Hurricane Matthew and its resulting damage made the end of 2016 a very difficult time for ILIV. As a result, the clinical portion of Integrative Longevity Institute of Virginia, located at 129 W. Virginia Beach Blvd in Norfolk, will be officially closed as of January 31, 2017. However to assure ILIV patient care continuity, Dr. Parker will be opening his new personal practice in Virginia Beach as of February 1st, 2017. Dr. Parker’s new office will be located at 5589 Greenwich Road, Suite 175, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. The office phone number will remain the same (757)226-8880. All patients are encouraged to continue their existing care with us at the new location.
Integrative Longevity Institute of Virginia will continue researching innovative therapies and providing education that promotes awareness of the human ecology philosophy.
Lambert T. Parker, MD
If you are a patient of Dr. Parker’s, you’ve probably heard of MTHFR, which is the abbreviation for “methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase”. For those who have not heard of it, the MTHFR gene creates an enzyme that converts folate into a form that can be used by the body.
In the US our addiction to sugar has contributed to the obesity epidemic. The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of added for most American women, to about 6 teaspoons per day and 9 teaspoons per day for men. Considering that sugar is a hidden ingredient in most of our foods, we need to look at alternatives.
As people become more health conscious, the demand for organic food has increased and 2015 had record high sales of organic foods to $43.3 billion. Today almost all grocery stores carry some type of organic food, but you need to be careful because just because a food label implies that it’s organic it, may not be so. Food labels can be confusing and marketer, but it’s important to read and understand it in order to know what you are really putting in your body.
Glutathione is found in every cell of the body and it’s primarily responsible for protecting the cells. It’s considered one of the body’s main antioxidants and it reduces oxidation in the body. Oxidation or oxidative stress is the result of damage on our cells by free radicals such as toxins, chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis
“Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen!”
Mindfulness is a practice that allows you to slow down and appreciate the moment and be present. It sounds easy but since many of us live in the virtual world of social media, or we live in the past- thinking about those things that happened to us or live in the future planning or worrying about those that have not happened yet. We seem to be in a constant state of multi-tasking so we’re never fully present to a single task or even to the person standing in front of us.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a treatment used to replace hormones that decrease as we age. Hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, pregnenolone and DHEA are found in BOTH men and women.When our hormones are out of balance we feel some or all of the symptoms listed below. When hormones are balanced and at optimum levels we look and feel younger, both mentally and physically and emotionally.
The brain is the body’s master computer. Although it operates like a computer when it comes to processing information, our brain doesn’t have a “reset” button when it begins to break down.
For the first time in human history, we are living longer than ever before and the rate of growth of the older population is unprecedented! By 2050 it is projected that there will be over 4 million people over 100 years old.
Resveratrol is a natural ingredient that many people associate with red wine or grapes, but a few other ways to attain it is by eating nuts, raspberries, and cacao. Resveratrol is known for its antioxidant properties which can help to protect the cells in the body from damage and eventual disease.
Whether you have seasonal or food allergies, living with any allergy can be difficult. An allergy is when the body has an adverse immune response to a particular substance. The immune system considers normally harmless substances as a threat and produces antibodies to attack and eliminate the threat. The antibodies that are produced are specific to each allergen. This explains why someone can be allergic to one type of pollen but not another.
Metal poisoning is much more common than most people realize, and if you're thinking that it doesn't apply to you because you haven't been exposed to any, think again. - Dr Joseph Mercola
Metabolic Syndrome is a disorder that represents multiple conditions such as: elevated blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels, all occurring together. Metabolic Syndrome can put you at risk for diabetes, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, excess abdominal fat and obesity.
“To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” ~William Londen
Nuts are a great snack not only because they’re a great source of protein but they also have many other great health benefits. Nuts are filled with heart-healthy unsaturated fats and they’re a good source of fiber as well as other vitamins and minerals too!
Taking care of your heart is a life-long process. Unlike other diseases, heart disease may be preventable if you start taking care of your heart early with the proper diet and exercise. Monitoring your cardio bio-markers is also needed to help you to understand your risks and allow you the chance make any changes needed to maintain a healthy heart.
It’s that time again! Time to reflect on the past year and make plans for the New Year. While many people use this time to make their resolutions to break the bad habits and create good healthy habits, here are some easy tips that you should consider that may just be able to help you live longer and age better:
Most of us realize that the music that we listen to has the power to change our mental and emotional states. Depending on the song, it can make us feel happy, sad, hopeful or hopeless. Even so, many people may not consider music as a way to relieve pain and speed recovery from surgery.
