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    Chronic Inflammation - what are the signs?

    What is inflammation? Inflammation is the natural way that your body reacts to an injury or an infection. So, it is part of being human and it helps us manage life. It’s important to remember though that we need a healthy balance of inflammatory as well as anti-inflammatory responses going on in our bodies. The important concept to keep in mind is balance. And this is where the problem lies because there any many aspects of our food, environment and lives that tend to put us all at risk for inflammatory states.

    Let’s walk through this process. There’s external inflammation which occurs on the outside of your body and it’s pretty easy to see. You get a cut, it bleeds, it hurts, it gets red, and then it heals. Bravo! Inflammation working in our favor. But there’s also internal inflammation which occurs in the tissues of your body right down to your organs. And this is the inflammation that I want to bring to your attention. Just because you can’t see this type of inflammation doesn’t mean it’s not there - because it could be lurking in your body. If you are one of the many affected, it robs you of your health. The good news is - it is manageable and may even be reversible. You can restore your own health! Like anything else, the sooner you catch the issue of inflammation, the better off you are. Any day is a good day to make a positive change. So remember, it’s never too late!

    I want to share with you some of the warning signs
    1. Fatigue - now I’m not talking you got a bad night’s sleep and you feel off for one day. This is a down and out feeling of complete exhaustion that you feel day after day. You may even notice that around a certain time of day, every day you are down for the count. Your tiredness may occur after eating a meal or a snack. It’s important to keep track of this.
    2. Pain - this is the type of pain that you cannot attribute to an accident or any recent trauma. You may feel joint pain or abdominal pain or even chest pain. This pain can affect how you function. You may not be able to do the exercises that were part of your normal workout routine. Or cleaning around the house is becoming much more difficult because your hand grip is affected.
    3. Feeling of heat - you notice that you are feeling hot and this can be a constant state for you or it could be at certain times of the day. It may only occur or get worse when you eat certain meals. Some parts of your skin feel warm to the touch or you even notice redness in certain areas. Mouth sores may even occur.
    4. Swelling - you may notice swelling in your hands upon waking in the morning. This may be referred to as edema which can be linked to skin inflammation causing increased vascular permeability and vasodilation.
    5. Poor circulation in your extremities - you may notice that your hands or feet get very cold. They may even have numbness or tingling. You fingers, toes, or tips of your fingers may even turn a shade of blue or white. This may be very painful as well.

    Is everyone susceptible to inflammation? Living in this day and age, we can all fall victim to an inflammatory condition. I say this for a number of reasons. One major player is consuming food that lacks nutrition or is just not good for us. Anything processed is pretty much just garbage, so why are we ingesting these items? I wonder about this. If it comes in a package and you cannot pronounce its ingredients, then it is not for human consumption. Other reasons for increased inflammatory states is the exposure to toxins in our environment doing daily activities such as driving in the car, the air we breathe, EMFs ( electromagnetic fields), hair dye, nail polish, work hazards, etc. The heavy metals slowly overtime build up in our systems and contribute to inflammation. Some conditions that are inflammatory include autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac, sjogren’s, multiple sclerosis, ankylosing spondylitis, vasculitis, crohn’s, and ulcerative colitis just to name a few. It also includes allergies, asthma, IBD, and hepatitis.

    So I am sure you’re asking yourself, ‘How do I know my inflammation is in check?’ Inflammation is one of those issues that creep up slowly and in a strange way. And it can vary from one individual to the next. Inflammation is a wonderful way of warning us that there is something that we are doing in our lives that is causing a hyper-inflammatory state. The trick is being in tune with our bodies. The reality is if you have any one of those signs listed above, you may be suffering from anything. Chronic inflammation is in fact the root cause of most diseases nowadays. By tackling the inflammation, you can ward off a disease that may be lurking in your body just waiting to cause havoc. It is important to go to a doctor you trust and get some testing done.

