Male Menopause*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D. Aging is associated with progressive alterations in the hormonal environment for both men and women. In men this is called andropause and in women it’s called menopause. These changes are readily recognized in women with cessation of menses and often the onset of hot flashes, vaginal dryness and a myriad of other hormone…

Natural Approaches for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and Related Disorders*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., with Nieske Zabriskie, N.D. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic recurrent condition affecting millions of Americans. A recent study investigating the economic and social burden of gastrointestinal (GI) disease in the United States indicated that GERD was the most common GI-related diagnosis given at office visits in 2006. This study also showed that sales of proton…

Common Nutrient Depletions Caused by Pharmaceuticals*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., with Nieske Zabriskie, N.D. Pharmaceutical and nutrient interactions have been moderately studied yet often ignored by health care professionals . Many extensively prescribed drugs can lead to decreased absorption or increased excretion of many necessary vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. These drugs may also alter biochemical pathways necessary for proper utilization of nutrients. According…

Nutritional and Botanical Approaches to Antiaging*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., with Nieske Zabriskie, N.D. As the human population ages and increases in longevity, study of biological aging is emerging. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for 2003, an estimated 35.9 million Americans were over the age of 65 and more than 25 percent of this population was in fair-to-poor health. 1 The mechanism of cellular aging…

Natural Approaches for Treating Polycystic Ovary Syndrome*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., with Nieske Zabriskie, N.D Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex medical condition involving multiple body systems. The etiology of this condition is unknown. In addition, there is currently no consensus on the diagnostic criteria for PCOS. It is accepted that hyperandrogenism, insulin resistance, and menstrual abnormalities are commonly present. An estimated 6–10 percent…

To Sleep, Perchance to Breathe *

Sleep Apnea, Snoring, and Sleep-Disordered Breathing Chris D. Meletis, N.D., with Nieske Zabriskie, N.D. Sleep apnea is defined as a sleep disorder with frequent episodes of upper – airway obstruction resulting in hemoglobin oxygen desaturation. The disorder is characterized by periods of breathing cessation (apnea) and periods of reduced breathing (hypopnea). Sleep apnea increases morbidity and mortality, thus…