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The Rising of Adolescent Obesity and the Need for the Right Treatment

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Obesity is an excess body fat. In adults percentage of obese people is very high. Alone in America, one-third of the total population is suffering from this health condition and even children and adolescents are under its effect. This is a health condition that all developing countries are struggling with hard.  Around 35 million children around the world have developed obesity, this clearly shows that socioeconomic and cultural diversities have no effect on its cause.

There exist numerous factors that become the root cause of the obesity in children and adolescents. Sometimes genes, sometimes lifestyle and poor eating habits. All contribute to the accumulation of fat in the body and at right time its treatment is necessary to prevent future illness and healthy life.

Factors Influencing Adolescents Obesity

Adolescents lifestyle faces too many challenges and staying fit and healthy is the prime requirement. Behavior and lifestyle is one the most concerned topic that causes obesity in them. With technology advancement teens are spending more time in front of television, laptops or tablets. This behavioral change minimises the physical activity and increases the sedentary activities.

The genetic problem in parents can also lead to obesity in children. Genes play a very pivotal role in defining an obese body. While treating obese children and adolescents, the genetic component has a very important role to play.

During pregnancy excessive weight gain or Type2 diabetes in mother is another factor for obesity in children and adolescents. An obese child develops into an obese adolescent and ultimately an obese adult. The chain has a very strong bonding that does require an immediate visit to adolescent obesity clinic in Oregon to fight off the excess fat as early as possible.

Risk Factors Associated with Adolescent Obesity

The news of the rise of obesity in adolescents is very disheartening. It is not just that obesity health condition alters the look of the person but the association of it with so many diseases is highly risky for the betterment of their lives. Health conditions that are more likely to occur in adolescents are:

  • Heart Disease and other cardiovascular diseases
  • Insulin resistance and diabetes
  • High cholesterol level and high blood pressure
  • Joints pains and sleep disorder like sleep apnea
  • Anxiety and depression due to poor self-esteem

As we have learnt that obesity is a disaster health condition that influences physical and mental health focusing on weight loss alone is another mistake they could make. Emphasising on weight loss over health should be immediately ignored. The study has shown that instant losing weight in adolescents leads to numerous health conditions like anorexia and cardiac symptoms.The process of losing weight need to be practical and achievable. One should focus on a healthy diet and active lifestyle to acquire a fit body.

Role of Oregon Obesity Treatment Center in Managing Adolescent Obesity

With time and advancement in technologies, adolescent obesity center Oregon embraces the latest methods to fight off the excess fat from the body and develop a healthy lifestyle in teens. Four basic strategies that Oregon Obesity treatment Center inculcate in treating adolescent are:

Complete Personality Development: Any weight loss journey is successful only when health is the prime focus and not losing kgs. Good nutrition, active life, regular exercise and healthy eating are the key components of losing weight. Clinicians focus on complete development and achievement and teach the lesson to celebrate self with correct eating and staying happy.

Enjoy Family Eating Time: The feeling of sitting together with family and eating fresh and healthy meals is simply superb. Parents must inculcate this habit to avoid outside food and sugary drinks. Doctors at clinic emphasize this aspect greatly.

Say No To Dieting: Clinicians at very early stage make sure that calorie counting is good but the intake of only low-calorie food means boosting obesity when adolescents return to normal diet. Eating healthy, nutritive and mostly plants are what that actually helps in removing the extra fat.

No Talks About Weight: Parents plays a very important role in developing a healthy life for children and adolescents. As a parent one should never degrade obese people and give so much importance to losing weight. They must emerge as a role model who puts attention on the happy and thriving body.

Treating Adolescent Obesity at Home

We very well understand the importance of prevention than cure. This would be applicable to adolescent obesity too. At home, children must be given a healthy eating habit since childhood days that restrict the development of obesity in teens. Here are a few tips on how to deal with it:

  • Parents are the role models for children. When parents eat healthily, kids too adopt the same habit.
  • Stocking up healthy food at home is another way to offer the only energising foods to the kids.
  • Having control over eating and offer the portion sizes that are appropriate to the age. Reduction of sweetened drinks and beverages is a great way to cut off calories.
  • Say no to eating as a reward for achievement. Mould the actual way of celebration and drift away from unhealthy eating.
  • Less screen time and more play time.

In a nutshell, adolescent obesity somewhere begins at home but no time is wrong to recognise it and get the treatment from the effective place. Oregon Obesity Treatment Center is all about providing functional guidance to adolescents and their parent. A team of physician, dietitian, exercise expert and counsellor works together to treat this ghastly health condition.

LGBTQ Healthcare Transgender Medicine – Kelly Washburn, NP

Monday, September 3rd, 2018
LGBTQ Healthcare

LGBTQ Healthcare

The Merritt Health and Wellness staff is dedicated to supporting access to high quality, affirming and welcoming health care for trans women, trans men, gender nonconforming and non-binary individuals. Our program recognizes the unique health care needs of people with diverse gender expressions and identities. Kelly Washburn, NP provides direct medical care as well as consultation, education, advocacy and support to promote competent care for transgender people.

“Transgender is the term associated with the people whose gender identity does not match with what they have been assigned during the birth.”

Transgender people never accept the gender given to them at the time of birth. They have the feeling to identify as some other gender or towards none. Currently millions of transgender people exist in our society and all they need is a warm acceptance from all of us.

