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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 

A lost ability to smell or a change in the way odors are perceived is called olfactory dysfunction (OD), which also significantly impacts the ability to taste. Reduction in the sense of smell is called hyposmia, and a total inability to smell is called anosmia. A complete inability to taste anything is called ageusia, which is rare.

Traditional treatment for olfactory dysfunction often focuses on receptors in the sinuses or on the tongue. In other cases, it involves olfactory retraining — which involves sniffing different scents daily to restore the pathways to the brain. You can think of olfactory retraining as physical therapy for restoring function to the nerves that carry signals from the olfactory receptors to the brain.

Unfortunately, these treatments don’t work for COVID-19-related olfactory dysfunction because the problem isn’t with the receptors themselves or the pathway that carries sensory information to the brain. The problem is found in the brain, so it makes sense that treatment needs to focus on diagnosing and treating issues associated with the brain.

(Above: Original image © Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator)

Bottom line? It’s not so much about treating taste and smell as it is about finding the underlying causes and treating them.

Tracking COVID-19’s Impact on Taste and Smell

The virus named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes, named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), affects everyone differently. At one extreme are patients who have no symptoms. In the middle, according to the Journal of Internal Medicine, about 80 percent of people infected with the virus have a mild reaction, and most recover within two weeks. At the other extreme are those who have a severe response and take about three to six weeks to recover. Some of these patients require hospitalization. Mortality rates vary greatly around the world, with the United States experiencing a case fatality rate of a little more than 2 percent, meaning two out of every 100 confirmed cases may result in death.

Approximately 10 percent of patients are long haulers, meaning their symptoms linger for months after they no longer test positive for the infection. The most common symptoms are cough, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, headaches, muscle aches, diarrhea, brain fog, and fatigue.

In addition, nearly 86 percent of COVID-19 patients lose their ability to smell and taste totally or to some degree, with nearly 95 percent of those patients recovering these senses within six months of having the illness.

Exploring the Causes of Olfactory Dysfunction

Olfactory dysfunction can usually be traced back to one of the following common causes: Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

This year, as we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, a spring detox may be just what you need to boost your Restoration Healthcare plan of care. And if that sounds appealing to you, you’re in luck, because our 14-day Spring 2021 Detox Program, which is open to all Restoration Healthcare patients, starts right after Memorial Day, on the first of June.

To survive and thrive in this post-COVID world, you need an immune system that’s performing better than ever. Our gentle, medically supervised detox eliminates many substances that can make the immune system overreactive. At the same time, when done properly, detoxing supports gut health, which plays a significant role in the body’s immune response.

Think of Our Spring 2021 Detox as Spring Cleaning for Your Body

Spring cleaning is an annual ritual that began centuries ago. Every year at this time, people from around the world declutter and deep-clean their entire homes from top to bottom, inside and out. We open our windows to greet the sunshine and fresh air and scour our homes to eliminate the dirt, dust, and cobwebs that have accumulated over the winter months.

Now is also a good time to treat your body to an annual spring cleaning. Just as your home gathers dust and becomes cluttered over the course of a year, toxins accumulate in your body over time. According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), more than 80,000 known chemicals in our environment threaten our health. They’re in our food, water, and air and in seemingly harmless products — everything from cleaning products to medications and cosmetics.

Our bodies are equipped to filter out and eliminate most toxins. In fact, several internal organs are dedicated to performing this invaluable service — the kidneys, liver, and intestines, to name the key players. However, our environment has become so toxic, that our bodies often can’t keep up. As a result, toxins accumulate and start to degrade our health.

Symptoms of Chronic Toxicity

People who suffer from chronic toxicity are often totally unaware of it until they begin to experience symptoms, such as the following: Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

Functional medicine practitioners like those here at Restoration Healthcare often advise patients, “You can pay the farmer now or pay the pharmacy later.” That’s because the human body evolved over millions of years, primarily in an environment where safe, nutritious foods were plentiful, and the soil was rich in organic matter and biodiversity. Today however, industrial agriculture —also known as intensive farming — is killing us.

In an effort to maximize yields of both crop plants and animals, modern farming practices have depleted and poisoned the soil and reduced its ability to sequester carbon dioxide — one of the primary greenhouse gases contributing to global warming and climate change.

According to GRAIN.org, the current global food system “is responsible for around half of all human-produced greenhouse gas emissions,” after you factor in emissions from agricultural production; land use change and deforestation; processing, transportation, packing, and retail; waste; and non-food-related emissions. As if that isn’t bad enough, pesticides and other chemicals used in modern agriculture now make their way into our food supply, threatening our health. The most widely used pesticide, glyphosate, has been linked to cancer, liver and kidney damage, reproductive and developmental issues, and disruption of the gut microbiome, which alone can cause a wide range of serious and chronic illnesses.

And that’s not all. Due to poor agricultural practices, soil on most farmland isn’t as rich in nutrients as it once was. As a result, the foods we consume aren’t as nutritious as they once were. It gets worse. By some estimates, the depletion of nutrients and biodiversity in much of our existing farmland is becoming so bad that in 50 years we may not have enough arable soil to feed the world’s population.

Fortunately, we don’t need to dig very deep to find the solution — the solution is in the soil.

Regenerative Agriculture to the Rescue!

