Blood Pressure Medication and Breast Cancer

August 1, 2014

doctor and patient measuring blood pressureA new patient recently came in to our office with a diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer. She is postmenopausal and has been on a calcium channel blocker medication for high blood pressure for upwards of ten years.  Sadly, the doctor who prescribed the medication never informed her of the association between long term use of calcium channel blockers (like diltiazem…brand names Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac) and breast cancer in post menopausal women. Even after her diagnosis of breast cancer, neither her primary care doctor who prescribed the medication nor her oncologist mentioned the possibility or discussed an alternative medication for her.

I would say this medication might be at least one contributing factor to the underlying cause.

Step one..remove the barriers to cure.

Click here for more detail on this association between calcium channel blockers and breast cancer.

In naturopathic medicine we aim to investigate the underlying cause of diseases or symptoms, and  spend upwards of an hour with each patient to catch elements that cannot be found in a 5 minute visit.  I am seeing that patients are becoming increasingly frustrated with the traditional medical model where you have very little time with the doctor and consequently poor long term results.

In health,

Dr. Gina


Dr. Gina’s Introduction to BHRT Program a Success!

July 22, 2014

staff_of_caduceusDr. Gina just delivered her new Introduction to Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy presentation this morning and the feedback has been great! There were over 450 physicians, nurses and pharmacists that attended the doctor’s lecture this morning. Here are just a few comments from the doctors in attendance, as compiled by the continuing medical education (CME) provider:

Dr Cushman, Thank you for an excellent and well organized presentation. You helped “fill the gaps” in my knowledge of this area. I especially like your ending “Blind Man and Elephant” story as this is what I use to explain to patients and clients why an integrative medical approach is so important.
What an excellent topic!!! i have been very curious about this topic and am delighted to be more informed-excellent presentation!!

This was a wonderful CE. I wish it was longer! I’ll check out the additional resources provided.

Great topic! Enjoyed presentation!

Great presentation, eye-opening!

Very Good

Thank you so much for a wonderful presentation.

Amazing speaker. So knowledgeable.

Outstanding

Excellent program, I really learned a lot!

Excellent presentation!!

Very informative.

Great program

Absolutely the best CE I’ve heard from FreeCE yet!!!

Great job! excellent presentation! Presenter well versed in subject presented and answered all questions effectively

Love to hear Dr. Cushman speak. How about one presentation per week?

Her next presentation on this topic is on Wednesday August 27th at 6PM Pacific. Visit here to learn more.

The word is getting out about this emerging treatment modality.  It is an exciting time for those patients and doctors who are engaged in an integrative, more holistic approach to medicine and healthcare!

HealthBridge Medical Center and DrGina.com


Leadership Training Institute

July 21, 2014

Please consider donating to this cause! Click here to learn more and read below.

In health,

Dr. Gina

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The Angel Light Academy Leadership Training Institute is a phenomenal organization that teaches problem solving, communication and leadership skills to under served youth.  There is nothing like this organization out there, which is why I have been an active volunteer for the past 8 years and support the organization’s efforts to create quality leaders in our world.

Please consider sponsoring at least one child for the year.  We provide training every six weeks and hold a two day long annual conference each year in Indio, CA in March.  Our organization is 100% volunteer run by teachers, physicians, lawyers, judges, army generals, etc., and EVERY dollar goes DIRECTLY to the children.

$1000 sponsors one child for the entire year of programing. Some of the kids have been participating since they were 3 and are now college graduates.  This organization STICKS WITH the children all the way through, until they reach their desired professional and personal goals.

Please consider sponsoring five or more children this year if you are able.  They truly are our future, and this organization is committed to creating the future leaders.

Angel Light Academy has been in operation for nearly 20 years and we currently do not have a benefactor so your donations mean so much to me and to the organization and most importantly to the children.

