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Myths, misconceptions,
and oversimplifications

  • Alternative Cures: The Most Effective Natural Home Remedies for 160 Health Problems

    bill Gottlieb

    As the editor-in-chief of Prevention Magazine Health Books, Bill Gottlieb created the 10-million copy self-care bestseller, The Doctors Book of Home Remedies, and was the author of the 1.5 million copy alternative health bestseller, New Choices in Natural Healing. Now, Bill has once again created a groundbreaking book-a book that can help anyone safely, successfully and naturally self-treat 160 everyday and serious health conditions: Alternative Cures. To write this unique book, Bill interviewed over 300 of America's top natural clinicians-doctors, herbalists, nutritionists and more. You'll discover over 1000 of their most effective, practical and safest natural remedies for an A-to-Z of health problems, from arthritis, back pain and high cholesterol, to repetitive strain injury, weight gain and yeast infections.


    Plus, every chapter of Alternative Cures has a guide to the best alternative and conventional professional care for the condition it covers. And, you'll find essential safety information for every remedy featured in the book. Once you look at it, we think you'll agree: There's never been a more useful, reader-friendly, get-better book about alternative health and healing than Alternative Cures.




  • The Autoimmune Epidemic

    Donna Jackson Nakazawa

    Hailed by Mark Hyman, MD, as “a ray of light and hope” for autoimmune sufferers, this groundbreaking book provides research and solutions for those affected by autoimmune disorders including Crohn’s disease, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.


    In the first book of its kind, journalist Donna Jackson Nakazawa examines nearly 100 debilitating autoimmune diseases—such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, type 1 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis—that cause the body to destroy itself, mistakenly attacking healthy cells as the immune system fights off bacteria, viruses, and other invaders. As Nakazawa share the vivid, heartbreaking stories, including her own, of people living with these mysterious, chronic, and often hard-to-diagnose illnesses, she explores the alarming and unexpected connection between this deadly crisis and the countless environmental triggers we’re exposed to every day: heavy metals, toxins, pesticides, viruses, chemicals in the foods we eat, and more.


    With the help of leading experts, Nakazawa explores revolutionary preventions, treatments, and cures emerging around the world and offers practical advice for protecting your immune system and reducing your risk of autoimmune disease in the future.




  • The Best of All Worlds

    Andrew Lenhardt, MD.

    When I graduated from medical school in 1998, I assumed I had the foundation to treat a wide variety of health conditions. During my time in practice, however, I have found that traditional medicine does some things well, but is deficient in many areas as well. My goal in medicine is to achieve an integrated, balanced approach utilizing the best of mainstreamand alternative options.


    This blog is my journey toward a more proactive holistic approach to wellness focusing on robust long-term solutions rather than reactive prescribing that only treats a person’s symptoms.


    My practice has evolved over the years meandering from the mainstream to the alternative and often back again. My simple goal is integration, the best of whatever there is with a focus on prevention and wellness rather than treating illness and disease.


    More precisely though I am constantly searching and refining the care I provide to find not only the best option, but often the simplest and least expensive option.


    How can we determine the best option for a particular health issue?

    A physician would probably summon the almighty double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (hereby referred to as DBPCT for convenience). That level of evidence is often considered the gold standard for M.D.s and can be as close as we get to optimal—or is it?


    In reality, it’s not that simple.


    The idea that physicians make the majority of their clinical decisions on a daily basis from DBPCTs is an illusion. A practitioner’s decision for what’s best for a particular individual for a specific issue at a single moment in time is a distillation of their experience to that point plus a recollection of some expert opinion, a few study results, anecdotes from patients, instinct and a smattering of randomness.


    When we look a bit deeper into the medical establishment the myth of the evidence-based doctor blows up. It has been estimated that 85% of all studies done in medicine are sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry. Ouch. There is also some evidence that, for a given issue like SSRI antidepressants, up to 50% of the pharmaceutical-sponsored research is never published. Ugh.


