Category Archives: General Health

Why So Many People are Dying of Embarrassment

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

January 11, 2019

Every now and then I meet with a shame-faced patient.

It’s not because they did anything wrong. They just feel like they did something stupid.

I’m talking about R.B, whose daughter rushed her to the emergency room in the middle of the night because she was having chest pains. It turned out to be nothing more than a bad case of heartburn. (They call it heartburn for a reason!)

I’m also talking about J.T. – a big man who experienced severe stomach cramps, excruciating back pain and nausea in the wee hours of the morning. He thought it was food poisoning or a ruptured appendix. Continue reading

Stop Eating Dead Pickles

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

December 28, 2018

Although I often recommend that patients take a probiotic supplement, there is nothing better for your gut health than eating fermented foods.

These foods contain probiotics that support a healthy gut, boost the nutritional value of foods and help you absorb those nutrients better.

Eating fermented foods on a regular basis supports immune response, weight management, cardiovascular health, glucose and insulin metabolism, boosts mood and can even help reduce muscle soreness after workouts. Continue reading

Eat This Fish Not That One

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

December 26, 2018

Every now and then I run across a patient who won’t eat fish. It’s not because they don’t like it. It’s because they’ve read one too many scary stories about mercury poisoning.

I get it. And I agree that all heavy metals, not just mercury, are a problem in today’s society.

However, this may be one instance where avoiding a specific food group for “health reasons” may actually be doing more harm than good.

Seafood is one of your best sources of fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals that promote good health. Regular fish consumption can… Continue reading

Why Airplanes Make You Sick

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

December 17, 2018

Several weeks ago I met with a patient who recently arrived home after a 14 hour flight.

The poor guy was miserable. His skin was bad. He was dehydrated, constipated, bloated, fatigued and suffering severe muscle spasms.

His immediate thought was that he had contracted some sort of deadly disease during his overseas travels. But it was much simpler than that.

  • After sitting for hours on end at high flight elevations, excess fluid had become trapped in his body tissue.
  • He didn’t want to keep getting up to urinate on the flight. So he limited his beverage intake and ended up dehydrated.
  • Gassiness was a big concern. His intestines felt like they wanted to explode.
  • When his flight landed he was in a rush. This big fellow exerted himself by jogging through the hot, humid South Florida airport parking lot to get to his next appointment – pulling his heavy luggage closely behind.

All of this created the perfect storm for a somewhat rare case of rhabdomyolsis – a catastrophic condition where muscle fibers breakdown and leak damaging proteins into the bloodstream.

When these proteins are shuttled into the kidneys it shuts them down.

After a few touch-and-go moments, we rehydrated him and got his electrolytes back in order. Then, I placed him on a few supplements and an 85% plant-based diet geared to increase his circulation and improve kidney function.

I’ve been working with this man for awhile now and stopped by his house to see him the other night.

I couldn’t be happier with the results. His energy levels are back to normal. Muscle function is restored. He even lost a few pounds during the process.

While this is an extreme case of flight syndrome, it’s also a cautionary tale that anyone who “flies the friendly skies” should take to heart.

Being trapped on an airplane for hours on end is nothing like sitting at your desk.

First of all, you’re flying in a cabin filled with compressed air. It literally sucks the moisture and much-needed electrolytes out of your body. (High altitude makes matters even worse. At 30,000 feet, you lose somewhere around a pint of water from your body every 30 to 60 minutes.)

Second, remember that when you fly you’re sitting in a huge tub of germs. It’s like being trapped in a petri dish, but worse. When you lose moisture in your eyes, nose, mouth and skin, you develop micro-breaks in the tissue. This makes it extremely easy for bacteria and viruses to set up house in your body.

Third, aircraft cabins are generally set at about 75% of atmospheric pressure. This lowers the oxygen levels in your blood and can make you feel tired, off-balance and headachy.

Fourth, as the air pressure in the cabin drops it causes the gasses in your body to expand. This leads to bloating, constipation and gassiness. At the same time, sitting for a long period time can cause blood to pool in your legs and feet. So it’s not uncommon to get off of a plane feeling more like a beach-ball than a human being.

It’s no wonder so many people feel weak, achy and exhausted for weeks after flying… or why so many end up suffering a flight-acquired cold or flu for the next seven to 14 days. Or longer.

How to Stay Healthy on Your Holiday Flight

Give your immune response a big boost. One of the first things I do in the days before flying is to load up on vitamin C. At high enough levels, it can boost immune response and fight off bacteria and viruses that run rampant in airplane cabins.

recommend 2 grams daily in divided doses. I also boost with 2 grams just before or after getting on the plane as a short term antiviral. Emergen-C packets are my favorite; they go in the water you have to drink anyway…. you know, two birds one stone.

Avoid moisture-sapping foods. Stay away from alcohol, caffeinated beverages and salty foods prior to and during your flight. These all act as diuretics and dehydrate you even further. (Plus, keep in mind drinking alcohol suppresses oxygen absorption, which is already a concern when flying.)