Love,
Dr. Gina


An Introduction to Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

July 18, 2014

PharmCon.jpg.w300h62Dr. Gina just gave another PharmCon continuing medical education presentation this morning at 7:30 AM on Progesterone: A Powerful Hormone for Women and Men.  The response was overwhelming. There were nearly 600 attendees (!) at her presentation. Here are a few comments from the doctors in attendance:

“Excellent”

“Great program. This is an area that most of us do not get much exposure to. Really Enjoyed it.”

“LOVED this presentation and topic!”

“Please have more! Very informative and interesting presentation.”

“Excellent, we need more of this type. excellent overview of advantages of various dosage forms of progesterone,deficiency symptoms, differences from estrogen and xenoestrogen, additional source material and most importantly differences between bioidentical and synthetic progesterone and estrogen.”

“Excellent presenter and great presentation.”

“Thank you very much. GOD bless you. Excellent and informative presentation.”

“Dr.Cushman is [an] excellent presenter.”

If you are a licensed healthcare professional or a patient who wants your doctor to learn more about this emerging field of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy…don’t miss her next lecture!

Topic: An Introduction to Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

When: July 22nd at 7:30 AM PDT

Receive 1 hour of LIVE continuing medical education credit.

Where: FreeCe.com

Hope to see you there!

HealthBridge Medical Center and DrGina.com


New Recommendations for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women, and Children

June 12, 2014

pregnant_womanFederal officials on Tuesday announced major changes in advice to pregnant and breastfeeding women by recommending consumption of at least 8 ounces of low-mercury fish per week.

It is the first time that the Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration have issued recommendations on the minimum amount of fish that pregnant women and children should eat. The previous advisory, issued in 2004, included only maximum amounts to protect their fetuses and young children from mercury, which can harm developing brains and reduce IQs. Click here to read more.

That is a good step in the right direction.  Now we need to be made aware of the levels of radioactive chemicals showing up in the fish as that is equally if not more concerning to human health.

Dr. Gina


Live FreeCe.com Webinar Series on Bioidentical Progesterone

June 2, 2014

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“The best speaker you ever had!”

“EXCELLENT”

“More presentations by Dr.Gina!”

Back by popular demand…

Get LIVE pharmacy CE credit with PharmCon’s pharmaceutical webinar series on “Progesterone: A Powerful Hormone for Women and Men” June 5th at 6 PM PDT presented by Dr. Gina Nick Cushman, NMD, PhD, founder of HealthBridge Medical Center in Newport Beach, CA.

Sponsored by University Compounding Pharmacy, BHRT Symposium (visit bhrtsymposium.com and enter “FREECME” for $200 off the next BHRT conference), and Labrix Clinical Services (www.labrix.com).

Dr. Gina will be discussing the controversy around bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and its growing demand, and how to determine if bioidentical progesterone therapy is warranted and how to prescribe it safely.

AMA and ACPE approved for 1 live pharmaceutical continuing medical education credit. Cost is free to members (nominal $79 annual fee for unlimited access to live CEs) and $30 to non-members.

Register Now freece.com


The Value of Having a Purpose

May 17, 2014

GirlswithPlanetI recently was a panelist at the American Association of University Women  to discuss holistic approaches to women’s health, where I found myself talking a lot about purpose in life.  What is the point of investing in your health, being proactive, and preventing health challenges down the road?  The point is so that you can feel strong enough to fulfill your purpose(s) in life.

So, it was timely to see this new research study (NOT that we need to spend millions on research studies to prove what we all know intuitively) on the value of having a purpose in life. Click here to read more about the study that included 7,000 Americans, as published by the BBC News.

For some, one’s purpose in life is to go above and beyond the call of duty to improve our local community and the quality of life for children and their families.  The Above and Beyond Awards gala does an excellent job of honoring those people, in the trenches, who are doing just that.  The local Above and Beyond Awards gala is being held this June 21st, 2014 at the Wyndham Avenue of the Arts Hotel.  Click here to register and please contact me at 949-715-9321 if you are interested or know someone who is interested in participating as a sponsor at the event.  The list of honorees is impressive and learning about their tireless contributions  is humbling and inspiring!

In health,

Dr. Gina


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