The latest from the Alternative Family Medicine team.

85% of Americans have hypoglycemia also known as low blood sugar. In a study of normal weight women between the ages of 15 and 49, 20% had some sort of dysglycemia meaning unregulated blood sugar.

Blood sugar is a key indicator of risk of cardiovascular disease and risk of stroke, and one of the most important indicators in health.

If you can’t regulate your blood sugar effectively, you are going to have a very hard time stabilizing your symptoms. Your weight, mood, energy levels, sleep, hormone balance, immune system, thyroid function, and many others issues will not resolve without stable blood sugar.

Do you ever experience “hanger”, shakiness between meals or if meals are delayed, difficulty losing weight, trouble falling asleep, waking up at 3 or 4 am for no reason, fatigue, sugar cravings, needing coffee to get through the day, fatigue after meals, headaches, constant hunger? All of these symptoms are signs of blood sugar dysregulation. Now contrary to what you may think, a lot of people with blood sugar dysregulation aren’t necessarily overweight. Many times these people are also fairly healthy eaters. Sometimes it’s a matter of high stress, skipping meals or waiting too long between meals, and/or skipping food for coffee. High sugar, high carbohydrate and highly processed diets are another cause. The good news is that you can fix this naturally. By changing the way eat and supplementing with herbs that help regulate your blood sugar.   read more


Here are 3 simple steps to determine if you are suffering from fibromyalgia.

Step 1. Run a comprehensive blood panel: Sometimes other conditions occur concurrently with Fibromyalgia

Some of the more common conditions are hypothyroid, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, hepatitis C, sleep apnea, and cervical stenosis. What this means is that you need to have a blood draw performed with a complete blood count if you are suffering from chronic pain. The reason for this is that chronic pain and autoimmune disease tend to go hand in hand. It is important to rule out more severe autoimmune diseases first before jumping to a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia because the symptoms can be similar. read more