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Discover 5 Simple Solutions for Fatigue [Video]

I’m Dr. Tom Rofrano and today I’m going to talk to you about five simple solutions for more energy. One of the things that most patients come in with is just sheer exhaustion. They’re tired all the time. Even if they could get a good night sleep, they just don’t feel refreshed. And it’s just one of the main things that everyone I see is complaining about. There are some simple things that usually turn up to help turn this around so we can find solutions for fatigue.

Vitamin Deficiencies

The first thing on how to have more energy is to find out what’s going on when we do an initial evaluation and order some lab tests. Almost always nutritional deficiencies come up. And the most common ones I see are vitamin B12. If that’s low, it can cause fatigue, brain fog and lack of focus, being tired all the time and numbness and tingling. There is a whole lot of things that go along with that.

Vitamin D is another one that comes up as being low. Magnesium is a very common deficiency that we see over and over again. Iron is common, especially in women and children. When that is low, it can cause you to feel tired all the time and get restless legs at night. Most of the time when you go to the doctor, they just don’t check for these things. And even if they did, they’re not looking at the ranges properly. So for instance, if they get them to check your iron level, the range might be 10 to 300. As long as you’re on 11, they’ll say oh that’s fine, that’s not an issue.

But actually, if you’re below 50 was an optimal range, say 50 to 100, 60 to 100 in that area that if you’re a 30, 20, 10 or you know 11 which is in their normal ranges you can still feel miserable. Those are the things we look at. And if you’re below optimal in more than one of these, often, when I look at lab work for new patients that we run, they’re below optimal and Vt4 for different things. It has an additive effect so even if you’re just a little low in say V-12, maybe it won’t be a big deal. But if you’re below often V-12, iron, magnesium and vitamin D which is most often the case you can just feel horrible. Once we get this information and we then start supplementing, often people turn around very quickly, even if you got fatigued for many years.

Thyroid

Another area is thyroid. That’s huge as far as fatigue goes as well as brain fog and cold hands and feet and just overall feeling miserable aches and pains. The thyroid is one of the most common things I see when people come in they say, “Oh, I had my thyroid checked, and everything was okay.” Well, this is another thing, doctors, your medical doctor, your primary doctor typically will check your thyroid with maybe TSH and t4, and that’s it. And they’ll say, “Oh, you’re fine.”

When I run lab test, I’ll check not only TSH and Vt-4 but also Vt3 which is another thyroid hormone that’s so important. There are also two thyroid antibodies that we check and a reverse t3, so those six different things are so important. So TSH might be normal where your doctor says you’re fine, but then we’ll have thyroid antibodies which are elevated, meaning you have a thyroid autoimmune conditions or say your t3 is low but your TSH is fine and t4 might be fine.

All these different subtle things can make you feel awful, just exhausted. Again brain fog, lack of focus, insomnia, all these things come along with it. Depression is also a very significant symptom of a thyroid, look thyroid function. And adrenal glands are glands that handle stress.

Stress

Normally your cortisol goes up when you’re under stress, you know to handle the situation. But in this day and age cortisol is elevated and a lot of us just from the day-to-day stresses that go on. It is important to have your adrenals evaluated when you are fatigued. There are some simple tests we do in the office, and there’s also some blood tests and a home kit that we use as well. This is something that doctors don’t always check for, but there are three simple tests you can do.

One is your Vivino, another is DHEA, and then another is Cortisol. Often we’ll see cortisol being elevated and DHEA being low and that’s one category of adrenal fatigue. In the case like that, you can feel anxiety, lack of focus, brain fog, depression. And insomnia is a huge symptom of adrenal fatigue. Feeling exhausted and overwhelmed there’s another common symptom. So these are all from adrenal fatigue. Once we find out the exact pattern, it’s a very simple fix. You use some supplements for that and a diet as well and whole lifestyle changes. And we would be happy to sign you up for a free PDF report of summarizing what I’m talking about.

Myofascial Pain and Fatigue

And the fourth thing is myofascial pain as it relates to fatigue. Often we get these aches and pain, these knots, that we call trigger points. Those are tight bands within muscles in our body. They can cause all sorts of problems. For example, if you have trigger points, which are very common in your shoulders, neck, jaw, in your jaw area, that can cause headaches, neck pain, jaw, and TMJ pain and it can keep you actually from getting a good night’s sleep.

