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Can Diabetes Type II cause Heart Disease? Is there any correlation between the two?
Functional medicine| Integrative Medicine
Years of experience 20
What is Heart Disease?
Heart disease is a disease of inflammation. Heart attacks and strokes, contrary to popular opinion, are not caused by high cholesterol, they are caused by systemic inflammation in the arteries, which functional medicine physicians can measure with various lab tests such as homocysteine and high sensitivity C-reactive protein. We also have a new test that we do here in our office called the Max Pulse machine, which measures the health of your heart muscle, elasticity of your arteries and how well your autonomic nervous system is handling stress and interacting with your heart. The aforementioned factors are far more relevant to heart disease risk than your total cholesterol.
Unfortunately, cholesterol has been unjustly demonized by our society. Mostly, this is because of some erroneous studies and conclusions drawn by researchers decades ago. Cholesterol is in fact one of the most important molecules in your body, a vital component for the proper functioning of virtually every organ system and cell membranes, especially your nervous system and brain.
The Mystery of Arterial Plaque
People also get confused as to the nature of atherosclerotic plaque accumulation in the arteries. It is actually not narrowing of the arteries that directly causes heart attack and stroke, it is when a small chunk of that plaque dislodges from the artery wall and occludes an artery in the heart or brain, cutting off the supply of blood and oxygen to these vital organs. So what would cause the plaque to dislodge? Inflammation. When you have a combination of excessive atherosclerotic plaque and high inflammation, you now have the magic recipe for an ischemic episode.
Heart Disease and Nutrition
We therefore need to broach the subject of heart attack and stroke from the dual perspective of inflammation and plaque accumulation, both of which can be traced back mostly to nutritional and lifestyle factors such as excessive stress or inadequate sleep causing elevations in the stress hormone cortisol. First off, let’s take a realistic look at what causes plaque to accumulate in our arteries? Is it the number of eggs that we eat? The red meat in our diet? None of the aforementioned. A big juicy steak will not clog your arteries, regardless of what conventional wisdom would have us believe, but the potatoes and dessert we have with our steak will. This is because carbohydrates, especially starches and refined sugars raise our blood levels of the most dangerous type of cholesterol, triglycerides, which is the “sticky” cholesterol that ultimately clogs our arteries. Because eggs and steak and animal proteins do not raise our triglycerides, only our good HDL cholesterol, they are actually harmless by themselves. The truth that may astound you is that high-glycemic dried fruit or breakfast cereal will clog your arteries, but bacon and eggs will not!
How do Diabesity and Heart Disease Relate?
Carbs + Inflammation = Heart Problems
To add insult to injury, not only do high-glycemic carbs clog up your arteries, they are also highly inflammatory, so now we have the perfect formula for a heart attack or stroke. Cut your carbs and cut your heart disease risk. Fat and dietary cholesterol are not the enemy. Sugar is! But let’s be clear about the many names for sugar: white and brown table sugar (of course), honey, molasses, agave, sucrose, fructose, lactose, maltose, galactose, found in everything from candy to rice, potatoes and wheat, and even fruit. That is why fruitarians and vegetarians often wind up with advanced heart disease, because when any human switches from a primarily carnivorous diet (we are mostly carnivores genetically, not herbivores) and we choose to be vegan or vegetarians, we are choosing to become what many nutritionists like to call “carbivores”. Carbivores raise triglycerides and inflammation in their body because carbohydrates are inherently pro-inflammatory, especially high-glycemic carbs, and also hydrogenated oils and trans-fat.
It is unfortunate that, for over three decades now, processed food conglomerates have been enticing Americans with low-fat or non-fat versions of foods that are now loaded with sugar and, even worse, high fructose corn syrup. Health-conscious Americans have been avoiding fat and dietary cholesterol like the plague, yet we have seen an alarming rise in obesity and heart disease in the past two decades as folks have traded in their healthy fats for carbs. This madness needs to stop!
Remember that even if you have a history of heart disease in your family, your genes are not your destiny. You are in control of your own heart disease risk. Get the right tools to take control.
How do you get rid of type 2 Diabetes?
Years of experience 30
Type 2 diabetes is largely a disease of lifestyle, especially diet and exercise. However, stress, sleep, and certain pharmaceutical drugs predispose to developing it. The metabolic syndrome is discussed and the concept of insulin resistance is reviewed in my video..
You can watch my video here.
What causes migraine? Are there any holistic remedies like ayurveda for providing some relief?
