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Due to today’s longer life spans, women can expect to spend a third of their life — or more — in their postmenopausal years. While the women of yesteryear were forced to “grin and bear it” when it came to hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, and mood swings, the arrival of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in the 1960s liberated millions of women from “l’enfer des femmes” (a woman’s hell).  The Early Promise of Estrogen In 1966, Robert A. Wilson, M.D.’s book, Feminine Forever, informed women that “menopause is completely preventable” and advised them to take estrogen. The promise of remaining “feminine forever” was met with enthusiasm, and synthetic estrogen became the standard therapy for women undergoing “the change.” When it later became obvious that estrogen encourages the growth of the uterine lining, which could increase the risk of cancer, the medical community suggested progesterone to protect the uterus. But rather than combine natural, bioidentical progesterone (which is...

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Your body is composed of a variety of different hormones, including growth and sex hormones, which carry messages between your organs and cells. Hormones are secreted by glands in the endocrine system to help the body stay balanced and function optimally. The main sex hormones include estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, pregnenolone, and DHEA.1Aging is associated with a loss of sex hormones in both men and women. Replacing those lost hormones can restore feelings of well-being, sex drive and sexual pleasure, energy levels, plus reverse muscle and bone loss along with other functions that are associated with aging. By doing this, we can age more slowly and have a better quality of life into old age.2-4 Estrogen Estrogen is found in greater amounts among women. As a pro-growth hormone, its main function in the body is growth and development. This hormone stimulates fat cells to grow and is a key component in reproduction. There...

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Americans spend over $34 billion on alternative medicine each year.1 The bulk of this expense goes toward nutritional supplements. As the supplement market continues to expand, questions about vitamin use persist: “Do you really need 12 different supplements a day? If you eat relatively healthy, including fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, shouldn’t that be enough?” Here are four main reasons to consider taking supplements: 1. Nutrient-Deficient Diet Many Americans neglect eating the most nutrient-rich foods, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, which are needed for the body to stay healthy. Instead, most individuals eat processed, easy-to-grab foods that are high in calories and low in nutrition. It is understandable that most Americans are nutritionally deficient, when the two main vegetables in their diet are tomatoes and potatoes in the form of ketchup and French fries.2 According to a National Health and Nutritional Survey, the majority of Americans fall short on nutrition. This survey reported...

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Hormone imbalances can occur in men and women of almost any age.1 A variety of factors can be related to these imbalances, including high insulin levels from diets high in refined foods and sugar, exposure to environmental toxins (xenoestrogens), high consumption of hydrogenated fats, and lack of physical activity leading to weight gain.2-5   Age is also a factor in reduced levels of hormones, creating feelings of imbalance in everyday pursuits. For example, testosterone levels in women begin going down after age 20. By age 40 a woman’s testosterone level will be half of what it was when she was 20 years old. This is why getting hormone levels checked even while in your 20′s may be necessary if you aren’t feeling yourself. For women between the ages of 40–60, testosterone levels can remain pretty constant. After menopause testosterone declines once again.1 How can you help hormones maintain balance? Diet The food you...

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Do you feel like the weight of gravity is setting in? You keep telling yourself, that you’re too young to feel old, but your aching muscles, sore joints, and decreased energy tell you otherwise. What are some key factors to feeling old? Oxidative stress from diets high in sugar and processed foods Inflammation from diets high in hydrogenated oils Raised cortisol levels from poorly managed stress Overuse of prescription drugs Dehydration and large amounts of soda consumption Sleep deprivation Low thyroid function Hormone imbalances While life expectancy for humans has increased, for many individuals the quality of life has decreased. According to the World Health Organization, the United States ranks 37th in the world when it comes to overall health.1 More Americans are experiencing obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Surprisingly, women in other countries do not suffer from symptoms of hormonal imbalance to the extent that American women experience PMS, endometriosis,...
Hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has been around for many years as a way to help women relieve menopausal symptoms. Yet, HRT has been a confusing topic for medical professionals and patients. The debate over the safety of HRT has been questioned since the Women’s Health Initiative study in 2002, which showed the therapy could have greater health risks than benefits.1,2 To clarify this study, researchers found that women taking Prempro (a combination of Premarin and Progestin) significantly increased breast cancer, heart attack, and stroke risks. Due to the chemical makeup of these synthetic treatments, they can have negative effects on the body. Fortunately, there are alternatives to conventional BHRT. Bioidentical hormones are another method for treating menopause and hormonal imbalances. This form of HRT comes from natural compounds and contains a molecular structure that is identical to hormones found in the body. The body uses BHRT the same way it uses...

