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Osteoarthritis and Platelet-Rich Plasma

As outlined in this author’s last post, Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition characterized by incremental joint pain and compromised joint function; an arthritic state, which generally affects individuals over the age of 50 years.1 Left untreated, OA can progress into a severe condition and slowly diminish an individual’s productivity and quality of life.1(1)In the following…

Cannabidiol and Social Anxiety

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is a condition characterized by excessive anxiety whereby an individual may feel judged.1 Such unease often finds its beginnings in performance situations and settings where interpersonal contact with others is required.1(1) Said anxiety generates fear of social environments, which may induce humiliation and/or embarassment.1(1) Left unmitigated, anxiety can cause social withdrawal…

Improving Sleep Quality and Duration with CBD/THC Oil

As has been discussed in this author’s previous posts, consistent and optimal sleep quality and duration are paramount in maintaining health and homeostasis. Sleep hygiene, to include consistent sleeping times, dark rooms, cool temperatures, and the use of blue light-blocking glasses were covered as low cost/low risk interventions. However, when necessary and where indicated, an…

Improving Sleep Quality and Duration

Sleep is a critical, yet often underappreciated, constituent of health and homeostasis. In many industrialized societies, however, a trend towards less hours of sleep per night has become more prevalent.1 Seven hours or less of sleep has been attributed to factors such as greater time associated with leisure activities and longer work schedules.1(148) Ultimately, such…

Reducing Headache Intensity With Saunas

Headaches, whether tension-type or migraine based, are conditions of unclear origin.1 Such syndromes appear to affect many aspects of individuals’ lives, affecting well-being, causing disability, and remains a public health issue costing billions of dollars each year in lost productivity and treatment.1(103) Thus, cost-effective and low-risk interventions are logical choices to best reach and help…

Hyperparathyroidism, Kidney Stones, and Early Detection

Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is a common aberration in endocrine function, which negatively impacts calcium homeostasis.1 Due to its commonality, approximately 20-30 new cases, per year, are identified for every 100,000 people in the United States.1(564) Furthermore, PHPT is the leading cause of chronic hypercalcemia and has long term negative effects upon bone, cardiovascular, kidney health,…

Asthma and Lifestyle Interventions

Asthma is a and a well-known immune response that targets the lungs and effects an estimated 300 million individuals.1Its symptoms include wheezing/shortness of breath/coughing and the understanding of its causes has grown to include genetic and other drivers.1(189) As research has mounted regarding the pathophysiology of asthma, more evidence has suggested that nutritional and environmental…

Sweating, Heavy Metals, and Hypertension

Heavy metal exposure from the environment, food, and water is considered a nearly unavoidable occurrence; a process that slowly develops and worsens over a lifetime.1 Metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium have been identified within individuals, of which there is no known biological benefit. Of particular note; said elements are likely progenitors of…

Sleep, Nutrition, and Immune System Strength

Sleep quality/duration and nutrition are cornerstones of health and overall quality of life. Sleep is a vital, yet often, underappreciated component of homeostasis and in many westernized nations individuals tend to experience less hours of sleep per night.1 Sleep restriction of seven hours or less has been associated with longer work schedules and greater time…

Constituents of Effective Emotional Support

Motivational interviewing (MI) insists that the interviewer, and the client’s social network, provide empathy and emotional support during stages of behavioural change.1 However, although social support is viewed as beneficial, the delivery of such support is often ineffective. As such, the following will explore constituents of effective emotional support and solutions to improve the same….