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As we continue our deep exploration of the brain, we are learning that not only does it control many functions within the body, but there are many different elements within the body that contribute to brain functions.
Endometriosis has a strong association with chronic pelvic pain. Which can disturb sleep, cause reluctance to do day-to-day activities, and make life feel unbearable on a day-to-day basis. The pathophysiology of chronic pelvic pain is still unknow, but there is evidence to suggest that estrogen increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor during the estrous cycle. Many people have turned to different pain management medication, but if the pain is extreme this can mean the regular use of pain management such as opioids or regular consumption of Tylenol which for prolonged periods of time causes other damages within the body. Melatonin may provide an alternative to pain medications.
HDL has been used when assessing our cholesterol for many years. HDL doesn’t refer to a kind of cholesterol, but rather, they are high density lipoproteins that remove cholesterol from our cells and artery walls and transport it through the blood stream to the liver so it can be excreted. This process has commonly coined the term “good cholesterol” because it helps to reduce inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular disease.
Have you ever wondered why your table salt is fortified with iodine? It's because iodine deficiency is a global issue that many countries have been fighting for centuries. For many years it was hard to explain the continuum of how iodine deficiency affects the world's populations. With moderate to severe cases showing things such as goiter or appearing in thyroid conditions the research was geared towards severe deficiency, the effects on the thyroid, and how to prevent these from happening. In recent years, research has started looking deeper into what mild to moderate deficiencies may affect...including pregnancy and infant cognitive health.
MCT oil has become extremely bougie, with famous actors, physicians, health coaches and everyday people touting the health benefits. But what is MCT oil and how does it work in the body? With limited research in pregnancy, is it safe?
Vitamin B6 has been widely used in the treatment of morning sickness, and other types of nausea. B6 has been known to have antiemetic effects since the 1940s. There are multiple forms of B6 in blood circulation and knowing which form had the most significant effect on nausea and vomiting had been a bit of a mystery until newer research pointed to the pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P5P) form of B6 as being associated with the decrease in nausea and vomiting symptoms. But, it's not just this simple (of course)
I have patients all the time who question the practitioner grade supplements versus the ones they can find over the counter at Costco, Walmart, Target and other stores. It's always a hard conversation to have when they have been taking the supplements for a long time, but have not seen changes in lab work and health.
How effective and safe are these over the counter supplements?
Magnesium is an essential mineral for life. It is the catalyst of over 300 different enzymatic reactions. It is also tricky to absorb and requires the perfect environment.
Even if everything is perfect, dietary magnesium is, at best, 50% absorbed.
When you are low in magnesium, it is important to make sure you are absorbing as much as you. Knowing what increases and decreases absorption is the first step.
Depression is prevalent in the US. In fact, depression medications are some of the most prescribed medications in the country.
Depression has risen 3x higher than it was before the beginning of COVID-19 precautionary measures. The rates of suicide among teens jumped by 25%. These rates will rise as we enter the winter months, where depression symptoms are more common.
Medications are the only options that western medicine has in the battle against depression. Medications only work 50% of the time, leaving half of those suffering with no relief. Acupuncture offers a non-medication option in the battle against depression.
What if your anxiety symptoms are NOT a sign of emotional or mental stress? What if your anxiety is a sign of cellular toxicity and inflammation?