Dr. David Minkoff’s Health Blog

Optimum Health Report #336

World Renowned Doctors are Using Ozone Therapy to treat various diseases

Greetings all!

Consider my definition of truth in science and medicine: That which is true because it produces results as a therapy for the patient in improving his health, his beingness and his ability to do things. Take a look at what the current editor of the Lancet Medical Journal states about the current state of science:

“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.” – Dr. Richard Horton, the current editor-in-chief of the Lancet – considered to be one of the most well respected peer-reviewed medical journals in the world. (Lancet, Source)

Now watch what a recent patient who came to LifeWorks from Washington State, with years of medical handling that only made her worse, says about her experience of truth at our center…

Our goal at LifeWorks is my definition of truth: That which is true because it produces results as a therapy for the patient in improving his health, his beingness and his ability to do things. In over 85% of prior unsolved cases, we solve them. If you want help, see us. Call now and speak to our New Patient Scheduler at (727) 466-6789.

Have a great week.

Dr. David I Minkoff, M.D.

Mold is really dangerous for your health

Mold & Its Part in Your Sickness

Jennifer Baer ARNP will be hosting a Seminar at Nature’s Food Patch.


Mold is a problem that can seriously impact your health. Learn how exposure to mold increases your risk of developing chronic issues and how they may be misdiagnosed or mistreated.

Seating is limited.

You MUST sign up for this seminar at Customer Care or call (727) 443-6703.

WHEN: Thursday, October 26th at 6.30pm
WHERE: Nature’s Food Patch 1225 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, FL 33755

drops of water poured into glass recipients

Know Your Water…

By Jennifer Baer, ARNP

I think most of us as humans, naturally trust. We naturally trust what is said to us. We naturally trust our families, our loved ones and even our governments, whether global or local. I am not saying that governments aren’t trustworthy as that’s another issue. I think that as a group they are well-meaning individuals who show up to work like you and I, and often only do what they are told.

The reason I am saying this is because I think of the rise in cancers, Auto Immune illness and psychiatric illnesses. The rise in all of it. The rise in all of the chaos in the world. The rise in the mass shootings. It’s all one big soup pot that we are in the mix of. The only way I see that we can rise above the mass population, in consciousness, in behavior and in impact on humanity is through knowledge. Knowledge is the way out.

One topic that I would like to discuss that has come to light recently is the report produced by EWG (Environmental Working Group). An advocacy group that addresses global issues of concern. From environmental to chemical to household contaminants and more.

EWG evaluated drinking water for many toxicities. The one that I am referring to which has been brought to light recently is a likely carcinogen named, 1,4-dioxane.

1,4-dioxane is a likely carcinogen as mentioned before. I just want to make sure you got that!

This chemical was found in over 90 million Americans drinking supplies and thousands of personal care products. It is unregulated in water and personal skin care products.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established a safe limit in water back in 2013 of being 0.35 parts per billion. This is the first of 10 chemicals that the EPA will start evaluating and testing. The fellow who is now head of the program who studies these chemicals, states that people can be exposed to levels 1000s times stronger than the baseline limit and it can still be considered safe.

From 2010-2015, 1,4-dioxane was found in over 1,000 water systems.  Over 1000 more water systems receive their water from these larger systems where it was originally detected.

According to the EWG:
“Ranking the most-contaminated water systems, hot spots include the Cape Fear River basin in North Carolina, affecting Fayetteville and surrounding communities; southeastern Los Angeles County, Calif.; and New York’s Long Island. Samples from water systems serving those areas had average levels of 1,4-dioxane ranging from four times to about 17 times the EPA’s increased cancer risk level”

An area in Long Island as well as Minnesota, have had to shut down wells due to high contaminant levels.

This chemical 1,4-dioxane, comes from wastewater discharges, as well as facilities where plastics and solvents have been made or used. It is said that tracing it can be a challenge because it can travel and leach underground.

This chemical can cause cancer, liver and kidney damage, eye irritation, lung irritation and skin problems. Pregnant workers exposed to this chemical reported an increase in pregnancy loss, still births and birth defects in newborns.  However, it is unclear whether these particular complications are due to this chemical alone or a host of chemicals the worker would be exposed to in their environment.

