Oxalates are non-toxic organic compounds naturally occurring in certain foods, mainly vegetables and fruits. An accumulation of oxalic acid crystals in the muscle and connective tissue cells may be a cause of muscle aches and pain in some people. It’s a bit tricky though – a connection between oxalates and pain may be an issue for a relatively small subset of people, not for everyone. If you read through the oxalate foods you will see that there is quite a cross-over between high oxalate foods, and foods that are generally recommended as healthy, which might make it a bit confusing and difficult to know where to draw the line. To help, here are a few hints that can tell you if oxalates might be problem for you:-
There are three ways to test for gluten intolerance, or at least negative gluten reactions, from a lab testing standpoint. Gluten can react with the body in a variety of ways, and sometimes when we are looking to assess whether someone is intolerant to gluten, it is helpful to look at all three sets of information. Often someone will test positive only on one of the three – so as with everything in medicine, the more information we have, the better. This is especially true for kids who might not be able to report their symptoms in an objective way.
Many women experience compulsive eating patterns at some point in their lives – whether it be comfort/ emotional eating, overeating because of cravings, hormonal eating or stress-related eating. Sometimes the driving factor is stress and emotion, sometimes it is more about a chemical imbalance in the individual that they are trying to self medicate. I have found five ways to help curb compulsive eating that have helped people in many different situations.
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), also known as Mast Cell Activation Disorder (MCAD), is a syndrome where the mast cells are overactive and produce too many chemical mediators. Unlike mastocytosis, where there are too many mast cells, in MCAS, there are normal numbers of mast cells, they are just misbehaving and producing too many inflammatory chemicals.
Mast cells are types of immune cells; they mediate inflammatory processes including hypersensitivity reactions and allergic reactions. They produce and release chemicals including histamine, interleukins and enzymes. Mast cells are found scattered throughout various tissues of the body – especially just underneath the skin (which is why hives are so common in allergic reactions), near blood vessels, in the respiratory, digestive and urinary tracts. This broad dispersion of mast cells is the reason why symptoms of MCAS can impact multiple systems of the body. [Read more…]
Welcome to Medical Monday!! I hope you’re getting ready for a great week ahead. Today I want to talk about a therapy that I just love, even though it’s time and money intensive so it is not accessible to as many people as I would like. It’s Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a therapy that increases oxygenation of the body including the brain. It is a chamber or tank filled with 100% pure, pressurized oxygen in which one sits or lies. The therapy is typically 90 minutes in duration, and there are different kinds of chambers. Some only fit one person (single place chambers), while others look more like a room and can fit up to 20 individuals (multi-place chambers).
People who do a lot of athletic and fitness-oriented activities are helping themselves in a thousand different ways, and yet working out can put slightly more demand on our bodies. I do not take a huge number of supplements geared towards fitness specifically, but I have a few favorites that I do take every day. I run 3-4 miles Monday through Friday, and I definitely feel that a little bit of extra support helps me with energy and post-workout recovery. I also wrote last week about Bulletproof coffee and how I felt I was getting a bit of a boost from that. On top of that, these are my three favorite supplements for athletes:
Hi there and welcome back to Medical Monday!! Today I’m going to talk about something called methylation. We’re hearing more and more about methylation in medical circles, but what is methylation and why is it important?
Happy Medical Monday everyone! Let’s talk about thyroid for a bit, since it’s an issue that is coming up for more and more people. Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid is overactive and producing too much hormone – this is less common but can be quite severe, often resulting in the thyroid being radiated to slow it down. Hypothyroidism, which is way more common, occurs when the thyroid is sluggish and not functioning efficiently. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an auto-immune condition which typically involves a shorter phase of hyperthyroidism, followed by a longer term hypothyroidism. To really see what’s going on with the thyroid, lab testing is needed. However, it is typical for doctors to simply run a TSH level and make judgments based on that. This, in my opinion, is insufficient and simply doesn’t give enough information. So today I’m going to give you a list of thyroid tests to ask for when you’re interacting with your doctor.
Hi there, welcome to the first official Medical Monday! Every Monday I’ll focus on a meaty medical topic, something that might come up a lot in my practice or that I find myself teaching about a lot. One of the things I’ve been seeing more and more of recently, or maybe it’s just that I’m recognizing it more, is people with mold toxicity issues. I don’t mean just allergies to mold either, I mean mold toxins accumulating in the body and causing all kinds of health issues ranging from sinus infections to severe fatigue and neurological problems. There are a few things that are important to know about mold toxicity and your health.