Want to Reduce Heavy Metals in Your Body? Eat More Whole Plant Food!

See how diet can reduce heavy metals in your body... While plant-based diets may
have more lead in their diet, less gets absorbed and total heavy metal levels are
reduced with plant-based diets! Watch This Video and See! 

Other things you can do are:

- Aged Garlic Extract 2 2 x day
- Chlorella 5-15 tablets 3 x day
- Fractionated Pectin 5 mgs 2 x day
- Selenium 200 mcg/d
- Fiber rich diet
- Spirulina
- Standard chelation disodium EDTA intravenously
- Vitamin C 2-4 grams per day

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk

You can call for "brief" medical questions 8-9 a.m. PST Monday-Friday   916-489-4400    KwikerMedical.com     StayingHealthyToday.com     Kirk's Healthy Living Tips
Kirk's FREE "21 Day Healthy Living Program"  Kirk's FREE "Alzheimer's, Heart Disease, Diabetes Living to 100 and Obesity 'Reversal' Programs"

Playing Games Can Help Your Brain and Memory

In a Chinese study participating in intellectual activities, such as reading books, newspapers, or magazines; playing board games, Mahjong, or card games; and betting on horse racing, even in late life, might help delay or prevent dementia in older adults.

PARTICIPATE! Learn something news. Playing games is good. Have fun with your intellectual challenges or do things that interest and challenge you. Learning new Salsa footwork, something I am not good at, I challenge myself to learn on a regular basis. Or, by memory, doing a short educational video off the top of my head on a health topic I have just researched, is what I do with my YouTube videos.

Keep challenging yourself!

From BlueZones.com

Original JAMA Article:  JAMA Psychiatry, May 30, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.0657

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk

You can call for "brief" medical questions 8-9 a.m. PST Monday-Friday   916-489-4400    KwikerMedical.com     StayingHealthyToday.com     Kirk's Healthy Living Tips
Kirk's FREE "21 Day Healthy Living Program"  Kirk's FREE "Alzheimer's, Heart Disease, Diabetes Living to 100 and Obesity 'Reversal' Programs"

 

Fasting Mimicking Diet Benefits Chronic Diseases, Cancer and Aging - An Interview With James Kelley, MD, MBA Medical Liason for L-Nutra

The Benefits of the Fasting Mimicking Diet (Prolon®) on Chronic Disease, Cancer and Anti-Aging
YouTube Overview by Kirk Hamilton PA-C (5:26 min/sec)    Audio Podcasts 29:60 (min/sec)

 
James Kelley, MD, MBA received his MD and MBA at Ohio State and the University of Southern California. He is the Medical Science Liaison for L-Nutra. His father was an ophthalmologist and mother had severe rheumatoid arthritis and he developed a passion for medicine and medical innovation through these experiences.

Valter Longo, PhD
He met Dr. Valter Longo, PhD at the University of Southern California in 2011. Dr. Longo originally came to the United States from Italy to study to be a rock guitarist and in his college training switched to  biochemistry as a field of study and continued his passion for the causes and determinants of aging and longevity. Dr. Longo is the creator of Prolon® and the Fasting Mimicking Diet manufactured and marketed by L-Nutra. He is the author of  “The Longevity Diet” and currently a professor of gerontology at the University of Southern California and director of their Longevity Institute.

Key Findings of Dwarfism and Reduced IGF1 in Lauren Ecuador
A key crossroads in Dr. Longo’s research on aging was his study of the people of Laron, Ecuador who are missing a gene leading to a defect in the receptor in the liver that binds to growth hormone and produces insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1).  This insufficient level of I-GF1 appears to protect them from cancer, diabetes and possibly heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. So keeping low levels of IGf-1 maybe a key to slowing the aging process and chronic disease development. (Ref. 1, Ref 2)

Fasting Reduces IGF1
Fasting for a few days has been shown to reduce IGF1, Mtorr, PKA and AKT levels which are involved in cancer growth and proliferation. While the long living “Blue Zones” populations practice periodic fasting they don’t routinely do 5 days of fasting as in the 5 day fasting mimicking diet (FMD) concept (Blue Zones interview with Dr. Longo). Through animal and human studies Dr. Longo discovered that fasting for several days (5 days) resulted in a reduction in IGF1 and the stimulation of regenerative processes such as autophagy and stem cell production and differentiation into new tissue.