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The Alzheimer’s Association has estimated that the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States will more than double in the next 40 years. Currently 5.2 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, but 13.8 million Americans are expected to by 2050. As a result, medical costs will increase to more than $1.2 trillion per year by 2050.1 And the cumulative costs for Alzheimer’s care from 2010 to 2050 is estimated to exceed $20 trillion.2 What can be done to prevent cognitive decline? Reduce Abdominal Fat Your belly affects your brain? It may seem like an odd connection, but a recent study conducted on more than 700 middle-aged subjects found that obesity lowered total brain volume in healthy middle-aged individuals. Lower total brain volume has been linked to the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life. The findings, published in the Annals of Neurology, suggested that insulin resistance and BMI did not correlate to dementia, but visceral abdominal fat was significantly related.3...

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Live long and prosper. What can you do to have a longer, happier life? In addition to a eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly, life expectancy is related to your attitude, behavior, and beliefs. Be Positive Is the glass half full or half empty? Your attitude and perspective on the world contribute largely to your health.1Individuals who have a positive outlook when they are young tend to live longer.2 In a study where participants over the age 50 were followed for 30 to 40 years, researchers found that the individuals who had a positive attitude about aging lived about seven years longer than those who did not.3 Those who tend to hold on to negative emotions are more likely to experience harmful health outcomes, including heart ailments.4-6 If you find yourself feeling more hostile, bitter, and depressed, try to become an extrovert. Get involved in a community group, enroll in a community class, reach out to new people or...
How old do people think you are? Are you 60 going on 25? Then you are well on your way to a life of longevity. Perceived age is a term often used by physicians to recognize a patient’s level of health, in which an individual may look younger or older than his or her chronological age. Is there really an internal fountain of youth that radiates through your appearance? Researchers from the University of Denmark decided to put this idea to the test. The study recruited 1,826 Danish twins (70 years and older) to take physical and cognitive tests. The twins also had their faces photographed. Next, volunteers looked at the photos and determined the subjects’ age based on their appearance. After a seven-year follow up, researchers found that longevity was significantly related to perceived age, as it was more likely that the older-looking twin died first. Additionally, younger-looking individuals had greater physical and mental capacities....

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Description The butterfly-shaped thyroid gland is located in the front of your neck and wraps partially around the windpipe. The gland is responsible for making thyroid hormones that control the metabolism of all cells in your body. If the thyroid overproduces hormones, you can have a condition called hyperthyroidism. This condition commonly causes symptoms such as a forceful and rapid heart beat, insomnia, sudden weight loss, breathlessness, nervousness, irritability, sweating, and frequent bowel movements.1 Many people can also suffer from different degrees of low or underactive thyroid function, called hypothyroidism. Symptoms of a thyroid gland producing too little thyroid hormone can include a slow metabolism, listlessness, lowered body temperature, weight gain, constipation, muscle soreness, feeling cold, fatigue, depression, high cholesterol and homocysteine, painful joints, dry skin, and hair loss.1-4 There are two types of thyroid hormones: Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3). T4 is inactive and kept in reserve; T3 is the active hormone. Thyroid hormones control the...

