The Douglass Report August 2010

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The modern medical breakthrough that can...
Reverse osteoporosis in 20 minutes or less

I know it sounds too good to be true, but stick with me because I have some very good news to report...

There’s one kind of osteoporosis that is completely curable. If you suffer from this form, not only can you stop the progression of the disease... you can reverse years of osteoporosis damage——without taking a single drug.

All it takes is a 20-minute procedure that’s extremely safe and that’s 99 percent effective. And best of all: You can find out if you fall into this category with a simple blood test.

Moans, groans, stones, and bones...
The many faces of hyperparathyroidism

Osteoporosis can be one of the main symptoms of a disease called hyperparathyroidism. If you’re saying, “Hyper-what?” right about now, you’re not alone. Hyper-para-thyroid-ism is just a fancy way of saying you have an overactive parathyroid gland.

Of course, most people have never heard of this tiny, rice-sized gland (there are four of them, actually) that’s located in your neck. But you probably are familiar with the symptoms that can arise when one of your parathyroids is malfunctioning.

This disease has come to be described as “moans, groans, stones, and bones... with psychic overtones.” One glance at this list of symptoms, and you’ll see why. If you’re suffering from hyperparathyroidism, chances are you have four to six of the following symptoms:

  • Loss of energy
  • Loss of interest
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression
  • Changes in personality
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bone pain
  • GERD
  • Thinning hair
  • Kidney stones
  • High blood pressure
  • Recurrent headaches
  • Heart palpitations

If you’re wondering how one disease could cause so many different symptoms, I don’t blame you. But in order to answer that question, I’ll need to tell you a little bit more about how the parathyroid works.

The parathyroid glands might be tiny, but don’t let their size fool you. They have the very important task of regulating the calcium levels in your blood. If your calcium dips, the parathyroid glands spring into action and release parathyroid hormone (PTH). The hormone then withdraws some calcium from your bones and deposits it in your blood.

When your blood levels of calcium are high enough, the parathyroid shuts off. This constant on/off mechanism should keep your blood calcium levels between 8.8 and 10.2. But when your parathyroid gland goes haywire, the on/off switch is left in the “on” position, which means that calcium is being dragged from your bones 24/7. That explains why...

People with this disease have a 100-percent chance of developing osteoporosis

But believe it or not, when one of your parathyroids is stuck in the “on” position, developing osteoporosis is the least of your problems. Because the simple fact is, calcium’s number one responsibility isn’t building strong bones. Your bones are simply a storehouse for your body’s calcium. How much calcium you have in your blood is much more critical to your overall health.

Calcium’s #1 responsibility is to provide the electrical energy for your nervous and muscular systems. Calcium is what allows the electrical currents to flow along your nerves, which is how your nerves “talk” to one another. Put simply, it’s how your brain works.

Too much calcium, however, can cause any number of things to go wrong in your body. That explains the symptoms that arise when your parathyroid is going haywire: depression, weakness, tiredness, muscle cramps, personality changes, etc.

5 common diseases you can kiss goodbye

If you take a closer look at the list of symptoms associated with hyperparathyroidism, you’ll see just how many items doctors treat as diseases in and of themselves... osteoporosis, depression, high blood pressure, kidney stones, cardiac symptoms...

But if we take a closer look at a few of them, you’ll see that in most cases, the symptoms disappear when the bad parathyroid is removed.

1. Bone pain. When you understand that the parathyroid hormone is constantly removing calcium from your bones, it makes more sense that patients with hyperparathyroidism would experience bone pain. After all, your bones are literally having the life sucked right out of them. And as I said before, every single person who suffers from hyperparathyroidism will eventually develop severe osteoporosis if the problem goes untreated.

2. Depression. Depression symptoms such as lack of energy, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, and sadness could be another sign of excess calcium in your blood. But true to form, most doctors will treat the symptoms (i.e., write you a prescription for an antidepressant) instead of getting to the root of the problem. That’s especially obvious when you know that 50 percent of everyone with hyperparathyroidism is on antidepressants.

The good news is that if an overactive parathyroid is the underlying cause of your depression, your symptoms will disappear——and you can stop taking the antidepressant——after the bad parathyroid is removed.

3. High blood pressure. This is yet another example showing that high blood pressure is a symptom of a larger problem——and not a disease itself. More than 75 percent of hyperparathyroid patients will have this symptom. Many patients have found that in as little as two weeks, they can often reduce their blood pressure medication——and within three months, 25 percent of patients are completely off their meds!

4. Kidney stones. Kidney stones can often be a symptom of hyperparathyroidism, which shouldn’t be surprising. After all, the kidneys’ main job is to filter blood. When there’s constantly too much calcium flowing through it, the calcium will build up, leading to the formation of the painful stones. In severe cases, it can cause the entire organ to become calcified, leading to kidney failure.

If you have undiagnosed hyperparathyroidism, you will continue to get kidney stones until you get the problem taken care of.

