Epigenetics and you

In high school biology genetics is introduced as merely a game of human roulette, determining hair color, eye color, and what diseases you are most at risk for developing.  A common lab activity is rolling dice to determine which characteristics you might receive. Epigenetics shines new light on the basic understanding of DNA. We used […]

Small steps to begin a Healthy 2016

  As I moved through the holiday season with family and friends, I heard all the chatter of losing weight in the New Year. With a cookie or a dipped chip in hand we talked of our plans for shedding these indulgent pounds that we had gained over the last months, or maybe years. There […]

Dr Goodyear speaks at A4M in Las Vegas 2014

It was again an honor for Dr Goodyear to speak at the annual A4M Functional & Regenerative Medicine conference in Las Vegas on 12.12.14.   This conference brings together the largest gathering of Functional Medicine practitioners in the World.  New ideas and new research, from around the world, in Health and Health restoration are learned, […]

Testosterone Quagmire

“Men are from Mars and women are from Venus” —John Gray PhD   Women and men are very different.  The concept seems fairly easy to grasp.  Most get it.  It seems obvious.  Even the science supports it.  However, this point seems to escape most in Medicine today.   The perfect example of this biochemical difference […]

All things Mushrooms!

Mushrooms!   What does that make you think of?   Psychedelic mushrooms?  Smoking mushrooms?  Culinary mushrooms? Gateway drugs?  Poison?   Mushrooms can be many and all of these.  But, I want to discuss the amazing medicinal value of mushrooms.  Not the “medicinal” that has been abused and misused for political and/or marketing purposes.  I am […]

the journey along the middle prong river trail to Health

It is hard!   Health is to hard.  Many don’t achieve it because it is to hard.  These were the words of a recent conversation I had with a friend and client.   Is Health hard?  Is Wellness really unobtainable?  I may surprise you with my answer—for many the answer is unfortunately yes.  The answer […]

Thermography Screenings, June 19, 2014!

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  Join us at Forum Health Knoxville in Farragut for a Thermography Event Thursday, June 19th 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Appointments are limited. Call (865) 675-9355 to schedule yours. Early detection saves lives. This 15-minute non-invasive test is a valuable procedure and designed to improve detection of breast disease. There is no contact with […]

What is a Heart Healthy Diet?

What is a Heart Healthy Diet? As I mentioned last month, I want to devote this blog to a healthy diet with an emphasis on heart health and disease prevention.  My hope is that I will encourage you to be your own best health advocate on what you should eat.  One word I want you […]

Dr Goodyear Speaks at A4M in Las Vegas

  Dr. Goodyear was proud to be apart of the recent A4M meeting in Las Vegas, December 13-15. This annual meeting of the leaders in functional medicine brought together thousands of physicians representing 60 nations. Dr Goodyear presented evidence from his new upcoming book “Man Boob Nation, an Integrative model to Low T”. Below is […]

Eat to Live–Fruits and Vegetables

As we have visited the Farmer’s Market or vegetable stand, we are reminded how colorful and fresh the produce has been during the summer season.  However, even with the wonderful variety we have had, I find that few appreciate and understand how vital this food group is to our health. Unfortunately, even the USDA food […]

5 Skin Perfecting Fruits + Acne Fighting Tips

Will eating healthier make it easier to achieve superior skin health? If you’ve had a nutritional consultation at Forum Health Knoxville, then you already know the answer. Yes! The food you put into your body has a direct effect on how you feel and look. Being diligent about applying SPF and regularly visiting your skin […]

Dining Out & GMOs: The Real Price We Pay

It’s a fact: Americans love eating out. But dining out will make you fat and very unhealthy! Read this eye-opening article about food loaded with hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides.

Pulling Back The Curtains On Dr. Oz: The Truth About IV Nutrition Therapy

Recently on his daily television show, Dr. Oz discussed IV nutrition therapy. I was very disappointed when Dr. Oz questioned the validity, benefit, and safety of this invaluable therapy. He had a guest physician on his show to defend IV therapies, but his guest talked in generalizations with no specifics and no scientific data. Dr. Oz’s conclusion […]

Don’t Be A Stupid Cupid! Think Outside The Box (Of Chocolates).

