Week 1 : Drink more water, less sugary drinks. Week 2: eat less by using smaller plates. Week 3: Move, just be active. Don’t have time, work out during commercials. Week 4 : have the courage to start. It takes guts to say you don’t want to be unhealthy anymore and to take that first step. Week 5 : Sleep. Sleep has many benefits to a healthy lifestyle.
This week I turned to a friend of ours, Dr. Deanna Osborne, to help me out on what we put in our bodies and how it affects your health. A little about Deanna :
Dr. Deanna Osborn graduated from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, is a board certified family practice physician and has completed the coursework leading to a Functional Medicine Fellowship. When as a young mother and physician she was struggling with serious medical issues, her field held no answers for restoring her health. Faced with her own health dilemma, Dr. Deanna discovered the importance of hormone balance, nutritional healing, and how simple lifestyle changes could restore her health. Dr. Deanna has proven that if you give the body what it needs or is lacking, it will heal itself. Today she practices part time in the area of Functional Medicine, specializing in bioidentical hormone balance, whole body detoxification, and the reversal of inflammation within the body.
I checked out her website deannaosborn.com and have posted these two blogs with her permission. If you have a chance to purchase her book and learn more about natural foods and medicines for your health, I would highly recommend it.
Why would I recommend it?
Today’s doctors are so busy they spend less than eight minutes with each patient. While studies have shown that patient satisfaction and outcomes suffer, and inappropriate prescribing increases when doctors spend less time with their patients, there may be even longer-term repercussions of such hurried interactions.The American health care system is all business. Unfortunately, the industry values treatment over prevention and drugs over lifestyle changes. The end result for patients isn’t ideal, as they end up taking more and more drugs to treat an illness, without addressing its root cause. For example, many of America’s most deadly diseases, like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are largely caused by poor diet.
Let’s not get me talking about our foods we eat. I have mentioned in other posts about GMO’s and food ingredients that the United States FDA allows to be put in our foods but are banned in other countries around the world. In order to keep this post shorter, I will leave it at that.
It’s More Than Genes
I often hear the argument, “Well, Grandma never took supplements and she lived to be 95.” This is based on the false hypothesis that your health depends entirely on your genetic make-up. So, if Grandma was healthy, you will be too. Yes, your genes matter, but the trigger points for chronic illness such as diabetes and heart disease are clearly directed by what you are feeding your body. And it is a fact that the food your Grandma fed her body is no longer widely available to you. Food has changed nutritionally, genetically, and chemically.
Today the food system is compromised. The nutrition required by all of us for health and well-being is becoming harder and harder to access commercially. Knowing your farmers, meat producers, and other food providers is becoming critical to maintaining health and avoiding chronic diseases of the industrialized world. Food should be a restorative and healing fuel for the body, not for comfort, relief, or social entertainment in a high-pressure society. As you read our blog and if you purchase the book, you learn that one of the most difficult truths for many people to accept is: food can be the most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.
Do you have the same vigor and energy you had just a few years ago? Do you look at your aging body and declining energy as simply the evidence of the passage of years? Please know, most people should have a much higher level of health and well-being, which is achievable by following a few simple guidelines. My aim is to help your body operate at peak levels, age naturally and avoid disease. My understanding of health and well-being has changed since I began to practice medicine. Over the past ten years, I have learned more about “alternative” health and disease prevention than I did in the traditional study of medicine at school.My continual hope for this blog and my Healing Handbook is that they will equip you to know how to make well- informed decisions about their life and health maintenance, keeping you from poor operational function and ultimately disease.
Join with us and learn how to bring your body back to health. To order a copy of Dr. Deanna’s Healing Handbook visit http://deannaosborn.com/healing-handbook/
Hair loss….at my age!?
Greetings readers! I wanted to share with you a story of a 16 year old patient of mine. We’ll call her Chloe. Chloe came to see me because she was having hair loss, or spotty alopecia. She had been seeing a dermatologist for her hair loss and after trying many things the dermatologist had resulted to doing steroid injections into her scalp on the bald spots. While this therapy worked for the hair loss, it was leaving boggy spots on her scalp that felt funny. Both Chloe and her mother knew this was not a long term solution to the problem, but rather a Band-Aid approach.
I recommended two types of testing. I had Chloe do our complete nutritional panel (also called micronutrient testing) and genetic testing. The total cost for this testing was about $500. The results…..AMAZING! As it turns out, Chloe was severely deficient in B vitamins, several key nutrients and copper. Copper can be a cause of hair loss as can some of the B vitamins. She had several genetic enzyme deficiencies that were the cause of her B vitamin deficiency.
Chloe started a nutritional program that included a gluten free diet, vitamin supplementation, copper supplementation and lifestyle changes. Upon returning for follow up visit her hair loss had stopped completely, her skin had cleared completely, and she reported feeling much better overall. At her 6 month follow up appointment, her hair issue was completely resolved and she reported that her ADD had improved dramatically. In fact, she reported getting all A’s on her final exams! She had previously been a struggling student with an Individualize Education Program (IEP). She still has an IEP at school, but it is my belief that much of her cognitive issues were a result of her extreme malnutrition. Chloe and Chloe’s family have subsequently become one of my greatest sources of referral in my practice.
It is stories like Chloe’s that make me excited to work with patients every day. When we give the body what it needs, it has tremendous power to heal itself!