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Botox vs. Fillers: The Best Wrinkle Treatment for You

November 11, 2014
Botox vs. Fillers

Botox vs. Fillers

As you age, the process of developing fine lines and wrinkles is inevitable. Especially with the amount of sun exposure people face on a daily basis here in Phoenix, AZ. Many Arizonans find themselves with deep set wrinkles that are tough to get rid of.

The majority of people look to get rid of these wrinkles any way they can. They take preventative measures of limiting their sun exposure and as most Arizonans do, constantly apply sunscreen before braving the harsh sun. However, for people who already have wrinkles, methods of reversing the development of these lines is a top priority.

When it comes to getting rid of facial wrinkles, most people immediately think of Botox. While Botox is an effective treatment that has proven to yield positive results in this area, most forget to consider and look into alternative treatments and options such as dermal fillers.

These two wrinkle treatments are each effective in their own ways. Because they target two separate types of wrinkles, it is important to know which treatment to choose for your skin.

At DreamBody Medical Centers, we offer both of these wrinkle-reducing treatments and will help guide you through the process of choosing the right treatment for you by addressing both treatments in great detail, giving you all of the information needed to make an informed choice based on your specific wants and needs.

These topics include:
• What is Botox
• Botox procedure
• Botox results
• Differences between Botox and Fillers
• What are Fillers

What is Botox?

Botox is quickly becoming a common part of many middle-aged and elderly individual’s beauty routines. It is an extremely popular treatment that is noninvasive and only requires a short amount of time to execute. This particular form of treatment is meant to treat newly developed wrinkles that are only visible when your facial muscles are contracting.

So for example, when you squint, you may have crow’s feet, or when you frown you may see what are called “parenthesis wrinkles” that develop around your nose and mouth.
Botox takes the approach of trying to eliminate wrinkles that have recently developed as well as prevent new wrinkles from forming.

Procedure

The procedure of Botox is noninvasive and does not require any type of anesthetics. The process only takes about 30 to 60 minutes and consists of a series of small Botulinum toxin injections that are administered to different areas of your face.

This injection temporarily relaxes the muscles that are causing wrinkles. After repeated treatments, the muscles become more and more relaxed and cause the patient to break the habit of using those muscles so frequently. This process allows those muscles to be less tense and therefore prevents future wrinkles from developing in those areas.

Patients who have received Botox treatments report small levels of discomfort while the injections are taking place, however the pain does not linger.

Results

It usually takes 24 to 72 hours to see the results of your Botox injections, and the results last for approximately three to four months.

The amount of treatments an individual undergoes is dependent upon how severe the wrinkles are and how many treatments the patient believes are necessary before they have achieved their desired results.

To find out more about Botox injections, be sure to watch Dr. Budnick explain Botox in even greater detail.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers have many similarities to Botox treatments. Dermal fillers are noninvasive and only take about 30 to 60 minutes. The process involves injecting fillers into the areas of your face that are being affected by wrinkles. It usually takes multiple separate treatments of dermal fillers before maximum results are achieved.

To find out more in-depth information about what fillers are, read our article about how dermal fillers work.

How are Dermal Fillers Different from Botox?

Even though dermal fillers do share many similarities with Botox, there are a few key differences between these two wrinkle treatment methods.

Some of these differences include:
• The type of wrinkles that are being treated
• How the procedure is conducted
• Timeline to see results
• How long results last

Type of Wrinkles that are Treated

As mentioned earlier, the primary factor that differentiates Botox and dermal fillers is the fact that these two wrinkle treatments target two different types of wrinkles.

Botox treats newly formed wrinkles that are not always visible, meaning they are more visible when our face makes certain movements. However, dermal fillers treat wrinkles that are set in our skin and that can be seen at all times. Fillers treat the wrinkles that Botox is not capable of reversing.

Procedure

Even though both Botox and dermal fillers include noninvasive procedures that entail a series of injections, the job that these injections perform varies.

Where Botox injections temporarily relax the muscles that are causing your wrinkles, dermal fillers go in and literally fill in the lines and deep wrinkles. So in essence, Botox alters the muscles that cause wrinkles whereas fillers fill in the already set in lines.

