A Story About Chelation

The topic was orthomolecular approaches to cancer. Doctors and researchers from all over the world attended. What I reinforced is that there is so much we can do to improve our odds for a long, high quality life whether we have a diagnosis of chronic illness or not.
The term, orthomolecular, was coined by Dr. Linus Pauling in 1969 to denote the use of nutrients to treat disease and maintain health. The International Society of Orthomolecular Medicine is a group of doctors who use nutrients to restore the the optimum environment of the body so it may heal itself. For example, an environment of inflammation and low oxygen is probably due to a deficit of nutrition with an excess of toxic burden. This is a serious precursor of cancer. Luckily, rogue pre-cancerous cells are quickly eliminated by our miraculous immune system as long as it is nourished and in a non toxic environment.
Heavy metals and other environmental toxins impede the body’s immune repair mechanisms despite having the right raw materials.
Dr. Joseph Hickey, MD, founder of the renowned Hickey Wellness Center in South Carolina told us his shocking story of using chelation for the first time. His 45 year old cousin was nearly comatose with leukemia and not expected to live. The family was distraught and begged for help. Having just been trained in chelation therapy (which pulls toxic heavy metals out of the tissues,) Dr. Hickey gave his cousin a chelation IV and sent him home with the hope he would survive the night. Against all odds, the next morning his cousin’s wife called and said, “He’s sitting up having breakfast.”
His cousin’s tissue levels of lead, nickel and chromium-6 levels were off the charts. After a series of chelation IVs, his cousin went into remission.
Do you remember the Erin Brokovich story where toxic chromium-6 contaminated the drinking water of Hinkley, California? This toxin absorbs easily through our skin to impair metabolism and induce inflammation. Combined with lead and nickel, chromium -6 becomes an even more dangerous toxin, thus, the childhood cancers in Hinkley, California.
In summary, by removing the heavy metal obstacles to health and implementing a healthy diet with proper supplementation and nourishment, Dr. Hickey’s cousin became a cancer survivor. These are the kind of stories we frequently hear at the orthomolecular conferences.
If this article makes sense to you and you are interested in chelation or just knowing your risk, please call IMI at 208-426-0052 or stop by our office on Warm Springs Avenue by the Botanical Gardens.
Mary Migliori, MD Director

Integrative Medicine of Idaho Board Certified in Anesthesiology

Bio-ldentical Hormone Specialist Fellow, Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine Fellow, American Academy of Ozonotherapy

Phone: 208-426-0052

Fax: 208-344-m36

2200 E. Warm Springs Ave. Ste 102 Boise, ID 83712

Could it be Low T?

The holidays are here and there is so much for which to be thankful. This article is focused on a little known cause of symptoms that ruin the holiday cheer for many wonderful women and men.These symptoms range from insomnia, low libido, weight gain, weakness, hot flashes and fatigue to memory loss and anxiety and they could be a result of low testosterone (T) levels.

Yes, testosterone levels in men and woman influence their sex drive, orgasm, mood, bone density, muscle size, strength and cardiovascular health.

What causes low T? Does it occur in younger individuals?

Besides the natural degenerative process of aging, other causes of low T include too much oxidative stress from excessive exercising, emotional stress, toxic burden or infections. Young women who take oral contraceptives and men who have suffered injuries to their testes both have an increased risk if low T. Regardless of age or root cause, low T sets the stage for chronic illness and feeling old.

Young women not taking OCPs usually have optimal levels of T working in balance with all their other hormones until the age of 30 when T starts dropping rapidly. By age 40, women have half their normal T. Uninjured men, on the other hand, tend to lose T more slowly reaching half their young adult blood levels around 60-80 years of age.

Dr. Thierry Hertoghe, MD, internationally acclaimed endocrinologist, author and speaker states that an aging body needs as much testosterone and other hormones as it did during the younger years. Of course, we can live with low levels of hormones but it just won’t be as enjoyable.

