• The more we know, the more we realize we don’t know

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    The more we know, the more we realize we don’t know…if we are honest with ourselves.

     

     

    Know your number?  Know you numbers?  That is how the marketing goes for Testosterone.  As if the Testosterone number is all there is to know.   The same could be applied to women.  Instead of the low T marketing campaigns, we could all be bombarded with low P commercials instead.  The same logic would apply— women struggle with “low P” the same time men start to struggle with “low T”.  So why no “low P” campaigns?  We learned years ago that focusing on the “low P” loses the forest for the trees.  With men, medicine is repeating the same mistakes that it made with women decades ago.  

     

    The more appropriate question is— is the individual healthy?  Instead of the question what is your number, the better questions would be— what is your hormone balance, what are your hormone receptors, and what is your hormone metabolism.  Know what your body is doing with the hormones that are produced endogenously or given as replacement exogenously.  The key moment for evaluation would be prior to the initiation of hormone therapy.  The same questions could and should be applied to all hormones. I have previously applied these questions to Testosterone metabolism and Cortisol metabolism.  This post, I will apply the questions to Progesterone and Progesterone metabolism.

     

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    Chicken or the Egg?

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    No, I am not talking about produce or your local farmer’s coop.  I am talking about stress.  More specifically, I am talking about cortisol.

     

    I can still recall my discussion with a colleague recently: the colleague said, “I don’t believe in the words adrenal fatigue”.  I found that odd.  A physician concerning herself over the use of words?  Whether it is adrenal fatigue, adrenal exhaustion, or hypoadrenia, whether one believes in it or not— it exists (kind of like the “earth is flat society”).  As if saying I don’t believe in words, thus that which the words describe does not exist.  As if fibromyalgia didn’t exist until the words fibromyalgia came to be.  This is Illogic at the least and lunacy at its worst.  Sounds more like the word police.  For the purpose of this post, I will refer to adrenal fatigue as hypoadrenia just in case this individual happens to read this post.  I don’t want words to get in the way of this physician learning the truth.

     

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  • All things Mushrooms!

    Mushrooms!

     

    What does that make you think of?

     

    Psychedelic mushrooms?  Smoking mushrooms?  Culinary mushrooms? Gateway drugs?  Poison?

     

    Mushrooms can be many and all of these.  But, I want to discuss the amazing medicinal value of mushrooms.  Not the “medicinal” that has been abused and misused for political and/or marketing purposes.  I am talking about mushrooms that have powerful healing effects—effects supported in the scientific literature.

     

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  • An Apple a Day? Healthy Choices vs. Inflammation

    My pre-60th birthday journey to improve my previous test results from Seasons of Farragut continues! This month I decided to focus on the first tenet in our Seasons wellness regimen – nutrition!

     

    About two years ago I took the ALCAT test and was astonished at my lengthy list of reactive foods! The ALCAT is a fascinating food sensitivity test in which white blood cells are introduced to a variety of foods, chemicals, and herbs. The severity of the reaction determines if a substance is mild, moderate, severe, or normal within my body. Since knowledge is power, I decided to receive the news that gluten and dairy were on my “severe list” as a positive indicator rather than “buyers’ remorse” for having performed the test!

     

    Lyn-Genet Recitas has written a book, The Plan, which explains how inflammation from food intolerance can cause symptoms such as joint pain, skin disorders, fatigue, weight issues, headaches, and digestive disorders. Whereas a food allergy can have almost an immediate effect, a food sensitivity may not show up for several hours to 3 days later. For weight gain, it’s not as much about the calories as the chemistry of the body. One person may benefit from last night’s salmon and broccoli, but someone else may actually gain 2 pounds. Inflammation from food intolerance causes damage to the lining of the gut. As the lining becomes “leaky” with gaps present, foods begin to slip through not completely digested. This causes the body to attack undigested foods.

     

    As we age, inflammation can increase which causes our systems to slow down. Many of us have much less stomach acid and digestive enzymes to break down food. This can ultimately alter our weight and our health. Reactive foods cause our bodies to produce more histamine which causes water retention via dilated capillaries. The brain responds by increasing the production of Cortisol. As more Cortisol is produced, fewer sex hormones are produced since both sets of hormones depend on the same building blocks. Increased Cortisol causes an increase in glucose which causes an increase in blood sugar! This domino effect alters the good bacteria in the gut and can increase yeast production. The altered gut flora leads to a weakened immune response since about 70% of our immune system is in the gut.

  • 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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