• Man Boobs to Metabolic Syndrome–Obesity

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    The number 1 visual of the poor health epidemic in the US and the world is the ever growing numbers of overweight and obese people.  According to the CDC, it is estimated that over 1/3 of American adults are obese.  That equals 34.9% of American adults.  In actual numbers, that 34.9% equals 78.6 million adults.  Add in those that are overweight and the percentage of those that are either overweight or obese increases to 69% or 154.7 million adults.  That leaves a staggering 31% of Americans that are normal weight.

     

    The distinction of the highest increasing prevalence of obesity is found in women over the age of 60.  But that is in adults in the here and now.  What of America’s future?  Is the future bright or bleak?   The younger generations hold the future of America and its Health in its hands.   According to the CDC, the future looks bleek and very big:

     

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    Man Boobs to Metabolic Syndrome

    “Androgen use and abuse is increasing in our society, either for therapeutic or recreational reasons”. —Vascular Health Risk Management 2008

     

    If Testosterone in men is simply ED and low libido, then Testosterone is nothing more then recreation.  But, if low Testosterone is associated with metabolic dysfunction and this metabolic dysfunction has implications for disease development, then low Testosterone and thus Testosterone therapy has a therapeutic role in a man’s Health.

     

    Does low Testosterone increase Cardiovascular disease in men?  Does Testosterone therapy increase Cardiovascular disease in men?  Is low Testosterone even a problem in men, or is it simply a marketing fallacy?  Is Testosterone the effect or the cause?  Is there a timeline of low Testosterone in the development of disease for men?  Are men simply Testosterone fueled erections as marketing implies or is Testosterone simple one piece of the puzzle in men’s health?  Lets look for answers to these questions in science, not in opinion.   Is Testosterone the cause, the effect, or both?   The answer is yes, yes, and you guessed it—yes.

     

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  • Theft of Wellness

     

    History is filled with great heists. There was the theft of Rembrandt, Manet, and Vermeer art in the great Gardner Museum heist of 1990.  The Great Train Robbery of 1963 resulted in the theft of $41 million dollars.  One of the more elaborate thefts involved the Banco Central of Brazil via the construction of a 250 ft air conditioned, lighted tunnel.  The most recent hacker heist involved north of $1 billion.

     

    Hollywood has not been lost on the recount of a good heist.  The “Sting”, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, followed the con of thousands of dollars in the 20’s set movie.  The more recent “Oceans Eleven” followed an elaborate heist of a Las Vegas casino.

     

    It seems the media is big on reporting a heist—whether it be via the news or in the movies.  The heist that I am writing about does not involve money, nor is it Hollywood’s latest, greatest heist screen play.  The heist that I am writing about is more subtle.  No story has been written on this heist.  No screenplay of this heist will hit movie theaters anytime soon.  This great heist is the theft of a word—specifically the theft of the meaning of a word.  What word?  The word is …

     

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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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  • Have you Heard of Einkorn?

    Have Your Heard of Einkorn?

     

    Einkorn wheat

    Einkorn wheat

    Einkorn.  Now that is an interesting word; but what is it?  It is an ancient variety of wheat primarily grown in Europe and is quite different than the modern wheat we in America are eating.  However, it is beginning to gain some interest, and I will tell you why.   Archeological findings have shown that people in the Fertile Crescent gathered wild einkorn wheat thousands of years ago.  They realized that they could plant einkorn seeds and they began to grow this ancient wheat.  The genetics of einkorn wheat has not changed since that time.  However, other types of wheat have been created by hybridization.  Like einkorn, most plants are diploid, which means they have two sets of 7 chromosomes.  When other types of wheat were created, through ancient hybridization and more recent—genetic modification, additional sets of chromosomes were added.  Following Einkorn, Emmer wheat was created 2000 years ago by the natural hybridization of two wild grasses with a result of 28 total chromosomes.  Other wheat, Kamut and Duram wheat, are descendants of EmmerSpelt was the result of the first wheat hybridization between cultivated Emmer and a wild grass, creating a species with 42 chromosomes.  Now, back before 1960, we used to consume ancient wheat varieties such as Emmer, Einkorn and Kamut.  However, almost all the wheat eaten today is high-yield dwarf wheat, which was developed by cross-breeding and genetic manipulation that started around 1960.  Dwarf wheat has shorter stems and a quicker and greater yield than the ancient varieties.  Thus, the modern dwarf wheat is more cost effective, has a  higher yield, and can be grown more cheaply than the older varieties.  For the wheat industry, the high-yield crop is obviously more profitable.  But 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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