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Simmons Medical Clinic offers a wide array of solutions to help you achieve optimal health. Our physicians have treated thousands of patients and can quickly assess any conditions that may affect you. We invite you to read about our treatment areas. Better yet, book a complimentary consultation today to meet with one of our staff. Make an appointment.

THYROID IMBALANCE

Hypothyroidism is an under-active thyroid. Symptoms include a slowing metabolism, fatigue, weight gain and depression. This condition is a birth defect or may result from a thyroid being surgically removed.

Hyperthyroidism is an overactive thyroid. Symptoms include difficulty concentrating, hand tremors, heat intolerance, nervousness, restlessness, sleep problems and weight loss. The most common cause of this condition is known as Grave’s disease. In this condition, antibodies target the gland and cause it to speed up hormone production.

What do I need to do?

If you have one of these conditions, Navitas Health & Wellness can help with all-natural medicines. NatureThroid, ArmourThyroid and Westhroid are a few of the medications that can be prescribed for our patients suffering from thyroid disorder. These medicines are all natural, replacing the T3 and T4 hormones your thyroid cannot produce on its own.

TSH

Most physicians regard the blood test for TSH as the most sensitive of all thyroid tests. In fact, it’s often the only thyroid test doctors obtain for review. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland which works harmoniously with the thyroid gland. If the pituitary gland detects the thyroid gland is low functioning, it will send the TSH to stimulate the thyroid to make more hormone.

Normal TSH blood test results range from between 0.3 and 5.5, which is an admittedly large range. Many people fall between these numbers and are never treated for hormone imbalances. The fact is “normal range” is arbitrarily measured to 95% of the human population tested, who may or may not have low functioning thyroid symptoms.

People who have been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficient Hyperactive Disorder) always have low thyroid levels. They also have a low progesterone level. Progesterone is required for a proper functioning thyroid. Most adults are not diagnosed with ADHD prior to being treated for their low thyroid levels. The reason? Many physicians do not listen to their patients; they look at the test results and treat the numbers, rather than the patient.

Undetected or undiagnosed ADHD can cause uncomfortable side effects if the patient is given medication to stimulate the low functioning thyroid. Medication to stimulate the thyroid is called a stimulant and people with ADHD have an increase of adrenaline, also a stimulant. The danger is posed because too much stimulant can cause additional problems, like heart palpitations, headaches or high blood pressure.

Dr. Simmons presents dramatic differences from other physicians because he listens and collaborates with his patients. At Navitas Health & Wellness, treatments are a collaboration between doctor and patient. Talk to Dr. Simmons about what your TSH level should be and why.

Thyroid Hormones

The thyroid gland controls metabolism in every cell of the body. A thyroid deficiency can cause a multitude of symptoms, the classic ones you are most likely experiencing are: weight gain, dry skin, poor nails (weak/ridges), low body temperature, sluggishness and memory problems to name a few. In women particularly, you may be diagnosed with fibroids, you may be (now or did) experience large blood clots during your period, and may see hair loss.

The thyroid hormones control the rate at which calories are burned to produce energy. One reason for “metabolic resistance” ~ the term he uses to describe the inability to burn fat ~ is a thyroid deficiency.

Two thyroid hormones (T3) triiodothyronine and (T4) thyroxine are the two hormones the thyroid gland produces. Although T4 is important, it has the storage function ~ it’s not as important and as active as T3. The T3 hormone is responsible for most of the action. Obviously any problems resulting in T3 deletion will cause low thyroid symptoms, like you are experiencing. Unfortunately, most doctors only test the T4 which can be normal and still have a low functioning T3 that causes you to feel cruddy. Bottom line is; the T4 doesn’t convert to T3 which results in the diagnosis of hypothyroidism and is in great need to be treated. Dr. Simmons doesn’t treat the symptoms but finds the cause of the symptoms and then educates, prescribes and coaches the patient to their best life.

