Naturopathic medicine is a distinct health care profession that combines the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained as primary care providers who diagnose, treat and manage patients with acute and chronic conditions, while addressing disease and dysfunction at the level of body, mind and spirit. The primary focus of the Naturopathic physician is to treat people as individuals irrespective of the disease or condition they have, and to stimulate their innate healing power through the use of such interventions as herbs, diet, and lifestyle. It is treating the body as a whole to help you back to optimal health.
Herbal medicine is the art and science of using herbs for promoting health and preventing and treating illness. It has persisted as the world's primary form of medicine since the beginning of time, with a written history more than 5000 years old. While the use of herbs in America has been overshadowed by dependence on modern medications the last 100 years, 75% of the world's population still rely primarily upon traditional healing practices, most of which is herbal medicine. With good results and without the side effects found in modern medications. We use herbal medicine in teas, tinctures, glycerites, supplements and many more forms. We use whatever form is best suited to the patient needs.
Our bodies are designed to take in food and liquids and break them down into the smallest molecules. Then use them to make and repair what is needed in the body. our bodies need vitamins, minerals and amino acids and other natural substances to stay in good repair and operate as it should. At times we develop deficiencies that lead to disease. We can give the body what it needs, in supplementation, so that it can repair the deficiencies and recover. Bringing you back to your optimal health. Labs are used to show the deficiencies and help in planning a protocol for optimal health.
Homeopathy remedies is believed to stimulate the body’s innate ability to self-heal. Homeopathic medicine is a Holistic approach and is derived from Greek word “like disease” the philosophy stating that substances that can cause disease symptoms in a healthy individual can cure sick individual with same symptoms when the substance is diluted in quantity. Homeopathic remedies are one of the safest treatments because of extreme dilution of the medicine that is individualized to each patient. The safety profile of Homeopathic remedies makes it a great treatment choice even for children and very sensitive patients. It is used to treat acute and chronic disease presentations so, if your disease symptoms are not resolving, ask about homeopathic remedies.
Hydrotherapy has also been used for thousands of years to help the body heal. The low-impact nature of hydrotherapy makes it one of the most successful treatments available for bones, muscles, joints, and pain, well as chronic weakened conditions. The warm water in hydrotherapy promotes circulation, helps muscle relaxation and decreases pain. Hydrotherapy can be used in isolation or in conjunction with other rehabilitation programs. Patients who engage in hydrotherapy have a gentle soothing process of increasing that circulation and strengthening the systems that the body recovers without trauma. Hydrotherapy greatly reduces pain and muscle spasms and decreases joint stress. At the same time, it increases strength and range of movement, improves balance and coordination and increases your feeling of achievement throughout the healing process. Hydrotherapy has been used to treat many illnesses and conditions, including; chronic weakened constitutions, acne, arthritis, colds, depression, headaches, stomach problems, joint, muscle, and nerve problems; sleep disorders; and stress. People also use it for relaxation and to maintain health.
Diabetic Wound Care.
Diabetes Foot Ulcers can be difficult to treat especially for patients who have other underlying health issues such uncontrollable blood sugar, peripheral vascular diseases, high blood pressure, heart disease. The risk of amputation becomes especially critical for patients of advance age, wasting syndrome, poor nutrition. The most difficult part of treating Diabetic ulcer for many Doctors & Podiatrists is prevention of infections that will often impede with healing. The risk involves in non-healing diabetic ulcer is amputation due to infection of the bone called osteomyelitis or sepsis due to blood infection. Some wounds may form gangrenous/dead tissue as result lack of blood supply which will ultimately decrease the amount of oxygen to the tissue thus dead tissue. Naturopathic medicine uses herbs, supplements, and ozone treatment to heal the infections, reduce the inflammation, and allow the wound to heal.
