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The Roots of Disease: Connecting Dentistry and Medicine; Nashville, March 14-16
It is now well-established that increased oxidative stress produces disease wherever it is present for a long enough period of time. How well any disease is managed and/or resolved ultimately depends upon the balance of infection/toxins (pro-oxidants) and antioxidants that are in specific tissues and areas of the body. Infections and toxins of dental origin, most importantly root canal-treated teeth, are enormously significant players in the disruption of this vital balance in favor of excess oxidation.
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By ICIM Nashville speaker Jeff Bradstreet, MD:
Bravo probiotic — Actually a system for making a new ecosystem not merely a probiotic
Dr. Jeff Bradstreet writes, "One of the frustrating things in dealing with most chronic illnesses is related to the gut ecosystem. TV ads are now extolling the issues of a bad gut ecosystem so the message about gut flora — the protective bacteria of the intestinal track — is getting much more widely accepted. The challenges I have experienced with many patients, however, makes this far more complex than merely popping a few probiotic capsules."
By ICIM Nashville speaker David Brownstein:
Iodine and fibrocystic breasts
Dr. David Brownstein writes, "The most common cause of cysts on the breasts or fibrocystic breast disease is iodine deficiency. The link between iodine deficiency and cystic breasts has been written about for more than 70 years. Whenever I see anyone with cysts on their glandular tissue — including the thyroid, ovaries, uterus, breasts and prostate — I begin an investigation to look at their iodine status. My experience has shown that cystic breast disease is usually not that difficult to treat once iodine levels are optimized for the patient."
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Toxic update — Preparing for ICIM Nashville's lecture 'Toxicity in Built Spaces'
What is sick building syndrome?
Global Healing Center
Indoor air pollution has become a serious problem. Discussions about indoor air quality emerged in the 1970s as a result of the energy crisis leading to home construction that was more efficient by way of being sealed up tight and subsequently lacking ventilation. It's common knowledge that the lack of ventilation is a detriment to air quality in indoor environments. How? Stagnant air inundates the occupants with a concentration of pollution that negatively impacts the respiratory system. Is it any surprise poor indoor air quality is associated with cough, allergies and a collective problem called sick building syndrome?
Connect with chelation on the American Board of Metal Toxicology Facebook page
The American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology is dedicated to establishing and maintaining guidelines and standards for the practice of clinical metal toxicology and to the assurance of a superior level of competence on the part of physicians treating patients with this spectrum of expanding global afflictions. These standards will be reflected in certification by the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology and by the requirement for periodic recertification, insuring dedication and diligence on the part of all members.
By ICIM member Elizabeth Vaughan, MD:
The elimination diet
Dr. Elizabeth Vaughn writes, "The holidays are over and most of the holiday goodies have been consumed. Now is the time to start taking care of your body instead of continuing to indulge. I don't know about you but I thoroughly enjoyed indulging — chocolate, cookies, candies, sweet potatoes made with brown sugar and cream, a little wine, a little champagne — the list goes on. Most people put on a few pounds during the last two months of 2011. So join me, kick off 2012 by taking care of the rest of your body instead of indulging your mouth."
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From the blog of ICIM member Ali Safayan, MD:
A heretic's view of influenza's role in health and disease
Are you looking to make a big difference in your health? Regularly eating dark, leafy greens would be a great place to start. Nutrition powerhouses, dark leafy greens are packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber. Greens help protect against osteoporosis and may help prevent atherosclerosis, inflammation, diabetes and cancer.
By ICIM member Ross Hauser, DO:
Can food help chronic pain?
Food affects every aspect of the human body. It is literally the fuel of the body. Every process, function, compound, etc. depends on a healthy diet. So when it comes to chronic pain, food plays an integral role. At Caring Medical, we recognize the role that food plays in chronic pain.
Healing with language: Illusion of choice
This tip comes from a common parental strategy that really works well: Give a child the illusion of choice when you want to produce a desirable behavior that the child often resists. "Would you rather take your bath before or after brushing your teeth?" Either way, you can appreciate that the child ends up bathing because the act of choosing presupposes commitment. You might think that the same technique won't work for adults but it does when you are able to properly phrase it.
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Facebook friend of the week: ICIM member Dale Guyer, MD
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The future of medicine:
Need for dementia caregivers grows as boomers age
The Associated Press via Medical Express
The Chicago-based Alzheimer's Association says there are an estimated 15 million caregivers in the United States. And as baby boomers age and live longer, those numbers are expected to grow.
The present of medicine:
New AHA/ACC statin guidelines
American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (Opinion)
Dr. Jorge Bordenave writes, "I am greatly concerned by the new statin guidelines recently released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology during the yearly Scientific Sessions held in Dallas this November. Statins were first introduced in 1987, and over the years their use has increased. Annual expenditure in 2000 on statins: $7.7 billion, by 2007: $20 billion. These medications help reduce the amount of cholesterol and LDL — so-called bad cholesterol — in the blood. It is believed however, that statins work to decrease heart disease because they reduce inflammation, an effect known as pleotropism."
The past of medicine:
Chocolate — Modern science investigates an ancient medicine
Journal of Nutrition
The medicinal use of cacao — or chocolate — both as a primary remedy and as a vehicle to deliver other
medicines, originated in the New World and diffused to Europe in the mid 1500s. These practices originated among
the Olmec, Maya and Mexica. The Badianus Codex
noted the use of cacao ﬂowers to treat fatigue, whereas the Florentine Codex offered a prescription of cacao
beans, maize and the herb tlacoxochitl — Calliandra anomala — to alleviate fever and panting of breath and to treat the faint of heart. Subsequent 16th to early 20th century manuscripts produced in Europe and New Spain revealed .100 medicinal uses for cacao/chocolate.
Is concierge integrative medicine a viable model for you?
Glenn Sabin writes, "After a year closely following the inexorable growth of concierge care in the U.S. — and advising several primary care integrative health-directed physicians and pediatricians regarding various modeling options — it's very clear to me that its basic business principals are a terrific match for some integrative health practitioners."
Report on 54th Congress
The Townsend Letter via ICIM
The public and physicians alike are bombarded by daily "nutrition newsletters," each blaring the latest research and often promoting "the most advanced products" for you to take best advantage of the newest knowledge. In this setting, semi-annual meetings of ICIM offer a refreshing potpourri designed to inform and excite practitioners, giving pragmatic details on emerging treatment strategies that can be implemented in the coming days or weeks.
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