Holistic Functional & Integrative Medicine
Visit our home office in beautiful Murrells Inlet, SC. The seafood capital of South Carolina. We can arrange accommodations for our out of town patient-clients.
We offer Myer's Cocktails, Hi-Dose IV Vitamin C therapy, IV Glutathione and much more. Corporate and Individual Wellness Programs are offered.
We have several clinical trials underway at our office to include a blood test that takes the place of fiberoptic colonoscopy for colon & rectal cancer screening. We have blood test biomarkers for screening for lung cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and others. We have advanced RNA based biomarker technology that can predict your risk for cardiovascular events (heart attack and stroke) and allow you to take preventive measures to avoid them. Other clinical trials include Pharmacogenomics (PGx) and a topical allergy immunotherapy that avoids the "needle" in the allergy shots. Inquire about other clinical trials offered at our center.
Dr. Yusuf (JP) Saleeby is director of Priority Health of South Carolina, an Integrative Medical center in Murrells Inlet, SC. This practice is a general holistic and conventional medicine setting with special focus on Preventive Medical Care (advanced biomarkers for the early detection and prevention of disease). He is assisted by Kristin B. Richardson, PA-C and A. Cheryl Massie, FNP-BC.
A particular interest and focus is on correct hormonal and nutritional balance for thyroid, gonadal hormones (estrogen, testosterone) and adrenal hormones. Dr. Saleeby prescribed conventional Western Medicines as well as alternatives to pharmaceuticals (nutraceuticals, Medical Foods, dietary supplements, whole food nutrition).
A focus on our top clinical interests, which are, Hypothyroidism and bioidentical hormone therapy as well as issues pertaining to Post-Lyme disease syndrome (CLD). Our goal is to offer our excellent service to those dealing with this serious condition in the areas surrounding Myrtle Beach and Charleston, South Carolina as well as Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina.
Please view our video review of Best Management Options for Hypothyroidism on YouTube.
We also see patients for nutritional counseling and IV infusions (Myer's Cocktail), as well as safe weight loss programs. The practice does not accept medical insurance for office visits, but your health insurance and prescription plans will likely cover most of your laboratory expenses.
Our main office number is a toll-free (800) 965-8482 and if the staff ask you to fax documents please use our toll-free secure e-fax (888) 242-0735. Nurse line is (843) 651-9944. Email us at [email protected]
Make an Appointment with Priority Health at our home office (or our Cary, NC office):
We recommend that you also use the links below to download and complete important patient forms that we must have to facilitate your visit. These forms are necessary for an appointment with Dr. Saleeby and his staff at Priority Health.
Please read the "Letter to Patients" and our "Cancellation Policy" within the Our Office Policies. Then READ, COMPLETE and SUBMIT the "Health History Questionnaire" This will expedite the check-in process.
Note: To complete this process we ask that you complete the "SmartWaver" process (link below) prior to your visit. This form is required of all new patients.
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- ColoVantage Colorectal Cancer screening blood test (an option versus colonoscopy)
- Celiac Disease (Gluten Intolerance) Panel
- APO-E Genotype testing (genomic testing for weight management, cardiovascular risk and Alzheimer’s risk)
- MTHFR mutation testing (methyl-folate reductase) (deficiency may be root cause for memory, sleep loss and depression)
- Omega-3 index test (how is your good-fish-oil consumption?)
- Coenzyme Q10 (coQ10) levels
- Variety of Cancer BioMarkers (CEA, CA 125, PSA, …)
- Adrenal and Thyroid gland analysis (hsTSH, fT3, fT4, rT3, TPO, TGAbs) by Blood Spot and Saliva
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Myers' Cocktail IV Infusion
by JP Saleeby, MD
There is a treatment of rapid intravenous infusion containing high dose vitamins and minerals for the treatment for a variety of ailments. It has for the past twenty-years become wildly popular and sparked my attention some years ago. There are hundreds of physicians in this country that use it as a stand-alone therapy or also as replacement therapy for those receiving chelation therapy. This infusion is something referred to as the “Myers’ Cocktail” or the “Gaby-Wright Cocktail.”
