Tuesday
Feb222011

Health Conditions Addressed

Cleansing the body on an internal level is imperative to the quality of our life due to the toxic environment we live in. By cleansing and replacing vital nutrients, the body becomes more balanced, supporting weight loss, normal blood sugar levels, digestive health, and proper immune function.

Depression/Anxiety:
New research is finding that a simple nutritional deficiency may be associated with many symptoms of depression. Balancing hormone and blood sugar levels are key factors in managing mood swings.

EECP:
EECP stands for External Counterpulsation, a non-invasive outpatient treatment that helps relieve or eliminate angina pain. This procedure is covered by Medicare. Nutritional support helps the heart and collateral arteries to enhance the effectiveness of this procedure.

Suppression of Chronic Inflammation:
C-Reactive Protein has long been used as a predictor of inflammation in the body. If no known bacterial or viral infection exists, elevated CRP may indicate increased cardiovascular risk due to the role of inflammation in atherogenesis. Chronic inflammation is also associated with cancer, Alzheimer‘s, and essentially all aspects of aging.

Elevated Homocysteine:
Homocysteine is an amino acid which can be measured in the blood. Elevated levels may damage the inner lining of the arteries and is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

Elevated Lipoprotein – Lp (a)1:
A lipoprotein particle like LDL which also contains a protein apo (a) attached to it. Lp(a) adheres more readily to the arterial wall and is associated with increased cardiovascular risk.

Foundation Nutrition:
Foundation Nutrition represents the bare essential nutrients your body needs daily in order to keep you healthy and prevent disease.  It is essential to the long term quality of your life.

GERD:
Gastric Reflux or Heartburn occurs when stomach acid moves up the esophagus and sometimes into the throat, causing discomfort and burning. Chronic GERD can cause esophageal and vocal cord damage without proper treatment.

High Blood Pressure:
When someone has high blood pressure, the heart must work harder to pump an adequate amount of blood to all the tissues of the body. Ultimately, the condition often leads to kidney failure, heart failure and stroke. High blood pressure is often associated with coronary heart disease, arteriosclerosis, kidney disorders, obesity, diabetes, hyperthyroidism and adrenal tumors.

Hyperlipidemia:
Hyperlididemia refers to elevated blood cholesterol, LDL, HDL and other lipid values that may be tested by your physician. Elevated lipids increase a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease and heart attack.

Increasing Immunity:
To help prevent colds and the flu this season, an effective nutrient protocol may support immune function and increase your resistance to bacterial and viral infections without the use of antibiotics.

Insomnia:
Insomnia, or the inability to fall or stay asleep, is common among American adults, especially as we age. Our body’s produce less of the hormone, melatonin. Melatonin is one of the hormones that regulate sleep and wake cycles. When you produce less melatonin, you may awake more often or have difficulty falling asleep.

Insulin Resistance or Type 2 Diabetes:
Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes are conditions where your body no longer has the ability to lower blood sugar levels through your own production of insulin. Minimizing the extreme ups and downs of blood sugar depends not only on what and when you eat, but also the nutrients that you metabolize on a daily basis.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS, is a condition many suffer from because of poor eating habits. Symptoms of constipation and diarrhea, as well as other digestive problems can be relieved by adding probiotics and digestive enzymes to your diet.

Osteo-Arthritis:
Arthritis doesn’t have to be a condition we have to “live with” as we age. Reducing inflammation and preventing further deterioration is vital to reducing pain. Providing the building blocks for your own cartilage will also promote joint cushioning and support.

Osteoporosis:
Osteoporosis is defined as the loss of bone density. Both men and women are at risk of losing bone after the age of 40 years. Women are most vulnerable within the first 3 years of Menopause, where a loss of up to 30% of bone density can occur. Prevention of bone loss can be as easy as taking a pharmaceutical-grade calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin D supplement that supplies all the essential minerals in appropriate dosages for maintenance of healthy bone density.

Rheumatoid Arthritis:
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune condition that requires more nutritional support than the more common Osteo-Arthritis. Along with the protocol for Osteo-Arthritis, supporting the immune system without stimulation is vital when treating R.A.
           
Successful Aging:
Successful aging encompasses several components: bone health, digestive health, brain health, vitality and emotional health. Through proper nutrition and hormone replacement, the effects of aging may be delayed and in some cases even reversed.

Dr. Elkin is a board-certified internist, cardiologist and anti-aging medical specialist.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE / DISCLAIMER: I am offering—always—only general information and my own opinion in these articles. Always contact your physician or a health professional before starting any treatments, exercise programs or using supplements.
©Howard Elkin MD FACC, 2012

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