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Archive Category: Immune Health

A New Test for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

May 10th, 2019

Stanford reports that a new test may provide an effective way to diagnose Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). They also claim that it may help guide effective medication therapies. I am hopeful, but I also hope that it doesn’t put CFS into a specific diagnostic “box” since I suspect multiple factors contribute to its etiology. I have yet to find one specific treatment for CFS that works for everyone–each patient seems to have some commonalities but also unique needs. I so appreciate the opportunity to work alongside those suffering with CFS and helping support their health and energy.

Vitamin D and Belly Fat

May 31st, 2018

The association with obesity and vitamin D deficiency has been noted in previous research. This research is confirming–as well as revealing the association with “belly fat”. This does NOT mean you should just start taking high doses of Vitamin D. It DOES mean that you should have your levels checked, and supplement as needed to optimal levels. Also, get out and get some sunshine therapy–about 15 minutes without sunscreen, then get that skin protection on! (Check out Environmental Working Group for some safer sunscreen options; and remember there is now clothing that offers sun protection!). Appropriate Vitamin D levels may reduce your risk of cancer, depression, fatigue, and autoimmune disorders as well.


Baking Soda May Reduce Autoimmune Imbalance

May 24th, 2018

How exciting that a common kitchen item may reduce autoimmune inflammation. Baking Soda! So far the studies are  in mice, but hopefully will apply to humans as well. Please be judicious and check with your doctor before supplementing baking soda, though, as it can reduce ability to digest food, is a source of sodium which may impact blood pressure and edema, etc.

Lyme Disease On the Rise

March 21st, 2017

Increasingly, we are hearing more about Lyme disease–in particular, the chronic effects of Lyme infection. Here is a recent article about the increase in Michigan as well as a link to reducing your risk of a tick bite. Unfortunately, we often are never even aware of getting a tick bite and many never experience the classic “bull’s eye” rash, either. In addition, there are many other tick-borne infections that are typically not even tested. If you have concerns, please schedule an appointment for evaluation and to discuss assessment and treatment options that might be appropriate for you.

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.

Health Recommendations for Auto-Immune Disorders

May 2nd, 2016

Ditto to Dr. Hyman’s list–it is important to start with healthful eating habits and sleuth to discover and correct any underlying imbalances (parasites, toxicities, infections, etc.). Check out his article.

Vitamin D

April 25th, 2016

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–get your Vitamin D levels checked. Low levels have been associated with increased risk of cancers (including breast, ovarian, colon and non-Hodgkins lymphoma), diabetes, multiple sclerosis and heart attacks as well as bone fractures. Read more in this attached article. Supplementing without testing may lead to levels too high, however. Insurance may not cover the cost of the testing–but your medical insurance does not have your health as their goal.

Boost Your Immunity

March 18th, 2016

This is a fun article on foods to help you boost your immunity. I like making a smoothie including such foods as kale, strawberries, fresh turmeric root, jalapeno, fresh ginger, cinnamon, and kombucha!! And a fresh juice that works especially well is beets, carrots, jalapeno, ginger, turmeric, and apple. To your health!

Spice Up Your Immune System

February 9th, 2016

Here is a great article on spices that can help support your immune system. I also recommend sage, rosemary, and thyme which did not make their list. And don’t forget those veggies, too–garlic and onion. Oh, and healthy bone broths!! 🙂

Appendix DOES Have a Purpose

February 5th, 2016

While there are certainly indications for removal of the appendix, it is NOT a useless organ. It has been shown (and another report is attached) that it supports immune function. Just another reason to be taking care of our gut.

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