5 Signs You Might be Allergic to Your Vitamins

October 5, 2021 | Allergies

While becoming allergic or sensitive to vitamins may seem unusual this is a very common occurrence I see in my practice. Besides making you feel unwell, this can affect absorption of the nutrients and therefore have other long term consequences. As an example, if you are not absorbing Vitamin C, this could affect immunity and hormonal health. In addition, if you find yourself sensitive to Vitamin C then you more than likely will have issues with the many foods that contain Vitamin C.Here are 5 signs you might be allergic to your vitamins: You are not feeling the benefit of your vitamins.You are consistent at taking your vitamins but have not noticed any improvements to your health. Levels remain low in labsIf you are taking certain nutrients but consistently test low in labs then your body may lack the ability to absorb them due to a sensitivity. Sensitive to foods containing common nutrients … Continued

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Beat Inflammation: Lower Insulin & Cholesterol with Bioidentical Hormones

August 27, 2021 | Sex Hormone Imbalances

Declining hormone levels is a natural process as we age that may lead to fatigue, weight gain, insulin resistance, elevated cholesterol and reduced quality of life. We’re familiar with the importance of maintaining healthy levels of hormones, insulin, and cholesterol, but did you know that there is a close relationship between all three of these? Time and time again I see perimenopausal and postmenopausal women that suddenly find their insulin and cholesterol levels elevated, creating an inflammatory response. Cholesterol and Hormones:Cholesterol is needed to make both sex and adrenal hormones. If you have low cholesterol, your body isn’t able to transport hormones efficiently. and as hormones decline, the body produces more cholesterol to help produce more hormones.  Therefore cholesterol levels increase as hormones decrease. Insulin and Hormones:Having a balance of hormones helps lower insulin. Excess estrogen can increase cortisol and therefore insulin.  In addition, having too little progesterone can have the same effect. … Continued

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Are Allergies Contributing to Your ADHD?

April 7, 2021 | Allergies

Whether you or your child have problems with focus or have been diagnosed with a form of ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), more than likely, there is a correlation with allergies or food sensitivities. Who would have thought we could have brain allergies? Sensitivities to food, chemicals, or inhalants can alter the chemistry of the brain. Some people may not have itchy eyes, congestion, or digestive issues due to allergies but instead have fatigue, brain fog, moodiness, or focus issues.Below we’ll dive into three things that may be playing a role and discuss how allergy treatments can help. 1. High HistaminesHistamines, which are typically responsible for allergy symptoms, are also stimulatory neurotransmitters (brain chemicals). Our bodies naturally have histamines circulating but when a foreign substance such as a toxin or insect bite is introduced, the body may produce large amounts of histamine.Histamine is an important neurotransmitter that we need to help us … Continued

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6 Questions About Melatonin Answered

March 17, 2021 | Insomnia

According to the CDC, an estimated 50–70 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic sleep and wakefulness disorders. Our bodies require sleep for restoration, but also detoxification. You’ve likely heard about melatonin as a sleep aid and may have many questions on how the supplement can help improve your sleep.Studies show poor sleep and too little sleep are linked to chronic health conditions such as:Heart diseaseDiabetesMood disordersAutoimmunityObesityMemory issuesImmune dysfunctionMicronutrient deficienciesMelatonin regulates sleep and modulates circadian rhythm. The pineal gland produces less melatonin as individuals hit mid-life but studies show production can also be decreased through the use of electronics that shed blue light and EMFs (electromagnetic fields). The production of melatonin is influenced by the detection of light by the retina.Who may benefit from trying melatonin?Those who…Have difficulty going to sleepHave difficulty maintaining sleepWake too earlyWake chronically tired despite adequate opportunity and circumstances for sleepExperience impaired sleep and … Continued

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Optimize Your Immune System This Winter

