Dr. David Minkoff’s Health Blog

Optimal Health Report #291 – Lyme Disease Status, Fatigue Treatment Success and the Status of US Healthcare

In this Edition

  • There’s a Hidden Lyme Disease Epidemic
  • Ozone Treatment Success Story
  • Dr. Springer Talks About Success With a Fatigued Patient
  • Is US Healthcare System Really The Best In The World?

There’s a Hidden Lyme Disease Epidemic

Lyme disease appears epidemic. We see several new patients each week who come in with vague symptoms, aches, fatigue, brain fog, or most commonly with a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Per our findings they actually have been misdiagnosed and have Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a bacterial and/or parasitic infection spread by the bite of a tick or more commonly, a mosquito. We have been having excellent successin patients who have failed the traditional antibiotic therapy.

Here is an Ozone Treatment Success*


If you want better health, whether it’s anti-aging,cancerLyme diseasechronic fatigue or autoimmune disease, call us. We do fix your health, naturally.

Another Ozone Treatment Success Story

“Dr. Minkoff, I have had much success with your ozone treatments.  They are miraculous.  I have had cortisone shots and many other treatments.  The pain was much reduced and more successful than anything I have tried after these ozone treatments.  I am thankful to you and your clinic for this wonderful success.”* — PLD

Dr. Springer Talks About Success With a Fatigued Patient

This issue sees another in the series of videos featuring LifeWorks’ practitioner, Dr. George Springer, recounting patient success stories – this week the topic is fatigue.


Is US Healthcare System Really The Best In The World?

That was the title of an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on July 26, 2000 by Dr. Barbara Starfield.

Dr. Starfield is a respected public health expert working at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her article stated that:

  • The US medical system kills 225,000 Americans a year.
  • 106,000 deaths per year from FDA-approved medical drugs.
  • 119,000 deaths per year from error-ridden treatment in hospitals.

That would amount to 2.25 million deaths per decade and over a MILLION deaths from medicines the FDA has approved as safe and effective!

To no one’s wonderment, the article caused almost no reaction by the FDA, medical authorities, or public health experts. Business carried on as usual and the report was largely ignored. No major change in FDA policy or public health safety policy was instituted. Most probably the reason for this is that editors could not run with the story because their newspapers and television outlets were so heavily dependent on pharmaceutical advertising dollars. So other than a yawn, nothing happened.

The FDA approves every medical drug given to the American people, and certifies it as safe and effective, yet there are at least 106,000 deaths per year and more unsafe drugs are approved every year for use. The problem is that the US health care industry, made up of insurance companies, medical academia, and the pharmaceutical industry all contribute big dollars to election campaigns at state and national levels and so we do not have a government free of vested interests. This gives political control to those who can pay for influence, which in this case makes our medical system a real liability. This is so much the case that according to Dr. Starfield’s findings, the US medical system was the third leading cause of death in the US, right behind heart disease and cancer!

I am not against medical drugs nor against having a regulatory agency that can screen them for safety so that risks are minimized. But we don’t have that. Far from it.

With these facts in mind, you take your life in your hands every time you put a drug in your mouth, because the chances of it hurting you are very real.

There is an alternative. You can choose it. The medicine we offer at LifeWorks is truly safer. Interestingly, in the last year, according to the Poison Control Center statistics, there were no deaths from any herbal, homeopathic or vitamin/mineral preparation in the US.  With that in mind, it is best to trust nature as the first “medicine” of choice, and a practitioner who looks to nature first to help you with your body problems. At least they won’t kill you with the therapy, and most likely, if they know their business, you’ll be better in no time and not a casualty.


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.