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Elderberry May Impact Covid-19

Patrick Massey MD PhD MHD
www.ALT-MED.org

Over the past few months our ability to successfully combat COVID-19 with medications has been disappointing. There was some early hope with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. More recent studies strongly suggest no benefit and maybe even increased mortality. Remdesivir, an anti-viral medication, is showing some benefit in early animal studies. Human studies are underway. The drawback to medications is that they are are utilized once an infection has been established. Ideally, we would want to find something that could prevent or be protective against serious infection. Some laboratory research suggests that elderberry may actively prevent the binding of COVID-like viruses to cells thus limiting the potential for infection.

All viruses enter the host cell and recruit various mechanisms in the cell to produce viral genetic material (DNA or RNA), manufacture the membranes that coat the virus and stimulate the mechanism for viral release. There are a number of defense therapies that can moderate the effect of a viral infection. Anti-viral medications usually interfere with the ability of the infected cell to produce viral genetic material. Some natural products prevent the binding of the virus the host cell. Several compounds found in elderberry, especially caffeic acid, limit the binding of the virus to the host cell.

Elderberry (Sambucus) is a flowering plant found in many parts of the world. Elderberry has been used as a treatment for viral infections and there are over 50 medical studies in the traditional medical literature. Most of the studies show benefit especially for influenza. Elderberry fruit and flowers are commonly used in the preparation of supplements and teas. Although processing for consumption is safe, the uncooked berries and other parts of elderberry can be poisonous.

One recent study in the science journal Virus Research demonstrated substantial effect against the coronavirus HCoV-NL63, cousin to COVID 19. This research was done in vitro (in test tubes) and not in animals or humans. Never the less, the results were impressive. This study examined the anti-viral properties of several components found in elderberry. The most active component was a molecule called caffeic acid. This molecule was ten times more effective at preventing virus binding to the host cell than any of the other elderberry molecules examined.

Caffeic acid is found in many plants and seeds. Thyme, spearmint, sage and elderberry have large amounts of caffeic acid. Ceylon cinnamon, sunflower seeds and star anise are also rich in this molecule. Despite the name, caffeic acid is not related to caffeine and coffee does not have very much caffeic acid.

This is not to say that elderberry is a proven therapy against COVID 19. However, as a supplement or manufactured tea it is considered safe. If it does affect COVID 19 binding to host cells in humans, all the more benefit. It is not a substitute for social distancing, hand washing and masks. Stay safe…this too shall end.

There are a number of supplements that may strengthen the immune system, inhibit the binding of the virus to cells and even interfere with viral replication. Some may be contraindicated in some people and others may interfere with specific medications. More information call me at 847-923-0046

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[06/01/21]   Although the Afterlife 1 lecture quickly filled up, I have rescheduled the Diabetes lecture and am now offering a second Afterlife I lecture on Saturday, June 26th, 9a-10:30a at my office

Afterlife Lecture Series

We often wonder what comes after this life is completed. What is our next step? Beyond blind hope, what is the proof of an existence beyond this life? If there is something after death, what is it? Dr. Massey has a unique perspective on these questions: He is a scientist/physician and, as a child, died twice and went to the “other side”. These lectures are not the “stories” of Dr. Massey’s journeys but rather a scientific evaluation of the data and detailed explanation of the processes involved in passing from here to there.

Afterlife Lecture 1

In this society, there seems to be an ingrained fear of leaving this existence. That is one of the reasons why medicine tries so hard to keep terminal patients alive. However, this fear can be addressed directly by science. There is solid science behind the claim that something exists after "death." Join Dr. Massey as he explains the medical and physical science supporting the "something after death" reality.

There is more to you than you realize

• Time: Saturday, June 26th 9a – 10:30a

• Location: ALT-MED Medical and Physical Therapy, 1544 Nerge Rd Elk Grove Village IL 60007

• Cost: $15.00/lecture…$25 (save $5) if you sign up for Afterlife I and II

[05/24/21]   Afterlife Lecture Series



We often wonder what comes after this life is completed. What is our next step? Beyond blind hope, what is the proof of an existence beyond this life? If there is something after death, what is it? Dr. Massey has a unique perspective on these questions: He is a scientist/physician and, as a child, died twice and went to the “other side”. These lectures are not the “stories” of Dr. Massey’s journeys but rather a scientific evaluation of the data and detailed explanation of the processes involved in passing from here to there.

Afterlife Lecture I

In this society, there seems to be an ingrained fear of leaving this existence. That is one of the reasons why medicine tries so hard to keep terminal patients alive. However, this fear can be addressed directly by science. There is solid science behind the claim that something exists after "death." Join Dr. Massey as he explains the medical and physical science supporting the "something after death" reality.

