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As a Naturopathic Service Provider, we provide consultation for a wide array of conditions and offer different programs that will improve your health on a long-term basis. We offer naturopathic medicine, disease prevention, natural hormone replacement, dietary modification, fertility health, toxemia reduction and many more.

Our goal is to get to the underlying problem and help you to achieve optimal health so that you can function at your highest capacity. Our Naturopathic Doctor will talk with you, review your health history, assess and evaluate your condition to determine what methods would be best for you. Our job is to actively listen to your concerns and address them because we believe you know your body best. Only by actively listening, and hearing what you are saying or feeling can we address the conditions that maybe affecting you.

The techniques we use here at U-Value-U are manifold and are grounded on approaches that have been proven to be effective since ancient times.

We are not into fads, trend setting, or sound bites; the approaches we implement are intended to be lifelong approaches to keep the body, mind, and spirit healthy as you try to attain optimal health.

Our services cover a wide array of conditions as listed below:

ACUTE ILLNESSES:

Acute illnesses are those conditions that have a sudden onset, they are short-lived. These conditions have temporary effects on a person's health; they may cause discomfort and may even result in missing a few days from work. The goal of our acute illness program is to get you back to feeling better as quickly as possible, educate you, and offer suggestions that should decrease your chance of having the same ailments repeatingly.

Because acute illnesses are rampant and usually result in decrease in productivity and performance, our goal is to provide you with the tools you need to limit the number of acute illnesses you have each year. This requires obtaining information about recent exposures, profession, family history, dietary intake, your rationale as to why you have the illness, and measures you agree to follow to help you get better. Below are a few of the many acute illnesses that we here at U-Value-U can help with. If your condition is not on the list, do not fret, just contact us and ask if we are able to help you regardless of what your condition may be. If we are not able to help you, we may be able direct you to a provider that can handle your situation.

There are so many acute illnesses that people have that it would be unrealistic to list them all.

