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  • Anxiety

     Anxiety is a very commonly encountered symptom in our practice. It is an emotional discomfort, fear and worry that can stem from underlying psychological, hormonal and/or nutritional etiologies. One of the more common underlying causes is imbalanced hormones. In women, low progesterone is generally the culprit and in men, low testosterone is highly associated with anxiety. Other common etiologies include elevated homocysteine, primarily as a result of low B- complex vitamins such as B-6, B-12, and folic acid.  Dietary factors, include vitamin D and amino acid deficiencies, omega 3 fatty acid imbalances, and deficient minerals such as magnesium. Treatment options include one or more of the following:

     

    1.      Acupuncture

    2.      IV nutrient therapies addressing the vitamin/mineral

             /antioxidant imbalances

    3.      Dietary and Lifestyle changes

    4.      Oral nutritional/herbal supplementation

    5.      Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement

    6.      Detoxification

    7.      Chiropractic

     

  • Low Testosterone

    Low or low-normal testosterone levels are extremely common in the male population today. Two of the most common symptoms include low libido and anxiety. Other symptoms include fatigue, loss of muscle mass, strength & endurance, depression, mood swings, irritability, erectile problems, & increased belly fat. Stress, lack of sleep, environmental toxicity, medications, and several other conditions can be the cause of low testosterone. An extremely important but little known fact is that men with low testosterone levels also have up to a 40% increased risk of heart disease and heart attack. Treatment options may include one or more of the following:

     

    1.      Bio-Identical Hormone (testosterone) replacement

             a.  Specific exam, laboratory and evaluation guidelines

             must be followed in order to both qualify for and undergo

             long term treatment with testosterone or testosterone

             boosting therapies.

    2.     Acupuncture

    3.      Herbal Medicine

    4.      Dietary and lifestyle changes

    5.      Detoxification

     

  • High Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure, or hypertension (HTN) as it is referred to by the medical profession, is a silent epidemic that threatens the lives of 1 out of every 3 Americans. HTN is a major risk factor for congestive heart disease, stroke, coronary artery disease, and kidney disease and is a major contributing cause in millions of additional deaths each year. Based on extensive research, achieving target blood pressure of 115/75 or lower appears to reduce complications and risk factors the most. At the center of this hypertensive epidemic lurks a disease known as “Endothelial Dysfunction.” This is simply chronic damage and hardening of the delicate endothelial cells lining our arteries which cause plaque formation, poor circulation, and increased risk for clotting (heart attack, stroke). It is estimated that even in the population of Americans being treated with blood pressure medications, more than 1/3 of these patients do not achieve adequate control. Treatment options include one or more of the following:

     

    1.      Dietary and lifestyle changes (lower sodium, high potassium,

             plant-based)

    2.     IV therapies especially EDTA Chelation therapy,

             intravenous vitamin C, and IV Resveratrol

    3.      Acupuncture

    4.      Hormone Balancing

    5.      Oral nutrient/supplement/herbal customized protocols

    6.     Detoxification

     

  • Depression

    Depression is an emotional state characterized by a spectrum of negative feelings ranging from minor unhappiness to overwhelming despair. Depression is often accompanied by or exacerbates pain. It currently afflicts up to 35 million people in the U.S. The etiologies of depression can be complex, and both psychological and biological factors are significant influences. Emerging research has connected depression to mitochondrial dysfunction, (poor energy production by our cellular batteries called mitochondria), as well as elevated blood sugar and insulin resistance, oxidative stress, (damaging molecules called free radicals causing chemical instability in the brain), nutritional deficiencies, hormone imbalances and inflammation.  Common types of depression include “major depression” which if generally quite disabling, preventing normal function, “dysthymia” or chronic low-grade depression, “post-partum depression,” “post-traumatic stress” and “Seasonal Affective Disorder” (SAD).