    Where can we get reliable evidence then?

    The federal government? There have been times over the years when the National Institutes for Health (NIH) or some over government entity gives us a well-done study to help guide clinical decisions (e.g. the ALLHAT study), but that is uncommon and with less federal money available, will probably become more rare.


    The vitamin and supplement industry generally has little inclination to do rigorous studies because Americans believe in their products. There is a strong disincentive to do a study that may show that a vitamin or supplement has no value. In our current system, the profit machines of Big Pharma and the vitamin/supplement manufacturers are all winners. The befuddled patient trying to be healthy is often the loser.


    This blog, and my book The Best of All Worlds, is trying to sort through different issues in health and wellness with a balanced approach.


    Some feel that the mainstream is the way to go no matter what. This person may assume the alternative world is a blend of hocus pocus, bluster and nonsense with little or no evidence behind it. Others are so frustrated with the allopathic approach to the world—heavy with pharmaceuticals and intervention and light on the wellness and prevention—that they seek “natural” options for everything.


    I believe that both sides have a lot to offer and we would do well to try and find the best no matter what the source.


    To learn more, order your copy of my book, The Best of All Worlds today.


  • Brainmaker

    David Perlmutter, MD.

    Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise-from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome – the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells ten to one. What’s taking place in your intestines today is determining your risk for any number of brain-related conditions.




  • The Bulletproof Diet and The Bulletproof Cookbook

    Dave Asprey

    In his midtwenties, Dave Asprey was a successful Silicon Valley multimillionaire. He also weighed 300 pounds, despite the fact that he was doing what doctors recommended: eating 1,800 calories a day and working out 90 minutes a day, six times a week.

    When his excess fat started causing brain fog and food cravings sapped his energy and willpower, Asprey turned to the same hacking techniques that made his fortune to "hack"




  • Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine

    Kara N. Fitzgerald

    Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine illustrates integrative and functional medicine applied in clinical practice to help patients achieve satisfying outcomes through robust, integrated, functional clinical assessment and treatment programs. This book contains case studies in a range of complexities reflective of real-life, day-to-day clinical practice. Features A 21st-century functional medicine approach to treating patient disease Categorized by eleven common disease categories including genetics, autoimmune, gastrointestinal, and more Highly referenced cases to back science-based medicine Difficult clinical cases from highly skilled functional medicine clinicians Determine how to achieve a functional clinical assessment and treatment program Includes case studies using the Functional Medicine Matrix Model for evaluation and treatment.




  • The Calcium Lie II

    Robert Thompson, MD and kathleen BArnes

    The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know  expands upon the wealth of vital information presented in the first edition of the book published in 2008. Once again, Dr. Robert Thompson and his co-author, health journalist Kathleen Barnes, present information about the damage that can occur when the body’s mineral balances are disrupted.


    In a nutshell, The Calcium Lie is the erroneous admonition from your doctor or other healthcare professional that you must take supplemental calcium in order to have strong, healthy bones. Nothing could be farther from the truth!




  • The Chemistry of Joy:  A Three-Step Program for Overcoming Depression Through Western Science and Eastern Wisdom

    Henry Emmons MD.  and Rachel Kranz

    The classic book that New York Times bestselling author Dr. Larry Dossey called “a valuable guide for anyone wishing to find greater exuberance and fulfillment in their life,” The Chemistry of Joy offers a unique blend of Western science and Eastern philosophy to show you how to treat depression more naturally and effectively, and what you can do TODAY to create a happier, more fulfilling life for yourself.


    The Chemistry of Joy presents Dr. Emmons’s natural approach to depression—supplemented with medication if necessary—combining the best of Western medicine and Eastern teaching to create your body’s own biochemistry of joy. Integrating Western brain chemistry, natural and Ayurvedic medicine, Buddhist psychology, and his own joyful heart techniques, Dr. Emmons creates a practical program for each of the three types of depression: anxious depression, agitated depression, and sluggish depression.


