Dr. Decker Weiss, NMD, FASA

20 Surprising Things That May Cause Cancer (& 18 Ways to Help Prevent It)

20 Surprising Things That May Cause Cancer (& 18 Ways to Help Prevent It)

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 00:00
20 Surprising Things That May Cause Cancer...
  • Mammography radiation
  • Chemotherapy and radiation
  • Perfumes and fragrance products
  • Cosmetics and personal care products
  • Home cleaning products, including laundry detergent, dryer sheets, etc.
  • Drinking non-organic milk or eating non-organic dairy products
  • Hydrogenated oils and trans fatty acids.
  • Plastic food containers - includes plastic lining inside food cans.
  • Sodium nitrite - found in most processed meats.
  • Pesticides, PCBs, chlorine and other chemicals.
Block & Clear Estrogen, One Meal at a Time

Block & Clear Estrogen, One Meal at a Time

Monday, 01 July 2013 22:37

Fancy scientists call it adaption, or the survival of the fittest. We call it eating smart.

But whatever you call it, here are foods that help your body fight off those “endocrine disrupters” (thank you Tori) that we have been talking about on the show.

1. Cruciferous veggies: Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower Brussel sprouts and cabbage contain several powerful nutrients that detoxify bad estrogenic molecules. These nutrients include Indole-3 Acetate, Indole-3 Carbonyl and Diindolylmethane. These cruciferous veggies also contain sulfur containing nutrients such as Sulfuraphane and Phenyl Isothiocyanates that enhance liver detoxification processes and destroy cancer cell formation.

2. Healthy fat-rich foods: These are foods that are rich in saturated and omega-3 fatty acids. It includes plant based fats such as coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and avocados. Raw nuts (other than peanuts) and seeds contain anti-estrogenic plant sterols. Organic poultry, wild-caught salmon, wild game and 100% grass-fed beef are great for healthy hormone function.

3. Alium family: The aliums include garlic, onions, scallions, chives and leeks. These are all rich in sulfur-containing amino acids and the powerful flavone anti-oxidant quercetin that both help the liver detoxify at a higher level and reduce the production of estrogen.
5- Hour Energy, Long Term Problem?

5- Hour Energy, Long Term Problem?

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 00:00

In its Adverse Event Reports, the FDA identifies a number of health-related adverse events in connection with 5 Hour Energy drinks.

Living Essentials, the manufacturer of 5-hour energy says it contains "about as much caffeine as a cup of the leading premium coffee." However, a recent test by Consumer Reports found that 5-Hour Energy contains 215 milligrams of caffeine per serving. In comparison, an average  8-ounce cup of coffee has about 100 milligrams of caffeine, although that varies according to how the coffee is brewed. Consumer Reports also finds that 8 ounces of Starbucks coffee is on the high side with 165 milligrams of caffeine.

So, it appears that 5-hour energy has up to double the amount of caffeine as a standard cup of coffee.
Do Health Executives Want to Fix Health Care?

Do Health Executives Want to Fix Health Care?

Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00

According to a report published in The American Journal of Medicine, medical bills are a major factor in more than 60 percent of the personal bankruptcies in the United States.  Of those bankruptcies that were caused by medical bills, approximately 75 percent of them involved individuals that actually did have health insurance.
Can What’s in Your Medical Chart Cost You A Job?

Can What’s in Your Medical Chart Cost You A Job?

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 00:00

Electronic medical records are here, but does that mean we no longer will have privacy?

Could a previous illness cost you a new job promotion? Can employers get access to their employee's medical records? How about before a person is hired, will their medical history come in to play? What if you choose not to vaccinate, will your insurance refuse to cover your child for the measles?

Lots of questions, and here is the answer:

Should You Be Taking Vitamin D?

Should You Be Taking Vitamin D?

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 23:25

Everyone is talking about Vitamin D, but is it something everyone should take? Currently, we are including a vitamin D level on most routine laboratory exams, but labs will never tell the whole story. Let's look at conditions associated with vitamin D deficiency.

The flu – In our profession of natural medicine we do not believe a person gets the flu from being sneezed on, breathed or from a door handle. We believe you get it because your immune system is not up to par. In a study published in the Cambridge Journals, it was discovered that vitamin D deficiency might lead children to respiratory diseases. A study was than conducted which showed that vitamin D reduced the incidence of respiratory infections in children. There is no reason in my opinion to think that the same protection wouldn’t be available for adults.

Muscle weakness – There are many reasons for muscle weakness, which include a lack of healthy protein and exercise in the diet. However, according to Michael F. Holick, a leading vitamin D expert, muscle weakness is usually caused by vitamin D deficiency.  He states that for skeletal muscles to function properly, their vitamin D receptors must be sustained by vitamin D. Interesting.