To give you an idea of the pervasiveness of this chemical, it was found in shampoos, soaps, bubble baths, foaming baths, laundry detergents and lotions. 2/3 of bath products tested in 2009, were found to have 1,4-dioxane (1). In addition, Hong Kong’s Consumer Council did a surveillance of this chemical and tested 60 shampoos, many from the US and found 1,4-dioxane in 63% of the samples (2).

Because of the pervasiveness of this chemical, the FDA (Federal Drug Agency) has recommended a process called “vacuum stripping”.  This process actually removes the chemical from the products but to this point, there is no way to tell what companies are actually utilizing the FDA’s recommendation.

A few states are not waiting.  They are setting their own standards when the chemical is being detected to have officials be notified. One state, NY, has asked to have this chemical banned from personal care products.

If the reader is interested, there is a vast database at EWG’s website. This even includes typing in your zip code and pulling up the evaluation of your local water supplies information.  There is also an interactive map for only 1,4-dioxane.

As far as LifeWorks is concerned, we have an AMAZING test that will look for certain chemicals, toxins and byproducts in your body, as well as many, many options of how to treat it. We are not only always looking for the most effective treatments, we have the most effective treatments. These range from ozone through intravenous and sauna to homeopathic remedies to support the body in drainage and detoxification to herbs, to name a few. With the growing concerns in the environment, not only can we just avoid contaminants and do our best this way, it seems more evident that we must be proactive in treating to stay in front of the environmental impact upon our body.

LifeWorks can be a valuable part of your team in supporting you through this.

Set up an appointment today!

To your health,
Jennifer Baer, ARNP

Patient Testimonial

“I came to LifeWorks 11 months ago, a medical train wreck. For three and a half years I went to doctor after doctor to figure out why I couldn’t think or function – I felt awful 24/7. No one could figure it out until I saw Dr. Springer – he changed everything. I have followed his instructions and can now say I feel great. He knew what was wrong with me and how to fix it. He gave me hope, too, because he understands the emotional impact of being so sick, for so long.

Much of my treatment has included IVs – the staff in the IV room are amazing. Caring, efficient and friendly. They raised my expectation for healthcare, so I will never go anywhere else.”

-Kate. N.

Blood Pressure

Blood pressure varies slightly during the day, depending on what a person is doing.  A normal measurement for an adult is about 120 over 80.  The top number refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries during contraction of your heart muscle.  This number is known as the “Systolic Pressure”.  The bottom number refers to the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats.  This number is known as the “Diastolic Pressure”.  Systolic pressures of 100-140 and diastolic measurements of 60-90 are usually considered normal.

Abnormally high blood pressure is called hypertension and low blood pressure is referred to hypotension.  Both conditions may require treatment, however hypertension is usually regarded as the more serious condition.  High blood pressure is most common among the middle-aged.  About one in ten are affected, particularly men.  It is an invisible disease and many people are completely unaware that they have it.  Some people can experience symptoms such as headaches, dizziness or ringing in the ears.

Most cases of hypertension results from a combination of factors.  Any one or more of the following can cause high blood pressure:

  • Smoking
  • Hereditary factors
  • Being overweight
  • Insufficient exercise
  • Hardening of the arteries
  • Drinking too much
  • Eating too much salt
  • Taking the contraceptive pill

In rare cases, the cause may be a kidney disorder and some pregnant women develop dangerously high blood pressure.  If high blood pressure continues unchecked, it can contribute to serious conditions such as:

  • haemorrhage
  • kidney complaints
  • angina
  • heart attack
  • stroke

Low blood pressure can be just as hard to detect.  It mostly affects elderly people and is usually temporary.  Some people can experience symptoms such as momentary giddiness or fainting on standing up suddenly after sitting or lying down.

When low blood pressure is persistent, it may be due to an under-active adrenal gland.

If you are having a problem in this area, we can help you naturally at our Clearwater Clinic.  For an appointment or more information, call the New Patient Scheduler at (727) 466-6789.

All the staff at LifeWorks Wellness Center are here to help our patients through their programs and guide them through their journey to better health.

We are so proud of all our patients with their hard work and commitment to following their programs.

Click here if you would like to write a success story on how LifeWorks has helped improve your health.

LifeWorks Accepts Care Credit
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.


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.