Fasting Stimulates Stem Cells and Tissue Regeneration
Fasting for a couple of days increases autophagy or “self-eating” which is the body scavenging cell parts or even consuming their own damaged organelles within the cells. While autophagy is always occurring it is increased with fasting for 24-48 hours and with ketosis. There is an increase in circulating stem cells (MSPC – mesenchymal stem/progenitor cells which enhance the formation of organ tissue, muscle and bone) 3-5 days into a fast as damaged cells get deleted and repaired stem cells are increased. With refeeding stem cells go down but remain at a higher level than the baseline prior to the fast. Three to 5 days after the fast, or 10 days from the first day of the fast, maybe half of the stem cells have gone on and differentiated into new tissue. The peak for differentiation of cells is 3-5 days after the end of the fast.

Length and Cycling of FMD
The recommendation for cycling of the FMD diet is 5 days on and 25 days off. While there is benefit to once cycle, the beneficial results are greater and sustained longer with a 3 month cycle of 5 days of fasting. When 3 cycles were accomplished 60%  of the weight loss was maintained without additional changes. The 3 monthly rounds of FMD boosts metabolism.

Humans and Animal Studies
As well as mice and yeast models, human trials have shown reductions in biomarkers for heart disease, cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disease. Mice have been shown to live 13% longer, neural tissue regeneration and enhanced immune function.

FMD and Cancer
Fasting states slow the growth of normal cells dramatically while cancer cells are unaffected by fasting and continue to divide rapidly. The chemotherapy then results in less side effects or damage to normal cells while “killing” the unaffected and rapidly growing cancer cells. Fasting may allow for longer and more potent chemotherapy to be given which also may improve cancer outcome. The fasting has to continue through the administration of the chemotherapy and is started several days before the chemotherapy. There is currently a large human trial now with the FMD and cancer in several cancer centers. Though this is not proven Dr. Kelley believes that fasting boosts the ability of the immune system to “pursue” cancer cells.

FMD and Autoimmunity
Mouse models have shown a dramatic response to fasting with slowing and stopping the progression of multiple sclerosis in more than 80% of animals and a cure in 18-20% of the animals with regeneration of the damaged nerves and myelin regeneration.

How to Learn About and Obtain Prolon® and The Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD)
Research on the clinical use of the fasting mimicking diet can be found at L-Nutra.com by going to the scientific article section.

To get access to the Prolon® product/program go to www.prolonfmd.com. Your “box” will contain 5 individual day boxes containing foods that reflect a Mediterranean style diet that is plant based with a significant portion of healthy fats. There are soups, whole grains, kale crackers olives, nuts, some nut rich food bars (and small chocolate containing bar) packaged to deliver 1100  calories the first day and 800 calories the next four days which can be eaten in a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack format. Glycerin is provided starting on day 2 through 5 to add to your herbal teas to help prevent muscle loss along with free fatty acids provided from the healthy plant fats.

About half of the people feel that it is easy (for Dr. Kelley it is not easy) while others have discomforting symptoms which usually clear by day 4 or 5. There are lesser percentages of sugars, carbohydrates and protein compared to the healthy fats but enough to prevent muscle loss but still trigger the beneficial effects of fasting mentioned above. Some patients get into mild ketosis some don’t in this 5 day period. There is a refeeding day on day 6. Start with liquids, soft foods, but don’t eat a heavy meat based meal or a high sugary meal.

Three cycles is strongly recommended to have sustained results and then as needed for continued health maintenance and rejuvenation. Chronic conditions may require a monthly fasting regimen until symptom relief and optimal health is achieved.

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk

You can call for "brief" medical questions 8-9 a.m. PST Monday-Friday   916-489-4400    KwikerMedical.com     StayingHealthyToday.com     Kirk's Healthy Living Tips
Kirk's FREE "21 Day Healthy Living Program"  Kirk's FREE "Alzheimer's, Heart Disease, Diabetes Living to 100 and Obesity 'Reversal' Programs"

Reading, Health and Happiness!...And “Reverse Your Diabetes Today!”

