Where We Draw The Line On "Free Medical Advice"
This Week In HealthBeat
"Hot Flashes" from this Week's Conventional
A Fitness Resource That We Use - And You
Some Thoughts Regarding "Free Medical
Advice" - A Nurse Mark Rant...
"But I really Miss Mashed Potatoes..." Our
Secret Cauli-tato Recipe
Laughter is the best medicine: More Of The
"Lowest Form Of Humor"...
"Hot Flashes" from this Week's
Conventional Medical Journals
By Dr Dana Myatt
Though often boring and always highly
biased toward Big Pharma and Big Medicine, we never-the-less review
the conventional medical journals on a daily basis. This helps us
understand what is really going
on when we read a liberal media "medical news" report (which is more
entertainment than news, to be sure).
However grudgingly, natural remedies are occasionally reported in
mainstream medical literature, especially when a pharmaceutical company
has something to gain from the "finding" somewhere down the line. Here
are a few "gems" of interest from this week's medical news.
1.) Antibiotics for dental prophylaxis. For years, dentists have
been instructed to dish out antibiotics before dental procedure in order
to help prevent heart and other infections. Also for years, no good
research showed that this was in any way helpful.
"We've concluded that if giving prophylactic antibiotics prior to a
dental procedure works at all and there's no evidence that it does
work we should reserve that preventive treatment only for those
people who would have the worst outcomes if they get infective
endocarditis," noted Chair of the new guidelines writing group
Walter R. Wilson, MD, from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in a
statement issued by the AHA.
Dr. Myatt's Summary: taking
antibiotics before a dental procedure is "old news" and no longer
recommended, since the bacteria obtained just from chewing food is more
than the exposure of a dental procedure. Studies don't show that taking
antibiotics prevents anything, but it sure can mess up normal gut
bacteria and cause havoc with the immune system.
I predict that a lot of dentists and docs
will continue to prescribe antibiotics, a "CYA" (Cover Your A$$ets)
strategy intended to protect the practitioner from liability, not the
patient from disease.
2.) Diet and Exercise Lower Risk of Lung Cancer. Who'd have thunk
it? It's not just smoking, but also a lack of exercise and good diet
that contribute to developing the disease. This may help explain why 15%
of people who develop lung cancer have never smoked.
Participants who ate less than 3 salads per
week were more than twice as likely to develop lung cancer, regardless
of smoking status. Eating 4 salads per week or more was protective.
Fruit intake made no difference, and protective vegetable intake was
seen only with raw vegetables, not cooked.
As for physical activity, gardening on a
weekly basis (because most smokers don't engage in heavier activity, or
so researchers concluded) reduced risk by up to 46%.
Dr. Myatt's Summary: Very few diseases have "just one cause." Now
we've seen that although smoking is a major cause of lung cancer,
protective behaviors like eating raw vegetables and engaging in mild
activity can help mitigate the effects of same.
3.) Physical Activity Lowers Overall Death-Risk. Seems it's not
just lung cancer that is prevented by exercise. A recent study found
that people who engage in 3 hours or more of physical activity reduce
their risk of death from all causes by 27%.
Dr. Myatt's Summary: Sounds like a compelling reason to add some
moderate weekly activity to your New Year's resolution list.
4.) High Glycemic Diets raise Cataract Risk. High carbohydrate
diets raise cataract risk 19-77% risk, with the higher risks being
associated with higher carb intakes.
Dr. Myatt's Summary: Add increased risk of cataract to the
already-long list of problems caused by high carbohydrate diets. If
you've forgotten the rest of the reasons why high carb diets are
dangerous, please read this previous HealthBeat article "The
Most Dangerous Food You Can Eat!"
I hate to say "I told you so," but, "I told
5.) More Proof that Avandia (a Diabetes Drug) Really DOES increase
Cardiovascular Risk. There appears to be little doubt that the
diabetes drug Avandia raises the risk of congestive heart failure and
myocardial infarction (heart attack), yet the FDA still is not willing
to pull the drug from the marketplace.
Dr. Myatt's Summary: Type II Diabetes, for which Avandia is
prescribed, is not so much a disease as a dietary imbalance. (Those evil
excess carbohydrates again). Better to correct the problem through
natural means, like diet, exercise and supplementation than to use drugs
which raise this risk of heart disease.
After all, isn't lowering blood sugar
supposed to be about reducing your risk, not raising it?
Also of note is the FDA's unwillingness to protect us from a
dangerous drug (remember, the FDA is on the side of Big Pharma --- from
whence their money comes --- not you, the consumer).
