Dr. Gina Nick Awarded with Top Doctors Honor

May 14, 2020

Dr. Gina was just selected for inclusion in the 2020 Who’s Who Top Doctors “Honors Edition” dedicated to the first responders and victims of Covid-19.

Recognition of this kind is an honor and is shared by doctors who meet extremely high standards set forth by their physician colleagues and verified by researchers who review the work and accomplishments of licensed doctors.

The Who’s Who Top Doctors “Honors Edition” is placed among the most prestigious universities and libraries and is a tribute to a lifetime of achievement.


Glutathione and Respiratory Health

April 27, 2020

GlutathioneGlutathione (GSH) has gained massive popularity because of its benefits that involve every organ system. Most notably, Glutathione is associated with the respiratory system and its effects on upper and lower respiratory infections.

Let’s take a look at Glutathione and its connection with respiratory health.

What is Glutathione?

Glutathione is a potent antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress by neutralizing reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are known to cause tissue damage and increase the risk of a wide range of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and neurocognitive illnesses. This compound is produced by the cell using three main amino acids; glutamine, glycine, and cysteine.

Glutathione is found in plants, animals, and even microbes (e.g. fungi, bacteria).

How does Glutathione help with respiratory health?

Glutathione has recently surfaced as a potential treatment for multiple respiratory conditions, including chronic diseases.  In one paper published by Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, scientists reviewed a large database of studies and clinical trials from reputable sources, such as Biomedical Reference Collection, MEDLINE, and Nursing and Allied Health Collection.

They concluded that Glutathione offers positive results to patients with respiratory diseases, stating that “GSH inhalation is an effective treatment for a variety of pulmonary diseases and respiratory-related conditions. Even very serious and difficult-to-treat diseases (e.g., CF, IPF) yielded benefits from this novel treatment.”

These findings suggest that even chronic diseases such as cystic fibrosis and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis can benefit from glutathione.

Glutathione works in these cases by eradicating free radicals intracellularly, and reducing inflammation.

Another recent study found that a variety of potent antioxidants (e.g. Glutathione) could be implemented to reduce the severity and duration of viral infections.

These results suggest that glutathione may be effective in the treatment of several respiratory conditions, which is not the case for every drug out there.

Glutathione and COVID-19

COVID-19 causes acute severe respiratory distress in a small subset of patients, leading to the following symptoms:

–  Severe dyspnea (shortness of breath)
–  Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle)
–  Organ failure

The pathophysiology behind this presentation is thought to be the result of a “cytokine storm syndrome.

In two case studies, experts tried the inhaled and oral forms of glutathione to treat two COVID-19 positive patients from New York.

Patients’ symptoms improved after one hour of administration, and succeeding doses gave similar results.

While these findings are preliminary, they just may offer a valuable clue towards finding a definitive cure for COVID-19.

Bottom line

Glutathione is a tripeptide that offers several health benefits due to its antioxidant properties.

In our medical practice I use glutathione regularly to very successfully treat patients.

If you have any questions about this compound, feel free to ask in the comment section below!

In health,

Dr. Gina


Telemedicine with Dr. Gina

March 16, 2020

Honored to be featured by doxy.me, a telemedicine platform that I use at our practice, to offer safe medical consults and advice during this time, and to reach more people around the country and world. Technology can be so very helpful!

Stay healthy,

Dr. Gina


Inflammation Causes Changes in your Ability to Think Clearly

February 13, 2020

An interesting article was published this week in Psychology Today that talks about how inflammation in the body not only causes depression but also alters our mood and even decision making.

About 15 years ago I began to study this link. I even purchased the domain address inflamedbrain.com because I felt that one day this information would become mainstream.

And here we are!

The approach I take to treating patients often involves recommendations that lower inflammation in the body.

The fields of psychology and even sociology will likely evolve to incorporate this new information about how to help people lead more focused and clear lives.

In health,

Dr. Gina


New Understandings about Autism

February 4, 2020

A new study published this week reveals how the prescription diuretic Bumetamide reduces the symptoms of autism.

Interestingly, the drug treats swelling and works by repairing the neurotransmitter-related “GABA switch” (excitatory-to-inhibitory GABA switch) in the brains of autistic children.

There are however side effects and potential concerns because the drug can cause dehydration and electrolyte depletion-both crucial elements in addressing a child with autism.

On the hopeful side, this study shows another link between inflammation, and complex brain and/or nervous system disorders like Autism. It may follow that by lowering inflammation in the body, neurotransmitter function can be restored in autistic children, and may explain why some kids respond to functional medicine testing and treatment for digestive, nutrient and immune related imbalances that cause systemic inflammation.

Clinically, I recommend testing to see if taking nutrients like butyrate (and not taking GABA) is a better option for resolving symptoms in autistic children who are not responding well to treatment.

