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Literature & Articles

Books by Dr. Schachter

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Depression

The Natural Way to a Healthy Prostate 

Definitive Guide to Cancer - 1st edition. Dr. Schachter wrote one chapter of this groundbreaking book on alternative treatments for cancer.

Other Recommended Books

Click here to see a list of books that we recommend for further information about alternative medicine. 

Looks Easy Enough: A Joyful Memoir of Overcoming Disease, Divorce and Disaster -

Written by Scott Stevenson, the husband of one of our patients, this is a wonderfully inspiring story showing how one can overcome life's challenges. In praising the book, Dr. Schachter says, "A FASCINATING TALE and a superb read.  I was really caught up in the story.  Looks Easy Enough gave me an intimate view into the struggles of a patient trying to come to terms with a diagnosis of cancer and how best to treat it." To read the remarkable success story of this patient on our website, go here. For more on the book, go to http://www.lookseasyenough.net 

Interviews With Dr. Schachter

Innovative Cancer Treatments: The Ketogenic Diet and Salvestrols - This is a link to the podcast of Elyn Jacobs' interview with Dr. Schachter on June 11, 2013, discussing the value of the Ketogenic Diet and Salvestrols as adjunct cancer therapies. 

Also, Elyn Jacobs has written a more recent online article (September 17, 2013) on the Lots to Live For website about Salvestrols, efficiently summarizing their importance in the cancer-fighting diet: Salvestrols: An Important Piece in the Cancer Fighting Puzzle – Why You Should Eat Fruits and Vegetables.

Salvestrols: Does Nature Hold the Answer to Cancer? - This is an article by Elyn Jacobs on her interview with Dr. Schachter in December 2012, about Salvestrols. A link to the original podcast interview can be found here.

An Integrative Approach to Treating Cancer - This is an article published in the August 2003 Hudson Valley Health Resource Guide.  Not all of the specific therapies mentioned are currently available at the Schachter Center.

Choices, the newsletter of the Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance (Autumn 2001), has a discussion with Dr. Schachter about his views on preventing and treating breast cancer using complementary and alternative methods.  The text is in PDF format which can be downloaded free from www.adobe.com if you don't already have it installed on your computer.  After you open the Choices document, see pages 4, 5, and 8 with Dr. Schachter's interview.  

Articles By Dr. Michael B. Schachter, MD, CNS, FACAM

General

Avoid List - This is a general list we give our patients to alert them to undesirable items for which there are better options and alternatives available.  Of course, there are many more possible health threats and toxic exposures in our environment beyond those listed here.

Recommendations: What to Do - This is a general list of things one should do to achieve a healthier lifestyle. 

Coenzyme Q10  - Dr. Schachter explains why CoQ10 is a vital nutrient for heart disease to periodontal disease.

Dangers of Fluoride and Fluoridation - The fluoridation controversy has raged for over fifty years and continues to be debated.  Dr. Schachter explains why some experts believe the practice is deleterious to health.

Importance of Magnesium to Human Nutrition - Magnesium is an extremely important and valuable mineral, whose value for good health is just being recognized by conventional physicians.

Introduction to the Digestive Tract - Nutritional medicine pays great attention to the functioning of the gastro-intestinal tract and optimal digestion.

IODINE: Its Role In Health and Disease—Some New Exciting Concepts

MSM: The Versatile Pain Reliever - Methylsulfonylmethane is an exciting nutritional supplement and can play a major role in pain relief.

How Safe is the Artificial Sweetener, Aspartame?  If you are one of the millions of Americans who is concerned about being overweight or about eating too much sugar, chances are you have eaten or drank products containing aspartame.  Aspartame is known commercially as Nutrasweet when added to products or Equal when it is in the form of a sugar substitute in a packet.

Potential Therapeutic Value of DHEA - DHEA, which stands for dehydroepiandrosterone, is an amazing natural hormone produced by the adrenal glands with numerous potential benefits.  Although this hormone is the most abundant hormone produced by the adrenals, conventional medicine has paid little attention to it.  Recently, research in animals and humans suggest that a deficiency in the body of DHEA may contribute to a variety of medical problems. Conversely, the supplementation of DHEA when it is low seems to help many medical problems.