1.) AHA Updates Recommendations for
Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Dental Procedures, updated guidelines by the
American Heart Association (AHA) published online April 19 in the
Publish Ahead of Print issue of Circulation.
2.) Sixth Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer
Prevention Research: Abstract B143. Presented December 7, 2007.
3.) Physical Activity Linked to Decrease in Mortality Risk. Arch Intern
4.) Diets With High Glycemic Index May Raise Cataract Risk Am J Clin
5.) Lipscombe LL, Gomes T, Lévesque LE, et al. Thiazolidinediones and
cardiovascular outcomes in older patients with diabetes. JAMA.
6.) Lincoff AM, Wolski K, Nicholls SJ, Nissen SE. Pioglitazone and risk
of cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: A
meta-analysis of randomized trials. JAMA. 2007;298:1180-1188.
We Have A Preferred Fitness Resource -
And You Can Use It Too!
By Nurse Mark
Many of our patients get exercise and
fitness recommendations as a part of their consultation with Dr.
Myatt - and the toughest part of that is describing to folks just how to
do the exercises. We have a resource that we use - it is a fitness
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animated pictures showing very clearly just exactly how to perform each
This site has workouts and fitness routines
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Some thoughts on "Free Medical Advice"...
By Nurse Mark
Why Is Dr. Myatt So Expensive? How
Come She Can't Just Give Me A Quick Recommendation? Can't she just help me
for free? My question is pretty simple, after all...
We hear these questions a lot here -
for example, I talked with a fellow recently who said he has
suffered with Irritable Bowel Syndrome for nearly 10 years - and has been
treated with little success by his conventional doc and any number of
"specialists" for the last 5 years. The best they've had to offer him is
the "reassurance" that this is just something that he must "live with" and
that when things get too bad they can give him drugs to relieve the
symptoms temporarily - and they have him on prednisone which will keep the
worst of the symptoms at bay for at least some of the time but is causing
all sorts of other nasty side effects all by itself.
So, he wanted to know, what can Dr. Myatt
do for me?
Plenty, I told him - as a patient of Dr.
Myatt he will find himself enjoying normal bowel function and greatly
improved health in fairly short order - because we just plain fix IBS!
We discussed consultations, and then he
asked: "Well, why do we have to do all that? Can't she just tell me what
to take? I've told you what my problem is, so why can't you just tell me
what stuff to take and skip the consultation part?
Arghhh! When will people "get
Conventional Medicine has so many folks
brainwashed - everyone seems to want the One Pill that will cure their ill
- "...and give it to me quick - I've got places to be, things to do,
and people to see!"
Look folks, it just doesn't work that way -
and here's why:
To begin with, your conventional doc has
been fiddling around with your problem for how many years now? And he has
thrown how many drugs at it, without success? And has done how many
diagnostic and lab tests and examinations, without being much wiser or
better able to solve this problem?
In this man's case, there are at least 5
years of unsuccessful conventional doctor treatment.
And he wants us to toss out some quick
off-the-cuff recommendations? It ain't gonna happen!
Oh sure, we could probably suggest some
generic health improvements, but in reality if we're to help we need to
spend some time sorting out what the conventional doctor hasn't been able
We need symptom surveys, histories, all
available labs and tests, and every other scrap of information about your
health, whether you think it is relevant or not. We need time for our
research team to sift through all this information, looking for the clues
that your conventional docs have missed. You need to spend time with Dr.
Myatt on the phone, so that she can get a better picture of what is going
on, and make sure that we have every possible scrap of information. Then
we need to do further research and create a set of recommendations
tailored just for you.
Then, and only then, will you really be on
the path to improved health.
So, if someone offers you quick, free
medical advice, maybe something along the lines of "say, try this
herb - it worked wonders for my aunt Effie" or "Yes, of course Dr.
Wonderful's vitamin protocol will work for your problem, whatever it is -
it works for everything!" you really need to ask yourself just what do
they really know about your condition?
If you are shooting in the dark, what do
you really think are your chances of hitting what you want? Or are you
just making lots of noise and wasting "ammunition?"
Here's another fairly common question
- it usually goes something like "I'm writing about my (daughter,
friend, friend's daughter - pick one) who is pregnant - she has had a hard
time with "losing" her babies in the past. She is taking XYZ, ABC, and QRS
drugs and I want to know what vitamins or herbs or supplements I should
tell her to take instead so that she can stop taking the drugs. Please
hurry and tell me so I can help her to not lose another baby!"
Yikes! Double Yikes! Are you
kidding us? You really think we are gonna touch that one without a
full consultation? Do we look crazy?
