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Are Natural Sugars Better Than Processed Sugar?

People have a lot of misconceptions regarding natural sugars and their use. When you think of it, natural sugar, just like processed or granulated sugar, is used as a sweetener and at its very core contains the same ingredients as granulated sugar.

However, science says that natural sugar is overall better than table sugar due to a variety of reasons. For example, natural sugar often contains different vitamins and minerals that may be good for your health.

This is especially true in the case of dates that contain a good amount of fiber. However, if you wish to consume natural sugar as a way to reduce calorie consumption then it will not make any difference to your diet as all sugars contain the same amount of calories, i.e: 4/gram.

Nonetheless, the truth is that natural sugars are not truly better for you. They’re just an alternative. If you complain of sugar rush or if you need to reduce your consumption of sugar then you need to stay away from all kinds of sugars, natural or granulated.

In addition, natural sugar is a better source, as far as calories and blood sugar changes, for example a diabetic, sugar is sugar. Excessive consumption of sugar in the diet can aggravate and cause many diseases, including diabetes and cancer. If you are concerned about your sugar levels, have a fasting blood glucose performed along with a Hemoglobin A1C levels which will tell you your average sugar over months.


Strange Links Between Organs and Their Effects on Your Health

The human body is amazing — and strange. It functions thanks to careful cooperation and coordination between organs such as the heart, lungs, and brain, as well as entire systems that these organs form a part of, such as the cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems.

The brain tells the heart to beat, which then pumps blood to the lungs, where the blood picks up oxygen before heading back to the heart, where another beat sends it out into the body to replenish cells with oxygen. That’s amazing, but it’s hardly strange to you — they taught you that in high school. What you didn’t learn about are some of the more bizarre links between organs, many of which were only recently discovered. Moreover, these links can have a profound effect on your physical and mental health. Here’s a look at some.

Mouth and Heart

Gum disease boosts a person’s risk of contracting a heart condition by 20 percent, according to research cited by Healthline. This may have something to do with bacteria causing inflammation in the soft tissue lining the mouth, which constricts certain arteries and slows the flow of blood. There’s another reason to brush and floss, but it’s not the last.

Mouth and Brain

Poor oral hygiene can lead to a number of mental health disorders. For starters, the bacteria that cause gingivitis seem to travel through the bloodstream to the brain, wreaking havoc on neurons and leading to memory loss and dementia. On a more basic level, bad breath induces social anxiety, which, left unchecked, often ends in depression. Again, brush and floss!

Gut and Brain

The gut-brain axis has been the subject of intense study since researchers discovered that microorganisms living in your intestines influence the cognitive and emotional centers of the brain. That, in turn, affects the production of hormones such as serotonin, which plays a large role in regulating your mood. To ensure a healthy gut, many nutritionists recommend eating probiotic foods such as yogurt that contain living cultures of healthy bacteria, along with taking probiotic supplements and reducing the use of antibiotics.

Gut and Lungs

Although not as well understood as the gut-brain axis, research has been conducted on how gastrointestinal microbes protect against certain allergies and asthma, a respiratory disease in which airways in the lungs constrict, making it difficult to breathe. It’s been known for a long time that chronic lung diseases often coincide with gastrointestinal ailments.

Lungs and Brain

According to research cited by Onlymyhealth, keeping your lungs healthy leads to better cognitive functioning and a stronger brain overall. This can help people maintain their problem-solving abilities as well as their memory recall into old age, when those functions begin to wane. For healthy lungs, quit smoking and exercise.

Liver and Brain

This link is a bit frightening. According to Scientific American, the liver actually “eats” a structure in the brain called the hippocampus, the center of memory. More specifically, both the liver and hippocampus compete for a protein called PPARalpha, with the liver coming out on top among people with a lot of belly fat, another reason for a healthy diet and exercise.

Skin and Bones

Spending time outdoors exposes the skin to the sun’s rays, inducing the production of vitamin D in the largest organ of your body, one that envelopes all the rest. Among its many other functions, that vitamin works with calcium in building bone. The message: Get some sun.

Skin and Brain

It turns out that vitamin D also plays a crucial role in mood regulation. Studies suggest that natural declines in the vitamin during the winter months are related to a drop in the amount of serotonin in the brain. It may be cold, but head outside anyway.

