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Research


MTHFR Gene Mutation

MTHFR Gene Mutation

If you are a patient of Dr. Parker’s, you’ve probably heard of MTHFR, which is the abbreviation for “methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase”. For those who have not heard of it, the MTHFR gene creates an enzyme that converts folate into a form that can be used by the body.

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Too Much Sugar? 5 Alternatives to Consider

Too Much Sugar? 5 Alternatives to Consider

In the US our addiction to sugar has contributed to the obesity epidemic. The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of added for most American women, to about 6 teaspoons per day and 9 teaspoons per day for men. Considering that sugar is a hidden ingredient in most of our foods, we need to look at alternatives.

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Buying Organic

Buying Organic

As people become more health conscious, the demand for organic food has increased and 2015 had record high sales of organic foods to $43.3 billion. Today almost all grocery stores carry some type of organic food, but you need to be careful because just because a food label implies that it’s organic it,  may not be so. Food labels can be confusing and marketer, but it’s important to read and understand it in order to know what you are really putting in your body. 

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Glutathione Protects Our Cells

Glutathione Protects Our Cells

Glutathione is found in every cell of the body and it’s primarily responsible for protecting the cells. It’s considered one of the body’s main antioxidants and it reduces oxidation in the body. Oxidation or oxidative stress is the result of damage on our cells by free radicals such as toxins, chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis

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The Mindfulness Hype

The Mindfulness Hype

“Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen!” 
― Rumi

Mindfulness is a practice that allows you to slow down and appreciate the moment and be present. It sounds easy but since many of us live in the virtual world of social media, or we live in the past- thinking about those things that happened to us or live in the future planning or worrying about those that have not happened yet. We seem to be in a constant state of multi-tasking so we’re never fully present to a single task or even to the person standing in front of us.

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Hormone Replacement and Bio-identical Hormones

Hormone Replacement and Bio-identical Hormones

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a treatment used to replace hormones that decrease as we age. Hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, pregnenolone and DHEA are found in BOTH men and women.When our hormones are out of balance we feel some or all of the symptoms listed below. When hormones are balanced and at optimum levels we look and feel younger, both mentally and physically and emotionally.

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Chelation Therapy – Is it right for you?

Chelation Therapy – Is it right for you?

Metal poisoning is much more common than most people realize, and if you're thinking that it doesn't apply to you because you haven't been exposed to any, think again. - Dr Joseph Mercola

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Metabolic Syndrome – A National Epidemic

Metabolic Syndrome – A National Epidemic

Metabolic Syndrome is a disorder that represents multiple conditions such as:  elevated blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels, all occurring together. Metabolic Syndrome can put you at risk for diabetes, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, excess abdominal fat and obesity.

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A note from the heart

A note from the heart

Taking care of your heart is a life-long process. Unlike other diseases, heart disease may be preventable if you start taking care of your heart early with the proper diet and exercise. Monitoring your cardio bio-markers is also needed to help you to understand your risks and allow you the chance make any changes needed to maintain a healthy heart.

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The scent of happiness

The scent of happiness

A recent article from the Top 10 Insights from The Science of a Meaningful Life in 2015 discussed a study that suggests you can smell someone’s emotional state of happiness or fear.  

Study Abstract

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Anti-Aging Tips for the New Year

Anti-Aging Tips for the New Year

It’s that time again! Time to reflect on the past year and make plans for the New Year. While many people use this time to make their resolutions to break the bad habits and create good healthy habits, here are some easy tips that you should consider that may just be able to help you live longer and age better:

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Music Can Help Reduce Pain & Speed Recovery

Music Can Help Reduce Pain & Speed Recovery

Most of us realize that the music that we listen to has the power to change our mental and emotional states. Depending on the song, it can make us feel happy, sad, hopeful or hopeless. Even so, many people may not consider music as a way to relieve pain and speed recovery from surgery.

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10 supplements to help get rid of the Holiday Blues

10 supplements to help get rid of the Holiday Blues

The holidays bring joy, happiness and fond memories for many people but for others, the holidays can  bring the blues. The underlying psychological causes for the sadness may be different for each person but the physiological cause is low serotonin levels.

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Acute vs Chronic Inflammation

Acute vs Chronic Inflammation

Acute Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or infection. It’s normally short in duration and it recedes as the body heals. The purpose of acute inflammation is to aid the body in healing. 