Some anesthetics are required during the dermal fillers procedure, however it is done on an outpatient basis and does not include drastic recovery time.

Results

With Botox, you will see results within 1 to 3 days, and the results will last for a few months. Due to the differences in how the procedure is conducted, fillers will show results almost immediately and these results can last for 6 to 12 months.

Choosing the Right Treatment for Me

Understanding the differences between these two forms of wrinkle treatments is key when it comes to deciding which one you should choose for your skin. Considering that most people do not widely recognize dermal fillers as a treatment that can be used similarly to Botox, they tend to neglect the treatment all together.

Many times, Botox and fillers can be used in conjunction with one another, so there are occasions where individuals may receive both treatments to achieve optimal results.

The best way to find out which treatment is right for you is by consulting a professional. By setting up an initial consultation with your local med spa, you and your doctor can take a more in-depth look at your wrinkles and decide which treatment would provide you with the best results.

With DreamBody’s convenient location in Scottsdale, it is easier than ever to learn more about treating your wrinkles and how you can make your skin look younger than it really is.

Featured, Supplements

Supplements: What Are They and Why Do I Need Them?

October 9, 2014
Supplements: What Are They and Why Do I Need Them?

Supplements: What Are They and Why Do I Need Them?

Ever since you were a child, your mother has been pestering you to take vitamins every day. Like everything else when you’re a kid, taking your vitamins always seemed to be an unnecessary hassle that you simply did not want to do. However, little did you know, vitamins were the key to maintaining your health and keeping your body in check.

Now that you’re an adult, your moods are probably much more subdued than when you were a child, and your energy is usually running low. You don’t feel as healthy as you used to, and you’re looking to put a little pep in your step. Now is the time to get back into the routine of taking daily supplements and to admit that mother, indeed, does know best.

What are Supplements?

Supplements are daily pills that you take to give your body the necessary nutrients it needs. The majority of these vitamins are supposed to be consumed along with your daily food intake. However, if you are like most Americans and consume a high carb, high fat diet, you probably aren’t getting the nutrients you need from your food alone.

Supplements come in many forms and can either be solid pills, capsules or liquid drinks. They can be vitamins, minerals, herbs or other plants and should only be used to enhance your dietary needs, not to be a meal replacement.

There are dozens of different types of supplements that are used for a variety of reasons, but some of the primary supplements include:

• Vitamin D
• Vitamin C
• Prenatal Vitamins
• B2 vitamins
• Protein supplements
• Fiber pills
• Calcium supplements
• Iron supplements
• Dietary supplements
• Amino Acids
• Fish Oil pills

Even though vitamins are intended to maintain your health, they are not able to treat any serious medical issues. For example, if you are suffering from a calcium deficiency, calcium supplements can help to increase that nutrient in your body. But if you have osteoporosis, calcium supplements will not be able to provide the type of medical treatment that a prescription medication will.

Even though the previously named supplements just barely scratch the surface of the wide variety that are available, it gives you a good idea of what people are choosing to use supplements for in their life. In order to help you understand how you can incorporate supplements into your life, here are some of the most popular supplements and what they can do to better your health.

What are the different types of supplements?

Multivitamins:

Multivitamins are daily vitamins that are specialized for certain sexes and age groups. You may have seen Flinstone gummy vitamins for children or Centrum daily vitamins for men. The different types of multivitamins include:

• Children’s
• Men’s
• Women’s
• 50+

Each one of these groups has different dietary needs that cannot always be fulfilled by the same type of vitamins. Depending on your age and sex, your body is lacking different nutrients, and these multivitamins are specifically created to increase those particular nutrients.

To find out more about multivitamins and if you should start incorporating them into our daily routine, check out this Q & A with MedlinePlus.

Mineral supplements:

Mineral supplements are used when you are suffering from a mineral deficiency. Some of the most common types of mineral supplements used to correct deficiencies include:

• Boron
• Calcium
• Iron
• Magnesium
• Potassium
• Selenium
• Zinc

Suffering from these types of mineral deficiencies is something that can be very common. When lacking one of these essential minerals, many people can feel lethargic and most do not even know that they are lacking these types of minerals from their diets. Luckily, it is a quick fix to get out of the sluggish mood and back into your normal routine.

