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What is Dementia?

Did you know that there are an estimated 47.5 million dementia sufferers worldwide? Further more, a new case of dementia is diagnosed every four seconds. What is this disorder and what causes it? Continue reading to find out!

What is Dementia?  

Dementia is a syndrome, not a specific disease. It is a collective term used to describe various symptoms of cognitive decline, such as forgetfulness, inability to think clearly and communication impairment.  Dementia is a symptom of several underlying diseases and brain disorders.

While the likelihood of having dementia increases with age, it is not a normal part of aging.

What Causes Dementia?

Dementia can be caused by many things, but progressive brain cell death is the leading cause associated with most dementia patients. However, it can also be caused by a head injury, stroke, brain tumor, disease or infection.

Dementia Symptoms

A person with dementia may show any of the symptoms listed below, mostly due to memory loss. Some symptoms they may notice themselves, others may only be noticed by caregivers or healthcare workers.

The signs used to compile this list are published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) in the journal American Family Physician.

Possible symptoms of dementia include:

  • Recent memory loss– a sign of this might be asking the same question repeatedly.
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks– for example, making a drink or cooking a meal.
  • Problems communicating– difficulty with language; forgetting simple words or using the wrong ones.
  • Disorientation– getting lost on a previously familiar street, for example.
  • Problems with abstract thinking– for instance, dealing with money.
  • Misplacing things– forgetting the location of everyday items such as keys, or wallets, for example.
  • Mood changes– sudden and unexplained changes in outlook or disposition.
  • Personality changes– perhaps becoming irritable, suspicious or fearful.
  • Loss of initiative– showing less interest in starting something or going somewhere.

Do you have a loved one or family member that you think may suffer from dementia? Arizona Integrative Medical Center offers natural dementia care practices! Dr. Stallone’s main focus is to listen and understand the underlying cause of an individual’s illness, which is usually a combination of nutritional, structural, emotional, chemical, and lifestyle factors. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today!

 


Benefits of a Medical Peel

Medical peels are a great solution for a range of skin concerns, from wrinkles to acne to hyper-pigmentation.  So if you’re in search of a way to get brighter, clearer, more youthful-looking skin, a medical peel could be the answer. Need more information before you commit? Take a look below at 5 skin benefits of medical peels.

Reduces Wrinkles

Medical peels reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by removing the outer layer of your skin to reveal a new layer that is fresh, smooth, and unlined. Sometimes a light peel is sufficient for addressing surface wrinkles. Depending on your cosmetic goals, a moderate or deep peel may be a better solution.

Corrects Sun Damage

Did you know that exposure to radiation from sunlight accounts for as much as 90% of the signs of premature aging? Fortunately, medical peels can help repair and reverse the sun damage on the skin of your face, hands, neck, and chest.

Treats Acne

Studies have reported that medical peels containing salicylic acid reduce acne by 47-75%, and 50-95% of patients saw their acne significantly improved with peels containing glycolic acid a well. Most chemical peels that treat acne are on the lighter side, as acne is typically a surface skin issue.

Diminishes the Appearance of Scars

Moderate chemical peels treat both surface acne and some light scarring by penetrating more deeply into the skin. For diminishing the appearance of more significant acne scars, a deeper peel is required.

Enhances Skin

In addition to addressing your current skin issues, a chemical peel treatment also stimulates the growth of fresh, new skin. This rejuvenates the overall tone and texture of your skin!

Want Brighter, More Youthful- Looking Skin? Contact Arizona Integrative Medical Today!

If you’re seeking a solution to your skin concerns, a medical peel might be exactly what you’re looking for. But it’s important to choose the right practitioner to ensure you get the best results.  At Arizona Integrative Medical, our skincare specialists will provide you with the best peel to meet your cosmetic goals. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today!


Joint Pain

Joint Pain is caused by a number of factors and can lead to restricted movement, insomnia, an inability to carry out daily functions and every day discomfort if left untreated. Despite this, joint pain does not have to ruin your life! Continue reading to learn three simple ways that can diminish the aches of joint pain!

