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Functional Medicine: What Is It?

A 49-year-old man was experiencing cramps, high blood pressure, fatigue, anxiety, and had trouble sleeping. He went to the doctor and had the routine blood work done. Everything came back normal. Since he was not able to find a good solution to the symptoms he was experiencing, he chose to try the principles of Functional Medicine. The practitioner had lab work done. This showed his unique biomarkers which revealed the deficiencies in the major systems of his body.

His Functional Medicine report showed that his body needed more magnesium than the average person. After seeing the results, he increased his magnesium intake. Within just a few days, his fatigue had vanished. The dark circles under his eyes were gone. His blood pressure readings were lower. He began to see his blood sugar stabilizing. With these changes, he felt much better in just a short time.

Each one of us is as different as our fingerprints. We each have unique biochemical characteristics. Two people can experience the same symptoms, but it may be different imbalances in their bodies which are contributing to those symptoms. Using Functional Medicine is like listening to your body talk directly to you. It helps you to find the deficiencies in your body that you need to bring it back to full health.

5 Basic Principles of Functional Medicine

  • Each one of us is a unique individual.  This includes our genetic makeup as well as biochemical makeup. Functional Medicine treats the individual, not the disease.
  • FM is science based.  Science is learning that each system of the body is interconnected with every other system. By viewing the various systems as an integrated whole, FM recognizes that a symptom in one part of the body may be a manifestation of an underlying issue in another part.
  • Your body has an innate intelligence. Once any interference is eliminated, your body has the ability to regulate and balance all of its systems.
  • Your body has the ability to heal and prevent most of the diseases of aging.
  • Health is more than absence of disease; it is a state of immense vitality.

Mainstream medicine is trained to diagnose and then find medications to match the disease. The goal of Functional Medicine is to help patients with chronic illnesses find the most effective options with the fewest side effects. We work to find the root cause of your symptoms or disease and use holistic or alternative medicine approaches to help you reach optimal functioning.

Call us at 864-963-9304 for a free consultation today.

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8 Vegetables to Plant This Spring

If you want to improve the nutritional quality of your food, there is no better way than to grow it yourself! You know the produce is fresh, and you can control the quality of the soil it grows in. Since spring is just around the corner, it is time to be thinking about what to plant in that garden. Here are some ideas for some vegetables and when to plan them:

 

Arugula

This plant adds a nice zest to dishes! The seeds should be planted as soon as the soil is workable. They will grow fast—you should have a harvest in 3-4 weeks. You can replant it every 2 weeks until the weather becomes too hot.

 

Beets

There are many varieties of this vegetable. You can venture into new territory and try a yellow or white variety instead of the classic red. These provide an early summer harvest. They like a bit of nitrogen-rich fertilizer to help them along.

 

Broccoli

Broccoli is filled with anti-oxidants and is a nutritional powerhouse. It can be transplanted as early as 4 weeks before the last frost date (which in our area is April 15). Broccoli will take 50-100 days to harvest.

 

Carrots

Who doesn’t love a great snack of carrots! The seeds can be planted as early as two weeks before the last frost date. Plant them deep in loose soil. If you want baby carrots, they can be harvested in 30-40 days. For full mature carrots, they will require 50-80 days.

 

Peas

Peas come in several varieties: English, green, sugar, or snap. It might be fun to experiment and try all of them! These can be planted 4-6 weeks before the last frost date. Approximately 55-70 days later, you should be ready to reap your harvest.

 

Lettuce

This vegetable can be grown at any time. Begin your planting as soon as the soil is workable. It prefers partial shade, so it will grow in areas where some other things won’t do as well. Lettuce is sensitive to cold, so if we have a cold snap, covering them with blankets can protect them.

 

Onions

No matter which type you prefer, these can be planted early. Onions do best with time-released fertilizer.

 

Radishes

These can be planted in between other veggies, because they don’t require much room. They need well-drained soil, and no feeding is necessary. Radishes grow quickly, so check them often. They should be picked once they are an edible size to avoid becoming bitter. Plant them as early as 4 weeks before the last frost.

 

What are you going to plant this season? Anything unusual? We’d love to hear your gardening stories—they’re an inspiration to us all to get our hands in the dirt!

 

See also:

http://maronewellness.com/3-tips-for-pain-free-gardening/

http://maronewellness.com/more-tips-for-pain-free-gardening/

 

osteoporosis

Osteoporosis: Some Tips to Help

Osteoporosis is a diagnosis that many of us fear as we age. It causes our bones to become weak and brittle. Just a minor stressor such as coughing or bending can cause a fracture. This happens because old bone tissue is being broken down and removed faster than new tissue is being produced. Our hips, spine and wrist tend to be most prone to fractures. Weight bearing bones such as the pelvis, femur (leg bone) and the lower back vertebrae are also very likely to be injured. Although anyone can be affected, osteoporosis tends to show up in Asian and Caucasian women the most frequently.

 

Indicators That You May Be Suffering from Osteoporosis

 

  • Bone fractures
  • Collapsed vertebrae
  • Chronic back pain
  • Loss of height
  • Stooped posture

 

Osteoporosis Solutions

 

The leading cause of osteoporosis is lack of exercise. To help reduce the chance of getting osteoporosis, three specific types of exercise are best: weight bearing, resistance, and flexibility exercises. If you already have symptoms, exercise will help to slow the progression. Weight bearing exercises include activities such as hiking, jogging, jumping rope, and high-impact aerobics. Resistance exercises make your muscles work against a force or weight. Examples of resistance exercise include planks, straight leg raises, or weight lifting. Flexibility exercises allow your joints to maintain their full range of motion. These may include stretching exercises, yoga, or swimming, for example.

 

Proper nutrition will also help your body to produce the new tissue that it needs to stay healthy. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, the two most important nutrients for preventing and managing the disease are calcium and Vitamin D. They also said, however, that “there are a number of foods, nutrients and vitamins, besides calcium and vitamin D, that help to prevent osteoporosis and contribute to bone, muscle and joint health, including protein, fruits and vegetables, and other vitamins and minerals.”

 

Nutrition Response Testing® is a system that reveals what nutrients your body is lacking. Dr. Marone can do an assessment and recommend the nutritional supplements that will give your body exactly what it needs.  Both chiropractic care and Nutrition Response Testing are very helpful in the fight against osteoporosis. If you are dealing with the disease or are wanting to prevent the devastating effects of it, please call our office at 864-963-9304 to see how we can help you.

See also: http://maronewellness.com/muscle-testing/

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.