As fate would have it I attended a symposium over a decade ago in New York City entitled “Nutritional Therapy in Medical Practice” given by non other than Dr. Alan R. Gaby, a luminary in nutritional medicine. This symposium was sponsored by the Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s- Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Its focus was on nutritional therapies and nutritional medicine. Of the five hundred or so in attendance from around the country I was hoping to bring back some real pearls of wisdom to my clinic in Savannah, GA at the time. This most fascinating conference included several lectures on the importance of nutrition in daily life and in treating and preventing disease from an integrative nutritional basis. Every lecture was supported and referenced by evidence found in the peer-reviewed medical literature in this country and abroad. Alan R. Gaby, MD as well as Jonathan V. Wright, MD are both highly regarded in the field of nutritional / integrative medicine and the conference was was one of the first in my career that exacted a change away from traditional practice guidelines focused on drug therapy.
Dr. Gaby would speak often of the Myers’ Cocktail uses in his clinical practice. First introduced by Dr. John Myers of Maryland in the mid-20th century and then forgotten after his death, until it was re-introduced by Drs. Gaby and Wright some twenty years ago, it is a mixture of relatively high doses of five vitamins and two minerals. Very often it is customized with varying doses of each agent and can also include Adrenal cortical extract (ACE), Glyceron (an extract from the licorice plant named glycerrhizin) and Glutathione (a potent antioxidant) helpful in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease.
It is quickly (within 30 minutes) infused through an intravenous access (IV) and in some patients the effects may last weeks. The theory behind high dose and quick infusions is that these vitamins and minerals are forced into the cells by sheer overload and are hence “trapped” intracellularly, where their effects last long beyond the expected short time following a slower infusion. Years ago Dr. Gaby and Dr. Harry Adelson have conducting a pilot study into the effects of the Myers’ Cocktail at the Naturopathic Medical Center at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT. Independently, I have collected date at several centers I have been affiliated with over the last 15 years. Literally hundreds of infusions in my patients have achieved rapid cure to acute viral infections such as Hepatitis A and Influenza (Flu). Additionally, what could almost be considered a miraculous recovery to an acute Epstein-Barr (EBV) or mono infection was realized in one of my own nurses. The prospects are exciting, many anecdotal and multiple case studies documented in my office, but no real large volume clinical trials have yet been performed. The national burn centers have even started using high dose Vitamin C therapy for better survival and quicker skin healing in their patients. This is essentially a modified Myers. Will the data back up the case studies and anecdotal claims that have been made over the decades? Double blinded placebo controlled studies have yet to be performed, however, case studies speak loudly in favor of this therapy.
The treatment is recommended and has been used with great success in treating Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, several autoimmune disorders, Chronic Depression, Fibromyalgia, Asthma (both acute flair-ups and the chronic conditions), Urticaria (hives), Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis, Chronic Sinusitis, Congestive Heart Failure, Ischemic Vascular Disease, Dementia, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Bronchitis, Interstitial Cystitis, Multiple Sclerosis and especially Acute Viral and Bacterial infections. I have used this therapy to recover people quickly from the flu, acute Hepatitis A and B infections and Infectious Mononucleosis. It has also be used to quicken the recovery phase in elite athletes in training and during competition. This was used with some athletes at Olympic levels of competition at Team Savannah's Weightlifting facility some years ago. This therapy is also being used post-DMSA chelation of heavy metals to replace the good minerals and trace elements lost in this therapy. The Myers cocktail is very effective as a natural chelator of harmful metals and toxins, as a potent anti-viral agent, when other drugs fail and as a natural way to lower harmful inflammatory and oxidative states and levels.
To obtain this therapy, you must be an active patient at the center. Prescriptions are written once a patient is established for continued therapy up to a year as needed by disease state and disorder. Therapy starts out at $120 per IV infusion + nursing visit charges. Email or call our toll free number to learn more.
Glossary of Terms
Adrenal Hormones: Those hormones that respond to stress. Arise from the adrenal glands above the kidneys. Cortisol and DHEA are the chief hormones measured when evaluating for adrenal insufficiency or fatigue.
Age Management Medicine: Physicians who focus on slowing down the degenerative process of aging; usually, integrative practitioners who apply a holistic approach to healthcare delivery. Prevention of disease is a focus as well as using nutritional and hormonal means to combat the rapid aging process that can start in our mid-40’s. Age Management is not geriatric medicine, but rather a more proactive preventive medicine approach and paradigm.
