If you see a therapist for anxiety or a phobia, you might make more progress in sessions scheduled for the morning hours. Cortisol, a hormone that regulates stress and fear, is highest at this time of day—and a new study suggests this could make a real difference in overcoming emotional difficulties.
As a physician, one of the greatest tools I have is the use of high quality, natural compounds. When used correctly, supplements given to patients can have a powerful effect, changing the way cells are functioning, communicating and working together. The key is finding the right compounds for the right condition as it manifests in each unique individual. No two patients are exactly alike and what works for one may have little to no effect for another. A personalized approach to medicine stresses the importance of biochemical individuality. Without that, it’s like throwing darts at the wall and hoping something will stick.
To supplement or not to supplement?
When deciding to use supplements and herbs there are many things to consider. Its not as simple as picking up a bottle at the local health food store and following the label for dosing. The quality of the supplement, amount taken, need for the substance and interactions with other nutrients affect the usefulness and outcomes.
First, to use natural compounds correctly, one must understand the biochemistry they are affecting. A true understanding of the interconnected pathways and the effects different molecules have ensures that choices are targeted, meaningful and tailored to the individual. When used appropriately, these natural substances have the ability to correct glitches in metabolism literally breathing life back into weakened and dysfunctional systems. As the exchange of information and cellular expression improves, cells may even look different taking on vitality unknown in the deficient state.
For years, he’s seen the benefits of utilizing functional medicine, a science-based healthcare approach with an emphasis on addressing the root causes of chronic diseases.
Through his clinical practice, Colon, the founder of Paradise Sleep, has found taking an integrative functional medicine approach to treating sleep disorders—including narcolepsy—to be very effective.
“When we look to treating sleep disorders, we often spend a lot of time worrying about the nighttime but it’s especially important to address what’s going on during the daytime as well,” says Colon, author of The Sleep Diet-A Novel Approach to Insomnia. “I think of disorders like narcolepsy, a 24-hour disorder.”
That means helping patients with narcolepsy look at other factors that contribute to excessive sleepiness, such as their lifestyle choices. Colon says it’s all about helping patients make lifestyle adjustments that will help improve their condition (along with the sleep disorder medication that’s necessary).
While treatment approaches and methods vary from patient to patient, one lifestyle change Colon has recommended to some narcolepsy patients is a low glycemic diet. Eating low glycemic foods has been found to improve mood and lower fatigue, according to a 2010 study.
A mother's genetics determines how clever her children are, according to researchers, and the father makes no difference. Women are more likely to transmit intelligence genes to their children because they are carried on the X chromosome and women...
Social Chats Eldercare with Tonya Scholz and Claudio Alegre chat with Susan Perry, CEO of SpeechMED, a digital, multi-language, voice delivered, patient engagement platform, as well as other voice applications including a hospital version of Menus That Talk™.
One of our most enthusiastic members just sent me a dismaying email. After a sudden angina attack, this 64-year-old man was diagnosed with severe coronary artery blockage. His doctors ordered bypass surgery. Based on the severity of his coronary blockage, surgery was his only option.
Since this member lived in rural England, comprehensive blood tests were not readily available to him. The best that socialized British medicine provided was a report showing that he had high cholesterol and very high blood pressure. A review of his supplement program revealed gaping holes in what we know is needed to protect against atherosclerosis.
This member’s failure to detect and treat his increasing blood pressure and cholesterol undoubtedly contributed to his coronary occlusion. We suspect other causes were involved as well and are trying to obtain more comprehensive blood tests. This is a real-life example of someone doing many of the right things, but failing to circumvent all the proven risk factors for artery disease.
Atherosclerosis was once considered an inevitable consequence of aging. The problem now is that too many people think they can protect against heart attack by picking and choosing among various components of an anti-atherosclerosis program.
From our observations over the past 29 years, I can categorically state that without annual blood tests (and regular blood pressure checks), an aging human is literally shooting in the dark if they think they can avoid contracting a vascular disease.
