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Bio-accumulation Blog

Does Bio-accumulation of Toxic Elements Lead to Large Problems?

Bio-accumulation is the concentration of toxic substances by an organism over an extended period of time. This occurs in all species, and is magnified progressively up the food chain. Toxic elements we consume in liquids and foods, breathe in from the air, or absorb through our skin are retained in the body for different durations, […]

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What is Methylation Blog

What is Methylation and Why is it Important?

WHAT IS METHYLATION? By Alan Miller, ND The topic of methylation is getting its fair share of attention lately, and rightly so. Methylation is a simple biochemical process – it is the transfer of four atoms – one carbon atom and three hydrogen atoms (CH3) – from one substance to another. When optimal methylation occurs, […]

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Magnesium Supplements Blog

Comparing the Different Types of Magnesium Supplements

GREAT and informative article by Beth Baldwin-Lien, ND! Dietary surveys consistently show that the majority of Americans consume less than the recommended amount of magnesium from food, which varies by gender and age1. This shortfall is likely due to a diet high in processed foods, as well as widespread soil mineral depletion. Magnesium plays many […]

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Hypothyroidism and Estrogen Dominance Blog

Hypothyroidism and Estrogen Dominance-is There a Link?

Hypothyroidism affects women seven times more frequently than men. The epidemic of estrogen dominance among women is likely at the core of this disparity. Excess estrogen levels or “estrogen dominance” causes the liver to produce high levels of thyroid binding globulin (TBG), which, as its name suggests, binds the thyroid hormone and decreases the amount […]

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Belly Fat Blog

Belly Fat and Hormones… a Dangerous DUO!!

Breaking out the summer clothes for warmer weather can be an unwelcome “reality check” after a winter of carb loading. As benign as a plate of pasta or a Snickers bar may seem, the blood sugar imbalances that ensue as a result of these food choices can influence your hormone levels. Even Europeans, long touted for their […]

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How to Survive Your Hospital Stay, Book

Updated “How to Survive Your Hospital Stay” Book Worksheets

Printable Hospital Worksheets due to Popular Demand! Now, you can fill out the PDFs for "How to Survive Your Hospital Stay" right on your computer or print them out for easy access! I am making it easy for my readers to download PDF copies of the worksheets found in the back of my book. Keep them […]

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Naturopathic Medicine

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

For more information and FAQs: www.naturopathic.org/natfaqs#FAQ 2

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Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine and IFM

What is Functional Medicine? Functional Medicine is a term coined to describe a more holistic approach to health care. As a naturopathic doctor, I was trained to think holistically when working with a client, so this model is nothing new to me. I decided to become certified through IFM as a way to be part […]

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Where to Purchase Quality Supplements Blog

Where to Purchase Quality Supplements!

I want to offer my followers the opportunity to set up accounts with REPUTABLE distributors so that they can be assured that the supplements they purchase are the "real thing," that they have been stored properly, that they are not altered in any way, and that they are not expired. I have created a […]

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Epigenomics

Epigenomics: Maximize Your Potential Locked Away in Your DNA!

Perhaps you have been hearing the term “Epigenomics” being thrown around as the latest and greatest discovery in medicine. Simply put, Epigenomics is the study of how our environment changes the expression of our DNA. Now that we have mapped the human genome, which is the complete set of DNA within a single cell, we […]

Learn More


Does Bio-accumulation of Toxic Elements Lead to Large Problems?

February 7, 2019 / Comments are off for this post / Dr. Ford / Diet and Nutrition, Resources

Bio-accumulation is the concentration of toxic substances by an organism over an extended period of time. This occurs in all species, and is magnified progressively up the food chain.

Toxic elements we consume in liquids and foods, breathe in from the air, or absorb through our skin are retained in the body for different durations, depending on their chemical properties. The amount of time it takes for the body to eliminate half of a specific substance is called its half-life.

Toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury, and lead can accumulate over a lifetime and have long half-lives in different organs and tissues.

