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Body Dysmorphic Disorder

June 1, 2016
Body Dysmorphia

Body Dysmorphic Disorder, also known as Body Dysmorphia, affects more than 200,000 Americans a year. Body Dysmorphia is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by an obsessive focus on a perceived imperfection or flaw in appearance. This imperfection or flaw may be minor or even totally invisible to others, but a person with body dysmorphia may try many cosmetic procedures, exercise to excess, or even avoid social situations. The obsession with the perceived flaw can interfere with a person’s life.

Body Dysmorphia cannot be cured but it can be treated. Treatments can include medication and cognitive behavioral therapy. Body Dysmorphia typically begins during the teen years and can affect males and females. Males tend to obsess more that their body is too small or not muscular enough. According to the Mayo Clinic symptoms of Body Dysmorphia include –

  • Being extremely preoccupied with a perceived flaw in appearance that to others can’t be seen or appears minor
  • Strong belief that you have a defect in your appearance that makes you ugly or deformed
  • Belief that others take special notice of your appearance in a negative way or mock you
  • Engaging in behaviors aimed at fixing or hiding the perceived flaw that are difficult to resist or control, such as frequently checking the mirror, grooming or skin picking
  • Attempting to hide perceived flaws with styling, makeup or clothes
  • Constantly comparing your appearance with others
  • Always seeking reassurance about your appearance from others
  • Having perfectionist tendencies
  • Seeking frequent cosmetic procedures with little satisfaction
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Being so preoccupied with appearance that it causes major distress or problems in your social life, work, school or other areas of functioning

 

If left untreated, Body Dysmorphia typically gets worse and can lead to severe depression and even suicidal thoughts in some individuals. Experts feel that there are probably many causes and combinations of causes of Body Dysmorphia but having a blood relative with the disorder or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder may cause someone to be more likely to suffer from Body Dysmorphia. A person’s environment can also contribute, especially if there are negative evaluations of personal appearance or child abuse or neglect. Childhood trauma and teasing tends to have occurred in the past of many people who have Body Dysmorphia as well.

It is important to seek help from a medical professional if you feel you may have Body Dysmorphia. Wanting to improve your appearance through cosmetic procedures available today is not the same thing as Body Dysmorphia and a good cosmetic surgeon will ask you many questions about why you want a certain procedure or what results you expect to make sure that you are mentally healthy and have realistic expectations. If it looks as if you may be suffering from Body Dysmorphia, the surgeon will refer you to someone qualified to help you.

IV Vitamin & Mineral Therapy

Vitamin Deficiency

March 1, 2016

Vitamin DeficiencyToo many people today have a vitamin deficiency and are unaware. Instead, they often attribute the symptoms to the stress of everyday life.  Luckily, a vitamin deficiency is relatively easy to diagnose and there are many treatments available. If you have any of the following symptoms, then you may have a vitamin deficiency –

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Pale or yellowish skin
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Weight loss
  • Numbness or tingling in your hands and feet
  • Muscle weakness
  • Personality changes
  • Unsteady movements
  • Mental confusion or forgetfulness

According to The Mayo Clinic website, vitamin deficiencies usually develop slowly over several months to years. Vitamin deficiency symptoms may be subtle at first, but they increase as the deficiency worsens.

What is a vitamin deficiency and what causes it?  A vitamin deficiency is a lack of healthy red blood cells caused by lower than normal amounts of certain vitamins. These vitamins include vitamin B-12, folate (also known as vitamin B-9), and vitamin C. A lack of vitamin D can also cause symptoms. If you don’t get enough of these vitamins in your diet or if your body has trouble processing or absorbing these vitamins, you may end up with a vitamin deficiency and the accompanying symptoms.

It is important to have a medical professional diagnose you because an iron deficiency and certain blood diseases can also cause these symptoms. Vitamin deficiencies can usually be corrected with changes in diet and vitamin supplements.

Folate is found in fruit and leafy green vegetables, while B-12 is found in milk, eggs, and meat. Vitamin C is found in many citrus fruits and vitamin D is found in fatty fish, cheese, and egg yolks. Unfortunately, many people’s diets are lacking and/or their body may have trouble absorbing these vitamins. A lack of vitamin B could lead to neurological problems like tingling in your hands and feet, or in severe cases of vitamin C deficiency even scurvy. Lack of vitamin D may result in a weakened immune system and depression. If changes in your diet don’t help quickly enough, you may want to consider injections or IV (intravenous) vitamin therapy.

It is important to use a reputable medical professional if you are considering injections or IV. The injections or IV solution should be tailored specifically to your needs as the treatments are not “one size fits all”. Also, since research is constantly finding new information and causes for many symptoms, you want to make sure that the healthcare givers you are seeing are up to date on the latest findings and well educated.

