The adrenal glands are two small glands located above the kidneys that produce steroid hormones. Adrenal gland dysfunction has been shown to induce blood sugar dysfunction, negatively impact thyroid hormones, decrease the liver's ability to detoxify, decrease bone density, induce depression, encourage obesity, increase the risk factors for cardiovascular and neurological disease, negatively impact gastrointestinal health, suppress immunity, create sleep disturbance and negatively impact hormone regulation.
The brain initiates signals to the body in the form of chemical messages called neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters further stimulate the body's glands, which secrete hormones. These hormones travel throughout the body and attach to the organs of the body. Medical research has established a definite link between neurotransmitters and a number of conditions. It has been concluded that deficient or excessive neurotransmitter levels may be at the root of many of these conditions.
Although recurrent or chronic vaginitis may be caused by yeast (candida albaicans), many cases arise from other organisms or from alterations within the vaginal environment (factors often overlooked by the traditional medical community) . The Vaginosis Test is one of the most comprehensive evaluations available for identifying these factors. Our office is one of the few doctor's offices in the Chicagoland area that offers alternative treatments for recurrent or chronic vaginitis.
This is a "wellness model" blood analysis. Most doctors only mention the specific items that are outside of what is known as "clinical ranges." Clinical ranges are based largely on data from sick people. By the time some tests exceed the clinical range, the damage is already done to your body. To prevent this situation, we assess your test results using an ideal or "homeostatic" range. The homeostatic range is based on the ranges found in healthy people. This approach identifies nutritional needs; sub-optimal organ and gland function, and allows for correction before disease develops.
We utilize a variety of tests and test panels to aid in the evaluation and management of very complex diseases where the immune system is directly or indirectly involved.
This is a stool test used to identify individuals with bacteria, parasite, fungus and Candida problems, and inflammation. It also identifies immune deficiencies within the GI tract.
It is important for your metabolic pH to be within a specific range in order for your body's many chemical reactions to take place efficiently. An inappropriate metabolic pH also leave's your body susceptible to infection and inflammation. A simple urine test taken first thing in the morning can tell if your body's pH is within the proper limits.
Heavy metals and other environmental toxins find their way into our air, soil and food. Identifying and addressing issues of toxicity within your body is crucial. This can be accomplished with a hair or urine sample.
Acupuncture is an integral part of the work we do at Innovative Health & Wellness Center, and our doctors are especially well qualified: Dr. Cindy Howard is a fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture and Dr. Steven Zaeske studied acupuncture at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Shanghai, China.