve compiled a list of 30 videos for ideas about what you can do when you stand up, to maximize your benefits.
“I’m familiar with the work of Dr. James Levine from the Mayo Institute. He’s been shouting, ‘The chair is a killer!’ for a good 10 years now,” Dr. Mosley says. “I met him first about 10 years ago. He had very compelling evidence that you should get off your bottom and move around every 20 minutes or so, even if it’s only for a minute, and that being sedentary is itself a killer. It doesn’t matter if you go to the gym. You’re not going to undo 13 hours of sitting.”

Intermittent Fasting Benefits Your Brain

There’s exciting research indicating that intermittent fasting can have a very beneficial impact on your brain function, too. It may even hold the key to preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
“What really impressed me is when I went to the National Institutes on Aging and I met Dr. Mark Mattson. He’s got these genetically engineered mice. They’ve been genetically engineered so they will develop Alzheimer’s or dementia. Normally they’ll develop dementia around a year, which is the equivalent of about 40 or 50 in humans.
But when he put them on an intermittent fasting diet – alternate-day fasting diet in fact – they developed it at around two years, which is equivalent to being 90. When he put them on a junk diet, a junk food diet, they developed it at about nine months.
When he looked into their brains, he discovered that the ones who had been on intermittent fasting diet have grown 40 percent new brain cells particularly in the area associated with memory. He identified this thing called BDNF or brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which seems to be driving those changes and also protecting the brains. He’s doing this big study in humans at the moment to see if the same thing happens with fasting humans.”
Mattson’s research suggests that fasting every other day (restricting your meal on fasting days to about 600 calories) tends to boost BDNF by anywhere from 50 to 400 percent, depending on the brain region. BDNF activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons, and triggers numerous other chemicals that promote neural health. This protein also protects your brain cells from changes associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
BDNF also expresses itself in the neuro-muscular system where it protects neuro-motors from degradation. (The neuromotor is the most critical element in your muscle. Without the neuromotor, your muscle is like an engine without ignition. Neuro-motor degradation is part of the process that explains age-related muscle atrophy.) So BDNF is actively involved in both your muscles and your brain, and this cross-connection, if you will, appears to be a major part of the explanation for why a physical workout can have such a beneficial impact on your brain tissue — and why the combination of intermittent fasting with high intensity exercise appears to be a particularly potent combination.

Eating Like Our Ancestors Helps Optimize Biological Function

One of the arguments for intermittent fasting is that it mimics the way our ancestors ate. They didn’t have access to food 24/7, and underwent alternating intervals of “feast and famine.” The human body is adapted to this, and research shows that abstaining from food now and then actually optimizes biological function all-around.
“We know, for example, that it’s only in the periods when you don’t have food that your body goes into a sort of repair mode, because most of the time it’s going flat out. Your body’s really only interested in procreating, growing cells, always going on and on. But when you go without food for 12 to 14 hours, your body starts to think, ‘Well, let’s do a little bit of repair now.’ Some of the proteins get denatured. New ones get created. Your mitochondria cells originate. There’s a lot of fundamental biochemistry, which completely validates this argument,” Dr. Mosley says.
“As Dr. Mark Mattson said to me, in terms of the brain work, the time when you need to be smart is not when you have food. Because if you’re in a cave and you’ve got food, you reach out and grab it. You don’t have to be clever. The time you have to be smart is when you don’t have food. Because then you’ve got to get up, you’ve got to get out, you’ve got a plan, you’ve got to remember where you left the food before or where you found the berries, and how to hunt. It’s actually being without food that makes you smarter.”
Optimizing your brain function is yet another amazing benefit of applying these two powerful approaches – intermittent fasting and intermittent exercise. You’re actually able to think clearer, get more done, and be far more efficient. It’s a phenomenal side effect of following this type of program.
“At the moment, I’m in contact with a group in Ireland who are doing research trying to combine the two approaches, because as far as I know, it hasn’t been properly tested together. I believe that together it’s going to be much more powerful than separately. It would be nice to have this sort of scientific basis for that [recommendation].”

