Dr. Gina Nick Invited to Speak at International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine in London, UK in 2018

October 27, 2017

IMG_0496Dr. Gina Nick was selected along with key leaders in the fields of Naturopathic, Integrative and Functional Medicine,  to speak at the 5th International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine . She will be speaking to a large physician audience on the topic of Glutathione, Detoxification and Inflammation. The conference will be held in London, UK July 6-8 2018.

The International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine unites annually Natural Medicine Experts and Academic Institutions from over 55 countries. The goal is to present each year an educational and networking event including 3 days of powerful talks, top speakers, clinical studies, research and latest innovations.

The International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine has gained global recognition as the premier world congress for influential, inspiring and aspiring healthcare experts committed to promoting and providing natural healthcare & wellbeing worldwide. Be part of this unique opportunity to remain at the cutting edge of natural medicine, and to share in the mutual exchange of knowledge, collegiality, international friendships and growth.

In health,

DrGina.com

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IV Therapy

November 17, 2015

Intravenous Therapy at HealthBridge

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Are you ready to jump start your health, and let go of the toxicity that’s weighing you down? Here’s an amazing new way to get your vitamins, and discover the power in A NEW WAY TO AGE.

When you’re seriously ill, your digestive system may lack the energy to absorb and transport nutrients. Also, our ability to fully absorb and metabolize nutrients through digestion decreases as we age. Luckily, Intravenous (IV) therapy can help. IV therapy safely delivers high levels of vitamins and minerals directly into your blood stream through a vein in your arm or hand. One of the main advantages of IV therapy over oral vitamins is that the nutrients bypass the digestive tract, so they’re totally absorbed, providing higher concentrations and remarkable health benefits.

IV therapy can contain minerals, amino acids, glutathione, and popular vitamins like B and C. Combining various vitamins and detoxifying agents has been shown to boost blood flow, help maintain vital organ function, increase cellular energy production, and more. These positive effects can enhance your endurance, make you feel stronger, help your memory, reduce symptoms of stress and can even improve skin quality and help you look your best.

What Symptoms May Be Helped by IV Therapy?

IV therapy may help alleviate many symptoms of illness and diseases, including: the common cold, immune system issues, PMS, asthma, diabetes, hepatitis, hypertension, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and other prolonged illnesses.

At HealthBridge we customize IV formulas based on your initial intake and blood test results and have one of our IV nurses visit patients at home to administer the therapy in comfort.   Call or email our office anytime for more information on this amazing adjunct treatment that supports optimal health and helps to prevent disease.

In health,

Dr. Gina

 


Detoxification

November 3, 2015

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Did you know that environmental toxins may be taking a toll on your health? Learn how to power up against the pollutants and feel vital and healthy again. Detox and discover A NEW WAY TO AGE.

Detoxification is the metabolic process of purging toxic substances from the body. Our bodies have an excellent natural detoxification system that cleanses impurities which cause damage and disease. The three main organs involved include the liver, which prevents toxic substances from entering our blood stream, the colon, which flushes out toxic chemicals, and the kidneys, which filter away unwanted substances.

Unfortunately, we are being bombarded by environmental toxins, and our detoxification system may be getting overloaded. The list of pollutants, chemicals, and toxins we take in daily is endless, from fertilizers, and antibiotics, to processed foods filled with additives, preservatives and artificial ingredients. We’re constantly exposed to heavy metals and environmental estrogens from pesticides and other chemicals. Once inside our bodies, these substances are not easily broken down. When our detoxification system is inundated by far more pollutants than we can eliminate, toxicity can occur.

What are The Symptoms of Toxicity?

You may be familiar with the symptoms of toxicity, which include headaches, muscle pain, fatigue, skin rashes, and digestive problems. Environmental exposure may possibly be connected to a wide variety of diseases and chronic illnesses, such as asthma, allergies, arthritis, digestive disorders, autism, multiple sclerosis, lung disease, and breast and other cancers.

Fortunately, there’s help. There are several detox methods that may support and enhance your body’s own system. Detoxification therapies include IV Chelation Therapy, probiotics, massage therapy, sauna therapy, and herbal medicine, as well as vitamin and mineral supplements. Of course, exercise, nutrition, and a healthy diet also play a major role in the detox process.

21 Day Purification Program Discussion at True Food

Join us for an intimate dinner and discussion next Thursday November 12th, 2015 at True Food Kitchen, Fashion Island from 6:30-9:30 PM to learn more about detoxification and the 21 Day Medical Purification Program.

Click here for details and to register.

In health,

Dr. Gina


Toxic Feminine Hygiene Products

November 28, 2014

Here is an informative post about a report released by the Women’s Voices for the Environment called “Chem Fatale” that examined the toxicity of various feminine hygiene products. They found that tampons, pads and other feminine hygiene products contain unwanted chemicals and pesticides, and can be detrimental to women’s health.

