Chelation therapy - treatment for Cardiovascular and Heart Conditions

Chelation therapy consists of IV injections of a chelating agent called EDTA, vitamins, and other beneficial substances. The chelating agent binds with heavy metals such as lead and mercury and pulls them from the body.

Heavy metals in the blood cause oxidative damage to the blood vessels. The body repairs this damage with a variety of substances including cholesterol and new cells. Increasing damage caused by heavy metals creates increasing accumulations of these substances. This accumulation (called and atheromatous plaque) will increasingly block circulation in the blood vessels and may lead to strokes, heart attacks, or other circulation problems.

Any disease that can be attributed to poor circulation can benefit from chelation therapy. This includes heart disease, ischemic stroke, deep vein thrombosis, and diabetic peripheral vascular problems. People with kidney disease must be cautious when using chelation therapy even though most of those with decreased kidney function that choose to have chelation therapy will see their kidney function improve.

Chelation therapy is not a one-time cure-all treatment Some patients will see improvement in their condition with only a few treatments but many will need a series of treatments before they see results. It is recommended that a person receive at least 15 treatments, spaced 1-2 weeks apart, lasting 1 to 2.5 hours per treatment.

While this may seem like a lot of time to spend on a treatment, one must consider that this therapy is one of the only treatments that benefits the entire circulatory system, faster and more extensively than any combination of herbs and supplements alone, while the more invasive treatments, such as bypass surgery and angioplasties, only target select arteries around the heart.

The process of cardiovascular disease does not limit itself to the arteries around the heart, it is a systemic disease. Chelation therapy is a systemic treatment.


Prolotherapy - treatment for chronic pain and sports related injuries


Prolotherapy consists of the injection of a proliferant solution into joints, ligaments, or tendons to activate the body’s ability to regenerate and restructure connective tissue to its pre-injury state. The restored connective tissue provides strength to the ligaments, tendons, and joints, eliminates the excessive stimulation of the nerves that cause pain, and eliminates the muscle spasm that has been created to protect the joint.

PRP is a variation of prolotherapy that uses platelet rich plasma (PRP) as the proliferant solution. The PRP contains concentrated growth factors that stimulate the regrowth of connective tissue. With PRP therapy you can go straight from the painful inflammation phase that the body is stuck in to the regeneration phase. PRP therapy has been shown to be superior in pain reduction to corticosteroids and hyaluronic acid 3 months after the therapy is performed. In fact, PRP treatment has been shown consistently to promote continued pain reduction between 1 and 2 years after the therapy is performed, whereas corticosteroid and hyaluronic acid pain reduction returns to pre-treatment levels between 3 and 6 months.

Ozone prolotherapy (sometimes referred to as Prolozone) is gaining popularity for it's ability to cover larger areas with much fewer injections. The results can even be superior to regular prolotherapy and some prolotherapists are using Prolozone almost exclusively in their practice. At Red Cedar Health we have found that ozone can be superior in many cases but PRP or regular prolotherapy is still the treatment of choice for certain situations where they are still giving exceptional results.

Prolotherapy is used to successfully treat conditions such as pain in the low back, knee, elbow, neck, and ankle, as well as plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis, tennis and golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff injuries, sports injuries, and chronic pain that appears with age. Even pain brought on from herniated discs can be successfully treated with prolotherapy.

Prolotherapy has traditionally been used as a treatment for damaged ligaments and tendons but has more recently been proven effective in treating cartilage and meniscal injuries as well. There are a number of characteristic symptoms indicating ligament, tendon, or joint structure injury. These include one or more of the following:
  • chronic shoulder pain, troubles lifting the arm, or troubles sleeping on the affected shoulder
  • any joint dislocations
  • a joint that is worse with activity and better with rest
  • grinding, popping, or clicking joints
  • failed joint surgeries
  • diagnosed ligament or tendon injuries
  • deep ache or pulling pain on joint
  • excessive joint movement
  • chronic muscle tightness
  • temporary relief from chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy, massage therapy, or acupuncture
  • chronic muscle tightness
If you would like to get rid of your chronic pain once and for all, or you want a recent injury to heal quicker and more completely, then call us at Red Cedar Health and set up your prolotherapy assessment visit today.