    Chronic inflammation is a state of health that needs our attention right now. There are things you can do everyday to help ward off an inflammatory state. Eating healthy, exercising, meditating, laughing, mild detoxing daily, and taking time to smell the roses are some ways to fight the battle against inflammation that doesn’t serve you. Remember it is important to seek treatment from a health practitioner such as a naturopathic doctor ( ND) that is properly trained in the management of chronic illness. Find an ND in your area and make an appointment today to reach your optimal state of wellness!

     


    3 Day Detox for Summer - part 2 of 3 - AFTERNOON OOLONG

    05.14.2018

    In the summer, you want to look your best (and…. swim suits are really not the most forgiving ? ).

    Dr. Pina has a plan for you.

    She explains to Dr. Oz how to naturally reduce the bloat, decrease the flab, and get your body healthy at the same time.

    Now, you won't lose all the weight you may want in three days, but, you will lower inflammation, minimize the bloat, and start the process to help you move into the shape you have always wanted.

    Also, download your copy of the three day detox.

    Download your free copy of the 3 Day detox:


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    CLICK HERE FOR PART 2 of 3

     


    3 Day Detox for Summer - part 3 of 3 - EVENING MILK THISTLE

    05.18.2018

    In the summer, you want to look your best (and…. swim suits are really not the most forgiving ? ).

    Dr. Pina has a plan for you.

    She explains to Dr. Oz how to naturally reduce the bloat, decrease the flab, and get your body healthy at the same time.

    Now, you won't lose all the weight you may want in three days, but, you will lower inflammation, minimize the bloat, and start the process to help you move into the shape you have always wanted.

    Also, download your copy of the three day detox.



    Download the PDF: here



    CLICK HERE FOR DR. OZ VIDEO PART 3 of 3

     


    Download Your Copy of Dr. Pina's Three Day Detox Plan

    05.14.2018

    In the summer, you want to look your best (and…. swim suits are really not the most forgiving ? ).

    Dr. Pina has a plan for you.

    She explains to Dr. Oz how to naturally reduce the bloat, decrease the flab, and get your body healthy at the same time.

    Now, you won't lose all the weight you may want in three days, but, you will lower inflammation, minimize the bloat, and start the process to help you move into the shape you have always wanted.

    Download below :)

    CLICK HERE FOR DR. PINA's 3 STEP PLAN

     


    3 Day Detox for Summer - part 1 of 3 - AM LICORICE

    05.14.2018

    In the summer, you want to look your best (and…. swim suits are really not the most forgiving ? ).

    Dr. Pina has a plan for you.

    She explains to Dr. Oz how to naturally reduce the bloat, decrease the flab, and get your body healthy at the same time.

    Now, you won't lose all the weight you may want in three days, but, you will lower inflammation, minimize the bloat, and start the process to help you move into the shape you have always wanted.

    Also, download your PDF copy of the three day detox.



    Find it here



    CLICK HERE FOR PART 1 of 3

     


    ISH Newsletter 3-26-2017: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Supplement Quality, Tea for Weight loss video, Lotus Physical Therapy

    In This Issue:

    EVENTS:

    Half Day for Health and Detox - Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Mitochondrial Health for Nervous System and Mental Health

    Better Than A Statin? The Boston Heart Panel and Natural
    Remedies for Optimal Heart Health

    50 Ways to Love Your Liver

    HEALTH INFO:

    Article - Naturopathic Medicine for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Podcast - Supplements: Quality and Use for Mood Disorder

    Radio Interview - Natural Anxiety and Depression Treatments


    Video of Dr. Pina on Dr. Oz: How Tea Can Help You Lose Weight

    NEWS:
    naturopathic legislation moving forward

    Meet Rachelle Bojer and Lotus Physical Therapy

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    Teatoxing - Dr. Pina on Dr. Oz - part 3 of 3

    5-18-2016

    Dr. Pina discusses the benefits and drawbacks of tea-toxing (using teas to detox your body), and explains how you can do it at home for less for liver support, for weight loss, and more.

    CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO PART THREE of THREE

     


    Teatoxing - Dr. Pina on Dr. Oz - part 2 of 3

    5-18-2016

    Dr. Pina discusses the benefits and drawbacks of tea-toxing (using teas to detox your body), and explains how you can do it at home for less for liver support, for weight loss, and more.

    CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO PART TWO of THREE

     


    Teatoxing - Dr. Pina on Dr. Oz - part 1 of 3

    5-18-2016

    Dr. Pina discusses the benefits and drawbacks of tea-toxing (using teas to detox your body), and explains how you can do it at home for less for liver support, for weight loss, and more.

    CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO PART ONE of THREE

     


    Cilantro for Detoxification

    8.26.2015

    Learn why the herb cilantro is great for detoxification and how it may help you achieve the results you are looking for.

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    Inner Source Detox and Upcoming Events

    January 2013

    Inner Source Health is excited to introduce their new Detox program. Make Mine Detox is a 28 day gentle cleanse of the body designed specifically for you.

    Many symptoms we experience in our daily lives are due to toxic overload. The liver becomes overburdened with the daily struggle to eliminate the harmful substances we are exposed to. When this occurs we begin to notice symptoms of fatigue, headaches, allergies, constipation, joint pain, poor concentration, irritability, skin and hair changes.

    Make Mine Detox supports the liver and kidneys in their ability to neutralize and eliminate toxins. When we remove this heavy burden we can see weight loss, increased concentration, anti-aging effects and a decrease in the severity of many diseases.

    Make Mine Detox is structured to be individualized. We will address your needs and teach you which foods will benefit your body and increase metabolism. You will be given easy to follow instructions and additional detox tips to enhance your experience.

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    “Obesogens” Really, pollution and toxins make me fat?
    by dr. peter and dr. pina

    April 12, 2011

    For the longest time, medicine thought weight gain was simply a process of too many calories in (by eating too much) and not burning enough calories via exercise. Then, more thoughtful research added stress as a factor for not being able to lose weight due to slowing of metabolic function. Even though calories in, exercise, and stress are all still very important factors in the battle of the bulge, fascinating new research is coming out which we think is exciting: studies are showing us how toxic compounds in our environment can also make you and keep you fat.

    Known as ‘obesogens’, these are chemicals not natural to your body. Because the body cannot easily get rid of them, they dirsrupt the normal control and growth of fat cells and energy. These chemicals, some known as ‘endocrine disruptors’ will also mess around with the body’s ability to regulate its hormones. Chemicals included are dioxins, phtalates, Bisphenol A and PCB’s, and POPs (persistent organic pollutants), but there are many more.

    What your mom ate and was exposed to may have set your fat cells early on: it has been shown that obesity is programmed early in life - when you were in the womb. While in the womb, exposure to chemicals can play a role by changing how the genes that form fat can be turned on to produce more cells – this event can cause a life-long struggle to keep to a healthy weight. This challenge can be made worse when a SAD (Standard American Diet) food regime is followed, and exercise is skipped.

    So what can you do? Well, we have seen many patients do well to change their body by not only changing their foods and exercising, but by also encouraging their body to get rid of these ‘obesogen’ chemicals. A good detoxification regimen designed for the individual can be very helpful to lose weight with greater success than simply dieting can do, even if the number of calories are not different. In fact, a good detoxification program does not even carry the concern about how many calories are being consumed – which means that as long as it is the right detoxifying foods, you can eat as much as you feel necessary, and still get the weight loss effect you desire.

    Obesogens are a fairly new concept – more research is needed. But we can learn from the idea and use this information to stave off obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, and more.

    References:

    Dirinck E, Jorens PG, Covaci A, Geens T, Roosens L, Neels H, Mertens I, Van Gaal L. Obesity and persistent organic pollutants: possible obesogenic effect of organochlorine pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011 Apr19(4):709-14. Epub 2010 Jun 17. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20559302


    Janesick A, Blumberg B. Endocrine disrupting chemicals and the developmental programming of adipogenesis and obesity. Birth Defects Res C Embryo Today. 2011 Mar93(1):34-50. doi: 10.1002/bdrc.20197.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21425440

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    january 2011 newsletter

    issue 22

    In this issue:

    - New Year - New You DETOX
    - menopause: natural choices
    - pregnant mom toxic load
    - 7-keto for weight loss
    - coffee: good or bad?