Below is the full discussion. Products applied vaginally can enter the circulation quickly, making it especially important for women to be aware of this.

In health,

Dr. Gina

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The Dirty Secrets of Feminine Hygiene Products

The Gerson Institute

I know menstruation—and the vagina, generally—is a conversational topic that often prompts expressions of disgust, mockery, gross-out jokes or pleas for ignorance, particularly from men. But let’s all agree to be mature adults here, and talk seriously about a health issue that affects nearly every woman on the planet, and is too often ignored out of misguided politeness or squeamishness.

The average woman will have about 350 menses in her lifetime, which, given an estimated average period length of 6 days, means she will spend a total of nearly 6 years of her life menstruating. It’s estimated that the average woman uses up to 11,800 tampons in her lifetime. So that’s a lot of sustained exposure to menstrual products. And in addition to menstrual products, an estimated 10-40% of women use other feminine hygiene products such as douches, wipes, deodorants and creams

The female genitalia is the home to a very delicate balance of bacteria and yeast. If that balance is disturbed, one can end up with painful conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTIs), vaginitis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and yeast infections. Some of these infections, particularly UTIs, can become quite acutely severe.

The best way to safeguard against these common, but potentially serious, infections is to prevent them altogether, and to keep the bacteria and yeast levels in balance. While there are many things you can do to avoid UTIs, yeast infections and other problems—such as urinating before and after sexual intercourse, avoiding over-washing the area with harsh soaps, wiping front-to-back, avoiding bubble baths, and wearing cotton underwear—another is to be very cautious about what types of materials and items you put “down there.”

6 Nasty Substances Found in Feminine Hygiene Products

  • Chlorine: Used to bleach cotton menstrual products, particularly tampons and menstrual pads
  • Dioxins and furans: Known carcinogens that can cause reproductive, developmental and hormonal problems, and can have a detrimental effect on the immune system. These are by-products of the chlorine used for the bleaching process.
  • Pesticide residue: Most cotton used for tampons and pads is made from conventionally-grown cotton, which is treated with heavy pesticides. While the FDA “recommends” that tampons be free of pesticide residue, testing on the popular brand o.b. detects the presence of pesticides like pyrethrum, procymidone, mecarbam and fensulfothion—which are possible carcinogens and linked to endocrine disruption. And, while the Chem Fatale report does not mention this specifically, I would also like to mention that some brands use genetically-modified cotton. If you’re avoiding eating GMO foods, you’ll probably want to reconsider putting GMO products in other parts of your body as well.
  • Fragrance: This one simple word can contain multitudes of harmful chemicals—none of which are required to be listed or disclosed on labels. “Fragrances” can include chemicals known to be carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, irritants and allergens. While these fragrances are most commonly found in douches and sanitary wipes (more on that topic later), it’s also common for pads and tampons to come with “scented” versions. Feminine deodorants and perfumes are also well-known to cause irritation and allergic reactions, in large part due to the fragrances used.
  • Parabens: Found in vaginal anti-itch creams, feminine wipes and feminine washes, typically as a preservative. Parabens are skin irritants and allergens, and may have damaging estrogenic properties.
  • Synthetic materials: Most tampons and pads are not 100% cotton these days, they are made from synthetic fabrics like rayon, or Super Absorbent Powders (SAPs). Some of these substances, along with the other chemicals and fragrances, can cause rashes and skin irritation, particularly when used in menstrual pads.

In addition to the toxicity of these various chemicals found in feminine hygiene products, I would also like to note that there are also certain types of products that are harmful to vaginal health not only due to their ingredients, but because their actual functions and purposes are inherently problematic.

Why “Douchebag” Deserves to be a Bad Word

There’s a good reason that the words “douche” and “douchebag” have become popular pejorative insults. Douches are well-deserving of the negative publicity its common usage in the modern lexicon has granted it. Douches are linked to a host of problems: vaginitis, chronic yeast infections, pregnancy complications, infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Studies have shown a correlation between regular douching and cervical cancer. They may also cause women to be more vulnerable to sexually-transmitted infections (STIs). So, why are they so harmful? And why do they remain so popular?

The reason douches cause so many problems is that they disrupt the natural self-cleaning function of the vagina, wiping out the beneficial bacteria in the vagina and leaving it vulnerable to yeast overgrowth and “bad” bacteria. The vagina is a self-cleaning organ; the mucous that lubricates it also eliminates any harmful substances that enter it, such as bad bacteria or viruses than can cause infections. A healthy vagina needs no cleansing agents; it does just fine on its own, thanks. It certainly doesn’t need the host of disinfectants, “fragrances” or other chemicals that douches, wipes and washes contain. Yet there is still a great deal of stigma and shame regarding the vagina in regards to perceived uncleanliness, or fear of odors, so some women feel compelled to clean it or “freshen” it. And yet, because douching can disrupt the all-important flora-yeast balance in the vagina, douches can actually cause the very odor issues they purported to eliminate.

