I never realized how much of an impact hormonal imbalance can have on everyday women who are dealing with menopause, pregnancy, menstrual cycles or just taking medication until I had a talk with a friend about how much our periods suck. I griped about the fact that I get angry, break out and bloat heavily (with a desire to eat everything in sight), but her situation was much more alarming. While she made it clear that she had no desire to harm herself, she admitted that a wave of depression usually takes over during that time of the month. She, at times, feels like she doesn’t have the will to live, and birth control seemed to just make things worse.
At a time when patients with life-threatening cancerneed honest information the most, they can’t rely on their doctors to provide it, a top expert says.
“Patients with advanced cancer need information but they are not getting it because doctors have zero skills in good communication,” Dr. Erika Schwartz tells Newsmax Health.
Mother Nature plays a dirty trick on women. Just as they begin planning to enjoy their lives as empty-nesters, their lives often change overnight as they cope with night sweats, ballooning weight, aching joints, and fuzzy thinking associated with menopause.
Nearly everyone’s had an IV. Traditionally used by doctors and nurses to deliver fluids quickly and safely, the hospital room hallmark is becoming increasingly popular outside of medical offices. Today, intravenous therapy is being implemented to treat more than dehydration or as a means to deliver anesthetics. Wellness facilities are reimagining this technology, unlocking its health boosting powers in a spa-like setting.It’s being hailed as a wellness cure all, being used to strengthen the immune system, sharpen mental alertness and even cure hangovers by delivering a straight shot of amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants and other supplements.
If you’re a veteran WAG reader, then you need no introduction to Erika Schwartz, MD.
The former WAG Wellness columnist often wrote about two of her medical passions — doctor-patient relationships and the use of bioidentical hormones, made from soy and yam oils, as part of a common sense approach to healthy living.
Dr. Erika — whose practice, Evolved Science, is located on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue — expounds on hormones in the context of history and good old-fashioned horse sense in her latest book, “The New Hormone Solution” (Post Hill Press, May 9, $16, 288 pages).
The following excerpt is the introduction to Chapter 10 — “Diet, Exercise, Lifestyle, Telomeres and Supplements”: — Georgette Gouveia. […]
The quantifiable self is not a new idea. Thanks to gadgets like the Fitbit and Apple Watch, we are a society obsessed with how many steps we’ve walked, calories we’ve consumed, and percentages of whathaveyou lost. Health has gotten specific. We’ve also seen this in the rise of the boutique workout institution, like SoulCycle and other specific exercise destinations. We want wellness programs to work for our individual bodies rather than a gym-size majority. This extends right down into the nutrients we take in; one size does not fit all. […]
When it comes to a recipe for success, a few common ingredients typically go into the mix, such as hard work, perseverance and a willingness to take risks and learn from failure. A steady regiment of discipline doesn’t hurt either. Take it from these executives who share their words about the daily habits that propelled them to the top and help them stay there.
11. Drink hot lemon water.
“Every morning when I wake up I drink a glass of hot water with lemon and I stretch. I may exercise afterwards, do yoga or take the dogs for a hike time and weather permitting. It gives me clarity and makes me feel enthusiastic about starting the day.”[…]
“My job is to find the core reasons for a patient’s symptoms, not just to medicate or refer to other specialists,” says Schwartz, an internist who is passionate about bioidentical hormones. “Positive changes come from learning to accept oneself and knowing that health is a process,” she says.[…]
If you’re a celebrity addict like I am, you’ve probably seen people like Rihanna, Simon Cowell, or Khloe Kardashian’s ex-husband and ex-NBA star Lamar Odom hooked up to an IV… for fun! If you dig a little deeper, you’ll find out that they’re indulging in the latest wellness craze, IV wellness therapy, which delivers a potent dose of essential nutrients and hydration to help them keep up with their busy lifestyle.[…]
New York CEOs may have discovered a unique nirvana to help them fight their own increasing job stress — IV infusions. And more of them are showing up for a good fix at the Fifth Avenue practice of Dr. Erika Schwartz, founder of Manhattan’s Evolved Science.
Her practice, she says, has offered this IV infusion therapy for years — delivering a dose of amino acids, vitamins, detoxifiers, and antioxidants to her patients, who include New York’s top C-suite crowdSchwartz’s infusions are not some shady concoction that delivers a quick rush to the brain and body.[…]
Step inside the lounge at Evolved Science and you’ll find a cocktail menu unlike any you’ve ever seen.
