Besides Chelation Therapy, Prolotheray, & Hyperbaric, we also offer several other practice features. Below is some further information on a few of the other that we can treat.

Allergies and Ecological Medicine

We treat a significant amount of disorders (asthma, gastroenteritis, arthritis, tics, depression) where checking for allergies, especially food, may be an issue. We can go IgE (allergic immunoglobulin) blood testing but many of the patients that come to us have had that done and are not getting helped. We currently do an older test called the Cytotoxic Food Test(in the literature it is referred to the Leukocytotoxic Test of Bryan & Bryan) and try eliminating and rotating the foods. We then selectively rotate the food based on the severity of the reaction. We also do traditional testing and make allergy vaccines as does any allergist. If a patient is so bad that even we cant help them, we refer them to a specialized hospital for treating highly allergic individuals called an Ecology Unit. In 30 years, we have sent only 4 or 5 people to such a facility.

Alternative Medicine and Nutritional Therapies

The public spends roughly 50-100 billion dollars out of their own pockets seeking the services of alternative physicians. Alternative Doctors try to heal the body by treating the patient from within using many appropriate modalities. The best example is our very own specialty for blood vessel disease and hypertension is our chelation therapy. Traditionally, a patient is treated with medicines like anti-hypertensives and anti-angina drugs until they need surgery. I call this the watch and let die approach. If a patient has a problem, it makes more sense to be proactive and to try to reverse this with modalities specific to a certain problem, in this case EDTA chelation therapy and specific nutrients that help heal the arteries. The reader should visit our section on our published papers which demonstrate our success in vascular and other degenerative disorders.

For more information on the specific disorders we treat, please visit the section of the website dealing with Disorders Treated, as it gives the reader an idea of our alternative approaches.

Bone Density Screening for Osteoporosis

As we (especially females) age, the bones lose calcium. It starts slowly after age 40 associated with hormonal changes of menopause. There are three categories that as womans bone can be categorized as. These categories are: Normal, Osteopenic and Osteoporotic. Osteopenia is a bone that is losing calcium but still has enough to maintain strength. In Osteoporosis, the bone has lost a significant amount of calcium and the danger of a fracture exists. Our Doctors will screen the bones and make suggestions for therapy based on the findings. The chelation appears to be beneficial in Osteoporosis (paper # 21)

Candida Testing

Candida is a pathogenic yeast that causes such things as Thrush in a newborn and a vaginal infection in females. In our society that has been antibioticed to death for every runny nose, we have created an overgrowth of yeast in the body. This yeast grows in the colon and produces toxic waste products that can affect smooth muscle (causing colitis, asthma, headaches, Eustachian tube swelling causing ear infections), the brain (causing hyperactivity, memory issues, sleepiness), skin (causing rashes), mucous membranes (causing an allergic like runny nose, sinusitis) and muscles (myalgias). There are several notable books on yeast with the most popular being the Yeast Connection and the Yeast Syndrome. We test for yeast using skin and blood tests then suggest an appropriate therapy.

Cytotoxic Food Testing

We are one of the few facilities that has a technician that can do the Cytotoxic Food Testing. We can do IgE (allergic immunoglobulin) blood testing but many of the patients that come to us have had that done and are not getting helped. We currently do an older test called the Cytotoxic Food Test (in the literature it is referred to as the Leukocytotoxic Test of Bryan & Bryan) and try eliminating and rotating the foods. We then selectively rotate the food based on the severity of the reaction.

Digestive Analysis - CDSA

We offer a test called the CDSA or Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis. This is used to get the most information for the least money because it packages a lot of tests into one. In this test there are several areas that we look at. First this test looks at the bacteria that are present and separates them into beneficial, not so beneficial and pathogens. It looks at yeast levels to see if there is a problem. If pathogenic yeast or bacteria are present, cultures are done to see what anti-biotic or natural substance will eradicate them. Ova (worm eggs) and parasites are looked for and identified. The presence of blood and the stool pH is determined. Test for pancreatic enzymes and food fibers are performed. Immunological test for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) are done with additional tests to differentiated IBS from IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease, such as Crohns disease). This is certainly everything you wanted to know about your stool but were afraid to ask.

High Dose Vitamin C or Klenner Bottles

Most people think that the only IV treatments we use are chelation. There are two other type I.V. infusions: 1) Klenner Bottles and 2) Combo Bottles. The second is easy to explain as it is a combination (hence the nickname bestowed by the patients, Combo) that is partially chelation and partially a Klenner Bottle. Now we must ask what is the Klenner Bottle?

