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BY: DR. JESSICA GREWAL
Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and strokes) is the leading cause of death in Canada. Therefore it is important to get a personalized cardiovascular risk profile and an individualized plan to reduce the assessed risks.
At Advanced Naturopathic Medical Centre, we evaluate 3 main functional factors of cardiovascular health using our advanced testing tools:
- Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
- Digitial Pulsewave Analysis (DPA)
- Darkfield Microscopy
These tests will access the three main functional factors that affect your cardiovascular health, which include:
- Autonomic Nervous System (aids in controlling the heart rate)
- Integrity of the Arterial System (elasticity, flexibility, biological age of arterial system)
- Fluidity of the Blood (stickiness of the blood)
The results of these tests allows us to properly access the problem areas and enable us to figure out what areas we need to focus our treatment plan to greatly improve your cardiovascular health.
There are certain risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease that cannot be controlled by an individual (age, gender (males have a higher risk of stroke than premenopausal women), family history of cardiovascular disease and ethnicity (First Nations, African and South Asian descent are more likely to have high blood pressure and diabetes)). However, the following are risk factors, which individuals can manage; therefore, improve cardiovascular health and/or prevent the development of cardiovascular disease:
- High blood pressure
- Physical inactivity
- Being overweight
- Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
- Poor diet
Epidemiological studies have consistently shown that people with greatest amount of arterial stiffening and thickening are at the highest risk for cardiovascular disease. This can be assessed with our DPA test. For those individuals where their cardiovascular dysfunctional area is the integrity of the arterial system, seen in the DPA results, Intravenous (IV) Chelation therapy can be very beneficial.
Typically chelation therapy is used to remove heavy metals from the tissues in the body. Studies have also demonstrated that IV chelation is able to clear out fatty deposit build up on the wall of the arteries and improve the integrity (elasticity and flexibility) of the arterial system. Studies have illustrated that “IV based chelation therapy markedly reduced cardiovascular events in post heart attack patients with diabetes and peripheral artery disease” 2. IV chelation enhances cardiovascular health by managing the controllable risk factors of cardiovascular disease. For example, chelation therapy is an effective and safe treatment for atherosclerosis because calcium disodium (EDTA), which is the chelating agent reduces cholesterol and improves the integrity of the arterial system by improving calcium and cholesterol metabolism 1,3.
IV chelation therapy is an effective and safe treatment for cardiovascular disease that should be administered by a qualified and trained health practitioner in IV chelation.
How Can Naturopathic Medicine Benefit Fertility?
- Balance hormones
- Improve egg quality
- Improve circulation
- Improve implantation
- Reduce clotting and inflammation
- Reduce the incidence of miscarriage
- Increase likelihood of maintaining a healthy pregnancy and having a healthy birth
- Reduce stress.
We understand that couples seeking treatment for infertility are in search of a program that will provide them with the best chance possible for conceiving a healthy child and maintaining a healthy pregnancy for mother and child. In order to maximize the chances for conception, Dr. Stokes creates a partnership with each couple to determine exactly what the problems are and to establish a treatment plan integrating the best of modern medicine and natural therapies in both diagnostic and treatment methods within our Natural Fertility/ ART Support Program.
For couples undertaking or thinking of undertaking in vitro fertilization (IVF) & ART, we ask that you visit us a few months in advance. Dr. Stokes uses a holistic integrative medicine focus using diet therapy, nutritional supplementation, botanical medicine, and homeopathy, with the aim of achieving a healthy conception and a healthy pregnancy for mother and baby.
Whether you are consulting with a fertility medical specialist and using pharmaceutical fertility drugs, or would just like to optimize your fertility naturally we work with you to optimize your chance of conceiving, maintaining a healthy pregnancy and having a robustly healthy baby.
Please book your consult with Dr. Emma Stokes.