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Love Your Liver

Love Your Liver

Today is the day of love right, so let’s make sure we are loving our liver. I tell my patients to think of their liver like a pool filter. It literally filters EVERYTHING we put into our body and as we age, are stressed, take 

Thyroid Awareness

Thyroid Awareness

January is Thyroid Awareness Month!  Here’s the low-down on this AMAZING, yet SO important butterfly shaped gland that sits below your Adam’s apple! Some quick facts: -It’s made up of 2 lobes (left and right) which are each the size of a plum cut in 1/2.  

Health Checkups In The New Year

Health Checkups In The New Year

I was just scrolling on Facebook and saw they have a "Preventative Health" recommendations from health organizations based on your age and gender so I thought I would share what it said.  When was the last time you had a tune-up?

 

American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recommend you get your blood pressure taken once per year.  As a ND I take your blood pressure at every visit!

  • People age 20 or older should get this test at every health care visit.
  • A blood pressure test is free.
  • Some pharmacies and grocery stores have self-service machines to measure your blood pressure.
  • It only takes a couple minuets
  • Risk factors that increase your chances of developing high blood pressure include smoking, diabetes, being overweight, high cholesterol, unhealthy diet, drinking too much alcohol and physical inactivity.

Healthy blood pressure is a sign of good heart health.  High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, so a test is the only way to detect it.

American Heart Association recommends you check your cholesterol every 4-6 years?  I 100% disagree this is TOO long of a time to check, especially with what we have done with our food!  I do a yearly check on most of my patients and if you have risk factors, even more often.

  • A cholesterol test is usually covered by most insurance
  • The best way to prevent cholesterol problems is to know your numbers.
  • LDL is known as your "bad" cholesterol
  • HDL is known as your "good" cholesterol
  • Too much bad or not enough good increases the risk of cholesterol building up in the arteries which can lead to heart attack or stroke.
  • The best cholesterol test is done after a 12 hour fast!

American Cancer Society Pap Test and HPV Test

  • Females ages 30 to 65 should get a PAP test and HPV test every 5 years or a PAP test (without HPV) every 3 years.  If you've had a hysterectomy it's usually not needed.
  • Cervical cancer is a common cause of cancer death in women.
  • HPV is a risk for cervical cancer along with smoking and a weakened immune system.
  • If you've had the HPV vaccine (ugh), you still need to have a PAP and HPV test conducted.

American Cancer Society recommends a stool blood test to look for hidden blood in the stool yearly for people age 45 to 75.

  • This test can be collected at home and mailed in and tested in a lab.
  • Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer diagnosis in both men and women.  It's the 2nd most common cause of cancer death.
  • Being overweight, physical inactivity, smoking, heavy alcohol use can all increase the risk.

Other regular lab work should include thyroid, hormone, inflammation, some vitamins and blood sugar AT MINIMUM once per year, but likely more often if you are irregular (which is very common!).

So are you ready to get your blood tested?  Let's get you scheduled! Click HERE to schedule!

Happy New Year!

 

BIG News + BLACK FRIDAY SPECIALS!

BIG News + BLACK FRIDAY SPECIALS!

Starting January 2nd, 2020, I will be relocating to Gilbert! New Office Location:   3336 E Chandler Heights Road Suite 123 Gilbert, AZ 85298 NE Corner of Chandler Heights & Higley To kick start the new year and my new practice I’m offering some GREAT 

Are you a ND or a ND student?

Are you a ND or a ND student?

Are you a naturopathic doctor or a naturopathic student? NDcommunity is where you need to be! This community has helped me grow SO much as a business professional in the last 30 days that I have been a member and I’m so glad I found 

Are You Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired?

Are You Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired?

Let's talk about a virus today.  It's called Epstein-Barr Virus, or EBV for short.  It's the virus that causes mono (mononucleosis), ya know, the so-called "kissing disease?"  This virus is usually self-limiting (you can rid yourself of the symptoms quickly or experience no symptoms at all) but it honestly all depends on your immune system. If your immune system is deficient, this virus likes to create some problems, which include:

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These symptoms mimic the flu and either way the underlying cause is your immune system needs a boost.  If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired there are tests that can be done to determine your immune system function and if this virus is currently active or re-activated.

