FLU AND VIRUSES PREVENTION 

 As of March 7, 2019, the CDC says during week #9, influenza A(H3) viruses were reported more frequently than influenza A(H1N1) viruses.  During the most recent 3 weeks, influenza A (H3) viruses were reported more frequently than influenza A (H1N1) viruses in certain regions. 

The key to staying healthy is a healthy immune system. Common sense lifestyles  promote health and prevents infection. 80% of the Immune system lives in the Intestinal tract: 

  • Optimizes intestinal health includes proper nutrition. Avoid sugars and processed foods. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids, like warm teas and fresh, pure water will help flush out your system and keep it clean. Start your day with a glass of water with the juice of a lemon or a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to help alkalize your system. 

  • Optimize Vitamin D levels. This is one of the absolute best strategies of avoiding infections. Vitamin D deficiency is a major culprit behind catching the seasonal flu. Ask your practitioner to have your vitamin D levels monitored to confirm your levels are therapeutic at 50-70 ng.ml. 

  • Fish oils: EPA and DHA will hinder the replication of the virus, 2grams /day. 

  • Vitamin C: Liposomal Ascorbic acid, 500mg 2x/day. 

Get plenty of sleep, manage stress and boost your immune system with Acupuncture.  

Study after study has shown that acupuncture can boost the immune system and shorten the duration of a cold/flu. Acupuncture can help the sinuses to open up and drain. It can relieve sinus headaches as well as frontal, temple, or occipital headaches. Acupuncture can also help to move congestion in the chest, reduce sore throats, and reduce frequency of coughing. Chinese herbal remedies may also be prescribed which have anti-viral properties to accelerate healing and reduce symptoms.  

Hand and Respiratory Hygiene 

• Frequent hand-washing is one of the best precautions we can take against communicable disease. Don’t waste your money on antimicrobial soaps - they simply don’t work on viruses like the cold or the flu. In fact, the Environmental Work Group reports the ingredients in Purell may be potential causes for endocrine disruption, allergies, immunotoxicity and skin, eye or lung irritations. Simple use a nice soap from a health-food store instead. 

• A Netti Pot is an ancient therapy that works as a preventive measure by flushing out germs, dirt and allergens of your nasal passages. If you are actively sick use the Netti Pot or a pre-mixed Saline Rinse kit more frequently during the day. It will assist thinning mucus and help flush it out of the nasal passage. 

Medically Supervised Flu Protocols 

Ask your Integrative and Functional Medicine Provider or Naturopath to guide you through a Flu protocol. Consider establishing a relationship with these practitioners for a routine physical and Vitamin D level evaluation early in the season. 

Some powerful herbals include: 

Oregano Oil (polyphenol 73%)- Oregano is used for respiratory tract disorders such as coughs, asthma, croup, and bronchitis. It is also used for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders such as heartburn and bloating.  

NAC increases glutathione, your body’s master antioxidant, by about 30 percent. It helps you fight off oxidative stress and free radical damage, which blocks inflammation and slows down aging. 

Olive leaf extract has antiviral properties and has been found to fight herpes, cold sores, mononucleosis, rotavirus, and possibly influenza and HIV.  

Homeopathics. The Top 3 remedies for boosting the immune system are as follows:  

Allium cepa- This medicine contains a low amount of red onion. It is used for relieving nasal congestion and treats teary eyes. It is ideal for improving immunity against cold and influenza.   

Gelsemium- This remedy is derived from the vine called Gelsemium sempervirens. It treats cold and flu symptoms. Your immunity against body aches and fever get reduced.  

Oscillococcinuim- This homeopathic medicine is also known as Oscillo. This remedy contains a small amount of duck liver and duck heart. It should be taken on the first day when you experience flu symptoms. It strengthens your immune system against germs, which cause cold and related conditions.  

Seek Emergency Help if you have or experiencing severe symptoms these may include: vomiting, diarrhea, not eating, change in mental status such as confusion and difficulty breathing 

 

 

 

What’s All the Hype About Glial Cells?

Glial cells have been in the health press quite a bit these days and for good reason. Here’s a breakdown of what they are, why you should care and when to get support for your glial cells.

What are Glial cells?

There are two types of cells that make up your central nervous system (CNS): neurons and glia. Neurons comprise 10% of cells, while glia comprise 90%. Glia are much smaller than neurons so they each take up about 50% in volume.

