The impact of yeast overgrowth, called Candida or Candida-related complex (CRC), can be detrimental to health and impede healing. Warren M. Levin, M.D., and Fran Gare's new book Beyond the Yeast Connection is just released.
They have discovered that symptoms of autism, acne, mood swings, chronic fatigue, digestive problems, skin rashes, food allergies, urinary disorders, infertility, chemical sensitivities and a weakened immune system may be related to Candida overgrowth.
Beyond the Yeast Connection is a step-by-step How-to Guide to Curing Candida and Other Yeast –Related Conditions.
Dr. Levin describes the symptoms of Candida overgrowth and what can be done if Candida is suspected. Candida may be overlooked or unsuspected by physicians, but can be diagnosed and treated successfully. Once Candida is treated and healthy immunity is restored to the digestive system, other therapies for chronic illnesses may work more effectively.
The book lays out a how-to program for eradicating Candida with proper nutrition, detoxification, anti-fungal medications and supplementation. Recipes and meal plans for a yeast-free diet are included.
The book may be ordered below and is also available at the NIHA integrative medical center.
Beyond the Yeast Connection, A How-to Guide to Curing Candida and Other Yeast-Related Conditions
About Warren M. Levin, M.D.
Warren Levin MD is known as the East Coast Dean of Alternative Medicine and was the first to document the link between Candida and Candida related complex (CRC) and parasites. Dr. Levin is listed in Who’s Who in American Medicine and in 2010 was named as a Top Doctor in America in Family and Integrative Medicine. He practices at NIHA, National Integrated Health Associates, a leading integrative medical and dental center serving Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Warren Levin, M.D. will be interviewed on Sunday, May 19, 2013 on Blog Talk Radio about his book, Beyond the Yeast Connection, co-authored with Fran Gare N.D.
Susan Vogan will interview Dr. Warren Levin for the In Short Order radio show, a show for health care professionals and those interested in health topics.
Learn more about Yeast and Candida
and how this can affect many systems of the body. Beyond the Yeast Connection
is a 3 part how-to program to overcoming Candida.
When: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Time: 3 - 5 PM
Call in at 2:55 EST at 718-664-9291
Dr. Warren Levin is an integrative medicine physician practicing at National Integrated Health Associates, NIHA, in Washington, D.C.. Dr. Levin is recogonized as the "East Coast Dean of Alternative Medicine," having established the first alternative and integrative medical practice in New York City in 1974.
Dr. Levin incorporates a vast array of scientific knowledge gathered from over 50 years of practice and from innumerable resources. He uses the most reliable laboratories and the highest grade therapies in order to provide the most effective treatments available. His practice is focused on patients with chronic illnesses
– “The Stepchild of American Medicine.”
In 2008 Dr. Warren Levin was interviewed for Public Health Alert in an article titled, Candida Related Complex: A Complicating Factor in Lyme Disease.
As every Lyme patient knows, symptoms can vary from person to person. Headaches, fatigue, joint pain, digestive disturbance, vision problems, allergies and brain fog are common in patients with Lyme Disease. But these same symptoms may also be caused by Candida, or yeast overgrowth in the gut. The complicating factor is in understanding and treating Candida in a patient with Lyme Disease.
The article says, “Dr. Levin has found Candida Related Complex (CRC) to be a significant factor in the presentation of many chronic conditions. Dr. Levin identifies CRC as a common iatrogenic complication in the majority of people with Lyme disease and believes that it must be adequately addressed in order to return one to an ideal state of health and wellness.”
Candida or yeast overgrowth is a fungus in the digestive system. Many species of candida are found in the gut, but some such as candida albicans, can cause infection, especially in patients with a compromised immune system, those taking antibiotics or birth control pills, or a diet high in sugar, refined carbohydrates and processed foods. The treatment of Lyme Disease with antibiotics often contributes to Candida Related Complex where the growth of yeast can flourish.
