The Value of Having a Purpose

May 17, 2014

GirlswithPlanetI recently was a panelist at the American Association of University Women  to discuss holistic approaches to women’s health, where I found myself talking a lot about purpose in life.  What is the point of investing in your health, being proactive, and preventing health challenges down the road?  The point is so that you can feel strong enough to fulfill your purpose(s) in life.

So, it was timely to see this new research study (NOT that we need to spend millions on research studies to prove what we all know intuitively) on the value of having a purpose in life. Click here to read more about the study that included 7,000 Americans, as published by the BBC News.

For some, one’s purpose in life is to go above and beyond the call of duty to improve our local community and the quality of life for children and their families.  The Above and Beyond Awards gala does an excellent job of honoring those people, in the trenches, who are doing just that.  The local Above and Beyond Awards gala is being held this June 21st, 2014 at the Wyndham Avenue of the Arts Hotel.  Click here to register and please contact me at 949-715-9321 if you are interested or know someone who is interested in participating as a sponsor at the event.  The list of honorees is impressive and learning about their tireless contributions  is humbling and inspiring!

In health,

Dr. Gina


Omega 3 Fatty Acids Cross the Blood Brain Barrier

December 5, 2013

human brainNew research from Karolinska Institute in Sweden shows that omega-3 fatty acids in dietary supplements can cross the blood brain barrier in people with Alzheimer’s disease, affecting known markers for both the disease itself and inflammation. The findings are presented in theJournal of Internal Medicine, and strengthen the evidence that omega-3 may benefit certain forms of this seriously debilitating disease. Click here to read more.

This is yet another published study that demonstrates how proper fatty acid balance in the blood stream can prevent and treat diseases with an inflammatory component.  The research to date points to benefit of the essential fatty acids in the following conditions:

Cardiovascular Health

  • Endocrine influence
  • Glucose maintenance
  • Lipids and triglycerides
  • Metabolic parameters
  • Primary prevention
  • Secondary prevention

Children’s Health and Development

  • Adolescent and teen health
  • ASD – Autism spectrum disorders
  • Attention, learning, and behavior
  • Disease prevention
  • Neurological development
  • Intelligence
  • Vision

Female Health and Reproduction

  • Peri-and post-menopause
  • Pregnancy & breastfeeding
  • Puberty and menstrual years

Immune Health

  • Acute infections
  • Allergies
  • Chronic immune deficiencies

Joint and Tissue Inflammation

  • Intestinal health
  • Joint flexibility & mobility

Lifestyle and Healthy Living

  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Body fat/weight
  • Fitness
  • Healthful living
  • Stress

Mental/Neurological Health

  • CNS Developement
  • Cognitive function/agent
  • Depression and mood
  • Mental balance

In our concierge medical practice we test the blood for over 30 fatty acids to identify what specifically is out of balance and needs treatment. In some patients, too many of the omega 3 fatty acids can suppress important components of immune function and can promote tumor growth.  In some patients their level of trans fatty acids (hydrogenated fats) are the culprit in blocking cell to cell communication.  Other patients  may only need DHA but not GLA.  And so forth. This is why testing, and getting an individualized report on what your body needs, will lead to a more positive outcome in terms of managing your long term health.

In health,

Dr. Gina


The Most Pesticide-Heavy Fruits and Vegetables

April 29, 2013

Seattle Farmers MarketThe non-profit Environmental Working Group recently released their 2013 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists.  Apples and celery were at the top of the list of the most contaminated fruits and vegetables, while asparagus and avocados were at the top of the list of the least contaminated fruits and vegetables. Click here for more.

Pesticide residues are an important contributor to the increased incidence of chronic illnesses worldwide, including obesity, estrogen sensitive cancers, neurological disorders, depression and anxiety.

In an effort to protect the body from harm (especially children whose detoxification mechanisms are not fully developed, and older adults whose detoxification systems are less efficient), do your best to stick with organic when consuming the Dirty Dozen.