And that’s just the beginning. As science marches forward, it will doubtlessly discover even more strange connections between organs in the human body and how they affect your health in surprising ways.

Stay tuned — and stay healthy!

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About Osteopathic Medicine

At Narberth Family Medicine, we believe that every component of the body works together to provide a symmetrical, balance whole. When something is off or your body is asymmetrical, it needs to be corrected so the body can work best as a whole.

Osteopathy is a form of treatment that seeks to restore symmetry to your body. Sometimes compared to chiropractic treatment, osteopathic manipulation is designed to correct out of place joints, limbs, and components of your musculoskeletal system.

About Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy

When patients come in complaining about sore joints, back pain, or chronic pains, it can be easy to focus on treating the symptoms. But at Narberth Family Medicine, we focus on the health of the entire person. Using osteopathic manipulation therapy (OMT), we can identify and correct the imbalance in the body that can be causing the acute or chronic pains. This holistic approach allows many patients to enjoy a reduction of pain and an improvement of overall health immediately.

History of Osteopathy

As a branch of medicine, osteopathy was founded by Andrew Taylor Still in the 1870s. Today there are over 120,000 doctors and med students trained in osteopathy. The Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree is a Board-certified medical professional who receives an additional 200 hours of training in medical school specific to osteopathic manipulation.

Osteopathy Videos from Narberth Family Medicine


Hear Dr Lipton recount the purpose of osteopathy medicine.
 

Watch Dr. Lipton perform osteopathic manipulation therapy (OMT) on a patient.

To learn more about osteopathy and founder Andrew Taylor Still, visit our History of Osteopathy page on our site.

To schedule your first osteopathic treatment, call us at 610-667-4601 or use our online form today.


Dr. Andrew Lipton in Narberth, PA

Connect with Dr. Lipton
Dr. Andrew Lipton is a 1991 graduate of the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri. The D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathy is a degree in medicine combined with training in Osteopathic Manipulation.  Osteopathy was founded in Missouri and there are only fifteen schools that train physicians in this technique.

Dr. Lipton has taken advanced training in OMT and is Board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of NeuroMusculoSkeletal Medicine.

Dr. Lipton completed his residency in Family Medicine at Suburban General Hospital, Norristown, Pennsylvania and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Lipton was trained in Chelation Therapy  by the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a group of physicians dedicated to being open to new alternatives in medicine. Dr. Lipton is also Board certified by the American Board of Chelation Therapy.


Regenerative Treatments In The News

by Dr. Andrew Lipton
Narberth Family Medicine

Recently there have been some high-profile cases in the news where our cutting-edge Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections provide a level of natural healing not found with more invasive surgeries or joint reconstructions. And now it seems as though some major league sports teams are getting this memo.

In the last few months, several professional athletes have turned to these regenerative treatments to promote healing in their joints:

  • Mets’ pitcher Travis d’Arnaud avoids surgery with PRP injection [source]
  • Phillies’ ace Aaron Nola heals elbow with PRP injection [source]
  • Ravens’ Breshad Perriman does not need surgery, receives stem cell injection for ACL injury [source]
  • Diamondbacks’ pitcher De La Rosa receives PRP and stem cell treatments for injured elbow [source]

In all these cases, PRP or stem cell injections were used to avoid season-ending and perhaps career-ending surgeries like Tommy John surgery and ACL reconstruction. These treatments allow the injured players to recover faster and return to performing at their peak athletic condition.

Many of these injections have been done by Dr. James Andrews, an orthopedic surgeon who’s worked with hundreds of professional athletes. Having a world-renown surgeon like Dr. Andrews openly arguing for stem cell treatments speaks volumes about how mainstream audiences and practitioners are realizing the health benefits of these regenerative treatments.

Whether you are dealing with an acute injury or chronic joint pain, call my office to schedule an appointment to discuss our regenerative and holistic treatments. I’ll list out your options and give you my recommendations, so you can make a more informed decision about your healing journey.