Finding an Eating Schedule That Works

There are many reasons to implement an intermittent fasting schedule. Adding high intensity interval training and making sure you stand up at regular intervals (several times per hour) can go a long way toward eliminating not only unwanted weight, but also metabolic syndrome and most chronic disease—including heart disease and dementia.
Dr. Mosley and I have both had bouts of diabetes, and close family members have struggled with it as well. Both of us were able to completely reverse our diabetes and regain normal insulin and leptin sensitivity through diet, intermittent fasting, and exercise. Type 2 diabetes is basically 100 percent curable, but you have to give it a sincere effort, and not quit after a few days.
If you struggle with food cravings, especially sugar, know that once you make this shift to burning fat instead of sugar as your body’s primary fuel, your hunger for unhealthy foods will vanish, and you will not have to exert enormous amounts of self-discipline to resist unhealthy foods any longer. You will be back in control!
Perhaps best of all, intermittent fasting is not something you have to do non-stop for the rest of your life. I believe that most who are insulin/leptin resistant would benefit from doing it continuously until the resistance resolves. However, once your weight is ideal, and you have no high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol ratios, or diabetes, then you can have more meals until or unless the insulin/leptin resistance returns.

Source:  Dr. Mercola.com

FDA Reverses Its Position on Daily Aspirin

By Dr. Mercola
If you haven't had a heart attack, step away from the aspirin bottle... If you are one of the 40 million Americans who take an aspirin every day, you may want to heed the latest warning from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
After many decades of promoting aspirin, the FDA now says that if you have not experienced a heart problem, you should not be taking a daily aspirin—even if you have a family history of heart disease. This represents a significant departure from FDA's prior position on aspirin for the prevention of heart attacks.
On its website, the FDA now says:1, 2
"FDA has concluded that the data do not support the use of aspirin as a preventive medication by people who have not had a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular problems, a use that is called 'primary prevention.' In such people, the benefit has not been established but risks — such as dangerous bleeding into the brain or stomach — are still present."
Their announcement was prompted by Bayer's request to change its aspirin label to indicate it can help prevent heart attacks in healthy individuals. Aspirin generated $1.27 billion in sales for Bayer last year,3 and from Bayer's request, it appears they want everyone to be taking their drug.
But the FDA says "not so fast"—and rightly so. Evidence in support of using aspirin preventatively has gone from weak to weaker to nonexistent. This is why I've been advising against it for more than a decade. It looks as though aspirin, even "low-dose aspirin" (LDA), may do far more harm than good.
In fact, it is debatable whether or not aspirin has ANY protective benefits against cardiovascular disease, even if you have suffered a heart attack or stroke. Recent scientific studies have uncovered a number of serious side effects, suggesting that whatever aspirin may offer may be overshadowed by its risks, especially when safer natural alternatives exist.
As is true for nearly all medications, the longer we watch for side effects, the more we tend to find—even for drugs like aspirin that have been around for more than 100 years. Just because aspirin is an over-the-counter drug and has been around for more than a century does not mean that it's harmless.

Aspirin May Conceal a Cardiac Event in Progress

Roughly 800,000 Americans die from cardiovascular disease annually, which includes heart attacks and stroke. This is why heart health has been such a major focus, and why aspirin was hailed as a "wonder drug" by those who believed it was a safe and effective preventative. But that ship has sailed.
Nearly 10 years ago, Dr. John G. F. Cleland, a cardiologist from the University of Hull in the UK, wrote an excellent article published in the British Journal of Medicine4 casting doubt upon the efficacy of aspirin therapy for prevention of heart attacks.
Based on a series of meta-analyses from the Antithrombotic Trialists' Collaboration,5 which is an enormous body of research following more than 100,000 patients at high risk for cardiac events, Dr. Cleland concluded that aspirin therapy was not saving lives. Rather, aspirin seems to change the way vascular events present themselves.
The number of non-fatal events may be reduced, but the number of sudden deaths is actually increased, because what most physicians don't realize is that surprisingly aspirin can mask a cardiac event in progress.
Dr. Cleland also found that studies touting aspirin's benefits are seriously flawed and interpretation of those studies is biased. Since Cleland's original study, a deluge of scientific studies have further exposed aspirin's failure, which I have summarized in the next few sections.

