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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  

Why I Am a Changed Physician

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I learned early in life that I wanted to use my God-given abilities as a student of biology and chemistry to help others.   This naturally led me into the medical field.  Good  fortune allowed me to gain entrance into one of the finest medical schools in the country-UT Southwestern in Dallas.  After completing my medical education I had a rewarding career serving US soldiers and their families while serving in the US Army medical corps.

Our family chose to settle  in beautiful Southern Colorado after active military service.  It was there that my life began to change.  I became known among my physician colleagues as the doctor who would tackle the really hard patients.  The ones that nobody else had answers for.  I listened carefully and then applied all the tools that I had in my traditional Western doctor bag.  It soon became clear that I didn’t have all the tools I needed.  Many of my patients were suffering from multi-system chronic disease as a result of environmental exposures (agricultural and mining toxins that were prevalent in our local area).  A quest for answers to these patient’s problems led me  to study the principles of functional medicine.

By applying the elements of functional medicine amazing results were seen.  I saw my patients again experience real disease resolution and maintain their wellness.  Problems in multiple systems just melted away.  Their lists of traditional prescription medicines began to shrink.  The more I learned, the more excited and passionate I became.  Now I have merged everything I learned as a Western doctor with the world of holistic, functional and alternative medicine.  I have learned to combine my skills and abilities with those of others-both traditional and alternative like accupuncture, massage, chiropracty, naturopathy, nutrition, biofeedback, herbal medicine and many other specialties and disciplines of healing.  This way of providing health care requires me to become a wellness detective for my patients.  Every person is slightly different and has there own unique set of disease-causing genetics and environmental stressors.  My practice is more exciting and rewarding than ever.  It is a  blessing for me to bring this approach to health and wellness to Central Texas.

Aboutdr_tyler Wally Taylor MD

Dr. Taylor practices integrative medicine at Texas Integrative ENT and Allergy in Austin, Texas.  He sees children and adults in consulation at his central Austin clinic located at 4107 Medical Parkway Suite 100.  His motto is Health and Wellness from Head to Toe”.   www.texasintegrative.com     office phone-512-420-9300  

HORMONE DEFICIENCY LINKED TO CHRONIC ILLNESS

Do You Know Someone Suffering from:Anxious Woman

1. Fatigue

2. Insomnia/ Poor Sleep?

3. Hot Flashes and Night Sweats?

4. Weight Gain (even despite diet and exercise)?

5. Loss of Interest in Sex or Problems with Sexual Performance?

6. Problems with Memory and Focus?

7. Loss of the Joy of Living?

These symptoms are frequently indicators of significant deficiencies of key body hormones.  These critical substances play a role in all our body’s tissues and organs and imbalances contribute to inflammation-related diseases like obesity, autoimmunity, premature aging, mood and memory disorder, unexplained aches and pains, weakness and difficulty performing every day activities.

Although some attribute these hormone declines to “normal aging”, science has shown that our modern diet, our modern high stress lifestyle, our polluted environment, infections, and allergic sensitivities are often causes of early hormone disorders.

At Texas Integrative ENT and Allergy Dr. Taylor understands and addresses all the many factors that lead to cell and tissue malfunction that ultimately results in many chronic diseases including those related to hormones.  By identifying predisposing genetic factors, eliminating environmental toxic effects, implementing diet and lifestyle changes, replacing critically deficient vitamins and nutrients, and optimizing hormones using bioidentical hormone replacement when indicated he has helped many individuals move toward and maintain total health and wellness.

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  

DISORDER OF METHYLATION KEY TO MANY CHRONIC DISEASES

Recently there has been quite a lot of buzz around methylation and its contributing role to many different health conditions including autistic spectrum disorder (autism, ADD, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder), autoimmune disorders (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, autoimmune thyroiditis, inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes), mood disorder (anxiety, depression), heart disease, stroke and even cancer.  In this post I will try to make some sense of this important concept and why it is important to be aware of it.

Our bodies contain enzyme machinery to perform a vast array of chemical reactions necessary for life.  Scientists often organize these chemical reactions into metabolic pathways that involve a series of reactions that occur together in a sequence.  We have metabolic pathways to burn Human Genome Proj Imagesugar for enengy, to detoxify harmful chemicals that we ingest, to make DNA for cell reproduction, to make important brain chemicals like seratonin and dopamine and many others.  Many of these metabolic pathways require a methylation reaction.  Stated simply, a methylation reaction takes a portion of a chemical molecule called a methyl group and moves it from a donor to a recipient.  The recipient molecule has to have the methyl group as part of its structure to function normally.  We now know that there are over 200 different chemical reactions in our metabolic pathways where methylation has to occur.  Methylation is occuring trillions of times a day throughout all of our cells and tissues.  When our bodies do not methylate with ease, we suffer from immune system problems, hormone balance problems, digestive problems, energy problems, brain problems including moods and memory just to name a few.  Abnormal methylation blocks normal function of almost all our cells and tissues!

It is fair to ask “So What?”

dr_tylerThis is where it starts to get interesting.  A great many Americans are born with genetic mutations that cause an alteration of methylation and impede its progress.  These genetic mutations are called single nucleotide polymorphisms or SNPs.  When you are aware of the condition you can take beneficial steps to bypass or detour around the abnormality.  Thanks to the completion of the human genome project completed in 2003, we can now affordably test for the SNPs that result in abnormal methylation.   At Texas Integrative ENT and Allergy, I have an interest and experience in guiding individuals on how to identify and treat these inherited deficiencies.

Actually there are quite a few mutations or SNPs that disrupt normal methylation.  Probably the best known is the MTHFR C677T SNP.  This is not a rare mutation.  Some studies show that it is present in over 40 percent of individuals tested.  Individuals who are born with two copies of this mutation (one from the mother and one from the father) known as the homozygous condition have a greatly reduced ability to activate a vitamin required for the methylation reactions to proceed.  My experience has shown that when the condition is identified and the appropriate vitamins are replaced in the active forms significant recovery is seen and disease can be prevented before it even starts.  Even the effects of aging which are often the result of persistent inflammation can be delayed.  It would be my privilege  to help you or your loved ones become aware of and overcome this problem and many others associated with chronic inflammation-caused disease.  I invite you to visit my website-www.texasintegrative.com to learn more about my integrative medical clinic.

Wally Taylor MD