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At Integrated Nutrition of Mount Kisco, PLLC and Blood Logic, Inc. we work in close partnership with you towards developing your natural healing plan. What you do not need is a generalized “one size fits all approach.”  Our approach for clarifying your health issues, finding hidden causes of your health problem(s) and developing natural solutions has been woven into our carefully designed longevity approach that we call The Blood Detective’s Longevity Plan. We believe that developing a Metabolic Map of your entire body by performing specialized health tests (e.g., biomarkers) is a truly holistic way of viewing, appreciating and managing your health concerns. As a concierge practice, we make ourselves truly available to you.  As a paperless office we are concerned about the world environment as it affects our “internal environment”…namely, your health.

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Your Health is like a Marathon - Practical Tips for Achieving your Personal Health Record

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Dr. Michael Wald- Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco

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First of all I want to thank everyone who attended our fundraising pre-marathon party to raise money for Tourette’s syndrome.  I’d like to repay you by giving you some practical thoughts for your health using my marathon training experiences as a metaphor. Very practical stuff – promise!

I’ve definitely learned that there are some important parallels between my marathon training and producing health and wellbeing.  These tips, I believe, are essential for anyone who is healthy or those with mild or very serious illness who wish to increase his/her chances of recovery.  If you take my suggestions to heart, I believe that you can complete your “Personal Health Record or (PHR).

As a marathon runner for two years I’ve learned that poor food choices compromise my ability to train hard and if I want to improve my performance I must inevitably pay attention to diet.

Like health and wellness efforts one must be mindful of food choices depending on the type of race you’re in.  If you’ve got cancer in the latter stages much more detail and adherence is required to get our PHR.  If you want to prevent chronic illness and avoid disease then you might be able to slack off a little, but a long-term plan is necessary.

During my training I’ve run four days per week for over eight months; that’s considered a fairly dedicated marathon training program.  That’s right!  This is considered an adequate training program, but not in an elite level training program.

Once again, whatever your health goals, if you want your PHR, you must put out efforts that are proportional to your health goals.

I’ve learned that if I run slowly on one day it might be because I ran hard on another day, but I’ve also learned that this improves my ability to run more intensely over the long haul.

From a health perspective I’ve learned from treating many patients over the last 20+ years, that we don’t have to be perfect in our health endeavors, but we have a hard time on one day or one week or one month for that matter, we can plan on making it up as we go along.

Most of us burn about 100 calories for every mile we walk or run for that matter.  I’ve done runs as long as 22 miles in preparation for my marathon burning 2,200 calories.

It’s important that when eating or taking nutritional supplements for the purpose of prevention or treatment of serious illness that a fundamental attention to caloric intake in addition to supplements must be adhered to.

I’ve learned that when you run fast your body burns glycogen and when you run slower and longer your body burns fat.  From a healing perspective, it’s important, just like in marathon training, that a combination of fast and slow efforts be attempted.

One might be more intense nutritionally at one stage of healthcare efforts, and slow things down at another.

The basic elements of training, which I believe are completely consistent with success in life and healing include consistency, mileage, intensity and rest.

Someone wishing to improve their overall health and wellbeing must be consistent with their efforts.  This does not mean that have to be perfect each day, but over the long haul they must have some repetitiveness and regularity to their efforts to “add up” to optimal health.

In terms of mileage, over time both the runner and person wishing to maintain or achieve health will benefit with a longer life due to reduction in chronic degenerative diseases.

Intensity is a key element for health improvements and athletic performance.  If one does not have some periods of intense efforts he or she cannot expect to make dramatic health improvements.

Rest, of course, is key for all healing and athletic efforts because there is no repair without rest and sleep.

Running experts agree that building up mileage over time is essential for achieving success in a long distance event.

I can tell you from working with literally thousands of patients over the years that one cannot expect to achieve health or improve their chronic disease overnight; time, in other words mileage, is an essential factor separating those who “do the right thing for short periods of time, as compared to those who become the result they desire”.

I’ve learned that with running if I want to improve my endurance I must increase the volume of my running or how many miles I run.

The same is true of health endeavors, if you set high goals for health you must practice healthy living more often than not.

As a runner, increasing the key to improving running performance is to increase mileage gradually and pay attention to how your body reacts.

As the original Blood Detective I’ve learned that careful attention to my patients biochemistry and the subjective perceptions of the healing process, is essential for making subtle adjustments over time that add up to optimal healing results.

Every runner knows there’s no single workout or training program that’s best for everyone – this is certainly true for every single patient I’ve ever met.

I literally must “rewrite the book” when developing individualized healing plans.  Careful assessment of one’s individual needs, and developing a coherent healing plan, is the best single way towards maximizing healing.

During my runs that go longer than an hour, I consume nutritional bars and supplements along my runs, often before my runs and after for speeding recovery.

There is no way that eating even the most healthy foods can substitute for concentrated forms of expertly formulated nutritional supplements.  My Blood Detective line of nutritional supplements has been developed though many years of research and can be individualized to each persons needs.  On the other hand, there’s no substitute for healthy diet, but a healthy diet without concentrated forms of nutritional supplements will hamper the healing process – in other words, goal results!

In marathon training there are days when there are hard workouts, intermediate workouts and easy workouts.

Like healing efforts I develop plans that might be easier, slightly harder and very difficult depending on what needs to be done.  For example, I’ll often recommend dramatic dietary, lifestyle and nutritional supplement changes which will be equivalent to a hard run, but one would not want to run hard or attempt extreme lifestyle, nutritional supplement and dietary efforts ongoingly.

How to train is an essential part of a well-organized running plan.

Likewise, how to eat, sleep and live for producing health also must begin with a well-organized plan.  As a runner, if you do not have a well-organized training plan you will never “peak” by race time.  If my patients are faced with surgery, chemotherapy or simply dealing with chronic health issues that don’t seem to be going away on their own, a well organized plan can help push one forward towards increased wellness.

As a new person involved in marathons (my second year of marathon training) developing a baseline for running is essential as I improve my skills over the long haul.

The same is true with my patients who desire ongoing healing and optimal wellness.  When beginning improvement in diet, lifestyle or taking supplements think of this as creating a “baseline” to build upon over the long term.  If one continues to do the same thing every day, even “eating well and taking supplements” – even when they’re based on my suggestions, will fall short if these suggestions are not adjusted ongoingly as needed over time.

A marathoner needs a minimum of 70 grams of protein a day.

A patient of mine with a minor health problem as opposed to one with a significant or even a life threatening health problem must have the appropriate intake of vitamins, minerals, proteins, healthy carbs and healthy fats.  Failure to pay attention to these fundamentals will lead to a person, and a runner, “tanking” during the race.  The ideal eating plan must be based upon one’s laboratory work, goals and current abilities and adjusted as needed.

I’ve also learned that confidence is probably the most important factor in mind of athletes.

I encourage my patients to realize the truth about health and healing, namely that there isn’t a single health issue or devastating disease that someone somewhere has not overcome!  I refuse to believe, or take the words of even the smartest physicians in allopathic medical circles, that it is impossible to manage particular health issues.  Time and time again over the last 20+ years I’ve seen people beat every manner of healthcare problem imaginable with their physicians simply saying “I’ve never seen anything like it”.

