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ACL Injuries

ACL Injuries

Soft tissue injuries are common in athletes and with general wear and tear damage that occurs, over time, with daily activities. Traditional medical treatment regimens focus on pain control and physical therapy to help the body deal with the damage that it has sustained, or sometimes surgery for replacement or reattachment.

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Acne

Acne

Acne Scars

Acne Scars

Addiction

Addiction

Adrenal Insufficiency

Adrenal Insufficiency

The human body is well equipped to handle stress. Several hormones and neurotransmitters are at the center of the body’s stress response system and are secreted from the adrenal glands, which are located at the top of the kidneys. The adrenal cortex forms the outer layer of the adrenal glands, comprising about 90% of the adrenal mass. The remaining core is called the adrenal medulla. The adrenal cortex secretes different steroid hormones (aldosterone, cortisol, and androgens); the adrenal medulla secretes the catecholamines epinephrine and norepinephrine.1

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Aggression

Aggression

Allergic Diseases

Allergic Diseases

Allergic diseases are a ubiquitous part of modern life. Nearly 18,000,000 people suffer from allergic rhinitis. If we add in drug allergies, food allergies, and allergic asthma, over 20% of US citizens are estimated to suffer from some form of an allergic condition, and annually, we spend $8 billion on prescription drugs for treatment of allergic symptoms.1 The incidence of allergies (and asthma) is increasing at a dramatic rate.2

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Alopecia

Alopecia

Alopecia in Women

Alopecia in Women

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) manifests as a progressive cognitive decline affecting the individual’s memory, language, social functioning, etc. It leads to complete dependency for basic activities of daily living and premature death. It’s a condition that affects 44 million people worldwide, 5 million in the United States alone. Although there are several forms of dementia, AD is the most common, comprising 70 to 90% of all cases.1

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Anxiety

Anxiety

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the 1-year prevalence of anxiety disorders is about 18% of the US population.1  All too often, it is underdiagnosed, with the average patient consulting 10 providers before receiving a definitive diagnosis.2

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Arthritis

Arthritis

Arthritis is a general medical term for inflammation of the joints. There are many different causes of arthritis but almost invariably all types of arthritis cause pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion in the joints.

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Asthma

Asthma

Asthma is a common chronic respiratory disorder characterized by episodes of airway obstruction and reversibility. Asthma affects more than 25 million persons in the United States, of which approximately 18 million are adults.1 Asthma is known to be a complex inflammatory process affected by many factors including genetic predisposition, environmental exposures, viral infections, and other risk factors such as lack of breast-feeding, exposure to secondhand smoke, and prenatal stress.2 Symptoms include recurrent episodes of wheezing, dry cough, chest tightness, and breathlessness.

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Athletic Recovery

Athletic Recovery

Attention Deficit Disorders

Attention Deficit Disorders

Autoimmune Conditions

Autoimmune Conditions

Back Pain / Injury

Back Pain / Injury

Back pain can be completely debilitating. Traditional therapies focus on pain control and spine surgery. Spinal fusion has been shown again and again in academic studies to have unpredictable and generally not very satisfying results.

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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Even though benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is one of the most common diseases of aging men, its cause remains relatively unknown. From our current understanding, BPH appears to be related to age, levels of a form of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and estrogen. DHT inhibits prostatic cell death, promotes cell proliferation, and thus increases the size of the prostate. As a man passes his fifth decade of life, serum testosterone levels decrease and estrogen levels rise. Estrogen increases the number of DHT receptors in the prostate as well as the circulating levels of DHT.

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Bone Mass Deficiency

Bone Mass Deficiency

Brain Injury

Brain Injury

Burns

Burns

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Cartilage Injury

Cartilage Injury

Cartilage degradation and injuries are common in athletes and with general wear and tear damage that occurs, over time, with daily activities. Traditional medical treatment regimens focus on pain control and physical therapy to help the body deal with the damage that it has sustained, or sometimes surgery for replacement or reattachment.