Studies Show Aspirin Is a Dismal Failure at Preventing Heart Attacks

The following table lists, chronologically, a sampling of studies showing that taking aspirin may do more harm than good. Regardless of whether you're a man, woman, or diabetic, aspirin has failed miserably. This list of studies is not comprehensive. You will find much more information in the GreenMedInfo database, which lists more than 60 articles about aspirin's toxic effects.6
Study Significant Cardiovascular Findings
American Heart Journal 2004 (WASH) Patients receiving aspirin treatment showed the worst cardiac outcomes, especially heart failure
New England Journal of Medicine 20057 Ten-year study at Harvard involving nearly 40,000 women found no fewer heart attacks or cardiovascular deaths among women receiving aspirin therapy
British Medical Journal 20098 Aspirin therapy for diabetics produced no benefit in preventing cardiovascular events
Pharmacoepidemiological Drug Safety 20099 Swedish researchers studying individuals with diabetes found no clear benefit for aspirin, but did note it can increase the risk of serious bleeding
Journal of the American Medical Association 201010, 11 Scottish study found that aspirin did not help prevent heart attacks or strokes in healthy, asymptomatic individuals with a high risk of heart disease
Journal of the American College of Cardiology 201012 Patients taking aspirin showed a higher risk for recurrent heart attack and associated heart problems
Expert Opinions in Pharmacotherapy 201013 British meta-analysis of 7374 diabetics concluded that aspirin does not lower heart attack risk

Aspirin Increases Your Risk of Bleeding

Not only has aspirin failed to reduce the prevalence of heart attacks and strokes, but the list of its adverse effects seems to grow greater the more that it is studied. Chief among these is gastrointestinal bleeding, as aspirin interferes with your platelets—the blood cells that allow your blood to clot. According to one article, long-term low-dose aspirin therapy may double your risk for a gastrointestinal bleed.14
Aspirin also increases your risk for a brain bleed, especially if you are older. One study found a high mortality rate for elderly individuals who had been taking aspirin prophylactically when they suffered a head trauma, resulting in deadly brain hemorrhage.15

Aspirin Destroys the Lining of Your Gastrointestinal Tract

Regular aspirin use also destroys the lining of your gastrointestinal tract, increasing your risk for duodenal ulcers, H. Pylori infection,16 Crohn's disease,17 diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and intestinal perforations. More than 10 percent of patients taking low-dose aspirin develop gastric ulcers. The damage to your duodenum—the highest part of your intestine into which your stomach contents pass—can result in duodenal ulcers, which are prone to bleeding. Even low-dose aspirin is proven to cause problems.
A Japanese study found a higher incidence of bleeding at the ulcer sites of patients with duodenal ulcers taking low-dose aspirin (LDA) therapy, versus those not taking LDA.18 An Australian study also showed that aspirin causes gastroduodenal damage even at the low doses used for cardiovascular protection (80mg).19 And Japanese researchers found that aspirin had caused "small bowel injuries" to 80 percent of study participants after only two weeks of aspirin therapy.20

Even MORE Bad News for Bayer

Each year, 15,000 people die and 100,000 people are hospitalized as the result of aspirin and other NSAIDs—and these are probably conservative estimates. But aspirin may be one of the oldest killer drugs! Strong historical evidence points to aspirin overdose as a major contributor to high death tolls during the 1918 influenza pandemic. Aspirin toxicity can result in hemorrhage and fluid buildup in your lungs, which can result in death. If you are interested in the evidence for this, please read Dr. Karen Starko's fascinating paper in Clinical Infectious Diseases.21
Lending even more weight to Starko's work, an animal study in 2010 suggests that treating the flu with antipyretics (such as aspirin) may increase your risk of death. This study involved animals, but the results were compelling enough for the researchers to make an "urgent call" for human studies.22 Aspirin also depletes your body of important nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin E, folic acid, iron, potassium, sodium, and zinc,23 as well as impairing your melatonin production.24 And in addition to aspirin's growing list of bodily assaults, routine aspirin use has been associated with even broader health problems, such as:
  • Increased risk of one type of breast cancer in women (ER/PR-negative)25
  • Increased risk of kidney failure
  • Cataracts, macular degeneration, and blindness26
  • Hearing loss27 and tinnitus28
  • Erectile dysfunction: Aspirin and other NSAIDs have been linked to a 22 percent increase in your risk of erectile dysfunction (ED), according to Kaiser researchers who studied more than 80,000 men29

The Real Key to Protecting Your Heart Is Reducing Chronic Inflammation

Getting back to the subject of your heart, with all of these adverse effects, why risk taking aspirin when there are safer and more effective alternatives? About one in three deaths in the US are attributed to cardiovascular disease—but 25 percent of those are preventable.
The key is to address chronic inflammation, which can be accomplished by making specific lifestyle changes that encompass diet, exercise, sun exposure, and bare skin contact with the earth. In the remainder of this article, I will focus on heart-health strategies that work FAR better than aspirin. For additional information, please refer to our prior article about cardiovascular disease.