Letter Vitamins:

Letter vitamins are exactly what they sound like: Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and so forth. Each letter vitamin plays a different key role in your health, and when you are not getting enough of one of these vitamins, it becomes apparent.

In order to help you understand what each type of letter vitamin does, below are definitions that explain what each vitamin is used for:

Vitamin A: Important for normal vision, the immune system and reproduction. It also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs to work properly.

Vitamin B: Important in cell metabolism. There are several different types of B vitamins, but all of them play a role in providing energy for your body.

Vitamin C: Acts as an antioxidant and helps to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals.

Vitamin D: Helps to absorb calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate and zinc.

Vitamin E: Helps to build a strong immunity and keep your skin and eyes healthy.

Vitamin K: Is necessary for the modification of certain proteins that are required for blood coagulation.

Cardiovascular Supplements:

Cardiovascular health problems are becoming more and more prevalent in our society. Taking steps to better monitor your cardiac health is becoming a necessity. Along with diet and exercise, cardiovascular supplements are a simple way to keep your heart health in check.

Some of the different types of cardiovascular supplements include:

Fish oil
Omega-3
Red yeast rice
Co Q-10
Flax/Chia
Lecithin

All of these vitamins perform different specified functions on your body, but as a whole, they have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular issues including arrhythmias, blood clotting, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. To find out more about what each of these supplements do, visit WebMD.

Amino Acids:

There are 20 different kinds of amino acids in our bodies, and all of them play a very important role in maintaining energy levels and metabolism. Amino acids also help with skin and hair loss, digestive problems, sleeping disorders, stress, and all-around poor health.

A deficiency in amino acids, like a deficiency of many other vitamins, becomes apparent almost immediately. Maintaining the amount of these nutrients in your body is a necessity and not something you want to put off.

Some of the different types of amino acid supplements include:

5-HTP
Arginine
Glutathione
L-Carnitine
Lysine

So now that you know the basics of what the different types of supplements are, and what they can do for you, you are able to make a more educated diagnosis of what might be right for you and your body.

How long should I take supplements for?

The duration of time in which you are taking certain supplements can vary. Some supplements are safe to take over extended periods of time while others need to be monitored more regularly.

Supplements like multivitamins can be taken daily over long periods of time. Your intake of multivitamins doesn’t need to be highly regulated since these are common over the counter health supplements that many doctors recommend you take on a daily basis anyways.

However, when you start taking more specialized types of vitamins based off of a doctor’s recommendation, this is something that needs to be more regularly monitored. Each person is different, but consulting your healthcare provider a few times each year about your supplement regiment is always a good idea as there are times when it becomes unnecessary to continue taking supplements.

There is no fool proof way to determine how long an individual should incorporate a type of supplement into their daily routine, so the best way to go about it is to ask your doctor. No one knows your body better than you do and by talking about it with your doctor, you can make the necessary adjustments to ensure your health is always at its best.

How do I know which supplements to take?

If you are simply wanting to live a healthier lifestyle and have a higher intake of vitamins, a daily multivitamin is the best option for you. It is a safe method that does not drastically alter your body or cause negative side effects.

However, if you are noticing drastic changes in your health, i.e. sleep patterns, mood, or energy levels, it is best to do some research of your own as well as consult a doctor in order to properly diagnose which vitamins or minerals you might be lacking.

To find out more information about the basics of supplements, visit our blog Why Are Supplements Becoming Necessary for Healthy Living?

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Why Are Supplements Becoming Necessary for Healthy Living?

January 29, 2014

Why Supplements are Necessary
Why are nutritional supplements becoming necessary? This is a question we get asked a lot. For a very basic and introductory crash course on supplements, read through an article we wrote titled: Supplements 101. To learn why supplements are becoming more and more necessary, keep reading.

