Depression and Curcumin

May is Mental Health Awareness. The CDC reports 1 in 10 Americans experience symptoms of depression. Research has been looking for a long-term natural remedy to treat depression symptoms. Current medication, when taken long term, can cause sedation, weight gain, or physical sensations of pain or numbness.

St. Johns Wort has shown to be beneficial with mild to moderate depression. However, there was not any evidence to suggest that it helped with major depressive disorders.

Research is showing promising results for curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. Curcumin reverses stress and decreases inflammatory markers in the bloodstream. It helps support healthy levels of serotonin, noradrenaline, and dopamine. It may also promote neuron growth.

This research looked at Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and was published in the Journal of Phytotherapy Research. They looked at individuals on anti-depressant medication and those who took the curcumin blended turmeric essential oils. What they found was the curcumin turmeric essential oil had the same outcome as those on the medication. However, those on the curcumin/turmeric blend had no side effects of suicidal ideation or psychotic disorders.

This curcumin/turmeric essential oil blend may be the key to a more holistic risk-free intervention. If you or someone you know are experiencing symptoms of depression please seek help. Our office is always available to help 321-444-6750.

 

 

 

Sanmukhani J, Satodia V, Trivedi J, et al. Efficacy and Safety of Curcumin in Major Depressive Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Phytother Res. 2014;28(4):579-8.

Sciatic Pain and Chiropractic

Many of you know the amazing benefits that come from regular chiropractic care! However, there are still many who do not and I am on a mission to change that!

Prevention magazine posted an article this week on treatments for sciatic nerve pain and guess what treatment was listed first?!?!?! That is correct, chiropractic care! They listed a research article that showed, “60% of people with sciatica who didn’t get relief from other therapies and then tried spinal manipulation experienced the same degree of pain relief as patients who eventually had surgery.

Symptoms can clear up in 6 weeks or take years to resolve. However, with chiropractic care symptoms can resolve much faster and have lasting results! in this study, patients saw a chiropractor for 4 weeks and then began tapering off. The patients who responded to chiropractic care reported benefits that lasted up to one year!

Here is what researcher Dr. Gordon McCmorland, DC had to say, “Spinal manipulation may create a response in the nervous system that relieves pain and restores normal mobility to the injured area. It also reduces inflammation, creating an environment that promotes the body’s natural healing mechanisms.”

So do not suffer through the pain! Call your chiropractor today!

https://www.prevention.com/health/a20428216/best-treatments-for-sciatic-nerve-pain/

Turmeric Latte Love

When my eczema was really bad I was bathing in turmeric in addition to drinking it. I was a walking human orange. Turmeric has significant anti-inflammatory effects in the body. Curcumin which is found in turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and has amazing health benefits. Curcumin is great for reducing inflammation, helping regulate blood sugar levels, and reducing pain.

In China turmeric is used to treat abdominal pain. Research has found that turmeric increases mucin secretion and may act as a protective layer in the stomach against irritants. Because of the anti-inflammatory properties patients who received turmeric/curcumin showed significant improvement in their symptoms (1).

In one double-blind, placebo-controlled study with patients who had ulcerative colitis. The patients who received a turmeric/curcumin supplements had a relapse rate much lower than those who took the placebo (2).

Turmeric/curcumin supplementation in clinical studies has also shown improvment in lipid profiles.

There are currently many studies investigating the possible beneficial effects of turmeric/curcumin in a wide variety of illnesses. Turmeric has been used in Asia for many remedies and it may prove to be a great preventative tool for illnesses including cancer, obesity, type-2 diabetes, ulcerative colitis, bacterial infections, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and end-stage renal disease (23).

So why not make a turmeric latte part of your routine? It is simple to make and you can drink it during any part of your day. You do not have to be a walking human orange like I was to reap the benefits of turmeric. Below is one of my favorite recipes for a turmeric latte

  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)

Add ingredients, heat over the stove until melted and warm. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and enjoy!

📷 credit: Dr. Axe

Chiropractic and Chronic Pain

Every day more than 115 people in the United States die from overdosing on opioids. Deaths involving opioids have quadrupled since 1999. The CDC estimates an economic burden of prescription opioid misuse in the US alone is $78.5 billion per year.

According to the CDC 1 in 5 patients who receive prescription opioids long-term struggle with addiction. However, the pain reported by Americans has not changed.

In 2014 2 million people abused or were dependent on opioids. Opioids numb the patient’s pain and may convince patients that their condition is less severe of has healed which is not the case.

What has been proven in scientific research is that chiropractic care is effective in treating low back and neck pain.

One study found that individuals with low back pain who utilized chiropractic care were 55% less likely to fill prescriptions for opioids when compared to those who did not. They are currently completing a second study on a much larger scale.

In 2017 the American College of Physicians updated their guidelines for treatment of acute and chronic low back pain to recommend first using non-invasive, non-drug treatment before resorting to drug therapies.

The ACP based their recommendation on randomized controlled trials that stated heat therapy, massage, acupuncture and spinal manipulation as possible options for non-invasive, non-drug therapies for low back pain.

