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With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I'm sending many thanks to all of you for your continued trust, support and ongoing focus on your health and wellness. 

In this day and age, when many are trying to sell you all kinds of fake foods, foods filled with chemicals, an ever increasing number of prescription medications, as well as a very stressful year for many, it takes quite a focus and commitment to keep striving to become as healthy as you can be. 

The good news is that the options we have to support your health continue to increase in variety and quality.  There are more healthy food choices than there have been in a very long time. Organic foods are readily available, more so than any other time during my life.  Additionally, in my 32 years of practice, I have never seen as many beneficial strides made in the nutritional world. 

For me this is very exciting as it gives me more tools to support you, and often times these advances also come with a lower price tag along with a better product.  Now that's a deal.  Additionally, technology is beginning to provide us with tools that will help keep you focused on many healthy habits in a way that is fun and supports your goals. 

Technology also continues to provide us with new tools for therapy, like our PEMF NRG Pro system, and in the coming year I expect to have at least one new technology that will benefit many.  

Please enjoy your holidays, your time with family and friends, and again Thank You and Be Well!

Research Update on Antibiotic Dangers

The overuse of antibiotics through prescription medications and indirectly through cattle that are given antibiotics, which end up in our meats, has been a significant concern for years.  Our government health agencies like the Center for Disease Control (CDC), have been actively warning doctors to not over prescribe antibiotics. However, a recent research report in JAMA's - Internal Medicine has shown that these efforts have done nothing to decrease the amount of antibiotics Americans are receiving.  Additionally, James Baggs, a CDC lead researched reported that "the use of the most powerful antibiotics is rising."

This problem is so concerning that In fiscal year 2016, Congress appropriated $160 million for the CDC to fight antibiotic resistance as well as another $40 million for 2017. 

The greatest concern from this is that the number of Antibiotic Resistant (AR) bacteria is growing as is the number of deaths associated with these bacteria.
According to the CDC, each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 75,000 die of hospital acquired infections each year.  However, these statistics are considered by many experts as grossly under reported do to the way hospitals fill out death certificates. 

To understand this reporting challenge, you can read a very interesting L.A. Times article on the subject.  Click here 

I am shocked at times at the number personal stories I hear where complications from severe infections acquired in hospitals and local outpatient surgery units occur.  The key message here is to keep your immune system and microbiome as strong as possible, and if you are going in for any kind of surgery, please check with me, as we have a preventative program for reducing the risk of infections from surgery.    

Of course antibiotics are very necessary at times. Each year there are numerous occasions when I tell a patient they need to go to an M.D. as they need antibiotics, however, much more often we are able to assist our patients in fighting off those infections without an antibiotic.  

Additionally, even the CDC recognizes the importance of the microbiome to your health and the problems caused by antibiotics.  Here is the CDC's statement: 

The microbiome is a community of naturally-occurring germs in and on our bodies. Bacteria live naturally on our skin, in our gut, in our mouths or respiratory tracts, and in our urinary tracts.  Antibiotics (negatively) impact the microbiome by wiping out or disrupting the natural composition of both good and bad bacteria. With a disrupted microbiome, resistant bacteria can take over (or colonize) and the body is less able to defend against infection, putting people at risk for potentially untreatable illnesses.

Microbiomes disrupted by antibiotics are vulnerable to infections by tough-to-kill germs such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), and E. coli.  These patients can carry drug-resistant bacteria and can easily spread bacteria to other people, especially those who also have a disrupted micro biome.  Antibiotics are life-saving medicines, but they also change, unbalance, and disrupt your microbiome. This change could put people at risk for drug resistant infections.

Important Reminder on Infection Prevention

I'm including a shortened version of last months immune notice due to the significant increase in new infections that began in the last 2 weeks. This is our New Infection Prevention Protocol, which has been working very well. It includes Immune Balancing Complex (a comprehensive nutrient, herbal, glandular combo), a new and exciting immune product IG 26 DF (a natural antibiotic specific to 26 pathogenic bacteria), and our new Colds and Flu homeopathic. 

Infection Prevention Protocol

Immune Balancing Complex: 3 at breakfast

IG 26 DF:  One scoop per day, shaken in water, or mixed in with your Nano-Greens, or any Meal replacement product we use at the clinic.

