720 North Tustin Avenue
Suite 104
Santa Ana, CA 92705-3606
Phone: (714) 565-1032
Fax: (714) 565-1035

Jeremy E. Kaslow, MD, FACP, FACAAI Physician and Surgeon
Board Certified Internal Medicine

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June 2004


 

        While I have not written a Health Bulletin since the fall of 2000, this summer I feel compelled to share some noteworthy developments…

STAYING ON THE PROGRAM

        I am noticing a trend of patients that had been successful with our nutritional program who have not followed up and have fallen off their routine.  In several cases, after a few years a major health challenge occurs and they want guidance and support once again.

        The typical scenario is that they had done well but are no longer following a prudent diet, stopped using supplements that are therapeutic and uniquely chosen for their needs, or they just got out of the habit and never made the call back. A nutritional program is never a quick fix that only requires a period of diligence and then can be discontinued.  Rather, health programs are ongoing - they need adjustments as you transition to different demands and stages of your life.  We have never done much in the way of phone recalls in part because we are too busy, but more because I felt the patient must take responsibility for their care.  This is idealistic and perhaps selfish on my part.  I was hoping to establish a relationship that was indeed long-term.  We are going to make time to reach out to the patients we felt we had made a positive impact in their health and the relationship was mutual.

OPTIMAL HEALTH

        To paraphrase from an earlier health bulletin, one of the great challenges is what to do when someone says they "feel well."  How does one know for sure the depth and integrity of their health?  Are there trends indicating better health or are there subtle signs of degeneration evident that are being overlooked or mistakenly attributed to “getting older?” How hard do I look for imbalances? How do I know that what you may perceive as "normal" is a state of optimal health?  How do I alter the earliest signs of trouble even when you are not bothered?  How do I convince you that feeling well or being symptom-free is not in fact the same as being in biochemical and hormonal balance?  I know that a "routine physical exam" is almost useless in preventive care.  While it does occasionally detect disease early/earlier, this is not preventive care.

        You don't catch disease.  Major illnesses in general don't just happen all of a sudden.  They develop when your body has failed to adapt/respond. For example, it's well-known that the first symptom of heart disease for many people is a heart attack, often a fatal one.  Heart disease doesn't occur randomly or even suddenly unless it is associated with trauma.  Cancer, most forms of arthritis, osteoporosis, weight gain, loss of mental sharpness, etc. all take years to manifest and ultimately disrupt/interfere with your life.  Know where you are and the depth of your health.  Assessing your risk is an area I’m trying to improve.

WEIGHT REDUCTION PROGRAM

        The Ultra-Lite technique is working consistently and patients are hitting their goal weights.  Excessive fat is not just a cosmetic issue – there are significant increases in the likelihood or association of extra weight to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.  We have about 80 patients that have participated in Ultra-Lite.  All of those who followed the recommendations have lost weight.  Some have shed a large amount (75+ pounds) and others only needed to reduce the last 5-10 pounds that just doesn’t come off.  Most have kept the weight off.  Ultra-Lite is not like most weight reduction programs for which you buy horrible tasting food substitutes with no chance of maintaining it after you resume regular food.  I particularly like the program because it uses foods that are part of the Page (Protein-Vegetables) Food Plan that is key to long term health.  Patty Thetford oversees the program and there are almost no medical conditions in which the program is not effective or safe.  Of course, a nutritional support program tailored to you will make it easier and more effective.  You don’t even need to be a patient to participate. For those of you who started Ultra-Lite the updated maintenance program just arrived and should make it easier for you to continue to shed extra weight.