Supplements are becoming necessary in our every day diets for a few reasons. Consider the following:

  • Are you pregnant?
  • Are you elderly?
  • Do you eat processed foods?
  • Do you enough fruits and vegetables?
  • Do you spend enough time out in the sun?
  • All of the above play a large role in our diets and thus, play a large role in determining whether we need to take supplements on a regular basis or not.

    You may be asking yourself, why were people perfectly fine and healthy back before supplements ever existed? The answer is simple. Supplements only began existing once doctors began to notice that many of us are lacking in certain vitamins that humans never used to lack. For instance, as processed foods began to come into play and grow in popularity, we stopped getting many of the nutrients we used to get by eating fresh, non-processed foods.

    Additionally, with such easy access to all types of foods, we have stopped eating our necessary servings of fruits and vegetables. While it may sound like a broken record, fruits and vegetables are our primary source of nutrients and vitamins. They are necessary to healthy living.

    If you don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, eat processed foods, are vegetarian or vegan, are pregnant, elderly, or you don’t spend very much time outside, then chances are, you are in need of supplements. Schedule your consultation today so that you can get your body on the right track and start taking the right supplements for you.

    Age Management, Supplements

    Supplements: What Do They Do and Are They Right For You?

    December 2, 2013

    Supplements-What-They-Do-For-You

    Walking into any vitamin store with walls of health supplements and dietary pills can be intimidating and overwhelming. Many of us aren’t sure whether we need to take supplements, and if we do, which ones out of the thousands of bottles on the wall we should purchase?

    Each individual has different health needs; likewise, each person will have different supplementary needs. First and foremost, it is necessary to understand that supplements should not replace healthy dietary needs. Never replace supplements for the food that will naturally provide the nutrients to replenish your body. Supplements, as their name implies, add nutrients where a healthful diet falls short.

    Our Supplements 101 blog post introduced you to the basics of supplements.

    We have now brought you a little cheat sheet of how different nutrients work in your body and the most common users of these supplements.

    • A great place to start is a daily multivitamin. Particularly, a “targeted” multivitamin that is intended for your gender and age group works best. As a general rule of thumb, these multivitamins usually contain vitamins B, A, C, D, E, and K.

    • B-12 is a crucial nutrient that keeps the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy. If you have dietary restrictions involving dairy, shellfish, or meat, or if you regularly consume alcohol, B-12 is the supplement for you. We offer B-12 injections here at DreamBody Medical Centers. Read more about them here:
    http://dreambodycenters.com/services/b-12-injections/

    • Calcium supplements are highly recommended for anyone over 50 years old as bone health issues become more prevalent at this age.

    • In Arizona, fish isn’t commonly on the dinner menu. Fish oil contains an omega-3 fatty acid that is a superhero of a nutrient. Fish oil is most commonly used for conditions related to the heart and blood system, but it is also beneficial for pain and swelling prevention, weight loss prevention, and more.

    • Iron deficiency is a very common issue for women, which can lead to fatigue and a lagging immune system. Iron supplements are often recommended for women, but too much iron is not good for you, so make sure you speak to your doctor about which supplement dosage is right for you.

    • Folic acid is a crucial supplement for expecting mothers to prevent defects in the fetus during early stages of development. This nutrient is found in leafy greens, citrus fruits, beans, and whole grains.

    • Coenzyme Q10 is not a commonly-mentioned vitamin, but it’s an important supplement for those taking medications specifically for high cholesterol. Most cholesterol drugs deplete CoQ10 levels, and CoQ10 is necessary to create energy.

    • Zinc is a nutrient that aids the immune system and is crucial for the cold and flu season. Shorten up the sniffle season by making sure your immunity is strengthened by zinc.

    • Vitamin D is a crucial nutrient that most doctors measure during a physical examination. Vitamin D is most naturally absorbed through fatty fish and exposure to sunlight, but many cereals, dairy products, and juices are “fortified with vitamin D,” meaning vitamin D has been added to these products. Vitamin D regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, boosts immune system functions, and helps treat skin conditions. Make sure to ask your doctor about your level at your next visit because this nutrient is essential for everybody.

