Do I Need Medical Testing?

Dear Friends,

I’d like to thank all of you who came out to my lecture this weekend at the Conscious Life Expo!  I enjoyed seeing you and hope you had a great time at the expo.  It was another jam-packed weekend of holistic events.  I love how popular all this stuff is getting.  The LAX Hilton parking lot was full when I got there with attendees…. pretty amazing.  I think it says a lot that in the midst of much of the chaos and stress in our nation, and internationally, and in our individual lives, that so many people find it a priority to attend an event like this… See you next time…
Now, on to a more clinical note:  I’m asked a lot, and it was a major topic of discussion at my lecture this weekend….. When is it good to be tested and what type of testing is needed?  So I’ve written this short article to give you a primer on medical TESTING…
Do I Need To Be Tested?
This is a question I am often asked by my patients.  The question comes up in a few different contexts:
The first is when I ask a patient to get a blood test who has not had any testing in more than a year.  They sometimes object, saying: “This is alternative medicine; why do I need a blood test?”
I explain that testing can often lead to a better, more specific and thorough diagnosis, as compared to Chinese pulse and tongue diagnosis alone.
The second is when the current tests are not comprehensive enough.  Often, and especially with HMO insurance, the type of testing done is not adequate and complete enough to form the type picture needed to diagnose accurately from the Chinese medical perspective.
In What Circumstances Will Testing Really Help Me?
The answer to this question is based on a number of variables.  It largely depends on you and your health goals and situation.  But frankly, and to be practical, it also depends to a large degree on your health budget and financial situation.
In my mind, and for me working with you as your doctor, it’s always preferable to see the results of scientific tests.  The more black and white information I have, the easier it is for me to diagnose you accurately and treat you effectively.
But if you’re on a tight budget, then I sometimes won’t require you to be tested.  The exception to this is that at a minimum, I like all my patients to get basic blood tests.
Testing gives us both a more scientific way of knowing where you stand and gives us the tools we need to treat you more effectively.
Because of my 30 years of medical experience, I can  sometimes predict some of your test results and spare you the extra fee.  Not with blood tests, but sometimes with neurotransmitter testing, or adrenal stress testing.
But this is not always the case.  And I can discuss your options with you.  In general, I prefer the tests, if at all possible.
Which Tests Might We Want To Perform?
The following is a list of some of the more common tests that I routinely perform on my patients:
Blood Testing – general CBC, cholesterol, Chem Panel, Hormones, kidney and liver functions, Vitamin D Blood Tests
Urinalysis – blood sugar, infections
Hormones – Blood and Saliva
Brain Neurotransmitter Testing – Saliva
Adrenals – Blood and Saliva
Stool Tests for parasites, yeast, bacterial overgrowth, leaky gut, and digestive function
Anemia Testing – blood
Blood – Food Allergy Testing
Blood – Digestive Function and Leaky Gut Syndrome Testing
The following is a partial list of symptoms and problems which you may have that benefit from testing to get a more accurate diagnosis and create a more effective treatment plan:
Acne
Herpes
Infertility
Low Sex Drive
Low Motility and Male Sperm Count
Excessive Sex Drive
Addictions, Compulsions, Panic
Compulsive Eating
Bulemia and Anorexia
Alchohol or Sugar cravings
Drug Usage
Chronic Fatigue
Low Energy
Epstein Barr Virus
Lupus
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Menopause
PMS
Low or High Thyroid
Hashimoto’s Disease
Depression
Anxiety
Phobias
Irritability
Chronic Insomnia
Chronic Pain Syndrome
Headaches
Migraines
Attention Deficit or Hyperactivity
Memory Loss
Candida
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Chronic Digestive Problems
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Gas and Bloating
Will My Health Insurance Cover the Cost of Testing?
In some cases, yes.  You will have to call and ask your insurance company about the specific tests.  Each insurance company has different rules.
How Do We Know Which Tests I Will Need?
This is what we will discuss during your consultation.  If you are already a patient, please schedule an appointment for a consultation to evaluate if you need testing and if so, which tests will help you to achieve your health goals.
Together ~ Let’s Make 2013 a Healthier Year
*Acupuncture*
*Homeopathy*
*Chinese Herbal Medicine*
*Nutritional Counseling and Diet*
Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath

 

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A Review of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s): Which Do You Need?

