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Natural Cure for Autoimmune Disease | Reverse Autoimmune Conditions

7.0 Naturally healing an autoimmune disease

In this day in age, we are running all the time. We are running to keep up with our jobs, running to keep up with our families, running to keep up with our commitments, obligations, and the like. We are often losing ourselves in our work, and our various life commitments. We neglect sleep for business, replace work for fun, and are often fearful that we are not good enough in that we will not live up to the various expectations to which we place on ourselves. It is not a wonder that autoimmune diseases are a growing phenomenon as we place ourselves in many situations to which we feel judged, criticized, unloved, underappreciated and frustrated. Taking handfuls of medications to treat various conditions may be helpful for some, yet a vast majority of people do not enjoy the numerous doctor’s visits, synthetic substances, and a fist full of pill regimens unnatural or otherwise.

Naturally healing an autoimmune disease takes time and patience. The same veracity that one has used to “do” their life is not the same as to which has allowed a person to arrive at this point in their health. Perhaps look at this as a way the body uses to slow you down a bit and pay attention. It knows that if you continue to run at much speed it will not be able to perform and the signs are looming for years before they stop you in your tracks. The lungs show signs of respiratory distress, the digestive tract spins in knots, the brain becomes forgetful, the thyroid develops imbalances, the muscles and bones ache, while the skin may breakout almost in defiance. The body shows signs of aging and wear and tear to the point you can no longer defend it and shrug it off as old age. 50 is not old by the way, and neither is 70. Quality of life depends on how well you take care of yourself based on the food you eat (or don’t eat) the amount of water you drink, the exercise you participate in, the stress management techniques you may use (and denial is not one of them). Life truly is a collection of adventures strung together piece by piece. Naturally healing and taking back your health is no different.

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With any new adventure, there is a starting place and a beginning point. Sometimes that is when my office receives a phone call and schedules an appointment at the pain of staying the same has become greater than the pain of discovery. They say that if you do what you have always done you are going to get what you have always gotten and healing from an autoimmune condition is no different. Self-blame, shaming, anger, and hostility towards self and others will not get you out of this place you may find yourself in right now. Eating junk food, and skipping sleep will also not get you out. Drinking water yet loading up on alcohol will also not prove to heal you. Yet deliberate action step by step will facilitate the healing you are looking for in life. Naturally healing is not a quick fix, magic solution it takes deliberate action of letting go what no longer serves you and stepping into new paradigms of hope, love, and truth. The body will heal only once the mind, body, and soul heal, not before. You can throw a mound of supplements at the problem, and it still won’t help relieve until you realize you are not the problem, You are not your collection of decisions, choices, failed attempts in life. You are not the sum of your failures, you are not your intellect, you are not your emotions, and you most certainly are not a man-made label known as a disease. You are a child of G-D and a beautiful light being able to heal yourself from anything and everything that you are presented with in life and I am here to help you. I have spent my entire life in study. I truly love what I do. I love the magic and the miracle of it. I love the serenity and peace of it. I love the witness of it. I love the beauty of it and most of all I love the people of it. When a patient has a breakthrough where a lifetime of suffering falls off of them that’s when I know I have done a good job. When a mother is able to finally let go of their child and allow them to be the image of G-D for them, then she finds peace. Let’s get real, the traditional model of run a lab and give a pill (even a natural one) doesn’t quite do it, but really being honest of what plagues, ails you keeps you up at night, now that is the magic to which we transform darkness into life and to create natural healing. I often say that healing the physical body is pretty easy it is the rest of the person that can prove challenging. People experience resistance, anger, hostility, longing, confusion, frustration, and all sorts of emotions during their process of healing until they are willing to trust their leader in the process. I am a leader in your process of healing if you so choose. I am incredibly gifted in this space and I was born to help facilitate people’s healing and I would be honored if you chose me as your guide and teacher in the process. Be well, be healthy, be happy, and be peaceful knowing that help is just a step away.

All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

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5 Ways to Spring into Health | Renewal Your Health

Spring into Health

It is that time of year, where things seemingly bloom. Our bodies transition from a dormant winter state into a refreshed awakening. We come out of hibernation, stretch from our restful nap, ready to take on what comes before us. A season change is an excellent time of renewal and transition to let go of what no longer serves us and move forward into the new. This renewal comes at just the right time as birds begin to resurface coming out to play, grass begins to resprout, and the sun begins to stay out longer to experience life. Springtime is the perfect renewal of our health as well, as our bodies and minds are an aspect of nature as well as creation. As we begin to live more in alignment with all that is around us, becoming more imbalanced and in harmony with who we are we rejoice as we shed our old skin to emerge a healthier, happier version of ourselves. The following tips are to encourage this renewal of spring and to bring light to perhaps areas of darkness within your lives.

