Life is not merely living, but living in Health.

I recently saw a great Netflix documentary titled “Live to 100″ Life in the Blue Zones”. I feel the way those people live, totally embodies the Principles of Naturopathic and Preventative Medicine. The 6 zones or geographical regions in the world the author and researcher investigates, have a number of common threads.

Some are: Active lifestyle, healthy, daily, social, and personal engaging relationships, diet and nutrition based mostly of plant-based foods, a reason for living or “lkigai” (Japanese), and work, whether it be volunteer or otherwise. There was very little incidence of: heart disease, high blood pressure, dementia, cancer, and diabetes. A 90 plus year old physician was interviewed. Now, I’m not sure I will practice into my 90’s but it truly some thought about when I will “retire”. I encourage all to view this multi part series.

“Functional medicine”. What is it? When I was in medical school, everything we Naturopathic physicians were taught about treatment of disease was Functional medicine.

We, Naturopathic (and Chiropractic) physicians were the experts in functional medicine. Do no harm the motto. We look at the whole body. It is how we treat the cause of a disease once a diagnosis is made. How does it rebalance, harmonize, strengthen the body physically, mentally, emotionally, physiologically. How is digestion, the immune, the endocrine, the musculoskeletal, and the nervous system affected by our treatment plans. Now, it seems everywhere there is “functional medicine.” I don’t believe the principles of functional medicine today are practiced the same way we were taught by our mentors.

Stem cells and exosomes are exciting topics in medicine. The use of these and other biologics are being studied in regenerative, anti-aging, disease prevention and treatment. We here at Preventative Medicine Clinic are using biologics in degenerative joint disease primarily. Patients are reporting decrease in pain and increase in joint mobility.

Another Netflix documentary worth a look is “Haute Route”. As a prescriber of controlled substances, including testosterone (also known as a performance enhancing drug or PED) I found this film to be incredibly captivating. It follows an athlete’s journey through a non-doping and then doping protocol in preparation and execution of a world stage professional cycling race.

As I write this, it is raining out. The moisture is welcome from the dry and smoky summer months. The leaves are turning beautiful reds, yellows, and a hue of other colors. Some of us may feel a loss as summer ends, and fall, and then winter comes. There is a time for every season. Some of you may have had the loss of a loved one. My sister passed away this summer following years of care for post traumatic brain injury. Let us not forget no matter the season:

“Life is not merely living, but living in Health.”

Warmest regards,
Dr. Evelyn Brust

In This Together

It sure had been a tumultuous last couple of years. First and foremost, I would like to thank each of you in supporting my business. I appreciate the patience you all showed as I ventured on alone. I am excited to announce that I have an assistant starting at the beginning of the new year. Most of us have found a rhythm again in our lives with our families, friends, and jobs. Travel is back as well as socializing and entertainment. The research will continue as to what countries (states) with what, and if any restrictions were and were not successful in achieving specific goals for their citizens. I am happy that the last restriction was lifted for travel to Canada as most of our family lives there.

A researcher found that the pandemic for people either slowed down time or sped it up. At first, I felt that time slowed as we were quarantined. People were out and about in the neighborhood with their dogs and kids. Pickle ball appeared on driveways. There were social distancing group gatherings in the park. Looking back, though it feels overall time went fast.

I would like to share some of my observations from the last two years.

1. For a lot of people the vaccines (1,2, with, or without boosters) did not appear to prevent them from getting Covid 19 or any of the variants.

2. There is controversy whether or not those who got vaccinated had less severe symptoms when they got an infection.

3. In my practice those patients who had lingering Covid symptoms and received MAH (ozone and light IV) recovers quickly.

4. In my practice patients who received regular MAH treatments had less infections overall.

5. In my practice patients who were diligent in maximizing their health and immune systems had less infections and recovered quicker.

