ADHD is a complicated diagnosis for many parents to handle. It is easy to feel stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to treatment. On one hand, your child’s ADHD will most likely make school difficult. On the other hand, giving your child stimulants can be equally as scary.
At CentreSpring MD, we treat children with ADHD every week and often see their symptoms almost disappear when we find the right treatment plan. Our approach to ADHD is treatment from the cause instead of the symptoms. ADHD is believed to be caused by a deficiency of dopamine (a neurotransmitter) in the brain, a serotonin deficiency or imbalance of norepinephrine. Stimulants increase dopamine in the brain but at the cost of side-effects like loss of appetite, nervousness, headaches, nausea and trouble sleeping. Our goal is to find what is blocking the production and maintenance of neurotransmitter
levels and treat the root instead of the symptoms.
Many vitamin deficiencies cause symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and forgetfulness. One of the first tests I do on children with ADHD is an extensive, functional medicine nutritional evaluation. This test tells me whether or not a patient is low in a certain amino acid, vitamin, fatty acid or heavy metal. It also evaluates issues like methylation and oxidative stress. Also important is the test’s ability to tell me if a patient has heavy metal toxicity from mercury or lead.
Vitamin B12: B12 is involved in the production and maintenance of the myelin sheath (the protective coating on nerve cells), essential fatty acid metabolism and energy production. Sufficient B12 can also help boost the production of certain neurotransmitters and catecholamines.
Magnesium: Known for having a calming effect through its role in neurotransmitter synthesis, such as serotonin. Magnesium is involved in over three hundred bodily processes. Signs of a deficiency include sensitivity to loud noises, insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity, restlessness, panic attacks, salt craving, and both carbohydrate craving and carbohydrate intolerance.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Healthy fats are vitally important for your wellbeing and they are even more important for children. In fact, studies have shown that many children with ADHD have very low blood levels of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA are important structurally and functionally for the brain. EPA affects hormone metabolism, dopamine (neurotransmitter that regulates mood) metabolism and immune systems. DHA is the major structural component of nerve cells.
Food allergies and intolerances have been connected to ADHD. In addition to vitamin deficiencies, I also consider possible food allergies or intolerances. Recent studies have found food additives or a gluten intolerance may be linked to ADHD. An elimination diet and keeping a food diary is a good way determine whether an allergy or intolerance is triggering certain symptoms.
Sleep is often undervalued for those with ADHD. Children with ADHD, on average, need more sleep than non-ADHD children. Lack of sleep can also exacerbate or mimic symptoms of ADHD.
Recent research into meditation for ADHD shows that transcendental meditation reduces anxiety and stress by 50% while also improving attentiveness and concentration. Meditation is ideal for those with ADHD because it does not require focus, but rather practicing an awareness of one’s surroundings. You can start teaching children about meditation by setting aside time every day for them to sit quietly and draw or read. You can also model the behavior for them and have them join you during meditation.
Research also shows that children who play outdoors in “green space” or a place with grass and trees have significantly milder ADHD symptoms than those who play in a “built space” or indoors. Children with hyperactive symptoms benefitted the most from open spaces, like a soccer field or a lawn. Green space also showed improvement in concentration and impulse control.
Treatment of ADHD is about finding what works best for your child. Unlocking the right treatment plan is a process, but will make school a better experience for your child. Call us at 404.814.9808 to schedule an appointment for your child with one of our providers.
Adrenal fatigue comes from an overstimulation of the adrenal glands brought on by chronic stress. The adrenal glands are small organs above the kidneys. They release cortisol (our stress hormone) when responding to stress, and they help to regulate blood pressure. Some stress is normal and actually necessary to be an active participant in society, but too much stress that is not managed for a prolonged period of time is not what we want. We need to keep our adrenals healthy!
There are herbs and supplements that can be beneficial for someone trying to heal from adrenal fatigue, but we recommend that you work with a medical provider to figure out which ones are right for you.
If reducing stress is a goal of yours, we would love to see you! Call 404.814.9808 to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable providers.
Whether you or your child is suffering from allergies or sensitivities, the environment and the foods we eat on a daily basis affect our overall health and wellbeing. For some, symptoms include the typical runny nose and itchy eyes, but for others it is fatigue, eczema, stomach pain or brain fog. Our team is dedicated to improving the symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities by rebuilding the gut, strengthening the immune system, and prescribing the most effective diet.
We offer a number of the best tests, treatment options and resources to get to the root of your issue. These offerings include:
To learn more about our approach to allergies at CentreSpring MD, call 404.814.9808 to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.
