Doctors Blogs by The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Charleston, SC
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Adventures in Allergy testing at COEM
Food Allergy is an abnormal response to a particular food, triggered by the body’s immune system. The immune system is responsible for identifying and destroying the invaders like bacteria and viruses of our body that can make us sick.
Autism & Children with Special Needs
At the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, we believe that it is inadequate to simply give children drugs for developmental disorders without evaluating and correcting underlying problems.
Healthy for Life Weight Loss
As a medical practice, it is in our best interest, too, if you succeed. As your weight normalizes and the very real and severe medical risks caused by obesity are diminished, our ability to help you in other ways with your health is facilitated.
Lyme Disease: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
Lyme disease (LD) is an infection caused by Borrelia Burgdorferi, a type of bacterium called a spirochete that is carried by deer ticks. An infected tick can transmit the spirochete to the humans and animals it bites.
Menopause: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and BHRT Connection
Swine Flu (H1N1) Could Reach 40 % in U.S.
The wording of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) was ominous – “In a disturbing new projection, health officials say up to 40 percent of Americans could get swine flu this year and several hundred thousand could die without a successful vaccine campaign and other measures.”
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy? Know the Facts and Risks
Can Hypothyroidism Cause Depression?
How to Manage Allergies in Spring Season?
Esophagitis: Types, Common Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options
Allergy and Asthma: How Are They Connected?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy: Everything You Need to Know
Pandas Syndrome: What to Know About It
PANDAS is an acronym for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric diseases associated with streptococcus. Following infection with Streptococcus pyogenes, children experience abrupt and typically substantial changes in personality, behavior, and mobility.
What Should You Keep in Mind While Doing Yoga with Scoliosis
Scoliosis is characterized by an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine, often diagnosed in childhood and early adolescence. While moderate and severe scoliosis requires medical intervention, mild scoliosis can be effectively managed by yourself, such as with yoga.
Vitamin D and Inflammation: How It Can Affect Your Health
Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD) and Food Sensitivities: Know the Connection
Mold and Dampness: How Mold Affects Your Health
Mold and Cancer: Can Mold Cause Cancer?
Mycotoxins Toxicity: What You Need to Know
Osteoporosis: Symptoms, Causes, Prevention and Treatment
Osteoporosis, also known as ‘porous bone’, is a disease in which bones get so brittle that they get fractured easily with the slightest stress or a fall. This disease occurs due to low bone mass and less bone turnover.
Preconception Care and Fertility: Everything You Need to Know
Preconception care is personalized care given to women and men that reduces maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity—the likelihood of conception increases when parents are provided contraceptive counseling.
The Hidden Connection Between Eczema and Gut Health
Eczema is a condition in which patches of skin become inflamed, itchy, cracked, rough, and sometimes even cause blisters. Scientists are now slowly understanding the role of the human microbiome in the appearance of chronic conditions like eczema.
Can Exposure to Mold Cause Miscarriage and Birth Defects During Pregnancy?
What are the Main Benefits of Lifestyle Medicine?
Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO): Everything You Need to Know About It
Can You Treat Allergies Using Natural Antihistamines?
Antihistamines are a group of medications used to treat allergy symptoms. These medications aid in treating unpleasant symptoms caused by the presence of an excess of histamine, a substance produced by your body’s immune system.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) – All You Need to Know
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects women and can cause chronic health problems like heart disease or type 2 diabetes. However, early diagnosis and treatment can reduce your risk of developing those complications.
Probiotics and Prebiotics: The Best Foods You Should Eat
Connection Between Gut Bacteria and Heart Disease: Best Probiotics for Gut Health
Medical Myths Associated with Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic medical condition that affects the spinal cord and brain. Experts mostly believe that MS is an autoimmune disease. In this disease, the immune system attacks the protective sheath that covers nerve fibers, known as myelin.
Alpha Lipoic Acid: A Universal Anti-oxidant
Multiple Sclerosis And The Immune System How Are They Connected
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.
