Vitamin D3 Deficiency and Covid

January 29, 2021

A recent study points to the connection between vitamin D3 deficiency and treatment, and Covid-19 infection. At my medical practice, we test the blood for Vitamin D3 levels in nearly every one of our patients as it is associated with inflammation, immune function and even mood.

Here are the details:

Vitamin D3 and Covid-19

In health,


Probiotics and a Healthy Gut Microbiome Even More Important with Covid

January 13, 2021

New research published in the journal Gut is pointing to the role the gut microbiome plays in overall immune system health but also in preventing a severe reaction to Covid-19. In my practice we use the GI Map test by Diagnostic Labs to pinpoint exactly what microorganisms are causing dysbiosis and the best approach to treating it.

In health,

Dr. Gina


Group 21 Day Purification Program with Dr. Gina

December 16, 2020

Our group 21 Day Purification Program is kicking off in January! Get the support you need to succeed. Everyone that completes the program receives a free bottle of physician recommended vitamin D3 5000 IU! Lower inflammation, get healthy and get strong in 2021!!!!!

Register by clicking here:https://conta.cc/3a9dFR6

Hang in there,

Dr. Gina


$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

 


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.

These findings are preliminary, but may offer a clue towards finding medicines that will work to help patients suffering from 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 treat patients.

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

In health,

Dr. Gina


Glutathione, Detoxification and Immune Function

February 20, 2018

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Dr. Gina Nick, NMD will be speaking this weekend on Saturday morning, February 24th 2018, at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium being held in New York, NY.

The topic is Glutathione, Detoxification and Immune System Function.

Deepak Chopra, MD will also be presenting on Friday morning.

Below are the details and hope to see you there!

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Session Description:

This symposia will discuss glutathione science, absorption, and bioavailability. It will discuss how glutathione can aide in detoxification and first line defense on the immune system in a clinical setting. Overview of gold standard glutathione studies as well as review of the latest human clinical research on glutathione will be covered.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to discuss the science, absorption and bioavailability of glutathione.
  • Participants will be able to discuss glutathione and detoxification in a clinical setting.
  • Participants will be able to discuss glutathione and immunity in a clinical setting.

About The Speaker:

IMG_0496Gina Nick, NMD is a California and Hawaii licensed Naturopathic Physician, President Emeritus of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association and Founder and Medical Director of HealthBridge Newport in Newport Beach, CA. Dr. Gina is respected internationally in the fields of Integrative and Functional Medicine, Detoxification, Hormone Treatments, and Addiction Treatment and Recovery. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles; where she received College and Latin Honors and is a UCLA Alumni Scholar and member of the Golden Key Honors Society, and a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she was awarded her Doctorate Degree at the age of 23 and received Distinguished Honors for her work in nutritional biochemistry, homeopathy and herbal medicine.

Dr. Gina has practiced Naturopathic Medicine for 18 years with unparalleled results. Her treatment methods have produced consistent results for patients with conditions running the gamut from dietary and allergic response to diabetes, autoimmune disorders and hormone imbalance. She is the author of hundreds of published and peer-reviewed scientific documents on natural medicine, and author of the medical text, Clinical Purification and Yogic Nutrition, Dr. Gina has also maintained a longstanding, well-respected column in the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients entitled Therapeutic Nutrition. She is a featured expert on PBS and is quoted in popular magazines including Woman’s World, First for Women, Yogi Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Remedies, Diet & Fitness Magazine and Woman’s Day. Over the past 15 years she has taught over 11,000 Doctors and Pharmacists about natural hormone balance, addiction treatment and recovery, fertility, detoxification therapies, and natural treatments for anxiety, depression, inflammatory and autoimmune challenges. She is a member of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the UCLA Alumni Scholar Association, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the California Naturopathic Doctors Association.

Dr. Gina volunteers as Chair of the Healthcare Committee for the Lionheart Institute, a global think tank, and as an active Board Member for the non-profit organization Angel Light Academy that teaches leadership skills, conflict resolution, communication and problem solving to youth and adults through the demonstration and practice of unconditional love.


Dr. Gina Nick Speaking at Integrative Healthcare Symposium in New York, NY February 24th 2018

November 8, 2017

logo-4Dr. Gina is scheduled to speak at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium (IHS) being held at the New York Hilton Midtown, NY on February 24th, 2018. She will be discussing the role of glutathione in immune system function and detoxification, in a clinical setting.

At the IHS Annual Conference, practitioners from all facets of traditional and non-traditional medicine unite as one, cohesive community. Attendees learn, network, and return to their practices with an enhanced appreciation of the modern patient’s full range of healthcare option.

In health,

DrGina.com

 


Natural Ways to Prevent and Treat Colds & Flu

August 31, 2015

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There are about 1 billion colds in the US every year, with every child catching it 6-10 times a year, resulting in 22 million school days being lost every year!

