Postpartum Mood Disorders
The leading cause of preventable death for postpartum women is suicide. It is estimated that over 950,000 women a year in the US alone suffer with Postpartum Depression. But did you know that many women go unnoticed because they suffer with postpartum anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders? Dr. Lins’ goal is that these women be heard and treated properly early in their distress. It is a tragedy that many women are not comfortable confiding in their friend, family or physician and instead suffer miserably in isolation or hide behind a facade of happy motherhood. Dr. Lins has created a 4 step protocol for postpartum health. The best gift we can give a child is a happy mother! Dr. Lins encourages women not to be ashamed of their feelings, but instead to change them through nutrition, lifestyle and proper support. Instead of a bandaid approach find true long lasting healing for a happy healthy postpartum!
This condition can be best described by the phrase “I’m not sick, but I’m not well”. The patient will have trouble maintaining a healthy weight or begins to steadily and sometimes drastically put on weight without much change in diet or lifestyle. This condition will have “borderline” diagnoses of pre-diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Perhaps not bad enough to diagnose or prescribe medications, the patient is left to eventually develop diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol rather than preventing the progression. As these conditions are just surfacing is the best time to treat with Naturopathic medicine. However patients already diagnosed and on medications can often heal their bodies through proper complimentary treatments. . This will result in a healthy weight and alleviate the need for medications and worsening of symptoms.
Often after giving birth or post menopause a women will have trouble maintaining a healthy weight. Despite no changes in diet or exercise she begins to steadily and sometimes drastically put one weight! One women I treated had gained 5-10 pounds a year after menopause and was 100 pounds overweight when she came to see me despite very low calorie diets and 3 hours of exercise daily. When weight gain occurs without much change in diet or lifestyle we must consider the cause is not “calories in, calories out”, but is in fact a metabolic or endocrine dysfunction. Natural treatments to restore proper hypothalamic function will result in a healthy weight and alleviate the need for medications and the worsening of symptoms.
Low Body Temperature Syndrome
The body operates many of its most important functions via the use of enzymatic reactions. When the body temperature is below normal (98.6F average) the person may experience a multitude of symptoms which appear to be low functioning thyroid such as hair loss, weight gain, dry skin & nails, digestive disorders, fatigue and mood issues to name a few. Unfortunately the low body temperature may be the only sign as their laboratory results will be “Within Normal Range (WNR)”. Therapy to restore optimal body temperature will result in the resolution of these complaints.
BioIdentical Hormone Therapy
Did you know your hormone levels begin to drop at around 35 years old?!? Do you remember when 40 was considered “Over the Hill”? Now 60 is the new 30! Keeping the mind & body youthful despite decades of life requires a comprehensive program of nutrition, lifestyle, botanical (herbal) medicine, Bio-identical hormones, targeted amino acid, vitamin and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapies. Using blood testing and the highest quality products and techniques Dr. Lins will help you to optimize your health.
Our culture is driven to succeed and that success comes at a price. We must care for our bodies properly as they truly are our irreplaceable vehicle. Did you know that sleep is the most important component of good health? “Tired & Wired” best describes the adrenally fatigued. Discovering the underlying cause of the exhaustion is paramount in providing proper care. Only then can the right protocol be implemented to bring healing to the body, mind, and spirit. Good sleep creates good energy and that in turn creates good sleep! It is the upward spiral of good health. Don’t wait till you have reached the burn out stage, heal your adrenals now!
Once unheard of, autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Lupus, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s disease and others are now commonplace. How is it that the body turns on itself and attacks its own tissues? “Remove the cause & the body will heal” is paramount in naturopathic medicine. By acquiring a better understanding of the mechanisms at the root of the condition we may address the symptoms in a new light. A new approach can find solutions other than “just living with it” or taking a medication “for the rest of your life”.