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Pain Management the Natural Way

Pain conditions are one of the biggest reasons why patients visit their doctors. Often time, pain medications are prescribed, however many patients decide to forgo this route because of personal reasons, side effects, or they prefer natural treatments.  Rather than prescribe based on pain alone, there are many types of treatment that takes into account the type, location, and severity of pain, therefore making sure the treatment is individualized and more effective. At Cypress Natural Medicine, there are many types of treatment to address pain:

Injection and IV Recommendations:

  1. Nutrient Injections and IVs

There are many nutrients that can be injected into the muscle or administered into the vein through an IV to decrease inflammation, decrease muscle spasms, to replenish lost electrolytes, and supply deficient nutrients, therefore decreasing pain. Some of these nutrients include magnesium, calcium, glutathione, B vitamins, vitamin C, selenium, PolyMVA, NAD, and alpha lipoic acid.

  1. Trigger Point Injection Therapy

Trigger point injection therapy involves the direct injection of nutrients into a trigger point, which is the hyperirritable spot in a muscle that is painful when compressed or when the muscle is contracted. Some patients notice pain relief immediately. Trigger point injections can be used to decrease pain from headaches, migraines, fibromyalgia, and other acute and chronic pain due to muscle tension.

  1. Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy, also known as Proliferative Therapy, Non-Surgical Ligament and Tendon Reconstruction, and Regenerative Joint Injection, is a procedure that stimulates the body’s healing processes to repair and strengthen injured joints and connective tissue. A small amount of fluid is injected into the injured area to cause a small amount of inflammation. The inflammation encourages the growth of new collagen and supports the repair of the damaged tissue. Prolotherapy can be used in osteoarthritis, damaged ligaments and tendons, and other chronic joint pain conditions. Patients tend to notice a small to medium amount of discomfort for the next 1-2 days at the site of injection.

  1. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

PRP involves drawing the blood, separating the nutrients and growth factors from the red blood cells, and then injecting the nutrients and growth factors directly into the area of concern to strengthen, repair, and heal the tissue. PRP injections can be used to treat both acute and chronic pain conditions of the joint and connective tissue, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and damaged ligaments and tendons.

  1. Cupping

Cupping is an ancient traditional Chinese medicine technique that uses small glass jars as suction devices on the skin to break up congestion and stagnation of the blood and Qi (vital energy). Cupping can help decrease muscle tension and soreness, increase circulation, and help relax the mind. Some conditions that would benefit from cupping include neck, shoulder, back, and hip pain, headaches, lung congestion, anxiety, and many others.

Diet

  1. Reduce sugar, which inflammatory.
  2. Increase healthy fats such as avocados, walnuts, seeds, and omega 3 eggs.
  3. Increase organic fruits and vegetables; the more colorful the better.
  4. Reduce foods from the nightshade family, which includes white potatoes, bell peppers, tomatillos, tomatoes, eggplant, tobacco, and paprika.
  5. Increase herbs and spices such as turmeric, black pepper, and ginger, which are anti-inflammatory and can increase circulation in the body.

Natural Home Remedies

  1. Epsom salt baths – Pour 3 cups of salt into a warm bath and soak for 20-30 minutes. Epsom salt can help relax muscles, decrease inflammation, and increase circulation.
  2. Hydrotherapy – Alternating hot and cold water through a shower or bath is an excellent way to increase circulation and decrease inflammation.
  3. Essential Oils – Arnica, lavender, and peppermint are considered to be analgesics, which means they can help decrease pain. Dilute a few drops of each or all into a tablespoon of carrier oil (almond, coconut, jojoba oils) and massage the painful areas.
  4. Stress Management – Stress has been shown to increase pain, especially in the head, neck, and back. Incorporating stress management through meditation, exercise, journaling, or deep breathing can help decrease pain.
  5. Movement is very important because it allows the blood to circulate throughout the body and heal the injured areas. Yoga, stretching, tai chi, water aerobics are all excellent ways to stimulate circulation that are gentle on the body.
  6. Other types of treatment that can help with pain include massage, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, and physical therapy. Guided imagery and hypnosis are also excellent ways to help the body experience a decrease in pain.

