Health Issues

We have experience in all facets of the following Health Issues. Click on the topic to read more about each health issue.

Adrenal Glands

Our patients’ most common symptoms are fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, and depression. If this sounds like you, the underlying problem might be adrenal fatigue. The effects of adrenal dysfunction can be profound. In addition to fatigue and weakness, exhausted adrenal glands can result in suppression of the immune system, muscle and bone loss, moodiness or depression, hormonal imbalance, skin problems, autoimmune disorders, and dozens of other symptoms.

Bone Health

Osteoporosis is only as frightening as the power we give such a diagnosis. With some attention to an individualized supplementation program, a healthy diet, and a few lifestyle modifications, most patients can prevent, treat, and even reverse bone loss without drugs and their side effects.

Candida

Candida albicans is a fungal organism that is present in everyone’s intestinal tract. It is normally healthy and kept under control by the immune system and by beneficial intestinal bacteria. The balance is disrupted when these bacteria are destroyed (typically by antibiotics), when the immune function is impaired (typically due to stress or illness), or when we develop environmental or food sensitivities. Once that balance is upset, Candida begins to proliferate, invade, and colonize body tissues. It most commonly appears as a vaginal yeast infection or as oral thrush, but Candida albicans can also spread inside the body and become a systemic problem. Many of our patients have struggled with chronic yeast despite years of conventional treatment, yet achieve relief and complete resolution with our methods.

Chronic Fatigue

Adults are extremely prone to fatigue due to demanding careers, parenting, aging parents, and social responsibilities. This continuous physical, mental, and emotional activity throughout each day, followed by inadequate rest at night, results in chronic exhaustion. Unlike ordinary fatigue that goes away after a good night’s sleep, long-term fatigue becomes a chronic condition that silently undermines one’s life and eventually health.

Depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders

Of all the adult patients who come to Integrative Health Group, 50–70% have already been placed on prescription medication for symptoms related to nervousness, panic, depression, lack of motivation and energy, inattentiveness, and sleeplessness. Although antidepressants sometimes provide a small measure of relief initially, the effects of antidepressant medications are limited and usually temporary, at best. As with all drugs, antidepressants have unwanted side effects and risks. There is substantial hope and notable improvement through a natural approach that works on the underlying causes.

Diet, nutrition, and weight loss

Eating well and supplying the body with optimal nutrition is the number one strategy for creating lifelong health, regardless of the starting point. You may be diligent and highly conscientious about what you eat, or you might be in utter despair about your lack of overall nutrition and feel that you are far from reaching your goal. On the other hand, you might be on your best behavior one day and then totally abandon your eating plan the next.

Whatever the case, we help patients know how to make nutrition and eating well the cornerstone of their health foundation. With an appetite that is satisfied along with an improvement in appearance, our patients report that eating correctly is no longer viewed as making sacrifices but rather is embraced as a preferred manner in which to acquire or maintain an ideal weight and to enjoy stamina and vitality.

Digestion and Gastrointestinal Health

Whether it is a problem with acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, increased gas, bloating after eating, fatigue and the many other symptoms of gastrointestinal distress, digestive problems cause poor absorption of the nutrients our bodies need to maintain good health. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer for both men and women, as well as the number three most common killer due to cancer in adults. There are many effective steps our patients can take to support healthy gastrointestinal function in order to resolve digestive problems and to prevent deadly ones.

Heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American adults. Whether it is hypertension, high cholesterol, circulation problems, atrial fibrillation, or heart palpitations, we are helping both men and women to improve their cardiovascular systems. At Integrative Health Group, we advocate an approach to health that supports the heart. We look at one’s total health status, including the heart and arteries, from a holistic perspective that takes into account all of the factors that create health or disease, especially diet, medical history, lifestyle, genetics, and emotions.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

At one time, doctors were taught that hormone replacement therapy - hormones offered in a synthetic form in a variety of names, dosages, shapes, and colors - prevented heart disease, discouraged wrinkled skin, preserved cognitive performance, built strong bones, and caused few side effects. Almost all women going through menopause were encouraged by their doctors to go on some type of hormone replacement therapy. Then in 2002 came the results of the Women’s Health Initiative, a large women’s study, that looked at the effects of synthetic hormone replacement therapy (Premarin and Prempro - neither of which are bioidentical hormone forms). Although the evidence of the study took the medical community by surprise, they confirmed what I had believed and taught all along.

