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[TRANSCRIPT] Dr. Michael Galitzer – Part 3: How To Achieve Outstanding Health Through Energy Medicine
Enjoy this transcript of the third episode of the KlothoGenics™ Show with KlothoGenics™ founder, Jamie Costello, and energy medicine and anti-aging specialist, Dr. Michael Galitzer.
Jamie Costello (JC): Thanks for tuning into another episode of the KlothoGenics™ journey. Today’s guest is Dr. Michael Galitzer. We are discussing his new book, Outstanding Health, and the tools that you can use to achieve outstanding health. He is my physician and he has changed my life. This is part three of a four part series with Dr. G. I was shocked in this segment to hear that there is a more significant health risk than high cholesterol, high blood pressure, being overweight, and cigarette smoking combined. Wow! This is why I love doing these podcasts because we are always learning new ways to improve our health as we start searching for answers. Also, I got Dr. G to talk in this podcast about some of the cutting edge treatments he uses in his practice. Let’s get started.
JC: OK! Today we are continuing the conversation with my friend and physician Dr. Michael Galitzer. As we discussed before, Dr. Michael Galitzer is a leading physician and innovator in the field of integrative medicine, longevity, and anti-aging. And he is a nationally recognized expert in energy medicine and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
JC: So we’re continuing going through the book, and let’s move on to the fourth essential key to outstanding health that you discuss in the book, and that is to ignite your energy and create an energizing lifestyle. I know that everyone’s looking for — I know I am — sustained energy throughout the day, and we’ve already talked about how passion and purpose can help achieve this, but in your book you talk about exercise, sleep, and — surprisingly — teeth. We’ll take the first, most obvious one, in the beginning here, exercise. You state that regular exercise is a more significant health factor than high cholesterol, high blood pressure, being overweight, and cigarette smoking combined – wow! Sounds like we should be exercising.
Dr. Michael Galitzer (DG): Yeah, Jamie, it’s just like – you’ve got to picture you’ve got a Ferrari there for a body and just like you want to feed it high octane fuel, which is food, you want to take it to the race track, and you want to push it out and make it move, and you’ve got to do that frequently. There’s no excuse to not exercise. I’ve kind of heard all the excuses out there – as I wake up too early, I go to work too early, I’m too tired at the end of the day, there’s no time. All those kinds of things; you just got to really move your body. You know, there is aerobic exercise and there’s strength training – both are very, very important. And, so, uh, aerobic exercise is obviously increases your heart rate, increases your oxygen consumption by the body. Treadmill is great. Stationary bicycle is great. Stairmaster or stairclimber is great. Basically anything you like to do would be my recommendation for aerobic exercise, whether it be tennis. And, again, the important thing is to go out there and do it.
DG: Now, if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s probably a good idea to try and exercise first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, and the reason being is if you don’t eat after dinner, then that time between exercise and the next morning, there’s about 10-12 hours, and basically your body can only store a limited amount of sugar in the muscles and in the liver, so if you then start exercising first thing in the morning, either with a cup of coffee or green tea, and then add 1,000 mg of carnotite, which helps burn fat, you’ll move into fat burning much quicker. So a great way to exercise to lose weight would be to do it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach with green tea or coffee plus carnotite.
JC: So I know they talk a lot about, today, this high intensity training, and I realize that’s different for most people. Can you explain what that is and why that could be important too?
DG: Absolutely, that’s a more productive type of exercise in terms of fat breakdown, increased oxygen delivery, and increased feeling of well-being. Basically what you can do with that kind of exercise is to — say you’re on a bicycle, you can bike for about one minute at regular speed and then for 30 seconds you can bike very, very quickly, as fast as you can, and then go back to a minute stationary or in the stationary position and then another 30 seconds as fast as you can. You can probably do twice as much and get twice as much accomplished in about half as much time. It’s a very, very beneficial exercise. And, the real purpose behind this, Jamie, is to stress your heart by going from slow to fast, back to slow to fast. Basically, the more you can stress your heart in a healthy way, the more your heart will be able to respond to any kind of stressful situation down the line. So it’s a great exercise to protect your heart and a great exercise to lose weight and a more productive exercise that requires a lot less time than the traditional aerobic exercise.
