1. Drink Plenty of Water
8 Glasses per day? How much water should we drink per day? Between 7-11 glass per day.
2. Clean Eating
At The Natural Medicine Center we believe that the right diet is very unique to each person. We recommend different diets to our patients based on health history, age, and lifestyle. One thing we can recommend for everyone, however, is cleaning your produce, etc. Check out this video for tips on how to clean your food:
3. Dry Brushing
We found this article useful in explaining how and why to dry brush.
Don’t have a brush? Pick one up from The Natural Medicine Center for just $7.00. Our team can also answer any question you have about how to use the brush properly and how to use the brush for specific regions of the body.
Movement and exercise helps to keep the lymph system detoxified. Jumping and swimming are two way that are particularly great for the lymphs but all exercise is helpful.
The video below is an at home yoga video specifically targeting the lymph system.
Thermography for Lymphatic Health
Thermography is a medical technology used to detect inflammation and abnormalities in the body. Using thermography to detect inflammation in your lymph system is useful because inflammation is the first stage of disease. Once we see what areas of the body/ lymph system are inflamed, we can teach you wellness habits and suggest lifestyle changes to lower the inflammation in those areas.
eg. If inflammation is detected in the the right side and liver, we can target that area of the body with dry brushing and a liver detox.
eg. If inflammation is detected in the upper clavicular rim. We can determine through head images if this inflammation is present because of dental issues, environmental allergies, fungal infections or more. From there we can make recommendations on how to treat the issue.
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Gut health and avoiding a leaky gut is not only important for those of us with digestive issues but is important for all of us! The continuity and strength of our gastrointestinal (GI) membrane barrier is vital for immunologic functioning. The layered GI barrier system also permits our gut lumen spaces to hold and nurture essential gut bacteria. The intestinal barrier furthermore has the important job of keeping pathogens or microbes from freely accessing extra-lumenal abdominal organs or crossing into general systemic circulation.
It is instructive to contemplate this question:
What happens when the gut barrier is breached? [Hint: think about other barriers, such as a water dam barrier]
Just as water floods through a broken dam, particles flood through a broken Gastro-Intestinal Epithelial Barrier:
Damage to the intestinal epithelial barrier equates to an increase in gut permeability, which ushers a flood of undigested food particles and inflammatory mediators into the peritoneal cavity. After leaking to peritoneum, a cytokine storm (net: massive increase in immune system proteins) would then set the occasion for inflammation of pancreas, liver, gall bladder, and colon. Note also that this intestinal barrier breach could bathe this person’s gut tissues with infectious microbes. After microorganisms and undigested food products flood through the abdominal spaces, the blood and lymph fluids containing this ‘inflammatory mix’ could eventually circulate through the entire body. This is not a recipe for good health! Please visit the Natural Medicine Center and let our practitioners check your gut function (virtual appointments available too). Leaky gut leads ultimately to chronic inflammation, altered immune responses, allergies, and a low immune system responsivity .
Avoid getting leaky gut
Food allergies, but also other forms of food sensitivity, are best tagged as individualistic adverse food reactions. It is appropriate to call food intolerance symptoms ‘individualistic’ because each food-triggered-illness (e.g., peanut allergy) is likely to affect only a small segment of our population. Let’s say, in a family of four, Mom tests for a sensitivity to garlic. Dad’s GI tract, in constrast, tests to show lobster sensitivities. Perhaps the family panel of food testing shows that both children are intolerant if fed either egg whites or egg yolks. Food intolerances are that specific; which means that the plated food we serve in each household should be individualized. NMC is encouraging prevention and longevity by offering family discounts of $25.00 (2 or more tests)
To facilitate the readers’ understanding of this concept, let us contemplate the differences between gluten allergies and gluten sensitivities. Fact: only 1 percent of the world’s population has an IgE-mediated `formal` allergy to gluten—celiac patients, per the CDC and World Health Organization, fit this description. Counter Fact: up to 6 % of the world population suffers from a Nonceliac gluten sensitivity syndrome; the latter syndrome is a non IgE-mediated gluten sensitivity problem [2, 3]. Nonceliac gluten sensitivity is diagnosed in individuals who do not have celiac disease but who have intestinal symptoms, extraintestinal symptoms, or both, related to ingestion of gluten-containing grains, with symptomatic improvement when such grains are withdrawn from their diet.
