Immune Support

It’s the beginning of December, and we have entered the cold and flu season!  Yes, that time of year when the days get shorter, the evenings become darker, we have rain, we have cold weather, and a lot of people are getting sick.  So what can we do to help prevent this?

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Is It Fatigue, or Am I Just Tired?

Sometimes we are asked, “What’s the difference between true fatigue and simply being tired?”  Different professionals have varied ways of defining chronic fatigue, but in the integrative medical world, we take note of several characteristics that can denote fatigue in a patient...

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The Buzz on Gluten

While the gluten-free diet has existed as a concept and practice for a number of decades, it has become increasingly popular within the past few years.  Many people decide on their own to eliminate gluten from the selection foods they eat.  This will often provide some benefits not specifically related to the gluten itself, such as removing a major source of processed carbohydrates which are not the healthiest food choice to begin with.  But what is the medical use for this diet?  When is it appropriate to target the gluten in wheat and certain other grains as a major culprit of imperfect health?  Click the "Read More" link below for Dr. Tanner's take on when a gluten-free diet may be worthwhile.

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Gut Health

The majority of patients we see need to improve gastrointestinal health in some way.  The GI tract is very important, and not just for digestion.  Another vital internal function is heavily distributed throughout the gut.

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Just a Word about Mold...

Many people think that having a mold problem means they are allergic to mold.  While this is a common issue, especially here in the south, the true illness of mold appears in people who are genetically susceptible to the toxic and inflammatory response to molds in the environment.  Most notable of these are the molds found indoors, which can recirculate constantly.  Any house that has had moisture intrusion or humidity that is not well controlled below 44% may be at risk of developing levels of indoor mold that are higher than acceptable.  As molds reproduce, they create chemicals known as mycotoxins, and these chemicals are what often induce many of the symptoms one may read about in discussions of toxic molds.

Effective treatment of mold-related illness has two vital components.  The first is making sure that the home environment is as free of mold as possible.  Once this source of infection has been eliminated, the second part is determining specifically what each person needs to lower levels of inflammation and toxicity.

Toxicity and inflammation from mold can affect almost every organ system of the body and may result in a multitude of symptoms, including headache, dizziness, change in taste or smell, erratic variations in heart rate and blood pressure, sudden episodes of bloating or gastrointestinal distress, musculoskeletal aches and pains, pain or crawling sensations on the extremities, and vertigo.