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Wellness & Lifestyle

Wellness and Lifestyle

By subscribing to our newsletters and our ongoing seminar series, you can learn directly from our experts, and build a strong foundation of knowledge that will empower you in your journey toward optimal health. Our team of practitioners are constantly attending seminars and learning the most up to date treatments and protocols to guide you on the road to wellness.

Our mission is to inspire and empower you to live extraordinary lives by nourishing yourself from the inside out. Our goal is to clear up the confusion around healthy diets and lifestyle and to promote disease prevention. We support you and help you discover a personalized, natural way of eating that works for you and meets your health goals. As a result of the positive, sustainable changes you integrate into your personal lifestyle, you will enjoy your life with energy, health, and vitality.

At The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine, we strive to become your partner in health for life. We understand that living a healthy life in our society requires a great deal of effort on your part. Our comprehensive health plan is our first step in partnering with you to assist you in accomplishing all of your health goals as well as preventing illness.

Embark on your wellness health plan today!

  • Your health plan is a customized health plan designed after your evaluation by your doctor.
  • Your individualized comprehensive health plan addresses both your immediate health concerns, as well as your future by empowering you with tools you can use in your everyday life to prevent illness – today and tomorrow.
  • We believe you can make positive lifestyle changes that can impact your health and future with detoxification, nutrition, exercise, and supplementation.
  • Our practitioners also highlight specific areas of concern such as flu prevention for the fall, lifestyle changes that can help prevent cancer, and detoxification strategies.
  • Our detoxification program highlights ways to avoid toxins by adding healthy foods and supplements that can maximize your body’s ability to stay healthy and detoxify naturally.
    We live in a toxic world . . . but that does not mean that your world has to be toxic.

Stress kills! Many illnesses are stress related. We believe that healthy stress relief routines can protect you from illness. We cannot eliminate stress, but we can help you find easy, convenient coping mechanisms to reduce and re-channel stress.

Do not wait another moment . . . what do you have if you do not have your health?

Our Integrative Approach to Slowing Aging and Increasing Longevity

During your two hour visit, our physicians will get detailed history and discuss your current state of health, focusing on your concerns.  A brief physical exam is performed and laboratory testing, including analysis of blood, urine, and stool samples may be recommended. Any previously diagnosed medical conditions will be considered and additional diagnostic testing may be performed. Electrocardiograms (EKG), exercise tolerance assessments, and heart stress tests may be advised if you are at risk for heart disease. Depending on your age, mammograms, bone density scans, prostate exams, colonoscopies, and ultrasounds will be recommended where appropriate. All of these physical evaluations will help determine your current physical age and help steer our treatments toward slowing the aging processes you are undergoing.

As your physicians complete the analysis of all the medical tests, they can begin to outline a personalized anti-aging program for you. The results of your blood, urine, and stool tests will help identify physiological imbalances that might be impacting the quality of your health.

Natural Hormones Are Powerful Anti-Aging Tools

Hormone replacement therapy is the essence of anti-aging medicine. By restoring your body’s levels of hormones to those of a young adult, you are taking one giant step away from the aging process. At the Center, our physicians are well-versed in the safe use of natural hormones to boost energy, vitality, and libido, as well as lower risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and many other degenerative diseases. Read more about the natural hormone therapies we offer, including testosterone, estrogen, DHEA, human growth hormone, and thyroid replacement. Neurotransmitter levels that affect sleep and mood are also tested for and corrected.

A Low-Fat, Low-Sugar Diet Can Prolong Life

Dietary fat is a major source of free radicals. Many age-related and degenerative diseases, including cancer, arthritis, atherosclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and cataracts, are associated with increased intake of fat. In addition, dietary sugars chemically alter the proteins in your body, ultimately damaging your immune system and kidneys.
Following a low-fat, low-sugar diet is one of the most effective ways to slow down the aging process.  More important, our practitioners will teach you how to shop for and prepare low-fat, low-sugar meals to make them part of your regular diet.  High blood cholesterol, for example, can put undue pressure on the cardiovascular system, causing the heart muscles to age prematurely. By identifying this particular risk, we can increase the longevity of your heart and your life.

Detoxification

Depending on your case, a detoxification program may also be recommended. By reducing the toxin levels in your body, damage to your cells and stress on your cell repair systems can be minimized and ultimately slow the aging process. Carefully regimented dietary restrictions may be suggested to cleanse the body of ingested toxins it may be harboring.

Chelation therapy to specifically reduce levels of mercury, lead, and arsenic is also available. We have practitioners available to guide you through a complete detoxification program including the infrared sauna.
The path toward greater longevity requires a steadfast commitment to healthier habits beyond these specific treatments. It sounds simple, but keeping active, eating a diverse diet rich in antioxidants, and getting plenty of sleep are some of the most natural, effective anti-aging measures that one can take. As with all of our therapies, we can help devise a plan centered on achievable goals for your health that mesh well with your lifestyle and personality.

 

Nutritional and Intravenous Supplementation

We have a variety of nutriceuticals and phytonutrients available to enhance your anti-aging therapy. These nutritional supplements are all natural and based on thousands of years of traditional herbal medicine. Your physician will work with you to incorporate these into your diet to encourage better overall health and strengthen your immunity to prevent disease. Be sure to communicate with all your doctors before incorporating any new therapies, as some of these supplements are still undergoing FDA evaluation and may also have interactions with other medications you are taking.

Many of the supplements we recommend and offer to patients as a convenience are termed medical foods and all are extremely effective in optimizing health and vitality.  By helping to limit the damage done to DNA by free radicals, nutrients can help slow aging at the cellular level by reducing the strain on the DNA repair machinery and keeping our cells healthier longer.
Intravenous nutrition with vitamin C and B vitamins all have anti-aging properties and provide energy to our cells. Alpha-Lipoic Acid is a universal antioxidant and is very powerful just as is glutathione. These therapies are invaluable in ensuring that we get the nutrients we need because oral supplementation may not be effective due to absorption issues.

The Aging Brain

Our brains are affected by the same processes that contribute to overall aging. How well we take care of ourselves affects not only our general health, but also our mental function. We utilize powerful herbs such as Ginkgo biloba, vinpocetine and ginseng to help boost brain power and increase mental energy and stamina for overall health and well-being. Intravenous nutrition is also invaluable as is plaque therapy.
Our doctors will prescribe a preventative and comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and fits into your lifestyle. Our team at The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine will regularly monitor your progress and track the effectiveness of your program making adjustments if necessary. Our goal is to support you and advise you every step of the way. We work in conjunction with your existing doctors to ensure the best possible care.