The holidays bring joy, happiness and fond memories for many people but for others, the holidays can bring the blues. The underlying psychological causes for the sadness may be different for each person but the physiological cause is low serotonin levels.
A recent marketing blog article discussed how holistic medicine has evolved over time into many different subsets of medicine-- all of which focus on treating the whole person.
According to the article over the last few years the holistic medical practices have been classified as first as ‘alternative medicine’ and then morphed into ‘complementary alternative medicine’ or ‘integrative medicine’ and as if that wasn’t confusing enough recently more terms have been coined to try to distinguish the whole person approach further.
Many women know about or have experienced a mammogram, but they may not know about a Thermogram and its benefits. A Thermogram is a test that identifies the heat radiating from your body and uses it to detect any abnormalities. The Thermogram creates infra-red images (heat pictures) that the doctors will analyze for asymmetries.
A breast exam is a MUST. Women should have breast examinations during their routine checkups. You may find it convenient to schedule this exam during your routine physical checkup. If a breast exam is not routinely preformed, you should ask for one.
Acute Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or infection. It’s normally short in duration and it recedes as the body heals. The purpose of acute inflammation is to aid the body in healing.
Neurotransmitters are powerful chemicals that regulate numerous physical and emotional processes such as mental performance, emotional states and pain response. Virtually all functions in life are controlled by neurotransmitters. They are the brain's chemical messengers.
Dopamine is associated with physical movement, memory, alertness, attention, emotions and perception Think of dopamine as the reward and pleasure center of the brain.
Some vitamins work better when taken on an empty stomach and others are best taken with food. Why? Some vitamins are fat soluble and others are water soluble.
The fat soluble vitamins should be taken with your heaviest meal of the day since it normally contains the most dietary fat. These vitamins rely on bile for absorption. Bile breaks down the vitamins where the nutrients can be absorbed through the small intestine and the lymph vessels. Any unused nutrients are then stored in the liver and fat tissue for use at a later time.
Amino acids are organic compounds that link together to form protein. A large proportion of our cells, muscles and tissue us the protein formed by amino acids to break down food, grow, heal, and perform other bodily functions. Without amino acids, we could not survive, for that reason, amino acids are considered "the building blocks of life."
Anyone who has Fibromyalgia will tell you the muscle pain and fatigue are REAL, even though there may be a few physicians who still consider it solely a psychological condition. Other symptoms of those who suffer from Fibromyalgia may include depression, sleep issues and tender muscle points. Pain, lack of sleep, depression-can be a cycle that repeats itself for those who have this condition.
Adult Attention Deficit Disorder is more common than you think, however it often goes undiagnosed because many people think of this as a childhood issue. Children who exhibit symptoms of ADD are easy to recognize but we tend to dismiss the symptoms in adults as just having too much on our plate or too many responsibilities.
It’s almost summer and it’s hot outside! When it’s hot it’s easier to become dehydrated.
Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluid than is taken in. This usually during exercise and heat exposure but can also occur with an illness that includes a fever, vomiting and or diarrhea.
"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver". - Mahatma Gandhi
Staying healthy is not always easy but we can help. Here are 10 things you can do that make a BIG difference in your health:
…“Ozone creates super-gifted red cells. So now we're getting a treatment that improves oxygenation. I'm an oxygen man. Burn more oxygen, you heal, stimulate, and augment the immune system. It's a really nice one-two punch to jumpstart your body. It doesn't just deal with the immune system. If you're going to get more oxygen to the tissues, you can heal almost anything." – Dr. Robert Rowan
At, ILIV, our ecological approach to wellness involves more than just diagnosing the physical condition. It encompasses all aspects of life that can influence our health, which includes our relationships. Our primary relationships are with our family, which may consist of human family members and our pets which are our animal family members.
Based on an Article from the Wharton University of Pennsylvania, everyone needs more sleep. Some people know they need more sleep, and experience the symptoms, groggy, grumpy and overall tiredness while others are proud of the fact that they can exist on 4 or less hours of sleep each night.
The bottom line is that a lack of sleep takes a toll on the mind, the body and our overall productivity.
“Lack of sleep is nothing less than a public health epidemic. “We know that being a shift worker is very hard on the body, and it’s almost like everyone is a shift worker these days because we’re all doing these crazy things at all hours, and our body likes consistency” – Nancy Rothstein-Corporate Sleep Consultant
“Before we can treat you, we need to know who you are. You cannot go into battle without being prepared--having a strategy” – Dr. Lambert Titus Parker
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black legged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.
