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IV Vitamin C: The Long Awaited Cancer Cure

When vitamin C was discovered in the early 1930’s by Hungarian and American researchers it was described as the anti-scurvy vitamin. Vitamin C is required to make collagen. Without vitamin C, collagen production stops and our tissues start to breakdown, causing scurvy. Just a few years after it’s discovery, doctors argued that vitamin C’s ability […]

What’s So Bad About Cholesterol?

Chances are you’ve heard someone say the phrase, “I need to lower my cholesterol.” Most people would be hard pressed to explain what cholesterol actually is, what roles it plays in our bodies or just how lowering cholesterol improves our health.

Physically, cholesterol has a texture about halfway between butter and wax. It’s categorized as […]

Ask the Doctor: Longer life without vitamin D?

I take vitamin D to help with Seasonal Affective Disorder, but I also heard that people with low vitamin D live longer. Should I be taking vitamin D?

The study you’re referring to was a Dutch study published this past November. The researchers looked at 380 families with 2 siblings who lived into their 90s. […]

The Sunshine Vitamin and the Winter Blues

It’s a good time to start thinking about vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin because the first step in making vitamin D involves ultraviolet light penetrating the deep layers of the skin. Cholesterol that is found in the deep layers of the skin absorbs a portion of ultraviolet light. […]

Sun Screening

Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays are the most abundant form of ultraviolet radiation in sunlight. These rays are the longest and lowest energy form of ultraviolet radiation. UVA rays pass through the atmosphere relatively easy. Regardless of season or time of day, sunlight contains roughly the same amount of UVA rays. These rays are also capable […]

Food Allergies, Sensitivities and Intolerances: Fat

Essential fatty acids, sometimes referred to as vitamin F, are two polyunsaturated fats that humans have to obtain through their diet. The balance of these fats in the diet can increase or decrease the strength of the inflammatory response. People dealing with diseases that have a strong inflammatory component (eg. acne, chronic prostatitis, rheumatoid arthrtitis, […]

Ask the Doctor: Peyronie’s Disease

I have peyronie’s disease as a result of prostate surgery, and my urologist suggested that I wear a penis stretcher and do manual exercises to stretch my penis. Other than jelqing, are there other exercises that I could be doing?. If so, where do I find them?

Peyronie’s disease causes the formation of fibrous plaques, […]

Controlling Cerebral Edema

Cerebral edema is a potentially life-threatening form of inflammation in the brain. Unlike other organs the brain is almost entirely surrounded by bone, because of this inflammation and swelling literally have nowhere to go. Edema, the fluid associated with swelling, very quickly deforms the delicate structures of the brain and causes intracranial pressure to rise. […]

Food Allergies, Sensitivities and Intolerances: Protein

Food allergies are the best-known negative reaction to food proteins. In classic food allergies, a protein in certain foods (eg. peanuts, shellfish or egg whites) interacts with an antibody, IgE. Once that reaction occurs, our immune system goes into high gear releasing histamine. Histamine causes an immediate response, and can trigger everything from a scratchy […]

Modified Citrus Pectin

Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) has been advertised as an alternative treatment for advance cancers since the late 1990’s. Normal pectin, the kind found in apples, orange peels and jelly, is a complex carbohydrate. The bacteria in our colons break down pectin into short chain fatty acids, which benefit the cells that line the colon. MCP […]