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A Holistic Approach to Anxiety

3 Mar

Anxiety refers to a state of nervousness, worry, apprehension, or fear. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful circumstances, as it can improve focus and performance in a tense situation. When anxiety is excessive, however, it can induce physical symptoms such as high blood pressure, heart palpitations, chest pain, nausea or headache. If chronic, anxiety can be emotionally disabling, and compromise immune and digestive function. Correcting underlying imbalances may significantly lessen its severity.

  • Imbalances in certain nutrients can exacerbate anxiety.
  • Amino acids are crucial building blocks for important brain neurotransmitters that stabilize mood.
  • Women are more than twice as likely to have anxiety than men, especially when levels of estrogen and progesterone fluctuate.
  • Anxiety can also result from “adrenal fatigue”
  • Immune reactions to gluten contribute to anxiety and depression in some individuals.
  • Exposure to certain heavy metals such as lead can affect the nervous system, triggering anxiety.
  • Individuals suffering from anxiety may lack essential fatty acids such as omega-3 EPA and DHA.

The beauty of Naturopathic Care is that it can address each of these possible contributors to anxiety.   Through an individualized approach using nutrition, exercise, appropriate laboratory testing, botanical remedies, and supplementation to replete or correct imbalances, the severity of anxiety can often be greatly diminished.   Making lifestyle changes is of upmost importance.  In addition, learning coping skills and using relaxation techniques can also be helpful.  Thus, I also suggest my clients work closely with a qualified counselor/therapist when anxiety is significant and/or pervasive.

A Holistic Approach to Depression

28 Feb


Depression is a medical illness that involves the mind and body.  Feelings of hopelessness, chronic apathy, and reduced ability to experience pleasure in life are some of the debilitating symptoms of depression.   Chronic depression can interfere with a person’s work and social life, appetite, sleep, and energy level, and has also been noted to increase risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, especially among women.
  • Imbalances in certain hormones may underlie depression, particularly when stress and obesity are present.
  • Inadequate amounts of certain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fats can predispose to chronic depression.
  • Certain amino acids are crucial source material for the production of brain neurotransmitters and mood regulation.
  • Malabsorption in celiac disease may interfere with mood regulating neurotransmitters and nutrients such as vitamin B12.
  • Studies shower a higher incidence of depression in those with celiac’s disease compared to those without the disorder.
  • Many with depression also suffer from thyroid hormone imbalances
  • Overexposure to certain heavy metals have been shown to induce  depression.
  • Pre-menstrual and post-menopausal hormone imbalances contribute to mood swings in many women.
  • Deficient omega-3 fatty acids can contribute to depression, particularly in alcoholics and post-partum women.
  • Imbalances in melatonin can result in depression.
  • Depression in men seems to correlate with a drop in testosterone seen with aging.
  • Depression appears to predispose individuals to immune hypersensitivity to various food and environmental allergens.
  • Bacterial overgrowth in the small bowel can impair absorption of key nutrients involved in mood regulation.
The beauty of Naturopathic Care is that it can address each of these possible contributors to depression.   Working with Dr. Naumes to create an individualized approach using nutrition, exercise, appropriate laboratory testing (via your primary care physician), botanical remedies, and supplementation to replete or correct imbalances, the body can function at a more optimal level.   Making appropriate lifestyle changes is often of upmost importance.   Dr. Naumes encourages her clients to work closely with a qualified counselor/therapist.

Cocoa is Good for Your Brain (Really!)

28 May

Cocoa is Good for Your Brain (Really!)

By Dr. Deneb Bates, ND

Taking steps to promote and protect brain health is important at any age. Short-term and long-term brain health is greatly determined by how we live, the choices we make, and the foods we eat. Fetal brain formation during pregnancy; childhood brain growth, development, mood, and function; and cognitive longevity in our adult years can all be impacted, either positively or negatively, by how we live our lives.

Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a critical time for brain development. It is important for a pregnant mother to have optimal nutrition so that her baby’s brain develops properly. Some of the most important nutrients for brain formation during pregnancy include adequate folic acid and Omega-3 essential fatty acids, particularly DHA. Folic acid is naturally found in green vegetables, like spinach and asparagus, and is also abundant in beans such as black-eyed peas and red kidney beans. Pregnant women should also supplement with a pre-natal vitamin to assure adequate folic acid intake during pregnancy.

DHA is an essential fatty acid that is especially important in brain and central nervous system development as well eye health. The standard American diet does not contain enough DHA for optimal health. Food sources rich in DHA include wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, and anchovies. A quality fish oil supplement is an option for people who don’t eat fish regularly.

To read more of Dr. Bates’ post head over to D-Mom’s Blog.

