Monthly Archives: June 2014

Alternative Approaches to Menopause Relief

BLOG 8Menopause is something that all women experience at some point in their adult life, which can make it frustrating to consider how treatment options have remained so limited for so many years. While the severity of symptoms vary on a case-by-case basis, many women can agree that the mood swings, hot flashes, and symptoms of vaginal atrophy–whether severe or mild–can cause disruption in everyday activities. For these reasons and more, many women are searching for a treatment option that proves safe and effective for relief from these potentially debilitating symptoms.

For years, health care professionals nation-wide executed a one-size-fits-all treatment plan for women going through menopause: hormone supplementation. By administering hormone therapy to women whose bodies were no longer producing significant levels of estrogen, doctors and researchers believed they had found the cure-all for menopause.

However, in 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative conducted clinical trials that led them to conclude that one of the most popular forms of hormone replacement therapy, (a combination of estrogen and synthetic progesterone) increased a woman’s risk of heart disease, stroke, certain types of cancer and blood clots.

While there has since been progress made (for instance, we now know that transdermal administration of estrogen with or without progestin is considered safer than oral administration), there is an undeniable call for more research. Any hormone treatment must be based on the individual case at hand and prescribed at the lowest possible effective dose for that individual. Other non-hormonal remedies have also been examined by healthcare professionals, but the scientific research behind these methodologies is still unclear.

For these reasons, many women are seeking a more natural approach to treating their more acute menopause symptoms. Some of these non-hormonal remedies include regular exercise and acupuncture, while many women found relief from increasing their daily intake of soy products and other fortified foods.

At Health Concerns, we have a variety of formulas that can help women address a variety of symptoms surrounding healthy aging and menopause maintenance. These formulas include:

Three Immortals™
Woman’s Balance®

Women at Higher Risk for Bone Loss

OsteoporosisMaintaining good bone health is an issue that people of a younger age demographic are having to consider. Research has shown us that a combination of genetics, environment, and individual factors all play a role in the development of both osteopenia and osteoporosis. Now, researchers and doctors are attempting to identify the best methods of preventative treatment for individuals displaying early symptoms of bone loss. Osteopenia, or secondary osteoporosis, is defined as being significantly below the normal bone density range, but not low enough to qualify for a diagnosis of full blown osteoporosis.

It’s important to identify and take steps to prevent bone loss early. Osteoporosis can sometimes appear to occur suddenly due to the fact that there are not real outward symptoms that stem directly from bone density deterioration. There are several factors that contribute to a loss in bone mass, some of which may be hard to avoid. Some chronic conditions and medicines can impact the ways in which a person’s body may react to processes such as Calcium and Vitamin D absorption.

Conditions like diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease (to name a few) can often cause symptoms of osteopenia and osteoporosis. Alternately, individuals taking certain medications, ranging from antidepressants to blood thinners, should also be aware of their increased risk of developing one or both of these conditions. Bone loss is more common in women, who make up an estimated 80% of all osteoporosis cases.

There are several steps that you can take to help prevent bone loss before and even after its occurrence. Some of these steps include (but are not limited to):

  • Diet and regular exercise
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake
  • Have regular bone density screenings
  • Bone-building supplements

Additionally, eating foods rich in Calcium and Vitamin D can help reduce bone loss, according to WebMD. Some foods to add to your shopping list:

  • Yogurt
  • Sardines
  • Kale
  • Soy milk

When maintaining good bone health is a main priority for your patients, Health Concerns has a number of formulas that can help.  Click each product name to view its monograph.


How to Ditch Cold and Flu Symptoms

BLOG 7While the worst of the winter cold season is over, the summer can oftentimes bring a slew of viruses that can negatively affect your fun in the sun. Informing yourself of these pesky ailments can better ensure a more healthy lifestyle year-round. Many people assume that they know all they need to know about the common cold, but the reality is that many people aren’t positively informed about some of the most basic prevention and treatment methods.

Occasionally, you will hear people complain of illnesses lasting several weeks. While this may seem like an unusually long period of time to be sick with a cold, the truth is that most colds last an average of 2-14 days, while the residual cough can last up to 6 weeks. If your acute cold symptoms last longer than two weeks, you may consider seeing your health care practitioner to ensure that your cold hasn’t evolved into something more serious, like sinusitis.

Here are a few facts about the common cold that all people should be aware of. By informing oneself, you become better equipped to find a treatment plan that is best for you, should you become ill.

  • There are more than 200 different viruses that cause colds, with new strains being identified regularly.
  • Colds caused by viral infections cannot and should not be treated with antibiotics.
  • Not all cold symptoms are signs of a viral infection–bacterial infections can cause many of the same aggravating symptoms.
  • Adults who work or live with or around children are significantly more susceptible to catching a cold.
  • External factors and certain lifestyle choices can impact your susceptibility, as well as the duration of a particular illness–reducing stress, regular exercise, restful sleep, and good hygiene can all help prevent illness and reduce the duration of symptoms.
  • Adults get an average of 2-5 colds per year, while children can get as many as 10 per year.

There is no cure for the common cold, and as mentioned above, antibiotics should not be administered for a viral infection. To better treat the immediate symptoms associated with the common cold, there are a variety of over the counter tonics, sprays, and pills.

For those seeking a less invasive treatment plan, with less risk of pesky side-effects, Health Concerns has a variety of cold and flu formulas for just this purpose. Try one of the formulas below next time you feel the symptoms of a cold arise–the results won’t disappoint!

Cold Away®
Isatis Gold™
Yin Chao Jin™

And for prevention during next year’s cold and flu season, try:

Astra C™
Astra 8™

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