Finally, I’ve learned that maintaining a steady pace during a race will allow me to “pick up the pace” later in the race and this is known to be an effective strategy for passing a lot of runners in the last half dozen or so miles who simply went out too fast.  I can promise you that following our individualized healing plans will help you create “a steady pace” so that you have the best chance of achieving your health goals…or PRH – Personal Record in Health.

Best of health to you and to your loved one’s!

Dr. Michael Wald

Director of Nutritional Ses at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco

Who uses Complimentary/Alternative Healthcare?

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Who uses Complimentary/Alternative Healthcare?

By Dr. Michael Wald

People ask me all the time, “Do you think that one day more doctors and the public will accept what you do?”  Honestly, I stand there is disbelieve because, from my perspective (and apparently the statistics agree with me), the use of Complimentary-Alternative Medicine (CAM) by you (the public) are here to stay and growing rapidly!

I am concerned with the public’s general lack of ability to determine what is good and what is “not so good” CAM Care.  It is not a matter of intelligence on the part of the public, it is simply a matter of not knowing enough about a particular part of CAM care that is the problem.  For example, as a practitioner of clinical nutrition there are big differences between a practitioner who is a naturopath, a clinical nutritionist, a nutritional practitioner with a master’s degree in the subject, a dietician, a certified nutritionist, a practitioner who obtains their degree over the internet, etc.  At the end of the day, it is often a trial and effort process for the health care consumer (that’s you!) in your journey to determine who can best help you.  Much of the choosing is purely emotional based in my opinion; people saying things like, “he or she is a great doctor because of personality, or because of nothing tangible at all.  A good practitioner can tell in less than 10 seconds if a practitioner is worth his/her mustard based on the recommendations given to a person with a particular health problem.

Here are a few quick examples of how I know instantly if a practitioner if a patient was working with (they are now sought out my knowledge and skills in this area) is qualified to provide nutritional care for each of the below conditions.  Keep in mind that the comments I have give are proven out based on what is known as Evidenced Based criteria; a level of scientific study that makes each statement reasonable.  It is important that you know that these short statements are not merely my opinion.  I have also given some examples of things that SHOULD NOT be recommended.

 

  • Breast Cancer – the patient must have been placed on melatonin among other suggestions and they must have been told that no amount of alcohol is considered safe for those who currently have breast cancer.

 

  • Multiple Sclerosis – the patient’s testing (and yes there must have been testing) should have included Epstein bar virus and uric acid levels; Epstein bar may be a trigger of MS and high normal uric acid levels are associated with a better outcome for this disease.  The form of B12 given (and it does not matter if the blood level of B12 is high) should be methylcobalamine (and not cyano or hydroxycobalamine).

 

  • Hormonal Imbalance – the women who has been placed on bioidentical hormones must never have a history of breast or other hormone related (particularly estrogen) related cancers.  If DHEA was given (and adrenal hormone) to a women with a personal history of breast cancer run the other way!  Nutrition should include flaxseeds (not oil), omega 3 fatty acids, DIM and or indole3-carbinol and others to help the body metabolize the hormones.

 

  • Gastrointestinal Problems – the person with an inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or crohn’s disease must be on saccromyces cervesea probiotic (along with at least 7 other probiotics).  If the patient is not on the saccromyces then I know immediately that the practitioner that this patient was formerly seeing did not understand the mechanisms of these diseases.

 

  • Hepatitis C – this patient should have been offered intravenous glycine, n-acetylcysteine and glycerretic acid; a combination of three natural compounds studied extensively by the Japanese (the discovers of hepatitis C).  There studies should a high rate of cure or remission.

 

  • Fatigue – the testing should have included a variety of causes of fatigue including the testing of ferritin (a long term storage form of iron and protein); vitamin B12 and folic acid for B vitamin anemia along with homocysteine (a test of “use” not absorption of B6, B12 and folic acid); albumin (for protein anemia); vitamin C levels (does not matter how much you take daily) and many more forms of anemia. Causes of anemia are many and might include: immune disease, heavy menstruation, hemorrhoids, polyps, colon cancer, aspirin or other anticoagulant use, etc. Hormonal causes include autoimmune thyroid disease (not usually checked by regular docs); low thyroid hormones, low estrogen levels or imbalances of progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, etc.

 

  • Many more example: I could go on all day siting the many mistakes practitioners make with lack of thoroughness.  Read the short tips below as they might help you distinguish if your choice of CAM provider is up to snuff!

 

How can you tell who’s good?  Here are a few tips:

  1. Schedule an appointment with the practitioner and meet with them to see how you feel about their bedside manner
  2. If they are not willing to meet with you at no cost for a short time you have your answer.   Go somewhere else.
  3. It is not enough that you have a recommendation. Your friend or person who recommended a particular health care provider may have a condition that you do not and therefore the practitioner may be more or less able to help you.
  4. Know you subject to some extent and “test” the health care provider about the condition. Ask them questions that should match up to your research. Please understand that you research may be wrong or otherwise incomplete, but at least it is something. The practitioner may certainly know more than you, but you must make some attempt to educate yourself.

 

 

Use of CAM in the United States

 

“In December 2008, the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Center for Health Sciences (part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released new findings on Americans’ use of complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM).  The findings are from the 2007 National Health interview survey (NHIS); an annual in-person survey of American’s regarding their health – and illness-related experiences.  The CAM section gathered information on 22,393 adults age 18 years and older and others.  A similar CAM section was included in the 2002 NHIS providing the opportunity to examine transient CAM use, too.

 

In short, “In the United States, approximately 30% of adults (about 4 in 10) and approximately 12% of children (about 1 in 9) are using some form of CAM,… including

 

Acupuncture

Aruveda

Biofeedback

Chelation therapy

Chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation

Deep breathing exercises

Diet-based therapies

Energy healing therapies such as Reiki

Guided imagery

Homeopathic treatment

Hypnosis

Massage

Meditation

Movement therapies

Natural products

Naturopathy

Progressive relaxation

QI gong

Tai Chi

Traditional healers

Yoga

Use of natural products

 

“The most popular natural products are fish oil/omega-3, glucosamine, echinacea and flaxseed”.

 

http://nccam.nih.gov/news/camstats/2007/camsurvey/fsi-htm.

 

 

Dangerous Decisions - Why Doctors Order So Many Tests

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Commentary by Dr. Michael Wald

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An article occurring in the New York Times, Sunday October 2, 2011 edition, discussed this important issue.  Dr. Wald’s comments in black below.

The article goes on to say that doctors admit performing tests because some patients seem to insist on testing when they have chronic symptoms.  Other causes include:

Staying out of trouble and surviving in medical practice  – doctors are performing tests to help offset malpractice cases.