JC: And probably in a lot of ways it’s fun, too, because it’s not the same one hour or 30 minutes of exercise you do on the treadmill. You’re creating some moments, there, where you’re actually getting your heart rate moving!
DG: Absolutely! And, again, you can do it on the treadmill, stationary bicycle, stair climber, whatever way you want to do it, whatever way works for you, is a great form of exercise. Actually, tennis is a very good form of high intensity exercise in which you are very active, and then when the point is over, there is a pause, and then you get to being very active again. So, any way you want to do it, just enjoy it!
JC: Yep! That makes sense. Now, I also have done a lot of strength training in the last few years, changing from running, so now I incorporate strength training. So now I guess the thought behind that for me was I obviously wanted to be able to lift things and get out of the chair, and also it seemed important for developing my bone strength. So I guess you’re a believer in strength training, as well, to be incorporated somewhere in all of that.
DG: Absolutely! You can do strength training with weights; you can do it with machines; you can do it without any of them. You don’t have to go to the gym. You can do push ups, pull ups, squats, thrusts. There’s all sorts of ways you can strength train and I think it’s very, very important, and you know, I think some people will go to the gym and do aerobics one day and strength training the next day. Some do aerobics first followed by strength training within that session. Whatever way you want to do it, I think it’s an important element of exercise in addition to the aerobic exercise that you’re going to do.
JC: Makes sense to me! Now, one of the things I’ve really noticed to and made a conscious effort to improve the quality of my sleep is it really does have an impact on my energy. You mentioned in the book it’s important to get healthy sleep for proper regeneration. What would be some guidelines for people to achieve healthy sleep?
DG: Well, you already have one, which would be regular exercise in the morning. There are so many things you can do to improve your sleep. It’s important to finish eating three hours before you go to sleep. You don’t really want to go to bed on a full stomach. Also, if you’re going to drink alcohol, stop four hours before you go to sleep. Again, alcohol can really interfere with sleep. It’s important to have your bedroom dark. It’s important not to have any electrical equipment in your bedroom “on”, like an electric alarm clock. The cell phone should probably be outside of the bedroom. A lot of people have portable phones, and the base of these portable phones, Jamie, emits an electromagnetic charge that basically isn’t really healthy at all. So get electrical or portable phones out, get the cell phones out, turn off the TV; keep your room as electrically quiet as possible because we are really sensitive to this electromagnetic energy – more at night than during the day.
DG: If you can, sleep with your head to the north because that seems to be the most ideal position. Now a lot of people can’t really redesign their bedrooms, so it’s not that easy sometimes to sleep with your head to the north. Another thing that most people don’t realize is adequate sunlight is really, really important because adequate sunlight during the day lowers your cortisol at night. And cortisol at night, if it’s high, can keep you up at night or prevent you from falling asleep. Now, there are a lot of people – and I hope you’re not one of them Jamie – who love to play with their cell phone or computer late at night. What they’re finding now is there is a blue color that is emitted above the screen and the color can interfere with sleep.
DG: So there’s a free app you can get for your computer – whether it be a Mac or an IBM PC – it’s called f.lux. It’s a free app that will change the screen and get rid of that blue color. Now, the new iPhones, the latest software on the new upgrade, has it already incorporated. You just go to… I think it’s Display. And you’ll go to Display and you’ll see a thing called Night. You can move the dial over and the screen will go a little more orange from the time it gets dark until the time the sun rises in the morning. So it’s really, really important to get rid of that color; some people use orange glasses while they’re at the computer during the night to get rid of that blue color that seems to be delaying people falling asleep.
