Month: March 2015

The Pill and Sexual Dysfunction

Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is a medical condition that affects countless women.  This may include a decrease in sexual desire, sexual arousal disorder, orgasmic disorder and pain. The cause of FSD can be attributed to a variety of issues.  The health of a relationship, anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, body image and religious and cultural beliefs …

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What Your Parents Never Told You About Eating

This past week as I was discussing some dietary recommendations with a patient it triggered in her a memory of how appalled her Brazilian mother was that as Americans we drink orange juice along with milk for breakfast.  People in other cultures know not to mix acidic food with milk because of its curdling effect …

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Full-body scans or scams?

One of the latest medical craze that is popping up all over the country is- full-body scans.   The promoters promise peace of mind to the worried, and you don’t even need a physician’s referral. Neither the FDA nor the American College of Radiology endorses the full-body tests.  The main concern centers on the lack of …

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Lesson Learned by “Remarkable Survivors” – A Changed Life

Two qualities that were mentioned were “authenticity” or a clear understanding of what was important in one’s life and “autonomy,” the perceived freedom to shape life around what is valued.  In addition, a feeling of having profoundly changed was another feeling that was consistently reported among these remarkable cancer survivors.  An example of this follows: …

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Lesson Learned by, “Remarkable Survivors” -Autonomy

Another lesson learned by these “remarkable survivors” had to do with autonomy or making their own choices.  Whereas in the past, choices were made to please others, get rewards, or avoid punishment, now they do so with a sense of personal freedom and volition.  Many of us walk around as if half asleep.  We really …

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Lessons Learned From “Remarkable Survivors”

I recently came across an article in Integrative Cancer Therapies that I found intriguing and enlightening.  The authors looked at the mental attributes that may favor prolonged survival in the face of metastatic cancer.  Ten individuals with medically incurable cancers who had outlived their prognoses by from 4 to 14 years were interviewed.  They found three …

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Does High Dose IV Vitamin C Hinder the Effectiveness of Chemo or Radiation?

Six months ago an elderly woman with cancer was brought to our clinic by her concerned daughter.  She wanted to know what if anything I could offer.  We talked about diet, nutritional supplements, detoxing protocols and high dose IV vitamin C among other therapies.  After listening carefully she felt comfortable about the program but first …

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“The Most Effective Treatment for Osteoarthritis of the Knee”

While reading a recent medical journal I became interested in an article with the above title.  However, as I read through the article  I was a little disappointed  but not surprised that the authors evaluated only the common medical therapies currently in use.  These therapies ranged from Tylenol and ibuprofen, to injectable hyaluronic acid  and …

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The Jumping Frenchmen of Maine

In the late 1870s, something very strange happened to the French-Canadians lumberjacks in Moosehead Lake, Maine. When startled, they would jump in the air, imitate those around them, and even obey random commands. This was the Jumping Frenchmen of Maine disorder. American neurologist William Beard found that the disorder began in childhood, was familial, rarely …

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