Posts Tagged ‘immune system’

Can Grapes and Blueberries Enhance Your Immune System?

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

logo1267406_mdA new study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research concluded that red grapes and a compound from blueberries called pterostilbene were the two from 446 compounds that had the ability to boost the immune system in humans. Both of these compounds, called stilbenoids, worked in synergy with vitamin  D to have a significant impact on raising the expression of the human cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (CAMP) gene, involved in improving the immune system. The researchers said “Out of a study of hundreds of compounds, just these two popped right out.” “Their synergy with vitamin D to increase CAMP gene expression was significant and intriguing. It’s a pretty interesting interaction.”  A strong link has been found between adequate vitamin D levels and the function of the CAMP gene, and this research shows that other compounds may also play a role. Stilbenoids are compounds produced by plants to fight infections, and in humans seem to affect some of the signaling pathways that allow vitamin D to work effectively according to the researchers. It seems that combining these compounds with vitamin D has considerably more impact than any of them would have separately.

Continuing research may lead to better understanding of how diet and nutrition affect immune function, and possibly lead to therapeutically useful compounds to boost the immune system. However, the researchers said the findings were made in laboratory cell cultures and do not prove that similar results would occur as a result of dietary intake but do add to our interest in this area of research.

 

 

Interviews with Dr Judy Seeger (naturopathic physician) and Jan Jargon (cancer survivor) now available.

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Judy-photo-update-425x640-199x300jan jargonDr Judy Seeger (left) and Jan Jargon were goests on the Holistic Health show yesterday.

Dr Seeger, a naturopathic physician and pioneer professional in alternative medicine, focuses on cancer and has an easy to follow health plan for this group of patients. More information was presented earlier on this site and can be found at:     http://www.cancercleansecamp.com

Jan Jargon is an emergency medical technologist who is working on a doctorate in medical anthropology and counsels cancer patients. More information was presented earlier on this site and can be found at: http://www.justjanuarysjargon.com

Enjoy the interview below:

 

 

Interviews with Dr Mark Moyad, Dr Thomas O’Bryan, Dr Carl O Helvie now Available for Listening.

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Interviews with Dr Mark Moyad,  Dr Thomas O’Bryan,and  Dr Carl O Helvie  follow. Dr Moyad occupies an endowed position -at the University of Michigan, is internationally known for his work in cancer and immunology, has published 9 books and over 10 articles and traveled around the world lecturing to health care professionals and others. More of his extensive biography was presented earlier on this site.

Dr Thomas O’Bryan is an international recognized speaker and workshop leader specializing in gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.  More of his biography was presented earlier on this site.

Dr Carl O Helvie, a registered nurse with a doctorate in public health and 60 years experience, is author of 8 books, over 100 articles and international presentations, and host of the Holistic Health Show.

The interviews follow:

Dr Mark Moyad (Immune System), Dr Thomas O’Bryan (Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity) and Dr Carl O.Helvie (Cancer) on Next Show.

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

My first guest Dr Mark Moyad MD, MPH, (left) occupies an endowed position created and funded entirely by the patients he has helped over the past 15+ years.  He is the Jenkins/Pokempner Director of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center (Department of Urology).  Mark actually wrote and published his first medical research paper in college (College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio) at the age of 22 on the effects of a compound (Gossypol) found in cottonseed oil and its potential impact on male sexual health and fertility.  He received his Masters in Public Health (M.P.H.) degree from the University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida) with a focus on epidemiology & dietary supplement research and outcomes (for example, working on the L-tryptophan dietary supplement contamination investigation), and he received his medical education and degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine (Detroit, MI) over a 10-year period while he was also working in the area of lifestyle and supplements at the University of Michigan Medical Center (Department of Urology).  He is the primary author of over 130 published medical journal articles and is the former editor-in-chief of the medical journal “Seminars in Preventive & Alternative Medicine” by Elsevier.  He is or has been an editor and reviewer for multiple diverse medical journals in Urology, Oncology and Alternative Medicine.  His most recent accepted appointment was on the editorial board for the medical journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Mark has also maintained a consulting practice in Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the last 15+ years, and has lectured on breast, prostate and a variety of other cancers in addition to cardiovascular disease and general health promotion internationally in almost every country and in all 50 states and at every single major academic institution.  He has and continues to consult for and appears regularly in major magazines and television shows devoted to health in the U.S  For example, he is currently being featured regularly (providing diverse health advice) on the Huffington Post, Fox News in Chicago, appeared on the Dr Oz show in the fall of 2011 as an expert on male and female health, and he was briefly featured in the March 2012 issue of Fitness magazine.  He will be featured as the expert in diet and dietary supplements in multiple publications and books in 2013.  He has been asked to provide advice and expert opinion for multiple diverse organizations from corporations, government regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical and nutrition based companies.  In fact, Abbott Labs currently uses his materials to teach health care professionals and the public about diet and dietary supplements.