The data indicated that synthetic hormone replacement did not decrease a woman’s chance of getting heart disease as originally thought, but rather definitively increased her risk of blood clotting, stroke, and breast cancer. Bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones made by your own body. By contrast, synthetic hormones are intentionally different. Drug companies cannot patent a bioidentical structure, so they invent synthetic hormones that are patentable. Examples of the most widely prescribed synthetic hormones are Premarin, Prempro and Provera. Though bioidentical hormones have been around for years, most practitioners are unfamiliar with them. There are several branded versions now available for use in the kind of hormone replacement therapy typical of synthetic hormones. This is generally a one-size-fits-all dosage regimen. The greatest appeal of bioidentical hormones is that they are natural, and the body can metabolize them as it was designed to do, minimizing side effects. Synthetic hormones are quite strong and often produce intolerable side effects. Bioidentical hormones match individually to each woman’s needs — something that is impossible with mass-produced products.

At Integrative Health Group, we have had the greatest success with an individualized approach. We begin a gradual dosing schedule of hormones in a form of delivery much more precise than a hormone cream. Each patient is then monitored carefully through follow-up visits to ensure that symptom relief is being experienced at the lowest possible dosage. We have helped many women rediscover the bliss of balanced hormones with safe and effective bio-identical hormones and without the risks of synthetic hormones.

Hysterectomy

Whether you are in the decision stage, in the immediate recovery stage post surgery, or had a hysterectomy years ago, it is important that you are informed about hormonal balance. Hysterectomy is the second most often performed surgery for American females, so I hear many sincere questions pertaining to this topic.

Women need reliable information in order to decide whether it is necessary to have this surgery, what alternatives are available to her, what safe and natural help should be sought in recovering from surgery, and/or how to stop synthetic estrogen therapy now that it has been many years following a hysterectomy. Each woman’s unique hormone story is carefully considered at our office in order to assist her with these important decisions.

Inflammation

Inflammation plays a central role in disease and aging so controlling inflammation is critical to your health. Most of the diseases and complaints associated with aging contain a link to chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can be the root cause of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and osteoporosis.

Conventional medicine still has no tests to detect or measure inflammation, nor is there a diagnosis called chronic or systemic inflammation. Whether a patient has mild or severe inflammation causing joint pain or arthritis, there are safe, simple, and effective measures that help lower the flame on joint inflammation, re-establish joint cushioning, and initiate the regaining of flexibility - without the risks and expense of harmful anti-inflammatory medications.

Insulin and Blood Sugar Levels

It is impossible for your body to balance estrogen, progesterone and testosterone until your insulin is first balanced. Insulin resistance places one at much greater risk of hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, breast cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and endometrial cancer. It has also been implicated in Alzheimer's disease.

Insulin resistance often accompanies the most common complaints heard at Integrative Health Group - fatigue and weight gain. The good news is that insulin resistance, diabetes, and hypoglycemia can be corrected. All blood sugar problems are a primary focus of our practice. Our individualized approach has been quite successful.

Joint Pain and Muscle Stiffness

Within the varied age groups among our patients, many begin their care with us because of back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, neck pain, foot pain - every form of joint pain you can imagine. Most of them report chronic pain that is not a passing problem, so they are looking for real relief - without a lifetime of drugs. Years of wear and tear on skeletal joints, especially if one is overweight, is a factor. Past injuries to joints might never have completely healed and this can leave them more vulnerable to pain and stiffness. An inflamed digestive tract is frequently an underlying cause of discomfort occurring elsewhere in the body. In fact, most who suffer severe or chronic stiffness or joint pain also report digestive problems. Insulin and cortisol also work as inflammatory agents.

Many suffer an excess of both of these hormones, the first usually from too many sugars and other carbohydrates in the diet, and the second from too much stress and caffeine. Prolonged high levels cause the disruption of cellular metabolism, eventually causing inflammation to spread aggressively. Fluctuating estrogen levels and poor estrogen clearance, due to the way estrogen is metabolized and cleared from the body, can also impact how joints feel. We determine the reason for the pain and then provide the methods for the problem to be corrected.

Menopause and Perimenopause

Hormonal balance is a woman’s normal state. When menopausal symptoms are experienced, a woman is suffering from hormonal imbalance, which is an abnormal state. Close to 80% of women today experience symptoms of hormonal imbalance of one kind or another.

