Was there a time when spring didn’t mean sneezing and coughing and runny eyes? Then your allergies may not be genetic!! It may be due to a weakened immune system.
Remember when you could do bad things like drink alcohol and eat burgers and fries and not feel like crap the next day?? That’s because of two things that happen to you as you age:
Those Margaritas, Doritos and McRibs build up toxins in your body (sorry McDonalds and Fritolay).
Your immune system got weaker over the years which lets inflammatory chemicals form in your blood.
Now you have a few drinks or cheese or chocolate and the next day you don’t want to get out of bed. Or maybe you stay indoors all spring because of pollen.
Infusion to the rescue.
IV Infusion Therapy with Myer’s Cocktail and Glutathione.
Infusion Therapy puts powerful nutrients and detoxifying antioxidants DIRECTLY into your blood without dilution caused by your digestive system.
Advanta Total Health’s Infusion Therapy takes the toxins out of your body, restores your digestive absorption and hydrates you more completely.
Here is what’s in it:
Magnesium, Calcium, Selenium, Vitamin B5, B12 B-Complex, Vitamin C and Glutathione. This powerful combination of antioxidants picks up the free-radicals caused by bad food and toxic chemicals and washes them away. Then, if you decide to consult our nutritional experts, they can recommend supplements to keep you feeling younger and healthier. Magnesium sulfate, 50% 500 3 4.06 12.18 2. Calcium gluconate, 10% 100 1 0.68 0.68 3. Selenium 200 mcg 1 0.0014 0.0014 4. Pyridoxine 100 1 1.46 1.46 5. Dexpanthenol 250 1 1.22 1.22 6. Hydroxycobalamin 1 1 0.31 0.31 7. B-Complex 100 I 2.04 2.04 8. Ascorbic acid 500 mg 2 5.94 11.88 9. Sterile water
*None of the information contained in this article should be construed as constituting medical advice. Dr. Richard P. Schuyler and Advanta Total Health, LLC assume no responsibility for harm caused to anyone reading this article as a result from avoiding or delaying orthodox medical treatment for any disease. Please consult your physician or other health care provider.
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**Ibuprofen is the generic name of Advil, Motrin, Aleve & Naproxen
Back in March of this year Doctors began sounding the alarm about a connection between Ibuprofen and the “cytokine storm” found in COVID-19 patients. The sudden and overwhelming “storm” of lung inflammation is what puts patients on ventilators. Most never come off. Ibuprofen found strongly suspected to be a cause. Now we are getting reports of children dying from another kind of COVID-related inflammation. The mysterious symptoms are similar to Kawasaki Syndrome. This syndrome involves brain, heart and lung inflammation plus it also afflicts the skin with painful rashes. Dozens of children have died already. Once again, doctors are reporting most or ALL of them were given Ibuprofen.
Why is this not being widely reported in the news? It may be the billions of dollars the media get from advertising these toxic drugs!! Big Pharma has a lot of power. I am amazed that most healthcare providers are unaware of this important information. I am telling all my patients and colleagues to PLEASE not use Ibuprofen. Other NSAIDs may prove to be dangerous too!!
What can we do to control inflammation without drugs? I use extreme hydration (water) and natural vegetable-derived anti-inflammatories. One of my favorites is vegetable juice containing carrots, greens, cucumber and aloe. I can feel the heat leaving my body so fast it’s unbelievable.
I also use anti-oxidant supplements like Lifeguard from Starlight International or Resvoxitrol from Orthomolecular. (I get ZERO money for endorsing these products.) Lifeguard can be ordered online at (831)242-1080. Call me at (770)955-2225 if you need help with this or any other health problems.
IV Infusion Therapy. If you do find yourself in trouble, consider infusion therapy. This is a wonderful way to boost your ORAC. Check it out below.
So, since they are thought cause disease, why are we not focused on germs?? Because GERMS ARE EVERYWHERE and you can’t avoid them!!! In fact you wouldn’t WANT to!! Right now your body has millions of viruses and bacteria and other micro-organisms in it!! Some are GOOD for for you like acidophilus. One of our vital organelles, mitochondria, are believed to have evolved from a bacteria!! So germs have been an important part of you for millions of years yet, most of the time you are HEALTHY!! How does this happen? It’s because you are protected by your IMMUNE SYSTEM!!! The human immune system is why most people stay healthy even when epidemics rage through the population. It identifies and destroys “bad” germs and other invaders constantly. Now hand washing and hygiene will help but are not the answer to being healthy.
