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    Acid Reflux ( 0 )

    Acid Reflux Relief, An Alternative Look at the Condition

    Americans are searching for acid reflux relief everyday and even know some may be finding relief, none of them are taking anything that will take care of the underlying cause of the problem.  Over 25 percent of the US population has acid reflux everyday and most are taking antacids for acid reflux relief.  GERD is a condition where acid builds up in the stomach and moves up the esophagus into the throat area. The most common symptoms of GERD are heartburn, regurgitation and nausea and these should not be taken lightly. 

    Acid reflux relief is needed because the inflammation of the esophagus can be severe; this is actually hydrochloric acid burning the tissue or lining.  Some alternative Doctors believe that the main cause of reflux is from the inadequate amount of hydrochloric acid and other acids in the stomach.  If there are not enough of the proper acids in the stomach, the body is not able to breakdown and absorb foods efficiently.  Two important problems arise from the inability to breakdown foods:

    • Not digesting food properly means that we cannot get the quality vitamins and nutrients into our blood stream that go to feed all of the glands and organs of the body.  Minerals and nutrients act a fuel for the body, so if there is a lack of this fuel our health will have to deteriorate over time.  Chronic acid build up in the stomach can lead to exhaustion in organs and glands in the body.  If the pancreas does not get the nutrients it needs it is unable to regulate blood sugar effectively.  If the thyroid gland does not get valuable nutrients it cannot produce the right amount of hormone and a person’s metabolism can be thrown off.  If the liver does not get the proper nutrients it cannot produce enzymes that are needed for detoxification and fat metabolism.  There are many other organs and processes that require nutrients to thrive and keep the body healthy.  Unfortunately there are many Americans that have reflux from prolonged poor diets and as a result they are depleted of essential minerals and there health is suffering.  Acid reflux relief will only be temporary with the use of medications until people get can get the right amount of good acids in the gut.
    • Another severe effect of undigested foods is that the body will recognize these undigested food particles as foreign and they will be attacked.  An undigested protein or carbohydrate is not supposed to be hanging around in the body, the immune system attacks these particles and as a result side effects can arise.  Side effects of undigested carbohydrates or proteins can be gas, bloating, headaches and constipation to name a few.  If these undigested particles continue to be in the body, the body can develop a food allergy to that particular food.  It is very common for people to develop food allergies to milk, garlic, peanuts, wheat, soy or corn.  Food allergies can cause unsuspecting symptoms such as:
    1. Headaches
    2. Inflammation
    3. Rashes
    4. Swollen Tongue
    5. Pain
    6. Constipation or Diarrhea
    7. Fatigue
    8. Irritability

    Acid reflux relief is much more complicated that those antacid commercials would indicate.  This is why many reflux sufferers do not ultimately get better, they are not looking for the underlying cause and taking antacids will never fix anything.  There are many natural supplements and diets that one can use to alleviate reflux and GERD, this is a natural process and it can take up to 3 months to see results.

    ADHD & Natural Remedies ( 2 )

    ADHD Affecting Millions in the United States

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is diagnosed more now than ever before.  Doctors and teachers alike use this default diagnosis when they notice a child being overactive, unable to pay attention, or being impulsive with their activities.  Besides the over diagnosing of ADHD, Doctors will usually tack on another diagnosis of a developmental or behavioral condition to the child’s history such as bipolar disease or depression.  These poor kids are not even through elementary school and they are already being thrown in to a life of prescription medications.

    Some of the more common symptoms of ADHD are the following:

    1. Easily distracted
    2. Cannot give much attention to detail
    3. Forgets things throughout the day
    4. Cannot sit still and are always fidgeting
    5. Interrupts others talking or disrupts activities without even thinking about it
    6. Does not follow through on instructions
    7. Has difficulty organizing activities and tasks for the day

    50 years ago when a kid was acting up in school they would send them to the principle and punish them with detention.  Today they are giving 5 year old kids Ritalin or Adderall because they are fidgeting in their seat and daydreaming in class. Ritalin and similar psycho active drugs are prescribed to children and adults alike; so much in fact that Ritalin production has increased by more than 700 percent since 1990.  Over five million children are on these drugs and there seems to be no stopping the drug companies or the government. These drugs are classified as psychoactive or psycho stimulants, and these drugs inhibit the nerves from sending clear information to the brain. 

    The most common prescriptions medication they give the ADHD kids are:

    1. Ritalin
    2. Adderall
    3. Focalin
    4. Vyvanse
    5. Strattera

    All of these drugs are classified as psycho stimulants except Straterra, so they are stimulants yet supposedly have a calming effect on the ADHD population.  They have been using these drugs for years and the rate of diagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder patients continues to skyrocket.  Are the kids these days all being born with behavioral and development conditions or is there something else that is contributing to this epidemic?

    There is more and more evidence everyday that diet is a big contributor to ADHD.  As the saying goes; you are what you eat and more accurately people become what they eat, drink and breathe.  Just like everyone takes care of their car with oil changes and checkups; it is the same with the body; put the right stuff in and get the maximum life out of it.  Prolonged diets consisting of sugars and carbohydrates can deplete the body of needed minerals which help support brain function, blood sugar regulation and also nerve conduction.  The body has a healthy layer of fat around the nerves which allow messages to be sent back and forth at the speed of light, this allows us to listen, understand, and make decisions quickly and efficiently.  When people are not eating the proper amount of good fat in their diet this affects the body’s ability to send and receive messages.  Everything happens in the body because of the nervous system, it is the master controller of the body.  Normally there is feedback coming from the brain and spinal cord to all of the muscle, organs and glands of the body.  The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder population has a short circuit in the nervous system; they are not able to process information as optimally as they should.  There are many natural alternative treatments for ADHD which do not give you the side effects of taking psycho stimulant drugs.  Many alternative Doctors are having great success with altering diet but significantly reducing sugar and carbohydrates in the diet.  These alternative treatments are taking away all of the toxins that are contributing to this epidemic and replacing them with the proper nutrition to feed, heal and repair the body and nervous system.

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ( 0 )

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most commonly referenced Repetitive Motion Injury – a category of conditions that represent the fastest growing segment of injuries in American society today. Many factors have been blamed on this recent epidemic including increased computer usage, poor ergonomics, and improper medical treatment that is focused on masking symptoms rather than on prevention or correction.

    The term “carpal tunnel” refers to a tunnel formed by bones of the wrist through which nerves and tendons pass as they travel from the forearm to the hand. Although irritation of the nerves at the carpal tunnel is a common cause of this condition, there are usually other factors. “Trapped” nerves at the spine (usually the neck), pectoralis minor muscle of the chest, rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder and forearm muscles are commonly involved with this condition.

    Repetitive “rubbing” of sensitive soft-tissues or chronic muscle tightness will initiate an injury cascade that will eventually lead to significant dysfunction and pain. Both of these situations deprive the soft-tissues of much needed oxygen due to a decrease in full muscle contraction and complete relaxation. This reduces the “pumping” action that normally occurs within healthy muscle tissue. A decrease in tissue oxygenation triggers fibroblastic activity – the primary mechanism involved in the formation of scar tissue. As the scar tissue builds, the tendons passing through the carpal tunnel thicken. This thickening decreases the amount of space available in the tunnel for the nerves. Eventually, the competition for space within the tunnel will lead to a compression of the nerves triggering the typical carpal tunnel symptoms. In other words, carpal tunnel syndrome can develop over months or years before the first symptom is ever experienced!

    Treatment for Carpal Tunnel

    A combined approach of corrective chiropractic adjustments and deep tissue muscle work is often the most effective approach.

    Scar tissue adhesions located within and between soft-tissues are best removed using a muscle therapy. Deep tissue muscle treatments are an interactive process involving both doctor and patient.  Patients often notice improvement in their levels of pain, flexibility and strength within seconds following the treatment.

    A chiropractor will begin by addressing the source of the problem. A chronic joint dysfunction of the neck, shoulder, elbow or wrist can force the muscles of the forearm to become “overworked”. This constant abuse can initiate the inflammatory cascade mentioned above that can eventually end with carpal tunnel syndrome. Chiropractic adjustments commonly correct these dysfunctions allowing the supporting musculature to return to a healthy, balanced state. Treatment of the muscle alone will likely provide only temporary benefit as the dysfunctional joint will merely cause the muscles to become unbalanced again over time. Likewise, ignoring the muscles and only treating the joints will often produce mediocre results as the muscles pull the joints back into dysfunction.

    Is Surgery Effective at Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

    Surgical procedures have been developed over the years to “release” the pressure on the nerves at the carpal tunnel by permanently severing the ligament that holds the tunnel together.

    Unfortunately, these procedures are rarely successful over the long term and almost never address the cause of the nerve irritation. Common sense would tell us that it is unlikely that the carpal tunnel would simply “shrink” without warning. Therefore, increasing the size of the tunnel will only provide temporary benefit especially if the tendons within the tunnel continue to thicken. Also, post-surgical scar tissue can also interfere with proper wrist and nerve function contributing to more pressure on the nerve.

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    Chiropractics is all about helping your body heal itself.What is Chiropractic?

    Chiropractic is about helping people live healthier, fuller lives. Chiropractors focus on the nervous system and painlessly, manually adjust the vertebral column to affect the nervous system. According to Gray's Anatomy , the nervous system is the master system in the body which controls and coordinates all other systems such as respiratory, digestive, muscular, and immune.

    The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, the spinal nerves that exit the vertebral column through openings on the side of each vertebra, and all the peripheral nerves that branch off to serve organs, tissues, blood vessels and muscles. Information from the environment, both external and internal, goes through the spine to get to the brain. In the same manner, information and decisions made in the brain go through the spine to affect certain outcomes. It is a two-way flow of information.

    The chiropractic adjustment is intended to remove any disruptions or distortions of this energy flow that may be caused by slight vertebral misalignments called subluxations. Chiropractors are trained to locate these subluxations and then to remove them to restore the normal flow of nerve energy, in terms of both quality and quantity.

    The idea is that if the master system (the nervous system) is healthy and functioning well, then other systems under its control will also function in a more optimal fashion. Chiropractic is based on the belief that the same innate intelligence that can grow a single cell into a complex human being, made of billions of cells, can also heal the body if it is free of disturbances to the nervous system.

    For example, if the spinal area that supplies nerve flow to the stomach is subluxated, then information going to the brain regarding that organ and its function, digestion, will be distorted and the brain will not receive accurate data on its condition. Likewise, decisions made in the brain and conveyed along the nervous pathways will be disrupted and the correct responses cannot be made. It is essentially the same scenario for all other organs, muscles and blood vessels. When a chiropractor removes this interference, then the nervous system functions more optimally and the body is able to heal itself via the two-way communication system.

    The philosophy of chiropractic is that health, not merely the absence of symptoms, comes from within the body, not from the outside. It is the innate, or inborn, intelligence of our bodies that does the healing.

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure... and chiropractically speaking, it is much easier to treat healthy kids than to fix damaged adults.
      

    The Benefits of Chiropractic

     
    Common conditions that can benefit from chiropractic care:

    • Postural problems
       
    • Headaches
       
    • Scoliosis
       
    • Neck and Back Pain
       
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
       
    • Fibromyalgia
       
    • Low Energy
       
    • Sports Injuries
    • Muscle Weakness
       
    • Digestive Problems
       
    • Asthma
       
    • Bulging or Herniated Discs
       
    • Sciatica
        
    • Osteoarthritis
       
    • Wellness care for the entire family

    Remember: Chiropractic does not CURE anything; it gives your body what it needs to help heal itself.

    Chiropractic Adjustments ( 0 )

    Chiropractic AdjustmentsThe words chiropractic adjustments describes hundreds of ways of using carefully directed and controlled pressure to restore joints to a more normal position and motion. Chiropractic adjustments are not limited to the correction of spinal joints -- nearly all of the body’s joints can be adjusted using tried and true Chiropractic methods. It improves joint flexibility and restores strength to areas weakened by misalignment. It also alleviates the strain on surrounding muscles that are overworked by trying to pull a stiff or misaligned joint back into its proper place.

