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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 

If your doctor recommends that your plan of care include chelation therapy, which is delivered intravenously in a clinical setting, it’s likely due medical signs and symptoms of heavy metal toxicity.

Often without realizing it, we’re exposed to heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, thallium, and aluminum. They’re in our food and water, and even some medications. They’re in paints and construction materials, batteries, lightbulbs, gasoline, pesticides, fungicides, cigarette smoke, and even the fireworks we enjoy around the 4th of July.

There’s no escaping them and unfortunately, some bodies are poorly equipped to purge them from our systems. They bind to cells, inhibiting their normal function and preventing our organs from doing their job. If concentrations of certain heavy metals are too high in the body, they can cause irreversible damage and even death. In fact, heavy metal toxicity has been associated with serious health conditions.

While you may be able to reduce your exposure to heavy metals, you can’t avoid them entirely. But you can help your body remove heavy metals through chelation.

Understanding Chelation Therapy

Chelation therapy involves taking a substance that binds to heavy metal molecules in a way that enables your body to eliminate them as waste products. Technically speaking, “chelation” means to grab or bind. Common chelating agents include the following:

  • Dimercaprol
  • DMSA (Dimercaptosuccinic acid)
  • CaEDTA (calcium ethylenediaminetetra-acetic acid)

Although you can buy oral chelation supplements online and at many stores that carry nutritional supplements, chelation therapy is most effective when delivered directly into the bloodstream via intravenous (IV) drip.

Here at Restoration Healthcare, we use CaEDTA (calcium ethylenediaminetetra-acetic acid). When injected into the bloodstream in a medically supervised session at our clinic, EDTA attaches to heavy metal toxins and certain minerals to form chemical compounds referred to as chelates. These chelates are then carried through the blood to the kidneys, where they are  Continue reading…

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In 1998, Dr. James L. Wilson, DC, ND, Ph.D., coined the term “adrenal fatigue” and used it to describe a condition in which the adrenal glands — overstimulated by chronic stress, burn out and shut down — can promote one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive sweating
  • Headache
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Irregular periods in women
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low blood pressure
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Salt cravings
  • Weight loss

In the 24 years since the concept was introduced, many books have been published and numerous nutritional supplements have been marketed to support adrenal gland health and function. Unfortunately, many people who followed the advice in these books or took these supplements experienced little to no relief.

As a result, the diagnosis of “adrenal fatigue” has been dismissed in some medicine circles and fallen out of use in others.

However, dismissing that diagnosis has led many doctors to “throw out the baby with the bathwater.” By ignoring the adrenal glands altogether, these doctors are returning to using medically accepted (albeit less descriptive and less helpful) diagnoses, such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, to describe this cluster of symptoms.

In fact, many patients receive these diagnoses based solely on the process of elimination. Unable to identify the root cause of a patient’s illness, the doctor simply diagnoses it as chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia and attempts to provide some relief for the patient’s symptoms.

What’s really going on with patients who experience these symptoms does involve the adrenal glands but is more complex than originally thought. It actually involves the interaction of the hypothalamus and the pituitary and adrenal (HPA) glands — collectively referred to as the HPA axis.

Understanding HPA Axis Dysfunction

HPA axis dysfunction is a more accurate diagnosis than adrenal fatigue because it recognizes that the adrenal gland does not operate in a vacuum; problems upstream of the adrenal gland can and often do impact adrenal function. “HPA” refers to the three components involved in adrenal hormone production: Continue reading…

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It’s that time of year again — when children return to school and parents scramble to help them navigate the transition from summer break to full-time immersion in school life. If you’re one of those parents, you probably already have your hands full registering your children for class, making sure they have all their supplies, tracking down medical records, and scheduling physicals.

You’re fully focused on the logistics of education — new clothes, schedules, supplies, transportation, and meals. And while we’re reluctant to add to that burden, this is an opportunity to do what’s needed to support your children’s physical and mental health, both of which play a crucial role in their brain function and development and hence, their overall success at school.

Image for back to school health

In this post, we present seven ways to optimize your children’s health so they can achieve their full potential at school.

1. Establish Healthy Routines

Most people function better when they have healthy routines in place that make their days predictable. This is especially true for children, teenagers, and young adults, and even more so for those with learning or developmental challenges. Routines can also help to reduce stress and anxiety.

You can structure days by setting times for the following:

  • Wakeup and bedtime
  • Mealtimes (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Study times
  • Extracurriculars
  • Time for chores

Be sure to leave some unstructured time in your children’s schedules that gives them the freedom to determine how they spend it.

2. Support the Gut-Brain Axis

We are all aware of the importance of proper nutrition in supporting physical health, but a growing body of evidence suggests that the digestive system plays a crucial role in brain function and development and in supporting a healthy immune response. In fact, many brain-related illnesses, including autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and Parkinson’s disease are directly linked to imbalances and disorders of the gut.

We recommend that everyone, regardless of age and overall health, adopt a healthy diet. Here are some specific recommendations: Continue reading…

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Over the past several years, we have witnessed an increase in the incidence of Lyme disease, along with the debilitating impact this vector-borne disease has had on many of our patients, so any news about a potential vaccine for Lyme disease piques our interest.

On Aug. 8 of this year, Pfizer, the U.S.-based pharmaceutical and biotechnology firm, and Valneva, a French biotech company, announced the initiation of a Phase 3 clinical study named Vaccine Against Lyme for Outdoor Recreationists (VALOR). VALOR was set up to investigate the efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity of the companies investigational Lyme disease vaccine candidate, VLA15. (Immunogenicity is a measure of a vaccine’s ability to stimulate an immune response in the body.)