  • Acute Appendicitis
    • Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. The appendix is located in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen and it is said that its function is unknown. When the appendix is inflamed the affected person reports pain and tenderness in the lower right abdomen. The symptoms often start out mild but progresses and become severe with time. The pain and tenderness may worsen with application of pressure. Persons with appendicitis may have a positive McBurney's, a test that indicates the presence of inflammation. When the practitioner applies pressure over the appendix area and releases the pressure, the affected person reports tenderness to the area. The pain associated with appendicitis may worsen and sometimes migrate to other parts of the abdomen and can be strong in the umbilical area. The abdominal wall of the person may be rigid predominantly on the right side. Coughing and deep breathing increases the pain.
      Other symptoms that are common with appendicitis are chills, fever, constipation, vomiting, decrease appetite, difficulty passing gas, swelling in the abdomen, flexion of the right leg to ease the discomfort over the right lower abdomen while lying in bed and nausea. When acute appendicitis sets in it is important to take action immediately. If the symptoms associated with appendicitis continues to progress beyond 48 hours, the chance of the appendix being ruptured increases.
  • Acute Asthma (Asthma Attack)
    • This is a lung disorder in which the airways of the lungs are blocked. When an asthma attack occurs the muscles surrounding the bronchi constricts which causes the airway to become narrowed. The constricted airway makes it hard for air to leave the lungs. During an asthma exacerbation the bronchi produce excessive mucus, becomes inflamed and are sensitive to irritants. The sensitivity of the bronchi leads to bronchial spasms, swelling and mucus clogging the system.
      Symptoms of asthma are coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, difficulty getting air out and thick mucus.
      Asthma attack frequently occurs at night. The person is usually awaken by a cough and wheezing. Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath , a feeling of being suffocated and chest tightness develops. Medical intervention may be necessary but the condition may subside after a few hours.
      Allergens or irritants often trigger an asthma attacks. Things that may trigger an attack are dust mites, food additives, pollutants, fumes, chemicals, perfumes, mold, tobacco smoke and dander. Stress, anxiety, changes in the temperature, pollens, respiratory infections and changes in humidity may also trigger an attack.
      Most people with asthma suffer from allergies of some type. As people are expose to more pollutants the number of asthma cases continue to soar. Exposure to many industrial products such as sulfites, urethane, gas, polyurethane, epoxy resins, dry cleaning products and many other noxious chemicals increases the risk of asthma.
  • Acute Bronchitis
    • Often starts out as an infection in the throat area that has make its way down into the chest. The bronchi are the two branches or tubes coming off the trachea. The bronchial tubes allows for exchange of gases between the air and the lungs. They carry oxygen and carbon dioxide in and out of the lungs. The bronchi are lined with mucus, however, when they become inflamed, increase mucus is produced. Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes. The increase production of mucus may cause the airway to become clogged or blocked. Most time when bronchial infection occurs the culprit is viral. The bronchi and bronchioles may become irritated from exposure to allergens such as fumes, sprays, pesticides, chemicals and perfumes. Symptoms that result are coughing, excess mucus formation, chest discomfort, sometimes pain in the back, fever, sore throat, problems with breathing and chilling. The common cold and flu when not treated promptly can move down into the chest and cause bronchitis. Untreated or poor treated bronchitis may lead to pneumonia.
  • Acute Cholecystitis (Gallbladder inflammation)
    • This is inflammation of the gallbladder. The gallbladder is an organ located in the upper right abdomen just below the liver and aids in fat digestion. Inflammation of the gallbladder may result in sudden onset of severe pain in the upper right abdomen accompanied by nausea, vomiting, fever and chills. The abdominal pain may be a sharp or dull cramp like pain and may spread to the right shoulder or back. The person's abdomen may harden and is often tender when pressure is applied at or below the lower border of the ribs on the right side. The condition may resolve independently but can be severe enough to result in death if left untreated.
      Infection of the gallbladder maybe due to the presence of mucus in the gallbladder and in these instances the condition may resolve in a few days. If the infection is due to the presence of pus or debris in the gallbladder chills and fever may be present. Pus and debris accompany by chills and fever may require immediate intervention. Gallstones in the gallbladder may cause inflammation to the gallbladder. Stones in the gallbladder can irritate its lining making it easier for bacteria in the bile to invade the walls of the gallbladder and lead to inflammation. If the ducts that are attached to the gallbladder becomes inflamed similar symptoms of a gallbladder infection will be present.
  • Acute Gastroenteritis (Stomach flu):
