Dr. Paula Ruel

There's a Better Way to Help Your Pet
with Chronic Illness

BICOM® 2000 therapy is a computer-controlled diagnostic tool using electromagnetic resonance therapy to treat more than 400 ailments.

Because animals can't tell us where it hurts or what's causing the problem, BICOM® 2000 diagnostics help veterinarians find exact causes behind symptoms and then treat patients successfully.  Animals often experience dramatic results after several treatments.

"My hospital takes pride in keeping pace with the latest research and technology in veterinary medicine," says Dr. Ruel.  "I'm proud to offer BICOM® 2000 therapy to successfully treat many challenging conditions."

Because cells communicate through electromagnetic signals, BICOM® 2000 identifies disturbances in cell patterns that bacteria, parasites and allergens may cause.  To treat specific conditions, BICOM® 2000 therapy sends electromagnetic frequencies and biofeedback information to the animal through modulation therapy mats, stimulating healing.  This gentle, safe therapy doesn't cause pain or have harmful side effects. 

Veterinary House Calls will be able to treat conditions in your pet/horse such as:

 Diarrhea or bowel function
 Lick granuloma
 Anal gland problems   Ear problems
 Pain symptoms
 Arthritis Eye problems
 Urinary problems
 Auto-immune disorders Food compatibility
 Wellness maintenance
 Back and joint problems Gastrointestinal condition
 Wound management/healing
 Behavior disorders






BICOM® 2000 therapy has 27 years of international clinical experience in human medicine and is now available for animals.  Veterinary House Calls will also be working in partnership with area veterinarians who want to refer their patients for BICOM® 2000 therapy and have them return to their primary care veterinarian for all routine care.  We are excited about this new and innovative therapy and look forward to working with you and your pets.


Kalra EK. Nutraceutical - Definition and Introduction.
AAPS PharmSci. 2003; 5 (2): article 25. DOI: 10.1208/ps050225

Nutraceutical - Definition and Introduction
Ekta K. Kalra1  
1Nagpur College of Pharmacy, Wanadongri, Hingna Road, Nagpur 411110, Maharashtra, India
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Submitted: April 15, 2003; Accepted: July 28, 2003; Published: September 3, 2003

Dr Stephen DeFelice coined the term "Nutraceutical" from "Nutrition" and "Pharmaceutical" in 1989. The term nutraceutical is being commonly used in marketing but has no regulatory definition. An attempt to redefine nutraceuticals and functional foods is made in this article. The proposed definitions can help distinguish between functional foods, nutraceuticals, and dietary supplements. The advantages and disadvantages of nutraceuticals are also briefly discussed.


The term "nutraceutical" was coined from "nutrition" and "pharmaceutical" in 1989 by Stephen DeFelice, MD, founder and chairman of the Foundation for Innovation in Medicine (FIM), Cranford, NJ.1 According to DeFelice, nutraceutical can be defined as, "a food (or part of a food) that provides medical or health benefits, including the prevention and/or treatment of a disease."

1. However, the term nutraceutical as commonly used in marketing has no regulatory definition.

2. I propose to redefine functional foods and nutraceuticals. When food is being cooked or prepared using "scientific intelligence" with or without knowledge of how or why it is being used, the food is called "functional food." Thus, functional food provides the body with the required amount of vitamins, fats, proteins, carbohydrates, etc, needed for its healthy survival. When functional food aids in the prevention and/or treatment of disease(s) and/or disorder(s) other than anemia, it is called a nutraceutical. (Since most of the functional foods act in some way or the other as antianemic, the exception to anemia is considered so as to have a clear distinction between the two terms, functional food and nutraceutical.) Thus, a functional food for one consumer can act as a nutraceutical for another consumer. Examples of nutraceuticals include fortified dairy products (eg, milk) and citrus fruits (eg, orange juice).

The DSHEA formally defined "dietary supplement" using several criteria. A dietary supplement3:
· is a product (other than tobacco) that is intended to supplement the diet that bears or contains one or more of the following dietary ingredients: a vitamin, a mineral, an herb or other botanical, an amino acid, a dietary substance for use by man to supplement the diet by increasing the total daily intake, or a concentrate, metabolite, constituent, extract, or combinations of these ingredients.
· is intended for ingestion in pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid form.
· is not represented for use as a conventional food or as the sole item of a meal or diet.
· is labeled as a "dietary supplement."
· includes products such as an approved new drug, certified antibiotic, or licensed biologic that was marketed as a dietary supplement or food before approval, certification, or license (unless the Secretary of Health and Human Services waives this provision).
Thus, nutraceuticals (as per the proposed definition) differ from dietary supplements in the following aspects:
· Nutraceuticals must not only supplement the diet but should also aid in the prevention and/or treatment of disease and/or disorder.
· Nutraceuticals are represented for use as a conventional food or as the sole item of meal or diet.
A ray of "cure preference" in the mind of common patients revolves around nutraceuticals because of their false perception that "all natural medicines are good." Also, the high cost of prescription pharmaceuticals and reluctance of some insurance companies to cover the costs of drugs helps nutraceuticals solidify their presence in the global market of therapies and therapeutic agents.

