Introducing POTS

Many younger patients come to our office with a life-disruptive mix of random symptoms that have lasted years, sometimes with a prior diagnosis of POTS, or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, and they want answers.  These patients primarily complain of dizziness, palpitations, passing out, difficulty exercising, and other cardiovascular symptoms.  Most also complain of seemingly vague…

Part 18: POTS and Dysautonomia Post COVID Explained

In our final summer series edition, we return to the medicine kitchen to discuss POTS and Long COVID. POTS, or postural orthostatic syndrome, took a while to gain acceptance in mainstream medicine; they have only recently begun to understand it as a probable autoimmune condition. This dysfunctional condition of the autonomic nervous system results in…

Part 10: POTS after COVID: Dysautonomia Documented

Most in the general public would not recognize the word dysautonomia nor the syndrome called POTS.  For those suffering with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), a type of dysautonomia, or dysregulation of our autonomic control system, they can’t forget it. The dizziness, palpitations, syncopal episodes, fatigue, and sometimes inability to function well while standing upright…

Modulating Tau in Traumatic Brain Injury to Prevent Cognitive Decline

The convergence of pharmaceutical and natural therapies upon one neurologic pathway to modify a brain degenerating process offers hope in traumatic brain injury patients.  While traumatic brain injury, especially when repetitive, often leads to cognitive decline, even dementia, two pharmaceuticals and a few natural agents offer hope.  The anti-inflammatory medications diflunisal and salsalate garner little…

Children’s Lives Impacted by Early Life Adversity

Our fallen world provides numerous examples of how adversity can impact our health.  None of you need convincing of that reality and therefore this study appears bland at first.  But read a little further and you will see that the researchers uncovered effects on children’s executive functioning and changes in stress hormones.  They found measurable…