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Get to know our new esthetician, Cher Clark, as we welcome her to the CentreSpring MD team!

What made you decide to become an esthetician?
Starting my work life out in a very toxic industry had me concerned about my skin and overall health so I returned to school to learn aesthetics and to my dismay later even found that this industry also needs a detox – enter Integrative Aesthetics!

Why are you so passionate about caring for others by caring for their skin?
Beauty is not only skin deep but is a reflection of our overall health.  Internal and external nutrition, especially lipids, equal truly healthy skin and deep within!  Making others more beautiful is very rewarding since when you look your best you can feel your best!

Why do you think self-care is important, and how does it help compliment the medical care someone might be receiving at our center?
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and is many times an optimal way of getting nutrition into the body.  We see this in medicine – think pain, birth control and even smoking cessation patches, as well beneficial minerals such as magnesium.  There is increasing awareness that what we apply to our skin is so important and a great adjunct to your holistic and/or integrative treatment plan and lifestyle!

What’s the most important part of a skincare routine that should never be skipped?
Moisturizing!  Skin cells are thirsty too and more moisture equals less wrinkles over time.  Hyaluronic acid molecules hold 1,000 times their weight in water and should be applied while skin is still damp after cleansing and followed by serums, treatment creams or an antioxidant oil to seal in the actives and protect your skin cells to maintain their youthful radiance.

 What’s the one skincare product you can’t live without?
Anything Eminence. I love that it’s organic and has so many superfood nutrients in such a luxurious formulation with incredible scents, while also super effective for the conditions you wish to improve.

Why are you excited to work at a holistic spa, specifically CentreSpring Spa?
My ongoing studies have taken me deep into integrative and functional medicine principals and the functions of the skin is of utmost importance.  I am also excited to work with others that appreciate and share my values and CentreSpring MD staff, patients and clients fit perfectly with that!

What do you like to do in your free time, and what are your hobbies and passions outside of being an esthetician?
I love to be active outdoors hiking, mountain biking and enjoying nature with the love of my life and I’m also an avid yogi who enjoys constant study and learning, spending time with family and friends and creating delicious and nutritious edible art in my (mostly) keto kitchen to share with loved ones!

If you’d like to book a facial with Cher, call us at 404-814-9808.

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Cases and diagnoses of ADHD have increased dramatically in the past several years according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The American Psychiatric Association. 

It’s really difficult as a parent to know if their child is having issues with development or their environment or actually showing ADHD symptoms. Dr. Taz shares some underlying causes and tips from the integrative approach to managing ADHD:

What is ADHD?

ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is a neurodevelopmental disorder described as a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that impedes daily life or standard development.

What is quotient testing?

The Quotient System is an FDA approved device that measures hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention as an aid in the evaluation of ADHD – analyzing a child’s micro-movements using advanced motion tracking technology. This computerized test takes less than half an hour in our office. After the test is finished, patterns of motion, accuracy of the responses, and fluctuations in attention state are quickly analyzed and scored using proprietary algorithms.

What we like most about Quotient is that it’s an objective test that doesn’t rely on people’s opinions, frustrations, or observations. It’s a computer tool that gives an objective score. Many times, the diagnosis is unclear. Your child’s symptoms might be anxiety, OCD, or some other diagnosis is masking itself as ADHD. But Quotient will help make that distinction.

If you have any questions regarding Quotient testing or are curious about our approach to help your child excel this school year, please reach out, we are here to partner with you on this journey!

At CentreSpringMD + Peds, we understand there can be many challenges along the road to diagnosing a child with ADHD. Our caring team of providers in Atlanta want to help support parents and care-givers every step of the way. 

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Natural Ways to Treat and Prevent Breast Cancer

Around 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women.

In 2017, it was estimated that approximately 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers. A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. 

About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations. The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).

Being diagnosed with breast cancer, or any form of cancer, can be emotionally unbearable and physically draining. Here at CentreSpring MD we offer integrative ways to manage your symptoms and pain, and prevent cancer’s return for good. As always, we are here to support you in your journey to healing.

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PANDAS: What is it and how does it affect your child?

PANDAS stands for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections.