  1. Begin to renew your relationships with gratitude. Look at the relationships within your life. Begin to become grateful for those that are in harmony, those that feed you, those that support you, nourish you and invigorate you. Also, reflect in gratitude for the relationships that you are not in harmony with your life. What have these relationships shown you about yourself, what can you be grateful for in these relationships, how have these relationships helped you grow and see yourself as a whole beautiful person of forgiveness.

  2. Reflect on your relationship with self. Are you feeding yourself with nourishing foods, are you provide enough hydration to yourself, are you moving, and providing yourself enough sleep in the evening time to be recharged in the morning.

  3. Check-in for a check-up, have you seen a doctor in a while. Have you had labs done within the last 6 months or year? Do you have symptoms or reoccurring health concerns that are not addressed? Get honest and present with how your body is actually progressing and reflect on are you building health or building disease processes.

  4. How are you managing your stress and emotional health? Do you drink a glass of wine every night or find yourself angry, frustrated, overly emotional. We are all human beings having a human experience. We all experience emotion differently. Some of us are confused by emotions, others overwhelmed by them, while others avoid them all together. Whichever type of person that you are it is perfect while beginning to build emotional intelligence is the key to transforming your physical health.

  5. Provide the space to grieve. Let go of all people, places, situations, circumstances, and experiences that do not serve you, while allowing yourself the space to grieve the process. Grieving a completion it allows for you to let go of the past, get it to nothing, in order to create a future from a space of nothing.

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Springtime is a beautiful time, new life emerges and the energy begins to quicken as it prepares for the excitement of the summer. Days become longer and a light, airy energy envelopes all of our spirits. We are far more active, excited, and present to the miracle of life. If you have not seen a doctor recently or if you are in search of a doctor who listens consider a holistic practice as an option. As the only practice of our kind in the state of Virginia and beyond we seek to help individual people and families attain a true sense of balance and peace with their health as well s their life. I am truly grateful that you are connected to our practice and appreciate your commitment to your health. I look forward to continuing to serve you and your families for many years to come; keep an eye out for more exciting service offerings and announcements in the future as we continue to move forward in creating a safe, healing practice for your community.

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All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

 

What do Adrenal Glands do? Symptoms, Causes, & Treatment

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Anatomy and Physiology:

The adrenals sit on top of the kidneys in your lower back, they are two glands combined as one. The purpose of the adrenal glands is to manage the stress in the body. Stress comes as a result of infections, external factors, heavy metals, chemical stressors, etc. These causatives begin to stress the body’s overall function and the adrenal glands respond to the stress on the system. The center of the gland generates adrenaline or epinephrine and is managed by the autonomic nervous system. The outer part of the gland, the cortex, produces the many hormones to manage stress such as cortisol, epinephrine, norepinephrine, testosterone, estrogen, pregnenolone, aldosterone, and progesterone; to name a few hormones that are related to the adrenal glands.

Cortisol raises blood sugar as well as blood pressure levels while modulating immune function. Cortisol levels if low create fatigue, low blood pressure, hypoglycemia, increase in allergies, and an inability to deal with stress. This hormone also relates to weight gain for many individuals.

Epinephrine and Norepinephrine is the stress response and often can be triggered based on emotional as well as mental stressors. These are often perceived threats from the outside world. These can be small perceptions of stress, prolonged stress as well as short-term stressors. In the event of acute stress the body, the body prepares for fight or flight mode which can raise heart rate as well as blood pressure while blood is being diverted from less needed areas such as the digestive system, the heart, the brain, etc.

The primary hormones released by the adrenal glands are glucocorticoids, which can shift biological functions of the body. These hormones mobilize proteins, fatty acids while increasing the liver’s ability to process glucose. These actions primary end result is to raise blood sugar. When stabilizing the health of the body it is imperative to have stable adrenal glands and thus stable blood sugar. Without the stabilization of these two organs, it is very difficult to build health.

