Help! Environmental Allergies

 

 

Spring is the season prized for lovely new “blooms”, but as many of us have noticed, ALLERGIES roll in during our Spring Season in Florida. Allergy sufferers are bothered by sinus or tension headaches, body aches, excessive mucous, sneezing and tearing or swelling eyes. The unfortunate truth is: Allergies aren’t curable, we can only work towards lessening symptoms. The mechanism underlying an environmentally instigated allergic response is the immune system.

 

 


Treat Your Symptoms

 

 

Taking natural herbal remedies is the best way to get rid of your allergy symptoms. Keep in mind that MANY supplements are misbranded—shoppers must be very intentional—you should buy supplements only from a trusted source. We recommend the quality supplements obtained from trained herbalists, or a doctor that you trust.

 

 

Distance Yourself from Pollen- Dust- or Mold

 

 

I’ve trained  patients to stay away from the natural substances and chemical entities each person is sensitized to.  Patients who are allergic to pollen should dwell indoors during the peak pollen dissemination intervals [8 am – 12 pm and 5:00pm – 9:00pm].  Humidity is also a factor to contemplate as an allergy-sufferer plans out his/her nature tours.  The general rule of thumb is to expect higher pollen counts on hot , dry and windy days.

 

 

Cook with Ginger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Ginger is a natural antihistamine and decongestant. It will provide you with relief from allergy symptoms by helping to open up your bronchial tubes.

Also eating apples, carrots, red onions, black tea and collard greens will also help your food fight off allergens.

 

Lobelia

 

 

Lobelia inflata is an herb that is used to treat asthma, allergies, whooping cough, congestion, and bronchitis. In the past, this useful herb had some utility for tobacco withdrawal, and to assist smokers in their pledge to stop smoking.

 

 

 

How we can help you at The Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland:

 

 

Thermography

The image above is a high resolution infrared image of a client’s head who suffers from environmental allergies. The red and white HOT areas of the image represent INFLAMMATION. As you can see the client imaged has inflammation around her eyes, and in her sinus cavities. She also has some inflammation in her neck where her lymphatic system is. This is an indicator that her body is having an immune response to her allergens. Thermography is an innovative medical discovery tool. We are able to see if there are areas in your body that need extra support to prevent disease and illness. If we see signs that your immune system is struggling in certain areas of your body, we can help you treat the issue. Then in the future, we can repeat a thermal scan in the area of interest to make sure you are on the mend.

 

 

Allergy testing

Since it is in your best interest to stay away and defend yourself from your allergens, taking an allergy test is a great first step. We offer a simple and inexpensive in office blood test that will not only tell you what you are allergic to, but also how severe your allergy is.

 

 

Natural Allergy Supplements:

 

https://www.naturallakeland.com/product/magnolia-clear-sinus-capsules-100-count/

https://www.naturallakeland.com/product/pueraria-clear-sinus-capsules-100-count/

Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (often short handed: PUFAs) –

have anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties. People who have food allergies benefit preferentially from Omega 3 supplements, as Fish Oil and various purified PUFA capsules are superb for controlling intestinal allergies.

RIF – Resolve Internal Fire –

A proprietary blend of herbs, with Curcumin as its primary ingredient.  Curcumins are plant derived and cleanly extracted from a turmeric rhizome plant.  This herbal blend also features licorice root.  The herbal acts as a POTENT anti-inflammatory.  As allergic symptoms have genesis from inflamed mucous membranes—this blended herb will help!

Probiotics

Lobelia

7 Reasons Why Functional Medicine is FOR YOU

Why Functional Medicine?  Well, if you’re not sleeping well, seem cranky all day and your stomach seem always upset.  In addition you’re feeling a bit down and just can’t figure out why.  You head to your primary physician for—if you’re lucky—a 10-minute talk about what’s going on with you. The physician listens, nods his/her head a few times and then hands you a prescription or two, shakes your hand, and says “this should help”.  Case closed unless you call for another appointment.

You get home and Google the prescribed drugs to read all the potential side effects, constipation, dry mouth, dizziness, confusion, thoughts of suicide, lower sex drive and the list goes on.  Does this approach actually make anyone better? In a word, no.  It’s an attempt to mask the actual cause of your symptoms verses address them to heal.

Why Functional Medicine?