If you are looking for an improved quality of life, consider checking your hormone levels. A simple blood and/or urine assessment of your hormones may answer your question of why you don’t feel like your normal self. Hundreds of studies document the value of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) as a safe and efficacious way to improve your quality of life.

If this article speaks to you, give IMI a call at 208-426-0052. We specialize in accurate assessment and design of the correct BHRT for you.

Personal Wellbeing

By definition, wellbeing is the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy. Our goal at IMI, is to help you restore your personal wellbeing.
I often hear, “I just don’t have the energy I used to and I don’t feel like myself anymore. My doctor prescribed Prozac and told me I’m just getting old.”
Last time I checked, Prozac deficiency is not a root cause of anything.
A symptom or sign is a message from your body that there is too much or too little of something making you feel “not OK.”
The good news is that it is usually reversible.
At IMI, we take the time to listen. A first appointment usually lasts up to 2 hours. Preliminary testing of your vital signs, body composition, mineral status and heart rate variability in the office helps you learn about your core health. The next step is an in-depth conversation. The story of your life provides the clues while your blood, urine or stool testing establishs the root cause.
Dr. Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, Senior Fellow of the Health Studies Collegium discusses predictive biomarkers from our blood and urine that reveal vital information like our sugar metabolism, state of inflammation, gene expression and ability to detoxify. He states that these predictive biomarkers are a reflection of our habits and lifestyle. He further states that maintaining these biomarkers at the goal levels will add life to your years and years to your life.
Another predictive biomarker, in my opinion, is your iron level. Dr. Leo Zacharski, MD, hematologist/oncologist and professor at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine has spent the last 30 years of his life studying the effects of too much iron. He is the expert in iron overload disorders. In May, 2016, Dr. Zacharski’s editorial, “Ferrotoxic Disease: The Next Great Public Health Challenge,” was published in the journal, Clinical Chemistry.
Dr. Zacharski states that free iron in the body acts like a terrorist damaging important structures impairing normal metabolism.
P.D. Mangan, author of the book, DUMPING IRON: HOW TO DITCH THIS SECRET KILLER AND RECLAIM YOUR HEALTH, establishes a link between high ferritin levels and all chronic degenerative disease. He states, “Excess iron is a major cause of aging and disease, and many or even most adults have far too much iron in their bodies.”
In summary, thinking about your life history and knowing your a simple blood test are two critical steps in the right direction to personal wellbeing.
If this information speaks to you, please call 208-426-0052 to schedule an appointment. Take the first step in changing the course of your life.
Mary Migliori, MD Director

Integrative Medicine of Idaho Board Certified in Anesthesiology

Bio-ldentical Hormone Specialist Fellow, Metabolic and Nutritional  Medicine Fellow, American Academy of Ozonotherapy

Phone: 208-426-0052

Fax: 208-344-0136

2200 E. Warm Springs Ave. Ste 102, Boise, ID 83712

Could it be Hypothyroidism? A Simple Home Test to Assess your Metabolism

My last two articles have focused on tests you can do at home to assess your health such as the L-Ascorbate challenge and the first morning urine pH.

This month, the focus is on testing your basal body temperature as a reflection of your metabolism. The word metabolism refers to how the body burns food to make energy. Symptoms of fatigue, hair loss, cold hands and feet and memory loss are all simply a result of sub-optimal metabolism.

Dr. Pamela Smith, MD, author of several books and founder of the American Academy of Anti-Aging, states that maintaining vision, memory and mobility are primary aspects of healthy aging that are dependent on a healthy metabolism.

Have you taken your temperature with a good, old fashioned oral thermometer in the last 10 years?

The late Dr. Broda Barnes, MD, PhD, author of Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness, in 1976, recommended taking an oral temperature upon awakening, while lying quietly in bed. An oral temperature less than 98.6 was suggestive of an underachieve thyroid. He stated, “ Think of the thyroid as the body’s “carburetor” that controls the rate at which every cell from hair to toenails burns energy.”

