ADHD New Treatment Plans and Website

Our passion for ADHD Naturally began 37 years ago!

Dr Ellsworth’s and my passion on ADD/ADHD issues began 37 years ago when our first born was only 2 years old.  He would run into our bedroom every morning and we would see the look in his eyes and we felt so sad and scared for him all at the same time.

Sometimes his eyes would roll back and we knew it would be another difficult day.  We could say “isn’t it a wonderful happy day?”  His response was often “No – it’s a nasty day.”  He was often frustrated and could simply not cope with normal day to day situations.  Multiple times per day, he would throw himself on the floor and have a temper tantrum.  We were so distressed to see our little boy so unhappy.

My sister Dianne was also having ADHD issues with her son and recommended we try the Feingold diet that eliminates all artificial colors, dyes, artificial flavorings and artificial preservatives.  It was a miracle and we soon had a very happy 2 year old that was temper tantrum free!  Of course, there were some trials and difficult set backs as the Grandparents doubted us!  We came home one day after leaving our son and they threw their hands up to admit that we caught them and they were now believers.  They gave our son an artificial donut and his behavior changed immediately including throwing himself on the floor for a major temper tantrum.  We had their full cooperation after that day!   All 3 of our sons grew up living and setting an example for others with their positive attitude about ADD and ADHD treatments and the Feingold diet.  They did not feel different but special and educated and passionate about eating well and making healthy choices.  All 3 are Eagle Scouts, college graduates with great careers and children that also live and believe in the Feingold diet!  With diet modification and nutritional supplemention our 3 sons and now 4 grandchildren support our naturopathic philosophy.  Medication should always be a last resort for ADHD not the first.  Our belief is that children and adults may have a nutritional deficiency or need but are not medication deficient!  My husband, Dr. Ellsworth graduated from Cornell University and returned to Naturopathic Medical School later in life as his purpose was to be a doctor since he was 12 yrs old!  We are never to old to go after our dreams!  We are so proud of him and appreciate his continued support and desire to help others live a healthy life.   Patients are welcome to visit or call us at our medical office,  Five Seasons Health in Scottsdale Arizona.

ADHD Naturally has been a driven passion for our family and we hope to help other children and adults to learn how to live medication free, to appreciate their gifts and strengths and to help share and pass on the information they learn. Our middle son Austin has now worked very hard to establish a new website to provide a comprehensive 3 step program at www.ADHDnaturally.org   Please visit and share this amazing resource to help others with ADHD issues.

We are hopeful that we can help change the present paradigm to TEST and EDUCATE before you Medicate.

Suzanne Ellsworth

Dr. Mercola and Dr. Perlmutter on Alzheimer’s Prevention (Full Interview)

Please visit this Youtube video to watch a life changing interview on Alzheimer’s and diet.

 

From Dr. Ellsworth’s Desk: The Hormonial (Im)Balancing Act

Dr. Robert Ellsworth NMDHORMONAL IMBALANCE

We now know that our hormones do not decline as we age but that we age because of declining hormones.  When restoring hormones in the human body, it is only logical that human identical or bio-identical products are the only acceptable products. Why use a synthetic product that acts like the real thing when you can use natural bio-identical hormones?

Low Level Laser Therapy Makes a Difference

We’re always exploring new ways to help our patients improve the quality of their lives.

We’re excited to share this article on low level laser therapy and how can help with chronic joint, muscle, and bone pain.

Low level laser therapy article

Enjoy Our New Ozone Sauna

IMG_2445We feel the use of a sauna is a very important part of any detoxification program. The sauna increases the eliminative, detoxifying and cleansing capacity of the skin by stimulation of the sweat glands and also promotes healthy skin tone and texture due to increased blood circulation. Using the steam sauna and ozone allows the steam to surround the body and ozone to be introduced through the skin. Humid heat opens the pores, which allows the ozone through the skin to the bloodstream, where it can travel to the fat and lymph tissue. It is very important to cleanse the lymph tissue of toxins and our skin is the largest detox organ of our bodies.  An Ozone/steam sauna is one of the most efficient and best ways to accomplish this. As a side effect for some of us, it helps us to burn 250-600 calories in each session.

Artificially induced hyperthermia (rising body temperature results in the destruction of bacteria and viruses) combined with heavy sweating and a cleansing effect initiated by ozone will result in elimination of toxins accumulated mainly in the lymphatic system relieving the liver from the difficult task of dealing with them. The combined action of moist heat and ozone cleanse the lymphatic system, which carries 90% of the body’s fluids.. The combination of steam and ozone is a natural, effective way to promote a refreshing sense of well-being. We believe that an Ozone/Steam Sauna cabinet represents a pleasant and easy to follow form of body cleansing.

