Weight Loss Success with Ideal Protein at PROTECT

Joslyn was unhappy with her weight gain. She realized she was drinking too much and just wasn’t pleased with the way her body looked or felt anymore. For years, she had also been battling the weight gain associated with PCOS — a condition which contributes to insulin resistance. Joslyn tried all kinds of strategies to lose the weight in the past. These other programs left her frustrated thanks to poor results and their high cost.

When I met Joslyn she was fed up. She had already decided to turn her life around before she came in —  making lots of excellent diet and lifestyle changes. She was feeling better, but hadn’t yet seen the numbers on the scale dropping. At her initial visit I could tell Joslyn was motivated, she just needed some guidance! Enter the Ideal Protein medical weight loss program… She was the perfect candidate for this program: motivated, ready to change, optimistic and flexible.

Joslyn’s results were awesome and we were both pleased with her progress on Ideal Protein. One week after seeing me at Protect and starting Ideal Protein she lost 5.4 lbs! After one month on the program she had lost 11.6 lbs. More than the numbers on the scale, Joslyn was now starting to just feel better, happier, more like herself again. She had gotten rid of some of her larger sized clothes and was smiling every time she came in for her weekly coaching session.

As of July, she has now been on the program for 2 months, with a total loss of 19.4 lbs! She is truly glowing when I see her in the office. She regularly walks and has started running again (an activity she hasn’t been able to pain-free do in years)! She is fully in the IP routine and a shining example of the changes possible with a bit of motivation, persistence and an optimistic outlook.

Although we still have a journey ahead of us, I know Joslyn is ready and excited to take on the next 20 lbs and beyond to reach her weight loss goal.

About Ideal Protein: IP is a medical weight loss program designed by scientists and administered by health care providers. The program is ketogenic (fat-burning), low carb and offers a wide variety of great tasting food choices. What sets IP apart from the pack is the delicious food, the education on the proper way to eat to lose and maintain weight loss and the amazing results!

If you’re interested in weight loss, schedule your free consultation at Protect Hormone Clinic. We offer Ideal Protein as well as HCG and weight loss medication to help jump start your progress. Please give us a call at (206) 457-5518

Solutions for Chronic Exhaustion – The Modern Epidemic – adrenal dysfunction

Adrenal Dysfunction Treatments – your solution to chronic exhaustion

I just feel tired all the time.”
“I wake up feeling exhausted!
My night time sugar cravings are out of control.

Do these statements sound familiar? If you can relate, you’re in good company. Many of my patients come to the PROTECT clinic with these complaints and they’ve had enough! Most are fully reliant on cup after cup of coffee (many experience little to no boost, however) and almost all of them are struggling with their weight.

Unfortunately, thanks to modern life, most people experience this chronic and unrelenting exhaustion at one time or another. The good news is we know what causes it: Adrenal Dysfunction. Our adrenal glands produce cortisol which helps regulate our metabolism and helps your body respond to stress.

The better news is we have tests to measure cortisol and treatments which can alleviate these complaints. Adrenal dysfunction or “adrenal exhaustion” is a popular concept — a “buzz” health topic — but do you know what it actually is?

The adrenals are two small glands which sit on top of the kidneys. When the body experiences stress, the adrenals release the cortisol hormone which help us prepare to fight a threat or run from danger. Among their many effects, these chemicals increase heart rate and blood pressure to help our muscles get ready, they decrease normal functions of our bodies like tissue repair and immune function and increase the amount of sugar in the blood stream.

I think we can agree this system is in place for great and lifesaving reasons, however, in today’s world the problem is the body and mind are often unable differentiate between the chronic stresses of modern life and actual life-threatening emergencies.  Ideally, these hormones would be saved for situations where we are actually trying to survive… not just daily occurrences such as sitting in stop and go traffic, high pressure at work to hit goals and deadlines, rushing to not only finish work but also manage the chaos of raising a family.  In these “stressful, non-emergencies”, cortisol levels build up in your bloodstream and begin to wreak havoc on your body and mind.

The outcome of this chronic exposure to stress hormones is both overactive and under active adrenal glands, our cortisol levels become imbalanced. Over activity usually comes first followed by under activity when they are no longer able to compensate.

