Optimal Health Medical Blog

The Blog of Dr. Henry Sobo

ADD / ADHD and Lead Exposure

ADD / ADHD and Lead Exposure

On September 19, 2006 the NY Times reported on an extensive study just released by the National Institute of Environmental Health, a branch of the NIH (National Institute of Health). The title of the study is Exposures to Environmental Toxicants and Attention Deficit Disorder in US children. It was estimated that one-third of children who have been diagnosed with ADD may be linked to environmental exposures of toxic substances, such as lead. These exposures may occur via exposures during the mother’s pregnancy, as well as exposures after birth.

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Genetic Screening For Optimal Health

Genetic Screening For Optimal Health

Advances recently made in the study of genetics allows us to customize advice on lifestyle and nutritional supplementation to suit the genetic profile of an individual as revealed through a GENE SNP analysis.

A gene is a segment of DNA which controls the production of proteins, which influence functioning of the body in a variety of ways. 19 segments of DNA which are screened for in the GENE SNP test are called “polymorphisms.”

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Iodine And Fibrocystic Breast Disease, Breast Cancer, And Hypothyroidism

Iodine And Fibrocystic Breast Disease, Breast Cancer, And Hypothyroidism

Iodine is an essential element whose safety has been confirmed in clinical studies and medical practice.  The association of iodine deficiency and goiter (thyroid disease) has been well known for over a century. Iodine is present in every cell of the body and a host of other effects of iodine deficiency are also a matter of study. The high prevalence of iodine deficiency in the American diet may be responsible for contributing to several common maladies in our population.

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Book Review: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases and Toxins

Book Review: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases and Toxins

In striving to provide you the latest information on Nutritional / Complementary Medicine we have been reporting on Dr. Sobo’s attendance at medical / scientific conferences. In this edition of our newsletter we present a book review.

Thomas Levy, M.D. is a nutritionally-oriented Board Certified Cardiologist who has written Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases and Toxins. Dr. Levy supports what he is writing throughout the book, referring to the documented research on this subject, in total referencing over 1,200 studies and articles about Vitamin C’s benefits in a variety of conditions. He particularly focuses on the benefits seen when Vitamin C is administered intravenously. This wonderful book provides an excellent reference for anyone who is considering the treatment and questions whether there has been enough research regarding the benefits.

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From the Broda Barnes Research 3-Day Conference

Dr. Sobo has just attended the Broda Barnes Research Foundation’s Three day Annual Endocrinology Conference.

Ideas in the evaluation and treatment of hormonal disorders which were discussed are reviewed in this edition of our newsletter.

Three Common Problems Everyone Should Know About

  1. Andropause – The Male Menopause
  2. Underactive Thyroid- A Hidden Illness Not Uncovered By Commonly Done Blood Tests
  3. Hypoadrenalism: Underactive Adrenal Gland Function In Men And Women
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Advances in Complementary Medicine – ACAM Conference

As a member of ACAM (The American College for Advancement in Medicine) Dr. Sobo has just attended their 3 day conference: NEW ADVANCES IN COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE

In this issue of our newsletter, (and to continue in future issues) we bring to you the latest research and clinical results achieved by researchers and cutting edge physicians around the country.

  1. AMINO ACIDS AND THE NATURAL TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION, MIGRAINES, WEIGHT LOSS, PAIN RELIEF AND OTHER PROBLEMS
  2. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, THE NATURAL APPROACH
  3. NUTRIENT DEPLETION CAUSED BY TAKING MEDICATIONS
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The Risks of Hormone Replacement Therapy

On April 18, 2002 the front page of the New York Times ran a story about the increasing evidence that synthetic hormone replacement therapy as it is widely practiced in this country has real risks, while the benefits are being increasingly thrown into question. Later this summer a large-scale national study was stopped when preliminary evidence of an increased risk of breast cancer was found. We have long advocated the use of natural hormones for women who choose hormone replacement therapy.

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