Conditions & Treatments

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Postpartum Depression and Homocysteine

About 50% of women experience “baby blues,” or a brief period of mild depression for a few days to a few weeks after giving birth. But 10-20% will suffer more severe postpartum depression. Every pregnant woman has very high levels of hormones (estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, and oxytocin) when pregnant, and [...]

Inflammatory Markers: CRP, hsCRP, and ESR

I wrote here on the basic theory of what inflammation is. Briefly: in initial stages, inflammation is part of non-specific immunity. It just means something hurts and your immune system calls all hands on deck to deal with it. In later stages, inflammation becomes specific: this means your immune system is [...]

By | 2018-03-02T16:51:02+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Berberine: Treating Metabolic Syndrome Naturally

The power of naturopathic medicine is in the philosophy: remove obstacles to cure and give the body the building blocks it needs to heal itself, and within reason, healing will follow. I prefer not to give supplements to treat symptoms, because that approach doesn’t get to the root cause… but [...]

By | 2018-02-09T09:16:16+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments, Fitness & Weight Loss, Supplements|0 Comments

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen is probably the most fundamental building block necessary for health, and it’s certainly the one without which we’d die quickest. Individual tissues will become infected and die for lack of oxygen, too—which can occur with poor blood flow. With just suboptimal oxygen levels, you'll feel fatigued, lethargic, and short of [...]

By | 2018-01-19T16:26:17+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

What Our Food Cravings Say About Us

Food cravings are quite common—according to this study of a thousand college students, 97% of women and 68% of men experience them, on average two to four times per week. (Chocolate was the most commonly craved food, if you were wondering—especially among the women. Shocking, I know.) But why do [...]

By | 2018-01-12T14:26:40+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|Tags: , |0 Comments

Iodine, Selenium, and Hashimoto’s

There are two main antibodies involved in Hashimoto’s: anti-thyroid peroxidase (TPO) and anti-thyroglobulin. The elevation of these antibodies mean that the immune system is attacking and destroying two of the necessary components of thyroid hormone. Thyroglobulin is a precursor for thyroxine (T4), the primary hormone produced in the thyroid gland. [...]

By | 2017-12-28T12:02:14+00:00 December 29th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments, Supplements|0 Comments

Biotoxins and Hair Loss

Far and away the most common causes of hair loss are hypothyroidism, low ferritin, and high androgen levels (such as testosterone, androstenedione, and DHEA).  Less common but still prevalent are the apparently autoimmune condition alopecia areata, and the stress-induced telogen effluvium. But one I also see quite a bit is [...]

By | 2017-09-08T17:47:10+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Beauty, Conditions & Treatments, Detox|0 Comments

A Surprising Potential Cause of Bipolar Disorder

Some 6 million people in the United States suffer from Bipolar Disorder. Research indicates that genetic factors account for about 80% of it. It is widely believed to be incurable and lifelong, able to be managed only with antipsychotic medications. But it may have a surprising cause. Iodine and Bipolar [...]

By | 2017-07-01T07:32:29+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments, Health|0 Comments

How Insulin Affects Growth Hormone and Muscle Repair

Physiology 101 Insulin is the gatekeeper for glucose: it allows glucose to get inside the cells where it can be utilized for energy or for storage. When glucose gets used, your cells produce ATP (your body’s energy currency). When glucose gets stored, it gets stored as triglycerides (fat). Insulin is [...]

By | 2017-06-23T07:20:09+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments, Fitness & Weight Loss, Health|0 Comments

Th1/Th2 Balance in Autoimmunity and Allergies

Immunology 101 There are two parts to your immune system, called “non-specific” (this responds right away to toxic exposure, bee stings, trauma, etc) and “specific” (which takes some time, but is more targeted against specific invaders). Think of non-specific immunity like a sledge hammer, while specific immunity is more like [...]

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