I had a case not too long ago, a patient who had just some frequent headaches. We put her on a nutritional program, and she was doing better all these different areas, she had more energy, and her digestive and skin issues were clearing up. But she still was having a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. She was just exhausted from lack of sleep. We started doing some treatment. She had a lot of myofascial pain trigger points and, we started working with that. Within a few treatments, a lot of this started to release and she was able to sleep through the night for the first time in years. And once you’re able to get a good night sleep, that ties in with rejuvenating and strengthening your adrenal glands and just really being able to function at a much higher level throughout the day.

What’s important is just making sure that you address any issues of facial mouth pain and we do that. We do evaluations to figure out exactly what’s going on in that area and then recommend specific treatments or exercises to help clear that up. Even if it’s been going on for years, often it can be cleared up in just a matter of a few short weeks.

Food Sensitivities and Allergies

And lastly here and this is a big one, is our food sensitivities and allergies. So how can those make you feel exhausted? Well, there are some common foods that people have sensitivities to, and there are two things. One, there are allergies where if you eat food, you get an immediate reaction, those are quite obvious. But what’s not so obvious are the food sensitivities, and that’s where food, by eating it you have a delayed reaction.

It might be an hour, an hour or two or a few hours; it might not even be until the next day. We just kind of feel off. It could just zap your energy. It can also cause skin reactions, digestive issues, sinus issues, such as a runny nose or sinus congestion. Those are all be related to food sensitivities. And the way we figure that out is one of the two ways. One is we do feed sensitivity or allergy testing through blood, where we can test a 100 or 200 different foods to figure that out.

Another way is come up with a diet; I call it the free diet because it’s free of all the common allergens. After doing lab testing hundreds or thousands of people over the last thirty years, some common patterns come up with foods that people are sensitive to. The free diet is a diet that’s for you. Common allergens are grains and yeast, and sugar, dairy, eggs, legumes, and GMOs are other things that can be very problematic. You can follow the free diet for Phase One. Then in Phase Two start adding foods back and one at a time to see if you have any reactions. That’s another way, besides testing, that we find out what were people reacting to.

I’ll finish up with a story just from a few days ago. A patient came in who had migraines for many years and not only migraines, but she also had chronic digestive problems, back pain, neck pain, whole body pain, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression and more. By the way, now she’s doing great. She first came late last year. Now we are treating her for just a period, she got better, migraines cleared up, all her pain cleared up, her digestive issues, and this is through our seven-step functional and free program that we put patients through which involves diet and supplement and treatment and exercise.

Now she just comes in every once in awhile, if something’s going on.I hadn’t seen her in a little while, and she came, again she was doing great, no pain, no symptoms, and was off all her medications. Then Monday she came with just a severe migraine, she didn’t sleep all weekend, she was just completely exhausted, in pain and just miserable. She had to call in sick from work on Saturday and Sunday. So she was out on Friday, and it was getting late. So doesn’t feel like going home and cooking something, so she stopped at Bud’s chicken, of all places, because she’s been eating so clean on the free diet for probably almost a year now and doing well. She has the fried chicken and french fries and soda.

All that night she wakes up 2:00-3:00 in the morning with this raging migraines. It lasted all through the weekend. She was in bed all day Saturday, all day Sunday, she finally was able to make it in here Monday, and I was able to treat her and give her some advice on how to get this cleared up. She called us the next day said, she’s all better, back at work and doing great. So going back to the food sensitivity issue, in her case she had a real sensitivity to one of these foods. Something like that could cause fatigue and all these other issues.

Like a lot of people, during her whole life, she was eating food junk food, and that’s why she was miserable throughout her whole life. By eliminating those foods, I can make a huge difference in your energy levels and overall health and help you find solutions for fatigue.

So I hope you enjoyed this and if you have any questions, feel free to leave comments. If you want me to cover something, feel free to leave a comment.

