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Breast Cancer Battle, Sharon Journey

Breast Cancer Battle

Let go of Fear and embrace Faith

Sharon Keller Breast Cancer Battle

Fear or Faith?

Breast Cancer Battle; this journey of cancer has taken many twists and turns. The twists and turns of a breast cancer journey involves three components and is a journey like I have never traveled, nor ever wanted to travel. I do have choices to make on this journey.  Fear or Faith? It is my choice.

The truths in this breast cancer battle from Dr. Dalal Akoury

The cancer is what it is and I am told by Dr. Dalal Akoury that I am to live in the moment. I am to embrace the present time I am in and find joy. I am to tame the cancer and learn to live with it. My faith tells me she is correct in this cancer journey. God is in control, not me…. I am to trust the Lord who created me as He  has every hair on my head counted. I am to embrace the journey in a way to have an awakening of myself. I need to forgive, love, and live in peace. I know what scripture says and that Dr. Dalal Akoury is right in her advice.

My breast cancer battle with mind

I know to the depths of my soul that Big C is Christ not cancer and little c is cancer. The Big C has already taken care of the little c. I know all of that. I thought I knew the truths in my soul to my very core. Breast cancer revealed what was in my heart. I do have faith. I love the Lord and trust him. Doubt and fear creeps in when I do not feel well after chelation, Vitamin C treatments. Fear creeps in in the middle of the night when I wake up all alone when the whole world is sleeping. The Big C becomes the cancer. I have a choice to make minute my minute and day by day. I have the choice to draw from the tree of life or the tree of death with my words and thoughts.

The choice is mine in this breast cancer battle

I get amazing and loving treatment during my treatment with Dr. Akoury. I get all the treatments I need. I get IPT, low dose chemo, ozone, along with any other treatments she decides for me. I take the reins from there in my choices as to how I receive those treatments.  I choose life, I have purpose that God has revealed to me through this journey. I choose life when I look at the faces of my beautiful grandchildren. I have a purpose in their life to be an example to them that you can overcome and thrive when unexpected things are thrown at you. In this moment and in this hour and in this day, I choose life and the words and thoughts that bring healing and life. I can tame this little cancer and be a stronger person because of it. Dr. Dalal Akoury’s words ring in my ears even when I am shaking in my shoes because I hurt and the lump seems bigger.  I will choose truth. Truth is real. Faith is real. God is real. Cancer is one of life’s lessons to find these truths. I will choose to hold on to that and walk out this amazing breast cancer journey to healing and purpose.

I would be so glad to talk to anyone interested in integrative oncology and Awaremed. Please call the office and ask for my phone number.  Ph: 843 213 1480 is the Awaremed office contact number.

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Understanding Bulimia in relation to Addiction

What is the relationship between Bulimia and Addiction?

For better understanding bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder that has a lot in common with drug and alcohol addiction. Overlapping behaviors of substance abuse and eating disorders are well-known; according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, approximately 35% of all women suffering from alcoholism also suffer from some form of an eating disorder.

There are many factors that can explain the connection between addiction and bulimia.

  • Genetics are one of the factors. The percent of the phenotype connection between bulimia nervosa and substance abuse is very high: 83%. Biology and genetics of a person directly determine their vulnerability to developing drug addiction, an eating disorder, or both.
  • Environmental factors such as childhood abuse, trauma, life transitions (moving to college, the death of a loved one, experiencing a divorce, etc.) or family history can influence the vulnerability of an individual. A person is more likely to abuse drugs or to suffer from eating disorders if a family member had the same problem and similar behaviors.

Therefore understanding bulimia nervosa in relation to addiction lays in common behaviors and characteristics. Compulsivity (purging, excessive exercise, drinking, etc.), obsessive preoccupation (any obsession: with food, activity, or substance), ritualistic behaviors, social isolation and impulsive choices are behaviors connecting bulimia and addictions.

