Free seminar on Advances in Stem Cell Treatments – May 14

Dr. David Borenstein of the New York Stem Cell Treatment Center at Manhattan Integrative Medicine announces a free seminar on the use of adult stem cells for various degenerative and inflammatory conditions.

At the New York Stem Cell Treatment Center, we are dedicated to the advancement of quality care in the area of adult stem cell regenerative medicine. Our mission? To advance stem cell technology in order to improve the body’s ability to regenerate, and help those of you who suffer from a variety of inflammatory and degenerative conditions.
The approach, which involves harvesting your own stem cells from adipose tissue obtained during an outpatient mini-liposuction, may help a number of degenerative, inflammatory, immune and pain-related conditions.

DATE: Thursday, May 14, 2015
TIME: 6:30-8:30 PM
LOCATION: NYC Seminar and Conference Center
71 W 23rd St ( at 6th Avenue)
New York, NY 10010
RSVP: Call 212-262-2412
Refreshments will be served

Support the Documentary Sick to Death!

I’m honored to have been interviewed for and featured in a new documentary, Sick to Death! The film is being produced by award-winning filmmaker and thyroid patient Maggie Hadleigh-West.

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Maggie is telling her own story of years of misdiagnosis and mistreatment, as well as exploring the difficulties many other patients similarly face in getting properly diagnosed and treated for thyroid problems.

Going up against the medical establishment, big pharma, and other impediments, Maggie is fearlessly exposing and depicting what many of us know all too well about thyroid disease: That the “by the numbers” diagnosis, and cookie-cutter treatments promoted by mainstream medicine and drug companies do a total disservice to many patients, and patients – and some pratitioners — are sick of it!

Maggie started with a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation, but now needs to raise $10,000 to get the film to rough cut stage, and with even more support, she can finish the film quickly and get it out there to start shaking things up and making people really think about the state of thyroid treatment.

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Please consider contributing any amount to the Kickstarter campaign. Many contributions even come with special gifts – including copies of the film, VIP premiere tickets, books, posters and screenings.

You can contribute to the Kickstarter campaign here.

I’m interviewed in the Kickstarter video, along with my colleagues Dr. Kent Holtorf and Dr. Chuck Mary, and patient advocates Mary Shomon and Dana Trentini.

The Kickstarter effort will run for a month, so now is the time to make your donation. Also, please share the Kickstarter link — https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/827276483/sick-to-death
— with anyone who cares about improving thyroid care!

Male Menopause: Is It For Real? Low Testosterone 101

Doctors acknowledge that women go through menopause — the fluctuation and reduction in female hormones that culminate in the end of menstruation – typically in their late forties or early fifties. But what about men?

You may hear the term “male menopause,” or “andropause,” and wonder if it’s a real situation. Here’s the bottom line.

Around the age of 50, and sometimes even earlier, many men start to experience a drop in their male hormone, testosterone, and it can cause a range of symptoms. The medical term is hypogonadism — which means, a deficiency in the male hormone testosterone.

How is Low Testosterone Defined?

While it’s normal for testosterone to decline somewhat as you age, for good health, most men should have levels that fall within the reference range of about 300 ng/dL to 1000 ng/dL. Typically, low testosterone is considered to be a level below approximately 300 ng/dL. A blood test can measure testosterone levels.

What are the Symptoms of Low Testosterone?

  • Fatigue
  • Less energy
  • Malaise
  • Irritability, anxiety
  • Lower exercise tolerance
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Difficulty getting and maintaining an erection
  • Fewer erections
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Genital numbness
  • Reduction in the size of testicles
  • Softening of testicles
  • Lower ejaculatory volume
  • Depression or mood changes
  • An increase in body fat
  • An Increase in belly fat
  • Increase in fat in breast area (aka, “man boobs!”)
  • A reduction in muscle mass, difficulty building muscle
  • Reduced bone strength, unexplained fractures
  • Reduced physical strength
  • Hair loss — from head and body, including underarms
  • Slower facial hair growth, less shaving
  • Hot flashes
  • Daytime and night sweat

If you have low testosterone levels, this already increases your risk of developing other illnesses, including diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease.

