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Optimum Health Report #345

Optimum Health Report

Greetings all!

Virtually all of our Lyme patients get better. I can say that categorically. They come from all over: East coast, West Coast, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Hawaii.

We recently had a patient, who is an ex pro athlete, with overwhelming fatigue and brain fog.  This patient was sick for years but after 6 weeks of treatment he was feeling “normal” again.

If you have Lyme, come in and do our program. For most in 2-4 months, you’ll regain your health.

We are really good at this. Call for an appointment today!

Have a great week.

Dr. David I Minkoff, MD

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“I recently had a Prolozone procedure done. The reason for my email is to extend my upmost gratitude in terms of the way the Jennifer Baer treated me. She was very kind and sensitive to my situation. I’ve been over three years looking for solutions for my back pain, and I believe I found the remedy that is slowly making me better. I have not felt like this in quite some time. I still feel pain, but considerably less than before. “
– Carlos

Is the FDA banning Homeopathy?

By Jennifer Baer, A.R.N.P


Jen 8 2015 SQUAREA new issue has arisen in some circles of health and healing.  Many are trying to report the facts without getting emotional.

This issue, as the title states is the conversation of the FDA possibly banning homeopathy. Homeopathy, which was developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in the 1700’s, is based on several principles. One is that like treats like.

Interestingly, Dr Hahnemann was using crude herbs on himself and then patients.  He found that certain symptoms that developed in the patients would give a clear picture of the substance he was using to treat the illness.  This developed a certain picture of what the herb would be used for.  One issue that was found, was there were side effects from the herbs, so Dr Hahnemann set about to fix this.  He kept diluting and diluting and diluting, until he would get the most minute amount of the substance but would still produce the positive effects of healing.

This turned into a legitimate form of treating ill individuals at that time and today, many people are trained in homeopathy and a lot of people use homeopathy to heal themselves.

The FDA approved use of these remedies as follows:

In 1938, the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act officially acknowledged homeopathy.  Then in 1965, the Medicare Act and in 1987 the FDA Compliance Policy Guidelines accepted homeopathy as a verifiable way to treat illness.

Recently, more information has come to light.  In December 2017, the FDA released a proposal that homeopathics will come under stricter guidelines.  After doing some research and reading into this, I find that it is alarming but not devastating.

In 2010, the popular brand Hylands, who makes homeopathic remedies, pulled Belladonna because it is believed that the remedy had too much Belladonna in it and was linked to 10 infant deaths.  Belladonna is used as a teething remedy.

The recent official FDA statement, from the FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD on this issue goes as follows:

“In recent years, we’ve seen a large uptick in products labeled as homeopathic that are being marketed for a wide array of diseases and conditions, from the common cold to cancer.  In many cases, people may be placing their trust and money in therapies that may bring little to no benefit in combating serious ailments, or worse – that may cause significant and even irreparable harm because the products are poorly manufactured, or contain active ingredients that aren’t adequately tested or disclosed to patients.  Our approach to regulating homeopathic drugs must evolve to reflect the current complexity of the market, by taking a more risk-based approach to enforcement.  We respect that some individuals want to use alternative treatments, but the FDA has a responsibility to protect the public from products that may not deliver any benefit and have the potential to cause harm.” (1)

Now, the FDA register is open until 03/20/18 and open for public comment.

Please submit comments at this link: The Federal Register

If the FDA pushes through the law of evaluating all ingredients in homeopathics then there is cause for alarm.  However, what is occurring now through March 20, 2018, is the FDA is proposing to monitor the remedies that are of serious concern and could have potential life threatening effects.  The reason being, that with all of the new companies producing, selling etc. there is no control of this and the FDA is merely saying there needs to be.

With that being said, realizing there are many alarmists out there, even in the field of Integrative Medicine, with many of the popular health journalists writing on this in a sensationalistic sort of way, I will choose to do my part as an advocate for health and freedom of choice, without going down the pathway of fear and despair.  We will keep you abreast of future events related to this.

To your health,

Jennifer Baer, A.R.N.P.

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Treating Patients, Not Cancer

Decades ago it was discovered that cancer cells were sugar hungry and they would take up a lot more chemotherapy medication if they were given insulin first.  Based on this idea, IPT was born. Give insulin first, then give a reduced dose of chemo while the same time strengthening the patient’s immune system with IV and oral nutritional protocols and assist them in detoxifying their bodies of harmful environmental toxins.

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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.