Two weeks ago the governor of West Virginia signed a bill into effect that medical doctors must refer their pain patients to either a chiropractor or physical therapist before they can prescribe opioids. This is the first law like this in the country and hopefully other states will join in.

I believe chiropractic can be a force in the fight against the opioid crisis.

Palmer’s Gallup results showed that 80% of people were willing to try an alternative to pain medication. Chiropractic is a great alternative.

Before you decide to take drugs consider chiropractic first and experience the wonderful benefits chiropractic gives. If you have had a good experience with your chiropractor let me know!  Help share the benefits of chiropractic and the difference it can make in your life! Chiropractic is the reason I did not take pain medication my whole life to combat the pain I was experiencing.

If you do not have a chiropractor ask your friends who they see or go to http://www.palmer.edu/alumni/find-a-chiropractor/ to locate a Palmer graduate.

Live well y’all!

Nerve Function and Peripheral Neuropathy

I heard a great podcast by Ben Greenfield this week and someone asked a question about supplementation for nerve function. There are many conditions affecting nerve function and one that we treat in our office is Peripheral Neuropathy.

Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition characterized by extremity pain, numbness, burning pain, and weakness, usually of the hands, arms, legs, and/or feet. Peripheral Neuropathy refers to a condition that results when there is damage to the Peripheral Nervous System, the network of nerves outside the spinal cord. Symptoms can include numbness or tingling, pricking sensations, muscle weakness, paralysis, extreme sensitivity to touch, burning pain (especially at night), and in extreme cases organ or gland dysfunction. Peripheral Neuropathy can be acute (symptoms occur suddenly, progress rapidly, and resolve slowly) or chronic (symptoms are slight, progress slowly, may take months or years to resolve, and can be recurrent and worsening over time.)

There are many causes of Peripheral Neuropathy including physical injury or sudden trauma, diseases or disorders, exposure to toxins in medications, hazardous environmental and industrial materials, and heavy alcohol consumption. Diabetes, Chemotherapy Treatment, Spinal Stenosis, and Spinal Disc Degeneration are all common underlying conditions of Peripheral Neuropathy.

We treat Peripheral Neuropathy in our office with K-Laser. K-Laser treatment has seen a 90% improvement in symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy which is huge! K-laser is a class IV laser and a 30-minute treatment with a class IV laser is equivalent to 12 hours of continuous treatment with a class III laser. Below are some awesome studies on Peripheral Neuropathy and treatment with the K-laser

  • (K-Laser) patients experienced significant reduction in modified total neuropathy scores at all time points. There were no observed complications among patient treated with (K-Laser). (K-Laser) may improve neuropathy symptoms through a number of plausible mechanisms including prevention of neural apoptosis and enhancement of neurite outgrowth. Among patients with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, (K-Laser) produced a significant reduction in neuropathy symptoms. Click here for full study.
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is one of the most common types of peripheral neuropathy. It is considered to be progressive and irreversible. However, treatment with K-Laser has shown that may not be true. In this 4-week study patients treated with the laser had a significant increase in nerve conduction. Microcirculation (skin blood perfusion) was increased by 35.8% at the heel, big toe, and little toes. Patients reported a 26.4% decrease in pain levels. The results showed motor, sensory, and circulation improvements in just 4 weeks of treatment with the laser. Click here for full study.
  • Laser is showing promising results to treat pain in the extremities. The laser produces an anti-inflammatory effect and increases microcirculation resulting in increased healing. The increased microcirculation induces tissue repair processes and helps reduce pain. This allows increased oxygen and nutrition to the damaged area. Click here for full study.

There are supplements that you can take to help assist with nerve function and healing.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine is involved in lipid transport (important for mitochondrial function). Acetyl-L-Carnitine is neuroprotective in the central nervous system and has been shown to increase peripheral nerve regeneration. Clinically it has been shown to help with diabetic neuropathy and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy(1).

R-Lipoic Acid which is the most active form of alpha-lipoic acid. Alpha-lipoic acid seems to delay or reverse peripheral neuropathy through its antioxidant properties. It can increase glutathione which is an endogenous antioxidant. Alpha-lipoic acid has been shown to improve motor-nerve conduction velocity and also to protect peripheral nerves from ischemia in rats.  Patients treated with 600mg of alpha-lipoic acid had reduced pain, numbness, and hypersensitivity(2). 

Co-Q10 is great for a lot of condition. A study completed on rats showed treatment with Co-Q10 prevented nerve impairment, improved sensory symptoms. Co-Q10 has sown to improve endothelial function and blood flow so it improves oxygen to the peripheral nerves. Another study showed significant improvements in diabetics with peripheral neuropathies in patients with type two diabetes(3).

B-Complex which I personally love for many things including energy! One study found that higher doses of vitamin B complex resulted in significant short-term pain reduced and decreased hypersensitivity (4).

Returning To My Alma Mater

This past weekend I had the privilege to return to my Alma Mater The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and share my story with students. Everyone’s story is unique and it is always a privilege to encourage others in their path. achieving your goals is never easy and sometimes there are hurdles that are discouraging. However, God always has a plan that is better than we could ever imagine!

