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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Are You Iron Overloaded and Vitamin C Deficient?

Qualifier: If you are a man or a non-menstruating woman, then the answer to that question is probably YES. What does iron overload mean? Think of what happens when iron oxidizes. It rusts. The same thing with too much iron in our system - our body "rusts" so to speak.

Iron is a mineral we need to stay healthy. Most of us get enough iron from food we eat or from supplements. People who don't get enough iron may develop anemia. Conversely, people who get too much iron may develop other diseases, including hardening of the arteries and brain plaque. In either case, too little or too much iron is not good. It is obviously important to maintain proper iron levels, and I'd like to offer some insight.

People in third world countries don't usually deal with iron overload because of parasites (parasites LOVE iron), but since the early 1900's, those of us in first world countries don't deal with parasites as much and as a result, many people are now iron overloaded.  A bit "ironic" I'd say!

An excellent way to combat iron overload is to donate blood every 3 to 6 months. If you can't (or don't like to) donate blood, you can use a method called blood letting, which should be done under the supervision of a health professional (but NOT with leeches!).


Vitamin C from the food you eat or from supplements will also help in keeping the iron in your system at normal levels. It's import to note that Vitamin C is not the same as ascorbic acid, which is a popular misconception. Let me repeat that: Ascorbic acid is NOT equal to Vitamin C.


If you choose to take Vitamin C, it should be real Vitamin C from a whole food source or high quality supplement. Some excellent sources of Vitamin C are acerola cherries, citrus fruits, rose hips, camu-camu, and a supplement we have here in our office called Cataplex C.

My advice to you is this: Unless you are a menstruating female or you have been diagnosed with iron deficiency, don't take iron supplements. If you do need iron supplements, please do so under the supervision of your doctor or health professional. And make sure the Vitamin C you are getting is from high quality food sources or supplements (NOT ascorbic acid). Doing these few things alone will go a long way toward keeping your iron levels in balance, which will in turn help you maintain an overall healthy lifestyle, including helping to keep hardening of your arteries and brain plaque to a minimum.

A special note about Oasis Family Medicine office hours:

Kellie Kell, our Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, will now be available for Saturday appointments. We are excited to offer this special opportunity, as it's the first time we have ever been open on the weekend. You can call the office at (818) 957-6909 to schedule an appointment with Kellie.

Enjoy the video, and as always, please feel free to pass this along!




Medical Disclaimer: Information provided in this article is for informational purposes only. The information is a result of years of practice and experience by Yoshi Rahm, DO. However, this information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or another healthcare professional, or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging.

Do not use the information provided in this article for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing medication or other treatment. Always speak with your physician or another healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider promptly. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking professional advice because of something you have read in this email.

Information provided in this article and the use of any products or services related to this article by you DOES NOT create a doctor-patient relationship between you and Yoshi Rahm, DO. or any other physician featured in this article. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

#13 - Sleep

Yes, you read that right, it's lucky #13 - I'm happy to say, here's a bonus addition to the 12 Basic Steps to Anti-Aging Your Brain.

Sleep - Quantity vs. Quality. Which is more important? I would estimate that only 1 out of 10 people gets a truly good night's sleep. Surprised? Are you one of those 9 out of 10 people who struggle to get quality sleep? Do you wake up rested and refreshed, ready to take on the new day? Or do you drag yourself out of bed, feeling exhausted? Do you repeatedly hit the snooze button, thinking just a few more minutes?

I'd like to share some insight on ways to improve your sleep. After all, it's true that we spend (or SHOULD be spending) about one-third of our lives sleeping. If the quality isn't good, then does the quantity really matter? Good question. It has been proven that 5 or 6 hours of sleep that includes a couple hours of quality REM or deep sleep provides far more health benefits than 8 hours of poor quality sleep.


Quality REM sleep or deep sleep helps our bodies self-repair, regenerate and revive. Keeping your circadian rhythm in sync is also very important. Another thing to consider is your digital sunset - avoiding blue light from electronics at least 2 hours before bedtime will dramatically improve your sleep quality. If that isn't practical, then there are ways to block blue light with glasses or lenses. There are several excellent resources for sleep aids linked below in my Sleep Cheat Sheet to help improve your quality of sleep. And be sure to watch the video - I share some other insights on sleep quality that you will find very helpful. :)


Sleep Cheat Sheet – Quantity & Quality

Wake up at same time every morning then work backwards to figure out your optimal bedtime.