He noted in his book that 40% of Americans suffer from hypothyroidism despite having normal blood levels of thyroid hormone. During the 1970s and 80s, he treated thousands of patients with thyroid supplementation based on their basal body temperature with significant quality of life improvement.

Today, the modern medical practice guidelines for diagnosing hypothyroidism suggest measuring TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). The problem with this test is that it fails to assess cellular or tissue levels of thyroid.

The importance of tissue levels of active thyroid hormone is emphasized by Dr. Dennis Wilson, MD, in his book, Evidence-Based Approach to Restoring Thyroid Health. He states that measuring TSH to assess thyroid function will miss up to 95% of patients with low thyroid in the tissues. He substantiates this statement with hundreds of current peer reviewed articles published in multiple accepted journals like the New England Journal of Medicine. Unlike Dr. Broda Barnes, however, he recommends taking three oral temperature readings per day and averaging them to assess basal metabolism.

At IMI, a combination of oral temperature with an in-depth thyroid laboratory assessment is recommended to identify hypothyroidism as a root cause of symptoms. Our recommendations for treatment of hypothyroidism will be discussed in another article.

 

If this article makes sense to you and you would like to know if you may be living with sub-optimal metabolism due to hypothyroidism, give us a call at 208-426-0052 and make an appointment.

Hedra May 2018

Last month I wrote about the L-Ascorbate Cleanse as an at home test of how much oxidative stress is in your body. I hope you have done this test and are on your way to reaching a higher level of health and wellbeing.

This month I’m writing about another at home test which will give you critical information that is also predictive of your level of oxidative stress. This test is super easy and should be done 365 days of the year if possible.

Did you know that your first morning urine pH is a true marker of the acid/alkaline state of your body?
According to Dr. Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, Fellow of the American College of Pathology and Immunology with 20 years experience at the NIH, your first morning urine pH is a non-invasive assessment of cellular metabolic acid/alkaline status. Because the urine has been equilibrating with the cells of the bladder and kidney for over 6 hours during the night, it is a direct reflection of the cellular metabolic state.
Dr. Jaffe states that a first morning urine pH below 6.8 suggests that the cells are in a state pf metabolic acidosis. In this state, the body is struggling to maintain homeostasis and energy production through mitochondrial function.

The critical factor here is that there are not enough minerals to balance the natural organic acids of metabolism. In a desperate attempt to maintain homeostasis, the body steals these minerals from the bones and other organs to maintain the blood pH as close to 7 as possible.
So, does this mean that we can reduce our risk of osteoporosis and other degenerative diseases by taking a lot of minerals?

Why would you be low in minerals? One reason could be low stomach acid. Dr. Jonathan Wright, author of the book, Why Stomach Acid is Good for You, notes that many people over the age of 40 have this condition, especially if they take antacids regularly. Without adequate stomach acid, digestion cannot occur so minerals are not absorbed from the foods or supplements ingested. Furthermore, the standard American diet (SAD) is pretty devoid of minerals.

In summary, testing your first morning urine is an excellent assessment on if you have enough minerals in your body. Knowing your level of mineralization is critical so you can correct the deficit and feel better while reducing your rate of aging.

If this article makes sense to you and you are interested in slowing your rate of aging, start testing your first morning urine pH. You may purchase the pH strips at Integrative Medicine of Idaho and learn more about choosing the path of longevity. Call IMI at 208- 426-0052 and schedule an appointment.

Could it be My Toxic Burden?

If you grew up in the 70s and 80s, you most likely watched Three’s Company starring Suzanne
Somers, John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt. Oh, how they made us laugh.
 
Over 35 years have passed and Suzanne Somers is as beautiful and full of life as ever despite
her shocking diagnosis of breast cancer in 2001. Although she underwent a lumpectomy and
radiation, she declined the recommended chemotherapy. She instead worked with doctors
who focused on addressing the root cause of the cancer. She changed the course of her life
by implementing a healthy diet, sleeping 8 hours a night, detoxifying and supplementing with
important nutrients. Suzanne changed her body into a place where cancer could not thrive so
she could.
 
