In the previous article I mentioned labs I order that other physicians and some insurance companies don’t consider necessary and won’t order. Some insurance companies refuse to pay for. HS-CRP was covered in the last article. In this article I hope to explain the importance of testing for homocysteine and I why order it for my clients. Homocysteine is a routine lab in the functional medicine world and soon you will see why. [...]
Several of my clients have to have their PCP order their labs in order to be covered by insurance. Some physicians will be gracious enough to honor my request and others refuse. The reason most refuse is they state some of the labs I order are not necessary. [...]
Thyroid hormone is responsible for many bodily functions so it is imperative to have optimal circulating levels. Yet, an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Up to 60 percent of these people are unaware of their condition. One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime. Levothyroxine, a synthetic form of thyroid hormone, is the 4th highest selling drug in the U.S. Thirteen of the top 50 selling drugs are either directly or indirectly related to hypothyroidism. [...]
In this newsletter I will try to answer three of the most common questions I receive regarding food supplements.
1. Do I need to take supplements?
2. Why should I take supplements?
3. How long will I have to take supplements?
Food is information that influences your genes. Nutrigenomics is the scientific study of the interaction of nutrition and genes, especially with regard to the prevention or treatment of disease. Science is discovering the multidimensional role of food in health. Food is information that instructs body functions that control all aspects of your health and disease risk. We have coevolved with the food in our environment and use it to regulate every single bodily process including our gene expression, inflammation, oxidation, hormonal function, immune function, and gut flora balance.