The team at CentreSpring MD is determined to shift the definition of ‘prevention.’ We go beyond cholesterol checks, blood pressure screens, mammograms, and colonoscopies (though all important) and work hard to learn about your true health risk for disease and factors that may be accelerating your aging process. We ask the right questions and offer the best resources including:
To schedule all of these tests, and a new patient visit with one of our providers, please call us at 404.814.9808.
Anxiety can be a serious condition that can be detrimental to your overall health. In integrative medicine, we know that anxiety can lead to a host of many chronic diseases. Instead of prescribing medication to simply mask your symptoms of anxiety, at CentreSpring MD we aim to get to the root cause through the use of natural remedies.
Conventional medication is reported to not keep the majority, more than 70%, of patients in remission after 5 years. Fortunately, many natural remedies exist that do not carry with them the side effects of conventional medication, nutrition being one of the main components. Eating a diet rich in B vitamins, magnesium and Omega-3 fatty acids can greatly reduce symptoms of anxiety. In addition, supplements and essential oils can also be helpful.
Some Causes and Symptoms
While anxiety is our body’s natural response to stressful situations, it can also be detrimental to our health when it is excessively prevalent in our day-to-day lives. If anxiety is your response in situations where it isn’t appropriate, and it is a constant feeling for you, that is when you know you must take steps to minimize symptoms and begin to heal.
Common causes of anxiety are:
Common symptoms include:
While there are many medications on the market that claim to treat anxiety, as mentioned above, they often come with unpleasant and even dangerous side effects.
Natural treatments that are proven to help reduce your symptoms range from supplementation, to essential oils, to nutrition.
To find out more about how we approach anxiety here at CentreSpring MD, please call our office at 404.814.9808 and schedule an appointment with one of our providers who will develop a customized, unique treatment plan for you to heal you from the inside out.
Autism impacts 1 in 68 children, though more recent studies suggest that number is likely closer to 1 in 45. We take a whole-person approach to autism for long term results and improvement. Recognizing there is not “one-size-fits all” treatment, we work with parents to develop a personalized health plan for children on the autism spectrum, including evaluating for nutritional and vitamin deficiencies and expanding treatment options.
Common Helpful Foods
Foods to Avoid
Supplements that Can be Helpful
Autism is a multi-level, multi-faceted disorder that is truly individual, which is why treatment should be individualized as well. For more information on how we approach autism, please call us at 404.814.9808 and schedule an appointment with one of our providers.
Did you know there are over 60 different autoimmune diseases? The term autoimmune encompasses a number of disease including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sjogren’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and hashimoto’s thyroiditis to name a few.
Patients often feel trapped and that their only way to overcome the devastating symptoms of autoimmune disease is to take medications for the rest of their life. At CentreSpring MD, our team is passionate about figuring out the root cause for our patient’s autoimmune diagnosis from food sensitivities/leaky gut to an imbalanced gut microbiome. Here is a list of possible tests our team may recommend to help not only manage the symptoms associated with autoimmune disease, but address the root cause:
We know that what triggers autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Lupus can vary from person to person. At CentreSpring MD, we dive deep into our patient's complex medical history to uncover the root cause or causes that have brought them to a state of poor
Unlike many conventional medical practices, we do not simply diagnose and attempt to cover the symptoms with drugs. While medications may be a part of treatment, potential triggering factors such as viruses, food allergies, environmental exposures, past and current stress are all taken into account and addressed on an individual basis. We utilize some of the most cutting edge energy medicine technologies like the ZytoScan and Biopulsar to provide further insight into our patients’ conditions. We focus on optimizing gut health through diet and targeted supplementation. Many of our patients benefit from our IV therapies such as Vitamin C, methylated B vitamins, and more.
To find out more about how we can help you manage and find relief from your autoimmune disease, call 404.814.9808 to schedule an appointment with one of our providers to begin your treatment plan and your road to healing.
Cancer is a scary diagnosis for any patient, but you don’t have to fight alone. At CentreSpring MD, our goal is to help patients learn about their individual risk for cancer through various tests, including digital thermography (breast or whole body), stool tests for colorectal cancers (noninvasive alternative to colonoscopy), cancer biomarkers through blood panels, and Pap smears for reproductive organ screenings. Additionally, we focus on preventative measures by managing body alkalinity, inflammation and nutrition evaluations.
When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, we work to support the primary treatment plan in place and rely on our extensive network of partnerships with top cancer centers, experts and researchers across the country.