For a little romantic spice for you and your spouse, try Man Power and Woman Power from the rejuvenation line by Sprayology. The rejuvenation sprays replenish the body’s supply of energy to relieve the symptoms of aging, helping you function at a more youthful level. All seven formulas in this collection are FDA-Regulated and help with age-related issues such as low energy, sex drive, menopause, weight loss and bone density.

Healthy Holiday Desserts

There is one unwelcome guest that comes around this time of year – weight gain! So how do we enjoy this festive time without sacrificing our healthy lifestyle? One way is to create healthier desserts!

Happy Thanksgiving from Seasons!

This Thanksgiving, take time to enjoy the important things in life. Relax, make memories, and be thankful. Happy Thanksgiving from Dr. Nathan Goodyear, Nan Sprouse, and the Forum Health Knoxville!

4 Foods That Build The Immune System

The cooler seasons brings temperatures that challenge our immune systems. Here are 4 foods to build our health and keep our immune system hardier through the fall and winter.

Smart Foods to Help You Focus and Boost Productivity by Cody Larson

You’ve no doubt heard the old saying “You are what you eat.” Well, recent medical research has highlighted links between diet and improved mental functioning, raising the distinct possibility that, in fact, “You think what you eat.”

That could be encouraging news for youngsters diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), seniors struggling with the onset of dementia and anyone who desires to think more clearly and focus for longer periods of time.

Lots of foods are rich in the vitamins and other nutrients that can boost cognitive functioning, some which are well-known and others that are less-familiar. Among them:

10 Ways to Increase Your Water Intake

Water is an essential part of the human body. There isn’t a single bodily function – seeing, hearing, thinking, exercising, singing, and even laughing – that does not rely on water. Here are 10 tips on how to increase your water intake.

Meal Planning Made Easy with Online Recipe Resources!

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail,” said Benjamin Franklin. This statement holds true in many areas of life, including meal planning. Here are some great online resources for planning meals in advance.

Detoxing for YOUR Health!

If you have not been committed to healthy eating, a lifestyle change is needed and foundational in improving your body’s ability to remove toxins. You can start today by making healthier decisions about what you eat.

Record Highs Noted this Summer!

The outside thermostats are definitely rising this summer. But the heat outside shouldn’t mean sudden bursts of “personal” heat, otherwise known as hot flashes!

 

Oddly enough, I have personally experienced fewer hot flashes when I am at the beach! Is that a strange but true fact? Indeed it is. But there is a great explanation. It’s not the outdoor temperature which contributes to those hot flashes, it’s actually Cortisol fluctuations that wreak havoc on our internal thermostat.

 

Many women are surprised to discover that their saliva tests indicate significant imbalance with their adrenal glands. These tiny glands located right above each kidney secrete a number of hormones to help the body deal with stress. Cortisol is commonly called the “stress hormone” due to its involvement in your response to stressful situations.

 

Adrenal fatigue from chronic stressors such as blood sugar imbalance, inflammation, insomnia, as well as emotional issues can manifest itself through intense hot flashes and/or night sweats. Unless Cortisol levels are measured, it’s difficult to treat because both high and low levels can have the same symptoms. Healthy adrenal glands significantly improve a sense of well-being!

 

Telomere Testing: What’s Your Real Age?

This past Wednesday, I finally did it. I rolled up my sleeve and had my blood drawn for Telomere testing!

 

The needle stick was inconsequential to me since I routinely get serum lab tests and also nutritional IV therapies. Just as I counsel and plan with all of my patients regarding everything from thyroid to toxic metals, I also devise my own therapies to correct, tweak, and improve my health markers. I have had my own major challenges, so I know personally that initial gut reaction to lab results!

 

However, Telomere testing kicks it up a notch regarding true aging. Telomeres are sections of DNA at the end of every chromosome that serve as a cap to your genetic material. Think of them as the small plastic strands on the end of a shoe lace.

