Natural approach to Heartburn   Many people take anti-acid medication when they get heartburn because they believe that heartburn is caused by excessive secretion of stomach acid.  In fact, it is caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). There is a muscular valve called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) at the junction between the esophagus and stomach, which seals tightly to prevent the reflux. As long as this valve works, food does not go back into the esophagus, even if you do a headstand right after a meal. When the LES doesn’t work properly, GERD happens.   Things that loosen the LES include: Alcohol Soda Orange juice, tomato juice Coffee, tea […]

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One in eight women in the US develops breast cancer, and the number of breast cancer patients is increasing year after year. One-third of all cancers in women are breast cancer. The mortality rate of breast cancer is second only to lung cancer.   Risk factors for breast cancer You may be at an higher risk for breast cancer if you are an older woman, have a history of cancer in your family, carry excess weight, consume a diet high in fat, drink alcohol excessively, began menstruating early, are in late menopause, are childless and or were over age 40 during your first pregnancy, use birth control pills or have […]

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For men in their 40s and 50s, secretion of male hormones gradually begins to decline. This may result in symptoms such as: declining libido; erectile dysfunction; ejaculation disorder; sleeplessness; depression; heart disease; arteriosclerosis; osteoporosis; prostate enlargement; atrophy of the muscles; fatigue; irritation; sagging of the skin. Additionally, recovering from injuries may take longer. Most men might think that menopause happens only in women, because men do not menstruate. However, it is becoming increasingly recognized that hormonal decline happens in men, too. Since the symptoms in women associated with the cessation of their period are more prominent, many men fail to realize when male hormones decline. Menopause occurs as a result […]

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Vitamin D is actually a hormone linked to calcium metabolism and bone growth. Vitamin D is also an important vitamin linked to calcium concentration in the blood. If the calcium level in the blood is reduced, vitamin D will re-absorb more calcium from the small intestine and kidneys. In addition, the blood’s calcium level will rise when calcium is released from bones. When the calcium level in the blood increases, a hormone called calcitonin is secreted, and calcium is absorbed into the bones. As the body manages blood calcium levels very sensitively, you will get muscle cramps when the level is too low, or calcium will stick to your arteries […]

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Fibromyalgia may be an unfamiliar disease, but the number of patients with this condition has been increasing over the past several years. Major symptoms of fibromyalgia are chronic fatigue, muscle pain, and persistent stiffness in various areas of the body. Some parts of the body are extremely painful when pressed. Some people might believe that it’s just muscle fatigue or common neck or back pain. If it is fibromyalgia, short-term improvement can be obtained with physical therapy such as massage, but you cannot expect long-term improvement. Women tend to be more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia, but it can also occur in kids and youth. Some believe the cause of […]

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It’s said that 45 million people in the United States are distressed by chronic headaches. Just like a stomachache, the causes of headache vary. The top two common headaches are a tension-type and migraine. Tension headaches are caused by muscular tension in your neck and shoulders, and sometimes in the jaw. The tension gradually spreads up to your head, producing a squeezing pain on both sides of the head and a heavy feeling. Migraine symptoms are a continuous throbbing sensation in one area of the head, commonly accompanied by nausea, chills, a cold sweat and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Causes of migraines Migraines occur when your blood vessels […]

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I graduated from medical school in Seattle where is ranked #1 suicide ratio in the US.  There are many people with depressive disorders or committing suicide particularly in winter time. Environments or climate can influence people emotionally. Even in Southern California where it is blessed with warm and sunny weather, we still have to face an unstable economy or other gloomy news that make us feel depressed. The symptoms of the depression vary. Typical symptoms are losing /gaining weight by excessive hunger or loss of appetite, sleeping too little or too much, sluggishness, loss of interests in activities, decline of libido, fatigue, self-hate, guilt, trouble concentrating or focusing, and constantly […]

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In the United States, over 30 million people suffer from diabetes and more than 86 million people have pre-diabetes. Diabetes is ranked as the seventh leading cause of death in the US, and it is said that it will rank first in 10 years. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is caused by the destruction of cells that secrete insulin in the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes is caused by obesity and dietary habits such as eating too much sugar, lack of dietary fiber, and lack of exercise. In this blog, I will write about type 2 diabetes (lifestyle-related diseases). The symptoms of diabetes, […]

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Pathologic features of atopic dermatitis Typical symptoms of atopic dermatitis are itching and swelling of the whole body and dryness or irritation of the skin. Scraping skin by scratching the area makes it easier to become infected. Most atopic dermatitis patients have a food allergy which can cause asthma and hay fever also. Atopic dermatitis and allergy The first thing that you can do is to know which foods you are allergic to, so you can avoid those foods. Breastfeeding is also a great way to prevent and treat atopic dermatitis as well as other diseases. If your baby shows atopic dermatitis symptoms when you are breastfeeding, you’d better stop […]

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