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Fatigue

When the system suddenly collapses.

“I feel completely burned out.” “It’s as if someone pulled the plug on my energy.”Each day I feel like I’m confronted with overwhelming obstacles.”

Often fatigue has a lot to do with the Adrenals; two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys. The purpose of your Adrenal glands is to help your body cope with stress and survive. It does this by producing over 50 different types of hormones, which influence all the major physiological processes in the body. These hormones influence everything from energy production, muscle and joint function, bone health, immune health, metabolism, sleep quality, skin regeneration, thyroid function, sex drive, hormonal balance, food intolerance, and stress.

When the body is under too much stress, either physically or emotionally, the adrenal glands become depleted. They no longer function at full capacity, which can affect nearly every system in your body.

Tasks that were once easy and manageable become more and more exhausting. Each step appears as an insurmountable hurdle that seems to sap your energy levels. The feeling of stress and permanent exhaustion reinforces the fear of not being able to manage your life. Maybe you have turned to too much coffee, drugs, or alcohol, figuring that it will help you gain back vital energy. It is a vicious cycle, and once caught up in it, it can be hard to see a way out.

In the case of fatigue, toxins accumulate in the body and create fatigue and heaviness. Missing vital nutritional substances, stress, and a strained nervous system will do the rest and reinforce the feeling of being exhausted and burned out. Each person is different and so each person’s fatigue varies. Rebuilding your Adrenals is not a quick fix. It can take three to six months, depending on severity.

However, after an in-depth consultation, a comprehensive treatment plan is individually tailored for you. We gently guide you through a series of detoxes and lifestyle changes to reduce the physical stress on the adrenals. Nutritional recommendations, helpful breathing and meditation exercises, as well as specific herbal formulas often using food as medicine is tailored according to your genetics and needs. In this way, your natural self-healing abilities can re-establish a life filled with energy and vitality. Part of our treatment involves life management tools, as well, to ensure that the adrenals don’t burn out in the future.

Insomnia

Sleep Disorders

When the night turns into a nightmare.

“In spite of being totally exhausted, I can’t sleep.” “It takes me hours and hours to fall asleep.” “I can’t focus during the day.”

Sleep disorders can wear you down. When the regeneration of the night’s sleep isn’t sufficient, you can suffer from impaired concentration, lack of memory, lack of motivation, depression or irritability, as well as a general lack of vitality. No matter what the actual cause is: The battery is empty and cannot be fully recharged through the normal regeneration of a night’s sleep.

A growing barrage of background noise, pollution, pressures of work schedules and even leisure schedules, as well as too short a night’s sleep – all these factors keep our system from settling down. Even in times of rest, our inner engine continues to run at full speed. Due to the imbalances of our modern diet, our metabolism and nervous systems suffer from a depletion of vital substances that are needed in order to function properly. Each person is different and so each person’s sleep disorder varies.

The Holistic Highway offers different methods of treatment and after an in-depth consultation, a comprehensive treatment plan is individually tailored for each person with sleep issues. Your personalized health plan will bring all natural regulatory principles back into balance. Calming oil massages, elimination of metabolic residues, nutritional recommendations, helpful meditation or breathing exercises, as well as specific herbal mixtures tailored according to your needs and genetics, support a health-conscious lifestyle. In this way, your natural self-healing abilities can re-establish revitalizing and sound sleep.

Depression & Anxiety

Anxiety

When fear is a constant companion.

“The fear sometimes makes my throat choke up as if there were a strap around it.” “Because of fear I feel dizzy and my entire body shakes.” “I’m in agony when I’m driving my car.”

Depression

When the only ones who are happy are other people.

“I’m not enjoying life anymore.” “I feel only emptiness around me.”

While it is normal to experience bouts of depression and anxiety in life, it is not normal to wake up with it every day. Our brain and nervous system regulate our thoughts and moods. This is a delicate system that is highly susceptible to toxins and inflammation. Heavy metal and chemical toxicity is on the rise. Our liver can’t keep up with detoxing all these toxins, so they tend to accumulate in our bodies, creating a toxic load that damages our nervous system and affects our brain. Depression and anxiety are often the result of this damage.