Dr. Andrew Lipton in Narberth, PA

Connect with Dr. Lipton
Dr. Andrew Lipton is a 1991 graduate of the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri. The D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathy is a degree in medicine combined with training in Osteopathic Manipulation.  Osteopathy was founded in Missouri and there are only fifteen schools that train physicians in this technique.

Dr. Lipton has taken advanced training in OMT and is Board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of NeuroMusculoSkeletal Medicine.

Dr. Lipton completed his residency in Family Medicine at Suburban General Hospital, Norristown, Pennsylvania and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Lipton was trained in Chelation Therapy  by the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a group of physicians dedicated to being open to new alternatives in medicine. Dr. Lipton is also Board certified by the American Board of Chelation Therapy.


Tired of Too Many Pills? How Liquid Supplements Can Help You Reach Optimal Health

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by Dr. Andrew Lipton
Narberth Family Medicine

Ditch the Pills; Take Liquid Supplements

Health balance sometimes requires medication, but optimal health always requires supplementation. Our diet alone can not supply adequate nutrition (see US Government NHANES study) Many supplements along with diet and lifestyle changes can avoid the need for medication, but taking these supplements still involves taking many pills.

If you are weary of adding more pills to your daily routine, consider taking liquid vitamins. These naturally-formulated supplements, like the ones produced by Nutrametrix, can replace as much as 35 pills in one drink. Isotonic liquid supplements, which contain the proper ph, salt, and sugar amounts, greatly improve absorption and assimilation. They are especially good for those with poor or slow digestion; like pregnant women.

For a custom liquid vitamim regimen that’s designed to meet your body’s needs, schedule an appointment or call my office.


Dr. Andrew Lipton in Narberth, PA

Connect with Dr. Lipton
Dr. Andrew Lipton is a 1991 graduate of the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri. The D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathy is a degree in medicine combined with training in Osteopathic Manipulation.  Osteopathy was founded in Missouri and there are only fifteen schools that train physicians in this technique.

Dr. Lipton has taken advanced training in OMT and is Board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of NeuroMusculoSkeletal Medicine.

Dr. Lipton completed his residency in Family Medicine at Suburban General Hospital, Norristown, Pennsylvania and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Lipton was trained in Chelation Therapy  by the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a group of physicians dedicated to being open to new alternatives in medicine. Dr. Lipton is also Board certified by the American Board of Chelation Therapy.


Four Ways Your Body Can Repair Arthritis

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by Dr. Andrew Lipton
Narberth Family Medicine

When we are young and healthy, it is expected that injuries heal and repair. It is only at certain ages that we come to believe that our bodies can no longer heal and repair. THEY CAN! Given the right stimulus and environment, joints can still repair themselves well into our 90s.

Traditional Medicine and Joint Pain

Traditional medicine fails in this area, as it recommends medicine and surgery as the main treatment. Unfortunately, steroids are used as a common treatment for degenerative changes in which it only accelerates this process. Recent studies on knee joint arthroscopy show that they have no better results than placebo over time. Removal of parts of the meniscus may contribute to degenerative changes later in life.

Natural Remedies for Regenerating Joints

Natural remedies that support regeneration of joints include:

  • Supplementing with glucosamine and oils
  • Prolozone (oxygen & nutrient injection into joints) for chronic issues
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections into joints or injured areas. (better for acute issues)
  • Stem cell injections -stem cells derived from body far or bone marrow can be injected into injured or degenerative areas with great healing response. Multiple orthopedic studies confirm that stem cell therapies are safe and effective

To see how you might be able to relieve your arthritis, schedule an appointment or send me an email.


Dr. Andrew Lipton in Narberth, PA

Connect with Dr. Lipton
Dr. Andrew Lipton is a 1991 graduate of the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri. The D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathy is a degree in medicine combined with training in Osteopathic Manipulation.  Osteopathy was founded in Missouri and there are only fifteen schools that train physicians in this technique.

Dr. Lipton has taken advanced training in OMT and is Board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of NeuroMusculoSkeletal Medicine.

Dr. Lipton completed his residency in Family Medicine at Suburban General Hospital, Norristown, Pennsylvania and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Lipton was trained in Chelation Therapy  by the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a group of physicians dedicated to being open to new alternatives in medicine. Dr. Lipton is also Board certified by the American Board of Chelation Therapy.