Did you know?
  • Inflammation is a healing process and without inflammation there would be no healing
  • Ice, anti-inflammatories, and corticosteroids (cortisone shots) will slow (and in many cases prevent) healing, but they will reduce pain by temporarily reducing inflammation
  • reduction in pain does not mean that an injury is healed, in fact cortisone shots (the most potent of the anti-inflammatories) put an athlete at risk of a tendon rupture due to weakening of the tissue
  • muscle (muscle belly, not tendon) injury is one of the few cases where inflammation should be suppressed due to the risk of compartment syndrome, but muscle has extensive blood flow and will rapidly heal itself despite the suppression of inflammation
  • most sports injuries are to tendons or ligaments, not muscle, and if the injury lasts more than a couple of weeks it is almost definitely tendon, ligament, cartilage, meniscus, or bone, and any of the anti-inflammatory techniques (including ice) will decrease healing to these tissues
  • ice and anti-inflammatories are still the most recommended treatments for sports injuries, yet there is no evidence to support their use in healing of an injury, only in reducing pain and a reduction in swelling (muscle only), and weak evidence for speeding up return to play (mostly due to pain reduction)
  • oh yes, if you sever a body part you might want to put it on ice while you are transported to the emergency department. Even though some might argue this theory applies to sports injury, the benefit of ice to slow the death of tissue that has been severed from the body (and has zero blood supply) does not translate to preventing further damage in a connective tissue injury
  • anti-inflammatories will speed up the destruction of cartilage in “arthritis”, but they may decrease the pain
  • chronic inflammation (arthritis, tendinitis, etc) is most likely caused by a tissue that has not been able to heal properly and the level of inflammation is too low to heal the damaged tissue and may only be able to slow any further damage; in these cases the inflammatory process has to be re-stimulated in order to fully heal the injury* and only then will the low level of inflammation (and resulting pain) go away
  • *PRP without white blood cells is thought to bypass the need to re-start the inflammatory part of the healing process and push the body straight into phase 2 of healing; the regeneration phase. PRP therapy can therefore eliminate the need to go back through the painful inflammatory phase of healing.

Prolotherapy is a safe and effective way to selectively stimulate the bodies inflammatory process in the area of injury, to speed up the healing process or to re-stimulate an area that previously failed to repair itself


Ozone therapy

Write-up coming soon

Allergy testing and treatment

Allergies come in various forms. When most of us think of allergies we think of environmental allergies. These types of allergies, such as allergies to grasses or trees, stimulate a release of histamine from the areas that come in contact with the allergen. This usually translates to runny nose and itchy, watery eyes, and may even cause emotional changes and insomnia. The treatment for these allergies usually consists of some kind of antihistamine to partially block the release of histamine, but the treatment comes with the associated short and long term side effects such as sleepiness, dry mouth, urinary retention, confusion, nightmares, nervousness, and irritability.
Red Cedar Health offers a desensitizing treatment for environmental allergies. The treatment consists of taking oral drops (no needles) that re-condition the immune system to react in a normal way to the presence of environmental allergens. In one study, all the patients who with a grass or tree allergy who where treated for 2 years with the desensitizing drops (1 drop 3 times per day) were able to go without any antihistamines during the second allergy season (60% decrease in antihistamine use during the first season).

Food allergies may be the same type as environmental allergies but it most cases they are a different type of response. The medical “allergist” tests for the environmental type response when they use the ‘skin prick’ test. While this test is very good at exposing environmental type allergies (we use it for environmental allergy testing at Red Cedar Health), it will only pick up the similar type response (a.k.a. IgE, immediate hypersensitivity reaction, anaphylactic type reaction) that occurs with certain food reactions. Most of the reactions to food are IgG reactions or another type of non-IgE mediated response. These will not be picked up with the scratch test, which is why most MDs and allergists do not believe in the high rates of food allergies and sensitivities that most Naturopathic Doctors are discovering.
Red Cedar Health offers a variety of IgG testing as well as others methods of determining reactions that your body may be having due to foods.

Counseling Services


How do you:
Create harmonious relationships?
Get your children to listen to you?
Manage your children’s reactivity?
Bring out the best in others?
Find peace within yourself?


