Navigating Invisible Illnesses at Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine

At Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine (TCLM), we understand that living with an invisible illness can be an isolating and challenging experience. Conditions like Fibromyalgia often go unnoticed by others, leaving individuals feeling unseen and misunderstood. However, within our clinic, we strive to create a supportive community where individuals facing these invisible illnesses can find understanding, resources, and hope.

One such individual who has found solace and support at TCLM is Sara Gustafson. Sara's journey with Fibromyalgia began at a young age, leading her to rely on multiple prescription medications to manage her symptoms. However, it wasn't until after the birth of her first child that she truly began to grapple with the impact of her condition. Despite outward appearances of normalcy, Sara felt invisible, struggling to find validation for her experiences.

"In 2005, it was such an invisible condition because I looked normal," Sara recalls. "I had a really great...

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Rethinking Autoimmune Diseases: Empowering Perspectives for Healing

autoimmune Feb 09, 2024

Written by Cheng Ruan, MD

A New Dawn in Understanding Autoimmunity

Welcome to a transformative look into the realm of autoimmune diseases, where the lens through which we view these conditions is not only changing but also empowering. For too long, autoimmune diseases have been seen through a prism of permanence and despair. But what if we could shift this perspective to one of hope, empowerment, and potential healing? This blog aims to invigorate belief structures around autoimmunity, challenging the traditional notions that have confined patients and practitioners alike.

Autoimmune diseases, characterized by the immune system mistakenly attacking the body's own cells, affect millions worldwide. From rheumatoid arthritis to lupus, the prevalence and impact of these conditions cannot be understated. However, the narrative that autoimmune diseases are invariably chronic and irreversible is being reevaluated. Emerging research and countless stories of remission suggest that,...

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The Raw Truth about Raw Milk

The Raw Truth About Raw Milk: Exploring Benefits, Risks, and Popularity

Raw milk has garnered attention in recent years, touted by some as a nutritional powerhouse and dismissed by others as a health hazard. This polarizing beverage, straight from the udder and unpasteurized, has sparked debates among health enthusiasts, nutritionists, and medical professionals. In this comprehensive exploration, we delve into what raw milk is, its potential benefits, associated risks, and the reasons behind its growing popularity. Drawing from evidence-based medical journals and articles, we aim to provide a balanced view to help you make informed decisions about incorporating raw milk into your diet.

What is Raw Milk? Raw milk is exactly what its name suggests – milk that has not undergone pasteurization, a process that involves heating the milk to kill harmful bacteria. Unlike commercially available pasteurized milk, raw milk is typically sourced directly from farms and is...

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Ditch the Canola oil: 6 Remarkable Benefits of Cooking with Coconut Oil

Most of us are aware that vegetable oils are contributing to chronic inflammatory diseases. Yet, a common challenge arises as individuals grapple with the decision of identifying which oils they should substitute for their cooking or frying oils. If this is your current dilemma when it comes to cooking at a high temperature, not to worry! We have you covered. 

When it comes to cooking oils, we have quite a few recommendations! You may need to experiment to see which flavors you prefer in fried, baked, stir fried and pan seared dishes. Try any of the following to avoid creating an inflammatory response from toxic vegetable oils: 

  1. Avocado oil
  2. Ghee (clarified butter) 
  3. Coconut oil (unrefined)
  4. Flaxseed oil
  5. Walnut oil
  6. Extra virgin olive oil (unrefined) - low temperature only! 


In this blog post, we are going to focus solely on the healing benefits of coconut oil to inspire you to potentially break out of your comfort zone! Cooking with coconut oil not...

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Unlocking Optimal Health: Exploring the Link Between Oral Health and Chronic Conditions

At TCLM, we are dedicated to unraveling the complexities of chronic health issues and discovering their origins. Today, we delve into a fascinating and often overlooked connection—the profound impact of oral health on conditions such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, digestive issues, chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune disorders, and more.

The Oral-Systemic Link: In our ever-evolving world, changes in food, environmental factors, and lifestyle have led to transformations in dental and mouth structures. Surprisingly, these shifts have occurred without adequate preventative measures, giving rise to structural issues that extend beyond the oral cavity. The result? A surge in obstructive sleep apnea, upper airway resistance syndrome, and other airway-related challenges that significantly impact overall health.