In a world where childbirth is categorised as ‘boy’ or ‘girl’, there exist a certain community of people who disown this identification. More often they show an inclination towards the opposite sex. Also, there exists a certain group who feel an inclination towards both the sexes and some feel nothing. To be true, it is a whole network of emotions, feelings and romantic attractions that define the true sex of the person. Gender and sex are two different terms where gender means the birth identity and sex means the cultural expectations from the society.

We aim towards providing the best of the facilities and rights for the LGBTQ community. Focusing on this community of people many healthcare facilities are working hard and LGBTQ healthcare is growing rapidly. LGBTQ stands for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer population.

Role of Physical LGBTQ Healthcare

LGBTQ community faces too many hesitation and restriction in accessing quality and reliable healthcare facilities. They do not feel comfortable accessing the medical facilities available for normal gender accepted people. At this instance, too many factors work together and affect their behaviour and lifestyle. This hesitation is enough reason for the development of LGBTQ healthcare. Not just physical health, mental health also plays a crucial role in shaping a person’s life. Thus the need for LGBTQ healthcare is prime at present.

People from the LGBTQ community often deter to take the benefits of healthcare facilities or resources available. Particularly, the concern about societal stigma, privacy and safety restrict them from accessing the healthcare provisions. Unlike earlier, now breaking the barriers of these thoughts and restrictions, in a modern world more improvised and patient-oriented LGBTQ healthcare is making its place.

Functions of LGBTQ Healthcare

  1. LGBTQ friendly healthcare focuses on generating a caring environment where acceptance is at its best. The transgender doctor understands that these people belong to diverse sexual orientation, thus treat them extremely friendly.
  2. Specialized doctors treat them without any disparity that increases in them the feeling of security.
  3. Such healthcare has specialist providers who treat the patient effectively. From treating transgender hormones to HIV issues, these specialized LGBTQ healthcare centers offer complete healthcare solutions.
  4. LGBTQ people are often involved in drugs and various other kinds of bad habits. It is necessary to get them out of this situation. At such a healthcare centre they receive good treatment.

LGBTQ clinic is not only important to treat the patient’s physical conditions. LGBTQ community goes through a myriad of emotions and stress level that eventually develop negativity in them. To beat the odd feeling and infuse a sense of acceptance and confidence, there is a need for trans medicine for mental health treatment too.

Role of Mental Health in LGBTQ Healthcare

Just like physical health mental health too is equally important to maintain a healthy balance in life. In the LGBTQ community, maintaining a positive mental health is a tough job. They too can experience severe mental challenges and distress levels.  Stress, depression and anxiety are a few very common mental health conditions people from the LGBTQ community usually go through. Specifically, the experiences of direct or indirect categorization or discrimination haunt them continuously. Why this disparity exist none can say clearly but surely the stigma and prejudice contribute to such thoughts. No matter how well the current society is treating these people, certain disparity always exists. Now, is the time to provide the best trans health to such people.

LGBTQ healthcare helps them in reviving their life and boost their mental alertness. Studies have shown that approximately 60% of the LGBTQ community people goes through depression and approximately 35% deals with anxiety disorder. Undoubtedly, these numbers show they pass through so many difficulties and it is the responsibility of all citizens around to help them overcome these mental issues.

To boost transgender health now our clinic gives them a platform to assure their physical and mental health. Although to help them always there exist good and reliable transgender doctor, society plays a very crucial role in shaping their identity. It is very important for people around to understand them and behave benevolently assuring respect and love.

Role of Society in Developing a Happy LGBTQ Community

Because we have learned about the importance of LGBTQ healthcare and how they are improving to understand their healthcare needs. It is a very direct and serious question that put emphasis on the identity of an individual. It is high time the society accepts them and behave politely embracing their gender identity.

  • The foremost attitude a member from LGBTQ community expects from the society is RESPECT. So we should always be respectful towards their identity. Certainly ask them about the pronoun they would like to refer to and feel comfortable with. But keep in mind, never ask about their birth name, identity or about the transgender medicine.
  • Next comes the SUPPORT. Because LGBTQ community members seek support and acceptance from the societyy a good way to help this is to become a good listener. Further, follow it asking for direct help and support. Once the feeling of acceptance and love generates in nothing can stop from developing a healthy and happy LGBTQ community.

LGBTQ healthcare is striving to develop fair and open opportunities for people of all communities. With a viewpoint to embracing diversities and bringing a good health, we all should move ahead.

MHW Staff and Schedule – Kelly Washburn, NP

Kelly Washburn, NP is our LGBTQ and Transgender medicine expert. Because she has worked with many Trans and LGBTQ patients over the years Mrs. Washburn can be an ally. She looks forward to helping LGBTQ patients explore their health goals.

If you need help consider making an appointment HERE.

 

Candida Fungus and Other Microorganisms- Their Effects and Treatment

Sunday, August 26th, 2018
Candida Fungus

Candida Fungus

Candida – Causes and Treatment

Our body is a home to numerous bacteria, fungus or parasites. To a certain level, their presence does not harm the body but when they grow and create imbalance, a disease may cause. Among the house of virus, bacteria and fungus that resides in the body, Candida fungus affects the skin region. In a small amount, they are always present in the body without any harm. But the real problem begins when they find the right condition to multiply. Their overgrowth causes an infection called Candidiasis. In general, there are more than 150 species of this fungus but maximum infections are due to Candida Albicans species.

