Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cancer Resources and Backpacks Causing Back Pain

Cancer Resources

I am often asked if there are any natural ways to help fight cancer.  While our medical practice at the Hotze Health and Wellness Center does not include treating cancer, I do have the privilege of hearing from many of you about what has helped.    

In the spirit of networking and passing on what others have found to be useful, I wanted to collect and share these resources. This list is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a personal endorsement or a professional medical referral to these individuals 

A very useful book  which includes  interviews with many leaders in this area: Ralph Moss, Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, Dr. James Forsythe, Dr. Julie Taguchi, Dr. Russell Blaylock, Burton Goldberg, David Schmidt, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, Dr. Michael Galitzer, Cristina Paul and Bill Faloon. 

I have had the pleasure of interviewing Suzanne Somers, Dr. Burznski, Dr. Gonzalez on our radio broadcasts (The Hotze Health & Wellness Centers’ Health & Wellness Solutions  which can be heard Monday – Friday 12-1 pm Central time.  I have met Ralph Moss spoken with him at a medical conference.

Dean Ornish
Dean Ornish pioneered using diet to prevent and reverse disease.

Ralph Moss
He puts together conventional and alternative care and provides cancer specific information as well as one-on-one consults with him.

Dr. Daniel Rubin, N.D.
Dr. Rubin is a naturopathic physician in Arizona who works with those with cancer to help optimize the immune system.         

Naturopathic Specialists, LLC
7331 E Osborn Dr Ste 330
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
Phone: (480) 788-3982
fax: (480) 990-1110

Stanislaw R. Burzynski, MD, PhD

Developed “antineoplastins” Fought and won against the FDA. 

Burzynski Clinic
9432 Katy Freeway, Suite 200
Houston, Texas 77055
Phone: 713.335.5697
Toll-Free: 800-714-7181

Cancer Clinic: ITL Cancer Clinic

Focus is on enhancing the immune systems’ ability to fight cancer

East Atlantic Drive
Grand Bahama
Postal Address: P.O. Box F-4268 Freeport Grand Bahama  Bahamas
          Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez

Innovative use of diet, enzymes and coffee enemas

Nicholas J. Gonzalez, MD PC
Linda L. Isaacs, MD
36A East 36th Street
Suite 204
New York, N.Y. 10016
Phone: 212-213-3337
Fax: 212-213-3414

Have more names to add to this list?  Please email me at and I will update this list.

Backpacks can be a pain in the back
It is back to school time and many students will be toting backpacks.  Is there any concern with using a backpack?  An article in the journal Spine 2010;35(1):83-88  suggests there is.  Researchers concluded: 
“Backpack loads are responsible for a significant amount of back pain in children, which in part, may be due to changes in lumbar disc height or curvature.”
Thirty-seven percent of children aged 11 to 14 years report back pain, the majority of whom attribute their pain to wearing a school backpack. 
In the first study of its kind, researchers looked at MRI studies done before and after students put a backpack on.  The spine response to typical school backpack loads in healthy children included  both disc space narrowing and significant spinal curvatures:

Options to Backpacks

More trips with less: Making more trips to a locker will mean more walking but may save the back.  Discuss this issue with your students and encourage them to use a backpack only when needed and then with a minimal load.   

Rolling or Wheeled Backpacks:  A rolling or wheeled backpacks are easy to find, examples include these found at Target and Wal-Mart.

Expandable book carts : Another alternative to the traditional backpack is to use an expandable book cart on wheels such as the Staples® Expanding Folding Crate on WheelsThese are popular among homeschooled and classically educations students who frequently need to transport a lot of material from one site to another.