The above recommendations are just some basics. There are many other vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are also very effective at decreasing pain. Please speak with your naturopathic doctor to create an individualized treatment plan for your specific concerns.

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.

Simple and Effective Ways to Detoxify the Body

There are thousands of chemicals, toxins, and pollutants in existence, and most of them have not been tested for their effects on human health. There are chemicals in the air due to pollution, chemicals in our food, chemicals in our water, and chemicals in our homes. These toxins and pollutants might not be direct causes of our health conditions, but they can greatly contribute to them or make the pre-existing conditions worse. Luckily, there are many natural and effective ways to help the body decrease their chemical burden.

Nutrient Injection/Supplementation Recommendations:

  1. Injections and IVs are great ways to get detoxification nutrients into the body. Some of these nutrients include glutathione, selenium, B12, B-complex, taurine, vitamin C, and magnesium. Shots and IVs are quick and effective ways for the body to absorb all of the nutrients since it bypasses the digestive system and it goes straight into the bloodstream.  
  2. There are many vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are taken orally, and can support the detoxification processes of the body. Some of these nutrients include n-acetyl-cysteine, glutathione, curcumin, alpha lipoic acid, dandelion root, artichoke, and milk thistle.

Nutritional Recommendations:

  1. Water can have many toxins, and water quality can vary depending on city of residence. Try to avoid bottled water in soft plastic containers since plastic can leach into the water. Try to filter the water with a multi-stage carbon filter or reverse osmosis filter. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, but more if you are exercising or sweating, since water is a great way to rid the body of toxins.
  2. Fiber can help with increasing bowel movements, and therefore decrease the toxins in the body. Excellent source of fiber include freshly ground flax seeds, chia seeds, and psyllium husks.
  3. Foods such as beets, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, collard greens, cabbage, artichoke, brussel sprouts, ginger, onions, garlic, green tea, and herbs like turmeric and dandelion root are excellent ways to support the liver’s detoxification processes.
  4. Eat as many fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants, such as organic blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, acai berries.
  5. Eat organic fruits and vegetables when possible. There are many easy and inexpensive ways to grow your own vegetables as well, such as having a Tower Garden right in your yard.
  6. There are many excellent teas that can increase the body’s ability to get rid of toxins including dandelion root, burdock, fennel, and peppermint. These teas support digestion as well as the liver, which is one of the main organs of detoxification.
  7. If you eat dairy and meat, try to eat organic dairy and meat. Free range, grass fed, and grass finished meats are ideal since they have fewer hormones, less antibiotics, and more healthy fats compared with their non-organic counterparts.
  8. If you eat fish, try to avoid the larger fish, such as tuna and swordfish. These fish contain higher levels of heavy metals. The best fish to eat is wild caught Alaskan salmon, because of the lower levels of heavy metals and the higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

Home recommendations:

  1. Epsom salt baths can help relax and detoxify the muscles. Pour 1 cup of Epsom salt into a warm bath and soak for 15 minutes. If you don’t like baths, doing a foot soak for 15 minutes is a great alternative.
  2. Skin brushing will increase blood and lymphatic circulation, which can help with detoxification. Start brushing from the extremities (hands and feet) and brush inward toward the heart.
  3. Sweating is one of the best ways to detoxify the body, through exercising, using steam rooms, and saunas.
  4. Use natural cleaning products instead of using ones with chemicals.
  5. Personal products such as hair care and facial care products can have many chemicals. Try to find products without alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, and other petrochemicals. Avoid using hair sprays and perfumes that uses synthetic fragrances. Natural grocery stores tend to have more natural products.
  6. Deodorants and antiperspirants can have many chemicals in them, including aluminum, which has been linked to many health conditions. There are many natural alternatives that work very well and are completely natural.
  7. Plastics can disrupt many hormones in the body, which can lead to more serious health conditions. Avoid using plastic with the numbers 3, 6, and 7 on the bottom. If possible, purchase bottles that are glass. Do not cook, microwave, or expose the plastic containers to heat. Try to avoid cling wraps and plastic bags, and replace them with paper or glass containers.
  8. Air filters are a great way to clean the air in the home. HEPA filters with a charcoal filter are best. The ideal place to put an air filter is in the bedroom, since we spend a large amount of time there.
  9. To prevent dragging in dirt and toxins from the outside, remove shoes when entering the house, or at least the bedroom.
  10. Keep dry cleaning in the car, in the garage, or outside for at least 12 hours to keep the chemicals from entering the house. There are many natural and green dry cleaners that are good alternatives.
  11. If you live in a house with an attached garage, keep the door closed as much as possible to keep the exhaust fumes out of the house.

