Augusta St. Clinic Follows Natural Health Protocols
by Roberta Bolduc
The Augusta St. Clinic is so well known to area residents it’s considered a landmark. For the past 23 years, Dr. Roger Jaynes, the clinic founder, has offered natural health treatments for conditions ranging from auto-immune disorders to adrenal and thyroid imbalances to Lyme disease.
A native of the Carolinas and graduate of University of South Carolina, Dr. Jaynes originally chose a career as a social worker. Disappointed after seeing no improvement in patients from conventional medicine, he decided there must be a better way. Battling digestive tract problems himself, he found a naturopathic doctor who treated him with homeopathic remedies that eliminated his digestive issues. Intrigued by holistic healing, Dr. Jaynes decided to pursue a career in natural medicine.
After receiving his doctorate from the Sherman College of Chiropractic, he decided to get a post-doctorate degree in homeopathy from Texas Chiropractic College and then diplomate status with the National Board of Homeopathic Examiners. At his clinic he uses biofeedback testing as a diagnostic tool.
Dr. Jaynes notes in the last 18 months the clinic has seen an influx of patients infected with Lyme disease. “This increase may be partially due to Greenville’s economic growth drawing a greater number of people who have relocated from northern states, where ticks, the carrier of the Borrelia bacteria that spreads Lyme disease, are more prevalent,” he says. An additional concern he has regarding Lyme disease and other medical conditions he treats is that “our immune systems are being compromised by air and water pollution, processed foods, and increased exposure to electro magnetic frequencies (EMFs)”.
Several chronic diseases are reported to be linked to exposure to the EMFs that are so prevalent in today’s lifestyles. Osteopathic physician, well-known author and natural health advocate, Dr. Joseph Mercola, has reported at length on the harmful effects of EMFs. EMFs affect us by activating what are called voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) in our bodies. These are channels in the outer membrane of the cell, the plasma membrane that surrounds all our cells. When they’re activated, they open up and allow calcium to flow into the cell. It’s the excess calcium in the cell that is the culprit, according to Dr. Mercola. He points to extensive research done by Martin Pall, Ph.D., who has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Johns Hopkins and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and genetics from Caltech. Dr. Pall’s 18 years of research identifies and describes the likely molecular mechanisms of how EMFs from cell phones and wireless technologies damage plants, animals and humans.
Mercola’s website reports the highest density of VGCCs are found in our nervous systems, and studies dating back to the 50s and 60s show the nervous system is the organ that is most sensitive to EMFs. Some of these studies show massive changes in the structure of neurons, including cell death and synaptic dysfunction. Research indicates that chronic EMF exposure to the brain may be linked to the following conditions, among others: anxiety, depression, autism, and Alzheimer’s.
According to Dr. Jaynes, an important step in recovering from Lyme disease, parasites, and many chronic conditions is reducing our exposure to EMFs generated from computers, cell phone towers, cell phones and wi-fi. He recommends disconnecting wi-fi at night when we’re sleeping and to absolutely avoid sleeping with your cell phone in close proximity. Another easy remedy is to not carrying your cell phone on your body. A cell phone pouch shielded on one side can offer some protection. Using a headset or the speaker on your cell phone can reduce the impact as well. Another simple measure is to avoid placing your laptop directly on your lap when working.
An additional step Dr. Jaynes recommends is detoxing. Pointing to the work of well-known Lyme disease researcher Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, much success has been achieved using Klinghardt’s Cocktail, a proprietary blend of herbs and other detox agents. Dr. Jaynes also advises ridding the body of heavy metals, such as mercury and aluminum, through natural herbs and supplements taken over a period of time. One recommended herb for detoxing metals is cilantro.
Once detox has been achieved, most important is adhering to a healthy diet: drinking clean water, i.e., either reverse osmosis or alkaline water, eliminating processed foods as much as possible, and increasing consumption of organic, or at least non-GMO, fruits and vegetables.
It’s comforting to know that resources like the Augusta St. Clinic are available in helping us navigate today’s environmental concerns and achieve the goal of a healthy mind and body.
The Augusta St. Clinic is located at 1521 Augusta St., Greenville. For more information, visit AugustaStClinc.com or call 864-232-0082. For more information on the research mentioned above, visit Mercola.com and KlinghardtAcademy.com.