6. I wrote medical exemptions for patients who were at risk with the vaccine.

Live is not merely living, but living in health, and I feel wellness, health optimization and prevention are key. Our lifestyle includes diet and nutrition, supplements, medications, jobs, exercise, meditation, prayer, relationships, friendships, relaxation and sleep are vitally important.

At the end of February 2020, I got Covid 19. Unfortunately, there were no tests available at the time to confirm the. During the last two and a half years I have had monthly MAH IV treatments. My exposure to any and all of the variants was continual. I feel that without a doubt, looking back, and with the experiences I have had with other patients who also did the MAH IV for Covid 19 and any variant related symptoms, l lost no clinic days because I did the IV treatment.

Now, we physicians and patients need to be aware and on the lookout for long Covid symptoms. Symptoms may be fatigue,

gastrointestinal, heart (Postural tachycardia) respiratory (eg. going cough), dermatological (skin rash), pain (joint, muscle, neurological) just to name a few.

If you have any questions regarding long covid symptoms and or the MAH IV treatment, and/or would like to schedule an MAH IV treatment please contact me.

The election results are not in yet as I write this letter. Practicing medicine has become more difficult in our community. Many of the doctors I have worked with over the years have left and are leaving. Please be patient as new referral patterns with specialists are established. I remain dedicated and committed on providing the best healthcare to each one of you. I am continually humbled by our many conversations and the personal experiences you share. As my practice is referral based, thank you for your continued support by your referrals of family and friends.

During this season of thanksgiving and reflections I am grateful for you all and I felt your understanding and support. A patient of mine makes jewelry and gifted me a necklace she called” in this together”. Yes, it is so true, we truly were in it together. May your holiday season be filled with Love, Joy, and Peace.

Warmest regards, Dr. Brust


This is an interesting time to say the least in the health and wellness of US citizens and people around the world. As the information is coming in across the world, you may have many questions and concerns for yourself, and your family and loved ones. From a preventative medicine point of view, there are really some very basic steps to follow as we as citizens OF THE WORLD work together to support each other in preventing ourselves from getting and or spreading this infection. Also, if we have it, or have had it, I feel it is still our individual responsibility to protect the weak and vulnerable.

Governments have placed restrictions of all kinds in many communities, and will continue to do so. We may face a domestic travel ban sooner than later.

This blog is about what we can do for ourselves and our families to maximize our health, and minimize our exposure now.

  1. Follow the SOCIAL DISTANCING guidelines.
  2. HYGIENE: Wash hands often and frequently and avoid touching mucous membranes; eyes, mouth, lips.
  3. If you have children wash their faces regularly with a clean soapy facecloth. Rinse the soap off fully.
  4. Support the IMMUNE system:
  5. STAY HYDRATED with Water
  6. AVOID SUGAR, Including alccohol, soda, etc.
  7. STOP SMOKING, and VAPING. These activities not only decrease the overall health of your body, they decrease specifically the immunity of the respiratory system
  8. Continue to EXERCISE in a healthy environment. Ride on a stationary bike at home, walk in your neighborhood. Use in home exercise equipment eg. treadmills,elliptial machines,, weights.
  9. MEDITATE, yoga, breathing exercises.
  10. SUPPLEMENTS: Vitamin C, Vitamin D3. I am a huge fan of echinacea, and elderberry .
  11. Eat a DIET high in fresh fruits and fresh, steamed, or roasted vegetables, organic whole grains, eggs, organic free range chicken, grass fed and finished meats, fish.
  12. Get quality SLEEP. Recommended minimum of 7 hours for adults. More for cildren and adolescents.
  13. I also recommend getting OUTSIDE daily. Here in Bend it is snowing, and the ski resort is closed. However, playing in the snow, walking in the neighborhhod is still very doable. If you live in a warmer climate, go for a walk, or bike ride daily.
  14. For those of you who are CLINIC patients, IV Ozone treatments are available preventatively. Please call to schedule an apointment.
  15. Show flexibility freely and willingly with a WARM HEART to each other as we navigate through these next everchanging days.

