Year: 2017

December 20, 2017
Ketamine for Depression

Announcing a New Service: Ketamine for Depression

The Wholeness Center is pleased to offer ketamine treatment options to Northern Colorado. This innovative treatment has seen an explosion of interest over the last few years. After a few years of training and study, Craig Heacock MD and Scott Shannon MD are now accepting patients for evaluation and treatment with ketamine for depression.

Ketamine is a generic medication in worldwide use in Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Pain Medicine and Veterinary Medicine since the 1960’s. In 2006 Carlos Zarate, a researcher at NIMH documented the value of ketamine in providing relief for treatment resistant depression (failed at least three prior treatments). Since then, a wide range of studies has documented robust response rates not only in severe depression, but also for suicidal ideation and bipolar depression. Recent reports find benefit for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well. The response occurs either immediately or within a few hours, quite unusual for psychiatry as most medicines take weeks to show a response. The biggest struggle for ketamine with depression has been finding maintenance schedules that make the response enduring.

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August 24, 2017

what is biofeedback therapyHave you ever wished you could simply will your symptoms to disappear? With biofeedback you may be able to do just that by using the power of your mind to reduce stress and help improve your health.

What is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a type of mind-body therapy that enables you — in a mind-over-matter approach — to use your thoughts and mind to control and influence your body. Biofeedback is based on the scientifically confirmed idea that individuals have the ability to regulate several body processes that were previously thought to be purely automatic in the body.

August 24, 2017

eczema in babiesNaturopathic Treatment for Eczema

Eczema, also known as Atopic Dermatitis, is a bumpy, itchy skin condition, which is increasingly more common. It can run in families and increases the risk when family members have any one of the atopic triad- allergies, eczema or asthma.  The first phase of eczema usually looks like small, red, itchy bumps between the ages of 2-6 months. If the eczema does not resolve it can progress to raised, scaly areas. Chronic eczema can last for years.

In order to treat the eczema it is important to determine what is causing it. Start by investigating if there are certain foods or chemicals that are triggering the rash. Check things like bath soaps, shampoo, laundry detergent and fabric softener. Sometimes even mom and dad’s personal care items can be irritating to the baby.

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August 24, 2017

constipation remedies for kidsWhat is “constipation”? Everyone seems to have a different idea of what constipation means and there are many different “norms”. Infants can have a bowel movement after every feeding. Babies that are breastfed tend to have fewer bowel movements because they absorb most of mom’s milk so there is less to poop out. Children under 2 years old typically have 2-4 bowel movements per day. And at about the age of 4 children can have 1 bowel movement per day. 

Constipation can be caused by lack of fluid, diet, medications, and other physical conditions. Constipation can also develop during potty training when children begin to associate bowel movements with pain, creating a cycle.  It is first important to determine the cause of constipation, including the rule-out of physical reasons, before proceeding with treatment.

August 18, 2017

sleep hygiene tipsA circadian rhythm is any change in the body that follows a 24 hour cycle responding to changes in light and temperature. These changes can be physical, mental or behavioral. There is a group of nerve cells, the suprachiasmatic nucleus/SCN, in the brain that serves as the control system for this rhythm. The SCN controls the production of melatonin which is a hormone that promotes sleep. When there is less light, the SCN sends the signal to produce more melatonin. This is one of the reasons why sleep hygiene is important.

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