Types of Candida Fungus:

vaginal yeast infection

oral thrush

athlete’s foot

jock itch

diaper rash

nail fungus

Researchers have found that almost 75% of the women in the world, at least once in life have a yeast infection. Patients with AIDS are often seen with Candidiasis in the mouth but people who have a strong immune system manages to keep this disease at bay.

Causes of Candida Infection and the Associated Risk Factors

Fungus basically thrives in those parts of the body that remains moist, sweaty or rub together for a longer time. Areas like skin folds, armpits or groin are more prone to candida fungus. When fungus on these parts of the body multiply they become pathogenic and causes diseases. Infants, overweight people, hypothyroidism, people with a weakened immune system, pregnant women and people who work in wet condition catches such infection easily. Sometimes the risk of rapid yeast die-off always persists with this kind of treatment, so medication needs to be decisive. This the reason, doctors advise plays a very important role in treating candida fungus.

Common Symptoms of Candida

Basically, symptoms of candida fungus vary as per the location of the part of the body affected. In common these following symptoms are found:

rashes

soreness

red or purple patches

cracks in the skin or scaling of the skin

pus pimples

Diagnosis and Treatment of Candida

Doctors examine the skin sampling or hair plucked from the affected area to diagnose the problem. Finding the root cause of the infection is crucial to treat it and hence, doctors may advise lifestyle changes. The treatment for candida infection is very simple and through easy medication, it is treated. In some cases where the potential infection crosses the border, the result can be life-threatening. Hence, instant treatment can help greatly. Gels, creams, powders or sprays are basically the best source for treating this infection.

Dysbiosis- Causes and Treatment

Dysbiosis is a condition when microbiota inside gastrointestinal tract goes out of balance. As we know, that a body is a house of numerous bacteria and fungus called microorganism. When this microorganism multiplies health condition deteriorates and Dysbiosis patient suffers from ailments in stomach and intestines.

Causes and Symptoms

We have read that when microbiota disturbs inside gastrointestinal tract, Dysbiosis condition follows but what are the conditions in which they grow?

  1. Dysbiosis may be the result of a change in dietary like more intake of sugar, protein and food additives
  2. Drinking alcoholic beverages
  3. Medications that affect gut flora
  4. Weakened immune system and high levels of stress or anxiety
  5. Unprotected sex with the person who has the infection

What are the symptoms found in this disease?

  1. anxiety and depression
  2. bad breath
  3. stomach upset, diarrhoea, bloating, constipation
  4. rashes
  5. fatigue
  6. vaginal and rectal itching

Diagnosis and Treatment

Symptoms and cause of dysbiosis vary from patients to patients and doctors study the series of their history to diagnose the real reason behind the disease. Few of the tests that help in measuring the dysbiosis are :

Organic Acids Test: Here the urine sample test is taken and acid level is checked and the imbalance in the acid level indicates the disease.

Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis: In the laboratory, the sample of the poop is taken and test for the bacteria, yeast or fungi is taken. The imbalance tells the condition of the health.

Hydrogen Breath test: This is another type of test where the presence of the certain gases from mouth breathing is analysed.  Doctors make patient drink a sugar solution and blow a balloon, the gas from the mouth indicates the right level of acidity. This is the most popular method to diagnose SIBO.

The right method to treat dysbiosis is to use an antibiotic. No other medication is as effective as the right antibiotic medicinal advise by the doctors.

GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux)- Causes and Treatment

We have commonly heard that people often complain of ‘heartburn’.  Millions of people experience acid reflux( flow back of stomach acid into the oesophagus). The oesophagus is the tube connecting the mouth and stomach and the flow back of acid through this tube causes a burning sensation. When this discomfort continues for a long time the chronic condition of GERD occurs but if the acid reflux is in a milder state, it is bearable. As we can understand that acid reflux in an acute condition is very disturbing, it’s symptoms are unbearable too.

The very common symptoms of GERD are:

  1. Burning sensation in the chest
  2. Swallowing difficulty
  3. Lump sensation in the throat
  4. Food regurgitation

To treat the symptoms of acid reflux or GERD, probiotic therapy is the best and easiest way. Benefits of probiotics therapy are immense and unaccountable. The foremost use of probiotic therapy is its ability to kill bad bacteria. it is so far the best approach to treat irritable bowel syndrome. And most importantly, they aid digestion which is the major cause of acid reflux.

This article contains thorough information on the effects of candida fungus, dysbiosis and GERD. treating them is very important to maintain a good health.

If you need help with your symptoms and to try functional medicine consider making an appointment HERE.

 

Weight Management and It’s Importance in Life- Learn How to Stay Healthy

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
Weight Management

Weight Management

 

Today society is dealing with one of the major disease known as ‘Obesity’.  An excess amount of fat found in the body defines the term Obesity.  Obesity means having a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30.  To measure the obesity degree, BMI tool is the best approach. In the current scenario, obesity is an epidemic and around the world, approximately one-third of the population is dealing with this disease. As a result, people are suffering from diseases like diabetes, hypertension, blood pressure, sleep apnea, joint pain and many more. Ailment list for obese people is long and to fight with it ook for effective weight management.

‘Weight Management is the practice of balancing a healthy diet and physical activity’. It involves building muscles and eliminating fats that cause many health issues.