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Description Testosterone, important to both men and women,1 is a hormone secreted by the ovaries, adrenal glands, and testes.2 Women require less testosterone than men, but the hormone is needed to sustain a woman’s libido and enhance the functions of estrogen.3 In both males and females, it strengthens bones to help prevent bone loss.2 Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, responsible for male sexual development and critical in maintaining erectile function, libido, energy levels, mood, and a wide range of other physical functions throughout the body.2 As with other hormones, testosterone declines with age. Testosterone levels begin declining when a man is in his thirties. Although the total testosterone does not drop dramatically, the free testosterone, which is the biologically active testosterone, declines dramatically with age.4 Because the drop in testosterone is gradual, andropause symptoms appear over a longer period of time as compared to female menopause.5 Symptoms appear as a gradual decrease in energy, thinning bones and muscles, increased...

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Description Progesterone is a hormone produced by the ovaries and adrenal glands, and it functions to balance the effects of estrogen. Natural progesterone enhances the action of estrogen, as these hormones work together to maintain a normal hormone balance. A lack of progesterone causes disease processes similar to those caused by a deficiency of estrogen. They include osteoporosis, heart disease, decrease in libido, and a significantly diminished quality of life. The combination of natural progesterone and estrogen can prevent this downward spiral by keeping women vital, strong, and healthy. The ovaries begin producing progesterone around puberty, and the monthly ebb and flow of this hormone, in harmony with estrogen and other hormones, continues until menopause. Progesterone’s primary role during this moment is to help make the uterus ready for implantation of a new embryo, the first major event – after fertilization of the egg – in the nine months of human gestation. If the...

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Description Estrogen is a foundational hormone that regulates the brain and body bioenergetics in the female body.1 There are three types of estrogen found in a female body: estrone, estradiol, and estriol. The levels of all of these hormones fall dramatically at the onset of menopause. Estrogen is produced in a woman’s ovaries and adrenal glands. An extremely small amount of estrogen is produced in men through the conversion of testosterone. Symptoms characteristic of female menopause are hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, bladder problems, difficulty concentrating and anxiety.2,3 Unfortunately, health risks, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease, increase in the absence of estrogen.4-6 Rapid bone loss after menopause has been attributed to the decline in estrogen production, which is essential for bone growth. In addition, the loss of estrogen can result in the development of heart disease.7 Estrogen may lower total blood cholesterol and raise HDL (good cholesterol).8 And while estrogen protects the...

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Description Melatonin is produced naturally in the body by the pineal gland.1.2 It is a primary hormone involved in regulating the body’s circadian rhythms and female menstrual cycle.1,3,4 It also plays important roles in blood pressure regulation, seasonal reproduction, immune system health, and bone and tooth health.1,5.6 Melatonin levels are higher at night, suppressed by bright light, and decline as we age. Low levels of melatonin can cause sleep disturbances, as it is a primary component in the sleep-wake cycle.1,7 Melatonin is derived from tryptophan, an essential amino acid. When tryptophan is consumed through the foods we eat, it is converted into serotonin (a neurotransmitter) and then broken down further into melatonin at night.1 Benefits Has powerful antioxidant effects.1,8-11 Promotes brain health even under challenging conditions.1,12-17 Potentially beneficial in preventing abnormal cellular development.1,17-24 Has immune-enhancing properties.1,25-32 Beneficial when used peri-operatively (surrounding surgeries).1,33-41 Promotes better sleep.1,42-46 Helps avoid jet lag.1,47-50 Aids in the biologic regulation of circadian rhythms.1,3,51...

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Description Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands, gonads (testes and ovaries), and brain.1 DHEA is often referred to as the “mother of all hormones” because it is the building block from which both male and female hormones are produced. It is synthesized in the adrenal glands, brain, and gonads, and it is locally metabolized into other steroid hormones including androstenedione, testosterone, and 17-B-estradiol (E2).1 DHEA is absorbed from the small intestine and transported to the liver to be metabolized and distributed to the various tissues where metabolites are synthesized. DHEA production declines in your mid-thirties to forties, leading to a deficiency that can make you feel mentally and physically exhausted. Exhaustion and stress are related to an increase in cortisol levels2 and DHEA’s role in countering cortisol levels is often overlooked.3,4 Cortisol is necessary for many important functions and is related to a normal stress response. When cortisol stays too high...