Heart Health Tip #1: Adopt a TRULY Heart-Healthy Diet

My "heart-healthy diet" is vastly different from what government regulators and most conventional cardiologists recommend—because mine is actually based on science. The following table summarizes my basic nutritional recommendations, all of which will help quell chronic inflammation. For further guidance about how to proceed with your diet, I suggest reviewing my Optimized Nutrition Plan.
Limit or eliminate all processed foods and genetically modified foods (GMOs)
Eliminate all gluten and highly allergenic, pro-inflammatory foods
Swap all trans fats (vegetable oils, margarine, etc.) for healthy fats like avocado, raw butter, nuts, seeds, and coconut oil
Eat at least one-third of your food raw, or as much as you can manage
Increase the amount of fresh vegetables in your diet
Consume naturally fermented foods every day, which improves microbial diversity in your gut and helps keep chronic inflammation at a minimum
Avoid artificial sweeteners of any kind
Limit dietary sugar, especially processed fructose. Restrict your fructose to less than 25 grams per day, from all sources, including whole fruits. If you have insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease, you'd be well advised to keep your fructose below 15 grams per day
Eat organic foods whenever possible to avoid exposure to harmful agricultural chemicals, such as glyphosate
To rebalance your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, take a high-quality omega-3 supplement, such as krill oil, and reduce your consumption of processed vegetable oils, which are high in poor-quality omega-6 fats and trans fats
Drink plenty of clean, pure water

Heart-Health Tip #2: Avoiding Trans Fat Is ESSENTIAL

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Aspirin was thought to provide its protective action by inhibiting cyclooxygenase and thus favorably modulating inflammatory prostaglandins, which essentially decrease platelet formation and thus "thins the blood." However there are far more effective ways to favorably influence this pathway. I recently interviewed Dr. Fred Kummerow who is nearly 100 years old and was the first scientist to document the dangers of trans fats. If you haven't watched the video yet, I would strongly encourage you to do so.
In the interview Dr. Kummerow explains that trans-fats prevent the formation of prostacyclin that thins your blood. By diligently avoiding all trans-fats, your body will happily make prostacyclin and keep your blood thin so you avoid heart attacks and strokes. Avoiding trans fats is imperative for your cardiovascular health. This is a FAR more effective strategy than eating trans-fats and taking aspirin to thin your blood.

Heart Health Tip #3: Exercise and Change Your Eating Schedule

One of the primary benefits of exercise is that it helps optimize your insulin and leptin levels. Following the dietary guidelines above will move you closer to the mark, but adding exercise can bring you across the finish line. A sizable study published in The Lancet found that a mere 15 minutes of exercise per day can add three years to your life—even if you have cardiovascular disease risks.30
If your fasting insulin level is above three, seriously consider restricting your intake of grains and sugars until your insulin level is three or below (in terms of fructose, aim for a maximum of 15 grams per day). You might want to incorporate intermittent fasting into your diet and exercise plan, which can accelerate your progress. Intermittent fasting increases insulin/leptin sensitivity and mitochondrial efficiency, reduces oxidative stress, boosts growth hormone production, and helps you shed excess body fat. This is important as insulin and leptin resistance are at the core of most all cardiovascular diseases.

Heart Health Tip #4: Improve Your Blood Viscosity by Grounding Yourself to the Earth

