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Complementary and Alternative Care for Seniors

By Michael Biamonte, CNN

The greatest generation that ever existed has to be our current elderly, or “geriatric,” generation.

They’ve lived through more global changes than any generation in history. They are the go-getters. The inventors. When problems arose, they rolled up their sleeves and learned how to fix them. 

Yet when it comes to their health, they seem to have given up their control to follow their medical doctors’ and hospitals’ recommendations, instead of researching their options or taking care of themselves as they’ve done in every other area.

At the Biamonte Center, we’ve had so many elderly patients tell us how much they love their doctor, even that their doctor saved their life. But we see even more seniors whose care is simply being managed with one prescription drug after the other, while their quality of life slowly but surely fades away.

‘Death by Medicine’

In their groundbreaking article “Death by Medicine,” researchers Gary Null, Ph.D.; Carolyn Dean, M.D., ND; Martin Feldman, M.D.; Debora Rasio, M.D.; and Dorothy Smith, Ph.D., make the following observation. I’ve added the italics, for emphasis:

A definitive review and close reading of medical peer-review journals, and government health statistics show that American medicine frequently causes more harm than good. The number of people having in-hospital, adverse drug reactions (ADR) to prescribed medicine is 2.2 million. Dr. Richard Besser, of the CDC, in 1995, said the number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections was 20 million. Dr. Besser, in 2003, now refers to tens of millions of unnecessary antibiotics.

The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million. The total number of iatrogenic deaths shown in the study was 783,936. It is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States. The 2001 heart disease annual death rate is 699,697; the annual cancer death rate, 553,251. And these numbers are even higher today.

A Better Way

Our nutritional requirements certainly change as we get older. 

We stop producing as much stomach acid, so we don’t digest our food as well. All the vitamins and minerals we take in don’t get absorbed, we develop chronic health conditions that we take medications for, and those medications actually make the underlying problems worse.

But there is a better way—and it doesn’t require stopping treatment with one’s medical doctor or any other specialist. A smart nutritional plan, designed and overseen by a doctor who looks to the whole person, can help patients reverse most chronic conditions and get some of their strength, energy, and youth back. At the Biamonte Center, for example, we consult with each patient and then put together a specific, tailored nutritional plan. We use BioCybernetics software that was invented for NASA to determine nutritional deficiencies and how to prioritize treatment. 

Our “greatest generation” worked hard to get to their golden years. Now they need to make sure they can enjoy them.

Michael Biamonte is a certified clinical nutritionist and the founder of the Biamonte Center for Clinical Nutrition, located at 2185 34th Ave., Ste. 14D, Astoria, NY. For more information, visit



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