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Vitamins are the organic substances which are necessary for our health and well-being. We begin a two-part series to talk about Fat Soluble Vitamins this week and Water Soluble Vitamins next week. In this episode, you'll learn:

--That 50% of the population is taking vitamins and only 20% of the population eats a diet that gives them the necessary nutrition.

--Why Dr. Prather doesn't just recommend a single vitamin or supplement to everyone with the same condition, but individualizes his recommendations based on each patient's needs and what the lab tests show.

--That 90% of all cancers are caused by lifestyle, with 60% of all cancers being caused by nutritional deficiencies.

--How vitamins can be toxic to our bodies if we take too much of something. And why Vitamins A, D, E, and K are the ones that you need to be careful of over-consuming.

--Why chronic bladder infections often are linked to low Vitamin A. And the signs of Vitamin A deficiency that can be seen in skin, hair, and nails.

--That Vitamin D is not just a vitamin, but also plays a role in hormonal regulation. And why low cholesterol is linked to low Vitamin D.

--Why Dr. Prather calls Cod Liver Oil pills a "perfect combination of all the fat soluble vitamins".

--How every pharmaceutical will deplete the necessary vitamins and minerals from your body, leaving you with even greater nutritional requirements.

--The connection between low Vitamin E and Diabetes, Anemia, and Infertility.

--Why bloody noses and easy bruising might indicate a Vitamin K deficiency. Plus, how Vitamin K can help with menstrual cramps.



1-in-3 people will get Shingles. And the older you are, the more likely you are to get it. In this episode, we talk about:

--That Shingles is on the rise since around 1994, but it's not certain as to why.

--How the exact same virus which causes Chicken Pox also causes Shingles. And how the pattern of Shingles follows along the pathways of the nervous system.

--Why Dr. Prather calls Shingles an "opportunistic" virus caused by a lowered immune system from illness, stress, and even prescription medicines (such as cholesterol drugs and antibiotics).

--The symptoms of Shingles, including pain that is usually confined to one side of the body. And how Shingles can be dangerous enough to cause death, blindness, or hearing loss.

--Why you can't get Shingles from someone, but you can get the Shingles virus from someone.

--How Shingles can be prevented. Plus, the effectiveness of the Shingles vaccine.

--The natural treatments for Shingles used at The Prather Practice, including certain herbals, vitamins, and minerals that boost the patient's immune system.

--How Homeopathy and Chiropractic adjustments can help with Shingles. And the amazing story of how a Colorado hospital started using a homeopathic spray formula to relieve Shingles because Dr. Prather sent it to the daughter of a patient.

--Why keeping your body alkaline will decrease your likelihood of getting Shingles. And why Dr. Prather calls red laser acupuncture one of their "secrets" to effectively treating Shingles.

--The foods you should avoid to prevent Shingles, including chocolate and carbonated beverages. And the foods you SHOULD eat to help with Shingles.



Most have never heard of this gentle adjustment of the top vertebrae, but Dr. Prather calls it "the most important thing you can do for your health". And 4-out-of-5 people need it. In this episode, you'll discover:

--How Dr. Prather is the only board-certified Atlas Orthogonist in the state of Indiana. And why the top chiropractors say the Atlas is the most important adjustment to make in the body as well as the most difficult adjustment to make.

--That the top vertebrae (also known as the Atlas) weighs only 2 ounces but supports the weight of the entire human head (which weighs between 15 and 30 pounds).

--How the entire nervous system goes through the Atlas, which tells the rest of the body what to do. And how this treatment formed the basis of Dr. Prather's entire practice.

--The personal health benefit that Dr. Prather received from this adjustment in his battle with Graves' Disease as a young man, which inspired him to become an Atlas Orthogonist.

--Why the Atlas Orthogonal adjustment is a gentle, non-force technique without any of the "popping and cracking" many associate with chiropractic techniques.

--Why the Atlas Orthogonal technique is extremely safe.

--The reason Dr. Prather says using an instrument to adjust (as with the Atlas Orthogonal Adjustment) is more effective than if he used his hands to adjust.

--Why everyone (including babies) should be checked for this adjustment on an annual basis.

--How birth trauma can cause babies to have their Atlas out of position.

--The symptoms you might see as a result of your Atlas needing this adjustment. Plus, why the Atlas Orthogonal Adjustment has a huge effect on Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, ALS, and concussion trauma, severe headaches.



75% of smokers actually want to quit. Dr. Prather says an individualized approach to treatment is important as there are different causes and triggers to each person's addiction. In this episode, find out:

--How only 2% of the modern cigarette is tobacco, while most of the cigarette is CARDBOARD soaked in 70,000 chemicals! Plus, the change that occurs in your brain when you become addicted to cigarettes.