There are two primary categories of Oils Supplements, or Essential Fatty Acids: Omega 6 Series and Omega 3 Series.

Omega 3 Series are found in fish and fish oils.

And the Omega 6 Series are found in the largest amounts in Mother’s Milk, Evening Primrose Seed Oils, Black Currant Seed Oils, and Borage Seed Oils.

Other Omega 6 Series Fatty Acids include Flax Oil, Safflower Oil, Cottonseed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Peanut Oil, Olive Oil and Corn Oil. These are all high in Linoleic Acid. Good sources of the third type of Omega 6 Oils are Red Meats, Dairy Products and Shellfish, each containing a wider variety of various fatty acids each.

Omega 6 Series Fatty Acids are the source for the GLA’s (gamma Linolenic Acids,) to be discussed below.

The primary purpose of Omega 3 and 6 oils in the body are as anti-inflammatory, preventing cancer growth, to stimulate the immune system, decrease cholesterol, strengthen the heart, and release neurotransmitters in the brain.

The third category of Fatty Acids are the Omega 9 Series. Omega 9 Series Fatty Acids are less studied and are not considered essential. But Omega 9 oils are very high in Oleic acid. These oils play a protective role in lowering heart attack risk and protecting against cholesterol build up. Omega 9 oils are found in olive oil, avocados, sesame oil and various nuts, like peanuts, almonds and macadamia.

More specifically, here are the various types of oils and their sources:

LA (Linoleic acid) is present in vegetables and vegetable Oils. There is no need to supplement this oil.

GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid) is found in borage & starflower & oils, evening primrose oil, black currant oil and in small amounts in human breast milk. The typical diet provides very little GLA.

AA (Arachidonic acid) is found in eggs, fish, and meat and is abundant in more diets.

ALA (Alpha-linolenic acid) is found in flax seed and flax seed oil and in small amounts in nuts, green leafy vegetables, canola and wheat germ and black currant seeds.

EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) are found in fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna and algae.

There are specific Essential Fatty Acids’s which are very useful in the prevention and treatment of many diseases. Below are some of the many examples:

Heart Disease: Research shows that to maintain a healthy heart, we need a diet rich in ALA, EPA and DHA.

Arthritis and Joint Disease: GLA is shown to have anti-inflammatory effects in joint pain.

Skin Disorders, Eczema, Psoriasis: GLA’s have been related to eczema and other skin disorders.

Mental Problems, Depression, Anxiety, Bi-Polar, Shyness: Omega 3 Oils are not only good for the heart, but also for depression and other mental disorders

Other problems that respond well to essential fatty acids are gastrointestinal disorders, such as IBS, diabetes, obesity, PMS, breast tenderness, hypertension, MS, lupus, asthma, allergies and insomnia.

The only side effects of taking large amounts of Essential Fatty Acids are burping, diarrhea or stomach upset. Often these side effects will stop after continued use. But if they don’t stop, then cut down on your dosage until you find the amount that is best for you. The oils can also have a blood thinning effect, so you should consult your doctor if you are already on an anti-coagulant. Always discontinue all supplements well before any surgery or dental work as well.

During pregnancy and lactation, women generally should increase their intake of the Essential Fatty Acids. Also, during high periods of stress, and during times when you want to strengthen and support your immune system, it is good to increase your Essential Fatty Acid intake.

Acupuncture for Multiple Sclerosis

Dear Friends — the following is an interesting article I came across on the treatment of MS with Acupuncture.  I wanted to share my experience with you on the treatment of MS and what are generally thought of as other chronic, degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Osteoarthritis.      My personal experience is that these diseases do not have to be chronic nor degenerative and that we can stabilize your symptoms and in some cases actually reverse the symptoms.   We do this with acupuncture, homeopathy, Chinese herbs and a good nutritional program composed of the necessary supplements and diet.   My patients who have been with me for many years are a testimony to this.   While I don’t have placebo, double – blind, controlled studies on hand to prove to you that alternative medicine works for these diseases, I do have my personal experience of over 24 years.   NOTE:   You do not have to stop your Western pharmaceutical medications for this to work.  We can use both the alternative, or complementary methods, right along with the medications and/or surgery that your Medical Doctor has prescribed.  In fact, the teamwork approach, between your Medical Doctor and me, is the preferable way to go, taking the best of both worlds at the same time – Western and Complementary.   Be Well