Cell Phone Use Near the Brain Can Cause Oxidative Stress (Risk For Cancer and Brain Development Issues)

cellphones     In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified RFR as a possible carcinogen for humans. (You can learn more about that here… ) Low-intensity RFR (radio-frequency radiation) is what we expose our brains to when we hold up a cell phone to our ear. The study, “Oxidative mechanisms of biological activity of low-intensity radiofrequency radiation,” reviews about 100 peer reviewed articles “dealing with oxidative effects of low-intensity RFR, in general, 93 confirmed that RFR induces oxidative effects in biological systems.” You can find and read the article here…

In light of this review, the fact that cell phone use can cause oxidative stress seems beyond any doubt. Oxidative stress is the major source of cellular damage. If you are a frequent user of cell phones, it would seem wise to use an ear piece so you can keep your cell phone as far away from your brain and your gonads (genitals) as possible.

 

Dr. Paul

AMA Supports Abolishing Medical Freedom and Informed Consent- Wants Mandates for Vaccines

stop the lies The medical community, and in this case the AMA (American Medical Association), seems to have lost common sense and abandoned the most basic of ethical principles, that of informed consent. To consider performing a medical procedure on a person, and on children in particular, without that person’s consent for that medical procedure is unthinkable, yet that is exactly what most physicians and the AMA want to happen when it comes to vaccines.

I would have less trouble with this line of thinking if we were talking about a true public health crisis, where people were dying left and right from a disease that the vaccine could prevent, and the only way to prevent it was to vaccinate everyone. The excuse the AMA gives for removing our medical freedom is the measles outbreak at Disneyland. This was no mass infection or death event. Not one person in the USA died from this little episode that involved only a few hundred people, many who were fully vaccinated. In Oregon where I live, there was one 40 year old man who acquired the measles in Disneyland and he infected no one. That’s right, not one person in Oregon got measles from this man.

The vaccination rate in Oregon and across the country is at about 95% for measles and most of the serious vaccine preventable diseases. There is no need for a mandate that removes the rights of parents and individuals to self determination and their ability to consider the risks and the benefits of the procedure.

“New AMA policy recommends that states have in place an established decision mechanism that involves qualified public health physicians to determine which vaccines will be mandatory for admission to schools and other public venues. States should only grant exemptions to these mandated vaccines for medical reasons.” So only “qualified public health physicians” can determine which vaccines to mandate. This is very problematic, because public health physicians study populations, and have no knowledge of your individual risks should you get a particular vaccine. Sadly, your personal physician may know less than you do about your particular risks to vaccine damage, as many physicians when asked about things like the harms of mercury or aluminum in vaccines will simply say, “vaccines are safe and proven effective,” or that there is ample evidence that the vaccines we use today are safe.

In order to protect medical freedom, any recommendation to mandate a medical procedure (in this case a vaccine) must come with a mandate that the person’s physician must grant the exemption after presenting the pros and cons of the immunization, if that is what the patient requests. If physicians are allowed to deny a medical exemption after discussion of the procedure, the pros and the cons of the procedure, then that should be medical negligence, coercion and certainly a violation of ethics that should be reported and investigated.

In the vaccine debate I hear nothing of this informed consent side of the story. It is as if ‘We the People’ have already been denied the right to choice when it comes to medical procedures being done to our bodies and to those of our children. This must be stopped right here, or we are fast becoming the police state that is so counter to the American Way of Freedom and Justice, Personal Choice and Personal Freedom.

AMA- you have sadly thrown out the baby with the bath water this time.

You can read the recent article by the AMA here…

 

Dr. Paul

 

Don’t Worry, Be Happy- And Live A Longer, Healthier Life

happyfacesWhen things don’t go our way, how are we to react? Being a pediatrician and having 10 children (four raised from newborns) I’ve certainly seen my share of tantrums and emotional reactions to daily stress. We know it is not healthy when we see it in the full out-of-control tantrum. Have you thought about learning to “roll with the punches” so to speak in your daily life and “don’t sweat the small stuff”?

I was watching the NBA finals recently between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, and the amount of pushing and shoving and very rough play that would typically have caused numerous technical fouls was amazing. To see these strong elite athletes banged up on the floor fighting for a ball, get up, and just go on like nothing had happened was impressive. Some took blows to the head, many got knees to the head or body, yet they carried on like nothing had happened. True professionals, but I suspect they have learned along the way, not to sweat the small stuff and to roll with it.

The study, “Affective Reactivity to Daily Stressors Is Associated With Elevated Inflammation,” (which you can read here… ) published in Health Psychology, concluded, “adults who fail to maintain positive affect when faced with minor stressors in everyday life appear to have elevated levels of IL-6, a marker of inflammation.” They found predictors of inflammatory markers interleukin-6 (IL-6) and C-reactive protein (CRP) elevated in those who reacted negatively to daily minimal life stress events.

Inflammation is how the body protects itself via the immune system, but when inflammation is ongoing and long term, it can undermine health. We know inflammation has a role in obesity, heart disease and cancer, and many other disorders. Learn to react positively, in stressful situations, and you go a long what to having a healthier life. This week at my son’s high school graduation, a speaker shared the analogy of a pebble getting in your shoe on a hike. You can ignore it and it will cause you harm (a blister). You can get mad at it and blame the shoes or the trail or blame whatever you want and you’ll certainly increase your stress levels and as this study shows your CRP and IL-6.  You could stop, take out the pebble, ponder it even and think to yourself, “I wonder what I’m supposed to learn from this,” or perhaps even pause and notice some wonderful scene you were missing. The point is that how we respond or react to situations has everything to do with our long term health.

 

Dr. Paul

 

 

Men with Borderline Low Testosterone are Suffering From Depression

LowTestosterone2In a study presented March 7, 2015, at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, over half the men with borderline testosterone levels were suffering from depression. They studied 200 adult men between 20 and 77 years of age whose testosterone levels were borderline (200-350 ngm/dL) and found 56% of the study participants had significant depressive symptoms. (You can read more here… )
These rates of depressive symptoms were higher than the 15 to 22% in an ethnically diverse sample of primary care patients and the 5.6% among overweight and obese US adults. Other findings in these borderline and low testosterone men were:
• Overweight (39%)
• Obesity (40%)
• Physical inactivity (51%)
• Erectile dysfunction (78%)
• Low libido (69%)
• Low energy (52%). (Read more here… )

I am glad to see the endocrine society sharing this awareness that low testosterone is both prevalent and causing a lot of distress in our male population. Current guidelines being used by many insurance companies won’t pay for testosterone replacement therapy unless a man has two levels below 300 ngms/dL. Hopefully this will change as awareness increases that more and more men (young and old) are suffering from low testosterone.
If you live in the Portland Oregon area and need your testosterone checked, you can contact my clinic: Natura Integrative Medicine at:
• http://www.naturaintegrative.com
• 971.317.0222
• 11790 SW Barnes Rd. #120, Portland, OR 97225

Dr. Paul