Many of my senior patients will get a prescription for a daily B-complex vitamin. Why? So many people are functionally low and taking these vitamins every day can change your life. Your body uses B-vitamins for hundreds of different processes, it’s really no wonder they can improve multiple symptoms and medical conditions.
Athletes are used to performing at their best, so when they see their performance drop they start looking for causes. Christine* noticed she was unable to complete her normal exercise routine due to shortness of breath, and she went to her doctor to figure out why. Her doctor checked her heart and lungs - strong as ever - and then ran some routine blood tests.
The supplement company purchased their own products on Amazon and identified three separate problems:
Expiration Dates Changed - Sometimes the products were genuine but expired. The seller had changed the expiration dates on the packaging.
Poor Storage Conditions - Warehouses, where the products were stored, had not controlled the temperature. After sitting in the high heat for a prolonged period of time the quality degraded - meaning it was less effective.
Counterfeit Products - The third problem was sometimes the company’s packaging had been counterfeited and the product inside was not theirs!
Recently, in an interview with SD Voyager they asked about the challenges of getting healthy. Here was my response:
For years I prioritized getting enough sleep. Then a few months ago, I became a parent. Now I’m intimately more familiar with sleep deprivation, and the immediate effects: I’m having difficulty finding words, my conversational skills are plummeting, and my concentration isn’t what it was before. I wanted to know how much it was impacting my long-term health, so I looked into it, and sleep is even more important than I imagined.
When I was in naturopathic medical school, at Bastyr University, I took a biofeedback rotation where all we did with our patients was hook them up to sensors, and teach them how to relax. We didn't use medicines, vitamins, herbs, or physically adjust them. We had to rely solely on the "medicines" our patients' bodies could make on their own.
A clumsy dog can dislodge a loose stone, plopping it into the water, and revealing this small satisfaction. But it takes a human to divulge the secret of a stone skipping across water.
As you may know, Rembrandt is one of the most recognized names in art. And he wasn't one of those artists that only became famous after he died - during his lifetime he enjoyed fame and fortune.
At one point in his career Rembrandt was commissioned by the Amsterdam City Council to paint what would be his largest canvas yet - fifteen feet tall, fifteen feet wide! The painting would be hung in a prominent spot in Town Hall for all to see. The commission was a great honor, and surely would go down in history.
Rembrandt spent nearly a year painting The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis, and presented it to the City Council. The painting was hung in Town Hall as planned. Then, about a month later, for reasons that are not clear, the painting was returned to the artist. Rembrandt was asked to make some changes, and certainly that's what the artist did.
We don't know exactly what was said about his painting, but clearly Rembrandt felt rejected. He took a knife to the canvas, and cut away nearly 75% of the original work. He never returned the painting to Town Hall. Instead he decided to look for another buyer. Maybe he did that to feel he was being true to himself. He certainly could have made the changes, and returned the painting to collect his paycheck.
Rejection is something we all face, and it's a signal that something needs to change. We can change what was offered, and hope we've met the expectations for us, or we can change who are making our offering to. What probably won't work is changing nothing and making the same offering where we were previously rejected.
Banksy's work is highly controversial, satirical, and really begs the question, "what is art?" That's the point. Critics criticize, but the impact is undeniable. It's true, Banksy's work is nothing like Rembrandt's. The world has changed, and so have the expressions of art. The same is true for the practice of medicine.
One reason we love traveling is the novelty or "newness" of the moments we get. Our minds crave this, and most of the time we're in a constant state of trying to find it. The funny thing is, this "newness" is happening right under our noses. Nature wants us to notice these changes. So how do we find this inspiration and excitement in our "everyday life?"
Did the daylight savings time change throw a wrench in your body's natural rhythms? Here are 5 ways I help patients naturally adjust to time changes.