Most physicians treat a low functioning thyroid with prescription medications such as synthroid, which is formulated to help with T4 and not T3. The same physicians look at blood test results only and not listen to the patient. Dr. Simmons not only reviews the results of the proper blood tests ordered for your symptoms but listens to you, collaborates with you and develops a treatment plan specific for you.

One other issue that hinders or aggravates the low functioning thyroid are medications given to lower your cholesterol, as some medications (statins) slow or prevent the conversion of T4 into T3. Ironically, a low functioning thyroid will cause increased cholesterol level. What this means is: people who are taking certain drugs to lower their cholesterol are taking a thyroid blocking drug to treat a condition that may be caused by a low functioning thyroid in the first place.

Other drugs (beta-blockers) which cardiologists are usually given patients to reduce the workload on their heart block is inhibiting the T4 converting to T3 also. Without the conversion of T4 into T3, weight gain is almost guaranteed, which is one of the most significant risks for coronary artery disease.

Ask Dr. Simmons which medications will help you with your low functioning thyroid convert T4 into T3 and stop the cycle.

BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men and Women - What are hormones?

Hormones are chemical messengers in both men’s and women’s bodies that tell other cells what to do. They regulate nearly every bodily function.

What are some symptoms of hormone imbalance?
• Weight gain
• Fatigue
• Decreased sexual desire
• Lack of motivation
• Memory loss
• Depression
• Hot flashes

What do I need to do?

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, give us a call. With a simple test we can determine if natural hormone replacement therapy is right for you. It will help replace the natural hormones that your body loses over time and help you get back to feeling like your old self again.

Testosterone

For men, testosterone is unquestionably the most important hormone to be considered for replacement. It is most often thought of as the sex hormone, but it has other vital functions, as well.

Testosterone is the number one hormone affecting the heart tissue, including the coronary arteries, the conduction/pumping system and most importantly, the heart muscle itself. There are more testosterone receptor sites in the heart muscle than in any other muscle in the body. Studies have been published detail heart problems in men who used testosterone. In the study, men who received testosterone hormone after a massive heart attack did not go on to develop congestive heart failure, where many men who did not receive testosterone after their heart attack did go on to develop congestive heart failure.

Osteoporosis is another condition that can be prevented and reversed by testosterone therapy. Contrary to popular belief, osteoporosis affects men as well as women.

There are several common symptoms testosterone levels in men, including: the onset of depression, low libido or no libido, interest in life is lost, energy levels plummet, and muscle mass depletion. Testosterone replacement can restore energy levels, restore lost strength, restore libido, and help men to regain muscle mass.

Testosterone must be prescribed correctly, especially since testosterone levels go up and down throughout the day. Highest levels of testosterone are in the morning, hence early morning erections (an excellent indication of adequate testosterone levels). Morning erections usually indicate a man has no problems with sexual performance or libido.

Dr. Simmons relies on his extensive training, his innate ability to listen to patients as they discuss their symptoms, and a blood test called Total Testosterone, to determine whether a prescription of testosterone is required and to determine the appropriate dosage.

Incorrect levels of testosterone can lead to unwanted and unpleasant consequences. Consistency in a testosterone replacement treatment is vital to a man’s physical and emotional health.

Ask Dr. Simmons how he can partner with you to determine if you are suffering from the effects of low testosterone.

Progesterone

Like other hormones, men and women produce the same progesterone hormones, but in different amounts at different time in their lives.

Progesterone is one of the hormones that regulates insulin levels and tells the body when to create fat right around the middle. Ever wonder why around the age of 50, men start or have already developed the “middle-aged pouch/bulge”? This is also the time, men may start to experience fatigue between the hours of 3-4 pm or get sleepy driving home from work and/or after eating. These classic times for increased tiredness are related to over-production of insulin. When insulin levels go up, blood sugar levels go down. A brain deprived of sugar gets sleepy.

Hypoglycemia = too much insulin. Too much insulin = low progesterone.

Another issue that can develop from lower progesterone levels is an increase in estrogen. This usually happens around the age of 50 for men. Some men who have an increase in estrogen levels and are not treated with progesterone have a higher incident of the diagnosis of prostate cancer. Men, 50 years and older, should have a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test yearly, along with evaluation of all their other hormone levels.

