Alternative Health looks at alternative ways of treating illness apart from the medical system.

Let There Be Light – How Colored Light is Used for Healing

Can you imagine a healing methodology that uses a lamp with a 60 or so watt bulb and several different color gels that are effective and can be applied by anyone, and was used for two decades by American MDs? Seems far fetched to many, even New Age woo-woo perhaps. But it exists now only as an inexpensive do-it-yourself in-home process. Spectro-Chrome Light Therapy was proving to be a medical miracle as an extremely successful non-invasive, non-toxic remedy for rapidly resolving many medical maladies. Then the AMA and FDA combined their forces in the late 1940s to crush it. Of course, to this day many would reject the notion of colored light applications to appropriate body parts as effectively healing anything, a placebo at best. The science behind this mostly-unknown therapy originated in the 1870s from two 19th century doctors, Dr. Edwin D. Babbitt and Dr. Seth Pancoast, based on Civil War general Augustus Pleasanton’s observations and writings. They were the original Spectro-Chrome researchers and healers whose interest in metaphysics motivated their investigations into colored light therapy. But it wasn’t until almost the end of the 19th century when an Indian physician, scientist, engineer, civil reformer, editor, scholar, metaphysician, and inventor, Dinshah P. Ghadiali, was forced to apply what he knew of Babbitt and Pancoast’s work that Spectro-Chrome therapy was fully developed and thoroughly codified.

Microbiome Online Summit to Explore how Microbiome Orchestrates, Regulates and Heals Your Body

Your greatest ally in health is your microbiome — the trillions of bacteria that are the control center of your health! During the online Microbiome Summit from May 8th through May 15th, you will learn the lessons and methodologies of microbiome medicine, and how it could improve your health, longevity, vitality and assist with unresolved problems! The Microbiome Medicine Summit will explore how the microbiome orchestrates, regulates and can heal your body. It reveals the latest discoveries about a wide variety of health problems, and how the microbiome can help you heal at a deep level.

Rebel Medical Doctors: Cash Only Business Model Reduces Costs and Bureaucracy

Even before Obamacare was brought to the table -- which made medical coverage more complicated for most consumers and medical providers -- an attempt was made to take back real doctoring by eliminating complicated billing and insurance code allowances and replacing them with cash only payments for various treatments. Starting in 1995, a few Seattle, Washington M.D.s established a practice of concierge medicine where clients would pay a monthly, quarterly, or annual out-of-pocket cash fee, similar to attorney retainers, for almost unlimited service attention and service. Now there are several types of primary care options among the cash only medical providers that exist in the minority, scattered throughout the nation. They have to restrict their patient lists to somewhere in the mid-hundreds to provide the personal care desired. Insurance based plans may have well over a thousand patients to one doctor.

Study: Ketogenic Diet Offers Hope in Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can include what are commonly defined as impeded social interactive developments and learning disorders. ASD could be as mild as hyperactivity and attention deficit or as extreme as total developmental shutdowns at early ages, little to no language abilities, and possibly chronic epileptic seizures. The ketogenic diet is simply one that restricts carbohydrates, especially refined carbohydrates, allows moderate or adequate protein intake, and enhances healthy organic dietary fat consumption. Categorizing the different factions of ASD psychologically unrealistically ignores the physiological aspects of ASD disorders. Instead, intense bowel and intestinal tract inflammations are listed as “co-morbid symptoms” and unrelated to ASD diagnostics. Not enough attention is placed on finding the underlying metabolic disorders involved in most cases of autism, which also produce the “co-morbid” symptoms. It’s already known that the ketogenic diet has positively impacted some with intractable epilepsy. Yet anti-seizure and anti-psychotic pharmaceuticals that at best merely control seizures without curing epilepsy are more commonly prescribed than monitored dietary changes. Not only do they have side effects, they create more metabolic disorders. Over the past two decades or so, more medical research has focused on the ketogenic diet’s potential for reducing the metabolic dysfunction that some consider as the root cause of many neurological diseases that plague us today.

Blueberries: High Antioxidant Power to Protect the Brain

Steven Pratt, M.D., author of Superfoods Rx: Fourteen Foods Proven to Change Your Life, calls blueberries "brain berries." He cites research that demonstrates blueberries protect the brain from oxidative stress and thus the effects of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia. In one study, aging rats were fed blueberries and then given memory tests. The older rats that were fed blueberries performed as well as younger rats that were not fed blueberries. The phytochemical anthocyanin improves memory and mental fluidity. As mentioned, anthocyanins are powerful high antioxidant flavonoids that give blueberries their color. Anthocyanins are readily absorbed into the bloodstream and easily cross the blood-brain barrier. There they penetrate a region of the brain known as the striatum, a hub of memory and motor function. The striatum is of special concern to those afflicted with Parkinson's disease. A diet rich in blueberries has demonstrated protection against brain cell loss, memory deficits, learning disability, and loss of motor coordination. Blueberries also stimulate the growth of new nerve cells and facilitate better communication between nerve cells via a process known as transduction.