Psychological connection between bulimia and addiction includes low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. This can be an enchanted circle of co-morbid conditions and suffering from bulimia, and a drug addiction can be devastating and too much to handle. All of the consequences can be destructive to both the individual and those around him who love and care about him/her.

Addictions have much in common. Integrated Addiction Conference has a lot to offer to those who are looking to learn more about different addictions, connections between them and treatments. Visit the official website and register https://www.awaremed.com/integrativeaddictionconference/

Bulimia and addiction (drug addiction more than others) often have in common the underlying cause and consequences. Researches show that bulimia comes first, and drug addictions follow this eating disorder. Some drugs like methamphetamine reduce hunger while other drugs and alcohol “help” vomiting.  Once again, researchers show that majority of people suffering from bulimia are young women. Why is this so? Bulimia has much to do with self-image and self-esteem. Wrong picture young woman get of their bodies lead them into torturing their body and vomiting after meals, to avoid consuming calories. TV shows, advertisement, social networks and the internet are promoting wrong ideals that people look up to; this leads to various disorders and addictions or a combination of these two.

People suffering from Bulimia nervosa often opt for marijuana to relax and calm down a bit. Their lives are stressful, and their psychical state requires professional help. Instead of admitting they have a problem, people usually turn their head and look for things to ease the pain or to keep their thoughts away from the problem.

Understanding Bulimia

Understanding Bulimia in relation to Addiction paves the way for meaningful treatment

Bulimia and addiction have much in common, and they can be treated at the same time. Like mentioned, there is usually the same cause underlying and by detecting the reason for addiction/bulimia, professionals will be able to help the patient and start the treatment with enough information.

Columbia University conducted a new study that shows the connection between bulimia and addictions from a different, biological angle. The study shows that people suffering from bulimia have similar dopamine hormone abnormalities in their brain, just like cocaine or alcohol addicts have. Also, craving for drugs/alcohol and feeling the urge to activate same parts of the brain. For more information, visit the Integrate Addiction Conference and find out more biological connections between bulimia nervosa and addictions. At the official website of the Conference, you will find more details about registration and speakers who will educate you more on these topics. Visit https://www.awaremed.com/integrativeaddictionconference/ and learn from experts about the connection between bulimia and addictions and how to treat them.


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Understanding Bulimia in relation to Addiction: Therapy

Treating Bulimia Nervosa and addictions (drug addiction or alcohol addiction) can be treated at the same time, due to their similarity. Most common ways are psychotherapy therapies (both group and individual) and cognitive-behavioral therapy. These therapies focus on the psyche of the patient and try to reach deeper to the cause of the problem. Group therapies are a good choice because they show patient they are not the only ones suffering from eating disorder and addictions. They will socialize and see the problem from a different angle, once they hear other people’s stories.

Now that we are understanding bulimia and addiction to have a very strong connection, it is important that we look for lasting solutions to this problem. Usually, there is one place to look at to find out the cause of these disorders. Professional help is required because these states can severely damage individual’s health and life quality, as well as the life of people who love them. Educate yourself more at https://www.awaremed.com/integrativeaddictionconference/ and explore the connection between bulimia nervosa and addictions at the Conference.


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Learn how to Establish a Profitable Addiction Clinic

Create Your Own Profitable Addiction Clinic

 A successful integrative addiction business requires a number of continuously working components in order to maintain optimal function. The forefront of concern is always that of the patient and their health. A successful integrative addiction business then is one that looks into all aspects of the patient’s given health and evaluates realistic long term goals. However, if an integrative addiction business is not operating under a successfully planned financial business model, it may not be able to maintain its long-term goals. Thus, a successful financial plan is necessary for establishing a profitable addiction clinic. A profitable addiction clinic is one that can produce the profits necessary to maintain its long-term goals. This is regarding a business model and function, as well as the care given to patients. The Integrative Addiction Conference focusses on exactly how to achieve this, as this topic is but one of many addressed at the upcoming August Austin, Texas event.

