Dr Melissa Carr's blog

5 Great Ways to Detox after the Holidays

We know how challenging it can be to stay on track with all of the seasonal temptations this time of year. Christmas and other holiday feasts with family, end-of-year get-togethers with coworkers, and endless parties can play havoc on your health, leaving your liver pleading for help. With the New Year right around the corner, it’s a great time to rid your body of toxins from the overindulgences of the festive season. 

 

This Year’s Flu Shot Offers Little to No Protection

Over the past few months, you have probably heard the regular updates about the importance of getting the flu vaccine. Approximately 10% to 20% of the population becomes infected with the flu each year, resulting in a host of unpleasant symptoms, including fever, headache, fatigue, sore throat, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. In some cases, people may develop serious complications, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), and may need hospital care.

Top 5 Foods to Help Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is an important function of the body’s response—without it, we couldn’t heal. Acute inflammation, for example, helps to activate the immune system, destroy pathogens, and repair cells. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, has been linked to host of health concerns, including joint pain, obesity, ADD/ADHD, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues, dental issues, and cancer.  

All Men Should Read This in Recognition of Movember

Preventing BPH Naturally

While many men are growing mustaches in recognition of prostate health this Movember, how many are making the changes key to the prevention and treatment of prostate health issues? 

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlargement of the prostate gland, is an extremely common condition, typically beginning around age 50. By age 60, most men have some degree of BPH, and by age 85, 90% of men have urinary symptoms related to BPH. The symptoms of BPH include increased urinary frequency, nighttime awakening to empty the bladder, stopping and starting during urination, difficulty starting urination, dribbling after urination ends, recurrent urinary tract infections, and even blood in the urine.

Panax Ginseng: How to Fight Wild Ginseng Poaching

Is Your Ginseng Legally Acquired?

When we think of the words “endangered” and “poaching,” we most often think of animals. However, there are many plants that unfortunately also fit this category. American ginseng is on the verge of becoming an endangered species due to illegal poaching. Wild ginseng is valuable, fetching as high as $1,400 per pound on the black market. As the demand and popularity of the prized root continues to grow, the issue of ginseng poaching is getting worse. 

Hack Your Immune System Naturally with Ginseng

 

You may have heard some talk about a huge and unexpected price increase for cycloserine—a pill used to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis. According to the New York Times, the new owner of the TB drug recently jacked up the price by an astounding 2,000 per cent virtually overnight. Although the outrageous price tag has since been withdrawn, the drug will still be twice as expensive as before.

Kick Start Your Cognitive Health This School Year with Panax Ginseng

The back to school season is here, bringing with it many great learning opportunities for students and teachers alike. For others not in school, there is still a sense of getting back to business with work. For both school and work, keeping your mind sharp and flexing your mental agility is key. If you have ever had a difficult time trying to focus, however, you know first-hand how enormously frustrating it can be to complete a task. 

Managing Menopause with Panax Ginseng

 

Hot flashes are uncomfortable enough without the added heat of summer weather. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a solution? Something that can help regulate your storming hormones? You’re in luck.

Ginseng is renowned for its ability to improve memory and concentration. But did you know that it is also used as an age-old treatment for the symptoms of menopause? Thanks to the ginsenosides—compounds found in ginseng that also improve brain function and blood flow—this wonder herb is a trusted ally that can help women manage menopause, naturally.

Treating Acne Naturally

 

Are you suffering from acne? Don’t worry. You are not alone. An embarrassing and troublesome problem, acne is a common skin condition that affects many people. Breakouts can appear on the face, chest, back, and shoulders, and are caused by a wide variety of factors—such as heredity, hormones, oil production, and allergies. Before you rush out to visit your dermatologist, there are several natural remedies that can be just as effective as medications (and much less harmful). Here are some useful suggestions to help you take control over your acne, fast and naturally.

4 Simple Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Chronic Illness

 

We have an epidemic of chronic illness taking place worldwide, and you or someone you know has probably already been affected. Although cancer, diabetes, and heart disease kill millions of people each year, fortunately there are a number of lifestyle changes you can easily do to help prevent the causes—including oxidative stress, chronic inflammation, and mutagens and carcinogens—of many of these chronic illnesses. Here are some suggestions that will help you make a significant difference in your life and your health.