People gain weight when they do not burn the number of calories they intake. This imbalance in calorie burning procedure leads to the accumulation of fat in the body cells and muscles. Eventually, the body is categorised as Obese. To eliminate the excess fat from the body, a series of lifestyle changes is the best solution to follow.

As obesity is a life-threatening condition thus there are so many reasons to lose weight and come out of the obese category.

Reasons to Lose Weight

Weight management is the rising concerns for health care providers.  Doctors, nutritionists and weight loss provider encourage the people to lead a life where adequate intake of food is balanced with physical activity performed. Here are the top 5 reasons to lose weight following an effective weight management plan.

Less Pressure on Joints: A very common ailment found in obese people is of joint pain especially the knee region. Fact is obvious, a heavy body puts more strain on the joints resulting in severe pain. Along with knee, ankles, back and elbow also suffer from pain due to weight stress. Following a weight management guide, one can eliminate those fats from the body and build muscles that can bear the weight of the body comfortably.

Inadequate Quality Sleep

This may sound weird but it is a truth that an obese person is more prone to a sleep disorder called Sleep Apnea. In this condition due to the blockage of airway passage during sleep, a person cannot breathe properly and wake up many times. Due to sleep disturbance metabolism slows down that eventually leads to more fat accumulation. This clearly states that a sound sleep is necessary for better health.

Strengthens Immune System

Another major reason to adopt weight management guidance is to build a strong immune system. The connection between being overweight and the immune system is very clear. When we focus on healthy lifestyle, intake of more fruits, vegetables and other nutrients increases that improves the immune system. And finally, the body develops more strength to fight the germs and stay healthy.

Fertility

It is true that obese people have difficulty in conceiving and during childbirth too the complication may arise. Obesity is a major contribution to the condition called Poly-Cystic Syndrome that directly affect the fertility in women. Also, obese women find difficulty in natural birth, this means C-section is the only solution for the childbirth left.

Appearance and Fit Body

Along with all the major health problems due to obesity, one reason to follow weight management is to look good. Somewhere, we all are obsessed with the way we look and the only way to achieve is to involve in the right weight management technique.

Role of Medical Weight Management

The idea of losing weight is superb and greatly positive. It is good to know that a person is more concerned towards the health and look of the body. But do you know involved in crash diets and rigorous exercises eventually lead to a poor health condition? Losing weight means eating in moderation what we like and indulge in physical exercise that builds strength and do not harm the tissues. Through a weight loss clinic achieving the best weight management is most effective strategy. This weight loss provider appoints professional people to handle your complete weight loss journey through medical weight management techniques.

Top reasons to take shelter of weight loss clinic

  1. Customized Diet Plan and Body Assessment: It is absolutely beneficial to have a professional and certified person to assess your food intake and physical activity. Weight loss provider in life means an expert is available to take the task of managing your food and exercise. This does not mean you have to stay away from all your favourite foods. Experts make sure to plan a diet that satisfies your cravings and provide optimum nutrition and energy.
  2. Expert Structured Fitness Programs: Weight loss journey is ineffective without proper diet and planned physical exercise. Researches show that the basic cause of obesity is the imbalance between diet and exercise. With experts, the life becomes highly active following the structured plan.
  3. Medical Weight Loss Work-Up: The best part about being associated with professional weight loss provider is the absence of risk. It is true that every exercise and diet is not suitable for everybody. Each individual is unique and may have different medical backgrounds like diabetes, joint pains, arthritis, skin diseases, asthma or many more. Under medical weight loss clinic, the patient gets an assurance of being served with the best plan according to their health.
  4. Developing Healthy Habits: It is obvious that following a scheduled plan to lose weight eventually leads to lifestyle change. This change is positive adding new energy and strength to live. After developing a new habit, it is pretty sure that this habit will continue lifelong.
  5. Health and Confidence: The ultimate result from weight loss clinic is simply superb. After developing new positive habits and strengthening the body from within, it is definite that the patient will feel healthier and energetic. With an intention to lose weight patient develop the happy body, happy mood and happy life.

 

If you need help with your symptoms and to try functional medicine consider making an appointment HERE.

Integrative Functional Medicine as Future of Alternative Healthcare System

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
Functional Medicine Integrative Medicine Alternative Healthcare

Alternative Healthcare

Functional Medicine, Integrative Medicine as Future of Healthcare

In the 21st Century, different forms of alternative healthcare medicine such as integrative medicine, functional medicine and preventative medicine are rising tremendously.  The kinds of alternative healthcare medicine are well recognised by the practitioners worldwide and they focus on it greatly. They view it as the future of medicine and consider it as a holistic health improvement means. Physicians are now focussing on the cause of the diseases rather than just concentrating on treating the disease. This approach is sure to bring a boom in the healthcare medicine.

Let us understand what are the various forms of alternative healthcare medicine and their role in holistic health improvement.

Role of Integrative Medicine in Treating Patients

Integrative medicine is a treatment approach where the focus is not just treating the symptoms. In this type of medical care, the core cause of the disease is considered an emphasis is put on healing it. Overall, it is all about healing the mind, body and soul to promote well being of the patient.  This kind of medicine is not applicable to patients only but to those also who believe in taking prevention rather than falling sick. Integrative medicine is a strong resource for health prevention who actively seeks holistic health.

