Sleep Lowers Your Defenses

Nearly all species need to sleep for survival although the amount needed by a given animal varies from species to species.  Practically everyone loves sleep, yet busy lives or illness commonly deprive us of this much needed recharge.  Journals are filled with studies reporting the negative effects on cognition as well as links to obesity and other metabolic diseases.

Why We Address Spiritual Care at SFM

(The following is the first session of a series of video messages that our patients begin receiving after their initial visits   This and session 2 (coming soon) will give you a taste of what Sanctuary offers beyond its functional medicine approach.  If you want to receive the entire series, sign up for the newsletter and request the Spiritual Care Series.) Watch Video below.

Epigenetics, An Open Book

The great battle between nature and nurture continues. Social scientists, biologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, even theologians have debated for centuries what determines a person’s unique humanness. The field of genetics fired a seemingly victorious salvo against nurture as science discovered sections of DNA called “genes” which decided hair color, eye color, height, and even the presence of many diseases.

Blueberries Lower Blood Pressure

The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recently published the results of a study in post-menopausal women with early hypertension.  The study provided daily blueberry powder to half the women and after 8 weeks, those receiving the blueberry powder had a statistically significant decrease in blood pressure.  For systolic pressure (the top number) it was 7 mm of mercury lower and for the diastolic (bottom number) it was 5. 

Principles Five and Six: Integrative and Functional Medicine

The Christmas season was wonderful, full of joyous memories, but it is time to resume my explanations of the principles behind Sanctuary Medical Care and Consulting. I have discussed the Biblical principles which guide my day to day clinical activities, but will now turn to two principles of medicine which benefit my patients, Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine.

Principle Four: Applying Biblical Worldview In Medicine

Having walked through the first three principles practiced in Sanctuary Medical Care and Consulting, I turn my attention to one that may surprise you in certain ways. If we take the Bible seriously in what it says and consider it as God’s Word, we should apply it 7 days a week, not just in how we worship on Sundays.

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