Take China for example. The Chinese government has made a religion out of getting rid of germs. Sanitation and western-style medical treatment are an obsession there. Everybody wears surgical masks. An army of sanitation workers keep the cities spotless. They just finished a thousand-bed hospital in TEN DAYS!!! But has this done anything to stop the spread of the Coronavirus? No! And I predict it will not!! It is probably inevitable that the virus will make its way around the world and, when it gets to your street, you can be ready for it.
INTERESTING NOTE: the death rate for men from the Novel Corona Virus is DOUBLE woman’s in China. Why? Chinese men smoke. Women do not.
Dr. Richard P. Schuyler, DC
**Consider juicing fresh vegetables!!! A juice of: carrots, kale, spinach, beets, ginger (with some garlic if you are sick) is an INCREDIBLE anti-inflammatory solution. You will FEEL the coolness spread through your body as the anti-inflammatory phytonutrients take away the heat of inflammation and you feel better almost immediately.
Another tip: Aloe Vera will cure almost any digestive problem from mouth blisters to hemorrhoids. (Keep reading for IV Infusion Therapy and more….)
IV Infusion Therapy with Myer’s Cocktail and Glutathione.
Advanta Total Health’s Infusion Therapy takes the toxins out of your body, restores your digestive absorption and hydrates you more completely than just drinking water or juicing.
Here’s what’s in it: Magnesium, Calcium, Selenium, Vitamin B5, B12 B-Complex Vitamin C and Glutathione. These powerful antioxidants pick up the free-radicals caused by bad food and toxic chemicals and washes them away. Since they go DIRECTLY to the blood they are not destroyed by your digestive system. Glutathione is totally destroyed in the intestines. Our nutritional experts can also recommend supplements to keep your ORAC high without IVs. Infusion Therapy puts powerful nutrients and detoxifying antioxidants DIRECTLY into your blood with ZERO loss of potency caused by absorption problems.
***None of the information contained in this article should be construed as constituting medical advice. Dr. Richard P. Schuyler and Advanta
Total Health, LLC assume no responsibility for harm caused to anyone reading this article as a result from avoiding or delaying orthodox medical
treatment for any disease. Please consult your physician or other health care provider.
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So, it’s that time of the year again!! You are OVER eating like a pig for the holidays and more than a little disgusted at the weight you put on. Maybe you just want to lose those extra pounds or maybe you want to finally get the body you’ve always dreamt of.
For years I’ve seen my patients firmly resolve to lose weight and get in shape for the new year but then fail to achieve their goal. Maybe they purchase a gym membership or buy $1,000 worth of exercise equipment only to QUIT exercising after a couple of weeks. The reasons I hear most are:
Exercising hurt them.
They didn’t have enough time.
It was monotonous.
They didn’t see any progress
All the above.
These can ALL be valid reasons to not exercise. But what if some or ALL those problems could be solved so there is little or no reason not to look the way you really desire??
Looking at people with strong, attractive powerful bodies you wonder!!.
How do THEY do it??
Is it genetics? Training secrets? Secret supplements? Living at the gym? Steroids??
Well the truth is these factors DO matter. But!! There IS an easier way, a safer way AND a more efficient way to get strong and lean and fast and hardly ANYBODY will tell you about it.
In the following few Health Hacks you will be seeing a step-by-step approach to losing weight, gaining muscle and feeling younger. Keep reading and it may just change your life!!
For years I studied biomechanics and neurophysiology and wondered what is the BEST way to build muscle and burn fat. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I found out what that method is. After several studies the best muscle building systems were published in the last decade, it became clear just how to get the best results in the gym for EVERYBODY!! You CAN know the secrets that successful body builders have used for years. WHY? Because I’ve spent 30 years around body builders and athletes AND lifting weights. On top of that I’ve treated many very successful athletes. So, I’ve seen how to maximize athletic performance from both sides and know WHY the system you are about to learn about MAKES SENSE!!
SO much information about body building is contradictory and confusing!! It can be intimidating and frustrating because, frankly, too many “experts” on weight training give you wrong information. You see guys in the gym who are HUGE doing things that will, eventually, destroy their backs!!! They think that, because they’ve gotten away with it for so long it must be OK!! But sooner or later it WILL catch up to them and they’ll end up at chiropractor or (worse) the orthopedic surgeon.
