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Feb 4 14

The IUD: Intrauterine Damage

by Dr. Stephen Gangemi

IUD:Intrauterine DeviceI’ve been meaning for several years to write about intrauterine devices (IUDs) since it’s a very important and neglected topic. After all, over 200 million women worldwide use an IUD. In my practice I treat a lot of women for hormonal issues such as PMS, menopausal symptoms, problems with conception, as well as a host of thyroid and adrenal gland related disorders. I am not a fan of “the Pill” due to the unnatural hormonal influence it has on a woman’s body, and therefore only a few of my female patients use it as a form of contraception. These women would be extremely distraught if they got pregnant, so I yield and help them deal with the negative effects of the hormones. But I am adamantly against IUDs. Actually I will not treat a woman more than once, if at all, if she is using an IUD because it’s a certainty that it’s causing some, if not all of, her problems. I haven’t seen an exception yet. read more…

Nov 24 13

Your Adrenal Glands Part IV: Recover from Adrenal Gland Dysfunction

by Dr. Stephen Gangemi

adrenal gland stressRealizing you have an adrenal gland problem is only beneficial if you know how to correct the problem, otherwise you’re just going to be more stressed knowing you have something wrong with you. Dealing with this issue can vary greatly depending on the severity of the problem. If high stress levels have only been causing adrenal gland problems for a short period of time, then there may not be much involved in correcting the hormonal imbalance. But if stress has been chronic and lasting many years, then resolution is often very involved and can take some time to fully recover.

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Nov 17 13

Your Adrenal Glands Part III: Adrenal Gland Interaction Within Your Body

by Dr. Stephen Gangemi

adrenal gland interactionNo hormone in the body can work optimally on its own. It’s common in today’s medical mindset to try to isolate a problem by only looking at where there is dysfunction and not take into account how an organ will be influenced by another organ and in turn, influence others.

Take, for example, you’re sitting at the airport in Atlanta waiting for your plane but it’s delayed several hours due to a storm at its departure airport in Detroit. Though the storm is hundreds of miles away it’s affecting you even though the problem isn’t in Atlanta. Conventional methods will look to fix the problem in Atlanta rather than see if it’s a result of something or somewhere else. The same process happens often in our bodies with one system affecting another which in turn has an effect somewhere else. Let’s look at some common examples. read more…

Nov 10 13

Your Adrenal Glands Part II: Testing For and Recognizing Adrenal Gland Problems

by Dr. Stephen Gangemi

adrenal glandsUnless you’ve been to a physician trained in natural therapies, you’ve probably never directly heard about the adrenal glands and their role in health. Essentially, adrenal gland problems, outside of pathology, don’t exist in conventional medicine, even in the eyes of endocrinologists. The main reason adrenal gland problems go unaddressed is because standard medical tests do not identify problems until hormonal levels are greatly altered, most often due to some pathology of the glands or reaction from a medication. There are a few reasons why medical tests are insufficient, and typically a waste of time and money, when it comes to evaluating the health of these hormones. read more…

Nov 3 13

Your Adrenal Glands Part I: Tiny Glands That Pack a Punch

by Dr. Stephen Gangemi

adrenal glands stressedYour adrenal glands are small walnut-sized glands that sit on top of each kidney. Though they only weigh three to five grams, they’re responsible for producing hormones to provide your body with sufficient energy, balance blood sugar, fight inflammation, regulate electrolytes, maintain libido, sustain blood pressure, and provide your body with a host of other vital hormonal functions.

The adrenal glands essentially help your body handle stress, whether acute or chronic, so they play a huge role in overall health, fitness, and well-being. Unfortunately, many people suffer from some type of adrenal gland dysfunction which can and will result in a variety of health issues especially those related to daily energy requirements – both mental and physical.

In this four-part series on the adrenal glands, we’ll learn about how important, yet undervalued, the adrenal glands are. We’ll learn common signs and symptoms of adrenal gland problems, their interaction with other systems of the body, and how to recover from any adrenal gland dysfunction to restore your overall health.

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Oct 27 13

The Flu Vaccine 2013/2014: Same Old Story

by Dr. Stephen Gangemi

flu vaccineHere comes the 2013-2014 flu season and just like every year, fear fills the air. This year though you have many more vaccines to choose from, and many are even recommending two shots for young kids just to wish them better luck for some temporary immunity. Also new this year is an additional viral strain to most flu shots; in the past there were always three types of viruses, this year you get an extra for free. (Is it free?)

Speaking of free, the new Obamacare health laws now in effect for most Americans gives you a “free” flu vaccine as part of your mandatory health insurance. It’s part of the prevention package, but of course that depends on what you consider prevention. I certainly don’t consider getting a flu vaccine any sort of prevention, so I will choose not to get the shot this year even though they’re made so convenient – just go to your local pharmacy drive-thru and stick your arm out the window. Maybe soon Burger King and McDonalds will offer them to save us even more time. read more…

Feb 17 13

Grinding Your Teeth: Understanding and Treating Bruxism

by Dr. Stephen Gangemi

grinding teethBruxism – it’s the clenching of the jaw and grinding of the teeth sometimes to the point of actually breaking a tooth. When you’re awake and conscious the force your body can produce by grinding your teeth together is around 250 psi (pounds per square inch) in the back molars and 85 psi in the front teeth. That may seem like a lot but many are able to easily triple that pressure, achieving around 800-900 psi while they’re sleeping. This of course is when bruxism, (officially referred to as sleep or nocturnal bruxism), becomes more of a problem. And if you think it’s amazing that the body can provide that much pressure during what should be a restful period, it can even double that force to around 2,000 psi if you’re on certain antidepressant (mood-altering) medications. Pressure that high is teeth-breaking, tissue-damaging force along with a whole lot of pain and discomfort to the head, neck, and jaw region. read more…

Nov 18 12

Holiday & Winter Health Starts Now

by Dr. Stephen Gangemi

Healthy Winter TipsThe holidays are here and for most of us they come with added physical and emotional stress, weight gain, compromised health, and a colds and flu season. With the shorter daylight hours, many people suffer sleep problems, low energy, and even depression.  This is a vicious cycle that I see each year, where a person’s health, fitness, and overall quality of life suffers from October through March and then swings back (hopefully) into positive territory over the spring and summer months – year and year again. read more…

Nov 8 12

“Everything In Moderation”

by Dr. Stephen Gangemi

junk food moderation“Everything in moderation” is a common line often used by those trying to support their decision to eat and live a certain way while at the same time feeling as though they need to justify to others their lack of discipline and dedication to their health. You don’t need to live in a air-purified bubble and eat only raw food to be healthy, though there are some (actually many) products that have no place in your diet of “moderation” if you wish to be as healthy as you possibly can.   read more…

Aug 1 12

Gallbladder Health Part II: Prevention and Natural Treatment of Gallbladder Problems

by Dr. Stephen Gangemi

Gallbladder Health:Natural Treatment & PreventionIt’s always easier to prevent a problem rather than treat it, and this is especially true when it comes to the gallbladder problems. But how do you know if your gallbladder isn’t functioning up to snuff? You don’t want to wait for a gallbladder attack to tell you something isn’t right. In Part I, I discussed some of those more subtle signs and symptoms that many people have that aren’t normal – but a warning that the gallbladder isn’t all too happy. Now here in Part II, we’ll look at how to lower your risk factors for a gallbladder problem. We’ll also consider some natural treatments that may help you out whether you’re at the point of just not feeling perfect or at the other end of the spectrum – about to have your gallbladder removed because you’re just sick of all the trouble it’s giving you. read more…