Foods that increase inflammation include sugar, refined oils, refined carbohydrates, conventional dairy products and conventional meats. If you consume animal protein, always choose the healthiest options including grass fed beef, pasture-raised eggs, hormone and antibiotic-free poultry and wild fish.
Consumption of greens like spinach, kale, collard green, arugula and watercress, as well as cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower help with hormone metabolism and decrease certain estrogen metabolites associated increased risk of cancer.
Creating an alkaline environment helps to weaken cancer cells by neutralizing acidity and increasing cellular oxygenation. As part of each visit at CentreSpring MD we evaluate your pH level and one of my favorite recommendations to improve pH levels is to use Apple Cider Vinegar diluted in filtered water.
Including Dim, I3C, omega 3, probiotics, digestive enzymes, B vitamins, turmeric, vitamin C, vitamin D, NAC, glutathione, resveratrol, iodine and many others can be very helpful.
Here at the Center we also offer IV nutrient protocols including high dose Vitamin C, Glutathione and Meyer’s cocktails.
Cancer is a scary diagnosis to navigate on your own. Here at CentreSpring MD, we will walk with you every step of the way, in sync with your cancer specialist. To find how we can best support you in your fight, please call 404.814.9808 to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.
Heart disease and Diabetes are diseases of inflammation, which often begin far before high cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar instability. Our team of experienced providers work hard to lower the risks for every patient and provide the most comprehensive diagnostic tools and treatment plans available. Let our caring team find your true risk for these diseases. Several key tools we provide:
There are also many integrative and natural ways to ensure your heart is and stays healthy for years to come.
1. Eat a low carbohydrate diet.
For your main sources of sugars and carbs, choose low-glycemic index fruits and vegetables, like broccoli and cherries, and whole grains (if your diet includes grains). We recommend consuming less than 40 grams of sugar per day¬. But watch out—those grams add up quickly!
2. Include fiber at every meal.
Strive to eat more than 20 grams of fiber per day. This not only lowers cholesterol and improves bowel function, but helps to prevent overeating as well.
3. Choose fresh, lean, and organic protein sources.
This includes organic poultry, grass-fed beef or wild game. Wild-caught, sustainably harvested fish are the best source of seafood. Avoid predator fish that accumulate heavy metals, such as shark or swordfish. Vegetable proteins such as organic tempeh, beans, kale, spinach, quinoa and oats (gluten free) are also good choices of protein.
4. Maintain a healthy weight.
Know your Body Mass Index (BMI). The ideal BMI for men of average build is about 18-25, but may appear higher for very muscular physiques. Alternatively, you can purchase a body fat measuring device online to track your weight loss, aiming for between 10-20 percent body fat. For a more sensitive (though more expensive) reading, try a water immersion test or the BODPOD®.
5. Exercise often and vary the form.
There’s no need to exercise like you’re training for a marathon! To improve heart health, just include simple practices such as stretching for 10 minutes before bed, going for a brisk 20 minute walk 3-4 times per week, and doing light resistance training 2 days per week. What’s important is to include all three forms of exercise weekly: strength, endurance, and flexibility.
6. Know your risk factors and minimize them.
Learning your genetic, family and congenital history is important for predicting and preventing health issues, but aim to address and minimize the risk factors you can control. These include: smoking, excessive drinking, recreational drug use, response to stressors, inadequate sleep, uncontrolled high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes and high cholesterol.
7. Learn techniques to manage your stress response.
Stress seems built in to our culture and society. We probably cannot change it, but we can work on our response to our unique stressors. Incorporating a mindfulness technique such as yoga, meditation, tai chi, qigong, or medical hypnosis can work wonders in managing stress and improving your heart health.
8. Schedule wellness visits with your doctor.
Prevention is the key to your health and a good doctor will help you get there! Find a doctor you like and trust and schedule regular preventative visits, not just sick visits. Get annual lab work, colonoscopy, eye exam, hearing test and other indicated screening tools before disease surfaces.
9. Include intimacy.
Studies show that men and women who are regularly intimate with their life partners are more satisfied in their relationships and are generally happier. It’s also a form of exercise that’s good for your heart!
10. Eat rainbow food.
No, we don’t mean Skittles. Consume fruits and vegetables of every color of the rainbow each day. Phytochemicals, the pigments in plants, are potent antioxidants that are not only colorful, but help reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer.
To find out more about our integrative approach to improving and maintaining your cardiovascular health, call us at 404.814.9808 to schedule and appointment.