It’s the most profound and effective way to treat patients—particularly those with chronic health issues and here’s the 7 reasons why Functional Medicine is FOR YOU:

1. Functional Medicine is all about you

In simplest terms, think of it as the ultimate in personalized, one-on-one, therapeutic relationships. It’s a health-focused, patient-centric partnership, in which doctor and patient work together to dig deep and find out the causes of illness and disease. We examine not only the patient, but also their unique history, environment, lifestyle and underlying factors, and then develop a health-enhancing, usually drug-free plan to help restore the patient to good health and get him or her on a life-long path of wellness. With Functional Medicine, we look beyond the laundry list of symptoms; the whole person is taken into account.

3. Functional Medicine is not assembly-line medicine

Our current healthcare system is, to a large extent, governed by profit-driven conglomerates that essentially force physicians to manage huge caseloads and keep people moving through the system as quickly as possible. It’s mass-produced, assembly line, quick-fix, put-a-band-aid-on-it medicine, with little hope of creating long-term health. To it’s credit however, Conventional Medicine is great at managing medical and surgical emergencies, medical crises, acute infections and trauma, but falls way short when it comes to treating chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, chronic fatigue, autoimmune diseases, functional disorders, musculoskeletal problems and stress related disorders. This is where Functional Medicine is near perfect with its more comprehensive, thoughtful individual approach.  After all, you are unique and so should your health recovery plan be.

2. Functional Medicine is artisan medicine

With Functional Medicine, the patient experience is anything but conventional. One might even call it ‘artisan medicine’, because it an art of balance, involves time, care and patience, since true healing doesn’t happen overnight. With Functional Medicine, we treat the person who has the disease rather than the disease the person has. It’s not unusual for my colleagues and me to spend an hour or more with patients, listening to their histories, doing the detective work, asking questions, and examining the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle patterns that effect health. By addressing the underlying causes of illness and disease, Functional Medicine practitioners are able to design unique, personalized healing plans that Conventional Medicine literally doesn’t have the tools, training, or the time for.

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4. Functional Medicine is the best of both worlds

Functional Medicine is not an either/or system, but rather a true combination of Conventional Medicine and many different alternative and complementary therapies. It acknowledges the strengths of Conventional Medicine for acute and crisis-care, but also realizes that this approach does not have the tools for preventing and treating chronic diseases. Unlike conventional physicians, we are able to tap into all the tools of healing—drawing from Western, Eastern, alternative, preventative and integrative medical practices—to help our patients heal. By pulling from all of these approaches and by paying special attention to diet, exercise, nutrition, supplementation and the workings of the mind, we’re not just giving patients a band-aid, we’re giving them the tools to create sustainable wellness and vitality. To me, is what true healing is all about.

5. Functional Medicine looks for the cause

In Conventional Medicine, doctors try to make a diagnosis and then apply a treatment for that particular diagnosis. In Functional Medicine we are less concerned with making a diagnosis and more concerned with the underlying imbalances or dysfunctions. These are the mechanisms of the disease process. We aim at treating those underlying disease mechanisms and ultimately look for the causes of those imbalances.

6. Functional Medicine is medicine on a mission

I call myself a health evangelist, in part because I am a man on a mission. I aim to show the unwell how they can transform their health. Certainly they will need to do the work as I can’t do it for them, but we will work as partners to restore balance and health to their lives. And participating in the process, that slow transition from illness to wellness, is one of the greatest joys of Functional Medicine—for both patient and practitioner.

7. Functional Medicine is true Health Care

Functional Medicine is true health care, unlike the disease care model of Conventional Medicine. We now have the knowledge to go beyond the current crisis care model and offer patients a much better approach to their health. We can incorporate lifestyle medicine, nutrition, supplements, stress reduction and exercise to improve the functioning of organs as a means of preventing disease and creating vibrant, sustainable health.

Functional Medicine is literally FOR YOU.

Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine Holistic Homeopathic Eastern Natural Medicine Center Lakeland Central Florida Polk County Integrated Integrative Approach Dr Catherine OnuohaFunctional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of people today. The traditional focus of medicine is disease-centered focus of medical practice where Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of vitality and health  for each individual.

  • Functional Medicine enables physicians and other health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health.
  • Functional Medicine incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease.
  • Functional Medicine offers a powerful new operating system and clinical model for assessment, treatment, and prevention of chronic disease to replace the outdated and ineffective acute-care models carried forward from the 20th century.

Do You Want to Feel Better?

