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Low Dose Naltrexone

Low Dose Naltrexone: A beneficial modulator of immune function An immune modulating agent that can help patients with HIV, cancer, auto-immune disease and central nervous system disease?  It’s available, it’s relatively inexpensive, and it has application to autism, Lyme disease and thyroid disorders also through its beneficial effect on the immune system.  It is called Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN). Naltrexone in higher doses (50mg) was approved by the FDA in 1984 for helping heroin or opium addicts, as it blocked […]
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Sleep: A Most Important Element for Good Health

Sleep may be one of the most important things you can do for your health.  Sleep serves many functions for us, and is the time that our bodies do our rest and regeneration. At night, cortisol levels fall, which triggers the “shut down” message for our bodies also.  Melatonin, the hormone that differentiates between night and day, dark and light, increases.  That combination of hormonal events is necessary for healthy sleep patterns. Further, the fall in cortisol allows the immune […]
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NeurOptimal Neurofeedback: update and summer special

NeurOptimal neurofeedback is an amazing therapy with benefits for autistic-spectrum disorders, ADHD, Lyme disease, depression, anxiety and eating disorders to name just a few.  We have had a wide array of people doing sessions over the past year, with varying diagnoses, and the results have been impressive. Improved sleep, more positive emotional state, improved memory & cognitive function, and better ability to focus and concentrate are among the top benefits. Here are what some of our patients have experienced so […]
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Naturopathic Detox at RestorMedicine

New Detoxification Therapies at RestorMedicine We all know that we live in a polluted world … there is mercury in the fish we eat, lead in the water we drink, chemicals in the veggies we eat, and antibiotics in the meat and poultry we ingest.  And never mind the air that is constantly being dirtied by coal-burning power plants, the chemicals in medications, toxins in cleaning products, aluminum in personal care products … and it goes on.  Got the picture? […]
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Working On Self… An Ongoing Exploration

I have a strong belief that we are all put on this planet for a purpose.  For some it may be to stay home and raise children, for others it might be medicine, helping those who are suffering and teaching people how to better prevent illness; or education, shaping our future generations; or research, to see how things work and develop better systems.  Whatever our purpose is, I believe we will fulfill our destiny better if we are introspective, always […]
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Functional Medicine Testing – The Top 5 Tests

The top five tests everyone should do (that won’t break the bank)! Adrenal and Reproductive Hormone Levels Ok, so maybe I don’t have my kids do this test, but most adults can glean useful information from it.  Cortisol is the stress hormone, so it can be impacted by any kind of stressor on the body from chronic pain and inflammation to sleep disturbance to nutritional imbalance. Imbalances in reproductive hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) in both men and women cause […]
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Five things every woman should do BEFORE she gets pregnant

Pre-Pregnancy Checklist by Dr. Nicola McFadzean, Licensed Naturopath in California and Connecticut   Start an exercise routine The general consensus on exercise for most stages of pregnancy is “do during pregnancy what you were doing prior to pregnancy”.  Of course there are limits to this – I would not recommend a pregnant woman do marathon training, even if she ran a marathon the year prior to her pregnancy.  That might be a little extreme!  But nor should she really start […]
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The Low-Down on Heavy Metals

Heavy metal toxicity is an issue that exists alongside many other health conditions and diagnoses.  Many of my autistic-spectrum patients have heavy metal toxicity, many of my Lyme disease patients have heavy metal toxicity, but I would bet that many people without any official diagnosis have high levels of heavy metals in their bodies that may be affecting their neurological function.  With the pollution surrounding us today, heavy metals are a part of the environment.   There are a few […]
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The Autism and Lyme Disease Connection

Autism and Lyme disease: what is the connection? I was at a Lyme disease conference this week listening to Dr. Robert Bransfield speak.  He cited some scary figures – That one single case of autism can cost $3.2 million over the course of a lifetime; and That 20% of autism may be associated with Lyme disease. We certainly know that Lyme disease has extensive neurological manifestations, causing cognitive, psycho-emotional and behavioral changes – all things that that are hallmark in […]
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Natural Lyme Disease Treatment

Natural Treatment for Lyme Disease:  are antibiotics really necessary? I am asked frequently whether it is possible to recover from Lyme disease without the use of antibiotics.  It’s a great question, but unfortunately not one for which I have a definitive answer.  Rather, my answer is “sometimes”.  I wish I could tell people that of course they can treat their Lyme disease 100% naturally and have great outcomes every time, but that is just not realistic. I definitely have patients […]
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