    • Gastroenteritis is inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the stomach and the intestine. The condition is also referred to as the stomach flu or bug. The etiology of gastroenteritis may be viral or bacterial, however, the majority of cases are viral in origin. Viruses that may be responsible for gastroenteritis are rotavirus and norovirus. Other etiologies of gastroenteritis are stress, medicines, allergies, and chemical irritants. The condition is highly contagious and may spread through close contact with an infected person, or via contaminated food and water. Symptoms of gastroenteritis are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, fever, chills, abdominal pain, muscle aches, headache and loss of appetite. The acute symptoms usually last for 72 hours but residual symptoms may last for up to 10 days.
  • Acute Laryngitis (Hoarseness, Aphonia)
    • Laryngitis is inflammation of the larynx. Laryngitis occurs when the voice box, larynx and vocal cords become inflamed. Inflammation of these structures causes the person to become hoarse or lose their voice temporarily. The person may report a feeling of raw throat, or tickling in the throat. The person with hoarseness can speak but experiences difficulty speaking and may resort to whispering which worsen and prolong the condition. The person who has complete lost of voice is aphonic, they may communicate via writing. Laryngitis may result from doing too much loud speaking or from yelling. Other causes of laryngitis are viral illnesses such as cold or flu, acid reflux, upper respiratory infection and cigarette smoking. The condition tends to resolve on its own but may last longer if the person has allergies, or comes in frequent contact with chemicals that are irritating. Recovery from laryngitis is dependent on the severity of the condition. If hoarseness last beyond 10 days this may indicate an underlying condition.
  • Acute Pharyngitis (Sore throat)
    • Inflammation to the pharynx located in the back of the throat. Acute pharyngitis is also called sore throat. Symptoms of pharyngitis are scratchy throat, irritated throat, soreness and difficulty swallowing. Sore throat may occur anytime throughout the year but seems to occur more often in the colder months. The cause of pharyngitis may be viral or bacterial. Most cases of sore throat are viral; they are self-limiting, must run their course and usually resolve with time. Viral illnesses that may be responsible for sore throat includes influenza, the cold and mononucleosis. A sore throat may occur because of a bacterial invasion. The most common bacteria that is responsible for sore throat is the group A streptococcus. Other bacteria that may cause sore throat are chlamydia and gonorrhea. When bacterial infection such as group A streptococcus is responsible for sore throat affected persons may report difficulty swallowing, swollen lymph nodes, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, enlarged tonsils, red throat with white spots on the back of the throat, fever, chills, malaise and odd taste in the mouth. Bacterial pharyngitis is treated with antibiotic and the individual is considered contagious until they have been on the antibiotic for a full 24-hour. Measures can be taken at home to help alleviate the symptoms of a sore throat, however, if the symptom persist, medical intervention is necessary to rule out bacterial infection.
  • Acute sinusitis
    • This is a short-term condition that affects the sinuses. Sinusitis, inflammation or swelling to the membranes that line the sinus cavities is a very common condition that affects millions of individuals on a yearly basis. Acute sinusitis may occur as a result of a cold, allergies, absent of cilia, nasal polyps, cavities, cigarette smoke, perfume, deviated septum or any condition or illness that affects the sinuses or causes increase mucus build up. Symptoms of sinusitis includes congested nose, facial pain, tenderness over the cheeks, nose and forehead, earache, headache, fever, dry cough, drainage of mucus to the back of the throat, a cough that is often worse at night, irritated throat, toothache, fatigue, decrease in sense of taste, reduced sense of smell and thick, yellow or green mucus. If left untreated a sinus infection may migrate down into the throat and chest causing throat infection, bronchitis, asthma, or pneumonia. Most sinus infection are viral and get better on their own or with self treatment.
  • Angular Cheilitis/Cheilosis
    • This is an inflammation or crack that occurs usually in the corner of the mouth. The cracks tend to be painful and may last from days to month. The exact cause of cheilosis is unknown, however it has been speculated that it may be due to fungal or bacterial infection. Other purported causes of cheilosis are medications, environmental conditions, and nutritional deficiency. Cheilosis affects individuals of all age group. The condition may last anywhere from days to months; sometimes it is essential to obtain treatment. The classic sign of angular cheilosis is cracking or fissures in the corner of the mouth with redness. Persons with angular cheilosis may have sores, drainage from the ulcers, dry cracked lips and the tissues around the mouth may be soft and tender. If the condition persist for more than 2 weeks help should be sought.
  • Colds
    • The common cold is viral in nature and is self-limiting. A cold tends to occur when certain ideal conditions exist that lowers the body's ability to ward off infection. Colds may occur from over exhaustion, stress, weakened immune system, recent or current infections, inhalation of irritants (dust , perfumes, or gas) or allergic reactions,
      Colds occur when the mucus membranes in the respiratory airway becomes inflamed. Persons may experience runny nose, irritated throat, watery eyes, fever, headaches, muscle aches, chills, diminished sense of smell and taste.
      The cold and flu share many symptoms ; the symptoms of the flu tends to be more severe than a cold.
      Differences between the cold and flu