    The Chemistry of Joy helps you to identify which type of depression you are experiencing and provides a specific diet and exercise plan to address it, as well as nutritional supplements and “psychology of mindfulness” exercises that can restore your body’s natural balance and energy. This flexible approach creates newfound joy for those whose lives have been touched by depression—and pathways for all who seek to actively improve their emotional lives.




  • Dead Doctors Don't Lie

    Dr JD Wallach and Dr Ma Lan

    The first part is sharing his experience as an animal doctor and an autopsy doctor and his participation in numerous research and treatment projects around the world, being written with wit and great humor. Still the most valuable is the second part, which is a practical guide in treating both: ailments and serious illnesses with scientific approach and awareness of life processes in your own body. Highly recommended to everyone who is tired of putting one's life into the hands of inexperienced and narrow-minded doctors. This book helped me dramatically in treating on my own my serious health problems fast and without damage, as well as without creating new health problems in the process of this treatment. The second part: Lets Play Doctors is available as a seperate edition and can be used as a reference book on health issues for everyday use.

    The Best Book on Help Yourself to Cure!


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  • The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps

    Brenda Watson C.N.C. with Leonard Smith M.D.

    Regardless of where and how you live, your body is harboring dozens if not hundreds of toxins that could be sabotaging your health. Low on energy? Dealing with chronic illness? Having trouble losing weight? Toxins might be to blame. From your mattress to your toothpaste to your nonstick pans to the food you eat and the (bottled) water you drink -- every day your body is bombarded with chemicals that can alter the way your body works, affecting its natural processes and capacity to heal and maintain vibrancy. Even though we are built to handle foreign substances effectively, our liver and other organs simply cannot cope with today's glut of toxins, many of which are too foreign and toxic for our bodies to manage well. This ultimately causes us to age prematurely, to gain weight, and to become more prone to disease.


    The Detox Strategy by Brenda Watson, C.N.C., who is the bestselling author of The Fiber35 Diet: Nature's Weight Loss Secret, a PBS mainstay, and an expert on internal cleansing and detoxification, introduces us to the revolutionary RENEW program (Reduce, Eliminate, Nourish, Energize, Wellness), which aids in reversing the effects of aging and rejuvenating the body and mind. The program offers a holistic approach to protecting and nurturing your body's innate purification physiology. The result is a higher quality of life, more energy, longevity.


    The Detox Strategy reveals:

    • The truth about where toxins come from and how they affect our bodies
    • How toxins can accelerate the aging process by causing poor health and chronic disease
    • How to determine your individual level of toxic exposure and the steps you can take to reduce it
    • Why efforts to cleanse and detoxify the body are an essential part of enhancing one's energy and vitality and preserving overall health
    • How maintaining a cleaner, more vibrant body can affect longevity


    The Detox Strategy includes a detailed herbal supplement plan for gently flushing out harmful toxins -- including heavy metals like lead and mercury -- plus delicious original recipes for nourishing meals that further promote detoxification. The Detox Strategy teaches cleansing concepts that are researched and clinically proven, and it provides you with the necessary tools to live in a purer and more energized body. Brenda Watson wants you to know the truth about your body and to help you live a longer and healthier life. With this easy-to-follow program you can jump-start your system and get on a path to optimum wellness. Are you ready?




  • Eat Dirt

    Dr Josh Axe

    The following is an adapted excerpt from my new book “Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It“ (Harper Wave)


    Is eating dirt part of your diet? Before you get a bad taste in your mouth, consider this: If you were to take away the water in our bodies, you’d be left with mostly dirt. It’s true.


    We’re made of 60 of the most abundant elements in the Earth’s crust, an amalgam of its elements, including oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus, with traces of potassium, sulfur, sodium, iron and magnesium. All of these elements come together to make a living, breathing human being.