High-cholesterol can be a serious indication of your health due to its well-known indication of heart disease. Cholesterol is actually produced in the liver, and is essential in the production of hormones and vitamin D in the body.
You’ve probably heard that HDL is the ‘good’ component of cholesterol, and LDL is the ‘bad’ component. But recent research is showing that looking only at LDL, HDL and triglycerides may be too simplistic. We also all know that statins are the common drug prescribed to effectively lower LDL cholesterol. However, we are learning that particle size and subtypes are helping doctors to determine whether statins may or may not be helpful.
At CentreSpring MD, we believe that managing cholesterol levels adequately should involve more than just medication management. Lifestyle modification that includes changes to diet, exercise, sleep and stress all play key roles in reducing cholesterol. An integrative approach addresses the full spectrum of a patient’s health to help find a number of different ways to reduce cholesterol.
Common Causes & Symptoms
Unfortunately, high cholesterol does not show any outward signs or symptoms itself, so it is difficult to know if high cholesterol is posing a risk to your heart.
As mentioned above, conventional approaches include the use of statins, but also often recommend weight loss and a healthy diet as a key component in lowering your cholesterol. In integrative medicine, we take it a step further and look at the whole body, including your lifestyle, for treatment options.
If you are one of many patients in this country confused about cholesterol or dismissing your numbers, it may be time to take a good look at your numbers with one of our providers. In addition to the standard lipid panel (LDL, cholesterol, triglycerides), the VAP test or LPP test may be helpful in helping you and your doctor determine your true cardiovascular disease risk. Call us at 404.814.9808 to schedule an appointment!
Chron’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease, IBD, that is the cause of inflammation in the lining of the digestive tract. This leads to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, and malnutrition. It’s easy to understand how this disease can get in the way of your day-to-day life. If you suffer with Crohn’s, you know this all too well.
While conventional medicine tells you there is no cure, and only prescribes medication to mask your symptoms and likely cause scary side effects, here at CentreSpring MD we know there are integrative options to help you find healing. It is possible to take back control of your health through diet and lifestyle modifications.
While your specific diet will depend on your unique makeup, medications, and other factors, there are general rules you can follow to find relief through nutrition. Some general rues are:
If you have tried to manage your Crohn’s and colitis symptoms on your own but have not found relief, one of our providers would be happy to sit down with you and create a customized treatment plan!
While it often goes undiagnosed, depression is the most treatable form of mental illness. A reported 340 million people suffer from depression worldwide. If you are one of those affected, we want you to know you are not alone.
We take an integrative approach to healing depression, rather than just putting a Band-Aid on the symptoms. If you suffer from clinical depression, which is not associated with or affected by external situations, there is a natural path to healing.
How We Approach Depression
We take the approach of finding what life event, any medication you’re taking, or nutritional deficiencies might have caused or are causing your depression. We also look deeper to rule out any other serious causes, such as certain typed of cancer, or infections such as AIDS, mono, viral hepatitis, or neurological disorders.
Lifestyle modifications we often recommend include:
You can learn more about our approach to depression and how you can get your life back by calling us at 404.814.9808 and scheduling an appointment with one of our providers.
Research has shown that you can keep diabetes at bay permanently just by changing your diet, which is part of the three-pronged integrative approach we take to treating prediabetes here at CentreSpring MD. There are ways to reverse diabetes with diet alone.
Go high fiber, low sugar. Fiber, best in the form of fruits and vegetables, takes longer to digest, preventing insulin spikes and blood sugar peaks and valleys. Aim for 40 g of fiber a day. (The average American gets only about a quarter of that!) Then follow the “no white food” rule: Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates. This will also help manage insulin resistance and can help you avoid or minimize use of medications. (Consider these 13 Delicious Low-Sugar Dinners.)
Add superfoods. Fenugreek, garlic, vinegar, and aloe vera are considered to be diabetes superfoods. Watch your diabetes markers improve once you start adding fenugreek seeds and garlic to your favorite recipes, dressing salads with oil and vinegar, and drinking a few daily ounces of aloe vera juice, available in drugstores.
Meditate. In studies, mindfulness meditation reduced blood sugar spikes and improved hemoglobin A1C scores—a diabetes marker—within 3 months in people with diabetes. Stress can cause blood sugar to rise, so managing daily tension is critical for diabetes prevention. Devote 2 to 3 hours a week to practicing a stress-management technique.
