Dr. David Minkoff’s Health Blog

Optimum Health Report #311

Dr. Minkoff - a doctor with tremenduous experience in treating various diseases

In This Edition:

Statins and Your Health

Whether you have been directly affected or not, many state legislators and the FDA have been requiring children and students at both a high school and college level to receive vaccines as a mandatory requirement. No vaccine = no admit to school.

If these vaccines were actually safe and efficacious, it maybe could be justified. Unfortunately, the scientific evidence shows they are neither.

In light of this, in 2005, the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, of which the US is a signatory, was created. It states:

From the Declaration:
Any preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention is only to be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information. The interests and welfare of the individual should have priority over the sole interest of science or society.

It is simply a violation for human rights under this decade old declaration to coerce an individual to obtain a medical procedure.

These are basic human rights and I suggest you demand yours. In these very turbulent times, where governments and “authorities” are grabbing rights at every turn, it is only us citizens that can push them back so they actually work for the maximum individual freedom for the good of all.

Have a great week.
Dr David I Minkoff MD

Dr. Springer

This week’s question: “I have spent 50 years inhaling art marker fumes. Should I be tested for cancer?”

My LifeWorks Success Story

“I have worked extremely long hours all my life – foolishly thinking I could push myself forever.

I had had a heart arrhythmia that started 5 years previously.  I learned to control it with exercise and rest.  However, the more exhausted I got, the worse the arrhythmia got which exhausted me further. Well, finally in December 2014, I couldn’t do it anymore.  I went to see Dr. Minkoff.  Best decision I had made in years!  He thoroughly evaluated me and diagnosed chronic fatigue and heavy metal poisoning.  He told me “It all gets better from here.”  Since I was in despair, those words really gave me hope.  I started on a series of IV treatments. Gradually I improved – my energy started to return.

The staff is wonderful – so friendly and so positive!  I looked forward to my time in the IV room.

I then started on a series of EECP treatments to improve my circulation.  My energy level came way up.  My cardiac problem decreased in frequency.  I feel as good as I did 10 years ago!

After I was through with the basic treatment, I started on and have maintained a maintenance regimen – I am certainly not going to allow myself to backslide.

Dr. Minkoff is an amazing diagnostician! Dr. Minkoff and staff definitely saved my life!!!!!!!  This is a wonderful team whose purpose is to really help people and they really do help!”


Darkfield Microscopy: The Deeper Look Within

By Jennifer Baer, ARNP

misshapen blood

Misshapen RBCs clumped together and the presence of fibrin.

Misshapen RBCs clumped together and the presence of fibrin.
Many of us are always searching for ways to evaluate our health and well-being. In 1597, Sir Francis Bacon, in his published maxims known as “Meditationes Sacrae,” stated, “ipsa scientia potestas est”, in other words, “knowledge itself is power”(1).
In today’s world that translates as – once we know something, we can then do something about it.

Darkfield Microscopy is one tool of discovering from an objective perspective, what is occurring in the body. According to a broad search on google, Darkfield Microscopy is a specific evaluation of specimens, that produces images on a dark background. Through how the microscope actually works, the light is transmitted differently than a conventional microscope and the image appears to be lit with the background being dark.

At LifeWorks Wellness Center, we offer Darkfield Microscopy to our patients as it provides yet another insight into the general state of their health. The process involves a small drop of blood being taken from a finger, which is then placed under a microscope and viewed in our office on a screen or computer.

When a practitioner and patient are looking at the screen, usually the first thing one notices is the red blood cells (RBC). The RBCs are responsible for oxygenating the body and their life-span is approximately 120 days. When looking at the RBC’s, we look at the shape, pattern, and condition of the membrane. We often can see microorganisms attached to the cellular membrane. We use this in evaluating the overall condition of the body.

The next thing we look at is the background, or space between the RBCs. Most often, what is found here is most interesting. In patients who are chronically ill, this background will have white strands instead of a black background. What we are seeing is fibrin. Fibrin is a protein which makes the blood “sticky.” (see Fig 1) Fibrin is needed for blood clotting, but in excess it is detrimental to our health because it jams up the system. In order for the blood to flow freely and our RBCs to work to full capacity, the background of the sample needs to appear black with no fibrin. As an interesting fact, cancer cells have 15 times more fibrin than normal cells. This makes it impossible for the immune system to attack them.(2)

normal blood

Cells returning to normal shape after treatment. Orb is a white blood cell.

Another thing we are looking at in the sample, is whether there are Biofilms. The majority of the time, if one has fibrin, one has biofilms. According to Mirriam-Webster Dictionary, biofilms are “a thin, usually resistant layer of microorganisms (as bacteria) that form on, and coat, various surfaces.”(3) What we see on the Darkfield, is white patches within the fibrin.

As an interesting side note, Dr. Eva Sapi, a research professor at University of New Haven, has published internationally noting the Lyme bacteria is capable of producing a biofilm that makes it difficult for the human body to eradicate it.(4) The biofilm can contain spirochetes as well as other microorganisms that live in this protective environment that the human immune system has no access to.

One of the last things we look at is if there are bugs floating around in the extra spaces. Most often we can see parasites with an occasional Lyme bug floating through.

On a personal note, I often will see patients who do not consider themselves as having a chronic illness. Over and over again, if we look at the blood on Darkfield, we see a different reflection in the blood than in symptom manifestation. It can be a valuable tool to be proactive in one’s health. If the sample looks poor, than it would make sense to treat the body more aggressively to divert the train wreck, meaning to prevent a possible health crisis from occurring.

At LifeWorks, we have very effective, very cutting-edge ways of having the blood revert to healthy vibrant blood. Ask about Darkfield at your next appointment (see Fig 2).

Please note that this service has to be ordered by one of our practitioners and cannot be booked by a patient without a consultation.


What is Heartburn?

Heartburn is a burning chest pain, just behind the breastbone. Occasional heartburn is a fairly common digestive complaint which often accompanies indigestion, and 20% of Americans report heartburn as a weekly occurrence. Also known as acid reflux, heartburn symptoms that persist or become chronic, may be a sign of the more serious condition, GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease).

Heartburn is caused by stomach acids rising into the esophagus and although the condition is not connected to the heart, the pain may resemble that of a heart attack. The pain is often worse when lying down or bending over.

In addition to chest pain, heartburn or acid reflux symptoms include chronic cough and a burning sensation in the chest area. Many people who regularly suffer from heartburn are aware of what triggers it, such as certain foods and by avoiding the foods they can control their heartburn. Medications, obesity, and stress, can also contribute to heartburn.

Heartburn Symptoms

Heartburn symptoms include:

  • A burning sensation in the chest and sometimes the throat, after eating
  • A sour taste in the mouth
  • Pain worsens when lying down or bending over
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Feeling as if food is getting “stuck” in the throat or chest
  • Chronic cough, sore throat and hoarseness

Read more about heartburn causes

LifeWorks Accepts CareCredit

CareCredit Logo1LifeWorks is happy to announce that we are now accepting CareCredit cards. For many people CareCredit can provide an easier way of financing you and your family’s healthcare needs*. For more information go to carecredit.com
*Subject to credit approval.


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.