NEUROTRANSMITTERS

The widespread use of Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro, Zoloft, Effexor, etc. confirms the epidemic of mood disorders due to serotonin and catecholamine insufficiency.  While these medications have been very effective for improving mood, they do not solve the actual deficiency of neurotransmitters.  These medications do not address the many other symptoms caused by or associated with low levels of serotonin and/or norepinephrine including panic attacks, insomnia, sleep disorders, PMS, fibromyalgia, obesity, anorexia, bulimia, “hypoglycemia,” chronic pain states, migraines, etc.  In addition to anxiety and depression, replenishing neurotransmitters has made a dramatic improvement for a wide variety of conditions including attention deficit, obsessions, memory impairment, tics, as well as cravings of carbohydrates, caffeine, and chocolate.  Because lab testing is not that helpful, I use a questionnaire that helps predict your imbalances and needs.  When the brain is healthy, the rest of the body has a chance to follow.

 

THE LOW CARB DIET

        The shift in popularity from low fat to low carbohydrates fueled by the media has many people confused as to what constitutes the best diet.  I have always and continue to advocate what we call the Page Fundamental diet that emphasizes protein and vegetables.  All of the popular diets today are derivatives of this diet – Atkins, South Beach, Susanne Somers, Zone, etc.  The difference is that the basis for the Page diet is balancing a fundamental biochemical ratio, the calcium-phosphorus ratio.  This biochemical balance was found by Weston Price, DDS who studied the health of people in various cultures all over the world.  What became evident is that those cultures that were free of degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, aberrant behavior, depression, crime, etc. had calcium: phosphorus ratios of 10:4.  What was amazing is that every culture, whether it be Aborigines or from rural Scandinavia, the ratio was the same. Melvin Page, DDS found that when his patients ate protein and vegetables, the ratio of calcium: phosphorus improved toward this ideal.  Hence we use the “PAGE FOOD PLAN.”

PHYSICAL THERAPY

        Many of you have found out how powerful physical therapy is with our Registered Physical Therapist.  We continue to see breakthroughs in a variety of problems involving surgical adhesions, hiatal hernias, musculoskeletal injuries, muscular pain, detoxication, etc.  One of the secrets to our success is the use of specialized electronic instruments (Acuscope/Myopulse) that provide the body the healing frequencies.  These are very different than the non-healing techniques used by most other physical therapists and chiropractors such as inferential treatments, ultrasound, TENS, etc.  Our unique Acuscope/Myopulse techniques, lymphatic and muscular massage, manual release techniques, and specific nutritional support makes the difference. 

NEW MEDICAL DOCTOR

        I am training Mandy Cunanan, D.O. to pick up where Dr. Grant left off in managing children with developmental delay issues.  His heart is in the right place, and he has a back-ground with children.  He should be an excellent addition to the staff.  He is already adding new insights to our “DAN plus more” approach. More about him will be posted on the website soon.

WWW.DRKASLOW.COM

        My web-site is operational in a very simple format.  It has been updated and expanded.  I hope you find it helpful.

BLUE BINDER NOTES

        Whenever an interesting article or news item becomes available that I think is worth you taking a look at, a copy on blue paper will be put in a blue binder in each of the exam rooms for you to review while you wait.  Look for it in the magazine rack.  Recent interesting examples include information on the West Nile Virus, exercises that stimulate fat loss, etc.

TERMINATION OF PPO CONTRACTS

        On August 17, 2004 I will terminate my network participation in Blue Shield-United Healthcare. After a review of a few files, Blue Shield has essentially considered my consultations with you to be worthy of about $20-$35.  Obviously we operate in a different paradigm – I’m striving for health care and they are only interested in crisis management.  Susan has signed on as a Blue Shield provider so this will make it easier financially.

         In addition, my contract with Aetna will be terminated as of August 1, 2004.  I will most likely stop participation in all PPO plans by year’s end due to ever increasing administrative hassles that take more and more of my time away from providing patient care.  However, we will continue to bill most of these carriers for you as a courtesy.  As we get more experience with their reimbursement, we hope to predict the changes you may expect. See my website for more information.

PLEASE UPDATE OUR FILES

        To better communicate with you, we ask that you update your work, mobile and facsimile phone numbers and your e-mail address.  We may need to contact you for appointment changes, urgent news, lab reports, etc.

        As ever,

 

Jeremy E. Kaslow, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.A.A.I.

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