Monday, December 8, 2014

The enemy you touch every day

A little while back, I wrote a Reality Health Check about: phthalates: harmful everyday chemicals that, added up over time, can take a disastrous toll on your health. I cited one study in particular that showed increased exposure to phthalates resulted in lower testosterone in both sexes and a variety of age groups. And, as I mentioned yesterday, low testosterone can be responsible for everything from low sex drive and fatigue, to impaired cognitive and cardiovascular function. What makes phthalates especially scary is that you encounter them every day.

But these aren't the only dangerous chemicals you come into contact with on a daily basis. There's another type of environmental toxin that's just as bad. I'm talking about bisphenol A (more commonly known as BPA).

If BPA sounds familiar, it's probably because this toxin has been in the news quite a bit over the years. I've written about it here in the Reality Health Check and in my Logical Health Alternatives newsletter numerous times. But it's a subject that bears repeating. Because one of the most disturbing things about BPA is that it lurks in some unexpected places.

Most people think of plastic bottles when they think of BPA. But a new study revealed there's an even more common source: receipts.

Store and ATM receipts use large amounts of BPA on the paper's surface as a print developer. And while I've mentioned before that these little slips of paper aren't as harmless as they seem, this study highlights just how dangerous they really are. Especially in combination with some other common products that just about everyone has on hand--literally.

Researchers found a rapid increase in blood levels of BPA when subjects touched a store receipt after using skin care products. Hand sanitizers, hand creams, soaps, and sunscreen all dramatically increased how quickly BPA was absorbed through skin.

As an added step, subjects who had handled the receipts then ate using their hands. And, again, researchers observed that BPA was absorbed very rapidly. As one of the study authors noted: "Our research found that large amounts of BPA can be transferred to your hands and then to the food you hold and eat as well as be absorbed through your skin."

That's incredibly scary--especially in light of the fact that BPA has been proven to cause reproductive defects in infants, children and adults. Not to mention cancer, metabolic and immune problems in rodents. The study's author also noted that with the high levels of BPA absorbed from receipts "many diseases such as diabetes and disorders such as obesity increase as well."

So next time a cashier asks if you want your receipt, just say "no." And while you shouldn't stop washing your hands (with regular soap and water), it is a good idea to cut back on the use of lotions, creams, and hand sanitizers.

Until next time,

Dr. Fred


"The Maddening Way That TV Docs Affect Your Practice," MedScape, 9/18/14

"Thermal paper cash register receipts account for high bisphenol A (BPA) levels in humans." ScienceDaily, 10/22/14

"Holding Thermal Receipt Paper and Eating Food after Using Hand Sanitizer Results in High Serum Bioactive and Urine Total Levels of Bisphenol A (BPA)." PLoS ONE, 2014; 9 (10): e110509 
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Time to change the channel:
The problem with medical advice on TV
Dear Reader,

I always cringe when a patient starts a sentence with "I heard on TV..." It's not so much the topic I worry about. In fact, you come across a lot of interesting things while channel surfing. But the problem is, nine times out of 10 (and that's a generous estimate) you simply don't get the whole story from TV. Especially when it comes to health information presented by those well-known celebrity medical "experts."

I am going to go out on a limb here and say that there's no doctor on mainstream TV who is qualified to give you the information about health and nutrition that I can give you.

Let me clue you in on how these "doctors" (who shall remain nameless) get their information. Do you think they're out there like me reading the journals, scanning the Internet for the latest research into the world of health and nutrition, or even seeing patients? NO! (But I AM doing all of this...and much more.)

They have a team of producers who look at things on the Internet and then decide, "Oh, this will make for an interesting segment with lots of splashy graphics!" They then whip up a 7-minute segment. And just before it gets filmed, a production assistant hands the TV doctor a few index cards outlining the content. The doctor flips through the cards during a commercial break, and voila! He's an "instant expert" on the subject.

