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Holistic Pain Management And Treatment Is Possible With Acupuncture! – By Dr. Ionela Hubbard – Acupuncture, Integrative Cancer, Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine, Holistic Healing, Immune System Disorders, Chronic Pain Doctor – Loma Linda, Santa Ana, Orange County, California

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Holistic Pain Management And Treatment Is Possible With Acupuncture! - By Dr. Ioenela Hubbard – Acupuncture, Integrative Cancer Treatment, Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine, Holistic Healing, Immune System Disorders, Chronic Pain Doctor – Loma Linda, Santa Ana, Orange County, California

The Integrative Functional Medicine approach to chronic pain takes in consideration all components of the human biological system, observes their interactions and environmental influences, and determines its root cause(s). Only by addressing the root cause of your pain using individualized and holistic treatments, we can accomplish lasting pain management.

Conventional pain management relies on pharmacological applications such as narcotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or pain modifiers such as tricyclic antidepressants or anticonvulsants.  Integrative Functional Pain Medicine also employs non-pharmacologic interventions such as physical therapy, physical exercise, acupuncture, laser therapy, herbal and dietary supplements.

Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China over 2,500 years ago, acupuncture has become popular in the United States over the past four decades. It is a natural method of encouraging the body to promote healing and improve functioning. Research has shown that needling specific acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These substances will either change the sensation of pain, or they will trigger the release of neurotransmitters and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities and in promoting health.

Scope of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a system that assists these three areas of health care:
- Improves health and well-being
- Prevents illnesses
- Treats many medical conditions
Acupuncture is often associated with pain control. In the hands of a well-trained practitioner, it can do this and much more. Acupuncture can be effective by itself or it can assist with other types of treatment for many medical and surgical disorders. Acupuncture treatments can be given at the same time as other techniques, such as conventional Western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments, and homeopathic or naturopathic prescriptions. It is important that all of your health care providers know everything that you are doing, so that they can help you get the most benefit from all of your treatments.

World Health Organization
The WHO recognizes acupuncture to be beneficial in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:

  • Digestive disorders: gastritis, hyper-acidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea
  • Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections
  • Neurological and muscular disorders: headache, facial tics, trigeminal neuralgia, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, osteoarthritis, sciatica, stroke rehabilitation
  • Pain Management: fibromyalgia, chronic regional pain syndrome, post-operative pain, dental pain, sinusitis
  • Urinary disorders: incontinence, bed wetting, recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Women's health: menstrual disorders, infertility, pregnancy related issues, menopause
  • Men's health: urinary and reproductive problems
  • General conditions: stress related issues, insomnia, anxiety, depression, addictions, chemotherapy related issues, skin disorders (wound healing, acne), and many other conditions.

How Many Treatments Do I Need?
Dr. Hubbard will perform a careful evaluation and develop your individualized treatment plan. The treatment plan usually calls for a series of six to ten acupuncture treatments to restore health and optimum function.

 

To learn more about Acupuncture, contact Dr. Ionela Hubbard at 949-726-0707 or go to: drionelahubbard.com

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Functional Medicine Doctors Treat The Causes Of Auto-Immune Disease – By Dr. Ionela Hubbard – Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine, Acupuncture, Integrative Cancer, Holistic Healing Doctor – Santa Ana, Loma Linda and Orange County California

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Functional Medicine Doctors Treat The Causes Of Auto-Immune Disease – By Dr. Ionela Hubbard – Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine, Acupuncture, Integrative Cancer, Holistic Healing Doctor – Santa Ana, Loma Linda and Orange County California

You're probably familiar with the most common autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, type-1 diabetes, hypothyroidism, and psoriasis. But there are many more autoimmune diseases that affect the nervous system, joints and muscles, skin, endocrine gland, and heart. In fact, the incidence of autoimmune disease has tripled in the last few decades, affecting 24 million Americans. More women are suffering from autoimmune diseases than heart disease and breast cancer combined. Autoimmune diseases are conditions where the body's immune system attacks its own tissues rather than a foreign invader like a virus or bacteria. This happens when something confuses the immune system. That "something" appears to be the enormous load of environmental toxins to which we are all exposed, and which creates a reaction against the self.

Environmental Toxins and Autoimmune Disease

Over 80,000 chemicals have been introduced into our society since 1900, and only 550 have been tested for safety. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 2.5 billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released yearly by large industrial facilities. Also, 6 million pounds of mercury are discharged into our air every year. The 2005 “National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals" – found an average of 148 chemicals in our bodies. And those were only the ones for which they tested.1  More recently, the Environmental Working Group examined the umbilical cord blood of newborns and found 287 industrial chemicals, including pesticides, phthalates, dioxins, flame-retardants, Teflon, and toxic metals like mercury. These fetuses had been exposed to these toxins before they were born! (see Detoxification) Let’s not forget the pesticides found on our foods and those found in our homes as cleaning agents and pest control products, which add to our bodies’ total toxic load. 

