Wellness Medicine Redefined
Your overall health goes far beyond your diet and exercise. Medical wellness testing and practices address your entire body, from your hormones to your gut health, and these treatments can significantly improve your quality of life.
What Services Do We Offer?
- Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
- Intravenous (IV) Nutrition & Nutritional Counseling
- Women’s Sexual Health
- Men’s Sexual Health
- Thyroid Management
- Stress Management and Adrenal Support
- Specialty Testing
- Sports Medicine
- Fibroid Management
- Digestive Health
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
Balanced hormone levels are essential for a properly functioning body. As we all age, hormone production declines. Men and women can both suffer from hormone imbalances, and even though this is a natural process, it affects quality of life and increases the risk for certain disease processes. Loss of hormones may cause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, hair loss, insomnia, fatigue, poor libido, erectile dysfunction, memory issues, depression, bone loss, and muscle loss. Furthermore, it increases risk for cardiovascular disease and dementia.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy replenishes your hormone levels to achieve proper function. Progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, pregnenolone, and dehydroepiandrostenedione (DHEA) are prime hormones in the body that decline as we age. These can be evaluated, and if they are low, our doctors can tailor a plan based on your specific deficiencies to improve energy levels, physical strength, mental clarity, immune system, and sexual desire.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
Women require balanced levels of progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone to function optimally. Unfortunately, these often become imbalanced as women undergo hormonal changes, such as those experienced during peri-menopause or menopause.
BHRT for women improves these levels for enhanced well-being.
Imbalances of progesterone lead to:
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Low sex drive
- Mood swings
- Food cravings
- Trouble sleeping
- Weight gain
- PMS symptoms
Achieving progesterone balance may:
- Improve anxiety
- Regulate mood swings
- Lessen irritability
- Reduce sleep problems
- Regulate menstrual cycles
- Protect against endometrial and ovarian cancer
Estrogen comes in three different forms: estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3).
Balancing estrogen can:
- Regulate menopausal symptoms—hot flashes and night sweats
- Lessen vaginal dryness and vaginal thinning
- Improve mood swings, irritability, anxiety, and depression
- Help regulate irregular cycles
- Decrease symptoms of painful sex
- Restore energy levels and sleep patterns
- Reduce bone loss
- Help memory and cognitive function
- Increase HDL (good cholesterol)
- Decrease LDL (bad cholesterol)
Testosterone is equally important in women, although it is traditionally associated with men.
Achieving balanced levels of testosterone can:
- Increase lean muscle mass
- Heighten energy levels and mental alertness
- Enhance sex drive
- Improve the integrity of the skin
- Strengthen the bones
- Decrease hair loss
- Decrease abdominal weight gain
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
Men can experience hormone changes that can fall out of balance with age.
Men require balanced levels of testosterone and other hormones to function optimally. These often become imbalanced as men undergo hormone level changes due to age.
BHRT for men can improve these levels for enhanced well-being.
As an androgen hormone, testosterone is essential to a properly functioning body.
Achieving balanced testosterone levels:
- Enhances psychological well-being and mood
- Improves sex drive
- Increases lean muscle mass
- Lessens erectile dysfunction
- Strengthens the skin, muscle, and bone
- Heightens energy levels and mental alertness
- Decrease hair loss
- Decrease abdominal weight gain
- Improve motivation
Additional Hormone Replacement
Other hormones that will be evaluated to be optimized, include:
- Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
- Cortisol (Stress hormone)
- Thyroid hormones (TSH, Free T4, Free T3)
Treating hormones can be a complex process. Each person needs a unique formula that should be tailored to their deficiencies. Some people need higher amounts of progesterone or testosterone, while others need higher amounts of estrogen. Furthermore, everyone responds differently to a hormone plan, so it is important to have close contact and communication with your doctor so that your plan can be monitored. Our doctors prioritize their patient care so that you can reach your doctor quickly to discuss any symptoms and address any questions you have about your plan.
We use bio-identical hormones because they are identical to the hormones produced by the human body. These compounds are found naturally and synthesized from yam extracts. The compounds are custom made for each patient by specialized pharmacies with expertise in compounding bio-identical hormone medications for women’s and men’s health. We recommend reputable compounding pharmacies that use the most natural (paraben-free, dye-free, fragrance-free) ingredients while offering patient-centered services such as counseling by pharmacists trained in bio-identical hormones, medication therapy management programs, refill reminders for compliance support, and free shipping/delivery options for your convenience.
Intravenous (IV) Nutrition & Nutritional Counseling
IV nutrition and nutritional counseling are beneficial for women and men who are struggling with absorbing the level of nutrients required for healthy, optimal body functions.
