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By vitalhf, Dec 12 2018 02:00PM

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

Symptoms can be simply annoying, downright life-changing, or anything in between. But symptoms aren’t there for no reason. As with most things in life, there is a reason and a purpose for symptoms.

We typically ignore the annoying ones if they have been persistent for a while, or not altering our lifestyle – constipation, low grade headaches, and cold hands and feet are some examples – unless, of course they become severe. But even the little ones have meaning, even if they are easy to ignore.

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By vitalhf, Dec 5 2018 02:00PM

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

Some people struggle their whole lives, trying to find a passion that they can do every working day of their life and call it their job. Few find it. Most go job to job, either just doing the job that needs to be done, or even enjoying it, but not finding passion in it.

I am one of the rarities that knew what I wanted from a very young age.

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By vitalhf, Nov 21 2018 03:00PM

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

There are many reasons why you could have excess gas. This can be experienced as bloating, expelling it rectally (flatulence) or burping. Either way, it is either uncomfortable or embarrassing. While it is rarely serious, it is a red flag that something is amiss in your body. There can be many things that contribute to this uncomfortable situation.

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By vitalhf, Nov 14 2018 05:00PM

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

The incidence of shingles is about 4 in a thousand in the US. Those who suffer, generally suffer miserably. It is important to know the symptoms, because the sooner you can get treatment, the easier it is to get on top of it, and the faster it should heal.

It may start with a tingling or tickling sensation in the same area weeks before the outbreak occurs. This can become painful, burning, throbbing or shooting. Just before you realize you have shingles, you may get a fever, chills, fatigue, swollen, tender lymph nodes and/or weakness. Then the angry red rash shows up. It is usually on the chest, back or belly, but can also show on the neck, face, or anywhere. This is followed by the more painful phase, the blisters. During this stage you can give it to someone else. Resist the urge to scratch at the blisters to prevent it spreading.

As it is healing, it gets crusty. Resist the urge to pick the scab off because, like chicken pox, it can leave an unsightly scar. Generally, as the rash and blisters disappear, the pain does as well, but not always.

Post-herpatic neuralgia (PHN) is when the pain continues after the rash and blisters are gone. It can continue to be painful for years. It is most likely in individuals with weakened immune systems.

Drugs are generally the most common approach to treatment, but there are other solutions, either individually or in combination with meds.

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By vitalhf, Nov 7 2018 03:00PM

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

According to the American Autoimmune and Associated Diseases Association, Inc., there are an estimated 50 million people in the United States who are suffering from autoimmune disorders. This is more than 3 times the number of Americans diagnosed with cancer, either active or in remission. This probably doesn’t include those not diagnosed, or those who’s illness is on the border of degrading to an autoimmune state. That’s a lot of Americans! If you are one of them, or desiring not to become one of them, you need to know what to do to diminish, as much as possible, this terrible state of degeneration from occurring.

So often we believe that we are stuck with an autoimmune condition “because my mom and brother had it too” or “my grandfather and his sister had it”. We have in the past believed that if we have inherited the gene, that “oh well, there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s in my genes!” Now, as we are learning more about genetics, and specifically epigenetics, we know that just because there is a genetic propensity for something, you do have an option to affect that genetic expression and not get it yourself. How do we do that?

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