How Functional Medicine Heals a Key Health Care Gap

Today’s health care system is in trouble because it applies a medical management model that works well for acute health problems to chronic health problems, where it is much less successful. If you have a heart attack, accident or sudden lung infection such as pneumonia, you certainly want a quick-thinking doctor to use all the quick-acting resources of modern medicine, such as life-saving technology, surgery and antibiotics. Jumping in with drugs, surgery and other acute care treatments too often does not succeed in helping those with chronic, debilitating ailments, such as diabetes, heart disease or arthritis. Another approach is needed.

The Two-Pronged Healing Approach of Functional Medicine

To battle chronic health conditions, Functional Medicine uses two scientifically grounded principles:

  1. Add what’s lacking in the body to nudge its physiology back to a state of optimal functioning.
  2. Remove anything that impedes the body from moving toward this optimal state of physiology.

Plainly put, your body naturally wants to be healthy. But things needed by the body to function at its best might be missing, or something might be standing in the way of its best functioning. Functional Medicine first identifies the factors responsible for the malfunctioning. Then it deals with those factors in a way appropriate to the patient’s particular situation. Very often Functional Medicine practitioners use advanced laboratory testing to identify the root cause or causes of the patient’s health problem. Old-fashioned medical diagnosis helps too, in the form of listening carefully to the patient’s history of symptoms and asking questions about his or her activities and lifestyle. For treatment, Functional Medicine practitioners use a combination of natural agents (supplements, herbs, nutraceuticals and homeopathics), nutritional and lifestyle changes, spiritual/emotional counseling, and pharmaceuticals, if necessary to prod a patient’s physiology back to an optimal state. In addition, educating the patient about their condition empowers them to take charge of their own health, ultimately leading to greater success in treatment.

Treating Symptoms Versus Treating the Person

In the dominant health care model today, medication is used to get rid of people’s symptoms. If the patient stops taking the medication, symptoms generally return. Functional Medicine approaches health problems differently. Instead of masking the problem, it aims at restoring the body’s natural functioning. Although Functional Medicine practitioners may prescribe pharmaceuticals, they are used to gently nudge the patient’s physiology in a positive direction so the patient will no longer need them. For example, conventional doctors would normally prescribe pharmaceuticals like Prilosec, Prevacid or Aciphex to treat acid reflux or heartburn. When the patient stops taking such drugs, the heartburn symptoms come back. In contrast, a Functional Medicine practitioner might find that a patient’s acid reflux is caused by Helicobacter pylori bacteria. Eradicating the Helicobacter pylori might very well lead to the end of heartburn symptoms, permanently. It’s also important to note that in Functional Medicine, treatment for similar symptoms might vary tremendously for different patients, according to their medical history and results of laboratory tests. Factors that can come into play in producing the same symptoms include toxic chemicals, pathogenic bacteria, parasites, chronic viral pathogens, emotional poisons like anger, greed or envy, and structural factors such as tumors or cysts.

The Roots of Functional Medicine

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Sir William Osler Functional Medicine Pioneer

You may be surprised to learn that Functional Medicine isn’t new. It actually represents a return to the roots of modern scientific medicine, captured in this statement by Sir William Osler, one of the first professors at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and later its Physician-in-Chief: “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” Another important saying by Osler is “If you listen carefully to the patient, they will tell you the diagnosis.” This encapsulates the importance placed in Functional Medicine on taking a thorough history from the patient.

Your Experience of Functional Medicine

We have titled this web site, “Your Medical Detective,” because patients often feel their Functional Medicine practitioner is leaving no stone unturned in their relentless research to pinpoint the causes of a particular patient’s symptoms. When you consult a Functional Medicine practitioner, the first step is always your history. Practitioners are trained on how to unravel and make sense of a complicated story. Often clues in the story lead to the identification of key imbalances. The next set of clues comes from a comprehensive physical examination, which includes many nearly forgotten examination procedures used by famous diagnosticians (both living and long gone), such as chapman reflex points, ankle brachial reflex and nail inspection. The final set of clues comes from advanced laboratory testing. Innovative, cutting-edge lab tests help the practitioner look deeply into a patient’s physiology to identify how it has been compromised and how physiological balance can be restored. After diagnosis and treatment, a Functional Medicine patient can expect his or her symptoms to diminish in severity, with a renewed sense of well-being and significant increase in health and vitality. While there is no substitute for face-to-face treatment from a trained Functional Medicine practitioner, this site educates you on the Functional Medicine perspective and on the kinds of clues and treatments that may be key to restoring you to optimal health.

