Using Naturopathy to Treat Menopausal Symptoms

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Randy Meltzer is a chiropractic and naturopathic health care professional with more than 30 years of experience. As founder of the Meltzer Natural Health Care Center, Randy Meltzer utilizes holistic, natural remedies to treat a number of health conditions for men and women, including heart disease, chronic fatigue, and menopausal symptoms.

Taking place around the age of 50, menopause affects more than one million women every year. While some experience mild or no symptoms at all, a vast number endure discomforts such as mood swings, hot flashes, bone density loss, and night sweats. The traditional remedy is hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a combination of estrogen and progestin (a synthetic-like substance for progesterone). However, taking HRT comes with numerous unpleasant side effects, including facial hair growth and weight gain.

To replace the estrogen and progesterone loss during menopause using natural remedies, women should take soy and black cohosh containing natural progesterone and phytoestrogens, a compound that resembles estrogen in the body. Other plants and natural supplements recommended for menopausal symptom relief are vitamin C, alfalfa, vitamin E, and hesperidin (a substance found in citrus fruits). More about the natural remedies offered by Randy Meltzer is available at his New York City office at 99 University Place, Suite 412, or by phone at (212) 255-6710.

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Herbal Remedies for Colds and Flu

As a naturopathic and chiropractic physician, Dr. Randy Meltzer has completed extensive training in herbal medicine. Dr. Randy Meltzer now conducts his own research into homeopathic remedies, while integrating such remedies into his practice.

Herbal remedies can be effective in both treating and preventing the common cold. For prevention, herbalists often recommend astragalus, a common Chinese herb, though reishi and shiitake mushrooms may also prove beneficial. If one has already been exposed to a virus, on the other hand, echinacea can help to stave off infection by stimulating the production of white blood cells and promoting antiviral processes within the body.

Garlic serves to strengthen the body’s immune system in a general sense, and laboratory testing has proven it effective against colds and flu. Elderberry is particularly effective against influenza, as it inhibits the enzyme that causes the spread of this particular virus type.

The traditional healing herb boneset also possesses antiviral properties, and its sweat-producing qualities make it particularly appropriate for colds with fever. Many people find that a sweat bath, taken by immersing oneself in hot water with a cup of tea made from sweating herbs, can break a fever when followed by sleep under warm blankets.

Homeopathy: A Fascinating History Background Information From the Office of Randy Meltzer

Since the time of Hippocrates the concept of “like cures like” has laid the foundation for modern-day homeopathy. Homeopathy really got its start toward the close of the 18th century, when Dr. Samuel Hahnemann conducted his first experiments with the belief that the substances that cause an illness when absorbed in larger quantities could actually cure it when administered in minute amounts. Dr. Hahnemann believed that then-current practices such as bloodletting with leeches, the debilitating use of purgatives, and dosing with toxins such as mercury and arsenic created more health problems than they solved. He discovered A Treatise of the Materia Medica by British physician William Cullen and began to develop the idea of fostering health through the use of “similars.”

Hahnemann served as his own patient as he tested his theory. To increase the safety of his preparations, he employed a special distillation method that reduced the harmful agents to the smallest possible usable proportion.

Dr. Margery Grace Blackie studied with her famous father, the homeopathic physician James Compton Burnett, and went on to become personal physician to Queen Elizabeth II. Dr. Blackie developed a particular gift for detailed diagnoses and is remembered today as the leading figure in her field in the 20th century.

Today’s homeopathic physicians offer treatment for a variety of conditions and have earned the respect of many in more traditional medical communities. Homeopathic remedies have maintained a leading place in the repertoires of naturopathic practitioners worldwide.

About Dr. Randy Meltzer: With more than 30 years of experience as a chiropractic physician and naturopath, Randy Meltzer possesses an extensive background in homeopathy. He currently serves patients in the New York City area. He may bw contacted at 212 255 6710.

The Early History of Chiropractic Medicine, by Dr. Randy Meltzer

There is some proof that the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (ca. 460 B.C.-ca. 370 B.C.) believed the condition of the spine was instrumental to overall health by his advice to students: “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.”

However, chiropractic as a stand-alone faction of health care had its beginnings when Daniel David Palmer, a practitioner of magnetic healing in Davenport, Iowa, performed a spinal adjustment on Harvey Lillard after learning that Mr. Lillard had lost his hearing one day when he stood up after crouching in a stooped position for a lengthy time and heard a loud popping sound in his back. Mr. Palmer concluded that the popping and the deafness were related and, after examining Mr. Lillard’s spine, found that a vertebra was not positioned correctly. Mr. Palmer eased the vertebra into place and a few days later Mr. Lillard reported that his hearing had improved.

