Desert Health Specialists

Month: June 2016

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Benefits Glutamine Offers

Benefits Glutamine Offers

If you are not supplementing glutamine now after reading this blog on the benefits glutamine offers, you might want to start. Glutamine is a carbon and nitrogen donor and which helps restore your glycogen that has been been consumed during exercise. Glutamine is the most important component of muscle protein, and helps repair muscle and your gut.

You probably have heard about his supplement called glutamine on TV, looking at the the ingredients in your supplements or reading online. The benefits glutamine offers are countless and below we will discuss what conditions it’s beneficial for, appropriate doses for each condition and what brand I’d recommend.


Conditions Treated with Glutamine:

Muscle Recovery:Supplement bottle of of L-Glutamine Powder by Pure Encapsulations - Blog Benefits Glutamine Offers, Dr. Nathan Papadeas

In typical diets the main source of glutamine we get is through eating protein, but as we exercise and breakdown muscle, more glutamine is needed for repair. Glutamine’s role in helping muscle recovery is by moving nitrogen atoms from different areas of the body to the muscle that needs it. The purpose for this is because to build muscle you need to maintain a positive nitrogen balance. After a long cardio session, or a heavy workout, by having nitrogen rushing to the damage muscle to stimulate post exercise soreness will decrease and muscle recovery will increase. So by supplementing glutamine you prevent the damaged muscle from staying damaged because of the lack of nitrogen rushing to repair muscle damage.


When it comes to supplementing glutamine post workout we recommend just 1 serving of an l-glutamine product. The product we recommend regularly for patients is Pure Encapsulations L-Glutamine (picture to the right).

Leaky Gut:

Supplement bottle of of GI-Revive by Designs for Health - Blog Benefits Glutamine Offers, Dr. Nathan PapadeasYou probably have heard the term “Leaky Gut” floating around. You can read more about food sensitivities on our other page (Click here) but as one has an inflamed gut it causes your gut lining to become vulnerable to food sensitivities. By being a major fuel source for cells of the small intestine, glutamine has been shown to heal leaky gut. L-Glutamine is the number supplement needed to heal the leaky gut. By adding glutamine to your supplement regimen, glutamine can help heal up your gut lining.

When supplementing glutamine for a leaky gut condition we find that combining the glutamine with other anti-inflammatory gut healing products works the best. Every one of our patients who we see through food sensitivity testing that has leaky is put on the product ” GI-Revive by Designs for Health”. We have had much success with this product and if you are suffering from leaky gut you can order the product below.


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Person holding their red knee , Try Prolotherapy for Knee Osteoarthritis with Dr. Nathan Papadeas

Prolotherapy for Knee Osteoarthritis

Prolotherapy for Knee Osteoarthritis

Have you been suffering from knee osteoarthritis and are dreading the thought of having surgery? Before you consider surgery or cortisone injections check out the reason below why prolotherapy for knee osteoarthritis is beneficial.

Developing osteoarthritis of the knee is a common thing to occur as we age, but the speed at which we developed osteoarthritis depends on our exercise and athletics habits. As the osteoarthritis develops we start having knee pain upon waking, walking around or even exercising. This knee pain ultimately leads us to seeing the doctor. Majority of the time the doctor will take an x-ray of your knee say you have osteoarthritis and give you a cortisone injection, but there is one thing they don’t mention. The more cortisone injections you have the faster the osteoarthritis may developed due to weakening of the ligaments and surrounding supporting structors.

Compared to cortisone injection, prolotherapy works to actually strengthen ligaments and surrounding structures of the knee. Prolotherapy injections have been around since the 1950’s, but over the recent decade it has become one of the fastest growing treatments for knee osteoarthritis or osteoarthritis of any joint to be exact. So your probably wondering how prolotherapy works? Prolotherapy works by strength injured or weekend ligaments through the use of the solution that is injected. The prolotherapy solution contains dextrose (aka sugar) anesthetic and b12. Each one of these solutions provides a key benefit to helping your knee heal naturally.

Listed below are several research articles recently published regarding the benefits of prolotherapy for knee osteoarthritis.

  • Chondrogenic Effect of Intra-articular Hypertonic-Dextrose (Prolotherapy) in Severe Knee Osteoarthritis
    • They found that prolotherapy conferred a positive and significant beneficial effect in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.
  • Hypertonic dextrose injection (prolotherapy) for knee osteoarthritis: Long term outcomes.
    • Prolotherapy resulted in safe, significant, progressive improvement of knee pain, function and stiffness scores among most participants through a mean follow-up of 2.5 years and may be an appropriate therapy for patients with knee OA refractory to other conservative care.
  • Therapeutic effects of prolotherapy with intra-articular dextrose injection in patients with moderate knee osteoarthritis: a single-arm study with 6 months follow up.
    • Prolotherapy with three intra-articular injections of hypertonic dextrose given 4 weeks apart for selected patients with knee OA, resulted in significant improvement of validated pain, ROM, and WOMAC-based function scores, when baseline levels were compared at 24 weeks.

For more information about Prolotherapy/PRP Click Here

For more information about Stem Cell Therapy Click Here

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Is Curcumin a Miracle Supplement?

Is Curcumin a miracle supplement?

You may have seen the name Curcumin or Turmeric recently online and in the news. This supplement has become the new go to herb and has gained popularity amongst the medical community. The reason for this is because of its many different uses and effects on the body to improve health.

Some of you might recognize this herb as the spice that is used to make the yellow coloring in Curry dishes.  This plant is part of the ginger family and has been cultivated throughout the tropics to support health.

Curcumin has many specific properties and functions that act not he body in different ways.  They include anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anticancer, and antioxidant as well as protects against various disease processes.  It also protects against harmful diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimers, arthritis, allergies, and other chronic illnesses. It helps to support healthy lung, kidney, liver and heart functions.  It supports optimal immune function and remodeling of tissues.

One of the main reasons that the physicians at Desert Health Specialists use Curcmin is because of its anti-inflammatory effects.  It has been used to reduce inflammation in patients who have Osteoarthritis of the knees.

Check out some of the supplements that the doctors of Desert Health Specialists recommend to their patients are Theracurmin, Meriva, and BCQ.  Theracurmin is a bioavailable preparation of the formula that promotes healthy liver function.  Meriva another formulation of curcumin that helps support joint health, eye, GI tract, prostate and nerve health.   BCQ short for Boswellia, Curcumin, and Quercitin. This product provides anti-inflammatory effects and helps to reduce minor pain as well as maintain healthy connective tissues.

To order one of the supplements click here


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