Addiction ClinicA profitable addiction clinic is a succeeding one. Here is an outline of some basic fundamental strategies for maintaining a profitable addiction clinic. For many addiction clinics, it is hard to attain the funds necessary to successfully operate from day to day.

A successful operation requires strong leaders, flexibility, and problem solving ability. The financial sphere of operation, then, is no exception. The following are general financial principles, which, like many of the businesses themselves, are able to be changed or adapted according to circumstance or environment. There are five general principles which will be addressed.

The first is that of cooperative purchasing. Studies have shown that in many of the successfully ran addiction clinics are planned in coordination with mental health agencies. Such has been the case on state levels.

The next principle is to make sure and have an adequate understanding of the population. One of these concerns is the usual severity of the given addictive disorder and the underlying circumstances surrounding it. Various factors are considered here for patients with co-occurring disorders.

The next obvious principle is to attain your finances. There are a number of ways to do this, but this can be a difficult process. The first possibility is federal funding. These come via a number of sources, but there are two big ones. The first is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA. Another big one is the National Institutes of Health, or NIH. There are other potential federal sources out there as well. The next possible source is via state funding. Here it is important to educate your business with the various state sources available. Here a helpful source is the National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse Directors. There are also possible private funding sources for your business. These can be a helpful addition to already preexisting and thriving conditions. The options here are vast, but the basic format is that a private foundation improves the function of a given business by offering additional service of sorts.

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With the financial component planned, the next thing to make sure is that you make wise decisions with those finances. Put simply, you need to make sure that you buy the best services. It is important to maintain the optimal services for the patients and keep them functioning at fully capacity. This is hard to do with addiction clinics, because there is far more research out there corresponding to successful treatments for general mental disorders than there is for those with substance abuse issues. Be this as it may, topics like these will be adequately addressed at the Integrative Addiction Conference. They are experts of their field will speak in depth on these matters.

Addiction ClinicFinally, the last principle is to design your business model around optimal performance of the employees. A smart approach is to design contracts which make sure the structural integrity of the program remains strong. You can achieve this by making your contracts performance-based. As a long term result, the forefront of concern, being the patient’s health, remains the number one incentive. The strategic planning of purchasing performance based services sets the foundation in place to be able to achieve this.

In summation, there are some important components that keep a successful integrative addiction business running properly. One of the most important factors to consider is the financial component. The number one concern of any successful integrative addiction business is that of the well-being of the patient. However, successful financial backing is the only way to achieve this goal, and keep it going, long term. Therefore five financial guiding principles of cooperative purchasing, understanding the population, attaining your finances, buying the best services and keeping them the best, and designing a performance-driven business model for your employees. All of these components make the necessary conditions for a flourishing and profitable addiction clinic.


Gut Neurotransmitters Connection and Addiction

Gut Neurotransmitters Connection and Addiction

With current and ongoing advancements in genetic testing and scientific knowledge, mankind is discovering more about the inner workings of the human body than ever before. Among the new discoveries and paths of inquiry is the link between gut health and psychological and neurological responses. It has been found that gut flora can have a significant influence on the developing brain chemistry of children, which can have an impact on their behavior as adults.

At the Integrative Addiction Conference 2016, experts on the subjects of addiction and nutrition address the link between gut flora, neurotransmitters, and addiction.

There are over three million bacterial cells inhabiting our bodies, and these bacteria can affect our bodies and minds in ways that we are only just beginning to explore. These bacteria can alter our ability to absorb certain vitamins and other vital nutrients, such as Vitamin B6, which is supposed to promote the health of nerve and muscle cells. Bacteria also affect the body’s immune response, increasing the risk of autoimmune diseases and other illnesses.

gut neurotransmitters However, the body requires certain beneficial bacteria to function correctly. Strains of Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus have been shown to not only control numbers of pathogenic bacteria, but also to favorably interact with the immune system and endocrinal system with long-term benefits.

