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Lyme: My Journey to a Diagnosis

Lyme: My Journey to a Diagnosis

We have started our tenth year at Seasons Wellness (how time flies), and I am constantly reminded of all the interesting patients and their stories.  Many began their journey trying to explain to me how very fatigued they were.  Other symptoms such as headaches, joint...

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Lyme disease

Lyme disease

What Is Lyme Disease? Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted primarily by Ixodes ticks, or deer ticks, and black-legged ticks. Over 300,000 patients are diagnosed annually with substantial indications that there are many more patients who have not been...

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Summertime Lyme?

  Late summer and early fall in East Tennessee is the perfect time to make fun outdoor memories. Take a few minutes to google Smoky Mountains. You will find pages of activities ranging from hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, fly fishing, tubing, and...

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Dr Goodyear to speak at AFMA

Dr Goodyear to speak at AFMA

  Dr. Goodyear will be speaking at the annual American Functional Medicine Association in Atlanta, Ga next week. Physicians from around the world will meet in Atlanta next week to hear from experts in the field of Functional Medicine.  Dr. Goodyear will be...

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What is Wellness?

What is Wellness?

[dropshadowbox align="center" effect="raised" width="auto" height="" background_color="#ffffff" border_width="1" border_color="#dddddd" ]“The doctor of the future will not prescribe medicines, but rather, he will focus on true remedies for the human frame and in the...

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50—25—21

50—25—21

    [dropshadowbox align="none" effect="raised" width="auto" height="" background_color="#ffffff" border_width="1" border_color="#dddddd" ]“androgen use and abuse is increasing in our society, either for therapeutic or recreational reasons”.   Vascular...

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Theft of Wellness

  History is filled with great heists. There was the theft of Rembrandt, Manet, and Vermeer art in the great Gardner Museum heist of 1990.  The Great Train Robbery of 1963 resulted in the theft of $41 million dollars.  One of the more elaborate thefts involved...

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Have you Heard of Einkorn?

Have you Heard of Einkorn?

Have Your Heard of Einkorn?   Einkorn.  Now that is an interesting word; but what is it?  It is an ancient variety of wheat primarily grown in Europe and is quite different than the modern wheat we in America are eating.  However, it is beginning to gain some...

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Confession of a Recovered Fat man–Lavender

Confession of a Recovered Fat man–Lavender

Confession of a Recovered Fat man   The more I live the more I realize I don’t know.   The more I practice medicine, the more I realize I don’t know.  The more I realize God does know.   Yard to Table is a category of blog posts through which I seek to...

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The Walking Drugged

The Walking Drugged

The walking drugged "Drugs never cure disease. They merely hush the voice of nature's protest, and pull down the danger signals she erects along the pathway of transgression. Any poison taken into the system has to be reckoned with later on even though it palliates...

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Testosterone Quagmire

“Men are from Mars and women are from Venus” —John Gray PhD   Women and men are very different.  The concept seems fairly easy to grasp.  Most get it.  It seems obvious.  Even the science supports it.  However, this point seems to escape most in Medicine today....

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The more we know, the more we realize we don’t know

The more we know, the more we realize we don’t know

The more we know, the more we realize we don’t know...if we are honest with ourselves.     Know your number?  Know you numbers?  That is how the marketing goes for Testosterone.  As if the Testosterone number is all there is to know.   The same could be...

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Yard to Table

Yard to Table   The mornings start cool.  The days end warm.  It is May and Farmer’s Market time in east Tennessee.   Call me a kid in a candy store. I love the Farmer’s Market.   The first Farmer’s market of 2014 kicked off its 11th year in Market...

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An Apple a Day? Healthy Choices vs. Inflammation

An Apple a Day? Healthy Choices vs. Inflammation

My pre-60th birthday journey to improve my previous test results from Seasons of Farragut continues! This month I decided to focus on the first tenet in our Seasons wellness regimen – nutrition!

 

About two years ago I took the ALCAT test and was astonished at my lengthy list of reactive foods! The ALCAT is a fascinating food sensitivity test in which white blood cells are introduced to a variety of foods, chemicals, and herbs. The severity of the reaction determines if a substance is mild, moderate, severe, or normal within my body. Since knowledge is power, I decided to receive the news that gluten and dairy were on my “severe list” as a positive indicator rather than “buyers’ remorse” for having performed the test!

 

Lyn-Genet Recitas has written a book, The Plan, which explains how inflammation from food intolerance can cause symptoms such as joint pain, skin disorders, fatigue, weight issues, headaches, and digestive disorders. Whereas a food allergy can have almost an immediate effect, a food sensitivity may not show up for several hours to 3 days later. For weight gain, it’s not as much about the calories as the chemistry of the body. One person may benefit from last night’s salmon and broccoli, but someone else may actually gain 2 pounds. Inflammation from food intolerance causes damage to the lining of the gut. As the lining becomes “leaky” with gaps present, foods begin to slip through not completely digested. This causes the body to attack undigested foods.

 

As we age, inflammation can increase which causes our systems to slow down. Many of us have much less stomach acid and digestive enzymes to break down food. This can ultimately alter our weight and our health. Reactive foods cause our bodies to produce more histamine which causes water retention via dilated capillaries. The brain responds by increasing the production of Cortisol. As more Cortisol is produced, fewer sex hormones are produced since both sets of hormones depend on the same building blocks. Increased Cortisol causes an increase in glucose which causes an increase in blood sugar! This domino effect alters the good bacteria in the gut and can increase yeast production. The altered gut flora leads to a weakened immune response since about 70% of our immune system is in the gut.

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