 

The Aging Process

Do you feel like age is catching up with you? Have you noticed wrinkles, hair loss, reduced physical energy, or diminished sex drive? Do you get sick more often than you used to?
Although we typically think of the external signs of aging, with the emergence of wrinkles and graying hair, aging is also an internal process that has roots at the cellular level. All the organs of our bodies are made up of individual cells that have limited life spans. While we are young, our cells divide many times as we grow. Our cells are capable of repairing themselves, communicating with other cells, and interacting with all the physiological molecules that ultimately define our current state of health. Scientists have discovered, however, that our cells have a limited capacity to divide and repair.
Laboratory studies have shown that cell aging patterns are genetically encoded and cell death occurs along a predictable schedule of events for different cell types. Our DNA is bundled into chromosomes, each capped with repeated sequences called telomeres. During cell division, the cell attempts to make a complete copy of itself, including all of its DNA, but researchers have discovered that these telomeres shorten over successive cell divisions. The telomeres help protect the DNA from radical arrangements (that might cause cancer, for example) and they can be lengthened by an enzyme called telomerase. If the telomeres are allowed to become too short, however, the cell senses this problem and puts in motion a cascade of events that will result in its own death. This mechanism of programmed cell death, also called apoptosis, is a critical part of proper human development and a natural part of the life cycle of a cell.
A cell’s life also comes to a close if its DNA sustains damage more quickly than the DNA repair machinery can compensate for it. One of the major causes of DNA damage in our cells is the presence of free radicals. These highly reactive molecules can cause significant damage to both the proteins and the DNA in our cells by undergoing chemical reactions with them. The free radical theory of aging suggests that these molecules accumulate naturally over time and that our DNA repair machinery copes less and less well with the damage. Thus, our physical aging would be correlated with this decline in the health of our individual cells. Free radical damage has also been scientifically linked to many age-related medical conditions, including arthritis, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Intriguingly, it has been shown that antioxidants can slow or stop the damage caused by free radicals by helping to balance the chemical reactions in the cells. Antioxidant levels can be increased by adding antioxidant rich foods to the diet or by taking nutritional supplements.
Because our cells become less resilient as we age, so do our bodies. We become more susceptible to illnesses and once we get sick, it takes longer to recover. Wounds may also take longer to heal. As some cells begin to lose function, they cease expressing hormones, further shifting our physiological balance. All of the changes to our immunity, metabolism, and body chemistry can have a huge impact on our health and well-being as we age.

 

Signs of Aging

Some of the signs of aging are superficial. Wrinkles develop, particularly near the eyes, mouth, and other expressive parts of the face. As the skin begins to lose its elasticity and the layer of fat beneath the skin begins to diminish, the face can take on a further wrinkled or gaunt appearance. Age-related hair loss may also occur in both men and women due to hormonal changes or genetic factors.
Our immune systems and cell repair systems gradually become less efficient as a person ages, responding less quickly and vigorously to challenges. People may become more susceptible to illnesses and, once acquired, find them harder to recover from. Wounds may heal more slowly and muscle soreness after exercise can linger longer. If cell and tissue damage accumulate more quickly than the body can make repairs, cell death will become more frequent, causing more aging related symptoms and maladies to emerge.
Significant hormonal changes also take place during aging. For women, the most radical change occurs with the onset of menopause, in which the ovaries lose function. In addition to the cessation of menstruation, there are other physiological changes that occur due to the sudden lack of estrogen production in the body. The changes in bone mineral density can lead to osteoporosis, increasing the risk of bone fractures. Sleeping patterns, libido, and mood may also be effected by menopause. In men, testosterone production continues during aging, though levels begin to decline after age forty. This reduction in testosterone can lead to hair loss, muscle mass reduction, and sexual dysfunction.
Some mental symptoms associated with aging include increased forgetfulness and difficulties learning new things. The brain becomes less pliable during the later years of life, though the chemical and structural changes that might mediate this phenomenon are unclear. The rate of cognitive decline varies from person to person and only drops steeply for some near the very end of life.

 

Risks of Premature Aging

While aging is a natural phenomenon, there are also lifestyle choices and other factors that can accelerate the process and reduce a person’s longevity. In other words, it is possible for people to prematurely age their bodies and shorten their lives.
Too much exposure to the sun can age a person’s skin prematurely. The ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight can damage DNA, hastening skin cell death. UV overexposure can also contribute to the breakdown of the matrix of collagen and elastin that forms the fleshy layer of skin beneath the surface. As the skin weakens, it loses its spring, sags, and wrinkles begin to form. The skin can also become freckled, dry, or blotchy. DNA damage from UV light can also increase the risk of developing skin cancer.
Excessive alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine can also accelerate the aging processes through direct cell damage or complications following long term use. Nicotine, for example, both increases the heart rate and constricts blood vessels, elevating blood pressure and putting undue pressure on the cardiovascular system. The complications of hypertension, atherosclerosis, and other cardiovascular diseases can dramatically reduce both longevity and the quality of the final years of life.
Poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyle can also push the metabolic balance of the body toward a more limited life span by increasing the chances of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and many other life-shortening conditions. Perhaps ironically, nutrition and exercise are often neglected in the interest of saving time.
The accumulation of toxins in the body can contribute to premature aging by stimulating the formation of free radicals or causing other types of cell damage. While pollutants in the air and water certainly contribute to a person’s toxin levels, many toxins are consumed unknowingly. Food additives and preservatives are quite common, even among superficially “healthy” foods. Hormones, pesticides, and industrial chemicals may also taint non-organic foods bought at the grocery store.
Insufficient sleep can also contribute to aging by denying the body its much needed rest and repair. Information processing and memory formation occur as the brain progresses through the phases of sleep, sharpening the mind while it rests. Sleep can also impact hormones, metabolism, and immunity, all of which influence our states of health. Chronic sleep deprivation and the resulting sleep debt can lead to a multitude of persistent health problems, affecting a person physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Finally, stress can prematurely age the body in numerous ways. Researchers have shown that stress can increase the speed with which telomeres shorten, causing cell death to occur more rapidly. Stress can also increase blood pressure, aging the cardiovascular system, and put significant strain on the nervous system and immune system. Stress can contribute to hair loss and wrinkle formation, both which can also make a person appear older than they are.

Hormone Replacement

Are you feeling moody, depressed, irritable, or have brain fog? Are you losing hair or libido or feeling hot or   aged? Are you finding it difficult to lose weight or perhaps having acne? These are some of the signs of having a hormonal imbalance. One of the hallmarks of getting older is a decline in hormone levels. Production of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid, DHEA, melatonin, human growth hormone, and other hormones tapers off after we reach our 20s and 30s. Age-related hormonal deficiencies contribute to the signs and symptoms of aging. That’s why bioidentical hormones—which are identical to those produced in the human body—are a cornerstone therapy at our center.

 

What exactly are hormones? And is replacing them safe? Is a synthetic hormone any different from a bio-identical one? Is hormonal balance really that important to wellness? And if it is, what is the best way to achieve it?  Recent research and studies suggest that balancing hormones (using bio-identical hormones) may hold the key to unlocking long-term health and wellness.

 

Many of our physiological processes are regulated and mediated by a complicated, interconnected network of hormonal signaling pathways. If any of these become imbalanced due to age, disease, or medical treatments, hormone replacement therapies (HRT) are sometimes recommended to help rebalance body chemistry, eliminating symptoms or reducing the risk of developing complications.

 

Synthetic  Vs Natural Hormone Replacement

Synthetic and pharmaceutical hormones are administered to rectify any deficiencies by traditional hormone treatment. Since the chemical composition of conventional hormones is different from the hormones produced naturally in the human body, they remain structurally foreign to the human body. This is the major cause of several undesirable side effects.
Bio-identical hormones are synthesized such that they are structurally identical to their natural counterparts. Thus, these hormones offer the purity of manufactured hormones with the added benefits of being identical to what the body would normally produce. For these reasons, bio-identical hormones potentially offer the safest, most natural options for those undergoing hormone replacement therapies.
Premarin is a non-bio-identical hormone which is obtained from the urine of pregnant horses. Provera is also an example of synthetic hormone. It causes bone loss or osteoporosis. Their combination called Prempro has been marked with a black-box warning for causing serious health risks. Support to this step has been found from the reports of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) as well.

