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Archives: October 2014

What to Expect from Juvederm

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Juvederm is an injectable hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is used to provide facial wrinkle and fold corrections. These corrections typically last 9-12 months depending on the patient and provide smoother and younger looking skin.

Hyaluronic acid is found in the body as a naturally occurring sugar. When created into a smooth gel and injected, it retains water at the injection site, and then acts as a cushioning agent. One injection typically gives the optimal result of uplifted, smoother, and younger appearing skin. Juvederm is not recommended for those who have severe allergies or a history of anaphylaxis.

If you are interested to see what your results are using Juvederm, call Dr. Burns to schedule a consult. There is no need to worry about wrinkling skin when looking years younger has never been easier, or more natural!

Alzheimer’s and Medical Marijuana

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Currently, one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States is Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a neural degenerative disease that leads to memory deprivation. Amyloid plaques or protein deposits trigger the disease. Symptoms include severe loss of memory, speech problems and mood swings. Alzheimer’s typically affects those over the age of 65, and, as of right now, has no cure. However, recent research done in San Diego has shown that medical marijuana can helps treat symptoms of this debilitating disease.

Based on numerous studies, the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego reported that medical marijuana is a neuronal growth promoter and promotes brain-stimulating activity. The THC component of medical marijuana has also shown that it can inhibit the progression of Alzheimer’s. Patients reported that they were able to cope better with their fragmented motor skills and memory loss when using medical marijuana as a treatment for their symptoms.

Medical marijuana also decreases amyloid beta levels, which can help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, it is not a complete cure but the benefits of using medical marijuana to cope with symptoms and possibly slow down Alzheimer’s progression is great news in the medical world and to all of those affected from this devastating disease.

If you or a loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s and would like to use medical marijuana as an alternative treatment or in conjunction with other treatments, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Burns at The Bienetre Center.

If you and Dr. Burns decide that medical marijuana would be a good addition to your Alzheimer’s care and current treatment, you are eligible to apply for a medical marijuana identification card per the state guidelines with the written certification from a doctor licensed to practice medicine in the State of Arizona, such as Dr. Burns. Dr. Burns offers medical marijuana evaluations and can help patients gain safe access to marijuana for the treatment of a variety of conditions.

Call The Bienetre Center and schedule an appointment with Dr. Burns for your medical marijuana evaluation today.

Cancer and Medical Marijuana

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One of the most frightening things in the world is a cancer diagnosis. One of the first questions that come to mind after receiving the news is treatment and what options are available to you.

The two common treatments for many different types of cancer are chemotherapy and radiation. However, there has been ground breaking evidence that medical marijuana can be used in conjunction with these treatments and help subdue cancer’s painful side effects. Promising studies have also shown that medical marijuana can help treat breast, cervical, brain, leukemia, lung, and prostate cancer, among others, in addition to helping with pain. From the use of medical marijuana, cervical and lung cancer cell invasion is slowed, and the cannabinoids found in marijuana inhibits tumor growth in leukemia and breast cancer. In addition to its use, there is a significant reduction in pain. Medical marijuana is a great option that can go hand in hand with chemotherapy or radiation.

If you suffer from cancer or are currently receiving cancer treatment and would like to use marijuana for pain cessation and/or treatment, you are eligible to apply for a medical marijuana identification card per the state guidelines. To find out if medical marijuana is the right treatment for you, speak to your oncologist and a naturopathic doctor who specializes in cancer treatment.

As a qualifying patient, you must also get written certification from a doctor licensed to practice medicine in the State of Arizona. Dr. Burns offers medical marijuana evaluations and can help patients gain safe access to marijuana for the treatment of a variety of conditions.

Call The Bienetre Center and schedule an appointment with Dr. Burns for your medical marijuana evaluation today.

The Stress Triad and Reducing Stress

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Flight or Fight

In today’s world, we face flight or fight responses everyday. Normal stressors include working late, working too much, responding to your family’s needs, being angry with our neighbor or loved one, paying the bills, keeping the house clean – the list goes on.

All of this stress adds up to worry, anger, frustration, and sleepless nights, and if we keep ourselves in this pattern, we will burn out. This “burn out” is part of a chemical change that happens when our bodies are put under prolonged periods of stress. Most turn to the internet or local health foods store to find something that helps them relax. When that doesn’t work, they turn to their doctor who prescribes a sleeping aid and anti-anxiety or anti-depressant to see if that will help the symptoms. However, that solution is not repairing or addressing the issues from within. What is really happening?

Inside the body there is what’s known as the excitatory state and the calm state. In the calm state, we see everything as going well. We are not in a rush to go anywhere and we can sit down and relax for periods of time. In this state, we are digesting food like we should; the body is removing waste like it should; and we are getting the sleep that we need.