I graduated from UNC Pembroke in 2012 with a B.S. in Chemistry. During my time at Pembroke, I was the Vice President and President of the Health Careers Club. I tutored as a Supplemental Instruction leader for General Chemistry I and II. I participated in research during my senior year and it was published in the Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research. I enjoyed my time at Pembroke. Pembroke is a smaller university with most classes averaging 30 students or less. Because of this, I was able to build relationships with my professors and many still keep in touch.

I was excited to see students come out on a Friday afternoon to participate! After the talk, we even had fun with some functional movement activities. Thank you, UNC Pembroke: Chemistry and Physics for allowing me to come speak! Thank you to all the students who come out on a Friday afternoon to participate!

#Bravenation

 

My Soda Replacement = Kombucha

I love Coca-Cola. I love the fizzle and every completely non-healthy thing about it. However, there really is not one healthy thing about a soda so I have not had one in months. The thing about sugar in general is it makes you crave more sugar! Once sugar is removed you will be amazed at how your cravings vanish. I have not even craved a soda since I started drinking Kombucha. When I crave fizzy this is what I turn to and it has a ton of health benefits!

Kombucha has many benefits for your gut. Gut health is very important since 80% of your immune system is located in your gut! Kombucha is fermented black tea and sugar. It contains a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) that acts as a probiotic food. During the fermentation process, Kombucha becomes carbonated and produces vinegar, vitamins, and probiotics.

Kombucha contains antioxidants that help reduce inflammation. Antioxidants fight free radicals which can damage our cells.

Acetic acid is also produced during the fermentation process (also found in vinegar). Acetic acid is able to kill harmful microorganisms. In the gut, Kombucha helps balance and restore good bacteria. The B vitamins in Kombucha help increase energy levels.

One study completed on rats found that in just 30 days Kombucha improved their LDL and HDL markers (1).

Kombucha does contain some sugar content. You can make your own Kombucha at home and reduce the sugar content. If you do make your own at home it is important to prepare it properly and reduce the risk of contamination.

The key when trying to restore good bacteria to your gut is variety! There are many great fermented food options to add to your diet.

Why is Bulletproof Coffee So Great?

I’ve been drinking Bulletproof coffee for close to a year now. Instead of eating breakfast I drink my coffee instead. This allows me to intermittent fast for 16-18 hours and save $6 from my morning coffee run. There has been a ton of research that shows the benefits of intermittent fasting and giving your body a break from constantly digesting food but that is a whole post on its own!

Bulletproof coffee is made by using good clean coffee beans, Brain Octane, and grass-fed butter or ghee. This combination suppresses hunger, gives you energy, and provides mental clarity for hours.

Bulletproof coffee beans are processed to minimize mold and toxin contamination that can occur in other coffee beans. When I run out I will sometimes use Organic, single origin, fair trade certified, 100% arabica coffee (that is a mouth full, right?).

Brain Octane is a purified form of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil that is made from 100% pure coconut oil. Brain Octane is converted to ketones that your brain can use for energy. It also helps balance your hunger hormones to help keep you full.

Grass-fed butter gives you essential fatty acids, butyrate, and short chain fatty acids. Butyrate is great to feed your gut bacteria. Butyrate also helps control the growth of the cells lining your gut. Butyrate has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. So, this combination can help decrease inflammation.

This coffee is smooth and delicious. It has become my favorite part of my morning routine. I modify my Bulletproof coffee sometimes and will add collagen. I love to sprinkle a little cinnamon on top for an added taste.

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

On the weekends I like to try something new. I meal prep during the week so it is nice to have something different on the weekends. This week I have been craving mac and cheese. I have not had macaroni and cheese in years! So, I tried a healthier version and it turned out amazing! It is very easy to make too.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of grass fed butter
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

Roast cauliflower on 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes. While that is in the oven place remaining ingredients in a pot and heat. Once cauliflower is finished mix and enjoy! If you try it let me know how you like it 🙂

Happy Sunday!

Boosting Your Immune System

According to the CDC this seasons influenza activity has been increased than in years past. There are steps you can take to boost your immune system and defend yourself against infections including the flu. Research is showing that optimizing your vitamin D levels may be far more effective in protecting against the flu than the flu shot.

Dr. John Cannell, introduced the idea that vitamin D deficiency may actually be the reason for someone contracting the flu. One study showed that in individuals who had significant vitamin D deficiency and began taking a vitamin D supplement they reduced their risk of respiratory infections such as the flu by 50%! Individuals who already had high vitamin D levels still reduced their risk of the flu by 10%.

There are blood tests that can be ordered to see where your vitamin D levels are.

Vitamin C  and Zinc are also important in boosting your immune system. There are also some great essential oils that help combat cold symptoms. Oregano and Frankincense are great to keep on hand!

This article is a great read! I encourage everyone to take some time to read through it. Educating yourself is so important to protect yourself and your family. Doctors are wonderful, educated individuals but they are also human. Research information for yourself in order to make a decision.

https://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/public/1281.cfm