Integrative Health Blog

Holistic Primary Care Approach to Digestive Health

Posted by on Wed, Dec 14, 2011

Tracy Freeman, MD

Did you know that 70 -80 % of your immune system is in or around the digestive tract? It’s true. Now consider what would happen to your health if the digestive tract were compromised. Malnutrition and lowered immunity would become a real health concern.

There are several things that can compromise the bowel including:

  • Parasites ( bacteria,  fungi, viruses, multiple cell organisms such  as pinworms)
  • Food allergies-inappropriate immune response to foods causing inflammation
  • Diverticula - herniations or pouches in the walls of the intestines that can trap foods and bacteria causing inflammation / infection of the bowel wall.
  • Antibiotics- while they can clear infections, they also kill good bacteria necessary for the health of the gut
  • Constipation- slow transit due to poor peristaltic motion can cause  the  bowel to become toxic due to bacterial overgrowth as well as tears in the walls of the intestines that easily become infected.
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Why Vitamin D is So Important

Posted by on Wed, Feb 16, 2011

Vitamin D is one of those essential substances that we cannot function well without.  It is common knowledge that the body makes its own Vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight.  It is that form that we use most efficiently.  While Vitamin D supplements are great, “homemade” is better.  That is not a “free gift” to go into the sun at great lengths.  Small amounts are necessary; too much is not good (that is another story). 

Vitamin D plays a role in many body systems.  We need it to help with calcium absorption, it is  considered by many to be protective against some cancers, helps regulate blood pressure and glucose metabolism.  Therefore is essential in the management of diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes.  Again, this is not saying that Vitamin D treats any of these issues but it is essential to maintenance and restoration of health. 

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Holistic Health Tips: How to Have Healthy Holidays

Posted by on Wed, Dec 15, 2010

 by Cathlene Scoblionko ANP-BC

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FAQS on Holistic Primary Care and Nurse Practitioners in Washington DC

Posted by on Thu, Aug 19, 2010

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