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    Your initial chiropractic exam will include painless measurements by Pinnacle Health & Wellness's Surface EMG tool.

    Surface EMG is a tool that picks up signals form the spinal nerves that are exiting your spine and going out to control every system of your body.  Measuring these signals help us diagnose problems and track therapy effectivity.

    The EMG scan give us a easy way of knowing:

    • The severity of nerve irritation
    • The location of problem or problems occuring in the spine
    • How muscles are reacting to the nerve irritation

    You'll be able to see exactly how you look now and than compare results over time.  This provides a tracking mechanism for treatment progress.

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    Pinnacle Health & Wellness provides the following clinical services designed to reduce pain, improve athletic performance, rehabilitate injuries and make you feel better.

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    Chiropractic Adjustments

    There are literally hundreds of ways to treat and restore joints to improved position and a better range of motion. By carefully directing and controlling pressure, chiropractors can help your body itself naturally.

    Corrective Exercises

    Corrective exercises remind the body the proper way that muscles and joints are supposed to work together, putting the least amount of stress on one's body. These exercises, while relieving pain can actually prevent them from returning.

    Muscle Releasing Adjustment

    Muscle Releasing

    Muscles stabilize and well as move the body's joints. This is why joint dysfunction nearly always involves one's muscles. Muscle Release Therapy is extremely beneficial to the relief of spasming, decreasing the likelihood of future joint misalignments. This treatment is the method of choice for relieving sciatica, sports injuries such as rotator cuff tendonitis, IT band syndrome, as well as shin splints to name a few.

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    Nutritional Counseling

    A well nourished body is more likely to both avoid injuries and to heal more easily when hurt. Alternative medicine Doctors understand that good nutrition enhanced with supplements can actually help the body heal itself.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Pinnacle Health and Wellness offers Cold Laser Treatment to provide proven, safe, effective non-invasive pain relief for many common ailments.  FDA cleared, Cold Laser Treatment has been proven effective in over 2500 worldwide studies.  Pinnacle Health & Wellness patients have experienced fantastic results in reducing inflamation, muscle spasm and pain. 

    Cold Laser Treatment has been used effectively to treat numerous ailments including:

                  Arthritis/Joint Pain          Nerve Pain/Radiculopathy
      Back Pain/Neck Pain   Sciatica
      Bursitis   Shoulder/Rotator Cuff
      Carpal Tunnel Syndrome   Sprain/Strain
      Fibromyalgia   Tendonitis
      Heel Spurs/Plantar Fasciitis   Tennis Elbow
      Herniated/Bulging discs   Trigger Points
      Knee Pain   Whiplash
      Migraine Headaches   ....and many more.
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    HAS YOUR THYROID LEFT YOU FEELING LOUSY AND IRRITATED?

    (DID YOU KNOW OVER 40% OF THOSE READING THIS MAY HAVE UNDIAGNOSED THYROID PROBLEMS LIKE FATIGUE, MOODINESS, DRY SKIN, DECREASED LIBDO, DIGESTIVE ISSUES AND MORE. THERE ARE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS SUFFERING AND THEY DO NOT KNOW WHY OR WHAT TO DO.)

    The top four reasons why you continue to struggle with your thyroid problems and why going from doctor to doctor has given you little to no results and you still feel horrible.

    Reason #1. Auto-immunity is overlooked or mistreated. This is VERY IMPORTANT if you are to get better. Every thyroid patient who comes to my clinic has similar underlying causes, they are:
    1. Auto-immunity, 2. Blood sugar dysregulation, 3. Anemia, 4. Gut and Liver dysfunction, 5. Fatty acid metabolism dysfunction.

    Auto-Immunity is at the top because it trumps everything else. When your own immune system goes out of control, it launches attacks on your own body’s tissues! Thyroid Disease if often left off the list of auto-immune diagnosis and frankly, I’m glad it is left off the list. Why?

    The medical answer for auto-immune conditions is steroids, and that’s the last thing your thyroid needs. However, the majority of patients that I see with thyroid disease have an underlying auto-immune disorder. What happens then? The immune system most commonly attacks the thyroid- causing slow metabolism and blood sugar imbalance, your adrenal glands- causing chronic fatigue, and nerve problems- typically neuropathies like numb, cold hands and feet.

    Until we run the right lab and clinical tests to know that this is the problem, we won’t have all the info to get you better as quickly as possible.

    Reason #2. “It’s all In your head.” How many doctors may have incorrectly told you this? What this translates into is “I don’t know how to help you, get out of my office. What can you do when they say all of your thyroid lab tests are normal and all of the imaging you have had is normal”… There are many causes of Thyroid Disease—one major cause is having a “metabolic condition”… and you cannot drug your way out of a metabolic condition.

    Reason #3. Wrong tests ordered! I see this often in my office. Some patients come with stacks of meds and drugs and blood work that they wasted hundreds, or thousands, on. These tests are usually a CBC, Chem panel and TSH. Why these typical tests? Because these tests are what your insurance would pay for. However, this is not enough information to get you better.
    I am a functional diagnostic medicine practitioner, Chiropractor and certified in advanced clinical nutrition.  What I do is look at what is going on within you, what underlying issues are causing you to have thyroid dysfunction and what can we do for your body naturally without the use of drugs or surgery. For accurate thyroid diagnoses, I may order one or more of the following tests: Adrenal Stress Index, thyroid antibodies (TPO and Thyroglobulin), Food Sensitivity Panels and Stool Microbial panel. My job is to find the causes of your thyroid problems and to make a sound clinical judgment as to the very best treatment plan to correct a patient’s thyroid problem.

    Reason #4. Right Tests Ordered—Wrong Results. Medical docs use Lab Reference Ranges as a guide to determine whether or not you have a particular disease. However, Lab reference ranges are inherently inaccurate, because they’re based on average test results of average unhealthy people! Functional Ranges, which is what I use, are based on optimal levels of healthy people. Doesn’t it make more sense to look at what healthy is, rather than what sick looks like?
    A common example is the gold standard thyroid test- TSH- where typical medical docs believe thyroid levels of 0.5 to 5.5 is “normal”. However, you can be completely hypothyroid with a lab value of 3.5, yet your doctor says it is a “normal test”. Our clinic specializes in the diagnosis and drugless treatment of auto-immune conditions, including Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease. According to many Functional Medicine docs like myself, Broda Barnes, MD and Steven Langer, MD, state millions of people are hypo (low) thyroid, yet their doctors tell them they’re ok. Yet they are all tired, overweight, depressed, constipated, have dry skin and hair, losing hair, high cholesterol- all because their thyroid disease goes undiagnosed or mis-diagnosed.

    If you want to know where your thyroid is at from a holistic, functional medicine point of view call Pinnacle Health and Wellness at (281) 360-8387. THERE IS HOPE! You can be helped without the use of drugs. Don’t waste another second for a neurological and metabolic workup to see how we can change your life.

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    CorrectCorrective Exercisesive exercises are used to remind your body how your muscles and joints are supposed to be used, while putting the least amount of stress on your body.  These exercises not only assist in taking care of your aches and pain, they prevent them from coming back.  Once you have mastered these exercises, then your Chiropractic treatment with Dr. Hamel will be on an as needed only basis.  These exercises promote good posture and help your body be more functional as you do activities throughout the day.

    Degenerative Disk Disease ( 0 )

    The Discs of the Spine: An Overview

    The bones of the spine are separated by tough cartilage pads called intervertebral discs (inter = “between”; vertebral = “bones of the spine”). Healthy discs are thick and flexible (like a wet sponge) allowing a wide range of bending and twisting motions. An unhealthy disc is stiff and hard (like a dry sponge) and prone to injuries such as bulging or herniation. Over time gravity, spinal joint dysfunction and accumulated trauma cause the discs to compress, flatten and degenerate. This constant compression prevents much-needed oxygen and nutrients from entering the disc. This ongoing starvation causes the once-tough outer layers of the disc to soften allowing the disc to become injured or diseased. Disc damage can occur anywhere in the spine. However, the discs of the neck (cervical spine) and low back (lumbar spine) are the most commonly injured.

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                 Disk Bulge                     Herniated Disk                       Ruptured Disk

    Disease of the spinal discs can take many forms. Significant disc damage can lead to a Disc Bulge, become a tear called a Disc Herniation or the inner gelatinous material of the disc can leak out in the case of a Ruptured Disc. The “jelly center” of the disc can also dry out over time which is referred to as Degenerative Disk Disease. All forms of disc injury can eventually impinge on the nerves exiting the spine (“Pinched Nerve”) which can create numbness, tingling, burning or sharp pain down the arms or legs. Sharp pain originating from the back and “shooting” down the legs is often referred to as Sciatica.

    Introduction to Degenerative Disc Disease

    In order to understand the condition of Degenerative Disc Disease one must know two main facts about discs.

    1. Spinal discs do NOT have a direct blood supply. There are no arteries that feed the disc with oxygen and nutrients. Therefore, discs of the spine must receive their oxygen and nutrients from a different source. Normal, healthy discs are “fed” and oxygenated by the constant recycling of the disc fluid that occurs with spinal joint movement. This joint motion “sucks” in fluid filled with oxygen and nutrients and “pumps out” waste fluid. This process of fluid diffusion is greatly affected by internal disc pressure (intradiscal pressure) which brings us to key point #2.
    2. The discs of the spine are under constant pressure. The spinal discs are designed to absorb shock and maintain spinal flexibility by acting as cushions during body movement. The discs act similar to shock absorbers in a car. Car shock absorbers maintain a constant pressure to “push back” against the weight and movement of the car. Spinal discs act in a similar fashion. The pressure within the discs pushes the bones of the spine apart preventing them from crashing into one another during activities like running and jumping. Unfortunately, this constant internal disc pressure also pushes the fluid out of the disc consistently every day. This makes it difficult for the body to “suck” in new, healthy disc fluid with its much-needed oxygen and nutrients.

    These two factors make it difficult for the body to maintain thick, plump, healthy discs making Degenerative Disk Disease one of the more common spinal ailments.

    Degenerative DiscDegenerative Disc Disease: As the disc degenerates it loses height (Disc Height Reduction) allowing the bones above and below to “sandwich” the nerve between them.

    Degenerative Disc Disease, as the name implies, is caused by the progressive degeneration of the intervertebral disc. Nearly every physical activity (no matter how simple) places strain upon these discs. Over time, repeated daily stress and minor traumas begin to weaken the discs of the spine. This process of accumulated wear and tear will eventually lead to disc degeneration commonly referred to as Degenerative Disk Disease.

    The process of disc degeneration often begins with a chronic lack of oxygen and nutrients. This can occur because of 1) greater than normal compression of the disc or 2) as a result of decreased hydration. Greater compression comes from repetitive harmful activities such as bending, lifting or twisting – even prolonged sitting can create abnormally high levels of disc compression. Decreased hydration occurs when less fluid is pulled into the disc than is “pressed” out of the disc. This slowly creates a deflated or dehydrated disc. The medical term for this lack of disc fluid is Disc Desiccation and is the MRI finding most commonly used to identify Degenerative Disc Disease.

    Symptoms of Degenerative Disk Disease

    The symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease can vary widely depending on the location and severity of the condition. In general the degenerated disc itself causes little to no pain. If it does cause symptoms; it often creates stiffness around the affected joints or a deep ache that is often increased with movement of the joint. However, as the joint “warms up” the pain often decreases with this same body movement.

    Although the degenerated disc often causes only mild symptoms, Degenerative Disc Disease can still cause severe pain and disability in other ways. The most serious problem related to Degenerative Disk Disease is direct nerve compression. This occurs when the spinal disc becomes thinner as part of the degenerative process. This thinning, also called Disc Height Reduction, causes the space between the bones to narrow. This narrowing also makes the hole between the nerves, the foramen, smaller, as well. Neural Foraminal Narrowing causes direct bone-on-nerve compression which can create such severe and debilitating symptoms as sharp pain, burning, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness. Over time this degenerative process can compromise the integrity of the nerve to the point that the organs controlled by these nerves can become diseased. Therefore, the most disconcerting problems associated Degenerative Disk Disease are not due to the disc itself, but how the disc degeneration causes the nerves to become injured as a result.

