Jul 24, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
We live in an inflamed world. Inflammation has a crucial and naturally beneficial process in our bodies, as I’ve previously talked about here, but nonetheless can give rise to a host of issues when chronic and rampant. Uncontrolled inflammation can cause cellular damage, disrupt hormone levels, and cause premature aging.
Jul 17, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
It’s safe to say the docs here at Acubalance are pretty obsessed with hormones. The endocrine system (all of the glands in the body that produce hormones) is crucial for a plethora of functions in the body including metabolism, growth and development, fertility and sexual function, sleep, mood and emotions, respiration, digestion, and more.
Jul 10, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
If you told me over a year ago I would quit eating sugar I would have laughed. What a joke. I was a full fledged sugar addict. Not a day would go by without some sort of chocolate bar, ice cream, gummy candy, or sugary drink. But with years of nutritional education and knowledge of holistic health, it was time that I practiced what I preached. In May of 2017 I decided to give up all processed and added sugar cold turkey.
Jun 17, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
The diagnosis of an autoimmune disease is undoubtedly a life-changing one. But it is also a confusing one that can leave people with more questions rather than answers. Autoimmunity occurs when the body mistakes the its own cells for dangerous, foreign cells causing a hyperactive immune system. It can lead to a variety of uncomfortable, painful, and even life threatening symptoms.
Jun 06, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Would you believe me if I said inflammation is a natural, beneficial, and crucial part of the healing process? It’s the body’s natural defense mechanism against molecular invaders, wounds, damage to tissue, and other physical stresses to the body. The problem is when it becomes chronic.
May 29, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
According to a 2012 National Health Interview Survey, 25.3 million people, or 11% of the American population, suffer from chronic pain. It’s a disorder that can affect nearly every aspect of life, and is the number one reason for disability.
May 08, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
30% of all the people you saw today at work, school, on the bus, walking down the street, on television, and in a magazine are struggling with their mental health, whether it be anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar, schizophrenia, or PTSD. May 7th-13th is mental health week, and what better than to share a case study of a patient I’ve been working with, a young man who I will refer to as “Ryan”.
May 07, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
About 20 million Americans are diagnosed with a thyroid disease or disorder, affecting 1 in 8 women at some point in their lifetimes. So it’s easy to say we see a lot of patients here at Acubalance with imbalanced thyroid function. Chronic autoimmune thyroiditis is the most common cause of acquired hypothyroidism.
Apr 03, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Research suggests that up to 30% of the worldwide population suffers from some type of anxiety, ranging from mild symptoms such as changes in breathing and heart rate to full blown panic attacks. Anxiety is a complex disorder typically treated with prescription medications (benzodiazepines, serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI’s), tricyclic anti-depressents) and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Mar 27, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Whether due to autoimmune inflammation or bad genes, hair loss and alopecia can be an extremely uncomfortable and frustrating condition. The most common type of hair loss is androgenic alopecia (affecting up to 50% of the male population), and is commonly due to aging and genetics. There is also alopecia areata, an autoimmune inflammatory condition that causes “spot baldness” throughout the scalp.