Migraine is the most common form of headache largely affecting urban population. About 15-17% of women and 5-7% of men are affected by this disorder. Though migraine may occur in all age groups, it is highly prevalent in the age group of18-45 years. Migraine attacks are characterized by recurrent headaches, unilateral/bilateral location, pulsating in nature with moderate to severe intensity causing debility. World Health Organization has ranked migraine as 19th among the debility causing diseases.
There is no known cause for migraine. Though, diverse theories are brought forward time to time by experts. Yet none of these are able to provide long-term prophylactic treatment. On the contrary, the prolonged use of painkillers further triggers the Medication Overuse Headache (MOH) or other side effects.
In mid 80's a co-relation was made between Sleshma pitta & Migraine and an Ayurvedic Treatment Protocol (ATP) was developed. It comprises of Aahar (diet), Vihaar (lifestyle), Aushadh (Ayurvedic formulations - AFs). The path-making results of ATP for migraineurs are scientifically acknowledged. The results were presented in poster forms at 52nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society, Los Angeles, USA June 2010, 13th International Congress on Headache Stockholm, Sweden, June / July 2007 and at 16th International Symposium on Migraine, London, UK September 2006. The poster abstracts got published in medical journal Cephalalgia, 2006 volume 26, number 11, P 1367, Cephalalgia, 2007 volume 27, number 6, P 745 and Headache 2010 volume 50 (Supplement 1), P 53. Two peer reviewed research articles have also been published entitled as Response to Ayurvedic therapy in the treatment of migraine without aura, in International Journal of Ayurveda Research 2010, volume 1 issue 1, P 30-36 and Case studies on prophylactic ayurvedic therapy in migraine patients in International Journal of Genuine Traditional Medicines, 2012 volume 2, issue 2-e17, p 1-5.
AFs used in the treatment of migraine have undergone acute (96 hrs), sub acute (28 days) and sub chronic (210 days) toxicology studies following OECD guidelines at Bombay College of Pharmacy. The study shows that AFs are absolutely safe up to ten times to the given doses in human beings. The finding has been accepted for publication in a scientific journal International Journal of Toxicology & Pharmaceutical Research, 2010 volume 2, Issue 2, June - August 2010.
ATP for migraine is available at Padaav – Speciality Ayurveda Treatment Centres across the country through proficiently trained Ayurvedic physicians. Efforts are being made with leading institute(s) to develop this innovation for mass uses following WHO guidelines. Collaborative experimental and clinical studies are in progress in association with Department of Pharmacology and Department of and Neurology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
What is Homeopathy and how does it work?
Homeopathy| Integrative Medicine
Years of experience 5
It is very important to understand what homeopathy is, and how it works, before exploring remedies and other products and information related to homeopathy.
What Homeopathy is NOT
Homeopathy is probably one of the most misunderstood methods of medicine. Many people, including both die-heart supporters and fierce opponents of homeopathy, have made totally incorrect claims about this unique system of healing. I have heard totally inaccurate descriptions coming from both of these sides. It is NOT…
- a drug.
- herbal remedies.
- Chinese medicine.
- allopathic/conventional/Western medicine.
- primarily focusing on physical symptoms.
- a “quick fix.”
What Homeopathy Actually Is
Homeopathy is very much in a league of its own. It is an holistic, energy-based medicine that aims to inspire healing on every level-psychologically, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Homeopathy works on four core principles:
like cures like – this means to treat an ailment using by utilizing the energetic properties of a substance that causes similar ailments. For example, a person could use homeopathic Sulphur to treat a skin ailment such as eczema or cellulitis. Sulphur in its original form produces similar symptoms when coming in contact with skin.
totality – homeopathic remedies are used to address the entire person, not just individual symptoms or conditions.
potentization – homeopathy uses remedies that are potentized, which means that they work on a more energetic level in enhancing health and well being.
minimum dose – because homeopathy involves using potentized energy remedies, homeopaths use the least amount of doses necessary to rebalance the body’s healing mechanisms.
What is homeopathy
Homeopathy aims to treat a person as a whole, unlike conventional medicine which focuses solely to simply suppress the disease of a person
Homeopathic Remedy Makeup
In a nutshell, homeopathic remedies are derived from various substances such as plants, herbs, minerals, and even animals. Through a series complex and long processes, known as potentization and succussion, the energetic properties of a specific type of substance are extracted and manifested into a sugar-pellet with its own potency.
So while the remedy itself barely contains anything left of the original substance, it still retains the substance’s energy and essence, which is the main component in the homeopathic remedy used to find the right remedy for the patient and the totality of a person’s symptoms.
