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Naturopathic Medicine 101: The Foundations

Naturopathic Medicine, or Naturopathy, is a practice of preventing, assessing and treating conditions of the human body and mind. By integrating conventional health sciences with a range of natural therapies and traditional medicines, Naturopathy treats the patient's mental, emotional and physical states for a lasting effect. The foundation of Naturopathy is the philosophy of the "healing power of nature". This means that the body has its own healing energy within and with the help of naturopathic treatment, the body can repair itself and recover from illness if it is in a healthy and supportive environment. Medical Doctors, being human beings too, also must rely on this.

The Role of the Naturopathic Doctor.

   A naturopath aims to educate, empower and motivate the patient to assume more personal responsibility for his or her health by adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle and diet. They do not simply treat the manifestation of a disease and its effects but rather search for THE CAUSE and treat it, rather than the effect. Prevention of disease is accomplished through naturopathic education which builds a lifestyle that supports health and well-being, in both the short & long term.

Kansas City Integrative Health is a comprehensive care clinic located in the heart of Overland Park that focuses on addressing the root cause of your condition, changing your physiology to support healing, and to prevent future progression of any disease process. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you!

Sunblock Causing Male Infertility?

A new study by the National Institutes of Health links sunscreen to male infertility. Benzophenones are used in sunscreens and personal care products and are absorbed by the skin. These chemicals act as endocrine disrupting compounds, as they can interfere with the body's hormones. The recent study showed a 30% reduction in male fertility, leading to a longer time to pregnancy. 

Cold Weather, Cold Sores

Colder weather has arrived in Kansas City, and it is here for the season. These temperature changes can affect the immune system, but also the change from being active and the increase in stress can decrease the immune response as well.

Some individuals experience cold sores more frequently in the winter time with the colder weather. While everyone doesn't get them, most people have the antibodies to the virus that causes cold sores. These cold sores, otherwise known as oral herpes simplex, can cause painful sores on the lips, or inside the mouth and is often associated with swollen lymph nodes and muscle aches. 

While the best way to keep these cold sores from recurring is to have a robust immune system, there are some other ways to keep these sores at bay. 

Change the Lysine to Arginine Ratio
The herpes simplex virus needs arginine to thrive, while lysine causes disruption in the virus's replication.

Eating foods high in lysine decrease its ability to replicate.
These include:

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  • fish
  • yogurt
  • kefir
  • cottage cheese
  • papaya
  • beets
  • apples
  • apricots

Avoid foods high in arginine:

  • wheat
  • soy
  • lentils
  • oats
  • corn
  • barley
  • eggplant
  • tomato
  • chocolate
  • peanuts
  • almonds
  • cashews
  • most other nuts and seeds

Also, some vitamins, including vitamin E, have been shown to be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of these cold sores. 

Stay tuned for the next article which will give easy health tips for keeping your immune system in tip-top shape!

Come visit Kansas City Integrative Health to learn more about how you can beat the cold without getting sick all the time, we are conveniently located in the heart of Overland Park.

Posted on November 11, 2014 .

Happy Healthy Halloween: Tricks and Treats

Halloween is one of the most anticipated events of the year for children. However, for those children with food allergies, trick or treating can be frustrating and even dangerous. Food Allergy Research & Education is raising awareness and encouraging teal pumpkins to be placed outside homes that offer non-food treats for kids with allergies.
Ideas for non-food treats:

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Ideas for non-food treats:

  • Tattoos
  • Glow Sticks
  • Bubbles
  • Silicone Wristbands 
  • Mini play-dough containers
  • Halloween pencils & crayons
  • Witch fingers or spider rings
  • Shoe laces

In addition to food allergies, there's another reason to keep the candy to a minimum; candy has empty calories and is lacking in any significant nutritional value. Want to hand out some fun healthy options instead? 

  • Cutie Tangerines
  • Raisins
  • Real Fruit Strips/Leather
  • Apple sauce snack packs
  • Granola bars
  • Juice boxes/packs

Get creative! Check out my pinterest page and other Pinterest boards for lots of fantastic ideas!

Posted on October 22, 2014 .

Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome) and Food Triggers

Certain foods can increase painful bladder symptoms associated with interstitial cystitis. Most foods result in symptoms 2-4 hours after ingestion.

Most common irritating foods:

  • alcoholic beverages
  • carbonated drinks
  • caffeine
  • spicy foods
  • tomatoes
  • citrus fruits
  • vinegar
  • bananas
  • cheese
  • aspartame
  • onions
  • sour cream
  • yogurt

There is no known reason why these food cause bladder irritation, however there are some theories as to why these foods are associated with IC. Many of these contain higher amounts of specific amino acids, including tryptophan and tyrosine, which are thought be broken down into products that are more irritating to the bladder wall. Another common irritant that is found in some of the above foods are "oxalates", which may irritate the bladder wall as well. 

However, diet is simply one aspect of interstitial cystitis. Hormones, an abnormal immune response, and poor bladder lining all contribute. These factors may be addressed individually and part of a complete plan. 

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How can I heat up my love life while trying to get pregnant?

Having difficulties conceiving can surround your sex life with a significant amount of stress and pressure. Infertility can be physically and emotionally draining and takes its toll on any relationship. Active intimacy and sex in a couple is important to strengthen your bond and keep that spark alive! Here are some tips for the bedroom:

Complement each other, daily. Does she look extra sexy after the shower? Did he make you dinner? Whenever possible, say nice things to your partner to encourage loving feelings between you two.

Create the right atmosphere and allow time for foreplay. Before the romance even begins, set the mood. Start with a massage, foot rub, sensual shower together, or a date night.

Avoid sex on a schedule. Scheduling sex around ovulation might help you get pregnant, but also can kill the mood. Focus on ovulation at a different time of the day, and keep your tracking tools out of the bedroom—looking at a flowchart beforehand can increase anxiety surrounding sex. Make a point to be in the moment with your partner, and not in your head focusing on something else (like body temperature)!

Connect on a deeper level. Communication between you and your partner is vital, and being spiritually aware of yourself and your partner can increase appreciation. It can also improve your sex life. Focus on enjoying every moment with them, with a goal of mutually satisfying sex.

Posted on October 14, 2014 .

Male Infertility

Studies confirm that male sperm counts are declining, and environmental factors, such as pesticides, exogenous estrogens, and heavy metals may negatively impact sperm production. An estimated six percent of adult males are thought to be infertile and an estimated 15 percent of couples attempting their first pregnancy will have difficulty conceiving.

There are specific on specific nutritional and environmental factors that contribute to a man's fertility, but also other factors and conditions including (but not limited to):

  • Endocrine abnormalities
  • Prescription drugs (anti-seizure medications, sulfa drugs, some antibiotics and steroids)
  • Previous infections
  • Liver disease
  • Autoimmune conditions

In addition to these conditions, evidence suggests environmental reasons contributing to poor sperm quality, including exposure to chemicals, pesticidesheat, radiation, heavy metals, and electromagentic forces (a nearby cellphone).

There are many nutritional interventions for increasing sperm count, mobility, and motility. Often addressing the underlying medical conditions, environmental exposures, and stress can increase a man's fertility.



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Fertility Foods

Food plays a vital role in overall health, but what you are eating may be affecting your fertility. Here at Kansas City Integrative Health, we understand the nutritional factors that contribute to infertility, in both males and females. Dr. Rues is a naturopathic health specialist, focusing on you and your starting family