    • Our friend Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits and cruciferous vegetables. This nutrient acts as an antioxidant that protects us from harmful environmental factors like air pollution, cigarette smoke, and more. Again, this vitamin is universally necessary because we are exposed to harmful pollutants each day, so supplements are needed if you do not consume enough vitamin C daily.

    There are plenty more supplements that your body needs, but these may help you create a basic outline of questions to start asking your doctor. Book your consultation with DreamBody today and we can help you discover which supplements are right for you.

    For even more information on the subject, visit: http://bit.ly/1eMn1j6

    Age Management, IV Vitamin & Mineral Therapy, Supplements

    Supplements 101

    July 22, 2013

    Supplements 101

    What if we told you that the healthy foods that once provided you with enough nutrients to live a strong life, no longer do? Although that may sound crazy and impossible, with the constant changes in farming and agricultural techniques, those foods no longer provide us with the appropriate amount of nutrients that our bodies are used to getting and that our bodies need.

    Instead of dwelling on this more-than-real fact, let’s do something about it! Luckily, nutrient supplements can be taken on a regular basis in order to take the place of those nutrients we humans used to receive from the same foods we eat today. Everyone’s body is different – some may have a vitamin D deficiency while others may experience a vitamin C deficiency. With nutritional supplements readily available at our DreamBody medical center, there is no need to live with these deficiencies.

    If you have noticed a change in your behavior, health, lifestyle, or overall comfort, there is likely an answer to this sudden (or not so sudden) change. Many times, a vitamin deficiency is to blame. While most people think that because we live in Arizona, we are taking in more than enough vitamin D than could ever be necessary, the opposite is actually true. When out in the sun, most of us wear sunscreen to protect our skin and avoid sunburn. While this is extremely crucial, it is also keeping a lot of Arizonians from getting their necessary vitamin D. This is where nutritional supplements come into play!

    Lack of vitamin D is just one example of the countless vitamin deficiencies humans experience on a more than frequent basis. Come in to DreamBody Medical Centers and see if you have any nutrient deficiencies. Our experienced and well-trained staff of nurses and doctors can get your body back on track. There is no need to live with these deficiencies and you shouldn’t have to suffer just because of the changes in farming and agricultural techniques that are taking place.

    IV Vitamin & Mineral Therapy, Supplements

    Why Should I Take Supplements?

    March 28, 2013


    Ever wonder why so many people take nutritional supplements? Among many, the most common reason why people take nutritional supplements is because they simply do not get as many nutrients from the food they eat nowadays as they once used to.

    Back when people used to live off of the food they grew and hunted, supplements did not exist because getting the right amount of nutrients was never an issue. However, as surprising as this may sound, due to the highly-processed foods we are eating, along with the genetic modification going on in a wide array of foods, we are not taking in nearly enough nutrients as our bodies need to live a healthy life. Because every person is different and lives a different lifestyle, there are many supplement plans you can start that will best meet YOUR needs.

    Supplements have become increasingly popular due to the fact that the food we are eating is not supplying our bodies with the nutrients they need. The popularity of supplements is increasing just as more and more people learn this unsettling fact. Thankfully, there are plenty of supplement options out there to help with just about any nutrient deficiency you may have.

    DreamBody Medical Centers offers an array of supplements that can alleviate a variety of symptoms, boost energy and work to improve your overall health. Dr. Paul Budnick, along with the other doctors and nurses at DreamBody can assess and determine the nutritional supplements that would best benefit you based on your individual lifestyle.

    Weight Loss

    Olive Oil & Nuts Help to Reduce Heart Attack, Stroke Risks

    March 28, 2013


    A number of studies have shown that adherence to a Mediterranean diet – rich in olive oil, nuts, as well as fruits, vegetables, and legumes, and limited amounts of dairy products, red meat, soda drinks, processed meats, and sweets – reduces major cardiovascular events in patients that have cardiovascular risks.