 

Our Integrative Approach

  • Each patient is unique and therefore we offer tailor-made treatments, working closely with compounding pharmacies to give you an individualized prescription.
  • Mind-Body-Spirit whole – Hormones affect all aspects of life. So, the treatment must be extended to and coordinated with the complete physiology and psychology of a person.
  • Empowerment and Partnership – The patient is empowered with the confidence to heal himself or herself and in the process he or she becomes the partner of the practitioner.
  • Safety Choice – As long as the processes are acceptable, you are offered choices  and further modifications.
  • Best practices and practitioners – The practitioners at The Center for Natural Integrative Medicine are highly experienced and first rated in their field.

 

Diseases treated using Bio-identical Hormones

Different kinds of diseases may occur when an imbalance of necessary hormones prevails in the human body. For example, an imbalance in estrogenic hormones may cause strokes, osteoporosis, vaginal dryness, atrophy, and Alzheimer’s disease. A hormonal imbalance in Progesterone may lead to uterine cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cysts.

Hormones perform five different types of activities in human body

  1. Grown
  2. Repair
  3. Sexual reproduction
  4. Digestion
  5. Homeostasis

Bio-identical hormones, when applied in the proper way and dosage, may also delay the aging process or may prevent early aging signs. There following are some major diseases associated with imbalance in the hormones.

 

Diabetes

Replacement of the hormone insulin has been a mainstay of diabetes treatment since its therapeutic benefit was discovered in the 1920’s. Insulin is normally secreted by the pancreas to help balance blood sugar, which increases upon ingestion and breakdown of foods. The insulin attaches to cells and promotes uptake of sugar from the blood to fuel various metabolic processes. Mediation of this process also keeps the blood clear of excess sugars, which can potentially cause other severe health complications. Diabetes typically results from a lack of insulin secretion from the pancreas or insulin resistance of the cell receptors. For most diabetics, supplementation of insulin is a routine part of treating and managing their condition.

 

Menopause

This is another common condition for which hormone replacement is considered. During menopause, ovarian function ceases, depriving the body of estrogen and progesterone, both of which are vital for helping balance many aspects of physical, mental, and sexual health. Estrogen replacement therapies have been part of menopause treatments since the 1930’s and are intended to alleviate many of the common symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood disturbances, and the atrophy of uterine and vaginal tissues. In addition, the supplementation of estrogen and progesterone can help ward off osteoporosis and many types of cancers that appear to strike more frequently due to the physiological changes that occur during menopause. These treatments not only extend a woman’s life, but improve the quality of her health and well-being during the later years.
Low level hormone replacement can also be quite helpful in reducing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). As progesterone and estrogen levels fluctuate during the menstrual cycle, some women experience anxiety, depression, mood swings, headache, acne, breast tenderness, and other discomforts. Many of these symptoms can be relieved through nutritional modification, but should dietary changes prove ineffective, hormonal supplements may be considered.

 

In men, levels of the hormone testosterone naturally begin to decline after age forty. Unlike with menopause in women, production of this sex hormone does continue, but some men experience noticeable changes in their more masculine traits. Beard growth, muscle tone, and libido may all become reduced. The perceived loss of virility, as well as reduction in testosterone, can lead to anxiety, self-consciousness, and other emotional symptoms.

 

Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyoidism

The thyroid gland releases hormones that control the speed and efficiency of metabolism. An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) that secretes too many hormones can put the body in overdrive, causing hyperactivity, increased heart rate, and shortness of breath. This state can deplete the body’s energy sources more quickly than a person can replenish them, leading to extreme weight loss, fatigue, and other chronic conditions. Conversely, an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) results in lethargy, low blood pressure, weight gain, and sensitivity to cold. Treatment of low thyroid hormone conditions (hypothyroidism, or to compensate following aggressive treatment of hyperthyroidism) is very effectively handled through replacement with natural thyroid hormones.

 

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal disorders are also candidates for hormone replacement. The adrenal gland is mainly involved in the secretion of hormones related to the body’s stress response, such as cortisol and adrenaline. Insufficiencies of these hormones may be due to medical conditions such as Addison’s disease, autoimmune adrenalitis, or adrenal tumors. More often, however, the causes of adrenal insufficiency are unknown. Some cases are thought to be caused by a syndrome known as adrenal fatigue, in which the adrenal gland has become worn out due to chronic stress, causing lower levels of hormone to be released. In all of these cases, adrenal hormone replacement can be helpful for alleviating the many symptoms, which may include dizziness, nausea, weakness, fatigue, low blood pressure, and muscle pains.

 

PROGESTERONE (BIO-Identical)

Progesterone is secreted by the adrenal glands, the ovaries, the brain, and in time of pregnancy, in the placenta.It is used in nature to balance the effects of estrogen. Natural progesterone allows women to feel much better than they do on any of the synthetic progestins and it is less likely to cause the side effects of synthetic products such as bloating, swelling, breast tenderness, bleeding, irritability and depression.

Studies show Micronized Bio-identical Progesterone May Protect Against:

  • Uterine Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibrocystic disease
  • Ovarian Cysts

 

ESTROGEN (BIO-Identical)

Estrogen refers to Estrone (E1), Estradiol (E2) and Estriol (E3). They are the three Estrogenic hormones secreted by the ovary.

There are three basic forms of estrogen: Estradiol 10-20%, estrone 05-20%, and estriol 60-80%. Of the three, estradiol is the most physiologically and biologically active. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is comprised of either two (Bi-est) Estradiol and Estriol or all three estrogens (Tri-est) using a bio-identical formula that your body recognizes as it would it’s own. Topical Estriol face cream (0.6% to 1.5%) is used to treat Hirsutism, excess facial hair around lip, jaw and neck in women.

Studies show Micronized Bio-identical Estrogens May Protect Against:

  • Strokes
  • Osteoporosis (increases osteoclasts)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Urinary tract atrophy
  • Vaginal dryness atrophy
  • Poor body fat distribution

 

COMPOUNDED THYROID (BIO-Identical)

  • The thyroid gland is considered “Metabolism Central”. This butterfly-shaped gland effects energy regulation in every cell, organ and tissue in the body. It regulates temperature, metabolism, and cerebral function. It also increases carbohydrate, lipids, and proteins breakdown resulting in weight loss as well as lower cholesterol.
  • Thyroxine T-4 is actually a prohormone and a reservoir of triiodothyronine T-3.
  • Triiodothyronine is the most powerful thyroid hormone affecting almost all bodily mechanisms.
  • Compounded thyroid medication supplements T-3 as well as T-4, corrects deficiencies of Thyroid hormone and return you to optimal levels.

Thyroid hormone is known to protect against:

  • Fatigue
  • Low body temperatures
  • Colds and other viruses
  • Weight gain
  • Dry skin
  • Headaches
  • Depression and mood swings

 

PREGNENOLONE (BIO-Identical)

Pregnenolone is a hormone that keeps our brains working at peak capacity. Research has shown that pregnenolone improves memory, mental function, concentration and overall well-being. Pregnenolone should be prescribed in a sustained release micronized form to assure adequate absorptions and more importantly assures a pure grade supplementation devoid of any contaminants.

Pregnenolone is a Precursor to other Hormones

  • Improves cellular repair
  • Enhances memory and learning
  • reduced PMS symptoms
  • Boosts immune function
  • Protects cerebral function
  • Protects against neuronal injury
  • Can be used to treat autoimmune disorders

 

DHEA (BIO-Identical)

Dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, is a natural steroid prohormone. It is produced from cholesterol by the adrenal glands, testes in men or ovaries in women, and the brain. In both men and women, the body’s production of DHEA increases dramatically before puberty. DHEA levels usually peak when we’re in our mid-20s, and decreases with age. Normal levels of DHEA are 200 to 400 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dl) in women, and 500 to 700 mcg/dl in men. By the time we hit our 40th birthday, most of us have DHEA levels below 200.

