Ronald Hoffman, MD

ImmPower – AHCC to increase natural killer (NK) cell activity and immune support. One capsule twice daily.

AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compounds) are beta glucan compounds derived from mushrooms. They specifically activate NK cells, which combat infections and cancer. In Japan, AHCC is used extensively as a medication to support immunity in cancer patients undergoing chemo and radiation.

In research performed at Drexel University in Philadelphia, AHCC was found to increase flu survival in experimental animals, to minimize symptoms and to hasten recovery.

Probiotics – Beneficial bacteria/flora to help achieve and support optimal immune function. One to six probiotic capsules daily depending on symptoms.

A little appreciated fact is that 70 percent of our immune system is located within the GI tract, predominantly in Peyer’s Patches that line the gut with immune tissue. These defense sentinels constantly sift the intestinal contents for immune messages. Probiotics prime the intestinal immune system for normal resistance.

Studies have shown that merely by taking probiotics, upper respiratory infections can be reduced in severity and frequency. One such study from Scandinavia demonstrated that office workers experienced less absenteeism when supplemented with probiotics.

Vitamin D -The “antibiotic vitamin,” critical to optimal immune function. 5,000 IU daily through cold and flu season.

If you’ve listened to Health Talk, you’ve heard my interviews with Dr. John Cannell of http://ift.tt/1PYjrzp discussing the immune-protective benefits of D.

He discovered this serendipitously, while undertaking vitamin D research on psychiatric inpatients under his care. When a flu epidemic ravaged his hospital, only his patients receiving generous doses of D were spared.

New research, out of Oregon State University, demonstrates that our primate ancestors evolved to utilize vitamin D for immune protection 60 million years ago. Vitamin D primes the immune system to fight pathogens but also puts the brakes on out-of-control immune responses. That’s why it’s helpful as an immune modulator in auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and MS.

Dr. Cannell believes, and I concur, that when the flu strikes, early administration of 50,000 IU daily for three consecutive days is safe and effective for blunting flu severity in adults.

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Dr. Richard Nahas- Lymph and the Brain

This recent discovery of a lymphatic system in the brain has been reported as a revolution in neuroscience. It was always assumed that there was no connection between the brain and the immune system of the body. But powerful new evidence, which includes beautiful images, shows that a rich network of lymphatic vessels travel along the veins that drain the brain.

We treat patients with post-concussion syndrome, chronic pain and other disorders. These are often triggered by relatively minor injuries, for which the severity of the symptoms just doesn’t make sense. But they can be explained by a few key ideas that are common principles of integrative medicine.

  • there are long sheets of fascia that weave through all the tissues of the body, creating planes of movement that extend from the trunk to the extremities
  • restrictions in fascia in a previously injured area can affect function and movement in that area – and along the entire plane
  • pulling and tightness from restrictions in fascia can affect lymphatic drainage
  • lymphatic vessels are innervated by the sympathetic nerves – the part of the nervous system that controls the stress response

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Are Government Nutrition Recommendations Killing Us?

A brand new study suggests the answer may be yes.

The study, published in The Lancet, is the first major study to look at all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease and nutrition. Here are just two of the major takeaways

  • High carb diets are killing many of us around the world. The study tracked over 135,000 people aged between 35 and 70 from 18 countries; those on a low fat/high carb diet had an increased risk of early death compared to those on a lower carb/higher fat diet.
  • Raw and cooked vegetables are not created equal. Broadly speaking, the study showed that consumption of raw vegetables was more protective against cardiovascular disease than cooked vegetables. As our colleagues at ANH-International point out, many phytochemicals, vitamins, and other nutrients are heat-sensitive and may be damaged by heat.

These findings, particularly on fat versus carbs, echo our criticisms of the government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans that were released in 2016. Those guidelines encourage Americans to reduce consumption of saturated fat, based on the outdated notion that fat leads to heart disease.

