Alternative Medicine News – May 13, 2013

Balance Point Blog
Spare Tire or Stress Bulge? (Karen Inda)

Sometimes it’s hard to tell where the unwanted belly fat comes from.

Fortunately, there is an article that zeroes in on different causes of midriff fat. It identifies 5 types of fat. Even though the article focuses on women, there are some tips that apply to men as well.

The types are:

  1. The Spare Tire Tummy
  2. The Stress Tummy
  3. The Little Pooch
  4. The Mommy Tummy
  5. The Bloated Tummy

They tell you how to identify your type and why it happens. They also give you tips for getting a handle on it.

Thanks to Balance Point reader Karen I for the link. The article is here.

Al Sears
But 7 Different Medications Are Okay?

Heart attacks are nothing to laugh at. But most MDs are so steeped in the drug model, they forget some basic information.

A case in point is the focus of this article. Al Sears, MD talks about a man who was taking 7 different medications after his heart attack. These included a statin. But the man’s doctor told him he didn’t need to take CoQ10.

Okay, let me get this straight. CoQ10 is proven to protect the heart. CoQ10 is reduced by statins. But this man doesn’t need it? What’s wrong with this picture?

Dr. Sears gives some interesting statistics about heart health and related deaths. He also agrees with the recommendation you may have read about in the last issue about what form to take. He, and I, recommend the ubiquinol form. He, and I, also recommend 50 mg a day of this form. Here is one place you can get it.

You can read more about it here.

Functional Medicine University
A Must Have For Cancer Patients

For those of you who are into natural health, vitamin E is an old friend.

But most vitamin E is inferior.

Why? There are a few reasons. First, it is often just one form of the vitamin. The second reason is that it is often a synthetic version that the body can’t use well. And finally, it is often in such a low dose that it can’t help.

In fact, vitamin E is actually 8 different substances. In addition to the tocopherols, you also need the tocotrienols. This combination is sometimes called full spectrum vitamin E. You will know you have the real deal if you find something with 4 types of tocopherols and 4 types of tocotrienols.

The article emphasizes how this combination supports the body to fight cancer. It does this by killing cancer cells. It also strengthens the immune system. And it protects the brain.

Functional Medicine University has the story. You can see it here.

Bottom Line Health
Does Your Doctor Care About You?

How your doctor communicates with you matters.

As smart as many are, they aren’t always so good with their people skills. The old name for this was “bedside manner.”

But how important is this? Turns out, it is very important.

In a study measuring empathy from doctors, those who scored the lowest also had the highest rates of complications in patients. Those who scored highest in empathy had 41% less complications. That’s a pretty big difference.

And even without a formal study, don’t you trust a doctor more who actually listens to you? And if he or she can understand your concerns how much better is that? Don’t you feel like they will be better able to really help you? Yep, me too.

You can read the details on the Bottom Line web site. The link is here.

Al Sears
Private Jets and Statin Drugs

One more about statins, also from Dr. Sears.

He relates how a very successful CEO told him that he, and all his friends, are on statins. These guys are flying around in private jets. But their health care is not up to snuff.

Why? Because statins have so many bad side effects. For example:

  • Nerve pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Heart failure (!)
  • Liver damage
  • Brain malfunctions like memory loss, Parkinson’s and ALS
  • Cancer

Here is what Dr. Sears says about statins:

“If you want to live a long, healthy life, stay away from Statin drugs. Just stop taking them.”

I couldn’t agree more.

You can read the article here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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