However, most everyone is in the excitatory state. In this state, our minds and bodies do not shut off. The excitatory state was meant for short bursts of trouble or duress, not for long term stress. During the excitatory phase our adrenals are pumping out stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine, norepinephrine; our digestive system shuts down; waste is not eliminated; our minds start racing; panic sets in and we are or feel like we should be on the run.

The Stress Triad refers to the three organs or hormones that affect our body when we are stressed. The triad includes our thyroid, adrenals, and hormones (male and female).

The thyroid is located at the base of the throat. A normally functioning thyroid uses iodine and tyrosine (an amino acid) to make T3 and T4, the two elements that control metabolism in every cell of the body. Thyroid function goes down when we are in a stressed state because there isn’t enough active ingredient (T3 and T4) to be made for all of the cells in the body. Side effects of this include fatigue, anxiety, depression, irritability, muscle aches and weakness, foggy brain, and constipation, to name a few.

The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys. The cortex produces cortisol and a precursor to male and female hormones. The medulla produces epinephrine and norepinephrine – the hormones that help your body deal with stress. Despite negative publicity, cortisol is not a bad hormone. However, too much cortisol can have a negative impact on stress. If your body doesn’t rest and is constantly making cortisol and the other adrenal hormones, keeping up with the demand will wear our adrenal glands out and lead to adrenal fatigue. Some of the symptoms of the early stages of adrenal fatigue include fatigue, anxiety, depression, foggy brain, cravings for salt or sweet foods, poor digestion, and weak immune system. In late stages, the symptoms will be difficulty getting out of bed, feeling burnt out, along with other health issues that may develop.

Our hormones are the last members of The Stress Triad. Testosterone, Progesterone, and Estrogens are all used not only for male and female characteristics, but are an essential part of daily functioning.

Testosterone helps to build muscle mass, build and strengthen bone, helps to regulate energy in the body, and plays a role in mental health.

Symptoms of Low Testosterone include:

  • Fatigue or decreased energy
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Depressed mood
  • Increased body fat
  • Reduced muscle mass and strength
  • Decreased bone strength

Progesterone helps with bone building, regulating blood sugars, promotes healthy thyroid activity, and helps with energy levels.

Symptoms of Low Progesterone include:

  • sugar cravings
  • ovarian cysts
  • low basal body temperatures
  • irregular periods
  • allergy symptoms
  • arthritis
  • spotting in the days before your period begins
  • recurrent early miscarriage
  • blood clots during menstruation
  • cold hands and feet
  • brittle nails
  • cracked heels
  • decreased sex drive
  • menstrual cramps
  • depression or anxiety
  • acne
  • fatigue
  • fibrocystic breasts
  • PCOS
  • endometriosis
  • fibromyalgia
  • gallbladder issues
  • Foggy thinking
  • headaches and migraines
  • infertility
  • vaginal dryness
  • slow metabolism
  • mood swings
  • weight gain, especially around the middle

Estrogen helps slow down bone loss, relieves hot flashes and increases good cholesterol. It also plays a part in mental health, and healthy skin.

Symptoms of Low Estrogen include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Anxiety
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of libido
  • Mood swings
  • Dry achy joints
  • Foggy Brain

