Banned Pesticide Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

February 13, 2014

DementiaWomanI was discussing the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease with a colleague today, while at RoxSpa Newport Beach, and came across this article, also posted today, making the association between the pesticide DDT and the production of amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s patients.  Though DDT was banned from use in the US in 1972, other countries continue to use it and consequently the chemical still finds its way into our cells. I’ve taught physicians about the association between DDT and breast cancer in  continuing medical education lectures through the American College for Advancement in Medicine and the American Nutraceutical Association over the years but this is the first reference I’ve seen  making a possible connection to this pesticide’s detrimental effects on the brain.  Read more here.

In health,

Dr. Gina


BPA Found to Affect Critical Hormones in Pregnant Women and Boys

October 4, 2012

A new study raises concern about the effects of BPA on thyroid hormone levels in pregnant women and in young boys.  BPA is found in plastic bottles, the lining of food and beverage cans, dental sealants and even in sales receipts.  Originally BPA was found to cause harmful synthetic estrogen-like effects.  Now we are learning that it impacts one of the most critical hormone groupings in pregnant women and children.  I teach physicians about testing newly pregnant women at a very specific time, for thyroid hormone levels (including TSH, Free T3, Free T4 and TPO Antibodies) because if left untreated, an imbalance in these hormones will lead to recurrent miscarriage, difficulty producing breast milk, and serious developmental challenges in a newborn.

Dr. Gina


Live CME Webinar Series on Thyroid Health

April 19, 2012

Join PharmCon’s pharmaceutical webinar series on “Innovative Strategies for Optimizing Thyroid Function” on April 23rd at 10:30 AM EST with Dr. Gina Cushman, NMD, PhD, founder of HealthBridge Management LLC and HealthBridge Medical Center in Newport Beach, CA.

Dr. Cushman will be discussing the benefits and appropriate use of the various thyroid medications available to healthcare practitioners, and a new approach to the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid-related imbalance.

AMA and ACPE approved for 1.25 live pharmaceutical continuing medical education credits. Cost is free to members (nominal $50 annual fee for unlimited access to live CMEs) and $30 to non-members.

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New Study Questions the Rationale Behind Vaccinations

March 28, 2012

A new groundbreaking study published this month in the journal Immunity contradicts the basis for the use of vaccinations. The current theory is that your body must produce antibodies to a virus in order to fight a viral infection. Hence the need for vaccinations that trigger a portion of your immune system,  the adaptive response, to produce necessary antibodies that will fight the virus if you are exposed.

Now we are learning that the innate immune response, that does not require antibodies to a particular virus to fight, is effective in fighting viral infections. This portion of the immune system uses macrophages and interferons to effectively prevent fatal viral infections.

Just prior to coming across this new research, I had listened to a continuing medical education seminar on Autism treatments where a pharmacist outright stated that we should simply stop conducting any research into the link between Autism and vaccines because there is none.  In light of this new information, that questions the very basis of vaccines, and begins the exploration into other means of preventing fatal viral infections, we should certainly be investigating the effects of vaccinations on our children and newborns, and whether the risks actually outweigh the benefit.

This is the most hope I have seen regarding the vaccine controversy.  We have other options for viral protection, involving stimulation and strengthening of the body’s innate immune response, rather then its adaptive response.  Breastfeeding, homeopathic preparations, and nutritional interventions all play a role in the innate response, that will likely gain more attention in the years to come.  That is good news for those physicians and parents concerned about the damaging effects of vaccines on our children.

In health,

-Dr. Gina


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