When it comes to toxins, I practice and recommend the precautionary principle, which says that we should avoid anything with the potential for harm. In the US, something has to be proven harmful before it is taken off the market. In Europe, something has to be proven safe before it is allowed on the market. This is also known as "better safe than sorry."

Dr. Douglas Kerr, M.D., Ph.D., professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, says in his foreword to The Autoimmune Epidemic that "there is no doubt that autoimmune diseases are on the rise and our increasing environmental exposure to toxins and chemicals is fueling the risk. The research is sound. The conclusions are unassailable."

Although, it is clear that environmental toxins are a major cause of autoimmune disease, conventional medicine does not take that into account when treating autoimmune conditions. Unfortunately, it attempts to shut down the patient’s immune response with powerful medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil or Aleve, steroids like prednisone, anti-cancer drugs like methotrexate, and new drugs like Enbrel and Remicade that block the effects of a powerful inflammatory molecule called TNF alpha. These new drugs often provide only partial relief, while they induce frequent and serious side effects and shut down your immune system so forcefully that they increase your risk of cancer or life-threatening infections. These drugs may be lifesaving for some in the short run — but in the long run they do not address the cause of your illness.

Functional Medicine – Treating the Causes of Your Autoimmune Disease
If your roof is leaking, would you get an umbrella or do you fix the roof? Using the Functional Medicine approach, I have been treating many patients and watched them turning their health around by successfully addressing the underlying causes, such as toxins, infections, allergens, poor diet, and/or stress. I have treated patients with severe arthritis, psoriasis, chronic fatigue, bloody diarrhea and pain of ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, etc. For each one of them, I had to identify and resolve all the causes of their disease (i.e., toxins, allergens, infections, poor diet, and stress).  Then together, we designed a healthy lifestyle program, which provided the things their body needed to function optimally, like whole, clean food, nutrients, exercise, stress management, clean water and oxygen, emotional and spiritual support. When patients follow the functional medicine approach, the results are amazing.

Do you suffer from an autoimmune disease? Here are my recommendations

  • Get tested for mercury and other heavy metals and unburden your body
  • Get tested for celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction to wheat and other gluten-containing grains, which causes over 60 autoimmune diseases
  • Identify your source of inflammation and treat it
  • Test and eliminate all allergenic (inflammatory) foods from your diet
  • Improve your immune function using a plan-based diet and supplements, including vitamin D, beneficial Omega-3 fats, and probiotics.
  • Practice stress reduction techniques
  • Improve your body's own detoxification system.

To Get Help Now, Please Contact Dr. Ionela Hubbard:  -DrIonelaHubbard.com – 909-478-1100 or 949-726-0707

Dr. Ionela O. Hubbard – Functional Medicine, Acupuncture, Integrative Cancer Treatment, Preventive Health, Anti-Aging, Holistic Healing, Nutritional Healing Doctor – Santa Ana and Loma Linda, California

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Meet Dr. Ionela O. Hubbard

Ionela O. Hubbard is currently Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and CAM Curriculum Director at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, where she teaches Integrative and Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Herbs and Dietary Supplements, and Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She also developed and runs the LLUSOM Acupuncture and Chiropractic Clinical rotation and offers Senior Clinical and Didactic Electives. She maintains a private Integrative and Functional Medicine, Nutritional Counseling, and Acupuncture clinical practice in Loma Linda and Santa Ana, California.

She received her master degree in Oriental Medicine from the South Baylor University School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Anaheim, California in 1993. Before that, she attended the School of Medicine and Pharmacology in Iasi, Romania. Additionally, she has advanced clinical training through the Institute for Functional Medicine and The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.

She founded the Center for Holistic Preventive Medicine in 1993, a multi-specialty medical group, where she maintained a private practice until October 2003, when she accepted her current position at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Also, she had been serving as a subject matter expert for two licensing boards, the California Acupuncture Board and the California Industrial Medical Council, since 1996 through 2005. Beginning 2005, Ionela Hubbard has been serving as Senior Editorial Board member for Natural Standard, a database providing information about complementary and alternative therapies. She is a frequent lecturer and consultant for medical groups, insurance companies, and patient support groups.

Her areas of interest within medicine include: complex medical conditions, integrative cancer care, optimal aging, detoxification, gastrointestinal health, systemic inflammation, chronic pain syndrome, autoimmune disorders, mood and cognitive disorders.

 

My Practice Philosophy

 

The human body has the wisdom to heal itself if given the proper support.

By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the patient and I enter into a discovery process, which leads to customized treatments that address the individual patient’s unique needs, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease.

In my patient-center care approach, I take in consideration the complex web of interactions between the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning. My patients and I become partners in healing, which allows me to meet all of their health issues that are either affecting them now or are likely to impact them in the future.