Financial reasons – Most doctors did not report that this was a motivation.  This of course does not mean that money making was not part of their decision to perform tests. In my opinion however financial gain is actually not a prominent reason by the individual health care provider, but might be on the part of their employer (i.e., the hospital and/or HMO/PPO who drives testing criteria).  It is my believe that many practitioners are actually ignorant to the harm that many procedures/practitioners can inflict upon their patients (such as too many x-rays, mammograms and CT scans, or medication prescriptions).  I believe that most medical physicians actually believe that they are doing the right thing for their patients in terms of medications and medical tests even and have not thoroughly thought out for themselves the negatives.  They are simply “doing what they are told” or doing what they were taught in residency or medical school and do not often think creatively or “out of the box”.

It should be noted, according to the New York Times article, that some studies have estimated that up to 30% of the care delivered to patients in the United States is unnecessary, and sometimes even harmful.

Patients are receiving too much care.  This believe, according to many doctors themselves, underscores the issue of too much care, increased chances of complications including unnecessary deaths, side-effects and other issues associated with unnecessary interventions (i.e., x-rays and CT scans that may contribute to cancer incidence).

Surveys show that doctors feel pressure to overtreat patients based on inadequate time allowed to consult with their patients, fear of being sued or being perceived as not doing enough and ordering tests for minor issuesThe problem here in my opinion is that patients insist on more attention within a disease care system (and not a health care system) – this philosophical and practical difference often leads to trouble.

A survey of doctors said that they, “believe that the current quality measures and clinical guidelines endorsed by healthcare experts and insurers has a way to reign in excesses, where, in fact, has the opposite affect.  The guidelines might, for example, require patients with high blood pressure and diabetes to have specific blood tests every three months…”  What this statement is saying is that the insurance companies often dictate practice guidelines for doctors that may lead to overtreatment, medical complications and unnecessary medical care.  One must also keep in mind that the medical treatments for these and other conditions that are tested, due to medical policy, on a regular basis, may lead for many people only to the “standard medical management” (which may be dangerous) when so many safe and natural alternatives are available.

“Guidelines in general set a bar for not enough care” – Some doctors claim that more testing should be done, but studies have shown that the more medical care delivered the greater the number of complications. Also, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, 80% of procedures and practices in medicine are wrong!  According to other studies, most diagnoses are wrong; if this is true than 100% of the medications prescribed for these wrong diagnoses are incorrect!

 “Moreover, a majority of doctors surveyed acknowledge being curious about how their colleagues practice; and well over half ask to see a report and the researchers offered on how practices in their own communities differed from others”.  I find this statement unbelievable because doctors should know something about other areas of medicine.  This is a problem I believe in the basic medical education that is compartmentalized meaning that different doctors studying different types of medical care are often undereducated in other areas of medicine.  This underscores a major criticism of holistic doctors and practitioners that have knowledge in medicine, natural medicine and all areas of the body.  Remember the old saying, “One can be too close to the tree so as not to see the forest”; this statement I believe is true of medicine and is a major limiting factor preventing wellness care delivery to the public.

What this article completely ignores is the fact there is almost a total absence of tests and procedures which are meant to prevent the major causes of death and disability in this country.  Furthermore, these tests, otherwise known as bio-markers and nutritional tests, when considered in a holistic fashion, can go a long way towards prevention saving literally billion so of dollars and millions of lives; and improving quality of life. 

 No one is claiming that holistic care, when done right is inexpensive, but in the long run people undoubtedly live higher quality lives and may even be living longer as a result of a reduction in chronic degenerative incidence. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q & A: Intravenous Vitamin C

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Download the PDF version here 2. True or False? Vitamin C given intravenously (otherwise known as, IVC), but not by mouth, kills cancerous neuroblastoma cells (cancer of the nerves) by producing hydrogen peroxide?

ANSWER: True. Hydrogen peroxide is generated by vitamin C and is not toxic to normal cells.

3. True or False? IVC and cause renal (kidney) stones?

ANSWER: False. A study has demonstrated that, with normal kidney function, even IVC (high dosages) does not cause stones.

4. True or False? IVC is effective for the treatment of herpetic neuralgia, a herpes virus caused nerve inflammation, even beyond the antiviral therapies given for this condition?

ANSWER: True. IVC caused the neuralgia to go into remission (no cure is available).

5. True or False? Intravenous vitamin C improves small artery circulation in the heart?

ANSWER: True.

6. True or False? Antiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels and is critical for tumor growth. IVC inhibits or stops new blood vessel growth in both animal and clinical case studies?

ANSWER: True. Journal of Angiogenesis Research.

7. True or False? IVC may have benefits in patients with advanced cancers and can- cers with a poor outcome with limited therapeutic options, and, improves overall quality of life?

ANSWER: True. Three case reports indicate that the role of high dose IVC, which was verified by pathologists at the National Cancer Institute, demonstrate definitive benefit.

8. True or False? The Mayo Clinic studies on vitamin C did not show benefit in termi- nal cancer patients at 10 grams once a day of oral C. Other trials have demonstrated that vitamin C is effective against tumors when given intravenously?

ANSWER: True. According to various studies including one in the PR Health Science Journal.

9. True or False? IVC may help critically ill patients after severe burns by rapidly re-toring depleted vitamin C levels and also helps reduce circulatory shock, improving fluid balance and reducing edema (swelling)?

ANSWER: True. Supraphysiological levels of vitamin C, achieved only by IV, may restore vascular function in critically ill patients.

10. True or False? Vitamin C along with magnesium, calcium and B complex vitamins have benefitted conditions including, asthma attacks, migraine, fatigue, fibromyal- gia, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections, sinusitis, seasonal allergic rhinitis, cardiovascular disease and other disorders? ANSWER: True. According to the journal, Alternative Medicine Review.

11. True or False? IVC improves the immunodeficient state in those with interstitial pneumonia, particularly when given along with DHEA and the adrenal hormone cortisol?

ANSWER: True. According to the journal, InVivo.

12. True or False? High doses of vitamin C can promote cell death of liver cancer cells when those cancer cells were placed in rats?

ANSWER: True.

13. True or False? IVC has proven effects with those with advanced cancers?

ANSWER: True. According to the journal, Anticancer Research, IVC is effective against tumor cells and should be reevaluated as an important therapeutic tool.

14. True or False? Low doses of IVC can help diabetics on dialysis who are unrespon- sive to certain medications?

ANSWER: True. According to the journal, Renal Failure, IVC helps release iron overload in diabetic patients on hemodialysis.

15. True or False? IVC given along with IV immunoglobin is synergistic as an effec- tive therapy for decreasing the progression of experimental autoimmune myocarditis (inflammation of heart muscle)?

ANSWER: True.

16. True or False? IV vitamin C acts as a pro-oxidant significantly decreasing growth rates of ovarian, pancreatic and glioblastoma (brain) tumors in mice?

ANSWER: True. Vitamin C may have benefits in cancers with poor prognosis and lim- ited therapeutic options according to the journal, Proc Natal Acad Sei USA.

17. True or False? IVC not only kills pancreatic cancer cells by increasing hydrogen peroxide production in the body, but reduces symptoms of the disease improving quality of life?

ANSWER: True. According to the Journal of Clinical Cancer Research.

18. True or False? According to the Journal of Applied Physiology, IVC abolishes con- striction (choking off) of blood vessels in the leg restoring blood flow in healthy older men?

ANSWER: True.

