7 Signs you need an Integrative Health Coach

An integrative doctor–whether a primary-care physician, an ob-gyn, or an oncologist–enlists Western approaches when appropriate and then complements them with other treatments.

The health of Americans is steadily declining despite the amount of money spent on health care, high-technology medicine, and educational efforts. Hypertension, Diabetes, auto-immune disease and obesity rates continue to sky-rocket among adults and children.

Unless we wake up and take responsibility for our own health, the pattern will continue. An integrative health coach will listen to you and guide you in making choices that will improve your health.

Here are the top 7 reasons you need an integrative health coach now:

1. Many people don’t follow through with their New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or get healthy.

80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions break them. When you break your 2017 resolution, don’t wait for January 1, 2018 to follow through on what you need to do for your health. Make a resolution every day when you wake up to improve your health. A physician who focuses on prevention will show you how to make small changes that will build up to a lifetime of good health.

2. You don’t understand why you have gained the weight.

Over the years the extra few pounds have stayed on you, but you are eating better. There are many dietary changes that you need, but you don’t know where to start. An integrative health coach will help you identify the easiest changes to make today that will make the biggest impact on your health. An integrative physician can also factor in the impact that insulin, cortisol, and other hormones are having on your health.

3. You have cravings that you don’t know how to handle so you end up eating.

You figure that you don’t have any control over the cravings so you just give in, every time, year after year. An integrative health coach will help you identify the cause of the cravings and enable you to beat your cravings or binge eating using a combination of natural and/or prescription methods.

4. You have cancer, diabetes, or heart disease in your family, and want to a plan to prevent them.

We can use genetic information and family history to develop a plan to reduce, delay, or eliminate your chance of getting a chronic illness. In the long run, it saves you money…. and stress.

5. You want to lose your sugar addiction, cigarette craving, or curb your appetite for alcohol.

What do smoking, eating disorders, and texting all have in common? They often result from stress and anxiety. These behaviors often develop as ways to modify a person’s “fight or flight” response to stress triggers. Stressed by work? Fighting or fleeing may not be options—but calming your nerves with a cigarette or drink is. We explore the triggers and possible herbal and prescription medications that may be of benefit.

6. You are confused about whether meat, protein, carbs, dairy, produce, or GMO foods are healthy.

A new diet book is written every day. How can you tell what is healthy for you?  There are various ways to evaluate your “inflammatory foods”. An integrative health coach will help you determine what foods are healthy for YOU and what will work for YOU.

7. Nothing has worked before so you continue to gain weight or have chronic health issues.

Chances are you have given up because nothing you have tried before worked. If you have gained weight, or if you are suffering from chronic health issues that are blood sugar-related, high cholesterol, blood pressure, inflammation or arthritis, or other health issues, you may be able to improve your health with herbs, vitamins, or nutrition. A health coach can help you wade through the mountains of research to figure out what works for you and your health.

Do something for yourself today and talk to an integrative health coach! Your life and health could improve, and you could feel better!

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Age Management Medicine

Age Management Medicine

The field of Age Management Medicine is fairly new to the medical world. Most people just assume it’s “Anti-Aging” Medicine, which has a sort of built-in connotation of vanity or the quest to live forever. There often ends up being an immediate reaction that it’s not “real” medicine, but a luxury reserved for the rich and famous or people who fear death – or simply fear looking old.

Clearing Up the Myths:

To start, I’d like to dispel the myth that Age Management is simply a “vanity” sort of medical field. A good place to begin is simply by defining Age Management Medicine. Age Management Medicine is a proactive, preventative approach to healthcare. It’s not simply  testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, etc. It is a scientifically-based approach to aging focused on preservation of optimum human function and quality of life, making every effort to slow the process of degeneration of the body that comes with aging.

So Age Management Medicine is not about living to be 120 or 130 years old. It’s about helping you look, feel, and function as good as possible for a long as possible. It’s about enjoying a very high quality of life as you age, continuing to do what you love without becoming increasingly reliant on the care of others – which most of us fear.

