Rheumatoid Arthritis - it's a hopeless diagnosis,
right? Not Here It Isn't!
This Week In HealthBeat
Extreme Sports, Nutrition, Vitamins, And
A conversation with my car mechanic got me to thinking and
A bit of car trouble took me to visit a
local mechanic recently (I was an auto mechanic many years ago -
when cars burned leaded gas and had points and condenser ignitions
instead of computers - I know enough to take my car to an expert instead
of trying to fix it myself!) Dave is a competitive athlete who trains
hard - really hard: he was asking for my thoughts on vitamins and
nutrition to help improve athletic performance. That got me to thinking
and I promised some answers for him.
Extreme sports activities and military
(especially combat) duty have a lot in common. They both require
higher-than-normal levels of nutrients, water and calories to prevent
immune suppression. Dave's question comes at a good time, because Dr.
Myatt is currently busy preparing specialized "Extreme Duty" nutritional
supplement packs and healthy foods for sending to US troops. But the
same principals apply, and anyone involved in "Extreme Anything" can
benefit from her research.
The combination of stress and intense training has been shown to
decrease NK (Natural Killer) and T-cell activity (both of these are
types of protective white blood cells) and result in increased risk of
respiratory and other infections. Immune impairment, decreased energy,
and altered hormone levels result from rigorous training and/or combat
Dr. Myatt's research into the special needs of America's soldiers (which
will also apply to those involved in "extreme sports" and heavy athletic
training) is nearly complete. We'll keep you posted about our progress
with the new "Extreme Duty" Nutritional Supplement Packs we are
designing especially for our troops. If you're into heavy sport's
training, these supplements will be beneficial for you as well.
Lung Disease In A Bag:
By Nurse Mark
Why do insist on exposing ourselves to
these toxic chemicals?
Can there be a person in America who hasn't
heard of or seen the news reports about the chemical diacetyl, used to
"flavor" microwave popcorn, that can destroy the lungs of those exposed
to it? See one article here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20620395/
It is true, and doctors, chemists, industry,
and the government have known about this for years. But they have kept
it quiet - a dirty little secret - in order to protect the
profit-and-loss figures of the industries who use it and find it more
profitable to pay out millions in compensation to the workers that have
been harmed by it than to find a less toxic alternative.
Given the attention that this issue is
getting now I'm guessing that we'll see some action: Congress is
reportedly looking at legislation, the FDA is “carefully considering the
safety and regulatory issues it raises”, and even the big manufacturers
are looking for alternatives - presumably before the lawsuits get too
Here's my thought - popcorn is a great, if
high carbohydrate, snack. Popcorn has been enjoyed safely for a very
long time - probably since Alley Oop the caveman dropped an ear of dried
corn too near the fire 'way back in the mists of history. On the other
hand, diacetyl, the chemical that supposedly tastes like butter (it only
tastes like butter if you don't really know what true butter tastes
like!) has not been around for so long in it's highly purified
industrial form and has proven to be toxic.
Let's continue to enjoy popcorn - but let's
enjoy it with real, genuine, natural, organic butter melted over it!
Have we ever mentioned that butter is a "Health Food"? Yep, it truly
What is diacetyl?
Diacetyl is actually a natural substance:
also known as butanedione or 2,3-butanedione it is a natural byproduct
of fermentation. A vicinal diketone (composed of two C=O groups,
side-by-side), it's molecular formula is C4H6O2. Naturally present in
alcoholic beverages, it gives a slippery "mouth feel" to beers and
wines, and at higher levels such as are found in the wine variety
Chardonnay it is valued for the buttery flavor it imparts. In it's
traditional form and usage it appears to be quite safe - however it
would appear that by isolating it, concentrating it, industrializing it,
and using it a manner unknown in nature we have turned this benign and
pleasant by-product of yeast into a toxin.
Patent Drugs: Prescription For Problems:
More reasons to avoid the risks posed by
"FDA Approved" drugs: In terms of patient safety "we're losing
ground" says researcher...
Study: Injuries, Deaths Tied to Consumer Drugs Rise Sharply; 'Adverse
events' more than doubled between 1998 and 2005
Regular readers are familiar with the
on-going litany of deadly drugs that we bring to your attention
in HealthBeat News. These dangers are not going unnoticed by more
conventional researchers, and even the FDA has admitted that the results
of this study are "in keeping with what the agency had been seeing"
(then they go on to make a plea for more funding - saying they "need
more staff resources" so they can do a better job of protecting us...)
