Women’s Health Concerns Which Respond Well to Integrative Therapy
We assist women diagnosed with diseases, disorders, syndromes which often have not responded well to other therapies.
The following is a brief list of common women’s health concerns we frequently see here at Atlanta Integrative Medicine. By no means is this exhaustive; please contact the clinic directly if you have a question about a specific diagnosis or condition not listed below:
Gynecology
PMS/ PMD
Heavy and/or Irregular cycles
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Endometriosis
Cervical dysplasia
Chronic vaginitis
Chronic yeast Infections
Uterine fibroids
Fibrocystic breast disease
Post-hysterectomy support
Menopausal Symptoms
Women's disease prevention and wellness
Obstetrics:
Pre-conception support
Pre and Post-natal support
Infertility
Breech position assistance
Post partum recovery (weakness, malaise, depression, etc)
Insufficient Lactation support
EWG's 10 Americans Presentation (full-length)
Watch Ken Cook, Environmental Working Group, share shocking information about how babies are born pre-polluted with as many as 300 industrial chemicals in their bodies. One of the most entertaining presentations that you'll see about the health effects of environmental pollution. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh2p2RFAanE
‘Prevent Harm Now: How to Carry, Birth, and Raise a Healthy Child in a Toxic World’ View Slideshow: http://www.slideshare.net/drdavid999/92008-sparc-prevent-harm-presentation
Study finds toxic chemicals in pregnant womens' bodies
Pregnant women take elaborate steps to protect their babies' health, following doctors' orders to avoid alcohol, caffeine, tobacco — even soft cheeses and deli meats.
In spite of these efforts, a new study shows the typical pregnant woman has dozens of potentially toxic or even cancer-causing chemicals in her body — including ingredients found in flame retardants and rocket fuel.
http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/parenting-family/pregnancy/2011-01-14-chemicals14_st_N.htm
Toxic chemicals finding their way into the womb
Five years ago Molly and Zachery Gray were in the midst of a dark, lonely spiral. It began with Molly's first miscarriage.
"It was a really emotional process of being so joyful and so happy and ready to make that step into parenthood and that being pulled away from you," said Molly, 32. "[The pregnancy is] happening and all of a sudden it's gone. It's really hard."
http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/06/01/backpack.cord.blood/index.html
Exposure to household chemical in utero increases risk of childhood eczema
Children whose mothers were exposed to a common household chemical while pregnant were found to have an increased risk of developing eczema.
The chemical – called butylbenzyl phthalate (BBzP) – is typically used in vinyl flooring, artificial leather and other household materials. Exposure typically occurs when the chemical is slowly released into the air and inhaled.
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/06/26/exposure-to-household-chemical-in-utero-increases-risk-childhood-eczema/
Report: BPA makes canned food risky for pregnant women
Pregnant women should limit their intake of canned foods and drinks, according to a report that finds 92% of food from metal cans is contaminated with an estrogen-like chemical called BPA, or bisphenol A.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-05-19-cans19_ST_N.htm
PON1 and Neurodevelopment in Children from the CHAMACOS Study Exposed to Organophosphate Pesticides in Utero
Background
Paraoxonase 1 (PON1) detoxifies oxon derivatives of some organophosphate (OP) pesticides, and its genetic polymorphisms influence enzyme activity and quantity. We previously reported that maternal urinary concentrations of dialkyl phosphate (DAP) metabolites, a marker of OP pesticide exposure, were related to poorer mental development and maternally reported symptoms consistent with pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) in 2-year-olds participating in the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS) study.
Objective
We determined whether PON1 genotypes and enzyme measurements were associated with child neurobehavioral development and whether PON1 modified the association of in utero exposure to OPs (as assessed by maternal DAPs) and neurobehavior.
Methods
We measured DAP concentrations in maternal urine during pregnancy, PON1192 and PON1-108 genotypes in mothers and children, and arylesterase (ARYase) and paraoxonase (POase) in maternal, cord, and 2-year-olds’ blood. We assessed 353 2-year-olds on the Mental Development Index (MDI) and Psychomotor Development Index (PDI) of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development and queried their mothers on the Child Behavior Checklist to obtain a score for PDD.
Results
Children with the PON1-108T allele had poorer MDI scores and somewhat poorer PDI scores. Children were less likely to display PDD when they or their mothers had higher ARYase activity and when their mothers had higher POase activity. The association between DAPs and MDI scores was strongest in children with PON1-108T allele, but this and other interactions between DAPs and PON1 polymorphisms or enzymes were not significant.
Conclusion
PON1 was associated with child neurobehavioral development, but additional research is needed to confirm whether it modifies the relation with in utero OP exposure. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3002199/
Pesticide exposure in womb linked to low IQ
Children exposed to high pesticide levels in the womb have lower average IQs than other kids, according to three independent studies released today in Environmental Health Perspectives.EnlargeClose
The studies involved more than 400 children, followed from before birth through ages 6 to 9, from both urban and rural areas. Researchers were from the University of California-Berkeley, Columbia University in New York and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/wellness/pregnancy/story/2011/04/Children-exposed-to-high-pesticde-levels-in-the-womb-have-lower-IQs-new-studies-show/46340432/1
Babies exposed to pesticides in the womb 'more likely to develop ADHD'
Pregnant women who are exposed to pesticides may be more likely to have hyperactive children.
A study found that babies exposed to crop sprays while still in the womb had greater odds of being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at the age of five.
It is feared that the powerful chemicals used to keep fields free of pests damage the developing brain and nervous system. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1304437/Babies-exposed-pesticides-womb-likely-develop-ADHD.html#ixzz208hcEHUP
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