Today’s population remains in a virtual state of denial when it comes to heart attack risk. What makes this such a travesty is that there are so many proven ways to protect against the number one killer. This article will succinctly review 17 independent heart attack risk factors and provide a range of options that can enable aging humans to defuse each one of them.
The order in which I discuss these cardiac risk factors has no relevance as to which is more dangerous than the other. It does not matter if your fatal heart attack is caused by high cholesterol, low testosterone, or excess glucose—the end result may be the same, unless all of these risk factors are brought under control.
The encouraging news is that simple steps that enable one to lower risk factors such as elevated LDLsimultaneously protect against other dangers such as excess C-reactive protein.
Jennifer Mercier, LMT, MS, PHD is the founder of Mercier Therapy. Jennifer is a holistic fertility specialist who has been working within the field of reproductive medicine since 1996.
Dr. Mercier is a pioneer in women's health. Since 1999, Jenny has developed a strong interest in focusing on helping women with infertility. Mercier herself has had some reproductive health challenges that includes a diagnosis of stage 4 endometriosis at age 26. During her undergrad in 1993, she worked as a fertility clinician for Chicago's largest Reproductive Endocrinology practice, The Center for Human Reproduction headed by Norbert Gleicher, MD. It was at that point that her knowledge of medically assisted cycles came about. In 2005, Mercier Therapy was born and in 2010 Mercier released her first published book, Women's Optimal Pelvic Health with Mercier Therapy.
In 2009, at age 35 and after being told that she'd need IVF to conceive, Jennifer became pregnant for the first time in her life but only after a group of her professional students worked on her using Mercier Therapy. Shocked and amazed, her passion for her work was deepened. Many women have conceived and delivered healthy babies as result of the Mercier Protocol. FERTILITY, the documentary film explaining the successes of Mercier - is expected to be released in early 2014.
I graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature. I have been making a living as a writer for decades. But last spring, when I had torn meniscus scoped from my knee surgically at a nationally renown orthopedic hospital, the surgeon pressed into my hand ten pages of post-surgical care …
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In the mood for some hilarious news? ::everyone raises hand:: Here we go: Fed up with the way sex-ed and biology textbooks cover ignore female pleasure, French sexologists Marie-Noelle Lanuit and Jean-Claude decided to mow a giant clit into a field next to a high school (naturally). Their 400-foot creation is part of a campaign to help raise awareness around female sexuality, and although some locals thought it was an octopus, we got the awesome message loud and clear:
"[The clitoris] is sometimes named, but it is never drawn in textbooks in the complete form. In books it is usually presented as a small bean," Lanuit told French newspaper Midi-Libre. Which is why French people are making major moves (like making a life-size, anatomically correct 3D model) to give the clit the recognition it deserves— and we're absolutely on board.
Integrative, alternative, holistic—it’s easy to get lost in the lingo of modern medicine. It used to be as simple as eating an apple a day and checking in once a year with your family physician, but let’s face it: Health care has gotten complicated. (Don’t even get us started on health insurance.)
Say you have a migraine. You could choose to treat it by seeing a general practitioner, an acupuncturist, or even a Reiki master. The vast array of medical care options is impressive—and perhaps a bit overwhelming. “As a consumer, you’re now in the driver’s seat,” says Steven Eisenberg, M.D., an integrative oncologist in San Diego, CA. “There’s value in both practitioners and patients keeping an open mind about different modalities, while at the same time there are potential benefits and risks with each type of treatment.“
If your head is spinning, you're not alone. Here's a brief guide to the various approaches practiced today.
To the phantasmagoria of things to do in Miami . . . watching Dolphins romp, models saunter by in glaring bikinis . . . rollerbladers gliding down Ocean Drive . . . touring Art Basel or sipping fruity cocktails in luxurious lobbies . . . comes yet another activity, or rather inactivity—the ultimate suspended animation.