When it comes to cold and flu season, prevention really is the first line of defense. To keep your body’s defense system–the immune system–in peak condition, follow our immunity-boosting tips to help your body fight off the bugs looking for a host. And, for times when you are feeling ill, the second set of tips can help ease your symptoms and support a quick recovery.

Cold & Flu Prevention Tips

Your immune system is at work 24/7! The best approach to supporting immune function is a healthy lifestyle that includes stress management, exercise, whole foods, nutritional supplementation, and the use of plant-based medicines. On a daily basis, you can take the following steps to help your immune system keep you healthy:

  • Wash your hands regularly to help prevent transfer of bacteria.
  • Stay clear of people sneezing or coughing. Avoid shaking hands or other close contact with anyone whom you know to be sick.
  • Make sure your home and work space are well-ventilated. Even on a cold day, open a window for a few minutes to clear out stale air.
  • Follow a consistent sleep/wake schedule so the immune system can repair and recover.
  • Drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet that includes a variety of organic (when possible) fruits and veggies, which contain antioxidants that help the body neutralize cellular damage.
    Healing Tips
  • Rest. Sometimes the body’s only way of getting your attention is to force you to slow down by getting sick. Don’t push through fatigue. Honor your body and sleep/rest as needed to promote healing. Reduce activity at home and at work as much as possible.
  • Increase fluid intake to include water, diluted vegetable juices, soups, and herbal and green teas.
  • Eat light meals and eat more soup. Whether you choose a vegetarian broth or a heartier bone-broth, soups for healing should be loaded with a variety of herbs and veggies.
  • Manage stress. Even just 10 minutes of meditation a day has positive effects on the immune system and promotes a positive mindset.
  • Laugh–it truly is good medicine. Patch Adams was onto something when he brought humor to his patients’ bedsides. Read a funny book. Watch stand-up comedy. Share jokes with a friend or your kids. Laughter lowers the stress hormones and elevates your mood–both are good for healing.

Vitamin, Mineral, and Botanical Support for the Immune System

There’s no panacea, but a growing body of research has shown that certain vitamins, minerals, and plant-based supplements can help prevent/curtail the symptoms of colds and flu. Some that you may want to include are listed below.

These are best tailored to your specific needs and health status, with guidance from your doctor.

  • Multivitamin and mineral formula
  • Vitamin C
  • Bioflavonoids, 1000 mg/day
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D, 2000 IU/day
  • Zinc, 30 mg/day
  • Echinacea, elderberry, and astragalus (tea, capsule, or liquid extract) help prevent common cold and viral infections. Physicians and scientists continue to study the immune-enhancing effects of these and other botanical remedies.

Food for Thought. . .
“He who cures a disease may be the skillfullest, but he that prevents it is the safest physician.”
– Thomas Fuller

In health,

Dr. Gina


Breast Cancer Linked to Popular Antidepressant Medication

May 7, 2011

Bloomberg reported on a research study revealing a link between female cancers and antidepressant use.

Scientists should more closely examine whether antidepressant drugs increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, according to a researcher affiliated with Harvard University whose review of 61 studies suggested a link.

The risk of cancer increased 11 percent on average for patients taking the medicines, according to a report that analyzed previous data and was published in yesterday’s issue of the peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE. Read the full article by clicking here.

Preparing for a CME lecture (to air on PharmCon on June 9th, and categorized as live pharmacy hours for doctors) on  augmenting the side effects and risks associated with oral contraceptives and other synthetic hormones popular among women and teen-aged girls.  In addition to a significant increased risk in various cancers,  the synthetic hormones also decrease serotonin levels, further increasing the chance of a woman being prescribed anti-depressant medications which appear to further increase her risk of cancer!

A solution could be to take well researched immunomodulators like BRM4 if you take synthetic hormones, or to avoid these hormones if at all possible and turn to more natural options like Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

In health and healing,

-Dr. G


Sickness Syndrome Depression-The Link Between Seasonal Allergies, Inflammation and Depression

April 12, 2011

A recent article in the New York Times discusses several large studies that link seasonal allergies to  depression and anxiety. The cause is an increase in inflammatory cytokines that lower serotonin levels.  This is a classic example of Sickness Syndrome Depression, a condition identified years ago and finally gaining media attention.  We often see cases of wrongly diagnosed anxiety and depression at our practice where patients are prescribed antidepressant medications instead of being treated for Sickness Syndrome Depression. To learn more about the syndrome click here. One treatment that is not yet mentioned on the site but that we have recently been using successfully in practice to treat Sickness Syndrome Depression and other psychiatric illnesses with an inflammatory component is BRM4 by Daiwa Health Development– an immunomodulator that alters levels of inflammatory cytokines throughout the body. The effective dosage is 4 capsules three times per day for 4 weeks, and then 4 capsules per day thereafter.

In health and healing,

Dr. G


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