Stress and Your Hormones

Does stress really affect your hormones? Absolutely! Stress in all forms can impact the normal fluctuation of hormones, including the production, transportation, sensitivity, and detoxification processes needed for optimal hormone function. When stress levels rise in the body, resources are diverted to cope with those stressors at the expense of reproduction. The stress hormones that […]

Lifestyle Changes for Cardiovascular Health

In functional medicine, we begin treatment conservatively and emphasize prevention through tailored lifestyle medicine. This is something that most doctors are not practicing, which is partly responsible for the heart disease epidemic that has been growing for the past 60+ years. According to the now famous INTERHEART study, 90% of our risk for developing heart disease […]

Cardiovascular Risk Assessment

Testing is critical when it comes to the conversation of cardiovascular health. Most often your primary care physician or conventional medical doctor will run a lipid panel consisting of total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides to assess your cardiovascular risk. However, these biomarkers give us an incomplete picture of what is going on inside our bodies, […]

The Truth About Cholesterol

The functional approach to understanding and testing cholesterol is different from your typical experience with your primary care physician. When your doctor screens you for cardiovascular disease risk, he or she will typically test for total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides. Unfortunately, this “standard of care” testing gives us an incomplete picture of your blood lipids and […]