- Balance your hormones–an optimal level of Testosterone, Progesterone, Estrogen, and Thyroid hormones supports healthy skin, hair, muscle, and bones along with keeping your mind, mood, and body healthy.
- Drink plenty of water daily. Water hydrates your skin and is necessary for your body to function properly. Sodas, energy drinks, excess coffee and alcohol can age your body inside and out.
- Detoxify regularly. Infrared sauna, Epsom salt soaks, deep breathing exercises, and colonics are great ways to do this. Reduce your toxin exposure by eliminating toxins whenever you can: use glass not plastic, eat organic when you can, use safe cleaning and personal care products, avoid tobacco, etc. By reducing your toxin exposure and helping your body detoxify, your body will stay younger longer.
EWG.org gives great information on healthy products.
- Get a medical grade ozone treatment regularly–either by blood, rectal, or vaginal application. When done properly, ozone therapy can help your body to repair and rejuvenate. This offers anti-aging assistance to your body.
- Exercise regularly. You do not need to “kill” yourself in order to reap the benefits. Regular exercise has been proven to keep your mind and body functioning optimally late into life. 30 minutes five days a week is all that you need. Yoga is a wonderful addition to your exercise routine–keeping your tendons, muscles, and ligaments flexible.
- Get an adequate amount of sleep. Restful sleep is important for daily functioning and aging well. The number of hours that you need for adequate sleep is the amount that allows you to wake up refreshed.
- Focus on eating healthy protein and vegetables every day. You do not need to be perfect. If you can eat a healthy whole food diet for 80% of the calories you take in, you will be ahead of the majority of the population. Proper nutrition allows your body to function optimally.
- Unplug regularly. Stress can be a detriment to your health and cause premature aging and diseases. Stress is a normal part of life and we can’t eliminate it, but we can handle stress in a healthy way. Aromatherapy, yoga, deep breathing exercises, turning off your phone regularly, taking Epsom salt soaks, quiet time, etc are all ways that you can unplug and rejuvenate.
Feeling great in the present and as you age is the greatest gift that you can give yourself. You are worth the time and effort to take care of you.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that has become fairly common. Generalized pain is considered to be the main symptom of this disease. However people suffering from fibromyalgia often suffer from non restorative sleep, chronic fatigue, anxiety, and depression. Those with fibromyalgia have varying degrees of disruption of their lives–it can be quite disabling.
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown but it is felt to be from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. One underlying factor appears to be an increase in oxidative stress and a decrease in the body’s natural antioxidant system. In patients with fibromyalgia low concentrations of antioxidant enzymes such as catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and superoxide dismutase have been reported in several studies.
Ozone therapy is used to treat a wide range of diseases, has been particularly useful in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Ozone helps by exerting a mild, transient, and controlled oxidative stress that promotes an up regulation of the antioxidant system and a modulation of the immune system. Ozone therapy is a biologic treatment that enables the body’s natural systems to start working again–allowing your body to heal itself.
Ozone therapy is easily and safely administered by a highly trained professional. There are inexpensive cheaply made ozone machines on the market but they come with the high risk of getting contaminated ozone and they have other safety issues. Medical grade ozone machines provide safe ozone. Ozone therapy for fibromyalgia can be administered rectally or through blood. A consultation is important to determine your customized, comprehensive fibromyalgia therapy program.
Heart disease is prevalent and a big concern for many people. Lifestyle modifications are important for keeping your arteries clear–not smoking, eating healthy whole foods, regular exercise, and minimizing stress. In addition, there are medical alternatives to traditional medications and surgeries that are felt to be effective for people who have heart disease and for those who wish to prevent heart disease.
Two of these medical therapies are IV chelation and ozone therapy. They have both been around for quite a while. Chelation involves administering a chelating agent that pulls out heavy metals. It is believed that heavy metal deposition is possibly a part of atherosclerosis (“hardening of the arteries”). By getting a chelating agent IV(intravenous), your body is now able to properly eliminate these unwanted metals from your blood vessels along with removing them from other places in your body. The chelating agent binds to the heavy metals and enables the secretion of the unwanted metals in your urine and stool.
Ozone therapy involves taking about 75 to 150 ml of your blood and then adding ozone to your blood and reinfusing this ozonated blood into your body. Ozone is a highly active gas that has been seen to have numerous beneficial effects on your body. Essentially, the ozonated blood circulates throughout your body and activates your cells to heal.
People who have received this combination of chelation and ozonated blood have been observed to have less cardiac events than those who have not received this type of treatment. In fact, patients who have had a heart attack have been observed to have no further cardiac events when following the properly supervised protocol. (These are not expensive double blinded studies, this is based on years of observing patients by doctors who administer this type of treatment. It is difficult to get funding for the double blinded studies).