The Klenner bottleis named after Fred Klenner,MD a visionary physician who practiced in the 1940s and pioneered the use of high dose intravenous Vitamin C in viral infection like influenza, polio, hepatitis and other viral illnesses long before traditional medicine developed vaccines and antibiotics. Klenner used doses of Vitamin C in the range of 20 to 50 grams (20,000 to 50,000 milligrams) which at 50 grams would be an entire bottle of 100, 500 mg tablets in a single IV. We currently use doses in this range to treat such diverse conditions such as Influenza, Mononucleosis, Hepatitis A & B, Lyme Disease and other viral infections. Even traditional medicine is looking to this as possibly complimentary therapy for certain types of cancer. The late Hugh Riordan, MD published a paper where he reversed renal cell cancer using doses at 60 to 65 grams (he called his procedure the RENCAC protocol). Several major Universities including KUMC are also looking into this modality.

Lung Function Testing with Spirometry

Due to smoking and pollution in the big cities, there has been a surge of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), commonly known as Emphysema, among the baby boomer generation. We can do a simple test called Spirometry (see picture) where the patient simply blows as hard as they can into a device which measures how fast you can get air out of your lungs. Since COPD patients trap air, the ability to blow out air is reduced. While most treatments are just to alleviate symptoms, we have shown that, in patients being treated for vascular disease, the lung function in a COPD patient improve 10-15% (paper #22). We are not sure why but we speculate that the EDTA may improve the circulation, remove heavy metals (Cadmium levels are high in smokers) or removed calcification (as tissues age they calcify and become harder and perhaps chelation reverses it). Even though we are not sure why COPD patients improve, we are glad they do.

Mercury and Lead Detoxification with Chelation

If a patient has known exposure to lead (they worked in a welding shop or smoked heavily) or was found high by mineral analysis (see section on trace mineral testing) then we pursue treatment with a series of chelation treatments. In the initial testing we do a provocative test which means giving the patient a chelating agent and having the patient collect their urine for 24 hours. We send that urine to the lab for heavy metal analysis. We usually check progress by doing a Provocative Test every fifth treatment and when the levels are down and the symptoms subside, we discontinue active treatment and check a provocative test every 6 to 12 months to make sure the patient was fully detoxified. The choice of chelating agent depends upon what toxic metal we are after. EDTA is good for Lead and Cadmium. One problem is that EDTA does not cross the blood brain barrier and other chelators may need to be used such as DMPS. Aluminum and iron are removed with another chelator, desferroxamine, which we use in Hemochromatosis. If you choose to pursue this therapy, the Doctor will explain what is best for your specific conditions.

Non-Invasive Vascular Testing

There are two ways to diagnose vascular disorders, invasive and non-invasive.

Invasivemeans putting foreign objects inside an artery to see the status of blood flow in an artery, with the most common procedure done being angiography where they insert a catheter in the leg arteries and inject a dye (hence it is sometimes called the dye test) into the arteries to see if a blockage is present.

Non-invasivetesting involves either electrically monitoring the heart with or without exercise or placing an external sensor over an artery and estimating the blood flow in that artery. At the Clinic, we do 6 basic types of non-invasive testing namely Treadmill Stress Testing, vessel testing of the lower legs, Doppler studies of the neck arteries, Electrocardiogram, 24 Hour Holter Monitoring, and Electrocardiography.

Nutritionally Oriented General Practice

When a patient comes into the office we treat a patient (with a problem) not just the problem. The best example of this is Vitamin C and a cold. When a patient comes into the office with a sore throat, we may find a need to prescribe an anti-biotic as would a traditional doctor. We then go that extra step to suggest things like adding a daily 500 mg Vitamin C tablet to the diet. There was a study done on a group of high school students where one half received a daily 500 mg tablet of Vitamin C and the other half received a placebo. There was no difference in the number of colds but it was noted that the individuals who were on the Vitamin C missed an average of 1.9 days per cold where the placebo group missed 3.7 days per cold, indicating the colds in the Vitamin C group were milder and probably did not require as many Doctors visits and expenses. This is one example as this whole philosophy resonates through our entire practice whether it be fish oils for the patient with high blood fats or magnesium supplement for the hypertensive patient and those patients with extra (skipped) beats.

