Arkansas Center for the Study of Integrative Medicine

Conditions Treated

 

Which conditions do we treat at the

Arkansas Center for the Study of Integrative Medicine?

 

Generally, we treat people with chronic and/or difficult to treat conditions. 

A typical patient is one who was previously healthy and active, and now, has fatigue and other symptoms that are not resolving.  This patient has usually been offered treatment with an anti-depressant when all of their lab work has been “normal” and no reason for their condition has been found.

So, at the top of our list, we’ll begin with “debilitating illness of unknown origin”.

Debilitating Illness of Unknown Origin
Fibromyalgia (see Additional Information below)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Fatigue
Autoimmune Conditions
Allergies
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
Autism Spectrum Disorders (see Additional Information below)
ADD/ADHD
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other gastrointestinal diseases
Celiac disease not completely resolving with gluten avoidance
Bad Breath
Neuropathy
Migraines
PMS
Symptoms of hypothyroidism with “normal” lab tests
Hypothyroidism with symptoms not resolving with standard testing and treatment
Menopause symptoms
Male hormone imbalance
Hypertension
Diabetes
Obesity
Depression
Skin conditions
Liver disease

If you have a chronic illness, most likely we, at the Arkansas Center for the Study of Integrative Medicine have something to offer you.

We are often asked, “How do you treat ______?”  For many chronic conditions we start with the same basic formula.  We work to improve gastrointestinal health, reduce inflammation, optimize neurological and endocrine (thyroid, adrenal and reproductive systems) function, improve immune function, correct nutritional deficiencies, decrease pain and increase energy.

You see, we are not using a magic pill or therapy to cure anyone.  We are helping each individual restore their health as near to their natural state as possible.  We also encourage changes that improve the diet and facilitate exercise.

We help people with their weight loss goals, not as a problem in and of itself, but as part of their overall path to regain their health.

I focus on the biochemical and nutritional balance.  But I am also aware that there are other areas in an individual’s life that need balance.  I often refer people for counseling to help them recognize and address issues that may have contributed to their illness and/or are slowing their recovery.  Many people with fibromyalgia benefit from stretching exercises, and maintain improvement with Physical Therapy or exercise such as Yoga or Tai Chi.  Massage therapy can help to improve blood flow to the soft tissues and help eliminate toxins from the tissue.  Cranio Sacral therapy can help to reduce pain.  Colon Hydrotherapy can help with chronic bowel symptoms and clearing toxins. (Please see the Find A Practitioner page for information about Practitioners in our area in these different disciplines.)   Many people benefit from stress reduction techniques.  Infrared sauna treatment can facilitate toxin removal, burn calories and possibly increase a person’s level of growth hormone.

The basic formula is adjusted for each individual.  The way we help heal one person’s gastrointestinal tract may be different from how we help another’s.  Each person’s neuroendocrine system is in a different state of health or disrepair.

Here at the Arkansas Center for the Study of Integrative Medicine, we are helping each individual restore their health as near to their natural state as possible.

Please call our office at 501-327-2967 to make an appointment to begin your journey to better health!  Our knowledgeable and courteous staff will be happy to answer any questions you have.

 

Additional Informaiton on Autism and Fibromyalgia

 Autism and Fibromyalgia

There are several reasons that I am writing about these two conditions together.  One reason, is that many of the people I see have one or the other of these two conditions.  Of the children with autism, many have a family member with Fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue or a chronic inflammatory or auto-immune illness.

Another reason to write about these conditions together is because of some of the common “themes” in onset, progression and responses to treatments.

Some of the common “themes” are:

  • Onset after a traumatic event.  This can include, but is not limited to, a major illness, a high fever, surgery, car accident or major emotional loss.
  • Gastrointestinal involvement, with either IBS, constipation or diarrhea.
  • Reflux.
  • Brain fog – problems with focus and concentration.
  • Migraines.
  • Chemical sensitivities.
  • Food sensitivities.
  • Depression.
  • History of multiple antibiotic treatments.
  • Yeast overgrowth symptoms.
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Improvements seen with (but not limited to) :
    • Methyl-B12 and activated folate
    • TMG or DMG
    • Magnesium
    • Epsom salt baths
    • Vitamin B6
    • Dietary interventions, including the Specific Carbohydrate Diet
    • Gluten avoidance
    • Cod liver oil
    • Additional vitamin D and/or vitamin A
    • Detoxification therapies
    • Support of the endocrine system
    • Support of the immune system
    • Movement therapies
    • Behavioral therapies
    • Low dose Naltrexone
    • Anti-viral therapies
    • Anti-fungal therapies

As you can see, there are multiple therapeutic approaches and not every person will need every one of these therapies.

How do we determine which therapies to use?  History, present medical condition, lab results, and response to previous therapies.

Why do we see these common themes?  This is what I think is happening.  Of course, the more we learn, the more we change what we think we know.  But, see what you think of this idea.

Every one of us is exposed to chemicals every day.  Some of these chemicals are made naturally in the body and are necessary for normal functioning and life.  Some of these chemicals are part of the food we eat.  Naturally occurring chemicals we can do the best with.

Then, there are the other chemicals.  Chemicals in our water.  Chemicals in and on our food, whether from pesticides, herbicides or from artificial additives and colors in processed foods.  Chemicals in make-up.  Chemicals from our clothes.  Chemicals in the air.  Chemicals in building supplies.  Many of these chemicals are more difficult for our body to handle.

Every one of us has a built-in detoxification system.  A system to break these chemicals down and get rid of them.  However, each of us has a different SIZE of detoxification system, based on our genes. 

So, let’s talk about 3 basic sizes.  Gallon size, quart size and teacup size.

Imagine a gallon bucket.  Every day, a quart of toxic material is poured in and processed out.  The same thing, every day.  Then, one day, a quart and a half of toxic material is poured in.  No problem.  The quart and a half of toxic material is processed out.

Now, imagine a quart bucket.  Every day, a quart of toxic material is poured in and processed out.  The same thing, every day.  No problem.  Then, one day, a quart and a half of toxic material is poured in.  IT OVERFLOWS!!!  This smaller system has been overloaded and now shrinks to ½ it’s original size!  It can’t even handle the usual quart of material on a daily basis anymore.  This just overwhelms the system.

Now, imagine a teacup.  You would think, that when we are born, we would be able to handle whatever the world presents to us.  However, we now know that even in utero, a baby is exposed to a significant level of toxins and his/her detoxification system may actually already be compromised at the time of birth. 

So, back to the tea cup.  Did you know that there are different sizes of tea cups.  Let’s say that one baby has a detoxification capacity which, for purposes of this illustration, is the size of your mother’s tea cup.  And another baby, again for the purpose of this illustration, has a detoxification capacity the size of your small daughter’s toy tea cup.  Now, let’s give each baby the same toxic challenge.  The larger tea cup may do just fine.  But not the smaller tea cup.

When a person is an adult and has a smaller detoxification capacity, their system can be overwhelmed and chronic disease such as Fibromyalgia may result.

When a person is a baby, with a developing central nervous system, and a smaller detoxification capacity, when their system is overwhelmed, not only do you see symptoms similar to Fibromyalgia, you also see symptoms related to the central nervous system.