Prevent in-flight gassiness and bloating. Carbonated beverages, beans, cruciferous veggies and dairy are all “gassy” foods. If you eat them pre-flight, it can increase bloating during your flight. So it’s a good idea to pass up on these in the 24 hours before you hit the skies.

Walk, walk and walk some more. Airline attendants like to keep you tethered to your seat so they know exactly where everyone is and what they are doing. Buck the system! Take a walk up and down the aisle every 30 minutes or so. It will help keep blood from collecting in your lower extremities.

Stay hydrated. Don’t count on in-flight services to come around often enough to support your water intake. Depending on the amount of time you expect to spend in the air, purchase one or two liters of water after passing security and drink about eight ounces every 30-60 minutes. (If you have to pee more than the other passengers, so be it…you have to get up and walk anyway. You’ll come home all the healthier for it!)

Go for the healthy snacks. Pass up on the chips, peanuts and other moisture-robbing food options that may be offered on your flight. Instead, choose the fruit or veggie option. Better yet, pick up a nice fruit salad or veggie wrap just before boarding.

A nasal spray with saline (I like the Ocean brand )  and natural tears eye drops will offer further protection to keep your most vulnerable mucous membranes moist and actively protecting you.

Every little bit of fortification can help keep you safe, healthy and happy on your holiday journeys.

SOURCES:

Pommergaard HC, et al. Flatulence on airplanes: just let it go. N Z Med J. 2013 Feb 15;126(1369):68-74.

Vitamin C As An Antiviral: It’s All About Dose. Press Release. Orthomolecular Medicine News Service. Dec 2009.

Still Feeling Sick? Try Flushing Out the Metals

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

December 12, 2018

A few months ago my 35 year old neighbor collapsed in his driveway taking the trash out.

He was immediately rushed to the hospital where the medical staff performed a full work-up on him. One diagnostic test after another was carried out. Finally they gave him the good news…

There was nothing wrong with him. He could go home.

My neighbor didn’t believe this for a minute. After all, he still felt horrible. And guess what happened when he tried to leave the hospital? Continue reading

The One Food You cannot Eat under any Circumstance

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

December 7, 2018

As a physician who takes on medical cases that mainstream docs seem to ignore, I’ve seen more than my share of adult-onset food allergies over the years.

And I have to say. The diagnosis is usually a big shocker for the patient… especially when they’ve never had an allergy or food sensitivity before in their life.

“How could this happen to me? Why did something I used to eat all the time turn against me?”

In many cases, new onset food allergies can be chalked up to what I call non-food products. These are additives that are foreign to our bodies. Continue reading

My Grandma’s Secret Recipe against Colds

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 23, 2018

Now that we’re in late fall, the common cold is running rampant. And every day – several times a day, in fact – I am hearing the same question over and over again.

“Doctor B, what can I take to get rid of this horrible cold?”

They want to know which over-the-counter cold and cough medicine I recommend. Some of them want me to call in a prescription for antibiotics, thinking that it might help them recover more quickly.

The first thing I do is remind the patients asking for antibiotics that these drugs are only for bacterial infections. They do nothing to stop or cure viral infections like a cold or flu.

And as far as OTC cold remedies are concerned, they don’t speed up the healing process either. They just mask the symptoms. Plus, some of the ingredients found in them are pretty bad for you. Continue reading

The Graphic Truth About Red Meat

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 16, 2018

Patients often ask me if eating grass-fed beef is worth the effort. After all, the conventional meat they buy at the grocery store tastes just fine. And the mouth-watering prime rib or filet mignon at their favorite restaurant isn’t grass-fed either.

“So what’s the big deal, Doc?” they ask. “Give me one good reason to switch.”

When this happens I shake my head and sigh. I know I’m going to have to do something I don’t like doing…

…I’m going to have to get graphic to get my point across. Continue reading

The TRUTH about HGH

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

October 31, 2018

The other day one of my patients, a 45-year old car dealer, asked me about HGH injections.

“I’m getting flabby and have almost zero energy,” he told me. “I can’t keep up with my wife, let alone my kids. But a guy at work started taking it and he says the changes are incredible.”

I hear this kind of story a lot. And there is plenty of weight behind the desire to boost levels of this youth hormone. Continue reading

Change Your Genes to Save Your Life

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

October 24, 2018

  • Your genes are not your destiny
  • Switch on your disease-fighting genes
  • Shut down your cancer genes with broccoli… and more!

“Should I have my DNA tested to see what diseases I’m at risk for?”

This is a question I hear more and more often these days. And I understand the appeal. It’s human nature to want to know as much about ourselves as possible. DNA testing is a great way to get some of those answers.

So if you want to try it out, I’m not going to discourage you. But I do have a couple of observations to make. Continue reading