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.

Affordable Health Insurance Options for Obamacare – Revisited for 2017

The current health care options can be overwhelming. This article is an attempt to make the choices a bit clearer. If you own your own business or work for an employer that does not provide health insurance coverage, you now must buy insurance or pay the penalty for not having insurance on your tax return. This applies to every working person in the USA.

So what are your options?
Qualifies for ObamaCare exemption:
1. Sign up at your state’s health care exchange online or at the federal government site healthcare.org.

Fill out an application and your federal tax savings will be calculated (if any). Then choose one of the plans that are offered in your state. Your federal tax savings will show as an automatic deduction on the plans available. Some states only offer 1 option, others offer many options. This is the easiest avenue to take.

2. Health care sharing ministry

These are voluntary, charitable membership organizations that share medical expenses among the membership.  Members of recognized health care sharing ministries are exempt from the requirement to have health insurance.

Samaritan Ministries –. http://samaritanministries.org

Christian Care Ministry (Medi-Share) – https://mychristiancare.org/medi-share/

Liberty HealthShare – https://www.libertyhealthshare.org

Healthcare sharing ministries operate entirely outside of ObamaCare’s regulations, and typically offer benefits for about half the cost of similar health insurance.

3. Natural Medicine Healthcare.

GreenSurance– an alternative to Obamacare that recognizes natural medicine mygreensurance.com

O’Na HealthCare – an alternative to Obamacare, this is a healthcare co-operative formed under a Native American Tribal Community. Includes coverage for complimentary and natural modalities, services, and protocols including nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, herbs and more. Onacare.com

4. Health care cooperatives

Some consumer-owned health care co-ops provide prepaid health care services to their members, while others may pool resources to purchase health insurance at a better rate. […]

By |October 9th, 2016|Insurance|

Options for Purchase for Safe Almonds for all you Almond Lovers

Sources for Unpasteurized and Unprocessed Almonds

Rawnutsandseeds.com tells us that “At the present time almonds and hazelnuts are the only nuts required to be pasteurized. Cashews, macadamias, pecan, pistachios and walnuts at present are not required to be pasteurized. Be Warned: Some organic nut processors are pasteurizing organic nuts and labeling them as raw even without the law requiring it.

According to worldwellnesseducation.org – It is extremely important to purchase organic nuts and seeds. And I will add that you need to know the source of the almonds. This country does import almonds from China but would you eat them?

The processing of cashews includes the use of heat to remove the meat from the shell. According to wildernessfamilynaturals.com, their cashews are processed using hot air to gently loosen the shells of cashews so the meat comes out whole rather than in pieces. They say little to no heat actually reaches the meat.

There is a solution to being able to purchase raw almonds. Buy imported nuts. Imported almonds are not required to be pasteurized. Imported organic nuts might be more expensive but that is the best way to be assured of quality – and that you are getting what you want. According to terrasoul.com, their unpasteurized almonds are truly raw and alive and are never treated by radiation, ultra high heat, steam or chemically sterilized as required for all domestically grown almonds, even those labelled as “raw.” Terrasoul’s almonds are from Spain. They also use a low-heat harvesting process to remove cashews from the shells. Their cashews are imported from Vietnam.

I spoke with Davy C. Pruzansky, owner of Living Nutz. He assured me that there is not any law requiring pasteurization of imported almonds, and that his […]

By |October 9th, 2016|Healthy Eating|

What hygenic drying agent has been found to increase ovarian cancer? Ladies: THIS IS IMPORTANT!

Application of baby talcum powder to the genital area and underwear increases the risk of ovarian cancer by 33%.

In 1971, an association between talc and ovarian cancer was first made. In 1982, the first large scale study on women by Dr. Daniel Cramer et al in the journal Cancer, found a 92% increased risk in ovarian cancer in women who used genital talc. Dr. Cramer has been a tireless advocate to mandate that Johnson and Johnson (the primary distributor of talc used for humans) to label the product with health warnings. There have been 22 additional studies showing a link between talc usage and ovarian cancer. Since 1993, The US National Toxicology Program found clear evidence of carcinogenic activity of talc. In 2003, a meta-analysis of 16 talcum powder studies found that application of talc to the genial area increased the incidence of ovarian cancer by 33 %. Despite the discrepancy between Dr. Cramer’s research and the meta-analysis, there is still a statistically significant incidence of ovarian cancer in talcum users.

There has been a jury award of $55 million to Gloria Ristesund of Sioux Falls SD, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after 40 years of talcum usage. Talc was found in her ovarian tissue.

Another patient Jacqueline Fox of Birmingham AL used J & J talc for 35 years, and died of ovarian cancer last year. Her family was awarded $72 million.

J&J is facing now 1,200 lawsuits in Missouri and New Jersey, charging it with fraud, negligence, conspiracy, and failing to warn consumers about the cancer risks. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-bodine/behind-the-55-million-ver_b_9833366.html.