The bullet points below list many common symptoms of a food sensitivity:
To prevent abdominal organ inflammation, our Doctors recommend abstinence from foods that provoke individualistic reaction patterns. We can help you discern your food sensitivity patterns; please call us for more details.
Prebiotics and Probiotics for Gut Health
Prebiotics are dietary fibers that serve the healthy bacteria in your digestive tract. Prebiotics aid in the digestion of our food and help us absorb more nutrients.
Probiotics help repair leaky gut by balancing the good bacteria in our digestive tract. Supplementing with probiotics has been linked to many health improvements including: mental health conditions, heart health, reducing allergies, reducing digestive disorders and improving overall immunity .
*Taking pre and probiotics is particularly important after being exposed to toxins, stress or after taking an antibiotic.
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2. Leonard M. “Genetics and celiac disease: the importance of Screening” (2015) Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 9(2):209-15
3. Catassi C. ”The overlapping area of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Wheat-Sensitive Irritable Bowel Syndrome: An Update” (2017) Nutrients 9, 1268
4. Sreeja V. “Probiotic Formulations: Application and Status as Pharmaceuticals—A Review“ (2013) Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins 5: 81-91
As we embrace more precautions to ward off COVID-19 many people who are being forced to stay at home might be feeling more anxious and fearful as the days go by. This newsletter will provide some tips on ways to stay calm and stay well during these troubling times.
Extreme worry puts our body into a fight-or-flight state in which stress hormones are released that help us to act quickly when an emergency rises. For as helpful as this state of mind is when faced with a crisis that needs immediate action, it can severely wear out our body if we remain on edge for days or weeks. In addition to fatigue and stress, the exhaustion from constant worry can also severely hinder our immune system making us more susceptible to catch an illness. While we all need to have a heightened awareness when going out for grocery shopping or other necessary activities, it’s important that we remain calm and try and keep ourselves busy while staying at home. This fight-or-flight mindset can also enable us to make irrational or selfish decisions that we wouldn’t otherwise make such as hoarding supplies like toilet paper.
Sleeping 8 hours a night is crucial at a time like this when we need to keep our immunity up.
Set a bedtime for yourself and follow sleep hygiene techniques.
3. Staying On Schedule
Nearly everyone has been impacted by the current COVID-19 situation with kids staying home from school, employees being asked or allowed to work from home, and sadly employers cutting hours and issuing layoffs. With such a major disruption it can be difficult to keep ourselves occupied and stay productive. It’s important for all of us to keep in mind that this is only a temporary situation and that it is only a matter of weeks or possibly months before we can all return to normal.
For as troubling as our current situation is, we are all fortunate that we are going through this in the 21st century with nearly universal access to phones, the internet, and Netflix. While it’s important for everyone to keep their distance physically, this is a great time to reach out to friends you might not have talked to in awhile and to keep in touch with family members. We especially urge everyone to reach out to elderly parents, grandparents, or anyone you know who has a compromised immune system as they are likely taking this virus very seriously and feeling isolated.
This is a time where good health should be at the front of everyone’s mind. In particular, we should all be making an effort to support our immune system with nutrients like Vitamin C to help prevent any illness. Here at the Natural Medicine Center we will remain open to answer our patient’s medication and supplement needs. Below are some of our recommended products to help reduce anxiety and support your immune system.
Anxiety / Stress Relief:
Immune System Support Supplements also available at NMC Lakeland:
Did you know that an estimated 20 million Americans have a thyroid condition? Moreover, statistics show that 60 percent of people with thyroid conditions don’t know that they have a condition at all (1).
The thyroid gland is a bowtie shaped gland near the center of your neck. Diseases impacting the thyroid gland can often cause enlargement of this tissue, and /or nodule formation. The Doctors at Natural Medicine Center (NMC) have functional imaging techniques to confirm tissue changes.
