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By Environmental Health & Allergy Center
January 25, 2022
Category: General
Tags: Chronic Fatigue  

Get the fact about chronic fatigue syndrome.

There is an energy crisis in the US and by that, we mean that Americans seem more exhausted than ever before. In fact, a 2021 survey by OnePoll found that three out of five Americans feel more tired than ever despite getting enough rest. If, in the words of Dr. Steven Gundry, “your get up and go has got up and gone” then you may be wondering whether you could be dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). If you’re looking for answers, you may just find them by turning to our St. Louis, MO, board-certified environmental medicine specialist Dr. Tipu Sultan MD.

What is chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)?

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition that we’ve been hearing about more and moreover the last decade or so. This condition is marked by intense exhaustion that occurs regularly throughout the day. We see this condition in women more often than men and some of the common symptoms include,

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Exhaustion
  • Brain fog
  • Concentration and memory issues
  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throats
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness

How is chronic fatigue syndrome treated?

Here at Environmental Health & Allergy Center, our physician Dr. Sultan MD takes a holistic and integrative approach to treating health problems and their symptoms. This means that we try to get to the root cause of your symptoms whenever possible so that we are treating the underlying cause and not just managing your symptoms. Here are some of the ways in which our St. Louis, MO, integrative medicine team treats chronic fatigue syndrome,

We’ll evaluate your gut health

It’s not surprising that unhealthy guts can wreak havoc on our health and cause other health problems. A leaky gut is a common culprit that can leave people battling extreme fatigue. That’s because everything from bacterial overgrowth to environmental toxins can lead to a leaky gut. Our practitioner will identify the cause of your gut issues and then provide you with ways to fix this problem to see if your chronic fatigue improves.

We’ll provide nutritional guidance

The typical American diet is chock full of sugar, starch, and processed foods, and often lacking in the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients we need to stay healthy. As a result, your diet could actually be making brain fog and chronic fatigue worse. Certain vitamin deficiencies could also be causing your CFS. We will learn more about your current diet and then recommend supplements and dietary changes to improve your CFS symptoms.

We’ll treat chronic infections

Did you know that many people with chronic diseases such as Lyme disease are also more likely to deal with CFS? This may have something to do with chronic inflammation in the body, but we can determine if other chronic conditions could be to blame and then treat those problems to improve your energy levels.

Dr. Sultan MD and his team have been providing renowned medical care to the St. Louis area since 1975. If you are experiencing symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, call Environmental Health & Allergy Center at (314) 921-5600 to schedule a consultation with our medical team.

By Environmental Health & Allergy Center
December 29, 2021
Category: General
Tags: Sinus Infection  

How your holistic doctor in St. Louis, MO, can help when you have a sinus infection

A sinus infection can make you miserable. You may suffer from a severe sinus headache, fatigue, and other unpleasant symptoms when you have a sinus infection. Your doctor can help you get relief from your symptoms, so you can get back to enjoying your life.

Dr. Tipu Sultan M.D. is a holistic doctor at Environmental Health Center in St. Louis and Creve Coeur, MO. He offers a wide range of medical services, including the treatment of sinus infections.

There are some important signs and symptoms of sinus infection you need to pay attention to. You may have a sinus infection if you experience:

  • Fever and fatigue
  • Recurrent throbbing pain in your sinuses
  • Chronic pain in your nose, forehead, upper teeth, or jaw
  • Decreased smelling or tasting ability
  • Frequent congestion and difficulty breathing through your nose
  • A green or yellow fluid coming out from your nose
  • Chronic severe headaches or earaches
  • A chronic sore throat or cough

You can develop a sinus infection from catching a virus, fungal infection, or by the spread of harmful bacteria. Sinus infections can also be caused by allergies, polyps in your nose, or dental issues in your upper teeth.

You can help safeguard your health and prevent sinus infections if you:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently
  • Don’t touch your face to limit the spread of bacteria
  • Place a humidifier in your bedroom to keep the air moist
  • Irrigate your sinuses daily with saline solution

Sinus infections don’t often clear up on their own. Chances are you will need the care of your doctor. Professional treatments for sinus infection may include:

  • Allergy testing and treatment if your sinus infections are due to allergies
  • Antibiotic medications to eliminate the bacteria causing the sinus infection
  • Prescription-strength decongestants and antihistamines to help you breathe better
  • Corticosteroid medications to decrease swelling in your sinuses

You don’t have to suffer from a sinus infection when help is just a phone call away. To learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of a sinus infection, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Tipu Sultan M.D. of Environmental Health Center in St. Louis and Creve Coeur, MO, at (314) 921-5600. Call today!

By Environmental Health & Allergy Center
October 11, 2021
Category: Preventive Care

Hashimoto Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder that causes chronic inflammation of the thyroid. It’s the leading cause of hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid. The thyroid is a gland located in the neck that is responsible for producing hormones that regulate everything from your energy levels and temperature regulation to weight gain. It’s important to recognize the warning signs of Hashimoto Thyroiditis in St. Louis, MO, so that you can turn to our holistic doctor, Dr. Tipu Sultan MD, for a proper evaluation and treatment plan to get your symptoms under control.

What are the signs and symptoms of Hashimoto Thyroiditis?

Also referred to a Hashimoto’s disease, this autoimmune disorder may present with these signs and symptoms:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Brittle nails
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Unexplained tiredness

It’s important that you turn to our medical team if you are experiencing symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. After all, untreated Hashimoto’s can lead to more serious health problems.

While there are many factors and conditions that can lead to fatigue and tiredness, it’s important to rule out thyroid conditions. A simple thyroid function test can tell Dr. Sultan MD if you have this disease.