IV nutrition administers vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other essential nutrients directly into the bloodstream. This method of transference allows the body to absorb a higher level of nutrients—as opposed to oral administration—because the nutrients are not subjected to degradation by the digestive system.
IV nutrition can also help patients with malnutrition, intercellular deficiencies, and oxidative stress.
Meyer’s Cocktail combines calcium, magnesium, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), methylcobalamin (vitamin B12), B-complex, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and dexpanthenol (vitamin B5). This IV therapy is administered in 30 to 60-minute treatment sessions which may help to support:
- Improved immune function
- Decreased pain and inflammation
- Increased energy
- Improved hydration, healing, and skin quality
High Dose Vitamin C
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) prevents oxidative stress that could lead to cell and tissue damage. This antioxidant is best absorbed when delivered through an IV.
Glutathione is a naturally occurring molecule that prevents free radicals that lead to oxidative stress and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
This antioxidant is a powerful liver detoxifier, and it helps to protect against damage from pollution, heavy metals, radiation, carcinogenic chemicals, and drugs.
Surgery impacts every area and level of your body. Pre-op IV allows your body to remain hydrated during your surgical procedure. This increases your safety and enables you to recover quicker.
Your immune system weakens as you age, putting you more at risk for sickness and infection. IV nutrition for immune support gives you the immune boost you need to fight potential infections. This treatment replenishes critical nutrients in your body and strengthens your immune system.
Women’s Sexual Health
Women’s sexual health can experience changes due to age and hormonal fluctuations. As all women experience differing levels of hormonal changes, your sexual health treatment is tailored to your needs.
Pelvic Pain Therapy
Pelvic pain can develop in response to a variety of reasons, such as:
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Menstrual pain
- Cystic rupture
- Premature labor
- Experiencing a miscarriage
Pelvic pain therapy offers relief from this discomfort.
Some women experience aesthetic and physical changes to their vaginal region following childbirth or menopause. Vaginal rejuvenation can restore the look and comfort of the labia through non-surgical or surgical means.
Surgical vaginal rejuvenation includes:
- Clitoral hood reduction
- Labia majoraplasty
Vaginal dryness occurs when your estrogen levels drop, which can happen after childbirth, breastfeeding, and menopause, or with cancer treatment, certain medications, and hysterectomies.
Vaginal dryness can be improved by restoring hormonal levels, such as estrogen and progesterone.
Female incontinence, or loss of bladder control, ranges from small amounts of leakage to painful urges to use the bathroom. Incontinence can occur at any time in a woman’s life but may be affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.
This condition can be physically and socially uncomfortable, and it can negatively impact your quality of life. Treatment for incontinence can provide comfort and confidence.
Suffering from sexual pain can significantly impact your quality of life and affect your intimate relationship with your partner. Sexual pain can occur for a variety of reasons and concerns. With testing, we can determine the underlying cause of your pain, and provide specialized treatment options for you.
A low sex drive is a common symptom of hormone deficiency. Low libido therapy and HRT can improve hormone levels and help increase your sexual drive and pleasure.
Men’s Sexual Health
Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Erectile dysfunction is a common condition that is thought to affect nearly 50 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 70. While low testosterone levels may cause ED, it can also be due to damaged blood vessels in the penis.
There are several options available to treat ED, such as medications and laser treatments. These can provide improvement; however, they do not address the root cause. HRT to improve testosterone levels or low-intensity shockwave therapy to enhance blood flow can help men maintain erections.
Premature Ejaculation (PE)
Many men experience premature ejaculation (PE). This experience can significantly impact your sexual relationships and lead to reduced confidence in intimate settings. Specialty testing can help determine the cause of this condition, and treatments can be tailored to meet your needs.
Low sex drive is commonly caused by low testosterone levels. Hormone Replacement Therapy can improve the balance of these hormones and help increase a low sex drive.
Maintaining a stable, healthy weight is essential for preventing conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes. Unfortunately, hormonal and thyroid imbalances can impact your metabolism and affect your ability to regulate weight.
Hormone replacement therapy, combined with a more active lifestyle and a healthy diet, can help regulate weight and keep you healthy.
Thyroid disorders can slow down or increase your metabolism by disrupting the production of the thyroid hormones.
An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition. If you are noticing fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, puffy face, muscle weakness, joint pain, thinning hair, impaired memory, and neck swelling, these may be signs of an unhealthy thyroid. Inadequate function of your thyroid can leave you feeling anything but your best, ultimately affecting your health and wellness.