     

     At Whole Family Healthcare we have developed a comprehensive & holistic management strategy to address depression including:

     

    1. Dietary and lifestyle modifications

    2. Hormone Balancing

    3. Acupuncture

    4. Targeted oral nutritional supplementation

    5. Highly effective, high potency intravenous nutrient therapies

    6. Referrals for therapy and counseling as needed

    7. Addressing underlying metabolic imbalances (insulin

        resistance, reducing inflammation)

     

  • Menopausal Symptoms

    Menopause symptoms can begin to occur as early as the mid-thirties in some women, and are caused by fluctuations in the primary female hormones, particularly estradiol and progesterone. Common menopausal symptoms include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, disturbed sleep, mood swings, decreased sexual desire. Menopause is also associated with an increased risk for heart disease and osteoporosis.  According to the Women’s Health Initiative Study involving more than 16,000 women completed in 2002, conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT-conjugated equine estrogens and synthetic progestins) was found to be associated with substantial increased risks for heart attack, breast cancer, stroke and blood clots. Bio-identical HRT has been found to be associated with far fewer side effects, and there is mounting evidence that it may actually reduce the risk of certain cancers.  For instance, bio-identical progesterone is associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer. Bio-identical progesterone has also shown beneficial effects in decreasing the risk of blood clots, protecting against atherosclerosis, and maintaining healthy LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. Estriol, another of the commonly prescribed “bio-identicals” has been shown to improve bone density, promote youthful skin, enhance urinary health, and improve sexual function.

     

    Treatment options at Whole Family Healthcare include:

     

    1. Primary emphasis on comprehensive Bio-Identical

        Hormone Replacement

    2. Acupuncture

    3. Dietary and lifestyle modifications

    4. Herbal Medicine / Homeopathics

    5. Nutritional Supplementation

     

  • Natural Treatments for Infertility

    There are many causes for infertility. PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common female endocrine disorder in the United States, and, the most common cause for female infertility.  Although exact etiologies remain unclear, there are very strong associations linking PCOS with obesity and insulin resistance, including type II diabetes. Women with PCOS are at significantly greater risk for developing cardiovascular disease and uterine cancer. Abnormal menstrual cycles appears to be the most common symptom of PCOS. Although conventional medicine approaches to infertility and PCOS can be effective, the medications used can be associated with significant side effects, and they do not adequately address the lifestyle and hormonal imbalances that are at the root cause of infertility and PCOS. At Whole Family Healthcare we utilize holistic, integrative approaches to help identify and address the underlying causes, and help the body to naturally achieve physiologic and hormonal balance. Treatment options might include:

     

    1.      Comprehensive lab testing with special emphasis on hormones,

             followed by Bio-Ientical Hormone Replacement

    2.      Acupuncture

    3.      Dietary and lifestyle modifications

    4.     Detoxification

    5.      Supplements, homeopathics, herbal medicines

    6.      Physician-supervised medical weight loss programs

  • Adrenal Fatigue

    Adrenal fatigue is one of a spectrum of adrenal disorders, and in its most severe form, manifests as Addison’s disease, a progressive decline of overall adrenal function requiring medical intervention. People with adrenal fatigue often have symptoms of tiredness, depression, muscle pain, poor concentration, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, cravings for stimulants, and difficulty sleeping. Chronic, unrelenting stress, toxins and heavy metals are often implicated. Additional signs and symptoms may include excessive fatigue after minimal exertion, trouble waking in the mornings even with adequate sleep, labile moods, mental fog and poor memory, anxiety, decreased sex drive, chronic allergies, decreased appetite, and generalized weakness and dizziness upon standing. In Adrenal Fatigue adrenal function is generally compromised and damage has been done, but with the right nutritional support, lifestyle changes, and other interventions, function can usually be significantly improved or restored to baseline. Treatment options at Whole Family Healthcare include:

     

    1.      Sophisticated testing to detect variations in adrenal and

             other hormone function

    2.      Nutrient restoration including herbs, supplements,

             homeopathics to support adrenal function.

