The Power of Relationships in Health and Wellness

lifestyle medicine Jul 23, 2024

One of the most crucial aspects of our health is the nature of our relationships. Many health coaches refer to aspects of life that have nothing to do with nutrition as "primary food." This concept highlights the profound impact our connections with others have on our overall well-being.

Have you ever noticed how your eating habits change when you're lacking fulfilling relationships or struggling with loneliness? Most people either lose their appetite or turn to food as a replacement to fulfill a deeper craving for social connection. As human beings, we have an innate desire to be seen, heard, and genuinely cared for. When these needs go unmet, it can be challenging to maintain health in other aspects of life, including nutrition.

Unhealthy relationships can take a significant toll on us. Think back to a time when you experienced a difficult relational dynamic or experiencing consistent unresolved conflict over time. You may recall how it spilled over into other areas of...

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The Complex yet Unsurprising Connection Between Sleep Disorders and Neurological Autoimmune Conditions

lifestyle medicine Jul 12, 2024

Sleep disorders have long been recognized as a common complication of various neurological conditions. However, recent research has unveiled a fascinating and complex relationship between autoimmune neurological disorders and sleep disturbances. At the Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine, we believe it's crucial to understand these connections to provide comprehensive care for our patients.

Autoimmune Neurological Disorders and Sleep: An Overview

Autoimmune neurological syndromes occur when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks the nervous system. These disorders can affect various parts of the nervous system, leading to a wide range of symptoms. Recent studies have shown that sleep disturbances are not just a side effect of these conditions but can be a central feature of the disease process itself (Dubey et al.).

Common Sleep Disturbances in Autoimmune Neurological Disorders

Research has identified several sleep disorders associated with autoimmune neurological disorders:

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The Hidden Link Between Gum Disease and Your Overall Health

lifestyle medicine Jul 11, 2024

Did you know that the health of your gums could be connected to your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer? Recent research has uncovered a fascinating link between periodontal (gum) disease and various systemic health conditions. At the center of this connection is a molecule called interleukin-6 (IL-6).

What is IL-6?

IL-6 is a pro-inflammatory cytokine - a signaling molecule that plays a key role in our immune response. While inflammation is a normal and necessary part of our body's defense system, chronic inflammation can lead to tissue damage and various health problems.

The Gum Disease Connection

In periodontal disease, bacteria in dental plaque trigger an inflammatory response in the gums. This leads to increased levels of IL-6, both locally in the gum tissue and systemically in the bloodstream. Higher levels of IL-6 are associated with more severe gum disease, including bone loss around teeth.

Beyond the Mouth: Systemic Health Impacts

What's particularly...

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Sinusitis and Your Brain: Insights from Brain Mapping

lifestyle medicine Jul 11, 2024

At Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine, we're always at the forefront of integrating cutting-edge research into our patient care. A fascinating new study has revealed an intriguing connection between chronic sinusitis and changes in brain activity - a link that our advanced Brain Mapping qEEG technology is uniquely positioned to explore.

The Hidden Impact of Sinus Inflammation

Chronic sinusitis affects millions of Americans, causing more than just the familiar symptoms of congestion and headaches. Many patients report difficulties with focus, mood changes, and a general sense that their thinking just isn't as sharp. Now, research published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery provides evidence for what many have long suspected: sinus inflammation can alter brain function.

Key findings from the study include:

  1. Decreased connectivity in brain networks responsible for executive function and attention
  2. Increased activity in areas linked to mind-wandering and self-reflection
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Neurobiological Understandings of Trauma, the Brain, and Evidence-Based Healing

Trauma is a complex experience that can have profound effects on an individual's well-being. While its manifestations vary from person to person, the neurobiological impact of trauma is significant and worth exploring.

The brain's response to trauma involves several key areas, including the prefrontal cortex, amygdala, thalamus, and hippocampus. To better understand this process, we can look at Paul MacLean's "triune brain" model, which divides the brain into three interconnected systems:

  1. The reptilian brain: Responsible for autonomic functions like breathing and heart rate.
  2. The mammalian brain (limbic system): Involved in memory and emotional responses, including the fight-flight-freeze reaction.
  3. The cerebral cortex: Handles higher-level thinking, planning, and language processing.

When faced with a perceived threat, these systems work together to process sensory information, assess danger, and trigger appropriate responses. In traumatic situations, this process can become...

