Dr Ann Huycke

About Dr. Ann Huycke

Originally trained at the University of Kansas Medical School, Dr. Huycke's interest in natural health began in Japan while providing care for US Army personnel and their families. Upon returning to the States, Dr. Huycke became a staff physician at the Shealy Institute in Missouri, where she collaborated with physicians, psychologists, physical therapists and massage therapists to create an integrated approach to health care.

An Aspirin a Day…. Keeps the Doctor in Business!

Many of my patients with cardiovascular disease take an aspirin a day recommended by their cardiologist. What is the science behind this practice? The conclusions might surprise you!

The first medical study on aspirin was published in the Lancet by Dr. J. R. O’brian in 1971. Aspirin showed no benefit in preventing heart attacks, strokes from clots and lung clots. In 1974 another researech project was performed on 1,233 coronary patients to determine if aspirin could reduce or prevent 2nd heart attacks. There was a slight improvement deemed to be statistically insignificant.

In 1979 at the University of Oregon, Dr. George Partely tried to keep vein grafts open after coronary bypass surgery with aspirin. Aspirin was of no benefit.

In 1980, the US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute spent $16 million to prove aspirin patients with a first heart attack would have a lower incidence of their second. Aspirin did not prevent the second heart attack, but it did cause abdominal pain, stomach inflammation and intestinal bleeding.

In 1980 and 1987, aspirin with another drug dipyridamole showed a 50% reduction in strokes and a 35% reduction in heart attacks. The research study did not investigate the effects with aspirin alone.

Therefore until 1987, aspirin alone could not prevent or treat cardiovascular diseases.

Here’s where it gets fascinating! The next study was the Physicians Study with one group of physicians tested with aspirin in England and the other in the USA. The British group reported no reduction in heart attacks, but the USA group reported “44% less nonfatal heart attacks”. That 44% was stretched to 50% which is the number reported by most physicians today.

Why didn’t the British physicians have the same reduction in heart attacks as the US physicians? […]

By |March 16th, 2017|From The Pharmacy|

Olive Oil

As much as 75 percent of the olive oil in the U.S. is counterfeit and may contain chemical and artificial colors that mask the color and smell of the cheaper oils it contains. Why is this? How can you purchase real fresh olive oil?

According to a recent Sixty Minutes report, the Mafia has corrupted Italy’s olive oil business. Several sources say the most common type of fraud is mixing Italian extra-virgin with lower quality olive oils from North Africa and around the Mediterranean. In other cases, a bottle labeled “extra-virgin olive oil” may not be olive oil at all, just a seed oil like sunflower made to look and smell like olive oil with a few drops of chlorophyll and beta-carotene. Other imposter ingredients include hazelnut oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, vegetable oil, soybean oil, palm oil and walnut oil.Much olive oil that claims to be “from Italy” is actually brought into Italy and re-exported from there. If you are paying seven or eight dollars for a bottle of Italian extra virgin olive oil, it’s probably not Italian extra-virgin.

In two studies, UC Davis researchers analyzed a total of 186 extra virgin olive oil samples against standards established by the International Olive council, as well as methods used in Germany and Australia. They found that an estimated 69% of store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the US are probably fake. These brands failed their testing: Bertolli, Carapelli, Colavita, Star, Pompeian, Filippo Berio, Mazzola, Mezzetta, Newman’s Own, Safeway and Whole Foods. The real deals are: California Olive Ranch, Cobram Estate, Lucini, Kirkland Organic, Lucero (Ascolano), McEvoy Ranch Organic. (Note: This research is considered controversial by some since UC Davis is in the forefront of […]

By |March 16th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

Myer’s Cocktail

When most of us hear the word “IV”, we think of donating blood to the Red Cross, or of people who’ve been in an accident and need extra blood.
We don’t usually think of an IV as a state-of-the-art treatment that can provide our bodies with much-needed vitamins, hydration, detoxification, or other healing properties. But that is exactly what a nutritive IV can do for you.
This spring, we’re offering current medical patients an IV that can boost your immune system, improve energy and concentration, and  help with seasonal allergies. It’s called a Myer’s Cocktail, but unlike a real cocktail, this one won’t leave you hung over. It’s a combination of Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin B. The Myer’s cocktail was named after Dr. John Myers, a Maryland physician who used nutritive IV’s to treat many chronic conditions.
Why choose an IV over swallowing supplements? Substances in an IV bypass the stomach, so if you have any kind of digestive issues, you’ll receive extra nutrients by avoiding the digestive system. You can also receive more effective doses through an IV than you can take orally. For example, if you swallow more than a few thousand of milligrams of Vitamin C, you’ll typically wind up with a stomachache and diarrhea. A Vitamin C IV can safely deliver 25-75 milligrams of Vitamin C, giving your cells a much higher dose of the immune boosting vitamin with no stomach discomfort.
During March and April, Metta Health Care is offering current medical patients a chance to try a Myer’s cocktail at a discounted price.
Normally $129, each Myer’s cocktail IV during March and April will be only $99. Interested in giving this innovative treatment a try? Please call 208 658-5570 for an appointment, as our IV slots fill up quickly, […]

