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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.

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Blog graphics5In the first part of this series, “Living Healthy in a Toxic Environment — Part I: Recognizing the Problem,” we called your attention to the fact that we are now living in highly toxic environments, both inside and outside our homes. The first step on the road to reducing your body’s toxic load is to avoid the most pervasive and potentially harmful environmental toxins highlighted in Part I. In this post, we offer suggestions on how to do just that.

Think of it this way: When you have dug yourself into a hole, the first step is to stop digging. Only then can you begin to fill the hole. In the same way, you need to stop the flow of toxins into your body before your body can begin to make progress toward eliminating toxins that have already built up in your system.

Indoor Air Pollution

As explained in the first part of this series, indoor air pollution can come from a number of sources, some of which are easier to identify than others. For example, the source of cigarette smoke is obvious and the solution is equally obvious — if you smoke, stop, and if others want to smoke, require that they do it outside. But how do you know if you have a problem with Radon gas, and if you have a problem, what do you do about it?

Here are some suggestions for curbing indoor air pollution: Continue reading…

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The Industrial Revolution and the Information Age have been periods of enormous progress in terms of technology and prosperity. In some ways, this progress has improved our health, leading to advances in preventing and treating infection, diagnosing and curing acute illness, repairing injuries, and gaining a clearer understanding of genetics. Unfortunately, here at Restoration HealthcareSouthern California’s data-driven integrative and functional medicine practice that partners with patients to discover and treat root malfunctions that lead to chronic illness — we often see that this progress has come at a price (we now live in highly toxic environments… unnatural environments that make us sick).

Toxic Environment Image

Although we cannot reconfigure our DNA to adapt to our toxic environment, we can take two steps to live healthier and function more effectively:

1) Reduce exposure to toxins

2) Improve the body’s natural ability to filter and eliminate toxins

In this series, we call attention to the many toxins in our environment and then discuss action steps to reduce your exposure to these toxins and improve your body’s ability to effectively detoxify the rest.

Recognizing the Problem

Imagine yourself a goldfish, living on stale breadcrumbs in unchanged, unfiltered water. Now imagine someone tossing in a few drops of a common pesticide, a capful of household cleaner, some shampoo and conditioner, a couple aspirin, a dash of growth hormone, and so on. Instead of basking in sunlight, you live mostly in the Continue reading…

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On the surface, trying to persuade someone that there are huge health benefits in taking off your clothes and sleeping naked just sounds like a terrible pickup line. But medical studies show that “going full commando” and “free-buffing” in bed is actually good for the body.

The benefits, according to those who study such things, include better blood circulation, deeper sleep, reduced stress, healthier skin and even a modicum of weight loss. And that doesn’t take into consideration the biochemical benefits of sleeping naked with a partner.

Benefits of Sleeping Naked

Perhaps the biggest advantage to climbing between the sheets naked is that humans sleep better and deeper — and wake up far less often — when their body temperature is slightly lower. When you wake up, your body temperature climbs, which explains why it’s harder to fall asleep again when you’re hot.

And it stands to reason that the less clothing worn to bed, the less Continue reading…

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Michelle Vila, Restoration Healthcare’s very first wellness director, recently left us in order to take a new position within a completely different industry. She has be replaced by Crystal Caprioli, who was previously our front desk administrator.

Michelle_VillaMichelle had been with us since the day we opened our doors back in December of 2014. She walked into an office in full chaos, with no furniture, no trash cans, no supplies and a bunch of computers, printers and phones that needed to be set up in no time at all. Like we said — chaos!

She was quickly promoted from foundation trainer to practice manager, and was later named wellness director. “At the time, being a startup, each of these job titles involved the same responsibilities,” Michelle recalled. “In other words, everything!”

Michelle has joined Willdan Energy Solutions — an Anaheim-based engineering company — as its  Continue reading…

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No matter your political leanings, nearly all Americans are keeping a close eye on the fate of Obamacare — or as it is formally known — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). That holds especially true for those in this country who can’t afford health insurance.

While the healthcare bill signed into law by President Obama nearly seven years ago is far from perfect, the act has seen millions of Americans become insured — many for the first time — with 90 percent of the nation’s citizens currently enjoying some form of coverage.


We here at Restoration Healthcare are also keeping tabs on this national issue. And what we’d like to do is present a brief healthcare primer that recaps some aspects of the Affordable Care Act. We appreciate some parts of the current legislation, but we also understand that the law continues to cause some confusion and heartburn among medical practitioners and patients alike. For example, the current law has increased insurance costs for many while lowering costs for others.

What the future holds for health insurance remains vague, but changes — especially with today’s inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States — are inevitable and on the immediate horizon. Meanwhile, we want to keep you abreast of all of the changes that are about to come and we want you to know that you can count on Restoration Healthcare to continue to research healthcare-related legislation at the federal levels as it is proposed and Continue reading…

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Paula Shoemaker thinks of herself as an office environmentalist, ensuring that a nurturing, caring environment — one that’s conducive to good health and a relaxed and comfortable workplace — surrounds the doctors, staff and patients here in Restoration Healthcare’s Irvine, Calif., office.