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3 Hidden Causes for IBS and Digestive Problems [Video]

causes for IBS

I am Dr. Tom Rofrano, from the Palm Beach Gardens, Natural Medicine Clinic. I am going to talk to you about three hidden causes of digestive issues today.

It’s one of the most common things that patients have when they come in, digestive problems. It seems like almost everyone that comes in has some abdominal pain, gas, constipation, bloating, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea. It’s just so rampant these days, and a lot of people are wondering why they have it.

They go to this doctor and that doctor and tell them all these symptoms are having. People can have them for months, if not years. And they typically will get an endoscopy, colonoscopy and just tell them, you just need to take this medication, and you have IBS, irritable bowel syndrome. This is not really a disease in and of itself. It’s just telling you what you already know, you have an irritable bowel. But there are causes. What we like to do is find out exactly what’s causing these issues so that we can then provide a solution for you to get better.

One: Food Sensitivities and Allergies

Out of the three things, number one, we see are food sensitivities or allergies that can cause digestive issues, gas, bloating, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, all of these and more. There’s a couple of ways to find out what you can do, such as blood testing for allergies and food sensitivities. There are labs we use that can test 100 or 200 different foods.

Then second are certain types of diets, such as elimination diets. I came up with a diet I call The FreeDiet™ because it’s free of all the common allergens, gluten grains, sugar yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. So it’s free of those, and it also allows you become free of digestive issues, pain, and inflammation. That’s what we can use as an alternative to testing. Those are the two different ways.

I’m going to give you an example of a story. A patient, a 35-year-old woman, recently came in and had all those symptoms I mentioned including severe abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea indigestion. She was having issues here and there all along, but nothing major. It started after a weekend of celebrating with pizza, cake, wine, beer. After that, she had severe pain and diarrhea, and she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, that’s how bad it was.

But after doing some testing and finding out what was causing it, she was sensitive to dairy, gluten, yeast; those are the three main things. Getting her off those and putting on The FreeDiet and certain supplements helped her to heal, and it completely cleared up. Now she is fine. Food allergies or sensitivities are one huge hidden cause of digestive issues.

Two: Digestive Enzyme Deficiencies

And secondly, are the digestive enzyme deficiencies. So your stomach produces a normal amount of acid and a normal amount of enzymes to break down your foods, hydrochloric acid being the main one. If you have a deficiency of this, you tend to get bloated after you eat. So your stomach will just get large and bloated. Some women tell me they feel like they’re 8 or 9 months pregnant. It’s not that they’re eating a lot, but this is what happens if it’s a lack of enzymes in the stomach. The food just sits there and kind of swells and expands, and then it even causes acid reflux to come up.

What they typically prescribe or recommend is taking acid-blocking drugs either prescription or over-the-counter, and you can feel better temporarily. However it doesn’t take away the problem, it doesn’t fix the problem or correct anything. What we do is find out if that’s a cause then we can recommend some stomach enzymes. We use a product that contains HCL and other enzymes to break down the food in the stomach so that you can then absorb and digest the food and eliminate the bloating. So enzyme deficiencies are a huge cause.

And I recently saw a woman in her sixties who was on prescription acid-blocking drugs for many years. I know if you’ve seen the news lately, all the side effects long-term they’re talking about these including dementia and osteoporosis, bone fractures and on and on from the long-term use of acid-blocking drugs. In her case, we put her on the FreeDiet, some other supplements, some stomach enzymes, Gastriczyme, I was telling about that we have here at the Natural Medicine Clinic.

Within a couple of weeks, her stomach symptoms cleared up, and she didn’t need to take the medication anymore. That’s what we do is look for just root causes to clear up the underlying problems that are being covered up with medications for symptom relief.

Third: Pathogens

And then thirdly are pathogens. Pathogens meaning, for instance, parasites, yeast or bacterial overgrowth. We just had a case recently, a 12-year-old boy who just all of a sudden started getting nausea, loss of appetite and constipation, bloating. He started losing weight, he just didn’t want to eat, and was very fatigued. After he’d been to the pediatrician and other specialists not coming up with anything, we did some more extensive lab testing and stool testing. What it turned out was that he did have a parasite. After putting him on supplements and some different herbal remedies to help clear that up and diet, he got better within a matter of a few short weeks. And he started eating normally again, the symptoms started clearing up, and he began gaining weight.

