There are many women on birth control around the world. The pill uses progestin and estrogen or progestin alone. The pill prevents pregnancy by preventing ovulation. The ‘ pill’ of today contains little or no estrogen. Today, there are fewer side effects of weight gain and mood swings than in the earlier days of the pill use

It is not expensive - less than $10 for those without health insurance if you obtain at a local community health center. If used correctly it is 97 % effective. I would check its content on gluten for those with celiac disease or severe gluten sensitivity.

There is a risk of developing a blood clot also called thrombosis ( especially if the pill has estrogens) For those that have a methylation defect , or MTHFR 677 you should not go on the pill. This is especially important for homozygous MTHFR +/+ 677 These individuals should NOT go on birth control

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Varicose veins are the result of valve damage and loss of elasticity that allows blood to pool inside the vessel. This is especially evident when an individual is standing . When you stand for a long period of time the valve stops working.

There are many men and women who will not wear shorts in the summer/fall due to varicose veins. There are treatments that are available besides laser , saline injections and surgery

These other treatments are exercise, yoga, headstands and the obvious compression stockings

There are botanical treatments as horse chestnut as well as gingko biloba. There are even homeopathic remedies that can offer some good results. I have seen infrared saunas help alleviate the varicosities

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Holistic veterinarians do exist within the United States. From my readings there is not a different training until after their degree is obtained. There are many courses that offer a different aspect of holistic treatment for animals.

These veterinarians in their treatment use an integrative or holistic approach. Perhaps like me, an integrative MD , their might use fewer conventional medicines, and even look at your pet’s dietary lifestyle

Alternative treatments as acupuncture, laser and even massage can be used to manage your pets pain. I have even used bee stings or bee venom therapy for a dog’s arthritis

Seek out a integrative veterinarian

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There is a nutritional compound developed by Daiwa Pharmaceuticals and sold as a functional food in Japan It is called RBAC - Rice bran arabinoxylan compound. The main ingredient arabinoxylan has to be extracted using a hot water extraction with medical mushrooms. Since it is a large molecule it is only absorbed and broken down into smaller components.

This is not new. RBAC has been studied for the last 24 years especially with its anti cancer effects. It acts a potent response modifier thus possessing having immunomodulating anticancer effects. It also has bene shown to work synergistically with conventional chemotherapy compounds. It has been reported to have the following effects:

  1. enhanced immunoprofile

  2. improved treatment outcomes

  3. decreased tumor markers

  4. increased lifespan

RBAC also boosts NK cell activity , proliferates B and T cells and macrophages

More studies need to be doe. Be proactive and start reading about RBAC

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Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. There were 1.8 million new cases in the United States in 2018 While technology and new research has taken us far, we still limited about information of natural compounds as herbs( botanicals) and supplements that can effectively treat cancer.

We are focused on chemotherapy in the United States, While this may be life saving in some cancers it is NOT for everyone. There is botanical medicine, nutraceuticals and dietary changes that play a pivotal role in the treatment of cancers. I am NOT an oncologist. In both of my practices, Fratellone Medical Associates and Connecticut Integrative Medical Center , as an integrative MD , as well as an clinical herbalist I seek treatment using many disciples of medicine

Salicinium is a tradename for glycobenzaldehydes and related compounds that impair glycolytic metabolism in cancer. I have used in both oral and IV form in cancer patients with the patients written consent and each patient obtaining the salicinium. There is even a clinical protocol study involved 675 patients with stage IV cancer. The 675 patients included had a wide spectrum of stage IV cancer. These included lung, pancreatic, breast, colon, melanoma, sarcoma, uterine and much more. Salicinium extensively extended the survival in these patients.

Salicinium is also useful in treating EBV, CMV, hepatitis and herpes infections

We a pro active patient for those with cancers.

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Medicinal Mushrooms are exquisite and spectacular All edible mushrooms benefit the immune system and are cancer protective. At The University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine I teach oncology. I am not an oncologist. During the course I introduce the students to 15 - 20 medicinal mushrooms that have been studied and researched for their use in treatment /support in various cancers.

There are many useful books on mushrooms. One of the best books dealing with the understanding of mushrooms is Paul Stamett’s “ Mycelium Running “ A recent book by Stepfanie Romine called “ Cooking with Healing Mushrooms: 150 Delicious Adaptogen Rich Recipes that Boost Immunity, Reduce Inflammation and Promote Whole Body Health” should be in everyone’s library and kitchen.

Two mushrooms are also adaptogens- Reishi and Cordyceps. Turkey Tail conatins PSK that has been studied to inhibit cancer growth. Maitaki and Shitake were used to treat HV early in the disease. Osyter mushrooms contain a statin drog lovastatin which reduces cholesterol.

You can read Christopher Hobb’s Medicinal Mushrooms book to become familiar with different species Mushrooms should be part of every cancer patients list of supplements to ingest. I have learned so much about mushrooms over the years. You can too

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For more than 25 years I have prescribed nutraceuticals and herbs to my patients. I am trained to do so. I didn’t learn this a in medical school but from an Integrative Medicine Fellowship, Botanical Studies, many mentors and lots of reading.

Do you spend a lot of money on supplements/vitamins. ? How do you know the correct dose for YOU? How do you know your genetic can metabolize these supplements/vitamins.

Both of my offices in New York City and Connecticut can help YOU. You need to have Integrated Genetic Solution Profile. Integrated Genetic Solutions (IGS) takes the guesswork out of the one-size-fits-all health management treatment options on the market today. We provide healthcare practitioners with a comprehensive, tailored solution to improve their patients body chemistry on an individualized basis.

Each patient's personalized solution starts with laboratory-certified DNA and blood testing. Once results are gathered, our algorithm reviews each patient's unique composition of hormones, pre-hormones, fat-soluble vitamins, water-soluble vitamins, minerals, and various genetic markers.  

Based on a number of characteristics that make each patient "unique", including combinations of gender, age, weight, phase of cycle (women), and potential genetic mutations; We will provide patient-specific dosing recommendations for each hormone, vitamin, and mineral level. THIS IS THE FUTURE OIF MEDICINE

Make an Appointment for your own IGS . call 212 421 3202 Fratellone Medical Associates or 203 717 1339 Connecticut Integrative Medical Center Today


There are some dates in your life you never forget where and what you were doing. We think of our marriage, the birth of children, the days loved ones died and much more. For others, it would be November 1963 the day President Kennedy was shot or maybe July 20, 1969 when man landed on the moon. For some , it is 18 years ago, September 11, 2001. I was in Federal Court as a Juror across from the Twin Towers.

As a physician who volunteered at St Vincent’s on that day it was tragic. It is even tragic 18 years later when I see individuals who were exposed to the toxins, from that disaster. Many individuals have died from various cancers who were there, and many have chronic illnesses that started 5 years after their exposure.

It is difficult to assess how to find out what is causing their chronic illness. Many of those affected have respiratory issues. For others it is malaise, fatigue, hair loss, multiple skin issues and much more. I search for a individuals exposure to toxins/molds. I utilize in my office in Connecticut- hair analysis for toxic metals and two tests from Great Plains Laboratory.

The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. is a world leader in providing diagnostics for metabolic, mitochondrial, and environmental factors in chronic illnesses. We offer a variety of state-of-the-art metabolic tests such as the Organic Acids Test (OAT), GPL-TOX (Toxic Non-Metal Chemical Profile), IgG Food Allergy Test, and our newest test, the MycoTOX Profile, which assesses mold exposure

If you have been seeing doctor after doctor with no known cause of chronic illness…see us at 203 717 1339. Connecticut Integrative Medical Center

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