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SpineWhat is Neuropathy and Why Do I Have It?

By Dr. Steve Shaw DC, CFMP
October 28th, 2017

If you're like most neuropathy sufferers, your numbness or pain started in your feet.  Some people also experience a loss of sensation, comparing it to the feeling of wearing a thin stocking or glove or as if you're walking on sponges.  Most people notice that symptoms are worse at night or when under stress. 

Peripheral neuropathy is caused by damage to the peripheral nerves and is commonly a byproduct of pre-diabetes, diabetes, or malnutrition syndrome.  Low-back stenosis, traumatic injuries, infections and exposure to toxins such as heavy metals and certain medications can also cause neuropathy.  

The medical community treats the condition with anti-depressants, anti-convulsants, steroid and cortisone injections, lidocaine patches and pain killers.  However, most doctors acknowledge they have limited success with these treatemnts.  This is because drugs typically only treat the symptoms of neuropathy and do nothing to address the underlying causes. 

The good news is that cutting-edge science and nutritional advancements have come together to create a natural, yet monumental breakthrough for people who suffer from neuropathy, and it's available right here.  

How does this work?

Since there are different causes of neuropathy, every patient needs an individualized approach that's proven to quickly rid the body of the toxins associated with neuropathy.  In other cases, certain foods may be causing inflammation, creating a choking effect on the nerves of the feet and toes.  With some key adjustments to dietary or lifestyle habits or the addition of a few vital supplements, we can balance the body and stop the inflammation and progression.  

Some patients may also have underlying metabolic conditions, or candida, or are carrying excess weight.  For this reason, we provide a thorough health assessment to determine just what's contributing to your neuropathy symptoms.  After the assessment, the doctor will be able to recommend a treatment plan that's just right for you.  

Get relief from your neuropathy and return to the active life you deserve! Call us today at (818) 993-3668 or request an appointment on the website and we will get back to you shortly.  

To Your Health, 

Dr. Steve Shaw DC, CFMP


Nutrition

How are Hormones and Weight Gain Related?

By Dr. Steve Shaw DC, CFMP
June 28th, 2017

So many individuals begin their journey toward weight loss and so many fail.  They start trying every diet under the sun, to only find a minimal amount of weight actually lost. It can be frustrating, annoying and even cause people to give up all together.  

So what's actually happening?

As we age, hormone levels can rise and fall depending on what hormones we are talking about.  The changes in these hormones can increase our risk of certain cardiovascular diseases, but can they also effect the way our body utilizes and stores fat.  

Without addressing this hormonal shift, its like saying you want to get into shape but only workout once a month.  It won't work, and there will be no lasting effect on the body. There are key ingredients to having a successful weight loss journey. 

Here are 4 major keys to being successful. 

  •  Focus on eating fresh organic whole foods
  •  Reduce the refined sugars and carbohydrates
  •  Get involved in an exercise program (be careful here because depending on how imbalanced your adrenals are, your work out may harm you instead of help you.)
  •  Have your hormones tested by a treating doctor to find out what the best program and treatment will be for you. 


Symptoms related to hormone imbalance

  • Increased Waist size
  • Bloating
  • Decreased Stamina
  • Difficulty maintaining weight loss. 
  • Brain Fog
  • Fatigue
  • Irritibility 
  • Headaches


What to do?

Testing and follow up monitoring is a key step in being successful in a weight loss program. Testing is as simple as a saliva test taken over 1 day.  So if you're interested in finding the key cause of your weight loss problems, please feel free to request an appointment online or give us a call at (818) 993-3668.


Weight Lifting

Fatigue, Headaches, Anxiety, Depression...Sound Familiar?

By Dr. Steve Shaw DC, CFMP
June 15th, 2017

Fatigue, headaches, anxiety, depression, sugar cravings and a whole host of other symptoms describe how many people are feeling these days.  Many times these are signs that the adrenals are EXHAUSTED, and need some help. Most importantly, ignoring these signs can be very detrimental to the health of our body and open the doors for many chronic diseases.  What can you do about it? Get tested. Change your ways.

So many suffer day after day wondering why they continue to feel the way they feel, but are told by their doctor that all labs are normal and that it's all in their head.  This is not acceptable and should not be the norm.  So what can we do about it?

Here are 3 steps to recovering your health:

1. Journal each day about how you are feeling physically and emotionally.  Be specific so you can accurately explain what you are feeling at each part of the day.  

2. Be aware of the types of foods you are putting in your body.  Write these down so you can see if any of the foods you consume could be causing adverse reactions.  The old saying you are what your eat is not far off.  Then eliminate the things that are causing you problems. 

3. Get some help from a professional.  You need somone who can ultimately find the root cause of your health problems. Accountability is good and in many cases is needed to make sustained lasting changes in your health.  

So when you're ready to change the way you feel and live up to your health potential, give us a call at (818) 993-3668. Make the choice to change it now. 

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