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Understanding Estrogen and Its Symptoms

Is estrogen a blessing or curse? Lets look a little deeper to discover what role it plays in your health. Estrogen is the primary female hormone and quite possibly the most important. At an early age women experience estrogen as they enter into puberty. The normal range for female puberty is age 10 to 15, although age 12 or older may be ideal. Early transition into puberty may be a sign of early estrogen dominance. At the age of puberty, females begin to see estrogen [...]

Leaky Gut Syndrome Treatments

Have you been reading all about leaky gut syndrome (aka intestinal permeability)  and the more you read, the more your symptoms line up? Leaky gut is somewhat of a vague term and solutions can be complicated even where to start. Starting with digestive health and addressing leaky gut syndrome is one of the best approaches to healing from chronic illnesses, autoimmune conditions and nutrient deficiencies. 8 Clues You Might Have Leaky Gut Syndrome Do you have digestive problems? Do you have bowel movements less than 2 [...]

Natural Treatments For Sjogren’s Syndrome Part 3

Now that we have covered many of the major root causes that can trigger, exacerbate or perpetuate Sjogren’s syndrome, the question that comes to us next is, “What do I do about it?” Why Have Your Efforts Failed? I would suggest that many patients that have tried functional medicine or natural medicine without much success fell to the common error of “missed treatment.” The “missed treatment” phenomenon is that you have the right target (aka diagnosis), the right labs and the right assessments, but when [...]

Natural Treatments For Sjogren’s Syndrome Part 2

Natural Treatments For Sjogren’s Syndrome Part 2 If you read part 1, you know that its time we start talking about some of the root causes associated with Sjogren’s syndrome. There are 3 major areas that I associate with Sjogren’s syndrome in nearly all cases. If you have tried these things it doesn’t mean all hope is lost, it simply means there is more to be investigated. Food Triggers & Sjogren’s Syndrome In all cases of autoimmunity, I always want to find a trigger food. [...]

Natural Treatments For Sjogren’s Syndrome Part 1

The most important thing you can do when treating Sjogren’s syndrome naturally is to understand your condition. In fact, if you don’t fully understand what it means to have Sjogren’s (an autoimmune condition) then you will forever be chasing a new supplement or medication to increase your salivation or lacrimation. When we treat Sjogren’s in our office, we don’t use any supplements to be designed to address dry mouth or dry eyes. Learn why you shouldn't either! Lab Tests for Sjogren’s Syndrome If you know [...]

The Best Lab Test For Leaky Gut

What Is The Best Lab Test For Leaky Gut? The large majority of my patients have been to at least a few other doctors before they enter my office, many have been to specialists and as such, they have lab work that I can review. When people tell me that their labs are “normal”, with confidence I can assure them that likely someone didn’t scrutinize the labs enough and that I will probably find a few things that will at least suggest a direction to [...]

Natural Treatments For PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder)

Natural Treatments for PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) If you are female and have a menstrual cycle, its highly likely you have experienced some of the physical and emotional changes associated with monthly hormonal changes. But what about when the symptoms get more severe? Up to 40 percent of women experience moderate to severe premenstrual symptoms (PMS). While more complex, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is beginning to affect more and more women with reported rates up to 8 percent.   In my opinion, natural treatments for PMDD [...]

Natural POTS Treatment (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia)

5 Ways To Treat Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) Naturally Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or “POTS” was once classified as a rare “syndrome” but in reality, its incidence rate is increasing each year since 2004. Unfortunately, there aren’t very many answers when it comes to POTS in your traditional primary care or neurology clinic, though many of the known root causes and mechanisms are well known. In fact, a quick search reveals most of the aggravating factors though very few patients or doctors put enough [...]

Xero Shoes Hana Review

I hesitated a long time before purchasing a pair of Xero Shoes’ Hana shoes. I’ve been wearing Vivobarefoot shoes for many years and have enjoyed each pair for different reasons. To give you a better idea of my barefoot history, I have been wearing Vibram 5 fingers since around 2006 including their best pair ever made but not mass produced, the kangaroo leathers with no sole. Yes, there was a time when Vibram shoes were truly minimalist…but I digress. Now that I’ve put on a [...]

Chronic Neck Tension & Pain – The Missing Piece to The Puzzle

Chronic Neck Tension & Pain – The Missing Piece to The Puzzle Chronic neck tension is one of the most common complaints of individuals seeing chiropractors and physical therapists alike. Many people experience headaches due to chronic tension in their neck and upper back and don’t even know that the constant tension is the cause. If you feel chronic tension in your neck or you have those knots in your shoulder that no matter what you do, always return, then this article is for you. [...]

Fibromyalgia Natural Treatments and Functional Medicine Approach

Fibromyalgia Natural Treatments and Functional Medicine Approach Fibromyalgia is characterized primarily by widespread pain throughout your body.  The diagnosis is increasingly prevalent reaching up to 6 percent of the US population. Unique to fibromyalgia, 75% to 90% of cases are in women. Conventional treatments primarily focus on symptom reduction. If you have tried the traditional route and are ready for fibromyalgia natural treatments to look for the underlying sources of your health problems, then keep reading. Diagnosing Fibromyalgia – An Unspecific Group of Symptoms Diagnosis [...]

Natural Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatments

Natural Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatments Irritable Bowel Syndrome aka IBS is the most common gastrointestinal disorder reported to general practitioners. Up to 20% of people in the WORLD suffer from IBS. While once talk about your digestion and bowel movements was shunned at the dinner table, soon enough it will be a common topic of conversation! I’m being somewhat facetious there, but truthfully talk about digestion, food sensitivities, gluten intolerance, gallbladder removal, etc. is becoming so common that even young children can tell you about [...]

Disaccharidase Deficiency Causes and Natural Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with disaccharidase deficiency and told that you need to avoid all lactose, maltose and/or sucrose, and you have been told your days of enjoying almost any food are all over, often this is not the case. Reversing non-congenital disaccharidase deficiency is something that can often be accomplished by paying careful attention to your symptoms and making necessary lifestyle changes. Being born with disaccharidase deficiency is very rare. So, if you made it past the first few years of life without having [...]

Natural Treatments For Bile Acid Diarrhea (aka Bile Salt Diarrhea)

If you are getting loose or watery stools that range from bright to dark green, you may have a gallbladder problem. Natural treatments for bile acid diarrhea are hard to find and the condition can be debilitating with little to no long-term answers from conventional medicine. You are not alone!! Many people experience increased frequency, increased urgency and even incontinence. Bile Acid Diarrhea or BAD can create embarrassing work place “emergencies” and even anxiety related to social events at places like restaurants or even limit [...]

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