Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Natural Ways to Cure PCOS, Ovarian Cysts, Endometrial Cysts and Cystic Rupture of the Ovaries by Tampa Bay Naturopathic Physician, Melissa Gallagher

Ovarian Cysts and multiple cysts on the ovaries, as we call it PolyCystic Ovarian Disease.  These single or multiple cysts can be a major problem for the cycling woman.

I can speak from experience as I have personally dealt with and deal with large cysts, ruptured cysts and a diagnosis of polycystic ovarian disease.  As this is so close to my heart, I have used my own journey to help other woman like myself who feel frustrated, disconnected from their bodies and seeking a permanent fix. 
Ovarian cysts are a multifaceted condition.  Sometimes it is as simple as a short hormone balancing of the estrogen and progesterone levels within the body or it can be as complicated and managing and reversing insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.

Reasons Ovarian Cysts Develop:

  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Endocrine System Miscommunication
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Polycystic Ovarian Disease
  • Metabolic Disorder
  • Poor Diet/Lifestyle
  • Obesity
  • Reproductive System Inflammation
  • Premature Ovarian Failure
  • Sluggish Lymphatic System
  • Toxicity from over burdened liver
  • Poor Lower Extremity Circulation 
Often for women, it can be one or many of these reasons and so tackling the entire body and the entire system that revolves around keeping 

In my practice I treat ovarian cysts by addressing:

Relief of cystic conditions can be seen for women,once on my program, within a month. Once we get nutrition and lifestyle right - the changes are literally life changing.  Hormone imbalance is just one potential issue at play and I have found that it is usually more than putting a woman on a birth control pill or metformin to shrink the cyst(s).

Speaking from personal experience, resolving a cyst or multiple cysts as I have within my own body has taken dedication, a plan and a willingness to nourish and re-balance my body.  Each day is a day to nourish and balance and it's also a way to heal and to repair the ovary.  This is absolutely essential for women still considering fertility.

Eating well, reducing stress and detoxifying the body is really at the core of any of my customized plans.  Incorporating Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Moxa, Liver Detox, Castor Oil Packs and Juicing is also part of my plan.

Ovarian Health and Fertility

To enhance our fertility, women need to have their ovaries working and functioning at their optimum.  There needs to be a proper signalling of the ovaries to the pituitary gland and then adrenals and the heart.  Those four work in tandem and as a Natuopath - I am evaluating labs, adrenal hormones and indicators that there may be dysfunction within this system.
If you are experiencing ovarian cysts, please know there are many options to safely, naturally reduce the cysts. I would be glad to help you by creating an individualized, customized tailored plan just for YOU!  Call me.  Let's set up our first appointment - either in my office or over the phone.



Monday, September 22, 2014

St Petersburg Lymphatic Drainage Therapy Clinic Offers Post Surgery Recovery for Cosmetic Surgery, Face LIfts, Liopsuction, Knee and Hip Surgery and Cancer Surgeries.

Clients come to Healthy Being by Melissa within days of their face lifts, liposuction, breast augmentations, breast reconstruction, tummy tucks, chin lift, and other cosmetic surgeries. 

They may have large and swollen glands that are now more prominent due to the surgery areas being tighter - just an consequence of individual anatomy. Clients may also have seroma (fluid collection) formation in these areas. If a seroma develops, it is essential and necessary to assist the body with a fluid drain or lymphatic drainage therapy.  

In most cases, individuals will continued swelling for a period of weeks and even months, which will resolve over time. The body heals at its own pace, but there is a therapy and treatment that will help aid and speed the healing process as well as enhance the fluid reduction and swelling reduction, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage (also called lymphatic massage and lymph massage) is a very light stimulation to our body that encourages lymph flow. It is good for detoxification, edema, pre- and post-plastic surgery and post-liposuction. It can also help with cellulite treatments, fibrosis, scar tissue, spider veins, and reduce swelling after face lift or blepharoplasty.

Lymph nodes are important parts of our natural anatomy that helps rid our bodies of excessive fluid and swelling which definitely occurs after any type of cosmetic surgery or any surgery for that matter. 

Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Post Cosmetic Surgery in St. Petersburg FL
  •  Applicable on first week of post surgical procedure (Post lipo massage Tampa Bay)
  •  Breaks up fluids, scar tissue, fibrosis, hardened tissue
  • Reduces numbness, swelling, sensitivity and bruising
  • Accelerates tissue regeneration after cosmetic surgery
  • Promotes the release of toxins
  • Improvement in microcirculation-lymphatic system
  • Diminishes lumps and pain on post plastic surgery recovery
  • Decreases edema, water retention post operative lipo St Petersburg & Tampa
  • Speeds healing of injuries post Lipo
  • Improves Blood Circulation
If you suffer from two or more your body needs lymph drainage therapy.
  • Do you have tender breasts or breast lumps?
  • Do you suffer from fluid retention or edema?
  • Do you suffer from lymphedema?
  • Do you have post-surgery swelling?
  • Do you feel tired, run down, sluggish or stressed?
  • Do you get lactic acid build up in your muscles after exercise?
  • Do you get recurrent colds and infections?
  • Do you suffer from irritable bowel or constipation?
  • Do you suffer from poor circulation?
  • Do you gain weight easily or find it hard to lose?
  • Do you have strong body odor?
  • Do you have cellulite?
Treatment needs vary and depend on an assortment of things- type of surgery, diet of individual, healing process of the individual, immune health and an assortment of other factors.  The needs of each client is carefully assessed and explained during the first consultation and treatment.  We monitor progress of healing and swelling reduction and make adjustments to the treatment program.  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Essential Oils to Relive Pain and Itching From Eczema or Psoriasis: A Natural Skin Healing Protocol from St Pete Natural Doctor