 

Each time one of your 100 trillion cells divide and replicate, the new strand becomes shorter which causes the cell to age. By evaluating the Telomere length on white blood cells, we can assess biological age versus chronological age. The higher the score, the “younger” the cells are, and thus, the goal is to slow the loss of Telomere lengths.

Spring Cleaning Through Organic Acids

Last weekend, I needed to find some specific items in my garage. I soon became overwhelmed with all the stuff I had to pick through before I found what I was looking for!

Spring cleaning was more intense than I had anticipated. However, after organizing and “detoxing” this vital area, I began to appreciate the many functions of my garage! As I threw away the last bag of debris, I realized that our bodies also need a thorough review and cleansing. Many times, vague symptoms such as fatigue, apathy, muscle pain, insomnia, and irritable bowel issues need more than a quick fix. Antidepressants and laxatives may initially soothe our symptoms, but they don’t heal our bodies.

A better approach is to assess the situation by getting to the root cause. A unique test at Forum Health Knoxville measures energy production, metabolism, B vitamins, small intestine bacterial overgrowth, ability to detoxify, and markers for emotional and behavioral problems.

“Wheat Belly” Book Review by Nan Sprouse, RN, MSN, FNP-BC

“Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!” -Let It Snow lyrics by Sammy Cahn

Wintertime in Tennessee is a great excuse to download or buy a new book and then get lost between its covers. My favorite for 2012 is “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis. This is a fascinating and fun read describing how the amber waves of grain of our grandparents are barely recognizable as today’s genetically modified dwarf grain. This leads to potential digestive disorders, increased inflammation, and ultimately malabsorption of nutrients.

Did you know that wheat products elevate blood sugar more than Snickers candy bars or ice cream? As blood sugar (glucose) rises, more insulin is released from the pancreas. This allows entry of glucose into the cells of the body, converting glucose to fat. The higher the blood glucose after eating, the greater the insulin level leading to more fat being deposited, especially in the abdomen. The bigger your wheat belly, the poorer your response is to insulin, in turn leading to insulin resistance which can trigger diabetes.

Thermography: A Mammogram Alternative

Thermography is quickly becoming the new standard in the field of breast-cancer screening. This procedure is non-invasive, inexpensive, comfortable, and does not cause radiation exposure or compression of the breasts. On Thursday, December 8th, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Forum Health Knoxville is will offer Thermography Breast Screening.

Pumpkins: More Than Just Fall Decorations

Fall brings an abundance of gourds and flavorful crop. Pumpkin is one of the many colorful vegetables that is plentiful this time of year. Not only is pumpkin a good source of fiber, but the color is a great indication that it is rich in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A in the body. This important vitamin has many functions including reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Falling for Fall Fruits and Vegetables

  As we move into the fall season with its beautiful colors, we are reminded also of the vibrant colors in our fall fruits and vegetables that are packed with vital nutrients, preparing us for the colder weather ahead. From September to November, the autumn harvest brings a variety of healthful and delicious produce, from […]

Yeast – Not Just the Dough Boy’s Issue

The fall season conjures up images of pumpkin pies, hot biscuits, and steaming lattes. Sweet aromas from county fairs to Dollywood tempt even the staunchest convert from sugar! For those who struggle with a sugar addiction, this can be the start of another vicious cycle of weight gain, depression, muscle aches, indigestion, and fatigue.

One of the underlying complications that usually go undetected is the invasive spread of yeast in the body. Yeast is one of the billions of microorganisms normally found in the mucous membranes of the mouth, throat, digestive tract, and genitals. Its growth is controlled by healthy bacteria, but an imbalance can wreak havoc on all the body’s systems.

One of the many culprits is an excessive sugar intake. Yeast feeds on sugar which sets off an intense craving for sugar. As a result, yeast can multiply and take over the body. A vicious cycle develops as yeast causes one to eat more carbs, the carbs fuel the growth and multiplication of yeast, and the growing colonies of yeast demand more sugar leading to increased stores of fat.

Dr. Nathan Goodyear To Speak at Health & Wellness Conference

Dr. Nathan Goodyear of Seasons of Farragut and Seasons Wellness Clinic will be speaking at the ZRT Laboratory Conference for The Balance For Health & Wellness on November 4-5, 2011 at the World Market Center in Orlando, Florida.

