At one of the most confusing, difficult times in my life Dr. Eric Potter brought the hope and answers I needed. When we first met and he opened our appointment with prayer I knew I had found the perfect doctor for me. He was empathetic and listened carefully to every symptom I was feeling.
My husband and I have been unable to have a child in our nine years of marriage. We have been on a long journey to figure out the cause of infertility. Along the way, we have learned that I am dealing with painful endometriosis and something called MTHFR.
I sought answers from my primary care physicians,
My story started in February 2016 when I experienced severe diarrhea, cramping, and jaundice. I was always curious about functional medicine, as I started the journey to figuring out what was wrong with me by visiting a GI doc at Nashville-based St. Thomas
Nearly all species need to sleep for survival although the amount needed by a given animal varies from species to species. Practically everyone loves sleep, yet busy lives or illness commonly deprive us of this much needed recharge. Journals are filled with studies reporting the negative effects on cognition as well as links to obesity and other metabolic diseases.
Flu season arrived. According to the news channel, this year’s flu leaves behind a trail of suffering. While many of you reading this will agree that news outlets often bias and distort, we can agree that none of us want the flu.
(The following is the first session of a series of video messages that our patients begin receiving after their initial visits This and session 2 (coming soon) will give you a taste of what Sanctuary offers beyond its functional medicine approach. If you want to receive the entire series, sign up for the newsletter and request the Spiritual Care Series.) Watch Video below.
The Need for a Comprehensive Means of Evaluation.
Chapter 2 of Dr. Neil Anderson and Dr. Michael Jacobson’s book, The Biblical Guide to Alternative Medicine
(This is a summary of the author’s views. Where I disagree, I try to highlight my disagreement and the reasons for it. Just because I agree in these areas,
Batman or the Joker?
Okay, I admit it. I grew up in the day when comic books were comic books and the Hall of Justice cartoons were the thing. My memories of Batman were more in my imagination that the high tech filming of today’s movies. But what does that have to do with testosterone?
The great battle between nature and nurture continues. Social scientists, biologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, even theologians have debated for centuries what determines a person’s unique humanness. The field of genetics fired a seemingly victorious salvo against nurture as science discovered sections of DNA called “genes” which decided hair color, eye color, height, and even the presence of many diseases.
The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recently published the results of a study in post-menopausal women with early hypertension. The study provided daily blueberry powder to half the women and after 8 weeks, those receiving the blueberry powder had a statistically significant decrease in blood pressure. For systolic pressure (the top number) it was 7 mm of mercury lower and for the diastolic (bottom number) it was 5.
The Christmas season was wonderful, full of joyous memories, but it is time to resume my explanations of the principles behind Sanctuary Medical Care and Consulting. I have discussed the Biblical principles which guide my day to day clinical activities, but will now turn to two principles of medicine which benefit my patients, Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine.
Having walked through the first three principles practiced in Sanctuary Medical Care and Consulting, I turn my attention to one that may surprise you in certain ways. If we take the Bible seriously in what it says and consider it as God’s Word, we should apply it 7 days a week, not just in how we worship on Sundays.
MTHFR is no longer just shorthand for a curse word. This gene and its gene family are gaining attention both from the medical world (clinical and research alike), but from many patients and bloggers. Why would a gene with such a bad name be getting so much press? Because its medical reputation matches its acronym.
Five Little Letters Can Spell Big Trouble
MTHFR = Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase.
For some reason, you now know that you have a mutation. School bullies may have claimed as much in years past, but now it is confirmed. Does it really matter if it is 677 or 1298 or whatever else the lab included for SHMT,