East County Natural Medicine
|Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM||comments (708)|
First of all (this is important)—menopause is NOT a disease!
First—let’s talk about what menopause is NOT!
• Menopause is NOT a disease or illness or a “condition”
• Menopause is NOT a terrible process for many—perhaps most—women. Many women have few problems and while some women do experience a number of difficult symptoms, the good news is that we are constantly learning about natural, gentle ways to min...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM||comments (673)|
How does Vitamin C/Sodium Ascorbate reduce inflammation?
Vitamin C/ascorbate was one of the first anti-oxidants described and one of the first to be used to prevent and treat disease (scurvy). Technically, an anti-oxidant is a substance which inhibits or slows the oxidation of another substance. Oxidation is the chemical process that, for example, produces rust and occurs in a campfire. An anti-oxidant “sponges” up substances called free radicals—these ar...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:35 PM||comments (729)|
How does N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) reduce inflammation?
N-Acetyl cysteine (NAC) is derived from the amino acid cysteine. NAC serves as a precursor or building block of glutathione—an extremely potent natural antioxidant that our bodies can make from NAC. , Glutathione (GSH) is THE powerhouse natural antioxidant. An antioxidant is a substance that is able to “mop up” the products of certain biochemical reactions in the body— these prod...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:35 PM||comments (734)|
We’ve talked a lot about how fatty acids “work” to minimize inflammation. We’ve talked about how the COX enzymes use omega-3 fatty acids to make anti-inflammatory substances. We’ve talked about increasing the amounts of omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation. But, none of that explains, what in science is called, the “mechanism of action” or MOA. Having an idea of the mechanism of action is like having an idea—an...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM||comments (525)|
And when should you be cautious…
Low testosterone (Low T) and testosterone therapy—you hear about it everywhere; on TV, on the internet, in the gym. Should every man consider testosterone therapy once they reach a certain age? Should it be considered if symptoms appear or before symptoms appear? Is it safe? Here is information that can help you decide.
What are the symptoms of Low T?
It is normal for a man’s testosterone level to decrease gra...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM||comments (693)|
Is “Male Menopause” a Real Condition?
The controversy around the name shouldn’t stop your search for relief
There is some disagreement among experts regarding the term “Male Menopause.” (Pines, 2011; Tsitouras, 2011) A number of experts believe that it is not a real condition, but simply reflects the effects of aging while other experts feel it is a real condition that should be treated. Though many men definitel...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM||comments (326)|
The thyroid gland—what is it? What does it do? What happens when it doesn’t work as it is meant to? What is naturopathic medicine and what does it have to offer over conventional medicine? These are the types of questions you may be asking, and these are the types of questions that will be answered in this article.
First of all, what is naturopathic medicine? Naturopathic medicine is a holistic and natural approach to healing. In naturopathic me...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:25 PM||comments (731)|
Should I take Bioidentical Hormones? That’s a question I very often hear in my practice. The answer is not simple, though we all wish it were!
When someone calls me with questions about menopause, there are a few things I like to talk about. First, menopause is NOT a disease! It is a date—one year after your last period, you are officially in menopause. The transition phase, perimenopause, can take anywhere from a year to 15 years and is sometimes a lot toug...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM||comments (1086)|
Many people have been diagnosed with depression or wonder if they should be diagnosed with depression. Depression is widespread, and can be defined as a persistent feeling of sadness, irritability, hopelessness and helplessness. But, depression can also appear or manifest itself in other ways such as feelings of anger, discouragement, agitation, restlessness or irritability; fatigue or lack of motivation and energy; a feeling of hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessn...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM||comments (371)|
You may have heard of it- environmental medicine, but what is it and what can it offer you? Environmental medicine is an area of medicine that combines environmental science and health—in other words, environmental medicine practitioners specialize in how the environment and environmental pollutants and toxins can affect your health.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine states that “Environmental Medicine offers a sweeping reinterpretatio...Read Full Post »