19. True or False? High doses of vitamin C induces cell death in all lines of mesothe- lioma cells (a fatal asbestos caused lung cancer)?

ANSWER: True. Data from a Japanese study suggests that the ascorbic acid (vitamin C) may have benefits for patients with this fatal disease.

20. True or False? As reported by the Department of Family Medicine at a Korean college of medicine, IVC enhances the quality of life of terminal cancer patients?

ANSWER: In terminal cancer patients, the quality of life is as important as a cure and this study shows that IVC improved emotional health, cognitive function, improved fatigue, nausea, vomiting, pain and appetite loss.

 

Dr. Wald’s training schedule

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Training – Dr. Wald’s training schedule

Some of you have asked me what my training schedule is like, so I thought I’d give you a brief overview.  First of all, it’s 5:37 a.m. on Friday the 23rd of September and very soon I’ll be going out for what’s considered an “easy run” of a distance of 7 miles at an 8:38 minute per mile pace.  I’ll rest tomorrow and the next day I’ll do what’s known as tempo run where I will run slowly for 2 miles and then run much faster for 5 straight miles at a 7:21 minute pace.  The very next day I’ll run an easy run at a distance of 7 miles at an 8:38 pace then rest for another day.  A 20 mile run will be attempted next at a pace of 8 minutes 38 seconds per mile.  Between this morning’s run and my final run, which will occur 2 days before marathon race day, I’ll have run approximately 250 miles.  I have been training for this marathon for 4 months and have run consistently 4 days a week, but increased to 5 days a week about a month ago.  The extra day I added for just general conditioning and stress reduction.  That’s funny!  Running all these miles to reduce stress, believe it or not, is really what works for me.  To quote Forrest Gump again about running,

(Forrest Gump is running) “I had run for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days and 16 hours”

(He stops and turns around).  A young man running says, “Quiet, quiet!  He’s going to say something!”

(Forrest Gump pauses) and says, “I’m pretty tired…I think I’ll go home now.”

At the end of the day, this is exactly what I will be doing…going home!

 

What Your Doctor Does Not Want You to Know

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By Dr. Michael Wald - Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco

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What’s all this controversy about alternative or complimentary health care anyway?  It seems that when many allopathic (aka “traditional”) physicians are asked about their thoughts regarding nutrition and natural healthcare, they reply “there’s no evidence for that witchcraft, it’s a waste of time and money.”  The truth, however, is that thousands of people worldwide have benefited from improvements in diet, herbs, nutritional supplements and other non-drug therapies. Not to mention that tens of thousands of peer-reviewed scientific studies have been performed which demonstrate the safety, cost-effectiveness and benefits of natural medicine for a wide variety of chronic health problems including, but not limited to, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, fatigue, obesity, infertility, headaches, chronic pain and many others.  For example, you can go to the Services section at: www.intmedny.com and click on the Scientific References button at the end for evidence on Vitamin C’s benefits in a large number of diseases.  Then why are well educated and obviously well intentioned physicians often so dead set against holistic or complimentary or alternative health care practices? First of all, not all allopathic physicians are against holistic practices and those that are, I am sure, are biased and/or under pressure from their medical practices and/or hospitals not to give credence towards non-insurance reimbursable services such as holistic health care.  Some doctors claim that there is no reasonable scientific evidence that nutrition and natural medicine works.  A lack of scientific evidence is not the problem, as anyone with research knowledge knows by exploring the National Library of Medicine at www.pubmed.com. This website provides medical abstracts and, when searched correctly, clearly demonstrates that alternative and nutritional therapies work. My experience having worked with thousands of patients over the last twenty-plus years in clinical practice is that some doctors are just ignorant!  How do I know? My patients tend to know more than their doctors and this is their conclusion from questioning the so-called “expert” physicians.  Final takeaway…if you want an accurate opinion about nutrition ask a doctor who has training in the subject and is not just being defensive at the expense of your health!

“My doctor says that nutrition is a waste of time and cannot help my disease condition or symptoms”. Then why is it that even most non-physicians reading this article know the following? High fat foods increase one’s risk of developing cancer, heart disease and colon cancer; trans fats can cause heart disease and cancer; the Mediterranean Diet is proven to reverse heart disease and help cancers; calcium supplements are given to help osteoporosis; vitamin D helps prevent fatigue, breast and prostate cancer; vitamin C helps prevent colds; niacin lowers cholesterol; magnesium lowers blood pressure; raspberries can reduce inflammation, increase immune function and are heart healthy – this is just a small sampling of how nutrition helps to prevent and reverse illness and disease.

Proper nutrition obviously reduces the risk of chronic degenerative disease and no reputable scientist would argue with this point.  Careful laboratory assessment, like the type I can provide through my Blood Detective Logic system along with a careful health history and nutritional examination, go a long way towards individualizing one’s health plan and reducing disease risk.

Keep in mind that, “just because your doctor did not learn about nutritional and natural health care in medical school” does not mean that it does not offer health potential.

For more information please go to www.intmedny.com or call us at (914) 242-8844.

Juicing Tips

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Juicing Tips Presented by Mr. Sunny Seward & Dr. Michael Wald - Integrated Medicine & Nutrition This information is for educational purposes only.  Some fruits and vegetables may adversely interact with nutritional supplements or medications.  Juicing may cause unpleasant symptoms ranging from, but not including, fatigue, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea, heart burn, muscle and joint aches, headache, allergic reactions, etc. Please consult with a trained health professional before introducing medicinal juicing if you have chronic health problems, are pregnant, take herbs or nutritional supplements or are on prescription medication.

Juicing has the potential of being one of the most, if not the most, powerful adjunct to a healthy diet for the treatment and/or reduction of chronic disease occurrence.  The benefits of juicing are extreme ranging from improved detoxification, enhancing cellular energetic, reducing inflammation, immune modulation, supplying dense and live nutrition and more.

Use pesticide free veggies. It is wise to choose organic whenever possible. However, some vegetables are worse than others. Below are the vegetables that are the most pesticide loaded ones according to the Environmental Working Group. So it would be wise to only purchase these vegetables if they are organically grown. The worst ones are listed first:

 

  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber (not bad if you peel the skin)

 

If you are new to juicing, start out with these vegetables, as they are the easiest to digest and tolerate:

 

  • Celery
  • Fennel (anise)
  • Cucumbers

 

These three aren't as nutrient dense as the dark green vegetables. Once you get used to the 3 vegetables listed above, you can start adding the more nutritionally valuable, but less palatable, vegetables into your juice:

 

  • Red leaf lettuce
  • Green Leaf lettuce
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Spinach

 

After you're used to these, then go to the next step:

 

  • Cabbage
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Bok Choy

 

When you're ready, move on to adding herbs to your juicing. Herbs also make wonderful combinations, and here are two that work exceptionally well:

 

  • Parsley
  • Cilantro

 

Note: You need to be cautious with cilantro, as many cannot tolerate it well. If you are new to juicing, hold off on the cilantro. These are more challenging to consume, but they are highly beneficial.