Recent Hospital Sepsis Study Supports the Case for Mega-Dose Vitamin C Therapy

Mega-dose vitamin C treatments may someday become the standard of care in hospitals and E.R.s, but don’t expect this to occur without pharmaceutical drugs in the mix. A recent study discovered a combination of vitamin C, thiamine, and hydrocortisone resulted in increased recoveries from sepsis and septic shock under hospital conditions. Sepsis and septic shock represents an outcome of an infectious pathogenic overwhelm or the immune system’s overreaction leading to a cytokine storm. Either way, the blood becomes toxic and organ tissues become damaged. Incidents of sepsis or septic shock are most likely to occur in intensive care sections of hospitals. Extreme septic shock is often lethal, prompting a clinical study comparing the combination of IV vitamin C, thiamine, and hydrocortisone to one group and non-application to the other. The study was titled, “Hydrocortisone, Vitamin C and Thiamine for the Treatment of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: A Retrospective Before-After Study.” It was published in December 2016 in the journal Chest (for American chest physicians). The study was a cooperative effort among three Virginia area medical schools and institutions. The study’s conclusion: "Our results suggest that the early use of intravenous vitamin C, together with corticosteroids and thiamine may prove to be effective in preventing progressive organ dysfunction including acute kidney injury and reducing the mortality of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. Additional studies are required to confirm these preliminary findings."

Thyroid Secret DocuSeries a Huge Success! FREE Encore Weekend Now Available

The recently concluded 9-day DocuSeries and World Premiere The Thyroid Secret was a huge success. Dr. Izabella Wentz writes: "The response to the World Premiere of The Thyroid Secret has been, frankly, overwhelming. Hundreds of thousands of people tuned in around the world, and we’re completely humbled." Because so many people emailed in stating they had missed some episodes, the entire series is being broadcast for FREE this weekend. In addition, Dr. Izabella Wentz is broadcasting a Q & A session on March 12th and March 13th to answer some of the many questions that have come in to her during the series.

New Bills Proposed to Protect Consumer Access to Medical Marijuana Extract

Two bills have been introduced to protect consumer access to cannabidiol (CBD). We have a growing opioid painkiller epidemic in this country—one that has followed the scandal of so many heart-health-destroying or cancer-causing pain relievers being approved by the FDA. There is a natural alternative, and of course the government is intent on banning it for no reason at all—other than to clear the way for a blockbuster new drug. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) has introduced two bills, the Legitimate Use of Medical Marijuana Act (HR 714) and the Compassionate Access Act (HR 715), both aimed at removing federal obstacles that prevent patient access to CBD, a medicinal extract of the marijuana plant. These bills follow a recent move by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) that classified marijuana and all its extracts as Schedule I controlled substances—a category that includes heroin, LSD, mescaline, and MDMA. Note that none of the CBD extracts contains significant amounts of the psychoactive chemical in marijuana—only the non-psychoactive painkilling chemicals. Although “CBD” or “cannibinoids” are not mentioned in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA)—the legislation that the DEA must follow in creating rules related to controlled substances—the agency nonetheless lumps CBD and all other constituents of the plant into the definition of “marijuana.”

Are You Familiar with the Health Benefits of Vitamin K?

Vitamin K was discovered in 1929 Germany by observing its coagulation factor for clotting. They called the newly discovered vitamin Koagulationsvitamin. That may be one of the most straightforward and clear vitamin functions in a label we’ll ever see. Obviously that’s where the K comes from.

Amish Farmer Found Guilty of Mislabeling Products Not Approved by FDA – Faces Up to 48 Years in Prison

A jury found Kentucky Amish farmer Sam Girod guilty last week of breaking FDA laws in mislabeling his home-made herbal salve product. His sentencing hearing will be in June, and he reportedly faces up to 48 years in prison. Sam Girod had no attorney representing him, and in his closing statement he made simple declaratory statements of truth. “There was never an injured party in this case.” “I’m not dealing with drugs. Their testing will show that.” “I did not purposefully or knowingly violate one law. That’s not what I do.” “I changed the labels on different times but I kept getting harassed.” “Most of all, it’s taken some of our freedom away.”