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Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma. I am wondering about alternative approaches to fight this cancer. Also are there known food that help fight this cancer. I assume ridding the body of sugar would be a good thing to do and adding many more veggies to the diet.

Basal cell carcinoma is a skin cancer that, fortunately, does not metastasize, but grows locally. This certainly gives you time to try alternative approaches rather than immediate excision.

You need to start with being basically healthy–eat real food (no sugar, processed, soda pop), take supplements, sleep and exercise.

Then you may want to build your immune system.

1. shaitake and maitake mushrooms as supplements,

2. curcumen

3. Resveratrol, Green tea extract, antioxidants (vitamins C, E), vitamin D.

Locally you may want to try a new product that has both killing power on cancer cells and builds the immune system, called ASEA.  This can be sprayed locally on the lesion.  You can obtain the spray bottle through this website.  ASEA for internal use is a powerful tool, and can be obtained at this website:

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More on Bone Density

One more question for bone density. I am currently taking Evista. Any comments on that product?

Evista is a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM).  It is synthetically made, and is not identical to any hormone the body makes. The early studies showed an increase in ovarian cancer in 2 separate rat species when the safety studies were done, but that fact does not appear in any of the marketing material.

I am not in favor of Evista, and even more opposed to the bisphosphonates, Fosamax and Actonel.

Provide the minerals the body needs to make strong bone, and you will reduce your fracture risk. They will all be found in a potent multi-vitamin except strontium and silicon, which need to be supplemented separately.

Five hundred to 750 mg of calcium is all you need to take in a supplement, as the rest of the calcium need (1,000 mg per day) can come from the diet.  Magnesium should also be 500 to 750 mg per day.

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Strong Bones

Dr. Gardner, you mentioned strontium and silicon to be taken in addition to a daily supplement to build strong bones. I currently take one packet of Vital Primevia a day (two was giving me nosebleeds). How many milligrams of each should be taken per day? Would any supplement for these work that you find in a health food store? How much calcium per day would be needed for a 52 year old women taking the silicon and strontium? Is chewable calcium beneficial?

Vital Primivia at one packet per day contains 250 mg of calcium and magnesium.  This is not sufficient for bone health.  You need to add 250 to 500 mg of both calcium and magnesium to get an adequate amount.  Chewable calcium is fine. 

The rest of the minerals you need for bone health are in the multivitamin, even at 1/2 dose. 

Strontium is an interesting mineral.  For bone health, you need 2 to 3 mg per day.  However, if you have osteoporosis and you take 1,000 mg per day, it will stimulate bone repair and improve DEXA scan readings.  Eating whole grains will supply adequate silicon, although it can also be found in supplement form.

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Iodine, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Your Thyroid

Is there a link between polycystic ovarian disease, thyroid issues and rheumatoid arthritis, and if so how to balance all this in one body?

Iodine is the common link between ovarian problems and thyroid.

Women use iodine in 3 organs:

  • thyroid,
  • ovaries,
  • breast.

Men only use the iodine in the thyroid gland.  This is probably why women are 10 times more likely to have thyroid deficiency than men.

Since rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease (the immune system has identified joint tissue as the enemy and attacks it), it is possible to have a second autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.  In this disorder the immune system has identified thyroid tissue as the enemy, and attacks it.

There could be a genetic propensity in a person with more than one autoimmune disease present, which could link them in that way.  That said, each of the diseases needs to be treated.  This is best done by looking at the body as a whole, and not as separate parts.

The beauty of alternative medicine is that the goal is treatment of the cause, and not just treatment of the end organ symptoms.

You need to be on an excellent diet and supplements so the body has the nutrients to repair and heal itself.  Iodine, and probably thyroid hormone, will need to be administered to fix the thyroid symptoms.

PCOD may be made worse by estrogen dominance, so the addition of progesterone may prove helpful.

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you will need a physician or practitioner in the alternative medicine field to set up a comprehensive program for treatment.

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Blood Pressure, Vitamins

Two Questions: My husband is taking Amlodipine Besylate 5 mg per day for blood pressure.  After taking it he feels hot.  What do you recommend taking? He also was diagnosed 8 years ago with autoimmune hepititus which they think is due to taking the antibiotic Avolox.

Also, do you know about Young Living Products?  We have been taking the vitamins, but they are so expensive.  I came across your supplements but I need some advice on what we need.  My Dr. says I need to increase my Vitamin D and say Sams club has their brand that is 3000 I.U.  My LDL Cholesterol is 142, total Cholesterol is 236 and Triglycerides are 185.  She says I am beginning to have Osteopenea.

Amlodipine  besylate is an anti-hypertensive that blocks the intake of calcium into the muscle of the arteries. The influx of calcium is what causes muscle to contract. This means it relieves whatever constriction the blood vessel muscle was having on the artery. This will dilate the blood vessel, permitting more blood to flow, which may cause a feeling of heat, and may also drop the blood pressure. I think conventional medicine is too aggressive with medication use with blood pressures. Although he would need supervision of a practitioner such as myself to monitor him, usually I shift patients from medications to high doses of magnesium (which also functions as a calcium channel blocker like amlodipine), CoQ10 and hawthorne.