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Videos and Specials Announcement

Greetings!  If you’ve been looking for more information on what we offer here at the Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland, you’re in luck. We recently uploaded three new videos with Dr. Catherine Onuoha explaining our IV Therapy, Thermography, and Neurofeedback Services. We would also like to announce our on-going specials: For IV Therapy we are […]

Convenient and Affordable Lab Testing – Regardless of Insurance

Have you been putting off getting lab-work done due to the cost or inconvenience?  While regular lab testing may seem like an unnecessary luxury to those without proper medical insurance, here at The Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland we are dedicated to making this process convenient and affordable, especially for those uninsured.  If you are […]

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Candida Overgrowth

Candida Overgrowth Causes and Treatment with a Natural Approach

Candida Yeast Overgrowth Infection Over Eating Sweets Sugar Cure Natural Medicine Center Lakeland Central FloridaIt’s hard to live in a living world without some living organisms taking residence on or inside of your body. It might not be the most pleasant idea, but everyone is carrying bugs of some sort. Harmful organisms in the intestines and bacteria in the gut are among the most common. Another is Candida albicans. If you’ve ever experienced a yeast infection, then you probably know this one well  . Although everyone has Candida, problems are unlikely to arise if it’s kept in balance. However, if Candida imbalance occurs, so may a yeast infection. Yeast infections can affect the mouth, skin and genitals (and that includes women AND men) and range in severity from inconvenient and uncomfortable to life-threatening. Additionally, overgrowth in the gastrointestinal tract may be a catalyst for serious problems if the fungus enters the bloodstream.

Let’s take a look at a few other must-know facts about yeast infections.

1. Yeast Infections May Occur Orally

Gross. Really? Yes, oral yeast infections are commonly called thrush. This infection is common in newborns but typically passes quickly. Babies are not the only ones affected, a recent study found that oral Candida overgrowth occurs in one out of every four adults. Poor oral hygiene is often a primary factor. Researchers identified the presence of plaque, tartar, and amalgam fillings as significantly related to the degree of Candida present. [1] The best defense? Proper, and regular, oral hygiene.

2. Vaginal Yeast Infections Can Be Tricky

Practicing good hygiene is a very good deterrent for yeast infections. However, this isn’t always the case. Frequent douching has been associated with higher incidences of yeast infections. So has wearing tight nylon or synthetic underwear. Oddly enough, over-the-counter anti-fungal medications have also been associated with stubborn occurrences of vaginal candiadosis. [2] The use of intrauterine contraceptive devices also show a statistically significant increase in Candida infection. [3]

3. Use of an Asthma Inhaler May Contribute to Candida

A Brazilian study of adults using inhalers for longer than 6 months identified oral candidiasis as one of several adverse effects. [4] Anyone using an inhaler, or any other oral appliance (such as mouth guards, retainers, or dentures) should be aware of the possibility of Candida exposure.

4. Candida Naturally Occurs On and In Humans

Microbiota like Candida occur naturally on human skin and in the human gastrointestinal tract. In healthy individuals, the immune system and symbiotic bacteria help keep these fungal species in check. Not surprisingly, persons with compromised immune systems are among the most susceptible to Candida overgrowth.

5. The Connection Between Diabetes and Candida

Individuals with diabetes are more likely to develop genital yeast infections, both women and men. The high blood glucose levels of diabetics encourage yeast growth. And, because it inhibits immune response, the risk of recurring infection is higher. Women are more likely to suffer infection from Candida alibicans and Candida glabrate. Uncircumsized men may experience infection from Candida balaritis. [5]

6. Candida Often Accompanies HIV

Research has shown nearly 90% of HIV positive patients suffer from oral Candiadisis. In contrast, these patients do not experience an increase in genital yeast infection. [6]

7. Candida Loves Carbohydrates

While Candida occurs naturally in the human digestive tract, how much is present depends quite a bit on diet. Studies have identified that persons whose diets are high in carbohydrates are more susceptible than persons whose diets are high in amino acids, proteins and fatty acids. Candida levels increase most immediately following consumption of carbohydrates.[7]

8. You Can Protect Yourself With Probiotics

Intestinal yeast infections, or Candida overgrowth, have been associated with the development of several Irritable Bowel Diseases (IBDs) such as Crohn’s disease. Protecting intestinal health has become a major focus for research. One study identified a probiotic strain as successful for improving cellular defense against Candida. [8]