Your gut also plays a role in how you think and feel. The gut is lined with neurotransmitters that link directly to your brain. If your digestive tract is under distress due to inflammation, your neurotransmitter signaling will be affected and you won’t release the proper amount of serotonin or dopamine to regulate your mood. An upset stomach can actually cause upsetting thoughts.

Depression and anxiety does not mean that you are damaged, it means that your body is sick. A body full of toxins, with an inflamed digestive tract, and depleted adrenals will affect the thoughts you think and how you feel. Taking medication does not serve to fix the underlying problem, only masking some symptoms. The key to a happy mind starts with detoxing the body from toxins, healing the gut, and rebuilding the adrenals. All of these factors work together to keep your thoughts positive and your mood calm.

The Holistic Highway offers different methods of treatment and after an in-depth consultation, a comprehensive treatment plan is individually tailored for you. Your personalized health plan will bring all natural regulatory principles back into balance. Calming and balancing massages and oil treatments, nutritional recommendations, helpful breathing and meditation exercises, as well as specific herbal mixtures are tailored according to your genetics and needs. In this way, your natural self-healing abilities can re-establish a life filled with energy and vitality that has a calm internal environment so that your central nervous system remains calm even in stressful situations that can trigger anxiety.

Menopause

We are the only mammals that go through menopause. Menopause is not a “disease” but a natural transition that women go through as they age. Normally occurring in a woman’s 50s, menopause literally means the cessation of menstruation. Menopause is due to the loss of active follicles and subsequent decline of two female hormones, progesterone and estrogen which are part of the endocrine system.

The reason women seek support for this natural stage of their life is that some women have distressing symptoms and the sudden drop in female hormones can be detrimental to bone and cardiovascular health. Most women will experience hot flashes, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, weight gain (especially around the abdomen), frequent urinary tract infections, insomnia and memory issues at varying degrees. Some will even experience facial hair or hair loss. When these symptoms negatively impact quality of life, work and relationships, menopause can feel unmanageable and very much like a disease.

The current conventional medical model treats menopause through hormone replacement therapy (either bioidentical or synthetic estrogen and progesterone ). However, just adding hormones only kicks the can down the road to be dealt with later. This approach is not appropriate for all women especially those with a personal or family history of female reproductive cancers such as breast and uterine cancer.

What is important to understand about hormones, is that the endocrine system is very delicate. Many things can influence it, and there are many things that can throw it off completely.

After an in-depth consultation, a comprehensive treatment plan is individually tailored for you. Your personalized health plan will bring all natural regulatory principles back into balance. Herbalized oil treatments, nutritional recommendations, botanicals, helpful breathing and meditation exercises, as well as specific herbal mixtures are tailored according to your genetics and needs. In this way, your natural self-healing abilities can re-establish a life filled with energy and vitality that has a calm internal environment so that you can remain symptom free as you manage this natural transition.

Weight Loss

Overweight

When body weight increases.

“I hardly eat anything, and yet I don’t lose weight.”

Weight gain obviously has diet as a factor, however, it’s not just about what food you are putting in your mouth, but how your body is processing that food. We need to determine if there is a breakdown causing your body to store fats. If you don’t have the proper amount of enzymes and nutrients to properly break down your food, it will be stored as fat. If your gut is inflamed, your body will have a difficult time extracting the nutrients it needs, which further results in fat storage and muscle wasting. When it comes to diet, there is a ‘no one-size-fits-all plan. Everyone’s body is biochemically different and, therefore, will work better with different foods. It is important to first understand your metabolism and what your body is doing with the food you eat, before you try to tweak it. This is why calorie restriction doesn’t work for everyone, and when it does work, it is often only temporarily.

As you can see, weight loss is not as simple as following a specific diet or taking a few supplements. You need to look at what’s working in your body and what’s not working. Calorie restriction will only get you so far, but if you want permanent weight loss, you need to address your whole system.

