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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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By vitalhf, Oct 24 2018 01:00PM

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


We live in a sick nation (that can be taken in many ways!). Our bodies have degraded into a state of illness never before seen by man, and it’s not just a matter of finding new ways to name it or having new technologies to diagnose it. We are sick and becoming sicker! Auto-immune diseases, like so many other diseases, are skyrocketing at alarming rates. There are between 80 and 200 different auto-immune conditions today.


What is an auto-immune condition? It is a disease which manifests “antibodies or lymphocytes against substances naturally present in the body”. It has the appearance of the immune system going bonkers and can’t tell the difference between a foreign body and its own body. But we are discovering that what we thought we knew about auto-immunity may not be the full story.


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By vitalhf, Oct 17 2018 01:00PM

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


Do you feel irritable, shaky, queasy or lightheaded if you miss a meal or have a delayed meal? Do you have a difficult time staying away from sweets? Do you feel sick if you eat too much sugar? Do you make sure you eat 3 meals a day and are diligent in not forgetting? Or, do you know someone who is so incredibly grumpy when they’re hungry that you make sure they’re fed before doing anything else? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, there is a chance you (or the “someone” else) may be exhibiting signs of a poor sugar-handling mechanism. You could be hypoglycemic, diabetic or borderline either of those two.


Since high levels of blood sugar not only interfere with healing and immune function, but also can be quite serious, it is important to manage it before it gets out of control. Most adult onset diabetes (now called Type II Diabetes), started with low blood sugar. Blood sugar that swings from highs to lows is very hard on the body, but easy to control once you know how.


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By vitalhf, Oct 10 2018 04:00PM

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


When your heart flutters it can be a scary experience. If any other organ has a glitch, we don’t worry near as much as when it is the heart. While not all heart flutters are serious, it’s important to know if it is the serious kind or not.


First, we need to define the types of fluttering. Heart palpitations and AFib are the primary two needing differentiation. Palpitations can bring on AFib. When it feels like your heart is fluttering, pounding, flip-flopping, skipping a beat, throbbing or you can hear or feel your heart it is usually a heart palpitation. If it is accompanied by feeling faint, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness, fatigue, racing, a drop in blood pressure or chest pain, it could be a more serious condition referred to as AFib. In the latter case, it is best to get a medical evaluation to be sure, as it could be serious. Typically, palpitations are very short-lived, while AFib seems to go on for a while. If serious enough, measures have to be taken to get the heart back into rhythm.


AFib is estimated to affect about five million people in the U.S. While the majority are over the age of 60, we are seeing both AFib and palpitations in younger populations.


Understanding the situation surrounding it is important.


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