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Optimum Testosterone levels in Men

Optimum Testosterone levels in Men by Dr. Nasir Asghar Testosterone is the primary sex hormone in the male and has multi-function purposes. Its levels are 7-8 times greater in men as compared to females. The healthy range of testosterone in the male is between 400-600 ng/dl. Testosterone hormones function in the adult male to regulate muscle mass, fat distribution, sperm production, mood/behavior and production of red blood cells. Decreased testosterone in the male can subsequently lead to irritability, low libido, and decrease muscle mass and increase fat distribution. Conversely, high levels of testosterone can lead to aggressive behavior, increase red blood cells, increased male pattern baldness, acne and increased risk of blood clots and worsening of sleep apnea. Sources of Testosterone deficiency in men range from increasing age, pituitary tumor,…
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INSOMNIA – healthy bedtime routine

INSOMNIA - healthy bedtime routine. by Caroline Garrett According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 30 percent of the population suffers from some form of insomnia. INSOMNIA can be defined as difficulty falling and/or staying asleep, waking too early, or feeling unrested after sleep. Insomnia can lead to fatigue, low mood, difficulty concentrating and can disrupt school or work performance. Acute insomnia usually occurs in correlation to a specific circumstance such as stress about a test, work presentation or other temporary life stressors. This type of insomnia is usually short lived and resolves without any treatment. Chronic insomnia is defined as a disrupted sleep pattern for at least three nights a week and lasts three or more months. The most common reasons a person may suffer from chronic insomnia include…
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Sunshine in a Bottle – favorite vitamin

Sunshine in a Bottle Dr. Kumi Swart   I know I should not play favorites, but if I had to pick a favorite vitamin, it would be vitamin D. My love for that vitamin has grown over the last nine years, probably starting around the time my own physician discovered that I was deficient in it and that my bones were unusually thin for my age.  About a year or two after that discovery, I heard colleagues touting the power of vitamin D in the prevention of illness and I decided to do a little research. What I already knew about vitamin D, I learned in medical school.  Vitamin D is not a true vitamin, it’s a hormone that has an important role in the body’s ability to absorb and…
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Cannabidiol – CBD

Cannabidiol by Dr. Neil Sinha Lately, more and more patients are asking me about cannabidiol (aka CBD). Is it safe? Is it legal? What are the benefits and risks involved with its use? My standard answer for the last few months is that there is not enough long-term data or research available as CBD is a relatively new substance. Therefore, it is difficult for most physicians to ethically propose its use. However, I decided to do some of my own research to see what objective data is available. Afterall, CBD stores are seemingly popping up everywhere and it does not look as if their popularity is going to die down anytime soon. What is CBD and how is it different from marijuana? CBD is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). CBD is an essential component…
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The Downward Spiral of Chronic Stress

THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL OF CHRONIC STRESS by Dr Monika Yadav A wise person once said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”, but it appears over the last quarter century that sage advice has been ignored. 8 out of 10 Americans report being affected by moderate levels of stress on a daily basis. Stress is a normal part of life. It is defined as physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension. At times it can serve a useful purpose. For example, training for a race can be stressful. But if you win or beat your best time, that stress led to positivity by increasing your productivity. The type of stress that is concerning is the kind that cannot be harnessed and ultimately leads to a “wear and tear” of the mind and…
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Women and Heart Disease Awareness Month

Women and Heart Disease Awareness Month by Caroline Garrett Leading into February and what happens to be American Heart Month I would like to shed some light on a very important topic. Sadly, heart disease claims more lives of women each year than any other disease including cancer. In the US alone, every 80 seconds a woman dies of heart disease. We know that multiple risk factors, both modifiable and non modifiable, play a part in increasing a woman’s risk and there is clear evidence that differences exist in the disease between males and females. Empower yourself by knowing the risk factors and what changes you can make to reduce your chances that might save your life. First let’s review the risk factors we cannot change. These include gender, age,…
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The Best Way to Lower your Sugars without Medication.

The Best Way to Lower your Sugars without Medication. by Dr. Nasir Asghar Over 400 million people world-wide suffer from diabetes and the estimated cost of Diabetes in the United States is well over 200 billion dollars. Those numbers are mind bending. How do we reign in control of this disease? Are there ways to do it without medication? The answer to that question is usually the last thing a diabetic/glucose intolerant patient would like to do. CHECK YOUR SUGARS. Once you start checking your sugars, you are in control of the disease. You are in the driver’s seat and the diabetes is not taking you for a ride. When you start monitoring your sugars, you automatically start making proper life style changes, eating right, (increased vegetables, no soda, juice,…
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Using Neuro toxins and Fillers together, the perfect combo

Using Neurotoxins and Fillers together, the perfect combo by Lottie Davenport, FNP-C Popcorn and a movie, salt and pepper, fillers and neurotoxins. Fillers and neurotoxins might not sound as snappy as some other pairings, but they do go together very well. When these two injectables are used in tandem, the result is a nonsurgical face lift. Most candidates for dynamic lines also have early volume loss of their cheeks, corners of their mouth, lips and or nasolabial folds. Dermal fillers can address the volume loss in the face while neurotoxins can address the lines. Fillers are used to rejuvenate the face by restoring soft tissue volume loss to the cheeks, smoothing out deep creases like the nasolabial folds, and plumping up thin lips or diminishing vertical lip lines. Fillers can…
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Non-hormonal Management of Hot Flashes

Is It Hot In Here? by Dr. Kumi Swart 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…
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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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