Integrative medicine embrace combination of health care practices and treatment methods for an overall growth of the patients. Chronic disease in patients many a time leave too much stress and anxiety in them. Through this kind of treatment, all these restlessness are curbed easily. Modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, meditation, yoga, visual imagery and nutrition consultation are the basics of treating patients. Integrative healthcare center believes that poor choices in maintaining health are the core cause of the modern chronic disease.

Role of Functional Medicine in Treating Patients

Functional medicine to a far extent walks on the path of integrative medicine but the difference lies in understanding the root cause of disease. Functional medicine is an integrative approach that works in the personalised frame of the patient. They do not deny the benefits of conventional medicine but heal the patients using the combination of conventional medicine and holistic health management. This discipline of treating patients prioritise the patient and offer a distinct and unique treatment plan.

Practitioners develop a relationship with the patient and view their history in detail in functional medicine. The foundation of functional medicine lies in prioritising the patient and observe them thoroughly. They make use of medical research evidence and analyse the patient from inside-out. Dealing with all the internal and external factors like genes, lifestyle, physiology and history they evaluate and build treatment method. Similar to integrative medicine, functional medicine too treats an individual patient and not just the disease.  Thus, through lifestyle management, clinical advice and laboratory testing best medical practice offer niche treatment.

Integrative Medicine vs Functional Medicine

Though we have learnt about the integrative medicine and functional medicine and came to a conclusion that both are very similar. There exists a very fine and prominent difference between the two. Integrative medicine not only considers disease as the problem but studies environmental factors too that contributes to the health deterioration. They focus on emotional health and stress too. Whereas, functional medicine deals with holistic development. Medical practitioners identify the cause, suggests treatment based medicine and also incorporates healthy lifestyle to bring a balance.

Role of Preventative Medicine in Treating Patients

Preventative or Preventive Medicine- the word itself says it all. ‘Prevention is always better than cure’, this saying well fits with this kind of alternative healthcare world is emphasising on. Preventative medicine embraces the ideology of protecting the health and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that promotes self-growth and happiness. Considering biostatistics, epidemiology, behavioural, social, medical sciences- preventative medicine practitioners evaluate treatment method.

Preventative medicine is that branch of alternative healthcare medicine that focuses on patient and their surrounding factors for treatment. This type of alternative healthcare medicine is crucial to keep chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease at bay thus adapting it is imperative for a healthy life.  It is the field of alternative healthcare medicine that not only keeps the risk of chronic diseases at bay but also reduces the healthcare costs.

How Alternative Healthcare Medicine Initiates Holistic health

So, far we have learned about the kinds of alternative healthcare medicine gaining popularity these days and also heard about the ultimate goal of achieving holistic health. Let us gain some deeper knowledge about the importance of holistic health in life.

Holistic health means acquiring a balance in life and not just the absence of disease. A body comprises of a support system that encourages healthy life and this support system involves body, mind, spirit and emotions.  All the elements of the body are treated with great attention by putting emphasis on complete body development.  Here, just the alleviation of disease or symptoms is not the holistic approach to staying well. When we discuss holistic development a balance of body’s health is needed to maintain otherwise if balance disturbs problems will occur. This balancing involves correct posture, stress-free life, toxin removal, exercise, nutrition, healthy habits like no consumptions of alcohol or smoking or any other drugs and many more. Finally, balancing life among various demands of climatic factors and personal desire is the win towards holistic health.

Practicing holistic health means understanding and eliminating the factors contributing to the imbalance in life.  Integrating functional medicine to achieve holistic health means considering an individual’s biological cause and external factors. Identifying the root cause and the relationship between them is the best approach to maintaining a happy and content life.

Functional medicine and holistic health together regulate a body full of vigour and vitality.

 

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Food Sensitivities- A Comprehensive Discussion on Its Effects and Recovery

Thursday, August 9th, 2018
Food Sensitivities

Food Sensitivities

Food Sensitivities- A Comprehensive Discussion on Its Effects and Recovery

Changing times and increasing gut problems have proved that food sensitivities and allergies are increasing every day. People are now seen as more prone to various food allergies and food intolerance. This rising condition is a serious discussion among medical institution. So let us get a deep information on various kinds of food intolerance, food sensitivities and food allergies spreading widely.

Gluten Sensitivity- Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

A protein named Gluten found in cereals like barley, rye and wheat. Gluten Sensitivity is a condition in the body that feels distressed after consuming gluten food and experiences comfort after following the gluten-free diet. The main reason for this food sensitivity has not been found and only ruling out gluten foods is the first step towards its diagnosis and next is to take blood tests for AGA antibodies. Still, the research team is finding for a specific test to diagnose it and find an easy solution to treat.

The more severe form of gluten sensitivity is Celiac disease that affects only 1% of the population and leads to damage to the digestive system. In celiac disease, it is found that Leaky Gut is a prime condition that damages the digestive system but with Gluten Sensitivity patients, the condition like leaky gut does not exist. In most cases, the gluten sensitivity is of a milder form and do not harm but symptoms are troublesome. The only concern here is to stay away from gluten foods when symptoms like bloating, constipation, headaches, diarrhoea etc. occurs. The best treatment for this food intolerance is Gluten-Free Diet and no other medicine can provide relief.

Before indulging in any kind of self-analysis for gluten sensitivity or gluten allergy it is imperative to see a doctor. Doctors through analysis and history will form the most suitable treatment.