1. Watch Your Weight

Extra body weight can cause major strain on your joints. For example, every extra pound you carry increases the force load upon your knees. The key is to achieve and maintain a normal weight, which you can determine by calculating your BMI.

2. Exercise

Exercise is critical to optimal health; physical activity actually acts as a lubricant on your joints. For example, the joint is surrounded by soft tissue called the synovial membrane, which produces a fluid that acts like oil in an engine, allowing your bones
to move past one another more smoothly. If you are already suffering from joint pain, consider swimming! Many studies have shown that water reduces impact on your joints.

3. Boost Calcium and Vitamin D Intake

Not consuming enough calcium or Vitamin D can also contribute to or cause joint pain. For optimal joint health, aim for a calcium-rich diet that includes organic milk, yogurt, cheese, peanuts, and almonds. If you are lactose intolerant or allergic to nuts, then kale, collard greens, broccoli, soybeans, figs, and white beans are all also packed with calcium To increase your vitamin D intake, try to get in the sun for 10-15 minutes a couple of times a week. This mere amount of time can help your body synthesize the Vitamin D it needs!

If you try these things and still experience severe joint pain, you may need to seek alternative treatment. Here at Arizona Integrative Medical Center, we specialize in Joint Regeneration Therapy- an injection technique that treats laxity in ligaments as well as swelling and pain in the effected joint. If you think you may benefit from this technique or would like more information, please schedule a consultation today!


What is Homeopathic Care?

Homeopathy is a system of natural health care that has been in worldwide use for over 200 years. Homeopathic Care treats each person as a unique individual with the aim of stimulating their own healing ability.
Homeopathy is founded on two main principles:

 

1st Principle: Like Cures Like

 

“Like cures like”—the notion that a disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people.

 

In other words, something that brings on symptoms in a healthy person can — in a very small dose — treat an illness with similar symptoms. This is meant to trigger the body’s natural defenses.

 

2nd Principle: Law of Minimum Dose

 

“Law of minimum dose”—the notion that the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness.

 

Only enough medication is administered to initiate the healing process, which then carries on, driven by its own internal healing mission. Homeopathic medicines given in minimum doses stimulate the body’s vital response without producing the side effects that are so often the result of conventional treatment.

 

What Are Homeopathic Remedies?

Homeopathic remedies are typically derived from plants, herbs, minerals, or animal products. After being crushed and dissolved in alcohol and/or water, the selected substance undergoes a long process of dilution and succussion (a process that involves vigorous shaking of the solution). The solution is then stored.

For homeopathic products sold in pellet or tablet form, the remedy is based on lactose and/or sucrose and then combined with the homeopathic solution.

How Are Remedies Selected?

Rather than prescribing certain remedies for certain illnesses, homeopathic physicians select remedies based on each patient’s unique symptoms. Therefore, when choosing a remedy for a patient, a homeopathic physician will usually conduct a thorough interview to fully determine the patient’s individual symptoms.

At Arizona Integrative Medical we offer Homeopathic Care for many different illnesses and diseases. If you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today!


More Oxygen Equals Less Cancer

Ozone is gaining in popularity as more studies show it may inhibit cancer from growing, says Dr. Paul Stallone.

by Dr. Paul Stallone

For decades, it’s been shown that cancer cells do not thrive in an aerobic (oxygen-rich) environment. It was a German biochemist that discovered cancer cells survive without oxygen. This means that unlike healthy cells that burn oxygen and glucose to produce energy, cancer cells ferment sugar to meet their energy needs. This discovery pioneered the way cancer is thought of and addressed, and Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel prize in 1931 for this major medical discovery.