9. Presents an Increased Risk of MS

This one is an unforeseen doozy to most — Candida infection has been associated with increased odds of multiple sclerosis (MS). A case-control study evaluated the relationship of MS and Candida infection and discovered that MS patients showed higher overall blood serum levels of Candida than the control group. [9]

10. Potential Remedy for Warts?

Perhaps not all facts about Candida infections are bad. One study found positive benefits from using a purified C. albicans antigen solution for persistent warts. This has led researchers to suggest intralesional Candida immunotherapy may provide an effective treatment for warts resistant to other forms of destruction. [10]

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          IV therapy is one of the best ways to give yourself an extra boost of vitality to recover from a tough week, fight and prevent infections and illness, or prepare for an upcoming trip.  Nicknamed ‘the hangover cure’ by many, IV infusions provide a heavy dose of hydration and a […]

Light Therapy

  Origins of Light Therapy   For centuries different cultures and civilizations have realized the healing and therapeutic power of light and our ultimate source of light and life on this planet, the sun.  In ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome specially designed rooms were created for helio-therapy (sun-therapy) and many of their buildings strongly emphasized […]

Videos and Specials Announcement

Greetings!  If you’ve been looking for more information on what we offer here at the Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland, you’re in luck. We recently uploaded three new videos with Dr. Catherine Onuoha explaining our IV Therapy, Thermography, and Neurofeedback Services. We would also like to announce our on-going specials: For IV Therapy we are […]

Convenient and Affordable Lab Testing – Regardless of Insurance

Have you been putting off getting lab-work done due to the cost or inconvenience?  While regular lab testing may seem like an unnecessary luxury to those without proper medical insurance, here at The Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland we are dedicated to making this process convenient and affordable, especially for those uninsured.  If you are […]

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  2. Ekpenyong CE, Inyang-etoh EC, Ettebong EO, Akpan UP, Ibu JO, Daniel NE.Recurrent vulvovaginal candidosis among young women in south eastern Nigeria: the role of lifestyle and health-care practices. Int J STD AIDS. 2012 Oct;23(10):704-9. doi: 10.1258/ijsa.2012.011382.
  3. Güdücü N, Gönenç G, Içi H, Yi?iter AB, Basüllü N, Dünder I. Clinical importance of detection of bacterial vaginosis, trichomonas vaginalis, candida albicans and actinomyces in Papanicolaou smears. Clin Exp Obstet Gynecol. 2012;39(3):333-6.
  4. Pinto CR, Almeida NR, Marques TS, Yamamura LL, Costa LA, Souza-Machado A. Local adverse effects associated with the use of inhaled corticosteroids in patients with moderate or severe asthma. J Bras Pneumol. 2013 Jun-Aug;39(4):409-17. doi: 10.1590/S1806-37132013000400003.
  5. PNyirjesy P, Sobel JD. Genital mycotic infections in patients with diabetes. Postgrad Med. 2013 May;125(3):33-46. doi: 10.3810/pgm.2013.05.2650.
  6. Fidel PL Jr. Immunity to Candida. Oral Dis. 2002;8 Suppl 2:69-75.
  7. Hoffmann C, Dollive S, Grunberg S, Chen J, Li H, Wu GD, Lewis JD, Bushman FD. Archaea and fungi of the human gut microbiome: correlations with diet and bacterial residents. PLoS One. 2013 Jun 17;8(6):e66019. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0066019. Print 2013.
  8. Rizzo A, Losacco A, Carratelli CR. Lactobacillus crispatus modulates epithelial cell defense against Candida albicans through Toll-like receptors 2 and 4, interleukin 8 and human β-defensins 2 and 3. Immunol Lett. 2013 Oct 10. pii: S0165-2478(13)00158-2. doi: 10.1016/j.imlet.2013.08.013.
  9. Benito-León J, Pisa D, Alonso R, Calleja P, Díaz-Sánchez M, Carrasco L. Association between multiple sclerosis and Candida species: evidence from a case-control study. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2010 Sep;29(9):1139-45. doi: 10.1007/s10096-010-0979-y. Epub 2010 Jun 17.
  10. Majid I, Imran S. Immunotherapy with Intralesional Candida Albicans Antigen in Resistant or Recurrent Warts: A Study. Indian J Dermatol. 2013 Sep;58(5):360-365.