Try Gymnema sylvestre. You probably haven’t heard of this Ayurvedic herb, which can be found in health food stores, but studies show that, taken in a starting dose of 250 mg, it may lower blood sugar levels; improve the function of the pancreas, where insulin is made; and help the body use glucose more effectively. Add this to a diabetes-beating supplement regimen that includes 2 to 3 g of omega-3 fatty acids, 200 mg of alpha-lipoic acid, and 500 mcg of chromium picolinate daily. (Check out other herbs that heal.)
If you still need support other than diet modifications, it’s important you schedule an appointment with one of our providers who can recommend a customized diet and treatment plan to reverse your diabetes naturally!
For almost ten years, our Centre has successfully treated an array of GI disorders. In recent headlines, digestive health seems to take center stage, and good gut health is a commonly discussed theme. Older systems of medicine like Chinese medicine and Ayurveda have established the importance of optimal digestion for centuries. In the integrative medicine community, good gut health is the key to long term wellness. Approximately 70 percent of the immune system is centered in the gut.
What are the most common symptoms of digestive disorders? Digestive disorders will present bloating, diarrhea, constipation, reflux and abdominal pain. The symptoms can vary from mild discomfort to severe pain.
What are some common triggers of indigestion? Triggers of poor digestion include stress, poor diet including ingestion of undiagnosed food intolerances, structural abnormalities and nutritional deficiencies. Hormone imbalances can also lead to digestive disorders and vice versa.
What are some typical digestive disorders you see in your patients? Common digestive disorders include irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, colitis and reflux.
How do you diagnose these “gut” issues? These can be diagnosed through blood and stool studies and imaging. Occasionally biopsies may be warranted if symptoms continue to be baffling.
What are some natural supplements that can improve and/or restore digestive health?
At CentreSpring MD, patients are often placed on a gut restoration program. This may involve dietary changes and supplements. Some natural supplements include pre and probiotics, digestive enzymes and Omega-3 supplementation.
What is the difference between the “good” and “bad” gut bacteria? Digestion heals as inflammatory proteins are taken away and creates the right mix of bacteria is in the gut. Good bacteria, found naturally in yogurt and kefir, help promote digestion and metabolism of food. Bad bacteria contribute to yeast overgrowth in the gut wall and many of the symptoms patients present.
Why is good gut health so important to our overall wellbeing? Good gut health is the foundation of wellness. It may prove to be the key in preventing cancer, autoimmune disease and hormone imbalances.
So whether you experience bloating, constipation or reflux or have been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis or IBS, we can help! Let our caring and knowledgeable team help to your leaky gut and fix your digestive issues, so that you can thrive again and find the healing you need to be healthy. Call us at 404.814.9808 to schedule your appointment!
Are you starting your family planning or dealing with infertility? Our team believes in a comprehensive approach to fertility and recognizes the interaction between hormones, nutrition, stress and genetics. We also use complementary care, like fertility massage and acupuncture, to support your body in prepping for conception. We will assist in preconception planning and develop an individualized fertility plan for your family.
Infertility has become what we consider a “secret epidemic.” Our team has watched and listened to the stories of patients, friends and family members struggle to become pregnant. We all know that women are trying to get pregnant later in life and that is one factor. Unfortunately, the women that we meet in practice are diverse in age and race, but similar in their emotional and frustrating attempts to get pregnant.
Why is there so much infertility? After a very successful season at our practice this past Spring and Summer, our patients are becoming pregnant when we pay attention to the following:
We have noticed that there is very little attempt to understand how all these factors are linked together to create the right microenvironment for conception. While every woman’s individual profile is unique, the interlinking of these 4 key concepts is critical in getting patients pregnant.
We recommend that all women undergo “PreConception Physicals,” where they attempt to get their bodies on track prior to attempting to get pregnant. In the long run, this approach saves money, time, and a lot of heartache.
To find out more about our approach to fertility, please call us at 404.814.9808 to schedule an appointment with one of our providers who can link these four key concepts together to increase your chance of conception.
Fibromyalgia is widespread muscle pain that can be debilitating. There is no specific cause for this pain, and it is often long-term. There are natural ways to reduce this pain, and find relief from fibromyalgia.
At CentreSpring MD, we often recommend a specific diet that aims to reduce inflammation. That diet includes:
We also recommend that patients avoid gluten, sugar, processed foods and excessive alcohol and caffeine.
Supplements such as magnesium, fish oil, vitamin D3, d-ribose, and ashwagandha also greatly help in the management of pain and symptoms.
For a customized treatment plan to reduce and eliminate your Fibromyalgia pain, call us at 404.814.9808 to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.