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Those taking antibiotics long term should be on probiotics and other protective therapies to minimize Candida overgrowth. Once the fungal infection becomes entrenched it will need a more aggressive treatment approach.
Warren Levin MD has been treating patients with Lyme Disease and co-infections of Lyme Disease since the mid 1990’s. His newly released book, Beyond the Yeast Connection, with co-author Fran Gare N.D. is a 3 part how-to program to address Candida and Candida Related Complex (CRC).
What Does "Pharmaceutical Grade" or "Physician Grade" Supplement Mean?
Here at NIHA and in our online World Wellness Store we carry both OTC (over the counter) and pharmaceutical grade supplements. All of the products we carry have been hand picked by our doctors and practitioners for specific protocols. It is important to note that U.S. law requires the same level of quality control for both markets and both are made in regulated pharmaceutical facilities.
Why you have to see the doctor
The terms physician grade or pharmaceutical grade refers to professional market supplements available only to and marketed exclusively to doctors. In order to purchase these items from NIHA or online at the World Wellness Store, you must be a registered patient of one of our doctors. Physician grade supplements are formulated with a specific result in mind. They often contain much higher amounts of active ingredients to help the doctor manage a case and as part of a protocol. More importantly, your doctor is going to monitor you while on these supplements, and will also be aware of any contra-indications which can include other supplements, pharmaceuticals or even foods.
Physician grade products must yield consistent results and as such are held to a higher standard in manufacturing, quality control, testing and continued monitoring. Additionally, companies provide educational tools to the doctor and train their employees in order to field any questions or concerns regarding the supplement.
The manufacturers know that doctors will likely stop using the products that do not perform consistently. In an Integrative medical health practice like NIHA the doctors are carefully listening to and monitoring patients’ reactions to specific products and this feedback may be shared at a weekly doctor/practioner meeting where any pertinent supplement questions, issues and protocols are discussed, in order to improve the treatment outcome for the patient.
About the World Wellness Store
The World Wellness Store offers a range of integrative health supplements and products based on the world knowledge of healing and wellness following the integrative medical model.
Bob Johnson DMD
The Dangers of Leaving Missing Teeth Unreplaced
Your teeth serve many functions. Obviously they are critical for chewing and esthetics but more importantly if teeth are not replaced especially posterior or back teeth, that empty space will allow neighboring teeth to drift into the space formerly occupied by the extracted tooth.
Without replacing that missing tooth the neighboring teeth above and to the sides will move into that space altering the way your teeth come together. That altered bite changes jaw alignment, blood flow to and from the brain as well as alters the nervous system function throughout the head and neck. Bite changes will eventually disrupt the TMJ or jaw joint.
What are the options for tooth replacement?
Partial dentures which replace the missing teeth (one or several) are removable. This can be an attractive alternative as well as an unattractive alternative due to its removability.
A permanently cemented bridge is the preferred tooth replacement by many because it is permanent but does usually involve crowning adjacent teeth.
Ceramic Dental Implants, or Non-metal Dental Implants
The last tooth replacement option is a ceramic dental implant. This is basically a post placed or rotated into the bone. After healing (4-6 months) a crown can be placed. The attraction of an implant is that it is permanent and does not involve adjacent teeth. Even today implants are usually titanium on which crowns are cemented. Unfortunately titanium implants may present several problems which can be resolved with the newest implant material, porcelain / zirconium.
The only potential limitations to implants is the wait time to heal (4-6 months) and the amount of jaw bone available in which to place an implant.
Titanium implants, used by 95% of dentists placing implants, have an occasional esthetic concern (metal showing) but the biggest concern is that many people develop allergies or sensitivities to Titanium causing jaw bone and gum irritation and inflammation as well as occasional implant rejection.
The new porcelain or Zirconium implants have been better accepted by tissues of the jaws and gums. More people are approving of the non metal solution by having the porcelain implant placed.