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Description Pregnenolone, a steroid hormone synthesized from cholesterol, is found in the brain, gonads and adrenal cortex. Research shows that correcting low steroid hormones can actually help to normalize cholesterol levels. Having a higher-than-ideal cholesterol level might be the body’s way of creating a precursor for the steroid hormones it needs.1,2 Pregnenolone is a precursor to DHEA, progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone. It is also imperative to cognitive function. Pregnenolone levels are highest in the brain and studies have shown that it enhances many of our mental capacities.3 Pregnenolone also benefits mood, sleep, memory, cholesterol, and cellular repair in the brain and nerve tissues.4-10 Pregnenolone enhances the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is important to memory function.11 Individuals with memory ailments often have low pregnenolone levels. Pregnenolone can stimulate neuron function to aid memory. Studies have shown levels of pregnenolone to be lower in the brains of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.12 Benefits Promotes nerve regeneration Enhances memory9,13 Improves sense of well-being14,15...
Are you tired, irritable, having trouble sleeping? Depressed Anxious? Skin drying, suddenly gaining weight when diet and exercise haven't changed, and libido lagging? These questions aren't for women. They are for men. Bioidentical hormone therapy and testosterone therapy is available in Bend for men. Men have as many issues with hormones as women, they have the same symptoms, but  it isn't talked about as much. It's truly unfortunate because men can benefit as much from education and bio-identical hormone therapy too. First, men need to understand that they have more hormones than testosterone. Secondly, they need to understand that testosterone is important for overall heath, not just sexual function. As I evaluate men's health, i pay attention to five hormone functions: thyroid, insulin, testosterone, cortisol, human growth hormone and DHEA. All combined they regulate a man's health and body function. Unfortunately, men don't have a monthly 'report card' like women do, so...
by Lori Gleichman, for The Bulletin Special ProjectsReprinted from The Bulletin's U Magazine - June 2009 Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has allowed some women to take back their lives. Two women who don’t know each other still have a lot of life experience in common, like finding themselves again after years of feeling “not quite right.” Both use words and phrases like lethargic, fuzzy thinking, “tired all the time,” extremely irritable, trouble sleeping, and night sweats to describe their symptoms. In essence, they were miserable and didn’t know why.In both cases, they consulted their regular physicians who diagnosed depression or early menopause and prescribed pills. In both cases, they felt they needed something different and eventually had their hormone levels tested. The tests registered in the zero to “barely there” range. And both finally found a solution to their problems: bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).To some, BHRT is mysterious and controversial,...

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With summer here, weight issues surface anew. As we welcome summer, here's to bathing suits and shorts, and body baring fashions.And as many of us become more body conscious, questions reappear with regards to diet once again. There is not a day that goes by in my office that a patient doesn't ask about weight gain/loss and diets. There are those who come in and swear by the Atkins diet, the Sommers diet or some other diet. Well folks here it is: The bottom line is that weight-gain occurs when the amount of food intake (energy, otherwise known as calories) exceeds the amount of energy the body spends. There are illnesses, and metabolic disorders that may be the cause of this imbalance. And yes, the research shows there is a genetic component. However, for the majority of Americans, it is really either over eating, and/or under exercising. Let us start with the question...
Cross-training proves beneficial There are many things in life that are fascinating. The capacity of the body to heal after enormous trauma and the ability of some people to accomplish great physical feats are right at the top of my list. The Cascade Cycling Classic has once again come and gone, and one of its former racers was right here in Bend in this event only a few years ago.As we once again watch Lance Armstrong defend his Tour de France title, is his journey to the top of his sport not awe inspiring?Is it not encouraging to us all to face the challenges in our lives? And one of great many challenges many of us face will be to stay physically active, and to remain healthy.The sooner we all embrace the fact that our bodies are made to MOVE to stay healthy, the sooner we can get started on our...
Chances are we all have experienced the aches and pains of a preventable injury at some time on our life. But, what do we do now that we have the tendonitis, the bursitis, the muscle spasms that just seem to hang around to interfere with our tennis, golf, horseback riding? Many patients come in when the ibuprofen, the muscle relaxers, and /or the OTC (over the counter medications) seem to lose their effectiveness. What started as an acute injury may in fact now have become a chronic injury, with the chronic inflammation, pain, decreased ranges of motion, and with potential long term damaging side effects. First, get a diagnosis. Have a health care professional examine and diagnose the injury at the onset. What may feel like a muscle spasm in the low back may in fact be a herniated disc. Or vice versa. What may feel like excruciating "nerve" pain may...