By |March 16th, 2017|Supplements, Therapy|

Sweet Potato Bars

Ingredients

Crust

¼ cup rolled oats

¼ cup teff or brown rice flour

¼ cup shelled unsalted pistachios

¼ cup pecans

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp grated orange zest

¼ tsp sea salt

2 tbsp Grade B maple syrup

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Filling

1 pound orange-fleshed sweet potatoes such as garnet yams, baked until tender

2 organic eggs, beaten

1/3 cup organic plain yogurt

3 tbsp Grade B maple syrup

½ tsp grated orange zest

½ tsp ground cardamon

½ tsp ground ginger

Freshly grated nutmeg, for dusting

 

Cook’s Notes:  You can bake the sweet potatoes in advance and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

If you are gluten free, you may want to get gluten-free oats since sometimes there is cross contamination in the fields which might not keep the oats entirely gluten-free (an example is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free Rolled Oats).

 

To make the crust, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Lightly oil an 8 inch square baking pan.

Put the oats, teff flour, pistachios, pecans, cinnamon, orange zest and salt in a food processor and pulse until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal.

Add the maple syrup and olive oil and pulse until the ingredients are evenly combined but the mixture is still crumbly looking.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press it evenly and firmly into the bottom of the pan.  No need to clean out he food processor.

Bake for about 15 minutes until set.  Keep the oven on.

 

Meanwhile, make the filling.  Scoop the sweet potato flesh into the bowl and mash it.

Put 1 ½ cups of the mashed sweet potatoes in the food processor (reserve any leftovers for another use).

Add the eggs, yogurt, maple syrup, orange zest, cardamom, and ginger and process until smooth.

To assemble and bake the bars, pour the filling over the crust […]

By |January 4th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

Fetus Heals Mom?

I always thought pregnancy was a parasitic state because the mother feeds and nourishes the fetus until birth occurs, a rather one-way relationship.  There is evidence that the fetus may be reciprocating, especially if mom has a medical illness or weakness.

The research determining the relationship between mom and fetus was inspired when it was noted that  peripartum cardiomyopathy (cardiac failure during pregnancy) has the highest recovery rate of all the cardiac diseases causing cardiac failure.  It was surmised there was something coming from the fetus that was ensuring the mother’s survival and optimal health.

There are several conditions where male cells are noticed in women with diseases such as systemic sclerosis, hepatitis, thyroid disease and cervical cancer. Male cells are not produced in women and can only come from a male fetus or transplanted tissue.

A research project using mice was developed to demonstrate this fetal phenomena.  Specially bred male mice had proteins that were visible with fluoroscopy.  The female mice did not have this protein.  When the fluoroscopically tagged male mice were mated with the female mice, and the female mice were made to have a heart attack on day 12 of their pregnancy, the fluoroscopically labeled proteins were found repairing the cardiac injury. They could only have come from the fetus. (Kara et al, A Mouse Model for Fetal Maternal Stem Cell Transfer During Ischemic Cardiac Injury, Clin Transl Sci 5(4), Aug 12: 321-328)

Perhaps this is the reason the teachers at the recent October Salt Lake City stem cell seminar commented that for each birth, a mother lives 1/3 year longer because of the donated fetal stem cells.

By |January 4th, 2017|Pregnancy|

To Microwave or Not to Microwave, that is the Question.

The Nazis were the first to use microwave-cooking devices to provide mobile food support to their soldiers during their invasion attempt of the Soviet Union in World War II. Although the US was given the task of researching the safety of the microwave oven, Russia was the leading investigator. The Russians banned the microwave oven in 1976 and international safety warnings were issued.  The ban was later lifted in 1987 by Perestroika. (“History of microwave ovens” Green Health Watch)

 

Microwaves vibrate water molecules at very high frequencies which create steam, and consequently heat food.  The water content of the food determines how evenly the food is heated.  Some mothers found that heating their infants’ bottles resulted in uneven heating of the milk resulting in mouth burns.  This is one of many reasons mothers are warned not to use the microwave oven to heat baby bottles.

 

 

Russian investigators found:

Microwaving food caused carcinogens in almost all foods tested.
The microwaving of milk and grains converted some of the amino acids into carcinogenic substances.
Microwaving prepared meats resulted in cancer-causing d-Nitrosodienthanolamines.
Microwave thawing of frozen fruits converted glucoside and galactoside fractions into carcinogenic substances.
Even short exposure of raw, cooked or frozen vegetables converted plant alkaloids into carcinogens.
Carcinogenic free radicals occurred in microwaved plants – especially root vegetables.
Decreased food value was found in 60 to 90 percent of all foods tested, with degradation of  B, C and E vitamins, and minerals. (Powerwatch, Home/Microwave)

 

 

More research:

The November 2003 issue of The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that microwaved broccoli lost up to 97 percent of its beneficial antioxidants. By comparison, steamed broccoli lost 11 percent or fewer of its antioxidants. There were also […]

By |January 4th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

Preventing Cognitive Decline

University of California Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen, is a neurologist and the founding president of the independent Buck Institute for Research on Aging. He has developed a 36 point plan to help people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Bredesen is passionate about helping people with early Alzheimer’s disease. He helped a 66 year old man who had been having problems missing appointments, misplacing keys and had difficulty performing at work. His brain scan showed amyloid plaque which is characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. His memory center (the hippocampus) had a volume of just 17 percent for men his age. Dr. Bredesen recommended his plan including a low-carb/high-fat diet, intermittent fasting, supplements, a sleep schedule and other lifestyle changes. Within 3 months, his hippocampus had grown 12 percent. His family noticed improved cognitive function.

