Did You Know: We Specialize In Functional Medicine In Our Office

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THE FIVE PRINCIPLES OF FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE:

WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE? “Medical practice or treatments that focus on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, usually involving systems of holistic or alternative medicine.”

The term “Functional Medicine” can seem rather ambiguous. Although this field is becoming more mainstream due to voices like Dr. Oz, Dr. Frank Lipman, and Dr. Mark Hyman lauding it as the future of health care, Functional Medicine is still generally unknown to the public. The term and field of Functional Medicine refers to something completely different than what we have now come to know as conventional medicine or the standard model of care. To fully understand what functional medicine is, it is important to contrast it with conventional medicine.

Traditionally a medical doctor uses drugs or hormones as therapeutic tools to deal with dysfunction or disease. For various conditions including low thyroid, diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and so on, the standard model of care is generally all the same. Your general practitioner could decide to treat you, or could elect to refer you to a specialist. A GP and specialist have access to the same basic tool: medication. The training in the standard model of care is to diagnose a disease and match that disease with a corresponding drug. The standard model of care works well for acute diseases, trauma, infection, and emergencies. Sadly, it fails miserably in the care of the chronic diseases that affect over 125 million Americans.
Chronic conditions – such as allergic, digestive, hormonal, metabolic and neurological problems – which most Americans suffer from on a daily basis, are finding solutions in the field of Functional Medicine.
So what exactly is Functional Medicine and how can it assist the millions of Americans dealing with chronic disease?
Here are 5 basic principles that define Functional Medicine:
1) Functional Medicine views us all as being different; genetically and biochemically unique. This personalized health care treats the individual, not the disease. It supports the normal healing mechanisms of the body, naturally, rather than attacking disease directly.
2) Functional Medicine is deeply science based. The latest research shows us that what happens within us is connected in a complicated network or web of relationships. Understanding those relationships allows us to see deep into the functioning of the body.
3) Your body is intelligent and has the capacity for self-regulation, which expresses itself through a dynamic balance of all your body systems.
4) Your body has the ability to heal and prevent nearly all the diseases of aging.
5) Health is not just the absence of disease, but a state of immense vitality.
Here lies the clear distinction and definition of Functional Medicine. Instead of asking, “What drug matches up with this disease?” Functional Medicine asks the vital questions that very few conventional doctors ask: “Why do you have this problem in the first place?” and “Why has function been lost?” and “What can we do to restore function?” In other words, Functional Medicine looks to find the root cause or mechanism involved with any loss of function, which ultimately reveals why a set of symptoms is there in the first place, or why the patient has a particular disease label.

A Dangerous Food Additive to Avoid!

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Read the labels on all the foods you buy.man shopping

Watch out for the ingredient carrageenan.

Carrageenan is considered a harmless food additive by the US government.

Unfortunately medical research has proven otherwise.

Carrageenan is known as Irish Moss and is actually a seaweed.

Most people would assume that this food additive would be nutritious considering it is a sea vegetable. On a positive note this sea vegetable is high in iodine, sulfur, trace minerals and vitamins.

But it is important to know that the bad far outweighs the good when it comes to the consumption of carrageenan.

In over 40 studies, carrageenan was found to create ulcers and cancers in animals. It easily triggers inflammatory disease in the human colon as well. And many researchers believe that it promotes not only irritable bowel but breast cancers and more.

It changes detoxification in sulfur pathways (needed for hormones, toxins, etc.,), and may even be responsible for DVT (deep vein thromboses or blood clots in the lower legs).

Chemists have discovered that carrageenan suppresses gamma interferon, a cytokine crucial for tumor and infectious control (like hepatitis), as well as control of inflammation and autoimmune disease, arthritis, and more.

Finally carrageenan has been found to be part of the cause of the epidemic of diabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and more.

The average intake of carrageenan for most individuals is 100 mg a day.

Where do you find carrageenan?

It prevents separation in foods containing milk or chocolate, and improves the texture of not only foods, but cosmetics and even toothpastes, room deodorizers and pesticides.

It’s commonly found in cottage cheese and ice cream to infant formulas, dietetic beverages and low-fat meats and yogurts. For decades it was used as a thickener in puddings.

So the take-away is read the labels on the foods and products you consume and stay clear of anything that has carrageenan listed.

To find a healthcare professional certified in functional medicine, go to www.FunctionalMedicineDoctors.com.These are clinicians who have been trained at Functional Medicine University (www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com)

Toxic Metals and Weight Loss

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toxicCan’t lose weight no matter what? Could the weight loss culprit be something as inconspicuous as mercury build-up in your body?

 It is widely accepted that metal toxicity can impair neuroendocrine function. Simply put, this means that normal thyroid function can be impaired from toxic metals such as mercury, cadmium, lead and others.

