Nutima Integrative Medicine Blog
How common is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (“ED”) is defined as the recurrent inability to generate or maintain an erection sufficiently rigid for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction is very common. As men age, ED becomes more common; 8% of men between 20 and 30 years old report ED where 37% experience this issue after 75 years of age (1). If you are suffering from this issue, you are not alone.
How do erections work?
Having and maintaining an erection is a biologically complex process, requiring functional cardiovascular, neurological, endocrine (hormonal) and psychological parts of our bodies. First, the male brain is triggered to have an erection through either erotic stimuli & fantasy or through physical sensations, such as stroking and touching. The blood vessels going into the penis (arteries) pump blood into the tissue faster than the veins can remove the blood which compresses the veins further, preventing blood outflow. Testosterone increases desire, which makes it easier to form erections from erotic stimuli & fantasy. Furthermore, testosterone is an important part of the hormonal signaling that allows an erection to form. Finally, male sexual function is also dependent on a healthy psychological system and issues related to communication, intimacy and self-esteem can all impact erectile function.
My partner and I recently acquired fishing poles with the hope of catching some of our own wild salmon so we can increase our intake of omega-3 fatty acids. I have never fished before in my life, but I am very intrigued by the idea of connecting to my food sources and becoming more self-sufficient (well, I guess I did “fish” for crawfish as a child in a swampy pond, but other than that!).
This got me thinking about fish oil and all the propaganda about omega-3 fatty acids and their benefits. Any person who has walked through a grocery checkout has likely seen some magazine cover announcing the benefits of omega-3s. But what does this mean exactly?
I love science very much, so I sought out to explain the mechanisms behind omega-3 fatty acids in my video below. But before you watch the video, I want to add a note about the video.
After watching the video, I asked my friend what they learned. And they responded, “fish oil is good, oils from chicken (and other omega-6 oils) are bad”. I want to clarify that in no way is this video meant to label one food or another as “bad”.
Omega-6 fatty acids are considered more inflammatory. Yes, that is true. But inflammation is really important actually!
Say you cut your leg walking through a swamp, catching crawfish. Inflammation swells the area, making it harder for any microbes in that area to circulate through the body. The added heat make it harder for microbes to multiply. And the pain helps us remember to guard the area and be more gentle with that body part while it heals. That doesn’t sound so bad, right?
This issue with inflammation is when it goes unchecked and becomes unbalanced and chronic. And one way inflammation can become more balanced is through decreasing omega-6 fatty acids and increasing omega-3 fatty acids.
So, with that background information, I present a video lesson on omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, featuring my own hand drawn cartoons!! Enjoy!
What are Mitochondria?
We have several different ways that we break down food into actual energy. Our biggest energy production comes inside tiny parts of our cells called mitochondria. By several orders of magnitude, mitochondria has the capacity to make significantly more energy than any other pathways. We can think of mitochondria as the batteries of our cells. Our cells have different levels of mitochondria depending on how much energy they need. Our hearts require the most energy, and thus, have the most mitochondria.
A big congratulations to Karen James, LMT who has been a strong advocate in the state of Washington for legislative changes relating to insurance laws. Karen has spent hundreds of hours in Olympia Washington at state senate hearings regarding potential pending changes to insurance carrier laws. Recently, on January 17, 2018, House Bill 2837/ Senate Bill 6157 was approved by The State Legislatures and is now awaiting signature by Governor Jay Inslee.
This Bill will protect patients’ ability to get an initial evaluation and up to 8 consecutive treatment visits, if those treatments are medically necessary and within the quantitative limits of the health plan. This reasonable solution will allow patients to receive medically necessary value-based care in the fields of massage, acupuncture, and physical therapies, and make meaningful improvements toward recovery, therapy reducing the overall costs of the health care.
The holiday season can be a stressful and exciting time for many people. Crowded shopping malls, draining your bank account, frequent chats with your in-laws, and back-to-back parties that would ruin any diet may have you feeling not so wonderful at this most wonderful time of the year!
Here we talk about how to navigate the holidays successfully with our 7 tips to help you avoid stress during the holidays.
Dr. Eric Yarnell has finally published his much anticipated textbook, Natural Approach to Urology 2nd edition, by Wild Briliance Press. This is a substantial update of the 1st edition that took 16 years to write. Like his other textbook, Natural Approach to Gastroenterology, this is the definitive text of its kind in the field of natural medicine. Simply nothing else like it exists, helping health care providers and medical students of all kinds to understand and help patients with urinary tract problems from a naturopathic point of view.
It’s Cold and Flu Season!
Everyone around you at the office or your kid’s school are dropping like flies, and you may be wondering, “How do I skip getting sick this season?” Prevention is always best! Getting 8+ hours of sleep per night, eating a healthy diet, and stopping the spread of germs by washing hands often are the basics of preventing the cold and flu. But did you know that there is more that you can do to help prevent yourself from getting sick and help shorten the length of time once you are sick?