Autoimmune conditions affect over 50 million Americans, 80% of whom are women. In fact, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called rheumatoid arthritis when I was 30 years old. I was able to reverse it within a year using the Freedom Framework Method I now use with my patients and teach to my students in my integrative medicine health coach certification program.
Autoimmune diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States, now. They come in many different varieties, including multiple sclerosis, heart disease, type I, II, and III diabetes, thyroid disease, Raynaud’s, lupus, autoimmune hepatitis, psoriasis, osteoporosis, eczema, and over 140 more diseases. (more…)
This is the season when I get multiple calls and emails about how to treat and/or prevent colds and the flu. Just today I received an email asking my opinion on the flu shot and whether I recommend it. There are few subjects outside of religion and politics that polarize people like “to vaccinate or not to vaccinate.” I base my opinions on science, both time tested from ancient times like Ayurvedic Medicine, and modern evidence that is used in Functional Medicine.
So here’s my answer: I do not recommend the flu shot. (more…)
Nasya Oil is nasal oil from the world of Ayurvedic medicine, the 10,000 year-old sister science of yoga. Not only does adding this in-expensive and simple step to your daily routine increase your immunity to the seasonal cold and flu bugs, but it also helps with stress reduction, memory, focus, and mood stabilization.
Nasya oil can be purchased from a variety of suppliers, but it’s inexpensive and super easy to make in your own kitchen. This is a Mystic Medicine winner as it relieves fatigue, insomnia, dark circles under the eyes, and reverses the effects of allergies and sinus issues. (more…)
Hi, it’s Dr. Sklar with our tip of the week for your brain health and cognition–Vitamin D. Vitamin D protects the nerves in your brain against Alzheimer’s disease. One of the most important lab tests to know is your Vitamin D level. Vitamin D is essential for healthy brain function and really is important for about 400 different functions metabolically in our bodies. One thing we know for sure is that low Vitamin D is associated with global cognitive impairment. That means the brain is not working well in many aspects of your ability to think and reason. In this session I will tell you what your Vitamin D level should be, how to increase your Vitamin D level if it’s low, and what this means for your health. (more…)
Hi. It’s Dr. Sklar with the thought of the week. This week, it’s about cognition, which as you know is one of my favorite topics. I recently was on a menopause summit called Menopause is a Trip. It was a great summit and I spoke about hormones and cognition. At the end of the menopause summit in which 5,000 people participated, a survey was done to find out what the biggest health concerns were of the people who had listened to the summit. Not surprisingly, 73% of the respondents said the areas of brain function, cognitive health, and memory were their biggest health concerns and rightly so. Two-thirds of the people with Alzheimer’s disease are women. One in three people will die with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia and we expect a huge rise in the coming years in the number of cases of people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. (more…)
Little did I know when I sent out my blog last week about taking a hip hop class for fun that there actually is scientific evidence about the value of dance in preventing cognitive decline. There’s an excellent article that was published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2003 that studied a large group of older adults over 75 years of age who were engaged in a whole variety of leisure time activity, everything from things that mainly use your brain such as reading, writing, doing crossword puzzles and being in discussion groups as well as more physical activities like tennis, golf, gardening, and dancing.
And when they looked at the literature and they studied these people for 21 years to see what the incidence of Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia was, which is dementia caused by blocked blood vessels, they found out the following things. If you’re a regular reader, your incidence of dementia is decreased by 35%. If you are a crossword puzzle doer, especially if you do crossword puzzles more than 4 times a week (you need to do these things frequently) your risk of developing Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia was reduced by 47%.
But what really took the prize was dance. If you dance on a regular basis, you can reduce your risk of dementia by as much as 76%! It needs to be dance that’s spontaneous and innovative. If you use the same memorized routines and memorized steps, which then engage the same old neural pathways in your brain, it is less effective in preventing cognitive decline. So you want to be in a class where you are innovating, taking rapid cues, and learning on the spot. This type of dance ends up being very effective because it integrates a whole lot of different activities: physical, cognitive (meaning you’ve got to use your brain), emotional, and musical.
So you can really impact your risk of cognitive decline in the future by the leisure time activities that you are engaged in. I say, get out your dancing shoes.
Dr. Susan Sklar is the founder and medical director of the Sklar Center for Restorative Medicine where she helps midlife men and women look and feel better and lead longer, healthier lives. She uses the view of Restorative Medicine which recognizes that hormonal and other biochemical changes cause humans to age in ways that are not necessary or inevitable. Replacement and balancing of these natural substances result in improved vitality and a longer healthy span of life with less chronic illness. Dr. Sklar has completed her fellowship training in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine after more than 25 years of experience as an obstetrician/gynecologist, placing her uniquely at the forefront of the care of men and women in midlife health transitions. She sees private patients at her center in Long Beach, California.