Resource for High Deductible/Uninsured Patients

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via MDsave – Feels Better Already

 

I was reminded today of this excellent resource for patients who have high deductibles of don’t have insurance.  MDsave.com is a free service that can assist you if you are needing labs, x-rays or other medical procedures.  Although the procedures are still expensive, you can save a lot of money on necessary medical care.

Doctor, my friend told me I should drink apple cider vinegar to lower my blood pressure

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“Doctor, my friend told me I should drink apple cider vinegar to lower my blood pressure, is that true?”

I get this question about once per week. Here is my confession: I cringe when I get this question. Until doing some research for this post, I had no idea if it’s a good idea to drink apple cider vinegar for health.

I first heard about taking apple cider vinegar from one of my patients when I started practice 10 years ago. I trained in internal medicine. Like most physicians I received no formal training in complementary remedies. We receive very little training in nutrition as well. After learning Reiki, and developing a real sense of holistic care, I have started taking an interest in tying diet into my recommendations.

I have been aware of patients doing this remedy, but if a patient needs treatment for something like high blood pressure or diabetes, I will recommend appropriate medical treatment, which may include some changes in nutrition.

I did a search on two of my favorite sources for information. In a previous post, I discussed consults from Dr. Google. Search engines are amazing, but when it comes to information on health related topics, I want to make sure my source is safe and trusted. If my information source is commercial, I want to understand what they are selling and why.

I rely on PubMed to search journal articles. This website is open to everyone, but the information is coming from research articles and geared towards other researchers so the information is not written for consumers. I was able to find about 6 articles addressing health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

One of my other favorite sources is Nutrition Facts which is a great source of information and is non-commercial. I was able to find several relevant video post on this topic there.

Here is a brief summary of what I found.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

“…vinegar ingestion appears to enhance sugar disposal by lowering insulin resistance, which is the cause of type 2 diabetes, and indeed, vinegar ingestion does appear to improve the action of insulin in diabetics.” ¹

Apple Cider Vinegar may help with blood sugar  control in diabetics, but for many of my patients, there will be so many other health interventions we need to address, I’m not likely to make this recommendation.

Risks of Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV [apple cider vinegar] exhibited toxicity even at concentrations as low as 0.7%²

This particular study found that apple cider vinegar can kill yeast, but even in a very diluted form, could prove harmful to living cells.

Esophageal burns have been caused by use of vinegar tablets (also see http://www.nutritionfacts.org)

There are likely thousands of online posts concerning the benefits of apple cider vinegar. I’m thankful that I’ve had a chance to decide how I will advise patients. There likely is some benefit to apple cider vinegar, but to be on the safe side, it’s probably best to use it as a condiment, and avoid consuming it by itself. If you are being treated for high blood pressure, it won’t likely replace your current medication.

Thanks for visiting. I am so thankful that this blog is giving me space to dig deeper into these kind of issues.

Also, I welcome comments if there is any topic you would like me to address.

 

  1.  https://nutritionfacts.org/video/vinegar-mechanisms-side-effects/
  2. Gopal J, Anthonydhason V, Muthu M, Gansukh E, Jung S, Chul S, Iyyakkannu S. Authenticating apple cider vinegar’s home remedy claims: antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral properties and cytotoxicity aspect. Nat Prod Res. 2017 Dec 11:1-5.

Coffee Is the Best Drink…

Next to water, Coffee is the best drink, literally.  I came across this excellent study this morning:

 

I love coffee.  I come from a coffee drinking family, so for us, getting out of bed without a cup of coffee means someone must be getting a surgery.  Coffee has been noted recently to have many health benefits, but literally, drinking coffee reduces your chance of dying.  

The study mentions that decaf has a health benefit for those that don’t want caffeine.

I like my coffee with cream or any milk, or black.  Sometimes I add one drop of doTERRA Cinnamon Bark to add flavor and an extra metabolism boost.

Thanks for visiting, got grab yourself of coffee.

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I am a Doterra wellness advocate, and I’m happy to answer any questions about getting started with essential oils.  More information can be found here.

Depletion and your physical body

via Daily Prompt: Deplete

I am still learning the ropes of blogging. As a doctor I discuss depletion most days. Here is my quick thoughts on how a depletions shows up.

Water Depletion:

Signs of Water Depletion:

Headache

Dry mouth

Muscle aches

Fatigue

Bladder spasms (feeling like you have a bladder infection when you don’t)

Remedy:

Sipping on more water throughout the day.

Potassium Depletion:

Signs of potassium depletion

Muscle cramps

Fatigue

Poor sleep quality

Remedy

Consume any citrus, mango, or and vegetable regularly throughout the day

Magnesium Depletion:

Signs of Depletion

Generalized pain

Constipation

Remedy

Eat more beans or legumes

Sleep Depletion (Sleep Deprived)

Signs of Sleep Deprivation

Poor memory

Poor focus

Anxiety

Depression

Remedy

A power nap

Start evening routine 15 minutes earlier

Depletion of Stillness

Signs of a depletion of stillness

Insomnia

Feeling rushed

Rapid breathing

Remedy

Starting meditation

Stop and smell the flowers

Say no to one task today

This is a very quick list and by no means all inconclusive.