    Now, when I say “eat dirt,” I’m not ordering you to actually scoop up a handful of soil and eat it. (Well, not exactly.) True, ensuring you get daily micro-exposures to soil-based organisms in dirt and other plant life is important for your health. But I urge you to embrace the idea of “eating dirt” as a broader philosophy, an overarching principle I teach my patients when I talk to them about how to heal leaky gut syndrome and feel better again.


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  • Feel Good Nutrigenomics

    Dr Amy Yasko

    We live in a society where we are stressed emotionally, financially, physically and exposed to a range of toxins in our environment. Combining underlying genetic susceptibility with these factors provides all the ingredients for a perfect health storm. By understanding where our weak points are located, or where the accidents are on our particular highway of life, it is possible to bypass those detours, accidents and breakdowns and chart a better Roadmap to Health. This book defines those steps needed to begin your own personal journey to health and wellness.




  • The Gerson Therapy

    The Gerson institute

    The Gerson Institute is a non-profit organization in San Diego, California, dedicated to providing education and training in the Gerson Therapy, an alternative, non-toxic treatment for cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases.




  • Healing ADD

    Daniel G. Amen

    Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a national health crisis that continues to grow—yet it remains one of the most misunderstood and incorrectly treated illnesses today. Neuropsychiatrist Daniel G. Amen, MD was one of the first to identify that there are multiple types beyond just purely hyperactive or inattentive ADD, each requiring a different treatment. Now, in this all-new, revised edition, Dr. Amen again employs the latest medical advances in the field, including the largest brain imaging study ever completed on patients with ADD, to identify, examine, and demystify the 7 distinct types of ADD and their specific treatments.




  • The Hormone Cure

    Dr. Sara Gottfried

    A Harvard physician’s scientifically proven method to improve your physical and mental health by optimizing your hormones in your thirties, forties, and beyond.


    All too often women are told that feeling moody, asexual, tapped out, dried up, stressed out, and sleep deprived is just a part of being female. Or they’re led to believe that the answer can be found only at the bottom of a bottle of prescription pills. Dr. Sara Gottfried, a Harvard-educated physician and nationally recognized, board-certified gynecologist, refuses to accept that being a woman means feeling overwhelmed or that popping pills is the new normal. In The Hormone Cure, she shares the unique hormone-balancing program that she has used to help thousands of women reclaim wellness, verve, and optimal health.




  • How Can I Get Better? An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme & Chronic Disease

    Richard I. Horowitz MD

    Dear friends,


    I am excited to let you know that my new book, "How Can I Get Better? An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme & Chronic Disease" is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Since my original book came out in November 2013, I have heard from many people that a simpler, easier to read version for patients and health care providers would be helpful, with updated scientific advances in the field.


    "How Can I Get Better?" is the book you have asked me to write. It contains brand new research on Lyme diagnostics and treatment, emerging Borrelia species and co-infections, EXCITING data on pulsing and persister protocols (which is working in many patients who have failed other regimens!), with important scientific updates in the 16 point MSIDS map that impact your health.


    This handbook will help guide other health care providers to create a comprehensive and effective treatment plan to guide their patients back to health. It will also give you a better understanding of all of the new science on pulsing and persister protocols that is turning out to be so effective in our office.


    Wishing you the best of health.


    Please click on the link below to pre-order the book, and feel free to forward this to your friends and family that may be suffering with Lyme and associated tick-borne diseases.


    Richard I. Horowitz, MD


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  • Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It

    David Brownstein MD.

    Iodine is the most misunderstood nutrient. After 17 years of practicing medicine, I can say that it is impossible to achieve your optimal health if you do not have adequate iodine levels. I have yet to see any item that is more important to promoting health or optimizing the function of the immune system than iodine. Learn what forms of iodine you need and why there is not enough iodine in salt. See how iodine can help: breast cancer, fibrocystic breast disease, detoxification, fatigue, Graves' disease, and Hashimoto's disease. Find out why iodine deficiency may be the root cause of thyroid problems including hypothyroidism and thyroid cancer. Discover how to get iodine in your diet and improve your immune system.




