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Archive Category: Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

Chronic Fatigue and Low Thyroid

March 27th, 2018

Research is bearing out my clinical observations of an association between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and lower thyroid hormone levels. Most allopathic physicians (MD’s, DO’s, etc.) tend to monitor thyroid function with only a TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) which is a pituitary hormone, NOT a thyroid hormone. By measuring T4 and T3 (actual thyroid hormones) in addition to the TSH, a better picture of thyroid function can be ascertained. In addition, reverse T3 (a hormone that can block the thyroid receptors causing a “peripheral” hypothyroid state) can also be very helpful to assess. Multiple treatment options can be considered based upon these results and help reduce the pain and fatigue of CFS.

Opioids Are Not Better Than Safer Options for Pain Relief

March 13th, 2018

Research results are finding that OTC medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen can be just as effective for chronic pain without the risk of addiction associated with opioids. There are side effects and risks taking any medication, including ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Consider botanical options such as turmeric and bromelain. Homeopathic options such as Arnica and Rhus tox can also be very helpful. But bottom line–avoid opioids for chronic pain. Check out the article.

Pain Reduction by Holding Hands with Your Loved Ones

March 3rd, 2018

How I love this research result: they have found that holding hands with your loved one can actually reduce their pain. The act of appropriate touch is so beneficial to connected-ness with one another. It even changes our brain waves–check out this article!

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!

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