THE SIDE EFFECTS OF LIFE – Cyberchondria?

11-15-googlhealth-blogNEVER GOOGLE YOUR HEALTH

The negative symptoms of self-diagnosing are disturbing with as many as 35% of people today going online to become Dr. Internet. More than 18% learn the hard way that they are wrong.  And less than 1 in 3 follow up with a real physician for a real opinion. Every person who searches for answers online is only a few symptoms and about 4 websites from thinking they have some terminal illness and are going to die.

CYBERCHONDRIA-THE NEW DISEASE

“Cyberchondria? You’ve got to be kidding!” Regrettably Cyberchondria is a new phenomenon that increases as use of the Internet does. Cyberchondria is the unfounded escalation of concerns about common symptoms bases on review of search results and literature on the web. The way people are sharing everything today only intensifies the disease.

“MY TOE HURTS”—DO I HAVE CANCER

People try to diagnose their illnesses but are totally unequipped to interpret their symptoms. And this can be as hazardous to your health as anything that might really be going on. One minute their toe hurts, minutes later they have gout, and almost minutes later they are sure they have brain cancer. They never consider the fact that the answer is simply that their shoes might be too tight. It is true that different symptoms can be indicative of different illnesses. But you’re not qualified to determine that.

SUPPLEMENTAL CRAZY THINKING

Before people turn to real physicians to get diagnosed and find out what might really be going on, they also run to the pharmacy or health food store, or once again, hit the internet Googling “supplements”. Supplements are often beneficial when prescribed correctly and in the correct dosage by a knowledgeable physician. But there are huge numbers of people filling drawers with supplements they know nothing about, or even worse, are taking dosages that can be extremely dangerous and toxic. The side effects of this behavior can often mimic the side effects of more serious health issues. Even well known vitamins as A, E, B6 and iron can cause effects as adverse as damaging nerves or interfering with the body’s ability to clot blood.

LEAVE IT TO THE DOCTOR

Without question there are lists of real health problems people suffer from including:

  • Loss of well-being
  • Loss of energy/stamina
  • Loss of strength
  • Loss of motivation
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Loss of sexual response
  • Loss of sexual function
  • Difficulty achieving orgasm
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Mood swings
  • Impotence
  • Loss of confidence
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Tearfulness
  • Panic attacks
  • Poor sleep
  • Cold body temperature
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Increased body weight
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Poor endurance
  • Increased sugar craving
  • High blood pressure
  • Achiness
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Memory lapse
  • Foggy thinking
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor mental clarity
  • Loss of bone mass
  • Visual changes
  • Thinning skin/nails/hair/
  • Dry, oily skin
  • Acne
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary urgency/frequency
  • Increased water retention
  • Bloating
  • Irregular periods
  • Increased facial hair

SO WHAT’S THE SMART THING TO DO? FIND OUT WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON, IF, IN FACT, THERE REALLY IS SOMETHING TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT. AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH, STEPHEN GOLDSTEIN M.D. WILL LISTEN TO ALL YOUR ISSUSES, THEN WITH A SIMPLE TEST, DETERMINE ANY HORMONE IMBALANCES OR VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES YOU MIGHT HAVE THAT ARE CONTRIBUTING TO HOW YOU FEEL. FROM THERE HE WILL TAILOR A UNIQUE SOLUTION TO YOUR REAL NEEDS TO HELP YOU FEEL YOUR BEST. SOMETHING GOOGLE NEVER CAN. OR WILL.

SO CALL NOW OR REQUEST MORE INFORMATION.

THE SIDE EFFECTS OF LIFE – The Sunshine Vitamin

11-15vitamind-blogWithout question, it’s Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential to our overall health and wellness—male, female, any age, anywhere in the world. Vitamin D is produced by your skin in response to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from natural sunlight.  Exposure to ultraviolet B radiation in sunlight provides the mechanism for more than 90% of the vitamin D production in most individuals. While called a vitamin, D is actually a fat-soluble hormone essential for supporting a strong immune system that helps protect the body against many diseases some of which are listed at the end.

