Posts in CAM Support
Functional Support for Peptic Ulcers

Conventional methods of treating peptic ulcers such as antibiotics and hydrochloric antisecretory drugs (HCL) may actually promote their severity.  However, vitamins C and E and Bovine lactoferrin show promise as safe and effective natural methods to eliminate causative factors, support host defense factors, eradicate the infective agent, and heal the injured tissues.

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Functional Support for Menopause

The goal of a holistic or integrative approach to menopause is to provide relief from common menopausal symptoms, while preventing, treating, and/or minimizing the risks of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, stroke, diabetes mellitus, and other diseases common to perimenopausal and postmenopausal women.  An individual's overall health, as well as severity of her symptoms should be considered when constructing a therapeutic protocol.  As with anything in functional and holistic medicine, one size does NOT fit all.

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Functional Support for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia

Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is a common and progressive condition that generally occurs in men over the age of 50 and typically includes lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS).  It has been suggested that the increased aromatase activity (an adrenal enzyme that converts androstenedione and estrone to estrogen) found in the aging male alters estrogen levels, enlarging the prostate and leading to obstruction of the bladder, urination retention, and if left untreated, kidney disease (1).  Diet and exercise, dietary supplements, and some botanical medicines have shown promise to manage symptoms, improve flow rate, reduce disease progression, and thus improve quality of life. 

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Functional Support for Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an acquired and autoimmune type of hypothyroidism that destroys the thyroid tissues.  Certain environmental toxins can trigger the disease by concentrating in the thyroid follicles and generating free radicals that activate immune response. Antibodies attack certain thyroid proteins, preventing the manufacture of the thyroid hormones and eventually destroys thyroid follicular cells.  Hashimoto’s may be present in the absence of overt hypothyroidism but will likely progress to this condition with time.  Thyroid replacement, dietary elimination, and DHEA have all been implicated in the treatment of this disease.

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Dietary Intervention for Calcium-Based Kidney Stones

Renal calculi, or kidney stones, are crystal aggregates composed of organic and inorganic materials, several of which are typical solutes in urine composition.  Stone formation generally occurs when the urine becomes supersaturated with a specific solute such as calcium, uric acid, or struvite.  Calcium-based stones are the most common, comprising about 80% of cases in the United States  High incidence of calcium-based stones in affluent societies is directly linked to certain dietary patterns, which likely contribute to the increasing prevalence of kidney stones.  These factors include low intakes of dietary fiber, fluid, citric acid and dietary calcium, as well as high intakes of dietary oxalates.

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A Patient-Centered vs. A Disease-Centered Model

This idea of wellness embodies prevention at the most basic level, encouraging individuals to become active participants in their health journey by taking advantage of their inner resources and seeking balance with the world around them (1).  This is in stark comparison to the “magic bullet” mentality of modern medicine, which prescribes both preventative and treatment measures that can endorse a high-risk lifestyle despite its impinging consequences.  The idea of patient-centered and disease-centered models of care separates these two medical systems, though both aspire to offer successful therapeutic methods.

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