At CentreSpring MD, we look for root causes of your symptoms and checking a variety of hormones is a part of our workup for most patients. Hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, DHEA, progesterone, insulin, leptin, cortisol and a complete thyroid panel are a few of the hormones that we evaluate regularly.
Stress can play a significant role in the fluctuation of your hormone levels. An alarming 75% of adults reported moderate to high levels of stress according to the American Psychological Association. They also reported stress as a top health concern for U.S. teenagers and further commented that if they don’t learn to manage stress, it could have serious long-term health implications.
Stress triggers the fight or flight response and the release of cortisol from the adrenal glands. The result is a temporary increase in energy production, however it is at the expense of all of the other processes not required for immediate survival. Short-term stress is something we can recover from; the effect of chronic stress, however, can cause a host of signs and symptoms in the body.
Common symptoms associated with imbalanced hormones include:
Testing your hormones is one way to be proactive about your health. I will commonly tell my patients, “you don’t know what you don’t know,” stressing that proper lab testing is invaluable. Due to the continuous fluctuations in our stress levels, environmental toxin exposure, level of physical activity, nutritional status, etc., our hormone levels will differ from month to month and certainly from year to year.
Through extensive history-taking, physical examination and comprehensive lab evaluation, the providers at CentreSpring MD can identify a variety of hormonal imbalances and create treatment plans that improve your health now and into the future!
Inflammation has been found to be the root cause of many chronic health conditions. But what is inflammation and how can you lower it and reduce the risk of disease? It’s impossible to treat inflammation with just one approach or one system of medicine! That’s why at CentreSpring MD, we use an integrative and functional medicine approach to evaluate your inflammation, keep it low and prevent future diseases.
What is inflammation? Inflammation is not always a bad thing. It is a response in your body typically caused by an acute injury of some sort. This could be as simple as high stress, a muscular injury, surgery or even an infection. In these cases inflammation is a normal part of your body’s immune response. When inflammation starts to wreak havoc on our bodies is when it is unresolved and turns into a chronic state. Things in our everyday life can contribute to increasing inflammation: emotional stress, a diet high in sugar or processed foods, poor digestive health, exposure to toxins. When the stimulus is ongoing your immune response keeps working but is unsuccessful which then leads to an increase in inflammation. The chronic inflammation then changes your immune system and activates genetics leading to disease. Your genetics play a role in determining what disease process will or will not be activated by the chronic inflammatory response. Nearly all diseases result from some form of chronic inflammation. Some major examples include: Arthritis, ADHD, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Autism, Crohn’s and Colitis, Acne, Multiple Sclerosis, and autoimmune diseases like Lupus.
So how do you know if you have chronic inflammation? Some signs and symptoms to look out for include:
One great way to reduce inflammation is through foods. A diet high in processed foods and sugars can cause a chronic inflammatory state. Through altering diet alone, you can see huge differences in your overall health and wellbeing and decrease your risk for disease.
Lifestyle Balance and Stress Management:
So many people forget about this aspect of your health and wellbeing. It is important to take a step back and evaluate your lifestyle to determine if it enhances your health or is detrimental to it.
If you have any of these, you may have chronic inflammation. Reach out to your integrative health care provider to have them see if inflammation is the cause of your symptoms. By running simple blood tests we can determine if you are showing any signs of early or chronic inflammation.
A happy belly is a healthy belly. Over the last few years, the onslaught of information about the gut and the microbiome has dominated research. It is somewhat amusing, since the concept of digestive health is not new to older systems of medicine. Gut health dictates every other aspect of your health. Some researchers refer your gut as your “second brain.”
Symptoms of poor digestive health can include:
These symptoms are just a few signs of “leaky gut,” better known today as malabsorption or increased intestinal permeability. For us, these are the early indicators of inflammation in progress, a microbiome unbalanced and an immune system soon to be out of control. If you have any of the symptoms listed above, you may have a leaky gut or malabsorption—and are not absorbing nutrients from your food.
Healing Leaky Gut
If you think you are dealing with leaky gut, there are a few things you can do to start repairing your gut.
A badly damaged gut may require a more intensive approach. At CentreSpring MD, we offer more detailed testing for leaky gut and malabsorption. Meet with one of our providers to help you determine if this testing is right for you.
Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacteria found in ticks or other insects. It is reported that up to 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, according to the CDC. While symptoms often start feeling flu-like, they often worsen and become a case long-term chronic inflammation.