The sympathetic nervous system continues to respond to the stressors thus now triggering the pituitary gland to begin secreting ACTH, which drives DHEA. The body attempts to respond to the excess cortisol production and thus begins to downregulate the sensitivity to cortisol. This can lead to a whole host of symptoms. Some common symptoms include insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, elevated triglycerides, and elevated lipids in the bloodstream. Excess fatigue, depression, headaches, inability to tolerate alcohol, sensitivity to carbohydrates, and inflammation in the body are all additional signs of adrenal hyperfunction.

Symptoms:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fatigue
  • Recurrent Infections
  • Recurrent Sore Throats
  • Crashing during stress
  • Achiness
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness upon standing
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Thyroid Imbalances

Causes:

Prolonged external stress factors such as excessive work, marital problems, relationship concerns, financial stress, divorce, etc

Chronic infections such as bacteria, viruses, molds, yeasts, and parasitic infections untreated or underlying

Lifestyle factors such as not getting enough sleep, hydration, and food. Also eating heavily processed foods, and drinks, artificial sweeteners, and chemical foods.

Heavy metal as well as toxic chemical exposures from our environment. We are littered with numerous endotoxins to which create imbalances in the system both mentally as well as biological

Contributing Factors:

Some would consider that adrenal fatigue does not exist. HPA dysregulation, physical overload emotional overload, fatigue, and burnout are all symptoms relating to an underlying cause. The adrenal glands are responding to the underlying imbalances in health so stabilizing these although important is not the underlying cause of why the adrenal glands are hyperfunctioning. As we get those stabilized, temporarily, we are able to center the body to allow for deeper understanding to be had, in terms of causative. Sometimes just the stabilization of electrolytes and mineral balances can stop the body from spinning long enough to catch clues as to what is going on deeper in the tissues. Even if a person is unconscious to the adrenal imbalances doesn’t mean that they do not exist. People that often are type personalities, always doing and seldom being, fast-paced, and imbalanced are also not immune to underlying causes that can be driving their health in the opposite direction towards disease. The disease is the breakdown and accumulation of imbalances and not a destination. One does not wake up and have a disease but merely generates it over time through a series of imbalances in health.

Childhood trauma and experiences also contribute to a person’s adrenal gland imbalance. Often high DHEA and off-centered cortisol and epinephrine, as well as norepinephrine tests, can reveal the long-term effect of childhood trauma. Through shifting one’s perception from a place of fear, and trauma to a place of freedom and joy a person can then shift their biochemistry. The adrenal glands are to help us cope and survive stress and therefore secrete precise, minute, balanced, steroid hormones. They are programmed to respond to inner physical, emotional, and psychological environment which is based on perception and not always reality. It is very subtle and therefore modern medicine does not acknowledge its existence because it occurs subclinical and is based on contributing factors such as chronic infections, environmental stressors, etc.

People with adrenal fatigue often use coffee or colas to get through the day with a feeling of unwell or “gray” feelings. It then creates the foundation for other conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia, diabetes, allergies, etc. These people may appear lazy or unmotivated but in actuality are having to push themselves much harder in order to complete day to day tasks. The hypoadrenal function can create anxiety as well as depression generating increased fears, apprehension, confusion, concentration difficulties, with less memory recall. A person may have all or just a select number of these symptoms. Erratic or abnormal blood sugar also ensues in addition to tendencies towards more arthritic pain and decreased immune response.

Those driving him or herself constantly who does not get enough rest as well as relaxation to enjoy life can be subject to this condition. Perfectionists or those who are never satisfied under constant pressure can also lead to adrenal imbalances. People who feel trapped and helpless, who feel overwhelmed by many difficulties, who experience severe or chronic emotional or physical traumas also have some degree of adrenal imbalances.

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Testing:

Many lab tests are available to measure the adrenal gland function. I prefer salivary cortisol panels over blood as salivary panels are considered the gold standard when testing hormone function. Basic lab work can also give indications as to imbalances in the adrenal glands.

Chronic elevated or depressed WBC (white blood cells) can indicate chronic infections. Low-grade infections are chronic stress to the body and can be in the form of bacteria, viruses, molds.

RBC or low red blood cell counts can indicate chronic iron deficiencies from diet or malabsorption issues such as SIBO, Chrohns, Colitis, etc

Low level of platelets can point to heavy metal toxicities, vitamin d deficiencies, as well as potential autoimmune conditions.