Thyroid problems can lead to a host of side effects, such as:
- Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
- Hair loss
- Poor appetite
- Intolerance to cold
- Muscle aches
- Swelling in the neck
- Changes in heart rate
- Brittle nails
- Numbness or tingling in the hand
The thyroid produces some of our most important hormones, such as T3 and T4. These hormones govern everything from cognition to bowel transit time to energy levels and weight management. Thyroid function is determined through blood tests that measure the level of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), free T3, free T4, reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies. In the case of autoimmune hypothyroidism, there are many treatments that help reduce the inflammation and immune response such as Lose Dose Naltrexone, selenomethioine, and elimination of food allergies. During a wellness visit, our doctors will typically evaluate all of these markers on each patient and then perform further assessment of other contributors to the inflammatory process.
It is important to address any symptoms you experience as it may be your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t working the way it should. Pinpointing the issues and addressing the root causes will help you live a healthier and happy life without the discomforts. Our office can provide you with the answers and expertise to bring your body back to its best health.
Stress Management and Adrenal Support
In today’s fast-paced society, stress and adrenal fatigue are becoming common concerns. Modern families take on increased responsibilities and the stress is unrelenting. Overwork, chronic stress, and poor sleep take a toll on the adrenal glands. When adrenal function is low, people experience extreme fatigue, body aches, joint pains, brain fog, low blood pressure, light-headedness, and poor immune function. The key note for adrenal fatigue is feeling drained as a result of prolonged mental, physical, and emotional stress.
Stress negatively impacts every part of the body, and high-stress levels can result in a mild form of adrenal insufficiency or adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal insufficiency can cause:
- Low blood pressure
- Loss of body hair
- Loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
Adrenal fatigue can cause:
- Difficulty getting to sleep and waking up
- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
- Brain fog
- Lack of motivation
- Sugar cravings
Your adrenal glands are located at the top of each kidney and produce a variety of hormones that regulate essential processes for life which include metabolism, immunity, blood pressure, and stress response. Adrenal insufficiency refers to the inadequate production of one or more of these hormones due to a chronic condition or disease. An imbalance of the hormone cortisol from extreme stress can also elicit these symptoms. A salivary cortisol test will help determine your cortisol levels. Healthy cortisol levels will show a spike first thing in the morning and gradually decline through the day. When there is an issue with adrenal function, there may be no spike in the morning, flat line through the day, and then an elevation before bed. The doctor will evaluate this test to create an individualized plan so that your adrenal function can return to normal.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Food sensitivity testing identifies your food allergies and sensitivities. This blood test measures the body’s cellular response to different foods, colorings, additives, and chemicals.
Food allergies create potentially dangerous occurrences such as the swelling of the lips and anaphylactic shock (the closing of the throat).
Intolerance to food can impact the immune system and lead to symptoms such as:
- Migraine headaches
- Brain fog
- Digestive disorders
- Skin conditions – eczema, psoriasis
- Chronic fatigue
- Joint pain
Environmental Toxin Exposure/Chemical Sensitivity Testing
Our environment is filled with chemical pollutants ranging from overhead exhaust from airlines, pollution from nearby traffic exhaust, pesticides, fumigants, flame retardants, herbicides, plastics, cosmetics, fragrances, dyes, and heavy metals. These can make their way into our body systems by way of absorption, inhalation, or ingestion.
Hazardous substances have the potential to lead to physical and health problems due to prolonged exposure to toxic environments. Chronic, excessive exposure can lead to problems such as low energy levels, reproductive function, cancer risk, neurological development and function, respiratory health, cardiac health, cognitive and emotional health, and degenerative conditions. Those who are most high risk to be affected by environmental toxicity include professions such as fire fighters, hairdressers, first responders, farmers, airline workers, mechanics, rural populations, aerospace, nuclear, and high-tech electronics industries.
Environmental toxin testing allows us to identify chemicals or toxins that can lead to:
- Poor circulation
- Digestive disorders
- Brain Fog
- Decreased Mental Clarity
Our office evaluates for the presence of 172 different toxic chemicals, such as organophosphate phthalates, benzene, xylene, vinyl chloride, pyrethroid insecticides, acrylamide, perchlorate, diphenyl phosphate, ethylene oxide, acrylonitrile, and more. We can also evaluate for 20 heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and arsenic. Once the results are analyzed, our doctors can prescribe a customized treatment plan to help you counteract toxicants.
Neurotransmitter testing identifies neurotransmitter imbalances that impair the function of the body’s communication system.
