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International Blog Spotlight: India

IV Nutrition Detox and Chelation Therapy in Cancer
Kalpana Gupta Shekhawat, MBBS, DNB, DFM, MD Clinical Nutrition 

A healthy diet rich in nutrients is the best way to nourish the body.

I have observed in my practice that most of the patients suffering from cancer are very low on nutrients and high on toxic heavy metals, with poor livers, low kidney function, poor dental health, amalgam fillings, leaky gut, immune dysfunction, and an inability to detox due to low sulfur levels, leading to inflammatory reactions, which lead to manifestation of the symptoms and tumor formation. If the underlying chemistry is not addressed, it leads to metastasis in the whole body!

It is surprising that a fatal disease such as cancer is largely due to a basic lack of understanding on the part of the patients, which leads them to stray to various available therapies, which do not address the root cause.

I have been treating my patients for the last 7 years in a different way than conventional practitioners by addressing the root cause, and trying to understand the risks associated with their current health statuses, and providing them with a plan to prevent chronic diseases.

I have observed that once disease is established, metabolic correction with IV detox and nutrition therapy is the best solution.

IV therapy gives the most rapid recovery to the metabolism, as compared to oral nutrient therapy.

IV Nutrition therapy has given me enormous fulfillment in terms of patient outcomes when treating cancer patients.

I have seen inflammatory markers significantly reduce as I give up to 10 sessions of IV nutrients, Glutathione, and EDTA chelation: customized to each patient.

I advise my patients surrounding nutraceutical supplementation, dietary guidelines, and IV Nutrition & Detox therapies:

  • High doses of Vitamin C: This critical therapy provides lifelong maintenance for cancer patients; it typically involves a slow IV over a period of 1 to 2 hours.
  • EDTA chelation: For extracellular heavy metal removal, this works best for patients who have high levels of heavy metals in their urine.
  • Glutathione: This is a master detox, and when given through an IV, it works very well for intra cellular detoxification.
  • COQ10: Added to detox drip supports mitochondrial health.
  • Alfa Lipoic Acid: This antioxidant tackles free radical damage.
  • N Acetyl Cystein: Naturally boosts level of Glutathione in cells.

Dr. Kalpana Shekhawat is a Functional and Regenerative Medicine consultant, with an extensive educational and professional background in clinical nutrition and BHRT. In addition to having published various articles surrounding lifestyle disease management, Dr. Kalpana runs a lifestyle disease management clinic: “Freedom Age.” She works to manage disease by addressing nutritional deficiencies, and integrating her knowledge of conventional medicine with Functional medicine. 

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International Blog Spotlight: Thailand

Dietary Fat Guidelines: Thinking Outside the Box
Patana Teng-umnuay, MD, PhD

While most of us crave and enjoy fatty foods, we simultaneously know that high fat diets are primary causes of obesity and cardiovascular disease. Yet recent studies have demonstrated that eliminating all fat from our diets will not improve blood cholesterol, reduce cardiovascular disease, or prevent obesity: our body can create its own fat from carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates such as sugar and white rice will raise blood glucose and stimulate insulin secretion; the insulin hormone turns sugar into fat. Hence, one of the principal reasons that people are overweight is due to the consumption of too many carbohydrates. Yet because fat is high in calories, if we overeat, we will ultimately gain weight.

Because studies have indicated that the levels of serum LDL-cholesterol is associated with coronary heart disease, people often try to avoid having high cholesterol diets. In 2015, however, the American Nutritional Society announced that high cholesterol diets do not increase the risk of elevated cholesterol or heart disease. The body is able to synthesize cholesterol from acetyl CoA, which is derived from an oxidation reaction of fat and carbohydrate. Therefore, consuming too many carbohydrates and saturated fats can increase cholesterol synthesis—and the risk of cardiovascular disease—while cholesterol in diet inhibits cholesterol production.

In order to choose the ‘right’ type of dietary fat, people must be educated surrounding the various types of fatty acid. Saturated fat is a type of fat that primarily comes from red meat, poultry, and dairy products—yet this fat contains many toxins, and can be considered to raise the risk of cancers. Plant-based saturated fats, such as coconut oil and palm oil, are enriched with medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs), which can passively diffuse from the GI tract to the portal system, and can convert more rapidly into energy than animal fats. Therefore, consuming moderate amounts of coconut milk will not raise blood LDL-cholesterol.

Trans fats are unsaturated fats that have been chemically processed into solid fat, such as margarine. During the past few decades, trans fats have been used as a replacements for animal fats, because of the falsely propagated idea that they are healthier. Yet numerous studies and research indicate that consuming large quantities of trans fats will increase the ratio of LDL-C to HDL-C, and raise the risk of coronary heart disease—more than saturated fats. Trans fats have been banned in the United States since 2015, and recent studies show that there have been declining statistics stroke and myocardial infarction.

In terms of vegetable oil, it is critical to understand its components. The omega-6 fatty acid is the source of atherogenic and inflammatory eicosanoids—an underlying cause of most chronic diseases including diabetes, hypertension, and atherosclerosis. Dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil and omega-9 fatty acids in olive oil displace omega-6 fatty acids in the plasma membrane, which results in the production of less atherogenic and anti-inflammatory eicosanoids. Both types of these fatty acids are linked with a reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease, dementia, and cancers.

Dr. Teng-umnuay received his medical degree with first class honors from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand in 1986, with board board certification in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He then earned his PhD at the University of Florida in Molecular Cell Biology in 1998. Dr. Teng-umnuay is a well-known lecturer on nutraceutical supplements, stem cell biology, and Anti-Aging medicine. He is a faculty member of the Anti-aging and Regenerative program of Dhurakij Pundit University, and also serves as a consulting physician for S Medical Clinic and Phyathai 2 Hospital in Thailand.Dr. Teng-umnuay is currently the vice-president of the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine, Thailand.

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