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Archive Category: Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

Leaky Gut Testing

October 21st, 2016

If you suspect you may have “leaky gut”, these testing options may help guide treatment. Often, however, clinical treatment (without testing) is very effective and saves the cost of the testing. Please schedule an appointment to determine best treatment approach for you.

Leaky Gut effects our entire body!

Leaky Gut effects our entire body!

How The Impact of Sugar Has Been Down-Played

September 14th, 2016

Sugar is associated with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, and more. One of my favorite recollections was in medical school when I was scanning the nutrition shelves. I flipped open an OLD nutrition book (from late 1800’s)–the author was emphatically warning of the health consequences of “artificial sweeteners”. I rechecked the publication date, scratched my head, and read on, wondering what “artificial sweetener” this could be. It was CANE SUGAR!! Please read the attached article and watch the Fed-Up movie.

Lyme Disease

June 21st, 2016

Here is some bad news, and some good news, about Lyme disease. In addition, those on the West coast are at greater risk for Relapsing Fever as well. Please check out this article and get tested if you are suspicious (even if you do not recall having a tick bite!). My favorite testing is by IgeneX.

Allergies–More than just the sniffles

May 31st, 2016

The is a great article summarizing the  impact of “hidden” allergies on our overall health. The reactions may be seemingly unrelated, but exposure to allergens and intolerances can cause many adverse reactions–from chronic fatigue to joint pain. Schedule an appointment for testing–even “healthy” foods can be the culprits.

Benefits of Fish Oil

February 22nd, 2016

Some of the benefits of supplementing fish oil are included in this article–realize their are many more including supporting skin health, immune function, memory, etc. Be ensure you are getting a quality fish oil–no discount brands or your may find yourself doing harm instead of supporting health (heavy metal contaminants and oxidation will cause inflammation!). Include wild salmon and sardines in your diet, too!

Immune Stress

December 31st, 2015

Stress occurs in the form of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual arenas. Consuming inflammatory foods, getting insufficient sleep, lack of exercise, over-exercising, nutrient deficiencies, and more cause stress. Stress can adversely effect our immune function leaving us at increased risk of illness. Symptoms can include fatigue, frequent or recurrent illnesses, insomnia, depression, anxiety, joint and/or muscle pain, and more. Please consult your ND for assessment and treatment. Read more here.

Gout Attacks May Be Increased With Sleep Apnea

November 3rd, 2015

Recent research is revealing that those who suffer sleep apnea are at increased risk of gout attacks–a condition of extreme joint pain, particularly of the big toe. If you’ve been diagnosed with gout, you may want to consider assessment for sleep apnea as well!

Chronic Pain? Try these . . .

January 16th, 2015

There are many “natural” options to help reduce pain and inflammation. Diet is key as is exercise. Eliminate sugar, nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, etc. ), gluten, and any foods that you know you have adverse reactions. Move!–exercise is truly our best friend. Homeopathic or topical Arnica is wonderful for muscle aches and pains. Epsom salt baths are another favorite of mine–the magnesium can help not only reduce muscle aches but support detoxification. I also love turmeric (divide the doses throughout the day). Check out this article, too.

Hormone Imbalance??

October 6th, 2014

While we tend to think of menopause as the time for hormone imbalance (and it IS as the ovaries retire), there are other hormone imbalances that can adversely impact our overall health and mood. Excessive fatigue may be due to thyroid or adrenal imbalances. Excessive hair growth or loss may be a testosterone problem. Sleep problems may be due to blood sugar crashes and adrenal stress. And please note that blood testing is not always the best for determining these imbalances. Please call for an appointment to discuss options for you and a treatment plan customized for you!!

Fibromyalgia Diagnosing

May 22nd, 2014

Better diagnostic abilities may be on the horizon for those suffering fro fibromyalgia. This may help many sufferers get medical attention in the standard medical model. Naturopathic models are helpful regardless of definite diagnosis of fibromyalgia as our goal is to support overall health and reduce the pain/inflammation of fibromyalgia.

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