Neurons form circuits with electrochemical signals to coordinate complex body/mind processes– we couldn’t function without them and when they get damaged you are very aware of it, like for instance after a concussion.

Glial cells do not send signals across the body like neurons but they do communicate among themselves and with the neurons. One of their main jobs is to support the neurons in maintaining function, health and healing. They are the caretakers of the central nervous system.

Why should I care?

Let’s say you have damage to your central nervous system, like for example, from a concussion or an auto-immune disease. Without a healthy glial network to nurture the neurons back to health, well that would be like a sick child without a mother or father there to give them the support needed to recover and get back to life. Glial cells are also there working hard 24/7 to deliver nutrients, help remove toxins and provide general maintenance to our CNS so we can enjoy optimal health.

When would I need extra support for my Glial network?

Any disorder that impairs the neurons from firing properly is a good time to get support for Glial cells. For example, get help if you are having issues with traumatic brain injury, seizures, Parkinson’s, memory loss, eye health, nerve damage, stress, para/sympathetic response, immune system, gut and liver issues, glymphatic issues, post-concussion recovery, brain cancer or gliosis (scarring & inflammation of glial cells from injury or disease). Glial cells are everywhere in the brain and spinal canal and they can affect a lot!

What to expect?

Glial work is performed by a specially trained CranioSacral Therapist. Since it is not possible to directly touch glial cells, Glial work is done through gentle “Therapeutic Intention” (visualizing, dialoguing and using energy). Average of 4+ sessions recommended.

Homeopathic Pain Injections are the Natural, Safe, and Affordable Way to Manage Pain 

About ninety percent of my patients come in for acupuncture to reduce pain. Some patient’s pain is so severe that it effects their sleep, work, and interferes with their hobbies. They tell me that pain medication either offers a temporary solution or does not significantly reduce their pain.  Unfortunately, the use of NSAIDs, corticosteroids, and opioids can have major side effects which include ruptured tendons, slower healing times, addiction, destroying the lining of the gut, taxing the liver and kidneys, and increased scar tissue formation. Out of desperation patients come to me for help. Acupuncture is great for reducing inflammation, redirecting nerve pain signals, and bringing blood to the tissue to promote healing. For my patients in severe pain who need immediate results I recommend homeopathic pain injections. My patients love these injections because results are quick, and injuries are healed for most with only one or two treatments.  This is because the homeopathic injections reduce inflammation and help the body to accelerate healing. These injections are best for muscle and ligament tears, tendinitis, tight muscles, joint pain, carpal tunnel, and arthritis. 

 One of my patients woke up one day with his shoulder hurting. As the week went on the pain got worse and worse until he could barely move his arm. He needed a quick solution as he was planning on going on a Caribbean snorkeling vacation the next day. He had one acupuncture session with a homeopathic injection. Immediately after treatment, pain was reduced by 70% and he had a greater range of motion. Over the next three days the pain kept on improving until it was 100% better. He was able to enjoy his vacation and his shoulder hasn’t bothered him since. I have another patient with chronic migraines made worse by tight muscles. The injections help loosen her muscles and reduce inflammation to give her relief from her migraines. I have used homeopathic injections for shoulder pain, sciatica caused by tight muscles, menstrual cramps, knee pain, back pain, hip pain, and various sports injuries.  Homeopathic pain injections are worth a try because they offer great results and are safe for adults and children alike. Side effects are rare as it is a homeopathic solution.  Injections should always be performed by licensed medical professionals like our providers at Monarch Integrative Health Center.  

 

Is Your Pain Caused by Trigger Points? 

 Do you have persistent pain in an area with no known cause? You may have one or more trigger points. A trigger point is a knot in the muscle caused by an injury or by a repetitive motion which elicits pain locally and/or distally which may inhibit your range of motion.   

