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Here, you’ll find news from our office, insights and observations from trusted sources in health, profiles of Restoration Healthcare staffers, information about innovations in the effort to take back your own good health, testimonials from our clients, resources and recommendations of note, and more. Read a post or two and comment on anything that strikes a chord.

By: Restoration Healthcare 

Celebrated on the last Monday in May each year, Memorial Day is an opportunity for all Americans to remember those who died in active military service.

Such a solemn occasion prompts us to publish a schedule for our office for the days leading up to and including Memorial Day. That holiday schedule begins with an early closing on Friday to give our staff time to get ready for the long weekend.

Memorial Day Image

(Photo © by Frank Mckenna)


Specific hours are:

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, May 24, 2019: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (closing early)
  • Saturday, May 25, 2019: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (for IV services only)
  • Sunday, May 26, 2019: Closed
  • Monday, May 27, 2019: Closed in observation of Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (open during normal hours)

And as a reminder to our patients that holidays are not a “get out of jail free” card for disreputable eating and drinking, we’ve listed some valuable tips below for your eating edification: Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

Recognizing a cause’s milestones by designating it as a weeklong or monthlong observation usually fall into one of two categories. May 6 through 12, for example, was National Nurses Week — a weeklong celebration of all things related to nurses and the nursing profession. The other category focuses on awareness, in this case, with the entire month of May, which is recognized as Lyme disease Awareness Month.

What’s particularly unnerving about Lyme disease is the simple fact that most sufferers don’t even remember being bitten by a tick. In fact, 70 percent of those infected with Lyme disease have no recollection of coming under attack by one or more of these immature ticks called nymphs.

Be Tick Aware

That’s primarily because these tiny pests — no bigger than a poppy seed — can unobtrusively attach themselves to your body and catch a meal and free transportation for 36 to 48 hours, completely unobserved. That’s just enough time for the tick’s bacterium to spread, and yet another reason why it’s imperative that anyone wandering outdoors check themselves for tiny ticks at every opportunity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Lyme disease bacterium — called Borrelia burgdorferi — is spread to humans through Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

Doctors Sunny Raleigh and Tamara Kurmanalieva recently returned from a conference in Colorado focused on Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) and related conditions, originally organized by Larry Afrin, MD (Armonk Integrative Medicine, Armonk, New York) and Mark Renneker, MD (Univ. of California San Francisco) as a meeting of the minds. A select group of doctors and other health practitioners first met to discuss MCAS in February of last year (2018). This year’s event — the 2nd Annual Workshop on Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Comorbidities — was held April 11-14, 2019, at the Renaissance Flatirons Hotel in Broomfield, Colo.

(Attendees at the 2nd Annual Workshop on Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Comorbidities)

(Attendees at the 2nd Annual Workshop on Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Comorbidities)

Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) is a condition characterized by recurring symptoms such as hives, swelling, low blood pressure, difficulty breathing, and diarrhea, all due to the episodic release of abnormally high levels of mast cell mediators. Symptoms of MCAS include the following: Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

Restoration Healthcare is hosting a three-day seminar Oct. 5 through 7 that offers healthcare patients and medical professionals alike the tools they need to make changes in their lifestyles and habits for greater and long-term emotional and physical health.

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Master the Power of Letting Go is a weekend seminar conducted by a pair of licensedSedona Method instructors with more than four decades of practical life experience between them. An introduction to this decades-old methodology runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, with participants meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on both Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7 at our Irvine offices.

In keeping with our belief in mind, body, spirit and work-life choice, we are inviting only our current patients — along with patients from other functional medicine-oriented practices in the area — to join us for this special personal growth and development weekend. The seminar is offered at reduced price of $550 for those who register by Wednesday, Aug. 31, and $650 thereafter.

Instructors include Annrika James, a licensed instructor and co-founder of Sedona Coaching; and Tim McCavitt, a worldwide leading expert on the Sedona Method.

What is the Sedona Method?