This is affecting more women than ever before because of the extraordinary demands currently on one’s physical, mental, and emotional health and with inadequate support provided. Most women can find relief from the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause because our care restores that balance — naturally and without drugs.

Menstruation

From the first period until menopause, each woman's biochemistry establishes her own unique monthly menstrual cycle. Each monthly period results from a sequential conversation between the brain, the adrenals, the pituitary and thyroid glands, as well as the ovaries. Regular menstruation is a sign that the body is producing appropriate levels of hormones from each of these glands in a balanced fashion.

The good news is that it is relatively easy to re-establish and maintain a healthy, regular cycle when the body is given the correct support. Our patients have had great success with nutritional supplementation and dietary changes. In some cases, additional bioidentical hormone support might be helpful. These measures support the body's natural hormonal balance, resulting in the elimination of pain and establishment of regular, predictable periods.

Prostate and Male Endocrine

Prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate gland. A sudden or severe case can result in treatments of antibiotics. There are millions of untreated cases of prostatitis. This is a travesty because prostatitis is the precursor of a life of prostate problems - which can include cancer. Prostatitis is the greatest cause of enlarged prostate called benign prostatic hyperplasia. It might also be the greatest cause of, and is always associated with, prostate cancer. Prostatitis can be difficult to diagnose and tough to treat. This is especially true for chronic prostatitis. When it comes to diagnosis, it begins with the PSA test. Since this condition can start in young men, all men starting at age 40 should begin PSA testing. If a PSA is equal to or greater than 1, it strongly suggests an unhealthy prostate. Studies have shown that a PSA equal to or greater than 1 means that prostatitis is present 100% of the time.

Identification of infection-fighting white cells within the prostate fluid confirms the diagnosis of prostatitis. In virtually all of the cases with a PSA of 1 or greater, prostatitis is present. With this in mind, a whole new avenue of prostate treatment can be started and maintained to treat men with this condition. Herein lies the difficulty involving so many men: Prostatitis is remarkably difficult to treat conventionally. Except in acute cases which might respond to antibiotics, for the most part chronic prostatitis does not respond well to these drugs. Like most chronic disease in the human body, the only real cure comes from within. We have helped many male patients with health problems related to not only the prostate but the entire endocrine system.

Sex and Sexuality

There are physical and emotional factors that affect one's sex drive, and they are interdependent. Hormonal imbalance is the most frequent cause of low libido. Most often we see low libido accompanied by other common symptoms. When the hormones are back in balance, desire often returns as well. That is what our individualized protocols are designed to do.

Thyroid Gland

Conventional medicine typically views the thyroid in isolation from the other systems of the body. As a result, the success rate of conventional medical treatment for hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism is inadequate. In many cases patients with thyroid problems spiral steadily downward, feeling worse as the years go by and finding themselves on an ever-expanding list of medications.

One cannot maintain optimal health unless the thyroid is working properly. For almost everyone, fatigue and other problems resulting from thyroid inadequacy can be completely reversed, but only when a nutrient-based approach is applied.

Urinary and Pelvic Health

Bladder issues are like so many health-related concerns - the sooner you recognize and decide to deal with them, the easier they are to treat. A sudden need to urinate without warning, leaking urine, and frequent urination are all forms of urinary incontinence, which is generally defined as a lack of bladder control. While there are many causes, the most basic is a gradual weakening of the pelvic nerves, organs, and smooth muscles that are meant to work together to control urination. Inner pelvic muscles stretch with pregnancy, gravity, trauma, and age. Muscles can lose their elasticity with lack of use and loss of estrogen. Organs actually shift, often pressing directly on the bladder.

Scarring from surgery, injury, or infection disrupts the natural positioning of the organs inside the pelvic area. In some cases the bladder or urethra becomes damaged or chronically inflamed and then malfunctions. Medications (including synthetic hormone replacement therapy), chronic infection, surgery, radiation, adhesions, and disease are other factors that affect bladder function and the architecture of the muscles and nerves in the pelvis - contributing to issues with incontinence. Systemic yeast and hysterectomies are also common causes. There is no one answer for all people in correcting urinary incontinence. But like so many problems with the human body, we focus on what we can control - because that is how we find solutions.