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                      Dr. Cassandra Generlette M.D.                                                                                   Family Medicine Doctor  in St. Maarten

Consider the garden of an organic farmer, where they enrich their soil with all the nutrients it needs to fight off pest and decrease weed growth and grow large healthy vegetables. The same should be considered when thinking about the body and preventing and treating cancer.

Numerous studies show diet, exercise, thoughts, feelings, and environmental toxins all influence the initiation, growth, and progression of cancer, therefore wouldn’t it make sense to address these factors to prevent and cure cancer. In other words, treat the soil, not the plant (cancer).

Acne, medically know as acne vulgaris is a common skin condition involving the blockage and inflammation of the hair follicle and accompanying sebaceous gland. It can affect both men and women across all age groups and can be very frustrating to treat and result in long term scarring of the skin and low self-esteem.

The skin has millions of hair follicles which produces a substance called sebum. Sebum lubricates the skin, keeping it soft and supple and gives hair its shiny coat. However, in conjunction with excess dead skin cells, this sebum can result in clogged pores.

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the most common sexual problem experienced by men. About one third of men will experience this problem in their lifetime. Even though it is quite common, and can have profound effects on intimate relationships, quality of life and self-esteem; very few men seek medical attention due to shame. However, there is nothing to be ashamed about.

Estrogen is the primary female sex hormone that is responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system, and it is one of the primary contributing factor in the growth of fibroid tumors, endometriosis and many breast carcinomas. 

Inflammation resulting from elevated blood sugar, diets high in polyunsaturated oils (corn, safflower and canola oil), emotional stress, spiritual uncertainty or discomfort, to name a few; also contributes to fibroid and endometriosis by increasing estrogen production.

Every month some women experience a vicious attack on their body where they experience excruciating pain and uncontrollable mood swings, which results in disruption in their personal and work life.

From a conventional medicine standpoint, there are a few disease entities that may cause dysfunctional periods including uterine fibroids and endometriosis, among others. Depending on the cause, treatment options usually range from anti-inflammatory pain relievers (i.e. Ibuprofen) to oral contraceptive pills to other hormonal treatments and surgery. These have been effective treatments for some but only represent a short term band- aid, and for others they continue to suffer in silence.

Did you know?  80 percent of your entire immune system is located in your digestive tract! 

In addition to the impact on our immune systems, our digestive systems are the second largest part of our neurological system. It’s called the enteric nervous system and is located in the gut. This is why it’s called our second brain!

So, you can see how a poor diet and a digestive system that fails to process food for bio-availability and absorption will undermine the body’s coping ability and create conditions favorable for disease and metabolic disorders.

The secret to restoring your digestive health is all about balancing out the good and bad bacteria in your gut. If you’re going to be healthy, you MUST consider consuming probiotic-rich foods and supplements daily.

I know it is confusing. There is so much out dated research that continues to saturate the air waves about what increases your cholesterol and worsens your risk for heart disease. The truth about cholesterol is its more complicated that just eating fat. One of the biggest myths out there is that high fat diets and cholesterol is responsible for heart disease.

Did you know that your liver produces 80% of the cholesterol in your body and absorption from food only accounts for 20% of your cholesterol?

Your body needs cholesterol to make your hormones, cell membranes and brain cells, without enough cholesterol your hormone levels would drop and so would your libido, and your cells membrane would not function well, thus decreasing your ability to absorb vital nutrients.