Is Inflammation Keeping You Ill?

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is a natural healing response that occurs when the body needs to heal damaged cells or defend against infection. During an inflammatory response, white blood cells and inflammatory chemicals pour into the affected area, creating a sensation of heat, redness, swelling and pain. When inflammation is acute and localized in response to a trauma, it can be beneficial. When inflammation becomes chronic and systemic, however, it can negatively impact one’s health, creating an environment that is conducive to serious illness. It can also inhibit the body’s natural ability to heal. Read more

Are Your Vitamins and Supplements More Harmful than Helpful?

In my day-to-day practice, I see many patients who are extremely ill. It’s not uncommon for at least one patient a week to come into my office with shopping bags full of different products purchased from infomercials, Amazon, Costco, or a local drug store. Seeing this happen over-and-over again is concerning, since many products really aren’t what they claim to be. Because vitamins, herbs, and natural supplements aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), many products that are available over-the-counter (OTC) are poor quality and in some cases, can even be more harmful than helpful. In addition, many labels have ambiguous instructions concerning administration. It’s not uncommon to see something like, “take 1-2 capsules, 2-3 times per day, or as instructed by your health care provider.” Huh? What does that mean?

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Connecting the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Body for Restored Health

When we think about health and wellness we usually think about the things we need to do to keep our physical body healthy, such as exercising or eating well. Our physical body is intimately connected to our emotional and spiritual body and it’s impossible to separate the three. There are times in our life that our emotions can overwhelm us. If we experience a flood of emotions and it’s too much for our body to handle, we can develop physical signs and symptoms of illness. Read more