There’s no doubt about it - modern life has many conveniences and advantages. Despite these modern conveniences, many of us already feel wiped out before the day even starts. Do you feel like you can’t keep up or focus because you’re tired? Fatigue is the most common complaint that I hear from my new patients. Did you know that your energy levels say a lot about your personal risk of cancer? In this article, I will explain the indirect, but critical link between your energy level and the development of cancer.
Few people are aware of how an investment in their HEALTH is actually the most important and lucrative investment they can make. While 401Ks and retirement plans are great investment tools, staying healthy is an even better one!
Cancer is an extreme metabolic disorder whose end point is the mutation of critical genes that lead to a cell that doesn’t die. This cell slowly divides for many years until it’s diagnosed as a larger mass, often too late for effective treatments. The reason that causes of cancer are so hard to isolate is because multiple factors are involved, each inching the cells closer to developing into a cancer cell. One critical cause that you won’t hear about is the injudicious use of antibiotics. Bacterial resistance to antibiotics gets a lot of attention while an equally important and possibly more insidious adverse event associated with antibiotics use is rarely discussed: CANCER.
Primary Glioblastoma multiforme (PGB) has once again grabbed the headlines now that another beloved American congressman, John McCain, has been plagued with this aggressive and destructive form of cancer. When taken on the surface, PGM seems like a chaotic mess of multiple genetic mutations leading to erratic behavior of cancer cells and what essentially amounts to warfare in the brain and eventually throughout the body.
Western medicine tends to be a little less personal than Functional Medicine, addressing symptoms and diseases and focused on alleviating and treating these things as separate entities. Functional Medicine, on the other hand, focuses the patient as a whole. It is patient-centered rather than ailment-centered. Practitioners spend more time with their patients, learning about their lifestyle and personal history and delving into genetic and environmental factors. Functional Medicine also differs from Western in that it is directed toward the underlying causes of disease – in essence, preventing a spark from becoming a flame as opposed to stepping in with a fire hose after the fire has already started.
Practiced for over 2,500 years, acupuncture is an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine and involves inserting needles at strategic points along the patient’s body, depending on what condition is being treated. The traditional concept is based on the idea of unblocking the body’s energy (“qi”) along its natural pathways, or meridians, thus re-balancing the patient’s energy and providing pain relief and optimal health. Western practitioners view acupuncture as an effective method used to increase blood flow and stimulate the body’s natural analgesic functions by energizing muscles, nerves, and connective tissue.
February is National Cancer Prevention Month, an important reminder with cancer rates continuing to climb globally. According to the American Cancer Society, by 2030 the number of newly diagnosed cases (21.6 million) will be comparable to every single person in Australia getting cancer every year!
People often feel that the cost of healthcare is excessive. And while that’s true of insurance premiums, I’d like to challenge the status quo by saying it’s a whole lot more expensive to be sick! Did you know that a chronic disease will cost you $7,900 per year despite your insurance coverage?
My answer is “That depends on what you call prevention”. The gynecology check-up is an examination that looks for diseases in their early stages. By definition, prevention is the avoidance or prevention of a disease. So by definition, the gynecology examination is not preventive in nature. It does, however, prevent death from diseases. For example, the mammogram is a radiological study of the breasts that seeks out masses or other radiological signs of breast cancer. A mammogram can detect breast cancer in its early stages for women who follow the recommended screening. So a mammogram can detect cancer early so it can be successfully treated to prevent death from breast cancer.
“When I came to Dr. Riobe, I was experiencing severe hot flashes which interfered with my sleeping. I felt lethargic and was overweight. Through her patience and medical tests, we have found the problems and solutions. Throughout the year, we have leveled my hormones, treated the thyroid; my fatigue and hot flashes are no longer an issue. My constant battle with weight loss is finally showing success! Dr. Riobe’s supplements are making my life so much more enjoyable!”
“Before I went to Dr Riobe, I felt an incredible amount of stress, was unable to sleep at night, often waking at 3:00 am and not being able to return to sleep. I am now able to sleep through the night, waking up refreshed with energy and ready to face my problems, tasks, workload, etc. My libido has returned and I do not have hot flashes or panic attacks. Before seeing Dr. Riobe, I was extremely tired, irritable and my self image did suffer. I now have energy, feel more pleasant and to not feel overwhelmed with life’s problems.”
“The quality of my life has improved due to overall improvement in my energy level. Higher energy levels remove irritability from ruining your interaction with others… especially my husband. He’s really glad I found Dr. Riobe. I used to wake up as tired as I was when I went to sleep. Now I awake refreshed and able to go through my day with no fatigue which also allows for a better night’s rest since I don’t need coffee to get me through the day.”
“Besides the increased energy, libido, weight loss, I am sleeping better and have improved skin health. Dr. Riobe’s suggestions and treatment have allowed me to live a happier life spiritually and physically. Since taking the Bio-identical treatment, the night sweats have stopped. I rest 7-8 hours per night, compared to my previous 4-5 hours. Once I started the supplements Dr. Riobe recommended, the cortisol levels have reduced and weight loss started immediately. Losing a few pounds gave me a personal boost which caused the chain reaction to want to continue.”
“I feel so much better. I have energy and relief from the constant ache in my body. My Mood has drastically improved and I’m sleeping again.”