    Diet and Chiropractic Wellness ( 10 )

    To improve the overall health of the body one needs a diet plan to feed the body the right amounts of nutrients and minerals.  Some Doctors believe no matter what health condition a person has they can benefit from a diet plan high in protein, high in good quality fats and low in carbohydrates.  Even conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Lupus, irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia can be turned around with the proper diet.  Research done by the alternative health field has shown that feeding the body with the right nutrients takes stress off of all the organs and glands in the body and allows it to heal and repair itself efficiently.  The less stress on the organs and glands of the body, the healthier a person will be.

    Sugar is considered by some to be an addictive drug, because cravings for sugar resemble cravings for street drugs.  Drugs cause an imbalance in the body’s chemistry just like sugar and carbohydrates do, when this happens it can cause so many problems and symptoms in the body.  Wellness Doctors believe that the key to optimizing health is keeping blood sugar levels even for the entire day; when this occurs it takes stress off of the pancreas, liver and other organs that help regulate digestion and metabolism. The health benefits of a good diet plan can easily be over turned by eating too much sugar and carbohydrates.

    Here is a list put together by alternative health care professionals and nutritionists to give the body the best chance to get healthy and remain healthy.  These suggestions all have a goal of optimizing blood sugar regulation and promoting efficient digestive health.

    Get Corn Products Out of the Diet

    Quite a bit of sugar in processed foods comes from corn so it would be less of a burden on the body to eliminate all forms of corn products.  It is very common for sugar addicts to have a food allergy to corn; they can develop this over time.  As long as a person is having cravings, any diet plan will struggle to be successful and give any measurable results.  Severe cravings can be brought on by any corn products such as

    • Corn bread
    • Corn on the cob
    • High fructose corn syrup
    • Corn starch
    • Baking Powder
    • Caramel
    • Xanthan Gum
    • Sorbitol

    Get Rid of Sugary Snacks at Home

    Throw out all foods in the house that contain sugar, these would mostly be snacks and foods with preservatives.  If sugar is not in the house it is very unlikely that you will run to the grocery store to pick it up.  The longer one stays away from eating sugar the more likely the cravings will go away, the body can start losing cravings as soon as two weeks.  People have to cheat once in a while so if this happens make sure to buy a very small amount of sugar to prevent the body from wanting more.

    Make Sure to Read Labels

    When reading food labels if the ingredients contain names that are hard to pronounce or it looks like something you might read on a prescription drug container, leave that food on the shelf.  Watch out for companies sneaking in other forms of sugar into foods such as dextrin, rice syrup, sucrose, honey, agave, corn syrup, and barley malt.  A good diet plan takes time put together; after paying close attention to labels people know where to go at the grocery store and what isles to stay away from.

    Eat More Protein and Good Fats

    Proteins get broken down into amino acids which helps the body release stored sugar.  Be careful not to eat too big of a helping because this can cause blood sugar to rise and this can contribute to sugar and carbohydrate cravings.  Protein does get broken down into energy but unlike sugar it does not put a huge burden on the pancreas and it will not spike blood sugar. Good fats from olive oil, avocados, fish and nuts will help satisfy your appetite and also will help keep blood sugar evenly regulated. 

    There are so many diet plans and fads out there that it can be overwhelming for the average individual who does not know much about diet.  Eating healthy foods and being on a good diet plan will give many benefits such as increased energy, weight loss, improved focus and overall better appearance. If a person is not seeing these benefits after following a diet for one month then it is probably not the right diet plan.  It is plain and simple to say that giving the body what it needs, giving it the right fuel in terms of vitamins and nutrients will allow it to thrive and achieve new levels of health and wellness.  Giving the body fast food and nutrient empty foods will cause the body to rebel and over health will deteriorate.

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    “We provide consultations and programs for chronic health conditions to distance patients, people who cannot come in to the office”

    For those of you who do not live in the Houston area, we do offer nutritional programs and monitoring for those suffering with chronic health conditions. Please fill out all of the paperwork under the nutrition section, either scan and email it to us or fax it to us and we can set up a phone consultation to get you started. We treat you just as we would treat a client in our office; we have the ability to give you orders to take and get lab testing/ saliva testing done. To make it easy for you, we mail your supplements to you on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. We will set up regular monitoring phone consultations, the frequency is all determined by your health condition and how fast you want to change and see results.

    Fees:

    Initial Phone Consultation:                     $75.00
    Follow Up Consultations:                       $50.00
    Supplements Plus S&H:                         $200.00-$350.00 per month depending on your specific case

    ** For phone consultations we ask that you are well prepared, ready to ask questions and ready to take notes as we go through your health and symptoms have changed since our last conversation.

    Frozen Shoulder ( 0 )

    Adhesive Capsulitis, often called Frozen Shoulder, is a condition that can affect almost any joint in the body. However, the focus of this section will be on Adhesive Capsulitis of the shoulder.

    Most joints of the body are surrounded by watertight sacs that bathe the joints in nutritious fluid. This sac is called a capsule. Irritation of this capsule can lead to an inflammatory condition called “capsulitis”. Chronic inflammation of the capsule can lead to the accumulation of scar-tissue within and around the joint. This condition is known as Adhesive (as in scar-tissue adhesions) Capsulitis (inflammation of the capsule).

    A severe Adhesive Capsulitis can progress into a condition where the shoulder becomes severely limited in its motion. This condition is sometimes referred to as Frozen Shoulder. Both conditions often respond well to similar treatment methods. However, Frozen Shoulder is usually much more serious and can takes months to recover from.

    Remember: Early intervention is the key to avoiding a Frozen Shoulder – don’t wait until it’s too late!

    Shoulder problems can be caused by many everyday activities. These activities include traumatic events (e.g. fall on an outstretched arm, “yanking” of the arm), repetitive motions (e.g. throwing a ball, weightlifting, swimming) and chronic, improper postures (e.g. operating a computer, driving).

    Treatment for Frozen Shoulder

    Restoring the shoulder to proper function and motion requires a combined approach that addresses both the joint mechanics AND the muscles that support joint function. Joint mechanics are best corrected with corrective chiropractic adjustments. Active Release muscle therapy is effective at reducing the scar-tissue “stickiness” within the joint and surrounding the capsule.

    Chiropractic adjustment includes hundreds of ways of using carefully directed and controlled pressure to restore joints to normal motion and position. It also alleviates strain on surrounding muscles that are overworked in their efforts to compensate for joint dysfunction.

    Deep Tissue therapy of the muscles, ligaments, and fascia is specifically used to restore function to dysfunctional muscles – often by “breaking up” scar-tissue.  Patients often notice improvement in their levels of pain, flexibility and strength within seconds following the treatment.

    Glucosamine and Joints ( 0 )

    Does glucosamine really work to help with osteoarthritis and other joint pains? 

    There are many studies out there giving good clinical results when taking glucosamine sulfate for a 3-6 month period of time.  Many Americans are suffering with joint pains; over 5 million people a day are taking over the counter medications to help them alleviate the pain.  The common cause of arthritis and joints pains is the wearing down of the cartilage which acts as a shock absorber for many of the joints in the body.  Commonly injured or arthritic joints in humans are in the knees, hips and spine; these areas do take a lot of wear and tear especially if a person is involved in sports.

    Does glucosamine really work to rebuild the cartilage in these broken down joint?  Research has been done over the years with both X-ray and MRI to confirm that the cartilage can rebuild and support any joint of the body.  Studies done show arthritic sufferers generally experience a reduction in pain and joint stiffness in 3-6 months, but this is not the case for everyone.  Most of the studies that show good clinical results have the patients using glucosamine sulfate with MSM.  The compound MSM is a sulfur product that helps with absorption of glucosamine into the joint; this helps the rebuilding process of the cartilage. 

    Does glucosamine really work for everyone?  Studies have not shown to be 100% effective for all joint pains and arthritis in humans.  Every patient is different on how they respond to glucosamine sulfate.  If someone is not responding well after 3-6 month then it could be due to a couple of factors:

    1. The type or quality of glucosamine they are using is not high quality and therefore does not give results.  Glucosamine sulfate and MSM is very difficult to find in a supplement these days, companies are always mixing in chondroitin because it is cheaper. 
    2. Also some studies have shown that chondroitin may be too big to get adequately absorbed into the cells to stimulate cartilage production. 
    3. As with any supplement, quality is critical, getting glucosamine at a pharmacy, grocery store or online is very risky because usually these products are inferior and will not give the results people are looking for.

    Does glucosamine work for athletes and if not what are some alternatives?  Most high level athletes will incorporate glucosamine into the preventative program to balance out the extreme wear and tear they put their bodies through.  For athletes and the general population alike; if this cartilage rebuilder is not doing its job then other natural supplements may be needed to help.  There is plenty of natural, whole food supplements used to enhance healing and repair of the body.  These natural supplements that can boost the body’s ability to recover are:

    1. Vitamin D- this helps transport calcium from the gut into the blood and then to the muscles and joints, this helps promote good bone and joint health.
    2. Polyunsaturated fatty acids- help with calcium absorption into the muscles and joints.
    3. Omega 3 fish oil- helps decrease inflammatory responses which will allow muscle and joints to heal more quickly.  Fish oil also support the cardiovascular system which promotes healthy circulation to all of the muscles and joints in the body.

    Does glucosamine work for any joint in the body?  Yes this natural product basically searches out what joints of the body are worn out and need attention.  The most common areas that come up with osteoarthritis and joint pains are the knee, hip and spine.  These areas are all weight bearing joints and often these areas overcompensate for lack of movement in other areas of the body.

    Golf & Sports Wellness ( 3 )

    Pinnacle Health & Wellness uses the Titleist Performance Institute
    methodology to help you improve your golf game
    and to help prevent injuries.

      
    Dr. Tyler
    Hamel has earned the highest certification available from the Titleist Performance Institute as a Level 3 Medical Professional.

    If you are suffering from chronic pain after playing or have recently developed after playing, call Pinnacle Health & Wellness at 281-360-8387, and make an appointment today.


    Exercise is necessary for our health and well-being,
    but sometimes the pain can keep us from the sports we love.
    Tennis elbow, or lower back pain from golf--as if a low score doesn't hurt enough...


     

    Sports Wellness & Golf FitnessGolf Pain Free, Hit the Ball Longer, Have More Fun Playing Golf

    The golf swing does not care how big your biceps or pecs are. The golf swing is a very 
asymmetrical, un-natural, highly intensified movement for your body. For PGA tour
 players and amateurs alike, fitness and wellness programs should be administered with 
injury prevention and longevity of the game in mind. Once fundamental movements
 are learned and corrective exercises are implemented, then advanced golf specific
 movements can be introduced.

    The Cold Rubber Band

    Think of putting a rubber band in the freezer for a couple of hours, now put each end on
 your thumbs like you are going to fire it; pull it back and what happens…..it snaps. This 
is very similar to golfers trying to swing a golf club without properly warming up; cold
 muscles do not fire very well and as a result injury can occur.

    The Titleist Performance Institute Approach

    The Screening Tests developed by the Titleist Performance Institute were developed from some of the most respected Sports Medicine Doctors in the nation. These tests will identify physical limitations that are occurring in your golf swing.  They show you how your body relates to your golf swing.

    Pinnacle Health & Wellness's Dr Tyler Hamel is a Chiropractor and Certified Level 3 Medical Titleist Fitness Professional. Upon completion of your testing, Pinnacle Health and Wellness can produce a plan of therapy, stretching, exercise and nutrition designed to improve your golf fitness and performance.

    Numerous PGA and LPGA winners use the Titleist Performance Institute methodology to improve their games.  You can lower your scores, feel better and enjoy golf more.  Get started by calling Pinnacle Health & Wellness today at 281-360-8387 and schedule your Titleist Performance testing.

    Headaches ( 0 )

    Several Different Headaches – One Chiropractic Solution

    The most common types of headaches are also the most effectively treated with chiropractic care – without the need for potentially harmful medication. Stress/Tension headaches, migraine headaches and sinus headaches top the list and account for the great majority of all headaches. Fortunately, all three forms have one thing in common – they all respond well to chiropractic care!