So, stay if you want to be a body builder OR simply lose a few pounds so you can fit into clothes that are a size or two too small and KEEP READING to discover how to:
Build muscle FAST.
Lose fat and Get lean.
Feel more energetic and happier
Cut gym time in HALF and…
Work out EVERY DAY if you want to really surpass the average body builder.
Fact: Exercise produces ENDORPHINS that make you HAPPY!!
Fact: Muscle tissue BURNS fat so the more you have the slimmer you get AND the faster you get slim.
So now that I have your interest I’ll get to the point and begin helping you get the body you want and get it fast. The simplest way to describe this revolutionary system for strength training and weight loss is…..
WHY The Push-Pull Method?…and WHY is it important to explain it to you?
ANSWER: It’s a very simple but powerful system of building muscle quickly and easily BUT it comes from decades of research in neurophysiology (which is a big word for “just exactly how do muscles work”). The reason it’s important to understand a little neurophysiology is: because the more you understand about WHY you are doing something the more likely you are to actually DO it!!
Neurophysiology FOR DUMMIES:
It may sound silly to say this but… Muscles work by pulling. They can’t PUSH!!! That means when your muscles move they get SHORTER. Muscle fibers called myofibrils contract (shorten) when your nerves tell them to. This PULLS the bones they attach to either toward each other (flexion) or away from each other (extension). So when you FLEX your muscles you aren’t necessarily FLEXING the bones they attach to. Your arms and legs have muscles on both the front and back of them. The muscles attached to the front of your arms FLEX the arms while the ones in the back EXTEND them. Here’s an example: the biceps (on the front of your arm) pulls your forearm toward your upper arm (flexion). Your triceps (on the back of the arm) pulls your forearm AWAY from your upper arm (extension). See!! It’s really simple.
The reason the Push/Pull system works better than any other is, by ONLY doing push exercises on one day and ONLY pull exercises on the other, you NEVER overwork your muscles. That means they get bigger and stronger FASTER, with fewer injuries AND less pain.
So that’s our first installment on getting in shape for 2019. Our next episode of Health Hacks will explain exactly HOW to use the Push/Pull system, get the body of your dreams and keep that New Year’s promise to yourself….
Health Hack #6 – The Benefits of the Sunshine Vitamin – Vitamin D
Think about vitamin D when you’re catching up on summer rays. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin in a family of compounds that includes vitamins D-1, D-2, and D-3. It can affect as many as 2,000 genes in your body.
Your body produces vitamin D naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight. Besides getting vitamin D through sunlight, you can also get it through certain foods and supplements to ensure adequate levels of the vitamin in your blood.
Vitamin D has several important functions. Perhaps the most vital are regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and facilitating normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.
If your body doesn’t get enough vitamin D, you’re at risk of developing bone abnormalities such as soft bones (osteomalacia) or fragile bones (osteoporosis).
Vitamin D fights disease
In addition to its primary benefits, research suggests that vitamin D may also play a role in:
Vitamin D reduces depression
Research has shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression. In one study, scientists found that people with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed an improvement in their symptoms.
Vitamin D boosts weight loss
Consider adding vitamin D supplements to your diet if you’re trying to lose weight or prevent heart disease.
In one study, people who took a daily vitamin D supplement didn’t lose a significant amount of weight, but were able to improve their heart disease risk markers.
In another study, people taking a daily calcium and vitamin D supplement were able to lose more weight than subjects taking a placebo supplement. The scientists said the extra calcium and vitamin D had an appetite-suppressing effect.
Beware of “D-ficiency”
Many lifestyle and environmental factors can affect your ability to get sufficient amounts of vitamin D
through the sun alone. These factors include:
being in an area with high pollution
spending more time indoors
living in big cities where buildings block sunlight
having darker skin
These factors contribute to vitamin D deficiency in an increasing number of people. That’s why it’s important to get some of your vitamin D from sources besides sunlight.
The symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency in adults include:
tiredness, aches and pains, and a general sense of not feeling well
severe boneor muscle pain or weakness that may cause difficulty climbing stairs or getting up from the floor or a low chair, or cause you to walk with a waddling gait
stress fractures, especially in your legs, pelvis, and hips
Doctors can diagnose a vitamin D deficiency by performing a simple blood test.
If you’re diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency, your doctor will likely recommend you take daily vitamin D supplements. If you have a severe deficiency, they may instead recommend high-dose vitamin D tablets or liquids. You should also make sure to get vitamin D through sunlight and the foods you eat.