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point injections are for a muscle knot that refers pain. The pain can be sharp dull burning aching tingling and numb. The muscle can be so tight it pinches a nerve causing nerve pain as well. Trigger point can cause muscle weakness, stiffness and pain as well as cause joints to lockup and loose mobility. With trigger point massage we an relate the trigger point clear out the toxins that have built up and heal the muscle of pain. there are many protocols to help reduce pain from injections to relax the muscle and sooth the nerves to, Neural Therapy, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Massage, supplement and tinctures. A protocol is chosen and individualized for each patient depending on thier needs.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
As we age, the inevitable depletion of hormone is part of the natural process of aging. There is a safe way to replenish your hormones using Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy BIHRT. We can help fix testosterone deficiency, estrogen dominance, estrogen deficiency, progesterone deficiencies and Thyroid hormone imbalance. Hormones affect almost every cell in the body and abnormal hormone can result in so many health issues including but not to fatigue, insomnia, hot flash, menstrual irregularities, heavy bleeding, cramping, low sex drive, weight gain, dry skin, hair loss, lack of muscle mass, anxiety, insomnia and so on. Please do not miss out this opportunity to see a board certified Naturopathic Medical Doctors to help you feel better.
Menopause Symptoms for Women
Menopausal symptoms will affect virtually every woman in her lifetime. Those symptoms can be very distracting and interfering with quality of life and personal and work relationships/ interactions. Severity of symptoms will vary significantly from woman to woman depending on her health, nutrition, and exercise habits. Variety of symptoms can include but not limited to: hot flashes, insomnia, irritability, headaches, memory loss, forgetfulness, weight gain, crying spells, heart palpitations and night sweats.
Other disorders that are helped with Bio-identical hormone replacement are:
Estrogen & Testosterone Therapy
Andropause Symptoms for Men
The thyroid hormone is Called the "Master Hormone" it regulates all the other hormones in the body.
B 12 plays a vital role in many areas of the body. It is an essential vitamin that is required for many different biochemical pathways in the body. It is most known for its positive impact with energy and its ability to assist with mood and weight loss. It supports normal function of your nerve cells, is important in your body’s energy production pathways and red blood cell formation, preventing anemia, as well as supports healthy skin, hair and nails. More than that studies indicate its importance in; the development of the fetus preventing birth defects, support in bone health preventing osteoporosis, reduction of macular degeneration, improving mood and depression, preventing the loss of neurons in the brain, and protecting the heart by decreasing homocysteine. As we age we absorb less and less of this important vitamin due to a lower production of hydrochloric acid being produced in the stomach. Those with gut problems such as Crohn’s disease and Celiac disease, people with gastrointestinal surgeries, and vegans have problems absorbing B12. Also, those on the medication of metformin and proton pump inhibitors that interfere with the absorption of B12 can be deficient then there is stress that uses it rapidly. Testing can show your levels. At Natural Holistic Medical Center, we offer oral and injections of B12 to bring you back up to needed levels.
The Super B’s shot is a more comprehensive B vitamin injection as it contains not only Vitamin B12, but Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B5. The addition of the other vitamins adds more value as Vitamin B5 has many functions, but it is most well-known for its ability to activate the adrenal glands, and benefit mood. Vitamin B6 helps with the production of serotonin (deficiency of serotonin can lead to anxiety, and/or depression), and may ease PMS symptoms. Super B’s is best known for its ability to aide morning sickness, anemia by increasing red blood cell production, cholesterol metabolization, neuropathy related to vitamin deficiency, depression, and anxiety, fatigue and weight loss.
M.I.C. injections a concentrated dose of naturally produced essential nutrients that aide the body in loosing necessary weight. It is known as a “lipoatrophic injection” that promotes the body to naturally flush fat from the liver. It helps the body use fat as a fuel or energy, rather than storing it away in unwanted areas. When we do not have these lipoatrophic nutrients fat can build up in the liver which slows down its’ ability to convert fat into energy and its natural fat removal process
D&D Shot (Diet and detox)
This injection contains Vitamin B12 and nutrients Methionine, Inositol, Choline (M.I.C.). M.I.C. has many functions, but it is best known for its fat burning properties. One of the ways that M.I.C facilitates weight loss is by promoting liver function and detox, which is often stagnant with individuals who are challenged in losing weight. The D&D also excels at assisting in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides. Additionally, Methionine may help reduce allergies as it plays a role in histamine breakdown and Inositol helps with balancing neurotransmitters (brain chemicals that influence mood). As in any weight loss program, it is essential that the Slim Shots be incorporated with a healthy diet and lifestyle. They are generally recommended 1 x week for 4-6 weeks and then stop to evaluate progress.