Transfer Factor:  Breakthrough for Treating Infectious Diseases and Other Conditions - Many professional and lay public articles have been written in recent years about the crisis in health care related to the development of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.  This resistance is largely due to the widespread and often inappropriate use of antibiotics to treat illnesses in people, as well as its use in animals that are used for food. 

Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy - There is a big difference between natural hormone replacement therapy, which consists of hormones that are identical to those produced in the body, and synthetic hormones that are similar, but not identical.  Most conventional physicians do not distinguish between the two types and recommend synthetic hormones like medroxyprogesterone (Provera).  One of the more controversial areas of conventional medicine today is whether or not a woman who goes through menopause should receive hormone replacement therapy.  Over the years, the pendulum has swung back and forth as to the relative risks and benefits of such a program.  The alleged benefits include protection from heart disease and a reduced risk of osteoporosis.  The risks include a possible increased risk of breast cancer.  One can find studies that support arguments on both sides.

Nutrition, Unrefined Salt and Iodine to Improve Women's Health Conditions  This article appeared in the October 2010, NY/Northern NJ edition of Inner Realm Magazine. In the article, Dr. Schachter discusses the value of nutrition and diet, unrefined salt and the use of iodine to become healthier and reduce the risk of developing cancer and other degenerative diseases. 

Depression: A Warning that Change is Necessary  This article appeared in the November 2010, Rockland/Orange edition of Natural Awakenings Magazine. In the article, Dr. Schachter puts forth a logical concept that is sorely missing in today's rush to prescribe antidepressants for this condition: What if, instead of trying to control the symptoms of depression with antidepressants, we look for and treat the sources of the problem? 

Cancer

NEW: Integrating Nutrition and Selected Controversial Nutritional Supplements into a Cancer Treatment Program  Even though it is now widely accepted that nutritional factors are important when it comes to cancer prevention, many oncologists fail to discuss nutrition and lifestyle changes with their patients who are already ill. Often when dietary advice is given, it is usually opposite to the advice contained in cancer-preventive diets. In this, Dr. Schachter's latest article recently printed in the Cancer Strategies Journal, Summer 2013, important dietary issues and selected controversial supplements for cancer patients are discussed.

Integrative Oncology for Clinicians and Cancer Patients  Dr. Schachter's excellent article that was originally published in the International Journal of Integrative Medicine 2(1), July 2010, has recently been reprinted, in four parts, in the magazine, The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients. You can also read it at The Townsend Letter website.

Alternative Approaches to Prostate Cancer - The complementary approach to the management and treatment of prostate cancer is quite different from the conventional approach and perhaps more beneficial for some patients. Dr. Schachter discusses the prostate gland, describes the nature of prostate cancer including how it is diagnosed and classified, discusses conventional treatment approaches and the controversies associated with the conventional treatments, and finally, outlines some alternative treatments we utilize.

Alternative and Complementary Approaches to Prostate Cancer - This lecture was originally presented at the Syracuse Man to Man Group on April 26, 2001.

Integrative Approaches to Cancer: Outline and Key Concepts -- 2009 - Dr. Schachter explains how CAIM (Complementary, Alternative and Integrative) treatments differ and/or complement conventional cancer treatment approaches.

Mirko Beljanski’s Innovative Approach to Helping Patients Suffering from Cancer, Chronic Viral Diseases and Autoimmune Conditions

Our Treatment Program for Cancer - The longstanding, generally accepted medical approach to the treatment of cancer has been to attempt to destroy the cancer by aggressive methods. The cancer is regarded as a foreign body that has to be removed or annihilated by surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. Though some cancers respond well to this approach, many others do not. In fact in a number of cases this type of treatment does more harm than good for the patient with cancer.

Prevention and Complementary Treatment of Breast Cancer - In many ways, breast cancer in women is quite analogous to prostate cancer in men.  As with prostate cancer, Dr Schachter's  views on the optimal management of patients with the disease differs markedly from that of the conventional medical establishment.  Breast cancer is a much feared, growing menace that needs attention.