These are just some of the things that we look for what when someone comes in with digestive issues. Again, these can be sensitivities, enzyme deficiencies, pathogens, yeast, parasites or bacterial overgrowth. In each case, there are different protocols we use to clear these up.

In future entries, I can go over the others more specifically, including different protocols we use.

If you have any questions or want other topics in future talks, make the comments below or email us at info@nmcwellness.com and I would be happy to help you in any of those areas.

Dr. Tom Rofrano

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Natural Treatment for Headaches

Did you know there are natural solutions for most cases of chronic headaches?  Over the past 30 years, I have helped thousands of patients feel better and have their headaches, even migraines, resolve.

The first step is to determine the root cause. Usually it’s either a physical-structural cause and/or chemical, such as a food sensitivity or nutritional deficiency.

Some time ago, a patient brought in her 10-year-old daughter who was complaining of headaches, fatigue, irritability, mood swings, and lack of focus. She had been to her pediatrician and other specialists but still no relief.

After a comprehensive evaluation and ordering more detailed lab tests, I discovered that she had an iron deficiency. With proper nutritional supplements and diet recommendations, her symptoms soon resolved.

For others, food sensitivities to gluten or other foods can be a source of their headaches.  I have seen patients who have had headaches for many years have them resolved after testing and finding out what their trigger foods were and then eliminating them from their diets.

Often, food reactions can cause chronic sinusitis, another source of headaches.

In other patients, I have discovered low thyroid function or other hormone imbalances to be a source of their headaches.

Chemical sensitivities can cause headaches as well, such as from drinking diet soda. With all the information out there about aspartame causing headaches, this should be an easy one for a lot of people.

Speaking of soda, dehydration can cause headaches. Are you getting enough pure water?  A general guideline, although this varies among individuals, is to drink half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 140 pounds, then 70 ounces (about 8 cups) of water per day is recommended.

As far as physical or structural causes, tension headaches (myogenic) from tight muscles in the head and neck are one of the most common causes of headaches.  I often find myofascial trigger points or “knots” in the muscles of the head, TMJ, neck, and shoulders.

Cervicogenic headaches are from dysfunctional or irritated spinal joints in the neck and are another common cause.  Gentle adjustments to the spine along with the treatment to the muscles often brings significant and lasting relief.

Causes of muscle tension and cervicogenic headaches can include trauma, as in car accidents or other injuries. Sometimes the headaches don’t show up till days or even weeks after the injury.

Another cause of headaches is postural stress, as in sitting in front of a computer for 8+ hours a day, and then using your Smart Phone or Tablet for another 4 hours!

Or for instance, I recently saw an elementary school student who weighed 55 pounds and his backpack weighed 38 pounds!  Do you think he had poor posture, back pain and headaches? With some treatment and backpack extraction, he was better in no time!

After treating thousands of patients over the past 30 years, I have found that the most effective treatment for headaches and pain is a multifaceted, 7-point approach.

I call it my Health Transformation Program and it includes:

  1. Active Release Techniques, which is an advanced type of myofascial release or manual therapy, to reduce pain producing myofascial trigger points, adhesions and fibrous tissue, and to restore muscular balance.
  1. Gentle chiropractic adjustments to restore normal joint function and movement and reduce nerve irritation that can cause headaches. Instead of manual manipulation (cracking your neck or back), I use a computerized instrument called the Impulse.  This is a very advanced, gentle and precise way to reduce pain and restore motion to joints.
  1.  Super Pulsed Laser therapy to reduce pain and inflammation, and enhance microcirculation to promote healing.
  1.  Therapeutic functional training exercises and vibration training to improve strength, flexibility, balance and posture to help prevent symptoms from returning.
  1.  Coaching on Lifestyle Modifications such as what type of exercise to do, stress relief activities, proper sleep habits, and even the use of infrared sauna if needed.
  1.  A  personalized nutrition program based on lab testing to see what deficiencies or imbalances can be corrected to help you feel better and transform your health.  General recommendations include nutritional supplements such as Magnesium Glycinate/Malate, Ultra Pure Fish Oil, Vitamin D and and an herbal remedy called Inflame Support to help  enhance recovery and aid the healing process.
  1.  A specific diet that can reduce inflammation and enhance healing.  I call this The FreeDiet™as it is free of the most common food allergens and can help you become free of pain, fatigue, fogginess and fat.

