approach to allergies may include food elimination diets, removing environmental
allergens (include the use of air purifiers), laboratory testing, and
nutritional immune system support.
nutrients (as supplements) can raise the allergic threshold or tolerance and
improve allergic symptoms. These include: large doses of vitamin C; vitamins A,
D, E, B6, B12, pantothenic acid; lipoic acid, MSM, calcium, magnesium, zinc,
selenium, and many others.
Underlying infections, such as overgrowth of
yeast, parasites, and chronic viral illness may need to be identified and
treated, as they may contribute to allergies.
Mind-body therapies as offered at the Center by Peter
Reznik, CSW, PhD
may be helpful in the treatment of allergies.
NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique also known as Bioset
therapy) is a breakthrough treatment we have available with our acupuncturist,
Bob Connolly, D.Sc, L.Ac, who uses acupuncture (without needles) and applied
kinesiology to desensitize people to all kinds of allergens.
Some of the Schachter Center practitioners also use homeopathic
medications to treat allergies.
nutritional discoveries in recent years have expanded the therapeutic options
for treating arthritis. We start by
attempting to clean-up the personís diet by removing poor quality foods and
looking for food sensitivities, such as foods in the nightshade family
(potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers).
We frequently make use of nutritional supplements, such as the
antioxidants, glucosamine sulfate, MSM, anti-inflammatory enzymes, herbs, and many others.
Whenever possible, we try to replace steroid drugs and/or non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) because of the potential of their severe
adverse effects. We have found
certain combinations of herbs to be useful in helping patients
to get off steroids and other immune suppressing drugs.
bacterial, fungal, and parasitic detection and treatments for these
microorganisms may also be appropriate. We
search for heavy metal toxicity (lead, cadmium, and mercury, etc.) as
contributors to arthritis and treat them when they are present.
Bob Connolly, D.Sc, L.Ac offers
acupuncture and related therapies. Other
therapeutic modalities used include electrical stimulation (Acuscope) and pulsed
electromagnetic (Diapulse) treatment.
managing cancer patients, we emphasize treatment techniques that enable the body
to heal itself, including detoxification, dietary protocols and nutritional
supplements that enhance and support the immune system and the healing process.
Oral supplements include: vitamins, minerals, enzymes, herbs,
phytonutrients, and other nutritional supplements. Intravenous hydrogen peroxide and/or intravenous infusions of
high doses of vitamin C are often recommended.
We frequently recommend natural substances that appear to have some anti-cancer properties, for certain patients.
testing may be done in certain patients to evaluate nutritional status (direct
or functional vitamin tests, serum coenzyme Q10, red blood cell minerals, etc.), heavy
metal toxicity (provoked urine tests for mercury, lead, and others), the status
of the liverís detoxification
mechanisms, hormone status (DHEA levels, basal temperatures for thyroid
function, and others) and immune status (Natural Killer Cell functional
activity, etc.). Of course, standard tests (such as a complete blood count, liver
chemistry tests, and blood cancer markers) are routinely ordered, especially if
they havenít been done recently.
We also utilize the innovative, non-toxic, biological
compounds developed by the late Dr. Mirko Beljanski, with certain patients.
therapies offered by Peter Reznik, CSW, PhD at the Schachter Center are
essential for certain patients. Reiki,
an energy therapy made available by Sandra M. Davis, RM, IARP,
is helpful to some patients and contributes to healing on a deeper level
when combined with our total approach to cancer.
Our acupuncturist, Bob Connolly, D.Sc, L.Ac, works with many cancer patients to help
reduce pain and stimulate enhanced healing.
multi-faceted approach to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome includes dietary modification
and nutritional protocols. We use
laboratory testing as well as a detailed history and physical examination to
determine possible contributing factors including viral loads, heavy metal
toxicity, thyroid system problems, hormonal imbalances, food allergies,
candidiasis, and nutritional deficiencies.
Treatment approaches may include: dietary recommendations, nutritional
supplements, injectable nutrients, bio-oxidative therapies, chelation therapy,
acupuncture, detoxification procedures, hormone balancing,
and mind-body approaches to enhance immune functioning and release stressful
or the overgrowth of candida albicans and other yeasts and molds in the
body has become a prevalent malady exhibiting many common symptoms including
fatigue and bloating. This problem is mainly due to eating too much dietary sugar
and too many processed carbohydrate foods, exposure to certain medications (such
as antibiotics, steroidal drugs, and birth control pills) and possible exposure
to toxic minerals (such as mercury from dental amalgam fillings).
