Complete Care Family Medicine                                    March 2014 
CCFM 2011
My War On Cancer
Part 2   


As a summary from my last newsletter, based on an abundance of medical research, cancer appears to be more a consequence of DNA damage coming from mitochondrial dysfunction, or abnormal energy production function, versus us being born with abnormal genes and DNA. The importance of this difference is that we can identify and evaluate what negatively affects the mitochondria in cells from producing energy normally and eliminate those factors, in other words, there are a number of things we can do to greatly reduce our likelihood of getting cancer, and/or greatly reduce cancer recurrence. If you're curious to know if you might have damaged mitochondria, there are specialty tests available. One company I have learned about, Genova Diagnostics, has a test to evaluate oxidative stress on the body, which directly correlates to mitochondrial function. During a visit with either Dr. Thomas or myself, we can provide a kit for you and help determine if your insurance might help cover the cost. Once results are back, we schedule a follow up visit to discuss how to improve overall bodily function to reduce oxidative stress.  


Here is a list of common factors that can damage mitochondrial function:

1. Inflammation, from any source in the body

2. Infections of any kind, but especially chronic infections

3. Radiation exposure - examples include sunlight, medical imaging/therapies, electromagnetic

4. Nutrient insufficiencies specifically needed for proper mitochondrial function

5. Immune dysfunction - autoimmune disorders and allergies are common examples of this category

6. Environmental toxin load - examples include heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides, cleaning agents, preservatives, additives, fragrances, and smoke

7. Endrocrine/hormonal imbalances - including insulin resistance 


Take a look at this list and ask yourself if you might have any of these factors present in your body. If the answer is yes, you have an environment that will favor mitochondrial damage over time. At first, the damage can be reversed if you eliminate the triggers causing the problem. But over time, the cells adapt to their changed environment by altering DNA and genetic expression, for example, turning off tumor suppressor genes that help control cell growth, and turn on oncogenes that allow for increased cell growth and avoid cell death. Therefore, the sooner you address these concerns, the more likely you will be able to reverse any damage present. 


I recommend you visit the website for the Environmental Working group,, to learn more about harmful elements and how to reduce your exposure. 


Each month, I will discuss in further detail each factor mentioned above and provide suggestions on how to identify if you have an issue, further evaluation with specialty testing, and ways to help eliminate or greatly reduce factors to help restore normal bodily function including normal mitochondrial function. 



To your optimal health,

Dr. Marcela Dominguez and Dr. Cheryl Thomas 
and the CCFM Team








Specialty testing and  

insurance billing


Insurance companies are making it more challenging for doctors to bill for specialty labs. They question any testing done outside of conventional medicine, and often label testing as not medically indicated, or experimental, and will deny coverage even though benefits indicate they should cover the cost. For this reason, effective April 1, 2014, we will no longer bill insurance for specialty lab testing. We will recommend ways to allow insurance to help cover the cost based on a patient's benefit plan, or we can offer a more affordable cash price. Please contact our office for more information. 


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