Weight, Wellness and Renewal
By Shyla Stokes
Q: The Broadway Clinic provides services for weight, wellness and renewal. Can you explain what that looks like? Do people need to be referred in order to use the services?
A. Arden Blough, M.D.: The Broadway Clinic has the most comprehensive complete programs for improving health through weight loss, weight management (or say maintenance) and hormone replacement with bio-identical hormones to enable people to not only life longer, but also to live better. The process is very simple, just call and make an appointment. You do not have to be referred. We will do a comprehensive lab panel, EKG and body composition.
Then the patient will meet with a health care provider who will create an individualized plan for each patient.
Q: At what point in a person’s health and wellness journey should they consider The Broadway Clinic?
A. Todd F. Farris, D.C.: That is really simple! When you stop “feeling” as good as you used to. Most of our patients tell us they just don’t “feel” like they used to. So we listen to you describe your symptoms and what you are feeling and use laboratory results from blood studies (not saliva) to determine your levels of hormones.
For women, if you have depression, mood swings, fatigue, decreased libido, increased facial wrinkles, hot flashes, cold hands and feet, sagging skin and breasts, urogenital atrophy, loss of muscle tone or restless sleep. Many of these symptoms directly correlate to decreased levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid. If you have had a total hysterectomy (removal of you uterus and ovaries) you need to start bio-identical hormone replacement as soon as possible. If you have gone through menopause you should start bio-identical hormone therapy as well. If you have not had a hysterectomy and are approaching menopause and are having irregular cycles you should have your hormone levels checked to see if you need to begin replacing certain hormones.
For men, if you have fatigue, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, decrease in muscular strength and tone, decreased libido, the inability to maintain an erection. You should have your hormone levels checked. Many of these symptoms directly correlate to decreased levels of testosterone.
Q: What services does The Broadway Clinic provide that patients can’t get from a primary care doctor?
A. Arden Blough, M.D.: All of our providers have invested in many hours of training and we continue to update our knowledge of techniques and medications to provide the most cutting edge treatment available. We also provide emotional support when they come in (emotional consulting) and through the whole process. We encourage people to continue to strive to achieve their results or their goals.
Todd F. Farris, D.C.: We differ from your primary care doctor in several ways. First, it has been my experience that most primary care doctors don’t test their patients for hormones, and the ones that do are not sure what advice to give their patients when they get the test results back other than telling them their levels are within normal range or not. We look at our patients’ hormone levels and do our best to return the levels to an “optimal range.” Second, it has also been my experience that most classically trained primary care doctors were taught very little about nutrition, if any at all. They were taught to treat their patients for symptoms and signs of sickness and disease with a host of drugs or minor surgery. Because we’re a multidisciplinary clinic, we have a different approach to health and wellness. We implement nutrition, bio-identical hormones, supplements, and also prescribe drugs when necessary. We emphasize the importance of sleep, exercise and stress reduction.
Q: What is your most popular service?
A. Arden Blough, M.D.: Our most popular service overall would be weight loss but weight loss and hormone replacement for many people are very much intertwined. The hormone replacement will enable them to lose weight and maintain their weight and will give them a more positive outlook on life, which also enables them to maintain weight.
Hormone replacement therapy is different than a patient simply taking synthetic hormones. Can you explain the benefits of bio-identical hormones for people who’ve never used them?
Todd F. Farris, D.C.: Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is the process of restoring hormones naturally to prevent the symptoms and diseases associated with low-circulating levels of hormones. Bio-identical hormones have the same chemical and molecular structure as those naturally made by the human body. Natural or bio-identical hormones are metabolized the same as our own hormones, so there are no unpleasant side effects or harm to the human body. As we age, our bodies decrease production of our own hormones so supplementation becomes necessary. When and how you replace your hormones will, without a doubt, affect the quality of your life. We believe bio-identical hormones are the most beneficial and safest method to restore your hormones to optimal levels. Replacing hormones with natural bio-identical hormones is safe and imperative to your health and well-being.
Q: Is there anything new coming to The Broadway Clinic you’d like to discuss?
A. Arden Blough, M.D.: I’m actually going to a conference in about a month for more specifically age management training. I don’t really like the term anti-aging because it’s such a common term. Probably the newest thing is we are looking at therapy to slow down the aging process—that’s probably the best way to put it. Slowing down the aging process—what that means is there are certain medications out there that…let’s go backwards…a lot of aging occurs because changes occur at the DNA level and there a few medications coming out that will effect those changes and actually decrease those changes and slow down the aging process.
Health and wellness and preventative—where most doctors are focused on treating disease—our focus is different than a primary care physician in that they are focused on treating disease, and we are focused on preventing disease. I think that’s probably the best way to put it. That is the focus of our practice.