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The Underlying Cause Of Disease

Published on July 14, 2017 by

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Recent studies and experience have revealed that inflammation is at the root of diseases including heart disease, cancer, auto immune diseases, etc. When our bodies are under chronic stress (from physical and emotional stressors) it can create an inflammatory state in your body. Inflammation short term is a way that our bodies create healing from an acute stress such as a cut, fracture, or illness. We need to have the ability to create an inflammatory state short term in order to heal properly. This is ok and does not cause problems.

The problem arises when we are exposed to stressors on a regular basis and our body is in a constant state of fighting inflammation. This can translate into heart disease, cancer, dementia, auto immune diseases, etc. The body is in defense mode and actually starts hurting itself because it was not designed to stay in this high defense mode for a prolonged time.

Let’s look at heart disease. For a while now, we have been fed the information that lowering cholesterol will help reduce heart disease. These medications are some of the top prescribed medications in the country. However, many doctors who used to promote the use of cholesterol lowering medication now retract that recommendation. It is now felt that the cholesterol lowering medication only appeared to help a little bit by lowering inflammation–not by having cholesterol be “perfect”.

Cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, rather it is caused by a combination of factors including inflammation in the body. There are too many people with “perfect” cholesterol having heart issues and people with “horrible” cholesterol numbers that do not–inflammation has been definitely linked to people having heart disease no matter what their cholesterol number is. In fact, if your cholesterol level is too low it messes with your hormones and overall functioning. You need a healthy cholesterol level because cholesterol is actually an important part of every cell in your body.

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Published on March 15, 2017 by

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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!

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Published on January 20, 2017 by

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Diet And Hormones

Published on December 12, 2016 by

What we eat has a direct affect on how we feel. This is because your body assimilates the food that you consume and turns it into fuel and uses the nutrients to create what your body requires. Food to our body is like gas to a car–we need it to function.

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Your hormones (Testosterone, Progesterone, Estrogen, Progesterone, Cortisol, Growth Hormone, etc.) are all created from the food you eat. Following a Paleolithic diet (vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry, eggs, fish) and enduring that the food is organic ensures your body can make healthy hormones. Avoid or minimize sugar, alcohol, caffeine, dairy products, smoking, breads, pastas, and cereals. These all affect your body’s ability to make hormones and keep a hormonal balance.

Hormone balancing is important to feeling and looking your best long term. Following a healthy diet and lifestyle will maximize the benefits that you get from bio-identical hormones.

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The Ultimate Gift

Published on November 23, 2016 by

During the holiday season, so often people rush around to get the right gifts for those they love. They go to malls, shop on line, and spend their few spare minutes on shopping. The pressure to get things done is felt by many.

What if the gift you focus on, is the gift of taking care of you?

The results of taking care of you:

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  • Sleep Better
  • More Energy
  • Balanced Hormones
  • Improved Mood
  • Less Pain
  • Less Disease
  • More Productivity
  • Healthy Libido
  • Optimal Weight
  • Live With Vitality

If you have these things, do you think that those you love will enjoy being around you?? Will they be happy for you? Hopefully the answer is YES!!

After spending 40 days in the hospital ten years ago, I learned that the people who care about you, want you to take of yourself. They understand when you take time and money to take care of you. They suffer when you suffer. They feel better when you feel better. Besides, why would you “kill” yourself pleasing the people who do not understand?

It is selfish not to take care of you. When your Progesterone, Testosterone, or Cortisol are depleted from stress; you will feel out of balance and those around you will suffer as well. When you overeat or don’t sleep because you are not taking time for you, your weight and irritability will increase. When you don’t take time to exercise you will have more pain, a depressed mood, and be less productive. The list goes on.

Taking time out for you is a gift for you and for those around you. Talk to your loved ones and come up with ideas to make this holiday season a time to rejoice and enjoy those you love. You will find that you have more energy and overall feel better.

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Myers Cocktail

Published on September 3, 2016 by

Myers’ Cocktail –this is not an alcoholic drink!

It is an intravenous vitamin infusion which can improve your immune system, help you fight and prevent infections, increase energy, improve overall performance, and help with detoxification.

The Myers’ Cocktail is named for the late John Myers, M.D., a Maryland physician who used intravenous injections of nutrients to treat many chronic conditions. Conditions which he found to respond well by this treatment include acute asthma attacks, migraines, fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergies, etc. He also observed improvements in athletic performance.

