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Extracting Heavy Metal Toxicity

Extracting Heavy Metal Toxicity

Heavy metal exposure is a growing health concern worldwide due to multiple industrial, domestic, agricultural, medical and technological uses which have affected the worldwide environment. Their toxicity depends on several factors including the dose, route of exposure, length of exposure, as well as the age, gender, genetics and nutritional status of the exposed individuals. Because…

Understanding the Use of Marijuana

Understanding the Use of Marijuana

With the passing of Proposition 64 this past November, marijuana (aka cannabis) is now legal in California with some restrictions, depending on local and municipal guidelines. Marijuana is still considered illegal under Federal law. Despite records dating back 4,700 years documenting medicinal uses of marijuana, no one knew how it worked until 1964 when a…

The Current State of Mental Health Disorders

The Current State of Mental Health Disorders

I recently attended the 8th annual Integrative Medicine for Mental Health conference in Orange County. Health care practitioners from many disciplines converged to learn about new and integrative approaches to treating mental health disorders such as ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, dementia, pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANDAS), autistic spectrum disorders and Alzheimer’s. The general theme…

Fatty Liver Disease on the Rise

Fatty Liver Disease on the Rise

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is on the rise. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an inflammation of the liver caused by an accumulation of fat deposits in liver tissue. Today, “fatty liver” closely mirrors the global epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Since its first description in the early 1980s as “a poorly understood…

Brain Health - Top of Mind

Brain Health - Top of Mind

Brain Health – Top of Mind topic of last month’s, annual Institute for Functional Medicine conference. It was discussed that, while it has been a generally accepted scientific fact that the human brain is incapable of growing new brain cells, we now know that brain cells do continue to grow throughout one’s lifetime with the…

MultiModality Approach to Alzheimers Disease

MultiModality Approach to Alzheimers Disease

It has been over 100 years since Dr. Alois Alzheimer, the German psychiatrist first described a patient with the advanced neurodegenerative brain disease that today bears his name. Since that time, Alzheimer’s disease has been without an effective treatment. That may be changing due to a MultiModality Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease developed by Dr. Dale…

Expanded Blood Panels Help Identify Risks

Expanded Blood Panels Help Identify Risks

  The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world. In 2016 we spent approximately $3.2 trillion, or an average of $9,990 per person on health care. Switzerland was the next highest country spending, $6,776 per person. Despite the amount spent, the U.S. ranks poorly in health outcomes. A recent report…