Risk Factors for Low Testosterone

You have a higher risk of developing low testosterone if you:

  • Have other hormonal imbalances, such as thyroid disease or adrenal dysfunction
  • Are obese
  • Have diabetes
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Have asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Have had an injury to your testicles
  • Have testicular cancer
  • Have HIV/AIDS
  • Have chronic liver or kidney disease

Natural Ways to Increase Testosterone

Here are some natural ways to increase testosterone:

  • Lose weight
  • Incorporating healthy fats into your diet
  • Avoid excessive soy consumption
  • High-intensity exercise
  • Strength training/muscle building
  • Intermittent fasting (IF) diets (i.e., the 5/2 diet)
  • Zinc supplements
  • Vitamin D supplementation
  • Get enough sleep
  • Active stress reduction
  • Avoid hormone-disrupting chemicals — like phthalates, parabens, BPA

Treating Low Testosterone

If testosterone doesn’t increase with natural approaches, you may need prescription testosterone. This can be done via injections, daily gel, patches, or via small implantable pellets. Response is monitored through blood tests, and evaluation of symptoms.

When Will You Feel An Improvement?

Typically, patients on the right doseage of testosterone will notice improvements in symptoms within a few weeks.

Risks of Testosterone Therapy

There are some risks to testosterone therapy. Testosterone treatment can raise red blood cell count which increases the risk of stroke, cause breast enlargement, contribute to the risk of sleep apnea and blood clots, cause acne, and accelerate prostate growth. There is also some evidence — thought it’s controversial — that testosterone therapy may increase the risk of heart attack in men over 65 and younger men with a history of heart disease.

Men who use testosterone gel are also cautioned to thoroughly wash their hands, and keep treated areas from contact with children, women and pets.

Men with breast cancer and prostate cancer are typically advised not to receive testosterone therapy. But some practitioners feel that some prostate cancer patients can, with monitoring, have testosterone therapy safely.

Many practitioners believe that for the majority of symptomatic men with subpar levels, the benefits of testosterone therapy outweigh the risks.

Are You a Candidate for Prolotherapy for Pain?

Prolotherapy is a treatment that involves injections of a solution into trigger point areas to help with pain. Prolotherapy is short for “proliferation therapy,” and it’s sometimes also called regenerative injection therapy, or “non-surgical ligament and tendon reconstruction and regenerative joint injection.” Variations of prolotherapy have been in use in the United States since 1930.

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How Does Prolotherapy Work?

If you think about your ligaments and tendons — the tissue that connect joints and muscles — through use, or injury, they can become stretched out or even torn. This destabilizes the joint, causing inflammation and pain.

In prolotherapy, an injection is made into the area near a joint, ligament, or tendon, and the irritation of the injection area causes new collagen production, which helps stabilize the joint and regenerate the site. This helps resolve pain and stimulate permanent healing in many patients.

Prolotherapy is considered most useful for

  • Lower back pain and disc problems
  • Tendinitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Wrist pain
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Joint dislocation
  • Mouse shoulder, frozen shoulder and other shoulder pain
  • Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunctions in the jaw area
  • Lateral epicondylosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Other joint, muscle and tendon painTypically, a dextrose (sugar) solution, saline (salt) solution, the anesthetic lidocane, or glycerine are used for the injections.Effective prolotherapy typically involves periodic treatments — from weekly to every six weeks, depending on the condition — for a total of 3 to 6 treatments.

The American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine endorses the use of prolotherapy for management of musculoskeletal pain problems, as does the American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine.

Benefits of Prolotherapy

In contrast to surgery, or pain medications, prolotherapy is considered very safe, minimally invasive, and has few side effects. You may have a bit of soreness or stiffness at the injection site within a few days of treatment, and that usually goes away.

Prolotherapy also gets at the underlying cause of the pain, and for some patients, and unlike medication and some surgeries, it permanently eliminates the ongoing problem, rather than just treating the symptoms.

(Note: If you are on an anticoagulant, or have a bleeding disorder, however, you may not be a good candidate for prolotherapy. )

What Can You Expect?

Prolotherapy is not a time-consuming process. Once your treatment plan has been established, you can be in and out of your prolotherapy in less than an hour, and back to your day’s activities right away.

You may experience noticeable pain relief as early as after your first session. Typically, people report continued improvement with each session. According to some studies, more than 80% of people treated with prolotherapy report good or excellent results in their pain management.

 

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Dear Readers,
Welcome to my blog, where I will share the latest medical and health news and information, posts about cutting-edge treatments, ideas about nutrition, links to research findings, advice on weight loss, supplements, hormonal health, and more. Please feel free to comment, share posts you find interesting, and let us know if there are topics you’d like to see covered.

Take care!

- Dr. David Borenstein