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April 2011
Gail Eberharter MD
Functional and Integrative
Medicine of Idaho, PA
Dear friends and patients,
In This Issue
Allergen-Free Support Group
Spring is officially starting to make its way into our lives and many of us Allergen-Free Cooking Class
are already gearing up for the season change. With the excitement
growing for gardening, we wanted to offer an allergen-free cooking
class in April. If you didn't receive our announcement early in March,
we've included details in this newsletter.
Also with Spring in mind, we offered two information sessions in March
on detoxification. If you were unable to attend and would like to
Does Dairy and Sugar Cause Acne?
Protection from Radiation
Quick Links
Our website
The Institute of Functional Medicine
consider going through a detox program, please call the office for a
personal appointment.
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Allergen-Free Support Group
The clinic holds a monthly Allergen-Free Support group to provide support and education to individuals
and families with food allergies and food intolerances. If you are recently diagnosed and looking for ideas,
information and support, please feel free to join us. The next meeting is
Wednesday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the clinic. Cost is $5 per person.
Allergen-Free Cooking Class
Come join us for some fun at our spring cooking class. This class is an allergen-free cooking class
focused on simple spring green recipes. Dr. Gail Eberharter and Carmen Oldenburg will lead a class on
making some simple snacks and entrees using various greens from the garden. Class cost is $60 .
Event Details
Saturday, April 16, 2011, from 12:00-2:00 p.m.
At: Wright Congregational Church
4821 Franklin, east of Orchard Street (downstairs in the basement kitchen)
To Register
Please send a check made out to:
Dr. Gail Eberharter
2717 W. Bannock, Ste. 101
Boise Idaho 83702
Class size is limited to the first 16 people who register. All others will be put on a wait list and will be
contacted on your registration status. Call Carmen Oldenburg with any questions at 208-830-5051.
Sorry, we are not able to accept credit card payment.
Do Milk and Sugar Cause Acne?
Many of you may have heard about the link of dairy and sugar with acne. Recently, Dr. Mark Hyman, a
well known Functional Medicine doctor, published an article about the connection of dairy and sugar with
acne. The article contains the research findings and some great suggestions on how to treat and prevent
acne. We'eve included an excerpt from the article. For a full review of the article and other information
by Dr. Hyman, please reference
By: Dr. Mark Hyman
As our sugar and dairy consumption has increased over the last 100 years so has the number of people
with acne. We now have over 17 million acne sufferers, costing our health care system $1 billion a year.
Eighty to ninety percent of teenagers suffer acne to varying degrees. The pimply millions rely on
infomercial products hawked by celebrities or over-the-counter lotions, cleansers, and topical remedies.
Recent research suggests that it's not what we slather on our skin that matters most but what we put in our
Many have suggested a diet-acne link, but until recently it has not been proven in large clinical studies.
Instead dermatologists prescribe long-term antibiotics and Accutane, both of which may cause long-term
harmful effects. In 2009, a systematic review of 21 observational studies and six clinical trials found clear
links. Two large controlled trials found that cow's milk increased both the number of people who got acne
and its severity. Other large randomized prospective controlled trials (the gold standard of medical
research) found that people who had higher sugar intake and a high glycemic load diet (more bread, rice,
cereal, pasta, sugar, and flour products of all kinds) had significantly more acne. The good news is that
chocolate (dark chocolate that is) didn't seem to cause acne.
The dietary pimple producing culprits-diary and sugar (in all its blood sugar raising forms)-both cause
spikes in certain pimple producing hormones. Dairy boosts male sex hormones (various forms of
testosterone or androgens) and increases insulin levels just as foods that quickly raise blood sugar (sugar
and starchy carbs) spike insulin.
Androgens and insulin both stimulate your skin to make those nasty, embarrassing pimples. One patient
recently told me he would give a million dollars for a pill to cure acne. He doesn't need to. It seems that for
many the cure to acne is at the end of their fork, not in a prescription pad.
While pimples are not as simple as too much milk or sugar in your diet, both have a significant impact.