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Cheek Flattening

Cheek Flattening

Chemical Sensitivities

Chemical Sensitivities

Cholelithiasis

Cholelithiasis

Gallstone disease is a common digestive disorder that affects 10%–15% of individuals in developed societies.1 In the United States, the combination of a diet rich in processed foods and sedentary lifestyle predisposes individuals to gallstone formation. Due to the influence of both environment and genetics, the occurrence of gallstones varies greatly, ranging from 2%–70% among different populations, with the highest incidence among Pima Indian women older than 30 years of age.2

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) affects between 836,000 and 2.5 million individuals in the United States.1 As many as 25% of those with CFS are homebound or bedridden, sometimes for extended periods.2 The pathophysiology of CFS is not well understood. Some experts believe that CFS and fibromyalgia are part of a single spectrum of disease. It is uncertain as to whether CFS is an autoimmune disorder. Infection is a common precipitant of CFS, based upon patient histories. A hypothesized mechanism is immune system dysfunction, such that defense proteins called interferons continue to be secreted in high amounts from cells even after the resolution of acute infection. Excessive interferon can cause achiness, brain fog, and fatigue.3 Oxidative stress is a factor, but may well be a consequence rather than an underlying cause. Preliminary research in those with obstructive sleep apnea shows that sleep deprivation increases inflammatory proteins called cytokines by 40%.4

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Chronic Lyme Disease

Chronic Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a multisystem infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi.1,2  It is the most common vector-transmitted disease in the United States. Vectors are organisms that transmit pathogens between humans and/or animals.  The principal vector for transmission in the United States are ticks.3  Infected ticks need to be attached for at least 24-48 hours to be able to transmit the bacterium. Bites from ticks are usually painless and are often unrecognized. Infected persons do not transmit Lyme disease to others.  Approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year.4  The vast majority (95%) of reported cases occur in the northeastern and midwestern areas of the United States.

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Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain

Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary Artery Disease

Despite the many advances in treatment and prevention, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of premature death and disability in the United States.1 Nevertheless, 70% of cardiovascular disease is preventable through lifestyle changes alone.2

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Crow's Feet

Crow's Feet

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Joint Disease (Osteoarthritis)

Degenerative Joint Disease (Osteoarthritis)

Osteoarthrisis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and is sometimes called degenerative joint disease. It is caused, over time, by daily wear and tear on your joints. OA usually results is joint stiffness, pain and limited range of motion, among other symptoms.

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Dehydration

Dehydration

Dementia

Dementia

Depigmented Skin

Depigmented Skin

Depression

Depression

One in 10 United States residents aged 18 or older has a depressive disorder.1 Pharmaceutical antidepressant medications are not as effective as once believed, especially for many patients with less severe forms of depression.2 Most clinicians have a working knowledge of such antidepressants and prescribe them on a daily basis, but are not as well versed in integrative medical treatments.3

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Detoxification

Detoxification

Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes Mellitus

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) represents a global epidemic that is predicted to intensify. The number of individuals with DM2 worldwide was 30 million in 1985, 171 million in 2000, and 220 million in 2009.1 As of 2014, DM2 is estimated to affect 387 million individuals worldwide2, representing a worldwide prevalence of 8.3%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 40% of Americans will develop DM2 in their lifetime.3

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Diminished Female Lubrication

Diminished Female Lubrication

Downturned Mouth Corners

Downturned Mouth Corners

Dry Lips

Dry Lips

Dry Skin

Dry Skin

Dyslipidemia

Dyslipidemia

Dyslipidemia is one of the top 5 risk factors for cardiovascular disease, alongside hypertension, diabetes, smoking, and obesity.1 Several genetic phenotypes such as apolipoprotein E (APOE) result in variable serum lipid responses to diet, as well as contribute to cardiovascular disease.2 Recent studies suggest that increasing dietary cholesterol does not significantly alter serum total or LDL cholesterol levels or heart disease risk.3 Reducing refined carbohydrate intake such as sugars, bread, white potatoes, white rice, starches, and low fiber carbohydrates may be more important in improving serum lipids than altering intake of saturated fats and cholesterol.4-6 Expanded lipid profiles that measure lipids, lipid subfractions, particle size and number, and APOB and APOA are preferred over standard lipid profiles that measure only the total lipid levels.7

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Dysmenorrhea

Dysmenorrhea

Dysmenorrhea refers to painful uterine cramping associated with menses (monthly periods). In addition to lower pelvic discomfort, women may also experience low back pain, radiation of pain to the anterior thighs, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and various other symptoms starting 1 to 3 days before the onset of menses and typically lasting through the first few days of bleeding. Primary dysmenorrhea refers to pain that is not associated with other, obvious pelvic disease and typically begins when a girl first begins to experience periods. Secondary dysmenorrhea is associated with another diagnosis (e.g. cervical stenosis, endometriosis) and typically has a later onset, usually after the age of 20 years.1

