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Am I Sensitive to Certain Foods?

 

One of the most common reasons for physician office visits is “stomach problems.”  These problems may include: abdominal pain and bloating, excess gas production, diarrhea and constipation.  Often, the symptoms can be linked to certain foods that are causing an inflammatory response within the gut.  These foods may trigger chronic activation of the immune system.  Conditions that have been linked to chronic immune activation  include:  skin disorders, chronic fatigue, obesity, allergic rhinitis, and neurological diseases.

Your physician may recommend a blood test to determine if you have a sensitivity or intolerance to certain foods.  The offending foods are then eliminated from your diet for a period of 3-6 months.  During this time period the gut is allowed to heal, and an improvement in symptoms should be achieved.

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, is pleased to offer food sensitivity testing to her patients.  Dr. Hermann maintains offices in Tampa and St. Pete Beach, Florida.  Please call the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

 

Leaky gut syndrome is a condition in which the lining of the intestines become damaged as a result of chronic inflammation.  Research has shown that chronic inflammation can result from a combination of genetics, lifestyle choices, and diet.  Once the body is primed for inflammation, certain foods, stress, and medications may trigger a response that damages the intestinal lining.   The lining must then be allowed to heal by omitting the offending foods or agents and replacing the integrity of the intestines.

Leaky gut syndrome has been linked to disorders such as:  depression, insomnia, abdominal bloating, eczema, and migraines.  Your physician may recommend a blood test to determine if you have a sensitivity or intolerance to certain foods.  These foods are then eliminated for a period of 3-6 months to improve symptoms and allow healing.

Dr.  Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, is pleased to offer food sensitivity testing to her patients.  Dr. Hermann maintains offices in Tampa and St. Pete Beach, Florida.  Please call the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Are Bio-Identical Testosterone Pellets Superior to Testosterone Cream?

 

Bio identical testosterone pellets are one form of testosterone replacement for men.  These pellets are about the size of a grain of rice.  They are placed under the skin by a physician, and last approximately 4-5 months.  The pellets are compounded, or made in a specialty pharmacy, based on your individual needs.  Symptoms of low testosterone including: decreased libido, muscle loss, depression, fatigue, lack of energy and anxiety may improve with testosterone replacement.

Testosterone may also be replaced by using injections, skin patches or skin gels.    You and your physician can determine if testosterone replacement is right for you by checking your blood work.  Many men are able to achieve significant improvement in their symptoms with the use of bio-identical testosterone therapy.

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, is pleased to offer bio-identical testosterone replacement to her patients.  Dr. Hermann maintains offices in Tampa and St. Pete Beach, Florida.  Please call the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Are Bio-Identical Estrogen Pellets Superior to Estrogen Cream?

Bio Identical Estrogen Pellets

Estrogen pellets are one form of bio-identical hormones.  The pellets are the size of a grain of rice.  These pellets are placed under the skin by a physician, and slowly release estrogen into your body for a period of 3-4 months.  Estrogen pellets are made in a compounding pharmacy based on your individual needs, which your physician will determine with blood work.

Low estrogen levels can cause decreased libido, depression, fatigue, headaches, and vaginal dryness among other symptoms.  Other forms of estrogen replacement include bio-identical creams, skin patches, and oral medications.  Many women are able to achieve significant improvement in their symptoms with the use of bio-identical estrogen therapy.

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician is pleased to offer bio-identical estrogen replacement to her patients.  Dr. Hermann maintains offices in Tampa and St. Pete Beach, Florida.  Please call the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement for Men in Tampa

 

Decreased testosterone in men, or “low T”, is a common condition.  Testosterone is a hormone produced by the testicles.  Symptoms of low testosterone include: fatigue, decreased energy and libido, increased bone and muscle mass loss, depression, irritability, anxiety, lack of concentration, los of body hair and infertility.  As men age it is normal for their testosterone levels to decrease.  However, if the levels decrease too rapidly, or to a level that is too low, symptoms may develop.

Blood tests are used to determine if replacement testosterone may be necessary.  There are various forms of testosterone replacement including: bio-identical cream, patches, gels and injections.  Bio-identical testosterone cream is a prescription cream formulated in a compounding pharmacy.  The pharmacy creates a dose based on your individual needs as determined by you and your physician.  The cream is applied once or twice daily.  By using bio-identical testosterone, many men are able to achieve significant improvement in their symptoms.

Dr. Ann Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, is pleased to offer bio-identical hormone therapy to her patients.  Dr. Hermann maintains offices in Tampa and St. Pete Beach, Florida.  Please contact us at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Bio-Identical Hormones for Women in Tampa

Testosterone is an important hormone produced by the adrenal glands and ovaries.  It helps maintain normal ovarian function, cognition, sexual behavior and bone metabolism.  As a woman ages, her testosterone levels will naturally decline.  Studies have shown declines beginning as early as age 30. Some women can tolerate this decline without issue, other women will become symptomatic.   She may begin to develop:  poor concentration, headaches, fatigue, lack of libido, dry skin and eyes, muscle loss, anxiety or depression.  Low testosterone can occur with or without a decrease in other hormones.   Your physician will use blood work to determine your hormonal levels.

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy offers testosterone replacement that is formulated into a cream.   Other hormones such as estradiol, progesterone, and DHEA may also be added to the cream.   It is applied once or twice daily.  This cream is compounded by a specialty pharmacy that creates a dose based on your individual needs as determined by you and your physician.  Many women are able to achieve significant improvement in their symptoms with replacement therapy.

