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Estrogen and Heart Disease

Estrogen and Heart Disease

Starting in the fifth decade of life, during perimenopause and manifesting in a more pronounced way in the sixth decade when complete menopause has established itself, chronic diseases may begin to emerge in many women.

Menopause is characterized as a decrease in sex steroid hormones  (testosterone estrogen, and progesterone) due to ovarian (gonadal) failure. This decrease in hormones affects hormone responsive organ systems such as the cardiovascular system, bone and the nervous system.

Wilsons Syndrome

Thyroid Glands

Thyroid Health!
Wilson's Syndrome: Low Temperature Syndrome
by Dr Fluss

Do you suffer from low body temperature, weight gain, fatigue, cold intolerance and yet your thyroid labs always come back normal? Are you already medicated for hypothyroidism and yet you still suffer from these symptoms? 

Thyroid health is more than just having adequate blood levels of T3, T4 and TSH. How the thyroid hormones affect the cell receptor sites and what they do in the cell makes a big difference in how you feel. 

Athletes: Things to Consider in Performance Optimization

Athletes Performance Optimization

Boulder is the Mecca for endurance sports. We see a lot of athlets competing at all levels from professional to weekend warriors and in a wide variety of sports from triathalon to swimming to climbing to cycling. Once reason I love working with athletes is that optimizing performane and athletic capacity is really about optimizing health. It is about the little things that give you that extra push.

Comment on Velo News article "Cycling to Extremes Are endurance athletes hurting their hearts by repeatedly pushing beyond what is normal"?

Are endurance athletes hurting their hearts

Great article. The three main problems masters athletes need to get screened for are plaque in the arteries (atherosclerosis), electrical disturbances (arrythmia), and unhealthy changes to the wall of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy). One thing that the article failed to mention is the importance of prevention through detailed screening. EKG, stress echo and calcium scoring can be used to evaluate whether an athlete needs to back off on exercise. Conventional medicine is not great at this type of screening because it is geared toward intervention once the problem has occurred!

Should Niacin Still be Used for Cholesterol?

Niacin for Cholesterol

A recent European study concluded that niacin (nicotinic acid, B3) had too many side effects and is not worth using. The media quickly got on board to spread the news. The study was funded by Merck pharmaceuticals, the makers of the statin drug Zocor. Two grams of extended-release niacin and 40 mg of laropiprant or a matching placebo daily was given. The primary outcome was the first major vascular event (nonfatal myocardial infarction, death from coronary causes, stroke, or arterial revascularization).

Cancer Cell Analysis and Chemotherapy Sensitivity Testing

Chemotherapy Sensitivity Testing

Each patient's cancer has a specific genetic and molecular signature that may dramatically affect how it will respond to different treatments. These test are availible through our clinic in Boulder, CO.

Tumor cell analysis

N-of-One www.n-of-one.com (biopsy specimen needed). Caris Diagnostics http://www.carislifesciences.com/ (biopsy specimen needed).These may help determine any specific signaling molecules evident on the surface or interior of the cancer cell.

Understanding Heart Scans Boulder

Understanding Heart Scans

How to Interpret a Heart Scan / Calcium Score

By Steve Parcell, ND

A heart scan is a very useful way to individualize a patient’s care in my Boulder patient population. It allows the clinician to stratify risk in a way that blood test cannot. Calcium scoring has been found to be more accurate at predicting risk than blood tests. A heart scan tells you how much calcified plaque you have as well as which arteries are effected.

New Treatment Removes Arterial Plaque, Helps Cholsterol

Removes Arterial Plaque

Plaquex is now available at NatureMed. Its an intravenous form of purified phosphatidyl choline (PC). PC is a phospholipid and works to increase something called reverse cholesterol transport (the removal of cholesterol from the vascular system).  Heres what it does: lowers LDL, raises HDL, lowers triglycerides and reduces plaque in arteries. Plaque in arteries is still the number one cause of heart attacks. Oral forms are also available but less effectiveness than the IV form. 

Detox 101: Yummy Detox Smoothie Recipe and the Hows and Why's of Detox

Detox Smoothies

Dr. Sasha Fluss, ND at NatureMed Clinic in Boulder/Denver

As we come out of the holiday season filled with indulging and rich foods many people are interested in a Detox as we move into spring and warmer weather.  

What is Detox?

Detoxification is all about optimizing your “emunctory organs”. E-munc-tory-what’s? Your emunctory organs are your excretory organs, the areas of your body that are used to excrete waste products and toxins. These include:

Coconut Oil: Good? Bad? Or somewhere in between?

There is a lot of information out there on coconut oil.  Lots of sources label it as a “health food” with a variety of great health benefits. Others seem less convinced. It is in fact, a saturated fat. Haven’t we learned those are bad for you?

We get this question a lot at Naturemed: Is coconut oil good for you? And should I be eating it. As with all health topics, usually the answer is not black and white. And the same is true with coconut oil. Through a review of some of the literature we will try to flush out the rumors, myths and facts.

Testosterone Pellets

Hormone pellet therapy has been around since the 1930s. In 2008, the FDA approved a bioidentical testosterone pellet therapy designed exclusively for men. Because of the effectiveness of this method for administering testosterone, it has become increasingly popular for both men and women.  NatureMed has been offering testosterone replacement with pellets since 2010.

Natural Treatment of Hypertension

Being male puts a patient at increased risk of getting cardiovascular disease (CVD) mostly because men get CVD approximately 10 years earlier then women. Increased risk begins at 55 for men and 65 for women. Hormonal factors are hypothesized to be responsible for this difference in risk. Overall risk of hypertension does differ appreciably between men and women. Because hypertension is an important modifiable risk factor one could argue that aggressive early detection and treatment in the male population could help to delay the progression of CVD

Reverse your Plaque

Arterial plaque can be reversed with my program here at NatureMed in the greater Boulder - Denver area.

By Steve Parcell, ND

The program includes advanced blood work with detailed interpretation, nutritional supplementation, prescriptions if needed and diet advice. Additional asessment includes carotid artery and cornary artery imaging. Chelation therapy is also a consideration for some patients. I know it works becouse I measure plaque before and after treatment.

Chelation Helps Prevent Heart Attacks

Here is the abstract from the latest study of intravenous chelation therapy. The authors conclude that it is an effective and safe treatment. 

Am Heart J. 2014 Jul;168(1):37-44.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2014.02.012. Epub 2014 Apr 2.

EDTA chelation therapy alone and in combination with oral high-dose multivitamins and minerals for coronary disease: The factorial group results of the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy.

Should you Take Niacin?

Niacin is very helpful is the control of atherosclerosis when used properly. It lowers bad cholesterol, raises good cholesterol and lowers triglycerides. Its is the most effective agent for increasing cholesterol particle size. Size matters when is comes to what cholesterol  particles do in your bloodstream. With proper guidance there are no side effects ti taking niacin. I very rarely see elevated liver enzymes or increased blood sugar. People who are diabetic generally should not take it but may be able to handle a small dose. Studies prove that it can reduce plaque!

Tired? Can't Lose weight? Make sure your Thyroid is Healthy

Dr. Sasha Fluss, ND at NatureMed Clinic Boulder/Denver

Thousands of people search “thyroid” each day on Google. What comes up is a confusing assortment of chat groups, conventional treatments, alternative treatments, a mix of symptoms and in general a lot of information but no real answers. The question is: Why are so many people searching for info on their thyroid health? Aren't they being treated? Cured? Shouldn't they feel better?

What is the Thyroid?

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