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1645 Murfreesboro Rd., Suite H • Nashville, TN 37217P: 615-742-0900 • F: 615-742-0902
Linda Norton, FNPThomas Kowal, MD
• Prescription weight loss• Vitamin-B complex and B-12 injections• Nutritional planning• Health screening with wellness lab testing• Multiple weight loss treatment programs• Weigh in on our state-of-the-art bodycomposition scale• Weekly or bi-weekly monitoring• Flexible plans to meet any budget
2 • Health & Fitness 2012
As prevalent as prescription med-ications are, all-natural remedies forcommon illnesses and conditions arestill a viable alternative to prescriptionmedications for many people. But arethese all-natural options safe?In 2011, Apple founder Steve Jobslost his battle with pancreatic cancer.Reports indicate that Jobs, a devoutBuddhist, delayed surgery and othertraditional treatments for almost a yearwhile he participated in holistic treat-ments for the cancer.Some of these in-cluded juice fasts, bowel cleansings,acupuncture,herbal supplements,andeven a vegan diet.Eventually,Jobs hadsurgery, but some experts feel hewaited too long. Although conventional care is oftenan effective means to treating illnessesand other conditions, there are manydoctors who agree that implementingnatural remedies at times can be safeand effective.Furthermore,not all nat-ural remedies are without merit, andsometraditionalmedicinesareactuallyderived from natural, plant-based in-gredients themselves. According to surgeon and author,Dr.Walter C.Thompson,“Herbal med-icine is safe because it’s natural. Afterresearchingtheliterature,onecantrulysay that,at the very least,herbal medi-cine is safer than conventional drugs.”Those thinking about incorporatingnatural remedies into their health reg-imen can consider the following op-tions.• Nervousness and anxiety: Try let-tuce, chamomile,valerian,and rosepetals.• Pain relief:Use omega-3 fatty acids,green tea,ginger root,and tumeric.• Itchiness: Witch hazel, jewelweedand aloe vera are effective.• Feminine issues: Parsley, basil andgoldenseal can alleviate symptomsassociated with menstruation.• Antibiotics: Oregano and garlic arepurported to have antibiotic quali-ties and can fend off harmful bacte-ria.• Infections: Honey has long beenused to heal and as an antibacterialand antifungal remedy.Many natural foods are effective inpreventingandfightingcanceraswell. Although natural remedies can beeffective, it’s important for pregnantwomen to avoid any herbs and plantsupplements until discussing therisks/benefits with their doctors. Also,some natural remedies can interactwith prescription drugs or increasetheirpotency,soit’simportanttotalktoa doctor about any plans.
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