It seems that the numbers of both serious
adverse drug events and the numbers of deaths related to these "adverse
events" has more than doubled between 1998 and 2005, with the numbers of
deaths increasing even more. Even more alarming, this increase in deaths
and injuries from drugs has increased even more than the numbers of
prescriptions given - meaning that your odds of getting into trouble
with a prescription drug are higher than ever.
Perhaps the take-home message here should be
that none of these synthetics are really safe - though the boys at Big
Pharma would like us to believe they are, and they continually massage
their research and their high-pressure advertising to crow about the
wonders of their latest miracle-pill while conveniently relegating the
risks to that fellow at the end of the commercial who talks so fast you
can't actually make out what he is saying or to that really, really tiny
fine print at the bottom of the print ad... Even such lowly and common
pharmaceutical offerings as Aspartame (the common sweetener Nutrasweet -
which accounts for over 75% of "adverse events" reported to the FDA) or
Aceteminophen (Tylenol - which is terribly toxic to the liver) are
proving to be less than "blessings" in our modern lives.
Ginkgo Biloba and Longevity
By Dr. Myatt
Europeans have long-known about the longevity
benefits of ginkgo. Now, another study has shown that people over 65 who
take ginkgo may live longer.
A study done at the University of Bordeaux, France,
followed 3,534 men and women age 65 and older for 13 years. Part of the subjects
took ginkgo (called EGb 761 in the study) and the rest did not. Here are the
researchers findings and conclusion:
"Subjects who took Ginkgo biloba had a significantly lower
risk of mortality in the long term. CONCLUSION: These results suggest that
treatment with EGb 761 may increase the probability of survival in the elderly
More specifically stated, people who took ginkgo
were 24 percent less likely to die during the 13-year period than those who did
not take it.
The longevity benefits of ginkgo aren't
proven by a single study, but there are other reasons to take ginkgo if you're
over 65. Gingko acts as a blood thinner, which helps improve circulation. It
contains beneficial flavonoids, a special category of immune-boosting
antioxidants. This combination of improved circulation and anti-oxidant effects
makes ginkgo useful for deep vein thrombosis, depression, macular degeneration,
glaucoma, asthma, erectile dysfunction, tinnitus, age related mental decline and
a whole host of other age and allergy-related conditions.
Learn more about this amazing herb here:
Suggested dose: 1 cap ginkgo, 1-2 times per
Target dose: 240 mg per day of 24% flavoneglycosides.
Anyone over 50 should consider adding ginkgo to
their Longevity Supplement Protocol.
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Lechevallier N, Lafuma A, Khoshnood B. Vasodilators and nootropics as predictors
of dementia and mortality in the PAQUID cohort. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007
1. Drieu K. Preparation and definition of Ginkgo biloba extract. In: Rokan
(Ginkgo biloba): Recent Results in Pharmacology and Clinic. Fünfgeld EW, ed.
Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 326.
2. Ferrandini C, Droy-Lefaix MT, Christen Y, eds. Ginkgo biloba Extract (EGb
761) as a Free Radical Scavenger. Paris: Elsevier, 1993.
3. Lebuisson DA, Leroy L, Rigal G. Treatment of senile macular degeneration with
Ginkgo biloba extract. A preliminary double-blind, drug versus placebo study.
Presse Med 1986;15:15568 [in French].
4. Jung F, Mrowietz C, Kiesewetter H, Wenzel E. Effect of Ginkgo biloba on
fluidity of blood and peripheral microcirculation in volunteers.
5. Mix JA, Crews WD. An examination of the efficacy of Ginkgo biloba extract
EGb761 on the neuropsychologic functioning of cognitively intact older adults. J
Altern Complement Med 2000;6:21929.
A New HealthBeat Feature:
Regular readers know that Neither Dr. Myatt
nor Nurse Mark shy away from controversy - "we call's 'em like we see's 'em!"
It should be no surprise that our readers are just as outspoken - we get
letters that really aren't about health issues but that are worthy,
none-the-less, of being shared with our other readers. So, starting with
this issue, we'll be providing a forum where we'll post the rants that our
readers email to us. We may edit for brevity, clarity, profanity, and to
preserve privacy but we will make sure that the intent of the message
So, without further ado, here is our first
Mark from Tucson wrote in response to
Cheri's upset and unsubscription of a couple weeks ago: He discusses guns,
politics, and peace, and says "I have to question the reasoning behind
Cheri's decision to unsubscribe from Healthbeat..."
Read Mark's Letter in it's entirety.