Regenerative agriculture is a term used to describe  Continue reading…

By: Rebecca Maas Restoration Healthcare’s Health Coach

What do beets, spinach, okra, tofu, raspberries, and navy beans all have in common? Two things — they’re all considered healthy foods, and they’re all high in oxalates (also known as oxalic acid).

Oxalic acid is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in plants. Consumed in small amounts, it’s harmless. But ingest too much and you may end up with a bad case of kidney stones, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, or any of a number of other ailments.

The problem is that oxalates bind to minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, forming crystals that can build up in organs and tissues throughout the body. Consumed in moderation, oxalates are flushed from the body as waste products. However, when intake exceeds the body’s ability to eliminate them, they become a threat to your health.

When you’re working toward addressing chronic health issues and adopting a healthy diet is part of your plan of care, keep in mind that even some healthy foods can be unhealthy when consumed in excess. Spinach and almonds are two prime examples. Each  have such a stellar reputation as healthy foods, you might think they hired the top PR firm in the country to mold and promote their reputations. What could possibly be unhealthy about a spinach salad or a glass of almond milk?

Sadly, neither of these health foods lives entirely up to the hype. Spinach is loaded with iron and even contains a decent amount of protein, but it’s high in oxalates. Almonds are packed with fiber, protein, healthy fat, vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium, but like spinach, they’re high in oxalates.

In this post, we dig into the potential health issues related to oxalates and explain how to reduce your oxalate load.

Recognizing the Symptoms of High Oxalates

If you research oxalates, you’ll find many articles associating oxalic acid with kidney stones, but oxalic acid crystals can form in tissues and joints throughout the body and cause a wide range of health issues, including the following: Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

In 2012, the Figi family of Colorado Springs, Colo., launched a movement to legalize cannabidiol (CBD), when parents Paige and Matt began using it to help ease the symptoms of their daughter’s, Charlotte’s, Dravet syndrome. This rare genetic disorder, which was first thought by her doctors to be Epilepsy, causes terrible seizures, requiring round-the-clock care. By the time she was 6 years old, Charlotte was having more than 300 seizures per week, was confined to a wheelchair, and had to use a feeding tube because she couldn’t swallow.

The family tried dozens of medications to no avail. When they ran out of options, Paige began to research CBD and discovered that it was being used overseas to treat epilepsy. Soon after Charlotte began taking CBD oil, her seizures subsided. Over time, she started talking, making eye contact, and walking. Doctors were able to remove her feeding tube, and the seizures were reduced to about once a month.

As Charlotte’s story spread, more and more people with epilepsy began taking CBD oil to help control their seizures, and other medicinal properties of CBD began to become more widely known.

Demand for CBD oil took off and legalization followed in many states. Today, CBD is being used to help in the treatment of numerous health conditions, including:

  • Epilepsy/seizures
  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Side effects of certain cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy
  • Acne and other skin issues
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

People also use CBD as a more natural solution for addressing brain fog. That’s because CBD may offer the following benefits (claims that are not evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration): Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

Toxins are everywhere — in the food we eat, the beverages we drink, the air we breathe, the homes we live in, the places we work, and many of the products we use and consume. There’s no escaping them. They come from all sectors of the economy — manufacturing, technology, agriculture, construction, transportation, energy — even Mother Nature contributes.

Modern development has certainly improved our quality of life in some ways, but this progress has come at a price. Our daily environments, where we live, work, and play, can become so toxic that they overwhelm our bodies’ natural ability to detox. And when that happens, we become ill, often in subtle ways that are difficult to diagnose and trace back to any specific cause.

When exposure to environmental toxins causes chronic health problems, we categorize these problems as Environmentally Acquired Illness (EAI). Unhealthy indoor air and persistent bacterial, viral, and fungal infections are believed to be the two primary causes of EAIs. They’re like a one-two punch — increasing our exposure to toxins and degrading our bodies’ ability to get rid of them.

Symptoms of Environmentally Acquired Illness

Long-term exposure to environmental toxins and irritants can interfere with normal bodily functions, negatively impacting everything from digestion and breathing to cognitive function. Some of the symptoms of EAIs include: Continue reading…

By: Restoration Healthcare 

Now that Orange County has moved down and into “Red” territory on the Covid Tier Assignment Scale and most non-essential businesses are reopening with limited indoor capacity — with the less-restrictive “Orange” tier expected to be announced before the first of April — it’s time to consider if you’re on track with your Restoration Healthcare plan of care. If you haven’t had a chance to review your plan of care as of late, you’ll find a copy in your OnPatient Portal account.

Whether you’re a patient of our Southern California functional medicine practice or you see a physician connected with another healthcare practice, we offer this suggestion:

Make sure your plan of care considers the role of prescribed therapies, medicines, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that can boost immune function, increase energy levels, and help manage a variety of chronic health conditions. And keep in mind that we can deliver these therapies and medicines faster and more effectively through an IV drip that is medically supervised and offered in the comfort of our clinic.

Three Ways to Schedule IV Appointments

Scheduling IV appointments is as easy as calling our front desk during business hours (949-535-2322) and asking for your preferred time. Better yet — asking for your next four to eight appointments ensures your spots are reserved, your medicine and drips are on hand, and that we’re properly staffed to serve you in the most supportive way possible.

Other ways to schedule IV appointments include: Continue reading…