Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals found in the body. It is found in bone, teeth, red blood cells and is vital for many systems in the body including the cardiovascular, muscular, and nervous system. Magnesium deficiency can result from a variety of causes and can be divided into 2 main categories: inadequate dietary intake or increased loss either via the GI tract or kidneys. There are also many drugs that deplete magnesium levels such as medications for reflux (Prilosec, Zantac, Nexium), statins, and some blood pressure medications.
Common symptoms of low magnesium include muscle cramps, weakness, heart palpitations, constipation, insomnia, and headaches. Magnesium is found in many foods such as whole grains, nuts, and green vegetables; however, most people do not get enough from their diet.
Low magnesium levels are associated with endothelial (blood vessel) dysfunction, increased C-reactive protein (inflammation marker), and decreased insulin sensitivity. The World Organization reports “low magnesium is implicated in hypertension, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome” confirming its significance in maintaining the body’s overall health. According to the National Health Institute the daily recommended intake of magnesium is 420mg for men and 320 mg for women. There are many forms of magnesium: chelate, citrate, and glycinate.
When checking magnesium levels it is important to check RBC magnesium. Serum blood levels do not accurately reflect levels because the body will maintain a steady supply to ensure adequate levels for the heart.
At Hermann Wellness we offer Nutrient testing to our patients including magnesium. Our offices are located in Tampa and St. Petersburg. Please call the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Naltrexone is a synthetic drug that blocks opiate receptors in the central nervous system, which are responsible for the sensation of pleasure derived from narcotics. Naltrexone is typically used for heroin addiction and is FDA approved at doses of 50mg. It is also used in alcohol and drug addiction.
In recent years, lower doses of naltrexone have been used to treat autoimmune conditions such as MS (multiple sclerosis), rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and crohn’s disease. The lower dosing of naltrexone is commonly referred to as LDN (low dose naltrexone). The typical dose ranges from 3.5mg to 4mg and is recommended to be taken at bedtime. Low dose naltrexone is inexpensive and well-tolerated.
LDN was first used by a physician in 1985 who found that it boosted the immune system in AIDS patients. It is thought that by briefly blocking opioid receptors, LDN causes an increase in endorphins and enkephalins (our body’s natural pain killers). These natural opioids are believed to influence our immune system as we have opioid receptors on immune cells. In particular, blocking the opioid receptors at night is thought to cause a longer up regulation hence LDN is recommended to be taken at night.
At Hermann Wellness we offer Holistic Primary Care to our patients including Low Dose Naltrexone. Our offices are located in Tampa and St. Petersburg. Please call the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Feeling tired? Experiencing a low sex drive? Noticing a loss of muscle mass? You may be experiencing symptoms from low testosterone levels. Testosterone is a hormone produced by the body that is responsible for stimulating sperm production, maintaining sex drive, and building muscle in males. Low testosterone is diagnosed when levels fall below 300ng/dl. The normal range is from 300-1000 ng/dl.
Your initial visit for low testosterone will include a prostate exam to assess the heath of your prostate and blood work to check baseline CBC (blood counts), PSA level (prostate level), and free/total testosterone. Testosterone therapy can affect the prostate so a yearly prostate exam is required while on treatment as well as periodic blood work to monitor PSA levels. Testosterone therapy can also affect the red blood cell counts (hematocrit) causing them to increase thus is monitored regularly. Estradiol (estrogen) levels may be checked after testosterone replacement and sometimes an aromatase inhibitor will be given to reduce levels if found to be elevated. Labs are monitored every 3 months. Options for testosterone therapy include clomid, which is an oral medication that helps kick start the body’s own natural production of testosterone. This is a good option for young males to prevent sterility and is often used for only 3 to 6 months. Other options of testosterone replacement include gel, bioidentical cream, patch and injection. The best option will be selected during your visit.
At Hermann Wellness we offer hormone testing and therapy. Our offices are located in Tampa and St. Petersburg. Please call the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.