Many of my patients suffer from some type of autoimmune illness. These are conditions in which the body generates an immune attack directed at our own cells or organs. If the body attacks the thyroid we call it Hashimoto’s or Grave’s Disease; if the joints it is Rheumatoid Arthritis; If the intestine
A large part of my practice consists of treating men and women with hormonal deficiencies, whether testosterone in men or usually a combination of low estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in women. DHEA and other hormones such as T4 and T3, cortisol, or growth hormone can be low in either gender. In this post
Proper nutrition is among the first lines of defense against hypothyroidism. An under-active thyroid is frequently the result of nutritional deficiencies and, once these deficiencies have been reversed, thyroid function usually improves.
Oftentimes my patients have seen multiple doctors and although they were getting some symptom relief from various medications, they really want to get to the root of the problem – they want an answer as to why they have chronic fatigue – fibromyalgia – abnormally low testosterone levels – and more importantly, what can be done to fix it. When you get to the root cause of illness, you can not only reverse the process, but also improve the patients overall quality of life.
As a physician practicing Integrative Holistic Internal Medicine, I spend close to 45 minutes of the 90 minutes allotted for my initial consults simply explaining optimal nutrition. I debunk fallacies such as the need to eat 5-9 servings of grain per day and that “a calorie is a calorie.” I put my patients on a Paleolithic diet that replicates the foods we evolved to eat.