In health,

Dr. Gina

 


Warning for Parents: Toxic Lead Levels in Imported Rice

April 16, 2013

BoywithRiceCakeA new press release from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians reveals that rice not manufactured in the US has high levels of lead that are causing toxic reactions in children.

US companies must maintain strict quality control measures when importing foods and herbs from other countries. The study cited was just presented at the American Chemical Society’s meeting and is extremely concerning, especially because of the gluten free trend in children’s foods. Manufacturers are turning to rice based products as an alternative for wheat.

There was concern over high arsenic levels in rice in late 2012. For now, to be on the safe side, I recommend avoiding rice-based infant and children products altogether.  There are other options for grains if desired, that promote balanced nutritional health, such as quinoa.

In health,

Dr. Gina

TOXIC LEVELS OF LEAD COMMON IN IMPORTED RICE, RICE FLOUR: A new study has found that the rice imported into North America from Asia, Europe and South America contains very high levels of lead that represents serious health risks, particularly for infants and children, who are especially sensitive to its effects, and adults of Asian heritage who consume larger amounts of rice. (Rice and rice flour imports to the US have tripled since 1999 and rice is the staple food for 3 billion people worldwide. Lead interferes with a variety of body processes and is toxic to many organs and tissues including the heart, bones, intestines, kidneys. It causes potentially permanent learning and behavior disorders in children.) The researchers found that for children, the daily exposure levels from eating the rice products imported from these countries would be 30 to 60 times higher than the FDA provisional total tolerable intake (PTTI) levels; for adults, the daily exposure levels were 20 to 40 times higher than the PTTI levels. This study was presented in New Orleans at the meeting of the American Chemical Society. The full report will be available when it is published in a journal at a later time.


Share Your Testimonial and Receive Free Product

March 30, 2013

ThankYouWe are collecting your testimonials! Please share your personal experience partnering with DrGina.com on your healing path.  The short survey and your testimonial will take approximately 3-5 minutes to complete. As a thank you from us, we will include one select DrGina.com product, free of charge, with your next order. You will have the opportunity to select your product when you click on the link below.

Your responses will help us to improve on the products and services we provide to you each day.

Share Your Testimonial

Thank you for taking the time to share your testimonial. By doing so you help others to learn about this form of healthcare, and you give hope for a treatment and a cure to those who need it most.

In health,

Dr. Gina


Top 5% on LinkedIn

February 12, 2013

Dr. Gina had one of the top 5% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012! The content on this blog also posts to Linkedin, and it is refreshing to know that the messages we share with you here, about health and medicine, are reaching a large and influential audience.

In health,

Dr. Gina and all of us at HealthBridge Medical Center


Dr. Gina on “Healthy Talk” Radio

December 4, 2012

Dr. Gina CushmanGina Cushman, NMD, PhD, owner of HealthBridge Medical Center in Newport Beach, CA, will be on the radio Wednesday, December 5th from 1 to 2 p.m. ET.

The radio show is “Healthy Talk,” with host Mike Smith, MD, a popular guest on Suzanne Somers’ new television show, “The Suzanne Show.”  The show is sponsored by Life Extension.

Listen to Dr. Gina talk about women’s health and hormone balance  LIVE on wwnnradio.com. The program will also be archived at lef.org/healthytalk.


Concierge Integrative Medical Services

November 4, 2012

Just a quick post to share my excitement as our medical practice expands to offer to our patients the only medical service of its kind in southern California.

As you know, I am passionate about integrative medicine, and after 15 years treating patients and teaching physicians how to practice this medicine, I am still in awe of the results that come with helping the body to heal itself.  There are natural options available for major health challenges, like depression, infertility, ADHD, hormone imbalance, memory loss, chronic pain, and rheumatoid arthritis.

I have been practicing concierge medicine with our high profile patients and am now offering this service to more people.

As a concierge patient you have the option for home visits, a private line to the doctor, help with shopping for the best foods for your body, and a more personal and direct relationship, the way medicine used to be practiced, when your doctor was also a family friend.