My grandchildren read a ton! They love to read! I can't tell you how happy that makes me! A typical visit to S.F. is to hit the playground and then the library on the way home! Hope Dan Buettner is correct in this interview about happiness...It's worth the “READ!”
________

                      COME JOIN ME THIS "FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018 6 P.M.
                                    FOR MY TALK & PLANT “POT-LUCK”

                                 “REVERSE YOUR DIABETES TODAY”

Learn How To….

   - Reduce Insulin Resistance in Type 2 Diabetes
   - Reduce Insulin Need in Type 1 Diabetes!
   - Prevent diabetes from occurring if pre-diabetic
 
Carbohydrates do not cause diabetes! This is a mistaken belief taught by health professionals and misunderstood by the public. Most all traditional cultures who have NO diabetes eat a low-fat, unprocessed, carbohydrate-rich diet that is low in animal foods. Intact, whole, fiber-rich, low glycemic, carbohydrates are the foods of choice for diabetics and in the context of a
low-fat, low animal food diet, reduces fat in your cells which is the cause of most diabetes (insulin resistance). You will learn simple straight forward diet recommendations that will lower your blood sugar and insulin levels quickly (within days) whether you are a type 1 or type 2 diabetic or pre-diabetic helping to preserve your nerve, kidney, eye and vascular function.

                   AND....SHARE A PLANT-BASED-POTLUCK /MEAL

YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRING A GUEST. JUST BRING  A “PLANT” INGREDIENT FOR A SALAD OR YOU CAN BRING A WHOLE FOOD PLANT BASED DISH (NO OIL ADDED) IF YOU WISH!

PLEASE RSVP ME BY EMAIL IF YOU ARE COMING AT krhammer@surewest.net  
(Friday (6/22/18), 6 pm, Health Associates waiting room, 3301 Alta Arden, #3 Sacramento, CA 95825)

FOR DIABETES RESOURCES AT YOUR FINGERTIPS "CLICK HERE!"
 

For Bottom Line Resources to Reverse Your Diabetes Click on My Handout
"Diabetes 'Quick-Start' Handout"
 

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk

You can call for "brief" medical questions 8-9 a.m. PST Monday-Friday   916-489-4400    KwikerMedical.com     StayingHealthyToday.com     Kirk's Healthy Living Tips
Kirk's FREE "21 Day Healthy Living Program"  Kirk's FREE "Alzheimer's, Heart Disease, Diabetes Living to 100 and Obesity 'Reversal' Programs"

Legumes....Beans, Lentils and Peas Are "Super Foods" for For Your Blood Vessels!

"Eating Beans Reduces High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease and Peripheral Vascular
Disease (blood flow to your legs and arms)"... Do what all the longest living people
in the world due (Blue Zones - Ikaria, Greece; Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya,
Costa Rica; Loma Linda, California). No matter what "Noise" you hear from nutrition
experts beans are good food you. They remind of my Lyft and Uber rides....They are
a "Win Win" for the me (the consumer)... They are cheap, great for your health,
accessible anywhere, and you just feel like you got a great deal when you use (eat)
them! If you feel you react to one type of bean start with small quantities or try and
different kind of legume (beans, lentils, peas, etc.). Great health does not have to be
expensive and high tech! Throw beans on a salad, in a soup, or make your own personal
hummus...you can't go wrong!   (Watch Video on Benefit of Beans)
Beans as Longevity Food
Resources at Your "Finger Tips" to Reverse Heart Disease

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk

You can call for "brief" medical questions 8-9 a.m. PST Monday-Friday   916-489-4400    KwikerMedical.com     StayingHealthyToday.com     Kirk's Healthy Living Tips
Kirk's FREE "21 Day Healthy Living Program"  Kirk's FREE "Alzheimer's, Heart Disease, Diabetes Living to 100 and Obesity 'Reversal' Programs"

"Fast Food Genocide"...Is the Massive Consumption of Processed Foods Destroying Our Health and Societal Progress? - An Interview with 6 time New York Times Best Selling Author Joel Fuhrman, MD

Kirk's video summary of his interview with Dr. Fuhrman (4:24 min)
Kirk's podcast interview with Dr. Fuhrman (50:39 min)