Food sources of vitamin D
Few foods contain vitamin D naturally. Because of this, some foods are fortified. This means that vitamin D has been added. Foods that contain vitamin D include:
orange juice (fortified)
It can be hard to get enough vitamin D each day through sun exposure and food alone, so taking vitamin D supplements can help.
How much do you need?
There has been some controversy over the amount of vitamin D needed for healthy functioning. Recent research indicates that you need more vitamin D than was once thought. Normal blood serum levels range from 50 to 100 micrograms per deciliter. Depending on your blood level, you may need more vitamin D.
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences reports new recommendations based on international units (IUs) per day. IUs are a standard type of measurement for drugs and vitamins. IUs help experts determine recommended dose, toxicity, and deficiency levels for each person.
One IU is not the same for each type of vitamin. An IU is determined by how much of a substance produces an effect in your body. The recommended IUs for vitamin D are:
children and teens: 600 IU
adults up to age 70: 600 IU
adults over age 70: 800 IU
pregnant or breastfeeding women: 600 IU
So, remember to get outdoors and soak up that Vitamin D! Until next time….
Chiropractors aren’t supposed to like drugs… many even say they NEVER take medications or get VACCINES. I agree that “Big Pharma” has hijacked the medical treatment of America and that WAY too many drugs are consumed by Americans. But at our clinic we strive to NEVER prescribe drugs unless and until we correct the CAUSE of the problem that calls for them. Why? Because ALL drugs have side effects (or so I thought). Recently, I discovered I was wrong. ONE drug has been found to have an ASTOUNDING effect on aging AND has no known side-effect except when taken in excess (which ANYTHING can do, even water). Here’s the story…
Here’s the part where our lawyers make me say NONE of what you are about to read is meant to diagnose or treat ANY health condition. Consult a health-care provider before making any of the changes listed here.
Anti-aging science’s best kept secret.
Sugar is the key to your metabolism. When a perfect blood level is maintained your body functions at its highest level and stays DISEASE FREE. If there is an imbalance you have destruction and early death of tissue cells. This is what happens in diabetes.
Diabetes treatment is all about balancing blood glucose. Metformin is a drug that does that. Metformin has been used for years and has NO side effects when used correctly. Now here’s where it gets interesting. This year, Nir Barzilai, MD, director of the Institute for Aging Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, said “Metformin may influence fundamental aging factors that underlie many age-related conditions, including cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.”
A study published in the National Institutes of Health in 2015 said: “…metformin may influence metabolic and cellular processes associated with the development of age-related conditions, such as inflammation, oxidative damage, diminished autophagy, cell senescence and apoptosis. As such, metformin is of particular interest in clinical translational research in aging since it may influence fundamental aging factors that underlie multiple age-related conditions.”
So what does all that mean? That your body can not just age slower but (with Metformin) can actually REVERSE the aging damage of some cells. Now, before you envision Benjamin Button (I know, too late) this is not going to make you LOOK 20 years younger. It may however take years off the age of your heart, liver, lungs and other tissues and THAT can make you FEEL that much younger.
How I learned to stop worrying about prescription drugs and LOVE metformin.
Right now a huge study is underway to PROVE that Metformin works. It should be out soon. As for me the verdict is already in. Here’s how I found out:
Before introducing ANY new program in our Anti-aging practice I ALWAYS experience it for myself (if possible). Why? I want to be the last guinea pig tested BEFORE I recommend something to my patients. So, since my blood glucose has run a little high for a while, I decided to try Metformin myself. About a month ago I began taking 500 mg. a day. The first day or so I didn’t notice anything. Then on the third day at about 10 PM, while I was reading in bed, I suddenly sat up and realized I WASN’T TIRED. I mean, I was COMPLETELY alert and awake. Now you may think, “What’s the big deal” but, YOU probably aren’t 63. As many seniors friends will tell you, it’s NORMAL for older people to fall asleep early. (That’s why restaurants in Florida have early bird specials at 3 PM). So, was I excited about being wide awake at 10 for the first time in years? Hell yeah I was! Not only that, I stayed up reading until almost 1 and THEN only went to sleep because I had work the next day.
The next day I was so eager to get up and start my day it took a little while to realize the other major change in my sleep pattern since Metformin… I wasn’t waking up at 3 AM and having a hard time getting back to sleep anymore! I felt better rested than in YEARS.