DG: So there’s an enormous amount of things one can do. There are supplements you can take. I think melatonin is a great thing for sleep, but some people do well with tryptophan, magnesium, chamomile tea; so there’s a lot of things one can do to ensure that, you know, this time to sleep is really a time we re-generate, a time where growth hormones release during the first two hours of sleep, and really, the way we go to sleep is really, really important. So that five minute period before you go to sleep is extremely important. Some people are going to go, “Well, what do I have to do tomorrow” or “well this was a bad day” or they’ve got all these things. People will go, during that five minute period, into the wrong mental attitude. And you really need a great mental attitude during those last five minutes because you’re going to move into your subconscious. Sleep is a time when the subconscious awakens, and the more that you can give positive feedback to your subconscious during those five minutes, the better your sleep is going to be, the better your next day is going to be. So, I go to sleep with “tomorrow is going to be a great day. I’m going to have a great night’s sleep; I’m not going to wake up, and all is well.”
JC: I mean, that’s great advice! The last thing you want to do before you go to bed is start worrying about what you’re going to do tomorrow; that isn’t a good thing. We’ve all done it.
JC: So, now, what the heck is up with teeth as energy zappers? I mean, I guess I knew that teeth were important for your physical health and people should have regular dental appointments because you don’t want infections that could lead to heart attacks or other things, but how do they zap your energy?
DG: Well, a few different ways. Periodontitis, periodontal disease, inflammation in your gums has been associated with heart disease. You know, the bugs get into your gums and it’s not a healthy thing to do at all. There are really important things in your teeth, one of them being mercury fillings. Those old silver, mercury fillings are 50 percent silver and 50 percent mercury. The mercury leaks over time, and mercury has an affinity for the kidneys, for the whole general urinary system, for the hormonal system. It’s a real toxin. And mercury, I’ve seen, can undermine so many people’s health. I’ve seen a patient who a year previously swallowed a mercury filling, and then a year later felt abdominal pain, so they took him to the operating room and found cancer inside the small intestine, and inside the cancer was the mercury filling. So I’ve seen mercury and mercury toxicity associated with so many, so many illnesses, so many chronic illnesses.
DG: The second thing about mercury is that, in the presence of saliva, mercury can cause electrical currents; those electrical currents can override currents in the brain and can be potentiated by cell phones to your ear, sitting in front of a computer screen. So basically it’s like you’ve got your head in a microwave oven, or these EMFs generated by the mercury filling being amplified by cell phones and computers. I once had a guy who came to me saying he heard radio stations in his head and that he could only sleep in a trailer by the beach. I had just started this work – it was about 30 years ago – and I thought the guy was crazy. But it turns out he had a mouthful of mercury fillings. When we took out the mercury, the music stopped.
DG: Mercury fillings, again: electro currents are number one and they are also an amazing toxic substance to the body.
DG: Now, the other thing we need to look at are root canals. Root canals are basically done because of an infection in the tooth. It gets down to the pulp. You know, they get cleaned out by an endodontist, and essentially there are so many tiny root canals that it’s almost impossible to make sure that the tooth is bacteria free. So, some of these root canals can act up. And they’re connections between the teeth and the organs. Like, the front teeth are connected to the kidneys, and the I-teeth are connected to the liver and the bowel ducts. There’s been a lot of research that shows, with women in particular, that root canals in the molar teeth can be associated with breast cancer. So, root canals can be a big deal. Again, not all root canals are bad; they should be evaluated by your dentist or biological dentist, but root canals, periodontal disease, and mercury fillings are the three biggest issues that can impact our health.
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JC: Now, we get to the part where someone who is looking for outstanding health really needs the help of a trained, integrative physician like you. And I know you’re very excited about energy medicine protocols, so I want to talk a lot about that today, but also bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. And, now that I’ve been a patient of yours for several years, I know that your body is first and foremost an energy system. We’ve spoken a lot about that, and today we talked about how we, as individuals, can try to achieve sustained energy. But in your practice, you employ a bunch of different protocols in the energy medicine area. One of those I know is a big part of that is the electrodermal screening, so what is that exactly? (I obviously go, so I know a little bit about it, but let’s point it to our listeners) And how does it work?
DG: Nice question!
JC: I’d like to know!
DG: I’ll tell ya what – maybe you should read the book, Jamie.
JC: Yeah, that’s funny!
