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, environmentally 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 could 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 the 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!
Dr. Taylor practices integrative medicine at Forum Health Austin in Austin, Texas. After obtaining a general medical doctorate degree from the 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 of service in the US Army Medical Corps and practice in Colorado and Texas, he founded Texas Integrative now Forum Health Austin 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”.