In the clinic the most common causes of trigger points are from not stretching daily, sleeping wrong, or from past injuries.  I use several techniques to release problematic trigger points. I can use acupuncture which is great for reducing inflammation, increasing blood flow to the area, and decreasing pain. I then use tuina and shiatsu to manually work out the trigger points which release nicely after the area has been needled.  I can also use a trigger point needling technique (also referred to as dry needling) where a needle penetrates the trigger point and then is stimulated to cause muscle twitches which then causes the trigger point to release. If pain is really severe, I can also administer a homeopathic pain injection which will reduce pain immediately, reduce inflammation, and help accelerate the healing process.  Homeopathic pain injections are worth a try because they offer immediate results, are safe for adults and children alike, and side effects are rare. According to American Institute of Homeopathy website, “Homeopathic medicines are prepared through a series of dilutions, at each step of which there is a vigorous agitation... until there is no detectable chemical substance left...the higher the dilution... the more potent the homeopathic remedy.  Thereby is achieved the minimum dose which... has the maximum therapeutic effect with the fewest side effects.  In fact, Homeopathy has an enviable centuries old history of safety in use of its potentized oral medicines among patients of all ages, including babies, children, pregnant and nursing women, and senior citizens.” (homeopathyusa.org) 

If you have muscular pain that will not go away come in for a treatment and we will find the best way to reduce your pain. When trigger points are released expect an increased range of motion immediately, but then there may be some soreness from where the trigger point was release for one to two days after. Once the trigger points are released, patients are advised to start a regular stretching routine to prevent the reformation of trigger points to remain pain free.  

 

 

 

HEART HEALTH

Happy Valentines: during the month of February it is important to pay attention to your heart health, whether you are a woman or a man. Changing your lifestyle right away to ban smoking, walking, managing stress, and adding a plant-based diet can reverse problems before they attack your health or life. To borrow from Ben Franklin, an ounce of prevention (plus a bowl of kale) is worth a pound of cure. It is critical that heart disease be diagnosed as early as possible because there are many dietary and medical treatments that can help reverse the issue.

Heart disease is the leading killer of women in America. Symptoms of coronary heart disease and heart attack present differently in women than men. These signs can include symptoms such as neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort, shortness of breath, pain in one or both arms, nausea or vomiting, sweating, and unusual fatigue.

Men are more likely than women to break out in a cold sweat and to report pain in the left arm during a heart attack. In men, angina often feels like pressure or squeezing in the chest. This feeling may extend to the arms. Men have a built-in warning system for silent coronary heart disease. When achieving an erection is difficult or impossible, it can be a sign of clogged arteries in the pelvis that presents before a heart attack happens. There are, on average, three to five years between the onset of erectile dysfunction and the finding of coronary heart disease, which is plenty of time to detect and to work on preventing heart issues.

Broken Heart Syndrome can feel like a heart attack. The most common signs and symptoms of broken heart syndrome are chest pain and shortness of breath. In this disorder, these symptoms tend to occur suddenly in people who have no history of heart disease. Arrhythmias or cardiogenic shock also may occur. Some of the signs and symptoms of broken heart syndrome differ from those of heart attack. For example, in people who have broken heart syndrome (National heart, Lung & Blood Institute) symptoms occur suddenly after having extreme emotional or physical stress, EKG is normal, blood tests show no signs of heart damage, and recovery time is quick within days or weeks.

To prevent heart disease and complications you should know your numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, fasting glucose). Asking your doctor for an EKG or a coronary calcium CT imaging is wise, whether you are a woman or man. Some simple tips to keep your heart healthy include diet, core nutritional supplements (CoQ10, D-Ribose. Acetyl L-carnitine), regular exercise, detoxification, earthing and mind body balance.

CranioSacral Therapy

“The Healing Power of Gentle Touch”

What is CranioSacral Therapy (CST)?

CST is a gentle hands-on manual therapy, safe for all ages, that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction. This improves whole body health and performance and is accomplished by working with the CranioSacral System - the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord, as well as the attached bones. Few body systems have more impact on your central nervous system and by releasing these tensions it allows the nervous system to perform at its best, enabling the entire body to relax and self-correct. This naturally relieves pain, stress and strengthens resistance to disease.

What conditions are helped with CranioSacral Therapy?

CST complements the body’s natural healing processes and is therefore effective in helping relieve symptoms of a multitude of conditions. A few examples are:

  • Migraines

  • Dementia

  • Post-concussion

  • Dental Procedures (pre/post)

  • TMJ Syndrome

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Autism

  • Scoliosis

  • Neck & Back Pain

What can I expect from a session?

A typical Craniosacral Therapy session takes place in a quiet, private setting. You remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable, padded table. The therapist begins by gently touching various points of your body to assess the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system. This allows identification of those areas of weakness, restriction and dysfunction. Delicate manual techniques are then used to release those problem areas and improve the form and function of your central nervous system. A session can lasts up to an hour or more. Results are typically seen anywhere from 1-4 sessions and can be used alone or integrated with other therapies to create powerful effects. What you experience from your own session is highly individual. The sessions are generally deeply relaxing, creating feelings of warmth or gentle pulsing in the areas worked on.