Mental Detox:

  1. Sleep – without rest, your body will not be able to detoxify effectively so it is important to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep.
  2. Stress relief – make some time each day to do something fun for yourself, whether it be listening to music, drinking some tea, taking a walk, reading a book, making a meal, meeting with friends and family, etc.

The above recommendations are just some basics. There are many more natural and integrative approaches including vitamins, minerals, and herbs. Please speak with your naturopathic doctor to find the best supplements and herbs to fit your individual health concerns.

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.

Got Dirty Gene’s? Does that mean you have a dirty mind?

Dr. Destia Skinner and Dr. Cynthia Sholes Ph.D will be giving a highly informative webinar on May 5 at 9:30 am. I would love to have you join us at our live online event.

The title is:

Got Dirty Genes? Does that mean you have a … Dirty Mind?

A lesson in epigenetics- How to make your genes work with you.

Wondering what is the connection?

Wouldn’t you agree that our environment has been getting more toxic in the last 50 years or so?

If that isn’t completely obvious, think

  • E Coli outbreaks
  • Food Recalls
  • Childhood Obesity Epidemic
  • Diabetes Epidemin
  • Cyber bullying
  • Fake news

Our bodies and minds have a natural ability to adapt, but the changes in our environment are happening so rapidly our adaptation systems are overwhelmed!

During this fascinating talk you will learn about your bodies adaptation systems. And how you can outwit the toxic environment and circumvent any maladaptation to stay resilient and strong.

We will share with you some simple solutions you an use today to thrive in a complex world.

Learn about the cutting edge science of epigenetics, mental and emotional resilience and how food can change it all.

Either click link online at https://events.genndi.com/register/169105139238455082/24a1835bbe or Email frontdesk@cnmhealth.com to register for this online event!

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.

Flu got you worried?

Each winter the influenza virus wreaks havoc on our ability to work and play. This year is another flu season everyone is talking about. So, how do I know if I have the flu?

Symptoms of the flu can include fever, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, runny nose, cough and stomach symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Sometimes a flu virus can come on slowly or it can hit suddenly without much notice. This leads everyone wondering how they can prevent themselves and their family from getting the flu.

The flu vaccine is not completely effective.   After doing some research on the CDC site, I have discovered that  the flu shot effectiveness has been between 19-48 % from 2012 to 2016. That’s lower odds than the role of the dice! Moreover, this year the preliminary effectiveness rates out of Australia is reporting 10% for 2016-2017 flu vaccine.  

So what can we do to support our immunity through this flu season? Here at Cypress Natural Medicine, our Naturopathic approach in the prevention and treatment of the flu virus can include vitamins and minerals, botanical medicine, intravenous treatment,  and lifestyle recommendations.  Using these varieties of herbal and nutritional supplements not only prevent and heal from the exposure to the flu, but boost your overall immune system as well.  

Tips and Tricks:

Most of the cold a flu viruses enter through our respiratory tract.  

