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Author: Poliana V. Vale, M.D.

Prevent a Gout Attack!

Will a gout attack cause you acute pain and cripple your daily activities? You can take effective preventative measures now even if you have had a past history of gout! Discover three natural remedies that could ease a gout attack.

What is Gout?

Gout is the most prevalent form of inflammatory arthritis and afflicts 8 million Americans.  Unfortunately, gout is associated with several chronic diseases and impaired quality of life.  Elevation of serum uric acid (UA) levels, hyperuricemia, is an essential prerequisite for the development of gout.  As blood uric acid levels rise and the physiological saturation threshold for uric acid is exceeded in body fluids, the formation and deposition of uric acid crystals occurs in and around joints.These crystals then trigger an immune response and inflammation.

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The New Silent Killer: Chronic Kidney Disease

It is the eighth leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 31 million Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD). Nine out of ten individuals with moderately decreased kidney function do not know they have it! One out of seven Americans are at risk for this condition! Could you have it? After all, most people may not have any significant symptoms until their kidney disease is advanced!

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Is Your Diet Making You Depressed?

Depression is a devastating disorder, afflicting up to 10% of the adult population in the United States and representing one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Although effective treatments are available, approximately one third of all patients with depression fail to respond to conventional antidepressant therapies. Depression is often reoccurring and can become chronic. Your diet can either fuel depression or help you to recover from it!

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Six Weight Loss Tips: What Your Doctor Probably Won’t Tell You

You hear a lot about weight loss. Low carbs, plant-based, Keto, and exercise! Here are some tips that often get overlooked in the discussion!

Cultivate Regular Schedule for Meals, Bedtime, Rising

Disturbed circadian rhythms may encourage obesity and discourage appropriate weight loss.  Your metabolism works better when it is in synch with your body clocks. Light and dark signals control these circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms help to influence compounds from your gut bacteria. These biorhythms affect your liver’s metabolism and how your body stores fat. Friendly gut flora or bacteria increase production of energy from the food. In contrast, unfriendly gut bacteria cause subclinical inflammation seen in metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes. Upset body clocks also increase the risk for complications that result from obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

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The Winning Diet for Diabetes Type 2

Reducing the Risk: Go Vegetarian

Vegetarian and vegan diets offer significant benefits for diabetes prevention, treatment, and reversal of type 2 diabetes. In observational studies, individuals following vegetarian diets are about half as likely to develop diabetes, compared with non-vegetarians. Clinical trials show that individuals with type 2 diabetes who consume a low-fat vegan diet improve blood sugar control to a greater extent than conventional diabetes diets. 

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Delicious Ways to Detoxify

If you have any of the following: pot-belly fat, obesity, pre-diabetes, diabetes type 2, elevated blood fats, or frequent consumption of soft drink beverages you need a sound and inviting but easy program to detoxify. These strategies will improve your health tremendously.

You have heard of detoxification regimens. Chances are you or one of your friends has tried one. But do you really need detoxifying?  You do. Indeed, you already have multiple detoxification systems. 

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Conquering the Common Denominator of Chronic Diseases

If you have ever been stung by a yellow jacket or have had a cold, you experienced the signs of acute inflammation. The redness, swelling, increased heat, and pain let us know that our bodies are fighting for us. However, if chronic inflammation occurs inside the body, the symptoms may not be obvious. Nevertheless, chronic inflammation can be the fuel for prolonged chronic diseases.

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Free At Last! The Healing Process of Forgiveness

Forgiveness Promotes Health

Studies show that people who forgive, as contrasted to those who harbor grudges and anger, have slower heart rates, lower blood pressures, improved sleep, and less stress and depression. They have less somatic complaints like headaches and muscle pains. They generally have better working relationships with others than those who do not forgive. In contrast, holding a grudge places a significant amount of stress on your body just as any major stressful event would. Just imaging forgiving an offender significantly improves blood flow to the pre-frontal cortex, the CEO of the brain.

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The Lost Key to Diabetes Prevention

One in three Americans will most likely develop diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue. You have heard that a good diet, regular exercise, and modest weight loss can reduce your risk for diabetes. Now here is something you don’t hear about. Regularity in schedule is one lost key to diabetes prevention.

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