This Newsletter Contains:
Naturopathic Philosophy Highlight… Fun Facts:
- An Unexpected Solution to Rising Health Costs
- Statins and Nerve damage
- Should Pediatricians Fire Patients- The Unvaccinated Controversy
- OSHA’s statement on Mandatory Health Care Vaccinations
- Link to my Latest Blog on Integrative Heart Health
Upcoming Essential Oils Workshops with Terry Quigley at the Healing Garden.
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New Office Manager
It is with a sad heart that we will be saying farewell to my
wonderful office manager, Emma Rombach, LAc. She has been a wonderful
addition and help to us all. Within the next few weeks, I will be
interviewing prospects and training her replacement. I ask you all for
your patience during this transition. Please be reminded that email and
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Next week, starting February 15th,
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Congratulations to Emma’s success and best wishes to her moving forward with her practice and other career endeavors.
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Naturopathic Fun Facts
This month’s blog focused on heart
health. In it, I discussed integrative tips for preventing disease beyond controlling numbers with medications. One example was the link between social connections and mortality risk. In the below excerpt, Dr. Hyman explains how
community offers health benefits beyond heart health:
An Unexpected Solution to Diabetes, Obesity and Chronic Disease
So one year ago, on January 15, 2011, in
partnership with Rick Warren from Saddleback Church in Orange County and two
other doctors (Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. Mehmet Oz), we launched The Daniel Plan – a social
experiment to learn if community support was more effective than medication or
conventional medical care for treating and reversing disease and creating
In the first month 15,000 people signed up, and
over the last year they have lost an estimated 250,000 pounds – or the
equivalent of 10 tractor-trailer trucks loaded with soda. Over 6,000 people
spontaneously joined from around the country. There have been over half a
million visits to our Daniel
Plan website from 189 countries. Hundreds of churches from
around the country have called to participate and build programs for their own
churches. Rick cast a vision to scale this through faith based
communities to 1 billion people.
The results appear to be more effective than
conventional medical care for chronic disease. The program is based on functional medicine
– a way of treating chronic disease through lifestyle based systems solutions –
not just treating symptoms. It is the science of creating health, not treating
specific diseases. Disease goes away as a side effect of creating health.
That delivered within small groups via The Daniel Plan was the lever than moved
mountains – of donuts, ribs, soda and more!
Not only were there estimated weight reductions of
250,000 pounds but also equal reductions in medication use, hospitalizations
and doctors visits. And it was free.
In a survey after 10 months of the program,
participants reported the following:
·An average weight loss of 13.5 pounds (and 18
pounds for those who said they followed the program closely)
·72% of those who wanted to lose weight did
·53% reported increased energy levels
·34% reported better sleep
·27% improvement in blood work
·20% reported improvement in blood pressure
·11% reported reduction in medications
·31% reported improvement in mood
We didn’t treat disease. We didn’t create a
weight loss program. We taught people self-care and combining that with
caring for each other they created a small miracle – something heath care or
health care reform has not been able to achieve. In the most unlikely
place, a large Church in Orange Country, led by Pastor Rick Warren and a
Christian, Jewish and Muslim doctor we showed that community based solutions
are more effective at treating and reversing chronic disease than our health
care system. People helped each other create health.
Statins & Nerve Damage
In continuing the theme of heart health, here’s an expert on the side effects of heart medication. Although statins can be helpful in secondary prevention of heart disease in
males, they don’t come without risk. Anytime you shut down a product in the
body, there are side effects. Dr. Mercola explains:
·A new study found treatment with statin
cholesterol-lowering drugs caused a clinically silent but still definite damage
to peripheral nerves when taken for longer than 2 years
·At least 88 other studies further link statin
drugs to neurotoxicity (nerve damage), including 12 studies on statin-induced
·A separate study published in the Archives of
Internal Medicine revealed statins increase the risk of diabetes for
postmenopausal women by 48 percent, adding to an already established body of
research on their diabetogenic properties
·More than 255 million prescriptions were
dispensed for cholesterol-lowering drugs in 2010, making them the most commonly
prescribed type of medication in the United States; however, for the vast
majority of people they are unnecessary, often causing more harm than good
·Your body needs cholesterol, and using drugs to
lower it as low as it will go is not usually beneficial for your health; you
can optimize your cholesterol levels so they’re working in the proper
balance with your body using natural lifestyle modifications
Source: Mercola, J. Is Nerve Damage The Rule, Not
the Exception With Cholesterol Meds? January 25, 2012.