Contact us today to schedule your session!

New Studies Cast Doubt on Value of Mammograms

A recent article from NBC.com casts doubt on the value of mammograms for breast cancer detection.

At Five Seasons Health we believe that early detection is important for health and long life. We recommend that you consider breast thermography as a safe and effective alternative to a traditional mammogram.

Therapy for Joint Restoration

knee-pain Joint Restoration

Prolotherapy, a non surgical intervention for ligament and tendon repair as well as joint restoration has been in existence in its modern day form since the 1930’s. Chronic musculoskeletal pain is often associated with laxity or injury to ligaments and tendons which causes destabilization of joints. The lack of stability leads to excessive wear and tear within the joint itself known as osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease. Correcting these degenerative conditions can halt chronic pain and further arthritic changes within the joint itself. Studies confirm the effectiveness of prolotherapy in the resolution of many musculoskeletal pains, including low back pain, neck pain, and whiplash injuries, chronic sprains and strains, tennis and golfer’s elbow, knee, ankle, shoulder pain, coccyxdynia, chronic tendonitis, Achilles tendon pain, and other joint pain or musculoskeletal pain related to osteoarthritis

The standard injected solution contains dextrose as a proliferative but may include glucosamine sulfate, morruate, sarapin, zinc and Vit. B 12, as well as a local anesthetic of either procaine or lidocaine. Formulas will vary depending on the practitioner’s background, training and experience. Injections using standard Prolotherapy solutions are what could be considered as a Level 1treatment protocol for the healing of ligaments, tendons and joint regeneration.  Level 2 began with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) prolotherapy which was introduced in the early 2000s. This method uses a patient’s own blood, centrifuged to concentrate growth factor–rich platelets as the proliferation formula. Level 3is the most cutting edge of the injection therapies for relieving chronic pain and joint restoration. It utilizes the newest in Autologous Stem Cell Therapy. Recently physicians have begun using adult stem cells, harvested from the patient’s fat tissue or bone marrow during an in-office procedure. Research has shown that an enhanced healing effect can be obtained when Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells (AM-SC) are combined with the individual’s Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) as the proliferation formula for injection into injured musculoskeletal tissue.

Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells

In the early 1990s, existence of adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs),described as “non-committed progenitor cells of musculoskeletal tissues,” were discovered to have an active role in connective tissue repair. These cells were first labeled by Caplan as mesenchymal stem cells because of their ability to differentiate to different cell lines. In the early 2000s, appreciation of the potentials of adipose tissue and its related stromal elements, led to examination of the adipose-derived adult mesenchymal stem cell content (AD-MSC). Stem cells facilitate tissue maintenance, regeneration, growth, wound healing throughout life and a crucial role in connective tissue regeneration. Adult stem cells can be found in all tissues in the body in various quantities. Historically, MSCs have been harvested from bone marrow aspiration. However, bone marrow possesses very few true MSCs compared with adipose (fat)-derived stem/stromal cells (AD-SCs). Adipose tissue is replacing bone marrow as a primary source of stem cells. Like bone marrow, adipose (fat) tissue is derived from embryonic mesodermal tissue so they can both differentiate into the same tissue types. Fat is a complex tissue that is not only easier to harvest, but offers a far greater number of  nucleated, undifferentiated stem cell counts than bone marrow. Research has shown as much as 500 to 1,000 times as many mesenchymal and stromal vascular stem-like cells exist in adipose tissue as compared with bone marrow. This has been a tremendous breakthrough in the use of regenerative stem cell therapy because most people have a more than adequate supply of adipose tissue that is easily accessable.

Current beliefs are that success in long-term stem cell therapy is actually due to activation of adherent progenitor cells (attached to mature adipocytes), and proliferation of those progenitor cells.They will differentiate into whatever cell type that they are injected into and adhere to.