    Stress/Tension Headache

    It has been estimated that greater than 80% of headaches are related to “stress”. This can refer to both physical (poor posture, joint dysfunction, etc.) and psychological (work deadlines, financial worries, etc.) stressors. No matter which type of stress is involved, the events leading to the onset of headache pain are the same.
    Several of the nerves that exit the highest portion of the neck loop back to travel over the top of the head to the forehead. These nerves pass through a triangle of muscles called the suboccipital (“below the skull”) triangle. When these muscles at the base of the neck become irritated (due to either physical strain or emotional stress), they tend to tighten impinging the nerves passing through the triangle.
    This can create headache pain and pressure at the temple, forehead, bridge of the nose or behind the eye.
    Tightness and pain in the upper portion of the neck often accompany this type of headache. Doctors call this form of headache a stress headache or cervicogenic (“originating from the neck”) headache.

    Treatment of Stress/Tension Headache

    It should be fairly obvious that alleviating joint dysfunction and muscle tightness in the neck would eliminate headaches caused by physical stress. However, even if the headaches are caused entirely by emotional stress, decreasing irritation of the same joints, muscles and nerves can also greatly improve symptoms.

    Migraine Headache

    Although it has been widely recognized for over 100 years that chiropractic is effective at reducing (and often eliminating) the symptoms of migraine headaches, it was not until recently that researchers fully understood how. In fact, it took the discovery of a previously unknown anatomical structure to answer this question. A tiny ligament (about the size of the tip of a ball-point pen) was found by dental researchers that were performing anatomical dissections on cadavers. This ligament connects the uppermost bone of the spine directly to the outer layer of the spinal cord (dura mater).
    The researchers theorized that abnormal motion or position of this bone would likely cause tension on the spinal cord altering cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure in the brain. This correlates strongly with recent theories by medical researchers linking pressure changes in the brain to migraine headaches.

    Migraine Headache Treatment

    Chiropractic care is focused on restoring proper joint motion and position. In the case of migraines this often provides significant relief for migraine sufferers.

    Sinus Headache / Allergy-Related Headache

    Sinus headaches are often characterized by a sensation of pressure accompanied by pain over the sinuses. The most commonly affected sinuses are located behind the eyebrows and cheekbones. Poor drainage of the sinus cavities will often lead to an increase in sinus pressure and, eventually, head pain.   With all of the allergies in the Houston area this is a very common problem.

    Treatment of Sinus Headache / Allergy-Related Headache

    The chiropractic approach to reducing sinus pressure pain is to improve drainage of the sinuses. A number of techniques are available including stimulation of the facial nerves, treatment of acupressure points and thinning of trapped mucous with deep heat therapies. A skilled chiropractic clinician can determine which method best suits your needs.

    Lower Back Pain ( 0 )

    Low Back Irritation – Spinal Pain

    Spinal bones are connected together by interlocking “fingers” of bone called facets. The facet joints are extremely nerve-rich and relay a variety of information regarding joint motion and position to the brain. It is this information that allows us to sense our own posture and body movements or pain when dysfunction exists. Normally, these joint surfaces are smooth and “slick” with a joint lubricant.
    Prolonged, uncorrected dysfunction can cause the joint surfaces to become rough, irritated and inflamed. Because the fluid lubricant requires proper and complete joint motion to keep it circulating, joint stiffness can further accelerate the degenerative process by starving the cartilage of much-needed oxygen and nutrients. The build-up of waste products can also lead to toxic levels.

    Treatment of Low Back Spine Pain

    A chiropractic adjustment is the most effective and most thoroughly researched treatment method available for the alleviation of facet joint irritation. The word “adjustment” describes hundreds of ways of using carefully directed and controlled pressure to restore joints to normal motion and position. Treatments performed by a qualified chiropractor improve joint flexibility and restore strength to areas weakened by misalignment. It also alleviates strain on surrounding muscles that are overworked in their efforts to compensate for joint dysfunction.

    Meet Our Staff ( 0 )

    Meet Our Staff - Pinnacle Health and WellnessOver the past 14 years of being an alternative health care professional I have noticed a significant deterioration in overall health of our community.  I have practiced in the Kingwood, TX area for over 14 years helping thousands of clients.  It used to be rare for me to see chiropractic patients come in with conditions such as Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Thyroid Dysfunction, Chronic Fatigue, Insomnia, Hormonal Imbalance and more; today it seems like over 90% of the patients coming in have one or more of these.  In order to be prepared to take care of these more complex cases I have taken over 250 hours of advanced clinical nutrition training.  Please read our testimonials and one can see that we have been very successful in not only treating neck and back pain, but helping people overcome their chronic health conditions that they have been suffering with for years, some over 10 years.  Common conditions that we have had massive success and life changing results with are: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Migraine Headaches, IBS, Hypo/Hyper Thyroid, Chronic Fatigue, Weight Management, Skin Problems, Digestive Issues, Hormone Imbalance, Insomnia, IBS, Sugar/Carb Addiction, Diabetes and more.

    We have some patients who only use chiropractic care, others who only do designed clinical nutrition plans, and some that do a combination of both.  We feel that we can support our patients optimally by providing both neurological and metabolic therapies.  The brain and nervous system control every action or process that occurs in the body so we maximize function by re-aligning the spine and taking pressure off of nerves, allowing good nerve energy to flow where it needs to.  Nutritionally we support all the glands, organs, and systems of the body that need energy, when these systems are not working properly; there is no life force, no energy, and no vibrancy to be had by the body.

    Our approach includes identifying the underlying cause of the health condition/disease process you are coming in with.  We then give your body what it needs chiropractically and/or nutritionally to help turn on the process that allows your body to heal and repair itself.  Unlike conventional medicine we do not treat symptoms, we do not offer “band aid” or “quick fix health care”, we are not trying to manage your symptoms or just make you feel better….we want you to BE better and BE healthier.

    Personally I have struggled with immune, thyroid and digestive problems in the past and I know how uncomfortable, annoying, frustrating and debilitating they can be.  My immediate family also suffers from some chronic health conditions and it really hits home as they get older and are suffering more.

    I DO THIS because I do not believe that we should settle for subpar or mediocre health, when we were put on this earth that is not what He had in mind.  In reality there is no “normal” headache, digestive problems, or chronic fatigue; this is your body telling you that something is wrong.  People with chronic health conditions cannot be drugged back to health.  We use a holistic, natural approach to get the body healthy, and I believe I posses the knowledge and experience to help and support you overcome any health challenge you are dealing with today.

    Congratulations on taking the initial step to transformative and restorative health.

    God Bless

    Dr. Tyler Hamel, DC, ACN

    Muscle Releasing ( 0 )

    Muscle Release TherapyMuscles play a vital role in both stabilizing and moving the joints of the body. This is why muscle problems are nearly always involved with joint dysfunction. The most common form of muscle dysfunction is a muscle spasm, which is the body’s response to protect an injured area from further harm.  This part of your Chiropractic treatment is extremely beneficial to your progress and without this; you are more likely to come out of alignment over and over again.  This treatment works tremendously well for sports injuries such as rotator cuff tendonitis, IT band syndrome, sciatica, shin splints and much more.

    Neck & Spine Pain ( 0 )

    The most natural way for your body to heal itself is through chiropractic adjustments.
    This is the safest and most effective way to treat neck and back pain.  

      
    Pinnacle Health & Wellness will help you to put all the natural steps together: chiropractic, exercise, and nutritional therapy to reduce or relive pain and help your body to heal itself..

    If you're suffering from back and neck pain, call 281-360-8387 to schedule a consultation with Pinnacle Health & Wellness.


    Cervical Joint Irritation – Spinal Pain

    Neck and spinal pain is often felt in areas other than that which has been injured or stressed. Chiropractic adjustments are a proven method of helping the body to heal itself, while excercises, once released by the doctor, help strenthen the muscles in the area to prevent further problems.

    Spinal bones are connected together by interlocking “fingers” of bone called facets. The facet joints are extremely nerve-rich and relay a variety of information regarding joint motion and position to the brain. It is this information that allows us to sense our own posture and body movements or pain when dysfunction exists. Normally, these joint surfaces are smooth and “slick” with a joint lubricant.

    Prolonged, uncorrected dysfunction can cause the joint surfaces to become rough, irritated and inflamed. Because the fluid lubricant requires proper and complete joint motion to keep it circulating, joint stiffness can further accelerate the degenerative process by starving the cartilage of much-needed oxygen and nutrients. The build-up of waste products can also lead to toxic levels.

    Treatment of Cervical Joint Irritation

    Chiropractic adjustment is the most effective and most thoroughly researched treatment method available for the alleviation of cervical joint irritation, or neck and spine pain. The word “adjustment” describes hundreds of ways of using carefully directed and controlled pressure to restore joints to normal motion and position. Chiropractic treatments improve joint flexibility and restore strength to areas weakened by misalignment. It also alleviates strain on surrounding muscles that are overworked in their efforts to compensate for joint dysfunction.

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    Nutrition ( 11 )

    Pinnacle Health & Wellness believes that your body has its optimal chance to heal from health conditions when given the proper nutrition.  Most alternative medicine Doctors would agree that proper nourishment through diet and supplementation can assist in your body’s ability to heal itself.  Some would go further to say there is consistently some kind of linkage between disease/condition and diet.  At Pinnacle Health & Wellness, nutrition plans are individualized to each patient for specific needs.

    Dietary supplements can give your body the sustenance it has been lacking; resulting in more energy, better sleep, less headaches, better workouts, and being more active throughout the day.  Giving your body the right fuel not only helps your body with healing from trauma and repetitive injuries like tennis or golfer's elbow. A good diet also helps hold your Chiropractic adjustments longer. 

    Pinnacle Health & Wellness recommends Standard Process supplements.  We have found them to have the highest quality products and a diverse range of products for many different health concerns.  These whole food supplements, being of the highest quality, get absorbed easily into your body and support the processes and systems in your body that may be contributing to your health concerns. Each health condition has a nourishment protocol that goes along with it. Stick to the protocol giving your body the nutrients it needs, and watch how it responds.

    High quality Standard Process supplements can only be purchased through health care professionals and are available through Pinnacle Health & Wellness.

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    Nutrition & Healing

    Pinnacle Health & Wellness believes that your body has its optimal chance to heal from health conditions when given the proper nutrition.  Most alternative medicine Doctors would agree that proper nutrition through diet and supplementation can assist in your body’s ability to heal itself.  Some would go further to say there is consistently some kind of linkage between disease/condition and diet.  At Pinnacle Health & Wellness, nutrition plans are individualized to each patient for their specific needs.

    Dietary supplements can give your body nutrients it has been lacking; resulting in more energy, better sleep, less headaches, better workouts, and being more active throughout the day.  Giving your body the right fuel not only helps your body with healing, it also helps hold your Chiropractic adjustments longer. 

    Pinnacle Health & Wellness recommends Standard Process supplements.  We have found them to have the highest quality products and a diverse range of products for many different health concerns.  These whole food supplements, being of the highest quality, get absorbed easily into your body and support the processes and systems in your body that may be contributing to your health concerns. Each health condition has a nutrition protocol that goes along with it, stick to the protocol, give you body the nutrition it needs and watch how it responds.

    High quality Standard Process supplements can only be purchased through health care professionals and are available through Pinnacle Health & Wellness.

    Pain ( 4 )

    Chiropractic: The Proven Way To Get Rid of Back & Neck Pain

     
    Get rid of back and neck pain once and for all ! 

    This will allow you to:

        •  Have a more active lifestyle!
        •  Be able to play with your kids and grandchildren!
        •  Lower your score in your golf game!
        •  Improve your posture!
        •  Boost your energy!
        •  Be more productive throughout the day!
        •   Improve your body’s ability to handle stress!
     

     

    The Facts

    1. The nervous system controls and regulates every single function in your body.
    2. Your spine protects your nervous system and therefore helps regulate every single function of your body.
    3. If your spine and nervous system are not working properly together; you can develop symptoms like neck pain and back pain, headaches, and much more. 

