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Is Low-Dose Naltrexone Safe for Artificial Heart Valve Recipients?

Q: I have read that Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN) should not be taken by people who have had organ transplants. Does this include an artificial aortic heart valve? Also, does it affect INR levels and should Warfarin dosage need to be readjusted? Low-dose naltrexone is a specially compounded capsule of 1.5 to 4.5 mg of naltrexone [...]

20 Jul, 2016|By |Treatments|

3 Steps to A Better Brain

Memory loss and cognitive decline is a battle most people will face as they age. But it is this really part of the “normal” aging process? Not necessarily. Current research is revealing that what we believed to be degenerative changes in the brain associated with the normal aging process could actually be the result of [...]

13 Jul, 2016|By |Wellness|

Vitamin D – For More Than Strong Bones

Though there is an abundance of research on the health benefits of Vitamin D, some estimate that up to 80% of certain populations in the US may have lower than advisable levels in the body. Furthermore, the definition of what constitutes a deficiency has changed over the years, making analysis of the scale of the [...]

06 Jul, 2016|By |Bone Health, Nutrition|

5 Ways to Treat a Migraine without Drugs

As migraine sufferers will attest, a migraine headache can be caused by any number of factors, meaning that there is no one-size-fits-all remedy. Therefore, keeping an open mind and exploring some alternative treatments could actually be the key to becoming migraine-free. Fortunately, people seeking migraine relief have a wide range of treatments available to them, [...]

29 Jun, 2016|By |Treatments|

What You Should Know About Green Smoothies

Q: I know that calcium is a necessary mineral and one that, if properly assimilated, is useful in many pain situations. I, and many others, have been adding kale, spinach, beet greens, and chard to protein shakes, a current "thing to do." But I have read that kale and spinach, among other foods, contain oxalic [...]

22 Jun, 2016|By |Bone Health, Nutrition|

Moving Beyond Trauma: Healing Therapies for PTSD

Earlier this week, reports of the worst mass-shooting in US history spread rapidly over the internet and news media, sending shock-waves throughout the country and abroad. When horrific events occur, it can trigger intense emotions ranging from feelings of anger, to sadness, confusion, fear, and even a sense of hopelessness – and these are all [...]

16 Jun, 2016|By |Mental Health, Treatments|

3 Steps to Preventing a Migraine

As anyone who suffers from the condition knows, a migraine is much more than a bad headache. It is a collection of neurological symptoms that may include throbbing pain on one side of the head, neck pain or stiffness, nausea, vomiting, and/or visual distortions called aura. The severity of migraine symptoms can vary widely from [...]

09 Jun, 2016|By |Treatments|

Central Sensitization Syndrome Research Study at the Kaplan Center

Is there a relationship between bacteria in the gut and chronic pain? This is what Dr. Gary Kaplan and his colleagues at the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, in conjunction with the J. Craig Venter Institute are investigating through a research study this summer. If you are struggling with chronic pain and depression/anxiety disorders, or [...]

06 Jun, 2016|By |News|

Provider Spotlight: Jeanne Scheele, PT

"Provider Spotlight" is a series that highlights the wonderful team of healthcare providers and specialists here at the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine.     Jeanne Scheele has practiced physical therapy in Northern Virginia for 40 years and serves as the Kaplan Center’s Physical Therapy Director. Over the last several years, Jeanne has focused her [...]

01 Jun, 2016|By |Wellness|

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: 6 Myths Busted!

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) is a highly personal topic, so it is rarely discussed among family, friends, and sometimes even doctors, leaving many individuals to suffer in silence. Consequently, there are common misconceptions surrounding the condition - which we're here to "bust!" MYTH 1: Pelvic floor dysfunction is always associated with pelvic pain. FACT: Pelvic [...]

01 Jun, 2016|By |Conditions, Women's Health|
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