DG: Electrodermal screening: I was introduced in 1986. It came out of Germany by Dr. Voll. He had studied acupuncture intensively and found the different acupuncture meridians which caused our energy conduits – which correspond to the organs – could actually measure skin resistance with the machine at different points on the meridian. And basically, he was able to find that when the skin resistance changed at a certain point it corresponded to a certain part of the organ with which that specific meridian was associated. And so this was the beginning of what was called EAV, which was ElectroAcupuncture according to Voll. And he was also able to realize that if he were to put a medication or homeopathic or herb in circuit with the patient’s body, and if it was helpful for the patient, it would return the skin resistance back to normal. So, increased skin resistance created a problem, and the medication, or the herb, or the supplement that increased the resistance was the treatment and the solution. And so electroacupuncture according to Voll was born; I used it in my practice for about 30 years. Moreso – not so much for the diagnosis because there are other ways to make a diagnosis – but moreso to find out exactly what a person needs.
DG: I’ve found over the years if you think a person needs something, like “well you need this. And everybody with this needs that,” it never seems to work out basically because whatever substance you’re using, whether it be an antibiotic, an antidepressant, a vitamin, mineral, or a food, in order for it to be great for the person, it must be effective and it must be tolerated. And so, a lot of the things that you think will work for some people just won’t work for the person in front of you there while you’re testing. It’s been a great, great age – something that’s been very effective but poorly tolerated would be cancer chemotherapy – again, it works, but it hurts the body.
DG: So the real use for electrodermal screening is to determine what exactly will help a person. What antibiotic? What antidepressant? So we don’t guess anymore, and I’m able to give the patient the exact set of formulas, foods, supplements, nutrients, and medication if necessary that that person needs at that time. And honestly I feel if you’re doing that and you don’t have a way to measure it with a patient, some people can do with muscle testing, you’re really not as complete of a physician as you should be.
JC: That really sounds like it’s a critical component because obviously you want to give people things that are going to help them, their body’s going to be tolerated by, and there’s many things you can offer, but you want to make sure you’re giving them the right thing. And I know one of the things that we do when we’re together, when you’re my physician helping me out, you use a lot of the homeopathic drops, which provide that treatment, and you test all those through electrodermal screening as well.
DG: Correct, we use herbs and homeopathic treatments for many different situations. Basically, homeopathy has been around since the 1780s. Now, the philosophy of homeopathy, basically, or homeopathics, is [substances] that can cause illness in a healthy person in large doses to use these to treat the symptoms of an unhealthy person. So, say 12 cups of coffee causes you to not sleep or you have insomnia; you could use homeopathic coffee to treat insomnia in another person. So whatever causes symptoms in a large dose can be used to treat symptoms in small doses. And, so that was the original, classic homeopathy.
DG: And when a person did start a class called homeopath, that person would have probably an hour and a half session where the homeopath would evaluate your physical symptoms, and then – the next most important word – your emotional symptoms, and then your mental symptoms. And then he would try to find a substance that would, again, work on all three levels. The interesting thing was it was very difficult, had very long training, and these substances would be given in a microdose. And the critics of homeopathy would say, “Well, there’s nothing in there,” but in about [23 dilutions of 10], there’s nothing in there, but there’s energy in substance. So people ridiculed that and said, “Well, how can you give something that has nothing in it?”
DG: So the homeopathy I use is complex homeopathy, where the dilutions are one part per million – one part per ten thousand. These still have a physiological effect and are really kind of the safest, purest form of treatment there is out there. And so we use complex homeopathy for working on the liver. I’ve developed formulas for these; I’ve only used six or seven substances that have been found to work for the liver, put them together in a synergistic pattern and find this to be incredibly valuable. So homeopathy is really, really important.
DG: Now, the interesting thing about people is they still disprove homeopathy, you know, let me give you a situation where you swallow a vitamin, or you swallow a drug, and it gets broken down in your stomach, gets further broken down in your intestines by the pancreatic enzymes, then gets absorbed from the small intestine to the liver. And when it gets to the liver, it goes through the liver and the liver processes it, sends it out through the bloodstream where it goes through the right heart, to the lungs, to the left heart, through the aorta, to the arteries, to the arterials, to the capillaries. Now, while it’s traveling through the bloodstream, as you know the heart beats, so it’s being shaken just like a homeopathic would be shaken. So it’s been shaken and diluted just like it’s been made from a mineral which has been shaken or diluted. So by the time this drug or supplement gets to the cell, it is homeopathic; it is diluted; it is shaken, so you could argue that everything winds up being homeopathic once it gets to the cellular level.