This remarkable woman has written over 20 books, several of which focus on health and
staying Sexy Forever. In these books, she interviews many cutting-edge physicians who have
had the courage to step out of the orthodox western medicine paradigm.
 
In addition to writing books to spread the word, Suzanne created the Forever Health
Practitioner Network to help connect patients with integrative doctors like Dr. Migliori. IMI is a
proud member of Forever Health as Dr. Migliori is an expert in bio-identical hormone
replacement therapy and in the treatment of other degenerative, auto-immune, arthritic and
gastrointestinal conditions.
 
Although BHRT turns the clock back in most cases, hormones will not work optimally in a toxic
body. In her book, Tox-Sick, From Toxic to Not Sick, Suzanne shares the stories of her husband
and daughter-in-law who developed debilitating mystery illnesses due to toxic overload. She
then shares the interviews of five internationally acclaimed pioneers of nutritional and
metabolic medicine.
 
While interviewing Dr. Garry Gordon, MD, a renowned expert in chelation, it was revealed that
hypertension is the result of toxic lead levels. Lead binds so tightly to tissues raising havoc
with the natural flow of metabolism causing blood vessel constriction and high blood pressure.
 
How can we remove the lead? Chelation is a therapy which removes heavy metal toxins from
the body. Before chelation is considered for a person, testing for heavy metals is necessary. It
is critical to rule out ongoing exposure to heavy metals by doing a simple blood test.
 
If there is no ongoing exposure, the blood test will be normal while your body is still very toxic.
The actual total body burden of heavy metals can only be estimated by doing a simple 6 hour
urine collection after taking a safe oral or IV chelating agent. The chelator binds toxic metals
and excretes them in the urine.
 
Suzanne Somers spent an enormous amount of time and energy interviewing integrative
doctors and putting into words how these physicians are finding and treating the root causes
of illness.
 
At Integrative Medicine of Idaho, we address the root causes of symptoms. The truth is that
health is 20% genetic and 80% environmental. If you don’t feel well, you may have hormone
imbalance, a toxic burden and/or not enough nutrients to detoxify that burden or all three
together. The good news is that they are all treatable.
 
If this makes sense to you and you would like to reach your highest health potential, please
contact Integrative Medicine of Idaho at 208-426-0052 and make an appointment. We are here
to help you look and feel your best.

Intravenous Vitamin C-Why?

Your body is a remarkable vessel of mental, emotional and physical forces. Behind the scenes
are billions of chemical reactions exchanging electrons creating a healthy flow of electricity.
Any interruption in the flow of those electrons creates a problem in the body called oxidative
stress.
 
Think about the days when you could stay up all night and continue into the next day feeling
pretty good. Your young body was able to neutralize oxidative stress naturally.
 
Now fast forward 20-50 years and that energetic feeling becomes a distant memory. Why?
 
The aging body can no longer keep up with the inevitable toxic load of infections, heavy
metals, pesticides, herbicides and pharmaceutical intake. Toxins steal electrons destroying cell
membranes, enzymes and DNA causing inflammation.
 
The good news is that these toxins are neutralized by electron donors like Vitamin C which help
maintain the natural flow of electricity preventing inflammation.
 
According to Dr. Thomas Levy, MD, JD, cardiologist, author and internationally acclaimed
expert on vitamin C, inflammation is associated with a complete depletion of vitamin C which
he refers to as “localized scurvy.”
He states that Vitamin C is the “muscle” of the immune system and that vigorous dosing can
cure most disease. In his book, Curing the Incurable, Dr. Levy documents the cases of
Frederick R. Klenner, MD, in the early 1940’s where Dr. Klenner successfully treated severe, life-
threatening viral and bacterial infections with high dose IV Vitamin C with no severe side
effects.
 
Integrative Medicine of Idaho offers a selection of nutritional IVs designed to correct specific
nutritional deficiencies. We use only the highest quality, preservative-free nutrients. IVC is a
popular “pick me up” by those who know about it. Nearly every recipient of IVC feels better
after their infusion because it neutralizes oxidative stress and reduces inflammation.
 