  • The New Fibromyalgia Remedy: Stop Your Pain Now with an Anti-Viral Drug Regimen

    Daniel C. Dantini MD.

    Debilitating pain and tenderness in muscles, ligaments, and tendons are the typical symptoms of fibromyalgia, and this guide by a medical researcher of the disease dismisses traditional treatment—heat, exercise, and rest—in favor of antiviral medications that often provide immediate relief and eventual complete recovery. Offering new hope for advances in treatment, the discussion covers the difficulty of diagnosing fibromyalgia, the overlaps with chronic fatigue syndrome, the unrelatedness of arthritis, and the possibility that food allergies may trigger attacks. Patient success stories along the way encourage readers while data samples, references, and appendices provide clinical details.




  • Integrative Nutrition

    joshua Rosenthal

    Our mission is to play a crucial role in improving health and happiness, and through that process, create a ripple effect that transforms the world.



  • Nutritional Balancing and Hair Mineral Analysis

    Lawrence Wilson

    Nutritional balancing is predictive, preventive, safe and cost-effective and is a whole systems and thoroughly holistic approach to health care.


    Nutritional balancing is a synthesis and unique application of principles from many healing sciences, including nutritional sciences, naturopathy, Western medicine, cybernetics,systems theory, the stress theory of disease, and macrobiotics.


    The secret of nutritional balancing is the way in which a number of components are combined for each individual to balance and strengthen the body and mind. These include a diet for one s metabolic type, the proper drinking water, a healthful lifestyle, about 9 nutritional supplements used in a unique way, detoxification with infrared saunas and colon cleansing, and a specific meditation-observation exercise.



  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    Michael Pollan

    One of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year


    Winner of the James Beard Award


    Author of #1 New York Times Bestsellers In Defense of Food and Food Rules


    What should we have for dinner? Ten years ago, Michael Pollan confronted us with this seemingly simple question and, with The Omnivore’s Dilemma, his brilliant and eye-opening exploration of our food choices, demonstrated that how we answer it today may determine not only our health but our survival as a species. In the years since, Pollan’s revolutionary examination has changed the way Americans think about food. Bringing wide attention to the little-known but vitally important dimensions of food and agriculture in America, Pollan launched a national conversation about what we eat and the profound consequences that even the simplest everyday food choices have on both ourselves and the natural world. Ten years later, The Omnivore’s Dilemma continues to transform the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.




  • The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder

    Carol STOCK Kranowitz, MA WITH Lucy Jane Miller, PH.D., OTR

    The groundbreaking book that explains Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)--and presents a drug-free approach that offers hope for parents--now revised and updated.


    Does your child exhibit...


    Over-responsivity--or under-responsivity--to touch or movement? A child with SPD may be a "sensory avoider," withdrawing from touch, refusing to wear certain clothing, avoiding active games--or he may be a "sensory disregarder," needing a jump start to get moving.


    Over-responsivity--or under-responsivity--to sounds, sights taste, or smell? She may cover her ears or eyes, be a picky eater, or seem oblivious to sensory cues.


    Cravings for sensation? The "sensory craver" never gets enough of certain sensations, e.g., messy play, spicy food, noisy action, and perpetual movement.


    Poor sensory discrimination? She may not sense the difference between objects or experiences--unaware of what she's holding unless she looks, and unable to sense when she's falling or how to catch herself.


    Unusually high or low activity level? The child may be constantly on the go--wearing out everyone around him--or move slowly and tire easily, showing little interest in the world.


    Problems with posture or motor coordination? He may slouch, move awkwardly, seem careless or accident-prone.


    These are often the first clues to Sensory Processing Disorder--a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses. The Out-of-Sync Child offers comprehensive, clear information for parents and professionals--and a drug-free treatment approach for children.


    This revised edition includes new sections on vision and hearing, picky eaters, and coexisting disorders such as autism and ADHD, among other topics.