TCLM's Approach: At TCLM, we stand firm in our commitment to addressing the root causes of health issues rather than merely masking symptoms. To achieve this, we've fostered...

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Nurturing Mental Well-being: The Power of Community and Relationships

The holiday season, with its hustle and bustle, has come to a close. Now, as we find ourselves in the calm aftermath, it's an opportune time to turn our focus inward, reflecting on the importance of community for our mental health. At TCLM, we believe that the connections we build and nurture have a profound impact on our overall well-being.

Taking Stock of Relationships: A Post-Holiday Reflection

In the spirit of self-discovery, let's take a moment to be honest with ourselves about the relationships in our lives. This is the perfect time to set intentions, evaluate boundaries, and appreciate the unique roles individuals play in our journey. Relationships, much like the changing seasons, can evolve and take on different meanings at various points in our lives.

Understanding the Tapestry of Connections

People can play diverse and meaningful roles in our lives. Some act as mentors, offering guidance and wisdom. Others become companions in our mutual journey of growth....

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Embracing a Vibrant 2024: Setting Intentions for a Healthy Year Ahead!

Happy New Year, Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine community! As we stand on the threshold of a brand new year, it's the perfect time to reflect on the journey we've shared and to look ahead with anticipation and excitement. The past year has been filled with growth, resilience, and collective achievements, and we can't wait to see what 2024 has in store for each and every one of you.

Gratitude for a Vibrant Community

First and foremost, we want to express our deepest gratitude to all our members who have been a part of the Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine family. Your commitment to embracing a healthier lifestyle has not only inspired us but has also forged a community that radiates positivity, support, and a shared passion for well-being.

Reflecting on Achievements

As we bid farewell to 2023, take a moment to acknowledge your personal achievements and milestones. Whether it's making better food choices, adopting a consistent exercise routine, or focusing on mental well-being,...

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Navigating the Path to Wellness: A Journey with Geny Moreno

we're thrilled to introduce you to the transformative world of mind-body medicine through the inspiring insights of Geny Moreno, our esteemed Mind-body medicine practitioner. Geny recently shared a profound segment of her personal journey at the Demystifying Fibromyalgia Conference, and we're excited to bring you a deeper dive into the wisdom she unveiled.

Understanding the Power of Sleep

In her captivating session, Geny revealed a pivotal aspect of her story that many of us can relate to— the underestimated importance of sleep. Years ago, she found herself unknowingly caught in a storm of stress, only to realize later the toll it took on her body. During those times, she was getting a mere two to three hours of sleep each night. The impact? Her body showed signs of struggle, inflammation, and overall fatigue, a tale told by the puffiness in her face evident in older pictures.

Mind-Body Medicine: A Holistic Approach to Healing

Geny Moreno is not just a practitioner; she's a...

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Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine Wishes You Happy Holidays!

As the year comes to a close and the holiday season is upon us, the Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine would like to extend our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones. It has been an incredible year, and we are truly grateful for the trust you have placed in us as your healthcare providers.

In the spirit of the holidays, we would like to announce that our clinic will be closed from December 22nd to January 1st, giving our dedicated team a well-deserved break to spend time with family and friends. During this time, our clinic will not be scheduling appointments or accepting walk-ins. We appreciate your understanding as we take this short hiatus to recharge and come back in full swing for the new year.

Fear not, though, because we'll be back and ready to serve you on January 2nd! We are excited about the possibilities that the upcoming year holds and can't wait to continue supporting you on your journey to optimal health and well-being.

As we bid farewell to 2023, we look forward...

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Enhance your Winter Circadian Rhythm for Better Well-Being

As the winter season sets in with its shorter days and longer nights, many find it challenging to maintain a regular sleep routine. The decrease in daylight and changes in time can disrupt our circadian rhythm, leading to sleep disturbances. However, with a few mindful adjustments to our daily habits, we can ensure a good night's sleep even during the winter months. Here are some practical tips to help you maintain a normal sleep routine and prioritize your well-being.

  1. Decrease Screen Time Earlier: In the digital age, our evenings often involve prolonged exposure to screens, whether it be through smartphones, tablets, or computers. The blue light emitted by these devices can interfere with melatonin production, the hormone responsible for regulating sleep. To counter this, make a conscious effort to decrease screen time at least an hour before bedtime. Consider engaging in calming activities such as reading a book, practicing mindfulness, or taking a warm bath.

  2. Use...

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