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Classic allergy signs of sinus congestion, runny nose and sneezing, tearing and itchy eyes are caused by the activity of excess histamine. Histamine is released when a specific type of white blood cell, called a mast cell, is triggered by an allergen to burst. Histamine molecules then attach to histamine receptors, triggering allergy symptoms.

Anti-histamine medications, such as Loratadine and Cetirizine, work at the end the allergy process by preventing the histamine molecules from attaching to histamine receptors.

The goals of naturopathic allergy treatment includes 1) identifying the allergens and reducing or eliminating your exposure to them, 2) decreasing your immune system’s sensitivity to these allergens, 3) stabilizing your mast cells to decrease the release of excess histamine, 4) reducing discomfort from current allergy symptoms.

Air filters help to reduce the amount of allergens in your home. Choose a filter that incorporates a multistage filter. Do a daily nasal rinse with distilled water and a small amount of sea salt. Eliminate problem foods from your diet. Stabilizing mast cells and reducing current symptoms can be achieved with a number of different herbs and common nutritional supplements, such as vitamin C, the B vitamins, nettles and probiotics.

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Stress is an unavoidable part of life. We encounter it at work, at home, in our own bodies on a daily basis. The adrenal system is one of the main ways our bodies mitigate stress. In more stressful times, our adrenals produce more hormones to help our bodies function, in less stressful times, the hormone levels reduce back to a normal level.

When you are exposed to a high level of stress over an extended period of time, for example a very high stress job or relationship or the illness or death of a family member, the adrenal system sometimes because dysfunctional or fatigued. Symptoms of adrenal dysfunction can include: all-day fatigue, difficulty waking in the morning, insomnia, changes in mood, feeling overwhelmed easily, changes in blood pressure and dependence on caffeine. You aren’t always able to remove yourself from stressful situations, and even once the stress has resolved, sometimes your adrenal system continues to be dysfunctional.

To address adrenal dysfunction effectively and comprehensively, it’s important to collect objective data on the current function of your adrenals through lab testing. This data helps us to understand how to create an effective treatment plan to correct your adrenal function and get you back on track. Treatment often includes herbal and nutritional therapies, physical activity and other stress reduction techniques.

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Classic allergy signs of sinus congestion, runny nose and sneezing, tearing and itchy eyes are caused by the activity of excess histamine. Histamine is released when a specific type of white blood cell, called a mast cell, is triggered by an allergen to burst. Histamine molecules then attach to histamine receptors, triggering allergy symptoms.

Anti-histamine medications, such as Loratadine and Cetirizine, work at the end the allergy process by preventing the histamine molecules from attaching to histamine receptors.

The goals of naturopathic allergy treatment includes 1) identifying the allergens and reducing or eliminating your exposure to them, 2) decreasing your immune system’s sensitivity to these allergens, 3) stabilizing your mast cells to decrease the release of excess histamine, 4) reducing discomfort from current allergy symptoms.

Air filters help to reduce the amount of allergens in your home. Choose a filter that incorporates a multistage filter. Do a daily nasal rinse with distilled water and a small amount of sea salt. Eliminate problem foods from your diet. Stabilizing mast cells and reducing current symptoms can be achieved with a number of different herbs and common nutritional supplements, such as vitamin C, the B vitamins, nettles and probiotics.

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Preventative healthcare for kids starts with the very important, but often underestimated, foundation of good nutrition and activity choices. Your child’s diet should include lots of fruit and veggies, whole grains, and healthy proteins and fats. It should limit refined carbohydrates such as baked goods and sweets as these can lead to several health problems including behavioral and weight issues. Make exercise part of the family routine – bike rides, hikes, a family soccer game on the weekends. Helping your kids create healthy habits from a young age will help them as they grow and become more independent.