    The Key

    1. Find where the irritation is occurring in your spine and nervous system.
    2. Remove the irritation.
    3. This gets rid of the pain, headaches, and other symptoms.
    4. Once you feel better you will receive exercises and stretches to help you to continue to improve your health.

    Spine - Before

      

        BEFORE

     • MIGRAINE HEADACHES
     • INTENSE BACK PAIN
     • POOR POSTURE
     • LOW ENERGY
     • VERY STRESSED
     • TOO PAINFUL TO PLAY GOLF OR BASKETBALL

     

     

    Spine - After

           

        AFTER

     • HEADACHES GONE
     • DECREASED BACK PAIN
     • IMPROVED POSTURE
     • INCREASED MOBILITY
     • INCREASED ENERGY
     • FEELS MORE RELAXED/LESS STRESS
     • ENJOYS PLAYING GOLF AND BASKETBALL

     

    WHY THIS TYPE OF TREATMENT?

    1. This is an all natural therapy; there are no drugs, potions, surgeries, or gimmicks, and therefore much less risk for side effects.
     
    2. When you cut your finger; your body heals the wound; that is what the body is supposed to do.  Chiropractic gives your body the tools it needs to heal itself; it does not matter if it is neck pain, headaches or back pain.
     
    3. This therapy focuses on getting rid of the cause; get rid of the cause and get rid of the symptoms.
     
    4. Chiropractic is by far the safest, most proven, most cost effective alternative treatment for low back and neck pain.Because you deserve to be pain free, you should not learn to live with pain or get used to it.

    You should wake up every morning expecting to feel great, have unlimited energy, play hard, work hard, live your life to the fullest. Chiropractic can help your body achieve all of these.

    ~Testimonials~Man Running

    "I was not aware what was causing my back pain; I was just living with it every day and taking medications everyday.  Thanks to Dr. Hamel I can now exercise and play golf pain free.  Now that I am not always thinking of how much pain I am in, I enjoy my day so much more."  …..KJ Humble, TX

    "Dr. Hamel found the cause of my problem on the first visit; the way he explained it was easy to understand.  The treatments were painless and once things in my back relaxed my symptoms went away.  It was a simple problem, with a simple solution; thanks Dr. Hamel."  …..DK Porter, TX

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    Parasitism and Health ( 15 )

    Parasitism occurs at an alarming rate in over 50% of the world wide population.  Parasitism is defined as one organism the parasite benefiting at the expense of the other which is the host or the human.  Intestinal parasites infect their human host then slowly deteriorate the function of organs and glands which leads to ill health and disease.

    Intestinal parasites are much smaller than their host and most of the time go undetected and unnoticed until they are numerous enough to call serious health effects.  These microparasites use up the host’s supply of water, food, heat and as a result can change or alter the function of organs and glands in the body.  There are many types of intestinal parasites including the hookworm, the whipworm, and the roundworm and together infect over 3 billion people worldwide every year.

    The most common examples of parasitism are interactions between vertebrate hosts and with parasites such as flukes, tapeworms and fleas.  Vertebrates that seem to get infected the most are birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and sharks. 

    Fleas and ticks in biting pets is another good illustration of parasitism.  These parasitic creatures hatch from eggs are very small and live in carpets, skin, and dirt.  The flea will bite humans and inject their saliva into our skin which causes a reaction and as a result we need to scratch our skin.  The flea’s purpose in life is to feed off of the nutrients in our blood but they do not give us anything in return to they are considered parasites.

    Pesky mosquito’s biting humans is a very good example of parasitism; they can carry very small parasites in their stomach which they can spread to anything they bite.  Think of a mosquito as the taxi cab or middleman for parasitism, and the funny thing is they probably do not know they are carrying them.

    Lice are little insects that feast on your skin and your scalp.  Lice also seem to migrate to the moist hairy areas of the pubis and the arm pits.  Kids at the day care and at school are continuously passing lice to one another causing severe itching.  They take bites out of human’s skin and that is why these insects have parasitic characteristics.

    The pinworm gets infects the human through water, food, dirt and human feces and as a rule they usually set up shop in the gut and lower intestinal tract.  At night when we are sleeping is when these parasites do their damage, the female can lay over 10000 eggs which are actively infectious for about 2 hours.  The pinworm not only affects the intestinal tract but also can migrate to any area of the body through the lymph.  The pinworm is rarely identified in a blood test and most medical Doctors would not think to test for parasites because they can mimic many of the common symptoms of a cold, allergies, cough and bacterial infections.  Pinworms and other larger parasites are considered a more serious case of parasitism because they can cause serious damage to organs and glands and lead to serious health deterioration.  The statistics are that one in five kids have pinworms but many think this number is much higher because very few kids ever get tested.

    Blood sucking leeches are also part of this parasitic group, many people use the word leech in a derogatory manner when referring to a person mooching off of another and giving nothing in return.  In some cases these leeches have been used to help heal certain skin conditions so in a roundabout way they are giving back to the relationship.

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    Welcome to the newsletter of Pinnacle Health & Wellness. In this issue we explore the body's self-healing capabilities.

    Pinnacle Health & Wellness believes in a natural approach to healing through exercise, chiropractic techniques and nutrition. Call us at 281-360-8387 to get your free consultation and get started on the road to wellness.

     

     
     

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    Pinnacle Health & Wellness is the practice of Dr. Tyler Hamel. Pinnacle has been improving the lives of patients in the Kingwood, TX area for over a decade.

     
     
     

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    1 Anti-Inflammatories Good or Bad 20 June 2012   17    
    2 Sickness Ramped in Houston 18 June 2012   18    
    3 Why are we Addicted to Sugar? 24 May 2012   19    
    4 Hormonal Problems in Woman 22 May 2012   20    
    5 Sugar and Teeth Problems 17 May 2012   21    
    6 Searching for Optimal Health 16 May 2012   22    
    7 The Downward Spiral of Our Health 14 May 2012   23    
    8 Anti-Inflammatories
    Prednisone & Cortisone
    10 May 2012   24    
    9 Detoxification 08 May 2012   25    
    10 Your Health and Wellness 17 April 2012   26    
    11 Do You Have a Metal Toxicity Affecting Your Health 10 April 2012   27    
    12 Nutritional Response Testing 03 April 2012   28    
    13 Sugar, the Bad,
    the Bad and the Ugly
    15 March 2012   29    
    14 Tired, Overweight, Disrupted Sleep, Craving Sugar 16 February 2012   30    
    15 Top 5 Healthy Habits for a Happy Holiday Season 22 December 2011   31    
    16 Golf Conditioning and Injury Prevention 30 November 2011   32    
     
     

    Titleist Performance Institute

    tpi_mp_level3Pinnacle Health & Wellness uses the Titleist Performance Institute methodology to identify and address opportunities to improve your golf performance and extend your longevity in the game.

    Dr. Tyler Hamel is certified by the Titleist Performance Institute as a Level 3 Medical Professional, the highest Titleist certification available.

    Dr. Hamel has expertise in Golf Injuries and Swing Mechanics as well as Exercise and Nutritional Therapies.


     
     
     

    Back & Neck Pain

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    Chiropractic adjustment
    is the natural, safest and most effective way to address back and neck pain.

    Pinnacle Health & Wellness combines chiropractic with exercise and nutritional therapy to relieve pain and facilitate your return to wellness.

    If you're suffering from back and neck pain, Call 281-360-8387 to schedule a consultation with Pinnacle Health & Wellness.


     
     
     

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    Pinnacle Health & Wellness can design the proper exercise and nutritional programs to maximize athletic performance and reduce the risk of injuries.

    When injuries do happen, Pinnacle Health & Wellness provides custom therapy and rehab programs to speed recovery and help prevent reoccurence.


     
     
     

    Nutrition

    veggiesNutrition is a key element in maximizing your body's performance and natural healing capabilities. Proper nutrition can help speed healing, maximize performance and give you more energy.

    Pinnacle Health & Wellness will evaluate your current diet and conditions. Our  complete nutrition counseling includes testing and making dietary and supplement recommendations to help you meet your goals.


     
     
     

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    Pinched Nerve ( 0 )

    What Is a Pinched Nerve?

    Numbness and tingling are symptoms generally associated with nerve damage or irritation. There are two major causes of nerve irritation, each requiring a different method of treatment, so a correct diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms is critical. The most common type of injury to a nerve is an impingement or “pinching” of the nerve. Nerve impingement often occurs at the spine and can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed upon by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth.

    Herniated Disk Protruding Lumbar Disk HerniationOther than impingement, nerves can also become “stuck” to surrounding soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, and fascia) usually as a result of repetitive motion injuries. This is commonly referred to as a "trapped" nerve.

    After diagnosing the cause of the condition, a chiropractor can teach you how to help your body heal itself and reduce the chances of a recurrence.

    Plantar Fascitis ( 0 )

    Plantar Fascitis is a form of an overuse/repetitive injury that affects the bottom of the foot (plantar surface of the foot). This condition is usually characterized by pain and tenderness on the fibrous tissue (fascia) on the underside of the foot. The pain is generally worse in the morning upon waking and decreases with walking. However, prolonged standing can also increase the pain during the day.

    Although the pain associated with this condition stems from inflammation, the source of the inflammation must be addressed in order to achieve complete recovery and long-lasting benefit. The most common culprit is chronic shortening of the plantar fascia, which can be brought on by overuse or as a result of a joint dysfunction. This constant “tugging” on the tissue can reduce the already poor circulation to the plantar fascia. It then becomes inflamed (fascitis) and, eventually, scar tissue will form further reducing the flexibility and strength of the soft tissues.

    Treatment for Plantar Fascitis

    Scar tissue adhesions located within and between soft-tissues are best removed with chiropractic deep tissue therapy treatment that often provides immediate and dramatic results.  Also you can roll your foot on a tennis ball to help release the muscle yourself.  To reduced inflammation you can take a frozen can of orange juice and roll your foot back and forth over top of it for 10-15 minutes.

    Purification or Detoxification ( 1 )

    What is Purification or Detoxification?

    This is the process of addressing the natural toxins in the body.  The liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, digestive tract, bladder, skin and lungs are the major systems/organs that are involved in the elimination of toxins.

    In our society we exposed to high levels of foreign substances and over-consume chemically-treated, synthetically-produced food, therefore extra purification is needed.  This program utilizes whole food supplements, pure food, and water to give the body the resources it needs so that it can purify and rebuild itself naturally.  This program places an emphasis on the liver and colon because these two organs play a major role in supporting the digestive system.

    This detoxification program will help you achieve a higher level of health by cleaning the body from the inside out.

    Toxins in Our Environment

    As a society, we face increasing amounts of challenges in our environment.   We encounter substance every day from the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink, including: medications, pesticides, heavy metals, fumes, synthetic materials, cigarette smoke, caffeine, preservative, and much more.  In addition to these environmental challenges, our bodies produce waste by-products, (i.e. ammonia, carbon dioxide and free radicals), as a result of normal metabolism that need to be eliminated.  If these toxins are not neutralized and eliminated, the result is a destructive health pattern which causes health problems.  Health problems such as digestive complaints, tiredness, body aches and pains can arise because of long term build up of toxins in the body.

    Do You Have Toxins in Your Body?

    Think for a moment of all the foods and drinks you have consumed over your lifetime.  I am sure most of us have consumed tens of thousands of pounds.

    Answer the following questions and this will give you some insight as to your current toxic load of your body.

    • Do you or have you eaten processed foods?
    • Do you eat non-organic fruits and vegetables?
    • Do you eat meat and poultry that is not free-range?
    • Do you consume genetically altered food?
    • Do you or have you ever used artificial sweeteners?
    • Do you drink soda?
    • Do the foods your eat have preservative, additives, dyes, or sweeteners added?
    • Do you eat fast food and/or eat out regularly?
    • Do you charbroil or grill foods?
    • Do you drink coffee regularly?
    • Do you drink alcohol?
    • Do you drink tap water?

    If the majority of your answers are yes, then it is likely that your diet contributes significantly to your toxic load.  In addition to your diet, you are also exposed to other irritants such as cigarette smoke, pollution, hair dyes, dry cleaning fluids, cosmetics, exhaust fumes, soaps, perfumes, cleaners, and drugs.