  • Conjunctivitis
    • Commonly refer to as "pink eye". It is inflammation of the conjunctiva or the membrane lining the inner part of the eyelid. Conjunctivitis may be cause by a virus, bacterium, allergen or chemical. The person with conjunctivitis may have eyes that are pink to bloodshot, irritated, itchy, gritty sensation, teary eyes or eyes that have drainage of thick discharge that accumulates in and on the eyes overnight. When there is discharge, mucus or pus from the eyes, the eyelids are usually stick together when closed for sometime. Discharge may or may not be present with conjunctivitis. A thin, watery discharge may be viral in nature. White, stringy discharge often indicates allergic conjunctivitis. When the discharge is thick or pus like the origin is usually bacterial. Not all conjunctivitis requires medical interventions as some do resolve on their own with time. The redness associated with conjunctivitis may be due to exposure to allergens, dust, contact lens solutions, foreign objects in the eyes, makeup, fumes, and other chemicals.
  • Catarrh (excess mucus)
    • Excess mucus may occur with several illnesses. Catarrh is often seen with infections that affect the nasal passage, throat, trachea and bronchi. Persons may have postnasal drainage, sore or irritated throat, sinusitis, headache, runny nose, breathing problems, glued ears (fluid-filled middle ears) and fatigue.
  • Chills
    • Chills are often an indication of an underlying condition. Usually they indicate that the body is trying to fight a virus or bacterium. They are often times accompanied by a rise in body temperature or a fever. Symptoms include sweating, difficulty staying warm even when bundled up, shaking, shivering, body aches and trembling.
  • Cough
    • A cough is a reflex action to remove or clear the airways of mucus, irritant, blockage or some type of foreign body. Coughs maybe productive or non productive. The person with a cough may or may not produce phlegm or mucus. Coughs are common when colds, flus or other infections are present in the body. .
      If the cough is bronchial in origin it will feel tight and painful.
      Sometimes when a sinus infection is present, drainage from the sinuses may drip down into the throat and trigger a cough. The drainage in the throat may cause a tickling sensation followed by a cough.
      If the cough is barky and raspy it is refer to as a croupy cough. Persons with a croupy cough often sound raspy and have a difficult time coughing up phlegm.
      Most cough are innocuous and are short-lived, however, if damage is done to the tissues of the lungs from pneumonia or other lung condition a chronic cough may persist.
      A cough may be present if a tumor or lung cancer is present. In this case the cough will be mild, but worsens over time and may be accompanied by blood.
      A person who smoke or is exposed to smoking may have what is called a smoker's cough. If a smoker's cough is present this is a warning sign to give up tobacco. Cough may also be present in persons with tuberculosis.
  • Debility
    • This is a feeling of weakness or fatigue in the body. Individuals with this condition may have problems moving specific parts of the body. The person may have tremors in the part of the body that is affected. Persons with this condition may experience fatigue in one area or throughout the entire body. The condition may be caused by virus or bacteria, and may be temporary or ongoing. Symptoms of debility are a sense of exhaustion or being tired all or most of the time. The individual may have slow response, muscle twitching, cramps, dizzy spells, confusion, pain or changes in visions. Etiology may include the flu, inability to sleep, medications, low blood, or other disease state.
  • Dyspepsia (Indigestion)
    • Indigestion is one of the most common health issues. If left untreated the condition may lead to anemia, degenerative diseases, immunocompromised system, and food allergies. Symptoms that are common with indigestion include abdominal pain, gas, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, bloating sensation, belching, rumbling, gnawing feeling in the stomach and early satiety. Primary causes of indigestion are stress and dietary habits. The condition may occur from excessive eating, eating too fast, eating spicy, greasy fatty foods, lying down too soon after eating, low acid, too many soft drink, use of nicotine or alcohol, medications and from ingesting of food that are allergens. Symptoms of indigestion may point to underlying health issues such as acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastric cancer, peptic ulcer or pancreatic issues. Addressing indigestion is essential to prevent deterioration in health. Different test may be done to determine the best measure to resolve the condition.
  • Eczema
    • This is a type of dermatitis or inflammation of the skin. Eczema is characterized by patchy scales, flaky, redden, thickened, itchy patches of skin that are inflamed and dry. It is frequently seen in young kids but may be present at any age. Eczema may flare up, resolve, and then flare up. Reddish or brownish gray, hyperpigmented patches may be present to the skin with tiny raised bumps. These bumps may ooze when scratched and may become infected. The intense itching associated with eczema causes the person to scratch the skin leading to a vicious cycle of irritation and inflammation. Areas of the body that are affected the most are behind the knees, inner elbows, scalp, the face and the chest. Eczema is believed to occur when the immune system goes into overdrive in response to an irritant or an allergen. It is said to be due to the body reacting abnormally to proteins that are part of the system. Known triggers for eczema are perfumes, cosmetics, rubber, medicated ointments and creams, poison ivy, metal alloys, chemicals found in cleaning products, detergents, materials that are rough such as wool, synthetic fabrics, sweating, some foods, food dyes, stress and fatigue. If the condition is left untreated it will take a toll on the immune system causing more serious and life threatening conditions to develop.
