Posts tagged diet
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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