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    Environmental Toxicity and the Detox Continuum

    Published on Integrative Practitioner

    January 2008

    Dr. Peter was asked to write this article to teach other practitioners how to think about detoxification and the role of cleansing in health and disease. Enjoy this well-researched special article.

     


    Spring Detox
    April 2010

    Spring is a wonderful time of year to consider cleaning the body, mind and spirit. Using a detox properly and effectively will depend on the needs of each person. In this issue, learn about which foods, nutrients, hydrotherapy and other measures can help each person achieve a safe and effective detoxification for you. Also learn how you can use fertility for fertility before a healthy pregnancy.

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    "I Don't Sweat"

    September 6, 2009

    A number of patients we have spoken with claim: 'well, I just don't sweat'. This may be true if you are canine, for dogs do not have sweat glands, and must pant and keep their mouth open for regulation of temperature. There are certain human conditions that can cause lack of sweating: medications such as anti-psychotics or calcium channel blockers, significant nerve damage, or a rare disease called hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia. The rest of us should be sweating it out. If you exercise, and believe you still do not sweat, you may not be exercising hard enough yet - or possibly you are dehydrated, so your body is conserving its water.

    The truth is, many of us do not sweat enough. Only 3 in 10 adults get the recommended amount of physical activity. We live and work in temperature controlled environments all day, then ride in trains, cars and buses with more air conditioning. Typically, we 'don't sweat' because we are not given the chance. There are very few methods humans can use to get rid of chemicals from the body: pooping, peeing, exhaling, and sweating it out. In us humans, sweat glands are known mostly to help regulate temperature by bringing warm moisture to the surface of the skin, which causes cooling as the water evaporates. But the secondary role as detoxifier is not a minor role. Known as the 'third kidney' your skin has over 2.6 million tiny pores that can help clear as much as 30% of bodily wastes through perspiring. Sweat is composed mostly water, but also has urea (a breakdown product of proteins the kidneys also discard), and trace metals and minerals.

    Although experts believe sweating is mostly for temperature regulation, it has been shown that trace toxins do appear in sweat glands. Some evidence does suggest that the ability to sweat and excrete toxins like mercury will increase with repeated use of exercise or sauna. It see that hot wet steam saunas are more effective than dry saunas. Steam saunas create beads of moisture which adhere and coat the skin almost instantaneously. These prevent the body from losing heat through the process of evaporation. This may accelerate the detoxification and healing processes which take place within the body when body temperature rises. More studies on this are needed.

    To help get the sweating going, consider starting an exercise routine if you do not currently have one. If you are not sweating during this routine, consider increasing the intensity of your workout: this could mean increasing your pace or possibly increasing the angle of incline of your cardio machine. Sometimes, working with a trainer will also help you safely find inspiration for perspiration. For those who have an exercise routine, consider adding a steam sauna for increased detoxification effect. Yoga enthusiasts may try bikram yoga, a yoga practiced in a 105 degree temperature for 90 minutes.

    In Chinese medicine, sweat does contain qi (pronounced "chee") energy – so if someone is already expecially weak, extra sweating through exercise and saunas can deplete a person and make them even weaker. Accordingly, one needs to adjust any effort to sweat with their current health status.

    references:
    Department of Health and Human Services. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Healthy People 2010)
    Ely J. Well Mind Association Special Report - March 1994. Heavy Metal Detox: Sweating
    Guide4home.com Dry Saunas - A Comparison. Dry Sauna vs Steam Sauna. Accessed Sept. 6, 2009
    International Hyperhydrosis Society. No Sweat? It’s Not Always a Dream Come True. November 2006. http://www.sweathelp.org/ accessed on September 6, 2009
    Mosher HH. Simultaineous Study of the Constituents of Perspiration and Urine. November 16, 1932
    Woolston C. You sweat, but toxins likely stay. The halthy skeptic. Los Angeles Times, Jan 2008