Dairy Sensitivity- Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Dairy sensitivity is one of the major food sensitivities that is disturbing the digestive system in many cases. You have often seen people saying that they are a dairy intolerance. This means dairy food products like milk, cheese, yoghurt, ice-cream, butter etc. reacts to their bodies and produces an instant or delayed reaction. Instant reaction to dairy products are termed as Dairy Allergy and delayed reaction is called as Dairy Intolerance.

What is Dairy Allergy and Dairy Intolerance

Dairy allergy and dairy intolerance are not the same things as many people suspect. Allergy causes immediate reaction and symptom and these symptoms appear quickly and sometimes are life-threatening too. In case of allergies body produces antibodies to fight the allergy within minutes of eating food but in dairy intolerance, the process is delayed. Dairy intolerance sometimes continued for long life and makes life miserable.

The best way to treat with these allergies and intolerance is to look for immediate medical help and consult the physician before dairy food sensitivities turn life a havoc.

Symptoms of Dairy Allergy

Dairy allergy symptoms are very severing and in some cases fatal too.

  • Breathing Difficulty
  • Red, itchy and watering eyes
  • Skin rashes, swollen lips and tongue
  • Vomiting, diarrhoea and wheezing

Symptoms of Dairy Intolerance

Dairy intolerance symptoms are wide and cover various aspects. Before following a dairy-free diet it is necessary to consult a physician.

  • IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome- bloating, excess wind, abdominal pain. People who have IBS may be dairy intolerant
  • Skin problems like rashes, itching, psoriasis, eczema etc
  • Tiredness, fatigue and joint pain
  • Anxiety, depression, headaches, migraines
  • Breathing problems

Till now we have come across the main food sensitivities people face and also came to know about its treatment. One common thing in all kinds of food sensitivities is following a diet plan that their body accepts and nourish it optimally. So, let us take a brief information about the kinds of diet recent medical industry is prescribing.

Various Kinds of Diets to Tackle Food Sensitivities

AIP Diet or Autoimmune Paleo Diet

Autoimmune Protocol diet is highly effective in the treatment of inflammation in the gut region specifically intestines. It is the best treatment against autoimmune diseases because the only way to control flaring up the intestinal mucosa is the right diet. AIP diet works to reduce inflammation and helps in healing.

Elimination Diet

As the name suggests, Elimination Diet means stop consuming certain foods for a specific limit of time and notice any changes. Then slowly introduce them after a gap and then again note the changes or symptoms that occur. Slowly following a specific diet chart, nutritionist identifies the group of foods that is the reason behind food sensitivities. This diet is very helpful in identifying the cause of food allergies and food intolerances.

Detox Diet

Detox means detoxification and it clearly shows the removal of toxins from the body. Also it is more popular among people due to the interesting benefits of losing weight. Elimination of toxins in the body means new energy, fresh feeling and a healthy gut. For that reason, following a healthy diet plan with lots of fibers, organic vegetables and fruits are easy to achieve and highly beneficial for the body.

GAPS Diet

GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology  Syndrome. This diet focusses on three conditions gut flora imbalance, leaky gut and nutrient deficiencies.  Researches have shown that this diet is highly effective in all conditions and diseases that have a strong relationship with the gut. This diet includes lifestyle changes to boost the immune system,  recovering the nutrient deficiencies through traditional foods and elimination of complex carbs. Needless to say, it is the best apt diet for autoimmune diseases.

Because we have learnt a lot about various kinds of diet to boost the immune system and generate a healthy gut and following them without any supervision will be a foolish decision. Adopting any of the diets should be monitored by a medical practitioner only.

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Diabetes Weight Loss-Connection, Causes and Prevention

Thursday, August 9th, 2018
Diabetes

Diabetes

Many of us know about the term ‘Diabetes’, but very few have the complete knowledge of this disease. As a patient catches this disease, they put in all effort to control it. Also, they keep checking on how to take insulin and manage their blood sugar level. But on the deeper part, they lack correct information on what this disease is all about. One must know how to control it, what are the methods to balance it and the diabetes weight loss importance. This short piece of article is just dedicated to encountering you with all the information regarding the deadly disease.

‘Diabetes’, is a term that denotes the high level of blood sugar in the body. After diabetes diagnosis, it is very important to immediately visit an endocrinologist to receive the best healthcare management.

Diabetes is a chronic disease and never goes away after diagnosis. The right treatment is the only method to fight it. Diabetes means an elevated level of glucose in the blood and it is necessary to understand it’s types and the causes. A patient must have the right information to fight this disease.

Types of Diabetes

 

Type1 Diabetes

Body’s auto-immune system is the cause of Diabetes. Due to some genetic factors or environmental triggers, the body’s immune system starts producing antibodies. These antibodies disturb the functioning of insulin. When the function of insulin (pancreatic juice) is disturbed this disease finally occur. The function of insulin is to balance the glucose level of the body but the presence of antibodies hamper its function. This state leaves the body with an increased sugar level. In this condition, the patient suffers from sudden weight loss,  frequent urination, hunger and thirst.

With time, the formation of insulin declines to an alarming degree and the patient must be dependent on external insulin. This external insulin balances the flow of high level of glucose in the bloodstream. This type of diabetes is very hard to handle but an endocrinologist’s make sure to provide the best treatment.