Like many of you, we too are greatly disappointed that as a family we have had to change our spring break travel plans. However, it is more important that strong restrictive steps are taken now at this point in time of this pandemic in the US and the World.






Why Taking Hormones in Menopause Can Improve Women’s Well-Being and Lengthen Their Lives – Without Raising the risk of Breast cancer.

How exciting to finally have a book written by an oncologist AVRUM BLUMING MD and CAROL TAVRIS PHD on the relationship of estrogen and cancer.

This book is a must read for all women 35 years old and above.

A quick recap:

The list of symptom associated with perimenopause (the time before cessation of menses usually starting at age 40-55 however i have seen it even earlier) and menopause (once menses cease.):

weight gain, depression, heart palpitations, thinning hair, memory issues, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, insomnia and difficulty sleeping, night sweats, hot flashes, mood swings, headaches, frequent urination, frequent bladder or urinary tract infections, achey joints, and bloating.

Estradiol is a very important hormone in the treatment of symptoms. However, more importantly it has been shown in studies that women who begin taking estradiol within 10 years of menopause have an decreased risk for heart disease, bone loss an cognitive decline.

The book states that studies show that if a woman starts estradiol 10 years after menopause, there may be an increase risk for breast cancer. The timing of estrogen supplementation is important.

When women come in to see me, many have been prescribed any number of medications to deal with the perimenopause or menopause symptoms they are experiencing for eg. ambien for sleep, zanax for anxiety, oral birth control pills for irregular menses, prophylactic antibiotics after intercourse to prevent a UTI. My experience is that with hormone optimization ( estradiol, progesterone, thyroid, and testosterone) most if not all of the symptoms disappear. And the biggest benefit is that they are also protecting their brains, their bones, and their heart.



If you are experiencing less than your best healthy life call today for a consultation and evaluation. 541-383-3424

Testosterone for men

At the Worldlink conference in Austin Texas (October 2019) once again we learned how important testosterone optimization is for men. The latest research shows that not only do men feel more vitality, faster post exercise repair, improved sleep and mood, and sexual function, their risk for heart disease decreases. In my clinic we see PSA levels go down, which may support the studies that show there is an actual decrease in prostate cancer risk in men with optimal testoterone levels. At Preventative Medicine @ Bend testosterone levels and the metabolites are tested and followed for optimal health and disease prevention. Call today to schedule an appointment.



One of the most recent exciting and promising areas of science has been the study and use of our own human cellular tissues in the healing and prevention of injury and disease known as BIOLOGICS. Some examples are stem cells (MSC), exosomes, and amniotic fluid.


In the United States embryonic stem cells (ESC’s) are not used for treatment because of ethical and legal issues.

Autograft: The recipient and the donor are the same person. These stem cells are most commonly obtained from adipose(fat) tissue or bone marrow.

Allograft: Cell products are now available in the United States. They are products that are processed and stored in laboratories that are inspected by the FDA. These stem cells can be from umbilical cord and placenta from healthy mothers and their newborn infants in the United States. These mothers and infants are extensively tested to insure no infectious diseases are present in the mother and infant.


These are like tiny packages within the mesenchymal stem cells. They are like a tiny gift within a gift. They are the main signalling or communicator in our bodies. They talk to the other cells to share information and communicate messages of healing, repair, and regeneration to the organs and tissues of the body. This product is used in IV (systemic applications and via Injections. Preventative Medicine @ Bend is please to announce this treatment will be available at our clinic.


This is pure amniotic fluid liquid allograft derived from donated human placental amniotic fluid. This cell product contains hundreds of growth factor, cytokines, proteins,and other naturally occuring nutrients which enable and maximize the potential of endogenous cells that in turn promote cellular repair and regeneration. This product is often used as a non-steroidal joint injection to reduce pain, and inflammation and encourage repair.


