At BioDesign Wellness, pellet therapy is now offered on our existing menu of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) options. Choices for HRT now include:
Pellets (mainly for women), surgically inserted just below the skin every three to five months. (Note: While we often recommend a different approach for men, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy through the delivery of pellets placed just below the skinis available.)
Capsules, taken orally by prescription
Your choice depends primarily on personal preference. Many women who can benefit from HRT opt for pellets to avoid taking medication daily, but capsules, creams, patches, and injections have their own advantages, as you’ll see later in this post.
Do I Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?
We take a conservative approach to HRT for both women and men. First, we seek to understand and then address any underlying health issues that may be hindering you from feeling your absolute best. Then — and only then — do we consider hormone replacement therapy, and only if a patient is experiencing symptoms indicating that such therapy may be useful, such as the following:
Symptoms for Women
Symptoms for Men
Lost strength or endurance
Brain fog (reduced mental clarity/focus)
Brain fog (reduced mental clarity or lack of focus)
Less frequent or weaker erections
Deterioration of athletic performance or inability to play sports
Feeling tired or falling asleep after meals
Loss of libido (sex drive)
Loss of libido (sex drive)
Decreased enjoyment of life
Spotting between cycles, heavy bleeding, irregular cycles, painful cycles
Weight gain (inability to lose weight)
The primary benefits of hormone replacement therapy when done properly using bioidentical hormones, include the following: continue reading
Mold made its way to and throughout the subflooring in this MacDill Air Force Base home. [Photo courtesy of Amie Norquist]
However, mold poses a serious health risk throughout Florida, where heat and humidity provide the ideal environment for it to grow. According to the World Health Organization, more than a quarter of U.S. buildings are water-damaged, and one can logically conclude that the percentage is significantly higher in Florida, where we receive an average annual rainfall of 60 inches. Nearly 45 million people across the U.S. live or work in a water-damaged building (WDB).
“Mold Sickness” is an immunologic disease that is brought about by exposure to the interior environment of a water-damaged building that becomes a haven for toxic microbes and harmful chemicals. These “dangerous buildings” promote the growth of bacteria, microbes, fragments of microbes, and fungi, and residents or people working in these buildings who are harmed by these conditions often suffer a systemic inflammatory response syndrome known as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS).
Physicians, researchers, medical providers and indoor environmental experts have been studying CIRS for years, and much progress has been made. And late last month, during a four-day conference convened in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., current breakthroughs and updates about the mold epidemic facing this country were presented.
Meeting of the Minds
Called Meeting of the Minds, the conference was attended by BioDesign Wellness Center’s own functionally medicine-trained Dr. Matt Lewis, DC, DACBN, CFMP®; and BioDesign medical director Dr. Winston Cope, M.D. During the conference, Dr. Lewis passed his certification test for the Shoemaker Protocol and is currently completing that certification. The protocol features the most recent advances in the understanding and treatment of CIRS.
One of the more dismaying effects of this debilitating condition are the number of symptoms that can arise as a result of the sufferer residing or working in a water-damaged building. According to Dr. Richie Shoemaker of the Center for continue reading
Seven of South Florida’s leading experts in the detection and treatment of chronic illnesses are set to deliver talks next week as part of the 2nd Annual Tampa Thyroid & Autoimmune Summit. And representing BioDesign Wellness Center will be our very own Dr. Matt Lewis, DACBN, CFMP®.
The summit runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Root Cause Medical Clinic in North Tampa. Besides Dr. Lewis, the daylong event features other esteemed area functional medicine practitioners, including:
According to recent research, nearly 5 percent of the nation’s population over the age of 12 suffers from hypothyroidism, with the thyroid cancer incidence per 100,000 people in Florida being 12.1 at last check. As for autoimmune diseases, there are between 80 and 100 different types, with an untold number of continue reading