Issue 183                                                                    Jan 2007

Michael Lebowitz DC

 2550 I Rd. Grand Junction, CO 81505 




Dear Colleagues:

I hope you are all well. There is an interesting article in the January 2007 Consumer Reports magazine entitled DIRTY BIRDS. It tells about a report they just did and found that approximately 83% of store bought chickens harbored campylobacter or salmonella (back in 2003 it was 49%). In terms of camplyobacter it ranged from a high of 89% contamination in Tyson brand to a low of 74% in Perdue. Organic chickens faired no better ranging from 74% to 86%. Further, many of these bacteria proved resistant to at least one standard antibiotic. Salmonella contamination varied from 3% to 17%. For the past number of years I always have had patients that test positive on our helicobacter vial (AK Test Kits 1-888-323-0625, this vial is similar enough to campylobacter that it appears they most often overlap in testing) avoid poultry during treatment and be very careful after treatment to prevent recidivism (often the vial will only test positive over the area of the gastrointestinal tract that is infected). There are some helpful hints that can decrease your chance of infection. They include: 1) make sure the chicken is cooked to at least 165 degrees, 2) don’t let raw chicken touch other foods, 3) thaw frozen chicken in the refrigerator, 4) immediately after preparing it, wash your hands and clean anything or surface you or the raw chicken touched, 5) it is my opinion that kosher chicken, due to the salting process, has a much less degree of contamination. For treatment we have had good success with either Morinda Supreme (Mid American Marketing 1-800-922-1744) or SF734 (Thorne Research 1-800-228-1966).


New Product

BodyGuard Supreme (Mid American Marketing 1-800-922-1744) Each capsule of BodyGuard contains 500mg of pure Phyllanthus fraternus with no added fillers, binders, excipients, etc. There are well over 50 published studies on the therapeutic effects of this herb. Before getting into the scientific and historical research I would like to share why I feel it is such an important product.

Clinical trials with applied kinesiology suggest that Phyllanthus fraternus in some way has a positive effect in possibly preventing damage to the body due to excessive electro-magnetic field exposure. Recently, you do not hear nearly as much negative press about EMF’s as we used to. In my practice I have found that EMF’s are increasingly problematic. As they become more prevalent in our lives with cell phones, wireless connections, microwaves, computers, etc.; they have potential to produce more harm to our bodies (nervous system, endocrine system, neurotransmitters, melatonin production, etc.). When big business is involved in producing products emitting strong EMF’s, it can become harder to get objective information into the mainstream media. Just google EMF’s and there are literally hundreds of articles on their deleterious effects.

I have investigated hundreds of nutritional products to find one that routinely blocks the negative effects of EMF’s on manual muscle testing and after much research (about 2 years) was happily surprised to see that they were routinely blocked by one source of phyllanthus fraternus. We were only able to find a few suppliers and only the product from one of the importers had this effect (hard to know if it is quality control, soil or climatic conditions or why). When testing to see if EMF’s affect your patient, just have them call someone on their cell phone and hold the phone up to their ear at the beginning of the call (once the other person picks up) and see if it weakens a strong indicator muscle. You will see that it will in over half of the people tested if your patient population is like mine (if you are urban I wouldn’t be surprised if the percentage is much higher). In nearly all these cases if the patient is exposed to BodyGuard Supreme during the call it will block the weakening effect.


In December 2006 I conducted a study on 40 consecutive patients. I had them put a cell phone up to their ear and make a call. Once the call was connected we tested a previously determined strong indicator muscle to see if it weakened. If it did weaken we checked to see if the weakening was blocked by phyllanthus fraternus. Whether the cell phone weakened or not, we also checked to see if phyllantus strengthened a previously determined weak muscle. Results are as follows:

  • Weakened on cell phone exposure: 55%
  • Weakening on cell phone blocked by phyllanthus :100%
  • Pyllanthus strengthened a weak indicator muscle: 80%

What I found fascinating is that in 72.2% of patients who didn’t weaken on cell phone exposure still strengthened on phyllanthus fraternus (86.4% of those that weakened on the cell strengthened on phyllanthus in the clear). This indicated to me the wide useage of the product even above and beyond EMF issues. It is one of my favorite supplements for people who weaken on environmental chemicals and some toxic metals.

One potential usage I hadn’t anticipated is that clinically it appears to help people tolerate EFA’s who seem to have low tolerance for taking EFA’s due to sluggish or congested livers. If EFA’s do not strengthen on muscle testing, the right ones often do in combination with phyllanthus.

Over the years I have seen many “gadgets” sold to block EMF’s by “changing their patterns into less harmful ones etc”. These can include plug in items for a room or something you wear around your neck. Some of these will temporarily have positive muscle testing effects but I have found that after a week or two the patient just gets sensitive to “the new changed field” and on blinded applied kinesiology studies, they no longer work. With BodyGuard Supreme- it is an ingested herb that appears to strengthen the body to make it more resistant to the effects of EMF’s. At this point in time we do not know the mechanism but the applied kinesiology results are very impressive.