National Integrated Health Associates (Drs. Johnson and Weiner) place these ceramic implants as the state-of-the-art method to replace missing teeth. If you have questions contact the Biological Dental Team at National Integrated Health Associates (202-237-7000). We also offer a FREE dental consult regarding the placement of dental implants. Schedule yours today.
Robert Johnson, DMD, is a biological dentist at National Integrated Health Associates. He specializes in the use of biocompatible dental materials for all aspects of biological dentistry, mercury amalgam removal, dental surgery, ceramic dental implants and orthodontics.
Autumn Frandsen N.D.
What to do when you’ve been everywhere
Fatigue and pain are two complaints that every physician hears at least once a day and a growing number of people in the USA are experiencing at least once a day. They are the two most prevalent symptoms that patients describe when they become desperate for help. Every day I hear the phrase “I have been to fifteen different doctors and no one can tell me why I’m sooo tired or at least give me something to fix it”. So what is keeping these doctors from finding the answer?
Many times the answer cannot be found by simply looking at lab results. Both pain and fatigue can be manifestations of deep underlying issues and labeling it chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia still does not explain why a person is experiencing it or how to treat it now so that the patient does not undergo a lifelong struggle. Many doctors believe that both pain and fatigue are psychosomatic disorders and will refer to a psychiatrist. While that may be the case in some, many others are struggling with chronic lyme disease, mold sensitivity, food intolerances, hormonal imbalance, lack of essential nutrients, and/or heavy metal toxicity just as the tip of the iceberg.
Diagnosing any condition can be costly and often erroneous. Each practitioner is trained differently and not every one of them has been educated on the endless avenues one can take when ordering lab work. This often leads to a multitude of doctor’s visits and unanswered questions. Often even when a diagnosis is made, the doctor is at a loss for how to treat the patient. That is where Autonomic Response Testing, or ART, comes in handy.
Autonomic Response Testing, ART advanced muscle testing
Autonomic Response Testing, or ART, is an assessment method developed by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD and Louisa Williams, ND, DC that can help the practitioner hone in on what is causing the dysfunction in the body. Severe fatigue and pain are not “normal” and it is important to pinpoint what is occurring in the body to cause this discomfort. There are many levels of imbalance that can contribute to the symptoms a person may exhibit. Often used with traditional lab tests and other diagnostic tools, the goal of ART is to determine which layers need to be addressed first, how to treat the problems in the manner that the person tolerates best, and to monitor the patient’s strength over time. The biofeedback technique respects that if there is a block in a patient’s biofield then they will not heal completely, no matter what therapies are used.
The biofield is a quantum-level energy field that pervades the biochemical body and instructs it about how to function correctly. If blockages or other distortions exist in this field, the information is unable to properly instruct the biochemical body, and physical illness can result. ART can detect where the blockages lie and allows the practitioner to treat it with the most appropriate therapy or substance. On any given day a patient can be exposed to a multitude of viruses, bacteria, chemicals, foods, emotional influences, and even temperature changes. Any of those things can play a role in a person’s health that no lab will detect and any practitioner could only speculate about. With the help of bioresonance, those trained in ART can put the puzzle pieces together and explain why a patient is tired and how to wake them up. The sessions often last two hours for the initial visit and a half hour to an hour for subsequent visits. During these sessions, a patient will learn what their obstacles to cure are and will most likely experience some emotional healing or awareness, physical healing, and mental growth. It is perfect for those people that need to be heard and often feel misunderstood.
With ART the sessions will go in the direction the patient’s body needs them to go in order to determine what is best for their health at that moment in time. It is generally very relaxing and in this society of high stress, most patients suffering from adrenal fatigue benefit from just the testing session itself, let alone the adjunct therapies and interventions. Most people have the tools they need to heal inside them and for those people it is a matter of unlocking that, and for those that don’t it is important to introduce only that which the body can handle.
