The number of Americans suffering from chronic pain is staggering. Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is an amazing regenerative medicine technique…
The benefits that broth affords its consumers are numerous – one of the most important is its immune enhancement ability. Just like your mother used to say “eat your chicken soup” when you had a cold as a kid, bone broth, especially when made with bones with marrow, contains disease-fighting constituents that are vastly important to improve immune health.
Osteoporosis causes an estimated two million broken bones each year and often results in immobility, pain, placement in a nursing home and other health problems. We really need to do whatever we can NOW to help protect our bones and prevent the onset and experience the deleterious effects of osteopenia (low bone mass) and osteoporosis.
Face it – most of us have too much on our plates. We are stressed out not only by our jobs but also our financial situation, relationships, children and our health. Over time, without some form of treatment, this will lead to a decrease in the available pool of cortisol and other stress hormones that should be on standby to help in these stressful situations. The majority of patients who come see me in my practice have an underproduction of cortisol and other adrenal hormones, sometimes called “adrenal fatigue.”
One of the worst consequences of adrenal fatigue is the inability to mount a healthy response to stressful situations. Sufferers become paralyzed during stressful events, unable to cope with any more stressing inputs. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue can include low energy, need for naps, depression, pain or inflammation, insomnia or other sleep disturbances, poor memory or concentration (like ADHD), weight gain (usually around the mid-section), hair loss, palpitations and even menstrual cycle irregularities.
Reducing the risk for major chronic diseases, like cardiovascular disease and cancer, is certainly a huge benefit to taking multivitamins. What are some of the other benefits to taking a daily multivitamin? One of the main reasons I recommend multivitamins to my patients is to assist in improving deficiencies of specific nutrients.
If you want to really know where the weight begins to increase during the holidays, this is one of the main root causes. The majority of weight gain and symptoms that occur during the holidays are resultant from “inflammation.” Basically when we eat sugar and refined foods, this creates extracellular fluid retention. This leads to inflammatory weight gain, usually by about 5-10 pounds. It also causes our immune systems to go haywire, having to deal with these inflammatory foods. This can lead to fatigue, joint pain and flu-like symptoms.
As summer comes to a close, we are all gearing up for the fall and winter months ahead. Here in Phoenix that means a much-needed reprieve from the stifling summer heat – finally! Elsewhere, colder temperatures and drier weather and flu and cold season are right around the corner. Similarly, the ever-dangerous Ebola virus has made its way into the United States and Enterovirus is wreaking havoc all across the country as well. How can you protect yourself from contracting any of these illnesses and what can you do to treat these conditions naturally?
One of the most disturbing trends that I have seen in clinical practice is the rapid rise in hypothyroidism in this country over the last decade or so. It is not solely due to consuming white enriched bread laden with bromated flours, but I suspect that this is certainly part of the picture. The thyroid-toxic properties of bromide were first discovered more than a decade ago.
Alternative practitioners, like naturopathic physicians (NMD’s) are trained in viewing insomnia from a whole different viewpoint. Rather than treat your insomnia by giving you a prescription medication that will cause all of the above listed side effects, they get to the root of what is actually causing your insomnia and use natural therapies to help you sleep better.