According to Dr. Ron Hunninghake, director of the Riordan Clinic in Kansas, IVC, also known as
IV ascorbic acid, has been researched more than any other substance in the history of science.
The Riodan Clinic is world renowned for using high dose IVC to successfully treat cancer, lyme
disease, chronic viral infections and antibiotic resistance and Integrative Medicine of Idaho
uses the same protocols.
 
In this age of excessive chemical, viral and microbial exposure, it is worthwhile to fortify your
body with periodic life sustaining nutritional vitamin C infusions.
 
If this makes sense to you, please call us at 208-426-0052, mention this article and take
advantage of a 20% discount on a Myer’s Cocktail to reduce your oxidative stress

Could it Be SIBO?

SIBO is an acronym for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Could this be the root
cause of all those annoying symptoms ranging from headaches, depression, muscle
aches and joint pain to restless leg syndrome? Although SIBO usually causes
bloating, constipation, diarrhea or abdominal pain, it may manifest in other ways
without gastrointestinal symptoms.

 

Too many bacteria in the small intestine disrupts the metabolic dance that
maintains our neurological and immune systems. SIBO happens when the bacterial
count in the small intestine increases by 100 times the normal. According to Dr.
Mark Pimentel, MD, director of the GI Motility Program and Laboratory at Cedars
Sinai Medical Center in California, SIBO often can be traced back to a food
poisoning insult. The pathogenic bacterial toxins that cause food poisoning
symptoms also damage the nerves responsible for bowel peristalsis.

 

Normally, peristalsis is how the small intestine contracts rhythmically to clean itself
between meals. A quiet or slow moving bowel allows bacteria to multiply and over
colonize their territory.

 

Food poisoning is more common in people with low stomach acid. Our stomach acid
not only digests our food, but it also kills the bad bacteria before they reach the
small intestine. Causes of low stomach acid include age, chronic antacid use or
congenital achlorhydria.

 

Besides food poisoning, a structural cause of SIBO could be a malfunctioning ileo-
cecal valve allowing colon bacteria to migrate up into the small intestine.

 

How does SIBO cause those seemingly unrelated symptoms?
First, the microbes actually steal the vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fats
needed by the body. B12 and iron levels fall along with fat soluble vitamins A,D,E
and K. Calcium and magnesium deficiencies occur forcing the body to take these
minerals from the bones. Amino acid deficiencies lead to impaired neurotransmitter
production. Together, these deficiencies lead to the above symptoms and more.

 

Second, certain SIBO bacterial pathogens like Proteus and Clostridium, create an
overabundance of ammonia when they metabolize protein.
Ammonia in excess is a neurotoxin that leads to brain inflammation and impaired
neuronal function. Frightening symptoms of brain fog, mental confusion and
cognitive difficulties result.

 

Third, SIBO bacteria disrupt the small intestinal lining resulting in “Leaky Gut.” This
permeability leads to autoimmune disease.

 

The diagnosis of SIBO can often be made by a simple blood test called the
IBScheck test. It was developed by Dr. Pimentel in 2015. It identifies antibodies to
bacterial toxins. Other tests for SIBO include the urine organic acids test and the
hydrogen/methane breath test.

 

There are several other clues that you may have SIBO. According to Dr. Allison
Siebecker, ND, Co-founder of The SIBO Center for Digestive health in Portland,
Oregon, if a person feels much better during and after taking antibiotics, then there
is a good chance they may have SIBO. If they experience worse symptoms while
taking fiber, probiotics and prebiotics or if they don’t improve much on a gluten free
diet, they probably have SIBO. Also, a person with chronically low iron and ferritin
may have SIBO.

 

The treatment of SIBO involves dietary changes and antimicrobials.

 

I hope this little introduction to SIBO as a cause of many symptoms has been
elucidative. At IMI, we listen and find the source of your issues. If you are ready to
identify and treat the root cause, give us a call at 208-426-0052.