Balancing Hormones

Hormone balance can be influenced by a number of factors in men and women. Fluctuations in hormone levels occur throughout the lifecycle, some are just a natural part of aging while others may be the result of stress, toxic exposures, diet, or unhealthy sleep patterns. It is important to monitor your hormone levels throughout the lifespan and take action early to address imbalances before it affects your health or quality of life.

 Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

The symptoms of hormone imbalance may vary from person to person and evolve over time. For example, a woman may experience menopausal symptoms, like hot flashes during the early stages of menopause, but she may continue to experience these discomforts for years after menstrual cycle has stopped. Men often experience symptoms on an intermittent basis as testosterone levels begin to decline in his late 20s. Symptoms often become for frequent or compile as a man reaches middle age.

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle loss
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Low energy

The Benefits of Balanced Hormones

Achieving hormone balance offers men and women a number of benefits, such as more energy, better sleep, and stabilized moods, but beyond that research has shown that hormone therapy improves overall health by reducing risk of disease.

Late in 2015, the results of the Veterans Database Study found that men who treated low testosterone with testosterone therapy experienced a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) early 2016 found that testosterone therapy improved mood, sexual health, and physical fitness in men.

Among women, hormone therapy has been heralded as the best treatment for menopause, helping to reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms. In March of 2016, the results of the highly anticipated ELITE study were published in NEJM, finding that women who begin hormone therapy early in their menopausal years experienced a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

Finding the Right Hormone Balance

The practitioners at Natural Medicine Center are experts in hormone health. Each practitioners understands that achieving balance is a combination of advanced therapies, like bioidentical hormone therapy, and dynamic strategies for nutrition, stress management, and sleep that work synergistically to promote optimal health. Every practitioner is specially-trained and certified in bioidentical hormone therapy and functional medicine practices to ensure every patient receives elite care and maximizes their health potential.

Recovery and Mental Health

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement is a natural form of therapy, using hormones that are identical to hormones produced by the human body. One may argue that by using plant-derived hormones instead of synthetic hormones, the body will be more receptive. By using natural hormones such as estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroidal hormones for those who are deficient, one can regain their normal hormonal levels. Combining hormone balancing with healthy lifestyle changes may be our best hope for preventative health against breast cancer, heart attacks, and menopause issues.

Psychological Assessment

Anxiety and Depression are the two leading disorders in the U.S. affecting as much 40 millions adults. Due to the one sided view of psychological disorders; many people are running towards medication without understanding the root cause of their suffering. Through professional psychological assessment as well as practices of hypnosis, meditation, and counseling that our institution offers, one may understand the root cause of their suffering and become liberated of their pain. Our doctors can also prescribe medication in a furthering manner if they see necessary.


Catherine Onuoha attended the Medical College of Virginia and practiced in Academic Medical Settings for nearly 2 decades. Catherine purchased the Natural Medicine Center in South Lakeland in 2015. Although she treats an array of disorders, her specialties can roughly divide into 2 focus areas: hormonal health and psychiatric pharmaceutical counseling. Dr Onuoha is Board Certified for Psychiatric Medications Management – she skillfully assists  patients while pulling them OFF of prescribed medication(s) that are causing severe side-effects. Doctor Onuoha works alongside Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Acupuncturists, Hypnotherapist and Massage Therapist for a whole body and mind approach.
ADHD is a focus area and Psychometric testing is performed on site.
Dr. Catherine Onuoha wrote 26 articles/books on neural function and psychiatric dysfunction. Psychiatric medications are distributed freely in our society and are inadequately explained to drug recipients. Dr Onuoha combines dietary initiatives and cognitive treatment modalities (truly holistic treatments!). When downsizing Prescription loads, Onuoha seeks a medically safe discontinuation strategy.
Hormones are neural mediators! Hence, we balance hormones (Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, Cortisol, Thyroid). Hormonal rebalancing can greatly improve depression & anxiety. Psychiatric Med Regimens are managed with an eye to drug reduction. Serotonin/ Dopamine/ and Norepinephrine mediators are measured. Acupuncture and personalized counseling is embraced and naturopathic/ herbal treatments are given.

Client Testimonials

Client Testimonials

Take a look at our client testimonials and find our how Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland has helped people with its proven approach.