Reducing Stress
Now that we know what is happening in our bodies when we are stressed, what can we do to prevent stress and the associated sickness and symptoms that develop with prolonged periods of stress?
There are many herbs, vitamins, and/or amino acids that can be used to help decrease the stress response. Some of these include:
L-tryptophan is an amino acid. It functions as a precursor to serotonin, melatonin, and helps with proper brain function. Therapeutically it has been used for insomnia, depression, and premenstrual syndrome.
L-tyrosine, an amino acid, is involved with the synthesis of neurotransmitters in the brain. It is a precursor to dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and thyroid hormones. Therapeutically it has been used for depression, stress conditions, help to improve athletic performance.
Theanine, an amino acid, has been a byproduct of glutamic acid. It has been known to relax the brain without any drowsiness. Therapeutically it has been used for increasing memory and learning, insomnia, depression, for certain cancers, it can enhance the effect of chemo treatments, protects the brain from stresses, and it helps regulate sleep.
Methionine, an amino acid, is converted to S-adenosyl methionine. It is used in the breakdown of estrogen. It degrades histamine and builds up epinephrine, helping with antioxidant function. Therapeutically it helps with depression, osteoarthritis, and pain control.
Magnesium regulates calcium absorption and is involved with the structural part of bones and teeth. It acts as a smooth muscle relaxant. Therapeutically magnesium has been used for sugar cravings, muscle cramps, fatigue, and pain.
Calcium is used to help build bones and teeth. It is also used for muscle contraction. Therapeutically it has been used for insomnia, depression, anxiety, leg cramps and osteoporosis.
Thamine B1 is needed for the metabolism of carbohydrates, fate and protein. Therapeutically it has been used for depression, insomnia, and anxiety.
Riboflavin B2 is needed for the production of thyroid enzyme regulation and cortocosteroids. Therapeutically it has been used for depression.
Niacin B3 is used for the synthesis of both fatty acids and steroids. Therapeutically it has been used for anxiety, insomnia, dysmenorrhea, and for high cholesterol.
Pantothenic Acid B5 is used for certain steroid production in the adrenal glands. Therapeutically it has been used for stress, allergies, and osteoporosis.
Pyridoxine B6 is used in the development of myelin sheath and converting food into energy. Therapeutically it has been used for PMS, CTS, depression, and acne.
Cobalamin B12 is used to convert food into energy, it is protective for the nerve endings. Therapeutically it has been used for allergies, acne, fatigue, insomnia, and depression.
Folic Acid is used in the formation of red and while blood cells and for build antioxidants. Therapeutically it has been used for neural tube defect, depression, and RLS.
Vitamin C is a great antioxidant. It also helps with increasing the immune system. Therapeutically it has been used for energy, protective for the adrenal glands, it helps with wound healing.
Omega 3 is great for inflammation and for brain function. Therapeutically it has been used to reduce pain and for depression.
Siberian ginseng helps to support the body through stressful situations and is good for the adrenal system. It increases endurance and concentration too.
Gotu Kola is an anti-inflammatory and is good for the adrenal system. It decreases adrenal enlargement and treats stress induced ulcers.
Licorice helps with the immune system, protects the adrenals, is an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.
Oats are used to help the nervous system from stress.
Ginkgo helps to support the adrenals and endocrine organs.
Catnip is great for nervous headaches and for insomnia. It is a bit of a sedative.
Lavender is used for insomnia and nervous excitement.
Skullcap is used for insomnia, restless sleep, is great for the nervous system.
Lemon balm is used for indigestion and stress due to stress.
Chamomile helps people sleep and helps to restore the nervous system.
Finding What Works for You
Because there are so many different single or combination formulas of homeopathic remedies that help with stress, it is recommended that you visit with a qualified, homeopathic physician to find the one that is right for you.

The Health Benefits of Potassium

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The mineral Potassium has some of the most accessible sources ranging from potatoes, avocadoes, spinach, and tomatoes. With it being found in many fruits and vegetables, it is no wonder that it is so good for your body.

These are a few of the many health benefits of potassium:

Lower blood pressure. Studies recently have declared that those who took potassium supplements lowered their blood pressure by eight points. With the right diet and amount of potassium recommended by your doctor, you can cut your blood pressure level by ten points.

Increase bone health. Researches show promising studies that an increase in potassium can increase bone-mineral density and can prevent osteoporosis.

Heart health. A potassium rich diet, according to research, can decrease the chances of having a stroke by 21 percent. Some scientists believe that this is true due to the fact that it helps lower blood pressure. If it not only helps blood pressure and the chances of stroking are slimmer, it must prevent other heart diseases as well.

Digestion. Potassium assists breaking down and burning carbohydrates. Because of its aide in the digestion process, it helps prevent ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

If you suffer from low blood pressure, or have any conditions mentioned above, please contact Dr. Burns at the BienEtre Center. Dr. Burns specializes in homeopathic, natural health treatments, and can help restore your body to its full potential.

Is Something Wrong With My Thyroid?

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Your thyroid is a gland that is located in the neck, but although it may be a “gland,” it is the master of your metabolism. It controls every aspect of your health including weight, depression, and energy levels. About 59 million Americans have a thyroid problem, but most of them don’t know that they do. The importance of a having a diagnoses thyroid problem is crucial because it increases your risk of obesity, heart problems, anxiety, hair loss, and many other health problems. Here are 9 signs that something may be wrong with your thyroid:

  1. Muscle/Joint pains
  2. Neck discomfort/swelling
  3. Change in skin
  4. Bowel problems
  5. Menstrual irregularities/ fertility problems
  6. Cholesterol issues
  7. Depression and anxiety
  8. Change in weight
  9. Fatigue

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is possible that something may be wrong with your thyroid. It is vital that you get your thyroid checked out to insure that you do not have any other underlying health problems.

Call Dr. Burns at the BienEtre Center today to schedule a consult about any concerns you may have. Dr. Burns practices in naturopathic remedies, and can help nurture and heal your body in a natural way.

When Diet and Exercise Aren’t Enough

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Some people leave the gym in hope that the past hour on the treadmill, and the past month of clean eating will change the number they see on the scale.

