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Sad Story of Sunscreen

Unfortunately, despite its many benefits, we are a culture that has been taught to fear the sun. Medical professionals and skin care companies alike have advised to either stay inside or dubiously lather up in sunscreen to prevent the damage of UV radiation from the sun. This theory has left us with an expensive and finicky solution when it comes to sun safety, all-too-often leaving us with fingers crossed, hoping that we have adequately covered all the tricky spots like the backs of the knees and around bathing suit lines with sunblock. It is quite simply an inadequate approach, and there are also some very clear concerns with using sunscreen that often go unrecognized.

The first issue is that sunscreens rarely work as promised. SPF is the rating system used to designate how much UV radiation is blocked upon application. With the wide variety of products out there boasting these numbers, one would logically conclude that 30 SPF is twice as protective as 15 SPF, and so on…yet this isn’t necessarily the case. Generally speaking, SPF 15 is thought to block 94% of UV radiation, SPF 30 only 97% and SPF 45 98%. Complicating this issue further is the fact that these numbers are all highly variable based on the skin type of the user, how liberally the sunscreen is rubbed on, what kinds of activity one is engaged in, frequency of reapplication and what time of day you are spending in the sun. Therefore as companies continue to design evermore expensive, high SPF, “waterproof” sunscreens- there is little actual improvement on protective value. The Food and Drug Administration even recently proposed an upward limit of SPF 50 on labels in order to limit unrealistic claims […]

By |June 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

What’s Really Flavoring your Food?


Most of the cinnamon sold in the U.S. is cassia, not cinnamon.  Cassia, grown mainly in Vietnam or China, is related to Ceylon, which is considered the “real” cinnamon.  The cassia bark is hotter and more abrasive than the lighter, more aromatic Ceylon.  The sticks are fairly easy to tell apart – Ceylon quills are composed of many paper-thin layers rolled up, while Cassia is a single sheet of bark – but once the “cinnamon” is ground, the anonymous brown dust might be neither Ceylon nor Cassia but something else entirely.  The most common offender in this cinnamon fraud is coffee husks – nice in a coffee cherry tea, if that’s what you’re going for, not so great in your scones.

How to make sure you’re getting the real thing: Look for real Ceylon cinnamon on the label.


Black Pepper

Like ground cinnamon,  ground black pepper is another item that is practically inscrutable in powder form.  Researchers have found starch, flour, buckwheat, millet, papaya seeds, juniper berries, pepper stems and chaff all lurking in what claims to be black pepper.

How to make sure you’re getting the real thing: As with coffee, it’s always better to go whole, both taste-wise and to avoid spicing your dinner with colored starch.



The second most expensive spice is also ripe for the faking.  Vanilla extract is an aged solution of vanilla beans macerated in alcohol and water and is the most common form of vanilla and less costly than the whole beans.   Much imitation vanilla is made from vanillin, an organic compound that is typically synthesized in a lab, and makes no bones about being a cheaper, if inauthentic, alternative.  But synthetic vanillin often sneaks into extracts claiming to be pure.

How to […]

By |May 5th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

What substance in your diet could be causing excessive nightly bathroom trips?

Less Salt Equals Fewer Nighttime Bathroom Trips–

Reducing your salt intake may reduce your trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night. In a new study that involved 300 Japanese adults with high salt intake and sleeping problems, researchers found that participants who reduced their salt intake for twelve weeks experienced a reduction in the average number of nighttime trips to the bathroom from 2.3 to 1.4 times per night. Furthermore, the number of times the participants needed to urinate during the day also decreased. Study leader Dr. Tomohiro Matsuo writes, “Nighttime urination is a real problem for many people, especially as they get older. This work holds out the possibility that a simply dietary modification might significantly improve the quality of life for many people.”   European Society of Urology, March 2017

The quality of salt you ingest also affects your health. Himalayan salt, available in our office and at at warehouse stores, is probably the purest form of salt you can buy at this time.

By |May 4th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

Update on Cancer—Which Treatments Work the Best?

I recently returned from the 2017 Best Answer for Cancer Summit in San Diego in late April.  I learned a tremendous amount. The most significant research is that conventional chemo and radiation offers stage 4 cancer patients (patients with metastatic disease) about an increase in survival of 2% over 5 years. Integrative methods (research proven government studies) for the same stage 4 patients are getting between 50-60% remission at 5 year. The integrative Doctors are continuing to keep records past 5 years because they know conventional chemo and radiation will most likely recur after this date.  It appears the Integrative methods are more long-lasting as well, with only gradual declines in survival after this 5 year benchmark.

The persistence of these Doctors to perform alternative cancer methods has come at a huge price for several of the Doctors including million dollar lawsuits, bankruptcy and loss of their medical license.

We owe these pioneers a debt of gratitude for their persistence and bravery.

By |May 4th, 2017|Cancer|

If you’re wondering about what’s in that vaccine…

I recently watched Ty Bolinger’s The Truth About Vaccines, a seven part series available on the internet.  I learned a few things.  Take my little quiz.  Let’s see if you know these things I didn’t…

Paul Offit recommended the rotovirus vaccine to be added to the vaccine schedule while he sat on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.  Rotovirus is usually a mild diarrheal infection of infants. He also was the seller of the vaccine he recommended.  How much profit did he make from his recommendation?
$29 million dollars.  I’m sure he was only thinking of the children….

Guardicil the vaccine for cervical cancer has been associated with causing which cancer?
Cervical cancer.

The CDC whistle-blower William Thompson exposed the CDC in their manipulation and hiding of the research association between the MMR vaccine and autism.  This research came out about 13 years ago.  What number of children could have been spared autism if the CDC had reported and taken action on this data?

What right are parents denied when the CDC reports fraudulent data?
The right to informed consent.

What is a possible relationship between prostate cancer and vaccines?
Mouse related viral particles have been found in prostate cancers.  The only way researchers can fathom how the particles could get there would be through vaccination.

What disease is on the up swing now that chicken pox is rare?
Herpes zoster or shingles.

Vaccination reactions seem to be associated with the massive increase in vaccinations in the past 2 decades. What one action could do the most to decrease the number of vaccine reactions?
Hold the makers of the vaccines financially responsible for injuries to the people they harm.  Currently the […]

By |May 4th, 2017|Vaccines|

If your blood could talk…

Ever wondered what a single drop of blood could tell you about your state of health? With state-of-the-art darkfield microscopy, your blood can tell us so much!

A darkfield microscope lets your doctor immediately evaluate the shapes and other properties of individual blood cells. Like thermography, which shows changes in the breast tissue years before a mammogram will detect them, darkfield allows us to assess issues in the blood when they are in their infancy.

By monitoring your blood through a darkfield microscope, your doctor can assist in ‘balancing’ the blood with supplements and lifestyle recommendations.

Spring Special! While we normally charge $229 for a darkfield analysis and doctor’s interpretation and recommendations, through mid-May we are offering this diagnosis for only $179–a $50 savings. This special is for current medical patients only. Your appointment will include obtaining the blood, an analysis by our nurse, and nutritional recommendations from Dr. Huycke.


Please call us at 208 658-5570 for your appointment.

By |March 19th, 2017|Therapy|

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|

Dr. Huycke’s Workout Routine

By |January 23rd, 2017|Exercise|
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