“In Memory of Bread: A Memoir” by Paul Graham (Book Review)

January 31st, 2017|0 Comments

I just finished reading Paul Graham’s book chronicling his diagnosis of celiac disease, followed by 2 years of coming to terms with the elimination of all things gluten, from his world. He is an accomplished cook and was brewer of his own beer (but he gave that up with much regret after his diagnosis).

I found his story to be poignant. He, like most of us, loves good bread – the

Do you have enough testosterone?

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

We typically think of testosterone as the manly hormone, especially in regard to sexual function of men. Research shows that men with low testosterone, and even testosterone levels in the lower end of the normal range, have higher risks for diabetes, heart disease, cognitive dysfunction (poor brain function), bone density loss/osteoporosis, abnormal lipid lab tests. Women can also have low testosterone, but that is a subject for another blog!

How Healthy are You? Measuring pH

January 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

A lot of people rely on their annual physical and labwork to decide if they are healthy. Lungs sound good, heart ticking regularly, feeling pretty good… routine labs like chemistries, complete blood count, lipids good… therefore, all must be well, right?

Well, maybe. But, maybe not! How can you tell how you are doing – without going to the doctor? I routinely recommend that people do some tests at home. One

Thyroid Medication: Decisions, decisions, decisions!

July 25th, 2016|0 Comments

If you need thyroid hormone, there are a number of options to choose from. In general, side effects are limited to the symptoms of hypothyroidism if you are not taking enough (dry skin, fatigue, weight gain, foggy brain, heavy periods, muscle aches, constipation, depression, feeling cold). If you take too much, then you might experience some of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism: anxiety, poor sleep, wired, more frequent stools, sweating and

What do my Thyroid Tests Mean?

July 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Have you been told that your thyroid tests are normal, but you still wonder if something is not right?

Are you confused with all of the test names and result ranges?

Let me help you understand what those tests mean, and what they mean for you.

The brain controls how much thyroid hormone is produced by the thyroid gland. The hypothalamus produces Thyroid Releasing Hormone (TRH) to tell the pituitary to make another

Pain and Fatigue: Is it really Fibromyalgia, or is it something else?

June 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Chronic, widespread pain and achiness, debilitating fatigue – most would get a diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). But, before making that diagnosis, it is important to rule out other disorders that masquerade as fibromyalgia. Research shows that of people diagnosed with FMS, up to 66% may actually have another diagnosis.

In classic FMS, people experience pain in both upper and lower parts of the body, both sides and torso. If you

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: What You Can Do to Get to the Underlying Cause

June 16th, 2016|0 Comments

 

Have you been told you have hypothyroidism?

Do you take medicine for “low thyroid”?

Do you have an enlarged thyroid gland?

Do you have positive thyroid antibodies?

 

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may have a problem called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition that results in damage to the thyroid gland – usually, but not always, causing hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid). This is a result of a

Eating Disorders from a Medical Perspective

February 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Do you or someone you care about struggle with an eating disorder?  These disorders are much more common than one would think – one reference from 2002 estimates that almost 30 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder (including males and females, at any age).

 

The most common eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder.  The following statistics are from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Related Disorders

Get the Lead Out!

January 28th, 2016|0 Comments

The recent reports of high lead levels in the water in Flint, MI are shocking.  Most concerning is the fact that this danger was not publicized immediately – so action could have been taken to protect the citizens there.

In our society, it is impossible to avoid exposure to these toxic metals.  Lead was used to make paint in years past, and can be found in crumbling paint chips in older homes. 

5 Things You Can Do to Lower Your Cancer Risk

December 29th, 2015|0 Comments

"You have cancer." Three little words, terrifying to their core. Have you or a loved one heard those words? Did they shake your foundations, make you wonder if you would live long enough to see next year, next month? One in three will hear those words in their lifetimes. Shocking!

Any Stress In Your Life?

September 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Are you hanging on for dear life? Stress is certainly a part of our lives, and some stress can be good for you. For example, using your muscles will make them stronger. Walking and running and jumping put stress on your bones and make them stronger. But, too many of us are stressed out! And too much stress wrecks your hormones, wrecks your gut, wrecks your

Could you have diabetes, and not know it?

August 28th, 2015|0 Comments

There was a health fair this weekend here in Lynchburg. Seven families were shocked to find out that a loved one had a high blood sugar. Two kids and five adults now have a life-changing diagnosis. None of these people suspected they had a problem. How could this be?

Typically, people associate diabetes with symptoms of drinking a lot and urinating a lot, but it can be a stealthy disease.

Do your kids have VEGEPHOBIA?

July 25th, 2015|0 Comments

When I ask about my patients’ eating habits, many parents tell me that their child “hates vegetables” or “only likes carrots dipped in ranch dressing” or “loves French fries, but nothing else”. Moms hate going to the effort of preparing a lot of vegetable dishes when nobody at home will eat them. Sound familiar?

Vegetables are powerhouses of vitamins and minerals for healthy growth and healthy hormone function.

I Just Need Some Sleep!

June 24th, 2015|0 Comments

If only it were easy to fall asleep easily every night and stay that way until you naturally wake up at dawn! We used to sleep like babies (well, some of us, anyways). But for many, there is no rest for the weary. Sleep deprivation can have profound effects not only on your moods, but also on your health and metabolism.

During sleep, our bodies are busy

What’s for lunch?

May 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Around here, school starts in mid-August, and tomorrow is the first day back. Although many schools are serving more salads and options, there are still plenty of less than healthy food options on the lunch menu. What are you to do?

Your kids learn better in school when they have balanced meals containing protein (eggs, meat, chicken, sausage, turkey), healthy fats (avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, butter) and vegetables