While it is an oversimplification, the following analogy is instructive: Please think of circulating thyroid hormone particles as “fuel injectors” for boosting your metabolism. This fuel fosters our metabolic reactions, so fuel creates energy. It is through thyroid hormones [T3 and T4] that you are able to regulate body temperature. Moreover, the relative abundance of T3 hormones will dictate fat-burning actions and protein utilization patterns throughout your body. All of our NMC Doctors want readers to be aware of two prevalent thyroid conditions–hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Less common thyroid conditions include thyroid cancer, thyroid nodule accumulation disorders and nonspecific goiters.
Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid condition, and this instigates (i) weight gain, (ii) tiredness, (iii) hair loss, and (iv) cold extremities. A very common variant of Hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s Disease. As the prefix for hypothyroidism implies, thyroid glandular tissue fails to excrete enough T3 and T4 hormones. If left untreated more severe problems can occur including heart and nerve problems.
Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid excretes too much thyroid hormone. A very common variant of hyperthyroidism is Graves Disease. This presents with symptoms such as (i) irritability, (ii) weight loss, (iii) heart palpitations, and (iv) diarrhea. If the hyperthyroid condition is left untreated, the neglected hyperthyroid patients may suffer damages to their heart, bones, muscles and reproductive organs.
A recent trend picked up by Doctors at NMC is to observe *mutual* thyroiditis defects–meaning the patient displays both Hashimoto’s and Graves Disease. When Hashimoto’s co-occurs with Graves, the patient’s thyroid goes through stages of excreting too much thyroid hormone and then skips to secreting too little. It is important to note that thyroiditis can be triggered by food or environmental allergies. This is why Doctors at NMC are routinely checking for Hashimoto’s and for Graves diseases. It is very valuable to know which autoimmune thyroiditis is being manifest, because a clinically directed lifestyle change can re-stabilize the thyroid [e.g., patients who test positive for Hashimoto’s should avoid gluten, cut out dairy and eat low glycemic foods. Patients with Graves disease can promote stable thyroid function by avoiding caffeine and ionized salt.
Normally, thyroid blood tests are done annually during a wellness visit with a general practitioner. However, if you have a thyroid condition or have symptoms of a thyroid condition, getting a complete thyroid panel is the best way to understand how and why your thyroid isn’t functioning correctly.
At a general practitioners visit, they often only check the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). At The Natural Medicine Center we like to take it several steps further. The reason is, that dysfunction often occurs even when the TSH is ‘in normal clinical ranges’. We test T3 Total, T3 Free, T4 Total, T4 Free, TSH, Thyroglobulin, Reverse T3 and thyroid peroxidase. With these additional tests, we will know 3 very important things that we wouldn’t know if we only ran a TSH blood test.
These 3 things include:
Once the blood test results are in, our doctors can recommend naturally compounded RX medications, Chinese herb remedies, and lifestyle practices to support thyroid function.
Ways to support thyroid function right away:
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Intramuscular Shots: IM Vitamin (15 Minute Appointment)
IM Vitamin B12 helps your body use fat and carbohydrates for energy and make new protein. It is also important for normal blood, cells, and nerves.
Vitamin D3- $25
B vitamins have a direct impact on your energy levels, brain function, and cell metabolism. Vitamin B complex helps prevent infections and helps support or promote: cell health and growth of red blood cells.
IV Vitamin Infusions (15minute to 2 hr appointment)
Modern citizens exist and operate in a sea of both Natural and Unnatural electromagnetic fields (EMF). For example, the earth has an EMF pulsing at approximately 10 Hz. I like to encourage conceptualizations! You could think of the planet Earth’s EMF pulsing like a small engine capable of facilitating electrical impulses while also hastening blood and lymphatic fluid flow rates. Hold this truth in mind: the blood is the River of Life. The full spectrum of cell tissues needs (amino acids, fatty acids, glucose, potassium, magnesium, oxygen, and more)…..are carried in the blood.