Mark was the former course director or co-director for the annual AUA (American Urological Society), ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) and SUNA (Society of Urologic Nurses Association) class on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  Currently, he is part of the faculty for annual men’s health course at the AUA meeting and conducted a 2-hour course on dietary supplements at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) annual meeting in March 2012 in New Orleans, LA.  Mark is the co-author or author of 9 books including his most recent “Dr. Moyad’s No Bogus Science Health Advice: A step-by-step guide to what works & what is worthless”, “Beyond Hormonal Therapy”-a guide for advanced prostate cancer patients, and his just released  “Dr. Moyad’s Guide to Male Sexual Health” (Amazon and Spry Publishing, June 2012).  Mark also recently agreed to and is completing the guidebook on “Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Urology” (2012-2013 release from Springer Medical Publishing, New York).

Mark created the Promoting Wellness campaign, which involves teaching materials (Promoting Wellness Book-3rd Edition, Promoting Wellness Newsletter, Handouts…) that focus on lifestyle changes and objective dietary supplement advice, which is now utilized by clinicians and patients, primarily working in the area of men’s and women’s health from Australia to Europe to South Africa.  Mark has probably educated the largest number of health care professionals on the topic of complementary and alternative medicine/dietary supplements in the world while also arguably writing and publishing the largest number of medical articles on integrative medicine and in 2009 he was named as one of the most influential doctors in the U.S. by USA Today. Currently, he reviews diet and dietary supplement articles for health care professionals every month so that they can become better educated in this area and receive medical credit.  His current research involves lifestyle changes and the use (or non use) of dietary supplements to promote women’s and men’s health, reduce cancer treatment side effects, advocacy, & cancer vaccine/immunotherapy testing.  For the past 15 years, Dr. Moyad has also volunteered weekly for national and local patient advocacy groups and low-income/free clinics in need of help.  Currently he volunteers for multiple national patient advocacy groups (PAACT, PCRI, US TOO…) to provide monthly education, help patients in need of more information, better access to the latest medical care, and other resources.  He is also the annual co-moderator of arguably the largest men’s health/prostate cancer patient conference in the world, which is held every year in Los Angeles, CA (PCRI conference).  He also helped for years after Hurricane Katrina and worked with the Lower Ninth Ward Health Clinic in New Orleans to provide anything and everything from books for children in the waiting room, medical supplies and regular fundraising for the clinic itself.  Currently, he is helping to improve medical services in Haiti and assisting with bringing kids to the U.S. in need of more serious medical treatment.  Dr. Moyad is also one of the creators and now the co-chair of the EAPPCa (Early Access Program for Prostate Cancer) committee, whose primary purpose is to negotiate and facilitate the delivery of ground breaking successful phase 3 medications to individuals with the most advanced forms of cancer while these medicines are in the 6-12 month window waiting for FDA approval.  For example, the drug MDV-3100 was just approved in May of 2012 to be available for Early Access and the company announced their work and partnership with Dr Moyad and his committee on a global press release, which represents one of the first times that a volunteer patient advocacy groups was able to help provide a pathway for free groundbreaking medications to get in the hands of some of the most desperate cancer patients.

In 2013 Dr Moyad will become part of the Promoting Wellness foundation whose primary purpose is to improve access and the health and well being of indigent patients around the world.  Dr Moyad also loves water sports, movies, sushi, and his family, but of course not in that specific order.

My second guest, Dr. Thomas O’Bryan is an internationally recognized speaker and workshop leader specializing in Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease. He is a ‘Sherlock Holmes’ for chronic disease and metabolic disorders.  He is a clinician par excellence in treating chronic disease and metabolic disorders from a Functional Medicine Perspective.  He holds teaching Faculty positions with the Institute for Functional Medicine and the National University of Life Sciences.  Dr. O’Bryan is always one of the most respected, highly-appreciated speakers.  His passion is in teaching the many manifestations of Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease as they occur inside and outside of the intestines.

In sensitive individuals, Gluten Sensitivity can trigger Auto-Immune Disorders, Epilepsy, Thyroid Disease, Diabetes, Migraines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and more.  Perhaps one of the more surprising messages is the impact of Gluten Sensitivity on the brain.  The “dimmer switch”, that occurs in the brain (especially in children), is one that parents and care givers would never suspect.

Dr Carl O. Helvie, will be the third guest in the time left to begin the next series on cancer.  He is a registered nurse with a doctorate in public health and wellness (Johns Hopkins U, School of public Health) and 60 years experience as a nurse practitioner, educator, author and researcher. he has published 8 books and chapters in 4 additional ones and presented or published over 100 articles  and research papers presented internationally. He is currently the host of the Holistic Healthy Show, and is listed in most national biographies and on Wikipedia. More information can be found at: http://www.HolistichealthShow.com and  http://www.BeatLungCancer.net

Boosting the Immune System to Fight Cancer

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

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Researchers who have been studying how to use the bodies own resources to fight cancer have found a molecule that lies dormant until it interacts with a cancer cell and then it activates the immune system to fight the cancer cells. In their experiment, the researchers used interleukin-2 (IL-2) a chemical messenger that amplifies the effects of the immune system that turns on T cells and natural killer cells that recognize and kill cancer cells. Although approved by the FDA this chemical has serious side effects such as harming healthy tissue when active throughout the body. The researchers hoped to reduce the toxicity of the chemical so that it could be used more widely.