The next step to staying healthy is learning to listen to the cues their bodies give about potential problems. Recognizing early signs is an important skill for both parents and kids to develop. Tummy aches, skin problems, ear infections, or a frequent cough are common examples of signs kids’ bodies give that indicate a potentially greater issue. The earlier these potential issues are treated, the less likely it is they will develop into more serious problems. Dr. Jewell-Larsen works with families to help interpret these signs, discover potential issues, and develops a treatment plan that addresses your child’s health concerns safely and gently.

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Hormone imbalances in women can cause a number of difficult symptoms – pain, migraines, depression, and fatigue to name a few. Working to correct your hormone levels can make a huge difference in your daily life.

Start with a healthy diet with lots of vegetables, a variety of fruit and whole grains. Increasing dietary fiber helps to improve your elimination of excess hormones that can worsen premenstrual symptoms. Limiting pro-inflammatory foods such as meats, dairy and saturated fats around the time of your menses can help decrease menstrual cramps. Eating small protein and fiber rich snacks like almonds or celery and hummus help maintain blood glucose levels and reduce fatigue and headaches.

To understand how to further correct your hormone levels appropriately, we recommend testing sex hormones about three weeks into your cycle. These results guide your treatment plan, which may include nutritional supplements, botanical medicines or hormone therapies. It’s often helpful to look at your adrenal and thyroid hormones or other lab tests in addition to your sex hormones for a more complete picture. It’s common to see dysfunction in more than one hormone system leading to patients’ symptoms. To improve your health it’s important to look at and treat the whole picture!

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Classic allergy signs of sinus congestion, runny nose and sneezing, tearing and itchy eyes are caused by the activity of excess histamine. Histamine is released when a specific type of white blood cell, called a mast cell, is triggered by an allergen to burst. Histamine molecules then attach to histamine receptors, triggering allergy symptoms.

Anti-histamine medications, such as Loratadine and Cetirizine, work at the end the allergy process by preventing the histamine molecules from attaching to histamine receptors.

The goals of naturopathic allergy treatment includes 1) identifying the allergens and reducing or eliminating your exposure to them, 2) decreasing your immune system’s sensitivity to these allergens, 3) stabilizing your mast cells to decrease the release of excess histamine, 4) reducing discomfort from current allergy symptoms.

Air filters help to reduce the amount of allergens in your home. Choose a filter that incorporates a multistage filter. Do a daily nasal rinse with distilled water and a small amount of sea salt. Eliminate problem foods from your diet. Stabilizing mast cells and reducing current symptoms can be achieved with a number of different herbs and common nutritional supplements, such as vitamin C, the B vitamins, nettles and probiotics.

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Healthy nutrition is especially important from a few months before the beginning of a pregnancy all the way through to the end of breastfeeding both for mom and baby. In addition to eating a whole foods diet rich in vegetables, fruit and whole grains, there are several specific nutrients that are important in the healthy development of your baby. Folic acid is an essential nutrient that helps to prevent neural tube defects in the first couple months of pregnancy. Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is an omega-3 fatty acid present in fish oil that encourages healthy neurological development of your baby. Further along in pregnancy, calcium and magnesium become more important to support development of your baby’s skeletal system (without taking away from the integrity of your own!) and to help minimize muscle cramps for mom.

Naturopathic medicine also has much to offer individuals and couples who have concerns about fertility or are having difficulty getting pregnant. The first and most important step is to perfect your timing. Women can only conceive after ovulation, which is typically on day 14 of the menstrual cycle. However, not all women ovulate at the same time, so it is important to find your own rhythm through basal body temperature charting, watching for cervical mucous or using an ovulation predictor kit.

Women who have perfected their timing and still have difficulty conceiving may need further investigation into their menstrual cycle and adrenal hormone levels. Imbalanced sex hormones or dysfunctional adrenal hormones that can prevent pregnancy we can often correct with nutritional and lifestyle changes coupled with safe and effective botanical medicines. For more difficult hormone pictures, we may recommend gentle hormone therapies, using bioidentical hormones when possible.

For further information on naturopathic medicine and fertility, take a look at our Spring 2012 newsletter.