  • Epistaxis (Nose Bleed)
    • There are many blood vessels in the front and back of the nose. These blood vessels are close to the surface, are very fragile and may rupture with the result being a nosebleed. Nosebleed occurs more frequently in adults, but may occur in children. A nosebleed may originate from blood vessels in the front of the nose (anterior nose bleed) or from vessels in the back of the nose (posterior nose bleed). When the nosebleed originates in the back of the nose or the deepest part of the nose, blood may drain down the back of the throat triggering stomach discomfort. The causes of nosebleed includes physical injury, exposure to dry air which may cause fissures in the nasal surface, picking or scratching of the nose, blowing the nose too hard, changes in atmospheric pressure, and any medication that dries out the nasal membranes. Other etiologies of nosebleed are hypertension, bleeding problem, blood clotting disorder and cancer. Nose bleeds often subside on there own when appropriate intervention is applied. Should a nosebleed last longer than 20-30 minutes seek immediate medical intervention as this may indicate posterior nosebleed, the more serious type of nosebleed.
  • Erysipelas
    • This is a bacterial infection that affects the upper layer of the skin. The primary cause is the group A streptococcus bacteria. Symptoms include fever, chills, large raised blisters, swelling, redness and discoloration. The skin tends to be bright red or pink and look glazed. Itching and burning maybe present. A well-demarcated edge is present to the affected area and the area is usually firm and hot to touch. It affects mainly the face and the legs. The condition is said to be very contagious and may be fatal.
  • Eustachian tube Dysfunction (Ear Barotrauma)
    • The eustachian tubes serve to connect the middle ear to the nasopharynx, which is the upper throat and the back of the nasal cavity. The Eustachian tubes control pressure within the middle ear, aiding to equalize pressure inside the ear with the atmospheric pressure outside the body. The tubes are often closed, but they open when a person yawns, swallow or chew, allowing air to pass through the middle ear and the nasopharynx. Rapid changes in atmospheric pressure may cause a sudden onset of blockage or clogging in the ear, which sometimes occur at higher altitude or while traveling in a plane. When the changes in the air pressure occur a person can yawn, swallow and chew to help open the Eustachian tubes to help equalize the pressure in the middle ear. Sometimes these methods are not adequate to open the tubes enough to aid with equalizing the pressure. When this occurs persons may have dizziness, discomfort, fullness or stuffiness to the ears and ringing in the ear (tinnitus). Examination of the ear may reveal changes in the location of the eardrum from the pressure changes. The eardrums may look slightly pushed in or out and fluid or blood may be build up behind the eardrum. Resolution of the condition may takes days or months depending on the severity.
  • Fever
    • The normal temperature of the body range from 97ºF to 99ºF in most individuals. A fever is an increase in the temperature of the body above what is considered normal for the individual. It is not a disease per se but it is a symptom that indicates that there is an infection or disease present. Fevers are prevalent in many illnesses. Some persons know what there normal body temperature is so what may be a normal temperature for one person may be a fever for another, however if temperature starts to go above 100ºF or higher then a fever is present. The presence of a fever may be a good thing if the body is allowed to heal itself. Actions should be taken to manage a fever if it becomes bothersome, however a low-grade fever may be beneficial.
      Persons with a fever may experience body aches, headaches, fatigue, flushing, increase heart rate, nausea and tiredness.
  • Heat Exhaustion
    • Heat exhaustion often result due to depletion of water and from low salt intake. During perspiration salt, potassium and water is lost; when these minerals are not replaced, dehydration may occur when persons are exposed to heat for a period of time. The dehydration my cause loss in blood volume, difficulty regulating heat and eventually shock.
      The person afflicted with heat exhaustion may have malaise, tiredness, thirst, weakness, loss of appetite, pallor, dizziness, headache, flu like symptoms, fast heart beat, difficulty focusing, nausea and vomiting.
  • Heat Stroke
    • Heat stroke is a serious, life threatening condition requiring prompt attention. Immediate attention is required to prevent seizures and possibly death.
      Symptoms of heat stroke are temperature as high as 105ºF or higher, decrease sweating, terrible headache, confusion, numbness, tingling, delirium, rapid heart beat, rapid respiration and elevated blood pressure.
  • Hives (Urticaria)
    • Hives are wheals or welts that are on the skins. They are itchy, raised and fleshed color. They may occur suddenly and may be accompanied by intense itching causing the skin to become more swollen. The welts may last from minutes to days. Hives are usually a reaction to some type of allergen, physical irritation, emotions or stress. Hives develop because histamine is being release and as a result the blood vessels leak fluid into the layers of the skin. Many agents are known to cause hives to occur. Medications, some food products and pollutants are causative agents of hives.
  • Impetigo
