With emphasis on decreasing the use of opioids in the United States, the American College of Physicians (ACP) updated their guidelines for treating back pain. The new guidelines, keeping in-line with the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) position on opioid medications, strongly encourage clinicians to consider prescribing narcotics for their [...]
Have you ever suffered a broken heart? Everyone can understand the intense pain, heartache, and distress that comes with dealing with a broken heart, especially when it's due to a loss of a family member or dear friend. Take, for instance, the recent passing of actress and icon Debbie Reynolds [...]
The new year is a blank slate and the perfect opportunity to contemplate and implement positive changes in your life. Because most resolutions require lifestyle changes, it's smart to focus on just one at a time to increase the odds of achieving your goals. In case you haven't thought about your New [...]
We don’t usually associate increasing the amount of fat in our diets as a way to improve health, but when it comes to a particular type of fat, that’s exactly what the doctor ordered! Omega-3 Fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), a type of essential fat involved in several metabolic processes, and they are a crucial component of good health. Research shows omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis – conditions that often have a high inflammatory process at their root. But most impressive is the research that confirms Omega-3’s benefits on the brain.
A look at some of the causes of hormonal imbalance. Somewhere in the middle of the brain is a control center called the limbic system, or old mammalian brain. Here, amongst a host of structures are two glands of the endocrine system: the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. These glands act [...]
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday tradition that’s been celebrated in the US and Canada since the mid 1800s. At the heart of the Thanksgiving celebration is the universal message of gratitude. Gratitude is the expression of being thankful. It’s about having an attitude of appreciation, allowing yourself to feel awe, [...]
Do you know what you should, and want to, do with your diet and health, but lack the support, structure, encouragement, and feedback to make it happen? Have you tried a variety of diet plans, but not yet succeeded in making the lifestyle changes that will allow you to sustain [...]
The following is the second in a series of excerpts on gut health from Dr. Gary Kaplan's book “Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression." To read Part 1 of this series, "Gut Feelings," click here. When scientists realized [...]
We now know that our intestinal tract has 100 million nerves – more than our spinal cords or peripheral nervous systems. With this radically new understanding, scientists have tentatively begun to refer to it as the body’s second brain.
Prolotherapy is a regenerative treatment for tendon, ligament, or joint pain. It’s a safe and effective non-surgical option and can be used to treat pain from a previous injury or from the general wear and tear of aging. Prolotherapy treatment involves injecting a patient with a natural solution, such as [...]