LifeWorks Wellness Center Blog
Optimum Health Report #332
In This Edition:
- Drug Companies & False News
- Lifeworks' Staff Testimonial
- Kidney Stones
- Holiday Hours
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Dr. Springer Talks About Constipation, Diarrhea and Diverticulitis
- Plaquex Therapy
I want to call your attention to something that may have gone by your own radar or thought process. We are being so inundated with false news every day, but the history of false news is not new. Drug companies have been pedaling false news for decades and decades. They cherry pick research to make you think that what they say is really true. They pay scientists to organize statistics to make you think something is really working, and minimize the problems so you think there aren't any and then sell billions in snake oil to unsuspecting people.
Drugs for prostate enlargement have sales in the billions of dollars per year. A popular one is Avodart. While it is true that Avodart will reduce prostate volume which can improve urinary function, it also raises blood sugar, A1C, and blood lipids.
Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine identified these issues after following a group of men who had been prescribed Avodart for over three years. They published their findings in Hormones Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigations and indicated that doctors need to discuss these potentially serious side effects with their patients before prescribing them Avodart.
The body is a work of God and nature. It "knows" the natural kingdoms and responds to them to nurture and heal. When you stray off things can get dangerous. Drugs are basically dangerous chemicals that must be used with supreme caution and only when nothing else can help. But usually this is not needed if people take a little time to get advice from a practitioner who knows these subjects and can help.
Go natural. It's the right way.
Have a great week.
Dr. David I Minkoff, M.D.
"I wanted to say that all the staff here are so professional and compassionate with me. They made me feel welcome and could tell that they really care how I'm doing. I've made great steps towards healing and they all are a huge part of this process. I thank God for Dr. Minkoff and all the staff who have provided a door to walk through to regain my life again!"
Congratulations to Dr. Springer who had a record number of attendees at his Inflammation Seminar that was held at Nature's Food Patch on August 16th 2017.
If you would like to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Springer,
please call LifeWorks at (727) 466-6789.
The kidneys are extremely important and play a vital role in our bodies. They are responsible for filtering the blood and excreting the waste products/excess water in the form of urine. The kidneys also control our body's acid/base balance. When blood and body fluids are too acidic or alkaline, the kidneys alter the acidity of the urine to restore the balance.
Kidney stones are quite common and are predominately found in middle aged people. These stones are caused by excessive concentrations of various substances (primarily calcium), too concentrated urine, an infection or a lack of inhibitors of crystallization in the urine. The calcium and uric acid crystalize into small lumps in the kidneys or ureters (the tubes that carry urine to the bladder) and are known as stones.
Stones rarely cause pain while in the kidney, but can be agonizing when they become dislodged and start to travel down or get stuck in the urinary tract. This can cause extreme back pain in the kidney area and can sometimes spread to the abdomen and genitals. Other symptoms include pain when passing urine and occasionally blood in the urine as well.
If you have kidney stones or would like to learn more, please contact our office at 727-466-6789.
Lifeworks Wellness Center will be closed on Monday 4th September 2017.
We will be open as normal on Tuesday 5th September 2017.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Symptoms of CFS are extreme tiredness or fatigue which cannot be alleviated with sleep. Often, symptoms intensify after physical exertion which deters people with CFS from undertaking certain activities.
Woman aged between 30 and 50 are mostly affected by CFS. However, those who are inactive or overweight are also at increased risk. People who have allergies, depression, stressful lives and other environmental factors may also contribute to people being diagnosed with CFS.
Diagnosing CFS can be difficult for a physician because reliable testing is limited and the symptoms are very similar to those of other conditions. For this reason, misdiagnosis can often occur and a patient may be told them have lupus, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease or hypothyroidism. Treatment for CFS can only begin when a correct diagnosis is made.
Chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms can vary greatly. Fatigue is the most common of all the symptoms, however it usually has to last at least six months before it can be diagnosed as chronic fatigue. Other symptoms include:
- Muscle ache
- Memory loss
- Joint pain
- Sore throat
- Tender lymph nodes
"The PEMF treatments seem to be working. After about 8 months of treatment, I have noticed much less pain and much more mobility in my knee. And the whole Lifeworks staff is wonderful! From the front desk to the specialists to the support people, all of them have been kind, compassionate and helpful. Thank you Lifeworks!"
What is Plaquex®?
Plaquex is a compounded medicine that contains polyunsaturated phosphatidylcholine (PC). PC makes up all the cell membranes in the body as well as the transport vehicles for cholesterol, such as HDL and LDL. Cell membranes consist of a double layer of PC molecules.
Embedded in between these molecules are receptors for signaling proteins such as hormones, neurotransmitters and many more. Cholesterol molecules are also embedded in this layer to give the cell its stability.
As we age, the PC in the cell membranes become damaged by:
- free radicals,
- heavy metals,
- high blood sugar
- high levels of stress hormones
With aging, the body is no longer able to produce enough PC to repair this damage. Consequences of this damage are cardiovascular disease with plaque deposits in the blood vessels, liver damage, kidney damage and brain damage. Besides making up all the cell membranes, PC also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
Effects of Plaquex
Plaquex therapy restores cell membrane integrity and function which normalizes the cell metabolism. This in turn helps to clear out plaque deposits and improve the function of all organs, including liver and kidneys. It also improves the blood flow properties so blood can flow more easily without the use of blood thinners. It also has an effect on important enzymes involved with blood lipids. It thereby reduces LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and increases HDL cholesterol.
Plaquex has been studied in many countries since the 1950's. Plaquex is used to treat atherosclerosis. It is given to patients suffering from angina pectoris whose coronary arteries contain plaque deposits. It is also given to patients with carotid artery plaque and peripheral plaque in the legs causing claudication pain when walking. Due to its effect on the liver and the kidneys, it is also used to improve the function of both these organs.
LifeWorks 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.
*Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary based on a patient's medical history and other factors.