The Interactive Healer April 2008

One Patient’s FirstLine Therapy Results!
by Jeffrey Tucker, D.C., D.A.C.R.B.

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FirstLine Therapy is a food and nutrition program that is easy for clients to integrate and, best of all, my patients are really feeling and enjoying positive results.  I have been using FirstLine Therapy in my practice for the past three years, especially for weight loss and increasing energy. The program helps patients with serious health problems such as Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and fatigue. Diet, medical foods, vitamins, minerals and exercise offer a natural alternative way of improving other than drug therapy. Most importantly, the program teaches people how to be healthy for the rest of their lives.

Recently, a 50-year-old female called my office in desperation. “Please help me.  The doctor is going to put me on medication because I have borderline Type 2 Diabetes and I am overweight. I don’t want to take drugs. Can you do anything to help me? My doctor said I have to go on Lipitor and Metformin…I’ll do whatever is necessary to get better.”

Obviously, she had arrived at dire circumstances. Diabetes is a serious illness. Blood sugar problems cause inflammation and affect the vascular system. “Diabetes confers an equivalent risk to aging 15 years” – a quote from the medical journal The Lancet in 2006. People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have a stroke than those without the disease. Poorly controlled blood sugar may lead to glaucoma and blindness. Gum disease and high blood sugar are related. Diabetes, particularly in conjunction with high cholesterol or high blood pressure, may lead to heart disease. Kidney damage may result from diabetes, especially in combination with high blood pressure. Diabetes has been linked to male sexual dysfunction (impotence). Nerves in the feet may also become damaged.

Prior to this “wake up call”, this woman thought she was doing pretty well regarding her over-all health. What originally brought her to my office was neck and shoulder aches and pain. She had frequent episodes of insomnia and painful menstrual periods. She knew she could stand to lose 20 pounds. She also complained of frequent fatigue. She prided herself on thinking that she was eating a healthy diet and that she didn’t get “sick” very often!

Not surprisingly, this woman’s medical doctor was not trained in integrative medicine….

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Traditional medical treatment often looks to drugs as the only solution.  I believe you have choices and it is intelligent healthcare to provide the best of traditional western medicine plus integrative alternative healthcare. The solution I recommend is FirstLine Therapy. Together, this patient and I discussed the FirstLine Therapy program details and she decided that she was willing and able to begin the program.

She began following the treatment plan that combines the Mediterranean diet, nutritional supplements, and healthier living practices along with incorporating a series of simple exercises that I taught her.

The following list briefly summarizes the action plan she followed:

Eating guidelines:

  • Avoid high glycemic index foods such as pasta, candy, soft drinks, and desserts.
  • Limit dairy products, avoid gluten, and other foods that cause inflammation.
  • Eat fresh (and canned) organic vegetables of any type including beans, peas and legumes.
  • Eat fresh fruit – berries, apples, pears, bananas, mangos, and pineapple.
  • Eat small amounts of chicken (remove skin) and generous portions of oily, free-swimming small ocean fish. (These foods are considered non-inflammatory.)
  • Drink lots of water or green tea without sugar or sweetener. The bulk of beverage intake should be between meals to avoid diluting desirable stomach acid.

Natural Supplements: Begin taking UltraGlycemX Plus 360 medical food as a shake two times per day, Insinase, and Omega 3 fish oil. These supplements will help to improve blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation and improve energy.

(My favorite Omega-3 product is EPA-DHA 720.  All of the products mentioned above are Metagenics products and are available through our website.  To order online and receive a 10% discount, please click here.)

Physical Activity: Maintain normal daily activities and include 20 minutes of walking or a gentle Gymstick routine along with 10 minutes of gentle body weight exercises using the core muscles and joints five days per week.

Mental Emotional Spiritual: Practice breathing relaxation time, twice daily. Each 5-minute “relaxation imagery” session assists in becoming more aware of bodily sensations and the sensory experience of voluntarily relaxing mind and body.

Special Procedures: Use moist heat packs on the neck-shoulder areas for symptomatic relief.


Within two weeks the patient’s energy was improving, she lost 4 pounds of fat and gained lean muscle mass. All of her neck-shoulder pain stopped.