Ask Dr. Simmons about obtaining a blood sample to test your progesterone level, and to include PSA, to see if you are at risk of or suffering from the above symptoms.

Estrogen

Estrogen isn’t only a female hormone. Men produce estrogen, as well. The level of testosterone in men starts dropping when they are in their 20s, becoming very low by the age of 50. While this is happening, the level of estrogen, AKA-estradiol, is rising. Men in their 50s and beyond almost always have higher levels of estrogen than women have. With the nearly nonexistent production of progesterone at the same time, which would protect them from the elevated estrogen, the estrogen continues to rise. Increased estrogen levels increase a man’s chances of damaged blood vessels, which can lead to a stroke, increased chances of coronary artery spasms and heart attacks, increase in headaches, including migraines, and increased chance of colon cancer, to name a few. With the possibility of vascular damage comes fluid retention, especially in the lower legs and ankles.

Estrogen is known to be lipogenic, meaning it creates fat and cellulite. In men, this is more noticeable in the stomach region, lower back and buttocks, and chest.

Dr. Simmons is an expert in the treatment and reduction of estrogen (estradiol) in men. Call today for a free consultation.

ADRENAL FATIGUE & STRESS

What is adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands are not functioning correctly. It can develop after periods of intense or lengthy physical or emotional stress. The adrenal glands become over-stimulated and are unable to meet the body’s normal needs.

If you answer “yes” to two or more of these questions you may be struggling with adrenal fatigue:

Do you have a difficult time falling asleep at night?
Do you wake up frequently during the night?
Do you have a hard time waking up early in the morning, or feeling refreshed?
Do bright lights bother you more than they should?
Do you noises startle you easily?
When standing from a sitting or laying down do you feel light-headed or dizzy?
Do you take things too seriously? Do you easily become defensive?
Do you feel you don’t cope well with certain people or events in your life?

What do I need to do?

If you answered “yes” to two or more of the above questions, you should further investigate the possibility that you are suffering from adrenal fatigue. At Navitas Health & Wellness, we have all natural medicines that can help. We also offer herbal supplement designed to balance your levels of stress, Adrenal PX, to our patients suffering from adrenal fatigue.

SEXUAL HEALTH

What is sexual health?

Sexuality is a big part of being human. Love, affection and sexual intimacy all play a role in healthy relationships. They also contribute to your sense of well-being. A number of disorders can affect the ability to have or enjoy sex in both men and women.

Sexual Dysfunction for Males

What is sexual dysfunction for males?
Sexual dysfunction in males is defined as having a problem with sexual desire (libido) or response. This condition may cause premature or delayed ejaculation.

What are some symptoms?

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of muscle and bone density
  • Memory loss
  • Slow thinking
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Sexual Dysfunction for Females

    What is sexual dysfunction for females?
    Sexual dysfunction in females is defined as having a problem with sexual desire (libido) or response. The condition may cause spasms or dryness of the vagina and painful intercourse, as well as other symptoms.

    What are some symptoms?

  • Lower urinary tract issues
  • Difficulty reaching orgasm
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
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    What do I need to do?

    Sexual dysfunction in both males and females is related to a hormonal imbalance in the body, and it may be temporary or long-lasting. After a short visit with Dr. Simmons he might suggest Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). BHRT is the use of supplemental doses of hormones that have a chemical structure identical to the hormones that the human body naturally produces. It restores the balance in the endorine system by replenishing the missing hormones. Many symptoms will either stop or be suppressed enough to allow you to get back on track with your life.

    DIETING AND WEIGHT LOSS

    How can functional medicine help with weight loss?

    Knowing how your body works and responds to various dieting techniques will give you a great advantage in your quest to lose weight.

    To the human body, weight loss is equated with starvation. The body’s main concern is survival. When insufficient quantities of fuel are consumed, it naturally thinks it may be facing starvation, and so it begins to create and store fat in a highly efficient manner.