As we age, the smallest blood vessels in the circulatory tree (our microvessels), can become blocked with atherosclerotic plaque laydown or via calcification. A clinician’s targeted goal is to move blood past microvascular impedance zones. The best tool to accomplish that goal is P.E.M.F. (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) Therapy. P.E.M.F technology emerges as a truly innovative contribution to any Functional Medicine Doctor’s armamentarium. PEMF therapy helps to work a patient’s blood ‘around and across’ blockage zones. When microvessel blood flows freely again, the patient’s cells gain access to nourishing vitamins, minerals, and dissolved blood gases. At the whole body or systems level, patients who embrace PEMF sessions at least daily will experience more energy, better sleep, and sharp decrements in ‘inflammation’ reactions throughout cellular tissues.
Catherine Onuoha, PhD, R.Ph, BCPP, CPh
Written by David Butler and Dr. Catherine Onuoha
Health concerns over EMF radiation exposure (Electro-magnetic-field) is still not seen as a real threat by most Americans. While it may be easy to ignore the issue and pretend it doesn’t exist, a rapidly expanding literature base on EMF radiation exposure—emergent from cell phones and other electronic devices—proves the serious health impacts of EMF radiation exposure. The present authors view this causal link between EMF and physiologic detriments as irrefutable. More support for this opinion rests with the official appeal to the European Union [EU], in 2017. The EU appeal was drafted by nearly 200 scientists from all over the world who submitted this: “Harmful effects of RF-EMF exposure are already proven”. Scientists drafting the EU correspondence asked for a postponement in the rollout of 5G until RF-EMF effects on human health are better understood. The appeal document also cited numerous studies manifesting adverse health effects from EMF exposure in humans and in animals. Among the deleterious health effects detailed were: DNA/Cellular damage, tumorogenesis, neurologic disorders, sleep derangements, infertility syndromes and more (The full letter can be found in a link at the bottom of the page).
It is appropriate at this juncture to describe the plight of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS) patients. In a surprisingly large number of people, immediate repercussions are felt from exposure the RF-EMF pollution; quick symptom emergence in the following categories: (i) migraines / headaches, (ii) anxiety, and (iii) heart palpitations occurs when EHS patients are exposed to ambient electricity. Said differently, EHS patients are supremely sensitive to any form of electricity. This ‘electro-sensitive’ syndrome falls well in line with comparible idiosyncratic drug hypersensitivities, or music or light sensitivities. There is believed to be roughly 3-5% of the human population that have EHS, but unfortunately, many Doctors and hospitals (especially in America) do not take this to be a legitimate condition and insist that these problems are psychiatric.
Why do American policy makers and corporations continue to ignore the health effects of cell phones?
There are two very simple answers. First, we can all acknowledge that RF-EMF has deep roots in American society…and, RF-EMF is appreciated by many of our citizens for rendering ‘convenience’. Second, it is correct to point out key financial factors. Fact: the cellular and wireless industry is one of the biggest industries on America’s –Stocks & Commodoties-markets (Wall Street). In fact, several of the major cell phone manufacturers rake in up to $355 billion per year. It is instructive to reflect back on topics like the following:
** cigarette smoking
True or False: Do Americans shy away from accepting scientific discoveries about a technology’s side effects because the cost of ‘acceptance’ is daunting in that it would curtail a preferred lifestyle?
Has the Fox been guarding the Hen-House?
One of the biggest problems in the way of bringing this issue into the public’s attention is the lack of quality research by American scientists. This is because virtually all studies of cell phone safety have funding that is completely or partially dependent upon the major cell phone manufacturers. With such a brazen conflict of interest, it’s easy to see why studies showing no adverse health effects become published and advertised while those with negative health effects often do not see the light of day and have their funding pulled early on. While not advertised to consumers (in America at least) literature on EMF health effects and organizations supporting safer technology use are abundant on the internet. Because America is so behind in our research and concern over EMF fields, a quick google search might not turn up a lot, but by looking a bit deeper at what other countries are doing you can see the international trend that America refuses to follow. In the sources section of this page we have links to the groups Physician’s for Safer Technology and EMF Scientist.org which are two excellent sites for extensive and credible information on EMF technology and their health effects.
What can be done to combat something so prevalent and accepted in our society?