As an example, if you inject a stem cell mix into a joint, the progenitor cells that adhere to cartilage will differentiate into that type of cell and rebuild cartilage. Stem cells that attach to a ligament will become and generate new ligament cells and so forth. As understanding of the maintenance and replenishment of cell cycles in the body increases, extensive research has been devoted to the study of microenvironment  cell to-cell matrix , automatic and hormonal signaling systems and their functions in orchestrating the healing mechanism. Since Adipose Derived Stem Cells are capable of differentiation for all mesogenic lines including: (1) Chondrogenic; (2) Fibro-muscular (including tendon, ligament, skeletal and cardiac muscle); (3) Osteogenic; and, (4) Adipogenic cell lines, uses in clinical applications have skyrocketed. Addition of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) concentrate-derived of growth factors and signal proteins (cytokines) to the progenitor cells, have greatly improved our ability to promote healing to sights of injury and chronic pain. Studies have demonstrated such improvement with adult stem cell therapy by the successful regeneration of osteoarthritic damage and articular cartilage defects, significant improvement in medial meniscus and cartilage regeneration with autologous stem cell therapy. Multiple studies have shownthat AD-SCs improve wound healingand stimulate fibroblast proliferation and collagen secretion. These proliferative changes increase connective tissue tensile strength and the healing capability of tissues that normally would not regenerate themselves. Stem Cells (AD-SCs) have the potential to differentiate to become cartilage, tendon, ligament, bone, and skeletal or smooth muscle. They also are capable of expressing multiple growth factors that influence control over  damaged neighboring cells. Studies have shown  AD-SCs are capable of stimulating the healing process needed to repair intervertebral discs.  The pain caused by bulging and ruptured discs send thousands of people into back surgery every year  It is reasonable to hypothesize, that when Level 1 dextrose prolotherapy and/or Level 2,  Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) prolotherapy have not resulted in complete resolution of musculoskeletal pain and injury, Level 3 Stem Cell  Prolotherapy would be the logical next step.

In veterinary medicine, AD-SCs have been used effectively for more than 10years in the treatment of osteoarthritic  joints and connective tissue injuries in dogs. Unfortunately, we have had to wait for the slow turning of the wheels of government regulations to be able to offer these cutting edge solutions to mankind.

Prolotherapy has come a long way since those early days in the 1930s when doctors were searching for a way to get the body to heal and regenerate.

Stem cell Prolotherapy offers a safe and clinically effective option in cases of musculoskeletal and connective tissue injury or joint degeneration which may be utilized by physicians to assist in their treatment of the patient with unresolved musculoskeletal pain. Autologous Stem Cell Therapy (AD-SCs) combined with HD-PRP concentrates have proven very effective in thousands of cases.

 

 

 

 

APO E Gene Diet

Did you know your body provides warning signals before chronic disease, like Alzheimer’s Disease, develops? Subtle changes in the body such as obesity, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure can lead to serious chronic illnesses including heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. A recent Alzheimer’s abstract from the Alzheimer’s Association confirmed that, in
just 6 years, Alzheimer’s disease has increased by an alarming 47%. In addition, many experts believe a serious dementia trend is emerging from our current obesity and diabetes epidemic.

What if you could stop Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses? Your body’s own DNA is a predictor of many chronic disease risk factors. Dr. Robert Ellsworth, Naturopathic Physician of Five Seasons Health in Scottsdale, is incorporating cutting-edge research using genetic testing in his practice. Dr. Ellsworth and other integrative medicine practitioners have learned your body’s own genes are the best predictor of chronic disease coupled with diet and exercise. *The Perfect Gene Diet* is his approach; an innovative health and lifestyle program developed by Pamela McDonald, a board certified nurse practitioner from Northern California with clinical research and medical science supporting the plan.

Genetic testing uses simple blood tests, or cheek swab, to test for a person’s specific type of APO E gene and advanced cholesterol levels. Each type of APO E gene requires a particular balance of carbohydrate, fat, and protein for optimal health. McDonald’s research demonstrates that matching these findings with a personalized lifestyle plan minimizes the patient’s risk of chronic disease, including Alzheimer’s Disease.

Five Seasons Health is dedicated to partnering with patients to help attain the highest possible level of wellness through proactive lifestyle education and individualized natural medical therapeutics. Learn more by attending the “Perfect Gene Diet” seminar November 6, 2010, at Chaparral Suites, Scottsdale, AZ. Pamela McDonald, FNP, and award winning author of “*The APO E Gene Diet*,” and the new release “*The Perfect Gene Diet*” will join the event as a special guest speaker.