5. Cardiac symptoms. The main heart problems caused by hyperparathyroidism are arrhythmias such as racing heart and heart palpitations. Again, since most doctors are clueless when it comes to the parathyroid, they’ll often run tests, shrug their shoulders, and then put you on a beta blocker. (Are you seeing a pattern here?)

But just like the high blood pressure drugs and antidepressants, most people who have their bad parathyroid removed can come off these drugs, and no longer experience the symptoms.

The 20-minute procedure that could change your life

If your blood calcium is high, it’s because at least one of your parathyroids has developed a tumor called an adenoma. More than 90 percent of the time, only one gland goes bad, and less than one percent of these growths are cancerous. But its presence in your body is still devastating, and it must be removed.

No one knows for sure what causes a growth on your parathyroid gland, but this is what I can tell you: Once you have the faulty parathyroid removed, your symptoms will vanish almost instantly.

I don’t advocate the surgical slice and dice mentality, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t suggest surgery——or even have it myself——if it was absolutely necessary.

Hyperparathyroidism falls into the “absolutely necessary” category. The simple fact is, you’ll never get better until the bad parathyroid is removed from your body.

But be careful, because not all parathyroid surgeries are the same. The first parathyroid surgery was performed back in 1925 (just one year before I was born...). It was as good of a procedure as you could expect back then. Of course, “modern medicine” barely even resembles its forefathers, so the question I have is:

Why are so many surgeons still performing an outdated surgery?

First you’re given enough anesthesia to knock you out for hours and to require a breathing tube to keep you alive during the surgery. Then they slit your throat from side to side with an incision that’s usually between six and eight inches long. The surgeon then has to maneuver around your thyroid, past your voicebox, and through numerous other nerves to try to find the faulty parathyroid.

Keep in mind, though, that you have four of these glands tucked away in the back of your neck. It can be quite an ordeal just to get to the right one——and in plenty of cases, surgeons have taken out the wrong parathyroid. The surgery takes between two and six hours to complete (a pretty big window, don’t you think?) and can keep you in the hospital anywhere from one to three nights.

Why would you opt for this slice-and-dice exploratory surgery that’s even older than I am, when there’s a newer, safer, easier, and less expensive method available?

For most people, the answer is because they don’t know any better. Because hyperparathyroidism is relatively rare, most surgeons don’t even know about a newer method. Shame on them.

If your doctor falls into this category... get another doctor

Study after study has shown that the success of this operation is directly related to the experience of the surgeon performing it. And the most successful parathyroid surgery is the minimally invasive radioguided parathyroid surgery, the MIRP. Back in the early 1990s, Dr. James Norman developed this technique, and since then there’s no denying its success.

Here are the main benefits of the MIRP:

  • It has the highest cure rate.
  • It has the lowest complication rate.
  • It uses the smallest incision.
  • It uses only light anesthesia.
  • It costs less.
  • It has a faster recovery time.

The surgeon uses a radioactive dye to determine where the tumor is before he starts cutting on you. Because he already knows where it is, he doesn’t have to go poking around your neck to find it——which means, not only is there less chance of complications, the incision can be smaller, too. Instead of a six-inch gash across your neck, the incision is often one inch or less.

Since the radioactivity of the bad parathyroid lasts for three to four hours, the surgeon can use a special probe to find it, making it a cinch to locate it and remove it.

It’s a simple procedure that could change your life.

Because the one parathyroid has been hogging the spotlight for so long, the other three become dormant. (After all, there’s too much PTH as it is.) It may take a few weeks for your other three parathyroids to begin functioning again, so in the meantime, you’ll need to take calcium supplements in order to ensure that you have enough in your blood.

If your levels begin to decrease, you’ll experience symptoms such as confusion, tingling, and muscle cramping. But if you get these symptoms, keep in mind that they’re indications of a successful surgery since the overactive parathyroid is no longer dumping loads of calcium into your system.

Here’s what to do:

First thing’s first: If you have any of the symptoms I just mentioned, you’ll need to go to the doctor to get your calcium and your PTH tested. Ninety-five percent of the time, these will be the only tests you need to determine if you’re suffering from  hyperparathyroidism or not.

But don’t be fooled. The level of calcium in your blood has no relation to the amount of symptoms you’re experiencing. If your calcium level is elevated——even just a little——it’s a serious problem. And if your doctor suggests waiting to see if your calcium levels increase further, find a new doctor. Clearly, this one doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

If your levels are high, talk to your doctor about having the bad parathyroid removed. Remember, this problem will not go away on its own, and no amount of meds——or even nutrients, for that matter——will fix it.

The only way to deal with it is to take the sucker out.

But the good news is that the MIRP procedure is quicker, less invasive, safer, and less expensive than other parathyroid surgeries.

If you have hyperparathyroidism, I guarantee you getting this procedure is 20 minutes that will change your life forever.