Our new SafeCare Rx Colds and Flu Homeopathic:  Spray 3 pumps into your mouth in the a.m.  It is very important that you do not have any food, drink, or anything else put into your mouth for 10 minutes before or after you take this. 

Active Infection Protocol

If you start to come down with any cold or flu symptoms while following the above protocol, immediately increase your dosage to Read More

Meet ProbioMax 350 DF - Your Microbiome Supercharger!

ProbioMax 350 DF is our new, comprehensive, high quality and powerful probiotic.  For most of our patients I will be recommending this product over ProbioMax DF and ProbioMax Daily, as it represents greater species diversity.  ProbioMax 350 DF provides 350 billion colony-forming units (CFU's) of 18 different strains belonging to 13 different bacterial species.  This higher potency is also a better value, as you will save at least 18-24% per monthly dose compared to ProbioMax DF and ProbioMax Daily.  Compared to Daily you are also getting a significant increase in strength.
Most health experts recognize that the healthier our gastrointestinal (GI) system is, the healthier we are in general.  One of the key players in GI health is our microbiome, the collective population of 100+ trillion microorganisms that reside primarily in the intestines.  Research shows that the healthiest gut environments are composed of the greatest diversity of bacterial species.  These beneficial bacteria are integral to countless functions from immune resistance and infection prevention, to brain health, energy production and detoxification.
Unfortunately, the gut and microbiome have come under assault from the environment, antibiotics and poor food quality or choices.  Fortunately, the cellular enhancements from ProbioMax 350 DF provide enormous benefits to our overall immune health, as our gut is the first line of defense against infectious bacteria and viruses.
ProbioMax 350 DF features a diverse blend of HOWARU and FloraFIT probiotic strains to support a healthy gut microbiome.  These well-researched and trusted strains were not only selected for their health benefits and complementary actions, but also for their viability and stability.

The HOWARU strains demonstrate promising influences on cardiovascular and metabolic health through significant reductions in body mass index (BMI), improved cholesterol and LDL metabolism and decreased levels of inflammatory messengers.  In animal studies, these specific strains showed the ability to support natural and acquired immunity as well as promote resistance.  More recently, human studies have demonstrated HOWARU strains to have a protective effect on skin health in genetically susceptible individuals.
The FloraFIT strains in ProbioMax 350 DF demonstrate numerous probiotic effects, including:
    •    Inhibition of C. Dificile, Salmonella, Staph. Aureus, E. Coli, and Listeria
    •    The ability to populate vaginal tissue in a favorable way
    •    Increase important immune cell responses in the Gl tract, upper respiratory tract, sinuses, and oral cavity, helping maintain upper respiratory health.
    •    Promotion of healthy fluid balance and integrity of intestinal cells.

For instructions on how to take ProbioMax 350, Click Here.

Product of the Month Savings! ProbioMax 350 DF

Buy one you get a 10% savings. 
Buy 2 or more and you get a 15% savings!  
This offer is good until the end of Dec.  

Dr. Dale's Holiday Eating Tips and Tricks!

Once again we are fast approaching the one meal of the year that Americans most commonly associate with "Being Stuffed."  Yes, that feeling that you can barely move.  The only thing most people can do after this meal is sit in a large chair and try to keep their eyes open for more than ten minutes.

The good news is there is a simple solution that allows you to have your cake (rather, pie) and eat it, too.  Here are the keys to surviving Thanksgiving and Christmas or Hanukah, without feeling like a "Stuffed Turkey" yourself and without gaining any significant amount of fat!

1. Make sure the meal has lots of different tasty veggies that you love.  I like to do variations on the traditional themes.  For instance, I often make a mix of roasted onions with a balsamic glaze instead of the usual creamed onions.

2. If you are having wine or other alcohol on this day, wait to have some of your meal before starting in on your "drink of choice," or at least have an appetizer first. Drinking before you start eating will go right to your head, which will greatly increase your odds of losing all dietary control.  A little food in your stomach first, plus some self control regarding how much you drink, and you are much more likely to stay "un-sauced and un-stuffed."  Another valuable tip if imbibing is to drink a glass of water after every glass of alcohol.

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Quote of the Month

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In Closing

It is officially here!  Yes, the Holiday Season.  I suggest we all make a clear choice to enjoy this holiday season, in spite of whatever challenges are in front of us.  To give thanks for the many wonderful moments with family and friends. 

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