Don’t wait until 2020 when the US government next updates its Dietary Guidelines. History tells us the revised guidelines won’t change much. Pressure from Big Food, Big Ag, Big Biotech and their revolving doors with the USDA, NIH and FDA will likely still override the state-of-the-art of nutritional science.

The bottom line is that government should not be in charge of doling out nutrition advice. As the latest research suggests, government advice is likely killing us.

We’re going to continue doing everything we can with our medical and scientific partners and collaborators to influence decision-making and expose the corruption of science.

But in the meantime, those wanting to use food to help live longer and healthier lives should check out ANH-International’s Food4Health guidelines for some excellent nutritional guidance.

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Big Pharma: Our Opioid Crisis Saviors?

Not likely, but that’s what crony government officials are promoting.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

TRENTON — Gov. Christie on Monday said the pharmaceutical industry will partner with the National Institutes of Health to more quickly  find solutions to stem the opioid epidemic.

Speaking after a closed-door meeting in Trenton, Christie said 14 pharmaceutical companies have agreed to share data and, working with the NIH, develop non-addictive pain medicine and new medication-assisted treatment for those who are addicted.

Comment: So Big Pharma gets us into this mess with drugs like fentanyl that are up to 100 times more potent than morphine—and now the government is going to help them work together ( read form a monopoly) to sell us the non-addictive cure. The common denominator? Massive profits for the drug companies, subsidized by taxpayers. The availability of affordable, non-addictive, natural alternatives—such as CBD oil—is not on the table until such time as the drug industry gains complete control of it.

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Flu Vaccine and Miscarriage

A study found an association between flu shots for pregnant women and risk of miscarriage—mainstream medicine’s response is to say:  keep on getting flu shots.

From ABC News:

A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu.

Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the flu shots. Health officials say there is no reason to change the government recommendation that all pregnant women be vaccinated against the flu. They say the flu itself is a much greater danger to women and their fetuses.

Comment: Even when the government’s own study shows potential dangers from vaccination, we’re told not to worry and to keep vaccinating. If any other product on the US market were found to increase the chances of miscarriage, there would be heightened calls for action—but vaccines seem to be sacrosanct. And other studies suggest that pregnant women can protect themselves as well or better by maintaining the right level of vitamin D in their blood.

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All Childhood Vaccines—In a Single Shot?

We find this really scary.

From BBC News:

A technology that could eventually see every childhood vaccine delivered in a single injection has been developed by US researchers.

Their one-shot solution stores the vaccine in microscopic capsules that release the initial dose and then boosters at specific times.

The approach has been shown to work in mouse studies, described in the journal Science.


Comment:
If this appears,  expect approval from the medical establishment, despite the lack of research even on today’s vaccine schedule. As we’ve noted before, even the National Academies of Medicine, which advises the government on issues relating to medicine and health, noted in a 2013 report that “Key elements of the [CDC] schedule—the number, frequency, timing, order, and age at administration of vaccines—have not been systematically examined in research studies.” But… why should thorough safety testing be done when there’s money to be made on the next blockbuster vaccine?

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New Organic Label on the Way

There is a new show in town separate from the government’s big food influenced and increasingly corrupt organic program.

From EcoWatch:

On Wednesday, the Rodale Institute unveiled draft standards for a new Regenerative Organic Certification, developed by Rodale and a coalition of farmers, ranchers, nonprofits, scientists and brands.

When finalized, the certification will go “beyond organic” by establishing higher standards for soil health and land management, animal welfare and farmer and worker fairness.

Organic Consumer Association and our Regeneration International project, fully embrace this new venture to make organic more climate friendly, humane, just and environmentally positive…The standard will be administered by NSF International, an Ann Arbor, Michigan based product testing, inspection and certification organization, and will be open to multiple certification partners, according to Rodale.

Comment: The government’s National Organic Program has had problems for a long time, with Big Food using their crony friends to label food “organic” that is not. The recent flood of fake organics from overseas, with little or no response from USDA,  was the straw that broke the camel’s back. In our view, this new label can’t come fast enough!

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