What are Toxic Metals?

Toxic metals are metals that are not required or of use to your bodies chemistry.  Mercury is the example we are all probably most familiar with. Toxic metals can also be variations of metals for which there is a biological use, but in the wrong form are toxic.

What is the Weight Loss Connection?

For the purpose of weight loss, or an inability to lose weight no matter what, the effect of toxic metals on thyroid function and estrogen production becomes of particular interest.

Impaired thyroid function, specifically the impairment of T4 to T3 conversion will act like an invisible force field around your body fat. No amount of diet or exercise will be of use for someone with sufficiently impaired thyroid.

There is good scientific evidence that metal toxicity can impair endocrine (thyroid) function.

When we look at the scientific evidence for toxic metals and impaired thyroid function, there are numerous studies indicating lead, cadmium, and mercury with impaired thyroid function.

What we can say for sure is this

1.    Toxic Metals in your body are undesirable
2.    Toxic metals may impair thyroid function in certain individuals
3.    If you cannot lose weight, and have high levels of heavy metals, you may consider a protocol to remove toxic metals.

The Best Test to Objectively Measure Your Level of Heavy Metals

I recommend having your physician order the 3 or 6 hour urinary heavy metal toxic test using a challenging agent such as DMSA or DMPS.

The following test was ordered on a patient who had an impossible time losing weight. She simply was unable to convert T4-T3.

Once the patient was treated and the mercury and lead were reduced and removed her weight problem was solved. Her T4-T3 conversion issue was again solved.

 

How Can You Rid Yourself of Toxic Metals?

1: Find a doctor thoroughly trained in the evaluation and treatment of heavy metal detoxification

2: Be certain your phase I and phase II detoxification pathways are functioning optimally

3: Eliminate all heavy metal exposure (we provide guidelines to all of our patients on potential exposure)

4: InfraRed Sauna

5: After a careful evaluation by your health professional, they may recommend DMSA or DMPS chelating agent.

To find a healthcare professional certified in functional medicine, go to www.FunctionalMedicineDoctors.com. These are clinicians who have been trained at Functional Medicine University (www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com)

Are You Suffering with Estrogen Dominance? Learn The Facts

Written by BIH of Decatur on . Posted in Men, Menopausal Research, obesity, overweight, Women

estrogenEstrogen is not a single hormone. It is a class of hormones and hormone like compounds that have estrogenic properties.

There are human estrogens, animal estrogens, synthetic estrogens, phytoestrogens, and xenoestrogens.

The three human estrogens are estradiol, estrone, and estriol, and belong to the steroid hormone family.

“Estrogen dominance” is a term coined by Harvard physician John R. Lee M.D. It describes a condition where a woman can have deficient, normal, or excessive estrogen but the body has little or no progesterone to balance its effects. Signs and symptoms of estrogen dominance include:

  • Speeds up the aging process
  • Weight gain around middle
  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Breast cancer
  • Breast tenderness
  • Cold hands and feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunction
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Depression
  • Dry eyes
  • Early onset of menstruation
  • Uterine cancer
  • Fat gain in abdomen, hips, and thighs
  • Fatigue
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Foggy thinking
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Increased blood clotting
  • Infertility
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Insomnia
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • PMS
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pre-menopausal bone loss
  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Uterine cancer
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Water retention and bloatingCauses of Estrogen Dominance Syndrome

    Besides the natural hormonal fluctuations of menopause, certain lifestyle choices and conditions can also contribute to estrogen dominance syndrome, especially a low-fiber diet, overloading the liver with internal toxins, and absorbing toxins from the environment.

    Overloading the Liver

    The liver is a filter of sorts. It detoxifies our body, protecting us from the harmful effects of chemicals, elements in food, environmental toxins, and even natural products of our metabolism, including excess estrogen.

    Anything that impairs liver function or ties up the detoxifying function will result in excess estrogen levels, whether it has a physical basis, as in liver disease, or an external cause, as with exposure to environmental toxins, drugs, or dietary substances.

  • Estrogen is produced not only internally but also produced in reaction to chemicals and other substances in our food. When it is not broken down adequately, higher levels of estrogen build up.In like manner, the estrogen dominance syndrome can be evoked in women by too much alcohol, drugs, or environmental toxins, all of which limit the liver’s capacity to cleanse the blood of estrogen.

    Environment

    We live in an estrogenic or feminizing environment. Certain chemicals in the environment and our foods, one of which is DDT, cause estrogenic effects. Although banned in 1972, DDT, like its breakdown product DDE, is an estrogen-like substance and is still present in the environment.

    Chlorine and hormone residues in meats and dairy products can also have estrogenic effects.

    In men, the estrogenic environment may result in declining quality of sperm or fertility rates.

