May 10, 2006

Ask Dr. Z

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."
Thomas A. Edison


Dear friend,

I hope this newsletter finds you well.

As Thomas Edison implied, illness is NOT due to a deficiency in medication. You might find that idea food for thought. Please share it with your friends and family.

I enjoy hearing from you. Write to me with your comments and questions. I make every attempt to answer your e-mails as soon as my busy schedule allows. At times this may take a few days. Please understand and be patient.

In this Issue:


Quotes for your life:

  • Chiropractic adjustments do not heal the body
  • Nutritional supplements do not heal the body
  • Homeopathic remedies do not heal the body
  • Diet does not heal the body
  • The body heals itself

All "therapies" are only successful if they "remove the blocks" to allow the body's own healing wisdom to express itself."
Scott Walker, DC(founder of N.E.T. - a great innovator and mentor) et al

"You and your family must clearly understand that the great and ultimate healer is always nature itself, and that the drug, the physician, and the patient can do no more than assist nature, by providing the very best conditions for your body to defend and heal itself."
Hans Krebs

"The poorest man would not part with health for money, but the richest would gladly part with all their money for health."
Charles Caleb Cotton

"You cannot change your life by changing your life. You can only change your life if you change your thinking."
Jannie Putter, South Africa

I get letters (Bolds and Links added by Dr. Z)

Last Saturday I received the following e-mail:

Dear Dr. Z

My son is autistic and has severe OCD he is 21...OCD just got severe since treating for lyme...He is using celexa at 10mg day and not doing much...I purchased your PleoSan Strep and Pleo Quent Drops at the advise of another parent... Question is can I use these with his celexa and also the risperdal that he is on?  Thanks so much for your help...Eileen B

Here is my response:

Dear Dr. Z...My son is autistic and has severe OCD he is 21

How terrible - I feel for you and him.

...OCD just got severe since treating for lyme

how did you treat it - antibiotics?  For how long??

...He is using celexa at 10mg day and not doing much...I purchased your PleoSan Strep and Pleo Quent Drops at the advise of another parent...
Question is can I use these with his celexa and also the risperdal that he is on?

Absolutely yes - both are homeopathic/isopathic remedies

Both celexa and risperdal have devastating potential side effects

The mother's response:

Yes my son is under treatment with abx's for lyme...It is chronic and will have to be treated for awhile..  He has been on abx's with breaks for 7 months.   Eileen B

My next question to Eileen:

What is the specific trade or generic name of the antibiotic your son is on?

The reason I am asking - you stated in your previous e-mail that his OCD is worse since initiating the lyme therapy. 
" OCD just got severe since treating for lyme"

Eileen responds today:

H Dr. Z...

Well he started on Doxy with severe herx reaction and developed photosensitivity...being it was last summer we were switched to sumycin which was much better for him with sun....

Then he was on amox/zithromax for several weeks with no real gains on the lyme....

Then a 3 month break to do a trial of IVIG as he is HLA DR4 and this was suppose to help him tremendously...He was on that for 6 months and was a non-responder.

At the 3 month start we added in Mepron/Zith and this caused a severe herx at the three week mark and he was just about pychotic.....His aggression was at it's worse on this....It was stopped after 5 weeks.

We then started Minocycline and no gains either....

We are now doing Nystatin for yeast and will restart Doxy this weekend for two weeks and see his LLMD.  He wants to see him at that time to see if he is having herx reaction.....You see LLMD is stumped in a way....he herxes on the schedule that lyme  partients usually herx on but does not appear to be getting better..His autism is most definetly exasberated.....He has had some OCD issues in the past but not to this extent.....He did develop a terrible facial tic prior to lyme treatment but that has gotten better.....comes and goes now but was pretty bad before....His OCD and vocal tics are really at their worst..even on abx breaks....

Just started Natural Cellular Defense and that seems to be helping him with aggressive outbursts and seems to be much happier and a bit more compliant....only doing 2drops 3xday...I want to add in the homeopathic drops for the OCD this weekend and see if that may help....

But I should say that the lyme treatment has helped his fatigue and also his light sensitivity....He is still has severe hyperacusis and has had this since about age 3.....Well I could go on and on about him, but I think you wanted to know about the abx's.....Another Mom just starting lyme treatment with her young son is experiencing the same reactions as my son has...OCD, vocal tics, aggression, etc...

Well I thank you so much for your interest in my son's case..Eileen B

Dr. Z's comments:

What a sad and terrible story.


"OCD just got severe since treating for lyme."

Eileen's statement caught my eyes immediately. How is Lymes treated in conventional medicine? Massive amounts of antibiotics for prolonged periods of time.

  • Here is a quote from the 2005 PDR about Zithromax

Post-Marketing Experience: Adverse events reported with azithromycin during the post-marketing period in adult and/or pediatric patients for which a causal relationship may not be established include:

Allergic: Arthralgia, edema, urticaria, angioedema.

Cardiovascular: Arrhythmias including ventricular tachycardia, hypotension. There have been rare reports of QT prolongation and torsades de pointes .

Gastrointestinal: Anorexia, constipation, dyspepsia, flatulence, vomiting/diarrhea rarely resulting in dehydration, pseudomembranous colitis, pancreatitis, oral candidiasis and rare reports of tongue discoloration.

General: Asthenia, paresthesia, fatigue, malaise and anaphylaxis (rarely fatal).

Genitourinary: Interstitial nephritis and acute renal failure, vaginitis.

Hematopoietic: Thrombocytopenia.

