Alt-Med Medical & Physical Therapy


Alt-Med Medical & Physical Therapy
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1544 Nerge Rd
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(847) 923-0046
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GRAPESEED EXTRACT AND CANCER Albert Einstein once said “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” In regards to the prevention and treatment of cancer we are discovering that the foods we eat may have significant impact. A case in point is grapeseed extract. Over the past ten years, a number of medical studies have demonstrated that grapeseed extract, at least in animal models, can have significant impact on a number of different cancers. Although there are no compelling human clinical studies, grapeseed extract in the animal models of cancer are quite positive. Grapeseed extract as the name implies comes from grapeseed. This particular product is very rich in a number of vitamins as well as other biologically active compounds such as flavonoids, procyanidins and resveratrol. Although most of the research into grapeseed extract has been done in animal models, grapeseed extract seems to have a positive effect throughout the entire body. For example, in animals it has been shown to increase bone density. There is some data indicating that it also is effective at preventing tooth decay and reducing blood pressure. It does exhibit some antibacterial and antiviral activity in a test tube. Most importantly grapeseed extract seems to retired cancer cell growth both in the test tube and in animal models. A number of studies over the years have demonstrated that it inhibits the growth of cancer cell lines of lung, breast, prostate and colon cancers. Some of the most interesting anticancer research has explored the aromatase inhibiting activity of grapeseed extract and its effect on breast cancer cell growth. One older study published in 2006 demonstrated that grapeseed extract has significant aromatase inhibiting activity and suppresses the growth of breast cancer cells in the mouse model for breast cancer. Aromatase is an enzyme that, basically, converts testosterone into estrogen. Many types of breast cancer are stimulated by estrogen and have a very active aromatase enzyme system. In traditional medicine some chemotherapy agents inhibit the activity of the aromatase enzyme and through that inhibition slow or prevent the growth of estrogen sensitive breast cancer cells. This 2006 study, published in Cancer Research, demonstrated that grapeseed extract has significant aromatase inhibiting activity and greatly reduced the growth of breast cancer cells in mice that are genetically designed to develop breast cancer. Since this is study was published, dozens of other studies have demonstrated that many plants inhibit aromatase activity and may be beneficial for the prevention and treatment of a number of different cancers including breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer. Even though grapeseed extract may inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells, I do not endorse it as sole treatment for breast cancer. In addition there is always concern as to how grapeseed extract E the medications even though the current data indicates that it is quite safe. A medical physician, board-certified in integrative medicine would be able to provide the best recommendations for the use of grapeseed extract during chemotherapy.

MOST IMPORTANT ORGAN OF THE BODY If you were asked the question "what is the most important organ in your body" you might answer the heart or the brain or even the immune system. Although these are very important organs and their function is necessary for good health, the most important organ in your body is arguably your bowels. Most of us think of the bowels as a tube where food goes in one end and waste material comes out the other end. In reality what goes on in your bowels dictates to the rest of your body how it will be functioning. Some have postulated that up to 70% of all the white blood cells in your body live in your bowels. In addition outside of the central nervous system, the bowels have the most nerve tissue and make most of the neurotransmitters in your body. As wonderfully complex the system is there is growing evidence that the most important part of the bowel is what is growing inside of it, primarily the bacteria. Early thoughts on bowel bacteria were that they somehow helped with digestion. Over the past decade or so there has been an explosion of research as to the function of bowel bacteria and it is complex. We now know that the distribution of bowel bacteria is not constant. Different species of bacteria are dominant in different parts of the bowel. It is, in reality, a complex ecosystem where different species of animals live in different areas. It is unlikely to find an alligator living in the Rocky Mountains just as it is unlikely to find a mountain goat living in a swamp. The same goes for our bowels. Different species of bacteria seem to thrive in different parts of the bowel…and play specific roles. Recent research has strongly suggested that the variety of bacteria in our bowels plays a significant role in development of diseases including diabetes, autoimmune diseases, heart disease and possibly even Alzheimer's. A case in point is bowel disease. A reduction in the bacterium Firmicutes as well as an increase in the number of another bacteria, Bacteroidetes, correlates with an increased incidence of ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease and even irritable bowel syndrome. These changes in bacteria causes increased levels of inflammatory markers as well as providing a richer environment for even more pathologic species of bacteria. Indeed, one form of “bacterial therapy”, fecal microbial transplantation, restores the balance of bacteria to the bowel and has been shown to be effective in life-threatening inflammatory bowel disease Similar changes in the bowel bacteria, that is a decrease in bacteria that produce anti-inflammatory compounds with an increase in bacteria that produce inflammatory compounds, have been well described in several autoimmune diseases as well as a number of liver related diseases including fatty liver and alcoholic liver disease. Interestingly, changes in the bowel bacteria are also associated with obesity related diseases such as high cholesterol, high triglycerides, hypertension, insulin resistance and diabetes. Future medical therapy may include taking specific bacteria (probiotics) for the long-term treatment and, maybe prevention, of many chronic illnesses.