Psoriasis - Vitamin D, along with Zinc, vitamin A, beta-carotene, and essential fatty acids have been a stalwart of treatment for chronic skin conditions including psoriasis. In a study published by the UK PubMed central, it was discovered that synthetic vitamin D analogues were found useful in the treatment of psoriasis. Hmmm.
For-Got Milk? That's Okay!

For-Got Milk? That's Okay!

Thursday, 18 April 2013 15:02

Cows milk, some see it is a wonderful calcium containing super-food. Others say it is a fattening, mucous stimulating, allergy causing disaster. Let's break this issue down by looking at the pros, misconceptions and cons of milk.

Pro: Milk is easily available.

Pro: It contains protein.

Pro: It is a food based calcium source.

Pro: It contains some Vitamin A, B6, Biotin, and Potassium.

Pro: May benefit teeth.

Misconception: Milk’s protein is easily accessible, and healthy? Milk proteins such as a hydrolyzed whey, or whey isolate have to be separated out of the milk, and than sold separately. So the muscle building, immune supporting milk properties are not necessarily available in the glass of milk you drink, but rather in the protein powder sold at the health food store.
4 Powerful Relaxation Techniques

4 Powerful Relaxation Techniques

Friday, 12 April 2013 22:08

Here are the four relaxation techniques I spoke of on a recent show. Welcome Decker’s “stress countermeasures”.

Imagery (or visualization)

Imagery involves using your imagination to create a sensory experience of sights, sounds, feelings or taste that is relaxing. Imagery can help relieve stress, pain and depression; decrease side effects of chemotherapy like nausea; decrease blood pressure; improve sleep; boost immune function; shorten hospital stays; and speed healing. Guided imagery is when you use an outside person to help guide the images in your mind. It is sort of like telling you a story, but coaching you to “see” it in your mind.

Hypnotherapy (hypnosis therapy)

Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation to arrive at a state of deep, attentive, focused concentration, sometimes called a trance, that can make it easier for you to relax and to control your body and mind. Hypnotherapy can enable you to block an awareness of sensations like pain, discomfort, nausea and fatigue; reduce fear and anxiety; create a sense of calm; speed recovery; and promote healing.
Scratch These Ingredients Off Your Shopping List... Forever!

Scratch These Ingredients Off Your Shopping List... Forever!

Monday, 08 April 2013 16:02

Things to Put on Your Do-Not-Buy Checklist

Bring this list to the store with you, or pull it up on your smart phone. Lets de-mystify the big chemical names and labels to know what to stay away from to protect you and your family’s health.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

The top of my do not consume list! Fructose can affect your brain and body by making you feel less hungry, and encourage over-eating. It is in almost everything sweet like soda, cookies, ice cream and more for one simple reason, it’s cheap. But this low cost to the pocketbook, may be destructive to your health. There is a reason why Mexico and Europe use cane sugar instead of high fructose corn sugar (HFCS) because of safety concerns.

Opt-Out: For non-obese and non-diabetics consider raw sugar, sucanant, or honey. For weight loss and diabetes consider using stevia. Avoid artificial sweeteners. (Read on, they made the list also)

Sodium Nitrate and Sodium Nitrite

This food preservative helps retain red coloring in processed meat products. Research demonstrates it contains carcinogens, which can accumulate in the body. Conditions and diseases they have been linked to include stomach, prostate, and breast cancers. Possible issues may include fetal deaths, miscarriages, and birth defects.

Opt-Out: Seek for nitrate or nitrite-free meat products.
Are you Gluten Intolerant? Find Out Now!

Are you Gluten Intolerant? Find Out Now!

Monday, 01 April 2013 02:28

Gluten, a protein found in some grains, can cause serious problems for many people.

But the issues can go from a genetic intolerance called Celiac’s disease, to a non-specific type of “sensitivity." This “sensitivity” can cause a variety of symptoms from thyroid disorders to gas and bloating.

But why is it that the average medical doctor knows about Celiac’s disease, but knows nothing or denies the existence of gluten sensitivity?

It has to do with a weakness in conventional medical training called “hypofunction”. The great Naturopathic Doctor. Konrad Kail, discussed “hypofunction” in terms of an organ or a system, which is symptomatic to the patient, but not detectable by most or any available testing methods.

For years as gluten content was rising in grains such as wheat and corn, people started to have a variety of symptoms which where “unexplainable”.

But when these patients where tested, nothing showed up.
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