Integrative Health Blog

Stroke in Young Adults: Symptoms and Prevention

Posted by on Wed, Mar 20, 2019

Luke Perry’s death was shocking even for people who did not know him, but for death to occur at the age of 52 from stroke is tragic.

Those over age 65 are at most risk for stroke, but surprisingly, 10% of all strokes occur in people under the age of 45.

Most of us are aware that strokes are caused by disruption of the blood flow to different parts of the brain. This can occur by a blood clot forming in an artery in the brain or a clot that has traveled from somewhere else, usually the heart, lodging on one of the brain arteries, but the worst and most deadly strokes occur due to hemorrhage or blood leaking out of a brain vessel.

Many Causes for Stroke

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Melatonin and Cancer

Posted by on Mon, Mar 04, 2019


Melatonin’s benefits for a wide array of medical conditions are well substantiated:  treatment of insomnia, support of circadian rhythm, hormone balancing, reproductive health, cognition, mood, blood sugar regulation, bone metabolism, antioxidant protection and lowering of blood pressure are some of its studied benefits. 

Of note is that melatonin does not easily cross the blood brain barrier, so its benefits for sleep may be more related to its effects on other organs, especially since many organs in the body have far more melatonin receptors than the brain has.  This article will focus on the use of melatonin as a possible preventative and as an adjunctive therapy for cancer.

Possible Role of Melatonin and Cancer

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Tags: cancer

Lyme Disease, Epstein Barr Virus and the Immune System

Posted by on Mon, Feb 18, 2019

Throughout my years in practice, I have developed a method of eliciting a positive Lyme Disease diagnosis from a typically negative western blot in those I feel fit the picture of a Lyme sufferer.

These symptoms can include but are not limited to fatigue, joint pain, memory weakness, irritability, alopecia (hair loss), cognitive impairment, muscle weakness, anxiety, night sweats, neurological issues, sudden onset of allergies, depression, stomach pain, hormonal imbalance, tics and tremors, fevers, and the list goes on. These symptoms may be stand-alone issues but often overlap with many other disease states including co-infections of Lyme Disease.

I have countless patients who have come into the office with seemingly benign issues like alopecia or eczema and despite conventional interventions, they continue to struggle.

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Tags: allergies, lyme disease, EBV, Epstein Barr

4 Lab Tests to Assess Your TRUE Cardiovascular Risk

Posted by on Wed, Feb 13, 2019

This 3-part series will delve deeper into your true health - starting with your heart health.

Your current blood tests may not be enough to give an accurate picture of your true health- especially when it comes to cardiovascular health and your risks for a cardiac event or chronic disease.

Cardiovascular disease is STILL the leading cause of death in men and women. 

Unfortunately many adults undergo their yearly health exam with labs revealing a “normal” lipid panel.  They leave the office with a false sense of their true risk of having a cardiac event as conventional medical labs fall short of accurately assessing your health.

The basic lipid panel looks at your total cholesterol, triglycerides (fats), and the good and bad cholesterol (HDL and LDL, respectively).  And while this test may be adequate for most of today’s teenagers and young adults, if you are older than 35 or have other risk factors, a more extensive panel is warranted.

Let's look at additional cardiovascular risk factors to get a more complete picture of heart health. 

NMR or Cardio IQ Test

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Tags: heart disease, functional medicine

Rethinking Chronic Disease

Posted by on Thu, Feb 07, 2019

Please join us for an educational lecture on the role of minerals in the body:

Rethinking Chronic Disease

Date : Saturday, FEBRUARY 16, 2019
Time : 10 am - 2 pm
Where : National Integrated Health Associates
             5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 402
             Washington, DC 20015
Presenter: Morley Robbins, MBA,CHC
Cost : $30 includes lunch
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National Integrated Health Associates is pleased to welcome Morley Robbins, MBA, CHC, one of the foremost experts on Magnesium’s role in the body, and the delicate dance Magnesium plays with Iron, Copper, and Calcium.
Mr. Robbins will present a compelling, evidence-based lecture discussing:
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Tags: integrative medicine

How Chronic Inflammation Affects the Body

Posted by on Tue, Feb 05, 2019

Chronic inflammation can play a major role in the development and progression of disease. If the cause of inflammation is not identified and treated properly it can have deleterious effects on the body in general and can lead to premature aging.

The first step in addressing chronic inflammation is that your physician must make sure that you are not suffering from CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome), as CIRS treatment is entirely different from inflammation due to other causes.

What is Inflammation?

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Intermittent Fasting...It's Not a Diet, It's a Lifestyle

Posted by on Sat, Jan 26, 2019

Many dietary fads come and go but intermittent fasting is here to stay.   Humans have been using this eating technique for ages in virtually every major religion in the world for cleansing and purification purposes.  The ancient Greek writer and historian, Plutarch, wrote, “Instead of using medicine, better fast today.” Unlike starvation, fasting is the voluntary withholding of food for health, spiritual or other reasons.

Today we know of the benefits of fasting beyond a cleanse.  Fasting can improve insulin resistance and diabetes, lipid profiles, weight loss, brain function and cognition, as well as slow down the aging process.

Who should NOT fast?

Pregnant women, newborns and young children, those with prior eating disorders, type I diabetics (unless medially supervised), and severely underweight and malnourished individuals should not fast.

Types of fasting:

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Tags: weight loss, fasting

6 Reasons Why Americans Should Consider Medical Tourism

Posted by on Thu, Jan 24, 2019

Are you worried about not having the money to pay for a medical treatment or surgical procedure?

Or, are you anxious because the medical procedure you have scheduled for next month will eat up a large chunk of your savings for retirement?

If you answered yes, then you may want to explore an alternative to receiving costly treatments in the United States: Medical Tourism. Medical tourism refers to people traveling from one country to another to obtain medical treatment or fulfill a medical need at a more affordable, specialized or reputable treatment center. You may have heard that U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is scheduled this week to have "non-mesh hernia repair" surgery  in a private Canadian hospital world-renowned for the procedure. Why would Sen. Paul travel to Canada for medical treatment?

The Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Consider Receiving Medical Treatment Abroad:

Cost Savings of Medical Tourism

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Tags: medical tourism

6 Habits for a Healthy Microbiota

Posted by on Mon, Jan 21, 2019

There are more and more studies being done to research the body’s microbiota. Microbiota refers to all the microorganisms that are found in an environment. In the human body, the gut, the vagina, the sinuses, the mouth, the skin, the blood, etc. each have their own microbiota which includes bacteria, viruses, fungi and other single celled animals.

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Tags: microbiome

Dr. Randy Gastwirt, Naturopathic Physician, Joins National Integrated Health Associates

Posted by on Tue, Jan 15, 2019

National Integrated Health Associates is pleased to welcome Dr. Randy Gastwirt, N.D., PhD., to the medical team.

Dr. Randy Gastwirt is a Naturopathic Physician in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He is trained in naturopathic medicine, herbal medicine, physical medicine, biofeedback therapy and functional nutrition.

Dr. Gastwirt’s unique blend of natural and conventional medicine reflects his diverse educational background.  He received his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Bastyr University in San Diego, California – an institution recognized as a leader in the education of natural medicine. Prior to Bastyr University, Dr. Gastwirt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Pomona College and a PhD in Biomedical Science from University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. He worked in research both as at post-doctoral fellow at UC San Diego and the VA hospital and served as Associate Director for research at a biotechnology company prior to his transition into Naturopathic Medicine. 

Naturopathic Medicine

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