There is more to you than you realize

Time: Friday, June 25th 6:30p-8:00p

Location: ALT-MED Medical and Physical Therapy, 1544 Nerge Rd Elk Grove Village IL 60007

Cost: $15.00/lecture…$25 (save $5) if you sign up for Afterlife I and II

Call (847) 923-0046 to reserve your seat. Space is limited / reservations required

Afterlife Lecture II

If you have ever wondered about what is on the other side and what you do there, then this is the lecture for you!

For many people, there are numerous questions about the “other” side.

What is the process of passing from here to there?What will I experience on the other side?Will I be with family and friends?Can I continue to do things I enjoy?What does it look like?Is there Portillo’s and does the chocolate cake shake have calories?

Dr. Massey, as a child, died twice. His experiences have been a driving force for him in learning more about the processes of leaving here and existing in another realm.

Surprisingly, there more pr

[05/11/21]   FINALLY...State of Illinois declares that lectures are back on the menu

My first Lecture of 2021

Crystals I

All living tissue vibrates. Some vibrations result in healthy tissue and others result in unhealthy tissue. Learn how crystals enhance the vibrational resilience of healthy tissue. Discover the origins of crystals and how to partner with them for continued well-being. Find out which crystals are most important for home and office.
A popular and fun lecture, Dr. Massey will also teach a specific type of meditation using crystals...AND the meditation crystal is included

Time: Saturday, June 12th 9:00a-11:00a

Location: ALT-MED Medical and Physical Therapy, 1544 Nerge Rd Elk Grove Village IL 60007

Cost: $10.00…meditation crystal included

Call (847) 923-0046 to reserve your seat. Space is limited / reservations required

[04/08/21]   CANCER STEM CELL THERAPY
You might be surprised to learn that a cancerous tumor is not a single set of cells and some of these tumor cells are more prone to spread to different parts of the body. They are the reason for cancer metastasizing. That subset of tumor cells are known as cancer stem cells and they also are more resistant to anti-cancer medications and radiation therapy. Recent medical studies have shown that cancer stem cells seem to be sensitive to common medications and some dietary supplements. With these therapies, their ability to metastasize may be reduced by as much as ninety percent. As a result, some researchers have suggested that cancer therapy should also include those therapies that target cancer stem cells.

Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs) are a small subpopulation of cells within tumors with capabilities of self-renewal, differentiation, and tumorigenicity. The clinical relevance of CSCs demonstrates that CSCs quickly develop resistant to chemotherapy and radiation treatment. CSCs were first described by John Dick PhD in 1994 and he stated that "To get rid of the cancer, you have to find ways of eliminating the stem cells." CSCs may be susceptible to common antibiotics.

All cells contain a rather unique organelles called mitochondria. It is in the mitochondria that much of the energy used in the cell is made. Both the cell and its mitochondria independently make needed proteins through a protein-based “machine” termed a ribosome. Ribosomes of the cell and the mitochondria are quite different. Indeed, mitochondrial ribosomes are more related to bacterial ribosomes than cellular ribosomes. Some antibiotics kill bacteria by inactivating their ribosomes and there is research indicating that these antibiotics, by the same mechanism, affect the mitochondrial ribosomes of CSCs.

One study published in the medical journal Aging, demonstrated that two antibiotics and vitamin C reduced propagation of CSCs by ninety percent. This was a study done in test tube (in vitro) but the results are compelling. The two antibiotics, doxycycline and azithromycin, bind to CSCs ribosomes at different sites. Vitamin C enhances the effects of the antibiotics. The end result dramatically reduces the metabolic activity of the CSCs reducing their ability to metastasize. An additional benefit of azithromycin is that, by a different mechanism, it may reduce the ability of CSCs to survive.

The clinical trials for antibiotics and CSCs is limited but positive. However, given the low toxicity associated with these antibiotics and the potential gain for cancer patients, antibiotic therapy should be considered in combination with chemotherapy, radiation therapy and even surgery. In the fight against cancer, no stone should be left unturned.

02/09/2021

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Proud to announce that all of the personnel in my office have been vaccinated...thank goodness.

Patrick Massey MD PhD MhD
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[02/02/21]   Novel and Effective Fibromyalgia Therapy
Patrick Massey MD PhD MhD
ALT-MED Medical and Physical Therapy
847-923-0046
Years ago, I began (and still do) to treat some therapy resistant fibromyalgia patients with a medication used primarily for drug withdrawal, naltrexone. Case studies and personal experience suggested that naltrexone, at a low dose, could reduce pain and increase function in fibromyalgia patients. Today, there are a number of studies showing benefit and elucidating possible mechanisms of action.

