In the article, "Hypothyroidism, Candida & "Oximation: Toward a New Model of Chronic Disease" (Winter 2008), Dr. Roby Mitchell states that, "Vitamin D2, for instance, is a component of the yeast cell wall. As yeast proliferates, it may cause deficiencies of the 'vitamone' D3, for which D2 is a precursor."
I spoke to Dr. John Cannell of the Vitamin D Council, who informed me that D2 is not a precursor for D3.
Thank you for your attention.
Nina A. Tomei, MD
North Shore Medical Group
It was a pleasant surprise to see Roby Mitchell's article in the Winter 2008 issue. The instructors at the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) and the International College for Integrative Medicine (ICIM) had always emphasized the importance of low and borderline thyroid, and cautioned that the machines for thyroid values were nearly always inaccurate, and often give out false negatives.
Many of them advised that we adhere to Broda Barnes' basal temperature test, and the test utilizing a "silver dollar" size spot of iodine tincture (applied to the patient's skin). While I did these tests and corresponding treatments for many years, my patients did not always make good progress against the yeast until we had a Candida albicans antibody test; this was the IGG M005 set on a graduated scale by Laboratory Corporation of America.
Behind most human diseases is inflammation, and years ago our professors at ACAM and ICIM urged the use of relatively new testing: C-reactive protein, and if called for, homocysteine (coronary inflammation) test.
Many of my friends, who had chelation-nutrition practices like mine, treated inflammation via diet (Dr. William Crook), short term systemic, and very long-term non-systemic statins, along with a long list of anti-yeast treatments. One particularly good therapy was C4, or chlorine dioxide, designed by Prof. Robert Bradford, notable for his interpretation of peripheral blood smears by his special microscope and techniques. Combined with natural thyroid hormones, C4 gave a synergistic effect on inflammation. This gave a positive outcome in upwards of 95% of these patients.
All of us in integrative medicine have long sought a name for what we were doing, and Dr. Mitchell has given us the mechanism: Oximation. For that, we all owe him a debt of gratitude.
Art LaBruce, MD
Southeastern Integrative Medicine