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By vitalhf, Apr 4 2018 02:00PM

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

In Part I of Flying Around the Hormones we likened our hormones to flying an airplane. Our instrument panels’ critical “six pack” of gauges tell us how high we’re flying (Altimeter), how fast or how slow we are going (Airspeed Indicator), how level we are (Attitude Indicator), how fast we are climbing or descending (Vertical Speed Indicator), where we’re heading (Heading Indicator) and how coordinated we are when we are changing directions (Turn Coordinator). All of these gauges are critical if we want to fly without crashing. It is the same with our hormonal system.

Our hormonal system, a.k.a. our endocrine system, is comprised of organs and glands that release hormones that tell us which direction we’re going and make sure we go where we want. It is a delicate feedback loop that can really go askew and get “lost” if all glands are not on top of things.

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By vitalhf, Mar 30 2018 02:00PM

By Kristina D. Allred, M.S.O.M., L.Ac.

“The first rule of understanding [Hormone Replacement Therapy] is: Menopause is not a disease.” – Rebecca Booth, M.D.

Every woman knows that menopause can be rough. What every woman doesn’t know is that the symptoms of menopause are not only unnatural but are a sign of ill health.

One of the central ethical principles of medicine is “do no harm”. Likewise, when it comes to our health, “less is more” is often a key principle to keep in mind. Our bodies are designed to maintain health. When we are attentive to the simple things that our bodies require to function at their best, we are rewarded with great health. Unfortunately, modern lifestyles and conventional medical practices often forget these foundational principles. In the rush to keep up with the pace and priorities of our modern culture, we can miss some of the root causes of our health concerns. This inevitably leads to “quick fixes” that compound the problem- unwanted side effects, increased health risk, and increased burden on our ability to maintain health and balance.

Many women are convinced to begin hormone replacement therapy without first exploring the many tools that they can use to find balance naturally. Continue Reading...

By vitalhf, Mar 28 2018 02:02PM

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

Amongst the many things I enjoy doing, flying is one of them. As an instrument-rated pilot, we have to have our attention in many different directions at the same time. If you’re not good at multi-tasking, don’t try to fly an airplane! Flying an airplane and flying around the hormones – or endocrine system - have many things in common.

In the cockpit, we have a lot of instruments, but the most important 6, frequently referred to as the “six pack” is where the greatest of our attention continually is. We are constantly scanning this six pack – we look at the gauge, interpret what it’s telling us, put in an input (add more or less power, turn a certain way, change our rate of climb or decent, etc.). It is a constant scan, interpret, act.

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By vitalhf, Mar 24 2018 03:00PM

By Kristina D. Allred, M.S.O.M., L.Ac.

When it comes to our health, many of us don’t give it much thought until something goes wrong. For the millions of Americans suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases these gut-wrenching problems are too difficult to ignore. A recent report from the National Institute of Health (NIH) estimates that over 5 million people are currently receiving prescriptions for a diagnosis related to just two of the most common Inflammatory bowel conditions. For all digestive diseases together, the numbers are truly staggering: 60-70 million!

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By vitalhf, Mar 21 2018 02:00PM

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

If you are having a difficult time sleeping, you are not alone. It is estimated that 80 million Americans suffer from insomnia. It can affect every aspect of your life from your job and relationships to your competency behind the wheel of a car. Some statistics say that more than 100,000 motor-vehicle crashes are caused annually in the United States by driving while drowsy.

Sleep deprivation can have a deleterious affect. Insomnia causes tiredness, lack of energy, difficulty in concentrating and irritability. There is increased risk of depression. At work you are likely to have more work errors, slowed reaction time, poor work performance, you are likely to be disgruntled with other co-workers more easily, you become more impatient, and are more likely to have a work-place accident or auto accident. Insomnia can cause changes in hormones, increase hunger, effect the body’s metabolism (making it more difficult to lose weight), accelerate aging, and increase the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

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