We Get Questions: A potpourri this
Phyllis asks if our products are
Is your whey protein organic?
Phyllis - VA
Dr. Myatt replies:
As stated on the website, the MRM whey is "Hormone Free, Antibiotic
Free, and BSE Free.
No Artificial Sweeteners And No Artificial Flavors." A full disclosure
label is also located on the page:
Hope this answers your question!
And Nurse Mark adds: Remember
Phyllis, "Organic" isn't always organic! Please refer back to my article
The Decay Of Organic Foods in our June 13th HealthBeat News for
more details about this scandal!
Janet asks about essential oils in cancer treatment:
I so appreciate your offer to suggest
a topic to be discussed in your newsletter! Might you consider writing
about the use of essential oils in the treatment of cancer?
Well We Might! Dr. Myatt replies:
Fortunately, you've asked about a topic
that is one of my specialties! Unfortunately, there is no solid research
concerning essential oils and cancer, so there's not much I can say
One component of lemon, tangerine and lavender essential oils, a
compound called "limonene,'" has known anti-cancer properties, but how
exactly to use this in essential oil form in cancer patients has not
been studied. I've used these essential oils topically on visible tumors
but can't say I saw any effect.
Lavender and other essential oils can have good anti-anxiety and
anti-insomnia effects, so these could be used for "peripheral" problems
associated with cancer.
I'll let you know if any "new news" develops on this score!
Audra asks about breast reduction surgery:
Hi Dr. Myatt:
A patient of yours has told me good
things about you and I was wondering, in general, how you feel about
breast reductions for women with over DDD bra sizes who have problems
with cysts? I qualify under medicare for a reduction and also do
whatever I can naturally. I would value a response as I can't seem to
make up my mind.
And Dr. Myatt advises: "you go,
Breast reduction for DDD breasts? Yes! In
I have NEVER ONCE had a patient with
overly-large breasts have any problems with breast reduction surgery,
and all have been OVERJOYED with the results and how wonderful it feels
not to be carrying around such a heavy load. Big breasts are a burden
and actually a health-hazard (hard on your back and musculo-skeletal
Cysts can happen in large or small
breasts. We should check your iodine levels after you have healed from
the surgery. Low levels are the most common cause of breast cysts and we
NEVER check for this in conventional medicine. (If you asked a
conventional doc about iodine deficiency, they'd look at you like you
just landed here from Mars).
Please keep me posted about this but I
say "you go, Gal"!
Bill tapped us with a brief note about urinary frequency:
Dear Dr Myatt
To be concise, my request is information on your product(s) that may be
useful in treating incidents of frequent urination, probably as a result
of an enlarged prostate. I'm aged 72.
Thanks for your reply,
Dr. Myatt sent Bill's note along to me
To be concise, the information you
seek can be found on our webpage discussing
Benign Prostatic Enlargement AKA Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy. To be a
little more verbose, The most likely cause of frequent urination in a man
of your age is indeed enlargement of the prostate: an estimated 60% of men
over age 40 have an enlarged prostate gland. Enlargement of the prostate
gland causes obstruction of urine outflow and symptoms include increased
urinary frequency, nighttime urination, a sense of urgency, and reduced
force of urine stream. Support for this includes:
Maxi Multi: 3 caps, 3 times per day with meals. Optimal (not minimal)
doses of zinc are especially important for the health of the prostate.
Flax seed: 1 TBS. per day ground seed OR
Flax seed oil: 2 caps, 3 times per day with meals.
Saw Palmetto: (160mg) 1-2 caps, 2 times per day. (Target dose: 160-320
mg per day). In clinical studies, Saw Palmetto has worked as well as the drug
Proscar (finasteride) with no negative side effects.
Soy Isoflavones are sometimes used to provide additional support for BPH
Mega Soy: 1 cap per day. [Target dose: 100mg or more isoflavones].
You will most certainly want to consider hormone testing as both BPH and
prostate cancer are intimately tied to male hormone imbalances.
You will also want to see your physician for both a PSA blood test, and a DRE
(digital rectal exam) to make sure that this is indeed a benign enlargement of
the prostate, and not cancer. As I tell every man who inquires about prostate
health and problems, your prostate is NOT a do-it-yourself project, no matter
what anyone tries to tell you or how much you want to avoid doctors! This is
Hope this helps,
And Janet writes with compliments:
(I couldn't resist including this - it just made our day!)
I recently wrote asking Dr.