Dr. Autumn Frandsen N.D. is a Naturopathic Physician at National Integrated Health Associates, NIHA, serving Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Her philosophy is to use the least invasive and effective method to bring balance back to the body and restore health, while educating the patient on how to maintain it. Her areas of focus include Allergies and Chemical Sensitivities, Anti-Aging, Cancer Co-Management, Dermatology, Heavy Metal Detoxification, Hepatic Dysfunction, Immune Dysfunction, Insomnia and Men’s Health.
Nicholas Buscemi MSOM, LAc
The fundamental saying in Chinese Medicine is “Tong Zhi Bu Tong, Bu tong Zhi Tong” which roughly means, Where there is blockage there is pain, where there is no blockage, there is no pain.
Blocked Meridians = Pain
Chinese Medicine bases the majority of its healing practices on the theory of meridians. Meridians are like rivers that run through the body but instead of rivers full of water, they are rivers full of the vital substance known as Qi. Qi feeds our bodies, and keeps our organs, muscles, tendons, and bones functioning and healthy. Just like any other river, there can be blockages in the meridians leading to Qi obstruction. We believe that this blockage and the subsequent lack of flow of Qi is what contributes to the presence of pain.
So why is it that the joints are specifically affected by these blockages in the meridians? According to Chinese medical philosophies, the joints are considered the “dense” areas of the body. They are subject to a narrowing of sorts and as all the meridians are “squeezed” through the joints there can be an increased “bottleneck” type situation.
We believe that not only does the flow of Qi become blocked in these “dense” areas but Blood can also be blocked. Blockages in blood are a bit easier to observe, a bruise perhaps or a lack of color in an extremity are all indications in a blockage in blood. Tightness and soreness are indications of blockages in Qi.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Address the Root Cause of Pain
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine seeks to find the root cause of the blockages associated with the symptom of pain and renew the flow. Using special points on the meridians we can return a free flow of Qi and Blood to reduce pain. Acupuncture is a minimally invasive practice which has proven effective in many clinical trials but, of course, will have different results for each individual.
Most patients will feel some reduction in pain after the first acupuncture treatment. More recent injuries and acute pain take a shorter time to heal depending on the severity of injury. Patients with more severe or chronic pain often receive some relief after the first visit, but will require more regular treatments to completely alleviate the pain. Generally, arthritis and other degenerative disc issues will often require ongoing treatments.
Nicholas Buscemi, MSOM, LAc is a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Classical Chinese Medicine. Nicholas continually studies both Chinese and Western Medicine in order to facilitate optimal healing for his clients. Having trained in China as well as in the oldest accredited Naturopathic school in the country, his skillset and medical knowledge is ever-evolving and thus far reaching. Make an appointment or email today for a brief consult to ask questions.
Anita Capizzi RN, CHC
The Definition of GMO
I want to talk today about a topic that can be difficult to understand because of the complexity of the issue: GMO, which is the acronym for Geneticallly Modified Organisms.
This is an issue which may affect not just human health, but soil microbes, crops and livestock as well.
When a plant or a food crop has had it’s DNA biochemically altered - it is considered to be a genetically modified organism, or GMO.
Why Create a GMO Plant?
One of the reasons for genetically altering the DNA of a plant or crop is so that it can withstand the applications of herbicide and pesticides. The company Monsanto is a leader in this field. They produce the herbicide RoundUp which is a potent weed killer. Farmers supposedly use the product to increase crop yield and decrease weed growth. Super weeds have developed, however, that are resistant to the herbicide. Genetic engineers have inserted the DNA of those super weeds into food crops like corn and soy so that they can withstand the application of RoundUp. They can also engineer it so that the corn or soy or cotton makes it’s own pesticide within the plant.
What's the Big Deal with GMO’s and Why is Everyone Talking About it?
Dr. Joe Mercola says that most of the processed food in the super market contains GMO’s since 93% of soybeans and canola and 86% of all corn grown in the US is genetically modified. Sugar beets and cotton are also on the list. Look for labels that say GMO free or non-GMO’s or 100% Organic if you want to avoid GMO’s.