Effects of under active or overactive adrenal glands include:

• Weight gain, particularly around the abdomen
• Increased risk of diabetes
• Feeling “tired yet wired” at night
• Poor quality sleep, unable to get to sleep, waking often
• Waking fatigued
• Night time sugar cravings
• Blood pressure is too high or too low
• “Foggy thinking” – interference with learning and memory
• Poor immune system function (more colds and flus)

What can we do about it? My number one suggestion for combating the symptoms of adrenal exhaustion is to keep a routine. Try to wake and go to bed at the same time every day, eat at relatively the same times every day. Routine tells the body what to expect when and that we are safe, despite intermittent stressors. Beyond this, I offer patients help with this every day with easy lab tests and natural supplements with the goal of bringing balance and harmony to the hormonal system.

Give our clinic a call today  (206) 457-5518 and learn about our Adrenal Dysfunction solutions.  Find out what a natural hormone assessment and treatment plan could do for you.

The Phentermine Solution – Getting a handle on crazy cravings

“I’ve tried everything to lose weight, but nothing is working – my food cravings sabotage me”. I hear this story from women in the PROTECT Seattle clinic all the time. Women begin a diet plan with the best intentions. They are happy to shed a few pounds, but then in a moment of weakness, they give in to their ‘crazy craving’ and feel like a failure. It’s a terribly vicious cycle. Try a new diet and fail at a new diet.

This time of year as the sun starts to show its face more often, weight loss becomes a priority again after a long Winter of hibernation. With Summer comes parties, weddings, trips to the beach and we want to look our best, right?

What if there was a solution to this crazy circle of attempts to lose weight that targeted the cravings?

Phentermine is a very popular option for weight loss, when medically indicated.

When used safely under the supervision of a physician, Phentermine, is a safe option to decrease appetite and cravings while transitioning into a healthier lifestyle which supports weight loss.

Phentermine and medically supervised weight loss is an effective solution for anyone wanting to shed those unwanted pounds. At our Seattle PROTECT Clinic, in addition to Phentermine, our physicians offer weight loss programs for effective and lasting results.

We offer a FREE consultation with our doctors to discuss phentermine as a solution for weight loss. Please give us a call at (206) 457-5518

Female Sexual Dysfunction and Women’s Sexual Health – Low Libido

Do you have a satisfying sex life? Do you have a healthy libido and often experience orgasm?

Did you know up to 50% of women experience sexual dysfunction of some kind? That means up to half of all women rarely feel sexually aroused and/or experience few, if any, orgasms. It’s time women stand up and reclaim their territory in the bedroom because we have just as much of a right to experience pleasure as our partners!

What can we do to improve our sexual satisfaction? Thanks to advances in research and understanding of the female sexual response, there are an increasing number of solutions to this predicament.

What kind of sexual dysfunction are you concerned about?

The female sexual response is quite complex and works properly thanks to a delicate balance of physical, psychological, social and emotional states and responses. It’s important to note that although an imbalance may be present, it is only considered a “dysfunction” when it causes distress for the patient, their partner or both. Issues in any one of these areas can cause a less than satisfying experience for a woman or her partner:

No Desire – Lack of desire or low libido is common, especially in older women. The body’s lack of hormonal levels, especially decreased levels of testosterone, can lead to less desire. There are many other factors which may contribute to low libido in women of all ages including emotional states (stress, anxiety and depression), substance use, illness, certain medications, thyroid problems and relationship problems. When a woman is physically and mentally, she should have a desire for sex.

No Arousal – Women experience sexual arousal as a combination of physical changes and thoughts and feelings internally. Normal physical changes that occur for a woman who is sexually aroused include vaginal lubrication, vulvar swelling and increased desire for sex with sexual touch. Women with arousal issues may not experience any or all of these changes. Lack of arousal may be due to lack of blood flow or a lack of nervous system sensitivity to sexual touch.

No Orgasm – “Anorgsamia” is the official term referring to absence of orgasm even in the presence of sexual arousal. While not extremely common, it is surprising to find that up to 12% of women who seek treatment for sexual dysfunction have never experienced orgasm. Although many women have accepted anorgasmia as normal, it is treatable and many have gained their orgasms again with the proper care.