And this increasingly common syndrome can turn otherwise healthy kids into moody, fidgety shadows of their former selves, practically overnight.

The most current theories suggest that infection, environment, or other factors trigger a misdirected response of the immune system that creates inflammation in the brain.

Suddenly, a child who was happy and healthy last week now gets upset over tiny things, displays obsessive compulsive behavior, struggles at school, and has trouble sleeping.

To learn more about PANDAS and available treatment strategies, watch this video from Dr. Taz:

What are the signs and symptoms that your child might have PANDAS?

  • ADHD symptoms (hyperactivity, inattention, fidgety)
  • Separation anxiety (child is “clingy” and has difficulty separating from his/her caregivers; for example, the child may not want to be in a different room in the house from his or her parents)
  • Mood changes, such as irritability, sadness, emotional lability (tendency to laugh or cry unexpectedly at what might seem the wrong moment), anger and aggression
  • Trouble sleeping, night-time bed-wetting, day-time frequent urination or both
  • Changes in motor skills (changes in handwriting, reading or math)
  • Joint pains
  • OCD and/or TICS

At CentreSpringMD, we are always looking beneath the surface. We are equipped with the latest in diagnostics and treatment from a holistic and functional medicine standpoint to meet complex pediatric cases. Please call us at 404-814-9808 if you have questions about your child and PANDAS.

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7 Signs of Low Progesterone

Hormonal balance can be such a struggle for females.  Each month we have highs and lows of our hormones and that can have different symptoms throughout the month: acne, anxiety, irritability or migraines.  Then we hit menopause and it can sometimes feel like our hormones are against us!  Stop the madness – what is normal? WHY are we feeling these things? WHY are do some women stay even while other women’s symptoms are so extreme?

It is all about hormonal balance.  Your hormones are like a symphony and must work together to help support you throughout the month.  The two major female hormones that fluctuate throughout your cycle are progesterone and estrogen.  In a normal menstrual cycle, progesterone levels rise after ovulation in order to sustain the lining of the uterus which thickens each month for a potential pregnancy.  If there is no pregnancy, progesterone levels then drop which stimulates your cycle. One common imbalance women can experience is a low progesterone level.  How can you tell if you have low progesterone?  There are some classic signs of low progesterone:

1. Irregular Menstrual Cycles
Progesterone is the main hormone responsible for regulating your cycle.  Typical menstrual cycles are about 28 days long.  If your cycle is much longer, much shorter, or just unpredictable then this could be due to low progesterone.

2. Infertility
If you have trouble getting or staying pregnant it might be due to low progesterone. Although infertility and miscarriages can have many root causes, if you are struggling to get pregnant you should have your progesterone levels checked.  Progesterone is responsible for thickening the endometrial lining and getting it ready for pregnancy – if this does not occur or levels do not rise after egg implantation the pregnancy cannot be sustained.

3. Headaches or Migraines
Although not the only cause of migraines, progesterone may play a role for some of us. Women with low progesterone tend to get migraines, particularly before and during their cycle. This might be related to the increase in estrogen with low progesterone. Higher estrogen can cause vasodilation and water retention which can trigger headaches.

4. Mood changes, including anxiety or depression.
Progesterone is intricately related with your neurotransmitters, particularly GABA.  When progesterone is low you may have symptoms of depression, anxiety, irritability and insomnia which can get even worse before your cycle.

5. Hot Flashes
Hot flashes are typically due to a change in your hormones.  When progesterone is low it can cause your estrogen to raise and this imbalance can create hot flashes,  particularly at night.

6. Weight Gain
That’s right, your weight gain could be due to a low progesterone level. Ensuring hormonal BALANCE is the key to weight loss for women.  Even if you are eating well and exercising, but have hormonal imbalance – including low progesterone – it can create an environment for weight gain.

7. Fibroids, Endometriosis
Again, with low progesterone comes higher estrogen.  Higher estrogen, when not balanced with progesterone, or estrogen dominance can lead to fibroids, endometriosis, heavier cycles, cysts and cystic breasts.  The good news is if you can balance your estrogen and progesterone levels these things can be avoided!