Dr. Naumes Helps Demystify Sun Protection

22 May

Demystify Sun Protection

Are you confused about which sunscreen is the best for you and your family? Have questions about the dangers of too much sun exposure? When it comes to trying to protect yourself from the sun, it’s easy to go crazy.

Many products carry confusing claims or contain ingredients that could pose health risks. The FDA has just recently updated the rules for sunscreen labeling, however its standards are still weak compared to Europe and other parts of the world. In the mistaken belief that sunscreen alone will protect them from skin cancer risks, many people fail to seek shade and cover up in protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses.

Though some studies seem to suggest that sunscreen may help prevent certain cancers, there is mounting evidence that sunscreen might increase the risk of the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma, for some people. Researchers speculate that this may be because sunscreen users tend to stay out in the sun longer than those that don’t use sunscreen. Alternatively, it may be the chemicals in the sunscreens themselves.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Mom’s Blog.

Basic Supplementation for a Busy Mom

8 Nov

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You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times. Basic supplementation for a busy mom should most likely include a multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D, a probiotic, and maybe a “greens replacement”. Sounds easy right? Run over to GNC or better yet Whole Foods and voilà! Done! Healthy and beautiful! Not so fast moms; many of the supplements made available to consumers:

  • are not high quality or adequately absorbable
  • are not pure/clean (i.e. free of additive, heavy metals, and preservatives)
  • do not contain the ingredients that the label claims
  • do not follow GMP-certified manufacturing standards (which are an indicator of quality)
  • and are not made with safety-reviewed ingredients

Read  Dr. Naumes’ entire post over at D Magazine‘s D-Moms blog

Fertility Optimization and the Benefits of Naturopathic Care

17 Sep

Naturopathic Fertility Optimization

Naturopathic Medicine’s approach to improving fertility focuses on establishing healthy hormone balance for both partners, minimizing the body’s reaction to stress, ensuring optimal nutritional status for the mother-to-be, establishing a healthy exercise routine, and teaching fertility awareness techniques to better understand the optimal fertile times in a woman’s cycle.

The Foresight Study, conducted in England, shows the effects that proper preconception care has on fertility. Out of 300 couples who had previously been declared “infertile”, over 89% were pregnant within 2 years, without the assistance of IUI or other similar fertility interventions.

Naturopathic doctors are highly trained in both the Western and Eastern medical systems. Naturopathic Doctors have the ability to integrate a western diagnosis with nutrition, exercise, herbal medicine, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, as well as counseling and stress management techniques.

A study by the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford University to determine the impact of nutritional supplements containing vitex, green tea, vitamins, and minerals on female fertility found that the supplement group helped improve women’s menstrual cycles. Herbal medicine can also be used to regulate menstrual cycles, normalize hormones, maintain a pregnancy, prevent miscarriage, improve sperm quality and help with stress. Herbs can be very effective but like any therapy may have side effects or drug interactions. For this reason it is recommended that you consult a licensed Naturopathic Doctor.

It is well known that infertility causes stress, and stress reduction may, in turn, improve fertility. Stress may lead to the release of hormones and influence mechanisms responsible for a normal ovulatory menstrual cycle through its impact on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis.  Many Naturopathic Therapies successfully address stress.  Naturopathic Medicine also addresses environmental toxicity and its potential impact on fertility.

With Naturopathic Fertility Services from Dr. Naumes, you will learn more about how to positively impact nutrition, body composition and environmental exposure to substances that can decrease fertility and harm a developing baby for both partners. Your family will benefit from the simple, non-invasive, cost-effective tools that naturopathic medicine has to offer.

References:

1. http://www.foresight-preconception.org.uk/

2. Al-Inany, H. (n.d). Issues of bioequivalence and cost (vol 78, pg 438, 2002). Fertility And Sterility, 78(6), 1356.

How Naturopathic Doctors Are Proving the Value of Integrative Medicine

13 Jul

Here is a great article recently posted by the Huffington Post:

In the mid-1980s, leaders of the reemerging naturopathic medical profession faced a tough challenge. They had to make the case for a scientific basis for their field prior to any history of federal support for naturopathic research.

The naturopathic physician authors of such pioneering volumes as the Textbook of Natural Medicine and bestselling, consumer-focused counterpart the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine searched the world’s literature. They referenced diverse studies on diet, therapeutic nutrition, lifestyle, stress and exercise and profession’s whole person, multi-modality, natural therapeutic-focused form of integrative medicine.

Many of these references were gleaned from conventional medical literature. Bottom line: The reemergence of naturopathic doctors (N.D.s) owed a significant debt to research of their medical doctor (M.D.) colleagues.

Read the rest of John Weeks’ article here.

