by Erica Julson, MS, RDN, CLT
Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a clear, gooey substance that is naturally produced by your body.
The largest amounts of it are found in your skin, connective tissue and eyes.
Its main function is to retain water to keep your tissues well lubricated and moist.
Hyaluronic acid has a variety of uses. Many people take it as a supplement, but it’s also used in topical serums, eye drops and injections.
Here are 7 scientifically backed benefits of taking hyaluronic acid.
1. Promotes Healthier, More Supple Skin
2. Can Speed Wound Healing
3. Relieve Joint Pain by Keeping Bones Well Lubricated
4. Soothe Acid Reflux Symptoms
5. Relieve Dry Eye and Discomfort
6. Preserve Bone Strength
7. Could Prevent Bladder Pain
BY KRISTIN CANNING
You already know that citrus (like oranges, lemons, tangerines, limes and grapefruit) is an excellent source of immune-boosting vitamin C—which is why so many people reach for these fruits during cold and flu season. But citrus offers many other impressive health benefits as well. The juicy, colorful fruits are packed with good-for-you nutrients, not to mention flavor, making them a great addition to a healthy diet. Here, nine reasons why you should be adding more citrus to your plate.
1. They’re a good source of fiber
2. They’re good for your heart
3. They have a low glycemic index
4. They help shorten colds
5. They’re packed with potassium
6. They help you better absorb other nutrients
7. They’re hydrating
8. They keep skin looking young
9. They’re a weight loss staple
Dr. Austin's Note
Sometimes it can be overwhelming to try and consume all the foods throughout your week that are healthy for you. One way to achieve this is through juicing. Another great alternative to reaping some of the health benefits mentioned above is through IV Vitamin therapy. At Adjust Dallas we use IV Vitamins therapy to achieve health goals as quickly as possible. "Cocktails" like Myer's Cocktail and High Dose Vitamin C are great for achieving some of the health benefits mentioned above.
by Sarah Treleaven
1. Don’t live for the weekends. Find something you love to do and do it on a weeknight. If you can feel joy on the weekend you can feel it during the week. It may just take a little more planning.
2. Relax. Don’t overload your weekends, or you might find yourself even more groggy and miserable during the week.
3. Don’t sleep in. The same sleep schedule all week will help you feel rested come Monday morning. Studies have shown people who sleep in late on weekends could be suffering from social jet lag.
4. Plan ahead Sunday night. Figure out lunch and your outfit the night before and you won’t be scrambling Monday morning. If you’ve got children get them organized as well to start the week off on a good foot.
5. Hit the hay early on Sunday. Being tired will only add to the stress of a hectic Monday.
6. Don’t skip breakfast. This is true everyday but especially on Mondays when you’ve been out of your routine for a few days. It’s a great way to set the pace for the rest of the day for both your mind and body. These slow-cooker breakfast recipes can be prepared Sunday night and ready for you to enjoy Monday morning.
7. Get pumped with some tunes. I’m not a morning noise kind of person, but listening to a favorite song can help boost your Monday morning mood.
8. Get some exercise. In the morning. Before work. This is a great strategy that will boost your endorphins, making you happier throughout the day. Here’s a mini morning yoga routine you can do in your bedroom.
9. Look snazzy. If you need a pick-me-up, wear something you absolutely love. If you already feel groggy, dressing sloppy will only make you feel worse.
10. Smile. Even if it’s forced, it can make you feel better.
11. Treat yourself. Create a little ritualized treat to look forward to on Monday mornings. Maybe you splurge on a fancy latte or buy a new magazine for your morning commute. Having something to look forward to on Monday’s will make it feel less daunting.
12. Take small breaks throughout the day. Getting some fresh air and eating a proper lunch can do wonders for both your attitude and productivity.
13. Figure out why Mondays are blue. Is it time to switch careers?
The last point is a good one. There’s something to be said for having a job that doesn’t fill you with dread at the end of every weekend, and sometimes even taking a pay cut to be happy is worth it. It is possible to like, or even love, your work.
