Posts by Dr. Igor Schwartzman

Got Seasonal Allergies? Fix Your Gut

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 | 0 comments

Got Seasonal Allergies? Fix Your Gut

When the sneezing, sniffling, and runny eyes of springtime kick in, most people grab for the allergy pills, antihistamines, and eye drops. But did you know you can greatly relieve if not banish your allergy symptoms by fixing your gut? It may sound crazy that your gut health would affect your sinuses, but in fact the two systems are very intertwined. Both the respiratory tract and the digestive tract are immune barriers, meaning it’s their job to protect the body from outside invaders. The gut in particular profoundly influences the entire immune system. When gut health suffers so does the...

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Functional Testing and Hormone Levels with Hypothyroidism and Fertility Issues

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 | 0 comments

Functional Testing and Hormone Levels with Hypothyroidism and Fertility Issues

Did your blood tests for hypothyroidism come back as being normal even though you suffer from fatigue, brain fog, hair loss, depression, or weight gain? Do your hormone levels come back as being normal or within the normal reference range, yet you are still struggling with fertility issues? Many doctors dismiss thyroid symptoms because of an incomplete blood test or ranges that are too wide. Similarly, when you have difficulty conceiving, and the lab values appear to be within a normal reference range, you are diagnosed as having infertility. In functional medicine, however, we use blood...

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The Relationship Between Gluten, Anxiety, and Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 | 2 comments

The Relationship Between Gluten, Anxiety, and Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism

Suffering from anxiety is like being held prisoner in a place where worry infuses every thought, your heart pounds, and the world seems jarring and disorienting. With anti-anxiety medications among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States, Americans are clearly suffering. Though medications relieve the symptoms, they don’t address the cause. Some causes of anxiety are obvious: stimulants such as caffeine, weight loss pills, energy drinks, or supplements that increase energy. Psychological or emotional stressors, such as having to speak in public or prepare for a major exam,...

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Hormone Effects on Sleep in Women: Estrogen and Progesterone

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 | 0 comments

Hormone Effects on Sleep in Women: Estrogen and Progesterone

Is there anything worse than hitting the pillow exhausted from a long day only to toss and turn for hours, unable to fall asleep? Or perhaps you fall asleep but bolt awake a few hours later? Although sleep difficulties can have many causes, hormonal fluctuations can steal many hours of precious sleep. Low progesterone and problems sleeping Low progesterone seems to have become increasingly common among women and can play a large role in sleep problems. Progesterone is referred to as the “calming hormone” whereas estrogen is more excitatory, and low progesterone is associated with sleeping...

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Infertility: Common Causes

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 | 0 comments

Infertility: Common Causes

The following are some of the common causes infertility, and it is by no means an exhaustive list. Ovarian Insufficiency Declining ovarian function affects the total number of available follicles in the body, and that is what reduce the odds of conception. Although estrogen continues to be produced in the body the ovulation does not occur, which also leads to a decline of progesterone levels. Luteal Phase Deficiency In some women, ovulation may occur normally but the levels of progesterone during the luteal phase are insufficient. Even if the egg is fertilized, this progesterone deficiency...

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