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Exploring Airway Restrictions and Their Impact on Health: Insights from Our Dysautonomia Group Visit

At our recent Dysautonomia Group Visit, Dr. Cheng Ruan provided valuable insights into the complex relationship between facial features, airway restrictions, and various health issues. This session offered a fascinating look at how seemingly minor anatomical characteristics can have far-reaching effects on our overall well-being.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Facial Features and Airway Restrictions: Dr. Ruan highlighted several facial characteristics that can contribute to airway restriction disorders: Narrow face, deficient maxilla (upper jaw), chin dimpling, flatter upper lip, open bite, etc. 

These features, while often overlooked, can play a significant role in breathing difficulties and associated health problems.

  1. Nitric Oxide Production and Circulation: The discussion explored how these facial and airway features can impact nitric oxide production and circulation throughout the body. Nitric oxide is a crucial molecule involved in various physiological processes, including blood flow...
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Resilient Warriors Program: Day 2 of our Young Adult, Dysautonomia Mind-Body Medicine Program at TCLM

lifestyle medicine Jun 20, 2024

Today marked the second session of our four-part mind-body medicine series for young adults living with Dysautonomia and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) at TCLM. Led by our inspiring and compassionate mind-body medicine coach, Geny Moreno, the session provided a safe and nurturing environment for participants to explore the intricate connections between their physical symptoms and emotional well-being.

Geny began by opening the floor for a group sharing session, creating a supportive atmosphere where members felt comfortable discussing their experiences over the past week. This open dialogue allowed participants to voice their challenges, triumphs, and ongoing struggles in managing their conditions.


The group touched on a wide range of deeply personal topics, reflecting the complex nature of living with chronic conditions like Dysautonomia and POTS. Participants shared insights into:

  1. Family dynamics and how they impact their health journey
  2. Navigating...
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An Integrative Approach to SIBO

lifestyle medicine Jun 17, 2024

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition that occurs when there is an excessive amount of bacteria in the small intestine. While it's normal to have bacteria in the gut, an overgrowth can lead to various digestive issues and discomfort. At Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine, we understand the importance of addressing SIBO for optimal gut health and overall well-being.

What is SIBO? SIBO is a condition characterized by an abnormal increase in the number of bacteria in the small intestine. Typically, the majority of gut bacteria reside in the large intestine (colon), while the small intestine contains a much smaller number. When the bacterial population in the small intestine becomes excessive, it can lead to symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea, and malabsorption of nutrients.


Causes of SIBO Several factors can contribute to the development of SIBO, including:

  1. Reduced motility: When the muscles of the small intestine don't...
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Ask the Expert Series Continues! Dermatology Q&A with Dr. Simone Stalling

lifestyle medicine Jun 14, 2024

At Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine, we were thrilled to host Dr. Simone Stalling, a renowned dermatologist, as a guest co-host for our recent "Ask the Expert" group visit series. Dr. Stalling shared her extensive knowledge and expertise on various topics related to skin health, including skincare routines, sun protection, anti-aging techniques, and lifestyle tips for maintaining healthy, radiant skin.

During the session, Dr. Stalling provided valuable insights into the importance of a comprehensive skincare routine, emphasizing the benefits of cleansing, moisturizing, and using products tailored to individual skin types. She also highlighted the crucial role of sun protection in preventing skin damage, premature aging, and reducing the risk of skin cancer. Dr. Stalling recommended the use of broad-spectrum sunscreens with an adequate SPF and shared tips on how to incorporate sun protection into daily routines.

Additionally, Dr. Stalling discussed the latest advancements in...

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Get Your Questions Answered at Our Ask the Expert Group Visits

lifestyle medicine Jun 06, 2024

At Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine, we understand that dealing with chronic health issues can be complicated and confusing. That's why we offer our Ask the Expert Group Visit series - to give you direct access to various specialist practitioners who can help shed light on your symptoms and condition.

These interactive group visits provide you with an invaluable opportunity to ask questions of leading experts across a wide range of fields. From sleep disorders to autoimmune diseases, gut health issues to dermatological concerns and pelvic floor dysfunction, our scheduled experts this month have deep experience helping patients find solutions.

By being part of these small group sessions, you can share your experience, learn from others, and ask any specific questions you have about symptoms/treatment options! The expert/specialist can then provide insights into potential root causes, discuss different treatment approaches, and suggest lifestyle strategies that could aid in...

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