Did you know that Eczema an Psoriasis is an indicator of a larger health problem?  Most of the time you might find yourself searching for a quick fix that addresses the topical inflammation, itching, flaky dry skin and burning pain of eczema and psoriasis.

When I work with my clients who have one of both of there very frustrating issues I first begin by addressing their gut health.  Its quiet unexpected, but its necessary and it's really the only way to truly get to the root of the issue.

While this isn't the blog article I where I wanted to delve into the gut healing program and protocols I set up, I do think it's important to address this as an important topic in addressing the topical conditions and symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.

There seem to be more younger clients walking through the doors of my practice and this honestly concerns me.  This is what I have observed as I see these young babies, toddlers and children:

  • 100% have been given at least 2-3 months of antibiotics and/or steroids during the first 9 months of their lives
  • 100% of their mothers have some inflammatory condition of the body (RA, Fibromyalgia, Food Allergies/Food Sensitivities, MS, Arthritis, Gum Disease)
  • 100% are chronically constipated (BMs only 1x a day or less)
  • 100% are using toxic, chemically loaded body soaps
  • 80% are breast fed for a min of 3 months
  • 75% have serious food allergies: soy, dairy, nut
  •  50% have psoriasis or eczema that never clears from onset
Beyond internally addressing these skin conditions, one of the things I address is topical treatments that heal, moisturize and rebalance the pH.

Here is a basic list of the protocol I recommend:
  1. Switch to Dr. Bronner's baby liquid soap (light blue label)
  2. After drying skin, soak cotton balls with Apple Cider Vinegar and apply on all infammed areas.  
  3. Moisturize skin with coconut oil
  4.  Apply pure- unadulterated essential oils of tea tree oil, lavender and frankinsence
  5.  Repeat 2-4x throughout the day. 
Clearing any skin irritants is essential to promote healing.  Then using antibacterial and antivirals helps minimize external bacteria from further inflamming the skin and the Apple Cider Vinegar is great for rebalancing the pH of the skin and it also helps to reduce the bacteria.

The one thing I want to communicate is that the skin is an organ the absorbs what we pot on it... meaning using materials, soaps, lotions and oils MUST be clean, and devoid of foreign substances and chemicals that further cause irritation and actually promote the continuation and worsening of the psoriasis and eczema.

I hope this helps you and your little ones!

Lymphatic Therapy for Breast Capsular Contracture and Scar Tissue in St Petersburg, Tampa Bay, Clearwater and Sarasota Fl by Melissa Gallagher, Certified Lymphatic Drainage Therapist

It seems like there is not one day that goes by without a call or a visit with a new client who has a very painful and frustrating case of capsular contracture.

The work I do and am in and the word of mouth referral network I have seems to present these cases in a great quantity to my practice. My focus is non-surgical, non-invasive, natural and healing.  The focus is taming the immune system by addressing its response to the breast implant and over production of scar tissue. 

As a certified lymphatic drainage therapist, I have women coming to me from literally all over the state of Florida and all points in between.  Many of the cases I see are all over spectrum of capsular contracture grading.

The degree of an incidence of capsular contracture is graded using the four-grade Baker scale:
  • Grade I — the breast is normally soft and appears natural in size and shape
  • Grade II — the breast is a little firm, but appears normal
  • Grade III — the breast is firm and appears abnormal
  • Grade IV — the breast is hard, painful to the touch, and appears abnormal

The biggest question that I hear is why does this happen?? 

Essentially the body is rejecting and fighting off the implant.  It creates strong, thick, fibrous dense tissue that can cause the breast to become larger that actually encases and attempts to push out the implant.  Sometimes this occurs only around the nipple. Others its below the breast at the incision site.  It really varies per individual. 
There are many reasons why the body turns on the implant:
  • Bacterial contamination
  • Rupture of the implant shell
  • Leakage of the gel filling
  • Hematoma
  • Scar Tissue Build up
 Some of the ladies I see are within 6-9 months post surgery.  Sometimes even sooner.

What I do to help minimize and remedy capsular contracture:

 If this is something that you are dealing with, please I urge that you not delay in addressing this.  I've seen severe cases that could have been prevented.