Are The Chronic Diseases Of Aging Avoidable? Some Tribal People Seem Immune

Are The Chronic Diseases Of Aging Avoidable?   Some Tribal People Seem Immune

     A scientific project is revealing that there are genes in some tribal people who have never lived an industrialized life that protect them against Alzheimer’s.  The genes have existed in nearly all humans for eons up until modern times and now reside in only a quarter of people living in the industrialized world.  The function of those genes had to do with helping the brain fight parasites. 

     Now we live in “clean” environments, and there are fewer parasites to fight in developed countries.  It appears that these genes have started to fight against the brain itself instead.  The concept fits with recent dementia research.  It means that what we are feeding our body (the air, water, and food) is not able to provide us with the same resources as it would have in an ancient setting.  We may unwittingly be discovering just how damaging our modern way of life is.

     For me as a naturopathic doctor, while we can never return to a prior time, we can take action to protect ourselves.  I am certain that cutting out industrialized food—the processed and packaged products—and nourishing our bodies naturally would be a great start.  Read the article here.

Cutting Edge News: Could ADHD Be A Sleep Disorder?

Cutting Edge News:  Could ADHD Be A Sleep Disorder?

(NOTE:  Dr. Taketa-Wong successfully treats ADHD symptoms and sleep disorders using a more natural approach.  Call her office at 808-783-0361 for information.)

     Educators, parents, and scientists have referred to ADHD as a national crisis.  Billions of dollars have been spent looking into its cause, including genetics, brain development exposure to lead, the push for early academics, and more.  The latest theory which has been gaining momentum among researchers is both simpler and controversial.  Several studies have suggested strong links between ADHD and the “length, time, and quality of sleep.”

     There is growing evidence that suggests there is a subset of children with ADHD that are misdiagnosed and actually suffer from various sleep deficiencies.  But what if many kids today simply aren’t getting the sleep they need, leading to challenging behaviors that mimic ADHD?  That would fundamentally change the way ADHD is treated.

     Previous studies have demonstrated that about 75% of people with ADHD have sleep disturbances and that the symptoms become more severe when they get less sleep.  In fact, scientists have shown that a group of children with sleep disorder and ADHD actually lost their diagnosis after they had their adenoids or tonsils removed to treat the sleep problem.

     Another issue that could be making the situation worse comes from the drugs that are now being prescribed to treat ADHD.  In the 1980’s and 1990’s the medications lasted four to six hours.  Now, most children are taking ones that last 12 hours.  Children that are sensitive to the medications may not be tired till midnight.  Then, to combat that, the children are prescribed yet more drugs.

     Dr. Taketa-Wong said, “In my experience treating children with ADHD, I have found that many have other health conditions underlying their symptoms which can be treated naturally, including adrenal problems, anemia or neurotransmitter imbalances.  (Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers between brain cells.)  My treatment approach uses natural methods including personalized dietary changes and targeted nutritional supplements, limiting screen time, and correcting sleep disturbances.”

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New Medical Uses For Oil From Cannabis Plant

New Medical Uses For Oil From Cannabis Plant

     To fulfill the commitment I have to my patients I believe I must be a student as well as a teacher.  There is more knowledge and more information about the science of medicine than any one person can ever hope to know, so I feel I should always be learning.  My intention is to consistently give my patients the very latest treatment approaches based on the best, evidence-based, cutting edge research.

     I recently attended a conference on Maui for naturopathic physicians.  One important take away from that meeting concerns the ways that cannabidiol (CBD) oil extracted from hemp is proving to be an important medicine. 

     CBD oil extracted from hemp is not a controlled item and may be purchased online legally.  It is classified as a food grade substance rather than as a drug, so one does not need a medical marijuana card to use it.  We see this food grade hemp in hemp milk, breads, and clothing.  CBD oil taken orally is proving to be of benefit for children who are afflicted with seizures or seizure-like symptoms.

