Stress Management, Mood Imbalances, Insomnia
"I have suffered a great many misfortunes most of which never happened" -Mark Twain
Stress is defined as a state when there is mismatch between perceived demands and our perceived ability to cope. 70 to 80% of all visits to health care providers are linked to some form of stress-related disorders. Our stress level directly impacts our relationships, our resistance at work, our mental clarity and efficiency.
Chronic stress overtime can increase the risk of serious health issues such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, autoimmune conditions, chronic infections, depression, and early cognitive decline-- just to name of few.
Stress induces the release of hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline that are responsible for the storage of deep abdominal fat that secrete inflammatory chemicals in the body and promote insulin resistance and risk of metabolic disorders and weight gain.
Affective disorders mood imbalances, short temper are early signs of chronic stress and can evolve insidiously into depression and general anxiety if not addressed on time.
Sleep disturbances are usually among the first signs of stress. This induces a vicious cycle as hormones such as sex hormones and growth hormone which normally restore our health while we sleep are not secreted optimally. Fatigue and decrease in libido and even in sexual performance will follow. This can lead to exhaustion, burn out, which can have severe acute consequences on health (i.e., heart attack or even sudden death). Rapid aging is noticed with hair loss and changes in skin and general appearance.
At VitaLife-MD we take stress-related disorders very seriously. We try to identify patients at higher risk as early as possible (Type A personality, worriers, negative thinking environment, low resilience patients, unhealthy lifestyles or relationships ...). We investigate for the warning signs and symptoms of stress.
Healthy lifestyles with exercise and nutritional recommendations are the cornerstone of the treatment and we will try to help our patients find their own ways to improve their weaknesses and reduce their stress. We prescribe natural supplements that aim at balancing the various neurotransmitters. Bioidentical hormones will be helpful in certain cases when hormonal changes are involved. Medications might be prescribed if deleterious effects of stress on heath are identified.
Several mind-body therapies will be recommended, including acupuncture, meditation, and hypnosis. Behavioral techniques and counselling for positive thinking and optimism will be encouraged.
Let's recognize it: stress as we defined it in the US is a product of our modern "civilized" world and stressors will never go away from our lives. Our goal at VitaLife-MD goal is to help our patients become more resilient to stress and find their personal ways to "escape" or protect themselves from its health risks.
Cardiovascular Prevention and Lipid Management
Cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, and stroke remains the leading cause of death in the US and is a major cause for disability. It affects both men and women and the risk increases with age. More than one in five American suffers from some form of cardiovascular disease.
As our population ages and the number of baby boomers increases these numbers are likely to get even higher.
Risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, elevated levels of cholesterol, excess weight and tobacco smoking.
In addition genetics and family history of heart disease are strong predictive risk factors.
It is easy to understand the importance of cardiovascular prevention. Several laboratories have recently developed extensive blood test panels that are able to identify some markers for vascular disease and are available in our office.
Our team at VitaLife-MD is dedicated to identify and reduce the risk factors that can potentially cause cardiovascular disease later on.
According the CDC people with high cholesterol have approximately twice the risk of developing heart disease as people with optimal cholesterol levels. More than 30% of Americans have elevated LDL (bad cholesterol); values vary with gender and ethnicity.
Statins are a family of medications that lower cholesterol and are widely prescribed. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology published recently new guidelines for lipid treatment that focus on the individual patient risk of having a heart attack more than just the cholesterol numbers. A statin dose tailored to each patient appears to be more important than reaching specific cholesterol numbers. Statins are not without any risks and some patients will develop side-effects that make them reluctant to continue their use.
At VitaLife-Md we believe that, in order to lower cholesterol and cardiovascular risk, our role as health care professionals should be more than just prescribing a statin medication for our patients with elevated cholesterol numbers. Healthy lifestyle, including nutrition, and the addition of some supplements and fibers have proven to be highly beneficial.
We offer a comprehensive cardiac and lipids evaluation that includes a calculation of your risk assessment through lifestyle questionnaires, genetic risk estimation, blood testing (metabolic, cardiovascular, and lipid blood panel) and carotid and coronary arteries imaging as needed. A personalized cardiovascular prevention plan is then recommended.
Optimal Immune System Program
Keeping a healthy immune system at any age is crucial for good health and longevity.
As we get older the constant exposure to more and more potential pathogens combined with inadequate response from the body have a major influence on the senescence of the immune system. The decrease in an adequate immunity and a chronic low-grade inflammation impacts the rate of aging and increases the risk of major age-related diseases.
At VitaLife-MD our team is conscious of the importance of keeping a healthy immune system as we age. We can help you identify the factors that put your immune system at risk including stress, lack of sleep, physical inactivity or excessive levels of exercise, nutrition and exposure to toxins. Our physician will be able to recommend some vitamins and supplements that have proven to support immunity whether it is too low or too high. Intravenous cocktail for immune support can be extremely beneficial and will prescribed as needed.
Cancer Integrative Health Recovery Program
Although it is important for the survivor's quality of life, getting back into shape after cancer treatment can be challenging. Most cancer treatments have potential side-effects and might weaken the body for weeks or months after the treatment ends.
Side-effects from radiation and chemotherapy vary from person to person; some, however, are more frequent due to the deleterious effects of the treatment on the digestive tract and its impact on the absorption of nutrients, vitamins and minerals that are essential to good health. This contributes to feeling of fatigue, weak immune system, skin and hair issues, and joint and muscle aches.
Emotional imbalances are present and made worse by the state of malnutrition and biochemistry/ neurotransmitter imbalances that the cancer or its treatment might have caused.
It is therefore essential to restore an optimal nutritional status as rapidly as possible after the initial cancer treatment. Healthy lifestyles including restorative sleep, adapted physical activity and exercise, and stress management are essential component of a successful cancer recovery.
At VitaLife-MD our dedicated team can guide you through the process of recovery and will help you overcome the obstacles that you might face. The use of high dose intravenous vitamin C and glutathione will be recommended as needed.
Integrative Natural Preconception and Pregnancy Program
Integrating preconception natural health into the care of any woman in childbearing age should become routine medical practice.
Any woman that is planning to become pregnant can benefit from a preconception optimal health evaluation before her pregnancy. Even more so in case of infertility as it becomes essential to make sure that the mother's body chemistry is well balanced before thinking of any treatment with hormones or IVFs.
An integrative natural preconception approach aims at creating an internal and external environment that will favor the conception process, assure that the mother stay in good health during the pregnancy, and support the growth of a healthy baby.
Maintaining a good level of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals is important before and all along the pregnancy and any deficiency in such nutrients can impact the development of the baby. Some organs function such as thyroid and hormonal system when optimized will also contribute to successful conception and a healthy pregnancy will follow.
Our team at VitaLife-MD has several years of experience in the field of preconception and infertility and has worked in collaboration with several fertility specialists to help increase your chances of becoming pregnant and giving birth to a healthy baby.