Read about our patients’ experiences to learn firsthand from others who have gotten results with the help of this medicine.

You can call our offices at 310-734-0950 (Beverly Hills) or 949-715-9321 (Newport Beach) for more info.

In health,
Dr. Gina

Urgent!!! Protect your Right to a Safe Food Supply and a Healthy Environment. Act TODAY!

June 27, 2012

Below is a news release from Food Democracy Now! that reveals a concerning provision to be considered by the House of Representatives THIS WEEK that takes away the federal court’s ability (and constitutional mandate) to stop the planting and sale of  genetically modified crops (GMO crops) during a legal process of appeals when the safety of these foods, our rights as consumers, and the health of the environment are in question. Please take action today to protect your rights to healthy food before corporate profits.

In health,

-Dr. Gina

Stop the Monsanto Protection Act!

This week the House of Representatives will consider a provision to House Agricultural Appropriations Bill that will fundamentally undermine the concept of judicial review. Hidden under the guise of a “Farmer Assurance Provision” (Section 733), the provision strips the rights of federal courts to halt the sale and planting of genetically engineered crops during the legal appeals process. In the past, legal advocates have successfully won in court the right to halt the sale and planting of unapproved GMO crops while the approval of those crops is under review by a federal judge. This dangerous new House provision, which were calling the Monsanto Protection Act, would strip judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up a floodgate of planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, consumers and the environment.

Once again, Monsanto and the biotech industry are working behind closed doors to undermine your basic rights.

This time they’ve gone too far! Join us in putting a stop to the Monsanto Protection Act!


DR. CUSHMAN PUBLISHES PEER REVIEWED RESEARCH ARTICLE ON KEY NUTRACEUTICALS

May 3, 2012

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A new peer reviewed article entitled “Primary Risks of Oral Contraceptives and HRT” discusses the benefits of two nutraceuticals- BRM4 and Plasmanex1, manufactured by Daiwa Pharmaceuticals, and researched by Dr. Gina Cushman in clinical practice.

(Newport Beach, CA) May 3, 2012- Gina Cushman, NMD, PhD, owner and founder of HealthBridge Medical Center and HealthBridge Management LLC in Newport Beach, CA  has just been published in the peer reviewed Natural Medicine Journal, the official journal of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She discusses ways to offset the primary risks that women face when taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and oral contraceptives (OC) prescribed by their physicians, including the use of 2 natural food extracts–Plasmanex1 and BRM4–one showing anticoagulant effects and the other exhibiting certain anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects.  Her discussion is based on the results of a clinical research study on the extracts, that was led by Dr. Cushman at her medical practice, and presented worldwide at three PharmCon peer-reviewed continuing medical education events on June 9th, 2011; July 7th, 2011; and August 10th, 2011.   

“I am pleased to see that our team at HealthBridge was able to research these nutraceuticals in a real world medical practice setting, identifying a new and important application for the products, and then share the results of our research with thousands of physicians and pharmacists worldwide, through continuing medical education seminars and now through publication in a reputable peer-reviewed journal, “ says Dr. Cushman.

Long-term use of OCs and HRT have been linked to increased risks of cardiovascular problems, and chronic immune disorders with an inflammatory component, including cancer.  The research study designed and led by Dr. Cushman investigated the clinical effects of the use of BRM4 (also referred to as BioBran, MGN3 or RBAC in some countries) and Plasmanex1 (NKCP) for the purpose of uncovering potential benefits of combined use, as well as areas that may prove fruitful for further research into ways to prevent serious side effects from OCs/HRT. The 6-week private practitioner research study included case study results that demonstrated the significant impact of these 2 extracts—Plasmanex1 and BRM4—on OC users and HRT users, with regard to offsetting thrombotic risk and improving inflammatory symptoms.

Reference: Cushman, G. Primary Risks of Oral Contraceptives and HRT. Nat Med Journal. May 1, 2012. http://naturalmedicinejournal.com/article_content.asp?edition=1&section=2&article=321

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