If you have any or all of these symptoms it is time to ask your health care provider about your progesterone levels and why they might be low!

At CentreSpringMD we help provide a holistic plan to increase your levels including dietary, lifestyle and herbal support, as well as the addition of bioidentical hormones when necessary.  If you are struggling with the symptoms above you are not alone.  With the help of your healthcare provider you can have more balanced hormones.

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How to Stay Healthy This Flu Season

Fall is here! While we may enjoy cool weather after a long, hot summer, we also have to prepare for the colds and flu that can come along with the weather change. Flu season officially began on Monday. Last year’s flu season was harsh and reports indicate there were 151 flu-related deaths in Georgia. 

At CentreSpringMD we take an integrative approach to health and we want everyone to be prepared this flu season. To learn strategies to prevent and treat the flu, watch now: 

Cold & Flu Buster Drip
Keep colds and flu away using vitamin therapy, including vitamin C with trace minerals, B vitamins and more.

Traveler’s Immune Drip
Combat long flights, airplane germs and more. For the traveler, optimizing the immune system is key. A Myers Cocktail with added B, C and trace minerals helps to keep you well as you travel.

Immune Booster
Reduce the duration and severity of your cold with our Immune Booster Shot, containing the powerful homeopathic remedy Engystol. 

Vitamin C Shots and Infusions
Vitamin C is an immune booster, which helps you stay healthy during flu season!

Don’t wait for your family to get sick! Now is the time to boost your immune system.

Use special code IMMUNE15 and save 15% on an immune building IV Drip or Booster.

Book by end-of-day Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Call now! 404-814-9808

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Facts You Should Know About This Year’s Flu Season

Did you know last season’s flu epidemic is estimated to have killed 80,000 Americans? This is the highest level since the 1970s. According to the CDC, it caused the deaths of at least 180 children, 80% of those had not been vaccinated. 

We’ve received lots of calls regarding this year’s flu vaccine, how the vaccine offered at CentreSpringMD is different and who should get the flu vaccine? Our amazing Family Nurse Practitioner, Christina Grace is here with some answers. 

Facts You Should Know About This Year's Flu Season - Vimeo

If you have additional questions about the flu vaccine we offer or to schedule your vaccine while supplies last, call our patient care coordinator now: 404-814-9808.

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10 Signs that You May have Estrogen Dominance

Estrogen is essential for many roles in the human body ranging from fertility, proper immune function, maintaining healthy bones and cardiovascular health as well as regulating blood sugar. Too much estrogen, however, can cause many unwanted symptoms and diseases. So, when it comes to estrogen you want just the right amount. Estrogen dominance is a term that we use when we believe you have too much estrogen compared to your other hormones.

Common signs and symptoms associated with Estrogen Dominance:
  • Irregular menses and heavy bleeding
  • Weight gain, especially in your hips, thighs and mid-section
  • Fibroids/Endometriosis
  • Fibrocystic Breasts and Gynecomastia in men
  • Insomnia
  • Depression/Anxiety/Irritability
  • Low Libido
  • Fatigue
  • Breast CA
  • Infertility/PCOS

There are many factors to consider when treating estrogen dominance and if you suffer with any of the above, you may want to consider working with a functional medicine provider.  The following are ways that you can start to address possible root causes for estrogen dominance:

1. Eliminate Regularly
If you are not having regular bowel movements your body is unable to eliminate excess estrogen.  Not having enough digestive enzymes and/or having low stomach acid (anyone on acid blockers) are some potential causes for re-circulation of estrogen. Low magnesium levels, dehydration, low fiber intake, as well as dysbiois or an imbalance of bacteria in the gut can also contribute to poor elimination and estrogen dominance.

2. Reduce Toxin Exposure
This includes food sources, toxins in personal hygiene products, cleaning products and even your drinking water. These toxins are potential endocrine disruptors and will affect your hormone balance. The herbicide glyphosate is prevalent in our food/water and by eating organic foods and using a water filter you can reduce your overall toxin load.