February 2, 2021 | Immune System

Immunity is still not fully understood. We know the immune system provides barriers to protect our bodies from invaders and tries to detect and eliminate bacteria, viruses, parasites, and toxins that get past the first line of defense. If the invaders start to reproduce, our immune system is responsible for eliminating the challenge.In this article, we’ll first discuss the lymphatic system and the role each of the organs play in our overall immune health. You’ll find 5 major concerns when talking about the immune system, each with ways you can protect and enhance your health moving forward.Let’s start with some information on the immune system as a whole.The Protective BarriersOur skin is the outer wall of the immune defense. It is thick and difficult for invaders to penetrate. The eyes, nose, and mouth are protected by mucous that captures harmful attackers. In the nose cilia, which are tiny hairs, trap … Continued

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Balancing Stomach Acid Naturally and Dangers of Blocking It

April 3, 2020 | Acid Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux or heartburn, is a painful condition where stomach acid is backed up into the esophagus.  If you experience symptoms of acid reflux, you may experience a burning in the upper part of your chest.  Other symptoms may include gas, bloating, or bad breath.  Since the 1980s, medications known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) have been recommended by doctors for symptoms of GERD.  While PPIs are good at blocking excessive stomach acid and relieving discomfort, the medical community is beginning to pay more attention to the long term effects of PPIs.  Naturopathic medicine looks for ways to balance stomach acid levels naturally and address the cause with natural remedies, stress reduction, and diet changes.  Treating the whole person, and not just the heartburn symptom, gives people lasting relief, and also helps them with other nagging symptoms so they can feel like themselves again.Hydrochloric Acid’s … Continued

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Micronutrient Testing: It’s Not Just About the Values

September 19, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

I get comments frequently that switching from an engineering career to naturopathic medicine had to be a big change. While this may be true, the problem-solving aspect of my engineering degree i use everyday in my practice. The body is very complex and when dealing with chronic health issues it’s not always easy to find the underlying cause. Solving these complexities is one of my favorite parts in helping others. The Micronutrient TestOne of the tools I use to help me is the Micronutrient Test. This test looks at both serum values and cellular values for 48 vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fats. The serum values depict what is available for the body to use and the cellular values depict what the body is actually using. This helps me differentiate between a true deficiency or malabsorption issues which may be due to intestinal malabsorption, genetic variations, or oxidative stress.  Here is what the patterns … Continued

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Natural Treatment for Endometriosis: Dr. Melanie’s Story

August 21, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

Endometriosis is a painful condition that effects 1 in 10 women.  Natural treatments for endometriosis aim to treat the underlying cause.  Many women suffer from endometriosis on a physical and emotional level, and may feel that long-term relief is hopeless.  Natural treatments for endometriosis, including diet and supplementation, have worked for many women, including Dr. Melanie who suffered with endometriosis and other medical issues until she found a naturopathic doctor to give her a new life without chronic pain.Dr. Melanie’s StoryI had always dealt with painful periods.  I thought this was the norm. In my late 20’s the pelvic pain increased and became constant. At first, I was diagnosed with yeast infections even though cultures came back negative. Then I was told I had fibromyalgia and I was told it was “all in my head”. The numerous pelvic exams and pelvic ultrasounds left me on the couch in pain for days.  I then … Continued

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Watch: NAET for Natural Allergy Relief

April 26, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

One of my favorite treatments is NAET.  As a Naturopathic doctor, NAET is a gentle treatment that I use every day for children and adults alike.  I use it frequently in my practice because it works.What is NAET?Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique, also known as NAET®, is a natural allergy treatment to help alleviate allergies and sensitivities. Based on the ancient Chinese principals used for acupuncture and current theories of physics called interference, NAET uses acupressure to stimulate points on the body (called gatepoints).Dr. Nambudripad has conducted studies using NAET® for not only allergy treatment but also for autism. These studies, as well as testimonials, can be found at www.NAET.com. Naturopathic View of Allergies & Sensitivities In Naturopathic medicine, an allergy may be due to a physical imbalance such as digestive issues or a blockage or imbalance in the energetic body.  A food intolerance or sensitivity is an immune response to either immunoglobulin G (IgG) or … Continued

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HPV Free: Cynthia’s Story

April 12, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

At 38, for a third time I was once again diagnosed with abnormal cells on my cervix. My doctor’s first choice treatment was a repeat LEEP procedure. I was devastated at the idea of going through that procedure again with no confidence HPV would not come back soon after. I decided I wanted a second opinion.

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