Ultimately lifestyle changes are the best defense against heart disease. Exercise regularly, eat a whole food diet, don’t smoke, minimize stress, keep your blood pressure controlled, etc all help you. IV chelation and ozone therapy gives you an additional way to help your arteries and heart.
Janet (name changed for privacy) is a 61 year old woman who has suffered from right shoulder pain off and on for several years. She had tried chiropractic care, massage, physical therapy, and acupuncture. She still suffered from pain on a regular basis.
In April of this year she got rearended in her car and this caused a flare up of her pain plus some new neck muscle pain. Janet came into my office 3 days after the accident had occurred. After a discussion on treatment options, she chose to have prolozone injections. The next day she sent me a message stating that “it was nothing short of a miracle”. She was pain free and was now able to function. She is not alone. She is among a large number of patients happy with the treatments.
Prolozone injections are a treatment option when treating pain. We are giving your cells what they need in order to heal–oxygen and nutrients. It can take one to five treatments to get the desired effect but some benefit is seen after just one treatment. Sometimes only one injection is needed but how many injections you require depends on your body.
Treatment is done in the office. There is some discomfort at the time of the injection but it goes away fairly quickly (within minutes). For those who suffer from pain it is the consensus that it is a small price to pay to reduce or eliminate your chronic pain.
Prolozone is effective for tendon inflammation, pain from tendon tears, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, muscle spasms, etc. Since steroids are not the focus of this treatment, it does not have the risks associated with steroid injections. If you have pain, prolozone injections offer you a more natural effective treatment option.
Reducing fat is a sought after goal for a lot of people. Exercise, a proper diet, bio-identical hormone balancing, the proper mind set, getting adequate sleep, and detoxification are all an important piece of the fat loss puzzle. It is important to address all of these things to achieve your goal.
Let’s talk about exercise. Often people are exercising hard and regularly but with no results. Everyone has a different fat burning heart rate. This is the heart rate range where your body efficiently uses your stored fat. If you exercise at a heart rate above this number, it does not effectively burn fat.
If your heart rate goes a lot higher than the fat burning rate for a prolonged time you can actually cause damage to your mitochondria. The mitochondria are the engines in each of your cells. When your mitochondria start failing, you start aging rapidly. You want your mitochondria to be healthy.
When you exercise you want to spend only a short time at the anaerobic threshold (the heart rate where you stop utilizing oxygen and fat to generate your energy). And you also want to spend only a short time with your heart rate above that threshold. The key is to spend enough time at the threshold heart rate and above to stimulate your mitochondria, but not too much time that damage is caused
When you know the heart rate that is best for your body to burn fat and the maximum heart rate for your mitochondria, now you can exercise effectively for your own body. How do you find out the heart rate range that is best for you? The Bio-Energy test is the most accurate way to determine this information.
The Bio-Energy test can give you the heart rate ranges I just spoke about. Plus it can determine if your thyroid is functioning optimally and how healthy your mitochondria are. It can also measure your VO2 max, overall fitness, ability to burn fat at rest, and the calories your body needs at rest and exercise. It is a great test for those who want to lose weight, ensure their cells are healthy, or simply want to assess their fitness. Contact our office at 951-461-3021 if you are interested in getting this test done.
Pellets are a great option for men and women who want to optimize their hormones. Sterile pellets are implanted in the soft tissue (fat) of your upper gluteal (buttocks) or abdominal area during a simple office procedure. Each pellet is about the size of a grain of rice. Women typically get 1 to 3 pellets and men typically get 8 to 12 pellets. The dosage and quantity of each pellet depends on your particular needs–it is customized for you.
The pellets contain compressed bio-identical Testosterone (men and women) or Estradiol (women-if needed) that delivers physiologic doses in a steady state–providing consistent delivery of the hormones that your body needs. The sterile pellets dissolve over a period of 3 to 6 months–depending on your body’s needs. At that time, new pellets are inserted. There is no need to remove prior pellets as they dissolve with time. Re-pellets serve to keep your hormone levels optimal.
Bio-identical pellets require a simple office procedure that involves having a small amount of local anesthesia injected. A small incision is then made and the pellets are inserted with specialized sterile equipment. The anesthesia may sting a little but the pellet insertions are typically non painful.
After the procedure, it is important to ice the area intermittently over the next 4 to 6 hours. Men are asked to refrain from heavy lifting, bending, squatting or running for 7 days. Women are asked to refrain for 3 days. Your regular daily activities are usually fine during this time. After these time periods you may engage in any activity you desire with no restrictions.
It is best to have no immersion in water for 4 days after a pellet insertion for both men and women. After that, you can swim or use the jacuzzi if desired. Walking, light activity, and showering are fine during the entire time period. Most people find that it is easy to follow these recommendations and they love the freedom that pellets give them. Adhering to these recommendations prevents losing any pellets and eliminates discomfort.