  • When you are in direct contact with someone who is coughing or sneezing, try and breathe out gently then can stop the virus from entering.  
  • Also, we recommend rinsing the sinuses regularly during the cold/flu season with salt water.  This will keep the bugs from setting up a home.  Neil Med sinus rinse bottles are a fantastic product and we have them for sale here at the clinic.
  • Wash your hands regularly and do not touch your face

Our prevention plan can includes:

  1. Juice Plus. It is proven to support good immune function.  We suggest doubling up the daily dose during flu season, or whenever we are fighting a bug.  Check it out at www.respinol.JuicePlus.com to look at the clinical research behind this amazing support.  
  2. Winter Mix. This herbal formula \has vitamin C, Elderberry and Echinacea Goldenseal, is great for prevention and treatment.   Come by the clinic to pick up a bottle for your family. It taste great so the kids don’t mind it!
  3. Elderberry. Elderberry is a great daily support for treatment and prevention of the flu virus and many viruses that we are exposed during this season. Elderberry ( Sambucus Nigra) has some good research showing its effectiveness against the flu virus.  Check out the some of the research on effectiveness against  influenza A & B here and how is can support a healthy immune system here.
  4. Flu-Tone. This is a great homeopathic prevention and treatment during flu season. Many of the Doctors and staff here are taking 1 dropper full a day for prevention this year.  This formula supports the body’s immune system against the flu virus.   
  5. Vitamin D- make sure to check your vitamin D status with your doctor.  We recommend your levels to be between 60-80 ng/ml on your lab result for immune protection this flu season.

Hope these ideas and tips support a healthy flu season for you and your family. Please call the office if you have any questions or would like us to put aside any of the above mentioned products!

In health, from your

CNM Doctors

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.

Special Event with limited seating!

Has your life been touched by cancer?  Yourself or a loved one?

Have you wondered what can I do on a daily basis for prevention?

We are excited to invite you to a foundational event with expert on nutrition and cancer, Kim Dalzell PhD.  She is coming to the bay area for only 2 events.
Her advanced degrees as clinical oncology dietician provide a key connection between conventional and natural therapies.
Her talk will bring to light the importance of our food choices to achieve vibrant health.

Together we can make changes at the cellular level and change our health future.

Join us:

Feb 3rd 10-11:30 am in San Leandro, Ca
Or
Feb 2nd 6:30 -8PM in Belvedere, Ca

We have a few free tickets to each event – email back to reserve your seat or get more information!
or get reserve a guest ticket here for San Leandro.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/take-your-healthy-back-tickets-41547765485

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.

Family Constellation with Dr. Marie Rodriguez

Did you know that our emotional and physical health and life patterns are influenced by the experiences within our ancestry? We are part of a larger family energy field that influences us through epigenetics.

Explore family constellation work to heal hidden family patterns that can often times  keep us stuck in similar reactions and behaviors that are preventing us from achieving our potential.

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.

Cypress Natural Medicine Now Offering Myofascial Release!

Myofascial release is a hands-on healing modality that specifically addresses the fascia. Fascia is a three-dimensional complex connective tissue matrix which threads itself throughout our body – surrounding our muscles, organs, nerves, bones, blood vessels – all the way down to the cell level. Everything in our body is held together and in place by the fascia. In addition to being flexible and adaptable, fascia is a very strong, connected web. When one area is strained or injured, the effects can be felt in distant areas of the body. This is why we may have pain in our knee that may have nothing to do with a knee injury, but everything to do with an injury to our lower back, or even our shoulder. The natural, fluid state of the fascia has been traumatized, causing it to harden and tighten.

In a MFR session, a gentle, sustained pressure is applied to points of restriction, allowing the connective tissue to release. Let’s use the example of cold butter as an analogy for how MFR works – if you were to press your finger into it sharply, you will merely encounter resistance without changing the surface of the butter. However, if you place your finger on the butter, applying gentle pressure, you’ll find you’re able to slowly sink into the stick of butter, melting into it. This is essentially what is happening when an MFR therapist works on the body.

MFR is very different from massage therapy, which involves continued gliding across the skin. It is the application of prolonged pressure (sometimes up to 15 min!) that enables the fascia to release, unwind and begin to reveal other areas involved in the pain pattern.

Because MFR works with the fascia as a whole, it is an important therapy to consider when other therapies have failed to resolve a pain pattern. This is because MFR works through layers to trace the strain or injury to its origin.

Dr. Marie Rodriquez has been fine-tuning this technique over the last several months in order to optimize the results for her patients. This is a great technique to discover and resolve the underlying causes of recurring musculoskeletal issues. Dr. Marie is available by phone or in-person for a free 15-minute consult to see if this would be effective for you.

