nutrition

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!

 

What’s on your mind?

What is on your mind?  Our ‘thought life’ is one of the most important players when it comes to our happiness, peace and optimal health. Yes, our thoughts influence our health! We learn this in science and medicine. Mental outlook is a predictor of disease and recovery. Do negative thoughts attack you as soon as you open your eyes in the morning: worries, stress at work, financial struggles, relationship problems, and the list goes on.

Try this little exercise we teach our patients in biofeedback therapy. As soon as you open your eyes quickly say 10 things you are grateful for. It can be anything, no matter how small. You can repeat this again at lunch time. This simple exercise can set the tone for your day and influence your physiology by creating a parasympathetic response. The parasympathetic system dampens stress, improves digestion and makes you nice to be around.

Stress is one of the Root Causes for chronic disease.  Check out the functional medicine tree for others.

 

March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month. With all the conflicting information about nutrition out in the marketplace, most people are not eating nearly as healthy as they think they are! A good way to start eating healthier is to eat from the earth, not from the factory.  Staying away from a marketplace filled with more and more processed foods, additives, sweeteners and convenience/fast foods to help with hectic schedules is becoming more and more challenging.  Try this nutritious, quick and easy recipe:

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms are a Macro-nutrient, having a balance of protein and carbohydrates, and low-fat content. They are loaded with essential nutrients like Vitamin D, antioxidants, and Vitamin B.

Spinach is rich in iron, an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid.  It is also a good source of manganese, magnesium and vitamin B.

Try this nutrient dense recipe as an easy side dish.

  • Remove stems from mushrooms.
  • Place mushrooms on a baking sheet and drizzle them with balsamic vinegar.
  • Top each mushroom with fresh chopped spinach and chopped roasted peppers.
  • Sprinkle with some fresh chopped basil.
  • Add a spoonful of salsa.
  • Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Call for a complimentary new patient consultation if you need help getting on the road to healthy eating and better health.  908-252-0242

 

Effective Weight Loss Programs created utilizing innovative cutting edge laboratory testing

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Laboratory test results can be utilized to create effective weight loss programs and help to restore youthful hormone levels.  It can help to determine how to improve your metabolism, balance your hormones, optimize your body fat / muscle ratio, determine your hidden risks of cardiovascular disease and diabetes and get you energized and strong! Knowing your blood markers is a powerful diagnostic tool which helps your physician establish baselines, identify the cause of a disease or disorder you may have, but more importantly it can help you learn how to prevent diseases from occurring.

Weight management, unbalanced hormones and the worry of possible illnesses can be challenging and stressful! Just having your blood tested and getting a copy of the lab results isn’t enough. Trying to read and decipher the results to self-diagnose your medical conditions can be inaccurate and create even more stress. The innovative cutting edge laboratory testing done at Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation (NMR) provides a powerful tool towards improving your health and wellness. The doctors at NMR will sit and explain the results with you and create a personalized wellness program developed specifically for your needs.

A comprehensive hormone panel for males and females will assess deficits and/or imbalances that can have significant impact on one’s health and quality of life. Thyroid as well as male and female reproductive hormones are assessed. Establishing baselines or knowing hormonal imbalances can put a person’s mind at ease knowing they may just be a going through a normal stage in life, rather than having a disease. Proactive treatment plans in regard to aging can then be discussed.

Various genetic markers will be assessed that can determine your risk of heart disease, blood clotting and stroke. Knowing such can prompt motivation and diligence toward a lifestyle that greatly reduces/eliminates one’s genetic predisposition. Traditional lipid profiling is an OK start but many times falls way short on its own in accurately assessing your cardiovascular and related diseases risk. Advanced testing will further assess the type and particle characteristics of your good and bad cholesterol, which has been shown to be significantly more valuable than traditional lipid lab values at assessing risk.

