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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Ozone is an unstable gas made of three oxygen molecules. This instability causes it to readily break apart and release a single electron (a.k.a. a free radical) in a chemical process known as oxidation. You have probably only heard of oxidation as being bad or harmful, but just as with inflammation, it’s only in excessive amounts that it leads to degeneration and disease – a little bit is beneficial and actually necessary for health.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a 300 year old medical treatment that consists of administering 100% oxygen under pressure in order to saturate body tissues with oxygen so they can function optimally. Normally, oxygen is almost exclusively carried by the red blood cells in your body.
The top killer of American women is heart disease, so keeping our tickers strong and resilient is of the utmost importance for a long, healthy life, right? I’m sure you’re familiar with some of the risk factors you can control to keep your heart strong including daily exercise, eating very little sugar, lots of healthy Omega-3 oils and vegetables, avoiding excessive alcohol and smoking, and maintaining low visceral body fat (that’s the abdominal fat around your organs). It’s this risky, inflammatory visceral fat I’m going to address first.
Remember hearing about the most recent article that was published in JAMA that suggested that Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) increased the risk of Strokes and Heart Attacks?
The results showed that the male veterans who took testosterone had lower rates of Heart Attacks, Stokes, and Death compared to men who did not take testosterone.
The reason the word belief is in quotation marks is because these doctors are 100% misinformed. If science is a religion then I suppose we can call their opinions— albeit without facts— beliefs.
There are many studies demonstrating the risks of Progestin in women and the benefits of Progesterone.