Cadmium

Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal that enters the body mostly through food consumption and tobacco smoke, as certain plants concentrate this heavy metal. Average cadmium absorption from food per day is around 1 µg, but those who smoke one pack of cigarettes per day (made from tobacco leaves) will take in an additional 1 to 3 µg. Although this amount may not seem like a lot, cadmium is slowly eliminated from the body with a blood half-life of 75-128 days and a body half-life of 7-16 years. Cadmium will primarily affect the kidneys, but also damages the nervous and cardiovascular systems, liver, lungs, pancreas, bones, and reproductive organs. High cadmium levels have been linked to cancers of the reproductive organs, including the breasts, prostate, and uterus. Cadmium is believed to increase cancers of estrogen-sensitive tissues by acting as a metalloestrogen to activate estrogen-regulated genes.

Mercury

Mercury is a well-known toxic heavy metal that is present in different forms, including inorganic, organic, and elemental species. Inorganic mercury’s target organs are the gut and kidney, while elemental and organic mercury primarily accumulates in fatty tissue such as the brain. The half-life of elemental and inorganic mercury in blood is 40–60 days, while the half-life of organic mercury in blood is about 70 days. Organic and elemental mercury can penetrate the blood-brain barrier and enter the brain where the elimination half-life of the heavy metal may exceed several years. Mercury’s toxicity is primarily through the creation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) which burn-down antioxidants such as glutathione, and react with selenium-containing enzymes involved in antioxidant actions (e.g., glutathione peroxidase) and thyroid hormone formation (thyroid deiodinases).

Lead

Lead is a neurotoxin that was present in paint and pipes until the 1970s and gas until the 1990s. Many houses built prior to the 1970s still have leaded paint and pipes, increasing exposure via food, water, and air in the home environment. Target organs of lead toxicity are the urinary, skeletal, immune, gastrointestinal, reproductive, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. The half-life of lead in blood is around 30 days, while in bones it is much longer at 20-30 years. Rapid breakdown of bone that occurs in some women at menopause can release a high level of lead that accumulated for years.

What can you do to determine current heavy metal exposure?

Dr. Ford offers dried urine testing for three of the most prevalent toxic heavy metals (cadmium, mercury, and arsenic) in combination with the essential elements iodine and selenium. It is important to know if you have been bioaccumulating heavy metals, as this could help identify and eliminate their source and help curb current or future health problems associated with their bioaccumulation.

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What is Methylation and Why is it Important?

September 13, 2018 / Leave a comment / Dr. Ford / Uncategorized

WHAT IS METHYLATION?

By Alan Miller, ND

The topic of methylation is getting its fair share of attention lately, and rightly so. Methylation is a simple biochemical process – it is the transfer of four atoms – one carbon atom and three hydrogen atoms (CH3) – from one substance to another.

When optimal methylation occurs, it has a significant positive impact on many biochemical reactions in the body that regulate the activity of the cardiovascular, neurological, reproductive, and detoxification systems, including those relating to:

  • DNA Production and Replication
  • Neurotransmitter Production
  • Detoxification
  • Histamine Metabolism
  • Hormone Metabolism
  • Eye Health
  • Fat Metabolism
  • Cellular Energy
  • Liver Health

WHY IS METHYLATION IMPORTANT?

The body is a very complex machine, with various gears and switches that need to be all functioning properly to operate optimally. Think of methylation, and the opposite action, demethylation, as the mechanism that allows the gears to turn, and turns biological switches on and off for a host of systems in the body.

HOW DOES METHYLATION HAPPEN?

CH3 is provided to the body through a universal methyl donor known as SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine). SAMe readily gives away its methyl group to other substances in the body, which enables the cardiovascular, neurological, reproductive, and detoxification systems to perform their functions.

Unfortunately, the system that produces SAMe is reliant on one switch being turned on by a critical B vitamin, 5-MTHF (also known as active folate or methylfolate).

Simply put, if enough 5-MTHF is present, the methylation cycle will work efficiently.

Folic acid from the diet or supplements must be converted to this active form, 5-MTHF, before it can be used in the body in the methylation cycle.

Unfortunately, approximately 60% of people in the United States have a genetic mutation that makes it challenging for their bodies to create enough 5-MTHF.