Joel Fuhrman, MD, (with Robert Phillips) six-time New York Times best-selling author, writes a different kind of health book in “Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It”.  He shares not only his vast nutritional knowledge and approach to the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, bone loss, neurodegenerative diseases, etc. with his “Nutritarian” approach, but also explains how the high consumption of processed foods affects society’s general progress and functioning from inhibition of learn to increasing the risk to criminal behavior. He notes the high consumption of processed foods puts certain minority groups at a significant disadvantage to live  healthy and prosperous and lives.  Dr. Fuhrman uses the powerful word “Genocide” in his book title to emphasize that eating this way results in the deliberate destruction of an entire race or nation.

Highly processed, “fake” or “Franken Foods,” make up the primary source of U.S. calories and are the primary causes of the chronic disease epidemic in our country. Dr. Fuhrman reviews how we are addicted to these foods do to their high concentration of rapidly absorbed fat, sugar and large amounts of animal protein, probably by design by food manufacturers to increase consumption. When eating more of these “nutrient depleted” foods, food addiction comes the increase in dopamine and other neurochemicals secreted with their consumption, and, by the discomfort from their withdrawal, causing us to eat more of these foods, which compounds one’s health problems and risk. The good news is that the more high-nutrient foods you consume, the less low-nutrient foods you desire.  

Problems caused by this epidemic of Processed Food consumption include:

  • The modern epidemic of heart attacks, stroke, cancer, ADHD, autism, allergies and autoimmune disease
  • Reduced intelligence, learn disabilities, poor school performance and depression
  • Fast food malnutrition resulting in chronic inflammation, weight gain and micronutrient deficiencies that reduce optimal brain functioning
  • Increased addiction to drugs and more violence and crime
  • For African Americans disproportionately higher rates of high blood pressure, fatal stroke and heart attacks, diabetes, severe kidney disease, cancer death and Alzheimer’s disease

The “Great News” is that by applying Dr. Fuhrman’s “Nutritarian” approach of eating  whole, unprocessed foods that have the maximum amount of micronutrients per calorie consumed (Health = Nutrients/Calories) these health problems can not only be prevented but quickly reversed.  Whole food consumption with primarily unprocessed plant-foods is encouraged while using a significantly reduced amount of free-oils in the diet yet getting good fats from whole foods such as nuts, seeds, avocadoes, olives and selective supplementation with omega-3 fatty acid (DHA/EPA) supplementation. Animal foods can be consumed in small amounts as condiments or flavorings in those who just don’t want to give up these foods and excellent health can still be achieved.

Simple concepts and guidelines for Dr. Fuhrman’s “Nutritarian” approach include his recommendations for increased consumption of  G-BOMBS:

  • Greens
  • Beans
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Berries
  • Seeds

Dr. Fuhrman also discusses his use of water or juice fasting for certain medical conditions and how he personally will practice some extended overnight fasting as a form of health enhancement and to promote longevity. He believes that weight from added lean muscle in the aging process is a distinct health advantage over extra fat weight.

The book provides excellent self-help sections including:  A 2 week “Nutritarian” diet program; whole food substitutes for processed foods; Dr. Fuhrman’s top 20 “Super Foods”; a tasty but simple recipe section; and a “Frequently Asked Questions” section.

About the Authors:

JOEL FURHRMAN, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. Dr. Fuhrman is the research director of the Nutritional Research Foundation. He is also the author of other New York Times bestsellers Eat to Live, Super Immunity, Eat to Live Cookbook, The End of Dieting and The End of Diabetes. More information, along with a membership website, can be found at www.drfuhrman. You may purchase “Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It” here. Joel Fuhrman, MD, 4 Walter Foran Blvd, Suite 408, Flemington, NJ 08822 (908) 237-0200

ROBERT PHILLIPS was a Vice President at Merrill Lynch with sarcoidosis and after following Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian approach for six months had his condition completely reversed and subsequently quit his job at Merrill Lynch and helped Dr. Fuhrman create his membership supported website. Mr. Phillips continues to write and does research at Drexel University in the field of Social Energy.

