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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

I wrote this long article because many women were approaching me for help related to complaints of fatigue. Yet, they did not present with the Chinese medicine diagnosis I expected. Some were self-treating with substances [including Chinese herbals] that were dis-harmonious with their constitution, making accurate diagnosis and treatment difficult. While women are mostly impacted by CFS, 20% of sufferers are men who remain undiagnosed [Clayton, 2015, p.

Type 2 Diabetes: Foods, Herbs, Supplements

Western research is proving the mechanisms by which foods, supplements, and Chinese herbs regulate blood sugar levels. Also, how they help prevent the progression of, and ameliorate/reverse the complications associated with Type 2 Diabetes-namely neuropathy, nephropathy, and retinopathy.  
It is hopeful that combining Western research with Chinese herbal theory can reduce oral diabetic drug dose, prevent the need for more than one drug, or insulin-dependence. The ultimate goal being to nip pre-diabetes in the bud and decrease the overall morbidity associated with the disease.

Premenstrual Syndrome

Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) is a common gynecological complaint. The diagnostic criteria from ACOG and the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV agree that symptoms of PMS are distressing and moderate to severe enough to interfere with a woman’s normal activities and quality of life. Yet, there has been an absence of internationally accepted diagnostic criteria for PMS (Andrea, Rapkin & Winer, 2009). So, how is PMS really diagnosed & distinguished from other similar syndromes?

PAP Smears

The PAP Smear screens for cervical cancer and HPV. Risk factors for developing cervical cancer are smoking, multiple sexual partners, DES exposure, hysterectomy for malignancy, abnormal PAP , and history of sexually transmitted infections (STI). Regarding STI, there are 4 subtypes of Human Papillovirus (HPV) that account for 80% of all invasive cervical cancers, HPV16 and HPV18 are of particular note. Ladies First (2011) adds:

  • History of sexual abuse
  • Immunodeficiency or HIV infection 
  • History of non-adherence of recommended medical care

Vitamin D: The Right Dose

Got vitamin D from sunshine and diet? If not, are you taking the proper dose of a vitamin D supplement?

These are good questions to ask given the emerging role vitamin D potentially plays in health maintenance, and disease prevention. This includes improving bone mass density, enhancing immunity against respiratory infection; decreasing the risk for diabetes, certain cancers, and cardiovascular disease; preventing bone spurs in osteoarthritis. Vitamin D is actually a hormone [cholecalciferol], but will be referred to as a vitamin throughout this article.
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