“Featured at the conference are world-class experts presenting evidence-based science focused on prevention, diagnosis and management within a broad range of health and wellness topics inside hormone replacement therapy, anti-aging and functional medicine” [zrtlab.com]. It is an extraordinary honor to be asked to speak at The Balance For Health & Wellness Conference and Dr. Goodyear is looking forward to the event.

Gluten-Free Can Be Healthy and Tasty!

Gluten allergies, wheat allergies, and celiac disease have become a major concern for many adults, children and babies in the United States. One out of six people are sensitive to gluten. One out of six are sensitive to wheat. One out of 100 people has celiac disease and they do not even know it. The rates are on the rise.

Undiagnosed gluten and wheat allergies or celiac disease can cause many health symptoms which possibly could include leaky gut syndrome where undigested food particles leak and enter your blood stream. This leaves your intestinal tract open to bacteria and toxins which can potentially trigger autoimmune responses in your body. Symptoms would include increase in food allergies, skin disorders, inflammation, bloating and gas to mention a few.

Where Do You Get Dietary Vitamin K?

Research has suggested there is a link between dietary intake of vitamin K and varicose veins. Inadequate levels of vitamin K may reduce the activity of matrix GLA protein (MGP), which is involved in varicose wall remodeling. According to researchers, inactive MGP is a key player in the development of varicose veins. Therefore, adequate intake of vitamin K may be a necessity in preventing the development of varicose veins.

Where do you get dietary vitamin K? Excellent sources come from green veggies: spinach, broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts, green beans, asparagus and greens.

Why Doesn’t My Endocrinologist Know All Of This?

  The following guest post is provided to you by The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, which is a non-profit, multidisciplinary medical society dedicated to the dissemination of new information on the diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism. The National Academy of Hypothyroidism is a group of thyroidologists, headed by Kent Holtorf, M.D., who are dedicated to […]

Is it really true that you are what you eat?

If you have had a nutritional consultation at Forum Health Knoxville, then you already know my answer to this question. Yes, you definitely are what you eat. The food you put into your mouth has a direct effect on how you feel!

Top 10 Summer Fruits and Veggies

Summer is in full swing and with the hot weather comes delicious fruits and vegetables! We have an abundance of fresh, local harvest here in Tennessee. You can get these foods directly from local farms or from the farmer’s market. When preparing your fruits and vegetables, you can be creative while keeping it simple. Here are my top 10 ideas on how to enjoy the wonderful flavors of summer:

The Sauna Reinvented

The creation of the Infrared sauna has completely transformed the meaning of the word “sauna.” An Infrared sauna offers 7 times the effectiveness of a traditional sauna because of its ability to penetrate human tissue.

Gold Standard for Healthy Eating: the Mediterranean Diet

A heart healthy eating plan that focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy oils is important to our body’s function and health. As with all heart healthy diets, fruits, vegetables and grains are key. With the Mediterranean diet, more emphasis is placed on whole grains rather than refined as well as fresh fruits and vegetables rather than juice or fruit drinks. Extra virgin olive oil is the principle source of fat in the Mediterranean diet, being used for cooking, baking and for salad dressings and drizzling on vegetables. Nuts, legumes and fish are encouraged to provide the main source of protein.

Peaches: A Sweet Approach to Weightloss

At Forum Health Knoxville, we know wellness is not about taking a prescription medication to control a symptom. True wellness is the result of balancing five key points: nutrition, exercise, hormone balance, inflammation reduction and detoxification. At Forum Health Knoxville we address each of the five points of wellness to help you achieve not only weight loss goals, but more importantly your health and wellness goals.

Nibble on This | Indulge Yourself In Fresh Strawberries!

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Strawberries are in full bloom! Local grocery stores and roadside vendors have the best of the best when it comes to strawberries. As with any berry, strawberries are loaded with antioxidants. Strawberries also are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. The antioxidants and vitamin C in strawberries help to clean up the free radicals affecting the eyes and joints. Strawberries are known for helping reduce the risk and symptoms of macular degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

Nibble on This | March

This year for National Nutrition Month the American Dietetic Association is promoting “Eat Right With Color”. Scientists have discovered major health benefits packed in the color of fruits and vegetables. The powerhouse chemicals responsible for this are called phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are what put the brightness in tomatoes and strawberries and the brilliant color in oranges, carrots and kiwi.

Sweat Yourself to Better Health in our Infrared Sauna

Sunlighten Saunas use infrared heat rays instead of steam, as is used in traditional saunas. Infrared gently heats the body from within instead of heating the air. It has the ability to penetrate the surface of the skin, which gives your body overall radiant warmth. Traditional heaters only heat the air, which can become extremely hot and uncomfortable in which to breathe.

Refer a friend and earn a $100 Seasons Priority Card!

Your enthusiasm about the Seasons approach to wellness is infectious and appreciated. And to show you how thankful we are when you share your wellness journey with your friends, we are pleased to extend the Seasons Referral Opportunity with a Wellness Escape Bonus. For every new medical client that you refer to Seasons, you will receive a $100 Seasons Priority Card. It’s just our way of saying thank you for sharing your story with others.

Nibble on This | February

Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month make February a month to celebrate sweethearts. What a perfect time to show your loved one how much you care by preparing a meal with heart-healthy superfoods such as omega-3 fatty acids and fresh vegetables. Adding superfoods to your daily diet has the ability to decrease the risk of cancer, improve heart function, and fight infection. Make heart healthy dishes for you and your sweetheart and you will be doing your part for a healthier heart!

6 Healthy Snacks for the Super Bowl

Super Bowl parties are full of snacks loaded with calories, fat and preservatives. Resist the urge to splurge! These tasty treats will help create a deliciously healthy Super Bowl party.

Nibble on This!

by Carolyn Burris Ah-choo! It’s winter, it’s cold…it’s time for soup! January is National Soup Month! While soup may not be able to cure the common cold or the flu, it can certainly help. Let the warmth of soup soothe you while providing important nourishment to your body. Scientists have discovered that eating soup can […]

Nibble On This! Breakfast – The Most Important Meal of the Day!

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Breakfast is quite literally “breaking the fast” that you have been in all night. During the night your body is using up a large portion of your stored carbohydrates. Once morning comes, you need to refuel and replenish that storage to provide energy for the day. Without starting your day with a plentiful breakfast, your body will go into starvation mode and start breaking down your muscles for fuel. If weight control is your concern, this is the last thing you want to do.

Nibble on This! It’s All In The Color

This is the season to add lots of beta carotene to your diet. The fall is full of color and many of the fruits and vegetables are chock full of this super antioxidant. Remember, the richer the color, the more nutrients!

The Seasons Top Five: How to Pursue Wellness

Here are my top five suggestions for the pursuit of wellness.

1. Evaluate Your Diet. Do you make good food choices? Are you overweight? The latest statistics indicate that 58 million Americans are overweight, 40 million are obese, and 4 million are morbidly obese. The vast majority of illness is caused or complicated by being overweight.

2. Evaluate Your Activity. Do you exercise? Small choices add up to increased physical activity, So park further from the grocery store entry and WALK. Take the stairs. Stop working at the computer for 5 minutes and do 50 situps.

3. Have A Wellness Checkup at Seasons of Farragut. The Seasons approach to wellness is centered around balance and prevention. A few medical tests will reveal where your body is deficient. A wellness regimen tailored to YOUR body will relieve hot flashes, sleep difficulties, mood swings and even weight gain.

4. Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Vitamin D. Studies indicate the importance of Vitamin D in disease prevention. The level of cold and flu increases in the winter largely due to the decrease of Vitamin D in our system. Medical research even suggests that Vitamin D is the BEST prevention for flu–even better than the vaccine. At Seasons, we evaluate your Vitamin D levels and offer medical-grade Vitamin D supplements in capsules, drops, and even injections, if needed.

5. Decrease Stress. Stress is the enemy. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Take time to smell the flowers. Find a de-stresser that works for you, whether it’s weekly Bible Study, a good book, or coloring with your kids.