Enhancing immune function through anti-candida dietary changes,
nutritional supplements, and the elimination of toxic substances from the body
are cornerstones of our approach to dealing with this problem.
Restoring the normal, gut-friendly bacteria by dietary changes and the
use of supplements of these friendly bacteria or probiotics go a long way in
reducing the candida burden and bringing about long-term improvement. Sometimes, bio-oxidative therapies (such as intravenous
hydrogen peroxide therapy) help
to enhance immune functioning. The
appropriate use of medications for bringing candidiasis under control may also
major hormones produced by the endocrine system including pancreas, thyroid,
adrenal, pineal, pituitary, and sex glands are frequently dysfunctional.
Through careful evaluation and laboratory testing we can often correct or
augment these malfunctioning glands and improve hormonal balance, which can lead
to increased longevity and quality of life.
New saliva testing is available to evaluate the bioavailability or
free-hormone levels of certain hormones in the body. To help determine
functional hormones, standard blood tests for hormones may also be used. Natural hormones, glandulars, and nutritional pre-cursors of
hormones may be utilized as part of a treatment protocol.
general, we are opposed to the use of synthetic hormones that differ from the
natural hormones produced by the body, as we believe there is strong evidence
that the use of these synthetic hormones are detrimental to the body in many
ways. For example, a study that
appeared in a major medical journal at the beginning of 2000 indicated that a
woman taking the synthetic hormoneómedroxyprogesterone, along with estrogen
derived from pregnant mares, had an 8 percent increased risk of developing
breast cancer for every year that she took this synthetic hormone combination.
In other words, a woman who received this treatment for menopausal
symptoms for ten years had an eighty percent increased risk of developing breast
cancer. For this reason and many
others, we prefer using natural progesterone rather than the synthetic forms.
Upper or lower abdominal pain, chronic
constipation and/or diarrhea are some of the most common reasons that people
seek medical help. Frequently, these
symptoms relate to faulty diets, food allergies, enzyme deficiencies, the
presence of abnormal bacteria, yeast or parasites, the relative absence of
friendly bacteria, and nervous system imbalances associated with difficulties
dealing with stressful circumstances. These
may lead to two possible functional problems.
The first is the inability to absorb into the body from the
gastrointestinal system important nutrients (the so-called malabsorption
syndrome). The second, results in
the gastrointestinal syndrome failing to screen out substances that shouldnít
enter the system (the so-called ďleaky gut syndromeĒ).
When these problems become bad enough,
we wind up with diseases such as peptic ulcers, colitis, Crohnís Disease, and
irritable bowel syndrome. By
focusing on the 4 Rís, we can frequently help these problems.
The 4 Rís are: (1) Removing abnormal organisms from the GI tract, usually with natural substances;
(2) Replacing enzymes or other missing links needed for the digestive process;
(3) Re-innoculating the gut with friendly bacteria; and (4) Introducing
substances to Repair the damage to the gut.
We usually recommend Individualized dietary protocols and appropriate
nutritional supplements, including some medical foods to help solve these GI
Many innovative tests are available
including liver detoxification profiles and gut permeability tests to help
determine the main problems underlying these conditions.
Mind-body protocols are used to help patients deal with stressful
circumstances. Acupuncture and
related techniques, such as NAET (Bioset) can also be very helpful.
syndrome, menstrual irregularities, endometriosis, vaginal yeast infections,
polycystic ovary disease, as well as hormonal replacement therapy are some of
the conditions we commonly treat with nutritional and dietary protocols
including glandulars and natural hormones.
New tests are available to help assess hormone status.
and Blood Vessel Disorders
utilize intravenous EDTA chelation therapy for cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Michael B. Schachter, MD, CNS, FACAM, has been doing this procedure
for more than 25 years, and has lectured and written articles about it for
physicians and the public during this time.
approach of our Center is to assess as many risk factors as possible with
testing, including lipid levels (cholesterol, HDL and triglycerides),
lipoprotein (a), serum homocysteine, fibrinogen, high sensitive C-reactive
protein, various vitamin and minerals levels, and toxic metal load.