Immune injections Our immune system becomes highly vulnerable when exposed to multiple infections from multiple sources. Monthly Immune boosting injections are recommended during the cold and flu season, These cause the immune system to be on alert and even act more aggressively before an infection can take hold. The use of natural injectables as a preventative for the flu and other viral infections has been shown in our clinic to be more effective than the yearly flu vaccine. We inject a natural medicine remedy called Engystol. Engystol is a combination of homeopathic remedies that activate the immune system. These injections can be done with adults and children who are able to tolerate an injection, such as vitamin B12.
The Immune Booster is a combination of ingredients that enhance the immune system. The main ingredient, Engystol, is a vial of a combination homeopathic remedy that is designed to activate our immune cells and is best known for cases of the flu and other viral diseases. Vitamin B12 and the B-Complex (Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6) provide additional support. Zinc is included for its immune boosting properties and its influences on collagen production. Zinc is ideal for wound healing making this injection a favorable adjunctive therapy to be used after any surgical procedure. The main intention of the Immune Booster is to be used as a monthly preventative or immediately upon an acute illness or surgical procedure.
Glutathione is a potent antioxidant that the body makes and uses every day. It is often called the “master antioxidant,” due to all it does in the body. It is vital in many body processes such as: Enzyme and protein function, Cysteine carrier and storage, Gene expression, and Cell differentiation, signaling and proliferation. The most powerful functions glutathione offers your system are its antioxidant properties which protect the cells from damage induced by lifestyle and environmental factors. It has been shown to reduce cell damage in alcoholic and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, improves insulin resistance in older individuals, increases mobility for people with peripheral artery disease, reduces symptoms of Parkinson's disease and may help fight against autoimmune disease. There are also several genetic mutations which interfere in regulating the production and activity of glutathione enzymes causing the body challenges with manufacturing it. Glutathione is considered a neuroprotectant, meaning it has an affinity for protecting the brain. There are many conditions in which glutathione deficiency has been associated with assisting the disease process. Alzheimer’s being one of them. Alzheimer’s disease has been related to decreased levels of glutathione in the brain. There is a belief that by increasing glutathione levels that it may slow the process, or could be used preventatively. Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis can also see benefit from treatments with glutathione. Glutathione injections can be an effective way to receive the antioxidant. The shot can be received anywhere from 1 x week to 1 x month based on the reason for utilizing it.
Intravenous therapy is therapy that delivers liquid substances directly into a vein (intra- + ven- + -ous). The intravenous (IV) route of administration can be used for injections (with a syringe at higher pressures) or infusions (typically using only the pressure supplied by gravity). Intravenous infusions are commonly referred to as drips. The intravenous route is the fastest way to deliver medications and fluid replacement throughout the body, because the circulation carries them. Intravenous therapy may be used for fluid replacement (such as correcting dehydration), to correct electrolyte imbalances, to deliver medications, vitamins & minerals, and for blood transfusions..
Main benefit of intravenous treatment is that nutrients are infused directly into the bloodstream. Intravenous treatments therefore are exceptionally powerful because they circumvent issues with oral administration, including stomach upset, absorption issues, and loss of potency. In addition, since the nutrients are infused directly into the bloodstream and avoid the gastro intestinal system, very large doses can be administered without gastro intestinal side effects which can limit dosing. A perfect example of this is vitamin C, which can only be taken in fairly small amounts orally before causing stomach upset. In contrast, very large doses of vitamin C, which can be very beneficial for the immune system, can be administered safely and without stomach side effects with an intravenous delivery route.
While we list many of the IV blends we utilize below, each IV is chosen after a full intake with the patient and individualized for the medical needs of he patient.
Nutritional IVs are not new they have been around for quite a while. They were first called a Meyer’s cocktail after the doctor that started using them. He used them for chronic disease patients to repair deficiencies improve patient’s energy and quality of life. They are still used in hospitals for rehydration and to restore nutritional deficiencies. They give the immune system a boost helping it fight of infections and is a well-known and highly effective IV formulation for anxiety and relaxation. Nutritional IV is a mix of water-soluble vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, B vitamins, magnesium and calcium. They are becoming popular because they are so good at giving that boost of energy and stopping a cold or flu. They are used for chronic disease, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, cold and flu, rehydration, hang overs and more. In our office the nutritional IV is individualized with the nutrients needed by each patient adding what they need for their optimal health.