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Dyspareunia

Dyspareunia

Eczema

Eczema

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction

Fatigue

Fatigue

Fibroids

Fibroids

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common cause of widespread pain, occurring in 2%–8% of the general population worldwide. Central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) pain sensitization is now considered the primary pathology in FM. Areas of the brain involved in pain processing and interpretation (areas called dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulate, amygdala, hippocampus, insula, and others) differ in FM patients compared to healthy controls, possibly mediated by altered neurotransmitter levels [e.g. glutamate and gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA)], which will, in turn, affect other neurotransmitter levels.1

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Fine Lines

Fine Lines

Food Allergy and Intolerance

Food Allergy and Intolerance

Food allergy is well recognized in clinical medicine as a cause of acute attacks of asthma, hives, and lip swelling. It is also a contributing factor in some cases of eczema and rhinitis. These types of reactions are mediated by immunoglobulin E.

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Forehead Wrinkles

Forehead Wrinkles

Fragile Skin

Fragile Skin

Fungal Infections

Fungal Infections

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when there is abnormal passage of acidic stomach contents (or refluxate) in a retrograde fashion from the stomach back into the esophagus, causing symptoms or complications. GERD is one of the primary causes of heartburn, and is a common phenomenon. Estimates are that 15% to 20% of people in the United States have heartburn or regurgitation at least once a week.1

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Golfer's Elbow

Golfer's Elbow

Soft tissue injuries are common in athletes and with general wear and tear damage that occurs, over time, with daily activities. Traditional medical treatment regimens focus on pain control and physical therapy to help the body deal with the damage that it has sustained, or sometimes surgery for replacement or reattachment.

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Hangover Recovery

Hangover Recovery

Headaches

Headaches

There are several type of headaches. 90% of all headaches are either migraine, tension, or a combination of the two.1 Typical symptoms of migraine headaches include throbbing head pain, sometimes associated with nausea and vomiting, as well as sensitivity to bright lights or loud noises. These symptoms usually last more than four hours, at times upwards of 72 hours.2 The exact cause of migraine pain remains unclear. It is believed that vasodilators released by certain nerve endings many cause nearby blood vessels to become inflamed, increasing nerve-sensitivity to mechanical stimulation, resulting in pain.3 Genetic influences are evident in a majority of patients with family members experiencing migraine headaches.

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Herpes

Herpes

Hip Pain / Injury

Hip Pain / Injury

Joint injuries are common in athletes and with general wear and tear damage that occurs, over time, with daily activities. Traditional medical treatment regimens focus on pain control and physical therapy to help the body deal with the damage that it has sustained, or sometimes surgery for replacement or reattachment.

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Homocysteine Levels

Homocysteine Levels

Homocysteine is an amino acid that cannot be obtained from diet. Instead, it is derived from another amino acid called methionine. Homocysteine then undergoes further reactions to give rise to other amino acids.

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Hypertension

Hypertension

High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in industrialized countries. At least 65 million Americans have blood pressures that place them at significantly high risk for heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure, thoracic and abdominal aneurysms, and stroke. Hypertension is also associated with cognitive dysfunction, erectile dysfunction, and loss of vision. The higher the pressure, the greater the risk of complications.1

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Hypoactive Sexual Desire

Hypoactive Sexual Desire

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is the insufficient synthesis of thyroid hormone necessary for metabolic processes throughout the body. Primary hypothyroidism is a subset of hypothyroidism where the thyroid gland itself is dysfunctional; secondary hypothyroidism is when the problem lays with the communication system from the pituitary gland that normally commands the thyroid gland into action; tertiary hypothyroidism is when there is a similar malfunction of the messaging system from the hypothalamus.