    • Impetigo is a contagious condition that affects the skin. It often occurs on the face, neck and hands and is caused by the streptococcal bacteria. The staphylococcus bacteria may also cause impetigo. The condition occurs predominantly in children and is seen mainly in the summer months. Impetigo should be treated immediately, if left untreated it can lead to boils, ulcers and other complications.
      Impetigo may occur when there is an opening in the skin from abrasions, cuts or bites. The openings in the skin serve as an entry for bacteria. It starts out as an area of redness followed by swollen blister-like lesions. The blisters have straw colored fluid and when left undisturbed they break down in about 4 days forming a honey colored crust. The area takes time to heal, but it is important to avoid scratching the skin to prevent spreading of the infection and secondary infection.
  • Inflammation
    • Inflammation may occur due to injury, sprain/strain, arthritis, infections, and cancer. An inflammation is a response of the body to protect and heal itself when an injury occurs such as a bruise or a sprain. Inflammation can occur in any organ or tissues in the body. When inflammation is internal, this is usually associated with bacterial condition. Symptoms that may be present with inflammation are redness, warmth/heat, swelling, limitation of movement and pain at the affected area. A fever may be present if the inflammation is severe. It is important that immediate care be received to prevent development of an infection.
  • Influenza (flu
    • Influenza is said to be a viral infection of the respiratory tract and is spread by sneezing and coughing. There are three main strains: influenza A, B, and C, however, the strain changes frequently from one year to the next with type A being the most common. The condition may occur suddenly after a period of 2-3 days of incubation. The initial signs of the flu maybe liken to the common cold with symptoms of weakness, headache, mild chills, and some aching. With the flu the symptoms are exacerbated. Person may have high fever, chills, sore throat, headache, hoarseness, cough, extreme exhaustion, enlarged lymph nodes, malaise, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.
      Complications of Influenza are pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infection, and other respiratory related conditions. It is imperative to start to treat the symptoms, as they develop to prevent complications.
  • Mononucleosis (Mono)
    • Infectious mononucleosis is a contagious disorder that is caused by the Epstein Barr virus (EBV) and affects the spleen and the lymphatic system. It is also refer to as the "kissing disease" as this is one of the modes of transmission, with saliva being the carrier. Other methods of transmission are sexual contacts, sharing of utensils, and through the air. Symptoms of mononucleosis are fatigue, fever, body ache, malaise, swollen lymph nodes, headache, jaundice, sore throat, depression, rash and enlarged tonsils. The spleen and liver may be enlarged with mono, therefore, individuals with the condition should avoid all contact sports to prevent rupture of these organs. The incubation period is about 10 days amongst children but nearly 2 months in adults. The presentation of mono is similar to that of the flu but may last 4 weeks after all other classic symptoms disappear. The condition is often mild and resolve on its own. Generalized weakness or fatigue may last for 8 weeks after the condition is resolved, however, some individuals report fatigue, months and even years after the event. Because a virus causes the condition, antibiotics will not help this condition, they often worsen it. The virus remains in the body for life but the infection when treated appropriately goes away.
  • Otitis Externa (Swimmer's Ear)
    • Otitis externa is an infection of the outer ear in the tubes that connects the ear to the eardrum. The condition is call swimmer's ear because it often occurs following swimming in a pool, pond, or creek. The infection often occurs because of moisture or dampness in the ear canal, which serves as an ideal place for bacteria to grow. Earwax functions as a natural defense in protecting the ear from infection, however, repeated wetting and softening of ear wax causes it to lose it protective function, resulting in a breeding ground for bacteria. Otitis externa may also occur from an opening in the thin layer of skin that lines the ear canal. The skin layer may be abraded from scratching and from application of foreign objects in the ear. Any opening to the skin in the ear canal serves as an entry for bacteria. Symptoms of otitis externa are swelling, redness, warmth, pain in the ear, itching and increase fluid drainage. The infection may advance causing severe pain to the face, neck or head. Fever or swollen lymph nodes may be present and indicates advancing infection.
  • Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infection)
    • Otitis media is a middle ear infection that tends to occur frequently in infants and children. The infection is localized directly behind the eardrum, where the small ear bones are located. The cause of otitis media or the inflammation in the eardrum may be viral or bacterial. The condition seems to occur more frequently in the colder months. Individuals with past history of ear infections are prone to develop otitis media. Ear infections often occur following a respiratory infection. Persons often had cold symptoms of runny or stuffy nose, or a cough a few days prior to the ear pain. Symptoms of a middle ear infection are ear pain, fullness, high fever, pressure in the ear, irritability, tugging at the ears, drainage from the ears, loss of appetite and problems sleeping. Many children with otitis media often wake up in the middle of the night with pain, fever and pulling on the ears. Ear infections may resolve on their own, however, medical care is warranted if fever and pain persist. The treatment of otitis media differs from person to person base on the severity of the condition. Persons may report fullness or pressure in the ear with otitis media and even sometimes after the middle ear infection is gone.
