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Cancer Testing and Treatment – OHR #442

Optimum health report 442 discusses blood tests related to cancer.

A few months ago, I read about a new lab test that looked very interesting. Whenever I run across this type of thing, I try it myself. When I got the results back, I was astounded. It was the answer to a personal medical situation that I have never been able to handle. I have a hereditary elevation in blood homocysteine. None of the usual remedies have worked and I have tried many of them over the last 20 years. Finally, I gave up. Lo and behold, this test gave me the answer. When I started taking the suggested remedy, within two months my usual homocysteine of 13-15 had reduced to a nice normal 8.

What was the test?

It measured a group of blood lipids called plasmalogens. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it. I hadn’t either. These compounds are made by our cells but in many cases they don’t make enough. Low levels underlie nearly every neurological disease including M.S., Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and ALS. This includes most cancers and heart disease. Patients with colon polyps who have low plasmalogen levels get colon cancer. Those with normal levels, even with polyps, don’t get cancer. It’s the same for dementia.

Not bad huh?

The information is in a new book called Breaking Alzheimer’s by Dr Dayan Goodenowe. The book is deep reading but excellent.

We are now offering this test here at LifeWorks and if you haven’t had it ordered please ask about it and we can get it done.

It is a game changer for sure.

Ask for the Prodrome lab test.

Have a great week.

Dr. David I Minkoff, MD

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About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.