    3.      Acupuncture

    4.      Dietary and lifestyle modifications

    5.      Detoxification Protocols

    6.      Lifestyle modifications

    7.      Specific interventions and resources to help manage stress

    8.      Screening for sleep apnea

  • Nutritional Deficiencies

    It has been said that we are what we eat, digest, assimilate and metabolize. Thousands of commercial food additives, colorings, flavorings, the dizzying pace at which Americans eat out, consumption of large amounts of processed  and high sugar foods, stressful, hectic lifestyles, massive use of antibiotics both in humans and livestock, nutrient-depleting side effects of medications, and poorly balanced meals all contribute to a state of massive nutritional depletion in the average American.

     

    Nutrient imbalances also stem from common, heritable defects in the genes that regulate our nutrient metabolism. Nutrient deficiencies or imbalances can affect every aspect of our physiology and biochemistry. To maximize function, every cell, tissue and organ in our bodies is highly dependent upon being supplied with optimal nutrients. Deficiencies can affect everything from our moods, energy levels, risk for cancer and heart disease, job performance, increase risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and virtually every disease or human condition. Identifying and optimizing a patient’s nutritional status is both a key factor in maximizing health benefits and critical for restoring optimal health in patients with the conditions and diseases listed above. Treatment programs at Whole Family Healthcare include:

     

    1.      High potency, pharmaceutical grade intravenous nutrient

             restoration programs

    2.      Customized oral supplementation

    3.      Herbs

    4.      Acupuncture to help assist with balancing digestion and

             related issues

    5.      Dietary and lifestyle modifications

    6.      Comprehensive nutrient testing

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    (ADHD), is the most commonly diagnosed childhood behavioral disorder, with prevalence rates in the U.S. as high as 6%.  About 3 times as many boys have this disorder.  ADHD is best defined as a persistent lack of attention to tasks and/or a lack of ability to control impulsive behavior. The most prominent characteristics consist of pervasive patterns of developmentally inappropriate levels of impulsivity, distractibility, concentration, hyperactivity and attention.

     

    A major concern amongst physicians, parents, and teachers has been the significant overdiagnosis of ADHD over the past 25 years. Specific etiologies for ADHD remain unclear, although interactions between genetic, environmental and nutritional/dietary factors appear are widely accepted as being causative factors. Many also believe that childhood vaccines may contribute to this disorder.  On the environmental front, pollutants such as PCB’s, mercury, food additives, and food allergies have been linked to ADHD. Abnormal structural and functional changes in the brains of ADHD children have also been identified. Deficient neurotransmitters, fewer connections between nerve cells in the brain, and decreased blood flow to those areas of the brain in charge of executive function and impulse control have also been found in those with ADHD.

    Although stimulant drugs such as Ritalin remain the most effective conventional pharmaceutical treatment for ADHD patients, significant concerns exist in the community regarding the long term side effects of these prescription medications.

     

    Treatment options at Whole Family Healthcare include:

    1.      Dietary modifications, including avoidance of allergic foods

    2.      Nutritional therapy

    3.      Neurotransmitter Support

    4.      Acupuncture

    5.      Detoxification

    6.      Chiropractic

  • Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

    (ASD): These conditions are part of a group of complex brain developmental disorders.  These disorders are characterized in varying degrees by challenges with social interaction, repetitive behaviors, and verbal and non-verbal communication.

     

    Today, all Autism and ASD diagnoses have been merged into one category (ASD). ASD now includes Autism, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, Childhood disintegrative disorder, and Asperger Syndrome. The prevalence of ASD has skyrocketed in the United States, increasing 10-fold over the past 40 years, and currently affects over 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions world-wide. A combination of genetic risk factors and environmental influences appear to predispose to ASD.

     

    More recent research also suggests that damage to and imbalances in a child’s immune system likely play a pivotal role in initiating and maintaining ASD.

     

    Treatment options at Whole Family Healthcare include:

    1.      Detoxification

    2.      Food allergy identification and elimination diets

    3.      Other dietary modifications

    4.      Customized nutritional supplementation

     

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Last Posted: 14-Apr-2016 | Total Posts: 65

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