Prolo Pain Away/Regenerative Joint Therapy

PROLOTHERAPY IN BRIEF

Prolotherapy is a minimally invasive, tremendously safe therapy that stimulates the body’s healing mechanisms using natural ingredients.  Pain comes from tears in the ligaments commonly referred to as sprains, where tears in the tendons are called strains. Ligaments connect the bones together, providing stability to the joints. Tendons connect the muscles to the bones and move the joints. When ligaments and tendons are injured they hurt. Typical treatments available to the patient including cortisone shots, ice, or an anti-inflammatory, just cover up the pain, so the patient feels better temporarily. These types of treatments are helpful only if the problem is due to inflammation without any real tissue damage. That’s because cortisone and NSAIDS actually slow down your body’s healing response.  When you feel better because of pain relievers, you may not sense further damage and over use the injured area making matters worse. Prolotherapy can heal the source of the pain, rather than cover it up, because it helps to stimulate the body’s repair mechanism causing ligaments, tendons and joint capsules to heal. Ligaments and tendons, cartilage and vertebral discs have a deficit in their ability to heal because they have a poor blood supply. Because they have a poor blood supply, and because they are rich in nerve endings, they are white in color. Muscles, on the other hand, appear red in color because of their plentiful blood supply. This is why muscle injuries heal quickly and are almost never the source of chronic pain or athletic injuries. For those with chronic pain, Prolotherapy can be the answer to getting relief from that long term suffering. Acute injuries may also benefit from Soft Tissue Prolo techniques. After the Prolotherapy treatment is given, an increase in the blood supply to the area occurs which brings in nutrients, immune cells and stimulates an overall healing response to the area?  Prolotherapy not only strengthens weak joints, some studies have shown it can continue to increase the strength in a joint above normal. Once the joint is stable because the ligaments are able to give it the correct structural support, the cause of the pain is gone.

Growth factors are becoming an important part of the future of Prolotherapy. Polypeptide growth factors act directly upon fibroblasts (which make collagen). Epidermal growth factor, insulin-like growth factors, fibroblast growth factors, and platelet-derived growth factors are now available for research and testing purposes. I’m now using a lot of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections directly into joints to help regenerate cartilage. Many of these growth factors are available in homeopathic form to be taken orally during the Prolotherapy treatment course. Taking joint support supplements that contain glucosamine sulfate, MSM, chondroitin and similar nutrients will further help the process.

Summary

The basic mechanism of Prolotherapy is simple. A substance is injected, which leads to local inflammation. The localized injection triggers a wound-healing cascade, resulting in the deposition of new collagen. New collagen shrinks as it matures. The shrinking collagen tightens the ligament or tendon that was injected and makes it stronger. When injecting inside the joint, it has a cumulative effect like having a road construction crew filling in the potholes, thereby rebuilding cartilage. Prolotherapy has the potential of being 100 percent effective at eliminating sports injuries and chronic pain. The most important aspect is injecting enough of the right kind of solution into the injured and weakened area to trigger a healing response. If this is accomplished, the likelihood of success is excellent. The key thing to keep in mind is that Prolotherapy actually starts a response that heals, and thus fixes the problem, rather than just masking it with painkillers.

Robert Ellsworth, NMD

 

Total Enzyme

The digestive system is responsible for digesting and absorbing the nutrients you need to maintain health. It is a complicated system and when compromised you can experience a wide array of symptoms such as gas, bloating, indigestion, fluctuating bowl movements, abdominal pain and cramping. Poor digestion over time can lead to other seemingly unrelated symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, impaired circulation, bloating and general malaise. Your overall health is dependent on this system functioning properly because it’s where every cell in your body gets the energy and nutrients it needs to live, repair and reproduce itself.
The food we eat is a complex of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. These huge macromolecules must be broken down into smaller units that can be absorbed into the blood stream and assimilated by the body. Poor digestion can lead to protein linkage that impairs blood flow in the circulatory tract limiting the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
Digestive enzymes are specialized proteins, each designed to break apart a specific type of molecule in your food. In a healthy digestive system, the enzymes present in raw foods combine with the digestive enzymes from your body to effectively and completely break down the food into particles that your body can use. Unfortunately, cooking and processing can destroy the natural enzymes. This puts the full burden of proper digestion on your body’s enzymes. Since we are all genetically unique with different diets and lifestyles, our capacity to produce our own digestive enzymes varies with each individual. Research has also shown a decreased ability to make adequate digestive enzymes as we age. Supplemental enzymes can support the digestive process in the breakdown of food and the absorption of nutrients.

The following enzymes are included in Total Enzyme formula:

  • Peptidase: breaks down proteins into usable amino acids
  • Papain: breaks down protein and is beneficial in reducing inflammation
  • Amylase: breaks down carbohydrates and starches
  • Maltase: breaks down carbohydrates and some simple sugars.
  • Bromelain: : breaks down protein and is beneficial in reducing inflammation
  • Cellulase: breaks down plant fiber and aid in the digestion of raw vegetables
  • Lipase: works with the gallbladder in the digestion of fats and oils
  • Betain: breaks down proteins in the stomach and aids in mineral absorption
  • Pancreatin: assists the pancreas in the digestion of carbohydrates, proteins and fats

Suggested Use: Take 1 capsule before or during each meal.

These enzymes work synergistically to assist your body in the proper digestion and assimilation of your food for total health and wellness.