Here we have someone with a history of lost
pregnancies, on a cocktail of prescription drugs, who is pregnant again
and at risk, and you want us to make medical recommendations that will
affect the health of both mom and baby, based on minimal information.
Sorry, it isn't going to happen! If you want us to assume responsibility
for the fragile health of not one but two people we are going to need all
the information we can possibly get - and that means a consultation, with
all that I mentioned before.
Here is another one - this fellow
wrote from an Asian country with the following touching letter:
Hi, I am V T having age of 27Yrs.
1. Right from my birth I was born very thin
2. Later in my infant age only, I got badly ill and suffered pneumonia
3. In my school also I used to perform every activity but when I have to
run I was the last in the class rest I was able to perform
4. Gradually I started facing problem as I need support to climb stairs
5. Then eventually situation get worsened that I cannot lift myself up
from ground level
6. These days at age of 27, I am not able to walk for a long distance as
if I feel that I will fell down
Rest there is no major problem as of now
I will be thankful to you if you confirm me is there any treatment through
which I can be cured
Pls confirm, Thanks & regds, V T
So, having read what I've said of the
previous cases can you imagine our response to this fellow? Yep, you got
it - this is a heart-beaking letter, and I'm certain we could help this
unfortunate fellow, but an off-the-cuff generic answer will do him no
favors. A consultation will be far more likely to find him the improved
health he seeks.
Or, how about this one - this person
was especially terse, and I'm not even sure what is the actual question:
I was born into a horrific environment,
1956, and have been diagnosed now at age 51, by physicians as having post
traumatic stress disorder, very serious, in addition to osteopaenia severe
especially in neck, (head injury 1978), and chronic intense pain mostly
head and neck but now showing up in feet (beginning to show deformity),
and, dental trauma/bite alteration creating TMJ. Anorexia, 40 years now.
The appropriate response to this person?
Right! A consultation! With this many problems going on this person is a
medical minefield - not a place to be wandering about giving out generic,
non-specific, un-researched advice!
I think you must be getting the picture by
now - but you are maybe saying to yourself "you just don't want to give
free advice to anybody!" Well, that's not true - we get plenty of
questions that we can appropriately and gladly answer based on minimal
information. Consider the following:
You may remember Audra, whose letter
about breast reduction appeared in the 09/13/07 HealthBeat
Rheumatoid Arthritis - it's a hopeless diagnosis, right? Not Here It
Isn't!. Audra is now scheduled for surgery and asked about
Hi Dr. Dana:
I was wondering about aiding the healing and scarring if you have any
favorite recipes or products for that? When I am well I would love to see
you about my iodine levels.
Thanks much, Audra
Dr. Myatt wrote back to say:
Actually, topical iodine is great for this,
but we can't use as much as may be needed until we have the iodine test
results! It would be better to get these numbers sooner instead of later
so we can get you started on iodine (anti-scar) treatment as soon as
Best success with your surgery!
In Health, Dr. Myatt
Or this question:
My aunt is taking 5mg. each day of
prednisone for arthritis. Can she take bromelain while on this drug. Will
there be a problem mixing them? Thank you!
To which Dr. Myatt gave this very
No, no problems or conflicts of interest; these two substances work
through different biochemical mechanisms.
Be sure to look for a bromelain with a high potency, not just the
"milligrams." It's the digestive potency of the product that produces
Click here to learn more about bromelain.
By the way, prednisone speeds up the underlying demineralization of bone
that occurs in arthritis. What this means is that it helps symptoms while
actually making the disease worse!
Whether rheumatoid or osteo, you'll find information on our website about
what to do.
Please let me know how this works out!
In Health, Dr. Myatt
Now, this question is getting a bit
light in information for being a bit complicated, but Dr. Myatt is
still able to give this fellow a helpful answer - Herb writes:
Have you had any input about longevity of replacement lens for cataracts?
I'm 57 and I'm concerned if I have surgery expecially after having had RK
surgery about 15 years ago, if my eye can handle being cut on again. Also,
will the lens wear out with time. For about the last year I have increased
my vitamin C, taken the N-Acety-l-Carnosine eye drops and used your eye
drops from hell. I'm also taking, when I can afford them, many of the
other supplements you mention on your web site.
Thank you for your time, Herb D.
So, are your cataracts progressing, at a stand-still or regressing?
Be sure to check your gastric acid function, too. Digestive
under-functioning can result in lack of absorption of nutrients needed to
keep the eyes healthy.