In health,

Dr. Gina


Inflammation and Mental Illness

January 30, 2020

GirlswithPlanetA new study was published that highlights the link between inflammation in the body and mental illness. This is an area that I have been focusing on clinically and in training to physicians and pharmacists for the past twelve years, referring to the condition as “Sickness Syndrome.” There is a very clear link between inflammation in the body and mental illness. Addressing inflammation with a clear plan alleviates many of the symptoms associated with it including depression, anxiety and OCD. For long lasting results, we have to treat the cause of these symptoms rather then masking them. It doesn’t mean psychiatric medications are not helpful, it means we need to broaden the treatment to address one of the underlying causes-inflammation.  I have been researching and working with several forms of glutathione in clinical practice as a simple and effective treatment for “neuroinflammation.” This is an exciting time in medicine, with wonderful discoveries and connections being made that will help children and adults to experience more freedom and to think more clearly. 

In health,

Dr. Gina


Compassion Leads to Success

November 18, 2019

 

An amazing group of young women gathered today at Colony High School, as part of an international and intergenerational leadership program called “Girls Fly,” founded by an equally amazing woman Gael Sylvia Pullen.  The topic was “kindness” and we talked about how acts of kindness develop a part of your brain that makes you more compassionate. And don’t we need more compassion in the world today!  We watched the Kindness Boomerang video to demonstrate kindness in action. And then, there was this moment while presenting, where I realized that the reason patients speak highly about what we do for them is not due to intelligence or hard work (at least it doesn’t feel like hard work). It is due to really caring. And that compassion and care comes from a dedicated practice where you choose to be kind. This translates into a level of focus that allows for the creation of treatment plans that really work.

It is simply a decision.

As Mr. Rogers said so well, ” There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.”

With great hope for the future,

Dr. Gina


Too Much Exposure: Everyday Chemicals that Can Harm Kids

September 18, 2019

Here is a great article from Harvard Medical School’s health blog that clearly lists some of the main chemicals that we want our kids to steer clear of, and why. At our office we test children for imbalances that are sometimes caused by too much exposure to these chemicals, that can lead to avoidable health problems. They are often referred to as “endocrine disrupters” because they cause hormonal imbalances in the body.

It is a quick read and worth a look!

In health,

Dr. Gina


We love patient testimonials!

October 27, 2018


My experience with Dr. Gina was 5 star. She had studied the entire 16 page questionnaire I filled out in advance of our first visit, and based on that and her background, already knew much about my physical, emotional, mental and dare I say, spiritual health. I’ve been to many ND’s over the years, the naturopathic principles resonate with me. Dr. Gina was professional, science based, yet what impressed me the most was her intuition and perceptive “read” of my entire being. While several health issues precipitated my visits, what I learned was how deeply our mental, emotional and spiritual health affect the physical-and how empowering that realization was and is.

Truly I can say my experience with Dr. Gina was life changing, and the healing of all of those four has been permanent.

I was also quite impressed with her detecting that my thyroid was “off” although the usual tests did not reveal this. We treated that based on her understanding of other symptoms often overlooked by other doctors (not only MD’s, other ND’s as well). At that time she was also quite active in legislation to legitimize ND’s as primary care physicians, and offered limited office hours.

I felt and feel very fortunate I was able to be seen and treated by her.

⁃ JD

Thank you JD!

DrGina.com


Glutathione, Detoxification and Neuroinflammation at ICNM 2018 in London

July 12, 2018

It was an honor to speak in London on July 6th E12872F4-E268-44C2-9449-74624369DDCB.jpegat the 2018 International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine on Glutathione, Detoxification and Neuroinflammation. There were 55 countries represented by nearly 600 physician attendees. Great audience, excellent venue. #icnm2018

In health,

Dr. Gina Nick


OC Support for the Angel Light Academy Leadership Training Program

March 6, 2018

Thank you for supporting our efforts to bring the Angel Light Academy After School Leadership Training Program to Orange County.

The event last night where we discussed the benefits to our community of this program, was attended by Mayor Ed Sachs of Mission Viejo, Steven Baric, former Vice Chair of the California Republican Party, Kevin Muldoon former Mayor of Newport Beach, Senators Dick Ackerman and Tony Strickland, Linda Ackerman, President of the Marian Bergeson Excellence in Public Service Series, Steve Chavez-Lodge, public policy advisor, and many more wonderful public service members.

For our children in Orange County, who are learning how to become leaders in our community, there is hope, and the best is yet to come.

-Dr. Gina Nick, NMD

p.s. please join us at the 20th Annual Angel Light Academy Youth Leadership Conference this weekend!

 

 


$75 Off Medical Purification Program

April 30, 2020

skinny-girl-with-tape-measureFor the month of May, enjoy $75 off our regular pricing for the 21 Day Medical Purification Program. This is a customized program that includes all products and program for the 21 days AND a phone/telemedicine visit.

You can expect:

  • Weight loss
  • Immune Support
  • Energy

Learn more about the program and how to get started with package delivered to your door as soon as next week.

In health,

Dr. Gina

 


Personalized Nutrients Two Month Medical Program

March 13, 2019

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