I have found this program to be very effective for eliminating headaches once and for all.

Feel free to share this information, and if you have any questions, or would like our assistance and visit a chiropractor for headaches, please email us at info@nmcwellness.com or call us at 561-627-5800.  We would be happy to help!

Yours for Optimal Health,

Dr. Tom Rofrano

Yeast Overgrowth & Sensitivity – Candida Solutions

Can you believe this is typical of the type of patient we see in our clinic?  A 38-year-old woman came in complaining of fatigue, abdominal pain,  bloating, gas, belching, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, eczema on most of body,  irritability, mood swings, PMS, headaches, dizziness, itchy eyes, dry skin and hair, easy bruising, chest pain, hyperactivity, sinus congestion, rashes, itching, food allergies, hair loss, frequent urination, recurring yeast infections, sugar, bread and alcohol cravings, insomnia and brain fog.

After seeing many doctors over 10-15 years, she had urged her allergist to test her for Celiac disease and sure enough, it was positive. She temporarily felt a little better on a gluten-free diet, but she still had all those symptoms.

What is going on here?  I thought gluten-free was supposed to cure everything!

Well it turns out that you can have sensitivities or allergies to many different foods and one of the most common is yeast.

Most every new patient that comes in with a multitude of chronic symptoms not only tests positive for a gluten or wheat sensitivity but also has a food sensitivity to Brewer’s and/or Baker’s yeast.

Related to this is a condition called yeast overgrowth or Candida in the body.  It is normal to have a certain level of yeast in our bodies and Candida Albicans is the most common type of yeast or fungus.

But when it gets out of balance and yeast overgrowth occurs, that’s when it can cause problems.

Yeast overgrowth is usually caused by medications such as antibiotics, prednisone, birth-control pills or antacids.

Just some of the symptoms of yeast overgrowth or sensitivity include:

  • abdominal pain, gas and bloating
  • diarrhea or constipation
  • IBS, Crohn’s and Colitis
  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • sinus congestion
  • chronic cough
  • acne
  • numbness and tingling
  • brain fog- poor memory and concentration
  • fungal infection on nails
  • white film or spots on throat or tongue
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • anxiety and/or depression
  • muscle or joint aches
  • eczema, psoriasis  and skin rashes
  • itchy eyes, ears or skin
  • difficulty losing weight
  • food sensitivities
  • sensitivities to perfumes, fragrances and chemicals
  • allergies
  • autoimmune conditions
  • sugar, alcohol or bread cravings
  • vaginal yeast infections
  • PMS
  • frequent urinary tract infections

How do you determine if you have yeast overgrowth or sensitivity?
The first and most important thing we do is a thorough history and evaluation. There are also different lab tests that can be performed to identify if yeast is part of the problem.

And usually this is just one important piece of the puzzle.  There are other factors involved also.

So what’s the solution?  Although it is much more detailed than this, here is a summary:

1.  Diet:
a.  Avoid sugar, grains and starches. That includes bread, pasta, crackers, cookies, cake; and yes, even gluten-free ones.
b.  Avoid yeast containing foods such as beer and wine, vinegar, soy sauce, aged cheeses.
c.  Eat plenty of non-starchy vegetables
d.  Eat a moderate amount of proteins such as wild fish, beef, chicken, turkey, and lamb.
d.  Consume an abundance of healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, avocado and clarified butter.

2.  Nutritional supplements with herbs that have antifungal properties can be very effective. One of the products I have found most effective is called Yeast Defeat.  Sometimes antifungal medications are needed.

3. Take Probiotics for digestive and immune support.  I’ve used many different brands over the years with thousands of patients.  I finally found one that has provided the best results, which is called ProbioSupreme.

By the way, about the patient above who was feeling terrible? After placing her on what I call The FreeDiet™ and some nutritional supplements to enhance healing, she did get better.

