What Is Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue often encompasses nonspecific symptoms such as fatigue, nervousness, body aches, insomnia and digestive problems.  Your adrenal glands produce a variety of hormones.  Adrenal insufficiency (Addison’s disease) refers to inadequate production of one or more of these hormones.  Symptoms can include:  unexplained weight loss, body aches, fatigue, loss of body hair, and low blood pressure.  Adrenal insufficiency is diagnosed by blood tests.

Adrenal fatigue is thought to be a mild form of adrenal insufficiency caused by chronic stress.  This chronic stress leaves the adrenal glands unable to produce quite enough hormones needed to enhance your physical and emotional well-being.  Adrenal fatigue is often diagnosed with saliva testing as the hormone levels do not decline enough to be detected with blood tests.  Treatment consists of strategies to decrease chronic stress levels.

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How Does Breast Thermography Compare To Mammography?

Thermography produces an infrared image that shows heat and blood flow patterns near the surface of the body. The technique is based on the thought that patients will have elevated breast skin temperatures over areas with cancer. Currently thermography is not approved by the FDA as a stand-alone screening or diagnostic tool to detect breast cancers. Thermography devices have been cleared, however, for use as an additional diagnostic tool for screening and diagnosis of breast cancers. Some studies have shown that thermography may be a better tool than mammography for detecting superficial cancers.

Mammography consists of an X-Ray of the breasts. It is the gold standard recommendation for detecting early stage breast cancer. Its use is endorsed by major medical organizations. If abnormalities are found, additional screening techniques (ultrasound, MRI, thermography, clinical breast exam or biopsy) may be warranted. Speak to your physician concerning screening guidelines and appropriate recommendations for you. Together, you and your physician can decide the best strategy for you to screen for breast cancer.

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, maintains offices in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. Dr. Hermann is also board certified in nutrition. Please contact the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Is The Secret To Weight Loss In Your Gut?

Continued, regular intake of fried, fatty and refined foods can cause chronic systemic inflammation within the body.  Studies are currently under way to determine if this inflammation can also be linked to disruption in the delicate balance of our gut function – eventually leading to diabetes, weight gain and heart disease.  Inflammatory markers in the blood were measured as elevated up to five hours after consuming a meal high in sugar and fat in one study.   This new research has the potential to drastically change how obesity and related health conditions are approached and treated.

To decrease systemic inflammation:

  • Reduce your consumption of processed, fatty and refined foods.
  • Eat plenty of fiber rich foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  These foods assist the gut in decreasing inflammation.
  • If you do eat “junk food”, accompany it with fiber and vitamin rich whole foods (fruits and vegetables).  Add color to your diet!

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, maintains offices in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida.  Dr. Hermann is also board certified in nutrition.  Please contact the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Can Acupuncture Help Me Be Less Stressed?

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to relieve stress.  This ancient Chinese therapy actually reduces levels of a protein that is linked to chronic stress.  Scientists have recently been able to measure the amount of protein neuropeptide Y which is secreted during the “flight or fight” response to acute stress.  In studies, electro-acupuncture has been shown to block the chronic stress-induced elevations of these proteins.  Electro-acupuncture is a more intense form of therapy than manual acupuncture; it is also commonly used for pain management.  During this type of therapy, a small painless electrical charge is delivered through the acupuncture needle.  Electro-acupuncture can also be effective utilizing “needle-less” acupuncture.  With this method, a small hand-held micro-current stimulation device is used on acu-points instead of needles.

Chronic stress has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, certain types of cancer and elevated blood pressure amongst other conditions.  Stress has also been linked to premature cell aging.  It is thought that stress accounts for approximately half of the healthcare-related expenses in America.  In addition to acupuncture, recommendations to decrease stress levels include eating regular balanced meals, getting enough sleep, and daily exercise.

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, maintains offices in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida.  Dr. Hermann also offers comprehensive acupuncture services to her patients.  Please contact the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Natural Methods to Decrease Inflammation

Constant or chronic inflammation can trigger illnesses such as arthritis, certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.   Toxins may be introduced into our bodies in a number of ways, including pollution and pesticides.  A detox diet may be beneficial in lowering the acidity of the body, which in turn decreases inflammation.  There are also a number of vitamins, minerals and supplements that are beneficial in decreasing systemic inflammation.

  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin A
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Selenium
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Glutathione
  • Cysteine
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Glutamine
  • Lipoic Acid

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, maintains offices in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida.  Dr. Hermann is also board certified in nutrition, and offers comprehensive vitamin testing to her patients.  Please contact the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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How Can I Naturally Lower My Cholesterol?

High cholesterol or hyperlipidemia, is defined as elevated circulating lipids in the blood.  Hyperlipidemia is typically asymptomatic, and is discovered during routine screening blood work.  Left untreated, hyperlipidemia may lead to atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.  Together, you and your physician can determine the best way to control your hyperlipidemia.  Along with diet and exercise, there are a number of vitamins, minerals and supplements that may be beneficial in lowering lipids.

  • Red Rice Yeast
  • Coenzyme Q 10
  • Omega 3
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B5
  • Carnitine
  • Lipoic Acid
  • Inositol
  • Choline
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Selenium

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, maintains offices in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida.  Dr. Hermann is also board certified in nutrition, and offers comprehensive vitamin testing to her patients.  Please contact the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Which Vitamins Can Help Hypertension?

High blood pressure (hypertension) affects approximately 1 in 4 American adults.  It occurs when the force of blood against the artery wall is too high; which may eventually lead to health problems such as heart disease or stroke.   Often, individuals have high blood pressure for many years without symptoms.  Fortunately, hypertension can be easily detected and treated.  Together, you and your physician can determine the best way to control your hypertension.   Along with diet and exercise, there are a number of vitamins, minerals, and supplements that are beneficial in helping to lower blood pressure.

  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Folate
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • Garlic
  • Lipoic Acid
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B2
  • Celery Seed Extract
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B6
  • Coenzyme Q10

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, maintains offices in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida.  Dr. Hermann is also board certified in nutrition, and offers comprehensive vitamin testing to her patients.  Please contact the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Vitamins And Minerals For Healthy Hair

Certain vitamins, when taken on a daily basis, can help with hair loss, brittleness and dullness.  Daily vitamins and supplements help fill gaps in or diets that can form from restriction of carbohydrates and fats in an effort to lose weight.   However, systemic issues such as chronic anemia or thyroid problems can also lead to hair loss.  Together, you and your physician can determine the cause and best treatment options for your hair loss.  Listed below are vitamins and nutrients that have been shown to affect hair health.

  • Iron – Iron carries oxygen to hair and promotes growth.  Many women of child-bearing age and individuals who do not consume a lot of red meat are iron deficient. Iron- rich foods include: chicken, spinach, lentils and egg yolks.
  •  Vitamin D – Vitamin D is essential for hair follicle cycling.  Vitamin D – rich foods include:  salmon, mushroom and fortified grains.
  •  Zinc – Zinc is an excellent hair growth mineral.  Foods rich in zinc include:  turkey, lamb, chocolate and pumpkin seeds.
  • B-Complex Vitamins – Biotin, niacin, and cobalamin all help restore shine and thickness to hair.  Eggs, avocados, whole grains and legumes are all rich in B-complex vitamins.
  •  Vitamin C, vitamin E and Copper are also essential for hair health.

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, maintains offices in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida.  Dr. Hermann is also board certified in nutrition, and offers comprehensive vitamin testing to her patients.  Please contact the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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