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Integrative Oncology Helps Cancer Patients with Safe Non Toxic Treatments

Integrative Oncology Helps Cancer Patients with Safe Non Toxic Treatments

For doctors and patients who wish to explore the effects of nutrition, and natural supplementation for those with cancer, the American Institute of Integrative Oncology suggests an approach to help patients with safe, non toxic treatments. The key is to focus on achieving the following goal:

Promote A Micro-environment That Is Not Supportive Of The Development, Proliferation, Progression Or The Metastasis Of Tumor Cells.

In conventional Oncology action is taken when a tumor is detected to eradicate the malignancy. After someone is in remission, surveillance is done to uncover a new tumor when it has arisen, at which time action is again taken to eradicate that malignancy. The Integrative Oncology approach uses biomarkers as early signs that may point to greater risk of tumor production or when recurrence may be more likely to occur. This method can be used by anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis to be more proactive than just using standard  screening methods for the recurrence of cancer before any action is taken. This approach is also used while patients are undergoing treatment under the care of  an Oncologist, to compliment that care.

These BIOMARKERS and NUTRIENT LEVELS can be evaluated and monitored as an indicator of progression, or risk of progression of disease. Appropriate steps can be taken when abnormal findings are uncovered.

BIOMARKERS

CRP                                        IL-6                                         IL-1              Ferritin            Fibrinogen

Insulin                                   HbA1C                                  Leptin            Ceruloplasmin

VitD                                       Copper                                 Zinc                 RBC Magnesium

 

The Most Important nutrients used in Integrative Oncology

Omega 3 Fatty Acids                       Green Tea-ECGC                              Vit D3

Magnesium                                        Resveratrol                                         Curcumin

Beta Glucan and Medicinal Mushrooms                 Brassica- rich nutrients-DIM

Lipoic Acid                                           Probiotics                                            Berberine

Multi-Vit-min  with activated B vitamins, without Copper or iron         Methylated B12

Vitamin C                                             Quercitin

The nutritional content of the diet is always of paramount importance. A low sugar diet is essential. Many advise taking the Dairy and Gluten Free approaches as well.

To round out lifestyle recommendations, exercise is important to those with cancer, as it is to everyone else. Many research studies have confirmed this.

For more of  my blog posts on cancer see…

http://drsobo.com/category/cancer-prevention/

For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net

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A HEALTHY GUT MAY SAVE YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR LIFE

A HEALTHY GUT MAY SAVE YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR LIFE

 

As a member of the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine I just attended their 2016 national conference in Las Vegas. I want to bring you crucial information about how the environment of your GI tract, called the Microbiome, may determine whether you are more susceptible to the onset of Alzheimer’s and other Neurodegenerative and other diseases. A great talk about this was presented by David Perlmutter, MD a board certified Neurologist a leader in the field of Natural Medicine as it relates to the mind and how we may be able to help ourselves through non drug therapies.

In tandem with my own experience as well as incorporting Dr. Perlmutter’s presentation of the latest sci4ece , my advice to patients is the following:


1. Take broad spectrum Pre and Probiotics. It’s not just the number of organisms on the bottle, but the variety of species that counts.
2. Avoid sugar. The government’s long campaign against fat has been proven to be an enormous national mistake. Sugar is the culprit.
3. Relieve “leaky gut” inflammation by finding out about your food sensitivities, and avoiding those foods.
3. Get at least 7 hrs of sleep per night. Americans are getting less sleep than ever before, and it’s bad for your brain and your body.

It has always been my passion to prevent disease, not just treat it. I hope to help you learn how to prevent the worst types of illness for which no good treatment exists.

For more of the latest in nutritional/ lifestyle research check all of my blog posts at www.drsobo.com/blog

For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net

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Children’s Reading Improved With Omega-3/ Omega-6 Supplementation

Children’s Reading Improved With Omega-3/ Omega-6 Supplementation

A newly published study of 154 Swedish schoolchildren between nine and ten years old showed that three months of supplementation with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids improved reading their reading skills. The children in this study were divided into two groups to receive either capsules with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, or identical looking placebo capsules that did not contain them. Until the study was completed neither the children, their parents or the researchers knew which children had received the  fatty acids and which had received the placebo capsules.

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Vitamin D Benefits People with Multiple Sclerosis

Vitamin D Benefits People with Multiple Sclerosis

It has long been known that  vitamin D deficiency is linked to an increased risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis. And also, it has been shown that people who already have MS and low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have greater disability and a worse prognosis in terms of the progression of the disease.

