Natural Approaches to Controlling Inflammatory Disease*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Jason Barker, N.D. Inflammation is simply a physiologic response process generated by the body in response to injury, infection, or irritation. In acute stages, the inflammatory process is vital to the healing process; however, chronic inflammation can increase disease-associated morbidity. New insights into the chronic inflammatory process now provide evidence that…

Cardiovascular Disease Phytochemical and Nutritional Prevention and Treatment*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D. Estimates from the year 2000 reveal that approximately 61,800,000 Americans had one or more forms of cardiovascular disease (CVD). These CVDs include hypertension, stroke, and coronary heart disease, including angina pectoris and myocardial infarction.1 Individually, 50,000,000 people had hypertension; 7,600,000 suffered from acute myocardial infarction; 6,600,000 people experienced angina pectoris; and 4,700,000 people had cerebral vascular…

State-of-the-Art Complementary Therapeutics for Asthma*

Published in: ALTERNATIVE & COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES—JUNE 2003 by: Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Jason Barker, N.D. Statistics indicate increasing prevalence of asthma in industrialized nations, particularly in the United States in the last 20 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported increasing asthma prevalence since 1980, including increased mortality and racial and…

Delayed-Onset Food Allergies*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Jason Barker, N.D In 1906, Clemens Von Pirquet, M.D., the noted Austrian pediatrician, coined the term allergy from the Greek “allos” (meaning changed or altered state) and “ergon” (meaning reaction or reactivity) to describe patients with excessive physiologic responses to substances in their environment. Currently, 50 million Americans suffer from allergies on a yearly…

Some Natural Medicines May Alter Laboratory Test Results*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D. Practitioners that use natural medicine will freely admit that “just because it’s natural doesn’t make it safe.” It is logical that, because 25–33 percent of conventional prescription medicines originated from natural sources, certain extracts may also have side-effects. Philosophically, some people might argue that there is a difference between an isolated substance used in the form of…

Adrenal Fatigue – Enhancing Quality of Life for Patients with a Functional Disorder *

Published in: ALTERNATIVE & COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES—OCTOBER 2002 Authors: Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Wayne A. Centrone, N.D., A.T.-C. The human organism is bombarded with an incredible variety of stresses at any given time. Stress can be categorized in an equally dizzying number of ways. There are both chronic and acute stressors. There are somatic stressors…

Hormone Profiling and Healthful Diet Cornerstones for Female Hormonal Health*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D. Even in the new millennium, with all its technology and broad dissemination and free flow of information, many busy clinicians are still performing the same diagnostic hormonal workups that have been conducted for decades. Frequently, a few specific datapoints are targeted, such as follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone (LH) or estradiol and progesterone. Yet, primary care practitioners have all been…

Natural Remedies for Promoting Skin Health*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Elizabeth Wagner, N.D. The skin is susceptible to many diseases and disorders. Skin disorders may be external manifestations of systemic illness. One example is the butterfly rash of systemic lupus erythematosus. Other skin conditions reflect topical exposure reactions, arising from localized responses. Skin disorders have a wide range of etiologies, ranging from infection (e.g., scabies, ringworm)…

Natural Health Complete Guide to Safe Herbs: What Every Consumer Should Know About Interactions and Side Effects for Hundreds of Herbs, Drugs, Supplements, and Foods

Herbs can be a powerful path to healing if used in the right combinations with man-made medications, vitamins, and minerals, and with other herbs and healthy foods. But their potent ability to heal can become downright dangerous when used with out care. The Complete Guide to Safe Herbs provides detailed information on the right way…