    Ramon Estruch, from Hospital Clinic (Spain), and colleagues enrolled 7,447 men and women, ages 55 to 80 years, who were free of cardiovascular disease at the study’s start but either had diabetes or at least one of three cardiovascular risk factors (smoking, high blood pressure, or obesity), to consume either a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with mixed nuts, or a control diet (advice to reduce dietary fat). All subjects received quarterly individual and group educational sessions. After a median follow-up of 4.8 years, 288 participants had a cardiovascular related event, including 96 (3.8%) in the olive-oil group, 83 (3.4%) in the mixed-nut group, and 109 (4.4%) in the control group. In a multivariable analysis, the olive-oil diet led to a 28% reduction in risk, compared with the control diet. The mixed nut diet had a similar risk reduction to the olive-oil diet. The study authors conclude that: “Among persons at high cardiovascular risk, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts reduced the incidence of major cardiovascular events.”

    The simplest way to benefit from these studies is to substitute the source of some fats in our diet. Plant based fats and oils have the effect of reducing and even reversing the elevated cholesterol and arteriosclerosis caused by diets high in red meat, refined sugars, and processed foods.

    Key components of the Mediterranean diet

    The Mediterranean diet emphasizes:

    • Getting plenty of exercise

    • Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts

    • Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil

    • Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods

    • Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month

    • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week

    • Drinking red wine in moderation (optional)

    Supplementing healthy alternatives often fails because we are not familiar with how to prepare flavorful, satisfying meals using unfamiliar ingredients. Search out recipes online and experiment. Do not try to make radical changes in a short period of time. This is a life-long process with long term benefits. One key to successfully changing your diet is to indulge in your favorite food two to three times a month as you are making the transition.

    Estruch R, Ros E, Salas-Salvado J, Covas MI, D Pharm, Corella D, Martínez-Gonzalez MA, et al.; the PREDIMED Study Investigators. “Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet.” N Engl J Med. 2013 Feb 25.

    Pain Management

    Doctor, Do I have Hypothyroidism?

    December 21, 2011

    Many people don’t realize how important the thyroid gland is until it isn’t working properly and even then, they may not recognize the signs and symptoms of a malfunctioning thyroid.  In fact, hypothyroidism may be the most commonly missed diagnosis today, with approximately 40 percent of the population having undiagnosed hypothyroidism.

    Your thyroid be malfunctioning in one of two ways. The first is Hypothyroidism which is considered to be poor or low thyroid activity. The second is hyperthyroidism which is considered to be increased or hyperthyroid activity. Thyroid hormones affect every cell of the body, and you cannot achieve optimum health without a properly functioning thyroid gland. When our thyroid gland does not produce the proper levels of hormones, our metabolism is affected and this, in turn, affects our brains, hearts, livers, muscles, and pretty much every other part of our bodies.

    Signs, Symptoms and Conditions Associated With Hypothyroidism

    These are just some of some of the more common signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism–  cold hands and feet, constipation, dry skin, fatigue, hair loss, inability to concentrate, poor memory, and weight gain. In addition, some of the associated endocrine or hormone-related conditions associated with hypothyroidism include allergies, chronic fatigue, diabetes, hyper and hypotension, PMS, and obesity. Typically, it is easier to gain weight, and harder to lose weight, if you are hypothyroid. A lack of energy is probably the most common complaint as well.

    How Are The Conditions Treated?

    An initial consultation is made with one of our doctors and includes a complete history and examination with both urine and blood work being performed. Blood work includes five different thyroid tests (TSH, free T4, free T3, reverse T3 and TPO anti-bodies) and a 24-hour urine test to evaluate iodine deficiency. Proper iodine levels are essential to proper thyroid function, and iodine deficiency is frequently found with hypothyroidism. Based on this information, an individualized and personalized treatment plan is developed and reviewed with the patient. A comprehensive, holistic treatment plan is then recommended, and based on the severity of the individual patient’s condition, common treatments for hypothyroidism include a combination of nutritional recommendations, prescription medications, and nutritional supplements.

    HCG Diet, IV Vitamin & Mineral Therapy, Lipotropic B-12

    Doctor, Why am I So Tired?

    December 21, 2011

    Fatigue is one of the most common health complaints seen in a doctor’s office.