DHEA is known as a Natural Antioxidant that may:

  • Restore Immunity
  • Improve Memory
  • Improve Energy
  • Slow the aging process
  • Positively affect depression and anxiety
  • Improve psychological and physical aspects of sexuality

 

TESTOSTERONE FOR MEN (BIO-Identical)

Testosterone is secreted mainly from the testes of males and is primarily considered the male hormone. As this declines with age, there are health and appearance problems that accompany this loss. A “natural” form of testosterone is simply called micronized and may be prescribed in topical or oral formulation.

Studies report men may experience:

  • Increased bone density, formation, minerals
  • Increased energy
  • Improvement in sexual function
  • Decreased body fat
  • Increased muscle strength
  • Decreased heart disease

 

TESTOSTERONE FOR WOMEN (BIO-Identical)

Healthy women naturally produce small amounts in the ovaries. It helps control a women’s libido and also may be known to enhance the functions of estrogen.

Studies report women adding prescription ordered testosterone may experience:

  • Enhancement of sexual drive
  • Relief of menopausal symptoms
  • Restoration of energy
  • Strengthening of bone

Today the question is not “Are you toxic?”, but “How toxic are you?” Toxicity is quickly becoming a growing concern as more and more chemicals and toxins are used in products that increase the “convenience factor” of our daily lives.
So, how do you know that you are harboring toxins in your body?  Because toxins are an unavoidable part of modern life, you can be sure that you have toxins in you right now!

Lifestyle choices increase your risk of building up bodily toxins. Eating fast food is one quick way, as is choosing highly processed foods from the grocery store.  Living in the city exposes you to numerous environmental toxins that you might avoid if you lived in the country.  If you take medications or recreational drugs you are exposing your internal organs to a range of toxins that they may not be able to handle.  Even beauty remedies such as moisturizers, chemical peels, hair dyes and make-up can wreak havoc on your body by introducing excessive levels of toxins.

 

Toxins can be introduced to our bodies both externally and internally.  We inhale toxins from cigarettes, air pollution, mold spores from sick buildings, and from many other sources around us.  We ingest toxins in our food, in our water, in recreational and prescription drugs.  We inject toxins through vaccinations, and cosmetic changes such as piercing and tattoos.  We absorb toxins from the clothes we wear, from spray-on pesticides and herbicides, from beauty products, and from paints and glues.  We expose ourselves to irradiation from medical x-rays, the residual radiation from power plants and lines, cell phones and other radio-wave technology, and even from our microwave ovens.  In addition some toxins are internally formed, such as that from improperly digested food, from dehydration and poor nutrition, and even from toxic thought patterns and self-abusive emotional cycles.

 

Toxins affect our bodies in a variety of ways.  Since many of the symptoms of toxicity are mild or irritating, they may be dismissed as due to an “off” day.  However, toxic symptoms persist, making us feel drained, and generally unwell.

 

Symptoms typical of toxins include: lack of energy, excess weight, skin conditions like acne, food sensitivities, increased allergic reactions, congestion, bloating, constipation, aching muscles and joints, headaches, poor memory or concentration, moodiness, mood swings or a general sense of not being healthy.

 

As your body becomes clogged with toxins the number of symptoms you experience will increase, leaving you feeling miserable and unready to meet the day.

 

There has been a staggering increase worldwide in diseases such as cancers, childhood cancers such as leukemia, asthma autism ADD/ADHD, and chemical sensitivity. It can also result in damaged or reduced mental and central nervous function, lower energy levels, and damage to blood composition, lungs, kidneys, liver, and other vital organs. Long-term exposure may result in slowly progressing physical, muscular, and neurological degenerative processes that mimic Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis. Allergies are not uncommon and repeated long-term contact with some metals or their compounds may even cause cancer.

 

Heavy metals are found in everyday existence and are frequently hard to avoid entirely. Heavy metal toxicity may affect the body through various sources. These sources include water, air, food, or absorption through the skin when in contact with those exposed to toxic farming, chemical and toxic exposure in industries, etc. There are 35 metals that are of concern because of occupational or residential exposure; 23 of these are the heavy elements or “heavy metals”: antimony, arsenic, bismuth, cadmium, cerium, chromium, cobalt, copper, gallium, gold, iron, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, platinum, silver, tellurium, thallium, tin, uranium, vanadium, and zinc. Interestingly, small amounts of these elements are common in our environment and diet and are actually necessary for good health, but large amounts of any of them may cause acute or chronic toxicity (poisoning).

 

Most people can excrete toxic heavy metals from the body successfully. However, some people—especially those who suffer from chronic conditions—cannot excrete them efficiently enough and a build-up occurs. Recent research also reveals that those who cannot excrete heavy metals efficiently appear to be genetically predisposed to this condition.

 

Symptoms of Toxicity and Heavy Metal Toxicity

Over exposure to heavy metals and toxicity can lead to a number of diseases and repercussions at various stages. Some of the symptoms associated with toxicity are problems leading to permanent damage of the nervous system, cardiovascular system, blood production, gastrointestinal system, reproductive system and kidney functioning.

Some of the prominent symptoms of toxicity are:

  • Pain in muscles and joints
  • Mental confusion
  • Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal upsets
  • Food allergies
  • Vision problems
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Aggression
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Speech difficulties
  • Hypertension

Exposure to toxicity and heavy metals may include:

  • Having mercury amalgams (“silver fillings”) in teeth
  • Living in a home built prior to 1978 that has lead-based paint
  • Smoking and/or inhaling second-hand smoke
  • Eating foods (such as contaminated fish) that contain high levels of heavy metals
  • Living near a landfill
  • Working in an environment where exposure is prevalent, such as at a dentist’s office where amalgam is used to fill cavities
  • Receiving vaccinations that contain thimerosal (mercury preservative)
  • Contaminated water
  • Consuming fish contaminated in mercury
  • Mercury contamination from badly fitted dental fillings or silver amalgams.

 

Our Integrative Approach

Remove, repair and revitalize!

The Liver and Kidneys as well as the Gallbladder and Lymphatic System are major “filters” of the blood system, removing toxic wastes and debris. The kidneys especially aid in ridding the body of excess “acids” while rebalancing critical pH.

Initial steps in treating heavy metal toxicity involve identifying of the toxic elements that are causing the problem and then begin the removal process of these metals from the body. A urine collection with the use of a chelating drug or challenge is often used to identify the toxicity and the body burden. Neurotransmitter analysis, food sensitivity testing, comprehensive stool testing and Candida antigen testing may be recommended by our medical staff.

Once the problem is identified, treatment is individualized. For many patients, the treatment involves the use of metal chelating drugs or intravenous DMPS and EDTA chelation.  Typically 20-30 treatments of I.V. Chelation may be needed to bring down the body burden. For some patients an oral protocol using captomer may be recommended. Support with nutritionals and herbs are often used to nourish the liver and kidneys which are used in detoxification.

 

Amalgam Removal Support

For support before and after the removal of dental amalgams, we recommend intravenous Vitamin C and replacement mineral infusions that support the body through the metal removal process. I.V. Glutathione may also be used as well as antioxidants.

Pesticides, PCBs and Solvents

We can test for and treat for chlorinated pesticides that are absorbed across the gut and interfere with nerve impulse transmission. PCBs can cause impairments in the brain, childhood development, nervous system, endocrine system, immune system and may cause fertility issues. Solvents can cause muscular weakness and atrophy, problems with eyesight, blood disorders, cancer, leukemia and chromosomal aberrations.