Another study showing the relationship of Vitanin D and  Multiple Sclerosis has been published in the Journal Neurology.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins gave the study subjects, 40 people with relapsing-remitting MS, either 10,400 IU  or 800 IU of vitamin D3 supplements daily for six months.  Blood tests at the start of the study and again at three and six months measured the amount of vitamin D in the blood and the response in the immune system’s T cells, which play a key role in MS. The people taking the high dose had a reduction in the percentage of inflammatory T cells related to MS severity,  The people taking the low dose did not have any noticeable changes in the percentages of their T cell subsets.

“We hope that these changes in inflammatory T cell responses translate to a reduced severity of disease,” said lead study author Peter Calabresi, MD.  “Other clinical trials are underway to determine if that is the case. More research is needed to confirm these findings with larger groups of people and to help us understand the mechanisms for these effects, but the results are promising. Vitamin D has the potential to be an inexpensive, safe and convenient treatment for people with MS”.

For more of the latest in nutritional/ lifestyle research check all of my blog posts at www.drsobo.com/blog

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Johns Hopkins Medicine.

  1.  P. A. Calabresi. Safety and immunologic effects of high- vs low-dose cholecalciferol in multiple sclerosis. Neurology, 2015; DOI
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Low Vitamin D In The Elderly Associated With More Rapid Development of Dementia, Alzheimer’s

Low Vitamin D In The Elderly Associated With More Rapid Development of Dementia, Alzheimer’s

According to research from the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, elderly individuals with low vitamin D levels show a decline in cognitive functions a a rate three times faster than those with sufficient vitamin D levels.

Joshua Miller, MD lead author of the research  published in JAMA Neurology says, “Independent of race or ethnicity, baseline cognitive abilities and a host of other risk factors, vitamin D insufficiency was associated with significantly faster declines in both episodic memory and executive function performance… This work, and that of others, suggests that there is enough evidence to recommend that people in their 60s and older discuss taking a daily vitamin D supplement with their physicians”.

The study included nearly 400 men and women of varied racial and ethnic backgrounds living in Northern California with a mean age of 76. They were followed for a period of five years. At the start the study subjects were classified as being cognitively normal, had mild cognitive impairment or had dementia. The participants’ serum vitamin D status was measured at the beginning of the study, and after five years of follow-up, the vitamin D deficient individuals had a progression of cognitive decline that was up three times faster than those with adequate  vitamin D levels.

Charles DeCarli, director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center explains, “We expected to see declines in individuals with low vitamin D status. What was unexpected was how profoundly and rapidly low vitamin D impacts cognition. I don’t know if replacement therapy would affect these cognitive trajectories. That needs to be researched and we are planning on doing that.This is a vitamin deficiency that could easily be treated and that has other health consequences. We need to start talking about it, particularly for people of color, for whom vitamin D deficiency appears to present an even greater risk,” he said.

Vitamin D is made when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Foods with high content of Vitamin D are oily fish such as salmon and sardines, eggs, and fortified cereals.

For more information about Dr Sobo’s treatment protocols for Alzheimer’s / Dementia, please see our website

For more of the latest in nutritional/ lifestyle research check all of my blog posts at www.drsobo.com/blog

For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net

 

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Diabetic Neuropathy Treated by Fish Oil Supplements

Diabetic Neuropathy Treated by Fish Oil Supplements

Diabetic neuropathy is a painful condition resulting from the nerve damage which occurs in nearly half of those diagnosed with diabetes.  A research study from the VA Medical Center in Iowa City published  in the Journal of Neurophysiology  shows that fish oil supplements can restore the health of the damaged nerves in diabetic mice.

“Diabetic neuropathy is a very costly and debilitating complication of diabetes.” says Mark Yorek the study’s lead researcher. “Fish oil is an attractive treatment approach because theses supplements are considered very safe and could be easily translated into everyday care. Fish oil would be easy to take… and should have few side effects when combined with other medications.”

There have been other studies of  the health benefits of taking omega 3 fatty acid supplements (found in fish oil ) in diabetes. The complication of diabetes called diabetic neuropathy has no cure and advancements in treatment are sorely needed.

Dr. Yorek says, “Even though a lot more work needs to be done, including clinical trials with human subjects, our animal studies suggest that fish oil can reverse some of the harmful effects of diabetes on the nerves. Our intent is to do more animal studies to demonstrate that fish oil treatment can reverse the harmful effects of diabetes on nerves even after a long period of poorly controlled diabetes. After completion of this work, we hope to begin studies with diabetic patients with neuropathy.”

“For more of the latest in nutritional/ lifestyle research check all of my blog posts at www.drsobo.com/blog

For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net

 

 

 

 

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Omega 3s and Antioxidants Benefit Cognitive Impairment Study Says

Omega 3s and Antioxidants Benefit Cognitive Impairment Study Says

Fish oil  and antioxidant supplementation might be beneficial for  people in the early stages of dementia. A study just published in the July 2015 issue of the scientific journal of the American Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology showed that  people with mild dementia showed signs of improvement given these substances. 

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