Health Blog

Prevent Chronic Health Conditions and maintain your best Quality of Life

 

Unhealthy lifestyle choices such as a lack of exercise, poor diet, and inadequate stress tempering techniques to relieve chronic stress can all lead to the development of chronic disease or increase the progression of it. Yes it is true that the chronic diseases that truly plague our society are in fact mostly ‘man-made’. But there is great news. With new healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors many chronic diseases are preventable! Even people with a genetic predisposition to certain chronic health conditions can learn to maintain healthy lifestyle choices and reduce their risk, defer the onset or at least better manage these chronic health conditions.

As much as we pride ourselves in innovative medicine and lifesaving procedures, as a country we fail when it comes to our overall state of health. While we spend more on health care than any other country, as a country we have a very poor health status. We don’t even rank in the top 100 in overall health. Why? Our prevalence of chronic disease is off the charts including:  heart disease, diabetes, obesity, arthritis and neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. And all fingers point in the direction of lifestyle.

In the early 2000’s great attention was paid to the mapping of the genome.  Our hope was that it would shed major light on the DNA mapping of these diseases and hence very specific and targeted treatment. It didn’t really go that way. We did learn however that the genetic tendencies a person has towards any given disease could in large part be influenced by their environment and lifestyle.  In so much, this has healthcare providers, who are truly committed to bringing their patients to greater health, focused on patient education, therapeutic lifestyle choices and integrative therapies that support the person’s own genetic expression of health.

We all could start with the basics of these lifestyle choices:

  • Eating cleaner, much less junk, sugar and artificial things, more fibrous fruits and vegetables, pure water, and less processed foods and meats.
  • Moving our bodies more, at least with moderate exercise at first and then with some rigor once we are in shape.
  • Making adequate time daily for stress tempering exercises and thinking along with adequate time for rest and sleep to rejuvenate the body and mind.

These fundamentals practiced with, as this is a major key, unwavering commitment and consistency, will go a long way for many of us to prevent or at least manage any health condition we may encounter in our lifetime.

While many people understand the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, they lack the skills and dedication needed to sustain these good habits. At Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation (NMR) our doctors provide appropriate interventions and encourage healthful behaviors by educating our patients with nutritional counseling, physical reconditioning and stress tempering techniques to start and maintain these healthy lifestyle habits to ensure a healthier lifespan and increased quality of life. NMR’s foundation has always been lifestyle based steeped in the concept of the Triad of Health which looks at what we eat, think and do.  Probably more than any other conditions, the NMR Triad of Health applies to chronic disease that our country unfortunately knows all too well.

Chronic Health Conditions Seminar
Thursday
, January 30, 2020
6:30 – 8:00pm
Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation
399 Campus Drive, Suite 110, Somerset, NJ
RSVP: Please email Lisa@NMRNJ.com or call 908-218-1004 to reserve your seat.  

Can’t make the seminar on 1/30/2020?  Call for a complimentary new patient consultation to learn more.

 

Who’s Ready for a Post-Holiday DETOX?

 

 

 

Beware of Fad diets which may deliver the results you are looking for in the short term, but may be detrimental to your long term health and wellness.

  • Recover after the Holiday Binge
  • Fight Holiday Weight Gain
  • Take home recipes & meal plans to support your detoxification
  • Identify and eliminate sources of toxic exposure in your home
  • Receive resources and tools for a healthier you in 2020

Schedule your 90 minute consultation with Dr. Claudia to learn how to
detox your body & home for a healthy 2020!

 

Chronic Health Conditions Workshop

CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS
Prevent, Manage and Gain Control with lifestyle based strategies
Presented by Dr. Vince Sferra

Chronic health conditions such as Pain, Arthritis, Obesity, Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, Osteoporosis and Auto-Immune conditions, just to name a few, are discussed to  gain insights on how to be an active participant of your health and wellness.

Learn the value of and ways to make healthful lifestyle changes in order to reduce your risk, prevent or manage chronic disease.

Presentation discusses:         

  • Stress and its toll on all chronic diseases
  • Nutrition to support immune function, inflammation and tissue repair
  • Exercise to improve mobility, strength and vitality
  • Action steps to live a healthier lifestyle

Thursday, January 30, 2020
6:30 – 8:00pm
Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation
399 Campus Drive, Suite 110, Somerset, NJ
RSVP: Please email Lisa@NMRNJ.com or call 908-218-1004 to reserve your seat.  

International Overdose Awareness Day

Before getting started with medications for your pain, consider safer non-opioid options to help you move past the pain, and enjoy living pain-free. Over the years there has been an increase in drug addiction and deaths prompted by the abuse of opioids for pain management.  The increase in prescribed opioids is not only increasing the risk of addiction, but also depression, fatal overdoses and symptoms of withdrawal.  People addicted to prescription opioids are also 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin!

In some cases, prescription medications are an appropriate part of treatment.  Alleviating pain with medication in the early stages can reduce inflammation and swelling in order to help you move past the pain and start your rehabilitation, but be reassured that we will not put our patient’s health at risk in order for them to live pain freeSince 1998, Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation (NMR) has taken a holistic approach to healthcare with our primary focus on physical rehabilitation, clinical nutrition and services to help with stress reduction.  These core services address the ‘Triad of Health’ pillars which can most easily be referred to as ‘you are what you EAT, THINK and DO”.  By combining these core services at NMR, we can address a myriad of health problems at their source.  Pain relief is clearly important; however the goal at NMR is never merely pain relief.  We strive to be very specific in diagnosing the source of the problem, and will manage pain with various focused interventions and therapies without the dependence of narcotics whenever possible.  By addressing the causative factors that can be rehabilitated, we have a much greater ability to keep people from ever getting started with opioids for pain management.

Our integrated team of health care practitioners including Physical and Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Biofeedback Therapists, as well as Myofascial and CranioSacral Specialists will create treatment plans that are designed to rehabilitate the area in order to accelerate healing, establish stability and strength, improve mobility, and teach skills needed to prevent the problem along with the pain from returning in the future.  Managing pain with NMR’s holistic approach will provide you with long term pain management, by determining the cause of the pain and also examining the person as a whole to see if there are other health issues that may be adding to the problem.

Before you go down the slippery slope of taking opioids, consider how we can help you move past the pain by integrating natural approaches so you can enjoy living pain-free without the dependence of narcotics.

Depression. It’s not all in our head!

IT ‘S NOT IN YOUR HEAD! Approximately 12 million women are diagnosed with depression in the USA.

This devastating condition could be rooted in physical dysfunction including nutrient deficiencies,  thyroid disease, sleep disorders, hormonal imbalances among others. Thyroid imbalances are the most common cause for post-partum depression.

Your doctor wants to help you by prescribing an anti-depressant but it is important to know that even when this helps with symptoms it does not remove the cause.

A comprehensive diagnostic process must first take place in the doctor’s office including medical history, thorough physical examination, blood testing with COMPLETE thyroid and hormonal panels prior to handling prescription drugs.

Take a look at the functional medicine tree to see other root causes for depression and anxiety. Correcting nutrient deficiencies with diet and supplementation, decreasing toxicity and correctly managing stress are some of the changes that can lead to a natural high. Hippocrates  stated that “all disease begins in the gut” and evidence shows this to be true for all chronic conditions. So it’s not all in your head!

 

Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation

West End Physical Therapy, 10-12 West End Court, 2nd Floor, Long Branch, NJ 07740 | Phone 732.222.7799

399 Campus Drive, 1st Floor, Somerset, NJ | Phone 908.252.0242| Fax 908.252.0243