The Answer to Joint Pain

Have you overtrained to the point of feeling joint pain after every workout?

Are you suffering from arthritis?

Have you been told you need a knee or shoulder replacement?

Now is the time to say “good bye” to the irritating ache of joint inflammation as Integrative medicine of Idaho offers an affordable joint rehabilitation program known as  Prolozone Therapy. Imagine a surgery-free protocol that relieves inflamed tissue and rebuilds damaged cartilage. Whether the inflammation is from arthritis, over training, overuse or an accident, this protocol will get you back in your game because it provides the body with the raw materials it needs to heal itself.

How is the procedure done?

First, the painful, inflamed joint is injected with local anesthetic followed by an anti-inflammatory mixture of B vitamins, dextrose and a homeopathic dose of steroid. Second, medical ozone is injected stimulating stem cells which help to regenerate the damaged tissue. There is little to no added pain for this entire procedure and it takes less than 5 minutes. Most patients say that pain relief is almost immediate. Third, you lay on a Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) mat for 10 minutes  to enhance rapid healing and pain relief.

How many treatments are needed?

After two weekly anti-inflammatory injections, you should experience dramatic improvement. The next step is to promote cartilage growth with the same procedure using a proliferative solution that promotes cartilage regeneration. The number of treatments required to repair a painful joint depends on the extent of damage and the health of the immune system. Most people feel substantially better after their first anti-inflammatory injection and continue to improve over the next three sessions.

Do you have an infection in your joint?

Clinical studies have attributed some chronic pain and arthritis to infection.  Medical ozone kills harmful microorganisms on contact while nurturing your own immune system for repair and regeneration. Many doctors agree that medical ozone is safer than aspirin. IMI is a participant in a national study examining the safety and efficacy of ozone.

 

We are offering special pricing for new patients focusing on joint pain only. Now only $150 for a new patient visit and $100 fee per injection site with free PEMF session. Bundle packages are available adding substantial value to your experience.

 

If you are ready to say “good bye” to your joint pain and say hello to a higher quality of life,  call us at 208-426-0052 and schedule your appointment.

The Forgotten Organ and Miracle Weight Loss

Last year, in my article, Miracle Weight Loss, I wrote about the value of eating healthy fats and protein while limiting carbohydrates to accomplish weight loss. This works for some people but may not work for others. Why?

There has been groundbreaking research showing the we are not consciously in control of our weight.

Yes, it is not your fault if you are heavier than you wish because you cannot will yourself to lose weight.

So, who is in charge?

Research has identified a “forgotten organ” in the human body that is in charge of our appetite, mood, metabolism and digestion.

This “forgotten organ” is actually our gut bacteria, the trillions of microscopic organisms that flourish within our GI tracts. These organisms constitute our microbiome and are responsible for our cravings, our appetite and our attitude. Our microbiome weighs about 3 pounds which is around the same weight as our brain. In fact, it has been dubbed “the second brain” by Michael Gershon, chairman of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Columbia University Medical Center. He wrote the book, The Second Brain, in 1998, referring to our gastrointestinal tract.

A healthy microbiome is composed of the correct balance and diversity of bacteria. It is a reflection of what we eat so we have the ability to change our microbiome with diet and supplements to maintain our perfect weight.

Dr, Raphael Kellman, author of the book, The Microbiome Diet, explains how we can restore our gut health and achieve permanent weight loss. It is all about diet and supplements to remove the offending bacteria and to replace the needed stomach acid and enzymes. You then use probiotics, prebiotics, specific supplements and real food to reinoculate the good bacteria and repair the gut wall and intestinal lining.

At IMI, we do the research to find the best and easiest way for you to reach your health goals. If this article makes sense to you, go to our website at www.imidaho.net  or give us call at 208-426-0052 and make an appointment. Now is the time to experience the joj of feeling well for the rest of your life.

Mary Migliori, MD

Director, Integrative Medicine of Idaho

2200 E. Warm Springs Ave. Ste 102,

Boise, ID 83712