Bacteria and other microbes have also been proven to affect brain chemistry and neurotransmitter production and reception. Studies in rats and mice have shown that those without the beneficial bacteria in their guts have impaired production of Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor or BDNF. This protein is known to be involved in anxiety response in humans, and low levels have been implicated in various psychiatric diseases including depression and chronic anxiety.

The animals which had no beneficial gut flora also displayed changes in the NMDA and 5HT1A neurotransmitter receptors, which are also involved in mood regulation. In schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, it is known that part of the cause is a faulty NMDA receptor. Production of tryptophan, the precursor to the generation of serotonin, is also adversely affected by the lack of beneficial gut flora.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which regulates our moods. It is also known as the “happiness molecule” and a deficit in serotonin levels is linked to depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, eating disorders, and insomnia, among others. In men, low serotonin levels are expressed as ADHD, impulsive behavior, and excessive drinking. Women are more likely to experience mood imbalances and food cravings.

Dopamine production and reception are also affected by the imbalance of gut flora. Dopamine is the “motivation molecule” and this is what gives us the ability to see things through, as well as giving us a sense of accomplishment when we achieve our goals. Dopamine deficiency manifests as apathy and lack of motivation, lack of ability to experience pleasure, and low libido. Very often the response to low dopamine levels is over-indulgence in pleasure-inducing substances such as alcohol and recreational drugs, or other self-destructive behaviors.

To function properly and be content, the levels of serotonin and dopamine should remain balanced. If we have too much serotonin and not enough dopamine, we feel unable to do anything and lack energy and drive. If dopamine is dominant over serotonin, we are unable to feel happiness and can only see problems without solutions.

gut neurotransmitters connectionsIf both dopamine and serotonin levels are low, we will have no motivation and no pleasure or contentment, resulting in depression and cravings.


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A large proportion of these neurochemicals is produced in the gut and affect appetite. It is only recently that research has been made into the possibility that the microbes in the gut produce the substances. As the production of these neurotransmitters and the anatomy of their receptors becomes affected or damaged by the presence of harmful microbes and the lack of beneficial bacteria in the gut, the symptoms associated with their deficiency or imbalance increase. Sufferers rely on ever-increasing quantities of mood-altering substances to balance the shortfall. But the pleasure granted by these devices and substances becomes more and more fleeting, so more and more has to be taken for the same “high”. Thus, addiction is born.

Colonizing the gut with healthy and beneficial bacteria is a process that has to start in childhood to be fully effective in regulating and maintaining brain chemistry. Once the neurotransmitters have been affected, it is much more difficult to rectify the problem and restore the balance. Understanding the problem informs the solution. Adopt a diet that limits gut damage and prevents the release of harmful bacteria into the blood stream. Nutritional supplements and probiotics can restore the beneficial gut flora to healthy levels. There are also supplements that can increase the production and supply of the neurotransmitters. A holistic and integrated approach to a solution will be more effective than treating only the neurochemical imbalance without addressing the cause, which lies in the gut and the gut flora.

The link between the gut, the brain, and addiction will be explored more fully at the Integrative Addiction Conference in August 2016. For more information and to register, visit the website at https://www.awaremed.com/integrativeaddictionconference/.



The broad categories of addiction treatment and care

The broad categories of addiction treatment and care: Where does treatment occur?

The broad categories of addiction treatment and care

The broad categories of addiction treatment and care includes among others group counseling which is very good for you and your family too.

The broad categories of addiction treatment and care normally occur in a variety of settings. These categories can be diversified and every individual patient has a choice to settle on any depending on the intensity of their addiction levels. Many people with addictions start their initial treatment at one level like for instance at the crisis services for detoxification and then move through the system until they can function as a productive and independent member of society. These treatment stages are not cast on stone and therefore can be changed according to convenience. Nonetheless when one is through with treatment and has attained the maximum benefits from the treatment experience, he or she can then be discharged says doctor Dalal Akoury (MD) who is a veteran addiction expert of many decades having been of great help to many people across the globe. Doctor Akoury says that it is important to appreciate that each category of care provides a different intensity of treatment provision and so expert’s opinion will be very vital in settling to any of the categories of treatment.