Many factors can contribute to cancer, and almost every single factor can be avoided or prevented. Only 5 to 10 percent of all cancers are linked to a genetic inheritance, while some scientists think the rest are caused by things like inadequate exercise, poor food choices, excessive alcohol use, smoking, chronic stress and toxic overload. All of these factors impact oxygen levels within the body and create an atmosphere for disease to thrive. When there is not enough oxygen for cells to convert blood sugar into energy, they are forced to convert sugar via a fermentation process. Not only is fermentation less efficient, but it itself contributes to an acidic environment with the fermentation byproduct lactic acid.

Making lifestyle changes can still be very beneficial in preventing a cancer diagnosis, but these changes can also aid in treating cancer and preventing its reoccurrence. Many changes are common sense, but any cancer-educated naturopathic physician can map out a plan with specific supplements to reduce toxins, reduce inflammation and support the immune system.

Lifestyle changes are very important when the goal is to prevent cancer, however, once cancer has developed, more aggressive treatment is needed. One therapy that utilizes a form of oxygen for cancer care is major autohemotherapy or MAH. Many diseases, including cancer, may respond very well to MAH therapy, as this intravenous treatment oxygenates the blood and helps bolster the immune system. Medical-grade ozone gas (O3) is the major component of MAH treatments.

Ozone has amazing health benefits and has been utilized by numerous countries over the last 50 years. Ozone may stimulate the production of white blood cells, responsible for killing cancer, bacteria and viruses. White blood cells require oxygen to function properly, and without a healthy, oxygenated system, they have a difficult task in destroying cancer cells.

While several studies have shown ozone may inhibit cancer cells from growing, it can do much more. Ozone is gaining popularity in the U.S. and for good reason, but considerations such as the administering physician and method of treatment should be given concern because not all protocols are the same. Using MAH to hyper-oxygenate the body is a promising adjunct to prevent and treat cancer, but it can also address other diseases that thrive in an oxygen-deprived body. Speaking with a naturopathic physician certified in ozone use is highly recommended for anyone with cancer.


Inflaming Foods Are to be Avoided

Food sensitivities can be the culprit in unexplained health issues, says Dr. Paul Stallone.

by Dr. Paul Stallone

Certain foods have a reputation for their negative effect on our health. Soda, fried foods and chips are known offenders that can contribute to obesity and heart disease. While these foods should be avoided, they are not the only ones we may consider eliminating. Healthy foods have the potential to create disease, but unlike the obvious quarter-pounder with cheese, these foods may surprise us. Most people would assume almonds are healthy, full of nutrients like riboflavin, L-carnitine and vitamin E and an excellent addition to any diet—except to someone with an almond sensitivity.

A person with a food sensitivity reacts differently than someone with a food allergy, which can be life-threatening. When we eat a food that we’ve developed a sensitivity to, an immune response is triggered when undigested food particles escape the gut and enter our bloodstream, creating a sensitivity. Our immune system responds with antibodies to neutralize this threat. Many factors can contribute to developing a food sensitivity, such as food choices, stress and medication; some experts even blame GMOs and chemical use.

Symptoms can vary from mild to severe and may even develop up to four days after consuming an aggravating food. For most people, symptoms are either ignored or compensated for. Fatigue is a common symptom that is often blamed on other sources and remedied with stimulants like coffee. Food is fuel for our bodies and should not cause fatigue. Continuing to eat foods that trigger a sensitivity can be very exhausting as the body works to eliminate them and is continuously trying to heal the aftermath, creating constant inflammation. Our body uses a lot of energy to generate an immune response, robbing us of important vitality.

This inflammation can lead to joint pain and irritable bowel syndrome, among numerous other conditions. Like fatigue, joint pain is often blamed on other factors, but is often a symptom of eating an inflammatory diet. Eliminating known foods that cause inflammation like red meat, dairy, sugar, saturated fats, trans fat and refined carbohydrates can help reduce or even prevent joint pain.

Inflammation-causing foods can cause much more than fatigue and joint pain. Many studies are showing the correlation between inflammation and cancer, heart disease and even Alzheimer’s. The acute symptoms of a food sensitivity, like brain fog, bloating, acne and fatigue are experienced daily and easier to track; however, conditions like cancer can silently and slowly develop into serious diseases.

