10 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

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In our previous post, Detox in Your Sleep with Proper Sleep Hygiene, we stress the importance of getting a good night’s sleep — not only so you feel rested the next day, but also to enable your brain to detoxify itself. The slow and steady brain and cardiopulmonary activity associated with deep, non-REM sleep are optimal for the function of the glymphatic system — the brain’s unique pathway for removing toxic waste. This nightly flushing of waste and toxic proteins from the brain is very likely to help protect against aging and irreversible and progressive brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

In that previous post, we highlight some of the underlying health issues that negatively impact sleep, such as pain, bladder conditions, poor blood sugar balance, and gastrointestinal issues. While we can certainly help you address these and other health conditions that may impair your ability to sleep deeply, you can take several steps on your own to improve your sleep quantity and quality on a nightly basis.

In this post, we present 10 tips for getting a better night’s sleep: continue reading

Environmentally Acquired Illness

Diagnosing and Treating Environmentally Acquired Illness (EAI)

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We hear a lot these days about the environment — most of it focusing on the long-term rise in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system. Seemingly lost among the talk (and debate — over the causes of global warming) is one simple fact that’s hard to ignore. Unless you live in a bubble, you are being bombarded by toxins and infectious agents that could result in you contracting an environmentally acquired illness.

Environmentally acquired illness (EAI) is characterized by any of a number of illnesses or syndromes (symptom clusters) caused by exposure to toxic molds and other biotoxins; toxic chemicals such as heavy metals and pesticides; and persistent infections, such as Lyme disease. Environmental toxins are in foods and beverages, furniture, carpets, clothing, cleaning products, cosmetics, personal hygiene products, medications, and the air around us. In addition, you can acquire serious and persistent infections from insect bites and not even know it, and your home or workplace may be a source of toxic mold that you’re breathing in every time you inhale.

Environmentally Acquired Illness

Although your body is equipped with various systems to cure infections and eliminate toxins, the volume and diversity of infectious agents and toxins often overwhelms the body’s defenses.

The bigger problem with environmentally acquired illness is that the conventional medical system is poorly equipped to deal with it for several reasons: continue reading

Preventing and Reversing Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

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What do Rita Hayworth, Perry Como, Norman Rockwell, Rosa Parks, and Sandra Day O’Connor all have in common? Aside from being household names who made their mark on society, each suffered from a diagnosis of Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dementia is a syndrome (a symptom cluster), characterized by a decline in cognitive function (thinking and memory), beyond the degree associated with normal aging. Although it affects mostly older people — at least count, 50 million people worldwide — it is not a normal part of aging and is certainly not inevitable. Even better news, for those experiencing cognitive decline and their family members and caregivers, is that dementia can be prevented; and now, based on new research and clinical trials, even reversed with proper interventions when started early enough.

Symptoms of Dementia

Symptoms of dementia are commonly broken down in to the following three stages, as presented by the World Health Organization (WHO):

Early stage:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Losing track of time
  • Becoming lost in familiar places

Middle stage: continue reading

Meet the Staff: BioDesign’s Customer Experience Manager Lori

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Welcome to another installment in our Meet the Staff series. This time around, we’d like to introduce Lori, the customer experience manager here at BioDesign Wellness Center. Lori is the point of contact for all of our patients and usually the first person most people see upon entering our Tampa functional medicine practice.

Lori handles a lot of essential functions for us, including coordinating patient appointments, confirming those appointments and then making sure nobody falls through the cracks when it comes to those appointments. She also greets new patients and takes them on a tour of our facilities. On top of that, Lori is responsible for keeping track of patients incoming lab results so our doctors have what they need when you arrive for your appointments.

We asked Lori if she would sit for a quick Q&A about her work history, as well as a few personal asides that she might be willing to toss our way. Here’s what she had to say:

BioDesign Wellness Center: What did you do for work before coming to work to BioDesign?

Lori: I’ve been in weight loss wellness and aesthetics for the past 15 years, as well as working as a complete beauty consultant. I attended the International School of Skin in Atlanta, Ga., from 2001 to 2002, which is where I developed a passion for the aesthetic industry. My first position was working as a laser technician and I was amazed at how much a simple procedure could change a person’s personality. I witnessed sad, embarrassed and shy people turn into happy, outgoing confident individuals. Later I stumbled into the weight-loss industry and a job that truly changed my life. After struggling with my own continue reading

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