Light Hygiene
Food & Drink
  • Eat your last food 2-3 hours before bed.
  • Caffeine intake should be stopped before noon.
  • Keep evening alcohol consumption to a minimum (Dry Farm Wines on DrYoshi.com store website is a good quality, low alcohol alternative).
Mindfulness (Just a few examples, but there are SO MANY MORE options)
  • Tai chi
  • Miracle ball
  • Journal before bed
  • 6-phase mediation or to go deeper and have a much better experience, go here
  • Tapping
  • 10 things that make you smile posted/placed around the house
  • Digeridoo instrument playing… strengthening of vocal muscles (which is good for sleep apnea)
  • Breathing - Spire device on hip reminds you to breath more
  • Connecting with family, even just a simple massage, gives oxytocin which is a "love & happy hormone of connection."
Supplements
  • A tiny bit of MCT oil right before bed with raw honey
  • Chamomile tea
  • Magnesium
  • CBD
  • And about a thousand other supplements (that Oasis can guide you on)
Gadgets
  • Eye guards (silk or cotton) while sleeping
  • Grounding sheets
  • Muse headband
  • Heart Math
  • Infrared sauna
  • Oura Ring to monitor sleep
  • Sonic Sleep phone app to help get more deep sleep
Drugs / Prescriptions
  • Progesterone capsules
  • Compounded sleep aids from a compounding pharmacy (prescription needed)
Elevate head board by 6 inches (if you have acid reflux).

Get the www.The8HourPillow.com (if poor neck curvature is present).

Exercise earlier in day.

Set cool temps in bedroom while sleeping.

Turn off wi-fi during the night.

Neurofeedback (specifically the “SMR” protocol) can help turn on the sleep centers in the brain.

And so many more! :)

Sleep quality is vital to our overall health and well being. I hope what I have shared will help you achieve a good night's sleep. Sweet dreams!

Enjoy the video, and as always, please feel free to pass this along!



Medical Disclaimer: Information provided in this article is for informational purposes only. The information is a result of years of practice and experience by Yoshi Rahm, DO. However, this information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or another healthcare professional, or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging.

Do not use the information provided in this article for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing medication or other treatment. Always speak with your physician or another healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider promptly. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking professional advice because of something you have read in this email.

Information provided in this article and the use of any products or services related to this article by you DOES NOT create a doctor-patient relationship between you and Yoshi Rahm, DO. or any other physician featured in this article. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Fragrance Free



I guess you could say today's subject is a PSA (public service announcement) with a two-fold purpose. One is to educate and the other is to make a request. What is the PSA, you ask? As much as possible, Oasis Family Medicine has made significant efforts to maintain our office as a "synthetic chemical fragrance-free" zone.


It is always our goal to provide up-to-date information to educate you on all aspects of healthy living. Our choice to be a fragrance-free office is not because we don't want people to smell nice. It is simply because we want to provide a safe environment for ALL our patients and visitors. You may or may not realize it, but wearing a fragrance, perfume or cologne to the doctor's office may have adverse effects on those around you. It's possible that is something you have never considered before. Please read on to find out more.

For many people, the choice to avoid fragrances is not necessarily a preference, but rather a medical necessity. The synthetic chemicals in some fragrances can cause chemical sensitivities which trigger medical issues for some people, i.e. headaches, fatigue, and a number of other symptoms. When at all possible, we want to do what we can to minimize or avoid compounding medical issues for our patients. We know our patients appreciate our attention to those seemingly small, little known details that can turn out to be significant when it comes to their health and well-being. 

One alternative to the use of traditional fragrances or perfumes is the use of essential oils. High quality, pure essential oils do not contain many of the chemicals that can cause chemical sensitivities that trigger medical issues, so they are a safe alternative for those who do choose to wear fragrances. We choose to diffuse dōTerra essential oils here in our office, especially in the winter season. One oil blend that we use is OnGuard, because of its excellent anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.