Ignoring chronic inflammation can be a risky game with no winners. Speaking with a naturopathic physician early is key to prevention and, if needed, treatment. Blood tests are great options in determining an individual’s sensitivities. Knowing which foods to avoid is key in any treatment plan. If caught early, most symptoms will resolve within a few days of avoidance. If more severe conditions have developed, a naturopathic doctor can customize an individualized treatment plan.

Damage in joints can be reversed with joint regeneration injections, permanently addressing pain and breaking up scar tissue. Professional-strength supplements are available to help replenish and support connective tissue while helping with pain and inflammation.

A naturopathic physician is a great addition or sole provider for cancer treatment. Most cancer is a result of preventable factors, which heavily includes diet choices. Knowing specific food sensitivities is essential in preventing and treating cancer. If cancer is suspected or confirmed, a cancer-experienced physician should be consulted immediately. Alternative treatment is tailored to the patient and includes modalities like intravenous therapies, homeopathic remedies and high-quality supplements.

Even autoimmune diseases can even be attributed to chronic inflammation. These conditions respond very well to alternative treatments, making harsh prescriptions and their side effects unnecessary. Anyone trying to get the most from their diet should consider a food sensitivity blood test. While in the doctor’s office, any other concerns can be addressed. A naturopathic physician can provide natural, healthy recommendations on problems from colds to cancer.


Exploring Prolotherapy for Joint Pain Relief

Prolotherapy/Prolozone works to create a healing environment within and around the joint, says Dr. Paul Stallone.

by Dr. Paul Stallone

When pain becomes too much to bear, people reach out to their physician for help, which usually consists of narcotic pain relievers, cortisone injections or joint replacement therapy. One of the biggest problems with these treatments is that they may not provide permanent results or address the underlying cause of the pain. Many times, joint pain results when an injury doesn’t heal properly. Old injuries can continue to cause pain for many years, possibly a lifetime. Sometimes joint components do not have an adequate blood supply, something that provides nutrients and oxygen needed for the body to repair itself from an injury.

Conventional methods may not work to permanently correct situations that cause joint pain. Alternative treatments are gaining attention in doctors’ offices as more patients are reporting success from using alternative therapies like Prolotherapy and Prolozone, which are exceptionally formulated to address the reason/ cause behind joint pain.

Prolotherapy/Prolozone works to create a healing environment with in and around the joint. Trained physicians inject natural substances into the injured joint capsule that cause blood and oxygen flow to increase in the joint, delivering what the body needs to strengthen and repair old and new injuries. Most patients report a noticeable decrease in pain within days. Because each patient will have different needs, they require different sets of treatments and have each regenerative joint injection customized for their specific needs.

Patients that were once told they would need major surgeries or live the rest of their lives on pain relievers have responded remarkably well to Prolozone and Prolotherapy. Joint pain sufferers have options. Highly trained professionals are available that may permanently relieve joint pain with natural therapies in just a few office visits. Just because the pain feels complex, the recovery doesn’t have to be.


Don’t Assume All Problems Come from Yeast

Women Thinking

Understanding the underlying issue of a yeast infection is paramount for effective treatment, says Dr. Paul Stallone.

by Dr. Paul Stallone

Most women assume anything abnormal in their vagina is a yeast infection; however, vaginal infections have multiple causes. While symptoms may be similar, the actual cause could be from fungus or bacteria. In fact, the common yeast infection is actually the second-leading type of vaginal infection.

A single yeast infection may be something almost every single woman will experience in her lifetime. Multiple yeast infections, however, are not. If a woman is experiencing chronic or back-to-back yeast infections, she has an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. Yeast infections, also known as candidiasis, are caused by a fungus. Symptoms can vary, but usually involve intense itching, irritation, and swelling. A true infection will usually clear up on its own with the woman’s next menstrual cycle, as this raises the pH levels in the vagina and creates an unfavorable environment for the fungus. Most women will not want to wait and will purchase an over-the-counter treatment like Monistat. This treatment will be unsuccessful if the underlying cause is bacteria.

