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By Stephen Parcell, ND, RND In a study on elite athletes with persistent fatigue 27% were found to have chronic viral infections. Viral illness as a cause of long term fatigue often goes undetected unless specific blood work is requested. In this study eight of 37 athletes tested (22%) were actively secreting Epstein Barr virus (EBV) into their saliva at the time of testing. The detection of EBV shedding suggests immune dysregulation and may contribute to the symptoms experienced by these athletes. EBV reactivation has recently been established in swimmers engaged in intensive training, and is thought to result from exercise induced alterations in the immune mechanisms responsible for controlling viral reactivation. Evidence infection was also found for cytomegalovirus (five cases), EBV (three cases), Ross River virus (one case), toxoplasmosis (one case), and mycoplasma (one case). Eight of the 37 subjects tested (22%) were found to have evidence of EBV viral shedding in their saliva at the time of investigation, indicating EBV reactivation. In my practice I have found that chronic, EBV infection (reactivation) to be present at even higher percentages. Specific blood work needs to be done to determine this. Most doctors are not trained in the detection of...

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We have been doing more research on this treatment recently and are enrolling patients in a clinical trial we are part of. Below is an abstract from a professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School. J Photochem Photobiol B. 2016 Apr;157:89-96. doi: 10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2016.02.007. Epub 2016 Feb 5. Ultraviolet blood irradiation: Is it time to remember "the cure that time forgot"? Wu X(1), Hu X(2), Hamblin MR(3). Author information: (1)Department of Emergency, First Affiliated College & Hospital, Guangxi Medical University, Nanning 530021, China; Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA; Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA. (2)Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA; Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA; State Key Laboratory of Food Science and Technology, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, China. (3)Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA; Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA; Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA. Electronic address: Hamblin@helix.mgh.harvard.edu. Ultraviolet blood irradiation (UBI) was extensively used in the 1940s and 1950s to treat many diseases including septicemia, pneumonia, tuberculosis, arthritis, asthma, and even poliomyelitis. The early studies...

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By Stephen W. Parcell, ND According to a recent study on Japanese individuals lower serum 1,25(OH)2D levels are a potential risk factor for all-cause death, especially cardiovascular and respiratory infection death, in the general Japanese population, and that lower serum 1,25(OH)2D levels greatly increase the risk of respiratory infection death in subjects with kidney dysfunction. Other studies on different population all indicate the same thing. Umehara K, Mukai N, Hata J, Hirakawa Y, Ohara T, Yoshida D, Kishimoto H, Kitazono T, Hoka S, Kiyohara Y, Ninomiya T. Association Between Serum Vitamin D and All-Cause and Cause-Specific Death in a General Japanese Population - The Hisayama Study. Circ J. 2017 Apr 20. doi: 10.1253/circj.CJ-16-0954. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28428487.

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The below study found that not only did HCG work but that it worked better than testosterone injections because of a lower side effect profile. STUDY: Aging Male. 2016;19(1):34-9. Epub 2015 Oct 21. Late-onset hypogonadism: the advantages of treatment with human chorionic gonadotropin rather than testosterone. ABSTRACT: The traditional pharmacological treatment of patients with late onset hypogonadism (LOH) is represented by different formulations of testosterone (T) or alternatively by the extractive human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). The hormone replacement treatment (HRT) is associated with the potential increase of hematocrit, serum concentrations of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and prostate volume. Moreover, the gynecomastia represent a condition frequently associated with HRT. Recent evidences showed the role of leydig cells in the 25-hydroxylation of vitamin D and the elevated frequency of hypovitaminosis D among LOH patients. Finally, another important aspect of LOH is represented by the frequency of secondary infertility due to age or to traditional HRT. This study evaluated 40 LOH patients treated for 6 months with extractive HCG (n = 10 patients) and three different formulations of T: transdermal (n = 10 patients), undecaonate (n = 10 patients) and enantate (n = 10 patients). Hormonal, anthropometric, metabolic and sperm parameters were evaluated and compared. Moreover, the main safety parameters and the results of...

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How to make sense out of insurance coverage for naturopathic services and unit integrative medicine. Our services are an excellent complement to conventional insurance-based care. The main reason for this is because we are not restricted by the time or the breadth of the testing needed to uncover the underlying cause of the symptoms. We do not 'take' insurance but this only means we do not bill insurance. When a practice takes insurance it means they are contracted with an insurance company and they do direct billing. This adds significant cost to the practice and limits what doctors can do. Although we do not bill insurance many tests such as blood work and imaging can go through insurance. In the state of Colorado naturopathic doctors are recognized as having the ability to diagnose and treat patients. This includes ordering MRIs, CT scans, x-rays, echocardiograms, blood work etc. Unless you are with an HMO such as Kaiser Permanente the lab or imaging facility will just bill your insurance directly. What is Covered It's impossible to say with complete certainty that something will be covered, especially in these changing times, however, typically there is insurance coverage for blood testing, prescriptions, X Rays,...