--How Dr. Prather calls Acupuncture "miraculous" in helping to eliminate the shakes and anxiety in those who are quitting smoking.

--That Auriculotherapy (microcurrent stimulation of points on the ear) helps change the brain waves that are associated with any addiction.

--Why Dr. Prather says that CELERY helps with the oral fixation of smoking and the need to do something with your hands.

--How those ALLERGIC to cigarette smoke become addicted to smoking. Plus, how Homeopathy helps those with a craving due to the allergic reaction to cigarette smoke.

--The importance of detoxifying the body of the harmful toxins from cigarettes as you are in the process of quitting.

--How cigarette smoking can trigger low back pain and herniated discs due to the nutritional deficiencies that come with smoking (such as Vitamin B and Vitamin C deficiencies).

--How your body can reverse the damage from years of smoking and why it is NEVER too late to quit to benefit your health.

--That second-hand smoke produces 60-70% of the harm compared to smoking the cigarette yourself. And how children have three times the chance of developing asthma if their parents are smokers.

--Why natural cigarettes made from real tobacco can be a helpful step as someone stops smoking the cigarettes filled with cardboard and chemicals.




6 million Americans suffer from Congestive Heart Failure, which is the #1 reason for hospitalization for those over 65. More people are coming down with Congestive Heart Failure than ever before, costing us $100 billion a year. In this episode, learn:

--The causes and risk factors of Congestive Heart Failure.

--Signs and symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure.

--Why Dr, Prather considers Congestive Heart Failure a disease of rich nations and a lifestyle disease that is "completely unnecessary".

--How certain pharmaceuticals--like cholesterol drugs--can actually kick off Congestive Heart Failure.

--Why disease care can slow down Congestive Heart Failure, but never reverse it. (And why you need Structure/Function health care to reverse Congestive Heart Failure.)

--How Dr. Prather approaches Congestive Heart Failure in his patients.

--Why Dr. Prather says the heart is the "most easily fixed organ in the body with the highest capacity of regenerating itself".

--The machine Dr. Prather uses to help his patients achieve the benefits of aerobic exercise...without the patients actually having to exercise.

--Why patients can have hope to reverse their Congestive Heart Failure even though there aren't any good medical options available.

--The preventive measures to avoid Congestive Heart Failure, and the tests you should have done to diagnose heart health.





Fiber isn't something most would describe as "sweet". But Dr. Prather explains that fiber can have many sweet benefits for our health. In this episode, we talk about:

--How the modern diet has replaced fiber with sugar, resulting in "untold consequences to our health and well-being".

--The experiment a college professor of Dr. Prather's conducted by adding fiber to the diets of the hogs on his farm.

--Why Dr. Prather calls fiber "a magic and missing" ingredient in someone's diet if you want to change their health.

--The amount of fiber Dr. Prather recommends for daily intake (and why he disagrees with the official recommendation amount).

--Which sweeteners Dr. Prather recommends instead of the highly-processed sweeteners that are dangerous to our health.

--How our fiber-sugar ratio is the "quickest, easiest" way to reduce obesity levels.

--Why a digestive system with proper bacteria from fiber can reduce the fat produced by our body by 50%!

--The multitude of health benefits just from increasing your fiber intake. How fiber can help with Type II Diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

--The good sources of fiber Dr. Prather recommends (including the kind of bread Dr. Prather buys from Europe).

--Why supplementation of fiber is necessary since it is difficult in modern America to get the fiber intake we need. And how Dr. Prather has found "no one" with proper fiber intake based on the G.I. Effects stool kit.




The liver is the workhorse of the body, which supports every other organ and function of the body. You'll learn:

--How the liver has 500 different chemical functions in the body (impacting your immune system, your blood pressure, your hormones, your digestive system, and type II diabetes).

--Why a sick liver is a major reason for high cholesterol (and why cholesterol medicines can make your liver even more unhealthy).

--How a properly-functioning liver can help women with hot flashes, PMS, and low libido.

--Why Dr. Prather says close to 100% of patients need extra support for their liver.

--How pharmaceuticals (and the chemicals in the foods we eat) damage and add stress to your liver.

--The connection between fatigue, sluggishness, nausea and a congested liver.

--The emotion that the Talmud connects to the liver, and the behavioral changes Dr. Prather sees as a patient's liver becomes healthier.

--The reason why liver detoxification programs usually cause more harm than good, and the more gentle approach Dr. Prather uses for his patients.