I couldn’t wait to get to work and share my experience with my co-workers. I asked our nurse Cindy what she had noticed with her Metformin experience (she and I started it together) and she said almost the same thing. That’s when it dawned on me!! HEY! I HAVEN’T TAKEN A NAP FOR THREE DAYS. I was astounded. My sleep patterns that had gradually become those of an old man had COMPLETELY reversed to how I was in my 20’s. Even BETTER when I thought about it. I liked naps even then. I hadn’t gone ALL day until late at night without a hint of fatigue since I was a teenager.
The NEXT day I noticed I wasn’t having any more ‘senior’ moments. You know when you walk into a room and say to yourself “What the HELL did I come in here for??” and then convince yourself that, whatever it was, it wasn’t important anyway.
So THAT’S when I realized the stories about Metformin were really true. It DOES reverse some of the effects of aging. And the best part is NO SIDE EFFECTS.
But you don’t have to wait that long. Advanta Total Health’s anti-aging program now offers Metformin as one of our anti-aging tools.
(Yes, that last part was shameless self-promotion).
Yours in Health,
Dr. Richard Schuyler DC
PS. Next time we will talk about weight-training, body building and more. See you soon.
Test your knowledge about testosterone. (90% don’t pass this quiz.)
True or False:
Testosterone is only made in male sex organs. T/F
Estrogen is only found in women. T/F
Testosterone is a steroid T/F
Testosterone’s main benefit of is sexual function. T/F
“Falling in love” increases testosterone levels in men. T/F
Testosterone therapy only helps men. T/F
All vigorous exercise decreases testosterone. T/F
High protein diets increase testosterone. T/F
TRT causes blood clots and heart attacks. T/F
Testosterone therapy can be DANGEROUS. T/F
When I started our testosterone replacement program at Advanta Total Health I thought it would be great to help men in their 50’s, 60’s and up. BOY was I wrong. (Keep reading to find out why).
TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) IS one of our most successful Anti-aging programs but NOT for the reasons most people think of when they think “testosterone”. Sure it helps men achieve revived sexual performance BUT it also slows or STOPS some aging effects. This is why it is truly…one of anti-aging science’s best kept secrets.
To find out why here are the answers to our quiz!
First, testosterone is an important hormone in BOTH men and women so 1 and 2 are both false (for those of you who are keeping score). It’s the ratio of testosterone to estrogen and other hormones as well as their levels that make us who we are physically. Testosterone is manufactured in male testes AND in the ovaries of women. It’s also made in the adrenal glands and other tissues.
Testosterone is an ANABOLIC steroid (so Number 3 is True). That means it BUILDS muscle and bone which is why males tend to be larger and more muscular than females.
As for Number 4, the MAIN benefit of testosterone in BOTH sexes is maintaining healthy bones and muscle. Without it both men AND woman get weak bones prematurely and THAT shortens your life. Sex is nice but not necessary to live so the answer to this question is False.
Interestingly when men fall in love their testosterone drops; yet, with women it’s just the opposite. This may explain why men may rule the world but at home woman rule the roost. (LOL). Number 5 is False.
Some of the most AMAZING cases we have had in our TRT program involve women. In fact one female patient in our program reported it cured her of her depression AND fatigue. It helped her osteoporosis too. Number 6 is False.
Ever hear about coaches telling players to refrain from sex the night before a game? There is some evidence that this is good advice for competitive athletes but it’s NOT because sex and sports both use up testosterone. Weight training and body-building actually INCREASE testosterone levels in both men AND women. Other types of exercise like heavy aerobics or running CAN decrease testosterone in some cases. (More on this later). Number 7 is False.
Number 8 is True. High protein diets (especially when combined with high stress and low fat intake) will decrease testosterone. STRESS eats up testosterone and the cholesterol in fat is needed for ALL hormone production in your body and that includes testosterone. This is why I was AMAZED to find men in their late 20’s and 30’s with low-T. Why? Because they were very competitive, athletic guys who ate low fat, high protein diets.
While there is a huge lawsuit underway involving Androgel, a TRT cream (which we don’t use or recommend) there are NO studies that conclude that TRT causes ANY harmful side effects (including cancer) when properly administered. Number 9 is False.
Again, PROPER supervision is CRITICAL because testosterone is a CONTROLLED substance so, yeah, if you buy it out of a gym rat’s trunk you could be in for a world of hurt. Like I always say “When you’re dumb you gotta be tough”. At Advanta Total Health we MONITOR you AND your testosterone levels to 1. ensure TRT is RIGHT for you and 2. optimize your results and successful outcome. (Yes that last part was shameless self-promotion).