NO DEFICIENCY OF STARTLING INFORMATION

Actually, there is very little people know about what we’ll keep referring to as “Vitamin D.”

• Three –quarters of teens and adults in US are vitamin D deficient

• The healing rays of natural sunlight (that generate vitamin D in your skin) cannot penetrate glass. So you don’t generate vitamin D when sitting in your car or home.

• People with dark skin pigmentation may need 20 – 30 times as much exposure to sunlight as fair-skinned people to generate the same amount of vitamin D. That’s why prostate cancer is an epidemic among black men — it’s a simple, but widespread, sunlight deficiency.

• Sufficient levels of vitamin D are crucial for calcium absorption in your intestines. Without sufficient vitamin D, your body cannot absorb calcium, rendering calcium supplements useless.

• Chronic vitamin D deficiency cannot be reversed overnight: it takes months of vitamin D supplementation and sunlight exposure to rebuild the body’s bones and nervous system.

• It is impossible to generate too much vitamin D in your body from sunlight exposure: your body will self-regulate and only generate what it needs.

• We all need the active form of D to gain access to the genetic blueprints stored inside our cells.

THERE’S GOTTA BE OTHER WAYS TO GET IT

First of all, a tanning bed will never provide you with the vitamin D that you need, and can actually be unsafe. Not understanding the facts can literally mean the difference between life and death. Both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation cause cell damage that can lead to skin cancer.

Another important fact is that only about 10% of foods we consume provide us with sufficient amounts of Vitamin D.  Dietary sources that provide minimal amounts include milk, yogurt, tuna, trout, salmon, sole, flounder, fortified cereal, cod liver oil, sardines in oil, mackerel, ricotta cheese and mushrooms. Not foods you’ll actually find on most people’s tables very often.

SLATHER IT ON AND LOSE

There are people who see a sunny day and just have to get out in it, no protection, and no sunscreen. No matter what anyone tells them. Others run out and get the highest number sunscreen possible which can be as high as 100. A hundred? SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays, SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays. When sun exposure is limited or blocked with high-SPF sunscreens, dietary vitamin D intake must increase to compensate for the lack of the vitamin absorbed from sunlight.

CASTING A CLOUD OVER YOUR HEALTH

Winter can be taxing on our mental and physical strength. It’s a season that persistently tests our limits of surviving darkness and cold, biting winds. But one way to assist in boosting your immune system as well as fighting your seasonal affective disorders during the months of flu, darkness, and general downtrodden spirits, is to make sure your Vitamin D levels are up to par.

The less sun you get, the less Vitamin D you absorb. Consider cloud cover — clouds can filter ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which is the type that converts into vitamin D (UVA are the rays that can cause cancer). The top US cities where over half the days a year cloud covers more than three-quarters of the sky are:  Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Buffalo, NY, Pittsburg, PA, Cleveland, OH, Rochester, NY, Columbus, OH, Cincinnati, OH and Detroit, MI. The least sunny cities in the US include, Juneau, AK, Mt. Washington, NH, Quillayute, WA, Elkins, WV, Anchorage, AK, Pohnpei, Micrones, PC and Nome, AK. Boy, it’s gloomy.

While Denver has as many of 300 days of sunshine per year, there are still all the other problems of getting enough Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiencies are still epidemic and could negatively be affecting your life. Right here. But there is something you can do about it.

DENVER HORMONE HEALTH IS THE ANSWER. STEPHEN GOLDSTEIN M.D. IS AN AUTHORITY AT MEASURING HOW A VITAMIN D DEFICIENY MAY BE TAKING A TOLL ON HOW YOU FEEL. WITH A SIMPLE TEST HE ANALYZES THE RESULTS AND CREATES A TAILORED APPROACH TO MAKE YOUR LIFE HEALTHIER AND BRIGHTER.