Paula Shoemaker Headshot

To that end, Paula (who joined our in-house team full-time at the beginning of 2017) is already hard at work. She’s streamlining our office’s tools and policies so that everyone here at Restoration Healthcare can leverage the good work that Drs. Raleigh and Bakman are doing for their patients, and she’s bringing love and a caring attitude with her when she arrives at the office each morning.

We cornered this savvy, entrepreneurial woman and asked her to fill us in on her professional and personal background. Here’s what Paula had to say: Continue reading…

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For millions of American’s who suffer from on-again, off-again dizzy spells, nausea and chest pains, they’re just as likely to be told by their doctor that they’re living with a psychological disorder — something akin to anxiety or depression — then a physical medical condition.

Seriously? Your symptoms, which may include fatigue, insomnia, brain fog and headaches, are reflective of a psychological issue rather than a commonplace physical ailment that affects millions of American’s each year? What could be more damaging to the soul than hearing “it’s all in your head”?

You’re certain such a diagnosis is not the case, but nobody with a medical credential will listen to you or take your concerns seriously. The only comfort you can draw from this information is that millions of people in this country suffer from a disorder with those very same symptoms. It’s called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome or POTS.

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

Never heard of it?

POTS is a group of disorders where smaller volumes of Continue reading…

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Imagine if there was a simple, quick, and non-invasive test that allowed your doctor to test nearly every organ system in your body — all in the span of 20 minutes — in order to detect peripheral neuropathy before it becomes symptomatic. (As an aside, peripheral neuropathy is best described as nerve damage caused by a number of conditions, including autoimmune disease, diabetes, and exposure to toxins, inherited disorders, injuries, and vitamin deficiencies).

Now, thanks to the Autonomic Nervous System testing machine in use here at Restoration Healthcare, there is a simple 20-minute test like the one described above, and best of all, its use is usually covered by your existing health insurance!

Taking a step back for a moment, each of us possesses within our bodies an autonomic nervous system (ANS) that works with the involuntary parts of the body such as heart muscles, lungs, our digestive system and adrenal glands. Within this complex system are two key components:

  • The sympathetic nervous system
  • The parasympathetic nervous system

Why does this matter? You’ve likely heard the expression Continue reading…

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Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (or SIBO as many people refer to it) is a condition with a self-explanatory name that is described as an excess of bacteria in the lower intestinal tract. As with many conditions that involve the digestive system, the resulting symptoms — diarrhea, indigestion, stomach cramps and bloating, just to name a few — can lead to major discomfort and pain.

Risk factors for developing SIBO include:

  • Normal aging
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Organ system dysfunction, including cirrhosis, renal failure, pancreatitis, and Crohn’s disease (a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract)
  • Medications such as recurrent antibiotics and those involved in the suppression of gastric acid
  • Motility disorders such as Celiac disease and Gastroparesis (a condition that affects the stomach muscles and prevents proper stomach emptying)
  • Metabolic disorders such as Diabetes and Hypochlorhydria (a lack of stomach acid)
  • Structural anatomic conditions such as Small Intestine Diverticula (a condition in which small, bulging pouches develop in the digestive tract)

As you can see, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is often associated with underlying illnesses. And as the disorder worsens, vitamin deficiencies and malnutrition can result from the body’s inability to absorb nutrients from the small intestine. When the normal function of your lower intestine is compromised, bacterial overgrowth may be the cause. And as we all know, normal bacteria in the stomach is vitally important, protecting our intestines from disease and assisting in the digestion of food, vitamins and folic acid.

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

With SIBO, however, an influx of bacteria can reduce stomach acid or slow down the amount of waste delivered to the colon, effectively backing up the process. And since the colon is less demanding than the small intestine, any backflow of waste reintroduced to the small intestine can be infused with bad bacteria.

Proper diagnosis of SIBO is tricky, but can be narrowed down to four methods: Continue reading…

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If one can indeed find comfort in numbers, know that more than half of all women will experience fibrocystic breast changes at one point or another during their lifetimes.

Once called fibrocystic breast disease, the condition was later found to not be a disease at all. In addition — and this is more good news — it is noncancerous and fairly common among women of childbearing age and as old as 50. Symptoms include breasts that feel lumpy or rubbery or are firm to the touch. And when we say “firm,” think of scar tissue.

Fibrocystic Breast Changes

In addition to this nodular or glandular breast tissue, another form of fibrocystic breasts includes round, fluid-filled cysts that can become enlarged — especially before menstruation. The condition, which can be found in one or both breasts, can also count among its symptoms a thickening of the breast or breasts, tenderness — especially on the top portion of the breast — as well as sharp pain, burning or itching.

Of course you should see us here at Restoration Healthcare whenever there are changes to your breasts that include lumps, cysts or pain — especially if you discover a new issue, suffer increasing pain, or observe continued breast changes at the conclusion of your period.

A specific cause for fibrocystic breast changes hasn’t been determined, but we believe Continue reading…