The HCG Diet

HCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy called human chorionic gonadotropin. This hormone suppresses hunger and triggers the body’s use of fat for fuel. During the HCG diet, Caloric intake is restricted to 500-1000 calories daily of whole, unprocessed foods. Typically, HCG is delivered via an injection in your physician’s office. A moderate exercise program is also recommended to enhance weight loss during the diet. At Dr. Anne Hermann’s office the HCG diet is just one of the weight loss programs offered. We typically recommend beginning a successful weight loss program with a 30 detox diet, which limits the craving for sweets. The detox diet eliminates processed foods and promotes the consumption of whole foods, lean proteins and fresh fruits and vegetables. Dr. Hermann also offers the Optifast full liquid meal replacement diet for patients who need to lose a significant amount of weight. Typically patients with diabetes and/or hypertension are able to stop their insulin and blood pressure medications with the weight loss achieved. Dr. Hermann is also board certified in nutrition, and thus is able to offer meal planning services to her patients. Office locations are maintained in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. Please contact the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment. This post was written by Anne Hermann. Follow Anne Hermann on Google, Facebook, Twitter & Linkedin.

Celiac Disease Testing

Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged from eating foods that contain gluten.  It affects approximately 1% of the population.  Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.  When a person with celiac disease eats gluten, their body responds by creating antibodies that attack the small intestine.  Thus, nutrients that are eaten are not absorbed.  Celiac is a hereditary disease, and is common among first degree relatives.  Left untreated, individuals with celiac disease are at a higher risk to develop other autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, and anemia.  Once diagnosed with celiac, a strict gluten free diet must be followed.

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach Florida, offers non-invasive celiac testing to her patients.  Dr. Hermann is also board certified in nutrition.   Comprehensive vitamin testing is another offered service, many individuals with celiac suffer from vitamin insufficiency/deficiency.  Please call the office at 813-92-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Gluten Sensitivity

Gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance, is a condition similar to celiac disease.  However, the affected individuals do not test positive for celiac.  There is no immune reaction or intestinal damage that is present.  Related symptoms include:  abdominal pain and bloating, diarrhea, constipation, muscle and joint aches, and fatigue.  Symptoms improve and are often effectively treated with the elimination of gluten containing products from the diet.  There is no cure for gluten sensitivity, treatment is to simply avoid gluten containing products.

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

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How Can Sublingual Allergy Therapy Help Me?

Allergies occur when your body perceives irritants such as dust, molds, or pollens as threats and an immune response is launched.  Reactions can include sneezing, runny nose, skin rashes, and wheezing.  Prescription and over-the-counter medications can alleviate symptoms, but do not relieve the causes of the allergies.  Immunotherapy, which includes sublingual (under the tongue) allergy therapy, desensitizes your body to these irritants or antigens.   Very small doses are introduced to your body via serum.  As treatment progresses the concentration of antigens in the serum increases.  Thus  your immune system learns to ignore the antigen.

Sublingual therapy has been popular throughout the world for over 50 years, and is now becoming popular in the United States.  The serum that you place under your tongue is the same serum that is used in allergy shots.  Within a few months, you should realize a significant reduction in the need for allergy medications.  By the end of four years of sublingual therapy use, your environmental allergies should be in remission!

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, offers sublingual allergy therapy to her patients.  Locations are maintained in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida.  Please call the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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What Is Mesotherapy?

Mesotherapy is the use of injections directly into the mesoderm for localized fat reduction and treatment of cellulite. The mesoderm describes tissue such as fat, cartilage, muscle and bone. This therapy has been used for many years in Europe and South America, and is now becoming popular in the United States. The injections are well tolerated and have minimal side effects with no down time. Acceptable treatment areas include the chin, arms, abdomen, thighs, saddlebags, flanks and love handles. Typically, a high protein/low fat diet is recommended in conjunction with mesotherapy treatments for better results.

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 call the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Laser Therapy For Skin Rejuvenation

Advanced skin rejuvenation utilizes an intense pulsed light (IPL) procedure that is non-invasive.  Skin is neither removed nor damaged, thus there is no recovery or down time.  The pulsed light destroys unwanted blood vessels and pigmented areas without harming normal skin.  This laser therapy also “plumps” collagen creating smoother skin and less fine lines.  Most patients will feel minimal discomfort during the procedure, and the treated area may feel like you have a very mild sunburn.  Pigmented areas will actually appear darker after treatment, and will then flake off in 3-10 days.  Blood vessels may fade immediately after treatment, or within a few days.  Skin smoothing and fine line reduction will be noted between weeks 9-12 of treatment.  The usual duration of advanced skin rejuvenation is 30 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area.  Often, 2-6 treatments are necessary.  However, this number may vary based on your skin type and condition being treated.

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, is pleased to offer IPL therapy to her patients.    Offices are maintained in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida.  Please call the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Laser Hair Removal

The advanced hair removal system is a non-invasive gentle pulsed light treatment utilizing laser therapy. Multiple hairs are treated with each pulse. The pulsed light targets the melanin in each hair follicle; this causes thermal damage to the hair growth cells without harming normal skin. Each treatment reduces the number and size of hair follicles until the desired end result is reached. Most patients will feel minimal discomfort during the procedure. After the procedure hair follicles in the skin will be red and lightly swollen. There is no down time or recovery time after the procedure. Treated hair will gradually shed over the next two weeks. Treatment time depends on the size of the treatment. Depending on your skin type and area to be treated, 2-10 treatments are often necessary.

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, is pleased to offer IPL therapy to her patients. Offices are maintained in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. Please call the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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