The use of nutraceuticals, as an attempt to accomplish desirable therapeutic outcomes with reduced side effects, as compared with other therapeutic agents has met with great monetary success.4,5 The preference for the discovery and production of nutraceuticals over pharmaceuticals is well seen in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Some of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, which commit major resources to the discovery of nutraceuticals include Monsanto (St Louis, MO), American Home Products (Madison, NJ), DuPont (Wilmington, DE), Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL), Warner-Lambert (Morris Plains, NJ), Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick, NJ), Novartis (Basel, Switzerland), Metabolex (Hayward, CA), Genzyme Transgenic, PPL Therapeutics, Interneuron (Lexington, KY).

However, with all of the aforementioned positive points, nutraceuticals still need support of an extensive scientific study to prove "their effects with reduced side effects." 6,7 This can be achieved by the enactment of FIM proposed Nutraceutical Research and Education Act (NREA).8 The NREA includes the creation of a Nutraceutical Commission (NUCOM) specifically for the review and approval of nutraceuticals and the creation of a nutraceutical research grants program specifically for clinical research. As per FIM, the key elements of NREA should include a mechanism to create the exclusive rights to claims necessary for private investment in research and development, and the creation of appropriate channels for the review, approval, and regulation of new products and claims. We believe that in so doing the NREA should keep in check the cost of nutraceuticals and thereby assure access for everyone.


When a functional food aids in the prevention and/or treatment of disease(s) and/or disorder(s) (except anemia), it is called a nutraceutical. The proposed definition can help form distinction between functional foods, nutraceuticals, and dietary supplements.
1.   Brower V. Nutraceuticals: poised for a healthy slice of the healthcare market? Nat Biotechnol. 1998;16:728-731.

2.   Zeisel SH. Regulation of "Nutraceuticals." Science. 1999;285:185-186.

3.   FDA/CFSAN resources page. Food and Drug Administration Web site. Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. Available at: http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/dietsupp.html.

4.   Nelson NJ. Purple carrots, margarine laced with wood pulp? Nutraceuticals move into the supermarket. J Natl Cancer Inst. 1999;91:755-757.

5.   Whitman M. Understanding the perceived need for complementary and alternative nutraceuticals: lifestyle issues. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2001;5:190-194.

6.   Heyland DK. In search of the magic nutraceuticals: problems with current approaches. J Nutr. 2001;131(9):2591S-2595S.

7.   Elizabeth AC. Over-the-counter products: nonprescription medications, nutraceuticals, and herbal agents. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2002;45(1):89-98.

8.   DeFelice SL. FIM Rationale and Proposed Guidelines for the Nutraceutical Research & Education Act - NREA, November 10, 2002. Foundation for Innovation in Medicine. Available at: http://www.fimdefelice.org/archives/arc.researchact.html.

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H.R. 1545:
Dietary Supplement and Healthy Meal Replacement Tax Parity Act

Sponsor: Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah) introduced on April 12, 2005
Co-sponsors: Rep. Ed Towns (D-NY), Rep. Jeb Bradley (R-NH), Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA), Rep. Mike Spence (R-IN), Rep. James T. Walsh (R-NY),
Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-NY), Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN)—as of June 2, 2005
What: H.R. 1545 would allow consumers to purchase dietary supplements and low-fat meal replacements that qualify for approved health claims as deductible
medical expenses under Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). For dietary supplement products, this would include products containing such beneficial nutrients as: antioxidant vitamins, B-vitamins, calcium, folic acid, multivitamins with folic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, plant sterols and
stanol esters, and soy protein.
Background: Both HSAs and FSAs offer consumers tax benefits that would provide incentives for positive behavior in the area of health care. By encouraging consumers to "plan ahead," these programs focus on keeping good health top-of-mind and they empower consumers to be more active participants in their own
well-being. HSAs are designed to help individuals save for qualified medical and retiree health expenses by providing tax incentives for participating in an HSA.
FSAs are employer-sponsored programs that encourage employees to voluntarily put money aside in a non-taxable account that can be used to pay for
healthcare-related expenses not reimbursed by insurance.
Currently, dietary supplements that are "prescribed" by a doctor for a specific medical condition may be covered under HSAs and FSAs. Most over-the-counter medicines (OTCs) that are self-selected are also covered. But when a consumer makes a personal decision to practice wellness and preventative healthcare using dietary supplements, those expenses are not covered. H.R. 1545—by including those dietary supplements and low-fat meal replacements with FDA-approved
health claims among the products covered under HSAs and FSAs—would provide taxpayers with additional options for saving money on health-promoting
products that are used by millions of consumers.
The health benefits of dietary supplements are well-documented by scientific research. In addition, those products that contain FDA-approved health claims
enjoy the status of having their benefits specifically recognized by FDA (who must review the data and agree to these claims before they can be placed on the
abel). It just makes sense that tax policy should give consumers the same incentive to protect their well-being with preventative health-conscious choices as it
does for curing and treating conditions after they occur.
Requested Action: Support H.R. 1545.
According to the Daily Herald, Cannon says the bill will mean more people taking dietary supplements and eating meal replacements, resulting in a healthier
and more productive country, with greater tax revenues because fewer people will be staying home from work because of illnesses.

The FDA has authorized the use of specific health claims by manufacturers of foods and dietary supplements, recognizing that non-drug products serve important health policy goals and, in certain cases, may be approved for health claims regarding the prevention of disease.