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By vitalhf, Feb 20 2019 04:00PM

By Dr. Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.


As with so many other diseases today, diseases involving joint breakdown are skyrocketing. No longer is it an “old person’s disease”. We are experiencing premature joint breakdown at younger and younger ages. Is it just genetics, or are there reasons, possibly our lifestyle, that are contributing?


While you can have a genetic propensity for arthritis or other degenerative joint diseases, there are lifestyle changes that can protect your joints. As we are now understanding epigenetics more, we realize we have more control of our genetic expression than previously assumed. That’s good news, because it means we can implement things now, to try to thwart it.


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By vitalhf, Feb 13 2019 02:00PM

By Dr. Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.


There are more than just two types of joint deterioration. We mostly think of osteo or rheumatoid arthritis when people mention joint pain. But, unfortunately, there are more kinds.


Osteo arthritis is a disease generally of the weight-bearing joints, or as a result of recent or past injury. It generally comes on slower than Rheumatoid Arthritis and doesn’t have the other associated symptoms such as fatigue. The cartilaginous material erodes, often because of wear and tear, and may wear so thin that the “shock absorber” capability is gone. This may eventually necessitate a joint replacement. Symptoms associated with osteo-arthritis includes a deep achiness, joints that stiffen (especially upon arising in the morning or after resting) and make it difficult to perform general daily activities. The joint can be swollen, red or warm to touch. Range of motion may be limited and walking can be difficult, depending on the joint involved.


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By vitalhf, Feb 6 2019 02:00PM

By Dr. Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.


“The human heart is the most responsive organ in the human body to proper nutritional therapy” said Dr. Royal Lee more than 5 decades ago. Today, as cardiovascular disease is skyrocketing, we need to look back to the words of the wise and re-discover the basic truths of the cause of heart disease.

In the quote above, the operative word is PROPER nutritional therapy. Billions of dollars are spent annually on medications and supplements that do nothing to heal the heart. They stimulate or mask the real reasons the heart is going bad. The heart needs a few critical nutrients to help it function properly, and when it receives it, what an amazing job can result!


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By vitalhf, Jan 30 2019 02:00PM

By Dr. Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.


When you think of any disease that has the most controversy, it is the heart. Yet, for all intents and purposes, it is the most simplistic. What really matters to the heart is what is present to nourish it. Nourishment allows it to function, the lack thereof, causes it to struggle to function. While there are many fancy names for the varying ways the heart can struggle, the way the heart responds to what goes into the mouth (or what doesn’t go into the mouth!) is what matters the most.


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By vitalhf, Jan 23 2019 03:00PM

By Dr. Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.


There has been much in the press of late regarding the “Opioid Crisis”. The addiction rate to opioids is skyrocketing at such an alarming rate that it deserves the attention it is getting and more. According to the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others.” Because of the euphoric feeling commonly associated with these pain killers, they are easy to get addicted to. This addiction leads to, accidental overdose, and even death. But what else can you do for pain?


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