BUDWIG DIET and CANCER There is good evidence to indicate that diet plays a role in the risk of developing cancer. A diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables and minimizes red meat in general is a good recipe for lowering the risk of cancer. However, once a person develops cancer, there is little evidence to indicate that radical diets had any effect at all. Recently, I have noticed in my medical practice that a number of patients with newly diagnosed cancer have started the Budwig diet. Despite the advertising on the Internet, the Budwig diet has no role in the treatment of cancer. The Budwig diet is the brainchild of Joanna Budwig, who was born in Germany in 1908 and died in 2003. She had a degree in pharmacy and a Ph.D. in both physics and chemistry. Much of her research dealt with fatty acid metabolism. During her research she developed the hypothesis that specific fats control the expression of cancer. Today there is increasing research that specific fats can reduce or increase the risk of cancer. As a result of her research, Dr. Budwig proposed that a diet composed of specific fats would cure cancer. Unfortunately, this dietary protocol does not seem to have any effect on cancer whatsoever. The hallmark of the Budwig diet is flaxseed oil and cottage cheese. She felt that the oils in flaxseed and cottage cheese would negatively affect the growth of cancer cells. In addition, her diet also recommended high-fiber fruits and vegetables, preferably raw. This diet also recommends avoiding refined sugar and grains, animal fats, salad oil, meats, butter, and margarine, caffeine, liquor, tobacco, and any and all processed foods. In this regard, it is not significantly different from any other "cancer" diets. Although this diet has been recommended for many years, there is actually no clinical research as to its effectiveness. There are numerous personal testimonials but there have been no clinical trials, case studies or independent verification in the medical literature. There are, however, more than 160,000 entries on Google for the search terms "Budwig diet," implying some level of validity. Intrinsically there is nothing wrong with this diet. The only concern is B vitamin deficiency. The problem is that some people forgo more traditional medical therapies believing that the Budwig diet is their road to cure. The medical literature suggests that the combination of traditional and nontraditional medicine, for many cancers may be more effective than either traditional or nontraditional medicine alone. However, the idea that flaxseed and cottage cheese will cure cancer is not supported by any research and is highly unlikely. For my patients with cancer, I do recommend specific dietary approaches with the idea of enhancing their nutritional state. A well-nourished person has the best chance for survival and cure. I do not believe that the Budwig diet has any role as a stand-alone therapy for the treatment of cancer.