Detoxification is more than a one-time affair.  It is a lifestyle change, which allows your body to clear out the current toxins and prevent the build-up of additional ones.  You may need to change your eating habits, and adjust your lifestyle so that you exercise regularly, and take better care of yourself.

 

Other treatments you may require include:

  • Infrared Sauna
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • General lifestyle changes
  • Vitamin and Mineral supplementation
  • Oral and intravenous chelation
  • Massage or Acupuncture therapies
  • Herbal supplementation of your diet
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Liver support and castor oil packs
  • Homeopathics

 

Detoxification is an ongoing process, which requires a full commitment for it to work.  It may not be easy at first, but in the long run you will find that you feel more energetic, can think more clearly, may lose excess weight, and will generally feel healthier on a day-to-day basis.

 

It is very important to note that treatment regimens vary significantly and are tailored to each specific individual’s medical condition and the circumstance of their exposure. During the consultation, we obtain a complete history, including occupation, hobbies, recreational activities, and environmental exposures as these are all critical in diagnosing heavy metal and other  toxicity. A possible history of ingestion often facilitates a diagnosis, particularly in children. Findings from physical examinations vary with the age of the person, health status of the person, amount or form of the substance, and time since exposure.

 

Our team at The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine will regularly monitor your progress and track the effectiveness of your program making adjustments if necessary. Our goal is to support you and advise you every step of the way.

 

Please call our patient coordinator at 407 355 9246, or request an appointment on line for evaluation and testing.

Men undergo several changes throughout their lives and issues such as obesity, prostate problems, andropause, infertility, erectile dysfunction and basic hormonal imbalances.
We offer a comprehensive Men’s Health Assessment. This includes a complete metabolic panel, lipid panel, thyroid testing, cardiac risk profile, PSA, IGF1 as well as markers for aging and obesity. We will perform appropriate blood, saliva or urine testing for all the hormones including estrogen, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol. Others can be ordered as needed. Vitamin D levels as well as vitamin and nutrient testing and supplementation can be done. A physical can also be performed and additional appropriate testing such as a colonoscopy can be ordered.

Andropause

How to keep the pause out of andropause.
Andropause or “male menopause” is a medical condition that may be thought of as the counterpart to menopause in women. In both sexes, the condition is caused by a decline in the levels of hormones related to sexuality and occurs over a period of time. Andropause is due to a decrease in testosterone, an androgen, that causes the secondary sex characteristics such as facial hair, deepening of voice, and increase in muscle bulk.
Men at midlife and beyond can maintain their sexual fitness, interest, and vitality in spite of the ravages of the normal aging process.

Male Obesity

Men, unlike women, are much more likely to end up with central obesity – fat around the middle – the very type that is linked to the metabolic syndrome. The cost implications of not addressing this problem in its early stages are immense, with many overweight men going on to develop type-2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol, some cancers, osteoarthritis and respiratory problems, along with many other more minor problems. It is known that the incidence of obesity is reaching epidemic levels in the western world. According to male obesity reports in 2004, 30.6% of the male population in the U.S was obese.

Prostate Health

The prostate is a small organ about found below the bladder; it surrounds the tube carrying urine from the bladder. The prostate gland helps in making a fluid which is converted to become part of semen in the male body. Prostrate problems in men are common, especially for those who have crossed the age group of 50; however it is often not recognized till the problem is more aggravated.

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction causes an inability among men to develop and maintain an erection. Erectile dysfunction results in unsatisfactory sexual intercourse due to disoriented ejaculatory disorders, such as, not being able to sustain an erection during intercourse or having premature ejaculation tendencies, etc. Some people confuse an occasional inability to maintain an erection as erectile dysfunction.This is an incorrect diagnosis of the problem, since once in a while problems with erections are normal to most men. However an ongoing erection problem needs to be investigated.

Male Infertility

About one out of every six couples who desire children has an infertility problem. This means that infertility is almost as common as diabetes in America.  The most generalized definition of infertility may be said to be the inability to beget a child after a year of regular intercourse without any kind of contraception. It generally takes one year to consider a couple or either one of the couple infertile. Infertility can be a problem for both men and women.
Historically, infertility has been considered a women’s disease. It is only within the last fifty years that the importance of the male factor contribution to infertility has been recognized. The mistaken notion that infertility is associated with impotence or decreased masculinity may contribute to this fear. The good news is that the rapid research advances in the area of male reproduction have brought about dramatic changes in the ability to both diagnose and treat male infertility. The majority of couples suffering from infertility can now be helped to conceive a child on their own.

 “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.Hippocrates, 460 B.C.

 

What is Nutritional Counseling?

The phrase, “You are what you eat,” contains a lot of truth. Of course, diseases have many causes, but chief among them is diet. That’s why nutritional counseling is an integral therapy at the Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine and we place a great deal of emphasis on nutrition education.
Americans have the dubious distinction of being the fattest country in the world. Two-thirds of us are overweight and one-third clinically obese. Poor diet is a primary contributor to our epidemic of obesity—and the surest solution to weight loss and maintenance is a proper diet, coupled with regular exercise.
Overwhelming scientific evidence confirms that vitamin deficiencies are associated with disease processes and the overall condition of one’s health. Vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies have been shown to suppress immune function and contribute to chronic degenerative processes such as arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This body of research has been reaffirmed by the Journal of the American Medical Association (June 19, 2002-Vol 287, No 23). Suboptimal vitamin status is more common in the United States than one would think.

Who Needs Nutritional Counseling?

Perhaps the question should be who doesn’t need nutritional counseling. According to the US Department of Agriculture’s latest survey, Americans eat an average of only one serving of whole grains, three servings of vegetables, and one and a half servings of fruit (most of it juice) a day. We eat too much sugar (an average of 20 teaspoons a day), salt, saturated fat, and way too many calories.
Yet you need only to look at all the best-selling books on diet to know that people are looking for help and guidance. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of contradictory advice out there. This is terribly confusing for people who are serious about utilizing nutrition as a therapeutic tool.

Our Integrative Approach

We place a great deal of emphasis on nutrition education and counseling. Our approach makes the transition to healthy eating an empowering and positive experience. Our team at the Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine help you understand the difference between carbohydrates, fats, and proteins that enhance health and those that harm. You’ll learn how to scrutinize food labels and how to eat right when dining out. Field trips on how to shop can be arranged and we share recipes for many delicious meals.

 

The Center offers a blood micronutrient test- an innovative assessment of a patient’s nutritional status. Over 31 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants are evaluated. By testing for vitamins, minerals and antioxidant levels we are able to identify deficiencies and supplementation can help in the management of chronic and immune diseases as well as provide valuable information for early detection and prevention for the proactive patient.

 

Refined Carbohydrates Raise Blood Sugar

Nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes, and millions more, unless they can get a handle on their weight, are heading towards it. Many diabetics are able to return their blood sugars to normal without drugs simply by

  • Changing the diet
  • Avoiding refined carbohydrates
  • Cutting back on excess calories
  • Losing weight

 

What Conditions benefit from Nutritional Counseling?

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Obesity
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Allergies and Asthma
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Cancer and Immune Dysfunction

 

Diet and Cardiovascular Disease

There is no question that a poor diet increases risk of cardiovascular disease. Dietary changes can reverse disease markers. Blood pressure declines when you eat more potassium-rich fruits and vegetables and less sodium. Cholesterol and triglyceride levels fall with adequate fiber and fewer saturated fats and refined carbohydrates.

