Integrative Health Blog

The Importance of Detoxification in Chronic Illness

Posted by on Mon, Jul 09, 2018

"Detoxification is the foundation of all Integrative Medical treatment. Without good detoxification, healing from any chronic illness is impossible.” Dietrich Klinghardt MD, PhD.

The quote by Dr. Klinghardt, one of the world’s most accomplished Holistic Physicians and the teacher of teachers, is critical information for understanding the role of detoxification in not only treating chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease, respiratory diseases, brain and nervous system degeneration, autism, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue conditions and pain syndromes – but also the prevention of these chronic health issues and other diseases of aging. Unfortunately, these conditions are becoming more common and are now seen at earlier ages. 

We live in a toxic world, some of which is created by environmental factors, modern living and technological advances, but many people are unaware of the science and trends. Startling statistics in a recent study show that for the past two years the life expectancy of Americans has  decreased, and the average IQ of children has been declining for years.

Could this possibly be due to environmental factors? Is this how modern living is affecting our health? What now?

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What's In Your Sunblock? Tips for Healthy Sun Protection

Posted by on Mon, Jun 25, 2018

I have a friend who has instructions from one of her several physicians to slather herself with SPF 45 sunblock. Every day. All over. 

Apparently physical blocking like hats, shirts, long sleeves, etc. is insufficient, because of her autoimmune disease diagnosis. Her physician also said that she should plan to get all of her vitamin D from a bottle for the foreseeable future, since she needs to stay completely out of the sun.

She asked: how do I pick a sunscreen product I feel safe using every day, all over?

Good question.

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Tags: holistic health, toxins

Under Pressure: How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Promote Healing

Posted by on Tue, Jun 19, 2018

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, is the infusion of pure oxygen deep into the tissues of the body.

Oxygen is essential for life and can provide many health benefits. There is a growing interest in hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments as athletes and celebrities sometimes use oxygen therapy as a tool to promote healing after an injury. The earlier HBOT is administered, the better the opportunity for recovery. However, HBOT has been shown to resolve tissue swelling even after a lapse of years.

Conditions Where Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Therapy May be Helpful

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Tags: hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Emotional Healing and Cancer

Posted by on Wed, May 30, 2018

How Prolonged Stress and Inner Conflicts Contribute to the Illness Process

As part of the Integrative Cancer program at NIHA, we look for any inner conflict and any prolonged stress a person may have because we know it may result in profound changes in the physical body of the person. 

You may have heard about the new science of “Epigenetics" which studies how our environment and our beliefs modulate what our body cells “print out." The now popular ACEs Study (Adverse Childhood Experiences) describes the deep influences childhood trauma can have on the later development of adult illness and wellness of a person.

Emotional trauma usually happens in relationship. Someone has hurt you, was neglectful, abused or abandoned you. (It is not the car that hurt you in an accident but the distracted driver.) Internal conflicts can derive from trauma from childhood (“developmental trauma", often called “childhood wounds”) or they can come from unresolved conflicts that are coming from current life situations such as your job, family, relationships, money, loss, loneliness, chronic illness, accidents, and even inherited conflict from our ancestors.

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Tags: cancer, emotional wellbeing

Emergency Dental Care from Holistic Dentists in Washington, D.C.

Posted by on Sat, May 19, 2018

Most dental appointments are scheduled, preventive and planned but sometimes a dental emergency occurs and a dentist must be seen right away. If you have tooth pain, tissue swelling, a cracked tooth, a broken filling  – please act fast and contact a dentist.

Catering to the emergency dental patient requires commitment to convenience, compassion, a degree of comprehensive services and the ability to accommodate and listen.

Does it make a difference if the dentist is a traditional or biological or holistic dentist?

Well, it may – and here’s why.

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Tags: holistic dentistry, biological dentist

A Different Look at Lyme Disease

Posted by on Fri, May 04, 2018

The internet is teeming with information about Lyme Disease.  Information about how it is contracted, the symptoms it causes, the treatments that do and don't work is available on multiple websites. The information about Lyme on sites like Thrive Global is overlooked and so important.

Try a Different Mindset for Lyme Disease

The traditional (allopathic) medical model teaches us that people need to become patients and “fight" their illnesses. But, sometimes, the more people identify as patients, the more they lose themselves. The harder they try to fight symptoms, the stronger the infectious energy becomes and the more it takes over. So, let’s try a different approach.

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Factors to Consider in Autism Treatment

Posted by on Wed, Apr 25, 2018

Although I am not a pediatrician, I am genuinely concerned about the dramatic rise in the prevalence of Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders, or ASD. The latest CDC reports 1 in every 68 children in the USA may suffer ASD, but my concern turns into anguish when I see a child’s life robbed of his full potential. That is when I can no longer be a spectator, and it is important for me to bring awareness to the rise in autism. Hopefully, increased awareness will result in early detection and intervention-as well as helping mothers better prepare their bodies to create a healthy environment for conception.

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Tags: autism

Healthy Home: Is it Really Mold? 

Posted by on Sat, Apr 21, 2018

Guest blogger Chris Buonocore is a certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant (BBEC), specializing in detection and resolution of indoor environmental pollutants.

Mold assessment is a common call in my line of work.  

Flooding, leaks and moisture can often be found in the home or office. Water intrusion specialists handle water cleanup; mold inspectors perform mold investigation; and home inspectors consider the condition of the structure primarily for sale. There is plenty of crossover within each discipline, and we tend to look for a specialist to solve a problem. Using the Internet, we search for an expert and a solution. And we consider research from every angle. This is your home, and you want it to be safe and healthy.

Factors to consider for mold 

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Tags: mold

 Is YOUR Dentist Checking for Oral Cancer?

Posted by on Mon, Apr 16, 2018

Oral Cancer....Not Just for Smokers

More than 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.  According to the National Cancer Institute, oral cancer is more common than leukemia, skin melanoma, and cancers of the brain, liver, bone, thyroid, ovaries, and cervix.  It is a major cause of disfigurement and death in the United States.

Oral cancer  includes cancers found in the mouth, and on the tongue, lips, throat, parts of the nose, and larynx.  Seventy five percent of these cancers are caused by tobacco and alcohol use but anyone can get oral cancer. Also, human papillomavirus (HPV) is a significant risk factor for the development of cancers in the tonsils and the back of the throat.

Your mouth is one of your body’s most important early warning systems.

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Tags: cancer, holistic dentistry

Hidden Risk Factors that May Contribute to Osteoporosis

Posted by on Mon, Apr 09, 2018

In this age of information technology we are bombarded with misinformation.  Take Osteoporosis, for instance. The word Osteoporosis has a Greek origin. Osteo means "bone" and poros means “porous,” so osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become more porous, brittle and fragile. I like to think of Osteoporosis or Osteopenia as a condition, not a disease. Therefore, it is reversible, treatable, and preventable, but also dangerous if we choose to ignore it. The skeleton makes our body stand, and without good bones and good muscle mass we will crumble. The good news about maintaining good bone health is that not only will it allow keep us upright, but higher bone density is also associated with improved cardiovascular health. (1) I don’t know about you, but if youthful bone mass allows me to stand straight and offers less cardiovascular mortality, sign me up.

It is well known that Osteoporosis affects elderly populations, but let’s see who really is at risk by taking a look at the many risk factors that can contribute to osteoporosis.

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Tags: functional medicine, osteoporosis