Although we must wait for the final report on the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine, the research is promising. A safe, effective vaccine would be a welcome addition in the battle against Lyme disease. It could prove to be a valuable preventive measure for those who spend any amount of time outdoors in areas where tick-borne Lyme disease poses a significant health threat.

Important: Here at Restoration Healthcare, we are not big proponents of vaccines in general, nor are we antivaxxers. Our recommendation to receive a specific vaccine or not relies on several factors, including the vaccine’s risk/benefit profile, the individual’s likelihood of being infected, and the impact the disease is likely to have on the patient. We conduct a risk-benefit analysis for each patient, allowing them to decide what’s best for them and their family members on a case-by-case basis.

What Is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is a systemic infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria transmitted to humans by infected ticks. It is considered the most common vector-borne illness in the Northern Hemisphere. (Vector-borne illnesses are those caused by parasites, viruses, and bacteria transmitted by an invertebrate, such as a mosquito or tick.)

While the true incidence of Lyme disease is unknown, it is estimated to affect approximately 476,000 people in the United States and 130,000 people in Europe every year.

Recognizing the Symptoms

Ticks infected with the bacteria that cause Lyme disease can be Continue reading…

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There’s no shortage of advice for what to do when you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed. And if that stress is chronic and you aren’t doing anything about it, here’s a few suggestions:

  • Increase your physical activity
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Journal for 10 minutes each day
  • Reduce or stop drinking caffeine altogether
  • Spend more time with the people you love and who make you smile
  • Watch or read something funny

That’s all well and good, but how about those times you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed in the moment? While each the above items are beneficial to reducing stress, reducing your intake of coffee when you’ve already downed a couple of cups probably isn’t going to cut it. And it’s not often you can just stop everything you’re doing right now and increase your physical activity.

For those times when you’re in the throes of stress, we’re suggesting that you just breathe! We’ve all been told that, but few of us remember that simple edict to “breathe!” Even fewer of us do it properly, ending up hyperventilating our way to a full-fledged panic attack.

Introducing Box Breathing

That’s where “box breathing” comes into play! Box breathing is a technique that’s easy to do and even easier to remember. Just imagine the four sides of a box (or a square, such as the one shown below). All that’s required of you to remember is four steps, four seconds per step, four repetitions:

Box Breathing Graphic

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If you experience migraine headaches, mild to severe epilepsy, or related rapid eye movement that dramatically affects your wellbeing, you may be living with a gene variant known as CACNA1ACAlcium voltage-gated ChaNnel subunit Alpha 1A — a gene that plays a crucial role in the communication between neurons in the brain.

Advances in gene mapping and gene-sequencing technology are empowering modern medicine to identify the root cause of numerous rare and mysterious medical conditions. We can now trace many illnesses to variants of one or more of the 20,000-plus genes that make up the human genome — the detailed set of instructions needed for a human being to develop and function.

The channel for CACNA1A

We all have the same genes that make us human. Variations of these genes are what make each of us unique. For example, we all have genes that provide instructions for growing hair, but variations of these genes control whether that hair is straight, wavy, or curly and whether it is black, brown, blond, or red.

Unfortunately, some gene variants can cause disease or increase our susceptibility to developing a specific medical condition. Such is the case with certain variants of the CACNA1A gene — the gene that plays a vital role in a cell’s ability to generate and transmit electrical signals.

CACNA1A’s Role in Gain or Loss of Function

CACNA1A is part of a family of genes responsible for creating calcium channels, which transport positively charged calcium molecules (calcium ions) across cell membranes. What may be occurring in patients with CACNA1A disorders is that variants of the CACNA1A gene cause either gain of function (GOF) or loss of function (LOF) alterations in the CACNA1A protein.

For example: Continue reading…

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Flexibility is a good thing, right? Nobody wants tight muscles and stiff joints. But is it possible to be too flexible? If you ask people with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, you’ll get an answer that might surprise you — yes, it is possible to be too flexible.

Imagine popping your knee while walking across the street or dislocating your shoulder trying to lift a cup of coffee (in extreme cases). Or maybe you don’t need to imagine it. Maybe you or someone you know is living with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (pronounced A-lurz DAN-loss SIN-drome).

For the uninitiated, Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS) are a group of 13 genetic disorders related to the body’s connective tissues — primarily the skin, joints, and blood vessel walls. Symptoms vary according to the specific syndrome, but Hypermobile EDS (hEDS), which accounts for about 80–90 percent of all cases, is characterized primarily by excessively flexible joints and thin, stretchy skin.

Thanks to a few celebrities, namely Lena Dunham, Jameela Jamil, Sia, and Halsey, awareness of EDS is growing, and that’s a good thing, because knowledge can help those who live with this condition avoid unnecessary injuries and can lead to better health outcomes.

In this post, we provide the information and guidance you need to understand hEDS and make well-informed health decisions if you’re living with this condition.

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) Symptoms

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) and hypermobility spectrum disorders are characterized by overly flexible joints. People with these conditions are at risk of injury because their joints are too flexible.

Patients with EDS have inherited flaws in the function, strength, and structure of their collagen. Collagen is an important protein that provides structural support in your blood vessels, ligaments, skin, cartilage, tendons, and organs.

In addition to increasing one’s risk of injury, the following symptoms also plague people who have this disorder: Continue reading…