When the methylation switch is turned off and isn’t creating enough SAMe, then a number of important molecules cannot be efficiently produced, including:

  • Glutathione
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Melatonin
  • Serotonin
  • Nitric Oxide
  • Norepinephrine
  • Epinephrine
  • L-Carnitine
  • Cysteine
  • Taurine

THE GOOD NEWS

First, you can have a simple and easy genetic test to find out if you have a problem with your methylation cycle. This test looks at specific enzymes that are affected by your genetic makeup, including the enzyme MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase), which is the most important enzyme involved in creating 5-MTHF.

IMPROVING THE METHYLATION CYCLE

In addition to a healthy, whole-food, non-processed food diet, make sure you are eating a lot of these foods:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Green, leafy vegetables
  • Legumes (peas, beans, lentils)
  • Rice


Lifestyle changes include:

  • Engage in regular physical exercise
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
  • Don’t smoke
  • Avoid excessive coffee consumption (not more than five cups daily)

SEVEN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS FOR METHYLATION

There are seven specific nutrients that can help the methylation cycle achieve optimal performance, even if an individual has the genetic mutation that slows down the methylation cycle.

  1. 5-MTHF (active folate)
  2. Methylcobalamin (active vitamin B12)
  3. Pyridoxal 5’-Phosphate (active vitamin B6)
  4. Riboflavin 5’-Phosphate (active vitamin B2)
  5. Magnesium
  6. Betaine (also known as trimethylglycine)
  7. Vitamin D


Proper methylation influences so many systems in our bodies that it often gets overlooked, which can severely impact how well your body functions. Ask Dr. Ford for advice if you have any concerns about your CH3 cycle.

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Comparing the Different Types of Magnesium Supplements

August 27, 2018 / Leave a comment / Dr. Ford / Uncategorized

GREAT and informative article by Beth Baldwin-Lien, ND!

Dietary surveys consistently show that the majority of Americans consume less than the recommended amount of magnesium from food, which varies by gender and age1. This shortfall is likely due to a diet high in processed foods, as well as widespread soil mineral depletion.

Magnesium plays many roles in health maintenance, as it activates over 300 different enzymes that are essential to many functions of the body, including protein synthesis, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation.* It is essential for energy production and the metabolism of fat, carbohydrates, and amino acids.* It supports healthy teeth, promotes calcium absorption, and contributes to the structural development of bone.* Magnesium is involved in the active transport of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, a process that is critical to nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm.* It also helps to maintain normal mood and emotional well-being premenstrually. *

Unsurprisingly, chronically low magnesium levels in the body have been linked to a wide range of health problems, including hypertension and cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and migraine headaches. *

For these reasons, a growing number of people are taking supplements to ensure adequate intake of this vital nutrient. With various types of magnesium supplements to choose from, it can be hard to know what type is best.

However, it is important to keep in mind that no matter the specific type of magnesium taken, they all share the same overall physical benefits. This comparison will outline the different types of magnesium supplements, focusing on their differences in absorption, elemental amount, and molecular size.

Magnesium Citrate

Magnesium citrate is one of the most popular and easily absorbed magnesium supplements. In this form, magnesium is bound to citric acid, a large molecule, so there is a smaller amount of elemental magnesium per capsule. Because citric acid is a mild laxative, magnesium citrate is a great choice for individuals with occasional constipation. *

Magnesium Oxide

Magnesium oxide is one of the least absorbed forms, but because the oxide molecule is small and compact, it delivers one of the highest percentages of elemental magnesium per dose, making it an effective choice for someone who wants to take as few capsules as possible.* Because it is not as quickly absorbed in the intestine, magnesium oxide has more osmotic (water-attracting) effects in the colon, providing support for those with occasional constipation.*

Magnesium Glycinate

Magnesium glycinate is a gentle form for individuals who are sensitive to magnesium oxide or citrate, as it is less likely to cause a laxative effect.* In this form, magnesium is bound to glycine, a non-essential amino acid involved in protein synthesis and transmission of chemical signals in the brain.* Glycine is considered a relaxing neurotransmitter and may enhance magnesium’s natural calming properties.* This could be one of the best types for those who want to promote mental calm, relaxation and good quality sleep.*

Magnesium Malate

Another gentle form for those sensitive to magnesium oxide or citrate is magnesium malate.* It is often recommended for people suffering from fatigue and symptoms of fibromyalgia since malic acid – a natural fruit acid present in most cells in the body – plays a key role in ATP synthesis and energy production.*

In summary, choosing the appropriate form of magnesium is a balance between the desired dose of elemental magnesium, how many capsules the individual is comfortable taking, and understanding any wanted or unwanted effects the mineral may have on the digestive system.