The key difference between Age Management Medicine and most other medical specialties is that its approach is proactive. In most fields of traditional medicine, the medical community’s approach is: wait until you get sick, then prescribe treatment. Age Management’s interventions are intended to preserve for the highest quality of life for you for the longest period of time.

Is Age Management Just Prescribing Hormones?

Another myth is that Age Management just means prescribing hormones. While hormones (thyroid, DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, Human Growth Hormone (HGH), melatonin) do play a key role in aging as well as in disease prevention, there are many other factors at play.

If you’re like most people, levels of key hormones begin to decline in your late 20s to early 30s (Note to women: this is way before menopause!). And some hormones, like melatonin, start to fall as early as your late teens. So a key component of Age Management is restoring the hormones that are declining as we age to levels that are associated with the highest quality of life and lowest incidence of bodily decline and degenerative diseases.

So in addition to prescribing hormones, we also do this by focusing on other key areas that affect hormone production or decline:

Nutrition: When you think about it, virtually every cell in your body gets its building blocks from what you eat. There are certain types of foods and patterns of eating that optimize hormone production and utilization.  Evaluating your food allergies and food “sensitivities” is an important part of our evaluation.
Exercise: We make personalized exercise recommendations to optimize hormone production and your body’s use of key hormones to burn fat, preserve lean muscle mass, and prevent degeneration.
Lifestyle: Factors like stress and sleep play a key role in determining where your hormone levels are. Both poor sleep and chronic stress (mental and physical) increase the levels of fat-storing, disease progressing hormones (insulin, cortisol, etc.) and decrease the levels of fat-burning, disease preventing hormones (thyroid, DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, Human Growth Hormone (HGH), etc.). We’ll help you optimize these areas of your life as well.

So What About Prescribing Hormones?

Even if you’re eating right, exercising right, and have a low stress lifestyle, you will experience a drop in key hormones as you get older. This is called age-related hormonal decline. Either the cells that produce hormones are dying off, or the enzymes that convert less active forms of hormones to their more active forms, are working less efficiently. This loss is what takes away the look and feel of being young and leaves you more susceptible to chronic degenerative disease. This is when individualized, targeted hormone therapy is used. Optimizing your hormone levels is key in increasing your quality of life and level of functioning as well as decreasing your risk of degeneration, decline, and disease.

The Most Common Benefits of Age Management Medicine

Increased energy and decreased fatigue
Maintaining a healthy body weight
Improved body composition and lower body fat
Improved sleep
Increased sex drive and performance
Maintaining bone density and strength
Maintaining healthy brain function and prevention of dementia
Decreased risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other serious ailments
Increased overall feeling of well-being – you just feel better!

 

How To Get Started

Evaluation/Lifestyle Assessment
An in-depth evaluation reviewing your intake questionnaire, your current health concerns, goals as well as looking at your past medical history, family history, medications, and current lifestyle habits.
Comprehensive Laboratory Testing
Comprehensive baseline laboratory testing determining your current health status, key hormone levels and specific disease risk markers.
Analysis & Implementation
Your personalized, proactive treatment plan consisting of appropriate medications, nutritional recommendations, exercise recommendations, lifestyle management and any other appropriate medical interventions.
Ongoing Support & Monitoring
Periodic lab testing and consultations to maintain gains and adjust treatment plan as needed. We continue to work with you to keep you looking and feeling your best.

 

To schedule an Age Management/Hormonal evaluation, call (281) 367-4700 or e-mail us directly at vitadoc2@gmail.com.

History of Low Dose Naltrexone

Naltrexone was created in 1963 as an opioid receptor blocker. This means naltrexone binds to opiate receptor and neutralizes the action of opiates on the opiate receptor. Naltrexone was approved by FDA in 1984 for the treatment of opioid addiction. The typical daily dosage for opioid addiction is 50 to 100 mg daily. Low Dose Naltrexone or LDN refers to daily dosages of naltrexone that are between 1.5 is 4.5 mg.  More than 20 years ago it was discovered that very small doses of this drug—3 to 4.5 mg—have profound effects on the immune system

Basic science work examining the use of opioid antagonists for treating other diseases did not appear until the late 1980s, and the first published LDN trial in humans was presented in 2007. Since that time, LDN has been studied and has been slowly gaining attention as a possible treatment for some chronic medical conditions. Currently, the best documented scientific use of LDN is in treating autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

What Other Conditions has LDN been used for?

ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
Alzheimer’s disease
Ankylosing spondylitis
Anti-aging
Autism
Celiac disease
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Crohn’s disease
Endometriosis
Fibromyalgia
Inflammatory bowel disease
Lupus
Multiple sclerosis (MS)
Parkinson’s disease
Psoriasis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sarcoidosis
Scleroderma
Ulcerative colitis

Another documented use of Naltrexone is for treating obesity. Contrave, a new medication approved to treat obesity in 2014, combines Naltrexone and bupropion in a sustained release formula. Both bupropion and Naltrexone individually have shown evidence of weight loss and the combination aims to create a synergistic effect. Contrave is a sustained release formulation of Naltrexone and bupropion. The FDA has placed a boxed warning onto Contrave stating that it may affect mood and it may increase the likelihood of suicide. This potential adverse effect is most probably due to bupropion as such adverse effects have been observed with medications designed to treat mood disorders.  The Naltrexone dose in Contrave is higher than we use in Low Dose Naltrexone

What Does Treatment With LDN Involve?

LDN requires a prescription and is available only from compounding pharmacies. (Regular pharmacies typically carry only 50 mg capsules.) The suggested dose is 3–4.5 mg per day, taken orally at bedtime.

The only contraindication is narcotic drugs. Low-dose naltrexone blocks the effects of narcotics and could cause withdrawal symptoms, so it should be started only after those drugs are completely out of your system.

LDN is safe and well tolerated. You may have vivid dreams at first, but sleep disturbances are rare. To avoid this, start with a dose of 1.5 mg and build up slowly over two months.

 

How did you first learn about LDN?
I was familiar with Naltrexone as a treatment option for patients with cancer issues.  I heard about it while I was completing my Integrative Cancer Therapy fellowship at A4M.  Then it became FDA approved as a weight loss drug, and I took a look at how I could use it in my patients with sugar cravings.  I then learned about its use in fertility issues from Dr. Hilgers’ approach, but he was using the “normal” dose of Naltrexone to fully block the opioid receptors in order to improve fertility for patients. Later, I encountered the NaPro website,  which showed different type of approach: boosting endorphins through a low dose of Naltrexone. In this strategy, you aim for endorphin stimulation rather than blocking. So that was a completely new concept, and it didn’t occur to me at first that this would have a role for fertility. But then I started having good results in my patients who had rheumatoid arthritis and had a dramatic improvement on LDN. I thought, “The next time I see somebody with an autoimmune condition, I’m going to try them on this.”

 

What has been your experience using LDN with your patients?
I then started by prescribing LDN to the very obvious autoimmune patients, such as patients with active rheumatoid arthritis. In addition to improvements in their autoimmune condition, often patients would also report back to me, ‘You know what? I used to have horrible premenstrual syndrome and now that’s gone too.’ Or ‘I used to have low mood, fatigue and anxiety, and that’s no longer an issue.’ Or they had brown bleeding that has now stopped. Gradually I began to realize that these symptoms (PMS, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, persistent fatigue, low mood, anxiety, sleep disturbance, brown menstrual bleeding, family history of autoimmune disorder) can be associated with clinical endorphin deficiency.

I was able to see over the course of about a year of prescribing LDN to the occasional autoimmune patient that not only did the endorphin deficiency symptoms improve with LDN, but it actually helped with weight as well.

It was deductive reasoning through clinical observation that led me to this conclusion.

I then decided that if we have patients who don’t have an obvious autoimmune diagnosis but have symptoms of possible clinical endorphin deficiency, we could try them on the LDN to see if the symptoms improve. Eight times out of ten symptoms like PMS and fatigue would improve. So now I use the presence of such symptoms as a guide for determining probable clinical endorphin deficiency. While other conditions can potentially cause these same symptoms, having low endorphins is a very common root cause, and therefore it’s worth a trial of LDN to see if the symptoms respond.