Traditionally in the tropics, phyllanthus fraternus has been used in treatment of gall and kidney stones, malaria, diabetes, acute and chronic pain, infections, cystitis, prostatitis, tumors, and the list goes on and on.

In research over the years it has shown to be liver protective against different environmental chemicals, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, antilithic, lowers blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Studies at a medical school in Brazil showed it promoted the elimination of kidney stones and it is sold today in pharmacies throughout that country for that purpose. It also helped block the formation of calcium oxalate crystals, thus it can possibly be used as a preventative to stone formation.

Studies on animals in India suggested it could be used to increase bile secretion and lower blood cholesterol levels.

It also has diuretic properties and studies in India showed it can thus decrease systolic blood pressure. Other studies suggested it could not only lower blood sugar but help prevent diabetic neuropathy.

Mice studies showed it can help reduce damage during chemotherapy and radiation and it increased the life span of mice with liver cancer by 65%.

Some studies suggest it is very useful as an anti-viral especially against hepatitis B (possibly A and C) and HIV.

Dosage: For my patients I have recommended one cap 3x/day if they weaken on EMF’s, and one cap 1-2x/day once they stop weakening as a possible preventative. Traditional pharmacies in South America recommend as high as 4-6 caps twice daily when treating kidney stones (I have never done this and it shouldn’t be done in lieu of other treatment). If it blocks chemicals or metals (it does this quite often) on AK testing or just strengthens “in the clear”, I tend to prescribe 1 cap 2-3x/day.

As with any herb I would recheck the need for it on the patient every few weeks and have them report any side effects (I couldn’t find any in the literature) ASAP and stop taking it if side effects occur- until you can re-evaluate them.

Contra-indications: To be safe I would not prescribe it during pregnancy as with most other herbs. Because it can lower blood pressure and blood sugar: patients on anti-hypertensive drugs (also beta-blockers and other heart medications) or blood sugar lowering drugs may need careful monitoring or adjusting of the doses of their medications or you may not want to prescribe BodyGuard in these patients. It may be contra-indicated in severely hypo-glycemic patients also.

For a much more detailed summary of the effects of this wonderful herb you can buy The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs by Leslie Taylor available at or through your local bookstore (it is also known as Phyllanthus niruri in the book and some published literature).

None of these statements have been FDA evaluated and none of the information here-in should be used to diagnose, prescribe or replace traditional medical care.


2005 DVD purchasers

For those of you that purchased the 2005 seminar video that Dr Jay Wilson and I taught we are making available for free the new updated notes (updated Dec 2006). These are only for people that attended our 2005 seminar or purchased the DVD or video. They are available to be sent as a PDF file. This is a limited time offer. If interested, email me at  Jay and I hope to do an updated seminar sometime in 2007. Stay tuned for more information.


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1.DVD- Correcting Chronic Health Problems 2005: This DVD seminar, approximately 6 hours long will teach the physician a simple to apply, effective protocol to treat patients with chronic fatigue, allergies, chemical sensitivities, intestinal dysbiosis, (fungal, bacterial, parasitic, and viral infections), food sensitivities, altered intestinal permeability, toxic metal problems, endocrine dysfunction, nutritional imbalances, chronic pain and subluxations. Knowledge of basic muscle testing is helpful.  A complete protocol is taught that you can use to treat even the most chronic patients. The video is suited for both the novice and the advanced practitioners in our work and has many changes from previous videos. A complete set of advanced notes accompanies the video. This video supersedes our previous ones. Price is $250 and can be paid by check to our office or paypal to There is a paypal link on our website to pay also.

2. Clinical Indications of Thorne Research Products: This handout has both academic and clinical observations on well over 100 products I use in my office. Approximately 90% of the products I use are by Thorne Research. Reasons are given. This handout is free and is available in written form or on CD-Rom. You may wither call our office for a copy or download it from our website: as you can download it.

3. Personal Seminars with Dr. Lebowitz: Dr. Lebowitz teaches seminars      to one or two doctors at a time in his home/office in Grand Junction, CO. These classes are tailored to meet your individual needs and can be as basic or advanced as you would like.  Treatment for you and/or your family can be included in the teaching.  Colorado continuing education hours can be provided.  Best days are Sundays, Mondays or Wednesdays.  Call to schedule exact dates.   Cost is $300 for one physician or $500 for 2 physicians coming together.

4. Test Kits for Dr. Lebowitz protocol. Call AK Test Kits at 1-888-323-0625 or see our website for more details. Info is available on CD-Rom. These new kits will greatly simplify and speed up your testing making you more efficient and accurate in patient assessment.

5. Lasers we use in our protocol (rectangular beam output 635nm 5mw) Laseronix  1-808- 879-9391. The one we use is called “the Desensitizer”