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This is one of the most frequently asked questions in my practice. It is nice to answer this question rather than "Does acupuncture work?". We all probably know someone who has had acupuncture treatment for one reason or another, and they testify how great it worked. The fact of the matter is that acupuncture works for some people some of the time. Now back to the initial question of how it works. Basically the technique of inserting very fine needles into specific points results in a specific physiological response. The outcome is dependent on the combination of points chosen, the clinical ability and experience of the acupuncturist in treating specific conditions, and the individual's response to a specific treatment. The analogy I like to use is this: Take a computer. Often here in Bend, we experience an electrical surge, disruption in our service, or maybe even a computer virus. So, we restart,...
There has been much confusion as to the differences/similarities between various primary healthcare providers. In the United States, allopathic (MD), osteopathic (DO) and naturopathic (ND) physicians are licensed to provide primary care medical services. Each profession has a rich history, and distinguishing philosophical characteristics. All three types of medical schools require 4 years of medical education to complete there respective degrees. Instruction includes preclinical and clinical phases. Perhaps the most historically philosophical difference was concerning the use of drugs, and therefore the number of hours of instruction in pharmacology. The number of hours of instruction currently is similar in all three types of school. Emphasis is placed on musculoskeletal manipulation in osteopathic and naturopathic medicine, and these professions pride themselves in their “holistic” approach to health care. This orientation to healthcare in these schools require hours of naturopathic philosophy, and osteopathic principles and practices including manipulative therapy, in the first two...

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Many of us have experienced acute inflammation for example from a sports injury or trauma. A couple of days of drug therapy in the form of antiinflammatory OTC (over the counter) is inexpensive and convenient, or by prescription only Celebrex or Voixx may be indicated. However, many people are self-prescribing and taking Ibuprofen, Aleve, aspirin, or any number of OTC (over the counter) NSAIDS (non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs) daily, for either acute or chronic inflammation. These medications have side efects. The purpose of this article is to present ideas and options for people who want long term anti-inflammatory options. Recent research has shown how the omega 3 fatty acids found in significant amounts in fish oils, especially salmon, sardines, and herring effect the inflammatory pathways in our body resulting in decreased inflammation. In countries such as Japan and Greenland and the areas bordering the Mediterranean Sea, the population cunsumes considerably higher portions...

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One of the oldest functional foods available to mammals is milk. In human newborns, mothers milk has been the relied upon for nutrition. We often hear about the role of mothers milk in building the immune system in infants. There is much controversy about the role of milk (and thus, diary) as a source of nutrition. This series of articles aims to explain and clarify milk as a source of nutrition and its role physiologically in our body. Milk contains 2 primary sources of protein, the caseins and whey. Whey components include beta-lactoglobulin, alpha-lactalbumin, bovine serum albumin, lactoferrin, immunoglobulins, lactoperoxidase enzymes, glycomacropeptides, lactose and minerals. Whey from buttermilk also contains the lipid sphingomyelin. The whey remains in an aqueous environment, while the caseins are responsible for making curds after processing. Today we often see whey used as a dietary supplement. Currently there are a number of various whey finished products available....