Treat the Root Cause of Acne

Acne is something very few of us avoid, although it is not dangerous, we do go to great lengths to avoid it. Instead of spending money on every new product that claims to cure acne, think about what could be causing the acne in the first place and treat the root cause. There are several causes of acne. You could have a hormone imbalance especially if you are a female and you notice your break outs happen before your cycle or if you are a male and suspect that you may have too much testosterone.  Another common cause of acne is a diet full of greasy foods, processed foods, and foods that have high amounts of sugar or turn into sugar in the body. Your skin is your largest organ in the body, if you are putting toxins in the easiest way for the body to get rid of toxins is through the skin. Think about this too with drugs, smoking, and too much alcohol.  One that is hard to control is too much stress and not enough rest which throws a wrench in several systems in the body.  Over washing the skin can also cause acne since the natural oils are stripped your body will produce more oil to try and compensate, causing more breakouts. Also be aware of cosmetic products and lotions that may clog your pores. Additionally, take care of your digestive system. If you find yourself having rabbit stools or skipping days between bowel movements you are considered constipated and the food rotting in your digestive track will release toxins no matter how clean the food was to begin with.  

Thus, your first step to clear skin is to use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip oils, use masks to absorb toxins, and exfoliate your skin to clear dead skin cells. Your second step is to decrease processed foods, sugar, refined carbohydrates, greasy/fried foods, and dairy. By doing this you will decrease the amount of toxins that you are consuming, even more if you consume an organic diet. Increase water intake to also help flush toxins from the body. Take a vitamin and probiotic supplement to decrease nutrient deficiencies and to support good gut bacteria. Third step is to find time to take care of yourself to decrease stress. Exercise, meditation, playing with a pet, and laughing have all shown to reduce stress in your life. Creating a gratitude journal can also help you to create a positive outlook. Make sure you are getting enough sleep and allow yourself to nap if you are feeling tired. It is also recommended to change pillowcases often to prevent oil and dirt from seeping into the pores. ƒIf you are still having trouble with your acne, the next step is to get your hormone levels checked and an allergy test since allergies can lead to inflammation in your gut.  

While you are doing all of this acupuncture and herbs can help reduce acne by regulating the digestive system, promoting detoxification, regulating hormones, reducing stress, decreasing allergy symptoms, and helping the body to rest. Thus, acupuncture is considered a great adjunct therapy on your journey to clear skin.

How does acupuncture help increase fertility in women and men?

Did you know that most babies are conceived around Christmas?  If you are planning on getting pregnant this winter season acupuncture can help increase fertility for both men and women. Modern living causes most people to feel overworked and over stressed which may result in a decreased chance of pregnancy.  Living in a modern society has a negative impact on a couple’s fertility. Because we are exposed to hundreds of chemicals, our foods lack nutrition, toxins in water, polluted air, non-restorative sleep, and stress, we are at risk of unhealthy family planning.

Being stressed is one of the most common reasons for infertility. Research tells us that stress creates spasms in the Fallopian tubes and the uterus which can prevent the egg from being fertilized. Stress can also impact a man’s fertility by altering sperm counts, lowering mobility, and/or causing impotence. It has been well documented that acupuncture can reduce stress for couples. Just by inserting needles into the body, serotonin and other feel-good hormones are released causing a calming effect.  Acupuncture can also help increase fertility by increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing a woman’s hormones.

Once pregnancy occurs, it is advised that a woman receive weekly acupuncture treatments to maintain a healthy pregnancy. Acupuncture can help to maintain healthy uterine lining and reduce miscarriage-inducing bleeding. Additionally, acupuncture can reduce morning sickness, decrease lower back and hip flexor pain, help turn a breech baby, and promote an easier labor.

Although acupuncture has helped millions of women to become pregnant, becoming pregnant can be a challenge. To increase fertility, one must come in on a weekly basis for four to six months. That may sound like an extreme commitment, but when it comes to increasing fertility, acupuncture is one of the most affordable treatments.  By treating the whole person acupuncture can naturally help men and women conceive.