One medical trial in Biomedicines evaluated the serum levels of inflammatory markers (cytokines) and pain levels in eight women taking low dose naltrexone over a ten-week course. At eight weeks, cytokine levels were reduced, especially those associated with pain. In addition, all of the participants reported significantly less pain and associated fibromyalgia symptoms.

In another study in the medical journal Psychosomatics, in patients with severe fibromyalgia, there was a significant improvement in pain, stress, and fatigue. Interestingly, these participants also were evaluated as to their ability to withstand pain associated with heat, cold and pressure on the skin. After 18 weeks of low dose naltrexone, fibromyalgia pain decreased notably and the ability to handle pain increased up to ten-fold.

At this time there are no large, double blinded placebo studies with low dose naltrexone and fibromyalgia. However, there seems to be tangible benefits and the side effects few and mild.

[11/18/20]   New Vaccines Show Promise Against Covid

by Patrick Massey MD PhD MhD

The pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech have announced that in phase 3 trials that their vaccine is ninety percent protective against the Covid – 19 virus. This is great news because this pandemic is not going to end until enough of the population is immune to the virus. This is different than advocating simple “herd immunity” which would result in many deaths and long term medical illnesses for numerous people. Wide spread use of an effective vaccine creates “herd immunity” without the suffering associated with everyone having to contract the virus.

Much of the fear over vaccines can be divided into two worries: being injected with a live virus and contracting the disease; being injected with a dead virus that contains virus killing compounds like mercury and becoming ill from virus killing compounds. This Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine puts both of these arguments to rest because a virus (alive or dead) nor toxic chemicals are not being used.

Using a new technology (mRNA vaccine), no virus is in the actual vaccine. mRNA is the template for the cell to make proteins. An mRNA strand coding for a virus-specific antigen is used as the vaccine. Once the mRNA strand is inside the body’s cells, the cells use this genetic information to produce this specific antigen on the cell’s surface. This antigen causes the immune system to react creating immunity. Vaccines produced the traditional way using a weakened or killed virus take years to develop. This new technology allows an effective vaccine to be made with months, as we are seeing now.

It is important to realize that the number of pandemics have been increasing over the past 20 years. For a variety of reasons, we will continue to see more pandemics in the years to come. It is impossible right now to swiftly discover enough medicines that will be effective against fresh pandemics. Therefore, vaccines seem to be our best bet especially using mRNA vaccine technology.

[10/13/20]   VITAMIN C AND MALE FERTILITY

Patrick Massey MD PhD MhD

Over 10% of women have a difficult time getting pregnant with male issues (low sperm count) accounting for over fifty percent of the causes of infertility. Obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and chronic stress all contribute to this decline. Medical research has shown that, under these stressful conditions, sperm quality and quantity may be improved by regular consumption of vitamin C.

Medical research has consistently demonstrated that increasing vitamin C levels can improve the quality and quantity of sperm both in humans and animals. A recent review of the medical research on vitamin C and sperm quality and quantity summarized medical research from 2004-2015. Overall the results indicated that vitamin C leads to better sperm quality/quantity, DNA protection and increased pregnancies (about a twenty percent increase).

Most Americans do not eat enough vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables as part of their daily diet so vitamin C insufficiency may be quite common. Taking a daily vitamin C supplement may be prudent not just for infertility but for overall health. Intravenous vitamin C may be more effective for sperm quality and infertility than taking a supplement. There are very few contraindications to taking vitamin C and this simple vitamin could be part of the answer to increasing male infertility.

[05/12/20]   In the era of COVID-19, many patients have asked me if there are herbs and supplements that may help to keep them safe.

The answer is that there are a number of herbs and supplements that, according to the medical literature, seem to have strong anti-viral effects even for viruses in the corona virus family.

To that end I have written a 12 page summary of herbs and supplements that have anti-viral potential, how they work and referenced related medical studies.

This summary is available through my office (847) 923-0046 or I can email a PDF to you. If the office is closed, feel free to email me at [email protected]. There is a small cost ($5) for this but you can make copies and share with family and friends. At this point in time, every little bit helps.

Stay safe - Patrick Massey MD PhD MhD

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Elderberry May Impact Covid-19

Patrick Massey MD PhD MHD
www.ALT-MED.org

Over the past few months our ability to successfully combat COVID-19 with medications has been disappointing. There was some early hope with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. More recent studies strongly suggest no benefit and maybe even increased mortality. Remdesivir, an anti-viral medication, is showing some benefit in early animal studies. Human studies are underway. The drawback to medications is that they are are utilized once an infection has been established. Ideally, we would want to find something that could prevent or be protective against serious infection. Some laboratory research suggests that elderberry may actively prevent the binding of COVID-like viruses to cells thus limiting the potential for infection.