Over the past 25 years Lynda has helped individuals, parents, children and teens deal with the following issues:
• ADD / ADHD
• Addictions
• Attachment / parenting styles
• Bullying
• Child abuse
• Child and adolescent development
• Death and loss
• Divorce / separation
• Emotional development / self regulation
• Giftedness
• Post adoption
• School challenges
• Temperament / reactivity


Parenting

In the book, “Hold Onto Your Kids” by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate, Mate argues that parenting is first and foremost a relationship, not a set of skills written by experts to be followed. The secret, he claims, is to honor your relationship with your child in every interaction you have with them. This is easier said than done when your kids will not take “no” for an answer, do the exact opposite of what you have requested, and become highly reactive over the simplest of requests by you.

Systems theory teaches us that if you change one part of the system, the whole system changes. You cannot control your child’s reactions and responses. You can control what you do. Lynda will help you identify what you can do differently to get different results. She teaches parents ways of communicating that foster close emotional ties with their children so that children are willing to work with their parents rather than against them.

Workshops

Communication in Family Life
How do you tell the truth of your experience in a way that your family member’s will hear you? How do you elicit from your family the truth of their experience? What is the most effective way to handle interactions that go awry? Many parents resort to their authority to take control over messy interactions. This workshop focuses on helping parents develop specific skills that can help them bring up sensitive issues in a way that does not trigger reactivity and defensiveness.

To Punish or Not?
A great deal of research shows that punishment only promotes momentary compliance, not lasting changes in children’s behavior. Given that punishment works in the moment, it tends to reinforce parents’ usage because it offers immediate relief. However, punishment does not work to foster long term changes in a child’s behavior. Moreover, it has some unintended and undesirable side effects. This workshop describes some unintended effects of punishment and discusses numerous alternatives.

Sibling Rivalry
The fights that siblings get into serve to teach them how to get along with people. Sometimes, the fights get too heated and parents need to step in. Some conflict is normal and healthy. Continual conflict is not. The conflict between children has many causes, some of which the parents inadvertently contribute to. This workshop focuses on helping parents understand the ways in which they may be contributing to their children’s conflict and, when conflict does occur when and how to intervene effectively.

Appreciative Change: Using appreciation to create change
An appreciative mindset requires a different set of parenting skills than most of were raised with. It is natural for parents to want the best for their children, to want them to do well. Our culture trains us to look for what is wrong and try to correct or fix it. To do this, we have to focus on the problem – especially when we want to change a problem pattern. Our awareness is attuned to looking for what is wrong or getting in the way of success and how it can be done better. If your energy is focused on solving the problem or crisis, no energy goes into what is being done right; what is working. This workshop focuses on how to elicit the behaviors you want using the skills of appreciation.

Helping Children Break Free from the Roles They Have Adopted
The way that the significant adults in children’s lives respond to them can give children the message that they are “lazy”, “stupid”, “a pest”, “a bully”, or any other label that is consistently given. When children are donned with those labels from parents, teachers and peers, the way in which they see themselves becomes highly influenced. Children who receive consistent messages that they are ‘bad’, ‘irresponsible’ or ‘destructive’ may give up trying or feel angry and defeated. Parents are in a unique position to help their children see themselves in a different light. This workshop focuses on the skills that parents can use to help their children free themselves from the role(s) they have taken on.

Helping Children Cope with Divorce
This workshop focuses on how parents can minimize the distress for children at various stages of divorce; e.g. during the initial breakup, explaining divorce to the children, meeting children's needs in custody arrangements, shielding children from parental conflict, disciplining children effectively in the aftermath of divorce, and forming successful new stepfamilies.

The Role of Temperament in Power Struggles
Temperament tends to play a large role in how children respond to situations. Children are born with a natural style of interacting with or reacting to people, places, and things. Three basic categories of temperament are generally discussed in the literature: 1) easy or flexible; 2) difficult, active or spirited; and 3) slow to warm up or cautious. By understanding temperament, parents can work with their children rather than trying to change their inborn traits. Raising spirited children can stretch any parents’ ability to cope and intervene effectively. This workshop explains what temperament is, the role it has in parenting, and ways in which parents of spirited children can intervene more effectively.

Other Parenting courses
Programs can be developed as feedback indicates