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Cancer Prevention, Osteoarthritis & Thyroid Disease: Optimum Health Report #359

Cancer Prevention, Osteoarthritis & Thyroid Disease: Optimum Health Report #359

Dear Readers,

Greetings all!

In the US alone over 4,600 people are diagnosed with cancer every day. Think about that. That’s 3 people every minute! And it amounts to over 1.6 million people per year. Worldwide the latest number is approximately 14.1 million people every year are diagnosed and 8.2 million deaths.

Can cancer be prevented?  We think so. But we know that annual mammograms or PSAs don’t do it. By then it’s too late. Workups for cancer are very targeted – you have to find the low grade infections and sources of inflammation and nutritional deficiencies that lurk in the body. Also the environmental toxin load including heavy metals. They are the sources of cancer. The routine CBC and CMP won’t do it. Nor will the superficial physical exam that your doctor does.

Get proactive. The first step is an exam with us and then the detailed testing designed to find out exactly where you have to change your habits, supplements, and daily patterns. Then you have a better chance to avoid the big “C.”

Are you content to just sit around and wait to see what happens? Do you think that avoiding thinking about it will make it better? Not a chance. Time to wake up.

We can help.

Have a great week.

Dr. David I Minkoff, MD

Woman suffering from Osteoarthritis. We treat it naturally at LifeWorks


Osteoarthritis refers to inflammation and degeneration of the bone and joints. In a healthy joint cartilage, synovial fluid protects the bones at the joints from friction and damage.

Theses cushioning substances provide a smooth gliding surface which allow the bones to move freely without pain.  When arthritis is involved, the cartilage breaks down which leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.  AS the cartilage and synovial fluid are damaged, bone meets bone which can lead to growths called “bone spurs”. Pieces of bone can break off, causing even more inflammation.

Over 27 million Americans suffer with osteoarthritis.  It occurs most often in those over 65 but can affect younger adults, especially those with joint injuries.  Osteoarthritis often affects the knees, hips, hands, lower back and sometimes the shoulders.

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

Symptoms build over time and commonly include:

  • Stiffness in the morning and evening
  • Sharp aches and burning sensations in the joints that worsen with activity
  • Limited range of motion that goes away after some movement
  • Clicking or cracking when bending joints
  • Mild swelling around the joints

Causes of Osteoarthritis

Although the causes aren’t fully understood, the following risk factors contribute to the development of Osteoarthritis:

  • Degradation of the joints over a long period of time such as aging
  • Inflammation which breaks down cartilage through cell death or prevents new cartilage from forming
  • Joint injury which leads to inflammation and cell death
  • Obesity which leads to mechanical stress on the joints
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Lyme Disease
  • Certain medications
  • Genetics

Treatment Options for Osteoarthritis

Although there are medications and pain relievers that can help with Osteoarthritis, none of these address the root cause of the problem.  Our mission at LifeWorks Wellness Center is to help you find the root cause, address it and help alleviate pain and degeneration through natural means.  Since there can be several factors involved in the development of Osteoarthritis we want to look at these to see what is contributing to your particular situation.

Click here to see the treatment options available for Osteoarthritis.

Patient Testimonial

“When I first started my program I was so tired I couldn’t do anything and my left shoulder needed to be repaired with a total shoulder replacement.

I couldn’t sleep at night because of the pain, or lift or carry anything with that arm. I am now pain free in my left shoulder and I have more energy like I used to. Thank you to all the employees at LifeWorks Wellness Center for all your concern and care, you are a wonderful team.”

– Beverly

*Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary based on a patient’s medical history and other factors.

Uncommon Thyroid Disease Symptoms

Click on the video to the left to hear Dr. Springer’s talk about uncommon thyroid disease symptoms.

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.