Inflammation drives heart disease and most related diseases. Specific markers of inflammation and oxidation, not routinely tested, will assess the ‘drivers’ of disease-hidden inflammation. Advanced and extensive biomarkers are tested for problems with blood sugar regulation, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and other metabolic dysfunctions. Routine testing is also done for blood count, liver, kidney and electrolyte status. Various vitamin and Essential fatty acids (Omega oils) assessment reveals deficiencies, insufficiencies and effectiveness of vitamin/supplement therapies.

Since 1998, Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation’s (NMR) primary focus of healthcare has been 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 along with the innovative cutting edge laboratory testing done at NMR, we can address a myriad of health problems at their source and help improve your health and wellness.  Call 908-252-0242 and mention this article for a FREE new patient consultation.

 

Dr. Feldman joins NMR as the Co-Director of Clinical Nutrition & Anti-Aging Medicine

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Dr. Feldman (left) is welcomed to NMR by Dr. Sferra.

Dr. Arthur E. Feldman joins NMR as the Co-Director of Clinical Nutrition & Anti-Aging Medicine.  With his lifetime devotion of helping patients achieve optimal health and wellness, he is a natural addition to the group of physicians at NMR. Since 1998, Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation’s (NMR) primary focus of healthcare has been 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.

Dr. Feldman’s clinical expertise, especially as it relates to men’s health, brings great value to the patients of NMR.  The health changes men experience due to hormones, from youth to middle age, are real but generally not as abrupt as they are for women. Men generally find themselves with age-related health concerns gradually appearing over time.  And although less dramatic for men, it can be quite troubling when one day they realize they have slowly been gaining weight, decreasing muscle mass & strength, decreasing energy, decreasing libido and ability to perform sexually, as well as insomnia, nervousness and depression.

At NMR we care for middle-aged men living through andropause, the male equivalent of menopause, by looking at the body as a whole.  We help our patients achieve optimal health and body composition (body fat %) and counsel them on healthy and effective nutrition and fitness habits, balance hormone levels and teach stress-tempering techniques.

Health issues assumed to be related exclusively to a man’s age – weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, high blood pressure, blood sugar and lipid imbalances, sexual dysfunction– have more to do with insufficient or poor health habits over half of a lifetime than simply age alone.  Making time for all the responsibilities at work and home and not taking the time for proper nutrition, exercise and rest can increase your risk of weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Unfortunately, these stressors that add to a man’s stress burden also greatly contribute to poor health and disease.

Many health risks are the result of unhealthy aging, but can often be corrected with good nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle changes that reduce stress and restore the body toward balance.  Exercise is also one of the greatest therapies to modulate stress hormone output and nutritional changes can help with the difficulties experienced at mid-life that are caused by a pro-inflammatory diet high in sugar, fat and junk food.

Optimal health is also dependent on the balancing of hormones.  Hormones are natural substances produced in our bodies which function as messengers between cells to regulate metabolism as well as other bodily functions.  Blood work and laboratory testing can be done to show normal and abnormal levels of many different hormones including sex and adrenal stress hormones. The innovative cutting-edge laboratory testing done at NMR provides a powerful tool towards improving your health and wellness. It will help to determine how to improve your metabolism, balance your hormones, optimize your body fat / muscle ratio, determine your hidden risks of cardiovascular disease and diabetes and get you energized and strong!  Dr. Feldman or Dr. Kepko, our Co-Directors of Clinical Nutrition & Anti-Aging Medicine at NMR, will explain the results with you and create a personalized wellness program developed specifically for your needs.

Dr. Arthur FeldmanDr. Arthur E. Feldman
Co-Director of Clinical Nutrition & Anti-Aging Medicine
Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Dr. Feldman has devoted himself to helping patients achieve optimal health and wellness. He has lectured at Canyon Ranch and in the community on disease prevention, extending longevity and optimizing sexual health and quality of life through proper diet, physical fitness, lifestyle changes and nutritional supplements/vitamins as well as prescription medications when indicated. 

He has been inducted into the RWJHospital/Somerset Campus Hall of Fame for his excellence and has been recognized by his peers as one of New Jersey’s top doctors.

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