My appointment at Natural Medicine Center last week was wonderful. Winslow did a great job! My appointment was at the end of the day, so we had time to chat after my appointment. I found her to be very down to earth and very helpful. Mr. Ken was also great, and we had a great time just sharing things from our backgrounds. I would definitely recommend this team. I had not had an appointment since Dr. Onuoha took over and was a little apprehensive but was very satisfied with my appointment.

Nancy W. – Lakeland, Florida

Why am I opting out of mammograms and doing this [Thermography] breast cancer screening instead?

Breast cancer is over diagnosed and over treated.  And yet paradoxically mammograms too often fail to detect cancers that kill. It's time for a radical shift

PLEASE, ladies, consider adding Breast Thermography to your screening.

It has changed my life.

Laura G. – Lakeland, Florida

I was grateful to finally have a thermography session. It was simple and easy. I was happy to learn about my breast health without having to radiate to determine. It was also useful to learn other things about my health that I now have the opportunity to address before they become more serious. I could learn about this worthwhile and safe diagnostic opportunity in Lakeland, Florida, which I would highly recommend to everyone.

"My imaging experience was simple, non-invasive and painless! I was back to my regular routine in less than an hour!"
Elisa S., Lakeland, Florida
"I was impressed with how ON TIME my appointment was. I'm used to waiting over an hour for medical tests. MyLife Preventive Imaging is different. The atmosphere is lovely, the people are great to work with and I had my results in about a week!"
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Prescription Drug Counseling

Would You Like to Reduce the Amount of Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs You Are Taking?

                          WE CAN HELP.

The United States is only one of two countries in the WORLD that allow pharmaceutical companies to advertise directly to consumers.

USA is 5% of the World Population

  • USA is 5% of the World Population
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USA Consumes 75% of the World's Prescription Drugs

  • US Consumes 75% of the World's Prescription Drugs
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Adage: an expression or phrase conveying wisdom, although the expression should not be interpreted literally.

Big Pharma Run Amok

Consider the adage, “He who pays the piper calls the tune”… this proverb resonates HOW western medicine is “broken”.

Prescription Drug Counseling Reduce Get Off Pills Holistic Approach Addiction Side Effects Symptoms Holistic Recovery Natural Medicine Center Lakeland Central FloridaDid you know that only two of the world’s 195 nations (US and New Zealand) allow direct to consumer [DTC] marketing for prescription drugs? DTC advertising was first enacted under President George W. Bush’s term. Sadly, after DTC permissions were in place, and ads became commonplace, further deregulation subverted the US FDA agency’s authority for halting misinformation in DTC ads. Big Pharma Conglomerates have proceeded to air inaccurate and highly biased messages in their radio and TV advertising.  Truth in advertising is dead.

Citizens of the US are drowned by misrepresented strategic prescription drug messages numerous times a day! TV commercials portray happy, good-looking actors who pledge loyalty to certain branded drugs.  Some actors share their gratitude for the ‘healing’ they’ve experienced. Subtly, popular media has chiseled messages into the grey matter of American viewers / listeners. Wise consumers pause to recall that an advertising agency has paid these actors and radio spokespersons. Most other people, though, will accept media messages at face value. Alas, since the governmental regulations have swung toward leniency, Americans seem to believe what the Big Pharma shareholders would like them to believe. “He who pays the piper calls the tune”.

Here’s a second important downside to the fact that mass media is ‘without’ conscience –medical prescribers have been yielding when their patients’ request specific drugs (e.g., research review by Frosch et.al.1). Hence, the Big Pharma conglomerates fix consumer notions that their branded drug will “heal” (invoked via subliminal messaging rather than through explicit persuasion). This unfortunately activates patients to request specific drug products during an office visits. Sometimes the brand drug that a patient has requested is less effective and has a larger side effect liability than older and less expensive prescription drugs. The most important point, however, is that… when a charade like this unfolds… Big Pharma sales TRUMP prescriber training and patient well-being. Further research is needed on the clinical and economic impacts of DTC advertising, but it remains banned in 193 out of 195 nations.

The advice from Doctors at the Natural Medicine Center will be accurate and genuine. A coercively sterilized consideration is promised to all patients, which sets-aside the promotions of drug companies, to focus only on patient care.

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We will provide:

  1. Disease assessment and management
  2. Drug regimen review
  3. Patient counselling
  4. Medication delivery systems
  5. Drug information
  6. Medication therapy management services
  7. Patient-focused activities
  8. Facility focused activities such as establishing policies and procedure for medication use
  9. Out-patient compliance packaging

Prescription Drug Counseling with Dr. Catherine

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Nature provides many remedies to work with or replace prescription drugs typically without side effects.

