Radiation to Radiance

Why should we be concerned about radiation? Nearly 3 million pounds of radioactive waste from the nuclear power plant will be stored at San Onofre beach. If a large earthquake or tsunami occurred, another disaster similar to Fukashima could occur in Southern California, resulting in contamination of our beaches and endangering the lives of the 8.5 million people who live within 50 miles of San Onofre.

We often talk about EMF from cells phones and electronic devices, but fail to talk about the elephant in the waiting room: Ionizing radiation. Source include nuclear power plants, but also from oil refinery emissions. Listen to the seminar on radiation below for solutions, including innovative new technology, old technology such as Infrared saunas, hydrotherapy, and naturals supplements that were developed after Chernobyl. We are now stocking Folium Px, an antioxidant product that supports heavy metal and radiation. Come in today for a urine heavy metal test.

If you missed last weeks seminar on Radiation, check out now youtube:

Health Share Ministries, an Alternative to Health Insurance

When I graduated from my Family Medicine residency, I made the decision to be an independent contractor and not to take a full time job with an HMO, so I can set my own schedule and practice Integrative Medicine. As an independent contractor, I was responsible for my own health insurance, which I did not have for 6 months after my graduation.

When I calculated the Affordable Care Act (ACA) penalty for what I owe in 2016, if I made $50,000 per year, the penalty would be 2.5% of my income or $1250 per year or $625 for the 6 months I did not have health insurance. If I had paid for insurance from Kaiser, my monthly premium would be $300 to $350 per month. Fortunately, I have no medical problems and I did not have to go to the hospital, but I would have been screwed if something catastrophic happened.

Let’s say my income increases in 2017 to $100,000, my ACA penalty would be $2500 per year if I choose not to buy insurance. That’s why I researched an alternative to health insurance called healthcare sharing ministries, which is exempt from the Affordable Care Act.

I read about Liberty Direct Health Share from a Functional Medicine Forum and I was attracted to the coverage of Integrative Practitioners such as myself. It was the only plan that I found that would cover Integrative medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists, and supplements. In addition, it covers specialists, hospitalizations, surgeries, ER visits, and prescriptions up to 45 days. Best of all you can go to any doctor, there is no network and no red tape. For individual coverage, the premium was only $199 per month, with a $500 deductible per year.

You are probably wondering what’s the catch. It’s not for patients with chronic medical problems that require lifetime medications; it only pays for 45 days of prescription pharmaceuticals. An ideal patient would be health conscious, under 65 years old (otherwise you would be covered by Medicare), and self-funded. They do accept certain pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, obesity and smoking, but you have to show progress in meeting health goals with the assistance of a health coach to become a full member.

For this new year, I decided to invest in my own healthcare, in a plan that let’s me choose my own doctor and treatment without the red tape of conventional insurance plans. I would love to hear your experience with the Affordable Care Act. What was your experience like buying insurance and then using your insurance to cover Integrative Medicine?

Heavy Metal Toxicity

Chronic low-level heavy metal exposure through air pollution, water contamination, and iatrogenic exposure is widespread compared to acute heavy metal poisoning. Heavy metal toxicity contributes to neurological problems, chronic disease, and mineral deficiencies. Below I highlight a few heavy metals of concern.

Lead: Lead is a toxic heavy metal that causes brain damage and organ damage in the human body. A Reuters examination of lead testing results across the country found almost 3,000 areas with poisoning rates far higher than Flint, Michigan. Sources of lead include crumbling paint, plumbing, emissions from coal power plants or industrial waste left behind. Reverse Osmosis Systems will remove common chemical contaminants and lead.

Arsenic: There is an association between adverse pregnancy outcomes and neurological effects in early life with inorganic arsenic exposure. Nearly half (47 percent) of infant rice cereals sampled from retail stores in 2014 were above the threshold of 100 ppb inorganic arsenic. Studies show that cooking rice in excess water, can reduce 40 to 60 percent of the inorganic arsenic content.

Mercury: Mercury is a heavy metal that can cause brain damage, kidney damage, reproductive damage, and contributes to many chronic diseases and infections. Common exposures to Mercury include dental amalgams (1-5 micrograms per filling per day), fish (1-100 micrograms of methylmercury), flu and tetanus vaccines (12.5 – 25 micrograms per dose). Mercury’s toxicity may be amplified by exposure to other toxic metals such as lead and aluminum.

Testing: Testing for heavy metal toxicity through blood, urine, and hair test is not straight- forward. In acute exposure blood and urine levels may be high, in chronic toxicity levels may be low since heavy metals may go into the brain or bone, which as not amenable to sampling. At the Health Integration Center, we correlate symptoms and a physical exam with laboratory testing through Doctor’s Data and Great Plains Laboratory.

3 ways to reduce EMF exposure

3 ways to reduce EMF (Electromagnetic field) exposure during the holidays. Examples of EMF waves are from radio or television, cell phones, microwaves, power supplies and wireless devices.

1. Unplug: I like to go on retreats for the holidays in areas with no WiFi or cell phone coverage. I always feel more rested afterwards. If you can’t unplug completely turn off WiFi and put your phone on airplane mode before you go to bed. Don’t sleep with devices (cell phone, laptop, charger, Ipad) next to your head and compare the quality of your sleep.

2. Skip the microwave: Microwaves not only destroys the nutrients in the food, but can expose you to carcinogenic toxins released from plastic or paper wrappers and radiation leakage. Stand at least 3-4 feet from microwaves when in use. Instead of reheating your food in the microwave, use the stove or the oven. I heat my food at home and use a thermos to keep it warm for lunch at work.

3. Opt out of the body scanner: Even though the Backscatter X-ray body scanner (which uses high intensity ionizing radiation) has been replaced with a millimeter wave units (similar to a microwave), we still don’t know the long term side effects of low-levels of non-ionizing radiation.The World Health Organization in 2011 classified non-ionizing radiation such as millimeter waves or microwaves, as 2B, which means possibly carcinogenic to humans.

Remember the effects of radiation are cumulative, most studies that are done are short term.