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Is Caffeine Safe?

Stephen W. Parcell, N.D.

As long ago as 2737 B.C., Chinese Emperor Shen Nung was boiling drinking water when the leaves of a nearby bush fell into the pot, creating a wonderful smelling drink and the first pot of tea. Coffee originated in Africa around 575 A.D., where beans were used as money and consumed as food. Eleventh century Arabs were known to have coffee beverages.  While exploring the New World, Spanish conquistadors were treated to a chocolate drink by Aztec Emperor Montezuma in 1519. The world's first caffeinated soft drinks were created in the 1880's.

The Scientific Basis for Chelation Therapy

Steve Parcell, ND
 
History
EDTA chelation therapy is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for lead and heavy metal poisoning. About one million people in the United States are treated with EDTA chelation therapy every year. Chelation therapy is a medical treatment that improves cellular function by removing toxic metals (such as lead and arsenic) and abnormally elevated tissue levels of nutritional minerals (such as cobalt and iron). EDTA is best administered intravenously (through a vein).
 

Latest Advancements in the Integrative Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction and Sexual Dysfunction in Men

Steve Parcell, ND

Erectile dysfunction and low libido are common problems here in my Boulder practice. Should low testosterone be identified as the problem, testosterone administration would be indicated, assuming there are no contraindications such as prostate cancer and there are no obvious neurologic explanations for a lack of sensation such as multiple sclerosis.

7 Reasons Why You Should Do a Level One Workup in Addition to a Heart Scan

7 Reasons Why You Should Do a Level One Workup in Addition to a Heart Scan
By
Steve Parcell, ND

Level One Diagnostics is a cardiovascular lab that is making prevention of stroke and heart attack more of a reality.  A heart scan is very helpful in determining calcified plaque volume in the coronary arteries and by tracking the calcium laden lesions we can assess how well a treatment program is working. There are quite a bit of functional attributes a heart scan does not evaluate, however. Lets talk about a few:

Denver/ Boulder Clinic Offers EDTA Chelation: Helpful in Heart Patients, Study Shows

By Steve Parcell, ND
Boulder

In 2013 the big chelation study was finally published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study added further data supporting chelation for heart disease, especially coronary artery disease. Chelation therapy with disodium EDTA has been used for more than 50 years to treat atherosclerosis without proof of efficacy.The objective was to determine if an EDTA-based chelation regimen reduces cardiovascular events.

Does Pot Cause Man Boobs?

By
Steve Parcell, ND

On January 1st marijuana became legal to purchase in Colorado with or without a medical prescription. As marijuana is now legal in Boulder I have seen I slight increase in concerns about breast enlargement (gynecomastia) in men. Speculation that men who smoke pot are prone to develop abnormal breast tissue or "man boobs" has been around for decades. The first scientific paper examining the clinical impact of the drug's active ingredient, THC, on hormonal systems was published in 1972 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Valsartan reduced carotid artery wall thickness and decreased plaque thickness in patients with carotid atherosclerosis, according to results from a new report presented at AHA 2013

By
Steve Parcell, ND

Valsartan is a common blood pressure lowering agent that I like for it beneficail effect aging. Now there is new data on Valsartan and plaque reversal.

In the  EFFERVESCENT trial researchers hypothesized that the angiotensin receptor blocker valsartan (Diovan, Novartis) would reduce carotid artery wall thickness and inhibit atherosclerotic plaque progression.

Free comprehensive fasting blood work is a HIT!

The week has been very busy with many, many blood draws for the free lab testing we are offering. We have partnered with HDL labs and they have agreed to run an amazing panel that has all of the advanced cardiovascular risk factors, and other parameters for free! Just bring in your insurance card and $12 for the blood draw and we will take care of the rest. Please check out the information on Dr Steves blog and the Monthly Specials this month for details.
Cheers to your health!

Update on Testosterone Side Effects

Update on Testosterone Side Effects
It has come to my attention that some patients could use a refresher on side effects of testosterone replacement.
First let’s remember that Low testosterone is a valid medical condition that should be treated. Now let’s review why it’s important to treat Low T. Hypogonadism (Low T) may result in significant decrease in quality of life and adversely affect the function of multiple organ systems.

Update on Testosterone Side Effects

Update on Testosterone Side Effects
It has come to my attention that some patients could use a refresher on side effects of testosterone replacement.
First let’s remember that Low testosterone is a valid medical condition that should be treated. Now let’s review why it’s important to treat Low T. Hypogonadism (Low T) may result in significant decrease in quality of life and adversely affect the function of multiple organ systems.

Big news: New advanced cardiovascular testing completely covered by insurance...no charge to patient at all!

By
Kelly Parcell, ND

We have special access to HDL labs and their advanced cardiovascular panels now. For a limited time, for PPO insured patients only, there will be no cost to the patient regardless of your deductible. This is over $2,000 worth of blood work! It is even more comprehensive than the Berkeley Heart Lab panels we used to run.

It includes omega 3/6 ratio, PLA2 and even myloperoxidase plus more. All you need is your insurance card.

Fasting for 12 hours is required.

Call today. 303.884.7557

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