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Illnesses Recovery

Illnesses Recovery

Immune System Deficiency

Immune System Deficiency

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), are autoimmune-based chronic inflammatory diseases that follow a relapsing and remitting course. The pathogenesis of IBD has yet to be fully elucidated; however, studies suggest a multifactorial process involving genetics, environmental exposures, the gut microbiome, and immune dysregulation among others. One accepted theory is that IBD develops due to an exaggerated, uncontrolled immune response to an environmental trigger in the gut microbiota. There has been a rising incidence of IBD worldwide, and experts believe a “westernized diet” is at least partially to blame. A diet high in refined sugars, animal fat, and complex carbohydrates is associated with higher rates of IBD, whereas diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber protect against development of IBD.1

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Infrequent or Weak Orgasms

Infrequent or Weak Orgasms

Insomnia

Insomnia

"Unremitting, disabling, constant, pervasive, and pernicious"1 are adjectives used to describe insomnia. According to the National Institutes of Health, 60 million adults in the United States struggle with insomnia every year.2 Its prevalence increases with age and is also more common in women.3 Insomnia is more than a sleep problem, as those who suffer from it have also been found to experience increased levels of chronic pain, cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, endocrine and immune dysfunction.4

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Insufficient Arousal

Insufficient Arousal

Insufficient Libido

Insufficient Libido

Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome

Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome

The term "metabolic syndrome" was coined in the 1980s. It is a condition that is associated with a constellation of factors for plaque buildup in the blood vessels and type 2 diabetes. These factors include elevated fasting glucose levels, elevated triglycerides, reduced good cholesterol (HDL), high bad cholesterol, high blood pressure, and central obesity.1 The incidence of metabolic syndrome has reached epidemic proportions, with nearly 35% of all US adults and 50% of those age 60 years and older estimated to have metabolic syndrome in a 2015 report.2 It is characterized by decreased responsiveness in the tissues to appropriate circulating levels of insulin.3

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Functional changes in bowel patterns are the hallmark of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It was a condition that was described by Hippocrates as the triad of abdominal discomfort, irregular bowel movements, and various degrees of bloating and rectal urgency -- this description still holds true today. IBS is a chronic relapsing disease in which symptoms vary significantly over time. The waxing/waning course of its symptom complex has limited the ability of studies to distinguish between treatment effects and normal variation. It's also why IBS has been considered to have a psychosocial overlay.

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Joint Pain

Joint Pain

Knee Pain / Injury

Knee Pain / Injury

Joint injuries are common in athletes and with general wear and tear damage that occurs, over time, with daily activities. Traditional medical treatment regimens focus on pain control and physical therapy to help the body deal with the damage that it has sustained, or sometimes surgery for replacement or reattachment.

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Labrum Injuries

Labrum Injuries

Lip Thinning

Lip Thinning

Low Energy

Low Energy

Low Sperm Count

Low Sperm Count

Lupus

Lupus

Male Pattern Baldness

Male Pattern Baldness

Marionette Lines

Marionette Lines

Menopausal Symptoms

Menopausal Symptoms

Menopause

Menopause

Despite modern advances, the age at which menopause takes place has not changed, approximately age 51. However, women are now living to the average age of 81 years, spending roughly one-third of their lives post-menopause. The physiologic and psychological impact of this duration of time, which includes the transition leading up to menopause, can be enormous.

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Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual Cramps

Metabolism Issues

Metabolism Issues

Migraines

Migraines

Moodiness

Moodiness

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma is a painful condition of the foot where the tissue that surrounds the nerves in the foot thickens. This can be caused by by a number of things such as tight fitting shoes or even just regular daily wear and tear. This results in result in a range of symptoms. Mild symptoms such as a sensation of standing on a small object/pebble can occur or more severe symptoms such as severe pain or tingling and numbness is also possible.

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Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is the most common cause of chronic neurologic disability in young adults.1  Its prevalence varies geographically, and is as common as 2.5 per 1000 in certain areas.1 The exact cause of multiple sclerosis is uncertain but what is known is that the patient's own antibodies mistakenly direct their "attack" against the body’s nerve cells.2  It is a complex disorder that is characterized by injury to a part of the nerve called the axon.  The damage results in inflammation, which along with the initial insult, results in delayed conduction and communication between nerves. Over time, the patient develops fatigue, weakness, numbness, pain, loss of vision, other health problems.3  Tools available to diagnosis multiple sclerosis include MRI or evaluation of the cerebrospinal fluid.

