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It may seem like a ketogenic plan is no more than a new “fad diet” for losing weight. This is not the case. Ketogenic diets are neither new nor useful only for dropping pounds. Despite gaining recent popularity for weight loss, ketogenic diets have been used in modern medicine for greater than a century. Even the practice of fasting to promote healing, which is deeply rooted in numerous cultures, is a method for transitioning into ketosis.

While modern medical use of ketosis is primarily reserved for seizure disorders, there is a wide array of additional potential BENEFITS:

 

-Reversing metabolic disease and diabetes

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Female hormone therapy isn’t just for hot flashes. If you’ve experienced mood changes with your periods, birth control pills, or menopause, this is not news to you. Just like oxygen, water and blood sugar, hormones have an important role in every part of your body.

We experience a broad array of mental & emotional changes as our hormones change. Is it any surprise, then, that balancing or replacing those hormones can help your mood?

If you are like most women, you’ll experienced a few of these before or after menopause:

  • Irritability
  • Weepiness
  • Depression & fatigue
  • Anxiety

Tired and feeling blue ever since your periods ended? You are not alone. Don’t worry, science is catching up!

This month, JAMA Psychiatry published results from a randomized clinical trial showing that perimenopausal and post-menopausal women were significantly less likely to develop depression if taking bio-identical hormones.

January 10, 2018

Conclusions: Twelve months of [transdermal estradiol and oral micronized progesterone] were more effective than placebo in preventing the development of clinically significant depressive symptoms...”

Clinically, I see my patients prove this to be true. And it’s not only true for women in menopause. I’ve observed:

  • Men with depression able to stop antidepressants once on testosterone
  • Younger women with less depression & anxiety once on progesterone

When I recommend hormone support, I rarely just prescribe a standard estrogen patch. Individuals deserve to have a complete picture of their hormone health to ensure safer prescription therapies and better symptom relief. This means quality labs and individualized hormone prescriptions.

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We had a wonderful patient success story that I would like to share.  

We have a 60 year old female patient who has had Sjogren's for the last 5-7 years.  The patient heard about our clinic when Dr. McMonagle was speaking at a seminar on ozone therapy for brain injuries.  Dr. McMonagle showed a video, during the lecture, of a patient who has Sjogren's and has responded well to ozone therapy.  The patient has had a few ozone treatments and these are the following results:

She went to her eye doctor that she has seen since 2014 every 3-4 month.  Her doctor said, "your eyes are not gritty and do not appear dry."  This is the first time in years that the patient can say her eyes feel 100% better.  The patient used to have multiple chalazions which would need to be excised or injected.  Her lacrimal glands have been treated and probed 3 times.  Non of this resovled her dry eyes.  She had to use eye drops several times per day for years.  The patiently currently does not need eye drops and is waking up with clear eyes.  

She has also noticed that her dry mouth is 100% resolved.  Her arthritis in her hands is better but they are still achy at times.  

This is an incredible improvement.  We love to share stories like this.  It is amazing that ozone is used as part of the healthcare system in many parts of Spain and it is used in hospitals in Cuba.  Ozone is used all over the world.  When will the U.S. get on board?

Fans of bacon and other beloved meat products cringed yesterday as the World Health Organization (W.H.O) announced findings that there is “sufficient evidence in humans” that “processed meat causes colorectal cancer.” This press release was followed by bold headlines and news articles everywhere, labeling meat as the cause of cancer. While oversimplified headlines may mislead and inflate the W.H.O.’s findings, concern regarding these foods is warranted.

Carcinogenicity of processed meats is not a new finding, nor is the W.H.O.the first group to speak concern. Poor quality meat products, and poor quality diet in general, create significant risk for chronic disease. It is important to read beyond the headlines and clarify the specific findings of the Working Group while making decisions about your diet.

 

Brief Summary of W.H.O findings:

-There is sufficient evidence in humans that processed meat causes colon cancer. Processed meats include products treated with salt, smoking, fermentation and other additives for flavor and preservation.
-There is limited evidence in humans that red meat causes cancer. This included any meat from mammalian source.
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Quality Control and Your Supplements

We’ve all been tempted by that “Vitamin Special” stocked conveniently on the end of the aisle at our local grocery. An opportunity to do something good for your body while saving the bank? Sounds like a steal!

Whether’s it’s a low-cost multivitamin or an easy to find herbal sleep remedy, supplement “steals” are rarely deals. Aside from the occasional sale on a quality product, most low-cost vitamins, herbs and specialty nutrients lack adequate scrutiny and quality control in their production. The FDA requires companies to keep systems in place which verify safety and accuracy of ingredients, but many of these companies take shortcuts which go unseen. The result is products of varied strength, undisclosed fillers, out of date ingredients, and sometimes no trace of any ingredient listed on the label. This is what the New York State attorney general’s office found recently when they tested herbal supplements from GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart: many products contained zero DNA evidence of the advertised herb.

Product quality and safety are top priority when supplementing your body, which is why Lake Oswego Health Center offers only professional-grade vitamins, herbs and specialty nutrients. Our reputable suppliers employ rigorous quality assurance programs for testing and tracking of raw ingredients, manufacturing processes and finished products. We are proud to carry products tested and approved by companies such as Emerson Ecologics, LLC and Natural Partners, Inc

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Digestive Complaints?

Acne and Rashes?

Fatigue and Weight Gain?

 

Food sensitivities may be to blame.

 

With so much of your body’s immune system located around the gut for your protection, it is no wonder that you gastrointestinal system may become prone to inflammation. What starts out as a localized reaction can soon lead to whole-body symptoms and health complaints. 

 

Once the inflammatory cycle begins, whether it started with an infection or a single food allergy, it becomes easier to develop additional sensitivities. Irritated white blood cells produce proteins called immunoglobulins which latch onto targeted foods and tell your immune system to start attacking. This results in more inflammation, thereby feeding the cycle.

 

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