Earthing may actually be one of the best-kept secrets for preventing blood clots—it's an old practice gaining a new appreciation! In the simplest terms, Earthing (or grounding your body to the earth) is what occurs when you walk barefoot on bare soil, grass, sand, brick, etc. Free electrons are transferred from the earth into your body through your feet, and these electrons are some of the most potent antioxidants known to man.
One of the most important discoveries about Earthing is that it makes your blood less viscous, which has profound implications for your cardiovascular health because virtually every aspect of cardiovascular disease has been correlated with elevated blood viscosity. Earthing is so effective at achieving a blood thinning effect that anyone take prescription anticoagulants like Coumadin need to lower their dosage if they start to implement Earthing.
When you ground, your red blood cells have more charge on their surface, which forces them to repel each other, so they have less tendency to "stick together" and form a clot. This causes your blood to flow more easily and your blood pressure to drop. Even a very small blood clot can kill you if it lodges in a critical area of your body, so this "blood thinning" has profound health benefits. Research shows that it takes about 80 minutes for the free electrons from the earth to reach your blood stream and transform your blood. One warning: if you take Coumadin, Earthing is contraindicated as it may thin your blood too much.
By implementing many of the strategies outlined above, you will make far greater progress than relying on drugs such as aspirin, which nearly always come with adverse effects. Remember, heart attacks are not caused by an aspirin deficiency, as some would have you believe!
 Source: Mercola.com

Osteopathic Medicine Is Gaining Recognition

By Dr. Mercola

While many people are now aware that there are well-trained health care practitioners specializing in complementary medicine, many are still unaware that there are two kinds of allopathic physicians to choose from as well.
Medical doctors, MDs, and doctors of osteopathy, known as DOs, have similar training requiring four years of study in the basic and clinical sciences, and the successful completion of licensing exams.
As you may know, I'm an osteopathic physician (DO), and DOs, just like MDs, are licensed to prescribe medication, deliver babies, and perform surgery in all 50 states in the US. DOs have the identical license to practice the full range of medicine and surgery as MDs; there is absolutely no difference in their state license.
I'm also board-certified in family medicine, and served as the chairman of the family medicine department at St. Alexius Medical Center for five years. In October 2012, I was awarded fellowship status by the American College of Nutrition (FACN).
There are some intrinsic differences between MDs and DOs, however. DOs have frequently been viewed as "less than" a "real" doctor1—a view that is simply not true when you consider their training.

Are Osteopaths Real Physicians?

One of the primary distinctions that separates DOs from MDs is the fact that osteopathic physicians are typically trained in an approach that treats the person as a whole, rather than just treating individual symptoms.
In essence, DOs practice "whole person" medicine, and help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that not only address their current illness, but help prevent it. In addition to the four year conventional medical curriculum, DOs receive in-depth training in manipulating the musculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, muscles, and bones.
This training in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) equips DOs with a comprehensive understanding of how illness or injury in one part of your body can influence and affect other parts. DOs are trained to view the human body as an interconnected system.
OMM involves using your hands to diagnose and/or treat. Contrary to most conventional MDs who rarely touch their patients anymore, DOs will palpate and perform physical manipulation. The featured article in the New York Times2 provides an example of this:
"Growing up on Long Island, [Gabrielle Rozenberg] suffered from chronic ear infections. Her doctor recommended surgery. But before committing to an invasive procedure, her parents took her to a DO — a physician whose skills are comparable to those of an MD.
In several visits, he performed some twists and turns of her neck and head, and within days the infection cleared up. 'The infection happened because of fluid in the ear,' she explained, 'and the manipulations opened up the ear canal.'
The infection didn't come back... Many are drawn to the field for this more personal, hands-on approach and its emphasis on community medicine and preventive care."

All DOs Are Not Focused or Trained in Natural Medicine...

I opted for a DO instead of getting an MD because I was attracted to its natural philosophical orientation and its focus on prevention. However, as beautifully described in a classic article by Dr. Joel D. Howell, MD, Ph.D, in reality there's actually little difference between the two degrees.
Patients frequently believe that ALL osteopaths practice natural medicine exclusively. Regrettably, this is not the case. In fact, most fall into the drug and surgical solution trap. Early in my career, I too prescribed drugs as a first line of treatment, before I became more fully aware of the risks, and the viability of natural alternatives.
If you're looking for a physician of natural medicine, you're best off contacting the American College for Advancement in Medicine3 (ACAM) for a referral, as most ACAM physicians are at least oriented towards natural medicine and more open to those alternatives.
I do, however, believe that the selection process for osteopathic schools is oriented toward identifying variables besides grades and test scores, which tend to produce more empathic and holistically inclined physicians. This is a factor that is often overlooked in conventional medicine, and can have a great impact on a patient's outcome.

