Nutima Integrative Medicine Blog
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?
A new survey in 2017 of 217,053 American men found that fully 70% were not told about the advantages and disadvantages before undergoing PSA screening for prostate cancer. As most patients know, effective communication is the cornerstone of a successful doctor-patient relationship in any medical specialty.
Several classes of common medications lower serum total prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels according to a 2010 publication by Chang, et al. Statins, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and thiazide diuretics, among the most commonly used drugs in the world, all significantly lowered tPSA in this analysis of 1,864 American men over the age of 40 years. Use of a thiazide and a statin together for 5 years led to a 36% reduction in tPSA levels.