Restorative Medicine Digest

A Brief Review of Natural Therapies to Support Immunomodulation

Immunomodulation is the process of regulating the immune system to ensure it responds adaptively. Normally, the immune system self-regulates through mechanisms of physiological homeostasis. However, in several health conditions, including cancer and auto-immune disorders, the self-regulatory mechanism is unable to function optimally. read more »

Updates in Stem Cell Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

Accumulating evidence from human studies suggests that autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) is successful at inducing long-term remission and improvement in disability for people with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). read more »

Updates in Neurology: The Neuroprotective Role of Dietary Polyphenols

It’s been known for a while that polyphenols are important antioxidants. Now, an increasing number of studies suggest that dietary polyphenols have potent anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties as well. read more »

Post-COVID Syndrome

Dr. Heather Zwickey explains Post-COVID Syndrome. Post-COVID syndrome refers to any long-term symptoms that remain when the infection is over. read more »

What Is the Best Diet for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis?

The etiology of multiple sclerosis (MS) is still poorly understood, but it’s likely that a complex interplay of both genetic and environmental factors contributes to its development. Interestingly, no definitive evidence has been found for a genetic association with the clinical course of MS, suggesting that environmental factors might play a key role in prognosis. Diet is an obvious modifiable factor for physicians to explore with their MS patients given that food can have a powerful effect on the inflammatory process. read more »

Dr. Jorge Miranda Massari Discusses IV Vitamin C

There comes a point when you can safely taper down the intensity of the treatments, but you have to be at a level in which you feel comfortable, you have control over the disease. Of course, you do that within a framework where you have an integrated treatment plan and you’re treating everything you find that is related to the disease. Even though vitamin C is one of the most potent therapies, obviously that’s not the only therapy you use. read more »

Gordon Saxe, MD Focuses on Diet in Integrative Oncology

In a situation where a patient is doing watchful waiting, why not enhance their watchful period with optimizing their diet and nutrition, and potentially reducing their likelihood of having the cancer progress? In that situation the only side effects of proper dietary changes are good ones, such as reducing the likelihood of comorbidities like diabetes, obesity, or heart disease. read more »

Donald Abrams, MD on Cannabis and Cancer

Our endogenous cannabinoid system probably helps modulate our response to pain. The largest evidence base for this in the literature is for neuropathic pain, not necessarily chemo-induced neuropathy, but HIV neuropathy and even a small study in diabetic neuropathy. In animal models, laboratory cannabinoids seem to not only treat but also prevent chemotherapy-induced neuropathy caused by the vinca alkaloids, taxanes, and platinums, which are the three main classes of chemotherapy agents. In addition, insomnia seems to be something that both THC and CBD may be able to address. read more »

Integrative Oncologist Dawn Lemanne, MD Discusses Ketogenic Diets

My experience has been that most patients take to fasting very well, and they often want to do more than I want them to do. Fasting becomes, for most people, much easier the more they do it. Once you've up-regulated the enzymes that allow you to tap into your fat reserves for fuel, it becomes easier. The first couple of days are the hardest, especially for someone new to fasting. For people who are on a vegetarian diet, or another type of diet very high in carbohydrates, it will be harder to get into ketosis, which is when the engines of fasting rev up and you start feeling a little bit better. But people who have been on a ketogenic diet or who are experienced fasters will be able to metabolize fat pretty easily, and will slip into the fasting mode quite quickly. read more »

A Unique Approach to Thyroid Disorders: Interview with Kent Holtorf, MD

Most Hashimoto’s patients do not have typical antibodies. They have antibodies against their pituitary, but it’s an activating antibody, and so it lowers TSH. I’ve found that giving thyroid hormone results in a better outcome than lowering the antibodies. In my talk I’ll explain why T3 is far superior for patients with Hashimoto’s. read more »

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