What Is the Functional Medicine Approach to Weight Loss And Obesity
The first thing to analyze is why you cannot keep your weight off. Once this is understood, you need to work with your functional medicine doctor to select the most appropriate treatment plan for you.
Autoimmune Diseases and Toxic Chemical Exposure: Is There a Connection?
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.
Understanding 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.
Gut Microbiome and Mental Health: Impact of Gut Microbiome On Your Mental Health
Mold and Asthma – What’s the Connection and its Effects on Your Health
Preventing And Treating Cancers: You Do Have Choices
Over the course of the past several weeks I have learned of the untimely death of a few of my patients and family members. What was so tragic was these people were given no information about alternative treatments that might have provided some hope.
How to Remove Mold Spores From Your House And Prevent Mold Infection?
Role of Food Sensitivities in Asthma and Inflammatory Bowel Disorders
Food Intolerance: Everything You Should Know About It
Hypothyroidism vs. Hyperthyroidism: What’s the Difference?
Food Allergies: Things You Must Know
Mold Mycotoxins: Important Things You Should know
There are many types of brain injuries. These may occur as a result of blows to the head, gunshot wounds, accidents, strokes, sports injuries, electrical and lightning injuries, migraine headaches, vascular problems, degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, and from normal pressure hydrocephalus.
Mold Assessment: What You Should Know About It
A Challenging Case History of Vertigo at The Center
Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
Chronic fatigue syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), or CFS is a complex disorder indicated by extreme fatigue that usually worsens with any activity, be it mental or physical, and does not improve with rest.
Mold Exposure Health Risks: Can Mold Make You Sick?
Do You Know What Makes Functional Medicine Different?
Functional medicine is a patient-centered, individualized, and science-based approach that allows practitioners and patients to work together and promote optimal wellness by addressing the underlying causes.
Why Do I Keep Getting Yeast Infections?
Fatty Liver Disease: All You Need to Know
Fatty liver disease, otherwise known as hepatic steatosis, is the condition in which fat accumulates in the liver. Having fat in your liver is normal, however, having too much fat in your liver can cause liver inflammation and scarring.
Progesterone – One Heck of a Hormone
Overview of Candida Albicans
The Yeast Connection brought down the wrath of conventional medicine upon us for treating our patients with anti-fungal medications. We had at the time only Nystatin, one of the safest drugs in the whole Physicians Desk Reference.
Yeast-Yet Again! (An Interview with Dr. Lieberman)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Conference
Latex Sensitivity: Facts You Should Know About It
Biochemical Abnormalities of Autism
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Toxic Chemical Exposure
Dr. Dunstan of Australia presented an interesting paper on the relationship of toxic chemical exposures to infection – specifically asking if toxicity was related to CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome).
Fibromyalgia Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are disorders characterized by extreme fatigue. The medical community debates whether fibromyalgia is a different expression of the same disease that causes chronic fatigue syndrome as the conditions are intertwined.
Mercury is a toxic heavy metal that is widespread in nature. Most mercury exposure to humans is due to the ingestion of contaminated fish, the release of mercury from dental amalgam, or occupational exposure.
Chlorine poisoning is a medical emergency which occurs upon inhaling or swallowing chlorine. If a person is showing symptoms of poisoning, they should be immediately taken to the hospital or emergency room.
Low Level Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Organophosphate Pesticide Exposure
Endocrine (Hormonal) System
Dr. Lieberman’s Note: We are sorry to see that people generally have so little understanding of the adverse effects of using so many toxic chemicals in their daily lives and that they are equally unaware of effective, safer alternatives.
Chemical Toxicity and Biologic Exposures
Related to the above paper, the Nicholsons presented their research on Gulf War illnesses. They believe that chemical toxicity and biologic exposures combined to produce these illnesses. It has now been documented that both chemical and biological warfare were used in the Gulf War.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Everything You Need to Know
ADHD is characterized by the continuous display of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that restricts brain development. This disorder mainly affects children and teens and in some cases, continues into adulthood as well.