 

Only use one or two of these leaves, as they are very bitter:

 

  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Mustard Greens (bitter)

 

If you would like to make your juice taste a bit more palatable, especially in the beginning, you can add these elements:

 

Lemons and Limes: You can also add a quarter to half a lemon a lime (leaving much of the white rind on).

 

Cranberries: You can also add some cranberries if you enjoy them. Researchers have discovered that cranberries have five times the antioxidant content of broccoli, which means they may protect against cancer, stroke and heart disease. In addition, they are chock-full of phytonutrients, and can help women avoid urinary tract infections. Limit the cranberries to about 4 ounces per pint of juice.

 

Fresh ginger: This is an excellent addition if you can tolerate it. It gives your juice a little "kick"! And, as an added boon, researchers have found that ginger can have dramatic effects on cardiovascular health, including preventing atherosclerosis, lowering cholesterol levels, and preventing the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL).

Drink your vegetable juice right away, or store it very carefully.

Put your juice in a glass jar with an airtight lid and fill it to the very top. There should be a minimum amount of air in the jar as the oxygen in air (air is about 20 percent oxygen) will "oxidize" and damage the juice.

Purchase a food vacuum pump like Food Saver with a Ball jar attachment. You can pour your juice into a pint jar and put the lid on and use the Food Saver to suck out the air in the jar to vacuum pack it. This will remove most of the oxygen that will damage the juice.

Immediately store it in the fridge and consume it when you are ready. It is best to drink it as soon as possible and in any case within 24 hours of juicing.

Clean your juicer properly

Whatever you do, you need to clean your juicer immediately after you juice to prevent any remnants from contaminating the juicer with mold growth.

 

Dr. Wald’s Favorite Smoothie Recipe

 

Purchase from the supermarket a bag of mixed, frozen fruits containing blueberries, strawberries, bananas, mango’s – whatever fruits you like!

 

  1. For one serving use one handful of frozen fruit and put it into a blender.
  2. Fill the blender with apple juice (or pear juice or orange) to cover the frozen fruit

half way.

  1. Use purified water and cover the frozen fruits completely.
  2. Add 1/3rd scooper (small scoop in supplement canister) of each of the following natural, concentrated foods supplements:
  3. Green Detox (for gentle ongoing detoxification); Brain Energy Blast (for  enhanced energy balance); Purple Longevity (has nutritional longevity factors); Reds Protect (free radical fighter).
  4. Blend all up together for 30 seconds and you are ready to enjoy a delicious, comprehensive nutritional food!

Natural Hormones – Can they extend your quality of life and help you live longer?

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By Dr. Michael Wald Living longer sounds like a great idea, but do you really want to live longer with impaired memory, loss of sex drive and suffering from heart disease, diabetes and other chronic degenerative diseases?  The answer is few people want length of life in exchange for quality of life.

Optimizing one’s hormone levels has been shown to improve sex drive, overall sense of wellbeing, burn fat, strengthen bones, help maintain muscle throughout the body, lower cholesterol levels, improve memory and help ward off almost every major killer of modern living.  Guaranteed? No way, but the science is accumulating that we can life longer and live better!  Here are some things to think about…

We human beings age in die largely because our hormone levels diminish or fade away completely resulting in loss of quality of life and shorter life span. Women are outliving men in part because of estrogen levels. Estrogens signal longevity genes in the body that reduce the formation of molecules I like to call “cell-killers”, otherwise known as free radicals.  Free radicals cause genetic damage resulting in shorter lifespans from disease.  Studies in men demonstrate similar health promoting effects of testosterone, but in both men and women, it is the combined effects of many dozens of hormones that get the job done!  My research has demonstrated that every single thing you eat has an effect, either positively or negatively, upon hormonal levels providing the opportunity to “turn the hormonal tide” in your favor – living better!.   How do you get the hormone balance right?

Endocrinologists, or hormone doctors, are seemingly not interested in longevity approaches.  Their education is focused on correcting obvious hormone deficiencies in children that fail to thrive (giving them growth hormone), providing people with low thyroid hormones synthetic hormone replacement and similar approaches in other deficiency conditions.  Hormone-blockers are used if hormone levels are too excessive; these above approaches very necessary and needed.  Beyond just these “obvious deficiency” problems are those of us who can potentially benefit from “optimal hormone levels” and not merely “average hormone levels”. In longevity health care, we utilize different laboratory measurements to determine where “optimal” hormone levels should be.  (see – www.intmedny.com).

As you age and experience disability and disease your hormone levels are declining; doctors say that the decline in hormone levels are natural, but longevity docs say that they are contributing to your loss of quality and quality of life. Lifestyle factors such as exercise, stress reduction, sleep and diet can help keep hormones at “optimal” levels for far longer than what normally occurs in our fast-paced, stressed society.  It cannot be claimed that the loss of quality of life and disease experienced today by so many of us is “normal” and to be expected.  Why? Simply because we are aging unnaturally and inappropriately due to too much stress, bad food; air pollution; radiation and other adverse environmental factors. In short, we are aging prematurely!

Laboratory testing by a longevity practitioner, careful consultation and questionnaires are used to discover how to best balance hormone levels. After all, do you want to have the average heath of a person your age? Look around – it’s not so fantastic!  Obesity, overweight, poor memory, loss of aerobic capacity, high cholesterol, arthritis and bone loss are just a few of the problems resulting in part from a decline in our hormone levels throughout our lives.  The good news is that with the use of what are known as bioidentical hormones (a.k.a, hormones that are exactly identical to those made in the human body naturally), scientific studies suggest that we can stay biologically younger for far longer than was ever expected.

Health issues including anxiety, weight gain, depression, pain, memory loss, loss of libido, sleep disturbances, acne, muscle strength and tone, and pre-and postmenopausal are often helped by those who supplement with natural hormones, make improvements to their diets and take the right nutritional supplements. Visit with Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco to schedule your Longevity consultation: 914-242-8844.

Probiotics – The answer to your high cholesterol, weight gain and more!

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By Dr. Michael Wald Probiotics – The answer to your high cholesterol, weight gain and more!

The term probiotic refers to the use of certain types of “healthy bugs (either bacterial or fungal in origin) that the body needs in certain amounts and in different places in the body to carry on literally hundreds of essential functions of life.  Unfortunately, our food sources have all but killed the healthy bugs.  Yogurts may have tiny amounts of probiotics, but far too low for most therapeutic purposes; and, yogurt may not have all of the differing forms of these healthy bugs that you need.

Medical strains of probiotics exist that have proven health benefits.  Different supplement companies that sell them provide a wide variety of combinations, strength and forms of these probiotics.  Just because one label says the capsule contains 14 billion bugs does not mean that they are potent or even alive!  If they are dead they are a waste.  If you ask most people about probiotics they will tell you about lactobacillus acidophilus in yogurt.  Fewer still will know of the special health benefits of saccromyces boulardii (health yeast) for conditions as varied as acute and chronic infections, and inflammatory bowel disease.  Even fewer still will have heard of lactobacillus plantarum which helps reduce inflammation in the small intestine that is present in most malabsorption disorders.  It is the rare person indeed that knows of saccromyces cervesae – a healthy form of yeast that Dr. Michael Wald has pionerred into an effective treatment for those with ulcerative colitis and crohn’s disease (inflammatory bowel disease).  This article is too brief to review the important considerations involving the use and purchase of these “healthy bugs” such as: how does one determine quality (nope! Not just higher numbers of bugs); how much to take? When is the best time to supplement with them? Should they be taken on an empty stomach, with food and near digestive enzymes?  These are questions you might want to ask Dr. Michael Wald directly.  He teaches this topic as part of his gastrointestinal course provided to health care doctors across the United States and Canada.

