How Important is Digestion?

Any doctor could build an entire practice around digestive problems alone and never run out of patients.

All these conditions have a direct correlation to lack of digestive health and function.

  • Clinical depression
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Immune system shut down
  • Food sensitivities and intolerances
  • Allergies
  • Others…

Click Here to read more about how we treat digestive disorders at IPM: http://www.iprogressivemed.com/conditions/gastrointestinal_disorders.html

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Simplified

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, meaning humans and other animals must ingest them for good health because the body requires them but can’t make them from other food components. The term refers to fatty acids required for biological processes, and not those that only act as fuel. Often sourced from fish oils and flax seed oils, essential fatty acids have been heavily researched in the medical community. Numerous articles in the medical literature support the use of omega-3 fatty acids, especially from fish sources, in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

Omega-3 vs. Omega-6 Oils

The position of chemical bonds in a fatty acid molecule determines the name of the molecule. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are the most important types. Over the past 100 years a dramatic change in our diet has occurred. We have invented an industry of prepared foods made in factories and shipped to consumers via supermarkets. With this “invention”, product shelf-life became a premium. Essential fatty acids, on the other hand, kill shelf-life because they have a tendency to go rancid when exposed to heat, light and oxygen. At the same time, large commercial oil manufacturers began producing the refined vegetable oils we are now so familiar with. Currently, 4 oils (soybean, cottonseed, corn, and canola) account for 96% of the vegetable oil use in the U.S. The omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of these combined oils is between 12:1 and 25:1. An estimate of the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio in our diet 100 years ago is between 3:1 and 5:1. This dramatic shift away from omega-3 and toward omega-6 oil consumption is thought to be one of the leading factors in the rise of chronic illnesses, especially cardiovascular diseases over the past century. Modern agricultural practices have a dramatic effect on the essential fatty acid ratios of animal products. For example, a free-range chicken egg has a omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 1:3, while a corn fed USDA chicken egg has an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 19:4. To regain a balanced essential fatty acid ratio in our diet is almost impossible without supplementing our diets with high levels of omega-3 containing oils such as flaxseed oil or concentrated fish oil supplements.

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Bioidentical, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy – A Review Allan Sosin, MD

Introduction

Doctors in our practice have provided bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to thousands of patients over the years, including several hundred individuals using pellet insertion. The dramatic benefits we have seen have led us to a further review of the literature. What we have found is a convincing body of evidence supporting the use of hormone replacement in general, and by pellets in particular, in many groups of women,and in men.

Bioidentical, natural hormones are hormones that have the same biochemical structure to those produced by the human body. These hormones are plant derived, natural hormones that are then chemically changed to mirror human hormones. Because they are not artificial molecules designed by pharmaceutical companies, they cannot be patented. Bioidentical hormones are available through compounding pharmacies as ordered specifically by a doctor. They are also available in many different forms, including capsules, sublingual tablets, drops, creams, patches, injections and subcutaneous pellets. The choice of delivery method often depends on the individual patient’s needs, and some methods can be more effective than others.Continue Reading

Nasal Ozone Therapy Success Story

Nose“If you suffer from sinus issues then nasal ozone is a must for you!

“I have been doing nasal ozone on a monthly basis for over a year. I haven’t had laryngitis for over a year now! For a singer who uses their voice with daily practice and weekend performances, nasal ozone has reduced the inflammation in my nose and throat. I still will have occasional allergy flare ups, but I am still able to sing through it!

“Thanks to Dr. Sosin for bringing the safest and best therapies for all of us. Also, a personal thanks to all the medical assistants who administer the nasal ozone. Always punctual, kind and efficient! Thank you again for all you do for us! With much gratitude.” – FZ

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The Institute for Progressive Medicine Welcomes Martha E. Wittenberg, MD, MPH

Dr. WittenbergDr. Wittenberg received her B.A. in Biology from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and attended Drexel University in Philadelphia for her Master’s Degree in Public Health and her Medical Degree. She and her husband, an Emergency Medicine doctor, then migrated to the warmth of Southern California for residency training. She is a graduate of the Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Program, and is Board-certified in Family Medicine.Continue Reading

Do You Take Natural Thyroid?

Nature-ThroidIf you are taking Armour Thyroid® or another natural thyroid preparation, take a look at Nature-Throid!