    John Abramson MD.

    Using the examples of Vioxx, Celebrex, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, and anti-depressants, Overdosed America shows that at the heart of the current crisis in American medicine lies the commercialization of medical knowledge itself.


    Drawing on his background in statistics, epidemiology, and health policy, John Abramson, M.D., reveals the ways in which the drug companies have misrepresented statistical evidence, misled doctors, and compromised our health. The good news is that the best scientific evidence shows that reclaiming responsibility for your own health is often far more effective than taking the latest blockbuster drug.


    You—and your doctor—will be stunned by this unflinching exposé of American medicine.




  • Overcoming Thyroid Disorders

    David Brownstein MD.

    Dr. Brownstein's NEW Book, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders, 3rd Edition has been completely updated. This book shows how a holistic treatment program can effectively treat: Hypothyroidism Graves' Disease Hashimoto's Disease Fibromyalgia Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Arthritis And Much More! Overcoming Thyroid Disorders provides information on safe and effective natural therapies to help the body heal itself. Dr. Brownstein provides over 30 actual case studies of his success in treating thyroid disorders. Overcoming Thyroid Disorders contains information on: Natural Thyroid Hormone Bioidentical Natural Hormones Diet Vitamins and Minerals Important for Thyroid Function Detoxification And Much More!




  • The Plan

    Lyn-Genet Recitas

    In this revolutionary, New York Times bestselling book, cutting-edge nutrition expert Lyn-Genet Recitas reveals the surprising truth behind what actually makes people pack on the pounds. Carbs and portion sizes, it turns out, are not the problem. Foods that are revered by traditional weight loss programs, such as turkey, eggs, cauliflower, beans, and tomatoes, may be healthy in a vacuum, but when combined with each person’s unique chemistry, they can cause a toxic reaction that triggers weight gain, premature aging, inflammation, and a host of health problems including constipation, migraines, joint pain, and depression.




  • Thyroid Healthy, Lose Weight, Look Beautiful and Live the Life You Imagine

    Suzy Cohen RPh

    Live Thyroid Healthy and put an end to: Chronic fatigue Constipation Cold hands and feet Brain fog Hair loss Excessive weight Depression and anxiety Are you one of the millions who s fallen through the cracks of the standard medical system? Have you been told your depressed or stressed out but you re really not? It s so unfair that you can tell your doctor about classic symptoms of low thyroid and still get dismissed because conventional tests don't prove how you feel! Did you know some popular thyroid drugs are completely useless until your body converts it? I m blowing the lid off of standard medical treatment for thyroid disease. Inside, you will learn about the best lab tests, how to interpret them, where to buy them, foods that heal your thyroid, and foods that harm it. You'll also learn which medications work best, and which nutrients and supplements authentically work. Reclaim your life, start today.




  • Ultraprevention

    Mark Hyman MD. and Mark Liponis MD.

    Two physicians unveil a revolutionary, accessible, science-based, patient-centered program for living an active, age-defying, disease-free life.


    Healthcare is pulled and shaped by many forces, by drug and insurance companies looking for profits, by politicians in search of votes, and by stressed, overworked physicians who barely have time to talk to you before writing a prescription or packing you off to a specialist.


    So is anyone interested in keeping you well?




  • What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia: The Revolutionary Treatment That Can Reverse the Disease

    R. Paul St. Amand  and claudia craig Marek

    In this book Dr. R. Paul St. Amand offers the first effective protocol to help reverse the autoimmune disorder, Fibromyalgia, in children. The authors have adapted the programme in their first book, an alternative treatment using guaifenesin, a common ingredient in cough medicine, to treat children successfully. This inexpensive medication, available over the counter as well as in prescription strengths, has successfully eliminated symptoms in an astonishing 90% of his patients. In this landmark book parents can discover: * Why pediatric fibromyalgia is often not diagnosed * How to help children cope with symptoms before guaifenesin takes full effect * The link between pediatric fibromyalgia and hypoglycemia * Guidelines to determine the proper dose of guaifenesin for your child Inspired by his own Fibromyalgia to find a treatment, Dr. St. Amand spent 40 years researching his revolutionary program, which treats the causes of the condition and not just the symptoms.