High levels of liver enzymes such as AST and ALT can point to etiology in the liver

High levels of BUN or creatinine can also point to etiology in the kidneys

The kidneys and the liver both are primary filters for the body and stress on these organs can indicate heavy metal or chemical stressors.

Treatment

Treatments vary depending on the person, the causes, and particular case history. These recommendations are made not to replace a trained healthcare professional, yet only to enlighten the individual on the possibilities of natural healthcare options. Rebalancing the adrenal glands is a bit of an art and is very different for everyone. A type a person is going to be treated very differently than a person to which internalizes stress.

Diet begins everything. Eliminating processed sugars, dyes, colors, additives, etc is key. Decreasing stimulants while increasing fresh fruits and veggies is critical to building anyone’s health. Supplemental support may be necessary for terms of Vitamin C, Electrolytes, Minerals, B6, Pantothenic acid, etc.

While some botanical medicines such as adaptogenic herbs such as Ashwagandha, Holy Basil, Rhodiola are also beneficial for balancing the adrenal glands overall health.

Lifestyle factors such as getting to bed by 10 pm at night; sleeping until 9 am whenever possible or at least maintaining 8 solid hours of sleep is critical. Moving the body as well as breathing deeply can also be beneficial while managing stress.

Keeping a journal, meditation, tapping, and exercise are all great things in order to do in order to manage chronic stress responses in the body.

Avoiding being harsh or criticising oneself, getting overtired, coffee, pushing yourself and being around those that are emotionally or energetically draining are also contributing factors to adrenal fatigue and adrenal imbalances.

We often work with people with a multitude of stages of adrenal fatigue and guide them through a process and journey of self-healing. It truly takes time and effort in order to restore these glands. It is a practice and one that can be overwhelming to begin, however, Dr. Erica Steele, Naturopathic Doctor, and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner has trained both in the science as well the art of healing in order to help you to get back to your path to recovery. We encourage you to attend one of our seminars or come in for a 15-minute complimentary wellness visit in order to discover how natural healthcare can change your life for the better.

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All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

Natural Prevention Tips

Natural Remedies for Cough, Cold, and Flu Prevention Tips

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It is that time of year again. The beginning of running noses, coughing throats, and high fevers. Every one of which has not supported any weaknesses in their immune system are now prone to attack by the many microbes that lurk within our environments. Bacterias, Viruses, Parasites, and even Molds are now lurking around waiting for an unsuspecting host. There must be a way to which one can fend off these critters without having to run to the nearest doctor for an antibiotic. Additionally over the last few year research is being presented regarding antibiotic resistance and the need for more reserved antibiotic prescriptive approaches. The majority of the antibiotics are prescribed in primary care settings and very few times are the prescriptions as a result of a test to confirm the source of the infection. Strep tests and once-overs are typically the cure-alls to in-depth diagnostic testing and children as well as adults alike leave with a scrip in hand for the local antibiotic of the week. Staggering numbers of people approach their primary cares in an effort to find relief from a cough, cold, and flu symptoms with little questioning as to the efficacy of their treatments. Common pathogens causing these conditions in children is Streptococcus Pneumoniae which can concert into a covert serious pathogen in both children as well as the elderly. IN common treatment, Penicillin is often recommended in addition to Amoxicillian. Pre or probiotics are seldom prescribed as an addition in order to reinoculate the microbes in the GI system. Once an antibiotic bomb is sent into the system, it takes approximately two years for the microbes to regenerate themselves, in kind. In a recent Swedish study examining children’s upper respiratory infections and the treatment of which through antibiotics it was founded that although the antibiotics were still seen to be effective the results did prove that continued antibiotic treatment increases bacterial resistances to the antibiotics and therefore continuous work still needed to be made in an effort to reduce antibiotic prescribing as a priority. Antibiotics do serve a place in the management of microbes as long as additional precautions have been made in order to support the bodies immune systems. We still are very much a reactive species in terms of reacting to the disease process only when it becomes a systemic issue. Very few of us work towards preventing disease rather than managing it, however, we are noticing a great shift in healthcare as time goes on. This is seen to be true in the case of H.Pylori, which is a type one carcinogen, most often triple combination antibiotics are being used to treat this super bug, however, in the recent years, it has become more resistant to antibiotics. It is currently estimated that H.Pylori infects more than half of the population; over 80% in developed countries and 25% in underdeveloped countries. H.Pylori, although is still being treated effectively using a triple antibiotic therapy has shown residency towards several antimicrobial agents, specifically clarithromycin or metronidazole.

