A Case of High Oxalic Acid and Body and Bladder Pain

A Case of High Oxalic Acid and Body and Bladder Pain

By Tracy Tranchitella, N.D. Oxalates, aka. oxalic acid testing has definite clinical usefulness in any functional medicine practice. People often present with a myriad of seemingly unrelated symptoms. This is a particular case of an individual who presented with significant body aches, tendon pain, and bladder discomfort. A 43 year old female presents to our…


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Hormonal Imbalances

Hormonal Imbalances

By Tracy Tranchitella, N.D. Hormones are chemicals released from specialized glands in the body (called endocrine glands) and travel to the target organ or tissues through the blood stream. They are an integral part of the body’s homeostasis machinery to maintain harmony and a healthy life. Hormones are released in small quantities sufficient to cause…


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Assessing Chronic GI Complaints (Gut Issues)

Assessing Chronic GI Complaints (Gut Issues)

Gastrointestinal health is a main focus in the field of Naturopathic Medicine. While in school, my instructors frequently said “If you can’t talk about stool, you’re in the wrong school.” I’ve found this to be true since assessing and promoting digestive health is a large part of what we do. If your gastrointestinal tract is…


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Dying For A Good Night’s Sleep?

Dying For A Good Night’s Sleep?

The basic tenets of Naturopathic Medicine include a whole foods diet, pure water, fresh air, exercise, sunlight and adequate rest. Yet, despite one’s best efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle, consistently good sleep remains elusive for many people who suffer with insomnia. Insomnia is a disruption of our sleep/wake cycle and can be chronic, intermittent…


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Chronic Candida – Is It Really All About Yeast?

Chronic Candida – Is It Really All About Yeast?

In recent years the increased awareness of molds, fungus, and yeasts in our food and environment has led many health practitioners to look at these organisms in association with chronic illness. For years, alternative health practitioners have recognized the relevance of diet, lifestyle, stress, digestive problems, parasitic and yeast infections as causative agents in chronic…


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Could You Be Hypothyroid?

Could You Be Hypothyroid?

There are approximately 20 million people who take thyroid medication. Current research indicates that an additional 13 million Americans may be undiagnosed for low thyroid function. Why are so many left undiagnosed? One reason may be inadequate testing for thyroid hormone levels and the sole reliance by medical practitioners on these lab results for a…


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“Men”opause – Male Hormones

“Men”opause – Male Hormones

The “mid-life crisis” that affects men in their 40’s and 50’s has never been well understood in medical terms. We now know that men go through hormonal changes in their middle years, just like women do. It’s been termed “andropause”, and it can be just as debilitating and emotionally challenging as menopause can be for…


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Metabolic Syndrome and Weight Loss

Metabolic Syndrome and Weight Loss

According to the American Heart Association, 20-25% of adults suffer from Metabolic Syndrome. This is the equivalent of 58-73 million men and women across the country. Many of these people may not know that they have Metabolic Syndrome and simply think they are having a terribly tough time losing weight. What they do not realize…


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Meet The Estrogen Family

Meet The Estrogen Family

Estrogen is the surname for a family of three similar hormones – Estrone (E1), Estradiol (E2) and Estriol (E3).  Women who are on bio-identical hormone replacement therapy may be familiar with the different estrogens by name but not really know the differences between them.  Understanding the role each form of estrogen plays in the balance…


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