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Hypothyroidism and Estrogen Dominance-is There a Link?

July 6, 2018 / Leave a comment / Dr. Ford / Hormones

Hypothyroidism affects women seven times more frequently than men. The epidemic of estrogen dominance among women is likely at the core of this disparity. Excess estrogen levels or “estrogen dominance” causes the liver to produce high levels of thyroid-binding globulin (TBG), which, as its name suggests, binds the thyroid hormone and decreases the amount of thyroid hormone that can be assimilated and utilized by the cells.

Women with estrogen dominance may have a normally functioning thyroid gland that produces adequate amounts of thyroid hormone, however, because the hormone is inactivate when bound to TBG, little functional action is available at a cellular level, and symptoms can present as if clinical hypothyroidism was present. Moreover, symptoms of hypothyroidism and estrogen dominance often overlap with weight gain, fatigue, low libido, hair loss, difficult cognition, low mood, and irregular menstruation.

Estrogen Dominance Made Worse

Hormonal contraception, pregnancy, and synthetic estrogens prescribed during and after menopause exacerbate estrogen dominance and increase levels of TBG. It is also important to remember the exacerbation of estrogen dominance in hypothyroidism. Estrogen must first be made water-soluble by the liver in order to be eliminated from the body. Hypothyroidism hinders the effectiveness of this elimination pathway through the liver. This results in a build-up of proliferative estrogen, increasing risk of pathologies such as breast cancer, uterine fibroids, and ovarian cysts.

More Evidence

To further illustrate the connection between estrogen dominance and low thyroid function, consider polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a metabolic disorder often resulting in anovulatory cycles and estrogen dominance. Progesterone is a hormone produced by the corpus luteum upon ovulation and functions to balance the effects of estrogen. Anovulation results in insufficient progesterone production and therefore, ongoing estrogen dominance. Endocrine Research published a study which found that Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, clinical hypothyroidism of an autoimmune nature, is highly prevalent among women with PCOS. They concluded that "Increased estrogen and the estrogen/progesterone ratio seem to be directly involved in high anti-TPO levels in PCOS patients."

A study published in Molecular Cellular Endocrinology revealed 2- Methoxyestradiol, an endogenous estrogen metabolite “induced dramatic changes in (thyroid) cell morphology and decreased the viability of the cells, as well as disrupted the structural integrity of cultured thyroid follicles.” They found that this process results in the release of thyroid antigens that may play a role in high incidence of thyroid autoantibodies and autoimmune thyroid disease in women.

Estrogen Replacement Therapy

Yet another study correlating estrogen dominance and hypothyroidism from the journal Thyroid, found that oral estrogen therapy increases thyroxine dosage requirements in hypothyroid women, due to increased TBG and subsequent lower levels of free thyroxine. On a positive note, transdermal estrogen therapy was not found to affect TBG levels and therefore may be the preferred therapy for postmenopausal women who require concomitant treatment with estrogen and thyroid replacement.

Friendly Progesterone

To contrast the effect of estrogen on thyroid hormone, progesterone decreases TBG and increases the activity of thyroid hormones when present inadequate levels. Thyroid hormones, like progesterone, have a thermogenic effect on the body, accelerating metabolism and utilizing fat for energy production. The Journal of Endocrinology featured a study showing triiodothyronine (T3) significantly stimulated the release of progesterone from luteal cells. Furthermore, research published in Clinical Endocrinology concluded that progesterone therapy increases free thyroxine (T4). Additionally, progesterone exhibits anti-inflammatory effects, regulates blood pressure, protects bone health, improves mood, and reduces anxiety, supports fertility, and aids weight loss.

Summary

Though the thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland, its impact on the body is anything but minute and delicate. When treating patients for hormonal imbalances, it is imperative to understand the complex interplay between thyroid hormones and sex hormones. The research summarized in this article illustrates that improving the issues of estrogen dominance by decreasing excess estrogen levels and by supporting healthy progesterone levels, will also provide benefits for thyroid hormones.