So what is a person suppose to do in the day in age of antibiotic resistance and fears of susceptibility? The first thing is clear as we leave the era of reactivity we stand firmly into proactivity, especially in the area of our health. It is vital that we work on building the health of the body rather than waiting for and fighting disease. Innovative methods of a cough, cold, and flu prevention have been presented as a means to help support the bodies ability to heal while reserving the need for antibiotics for more serious situations or surgical procedures to which infection possibility rates are high. Probiotic cocktails are provided to boost the microorganisms of the digestive system in an effort to fight infections as they are presented to the body. If all the doors and windows are locked when an intruder steps forth the greater the likelihood of keeping the bad guys out. Keeping a healthy digestive system, which houses the majority of the immune system, is key to keeping all the windows and doors locked in your house. Stimulation of IgA that targets both bacterial as well as viral invaders is key to preventing any pathogens from gaining access to your precious immune system. Strains of L.plantarum, L. Rhamnosus, B. Lactis proved to be protective in a recent three-month study against a placebo where subjects were asked to report daily respiratory cold symptoms such as a runny nose, fever, bronchitis, etc.

Aggressive actions the first time cough, cold, or flu symptoms are demonstrated is also critical to the advancement of health instead of the fighting of disease.

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  • 800 Mg Cimetidine
  • 9,000 Mg of Garlic
  • 200 Mg DHEA
  • 1,200 Mg Lactoferrin
  • 32 Mg Zinc Acetate Lozenges
  • 10 Mg melatonin at bedtime
  • 3,600 mg of Garlic extract
  • Dose of Tamiflu

The above-mentioned protocol is concerned the nuclear bomb of any flu cells in the body leaving little life within it. This protocol should only be taken over a short period of time, based on the toxic nature of some nutrients if taken over periods of time. Consulting with your holistic family doctor in regards to your needs is beneficial as well as recommended as this is only a general protocol and one may need more or less of many one nutrient.

Herbs like slippery elm, elderberry syrup, and old Indian wild cherry bark have been known for centuries to help ease sore and dry coughs that may be raw from coughing. While essential oils such as thieves, tea tree, peppermint, and eucalyptus all have notable antimicrobial properties.

Natural remedies for treating children with a cough, cold, and flu include:

  • Regular hand washing
  • Good Nutrition
  • Restful Sleep

As well as this nutrient supports

  • Probiotics – Depending on the age probiotic strains are provided in order to help support the immune system.
  • Vitamin D3 liquid in a lower dose than what is provided to adults (500-1,000IU)
  • Echinacea, Vitamin C, Zinc – In the first onset of a cough, cold, or flu symptoms these should be given immediately to help support the immune system and aid int he ability to heal.
  • Black Elderberry – This can help reduce duration as well as possible symptoms of the cold or a cough-

Natural flu Remedies for Cough

There may be a time to which seeing your holistic doctor may be indicated and recommended:

  • If you or a loved one has difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty keeping foods or liquids down
  • Fever higher than 100C lasting more than three days
  • A cough or nasal congestion that does not improve after 14-21 days
  • Depleted energy reserves

Our office provides antibiotic free holistic and naturally cough, cold, and flu support using applied kinesiology or muscle testing as a diagnostic tool to determine the cause of the symptoms. Sometimes it is not a pathogen at all that is creating the symptoms so it is important to have a qualified healthcare professional evaluate the individual to determine what treatments are recommended for the immune system. Heavy metal, as well as chemical agents, could also be the cause even though the body is manifesting cold-like symptoms. Also, when working with supporting a person’s immune system sometimes less is more because anything out into the system will distract them body from getting well on its own. We are delighted to help you and your family in your healthcare journey in order to be proactive instead of reactive in a cough, cold, and flu season. Practice members and guests are treated at our practice and sick care appointments are available during office hours as well as after hours for practice members only. There is a relief as well as all natural healthcare support is only a phone call away. 757-685-4325

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All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

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Virginia Beach Health Clinic: 6 Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

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Naturopathic Medicine, was first popularized by Benedict Lust in the late 1800s. Lust was a German physician and fell ill, returning to Germany and participating in various natural treatments such as hydrotherapy, herbal medicine, and homeopathy. These treatments would later become the basis to which he developed western Naturopathy.