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Health Concerns (A-Z)

Acid Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly referred to as GERD or acid reflux, is a common condition that affects more than 60 million Americans at least once a month.

Acne

What is acne? Acne is a common skin condition caused by oils that get trapped in the pores forming “whiteheads” or “blackheads,” which can subsequently become infected and inflamed resulting in pimples or cysts. Because they contain the highest concentration of oil glands, the face,...

ADHD

What is ADHD? Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is defined as age-inappropriate impulsiveness, lack of concentration, and sometimes-excessive physical activity. This condition is associated with learning difficulties and lack of social skills. Since there is no laboratory or physical test that diagnoses ADHD, it is based...

Aging

What is it? Aging is a natural process and not a disease. It is something we all will experience and deal with in hopefully a positive manner. Ideally, numerous benefits attend old age: wisdom; the pleasure of watching your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren flourish; and...

Allergies

Understanding Allergies Allergies are a very common health problem in North America. Approximately one out of five people in the United States are affected by hayfever. With this condition one reacts to substances in the environment such as grass or tree pollens. This is usually...

Anxiety

What is anxiety? Anxiety or worry is normal to feel at times. However, when one feels anxious without reason or find it disrupts functioning in daily life it can be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder. Conventional vs. Natural Therapies Conventional treatment usually consists of...

Arthritis

What is arthritis? Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes swelling and pain that can range from mild to excruciating. Although there are more than two hundred diseases classified under the name “arthritis,” most arthritic conditions fall into one of two categories: osteoarthritis and...

Atherosclerosis

What is Atherosclerosis? The medical term atherosclerosis comes from the Greek words athero (meaning gruel or paste) and sclerosis (hardness). This refers to the name of the process in which deposits of fatty substances, cholesterol, cellular waste products, calcium and other substances build up in the...

Cancer

The word “cancer” refers to the process of uncontrolled cell division but technically it is not in itself the name of a specific disorder. Instead, cancer is an umbrella term that refers to more than one hundred different kinds of diseases, which are generally named according...

Candida

What is Candida? Candida albicans is one of the many types of fungi that live and grow inside most human bodies. Normally, Candida causes no harm; our bodies are equipped with probiotic (or “friendly”) bacteria and immune cells that keep it under control. However, some...

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Judging from the great number of exhausted patients I see, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an extremely common medical problem. Yet surprisingly, health-care providers can’t seem to agree on what CFS is, what causes it, how to diagnose it — or even whether it exists…

Crohn’s Disease

What is Inflammatory Bowel/Crohn’s Disease? Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory disorder that leads to severe ulceration of the digestive tract. This disease generally occurs in the last portion of the small intestine (ileum) and the beginning large intestine, but it can occur in any part...

Depression

What is depression? Like many other chronic illnesses, depression can be caused by a wide variety of factors and is characterized by several out of a long list of symptoms. It affects people of all ages, races, and nationalities and according to the World Health...

Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic disease that continues to increase in frequency for both children and adults in America. With diabetes blood glucose levels are abnormally elevated. This is due to a deficiency of the glucose hormone transporting hormone insulin, or body’s cells unable to properly...

Eczema

Eczema is a general term used to describe a range of persistent, usually chronic, inflammatory skin conditions (dermatitis). The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis, which is characterized by dry, red, extremely itchy patches on the skin. Symptoms usually come and go brought on by various triggers in people with eczema, these triggers cause an over-exaggerated immune response.

Fatigue

Many patients from around the country seek the expertise of the Stengler Center for problems related to fatigue. This also includes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also referred to more recently as Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID). The key to helping patients with fatigue is to treat...

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is the name given to chronic, widespread muscular pain that has no obvious cause. The pain – usually described as aching, stiff, burning, or throbbing – may appear in any location of the body, but for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia to be made you must have pain in at least 11 of 18 specific “tender points.”

Headaches

Headaches are all too common with Americans. According to the National Headache Foundation, over 45 million Americans suffer from chronic, recurring headaches. About 20% of children and adolescents also have significant headaches. There are several types of headaches. This article focuses on primary headaches. These are...

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, can carry such symptoms as headaches, nosebleeds, and episodes of dizziness or sweating. But in most cases, patients are asymptomatic; for this reason, hypertension is often referred to as “the silent killer.” You could be symptom free until experiencing a...

High Cholesterol

What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is an essential component of every cell in your body and is needed to manufacture hormones and other life-giving substances. Although cholesterol is obtained through high-fat and/or high-cholesterol foods, approximately 85 percent of cholesterol in the body is manufactured by the...

Hypothyroidism

Prescription medications for hypothyroidism are very common in the United States. According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists studies have shown that as many as 10 percent of women and 3 percent of men have hypothyroidism (low thyroid activity). The thyroid gland is located...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

More and more suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you are not alone. Once a relatively rare disorder, IBS now affects an estimated 20 to 30% of the U.S. population. Although women are two times more likely than men...

Menopause

Menopause is a good example of Western medicine’s focus on disease rather than health and wellness. Many women instinctively know better and studies have proven there are extreme health risks with synthetic hormone replacement. To these wise women, menopause is a time of freedom from...

Obesity/Overweight

The number of overweight Americans continues to rise. Current statistics show that two-thirds of American adults are overweight and one-third are obese. Obesity means one has excess weight and body fat. More specifically obesity is diagnosed by one’s body mass index (BMI). This is a...

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis Drugs and Their Natural Alternatives Osteoporosis literally means “porous bone,” and that’s exactly what happens to the bones in your body over the years as osteoporosis slowly deteriorates the skeletal structure. Eventually, fragile bones predispose you to fracture and a plethora of other problems...

Premenstrual Syndrome

What is PMS? It is estimated that three out of every four women experience premenstrual syndrome. This group of symptoms begins one to two weeks before a woman’s menstrual flow. Symptoms can be both physical and emotional. Most women with PMS experience a few symptoms...

Prostate Enlargement

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is commonly referred to as prostate enlargement. The prostate is a walnut sized gland that lies below the urinary bladder and surrounds the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder). The main role of the prostate is to make...

Testosterone Replacement for Men

Send your strength, energy levels— and love life—soaring with natural testosterone replacement If you’re like a lot of guys I treat, you don’t need a test to tell you that your testosterone levels are plummeting. It’s a problem you can feel. Without enough testosterone on...