Dr. Darlene C. Bernard – COEM Proudly Welcomes Our New Doctor

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.

1 April 12, 2021
Mold and Candida

Mold is a fungus that often thrives in moisture and multiplies through lightweight spores that travel via the air. Candida is also a fungus that is found in small quantities in your mouth, intestines, and skin.

March 25, 2021
Fatigue and Thyroid

Most people suffering from thyroid often feel fatigued. Fatigue caused by the thyroid malfunctioning is often debilitating and manifests as persistent exhaustion that impacts your daily routine. Typically, thyroid diseases resulting from an overactive thyroid (e.g., Grave’s Disease) or an underactive thyroid (Hashimoto’s Disease) affect your body’s metabolism. This leads to feelings of exhaustion and fatigue. Whether you wake up tired or need frequent naps, the root cause can be your thyroid.