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Quick tips for decreasing stress responses leading to a more balanced level of health

Posted by : dragger@comcast.net | Posted Date : June 11th, 2018 | No Comments

What is the fight-flight response? A temporary increase in your stress hormones. What if it happens too often? You will get out of balance..Your energy needs will increase because of the stress, and your body will try to make a continuous amount of stress hormones, to try to keep up. Is it bad if this happens too often and/or for too long? Yes. Long term hormonal stress leaves less resources to manage other areas of the body ( digestion, repair, Read More

Turmeric: An Important 2018 Update on ‘The Spice of Life”

Posted by : dragger@comcast.net | Posted Date : April 6th, 2018 | No Comments

Since the 1980’s, healthcare practitioners have been looking for ways to get the biologically active component of Turmeric into the blood stream in order to utilize its many health benefits. Up until now, the best way we’ve been able to utilize turmeric is through good quality preparations that are standardized to 95% curcuminoids (the active ingredient in turmeric) with fatty acids and black pepper. However, these preparations still yield poor absorption rates of less than 29%. This means low circulating Read More

Motor vehicle accident and Sport induced Concussions. What you need to know

Posted by : dragger@comcast.net | Posted Date : August 14th, 2017 | No Comments

An auto/bike or sport-related concussion is an individualized injury that presents with a myriad of cognitive ( ability to think and process information ), physical, emotional, somatic ( muscle), and sleep-related symptoms and impairments ( tasks that you cannot perform as well post injury ), that should require a multifaceted approach to assessment and management. Concussion is also known as TBI ( traumatic brain injury ), and is often referred to after the injury as a Post Concussive Syndrome ( PCS Read More

Vitamin D…..What You need to know

Posted by : dragger@comcast.net | Posted Date : April 24th, 2017 | No Comments

When I teach other doctors about the use of vitamin D in a clinical setting, their knowledge can vary wildly. Some doctors “just know it’s good for you” while some others are up on the nuances of interpreting blood vitamin D levels, and, are also able to note some of the possible challenges in certain patient subsets that can commonly occur when supporting a patient’s body to raise vitamin D levels. Unfortunately, this group of nuanced doctors is very small. As Read More

Wholism versus Reductionism…This is our approach to health!

Posted by : dragger@comcast.net | Posted Date : October 30th, 2016 | No Comments

Something happens when we try to reduce large, dynamically complex systems down to their smallest, constituent parts. This is called reductionism. If reductionist medicine is isolating, wholistic medicine is relational. Where reductionism sees component parts, wholism sees biological systems. Reductionism is about hierarchy, wholism is about partnership. Many people are familiar with ‘take this for that’…this is reductionism. We are not like that. At its heart, wholism seeks to find those deeper points of connection … between our habits and our Read More

Inflammation: What is it? What factors in YOU affect how fast, or how slow, your body will heal?

Posted by : admin | Posted Date : May 13th, 2016 | No Comments

A lot of patients’ ask me: How long is it going to take to get from where I am now to where I want to be in my health? How long is it going to take for my pain to go away? How long for my allergies to go down? How long for my body to start working a little bit better/ a lot better? And that depends on a whole bunch of things. But there are some basic things Read More

Why Whole Food?

Posted by : admin | Posted Date : May 4th, 2015 | No Comments

In short, it is the difference between something that is living and something that is dead.  On vitamin labels, the word “natural” has no specific definition, other than it exists as a substance.  A whole food vitamin means vitamins as they are found in food, un-tampered with in any way that could change the molecular structure, their biological or biochemical combination, or their actions.   Vitamins in this natural state always exist as living complexes, with specific synergistic cofactors, enzymes, coenzymes, phytonutrients, and Read More

Auto Injury… Do I have a Whiplash?

Posted by : admin | Posted Date : May 4th, 2015 | No Comments

A whiplash injury occurs when the spine is accelerated quickly, and often abruptly, back and forth in response to an impact, or several impacts. We see whiplash injuries, in our clinic, most commonly relating to car accidents, athletic sport injuries and falls. Commonly, the initial impact will accelerate a body part faster than the brain can give a protective muscle guarding response to protect the joints of the spine or extremity. As a result, the body suffers spinal injuries first, Read More

Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatories (NSAID’s) and Natural Alternatives

Posted by : admin | Posted Date : May 4th, 2015 | No Comments

What are they? Aspirin, Advil (ibuprofen), Motrin (Ibuprofin), Nuprin (Ibuprofen), Ibuprofen, Naprosyn, Feldene, Butazolidin, Indocin, Clinoril, Ansaid, Indomethacin are just some of the most common medications in the treatment of pain, the next most common being acetaminophen ( Tylenol). How do they work? They inhibit an enzyme called cyclooxygenase which converts cell membrane – bound arachidonic acid into prostaglandins,(PGE1, PGE2, PGE3), throboxanes and prostacyclin ( collectively known as prostanoids ). NSAID’s inhibit all of these. PGE 2 has the ability Read More