Cholesterol Lowering

Probiotics such as acidophilus, B. logum, bifidus and saccromyce's boulardii lower cholesterol through a number of mechanisms:  Quick summary - Probiotics increase bile flow; increased bile flow helps to breakdown cholesterol that is normally excreted in the intestines and reduces it's reabsorption back into the body (this would raise blood cholesterol levels).

Reduce Inflammation

Probiotics reduce intestinal and systemic inflammation (found throughout the body) that may play a role in raising cholesterol levels.

Balance pH (acidity-alkalinity)

Probiotics help to adjust the small intestine and large intestine pH (level of acidity or alkalinity); imbalanced intestinal pH promotes inflammation and an increase in the endogenous production (produced in the body) of cholesterol which is an ANTI-INFLAMMATORY.  If you didn’t know, cholesterol has many health benefits also such as: reducing cancer risk (levels of cholesterol below 160 mg/dL are associated with higher cancer risks); cholesterol functions as an antioxidant (this is a good thing!); cholesterol is the “mother hormone” producing pregnenolone, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, estrone, estradiole, estriole; and many other functions too numerous to mention here.

Hormone Balancing

Probiotics help manage hormone metabolism; low levels of healthy bugs in the intestinal track lead to raised blood levels of cholesterol; cholesterol forms estrogens, testosterone and progesterone.  Reestablishing normal healthy flora reduces excessive cholesterol levels helping to ward off abnormally high hormone levels.  High levels of cholesterol may be related to excessive production in the body of estrogen that has been linked to breast and prostate cancer. Intestinal Health

Probiotics improve the production of an important short-chain fatty acid known as butyrate; low levels of butyrate cause an increase in cholesterol; increased colon cancer risk and inflammatory bowel diseases.

Probiotics are NOT all the same!

Not all probiotic supplements are the same.  How they are manufactured matters.  Often people consume probiotics that have been heat treated and they are either dead or inactive (useless).  The type of probitic(s) should be tailored to the individual.  For example, acidophilus is best for vaginitis that is bacterial in origin; colon cancer requires bifidobacterium which helps shrink cancer tumors; saccromyces boulardii is important for certain types of fungal infections – they are just a few examples.  Dr. Wald teaches doctors and health care providers how to manage difficult gastrointestinal disorders and other health problems with the proper use of probiotics.  Do you take them with digestive enzymes? How about with foods?  This all depends on one’s health goals.  Contact Dr. Wald for more!

 

REFERENCES

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20945142 - lowers serum cholesterol, improved nutrition, microbial balance, and immuno-enhancement of the intestinal tract

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19515264 - lowers cholesterol, reduces colon cancer risk, raises HDL

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20699581 - the probiotic bifidobacterium activates certain genes that enhance fat metabolism promoting weight loss

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20640165 - lowers many harmful blood fats

 

 

Women Atypical - Maybe!

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Sixty-percent of the population, and the majority of them women, do not present with high cholesterol and other lipids upon blood testing that indicate they are at high cardiovascular risk.  It is important to understand that there are many other factors that increase heart disease risk that have nothing whatsoever to do with cholesterol levels; in fact, cholesterol is not even a cause of heart disease, but rather a response to some other cause...but this is another story!  Other factors that are commonly overlooked even by cardiologists include atherosclerosis assessments; tests that measure hardness of arteries (not blockage!).  A test known as an arterial elasticity index is used for this.  Problems with the nervous system, and it's connections to the heart, are another risk factor; persons with high blood sugar and diabetes cause damage to the nerves that travel (innervate) the heart and are long-known causes of sudden cardiac death.  High levels of fibrinogen, a clotting factor, is often overlooked and cause strokes and heart attacks from clot formation (curcumin, garlic and onions help with this).  A technology known as cardiobeam pulse testing measures with gentle sound waves the health of the left ventricle of the heart, heart valves, thickness of blood and hardness of large and small arteries; blood work can be 100% "normal" even though one or all of these tests may be abnormal.  Why don't internists and cardiologists check for these things? Just lazy I guess!

Spinal Misalignments and Somatovisceral-Viscerosomatic and Nutritional Relationships

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A paper exploring the need for nutritional integration for the chiropractic physician

By Dr. Michael Wald

Spinal misalignments have potential and known consequences, not only at the spinal level, but also through somato-visceral (SV) and viscera-somatic (VS) reflexes collectively referred to within this paper as SVVS.

Cellular, tissue, organ and organ system derangements that result from nutritional deficiencies/inadequacies or end-organ disease can reflect their injury to their corresponding spinal segments resulting in misalignments of spinal vertebrae (SV) that are palpable or otherwise measureable by a variety of methods.  On the other hand, VS dysfunctions compromise, to varying degrees, pathways essential for relaying fundamental neurologic messages to the organs compromising their energetics and ultimately result in cellular breakdown compromising or otherwise increasing the nutritional requirement of the struggling organ.

Integration of visceral and somatic information is crucial for homeostasis, health maintenance and disease prevention.  Varying degrees of loss of SVVS-integration either resulting directly from acute  spinal injuries (ASCI), spinal misalignments (subluxations considered lesser “injuries” relative to ASCI), end-organ wasting or inadequate nutrition, can disrupt the delicate VSSV reflex relationships.  Depending upon the severity of autonomic dysfunction end-organ cellular nutrition is compromised contributing to organ-wasting (sarcopenia) and suboptimal dysfunction; these dysfunctions may manifest as subtle or obvious health issues and are also known to contribute and/or cause virtually every major health malady of human beings including, but not limited to, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, glandular/hormonal disorders, increased risk of infection from immune compromise and more.

Efferent and afferent tracks and their terminal projections form the fundamental neurologic pathways (SVVS) that maintain the well-orchestrated communications between body tissues of all types.  Furthermore, the SVVS pathways provide an anatomical substrate for mediating SVVS reflexes via efferent connections with autonomic centers in the brain, brainstem and spinal cord and their peripheral connections.  Through some unknown and known pathways these SVVS communications systems form the fundamental rationale for chiropractic spinal manipulation techniques.  Complementary retrograde and anterograde axonal transport techniques, proven on the light and electron microscopic level, form just one of the physiological mechanisms through which chiropractic adjustments improve SVVS functionality.

Scientific data is abundant regarding the essential and conditionally essential nutritional requirements of cells, tissues, organs and the organ systems that they comprise.  Nutritional deficiencies/inadequacies may result in tissue decay and compromised function reflected in spinal vertebral segments forming of vertebral misalignments.  Spinal misalignments, resulting from virtually any cause (i.e., physical trauma, congenital, nutritional, etc.) can compromise organ function either sub-clinically or clinically resulting in increased cellular nutritional requirements, that if not met, can result outright disability and loss of quality and/or length of life.

