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The Restoration Healthcare Blog

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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More than 2 million people in this country suffer from substance use disorders related to opioid pain relievers, according to research published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). And in most of these cases, medical doctors legitimately prescribed these opiates to their patients, ranging from triathletes with torn ligaments to backyard gardeners with back pain.

The terms opioid and opiate are often used interchangeably. Opioids are drugs that have the same effect on the body as opium. Some opioids are made directly from opium — heroin, morphine and codeine, for example. Other opioids are manufactured to be chemically similar to opium.

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These pain meds include oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl, with brand names such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet and Actiq. And as we said, no matter the name, opioid medications are legitimately used for treating pain.

Problems arise, however, when opioid drugs produce an intense feeling of well being and pleasure to the sufferer, prompting them to ingest more of the drug. Many patients develop a tolerance to the dosage, which means they need more and more of the drug to achieve the Continue reading…

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Intermittent fasting is pretty much just like it sounds — fasting at irregular intervals instead of consuming meals on a regular schedule that has only one thing going for it: outmoded tradition.

Most of us were raised to believe that three squares a day — each consumed at fairly consistent times of the day — was the remedy to a healthy family lifestyle. Next to “an apple a day,” a full breakfast, lunch and dinner were seen as the best way to “keep the doctor away.”

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Later on, we were issued eating instructions ranging from “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” to experiments in eating six or more “small” meals a day to ward off weight gain and improve health.

But when it comes to the notion of fasting for good health, the implied terror for many people is that of Continue reading…

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Originally intended for children with epilepsy, ketogenic diets are high in fats, low in carbohydrates and they feature a respectable amount of protein. Put simply, a typical meal would include copious amounts of fat (70 percent); protein with veggies (25 percent) and a smidgeon of carbs (5 percent.)

The purpose of a ketogenic diet program is to induce a metabolic change in which carbohydrate fuel — glucose — is switched to fat fuels, which are called ketones. This swap results in the body’s cells utilizing ketones instead of carbs to create energy.

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When the body is deprived of glucose-building carbohydrates, fat is converted into ketone, which replaces the glucose as a source for energy. And when the body is in a state of ketosis, it actually prefers ketones over glucose. So instead of breaking down protein for energy, the body must turn to fat reserves for Continue reading…

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The doctors and staff here at Restoration Healthcare are pretty excited about MethylGenetic Nutrition Analysis (also known as genetic nutrition) — a new modality in medicine that allows us to directly combat chronic disease by understanding and addressing a patient’s highly specific DNA with targeted nutrition.

It all starts with a saliva test that’s processed by 23andMe, a Silicon Valley genetics-testing firm that deals with consumers by email and snail mail. Once your test results are made available, we help you analyze them, and then we go one step further by building for you a custom plan that addresses your specific genetic flaws (although “generic variation” might be a kinder way of saying it) through targeted nutrition (i.e., MethylGenetic Nutrition).

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To get started, you need only visit https://www.23andme.com, where you’ll order a saliva collection kit, which arrives in less than a week. Then you simply spit into the tube provided, register the sample online, and send the package back to the laboratory in a prepaid mailer.

In about six to eight weeks Continue reading…

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Lyme_Disease_AlzheimersOne of the many unsettling truths about Lyme disease is that it frequently makes its victim susceptible to other debilitating conditions including diabetes, cancer and yes, even Alzheimer’s disease.

Restoration Healthcare joins other functional medicine professionals in its concerns about the connection between Lyme disease and Alzheimer’s, and we’re certain the science goes a long way in presenting the case that there is a correlation between these two devastating diseases.

First, let’s take a look at Lyme disease…

Before you assume that just because we live in Southern California, we’re immune to this deer tick-induced illness, consider this: While deer have indeed been pinpointed as transporters of such ticks, most Lyme disease victims are bitten by poppy seed-size ticks that reside on mice.

So while it’s true that most of Southern California’s urban landscape is bereft of Bambi, we have no shortage of house mice.

Truth is, there are no accurate means of  Continue reading…

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If you’re ready to eat healthy, feel awesome and lose weight, have we’ve got some good news for you! It’s not too late to start the New Year off on a healthy note. That’s because starting the day after Super Bowl® 50 (Monday, Feb. 8), we’re offering everyone the opportunity to participate in our next 14-Day Detox Challenge.

Give us 14 days (from Feb. 8-21) and follow our medical team’s directions, and we’ll give you back a healthier, leaner body. How? By gently and slowly supporting the process of metabolic detoxification — a process that results in improving health and reducing the risk to chronic disease.

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Let’s face it; we live in an ever-increasingly toxic environment. Many of the toxins entering our bodies are abundant in the environment around us and simply did not exist just 30 years ago. They include pesticides, herbicides, and industrial chemicals that enter the body through food, water and air. These toxins can and often do become trapped in the body’s organs and tissues, which over time can negatively impact our health, vitality, and overall wellness, and may even contribute to the development of chronic illness.

Our 14-Day Detox Challenge is built from the ground up to be simple to complete, effective in its outcome, and without concern for safety. By supporting the body’s natural two-phase process of detoxification, toxins can be safely and effectively cleansed from the body, all under the supervision of the medical team here at Restoration Healthcare.

Don’t believe us? Here’s what previous Challenge participants have to say about our 14-day program: Continue reading…

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One of the drawbacks of starting out fresh with a new doctor or health practitioner is the task of filling out reams of medical history paperwork that is always required prior to the initial visit. Many of you can easily recall sitting in a crowded office lobby, attempting to balance a clipboard on our lap while perusing a checklist containing dozens of potential former ailments, surgeries and symptoms on a questionnaire that is roughly the size of a small novella.

Years ago, doctors could take the time to sit with their new patients and take a detailed medical history. But those days are gone. Today, if the new patient is lucky, the doctor or a nurse practitioner might skim over the completed history, maybe ask a few additional questions and then put the document away, never to be reviewed again.

Yet an accurate, concise patient history is vital to uncovering the cause of a patient’s issue. At Restoration Healthcare, we employ the Functional Medicine Timeline — a single page that serves as an important diagnostic tool in discovering the underlying root cause of a chronic illness.

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This 8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper is a basic and essential tool that enables clinicians like our medical director, Dr. Sunny Raleigh, to more accurately assess a detailed patient history and begin down the road to finding the root cause of what ails a patient.

The Functional Medicine Timeline is used to bring your health story to life. It enables our Functional Medicine practice to  Continue reading…