Alt-Med Medical & Physical Therapy

Alt-Med Medical & Physical Therapy
Alt-Med Medical & Physical Therapy is listed in the Health Clubs category in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Displayed below is the only current social network for Alt-Med Medical & Physical Therapy which at this time includes a Facebook page. The activity and popularity of Alt-Med Medical & Physical Therapy on this social network gives it a ZapScore of 60.

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1544 Nerge Rd
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(847) 923-0046

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ALTMED Medical and Physical Therapy shared Patrick Massey MD, PhD's post.
VITAMIN K2 AND STATINS I recently read an excellent medical research paper suggesting that statin medication use, instead of reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, may indirectly increase it. The reason is because of the interactions of statins with various metabolic pathways involving vitamin K-2. This is important because low levels of vitamin K-2 are associated with an increased risk of not only severe coronary artery disease (CAD) but also type II diabetes and mortality. Vitamin K is not a single vitamin but is composed of a number of different forms. They are considered to be fat-soluble vitamins and are required by the body for a number of different biochemical reactions including blood clotting, calcium balance, energy production and the creation of powerful antioxidants. Vitamin K-1 is found primarily in leafy green vegetables and its main function is in the production of blood clotting proteins. In contrast, there are many different forms of vitamin K-2. Vitamin K-2 can be made from vitamin K-1 by many different organs in the body. It is also made in several different forms by the bacteria in the bowel. Vitamin K-3 is no longer used to treat vitamin K deficiency because of associated toxicities. The article was published in the medical journal Pharmacology in 2016. A large group of researchers from several universities in Japan explained that many of the mechanisms associated with the prevention of CAD are vitamin K-2 dependent. That means that low a level of vitamin K-2 may increase the risk of severe coronary artery disease. They also discussed the fact that statin medications inhibit the production of vitamin K-2. It is well-known that statin medications reduce the production of a very specific compound called coenzyme Q 10. However they also reduce the production of other coenzyme Q 10 look-a-like compounds that are essential for vitamin K-2 to reduce the risk of severe coronary artery disease (CAD). In addition, statin medications directly inhibit the conversion of vitamin K-1 to vitamin K-2. The end result is a significant increase in the risk of both the development and severity of CAD. It is also well-known that there is an association between type II diabetes and CAD. According to the FDA, there is increased risk of type II diabetes in patients taking statin medications. Statin medications also inhibit specific compounds needed for the utilization of insulin by the body. What was of interest is that the very same coenzyme Q like compounds that are necessary for vitamin K2 are also necessary for the utilization of insulin. This is not to say that statin medication should be discontinued. Indeed there is substantial data supporting their use for reducing the risk of repeat heart attack or stroke. This data does indicate however that nutritional supplementation with specifically vitamin K-2 may significantly improve both short-term and long-term health of patients with CAD and/or type II diabetes who are currently taking statin medications. • Patrick B. Massey, MD, PH.D., president of ALT-MED Medical and Physical Therapy, 1544 Nerge Road, Elk Grove Village. His website is
ALT-MED Medical and Physical Therapy is the definition of integrative medicine, offering the best of traditional and nontraditional medical therapy for treating disease, finding cures and promoting optimal health. We treat a wide range of illnesses with acupuncture, physical therapy, massage, supple...

ALTMED Medical and Physical Therapy shared Miracles or I Have No More Boils's post.
The problem with health care is not that there is not enough is that there are too many people with chronic illnesses. Once that is addressed, there will be no problem with healthcare.

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.