It may seem impossible to make any real change in an industry so heavily protected by money, lawyers, and the naïve good will of the public, but many countries have made significant efforts to reduce overall EMF exposure and to educate their citizens on the health risks. All across Europe EMF radiation exposure is taken much more seriously and there is active debate concerning appropriate regulations. In 2015 France adopted a new law setting tighter restrictions on cell tower manufacturers in order to reduce EMF radiation exposure to the population, and many other countries have similar restrictions put in place. While we do have some safety measures in place in the USA, they are incredibly lax and are often not based on realistic cell phone usage.
For example, while all cell phone manufacturers adhere to the requirement that their devices not emit over a specific amount of radiation while on a call, the testing process is often rigged in the favor of cell phones being safe. They rig such a test by measuring the phone’s radiation when it is half an inch to a quarter of an inch away from the measuring device instead of direct contact which is the way most people use their phones. The difference in radiation from a quarter of an inch to direct contact is shocking. When placed in direct contact, the measuring device detected nearly triple the SAR coming from the phone (Far above safety regulations) than when held at a minor distance. Loopholes such as this are unfortunately all too common in cell phone testing which is why it is up to the consumer to educate and protect themselves.
If you are as shocked and concerned about the lack of regulations, warnings, and quality research being done on this issue we have a few recommendations for what you should do:
Products Available for EMF radiation exposure and protection:
Aires Guardian – $290 suggested retail; $260 through Natural Medicine Center
Aires Shield Pro – $55.00 suggested retail; $ 49.50 through Natural Medicine Center
Dr. Catherine spoke to us last October about breast health and Thermography
Liposomal NeuroCalm is a new product which many of our patients have been raving about. NeuroCalm is a blend of the natural amino acids GABA and L-theanine which helps to calm an anxious or busy mind.
What is L-Theanine?
L-theanine is an amino acid which can be found naturally in green tea and is one of the primary reasons why green tea is so revered as a soothing drink which also enhances alertness. L-theanine works by inhibiting the production of glutamate, one of our brains most common excitatory neurotransmitter. By blocking the uptake of this neurotransmitter a person will quickly feel much of their anxiety and stress fade away. Unlike most forms of anti-anxiety prescriptions or other drugs for relaxation, L-theanine causes zero drowsiness. L-theanine even boosts alertness – helping someone to be calm and capable in any situation.
What is GABA?
GABA has many similarities to L-Theanine as it is also an amino acid which inhibits excitatory signals and helps the brain to relax while staying alert. The main difference between GABA and L-Theanine is that while L-Theanine is only found in tea leaves, GABA is a protein which the brain naturally produces. While the brain does produce GABA, many people (especially those suffering with issues such as anxiety, insomnia, and depression) are often chronically deficient in this amino acid. Many anti-anxiety medications and other prescriptions target GABA receptors to increase its production, but many of these medications can cause drowsiness and long term issues.
Research on GABA, L-Theanine, and Stress
Some studies have begun to show that L-theanine and GABA can help prevent the sharp rise in blood pressure that many people experience when confronted with a stressful event. Frequent spikes in blood pressure can wreak havoc on someone’s cardiovascular system and leave them prone to strokes or other heart complications. Avoiding these spikes with natural stress relief can save someone from a major issue in the future.
Stress is one of the deadliest things we can expose ourselves too. Not only is stress unpleasant, but chronic stress can severely impair our body’s immune system making us more susceptible to illness and disease. That is why managing stress through lifestyle changes, natural supplements, and other methods is so important to a long and healthy life. In addition to the immediate benefits of stress relief, L-theanine’s protection from stress has the long term effect of helping to protect the brain. L-theanine protects us from eventual degeneration and neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimers.
If a daily dose of GABA and L-Theanine sounds like something that could benefit you we highly recommend you try Liposomal NeuroCalm which you can pick up from our clinic or order through our e-store:
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Kim, S., Jo, K., Hong, K. B., Han, S. H., & Suh, H. J. (2019). GABA and l-theanine mixture decreases sleep latency and improves NREM sleep. Pharmaceutical biology, 57(1), 65–73.
Kimura K, Ozeki M, Juneja LR, et al. L-Theanine reduces psychological and physiological stress responses. Biol Psychol. 2007;74(1):39-45.