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Muscle Mass Deficiency

Muscle Mass Deficiency

Nasolabial Lines

Nasolabial Lines

Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy

Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) represents a conundrum for the pregnant woman. On the positive side, NVP is correlated with better fetal outcomes than the absence of these symptoms,1 but at the other extreme, NVP can interfere with nutrition and hydration for the mother and developing fetus. Symptoms may range from occasional mild nausea to multiple episodes of daily vomiting resulting in weight loss and electrolyte abnormalities. This severe manifestation is often referred to as hyperemesis gravidarum.

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Neck Pain / Injury

Neck Pain / Injury

Neck pain can be completely debilitating. Traditional therapies focus on pain control and spine surgery. Spinal fusion has been shown again and again in academic studies to have unpredictable and generally not very satisfying results.

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Necklace Lines

Necklace Lines

Obesity

Obesity

In 2004, obesity was reclassified by Medicare as a chronic disease. Obesity is characterized by an excess of body fat and is most often defined in terms of body mass index (BMI). The BMI is measured by taking weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (kg/m2). Worldwide, adults with a BMI of 25 to 30 are categorized as overweight. BMI can sometimes be inaccurate because it does not distinguish between fat and muscle, nor does it predict body fat distribution. On a population level however, BMI does seem to track trends in adiposity as opposed to muscularity.

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Osteochondritis Dissecans

Osteochondritis Dissecans

Osteochondritis Dissecans (OD) is a painful joint condition where a segment of bone underneath the cartilage cracks and separates from the rest of the bone. This is thought to occur because of lack of blood flow to the bone that is affected. OD is common in athletic children and adolescents though it can occur at any age.

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

More than 10 million people in the United States have osteoporosis and more than 2 million osteoporotic fractures occur each year.1 Women are at a higher risk of osteoporosis and account for approximately 75% of all cases. Men however are at a higher risk of dying of a hip fracture should they sustain one.2

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Pain Control

Pain Control

Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder. Individuals often exhibit a characteristic tremor, a shuffling gait, and relatively fixed facial expression. While Parkinson's disease is generally more common in industrialized societies, its observed at a greater frequency in rural areas.1 Exposure to pesticides2, heavy metals3, some dairy products4, and drinking well-water have been shown to increase the risk of Parkinson's disease.5

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Peptic Ulcer Disease

Peptic Ulcer Disease

Each year approximately half a million people in the United States are newly diagnosed with peptic ulcer disease (PUD), with many more millions of cases likely going undiagnosed.1 PUD is caused by disturbances of the gastrointestinal (GI) mucosa. These disruptions are due to the loss of protective elements and/or damaging insults that result in mucosal erosions, most commonly located in a portion of the small intestine called the duodenum or the stomach. People with PUD commonly complain of epigastric pain (particularly a few hours after meals), bloating, nausea, early satiety, altered bowel habits, and heartburn. Pain is usually improved with food or antacids. PUD may also occur without symptoms, particularly in older adults. Peptic ulcers may cause GI bleeding, which could potentially be life-threatening. Ulcers may rarely perforate leading to intense pain, which is a surgical emergency. Patients with significant weight loss and PUD symptoms should undergo endoscopy to investigate for potential cancer.

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Peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a common neurologic disorder that results from damage to the peripheral nerves. It may be caused by diseases of the nervous system or may be a result of systemic illnesses. It has various causes, including exposure to various toxins (e.g. alcohol, lead, mercury, mold, etc.), certain prescription medications (e.g. amiodarone, hydralazine, metronidazole, nitrofurantoin, phenytoin, statins, etc.), mechanical injury that causes compression/entrapment (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome), nutritional deficiencies/malabsorption syndromes (e.g. vitamin B deficiency), infectious causes (e.g. HIV, Lyme disease), and autoimmune conditions (e.g. Guillain-Barré syndrome, multifocal motor neuropathy).1 One of the most common causes is diabetes. High blood sugar alone however cannot account for the development of nerve damage. Diabetic neuropathy also occurs in patients with well-controlled disease and may be absent in poorly controlled diabetes mellitus.2

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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition which is caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the sole of the foot. It is common in runners and hikers.