In the recent consolidation of alcohol treatment services and substance abuse treatment services into chemical dependence treatment services has resulted in four broad categories of care. We therefore want to focus our discussion on the four categories of treatment taking into consideration that currently even private licensed practitioners also provide alcohol and substance abuse treatment even though they are not reflected in the four categories. Now let us take a look at the summery of the four categories as follows:

The broad categories of addiction treatment and care: Crisis services (Detoxification and Withdrawal)

According to the professional explanations given by the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury, chemical dependence crisis services manage the treatment of alcohol or substance withdrawal, as well as acute disorders associated with alcohol or substance use. These services are often provided early in a person’s course of recovery and are relatively short in duration, and to be more specific, the process takes approximately three to five days, although some chemicals may require up to 30 days of managed withdrawal. It is also important to note that when administering crisis services it is most likely to lead to a referral for a continued care in a longer-term treatment setting. Crisis services may include medically managed detoxification in a hospital, medically supervised withdrawal in either an inpatient/residential or outpatient setting and medically monitored withdrawal in community-based settings. Doctor Akoury further says that while services will vary with the patient and the setting, in many instances such services may include:

  • Medical management of acute intoxication and withdrawal
  • Assessment
  • Stabilization of medical and psychiatric problems
  • Counseling
  • Pharmacological services
  • Determination of appropriate long-term care and
  • Referrals for other services.

The broad categories of addiction treatment and care: Inpatient Rehabilitation

Chemical dependence inpatient rehabilitation services provide intensive management of chemical dependence symptoms and medical management and monitoring of physical or mental complications from chemical dependence to individuals who cannot be effectively served as outpatients and who are not in need of medical detoxification or acute care. These services can be provided in a hospital or freestanding facility. Lengths of stay are usually in the 20-40 day range.

Providers conduct intensive evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation services in a medically supervised 24 hour/day, 7 days/week setting. Chemical dependence inpatient services include the following basic clinical procedures:

  • Individual and group counseling and activities therapy
  • Alcohol and substance abuse disease awareness and relapse prevention
  • Assessment and referral services for patients, families and significant others
  • HIV education, risk assessment and supportive counseling and referral
  • Vocational or educational assessment and
  • Medical and psychiatric evaluation

In addition, patients are given education about, orientation to, and opportunity for participation in, available and relevant self-help groups. These are very fundamental points that you and I must not take for granted by all means. We have since discussed the first tow treatment categories and we are certainly going to proceed with the remaining two in our next article. Therefore I want to encourage you to remain with us on the link and be the first to know of the broad categories of addiction treatment and care so that together we can all find lasting solutions to this scourge.

Finally even as we talk about the broad categories of addiction treatment and care, it is equally important to appreciate that this is not just any other treatment procedure. Many people often fail to realize their treatment objective because of various reasons including denial and ignorance. Doctor Dalal Akoury registers that in dealing with drug addiction, the biggest enemies of successful addiction treatment denial and ignorance are the biggest obstacle which must first be addressed. Many users often refuse to acknowledge that they have a problem which really needs to be fixed for them to live a normal and productive life. Therefore if you or anyone you know falls in this category of people who are struggling with any kind of addiction and are in denial, we want to help you get out of that cocoon so that you can be helped go through the recovery journey effectively. You may want to reach out for doctor Dalal Akoury for professional help. And remember that because of her passion in helping the addicts regain their lives back, doctor Akoury made a decision to create a medical center whose main objective is to transform each individual’s life through increasing awareness about health and wellness and by empowering individuals to find their own inner healing power. Besides Dr. Akoury’s practice focuses on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of patching up symptoms and you can reach out for her help on telephone number 843 213 1480 by scheduling for an appointment for the commencement of your recovery journey today.

The broad categories of addiction treatment and care: Where does treatment occur?