June 18, 2021
What Is the Functional Medicine Approach to Weight Loss And Obesity

According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 39.6% of Americans are obese, and that there are more than 100 million obese people in the USA. NHANES estimates that these numbers will rise drastically with time, and by 2030, almost 50% of the global population will be obese. This article discusses the functional medicine weight loss approach.

June 10, 2021
Multiple Sclerosis And the Immune System

Multiple Sclerosis is a potentially incapacitating disease of the spinal cord (central nervous system)and brain. In this condition, a person’s immune system attacks the myelin (a protective sheath) that covers the nerve fibers. This leads to communication issues between your brain and other organs of your body. This can eventually lead to the deterioration of permanent damage to the nerves. This article discusses what Multiple Sclerosis is and how it impacts the immune system.

June 4, 2021
Dr. Darlene C. Bernard, FACOG, IFMCP

North Charleston, SC – We are pleased to announce that Dr. Darlene Carolyn Bernard, FACOG, IFMCP, has recently joined the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine (COEM).

May 28, 2021
Allergy and Asthma

In 1984, May was declared “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month” by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). This is because, in May, most allergy and asthmatic symptoms begin to surface.

May 27, 2021
Autoimmune Diseases and Toxic Chemical Exposure

Our daily environment presents many toxic chemicals that can affect the hormones in our bodies. Since most autoimmune diseases are linked to our various hormones, most scientists believe that toxic chemicals may also trigger autoimmune diseases.

May 11, 2021
Mold and Hormonal Imbalance

For women, mold toxicity may cause imbalances between progesterone and estrogen or just overall low levels of progesterone, testosterone estrogen, and DHEA.  Therefore, women can experience various medical conditions such as infertility, irregular cycles, endometriosis, premenstrual syndrome or PMS, and a depressed mood. Similarly, mold toxicity can cause low testosterone levels for men, which causes low libido and motivation. Simultaneously, elevated estrogen may lead to female features such as breast enlargement and can also cause weight gain.

April 28, 2021
Gut Microbiome and Mental Health

A gut microbiome is a group of trillions of bacterial cells found mainly in your colon. Your colon is responsible for absorbing nutrients into the body and is also directly connected to the brain. Therefore patients with various psychiatric illnesses such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism spectrum disorder show significant differences in the structure of their gut microbiome.

April 26, 2021
Hypothyroidism from a Functional Medicine Perspective

Functional hypothyroidism also referred to as subclinical hypothyroidism, is a state where thyroid hormone levels within your blood fall within the normal range. However, other indicators such as temperature tests show mild thyroid hormone deficiency. Remember that even mild thyroid hormone deficiencies can have far-reaching effects.

April 21, 2021
Thyroid And Gastrointestinal Problems

The thyroid gland can indeed have a substantial impact on the gastrointestinal system. The symptoms experienced by a person with an underactive thyroid usually include low stomach acid, dyspepsia (chest pain), constipation, poor absorption of food, anemia, gallstones, and excessive growth of bacteria in the small intestine.

April 16, 2021
Thyroid and Acid Reflux

Despite no direct link being established until now between acid reflux and thyroid disease, such a relation is often observed with an underactive thyroid, especially due to Hashimoto disease (an autoimmune disease resulting in the destruction of thyroid tissue). This is because Hashimoto disease is associated with an esophageal motility disorder that can often cause acid reflux symptoms or heartburn.