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Constipation 101



We are not really taught about the importance of the gut and whether your digestive system is working properly. Some people have been constipated for 10 years and are dependent on laxatives. If you continue this trend, you can have further consequences.

Some people are suffering from the effects of constipation and don’t know any difference. Acne, weight, stomach pains, gas, bloating, skin issues, mood problems, lack of concentration and more!

The Gift of My Divine Discontent



 

An interview with the National Wellness Institute where we discuss how my Divine Discontent led me to be a change maker in  the state of American health-care system. I discuss Functional Medicine, Microbiome Medicine and new paradigms of healthcare that The National Wellness Institute has supported me in for over 15 years.

 

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What is autoimmunity?

Healthy Lifestyle SolutionThe word autoimmunity has a mystery that I am hoping will be resolved with good education. So I have decided to do a simple FAQ to start with the basics.

What is Autoimmunity?

An autoimmune disorder occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissue by mistake.

Why Would our Own Immune System Attack our own healthy body tissue by mistake?

The exact cause of autoimmune disorders is unknown. One theory is that some microorganisms (such as bacteria or viruses) drugs, stress, certain food sensitivities and other environmental factors may trigger changes that confuse the immune system. This may happen more often in people who have genes that make them more prone to autoimmune disorders.

WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF ACTUAL AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS?

There are more than 80 types of autoimmune disorders. 50 million people suffer from at least one autoimmune disease, you likely know someone who is. These include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Type 1 Diabetes. They are now the third leading chronic disease in the country right behind heart disease and cancer.

HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?

Your health care provider will do a physical exam. Tests that may be done to diagnose an autoimmune disorder may include:

  • Autoantibody test
  • Comprehensive metabolic panel
  • C-reactive protein (CRP)
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
  • Urinalysis

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?

A believe in a functional medicine approach. What this means is a paradigm shift in healthcare. Functional medicine sees the body as a whole and works on the principle that the health of one system impacts the health and function of the others. Instead of focusing only  on symptom management, the focus is on  getting to the root of why the immune system attacked  the body tissue by mistake. While there is no known cure for autoimmune disease, there are many lifestyle factors that can be addressed to get to the root cause of what is creating this immune response. Go to www.FunctionalMedicine.org for more information.

RESOURCES

Kono DH, Theofilopoulos AN. Autoimmunity. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Gabriel SE, et al, eds. Kelley’s Textbook of Rheumatology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:chap 20.

www.FunctionalMedicine.org

CLICK HERE TO FIND A FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE DOCTOR IN YOUR AREA

Events

Free Webinar on Functional Medicine 101

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.

Here are 5 basic principles that define Functional Medicine:

 

1) We are all different; genetically and biochemically unique.

2) Functional Medicine is deeply science based.

3) Your body is intelligent and has the capacity for self-regulation,

4) Your body has the ability to heal and prevent nearly all the diseases of aging.

5) Health is not just the absence of disease, but a state of immense vitality.

Preconference Workshop at the 2017 Annual American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) Conference

Functional Medicine 101 for Nursing Professionals: Imperatives for Reshaping Health and Wellness

3.5 CNE’s

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 and you may register to attend just my presentation as it is a Pre-Conference Program.

I invite you to register by Wednesday, May 17, 2017 and look forward to seeing you there. Join me and other nursing leaders in strengthening our contribution to reshaping health and wellness in the 21st century.