  • Nature-Throid was released in the 1930s, making it one of the first available medications for hypothyroidism.
  • Nature-Throid has never been FDA recalled for inconsistent T4 or T3 hormones.
  • Formulated using hypoallergenic inactive ingredients and does not contain any artificial colors or flavors, corn, peanut, rice, gluten, soy, yeast, egg, fish or shellfish.
  • Patients often report better results than Armour Thyroid® at a fraction of the cost.
  • We now carry multiple strengths of Nature-Throid.

We now offer Nature-Throid in our supplement store at very competitive prices for patients with a prescription from one of our doctors.

Call us at 949-600-5100 for more information or to make an appointment!

Avoiding Common Triggers of Acid Reflux

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Around half of Americans suffer from acid reflux and many take regular medication for the symptoms. However, by treating the symptoms, you are not getting to the root of the problem. Millions of dollars are spent on medication for acid reflux but what if there was a way to prevent it without resorting to conventional treatments? Here are some of the common triggers of acid reflux to help you start treating the cause.Continue Reading

Is Your Doctor Willing to Communicate with You?

QuestionPatients sometimes are dissatisfied with the communication offered by physicians. “He won’t answer my questions.” “He gets angry with me.” “He cuts me off.” “He won’t answer my calls.” “I can’t understand him.” “He scares me.” Sometimes they say, “You’re the only one who spends time with me.”

Our office schedule allots sufficient time for thorough explanations. In the current medical paradigm, insurance companies, including Medicare, pay physicians less and less for the work they do. Office overhead, however, only goes up. Doctors spend less time with patients because their income depends on seeing more patients. If physicians are employed by an HMO, only a limited amount of time is permitted for each office visit.

New requirements for electronic medical records (EMR) have aggravated the problem. According to reports, doctors now spend more time on the computer than they do with patients. In many offices there is a computer in the exam room, and the doctor focuses his attention on the screen, occasionally looking up to face the patient. The bureaucratic demand for endless documentation has made the situation much worse.

Yet underneath all of this is a more elemental problem. Many physicians have not learned the technology of communication. They should face the patient throughout the time of the visit. They should offer easy to comprehend explanations, then appeal to the patient’s intelligence and understanding, and not try to enforce obedience through fear. Fundamental to effective care is the nurturing of affinity between doctor and patient. The physician should be aware of the patient’s concerns, current stressors, and the family situation.

The physician should use words the patient will understand, and not be too technical. He should provide illustrations of relevant anatomy and procedures. He should define complex terms. Recommendations should be provided in writing, since patients otherwise may not remember what is said to them. Individuals who cannot understand instructions are unlikely to follow them. We should simplify our language.

It is also important to understand the patient’s point of view. A patient may have an intense fear of surgery or anesthesia, whether justified or not. Some individuals prefer to risk the consequences of their disease rather than the side effects of medications or the complications of surgery.

My purpose is to offer knowledge, experience, and judgment. It is up to the patient to decide what course he will choose. If I disagree I will say so. Throughout all discussions it is crucial to maintain affinity. Otherwise the communication line will wither.

Medicine in my lifetime has made astounding advances in knowledge and therapy. It has lost some ground in the practice of communication.

We need to rediscover the virtues of the old-time doctor-patient relationship. Have a doctor you can trust and who listens to you and talks to you.

Dr. Allan Sosin

Stem Cells For Joints, Not Surgery

stemcell2Stem cell therapy is revolutionizing medicine. Stem cells are multipotential cells residing in various body tissues, especially adipose tissue and bone marrow, but also circulating in the blood stream. When activated and placed in different areas of the body, they are able to differentiate into functional cells to replace damaged tissues. Stem cells are being employed to heal the heart, repair the retina, and reverse various neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis and ALS. In all of these conditions technology is being developed.

Stem cell therapy is well established in the treatment of orthopedic disorders. Many studies have documented regrowth of cartilage and reduction of pain in damaged joints, especially knees and hips. Any joint can be treated, including the back, neck, wrists, elbows, shoulders, feet, fingers and toes. Injections can rebuild torn and degenerated tendons including the Achilles tendon. Partial tears can be reversed and individuals can return to prior activities without the prolonged healing time required after surgery.

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