Rebooting the System

Soon when the crescent moon appears in the clear sky, we will be on the verge of the wholly month of fasting; Ramadan. Through the previous era, the concepts of nutrition according to the American culture was to eat several small meals throughout the day.
Moslems fast intermittently since Prophet Mohamed was given the order of fasting.
Thoughts, in the Islamic world, on the wisdom of fasting has been an ongoing debate and question.
Was fasting ordered to make the rich feel the suffering of the poor?
The answer was that the poor themselves were ordered to fast. Was it ordered for a spiritual experience?
Was it ordered for mere obedience to God, with no material benefits to humans?
Recently, Science revealed the advantages of intermittent fasting and the benefits it has on the human health.
Intermittent fasting has been revealing its validity in the realm of Nature cures.

The immune system is the army by which the body manipulates and fights infections.
Fasting has been found to enforce and empower our inner army.
Neutrophils, a main player in our innate immunity was found to increase in number by fasting.
They form the highest percentage of WBCs.
Neutrophils are able to engulf microorganism that harm the body and release substances to digest them.
When breaking the fast at Iftar, including foods that boost the immune system maximizes benefit of fasting.
Foods rich in vitamin A, as Carrots and Kale, and fruits that has vitamin C, as citrus fruits and guava can be consumed. Furthermore, plain yoghurt and kefir, are natural probiotics that support the immune system of the gastrointestinal tract.

Apoptosis and Autophagy are two processes by which the human body renews itself.
Apoptosis means programmed cell death.
The old cells or abnormal cells literally “commit suicide”.
Autophagy is the process by which the body gets rid of the dead cells.
It means “eating self”. Through the two processes the body renews itself, slows aging and kills cancerous cells that form daily in the human body. Autophagy is accomplished through a pathway called “mTOR” pathway.
The mTOR is down regulated by glucose, insulin and proteins.
It has been found that caloric restriction activates the mTOR pathway, therefore, supporting the process of Autophagy.
Fasting stimulates the mTOR pathway and autophagy.
Among all diets, this criterion makes fasting a rejuvenating diet to the human body. Furthermore, activating mTOR pathway is a target for some chemotherapeutic agents for cancer.
Interestingly, fasting has been proposed as a mean that might protect against cancers. 

In animal studies, fasting was able to improve the deteriorated cognitive functions of aging rats.
Surprisingly, intermittent fasting increased brain connectivity and new neurones growth in the brains of experimental animals.
Benefits of intermittent fasting, in animal studies, on diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer has been revealed. In humans, improvement of memory has been achieved through caloric restriction.
In addition, the benefits of intermittent fasting were seen for weight loss, insulin resistance and lowering cardiovascular disease risk indicators.
One argument is that intermittent fasting studies show more benefits in animal than human.
This could be related to study design, as animals received restricted diet, while in human studies, the diet was not restricted to certain foods. 

A crucial aim for fasting is to rest the human Liver, and give it the chance to rejuvenate and heal.
Resting the liver could be achieved through eating less, adding bitter greens to increase release of bile and aid digestion.
One of the problems in Ramadan, is that people eat more and eat artificial sugars on daily basis, thus insulting their livers.
Artificial sugars are detrimental for human health.
The quantity and quality of food consumed in Ramadan interferes with harvesting the full spectrum of positive effects of fasting.
Ramadan is meant to be humble for both rich and poor.
Eating healthy foods in Ramadan, limiting the quantities of food and choosing natural sources of sugars like fruits, dried fruits and dates could enhance the benefits of fasting on human health. 


Introduction about Naturopathic medicine

Naturopathic medicine is an ancient medicine that has been applied through history, since the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, 2400 years ago.  By the 18th century, Conventional medicine emerged, and replaced Naturopathic medicine. In the early 20th century Naturopathic medicine flourished back.  It was supported by the aim of the patients to have further control over their health. The first North American Naturopathic medicine college was established by the end of the 19th century, and the first graduate cohort of Naturopathic Doctors was in 1902.

Naturopathic medicine is the medicine that deals with the patient as a whole. Visiting a Naturopathic Doctor for asthma, as an example, would ensure the treatment of asthma, as well as other underlying medical conditions related to asthma, gastrointestinal problems for example, beside addressing further issues like food sensitivities and other allergic conditions that he/she is suffering from.

The symptoms of diseases are considered, in Naturopathic medicine, a roadmap to the underlying root cause of diseases. Analysing the root cause and working with the patient to remove it is the primary role of Naturopathic medicine. The holistic approach of Naturopathic medicine is achieved through its multiple modalities. Nutrition, Herbal medicine, Acupuncture, Counselling, Exercise, Homeopathy, Hydrotherapy and Chiropractic interventions are the modalities used by Naturopathic medicine. Having multiple modalities in the portfolio of Naturopathic medicine guarantees its holistic approach. 

Visiting a Naturopathic Doctor guarantees enough time to the patient to discuss his multiple existing complaints. A visit at a Naturopathic clinic ranges from 45 minutes to one hour. During this time, the Doctor and the Patient would be capable of setting a holistic treatment plan to achieve the goals of the patient for his health. Health is a journey that is worth the time and effort of both the patient and the Naturopathic Doctor.


The Elegancy of Naturopathic Medicine for women’s health

Through the 21st century, a fast-paced life is non-evitable. Females today are the primary sufferers of this pace.  Women play multifaceted roles. They might have a full-time job in addition to their full-time job in their homes, distributed between being a partner and being a mother.  Performing her multiple jobs, a female is unable to take good care of her health on both the physical and psychological levels.  Over the years, a woman would find herself, suffering from stress, mood changes and hormonal changes hindering her from living her life to the fullest.  Every woman needs an individualized care that is tailored to her circumstances to support her through the journey of her life. The Medicine of today being fast-paced, symptoms directed and disease oriented, is unable to provide the individualized care needed. The need for an alternative support is mandatory. Naturopathic medicine is the needed support.

When stress hits into the life of a female, she might suffer from depression, insomnia, anxiety, acne, headaches, increased weight, menstrual irregularities… etc. Naturopathic medicine is the multi-modality medical system that is capable of providing multiple approaches to empower females while dealing with the stressors of life. Women could gain from Nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine and mindfulness to relief the stress and the resulting pathologies.

A dream that lingers in the minds of every female is seeing herself a mother, enjoying her babies and fulfilling her motherhood needs. Today, IVF gave the opportunity to females who are unable to conceive naturally, achieve their dreams. Naturopathic medicine is capable of helping females regulate their menstrual cycles and improve egg quality. In addition, it is capable of improving sperm motility and morphology. It has been shown that naturopathic medicine could benefit females with difficulty conceiving sometimes as a stand-alone treatment, others in conjunction with IVF.  

Nutrition in Naturopathic medicine has a concept that differs from Conventional medicine. It is not just a tool to lose or gain weight. It is a therapeutic modality that helps resolve diseases and support the body during stressful situations. Understanding the Naturopathic medicine nutritional concepts offers physical and psychological support to females. In addition to teaching them new concepts on how to feed their kids for a better health.

Naturopathic medicine is primarily a preventative medicine that supports healthy bodies to cherish more health and happiness. Through it, females could learn how to care for their healthy bodies and minds. Applying the concepts of Naturopathic medicine could guarantee a life-long youthful mind and body. An achievable goal that is deserved for femininity on earth.