As far as basic vitamins for general use, I recommend everyone be on a potent multivitamin, essential oils and vitamin D.  My website has a product called Vital Primivia which combines the potent multivitamin with appropriate dosages of essential oils in a convenient packet taken twice each day. Add 5,000 IU of vitamin D to it, unless your levels or vitamin D are already above 40.  For osteoporosis, you may want to add strontium and silicon also.

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Mercury in Fish Oils

Do pill issuers take mercury out of fish oil before they encapsulate it?

All the high quality supplement manufacturers have quality control tests that check to make sure that all mercury and other contaminants or toxic metals have been removed. Not only is the mercury in the fish a problem, but the processing of supplements can introduce toxic substances into the product that weren’t there before. That is one of the problems with low-end supplement purchases that are less expensive.

You will want to make sure that the supplements you take are top quality, with the highest of processing standards.

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My daughter,age 21, has had Mono for two years. She tried bed rest for a few weeks and was bored out of her mind. Can a person ever recover while going about their normal activities?

Mononucleosis is a term to describe an illness that has fatigue as its major component. It is presumed to be due to a virus, of which the Epstein Barr virus has  been the most implicated. It is probably related to any number of viruses, or even toxicities.

Unfortunately, it has an unpredictable course for recovery. Some people recover within months, and others take years. If normal activities do not excessively fatigue her, they will not interfere with her recovery. So whether she does activity or not, she will still be fatigued.

The treatment begins with a good diet and potent supplements. She must stay away from sugar and processed food. Energy work (acupuncture, Jin Shin Jyutsu, craniosacral) and intravenous vitamin and mineral nutrients have been very successful, and are the next steps. Toxic metals and other sensitivities and toxicities may also need to be looked at from a laboratory standpoint.

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Food and Nutrition Police

As you know, I like to stay on the side of offering healthy alternatives to you, rather than rant about the political messes that are taking place with our health.  But in two cases today, I must at least inform you about what is going on.  First of all, vitamin C (intravenous) is being threatened.  Here’s the link that gives you more information.  I use intravenous vitamin C often in my practice and find that it is superbly effective in numerous conditions.  To lose the ability to administer IV vitamin C would be a great loss in our nation’s health options.

Secondly, on a rather humorous note, this blogger takes on First Lady Michelle Obama’s health approach to childhood obesity.  It’s a good read:

What to do?  I believe we need to be more focused than ever on our personal health: and be aware of what is happening in our government to legislate our choice to be healthy.  Make your voice be heard.

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When to Take Supplements

Question: We all know as we age supplements are very important. I take my 15 plus pills in the morning, and every time I wonder if taking them all at once is good, is this the best time of day to take them? Is there any advice on the most optimal time to take our supplements?

The best time to take most supplements is during a meal.  The body is preparing to digest and absorb nutrients that come with the meal. If the B vitamins are taken on an empty stomach, they tend to irritate the stomach lining, so they must be taken with meals. Ideally, take a bite or two, then take a supplement, and spread the supplements throughout the meal. Water soluble vitamins are excreted out the urine, so they should be taken two times per day to keep the levels high.

It is the riboflavin (B2) that causes the fluorescent yellow color in the urine. Overloading the cells with vitamins will not harm them, and if the need is great, then the cells can absorb more as needed. Each of us has different needs for the various vitamins, and since we don’t have good lab tests to assess those needs, my feeling is to use potent vitamins to permit the cells to extract all they can and need.  Your body knows how to best utilize what it is given.

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Low Vitamin D Levels

I have low thyroid issues and get my meds from a compounding pharmacy that seems to work well but this time when I got my lab work done it was found that I had low Vitamin D levels as well (7 on the point scale on my labs). My question is since being outside is not enough for me what would be the best way to get my levels up. My doctor wants my to take a high dose of D2 once a week for 15 weeks. The compounding pharmacists wants me to take 5000 IUs of D3 every day instead. I don’t know who to believe. I just know I want my joints to stop hurting and my D levels to come up.

A level of 7 on the vitamin D scale is extremely low. You will feel better in many ways when that level gets into the 40s. I prefer my patients have levels in the 50s and 60s, and if they want cancer protection, those levels need to be in the 70s and 80s. The higher the dose of vitamin D you take, the faster the levels will come up.

I would take at least 5,000 IU per day, and higher would be better. You can obtain that high of a level with my Primivia D5 supplements.  We do not have a lot of those bottles left, but more are on order.

Get a repeat level in 4 to 6 months, so  you know if you need to continue with the high dosages. Levels above 120 to 200 are dangerous, but are very difficult to get to.