  • What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM): Hypertension: The Revolutionary Nutrition and Lifestyle Program to Help Fight High Blood Pressure

    Mark Houston, MD., Barry Fox PhD.,  and Nadine Taylor Houston MS. RD.

    Houston offers a revolutionary, all-natural treatment program for reversing hypertension, the "silent killer" that affects more than 60 million Americans.




  • Wheatbelly

    William Davis MD.

    Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health


    A renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems.



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  • Allopathic Medicine

    This is the term to represent what has become tradition, mainstream medicine. The focus is on using the scientific method to pursue those options with the highest degree of evidence. Technology and pharmaceuticals are at the center of this approach.

  • Alternative Medicine

    This term relates to the many non-traditional options and would encompass everything from vitamins to acupuncture to shamanism. The term implies that these options are to be used as an alternative to the typical pharmaceutical approach of most medical doctors and, to me, negates a sense of collaboration.

  • Alzheimer’s

    The terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s” can be confusing. People often think of them as interchangeable. The reality is that dementia is a broad term encompassing a slow, progressive decline in cognitive function. This decline involves problems with memory, planning, calculation, receptive speech, expressive speech, judgement and others. Those with dementia will often have behavioral changes with decreasing ability to safely perform basic activities of daily living. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s type and the other common type is Vascular Dementia. The term Mild Cognitive Impairment involves cognitive deficits in only one area, most commonly short-term memory loss. Dale Bredesen, MD, breaks down Alzheimer’s type even further with three subtypes: inflammatory, atrophic and toxic (i.e. caused primarily by toxins).

  • Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS)

    “In a series of studies going back to 1998, physician-researcher Ritchie Shoemaker developed an increasingly thorough description of an illness caused by poor clearance of biotoxins produced by certain dinoflagellates, algae, and molds” Keith Berndtson, MD.



  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

    A catchall diagnosis where a person has excessive tiredness and a lack of energy for a prolonged period of time with no obvious explanation after a standard mainstream work-up. Often linked to Fibromyalgia.

  • Dementia

    The terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s” can be confusing. People often think of them as interchangeable. The reality is that dementia is a broad term encompassing a slow, progressive decline in cognitive function. This decline involves problems with memory, planning, calculation, receptive speech, expressive speech, judgement and others. Those with dementia will often have behavioral changes with decreasing ability to safely perform basic activities of daily living. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s type and the other common type is Vascular Dementia. The term Mild Cognitive Impairment involves cognitive deficits in only one area, most commonly short-term memory loss. Dale Bredesen, MD, breaks down Alzheimer’s type even further with three subtypes: inflammatory, atrophic and toxic (i.e. caused primarily by toxins).

  • Fibromyalgia

    A catchall diagnosis where a person has chronic muscle pain and muscle tenderness with no obvious explanation after a standard mainstream work-up. There are often other health problems associated including chronic fatigue, sleep problems, mental health struggles and other. Often linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

  • Integrative Medicine

    To me, this term reflects the desire to find the best options for health and wellness, no matter what the source. An optimal system would integrate traditional allopathic principles with the variety of approaches that go back hundreds and thousands of years. This would include traditional Chinese medicine, Aryuveda from India, naturopathic medicine that has enjoyed a resurgence the past 25 years and many others.

  • Interstitial Cystitis

    A condition of chronic inflammation of the bladder typically with flares of pain and frequent urination often confused with urinary tract infections.  The diagnosis is often made after a normal standard mainstream work-up.

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    A catchall diagnosis where a person has some collection of constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating and other gastrointestinal symptoms with no obvious explanation after a standard mainstream work-up.