So, as always, NONE of the above is meant to diagnose or treat any health condition. Consult a health-care provider (like the ones at Advanta Total Health) More shameless self promotion true! Call 770-955-2225 and find out more.
Yours in health,
Dr. Richard Schuyler DC
P.S. – Next time we will talk about weight-training, body building and more. See you soon.
Science tells us there are Three Kinds of Fat in our body. Some fat is needed to help us stay healthy but ABNORMAL fat causes inflammation and makes us sick. The three kinds of fat are:
Structural Fat – around muscles, skin and organs. It gives them support and padding.
Normal Fat – under the skin. It insulates us and fuels our bodies when we don’t eat enough.
Abnormal Fat – grows under Normal Fat especially in the abdominal and buttocks areas.
How does Abnormal Fat cause inflammation? Young people burn fat in this order: Abnormal >Normal>Structural. This is why abnormal fat doesn’t form in kids (except in certain circumstances, but that’s another article).
How does Abnormal Fat form? Many of us consume toxic food and chemicals. Why? Because the food industry teaches us too. How they do that is another story. We eat high calorie-low nutrition food (like fast food). We consume alcohol, drugs (prescription and otherwise) and chemicals. Toxins build up in our bodies. This causes toxicity especially in the hypothalamus which is the part of our brain that tells us when to eat. Our hypothalamus goes haywire and stops telling us when we are full. We eat more than we should AND we start preferring toxic food (like fast, fatty, sugary, salty food) over low calorie-high nutrition food. Now, we start forming abnormal fat.
Why does Abnormal Fat cause inflammation? Two reasons:
FREE-RADICALS. Fat is broken down by your body to produce energy. Remember free-radicals from our last article? Well whenever you break down or METABOLIZE food and other substances you produce free-radicals. Fat metabolism creates more of them than almost any other metabolic process.
Toxin storage. Toxic chemicals cause inflammation. Guess where you store the most toxic chemicals…in FAT. Fat stores WAY more toxic chemicals than any other tissue. So instead of toxins leaving your body like they should when it’s working well, a fatty body KEEPS the toxic chemicals so they make us sick, form free radical and cause inflammation. What does this do to our bodies? It makes us have….
DISEASE and PAIN!!! Cancer, Diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and joint pain are just a few of the products of abnormal fat and toxicity. More diseases are linked to abnormal fat every year.
So what do we do? We’ve become fat, toxic and sick. When we try to lose weight by dieting and exercise we feel pain and hunger. We lose muscle instead of fat because our hormones are depleted by abnormal fat.
Functional Medicine to the RESCUE!!!
Functional Medicine corrects the CAUSES of disease NOT just the symptoms.A good function medicine doctor will First, find out what weaknesses your body has developed from abnormal fat. Then, you can start correcting them starting with the most serious problems first.
Here’s an example of what NOT to do.
A 45 year old man has fatigue, joint pain, high blood pressure, low sex drive, enlarged prostrate, esophageal reflux, hemorrhoids and obesity. He can’t sleep because of pain and having to urinate three times a night. He’s 50 pounds overweight. His marriage is on the rocks, he’s irritable and sick all the time. He sees a psychiatrist for depression and because his marriage is terrible. He takes Zoloft. His family doctor tests him for high triglycerides, high sugar, high PSA. He puts him on blood pressure meds, Celebrex, Lipitor, oral insulin and Ambien.
A month later he comes back with the same problems he had before PLUS has to use the bathroom more from the blood pressure meds (which work mainly by making you lose water which makes your blood pressure drop but also causes dehydration), worse depression and fatigue, a fatty liver from the Lipitor and stomach cramps from the Celebrex. Soo…..the doctor gives him Nexium for his stomach, Flomax for his bladder and takes him off Lipitor before it can destroy his liver completely. He fiddles with the other drugs to lessen their side-effects. He tells him to come back in a month. Again!
Can you see where this is going? Have you been there? Patients treated by doctors like this aren’t getting better. But the drug companies are getting richer. They keep on doing the same stupid things (treating symptoms not causes) until it kills their customers and makes them rich. They aren’t crazy but YOU are if you keep on doing this over and over expecting a different result.
So what does a Functional Medical doctor do?
The same patient would be: tested for hormonal levels, food sensitivities, allergies, nutritional deficiencies and genetic problems.