The Holistic Highway offers different methods of treatment and after an in-depth consultation, a comprehensive treatment plan is individually tailored for you. Your personalized health plan to treat weight gain will have an emphasis on elimination of toxins as well as balancing the digestive tract and restoring metabolic function. Nutritional recommendations according to your genetics along with specific herbal mixtures tailored to your genetics and needs, support a balanced lifestyle. In this way, your natural self-healing abilities can reduce weight gain safely and sustainably.

Skin Issues

The skin is the largest organ on the body, and is a direct reflection of our internal environment. If your body is inflamed, your skin may present with a variety of conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, hives, acne, psoriasis, tinea, etc. The expression may be different and be classified as different conditions, but the underlying cause always leads back to inflammation.Your digestive system is most often the main source of inflammation. Symptoms such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and acid reflux are all signs that your digestive tract is inflamed. Because your gut houses 80% of your immune system, any form of digestive stress will produce an immune reaction of some sort. This is commonly expressed through the skin in the form of hives, eczema, and dermatitis. The longer this continues, the more hypersensitive your immune system becomes to your outside environment and the more likely you will experience such issues as contact dermatitis and allergic reactions.

Neurodermatitis

When the skin itches and burns.

“The itching is hard to bear. Last night I scratched myself sore.”

Endogenous eczema or atopic dermatitis has a presentation that is easily identified. The skin on the entire body is extremely dry, red, and is often scaly, particularly behind the knees and in the crook of the arms. The skin can become crusty and often cracks open. However, the greatest discomfort of neurodermatitis is the excruciating itching that often makes it hard to sleep. It also tends to flare in cycles that are triggered by emotional stress, food intolerances, or various allergies. In the case of neurodermatitis, toxins accumulate mainly in the skin – often triggered by stress and anxiety. However, each person is different and so each person’s neurodermatitis symptoms vary. symptoms vary.

Psoriasis

When the skin develops scaly patches.

“When I undress, I notice skin flaking off. The way my skin looks is embarrassing.”

The skin is covered with pinpoint-sized to large palm-sized red areas and they most often appear on the knees, elbow, or scalp. The skin grows too quickly, resulting in the characteristic thick, white, silvery patches on the skin. The appearance of pinhead-sized depressions in the nails or several subtle dimples on the surface of the nails is also typical. Psoriasis can be accompanied by inflammation in joints and soft tissue as well as inflammation of the eyes and the vascular system.

Understand that using topical medication to control any of these conditions is only masking the symptom and not fixing it. Plus, if you are on any type of steroid, you are also causing a lot of damage to practically every system in your body. To resolve your skin issues for good, you need to identify the source of the inflammation and resolve it, as well as any other imbalances in the body. Healing the skin needs to start from within.

In the case of psoriasis, toxins accumulate in the entire body, particularly in the skin, the joints, or other inner organs. However, each person is different and so each person’s psoriasis symptoms will vary. 

Your personalized health plan to treat your skin disorder will have an emphasis on the elimination of toxins as well as calming a hypervigilant nervous system and reducing inflammation. Nutritional recommendations according to your genetics along with specific herbal mixtures tailored to your genetics and needs, support a balanced lifestyle. In this way, your natural self-healing abilities can reach the underlying cause of your inflammation effectively – getting to the root cause of your skin issues.

Digestive Issues

Digestive disorders have been given many names in Allopathic Medicine, but they all essentially relate to one thing: The Microbiome.

Your gut microbiome is a collection of bacteria that live in your intestinal tract. Everyone has a combination of good bacteria and bad bacteria. The bacteria are no different than any other living being – they all are fighting for power and dominance. The group with the most power will set the stage for the health of your gut. One person may present with symptoms such as acid reflux, while another will experience IBS. Left untreated, these conditions can lead to more serious gut complications, such as Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s disease. It’s important to note that your digestive tract houses 80% of your immune system, neurotransmitters that dictate your emotions and mood, and hormone receptor sites that regulate your endocrine system. Therefore, a poor gut environment does not just result in bloating or constipation, but can literally affect the most important systems in your body, and even your personality.