Even though Lyme disease is most often caused from a tick bite from a tick that is carrying the bacteria, it is your individual body’s response to these bacteria that determines whether or not it will develop into Lyme disease. Your immunity largely affects how these bacteria will affect you, which is why it is crucial to build your immunity in order to prevent and treat Lyme disease.
The conventional approach to treating Lyme includes a host of antibiotics that are administered over a two-week period. The problem is that not everyone will respond to these antibiotics, especially in anyone where the disease has spread to the central nervous system. In integrative medicine, we also know that antibiotics weaken the immune system, which is the exact opposite of what we want when treating Lyme disease.
Prevention is Key
Protecting yourself from insect bites and upping your immunity are keys in prevention.
Lyme disease is a complex and multi-level disease and every patient’s response to treatment and medication will vary. It is important to seek out the care of a professional. At CentreSpring MD, we have treated many patients with Lyme and take an integrative approach to find healing. Call us to schedule an appointment at 404.814.9808.
As we age, memory loss may seem like an inevitable part of getting older. However, we work with patients to minimize the impact of memory loss and diseases—like dementia or Alzheimer’s—from setting in. There is hope to prevent and reduce the impact of aging! We will work with you develop a personal plan for prevention, as well as supporting you or your loved one in battling the on-set dementia or Alzheimer’s through our unique approach to treatment and risk evaluation, including nutrition evaluation, supplementation and physical activity plan.
Memory loss can be caused by a number of things, including:
There are multiple approaches you can take to treating and reversing memory loss, once you identify the cause. For example, if you are deficient in certain vitamins, supplementing with those might help your memory improve. Here ate CentreSpring MD, we want to get to the root cause of whatever is causing your memory loss, so that we can put a stop to it and help you function optimally and be your best self.
For more information on how we reverse memory loss with an integrative approach, give us a call at 404.814.9808 to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.
Yes – menopause is a natural part of aging that nearly every woman will experience in her lifetime. But that doesn’t mean it has to slow you down, or cause your life to come to a complete halt due to fatigue, night sweats, and hot flashes.
While some women sail through this time of life, many find themselves victims of the menopausal energy zappers: hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia. Sleep disturbances are among the most common complaints.
Sleep issues often can be traced to hormone fluctuations that result in night sweats—basically, nocturnal hot flashes that wake you up, drenched. While there are natural ways to tame your hormones, you also have to calm your nervous system and reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Here’s what we often recommend:
Avoid hot-flash foods. Caffeine and alcohol affect everyone’s sleep, but we now know that excessive consumption can trigger hot flashes and night sweats. You don’t have to give up these drinks entirely. Just reduce your caffeine intake to under 4 ounces per day, and limit alcohol to two or three drinks a week. Sugar is also a hot-flash food, so cut refined sugars and simple carbohydrates.
Take the right supplements. So-called adaptogens—substances that help your body deal with stressors—decrease cortisol and stabilize estrogen fluctuations. The herbs rhodiola and ashwagandha, often found in combination, may help. Starting dose is 200 mg each. Studies have found that black cohosh can reduce hot flashes and improve sleep. Take 40 mg twice daily. Evening primrose oil, starting at 500 mg, may help manage night sweats.
Go Eastern. Trouble staying asleep? I treat this common problem with the Chinese remedy jujube (extract of red date). The starting dose is 250 mg. In Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Brahmi powder—a.k.a. Bacopa monnieri—mixed in warm milk (with a pinch of nutmeg and saffron) is a powerful sleep aid. Start with 100 mg. And learn to appreciate yourself and how far you’ve come. In Ayurveda, menopause is seen as a “vata” phase, an enriching time of transition, during which women are meant to be nurtured and respected. Nurture and respect yourself.
For more information on how we treat the symptoms menopause with an integrative approach, please call us at 404.814.9808 to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.
Mental health encompasses an array of ailments—like anxiety and depression—that can greatly impact one’s quality of life. We recognize the complex nature of these disorders and the many factors that cause them. We know the gut, brain, and immune connection has a great impact on the mental well-being. We also use therapies like mindfulness, self-care massage and acupuncture to support mental health and relieve the manifestations of these disorders.
The gut-brain connection plays a key role in managing your mental health. Some research has even gone so far as to say that those who eat a diet high in processed and fast foods are more than twice as likely to develop depression. Eating a diet rich in nutrients and minerals can play a large role in managing your symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Foods you should consume include:
We also recommend you participate in forms of stress release and relaxation regularly. This can come in the form of:
For more information on how we can help you manage your mental health, please call us at 404.814.9808 to schedule an appointment with one of our providers so that we can create a customized treatment plan tailored to you.
