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Stopping Lyme Disease Requires Restoring Immune System Function

Lyme disease has been called the great masquerader.  It can imitate many other diseases including multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

While early Lyme disease is an illness with fever and a typical “bull’s eye rash”, the late form which is more controversial is characterized by a large host of symptoms which includes severe fatigue, muscle and joints aches, tingling and numbness of the extremities, severe headache, brain fog and poor memory, mood disorder such as anxiety and depression, as well as a host of hormonal imbalances.Lyme Disease BeforeAfter

Numbers of reported cases of Lyme disease in Texas are on the rise and a recent              Texas A & M study showed the Lyme disease germ in 42% of the tics recovered from small animals in their Texas study.  Lyme disease is seriously under-diagnosed with some tests missing almost half of patients later shown to be infected.  Studies are also showing that a number of persons may carry the Lyme bacteria and yet not have the symptoms of the disease.

What is it that causes some folks not to be sick while others are devastated?  The difference appears to be in part related to the status of one’s immune system.  When the immune system is not functioning at its full capacity, the manifestations of infection with the Lyme bacteria and other related co-infections is often much worse.

WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF THE WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM?

Scientists are learning that the immune system is susceptible to damage from nutrient deficiencies life zinc, Vitamin B12 and the active form of Folic Acid.  Toxins in our food and water are now known to take away our normal immune infection fighting capability.  Infections with certain viruses which may coexist with the Lyme infection are known to damage the immune system.  Even too much stress in our life will seriously impair our body’s ability to resist the effects of Lyme bacteria infection.

ANTIBIOTICS ALONE OFTEN NOT ENOUGH

Numerous studies are now showing that once Lyme disease enters the late or chronic stage that even long courses of antibiotic treatment may not be enough to eradicate the disease.  A multi-faceted approach including steps to rebuild the immune system, control inflammation and restore vital nutrients is required to control the severe symptoms of the disease and allow recovery.  At TEXAS INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Wally Taylor MD takes a special interest in Lyme disease and related infections and applies a multi-system, personalized approach to help the body restore immune function and combat the many effects of the illness.  Call today for an appointment 512-420-9300.

 

7 Ways Stress is Killing Us

Common knowledge tells us that when we are under excess stress, we get sick.  In the lastStress-month-photo                                                                                                     30 years scientists have uncovered the various ways that stress actually effects our biology to cause this to happen.  Our bodies were made to handle stress in short bursts of seconds to minutes.  Today’s fast pace causes many of us to remain in a              “stress on” state for hours even days.

1. Stress triggers the adrenal gland to release adrenalin which raises the heart rate and the blood pressure.

2.Stress triggers the adrenal gland to release the stress hormone cortisol which raises our blood sugar levels.

3.Elevated cortisol over time causes the body to gain weight.

4.Stress triggers the release of inflammation-causing chemicals called cytokines.

5.Stress alters our brain chemical balance leading to disrupted sleep patterns.

6.Stress triggers depression of our immune system which makes us susceptible to infection.

7.Stress alters brain chemical balance leading to depression and anxiety.

Although there are prescription medicines designed to reduce or reverse these effects of stress, they all have risks, side effects, and costs.  Nothing beats the best cure for stress: learning to reduce it in our lives.  In PART 2 we will explore some useful ways to reduce and eliminate stress in our crazy, modern age.  At Texas Integrative Medicine we know how STRESS works to rob us of health and joy and we use safe, effective and natural strategies to overcome it.  Call today for your appointment so we can help you beat stress. 512-420-9300

Are You Tired of Recurrent Headaches?

Are you tired of putting a band-aid on your headache?

Do you want to find the root cause of your recurrent headaches?Tension-Headache

Chronic recurrent headache which frequently runs in families may be triggered by inflammation involving brain structures which can be triggered by stress, head injury, brain infection, brain response to environmental toxins and allergic reactions.  There are genetic markers that are associated with increased likelihood of recurrent headache which can now be measured.  There are laboratory markers to assess inflammation and allergy that can help identify the triggers and in many cases take steps to reduce or eliminate them.  Taking a headache relieving medicine like aspirin or ibuprofen may provide short-term symptoms relief yet does little to deal with the underlying cause or prevent future headaches.  At Texas Integrative Medicine we are headache detectives and explore to find and eliminate the triggering causes of recurrent headaches.

The causes of inflammation that trigger headaches are often very similar if not identical to the triggers of many other chronic inflammation-based symptoms including brain fog, depression, chronic fatigue, joint pain, irritable bowel and insomnia.

A medical evaluation at Texas Integrative Medicine will assess your headaches in order to identify the likely causes and we will then take steps to eliminate the root causes.  Often nutrient deficiencies and diet triggers are at fault.  If you need answers, come see us. Call 512-420-9300 for your appointment.   

Metabolic Block Preventing Weight Loss Could Be Hormones

For years after I became a physician I used to believe that weight gain was simply due to eating too much and not exercising enough.  You know- calories in minus calories out, et cetera.  Goodness was I wrong!   I now understand that our tendency to seemingly gain weight just by “looking at  food” regardless of how much time we spend in the gym is in fact caused by a complex process of metabolic change that is a consequence of deficiency and imbalance of the critical hormones made by our pituitary, thyroid, adrenal and ovarian/testicular glands.  Some of these hormone changes are simply a result of getting older, but often these changes are worsened or accelerated by improper diet, environmental toxic chemicals and our stressful modern day “multi-tasking” lifestyle.

I know because I have learned how to help folks restore their bodies to a state where weight loss is able to be achieved and maintained.  I wish I HormoneBlogcould say there is a “magic pill”.   Unfortunately there is not.  In fact all too often pills are part of the problem!  Today I help people return to proper metabolic function through the use of nutritional supplementation, toxic clearance, restoring normal digestion, appropriate management of stress, sleep restoration and often with the use of appropriate  ideal doses of bioidentical hormone replacement.  I have found that  hormones may only need to be prescribed initially and can be tapered once normal gland function can be restored.

Our levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone decline substantially starting as early as age 30.  Autoimmune diseases frequently target our hormone-producing organs substantially disrupting hormone output and balance.  We now know that the substantial increase in frequency of these autoimmune conditions is related to our environmental exposures through air, food, water and skin (cosmetics).  The human body was never designed to deal with the quantity of toxins that we encounter in our world today!

By dealing with and correcting the factors that cause hormone deficiency and imbalance we can solve not only remove the metabolic block leading to weight loss, but also improve our moods, our sleep, our energy levels, our sex drive, our focus, our memory and regain a more youthful, vital outward appearance.  I really get a lot of satisfaction out of  teaching folks how to meet this challenge and guiding them through the process.  Anyone can accomplish this with commitment and I assure you it is worth the effort!

Aboutdr_tyler Wally Taylor MD

Dr. Taylor practices integrative medicine at Texas Integrative ENT and Allergy in Austin, Texas.  After obtaining a general medical doctorate degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas he completed a general medical internship and residency training in head and neck surgery ENT and allergy.  After 20 years service in the US Army Medical Corps and practice in Colorado and Texas he founded Texas Integrative where he now offers a functional holistic approach to disease which treats the entire individual instead of each separate symptom.  He has found more satisfying results using this Systems BioIndividualized approach.  His motto is Health and Wellness from Head to Toe”.   www.texasintegrative.com     office phone-512-420-9300