Osteopathic Schools Becoming Increasingly Popular

After four years of academic study, DOs serve a one-year internship, gaining hands-on experience in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics-gynecology, pediatrics, and surgery.
As a result of this experience, the majority of DOs tend to become primary care physicians—about twice as many DOs as MDs choose this path—and many end up practicing in small towns and rural areas, where they often care for entire families and communities.
DOs who want to go into a particular specialty will complete an additional residency program in their chosen area, which typically requires two to six years of additional training. I completed a two-year family practice residency (three counting internship) to complete my osteopathic training.
DOs focus on being a doctor first and specialist second is becoming increasingly valuable, as shortages of doctors are predicted to worsen in the near future. By 2020, workforce experts predict a shortage of more than 45,000 primary care physicians in the US.
As noted in a recent New York Times4 article, 22 percent of all new medical school graduates come out of osteopathic schools, which is more than double the percentage when I graduated over 30 years ago. Between 1983 and 2000 alone, 16 new schools of osteopathy were opened. As reported in the featured article:5
"The boom in osteopathy is striking. In 1980, there were just 14 schools across the country and 4,940 students. Now there are 30 schools, including state universities in New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia and Michigan, offering instruction at 40 different locations to more than 23,000 students...
Whatever the reasons for choosing a DO over an MD, osteopathic medicine has, for decades now and increasingly so, been accepted as authoritative training by the medical establishment, including the residency programs that lead to licensure."

Where Did Osteopathy Come From?

The first osteopath was Andrew Taylor Still, a rural Kansas physician, back in 1864. After the best medicines available at the time failed to help his three children, all of whom died from spinal meningitis, he set out to devise an alternative modality of healing. This new line of thinking was based on the idea that health and healing can be achieved by improving blood flow through manipulation of the spine and neck.
Dr. Still founded the first school of osteopathy in 1892. Three years later, Daniel David Palmer established chiropractic, which is yet another treatment modality based on spinal manipulation. Despite having been around for well over a century, many Americans are still completely unaware that DOs even exist. According to a survey by the American Osteopathic Association:6
  • 29 percent of Americans do not know that DOs are licensed to practice medicine
  • 33 percent do not know DOs can prescribe drugs
  • 63 percent were unaware that osteopaths can perform surgery
Originally, osteopathy was created as a very radical alternative to a failing medical system. Since then, the DOs path has inched ever closer to that of the MD, and as I stated earlier, some DOs practice mainly allopathic medicine, focused primarily on pharmacological principles. As noted by Dr. Joel D. Howell in his 1999 article in the New England Journal of Medicine:
"A 1995 survey of 1055 osteopathic family physicians found that they used manual therapy only occasionally; only 6.2 percent used osteopathic manipulation for more than half of their patients, and almost a third used it for fewer than 5 percent. The more recent their graduation from medical school, the less likely practitioners were to use osteopathic manipulation, a finding consistent with the view that osteopathic practice is moving closer to allopathic practice."

New Residency System Will Further Lessen Distinction Between MD and DO

The distinction between MD and DO accreditation is about to become even more insignificant. In February of this year, the accrediting agencies for MDs and DOs agreed to combine the two into a singular residency and fellowship system. This means that, starting in 2015, DO residency standards will be the same as those for MDs. DOs will be accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, which will have osteopathic representatives on its board and in its review committees. This change is aimed at providing a more uniform learning path, thereby lessening the distinction between MDs and DOs, which will help mitigate the looming shortage of primary care physicians.
As noted in the featured article:
"Dr. Atul Grover, the association's chief public policy officer, credits the osteopathic boom to the need for additional sources of medical training... Dr. Grover speculates that the new residency system could also lead to one accreditation for MD and DO schools. At the least, the new synergy lends an imprimatur to the osteopathic schools, which by and large lack marquee status. 'It will allow graduates from two similar but different education systems to work side by side,' said Dr. John E. Prescott, chief academic officer of the MD association. 'It's a true step forward.'"