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Polycystic ovarian syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome

Despite being the most common female endocrine disorder, affecting 10% of women of reproductive age, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is frequently overlooked.1 PCOS affects young women and is associated with a decrease in the number of ovulations, infertility, acne, and hirsutism (i.e. abnormal hair growth on face and body). It's also associated with metabolic derangements, including an elevated risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, making it all the more important to diagnose and manage this condition in a timely manner.2

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Poor Concentration

Poor Concentration

Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is defined as a recurrent, cyclic set of physical and behavioral symptoms that occurs 7–14 days before the menstrual cycle and is troublesome enough to interfere with some aspects of a woman’s life. PMS is estimated to affect up to 40% of menstruating women, and the most severe cases occur in 2%–5% of women who are between 26 and 35 years of age.1 PMS has been recognized as a medical disorder for many years; however, its cause remains a mystery. Increasing levels of estrogen and progesterone around this time may play a contributing role.

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Psoriasis

Psoriasis

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis

PTSD

PTSD

The lifetime risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is estimated to be nearly 7%, with women more likely to be affected than men.1 Symptoms include recurrent, intrusive recollections or re-experience of a traumatic event, avoidance of reminders of trauma, negative changes in cognition and mood, and changes in arousal and reactivity.2 These symptoms can have wideranging effects such as disruption of interpersonal relationships, ability to work, and increased risk of mood and substance or alcohol use disorders.3 It has also been shown that PTSD increases risk of developing physical conditions such as arthritis, coronary artery disease, metabolic syndrome, and chronic pain syndrome.4

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Radial Lip Lines

Radial Lip Lines

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is likely caused by a pathological immune response in individuals who are genetically predisposed to an environmental challenge, probably a viral or bacterial infection.1 However, no organism has been definitively linked to cause RA. Recent evidence points to the gut microbiome as playing important roles in health and susceptibility to autoimmune conditions. The neural, endocrine, and immune systems all share communication molecules that interact extensively. Molecules from the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (e.g. cortisol and corticotropin-releasing factor) and from the sympathetic-adrenal-medullary system (e.g. epinephrine, norepinephrine) are linked to disease activity in RA.2

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Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Soft tissue injuries are common in athletes and with general wear and tear damage that occurs, over time, with daily activities. Traditional medical treatment regimens focus on pain control and physical therapy to help the body deal with the damage that it has sustained, or sometimes surgery for replacement or reattachment.

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Shoulder Pain / Injury

Shoulder Pain / Injury

Joint injuries are common in athletes and with general wear and tear damage that occurs, over time, with daily activities. Traditional medical treatment regimens focus on pain control and physical therapy to help the body deal with the damage that it has sustained, or sometimes surgery for replacement or reattachment.

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Skin Rejuvination

Skin Rejuvination

Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders

Smoker's Lines

Smoker's Lines

Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow

Soft tissue injuries are common in athletes and with general wear and tear damage that occurs, over time, with daily activities. Traditional medical treatment regimens focus on pain control and physical therapy to help the body deal with the damage that it has sustained, or sometimes surgery for replacement or reattachment.

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Thinning or Brittle Hair

Thinning or Brittle Hair

Ulcerations

Ulcerations

Urolithiasis

Urolithiasis

Over the past few decades, an increasing percentage of Americans have had the misfortune of experiencing the disabling pain that accompanies kidney stones. A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) in 2007 reported that about 1 in 11 Americans will have experienced at least one symptomatic stone in their lifetime.1 Notable epidemiological risks include being white, male, obese, insulin resistant, and living in hot, arid regions.2

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Uterine Fibroids

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids affect 5.4%–77% of women, depending on the method of diagnosis.1 Fibroid tumors can be small and difficult to feel. These benign tumors have been known to grow to the size of a watermelon. Most gynecologists do not consider fibroid tumors to be a surgical problem until they are either exceedingly large or cause symptoms such as heavy or painful periods. Historically, hysterectomy (surgical excision of the uterus) has been the procedure of choice for patients with these issues. Approximately 300,000 hysterectomies are performed per year for these benign tumors. Conventional medicine has little else to offer other than a “watch and wait” attitude for women who suffer from small fibroids. However, if these small fibroids are approached from an integrative holistic perspective when they are initially diagnosed, much of the disability and invasive surgical procedures can be avoided.

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Vitamin / Mineral Deficiency

Vitamin / Mineral Deficiency

Weight Gain

Weight Gain

Hunter Harris is an active father, successful professional, amateur athlete and yogi who suffered from multiple joint injuries and pain.

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