Malcolm Sickels MD
210 Little Lake Drive, Suite 10
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Links of Interest
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series of links, grouped by subject. Click on the subject bar to
see the links inside.
There's only one way we can
retain our ability to maintain our health with vitamins and
supplements: fight for it. There some powerful interests that would
like us to only be able to use their chemicals to suppress
symptoms. After all, if people get better, they lose money.
Please educate yourself and your contacts by following these links.
Support the work financially, too: there's huge sums of money
working to restrict our freedoms, so we need to fight back!
Here are some places that are working to help us keep out right to
control our own health:
TheAlliance for Natural
working here in the USA to ensure our continued access to
supplements and alternative treatments. There have been many absurd
attacks on licensed health care providers who dare to use therapies
that (while supported by scientific literature) aren't considered
conventional. I have met the executive director as well as know
people on the board and they are knowledgeable and reasonable. They
are one of the most responsible and honest sources of information
on developments in Washington DC related to health.
Compounded medications and hormones are a key part of our
armamentarium for helping patients with individualized medications.
However, making bioidentical hormones cuts into the profits of big
pharma, so they're always trying to cook up ways to cut down on the
use of compounding pharmacies.SaveMyMedicine.orgis working hard to help us keep our
access to these helpful therapies. Give them a visit and see what
you can do to help.
Codex Alimentariusis a big issue coming up and there's a
lot of debate about what's the best way to keep it from infringing
our rights. Here are some places that are dealing with
it: The National Health
the only health freedom organization that is an actual delegate to
TheAlliance for Natural
working on Codex and the European Food Supplements Directive. The
EU is at risk for losing access to supplements right now and this
organization is trying to fix it. They can use any support you can
give them. Health Freedom USA(a.k.a. Natural Solutions
Foundation) claims to be working to prevent Codex from taking away
not only our right to supplements, but the whole world's. In
particular, one physician,Rima E. Laibow
MD, claims to
have closed her practice to work full time on fighting the
supplement restrictions in Codex and is keeping ablogabout what's going on. It is both
exhilarating and chilling reading. However, while the prose is
exciting and breathless, there is some question about weather they
really understand what is going on.Hereis a page criticizing the ideas put
forward by Health Freedom USA. Further problems crop up in articles
likethisandthisandthis. Unfortunately, since I have little
experience with the issues and little time to physically go
interview the experts, all I have to go with is what gets
published. At least they seem to be making headway in getting other
countries on board, though they do seem to have chosen their name
and URL (awful close to the established and respected American
Association for Health Freedom- now the ANH, above) to confuse
people and muddy the waters.
Here are some of the
professional organizations I am a member of:
The American College for the
Advancement of Medicine: this organization has turned out to
be an amazing resource for effective therapies for my practice. The
first conference I attended was talking about so many things I had
never heard of as old hat, and I was quite skeptical. However,
seeing the high standard of research and my own clinical experience
backed up the therapies, so I joined. This is also one of the
organizations that certifies chelation therapists.
The American Holistic Health
handy for patients, with a variety of resources for finding
therapies and practitioners. I joined because I like the support
they offer and I want to support them.
The American Academy of Family
umbrella organization for family physicians nationwide. However, I
stopped renewing my membership when they started taking money from
Coca-Cola to fund a "nutrition" program. When they stop working for
the interests of patients and their doctors and get bought by
purveyors of sugar syrup, I see no need to support
Find Other Doctors
Here are some of the places
I recommend when someone is looking for a physician closer to them
(or who might take their insurance, though in general many docs
like me don't take insurance). Many of these are through
organizations I am a member of.
Here are some interesting
sites for health information. I come across a zillion things in my
daily research and these are some of the things that might be
interesting to the general public.
See the levels of pollution in your local area atClear The Air. Recent research shows that nearly 70%
of mercury deposition can come from local sources. Update: this
whole section seems to have disappeared, but the PDF of the report
can still be foundhere.
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment came up with
agreat spreadsheetof links between environmental
exposures and human diseases. It also indicates the strength of the
evidence for each connection.
Here's anarticleon the loss of nutrients in produce
over the past 20 years. Andthis oneis about the general loss in nutrients
due to agribusiness' practices.This oneis about the loss of nutrients in meat
and dairy over the past 60 years.
Wondering what you should drink? The U of M has anarticleabout how beverages affect your weight.
Except for endorsing diet drinks (with artificial sweeteners that
can be neurotoxic andcarry the same risk of metabolic
How about a handy guide to help you decide if you should buy a
particular vegetable organic or not based on pesticide residue?
This page has a chart withpesticide
residues on the veggies. Remember, however, that organic
produce has consistently shown higher levels of nutrients, too, so
there's still reasons to get organic stuff that isn't at risk for
Here a couple interesting articles on lead: both say that levels
below the old "safe" cutoff (10 mcg/dL) have pronounced health
implications: higher incidence of stroke, heart attack and other
heart disease. Here's the studyon adults (from WebMD)and onkids (from The Australian)(and the original pages:adultskids)
Wonder why women have more thyroid problems than men?Recent researchfound thatperchloratehas significant effects of the thyroids
of women and this is worse in women who are pregnant or have lower
urinary iodine levels. Unfortunately, the article there says that a
half teaspoon of salt is enough to give adequate iodide, but the
chloride in salt also competes with iodide. (Original research) This is one reason why I often use
iodine/iodide in my patients.
Ever wonder why reporting on medical research appears so
one reason: lack
of statistical significance doesn't mean no benefit, a point the
writers of articles don't appreciate.The
very useful analogy about shooting baskets with Michael Jordan to
illustrate this point.
Looking foranother way to
screen for breast cancer and other cancers?Thermographyuses an infrared camera to detect the
physiological changes that occur with cancer growth as well as
other inflammatory and vascular changes. Thermography may even
detect these changes well before they could be picked up by
conventional screening methods like mammograms. All this without
smashing anything between panes of glass! We would recommend using
this is conjunction with conventional screening methods.