Peptide Therapy Dr Julia Ward

Peptide Therapy

In TreatmentsApril 30, 2023

Peptide Therapy

Peptide therapy utilizes natural, effective, and non-invasive supplements to decrease inflammation, help with healing, promote weight loss, hair growth, and healing, and assist in anti-aging.

Peptides are small pieces of protein that do cell signaling in the body. Insulin was the first peptide isolated and used in medicine in the 1920’s. Since then but especially after 1950 peptide therapy has taken off. There are hundreds of designer peptides that can speed soft tissue healing, increase growth hormone, improve brain function, and increase sexual performance just to name a few.

Below is a brief summary of some of the more popular peptides.  They are available as an injection and now some are available as a sublingual tablet or liquid.  Prices vary depending on pharmacy, peptide, and route of administration.

What are Peptides?

Peptides are short-chain amino acids found naturally in the body. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and these particular amino acids are designed to augment specific functions within the human body. Therapy with peptides uses those sequences already present to regulate and rejuvenate functions. Basically, they bind to and tell other cells what to do, replacing or mimicking the functions of naturally occurring peptides. Peptides have the capability to rewrite body chemistry relationships to promote restoration, anabolism, and homeostasis.

What is CJC-1295 Ipamorelin?

CJC-1295 is a growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) analog. It increases growth hormone without increasing prolactin. This leads to more muscle formation and more fat loss. Ipamorelin is another GHRH which stimulates the body to produce more growth hormone. It also increases muscle mass, decreases fat, and can help regulate blood pressure, increase testosterone production, improves skin, increases bone strength and improves quality of sleep.

This peptide is typically taken right before bed on an empty stomach. This way it mimics the body’s natural spike in growth hormone at night.

Does CJC-1295 Ipamorelin really work?

CJC-1295 is an incredibly effective peptide which works by stimulating the release of your own body’s growth hormones (which drop quickly after the age of 30). Research has shown that CJC-1295 can increase growth hormone levels by 200-1000% and the elevated growth hormone production continued for up to 6 days.

Semaglutide (Ozempic) Injection

This is the weight loss peptide that is very popular right now. It acts to slow down the digestive tract so that food sticks around longer and thus your appetite goes away. This is a once per week injection. The most common side effect is nausea. We like to start with a very small amount and build up. Over time the body gets used to this and the side effects of nausea, reflux or constipation will go away. Some people never get these side effects – others just get nausea for a while.

This peptide has been a game changer for those trying to loose weight. Typically people will loose 10% of their body weight. We recommend that one try it for at least 3 months. Over this time you retrain yourself to eat smaller portions and avoid sugar. Eating sugar can increase the nausea symptoms so it helps to decrease cravings.


This is also known as the “wolverine peptide” as it can speed up soft tissue healing.  This peptide is naturally made in the stomach (in small amounts) where it acts to protect and heal the GI tract.  Thus it can be very useful for the treatment of ulcers and esophageal irritation (say from reflux).  It also speeds up the repair of torn muscles, detached tendons, and damaged ligaments.  This one can be dosed multiple times during the day.  For stomach ulcerations or other GI issues both the sublingual tablet and a capsule are recommended.  For muscle/tendon/ligament injuries it maybe better to inject this around the site of injury.


This one improves brain function by activating centers in the brain which increase something called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF supports the survival of existing brain cells as well as the growth of new ones.

Here are a few of it’s benefits:

  • anti-depressant and anti-anxiety like properties
  • improves sleep patterns by calming “racing thoughts”
  • improves both short term and long term memory
  • improves circulation
  • may help relieve chronic pain
  • improves depression and ADHD symptoms

Melanotan II

This peptide is for getting a great tan without a lot of work. It will tan even those who typically do not tan – someone like my brother who growing up was either white or red. It is a tiny piece of the human growth hormone which acts to bring your melanocytes (things in your skin that hold pigment) to the surface. This one is only available in injectable form. Typically one would start by injecting 0.05cc once daily x 2 weeks and then only once per week after that. One still needs to go into the sun to activate it but you will become darker faster and the tan will stay much longer than normal. Side effects can include nausea and/or flushing. These usually only last a few minutes. Other side effects can be a darkening of moles and freckles on skin. Body builders have been using this one for the past 20+ years. It can also help with sexual function.


This is very similar to Melanotan II but without the tan. It works on the nervous system rather than the vascular system (as does Viagra & Cialis).
This is available as an injectable or sublingual tablet. Side effects can include headache, nausea, and flushing.