At Week 4, she reported doing well with the Low Glycemic Load Diet (Mediterranean Diet). She was eating smaller, more frequent meals and exercising 1 hour 5 days/week. Fasting blood glucose was still around 120 to 128 mg/dL, with 105 to 110 mg/dL at night. (A normal fasting blood glucose level is less than 110 mg/dl.) She felt better with more energy, but exercise had increased her neck-shoulder symptoms.

At Week 8, the patient was doing extremely well on the Low Glycemic Load Diet with a total weight loss of 12 lb. After 9 weeks, her fasting blood glucose was ranging 107 to 120 mg/dL. She reported a lot more energy and no menstrual cramps since starting the program.

At the 14-Week visit, the patient had lost a total of 17 lb and reported sustained energy and absence of insomnia. The patient was advised to continue on UltraGlycemX and the food program and to add a multivitamin/mineral supplement.


Please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns you may have about starting our FirstLine Therapy program. Please call: 310-473-2911.

Deep Muscle Stimulation!
A New Treatment Offered

Recently, I had the honor of becoming an appointed instructor for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).  Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been a leader in certification, continuing education, solutions and tools for health, fitness, sports performance and sports medicine professionals. Over the years of my participating with this organization, I have studied the most current treatments and techniques in sports medicine and for performance enhancement.

I am very excited to “give back” by being one of the NASM instructors and in the next few months, I will have the opportunity to travel to visit the Phoenix Suns and be a part of a small team of doctors instructing the Suns on soft-tissue techniques. Stay tuned for further news!

With my NASM association, I have been exposed to cutting-edge treatments and products utilized by the NFL, NBA, NHL… teams and their players – and one of the treatment modalities that I have had much success with is the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS). I am happy to announce that we now offer this treatment to our patients.

For those of you who have already tried the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) treatment, I would like to share this information and explain some of the benefits. For those who have not tried it yet, I encourage you to come in and try this treatment to help ease pain.


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Much of muscle pain stems from various conditions: strains, sprains, lactic acid build up, swelling, scar tissue and adhesions. The DMS uses percussion and vibrations over the skin, penetrating deep into the muscle tissue to stimulate blood flow and oxygen.

Most of you know what it’s like when I perform deep tissue therapy on you. The DMS provides deep muscle tissue with percussion and concussion vibration, which is relaxing and more comfortable than other procedures. This facilitates the patient or athlete with the benefits of:

  • Increased circulation
  • Reduced pain
  • Faster rehabilitation from injury
  • Increased lymphatic flow
  • Break up of muscular scar tissue
  • Reduced lactic acid build up
  • Tissue regeneration
  • Soft & active tissue release

The DMS can be used in effective management of acute and chronic pain. I have used the device for clients with headaches, sciatica, TMJ, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, swelling and myofacial pain and frozen joints.  Most of all, the DMS helps to loosen contracted, shortened muscles and can stimulate weak, flaccid muscles. This muscle “balancing” can help posture and promote more efficient movement.  Some clients prefer this technique over regular massage. I have a wonderful massage therapist that comes to my home every two weeks or so. She has been using it on me instead of her regular technique, I feel less tightness and more flexibility during my workouts, and I love the results!

Listen, Love and Understand….
A Touching Story!

This is an old story that I was told as a young man.  It is just as true today as it was back in the 1970’s. I guess its time to share it once more with everyone here.

A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.

‘Mister,’ he said, ‘I want to buy one of your puppies.’ ‘Well,’ said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, ‘these puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.’

The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.

‘I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?’

‘Sure,’ said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. ‘Here, Dolly!’ he called.

Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight.

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As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up.

‘I want that one,’ the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said, ‘Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.’

With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.

Looking back up at the farmer, he said, ‘You see sir, I don’t run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands.’

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully handed it to the little boy.

‘How much?’ asked the little boy.

‘No charge,’ answered the farmer, ‘There’s no charge for love.’

The world is full of people who need someone who understands.

When you come into my office, I recognize your potential and I hope you feel understood.

Remember to listen, love and understand your family, friends and co-workers.

Look for miracles and opportunities every day!

All My Love,

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