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Testosterone plays an essential role in the sexual health of both men and women. Although lower than optimal testosterone levels are not the only factor connected to low sex drive, testosterone along with the balance of other hormones are very important in understanding individual concerns with libido. Where women have larger amounts of estrogens to keep a spring in their step, men rely more on testosterone to maintain their mojo. Although there are several supplements that may increase testosterone levels and improve sexual health in men, lifestyle still plays the largest role in maintaining a healthy sex drive and can help support testosterone production well into latter life.
Low testosterone (or low T) has been connected to many different physical and psychological health concerns in men. Notably, low T is more commonly found in men with depression, poor focus/concentration, decreased libido, …
This year has been a particularity brutal cold and flu season with currently no end in sight, but allergy season is also right around the corner with warmer weather on the horizon! Although Westcoast Integrative Health is all about functional medicine, health enhancement and treatment of chronic health conditions, sometimes we need to throw all of that out the window to just treat the symptoms and get better. Even still, when it comes to gearing up the immune system for winter and allergy season, prevention is the best form of medicine.
Because the body has an amazing array of immune cells and immunoglobulins to protect us from getting sick, with the right support it’s easy to stay healthy all year round. When it comes to immune support, first line treatment should be diet and lifestyle. Given the right nutrients and avoiding …
Here is the latest and greatest on the flu vaccination!
According to this meta-analysis that included over 80000 people between the ages of 15 and 65 years of age there was a whopping 1% absolute reduction in the incidence of flu with the use of the vaccine.
This article, is by no means, meant to sway people from a medical intervention that they believe in! Vaccines are a personal decision and a very controversial topic, but I think it is important for people to know the benefits that should be expected from this intervention and the risks associated with the use of vaccines, mainly being from a small, yet significant among of the adjuvant thimerosil (Ethylmercury).
It should also be noted that in populations more at risk, although not reviewed in the follow study, the flu vaccination is known to have an even …
The current conventional medical model for the treatment of autoimmunity is focused on immune suppression or the use of biological agents like Humira™. Humira is a biological drug that blocks the effects of a specific inflammatory molecule in our bodies. Immune suppressive drugs like prednisone or non-steriodal anti-inflammatory medications are also typically used along with chemical therapy treatments like methotrexate or DMARDS like plaquenil. None of these treatments are necessarily bad on a short-term basis, but should really not be used long-term.
The same general approach is used for neurological conditions like Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s Disease. The disappointing thing is that the treatments for these conditions are not even close to as targeted as what treatments are now available for autoimmune diseases. Treatments for PD, MS and Alzheimer’s currently only try to control symptoms and do not manipulate …
We are all busy … and recently it has come to my attention, more than ever, that trying to explain the importance of lab testing to clients is tough. Not everyone has a medical degree, 5000 plus patient experience and has spent 22 years learning how to treat chronic health conditions.
Patients often find the information overwhelming and feel that the expense of certain tests hinders their ability to find out what is wrong with them. This is compounded by the conventional medical model, of Name It, Blame It and Tame It. Which is a basic reductionist approach, using pharmaceuticals to treat named conditions with known causes. But the reality could not be further from the truth and the irony is that in most medical conditions, from a conventional prospective, we do not even know the causes of most diseases. And …
Disordered eating is one of those surprisingly common conditions that most people do not like to think about. The fact is that up to 40% of our young women, and a growing percentage of men, suffer from some form of distorted body image and have a belief that they are overweight, while up to 1.5 % have a diagnosable form of eating disorder. Although breaking down stigma and seeking simple measures of help for these sensitive populations is partly the reason for this article, the main rational for writing this piece is in an effort to help people that suffer with food addictive behaviours far beyond their adolescent years.
Although much of our food and body image related feelings and behaviours start in adolescence, the true nature of disordered eating goes way beyond the woes of teenagedhood. Many, many people are …
Everyone needs a little Tony Robins in their life, don’t they?
On the eve of New Years Eve, after eating to my hearts content and visiting family and friends for the last week, once again I find myself reminiscing about the past years events. It’s been a busy year for me but has it been productive?
If productive means constructive then I guess I am a winner, because I constructed a house and I am pretty proud of myself for this accomplishment. Building my own house has been a life long dream, but it came at a cost to my personal and professional life. I lost quite a bit of time in the office, but also quality time with my wife, and as the project winds down I find myself somewhat unsettled, needing to get back into my previous routines.
If productive means …
Have you been to the grocery store lately? My gosh has “healthy food” gotten expensive. I recall when I was a medical student vegi/pescetarian and had absolutely NO resources (money) how I was able to eat very healthfully on a very limited budget. That was only 13 years ago and at that time I used to budget my food based on the cost of a standard plastic bag of groceries. I recall the standard was about $20 to 30 per overfilled bag! Nowadays it seems like a standard overfilled bag of groceries is somewhere in the neighbourhood of $60 to 80. That’s almost triple the price and makes me wonder how people can afford to eat well. It also makes me realize how the restaurant industries thrive in urban environments … I hate to say it and still avoid it …
Growing healthy plants requires 2 things …. good soil and lots of water. So once our future building site was cleared and rough trails and roadways laid out, we hired an amazing permaculturalist named Kim Chi to help us set out a plan for cultivating our property.
Farming on sloped property like ours does pose some challenges but also has a lot of benefits. The most critical benefit we have on sloped property is the use of gravity to help nurture our gardens, which requires less active watering, allowing us to spend more time creating plants versus caring for them. In order to do this, we had to learn and manage the “hydrology” of our property.
Hydrology is the scientific study of the movement, distribution, and quality of water on Earth (or our property in this case), including the …
Clearing land is not only hard work but also spiritually draining. Even operating a chainsaw is something that I will admit is exciting but also dangerous, stinky and destructive. Not to be negative, as this was a critical part of the overall plan, 2014/2015 was a tough, albeit mild, winter. It is also noteworthy to mention that although I had to tear down, sort and stack roughly 160 trees, we also saved and planted hundreds of baby trees that were nestle amongst the fir, alder, wild cherry, cedar and hemlock that covered our property. It is also worth mentioning that we only cleared roughly 2 acres of the 5 acres that we live on!
In order to do all this, I purchased an excavator, which still to this day I find to be a wondrous piece of equipment! Without …