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Welcome to the website for Jim Chialtas, L.Ac., and Laurel Acupuncture Clinic of Functional Medicine, located in San Diego.
Click on the tabs above to learn more about what Functional Medicine is, and about many of the health concerns I specialize in. Or scroll down for my blog. You might find it helpful to use the labels in the lower right column to find topics that interest you.
In addition to seeing clients privately in my clinic, I also offer many of the same services remotely to US residents. Please feel free to contact me to set up a consultation or appointment. Thank you!
Don't Like Fish... Well They Like You!
The Omega-3 Fatty Acids found in fish oil (EPA and DHA) are not only an essential part of our cell’s structure, but are extremely anti-inflammatory in nature. Americans are overly inflamed as a general rule due to our over ingestion of grain which are heavy in Omega-6 Fatty Acids and our disturbing addiction to foods that spike our blood sugar. Omega-3’s are anti-inflammatory while Omega-6’s are pro-inflammatory. It is vital to balance out this Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio in order to maintain the stability of our health.
Inflammation can be linked to almost all of the current killers in our society today. Conditions like Heart Disease, Stroke, Alzheimer’s, Depression, Cancer, Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Type II Diabetes, and even Obesity can all be associated with lower than optimal levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acid intake such as those found in fish oils, and subsequent inflammation. Without the anti-inflammatory properties of fish oil these conditions are allowed to run wild and ruin lives.
The basic rundown of how this works is as follows. There are little hormones produced by our bodies called eicosanoids. Unlike most all other hormones which are produced in glands, eicosanoids are produced by every cell in the body and can therefore act on every cell of the body very directly. We have approximately 60 trillion eicosanoid glands in our bodies! Depending upon the ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 in our cells, these hormones can go in one of two directions. They can either be pro- or anti-inflammatory. There needs to be a balance of both to maintain proper health. The “good” ones work to prevent clotting, they open blood vessels, reduce pain, decrease cell division (good for fighting tumors), enhance the immune system, and improve brain function. The “bad” eicosanoids do exactly the opposite. They promote clotting, constrict blood vessels, promote pain, promote cell division, depress the immune system, and depress brain function. Which would you prefer? Do you like fish now?
There are two ways in which to improve the ratio of “good” to “bad” eicosanoids in the body. The first way is to improve your blood sugar and therefore produce less of the hormone Insulin. High levels of Insulin work to promote “bad” eicosanoid production. The second way is to take high doses of pharmaceutical grade fish oil. Taking a highly purified pharmaceutical grade fish oil allows you to take higher doses without the stomach upset, fishy burps, and heavy metal threat that are found in other less purified oils. This is one supplement that you want to spend more on to ensure quality. But the more you get your diet in line the less fish oil you have to take to achieve the same goal.
There are several tests that I can order to see exactly how inflamed you really are. I can order these tests anywhere in the country and drop ship you the high quality fish oil to boot. It is time for you to take a different path on your journey towards wellness. Believe me, the current medical model isn’t working. Standard treatment is focused upon subduing symptoms and not at all on fixing the problem. Call or email my clinic any time and let’s help you change your life!