Dr. Ann Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, is pleased to offer bio-identical hormone therapy to her patients.  Dr. Hermann maintains offices in Tampa and St. Pete Beach, Florida.  Please contact us at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Who in Tampa Needs a Shingles Vaccine?

Shingles is a painful, sometimes itchy skin rash with blisters.  It is also called Herpes Zoster. Only someone who has had chickenpox can get shingles.  A shingles rash usually appears on one side of the body and lasts from 2-4 weeks.

Chickenpox is caused by the Varicella Zoster virus, this virus stays in your body and can cause shingles many years later.  You cannot catch shingles from another person with shingles, but if you have never had chicken pox you can get chicken pox from someone with shingles.  Shingles is more common in people over the age of 50, and people whose immune system is weakened because of a disease such as cancer or certain drugs like chemotherapy.

In 2006, a vaccine was licensed for shingles.  A single dose is recommended by the CDC  for adults age 60 and older. The vaccine reduces the risk of shingles by 50% and can reduce pain in individuals who still get shingles after being vaccinated.

Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, located in Tampa, is happy to offer this vaccine to her patients.  Self pay pricing  is competitive with the national pharmacy chains at approximately $250.00 .  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.

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Natural Migraine Relief Remedies in Tampa and St. Petersburg

Anne Hermann, M.D.

Relief from migraine pain does not have to come in the form of medications that often leave the patient with terrible side effects.  The common prescription and over the counter migraine relief often comes at the expense of uncomfortable side effects such as nausea, hallucinations, weight gain, ulcers, seizures and dizziness.

There are alternatives to migraine relief that can be found in simple, natural ingredients that are effective almost immediately.

Medical research has proven that 300 mg of CoQ10 will decrease the occurrence of migraines by 50%.  It is necessary take either the high potency gel caps or tablets with some kind of fat because CoQ10 is absorbed by fat.

Medical studies have also shown that Riboflavin (vitamin B2) can cut migraines by 50%.  Riboflavin (vitamin B2) works to increase the energy that produces brain cells.  Lack of energy or too little riboflavin can cause migraines.  It is necessary to take 400 mg of riboflavin a day to prevent migraines.  Riboflavin can be found in foods such as dairy, nuts, seafood and leafy greens but you would have to ingest large amounts of these foods to get 400mg, so a riboflavin supplement is recommended.

Magnesium is the third supplement that can reduce the occurrence of migraines. Migraines can be due to reduced blood flow and pressure in the blood vessels.  Magnesium’s role is to tone the blood vessels which can prevent migraines.  The recommended dose of magnesium is 600 mg a day.  Leafy greens, nuts, berries, fish, bananas, raisins and yogurt can give you only a portion of the daily requirement, so a magnesium supplement taken with vitamin B6 is recommended.

Anne Hermann, M.D. is double board certified in Internal Medicine and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. To schedule your appointment Tampa or St. Petersburg, please call 813-902-9559.

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Accent for Stretch Marks in Tampa and St Petersburg

Anne Hermann, M.D.

Accent for stretch marks is a device that uses radio frequency technology that works to actually reshape the surface of the skin and encourage new collagen growth to fill in the vacant areas of the skin caused by the stretch marks.  Stretch marks are created by many conditions – pregnancy, weight gain, and growth spurts  all can contribute to stretch marks. Until recently, there’s been little anyone could do about stretch marks, but with Accent RF treatments, you can see dramatic improvement in as little as six treatments.

What can be expected at an Accent for stretch marks treatment?

The practitioner will be lubricate the skin with a thin layer of oil and a then read the skin surface temperature using a laser guided thermometer (supplied with the Accent ™ system) to assist the practitioner in assessing the heating effect that the RF energy is producing. Regular temperature checks will follow to be sure that the correct degree of heating is being obtained in the treatment area, and also to confirm that a consistent delivery of the RF energy is being maintained.

After treatment, the oil is removed, the skin is dried and you are able to immediately resume your daily activities with no downtime.

To schedule your Accent for stretch marks appointment with the offices of Dr. Anne Hermann in Tampa and St. Petersburg, call 813-902-9559.

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Radiesse vs Perlane in Tampa and St. Petersburg

Anne Hermann, M.D.

Radiessse vs Perlane is often the question patients ask when deciding which dermal filler is the best choice for them.  The following information will compare the differences between Perlane vs Radiesse and indicate which areas of the face they are optimally used:

How do Perlane and Radiesse differ?

Dermal fillers are categorized by their “G prime factor”, meaning how well the filler holds its shape after injection.  Radiesse has the highest “G prime” factor which makes it a great choice for lifting the cheeks and filling in deep hollows.  It is not suited for the lip region or around the eyes because it is a firmer filler.  Perlane is a middle “G prime” filler and is also a good choice for cheeks as well as the lip area and jaw line.  It is also FDA approved to be used in the nasolabial folds.

How long do Perlane and Radiesse last?

Radiesse filler will last an average of 18 months.  It is made of hydroxyapatite making it a firmer filler which extends its longevity.  Perlane lasts 12 months and is made of hyaluronic acid.  Perlane can be dissolved with a solution to make any adjustments, if desired.

The providers of aesthetic medicine services in the offices of Anne Hermann, M.D., P.A. are the best in the entire Tampa Bay area. They combine to offer you over 25 years of experience with aesthetic medicine.  To schedule your appointment, call 813-902-9559

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