Liver/Biliary: Abnormal liver function including hepatitis and cholestatic jaundice, as well as rare cases of hepatic necrosis and hepatic failure, some of which have resulted in death.

Nervous System: Convulsions, dizziness/vertigo, headache, somnolence, hyperactivity, nervousness, agitation and syncope.

Psychiatric: Aggressive reaction and anxiety.

Skin/Appendages: Pruritus, rarely serious skin reactions including erythema multiforme, Stevens Johnson Syndrome, and toxic epidermal necrolysis.

Special Senses: Hearing disturbances including hearing loss, deafness, and/or tinnitus, rare reports of taste perversion.

End of Quote

  • Let me ask YOU: What is wrong with this picture?
  • What would YOU say to Eileen?
  • What would YOU have me say to Eileen?
  • What would YOU do, if this were YOUR child?

Here is what Eileen wrote:

"At the 3 month start we added in Mepron/Zith and this caused a severe herx at the three week mark and he was just about pychotic.....His aggression was at it's worse on this....It was stopped after 5 weeks..."

You can probably see why this is so.

What ever happened to the famous oath:

  • First do no harm

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Death by Medicine?

Here are excerpts of my article on the Death by Medicine, which I first published July 2004.

At that time, I called Gary Null's office in Manhattan. A staff person contacted him by phone. Through her, he gave me permission to quote form this research project.

I want to explicitly thank Gary Null for allowing me to share this with you.

Please read the full version of this terrifying article.

Beginning of quote

Death by Medicine
Gary Null PhD, Carolyn Dean MD ND, Martin Feldman MD
Debora Rasio MD, Dorothy Smith PhD
November 2003

A definitive review and close reading of medical peer-review journals, and government health statistics shows that American medicine frequently causes more harm than good.

The number of people having in-hospital, adverse drug reactions (ADR) to prescribed medicine is 2.2 million. 1

Dr. Richard Besser, of the CDC, in 1995, said the number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections was 20 million. Dr. Besser, in 2003, now refers to

  1. tens of millions of unnecessary antibiotics.
  2. The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million.
  3. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million.
  4. The total number of iatrogenic deaths shown in the following table is 783,936.

It is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States. The 2001 heart disease annual death rate is 699,697; the annual cancer death rate, 553,251. 5

TABLES AND FIGURES (see Section on Statistical Tables and Figures, below, for exposition)






Hospital ADR


$12 billion

Lazarou 1 Suh 49

Medical error


$2 billion




$55 billion

Xakellis 7 Barczak 8



$5 billion

Weinstein 9 MMWR 10




 Nurses Coalition 11

Outpatient ADR


$77 billion

Starfield 12 Weingart 112

Unnecessary Procedures


$122 billion

HCUP 3,13



$9 billion




$282 billion


We could have an even higher death rate by using Dr. Lucien Leape's 1997 medical and drug error rate of 3 million. 14 Multiplied by the fatality rate of 14% (that Leape used in 1994 )16 we arrive at an annual death rate of 420,000 for drug errors and medical errors combined. If we put this number in place of Lazorou's 106,000 drug errors and the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) 98,000 medical errors (which may have a drug error overlap with Lazorou¹s study), we could add another 216,000 deaths making a total of 999,936 deaths annually.

Please read the full version of this terrifying article.

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Your First Step towards a Healthier Life

Nothing can replace a face to face evaluation.

  • If you happen to live relatively close to our office, I strongly suggest that you call call 530-265-0224 and make an appointment with my lovely wife Victoria.
  • We are located in Nevada City, California. This is approximately 1.5 hours by car from Sacramento, California towards Reno/Lake Tahoe in the beautiful foothillls of the Sierra Nevada.


If you cannot come personally - - - -

Our on-line Self Evaluation is geared towards giving you a basic starting point in order to make some intelligent changes in diet and improve some basic human functions such as digestion, blood sugar control.

If you have ever taken antibiotics, yesterday or 30 years ago - the chances are high that you may suffer the consequences of bowel flora imbalance and candida overgrowth.

  • It is my clinical experience that this approach is always useful.
  • This does not mean that it will or can solve all your problems.

However, the majority of my local and on-line clients experience dramatic improvements in their health, when they address
DDHC - Diet, Digestion, Hypoglycemia/Blood Sugar, Candida

Dr. Z's Self Evaluation

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Are you Stressed

If your life contains a lot of external stressors, here are four supplements I find very useful in my clinical practice:

Cortrex provides a comprehensive combination of adrenal glandulars and additional nutrients for complete nutritional support of your adrenal/stress glands. Useful with acute and chronic stress and anxiety.

Rhodiola Rosea , a native plant of Russia, is an effective adaptogenic botanical In animal and human studies, Rhodiola has shown a beneficial effect by

  • increasing the ability to withstand physical and emotional stressors
  • promoting an increase in intellectual activity .

Rhodiola appears to

  • normalize serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine level
  • exert a mood-enhancing effect.
  • improve sleep
  • increase energy

A combination of five English flower essences first developed by Dr. Edward Bach, promoting calm and balance in diverse situations of stress, anxiety, emergency situations and trauma, both physical and emotional.

Great for calming down your pets as well! A few drops on your dog's tongue will do wonders.

Keep a bottle close by, in your purse or pocket!

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Dr. Z's Eye Function Support

The power of sight : a most remarkable sense!

Given the immense complexity of the eye and its many structures, this is one area of the body that requires the utmost in attentive healthcare. Maintaining overall optimal health can go a long way to prolong our visual abilities and decrease the effects of aging on our vision.

Preventative healthcare is always the key to success! more

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