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February 2014

South River Compounding Pharmacy / 2014 / February (Page 2)

Natural Therapies for Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Summary

By Kristi Hawkes, N.D.   Fibromyalgia is a syndrome characterized by generalized musculoskeletal pain and stiffness, chronic aching, fatigue, and multiple areas of local tenderness that can be identified during physical examination. Research studies suggest that fibromyalgia pain may be the result of a combination of factors affecting the activity of muscle cells and the central nervous system. Various conventional treatment modalities have been tested in fibromyalgia patients; unfortunately, these are often ineffective and may result in adverse side effects. A natural approach that incorporates nutritional support for the body processes implicated in the pathogenesis of fibromyalgia holds great promise for the millions suffering from this chronic syndrome.   How if Fibromyalgia Diagnosed? Fibromyalgia can be diagnosed by a tender point examination. Mildly irritating to completely debilitating tenderness in at...

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Nutritional Influences on Estrogen Metabolism: A Summary

From MetaDocs Estrogen affects the growth, differentiation, and function of tissues throughout the body — not just those involved in reproduction. It plays an important role in bone health, protects the cardiovascular system, and influences behavior and mood. While appropriate levels of estrogens are essential for good health, several studies conclude that as exposure to prostate, and thyroid, also increases. Furthermore, excessive estrogen exposure can lead to other health problems such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), endometriosis, and fibrocystic or painful breasts. Various lifestyle and environmental factors can influence estrogen production, metabolism, and balance. These include poor diet, obesity, excess alcohol consumption, high insulin levels, medications such as hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills, overexposure to chemicals found in pesticides and industrial chemicals, and agricultural hormones in...

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Nutritional Management of Stress-Induced Dysfunction: A Summary

By Richard L. Shames, M.D. In today’s fast-paced society, the vast majority of individuals are under a constant barrage of stressors. Surveys and research reports conducted over the past two decades reveal that 43% of all adults suffer adverse effects due to stress. In fact, 75% to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are in some way related to the adverse impacts that stress has on the body.   The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) Axis   Stressors trigger the HPA axis. The HPA axis then translates these stressors into signals that alter the body’s biochemistry to support a “fight or flight” response, also termed the stress response. The HPA axis is the primary regulator of this stress response. While stress-induced changes in biochemistry may be beneficial to survival in the...

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206 Reasons Why Your Bone Health is Important

From Meta-eHealth Our 206 bones give our bodies structure and make movement possible. But for postmenopausal women in particular, natural changes in bone physiology can put freedom of movement at risk. Bone is Continually Changing Contrary to popular notion, bone is a dynamic, living tissue that is constantly undergoing a process called remodeling. Remodeling consists of two major phases: - Bone resorption, or breakdown. Bone cells called osteoclasts remove old and damaged bone tissue. - Bone formation. Other bone cells called osteoblasts and osteocytes create a new bone matrix (the web-like, micro-architecture of bone), and use calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals to harden the matrix. The Menopausal Effect From birth until about age 40, bone remodeling occurs in relative balance, building bones that are hard, dense, and strong. But menopause marks a...

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