I honor each patient’s preferences. I believe in the necessity of teaching my patients about their medical condition and therapeutic options. I strive to empower every patient to make appropriate lifestyle changes that are essential to their future well being.


I specialized in the prevention and treatment of chronic, complex disorders, by identifying and addressing their causes rather than suppressing symptoms. I correct the imbalances through nutrition, therapeutic diets, botanical medicines, dietary supplements, detoxification programs, acupuncture, laser therapy, specific exercises, or stress-management techniques. These natural strategies are carefully integrated with standard conventional medical protocols. This integrative holistic approach has high likelihood of success with minimal side effects.

Integrative Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine which addresses the health care needs of the 21st century. By shifting the focus of medical practice to a patient-centered system, Integrative Functional Medicine offers a personalized, whole person approach which addresses the causes of your illness, not just the symptoms.

Ask yourself:
- Are you under a lot of stress at work or at home?
- Do you often feel tired for no apparent reason?
- Do you have a family history with diseases such as: heart disease, diabetes, cancer or arthritis?
- Is losing weight difficult, but gaining seems unavoidable?
- Do you often eat or crave foods like pasta, chips, and sweets?
- Do you have trouble remembering things or concentrating?
- Do you wake up tired and wishing you could go back to bed?
- Does your doctor say “everything’s OK” but you still feel lousy?
- Are you taking supplements, but feel they’re not working?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, Integrative Functional Medicine can help you. Start treating the causes of your illnesses rather than just the symptoms. Prevent illnesses instead of spending time, money, and heartache treating them.

Functional Medicine is a science-based practice that emphasizes the interconnections of physical and biochemical processes in the body, and how they interact with the environment to create disease or health. It identifies the causes of your symptoms by trying to find their triggers. When we understand how your unique genetic makeup interacts with your environment, we can change how the genes are being expressed (behave) by changing their environment. Using a Functional Medicine approach has helped many of our patients find answers to complex, chronic conditions.

 

The Causes Of Chronic Arthritis And How To Help Heal It Naturally – By Dr. Ionela Hubbard – Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Integrative Cancer Care, Nutritional Healing, Auto-Immune Disorders Doctor – Loma Linda, Santa Ana, Orange County California

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The Causes Of Chronic Arthritis And How To Help Heal It Naturally -

By Dr. Ionela Hubbard – Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Integrative Cancer Care, Nutritional Healing, Auto-Immune Disorders Doctor – Loma Linda, Santa Ana, Orange County California


According to a 1991 article in the journal "Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases", 70% of patients with Chronic Inflammatory Arthritis are carriers of "silent infections". Bacteria, yeast/fungi, amoeba, protozoa, and other parasites remain often unknown causes of neuromusculoskeletal inflammation. However, if we look for the source of this inflammation, quite often we find the gastrointestinal tract to be dysregulated. Whether it is from allergens like gluten or dairy, or the immunological battle between white blood cells and infectious agents, the gastrointestinal tract becomes compromised. Toxins in the form of antibodies, endotoxines, or even metabolic byproducts are released into the bloodstream and new levels of inflammation are mounted to combat the invaders. ["The production of cross-reactive antibodies is strikingly increased in the gut of many Rheumatoid Arthritis patients. Their food related problems might reflect on adverse additive effect of multiple modest hypersensitivity reaction mediated by immune complexes promoting autoimmune reactions in the joints."  (Gut 2006; 55: 1240-47)]

Microorganisms can cause diseases even when not causing obvious infection. Researchers have described 14 different mechanisms by which these organisms can cause serious biochemical or immunological imbalances that end in inflammation and/or serious pain. The organisms may not be pathogenic in origin but their presence causes distinct changes in physiology. Their metabolic byproducts (exotoxines) and parts of these pathogens outer membrane (endotoxines) promote the release of alarm molecules (pro-inflammatory cytokines) by many of our cell. So an excess of overgrowth of "even normal" bacteria in the gut can cause inflammation and ultimately a compromised gastrointestinal lining, or what we call "leacky gut". Consequently, if you have gas, bloating, alternating constipation/diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity, severe allergies, arthritis, or autoimmune disorders, you should be evaluated and treated.

The link between the imbalanced bacteria (dysbiosis) and systemic inflammation becomes clear: gastrointestinal bacterial overgrowth leads to excess production and absorption of endotoxins, which then initiates immune dysfunction and a systemic pro-inflammatory response. This means that by balancing our microflora we can treat this "incurable disease". And we can do this without using harmful agents with unwanted side effects. I like to work on improving your diet, digestion and absorption, and your detoxification process.

This microbial imbalances or dysbiosis can be also located on our skin or any exposed surface or mucous membrane such as nose, sinuses, ears, even eyes, mouth, lung, nails, genitourinary tract, and vagina.