Yes, all of her symptoms cleared up and she was feeling good for the first time in many years!  If you want to see her video, click here.

So remember, gluten-free can be part of the solution, but it is not the answer to everything. There can be many other factors involved, and yeast overgrowth/sensitivity is just one of them

If you want to Transform Your Health and Feel Good Again, feel free to contact us at info@nmcwellness.com  or call 561-627-5800.  We would love to help.

Yours for Optimal Health,

Dr. Tom Rofrano

PS. Look for more on The FreeDiet™ in future blogposts.

Magnesium for Maximum Relaxation & Health

Did you know that for stress relief and relaxation, taking Magnesium may be one of the best things you can do for yourself?  And it can go a long way in improving your energy.

It’s no wonder so many are suffering from some of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency including:

  • Headaches / Migraines
  • Fatigue and Weakness
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Lack of Focus and Concentration
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Numbness and Tingling
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Restless Legs
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Constipation

Magnesium deficiency is also associated with the following conditions:

  • ADHD
  • Asthma
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney stones
  • Seizures
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tinnitus
  • Preeclampsia
  • PMS
  • Obesity

Magnesium is the second most abundant mineral in the body, is critical for energy metabolism and protein synthesis, and is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body.

Yet, it has been reported that over 50% of Americans consume too little magnesium.  So why are so many of us deficient in this important mineral?

First, most people don’t consume enough high magnesium foods, which include almonds, cashews, avocados, spinach and quinoa.

Second, most multivitamins contain very little magnesium.

Third, stress depletes magnesium.  And we lose this mineral with sweating.

Fourth, malabsorption can result from conditions like gluten sensitivity, celiac disease, IBS, and leaky gut.

Fifth, many medications cause magnesium deficiency including birth control pills, PPI drugs like Nexium and Prilosec, certain antibiotics, and diuretics.

And sixth, taking calcium supplements can cause magnesium depletion.

I often see older women coming in as patients, taking 1000 mg calcium for their bones with very little to no magnesium.  They usually have aches and pains and many of the above symptoms.

Remember, calcium is important for muscle contraction and magnesium is vital for muscle relaxation. So it is important to not get out of balance by taking too much calcium in relation to magnesium.

How much magnesium do you need?  The recommended daily intake for adults is approximately 400 mg, but I have seen where some people need as much as 1000 mg per day or more.

How do you know if you’re low in magnesium? Well besides looking at your symptoms and taking a thorough health history, I often order a lab test called Red Blood Cell Magnesium that can evaluate your magnesium status.

The simplest and most effective solution to replenish your magnesium levels is to take a magnesium supplement.

I have the best form is Magnesium Malate which is highly absorbable, and the malate is especially helpful for fatigue and muscle tension.

If someone has constipation, then I usually recommend Magnesium Citrate as it not only has good absorption, it also has a laxative effect.

I would avoid magnesium oxide.  Although it is very cheap, it appears to have an absorption rate of only about 4%.

So remember Magnesium, this important relaxation mineral for helping to improve your energy, health and life.

For any questions, or if  you or a family member has any of the above symptoms and would like to have your Magnesium level checked, email us at info@nmcwellness.com  or call us  at 561-627-5800.  We would be happy to help.

Yours for Optimal Health,

Dr. Tom Rofrano

P.S.  We have both of the above highly absorbable Magnesium supplements to choose from.  Click here to take a look!

 

Get Fit Fast Workshop

What is the quickest way for you to get in shape?  What are some simple exercises you can do at home to firm up?

Join us to learn this and more at our free Get Fit Fast workshop on Saturday, 11/15/14 at 10 AM at the Natural Medicine Clinic.

By attending, you will learn:

  • The best way to strengthen your abdominals and lower back with simple core exercises.
  • How to have a flat stomach and why sit ups and leg lifts can make things worse.
  • How to tone your glutes and thighs in just minutes a day
  • How to build muscle and burn fat.
  • A fast get in shape routine with bands and balls that you can do at home.
  • How to prevent injuries while working out, especially Crossfit and boot camp workouts.
  • How to make a great tasting smoothie; plenty to go around!