    This everyday exposure to these substances may have you feeling less than your best, experiencing:

    • Food cravings
    • Fatigue or difficulty sleeping
    • Poor digestion
    • Weight gain
    • Reduced mental clarity
    • Low libido

    What to Expect During Detoxification?

    As you progress through your recommended purification program, you may experience some changes.  As always, please talk with your health care professional if you have questions about how you feel or what you are experiencing.

    Some of the most common benefits that other patients have experienced with this program include:

    • Increased energy
    • Less bloating and indigestion
    • Clearer skin
    • Softer, healthier hair
    • Reduction or elimination of symptoms of headache, arthritis etc

    This program causes toxins and waste bi-products to exit your body, sometimes this can result in an increased urination and/or increased bowel movements.  This is a natural reaction as your body begins to burn fat which will cause insulin levels to drop.

    In some instances patients experience a throbbing sensation in the head, generalized aches, itchy skin or fatigue.  These are normal occurrences as the body detoxifies and will pass after a couple of days.

    What Detoxification Means for You?

    Upon the completion of your recommended program, you will have a different mindset about food, your body, and your health.  You many experience some or all of the following:

    • Weight reduction
    • Improved health
    • Increased energy/vitality
    • Removal of food addictions
    • Improved elimination
    • Clearer thinking
    • Improved physical appearance

    This detoxification program is brought to you by Standard Process, all of the literature and results you have read above are directly from Standard Process.

    How long is the program and how much does it cost?

    The program last for one month, you will also receive a diet guide to follow as you are going through the detoxification.  Ideally you don’t want to be eating and drinking a lot of toxins while you are trying to detoxify your body.

    The consultation fee is $75.00; additional fees vary for every client based on what specific tests we need to order and what specific supplements they need to take for the program.

    NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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    Sports Injuries - Accidents - Repetitve Use Injuries - Surgery Recovery

    Pinnacle Health & Wellness uses our broad toolbox of chiropractic services to design a comprehensive program that maximizes your body's self-healing capabilities.  We'll work with you to get you back on your feet, feeling your best and back in the game!

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    Running Injury ( 0 )

    Running is a great form of cardiovascular exercise that is enjoyed by many people around the world. This group of enthusiasts includes joggers, treadmillers, sprinters and endurance athletes. Whatever the goal or training regime, many runners eventually encounter challenges to their physical well being. Many of these challenges come directly as a result of the repetitive nature of running.

    Dysfunction caused by repetitive “pounding” associated with running can create many different symptoms and problems. These include:

    • Pain on the bottom of the foot – see Plantar Fasciitis
    • Pain over the “shin bone” at the front of the leg
    • Knee pain with running or when changing position from sitting to standing 

    Running Injuries

    Repetitive/overuse motion represents the most common form of injury associated with running.  Although the repetitious one-foot-in-front-of-the-other nature of running is mostly to blame, several factors contribute greatly toward making these types of injuries so commonplace with runners. These factors include running surfaces that are too hard, poor fitting shoes, shoes that are too old or worn out, increasing mileage too quickly and reduced shock absorption due to poor lower extremity biomechanics.

    The most damaging force placed on a runner is the “shock” caused by the heel striking the ground. In fact, many of the joints of the lower extremities play an important role in reducing the “shock” experienced with running. Therefore, these joints need to be firm, but springy so that they can absorb the shock rather than transfer it further up the body. The most important shock-absorbing joint complex is the foot. The many bones and joints of the foot must work in concert to prevent “jarring” of the body. Excessive “jarring” related to stiff, inflexible joints of the feet often contribute to foot pain (plantar fascitis), and knee problems, as well as hip and low back pain.

    When the joints of the feet fail to absorb the shock of running, the muscles of the legs, hips, pelvis and low back are often forced to work overtime to dampen these damaging forces. The increased effort of these muscles can cause chronic muscle damage over time leading to pain and reductions in performance.

    1. Repetitive “rubbing” of sensitive soft-tissues or
    2. chronic muscle tightness can initiate an injury cascade that will eventually lead to significant dysfunction and pain.

    Both of these situations deprive the soft-tissues of much needed oxygen due to a decrease in full muscle contraction and complete relaxation. This reduces the “pumping” action that normally occurs within healthy muscle tissue. A decrease in tissue oxygenation triggers fibroblastic activity – the primary mechanism involved in the formation of scar tissue. Unfortunately, as more fibrous tissue is created, muscle oxygenation, flexibility and strength are further reduced. This cycle continues until both structure and function have been degraded to the point that symptoms occur – usually stiffness, pain or weakness. In other words, repetitive motion injuries can develop over months or years before the first symptom is ever experienced!

    As the condition progresses, the “stickiness” of the muscles and tendons can extend into the spaces between the soft tissues forcing them to become “stuck” to one another. When this happens around a nerve it can cause an irritation of the nerve known to doctors as a peripheral nerve entrapment. This can lead to numbness, tingling or burning the legs and feet.

    Treatment for Running Injuries

    Restoring the lower extremities to proper function and motion requires a combined approach that addresses both the joint mechanics AND the muscles that support joint function. Joint mechanics are best corrected with corrective chiropractic adjustments. Muscle therapy is effective at reducing the scar-tissue “stickiness” within the joints and surrounding soft-tissues.  One of the most common contributors to running injuries and knee pain is the ITB syndrome; this muscle crosses both the hip and the knee joint…..and if tight can put a lot of tension on the knee.

    NOTE: The content in this website is for general information only and is not intended to replace professional medical advice.

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    The symptoms of sciatica often include sharp pain, numbness, tingling or burning in the back of the legs. In severe circumstances, weakness in the legs can also be seen.

    The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that travels down the back of the leg to the bottom of the foot. It includes several smaller nerves and originates from the spine at the level of the low back. It passes under the piriformis muscles, which lies under the gluteus maximus muscle (main buttock muscle) on its way down the leg. Irritation of the sciatic nerve at any point along its path is commonly referred to as “sciatica”.

    A diagnosis of sciatica, however, is often of little use to the sufferer unless it specifically indicates where along the nerve the irritation is occurring. Although entrapment of the nerve can happen in several different places, the two most common sites are where the nerve originates at the spine and where the nerve passes under the piriformis muscle.

    Both cases respond well to chiropractic, although treatment can be drastically different depending on the cause.

    Sciatica Related To Nerve Irritation

    Irritation of the nerve as it exits the spine is often the result of mechanical dysfunction of the joints of the spine. Occasionally, the nerves exiting the spine can become “pinched”. Although the traditional idea of an impinged nerve is one that is sandwiched between two bones, we now know that nerves can become irritated at the spine in a number of different ways. Nerves can be pressed upon by bulging discs, encroached on by bony overgrowth or “stuck” to surrounding soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, fascia).

    Treatment of Sciatica Related to Joint Dysfunction

    Sciatica related to joint dysfunction is best corrected using chiropractic adjustments. By using carefully directed and controlled pressure to restore joints to a normal position and motion, the pressure placed on the nerve is quickly and painlessly reduced. This often results in immediate (sometimes dramatic) pain relief.

    Sciatica related to disc injury often requires additional treatment methods. The McKenzie protocol and fixing movement impairments are keys to stabilizing the low back and pelvis.  The aim of the McKenzie protocol is to reduce nerve impingement by “reshaping” the spinal disc with sustained pressure over successive treatments.

    Shoulder & Rotator Cuff Pain ( 0 )

    Most common overuse injuries occur in the rotator cuff of the shoulder.

    The rotator cuff (four muscles in total) is also the primary support structure for the shoulder. Therefore, even minor dysfunction associated with these muscles can create significant pain and disability including shoulder pain, arm weakness, and decreased athletic performance. When a rotator cuff injury becomes severe enough to irritate the many nerves that pass through the shoulder joint it is called a Rotator Cuff Impingement. The symptoms associated with an impingement are often more severe and can include numbness, tingling and sharp, shooting pain into the arm or hand.

    A Rotator Cuff problem can be caused by many everyday activities. These activities include traumatic events (e.g. fall on an outstretched arm, “yanking” of the arm), repetitive motions (e.g. playing golf, throwing a ball, weightlifting, swimming) and chronic, improper postures (e.g. operating a computer, driving).

    Treatment of Shoulder Injuries

    Proper function of the shoulder requires a delicate balance between mobility and stability. Healthy joint mechanics are critical to allowing mobility and the proper combination of muscle flexibility and strength provide the necessary stability.

    One of the most important and most commonly injured rotator cuff muscles is called the subscapularis (meaning “under the shoulder blade”). It is often missed by doctors because of its “hidden” position underneath the shoulder blade. When the subscapularis works properly it creates a large space between the arm bone (humerus) and the shoulder socket (glenoid fossa). If this muscle becomes overly tight or “gummed up” with scar tissue the shoulder mechanics become disrupted leading to nerve irritation. Extended periods of nerve irritation can lead to significant nerve damage and chronic pain. Although this muscle can be weak in many cases, strengthening exercises (such as seen with physical therapy) rarely produce a cure. Addressing the cause of the weakness (scar tissue) is the only way to eliminate rotator cuff dysfunction, joint pain and related nerve irritation.

    Therefore, treatment for a Rotator Cuff injury requires a combined approach that addresses both the joint mechanics and the muscles that support joint function. Joint mechanics are best corrected with corrective chiropractic adjustments. Muscle therapy is effective at restoring both strength and flexibility to damaged muscles.

    Sports Elbow ( 0 )

    Golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are similar conditions that fall under the category of repetitive use injuries. Both conditions usually involve pain and tenderness around the elbow that tends to be increased with movement and decreased with immobilization.

    Although the pain associated with these conditions stems from inflammation, the source of the inflammation must be addressed in order to achieve complete recovery and long-lasting benefit. The most common culprit is chronic muscular contraction, which can be brought on by overuse or as a result of a joint dysfunction. This constant “tugging” on the tendons can reduce the already poor circulation to the tendons. The tendons then become inflamed (tendonitis) and, eventually, scar tissue will form further reducing the flexibility and strength of the soft tissues.

    Common sense would tell you that treatment directed at the tendons and aimed at reducing the inflammation will only produce mediocre results for a short period of time. Also, given the mechanism listed above, doesn’t it also make sense that strength training would only serve to increase the strain on the tendons and further inflame the tissue?

    Treatment for Golfer’s Elbow - Tennis Elbow

    Just like other repetivie injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, the only effective way to recover from a problem related to tendonitis is to address the source of the strain. Chiropractic adjustments are used to correct any mechanical problems that may by associated with the joints of the elbow, wrist or shoulder. Lessening the chronic muscle tightness and spasm is achieved by chiropractors using a muscle releasing therapy -- a treatment method that often provides immediate and dramatic results.

    Treatment is an interactive process involving both doctor and patient, this allows us to get the best and quickest results to decrease pain, inflammation and muscle spasm.  Patients often notice improvement in their levels of pain, flexibility and strength within seconds following the treatment.