Yes, that is how it works. I know, because I've been on TV many times being interviewed for one thing or another. And the scenario I just described played out time and time again. The host interviewing me flipped through a stack of notecards and stashed them out of sight just as the camera started rolling. With just enough background "knowledge" to ask me a few basic questions. And this just doesn't happen on the shows hosted by doctors. It happens on every major network show. I should know...I have been on just about all of them.

But the fact is, television is filled with doctors whose faces have become familiar fixtures in American homes. Which is why I do my best to stay up-to-date on what these folks are saying (and mis-saying). So I can have a better conversation with my patients about these topics--and give you the details you won't get on TV.

Fortunately, my patients are well aware that I know more than these guys. But far too many Americans don't realize these celebrity doctors aren't the "experts" they play on TV. And, unfortunately, their doctors don't bother doing any of the legwork it takes to set the record straight.

Doctors SHOULD make it a priority to learn about the topics their patients are seeing on TV. But they don't. Why? Well, let me just share this quote from Robyn Liu, MD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, which sums up most REAL doctors' thoughts on advice doled out by TV medical "experts."

Dr. Liu says, "At least once a day, a patient will reference something they saw on TV. And I cannot think of an instance where a patient came to me with information from a TV show that was beneficial to them."

I don't know if I'd go quite that far. Some of the things you see on TV are relevant. And if a patient is curious about it, it should matter to his or her doctor.

What I take issue with is that the so-called "experts" presenting the information on TV don't actually know anything about it. The extent of their "knowledge" lies in those little notecards they flipped through prior to their 7-minute segment.

I live and breathe these discoveries. I'm poring over the journals and finding out everything I can so that my patients--and you--have the WHOLE story.

That way, my patients don't have to look to television for the health information they need. Because I'm providing it to them, spending time with them, and learning what's on their minds.

The bottom line here? Don't look to the flashy TV medical shows for expert information. Instead, focus on building a solid, trusting relationship with your doctor. And if you don't have one who you feel comfortable asking questions or discussing a certain topic, well, then it's time to find a new one.

I always recommend searching for a physician who is well versed in both natural and allopathic (traditional mainstream) therapies. (If you need help finding one, try the search function on the American College for Advancement in Medicine's website, They tend to be aware of the new research and treat patients as individuals, instead of simply relying on established, one-size-fits-all protocols.

That way you can be sure you're getting the best of both worlds. 
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All you have to do is eat it--it's that simple!

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Sugar kills--in more ways than one

In this month's issue of my Logical Health Alternatives newsletter, I wrote about a recent Swedish study that discovered a certain chemical in the blood called "high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T"--or troponin for short--can predict heart attack risk with tremendous accuracy.

Now there's new evidence that troponin may be especially dangerous for diabetics--and it may be able to predict much more than just heart attack risk.

In this new study, researchers at Johns Hopkins looked measured troponin levels in more than 9,300 people enrolled in a long-term heart risk study. None showed any signs of heart disease. But around half of those people had trace amounts of troponin in their bloodstream, which indicates that the heart muscle is suffering damage (even though the damage isn't visible... yet).

Here's the kicker: The researchers noted that those with diabetes were more than twice as likely to have elevated levels of troponin than non-diabetics. And people with pre-diabetes were around 30 percent more likely to have levels of troponin in their blood.

The reason this finding is so important? Diabetics with elevated troponin levels were six times more likely to develop heart failure and almost four times more likely to develop heart disease, compared to people without diabetes.

As I've warned you many times before, diabetes paves the way to many, many other serious health problems. So getting your blood sugar under control with a healthy diet (one like my New Hamptons Health Miracle, that includes plenty of lean protein, healthy fats, and fresh, organic fruits and vegetables) and regular exercise should be your No. 1 priority.

Bottom line: sugar kills--in more ways than one.

Until next time,

Dr. Fred


"Diabetes Mellitus, Prediabetes, and Incidence of Subclinical Myocardial Damage,"Circulation 2014; 130:1,374-1,382

"New look at the diabetes, heart risk relationship." ScienceDaily, 9/10/14 (
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Dear Reader,

A few weeks ago, I was sitting outside on a gorgeous sunny day with my beagle, Remington. I was reading the newspaper, minding my own business, when I turned the page and got admonished by a message from the Surgeon General. The pronouncement? Indoor AND outdoor tanning must stop!