Special Bonus!!!  Our own Kayla Ellers, this week successfully defended her world champion powerlifting title!  And that was with lifters from over 37 countries.
 
Yes,  that is her below lifting over 300 pounds, and she only weighs 137!

Kayla,Dr. Tom Rofrano,Adriana,world champion,11-14

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Kayla Ellers world champion powerlifter,11-14
She will tell you at the workshop how she was able to do this completely drug-free while many lifters need steroids to win. See you there!

Call us today at 561-627-5800 or email  info@nmcwellness.com to reserve your spot for our Get FIt Fast workshop!

Yours for Optimal Health,

Dr. Tom Rofrano

Better Brain Function & Hormones

How do Hormones affect Energy, Brain Function and overall health?

All hormones including estrogen, progesterone and DHEA can affect brain function and overall health.  But here we are going to focus on testosterone in honor of the all the men out there. Actually, low testosterone can occur in women as well.

Symptoms of low testosterone include:

  • fatigue
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • moodiness
  • lack of focus and concentration
  • memory loss
  • low sex drive
  • sexual dysfunction
  • infertility
  • increased body fat (especially belly fat)
  • reduced muscle mass and strength
  • increased risk of cardiovascular disease
  • decreased bone density

Another low testosterone condition is gynecomastia, which is development of breast tissue in males, especially in older men and teens.

Speaking of teen boys with low testosterone, they can also develop depression and other emotional problems, low energy and failure to develop muscle mass as a result.

A young man in his early 20’s came in to the Natural Medicine Clinic complaining of   gyneocomastia, low energy, weakness and depression for many years.  As a teen, he was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and ADD, and on put on many different medications.

I ordered lab tests which revealed a very low testosterone level of 220.  This was just under the lab normal range of 280-1100, but  way below the optimal testosterone level of above 550 ng/dl for adult men!

What if this was discovered years ago as a teenager?  Could he have avoided years of misery?

So what are the causes of low testosterone and why is it so prevalent?

  • too much sugar in the diet
  • excessive alcohol consumption
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • excess stress, which raises cortisol
  • endocrine disruptors found in plastics, pesticides and other chemicals
  • medications like statin drugs and beta-blockers

Also, having low cholesterol below 150 can result in low testosterone, as cholesterol is a precursor to testosterone and other hormones!

A while ago, I saw a 70-year-old male patient who was suffering from severe depression, exhaustion, low self-esteem, fear, worry, anxiety, insomnia and weight loss.  His doctors ran multiple tests and put him on antidepressants, but he was still feeling terrible. This was in addition to statins and the many other prescriptions he was taking.

I ran additional blood tests which revealed a “normal” testosterone of just above 400 but below the optimal levels of 550. His cholesterol was “normal” at 128 but well below optimal range of 150-200!

After putting him on a personalized nutrition program, he made a dramatic recovery and he was soon back to feeling good again.  His doctor was even able to take him off antidepressants and some of his other medications.

So what are the solutions to low testosterone?  You don’t necessarily need to do injections, patches or slather gel all over you.  Often times, testosterone levels can be raised with natural treatment.

Our natural testosterone support protocol includes:

1. Complete lab testing to measure testosterone and other hormones, and to identify what other factors may be involved, such as adrenal and  thyroid dysfunction, vitamin deficiencies, etc.

2. The FreeDiet™ which includes  plenty of good quality proteins, essential fats, vegetables and some fruit, and avoids soy, sugar and grains.

3.  A customized nutritional program to ensure you’re getting the proper vitamins and minerals.  The most common deficiencies we see with low testosterone are zinc, magnesium and vitamin D.

4.  Herbal remedies for testosterone support.  Adrenal and thyroid support if needed by including DHEA,  adaptogenic herbs and glandulars.

5.  Stress reduction and getting plenty of sleep is very helpful as well.  Remember, high cortisol can lower testosterone.

6.  Exercise, including high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and weightlifting are both extremely important for optimizing testosterone.  Be aware that over-training, too much or the wrong types of exercise, can have the opposite effect and lower testosterone.

7.  And lastly, avoid xenoestrogens which are chemicals that have estrogen like effects. Some of the ways you can avoid these endocrine disruptors are by:

-storing your food in glass containers instead of plastic, avoid using plastic in the microwave, avoid most non-stick pans.

