Women’s Health

Hair Regrowth for the New Year

Hair plays a significant role in our society. It is associated with youthfulness and beauty in women and virility and masculinity in men.  But nearly 80 million people – men and women – struggle with hair loss.  True, baldness has become somewhat of a popular option for men and some embrace their baldness.  But it should be no surprise that hair loss can make many men and women feel self-conscious. The causes of hair loss are varied, and include heredity, disease, hormones and stress.  The good news is there are more solutions for treating hair loss than ever so nearly everyone that wants it can have a full head of hair. Read the rest of this entry »

Take This to Heart

Did you ever notice how we use the heart to describe almost everything about ourselves? It’s built into the way we talk. If you’re close to someone they’re “near to your heart.” You can want something “with all your heart.” If you say what you feel you “get to the heart of the matter.” When you’re happy and carefree you’re “young at heart,” and when you see something uplifting it “warms your heart.”  You can use it to paint a picture of almost anything good, happy and inspiring.  The heart is at the core of our health, wellbeing, fitness and love.  Sadly, diseases of the heart are collectively also the leading cause of death among men and women in the US and worldwide.  Fret not; 80-90% of heart or cardiovascular diseases are preventable. And contrary to popular beliefs, it has little to do with cholesterol or saturated fats. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways to Workout Smarter

It is a brand new year, and many of you have resolved to make 2015 a healthier and more productive year.   Changing the way you eat, exercise, and sleep along with other lifestyle choices can all impact your overall health, vitality and even longevity.  Losing weight and getting fit are two of the most common New Years’ resolutions and two of the most difficult to sustain.  Part of the problem is the vast amount of conflicting and often inaccurate information that is readily available.  More importantly, most of the “experts” are making generalized recommendations that may or may not be what you need.  Each of you is unique, and has unique requirements when it comes to fulfilling your body’s needs.  Understanding exactly what your body needs can help focus your efforts which will lead to better, more consistent results. Read the rest of this entry »

Natural Rejuvenation with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelets are specialized cells that circulate in a relatively low concentration in your blood.  They are critical to healing injured or damaged tissue.  Platelets clump together to form a blood clot at the site of damaged tissue.  They also release growth factors and other cytokines that get the healing process underway by promoting tissue repair and new blood vessel formation. 

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is produced by taking your blood in a special tube and spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and plasma from the red and white blood cells.  The resulting plasma is highly concentrated with platelets and can be re-injected where healing and/or rejuvenation is needed.  A key component in the healing process is increased blood flow to the area.  The growth factors and cytokines released from your platelets accomplish this by dilating existing blood vessels and creating new ones via a process called angiogenesis. Read the rest of this entry »

Medicine — As It Should Be

Like most, I consider the healthcare system in this country to be broken and getting worse.  It is not uncommon for a physician to see 30-40 patients per day and to have overall responsibility for a panel of 4000 or 5000 patients.  Why?  Because insurance companies reimburse based on volume, not efficiency or positive experiences.   Doctors must also comply with arcane rules and standards that may not translate into what is best for your health.  A large part of the problem is that the consumer of healthcare services has been separated from the payer of those services.  We seem to have forgotten that the true purpose of insurance is to protect against the relatively uncommon, unforeseen, expensive or catastrophic events.  That is how health insurance started out.  But we have now become accustomed to our health insurance covering everything, including routine primary and preventive care.  The solution is to reunite the payer and consumer of healthcare services.  This concept, referred to as concierge, membership, retainer, direct-pay or boutique medicine has been around for a while, but has become increasingly popular in recent years. Read the rest of this entry »

The Ultimate Gift

Now that we are in the midst of another holiday season when our thoughts turn to good tidings and well wishes, we also begin the often difficult task of deciding on the best gift for ourselves and loved ones.   Gifts for our kids tend to be fairly easy, since they usually want or “need” everything they see.  Where does that leave us, the adults?  Sure, there are plenty of clothes, gadgets or trinkets we can buy because we are feeling generous, prosperous or affluent.  But these aren’t the things that really matter.  For those we care about we don’t usually wish them a new iPod or new necklace, we wish them love, good health, and a long life.  But merely wishing for things does not make them happen.  Instead of just wishing for health and a long life, consider giving the gift that can help it come true. Read the rest of this entry »

When NO Means Yes!

Yes!  That is exactly what your answer would be if asked whether or not you wanted something that could improve your energy, stamina, heart health, immune function, mood, mental acuity and sexual satisfaction.  What one molecule can do all of that?  Nitric Oxide (NO), one of your body’s most important signaling molecules.  It is released as a gas that quickly sends signals through every cell, organ and system in your body.  NO signals arteries to relax and expand, immune cells to kill bacteria and cancer cells, and signals brain cells to communicate with each other.   NO is critical for overall optimal health but its most notable function is within the cardiovascular system where blood flow is vital. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Your Fat Shrinking Your Brain?

Posted on 22. Jan, 2012 by drebanks in Blog, Dementia, Exercise, healthy aging, Men's Health, Nutrition, Obesity, Women's Health

It isn’t breaking news that the majority of the US population is overweight or obese.  The situation has been spiraling out of control for decades.  Prospects for impacting this trend have been so bleak that new data indicating that US obesity rates have stabilized generated extensive news coverage, including segments on two national television networks, with many sources contrasting the high prevalence of obesity with the fact that rates are not climbing.  Should we really be celebrating that a third of adults[1] and one in six kids and teenagers[2] are heavy enough to be considered obese, even if that percentage hasn’t statistically increased since 2003?  Well, let’s consider the population.  From 2003 to 2011, the US population increased by approximately 18 million.  So that would mean about 6 million more obese adults even though the percentage did not increase.  During this same period, humans as a race set a new milestone; for the first time in history there are more overweight people in the world than underweight.[3]  Read the rest of this entry »

Does Hormone Therapy Increase Breast Cancer Risk?

Posted on 13. Nov, 2010 by drebanks in Bioidentical hormones, Blog, Cancer, Women's Health

Women reading laptopOver the last decade, the safety of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been questioned in the media, in medical journals and in doctor’s offices across the country.  Unfortunately, the discussion is usually over-simplified and delivered to the public in sensationalized sound bites.  Without even getting into the scientific controversy, we can apply some rudimentary logic to the discussion.  If human hormones are the major cause of heart disease and breast cancer in women, wouldn’t you expect to see the greatest incidence when hormone levels are the highest?  For women, that would be their teens and twenties; a time when both breast cancer and heart disease are distinctly uncommon.[i]  But, when hormone levels decline at and around menopause, the incidence of both rises dramatically.  Perhaps there is more to the story than the sound bites suggest. Read the rest of this entry »

Breast Cancer Prevention – Myth or Reality

Posted on 29. Oct, 2010 by drebanks in Blog, Cancer, Preventive Wellness, Women's Health, Youthful Aging

The statistics have become familiar enough to most of us: Breast cancer accounts for almost 200,000 new cases and 40,000 deaths every year. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 12.7 percent of women alive today will be diagnosed with some form of breast cancer during their lifetime. This makes breast cancer by far the leading cancer in women, accounting for almost 40% of all cancers diagnosed in women. Read the rest of this entry »

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