    People interested in losing weight need to understand how their bodies operate. The body likes fat. It likes to create it and hold onto it and does not like to burn it.

    When people go on starvation weight loss programs, most of the weight loss that occurs is muscle loss, since the body does not want to burn fat when it is starving. Muscle weighs at least three times as much as fat, so people lose weight rapidly, which makes them happy. This happiness, unfortunately, is short lived, because after the diet is stopped, the weight is regained rapidly. In addition, the regained weight is additional fat, instead of replacement muscle. Less muscle tissue in the body means less room for carbohydrates (sugar) to be stored as glycogen. So any excess is stored in fat cells. Less muscle also means less fat is burned, since muscle is the fat burning tissue of the body.

    Once the muscle tissue starts depleting, the body starts to become even more efficient at storing fat. Fat is a very efficient fuel, and the body wisely reserves its most efficient fuel for last.

    Hormones that are imbalanced will cause increased fat and low weight loss Ask Dr. Simmons how you can save your muscle tissue and rid yourself of fat in order to lose weight and keep it off in a healthy manner.

    GUT HEALTH

    “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” - Hippocrates

    Years ago the physicians and philosophers knew that optimal health started with optimal gut health. Science is now supporting what the Greats of history knew to be true. It is in the gut that we take in substances from the external environment and convert them in a fashion that we take them inside of our body where they lose the structure we knew and they become now fuel for our bodies. We can’t necessarily see the fish that we ate as a fish any longer, but it becomes fuel that allows us to perform our daily functions. There are a variety of substances that we take into our bodies that begin to wreak havoc on our digestive system these days. When gut health is compromised this constant barrage of substances makes it difficult for us to restore balance and optimal health. This leads to digestive issues like irritable bowel or constipation or just about anything you can come up with. It also can lead to changes in our brain and our mental health. Just as there are some foods you may eat that make you tired, others can cause depression, memory loss, mood swings and more. It is imperative to have proper gastrointestinal health for optimal wellbeing as it not only supports digestion, but the immune system, brain function and may other systems.

    With the scientific evidence stacking up supporting gastrointestinal function as being important in determination of moods, memory, health and the way people think, it is no wonder the gut is being called the “Second Brain” . The proper functioning of the gut lining affects how we use nutrients for energy within the cells throughout the body. Poor gut health can have the obvious symptoms of bloating, reflux and passing gas, but other symptoms may be decreased grain function, headaches, joint pain, fatigue, compromised immune system, anxiety and depression.

    Knowing that the gut has such an impact on our overall physical and mental health, we believe it is important to be able to choose the foods that support us and to know which foods to avoid. We recommend food allergy testing to determine what the gut is reacting to, what is causing it stress , and what can be done about it. We will provide support and education in cleaning out a faulty system to and repairing it while also optimizing its care to enhance overall wellbeing. It isn’t just about what we eat, but how we clean out the system and keep it functioning properly. We will assist with ongoing gut health along the journey to wellness.

    DETOXIFICATION

    Detoxification (detox) is the physiologic removal of toxic substances from the body. This process is carried out mainly by the liver. While most of us were taught that the liver is just a big filter, it is truly the organ of life and health. The liver itself serves as the regulator of fluid and has five fluids that flow to it and five fluids that flow from it. All of these fluids are necessary for health of the human body. Flowing through these fluids is a myriad of substances, some that are good for the body and some that are not quite so good for the body. The liver being resilient has developed a mechanism to help protect the body, but it eventually overtime will become clogged and fatigued. Imagine the air filter of a car that is never changed, as it becomes clogged, the care becomes less efficient.

    Detoxification occurs in two phases to restore liver function. Over the years the bod is exposed to various toxic substances including chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Many of these are fat soluble, so the body trying to protect itself stores these substances in the body fat. (No wonder we gain weight…the ultimate storage unit for unused substances). During exercise and stress or fasting the fat is broken down and the toxic substances are then released to cause, headaches, fatigue, poor memory abdominal and more.

