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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

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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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