Bioidentical hormone Replacement therapy (BHRT) is often called "natural hormone therapy" because bioidentical hormones act in the body just like the hormones we produce.Your body’s hormones control most of your basic bodily functions. They serve as an internal communication system between cells throughout the body. They coordinate everything from digestion and growth to your appetite, immune function, mood, and libido. So, when your hormones are out of balance, even slightly, it can have a big impact on your health and well-being.
BHRT can be used to treat men and women when their hormone levels drop or become unbalanced. It’s most frequently used to ease symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. It may also be used to improve symptoms of cancer treatment or to treat conditions such as:
Bioidentical hormones are manmade hormones derived from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to those the human body produces. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are among those most commonly replicated and used in treatment.
BHRT is typically used as people age and hormone levels drop, particularly for women who are in perimenopause or menopause. It’s used to increase the levels of the hormones that have dropped and improve moderate to severe menopause symptoms, including:
I am pleased to share with you the preliminary results of a recent study on the treatment of Type 2 diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathy. The study has confirmed the anecdotal results we have seen in the clinic.
This study is particularly significant considering that there has been a paucity of clinical evidence of the efficacy of our neurostimulator device.
Since the first FDA device was cleared in 2005, approximately 100,000 devices have been applied on patients.
We have started a program of clinical studies. The first one on treating peripheral neuropathy in Type 2 diabetics is nearing completion. The results are phenomenal, as we expected, given the anecdotal evidence gathered through the years.
We are publishing an interim paper based on an abstract that was submitted to the North American Neuromodulation Society’s annual meeting in Las Vegas in January 2019.
The paper confirms:
1. The initial treatments do not provide pain relief but make the patient sleep better.
2. Succeeding treatments provide pain relief. After treatment four, patients experience an exponential reduction of pain.
3. It takes six to eight treatments to cure the patient.
Another interesting fact emerged. Electrical stimulation also stimulates tissue regeneration. There are a few papers on this topic. In fact, the inventor of an earlier version of our neurostimulation device had treated many patients for wound care in the Viennese General Hospital. I had completely forgotten about this until I was made aware that one of the patients in our study experienced the healing of her toe during treatment. The number of treatments required to accomplish this varies depending upon the size of the wound.
We are continually amazed at the results and benefits to patients. Each study takes about 2 years from start to finish. We started the process for this current study at the beginning of the year. We have just completed treating over 66 patients (the number required for statistical significance). Now the process of final analysis and documentation begins.
Edward R. Laskowski, M.D.
When you sit, you use less energy than you do when you stand or move. Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns. They include obesity and a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that make up metabolic syndrome. Too much sitting overall and prolonged periods of sitting also seem to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Any extended sitting — such as at a desk, behind a wheel or in front of a screen — can be harmful. An analysis of 13 studies of sitting time and activity levels found that those who sat for more than eight hours a day with no physical activity had a risk of dying similar to the risks of dying posed by obesity and smoking. However, unlike some other studies, this analysis of data from more than 1 million people found that 60 to 75 minutes of moderately intense physical activity a day countered the effects of too much sitting. Another study found that sitting time contributed little to mortality for people who were most active.
More study is needed on the effects of sitting and physical activity on health. However, it seems clear that less sitting and more moving overall contribute to better health. You might start by simply standing rather than sitting when you have the chance or finding ways to walk while you work. For example:
Intravenous Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy is an alternative health therapy that can be used to treat common infections such as cold, flu and sinus infections. Presently, there are over 6,100 articles in scientific literature dating back to 1920 on the clinical applications of hydrogen peroxide.
It is well known that antibiotics can kill the beneficial bacteria within your intestines and upset the delicate balance of our intestinal tract which makes Hydrogen Peroxide Infusions an attractive alternative therapy. Hydrogen peroxide is a part of your normal immune defense and your body produces it constantly. Our white blood cells are partly responsible for our immune system and they produce something called "peroxisomes," which produce Hydrogen Peroxide (H202) intracellularly. The white blood cells engulf the virus or bacteria and with the help of peroxisomes, destroy the pathogen.