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Belly Fat and Hormones…..a Dangerous DUO!!

July 2, 2018 / Comments are off for this post / Dr. Ford / Diet and Nutrition, Hormones, Weight Loss

Breaking out the summer clothes for warmer weather can be an unwelcome “reality check” after a winter of carb loading. As benign as a plate of pasta or a Snickers bar may seem, the blood sugar imbalances that ensue as a result of these food choices can influence your hormone levels. Even Europeans, long touted for their low obesity rates and the health benefits reaped from their adherence to the (low-sugar, produce-heavy) Mediterranean diet, are second only to the Americas in obesity rates due to the recent dietary additions of soda and sugary, processed snacks.

So what? A little weight around the middle never hurt anyone, right? Unfortunately, this thinking cannot be farther from the truth. There are two kinds of fat in the belly area. Subcutaneous fat is found just below the skin in the region called the hypodermis. It is the fat that you can pinch between your fingers, most commonly associated with the lower body in women, and referred to as “muffin top” when located on the abdomen. Subcutaneous fat is fairly benign as it is not related to the pathologies associated with visceral fat. Visceral fat (VF), on the other hand, refers to the fat located inside the abdominal cavity, packed between the organs (stomach, liver, intestines, kidneys, etc.). Visceral fat is responsible for a distended or protruding belly, also referred to as “central obesity.” It is more common in men than in women, although many women also suffer from visceral fat, especially during perimenopause and menopause. VF is directly associated with health risks including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, inflammatory diseases, and other obesity-related diseases.

Belly fat is a result of elevated insulin levels. Dietary choices with a high “glycemic index” (sugary foods and simple carbohydrates that are quickly converted into glucose) require high levels of insulin to move the sugar into the cells quickly. These insulin spikes cause fat to be stored in the liver and in the belly. This metabolic response of fat deposition to high glycemic intake is designed for survival during lean times. (Think: primitive humans preparing for a long hunt when food will be scarce, or primitive women storing fat for pregnancy and lactation.) When this cycle is repeated multiple times per day from consuming modern, processed foods, the cells become resistant to the perpetual presence of insulin, creating insulin resistance (Think: the boy who cried wolf). This insulin resistance at the cellular level interferes with the normal feedback loop between the cell and the liver, causing the liver to pump out even more insulin (hyperinsulinemia), creating a vicious cycle of insulin resistance and fat deposition.

In women, the insulin resistance associated with belly fat decreases a protein produced by the liver called sex hormone-binding globulin, or SHBG. SHBG binds to testosterone and as such “keeps it in check.” Spikes in insulin and insulin resistance decrease SHBG, enabling more testosterone to be free in circulation and available to the tissues and contributes to increased levels of testosterone produced in the ovaries and DHEA from the adrenal gland. For women, belly fat means higher levels of androgens which may manifest in hair deposition and acne on the face, as well as male pattern hair loss.

In men, the process is similar with the opposite effects: insulin resistance leads to an increase in SHBG which binds testosterone at an increased rate, rendering less free testosterone available to the tissues, contributing to hypogonadism. As well, the enzyme aromatase found in fatty tissue can metabolize testosterone into estradiol and dihydrotestosterone, further depleting testosterone. This decrease in testosterone and increase in estradiol associated with visceral fat may lead to the development of breast tissue, known as gynecomastia. Elevated estradiol may also contribute to cellular hypertrophy in the prostate, leading to increased urgency, decreased flow and nocturia, and contribute to decreased erections.

In this way, VF serves as an endocrine organ in its ability to decrease testosterone and increase estradiol levels in men, and increase estradiol and androgens in women.

The good news is that visceral fat is very responsive to a balanced diet and exercise. Blood sugar is best managed by avoiding starchy, sugary carbohydrates and eating a diet made up of healthy protein, fiber and fat, in short, “whole” foods that come from the earth rather than foods that come from a box. A low carbohydrate ketogenic diet may help to control hunger and improve fat metabolism to enable weight loss. Additionally, exercise has been shown to stimulate blood flow to adipose tissue and mobilize fat. The regularity of exercise is important as each exercise bout creates these important changes. The more committed to movement someone suffering from VF is, the sooner and longer-lasting the changes will be. As well, exercise has been shown to stabilize insulin levels for up to sixteen hours after activity.