The ANTIOX IV can consist of glutathione, alpha lipoic acid (ALA), or both, depending on what is best for each patient. Glutathione is one of the body’s most effective antioxidant and detoxifying substances, especially for the brain and liver. Glutathione is a naturally occurring antioxidant and dramatically improves the detoxification and rebuilding process in the body. Alpha lipoic acid is another extremely useful and powerful antioxidant that has been shown in medical studies to reverse nerve damage, and is also useful for treating liver problems including hepatitis. The combination of glutathione and alpha lipoic acid (infused separately) is an extremely powerful antioxidant and detoxification regimen.
Immune boosting IV
For anyone suffering from immune disorders or anyone just needing an immune boost we offer our Immune boosting IV. This IV consists of buffered vitamin C in very high doses. High-dose intravenous vitamin C is no longer antioxidant but in fact turns into a pro-oxidant against viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. A high dose vitamin C and multivitamin /mineral combination that is great for those who are worn down by stress or illness, or those just seeking to stay healthy and energized. The immune boosting IV can be followed by the Antioxidant IV for even more antioxidant protection. This IV can be utilized for several different reasons. It can be helpful immediately upon an acute illness, for ex. colds, flu’s, cold sores, shingles, pneumonia to help reduce symptoms and length of illness. It is also helpful in establishing a stronger immune system for someone who is more vulnerable to getting ill too frequently by being preventative. It is common for many to utilize this IV monthly as a preventative tool to reduce your risk of getting ill. This IV is packed with high doses of Vitamin C to significantly improve the function of the white blood cells. Engystol is a vial of a combination homeopathic remedy that is designed to activate the immune system and it is best known for cases of the flu and other viral illnesses.
The Energy boost IV
This IV’s intention is to boost energy by providing several important vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The amino acid, carnitine, plays an essential role in the body. It regulates fat metabolism by up-regulating the liver’s ability to burn fat and assist in utilizing it as energy. Carnitine enhances the body’s ability to build muscle. The amino acid, Taurine, has multiple benefits as well. It is commonly included in most of the energy drinks because of its energy benefits. Research has shown that it is beneficial in increasing endurance, improves cardiovascular health and can even benefit move by improving anxiety and depression. This particular IV has many health benefits that include energy, weight loss, and athletic performance. This IV is similar to the Myer’s IV but with the benefits of the additions of Taurine and Carnitine.
High-Dose Vitamin C
IV Therapy is one of the most effective ways in delivering nutrients to the body bypassing first phase metabolism. IV therapy may sometimes be needed especially with patients with mal-digestion or absorptive digestive issue especially with elderly or the sick. Vitamin C is an essential dietary nutrient not only for immune support but Vitamin C is essential for many biological processes including cartilage support, vascular, growth, repair, skin, bone, immune health and anti-oxidant support. It is a co-factor for many enzymes and humans and some animals lack enzyme to make and therefore it must be consumed to optimize health and immunity. Studies has shown that the correlation of individual who have higher intake of vitamin C and lower risk for chronic diseases including cancer, eye diseases, neurodegenerative diseases and heart disease perhaps due to its potent anti-oxidant capacity. Vitamin C is important in synthesizing catecholamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine and adrenal steroidogenesis making it an important nutrient for depression and fatigue.
This IV is designed for those individuals who are dehydrated. Some of the following symptoms can be associated with dehydration like fatigue, light-headedness, muscle cramps, low blood pressure, and headaches. Dehydration may be more obvious when you are suffering from the flu, diarrhea, overheated from an intense workout, pregnancy or being out in the heat too long. There are also times where dehydration isn’t as obvious. Water consumption may be adequate but medications or lack of good quality water with ample minerals may be lacking contributing to this issue. This hydration IVs contains all the crucial minerals and nutrients to help correct any imbalances. Anyone can benefit from this IV.