Results? His good cholesterol is low and his bad one is high. He’s deficient in many vitamins and nutrients and sensitive to several foods. He’s allergic to pollens and grasses. His testosterone and estradiol is low. His Functional Medicine doctor puts him on testosterone. Saw palmetto and ashwa gandha herbs take away his prostate inflammation. He stops needing to urinate so much AND feels sexual desire too. Within a week he begins to sleep great, his mood and energy improves and he gets back his sex drive. The testosterone also helps his joint pain so he can exercise without if hurting. He starts an hCG weight loss program. He takes nutraceutical nutritional supplements and takes two table spoons of olive oil with raw garlic a day. This boosts his good cholesterol and lowers the bad. He starts eating raw aloe daily which heals his reflux AND his hemorrhoids!!
In one month he loses 25 pounds (very doable with hCG). Now his body fat is lower so he doesn’t need as much testosterone. His blood pressure is normal. He gets treated for his allergies which caused a lot of his fatigue. Now he’s got lots of energy because of this PLUS he can sleep again. His glucose returns to normal. He stops taking the Zoloft, Ambien, Celebrex, Nexium, blood pressure meds and insulin. (Aww! The poor drug companies are losing HUNDREDS of dollars…) He starts exercising and keeps losing weight. Is he happy?
Equally important….Is his wife happy?
Seeing people get back their lives is the greatest feeling in the world. Seeing them get back their marriages is even better.
This is functional medicine at its best. It doesn’t happen to EVERY patient but it happens a LOT. This is what we do.
Stay tuned for more adventures in good health. Until then, be happy and be healthy.
(FREE!!!) SECRETS* TO CONTROLLING INFLAMMATION *What The Drug Companies Don’t Want You to Know
by Dr. Richard P. Schuyler DC, BCAO, MS
Last time we talked about how ALL disease causes inflammation. Today, we’ll talk about controlling inflammation YOURSELF without a doctor and CURING YOURSELF OF ALMOST ALL DISEASES.
First let’s go over the WRONG ways to control inflammation. Why? Because my first vow as a doctor is to do no harm. What you are about to read is NOT KNOWN by most people but it could save your life!!!
You may think “Why not just take over-the-counter drugs to control inflammation?”. This is what millions of Americans do every day. Why? Because they are taught to. How? Just count the number of TV drug commercials. Over 50% of commercial ads are for drugs OR insurance companies. (I’ll get started on insurance companies another time). Why? Because the drug companies make HUGE profits from them. For aches and pains to deadly diseases they sell you more drugs every day. That’s why every second commercial is for Tylenol, Tylenol PM, Advil, Advil Cold, Nyquil, Dayquil, AfternoonQuil, WeekendQuil (ok I made up the last two). I can’t resist poking fun at the “Snifflying, Sneezy, Coughing, Drowsy, Sleepy, Stumbling around till you pass out and fall flat on you face Medicine”. Here’s how they do it:
They get you to think you need them.
They get you to think they are safe and….
They get you to think you should take them ALL THE TIME.
They get you ADDICTED to them so you go through misery if you stop them.
Not only is this wrong, it can KILL YOU. So let’s look at what YOU can do to not become a victim of the drug companies.
There’s one class of drugs sold more than any other, NSAIDs-Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatories. You get them without a prescription so… they must be harmless right? (Read on).
What are NSAIDs? They are drugs that stop inflammation without steroids. Everybody knows that steroids should be used RARELY. Unfortunately, everybody SEEMS to think NSAIDs are FINE to use all the time. NSAIDs include: ibuprofen, acetaminophen, Tylenol, Advil and Aspirin. They are fine to take every day right? WRONG.
You see commercials that say ridiculous things like “For the NORMAL HEADACHE take (whatever NSAID)” or “For EVERYDAY ACHES AND PAIN take (Blah Blah drug)” as if you not only can but should take them daily. This is SO wrong for TWO reasons:
Ignore pain at your peril! HEADACHES ARE NOT NORMAL. DAILY PAIN IS NOT OK!!.
Drugs (even NSAIDs) can KILL you.
Why endure pain? Nobody likes it so why put up with it?
Because PAIN IS YOUR FRIEND!!
You may think I’m crazy but, pain is GOOD! Pain is the friend who never lies. Have you ever had a friend like that? Like the one who tells the truth when you ask “Does my butt look big in these pants?”. But seriously, ignore your honest friends at your peril.
