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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Functional and Integrative Medicine

For some time now modern medicine has sought to treat the presenting symptoms. This might mean treating a fever or a cough, for example, or addressing pain or other discomforts. Sometimes this approach is entirely appropriate, however more often this approach misses the underlying cause and the person is never completely restored to health. Think of lingering health conditions such as acid reflux, chronic fatigue, and headaches, just to name a few. Drugs are often prescribed and the patient is sent on her way, but the symptoms persist if the drugs are discontinued.

Additionally, there is very little discussion with the patient as to how their condition came about. Unfortunately, and not the fault of our doctors, there is limited time available to spend with patients and so remedies must be delivered quickly. Without more in-depth dialogue there is little chance the practitioner even has the opportunity to see below the surface of what is really going on.

From a dietetic perspective, a conventional approach to diet intervention would be something like prescribing the same diet to everyone with the same disease. Everyone with heart disease would get guidance on the exact same heart healthy diet, for example, with no consideration given to their culture, preferences, cooking ability, or genetics. Similarly a person seeking to lose weight would be advised on the same general diet as another without consideration given to what they’ve tried in the past or an understanding of what foods work or don’t work for them. These would be examples of conventional approaches.

Now let’s flip to the functional side. Functional practitioners are looking less at masking symptoms and more at how the body is functioning as a whole. They are attempting to uncover where the body is malfunctioning and how can we restore it to its normal, healthy state. Symptoms are just clues to lead us towards the underlying cause.

In addition to symptomatic clues and obviously a physical exam, if appropriate, functional medicine practitioners are also looking in-depth at a person’s unique health history to find more clues as to how and why the body is not functioning as it should. This means sitting down with someone for a significant length of time (often 45 min to an hour) and asking a series of pertinent questions to paint a picture of the person before them. What might seem off-topic to the patient is often valuable information to the practitioner, as random side notes about vacations, new pets, change of jobs, or significant loss can give further clues into a person’s current state of health. These are topics rarely discussed in the conventional model.

Additionally, if necessary, laboratory tests can be conducted to give further insight into treatment options. These might include not only standard blood work but also food allergy tests, digestive stool testing, hormone testing, etc.

The goal then, after this information is obtained, is to determine how to best gently nudge the body back into an optimum state. Pharmaceutical options are a last resort as we know these only mask symptoms and leave the original condition unresolved. Potential nutrient deficiencies are often addressed, exercise recommendations may be made, and stress reduction techniques might be employed as well. Some may go further and prescribe other treatment modalities such as massage, acupuncture or chiropractic care to complement their recommendations. Once initiated these treatment plans often need time. Patients do not develop chronic health conditions in a day or even a week. Likewise these treatments need weeks if not month to restore the body to proper function and balance.

So how does this model work for the dietitian? Thankfully, we already have the immense fortune of being able to sit down with someone for a good hour or more to delve into health and diet history. This gives us a solid place to start when it comes to tailored diet advice. While we are not credentialed to prescribe or “treat” per say, this time allows us to get a full picture, both past and present, of what clients are dealing with; therefore we can devise and educate on an appropriate diet strategy. Often we suggest helpful supplements as well, especially where nutrient deficiencies are apparent. We can also advise on exercise and stress and provide additional referrals when needed.

Stay Gluten Free

Many people have no idea what or how this gluten actually works but it is a healthier option that one should go for Gluten free products. Even every nutritionists and experts would actually suggest you to put this thing and agree that gluten makes the dough elastic. As the world is turning fitness frenzy, it is meaningful to go with the current trendy fed and check out for reasons that help people produce weight loss as they go gluten-free. Few of the reasons are listed under:

– Gluten free makes the people go on a strict special diet.
– They avoid taking high calorie junk food.
– They even avoid eating cereal, biscuits, pasta, bread which is the staple gluten product.
– Prefer the gluten free low calorie food like fresh vegetables and fruits that are easily available and also been inexpensive.
– For people either or not suffering from Celiac disease, reducing the amount of gluten in diet improves the general digestive health.
– Many advocates claim that it helps to improve their mood that is perfecting their lifestyle and assisting to them to focus and concentration span as they suffer less from headaches and therapeutic diseases. This has been evidently proven through the scientific study.
– As the body absorbs lot more nutrients and minerals, it provides all these natural boosts to increase the energy.
– Once you start to go gluten free that means you’re avoiding all its content that include avoiding calorie-rich, carbohydrates and so there is a high chance that you will lose your weight.

Random Drug Testing

Enhance Workplace Safety
When you take advantage of random drug testing, you have the ability to enhance safety at the workplace. Various drugs have various side effects, and can be extremely dangerous. People may not have the fastest reflexes, which can be a problem if they are out on the road or operating heavy equipment. They may experience blurred vision, hot sweats, hallucinations, and much more.

Even with some of the more recreational drugs that are out there, it can result in reduced productivity. This can also cause accidents because people are not going to be paying close attention to what they are doing.

When safety issue start to rise, you are going to have more injuries. This is going to start costing you money, and the cost of your workers compensation is likely going to increase dramatically as well.

Improve Morale
Employee morale is not something you ever want to see drop. When morale drops, can be difficult to get it back up. It affects your entire culture, and impacts the decision as to whether employees want to continue working for you or not. Random drug testing can be a great way to boost morale, especially for those who don’t do drugs. They don’t want to work with people who are abusing the system, not being productive, and who are breaking the law.

Your employees you don’t do drugs are likely looking at the ones who do and getting upset with you as a business. The random drug testing can be the ultimate morale booster because those who are on drugs are likely to test positive, and be forced to find a new job.

Health and Fulfillment

  • Remove gluten from your diet. There are five primary reasons why gluten is dangerous. One: Celiac disease is on the rise and most people are undiagnosed. Two: Gluten sensitivity is common and can ave serious effects. Three: Gluten can cause brain disorders including depression, schizophrenia, and autism. Four: Gluten can be addictive and can lead to other addictions. Gluten can cause problems with the cerebellum, with speech, and with brain ataxia, resulting in mental decline.
  • Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Some of the benefits of exercise include: weight control, reduction of heart disease and high blood pressure, elevated mood and energy levels, increased libido, and having fun
  • Take up the practice of tai chi. Benefits of tai chi include increased balance, strength, and aerobic capacity. relief from fibromyalgia, and stress reduction.
  • Do balance exercises daily. Balance can become an issue especially as we age. Doing a daily ten to fifteen minute balance routine can pay off in terms of reducing the chance of falling and fracturing a hip.
  • Do some aerobic exercises daily.
  • Make your diet mostly alkaline.
  • Maintain a cheerful attitude.
  • Be tested for allergies and remove all allergens from your home and from your diet.
  • Eliminate all dairy.