OZONE TREATMENT FOR HAIR AND SCALP

Ozone can be beneficial for hair and scalp problems. Ozone treatment is a scalp and

hair procedure which converts oxygen (O2) into ozone (O3) and diffuses into the hair

shaft and strengthens hair follicles. This treatment process addresses common hair

problems including hair loss, hair breakage, dandruff, premature graying. Ozone

therapy also enhances the volume of hair. To learn more about the amazing benefits of

ozone for hair and scalp, read on.

HERE ARE 6 BENEFITS OF OZONE TREATMENT FOR HAIR AND SCALP:

1. REDUCES HAIR LOSS

Hair loss or fall can be the results of numerous factors including natural aging

process, hormonal changes, dietary deficiencies, and or underlying medical and

psychological factors. Ozone treatment reduces hair loss by infusing the hair with

water soluble O3 molecules which stimulate production of hair cells. Ozone

invigorates the tiny blood vessels which surround the hair follicle: rejuvenating

and fortifying the hair follicles, improving blood circulation which nourishes the

nutrient supply to hair and scalp. All these factors can arrest uncontrolled hair

loss.

2. FIGHTS DANDRUFF

Dandruff, non-contagious scalp condition, is characterized by severe itching and flaking

on the scalp. Often an embarrassing problem, Ozone can stabilize the scalp by its potent

germicidal properties. The unique hair treatment kills bacteria and fungus without

causing any damage to the scalp skin and hair.

3. INCREASES VOLUME AND DENSITY OF HAIR

Ozone adds volume and density to the hair. Ozone can repair and reconstruct the

strands; treating and eliminating the problem of split ends, controls frizz and beneficial

for thin and wispy hair. Many people who have undergone this treatment also witness a

marked improvement in hair growth. By invigorating hair follicles, hair becomes stronger

and more voluminous.

4. MOISTURE AND HAIR COLORING

Coloring the hair repeatedly can cause the hair shaft to become dry and brittle. Dry,

frizzy hair is prone to breakage and thinning of hair strands. Ozone hair treatment comes

to the rescue of dry, damaged hair by locking moisture into the hair shaft. This unique

treatment nourishes the hair shaft, giving the hair a soft and lustrous appearance. It is

good for color treated hair as the peptones strengthen the bonds between hair strands

and color dye to protect the hair color.

5. MAXIMIZES BLOOD FLOW TO SCALP

An interesting aspect of ozone therapy is that ozone increases or boosts blood supply to

the scalp. Improving blood flow to the scalp, promotes rejuvenating hair follicles and

enhancing hair growth. An enhanced blood supply to the scalp can also help fight

microbial skin infections as well.

6. PREVENTS PREMATURE GRAYING

One of the primary causes for premature graying of hair is poor nutrient supply to the

hair follicles. Ozone therapy can enhance the rate at which the hair follicle absorbs vital

nutrients. In turn, ozone therapy helps to retain natural color of hair and prevents

untimely graying of hair.

Monarch Integrative Health Center (Littleton, CO) is one of few clinics in Colorado

offering hair and scalp Ozone therapy. This form of therapy is widely used, especially in

countries such as Germany, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Cuba and Eastern

Europe. Hair and scalp ozone is a 20-30-minute pain free non-surgical treatment which

requires no anesthesia. Not all treatments will lead to desired outcomes, but at Monarch

Integrative Health, our team provides the skill set to determine possible root causes

which are hindering positive treatment outcomes. To learn more or schedule your

treatment please visit our website at www.monarchintegrativehealth.com

Is Acupuncture an Effective Treatment for Anxiety?

Recently I have noticed more of my patients are experiencing anxiety like they have never had before. They may have had great results with acupuncture for reducing pain, hot flashes,  and acid reflux, but they do not know if it will work for anxiety. I understand, it feels like you will never recover from the self perpetuating cycle. Good news though, recent studies have shown that acupuncture can reduce symptoms of anxiety twice as much as conventional drug therapy. This is because acupuncture has been shown to have an effect on the sympathetic nervous system and parasympathetic nervous system by allowing the body to improve its ability in coping with stress. Acupuncture does this by lessening the stress neurochemicals released in the brain, increasing the release of endorphins, and improving the heart rate variability. I highly recommend doing acupuncture with Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) which is intended to help patients change their thinking patterns to reduce anxiety. If one can calm their nervous system and then change their thinking pattern, I believe patients can overcome their anxiety naturally without taking pharmaceuticals.