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By vitalhf, Jun 12 2019 01:00PM

By Jonathan M. Sasser, M.S.O.M., L.Ac.


In my opinion, Alzheimer’s Disease is arguably the most pressing age-related health concern of our time. According to Stanford Health Care, its prevalence is increasing, with early-onset forms of the disease appearing as early as 30, and one in three adults over 85 having the disease. Stanford Health Care describes Alzheimer’s as a degenerative disease of the brain that causes degradation of nearly all brain functions, including memory, movement, language, judgment, behavior, and abstract thinking over time. Extensive research has been conducted concerning the mechanisms of this degradation, but there is still little consensus as to what sets these mechanisms in motion, and many of the medications being used to treat Alzheimer’s have shown minimal impact in slowing its progression. Regardless, it should be noted that we actually know quite a lot about how to make lifestyle choices that can preemptively keep many of these mechanisms within ideal parameters to reduce the overall risk of Alzheimer’s.


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By vitalhf, Jun 5 2019 01:00PM

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


No one likes hot flashes. While those who have never experienced them wonder why “just getting a little hot” should be a big deal, those suffering greatly from them say “Oh my gosh! These are awful!” Hot flashes can be downright miserable! The good news is, not only is it not normal/healthy, nor does everyone get them, but there are solutions to reduce and/or eliminate them completely!


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By vitalhf, May 29 2019 02:00PM

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


Do you wake stiff in the morning and loosen up after moving around for a while? Or do you stiffen up as the day progresses? Either way it is an indication of inflammation in your body and can be uncomfortable. However, inflammation is a two-edged sword. We only hear about the bad half, but inflammation is good too.


When you are injured or have an infection, your body sends out the emergency response team to control, clean up and repair the insult. It is designed to protect the weakened area from further insult such as infection. It is also designed to localize injurious factors such as dirt and try to get rid of it. During the healing process, lots of activities are occurring and can make it uncomfortable. Some of the symptoms include pain, itching, swelling, redness and heat around the area. This is good. If normal tissue architecture cannot be regenerated successfully, scars occur. In an organ, failure to replicate the healthy framework can eventually lead to chronic inflammation, then disease. If progressed long enough, it may eventually lead to an auto-immune response.


If the body’s normal defense mechanism (inflammation) is overwhelmed, or less capable of performing properly, instead of being a normal acute response, it becomes chronic. In chronic inflammation, it now becomes destructive – the antithesis of its normal response.


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By vitalhf, May 22 2019 02:00PM

By Jonathan M. Sasser, M.S.O.M., L.Ac.


Inflammation, it’s the big bad elephant, that everyone in the wellness world loves to talk about, that is responsible for everything from joint pain to nerve degeneration, right? Well, yes and no.


Yes, unchecked inflammation can be everything from a primary cause of a condition to an exacerbating and/or perpetuating factor. However, let’s not forget that it is also a vital characteristic of our human system. It is necessary to ramping up protective and healing mechanisms in our bodies.


I think it is important to note that there are many instances where an injury will actually heal faster by favoring more natural techniques to reduce the inflammatory response over more global means like Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). While I agree that it is sometimes necessary to use NSAIDs to allow the pain to be manageable, we can actually often achieve a deeper level of healing in the body by using the inflammation as information.


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By vitalhf, May 15 2019 01:00PM

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


Many people today suffer from headaches. They range from mild, and infrequent, or possibly daily, to severe and debilitating, going from one headache or migraine into another. Frequently, when I ask my patients if they have headaches, they say “not really”. When I inquire deeper, they say, “Well, yes. But it’s the normal headache everyone has”. I’m saddened to think anyone believes a headache is normal, because there is no such thing as a “normal headache”.

I too when I was young believed there were normal headaches. I had headaches from as far back as I can remember. I would self-medicate as soon as I recognized what baby aspirin was, then, as I got older, I discovered adult aspirin. During one period of my childhood I remember taking 8 full strength aspirin at a time, because that was the magic number that would finally disperse my headache. It wasn’t unusual to do that several times a week. I don’t think my parents ever knew. I was lucky all that aspirin didn’t eat a hole in my stomach! They progressed into pretty severe migraines at one time and it took many years as an adult and later as a practitioner to figure my headaches out. I’m sure glad I don’t have those anymore!


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