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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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Weight loss, poor memory, intestinal issues, hormone problems, pain, fatigue, muscle aches and pains…whatever your health concerns(s), Dr. Michael Wald, The BloodDDetective has the answers…naturally. The Blooddetective blog is filled with dozens of radio shows on just about every health topic that you can think of. “Ask The Blooddetective is Dr. Wald’s weekly radio show covering nutrition and naturopatic, dietary and exercise, disease and health topics.

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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!

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.

Are fruits and vegetables what they used to be?

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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  

An apple a day is not enough…and never was!

More than a few studies have alluded to the fact that our fruits and vegetables these days are less nutrition than they used to be.  A number of environmental factors have impacted the nutritional quality of a large variety of crops including fruits and vegetable and grains including acid rain, over-harvested of the soil and organopesticide contamination. The reduced nutritional content of foods, a higher acid and pesticide content are all known to increase one’s risk of developing various diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, hypothyroidism, osteoporosis and various cancers.

 

Acid rain and reduced nutritional content of soil

Acid rain has negatively affected crops and caused nutrient loss in the soil; this leads to loss of nutrition that is taken in by growing crops.  Human beings eat the nutritionally depleted crops and we ourselves become nutritionally depleted.  Inadequate nutritional intake is associated with increased risk of developing virtually all manner of chronic degenerative diseases including cancers, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, migraines, infertility, inflammatory bowel disease just to name a few.

 

Over-harvesting

The soil itself has been over-harvested meaning that over years of use and turnover of soil it becomes depleted in nutrition.  All crops growing upon depleted soil must therefore be depleted in nutritional content.  The pesticide and herbicides used in group processing both directly and indirectly affect nutritional content.  Foodstuffs now are transported great distances resulting in loss of nutritional content along the way; specifically if the foods are not frozen during transit. Freezing foods help to maintain their nutritional content.  Time itself from the harvesting of foodstuffs to their consumption at the table results in nutritional loss; the longer the time from harvest to consumption the lower the nutritional content. The overall production of more crops due to advancement in technologies has resulted in crops that are diluted in nutritional content; a greater yield of crops derived from the same soil will become progressively more and more depleted.

 

Goodbye selenium hello cancer!

People should be concerned about nutritional depletion of foodstuff because we as consumers of the foods will, and have, become nutritional deficient.  For example, the levels of selenium in soils is estimated to be entirely absent within the next five years increasing cancer risk and human susceptibility to oxidative diseases (virtually all degenerative diseases are oxidative in nature).

 

Foods close to home

We can get more nutrition out of fruits and vegetables, even those that are inherently deficient based on what I have written above, by consuming foods closer to the time of harvesting as opposed to waiting long periods.  Choosing to eat frozen foods as opposed to non-frozen (fresh) is best because non -frozen foods lose nutritional value faster than frozen.  This does not mean that fresh foods should not be consumed.

 

Cooking is not just cooking

We can cook our foods more slowly which reduces nutrient loss; cook our foods at lower temperatures which reduces nutrient loss; chew our foods thoroughly to break the plant cell walls of fruits and vegetables releasing nutrients; choose organically grown foodstuff that contain less toxic residues that actually require nutrients for the body to process and detoxify them; we can choose to consume foods that are grown locally as smaller farms are not as over-harvested such that the soil has a higher nutrient content; canned foods are lowest down on the forms of foods best for health generally speaking.

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