As word of his success with Mr. Lillard spread through the community, other people began to come to Mr. Palmer for help with medical problems that included migraine headaches, stomach problems, epilepsy, sciatica, flu, and heart problems. Every case was helped by a spinal adjustment, or, as he called his technique, “hand treatments.” He coined the word chiropractic from the Greek chiro (hand) and practic (operation or practice). Daniel Palmer changed the clinic name to The Palmer School & Infirmary of Chiropractic and accepted his first students in 1898.

Somewhat surprised at how well vision improved, pain eased, fevers broke, infections cleared, hearing returned, and intestinal problems disappeared without the use of any drugs, Mr. Palmer studied physiology and anatomy in an attempt to understand the connection between the spine and health.

In 1902, Mr. Palmer’s son, B.J. Palmer, graduated from the school and partnered with his father. Although chiropractic adjustments proved to be highly effective, early practitioners were often called charlatans and quacks by the medical community. Mr. Palmer himself was briefly jailed in 1905 for practicing medicine without a license.

The chiropractic profession has witnessed amazing advancements since the Palmers first opened their practice, but the basic tenet remains the same: use spinal adjustment techniques, without the addition of drugs, to heal the patient.

Author Bio
Dr. Randy Meltzer is a chiropractor and naturopathic physician who has been practicing at the Meltzer Natural Health Care Center in New York City for the past 30 years.

A Brief Overview of Applied Kinesiology

For the past three decades, Dr. Randy Meltzer has operated out of a chiropractic private practice facility in New York City. He maintains expertise in natural health care diagnosis and treatment for chronic illnesses through the use of applied kinesiology, a medical method that tests the function of the body’s organs and systems. Applied kinesiology also evaluates nutritional and toxicity levels of each part of the patient’s body.

Also known as muscle response testing, applied kinesiology involves surveying the chemical, mental, and structural health features of patients. When a doctor first treats an individual using this approach, the physician conducts a manual muscle test with or without standard diagnostic techniques. Chiropractors mainly utilize applied kinesiology, while other general medical practitioners have started to offer the method as a service.

The first step in applied kinesiology, the manual muscle test, takes place when a patient resists a direct force (applied by the doctor) to a specific muscle or muscle group. If the patient’s response is smooth, he or she is said to have a strong muscle response. A weak muscle response indicates some sort of imbalance or stress, which can signal the presence of a chemical dysfunction or structural disparity.

Furthermore, applied kinesiology gives a doctor a general overview of the status of a patient’s body. Doctors enact the alternative medicine method, which originated in 1964, to determine a patient’s diagnosis and prescribe a therapy regimen, depending on the individual’s muscle responses and other factors. Other applied kinesiology tests include nutrient testing, a technique used to observe the response of a patient’s muscles to the presence of various chemicals, and therapy localization, which involves a different form of manual muscle testing.

What Does a Chiropractor Do and What Should a Patient Expect? by Dr. Randy Meltzer

A chiropractor treats patients with health issues stemming from their musculoskeletal system. He believes in working on the patient’s overall health rather than treating symptoms. He will offer advice on diet, exercise, and lifestyle to achieve optimum health. He does not prescribe drugs or perform surgery but relies on time-tested techniques that allow the body to recuperate on its own. Sometimes a chiropractor will refer a patient to another health care provider if he feels it is necessary.

When visiting a chiropractor for the first time, it is like a first visit with any doctor. You will fill out forms, give a detailed medical history, and have an initial consultation with the doctor followed by a physical examination. During this time, the chiropractor will be observing you, looking for tell-tale signs of discomfort that you may not even notice, such as an inability to sit comfortably for any length of time.

After all that, the doctor may order some more tests, x-rays, or perhaps a MRI. The results of these tests will dictate the treatment protocol. A spine adjustment is often helpful when x-rays reveal musculoskeletal problems.

Other treatment options might be massage, heat, or light therapy; ultrasound; mild electric stimulation; or acupuncture. Some chiropractors offer additional support for the body such as braces, wraps, or shoe inserts.

Some chiropractors specialize in areas such as sports injuries, pediatrics, orthopedics, diagnostic imaging, internal disorders, neurology, or geriatrics. You will often find them attached to wellness clinics and some, such as those who specialize in pediatrics or geriatrics, will often work at hospitals or homes for the aged.

If the chiropractor has a private practice, he will usually have administrative duties to perform such as hiring employees, keeping records, and building a client base. A chiropractor in a group practice will have the option of leaving those administrative tasks to office managers.

About the author: Dr. Randy Meltzer runs a private practice, Meltzer Natural Care Center, in New York City. He has been a naturopathic physician and chiropractor for 30 years.