Honestly? Do, we really need the Surgeon General to tell us to get out of the sun? How many times have we heard that message by now?

Don't get me wrong, I agree that too much exposure to UV radiation is dangerous. And while I recommend getting 20 minutes a day of direct sun exposure WITHOUT sunscreen, it's important to wear it the rest of the time you're outside. (Just make sure to choose a natural, organic, non-toxic sunscreen like Lavera, Aubrey, Earth's Best, or Soleo.)

Yes, skin cancer is on the rise. But the skin cancers emerging now are often from damage done to the skin 20, 30 or even 40 years ago. Considering no one was aware of the potentially harmful effects of excess sun exposure back then--and no one wore sunscreen--of course we are going to see increasing numbers of skin cancer now.

Now, I'm not encouraging you to go sit in a tanning bed. But I think enough light (or should I say shade) has been shed on this topic. Today, everyone is well aware of the importance of sunscreen.

So what prompted this new, dire warning from the Surgeon General?

Well, it seems that 5 million Americans are treated for skin cancer each year at a cost of $8 billion.

Ok--point taken.

But let's compare that to the yearly cost of obesity and all of its associated illnesses in the U.S. That annual sum adds up to a whopping $700 billion. And overweight and obesity affects roughly 200 million Americans.

Now that's something that a Surgeon General needs to address.

But knowing our government, I can only imagine what "urgent" warning he'll move on to next.
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irresponsible as the day goes on
Dear Reader,

By now you're used to me telling you about alarming studies. But this one made me even angrier than usual, because it shows the mainstream medical community at its most jaw-droppingly irresponsible.

This new study looked at the rates at which doctors prescribed antibiotics for acute respiratory infections. These types of infections bring familiar symptoms like runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, sore throat, and cough. And a virus almost always causes them. Since antibiotics only combat bacterial infections, they're useless against viruses. So the fact that doctors prescribe antibiotics for respiratory infections at all is maddening. But this new research found that this already-inappropriate practice gets worse over the course of the day.

The group of doctors in this study appeared to "wear down" and prescribe more antibiotics at the end of the day than at the beginning.

Here's the breakdown: The researchers gathered data from 23 different primary care practices over the course of 17 months. They looked at diagnoses, visit times, antibiotic prescriptions and chronic illnesses. After analyzing over 21,000 incidents of respiratory infection, they found antibiotic prescribing generally increased as the day went on, with 5 percent more patients receiving antibiotics at the end of the day compared to the beginning.

Here's what's even sadder. The researchers suggested, "Remedies for this problem might include different schedules, shorter sessions, more breaks, or maybe even snacks."

Snacks? Really? I can guarantee you that I don't need a snack to help keep me from flagrantly prescribing antibiotics to patients who don't need them. But maybe that's just me.

The study's authors also noted, "Clinic is very demanding and doctors get worn down over the course of their clinic sessions." Again, this is no excuse. If you can't treat patients appropriately after five or six hours on the clock, you shouldn't be treating patients AT ALL.

The fact is, every single dose of antibiotics taken when it's not absolutely necessary contributes to the serious problem of antibiotic resistance in this country. A problem EVERY medical professional should be acutely aware of--and actively trying to stop.

What can you do to make sure you're not on the receiving end of one of these shoddy prescriptions? Well, first of all, you should keep your immune system operating at peak performance so that, hopefully, you don't wind up with a respiratory infection in the first place. (For my complete immune protocol, refer back to the May 2014 issue of Logical Health Alternatives. Subscribers can download and view this issue for free by logging on to And if you're not already a subscriber, now is a great time to become one--to make sure you have this important info on hand for before the winter sniffles hit.)

If you do find yourself under the weather and feel like you need to see a doctor, make sure to schedule your appointment for the morning (or as early in the day as possible).

Like I said, good doctors should have their wits about them no matter what time of day it is. But better safe than sorry, I suppose.
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