Painful Sex – “Dyspareunia” means painful intercourse. Sadly, this is common for many women. Causes of pain during sex can which are treatable with plant-based hormone therapies include: vaginal atrophy, lack of lubrication, local irritation and being prone to vaginal infections. There are many additional causes of painful sex which should be fully evaluated by your healthcare provider.

Your sexual health is important, so don’t hestitate to seek help if you need it! You deserve more!

Come visit Protect Hormone Clinic where we use use an integrative approach to address your sexual health and wellbeing. Schedule your consult with one of our providers today!

Vitamin D is your Rockstar ‘Solar Hormone’

In my office I refer to Vitamin D3 as a “non-negotiable” supplement almost every patient must take daily. This much-hyped vitamin (which actually acts more like a hormone) is probably as close to a “rockstar vitamin” as you can get. Most people know two things about Vitamin D- 3: You get it from the sun and you need it to for healthy bones– yes, these are true, but there’s so much more to this vitamin which is critical for a healthy body. Vitamin D is essential for our mental and physical health as well as a healthy immune system, cancer prevention

We get the inactive form of Vitamin D3 either from exposure to UV rays on our skin or by taking a supplement. Either way, the vitamin needs to be activated by the liver or kidneys to become useable by the body. The vitamin is then active and able to interact with vitamin D receptors which are located in tissues all over your body. Vitamin D allows us to regulate our blood levels of calcium which keeps our bones and muscles healthy. Additionally, Vitamin D plays a role in many different biochemical processes that medicine is still learning about.

Consequences of deficiency can show up in a myriad of conditions or symptoms: thinning or soft bones, muscle weakness or aches, autoimmune diseases (i.e. Crohn Disease, MS, Type 1 Diabetes), metabolic syndrome, breathing problems such as asthma, increased susceptibility to infections, depression, increased incidence of many cancers. You could probably say this Vitamin does a little bit of everything for our bodies.

Vitamin D deficiency is extremely common worldwide, but especially in northern latitudes (such as here in cloudy Washington). Here are 5 reasons you may not be getting enough D in your life:

  1. Limited exposure to UVB or using UVB-blocking sunscreen
  2. You have highly pigmented skin
  3. Several medications and supplements prevent Vitamin D production, absorption 
or increase metabolism (i.e. anticonvulsants, steroids, St. John’s wort)
  4. Liver or kidney disease
  5. Gut diseases which prevent absorption (i.e. Crohn disease and Celiac disease)

So what can you do to help improve your D3 levels? First, get your Vitamin D tested via an easy blood test. Although labs vary, I like to see Vitamin D3 levels at least at 50 ng/dL in my patients.

Visit a provider at PROTECT for further information and to get your Vitamin D checked!

Just say “No” to Hot Flashes

Dr. Katie Disharoon ND

Any woman who has felt the flush and sweat of a hot flash can tell you how uncomfortable it is. Hot flashes are a common complaint for perimenopausal and menopausal women and one of the most common motivators to seek medical treatments during this transition. The body experiences this sensation in response to the dropping levels of estrogen and progesterone which occur when the ovaries begin to shut down. These levels begin to affect the body’s thermostat which can cause sweating very quickly in certain situations. Needless to say, hot flashes can be very uncomfortable, distressing and downright debilitating.

A recent article in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine has stirred conversation, showing that women may experience hot flashes for as long as 14 years, with a median of 7.4 years. Some groups of women were more likely to have hot flashes longer including Hispanic and African American women. It also showed that women who started having hot flashes younger (while still having a period) were more likely to continue experiencing hot flashes longer than those whose hot flashes started after their periods stopped.

Besides being uncomfortable, women who experience more intense hot flashes have been shown to be at higher risk for the cardiovascular risks and bone thinning that accompany menopause due to falling hormone levels.

Bioidentical hormone therapy is a safe, natural and proven treatment to help stop menopausal and perimenopausal hot flashes. When these hormones are used, which are identical to the hormones the body produces, they help restore a woman’s quality of life by reducing hot flashes and maintaining bone density. Additionally, bioidentical hormone therapy helps women tackle other symptoms that accompany menopause such as:
•    mood swings
•    low libido
•    hair and skin problems
•    weight gain
•    insomnia

Come talk to the providers at Protect to learn more about what bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can offer you!