Bacterial vaginosis or BV, is the leading cause of vaginal infections, yet most women are unfamiliar with it. BV occurs when pathogenic bacteria outnumber the beneficial bacteria in the vagina. The delicate balance maintains the integrity of the vagina, and once these levels become compromised, treatment becomes necessary. Symptoms may include itching, redness and vaginal discharge that smells fishy, while the discharge that can accompany yeast infections has more of a bread or beer odor.

Before beginning a course of treatment, pinpointing which infection is present is essential. Treating for a yeast infection when it’s actually BV may only irritate and worsen BV. Diagnosing can be pretty straightforward with the right naturopathic physician. A treatment plan may be recommended based on in-office testing and an evaluation of symptoms. Some women will require more specialized testing based on factors considered by their doctor. Specialized lab work collected during a vaginal exam will determine the actual source out of the numerous possibilities that can cause vaginal infections, including STDs. This type of testing will supply invaluable information which a specific treatment plan will be based upon.

Another test that a naturopathic physician may consider is for heavy metals. We do not usually think that heavy metal toxicity may be related to a yeast infection, but it can. As heavy metals accumulate in the body, they disrupt the good and bad bacteria balance, leading to yeast overgrowth. Yeast will bind with heavy metals, creating an expanding environment as levels of the metals rise. Women may struggle with yeast infection treatment if these heavy metals are not addressed.

Women with chronic vaginal infections or vaginal issues should consult with an experienced physician to determine if it’s a yeast infection or BV, and also to establish what could be causing these infections to reoccur. Women that only treat the symptoms may be setting themselves up for future complications. With the right diagnostic work, treatment and naturopathic approach, these infections can be easily dealt with and prevented.


Good Night

Good Night

Everyone experiences poor sleep occasionally, but insomnia is tied to a true medical condition that should be addressed, says Dr. Paul Stallone.

by Dr. Paul Stallone

Everyone experiences the occasional night of poor sleep, and pinpointing the culprit is relatively easy; too much caffeine, a hectic day or a change in your daily routine. This is not considered insomnia, which includes chronic difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, waking too early and not feeling well-rested, even after sleeping through the night. Recovering from a bad night’s sleep is simple, sleep more the next night by either going to bed early or sleeping in.

Recovering from true insomnia depends on the type. Short-term insomnia typically lasts for about three months and is usually linked to obvious stress. About 15 to 20 percent of the population will have this type at some point in their life. Chronic insomnia has no time frame, and people can suffer for years. Chronic insomnia is generally tied to an underlying psychological or medical issue; about 10 percent of the population actually has this type. Both can be caused from stress, lifestyle, certain medical conditions, hormones, diet, alcohol, prescription and illegal drugs, and mental health problems. Most of these factors can be corrected, but some causes are unavoidable, like being a woman and/or over 40 years old, both of which are more prone to insomnia.

Talking with an allopathic physician about insomnia probably resulted in a prescription for a sleep aid. Like most conventional approaches, the symptom is treated, versus the cause. Insomnia is a symptom, not a condition or illness. The body doesn’t just decide not to go to sleep one night; there’s a biological reason why the sleep cycle has been disrupted. Truly addressing insomnia should involve determining this reason. Diagnosing the disruption of the sleep cycle can be fairly simple with the right naturopathic approach. Two common imbalances that can impact sleep are neurotransmitters and hormones.

Neurotransmitters are biochemical messengers in the nervous system that regulate sleep, mood, energy and focus by either stimulating or calming us. There’s a delicate balance between daytime stimulation and nighttime calmness. Producing stimulating neurotransmitters at night could cause anxiety, racing thoughts, increased heart rate and/or nightmares during sleep, all of which will definitely impact the quality of our sleep. Producing too little of the calming neurotransmitters at night will also interfere with sleep, as this could leave us feeling jittery and restless; neither conducive to sleep. As both imbalances may produce similar symptoms, testing is critical to determine what needs correcting.