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    Emsculpt Dr Julia Ward


    In TreatmentsApril 21, 2023


    Following a well-balanced diet and participating in regular workouts can help men and women achieve many of their health and body goals. However, there are certain areas of the body, including the abdomen and buttocks, that can be difficult to sculpt through nutrition and exercise alone.

    Emsculpt is a revolutionary procedure that tones the abdomen and lifts the buttocks without any incisions, discomfort, or downtime. It is the only non-surgical body contouring treatment that can simultaneously destroy fat and build muscle.

    What is Emsculpt?

    Until now, body contouring devices targeted fat. However, a flat, tight abdomen (…or buttock or thighs) is about more than just fat – firm muscles are key to a flat belly.

    Emsculpt is a completely non-surgical procedure that strengthens and firms muscle mass by causing the muscles to contract up to 20,000 times during the 30-minute treatment – far more than can be achieved by intense exercise. This rapid contraction rate has two benefits:

    1. Since the muscle has little time to relax between contractions, it is forced to adapt by remodeling. This can increase the muscle mass, strength, and tone.
      The muscle needs energy – and the fat cells nearby are storehouses of energy that can be unlocked, and can reduce the fat in the treatment area by nearly 20%.
    2. Emsculpt targets excess fat and strengthens and increases muscle mass for a sculpted abdomen. It’s also an excellent way for individuals that are already in shape to take their physique to the next level.

    For patients seeking a firmer backside, Emsculpt can tone and firm the buttocks with zero recovery. It has also been used to strengthen the muscle weakness that occurs after pregnancy and shrink diastasis recti, the midline gap between muscles that many women encounter post-pregnancy.

    What are the benefits of Emsculpt?

    Some of the great benefits of Emsculpt are:

    • Emsculpt utilizes high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology to stimulate muscle contraction and burn fat naturally. This helps to produce reliable and natural-looking results
    • It builds muscle. Unlike liposuction or tummy tuck, Emsculpt actually tones the muscles and helps defined your natural physique
    • It requires absolutely no downtime. As a non-surgical procedure, Emsculpt does not require a recovery period. You can resume normal activities as soon as your procedure is finished
    • It only takes about 30 minutes. Fast and easy, Emsculpt treatment will easily fit your schedule
    • It targets specific areas of the body. With Emsculpt specific areas of the body can be targeted for optimal results. This allows treatment to focus on what needs improving while leaving surrounding features untouched

    Perhaps equally impressive, this procedure can produce noticeable results in as few as two weeks, helping to enhance confidence and improve clothing options in less time than diet and exercise alone.

    Before Emsculpt Dr Julia Ward
    Before Emsculpt
    After Emsculpt Dr Julia Ward
    After Emsculpt

    Who can benefit from Emsculpt?

    Emsculpt is a body contouring option that is best suited for women and men who are at their ideal BMI and lead a healthy lifestyle, but who need help reaching their ultimate goals.

    Emsculpt is popular among both men and women, and it’s also a good option for patients recovering from an injury. It’s been very popular with athletes and patients recovering from sports injuries because it’s a quick way to strengthen the muscle groups that have become weak due to an injury.

    Individuals with metal or electronics, like a pacemaker, implanted anywhere in their body, or patients with a history of muscle issues such as complicated hernias, are not suitable to receive Emsculpt altogether.

    How does Emsculpt work?

    Emsculpt is based on high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy. A single Emsculpt session feels like thousands of powerful muscle contractions which are extremely important in improving the tone and strength of your muscles.

    These powerful induced muscle contractions not achievable through voluntary contractions. The muscle tissue is forced to adapt to such extreme condition. It responds with a deep remodeling of its inner structure that results in muscle building and sculpting your body.

    How to prepare for your Emsculpt session?

    No preparation needed.

    What to expect during your Emsculpt?

    When you arrive, you will meet Dr. Ward and will be comfortably lie down on your back or stomach, depending on the area you are targeting. The Emsculpt applicator will be positioned appropriately. You can read or just relax during your appointment. After it’s complete, you are ready to go on with your day.

    What is the difference between Emsculpt and other treatments?

    Emsculpt is completely non-invasive. Other body contouring treatments, such as buttock lift or liposuction are invasive procedures.

    How long does an Emsculpt session last?

    Each Emsculpt session is a 30-minute treatment on one particular area of the body. If you’re working on multiple body parts, like the abdominal and the buttock areas, that will require two 30-minute sessions. The protocol recommends four Emsculpt sessions within a roughly two-week period, spaced two or three days apart for optimal results.

