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Dermanpen Skin Therapy

The Dermapen is an automated fractional micro-needling device that is used for multiple skin conditions.  By puncturing the skin and creating a small dermal injury, the body responds with a physiological process that improves the skin.  This is a natural process, thus Dermapen is a holistic skin therapy approach.

Treatment applications include skin rejuvenation, tightening and lifting, reduction of wrinkles and fine lines, improvement of stretch marks, minimization of pore size, and improvement of surgical, keloid and acne scars.  It is as effective as laser therapy, but side effects as well as the recovery period are significantly reduced.

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

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Accent Skin Tightening System

Accent is a FDA approved non-invasive treatment for wrinkles and sagging loose skin. It is a controlled heat therapy that utilizes radio frequency to heat your skin’s inner layer. This energy stimulates your cells to produce new collagen. In turn, your skin will appear more youthful and smooth. However, it does not reduce volume. Usually, three to six treatments at two week intervals will be required.
Accent can be used to treat loose, wrinkled skin anywhere on the body – including the face, neck, arms and legs. It is also safe and effective for a postnatal or post-surgical abdomen, buttocks or thighs. The procedure is virtually pain free, and is often described as a warm massage. There is no recovery time.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, has been offering the Accent system to her patients for over five years. Dr. Hermann maintains offices in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. Please contact the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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What Is Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation?

Cranial electrotherapy was approved in 1979 by the FDA for treatment of insomnia, anxiety and depression.  It is a prescriptive noninvasive electro-medical therapy.  Treatment consists of a medical device which sends pulsed weak electric currents to the brain via electrodes.  The electrodes are placed on the ear lobes, temples and maxilla-occipital junction.  Side effects are rare and include vertigo, headache and skin sensitivity.  Treatment efficacy is cumulative, but most patients will show some improvement after the first treatment.  It is safe to use with other modalities such as medications, psychotherapy and bio-feedback.  Cranial electrotherapy is cost-effective and is easy to use both in the clinical setting and in the patient’s home.

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, offers cranial electrotherapy to her patients.  Offices are located in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida.  Please contact the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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What Is Functional Medicine?

Practitioners who practice functional medicine attempt to address the underlying cause of diseases.  Functional medicine uses a systems oriented approach in a holistic partnership.  In essence it employs a patient –centered approach rather than a disease –centered approach.  It involves understanding the origins, prevention and treatment of complex and chronic diseases.   Functional medicine integrates Western medicine with integrative medicine focusing on nutrition, diet and stress-management techniques.  This mechanism of medicine better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century, as there has been a rise in individuals diagnosed with complex and chronic health conditions.

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, uses a  functional medicine focus in her practice.  Offices are located 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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Tetanus, Diphtheria aand Pertussis Vaccine – Tdap

These three diseases are caused by bacteria.  Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person and tetanus enters the body through a cut or wound.  Tetanus (lockjaw) causes painful muscle spasms, and can lead to death if not treated.  Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat, untreated it can lead to heart failure or paralysis.  Pertussis (whooping cough) causes severe coughing and vomiting.  Pertussis that is not treated may lead to pneumonia.

The Tdap was licensed in 2005.  It is the first vaccine for adolescents and adults that protects against all three diseases.  It can be used as a catch-up vaccine for individuals who did not receive all their doses when they were children, as a booster dose every 10 years, and for protection against tetanus infection after a wound.  Mild reactions after the vaccine can include pain or redness at the injection site, nausea, headache or low-grade fever.

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician located in Tampa, Florida offers this vaccine to her patients.  Self-pay pricing is competitive with the national pharmacy chains.  However, insurance and Medicare will often cover all or a portion of the vaccine cost.  Please contact the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Pneumonia (Pneumococcal Polysaccharide) Vaccine

Pneumococcal disease is caused by a type of bacteria.  Untreated, pneumococcal disease can lead to pneumonia, meningitis and blood infections (bacteremia).  Individuals at greater risk for developing pneumococcal disease include the very young, people over age 65, smokers and people with weakened immune systems or certain health problems including:  heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes.

Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV) protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria. Usually only one dose of PPSV is needed.  However, a second dose is recommended for people 65 and older who received their first dose prior to age 65, and for individuals who are younger than 65 but have weakened immune systems.  If necessary, the second dose is repeated 5 years after the first dose.  Mild side effects such as fever, or pain and redness at the injection site may occur after the vaccination.

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician located in Tampa, Florida provides this vaccine to her patients.  Self – pay pricing is competitive with the national pharmacy chains.  However, insurance or Medicare will often cover all or a portion of the cost.  Please contact the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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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.

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

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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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