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Stress is an unavoidable part of life. We encounter it at work, at home, in our own bodies on a daily basis. The adrenal system is one of the main ways our bodies mitigate stress. In more stressful times, our adrenals produce more hormones to help our bodies function, in less stressful times, the hormone levels reduce back to a normal level.

When you are exposed to a high level of stress over an extended period of time, for example a very high stress job or relationship or the illness or death of a family member, the adrenal system sometimes because dysfunctional or fatigued. Symptoms of adrenal dysfunction can include: all-day fatigue, difficulty waking in the morning, insomnia, changes in mood, feeling overwhelmed easily, changes in blood pressure and dependence on caffeine. You aren’t always able to remove yourself from stressful situations, and even once the stress has resolved, sometimes your adrenal system continues to be dysfunctional.

To address adrenal dysfunction effectively and comprehensively, it’s important to collect objective data on the current function of your adrenals through lab testing. This data helps us to understand how to create an effective treatment plan to correct your adrenal function and get you back on track. Treatment often includes herbal and nutritional therapies, physical activity and other stress reduction techniques.

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Naturopathic Family Health

Your health is one of your greatest assets. At Naturopathic Family Health in Los Gatos, California, our goal is to help you cultivate that asset and take control of your health and well-being. By working in partnership, our doctors will identify the root cause of your ailments and educate you on how to achieve and maintain optimal health.

The Naturopathic Family Health clinic serves both children and adults by using conventional medical knowledge, coupled with a safe, efficient and effective naturopathic approach and therapies. To ensure your treatment is comprehensive and complete, we draw on many resources to address health issues, including:

  • The most recent research available
  • Extensive naturopathic medical training
  • Traditional medicines
  • Alternative therapies
  • Conventional medical doctors and specialists, when needed.

Contact us today to set up a complimentary introductory phone consultation. We look forward to working with you on your path towards optimal health and well-being.

 

Dr. Berkebile is an amazing, talented, compassionate doctor and human being. I started seeing her a couple of months ago when I decided to try something different after years of not feeling well. I had several issues and she developed a plan to tackle each one, including asthma, fatigue, poor sleep, pain. I spent two years seeing specialist to figure out why I suddenly had difficulty breathing…many medications, tests and expenses later I did not feel well. After following the plan Dr. Berkebile prescribed for me of supplements, I was feeling better and within two weeks I was no longer on any of the asthma medications! I sleep like a baby and I now have energy to exercise. I also see her for acupuncture which has greatly reduced my stress and joint pain. Being a cancer survivor, my only regret is that I did not start any of this sooner because Dr. Berkebile has helped me get my life back.

- Hav

I first saw Dr. Jewell-Larsen with a myriad of complaints that previous MD’s and NP’s considered unrelated.  My first visit with her was memorable because she was so genuine and spent so much time trying to understand all of my issues.  It was a relaxed conversation rather than a hurried MD appointment where as you are describing your symptoms the doc is already writing the script and has his foot half way out the door!  Dr. Jewell-Larsen has been committed to addressing each of my complaints with natural, holistic solutions and provides a treatment plan after each visit so we both stay on the same page. It is a relief to know that I don’t have to figure out all of my health issues on my own anymore and try to stand my ground at the MD’s office! I even feel like I have an advocate and partner, which is how the relationship with a doctor is supposed to be!  I am convinced that seeing Dr. Jewell-Larsen is not only making me well but preventing the major illnesses in my family from happening to me! After years of feeling sick I finally feel the best I ever have and am continuing to get even better!

- Kelly

For several years my doctor regularly monitored my blood sugar, which was testing as “pre-diabetic”. He never talked to me about the role of nutrition in diabetes prevention.  Only THREE WEEKS after beginning to work with Jill Borba, my blood sugar test was normal.