Reflux/GERD/Heartburn
Leaky Gut
Constipation
Irritable Bowel Disease

Reflux/GERD/Heartburn

When there is a burning sensation in the throat and chest

“I experience pain below the sternum – the acid comes all the way up to my throat and I can only sleep in a sitting position.”

It’s important to understand that acid reflux is NOT a disease of too much acid being produced, but rather it’s a condition related more commonly to a hiatal hernia – a condition in which the acid is coming out of your stomach, where it’s supposed to remain. After food passes through your esophagus into your stomach, a muscular valve called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) closes, preventing food or acid from moving back up. Gastroesophageal reflux occurs when the LES relaxes inappropriately, allowing acid from your stomach to flow up into your esophagus.

The use of antacids and proton pump inhibitors may relieve symptoms temporarily, but further aggravates the digestive tract in the long run. You need stomach acid, not only to break down your food but to kill off pathogenic bacteria and parasites. Your stomach acid is your first line of defense against these invaders. Plus, hydrochloric acid (HCL) is responsible for breaking down your food. Failure to break down the food makes it near impossible for your small intestine to extract any of the nutrients. The more medication you use the less HCL you’ll produce.

With an environment lacking in stomach acid, the bacteria H Pylori can thrive. This bacteria is responsible for ulcers, as well as a tremendous amount of bloating. With the overgrowth of this bacteria, the microbiome is thrown completely out of balance and becomes a breeding ground for H Pylori, Parasites, and Candida. The result is more pressure on your digestive tract, causing a hiatal hernia, which increases acid reflux symptoms. Ulcers continue to form, and pathogenic bacteria flourishes, damaging the immune system and leading to more serious digestive complications.

Can this be fixed? Yes! It’s a step-by-step process of detoxing the gut, addressing the hiatal hernia, rebuilding the proper stores of HCL, weaning off medication, and treating the bacterial overgrowth of the microbiome.

After an in-depth consultation, a comprehensive treatment plan is individually tailored for you. Your personalized health plan will have an emphasis on elimination of toxins or reduction of weight may be recommended. Nutritional recommendations according to your genetics as well as helpful exercise and specific herbal mixtures tailored according to your genetics and needs, support a balanced lifestyle. In this way, your natural self-healing abilities can reduce acid reflux symptoms effectively.

Leaky Gut

When eating turns into punishment.

“Immediately after eating I get very tired. I often feel nauseous after meals.”

Leaky gut syndrome (also referred to as increased intestinal permeability) is the result of a damaged intestinal lining. When your intestine becomes permeable, it means that there are tiny ruptures in the lining large enough for food molecules, bacteria, and toxins to “leak” out and pass into your bloodstream. The particles that leak out are viewed as foreign invaders to your immune system and it goes into full on attack mode! This triggers an autoimmune inflammatory response where your body is literally attacking itself.

Individuals experience the side effects of leaky gut in different ways. For many, there is gastrointestinal upset, bloating, IBS-like symptoms, food allergies, cramping, and inflammatory bowel disease. Another common reaction is a worsening of allergies, asthma, congestion, sinus problems, and headaches. Others can actually see their symptoms as they will break out into hives, develop a skin rash, or acne. It can even affect your mind, causing depression, ADHD, and anxiety. If leaky gut goes untreated for a longer period of time, more serious conditions can occur. Autoimmune diseases, such as MS, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, and psoriasis can all be the result of leaky gut. While there may be other contributing factors to the development of these conditions, leaky gut is a common component in all of them.

Constipation

When bowel movements turn into agony.

“I always feel stuffed, even between meals and I often need to push until it hurts. I never feel that my bowels have completely emptied.”

Bowel movements are not easy and do not occur daily is what we hear from those suffering from constipation. The stool is often dry and hard and the compacted bowel generates bloating, a feeling of fullness, stomach aches, where the bowel movements tend to be painful. It makes no difference whether the trigger is undernourishment, lack of liquids, too little fat in meals, lack of exercise or metabolic imbalances.