      The Eustachian tube connects the middle ear to the pharynx and sometimes the tube becomes blocked or congested causing fluid to accumulate behind the eardrum. Fluid may continue to build up behind the middle ear even after an infection is resolve. This may present as fullness in the ear and impact the ability to hear. When this occurs it is refer to as otitis media with effusion.
  • Pneumonia
    • Pneumonia is an infection of the bronchi and the lungs. Pneumonia may be viral, bacterial, fungal or protozoal in nature. In persons with pneumonia the alveoli (small grapelike sacs where gas exchange occurs) are inflamed and ridden with mucus. The condition is often followed by an illness such as a cold, cough, bronchitis or other respiratory infections.
      Symptoms include fever, chills, cough, soreness, achy muscles, sore throat, bloody sputum, enlarged lymph nodes, chest discomfort, rapid, difficult breathing, and discoloration to the skin. Pneumonia can be a life threatening; if suspected it should be attended to promptly.
  • Scabies
    • Scabies is an infection of the skin that is caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite also called the "human itch mite". The mite is microscopic and is transmitted from skin to skin contact or through infested linens and clothes. The condition affects individuals from all walks of life. The primary symptom of scabies is an intense itch that makes a person wants to tear the skin off. The part of the affected body part itches continuously then eases up, then resume. Scabies marks are usually never above the neck. It is often on the hands, webs of the fingers, wrist, elbows, waist, underarms and feet. The telltale sign of scabies is intense itching at night and rash. The mite can live on the skin for about 2 months. Care must be taken to prevent scratching the skin to the point of breaking as this increase the risk for secondary infection.
  • Shingles
    • Shingles is also known as herpes zoster virus. Chicken pox and shingles shares the same virus. Once a person have chicken pox the virus that cause chicken pox stays dormant in the spinal cord and nerve ganglia for many years. As a person ages the immune system becomes weaker and the virus may be triggered resulting in shingles. Symptoms that are often present with shingles include burning, stinging pain along a nerve pathway to the affected body part 3-4 days prior to the eruption of blisters. The blisters when cropped up are red and often in a cluster. The rash is painful and itchy and may last for about 3 weeks. Sites that are often affected are abdominal area, under the ribs and atop the navel. It can occur any where on the body and is more prevalent after age 50. Shingles may occur when the body comes in contact with anything that weaken the immune system. Any substance that the body identifies as toxic may weaken the body and trigger shingles. A case of shingles may take a long time to resolve as the pain associated with the condition may last for months or years.
  • Skin Rash
    • Skin rash is an eruption on the skin that may take the form of bumps, itching, chapped, thickening or scaling. Rashes maybe due to chemical reactions, wind, sunburn, insect bites, allergies, medication, alcohol, detergents, cosmetics, friction and diseases. Skin rash is an indication of an underlying problem and should be address. Illnesses that may be accompanied by rash are chicken pox, measles, scarlet fever, fifth disease, Kawasaki disease and impetigo. In children skin rash often indicate that there is some sort of allergic component or sensitivity. When a rash develops it is important not to scratch the rash if it itches as this may lead to secondary bacterial infection.
  • Stye (Hordeolum)
    • A stye is a condition of the eyelid characterized by a red bump that crops up on the edge of the eyelid. The affected person may report gritty sensation to the eye, eye pain, tenderness, sensitivity to light, swollen eyelid, and tearing of the eye. The bump looks like a pimple and maybe swollen, painful and tender to touch. It is often cause by a bacterium that has invaded a hair follicle or a sweat gland. The condition may also occur when a sweat or oil gland becomes clogged. Styes can takes days before they rupture and resolve on their own, however, some styes may require medical intervention. Resolution of styes is important as they may continue to grow and may require excision.
  • Swollen Glands (Lymphadenopathy)
    • Swollen glands are enlarged glands that occur in areas where the lymph modes or glands are found. The lymphatic system is made up of a network of vessels called lymph. Lymph is a fluid composing of several minerals and other substances. The lymphatic system protects the body from infection. The system has several lymph nodes or glands (small masses of tissues) that are located through the body. These nodes serve as gatekeepers to filter out infections and rid them out of the system. They have lymphocytes, a type of white blood cells. When infections are in the body the nodes trap the pathogens and debris creating an inflammatory response.
      The inflammatory response causes enlargement in the nodes usually close to areas where the infection maybe present. There maybe tenderness, heat, redness, pain and swelling to the affected node. Lymph nodes are present throughout the body; they can be found are in the armpits, under the jaw, on both sides of the neck, both sides of the groin, above the collarbones, in front of and behind the ears to name a few sites. These nodes may be enlarged in illnesses such as ear infection, common cold, flu, tooth infection, skin infection and in many other illnesses.