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.

Simple Tips to Boost your Child’s Immunity

Our gorgeous fall season brings some many fun family events and gatherings. Having to miss out due to a sick child or family member is no fun. Some years flu season hits us hard and sometimes we float through more easily. Preparation is the key to supporting ease during the flu season.

Here are some easy daily supports for your family’s immune system. Many you might be already doing but a reminder is always helpful:

Eat your fruit and veggies in a rainbow variety – Cornell University found that vitamin C in apples is only responsible for a portion of its healthy anti-oxidant benefits. Most of the benefits come from the variety of plant phytochemicals in wide variety. Previous studies have shown that 500 mg vitamin C pill can act as a pro-oxidant while eating a 100 gram apple with the skin provides you with total antioxidant capacity equal to 1,500 mg of Vitamin C alone.   Eating a wide rainbow of fruits and veggies is a much better option to high dose of a single nutrient because you eliminate the worry of toxicity. Check out more of the research in this Cornell University article.

To bridge the gap between what we do and should do, the doctors at Cypress Natural Medicine take fruit and veggie concentrate capsules. Contact our clinic to learn more or check out the Juice Plus+ website. This is most researched nutritional product on the market and we can explain how you can sponsor kids to receive it for free.

Wash your hands frequently, especially after helping kids blow their nose. Stay away from antibacterial soaps and opt for a good hot water soap scrubbing.   A good vigorous scrub is the best option and will not damage your skin’s microbiome.

Get the body moving! Moderate exercise is shown to improve the function of macrophages, which eat viruses and bacteria in your body.

Avoid high sugar and processed food or drink. Did you know that sugar lowers your immune function for 5 hours after ingestion? Lab evidence shows a 50% reduction in your white blood cells ability to kill germs within 30 minutes after ingesting simple sugars. I call this the birthday cake effect.

Get your rest! A good night’s sleep can boost your number of white bloods cells ready to fight, while loss of sleep can increase inflammation, which will slow down your immune response.

What can I give my child to boost their immunity and treat an oncoming cold/flu?

  • The first line of defense that many of our CNM Doctors use is double dose of our Juice Plus fruit and veggie concentrate caps/chews. You can learn more at the Juice Plus+ website.
  • A good probiotic is a great boost for you and your child’s immune function
  • Elderberry syrup is one of my favorite herbal supports for viral infections and prevention during flu season. For prevention 1 tsp daily is a good option. With the first sign of illness increase 1 tsp to 3 times day.
  • Oscillococcinum and Flu-tone are homeopathic flu support that may be helpful in preventing flu infection. Flu-tone is available through our front office pharmacy.

Another one of my favorite treatments for children at the start of illness is Wet Sock Treatment. This is a simple hydrotherapy technique that is especially effective for relieving congestion. It helps to stimulate the immune system and is relaxing for fever and chills.

In the evening before going to bed place a pair of cotton socks in cold water, wring out thoroughly and place in freezer for 2 minutes or fridge. Make sure feet are very warm and then dry before treatment starts. After child gets into bed place cold cotton socks on feet and cover with wool socks. Yes, your child will be wearing double socks to bed and need to stay in bed for the therapy to be effective. The feet should start to warm up in 30 minutes and the congestion will start to clear. Leave socks on overnight or at least 4 hours until socks are dry and feet are warm again.

How to Use Cold Wet Socks to Boost the Immune System

What you’ll need:

A bucket (or your tub)

A small towel

Lavender and rosemary essential oils (optional)

