Edenic Light Integrative Family Life Care

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  • "What do you think of using Ketamine for depression? mild depression"

    Anonymous Patient Anonymous Patient
    Ketamine is a type of Psychedelic Anesthetic Recreational Drug - its chemical structure is similar to that of Phencyclidine (PCP or Angel Dust).
    Ketamine is (rarely) used as a Pharmaceutical Anesthetic.
    Ketamine may cause Euphoria in many users and may cause Hallucinations.
    By activating PCP Receptors located within the body's N-Methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA) Receptors, Ketamine may interfere (block) the normal function of the body's NMDA Receptors (this mechanism is the underlying process by which Ketamine attains its biochemical effects within the body). When PCP Receptors are activated, they antagonize the actions of Aspartic Acid, Glutamic Acid and N-Methyl-D-Aspartate, preventing the normal activation of NMDA Receptors - substances that activate PCP Receptors "plug" the Ion Channel of the NMDA Receptor, preventing Calcium Ion influx.
    Ketamine may cause long-lasting Psychosis that has required hospitalization in some users...

    Depression cannot be addressed by just medical drugs (Rx) alone. Depression should be addressed through a combination of psycho-therapy, dietary recommendations, exercize, spirituality and cultural community involvements and meditation(such as Yoga)...

    They to effective treatment of depression is to determine the underlying cause of the depression. That can vary from person to person. No physician should use the same Rx for all patients to treat depression. Depression triggered by breaking up a relationship or loosing a loved one should not be treated in the same manner as depression triggered by a food Allergy or dietary issues or that is triggered from a persons physical circumstance(such as being injured and no longer being able to play your favorite game or do something you love doing)... All of these are different underlying causes and must be addressed according to its specific circumstances... Trying to treat these three with the same method is not going to produce effective results in some, while it may work perfect with others.... Psychotherapy would not be an effective first line of treatment for a food Allergy that is triggering depression, and drugs that only deal with symptoms is not going to truly address the emotional nor physical needs of patients long term. In fact many pharmacuetical drugs contribute to increasing the risk of mental health disease, including phyical disease..Yes there are anti-depressants that cause depression.. Thus Integrative Medicine and the holistic approach is the most effective way to address depression in all of its many forms. The goal should be always try to find a way to stop the depression, not suppress it. As suppression can lead to long term chronic health problems later in life.
    Shalomim Y HaLahawi, MD(AM), NMD, PsyD(PC), Lic.MD(P)., BC-OMD.,DPH, DFM, FFHMD, DAAIM
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  • "Congestion For the past few months I have not been able to breathe out of my nose. When I wake up in the morning it is especially hard and feels like the inside of my nose is swollen. I have tried nose strips which helps a little but I am still having trouble breathing. I never used to a mouth breather at night but now I am. Is there any reason for this? What can I do?"

    Anonymous Patient Anonymous Patient
    Sounds Like you may have Rhinitis which is a condition involving Inflammation of the Mucous Membranes of the nasal passages of the Nose. It could also be allergies. You should seek out a qualified Naturopathic Phsician or Doctor of Integrative Medicine who is able to prescribe a natural medicine called Silivercillin. You can get an electronic nasal irrigation device from Walmart or Walgreens, and get some saline packets. Add the Silivercillin, Purified Water and Saline solution in the Nasal Irrigation device and allow the device to shoot the solution into your nasal cavity... The solution will come out the other nasal canal, removing mucous and any blockages. You do this for both sides. Also taking and shooting a small amout of the solution into your nasal canal and then holding your head back to where the solution does not come out and is prolonged in the cavity until you feel it as if its going down your throat, will remove any bacterial or virus infection after a few days of use... You will experience immediate relief and be able to breathe... This can also help with a soar throat as during the prolonged tilting of the head, will cause the solution to come into contact with the areas assoicated with nasal and throat inflammation, causing a slight irritation that leads to the threat reducing in swelling(almost like the homeopathic like cures like concept, where despite having inflammation, taking a medicine that causes irritation will reduce inflammtion..

    Silivercillin can also be used in a nebulizer to address both viral and bacterial infections of the lungs which can contribute to breathing problems...
    Our practice has prescribe silvercillin to numerous patients and have gotten phenominal results, with no side affects..

    Hope this helps
    Shalomim Y HaLahawi, MD(AM), NMD, PsyD(PC), Lic.MD(P)., BC-OMD.,DPH, DFM, FFHMD, DAAIM
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  • "chronic fatigue For over a year i have had extreme chronic fatigue even tho i sleep ten hours a night i can barely get out of bed. I have also put on weight and have headaches. I had a sleep study done rulled out sleep problems except for RLS . My dr checked thyroid said fine but i have heard different tests for it, She dont liston to me. I want hormones checked. had menapause at 41 yrs. old. im 51 now.. She says nop that wont cause fatigue. Im wondering if its chronic fatigue system."

    Anonymous Patient Anonymous Patient
    You may want to consider a comprehensive anti-aging testing from a qualified Naturopathic Physician or Doctor of Integrative Medicine who are able to order testings via evidence based labs such as Labcorp or Quest... We use Comprehensive Wellness assessments that go above and beyond basic thyroid and chemistry tests...
    One such test incorporates analysis of the 10 most important things in regards to the functionality and balance.
    These are some of the things that are tested:
    1. Progesterone balances and offsets the powerful effects of estrogen. An imbalance between progesterone and estrogen can cause weight gain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, fatigue, migraines, and even more debilitating conditions such as cancer, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and osteoporosis in women. In men, the imbalance can cause weight gain, loss of libido and prostate enlargement.