In the simplest of terms, the Sedona Method is the practice of Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

No doubt about it, bone broth is trending. Bone broth carts (a.k.a. Brodo carts) and counters are popping up all across the country to serve it, and you can find plenty of websites touting its health benefits. If you listen to the dialogue, you might think bone broth could cure everything from the common cold to cancer. But how healthy is bone broth? And are all the claims true?

Bone broth photo

The short answers to these questions are that bone broth can be very healthy and most of the claims appear to be true but with important caveats. So, what is it about bone broth that makes it so curiously healthy?

Restoring and Maintaining a Healthy Gut

The primary health benefits of bone broth can be traced to the fact that it promotes gut health, and a healthy gut impacts the health of every system and cell in the human body. Even practitioners of conventional medicine are beginning to come around to the fact that a healthy gut is a key component of a healthy immune system and that it plays an important role in optimal brain function.

And because the immune system plays a key role in fighting both colds and cancer, yes, bone broth can play a role in help to cure everything from the common cold to cancer. It’s certainly not a cure-all, but it promotes healthy body composition and function.

The health benefits of bone broth come from the many nutrients it contains, especially nutrients that promote a healthy gut, including these: Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

Influenza (a.k.a., the “flu”) is a serious and sometimes deadly illness, as is evident in the recent deaths of a 10-year-old hockey player in New Canaan, Conn.; 21-year-old fitness enthusiast in Latrobe, Penn.; and a 40-year-old marathon-running mother of three in San Jose, Calif. (as well as 73 other people in California at the time of this write-up).

According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) influenza estimates, influenza-associated deaths in the United States ranged from a low of 12,000 (during the 2011-2012 flu season) to a high of 56,000 (2012-2013). Deaths from the flu are concentrated among the elderly, but mortality is often elevated among middle-aged adults with other health issues, such as heart or lung disease, diabetes, compromised immune systems, or obesity; pregnant women; children under the age of five years; and children with asthma. Even healthy people face some risk,

Photo ©Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Photo © Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash | Used with permission.

As is typical every flu season, the media lead many people to believe that this flu season is the worst ever, but that’s not the case this year. According to the CDC website, the United States experiences epidemics of seasonal flu each year. Although the 2017-2018 season has outpaced other flu seasons from 2013-2017, it is currently considered moderately severe. In a mild season, about 2 percent of all Americans seeking medical care have flu-like symptoms. In a bad season, that percentage climbs to over 8 percent. The current number is about 6 percent. And while highly publicized cases of flu deaths may lead some people to believe that this year’s strains of flu virus are particularly deadly, the mortality rate for victims under the age of 18, a key indicator used by the CDC, is currently well below that of the 2014-2015 season.

That said, flu-related deaths in California are well above normal levels for this time of year, with 74 deaths since October among people under the age of 65 so far, this season, according to the Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

Melatonin is often referred to as the “Dracula of Hormones,” because it only comes out at night. It is a hormone that helps you sleep by synchronizing your sleep cycle with the rising and setting of the sun. As the sun begins to set, your pineal gland (a pea-sized gland just above the middle of the brain) starts ramping up its production of melatonin, which helps your mind and muscles relax. Peak production occurs sometime in the middle of the night, helping you stay asleep. Starting in the early morning (around 3 to 4 a.m.), your pineal gland ramps down its melatonin production, and over the course of several hours completely shuts down production.

People who have lower than normal levels of melatonin often have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. As a result, they may wake up the next day feeling tired, and they may struggle to get through the day. They may also experience anxiety or mood changes. (Melatonin is a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is often deficient in people with depression.) Women may experience worsening of menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, heart palpitations, morning depression, and irregular cycles.

Melatonin is also instrumental in converting thyroxine (T4) into its active form triiodothyronine (T3), which gives the body energy and helps it generate heat. A low level of melatonin may be related to certain symptoms of hypothyroidism.

As you age, your body may produce less melatonin, which can increase the risk and severity of Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

Over the years, we have done an amazing job of combating infection in developed countries through sanitization, hygiene, vaccinations, and antibiotics. The problem is that the bacteria and viruses keep popping back up stronger and more resistant to our growing arsenal of vaccines and pharmaceutical medications.

