Our body sends out warning signals when something is out of balance. Conditions such as acne, anxiety, headaches or hormone imbalances tell us there is an underlying problem that needs to be addressed. Some of the most common conditions I address in clinic are listed below. Treatment includes getting to know you in order to understand the root cause of your condition and helping you find a path to better health.
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition when pores become clogged with dead skin cells and excess oil. The resulting white heads, black heads and pimples appear most commonly on the face, arms, chest, shoulders and back. There are many topical products on the market which claim to treat acne, but they do not address the underlying root cause of the problem. From hormonal imbalances, food sensitivities and the over-use of facial cleansing products, together we can explore the underlying reason for your acne.
Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety is our body's natural response to stress. It is normal to feel nervous or anxious before an important event such as a test, job interview or meeting someone for the first time. This type of anxiety keeps us alert and drives us to be our best. However, for some people, anxiety, like depression, can become debilitating, impacting both their personal and professional life. The good news is you don't have to feel this way. There are many resources to help you regain control. Anxiety and depression can both be multi-factorial; chemical imbalances, poor nutrition, poor gut health, poor sleeping habits and mental emotional triggers, to name a few, could all be contributing to your symptoms. Identifying the factors in your unique case is key to getting you back on track.
Digestive problems are more common than you may realize. Symptoms such as gas, bloating, indigestion and stomach pain could be an indication that something is out of balance. The reasons behind the symptoms are diverse. Bacterial overgrowth, enzyme deficiency, food sensitivities and stress can all present as digestive problems. A thorough look at your history and habits will help narrow down the underlying reasons behind your symptoms and put you on the path to better health.
Fatigue is a general feeling of tiredness or lack of energy. Everyone feels this way from time to time but consistent fatigue over an extended period can be a symptom of an underlying condition. There are many reasons people experience fatigue. Our body's need for more rest is often the first warning sign for a wide range of conditions. In order to narrow down and understand what could be causing your fatigue, we will take a thorough look at your medical profile as well as life style habits.
Unlike food allergies, which cause immediate and often life-threatening reactions, food sensitivity reactions can take anywhere from a few hours to several days to appear. Symptoms present in many forms ranging from chronic pain, migraines, skin conditions to digestive issues. We can work together to eliminate the most common allergen foods from your diet or conduct laboratory blood testing to identify which foods are causing problems for you.
Headaches and Migraines
Migraines and other types of headaches can be painful, debilitating and interfere with daily activities. They can last anywhere from a few hours to several days, sometimes presenting with changes in vision, sensitivity to light, vomiting and nausea. People often suffer in silence not realizing they have options. Eliminating food triggers, balancing hormones, or correcting nutritional deficiencies are just some of the ways to approach this condition. By understanding your overall health picture and symptoms, we can create an individualized treatment plan that addresses your root cause.
Hormonal balance is key to a healthy mind and body. While hormones fluctuate naturally through out life, transitions defined by hormonal change, such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause, as well as external factors such as stress, pollution, toxins or an unbalanced lifestyle, can all lead to hormonal imbalance. Symptoms often include sudden weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, irritability, anxiety, depression and sleep disturbances, to name a few. By working together to identify internal and external factors that could be causing hormonal imbalance, we can create an individualized treatment plan.
Deciding to start a family can be an exciting time. On the other hand, difficulties conceiving or maintaining pregnancy can be a stressful and emotional experience. While there are many factors that can impact fertility, the good news is that many are modifiable. By taking a holistic approach and looking at your whole picture, we can create an individualized treatment plan to support you through this difficult time.
PMS and Menopause
PMS and menopause are both caused by hormonal imbalances that can cause unnecessary suffering. Symptoms such as hot flashes, irritability and mood swings are often normalized as “part of life”. But it doesn’t have to be this way! There are many treatments options to alleviate PMS and menopausal symptoms. We can start by looking at your medical history and lifestyle choices. We can also do laboratory blood testing for an accurate hormonal picture, which will help shape an individualized plan to support you.
The thyroid is responsible for numerous metabolic processes in the body. When thyroid hormones are out of balance, a wide range of unpleasant to life threatening symptoms can occur. With hypothyroidism, symptoms can range from fatigue, weight gain, fluid retention, constipation, changes in menstrual cycles to depression. With hyperthyroidism, patients can experience fatigue, anxiety, tremors, increased heart rate, problems focusing and insomnia. Diagnostic blood tests are needed to diagnose and properly treat the condition.
Our skin is our body’s second biggest detox organ and often presents visual clues when there are internal problems that need to be addressed. Skin conditions, such as rashes, bumps, psoriasis or eczema can be caused by allergens in the external environment, such as household cleaners or body products, but the internal environment may also need to be considered. Poor detoxification, hormonal imbalances, medications or food sensitivities are just some of many factors that cause internal imbalances that can present on the skin.
The conditions listed above are a snapshot of the most common health concerns I treat in clinic. The list is by no means exhaustive. If you have any concerns not listed, please take advantage of my free 15-minute consultation to discuss how I might help you. I take a holistic approach with all my patients, getting to know internal and external influences that impact health. I will work with you to create individualized treatment plans to address your specific needs. I hope to see you soon!