“Such improvements are unprecedented,” says Bredesen, who described this and nine other hopeful cases in a provocative paper published in June in the Journal of Aging. “These are the first examples of a reversal of cognitive decline in early Alzheimer’s patients.”

Dr. Bredesen evaluates nutritional and hormonal deficiencies, infections, toxins and drugs as likely culprits leading to this type of cognitive decline. His program then attacks them simultaneously. This is a novel approach to mainstream medicine’s standard of care – the one-pill approach. There were 244 clinical trials of Alzheimer’s drugs between 2002 and 2012; all but one failed. His paper describes only 10 cases which is not enough to be considered a clinical trial but we may want to make use of his information.

Dr. Bredesen’s theory is that Alzheimer’s disease has 3 main causes: inflammation or infection, environmental toxins and/or hormonal deficiencies. There is a strong correlation between elevated blood sugar levels and Alzheimer’s disease […]

By |November 28th, 2016|Supplements, Therapy, Vitamins|

Kobe Beef and WAGYU

Popping up all over America are signs for Kobe beef. Where does the beef come from? What makes it so special? What is Wagyu? How has production met demand?

Kobe beef is the world’s most famous red meat, but it is misunderstood, extremely rare, and cloaked in mystery. According to bonappetit.com’s July 12, 2016 article “Kobe Beef in the U.S. Is Basically a Huge Sham”.

Many restaurants and meat stores outside of Japan, including the United States, market steak that is incorrectly labeled as Kobe Beef (justonecookbook.com). Legal recognition of the Kobe Beef trademark is lacking. For clarification, Wagyu simply means Japanese cow. True Kobe Beef or Wagyu Beef is 100% full blooded Wagyu.

The bonappetit.com article explains that Kobe is an actual place, and its beef is one regional style of Japanese Wagyu. Stories of cattle reared on classical music, beer and massages are largely myths.

Genetics set pure Wagyu apart from all other beef with vastly superior marbling and fat quality. The fat is evenly dispersed and does not appear in bands or clumps, but as either tiny pinhead dots or a spider web of ultra-thin veins throughout the entire muscle. While most raw steaks are red and white, Wagyu is uniformly pink, a highly integrated blend of meat and fat. It’s also unusually high in healthier unsaturated fatty acids—especially oleic acid, which is responsible for flavor. These monounsaturated fats have a lower melting point, below human body temperature, so they literally melt in your mouth. Instantly recognizable, Japanese Wagyu looks and tastes markedly different from almost all other beef.

Today, enough Kobe beef reaches the U.S. To satisfy the average beef consumption of just 77 Americans. It’s so scarce that Kobe’s marketing board licenses individual

restaurants, and […]

By |November 28th, 2016|Healthy Eating|

Thermography Questions and Answers

1. When should a woman start thermography screening is she doesn’t have a breast lump or pain?

A woman may want to get her first thermographic screening at 25 years old. Thermography detects cancer up to 8 years before mammograms. Women are certainly at risk for breast cancer by 33 years of age. The incidence of breast cancer at age 30 is 1 in 227, by 40, it is one in 68. https://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/risk-fact-sheet

2. What is the risk of cancer in a woman who doesn’t have breast pain or a lump for having cancer with a TH1 or TH2?

Thermograms are graded from TH1 to TH5. TH1 and TH2 are very good evidence that a woman will not develop cancer in the next year. Of all the tests for breast screening, this is the most accurate at reassuring a woman she does not have breast cancer. A TH4 or TH5 is of concern that a woman may have breast cancer developing. Additional studies such as a mammogram might be recommended. The TH3 is the “fence sitter” and could go either way. The only way to know what will happen is to get another study and compare it to the previous thermogram to see if it develops into something more serious.

Quick reminder:

If you haven’t scheduled your thermogram this fall, the special continues until Halloween (October 31) at midnight. All of our October appointments are full, but the special will be honored if you pay by Halloween.

By |October 9th, 2016|Cancer, For Women|

What Can Natural Medicine Do For You?

An Evening With Dr. Ann Huycke, MD

Dr. Huycke is Board Certified in Family Practice and Holistic Medicine.  This seminar will touch on issues related to: pain, chronic infections, autoimmune diseases, ADD/ADHD, depression/anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, hormone dysfunction, stroke, traumatic brain injury, breast cancer detection, and female incontinence.

There will be a question and answer session after the lecture.

Event Date: October 20th, 2016
Event Time: 6:30-8:30

Location: Jolts and Juice Upper Deck, 298 S. Oregon St. Ontario, OR

For information please call 541 889 8714

By |October 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|
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