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The Myers’ Cocktail increases the blood concentration of several essential vitamins and minerals beyond that which can be achieved when supplementing orally. For example, Vitamin C given intravenously has been found to reach blood concentrations more than 50 times greater than what can be achieved when given orally.

It is felt that many diseases and conditions may cause a decreased ability for your GI tract to absorb many of the nutrients needed. Also, many diseases and inflammation cause the body to use nutrients at a faster rate and to require higher amounts for proper healing. When nutrients are given intravenously, the digestion is bypassed. ADDITIONALLY the levels in the bloodstream are temporarily increased so that the nutrients are “coaxed” into the cells, and frequently into the mitochondria where they are active. This temporary boost frequently “kick-starts” the cells, so that energy is produced more efficiently in them.

Some patients feel an energy boost lasting days or weeks. In the case of fibromyalgia, decreased pain can be observed. Patients who get sick often with infections may find an improved immune response, with less susceptibility to viral illnesses.

A small IV catheter is inserted into a vein, and the infusion is given slowly over 15-30 minutes. Side effects are remarkably rare and almost always are limited to local irritation of the vein. The most common sensations are heat and flushing (a magnesium effect), and the taste of vitamins soon after the infusion begins. The myers cocktail can be given 1-2 times per week. Many patients with chronic conditions choose to continue the infusions every 1-4 weeks or when they feel their energy slipping.

If you are interested in this IV nutrition therapy please contact our office.

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Guard Your Health

Published on August 2, 2016 by

About half of the American population has at least one chronic illness. The majority of these illnesses can be prevented, delayed, or alleviated with proper treatment. You do not have to suffer—we can do something about this together!

The Optimal Wellness Network was created in order to fill this role. “OWN your health” is the motto of our integrative network of wellness professionals. You do not need to be overwhelmed and confused by the information out there. By utilizing the services offered through the Optimal Wellness Network, you can get the results that you need and end up saving time and money.

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People generally first come to our office seeking hormone balancing. Proper hormone balancing is a critical piece of your health. Having your Testosterone, Estrogen, Progesterone, Cortisol, Thyroid, and Growth Hormone properly evaluated is a must if you want to have a vital life. It is like having gas in your car. But it is not the entire answer.

To have optimal health we must also address what you eat & drink, your sleep, the supplements that you require, the stress that you have & your overall mind set, your exercise regime, and your toxin exposure. This can be overwhelming to most people. Each of these areas has multiple sub categories. Our goal is to simplify this for you and help you with every step.

The Optimal Wellness Network offers a true integrative approach to your health. The other practitioners in the network coordinate with what we do at An Optimal You. Here is the extended team of highly experienced and talented professionals that are available for you under one roof in our building in Murrieta:

  • An integrative nutrition specialist who eliminates the confusion about diets and supplements. He tailors his approach to your specific needs; helping you to achieve lasting energy, decreased inflammation, functional digestion, and overall great health.
  • A thermography expert who helps you to be proactive with your health. Why wait for disease to occur when you can detect the precursors to cancer and diseases?
  • A yoga instructor who specializes in customizing stretches and breathing exercises to your needs and capabilities. She will first listen to you and then guide you toward a healthier, more radiant life.
  • A massage therapist who gets to the root of your problems utilizing Ortho-Bionomy-a gentle, non invasive form of healing. She has a unique gift at reminding your body of its natural ability to restore balance and heal itself.
  • Hypnotherapists who can help you overcome a lack of confidence, phobias, smoking, weight concerns, sleep issues, etc. The power of the mind is incredible and the use of proper hypnotherapy allows you to heal yourself from the inside out.
  • Reiki practitioners who offer you a truly unique healing experience. Reiki utilizes your own body’s energy to heal itself. One of our Reiki practitioners is a Reiki master who also offers transformational coaching. Another Reiki practitioner also teaches you how to easily meditate.
  • A colon therapist that offers painless detoxification to rid your body of toxic chemicals, yeast, & parasites to promote a healthier colon. It is incredible the things that she can find and eliminate from your colon!
  • There is also a mild hyperbaric chamber—oxygen is good, more oxygen is better!! Pro athletes are using these types of chambers after their games in order to increase healing and improve recovery time.
  • A practitioner who specializes in PRP and Stem Cell—utilizing your body’s own healing powers to fix musculoskeletal complaints. You may be able to avoid surgery and steroid injections by utilizing this therapy that is widely used in professional athletes.
  • An ultrasound screening technician who offers ultrasound screenings without having to go through insurance hoops. An affordable way to check for problems.

