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Meet the Staff: BioDesign’s Care Coordinator, Chrissie Skelton

By: BioDesign Wellness Center Staff

September 18, 2018 | Category: Meet The Staff

We’re extremely proud of — and grateful for — our talented staff here at BioDesign Wellness Center, and we’d like nothing better than to profile each through a blog post of their own. As a result, we are starting a “Meet the Staff” series of blog posts that will appear here from time to time, introducing our medical team and support personnel.

Chrissie Skelton BioDesignHere, you’ll be able to get our crew better through our thoughtful quizzing about each staffer’s chosen career, their work histories, their likes and dislikes, and more. And we’ll ask a few silly questions along the way just so you can get a better idea about what makes them tick.

To start things off, we’re introducing our care coordinator, Chrissie Skelton, who began working at BioDesign Wellness Center back in the summer of 2014. Chrissie can be found behind the scenes, where she makes sure our patients are properly attended to, which includes coordinating orders for lab work, placing orders for medications and supplements, and helping to administer injections and performing EKGs.

Here are some other things you may like to know about this dynamic member of our staff:

BioDesign Wellness Center: What did you do for work before coming to work for Tampa-based functional medicine practice?

Chrissie Skelton: I worked for an continue reading

Hormones and nutrition

Addressing Hormone Issues with Proper Nutrition and Diet

By: BioDesign Wellness Center Staff

September 5, 2018 | Category: Hormones

If you read our two-part series on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or our post about testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), you’re aware that here at BioDesign Wellness — Tampa’s functional medicine practice — we recommend and provide safe and effective hormone replacement for our patients who can benefit from such treatments. However, hormones are only part of the story. They certainly play a key role in the body’s chemical messenger system (the endocrine system) as the actual messages that are sent and received. However, the endocrine system also contains glands that produce and secrete hormones, and various cells throughout the body receive and act on those hormones (messages).

Simply stated… anything that goes wrong at any point in the production, secretion, reception, or processing of these chemical messages negatively impacts one’s health and fitness.

Hormones and nutrition

Safe and effective hormone therapy requires more than merely hormone supplementation. Treatment should also address any issues related to the healthy function of glands that produce and secrete hormones and anything that may prevent individual cells from receiving and processing the chemical messages. For example, when we see a patient with low thyroid hormone, instead of merely prescribing thyroid hormone, we look for reasons why the thyroid is not releasing sufficient amounts of hormone and address those issues first. (For more on this approach, please see our two-part series on restoring thyroid health.)

The fact is that many hormone issues can be traced back to the basics — nutrition, physical activity, and stress reduction. In this post, we provide tips on how to adjust your diet and limit your exposure to continue reading

Restoring Thyroid Health: Part 2 — Hyperthyroid

By: BioDesign Wellness Center Staff

August 22, 2018 | Category: Thyroid Health

Editor’s Note: Below is Part 2 in our two-part series on restoring thyroid health. As we learned in Part I of the series (which we encourage you to read before moving on to the post below) Restoring Thyroid Health: Part 1: Hypothyroid — Just shy of 15 percent of the U.S. population is expected to develop a thyroid condition at some point, while roughly 20 million people in the U.S. have a form of thyroid disease, and 60 percent of those people with thyroid disease are actually unaware of their condition.

In this part, the focus shifts to diagnosing and treating hyperthyroid (overactive thyroid).

(Image Copyright: 2014 – staff)

Symptoms of hyperthyroid include:

  • Appetite change (decrease or increase)
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent bowel movements or diarrhea
  • Heart palpitations
  • Heat intolerance
  • Increased sweating
  • Irritability
  • Light menstrual or missed menstrual periods
  • Mental disturbances
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nervousness
  • Fertility issues
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tremor/shakiness
  • Vision changes
  • Weight loss-or (less likely) weight gain
  • Dizziness
  • Thinning hair
  • Itching/hives

Clinical manifestations of hyperthyroid include heart arrhythmia, rapid pulse, elevated thyroid hormones (see the next section), bulging eyes, and softening of the nail beds.

Diagnosing Hyperthyroid

Most of the patients who come to our office with hyperthyroid have already been diagnosed as having it. Diagnosis typically involves measuring the levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and the continue reading

Restoring Thyroid Health: Part 1 — Hypothyroid

By: BioDesign Wellness Center Staff

August 15, 2018 | Category: Thyroid Health

According to the American Thyroid Association (ATA), more than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime, an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition. The ATA also points out that “undiagnosed thyroid disease may put patients at risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility.”

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located just below the larynx (voice box). It is part of the endocrine system — the body’s chemical (hormone) messaging system. Although it is relatively small, weighing only about 25 grams, its performance impacts every cell, tissue, and organ in the human body by regulating the body’s metabolism — the process by which the body extracts and uses energy from food.

In the endocrine system, the hypothalamus signals the pituitary gland whenever more thyroid hormone is needed. The pituitary gland then releases thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) that tells the thyroid gland to produce the thyroid hormones Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4). This process regulates numerous vital bodily functions, including the following: continue reading

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