It’s Food Allergy Awareness Week this week. In the early years of this work, when we first began speaking about food allergies, people used to look at you like you were making it up. How could a child be allergic to food? And since when? As kids, we ate PB&Js and had cartons of milk for lunch at school. They weren’t loaded weapons on a lunchroom table. What’s changed? And why has it changed so fast?
Category: Musculoskeletal Problems
Musculoskeletal complaints are the most common problems seen in any practice and although Western Medicine is good with acute trauma and broken bones, it is very weak with soft tissue injuries. Unfortunately most problems we see usually involve soft tissue dysfunction where muscles and connective tissues are affected. It is one of the most poorly understood and least researched aspects of the human body and is usually ignored by Western doctors. These musculoskeletal problems are relegated as relatively unimportant and we Physicians have very little training to deal with these types of problems. Diagnosis and treatment is usually anatomical, which means it is treated where the problem presents. But this doesn’t address the functional complexity involved in the perpetuation of a problem and often results in unnecessary surgeries when local treatments fail.
I have explored many different modalities to help improve the functioning of the musculoskeletal system. Treating soft tissue dysfunction is essential for good health and helps resolve many chronic problems.
Primary Hypothyroidism, or under-active thyroid gland, may cause a wide variety of symptoms and can affect all bodily functions.
Hypothyroidism used to be a laboratory diagnosis. A high TSH blood test signified that one had an underactive thyroid and was placed on synthetic T4 (aka Synthroid). Clinical diagnosis was reserved for people with advanced or severe hypothyroid disease, and even then, if labs were not “abnormal” physicians might have hesitated to treat. Functional medicine physicians are changing this practice by identifying the signs, symptoms, and cause of hypothyroidism early on and starting appropriate treatment.
Supplements – in my book, they’re essential health-boosters that can help fill in nutritional gaps and protect your body against the occasional diet slip-up. While they won’t make up for a bad diet, think of supplements as your nutritional pit crew, standing at the ready to make those quick adjustments, tweaks and fixes to your internal engines and get you back out on the road, raring to go.
Saunas. They’re relaxing, rejuvenating and can even feel a little indulgent. But did you know a regular sauna routine is also a very pleasurable way to enhance health? As you’re probably aware, I’m a big believer in engaging in as many good-for-you activities as possible, and saunas, particularly infrared saunas, are high on the good-for-you-to-do list. Why infrared? Because its radiant heat is known to penetrate the skin more deeply than traditional saunas, better aiding in a number of restorative body processes. Here are just a few ways infrared saunas can benefit your body – and why I encourage many of my patients to make them part of their health-supporting routines:
One of the most rewarding things I’ve seen through working with Dr. Lipman is when he tells a patient with headaches or migraines “we can help you.” Here are 2 causes of headaches that you may not have considered:
We all know that vegetables are the best foods you can eat for optimal health — but what about the nightshade vegetables? The first time I heard the word “nightshades” mentioned in a nutrition class, I had no idea what they were — I pictured someone wearing sunglasses in the dark! Turns out, nightshades are a classification of vegetables that includes potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers of all kinds (except black pepper).
Two weeks ago, I had pushed my body to its limit. Long runs, heavy lifting, intense yoga practice and a stressful week at work, I felt a deep pain in my joints, especially in my hip which was healing a stress fracture and a strain in the attachment at my greater trochanter. These injuries began to radiate throughout my hip (specifically in my sacroiliac joint – located in the pelvis by the sacrum) into my lower back. My yoga teacher informed me that I needed to take at least 3 weeks off from physical activity.
We constantly hear how important it is to exfoliate, but chances are you are not doing it properly. You can both over-exfoliate and use the wrong ingredients, both will cause damage to your skin. So while it is important to make sure you exfoliate (as dead skin cells left on the surface of your skin can do everything from reduce the efficacy of absorption from the products you apply, increase dryness, aging and irritation to clog pores), it matters with what and how often. Most people are not exfoliating properly.
I’m often asked what the difference is between krill oil and regular fish oil. We all know that omega 3’s are great for reducing inflammation, so they are both great. But why choose krill oil instead of fish oil? First of all…
Recently, I saw a headline that made my heart sing. It read “Americans Cut Back on Soda” and I say hooray to that! Its headlines like these that we in the wellness community have been waiting to see for far too long. Granted soda consumption’s downward slide has been a slow one, but it’s fantastic that rising awareness of sugary drink dangers has spread far beyond the wellness community and deep into the consciousness of the everyday consumer.