Plant Foods Protect Against Cancer

It has been clearly established that excess dietary fat is associated with increased risk of cancer, while diets high in fiber, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are protective against cancer.

How about a little TLC?

If you need a little more help, our therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC) program may be just what you’re looking for. In addition to helping you learn about the power of nutrition, our TLC educators will help you clarify past mistakes, uncover problematic foods, and design a personalized diet for your specific problems and tastes. We will also provide support to help you stay on track as you settle into your new way of eating.

Nutritional Counseling For Women

The nutritional needs of women are quite different than those of men, due in large part to all the different stages of their reproductive life. Menstruation, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause each have unique nutritional demands that must be met to ensure longevity and good health. Nutritional deficiencies occur quite commonly in young women that are striving to be thin or physically fit. A healthy, balanced diet is necessary at all ages, and women should be aware of their body’s changing needs as they progress through all the stages of womanhood.

Common Types of Nutritional Deficiencies in Women During Menstruation

One of the major concerns for women during menopause is the development of osteoporosis. The loss of estrogen can lead to a significant loss of bone mass, leaving the bones brittle. Habits for maintaining healthy bones can begin even earlier in life. Diets that are low in salt, alcohol, and caffeine can also help improve calcium retention. Maintaining a healthy body composition and exercising regularly can also help reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis after menopause.
Vitamin D can increase absorption of calcium, so its inclusion in the diet can also help decrease the risk of developing a calcium deficiency. Vitamin D can be synthesized in the skin in response to sunlight and also found in foods such as fatty fish (sardines and mackerel), liver, and eggs.
Because of the hormonal changes that occur during menstruation, the metabolism shifts to begin burning more energy, often causing food cravings. It is generally good to avoid carbohydrates and instead focus on protein-rich snacks, which can help curb too much snacking.
The hormones may also cause bloating. The amount of fluid retained is related to the body’s levels of sodium, so lowering salt intake can decrease these discomforts.
Because of the blood loss that occurs during menstruation, iron levels may also dip to lower levels, causing mild anemia. This can be circumvented by including red meat, legumes, nuts, eggs, fortified cereals, and dark leafy vegetables in the diet. Iron supplements may also help with the symptoms of anemia, which may include tiredness, weakness, and malaise.

 

During Pregnancy

A woman’s blood volume increases dramatically during pregnancy to help nourish the baby and keep her own body healthy, as well. The increase in red blood cell creation can cause an overall drop in iron levels if it is not supplemented, so it is critically important for pregnant women to add iron rich foods to their diets and take prenatal vitamins that include iron.
Because iron supplements may interfere with the absorption of zinc, zinc supplements are also commonly recommended. Leavened whole grain products, liver, eggs, red meat, and seafood are all good sources of zinc.
Much of the calcium needed for a developing baby can be drawn from the mother’s body, though pregnant women should be sure to replace this through supplements to ensure that they do not experience bone loss. Although it is quickly replaced after the baby is weaned, a well balanced diet can help keep mother and baby healthier throughout the pregnancy and early months.
Folic acid plays a crucial role in the proper development of a baby’s nervous system. In fact, folic acid supplements are normally recommended even before pregnancy occurs to ensure that there is plenty available during early embryonic development. In addition to taking folic acid supplements, this vitamin can be found in red meat, liver, egg yolks, and green leafy vegetables.

 

During Breastfeeding

Breast milk is extraordinarily concentrated with nutrients, and given that all the nutrients come from the mother, she must be certain to restore these regularly to avoid developing deficiencies. It is particularly important to continue to supplement calcium, iron, folic acid, and all the vitamins recommended during pregnancy. Magnesium and vitamin B6 are also crucial during breastfeeding. To make sure that the breast milk is ample and nutritious, it is also important to include protein in the diet and remain very well-hydrated.

Supplements for Nutritional Deficiencies in Women

We also recommend that women of all ages consider taking phytoestrogens for their health. These natural substances are derived from plants and offer a wide range of health benefits:

  • Flaxseed
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Herbal teas, such as sage and aniseed
  • Whole grains, such as barley and cracked wheat
  • Nuts (particularly almonds)
  • Soy, chickpeas, and other legumes
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Extra virgin olive oil

 

A complete evaluation and comprehensive review is completed for each patient. Together we will explore your goals and discuss your treatment plan options. Our team at The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine will regularly monitor your progress and track the effectiveness of your program making adjustments if necessary. Our goal is to support you and advise you every step of the way. We work in conjunction with your existing doctors to ensure the best possible care.

Call now  407 355 9246 or request and appointment online and receive expert counseling and advice from our integrative team of Internists, Naturopathic Physicians and Clinical Nutritionists.

 

ZYTO BIOCOMMUNICATION

 

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO ENJOY BETTER HEALTH OR TO STAY HEALTHY?

Many people choose to take nutritional supplements, but guess as to what supplement will work best. Even if a supplement may work for someone else, how do you know it’s providing the support you need at the present time? To make better decisions about these and other health choices you should consider ZYTO biocommunication. Biocommunication is an exchange of information between a computer and your body; it’s like the computer is asking questions and your body is answering them.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Zyto technology sends your body an energetic pulse or signature called a Virtual Stimulus Item (VSI). VSIs are representative of physical items including nutritional supplements, drugs, body functions and organs. As each VSI is sent, your body’s response is measured and recorded. The way your responds is energetic; it’s also called galvanic skin response or GSR. Zyto measures complex GSR patterns and determines shifts in your energetic posture or your biological preferences. This information is used to make better decisions about your health.

 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

The interface between your body and Zyto’s biocommunication software is the FDA registered hand cradle. Simply rest your hand on the contacts while the computer sends digital stimulus and gathers your response data. The scan takes a few minutes to complete and is safe for adults and children. Does your body know what it needs? Maybe you just need to ask! You and your healthcare provider can decide on a clinical strategy developed specifically for you, based on your body’s response.

America is home to the most obese people in the world. According to the CDC, approximately 33% of adults are overweight and obesity related deaths have climbed to 300 000 per year. Obesity rates are soaring in our children as well. We believe that healthy weight loss, i.e. loss of fat while conserving muscle, is essential to Anti-aging and Longevity Therapies.
Excess weight has a tendency to creep up on us. It’s important to remember that obesity is much more than a cosmetic issue. If you’re carrying extra pounds, you’re walking a dangerous tightrope towards heart disease, diabetes, and myriad other health concerns.
While most any diet can take off a few pounds over the short term, the weight invariably comes back as we return to our “normal” lifestyles—90 percent of those who lose weight regain it within five years. As a result, they may end up in a cycle of chronic or “yo-yo” dieting, which slows down metabolism and makes weight control all the more difficult.
Weight gain is almost always a consequence of poor eating habits and too little exercise, and we acknowledge the role of therapeutic lifestyle changes in weight management. However, we want to stress the importance of weight loss as a medical therapy that can:

  • lower blood pressure
  • control blood sugar
  • relieve pain in arthritic join,
  • improve the course of scores of medical conditions

 

After all, it’s easier to pull out the prescription pad than to take the time to guide patients through the necessary lifestyle changes.
Underlying medical conditions may contribute to weight gain and make it difficult to lose the pounds.

 

Our Integrative Approach

Obesity is a significant factor in dozens of diseases. Therefore, weight loss is a primary therapy at the Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine, and we treat it very seriously.