Spinal manipulative therapies delivered even by the most skilled of chiropractic physicians may be met with either partial, severely limited  or complete lack of therapeutic results if the cells, tissues and organ systems, the ultimate focus of the chiropractic adjustment,  are not met.  In other words, if the tissues (i.e., muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, CSF flow, lymphatics, organs, glands, etc.) are undernourished then their neuro-physiologic response to the chiropractic adjustment may be blunted.

Optimizing nutrition for the chiropractic patient should take place simultaneously when receiving the chiropractic adjustment.  A great deal is known regarding the neurologic relationships between spinal segments and their corresponding end-organs.  The nutritional needs of many organs, including those of the central and peripheral nervous system and the musculoskeletal system are also known.  Knowledge of these innate physical-nutritional interactions can be put to immediate clinical use with Blood Logic TM software technology developed by Dr. Michael Wald.  Such a technology must be quick and scientifically accurate allowing the doctor of chiropractic, either seasoned or new to nutritional therapeutics to provide sound nutritional advice to his/her patients within minutes of spinal assessment (i.e., palpation, etc.).

As a second-generation doctor of chiropractic, Dr. Wald learned from his father Dr. George J. Wald who practiced nutrition over fifty years ago, that diet and nutritional supplements along with a healthy lifestyle in other areas was essential for maintaining health and disease prevention.

To contact Dr. Wald for comments please go to: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective or call 914-242-8844 or 914-552-1442.

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The ion channel ASIC1 contributes to visceral but not cutaneous mechanoreceptor function., Page AJ, Brierley SM, Martin CM, Martinez-Salgado C, Wemmie JA, Brennan TJ, Symonds E, Omari T, Lewin GR, Welsh MJ, Blackshaw LA., Gastroenterology. 2004 Dec;127(6):1739-47.

Representations of pain in the brain., Verne GN, Robinson ME, Price DD., Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2004 Aug;6(4):261-5. Review.

Psychological abnormalities in patients with irritable bowel syndrome., Porcelli P., Indian J Gastroenterol. 2004 Mar-Apr;23(2):63-9. Review.

Cancer pain, pathophysiology, characteristics and syndromes., Kocoglu H, Pirbudak L, Pence S, Balat O., Eur J Gynaecol Oncol. 2002;23(6):527-32. Review.

Neural substrates linking balance control and anxiety., Balaban CD., Physiol Behav. 2002 Dec;77(4-5):469-75. Review.

Neurological bases for balance-anxiety links., Balaban CD, Thayer JF., J Anxiety Disord. 2001 Jan-Apr;15(1-2):53-79. Review.

Presence of functional neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in brainstem motoneurons of the rat., Zaninetti M, Tribollet E, Bertrand D, Raggenbass M., Eur J Neurosci. 1999 Aug;11(8):2737-48.

[Problems of psychosomatics and somatopsychiatrics in internal medicine]., Paleev NR, Krasnov VN, Podrezova LA, Chereĭskaia NK, Martynova NV., Vestn Ross Akad Med Nauk. 1998;(5):3-7. Review. Russian.

Responses of fish populations and communities to pulp mill effluents: a holistic assessment., Adams SM, Crumby WD, Greeley MS Jr, Shugart LR, Saylor CF., Ecotoxicol Environ Saf. 1992 Dec;24(3):347-60.

Convergence of visceral and somatic inputs onto subnucleus reticularis dorsalis neurones in the rat medulla., Roy JC, Bing Z, Villanueva L, Le Bars D., J Physiol. 1992 Dec;458:235-46.

Physiological interactions of the basic rest--activity cycle of the brain: pulsatile luteinizing hormone secretion as a model., Rasmussen DD., Psychoneuroendocrinology. 1986;11(4):389-405. Review.

 

Dr. Michael Wald & Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco featured in Inside Chappaqua

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Good Health “Maximizing Well Being” A Glimpse at How the “Blood Detective” Goes About Maximizing Yours By Michael Kohn

I wasn’t sure what to expect when my publisher asked me to interview “the original Blood Detective.”  Before I could ask if he worked with law enforcement, she added that this profile was to be included in this health issue and Dr. Michael Wald was the Director of Nutritional Services at Integrated Medicine & Nutrition.  Since I am now over 50 and expect to have upcoming health issues, I was curious to find out more about this blood sleuth.

Upon arrival at his friendly and bright Mt. Kisco location, Dr. Wald greeted and ushered me into his office, the “heart” of his evidence-based medicine paradigm.  Anticipating my question about whether this was an alternative or holistic practice, he emphasized that he takes an integrated approach toward wellness.  Unlike some holistic practitioners who seemingly eschew traditional medicine or physicians who reject holistic and alternative approaches, Dr. Wald advocates for a balanced approach which combines proven methods from various disciplines while adding his own unique diagnostic tools.

A second generation chiropractor who credits his father as an inspiration and pioneer in nutrition, Dr. Wald holds a master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and a Ph.D. from the Holistic College of Nutrition.  He is a Board Certified Nutritionist, a Certified Nutritional Specialist, a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a Certified Dietician Nutritionist.  Although not licensed to practice medicine, he also holds a medical degree.  His partner at Integrated Medicine and Nutrition is Dr. Nilay Shah, who is also Director of Neurology services at Riverfront Medical Services.  Together, they are a formidable wellness team by providing primary care and important second opinions and support, especially in cases where a specialist in one field may not have dietary and nutritional expertise.

Technology is at the heart of Dr. Wald’s practice.  As the “original Blood Detective,” he developed a comprehensive computer technology which helps determine a patient’s individual nutritional and dietary needs by getting to the root of a problem.  It is a predictive and diagnostic tool which identifies with greater specificity a patient’s nutritional requirements.  His Blood Logic technology is currently in use throughout the United States and Canada.  Thousands of healthcare providers have learned how better to manage their patients through comprehensive nutritional and laboratory assessment.

If you are confused, don’t be.  Dr. Wald was quick with a simple example.  A person might be taking Lipitor for high cholesterol but not because of any Lipitor deficiency in the body-it’s a drug.  So, instead of combating a condition with just a drug, Dr. Wald can assess which natural approaches, through diet and/or supplements might be available to advance a patient’s health.  Dr. Wald often works with a medical specialist to maximize a patient’s well-being.

Thwarting More Serious Conditions

Prevention is one of the keys to Dr. Wald’s practice.  That may sound like common sense, but with the assistance of computer technology, screening a person’s unique biochemistry directs a course of action for Dr. Wald.  I am sure you have heard how something like cholesterol has ranges of normal.  With blood logic technology, these ranges can be narrowed and mapped, suggesting treatments which can prevent a more serious condition from developing.  In other words, instead of waiting until there is a real problem, nip it in the bud while you can.

As we shared a cup of coffee (free-trade, organic, of course), I was struck with what I thought was the essence of Dr. Wald’s philosophy and approach to wellness.  We are all unique individuals with unique needs.  When I brought this to his attention, Dr. Wald was quick with a term coined by two-time Nobel Prize winner Dr. Roger Williams-“biochemical individuality”.  It was an “ah” moment for me.

