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Meet the Patient is a series on the BioDesign Wellness Center blog showcasing actual patients we have treated over the years or are currently treating. (Each patient’s name and certain details about their case may be changed to ensure privacy.) Our hope is that these case studies resonate with anyone who is or knows someone struggling with a similar health condition and has not received an accurate diagnosis or effective medical treatment — especially those who may be close to giving up hope of ever feeling healthy, energetic, and happy again. Our objective with these case studies is to restore a belief that optimal health and fitness can be sought and achieved, even for those who are chronically ill and may have no clear explanation of the underlying cause of their pain or dysfunction. Meet Barbara Barbara is a thirty-year-old female with multiple severe neurological and other symptoms, including the following: […]

Coffee is a lightning rod for conflicting medical studies. Every few weeks it seems, a new study comes out touting the benefits or risks of drinking coffee or drinking too much coffee — an amount which is also hotly debated. According to BlueCross BlueShield, here’s where the science stands regarding the pros and cons of coffee consumption: Pros Coffee may help protect against type 2 diabetes. Coffee may help reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease and may help control Parkinson-related tremors. Coffee lowers the risk of liver cancer and protects against cirrhosis of the liver. Moderate coffee consumption (16 ounces daily) can help protect against heart failure. Cons Drinking too much coffee/caffeine can trigger anxiety symptoms, especially in those with underlying anxiety disorders. Coffee/caffeine causes the release of adrenaline, which can lead to elevated heart rate and blood pressure. Coffee can inhibit proper sleep cycles in some people and even

Do you live in Tampa, run across mold in your home or workplace on a regular basis, and have a persistent illness that defies treatment — fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, unexplained allergies, difficulty breathing, recurring or lingering sinus infections? Do you feel as though you’ve been drugged or poisoned? If you feel miserable, and your doctor can’t figure out the cause, it could be something in your home or workplace, your food or water, or perhaps even growing inside you — toxic mold. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions.” In Florida, whether we’re inside or outside, chances are good that mold is growing all around us. Chances are also good that mold is growing in us. Sadly, for us, mold and mold infection are nothing new. However, thanks to Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, a leading authority on