The ritzy Manhattan medical office — which says it serves high-powered clients and celebrities — shakes and stirs up tailored IV infusions using a slurry of vitamins and amino acids. There’s a Jet Lag Eraser, for use after hopping off a long international flight, a Detoxification saline smoothie for “improving alertness and mental acuity,” and a Late Night Rescue cocktail to undo the effects of too many actual cocktails the night before[…]
By Sylvia Booth Hubbard – NewsMax.com
The over-the-counter painkiller you routinely take isn’t harmless, and can lead to serious consequences, including liver failure and even death, says nationally renowned physician Erika Schwartz, author of “Don’t Let Your Doctor Kill You.”.[…]
By Jane Drake – TheFclub.uk
What Dr Erika Schwartz doesn’t know about hormones isn’t worth knowing – she is the author of The Hormone Solution, a devotee of bio-identical hormones and is on many a hotlister’s speed dial (Trinny Woodhall is effusive in her praise). Based in New York she regularly holds clinics in London.[…]
While none of us can turn back the clock and prevent aging, it can be a much more pleasant experience if we make changes early on to prevent illnesses and deterioration. With that in mind, we spoke to internal medicine specialist Erika Schwartz ― who has focused on preventive medicine for decades with her patients of all ages ― about how our diet can affect the aging process.
“As you get older, inflammation becomes the biggest problem,” Schwartz said. “Inflammation creates aging and disease. An anti-inflammatory diet is the way to beat it.”
Research has linked many chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes and more to inflammation. Simply put, Inflammation is your body’s response when your immune system is fighting off harmful things like certain bacteria and disease… Click here to read full article.
Peter O’Brien can’t quite remember exactly when he began treatment for his low testosterone.
‘About five months ago,’ he says, waiting for the kettle to boil in the kitchen of his home just outside Bath.
His wife Lucy, however, can tell you precisely when it was. ‘It was February 16,’ she chips in, and they laugh.
She knows for certain because within three days of starting to apply testosterone gel to his skin, her 52-year-old husband, who hadn’t been himself for two years, suddenly rediscovered his interest in sex… Click here to view Full Article Should YOU be using testosterone gel? Experts reveal how to avoid the ‘male menopause’
Erika Schwartz, MD, is big on movements; big on revolutions. But she’s not big on animal testing. And it all started when she took a genetics course in college. Students in the class were opening eggs that had been incubating at different stages, and they watched the embryos develop. At one point, they opened the eggs just two or three days before they hatched, and saw that the embryo was now a little baby chick. “When I saw the baby chick literally die the moment we opened the eggs, I decided that I didn’t want to take that class and I was not going to open one more egg,” Schwartz recalls. “I started an insurrection, and the whole class refused to continue.” Perplexed, the teacher asked what Schwartz and the other students were going to do with the remaining 10 eggs, “because they’re going to hatch in two days…”
April 29, 2016
There you are, in that crinkly paper gown that never overlaps quite right in the back, sitting on an examining table that feels like fine-grain sandpaper. In the midst of the almost oppressive quiet, you may be thinking about why you’re there and what comes next, spinning out dramatic worst-case scenarios like a reality-show diva. The last thing on your mind is what kind of small talk you can make when your doc shows up..
April 14, 2016
Mood swings like you’re a teenager again. A feeling of brain fog. About as much interest in sex as in doing your taxes. These are some of the shockingly common complaints heard in doctors’ offices around the country. The one thing these varied woes share? Fluctuating hormones.
April 11, 2016
April 6th, 2016
Please read my article in U.S. News and World Report.
“Simple changes in your personal perspective will improve the entire health system – and your experience as a patient – in short order. It all starts with you and building your self-confidence as a health care consumer. You alone live in your body, so listening or taking advice blindly from a person with a white coat and an MD after his or her name doesn’t guarantee success or health or a long happy life. You may think “the doctor knows best,” but that isn’t always the case. The doctor doesn’t know better than you do… “
SUNY Downstate College of Medicine graduate Dr. Erika Schwartz discussed issues covered by her new book, which address the question, “How do you take charge of your health and stop turning over your life to our confusing and intimidating healthcare system before it’s too late?”
Do you respect him or her as much as your parents or grandparents respected their doctors? If you have to go into the hospital, do you fear you will come out sicker than when you went in?
Do you think your doctor cares about you or even knows you and your family as much as a decade ago?
Does your family’s health revolve around diagnosing diseases instead of enjoying health?
Do you think of diseases as your own, like “my diabetes,” “my arthritis,” “my reflux,” instead of MY HEALTH?
Is your medicine cabinet full of prescription medication no one explained the use or dangers of?
Is the fear of being diagnosed with a deadly disease dominating your life?
Does your doctor ignore your opinion and discard options he/she isn’t trained in? Like acupuncture, supplements, stem cell therapies, chiropractic medicine or naturopathy?
Does the never-ending stream of conflicting scientific studies that come out almost daily make you wonder if there is anything or anyone in medicine you can trust?…
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Article: Westfair – Patient care goes beyond treating diseases
I was honored to provide a keynote at the NAVEL Expo a few months ago and they were kind enough to provide me with the audio to share. It includes the full Q&A at the end as well. I hope you enjoy!
LifeExtension Magazine was kind enough to profile me in their most recent issue. I thought you might all enjoy the read