By nature, people generally consult with a doctor when they aren’t feeling well.  Indeed, much of Dr. Wald practice consists of dealing with patients with confirmed health issues.  As I listened, however, I was struck by his new medical paradigm.  Typically, a person with some kind of ailment will see their primary care physician who may run a few simple tests and prescribe a drug which may alleviate the symptom.

Dr. Wald attacks problems from a different angle.  Part of his strategy is starting with what is natural first.  Why prescribe a drug when lifestyle and dietary changes may address the underlying cause of a patient’s distress?  Drugs often have side effects which nutrients do not.  Wit the level of scrutiny gained by the testing done at Integrated Medicine and Nutrition, Dr. Wald can create a metabolic map of a person and tailor treatment for a person with greater specificity.

Lest you think that Dr. Wald feels his paradigm is a healthcare panacea, he is quick to point out that he believes in a balanced approach to wellness.  He spoke extensively about the importance of cooperation with other professionals and the possibility that treatments like chemotherapy or surgery may be a patient’s first and best treatment.

More than once, he showed me links to PubMed, a digital archive of the U.S. National Library of Medicine containing articles he uses to back up his research.  It’s a large part of his evidence-based philosophy.  Nevertheless, taking the time to scrutinize a patient’s lifestyle, environment and diet can go a long way to creating an overall wellness picture.  Another part of the practice includes the Longevity Center.  By measuring biomarkers such as total cholesterol, strategies can be utilized so a patient doesn’t end up with multiple diseases.  Focus, of course, is on quality of life and not just living longer.

As you might expect, Dr. Wald teaches nutrition and even makes rounds with Dr. Glenn Brady, Chief of Critical Care at Westchester Medical.  He has written extensively and appears to practice what he preaches-living well!

Even though I wasn’t experiencing any medical distress, I left Dr. Wald feeling better.  Visit his website at www.intmedny.com for further information and a complete list and explanation of the many unique therapies offered.

Michael Kohn is a regular contributor to Inside Chappaqua.

Table Sugar Can Cause a Heart Attack

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Submitted for Publication 2011 by Dr. Michael Wald
The comments below best describe the detrimental effects of sucrose (table sugar) and not necessarily fructose:
1. Sugar increases cardiovascular risk by promoting free radical production and inflammation of blood vessels hardening them (atherosclerosis)
2. Sugar is an oxidizing agent oxidizing LDL; oxidized LDL is very thrombogenic promoting blood clot formation.
3. Sugar promotes form cell production which is necessary for promoting atherogenesis.
4. Sugar lowers the good cholesterol HDL; low HDL is inversely associated with cardiovascular disease.
5. Sugar may increase triglyceride levels which further promotes hypertension by causing atherosclerosis and reduced nitric oxide production
6. Sugar increases apolipoprotein B100 - known to increase cardiovascular risk.
7. Sugar increases vascular tone promoting hypertension; increasing the risk of stroke.
8. Sugar increases chylomicron production promoting cardiovascular disease.
9. Sugar promotes inflammation via oxidative stress causing cross-linking of vascular tissues resulting in athlerosclerosis and hypertension.
10. Sugar increases cortisol levels; reduces DHEA levels; reduces IGF1 (growth hormone levels) and reduces the production of estrogens, progesterone and testosterone - all promoting atherosclerosis, arterosclerosis and high blood pressure.
11. Sugar increases harmful triglyceride levels and promotes metabolic syndrome in genetically susceptible individuals; a condition of high blood sugar, high blood fats and high blood pressure.
12. Sugar promotes platelet aggregation; platelets cause blood clots.
13. Sugar promotes hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) by causing a quick increase in insulin and then a dramatic drop; hypoglycemia is associated with higher cortisol levels promoting weight gain (of fat) and loss of muscle tissue.

How does losing weight improve mood, ease depression, and quell PMS symptoms?

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By Dr. Michael Wald (submitted for publication through Reporter Connection 2011): 495 E. Main Street, Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914-242-8844/ www.intmedny.com and www.blooddetective.com Losing weight might help all of these problems, but not always.  Many overweight people are depressed often and even suffer from severe depression.  Depression can also increase the chances of overweight as it reduces the individual’s ability or desire to help their overweight situation or to prevent it in the first place.  Losing weight can increase energy, mood and overall health and wellbeing.  PMS can be helped by losing weight as the lost of fat tissue can have a favorable effect upon hormonal balance;  keeping in mind that overweight always adversely affects hormonal balance (fat tissues make hormones and as the are “added to the mix” of what the body produces can cause PMS).

Weight loss, skin health, dark circles around the eyes – what the connection?

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By Dr. Michael Wald (submitted for publication through Reporter Connection 2011): 495 E. Main Street, Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914-242-8844/ www.intmedny.com and www.blooddetective.com

Does weight loss help with skin-related issues, like skin tags and dark circles around the eyes? How so? The skin is commonly affected by overweight.  Skin elasticity and color are known to be altered from stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, allergies and various diseases.  Iron anemia may result in pale skin; diets high in carbohydrates and sugar can cause skin palor and skin tags.  Darkness around the eyes can be a sign of iron anemia, protein anemia, adrenal fatigue, diabetes or stress from a variety of sources.

 

Foot Pain and Weight Loss – What’s the connection?

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By Dr. Michael Wald (submitted for publication through Reporter Connection 2011): 495 E. Main Street, Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914-242-8844/ www.intmedny.com and www.blooddetective.com What about foot pain? How can losing weight help with this?

Being overweight increases the pounds per square inch (psi) upon the many bones and soft tissues in the foot. Structural changes in the foot (i.e, bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons and cartilage) result from the abnormal forces experienced as a result of gravity and the individuals body weight.  Arthritis of the bones, inflammation of blood vessels and even compression of nerves that course throughout the anatomical structures of the foot can cause acute and chronic pain syndromes resulting from, or causing, degeneration of the foot as a whole.

Dr. Wald will run the NYC marathon for the second year in a row

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I've found a way to get in fantastic shape and it always works. Here it is - set a health or fitness goal for someone else!  Last year I decided, with six months of training time, to run the New York City Marathon to raise money for a patient with ovarian cancer.  She chose a combination of traditional and holistic therapies and as of the time of this post her cancer spread (metastasis) has resolved.  I announced to the world that I would run this marathon to raise money and, basically, put myself on the line! I had to run now and there was only going forward with my training.  Because I was doing this primarily for someone else and for me second, I was able to much more easily get past normal feelings of fatigue, lack of motivation and trained for a total of 633 miles and completed the race in 4 hrs and 1 min and raised over $4000!  This year, it's much more about me I admit - but who cares?  So I'm announcing that I will run the NYC Marathon in 3 hrs and 45 minutes and I will raise even more money for some cause...any ideas people?  I am learning in life that it is ok to be selfish as long as others benefit besides yourself.  Training starts this weekend. My intention is to be grateful for each step that I take, push through mental blocks by being mindful that it's not all about me.  Health and happiness to all!  Warmly, Michael Wald