Food Dye 101

Food Dye 101

I spent a few weeks on social media posting about artificial food colorings and why you should avoid them. I’ve compiled the posts together for you here! First up is the big guy, RED 40 or RED 3. It goes by other names, but just 

Love Your Heart

Love Your Heart

February is Heart Awareness Month and Valentine’s Day was yesterday–so much LOVE and everything hearts!! If you’ve been following me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/doctor_erin_ellis/ or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DoctorErinEllisNMD/ you will notice I have been posting about heart health all week.  I’ll be posting a free document soon you 

9 Years Ago….

9 Years Ago….

Below is my first post in by blog at www.fightwinnowlive.com the day after I was diagnosed with NHL 9 years ago today. It’s surreal that that ever happened and look at how far I have come now….

February 5th, 2010:

Hello there everyone! I have never done a blog before, but I think under my current situation I thought it would be nice to start this. It will not only help me log everything that has/will happened but it will keep all of my supporters, friends and family in the loop! This isn’t going to be an easy journey, but I’m ready to start and conquer it.

Here is how it all started…I’m going to insert how my Mom described it…

“To bring you all up to date—Erin’s been experiencing pain and swelling in her lower right groin since last September. She went to her OB/GYN at that time and was told that she probably had swollen lymph nodes and to wait 3 months. Swollen lymph glands usually mean an internal infection but blood tests at that time were clear.

The swelling never really subsided and her pain increased these past few months so Erin went back to her OB doc and he referred her to an orthopedic surgeon. This doc came to the conclusion that it was probably a hernia but to confirm that an MRI was done Friday, 1/22. Well there wasn’t a hernia—but there was “something”—and to find out what that “something” was Erin was in for a biopsy Friday, 1/29 at Banner Gateway Hospital. It takes forever to get prepped for these procedures but at long last we were ushered into the procedure room to talk to the doctor doing the biopsy, Dr. Friend. He asked Erin what she knew and she reiterated pretty much everything I’ve just written. He asked her if she had seen the MRI herself and she said “No”, so he took us back to a computer monitor and showed us the “slides” of what they found. It’s a tumor, about 4.3 cm in size (I guesstimate that to be about the size of a nickel) nestled right next to her bladder. Dr. Friend first took samples of her nodes—had they come back normal he would have gone right to the tumor for more samples—but her lymph nodes were abnormal which meant “there’s something wrong in Denmark”—procedure done. I waited in the lobby for the hour it took all this to be done and then was escorted to Erin who was in recovery—she was under “conscious sedation” but needed to be monitored. 

Both Dr. Friend and her surgeon were there with Erin and they recommended to us that a full CT scan be done . . . #1 to make sure there was no hemorrhaging from the biopsy and #2 to see if there were any more of these tumors hidden about. Thank the Lord no other tumors, just a small spot on her lung which was of no concern.

SO . . . the samples they took from her lymph nodes went to a pathology lab/pathologist to be examined. Exactly what is affecting them? Because of their inability to function properly is that why the tumor is there? There’s a litany of questions we hope to have answered but with this all initiated last Friday we had the weekend to endure before getting to actual business days of work in the lab!!  

I asked Dr. Friend, point blank, what’s the best we want to hear on these results? . . . and this is when Erin about fell out of bed and I off my chair . . . he said “You want to hear that you have lymphoma.” Good God—you never want your doctor hoping you have cancer (lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes) BUT in the scheme of everything else THIS COULD BE lymphoma is the easiest of cancers to treat. “

I got the dreaded phone call at 5:12pm last evening (Thursday February 4th) from my Dr. Schuster. The only word that came out of his mouth was lymphoma. He said it was very aggressive, he had already been in contact with my now oncologist (Dr. Nabong) and how Dr. Nabong wanted to see me ASAP. I asked him a few more details and this is pretty much all I know right now. I have aggressive large cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. (I will refer to it from now on as NHL..funny because I hate hockey). It’s best treated thru chemotherapy.  

Of course hearing those words you have cancer are not easy. I never thought at my ripe age of 31 I would saying that and quite honestly, those words don’t feel right coming out of my mouth. I am probably still in a bit of shock and trying to process this all.

I am meeting with my oncologist today at 1pm. My Mom and Dad have been right by my side and they are accompanying me at this appointment. I’m nervous, but yet anxious to hear what he has to say, to learn more and get on the right track to kick this nasty thing. I will write more later and fill you in on how the oncologist went.

Thank you all for your support, prayers, kind words, nice gestures, hugs, tears, oh my gosh, it’s so overwhelming. I truly am blessed to have all of you in my life.

Love you all…Erin

Want pasta but without the extra carbs?  I got you!

Want pasta but without the extra carbs? I got you!

Today is National Spaghetti Day and how doesn’t love a good ‘ol big bowl of noodles? It’s crazy though the amount of carbohydrates that are in ONE bowl of spaghetti. 2 OUNCES of spaghetti has 41 grams of carbs. That’s insane. Have you ever heard