JC: Very interesting. Well, and I guess for people listening, too, it’s important to think that you can use this energy medicine for really multiple purposes. I’m talking about achieving outstanding health, but obviously you can use energy medicine to treat, diagnose and treat real problems with people too. This isn’t just things that you’re using to achieve optimal health, you’re actually helping people who have issues in this way as well.
DG: Absolutely, you know the traditional medicine basically sees health as the absence of disease, which is not quite what I see it as. Now obviously if you don’t have a disease, you’ll be healthier than when you did have a disease, but you’re not going to have outstanding health by only treating a disease with medications. It’s obviously important for hospitalized patients to receive drugs to get rid of their disease, but in no way are they going to acquire outstanding health through the elimination of disease.
So basically when we’re looking at the organs in the energy medicine arena, we’re really not looking at diseased organs, but sluggish organs – organs that are not working as efficiently or as effectively as they should be. And, so as an example … there’s a physical liver, which you can basically see on an ultrasound, there’s a chemical liver, which you can see on liver enzymes, and basically when there’s an abnormality there, it’s more in the disease category. But there’s an electrical liver, which is at a deeper level – just like the electrical heart, which you measure with an EKG – an electrical brain you measure in the EKG – there’s an electrical liver that is supposed to get rid of the toxins. And basically if you say it had hepatitis in the past, which obviously affects your chemical liver and blood test, your electrical liver is never going to be quite right, and so treating with homeopathy, herbs, acupuncture, can help restore balance in your electrical liver. So energy medicine, electrical medicine says there’s a deeper level to the organs that those levels can be assessed and treated very successfully with multiple modalities.
JC: One of the things I’ve been playing around with over the last few months is heart rate variability. I bought a heart rate monitor and utilize a phone app variability. I know you use it in your practice; that’s kind of how I found out about it. And it’s been very interesting to me. Mostly, I’m using it to determine whether I’ve recovered from a workout yesterday or what type of workout should I do today based on where I’m at. And I guess it has a lot to do with the autonomic nervous system, parasympathetic, and sympathetic nervous system. How do you use it in your practice? What does it measure? Obviously, you believe it’s important.
DG: Correct – one of the most important areas to look at in the body. The autonomic nervous system, or the automatic nervous system or the subconscious nervous system – the ANS, is the system that controls things we don’t have to think about: our next breath, our next heartbeat, our blood pressure, digestion. And the health of that is paramount, and probably the autonomic nervous system sits above the hormonal system, which sits above the immune system. And so then the autonomic nervous system is two components: the sympathetic (your left brain, energy producing, go-get-em) nervous system, the fight or flight nervous system; and your parasympathetic (your right brain, creative, regenerative, relaxation, restorative) nervous system. And of the two, everybody is fairly sympathetically driven. You get into your car, you’re on the freeway, your sympathetic nervous system is on alert. You need your sympathetic nervous system to produce, to work, to crypt, to be efficient. But it’s your parasympathetic nervous system – the health of which is really, really important – that is the key.
DG: So heart rate variability is something that’s been studied academically; everybody knows it’s important. And basically it says the more variable your heart beat from beat to beat, the healthier the parasympathetic nervous system is going to be and the healthier the autonomic nervous system is going to be. So if we say you had a pulse of 60 and each beat is a second (60 x 1 = 60), gives no variability, but if one beat is 0.96 seconds and the next beat is 0.99 and then 1.02 and like, each beat being variable from the other, the greater the variability, the healthier the autonomic nervous system and inherently the parasympathetic nervous system, and the healthier the person is going to be. So what we do is about a four minute test where we put a strap across your chest with a transducer, we lie you down, and then we have you stand up. And basically, that’s the stress guard – from lying to standing – it’s a lot easier to get blood to the head, but when you stand up, there’s gravity, so that’s the stress. And then we look for heart rate variability changes of lying and standing and it’s plotted on a graph where we can then assess the sympathetic and parasympathetic. And again, most people have a negative parasympathetic nervous system – I’d say 95 percent of people I see do – and those 5 percent that don’t are in really good shape. So it’s a wonderful test, one of two tests we use on each patient as they come in for their first visit.