Metabolic residues develop continuously due to improper lifestyle. In the case of constipation, toxins accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract. Triggers such as foods with too little fibre content, travel, stress or an unstable nervous system can aggravate the problem. Each person is different and so each person’s constipation varies.

Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)

When the bowel functions unpredictably.

“Sometimes I don’t have a bowel movement for days, then after that I have diarrhea.” I feel that I don’t have control over my bowels and I often experience pain.”

Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the most common forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Both are considered an autoimmune disease, meaning that your immune system mistakenly attacks cells in your own body that it considers a foreign invader. While Crohn’s and Colitis focus on different parts of the intestinal tract, they have very similar symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, weight loss, and fever. Less serious conditions, such as IBS and diverticulitis, can eventually lead to Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Treating IBD starts with removing inflammatory foods and substances and then stabilizing the gut. At the same time, we need to discover what the underlying condition is that caused these symptoms in the first place, find out where the imbalance is in the microbiome, and how this imbalance is affecting the rest of the body. This is a step-by-step process that involves testing, detoxing, as well as dietary and lifestyle changes. In the case of irritable bowel disease toxins accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract. Each person is different and so each person’s irritable bowel disease symptoms vary.

Healing digestive disorders is a matter of rebalancing the microbiome so that the good bacteria outweigh the bad. Your personalized health plan will have an emphasis on the elimination of toxins as well as making sure you get the right nutrition according to your genetics. Specific herbal mixtures tailored according to your genetics and needs, support a balanced lifestyle. In this way, your natural self-healing abilities can re-establish good gut health.

Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune disease is on the rise all over the world. More and more people are being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease daily. Toxic environments, poor quality food, and high amounts of stress are all contributing factors to this epidemic. Unfortunately, these conditions can be difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat under the standard medical practice. Once a diagnosis has been made, which can take years, a patient is given medication to mitigate symptoms but no real solution.

While all of these conditions present with different symptoms, they all stem from a few underlying conditions. Only so many things can go wrong in the body that can cause it to break down and dysfunction – toxins from our environment and food poison our blood and cells; pathogenic bacteria in the gut, such as candida and parasites, cause inflammation and impair the immune system; hormonal imbalance from stress damages the nervous system and brain. How the body expresses these dysfunctions is different for everyone.

When treating autoimmune diseases, we go to the underlying condition first. Until these root causes are addressed, the disease will not resolve itself. We take a systematic approach to heal these underlying conditions and reverse the disease. Our step-by-step process analyzes every possible factor that could have contributed to the current condition and addresses them all. This is the most comprehensive method for managing and treating autoimmune disease.

Crohn’s Disease
Ulcerative Colitis
Hashimoto Thyroiditis

Crohn’s Disease

When the bowel is inflamed.

“I always have diarrhea. After each meal, I have painful abdominal discomfort and I sometimes have blood in my stools.”

If you have Crohn’s disease, you may be evacuating up to 20 times a day. Often symptoms in addition to diarrhea such as fever, loss of appetite and loss of weight, nausea, and vomiting can go along with it. In this disease, certain parts of the bowel become inflamed, but not the entire bowel. The lower part of the small intestine, as well as the colon, are the areas most affected.

In the case of Crohn’s disease, toxins accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract. Each person is different and so each person’s Crohn’s disease symptoms vary. We take a systematic approach to heal these underlying conditions and reverse the disease. Our step-by-step process analyzes every possible factor that could have contributed to the current condition and addresses them all. This is the most comprehensive method for managing and treating autoimmune diseases.

Ulcerative Colitis

When the colon is inflamed.

“I have diarrhea, painful abdominal cramps dominate my life and I often have blood in my stools.”

Recurring attacks of diarrhea, intestinal bleeding as well as stomach cramps, and intense bloating characterize this inflammation in the colon. The urge to evacuate is often uncontrollable – there can be up to 40 evacuations daily, so it’s quite understandable that fatigue and weakness are often seen as major symptoms.