  • Naturopathy

    This approach to wellness seeks to tap into the body’s potential for healing and homeostasis. Naturopathic practitioners utilize herbs, acupuncture, homepathy and other more natural options. The goal is to maintain health rather than treat illness.

  • Polypharmacy

    The term for a person taking too many pharmaceuticals is polypharmacy. This applies to supplements as often as it does for prescription medications.

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    • Doctors are trained to get at the root causes of illness and disease.
    • Doctors are trained to appreciate how symptoms from different systems within the body
      might have a common source.
    • Doctors’ goal is to restore wellness.
    • There is significant variation in approach among specialists at different institutions.
    • For better management of complicated medical issues, seeking a higher level of specialty care is the best option.
    • The FDA, CDC, NIH and other agencies of the federal government put the public’s health above all else.
    • Normal laboratory values are a reliable way to individualize care.
    • Doctors are well trained on issue of toxicology and detoxification.

    • Fat is bad for you.
    • Cholesterol is bad for you.
    • There is a strong correlation between cholesterol levels in the blood and cardiovascular risk.
    • Statin medications like Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor are more important for risk reduction than lifestyle.
    • Side effects like muscle pain and muscle damage from statins are uncommon.
    • Cardiologists have significant amounts of training in nutrition and wellness.
    • There are no significant downsides to vigorous exercise.
    • Magnesium deficiency is relatively uncommon and a minor contributor to cardiovascular health.

    • Nutrition is a simple topic and doctors don’t really need much training in the area.
    • Most supplements are of low quality.
    • You can go into a chain pharmacy and buy any supplement trusting it will be high quality and in the optimal form for the greatest benefit.
    • Most adults can get all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients they need for optimal health from food alone.
    • There is not much of a difference between organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables.
    • Skim milk is healthier than whole milk.
    • Raw milk is risky.
    • Butter if bad for you.
    • Egg whites are a healthier option than eggs with the yolk included.
    • Whole wheat is good for you.
    • White carbs are to be avoided, but whole grains are healthy.
  • Gastrointestinal Health

    • Acid blockers have no significant long-term negative consequences.
    • People with acid reflux are at high risk of esophageal cancer.
    • Food sensitivities and intolerance are uncommon.
    • Food allergy testing (by IgE) will tell you which foods you should avoid and which are ok.
    • Screening for celiac disease rules out any problems a person might have with gluten.
    • Gluten isn’t that bad for you, it’s just a fad.
    • Probiotics are all about the same.
    • Irritable bowel syndrome is a real diagnosis.
  • Psychiatry

    • Diagnoses like bipolar illness and depression are reliable and standardized.
    • There is an optimal combination of pharmaceuticals that will correct the majority of mental health problems.
    • Antidepressants are generally effective and the best option for people who are depressed.
    • Nutrition and supplements have minimal value in improving mental health.
  • Pulmonary

    • Inhalers are enough and there are no alternative therapies of value for respiratory illnesses.
    • We understand well why some get “asthma” as an adult.
    • It is uncommon for people to have problems with mold and biotoxins from a water damaged building.
  • Endocrinology

    • The thyroid is a simple topic.
    • Check the TSH blood test alone is a reliable way to assess for thyroid problems.
    • Checking TSH and free T4 alone is a reliable way to assess for thyroid problems.
    • Adrenal fatigue is not a real issue, but something concocted by alternative practitioners.
    • Adrenal problems are uncommon.
    • Levothyroxine is the best option for treating an underactive thyroid.
    • Armour thyroid and similar options like Nature-throid and WP thyroid are substandard and ineffective.
    • Iodine deficiency is uncommon and unimportant.
  • Rheumatology

    • We have a good understanding of autoimmune conditions.
    • Diagnoses like fibromyalgia, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and others are solid and the providers generally have a good sense of underlying causes.
    • The best management long-term is immune suppression.

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Andrew Lenhardt, MD

Personalized Medicine

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Peabody, Massachusetts 01960

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