    How long is the recovery, and are there any risks or side effects to Emsculpt?

    There is no downtime for recovery with Emsculpt, and the treatment is virtually pain-free. Come in for your quick appointment, and then go about your day. Side effects in the treated area may include:

    • muscular pain
    • temporary muscle spasm
    • temporary joint or tendon pain
    • local erythema or skin redness

    Can Emsculpt be combined with any other treatments to enhance results?


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      EmSella Urinary Incontinence Dr Julia Ward


      In TreatmentsApril 18, 2023


      Urinary incontinence means a person leaks urine by accident. While it can happen to anyone, urinary incontinence, also known as overactive bladder, is more common in older people, especially women. Bladder control issues can be embarrassing and cause people to avoid their normal activities. But incontinence can often be stopped or controlled.

      Read on to learn everything that you need to know about Emsella as a treatment option for urinary incontinence.

      What is Emsella?

      A completely non-invasive way to treat urinary incontinence and sexual heath disorders. The unique technology will strengthen the weakened pelvic floor muscles and restore neuromuscular control of the bladder. A single Emsella session stimulates over 11,000 muscular contractions.

      What are the benefits of Emsella?

      Benefits of Emsella:

      • Treats lack of voluntary control over urination
      • A non-invasive procedure with no recovery time
      • Remain fully clothed during treatment
      • Restores bladder and pelvic muscle control
      • A comfortable procedure that lets you relax during the 28-minute treatment
      • Experience up to 75% less pad usage
      • Experience up to 95% reduce in stress urinary incontinence improvement.
      • Increase in sexual pleasure has been noted in some people going under treatment
      • Emsella is FDA Approved
      • Increase quality of life, sparing you from frustration, stress, embarrassment, or even social anxiety. Emsella has the potential to help you control not just over your bladder, but over your overall confidence and lifestyle.

      In addition, to date five clinical studies have been published on Emsella. Studies confirm 95% of patients report an improved quality of life.

      Who can benefit from Emsella?

      Women who suffer from incontinence. Either stress incontinence (leak urine when you laugh, cough, sneeze, jump, etc.) or urge incontinence (when you have the sudden intense urge to urinate frequently) or a mix of both types. It can also benefit some men with incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

      EmSella Before After Dr Julia Ward

      How does Emsella work?

      Emsella is a unique form of pelvic muscle treatment. It utilizes High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology to stimulate the entire pelvic floor area and create deep and intense pelvic floor muscles contractions, helping to restore neuromuscular control. A single Emsella session brings thousands of supramaximal pelvic floor muscle contractions, which are the key in muscle re-training in incontinent patients. All this is done without any effort on your part and without getting undressed. Scientific research shows that 95% of treated patients have reported significant improvement in the quality of life.

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      How to prepare for your Emsella session?

      No preparation needed.

      What to expect during your Emsella session?

      When you arrive, you will meet Dr. Ward and will be comfortably seated on the specially designed Emsella chair. The Emsella will deliver electromagnetic energy to your pelvic floor muscles, forcing them to contract. Not only is it a comfortable experience, but you will remain seated in an ergonomic chair, fully clothed, and at ease during your session. The unique technology will strengthen the weakened muscles and restore neuromuscular control of the bladder.

      A frontal view of the pelvic floor muscles and bladder using medical ultrasound. Relaxed and loosened pelvic floor
      muscles and bladder (left). Stimulated and lifted pelvic floor muscles and bladder using HIFEM technology (right).

      Can Emsella help men as well?

      Incontinence can be a real issue for men of all ages and can have a serious effect on their daily lives. Incontinence in men typically presents as a small amount of dribbling during workouts or at the end of the day. Chronic cough and obesity can put pressure on the bladder and lead to stress incontinence. Some men suffer from urge incontinence – a need to urinate frequently or dribbling when the bladder is full and Emsella can help improve symptoms.

      Does Emsella work for erectile dysfunction?

      Emsella has recently been approved to treat erectile dysfunction. This is great news for men who are struggling with maintaining an erection and are looking for a discrete option to help deal with this issue. By targeting the pelvic floor muscles with High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology, Esmella stimulates the muscles, tightens the pelvic floor, and allows you to regain control to achieve and maintain an erection.

      What is the difference between Emsella and other treatments?

      Emsella is completely non-invasive. Other treatments such as the Viveve or MonaLisa are invasive procedures.

      How long does an Emsella session last?