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Many of you by now have heard about the flu vaccine shortage here in the US. Please do not be alarmed. For those of you in the high risk groups, health care providers, very young and elderly, immune compromised etc. there appears to be priority selection. The question is really if the flu vaccine is BEST for you even if you are in these higher risk groups. If you have a concern, please feel free to discuss it with me at your next appointment. As prevention of getting the flu should be our focus, here is a review of some basic prevention measurements all of us can take as the flu season approaches. Wash hands often. Cover mouths when sneezing, and or coughing. Do not go to work if you are unwell. Please get examined if you have questions about your illness. And if in positions of authority, send unwell workers home...

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How many of you avoided the nuts at the recent Christmas and New Years parties for fear of their high calories and high fat content? Did you know that nuts are rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can reduce blood cholesterol when substituted for foods rich in saturated fat such as cheese or meat? They are also rich in folic acid and other B vitamins. Almonds and hazelnuts have more vitamin E than other nuts. Vitamin E along with copper, potassium and magnesium are all linked to heart health. Almonds: Rich in Calcium, vitamin E, and fiber Brazil nuts: Rich in selenium Cashews: Rich in copper, iron, and folic acid Chestnuts: Rich in fiber, low fat nut (1 gram/oz) Hazelnuts: Rich in Vitamin E and folic acid Macadamia nuts: Highest in fat Peanuts: Not really a true nut, actually a Legume. Rich in Niacin Walnuts: Rich in B6 and heart...

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Over the counter medications many of you self-prescribe have side effects. The following information is provided for you as you review the medications you are taking, and perhaps think twice about downing those little pills. May this information help and encourage you to consider healthier options.  1. Tums, Rolaids, Maalox, MylantaSecondary to depletion of:Calcium: Bone loss, muscle cramps, skin disordersMagnesium: weak muscles, depression, increase blood pressurePotassium: Heart irregularities, muscle twitchesZinc: lowered immune function  2. Alka-Seltzer, baking soda Secondary to depletion of::Folic Acid: Fatigue, anemia, weakness, low energyMagnesium: Weakens muscles, depression, high blood pressurePotassium: Heart irregularities, muscle twitches 3. AspirinDepletion of: Vitamin C, Folic acid, Iron, Potassium 4. NSAIDS (Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)Depletion of Folic acid 5. Theophylline (Antiasthmatics)Depletion of Vitamin B6Secondary to depletion: fatigue, increased PMS symptoms, allergies, increased homocysteine 6. Antibiotics (general) Depletion of normal gut flora, vitamins B, C, KResulting in a lowered immune system, fatigue, anemia, impaired blood clottingCipro: decreased...
Living in a world with conditions as they are, hearing of wars and natural disasters. The question of how this effects our health is forefront in many of your minds. Some of us may feel helpless as to what to do. Perhaps the only control we have is that one of personal responsibility: to ourselves, our loved ones, our co-workers and friends to take care of ourselves especially during this time. The impact of stress is measurable. It is measurable in elevated blood pressures, heart rates, cholesterol, weight; abnormal blood sugars, worsening allergy symptoms and other chronic diseases for example fibromyalgia, arthritis, irritable bowel, insomnia, panic attacks, abnormal menstrual cycles, feelings of depression, decreased libido, increased frequency of colds and flus and many other symptoms. Many patients ask what can they do for themselves and their families. Here are my top 7 recommendations: Schedule regular checkups for each family member with a trusted...

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A friend of mine has a car that is 20 years old. It is safe and functions very well, even with almost 300,000 miles on it. Why is it in such great shape compared to other cars of exactly the same year? He took and takes care of it. Also, it has good genetics, so to speak. (It’s a Mercedes). Our bodies are similar. Some of us have good genetics. Some of us not so good. Either way, we all have work to do to take care of our body. How? Many of us did not invest in our “body and health account” and as we age we began to have ailments. Is it too late, you may wonder, to be preventative? NO, as long as you are alive, even the smallest steps towards health and wellness count. This article is geared to answer the general question of “What can I...

