A recent discovery has show that the lymphatic system, previously thought not to involve the brain, actually extends into the brain.
From my illnesses as a boy, I had such a strong sense that the mind influenced illness, that I began to look for and actually do studies on the relationship between the brain and the immune system. Back around 1970, I began visiting researchers in the field of what both Dr. George Solomon (and Alfred Amkraut) called “psychoimmunology.” I wrote a protocol for such a study at Langly Porter Institute in San Francisco, and later got a small grant to do a study at Albert Einstein COM on Psychologic factors and breast cancer.
This field later took on the more legitimate title of “Psycho-neuro-immunolgy”, bolstered by studies on conditioning the immune response by conditioning, done by Dr Robert Ader at the University of Rochester.
A major step in further demonstrating the validity of this connection between the brain and the immune system came from work by Dr Candace Pert, a neuroscientist who teamed up with her Immunologist husband to show that substances secreted by one organ could affect other organs in the body, including the brain and the immune system.
So it is fascinating to see that yet another link has been discovered between the brain and the immune system, a connection I have watched become more recognized as real over the past 5 decades.
To your health,
Alan M Dattner, MD
“My doctors were worried I had leukemia because I had a high “eosinophil count” in my blood test. Dr. Dattner did a lot of research and found I had amoebic parasites in my intestine which caused the problem in my blood. He treated me and I followed his program, and my case improved–my blood test changed, and my other doctors no longer feared I had leukemia.” -HL, New York
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Under the care of Dr. Dattner within 3 weeks I was welt-free and itch-free. We worked on diet, skin care, and the use of supplements. As time went on Dr. Dattner helped address other health issues I was experiencing for years, including chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, gastritis, constipation and acid reflux.
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A combination of new products, and rediscovered herbal remedies have been found to have anti-aging effect for the skin.
Some of these have protective effects when take orally, and others are improve appearance applied directly to the skin. At least 4 groups of factors must be considered in choosing applied products:
- They must be effective for you.
- There must not be any ingredients that will also cause an allergic or other outbreak.
- The ingredients must work together to produce a synergistic effect, and not chemically react with each other or you to cancel out their effects.
- Finally, since many of the creams on the market contain synthetic ingredients to prevent spoilage, enhance smell, appearance, and feel, the product must be acceptable to you according to your sensibilities and the potential risks that these products may bring. Since you may differ from others on each of these points, my recommendations for each person may vary and may take time be formulated.
For nearly 3 decades, my colleagues in the world of Integrative Medicine and Holistic medicine have been warning about the consequences of excessive antibiotic use, calling for the use of more probiotics and other measures to prevent the consequences of antibiotic use in the digestive system, including yeast overgrowth.
Protocols suggested include probiotics as the foundation for treatment of gut issues. Use of probiotics by physicians for problems associated with antibiotics goes back much further than our three decades, but during the recent 30 years or so, probiotics use seems to have been forgotten by the majority of doctors practicing in this country.
The traditional medical establishment seems to have rediscovered probiotics an article printed in JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association)–at least for the condition of diarrhea, which would be a more obvious manifestation of antibiotic overgrowth of yeast and other resistant organisms.
I welcome this study in a popular journal, even though it lacks a prominent mention of the possible relationship to yeast overgrowth from antibiotic use and the other synergistic measures that would help with this problem. Perhaps someday, integrative physicians like myself will be recognized as clinical pioneers than as quacks. And to the authors of the article who have recently explored this treatment, I must add, “You don’t say; what a surprise!”
I’ve included the abstract from the study below.
To your health,
-Dr. Alan M. Dattner, MD