Hormones that become imbalanced can also disrupt sleep, and there are quite a few which control virtually every function in your body, including sleep. Specific hormones should be produced at specific times during the day. If these levels get too high or too low, adequate energy during the day and productive sleep at night become almost impossible. Disorders of the thyroid hormone, testosterone, cortisol and growth hormone can all contribute to sleep disorders. Detecting which hormone is to blame is important for treatment. A skilled naturopathic physician will know which hormone to test and how.

Once our hormones or neurotransmitters are functioning properly, we’ll not only sleep better and have more appropriate energy, but we’ll also be balancing other functions, as well. Since our digestion, immune system and mood are influenced by hormones and neurotransmitters, we’ll be feeling a difference throughout our whole body. Being sleep deprived can lead to secondary conditions such as anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and obesity. People may not realize how much quality sleep can affect their quality of life. Insomnia requires an individualized approach, but this allows for quicker recovery. Anyone experiencing chronic insomnia should consult with a naturopathic physician to discover the root cause of their symptom; don’t lose sleep over losing sleep.


Stopping the Clock on Men’s Aging Hormone Production

Dr. Paul Stallone reveals the symptoms and natural treatments for the male version of menopause.

by Dr. Paul Stallone

The male version of menopause, called andropause, typically begins around 40 to 55 years of age, but has been reported in men as young as 35. Like all male hormonal imbalances, there are symptoms men may experience. Muscle loss, fatigue, reduced libido, depression, hot flashes, irritability/anger, sleep disturbances, memory loss, weight gain, changes in hair/skin, premature aging and erectile dysfunction have all been reported with the decline of male hormones.

These symptoms, and the amount and type of hormones lost, vary greatly from man to man. Low testosterone can be a serious issue as the condition may put certain men at an increased risk for heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and diabetes.

Unlike female menopause, which is a complete and permanent physiological shutdown of a woman’s reproductive system, andropause is a very subtle decline in testosterone and other hormone levels that occurs in aging men. Men normally experience a 1 percent loss of testosterone per year after the age of 30, but with other factors like environmental pollution and/or obesity, it can increase considerably. Just as some women may require hormonal replacement therapy, men can also benefit from hormonal balancing. Research has indicated around 5 million men are affected each year, but only 5 to 10 percent seek treatment.

Low levels of testosterone or any suspected hormonal imbalance should be confirmed by a knowledgeable physician with blood or saliva testing. Hormones play a much bigger role than we think, so testing is vital in order to properly evaluate levels. Hormones don’t just work by themselves; they join with other hormones as part of a complex system, so additional tests may be ordered to fully determine correct treatment.

Hormone levels are influenced by many factors, most of which are lifestyle choices. A diet high in fat and low in fiber content may have a negative effect on testosterone production and not provide essential minerals needed to guide hormone production. Smoking is related to low levels of testosterone because the nicotine and other substances found in cigarettes increase an enzyme that deactivates male hormones. Excessive alcohol may increase estrogen levels while decreasing levels of testosterone. Chronic stress is one of the biggest factors affecting hormonal imbalances in men and women because when chronically stressed, the adrenal glands are constantly producing cortisol instead of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which plays a significant role in the production of male hormones. If a man is stressed daily, he won’t have enough DHEA to produce his male hormones. Too much cortisol may cause the replacement of muscle with fat and/or blood sugar imbalances.

More men now are receiving treatment and seeing a reduction or elimination of their symptoms. Depending on the deficiency, a diet change might be sufficient. There are also great supplements that naturally and safely increase production of hormones. It may be best to avoid synthetic hormones because they can generate harsh side effects and contain animal hormones. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is available by pill or cream and is biologically the same as the hormones produced in the human body.

Any treatment program should start with a visit to a trusted physician. Treating a hormonal imbalance without being monitored and tested is a fast way to cause irreparable damage and may cause another deficiency or other serious health conditions. The physician can give support and guidance about the endocrine system and its intricate workings.


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