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Tucson Biological Wellness: Healing Therapies

Dec 31, 2019 07:57AM ● By Suzie Agrillo
One of the reasons there is an increased demand for doctors who practice naturopathic medicine is because we often feel let down by doctors practicing conventional Western medicine. “People ask me, ‘What do you treat?’ I usually say, ‘Whatever the other doctors couldn’t,’” says Dr. Edward Shabez, a naturopathic physician at Tucson Biological Wellness. “I think most people are tired of being on multiple medications and frustrated at not being able to spend more than 10 to 15 minutes with their doctor,” he observes.

For those who are undergoing conventional treatments, supplementing them with naturopathic therapies may be the right option to make them feel better. “Everyone’s body wants to be healthy, and all you have to do is to help it,” Shabez explains. “I see people who have been to other doctors and their doctors can’t figure out what is wrong. I will take the time to find out what happened here,” he adds.

Shabez utilizes a logical process to restore the body to its youthful condition. First, there is the inquiry, through an extensive history taking and investigative testing. He orders advanced blood testing, which includes a broader array of blood markers, hormones, neurotransmitters and genetic markers, not just routine lab work. These labs are analyzed with greater scrutiny, looking for patterns and interrelationships.

The next step is to use restorative therapies to bring the dysfunctional systems back into balance, reestablishing homeostasis. “Our goal is to find the underlying cause, to address the cause, and to see a lessening of the signs and symptoms. Restorative therapy treats people, versus the signs and symptoms. You have to remember that most of the signs and symptoms you are experiencing have been going on for a long time, but have only been brought to your attention because your body has done all it can on its own,” Shabez explains.

A typical approach for a patient would be to optimize thyroid function, insure adequate nutrition intake, address digestion and absorption, minimize the effect of cortisol dysfunction and optimize hormonal balance. “Along the way, we will check for structural imbalances and calm inflammation throughout the body,” Shabez comments.

Shabez takes the health concerns of his patients seriously. “The key thing to remember is that I will not give up looking for a solution, because there is one out there for every imbalance that exists in our bodies. It just requires a systematic and logical approach, as opposed to a quick fix,” he states.

Issues which are especially responsive to this approach are endocrine issues (diabetes and thyroid dysfunction), heart disease, gastrointestinal issues, weight loss, insomnia, neurological concerns and immune system dysfunction. Shabez works to find the optimal combination of therapies that will help an individual balance their body, including the following.

IV nutrient therapy involves putting nutrients right into the bloodstream to detox and revitalize the body, such as vitamin C and Glutathione, a key antioxidant for our cells. Shabez extolls the benefits of using IV treatment. “Orally, you can’t take enough vitamin C, and with the bloodstream you can use a higher dose. Also you don’t have to deal with digestive issues. With oral supplements, you don’t absorb 100 percent—you might only absorb 20 percent,” he advises.

Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine in which thin needles are used in the body. According to research studies, acupuncture can help ease chronic pain. Shabez uses acupuncture for pain management in patients he thinks will benefit from the treatment.

Clearlight far infrared saunas, unlike regular saunas which heat the air around us, heat the body directly and penetrate a deeper layer of the skin. They can provide muscle pain relief, ease joint pain and stiffness, reduce stress and fatigue, improve skin, boost the immune system and detoxify the body.

Red light therapy stimulates the mitochondria to increase proteins like collagen and elastin and assist with cellular rejuvenation. An LED light penetrates into the deep layers of the skin.

Hyperbaric oxygen chamber hardshell allows more oxygen to go into the body. “It’s important to make sure we get oxygen to our brains. We need more oxygen for our brains to fight free radicals and to generate ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate)—the molecule for storing and transferring energy in cells,” Shabez opines. Hyperbaric therapy has also been shown to speed the healing of burns and wounds, and has been used in connection with the treatment of numerous conditions, including brain and spinal cord injury, stroke and sports injury.

The HOCATT (Hyperthermic Ozone Carbonic Acid Transdermal Technology), according to Shabez, is one of the cutting-edge modalities that provides the easiest form of detox available. A 30-minute treatment is touted to increase circulation, naturally stimulate antioxidant enzyme production, improve the absorption of nutrients and remove toxic heavy metals.

Diet, exercise and supplements are recommended by Shabez, including a high protein diet to manage blood sugar and to prevent the loss of muscle mass. He also advises reducing sugar and simple carbs as well as eliminating processed food. “Eat what you like and get adequate exercise, especially strength training,” he states. He advocates taking Omega 3 and CoQ10 supplements for overall health.

More people are incorporating complementary medicine into their health regimen. Naturopathic and standard options can coexist when it comes to addressing dysfunction in the body. Age healthier and live happier with the full range of integrative health and wellness services available at Tucson Biological Wellness.

Tucson Biological Wellness is located at 1601 N. Tucson Blvd., #35, Tucson. Connect at 520-900-1808 or TucsonBiologicalWellness.com. See ad, page 14.

Suzie Agrillo is a freelance writer in Tucson and a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Magazine. She focuses on writing about the arts, inspirational people and the human connection. Connect at [email protected].

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