What is a holistic approach to treating Hashimoto thyroiditis?

Modern medicine often focuses on treating the symptoms rather than the person as a whole. This is much different from a holistic way of healing, which focuses on a whole-body approach to healing that looks at all aspects of a person, from their diet to their environment. We try to understand why you’ve developed this autoimmune disease and from there determine the safest and most effective ways to manage it.  Dr. Sultan MD also takes lifestyle and dietary factors into account when treating this condition, which is something other medical doctors may not.

While most doctors will prescribe a synthetic thyroid hormone medication, often this medication leads to inadequate relief. Instead, we will focus on ways to improve your health and symptoms through lifestyle changes and nutritional supplementation.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Hashimoto Thyroiditis in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Sultan MD and the team at Environmental Health Center are here to provide you with a comprehensive and holistic approach to care that is safe and effective. To schedule an evaluation, call us at (314) 921-5600.

By Environmental Health & Allergy Center
August 09, 2021
Category: General
Tags: Fatigue  

Discover a more holistic approach to treating chronic fatigue.

While everything from stress to a poor night’s sleep can leave us feeling exhausted during the day, if you find yourself dealing with severe fatigue that isn’t alleviated with rest, you might be dealing with chronic fatigue. Our St. Louis, MO, holistic doctor Dr. Tipu Sultan has helped countless patients get their chronic fatigue under control. Wondering if you could be dealing with chronic fatigue?

What are the signs of chronic fatigue?

While symptoms do vary in type and severity throughout the day, the most common symptoms of chronic fatigue include,

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Unrefreshed sleep
  • Memory problems and trouble concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Joint or muscle aches and pains
  • Low-grade fever
  • Dizziness upon standing or sitting
  • Sore throat
  • Mood swings
  • Exhaustion that gets worse after working out or intense mental tasks

In order to be diagnosed with chronic fatigue the symptoms you experience must last for at least six months. Our St. Louis, MO, holistic doctor will also want to rule out any underlying medical conditions that could be causing these symptoms. Any excessive or prolonged fatigue should be evaluated by a medical professional, especially if it’s impacting your life.

What causes chronic fatigue?

While we don’t know the exact cause of chronic fatigue there are certain factors that can predispose or trigger symptoms of chronic fatigue. These risk factors include,

  • Age
  • Gender (women are more likely to be diagnosed with chronic fatigue)
  • Emotional trauma
  • Hormonal balances
  • Viral infections (e.g. Epstein-Barr virus)
  • Impaired immune system

How is chronic fatigue treated?

When you turn to Dr. Sultan and the team at Environmental Health Center, you’ll get a holistic and whole-body approach to treating your chronic fatigue. From the moment you walk into our St. Louis, MO, practice we will work with you to craft a treatment plan that helps alleviate and manage your symptoms. Everyone’s treatment plan is tailored to them; however, since Dr. Sultan takes on a multi-factor approach to managing chronic fatigue you can expect your treatment plan to,

  • Bolster your immune system
  • Target and treat allergies
  • Detoxify your body
  • Providing emotional and psychological healing and support
  • Improve adrenal function
  • Treat and eliminate infections including parasitic, bacteria, viral and yeast
  • Treat nutritional deficiencies
  • Improve sleep hygiene and quality

While antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can be beneficial for patients dealing with clinical depression and anxiety (which can exacerbate chronic fatigue symptoms), we know that medication isn’t the only thing our patients need. We may also provide or recommend,

  • Supplementation and nutritional support
  • Emotional and psychological support and referrals to mental health experts
  • Herbal remedies
  • Exercise recommendations and other lifestyle changes
  • Stress-relieving treatment options
  • Acupuncture
  • Homeopathy
  • Chiropractic therapy

As a holistic doctor we make sure that every and all systems within the body are working properly.

Here at Environmental Health Center in St. Louis, MO, we understand the serious impact chronic fatigue can have on someone’s health, wellbeing and quality of life. If you suspect that you’re dealing with chronic fatigue, call our practice at (314) 921-5600 to book a consultation with Dr. Sultan.

By Environmental Health & Allergy Center
August 03, 2021
Category: General
Tags: Headaches  

Almost all of us have experienced a headache from time to time. But what if your headaches were occurring more than 15 days a month for more than three months? This may be a sign you have chronic headaches and should seek medical attention to help manage your symptoms. Treating chronic headaches by addressing the cause of the problem, Dr. Tipu Sultan aims to successfully reduce or eliminate your symptoms without the need for medication, which can contribute to other problems and side effects. If you are interested in learning more about a holistic approach to treating your migraines or chronic headaches in St. Louis, MO, look no further than the Environmental Health Center.

Holistic Methods

Without using more medication as a traditional treatment method, many people may wonder how to use a holistic approach to treating chronic headaches. Because the underlying cause of headaches and migraines often determines the type of treatment method needed, Dr. Sultan uses a combination of information gathering through your comprehensive health history, as well as physical examination and testing to determine the cause of your headaches.

For most people, chronic headaches can be traced back to environmental, hormonal, or nutritional and dietary causes. This may include testing for and treatment of food and mold allergies, chemical sensitivities, hypothyroidism, hormonal imbalances, yeast overgrowth, and mineral deficiencies. Once the underlying cause is discovered, your team at the Environmental Health Center can help to find the best method for you to manage your chronic headaches and migraines in St. Louis, MO.

Results

By tackling the root of the problem at the source, your risk of reoccurring or worsening symptoms can be reduced or even eliminated. This may result in a healthier lifestyle with improved psychological well-being. If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic headaches or migraines in St. Louis, MO, give the Environmental Health Center a call today! Dr. Sultan and his team can be reached at (314) 921-5600 for questions or to make an appointment today.





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