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These words describe an inflammatory condition of the "bursae" and tendons of the body. The bursae are padded sacs that produce lubricating fluid and cover the joint areas. Tendons are the connections between muscle and bone and are surrounded by a sheath that protects and guides the tendon.  Lubricating fluid is also present in the tendon sheath. If these tendons and bursae are not properly lubricated, they may tend to become inflamed or hot. This would be somewhat like two moving mechanical parts that do not have sufficient lubrication and become hot and sometimes "freeze up." In the body, this could be a frozen shoulder or other joints which lose some or all of their full range of motion. Annually there are more than seven million people suffering from tendonitis/bursitis. Often over- the-counter or prescription drugs are used to reduce the inflammation and decrease the pain temporarily. The use of natural...

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Are you the man who doesn't like doctors and/or doesn't get sick often?  For your information: it may be important for you to have specific tests done on a regular basis depending on your age. We can help you with this. Dr. Brust can order specific lab work to monitor your health. Most conditions that affect men, e.g., diabetes, heart disease, prostate problems, high blood pressure, slow weight gain, and high cholesterol develop over time. Be preventative and proactive. Schedule your annual lab and physical today. Call 383-3424....
Many patients ask me what supplements to take. Not all supplements are the same. Quality and price are not necessarily related. There are costly supplements on the market that are very poor quality.  If you are a person who is going to spend the money to buy the supplements, and take the time to take them, my recommendations are as follows: Buy those that are prescribed to you by a physician who is an excellent clinician and is trained specifically in treatment with natural medicine. Naturopathic physicians are the only physicians who are educated, nationally and state tested, and state licensed in natural medicine. Supplements are considered natural medicine. The supplements that are prescribed in this office are not available at health food stores or over the internet. It is our general office policy not to sell supplements to people who are not clinic patients.  "Why?," you may ask. These supplements...
VJ Huffman can see, but a year ago she was legally blind. Since 1973, she has suffered from macular degeneration, then an untreatable disease. And she is not alone. This disease affects 13 million Americans, most often people over 65. By age 75, as much as 30% of the population may be affected. For some it means a loss of visual acuity and the ability to perform tasks such as sewing or writing. For others such as VJ, it means walking with a white cane. Now new technology is offering hope for many sufferers. Preventative Medicine Clinic is on the forefront of this treatment as an alternate to surgery and evaluating patients who may be appropriate for its application. It's so important that we've devoted a section of our web site to the discussion. See more information here......
What is the controversy surrounding Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)? For years, women going through menopause have been prescribed hormones to reduce hot flashes, vaginal dryness and other perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms. In many cases women continued to take the hormone supplements for the rest of their lives in the belief they also reduced the risk of heart disease. A recent large scale study (11,000 plus women) showed dangerous side effects for a significant percentage of the women in the study. These side effects included risks for stroke, heart disease and breast cancer. What are the new recommendations arising from the study? Women should be more careful in embarking on the prolonged use of HRT Short term use of HRT for symptomatic relief of hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and vaginal dryness may be more appropriate Individual approach with different hormones doses, and types depending on a woman's age, weight, sensitivity, personal...