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    “I came to Dr. Hamel to get chiropractic treatment for my back pain and headaches; he soon made me realize that my symptoms of headaches, weight issues, back pain and fatigue were related not only to spinal problems but also nutritional deficiencies. My constant back pain and headaches effect my mood at home and at work every day, my weight issues played a big part of my negative self esteem and I was tired all of the time. After 3 weeks on the nutritional program my headaches are gone, my energy level has increased significantly and I have lost 6 pounds. I now feel more alert and alive than I ever have. I would recommend anyone to this program, friends and family are noticing that I look and act differently now." SC, Humble, TX, April 2013

    “I was having issues with my skin, hair falling out, and my nails breaking off. My blood sugar was increasing and I am type 2 Diabetic. All this has been going on for about 4 years, also my cravings for sugar were out of control. My mood and energy levels were very low, I felt very sluggish all of the time. Losing my hair was the worst, it was so embarrassing. Now I have no more sugar cravings and my blood sugar is getting better. My skin is not nearly as dry, and I am not having acne breakouts like I was before. My hair is not breaking off and falling out like it used to. My nails are finally growing for the first time in years.” MP, Kingwood, TX March 2013

    “I was having major issues with fatigue, craving sweets and not being able to think straight and realized getting older these symptoms were not improving but getting worse. The thought of being productive felt like a chore as I did not want to do anything. With the help of Dr. Hamel my life has changed. I have seen a change in as little as 12 days with the amount of energy and clarity that I feel as well as my sweet tooth has slowly faded. I have lost 16 pounds in 3 weeks so fat and I am sure I will continue. Also my hormones seem to be in check and everything is feeling more natural. I want to say thank you Dr. Hamel for taking the time out to give me back my energy!!!” PL, Kingwood, TX January 2013

    “I have many thanks to give to Dr. Hamel for making me not embarrassed to be seen in public. I had been losing my hair in chunks, dermatitis and not to forget the headaches!!! Since I have been trusting Dr. Hamel with this program the headaches are gone, my hair is back and I feel healthy again!!! I would recommend this program to anyone that is feeling uncomfortable with their life because I know it helped change mine.” KL, Kingwood, TX December 2012

    “I was constantly having severe headaches everyday and I just could not get a good night’s rest which caused me to be extremely irritable. These two issues took away from my family and the ability to support them because I was extremely fatigue and grouchy. After meeting with Dr. Hamel and hearing is concern and knowledge I opened up to the idea of making a change in my life. The headaches are very rare now and I feel rested and enjoy going to work and spending time with my family. Thank you again Dr. Hamel.” TD, Kingwood, TX February 2013

    “I came in 1.5 weeks ago with neck pain, headaches and I always felt tired. Taking the nutritional supplements he recommended, and with 3 treatments I now rarely have a headache, and my neck and back are finally getting some relief. I think Dr. Hamel spends the right amount of time with me and I definitely get the value for the service, I will refer my husband, sister and friends in for sure.”
    JB, Huffman, TX

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    We pride ourselves on ourpatient education. This is some of the latest natural health and wellness tidbits you should know about. This is our therapy room.
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    This is where all of our high and low tech testing takes place. We have surface EMG to detect spine and nerve irritation, Heart Rate Variability Scan that shows us how your nervous system responds to stress, Cold Laser Therapy that helps speed up the healing and repair process and Nutritional Response Testing Kits which we use to determine what systems of the body are not functioning at 100% and potentially could be contributing to your health condition. We stock a wide variety of the highest quality, whole food nutritional supplements that help your body heal from a variety of different ailments such as digestive issues, thyroid problems, hormonal regulation, headaches, arthritis and more.
    This is where all of our high and low tech testing takes place. We have surface EMG to detect spine and nerve irritation, Heart Rate Variability Scan that shows us how your nervous system responds to stress, Cold Laser Therapy that helps speed up the healing and repair process and Nutritional Response Testing Kits which we use to determine what systems of the body are not functioning at 100% and potentially could be contributing to your health condition. We stock a wide variety of the highest quality, whole food nutritional supplements that help your body heal from a variety of different ailments such as digestive issues, thyroid problems, hormonal regulation, headaches, arthritis and more.
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    Tyler Hamel DC is the owner and director of Pinnacle Health and Wellness; he has over 10 years experience helping thousands of people to attain a great sense of health and well-being.  Dr. Hamel specializes in working with clients with health issues such as fatigue, arthritis, reflux, headaches, thyroid problems, hormonal issues and other chronic health conditions. 

    Dr. Hamel developed his passion for optimal health when he was in college and played professional handball on the US tour.  A disciplined diet and exercise were the keys to getting him to a #5 ranking in the world.  Although Dr. Hamel was very disciplined in all facets of health, he would be the first to admit today that he did many things back then the opposite of what he would do now.  He received a degree of Doctor of Chiropractic in Portland Oregon and graduated in 1999.  Since then Dr. Hamel has spent countless hours studying and researching physiology and biomechanics of the body to figure out exactly what the body needs to be able to heal and repair itself efficiently and effectively. 

    Dr. Hamel has not only researched the best and highest quality supplement companies on the planet but he has been through numerous nutritional protocols and nutritional testing to find out what really works best.  Dr. Hamel believes that there is no substitute for quality; when you are giving the body whole food supplements to literally change the organs, cells and tissues of the body they have to be the best otherwise you cannot get the results.  Dr. Hamel has followed some of the greatest alternative Doctors of the last 50 years and incorporated their best
    ideas and practices in order to treat the client as a person and not just a symptom.

    Dr. Hamel found that without nutritional testing and therapy he could only get a patient to a certain level of health and they would plateau.  Since incorporating nutrition 10 years ago and more recently Nutritional Response Testing one year ago he has seen the patient’s level of health skyrocket.  He believes that nutrition is the missing link with so many health conditions and until you evaluate it, the patient will always be missing out on the chance to experience optimal health and wellness. 

    Dr. Hamel has the knowledge and ability to enhance a patient’s body to be able to heal and repair itself and get phenomenal results.  The nutritional testing is easy to understand and each individualized nutrition plan has a rational behind it.  Dr. Hamel is dedicated to identifying the underlying cause of your health condition, then supporting and coaching his patients all the way through their path to superior health. 

    Dr. Hamel offers health care classes that are open to the general public, he believes these are health topics everyone should know about and the more people educated the healthier we all become.  At these health talks we offer recipes and sample of healthy snacks for everyone to enjoy.  It is time to leave your past health problems behind and start on a new journey to walk in the path of true health and wellness.

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    The Truth about hCG and Weight Loss

    What’s The Big Deal?

    Homeopathy is a method of treatment that supports the body's own healing mechanism. It’s based on the law of similars "like cures like". A homeopathic remedy is an extremely pure, natural substance that has been diluted many times. In large quantities these substances would cause the same symptoms the patient is trying to cure. In small, pure, diluted doses, it is not only safe and free from side effects, but it will trigger the body to heal itself.

    Obesity is a household epidemic in the US, if I was to estimate over the last 10 years in my practice, at least 30% of my patients would be categorized as obese, ( body fat% being 25% or more for men, 35% or more for woman).  I truly appreciate my patients and believe me when I say that the statement above is not meant to belittle or criticize my patients in anyway.

    I have seen how carrying extra weight can make certain Chiropractic cases worse, increasing stress on muscles and joints of the body, fatigue, postural stress, sluggish immune system, decreased effects of healing and more.  This increases the likelihood of injuries, aches, pains, and general malaise. For this reason I have dedicated much effort and research, spoke with some of the best wellness practitioners in the area on the topic of a healthy, safe and effective weight loss program; and I have decided that HCG is the real deal.

    Most of my patients know me; they know I was a professional handball player, they know I practice what I preach when it comes to diet and exercise. My patients know that most every recommendation I give to them, I have either tried myself or have seen successful, real, patient results elsewhere.  I would never recommend something that I think is unhealthy, unnatural, or that would harm your body in anyway.

    The homeopathic HCG that I offer has thoroughly been studied, tested on patients with amazing results, and made under the strictest quality control.  This HCG is made in the US and can only be sold by a licensed Doctor. (This follows along with Dr. Simeons’ initial research and program)

    This HCG program is:

    1.  NOT an internet scam just trying to make money, don’t get scammed by the  “buy one get two free bottles” ads out there. (if you buy cheap HCG you are  going to get cheap results and be very disappointed)
    2.  NOT going to sell you a homeopathic HCG that has not been quality  controlled, or is not the highest quality.  With our program you get exactly  what they say  is in the bottle.
    3.  NOT selling you a bottle and sending you on your way; these internet  scams will soon be shut down because of some of the health problems  people are having; this is your body so take this investment very seriously.
    4.  NOT just a “fly by night” program; this gets results and it is repeatable  at differenent times throughout the year depending on your specific case.

    This HCG protocol works better than most because of 5 things:

    1. This HCG is produced under the strictest quality control; you know that you  are getting exactly what the bottle says. ( no middle man, no cutting cost for  an inferior product, amazing weight loss)
    2. This is a “HCG protocol for Dummies” (it is so simple to follow, directions  right on the bottle, there is no guessing or confusion of what you are  supposed to do.)
    3. You are supported and monitored by a Doctor; who will guide you through  and support the detoxification process with specific natural, wholefood  supplements that support your liver. (** This is very very important**)
    4. This is an all natural process; everything you take is welcomed and  accepted by your body; this protocol helps to kick start your metabolism,  your digestion and detoxification systems.)
    5. There are NO side effects to this program; if you follow this program exactly  how it is laid out; your body will be getting all of the nutrition it needs and  the pounds will coming flying off.

    Guarantee:

    While there can never be a guarantee of results; this program, if followed perfectly; is as close to “guaranteed weight loss” that you will ever see.  This is a 30 day program and you will be given a calorie/diet plan to follow.  This is a major transformation for your body moving you to higher level of health and well being.

    If you are interested in kick starting your metabolism and shedding massive pounds in a short period of time; we can help you with a very safe, natural, side- effect free process.

    Call us today (281) 360-8387

    "I followed the HCG Protocols for the 40 day diet and lost 32 pounds. In addition, I lost another 10 pounds following a 23 day HCG Protocol 5 months later. Total inches lost over 40!" BT, Houston

    ** The FDA has not approved the use of HCG as a weight loss supplement. 
The information and statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA. This HCG protocol is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information provided here in is not intended to take the place of the advice of your personal healthcare professional, or primary care physician.

    Weight…Energy…Metabolism…HCG Homeopathic is the wellness doctor’s choice for safe, healthy, and effective weight loss.

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    Obesity and the Challenges of Weight Loss in this Country

     

    The weight loss industry makes over a billion dollars a year and this is because the average American is overweight by 20 pounds and they are desperate to do anything to lose weight.  Our population today is consuming more fast food, preservatives and artificial food than ever before, whatever happened to good, healthy, nutritious food?  Weight loss can be achieved if we get back to the basics of health, feeding the body with the fuel that it wants in order to thrive.

    Obesity has become the norm in America today; people do not seem to care at all until their health starts to deteriorate from being overweight.  Eating too much of the wrong type of calories such as refined sugars and carbohydrates can easily add up to an additional 10 pounds of body weight per year.  Forcing excessive amounts of poor nutrient foods on the body not only will increase the body’s fat percentage but more importantly it will over burden and over stress many of the organs and glands in the body trying to keep a person healthy.  Most of the population eats between 400-800 grams of carbohydrates per day and doing this for a prolonged period of years can result in something called metabolic syndrome.  One in four Americans have it, the characteristic of metabolic syndrome are:

    1. Blood triglycerides over 150
    2. Waist circumference in men over 40 inches, women over 35 inches
    3. Low HDL (bad) cholesterol in men below 40, women less than 50
    4. Fasting glucose is over 100
    5. High blood pressure

    As one can imagine weight loss is almost impossible for these people and 50% or more of this population will have diabetes.  The main culprit leading to this syndrome is insulin resistance, meaning there is too much insulin hanging around in the blood when it is not supposed to be there.  Eating too much sugar causes the pancreas to get exhausted from producing insulin and also the adrenal glands which try to step in a regulated blood sugar.  We now see why that most everyone who eats too many refined carbohydrates and sugar are exhausted all of the time, their blood sugar is going up and down like a yo yo.  

    In order for weight loss to occur this broken cycle of blood sugar regulation has to be fixed.  The first thing to do is to take away the extra stress that is on the pancreas and the adrenal glands; the way to do this is to eat a small enough amount of refined carbohydrates and sugar so there are no cravings.  Secondly feed the body with nutritious foods that do not stress out these organs such as green leafy vegetables, lean protein, and low sugar fruits.  The great thing is that this broken cycle or broken health is reversible; people have abused their bodies for years with poor nutrition and now it is time to feed the body with health.  Feeding the body with whole food nutrition will help regulate blood sugar and in doing so will allow the body to burn fat and thus lose weight.  There are many alternative health Doctors who recommend a diet consisting of less than 100 grams of carbohydrates a day, the remainder of the diet is 40-50% good fats and 20-25% quality protein.

