The latest from the Alternative Family Medicine team.

February 24, 2018 Ann BarterPosts

Polycystic ovary syndrome is incredibly challenging.  Woman generally present with a myriad of symptoms ranging from acne (especially cystic), infertility, blood sugar problems, excessive hair growth on face, irregular and painful periods, trouble losing weight.  It is possible to have a few of these symptoms, or all of these symptoms, depending upon how far the PCOS has progressed.  

The Rotterdam Criteria

Only two of the three criteria are necessary for a PCOS diagnosis:

  1. Delayed ovulation or menstrual cycles
  2. Hyperandrogenism/high androgenic hormones like testosterone
  3. Polycystic ovaries on ultrasound

Standard medical treatment really only looks at treating the symptoms of PCOS.   read more


February 15, 2018 Ann BarterPosts

Healthy eating and sticking to a specific dietary protocol isn’t as hard as it sounds when we commit to some very simple time and money saving tricks. Some of these will be a good reminder, others may be new ideas. We’ve taken some concepts employed in restaurants and commercial kitchens and applied them for home cooks to learn to be more productive, efficient and hopefully, turn an inevitable task into a good time!

We’d like to take a moment to let our readers know these are tried and true recommendations and we are not affiliated with any of the products or services mentioned. We want to provide ways to help people save time and money with their meal preparations so they feel good about the food they are preparing and not resentful of the process. Meal prep can be a chore, but it doesn’t have to feel (completely) like one! read more


February 13, 2018 Ann BarterPosts
Organs of the Digestive System

Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects approximately 11% of the population. Only 30% of those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome will consult a physician about their symptoms, which leaves you to wonder how many people out there suffer from this condition undiagnosed. The average IBS sufferer experiences up to 4 distinct episodes of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms lasting up to 5 days. That’s 20 days a month! Those with irritable bowel syndrome have a higher prevalence of anxiety and a lower quality of life. read more


January 18, 2018 Ann BarterPosts

Food sensitivities can be a bit of touchy subject, as food is a big part of our lives. From cultural recipes, to celebrations, to just the simple pleasure of eating food that tastes good. From time to time however, the things we count on to nourish us can actually do us harm.

What we want to offer with this post is that there are a lot of chronic symptoms you might be experiencing because you are consistently eating something your body doesn’t agree with. This is where things get tricky. Unlike food poisoning, food sensitivity symptoms can show up in as few as a couple hours after eating the culprit food, or as long as long as 3 days afterwards. read more


January 10, 2018 Ann BarterConditionsPain

Concussions are a form of traumatic injury to the head accompanied by temporary impairment of brain function. This kind of damage is often referred to as mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or mild head injury (MHI) and is one of the most common kinds of external damage in the head and neck region.

In 2013,  about 2.8 million traumatic brain injury-related visits to the emergency department took place in the United States. Modern studies reveal that the most common mechanisms of TBI are:

  •         Road traffic accidents
  •         Falls
  •         A hit by or against a certain object

Roughly speaking, all concussions can be divided into two major groups: sports-related and not related to sports. Although the treatment in both cases is roughly universal, patients who had received a sport-related concussion often worry about how quickly they would be able to return to their training sessions, games and tournaments. A major part of the functional treatment of TBI is in explaining the importance of complete recovery before going back to physical activities: this is crucial not only for the patient’s health but also for his or her optimal physical performance. read more


January 10, 2018 Ann BarterConditionsPain

Among all health complaints, head pain is one of the most common. Recent studies indicate that as much as 48.9% of the population may be suffering from recurrent headaches, and this number is most likely to raise even higher throughout the following years.

Head pain tends to be a multifactorial problem.  This basically means that it needs to be approached with multiple different approaches.  The structural component of head pain can easily be corrected by interventions like chiropractic care.  The muscular component can easily be addressed with muscle techniques including graston (scar tissue removal technique), dry needling, and focused muscle work addressing the cranials and TMJ.  An underlying biochemical component can be causing or contributing to head pain, including possible hormonal imbalances.  Such biochemical imbalances may stem from food allergies or sensitivities, unregulated blood sugar, or thyroid problems.  Many other factors can contribute to head pain and it is important to get at the root of the problem rather than papering it over with ibuprofen — your body is letting you know that something is not right and needs to be addressed. read more


Close to 700,000 Americans have their gallbladder removed each year in the US. The goal of this surgery is to alleviate digestive distress, chronic abdominal and referred pain patterns, and prevent dangerous lodging of gallstones in the common bile duct. In many instances, this surgery is an absolute and cannot be avoided.

Postcholecystectomy syndrome (Post-gallbladder removal syndrome) is defined as a complex of diverse symptoms consisting of:

  • Gallbladder or non-gallbladder-like abdominal pains
  • Indigestion
  • Vomiting
  • Gastrointestinal disorders and jaundice
  • Bloating, gas, and diarrhea
  • And Cholangitis (infection of the bile ducts of the liver)

The most common cause of this syndrome is bile stones that were likely present at the time of surgery, or developed after the surgery as a result of bile stagnation. Stagnant bile is usually the reason stones form in the gallbladder in the first place. As bile is made in the liver, it is important to address why you are producing sluggish, thick bile in the first place. This can be addressed both nutritionally with herbal remedies as well as changes in diet.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3473449/ (1) read more


Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most commonly diagnosed disabling condition of the upper extremities (your arms). CTS can very dramatically decrease your quality of life, interfering with sleep, productivity at work, focus, and takes the enjoyment out of leisure activities. This condition has such a chronic nature it can have a negative impact on  your mood as well.  People with CTS suffer from chronic numbness and/or tingling in the hands, loss of grip strength and dexterity, discomfort in the forearms, difficulty finding a comfortable sleeping position due to numbness and tingling, and they often have head and neck complaints. read more


Plantar fasciitis (PF) affects approximately two-million people in the US, of both athletic and non-athletic populations. This condition can be debilitating and significantly affect one’s quality of life in a very negative way. There are few high quality studies on this condition and the most successful treatments. Treatments range from chiropractic care, physical therapy, injections and surgeries. Fortunately this condition can typically be resolved with conservative treatment and lifestyle modifications that can prevent going under the knife. (1) read more


In our practice, we see a lot of patients that are struggling with chronic digestive symptoms. They complain of symptoms ranging from indigestion to bloating and constipation.

Recently, a condition called SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) has been popping up more and more. SIBO is a condition in which not just one type of bacteria has overgrown, like a candida infection, but a widespread overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.

The types of symptoms you will notice with SIBO are as follows: read more