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    The Role of Inflammation in Body Weight: An Intro to the Biology of Fat

The Role of Inflammation in Body Weight: An Intro to the Biology of Fat

By Dr. Aylah Clark

Inflammation comes up a lot in my
practice. It promotes many chronic diseases and correlates with worsening signs
and symptoms of many conditions, whether it be autoimmune disease, arthritis,
cardiovascular disease, or others. Inflammation is also intrinsically tied to
obesity.  How are inflammation and body weight related and what can
we do about it?

What
is inflammation?

Inflammation is your body’s attempt
to protect itself. It involves complex biological processes that are activated
by things like foreign invaders (bacteria and viruses for example) or
damaged cells (injury). We need inflammation to protect ourselves from these
harmful events and to initiate [...]

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    6 Reasons Why You Can Still Have Symptoms in Celiac Disease After Gluten Elimination

6 Reasons Why You Can Still Have Symptoms in Celiac Disease After Gluten Elimination

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where gluten consumption
triggers an inflammatory response and damage to the intestines. It is caused by
a complex interaction between genetic predisposition, intestinal microbiome,
environment, and the immune system.

Symptoms & Diagnosis
Symptoms
can vary widely but can include gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal
pain, diarrhea, bloating, and mouth sores, but can also lead to weight loss or
failure to thrive, fatigue, dermatitis herpetiformis (a skin condition),
neurological symptoms, hormone disruption such as irregular periods,
infertility, early menopause, and nutrient deficiencies leading to
osteopenia/osteoporosis (bone loss).

Diagnosis is usually done by blood test but is [...]

Lipedema: An Underdiagnosed Cause of Weight Loss Resistance

Have you experienced weight gain, particularly in your legs
or arms, and had significant difficulty losing it? It could be a condition
called lipedema.

Lipedema is a common condition that almost exclusively
affects women. It involves accumulation of fat (adipose) tissue in the legs and
sometimes arms. The affected area can often be painful to the touch, have a nodular
texture, and easy bruising. Though many people have not heard of the condition,
some estimate that as many as 11% of women may be affected.

The weight typically comes on after a hormonal change, such
as puberty, pregnancy, or menopause. [...]

Hello from Dr. Clark

I am so excited to be joining Dr. Procyk and becoming a part
of the Third Stone Health team. I truly love practicing naturopathic medicine
and feel so fortunate to have found this path and this practice. Now entering
my 5th year in practice I am honored to have played a role in the
health of so many patients and look forward to all those I will meet at Third
Stone.

One of my specialties is a condition called lipedema which is a fat disorder, primarily affecting the lower extremities but sometimes the arms, and it almost exclusively affects women. [...]

Welcome Dr. Aylah Clark

Third Stone Health has a new doctor! Dr. Aylah Clark has joined Third Stone Health, and will be bringing her expertise in treating hormone conditions, lipedema, lymphedema, and more.  (Check back next week to learn more about all the different conditions Dr. Clark finds solutions for, as well as more info on her specialities!)  Her work is rooted in deeply understanding the science supporting her treatments, and applying it holistically and effectively to each unique individual she treats.

“I would like to bring the science into natural health and infuse the nature back into medicine.”

-Dr. Aylah Clark

                Just a few weeks [...]

Community Resources- Full Heart Farm

Today I had the opportunity to sit down with Allyson, the founder and farmer at Full Heart Farm. Full Heart Farm is a beautiful, sustainable farm in Ledyard, CT that uses the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model to provide healthy farm-fresh food to members and local restaurants. Community supported agriculture describes a system where people pay a farmer in the spring to have a share in the harvest which means they receive a bag of fresh-picked vegetables each week.   Allyson loves her work and her connection with members.  She said “there is nothing more important to us than [...]