How Does the Use of GMO Crops Affect Me?
There are many arguments for many reasons against the use of GMO’s. Among them are health concerns which is the area I will focus on here. From animal testing, it has been found that the following can occur with consumption of GM foods: allergic reactions to soy, increased allergic reactions to foods in general, excessive cell growth in the stomach lining, tumor formation, liver damage, infertility, premature death and more.
It is very difficult to know which foods contain GMO’s since labeling is not required.
Click here to read the results of one of the latest studies on the health effects of GMO’s:
For those that want the quick note version, you can scroll down to the last paragraph which states “Conclusion”. I copy here the last sentence of that paragraph:
“Our analysis highlights that the kidneys and liver as particularly important on which to focus such research as there was a clear negative impact on the function of these organs in rats consuming GM maize varieties for just 90 days.”
The kidneys and the liver are the 2 main organs used by the body for detoxification.
World Wide March
On May 25, 2013 in over 250 cities around the world, marches are scheduled to protest against GM crops, the human health threat and the long term environmental dangers posed by these crops.
Read more here: http://occupy-monsanto.com/
This issue of GMO’s is not going away any time soon. It is reaching the ballot boxes in several states to decide whether or not to label foods that are GM. Each time it is placed on the ballot the movement grows stronger, in my opinion, as people become more aware.
For those interested in reading much more, check out these books by Jeffrey Smith, a leading expert in all things GMO...Seeds of Deception which deals with the industry and political side of the issue and Genetic Roulette which deals more with the health effects of GMO’s.
If you are looking for ways to avoid GMO’s, you can download a non-gmo shopping guide at: www.NONgmoShoppingGuide.com
Anita Capizzi, RN, CHC, is a Registered Nurse, graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Certified Health Coach at National Integrated Health Associates, NIHA. Her philosphy is to meet people where they are and upgrade their level of holistic nutrition and wellness, one step at a time. Anita Capizzi conducts a 3 month group program for those with Pre-diabetes or blood sugar issues, Type II diabetes or for diabetes prevention, called Deconstructing Diabetes.
Laurie DeRosa RDH
What do you know about oral cancer?
One person dies every hour from oral cancer in the United States and the mortality rate has remained unchanged for more than 40 years. The death rate associated with oral cancer is high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but because the cancer is discovered late in its development. Often oral cancer is only discovered when the cancer has spread, most likely to the lymph nodes in the neck.
The oral cavity includes your lips, gums, tongue, floor of your mouth under your tongue, the roof of your mouth and the lining of your cheeks. The throat begins at at the soft part of the roof of your mouth and continues back into your throat. It includes the back section of your tongue as well as the base where the tongue attaches to the floor of your mouth.
Symptoms of mouth or throat cancer can include:
- - a pain in the mouth that doesn’t go away
- - a sore in the mouth that will not heal
- - a persistent lump or thickening in the mouth
- - a chronic sore throat
- - numbness, pain or tenderness
- - changes in voice
- - a lump or mass in the neck
- - persistent bad breath
It is important to visit your dentist regularly so that a complete oral exam can be performed and any abnormalities can be detected. If you notice something that does not appear normal and it has not cleared up within 14 days you should see your doctor.
At the Biological Dental Group at NIHA patients are screened at their Preventive Dental care maintenance appointments. If an abnormality is detected we use a more advanced tool called Vizilite® Plus to allow us to identify the abnormality within the oral cavity in its earlier stages.
Laurie DeRosa, RDH, is a Registered Dental Hygienist with the biological dentistry group at National Integrated Health Associates, NIHA, an integrative medicine and dental center serving the Washington DC metro area. Using the latest in dental technology, her goal is to help the dental patient understand the important connection between their oral health and their overall health.
Eve Colantoni CHC
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