    In women, it may lead to an epidemic of female diseases, all traceable to excess estrogen/deficient progesterone.

    In industrialized countries such as the United States, diets rich in animal fats, sugar, refined starches, and processed foods can lead to estrogen levels in women twice that of women of third-world countries.

    We are constantly exposed to xenobiotics (petrochemicals), xenohormone-laden meats and dairy products, forms of pollution, and prescriptions for synthetic hormones (such as the ‘The Pill’ and Premarin).

    It isn’t too surprising that estrogen dominance has become an epidemic in industrialized countries. Over exposure to these potentially dangerous substances has significant consequences, one of which is passing on reproductive abnormalities to offspring.Estrogen “deficiency” that is quite often used as an explanation of menopausal symptoms or health problems is not supported by sound research. When a woman’s menstrual cycle is functioning normally, estrogen is the dominant hormone for the first two weeks and is balanced by progesterone, which is the dominant hormone for the latter two weeks.

    After menopause, estrogen is still present and continues to be manufactured in fat cells. Most menopausal women have too little estrogen to support pregnancy, but sufficient amounts for other normal body functions. Few women are truly deficient in estrogen; most become progesterone deficient.

    If estrogen becomes the dominant hormone and progesterone is deficient, excess estrogen becomes toxic to the body. Progesterone has a balancing effect on estrogen.

    Supplemental estrogen, even in the slightest amounts, in a woman who doesn’t need it, or who has no progesterone to balance it, can lead to many serious side effects.

    When a woman complains of even the slightest menopausal type symptoms, conventional medical doctors will recommend a prescription of estrogen.

    It is irresponsible and dangerous for doctors to be routinely prescribing estrogen for any type of pre-menopausal or menopausal symptom, and this practice can have tragic consequences.

  • The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Grisanti and his functional medicine community. Dr. Grisanti encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. Visit www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com for more information on our training in functional medicine. Look for practitioners who have successfully completed the Functional Medicine University’s Certification Program (CFMP) www.functionalmedicinedoctors.com. This content may be copied in full, with copyright, contact, creation and information intact, without specific permission, when used only in a not-for-profit format. If any other use is desired, permission in writing from Dr. Grisanti is required.

 

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How Old Are You Really? Take This Test And Find Out!

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testHow old are you really? Biological Age is the measure of your inner health, which is influenced by your genetics and your lifestyle choices.

 Biological age is an effective indicator or your “true” age because it measures how well you taking care of your body be rating the damage your body has undergone in its lifetime. For example, a well maintained car will run for a very long time.

The same car, poorly maintained will breakdown within a few years. Likewise, your body requires proper maintenance to support a long and health life.

The following questionnaire provides an inner profile by measuring the extent of internal damage your body has accumulated. To achieve an accurate measure of your biological age, it is important to answer the questions as accurately and honestly as possible.

The Biological Age Questionnaire is divided into six sections with a total of 26 questions.

SECTION A – Chronological Age 1: What is your current age (in years)? _____TOTAL SCORE (SECTION A)

SECTION B – Dietary Choices

2: How frequently do you eat fried, broiled, or barbequed foods?

Often (4)
Once a day (3)
Few times per week (2)
Once a week (1)
Almost Never (-2)

3: How often do you consume nutritional oils (not fried or heated)? example flax seed oil

Never (2)
Once a week (1)
Once a day (0)
2+ times per day (-1)

4: How many servings of fruits or vegetables do you consume? (1 serving= 1 cup)

Almost Never (3)
Few time per week (2)
One per day (1)
3 per day (-1)
5+ per day (-2)

5: How often do you consume whole grains and/or natural fiber? (example: whole wheat, pysllium, brown or wild rice)

Almost Never (3)
Once a Week (2)
Few times per week (1)
Often (-2)

6: How many glasses of water do you consume daily? (Water does not include coffee, black tea, soda or alcohol)

Almost Never (3)
One per day (2)
4 per day (1)
8 per day (0)
10+ per day (-2)

7: Do you consume sugar, soda, white flour, or other processed foods? (example: canned foods, fast foods, TV dinners, foods with preservatives added)

3+ times per week (3)
Once a day (2)
Few times per week (1)
Almost Never (-1)

8: How many alcoholic drinks do you consume per week?

12+ per week (3)
8 per week (2)
4 per week (1)
2 per week (0)
Almost Never (-1)

9: How often do you add salt to you food?

All food (3)
Daily (2)
Few times per week (1)
Once a month (0)
Almost Never (-1)

______ TOTAL SCORE (SECTION B)

SECTION C- Dietary Supplementation

10: Do you take a multi-vitamin?