Here at Oasis Family Medicine, our patients are our priority, and we always strive to provide the best healthcare possible. That includes our office environment.

If you are someone who deals with chemical sensitivities, then please know we do our best to provide a healthy and safe environment for your doctor visits.

If you are someone who likes to use fragrances, we respectfully request that you refrain from doing so on the days you come into the office.


We sincerely thank you and want you to know it is very much appreciated, not just by the Oasis Family Medicine staff, but also by our patients!



Speaking of essential oils, please be sure to join us for our next FREE Community Event: Essential Oils workshop - Managing Pain and Inflammation with Holistic Health Coach, Tracy Leventhal on Sunday, May 5th at 2pm. 


If you are looking for natural solutions to heal your body, essential oils are a perfect way to start. Learn how to use doTerra oils specifically for pain and inflammation in the body. Download the flyer here, and RSVP to save your seat here. We hope to see you there!


Enjoy the video, and as always, please feel free to pass this along!




Medical Disclaimer: Information provided in this article is for informational purposes only. The information is a result of years of practice and experience by Yoshi Rahm, DO. However, this information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or another healthcare professional, or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging.

Do not use the information provided in this article for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing medication or other treatment. Always speak with your physician or another healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider promptly. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking professional advice because of something you have read in this email.

Information provided in this article and the use of any products or services related to this article by you DOES NOT create a doctor-patient relationship between you and Yoshi Rahm, DO. or any other physician featured in this article. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

#12 - Smoking


Here is the final installment of the 12 Basic Steps for Anti-Aging Your Brain. I hope this series has been of help to you.

Smoking. It can be a touchy subject. Especially since it involves dealing with nicotine and addiction to it. I'm not trying to dissuade anyone from smoking - that's not my primary goal here. I simply want to provide information on smoking and its health impact, for you and those around you, so you can make informed decisions. The choice to quit or to keep smoking is yours. I do recommend that if you don't smoke, don't start, and do your best to avoid second-hand smoke.

That being said, smoking does affect all of us in a variety of ways. Our society's view of smoking has changed over the years, and many states have enacted laws to restrict smoking in public places. Besides the physical impact of smoking, there is also the economic impact of purchasing cigarettes (or whatever else they choose to smoke). Smokers have health consequences to consider for themselves (and for people exposed to their smoke second-hand).
On average, a non-smoker lives ten years longer than a smoker. That is significant. Which is why I consider these statistics to be equally significant:
  • 1 in 5 deaths is from smoking-related illness and disease.
  • 480,000 deaths per year are related to smoking.
  • 1 in 10 of those deaths is from exposure to second-hand smoke.
Many people don't realize how their smoking affects those around them. While smokers are in direct control of how much and how often they smoke, non-smokers who are subjected to the second-hand smoke don't have that same control. The main course of action for non-smokers is to remove themselves from the environment where they are exposed to smoking, and that isn't always possible.

The good news is this: If you do stop smoking or stop exposure to second-hand smoke, within a year, your body can recover a large percentage (80-90%) of your overall health and lung vitality.

Of course, if you are trying to quit, or if you are around a lot of second-hand smoke, there are things you can do to minimize your exposure or aid in healing your body:
  • Adaptogenic herbs help with the lack of nicotine
  • Taurine assists the lungs in healing
  • Polyphenols help prevent the progression of some diseases
  • Pulse dose (2x/day, 5 days/week) antioxidants
My advice is simple: If you smoke, do it with a friend (this is actually less harmful to your health than smoking alone), but realize that smoking may decrease your longevity. If you don't smoke, don't start. It's been proven that you are adding precious years to your life. Definitely worth it in my book.

Enjoy the video, and as always, please feel free to pass this along!





Medical Disclaimer: Information provided in this article is for informational purposes only. The information is a result of years of practice and experience by Yoshi Rahm, DO. However, this information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or another healthcare professional, or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging.

Do not use the information provided in this article for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing medication or other treatment. Always speak with your physician or another healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider promptly. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking professional advice because of something you have read in this email.

Information provided in this article and the use of any products or services related to this article by you DOES NOT create a doctor-patient relationship between you and Yoshi Rahm, DO. or any other physician featured in this article. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.