When health and convention medicine reduces your diagnosis down to one cause and is largely managed with palliative treatment, focused on alleviating symptoms, medication is the logical treatment despite long term adverse effects often. Addressing health with an holistic approach such as nutrition, and beyond meeting nutritional needs, for its beneficial role in many diseases, is better positioned to provide long-term rather than short-term benefits. Disease and health issues rarely happen suddenly, but are a long term slow burning fire that finally over burdens the body until it becomes insufficiently supported and cannot look after itself if current lifestyle and nutrition continues. Continue reading
The two most common underlying causes of eating disorders, fatigue and depression include neurotransmitter dysfunction and HPA axis (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis) dysfunction. Neurotransmitter dysfunction leads to obsessive compulsive actions, forcing people into a downward spiral of food restriction and depression.” Continue reading
Testosterone is more than just a manly hormone essential for the continuum of the human race. It is crucial for energy pathways, robust heart health, mental clarity, insulin sensitivity, protein synthesis, and bone and muscle density. Like estrogen in women, it helps us keep our peak performance and delay the major factors associated with degenerative disease processes. Continue reading
Ana was 43 and had always been bubbly and active with tons of energy and a quick mind. She kept up with her health checks, had normal iron levels and no concern with her thyroid, and she ate a nutrient rich diet including some red meat rich in iron and zinc. She was working five days per week with regular hours and enjoyed her job. But now she was tired and could hardly get through the afternoon. She had lost her lust for life and even her evening social tennis was in the past. Ana’s doctor told her it was age related but a physical well-being test and fitness assessment did not indicate this at all and in fact gauged her fitness as that of a 35 year old. She was depressed and absolutely stumped as to what had changed to make her feel so low.
Of all the lab tests I run in my clinic, vitamin D and vitamin B12 are among the most common problems. Last month the ministry of health in the UAE acknowledged that in a country bathed in sunshine, vitamin D levels are clinically low across most age groups, genders and ethnic origins. Vitamin B12 is also a concern for vegetarians and particularly vegans, picky eaters, and in people with digestive disorders and auti-immune dysfunction. It is an invisible epidemic estimated to affect about 40% of elderly people with research highly supporting its links with Alzheimers, cognitive decline and memory, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases. Much of this research has further moved into the similarities of these diseases in children to affect learning and developmental disorders, autism, autoimmune disease, cancer and fertility. Both of these nutrients have been missed in the past firstly because they were not routinely tested by most physicians and secondly, the laboratory reference ranges were too low.