“Proving”: Overusing an Herbal Remedy or Medication

Sometimes a person may find that, after prolonged use of a medicine or herbal remedy, they experience perhaps some of the very symptoms they are trying to resolve. The case may be that the remedy resolves the issue — let’s say joint stiffness and aching — but upon sustained use the symptoms may appear to return. Why does this happen, and what are the consequences?

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Very few health practitioners understand the actual implications of taking an oral medication or remedy. The body responds with a mighty jolt to a “foreign invader,” sending a cascade of nerve impulses throughout the body’s systems. The body must begin a process of metabolic extraction and assimilation of elemental phytonutrients in the plant, and a process of elimination of toxins and cellular waste as the remedy works with symptoms and causes. But there is a hitch. Continue reading

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Ligament Laxity is Normal for Women. Here’s Why.

It is natural for women to have increased ligamentous laxity and flexibility compared to men. This excessive laxity is the reason there is an increased incidence of patellar subluxations (knee joint issues), ligament sprains, and joint discomfort (especially hips, pelvis and lower back) seen in females, and especially female athletes. Why is this, and what are the implications for musculoskeletal health?Conceptual human pain anatomy

In short, women experience the double whammy of Estrogen and the hormone, Relaxin, the latter of which negatively effects important Collagen integrity at connective tissue and nerve-rich bone surface areas (periosteum). So, what does this mean? Continue reading