In December 2017 I fell on my right shoulder whilst playing ice skating tag with my hockey playing nephews in Canada. I severely injured my shoulder. My upper body workouts were cancelled as I underwent treatment for my right shoulder. 6 months passed, and I felt I was not getting the healing and repair of the tissues expected from my PT, focused exercises etc. During my training in IM (intramuscular) and joint injections and IV biologics in Sedona with Dr. Lanchbury I was offered an opportunity to receive an amniotic fluid injection in my right shoulder. I took the injection. 3 months later i was back in the gym doing full body workouts once again. This personal experience has motivated me to bring these treat ment options to Bend.

CATCHING STEM CELLS (Special thank you to Dr. Forest Lanchbury for helpful contributions for this article)

I initially became interested in stem cell science and clinical application as I attended a seminar for doctors where the results that were presented were amazing. I wanted to learn more and I developed an ardent desire to help my patients with this new treatment modality. What I have discovered is that the discipline of regenerative medicine includes many distinct aspects of application. Stem cells and the products of stem cells are the major way that replacement of old, or injured cells and tissue occurs. Regenerative medicine includes anything that enables the body to renew and repair itself. Stem cells can both renew themselves and create new cells of whatever tissue they belong to and in many cases other tissues. Bone marrow stem cells, for example, are the most primitive cells in the marrow. From them all the diverse types of blood cells are descended. Bone marrow stem cell transfusions (or transplants) were originally given to replace different types of blood cells. Another very important aspect of stem cells is that they secrete individual substances or packages that can influence other stem cells or mature cells that encounter these substances or packages. These packages are called exosomes. The influence that they have on other cells is called a paracrine effect. These exosomes contain messenger RNA and micro RNA and inform the targeted cells to transcribe certain growth factors and other factors that lead to renewal and regeneration.

Stem cells are often classified on the basis of what their potential is, or how many different tissues can one stem cell potentially form. Following this classification we call them Totipotent, Pluripotent and Multipotent. Examples of these types of stem cells are the following; I. Totipotent: Egg Plus Sperm forms a zygote which is a stem cell that can develop into a complete organism II. Pluripotent: The early embryo stem cells which can form all the different germ layers in the body, which means they can form any tissue, but not the complete organism. III. Multipotent: These are adult stem cells. They are found mainly in fat and bone marrow in the adult but also other areas like the heart (cardiac stem cells). The major example of adult stem cells are mesenchymal stem cells which originate from the mesenchyme tissue in the embryo. These mesenchymal stem cells or abbreviated MSCs are the main cells we use for stem cell therapies. In the United States embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are not used for treatments because of ethical and legal issues. Embryonic stem cells are very potent and can develop into any tissue in the body. On the one hand their potency makes them very attractive, but on the other hand this makes them quite difficult to control and they can develop into types of tumors like teratomas. Teratomas contain all the germ layers found in the embryo, so they often contain teeth and hair, vascular tissue and nerve tissue. Teratomas are a totally disorganized growth of all the tissue layers. Much of the current research is focusing on getting better control of the ESCs before they can be routinely used in therapies. One way to get around the embryonic stem cell problem is to try and induce a cell to become like a ESC and then use this cell to form specific tissues . These cells are called: Induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPSCs. iPSCs are genetically reprogrammed cells, iPSCs are almost exclusively used in research. This brings us back to the adult stem cell that we are able to use today for stem cell therapies, the adult stem cell, or MSCs.

Adult stem cells or MSCs a can be obtained from the same individual that is receiving treatment. This stem cell treatment is called an autograft (self to self). The cells can also be obtained from one individual and then transplanted in a different individual, and is called an allograft. Taking stem cells from fat or bone marrow and then transplanting those cells in the same person they were obtained from is therefore an autograft, or the cells would be referred to as autologous stem cells. Taking stem cells from the umbilical cord, or placenta and transplanting the cells in another person would be an allograft. In both the autograft and the allograft the cells are MSCs since they originated from mesenchymal tissue in the embryo.