    Good sources of carbohydrates that do not cause your blood sugar to spike up and down are foods like:

    1. Cucumber
    2. Spring mix
    3. Sprouts
    4. Broccoli
    5. Kale
    6. Bok Choy
    7. Red, Yellow and Green peppers
    8. Zucchini
    9. Celery
    10. Raspberries, blackberries and blueberries
    11. Almonds
    12. Walnuts

    One of the keys to weight loss is to eat more nutrient rich low carbohydrate foods as opposed to foods that are dead such as chips, cookies, cakes, sodas, and ice cream.  The calories in versus calories out diets do not work, because if you are eating only 1200 calories a day but they are coming all from refined carbohydrates and sugar than weight loss will not occur.  On the other hand if you ate 2500 calories mostly from good fat, high quality protein and green vegetables then your body is able to easily process and use this for fuel.

    Wellness ( 4 )

    The Downward Spiral of Our Health

    We have all seen the stats of the US being one of the lowest ranked countries for health.  Does it have to do with people working long hours a being severely stressed?, do it have to do with the poor nutrient value that food now has?, does it have to do with our quick fix, what ever is cheapest mentaility?.  Well Yes, these are only a few things that are contributing to America's poor health.

    If you are experiencing a symptom or health condition I can assure you that you are deficient in certain vitamins and minerals already, and since vitamins and minerals serve as fuel for the organs, you can assume that your organs are not working at 100%.  As soon as these organs are not working at 100%, there ability to absorb, digest and metabolize vitamins and minerals diminishes.

    This vicious cycle causes you to be more nutritionally deficient.  The more nutritionally deficient you become, the more stress it is going to put on your organs and so on and so forth.  And so the story goes and your health continues to deteriorate until the Doctors finally give you a very serious diagnosis.

    So what we must do is to put a STOP to this cycle to prevent any further damage and at the same time support these areas to help turn around your health.

    We can help you find what specific vitamin and mineral deficiencies you have and exactly what organs are already being affected.  From this point we give you supplements that help support and enhance your body's ability to heal itself.  This is all natural, no drugs, no surgeries, no side effects, how beautiful is this.

    Call and ask about our Nutritional Response Testing and designed clinical nutrition; it is like nothing have seen before.  Due to the fact that you are on this list you are entitled to a 50% discount on your first visit, a 60.00 value)  If you are tired of being sick and have an open mind about health and wellness please give us a call.

    Wellness Articles ( 19 )
    Wellness Plan Fees ( 0 )

    Pinnacle Health and Wellness FEE Schedule for Wellness Plans

     

    BRONZE (GET YOUR FEET WET)

    The bronze wellness plan includes a 21 Day Detox Program.  This is one of the most natural and effective programs on the market today; everything used is whole food and natural, there are no synthetic preservatives or vitamins etc.  This program helps your body purify and rebuild itself from the inside out.  This program gives you a structured plan for purifying, nourishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Depending on the health of the patient, this program may be a great place to start before choosing one of the other long term programs we offer.

    Cost: $243.00

     

    SILVER (GOOD)

    The SILVER wellness plan includes only the supplements that you would need for your individualized clinical nutrition program, this program is not monitored in any way and the patient is solely responsible for taking the supplements and modifying their diet.

    Cost of supplements: $200-$400.00 per month depending on the specific health conditions.

     

    GOLD (BETTER)(Monitored)

    The GOLD wellness plan includes Doctor monitored visits once per month.  In this visit the Doctor will go over every symptom the patient is dealing with and how it has changed over the course of the month. The patient’s diet log will be reviewed to see if they are eating anything that is affecting their health or the wellness program they are on.  A follow up ZYTO bio-communication scan and muscle testing will be done to see what  changes have occurred and to see if we need to modify the supplements and/or dosages of the patient’s program.

    Cost of plan: $55.00 per visit (pre-pay yearly for a 20% discount), $528.00, by prepaying you save $132.00

    Plus $200.00-$400.00 per month for supplements

     

    PLATINUM (BEST) (Heavily Monitored)

    The PLATINUM wellness plan includes Doctor monitored visits once per week for 6 weeks, then once every 2 weeks for 12 weeks.  In this visit the Doctor will go over every symptom the patient is dealing with and how it has changed since the last visit.  The patient’s diet log will be reviewed to see if they are eating anything that is affecting their health or the wellness program they are on.  On this visit depending on how the patient is doing the Doctor reserves the right to change a supplement or dosage to fine tune a patient program and make sure they are getting the best results. A follow up ZYTO bio-communication scan and muscle testing will be done once a month to see what changes have occurred and to monitor the healing rate of the patient.

    Cost of plan: $45.00 per visit, or pre-pay for all 12 visits to receive a 20% discount, = $432.00, by prepaying you save $108.00.  I recommend this program because it gives you the most monitoring in order to get the best results in the shortest period of time.

    Plus $200.00-$400.00 per month for supplements,

     

    *Optional Blood/Lab Work:

    As an added benefit we offer comprehensive lab testing that you will not get from your PCP or medical doctor.  For some reason if a patient is not responding up to our (patient and doctor) expectations, or plateauing with their results on our wellness programs, we offer these tests to further investigate why this is happening.  We use a local LabCorp facility to draw blood and they send the sample to the appropriate lab.

    MTHFR DNA Analysis                                                                                $99.00
    Comprehensive Bio-screen                                                                       $200.00
    (CBC with auto-differential, Thyroid, D and more)
    Adrenal Stress Index(Saliva)                                                                      $120.00
     
    Lab Interpretation Fee:                                                                              $100.00
     
    Total:                                                                                                          $519.00

     

     

    IMPORTANT

    None of our nutritional wellness programs are covered by health insurance and we do not want to let health insurance dictate how we treat our patients.  We want to offer the best services, supplements and lab tests to our patients and health insurance will not cover any of this.  Health insurance covers prescription medications which can only manage a condition or disease, we look to treat the underlying or root cause of the problem and let the body naturally heal and repair itself.

    Whiplash ( 0 )

    Whiplash is most commonly received by passengers in a motor vehicle that is struck from behind by another vehicle. When the head is suddenly “jerked” back and forth (“whipped”) beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine and head can be overstretched or torn. The soft, pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear or rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position causing stiffness, pain and nerve damage. The spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck can become stretched or irritated. This is all possible even with little damage to the vehicle. In fact, research shows that increased “crushing” (as seen with higher-speed impacts) of the vehicle actually absorbs some of the shock of the impact and can lessen injury to the car’s occupants. When “crushing” does not occur (as seen with lower-speed impacts), nearly all of the shock is transferred to the driver and passengers.

    Whiplash Symptoms

    Whiplash symptoms may include headache, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulder, arms or hands, reduced ability to turn and bend, and even low back and leg problems. These symptoms may appear immediately following the accident or as much as 2 weeks after the injury. The human body will attempt to immobilize injured areas following a trauma. This usually begins with “protective” muscle spasm (as the name implies, the spasm is attempted to prevent further harm by immobilizing damaged joints and muscles). If function is not restored within 4-8 weeks, then scar tissue will be laid down at the site of injury; hampering the return to full function. This will eventually lead to increased bone growth with the joint causing joint degeneration. All of this, however, can occur with little to no pain. A study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery stated that “…an individual involved in a motor vehicle accident is nearly 7-times more likely to suffer neck degeneration within 7-years of the accident…” than individuals that have not been involved in an auto accident. The goal of chiropractic care is to return the injured joints, muscles and nerves to complete, healthy function thereby reducing this increased risk of degeneration.

    Whiplash Treatment

    Since injuries following a motor vehicle accident tend to affect many different tissues, a multi-pronged treatment program is often necessary to achieve full recovery.

    Chiropractic Adjustments

    Chiropractic Adjustments return joints to their proper motion and position allowing your body to regain its lost function. This often relieves pain caused by inflammation trapped within the joints and reduces strain on tight, fatigued and spasmed muscles. Chiropractic adjustments are also effective in reducing pressure on “pinched” nerves and joint irritation often associated with headaches.

    Muscle Therapy

    Muscle Therapy following an auto accident is beneficial at reducing the pain associated with muscle spasms and is also effective at preventing muscle inflammation from converting to scar tissue within the muscle (one of the prime contributions to chronic pain following an accident). Ice and Medications Ice, anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Alieve), painkillers and muscle relaxants can offer short-term relief, but do not address the source of the pain. These methods only mask the symptoms and can sometimes be harmful especially if it allows the injured person to perform activities that should be avoided until significant healing has occurred. There have been some studies that show these anti-inflammatory medications can actually delay the healing process.

    Remember: Pain and muscle spasms are both protective responses that attempt to prevent further damage.

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    Yeast Infections, Symptoms and Healthy Remedies

    A yeast infection is brought on by candida albicans or candidiasis, which is a fungus that is normally present in the body but usually in small concentrations. The public is realizing how common this problem is and they are seeking out a natural cure for yeast infections.  Often times yeast invades an organ, gland or system of the body because it is not functioning up to par.  A healthy body is able to manage a certain level of yeast, so when there is yeast overgrowth there is part of the immune system that is broken down.  The infection starts when the yeast begins to over grow and take over an area in the body.  Research has shown that for many men who have prostate related problems often times there are also a yeast or bacterial infection.  People search the internet everyday over 3000 times to find a natural cure for yeast infections because they are tired of taking drugs and toxic medication and they want relief from their symptoms.  Commonly for men and women yeast infections seem to start in the bowel and GI tract, they can go unnoticed for years until they have reproduced enough to cause symptoms. Fungal infections often times can mimic a parasitic infection, both can go unrecognized for long periods and slowly be deteriorating ones health.

    Statistic shown in 2011 reported that over 40% of the American population has some kind of yeast infection.  Yeast can be anywhere in the body, so don’t just think it is a female problem; men have just as many yeast infections but they do not get publicized as much.  A natural cure for yeast infections will not only enhance the body to eliminate the yeast but also do it in a safe way without the uncomfortable side effects of drugs.  A yeast infection is very uncomfortable as these critters causes itching and burning and many other symptoms such as:

    1. Digestive problems such as diarrhea and constipation
    2. Headaches from not being able to detoxify the body
    3. Sleep disturbance
    4. Weight gain and bloating
    5. Overall fatigue
    6. Brain fog and inability to concentrate

    There are several natural cures for yeast infections that you can use right away to reduce or eliminate the symptoms listed above:

    1. Stop eating sugar- both refined sugar and carbohydrates get broken down quickly into energy, so while sugar does not really have any health benefits for humans the yeast cultures use it as fuel and seem to grow stronger because of it.  Women with chronic yeast infections will notice that their symptoms get worse when their diet is poor.  Fast foods and processed foods seem to produce the right pH in the body for these fungal infections to thrive.  A healthy diet is of critical importance because the body needs to be fed nutrients to help fight off and eliminate yeast.  Also the diet should starve out the fungus, do not give them any ammunition to grow and reproduce.
    2. Take care of the gut- most everyone by the age of 20 has gone through 5 or more rounds of antibiotics, this unfortunately wipes out a lot of the natural good bacteria in the gut which makes it easy for yeast to come in and take over.  There are natural supplements you can take that help specifically eliminate the bad bacteria from the body and replace it with new, healthy bacteria.  This natural cure for yeast infections helps to promote a good foundation of healthy bacteria in the GI tract.   For optimal health it is crucial to have the right combination of lactic acid yeast and probiotics in the body.  When the gut and digestive tract are working optimally the body will be so much healthier and energetic.
    3. Take natural supplements- there are a few natural supplements that have been shown to enhance the body’s ability to eliminate yeast.  A few of them that show anti-fungal properties are garlic, tillansia root, beets and wheat germ.  The nutrient rich foods are natural cures for yeast infections, they help break down carbohydrates in the GI tract to produce lactic acid, which causes the environment to be acidic and yeast cannot survive for long in a low pH.

    Natural cures for yeast infections do not act in the same way as a drug or medication.  Anti-fungal prescription medications will kill a lot of the yeast cultures but in doing so kill off lots of good bacteria as well.  Natural cures for yeast infections use the body’s own natural immune fighting systems to safely reduce the amount of fungal overgrowth to a level that the body can handle.  These natural, homeopathic remedies also help in the removal of the yeast by improving elimination and detoxification in the bowel and liver.