Getting bio-identical hormone pellets can help you to regain your life back–giving you more energy, a better mood, enhanced sleep quality, and usually a better sex drive. The first step is to get your hormones properly evaluated by a bio-identical hormone specialist and then schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options. Bio-identical pellets are simply one option you may wish to try.
The simple office procedure requires a small local anesthetic injection in the insertion area, then a tiny incision is made in the skin. A device called a trocar, is then inserted into the subcutaneous layer beneath the skin. The needle end of the trocar is removed, the pellets are placed into the trocar device and a blunt obturator is inserted into the trocar to gentle advance the pellets down into the insertion tract. Once pellets are placed, the practitioner will typically close the tiny incision site with a simple sterile strip closure and then cover with an adhesive bandage.*
Spring is a great time to clean out your house but it is also a wonderful time to take stock of your health. Is there something that you want to improve upon?
Take some time and think of one thing that you can work on. Write down a goal that is doable. For example you may want to lose weight but that is a huge goal. What if you start with eliminating soda, or adding more vegetables, or increasing the amount of movement you do every day; pick something that you can focus on and is a piece of your bigger goal.
Once you have picked the one thing that you can do and will do, take some time to develop a plan of action. Figure out a way that you can accomplish your goal. You may want to ask for guidance from someone who has achieved what you desire.
It is really that simple. We like to make things more complicated than they should be. Break down your big goal into easily obtainable goals. It is the little things that we do that add up to big successes.
Achieving Optimal health is a multifactorial approach. It involves getting the right mind set so that you may achieve your goals. It includes incorporating proper nutrition and supplementation, bio-identical hormone balancing, getting adequate sleep and exercise, and minimizing toxins. Each of these are important to address. Pick the piece that you want to work on and break it down into manageable steps.
The reason that some injuries completely heal on their own and others don’t has to do with circulation. In order for a damaged area of the body to regenerate and heal, it must have the critical elements that only the blood can provide: vitamins, minerals, and oxygen. Of these, by far the most important is oxygen. Low levels of oxygen cause an accumulation of lactic acid, which is what causes pain.
It is a simple injection technique that can be done in the office of a specially trained medical professional and works in a few ways. First, homeopathic anti-inflammatory medications are injected into the injured area to reduce inflammation and swelling. This leads to increased circulation. Next, the area is treated with vitamins and minerals that are critical for healing. And finally, the area is infiltrated with oxygen in the form of ozone. The result is that the tissues get what they need to heal.
As tissues heal the circulation to the area is re-established, and the treatment is complete. The response to treatment varies from person to person, but most people only need from 2-5 treatments.
Prolozone works on just about any pain problem you might have, including plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, torn tendons, heel spurs, neuromas, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tears, knee injuries, and virtually any other sports injury. Because treatments can also result in cartilage regeneration, the technique is also remarkably efectiv even for severe cases of osteo arthritis of the knee.
Prolozone is not just a treatment for pain. The results actually can represent a permanent fix. It is a safe alternative to surgery and other pain therapies.
Contact our office if you would like to have a consult to see if prolozone is the right choice for you.
Optimal Wellness Network Ribbon Cutting ceremony and Open House Thursday March 30th noon to 2 pm Refreshments provided Come help us celebrate the expansion into suite 201 and the new wellness providers that are a part of our Network. Come and go anytime between noon and 2 pm on March 30th to suite 201, 202 and 203!
Come meet all of the providers and see our new facilities!
A common complaint among people is that they have low energy. Having low energy, or fatigue, means that you are tired when you want to be doing something. If you are one of those people suffering from fatigue, please understand that there are multiple reasons for having low energy.
The many causes of fatigue, or low energy include:
- Lack of quality sleep
- Sleep apnea
- Poor diet (especially high carb diets)
- Not drinking enough water
- Drinking excessive caffeine
- Low B vitamin levels
- Stress, Depression, Anxiety
- High and Low Cortisol levels
- Low Testosterone levels
- Low Thyroid levels
- Blood sugar fluctuations
- Blood pressure fluctuations
- Heart arrhythmias
- Underlying infections
- Lack of exercise
- Poor oxygen utilization
The list goes on….
If you suffer from low energy, it is advised to have blood work and an evaluation by a physician. If the initial evaluation is not helpful, instead of giving up you can get an integrative evaluation by a physician with additional training in anti-aging medicine. Your hormones and other aspects of health will be thoroughly evaluated. If needed, you can get a bio-energy test to further determine the underlying cause of your fatigue.
Feeling tired is not a fun way to live your life. The first step is to make sure that you eat a whole food diet, exercise regularly, breathe deeply, and give yourself time to get rest at night. As you address your lifestyle, have a complete evaluation to ensure that your health is optimized. With a little time and patience you can have the life that you desire and regain the energy to do the things that you enjoy.