Neurotransmitter imbalances can lead to:
- Bipolar disorder
- Mood swings
- Poor memory recall
Genetic Marker Testing
Genetic markers are specific DNA sequences on a chromosome. Certain genetic markers can predict an individual’s risk for developing diseases, such as cancer. With genetic marker testing, you can identify any health problems that you might be predisposed to.
Advanced Heart Health Testing
Currently, heart health is a chief concern for many people. Statistically, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Our doctors collaborate with some of Orange County’s best cardiologists to create a functional and complimentary plan.
We evaluate heart risk using labs such as the PULS test, heavy metal testing, and chemical environmental tests. We gauge antioxidant status, and metrics such as inflammation, blood sugar, lipid profile, and lifestyle assessment. For both women and men, high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, high cholesterol levels, smoking, obesity, and family history are all risk factors for developing heart disease. Additionally, low hormones levels are tied to increased risk for heart disease.
After a comprehensive evaluation our doctors design a health program that may range from nutritional & dietary recommendations, specific heart healthy nutraceuticals, bioidentical hormone plan, lifestyle changes, cleanses, and detoxes to eliminate environmental contaminants from the body.
Even the greatest athletes need help maintaining healthy levels of nutrients in their bodies. Giving your body the right nutrients in the right amount affects how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future. Good nutrition, outside of consuming healthy food, is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. The human body requires the right balance of hormones, nutrients, micronutrients, and vitamins to function at its best. We offer nutrient evaluations through micronutrient testing for 35 nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and amino acids within our white blood cells.
After reviewing the deficiencies, the doctor creates a personalized plan for IV therapy and dietary modifications based on your unique performance needs. When there is a nutrient deficiency, treatment in the form of IV therapy is available to help your cells regain vitality.
Additionally, we also evaluate your hormone balance as disruptions in hormonal harmony can hinder your body’s overall performance. If there are hormone issues, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy may be the best fit. Combined with the right tests and tailored treatment plan, replenishing the essentials in your body can help you to reach and maintain peak health and performance. We offer a variety of customizable therapies to cater to your needs. Whether you’re in need of an energy boost or strength recovery, we’ve got you covered.
Fibroids are non-cancerous growths in the uterus that can result in abdominal pain, heavy periods, pain during sex, frequent urination, and gastrointestinal symptoms. Women who are suffering from fibroids may turn to surgery or minimally invasive treatments to restore comfort.
Post-fibroid removal management allows you to recover and remain healthy after your fibroid treatment.
Your digestive system is responsible for breaking down food so that your body can absorb its nutrients. Since the nutrients obtained through this process provide energy and repair cells, your digestive health (or gut health) is essential to your overall health and well-being.
Digestive issues affect the health of many Americans. Digestive problems may present as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and acid reflux. Sometimes poor digestion leads to the development of additional problems from nutrient deficiencies. Your digestive function can be compromised as a result of many different factors. Food allergies, stress, bacterial infections, medication, alcohol, and chronic inflammation can negatively affect your gut health. We evaluate each patient for their risk factors by comprehensive testing. We offer a variety of tests to help you figure out what isn’t working and provide you with the solution. Advanced digestive tests can be offered to patients who may be experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms.
Digestive Health Tests
This blood test analyzes over 450 foods and substances that trigger chronic inflammation and related health issues, such as gastrointestinal, metabolic disorders, migraine, dermatitis, respiratory, fatigue joint, and many other problems. Gastrointestinal health is linked to the immune system, mood, mental health, autoimmune diseases, endocrine disorders, and skin conditions. A person has about 300 to 500 different species of bacteria in their digestive tract. Although many are incredibly beneficial and even necessary to a healthy body, a number of these microorganisms are harmful to our health.
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition that affects the small intestine. This happens when bacteria that normally grow in other parts of the digestive tract grow in the small intestine. This causes pain, constipation, bloating, fullness, gas, and diarrhea and can also lead to malnutrition as the bacteria start feeding from the body’s nutrients. This breath test works to identify the presence of excess bacteria in the small intestine.
Microbial tests work to uncover the presence of micro-organisms such as specific pathogens, bacteria, yeast, and molds that can lead to disease and poor health.
After accessing your symptoms and conducting advanced gastrointestinal health testing, we can provide several treatment options to improve your GI health and keep you on track.
Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)
LDN is an anti-inflammatory treatment that is beneficial for patients suffering from chronic fatigue, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. This treatment may decrease inflammation and increase the levels of endorphins to promote relief and comfort.
Pre-Op Evaluation & Clearance
Preoperative medical evaluations review your overall health to ensure that you are ready and healthy enough to undergo an invasive surgical procedure. The techniques and services used during this evaluation will vary on your surgery.