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Every day people ask me amongst other things what supplements to take, and what exercise is best. The focus of this newsletter is “Getting back to Basics”. While I recommend everyone take a high quality multivitamin/mineral supplement, and everyone not only live an active lifestyle, but schedule exercise, I feel our focus must be food. What we are and are not putting in our mouths is at the core of health and wellness. By now, many of you have seen, or at least heard of the movie “Supersize Me”. Most of us agree, this movie was an example of very poor eating and lifestyle habits. All of us must eat daily to survive. With every meal, snack and drink we have a choice to make. With every meal we should be asking ourselves “Is what I put in my mouth of high nutritional value, or not. The quality of food does...
      Recently the government has recommended a change in the food pyramid. Most people, if asked, do not even know what this is. While I think the pyramid may make for a great outline for a nutrition teacher, from a practical matter my recommendations are to "balance your health account check book daily" by following the below recommendations: 1. Portion size matters. ( do the arithmetic)The easiest way to remember this is get to know the size of your fist. This equals a serving of protein. Most fruits come in portion sizes, unless the very largest apples, oranges, peaches etc. are picked. A portion of grain usually equals about 1/3 - ½ c. uncooked, and about 1 cup cooked. Vegetables, too, may come in portion sizes, potatoes, corn on the cob, tomatoes, carrots, etc. Most people do not eat enough veggies, so portion size of vegetables in most cases is...
While some of you are very familiar with acupuncture treatments and Chinese medicine, and even have regular treatments, others of you may be unfamiliar with why and when acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs are indicated. My first response for when acupuncture is recommended would be in any and all pain conditions. This would include acute (sudden onset) and chronic pain, and pre- and post-op. Some more commonly seen conditions here in the clinic are headaches, all musculoskeletal conditions, including neck, knee, shoulder, low back, tendonitis, bursitis, abdominal pain, and menstrual pain. Acupuncture can be particularly effective in nausea and vomiting, and especially hyper emesis in pregnancy. And in stroke patients, the sooner the acupuncture the initial event, the better their prognosis.  As spring approaches, allergies and sinus symptoms are very often relieved with acupuncture. And a few favorites of mine include insomnia, stress and a lowered immune system.  Chinese medicine refers to...
Attention: Parents, Grandparents and Childcare Providers:As of Spring, 2008, there has been an interesting development in the case of the government looking into a possible link between autism and childhood immunizations.Apparently the government found a link with autism and childhood immunizations in an infant daughter with a mitochondrial disorder of a John Hopkins neurologist. What are the implications of this information for those of us with infants and children? This is a discussion we all need to be having with our pediatricians and health care providers. To those of you for whom I am your childrens’ primary care physician, please schedule an appointment to discuss this information....

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1. Regular age and sex-dependent labs, mammograms, coronary and carotid artery calcium screenings, dexascans, indicated ultrasounds, paps, breast and prostate exams, and x-rays are recommended. The focus of my practice is prevention and anti-ageing. Body chemistry DOES NOT LIE! We might not listen to what our body is telling us, but the most objective evaluation of what is going on inside of us is our chemistry. However, the interpretation of these labs is very significant. This is where all of you, my patients, get my expertise in the area of disease, and disease prevention and anti-ageing.  2. Supplements. No, they are not all created equal. We carry a few very specific, premier quality, highly effective clinically, non-contaminated supplements. These supplements are biochemically active, which means they cause physiological changes in the body. This is the purpose of taking a supplement. If a supplement is prescribed, the desired effect should be manifested. Not...

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The focus of this newsletter is anti-aging. This subject has become quite a buzz word in the health community. In my opinion, anti-aging is so much more than Botox injections and accomplished cosmetic procedures designed to make us look more youthful from the outside. I believe that there are a number of factors that are successful in protecting, preventing and restoring vitality, mental acuity and physical integrity within our bodies. With this thought in mind, “we age from the inside out”, here are the following ideas: STOP SMOKING: Just do it! WEAR SUNBLOCK: DRINK WATER: PAY ATTENTION TO NUTRITION NUTRITION: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food.” “You are what you eat”. Over time, the lack in quality of nutrition appears throughout the body, from the skin on the outside to the internal chemistry. I am not simply referring to eating well, which to most Americans means a lot....

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Prevention of getting the flu should be our focus and here is a review of some basic prevention measurements we should take as the flu season approaches: 1. Wash hands often.2. Cover mouths when sneezing, and or coughing. Consider face masks.3. Do not attend work if you are unwell. Please get examined if you have questions about your illness. And, if in positions of authority, send unwell workers home and/or to the doctor’s office.4. Take the immune supporting medications to hasten your recovery and minimize symptoms prescribed by a physician. Do not self diagnose and treat.5. At a minimum, take a daily multi-vitamin/mineral (and all other supplements prescribed from this office).6. Exercise regularly. (Wash hands often at the gym!) The old saying “if it is above your neck, it is okay to exercise.” Not necessarily.7. Stay hydrated with water. The winter months are dryer.8. Eat a diet high in fruits and...
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