Introducing Stem Cell Therapy

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At Narberth Family Medicine, it is our goal to provide holistic services that help your body heal on its own – without the need for invasive surgery or dependency on medicines. That’s why we are happy to announce a new treatment to our regenerative health services: stem cell therapy.

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cells are naturally-occurring cells in every human’s body. They are cells with potential – with the ability to turn into muscle, blood, or any other type of cell your body needs. They are part of your body’s natural healing mechanism – and we’ve figured out how to send that healing capability right where you need it.

Regenerative treatments like PRP therapy unlock the potential of stem cells found in the blood stream. With our new stem cell therapy, which harvests stem cells from adipose (fatty) tissue, we can add 10,000x more stem cells to your body!

Who Should Use Stem Cell Therapy?

We see the potential of stem cell therapy for primarily two groups of people:

  1. Chronic Pain

    The initial tests on the impact stem cell therapy can have on reversing chronic illnesses and pain is promising. This includes MS, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and neurodegernative disorders.

  2. Orthopedic Injuries

  3. The wear and tear of daily motion and sports activities can take a toll on your body’s joints. But before you opt for orthopedic surgery or joint replacement, you will want to try stem cell therapy. This is becoming the go-to treatment for professional sports athletes who want a full repair to their joints without surgery.

 
 
To learn more about our stem cell process and the steps involved in the treatment, visit our page on stem cell therapy. You can also always call the office or send me an email with any questions you might have.


Dr. Andrew Lipton in Narberth, PA

Connect with Dr. Lipton
Dr. Andrew Lipton is a 1991 graduate of the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri. The D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathy is a degree in medicine combined with training in Osteopathic Manipulation.  Osteopathy was founded in Missouri and there are only fifteen schools that train physicians in this technique.

Dr. Lipton has taken advanced training in OMT and is Board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of NeuroMusculoSkeletal Medicine.

Dr. Lipton completed his residency in Family Medicine at Suburban General Hospital, Norristown, Pennsylvania and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Lipton was trained in Chelation Therapy  by the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a group of physicians dedicated to being open to new alternatives in medicine. Dr. Lipton is also Board certified by the American Board of Chelation Therapy.


Four Easy Steps to Reducing Your Risk of Disease by 80%

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by Dr. Andrew Lipton
Narberth Family Medicine

Take My Disease Risk Reduction Quiz

Take this quick quiz to see how you are doing in reducing your risk for disease:

Four Areas to Improve Your Health

Lets define these 4 areas more.

  1. Smoking is the single largest cause of cancer, stroke and heart disease. I commend CVS for recently eliminating tobacco from it’s shelves (a costly commitment).
  2. Eating well is a subjective answer. Answering yes implies the intent of eating well, but the definition would simply be a diet that includes good portions of daily fresh fruit, veggies and whole grains.
  3. The simple addition of self-reported exercise (does not matter what type or how long) decreases the likelihood of all disease and most importantly infections. In fact, over exercising is a source of oxidative stress and injury.
  4. Ideal weight is different for every person and depends on many factors including; sex, race and body frame. Perception of weight control is associated with an overall decreased risk of all disease.

Remember:

  • Disease is the CAUSE of illness
  • Lifestyle is the CAUSE of disease
  • BE AT CAUSE OF YOUR WELLNESS

For more advice on how you can reduce your risk for disease, schedule an appointment with me. I can help you develop a nutrition plan that will improve your health and decrease your risk for illness.


Dr. Andrew Lipton in Narberth, PA

Connect with Dr. Lipton
Dr. Andrew Lipton is a 1991 graduate of the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri. The D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathy is a degree in medicine combined with training in Osteopathic Manipulation.  Osteopathy was founded in Missouri and there are only fifteen schools that train physicians in this technique.

Dr. Lipton has taken advanced training in OMT and is Board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of NeuroMusculoSkeletal Medicine.

Dr. Lipton completed his residency in Family Medicine at Suburban General Hospital, Norristown, Pennsylvania and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Lipton was trained in Chelation Therapy  by the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a group of physicians dedicated to being open to new alternatives in medicine. Dr. Lipton is also Board certified by the American Board of Chelation Therapy.