OSHA Says “No” to Flu Shot Mandates Without Exemptions
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a statement
opposing mandatory flu shots for health care workers that do not contain
exemptions for medical, religious and persona/philosophical belief reasons.
OSHA Says “No” to Flu Shot
Mandates Without Exemptions
” While we are supportive of the Healthy
People 2020 goal of a 90% vaccination rate, we have seen no evidence that
demonstrates that such a high rate is in fact necessary. Furthermore,
the current influenza vaccine is no magic bullet. The current state of
influenza vaccine technology requires annual reformulation and
revaccination and the efficacy is quite variable. Every year there are
numerous circulating strains of influenza that are not included in the vaccine.
In years where the antigenic match is good, the vaccine only provides
protection against the 3 strains in the formulation. In years when the
antigenic match is poor, the vaccine may provide no protection at
all. The limits of current influenza vaccine technology are especially
problematic in the context of a mandatory influenza vaccination program
that results in job loss. Lastly, reliance on a mandatory influenza
vaccination policy may provide healthcare workers, health care facility
management and patients with an unwarranted sense of security and result in poor adherence
to other infection control practices that prevent all types of infections, not
just influenza. Influenza vaccination has always been just one part of a
comprehensive multi-layered infection control program.”
OSHA’s complete position statement was submitted to
the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) last September and appears in
the NVAC’s certified minutes as Appendix B on page 25 here.
Source: NVIC January Newsletter. NVIC Defends Vaccine Exemptions. January
Pediatricians Be Allowed to Fire Patients?
Vaccinated vs. unvaccinated? It’s a hot topic and people are
wavering in their support of mandatory vaccinations for public health to
refusal of vaccinations from parents and denial of health coverage. An article
on this topic summarizes the controversy:
AAP policy states, “Families with doubts about
immunization should still have access to good medical care, and maintaining the
relationship in the face of disagreement conveys respect and at the same time
allows the child access to medical care.”
A national survey published in Pediatrics
in 2010 concluded that “more than 1 in 10 parents of young children use an
alternative vaccination schedule” and 22% have serious safety concerns
about the vaccine schedule that doctors recommend.
A national poll by C.S. Mott
Children’s Hospital found that 9 in 10 parents rank vaccine and drug safety as
their top priority for child health research.
A recent survey of 900 doctors
conducted at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri,
found that 21% of doctors stopped seeing patients, who refused vaccines or
asked for alternative vaccination schedules. This past summer, the Chicago
Tribune reported that doctors are refusing to treat unvaccinated children
and described a letter eight doctors in a big pediatric practice sent to
families informing them they would no longer see children, whose parents
declined to follow the CDC-recommended childhood vaccination schedule.
“In addition to families with
healthy children, who want to make selective vaccine choices, there are lots of
families, whose children have severe allergies or have experienced previous
vaccine reactions, and want to reduce vaccine reaction risks,” said
Fisher. “When pediatricians threaten parents, families may stop seeking
regular check-‐ups and may end up not vaccinating at all instead of delaying
or spacing out the vaccines.”
American Medical Association (AMA)
guidelines state that a doctor may refuse medical care only after giving the
patient enough notice to find another physician. State rules vary, but doctors
generally must document the behavior, inform the patient what the problem is,
give him or her a chance to change and, finally, send a certified letter
stating the relationship is over. However, they must continue to provide
medical care, as needed, for an additional 30 days. The AAP has also published
guidelinesfor pediatricians electing to dismiss families if they do not follow
AAP and CDC vaccination recommendations.
Source: Lainie Gutterman. Should Pediatricians Be Able to “Fire” Parents?
Baby Gizmo Blog. January 11, 2012. http://blog.babygizmo.com/2012/01/should-pediatricians-be-able-to-fire-parents/