Hormone testing is a great way to take a first glance at these metabolic processes. Sometimes one’s first inkling that they lean toward disordered insulin is through rising androgen levels in women, and decreased testosterone and/or rising estradiol levels in men. Test, don’t guess! Help your patients establish a plan to stabilize blood sugar and decrease belly fat for healthier hormone levels.

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Updated “How to Survive Your Hospital Stay” Book Worksheets

March 23, 2018 / Comments are off for this post / Dr. Ford / Medical Industry, Resources

Printable Hospital Worksheets due to Popular Demand!

Now, you can fill out the PDFs for “How to Survive Your Hospital Stay” right on your computer or print them out for easy access!

I am making it easy for my readers to download PDF copies of the worksheets found in the back of my book. Keep them on hand so you can readily keep track of those strategies used to protect against preventable complications!

Editable PDFs:

Full Editable Worksheet Set
Editable Current Medication and Supplement Worksheet
Editable Doctors’ Orders Worksheet
Editable Hand Washing Worksheet
Editable – Invasive Lines
Editable Medication Documentation Worksheet
Editable – Procedures
Editable – Shared Equipment
Editable – Staffing
Editable – Turning, Re-positioning and Mobilization
Editable – Wounds, Incisions and Dressing Changes

Printable PDFs:

Full Printable Worksheet Set
Current Medication and Supplement Worksheet
Doctor’s Orders
Hand Washing Worksheet
Invasive Lines
Medication Documentation Sheet
Procedures
Shared Equipment
Staffing
Turning, Re-positioning and Mobilization
Wounds, Incisions and Dressing Changes


Book Summary:

Yes, specific survival skills may be necessary for a successful hospital stay. Many hospitals are crowded, understaffed, and sometimes impersonal; the hospital staff perhaps overworked and untrained in some aspects of patient care. Mistakes happen that can be devastating to patients and their families. Herein are ways that the patient or family member can partner with the hospital staff to achieve optimal outcomes. Specific ideas and worksheets are provided so that medications, procedures, and doctor’s orders can be tracked. Dr. Rebecca Ford’s insider knowledge from thirty-plus years of experience with hospital practices and procedures provide information vital for every patient.

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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

January 29, 2018 / Comments are off for this post / Dr. Ford / Medical Industry

What is Naturopathic Medicine

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Functional Medicine and IFM

January 29, 2018 / Comments are off for this post / Dr. Ford / Medical Industry

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a term coined to describe a more holistic approach to health care. As a naturopathic doctor, I was trained to think holistically when working with a client, so this model is nothing new to me. I decided to become certified through IFM as a way to be part of a wonderful organization that is involved in what I hope will be a transformation in the way medicine is practiced in this country! Here is how IFM describes functional medicine.

What is Functional Medicine

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Where to Purchase Quality Supplements!

December 8, 2017 / Leave a comment / Dr. Ford / Diet and Nutrition

I want to offer my followers the opportunity to set up accounts with REPUTABLE distributors so that they can be assured that the supplements they purchase are the "real thing," that they have been stored properly, that they are not altered in any way, and that they are not expired.

I have created a list of distributors that I use with my clients, and am happy to present that list to you, with the instructions for setting up your own account.

All but ONE of these distributors carry only their own brand, which I have evaluated for quality and effectiveness and use them regularly with my clients, myself, and my family. The first distributor listed carries MANY brands, most of which are quality, but SOME of which are NOT the quality I would recommend to anyone. The list of particular brands that I DO NOT recommend includes: Pioneer, NOW, Country Life, Garden of Life, Bluebonnet, RAW, Jarrow, Rainbow Light Nutrition, Source Naturals, Life Extention, Nature’s Way, Solaray, and ANY others that you would find in your local grocery store, pharmacy, or big box store. As many of you might know, the supplement industry is not well regulated, and a manufacturer can put anything they want on a label, and it does not have to match the contents of the capsule (see my posts about counterfeit supplements!).

