Non-hormonal Management of Hot Flashes

Is It Hot In Here? As the weather cools down in North Georgia, one might think the change in temperature brings welcome relief to those who suffer from hot flashes, but that is not the case.  The unfortunate fact is that an estimated 70 to 80 percent of women, and 20 percent of men, experience hot flashes.  One in five women will continue to suffer so badly through the winter that they cannot tolerate it and seek treatment.  The average woman suffers up to six a night! We have a fairly good understanding of what causes these flashes, also called vasomotor symptoms, to occur and an even better understanding of what helps them go away.  Where conventional medicine struggles is with non-hormonal therapeutic recommendations for those who cannot, or will…
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POISON IVY, OAK, AND SUMAC – Nip it in the bud!

POISON IVY, OAK, AND SUMAC – Nip it in the bud! by Amy Mitton. -FNP-C Most people associate poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac with the arrival of summer. However, these hardy plants continue to give us problems even when they appear dead. Statistics show that around 85% of the population is allergic to poison ivy, oak, and sumac, and up to 15% of those are extremely allergic.  These plants grow everywhere in the United States except Alaska and Hawaii. The most common appearance of these plants is the three leaves but this may vary depending on the location.  It is common to see groups of 5 or 7 leaves. Urushiol is the substance in these plants that cause the rash. This substance is sticky, colorless, and odorless and…
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INFLUENZA

INFLUENZA - by Dr. Neil Sinha Summer is coming to an end. The temperature will start to cool down. With this change comes a crisp, invigorating smell in the air. The leaves brightly display themselves in beautiful colors as they fall to the ground. Unfortunately, this is also the time when people begin to fall ill to upper respiratory conditions such as influenza and bronchitis. In fact, we sometimes see flu cases as early as August and as late as May of the following year. August? May? But those are summer and spring months! The flu is a winter disease, right? While the highest incidence of influenza cases occur during the fall and winter months, the virus doesn't simply go into a spring/summer hibernation. If it's out there, it will…
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HEALTHY HOLIDAYS

With the cold chill of fall officially here and the start of the holiday season in full gear, let the bells of indulgence ring! Indulgence in spending, indulgence in ego, but especially indulgence in eating…. And not just eating larger amounts than usual, but eating more portions of rich caloric foods that are more easily justified to indulge in during these 3 months. And then when you add the indulgence of more alcohol into the scene—WATCH OUT! There usually will be an indulgence avalanche followed by an aftermath of unintentional weight gain and mind ridden with guilt…. JUST SAY “NO!” If you are already full or actually don’t really care for a particular food, politely decline. This may annoy loved ones, but make a continuing effort to set the tone…
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SCIATICA

SCIATICA Attention to all bicyclists, long-distance commuters and pregnant and or sedentary individuals. All of you may share a common disorder, resulting in one-sided gluteal pain, radiating down the leg, caused by a variety of different pathologies. The result is one disorder, called sciatica. Essentially, sciatica is a nerve root compression by a variety of causes, of at least one of the five spinal roots (L4. L5, S1, S2, S3), that give rise to the sciatic nerve. The important point here is to remember sciatica is a syndrome resulting from a variety of different causes and subsequently requiring different treatments. These include conservative management such as alternating hot and cold packs, specific stretching, NSAIDS and muscle relaxers. More advanced treatments include chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy and medical massage. Finally invasive…
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TESTOSTERONE

TESTOSTERONE Testosterone is an androgenic steroid hormone also known as the principal male sex hormone. In males, it is primarily made in the testes and is 6-8 times in higher concentration than in females. It is the hormone responsible for puberty in boys and in adult males it essential for health and feeling of well-being. In the adult male it regulates muscle mass, fat concentration, bone density, sexual desire and erectile function. Initial symptoms of low testosterone are fatigue, general malaise, trouble concentrating and decreased libido. A simple blood test, usually done before 10 am can give doctors an initial testosterone reading. If levels are low, then blood work is repeated with more intensive tests done to rule out other disorders such as pituitary disease. Once a diagnosis of low…
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DEPRESSION

DEPRESSION With this country still recovering from the aftermath of the recession, I have seen the medical consequences of this financial disaster. Individuals of most ages are highly stressed. They can’t eat what they may prefer and might not be able to keep their membership at the gym. People are consumed with work and worry. For the past couple years I have made it a point to pry because one particular condition may masquerade around as other things in hopes of not being caught….. Depression. We now have a better understanding of what causes depression. Neurohormones, such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine, that play a role in making us feel happy are broken down faster in those suffering from depression. Medicines prohibit this from occurring. People have no qualms in…
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INSOMNIA

INSOMNIA                                                Good Morning, really?! Actually, I know it’s not going to be as good of a morning or entire day for that fact, because I didn’t get my much needed 6 hours of sleep. I suffer from sleep deprivation occasionally— and that term is relative because my father has always performed on target with 4 hours of sleep and my mother needs at least 8 hours to uphold her usual “Mary Poppins” status. But studies have shown that at an average adult needs at least 4 hours of concentrated sleep in order to function normally. And according to studies and what I see continually in my office,…
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HEALTHY WEIGHT

HEALTHY WEIGHT                           Happy Spring! Yes, I realize I changed the very well-known slogan to yet again fulfill my informative needs. As the seeds of the season begin to blossom, the predictable influx of abashed patients ensues. This phenomenon is not new and occurs like clockwork around this time. What is the regretful issue? Post-holiday weight gain. “I’ve fallen off the wagon, Doc…” . It happens in the majority of people… especially those over the age of 35. And most of my patients want the quick easy fix, instant gratification. The problem with this concept is why I changed the words in the title to suit my following advice. In achieving most life-altering goals, and especially weight loss,…
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Advanced Lipid Testing

Every day offers us an opportunity to start fresh and take responsibility for our own health. Besides a healthy mental outlook on life, we need to examine three major preventive medical aspects in our lives to ensure a long healthy quality of life. First, we need preventive medicine for internal monitoring of our health and putting out fires before they do damage. Secondly, managing (of getting to) optimal weight that is achieved by harmonious integration of eating properly, correct excursive and active lifestyle. And third, is smoking cessation. Medical programs now have over 65% successful quit rates. The advancement in medical science is providing us with powerful tools to forecast and prevent major events. The Advanced lipid testing lab testing is a new and innovative way to check cholesterol, genetics…
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