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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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:
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:
Thyroid hormone is known to protect against:
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
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
Exposure to toxicity and heavy metals may include:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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.
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.
We use the patented First Line Therapy (FLT) weight loss 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.
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:
|Heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke|
Blood Sugar Issues
|Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, hypoglycemia|
|Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes,metabolic syndrome|
|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
|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?
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:
More specifically there are four key reasons that make FirstLine Therapy (FLT) different than conventional lifestyle programs:
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:
You will learn how to stay on track when you are:
You will Learn:
The program skills can be applied to other aspects of your life and help you:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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, 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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