May 2018 Office Update!

True Health & Wellness: May 2018 Update

May Allergy Supplement Deal: We know that spring is in full swing & that means allergies! Because of this we are taking 15% off our allergy supplements for the month of May. If you are suffering from allergies, ask how we can help!

THAW Fit Day: Join True Health & Wellness Sunday May 20th for a walk around Beckman High school track. Go at your own pace & have some fun! Join Dr. David Starting at 10am. Bring your running questions! Snacks provided!

The OC Marathon: Team True Health & Wellness will be running the OC Marathon on Sunday May 6th. Follow all the race events that day, or join us for the half/full marathon: OC Marathon

City of Tustin Angels Baseball night: 2nd Annual Angels Baseball night for the city of Tustin will be Thursday May 10th. Join us for a fun night at the ballgame: City of Tustin Angels Night

Laguna Hills Half Marathon: Team True Health & Wellness will be participating in the Laguna Hills Half Marathon Memorial Day 5/28/18. This is the last leg in the 361 OC running Challenge to receive a special medal. Register to run here: lagunahillshalfmarathon


2018 Office Hours:

Mon, Wed, Fri: 9am – 5pm

Tues, Thurs: 2pm – 6pm

Sat: 9am – 12pm


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Steroids And Adrenals

Steroids & Adrenal Side Effects

A new study conducted in Europe showed that a significant number of people who stopped steroid use (prescribed for asthma and allergies) showed signs of malfunctioning in their adrenal glands.

Adrenal Glands:

These glands are found on top of your kidneys and are made up of two parts. They are in charge of producing hormones that help with deal with stress and regulate blood pressure. Adrenal insufficiency is a condition that can become serious. It can happen when the body has to deal with long sustained stressors, injuries, serious illness, and even surgeries.


Common symptoms of adrenal insufficiency are fatigue, weight loss, dizziness, and salt cravings.


Corticosteroids are used to help fight inflammation in a wide range of conditions and mimic the hormone cortisol, which is made by the adrenals. While on corticosteroids the body makes less of its natural hormones, so once you start to come off the drugs your body takes a while to get its natural hormone production up to normal levels. During this in-between period you may undergo adrenal insufficiency.

The researchers looked at 74 published articles looking at different dosage and types of corticosteroid use, as well as patients’ likelihood of acquiring adrenal sufficiency after treatment.

Risk of adrenal insufficiency was found to be highest in those who took corticosteroids orally or by injection. Risks were lower in those who inhaled, used nasal treatment, or topical treatment.

When looking at asthma patients: those who used in inhalers were at a 7% risk of developing adrenal insufficiency compared to 44% risk in those who used oral medications.

Those who took higher doses of steroids were also found to be at increased risk for adrenal insufficiency compared to those taking low doses.

What you can do:

  • Those on high or long term doses of steroids should be given bracelets that will identify them as being at risk.
  • Be sure you talk to your doctor about the risks, symptoms, and possible side effects before undergoing any medical procedure or taking any prescription.
  • Live a healthy lifestyle, and reduce stressors as much as possible.
  • Try to reduce symptoms of asthma and allergies naturally through diet, exercise, acupuncture, and chiropractic.


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Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.


Summer Stressors

Summer Environmental Stressors

Summer is almost here, and that means an increase in environmental stressors. If you are going to be heading outdoors more, you may run into seasonal problems associated with the weather and environment. You want to be sure your body is ready for problems it may encounter this summer.

Important body systems:

Respiratory: Aids in the histamine response.

Immunity: Helps fight off foreign substances coming into your body.

Liver: Supports immunity and helps detoxify the body.

Spleen/Stomach: Helps absorb nutrition and is where a lot of your immune system resides.

Adrenals: When you are stressed, the body releases the stress hormone cortisol. Long-term stress can weaken the immune system.

If you are planning big trips this summer, or just a lot of weekend getaways, be sure you are giving your body proper nutrition to support these systems. You may look to the benefits of natural, whole food supplements to help boost these areas. Take the time now to get your body prepared for a healthy summertime full of fun! Talk to your acupuncturist/chiropractor to see what you can do to improve your health and wellness.

How to minimize contact with environmental stressors:

  • Take clothes used outside off once entering your home and wash them as soon as possible.
  • Take shoes off before bringing them through the house.
  • Take a shower after spending time outdoors.
  • Think about investing in an air purifier for your home. You may want to use your air conditioner instead of keeping windows opened (be sure your vents are clean, and change out any old filters).
  • Avoid touching your face when outside. Germs/pollen can enter your body through your nose, ears, eyes and mouth.
  • Wear the proper equipment when doing activities outdoors (gloves, face shields, etc.).
  • Be sure to wash your hands regularly.
  • Be mindful of the weather outside (windy/dry days may have increased environmental stressors in the air) and limit activity as needed.


Other Health Topics:

Reduce inflammation

Supplement Q & A

Daily Supplements



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Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.