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk

You can call for "brief" medical questions 8-9 a.m. PST Monday-Friday   916-489-4400    KwikerMedical.com     StayingHealthyToday.com     Kirk's Healthy Living Tips
Kirk's FREE "21 Day Healthy Living Program"  Kirk's FREE "Alzheimer's, Heart Disease, Diabetes Living to 100 and Obesity 'Reversal' Programs"

Mold, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), Damaging to Your Brain and Causes Chronic Immune and Inflammation Problems...

Mold can aggravate or cause a wide range of symptoms - including cognitive decline and Alzheimer's. Here, Dr. Carnahan who I have interviewed on the above topic, talks about how mold is a major cause of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), a big term, but really means a chronic aggravation of our immune system which can create chronic inflammation and a wide variety of destructive health problems. Mold toxicity is not difficult to diagnose or treat really, the hardest part is finding and correcting the exposure.... That is the biggest and most difficult problem and most frustrating for me in trying to help patients. I have learned and am learning the hard way by doing work on my own home. I understand it better, but there is no perfect
approach yet.

Read this excellent blog by Dr. Carnahan and also listen to my podcasts with  Dr. Carnahan and Dr. Hausman Cohen on this subject. It effects many though controversial. 

Dr. Carnahan Interview  

Dr. Hausman-Cohen Interview

Dr. Shoemakers excellent site on Mold Illness and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome  

You can call for "brief" medical questions 8-9 a.m. PST Monday-Friday   916-489-4400    KwikerMedical.com     StayingHealthyToday.com     Kirk's Healthy Living Tips
Kirk's FREE "21 Day Healthy Living Program"  Kirk's FREE "Alzheimer's, Heart Disease, Diabetes Living to 100 and Obesity 'Reversal' Programs"

You can call me for "brief" medical questions 8-9 a.m. PST Monday thru Friday
916-489-4400   http://kwikermedical.com/   http://www.stayinghealthytoday.com/ 

Kirk's FREE "Heart Disease, Diabetes, Obesity and Alzheimer's  Reversal Programs"
http://www.healthylivingforbusypeople.com/

Alzheimer's Disease Prevention and Reversal...Is It Possible? Yes and Sometimes!

As I was updating my talk on "Alzheimer's Prevention and Reversal. Is It Possible?" for next week (Wednesday, 6:00 pm, 3/14/18, LA BioMed, CDCRC Bldg. 1124 W. Carson, Torrance, CA 310-803-5657 or info@calciumscan.com and Friday, 6:00 p.m. 3/16/18, Health Associates, 3301 Alta Arden, #3 Sacramento, CA - with plant-based potluck there) I came across an interview with Dan Buettner (Bluezones.com) and Mariva Shriver on this very topic of Alzheimer's, longevity and being happy. It is excellent but there is much more to share. (Summary and Video)

The bottom line is Alzheimer's is a lifestyle disease and many of the causes are the same as heart disease, diabetes, etc.. The BIG difference is we have technology to "temporarily" fix the "plumbing and wiring" needed to at least keep people functional with heart disease and diabetes (not the best approaches) even in mid to late stages of these diseases, BUT with Alzheimer's disease, which is a process developing over 20 years or so, if it gets to a certain level, there are ways to approach it, but it is so overwhelming for the family and caretakers, that even if there are valid integrative therapies beyond aggressive lifestyle change like hormones, nutrients, detoxification of environmental toxins, etc. the family/support people do not the energy and resources to "plug those holes".... You must start RIGHT NOW with EXERCISE; a whole-food, unprocessed mostly plant-based diet; SLEEP; community & family; a sense of purpose; continued learning; and avoidance of environmental toxins. The beauty is that everything the prevents heart disease, diabetes, etc. also helps prevent Alzheimer's. BUT start now! Go to this link for my podcasts, scientific papers and the THREE BOOKS I highly recommend you start reading NOW. 70-80%ish the books agree. We can talk about the differences at the talks. BUT get all three and read them (The End of Alzheimer's, The Alzheimer's Solution and Diet for the MIND). Go to my "Alzheimer's Prevention and Reversal" resource page where all the links to articles, podcasts and books are.