If you have been diagnosed with a vitamin deficiency and you want to start feeling better quickly, then an injection or IV may be the solution. Of course a well-balanced diet and exercise are an important start as is working with a reputable medical team but an injection or an IV may be the solution you need to help you regain your energy and health sooner.

Age Management, Bio-Identical Hormones

What are some things that I should be aware of if receiving Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

June 29, 2012

Testosterone

can convert to estrogen by the aromatase enzyme in the fat tissue. To avoid this conversion the patient should follow the dietary recommendations especially refined carbohydrates and alcohol. Persons that too much testosterone for anabolic reasons take estrogen blocking drugs like Tamoxifen or Novadex which is used in breast cancer prevention. The use of these drugs is discouraged and proper testosterone dosing is best, but if the patient is obese and has a risk for estrogen production I recommend Chrysin a natural estrogen blocking supplement. Symptoms of excessive estrogen production include tender nipples and frequent urinating throughout the night.

Testosterone is a drug with the potential for abuse and should be managed by a physician that is well read on the subject. Most doctors are not completely knowledgeable with testosterone therapy, they relay on their drug rep to educate them. Board Certified

Age management

and

Regenerative Medicine

Physicians are the most qualified to guide your therapy, don’t settle for less.

Age Management, Bio-Identical Hormones

How do I receive Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

June 29, 2012

Testosterone therapy

should be administered intramuscular, transdermal or by pellets never taken oral.

Testosterone cypionate

or propionate is most bioidentical to the body, other synthetics or more anabolic and dangerous.

Testosterone shots

should be every 7-14 days with smallest dose to relieve symptoms of low T and elevate blood tests to the above average range.

Testosterone creams and gels

are daily usage and should be applied to hairless areas of the body that won’t rub against others. Pellets are placed with a minor procedure that includes local anesthesia with Lidocaine, very small incision and insertion of a trochar into the muscle fascia to drop the prescribed amount of testosterone pellets that last 4-5 months.

Ways to optimize testosterone therapy are to eat a diet high in protein; lean meat, fish, eggs, protein shakes. Avoid refined carbohydrates such as flour, sugar, white rice therefore no bread (whole wheat included), bagel, cookies, tortilla, donuts, crackers, noodles, pasta, and most cereals. No sugar; pop, sweets and candy. No milk, good aged cheese ok. Further avoid alcohol, smoking, and drugs.

Age Management, Bio-Identical Hormones

What can Testosterone Replacement Therapy do for me?

June 29, 2012

Testosterone Replacement Therapy

improves the quality of life and health of men who have symptoms and lab results of

low testosterone

. Prevention of almost all age-related diseases (heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis, fractures, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, chronic pain, obesity, dementia, depression, and COPD ) can be improved with testosterone. Improvement in

cholesterol

, triglycerides, anemia,

blood pressure

, BMI, weight, penis size, sexual potency, memory and test taking ability have been proven in clinical studies. Almost all the symptoms and diseases that come with growing old can improve with testosterone therapy. Almost every symptom of

growing old

is a sign of low testosterone; flabby belly, decreased muscle tone, older-looking, dry thin skin, wrinkles and depressed attitude.

Age Management, Bio-Identical Hormones

How safe is HGH?

June 29, 2012

Compared to most prescription drugs the safety of growth hormone is very good. Signs of too much growth hormone are edema of the feet and hands with carpal tunnel symptoms of numbness of the fingers. Some people think GH replacement may cause a proliferation of cancer cells, this is generally not true. Patients with acromegaly, excessive growth hormone levels actually have a decrease incidence of cancer. This decrease in cancer is thought to be from growth hormone’s ability to stimulate the immune system to fight cancer.

Age Management, Bio-Identical Hormones

What are other symptoms that I may need HGH therapy?

June 29, 2012

The worst the symptoms of muscle weakness, muscle aches, joint stiffness, chronic pain and fatigue, the better the chance of improvement on

growth hormone replacement therapy

. Several of our patients that have failed with pain specialists, physical therapy and a variety of prescription drugs have their pain and fatigue completely cured with

HGH

.

Age Management, Bio-Identical Hormones

Why would I need HGH replacement?

June 29, 2012

Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency

,

AGHD

is a condition diagnosed by the board certified

age management

physician by symptoms and laboratory testing. Unfortunately insurance companies won’t pay for the expensive

HGH therapy

, leaving the over a thousand dollar per month price tag out of reach for most people. There once was a generic growth hormone but the FDA pulled it from the shelves of compounding pharmacies and age management physicians, probably from pressure from the other four companies manufacturing and selling their expensive, non-generic forms of growth hormone. HGH therapy can increase growth hormone levels very effectively, but diet, supplements, exercise, good sleep, bioidentical replacement therapy, and testosterone replacement can increase your growth

hormone levels

and lessen the symptoms of Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency.

* Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.