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Thyroid

 Thyroid symptoms are on the rise. So many people suffer from fatigue, high cholesterol, joint pains, brain fog, thinning hair, cold hands/feet, constipation, depression and weight gain. Could your thyroid be the culprit?

 Thyroid hormones are produced by the thyroid gland which sits like a little butterfly above the Adam’s apple in the neck. Its small size belies its importance. It’s one of the “Master Glands” in the body with its main role regulating the rate at which we burn energy. All the preceding symptoms listed are indicative of how fast we can produce energy to fuel the body’s processes.

 Of course, there are “imposters” that can mimic low thyroid. Many drugs slow down metabolism or even affect how the thyroid gland produces hormones. Examples of the latter are statin drugs or beta blockers. Or some drugs, like the notorious PPI’s (Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Dexilant and others) have side effects so bad that even though they don’t affect the thyroid per se, they cause such a disruption in the absorption of key nutrients that the effects are similar to low thyroid function.
Another common cause of fatigue is poor diet. Obviously, nutrition needs to be a major focus.

 And yet another common cause of fatigue are one or more pathogens. Just like a computer virus can slow down function, viruses can also hide out in the body causing fatigue and slowing things down. Examples include Lyme and its co-infections, Ebstein Barr virus, and others.

 Where many in mainstream medicine miss the boat, is testing. Thyroid tests, in order, to be complete, must include a TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies—the latter to rule out an autoimmune cause. Any testing short of these is incomplete. And since no hormones operate in a vacuum, I prefer to also test cortisol production and the sex hormones as well. If I suspect those other causes of fatigue, even further testing is warranted.
If you would like to get an answer for your thyroid symptoms, don’t settle for inadequate testing! At Wellness by Design, we’re able to provide the testing and interpretation you need to get to the bottom of your problems!

 

Prolozone

 Prolozone® is an injection technique practiced by several hundred doctors in the US. It was pioneered by Dr. Frank Shallenberger who conducts workshops and trainings to teach other physicians this healing modality. It utilizes the healing properties of medical grade ozone along with some collagen producing substances which combine to start the healing process. It works in both joints and soft tissue. Generally all forms of musculo-skeletal and joint pain will respond. This includes chronic neck and back pain, shoulder pain, hip and knee pain, wrists, elbows and even plantar fasciitis—basically any joint or soft tissue. Because in many cases Prolozone actually corrects the underlying pathology (rather than masking symptoms like corticosteroid injections) , there is a 75% chance for the chronic pain sufferer to becoming permanently pain free—AND to avoid joint replacement surgery.


 It is important to understand what the word Prolozone actually means. The prolo part is derived from “proli” which means to regenerate or rebuild and “ozone” refers to O3-- is a highly reactive molecule which, when injected into a joint or soft tissue, is able to stimulate fibroblast repairing abilities.
Joints are susceptible to stress, wear and tear, and aging just like the rest of our body. But because they are moving parts, they must remain flexible and be able to absorb pressure. If there is any injury to the joint, repair is unlikely to occur if there is a lack of nutrients, poor circulation, inflammation, or just from general aging.


 Mainstream medicine generally has two modalities to address arthritis where there is significant pain and loss of function: steroid injections and joint replacement surgery. Neither one fixes the root cause which is degeneration. Prolozone therapy, because it is directly addressing the degeneration by stimulating regrowth of the cartilage, relieves pain through a healing process—not suppressing symptoms with steroids or replacing joints with metal.


 If you have any issues with arthritis, stiffness, or pain in a joint, contact us for Prolozone treatment. Results are of course not guaranteed but the majority of our patients who receive Prolozone therapy experience improvement and in most cases are able to avoid more toxic or more expensive procedures.

BHRT—Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy—is it for you?

 Starting around age of 30 both men and women experience the decline of hormones at the rate of 1-2% per year. At first, the change is imperceptible but as time passes the effects become more noticeable. Both genders may notice weight gain, a decrease in energy, enthusiasm, sex drive and muscle tone. Insomnia can become an unwanted nightly companion. Women in particular can experience night sweats and hot flashes. Men can experience erectile dysfunction. Brain fog, depression and irritability can cause disruption both at work and at home. Low hormones can even be a contributing factor in symptoms as diverse as migraine headaches, restless legs, blood sugar dysregulation, and heart palpitations.


 All women, of course, eventually go through menopause during which they experience not just a slow, but a precipitous drop in hormones which can amplify the hormone deprivation symptoms. Yes, this is “natural” but is it good? The answer is, women then experience even more degenerative illnesses such as heart disease and cancer and in fact age 6% faster per year compared to their pre-menopausal status.


 So what’s the answer? It’s a surprisingly easy fix. To restore your hormones to an optimal level and experience life to the fullest, you need to visit a provider who understands the importance of avoiding synthetics and using Bio Identical Hormones correctly. Such an approach will replenish not only your hormones but your zest for life as well.
We at Wellness by Design understand the importance of hormone balance, which is why we offer a range of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy options to make sure your hormones are at an optimum level. Available options include Pellets, Creams, Troches, or Injections. Schedule your complementary hormone lab evaluation now and a member of our medical team will evaluate them to find out if you are a candidate for replacement therapy.