As much as possible, we try to use non-invasive diagnostic testing either
at the Center or with referrals outside the Center.
We are aware of the dangers of invasive cardiovascular testing and try to
avoid it, as much as possible. To check on arterial blockages of
the legs, we use a non-invasive approach, which measures blood pressures at
various levels of the legs and doppler studies.
We also use a non-invasive approach to check for carotid (neck) artery
blockage to help to screen people who have an increased risk for developing a
Our treatment approach for
cardiovascular disease involves an individual dietary approach, which may
utilize a personís blood type or metabolic type.
However, for all cardiac patients we recommend avoiding highly processed
foods, high in sugar or white starch, as well as artificially hydrogenated fats. We usually recommend a variety of nutritional supplements,
which relate to the personís risk factors.
Among the supplements most commonly recommended are:
a multi-vitamin and mineral; vitamins A, B3, B6, B12, C, E, and folic
acid; the minerals magnesium, zinc, copper, and selenium; the amino acids
L-lysine, L-proline, L-carnitine, and taurine; the herbs ginkgo biloba and
hawthorne berry; and many others. Exercise
(including aerobics, weight training, and stretching) are strongly recommended.
also recommend mind-body programs to help cardiovascular patients learn to
handle stress more effectively.
disorders may involve a weakened immune system, resulting in chronic infections
or even cancer, or a disordered immune system in which the patient attacks his
own tissues (so-called autoimmune disorders, like Lupus, ALS, etc.).
Actually, these two seemingly opposite situations may have a lot in
common and there may be considerable overlap between them.
For immune system support, we frequently recommend intravenous vitamin,
mineral, and antioxidant therapy. Dietary
suggestions and nutritional supplements are essential to the program.
Various detoxification methods are recommended.
These may include bowel cleansing with herbs or enemas, improved liver
detoxification through the use of nutrients to feed the liver, infrared saunas,
and exercise to produce sweat. Patients are encouraged to become aware of environmental
toxins and their avoidance. Environmental
and food sensitivities need to be considered.
A dental evaluation, which checks for adverse effects of dental amalgam
fillings and root canals, and subsequent treatment may play an important role in
helping patients recover from immune disorders.
We utilize some bio-oxidative therapies including intravenous hydrogen
peroxide treatments for
viral or bacterial problems like Lyme disease.
Acupuncture, bodywork techniques, and
NAET are a few of the modalities we can use in treating musculoskeletal
conditions. Also see our Arthritis
treatment options above, as the full range of options available at the Center may be
brought to bear on these problems, including dietary changes, nutritional
supplements, evaluation and treatment of allergies or sensitivities and
as well as neurological autoimmune disorders are often amenable to dietary and
nutritional intervention. Multiple
Sclerosis, TIA (transient ischemic attacks) or mini strokes, and peripheral
neuropathies are some of the neurological conditions which can often be improved
with detoxification, bodywork, dietary, and nutritional
and children with allergies, recurrent ear infections, and attention deficit
disorders are often helped with food elimination diets, dietary supplements, and
desensitization modalities. See
NAET for additional treatment options. Homeopathic
remedies are also part of our treatment modalities, especially for children.
studies demonstrate the profound role oneís conscious and unconscious
attitudes play in the onset of and recovery from disease.
The immune system is strengthened by such feelings as optimism, love, and
hope. At the same time, it is
evident that it can be weakened by fear, guilt, anger, and depression. For the best possible outcome in treating health conditions,
we strongly recommend our healing mind-body assessment program by Peter
Reznik, CSW, Ph.D.
reach and engage deeper levels of the self, Reiki
is a mind-body modality that
can help one to heal both body and spirit.
Dr. Schachter is a board-certified psychiatrist and
integrates his knowledge of diet and nutritional supplements into a
comprehensive treatment approach for psychiatric disorders.
Orthomolecular ("right" nutrients) psychiatry seeks to
rebalance brain and body chemistry with natural substances.
Balancing neurotransmitters with nutritional protocols
instead of medications and psychotropic drugs can markedly reduce the side
effects of treatment with and dependence on drugs.
We believe the integration of mind and body by addressing the
physiological as well as psychological factors is a more holistic approach to