CoQ10 and Pneumonia Bacterial pneumonia is a very serious, often life-threatening illness especially in the elderly. Recent medical studies have demonstrated that taking the dietary supplement coenzyme Q10 during the hospitalization may reduce mortality by almost 50 percent. In the United States, more than 2 million people over the age of 50 years old will be hospitalized for bacterial pneumonia. Even in the age of the pneumonia vaccine, mortality rates among the elderly hospitalized for bacterial pneumonia can be as high as 35 percent. Medical costs associated with an uncomplicated hospitalization for bacterial pneumonia is almost $10,000 with annual cost of over $7 billion to Medicare alone. Clearly this is a serious medical problem for which there is significant room for improvement. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin-like compound that exists in all of our cells. It plays a key role in the production of energy in the power plants of the cell, the mitochondria. It is also a powerful antioxidant that the body uses to reverse and prevent oxidative damage especially to the cell membrane fats. Recent research has demonstrated another role for CoQ10. It inhibits a number of compounds that are involved in inflammation and the inflammatory response. Some of these compounds such as interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, and nuclear factor-kB may also play a role in cancer. When used by patients hospitalized because of bacterial pneumonia, the anti-inflammatory properties of CoQ10 may reduce mortality and morbidity. Good medical research is being done throughout the world. The first double blinded, placebo-controlled study evaluating the effect of CoQ10 on bacterial pneumonia was recently published in the Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal. In this study 140 elderly patients hospitalized with bacterial pneumonia were evenly divided and given either a modest amount of CoQ10 (200 mg per day) or a placebo for 14 days in addition to the usual medical care. Clinical cures were seen throughout the trial, but measured at days three, seven and 14. For those patients who took CoQ10, the clinical cures at days three and seven were 34.3 percent and 88.6 percent respectively. In contrast, those patients receiving placebo clinical cure at days three and seven were 31 percent and 73.2 percent, respectively. Hospital stays were significantly reduced in those patients taking CoQ10 and the failure rate in this group was less than half of those receiving placebo. Although this is the first medical study looking at the effect of CoQ10 on bacterial pneumonia outcomes, the use of CoQ10 in other medical conditions has been published. CoQ10 seems to benefit Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Friedreich's ataxia, congestive heart failure, hypertension, type II diabetes and migraines. Even though this is only one study, given the effect of bacterial pneumonia in the elderly and the safety profile of CoQ10, it would seem to be a good idea to include CoQ10 as part of the medical therapy for patients hospitalized with pneumonia.

Statins and vitamin D Lowering cholesterol is very important for reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. One class of medications that is commonly used to treat high cholesterol are statins. Used correctly, statins can effectively lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Unfortunately, one of the problems with statins is that almost one third of users experience muscle pain, often severe enough to discontinue their use. The usual medical approach involves simply using a different statin or adding co-enzyme Q10. There may be another solution…vitamin D. Recent medical research has shown that vitamin D is important for good muscle function. Indeed, in the healthy elderly who are vitamin D deficient, supplementation even with a small amount of vitamin D dramatically improves muscle strength and function. Lower levels of vitamin D are associated with muscle pain, bone pain and decreased muscle function. When a vitamin D deficiency is combined with statin use, especially in the elderly, there is an increased risk of not only muscle pain but of a more serious condition, rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis is a medical condition where the muscles die causing pain, inflammation and even renal failure. An early statin, Baycol, was taken off the market because of an increased risk of rhabdomyolysis. Whatever your feelings about statins, they are useful because not everyone exercises enough, eats healthy food, gets enough sleep and reduces their stress. For those (unfortunately a lot of Americans), statins are a reasonable option to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. However, almost one in three users of statins refuses to take them because of muscle pain. Over the past several years, there have been at least ten medical studies linking muscle pain in statin users to low vitamin D levels. There have also been three studies disputing these claims. In medical research, depending on how the study is conducted, the results can be contradictory, increasing the frustration of the general public. However, with vitamin D, statins and muscle pain, the research is more than three to one in favor of low vitamin D levels increasing the risk of statin – related muscle pain. In a recent medical study published in the North American Journal of Medical Sciences, seventy-four men and seventy-two women with a history of intolerance to statin medications secondary to muscle pain and a low vitamin D levels were treated with 50,000-100,000 international units of vitamin D per week. After their vitamin D levels had normalized, the patients were put back on statin drugs. In all the patients their cholesterol levels fell significantly. What is more important is that over ninety percent of the patients did not experience the muscle pain that was associated with their earlier statin medication use. I believe that the combination of traditional and nontraditional medicine, integrative medicine, is the ideal medical approach for chronic medical problems. Not that long ago vitamin D supplementation was dismissed by the traditional medical community. Now there is medical research supporting its use and patients are benefiting.