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By Camille Dillard, DO, Health & Wellness PC
July 24, 2020
Tags: Sleep   Sleeping Problems  

Preventive medicine could improve the quality of your sleep.

There is nothing worse than a bad night’s sleep. It leaves your brain groggy, it can increase irritability and mood swings, it can affect work performance, and it can even influence you to reach for more sugar and snacks throughout the day. Getting quality sleep every night is crucial for promoting good physical, mental, and emotional health, and if you are having trouble sleeping our Rome NY preventive medicine doctor Dr. Camille Dillard can provide natural, medicine-free ways to help you catch those elusive ZZZs.

What's causing my sleeping problems?

Just about anything can be to blame for poor sleep including:

  • Stress
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Too much stimulation (e.g. electronics or exercising too late)
  • Caffeine
  • Certain health problems
  • Sleep disorders
  • Certain medications

The good news is that preventive medicine offers a wide range of treatment options that can target common causes of poor sleep such as stress, mood disorders, and chronic pain. Dr. Camille Dillard and her team in Rome NY can also work with you to create lifestyle changes that promote better sleep habits. By learning about your current routine, we can help you pinpoint potential pitfalls that are keeping you from getting the good night’s sleep you deserve. Some changes may include:

  • Powering down electronics 2-3 hours before bed
  • Finding a soothing and relaxing nighttime ritual (e.g. taking a warm bath)
  • Dimming the lights hours before bed
  • Keeping the room at an optimal temperature for sleep
  • Shutting out any light or noise from your bedroom

We also know that pain can be a contributing factor to poor sleep. Our preventive medicine team offers a variety of chiropractic techniques and treatments to improve how the nervous systems function. By identifying and fixing misalignments in the vertebrae, we can also:

  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Promote blood flow
  • Stimulate healing
  • Reduce fatigue and tension
  • Reduce stress
  • Promote deeper sleep

We all go through periods of stress and anxiety, and it’s incredible how much these seemingly mental and psychological conditions can also significantly impact our bodies and the way we carry ourselves. Stress and anxiety can manifest into physical aches, pains, and other problems that regular preventive medical care can help you better manage.

Natural Health Center provides osteopathic medicine, nutritional advice, preventive medicine, and more to the Rome NY, area. If you are looking for natural and holistic ways to improve your health and lifestyle to achieve better sleep then call Dr. Camille Dillard today at (888) 338-WELL to schedule a consultation with us.

By Camille Dillard, DO, Health & Wellness PC
June 15, 2020

Follow these tips to help you stay healthy right now.

Right now is the perfect time to talk about ways to boost your immune system. As a Preventive Medicine physician here in Rome, NY, Dr. boost immune systemCamille Dillard and her team focus on lifestyle changes and simple preventive measures you can take every day to bolster your body’s natural defenses. While there is no magic pill, there are some things you can start doing now to boost your immune system,

Consume Good Bacteria

Our gut microbiome plays a major role in our health, from supporting our immune systems to aiding in digestion. There is even a link between your gut health and your mental health (known as the gut-brain connection). When unhealthy and healthy bacteria within the gut are out of whack, you’ll know it. This can lead to high blood sugar, weight gain, digestive complaints and even anxiety and depression. It’s highly recommended that you add prebiotics and probiotics to your diet to improve your gut health.

Prebiotics are found in a lot of whole grains and plant-based foods and they help good bacteria in the gut to thrive. Probiotics can be found in yogurt and other fermented foods such as kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi. If you are concerned about nutritional deficiencies or your current diet, our Rome, NY, Preventive Medicine physician can provide you with high-quality supplements and vitamins.

Get Up and Moving Every Day

Getting your steps in every week doesn’t have to be that difficult. In fact, you only need about 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of intense aerobic activity each week to reap the health benefits of exercise. While we know that sheltering in place can certainly reduce your need to move, a brisk walk outside, going to remote areas nearby to hike or just doing a simple at-home workout routine can help you feel better and boost your immune system.

Get Some Sleep

Poor or inadequate sleep is typically to blame when someone starts coming down with an illness. It’s important that you are getting anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Quality sleep helps us to wake up refreshed and restored. Having trouble sleeping? Try these helpful tips on sleep hygiene and see if your sleep improves over the next couple of days.

Here at Natural Health Center in Rome, NY, our team is here to provide you with everything from chiropractic care and prolotherapy to psychotherapy and nutritional supplementation. We provide our patients with the comprehensive health care and wellness they need to lead long, healthy and happy lives. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment please call 888-338-WELL.

By Camille Dillard, DO, Health & Wellness PC
June 05, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: health care system  

Illness Care System


Definition: a field of endeavor whose identity, purpose, mission, goals, structure, process, outcomes, habits and culture are centered on the creation, aiding and promotion of illness, independent of the intent.


This extended definition sums up the so-called “health care system” particularly, but not solely in the US.


Bluntly stated, illness profits. Yes, people should be rightfully be remunerated for providing a much-needed service. But human beings were designed to be in health, not kept imprisoned in illness.


