Health and Wellness Blog

Tampa’s Poor Water Quality Calls for Detoxing Twice Annually

By: BioDesign Wellness Center Staff

December 6, 2018 | Category: Health Advice

In September of 2016, a tap water database published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) revealed that 20 regions in Florida had drinking water with levels of chromium-6 higher than those deemed safe by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). These regions include Sarasota (county and city), Tampa, and Tallahassee, where water from one source tested 75 times the “safe” level!

While chromium-6 may not ring a bell, you’re probably familiar with the name of the legal clerk who brought international attention to this dangerous chemical — Erin Brockovich. While working as a clerk at a Los Angeles law firm, she uncovered documents that led to 600+ residents of Hinkley, California, filing a lawsuit against the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company. That lawsuit accused the company of contaminating the community’s drinking water with chromium-6, and it ultimately resulted in a $333 million settlement.

Chromium-6 is a known carcinogen — a cancer-causing heavy metal created by or used in various industrial processes.

According to the EWG, nearly two-thirds of U.S. residents (more than 200 million people) are exposed to unsafe levels of chromium-6 in their drinking water. And here in our region, the latest numbers are just as alarming: continue reading

Ketogenic diet

Burning Fat on the Ketogenic Diet

By: Cameron Ackerson

November 30, 2018 | Category: Diets

Can eating fat make you thin? Proponents of the ketogenic diet (the keto diet) say, “Yes!” And they’re right. When you starve the body of carbohydrates — either by fasting for several days or by following a high-fat, extremely low-carb diet — your body’s metabolism shifts from glycolysis (burning sugar/carbs) to ketosis (burning fat). Stay in ketosis long enough, and your body literally burns away stored fat, assuming, of course, you don’t significantly increase your total caloric consumption.

Ketogenic diet

Rationing Your Macros

To shift from glycolysis to ketosis, you must consume the proper ratio of macronutrients (fat, protein, and carbohydrates):

  • About 70% to 75% fat
  • About 20% to 25% protein
  • Less than 5% carbohydrates

For example, a woman weighing about 200 lbs. needs to eat about 2,000 calories per day to maintain her weight. The amount of fat, protein, and carbs she would need to eat to achieve ketosis would be as follows: continue reading

Enjoy Thanksgiving but Not to the Point Where You Feel Guilty

By: BioDesign Wellness Center Staff

November 21, 2018 | Category: Company News and Announcements

Ask anyone — even the staff here at BioDesign Wellness — if it’s okay to overindulge a bit during the holidays. Of course, it is, but notice the emphasis on a bit (it’s italicized because we feel moderation is the key to long-term happiness, especially this holiday season).

If you’re new to our functional medicine practice in Tampa, or even if you’ve been visiting our office for the last year or so, you know how much emphasis we place on maintaining healthy habits one day at a time. Now, when we say one day at a time, you know that what we really mean is the rest of your life. But if you just say, “I’m going to make good food and exercise decisions today,” it seems a little less daunting. And then, of course, we encourage you to say the same thing tomorrow!

(Image ©2018 Charles Deluvio from Unsplash)

In addition to listing our office hours for this year’s Thanksgiving holiday (please see below), we also offer suggestions from an earlier post — this one from over the summer — that point out specific actions you can perform that will keep you on track in your efforts to maintain a healthy gut throughout the holiday season.

Specifically, we recommend continue reading

Time of average doctor visit

The Problem with the 7-Minute Doctor Visit

By: BioDesign Wellness Center Staff

November 16, 2018 | Category: Functional Medicine

One of the key issues undermining health in the United States and especially here in Tampa, Fla., is the simple fact that our modern healthcare system treats patients as consumers instead of as partners in health. The average primary care physician sees three to four patients per hour. That averages out to about 15 to 20 minutes per patient visit, not counting the time the doctor spends between patients and time spent writing prescriptions, ordering and reviewing test results, and so on. Subtract that time, and we estimate the average time a doctor actually spends communicating with a patient is about seven minutes.

Time of average doctor visit

Seven minutes is certainly enough time for a doctor to hear a patient describe one or two primary symptoms and to write a prescription or make a referral to a specialist. However, it is not nearly enough time for a doctor to establish the sort of partnership with a patient that enables doctor and patient to work as a team to restore optimum health. Seven minutes is not even enough time to sort through the long list of possible physical, emotional, environmental, and lifestyle factors that could be contributing to a patient’s illness and work with the patient to address these potential underlying causes.

Doctors don’t limit their time with patients by choice. Most doctors would like to spend more time with each patient, but they’re restricted from doing so by insurance companies or the practice in which they work. Compensation for most general practitioners is tied not to effective treatment outcomes or patient satisfaction but to the number of patients they see. As a result, doctors who spend less time with patients generally: continue reading

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