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Tips to Staying Active with Multiple Sclerosis

Tips to Staying Active with Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, commonly referred to as MS, is an autoimmune disorder that affects the nervous system. MS is a result of the body’s natural immune system attacking its own nerves by destroying the myelin sheath, which is a protective substance that layers the outside of nerves in the central nervous system. This disrupts the ability of the nerves to properly transmit signals throughout the body. Those diagnosed with MS suffer from numbness in the limbs, physical weakness and fatigue, dizziness, double vision, lack of coordination, loss of bladder control, and even partial or complete loss of vision. Due to these conditions, it can be hard to stay motivated to exercise or to stay active. However, physical activity and movement is important when trying to control your MS. Finding that motivation is crucial. If you or someone you know is affected by MS, we encourage you to try the following tips for staying active.

Avoid Heat

Heat has been known to bother people with MS. It is worthwhile to make the extra effort to stay cool to avoid this irritant. Try exercising in the morning when it is cooler. If it’s summertime, try exercising indoors where it is air-conditioned. If you become overheated, there are several cooling vests or packs that can help you deal with the heat. Also, always remember to drink plenty of cold water when exercising.

Get in the Water

Speaking of staying cool, aquatic exercise can be a great option for someone with MS. Try giving water aerobics or swimming laps a chance. This will allow you to get some great exercise, increase your endurance and enjoy the benefits of being in the cool water.

Get Some Sleep

Fatigue is commonly considered one of the most interfering symptoms of MS, limiting daily activities. To try and combat this, make a sleeping schedule and really stick to it. Your body will get used to the routine. Also, remember to drink a lot of water during the day. The less dehydrated you feel, the more energy you will have.

Find an Exercise Friend

Having someone to exercise with not only helps make you accountable but also provides a social element that can be great therapy for your state of mind. Consider joining an exercise studio that specializes in group classes. Yoga, Pilates or spinning are great for groups. Instructors at these studios are very motivating. They also often have class “challenges,” such as attending a certain number of classes a month, which can help with motivation. If you can learn to have fun exercising, you will want to go back for more.

If you are suffering from multiple sclerosis, we may be able to help. Call New Life Medical Group at 866-892-6262 to book your consultation today!

Food That Helps Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

Food That Helps Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. This means the body’s own immune system attacks its own healthy tissue.  Although target areas like joints and ligaments are defining characteristics of rheumatoid arthritis, it can also affect other parts of the body as well, such as the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels.

Symptoms of RA include:

  • Pain or aching in joints
  • Stiffness of joints
  • Swelling of joints
  • Tender, warm joints
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Fever

In addition to treatment, there are several lifestyle changes you can consider to help with RA symptoms, such as changing up your diet. Check out these foods that help fight rheumatoid arthritis.

Omega-3 Fats

Research suggests that food high in omega-3 fats help prevent inflammation. This healthy fat is found in salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, flaxseeds and walnuts. Try eating 3 to 4 ounces of fish, twice a week.

Broccoli

Broccoli really is a super food. It is rich in vitamins C and K, calcium, and contains a helpful compound called sulforaphane. According to a Mayo Clinic study, Broccoli helps protect against the development of RA. Try also adding cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale to your regular diet.

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil, a heart healthy fat, contains oleocanthal, which blocks inflammation enzymes. Try using it as a replacement for other oils in your cooking and salad dressings.

Vitamin C

Cartilage protects and cushions joints as they move. Vitamin C protects collagen, which is a large part of cartilage. Try adding more citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits to your diet to reap this vitamin C benefit.

Green Tea

Green tea contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants believed to reduce inflammation and slow cartilage destruction. When looking for your morning caffeine kick, try switching from coffee to a hot cup of green tea.

Whole Grains

C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood is a marker of inflammation. Whole grains help lower these levels. The next time you are at the store, skip the white rice and pick up some brown rice. Oatmeal and whole-grain cereals are also a smart choice.

Anyone can be affected by RA. Having a family member with RA can increase your odds; however, the majority of people with the disease do not have a family history of the disease. Currently, RA affects about 1% of Americans. It affects almost 3 times as many women as it does men.

If you feel RA may be affecting you, let us help you at New Life Medical Group. Give us a call at 866-892-6262 to schedule an appointment today!  

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Lyme Disease

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through an infected tick and is most often caused by the bacterium, borrelia burgdorfern (Bb spirochete). In the United States, the black-legged tick (Ixodes Scapularis) and the western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificans) are the most common ticks to infect humans. Other ticks that have been found to be infected with the Bb spirochete bacteria are the wood rat tick (Ixodes neotomae) and the rabbit tick (Haemaphysolis porispalastris).

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

The first symptom of Lyme disease is a local rash (erythema migrans), but it is not always present and it can be overlooked. In the EARLY PHASE (inflammatory phase,) flu-like symptoms, headaches, stiff neck, mild fever, chills, muscles aches and fatigue are seen. These symptoms are very non-specific and mimic other diseases. Lyme disease needs to be considered as a possibility if the flu-like symptoms persist over weeks. The LATE PHASE (intracellular phase) of Lyme disease occurs when the bacterium is in the organ (skin, muscles, eyes, heart, brain, etc.). Symptoms in this phase might include neurological dysfunction, cognitive disorders, sleep abnormalities, muscles aches, cardiac problems, etc. These late symptoms also imitate other illness such as fibromyalgia. These characteristics of Lyme disease have given rise to the term “great imitator” to describe this disease process.