We have heard and felt the rumblings of discontent with the recent decision by the AMA to label obesity as a disease. We also know that many think of obesity as a reflection of poor choices, a lack of personal responsibility and a condition of the lazy, apathetic and unmotivated.
At CentreSpring MD, we understand the frustration with this condition that is costing our health care systems billions of dollars. America, after all, is the fattest country in the world, with obesity rates at 36 percent of adults, according to the CDC.
In our busy integrative practice, obesity presents in varying forms and wearing different circumstances. Obesity, like many other conditions, is an individual story for each patient. Much as cancer care has to be personalized based on genetics and risk factors, obesity also needs to be seen as a disease resulting from a complex interaction of unique factors for each patient.
The advantage of an integrative practice is the gift of time with patients. In hearing our patients’ stories, we have learned that obesity is ultimately the consequence of a series of poor choices, but that those choices are rooted in more complex health issues. It is a vicious cycle of not feeling well, trying to find a way to feel better, resorting to food to feel better and then not feeling well again. We know that for every 20 pounds of excessive weight, there is a significant drop in energy, ability to move, and lowered self-esteem, leading to worsening depression and anxiety. Imagine what happens when weight gain approaches 50 or 100 pounds.
We believe the rampant obesity in our country is the result of five primary issues; diets mismatched for genetic types, depression and anxiety, stress and the hormone shifts that stress will create, sedentary lifestyles and environmental toxins. Beating obesity may improve with increased physician awareness and creation of patient education models, but will not improve until each patient is managed individually. The role of the physician should be to identify the main cause of obesity and assist the patient in navigating the transition from knowledge to action.
Labeling obesity as a disease may be a start in at least acknowledging the complexity of this particular condition, but it will not solve the obesity crisis. For the majority of patients that are obese, depression and anxiety are the root of erratic eating patterns and poor choices. It is hard to get someone isolated from family, living alone, or stressed financially to focus on healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. Fast food, easily accessible and cheap, becomes a more realistic option, but furthers nutritional deprivation. Existing nutritional deficiencies aggravate feeling “bad” and the cycle continues.
The beauty of our country is the mix and melting pot of different ethnicities. This melting pot, however, makes health care challenging. Many patients are placed on “diets” that are not good fits given their genetic backgrounds and hormonal patterns. Emphasizing whole grains in the African-American, East Indian and Hispanic population is a recipe for further frustration with obesity. These cultures were not originally grain-based, so the standard American diet is a very poor fit.
Solving the obesity crisis requires a team, focused on the individual patient, finding the triggers for a-motivation and creating a plan for success. The physician should be at the center of that team, assessing and understanding the inner workings of each patient. The emphasis on movement, food, and environmental toxins should continue, but in a way that is ultimately stream lined for each patient. We do need the food industry to shape up, physical education back in our schools and government programs that incentivize weight loss. The most critical piece of this American health challenge will be the physician, leading the patient on a journey towards optimal health, and guiding the patient towards realistic programs that support the physician patient goals.
Obesity as a disease is a tentative first step, but much work remains in revamping the medical approach to these patients and creating a culture to support weight loss. Here at CentreSpring MD, we will offer you a customized treatment plan that works for you, your genetic makeup, and your lifestyle. Call us at 404.814.9808 to see how we can help.
One particular condition that is being researched and widely debated in the medical community is pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome, or “PANS." The most current theories suggest that infection, environment, or other factors trigger a misdirected response of the immune system that creates inflammation in the brain. Children affected by PANS may present with symptoms such as OCD, motor tics, anxiety, or severe restrictive eating. These often happen “overnight”, with a very distinct presentation reported by parents. If streptococcal infection is identified as the trigger for the onset, the condition is referred to as PANDAS. After ruling out other medical issues that could cause these symptoms, parents are often left without many answers or options for treatment. Having an integrative and functional medicine approach, we look into how diet, stress, yeast overgrowth, viruses, environmental toxins, or other potential pathogens could potentially exacerbate the condition. We have also been looking into the connection with low levels of immunoglobulins. From there we are able to help create treatment plans that will provide the body with conditions needed for improvement or recovery.
Weight loss is a common concern for women and men alike. But so many suffer from an inability to obtain and maintain weight loss. Our team will help you find the true source of your weight gain or loss. Weight reflects a complex interplay between diet, hormones, food intolerances, stress and environmental toxins. Learn more about the right weight strategy for you to experience your sustainable ideal weight.