Andropause: AKA male menopause. This condition is also referred to as Low T, for low testosterone. It occurs as men age, but is often found in younger men with primary or secondary hypofunction of the testes and is treated with Testosterone replacement therapy (bHRT).
ApoE-genotype: A genetic test that can determine your risk for heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and much more. Those who possess the 4-allele (Apoe-4) should be on aggressive disease prevention programs.
Autoimmune: A condition where the immune system (T-cells and B-cells) of our body are out of control or sync and don’t work correctly. Antibodies are made that attack our own tissue and organs, disrupting normal function. Traditional therapy is to suppress the entire immune system with corticosteroids, toxic drugs like hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil®) and the newer biologics as in Enbrel® (etanercept), and Humira®(adalimumab). However, it is wisest to augment and correct or discipline the immune system versus suppress it. Suppression will lead to an increase in infections and cancer.
bHRT (BHRT or NHRT): Bio-identical or Natural Hormone Therapy (HRT) is the use of naturally occurring, bio-identically similar on a molecular level and often times in a particular rhythm (circadian rhythm) the use of hormone therapy. It is contrasted to the use of synthetic or lab-created non-natural hormone chemicals or imitators.
Chronic Lyme Disease: A poorly understood and controversial illness. Also referred to as Post-Lyme Syndrome, Post-infection Lyme Syndrome, and other names, it is a multi-system, syndrome with many and varied signs and symptoms.
CRC: Colon & Rectal Cancer. If screened and caught early it is one of the most successfully treated and survived cancers. Recent reports put it on the rise in younger Americans. ColonSentry and ColoVantage are blood tests that are excellent screening tools.
D1/D2: D1 and D2 are short hand for deiodinase, these are a few enzymes in this class that convert thyroid hormones from 4-iodine (T4) containing molecules to 3-iodine containing (T3 & rT3) to 2, etc. There are type 1, 2, and even 3 types of deiodinase enzymes.
EarlyCDT-Lung: A collection of advanced biomarkers for the screening of lung cancers. For early detection of lung cancers in high risk, former smokers, current tobacco users, those over 55 years.
Free-T3: The bioactive and unbound serum levels of T3 (triiodothyronine). T3 is approximately four times as potent a thyroid hormone as is T4 and is truly the main thyroid hormone of metabolism. Inadequate levels can lead to obesity, T2DM, osteoporosis, dyslipidemia (elevated bad cholesterol) and other problems such as fatigue, “brain fog”, inability to lose weight to your ideal body weight, depression and more. Free-T3 is much more useful in monitoring therapy.
Free-T4: The active and unbound (protein, albumen and carrier protein-bound) serum levels of T4 (thyroxine). A free-T4 tells clinicians much more information about true storage levels of this hormone.
Gonadal Hormones: Also known as sex hormones. Testosterone, Estrogen (Estradiol, Estriol), Progesterone, & DHEA are some examples. When levels are lower in older men and women, the aging process accelerates and there is an increased risk for some cancers, heart disease and diabetes. Obesity, lack of libido and depression also are symptoms. Age management physicians use youthful levels of select hormones to slow down the aging process and prevent disease.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: An autoimmune condition that eventually leads to hypothyroidism. TOP antibody levels help diagnose. Thyroid may be tender and levels of thyroid hormones may vary, but eventually patients with this disorder need careful management of their T4 and T3 replacement.
Hypothyroidism: A condition of suboptimal thyroid hormone production. Estimates are that it occurs in almost one in every four females in industrialized countries. Hypothyroidism can occur from autoimmune disorders (80% due to Hashimotos) or following surgery of the thyroid gland. Nutritional and environmental issues can hurt thyroid function. Selenium deficiencies or poor dietary intake of iodine or iron are just two examples of deficiencies that can interrupt good thyroid function. Check out our YouTube Video review of Best Management Options.
Integrative Functional Medicine: That practice of clinical medicine where the physician or nurse looks at the whole body (holistic) and takes the very best of conventional traditional western medicine and incorporates functional medicine, complementary and some alternative medicine diagnostics and therapeutics (TCM, energy medicine, etc.).
Lyme Disease: A disease of many manifestations occurring from the spirochete Borellia (Bb) and also influenced by co-infections and co-factors. Very elusive and can lead to chronic state of great disability. LLMDs (Lyme Literate Medical Doctors are expert at recognizing and treating this disease).