This is something that most people hope for, however, eight-five percent of those people will not see any results. People over the age of thirty-five are likely to be experiencing a fault in their metabolism from decades of toxin build up, nutrient deficiencies, and a change in hormones.

Another possibility for almost every age group is their thyroid health. Did you know that your thyroid is what is in charge of your metabolic rate? It is also what determines how many calories you burn. One tip that you can start working on now to help your metabolism: sleep 7-9 hours a night. This rest needs to be quality sleep. The room should be dark and no electronics.

If you feel like your metabolism is suffering from a hormone imbalance or thyroid issue, call Dr. Burns at The Bienetre Center. Dr. Burns works with patients to heal and restore their body in a natural way. For over ten years, the City of Phoenix has been receiving holistic care from her specialty in hormone imbalance, helping individual see true and lasting weight loss. Call 623-252-0376 today to schedule a consult and make the first step in healing your body.

Supporting An Out of State Friend or Family Member With Their Cancer Treatment

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In honor on Breast Cancer Awareness month, we will be talking about how to support an out-of-state friend or family member with their cancer treatment. One of the biggest decisions your loved one can make is accepting treatment. Beginning treatment means they are acknowledging they have cancer, and that they want to do something about it.

A part of their attitude towards treatment is going to come from you- a family member or friend. During this time, do not seclude yourself in your own feelings. Open up with your love one. They need to know that you are there for them. A simple, “I’m always here when you are ready to talk,” will reassure them that they have people that love and care for them. Your presence with them will be reaffirmation as well. If they are out of state, call and text them. To make something more personal, send them a box of goodies that you think will cheer them up. During this time, there will be some things that they will not be able to do- ask if there is any way that you might be able to assist them. Even though you are out-of-state, do what you can to insert yourself into their daily life so they know they aren’t alone.

Be happy and positive! This may not be the brightest time in their life, or yours, but they need to know that there is happiness that can be found in the hardest times. Your happiness, presence, and support will be one thing that they will cherish forever. Do remember that there may be times that they just want someone to vent to and listen to their thoughts and concerns. Remain positive throughout these conversations but give them the time and space to let out the emotions they are feeling as well.

Dr. Jennifer Burns at The Bienetre Center offers supportive naturopathic care for cancer patients. Services available to cancer patients include IV Nutrients and High Dose Vitamin C drips. To schedule a consult with Dr. Burns to discuss these and other naturopathic cancer treatment options call 623-252-0376. We look forward to speaking with you.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Women

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Although the thought of women being treated with testosterone replacement therapy may seem odd at first, what it does for women is incredible.

Those who benefit from testosterone replacement therapy tend to have low levels of androgen. Androgen plays an important role in the overall health of women, but it is also considered to be a sex-related hormone. Women who may benefit from testosterone replacement therapy include:

  • Women who have had their ovaries removed. When the ovaries are removed, there is a sudden drop in their testosterone level. This leads to reduced sex drive and satisfaction.
  • Those who have a low sex drive that is not caused by stress, a relationship, or by medication.
  • Those who have hypopituitarism.

If you have hypopituitarism, a considerably low sex drive, or have undergone surgery to have your ovaries removed and are experiencing low sex drive, call Dr. Burns today at The BienEtre Center. Dr. Burns works with patients to help restore and regulate their body in a natural way and can answer your questions if testosterone treatment is right for you. Together you can find a natural remedy in replacing what your body is naturally missing.

The Importance of Estrogen

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Hormones are vital to our health and vitality. One hormone that is vitally important for many reasons is estrogen. Physical functions and other biochemical parameters are affected with the amount of estrogen found in the body.

In women, estrogen is important during the time frame of puberty. It decelerates height increase, accelerates body fat burning, and reduces muscle bulk. It assists in regulating the menstrual cycle and developing breasts. It helps reduce bone re-absorption and increase bone formation. Good cholesterol (HDL) and triglycerides are increased through estrogen. LDL (bad cholesterol) is lowered and increased fat deposition is a result of having a good level of estrogen. Collagen content and quality is admired through the assistance of estrogen. It helps increase skin thickness and improves blood supply to the skin.

Fluctuating estrogen levels during the transition to menopause can take a toll on your health. There can be:

  • Hot flashes
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Tenderness of breasts
  • Intensified migraines
  • Mood swings

If you feel like may be suffering from an estrogen hormone imbalance call Dr. Burns at The BienEtre Center. Dr. Burns works with patients to heal and restore their body in a natural way including hormone replacement therapy services. For over ten years patients have been receiving holistic care from her specialty in hormone imbalance. Call today to schedule a consult and make the first step in healing your body and restoring your natural energy and vitality.