Brands that I DO trust and recommend includes: Vital Nutrients, Thorne Research, Designs for Health, Restorative Formulations, Pure Encapsulations, Integrative Therapeutics, Gaia Herbs, Wise Woman Herbs, Vitanica, Biogenesis, Nordic Naturals, Davinci Labs, Douglas Labs, Euromedica, Herb Pharm, Metabolic Maintenance, Metagenics, Ortho Molecular, Pharmax, Protocol for Life Balance, Prescribed Choice, Klaire Labs, and a few others.

NP Script
Here’s how to set up your account:

  1. Go to www.npscript.com
  2. This will take you to a page that asks if you are a patient or a practitioner.
  3. Enter the Access code NMD708 under the "Are you a patient" area, and click "go."
  4. The next page will be where you set up your account and create a log in.
  5. Set up your account.
  6. Find your product by clicking on the search box or search the other labels on the banner close to the top of the page.
  7. ENJOY access to the entire site
  8. Go to check out and give them your payment
  9. Wait for your products to be shipped to your door!!
  10. For assistance call 888-950-2767


Xymogen:

  1. Go to www.xymogen.com
  2. In the upper middle of the page, click on "I have a referral code."
  3. This will take you to a page that asks for the referral code, which is NMD708. Enter my last name of Ford, and enter your e-mail address.
  4. The next page will be where you set up your account and create a login. You will be asked for a special code.
  5. Set up your account.
  6. Find your product by clicking on "view all" and scrolling down to find your product listed in alphabetical order.
  7. ENJOY access to the entire site
  8. Go to check out and give them your payment
  9. Wait for your products to be shipped to your door!!


Thorne:

  1. Go to www.thorne.com
  2. In the upper right area of the page, click on the green box with a white “person icon.” The dropdown menu will say "my account/sign-in" and take you to a sign-in box. Click on the blue area at the bottom of that box that says, "I’m a new customer."
  3. This will take you to a page that will allow for a patient or a practitioner to register. Under “patient registration,” click the “create account” green box.
  4. The next page will be where you set up your account and create a login. You will be asked for a special code.
  5. The referral code you will need is HCP1015440.
  6. Set up your account.
  7. ENJOY access to the entire site
  8. Go to check out and give them your payment
  9. Wait for your products to be shipped to your door!!

NeuroBiologix:

This is a link which I will be posting to my website this week, which is www.IMCTex.com. This is a company that specializes in mood and focus issues, and I have seen fabulous results with their products. The multivitamin I recommend from them is NeuroNutrients, and it comes with and without iron.

http://www.drford-nbestore.com

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Epigenomics: Maximize Your Potential Locked Away in Your DNA!

March 21, 2017 / Comments are off for this post / Dr. Ford / Diet and Nutrition

Perhaps you have been hearing the term “Epigenomics” being thrown around as the latest and greatest discovery in medicine. Simply put, Epigenomics is the study of how our environment changes the expression of our DNA. Now that we have mapped the human genome, which is the complete set of DNA within a single cell, we now have the ability to observe how different factors in our environment impact the expression of our DNA.

While this is all very interesting, there is nothing new about the notion that the environment plays a huge role in the expression of our DNA. Otherwise, why would we be able to change the quality of our health by changing our lifestyle? Our health is an expression of the interplay between our environment and our DNA, and our health changes when we change our diet and lifestyle. This is where you have the power to maximize your potential!

What if you could have a supplement created specifically for you taking into account your age, gender, health status, lifestyle habits, dietary habits, and medications? What if that supplement came in convenient AM, noon, and PM packets that you could easily grab and take with you?

I want to share my excitement with you regarding a new service I am offering. I am working with an outstanding manufacturer that can now provide supplements personalized to YOUR specific needs, your very own unique formula! They are customized based on your age, gender, dietary and lifestyle habits, health status, and medications, and they will be delivered to your door, encased in convenient packets labeled AM, PM, and/or Noon.

For most of you, there will be no more opening multiple bottles several times a day…… No more trying to remember how many of which one you take when. Everything you need in convenient packets that you can take with you anywhere, and the formula is unique to you…. No one else will have a formula exactly like yours. For those that still need some “specialty nutrients,” the dramatic decline in dealing with multiple bottles will be a huge relief!

I have been testing this service with family and friends, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. They love the convenience and find it much easier to “stick to the plan” for maximum benefit. I’m now ready to start utilizing the service with my clients. Let me know if you want to switch!

Dr. Ford

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