PREVENTATIVE HEALTH PROGRAM

The old adages "Prevention is the Best Cure" and "An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure" holds true especially in today's world. Our preventative health program focuses on preventing all dis-eases. In this program, you will learn life-time skills to implement in your day-to-day living that will keep you and your family healthy. Once you have acquired these skills, techniques, and strategies, it will be up to you how you want to use them. You will be educated on basic steps you can implement around your living quarters, how to take care of those you love, and how to have good health regardless of genetic constitution.

Our preventative health program focuses on conditions that tends to be frightening to many. These include conditions such as cancer, diabetes, hepatitis, sexual transmitted infections, and health issues that you may be concern about either because it "runs in my family" or because you know a lot of people with a particular condition. This program is geared towards keeping you healthy so you can have increase vitality, increase energy and live life to the fullest!!

REVERSAL PROGRAM

Our reversal program focuses on halting different diseases or ailments that you have been diagnosed with, or feel that you have. The program requires readiness to change your condition, and give your body the chance to experience a renewed life. This program is not for those who enjoy embracing the sick role, having people feeling sorry for them, or anyone who feels that they have always been sick, and there is nothing that can be done about it.

The ideal candidate for the reversal program is an individual who after many years of traditional medicinal regimens, have come to terms with the fact that they are tired of being sick, and what they are currently doing is not working. This program is for persons who desperately wants to get a second chance at life!!! In this program, we will work together to develop a plan of care that will be specific to your needs, condition, budget and lifestyle.

A few conditions that are treated in our Preventative Program are below:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hypertension

WEIGHT LOSS (MAINTENANCE) PROGRAM

Our weight loss/maintenance program will provide you with strategies that will help you lose or maintain your desirable body weight. Here at U-VALUE-U we do not believe it is necessary to count calories, diet, starve your cells or pop a pill to help with weight loss. Our goal is to get you to reach your ideal weight. This program will teach you about what foods are right for you base on factors such as age, genetic constitution, blood type and the body's natural craving for specific food.

We will provide you with the support and motivation that is needed and help you become the person that you want to see when you wake up and look in the mirror. We want you to not even worry about looking in the mirror because you feel so good about you!!! In this program we will obtain measurements, set realistic goals and help you live a healthy life without the need to starve your cells.

WOMEN'S HEALTH PROGRAM

The women's health program focuses on health issues that affects women exclusively. Women are the backbone of many families, however, most women spend their life day in and day out trying to maintain and preserve the health of their family and often forgetting their own health. This program will help women to deal with many health issues that they have been conditioned to think are a normal part of being a woman.

Our philosophy here at U-Value-U is that if a woman (mother, wife) does not know how to take care of her own health, there is no way she can be entrusted to manage the health of those she loves. This program teaches women how to value their own health and watch the positive impact of their health transform the lives of those they love the most. This program will provide women with the confidence and tools they need to take care of their family.

A few conditions that are covered in this program are below:

  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease
  • Infertility
  • Fibroids
  • Painful menstruation (Dysmenorrhea)
  • Increased menstruation (menorrhagia)
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

MEN'S HEALTH PROGRAM

Our men's health program is geared towards health problems that afflict men. In many cultures, men are dependent on the women in their lives to keep them in good health. Unfortunately, as mentioned before, many women do not have the basic skills that are necessary to take care of themselves (no fault of theirs), thus unintentionally jeopardizing the health of their family. The last few decades have seen a rise in the number of male related health issues which were uncommon among past generations. Our programs at U-VALUE-U will help you identify your risk of developing health issues that are seen in men and provide you with solutions on how to take care of any current issues. We will teach you strategies or measures to protect your health and the health of the other males in your life.

  • Prostate Problems
  • Low sperm count
  • Infertility
  • Jock Itch

HEALTHY CHILDREN PROGRAM

The Healthy Children Program will provide your child with education that is essential for healthy living. U-Value-U believes that the best time to teach your child how to take care of their health and master this task is while they are young. This program is for those individuals who want to give their kids the best possible start in life. The program is beneficial for kids who are healthy, trying to become healthy, or for those kids who are tired of being sick with ailments such as allergies, asthma, acne, or any other malady. The age of the child for this program is insignificant. As long as your child is able to sit still for a little, listen to and understand what is being said, they can benefit from the program. Kids are the most open-minded segment of our population, and many of them are eager to learn, thus, this is the best stage to start teaching them about self health.

COLLEGE STUDENT PROGRAM

The College student program is geared towards helping your young adult to take care of him or herself while off to college. The program will prepare your child on how to take care of their health, and strategies to implement to maintain health while living in a dorm, apartment, or any other communal settings while off to college. U-VALUE-U is aware that many young people are sent off to college and do not have the slightest idea of what to do if they get sick. We have witnessed it daily in the retail clinic environment and it is frightening.

Understanding the cause of dis-eases in the body, measures to take when inflicted with a disease can improve the college experience of a young person. Our young people are told that college is supposed to be fun, but it can be even more fun-filled when they know how to take care of themselves. Can you imagine sending a warrior to war without the tools they need to fight and survive? Sadly, many of us send our kids off to college, thousands of miles away from home, and these poor kids have absolutely no idea of what to do if they get sick. I have seen this happen countless number of times. Giving your young college student the gift of health can ease your mind when they are many miles away from home.