What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has the extraordinary ability to improve your quality of life when standard medicine is simply not working or as a supplement to traditional medicine. Simple, effective and lifesaving, HBOT can be your answer to recovery. New Life Medical Group is one of the only freestanding facilities that has the matchless ability to provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy in conjunction with other treatments for a more cohesive, effective and long-term result. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the only non-hormonal treatment approved by the FDA for biologically repairing and regenerating human tissue.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Lyme Disease

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works by driving oxygen into infected cells, thereby creating a rich environment of oxygen that is not suitable to the Bb spirochete. While at the Texas A&M University, William Fife, Ph.D., treated Lyme disease with HBOT at 2.36ATA (atmospheres absolute). Of 91 patients with Lyme disease, 85% of those treated showed significant improvement. A Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction during hyperbaric oxygen therapy and/or while on antibiotics is a sign that the Bb spirochete is being killed. As with all patients facing a serious illness, Lyme disease patients have learned that they need to be informed about treatment options. Especially if standard antibiotic treatment has not helped sufficiently, patients should explore alternative options.

Do you feel you can benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy? Call New Life Medical Group today to schedule an appointment. 866-892-6262

Unexplainable Mood or Body Changes? It Might Be Time for BHRT

Unexplainable Mood or Body Changes? It Might Be Time for BHRT

Balanced hormones are essential for good health and disease prevention as we age. BioTE® (bioidentical hormone replacement therapy) optimizes hormone levels with tiny pellets just under the skin. Hormone pellets release all-natural, bio-identical estrogen and/or testosterone, which is metabolized consistently into the body as needed.

What is hormone pellet therapy?

Pellet therapy uses hormones derived from natural plant sources to replicate the body’s normal hormonal levels. Patients have found that bio-identical hormone replacement therapy with pellet implants is extremely effective. Implants, placed under the skin, consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones that provide optimal therapy.

Unlike typical oral and transdermal forms of therapy— which produce “roller coaster” hormone levels, resulting in mood and energy fluctuations for the patient—BioTE® medical hormone pellet therapy is the only method of hormone therapy that provides sustained hormone levels throughout the day for up to three to five months without any “roller coaster” effect.

Because the hormones used are completely natural, pellet therapy is ideal for patients who want the benefits of a natural hormone without the drawbacks of a synthetic.

What are hormone pellets?

Pellets contain a natural plant source of estrogen or testosterone. A compounding pharmacist, using strict federal guidelines, compounds the estrogen or testosterone used in the pellets.

These pellets, which are smaller than a grain of rice, are placed in the fatty tissue underneath the skin and most closely mimic the actions of healthy ovaries and testicles with regard to hormone release into the bloodstream. The hormone pellet implantation procedure is easily performed in the office.

Precise dosing is key.

Proper hormone levels are determined by the BioTE® comprehensive bloodwork analysis. Unique dosing is generated for each individual patient, so dosing is customized for what your body needs. Pellets deliver pure, bio-identical hormones directly into the bloodstream 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for up to 5 months. Pills, patches, creams and shots cannot provide a steady delivery of hormones 24/7. Pellets provide a constant supply of hormones that your body recognizes as its own, which significantly reduces the chance of adverse side effects.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, chances are he or she is a candidate for hormone replacement therapy.

COMMON SYMPTOMS of hormone imbalance:

  • Difficulty sleeping at night
  • Lack of energy and fatigue during the day
  • Reduced mental focus and memory
  • Moody, anxious or depressed
  • Weight gain, including increased fat around the midsection
  • Inability to lose weight regardless of healthy diet and exercise
  • Decreased muscle strength
  • Muscle and/or joint pain
  • Reduced sexual desire and performance

Feeling better starts with a simple blood test.

  • Regain energy, muscle strength and a greater ability to lose weight.
  • Increase mental clarity and feel younger and happier again.
  • Experience an increased quality of life while preventing age-related illness.

Do you feel you can benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy? Call New Life Medical Group today to schedule an appointment. 866-892-6262

 

10 Conditions That Can Be Treated with Regenerative Medicine

10 Conditions That Can Be Treated with Regenerative Medicine

New Life Medical Group is the foremost provider of treatments classified under regenerative medicine using therapies with stem cells and platelet-rich plasma, to name a few. Regenerative medicine simply means that we use some of your own body’s tissue to help heal disease and injury. Before we list some conditions that can be treated by regenerative medicine, it may be helpful to know a little bit more about each treatment.

What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), or platelet concentrates, have been studied extensively since the 1990s. While similar products previously used in medicine (fibrin glue) were very expensive, PRP provided a cost-effective alternative. Plasma concentrates are a way to help the body finish the healing process and strengthen the weakened tissue. It is used for tendinopathies (tendon problems), in addition to problems with ligaments, muscles, meniscus, cartilage, bone, wound and intervertebral discs.

What Is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy (short for proliferative therapy) is one way to restart the healing process. It begins a chain reaction of events that signal the body to focus on the area again. Prolotherapy is most efficacious with a torn ligament (tendonosis). Accidents, sports injuries or just plain wear and tear can cause pain from unstable/worn ligaments and tendons. Prolotherapy will not work on complete tears, but in individuals with partial tears or unstable ligaments, it can help them avoid surgery. Prolotherapy can be augmented with PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

What Is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy focuses on delivering stem cells to parts of the body that are in need. Adipose tissue (fat cells) or stem cells taken from bone marrow are removed from the patient’s own body. The tissue is made into a stem cell concentrate and injected at the focal point of treatment in the patient’s body. Once the stem cell concentrate has entered the treatment site, they begin the regeneration process.

10 conditions that can be treated with regenerative medicine.

  1. COPD
  2. Diabetes
  3. Erectile Dysfunction
  4. Multiple Sclerosis
  5. Osteoarthritis
  6. Parkinson’s Disease
  7. Rheumatoid Arthritis
  8. Spinal Cord Injuries
  9. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  10. Disk Disease

We specialize in regenerative medicine that has proven to be beneficial to patients both young and old. Contact us today to set up an appointment. 1-888-885-HEAL/4325 (toll-free)