Protocol for Low-Dose Naltrexone for Cancer - Dr. Bernard Bihari of New York City has been using low doses of naltrexone (an opioid-narcotic antagonist) to stimulate immune function in AIDS patients for many years. In 1985, he administered this treatment to an AIDS patient suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and was surprised to find that the patient achieved a complete remission. Subsequently, Dr. Bihari followed up on this initial finding and found that a low dose of naltrexone can have a dramatic, positive effect on certain other cancers as well.

Recommended Reading for Complementary and Alternative Approaches to Cancer - 2009

Some Websites for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Cancer

Vitamin E - Beta Carotene Cancer Study in Finland - A now-famous beta carotene-cancer study from Finland hit the front pages of many newspapers and magazines. The newspaper articles warned that beta carotene might cause cancer and that people should not be so willing to take nutritional supplements because they may be dangerous. 

Cardiovascular Conditions

EDTA Chelation Therapy - This article was originally printed in the 1994 issue of Innovation, a periodical that was published by the former Foundation for Advancement of Innovative Medicine (FAIM).

Chelation Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease and Other Conditions

Advancements in Medicine: Chelation Therapy and Other Natural Approaches - This article originally appeared in the periodical Latitudes, Vol. 6, Issue 4 in 2004. This informative magazine is published by the Association for Comprehensive Neurotherapy. It spotlights new and complementary approaches to attention disorders/hyperactivity, autism, behavior disorders, learning disabilities, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, and other conditions.

Other Conditions

Asthma - Asthma, a condition whose incidence, prevalence and mortality rate has been increasing during the past several years, is a very serious health problem for both children and adults. Approximately 12 million adults and children now have asthma in the United States.  Nearly 5,000 of them die of it every year. 

Autism - Information for Parents and Health Care Professionals on Autism - This is a letter to the editor Dr. Schachter sent to the Rockland County Journal News (Gannett Publishing). 

Causes of Adrenal Insufficiency - Excessive stress may contribute to the development of mild adrenal cortex insufficiency--a deficiency of hydrocortisone.  Stress may take many forms.  For example, stress can result from: (1) infections; (2) exposures to toxins; (3) sleep deprivation; (4) nutritional deficiencies; (5) loss of love or emotional support; and many others.  All of these factors can adversely affect adrenal functioning.   

Hypothyroidism - One of the most under-diagnosed and important conditions in the United States has been called the "unsuspected illness" and accounts for a great number of complaints in children, adolescents, and adults.  Hypothyroidism denotes a condition where the thyroid is underactive.

Male Andropause - Men have hormonal changes as they age, just like women.

The Prevention of Post-Menopausal Osteoporosis - Osteoporosis in women following menopause is one of our most serious health problems.  It frequently leads to hip fractures and death due to complications. Many risk factors contribute to its development. They include a thin body frame, fair skin, use of tobacco, caffeine, alcohol and refined foods, excessive protein and phosphorus in the diet, lack of exercise, deficiencies of several nutrients...

Articles by John J. Reynolds, PA-C, CCN

Homocysteine:  Important New Risk Factor in Cardiovascular Disease - Homocysteine is a natural chemical produced by the body and is a normal breakdown product of dietary protein.  

Articles by Robert E. Connolly, D.Sc., L.Ac.

Colorpuncture - Dr. Connolly has recently introduced Colorpuncture, a new, needle-free, advanced acupuncture technique which uses color and light.  He has also extended the use of this acupuncture variant to the face which results in a needle-free face-lift while also treating specific areas of the face which correspond to the body's organ systems.

HRV: Heart Rate Variability Analysis - Heart rhythm patterns reflect fitness, health, aging and illness. One's overall level of functioning, degree of adaptability, level of resilience and the amount of progress made with therapy can be quantified through the non-invasive methodology of Heart Rate Variability Analysis.

Articles by Tom Petrie, B.S., C.D.N.

Sunshine: Dangerous or Healthy? - What is the story behind sunshine? Should we use sunscreen to block out the sun's UV rays, or should we allow our skin to absorb them, so that we can produce enough Vitamin D? On the one hand we are told that almost everyone is deficient in Vitamin D, and on the other, that sunshine causes skin cancer.

Slowing Down the Aging Process - What we must do in order to live to a ripe and healthy old age.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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