Type 2 Diabetes

Unlike Type1, Type2 is not the result of an auto-immune attack. This type is much more common and the genetic factors play an important role in passing this from generation to generation. The main cause of the Type2 diabetes is insulin resistance and inadequate production of insulin by the pancreas. Insulin plays a very important role in balancing the glucose in the bloodstream. The basic function of insulin is to push glucose into the body cells and muscles. This stored glucose later serves as a body energy.

The body when suddenly stops accepting insulin signals, Type2 diabetes is the condition that occurs. It restricts the movement of glucose into the cells and it leads to a condition called as Insulin Resistance. It means the body is insulin resistant and the signal transferred by insulin to the tissues becomes ineffective. To combat this situation pancreas produces more insulin to balance the communication line. After putting so much effort, the pancreas loses its strength to produce an optimum quantity of insulin and the body catches the disease called Type2 diabetes.

What is Insulin Resistance or Pre-Diabetes

In type2 diabetes, Insulin resistance or Pre-diabetes condition usually lies. In this condition, the glucose level is not high enough to be termed as full-blown diabetes.  Many consider it as a borderline to diabetes and an immediate effect is needed to take to control the situation. This body later will be declared as Type2 Diabetic anytime.

Endocrinologists suggest bringing some positive change in lifestyle when diagnosed with the pre-diabetic condition. Right time appointments with specialists never allow the pre-diabetic condition ever to cross the border and develop fully.

High blood glucose level forces body to have numerous other conditions like heart disease, blood pressure, kidney problems, eye problems and many other medical conditions are possibly the result of any of the diabetes types.

Do you know Diabetes and Obesity link to each other? Check Out HOW?

Obesity is a major contributor to this disease. It plays a very crucial role though it is not the sole reason to catch. Researches have shown that a body with BMI more than 30 is 80 times more susceptible to invite. When we closely analyse the whole situation it is more appropriate to say that it is not the body weight but the kind of fat that affects diabetes. The area of fat accumulation also contributes to this disease.

Body fat can be classified into types-

  1. i) The visceral type is found around the belly area and internal organs also called love handles.
  2. ii) The subcutaneous type that is stored beneath the skin and covers the whole body.

Visceral fat is more dangerous and hard to lose too. Both types of fat stores near the belly region and directly affect the functioning of the insulin. Fat cells reduce the absorption of glucose into the body cells and the level of glucose in the body remains high.

Obesity and Insulin Resistance

Obesity and insulin resistance have a higher degree of connection as the results prove so.

To stay away from this deadly disease continuous check on weight is very necessary. If a body is going through this health problem, then proper care is the key to winning-Diabetes. It is imperative to add a healthy lifestyle and proper checks on the diet to maintain a happy and blissful life.

Stay active and stay healthy under the guidance of endocrinologists.

 

Gut Health-A Guide and Prevention from IBS, IBD and SIBO

Monday, August 6th, 2018
Leaky gut IBD IBS gut health

Leaky gut IBD IBS gut health

Leaky Gut, IBD, and IBS

The digestive system is a busy process which alters our gut health. When we eat something, the food digestion trip starts with chewing and end up in the toilet. In between this long journey, food passes through various tunnels numerous functions take place. The food that once enters into the Gastrointestinal tract undergoes many digestive processes and breaks into smaller nutrients. Our gut health depends on this process. These tiny nutrients are carried away by blood to provide the necessary energy to the body. It is very important to keep the gut health at the top position and prevent the body from very common digestive diseases. IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)  or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) are a few very common digestive disease that the world is facing at present. Gut health plays a very essential role in the digestive well-being of the individual.

Tips on Maintaining Healthy Gut

Slow eating gives a better sense of fullness and avoids any extra entrance of air in the mouth

The smaller portion of meals avoid stomach packing

The digestive system is most active in the morning. Eating heavy portions at night must be avoided 

Manage to cope with stress as stress leads to poor digestion

Now as we know that the digestive tract is responsible for the extraction of nutrients from food and the removal of the waste food product, maintaining its health is very crucial. But sometimes, digestive tract disorder occurs and the patient has to suffer a lot. The most common disorder is IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) which basically results in inflammation in the whole digestive tract. This disease causes lots of pain and disrupts the digestive process.

All About IBD

IBD means inflammation in some parts of the digestive tract directly affecting gut health. Patient with this disease shows symptoms like diarrhoea, bleeding ulcers, stomach pain, bloating, anaemia, weight loss and bowel obstruction. Symptoms vary from person to person and the condition of its occurrence. Though this disease is not very chronic in some cases, the symptoms go to an extreme level and result in colon cancer or intestinal rupture. It is important to see a doctor and get it diagnosed before this disease turns out to be a serious complication.

IBD is of two types- Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Crohn’s Disease is the inflammation of some parts of the stomach or small intestine. Whereas Ulcerative Colitis is the inflammation of the rectum. IBD doctors diagnose the type of IBD through various tests and then begin the treatment.

 

All About IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is another functional disorder of the digestive tract that causes due to a cluster of symptoms but it is not a disease in itself. This is why it is considered as a syndrome and not a complete disease. The exact cause of IBS is unknown but it comes with the combinations of symptoms like constipation, abdominal pain, stomach upset, nausea, loose stools, sudden urge to move bowel, bloating and gas. Mainly genetics can be one point that causes IBS otherwise yet no discovery of its cause has been made.