Redistribution of Federal Funds for Physician Training

Historically, government subsidies for the training of physicians have disproportionally benefited teaching hospitals in the northeast United States. A recent report for the Institute of Medicine (IOM), titled "Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation's Health Needs,"7 calls for redistribution of these funds, amounting to about $15 billion annually. As noted by NPR:8
"The report also called for an end to providing the money directly to the teaching hospitals and to dramatically alter the way the funds are paid. The money in question is for graduate medical education — the training of medical school graduates that's required before these interns and residents can be licensed to practice in any state."
About two-thirds of these government funds come from Medicare, and the IOM report now suggests shifting large portions of this money away from major teaching hospitals toward smaller community-based training clinics—some of which do not treat Medicare patients. This has raised quite a bit of opposition, especially from the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges9 (AAMC). In a recent press release, the AAMC states:
"By proposing as much as a 35 percent reduction in payments to teaching hospitals, the IOM's recommendations will slash funding for vital care and services available almost exclusively at teaching hospitals, including Level 1 trauma centers, pediatric intensive care units, burn centers, and access to clinical trials... While the current system can and is being improved to train more doctors in non-hospital settings, these immediate cuts will destabilize a system that has produced high-quality doctors and other health professionals for more than 50 years and is widely regarded as the best in the world."
In response, Edward Salsberg, a former top official at the Bureau of Health Workforce at the Department of Health and Human Services has noted that:10 "The current system is unsustainable. Health care is moving to the community, but our system of financing graduate medical education is tied to inpatient care." Osteopathic physicians will undoubtedly play an important part in shifting the system into a more community-based and family oriented type of medicine that places greater weight on health education and prevention—provided osteopathy doesn't completely lose its holistic-based orientation in the process of becoming more integrated with allopathic medicine...

Be Part of the Change by Taking Control of Your Health

Whether the proposed changes will result in more and better doctors and improved public health remains to be seen. As always, I urge you to take an active role in your health—no matter what kind of physician you're working with. After all, you're the one who must live with the outcome of any chosen treatment, for better or worse.
If there is one thing I want everyone to understand, it would be that you have FAR greater control over your health than you think. Leading a common-sense, healthy lifestyle is your best bet to achieve a healthy body and mind. And if you struggle with a health problem, there are almost always simple strategies that can be enormously beneficial and helpful, if not outright curative. While conventional medical science may vacillate in its recommendations, you can take control of your health with the following approaches:
  1. Make healthy food choices: For a comprehensive guide on which foods to eat and which to avoid, see my nutrition plan. Generally speaking, you should be looking to focus your diet on whole, ideally organic, unprocessed foods. Avoid sugar, and fructose in particular. All forms of sugar have toxic effects when consumed in excess, and drive multiple disease processes in your body, not the least of which is insulin resistance, a major cause of chronic disease and accelerated aging.
  2. I believe the two primary keys for successful weight management are severely restricting carbohydrates (sugars, fructose, and grains) in your diet, and increasing healthy fat consumption. This will optimize insulin and leptin levels, which is key for maintaining a healthy weight and optimal health.
  3. Exercise effectively and efficiently. High-intensity interval-type training is particularly beneficial for optimal health, as it boosts human growth hormone (HGH) production.
  4. Address your stress: You cannot be optimally healthy if you avoid addressing the emotional component of your health and longevity, as your emotional state plays a role in nearly every physical disease -- from heart disease and depression, to arthritis and cancer. Meditation, prayer, social support and exercise are all viable options that can help you maintain emotional and mental equilibrium. I also strongly believe in using simple tools such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to address deeper, oftentimes hidden, emotional problems.
  5. Drink plenty of clean water.
  6. Maintain a healthy gut: About 80 percent of your immune system resides in your gut, and research is stacking up showing that probiotics—beneficial bacteria—affect your health in a myriad of ways; it can even influence your ability to lose weight. A healthy diet is the ideal way to maintain a healthy gut, and regularly consuming traditionally fermented foods is the easiest, most cost effective way to ensure optimal gut flora.
  7. Optimize your vitamin D levels: Research has shown that increasing your vitamin D levels can reduce your risk of death from ALL causes.
  8. Avoid as many chemicals, toxins, and pollutants as possible: This includes tossing out your toxic household cleaners, soaps, personal hygiene products, air fresheners, bug sprays, lawn pesticides, and insecticides, just to name a few, and replacing them with non-toxic alternatives.
  9. Get plenty of high-quality sleep: Regularly catching only a few hours of sleep can hinder metabolism and hormone production in a way that is similar to the effects of aging and the early stages of diabetes. Chronic sleep loss may speed the onset or increase the severity of age-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and memory loss.

Source: Mercola.com