 

We begin by testing for undiscovered health problems that may have made it difficult for you to lose weight in the past. Your complete blood workup will include a full hormone panel. If your thyroid hormone levels are in the low normal range but you still have symptoms of hypothyroidism such as weight gain, we’ll give you a therapeutic trial of natural (not synthetic) thyroid. Thyroid supplementation can jumpstart metabolism and dramatically improve chances of success.
Sleep apnea is another overlooked cause of weight gain .Once sleep apnea is treated, energy rebounds and health—and weight control—often return.

 

Our Program Centers on:

  • Assessment – Understand and define health concerns, the first key step to customizing your unique strategy and plan for success. This phase will include documenting your baseline weight, waist /hip ratio and goals. We also perform a Bioimpedance Analysis. This non invasive test is extensive and analyzes your specific body to reveal your body’s muscle and fat mass, hydration level, extracellular and intracellular water levels, caloric requirement, cellular health, function and membrane integrity. We also offer an option to choose a complete medical assessment to compliment your program. This exam would include a physical, complete blood work, identification of metabolic problems, Glucose Tolerance Testing, Lipid Profile, electrocardiogram (EKG), and bone density to assess any weight related conditions and co-morbidities. Such information can serve to solidify the important role of weight management in disease prevention, lifelong health and serve as additional motivation.
  • Education – Learn what types of food works best to achieve your weight loss goals and why. We will also address nutrition and exercise.
  • Relevant lifestyle changes – Develop habits that will sustain long term results. With individual support you can make progressive reasonable steps to secure habits that will insure lasting results. Understanding and making these behavioral changes are a key element of permanent weight loss.
  • Thought processes – Learn how to change your thinking about food. Understand how to identify and address your sabotaging thoughts about nutrition and lifestyle. Your mind is one of your most powerful tools and is an integral part of reaching and maintaining your goals. If you do not change how you think about food you run the risk of lapsing back to old patterns. This key element is missing in most conventional plans.
  • Practical application – Understand how to consistently incorporate these foods into your life, no matter how busy or stressful it may be.
  • Maintenance -Work with your coach to define your acceptable weight range and create a follow up plan to insure your results are sustained.

 

Unique Therapies for Weight Loss

Your physician may also refer you to our TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) Program. We recognize that implementing and, above all, sticking with a diet and exercise program is extremely difficult. TLC is designed to dramatically improve your chances of success.

 

You will meet with your TLC Educator, who will help pinpoint past problems you’ve had with weight control. You will also be given an individualized diet and exercise program, along with workbooks, recipes, meal plans, tracking charts, and other tools for staying on track. You’ll find that the one-on-one counseling and encouragement you’ll receive from your TLC Educator during follow-up sessions will make all the difference in the world.  We can help you lose weight and also reverse disease and improve virtually every aspect of health.

Personalized Lifestyle Program for Weight Loss

The most important therapy for permanent weight loss is, of course, therapeutic lifestyle changes. We teach you about carbohydrates, fats, and protein and how they affect appetite and weight. You’ll be taught which foods help burn fat and reduce cravings, and which ones you need to avoid. Instruction includes group lectures and nutritional discussions as well as individual consultations.
Exercise  is also emphasized as a therapy for burning calories and building lean muscle, which is important for long-term weight control because it increases overall metabolic rate. We give you specific instructions in how to exercise safely and when to exercise for maximum fat-burning benefit. We will also help you stay on track by tailoring a strengthening and aerobic exercise program to fit your lifestyle.

 

Although achieving and maintaining weight loss without regular exercise and attention to diet is next to impossible, your physicians at the Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine will also prescribe targeted nutritional supplements and medical foods that help control appetite and boost the effects of a lifestyle regimen.

 

A. Our Extensive Staff of Medical Professionals

  • Since there is no magic pill for health and well-being, the road to total wellness requires a diverse, collaborative team of integrative health care professionals with a full spectrum of skills who are dedicated to addressing the needs of your whole being- mind, body and spirit. From physicians and medical staff trained at the country’s most prestigious medical centers and institutions, to our full spectrum of licensed and certified health care practitioners, our multidisciplinary team of specialists is at the forefront of integrative medicine and holistic health care.

 

B. Our State of the Art Testing

  • Many patients have a difficult time losing weight due to a combination of thyroid, neurotransmitter, adrenal, nutritional and other hormonal issues. What makes our program unique is that our facility is equipped to provide detailed blood and urine testing. Testing can include a complete hormonal panel, metabolic profile, and glucose tolerance to identify root causes and help focus the plan of action to get you results that have been so difficult in the past.
  • Most weight loss programs do not offer such testing as they are not administered by a medical practice. As a result participants are unsuccessful in achieving their goals because of underlying health issues. If you have been on diets, such as Weight Watchers and other programs but they have not worked for you, please do not give up hope.
  • The good news is that once the testing is done and our physicians have addressed the underlying health issues, our team will work with you to develop your customized weight loss program which will encompass not only what food to eat to achieve a healthy weight, but what behaviors and thought processes will make your results lifelong. You owe yourself the gift of health and vitality!

 

C. Our Program Addresses Lifestyle Changes

  • In accordance with our philosophy of treating your total body and mind, we view weight loss as a key tool is insuring that you live a vibrant, active life sustained by good health, high energy, mental clarity, full function, and absence of disease well into old age. If that’s what you want, our Health care team can help you.

We use the patented First Line Therapy (FLT) weight loss program.

The Firstline Therapy Program

We use the FLT program  because it works! FLT is a supervised Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program that is managed by our nutritionists with the support of our full staff of medical doctors. The FLT program not only helps you reach a healthy weight permanently, but also teaches you to evolve into a lifestyle that arms you with a first line treatment to prevent common, chronic health problems. FLT is about making choices every day that will enable you to lose weight, and achieve a long, full, and healthy life.
By controlling your weight you can not only prevent chronic disease in the future but also improve your health and the quality of life now.

Why we use the FirstLine Therapy® Program First

Leading health organizations now recommend lifestyle changes as the “first line of therapy” for the treatment and prevention of chronic disease and other serious health threats. Here are just a few of the health conditions that FirstLine Therapy can effectively address:

Cardiovascular Issues

Heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke

Blood Sugar Issues

Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, hypoglycemia

Obesity Issues

Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes,metabolic syndrome

Gastrointestinal Issues

Irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, autoimmune disorders

Men’s Health Issues

Low testosterone, low sex drive, loss of vitality and muscle tone

Women’s Health Issues

Menopause, hormone imbalance, premenstrual syndrome

Mood and Cognition Issues

Alzeimer’s disease, depression, poor memory or lack of mental clarity

Bone & Joint Issues

Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis

Stress Issues

Fatigue, sleeplessness, poor overall health

 

Think about the life you want to live. You still have a choice and a chance to be the person you’ve always wanted to be.
Many of these common health concerns can be reversed or even treated by making some simple, but important lifestyle changes. Where do you start? Who will be there to help you stay on track?

How FirstLine Therapy Works

One of the reasons diets and exercise programs fail is they are one-dimensional—that is, they focus on weight loss one. FirstLine Therapy isn’t just about weight loss; it’s about achieving a lifetime of good health. Instead of counting calories, you’ll learn:

  • Simple steps to help you take control of your specific health situation
  • Easy ways to track your progress, tips for success, reminders, and other support that will help you achieve your goals and maintain your health improvement.