SO CALL NOW OR REQUEST MORE INFORMATION.

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THE SIDE EFFECTS OF LIFE – Stress!

11-15-stress-blogTHE DAILY GRIND

There’s no getting away from it.  Stress is around you day and night. 44% of adults report that their stress level has increased in the past 5 years. Although there are stressors almost all people feel, they change from person to person and situation to situation. Take a minute and try to list the top 20 stressors in your life. I’m sure your list will go on and on.  More than 54% of people are seriously concerned over the issue.

IT’S NOT ALL IN YOUR HEAD

There are two types of stress. One is internal and makes you feel like you’re going bonkers. These thoughts come from psychological or emotional feelings, like being depressed or worried, or putting pressure on yourself to be perfect. Sometimes even the little things, like daily chores, feeling unattractive or even gaining weight can seriously stress you out.

Other stressors come from external factors, which are forces that you can’t easily control. Examples are a major life event, like worrying about finances, the state of the world, the safety of your kids, and the security of your job. Internal and external stressors can have the same physical and psychological effects. You may have trouble sleeping, lose your appetite or lose interest in daily activities. You may be irritable, have headaches, stomach pains or find that you cry easily. Both external and internal stress can be short term or long term.

WHEN IT ALL GOES HAYWIRE

Stress in any form can have negative effects on your body including:

  • Increased or constant anxiety
  • Compromised immune system
  • Endurance & strength
  • Weight & body fat
  • Sexual performance
  • Sex Drive and motivation
  • Blood pressure
  • Skin & wrinkles
  • Memory
  • Depression & low mood
  • Body composition
  • Metabolism
  • Cholesterol LDL/HDL
  • Mental Clarity & focus
  • Anti-Aging
  • Menopause & andropause

THE CORTISOL CONNECTION

Cortisol which is produced by the adrenal glads, is often called the “stress hormone” because of its connection to the stress response. However, cortisol is much more than just a hormone released during stress. The benefits of cortisol include blood pressure management, reduced inflammation and a stronger immune system. This stress-fighting hormone converts protein into fuel when you’re under physical or psychological stress evoked by traumatic events.

Cortisol can help control blood sugar levels, regulate metabolism, help reduce inflammation and assist with memory formulation. It has a controlling effect on salt and water balance and helps control blood pressure. It can help prevent and resolve all of the problems listed here. All of the amazing functions it controls make cortisol a hormone essential to protect overall health and well being.

It is very important to know your adrenal/cortisol status which can be determined with a laboratory and medical evaluation.

OH YEAH, TRY THIS

There are people who are told there are other ways to combat stress, no matter the severity of it. They are told to relax, take biofeedback, and eat better. Learn yoga, practice mindfulness and exercise to name a few. There’s the use of passionflower, music, massage, (sure, we can all afford that), limited cell phone and internet, self-hypnosis, sex, hugging, pets, chewing gum, guided visualization, art therapy and gratitude journals. To name a few. Ask how many people follow these suggestions on a regular basis. Uh, not many. Nice thoughts. Just not permanent solutions.

WANT A WAY TO AVOID ALL THIS STRESS AND RELIEVE ITS SYMPTOMS? IT STARTS WITH A CALL TO DENVER HORMONE HEALTH AND AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE STEPHEN GOLDSTEIN M.D.. DR. GOLDSTEIN HAS SPENT YEARS RESEARCHING AND LEARNING ABOUT STRESS AND ITS NEGATIVE EFFECTS ON THE BODY. WITH SIMPLE TESTS, DR. GOLDSTEIN CAN ASSESS HOW MUCH YOUR HORMONE BALANCE IS OUT OF WHACK AND WHAT VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES YOU MIGHT HAVE THAT ARE CONTRIBUTING TO YOUR PROBLEMS. IT’S ABOUT AS STRESSLESS AS IT GETS.

SO CALL NOW OR REQUEST MORE INFORMATION.