IBS can be further classified into two kinds depending upon the symptoms the patient shows. IBS-D (Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Diarrhea)  is associated with chronic recurrent diarrhoea and IBS-C (Irritable Bowel Syndrome- Constipation) is associated with constipation. Any patient can show either one these symptoms or an alternative one from time to time. This is the reason that extends the time of diagnosis of the exact IBS type.

Difference Between IBS and IBD

So far we have come across the two main digestive disorder-IBS and IBD. Though symptoms of both the disorders are the same, there lie some underlying differences between them that is need to study.

  • IBD is a group of disease that includes Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. But IBS is a group of symptoms and not a complete disease.
  • IBD causes damage to digestive tract tissues like intestinal bleeding or rectal bleeding and comes under chronic disease. But IBS symptoms may be severe but they are not chronic.

While discussing IBD and IBS the term SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) need to mention. We know about the good gut bacteria in our body that helps in the digestion process but do you know overgrowth of these good bacteria can be harmful? Each part of the gut performs separate functions. Good bacteria too has a specific place to grow and support but when they start multiplying in the small intestine, SIBO generates. Recent studies have shown that SIBO is one of the causes of IBS.

SIBO means the presence of an excessive amount of bacteria in the small intestine. It carries symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, diarrhoea, distention etc. SIBO doctor detects these symptoms and relies on an antibiotic to treat it. It is the most effective treatment possible.

Leaky Gut or Intestinal Permeability

Leaky Gut is one of much digestive disorder that drives maximum attention towards gut health. It means leakage of undigested food, toxic waste and bacteria through the small intestine and entrance into the bloodstream. Leaky Gut produces symptoms like irritable bowel, fatigue, diarrhoea, headaches, joint pain. Allergic and inflammatory reactions are the main cause of these symptoms. The best way to heal a leaky gut is to follow the diet and stop consuming foods that are allergic to the patient.

In this article, we have learnt about the diseases caused by the improper functioning of the digestive tract. To maintain gut health it is very necessary to check on the food we eat and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Correct eating and exercise support a healthy digestive process. Our daily routine must follow them.

Cheap Supplements for Leaky Gut, IBD, IBS

If patients need supplements to help with their symptoms of leaky gut, IBD, or IBS we have a cheap supplement website to use. We use Doctor Supplement Store and Fullscript. On these sites we are able to set 30% patient discounts to help our patients, many of them Medicaid patients, save money.

— DrSupplement Store order website:
www.DSSOrders.com/MerrittHW
Registration Code
SM1319

Schedule An Appointment For Help with Your Leaky Gut, IBD, IBS and Gut Health

If you need help with your symptoms for gut health consider making an appointment HERE.

How To Save Money On Supplements

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

There are 2 websites MHW partners with to set discounts on supplements for our patients. Fullscript and Dr. Supplement Store. They each have hundreds of different brands and types of supplements. Here are the links to access these websites and get a discount on your order:

Fullscript

— DrSupplement Store order website:
www.DSSOrders.com/MerrittHW
Registration Code
SM1319

What Doctors Don’t Know About LGBTQ Health

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

What Doctors Don’t Know About LGBTQ Health

Medicine has not traditionally been very kind to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) people. Homosexuality was removed from the DSM in 1973, but doctors attempt “treat” it even today. For this reason Merritt Health and Wellness strives to direct patients needing LGBTQ competent care to Kelly Washburn, NPKelly Washburn is an LGBTQ specialist as well as a primary care provider. MHW pairs LGBTQ individuals with a knowledgeable provider specializing in their personal health needs.

LGBTQ Transgender Medicine Health

LGBTQ Transgender Medicine Health MHW

Doctor appointments can be stressful and scary for LGBTQ.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, LGBTQ individuals often face worse health outcomes than their straight, cisgender counterparts. To give only a few examples, lesbians are less likely to get preventative services for cancer. Queer and trans youth face high rates of suicide and homelessness. Gay men of color are at higher risk of STIs. LGBT populations have high rates of drug and alcohol use. Despite this, LGBT folks are less likely to have access to adequate healthcare and social services. Lastly, due to high poverty rates and discrimination by health care providers.

Research and understanding of LGBTQ healthcare has improved. But the social stigma and discrimination towards LGBTQ people leads to health disparities. Thus putting them at higher risk for certain conditions. This is also the case with those who are gender non-conforming.

Knowing the particular health concerns of the LGBTQ.

LGBTQ individuals, we know, face disparities in mental health care. They are much more likely to attempt and succeed at committing suicide. Also they’re more likely to have eating disorders, more likely to have certain kinds of cancer, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. All of these things lead to increased morbidity and mortality in the LGBTQ community.

MHW strives to provide the best health care for the individuals diverse community. One important way we accomplish this mission is by maintaining a culture of respect. MHW’s goal is for inclusion and equal treatment for LGBTQ patients, visitors, and employees.

Merritt Health and Wellness serves the full spectrum of Portland’s LGBTQ+ community.

From patients with employer-sponsored health insurance to Medicaid and Medicare clients. Patients do not have to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender to receive care. But services are available for LGBTQ patients. This includes focusing on the sensitive issues of sexual minorities and their families and friends.

For more information visit our FAQ page HERE about insurances we are in network with. Or to make an appointment click HERE.