• The flu vaccine: Is the proof in the pudding?

    UnknownThe first crisp mornings of the year, the return of the pigskin, and the sweeping color changes found throughout the landscape—I love fall.  Fall is a welcome change after the long heat of Summer.  Fall brings many things, some good and some bad.  Just as fall moves us past the summer heat, fall also ushers in the cold weather and the dreaded cold and flu season.

     

    The statements about the flu season are as prevalent as the virus itself: the flu vaccine is “as good as gold, the “proof is in the pudding”, and “protect with the flu vaccine”.   I recently saw an ad campaign for the flu vaccine state: “the value of wellness”, implying that the flu vaccine equaled wellness.   I even heard a medical report, by a physician no less, on the radio say “its better than nothing”.

     

    So, I got to thinking—with the cold and flu season upon us, does the scientific data support the flu vaccine.  Not, what does the collective think.  Not, what does marketing based-medicine say, but what does the evidence show.  What is the best way to protect my and your family during this cold and flu season?  How can one treat and even prevent the flu this upcoming season.  Is it as good as gold?  Is it better than nothing?  Is the flu vaccine the value of wellness? Is the flu vaccine the proof that is in the pudding?  No opinions, just evidence.

     

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    What they don’t know, they think they know

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    I don’t like to use this blog post to speak out on current events, there are plenty of other places for people to read opinion on current events. The purpose of this blog is to focus on the science of Wellness, not opinion.  However, sometimes current events require me to speak out.   This happened recently with what appears to be a mass media push on the dangers of supplements.  In this case, the media and physicians in the media displayed amazing ignorance of the scientific evidence.

     

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  • Small steps to begin a Healthy 2016

     

    As I moved through the holiday season with family and friends, I heard all the chatter of losing weight in the New Year. With a cookie or a dipped chip in hand we talked of our plans for shedding these indulgent pounds that we had gained over the last months, or maybe years. There are hundreds of dietary theories of how to combat the holiday bulge that becomes the yearly bulge. How do you decide which bulge battling theory is right for you? Here are 5 small steps that are great for EVERYONE seeking a new year of healthy lifestyle change:

     

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  • Testosterone Quagmire

    “Men are from Mars and women are from Venus”

    —John Gray PhD

     

    Women and men are very different.  The concept seems fairly easy to grasp.  Most get it.  It seems obvious.  Even the science supports it.  However, this point seems to escape most in Medicine today.

     

    The perfect example of this biochemical difference is found in Testosterone.  The effects and risks of Testosterone in women stand in stark contrast to men.   Low Testosterone is associated with an increased cardiovascular disease risk in men.  Yet, elevated Testosterone is associated with an increased cardiovascular disease risk in women.  A recent publication highlights the different Testosterone picture in women with obesity and Metabolic Syndrome (elevated Testosterone) and men with obesity and Metabolic Syndrome (low Testosterone).

     

    Join Nan Sprouse as she discusses the quagmire of Testosterone in women in her latest video blog.  No opinion here, just science.

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  • Keep on Track with your Health–Simple Nutrition

     

    Keeping On Track With Your Health- It Really Can Be Simple.      

     

    January, February, March have passed by and we are now moving into April.  So, how is your health?  How are your new year resolutions to improve your Health going?

     

    By this time each year, many have fizzled in their efforts to improve their Health (whether it is to eat healthy, exercise, lose weight or just stay fit).  Healthy nutrition seems to be extremely difficult with convenient (food that is quick and lacks nutritional value) and tempting foods so easily accessible.  Living in Knoxville, with so many eateries, it seems so easy to pick up fast food, or eat at a quick line restaurant or even a sit down restaurants.

     

    At what cost?

     

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  • Seasons of Farragut ~ Clinic

    Balance your body. Balance your life. It’s more than just a couple of phrases. Seasons of Farragut is a wellness center with a refreshingly different approach toward health and wellness. Why the focus on health and wellness these days? At Seasons we believe that wellness is the body’s natural state, and giving your body the support it needs is the key to a vibrant and healthy life.


    Seasons blends state-of-the-art testing and medical knowledge to design an individualized treatment program for each patient. Using saliva, blood and GI tests, actual levels of hormones, vitamins, amino acids, toxins, bacteria, and more can be determined. Identifying and addressing food and chemical sensitivities can dramatically improve complaints of weight gain, fatigue, mood swings, joint pain, headache, IBS and more.

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