Stomach Acid Testing - Heidelberg Test

Many people today feel that as they are getting older, they develop dyspepsia and have too much acid. While this may be true in 10% of the people, it is usually not the case. However, in the 1980s, 3 of the top 5 most popular drugs (Zantac, Pepcid, and Tagamet) suppressed stomach acid production. The science and physiology of the body shows that this approach is just the opposite of what is happening in the body. The facts are simple. As we age a cell in the stomach called the parietal cell starts to functions less optimally (just as the ovaries slow down on hormone production in the 40s leading to menopause). The parietal cell produces only two things: 1) Hydrochloric acid and 2) intrinsic factor, the latter being a B-12 absorption protein. Many of the elderly require B-12 shots for pernicious anemia because the injection bypasses the stomach and puts the B-12 right into the blood stream. If there is insufficient acid present (one of the functions of Hydrochloric acid is to keep the stomach sterile) the yeast and bacteria will grow in the stomach and when food hits the acid deficient stomach, it becomes like a fermentation cauldron (moonshiners would call it a still) and these bacteria produce irritating organic acids and gas. The approach is not to shut off the acid but determine over or underproduction.

The Heidelberg test is a unique device where we swallow a capsule that contains a pH meter (acid sensor), a battery and a radio transmitter. The patient wears a special belt over the stomach (antenna) and the pH of the stomach is transmitted to the printer so we continuously monitor the pH. See the adjacent picture of a patient being administered this test. We then challenge the patient with a slightly alkaline substance (good old Arm and Hammer baking soda) and see if the stomach can produce acid. Based on the results we will suggest some sort of digestive assistance which is in many cases a tablet form of Hydrochloric acid (aka Betaine Hydrochloride).

Thyroid Testing

Most Doctors order a TSH test and feel that it is adequate. Unfortunately that test is inversely related to the amount of thyroid produced, so we measure the Free-T4 and Free-T3 levels. There is an entire featured article on Thyroid which I suggest you look at on this site that explains our philosophy of treating patients with thyroid disorders. Click Here to go to that article. In essence, there are two thyroid Hormones T4 and T3. T3 is the active one and most doctors prescribe Synthroid (T4). Some people cannot convert T4 to T3 and they can be identified by our type of thyroid testing.

Trace Mineral Analysis

Our trace mineral analysis takes two forms: 1) Hair testingfor trace minerals and toxic metals and 2) Provocative challengeswith a chelating agent.

Hair testingfor minerals provides an excellent screen for the metals we need as well as the heavy toxic metal we do not need. Dr Rudolph wrote the first scientific paper looking at hair mineral patterns in degenerative diseases back in 1977 (paper #20) showing how certain deficiencies are present in certain illnesses. The reason we use hair over blood is that hair is actually a fingerprint of living tissue whereas the blood is a simply a sewer pipe. The Hair tests not only guides us in what the patient is deficient in but also suggests if further testing is needed for toxic metals.

Provocative testingis sort of self descriptive. We infuse a chelating agent (usually EDTA) over 3 hrs into the blood and then collect the patients urine for heavy metals. The chelating agent biochemically nudges the metals from the organs with a higher the amount in the urine meaning a higher amount in the body. This is the gold standard for measuring the degree of heavy metal toxicity present. Based upon the results, we can recommend whether treatment for heavy metals is needed or not.

Tympanometry

Tympanometry is a test that I use in only a couple of highly specific situations. The test is done by taking a small hand held device (see picture) which when placed in the ear, emits a sound wave that checks the integrity of the eardrum. It helps assess Eustachian Tube (the tube from the inner ear to the nasal cavity) function. It tells me if there is abnormal pressure in the ear or if there is fluid behind the eardrum.

I do this in children that have allergies and in individuals that are going to take Hyperbaric Oxygen to see if their Eustachian tube is functioning properly so I know in advance if they will have trouble equilibrating pressure in the HBO Chamber. If they do, we simply suggest a squirt of a nasal decongestant like Afrin into the nose 30-45 minutes prior to treatment.

X-Ray Screening

We do the basic non-contrast X-Rays at the clinic which saves the patient the time of going to a specialized center for simple joint X-Rays. We do basic Chest X-Rays and have the capacity to X-Ray any joint that we are considering for prolotherapy. For specialized studies requiring Barium, and for ultrasounds, Bone and Thyroid scans or any test using radioactive isotopes, CAT scans and an MRI, we refer to a local nearby free standing (i.e. not in a hospital) outpatient imaging facility. If something serious is suggested in our initial evaluation of the patient, we can usually get a procedure done in a day or two.