3. Reduce Stress
The hormone pregnenolone can get converted into progesterone and cortisol. When there is an increased need to produce cortical (one of the body’s stress hormones) the overall availability to make progesterone decreases. The end result – estrogen dominance. So, make sure that you include a variety of stress reducing activities such as deep breathing exercises, heart-centered meditation, yoga, prayer, journaling, being in nature and connecting to others in meaningful ways.

4. Improve Body Composition
Increased adipose tissue or fat increases the amount of aromatase, which converts androgen hormones into more estrogen. By losing fat and increasing muscle you can reduce estrogen and have improved hormonal balance.

Want to Dive Deeper?

To evaluate if your symptoms could be due to estrogen dominance, meet with any of our providers at CentreSpringMD.  We can perform a variety of tests to evaluate your hormonal balance and create a treatment plan that is individualized just for you! With a unique diagnostic process, we guide you to your best self by connecting the dots of your health and history to shape a unique treatment plan because no two people are the same. We lead you in the implementation and monitor the results to optimize the plan according to your body’s needs.

So what will you find as a patient at our office?
  • Longer appointments with your provider
  • Advanced technology and integrative lab testing
  • Conventional and holistic treatment options
  • Personalized treatment plans
  • Direct access to your provider
  • A complete menu of traditional and holistic health and spa services

As you can see, at CentreSpring MD, we are committed to a new model of medicine with true patient centered, collaborative care – a safe place for you to refresh, relax, and rejuvenate.

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Humans have been fasting for many ages, mainly due to religious or cultural beliefs. However, in more modern times, it has proven to be valuable for health benefits as well! Here is a cheat sheet about intermittent fasting, and if it is the right plan for you.

What are the potential benefits for intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting can act as a “reset” button for your digestive system. By taking a break from eating, you are letting your body flush out excess insulin and allowing the liver to dispose of toxins. Studies have shown that intermittent fasting actually influences the gut microbiome; microbes in the obese individuals actually had a higher rate of expenditure as far as for energy and storage. In addition, the gut microbiome is important in obese individuals due to the relation of systemic inflammation. Intermittent fasting provides an avenue to help burn visceral or deep fat, by allowing the body to use its own stored fat for energy versus consuming energy.

Which length of fasting is best for you?

The standard recommendations of fasting would either be a 12:12 fasting, meaning fast for 12 hours and eat for 12 hours. For example, eating is allowed between the hours of 8 am to 6 pm only.

However, many people do this fast naturally! We normally recommend the 16:8 fast, meaning fast for 16 hours and eat for 8 hours. An example of the timing of the fasting period would be, discontinuing eating after 8 pm and not resuming your first meal until 12 pm.  It is not usually recommended to fast any longer than 16 hours; once you extend past that point it can be harsh on your adrenal glands and other hormones, and it may cause a new array of problems.

Make sure that you break the fast with a high protein meal. Also, it is still necessary to eat at appropriate intervals throughout your eating period. For example: if the fast is broken at 12, make sure to eat again around 3:30 and then 8. The point of intermittent fasting is not to restrict calories and food throughout the entire day. When first starting intermittent fasting, it is best to try only a few days a week to see if you can tolerate the plan.

Who should NOT try intermittent fasting?

It is not recommended to try this practice if you have the following conditions:

Type 1 diabetes, eating disorders, pregnancy, women breast feeding, being underweight (BMI < 18), Type II diabetes and taking Insulin, or any hypoglycemic conditions. The restrictions are due to the fluctuations in blood sugar and even mood.

What are the potential obstacles of intermittent fasting?

One may experience low energy, binge eating behavior, changes in mood; although these are not anticipated effects, they may occur. If you are experiencing these symptoms, intermittent fasting may not be the right choice for you.

For example, I tried intermittent fasting myself on a work day, and by 11 am I was lightheaded and ravenous. It is best to try out intermittent fasting when there is less environment or mental stress, i.e. on a weekend, or if you ate a bigger meal at dinner the night before to help sustain you for the fast.

The idea of intermittent fasting can be daunting at first, but if you have visceral fat to shed, need a digestive reset, or want to reduce inflammation this could be an appropriate outlet for you. If you are still feeling overwhelmed about the idea or do not know if you meet the criteria, set up an appointment with any provider at our office for guidance.

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