-use natural cleaning products in your home and natural personal care products such as shampoo, sunscreen, toothpaste, and lotions.

-avoid artificial food additives and eat organic produce, dairy and meats whenever possible.

If  you or a family member has any of the above symptoms and would like to have your hormones checked, email us at info@nmcwellness.com  or call us  at 561-627-5800.  We would be happy to help you get treatment for low testosterone levels in Palm Beach FL.

Yours for Optimal Health,

Dr. Tom Rofrano

 

 

Natural Treatment for Herniated Discs

Many well designed research studies show no advantages for lumbar surgery versus conservative treatment for low back pain or sciatica.

While a very small percentage of patients, such as those with progressive neurological deficits or loss of bowl or bladder function need surgery, most with herniated discs can improve with a conservative treatment program.

We have seen similar results here at the Natural Medicine Clinic as we have helped thousands of patients with cervical, thoracic and lumbar herniated discs and sciatica recover fully without ever needing surgery.

Our holistic treatment program includes:

1. Using a cold laser to reduce pain and inflammation, and enhance microcirculation to promote healing.

2.  Active Release Techniques, which is a type of manual therapy, to reduce pain producing myofascial trigger points, adhesions and fibrous tissue, and to restore muscular balance.

3.  Chiropractic adjustments to restore normal joint function and movement.  We use manual spinal manipulation or a computerized instrument called the Impulse.

4.  Physical therapy functional training exercises and vibration training to improve strength, flexibility and balance.

5.  Nutritional supplementation, such as Boswellia, Ginger, White Willow Bark, and EPA/DHA, to help support recovery and aid the healing process.

We have found this program to be very effective in the non-surgical treatment and healing of herniated discs, radicular syndromes and sciatica.

Yours for optimal health,
Dr. Tom Rofrano

Natural Treatment for Knee Pain

Did you know that most people with knee pain involving a torn meniscus can recover without surgery?
A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine(March 2013) demonstrated that treatment with physical therapy can be just as effective as surgery.  Researchers divided 351 adults with torn meniscus into 2 groups; surgery right away, or physical therapy only.

They were surprised to find out that after 6 months, the level of functional improvement and pain scores were the same in both groups.  So while some with severe tears need surgery, most can improve with a conservative treatment program.  We have seen similar results here at the Natural Medicine Clinic.

We’ve treated hundreds of patients with knee injuries, many involving a torn meniscus, that recover fully without needing surgery.  Some patients even come in on crutches with their knee swollen and locking.

Our holistic treatment program includes:

1. Using a cold laser to reduce pain and inflammation, and enhance microcirculation to promote healing.

2.  Active Release Techniques to reduce pain producing myofascial trigger points, adhesions and fibrous tissue, and to restore muscular balance.

3.  Chiropractic adjustments to the joints to restore normal joint function and movement.

4.  Physical therapy functional training exercises to improve strength, flexibility and balance.

5.  Nutritional supplementation to help support recovery.

We have found this program to be very effective in the non-surgical treatment and healing of meniscal tears, knee pain and injuries.

Yours for optimal health,
Dr. Tom Rofrano

Drop Cholesterol Levels Naturally

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A man in his 60’s presented to the Natural Medicine Clinic with a total cholesterol of 230 and LDL of 153.   He also wanted to lose weight, as he was 180 pounds.

He had a family history of heart disease so his doctor wanted his cholesterol below 200, and said the only possible way to achieve this was by taking statin drugs.  He said he had already been eating a healthy diet, taking vitamins and exercising regularly but without results.

After reviewing his lab work, we put him on a custom tailored diet, nutritional supplements and exercise program.

After we retested him at  four months, his cholesterol dropped from 230 to 176, and LDL dropped from 153 to 97.

He was at his desired weight of 170 having lost 10 pounds, and he said he felt great!

His primary doctor was very upset… I mean happy.

It is incredible how the body can heal itself if you provide the right ingredients for success.

If you or someone you know would like help with this or any other health condition, please email or call us.  We would be happy to help.

Yours for Optimal Health,

Dr Tom Rofrano

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