Doctor’s visit 8/6/2010

Below is part of the 51 page report that I received from www.diagnose-me.com and Dr. Fisel:

Since you've noticed some improvements with cutting out certain foods, I would recommend having more extensive food allergy testing, from laboratories such as US Biotek (www.usbiotek.com) or Elisa/ACT (www.elisaact.com). This may help to identify underlying culprits that have gone undetected, allowing you to eliminate these foods, and further enhance your immune function, among other benefits.

Other treatments that will help to enhance your immune function, and make you less susceptible to recurring infections (such as boils/abscesses) , include the following: The mineral zinc, at a dosage of 50 mg per day; Vitamin A, at a dosage of 10,000 IU/day; The herbs astragalus, elderberry, olive leaf, and oregon grape, for their anti-microbial properties; The herb baptisia, which is specific for treating recurring boils; ( in all these years….why did not one of the doctors that I went to suggest that I try this????…or anything else besides antibiotics??) Larch arabinogalactan, an herbal extract that supports non-specific immunity; Thymus extract, also specific for this purpose. Try to avoid foods containing high fructose corn syrup, refined sugars, and additives/preservatives, as they will have a negative impact on your immune function as well.

Increased abdominal fat will often be corrected by addressing insulin resistance. For this, I would recommend the following: The herbs gymnema and bitter melon, which are especially helpful for alleviating carbohydrate cravings; The mineral chromium, at a dosage of 500 mcg per day; A fiber supplement, such as psyllium, which helps to control the absorption of sugars and the release of insulin; A whey protein supplement, preferably taken in the morning, which helps to raise your metabolic set point and diminish carbohydrate cravings.
Hypothyroidism also needs to be considered as a possibility, as this can cause weight gain, among other symptoms. Ideally, you want to have a TSH that is between 1.0-2.0, along with having your free T3 and free T4 levels tested, for the most accurate assessment of thyroid function. As many doctors are not familiar with this concept, you may need to do some more searching in your area to find the appropriate physician. I would recommend searching at www.acamnet.orgwww.naturopathic.org, and thyroid.about.com for a potential physician referral in your area.

I just got back from an appointment to get myself tested for insulin resistance and a thyroid function test. 
It was a quick in and out appointment….so I didn’t have time to take pictures of my surroundings. :)
I asked the nurse if my T levels would be included in the thyroid function test.  She replied no, that it was a standard test.  Ha, I’m glad I asked.  I went back up to the front desk to ask them to have this included.

In the meantime, I would recommend some treatments that will help to normalize your thyroid function, which should make a difference in how you feel: Kelp, which is a form of seaweed used specifically for this purpose; The mineral selenium, at a dosage of 200 mcg per day; The amino acid L-tyrosine, in combination with folic acid, which act as precursors for the production of thyroid hormone; Ultimately, you may be in need of a thyroid hormone prescription for the best results, and to get your TSH into the optimal range.
A more regular use of multiple vitamins and minerals would seem appropriate for you. Individual nutrient suggestions are made later in this report.

Besides eating super healthy, so far I have followed almost all of Dr. Fisel’s suggestions.  In his report, there were a few herbs that no one around here has heard of, which are used widely in Europe to treat blood pressure issues. 
I have found this report to be a great tool….not to diagnose, but to give me things to think about to bring up at a doctor’s visit that normally I would not have mentioned.  I now realize that in order to get the most out of a doctor’s visit, I have to arm myself with as much information as possible before I get there.  I think that a lot of times we forget that the doctor works for US not the other way around.  Even though they try to get us in and out as fast as possible, we CAN slow them down and force them to look at the WHOLE picture, which WE have to supply to them.

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