When we come down with an obvious infection, be it viral or bacterial, our defense mechanism has been overwhelmed. This is where a careful dilution of H202 administered intravenously can be a big help in fighting off infection.
Hydrogen peroxide therapy severely inhibits the growth of anaerobic organisms (bacteria and viruses that use carbon dioxide for fuel and leave oxygen as a by-product). This action is immediate, on contact with the anaerobic organism. H2O2 provides singlet oxygen, which, in turn, transforms biological waste products and industrial toxins into inert substances by oxidizing them.
Hydrogen Peroxide initially reacts with catalase in the plasma and the white blood cells. Later, it penetrates the cell membrane of erythrocytes (red blood cells), where it reacts with catalase within the cell, and additional oxygen is released.
According to William Campbell Douglass, MD, “peroxide is the ammunition of your killer cells. Your body’s elite corp of bacterial assassins, called polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN’s), engulf bacteria then kill them with the “respiratory burst.” The cell combines oxygen and water, making the H2O2. That’s the respiratory burst. The H202 then zaps the bacteria.
We use Hydrogen Peroxide Infusions to treat any infectious condition that can be treated with antibiotics, most commonly, Upper Respiratory Infections, Bronchitis and Pneumonia. We also use it to treat many viral infections, influenza, sinus infections and the common cold.
What are trigger points?
Trigger points are areas in muscle that are very irritable, show a band of tightness in the area of muscle itself, and, when pressed, produce a twitch within the affected muscle. A trigger point may produce not only pain in the affected muscle, but in a distant area, including locations in the head and neck, called referred pain. Trigger points may develop because of trauma, injury, inflammation, or other factors.
Can trigger points cause headaches or trigger migraines?
Trigger points within muscles of the head, neck, and shoulders can cause headache by themselves, and this type of condition is often called myofascial pain. In addition, trigger points can be present in patients with migraine, tension-type, post-traumatic, and other headache disorders, and can be worsening or perpetuating factors for the underlying headache condition.
What are trigger point injections?
A trigger point injection is a procedure where a medication, usually a local anesthetic, is injected into the painful muscle to provide relief. The pain relief should be experienced not only in the affected muscle, but in the area of referred pain as well.
Who should receive trigger point injections?
Patients that have specific trigger points that can be elicited with palpation (a firm touch) may experience the most relief from injections. They may be very helpful for immediate relief for severe pain in patients with an individual headache or migraine attack, or can help treat an overall worsening of head pain in patients with chronic headache disorders who are having an exacerbation.
How are trigger point injections performed?
In the trigger point procedure, a health care provider inserts a small needle into the patient’s specific area of pain (trigger point) in a muscle. The injection usually contains only a local anesthetic, but occasionally may contain a steroid medication. This procedure can be performed in a doctor’s office, and does not require sedation. The patient is positioned sitting or lying down. Your doctor will first palpate and identify the painful areas within a muscle. After identifying such trigger points, your doctor will inject those areas. Depending on how many trigger points are identified, more than one injection may be required. Some headache specialists perform trigger point injections along with peripheral nerve blocks in the same treatment session.
How do trigger point injections work?
The anesthetic medication will be injected into the muscle and will block pain receptors within the nerves surrounding the muscle, and, in turn, reduce the pain signals sent to the brain. If steroid medication is used, it reduces the inflammation and swelling of tissue around the nerves, which may help reduce pain. The needle without medication may even provide independent benefits mechanically. The needle separates, relaxes and lengthens the muscle fiber to provide further pain relief. This approach is called “needling” and may be used in patients with allergies to anesthetic medication.
Are trigger point injections safe?
The most common side effects are temporary pain and numbness at the injection site. Infection and bleeding may occur at the injection site, but this can be avoided by cleaning the site before injection and applying pressure to the site after injection. Patients may also experience light-headedness after injections.
If steroid injections are used, repeated dosing may cause a loss of hair, fatty tissue accumulation, or loss of muscle thickness at the injection site.
What can I expect after receiving trigger point injections?
