Conditions & Treatments

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Thyroid Nodules

Thyroid nodules are collections of enlarged tissue in the thyroid. They are three times as common in women as in men, and among women, the chances correspond to age (50% risk over 50 years old, 60% over 60, 70% over 70, etc). But they’re benign (non-cancerous) 95% of the time. [...]

By |2018-10-19T14:05:34+00:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

PEA (Palmitoylethanolamide) for Neuropathic Pain

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the medical use of marijuana, particularly for controlling intractable pain. THC and CBD, two marijuana extracts, both stimulate receptors belonging to our body’s endocannabinoid system. But there’s another compound called PEA (palmitoylethanolamide), unrelated to marijuana, which has similar effects. It has also [...]

By |2018-07-06T15:18:52+00:00July 6th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

GERD and SIBO: The One Leads to The Other

SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) is when good bacteria are in the wrong place: specifically, bacteria that should be in the large intestine are instead in the small intestine, or when there are more bacteria in the small intestine than there should be. GERD, heartburn, or reflux involves hydrochloric acid in [...]

By |2018-06-15T08:01:47+00:00June 15th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

What Causes High Blood Pressure?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, means that the heart has to push harder than it should to get the blood to the entire body. There are two blood pressure numbers: systolic (the top number) and diastolic (the bottom number). Systolic indicates the pressure at the heart’s maximum contraction, while diastolic [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:08:14+00:00May 4th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

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+00:00March 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+00:00February 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+00:00January 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+00:00January 12th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|Tags: , |0 Comments

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