These stem cells are most commonly obtained from fat (adipose) tissue or bone marrow. In the case of adipose derived stem cells, a liposuction procedure must be performed and then the fat processed to isolate the stem cells from the fat. There is a lot of fibrous tissue in fat and vascular tissue and must be removed. The stem cells are mostly attached to the very small blood vessels (capillaries) in the fat. They are called pericytes when attached in this manner. There are two ways to isolate stem cells from fat. One is with an enzyme called cellulase and the other is without the enzyme. The FDA is not fond of the cellulase enzyme usage as they feel it can cause damage to the stem cells during processing and may also damage the tissue when injected if not completely removed. Therefore, efforts are now directed at processing the fat without the use of cellulase enzyme to isolate the stem cells. Bone Marrow is obtained by aspiration, usually at the posterior iliac crest area in the pelvic bone. Bone marrow derived stem cells have been studied the most in stem cell treatment of knee osteoarthritis. There are definite advantages and disadvantages to both. Generally bone marrow has less stem cells per gram of tissue then fat does. As a person gets older there are less stem cells in bone marrow. Stem cells also decrease in fat, but not to the extent they decrease in the bone marrow. Both adipose derived and bone marrow derived stem cells loose there proliferative capacity as a person ages. That is to say, the MSCs slow down and don’t divide as much. There are also less growth factors in the older aspirates. This means the paracrine effect explained above is attenuated with age. Both fat and bone marrow harvesting require invasive procedures. They both carry risks of infection, pain and post operative swelling. In some cases fluid collections occur following fat aspiration that require draining. Scarring can also occur.

Allograft cells are obtained most commonly from either umbilical cord, placenta amnion membrane or both. Only recently have these cells become available to regenerative medical physicians. This has created an explosion in stem cell treatments through out the USA. The labs that produce the products are required to be inspected by the FDA and must show proof of arduous testing for infectious diseases in the harvested tissue. They can then sell the products to physicians who use the the products for stem cell treatments. (2018) marks the 30th anniversary of the first successful umbilical cord blood (UCB) transplantation performed in France in Oct. 1988 in a child with Fanconi Anemia. So umbilical cord blood has been used for a long time and has proven to be safe when proper precautions are taken. The FDA has approved umbilical cord blood for treatment of of patients with blood cancers such as leukemias and lymphomas, as well as certain disorders of the blood and immune systems, such as sickle cell disease and Wiskott- Aldrich syndrome. That being said , they have not approved UCB for any other treatments. Human stem cells from umbilical cord have extensive engrafting capability that exceeds that of adult bone marrow. in addition the cells can be frozen for more than 20 years with very efficient post thaw survival numbers. Cells from human umbilical cord and placenta do not usually cause a reaction in the body called graft versus host disease (GvHD) and exact match is not necessary for several reasons. Because they have an age of just nine months, Umbilical cord blood (UCB) cells have underdeveloped HLA markers (these are markers that stimulate the immune system), so you don’t need a close match with UCB cells to avoid the immune response. Because UCB mismatches are widely tolerated in patients, it’s possible for patients to use umbilical cord blood derived stem cells and their signaling molecules to enjoy a greatly reduced risk of GvHD or a tissue rejection event.

These products include growth factors and cell signaling molecules. This also includes exosomes produced by stem cells which are 40-200 nanometers and contain Messenger Ribonucleic acid (mRNA) that sends messages to other cells to produce growth factors and healing substances. Exosomes can be used to treat injured and diseased tissues. These stem cell products are powerful and can be concentrated by sequential ultracentrifugation and micro filters. Exosomes are derived from multivesicles. They are present in almost all body fluids. Exosomes from mesenchymal stem cells contain messages from those stem cells to communicate messages of regeneration and renewal to body systems and organs in need of repair. This can result in miraculous healings, such as burn victims healing without scarring, like this deep 2nd degree burn.