Myatt a question regarding Lymphoma. She took time to respond in a very
caring way and suggested I sign up for the newsletter. What a wealth of
helpful information on a wide variety of subjects! Just wanted to
express my appreciation for the work all of you do.
Nurse Mark says: "Aww, shucks - we're blushing..." and Dr.
Myatt says "Well doesn't that make me feel good right down to my
We Get Questions:
Rheumatoid Arthritis - it's a hopeless
diagnosis, right? At least that's what the rheumatologist said... Well
not here it isn't!
Ganay writes to ask about alternatives
to methotrexate - a truly nasty drug with a bunch of ugly side
My sister has rheumatoid arthritis she
has been on methotrexate and plaquinil for a year. My sister does not want
take the methotrexate any more. Please tell me what supplements that she
can take in place of this nasty drug.
Thank you very much,
Dr. Myatt has this to say, and lets
another RA patient tell of her experience:
I wish it were as simple as "here, take
these supplements" to cure RA. Unfortunately, every case of RA has a
different set of contributing factors. A personal telephone consultation
with me would be highly advisable. In the meantime, here's a page from our
website with the best "generic" information about RA:
Let's let Debbie, a "former RA patient" of
mine, explain how this works:
"At age 35 I was diagnosed with
rheumatoid arthritis. The symptoms were effecting my ability to function;
swollen and painful knees and hands, a feeling of tiredness and having to
drag myself through the day. My primary care physician referred me to a
rheumatologist who prescribed medication, drained my knees every other
week, advised me to accept the disease and to recognize that it would
progress over time and require increasingly intense treatment. I thought
about my grandmother who had been crippled with arthritis and spent 25
years of her life in pain in a chair. I started searching for an
A book arrived at my house entitled "A
Physician's Diary." The autobiography of a medical doctor who was also a
trained naturopath. Her book sited examples of people with "hopeless"
cases of illness, whom she helped by employing naturopathic care. I
tracked down that doctor, Dr. Dana Myatt, and arranged a phone conference
Dr. Myatt spent an hour understanding
many things about me; the symptoms and treatment for arthritis, how I was
eating, sleeping and working, how my marriage, children and other
relationships were going. She then requested all of the test results that
had been done for me to-date. Dr. Myatt came back with an action plan that
included changes in diet, stretching exercises (I've been doing yoga every
day ever since), nutritional supplements, visualizations and letting go of
a conflict I was having with my Mother-in-law.
I began implementing her
recommendations. Within months the symptoms improved and within 2 years,
the symptoms were gone. I have been tested for arthritis a few times over
the thirteen years that have passed since my first diagnosis and the
results are negative ---- I am cured. Since then I have had other minor
health issues. I work with local doctors and Dr. Myatt to truly direct my
own health care.
At the age of 48, I am a happy, healthy,
productive Mother, Humana associate and member of the community. I tap
dance, do yoga every day and fully participate in life. As I approach 50,
my mind set is that I am probably beginning the second half of my life and
relishing the though of all that I might do, see, be and learn in the
coming years. The difference between this and my Grandmother's life can
only be imagined.
The cost of my self-directed arthritis
treatment has been a total of about $1,000 spent on castor oil packs,
nutritional supplements, a yoga map and tape.
If I would have continued down the path
on which the rheumatologist had sent me, the cost to my insurance carrier
and me would have easily exceeded $100,000 to-date." --- Deb G.,
(Debbie goes on to recommend to Humana
higher mucky-mucks that they would be FAR ahead of the game to cover the
cost of naturopathic care)
So... my "generic recommendations" are on
the website and my specific recommendations can be given when sis has a
phone consult with me!
Laughter is Good Medicine:
"Ahh, so, faithful Little Grasshopper, attend well the wisdom that our revered
HealthBeat reader has gifted to us..."
1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not
walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just
pretty much leave me the heck alone.
2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a
broken fan belt and leaky tire.
3. It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're
going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.
4. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced,
you can't be promoted.
5. Always remember that you're unique. Just like
6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
7. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try
missing a couple of car payments.
8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a
mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and
you have their shoes.
9. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not
10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.
Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that
person again, it was probably worth it.
12. If you tell the truth, you don't have to
13. Some days you're the bug; some days you're the
14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know
15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold
it in half and put it back in your pocket.
16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.
17. Duct tape is like 'The Force.' It has a light
side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
18. There are two theories to arguing with women.
Neither one works.
19. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much
when your lips are moving.
20. Experience is something you don't get until just
after you need it.
21. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
22. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping
pill and a laxative on the same night.