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“Baby, Its Cold Outside”…and so is my libido

11/29/2018 - 2:21pm

Spark up a ‘merry and bright’ romance for the holidays and 2019! Whether it’s the mistletoe, crackling fireplace, or bringing in the New Year …there’s something about the holidays that lends itself to romance.  But, for many women (48.2%…to be exact), female sexual dysfunction (the female equivalent of erectile dysfunction) is a barricade to a healthy sex life.  A lot of times we chalk up our decreased libido to “a normal part of aging” or “being married a long time…losing that honeymoon feeling,”; however, if it’s bothering you and you wish that you could get that “spark” back…you c...

What Type of Exercise is Best for the Brain?

11/01/2018 - 12:49pm

Exercise is just as good for the brain as it is for the body. “Back in the day, the majority of exercise studies focused on the parts of the body from the neck down, like the heart and lungs,” says Dr. Ozioma Okonkwo, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. “But now we are finding that we need to go north, to the brain, to show the true benefits of a physically active lifestyle on an individual.” How does exercise work to increase brain function? “Exercise likely improves brain health through a variety of ways. It makes the heart bea...

Human Longevity – Is Aging Simply a Matter of Choices?

09/26/2018 - 11:48am

As we all know, we live in a city dominated by senior citizens. Although the story that follows may sound commonplace, the point of this article is that it should not be so. A Cute Elderly Couple As I pulled my car into our local grocery store parking lot recently, I came upon a traffic jam. Looking ahead, I noticed the line of cars backed up as an elderly couple, a man and woman slowly made their way across the crosswalk. The man was using a cane, the woman, a walker. Both appeared to have multiple disabilities: back, knee, hip weakening. Everyone in the line of cars waited respectfully. When...

The Problem With Back Pain

08/30/2018 - 2:06pm

Throughout my childhood, I was fortunate to have two of the most wonderful grandmothers in the world. Sadly, beginning in early middle-age, both suffered from back pain: deformities caused by scoliosis, degenerative discs and osteoporosis. Their last fifteen years were hampered by a poor quality of life until they were finally unable to care for themselves at all. I vividly recall how proud my grandmother was when I received my medical degree. She told me, “I hope you can straighten out my bent body now.” Her statement hurt…research had little to nothing to offer at that time. Focus now on a s...

A Must Read…If You Eat Food, Breathe Air or Drink Water

07/27/2018 - 5:55pm

By now, common knowledge says that toxins are extremely dangerous to our health. But, less considered are the potentially dangerous chemicals that can be found in every room in your home. And…, according to a recent report by Cleveland Clinic, “If not properly stored or used, these products could cause minor to serious and even life-threatening health problems for you or your children. Unfortunately, we see people daily at The Renewal Point, already exhibiting symptoms of toxic exposure. One of the best defenses for your and your family is to learn when potentially dangerous chemicals can be f...

5 Brain Tests You Must Know About

07/02/2018 - 1:45pm

A Hopeful Solution to a ‘Grim Reaper’ “It is impossible to escape the grim news about Alzheimer’s disease,” so says Dr. Dale Bredesen, The End of Alzheimer’s. “There is no reliable way to prevent it, and the disease has for decades beaten the world’s best neuroscientists. Despite the billions and billions of dollars spent by governmental agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and biotechnology wizards to invent and test drugs for Alzheimer’s, 99.6 percent of what we have come up with have been abysmal failures.” A sad commentary, because we fear Alzheimer’s as we fear no other disease. Why? ● It...

Coming Off Anti-depressants...harder to do than you may think

05/31/2018 - 1:10pm

At The Renewal Point, we have been inundated with patients trying to wean off psychotropic medication. We know it can be a frustrating endeavor. Consider the difficulty Ms. Robin H. encountered. (Taken from a story that recently appeared in the New York Times.) Robin, a 54-year-old mother of four who lives near Concord, N.H., began taking the antidepressant Paxil 21 years ago for severe premenstrual syndrome upon the recommendation of her gynecologist. “He said, ‘Oh, this little pill is going to change your life,’” Robin said. “Well, did it ever.” The drug blunted her PMS symptoms, but also ca...

Bioidentical Hormones - Unnecessary?

05/03/2018 - 4:09pm

“Unnecessary?” I wondered as I tried to understand exactly what my patient’s Internist was referring to. “The bioidentical hormones that Dr. Watts prescribed for you are unnecessary for life.” Gloria’s primary care physician had further explained and then questioned, “Why take them?” Now I understood. Most doctors are not taught about bioidentical hormones in medical school, so rather than allow Gloria to get in the middle of a medical controversary, I spoke with her Internist directly. “Do you have any patient Gloria’s age in as good condition as she is?” “I do not,” her doctor replied. “Glor...

Has Sex Left Your Relationship? Why Your Sex Life Matters and What You Can Do About It...

03/27/2018 - 5:13pm

Why your sex life matters and what you can do about it! Consider this common scenario… A 61 year old patient expresses concern about “mild vaginal dryness but nothing that bothers me.  What bothers me is that I’m not able to have an orgasm and it is frustrating to me and my husband.” A physical exam reveals significant clitoral retraction.  (Since the clitoris is the female sexual appendage ~ equivalent to the male penis ~ it is a vital part of stimulation).  She was given a care plan consisting of vaginal exercises and hormonal vaginal cream to apply nightly for 2 months in ord...

Environmental Toxins: The Elephant in the Room

03/02/2018 - 11:50am

Doctors report shocking increase in cases of toxic exposure. Here’s why and how to keep these nasty culprits from wrecking your health. As author Chris Kresser writes, “Toxins from our environment are ubiquitous and almost impossible to avoid. But, if you are taking steps to limit your exposure, should you be worried about the low levels that are still undoubtedly in our system?” As a physician and health doctor, I could not agree more. If you eat food, drink water, breathe air or apply cosmetics to your body, you are exposing yourself to toxins. Common exposures include: Health and beauty ai...

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