I hope to see you at one of these talks! If you are coming to the Sacramento talk bring a "plant" ingredient for a big salad or a whole-food plant-based dish. krhammer@surewest.net

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk

You can call for "brief" medical questions 8-9 a.m. PST Monday-Friday   916-489-4400    KwikerMedical.com     StayingHealthyToday.com     Kirk's Healthy Living Tips
Kirk's FREE "21 Day Healthy Living Program"  Kirk's FREE "Alzheimer's, Heart Disease, Diabetes Living to 100 and Obesity 'Reversal' Programs"


You can call me for "brief" medical questions 8-9 a.m. PST Monday thru Friday
916-489-4400   http://kwikermedical.com/   http://www.stayinghealthytoday.com/ 

Kirk's FREE "Heart Disease, Diabetes, Obesity and Alzheimer's  Reversal Programs"
http://www.healthylivingforbusypeople.com/

Is Cholesterol Good or Bad for Alzheimer's Disease and Cognition?

The brain is 60% fat and 25% of the body's cholesterol is in the brain. But the brain's blood brain barrier blocks the uptake of cholesterol into the brain. So cholesterol is made by the brain to satisfy its enormous needs. HMGCoA reductase inhibitors (statins) block the liver and brain's production of cholesterol. Is that bad? Some say yes! Some aren't all that concerned!

So there is no consensus yet. Though the "leaning" would be to keep cholesterol low by a whole food diet and exercise, and not by the use of statins for brain health.

A lot of my integrative medicine colleagues are against trying to lower cholesterol by any means, especially with statins, because there have been some cases of statin-induced cognitive dysfunction. This could occur not just from the cholesterol lowering ability of the statin, but the statins s ability to reduce mitochondrial energy production in every cell, including the brain. So it might NOT be the cholesterol lowering ability of the statin that causes the problem with statins but the reduction in cellular energy that causes the cognitive decline in the brain cells because statins block CoQ10 production.

So here is my point. You will read/watch in the links below regarding the concerning role of elevated cholesterol in Alzheimer's disease and the vascular disease link to Alzheimer's disease. My take is this. I wouldn't take a statin drug to lower cholesterol, especially if cognitive decline was an issue. But if I had to take a statin I would surely take at least 200-400 mg of ubiquinol (CoQ10) daily with food when taking the statin AND I would get my CoQ10 level measured to make sure it was at least 2.5 μg/ml.

That said, I do believe in lowering cholesterol by a whole food, UNPROCESSED, FIBER RICH, phytonutrient and antioxidant dense, mostly plant based diet which I believe gives the best of all worlds in reducing cholesterol without using a statin, and, has been shown to reverse proven atherosclerosis which affects not only the blood vessels to the heart but everywhere blood vessels go, including the brain! Also elevated cholesterol might increase beta amyloid deposition in the brain a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

I do believe in good fats, but they should be obtained mostly, if not all, in whole foods. Eat olives, avocado, raw nuts and seeds, especially flax or chia, and GREENS for brain health. Take a DHA rich omega-3 fatty acid product getting at least 200-300 mg of DHA from algal (algae) oil. They are less contaminated than getting the oil from whole fish and helps maintain fish stocks.

I probably confused you more than I helped..but it is not a clear topic and a work in progress with very strong feelings on both sides.

Here is an outstanding video by Dr. Greger on the topic of "Cholesterol and Alzheimer's Disease".

"Can Low Cholesterol Keep the Brain Healthy" (article WebMD)

"Cholesterol, the Mind, and the Brain" (article Harvard Health Publishing)

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk
P.S. Those of you with heart disease of any kind go to THIS LINK   and click on the "Heart Disease" tab and you will have many "heart disease reversing" resources at your finger tips!

You can call for "brief" medical questions 8-9 a.m. PST Monday-Friday   916-489-4400    KwikerMedical.com     StayingHealthyToday.com     Kirk's Healthy Living Tips
Kirk's FREE "21 Day Healthy Living Program"  Kirk's FREE "Alzheimer's, Heart Disease, Diabetes Living to 100 and Obesity 'Reversal' Programs"

To "Mammogram or NOT to Mammogram" That Is The Question?