Almost Never (2)
Once a week (1)
Few times per week (0)
Daily (-1)

11: Do you take anti-oxidants? (example: grape seed extract, selenium)

Almost Never (3)
Once a week (2)
Few times per week (1)
Daily (-2)

______ TOTAL SCORE (SCORE C) SECTION D – Daily Activities

12: Do you exercise (30 or more minutes of continuous activity)?

Almost Never (3)
Once a week (2)
3 times per week (-2)
5+ times per week (-3)

13: When you exercise, do you do so for more than 2 hours? (If you do not exercise, please put “0” as your answer)

Most times (4)
50% of the time (2)
Almost Never (0)

14: Do you sleep well and awake rested?

Almost Never (3)
Sometimes (2)
Usually (0)
Always (-1)

15: How often do you have normal bowel movements?

Once a week (4)
Every 4 days (3)
Every second day (2)
Daily (0)
2+ times per day (-2)

______ TOTAL SCORE (SCORE D) SECTION E – MEDICAL HISTORY

16: Is there a history of the following conditions in your family? (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, obesity, liver disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure)

2 or more (1)
Once (0)
None (-1)

17: Have you ever had any of the following conditions? (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, obesity, liver disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure)

2 or more (3)
One (2)
None (-2)

18: How frequently do you experience the following conditions? (headache, fever, sore throats, muscle aches (not exercise induced) colds or flu, rash, swelling)

Once a day (3)
Once a week (2)
Once a month (0)
Almost Never (-1)

19: Have you ever been exposed to heavy metals or toxic substances? (examples: mechanics, hair dressers, nail technicians, etc..)

Daily (4)
Weekly (3)
Monthly (2)
Almost Never (0)

20: Have you ever been exposed to heavy metals via dental work or fillings? (example: mercury fillings or other fillings)

3+ fillings (4)
2 fillings (3)
1 filling (2)
Never (0)

______ TOTAL SCORE (SECTION E)

SECTION F – STRESS

21: How many full meals do you eat per day? (a snack is not a full meal)

Never (3)
4+ per day (2)
3 per day (0)
2 per day (1)
One per day (2)

22: At work or at home, how often are you in front of electronic equipment? (example: computers, television, live cameras, electrical wires)

8+ hours per day (3)
6+ hours per day (2)
Few hours per day (1)
Almost Never (0)

23: How often are you exposed to cigarette smoke (direct or second hand)?

All day (4)
Few times a day (3)
Few times per week (1)
Almost Never (-1)

24: Do you use a recreational or street drugs?

2+ times per day (4)
Once a day (3)
Once a week (2)
Once a month (1)
Never (0)

25: Do you drive in heavy traffic?

For a living (3)
Daily (3+ hours) (2)
Daily (1-2 hours) (1)
Almost Never (-1)

26: At work and/or home, do you experience stress?

Very High (4)
High (3)
Moderate (2)
Slight (1)
Almost none (-2)

_____ TOTAL SCORE (SECTION F)

Calculating your Biological Age Add your scores from the following sections together to calculate your biological age

SECTION A: Chronological Age______

SECTION B: Dietary Choices_______

SECTION C: Dietary Supplementation_____

SECTION D: Daily Activities______

SECTION E: Medical History______

SECTION F: Stress______

TOTAL____ This is your biological age How did you do?

How to interpret your results

A: Minus 11 years or greater (Biological age is eleven or more years less than your chronological age): If you are you are presently 45 years old (chronological age), and you score reflects minus 11 years, then your biological age is 45 years minus 11 years which makes you 34 years old in biological terms General health picture is excellent. The right choices are being made to ensure your continued health

B: Minus 1-10 years (Biological age one to ten years less than your chronological age) General health picture is very good. Focus on maintaining your healthy lifestyle choices, diet, exercise and stress management

C: Biological age is the same as your chronological age General health picture is good. However, changes are required to achieve optimal health and maximize energy levels

D: 1-10 years plus (Biological age one to ten years greater than your chronological age) General health picture is fair. However, following the same lifestyle will cause your biological age to rise and heighten the risk of serious health problems

E: 11-20 years plus (Biological age eleven to twenty years greater than your chronological age) General history is average, as this is the most common health picture, with a moderate risk of health complications in the next five years. Energy and mobility are starting to decline and will continue to do so.

F: 21 years plus (Biological age twenty-one years greater than your chronological age) A chronic degenerative health picture, with a high risk of developing serious health complications. Energy and mobility will seriously decline in the next five years (if they have not already).

The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Grisanti and his functional medicine community. Dr. Grisanti encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. Visit www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com for more information on our training in functional medicine. Look for practitioners who have successfully completed the Functional Medicine University’s Certification Program (CFMP) www.functionalmedicinedoctors.com. This content may be copied in full, with copyright, contact, creation and information intact, without specific permission, when used only in a not-for-profit format. If any other use is desired, permission in writing from Dr. Grisanti is required.

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