“For where a man’s treasure is, there will his heart be also.” Or in more modern phraseology, Follow the money”. Most of our “health care system” dollars derived from insurance premiums are spent on disease.


The closest the illness care system gets to true health care is the provision clinical preventive services (CPS); mammograms, STI (sexually transmitted infections), colonoscopies, etc. Now offering CPS is helpful as well as important, but is not truly the same as preventive care. CPS avoids health behavior modification (HBM). It is next to impossible to do HBM in a 10-minute visit. However, health begins with accurate knowledge, understanding, good application (healthy choices), development of a culture and environment for health.

By Camille Dillard, DO, Health & Wellness PC
June 03, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: doctor   wellness  

The English word for “doctor” comes from the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) root word “dek”, to "take, accept”, which in Latin means wellness“teacher”. (Etymology Online)

The problem is we have been psychologized from ancient times only to show up at a doctor’s office when we are sick. In ancient times, the doctor only came to the house when someone was ill when we did not have the elaborate and often inefficient massive health care system of today, which is more appropriately named “illness care system”. The family which served as the “doctor” from the beginning of civilization, and often still serves as the “doctor” did the triage and treatment at home. However, we have lost much of the knowledge of “using our food as our medicine” to promote health. But there has been a quiet revolution going on for over 40 years to restore this operating principle. Health begins not at the doctor’s office, but with the dirt (soil) you are standing on and often take for granted. Hence, health STARTS and is Maintained at home.


But are all mechanics? Are all computer specialists? Are all attorneys? Are all construction workers? The obvious answer is no. So not all are physicians. Even within the health care system, there is an array of specialists. Specialists are people with expertise within certain areas of knowledge. Doctors are here to help you take care of the most valuable piece of equipment you have, your body. Without your body, you cease to exist here in the earth and your house, family, money, gifts, talents, and all other material as well as non-material things have no impact. So, if you are not a specialist in health, then you need to cultivate a formal relationship with an expert in health and this is would be your wellness doctor.


Why do you need a doctor? The truth is the American population is sick. We know this by the epidemics of diabetes, obesity (overweight), physical inactivity, poor eating and sleep habits. All of which leads to an immunocompromised population that has had an explosion of various autoimmune disorders and left highly vulnerable to all sorts of highly contagious pathogens. Many are walking timebombs waiting to explode. Wouldn’t it be nice if we show up to the doctor’s office before we are detonated? I know my Emergency Medicine colleagues would be most grateful for the lighter workload.


So, the long and short of it, show up to the doctor when you are well. Do not wait until your body’s transmission seizes up before you seek care. You are worth far more than your vehicle, car, house, etc.


Dr. Camille Dillard and her team can guide you on the path to better nutrition and better health right here in Rome, NY. Call us today at 888-338-WELL to start on your path to wellness.

By Camille Dillard, DO, Health & Wellness PC
April 29, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: PRP Injections  

Dealing with chronic pain impacts just about every facet of your life. The pain can dictate whether you are able to work, meet up with prp injectionsfriends for dinner, or even enjoy a beautiful day walking in the sun. At Natural Health Center in Rome, NY, our osteopathic doctor, Dr. Camille Dillard, believes that people shouldn’t have to live with pain.

If pain has been present for months or even years, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) Injections may be what you need to take control of your life again.


What are PRP Injections?

In order to understand this treatment, it’s important to understand what plasma-rich plasma (PRP) is and what it does. PRP is naturally found within the blood, and it contains special proteins that help to regenerate damaged tissues and promote healing within the body. It also promotes the development of new, healthy cells.

PRP injection therapy, is a nonsurgical way to reconstruct, repair, and regenerate ligaments, tendons, joints, and connective tissue within the body by stimulating the body’s natural healing response. There are a variety of different natural medical preparations used in this treatment, but more recently our osteopathic physician has been performing PRP Injections at her Rome, NY, practice with amazing results.

Along with stimulating the body’s natural healing response PRP Injections also reduce chronic pain and inflammation within the body. It usually requires several treatment sessions in order to achieve the desired results.


What can PRP Injections treat?

The difference between regular Prolotherapy and PRP Prolotherapy is that PRP allows us to use a patient’s own blood from which to extract the PRP. PRP Prolotherapy is ideal for patients who are dealing with a wide range of injuries and musculoskeletal damage that may be leading to chronic pain and inflammation. Some conditions that could benefit from PRP Injections include:

  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Knee instability
  • Shoulder instability
  • Achilles tendinosis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tendonitis and bursitis
  • Labral tears
  • Meniscal tears
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic joint pain
  • Cartilage or muscle tears
  • Whiplash injuries


When Will I Notice Results?

During your consultation, Dr. Dillard will determine the number of sessions you may need, which is based on several factors including the extent of the damage, as well as the condition or injury you are currently facing. While most people experience pain relief after just one injection, it may take up to three injections to achieve full results.


Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about PRP Injections and the other comprehensive osteopathic treatment options that could provide you with pain relief, then call Natural Health Center in Rome, NY, today at 888-338-WELL.

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