JC: Obviously I know you have such a great practice and you do so many things to help people out, but you’re doing a lot of new things. I mean, what we’re talking about today people have probably never heard of before, but I know you use things like biophoton light therapy, this pulsed electromagnetic field treatment, NuCalm – which is new product, intravenous light therapy, and a lot of other things I don’t know much about. Can you tell me a couple of things in your practice you really think is interesting and really helpful, that people wouldn’t know anything about?
DG: Well, I’ll do my best to explain!
DG: So, essentially as an example, a person as a heart rate variability test done in the office and is found to have a very weak parasympathetic nervous system and it frequently correlates to a sluggish liver and tired adrenal glands, and so we would treat that with, say, the homeopathy herbs to get the liver to work more efficiently, as in to excrete toxins. We’d also treat the adrenal glands with all sorts of vitamin C, vitamin D, B complex, DHEA, adrenal glandulars licorice, rhodiola, all sorts of things like that.
DG: And then we go to the other routes where we would apply energy. ONDAMED® (o-n-d-a-m-e-d) I use is a PEMFD (post-electromagnetic fields device). It’ll deliver frequencies that will harmonize the liver, so I’ll put a pad over the right breast and find a liver program that will be beneficial for that person; we then take the pad and put it back over the adrenal glands and find an adrenal program. The person will then leave that room and go to another room where we have what’s called a biophoton therapy, which is basically light therapy. Photons are energy; the more photons you have, the more energy you’re going to have. Kids have lots of photons, and the older we get, the less photons we have. So we’ll take that light energy and shine it over the liver; we’ll have the person turn on their stomach and have the light energy shine over the adrenals, which sit on top of the kidneys. So those are two examples, again, of tired liver, tired adrenals. Intravenous vitamin C helps both the liver work better and helps the adrenals get stronger. Vitamin C is a key nutrient; everybody should be on vitamin C early. We find that intravenous vitamin C gives you that energy boost that is so frequently needed by people, certainly on the first few visits that I see them. So we’ve got post-electromagnetic field therapy; we’ve got intravenous vitamin C therapy; we’ve got biophoton light therapy, and again, these are great tools to help people get stronger and quicker. You know, the issue in LA is if I could get these people back on a daily basis, they could get healthy really quick, but in LA just trying to get them once a month is a challenge, so you know we do the best that we can.
DG: The NuCalm is an amazing system for stress. I was just in San Diego yesterday at The Best Answer to Cancer Conference and NuCalm had a booth. And NuCalm is basically (and it’s NuCalm.com) a system that will basically help one deal with stress. I would call it the answer to stress, and basically it’s a combination of a tablet or a cream that you would apply, a cranial electrical sacral device, and the cream and the tablet has gabba and threonine, which help reduce anxiety and calm your body, a cranial electrical sacral device with electrodes under your ears that will basically deliver the gabba to the brain, making the brain more receptive to the gabba; there’s a night shade to keep your eyes closed and then there is a set of headphones with neuroacoustic software that’s programmed to put people on an Alpha and a Theta state. And so basically the person does it for about 26 minutes, you know I do it every day, and I recommend it to you and your wife. You’ll love it. Everybody that has had a session with NuCalm loves it; it’s a great way to reduce stress, help you handle stress, help you sleep better. And I can’t say enough about NuCalm; it’s been a great, great positive in my practice.
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JC: So, Michael, for those out there who want to purchase the book or who want to contact you about being a patient, can you give our listeners a website and your contact information?
DG: Sure, Jamie, you can contact me, you can buy the book, and you can contact me by going to DrGalitzer.com and that’s a great way to see what I do and see what’s on the website and get more information about the kind of work I do.
JC: Perfect! Thank you for that.
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