I want you to step back and see the big picture. Addressing the dysbiosis and inflammation offers real solution for challenging problems.


By Dr. Ionela Hubbard – Specializes in Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Integrative Cancer Care, Nutritional Healing, Auto-Immune Disorders Doctor – Loma Linda, Santa Ana, Orange County California – You Can Reach Her At: 909-478-1100 or 949-726-0707 – http://www.drionelahubbard.com

 

Dr. Ionela Hubbard – Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Holistic Healing, Integrative Cancer Care, Acupuncture and Nutritional Healing Doctor – Loma Linda, Santa Ana and Orange County, California

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Meet Dr. Ionela O. Hubbard

Specializing in Functional Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Integrative Cancer Care, Nutritional Healing, Allergy Elimination, Acupuncture, Preventive Medicine, Auto Immune Disorders, Detoxification and Much More.

Ionela O. Hubbard is currently Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and CAM Curriculum Director at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, where she teaches Integrative and Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Herbs and Dietary Supplements, and Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She also developed and runs the LLUSOM Acupuncture and Chiropractic Clinical rotation and offers Senior Clinical and Didactic Electives. She maintains a private Integrative and Functional Medicine, Nutritional Counseling, and Acupuncture clinical practice in Loma Linda and Santa Ana, Orange County California.

She received her master degree in Oriental Medicine from the South Baylor University School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Anaheim, California in 1993. Before that, she attended the School of Medicine and Pharmacology in Iasi, Romania. Additionally, she has advanced clinical training through the Institute for Functional Medicine and The Center for Mind-Body Medicine. She received her Neuro-Endocrine-Immune Certification (NEI) from Neuroscience in 2011.

She founded the Center for Holistic Preventive Medicine in 1993, a multi-specialty medical group, where she maintained a private practice until October 2003, when she accepted her current position at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Also, she had been serving as a subject matter expert for two licensing boards, the California Acupuncture Board and the California Industrial Medical Council, since 1996 through 2005. Beginning 2005, Ionela Hubbard has been serving as Senior Editorial Board member for Natural Standard, a database providing information about complementary and alternative therapies. She is a frequent lecturer and consultant for medical groups, insurance companies, and patient support groups.

Her areas of interest within medicine include: complex medical conditions, integrative cancer care, optimal aging, detoxification, gastrointestinal health, systemic inflammation, chronic pain syndrome, autoimmune disorders, mood and cognitive disorders.


My Practice Philosophy

The human body has the wisdom to heal itself if given the proper support.

By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the patient and I enter into a discovery process, which leads to customized treatments that address the individual patient’s unique needs, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease.

In my patient-center care approach, I take in consideration the complex web of interactions between the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning. My patients and I become partners in healing, which allows me to meet all of their health issues that are either affecting them now or are likely to impact them in the future.

I honor each patient’s preferences. I believe in the necessity of teaching my patients about their medical condition and therapeutic options. I strive to empower every patient to make appropriate lifestyle changes that are essential to their future well being.

I specialized in the prevention and treatment of chronic, complex disorders, by identifying and addressing their causes rather than suppressing symptoms. I correct the imbalances through nutrition, therapeutic diets, botanical medicines, dietary supplements, detoxification programs, acupuncture, laser therapy, specific exercises, or stress-management techniques. These natural strategies are carefully integrated with standard conventional medical protocols. This integrative holistic approach has high likelihood of success with minimal side effects.


Services Dr. Hubbard Provides:

Integrative Functional Medicine

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the causes and prevention of diseases.” (Thomas Edison)

Integrative Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine which addresses the health care needs of the 21st century. By shifting the focus of medical practice to a patient-centered system, Integrative Functional Medicine offers a personalized, whole person approach which addresses the causes of your illness, not just the symptoms.

Ask yourself:
- Are you under a lot of stress at work or at home?
- Do you often feel tired for no apparent reason?
- Do you have a family history with diseases such as: heart disease, diabetes, cancer or arthritis?
- Is losing weight difficult, but gaining seems unavoidable?
- Do you often eat or crave foods like pasta, chips, and sweets?
- Do you have trouble remembering things or concentrating?
- Do you wake up tired and wishing you could go back to bed?
- Does your doctor say “everything’s OK” but you still feel lousy?
- Are you taking supplements, but feel they’re not working?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, Integrative Functional Medicine can help you. Start treating the causes of your illnesses rather than just the symptoms. Prevent illnesses instead of spending time, money, and heartache treating them.

Functional Medicine is a science-based practice that emphasizes the interconnections of physical and biochemical processes in the body, and how they interact with the environment to create disease or health. It identifies the causes of your symptoms by trying to find their triggers. When we understand how your unique genetic makeup interacts with your environment, we can change how the genes are being expressed (behave) by changing their environment. Using a Functional Medicine approach has helped many of our patients find answers to complex, chronic conditions.


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