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

What do I use if I have to do outdoor work when the air quality is poor?

I use a respirator mask labeled N95 or N100. This provides protection from fine and course particles, but does not filter hazardous gasses such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and acrolein. It is fairly comfortable and easily accessible and can work almost anywhere. The mask should have 2 straps that go around your head. A surgical mask or a one-strap paper mask is inadequate. The mask should seal tightly over your face. It should indent in with a very deep breath. These masks don’t seal well on children or people with beards. I almost always have a particulate mask hanging from the sun visor in my vehicles for unexpected smoke or dusty jobs.

Paper “comfort” or “dust” masks commonly found at hardware stores are designed to trap large particles, such as sawdust. These masks will not protect your lungs from the small particles found in wildfire smoke. Bandannas or towels (wet or dry) or tissues held over your mouth and nose are not adequate protection. These may relieve dryness but won’t protect your lungs from smoke particulates. http://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/

For purchase:

Home Depot, Boise N 95 Respirator Masks @ $.5.00- and $21.00 for a 15 pack .

Amazon – sells N95 Respirator Masks at about $4.00 each and an N100 Disposable Particulate masks for $6.00 each.

Thriftway Home Centers, Boise – none

 

Credits to Ann Huycke and Jeanine Butler.

By |September 14th, 2016|Air and Water|

What should we do to protect ourselves from the smoke on a day to day basis?

My first (OK, maybe second or third) activity of the day is to check the air quality on airnow.com. If the air quality is above 50 or yellow alert, I don’t bike to work or exercise outside (I am very sensitive to smoke). I recommended the same for people with heart or lung diseases (asthma, angina, allergies, chronic sinusitis, etc), for older folks (if they are more predisposed to heart and lung disease) and children (who breathe more air per pound than adults). I don’t think anyone should exercise outside with air quality over 100 or orange alert. And if the air quality gets in the red zone, I suggest we all move to Hawaii.

You can improve indoor air quality by keeping the windows and doors closed. Run the air conditioner but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.

Avoid activities that increase indoor pollution, such as burning candles, fireplaces or gas stoves, vacuuming (darn!) and smoking.

 

Credits to Ann Huycke and Jeanine Butler.

By |September 14th, 2016|Air and Water|

A Peppy Drink

Charles Leiper Grigg in 1929 developed a drink with the slogan “It takes the ouch out of the grouch”. His drink improved mood and cured hangovers and it’s name eventually become “7 Up”. The “7” represented the periodic number of the predominant element in the drink (which was actually 6.9 rounded up for you chemistry nerds). Can you name that element?

The element is lithium.

Incidentally, in many studies, lithium levels in the water correlates inversely with aggressive crime and suicide (the higher the lithium in the drinking water, the lower the crime and suicide rate). Lithium can also help Alzheimer’s disease.

Low level lithium supplementation is available in the health food store. Doses can vary from 300 mcg to 10 mg.

By the way, lithium was removed from 7-Up in the 50’s. Over the years, high fructose corn syrup or aspartame or splenda have been added. And that is no mood enhancer.

Greenblatt, J and Grossman, K, Townsend Letter 387: page 63-7.

 

By |September 14th, 2016|Healthy Eating|

What is the preferred mask for city firefighters?

This mask is heavy and cumbersome, vision may be limited, and it requires an oxygen tank. This equipment is necessary because of the toxic building materials that are burning. If you choose to wear this during fire season, tell me how it goes when you make a withdrawal at your bank.

 

 

 

Credits to Ann Huycke and Jeanine Butler.

By |September 14th, 2016|Air and Water|

What is the fire gear for the lungs most worn by the forest firefighters?

They wear no lung protection! There is minimal risk of short term smoke exposure causing lung cancer. There is however the possibility of allergies, bronchitis, cough, increased phlegm, fatigue, headaches, etc. https://www3.epa.gov/ttnamti1/files/ambient/smoke/wildgd.pdf

Why don’t they wear masks?

I spoke with a forest firefighter who told me that if they were given masks, they wouldn’t wear them. Their backpacks weigh 45 pounds in gear, food and water. A mask which is fully protective requires an oxygen tank, this respiratory protection adding 30 pounds of weight to their pack. Even lightweight N95 or N100 particle masks create work in sucking air through a filter, making hard physical labor much more arduous.

 

Credits to Ann Huycke and Jeanine Butler.

By |September 14th, 2016|Air and Water|

Live Cell Analysis Using Dark Field Microscopy

An overview of what live cell analysis is and what conditions it may be able to identify.

By |August 17th, 2016|Videos|

Asthma Causes and Remedies

Dr Ann Huycke discusses help for you if you suffer from Asthma. What to avoid, what to do, and what to take.

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