Author Archives: Dr. Benita Swartout

Chronic stress and/or repetitive stress have physical consequences. There have been many studies done over the years that show a connection between a stressful lifestyle and poor health. Stress actually accelerates the aging process and can shorten your life. It hastens the rate of cellular aging. The inflammatory effects of elevated cortisol

When testing for hormone levels, I am often asked by my patients, “Why saliva instead of blood?”. Besides the fact that saliva testing is much less painful than a blood test, patients want to know why we measure hormones with saliva instead of blood? It is actually very simple. Hormones are found

In the early days of man, stress usually stemmed from physical threats like being chased by a saber-tooth tiger or fighting big, bad warriors. The human body developed defense mechanisms to deal with the threat of a predator or an enemy. These automatic reactions worked very well to protect early man against

Stress is an enemy we all face on a daily basis. Depending on which survey or study you read, somewhere between 75 and 90% of Americans report a high level of stress once or twice a week. At least 75% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems.

Alzheimer’s is one of those words that makes us shudder. Most all of us fear developing dementia of any kind. Even though the word Alzheimer’s refers to a specific type of dementia, it has become a generic term for all forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s is more of a systemic disease than a

Wow! What a day! Today I was reminded once again why I became a doctor. I went to medical school to help people feel well, to be healthy, to live longer and to live better. Today was one of those amazing days that we docs treasure. It was one of those days

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