Many conventional doctors maybe unaware that a patient’s gender can impact their response to medications. This is mainly due to the fact that until the 1990’s, women were banned from participating in clinical trials in the United States.
It's different than most coconut oils that are found in your local market or health food store. Many people are familiar with the coconut oil that is solid while at room temperature, but when fractionated, it remains in liquid form making it great for...
If you’ve been a patient of Dr. Parker’s for a while or have been to any of ILIV’s educational talks, you’ve probably heard him recommend taking a “Tea Bath”.
Why? Research supports the benefits of Tea because of its many antioxidant and antimicrobial qualities.
As the average life expectancy has increased to the record high of 78.8 years, dementia and Alzheimer’s is also rising at record rates. The Alzheimer’s Association is expecting the number of people with Alzheimer’s or other age related dementia to triple by 2050 to over 13.8 million people diagnosed.
What is a Telomere and how can it lengthen your life? A telomere is part of our cells that affects how our cells age.
It is part of our DNA that actually protects our cells from damage by acting like an “end cap” for each DNA strand protecting our chromosomes so our cells can reproduce. Each time our cells reproduce, the telomere gets shorter and over time, eventually cell division stops.
If you love sweets and have a harder time than most people in curbing your cravings, it may be in your genes verses a lack of will power.
In a study from May 2008, research shows that people with a variance in the SLCa2 gene ate more sugar than others. According to the research, people with this gene variance feel that they need to eat more sugar to feel full because their brains appear to be less sensitive to the amount of sugar in the blood.
Research shows that people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.
Many people start the New Year off with a list of personal goals and they have good intentions to follow through and successfully accomplish those goals. Unfortunately, only about 8% of people actually achieve their goals. These successful people know that there is a planning process that starts with defining the goal, with the successful outcome in mind.
Researchers are pinpointing the brain circuits involved in forming habits. Dr. Elisha Goldstein, clinical psychologist, describes how a mindfulness practice can be used to curb bad habits.
A mindfulness practice is one of the techniques that can be used to train your brain to let go of old bad habits and create new good habits. With brain training techniques such as mindfulness, you’re able to break the automatic response by creating awareness of triggers, thoughts and body sensations that are associated with that habit.
What is Infusion Therapy?
It is a medical modality of introducing therapeutic substances directly into the circulatory system. This process allows for the bypassing of the GI system resulting in enhanced bio-availability. Infusion Therapy is used for many issues ranging from gross deficiencies, situational or chronic illnesses to achieving optimization in a fraction of the time needed for oral supplementation.
Elderly patients suffer from a variety of conditions that could benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatment. In nursing facilities the injuries related to falls, issues related to diabetes, kidney failure, arterial disease, as well as ulcers in bed –bound patients and wound from cancer treatments can all benefit from HBO2 therapy. This is just to name a few of the many conditions that these facilities face daily.
“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. Not only do words infect, egotize, narcotize, and paralyze, but they enter into and color the minutest cells of the brain . . .” This is Rudyard Kipling's most famous quotation, and it is from a speech he made to the Royal College of Surgeons in London in 1923.
Fact: More than 1/3 (34.9%) of all American Adults are obese, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as of 2012. The most significant increase in obesity was from 1990- 2010 and these numbers are expected to continue to rise as they have in the past. Obesity is now at epidemic levels.
Testosterone is one of 8 Super hormones in the body that can help to keep us youthful and energetic. Based on William Regelson, M.D’s research conducted in the 1990’s, as we age our hormones decline causing many age related symptoms like low libido, lack of energy, loss of muscle tone and weak bones. Testosterone replacement, as part of a Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) programs, provides a way to reduce or eliminate many of these symptoms
Oxytocin is a hormone secreted by posterior lobe of the pituitary gland, a pea-sized structure at the base of the brain. It is associated with maternal nurturing, social attachments, childbirth and sex. Without oxytocin people could not be sitting harmoniously together in a group setting. It’s Oxytocin that builds community and creates bonds between people.
Human ecology is who we are, all that we are. From our gut, our flora, bacteria; to our hormones and internal chemical makeup; to relationships, environment and our culture. This is what human ecology is about and all of these things influence our health.
Cognitive decline starts in the 30’s, is gradual and the subtle changes are often not picked up until significant cognitive parameters have decreased. However, getting a brain “check-up” has been shown to be effective when symptoms are addressed early.