And TransMedia Group was retained by Osiris Back To Life, LLC (www.osiriscryonics.com) to bring the first cryonics facility on the East Coast vividly to life in the Magic City this October. Currently there are only two cryonics facilities in the U.S. located in Arizona and Michigan.
Cryonics is the process of cooling patients down to the level where all physical decay stops and storing them in large vacuum-insulated capsules filled with liquid nitrogen until potential technology can bring them back to life, said Tom Madden, TransMedia's often media-psychic CEO (www.transmediagroup.com).
"Our client, Osiris Back To Life, LLC, wants us to alert the public that their state-of-the-art cryonics facility will be operating in October in Miami, but they are starting to accept 'memberships' from individuals for $295,000, payable now or from proceeds from sale of their home upon their death or through life insurance," Madden continued.Membership entitles person to have their bodies cryogenically frozen immediately as possible upon their death. Members' bodies will be kept frozen for unlimited time until they are revived in the future with no extra monthly or annual cost.
TransMedia said its publicity also will illumine how members also can include packages to have their beloved pets frozen along with them, as well as having their organs available to family members if future health situations warrant.
"Cryonics is that exciting life-extending branch of physics dealing with the production and effects of very low temperatures on substances and even living beings, while a phenomenon called cryogenic sleep could soon even bring astronauts to Mars," said Madden.
"We believe this is a story that will only grow in importance as future medical discoveries include cures for today's major causes of death."
Social media companies have been hot topics even before Facebook went public. With the likes of Disney, Microsoft, Salesforce.com, and Google all rumored to be considering an acquisition of Twitter, the topic has grown considerably warmer.
But social networking is more than a subject for high stakes speculation. It isn’t an elaborate toy for millennials and the tech set. Social networks have become a critical tool for businesses trying to stay in touch with customers, people looking for important information, recommendations, reviews, and political speech.
As has happened in many industries, social networking has become part of the fabric of the healthcare industry. Doctors and their patients have adopted the systems for personal or professional benefits, as Dr. Sunny Vikrum Malhotra, a New York cardiologist, has written:
In our technology-driven society, many patients make their health choices based upon the direction they receive from peers, colleagues and role models via social media. As a result, social media has altered the way in which patients approach their health and their expectations in clinical care.
Physicians, too, have begun to use social media to their advantage as a professional networking tool, as a form of education for physicians, patients and students, and as a marketing tool.
For patients, Twitter and Facebook provides a conduit to experiences of others who may have the same conditions or have personal knowledge of a doctor, clinic, hospital, or other facility or caregiver. Doctors, or other healthcare practitioners, can respond to questions, build a perception of helpfulness and expertise, and discuss their practices.
But the use of social media in healthcare expands beyond these groups. Some like Bryan Vartabedian, a pediatrician at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital, argue that hospital administrators should have a presenceon social media as well. Administrators can work on behalf of their organization to develop an audience of patients, certainly. The marketing opportunities are broad, of course, as are the chances to display the organization’s brand. But strong use of social networks also provides the chance to reach employees and help them be brand ambassadors. Social networks are an important step for building networks of other practitioners and professionals, which can pay dividends when it comes time to recruit a new employee.
Administrators should first spend time, trying to understand which social networks are best for the field and then how to most effectively use them. But then, get involved, experiment, and help move things forward.
When Saul Kent and I established the Life Extension Foundation in 1980, we had no idea what we were in for. As young men, our objective was to raise public awareness about the fact that pathological aging need not be an inevitable consequence of human maturation. We were convinced that if the public could be enlightened about the importance of anti-aging research, greater resources would be devoted to finding ways to significantly extend the healthy human life span.
Back in 1980, few scientists believed that anything could be done to prevent the degenerative effects inflicted by aging. To counter this misconception, Saul and I pointed to then-current scientific studies showing that it was possible to prevent some age-related diseases and to slow the aging process itself, at least in animals. We argued that if enough funds were committed to research, therapies to retard human aging could be developed that would result in the greatest revolution in medical history.