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Oxidative Therapies – Ozone & Hydrogen Peroxide

Oxidative Therapies – Ozone & Hydrogen Peroxide

…“Ozone creates super-gifted red cells. So now we're getting a treatment that improves oxygenation. I'm an oxygen man. Burn more oxygen, you heal, stimulate, and augment the immune system. It's a really nice one-two punch to jumpstart your body. It doesn't just deal with the immune system. If you're going to get more oxygen to the tissues, you can heal almost anything." – Dr. Robert Rowan

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Why We Love Our Pets

Why We Love Our Pets

At, ILIV, our ecological approach to wellness involves more than just diagnosing the physical condition. It encompasses all aspects of life that can influence our health, which includes our relationships. Our primary relationships are with our family, which may consist of human family members and our pets which are our animal family members. 

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Missing those ZZZ’s - The Sleep Loss Epidemic

Missing those ZZZ’s - The Sleep Loss Epidemic

Based on an Article from the Wharton University of Pennsylvania, everyone needs more sleep. Some people know they need more sleep, and experience the symptoms, groggy, grumpy and overall tiredness while others are proud of the fact that they can exist on 4 or less hours of sleep each night.

The bottom line is that a lack of sleep takes a toll on the mind, the body and our overall productivity.

“Lack of sleep is nothing less than a public health epidemic. “We know that being a shift worker is very hard on the body, and it’s almost like everyone is a shift worker these days because we’re all doing these crazy things at all hours, and our body likes consistency” – Nancy Rothstein-Corporate Sleep Consultant

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Lyme Disease – An Ecological Approach

Lyme Disease – An Ecological Approach

“Before we can treat you, we need to know who you are. You cannot go into battle without being prepared--having a strategy” – Dr. Lambert Titus Parker

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black legged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.

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Gender Based Medicine

Gender Based Medicine

Many conventional doctors maybe unaware that a patient’s gender can impact their response to medications. This is mainly due to the fact that until the 1990’s, women were banned from participating in clinical trials in the United States. 

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Fractionated coconut oil

Fractionated coconut oil

It's different than most coconut oils that are found in your local market or health food store. Many people are familiar with the coconut oil that is solid while at room temperature, but when fractionated, it remains in liquid form making it great for...

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Preserve Your Brain with Meditation

Preserve Your Brain with Meditation

As the average life expectancy has increased to the record high of 78.8 years, dementia and Alzheimer’s is also rising at record rates. The Alzheimer’s Association is expecting the number of people with Alzheimer’s or other age related dementia to triple by 2050 to over 13.8 million people diagnosed.

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Lengthen Telomeres and Lengthen Life

Lengthen Telomeres and Lengthen Life

 What is a Telomere and how can it lengthen your life? A telomere is part of our cells that affects how our cells age.

It is part of our DNA that actually protects our cells from damage by acting like an “end cap” for each DNA strand protecting our chromosomes so our cells can reproduce. Each time our cells reproduce, the telomere gets shorter and over time, eventually cell division stops. 

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Your Sweet Tooth May Be Genetic!

Your Sweet Tooth May Be Genetic!

If you love sweets and have a harder time than most people in curbing your cravings, it may be in your genes verses a lack of will power.

In a study from May 2008, research shows that people with a variance in the SLCa2 gene ate more sugar than others. According to the research, people with this gene variance feel that they need to eat more sugar to feel full because their brains appear to be less sensitive to the amount of sugar in the blood. 

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Feeling Depressed? Tired? Aches & Pains? Check your Vitamin D

Feeling Depressed? Tired? Aches & Pains? Check your Vitamin D

A study published in 2014 shows that Low serum vitamin D level is a predictor of depressive symptoms. Other symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are sometimes vague and can include tiredness and general aches and pains and overall just feeling down and out.

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The SMART Way to Reach your Goals in the New Year

The SMART Way to Reach your Goals in the New Year

Research shows that people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions. 

Many people start the New Year off with a list of personal goals and they have good intentions to follow through and successfully accomplish those goals. Unfortunately, only about 8% of people actually achieve their goals. These successful people know that there is a planning process that starts with defining the goal, with the successful outcome in mind.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Older Patients

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Older Patients

Elderly patients suffer from a variety of conditions that could benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatment. In nursing facilities the injuries related to falls, issues related to diabetes, kidney failure, arterial disease, as well as ulcers in bed –bound patients and wound from cancer treatments can all benefit from HBO2 therapy. This is just to name a few of the many conditions that these facilities face daily.

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