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Candida may cause:
• Chronic Fatigue
• Weight Gain
• Intestinal Cramping
• Yeast Infections
• Bladder Infections
• Loss of Energy
• Unexplained Joint Pains
• Brain Fog
• Thyroid Dysfunction
Candida is normally a harmless yeast (type of fungus) that lives naturally in everyone’s body. In a healthy body, candida lives with us at tolerable levels. Candida can be found in the gastrointestinal tract, mucous membranes and skin.
In healthy patients, candida is a unicellular, commensal organism- that is- one that benefits from another organism with out damaging it or benefiting it.
In the right environment, this harmless single celled yeast adapts into an invasive form with long root like structures (spikes).
These “spikes” make small holes in the intestinal lining which allows the toxins from the candida to enter the blood stream and become systemic. These holes also allow other toxins in the intestines to enter the blood stream. This is known as LEAKY GUT SYNDROME
Candida overgrowth or toxicity can have several causes, including:
• Steroid Use
• Antibiotics (kills normal gut bacteria and allows candida to overgrow)
• Birth Control Pills
• Cortisone/prednisone Long Term Use
• Diabetes or High Blood Sugar
• Diets High in Refined Sugars
We have ways to treat Candida overgrowth using homeopathic products as well as herbs and nutrition. Treatment can take 2 to 4 months and is effective so you can start feeling better. If you are interested, talk to Dr. Devine or one of the staff and we can set up a consultation for you.
Lyme disease is a complex disease. It is caused by bacteria (Borrelia) and some co-infections (Babesia and Bartonella). It was originally thought to only be caused by a tick bite, but more recent information says that it can be transmitted by mosquitos, fleas and possibly sexually transmitted.
Lyme disease is called the great imitator because it imitates so many different diseases. The most common symptoms are: Fatigue, Migratory Joint Pain, Digestive Disorders, Brain Fog, Anxiety and Depression and Skin Issues.
Once the Lyme disease goes chronic, it can mimic other diseases such as: Alzheimer’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and many other ailments.
No one has all the symptoms of Lyme disease, but some of the many other symptoms are:
|Joint Pains |
Unexplained Back Pain
Poor Short Term Memory
|Buzzing in Ears|
Flu Like Symptoms
Loss of Libido
Lab tests are unreliable in chronic Lyme disease. There can be anywhere from 50% to 81% false negative blood tests (you have the disease but it does not show up on the blood test).
We use a MEAD (meridian energy analysis device) to check acupuncture points on the hands and feet.
Chronic Lyme disease has a pattern that shows up on the MEAD exam. We also use a Reflex E System exam. This technology is based on Electro Acupuncture according to Voll. This diagnostic system was created in Germany in the 1960’s to determine what homeopathic medicines, herbs and supplements best fit the patient’s needs.
Treatment is with homeopathic medicines and Chinese herbs. It can take as little as 4 months or as long as 12 months to treat Lyme. The average treatment time is 7 months. Treatment is complete when all readings on the exams are normal.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or to set up an appointment or to ask about fees.
The macula is a small disc in the back of the eye where the lens sends the images. As a person ages, the macula can develop problems.
One of the things that can happen is called dry macular degeneration. This is when fatty cells or plaques form behind the macula. This causes a blurring of vision in the center of the vision. It progresses slowly and is usually treated with vitamins and watched on a regular basis.
One of the other things that can happen is wet macular degeneration. This is when clusters of blood vessels grow or proliferate under and around the macula. This is a more aggressive type of macular degeneration and the blood vessels compressing on the nerves can lead to significant loss of vision or even blindness. This is treated more aggressively with injections in the eye with medicines that slow or stop the blood vessels from growing or proliferating more. The injections in the eye can be as little as a couple and then watched or as much as an injection every couple months.
We have a unique way of treating macular degeneration, both wet and dry types. We use 2 different types of acupuncture and a short course of Chinese herbs.
We use Auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture) were we use a device to deliver a mild electrical stimulation to the acupuncture points in the ear. Most patients feel nothing.
We then use acupuncture needles on points on the legs from the knee down. At no time do we put needles near the eye.
We also usually use a Chinese herb for the first month to jump start the program.
All of these treatments are aimed at treating the Liver Meridian. In acupuncture, the Liver Meridian is responsible for the eyes and eye diseases. Once we normalize the Liver Meridian, the eye can heal. We usually see dry macular degeneration slow down or stop and the vision slightly improve. We usually see the wet macular degeneration slow down or stop bleeding and no longer need the injections in the eye. As with anything in medicine, there are no guarantees and some occasional failures.
Since wet is so much more aggressive, we treat it more aggressively. The patient is seen 2 times per week for 4 to 5 weeks before their next retina specialist appointment. If they do not need a shot, then we see them on a decreasing basis. If they need a shot, then we were not able to help, and they are released.
The initial visit is $90.00 and all follow up visits are $45.00. Herbs are usually $60.00 for the first month.
If you have any questions, feel free to talk to Dr. Devine either in person or by phone.