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By Environmental Health & Allergy Center
January 29, 2021

Find out whether hormone replacement therapy may be right for you.

Hormones play a vital role in maintaining good health, and not just our reproductive health. Hormones are responsible for regulating everything from blood pressure and sex drive to hunger, metabolism, and immune system. Therefore, when hormone levels start to fluctuate this can lead to a host of unpleasant symptoms for both men and women. This is where our St. Louis, MO, holistic doctor Dr. Tipu Sultan can help.

What are bioidentical hormones?

As you may be able to guess, bioidentical hormones contain hormones that have an identical chemical structure to natural hormones already found in the body. This means that our bodies are more likely to recognize these bioidentical hormones as natural hormones, which means fewer side effects and more benefits over traditional hormone replacement therapy.

Who can benefit from bioidentical hormones?

When we think about hormone replacement therapy, we often think about women that are going through menopause. While many menopausal women here in St. Louis, MO, can benefit from turning to holistic medicine to get bioidentical hormone therapy, many men and women of various ages may also benefit. You may want to consider bioidentical hormones if,

  • You’re dealing with severe menopausal symptoms including hot flashes and night sweats, weight gain, and brain fog
  • You have low testosterone (both men and women)
  • You’ve been diagnosed with an adrenal or thyroid disorder
  • You are insulin resistant
  • You have osteoporosis

Men with low testosterone levels may experience some of these symptoms,

  • Loss of sex drive
  • Fatigue/low energy
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Hair loss
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Irritability and mood swings

If you are dealing with low testosterone levels, then our holistic doctor may recommend bioidentical hormones to help boost hormone levels. This is a common problem for men as they get older, as their bodies are no longer producing the same amount of testosterone.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has the ability to improve,

  • Sexual desire and intimacy
  • Energy levels
  • Weight loss
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Sleep problems
  • Memory and concentration
  • Mood

Have questions about bioidentical hormones or holistic medicine? If so, call Environmental Health & Allergy Center in St. Louis, MO, today at (314) 921-5600 to schedule an evaluation.

By Environmental Health & Allergy Center
December 31, 2020
Category: General
Tags: Acute Diseases  

Holistic treatment is essentially a whole-body approach for treating diseases. Its main goal is to improve wellness and health physically via the body, emotionally via the mind, and spiritually via the soul. Holistic treatment commonly blends traditional medicine practices and CAM or complementary and alternative medicine therapies.

Here at the Environmental Health & Allergy Center in St. Louis, MO, our holistic doctor, Dr. Tipu Sultan, believes that ill people only ever get well once you treat the cause of their illness instead of masking their symptoms. This is why he combines the best of traditional medicine and environmental medicine for a holistic approach to acute and chronic diseases.

Fundamental Holistic Treatment Principles

The core values of holistic treatment include the following:

  • People are not and shouldn’t be defined by their diseases or conditions.
  • Prevention is always better than treatments or cures.
  • Optimum health is a complex blend of physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual wellness.
  • Diseases are the result of an issue with the entire body instead of a single body part or event.
  • The primary objective of treatment is to resolve a disease’s underlying root cause rather than just treating its symptoms.
  • Holistic treatment entails a wide array of options that includes self-care, education, alternative therapies, and conventional medical therapies.
  • Treatment outcomes are usually determined through an open and honest doctor-patient relationship.

Common Holistic Therapies

Holistic treatment encompasses a broad range of therapies that typically involve the following:

  • Education: This will teach you certain lifestyle modifications including self-care tactics and habits that might improve your condition such as nutrition counseling, exercises, supplementation, stretching, self-massage, and stress-relieving techniques like yoga, meditation, and tai chi.
  • Alternative and Complementary Therapies: These usually include herbal remedies, acupuncture, massage, aromatherapy, reiki, and music therapy among others.
  • Traditional Medicine Treatments: These include prescription medications, diagnostic tests, and surgical intervention among others.

To better understand how holistic treatment works, let’s say that you suffer from dermatitis. A traditional doctor will recommend treatments to get rid of the itch or rash and other symptoms, like a prescription topical steroid and an anti-itch oral medication. On the other hand, your holistic doctor in St. Louis, MO, may recommend certain lifestyle and dietary adjustments as well as more conservative creams and home remedies such as oatmeal baths.

With all this in mind, if you’re looking for a whole-body disease management approach, a holistic doctor might be the best option for you. You’ll be given a treatment plan that will help you really get to the cause of your condition instead of just alleviating your symptoms.

Reach Out to Learn More About Our Holistic Approach to Treating Acute and Chronic Diseases

Dial (314) 921-5600 to arrange an appointment with our holistic doctor here at the Environmental Health & Allergy Center in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Tipu Sultan, today.

By Environmental Health & Allergy Center
December 11, 2020
Category: Medicine

Have you ever wondered how what you eat and drink impacts your daily function, immune system, nutrient absorption, and overall health? At Environmental Health & Allergy Center in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Tipu Sultan takes a naturopathic approach to patient care. He places a high value on the nutrients you need for optimal health.

It's what Nature intends

A Diplomate of the American Board of Environmental Medicine, Dr. Tipu Sultan incorporates natural approaches and remedies to foster good health. What we breathe in and consume in the form of food and drink impacts how we feel and operate daily. Even the kind and number of pharmaceuticals we take change well-being and the prospect for recovery from many acute and chronic conditions.