Nutritional deficiencies as well as excesses can worsen acne. Correcting common deficiencies including
low levels of healthy omega-3 anti-inflammatory fats, low levels of antioxidants such as vitamin E, zinc, and
vitamin A, and including an important anti-inflammatory omega-6 fat called evening primrose oil all may be
helpful in preventing and treating unwanted pimples. I will explain how you can correct and incorporate all
of these nutritional elements of your diet and outlines some supplements that will help you fight acne in a
To read the full story go to
Preventing Radiation Damage
By Sara Rodgers, NMD
In light of fears from Japan's recent nuclear emissions, here are some steps you can take to minimize
radiation damage. Keep in mind, the radiation risks, according to recent statement by the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission, are low.
To protect your thyroid, potassium iodide is recommended. The CDC has a very good explanation,
dosing suggestions, and cautions at: One dose should
provide protection for one day. The reason this works is that potassium iodide provides enough iodine
for your thyroid so that the thyroid will be inhibited from taking up any radioactive iodine.
It is apparent that the plants and nutrients regularly suggested for antioxidant support are the same ones
found to have radioprotective properties. Because most studies are animal based, dosing is unavailable.
A good idea is to enrich your diet with antioxidant foods on a regular basis.
About miso soup. Naomi Brownsen LAc recently related a story about doctors treating patients after
Hiroshima nuclear bomb explosion. The doctors who ate miso soup daily had lower cancer rates than
those who didn't. A study suggests protective effects from miso (Hiroshima J Med Sci. 2001
Dec;50(4):83-6). Eating miso soup daily sounds like a good idea.
Miso Soup recipe.
Miso soup is relatively easy to prepare. To prepare, you can add kelp ( a source of iodine),
and tofu, a vegetarian protein). Miso can be obtained from the refrigerated section of the
grocery store. For 4 servings:
· 4 cups water
· 3 tablespoons miso paste (available in yellow, white or red), the longer
fermented, the better.
· 1 package silken tofu, diced
· 1 scallion or green onion, sliced to ½ inch pieces
· Kelp (dried seaweed), crumbled or chopped. Alternatively, use 2.5 tsp dashi, a
combination of kelp and dried fish (bonito).
Heat 4 cups water to boiling, if using dashi, add now. Turn down heat to medium and stir
in miso paste until dissolved. Place tofu and onion in soup. Gently heat for 2-3 minutes
prior to eating.
Below is a list of radioprotective plants and nutrients I found when doing a rapid PubMed search for this
Ganoderma lucidum Reishi mushrooms.
Cordycepts sinensis (Radiat Res. 2006 Dec;166(6):900-7.)
Mentha piperita (Peppermint). Try this as peppermint tea.
· J Radiat Res (Tokyo). 2007 Nov;48(6):523-8. Epub 2007 Oct 13
· Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol. 2009 Apr;104(4):329-34)
Panex Gingseng (Biol Pharm Bull. 2003 Mar;26(3):308-12.)
Berberines such as found in Oregon Grape and goldenseal.
· Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2010 Aug 1;77(5):1536-44)
Green Tea - Don't forget, the longer one steeps the green tea leaves, the more the anti-cancer
properties emerge. You can re-steep the leaves numerous times throughout the day for beneficial effects.
Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 2010 May;35(10):1328-31.
Beta carotene - One interesting study was done on children following the Chernobyl incident.
Supplementing 40 mg of natural beta carotene provided in a green algae (Dunaliella bardawil) reduced
oxidation markers in the blood (Hiroshima J Med Sci. 2001 Dec;50(4):83-6.) The concept here is that
you can find beta carotenes in colorful fruits and vegetables. Suggested daily amount is 2.5-5 or more
cups daily.
Tumeric - Tumeric is one ingredient in curry powder. Eating curry will supply you with tumeric and its
active ingredient, curcumin. You can also find tumeric as a over the counter supplement.
J Surg Res. 2004 Jul;120(1):127-38.
· Acta Biol Hung. 2005;56(3-4):333-43
Other known antioxidants. You may already have these nutrients in your multivitamin.
Vitamin E - 400-800 IU daily
Selenium - 200 mcg daily
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