In the case of Ulcerative Colitis, toxins accumulate in the colon. Each person is different and so each person’s Colitis symptoms vary. We take a systematic approach to heal these underlying conditions and reverse the disease. Our step-by-step process analyzes every possible factor that could have contributed to the current condition and addresses them all. This is the most comprehensive method for managing and treating autoimmune disease

Hashimoto Thyroiditis

When the thyroid quietly disappears.

“Only when I became very nervous and irritable did I decide to see a doctor.”
Almost all people when first diagnosed with Hashimoto thyroiditis are surprised to find that they have this auto-immune disease. The immune system attacks the thyroid gland without those affected noticing anything. The thyroid is chronically inflamed. More and more of the hormone-creating cells that govern the activity of the entire metabolism quietly disappear. As a counter-reaction, the thyroid may at first create too many hormones. The symptoms at this stage are sweating, a feeling of restlessness, and insomnia. Only in later stages of the disease do signs of an under-functioning thyroid become noticeable. Weight gain, constipation, dullness, and increased need for sleep mark the end stages of the destruction of the thyroid gland.

In the case of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, toxins accumulate, especially in the thyroid. Triggers such as stress worsen the disease. However, each person is different and so each person’s Hashimoto thyroiditis symptoms differ. After an in-depth consultation, a comprehensive treatment plan is individually tailored for you. Your personalized health plan to treat your Hashimotos’s thyroiditis will be an emphasis on the elimination of toxins as well as calming a hypervigilant nervous system. Nutritional recommendations according to your genetics along with specific herbal mixtures tailored to your genetics, the thyroid, and your immune system support a balanced lifestyle. In this way, your natural self-healing abilities can lessen the destruction of thyroid tissues.

Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most common problems in the United States today, with over 26 million Americans affected. This disease disrupts all aspects of human physiology and is the leading cause of blindness, amputations, kidney failure, and neuropathy in the United States. Diabetes also increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, cognitive decline, and virtually every other disease. There is a misconception that Diabetes is an inherited disease. That is not the case. Type 2 diabetes is entirely due to lifestyle.

Diabetes II

When sugar floods the body.

“My physician was the only one who noticed the increased blood sugar. I don’t notice any symptoms of high blood sugar.”
In the so-called adult-onset diabetes the pancreas produces insufficient insulin, the hormone that allows the body cells to absorb glucose. Type 2 diabetes develops due to an unhealthy lifestyle. In a condition called “insulin resistance” the body cells don’t work properly and they resist insulin absorption. The physiology tries to balance this by producing increased levels of insulin until the hormone-producing cells are exhausted.

Insulin plays an important role in the body. Its job is to drive sugar into virtually every cell and convert it into energy. All foods, such as proteins, fats, and carbohydrates will eventually be converted into glucose (sugar) so that the body can use it as fuel. With diabetes, insulin is not working as effectively as it should and, instead of sugar being used as fuel, it is stored and blood sugar rises. Keep in mind that insulin is a hormone and operates on a signaling function in the body. If your body is under stress from inflammation, toxins, hormone imbalance, etc., insulin will not operate as efficiently as it should. This is why it’s important to not only change your diet but to detoxify and balance your body as well.

In addition to diet and detoxification, it is necessary to address stress levels, as well. Your adrenal glands are responsible for regulating stress. One way the adrenals do this is by excreting a hormone called cortisol. This hormone responds to stress by releasing stored glycogen (sugar) from the liver and muscle tissue, thereby raising blood sugar levels. Cortisol also reduces the sensitivity of insulin receptors on cells, making insulin even less effective and putting more stress on the pancreas. This quickly can turn into a vicious cycle of high blood sugar levels and ineffective insulin, leading to diabetes.

When it comes to diabetes, it is important to address the whole body. Diet and lifestyle are key, but so are detoxification and hormone balancing. It is possible to prevent and reverse diabetes when you take this full system approach.