A pair of thin cotton socks

A pair of thick wool socks

A refrigerator/freezer

  1. As you’re getting ready to go to bed, drench your cotton socks in cold water or yarrow tea. Make sure they’re saturated to the max, and then stick them in the refrigerator. Wring them out before placing on feet. If you are putting in freezer for 2 mins then wring out before putting them in the freezer.
  2. Fill a bucket (or your tub) with very hot water, not so hot that it’ll burn you, but as hot as you can comfortably handle. Enjoy a nice warm foot-soak for up to 20 minutes. You might like to put some lavender oil in the water to add some aromatherapy that will help you relax and sleep well later.
  3. Once your feet are nice and toasty, pat them dry with your towel.  If you wish you can massage your feet with rosemary oil for added benefit. Rosemary oil will boost your circulation to another level.
  4. Take the wet socks out of the refrigerator and put them on your toasty warm feet and cover the wet cotton socks with dry wool socks. This sounds much worse than it feels, trust me! Your feet will start to feel warm within a couple of minutes as your blood rushes in so your body can find temperature homeostasis.
  5. Keep both pairs of socks on and go to bed. When you wake up your feet will be warm and dry and you’ll feel a lot better than you did the night before.
  6. Repeat the wet sock treatment for three nights in a row for best results.

Note: The wet sock treatment is most effective at the beginning stages of a cold, when you first feel it coming on. It can be helpful later in the game also, for reducing congestion. Moreover, the wet sock treatment can be helpful for other conditions such as migraines, insomnia, chronically cold hands and feet, and ear infections.

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.

What Is A Food Sensitivity? Do I Have One???

What is a Food Sensitivity? Do I Have One ?

By Dr. Raquel Espinol

Gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, soy-free…these are now terms we may be coming familiar with we’re at the grocery store or out to eat. Why are foods without these certain ingredients becoming more prevalent? What health concerns are related to food sensitivities? And how can you find out if you may them as well?

A food sensitivity is not the same response as a food allergy. A food allergy is an immediate, allergic immune response to a component in food, that may result in hives, a rash, swollen lips, swollen throat/airway, and can be life-threatening. A food sensitivity is a delayed immune response, usually to a protein in food (but may also be to a starch, additive or pesticide), that can occur up to 72 hours after having eaten the food. It is not life-threatening, but can be associated with a whole host of symptoms and health concerns.

Symptoms like indigestion, belching, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain are very common with food sensitivities. However, there are many more health concerns associated with an immune reaction to food, which may seem completely unrelated. These may be concerns such as chronic ear or sinus infections, interstitial cystitis, recurrent canker sores, IBS, asthma, allergies, eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, migraines, and fluid retention. Mental-emotional concerns like depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, OCD, irritability, brain fog and seizures are also correlated.

Many factors increase our risk of developing a food sensitivity, such as a poor ability to absorb nutrients; low digestive enzymes like stomach acid; lack of beneficial gut bacteria; poor diet and overeating; gut irritants like soda, alcohol, coffee, nicotine and medications, antibiotics (just once or taken several times); high stress; a history of food poisoning or parasites; auto-immune disease; being formula-fed as a baby; and, finally, chemical or environmental sensitivity are all risk factors.

If you have any of the above health concerns or symptoms, they could potentially be related to or caused by a food sensitivity.* A simple blood test can check for 96 different foods, spices, fruits, vegetables, oils, and yeast, making it very comprehensive. The results take two weeks, and are able to show a practitioner how well you’re digesting and absorbing your food, how inflamed your gut is, whether leaky gut is present, and how long it will take to heal your digestive tract. So, if you’ve suffered enough, if the therapies you’ve tried haven’t relieved your symptoms, or if your doctor can’t find a cause for your symptoms, please strongly consider testing for a food sensitivity.

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.

Intravenous Nutrient Therapy Menu

It is well known that Intravenous Nutrient Therapy (IV Therapy) has become an invaluable tool for our patients with chronic disease, but it is also extremely beneficial for patients with acute or short term health issues.*  Due to patient demand, we have created an IV Therapy menu for more general complaints that our patients have.


IV Therapy Menu at Cypress Natural Medicine

Immune Support IV

This synergistic blend of vitamins and minerals will help boost your immune system during cold and flu season. This drip will have you feeling better in no time. It will shorten the duration of illness by attacking the problem, not just the symptoms. It is a comprehensive infusion of some of the key cellular ingredients needed for optimal energy and a healthy immune system. It provides powerful antioxidants such as vitamin C and B-vitamins. Minerals such as zinc, selenium and magnesium are included due to their crucial role as co-factors (helpers) for hundreds of metabolic reactions throughout the body. They are involved in DNA replication, messaging, immune function, hormone synthesis, and energy production.

