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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) - Leading edge treatment now available for:

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  • Strokes

  • Diabetic ulcers

  • Traumatic Brain injuries following

    combat and motor vehicle accidents

  • Neurodegenerative conditions

  • Bone infections

  • Autism

  • Non-healing skin infections

  • Damage from radiation therapies

  • Skin grafts

  • Burns

  • Migraines

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

  • Multiple Sclerosis

 

What is this wonderful new form of therapy? Welcome to the world of possibilities with hyperbaric oxygenation therapy (HBOT)!


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The FDA has approved its use for 14 conditions (follow this link) although other applications have been widely studied and utilized as well.


How does this work?  Carol Henricks, MD, a leading authority on HBOT therapies who treats patients from all states, explains it this way:

 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body's natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled by a physician who has received additional education in its proper use and it is part of an overall treatment plan by a neurologist.  By enhancing oxygen delivery to the tissues, HBOT stimulates healing processes in many tissue damage/disease states. A “hyper-oxygen” state is achieved and this initiates healing that would otherwise not be possible.


HBOT triggers the release of stem cells that are critical to this healing.  It interrupts the continued injury to tissues, minimizing damage and promoting new healing.


 Personal Chamber

What does this look like? 

To receive treatment, you enter the HBOT chamber and the oxygenation and pressurization are slowly increased under the physician’s direction. 





 Multi-Chamber

Want to learn more? Follow this link or call your RN Patient Advocate who will assist you in finding the best HBOT treatment in your area.






More on the amazing CoEnzyme Q10 that our bodies produce….

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CoQ10_UbiquinolHere is some additional information about this wonderful nutrient our bodies create that increases energy production and helps to reduce inflammation.

 Tori Hudson, N.D., nationally recognized naturopathic physician, author, educator and researcher, has written much about this nutrient that is produced not only in humans, but in animals, plants and microbes. “It is an essential component of the mitochondria, which is the energy producing unit of each cell of our body. CoQ10 is involved in the manufacture of ATP, which is similar to the energy a spark plug provides in a car engine.”  Our bodies cannot live without it, but the production declines with age and disease.

What medical conditions can be improved with CoQ10?

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  • Cardiovascular diseases such as congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, mitral valve prolapse, angina and coronary artery disease:  73% of CoQ10 patients improved their cardiac output and 92% (!) improved the pumping ability of the heart
  • Diabetes: among other benefits, it may decrease how much insulin is needed
  • Periodontal disease
  • epic4healthImmune system deficiency
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Cancer: “because of its immune enhancing and antioxidant effects, CoQ-10 should be a strong consideration for cancer patients”
  • Neurological disorders

So how much should we take?  Dosage ranges from 60 – 300 mg each day though most studies have used 100 mg per day.  “No serious adverse effects and no toxicities have been reported in studies lasting up to a year.”

Issues with medications:  the cholesterol lowering drugs that are statins interfere with our body’s production of CoQ10.    This is important to know if cardiac issues are involved.  Some blood sugar lowering medications can reduce our production of CoQ10 as well.

If you are taking a blood thinning agent such as Coumadin, CoQ10 may reduce the blood thinning action which may require a higher dose of the Coumadin.

What do you think?  If you would like to learn more, click on the link above. . .

Here’s to your health!

Magnesium……and super health! Tired, depressed, high blood pressure, heart disease, restless legs? You might need magnesium…

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constipation-magnesiumUp to 80% of Americans have very low levels of magnesium!  Do you?  You can ask your physician to order the lab “RBC Mg” to get the most accurate reading of your own magnesium level.

Heart-with-StethascopeWhat does magnesium do for us?  Magnesium helps to regulate many biochemical reactions – such as protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood sugar control, and the regulation of blood pressure.  Magnesium is a key player in the production of energy in our bodies! It helps to build and maintain bone health (can help to prevent osteoporosis) and is even required for the synthesis of DNA! Magnesium is also important in maintaining a normal heart rhythm.  

Why do we need to know our magnesium level?  Mary Ackerley, MD, a leading psychiatrist who practices Functional Psychiatry and is certified in the leading edge treatment of mold illness, explains that there are links between magnesium and blood pressure and anxiety, depression, headaches and migraines, twitches, and restless legs. Heavy stress depletes magnesium levels, as do the following drugs – stomach acid blockers, steroids, BCP’s, Insulin, Digitalis, antibiotics and diuretics.”

What are the good food sources of magnesium? Do you like nuts (think almonds, cashews and peanuts)?  

Dr. Ackerley teaches us that you can boost your magnesium level if you increase your intake of leafy green vegetables, and grains and seeds.  Spinach is especially high in magnesium along with the nuts, shredded wheat, black beans and edamame.

“Vegetables, nuts and seeds grown organically in enriched soil have about twice the level of magnesium that inorganically grown produce does.”

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Who is most at risk of low magnesium levels? Men over the age of 71, and teenage girls seem to have the lowest intake.  Health conditions also are a major contributor to low levels:

  • GI conditions such as celiac disease, inflammatory bowel issues, some stomach bypass conditions, and Crohn’s disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Alcoholism

Want to learn more about this wonderful mineral?  Click on the links above…

 

 

 

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