 

FirstLine Therapy will help you:

  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight, once and for all
  • Address the underlying cause of common health problems
  • Take control of your health by providing you with the necessary tools
  • Live your life in a way that improves your health
  • Feel good now, and maintain good health for years to come

 

More specifically there are four key reasons that make FirstLine Therapy (FLT) different than conventional lifestyle programs:

  1. FLT is about more than just weight loss
  • FLT can help you lose unhealthy fat while retaining healthy, lean muscle.
  • FLT integrates body composition testing (fat & lean tissue ratios)-because being thin doesn’t necessarily mean you’re healthy.
  • An imbalance in body composition (gaining too much fat or losing too much muscle) can lead to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, altered cholesterol levels, etc.
  • Loss of muscle results in loss of ability to burn calories, which makes it much more difficult to maintain weight loss over time.
  • FLT focuses on lifestyle factors that are the underlying cause of many health problems.
  1. The FLT eating plan is different
  • Most diets focus on NOT eating-not eating fat, not eating carbs, or just plain not eating much of anything. With most diets, success is based primarily on will power.
  • The FLT eating plan emphasizes the need to eat, and to eat frequently.
  • The focus is on eating THE RIGHT KIND OF FOODS-the right kind of fat, the right kind of carbohydrates, and the right kind of protein-all in the right portion size.
  • FLT incorporates a low-glycemic-index eating plan based on the latest scientific research that will help you maintain stable blood sugar and energy levels.
  • According to recent studies, low-glycemic diets are more effective than low fat diets in treating obesity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.
  • People report less hunger and more energy, making it much easier to stick with the program.

 

  1. FLT incorporates medical foods and dietary supplements.
  • Using appropriate medical foods and dietary supplements as part of this program can improve the effectiveness of the program for you and help you achieve your health goals.
  • Dietary supplements provide targeted nutritional support for specific functions, such as healthy blood cholesterol or blood sugar levels, joint function and mobility, or healthy hormone metabolism.
  1. FLT has been demonstrated to be effective in controlled clinical trials. Most other diets have not.

 

The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine focuses on your thoughts and behaviors around eating and teaches you how to think about food.

 

Eating is not automatic – the beating of your heart is automatic. Before you eat something you always have a thought, even if you are not aware of it. If you do not recognize your thoughts or learn how to respond to them, they will lead you astray from your program. Our program will teach you how to talk back to your sabotaging thoughts so you will be prepared for challenges along the way. Most weight loss diets focus only on what you should eat or not eat. They do not include teaching you what you need to know for a lifetime of weight-loss success. Our program gives you those skills. It not only helps you identify nutritious, satisfying foods for an enjoyable diet, but it also teaches you how to stick to your program and stay motivated day after day, no matter what the situation.

 

It’s not just the calories; it’s the habits! Making psychological changes is a key step ignored by most programs; which focus only on food. Changing your mindset and habits allows you to feel satisfied with your food choices, your weight and most importantly, yourself. With our support, this time will be different; you will lose weight permanently. You will be taught to change your mind set about healthy eating and stop the cycle of losing and regaining; you will learn the techniques that will enable you to follow your nutritious eating plan in any situation. Once and for all you will gain control of your eating, weight and your life. Finally, past feelings of disappointment and demoralization will be replaced by confidence and self esteem! More specifically it teaches you how to address real life obstacles to consistent, healthy eating.
You will learn what to do when you are challenged by:

  • Stress
  • Time
  • Cravings
  • Hunger
  • Emotions
  • Boredom
  • Food Pushers
  • Fatigue

 

You will learn how to stay on track when you are:

  • Traveling
  • Dining out
  • Vacationing
  • Celebrating
  • Attending a special function
  • Feeling that dieting is just too difficult

 

You will Learn:

  • How to be satisfied with realistic/moderate portions
  • What to do if you are tempted to have an unplanned snack between meals
  • How to consistently use good eating habits-eating slowly, while sitting , enjoying every bite
  • How to plan in advance and monitor yourself as you go along
  • How to stay motivated and give yourself credit
  • How to make healthy eating a priority
  • How to get back on track when you make a mistake
  • How to reduce and deal with hunger and cravings
  • How to include your favorite foods
  • How to build your confidence in your ability to follow a healthy lifestyle and eating plan
  • How to handle plateaus
  • How to maintain your results

 

The program skills can be applied to other aspects of your life and help you:

  • Stop avoiding your “to-do” list. As you learn to better organize your life to accommodate your new healthy lifestyle, you will learn to better organize other aspects of your life.
  • Become more assertive. As you become more comfortable with taking better care of yourself and addressing your health needs you will be able to become more assertive in other areas of your life.
  • Free up time and energy. As you achieve success via your weight loss results from the program, you will feel more in control of your life and no longer obsess about food, your body, or feel guilty or embarrassed; you will have more time and energy. You will feel proud and optimistic about the future and yourself.

 

Equipped with a customized, medically based, detailed program addressing food choices, behaviors, mindset as well as the support of our nutritionist, you will have the tools you need for permanent success. We will teach you the skills you need for successful, permanent weight loss, crucial lifestyle changes, and how you think about food and healthy eating. Not only will we teach you theses skills, but also how to practice them every day no matter how stressed, tired, busy or unmotivated you are.

Get help now! Call the Center at 407 355 9246 or request an appointment online to schedule your consultation to become a leaner, cleaner you!

Breast Cancer

Early detection of breast cancer through regular mammograms and other screening techniques can help catch cancers before they cause symptoms. Breast cancer is the most common cause of death in women between the ages of 45 and 55. Although breast cancer in women is a common form of cancer, male breast cancer does occur and accounts for about 1% of all cancer deaths in men. In the U.S. alone one out of every eight women suffers from this disease.

Menopause

Natural approaches to rebalancing the body during menopause can help temper the physical and emotional changes and reduce the risk of health complications such as osteoporosis. Natural menopause is said to occur when the ovaries start decreasing their production of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone on a permanent basis. Some women can experience menopause early, either as a result of a surgical intervention, such as hysterectomy, or damage to the ovaries, such as from chemotherapy. Menopause that occurs before the age of 45, regardless of the cause, is called premature menopause. Stress, lack of exercise, progesterone deficiency due to missed ovulations, obesity, exposure to chemicals, synthetic hormone replacement therapy, poor diet, heredity and estrogen dominance are all factors in creating “hormone imbalance” which can also cause early menopause.

PMS

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the name of a group of symptoms that usually start up to 14 days before your period (menstruation). The symptoms usually stop soon after your period begins.
Most women feel some mild discomfort before their periods. But if you have PMS, you may feel so anxious, depressed or uncomfortable that you can’t cope at home or at work. Some of the symptoms of PMS are listed in the box below. Your symptoms may be worse some months and better others.

Infertility

An integrative approach to discovering the underlying causes of infertility can help resolve reproductive issues far more quickly than focusing on statistics and hormone tests. Approximately one in five couples has trouble conceiving a child. If a couple is unable to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse, they are said to be sub fertile.  In most cases, the couple can be helped with assisted reproductive technologies. For around one in 10 couples investigated for infertility, no cause is found. at least 9 percent of the reproductive age group of women.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, which means “porous bones,” causes bones to become weak and brittle. In most cases, bones weaken when you have low levels of calcium, phosphorus and other minerals in your bones. A common result of osteoporosis is fractures – most of them in the spine, hip or wrist. Although it’s often thought of as a women’s disease, osteoporosis also affects many men. And aside from people who have osteoporosis, many more have low bone density.

Osteoporosis is often called the “silent” disease, because bone loss occurs without symptoms. People often don’t know they have the disease until a bone breaks, frequently in a minor fall that wouldn’t normally cause a fracture. Many people confuse osteoporosis with arthritis and believe they can wait for symptoms such as swelling and joint pain to occur before seeing a doctor. It should be stressed that the mechanisms that cause arthritis are entirely different from those in osteoporosis, which usually becomes quite advanced before its symptoms appear.

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