    Fatigue is also known as weariness, tiredness, exhaustion, or lethargy, and is generally defined as a feeling of lack of energy. Fatigue is not the same as Chronic Fatigue. According to specific diagnostic criteria from the Centers for Disease Control, Chronic Fatigue affects as much as 8 to 10 percent of the population. However, every day fatigue is a pervasive problem. In fact about 80% of our patients list fatigue as a primary concern when they come to our office.

    What are Common Causes of Fatigue?

    There are many possible physical and psychological causes of fatigue. Some of the more common causes we see at our office include food allergies, anemia (including iron deficiency), sleep disorders, underactive thyroid, improperly functioning adrenal glands (both excess and deficient), hormone imbalances, digestive problems, lack of exercise, excess weight, stress, and poor nutrition.

    About the Most Common Causes of Fatigue Seen in Our Office;

     

    Hypothyroidism

    This may be the most commonly missed diagnosis today, with 40 percent of the population having undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Our office routinely treats undiagnosed hypothyroidism, which responds well to either specific supplements or thyroid medication.

    Adrenal Glands

    Another under-diagnosed problem is improperly functioning adrenal glands. This condition is normally due to prolonged stress and eventually results in fatigue.

    Melatonin Deficiency

    One of our hormones to decline early in life is melatonin. As a result, sleep is disrupted, resulting in fatigue. Simple supplementation can greatly improve sleep for roughly 70 percent of our patients.

    Other Hormones

    As we age, many of our hormones (estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, DHEA) decline, affecting our overall energy level. Supplementing with bio-identical hormones to treat these deficiencies greatly helps to improve energy and youthful vitality.

    Poor Nutrition

    We live in a time of fast foods and poor nutrition, which affects our ability to process sugar and decreases the amount of energy we have. Changing our diet and correcting our metabolism results in more energy and improved health.

    How Can Fatigue Be Treated?

     

    Treating fatigue begins with an initial consultation with one of our doctors. A complete history is then taken and an examination is performed. Saliva and/or blood work is also undertaken. Based upon the information gathered, an individualized and personalized treatment plan is developed and reviewed with the patient. A comprehensive, holistic treatment plan is then recommended. Common treatments employed can include personalized nutrition plans, specific supplements, intravenous therapies, specific dietary recommendations, lifestyle modifications, weight loss programs, detoxification, bio-identical hormones, psychological support and pharmacologic therapy as needed.

    Our Offer to You

     

    If you feel you may have fatigue, we are offering a no-charge, 20-minute consultation with one of our doctors to help evaluate your condition and introduce you to our office and its caring staff.

    For more information, contact DreamBody Medical Centers today at (480) 292-1110.

    IV Vitamin & Mineral Therapy, Lipotropic B-12

    Strengthen Your Immune System During Cold and Flu Season

    December 21, 2011

    It’s that time of year again; time to prevent the common cold and flu virus from taking over your body.

    At DreamBody Medical Centers, we practice preventative medicine. Dr. Budnick notes that it is important to have a strong immune system. To strengthen your immune system, you can take a starting dose of 2000 IU of Vitamin D every day. He believes this is a better immunity booster than Vitamin C.

    Another option is to get a weekly B12 injection to improve your energy level and immune system. Some patients tell us that since their B12 therapy has started, they are less prone to getting sick during this season.

    We also offer our very popular vitamin IVs. Each IV includes high doses of ascorbic acid, B-complex, zinc, selenium and multi-trace elements. The completion of the IV takes about 45 minutes.

    While in our office, we have you relax in a Lazy Boy recliner, with the option of watching television or using the time to take a quick nap! Getting essential vitamins through the IV route is better than if you were to take all the above vitamins in pill or tablet form.

    The benefits of vitamin IVs are endless. They promote better health and enhance the healing process during a season when our bodies are challenged. We often treat conditions such as fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, upper respiratory infections, seasonal allergic rhinitis and asthma with our vitamin IVs.

    Before the treatments, DreamBody staff will meet with you to go over your medical history and answer any questions you may have regarding the treatments we offer to help you feel better throughout this cold and flu season.

    Make it a healthy season!

    * Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.