There are several types of anemia, some of which I have written about in the past. This post will focus on the importance of correcting anemia as it relates to pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction, in addition to health in general.
As you can probably guess, oxygen is the most important “nutrient” for your body. The way I point this out to patients is by saying: “you can probably live about a month without food, you can probably live only three or so days without water, but you can’t live much longer than three minutes without oxygen (unless you’re David Blaine)”. That said, it’s critically important to correct anemia if that is a health issue of yours. Continue Reading »
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THE PREGNENOLONE STEAL
In this article I’m going to discuss a common mechanism that explains how stress can lead to hormonal imbalances and the signs and symptoms that accompany them. First I’ll go through the physiological steps that take place and then explain how this leads to common signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Stick with me. Continue Reading »
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The lymphatic system is probably one of the least talked about systems in the body. That’s probably because there are very few conditions that doctors directly attribute to being caused by a problem with the lymphatic system. Those conditions would be things like Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and lymphedema, which aren’t the most common or concerning conditions for most. Despite it being behind the scenes and mostly off the radar, it’s of major importance in your short- and long-term health. Let’s first talk about what the lymphatic system does and you’ll soon see why it’s so important. I’ll finish with some easy tips on how you can help your lymphatic system function optimally. Continue Reading »
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As you probably know by now, maintaining a normal blood sugar level is one of the most important things you can do to better your health. Regardless of a person’s health condition, many times it can be traced back to blood sugar imbalances. Whether the condition (or symptom) is directly related to blood sugar imbalances or not, it’s still worth looking into because excessively high or low blood sugar (or excessive blood sugar fluctuations) can be an impediment to healing any condition and general well-being.
I’ve written many articles in relation to blood sugar, some of which can be found via this link. Without going into detail, here’s a list of some different conditions that blood sugar imbalances can cause or contribute to: Continue Reading »
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The current standard of care and most widely used measure of bone density is known as dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, or DXA. This is the best technique available for measuring bone density. However, DXA has one important drawback. It only gives a static measurement of bone density at one moment in time. It does not assess whether bone is actively being broken down. So it’s very possible that a person can have a DXA scan that shows healthy bone density while bone is actively being broken down, leading to eventual osteoporosis and/or fracture. And because these scans are generally done every two years, a person can be lead to believe that their lifestyle is supporting bone health, only to find out two years later that they are worse off than before.
As you may know, bone is living tissue that is constantly being remodeled. Cells that break down bone and cells that rebuild bone are constantly at work. For healthy bone remodeling we need more cells rebuilding bone rather than breaking it down. Unfortunately, a DXA will not reveal this information. However, there is a simple urine test that I recommend all peri- and post- menopausal women have done that can help measure the rate of bone quality and turnover. Men and those at increased risk of bone loss should also consider it. Continue Reading »
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According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation: “Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to fractures, especially of the hip, spine and wrist, although any bone can be affected. In simpler terms, osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become weak and can break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, from a simple action such as a sneeze or bumping into furniture.”
In this article I’m going to discuss osteoporosis prevention and nutritional management as it relates to peri- and post-menopausal women. You may be shocked to find out that calcium intake in this population might be the least important measure one can address when dealing with osteoporosis naturally. Continue Reading »
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Women seeking relief from symptoms associated with peri-menopause and menopause often reach for the progesterone cream. If you’re going through it, no pun intended, you know the symptoms. In case you’re unfamiliar, here are some of them: hot flashes, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, night sweats, mood swings, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, increased pain, digestive disturbances, depression, memory lapses and more. Although bio-identical hormone replacement therapy might be appropriate for some people, the use of transdermal (through the skin) creams should be avoided. Continue Reading »
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