Here’s why Pain is your best friend! Pain ONLY happens when tissue is being damaged and destroyed. Sometimes this is good like when you work out and your muscles get sore then get stronger. But other times it means you are losing parts of you that you want to keep.
Arthritis is an example of bad pain. Arthritic pain means your joints are breaking down. Headaches are bad too because they mean brain tissue is being damaged. I don’t know about you but, my brain is one of my favorite organs.
So, what do we do when we cover up pain instead of listening to it and correcting it’s cause? We damage and destroy important parts of our body.
It’s like covering up the light on your car dashboard that says ENGINE HOT. Would you keep driving and ignore it? If it bothers you would you put tape over it so you can’t see it? If a buzzer came on would you turn up the radio so you wouldn’t hear it? That’s how stupid it is to cover up your body’s pain. Your body is trying to tell you it’s being damaged and breaking down. When you ignore it your body just falls apart and the side effects of drugs speed up the process.
Next week we’ll give ways to get rid of your pain without harmful drugs. But now I want to get across why drugs are bad. In fact don’t take my word for it. Just read the warnings that that the FDA MAKES the drug companies put in the boxes with NSAIDs. They’re on a tiny square of paper. When you open it you’ll see it has TEENY TINY words on it that you need a magnifying glass to read. Like this writing only smaller. BUT, when you unfold it, the paper opens into a document the size of a road map (if you’re old enough to remember those).
Quiz: What was the FIRST NSAID?? (Hint, it comes from the bark of the willow tree, it was first patented by a German company in Bavaria over 100 years ago and was used for over 2000 years before that). Answer: it’s Aspirin.
Guess what was the BIGGEST cause of death from drug overdose in the 1950s and 60s? Aspirin!! Then, when research showed how dangerous it was the drug companies started pushing NEW NSAIDs like Tylenol and Ibuprofen. So now guess which drugs cause the most deaths from overdose? You guessed it!! It’s the NEW NSAIDS….. not crack, not heroin, not cocaine!!!
TRUE STORY: I had a patient once who came to me for chronic pain. She took Ibuprofen every day. I was helping her by correcting the misaligned bones in her spine that had caused her decades of suffering. She was starting to feel better but still had terrible painful flare-ups.
One day my nurse told me she had missed her appointment because she was in the hospital. I called her to find out what was going on and she said she had kidney failure and was ON DIALYSIS!!!!. Now here’s the really shocking part:
Her kidneys failed after she took TWO Ibuprofens with a glass of wine. Can you imagine how I felt? So I’ve been on a crusade for SAFE ways to control inflammation ever since. You can too!!
Read those warnings next time you get a chance.
Next week we’ll cover how to get rid of THE CAUSE of pain and NOT cover it up.
A lot is being written lately about the cause of all disease. Some of it is true. Some is misleading. One thing is for sure: it’s not really new AND it’s being kept a secret from most patients in today’s health care system.
From Hang Nails to Cancer.
There is only ONE thing that EVERY SINGLE disease state has. This has been known for centuries. From strains and sprains to colds and cancer, one constant companion of every ailment afflicting us is the heat producing process called inflammation. Thousand year old records tell us how ancient Greek and Indian physicians diagnosed and even PREDICTED disease using heat. They knew that abnormally warm areas of the body could show them the location of disease AND they even developed diagnostic imaging that located diseased tissue.
Only recently, western medicine began using heat detection (thermography) to diagnose diseases like breast cancer. But DID YOU KNOW that ancient doctors in South Asia that used thermography could find AND REMOVE cancer thousands of years ago?
Here’s how it works:
The patient is covered in a thin layer of wet clay. As the clay dries, the areas of the body that are warmest dry fastest. The areas that dried first clearly showed hot spots caused by inflammation. The doctors would then treat the inflamed areas with medicine and even surgery.
Why am I talking about ancient people smearing mud on each other?
Well one reason is I have ADD (but that’s another story. The other is because it demonstrates how LONG we have known how a game-changing idea can be left to wither on the vine in the name of the ALMIGHTY PROFIT (which is, unfortunately, what many so-called health care providers seem more interested in than getting you well.)
In 1995, a book called The Cure of All Diseases was written. A lot of it is controversial but ONE thing is certain:
IF WE SIMPLY CONTROL INFLAMMATION WE CAN CURE ALMOST ANY DISEASE! Even CANCER.
The big question is HOW!!!
So our next edition will delve into the best way to get rid of inflammation.
Until then stay healthy and be happy.
Dr. Richard Schuyler
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