Teen girls are particularly susceptible to these fears, given the multitude of anxieties surrounding puberty and the onset of menstruation, but douches are also all-too-commonly—and somewhat disproportionately—used by low-income and minority women.

Despite the near-universal condemnation of the practice by the medical and gynecological communities, the belief that douching is “an expected and necessary part of feminine hygiene” likely persists due to advertisements that perpetuate these beliefs by preying on women’s insecurities, but also by well-intentioned but poorly-informed friends and family members.

In the 1950s, a now-notorious series of manipulative ad campaigns aimed at housewives informed them that their vaginas were dirty and smelly, and made them repulsive to their husbands. The solution to their marital woes? To “freshen up” by douching with Lysol (shudder!).

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There’s also the persistent myth that douching prevents pregnancy. This is because archaic contraceptive methods involving douching date back practically to prehistory, and remained popular through much of the 20th century, thanks to the aforementioned Lysol ad campaigns, which were subtly angled at selling Lysol douches as a contraceptive. You may notice that, in the ad above, the tag-line refers to Lysol as a “germ-killer,” which just happens to rhyme with “sperm-killer,” and others described Lysol as a “germicide.” Lysol was, frighteningly, the most popular contraceptive in America from the 1920s until the early 1960s. Of course, it didn’t really work; a 1933 study showed that half the women surveyed who used Lysol as a contraceptive became pregnant. In some cases, douching can increase risk of pregnancy by pushing sperm up into the cervix, rather than washing it out!

So please, if you spot a bottle of Summer’s Eve under your friend, wife, daughter or partner’s bathroom sink, share this information with them, and help stop the—if you’ll pardon the bad pun—“flow” of bad information about women’s health. And, use this information to make conscious and informed choices about the products you choose to put in your body—especially in such a sensitive area!

Check back here next week, we’ll list the top natural, chemical-free alternatives to Tampax and common drugstore menstrual products!


About the Author: Ally Bacaj is the Gerson Institute’s Communications Specialist. She joined the Institute after graduating from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2010. Ally manages the design and content of our website and our blog. She also shares news from the Gerson Institute on our Facebook page, Pinterest and Twitter.

In her spare time, you can find Ally unearthing vintage treasures at the swap meet, with her nose stuck in a book or snuggling with her pet bunny, Dennis Hopper.


Photo credits: Whispered Between Women, Smithsonian Magazine


Hormone Health in the Childbearing Years-Article By Dr. Gina Published in LA Parent

April 30, 2014

happy_babyFor National Infertility Week this blog seems most appropriate. We have a great fertility program at HealthBridge Medical Center that helps couples to conceive naturally (when IVF fails or is just not an option for the couple), with the use of bio-identical hormones, detoxification and diet. It is truly amazing what can happen when you give the body what it needs. It heals itself…and if it was possible and meant to be, creates an optimal environment for a child to be born into. The result is a healthier mom, dad and baby.
In health,
Dr. Gina

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Check out the latest article by Dr. Gina, on hormone health in the childbearing years, published in LA Parent magazine.

Click here to access the La Parent article.

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Simple, Affordable Way to Cure Depression

March 25, 2014

fruits_and_vegetablesAn article, published in the Washington Post yesterday, speaks to a simple, naturopathic approach to addressing depression symptoms in many people.  It also offers further evidence for the Sickness Syndrome Depression phenomenon I have been speaking about for the past ten years..making the connection between inflammation, diet, the gut and mental illnesses like depression.  Tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM is our next Purification/Detox kickoff. I will be discussing this 21 day program that lowers inflammation, balances gut microflora, and applies diet principles that are  effective in treating depression.

In health,

Dr. Gina


Limited Space! Group Purification Class ~ Confirm by Monday

February 21, 2014

DetoxPostcardFrontJust a quick reminder that our group 21 Day Purification Program is THIS WEDNESDAY the 26th from 6:30 to 7 PM at our Newport Beach office.  What a great opportunity to rediscover a more vibrant and energetic “new” you in the new year.  A doctor’s visit is NOT required for this group program.

RSVP by Monday the 24th.  You can email us at frontdesk@healthbridgehealing.com or call the office at 949-715-9321.

You will walk away from the event with your complete program and products for the 21 Day program.  I look forward to seeing you there!

In health,

Dr. Gina


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