Literature & Articles
Books by Dr. Schachter
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
here to see a list of books that we recommend for further
information about alternative medicine.
Easy Enough: A Joyful Memoir of Overcoming Disease, Divorce and Disaster
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
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
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.
Articles By Dr. Michael B. Schachter, MD, CNS,
- 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.
What to Do - This is a general list of things one should do to
achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Q10 - Dr. Schachter explains why CoQ10 is a vital
nutrient for heart disease to periodontal disease.
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
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.
to the Digestive Tract - Nutritional medicine pays great
attention to the functioning of the gastro-intestinal tract and optimal
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.
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.
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
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.
Hormone Replacement Therapy--Part I 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.
Hormone Replacement Therapy--Part II 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).
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
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?
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
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.
and Complementary Approaches to Prostate Cancer - This lecture
was originally presented at the Syracuse Man to Man Group on April 26,
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.
Beljanski’s Innovative Approach to Helping Patients Suffering from
Cancer, Chronic Viral Diseases and Autoimmune Conditions
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.
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.
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.
Reading for Complementary and Alternative Approaches to Cancer - 2009
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.
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).
for Cardiovascular Disease and Other Conditions
in Medicine: Chelation Therapy and Other Natural Approaches -
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.
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.
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).
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
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
Andropause - Men have hormonal changes as they age, just like
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...
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.
- Dr. Connolly has recently introduced
Colorpuncture, a new,
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
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.
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.
Down the Aging Process - What we must do in order to live to
a ripe and healthy old age.