    2. Estradiol, also known as E2, is the most active of the estrogens. For women, it is important to look at the relationship between estradiol and progesterone in evaluating menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, mood disorders, and aging skin. It is also used for monitoring pregnancy.
    In both men and women, low levels of estradiol can be associated with osteoporosis.

    3. DHEA- Decresed DHEA can be associated with loss of energy and can contribute to chronic fatigue

    C-Reactive Protein, Cardiac (CRP,hs): Ferritin; Hemoglobin A1c (HgbA1c); Fibrinogen: Vitamin D(probably one of the most important tests in regards to optimal health, including energy and strength)... In addition we test for:
    Lipids (cholesterol, HDL, LDL, the risk ratio, triglycerides)
    Complete Blood Count (CBC's)
    Fluids and Electrolytes
    Thyroid w/TSH (High levels of Reverse T3 are common in CFS patients)
    Glucose (Diabetes)
    Mineral and Bone

    All of these play a major role in optimal body functions. An Imbalace in one can lead to imbalance and interruption of the bio-rythm of the entire system, thus leading to rapid aging which would include an increase in chronic fatigue, weight gain, poor BMR & metabolism

    As to the Nervous System: It has been speculated that the underlying cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may be impairment or exhaustion of the Adrenal Glands (Adrenal Insufficiency) - the Adrenal Glands of CFS patients are, on average, only 50% of the size of normal, healthy persons. Excessive Stress is speculated to be an underlying cause of CFS.

    CFS patients are often found to have elevated Homocysteine levels
    Some researchers have noted that damage caused by Free Radicals is a common thread in CFS. It has been proposed that in CFS patients, excessive generation of Free Radicals damages the Mitochondria and Cell Membranes of Cells throughout the body.
    Heavy metal testing may also be required as heavy metals is associated with chronic fatigue. In fact heavy metals will interrupt the optimal functions of all the above aspects of the human biological system and chemistry..
    Viral and Parasite infections can also play a role...
    One of the underlying causes of CFS may be impairment in the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) by the Mitochondria of Cells. Also Many CFS patients are found to be deficient in Folic Acid and all of the B-Complexes.

    Other Considerations:
    Immune System: Suppression of the Immune System has been proposed an underlying theory of CFS.
    CFS patients often have a low Helper T-Cells:Suppressor T-Cells ratio.
    CFS patients often exhibit sub-optimal levels of NK Lymphocytes or sub-optimal levels of NK Lymphocytes activity. Elevated Thrombin levels may be implicated in CFS: Elevated Thrombin levels increase the viscosity of the Blood. The thicker the Blood, the harder the Heart has to pump to maintain the Blood's flow throughout the body. This overworking of the Heart lead to Fatigue.
    Increased Thrombin levels in CFS patients may be caused by an event associated with the Immune System (e.g. bacterial, viral infection or toxic chemical exposure) that triggers a hypercoagulable state.
    Overactivity of TH2 Helper T-Cells (known as TH2 Helper T-Cells Dominance) is one of the features of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

    These are some things to consider, all of which can be addressed via a comprehensive wellness assessment..
    Hope this information helps you...
    Shalomim Y HaLahawi, MD(AM), NMD, PsyD(PC), Lic.MD(P)., BC-OMD.,DPH, DFM, FFHMD, DAAIM
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  • "Nose problem! Trouble with buildup in my nose constantly . It's very hard and keeps building up within an hour. Help !!!!"

    Anonymous Patient Anonymous Patient
    You should consider seeking a Licensed Naturopathic Physician or Doctor of Integrative Medicine who can show you how to do Nasal Irrigation. Using an over the counter device called a Waterpik by SinuSense (Walmart, Walgreens etc carries them). It comes with saline packages. Your Naturopathic Physician or Doctor of Integrative Medicine, should be able to prescribe you an FDA, cGMP registered Solution known as Silvercillen(not to be confused with over the counter Collodial Silver) from pharmacies such as Emerson Ecologics.

    Following the instructions on how to irrigate the nose and how long to allow some of the solution to remain in the nasal canal will reverse any nasal congestion. It is very good for Rhinitis, allergies, mucous build-up and in fact can assist with soar throats.

    If you need assistance, we can help. We provide services in over 40 States
    Shalomim Y HaLahawi, MD(AM), NMD, PsyD(PC), Lic.MD(P)., BC-OMD.,DPH, DFM, FFHMD, DAAIM
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  • "How do I unclog my ears? My ears have been clogged for over a month and I've taken 3 courses of antibiotics. What should I do?"

    Anonymous Patient Anonymous Patient
    Allopathic antibiotics are commonly known to contribute to ear infections or further worsen conditions of otitis media or other issues with clogged ears, popping etc.... Furthermore, it needs to be determined what the underlying cause of your ears feeling clogged, thus needing the anti-biotics in the first place is(.i,e Medication, Diet, Infection, Environment etc). Upper respiratory infections and even dental issues can play a role in causing your situation, but proper assessment and diagnosis is needed. You may want to consider trying a Naturopathic Physician or Doctor of Integrative Medicine, who are clinically trained with a more holistic approach to dealing with ailments, especially so you don't end up taking medicines that contribute to the problem instead of helping it as common with allopathic pharmaceuticals... Its definitely not something you can do on your own. Ask a Naturopathic Doctor about Traumeel in addition to receiving a full assessment and consult.
    Shalomim Y HaLahawi, MD(AM), NMD, PsyD(PC), Lic.MD(P)., BC-OMD.,DPH, DFM, FFHMD, DAAIM
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