Antibacterial and antiviral agents have numerous limitations, including the following:

  • Bacteria and viruses (especially) mutate rather quickly, which can often make them resistant to the medications used to combat them.
  • Antibiotics often kill beneficial bacteria as well as harmful bacteria, which can cause long-term health issues and impair the immune system. Likewise, antiviral medications can harm the cells of the body that antiviral medications are designed to protect.
  • Viruses often lie dormant in the body waiting until the body’s immune system is compromised only to resurface again, often in a more virulent form. For example, people who have had chicken pox as babies can develop shingles decades later when the virus emerges from its dormant state.
  • Many antiviral vaccines are effective at preventing infection from only a select few strains of the virus. For example, if you get a flu shot, it protects you against infection from only three or four strains of flu virus that medical research predicts will be the most common in a particular season.
  • Vaccines may contain substances that can be toxic to the body, further impairing the body’s natural ability to maintain health and recover from illness.

It seems as though the Friedrich Nietzsche quote “That which does not kill us makes us stronger” is true for infectious agents. The overuse and misuse of antibiotics has made harmful bacteria more virulent and resilient. At the same time, due to numerous factors, including poor diet, a more sedentary lifestyle, and increasing levels of environmental toxins, our bodies’ ability to fight infection has been compromised. As a result, we are starting to lose ground in the war against infectious agents.

Mutating bacteria and viruses

Many of our most potent antibiotics are ineffective in treating the most serious bacterial infections. Many doctors fear a post-antibiotic era in which antibiotics no longer work. Doctors are also concerned that any viruses that survive certain treatments will emerge more virulent. Many patients infected with certain microbes are already experiencing the horrors of this era. Conventional medicine practitioners, having nothing left to try in their medical bags, are beginning to feel powerless to help their patients.

Enlisting Our Bodies in the Battle: A More Effective and Enduring Approach

As practitioners of functional medicine, we at Restoration Healthcare, know a better way to combat bacterial and viral infections —  Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

What does one’s gut have to do with autism? Plenty.

Let’s start with a study published in 2014 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) entitled “The Familial Risk of Autism.” Prior to this study, doctors thought autism was about 80 to 90 percent genetic, with environmental factors contributing only 10 to 20 percent to the etiology (the cause or set of causes) of the disease. According to this study, genetic and environmental factors each contribute about 50 percent.

Exploring the Brain-Gut-Microbiome Axis

Published that same year (2014) in Bioessays, “Altered brain-gut axis in autism: comorbidity or causative mechanisms” points out that “The concept that altered communications between the gut microbiome and the brain may play an important role in human brain disorders has recently received considerable attention” and that probiotic treatment may benefit several of the abnormal behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

One year later (2015), the Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology published a review entitled “Autism and Our Intestinal Microbiota” concluding Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

Over the past year, we’ve been following developments regarding attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act of 2010. On the day President Trump was inaugurated, we published “Making Sense of Health Insurance in the Trump Era,” in which we highlighted some of the successes of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and explained Trump’s initial plans for repealing and replacing the ACA with a plan that provides for “great healthcare for much less money.”

Trumpcare ImageTwo months later, we posted “8 Ideas on Healthcare Legislation from a Functional Medicine Perspective,” in which we presented possible initiatives for reducing healthcare costs while improving results. Since then, the American Healthcare Act of 2017 (AHA) narrowly won passage in the House of Representatives, but that was only the first hurdle. It must also win passage in the Senate, which will probably be the bigger hurdle. The Senate will probably demand changes, and even with changes, the bill may not receive enough votes.

What do we think of the AHA at this point? Not much. President Trump made two promises — “great healthcare” and “for much less money.” Let’s take a look at those two promises.

Great Healthcare

Whenever anyone in government talks about quality healthcare, they’re usually referring to conventional medical tests and treatments. For most of them, great healthcare means free access to doctors, tests, and treatments. As functional medicine practitioners, our focus is on optimizing health, not merely eliminating illness or masking its symptoms. We envision a community, nation, and a world, in which people are healthy — free of  Continue reading…