• Thyroid and Thyroid metabolism: follow the science or follow opinion?


    “The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading”.Knowledge

    -David Bailey


    What does this quote have to do with Thyroid metabolism and Thyroid metabolites?  Directly, not a lot.  Indirectly—a whole lot.  I believe this quote points to an often unrecognized problem that permeates under the surface of medicine today–an ever prevalent problem, but a never visually evident problem.  The average physician lacks a current, working knowledge of scientific evidence due to a lack of reading.  How can this be?  We physicians get caught into a trap.  We spend the better part of 12+ years in higher education (when you count college, medical school, and medical residency).  Once completed, there is a sense of accomplishment that cripples most physicians.  The volume of knowledge learned leads to the conclusion that there is little left to be learned.  This thinking permeates the medical community and it breeds complacency.  This complacency leads to a no-growth curve in the average physician’s knowledge.   Without daily reading, new discoveries and new knowledge will quickly bypass the average physician leaving the average physician practicing far behind the current science.



    A Healthy, Wellness Lifestyle in 2015 begins today.








    “All of our dreams can come true if we just have the courage to pursue them.”


                                                                                                        – Walt Disney


    Does success just happen?


    Is success the result of chance?


    Or, is success the result of decisions, goals, the right team of people, and timely opportunity?


    Of course, I follow the latter belief.   Success is the result of hard work, big goals, the right team of people and being in the right place at the right time through preparation.


    Now is the time to prepare for success!  Success in Health for 2015 starts now!  Whether the goal is maintaing Health or achieving Health, successes achieved in 2015 begins now.



  • Confession of a Recovered Fat man–Lavender

    silhouette-obese-man-300x300Confession of a Recovered Fat man


    The more I live the more I realize I don’t know.


    The more I practice medicine, the more I realize I don’t know.  The more I realize God does know.


    Yard to Table is a category of blog posts through which I seek to highlight readily available natural therapies all around us.  Not only do natural therapies work, I will highlight the mechanisms of their actions found in the science.


    A recent personal experience highlights the power of natural healing right around us.


  • 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.


  • 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?


  • 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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