I don't know about "being cut on twice,"
but I haven't heard that this is a problem. The artificial lenses
implanted seem to last OK, but a high percentage (I believe it's nearly
half) of all people who have cataract surgery will develop a secondary
film that requires addition treatment with laser.
Carbohydrates are a major source of the
junk that build up in the eye and results in cataracts. Limit your intake
of carbs and aim for a diet high in quality proteins and essential fats,
and you may be able to stop the "clouding" process or even reverse it.
In Health, Dr. Myatt
So there you have it: the simple,
uncomplicated stuff we are happy to help with via email or sometimes even
a quick answer when you call to place an order. The complicated cases
really do require a consultation to be fair to you and to us.
But, you ask, how do I know which
category I fall into?
Here's a tip: The Wellness Club
website is absolutely chock full of carefully researched information about
medical conditions, health issues, herbs, vitamins, minerals, and
supplements and how all these things relate to one another. All this
information is free for the taking. If you are not getting the
information or answers to your questions from all of this freely available
information the chances are that your case or condition or concern is just
a little too complicated - maybe you need to call me and ask if a
consultation would be the best way for you to find better health.
"But I really Miss Mashed Potatoes..."
By Nurse Mark
As you know, we counsel many people
regarding diet and our advice is almost always that a high-protein, low
carbohydrate diet is best for many reasons. This usually means giving up
breads, pasta, rice, and potatoes along with other starchy foods.
Unfortunately, for many people this seems like a very big sacrifice.
"What will I fill up on?" they say. "A meal without potatoes (or
rice, or beans, or bread) just doesn't seem complete" is another one
we hear. Well, we haven't found a low-carb substitute for bread or pasta
yet (at least not a tasty one) but we do have a low-carb, really, really
tasty and healthy substitute for mashed potatoes. My Dad is on a low carb
diet as a part of his treatment strategy for prostate cancer, and he wrote
recently to ask me to remind him of the recipe for our cauli-tatoes that
he had enjoyed here when he and Mom visited.
We use a hand-held blender to whip these up
in a bowl, but Dad doesn't have a hand blender - he has a counter-top
So, Dad, (and everyone else) here is the
I'm sure cauli-taters could be whipped up
in a countertop blender. Try this:
- Take 1 head of cauliflower with the
leaves and stem removed.
- Steam until tender. (Microwave in a
covered dish with some water , between 5 & 10 minutes depending on the
- Drain well.
- Place in blender and break up initially
with a potato masher or some such (just to get it into smaller pieces so
the blender can handle it)
- Add 1/4 pound of butter (just drop it in
hard - it will blend)
- Add 1 teaspoon of good salt - sea salt
is best - regular salt is OK.
- Blend / whip until smooth, like mashed
- Serve into a bowl, heat slightly in
microwave if needed, serve with butter or low-carb (no flour / no
starch) gravy, enjoy.
We actually like the taste of cauli-tatoes
better than real potatoes, and knowing that we can eat as
much as we like is a super-bonus!
Laughter is Good Medicine: More Puns
By Nurse Mark
readers will remember my penchant for what has been described as "the
lowest form of humor"; the pun. I try not to inflict this on folks too
often, but sometimes the urge becomes too great and I succumb. Here is a
collection that you can either laugh or groan at:
- A backward poet writes inverse.
- A man's home is his castle, in a manor
- Dijon vu - the same mustard as before.
- Practice safe eating - always use
- Shotgun wedding: A case of wife or
- A man needs a mistress just to break the
- A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
- Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form
of floor play.
- Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
- Condoms should be used on every
- Reading while sunbathing makes you well
- When two egotists meet, it's an I for an
- A bicycle can't stand on its own because
it is two tired.
- What's the definition of a will? (It's a
- Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies
like a banana.
- In democracy your vote counts. In
feudalism your count votes.
- She was engaged to a boyfriend with a
wooden leg but broke it off.
- A chicken crossing the road is poultry
- If you don't pay your exorcist, you get
- With her marriage, she got a new name
and a dress.
- When a clock is hungry, it goes back
- The man who fell into an upholstery
machine is fully recovered.
- You feel stuck with your debt if you
can't budge it.
- Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN
- He often broke into song because he
couldn't find the key.
- Every calendar's days are numbered.
- A lot of money is tainted - It taint
yours and it taint mine.
- A boiled egg in the morning is hard to
- He had a photographic memory that was
- A plateau is a high form of flattery.
- A midget fortune-teller who escapes from
prison is a small medium at large.
- Those who get too big for their britches
will be exposed in the end.
- Once you've seen one shopping centre,
you've seen a mall.
- Bakers trade bread recipes on a
- Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.