Interview on ABC’s Good Morning Texas

9 Jan

Prevent Colds Naturally

23 Oct

Creating and sustaining community is a wonderful way to nourish ourselves. I find it to be an essential part of spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing. Join me in creating community with other parents who want to learn how to ward off the common cold naturally.

How to Stay Healthy in Cold & Flu Season
Wednesday October 26th | 6:30pm-7:30pm
location: Arlington Family Wellness

3901 West Green Oaks Boulevard
Arlington, TX 76016
(817) 457-3030


Children younger than the age of six years average six to eight colds per year (up to one per month, September through April), with a typical symptom duration of 14 days. Young children in daycare appear to be more susceptible to these infections than those cared for at home, but also less vulnerable when they enter primary school.

At the talk we will explore:
– What are colds good for and how often should we get one?
– What can you do to improve immunity through nutrition?
– What botanicals and supplements can help ward off viruses?
– How can you speed recovery and avoid more serious illness naturally?

A Holistic look at Attention Deficit Disorder

29 Sep

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

Both inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity are symptoms emphasized in the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD. These criteria best describe presentation in children; symptoms are often more subtle in adults.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was originally believed to be primarily a pediatric condition. However, the available data suggest that between 30 and 70 percent of children with ADHD continue to have symptoms in adulthood. It is estimated that between 1 and 7 percent of the adult population experiences ADHD symptoms. There is no gold standard diagnostic test for ADHD in adults. Diagnosis is based on the clinical interview by a qualified practitioner; assessment of mental status, memory, and cognitive testing with distraction; and medical evaluation including neurologic examination and thyroid function studies.

Pharmaceutical medications, behavioral therapy (such as certain types of counseling), and changes in school for children are the main treatments offered.  However, it is important to consider the following when looking at ADHA/ADD holistically.

  • Insufficiencies of certain essential fatty acids, vitamins, or minerals are common among children with ADD/ADHD.
  • Exposure to toxic metals such as lead can affect the nervous system, possibly triggering hyperactivity.
  • Amino acids are the body’s building blocks for brain neurotransmitters and may be low in ADD/ADHD individuals.
  • Certain studies of children with ADHD have shown improvements in ADD/ADHD when they were placed on an allergen-free diet.
  • Intestinal flora imbalances (bacteria, parasites, or yeast) may lead to nutrient insufficiencies that predispose to ADD/ADHD.
  • Consider pre-conception care to learn about the effects of prenatal exposure to environmental toxins and how to minimize those exposures
  • and more….
The beauty of Naturopathic Care is that it can address each of these possible contributors to ADD/ADHD.   Working with Dr. Naumes to create an individualized approach using nutrition, exercise, individualized laboratory testing (via appropriate avenues), botanical remedies, and supplementation to replete or correct imbalances, the body can function at a more optimal level.   Making appropriate lifestyle changes is often of upmost importance.   Dr. Naumes encourages her clients to work closely with a qualified counselor/therapist.

Herbal Home Remedies for Kids

24 Aug


Today Wednesday August 24th, 2011 7:00pm
location: Call 415.754.8305

Come learn simple and effective ways to nurture your little one during their time of need. We’ll cover common childhood ailments such as:
-bruises
-cold sores
-conjunctivitis
-cradle cap
-sore throat
-insect bites

$10
to signup call: 415.754.8305
or email: drnaumes@gmail.com

Read more about Herbal First Aid Kits here

Herbal First Aid Kit + Handcrafted + Organic Fabric

25 Jun

New bag in today: Pink Birds!

These two bags are crafted from organic fabric, and, as always, handmade locally. See the other designs here. When you purchase a first aid kit you receive a complimentary 30 minute consultation related to use of the items in the kit.

What’s in here for adults?

10 Jun


The herbal first aid kits have items that help with common ailments such as:
-bruises
-cold sores
-colds
-the flu
-sore throat
-insect bites
-cuts & scrapes
-a designer handmade bag for mom

When you purchase a first aid kit you receive a complimentary 30 minute consultation related to use of the items in the kit.

The Prepared Family Care Kits & What’s in it for little ones….

9 Jun


The kits contain herbs for first aid and immune support. There are items that help with common childhood ailments such as:
-bruises
-cold sores
-conjunctivitis (pink eye)
-cradle cap
-teething
-common cold
-sore throat & insect bites

When you purchase a first aid kit you receive a complimentary 30 minute consultation related to use of the items in the kit.  Read more on Herbal First Aid Kits here.

The Prepared Family Care Kit

7 Jun

Baby interested in the Herbal First Aid Kit bag

Handmade by a Oak Cliff resident with recycled, reclaimed, or organic materials.


Each bag or container is unique. All are filled with essential herbal first aid items….and a easy to follow instruction booklet written by Dr. Naumes.


Funky…


Fun…


Retro…

Whimsical…