Chinese medicine addresses age-related
cognitive decline by harmonizing the mind, and safeguarding the Three Treasures
(jing qi, and shen). This is loosely equivalent to nourishing the nerves,
regulating hormones, supporting adrenal glands, and protecting genetic
endowments (jing). Food-as-medicine is self-care in these regards.
Glycineis an amino acid shown to benefit memory and
cognition by enhancing
transmission of chemical signals in the brain.
It is concentrated in animal gelatin
Got vitamin D from sunshine and diet? If not, are you taking the proper dose of a vitamin D supplement?
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.
Menopause is when menstruation stops and the body goes through changes that no longer support pregnancy- a natural event that normally occurs at age 45 to 55 (MedlinePlus, 2014). Menopause is complete when a period has not occurred for 1 year (MedlinePlus).
The discomforts of the transition through menopause can exist many years before (peri-menopause) and after (post-menopause) menstruation ceases. Common discomforts are hot flashes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, amenorrhea or irregular menstrual cycles & bleeding patterns.
There are many non-pharmacological alternatives available for the various causes of chronic pain. Common causes of lower back pain (LBP) are:
- degenerative disk disease (osteoarthritis, herniation, osteoporosis)
- radiculopathy & sciatica
- muscle spasm/strain (repetitive stress & poor ergonomics)
Less common is back pain from ligament tears, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), tumors & multiple myeloma. Back pain can also be a symptom of kidney stones, gastric ulcers, pelvic inflammatory disease etc.
In Part 1, I wrote that a person may have to take their hypothyroid medication for the rest of their lives depending on the cause of their hypothyroidism. There is primary hypothyroid due to thyroid dysfunction. Secondary hypothyroid is due to pituitary dysfunction. Tertiary hypotheyroid is due to hypothalmic dysfunction. There is also iatrogenic, idiopathic, or congenital hyppothyroid.
Then there is a type of thyroid dysfunction when thyroid hormone levels drop but are not representative of