Chinese Medicine texts dating back hundreds of years B.C. define the heart as the “ruler of the human body, the seat of consciousness and intelligence.” The heart contains the “shen” or spirit operating beyond the physical form. Today, this connection between the heart and the spirit is pervasive in cultures worldwide. Coupled with the great responsibility the heart has for driving our life force, I cannot think of any better reasons to nourish this precious organ. There are many things we have come to believe as they pertain to our heart health; that cholesterol and fat are bad, that an aspirin a day keeps the doctor away, and that many cardiac conditions are irreversible. Current research is changing these preconceived notions about our hearts and how we treat them. The following are the top 5 naturopathic therapies that must be considered when promoting heart health and treating cardiovascular conditions.
- Magnesium: Magnesium is probably my favorite supplement. I would venture to say that the majority of my patients take it in one form or another for a whole host of reasons. When it comes to heart health, it can be powerful to decrease high blood pressure. It has a positive effect on HDL cholesterol and can lower triglycerides and inflammation.
- Taurine: Taurine is an abundant amino acid found in our cells. While the body can make it if it has the right ingredients, we get the majority of this nutrient from our consumption of foods, largely eggs, seafood, and meats. Because of its effects on intracellular sodium and calcium, it can be helpful with fluid regulation and symptoms of congestive heart failure. It also improves vascular smooth muscle aiding in blood pressure, and circulation as<><><><><><><><><>Continue Reading >
The human body is connected by a framework of connective tissues that make it possible for us to use our bodies— to exercise, to lift and carry our kids, to go for walks or play with our pets. This connective tissue also happens to be highly susceptible to injury from everyday wear and tear or from accidents and injuries. Most of us have experienced sprain and strain injuries, with ankle sprains being high on the list of common injuries. It is easy to recall how weak the injured area can be once it has been badly sprained and unfortunately it also sets the perfect stage for re-injury and arthritic changes to the damaged joint.Continue Reading
We live in a fast, modern society. Just look how much as changed and improved over a decade or two. I can remember having to type in the DOS prompt commands on our Commodore 64 to tell my computer what I wanted it to do, now I click on a little icon and “poof” a calendar pops up. Along with these improvements come expectations for speed and efficiency. The same expectations are applied to our thoughts on medicine. We want fast results, and if we don’t get them we tend to immediately dispel whatever we’re taking as useless.Continue Reading
WHY Detox: Pollution is everywhere – in our air, water, food, household cleaners and skin care products. Even if you use only organic food, cleaners, and cosmetics, some things are unavoidable - such as exhaust and dust that carries persistent environmental pollutants. Do you drink alcohol or use drugs (over the counter or prescription)? Those increase your toxic burden, too. Genetic variations cause each of us to be susceptible in our own ways. Some may be better or worse than others at clearing particular kinds of substances.Continue Reading
As a mom of two, it’s not uncommon for me to face the dreaded statement of “Mommy, I’m sick.” When our little ones come down with signs of a cold, it can produce concern and distress among the whole family. Fortunately, kids are amazingly resilient and respond with efficiency to natural remedies. Cold and flu season has arrived and despite the myriad of opinions out there, we all like to do what we can to be healthy and robust. As a Naturopathic doctor, I would be remiss if I didn’t discuss prevention and natural treatment alternatives.Continue Reading