      Generally, a complete treatment consists of six sessions, each of which takes about thirty minutes and are scheduled twice a week. Results depend on your condition, the number of sessions, and the area treated. Dr. Ward will provide you with complete information about the post-treatment care and results.

      How long is the recovery, and are there any risks or side effects to Emsella?

      There is no downtime for recovery with Emsella, and the treatment is virtually pain-free. Come in for your quick appointment, and then go about your day. Side effects in the treated area may include:

      • muscular pain
      • temporary muscle spasm
      • temporary joint or tendon pain
      • local erythema or skin redness

      Can Emsella be combined with any other treatments to enhance results?

      Yes. Emsella works even better when paired with the O-shot® treatment.

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        The Orgasm Shot® (O-Shot®) Dr Julia Ward


        In TreatmentsFebruary 9, 2023

        The Orgasm Shot®

        Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (usually but not always accompanies Sexual Desire Disorder). Women who suffer with this may want to have sex but have much difficulty finding the pleasure of arousal. The 5% incidence doesn’t sound like much until you think about it–that’s the same as one in 20.

        Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (Low desire). Remember, that this is not counted a disorder unless it’s disrupting the woman’s life. Around 10% of women suffer with this problem. Important: Suffering with a sexual disorder does not simply make sex not fun. Better sex leads to more energy, more creativity, increased confidence, less depression, and improved overall health.

        Female Orgasmic Disorder: Again around 1 in 20 (or 5%). Here women can become aroused but have much difficulty with orgasm. This can be so frustrating that sex becomes a frustration that they avoid.

        What is The Orgasm Shot® (O-Shot®)?

        The O-Shot® procedure uses blood derived growth factors (platelet rich plasma or PRP) to rejuvenate the vagina and treat urinary incontinence and sex problems.

        Who can benefit from the O-Shot® procedure?

        Women who leak urine when they laugh, cough, sneeze or jump, and women who have problems having an orgasm or who have low sexual desire.

        Patients have reported the following post-treatment benefits:

        • Enhancement in libido and sexual desire
        • Heightened vaginal and clitoral sensitivity contributing to a stronger orgasms
        • Decreased urinary incontinence
        • Improved vaginal lubrication
        • Reduction in pain during intercourse
        • Increased ability to experience a G-Spot orgasm
        • Enhancement of skin on the vulva

        Multiple studies have shown that PRP can be used to improve blood flow, increase collagen production, regenerate nerve, and remodel scars into more normal tissue.

        O-Shot Dr. Julia Ward

        How the O-Shot® procedure is performed?

        When you arrive we will ask you to fill out some questionnaires and consents. Dr. Ward will then numb the vaginal and clitoral region (numbing cream and local anesthesia) while you are seated on the EmSella.

        The next step in your procedure with Dr. Ward is to drew about 6-8 ccs of your blood using a venipuncture (the puncture of a vein as part of a medical procedure, typically to withdraw a blood sample or for an intravenous injection). Using a centrifuge and designated FDA approved tubes, the blood is processed via spinning, and the platelet-rich plasma and growth factors are harvested into a syringe.

        Dr. Ward will then inject a small amount (1 cc) of the spun platelet-rich plasma into your clitoral glans. Following which, the remaining 5 ccs are injected under the vaginal skin around the G-spot area.

        There is no down time afterwards and sexual activity can resume that evening if so desired.

        Are there any side effects to O-Shot® procedure?

        Since this procedure focuses on injecting the patient’s own platelet-rich plasma back into their system, complications, if any, are rare. However, since the platelet-rich plasma has to be processed after extraction, it is very important to maintain a sterile environment throughout. If the PRP is contaminated, re-injection will be compromised.

        These procedures are highly sensitive, so do your research carefully and thoroughly. This is why we strongly recommend picking a trusted and licensed doctor for your orgasm therapy treatment.

        Dr. Julia Ward is a licensed O-Shot® provider and a member the Cellular Medicine Association. She follows strict medical etiquette to ensure that your health is never at risk. She has a decades-worth of experience and have performed multiple orgasm therapy treatments. If your provider is not listed on the Cellular Medicine Association directory, they are not certified to do the procedure and they should not be trusted.

        Can the O-Shot® procedure be combined with any other treatments to enhance results?

        We recommend combining this with the Emsella. Emsella is a unique form of pelvic muscle treatment. It utilizes High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology to stimulate the entire pelvic floor area and create deep and intense pelvic floor muscles contractions, helping to restore neuromuscular control. A single Emsella session brings thousands of supramaximal pelvic floor muscle contractions, which are the key in muscle re-training in incontinent patients. All this is done without any effort on your part and without getting undressed. Each Emsella session is 30 minutes. It is recommended to do 2 sessions per week for 3 weeks to get maximum benefit.