In fact, naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention, healing, and a strong immune system states the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. As such, Dr. Sultan holistically approaches each of his patients, striving to fully understand:

  • Symptoms
  • Perceived problems
  • Lifestyle (including work, family, exercise habits, and more)

He wishes to understand underlying causes for poor health, reveal them, and treat them by optimizing body function rather than simply managing or covering up symptoms. He performs a complete history and physical examination on all his patients and is well-known for his compassion, attention to detail, and excellent listening skills.

Nutritional Medicine

As its name implies, nutritional medicine incorporates proper nutrition--healthy foods, supplements, water intake, and more. As ordered by Dr. Sultan, your blood work will reveal key aspects of physiological function and show where your nutritional habits may be failing you. What you consume changes in cholesterol levels, blood sugar, thyroid function, mood, and more.

Also, Dr. Sultan recommends dietary changes and nutritional supplements to increase:

  • Nutrient absorption
  • Water intake
  • Whole food intake without added chemicals or toxins
  • The strength and operation of the immune system

Contact us

To learn more about the benefits of nutritional medicine, call Dr. Tipu Sultan and his caring team at Environmental Health & Allergy Center in St. Louis, MO. Our patients testify to how this innovative and natural approach to their diet and lifestyle helps them be their very best selves. Phone us for a consultation at (314) 921-5600.

By Environmental Health & Allergy Center
December 01, 2020
Category: General
Tags: Headaches   Migraines  

If you're a headache or migraine sufferer, you know how episodic pain impacts your daily life. At Environmental Health and Allergy Center in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Sultan is board-certified in Environmental Medicine. He can uncover the reasons for your headaches and show you have to relieve them naturally at home. Feel so much better--now!

A lost day

When you have a tension, cluster, or migraine headache, it disrupts your work and family routines. You want to sleep but cannot sleep. You have facial pain, your neck hurts and even your vision is different.

Should you simply cover up your symptoms and not understand why you experience headaches? At Environmental Health & Allergy Center in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Sultan gets to the underlying reasons for many health symptoms and conditions, including asthma, diabetes, and yes, headaches and migraines. And, he can help you, too.

Come to our office

When you consult with Dr. Sultan, he'll review your medical history, list of medications, and current symptoms. He'll look for the reasons why you suffer from headaches or migraines and not just cover them up with medications. He may run lab tests to look for dysfunction in the thyroid and other organs of the body, too.

Caring for your headaches at home

Here are some simple interventions Dr. Sultan may include in your headache care plan:

  1. Drink sufficient water every day as dehydration is a common cause of headaches.
  2. Avoid foods which are fermented or contain histamines (beer and ham as examples)
  3. Limit your daily intake of alcohol (two drinks per day if a man or one a day if a woman)
  4. Apply a cold compress to your forehead and/or back of the neck.
  5. As reported in Healthline, regular intake of water-soluble Vitamins B2, B6, and B 12 may avoid migraine pain altogether.
  6. Simple, regular exercise increases flexibility, oxygenation, and blood flow.
  7. Avoid strong cooking odors and perfumes as these commonly trigger migraines.
  8. Apply peppermint or lavender oil to your temples and back of the neck to relieve tension.

Don't suffer from headaches and migraines

In St. Louis, MO, the person to see is Dr. Sultan at Environmental Health and Allergy Center. He and his caring staff enjoy seeing symptoms relieved and lives restored naturally. Call our South New Ballas Road office to arrange a helpful consultation about your headaches: (314) 921-5600.

By Environmental Health & Allergy Center
July 24, 2020
Category: Preventive Care

Find out how functional medicine specialists could help you improve your health and wellbeing.

Do you feel rushed whenever you go to the doctor’s office these days? Do you feel like there is less of a focus on preventive care and more on just treating problems once they surface? Do you feel like the traditional medications and treatments you’ve been given just aren’t helping you get your health under control? If you find yourself saying “yes” to these questions, know that you aren’t alone. Our St. Louis, MO, functional medicine doctor Dr. Tipu Sultan wants to provide patients with a better and more comprehensive approach to healthcare.

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine doctors focus on providing patients with a comprehensive, individualized and integrative approach to medicine. This means not just helping patients prevent health problems but also detecting the root cause of your symptoms rather than just trying to manage the symptoms themselves. Our St. Louis functional medicine doctor takes all aspects of your life into consideration when determining what might be causing your symptoms including,

  • Lifestyle and habits
  • Your environment
  • Genetics/heredity
  • Socioeconomic status

By understanding a person’s family, social, personal and medical history, our team can provide a more complete and customized treatment plan that helps people deal with everything from acute diseases to complicated and serious chronic disorders. A functional medicine doctor can treat any and all conditions that your regular family doctor can; the only difference is the approach to treatment and care.

How does functional medicine work?

When you come into the office expect our doctor to go through your medical history and to ask you detailed questions about your symptoms and health. The more information we can receive the better. From there, we may perform certain tests including blood work, urine samples, imaging tests and more to diagnose and rule out certain disorders.

Once we have a diagnosis, we will map out a treatment plan that may provide a mix of complementary, alternative and traditional treatments and therapies. A lot will depend on the condition you are dealing with and the root cause; however, common treatment plans may include,

  • Dietary changes
  • Regular exercise/physical activity
  • Stress management
  • Certain supplements, vitamins and botanicals
  • Hormone regulation
  • Detox programs
  • Counseling or therapy
  • Medication
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy

Environmental Health Center in St. Louis, MO, provides comprehensive functional medicine to children, teens, adults and seniors. If you are looking for a doctor that will provide a whole-body approach to treating your health with a focus on prevention, then call us today at (314) 921-5600 to schedule an evaluation.

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