    Phase 1 of detox consists of oxidization, reduction and hydrolysis of these substances to make them water soluble. These reactions cause the formation of free radicals which results in inflammation and further damage to the body. The toxic substance may be cleared more easily, but the free radicals cause their own issues. Phase 2 of detox is where these toxic substances conjugated (bound) to other substances to make them safer to be excreted through the gallbladder, the gastrointestinal tract or the kidneys. Many of these substances required to protect the body and detoxify the system are depleted with age and the result is many of the symptoms that are experienced as we age or undergo stress.

    We recommend detoxification of the liver as an important step in optimizing overall health and wellness. Many factors will go into determining the most effective and efficient way to begin this process. We will give guidance and direction in using the most natural and plant based approach to getting the nutrients necessary for proper detox while enhancing overall health.

    ALLERGIES

    Do I really have to suffer?

    Allergies are so common these days that nearly every purse has some type of facial tissue for that ever present runny nose or watery eye. People begin to feel the effects of allergies in many ways. The more common ways are the watery eyes, itchy nose, runny nose, ear infections. However, allergies can show up as loss of memory, headaches, mood swings, abdominal pain, joint achiness, weight gain, fatigue….just to name a few. So why are allergies becoming more and more prevalent these days? That is a nice question to ask and the answer is that our immune system is having to constantly work to protect us that it becomes less and less efficient. Imagine a knight in shining armor that never takes off the suit of armor and battles day and night, eventually fatigue sets in and now the enemy is left unchecked. It isn’t quite that simple, but it is close.

    The immune system is made up of many different types of cells performing different functions. It is compromised of T-helper cells, T-suppressor cells, white blood cells, platelets…and on and on. The immune system mounts a response to things that the body sees as foreign and POTENTIALLY dangerous. Allergies start to show up after an exposure to something that often times would be harmless, but our immune system produces antibodies…Good job. Oh but wait, now those antibodies begin to stimulate the release of other chemicals, like histamine, which then produces our symptoms….a good system derailed. Some common things to develop allergies to are foods, airborne particles (pollen, dander), insect stings, medications, plants, chemicals. More often than not we are exposed to these allergens all together therefore wreaking havoc on the immune system. Often the treatment is to AVOID the allergen or take a shot for each individual allergen or take medicine to decrease the histamine response. Not really effective in any fashion.

    We will work with you to try and determine which things you make be allergic to that you can avoid…often unsuccessfully avoid —It is dust or the childrens pet. We can look for common foods to avoid. We will then develop a program with you that helps to reset the immune system and increase the response that protects us ultimately reducing the allergic response. We may see weight loss, improved brain function, decrease asthma or decreased runny nose. Many of our patients experience a complete disappearance of allergy symptoms and others drastically reduce their response and improve their health. We don’t develop allergies over night so they don’t disa[[ear that fast either. But if we can now play outside or have the pets in the house or just eat a few of my favorite foods, maybe it is worth it.

  • Fatigue
  • Brittle or ridged nails
  • Fluid retention
  • Erectile problems
  • Dry skin
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Increased cellulite
  • Anxiety
  • Low mood / Depression
  • Hair loss
  • Low sex drive
  • Low body temperature
  • Increased wrinkles
  • Forgetfulness
  • Loss of muscle tone
  • Frequent illness
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty with orgasm
  • Difficulty sleeping / Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Changing personalities
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Lack of confidence

    Many times in evaluating thyroid levels only a few of the necessary tests are performed leaving the provider with incomplete information. This often leaves patients feeling like it is ALL in their head when it really may be truly a lack of functioning hormones in the body. With a few simple additional tests and a conversation with the patient about what is happening in their body, a new lease on life maybe unleashed. Life is about the experiences and relationships that are formed along the way and if the thyroid function is low then the enjoyment of life’ s experiences and relationships begin to drop.

    If you have been told your thyroid levels are normal and you still feel some of the symptoms above, we will gladly review what has been done, test only as needed and begin your recovery phase so that you can have a life that is fun and worth living.

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