Because the makeup of each and every homeopathic remedy essentially consists of its own respective energy, this makes homeopathy VERY individualized, unlike the vast majorities of conventional and even alternative medicines out there.
Each person being treated homeopathically, based on their own unique symptoms, will require a remedy best suited for them. For example, even if 10 people are undergoing severe grief, those same 10 people will most likely receive their own remedy suited best for them and their individual symptoms.
What Homeopathy is Beneficial For
In essence, homeopathy is full capable of resolving various kinds of chronic and acute mental, emotional, and physical ailments and issues. Whether alongside other forms of medicine or on its own, homeopathy has been well documented (both in clinical and anecdotal settings) in resolving health issues such as:
- Food Disorders.
- Eye Problems.
- Bone Pains & Discomforts.
- Chronic & Acute Injuries.
- Prostate/Urinary Problems.
- Chronic Body Pains.
- Female Health/Hormonal Issues.
and much more!
Homeopathy Through The Ages
Centuries before modern homeopathy even existed, medical modalities using somewhat similar homeopathic approaches were being commonly employed by the physicians of those times. As early as 3500 years ago in India, a practice known as “visa chikitsa” was used to treat different types of poisonous animal bites using similar poisonous venoms. During Biblical and Talmudic times [approximately 2000-3500 years ago] other similar methods based on the “Law of Similars” were utilized [See Exodus 15:23-25; Talmud Tractate Yoma 83a]
Samuel Hahnemann – The Founder of Modern Homeopathy
The homeopathy that we know of today was developed and founded approximately 200 years ago by the renowned Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, an extremely prominent German physician of his time. Upset with the often barbaric and even hazardous conventional, allopathic medicine of his era, he discovered homeopathy while translating a medical book describing the Law of Similars. He thereafter tested this theory by taking doses of Cinchona [Peruvian Bark], which produced symptoms of malaria. He then used the same Cinchona to heal himself. Noting the symptoms he produced, he conducted numerous experiments and treated numerous patients based on the Law of Similars. He noted the effectiveness of these homeopathic treatments as well as the fact that each patient required his/her own specific remedy to heal oneself, and that the main causes of illness stemmed from a person’s derangement in their vital force, the spirit-like energy that animates all living things, basically a person’s soul. In other words, Hahnemann contended that the main underlying causes of a person’s illnesses were psychological/mental/emotional in nature; these causes are what manifest into physical illnesses and they manifest differently for each individual.
The founder of Homeopathy, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann
Furthermore, he noticed that rather than using large doses to ensure wellness, he saw that remedies used in lower doses, or potencies, effected greater, gentler results and resonated better with patients and their holistic healing process. Hahnemann wrote down the foundations, science, and philosophy of Homeopathy as well as his criticism of allopathic medicine in the Organon, the “Bible” of Homeopathy till this very day.
What is Homeopathy: An Amazing Medicine Even For Today!
Since Hahnemann’s time, homeopathy and its usage has spread from his native Germany throughout the world.
Despite envious opposition and propaganda by opponents, which was able to endanger the extinction of homeopathy in the USA between the 20s and 70s, it has nonetheless gained support and popularity among many prominent medical doctors and laymen, both of past and present. Many, if not all, of the unbiased research and clinical testing on homeopathy has proven its effectiveness and safeness, as well as the truth of its principles.
According to the World Health Organization, homeopathy is the second most used system of healing in the world, ahead of both Chinese and even Western medicine (herbal medicine is #1). According to the same statistics, homeopathy is the fastest growing health modality in the world today. From India, where homeopathy has gone 100% mainstream, to the United States, where it is now quickly becoming way more mainstream than before, and everywhere in-between, homeopathy is today one of the most sought after medicines as it is currently being used by millions of people around the world.
As in Hahnemann’s era, homeopathy is continuing its mission of providing holistic, energetic, and safe healing to all those who need it.
Also, this recent live webinar given at George Washington University medical school in September, 2017 (coordinated by AIH) gives a wonderful overview of homeopathic research as well as the emerging theory of biological basis for homeopathic medicine.
Are there different types of acupuncture and how does it work?
Functional medicine| Nutrition| Nutritional supplements
Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that originated in China 3,000 – 5,000 years ago. It involves the placement of thin needles through the skin at defined locations that induce a change in the body’s natural healing and pain relief mechanisms.
Acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a physician trained and licensed in Western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Such a doctor can use one or the other approach, or a combination of both as the need arises, to treat an illness.
How does acupuncture work?
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being, and to restore each patient’s optimal health.