COVID-19 UPDATES: March 25, 2020

During this time of intense change and uncertainty, taking care of your health has never been more important, or more confusing.  Dr. Procyk and Dr. Clark are still available to help!  To keep everyone safe while still being available, all visits will be via telemedicine for the immediate future.  We are using a fully secure HIPAA-compliant service that is SO much easier to use than Skype!  Liz will give you all the details you need at the time of your visit. All of your supplements are still available, and at 10% off!  We are happy to ship them to you, or you

What Causes Lipedema and What is Happening to the Affected Area?

Dr. Aylah Clark Lipedema is an adipose tissue (fat tissue) disorder primarily affecting the lower extremities and sometimes arms that spares the hands and feet. It almost exclusively affects women with symptoms beginning often after hormonal change like puberty, menopause, or pregnancy. Lipedema (Wikimedia Commons) There is a lot we don’t know about lipedema. We don’t know exactly why it happens or what sets it off. It is thought to have a genetic component as it is common for people with lipedema to have family members with it (or suspected to have it). It is also thought that estrogen, or

The Role of Inflammation in Body Weight: An Intro to the Biology of Fat

By Dr. Aylah Clark Inflammation comes up a lot in my practice. It promotes many chronic diseases and correlates with worsening signs and symptoms of many conditions, whether it be autoimmune disease, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, or others. Inflammation is also intrinsically tied to obesity.  How are inflammation and body weight related and what can we do about it? What is inflammation? Inflammation is your body’s attempt to protect itself. It involves complex biological processes that are activated by things like foreign invaders (bacteria and viruses for example) or damaged cells (injury). We need inflammation to protect ourselves from these harmful events and

6 Reasons Why You Can Still Have Symptoms in Celiac Disease After Gluten Elimination

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where gluten consumption triggers an inflammatory response and damage to the intestines. It is caused by a complex interaction between genetic predisposition, intestinal microbiome, environment, and the immune system. Symptoms & Diagnosis Symptoms can vary widely but can include gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating, and mouth sores, but can also lead to weight loss or failure to thrive, fatigue, dermatitis herpetiformis (a skin condition), neurological symptoms, hormone disruption such as irregular periods, infertility, early menopause, and nutrient deficiencies leading to osteopenia/osteoporosis (bone loss). Diagnosis is usually done by blood test but

Lipedema: An Underdiagnosed Cause of Weight Loss Resistance

Have you experienced weight gain, particularly in your legs or arms, and had significant difficulty losing it? It could be a condition called lipedema. Lipedema is a common condition that almost exclusively affects women. It involves accumulation of fat (adipose) tissue in the legs and sometimes arms. The affected area can often be painful to the touch, have a nodular texture, and easy bruising. Though many people have not heard of the condition, some estimate that as many as 11% of women may be affected. The weight typically comes on after a hormonal change, such as puberty, pregnancy, or menopause.

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