Catherine Onuoha attended the Medical College of Virginia and practiced in Academic Medical Settings for nearly 2 decades.  Although she treats an array of disorders, her specialties can roughly divide into 2 focus areas:

  1. hormonal health
  2. psychiatric pharmaceutical counseling

Dr Onuoha is Board Certified in Psychiatry and she embraces medication adjustment (Onuoha skillfully assists her patients to get OFF of troubling and side-effect laden medications). Doctor Onuoha works alongside Licensed Mental Health Counselors and Acupuncturists. ADHD is a focus area and Psychometric testing is performed on site.

Catherine Onuoha wrote 26 articles/books on neural function and psychiatric dysfunction. Psychiatric medications are distributed freely in our society and are inadequately explained to drug recipients. Dr Onuoha combines dietary initiatives and cognitive treatment modalities (truly holistic treatments!). When downsizing Prescription loads, Onuoha seeks a medically safe discontinuation strategy.

Hormones are neural mediators! Hence, we balance hormones (Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, Cortisol, Thyroid). Hormonal rebalancing can greatly improve depression & anxiety. Through advocacy psychiatric medication regimens are managed with an eye to drug reduction. Serotonin/ Dopamine/ and Norepinephrine mediators are measured. Acupuncture and personalized counseling is embraced and naturopathic/ herbal treatments are given.

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Work Sited:

1. Frosch D, et.al.(2010) American Journal of Public Health, Vol 100; Issue 1

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Homeopathic Dilutions

What does the "X" after a homeopathic ingredient mean?


The “X” refers to the level of concentration or dilution of the basic medicinal substance which was used to make the finished product. A basic medicinal substance may be a “Mother tincture” of a plant or animal or the mineral itself.

  • 1X means the dilution contains 1 part basic medicinal substance combined with 9 parts of diluent
  • 2X means the dilution contains 1 part of a 1X tincture with 9 parts diluent. So a 2X dilution is 1 part basic medicinal substance and 99 parts diluent or a 1 % extract, as shown below:
  • 1X: 1 part in 10 or 10%
  • 2X: 1 part in 100 or 1%
  • 3X: 1 part in 1,000 or 0.1%
  • 4X: 1 part in 10,000 or 0.01%… and so on.

What does the "MT" after a homeopathic ingredient mean?

  • “MT” means “Mother Tincture” (described above). Most Mother Tinctures are a 10% extract of the pure plant or animal and generally are designated as a 1X potency.
  • “MT(N)” means that the Mother Tincture for this ingredient in the product contained a 33% extract of the pure plant.
  • “MT(M)” means that the Mother Tincture for this ingredient in the product contained a 50% extract of the pure plant.
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Chronic Pain – Getting a Grip on Pain

Understanding Your Pain

When pain occurs it is showing you that somewhere in your body a problem has surfaced. People shrug pain off everyday thinking it will work its way out, but that may not be the case.  You might need to seek professional help to correct and maintain the problem.

There are two types of pain:

Acute Pain 

This pain warns you that you’ve been injured.  It is new to the body and can be caused by a sprain, cut, broken bone etc. The pain can be mild to severe and will usually subside with healing.

Chronic Pain

This pain is different and can last weeks, months or even years.  It sometimes comes and goes and might be accompanied by insomnia, exhaustion, even weight change and can last up to six months or more.  Many look to prescription painkillers to alienate the symptoms.  Taking Western Medication seems like the right thing to do.  After all, we are bombarded with pharmaceutical advertisements that seem to have a patent on our entire body.  They often come with side effects and can have issues if taking it with other prescriptions.

At Natural Medicine Center we can help with homeopathic options that you may leverage along with the prescriptions with little to no chance of additional side effects.  Thinking that it will just go away is a common mistake.  The cause of pain can be complex and often require a multi-approach that might include:

Our goal is to assist you to become healthy naturally and hopefully wean off  pharmaceuticals where possible.  Quite often painkillers will only mask the cause of the problem by reducing the amount of pain.  Doesn’t it make more sense to find the true cause of the pain and treat it directly?

Natural Medicine Center is uniquely equipped to help determine and treat your symptoms of chronic pain.   Please schedule an appointment with one our doctors today and we will help you get the energy back in your life!

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