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.
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.
January 30, 2020
A 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.
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,
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!
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.”
Thank you JD!
July 12, 2018
It was an honor to speak in London on July 6th at 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
Dr. Gina Nick
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!
Kevin Muldoon former Mayor Newport Beach
Fred Whitaker, Senators Strickland and Ackerman and Kevin Muldoon, former Mayor Newport Beach
Steve Baric, Jeff Corless
Steve Baric and Kevin Muldoon
Steve Baric, Steve Chavez-Lodge ad Senator Ackerman
Mayor Ed Sachs of Mission Viejo
David Ellis, Senator Ackerman, Linda Ackerman and Gabrielle
Steve Chavez-Lodge and Senator Ackerman