Menstrual Cramps Specialist Rye NY
Optimal Health and Development Center
Chiropractic, Special needs, Nutrition, ProAdjuster(R), Autism, Pain Management
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism, Nutrition
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital: Jacobi Med Ctr, Bronx, Ny
Preventive Medicine, General Preventive Medicine, Nutrition
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital: Sound Shore Med Ctr Of Westche, New Rochelle, Ny
White Plains, NY
Acupressure, Akashic Records, Animal Health, Breathwork, Craniosacral Therapy, Crystal Therapy, Distance Healing, Energy Healing, Flower Essences, Guided Imagery, Hypnotherapy, Kinesiology, Life Coaching, Light Therapy, Lymphatic Therapy, Magnetic Therapy, Massage Therapy, Medical Intuitive, Meditation, Metaphysics, Nutrition, Past Life Regression, Polarity Therapy, Pranic Healing, Psychotherapy, Reflexology, Reiki, Remote Healing, Shamanic Healing, Shiatsu, Sound Therapy, Spiritual Counseling
New Rochelle, NY
Academy Chiropractic Center
Chiropractic, Sports medicine, Nutrition
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Workmens Comp Accepted: Yes
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes
Emergency Care: Yes
Primary Hospital: Preakness Hospital, Wayne, NJ
Residency Training: National College, Sports medicine
Medical School: Palmer College of Chiropractic, 78
Member Organizations: FICS, ISCA
Awards: Gold Medal, International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS) "the highest award that can be bestowed upon a DC by his peers, in Sports Chiropractic , Internationally"
Languages Spoken: English,Russian,French,Spanish
Women's Health, Wellness Training, Weight Management, Supplements, Substance Abuse, Stress Management, Pain Management, Nutrition, Mind/Body Medicine, Men's Health, Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy, Herbal Medicine, Healthy Aging, Geriatrics, Functional Medicine, Family Practice, Environmental Medicine, Endocrinology, EFT, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Brain Longevity, Bio-identical HRT, Biofeedback, Auriculotherapy, Arthritis, Acupuncture
American Holistic Medical Association
Addiction, Reiki, Pain Management, Oncology, Mind/Body Medicine, Internal Medicine, Brain Longevity, Women's Health, Wellness Training, Yeast Syndrome, Weight Management, Stress Management, Preventive Medicine, Nutrition, Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiology, Arthritis
American Holistic Medical Association
New Rochelle, NY
Glen Cove, NY
Bioidentical Hormones, Craniosacral Therapy, Flower Essences, Herbology, Homeopathy, Integrative Medicine, Kinesiology, Lymphatic Therapy, Myofascial Release, NHRT, Nutrition, Osteopathy, Wellness Centers
Holistic Osteopathic Physician
By Terry Grossman, md
I’ve suffered from debilitating menstrual cramps ever since I went through puberty. Can you tell me how I can end this monthly cycle of agony?
Menstrual cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea, are most commonly the result of high levels of prostaglandins, a type of inflammatory chemical created in the uterus. Of the many different types of prostaglandins, three relate to dysmenorrhea: PGE1 and PGE3, which decrease inflammation, and PGE2, which increases it. Your goal in controlling menstrual cramps is to decrease PGE2 while increasing PGE1 and PGE3.
Conventional medical therapy for dysmenorrhea relies on the use of a group of anti-inflammatory drugs known as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen). But NSAIDs have a major shortcoming because they are nonspecific, meaning they block production of all three dysmenorrhea prostaglandins, both pro- and anti-inflammatory. By blocking production of the proinflammatory PGE2, they help reduce discomfort. But since they block production of the anti-inflammatory PGE1 and PGE3 as well, they increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and hemorrhage. NSAIDs, in fact, cause 100,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths in the US each year. By using nutritional methods, however, you can easily help the body get its chemistry right.
Prostaglandins are made from fatty acids. By modifying the types of fat you consume in your diet, you can manipulate your prostaglandin levels in favor of more PGE1 and PGE 3 and less PGE2. The latter comes from omega-6 fatty acids, while PGE1 and PGE 3 derive from the omega-3 fats. The precursor to PGE 2 is an omega-6 fat known as arachidonic acid (AA). The body produces AA naturally, but it also comes from dietary sources. To reduce menstrual cramps you need to cut off the supply of AA. You should begin by eliminating or sharply reducing rich dietary sources of AA such as egg yolks, beef, lamb, and high-fat dairy products. The natural production of AA in the body increases whenever you consume sugar or other high-glycemic foods such as white potatoes, white flour, and bananas. You want to minimize these foods during the second half of your cycle and during the menses as well. Eating fresh vegetables, whole grains, fruit, and moderate amounts of protein foods such as seafood and soy, will reduce AA production as well.
The anti-inflammatory/pain-reducing prostaglandins PGE1 and PGE3 come directly from the beneficial fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Consuming cold water fish or fish and krill oils will increase EPA levels. Vegetarians can produce EPA indirectly from the omega-3 fats found in flax and walnuts. The two main omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are EPA and DHA. For general health, adult women should take a daily dose of 1,100 mg of combined EPA/DHA (1,600 mg for men). To treat menstrual cramps, you will often need to take larger doses. A teaspoon of cod liver oil contains about 1,000 mg of EPA/ DHA...
Author: Terry Grossman
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