Stress/Fatigue Fighting/Overworked IV

This infusion is great if you’re under greater than usual amounts of stress, excessive fatigue, and when your immune system needs help to fight acute or chronic viral and bacterial infections. From overwhelmed moms to executives, this is a great option to keep the system functioning at an optimal level.  This infusion includes vitamin C, B-vitamins and minerals to help maintain energy levels, improve and protect your skin, strengthen tendons and bones, and boost your immune system.

Anti-Aging IV

This infusion was formulated to provide key ingredients in the formation of the skin’s most important components to make you look and feel 10 years younger. It includes amino acids like l-proline, l-lysine, and l-glycine; minerals such as manganese, magnesium and zinc; and even powerful antioxidants like vitamin C and glutathione. These nutrients are important in building new skin, protecting the skin you already have, and mitigating the oxidative and inflammatory damage that is keeping your skin from the healthy, beautiful glow you desire. This infusion will help restore your skin to its natural beauty, especially after sun damage or surgery.*

Serenity/Mood Enhancer IV

This infusion was designed to help you feel mellow, relaxed and calm, as well as attain optimal neurotransmitter function. This is an important IV for those patients dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, or irritability.  It provides important B vitamins, which play key roles in the formation and breakdown of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, as well as vitamin C which helps produce norepinephrine.

Athletic Performance IV

This infusion will help rehydrate, rebuild and recoup energy.* It will quickly extinguish soreness and fatigue from intense workouts or athletic events of any kind. This is also an important IV for overtraining.  To achieve these goals we added co-factors and micronutrients that typically get depleted during exercise. This includes B vitamins like B5, B6, B12 and B complex, plus minerals like magnesium and zinc each of which is necessary for processing energy. To help you burn even more fat post workout, fat burning amino acids like L-carnitine was added to help shuttle fat into your mitochondria to be used as fuel for energy production. And we’ve added vitamin C and glutathione, powerful antioxidants that clean up inflammatory products generated during high intensity training and tissue turnover.

Party’s Over Chaser / Hangover IV

So you party too hard last night and now you feel miserable. This infusion will get you back on track. Your body may be missing B vitamins and minerals after last night. We add antioxidants like vitamin C to get you feeling like new again. Don’t let the headaches, nausea, and brain fog get to you. This special blend of nutrients and vitamins will help get you feeling better a lot faster.

Weight loss/Metabolism Booster/ Fat Blaster IV

We formulated an infusion to increase your natural ability to break down fat and give you an energy boost.* The B vitamins will rev-up your metabolic processes, enhance energy production, promote neurotransmitter production, and manage methylation. Natural fat blasting amino acids like L-carnitine, methionine, inositol and choline have been added to this infusion to boost your metabolism so you can burn off stubborn fat.*

Brain Fog Easer IV

This infusion has been formulated to give your brain a boost, as well as enhance energy.* We added taurine, an organic acid that plays antioxidant and anti-anxiety roles and a critical compound for proper brain and retina function. B vitamins, minerals and vitamin C have also been added to enhance the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine to improve overall energy production.

Migraine/Headaches IV

Migraines and other debilitating headaches can completely interrupt your life. These headaches can cause excruciating pain, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sounds. This infusion contains selected B-vitamins to help drive methylation and oxidative phosphorylation, which can be disrupted in patients with migraines. Magnesium has also been added to help with pain and nausea.

* Each individual’s treatment and/or results may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the health care provider’s medical judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant medical discussion. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended to substitute for this discussion or evaluation or as a guarantee as to outcomes. Examples of treatment outcomes in this websites are not intended to convey and warranty, either express or implied, as to outcomes, promises, or benefits from treatment. Whether to accept any treatment by a patient should be assessed by the patient as to the risks and benefits of such procedures and only after consultation with a health care professional.

MEDICAL INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS MADE WITHIN THIS SITE ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY HEALTH OR PHYSICAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION OF A PATIENT.