Jana Nalbandian, ND
Detoxification, cleanses and fasting have been used throughout the centuries for various reasons, such as religious/spiritual, medical purposes, and seasonal cleanses to detoxify the liver and cleanse the colon. Detoxification is a traditional healing modality used by naturopathic physicians to assist patients in optimizing their health. In my practice, I often use the classic detox diet to start the process of resetting the digestive tract for repair and rebuilding along with using the diet as a springboard to identify underlying food hyper-sensitivities.
The change of seasons is the perfect time to do a whole foods detoxification to help support liver function. We are exposed to many toxins in our daily lives due to high fat and highly refined carbohydrate diets, riddled with alcohol, caffeine, and sugar. We also come in contact with environmental toxins through exposure to pesticides and chemicals. The constant onslaught of toxins our liver has to process can lead to a "sluggish" liver and imbalances throughout our physical body and mind. Symptoms of a sluggish liver include a weakened immune system, low energy, mood swings, difficulty concentrating and poor memory, not to mention a direct effect on digestive function. The detox diet will increase your energy, help create a clearer mind, decrease the number of colds you develop, and increase your sense of physical well-being.
Kimberly Kubick, CNM, FNP
"We age because our hormones decline, our hormones don't decline because we age." -Ron Rothberg, MD
A primary goal of preventative/integrative medicine is to balance one's hormones. Achieving hormone balance often leads to a decrease in chronic inflammation in the body, which can, in most cases, be seen as the cause and the effect of aging and chronic disease. Hormone deficiencies take many forms, varying from adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism, low testosterone, progesterone or estrogen. Treating mild hormone deficiencies can dramatically improve one's quality of life. Balancing these hormones can slow the effects of premature aging and prevent onset of many chronic illnesses. Exercise, stress reduction, and antioxidant-rich nutrition are foundational parts of the anti-aging process, but bio-identica
Markian Babij, ND, FABNO
Cancer - the word itself has become something to be feared! The extreme variability of cancer has led to a highly evolved system of medicine that we know as oncology. Oncologists utilize a complex system of medicine to treat cancers. In naturopathic oncology, we strive to improve immunity, reduce side effects associated with treatment and incorporate dietary and lifestyle changes.
If there is one aspect in cancer treatment that remains simple, it is our diet. With the advent of industry has come the industrialization of our food. A single glucose molecule is much easier to come by these days and our biology is relatively static compared to the social environment in which we live. Does it make sense that poor food choices are often cheaper, easier, and more accessible? Revenue has become more important than providing well-rounded nourishment for consumers. Human evolution and adaptation processes are not likely following this rule. As a result, chronic diseases that are associated with cancer development have increased.