     I have recommended oral CBD oil for a number of my patients and have found it helpful.  For children with epilepsy who are not responding to pharmaceutical anti-seizure medications, the frequency and intensity of seizures have decreased, sometimes dramatically.  CBD oil is also helpful for anxiety and for moderating aggressive behavior in children with autism, and seems to have other benefits as well.  One family whose child was not having seizures reported that there was improvement in expressive language.  

     There is also evidence that CBD oil can help reduce neuropathy from chemotherapy (nerve pain and nerve problems).  It seems to help with the nausea associated with chemo as well.  If I determine that a patient would benefit from CBD oil, I can recommend dosages that I have seen be most helpful for that individual’s condition.

Ground-Breaking Shift Creates Doctor-Patient Partnership & Saves Patients Money

Ground-Breaking Shift Creates Doctor-Patient Partnership & Saves Patients Money

     I’m excited to now have a new structure for my patients, from acupuncture to autism.  We call it Partnership For Health.  It’s a system where doctor and patient collaborate on achieving the patient’s health goals on an ongoing basis.  It allows my patients to keep getting better and to avoid sliding backwards when it comes to their health challenges.

     Having a proactive daily practice for improving your health is how we actually prevent disease.  The ground-breaking aspect is moving from being a patient OF a doctor to being a patient WITH a doctor.  It’s a shift in thinking from taking a pill to treat symptoms to finding out what’s causing them and making a commitment to your own well being.  That allows for changing what’s been going on in your body that allowed those symptoms to develop in the first place. 

      True, deep, long lasting health takes a solid plan.  It comes out of the process of combining regular office visits with personalized health goals along with the support of our office to help bring them about.  Our Partnership For Health plans are designed to accomplish all that while at the same time saving patients money on every visit and offering the lowest prices on high quality nutritional supplements. 

     To learn how this ground breaking Partnership For Health program can significantly improve the health of you and your family, please call our office to schedule a free phone consultation.  Or go to to schedule one online.

Should A Doctor Prescribe “Mindfulness” For Chronic Pain?

Should A Doctor Prescribe “Mindfulness” For Chronic Pain?

     I frequently “prescribe” meditation, yoga, exercise, relaxation, and qigong movements to help manage chronic back and other pain and to help people reduce their dependence on medications.  There are a reported 65 million Americans who suffer from chronic back pain, which is 30% of people aged 25 and above.   Chronic pain does require some sort of management, since by definition it doesn’t completely resolve.  But my approach is, “power to the people, not power to the pills.” 

     With the side effects and the major downside of being dependent, it only makes sense that medication should be the last resort rather than the first.  Once your body gets locked into drugs—from Advil to opioids— other methods become more difficult to initiate and maintain.  When pain is being suppressed, we can’t manage it because we can’t feel what it’s doing.  But pain isn’t really a thing that “goes away”.  It is a process happening in the body’s neural circuits and in the brain.  Medications, to one degree or another, block the neural pathways.  The cause of the pain is still there. 

     What is the role of the mind in all of this?  Along with good food, exercise, herbs, acupuncture, and nutritional therapies, meditation, yoga, qigong, and other mind based therapies can have a positive effect in managing chronic pain.  Of course, when needed,  I will prescribe  medications, but I also support my patients as much as possible in building their “mind power” to help reduce their need for them.  Please click on the image to read a very good article about mindfulness and chronic pain.


Breakthrough In Understanding Autism

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      One way to describe autism’s symptoms is as an inability to close the sensory gates.  The condition can prevent a person from being able to tune out certain sights and sounds.  Instead, every sight and sound floods the nervous system, overloading it and turning everyday environments into stressful experiences.  Scientists found a direct link between autistic behavior and a neurotransmitter called GABA, which is an amino acid brain chemical. (Neurotransmitters communicate information from one nerve cell to another.) 

     If we are switching attention from one object to another or one sound to another, we are allowing some kinds of information to pass along the nerves, but not others.  With autism, it is all happening at once.  GABA regulates brain cells so that they don’t overreact in response to all the information they get from the senses.    GABA is available as a supplement, along with other amino acids.  In my treatment of autism spectrum disorders, I have found that GABA can have a calming effect with anxiety, hyperactivity, violent behavior, and sensory issues.  Read the article here.


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