The Detox IV
The Detox IV is complete with vitamins and minerals with the addition of the antioxidant, glutathione and M.I.C. M.I.C (Methionine, Inositol, Choline) is a combination of nutrients that assist in the detox process by promoting liver function. Methionine may help reduce allergies as it plays a role in histamine breakdown. Inositol helps with fat metabolism, assists in lowering cholesterol. Detox IVs can be helpful with supporting the detox pathways as the name of the IV implies by giving a combination of essential vitamins and minerals. It can be beneficial for weight loss, migraines, fatigue, anti-aging, allergies and much more. The Detox IV is highly recommended for those who have multiple chemical sensitivity or other environmental allergies.
Intravenous Ozone Therapy
Intravenous Ozone Therapy treatment consists of the use of medical grade oxygen and ozone gases safely injected into the vein. It is an immune enhancing therapy for the treatment of many diseases including cancer, hepatitis, arthritis, and chronic bacterial and viral infections. Ozone is a chemical compound consisting of three oxygen atoms O3, a highly energetic form of normal atmospheric oxygen (O2). At room temperature, O3 is a colorless gas with a characteristic odor (eg after thunderstorms, at high altitudes or near the sea etc). Due to its being an extremely powerful oxidizing agent and a highly effective disinfectant, it is used throughout the world to destroy germs in water treatment installations supplying drinking water.
Ozone gas is a trivalent oxygen molecule lacking an electron. The extra “O” in the ozone molecule acts like a glue to "steal" an electron from anything in the body that cannot defend itself, including viruses, bacteria, fungus, yeast and molds. Healthy cells, which contain antioxidants, are not impacted, but all pathogens are destroyed. Ozone Therapy is the basis of a type of therapy that’s been used to help fight “incurable” diseases throughout the world. Administered intravenously (I.V.), this method was first used by doctors in France in 1951. Widely used in Europe, Ozone Therapy was introduced into the United States in the early 1980’s.
Medical ozone has highly pronounced bactericidal, fungicidal, and virostatic properties, and is thus widely used in disinfecting infected wounds, as well as in bacterially and virally produced diseases. Its ability to stimulate the circulation is useful in the treatment of circulatory disorders and makes it valuable in revitalizing organic functions. It is particularly helpful with non healing diabetic ulcers and wounds. Saving many from the need to amputate.
Ozone reactivates the immune system. As a response to this activation through ozone, the body’s immune cells produce special messengers called cytokins. These inform other immune cells, setting off a cascade of positive changes throughout the immune system, which resist disease. This means that the application of medical ozone is extremely useful for immune activation in patients with a low immune status and/or immune deficit.
Ozone Therapy is performed by drawing 150-200mL of blood and infusing it within ozone produced from pure oxygen. This freshly ozonated blood is then infused back into the patient. Treatments are used in conjunction with other specifically indicated nutrient and IV therapies.
Beside the intravenous ozone therapy there are many less invasive use of ozone such as prolozone which is injecting ozone into an area to reduce inflammation and infection or bagging a wound, which is incasing a limb or infected area in a bag with ozone, to increase the circulation, reduce inflammation and destroy the infectious agents, allowing the wound to heal. This is wonderful at helping to heal diabetic and other resistant non-healing wounds and ulcers.
Addiction, whether to prescription medications, alcohol or street drugs, Depletes you of your neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. These are called your happy neurotransmitters because if you have enough of them you can deal with the stressors that come at you during the day. If you do not have enough you willhave anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other severe physical and mental withdrawal symptoms that are difficult to endure. These withdrawal symptoms are because the gut is shut down by the addiction process depleting you of the nutrients needed to make your dopamine and serotonin.Dr Laura abloom, will help you reset your system, turn your gut back on, increasing your productions of dopamine and serotonin naturally, by giving the vitamins, minerals and amino acids the body is deficient in. Thereby cutting your recovery time and getting you back to optimal health.
A Nutritional IV is a mix of water-soluble vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, B vitamins, magnesium and calcium. They give that needed burst of vitamins and minerals so needed by the body. Nutritional IV’s are used in addiction withdrawal to bypass the gut while it is shut down, and get those needed nutrients into the body. This reduces the symptoms while the gut is turning back on so that it can absorb the nutrients so needed by the body to recover.
Once the gut it turned back on and again absorbing the nutrients needed. We then give natural supplements, such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids to repair the deficiencies and increase the production of serotonin and dopamine that were so depleted by the addictive substances.