- Mary

In November of 2014 I had my first visit with Dr. Berkebile.  This was my first experience with naturopathic medicine and I was desperate to find an alternative to all of the medications that had been prescribed for asthma by traditional doctors.  The past three years were pretty miserable due to respiratory issues that were not controlled. Within two weeks of my treatment plan with Dr. Berkebile, I was not using any inhalers or steroid medications, officially off of all asthma medicine.  I am back to doing the things that I enjoy, riding my bike, taking nice long walks without problems breathing. Dr. Berkebile has given me my life back!  She is so compassionate and listens to what your complaints are and then developments a plan to get you well.  In addition to controlling the asthma, she has helped me with sleep issues, fatigue and joint pain caused by chemotherapy.  I have even started getting acupuncture and now I am hooked as it really helps with stress and pain. So if you are looking for an alternative or complimentary help with medical concerns, I highly recommend Dr. Berkebile.

- Sharon

I am so blessed to have Dr. Jen as my N.D. I came to her in late August ’12 with a history of clinical depression & anxiety. I had been using an antidepressant since 1994. I tried several times to get off the meds without success. I even changed my eating habits & became vegan but within 3 mo. the depression & panic attacks came back more intensely. I went to my previous M.D. and went back on the meds but this time they made my symptoms far worse. I couldn’t function at my job or at home.

I was frightened so I prayed daily for God to help & help came in the form of Dr. Jennifer Jewell- Larsen. She listened compassionately to my story and calmly gave her advice & recommendations. Within a few weeks after being tested & reviewing the results of the tests with Dr. Jen she prescribed for me certain herbs & vitamin supplements to help balance my hormones & ease my anxiety.

I thank God because a miracle happened…I feel superb! I feel my “normal” self. I have a vast amount of energy & no symptoms of depression or panic attacks! I’m still vegan & making sure I get plenty of protein by eating lots of whole grains, beans, nuts fruits & plenty of veggies. I’m exercising & taking one day at a time.

Bless your heart, Dr. Larsen & thanks for your hugs!

- Nancy

I had a mysterious health situation that made me very weak, affected my ability to sleep, left me with chills, tremor, and painful tension, came on suddenly and lasted for months — especially frightening for someone otherwise healthy in my mid-thirties! What I realized from many specialist visits (2 neurologists, 2 endocrinologists, 1 cardiologist, and many visits with my primary care doctor) is that they are only trained to diagnose things that are “in the book” and prescribe a treatment “from the book”. Of all the doctors I saw, Dr. Jewell-Larsen was the only one with a true theory of what was going on AND an actionable plan to get me back to normal again. Being able to look at the big picture of my health and identify ways to help my body get back to equilibrium was such a hugely useful approach. The traditional doctors I saw are all very well-regarded and seemed genuinely caring, but they just aren’t trained to look at the “big picture” in the way that Dr. Jewell-Larsen was able to. I am now well down the road to recovery and the turning point was when I came to Naturopathic Family Health!

- Rodney

I began seeing Dr. Jewell-­Larsen last summer, and after our first meeting, I couldn’t wait to start recommending her to family and friends. She is a breath of fresh air! Dr. Jewell-­Larsen is very personable, kind, and compassionate. She truly listens to her patients, taking time to ask insightful questions to help get to the root of your health issues, and then developing a comprehensive, step-by-step treatment plan. My husband, my daughter, and I each have complex health issues that Dr. Jewell­‐ Larsen has treated. We have been very pleased with her professional, personal care and highly recommend Dr. Jewell­‐Larsen for all your health care needs!

- Glenda

I hired Dr. Jewell-Larsen to work with my college aged daughter who has been dealing with some health and stress issues. After just one visit, my daughter came back motivated and educated about what was going on in her body! She was tired of taking prescribed meds that only treated the symptoms and not the source of her problem…. Dr. Jewell-Larsen is direct, clear and treated her with respect. … I highly recommend her.

- Carol

Dr. Jewell-Larsen is a caring and compassionate health care provider who has a sincere desire to help you improve your health. She takes the time to listen and offers advice in many ways from exercise, to supplements, to changes in your diet. She gets back to you in a timely manner whether answering a question or researching something related to your treatment plan. I highly recommend her!

- Natalie