Immediately after the injection, you may feel that your pain has remitted or lessened significantly, in both the affected muscle as well as the area of the referred pain in the head or neck. Some patients may not benefit at all, while others may have significant pain remission lasting for weeks. You can return to your daily activities immediately after the injections. Health care providers may repeat the procedure as needed and customize how often it is performed.
Trigger point injection is a procedure which can be performed at a doctor’s office safely to treat headache and migraine in certain patients. Consult with your doctor as to whether or not this treatment is appropriate for you.
In most cases, a primary care doctor or chiropractor can help you resolve the problem.Published: November, 2017 in Harvard Health LetterLow back pain is one of the most common complaints on the planet. And you may wonder where to turn when you start experiencing some of those aches or twinges in the lower part of your back. Take heart. "In most cases, you won't need a specialist," says Dr. Robert Shmerling, a rheumatologist at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
When pain strikesThere are many causes of low back pain. Some of the most common include an injury to a muscle or tendon (a strain), an injury to a back ligament (a sprain), and a herniated or "slipped" disc (when the soft material inside of a disc between spinal bones leaks and irritates nerves). Many of these issues will eventually resolve on their own.
But some causes of low back pain, such as a narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis), may require a specialist. "A referral makes sense when conservative measures have failed to address your back pain, symptoms aren't improving or are getting worse, or there's a suspicion that surgery might be needed," says Dr. Shmerling.
Where to turnSince you shouldn't try to diagnose your own back pain, make your first call to a professional who can assess your problem, such as a primary care physician or a chiropractor. "Both can serve as the entry point for back pain," says Dr. Matthew Kowalski, a chiropractor with the Osher Clinical Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital. "And 35% to 42% of people with their first episode of back pain will consult a chiropractor."
Chiropractors use posture exercises and hands-on spinal manipulation to relieve back pain, improve function, and help the body heal itself. They often work in conjunction with other doctors, and they can prescribe diet, exercise, and stretching programs. "A well-trained chiropractor will sort out whether you should be in their care or the care of a physical therapist or medical doctor," Dr. Kowalski explains.
The next stepIf you do need a specialist on your team, there are many experts who can help, depending on your needs. You may be referred to any of these:
And you may need more than one expert managing your back pain. It just depends on the situation. "Most people who see more than one expert have more than one problem or have not improved with prior treatments," says Dr. Shmerling.
But for back sprains, strains, and herniated discs, a visit to your primary care physician or chiropractor may be all it takes to feel better. Make that initial call if back pain is interfering with your day.
Adjust Regenerative Medicine is excited to add Blood or Vampire Facials to our Anti-Aging care options.
Our new approach, the plasma-rich protein (PRP) facial, combines plasma and platelets from your blood with other rejuvenation techniques.
Hope to minimize your facial lines and wrinkles? If you don't want surgery, you've got other options.
"It triggers collagen production," explains plastic surgeon J. Vicente Poblete, MD. "Collagen is the 'latticework of the face,' so a PRP facial helps tighten, smooth and improve skin tone."
Here's what you need to know about PRP facials (sometimes called blood or 'vampire' facials).
Creating platelet-rich plasma
PRP facials are medical, rather than cosmetic procedures. Your medical team first takes a small sample of your blood.
Then they spin it in a centrifuge to extract protein-rich plasma. Next, they extract platelets. Finally, they concentrate the sample, creating what is called platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
While dermatologists recently started using PRP to stimulate collagen production, orthopaedic doctors have injected PRP to heal injured joints - typically ankles, knees and elbows - for many years.
It is the growth factors in PRP that help the body to heal.
What happens during treatment
The medical team first spreads plasma on your face and then uses microneedling across your cheeks and forehead to help your face absorb the proteins.
Microneedling is exactly what it sounds like - a procedure that creates a series of tiny, superficial punctures using sterile needles.
"Both PRP and microneedling stimulate collagen growth, and are more effective when done together," explains Dr. Poblete says. "We attack the problem in two layers: beneath the skin and on top of it."
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