Few people in 1980 thought that intervention into biological aging was possible, and many questioned why we would want to interfere with nature. We argued that aging was the greatest scourge afflicting humanity and that if people had the opportunity to live longer, many of society’s problems would disappear.
We based our philosophical arguments on theories that people with limited life spans are not particularly motivated to protect society’s long-term interests, since they themselves have only a relatively short time to live. Longer life spans, we asserted, would result in people behaving in a manner that would make the world a better place, since they themselves would have to exist in the environment they create.
Dr. Jennifer Mercier is a triple threat: naturopath, massage therapist and midwife. I kind of fall in love with her work on the episode, as you'll hear!
It was Jennifer's own experience with stage 4 endometriosis, coupled with her medical training, that helped her develop the Mercier Therapy.
Mercier Therapy is her own system of abdominal therapy that works with the ligaments and organs to move them into alignment with the goals of restoring function and /or reducing pain.
For women, it can help us have a smoother cycle, recover from surgeries, improve our fertility and heal trauma.
I find so many have strange sensations in their abdomens that they worry about. And many have complications form C section or even a natural birth, and feel there are no options to heal. Still other have unexplained infertility, that can potentially respond to a new approach.
Jennifer works locally in St. Charles, IL, but also trains practitioners in other states and countries. That means if this type of work speaks to you, you may be able to fidn a practitioner in your area. And if you are practitioner, training is available.
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Couples are waiting longer and longer to start families for many reasons. Too often, when the time is right financially, socially or professionally, it may not be right physically. Problems and delays in conceiving lead to pressures and stress between couples who fall prey to false hope and promises from an overly publicized IVF community.
Your Mother has Alzheimer’s. She needs around-the-clock supervision and help at home. Her insurance doesn’t cover it and you can’t afford a Nursing Home nor care for her full-time. What’s Your Next Move?
Rick Collins and Alan Feldstein will be headed to SupplySide West in Las Vegas from October 6th – 8th, where they will be meeting with industry professionals and attending what has become the world’s leading ingredient and solutions trade show. In addition, Rick will also once again be a presenter at this year’s SupplySide West – where he will be offering his industry insight and experience in the workshop “The Business of Sports Nutrition” being held on Saturday, October 8th.
This year’s SupplySide West, which features more than 1,000 exhibitors and 120 hours of educational programming, will be attended by more than 14,000 ingredient buyers and suppliers from the global dietary supplement, functional food, beverage, personal care and sports nutrition industries. It will be taking place from October 4th – 8th at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, bringing together decision makers and industry leaders from around the world to address some of the biggest issues in the dietary supplement and sports nutrition industries.
Rick’s workshop, “The Business of Sports Nutrition”, will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on October 8th. Rick selected and coordinated the co-speakers for the workshop, which will provide insight into some of the key areas of differentiation between sports nutrition and the larger natural products industry. Attendees will learn strategies to successfully navigate doing business in the unique sports nutrition arena, focusing on ingredient choice and sourcing considerations to ensure the safety/quality of ingredients, distribution channel options, and branding and marketing strategies to reach the right consumers. Rick will be speaking on unique sports nutrition industry legal concerns, providing information to help ensure that companies adhere to all current legal and regulatory guidelines. Other speakers at the workshop are Eric Hillman of Europa Sports, April Violet Jacobs of Inner Armour, Alan Roberts, M.Sc., of Nutrition Innovation, Inc., Shawn Wells, MPH, RD CISSN, FISSN of Zone Halo Research and Richard K White, Jr. of Sportika Export Inc.
For more information about this year’s SupplySide West event, Rick’s Sports Nutrition workshop and registration details, click here: http://west.supplysideshow.com/. In addition, if you are planning to attend this year’s SupplySide West and would like to arrange to meet with Rick and Alan to discuss any questions you may have surrounding legal and regulatory issues in sports nutrition or natural products, call us at 516-294-0300 to set up an appointment to meet with us while in Las Vegas, or email Rick anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to talk.
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