In their work they were able to direct the chemical and the turn on of the immune system to a specific area of the body such as prostate, thus, reducing the side effects of the chemical on the whole body. Their approach is to turn on a magnified immune system response in the neighborhood of the cancer cells to destroy those cells but to avoid a system wide immune response that could cause serious side effects. More information is available at:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110412121247.htm

Predictions for 2011 with Phyllis Pricer and Annette Castellano

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

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On Saturday on BBS Radio Phyllis Pricer (pictured) and Annette Castellano gave their predictions for 2011 to Dr Carl O Helvie, Host of the Holistic Health Show. Phyllis is a certified master hypnotherapist, a practitioner of jin shin jyutsu, a medium and a psychic. Her company Multiple Pathways brings together intuitive information, holistic healing, and practicval application to unify the body, mind and spirit. More information was presented earlier on this site and she can be reached at (202) 387-2080 or psychicworlds4@aol.com

Annette is an intuitive who has lectured and demonstrated her intuitive insights on radio, television and in person for over 40 years. More information was presented earlier on this site and she can be reached at antoniaannette@yahoo.com Both Phyllis and Annette are available for readings and lectures.

Enjoy the predictions for 2011 below:

Interviews with Dr Francisco Contreras and Deborah Wofford on Holistic Health Show

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

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Yesterday on BBS Radio (www.bbsradio.com) Dr Carl O Helvie interviewed Dr Francisco Contreras and Ms Deborah Wofford.

Dr Francisco is the Board Director and Chairman of the Oasis of Hope where they have treated over 120,000 cancer patients and use a holistic approach including spirituality and faith. More information was presented earlier on this site and can also be found at www.OasisofHope.com

Ms Deborah Wofford overcome abusive situations in life until she discovered God and now is an artist and song writer. More information was presented earlier on this site and can also be found at
www.pourmeoutablessing.com

Enjoy the interviews below>

Doctors of Medicine, Oriental Medicine, and Naturopathy Discussed Natural Ways to Deal with Seasonal Allergies

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

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Yesterday on the Holistic Health Show Dr Carl O Helvie interviewed Dr Murray Grossan, M.D., Dr Steven Morrissey, O.M.D., and Dr Bianca Garilli, N.D. about natural ways to deal with seasonal allergies. Dr Grossan is board certified by the American Board of Otolarngology and Head and Neck Surgery and is currently at Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers in Los Angeles. More information is available on an earlier blog on this website or at www.ent-consult.com

Dr Steven Morrissey has more than 25 years experience in oriental and herbal medicine and has two joint companies with others in China to undertake research on safety, efficacy and quality of botanical medicine. More information is available on an earlier blog and on www.plantiva.com

Dr Bianca Garilli, a naturopathic physician, practices in Orange County, California. More information was presented earlier on this site and can also be found at www.ocnmp.com and www.allergyeliminationdiet.com

Enjoy the interview below.

Dogs, Cats, Dust Mites May Increase Allergic Reaction to Hay Fever

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

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A recent study published in the Annals of Allergy. Asthma & Immunology reported that year round allergies to dogs, cats, and dust mites seem to pre-prime the immune system so that symptoms appear earlier or are more severe when confronted by rag weed. In the study researchers wanted to determine why some individuals develop symptoms during ragweed season earlier than others. Testing several perennial allergens they found that being allergic to dogs, cats or dust mites set those suffers up for a quicker onset of hay fever symptoms when exposed to ragweed. In the study 123 people were allergic to ragweed and of these 66% were positive for cat allergies, 63% were allergic to dog allergies and 73% were allergic to dust mites. All were exposed to ragweed for 3 hours and completed symptom questionnaires every 30 minutes during exposure. In general, those who tested positive for dog, cat, and dust mite allergies developed symptoms either faster or to a greater degree than those who tested negative to these. This difference seemed to disappear after 3 hours so that once the hay fever season is in full swing, the differences between the two groups no longer existed. It was suggested that to avoid the overload at the beginning of the hay fever season, sufferers with perennial allergies (dog,cat, dust) should avoid them beforehand or treat their perennial allergy symptoms before hay fever season.

Seasonal Allergies Discussed by Dr Fred Pescatore and Dr Lauren Feder

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

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Yesterday, Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, the Holistic Health Show, interviewed Dr Fred Pescatore and Dr Lauren Feder about seasonal allergies. Dr Pescatore is an internationally known physician who is recognized as a health, nutrition, and weight loss expert, has hosted his own radio show and appeared on major radio and television programs, authored several books including the best seller Thin for Good. and and the Allergy and Asthma Cure, and Founded the Dr Pescatore’s Health for Good products. More information on Dr Pescatore and his activities was identified on an earlier blog and can be found at: www.Hamptomsdiet.com

Dr Lauren Feder, a nationally known physician is in private group practice in Los Angeles, has appeared on national programs including Oprah and Friends with Dr Mehmet Oz, and is author of Natural Baby and Child Care and The Parents Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccines. More information appeared on an earlier blog and can also be found at www.drfeder.com