I have been inspired by so many other bloggers since starting my blog. Thank you so much for reading.

My Journey to Reiki/How Reiki Found Me

My experience with Reiki is what lead me to start this blog.  As I’ve been composing my thoughts, and trying to decide what content I should post about Reiki, I forgot I should share my story of how Reiki found me.

I read a beautiful post  at My Journey to Reiki that reminded me that as excited as I am about Reiki, I should remember why I am so passionate about Reiki.

I found Reiki through yoga.  I had started practicing yoga in my home while in medical school.  Due to time and finances, it would be over 10 years before I attended an actual yoga studio.  A very dear friend of mine told me about Yoga Home of Therapeutics  and the owner Sara Alavi.  I went to my first class after a devastating break up.  I was emotionally distraught and suffering from burnout at work .  I attended yoga class with Sara for a few years.  After a wonderful class, she told me she was teaching a Reiki class and I might like it.

Attending yoga at the studio had done so much for me that I didn’t even hesitate to sign up.  After signing up, I forgot to research what Reiki is, and when I arrived for my Reiki 1 attunement, I had no idea what to expect.

My experience during my first attunement was like nothing I had experienced.  Keep in mind, if you decide to take a course in Reiki, everyone’s experience is individual, and every experience is beautiful.  I assumed prior to the attunement that only gifted individuals could see auras, or have empathic abilities.  As I felt the internal changes of the attunement, I didn’t realize that soon I would feel some of the same.

As a physician, I’m used to interacting with people.  I am used to dealing with people when times are good, when they are bad, when they are scary and sad.  I’ve always tried to approach patient care with the “Golden Rule”, do onto others…

After my Reiki 1 attunement, I was so happy to have this tool to heal myself.  I still had a lot of sadness, and my pressure at work was ever increasing.  I felt that Reiki would be a wonderful addition to my self care tool box.

So when I saw my first patients after my first attunement,  I was completely shocked that I was seeing something.  Every patient had a glow.  They were all different, and constantly changing.  I didn’t always see  this with every patient.  My left brain, traditionally trained physician brain sought a rational explanation.

After many exhaustive Google searches (yes, even when I prefer my patients not to consult Dr. Google) I started to understand this glow was the patient’s aura, or subtle body.  I continued to treat myself with Reiki on many days, sometimes just for a few minutes, and as time passed, I became more comfortable with this new sensitivity.

Seeing auras is wonderful, but like with any new tool, I am still learning when to work with this.  I did notice my empathy was increased.  As I saw patients, I could listen to their stories in a much more clear manner.  I could sense their suffering beyond what the labs and x-rays told me.  I could hear better why they came to see me.   Although I had intended for Reiki for my own healing, it was already helping my patients.

My Reiki level 1 and 2 training were wonderful, and for the next year, I wasn’t sure I would pursue more training.   I was very fortunate to discover Kelly Schwegel  as a guest speaker on a podcast.  I scheduled  a healing session with her and eventually became a member of  Kelly’s Inner Wisdom Circle.  Kelly  holds Reiki certifications through the Inner Wisdom circle and I was able to get my attunement for Reiki 3 and Reiki Master.

Some very cool things have happened since I embraced Reiki.  I love that I can sense auras, or that I can tap into my intuition when I’m working with a patient with a difficult diagnosis.  The self healing I have with Reiki is why I hope readers will become attuned to Reiki.  There are so many ways Reiki infuses itself into your life.  Its a wonderful meditation to perform Reiki on yourself as you fall asleep.  Or to send Reiki to a future situation like a family member’s upcoming surgery.  Or to send REiki to yourself in the past during a loss of a loved one.

My hope is that if you are wondering if you should let Reiki find you, you will.  You may go on to be a Reiki Master with a full practice.  Or maybe you Reiki will help you put your baby to sleep at night.  But if you are wondering if you should sign  up for that Reiki class…you should  There is nothing to lose, and love to gain.

 

 

 

Alzheimer’s and diet

One of my favorite sources of information on nutrition and health is Nutrition Facts. I have followed Dr. Greger’s work for many years. I find his advice is so easy to apply. Dr. Greger addresses one of the most important aspects of health….nutrition.

[Moan…groan…yawn…start to fantasize about favorite junk food].

I like my chocolate too.

Anyway here’s an excellent video on diet and brain health. Many patients often ask me how to keep their memories intact. Diet plays a very important role.

Alzheimer’s and Diet

Okay stop whining and get some broccoli 🥦🥒🥒🌶🥑🥝🥥🍇🍈🍉😊