 

Given your clinical experience with LDN, what kind of patient do you think is best suited to benefit from it?
It depends on whether they need it in the first place. I try and make a clinical judgment about a patient’s probable endorphin levels. I think, ‘Does this person need LDN?’ If it looks like they probably do, we’ll try it and then we’ll listen to what their body tells us.

I look at a variety of factors that can be indicators of an underlying endorphin deficiency such as the presence of PMS, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, persistent fatigue, low mood, anxiety, sleep disturbance, and family history of autoimmune disorder.

Do you also treat patients that do not have infertility issues with LDN?

I see a small handful of people with food addiction, smoking addiction, autoimmune conditions, and fibromyalgia; these can respond really well to treatment with LDN. I’m very quick to tell people I’m no expert in any of these kinds of conditions, but I’ve got a lot of good clinical experience with Naltrexone. I’m happy to give it a try for these patients because it’s safe. The worst case scenario is that it doesn’t work. It won’t do you any harm at least, apart from short-term transient side effects for a week or two while you get used to it.

Why do you consider LDN such an appealing treatment option?
If somebody has an autoimmune condition and they go on these super expensive, very strong immunosuppressive drugs to get relief of their symptoms but they’ve taken out their immune system by using them, while you may not see any immediate problems, you’re potentially putting yourself in harm’s way. You’re at risk of developing new additional autoimmune conditions, and you may potentially increase your risk of tuberculosis and different cancers because of the profound immune-suppression that you go through. So it’s not a great solution even if you can observe great clinical relief. LDN is so much more attractive. It’s inexpensive, has few side effects, is available in topical, sublingual and capsule forms, and it’s safe and easy to use compared to the alternatives out there.

Call the Woodlands location to schedule an appointment, or email an inquiry to vitadoc2@gmail.com.

 

Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation (UVBI)

Coming soon to the Woodlands Location call (281) 367-4700
Radiance Advanced Skin and Body Care

 

UVBI can be used as part of a Personalized Treatment plan for colds/influenza, acute and chronic sinusitis and bronchitis, cancer, emphysema, HIV, chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, autoimmune diseases, tendonitis, and heart disease.

Indications: According to the Foundation For Blood Irradiation, Inc, UBI has been found useful in treating:

Viral Infections
· Poliomyelitis , polio-encephalitis, myelitis

· Hepatitis: infectious, serum

· Influenza

· Common upper respiratory disease

· Herpes simplex, Herpes zoster

· Mononucleosis, Mumps, Measles

Bacterial Infections

· Pneumonia

 

· Recurrent skin infections (furunculosis, carbunulosis)

Inflammatory Conditions
· Acute thrombophlebitis, fibrositis, bursitis, nephritis, iritis, uveitis, cholecystitis, pancreatitis

· Rheumatoid arthritis

Circulation Conditions

· Varicose and diabetic ulcers

· Peripheral vascular disease

· Vascular headaches

For more information see UVLRx

 

Options for Men… the Priapus shot

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Named after the Greek god of fertility, the Priapus Shot™ is a series of six penile injections that rejuvenate a man’s ability to get and maintain an erection. These injections restore proper blood flow into and out of the penis and boost erection quality by a staggering 98 percent!

Dr. Charles Runels, M.D. recently pioneered an ingenious application of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy called the Priapus Shot™, which has helped thousands of men achieve new levels of sexual potency, performance, and pleasure. In addition, more than half the men who receive the Priapus Shot™ report measurable penile enhancement.

Here are a few of the improvements Dr. Runels’ patients report:

Better quality of erection (5-point increase on the 25-point scale used by doctors)

Sixty percent report an increase in at least a ½ inch in penis length and girth

Feeling like you’ve turned back to clock on your love life

Increases blood flow to the penis by opening the small arteries and capillaries without creating systemic vascular side effects like Viagra and other medications

Since PRP is derived from your own body, there have never been any reported systemic side effects.

Takes one-three weeks to see results; full effects are achieved within three months

Effects typically last over a year.

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