        Read more about Emsella here >

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          Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Dr Julia Ward

          Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

          In TreatmentsFebruary 9, 2023




          How does oxygen treatment work?

          Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy accelerates the body’s healing process through the inhalation of 100% medical grade oxygen in a pressurized environment. At Houston Hyperbarics, we use private hyperbaric chambers
 with HBOT, the level of oxygen in the bloodstream increases exponentially, which helps to mitigate infection to promote the healing of illnesses and injuries, anywhere from sports injuries, to diabetes, stroke, chronic pain, and much more.

          Due to the high pressure, the oxygen is then pushed and carried to areas where circulation may be reduced or blocked, improving blood flow.
          Since cells require oxygen to regenerate, the body is now able to heal itself at a faster rate.

          Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a non-invasive and painless treatment. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a therapy that has been around for a long time.

          This treatment uses high pressure and 100% oxygen to bypass what the red blood cells do but at a much quicker rate and more efficiently.

          HBOT forces 100% oxygen to your tissues which stimulates healing in the body.

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            Heavy Metal Detox Dr Julia Ward

            Heavy Metal Detox

            In TreatmentsFebruary 9, 2023




            Detoxification removes toxic materials that have accumulated in the body, where they interfere with cellular activity. Toxins come from the byproducts of normal human metabolism. They also come from the environment, pesticides, chemical additives in our foods, drugs and chemicals we ingest or inhale. The most damaging of all of the environmental toxins are heavy metals, which accumulate in our bodies over time. By age 60, most people have already accumulated enough lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and uranium to interfere with natural healing and cause disease. That’s why detoxification is an integral part of Dr. Ward’s health programs.

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              Iv Nutritional Therapy Dr Julia Ward

              IV Nutritional Therapy

              In TreatmentsFebruary 9, 2023

              IV Nutritional Therapy

              IV nutrient therapy administration has become increasingly popular since Dr. John Myers developed and administered the first IV treatment in Baltimore in the 1970s. Today many athletes receive intravenous nutrition therapy after their games to help improve speed up their recovery. Another common reason people seek out IV nutrition therapy is in managing certain medical conditions. Recent studies indicate that supplemental IV nutrition therapy may help relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia, migraines, and hypertension among others.

              What is IV Nutritional Therapy?

              IV nutritional therapy (also known as Intravenous therapy, IV vitamin therapy, or IV micronutrient therapy) is a medical practice that requires injecting fluids, medications, and nutrition into the patient’s vein. Because nutrients are injected directly into the circulatory system and therefore promptly distributed, the intravenous technique is the fastest way to administer nutrients throughout the body.

              What are the benefits of IV Nutritional Therapy?

              We offer 4 different IV formulas depending on your goal: Goals can vary from enhancing the body’s healing and regeneration process, increase mental focus, and athletic performance, to detoxification, slow down aging, and lighting the skin. Some of the benefits of IV nutrition therapy include:

              • Increase stamina and energy
              • Be mentally alert and focused to meet your fitness or athletic goals
              • Strengthen muscles before and after intense physical activity
              • Recover your energy levels naturally and bounce back from complete exhaustion
              • Combat fatigue
              • Feel sharper and clearer
              • Improve your overall mood
              • Get energy to exercise
              • Combat stress by feeling relaxed
              • Avoid getting sick by keeping your immune system strong and healthy
              • Maintain a healthy nervous system and improve the cardiovascular function of the body
              • Improve your body’s ability to withstand stress, intense levels of work or travel

              In addition, Dr. Julia Ward can tailor the IV nutrition therapy to meet the specific needs of each individual patient to provide supplemental vitamins and micronutrients to improve the body’s state of health and overall well-being.

              What formulas do you offer in IV Nutritional Therapy?

              We offer four advanced IV nutritional therapy formulas: Fountain of Youth, Natural Defense, Rise and Shine, and The Executive. Click below to learn about some of the great the benefits in each one.

              This advanced IV nutritional therapy formula detoxifies the body and promotes noticeably healthier skin, hair and nails because is contains glutathione and vitamin C. Benefits include:

              • Improve skin complexion over a series of glutathione drips by minimizing melanin
              • Look and feel younger by keeping your cells healthy and strong
              • Empower your body’s detoxification process, so you operate effectively
              • Encourage cell revitalization and regeneration
              • Improve overall body energy and metabolism
              • