Wednesday, May 30, 2018


By Jaime E. Dy-Liacco,Trustee, Philippine College for the Advancement in Medicine
Former Director General, Philippine Institute of Traditional & Alternative Health CareDOH
Tel. 632-924-2487, Fax 632-929-9173, email:

Diabetes is due to a deficiency of 5 minerals, and to eating habits that load the body with too much simple sugars, wearing down the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas and weakening the potency of the insulin they produce. So to reverse Type II (or adult-onset) diabetes naturally, correct the mineral deficiency with 5 food supplements, regenerate the beta cells in the pancreas producing insulin with a 6th supplement, correct eating habits, and do regular exercise. Here’s how:

  with these 5 food supplements:
1.      Vanadyl Sulfate, 50 mg capsules.  Take 50 mg or 1 capsule after every meal. So, it’s totally 3 capsules or 150 mg daily.
2.      Copper, 2 mg capsules.  Take 1 capsule after every meal. So, it’s 6mg or 3 capsules daily.
3.      Zinc/Copper, 50mg/2mg capsules.  Take 1 capsule after every meal. So it’s 150 mg of zinc and 6 mg of copper, or 3 capsules daily.
4.      Manganese, 30 mg capsules.  Take 30 mg or 1 capsule after every meal. So it’s 90 mg or 3 capsules daily.
5.      Chromium Picolinate, 500 mcg capsules. Take 1000 mcg or 2 capsules after every meal.
So it’s 3000 mcg or 6 capsules daily.
  IMPORTANT: Items 2-5 must be taken together. If one is missing, the others won’t work. 

with this 6th supplement:
6.      Gymnema Sylvestre, 300 mg capsules.  Take 300 mg or 1 capsule 15 minutes before each meal. So totally it’s 900 mg or 3 capsules daily.
Eat 2 tablespoons of raw pork pancreas. It is very rich in natural insulin, and has brought down in 2 minutes blood sugar from as high as 240-502 down to 84-85.
Have the pancreas on standby in your freezer, for use in emergency situations, or eat it daily if you wish. Eaten with every meal keeps blood sugar normal every day, like having insulin shots. Always eat it with a clove of crushed raw garlic, to kill bacteria and viruses.
Because raw pork pancreas is also very rich in the animal-protein digesting enzymes that digest cancer cells, 2 tablespoons with every meal will also prevent cancer.
Here's how to prepare:
Buy the pancreas early in the morning from the market, to be sure it is freshly slaughtered. Do not buy more than a week's supply. Wash it well of soil and dirt. Soak for 10 minutes in a basin of water with half a cup of rock salt. After soaking, rub well on both sides with rock salt. Cut into small cubes so you can measure it by the tablespoonful. Put 2 tablespoons each into a small plastic bag. Put the bags in the freezer, and take as needed.
You can season it any way you want to make it palatable, so long as you don't cook it or use vetsin (MSG). Some use wasabi and toyo. Others eat it with chopped onions, ginger, green sili, garlic, salt, kalamansi. Others like it as is from the freezer. It has a nice, cool clean taste and melts in the mouth.
Please note, the raw pancreas is not a permanent cure, just like insulin shots are not. To cure diabetes permanently, you need to correct the mineral deficiencies and regenerate the beta cells in your own pancreas that produce your own insulin, but this time with the mineral deficiencies corrected, your own insulin production will now be potent.
So you can use the raw pancreas to keep your blood sugar down while you are correcting your mineral deficiencies and regenerating your pancreatic cells.

1. Fresh Vegetables.  Eat 3x a day 1 cup of raw saluyot leaves, or camote leaf tops (talbos ng kamote) either dark green or purple in color, or kangkong (swamp cabbage), or spinach leaves, or sea grapes (lato) as a salad to start every meal.
These raw dark green vegetables are rich in vanadium, copper, zinc, manganese, chromiumand will lower your blood sugar.You may blanch these vegetables, or juice them, but do not cook them. Anything cooked beyond 40 degrees centigrade loses all enzymes, vitamins, and the organic minerals become inorganic which the body cannot absorb.
2. Garlic.   Eat 3 large cloves of crushed raw garlic with every meal. It has to be crushed or chewed thoroughly to release the active ingredients, allicin and alliin. Besides being anti-viral and anti-bacterial, garlic lowers blood sugar levels. If you cannot take raw garlic, take garlic pills: either 1 pill of Garlinase 4000 (from Healthy Options), or 2 tablets of Kyolic Garlic (from GNC, get the one that’s all garlic, no mixtures) after every meal.
3. Water.   Take a minimum of 10 8-oz glasses of non-chlorinated, mineral water every day to keep your body's water level at the 75% that the body needs to metabolize properly. If you let it drop below 75%, you are dehydrated. All your vital organs, your cells, your tissues, your blood (75% water), your brain (85% water) will be dehydrated. Your immune system drops when your water level drops below 75%, and you become vulnerable to infections. No medication that you take will work if your body is dehydrated.
One simple way to check if your water level is at 75% is to look at the color of your urine every time you urinate. If it is yellow, you are dehydrated. Drink a glass of water right away. Your objective must be to make the color of your urine as clear as water.
Water is a natural diuretic. Taking 10 or more glasses a day will strip your body of salt. So take ½ teaspoon of salt or put a pinch of salt on your tongue every time you drink water when you’re taking 10 or more glasses a day. Use natural salt from the sea (rock salt), not refined table salt which is synthetic.
If you cannot avoid using tap water, which is chlorinated, let the water sit for half an hour, without a cover, to evaporate the chlorine. Do not take distilled water. It strips the body of minerals. Take mineral water.
4. Foods and Drinks to Avoid.   All processed foods (canned goods, foods made with white refined flour such as pan de sal, white bread, noodles, etc., white refined sugar, confectionery, margarine, any food that comes in a box or package made by a manufacturer and sold in stores, junk food), dairy products (milk, cheese except cottage cheese), red meats, soft drinks, coffee, alcoholic drinks.
For frying, use only extra virgin, cold-pressed olive oil or coconut oil. All other oils are not heart-healthy (the polyunsaturated oils) and some are even conducive to cancer. Fresh fruits in moderation are OK, they are complex sugars.
Fish, chicken, and turkey without the skin are OKProteins from plants, like beans, are incomplete and not usable by the body. To make them complete, eat them with grains, like brown rice. It's delicious mixed with sticky red rice (red malagkit). Mix 1 cup brown with 1 tablespoon red. Avoid white rice. It’s a simple sugar.
5. Sweeteners.  Use raw honey, or muscovado sugar. To sweeten cereal, use fruits like sliced raw bananas. Do not use synthetic sweeteners like aspertame (Equal or NutraSweet). They aggravate diabetes and can cause brain tumors. Avoid diet softdrinks with NutraSweet. A natural sweetener that’s acceptable is Stevia. If local health food stores don’t have it, order it from the U.S.
6. Flax Seed.   Eat ¼ cup of ground raw flax seed daily. Sprinkle it on food or mix it with fruit juice or water. Raw flax seed is available at Healthy Options, either ground or as whole seeds. Do not buy the ground seed. It oxidizes once the package is opened. Get the whole seeds. Grind ¼ cup in a small electric coffee grinder for 10 seconds, only when you are about to eat it, because it oxidizes in 15 minutes after grinding. You can eat kesong puti with it. The two make a healthy combination.

Three hours a week.  This can be mild like walking or rebounding 30 minutes 6x a week, or vigorous like 1 hour of tennis, squash, badminton, basketball, swimming, or gym workouts 3x a week. The key is to do it regularly.
Rebounding is going up and down on a circular mini-trampoline which is available for about P1,500 from sporting goods stores like Toby's. Rebounding is actually the best exercise because it exercises all the cells, not just certain muscles. It is the exercise prescribed for astronauts.

Take this at least every 2 weeks or more frequently to help guide possible adjustments in dosages.

If you have been taking pharmaceutical drugs for diabetes, do not drop them abruptly, because that might cause an adverse reaction, since the body has become addicted to their use. Overlap them with the natural remedies. With your diabetes doctor's help, phase the drugs out gradually after your fasting blood sugar has normalized or fallen below normal. Normal is 70-105.

1. Nutritional Supplements. After the blood sugar level normalizes, and after you have phased out the drugs, cut back on the 6 food supplements until finally you are taking only one 10 mg Vanadyl Sulfate a day, not the 50 mg capsule you started with. Keep using fasting blood sugar level tests (at least every 2 weeks) to guide you in how much to cut back. If the blood sugar rises again after the last cut back, put back the last dosage that was cut out. If it has remained stable or within normal limits or has dropped, you can make another dosage reduction.
2. Other measures.  Continue the eating habits changes and other measures. These alone, even without the one Vanadyl Sulfate a day, may already be enough to keep the blood sugar level within normal limits.

1. Constipation. The healthy bowel movement frequency is 3x a day or as often as you eat a major meal. The healthy texture is soft, like soft peanut butter or even loose, like sawdust with a little water. So it's all over in one minute, no need to strain, and no need to read a newspaper or magazine.
Blood circulates every 3.5 miinutes, and if you keep fecal waste inside you for 24 hours (only 1 BM a day) or longer, the blood will pick up the toxins and parasites and distribute them every where, to your pancreas, all the vital organs, all your cells.
If you are already moving 3x a day, do not take diatabs or immodium or lomotil to bring it down to 1. LBM is not bad. What is bad is diarrhea, which is all liquid, no substance. If you get diarrhea, take 3 cloves of crushed raw garlic with every meal; that will kill the bacteria causing the diarrhea. Or use the Mayco Bio-Zapper, which will kill the bacteria by zapping it with low voltage electricity (12-18 volts, not enough to kill a cockroach, but enough to kill all bacteria, viruses, worms, other parasites).
The Mayco Bio-Zapper was invented by Fr. Howard May, an American missionary living in Quezon City who supplies his missionaries in the mountain provinces and in Mindanao with the zapper to heal their parishioners, who are too poor to afford pharmaceutical drugs, of all kinds of ailments caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
How do you get 3 BM's a day? (1) Avoid dehydration; that makes you constipated. (2) Eat a cup of raw saluyot leaves as a salad 3x a day to start your every meal. (3) Take 3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin cold-pressed Coconut Oil after every dinner. (4) If all this fails, take Dr. Richard Schulze's Intestinal Formula #1. Take 1 capsule with a glass of water after dinner. If 3 BM's do not result the next day, keep adding 1 capsule to every dinner until 3 BM's result. Then maintain that dosage.
Keep your blood clean, not filthy. Do not be a walking septic tank. Have 3 BM's a day.
2. Detoxification. Follow Dr. Schulze’s Incurables Program to detoxify the body thoroughly. It will unclog and cleanse the intestinal tract, the liver, gall bladder, the kidneys, and the bladder, removing old dried up fecal matter, heavy metals like mercury, lead, drug residues, parasites, the rotting food and fecal waste trapped in loops of the colon (diverticulosis), polyps in the colon, and gallstones and kidney stones. The 3 BM's a day is the start of the program.
The first thorough detoxification process takes 3 months. Month 1 - get 3 BM's a day. Month 2 - remove the old dried up fecal wastes, remove the heavy metals, polyps, diverticulosis. Month 3 - Clean up the liver, gall bladder, kidneys, and bladder.
3. A basic high potency multi-vitamin/mineral food supplement.  Do not take Centrum. It is synthetic. Get a natural multi-vitamin/mineral complex from health food stores. What is best is Dr. Schulze's Superfood nutritional drink. All the ingredients are food, not chemicals. It gives you 2-5 times the vitamins and minerals you get from regular food. As a liquid, it is in your blood stream and already nourishing all your cells within 15 minutes of drinking it.
4. Clear the arteries of blockages.  Super Phos 30 will dissolve the calcified plaques with 90 drops a day mixed with fruit juice, or with the SuperFood drink. Rinse the mouth well or brush teeth immediately after taking Superphos 30, because it can strip the calcium from teeth if allowed to stay too long in the mouth.
Pancreatic lipase enzymes will dissolve the fat blockages. Natural Vitamin E will remove inflammation of arterial walls that narrow the channels. Your blood will be free-flowing, delivering oxygen and nourishment to all cells.
For pancreatic enzymes, take the raw pancreas or Dan Raber's CardioClean lipase enzymes, 2 capsules with every meal and 1 with every snack. This will dissolve fat blockages and help digest the fats you eat, lightening the burden on your own pancreas.
For natural Vitamin E, take 1,000 to 1,200 iu's after breakfast daily. The bottle label will say d-alpha etc. if it is natural, and dl-alpha etc. if it is synthetic. The synthetic will not work.
5. Prevent future blockages. High cholesterol and/or high homocysteine cause the calcified plaques, high triglycerides the fatty deposits, and a Vitamin E deficiency the inflammation. Have blood tests taken for cholesterol, triglycerides, homocysteine, and C-Reactive Protein (CRP). If the CRP is positive, there is inflammation of the arteries; if negative, none.
6. Normalize high cholesterol with Flush-Free Niacin (Vitamin B-3, the non-flush type), 1,000 mg after every meal, high homocysteine with 2 capsules a day (1-0-1 after meals) of the Homocysteine Formula (which corrects the Vitamin B-6, B-12, folate, and trimethyl glycine deficiencies that cause homocysteine to rise), high triglycerides with 2 capsules a day (1-0-1 after meals) of 20 mg Policosanol (a food supplement extract from sugarcane), and inflammation with 1,000 or 1,200 iu's of Vitamin E daily after breakfast.


(As of May 15, 2007)
1. Vanadyl Sulfate, 50 mg, 60 capsules, 1-1-1 daily
2. Copper, 2 mg, 100 capsules, 1-1-1 daily
3. Zinc/Copper, 50mg/2mg, 100 capsules, 1-1-1 daily
4. Manganese, 30 mg, 100 capsules, 1-1-1 daily
5. Chromium Picolinate, 500 mcg, 300 capsules, 2-2-2 daily
6. Gymnema Sylvestre, 300 mg, 120 capsules, 1-1-1 daily



The number of bottles needed of each item varies from individual to individual. Some get their blood sugar normalized in 1-2 weeks, others take as long as 2 months or more.
If the diabetic has been taking pharmaceutical drugs and/or insulin injections, he must not stop them abruptly, but instead take the food supplements to overlap with the pharmaceuticals.
The fasting blood sugar should be monitored with blood tests weekly or at least every 10 days. When the sugar level falls below normal (70-105 is the normal range) or stabilizes at the normal range, start phasing out the drugs, until only the food supplements remain. Monitor the fasting blood sugar with laboratory blood tests, not with the home finger prick method. The finger prick method has a big margin of error, at least 30%.
Once the blood sugar remains stable in the normal range for 3 months, start reducing the food supplements to a maintenance dose, which for most people by the end of the first year is only one capsule of Vanadyl Sulfate daily for the rest of their life.

1.   Take #1-5 above after meals. (1-1-1 means 1 after every meal, 2-2-2 is 2 after every meal).
2.   Take #6 15 minutes before every meal.
3.   Take 2,000 mg of Ester C with Bioflavonoids after every meal.
4.   Cut in half a clove of raw garlic, and plaster 1/2 against the wound 24 hours a day.
5.   Change the garlic every day.
6.   After 1 week, check to see if the wound has healed. If it has, get a fasting blood sugar test to see
      how the reading compares to the one taken just before applying this procedure.
7.   If the wound has not healed after one week, continue the procedure until the wound heals.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"Stop wasting your money on supplements"

I'm sure you've seen the headlines splashed across almost every newspaper, web site, and television station. Doctors say "the case is closed for multivitamins." They don't help and can actually hurt you!
So is it true? Of course not!

First of all, what the media so eagerly lapped up was an editorial written by five doctors.

The main author of the editorial is Dr. Edgar Miller. Dr. Miller is a highly respected researcher for Johns Hopkins. Conventional medicine holds him in very high regard. Dr. Miller somewhat regularly publishes the results of meta-studies that bash supplements. A meta-study, as you may know, is a study of other studies. They look at a bunch of studies, take the results they like, group them together, and draw a conclusion.

If the researchers don't cherry pick the results, meta-studies can be useful. But no self-respecting researcher would take the results of any meta-study as the be-all-to-end-all. For that matter, no self-respecting scientist would declare that "the case is closed." And, yet, that is just what Dr. Miller does in his editorial.

The first study Dr. Miller evaluated in drawing his conclusion was a meta-analysis of 27 studies. This meta-analysis showed that multivitamins don't have any beneficial effect on preventing cardiovascular disease or cancer. Well, did Dr. Miller cherry pick the studies he used? We know in the past that his team did cherry pick studies.

In 2004, Dr. Miller conducted a meta-analysis on vitamin E. The BBC picked up his story and ran with the headline "High dose vitamin E death warning." But Dr. Miller's team looked at studies that didn't evaluate how healthy people would respond to vitamin E supplements. And, even worse, his team looked at studies that researched only synthetic vitamin E. With a history of cherry picking, we have to think it's a reasonable possibility in his latest study.

What's more, his editorial completely ignores one study that showed a statistically significant reduction in cancer rates. If a drug got these same results, it would be big, positive news. But Dr. Miller chose not to mention that one - again, cherry picking his studies.

Dr. Miller also looked at two other studies. One wanted to know if multivitamins helped prevent second heart attacks. To me, the very premise of the study is foolish. Do you think a low-dose multivitamin has the ability to prevent heart attacks in someone who has already had a heart attack? Of course you don't!

And, the final study followed nearly 6,000 doctors over the age of 65. All of them took either a multivitamin or a placebo for 12 years.

The study found that the multivitamin didn't make any difference in their cognitive function. What Dr. Miller doesn't tell you is that these doctors were all healthy to start with and they were very health-conscious, well-nourished individuals. They were not a valid representative of the population as a whole. So, to draw a definitive conclusion for everyone based on this study is foolish at best.

Most people who take supplements know a simple low-dose multivitamin won't treat serious illness. They take multivitamins to keep their nutrition level high and to help prevent disease from occurring in the first place. But they don't take a multivitamin to treat serious illness.

Unfortunately, the news media doesn't think you're that smart. The media thinks you believe multivitamins are a silver bullet that can cure anything. So the headlines in today's news are bashing multivitamins because they won't treat these serious conditions.

I would love to say that the media just doesn't get it. After all, treating a serious disease with a low-dose multivitamin is like cleaning up a war zone with a bottle of Windex and a paper towel. It just won't work. But the media are showing their true colors more and more. Oh, they get it, alright. And it's very clear what they're doing. At best, it's a poor interpretation of the facts. At worst, it's collusion with the drug companies to undermine the value of supplements.

Some criticize the supplement industry for the amount of money they bring in. But consider this. All supplement companies combined sold only $12 billion in products in 2012. From September 2011 to 
September 2012, the antipsychotic drug Abilify (aripiprazole) racked up nearly $6.4 billion in sales all by itself. What's more, drugs are the leading cause of death in the U.S. Supplements are nowhere on the list because they almost never even hurt anyone.

The reality is that none of the arguments in Dr. Miller's editorial hold up to any real scrutiny. Unfortunately, the news media doesn't scrutinize these stories. So ignore their headlines and continue to take your high-quality vitamins and supplements.

Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Diabetes is Like a Marriage…

My wedding anniversary is quickly approaching, and I’m thinking about how my marriage of nearly 26 years to my husband Don is similar to the way he is dealing with his recent diagnosis with type 2 diabetes.
When you’re first married, the newness of dealing with another person taking up space in your life brings changes, challenges, and acceptance. Yet, as time goes on, sometimes you take advantage of those relationships and get careless in some ways. Let’s explore how marriage and a diabetes diagnosis are similar in some ways.
My husband and I were married on June 6, 1987.  Nearly 26 years and two sons later, we have adapted to one another, and though we have our ups and downs in the relationship, we are committed to one another until death do us part, no matter what. Our vows were not taken lightly, as they are in so many marriages today. Each day, marriage is a struggle or a blessing in one way or another, with good days and bad days, depending on how we interact or communicate with each other. That is life!
The same is also true of receiving the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, or any other disease for that matter. It is something that is with you day in and day out, and you have to deal with it, get along with it, manage it, and accept the goods and bads of that disease relationship, if you will. If you vow to follow the physician’s advice, much like a young couple that follows the advice of a pastor to be forgiving, giving, accepting, and eager to learn about one another, then life will be more enjoyable, less stressful, and well-managed.
I have found that as the wife, I have become very much involved with my husband’s diagnosis, and have asked questions about how he is feeling, if he made good food choices for the day, and more. I am aware of his down days or days when things just are not right. I’ve learned his behaviors, thoughts, attitudes, and his reactions to certain things.
For instance, this week I found Don’s blood test kit on the kitchen counter. He wasn’t being very active — instead, he was just sitting watching TV on a sunny nice day. “What’s wrong?” I asked. “I’m not feeling right,” Don said. I inquired about what he ate at work that day, and he didn’t give me an answer except to say, “Quit preaching to me!” By his tone, I knew he was aggravated about his actions and that I had caught him. He finally admitted that his blood glucose was 154!  However, since he is tempted with so many things at work, I expected a high blood sugar reading could and would happen, eventually. I didn’t say, “I told you so.” I’m learning to hold the tongue so as not to aggravate things! That is another thing you learn in a marriage!
Two days later, once again, Don wasn’t feeling well. Later in the day, he realized he had forgotten to take his medication. Again, I held my tongue. “Just like when you don’t get your day started off right with an ‘I love you’ in a marriage, when you don’t take your diabetes meds when you are supposed too, you will have an unmanaged day,” I thought to myself.
Also, Mother’s Day week proved to be a green flag for Don to overeat and have desserts at events or when eating out. I noticed that he ate no fruit from the buffet and he ate about a half-cup of cabbage for his vegetables. The rest of his plate was meats and a lot of high-calorie, sweet desserts!  However, there are consequences once again to adding fuel to the fire.
So, how much does he weigh now? He’s not talking. My marriage experience tells me that Don has gained when he doesn’t give me an answer. Portion control has to be part of controlling diabetes.
However, I can’t hold his hand at all times. He will have consequences for his actions, very similar to someone who may have had an affair in their marriage. It isn’t something that can be hidden, if you know the person and how they react to certain questions. I just knew with his reactions that he either ate fast food, ate unhealthy at the office, or bought cookies or chips to cause the high blood sugar test. Or he could be lacking in exercise, which has become something he has to work on.
Just like someone in a comfortable marriage, he was getting too comfortable with how things were going with the good readings on his diabetes tests, until he misbehaved. Just weeks ago, the doctor said he wouldn’t have to do blood pricks unless he felt he needed to do so. What has changed? Is he being careless? I believe so.
There are many factors that can affect blood glucose levels. Struggling for that control and a good blood glucose level does take work, just like a healthy marriage. Seeking professional help, taking their advice, and being knowledgeable on the issues can help with both diabetes control and marriage. It’s how much you do and how you stay in line that matters. With diabetes, when you ignore your exercise, weight, stress levels, dietary intake, and medication, these things become downfalls to your control.
Like maintaining a strong marriage, managing diabetes takes effort, acceptance, knowledge, and a whole lot of love!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

10 Symptoms He Shouldn't Ignore

By Richard Laliberte and Gail Saltz, Woman's Day

Tue, Jun 07, 2011

Whenever I get sick, I have a conversation with my wife, Rachelle, that goes like this:

Her: “How are you doing?”
Me: “Fine.”
Her: “Are you sure?”

She just doesn’t trust me when I tell her nothing is wrong—a lack of faith she claims dates to an illness early in our marriage. “You wouldn’t take aspirin because you wanted to see how high your temperature could go,” she recalls. “It was the stupidest reason you ever gave me for not taking care of yourself.”

It wasn’t the last time I put off going for an exam. Recently, a blotchy growth on my hairline went unchecked until its increasing size, nudges from Rachelle and “eww”s from my teenage daughter finally compelled me to see my doctor. It turned out to be an easily treated benign lesion—but the doc made it clear to me that it could have been cancer and really should’ve been checked sooner.

Like a lot of men, I have a thing about doctors. I’m not against them— I just figure medical care is for other guys. “Men like to think they’re indestructible,” says Alan Shindel, MD, codirector of the Men’s Health Program in the department of urology at the University of California, Davis.

We’re not total idiots about health, though. For example, men are more likely than women to get screened for colorectal cancer, and we understand it’s wise to get checked for serious conditions like heart disease and prostate cancer. It’s the out-of-nowhere aches, pains and oddball growths that we tend to blow off. One survey found that a quarter of men who were sick or in pain would wait as long as possible to see a doctor, and 17 percent would wait at least a week.

I finally went to the doctor about the spot on my scalp after I did some online research to assess the odds that it was something serious—and wasn’t reassured by what I read. Men like to be rational. Giving him the facts—as scary as they may be—may turn on a logic switch that makes it difficult to defend dodging his doctor.

Experts agree that not every symptom warrants a trip to the doctor, but some seemingly minor signs shouldn’t be toyed with (in men or women). We asked physicians to tell us the most serious symptoms that often go ignored—and why they shouldn’t be.

1. Feeling Tongue-Tied
He’s thinking: I’m having a senior moment.
But it could be: A stroke. When a clot, injury, narrow blood vessel or other problem restricts blood flow to the brain, the result can be a TIA—a transient ischemic attack, which impairs brain function and can make speech difficult. It’s different from the tip-of-the-tongue reaching for an elusive word. “He might find that words can’t come out at all, or he’ll speak words that are different from the ones he intended or mumble things that don’t make sense,” says Steven Kaplan, MD, director of the Iris Cantor Men’s Health Center now under construction at NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Such symptoms warrant an immediate call to the doctor or trip to the ER. Mini-strokes usually last a few minutes and symptoms typically disappear within an hour, but having a TIA means you’re at immediate risk of a more massive stroke. Men have a slightly higher risk of TIAs than women, and risks go up with age, especially after 55. Photo: Stockbyte

2. Shortness of Breath
He’s thinking: I’m really out of shape.
But it could be: An impending heart attack. Shortness of breath with exertion such as walking up a flight of stairs could be a sign that the heart muscle isn’t getting enough oxygen—a hallmark of coronary heart disease, which men age 55 and over are at an increased risk for.

“Any condition that makes breathing a struggle, including asthma and allergies, is exacerbated by exertion,” Dr. Shindel says. “But if shortness of breath seems to be getting worse each time, we worry about the heart.” Breathing that’s labored and doesn’t improve warrants a call to 911. An electrocardiogram or EKG (which measures the electrical activity of your heart), a sonogram or ultrasound of the heart, and chest X-rays can help diagnose or rule out a heart problem. Photo: Jupiterimages

3. Persistent Pain On One side of the Abdomen
He’s thinking: I probably pulled a muscle.
But it could be: A kidney stone or tumor. One-sided pain that goes away probably is a side stitch or pulled muscle and nothing to worry about. “But if a dull ache is persistent, it should be evaluated by a physician,” says Dr. Kaplan. “It could be many things, but a tumor is one of the first possibilities we consider.” An ache from a tumor won’t likely move around, and may get better if he takes an over-the-counter pain reliever—but will keep coming back. “Any abdominal pain that doesn’t resolve within three days deserves to be checked out.”

Sharp, excruciating pain that hits suddenly and doesn’t improve within an hour warrants a trip to the ER. “If it’s a kidney stone, the pain will radiate from a specific point and can be intense enough to make you vomit,” Dr. Kaplan says. “I’ve had one myself, and it’s so horrible it makes you want to die.” The problem could also be appendicitis, a perforated ulcer or a hernia, so it’s important to get checked out. Photo: Shutterstock

4. Toilet-Time Blood
He’s thinking: Must be something I ate.
But it could be: A kidney stone or bladder cancer if blood is in urine; colon cancer if blood is in stools. Bright red spots on tissue after wiping are likely from hemorrhoids. But blood in stools that have become narrower and thinner than usual (like the width of a pencil) could be a sign of cancer. Black, tarry stools might also indicate stomach bleeding from an ulcer. His doctor will likely examine the GI tract via a colonoscopy or upper endoscopy to nail down the problem.

Blood in urine may show up as a subtle pink hue, but he shouldn’t dismiss minuscule amounts or chalk it up to eating beets. “You’d have to eat a whole lot for that to happen,” says Mark Pochapin, MD, director of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. Assume any reddish color is blood: One drop can turn the bowl pink. “Even microscopic amounts are a warning,” says Martin Miner, MD, codirector of the Men’s Health Center at The Miriam Hospital and clinical associate professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. “If he can actually see red color, he should definitely be evaluated.” Photo: iStockphoto

5. Trouble Down Below
He’s thinking: There’s a pill for this.
But it could be: An early warning of cardiovascular disease. “The latest studies find that men in their 40s and 50s with erectile dysfunction may be two to five years away from a cardiovascular event like a heart attack,” Dr. Miner says. A recent study at the Mayo Clinic found that men who had ED in their 40s were 50 times more likely to have heart trouble down the road than men who didn’t. The artery leading to the penis is about half the diameter of the one feeding the heart, so experts think that restricted blood flow from atherosclerosis shows up early down below. An EKG or stress test can identify cardiac problems and a Doppler ultrasound (usually from a urologist) can test blood flow in penile blood vessels.

“The first sign of ED is usually trouble maintaining an erection during sex or not having normal morning erections,” Dr. Miner says. The good news is that the onset of ED, if it’s caused by cardiovascular disease, suggests your man may have a window of opportunity to treat heart disease before it becomes a serious problem. Photo: Jim Arbogast/Thinkstock

6. Daytime Fatigue
He’s thinking: I should go to sleep earlier.
But it could be: Obstructive sleep apnea. Spending more time in bed won’t help if fatigue is due to this condition, in which the airway narrows or is blocked during sleep, cutting off breathing and disrupting slumber five to 30 times an hour. “Everyone has a night here and there when he doesn’t sleep well. But if the fatigue doesn’t go away even when he can catch up on rest, sleep apnea could be putting him at risk for health problems such as heart attack, arrhythmias, stroke or even heart failure,” Dr. Shindel says. A sign he’s chronically tired: falling asleep while doing activities during waking hours. “It’s not normal to fall asleep during usual waking hours just because you’re in a dark room,” Dr. Shindel says. Sleep apnea is especially common in overweight men and heavy snorers, but can be treated with breathing devices such as a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), an apparatus that you wear at night to keep airways open. Losing weight and surgery to widen the airway can also help. Photo: Stockbyte

7. Constant Grumpiness
He’s thinking: I’m just under a lot of stress at work.
But it could be: Depression. Feeling cranky and low because of work hassles or difficult times is normal, but it should dissipate within a few days. With clinical depression, downbeat irritability lasts weeks at a time. “It’s different from run-of-the-mill blues and time for him to talk to his doctor if you’re saying to him, ‘You haven’t been acting like the person I think you really are for weeks’ or he’s lost interest in activities he used to enjoy or isn’t performing at work,” Dr. Shindel says.

Talk therapy and antidepressant medication are the options his doctor will likely suggest first. But if he has symptoms such as fatigue, low sex drive and loss of muscle mass, Dr. Shindel advises getting a blood test for low testosterone, which is sometimes the root cause of depression, especially in men over 40. Testosterone replacement in the form of gel, skin patches or injections can reverse the symptoms, but he should first talk to his doctor carefully about his medical history and the potential risks of testosterone therapy. Photo: Ditigal Vision

8. Frequent Urination
He’s thinking: I’m drinking too much coffee.
But it could be: Type 2 diabetes or an enlarged prostate. It might be the coffee—when he’s actually drinking it. But if he often gets up to go twice or more during the night, his body could be trying to get rid of excess blood sugar that’s built up because it can’t get into cells—the problem that defines diabetes. He should first try adjusting what or when he drinks at night to see if that leads to fewer wee-hour trips to the bathroom. “If he still urinates more than he did a month ago, he should get his blood sugar checked, especially if he also has increased thirst, another red flag for diabetes,” Dr. Miner says. Diabetes can usually be controlled with changes in diet and exercise, often combined with medication.

If he’s also feeling like he can’t empty his bladder completely and/or is having a slow or weak stream, dribbling and having trouble getting urine flow started, the problem may be a growing prostate. This small gland surrounds the tube that carries urine out of the bladder, so an increase in size can put the squeeze on urine flow—a common problem in middle-aged and older men. (In men under 50, symptoms could be due to a urinary tract infection.)

Though painless, an enlarged prostate can eventually get worse and lead to acute urinary retention, where he suddenly can’t urinate at all, which is an emergency that often leads to surgery. Treatment ranges from exercises to strengthen muscles in the pelvic floor to medications that relieve symptoms or shrink the prostate. Prostate cancer is also a possibility, especially for men over 50, and if the doctor suspects that, he’ll do a rectal exam and draw blood to check PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels; higher-than-normal results may indicate prostate enlargement, an infection or cancer. Photo: Thinkstock

9. Yellowish Skin
He’s thinking: What yellow skin?
But it could be: Liver trouble. Yellow skin, or jaundice, suggests the liver isn’t functioning right. Possible causes in adults include liver disease, gallstones, pancreatic cancer or a viral hepatitis infection, which causes swelling of the liver.

“Hepatitis A isn’t a disease people think of, but it’s a virus found in contaminated shellfish and can be passed on by people who prepare food and don’t wash their hands,” Dr. Pochapin says. In fact, hepatitis A is one of the most common infectious diseases that’s preventable with a vaccine— worth considering for anyone who hasn’t been inoculated. Symptoms like jaundice, fever, upset stomach and fatigue usually show up within two to six weeks of exposure and get better on their own with a few weeks of rest. (And the virus doesn’t stay in your body after that.) But have him check in with his doctor, who’ll most likely want to run some tests to figure out exactly what’s going on. Photo: Jupiterimages

10. A New Spot—Mole, Freckle, Red Patch— On the Skin
He’s thinking: It’ll go away.
But it could be: Skin cancer or seborrheic keratoses— warty, waxy benign lesions that become more common in middle age. Any time a new skin growth appears or an existing one changes in size, color or shape, he should see a doctor. Be especially concerned if a spot or mole gets darker, bleeds, itches or feels irritated—all of which are possible signs of skin cancer, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The differences in appearance between a benign growth and skin cancer—especially melanoma, the deadliest type—can be subtle. So your physician may want to take a biopsy to make a definite ID.

I know all this from firsthand experience— and when I understood what the dangers may have been, I was glad I saw my doctor. After all, nobody’s indestructible forever. Photo: Jupiterimages

Why he doesn’t want to go to the doctor...and how to get him there

Every woman has that man in her life— her father, husband, brother, boyfriend, friend—who just won’t go to the doctor. Indeed, research shows that men are 24 percent less likely to have seen a physician in the past year than women.

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that men are more likely to be hospitalized for a preventable condition than women. What drives their avoidance? Research shows that it has a lot to do with men wanting to feel, well, manly. A study of 1,000 men found that those who have a more traditional view of masculinity—thinking that a “real” man doesn’t complain about pain, for example—were half as likely to get preventive care as those who didn’t agree with such stereotypes.

And let me tell you what else is going on: denial. Many people use it as a coping mechanism to deal with fear. So he’s probably thinking something like: “If I ignore this, it will go away” or “I don’t like needles and being prodded, so I’d rather just skip it” or “It’s either nothing or something too scary to know about, so I don’t want to go.”

So how can you help your man see the doctor? Talk to him about it. Sit down and have a chat, telling him that getting regular checkups is the best way to catch any potential illness before it becomes harder to treat and possibly life-threatening. Emphasize how important it is for him to be there—and healthy—for his family. Research shows this is the strongest motivator for men to see the doctor, probably because it appeals to their traditional sense of what their roles are. To help him address a symptom, the best dialogue I can suggest is something along the lines of: Let’s agree to tell each other when we’re feeling or seeing something that’s unusual or new for us—no matter how embarrassing—so we can help each other figure out what to do. I’m going to tell you if I have a stomach, gynecological or other issue and get it taken care of so I can stay healthy for you, and I want you to do the same for me.

Asking him to go to the doctor, and, if need be, arranging the visit shows that you’re taking his health (and symptoms) seriously, which can propel him to as well. It also helps remove the stigma he may feel about asking for help. Beforehand, help him organize his questions and concerns in writing and, if he’d like, be there with pen and paper in hand (or send him with a tape recorder) so you can both discuss the doctor’s responses later. When people are anxious, they often don’t hear or process the information they’re given in the moment. Don’t worry about being overbearing: A little nagging can go a long way in helping him protect his health.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Try This Male Fertility Improvement Plan to Increase Sperm Production

By Mehmet C. Oz, MD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD

We bet you've heard the news linking high LDL cholesterol and saturated fat intake (for example, greasy cheeseburgers and premium ice cream) to low sperm counts, whereas good-fat foods, such as fish and walnuts, are associated with a bigger, better, baby-making squad. Our favorite headline (kudos to Maine's Bangor Daily News) says it all: "Sperm goes limp with fatty foods, while fish perks them up." But don’t stop there. If you're a man concerned about fertility (or a spouse hoping for a baby soon), we have a do-it-yourself male fertility improvement plan to increase sperm production.

Healthy sperm and a robust sperm count improve your odds that a single sperm will survive its ultra-marathon journey and meet an eligible egg. Sperm have different functions. Some act like blockers to stop other sperm, which makes "survival of the fittest" sense for animals with multiple mates during rutting season, while others are sprinters designed to beat a path to the egg. More than half of a guy's sperm are the sprinter/swimmer type, and those oval heads need to be strong enough to break through an egg's tough outer layer.

Giving your sperm a healthy makeover makes sense for every couple trying to have a baby. If you are younger than 34 and have been trying but haven’t conceived in 12 months, or if you're 35 or older, talk with your doctor. Also take these steps -- starting today -- for super-swimmer sperm:

  • Eat little to no bad fats and more good fats. Eating lots of saturated fat (found in red meats, processed meats, full-fat dairy products, and many snack foods and desserts) can reduce sperm counts by 38% and slow the swimming ability of the remaining 62%. Getting more omega-3 fatty acids (from fish such as salmon and wild trout), however, means higher sperm counts. To get more omega-3s, you can also take 1,500 milligrams of a DHA (the most active omega-3) supplement daily. Take 1,500 mg for 10 weeks, and then cut back to 1,000 mg. Discover more benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Hang out at the farm stand. Filling up on fruit and vegetables protects sperm quality and quantity by revving up your body's defenses that keep 'em healthy.
  • Add vitamin D3 and zinc. Plenty of vitamin D3 helps sperm swim better and faster. Aim for 1,000 IU a day from a D3 supplement. Add 12 mg of zinc a day for a healthy sperm count and superior shape. Find zinc in your multivitamin and in healthful food sources, including poultry, beans, cashews, and yogurt with no fat or added sugar.
  • Get that laptop off your lap and your phone out of your pocket. Surfing the Web or checking e-mail with a Wi-Fi-connected laptop in your lap is bad news for male fertility since it thwarts sperms’ swimming skills and the precious DNA (yours!) cargo they carry. Phones may hamper male fertility, too.
  • Keep cool where it counts. Sperm production needs temperatures cooler than the rest of your body, which is why hot tubs, a fever, and even a desk job can decrease your sperm count. Take stand-up breaks at work, let 'em breathe, and make the switch from briefs to boxers. Tight underwear can reduce sperm count by up to 50%. Cyclists, mix up your exercise routine, too.
  • Skip the drinks and smokes. Smoking tobacco is harmful to male fertility. It can cut your sperm count by 13% to 17% and increases the risk of genetic abnormalities, so it's best to quit smoking. There's evidence that marijuana is also bad news. More than one beer, glass of wine, or cocktail a day also messes with sperm quality. After two drinks, sperm get mixed up and travel in weird directions.
  • Stay trim for your swimmers. Being overweight subtracts from your sperm count and ups the number of abnormal sperm in your arsenal. Why? Obesity may alter hormone levels and heat up your testicles. Losing weight can also cure erectile dysfunction if you're unable to achieve an erection.
  • Don't hold back in the bedroom. Daily fun between the sheets improves sperm quality dramatically. Compared to several days of abstinence, daily intimacy reduces DNA damage in sperm by about 30%.

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