It is sad when people choose the path of poor health, but it is a tragedy when they suffer because they do not know what is out there to help them. The Optimal Wellness Network works with you to reduce or eliminate pain, move better, think more clearly, sleep restfully, digest normally, feel balanced, and prevent disease. If you are interested in learning more about this amazing network and start your journey towards living a life with more vitality and joy; attend the upcoming wellness expo on Sept. 17th from 10 am to 3 pm.

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The Power Of The Mind

Published on July 17, 2016 by

Words convey emotion and enable us to communicate with others. The words that we say to ourselves and out loud to others have a definite impact on the way that we feel. Has anyone ever said something to you that lit you up inside and lifted your spirits? Or said something that brought you down?

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Changing the words that you say is a great start to helping you to feel better overall. Instead of saying “try”, what if you said “yes” or “no”? Instead of saying ” I should” do something, what if you said “I choose” or “I choose not to” do something. Simply changing how you say things can positively change how you feel. It can empower you.

While treating men and women for hormone balancing I often encounter the complaint “I can’t lose weight”. Balancing estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone plus optimizing thyroid levels can help your metabolism and help you feel better overall. However, some people may still have issues decreasing fat. The mind can be an overlooked reason –it can block weight loss.

To decrease fat it is important to work on decreasing stress to support your adrenal glands and decrease cortisol. Stop saying “I’m fat” since that just reinforces to your mind that you are fat. Unplug regularly and focus on health, not weight. Hypnotherapy, meditation, yoga, and reiki can be great ways to help you with readjusting your cortisol and metabolism.

The mind is powerful –remember that addressing it is an important piece of feeling optimal.

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Get Balanced

Published on July 11, 2016 by

Most people come into my office seeking help because they don’t feel “right”. They know that something is wrong and out of balance. They simply want to feel better.

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It is easy in today’s world to expect the quick fix. There are plenty of offices out there who promise the quick fix, but there simply does not exist such a thing. Achieving better health and feeling optimal involves addressing multiple things. It takes some time, effort, and money but it is well worth it.

The great news is that feeling optimal is within our grasp. Obtaining proper hormone balance is one piece of this. I have found that by balancing hormones with bio-identical hormones (Testosterone, Progesterone, Estrogen, and Thyroid) helps improve sleep, energy, memory, and focus.

Once your hormones are balanced, it makes it easier to eat and drink better, address issues of the mind, exercise more, etc. Having balanced hormones makes it easier for you to address the other pieces needed for optimal health.

Optimal health is attainable. The path to achieving it is started by taking one step. Addressing a hormonal imbalance is a great first step.

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What We Drink:

Published on June 30, 2016 by

What we drink affects our hormone balance and overall health. We often forget how much what we drink can affect us.

Alcohol intake has been shown to increase estrogen levels in both men and women. High estrogen levels in men can block the beneficial effects of Testosterone, cause moodiness, and can cause breast enlargement and prostate growth. Estrogen excess in women can cause PMS, fat deposition, period irregularities, moodiness, and irritability; among other things.

photo of water, coffee and tea

Caffeine can increase cortisol (our stress hormone) levels and reduce melatonin (our sleep hormone) levels. This can cause insomnia, irritability, anxiety, and weight gain, etc. Drinking 2 or more cups of caffeine containing drinks can also increase estrogen levels–causing similar issues as alcohol.

Consuming dairy products may affect your thyroid function–causing you to have a lowered thyroid function. This can cause weight gain, fatigue, constipation, dry skin, etc.

Soft drinks (sodas), juices, and other sweet drinks can quickly increase your blood sugar in 10 to 20 minutes. This elevated blood sugar affects your cortisol production and causes an imbalance in your hormones. This can result in a difficulty losing weight, mood instability, sleep disorders, etc.

2/3rds of the human body is water. Drinking water is the fluid of choice to drink. Water drinking is asociated with a reduced risk of certain cancers and heart disease. Consuming adequate water also helps your cortisol and sex hormones (Testosterone, Estrogen, and Progesterone) have a balanced mineral corticoid activity (healthy salt retaining).

What you choose to drink definitely affects your hormones and overall health. By choosing to drink water over other types of drinks, you will be choosing better health.

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