The following links to Dr. Greger's review of mammograms, breast cancer screening and treatment is an invaluable review and should be shared with every female struggling with how to screen for breast cancer.  Watch Video 

Should women start getting mammograms at age 40? Should they do self-breast exams (No!)? Mammograms at 50 and every other year? Maybe!... Why not focus on heart disease the #1 killer of women instead of breast cancer? Watch Video

Do mammograms really save lives? Overall mortality - death from breast cancer, has not shown to be reduced! Though 1 in a 1000 may be saved by mammography more may die from over-diagnosis and unnecessary treatment (2-10 over-treated)! Screening may increase the likelihood of an unnecessary mastectomy! Watch Video

Is there a problem with over-treatment with false positives with breast cancer? Yes! American radiologists may be afraid of being sued and "over-diagnose" breast cancer... Watch Video

Why are there conflicting mammogram screening guidelines? Is it because of professional self-interest? Economic self-interest? Provided the evidence should women then have the right to be screened or not screened? Yes... Watch Video

Understanding the mammogram paradox? Is over-diagnosis of breast cancer a greater health risk than the cancer itself...probably! Radiation for breast cancer increases heart disease risk the number 1 killer in women anyway! But the same diet that reverses heart disease is the same diet that reduced breast cancer risk! Watch Video

Yes women deserve to know the truth about breast cancer! Watch Video

Over-treatment of Stage 0 Breast Cancer DCIS?... 10 year survival of those treated with mastectomy or lumpectomy for DCIS versus NO TREATMENT was NO DIFFERENT! Avoiding over-diagnosis of breast cancer (and treatment) is not to get screened at all by mammograms or self-breast checks! Watch Video

Why do women not know that screening for breast cancer may be more risky because of over-diagnosis and treatment of questionable breast cancer????? Are they being told that radiation may increase the risk of heart disease by 25%?! Lung cancer by 50%?! Watch Video

The approach to breast cancer should be like prostate cancer in my opinion. I believe very strongly in the PSA test (prostatic specific antigen) and annual prostate exams (digital rectal exams). Then if an elevated or a specific irregularity is noted upon prostate exam one can get a color Doppler ultrasound by a skilled clinician or a prostate MRI. Then and only then get a "guided biopsy" with the ultrasound or MRI if there is a suspicious lesion to reduce the amount of biopsy "pokes or stabs" from the shotgun 12 samples to 2-4 maximum guided samples. Then there is an actual standard medical treatment for low grade prostate cancer, which is called "Watchful Waiting" or "Active Surveillance" where the patient is followed with non-invasive type testing as mentioned above (or minimal biopsies) AND they are screened for heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes with appropriate LIFESTYLE MEDICINE PRACTICES - diet and exercise are recommended to reduce the risk of the above, including the prostate cancer, reducing unnecessary treatment (and pain, suffering and medical expense). That is why I send ALL MY prostate cancer patients for at least a 1 time visit to Prostate Oncology Specialists so they can be accessed in this fashion and treated with the least amount of invasive therapy which many times is "Watchful Waiting" with chronic disease screening and lifestyle change! And for men the Dean Ornish diet that is low fat plant based that has been proven to reverse heart disease has also been used successfully to treat low grade prostate cancer. Ornish Prostate Article   Since prostate and breast cancer are hormone responsive cancers the same diet would be very reasonable to apply to breast cancer.  

For women the breast cancer journey is not yet there unfortunately! BUT the bottom line is the same diet that reverses the number one killer in women - is same diet that will reduce breast cancer risk significantly.... A whole food plant based diet!

Share this link with your female friends and relatives. It could easily save their lives. Dr. Greger has done a great service putting these excellent educational and factual videos together!

Be and Stay Well,

Kirk
P.S. Those of you with heart disease of any kind go to THIS LINK   and click on the "Heart Disease" tab and you will have many "heart disease reversing" resources at your finger tips!

You can call for "brief" medical questions 8-9 a.m. PST Monday-Friday   916-489-4400    KwikerMedical.com     StayingHealthyToday.com     Kirk's Healthy Living Tips
Kirk's FREE "21 Day Healthy Living Program"  Kirk's FREE "Alzheimer's, Heart Disease, Diabetes Living to 100 and Obesity 'Reversal' Programs"