In addition to stem cells and stem cell products there are other interventions that assist and attract stem cells which leads to regeneration of diseased and injured tissue. One of the first regenerative therapies was platelet rich plasma. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) : This can be a very effective treatment all by itself or as an adjunctive treatment to stem cell therapies. PRP acts like a magnet and is a fertilizer for stem cells. Many stem cell procedures work best when a diseased or injured joint is first injected with PRP. The procedure is quite simple to carry out. Blood is drawn from the patient and then spun down using centrifugation separating the blood from the serum. On the top of the red blood cells are white blood cells and floating above them are the platelets. Above the platelets is platelet poor plasma (PPP)

Platelets, are an important reservoir of growth factors in the body and play an important role in many processes such as coagulation, immune response, making new blood vessels, and healing damaged tissues. PRP also contains a few circulating stem cells although it’s not a major source for stem cells in the body. When PRP is injected into the body it activates platelets which release several healing factors. Most of these are types of growth factors such as platelet derived growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, transforming growth factor and several others. These growth factors can be used to heal wounds such as chronic skin ulcers and for healing injured tissues and joints. PRP is also used in anesthetics for improving hair growth and treating the aging face.

Platelet Poor Plasma (PPP) also contains growth factors. One very interesting and effective healing component of platelet poor plasma is Alpha 2 macroglobulin (A2M). It is one of the largest plasma proteins and inhibits damaging proteases in the joint

A 2 M can be concentrated from the PPP and injected in joints to help the affected joint heal. There is a test developed now that can tell you if a patient will get relief from an A2M injection. The test is called a FACS test. A positive test on aspirated joint fluid means there is a 90 percent chance the patient will get relief from an A2M injection. A2M can be used like PRP prior to stem cell injections to help clean up a chronically inflamed joint and make the chosen stem cell therapy more effective.

Prolozone : This is a technique that combines concepts from neural therapy, Prolotherapy, and ozone therapy. It involves injecting various combinations of procaine, anti-inflammatory medications/homeopathics, vitamins, minerals, proliferating agents, and a mixture of ozone/oxygen gas into degenerated or injured joints, and into areas of pain. The result of this combination is nothing short of remarkable in that damaged tissues can be regenerated, and otherwise untreatable pain can be relieved and even cured in some cases. An excellent explanation about prolozone therapy can be found here; joints-and-eliminating-pain/

Ozone combined with P R P is very powerful for regeneration. The injured tissue can be energized with ozone and the cells increase oxygen utilization to heal and repair.

Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness. Regenerative procedures will work much better when we take the functional holistic approach to the patient. This means a careful review of the patient’s history and all the contributing factors to their underlying condition that could be helped by stem cells or a regenerative procedure. The illustration above illustrates all the possible root causes of a patient’s illness. Ideally the roots of the illness should be identified and addressed before administering the regenerative treatment. For example, since we know hormone imbalances, nutritional deficiencies and intestinal diseases have a major contribution to inflammation these should be identified through history and diagnostic testing. Then conditions such as intestinal inflammation, hormone deficiencies and vitamin mineral deficiencies can be corrected prior to the procedure. The patient then has a much better chance for a positive outcome and their money was well spent. Simple things like at least a 14 day detoxification program and correction of vitamin D and omega 3 deficiencies can have a huge impact on success. Stem cells have to eat too and don’t do well in toxic environments. They need the proper fats and amino acids and vitamins to perform well. I have treated hundreds of patients. Without a doubt the patients that have done the best, have implemented the nutritional support got serious about detoxification, balanced their hormones and continued with lifestyle changes. I am very concerned about the direction I see medicine going today. Unfortunately it has seems inevitable that regulatory agencies are going to step in and tell us how we will practice medicine. In the future it is very probable that only stem cells approved for specific indications will be allowed. Big Pharma will have the patents, synthetic cells like iPSCs will have control and the price will go up a hundred times or more. I believe there will still be preventative therapies we can use like ozone, nutritional support, metabolic balance and endocrine optimization. If we combine these therapies with a healthy lifestyle they work very well.