Struggling with weight loss? Lipedema may be the reason why.


“It all started in menopause. The weight started to come on gradually, primarily in my arms and legs, and I couldn’t seem to get it to go away. I tried everything. I eat a super clean diet and I work out religiously. The weight barely budges. I feel like something is wrong with me. I just don’t understand it!”

I hear this and similar stories from patients pretty regularly, with slightly different renditions. Sometimes it starts in puberty. Sometimes body pain is the chief concern. Although it isn’t always lipedema, I have to ask myself – could it be?

Obesity Rates 2009-2010 Data

According to the National Institutes of Health, 68.8% of the United States is overweight and 35.7% are considered to be obese and the numbers are rising. Obesity is not just one condition, however. It has different causes.  Lipedema, Dercum’s disease, Madelung’s, and Familial Multiple Lipomatosis are 4 specific examples, but lipedema in particular appears to be far more common.

Lipedema is an under-recognized condition that may affect as many as 11% of women according to lipedema expert, Dr. Etelka Földi. One of its striking features is that the fat, primarily in the lower extremities, does not go away despite very good diet and exercise habits. Continue reading “Struggling with weight loss? Lipedema may be the reason why.”

8 Reasons Your Probiotic Isn’t Working

Probiotics have become enormously popular, expected to reach $42 billion dollars in global sales this year. [1] This is due largely to our rapidly expanding knowledge of our microbiome and the impacts of gut bacteria on aspects of our health ranging from body composition, mood, genetic expression, immune response, and beyond. There is even a growing field of neurogastroenterology studying the bidirectional communication of the brain-gut axis.

Many of the benefits people report from probiotic use have evidence showing they may indeed be beneficial including relief from antibiotic-associated diarrhea in children [2] and other causes of diarrhea such as C. difficile infection, [3] improved bowel movement and consistency, reduced inflammation associated with the intestinal tract, decreased symptoms of allergy and eczema, and aiding immune function to name a few. [4] Sometimes, however, probiotic supplementation fails to meet expectations. Why is that? Continue reading “8 Reasons Your Probiotic Isn’t Working”

Wine & Broccoli with a Side of Chemistry: Demystifying Sulfur-Based Allergies

broccolifractalThis post was originally published on Whole Health Wellness Center’s website.

Sulfa, sulfur, sulfites, and sulfates are often confused for apparent reasons. Each of these also have the potential to cause adverse reactions in certain people. If you’re allergic to sulfa drugs should you be worried about sulfites? Why are sulfites in wine? Are they in all wine? Can you have a reaction to sulfur? What are the differences in reactions to sulfa, sulfur, sulfates, and sulfites? What should you avoid if you do have an allergy? Continue reading “Wine & Broccoli with a Side of Chemistry: Demystifying Sulfur-Based Allergies”

9 People Who Are Changing the World

Want to change the world? Maybe your inspiration will be found in a common thread found in each of the speakers at the 2014 TEDx event at the University of Washington. Among them were a poetry-writing lawyer, a computer programming biologist, and an engineer setting out to tackle global poverty. As one might expect from any TED event, the talks inspired collaboration and creativity, offering new perspectives on some of the largest problems facing our world. One of my favorite things about TED is the cross-pollination of ideas which the speakers in this set truly exemplify. Until these talks are posted online, here’s the inside scoop!

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