Menopause: A state in which women stop having a normal menstrual cycle or produce normal levels of their sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. Testosterone production can also be affected. Changes to bone and other organs can predispose women with inadequate hormone levels to osteoporosis, increased risk of heart disease, depression, increase rate of cancers, diabetes and dementia. There are also issues with sexual function, vaginal dryness and atrophy.
Methylation Pathway: A critically important biochemical pathway where methyl donors are used (carbon+3 hydrogen atoms) in the formation of several important compounds in our body. These compounds include neurotransmitters (such as serotonin, dopamine and melatonin), SAMe, Glutathione, processes for the removal of elevated levels of homocysteine. The Methylation Pathway as an impact on nearly every aspect of our health.
MTHFR genotype: Two gene loci are tested to determine genetic phenotype of this critically important gene that codes for an enzyme that converts folates to the usable methyl-folate that helps drive methylation reactions in our body. Mutations in either of these genes can have grave implications on your health.
Natural Thyroid Replacement: When thyroid hormones are given as medication it is called thyroid replacement therapy (HRT), when natural T4, T3 and others are used it is called natural or bioidentical HRT. Synthroid® is one of the top 5 selling drugs in the world now for the past couple of decades and researchers and patients alike are learning that it is not the best way to deliver thyroid HRT.
NDT: Natural Desiccated Thyroid is a form of naturally replacing thyroid hormones in a near normal-human ratio of T4, T3, T2, T1, T0 and calcitonin. Usually only the T4 and T3 components are reported on NDT formulas. Synthroid® is a single isomer of T4-only and is considered synthetic. Armour Thyroid®, Westhroid®, Nature-Throid®, WP-Thyroid® and others are considered natural or NDT.
Pharmacogenomic Testing: Aka PGx, this is the use of DNA samples (usually from the inner cheek) to assess how medications are metabolized in your body through liver enzyme pathways. Anyone on at least one medication should be screened; multiple meds, it is encouraged to avoid Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR).
Predictive Testing: A new approach to laboratory testing advocating the use of advanced bio-markers to determine and predict disease risk. Predictive testing can keep a person from developing disease. Routine tests are only good for diagnosing present disease. Many have no predictive value.
Reverse-T3: AKA r-T3 is the reverse isomer of T3 and is inactive in the metabolic was T3 has activity. It attaches to thyroid hormone receptors, but does not exact the same response as T3. Elevated levels of r-T3 usually mean the enzymes of conversion of T4 to T3 (D1, D2) are being “wasted” on converting to r-T3. Elevated levels of r-T3 will suppress TSH and give the appearance of normal thyroid blood levels, but will in actuality reduce body metabolism.
Telomere: The end cap of a chromosome (DNA) that allows for replication of a cell. When each replication occurs the telomere get shorter, living unhealthy can shorten it as well. There are ways to make it longer. It is a test of biological age (versus chronological age).
Thyroid Hormones: These hormones are produced by the thyroid gland from substrate compounds requiring iodine, selenium and b-complex vitamins. They function as master hormones of metabolism. Conversion of the storage T4 hormone to T3 occurs at only 20% in the thyroid gland, but the vast majority in peripheral tissues and the liver. Many genetic and environmental factors can interrupt this conversion. T3 is the active form of the hormones produced. Reverse-T3 (rT3) is an aberrant and inactive form of T3. Heavy metals, environmental estrogen modifiers, hormones, autoimmune disorders and even tick borne illness can affect the way thyroid hormones are produced, metabolized and work on receptors.
TPO: Thyroid Peroxidase Enzyme Antibodies are elevated in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis an auto-immune disorder of the thyroid gland. Measuring them can help clinicians manage hard to treat cases. Modulation of the thyroid antibodies can help with treatment and require immune system support.
TSH: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. Truly not a thyroid hormone, it is produced and released from the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. It acts as a messenger and “cheerleader” if you will to the thyroid gland. It tells the thyroid gland to produce more T4 & T3 or less. Historically doctors use this level in blood tests to diagnose hypo- and hyperthyroidism and to regulate medication. TSH is a good screening test, but not a very good test for managing thyroid replacement therapy.
Whole Food Nutrition: The concept of using food as medicine and while not labeled as a dietary supplement it carries a food label. Theory is that whole food is better than the individual parts.