All viruses enter the host cell and recruit various mechanisms in the cell to produce viral genetic material (DNA or RNA), manufacture the membranes that coat the virus and stimulate the mechanism for viral release. There are a number of defense therapies that can moderate the effect of a viral infection. Anti-viral medications usually interfere with the ability of the infected cell to produce viral genetic material. Some natural products prevent the binding of the virus the host cell. Several compounds found in elderberry, especially caffeic acid, limit the binding of the virus to the host cell.

Elderberry (Sambucus) is a flowering plant found in many parts of the world. Elderberry has been used as a treatment for viral infections and there are over 50 medical studies in the traditional medical literature. Most of the studies show benefit especially for influenza. Elderberry fruit and flowers are commonly used in the preparation of supplements and teas. Although processing for consumption is safe, the uncooked berries and other parts of elderberry can be poisonous.

One recent study in the science journal Virus Research demonstrated substantial effect against the coronavirus HCoV-NL63, cousin to COVID 19. This research was done in vitro (in test tubes) and not in animals or humans. Never the less, the results were impressive. This study examined the anti-viral properties of several components found in elderberry. The most active component was a molecule called caffeic acid. This molecule was ten times more effective at preventing virus binding to the host cell than any of the other elderberry molecules examined.

Caffeic acid is found in many plants and seeds. Thyme, spearmint, sage and elderberry have large amounts of caffeic acid. Ceylon cinnamon, sunflower seeds and star anise are also rich in this molecule. Despite the name, caffeic acid is not related to caffeine and coffee does not have very much caffeic acid.

This is not to say that elderberry is a proven therapy against COVID 19. However, as a supplement or manufactured tea it is considered safe. If it does affect COVID 19 binding to host cells in humans, all the more benefit. It is not a substitute for social distancing, hand washing and masks. Stay safe…this too shall end.

There are a number of supplements that may strengthen the immune system, inhibit the binding of the virus to cells and even interfere with viral replication. Some may be contraindicated in some people and others may interfere with specific medications. More information call me at 847-923-0046

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04/24/2020

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BOWELS and FIBROMYALGIA

Patrick Massey MD PhD MhD www.alt-med.org

Is there a relationship between poor bowel function and the symptoms of fibromyalgia? According to one medical study, some chemicals found in everyday foods may exacerbate fibromyalgia symptoms. This suggests that there is a strong link between bowel function and the pain associated with fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a very confusing medical condition. Initially, many in the traditional medical community did not even believe that fibromyalgia was real. There is no test for fibromyalgia and the diagnosis is made by the subjective opinion of the treating physician. Likewise, irritable bowel syndrome has no specific test and is also diagnosed by the subjective opinion of the treating physician. What is interesting is that fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome share several risk factors including stress and being female. In some medical studies found that almost fifty percent of patients with irritable bowel syndrome also are the diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Although it may seem quite surprising that a chronic pain/fatigue syndrome such as fibromyalgia can be affected by bowel function, upon closer examination there seems to be a clear connection. The most recent fibromyalgia theories suggest that pain fibers in these patients are hypersensitive and overreact even to the mildest stimulus. This hyper reactivity is not limited to nerve tissue in the skin. It seems to be systemic throughout the body. Patients with fibromyalgia often complain of other co morbid conditions such as bowel issues, depression, insomnia and decreased memory and cognition. Interestingly, outside of the central nervous system the greatest concentration of nerve tissue in the body is in the bowels. Nerve tissue is vitally important to how the bowel functions and regulates its own health. It is a reasonable hypothesis that patients with addressing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome may reduce some of the stress and symptoms associated with fibromyalgia.

The current study, done at the Oregon Health & Science University, was somewhat unique in its approach. The study was comprised of fifty-seven patients who had the diagnosis of both fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. The hypothesis was that dietary compounds, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartame irritate the bowel, exacerbating fibromyalgia symptoms. Eliminating these compounds from the diet might improve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and at the same time improve fibromyalgia symptoms in some patients. Adding these compounds back to the diet, if the symptoms of fibromyalgia returned would strongly suggest that there is a connection between irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia.

On this diet, thirty-one participants showed significant improvement (greater than thirty percent) in their fibromyalgia symptoms. These participants were then randomized to receive either placebo or MSG for two weeks. The results demonstrated that there was a significant worsening of fibromyalgia symptoms in those patients when they were taking MSG compared to placebo strongly suggesting a link between irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia.

Bowels In my clinical experience, improving bowel function is an integral part of fibromyalgia treatment, personally confirming the results of this important study.

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