--How constipation can produce chemicals that cause cancer and heart disease (and how a healthy liver eliminates constipation).

--Why everyone with a thyroid problem always has an issue with their liver.

--What every cancer patient should know: How a healthy liver can help fight cancer.




High blood pressure is a contributor to cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease. But 95% of those with hypertension have no symptoms and have no idea of the danger they are facing. In this episode, discover:

--What range is considered to be high blood pressure. And which of the numbers (systolic or diastolic) is considered the most important.

--Why high blood pressure kills people and how many deaths per day are attributed to hypertension.

--How high blood pressure statistics differ based on sex and race. Plus, the risk factors for high blood pressure.

--The different kinds of high blood pressure and the treatments for hypertension.

--The problems with medical treatment of high blood pressure, such as the kidneys being worn out by the prescription drugs.

--How 70% of the contribution of hypertension comes from the kidneys. And why the Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) is a key number to be aware of for hypertension patients.

--How a chiropractic adjustment of the Atlas (the first vertebrae) has been shown to have a greater effect on balancing blood pressure than medication.

--Why acupuncture can oftentimes get someone's high blood pressure down immediately. And which herbals have been shown extremely effective for hypertension by strengthening the kidneys without the negative effects of pharmaceuticals.

--The 40 different Homeopathic options for helping high blood pressure that can be tested and individualized for each patient.

--The "very strong correlation" between vitamins, minerals, and hypertension.




Dr. Prather says it is a myth that cholesterol is the CAUSE of Cardiovascular Disease. High cholesterol is instead a SYMPTOM of Cardiovascular Disease. In this episode, you'll learn:

--How the pharmaceutical companies had the labs change the reference ranges for cholesterol levels when cholesterol medications were developed. And why reference ranges on lab tests are NOT the ideal number Dr. Prather looks for.

--That cholesterol is an essential building material the body uses to help heal damage in the body and is key to hormone production.

--Why the Coronary Risk Factor ratio in your cholesterol number should be more of a focus than the overall cholesterol number.

--How LOW cholesterol can cause fatigue, difficulty thinking, increased risk of cancer, loss of memory, mental confusion, and greater susceptibility to viruses.

--The harmful side effects of statin drugs. And why Type II Diabetics and those with high liver enzymes should NOT take statin drugs.

--How the #1 reason for high cholesterol is a sick liver. And the various underlying causes of high cholesterol: Low thyroid, Type II Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, mineral imbalances, low Vitamin D, kidney disease, pancreatic disease, and chronic pain.

--That Cholesterol is more of a warning instead of the disease process itself. And why Dr. Prather says the key is finding the underlying cause and reason of high cholesterol.

--Why Cancer patients need to keep their cholesterol levels HIGH. And why cholesterol drugs can actually increase your chance of Cancer.

--How to regulate your cholesterol through diet by eating what Dr. Prather calls "real" food and by shopping only on the outside aisles of the grocery store.

--Why you should have a goal to get off of statin drugs as soon as possible. Plus, the increased nutritional needs of your body when you are on statin drugs.




Too many patients and health care professionals believe that antibiotics solve almost anything and are a cure-all. Unfortunately, that belief has led to a health care crisis where antibiotics are overused when there are more appropriate and more effective alternatives. In this episode, you'll learn:

--Why Dr. Prather calls antibiotics "a precious resource that we are destroying" by over-prescribing. And why he says we should respect antibiotics more to make sure the next generation still has them.

--That, in 2010, there were 258 million antibiotic courses ordered out of 309 million people. (That's 833 antibiotics for every 1000 people!)

--That the Centers for Disease Control has a goal to reduce antibiotic use by one-third and want to make it easier for doctors to tell the patients "No" when it comes to antibiotic prescriptions.

--Why children are three to six times MORE likely to get infections if they wrongly receive antibiotics.

--How Homeopathy was effective in fighting Cholera epidemics. And why Homeopathy can get faster results than an antibiotic in relief of symptoms.

--How herbal medications were the most effective remedy when the SARS outbreak occurred in China. And the herbals you should always have in your medicine cabinet (especially for parents with young children who are looking for a safe and gentle option).

--How Vitamins and Minerals fight infections. For example, Vitamin C along with an antibiotic makes the antibiotic 50% more effective.

--Why Chiropractic adjustments help fight infections.

--How 85% of Cancer patient complaints are resolved if the patients are undergoing Chiropractic and Acupuncture treatments at the same time.

--How Antibiotics actually destroy the good bacteria in the gut and why Probiotics are necessary for anyone on Antibiotics.




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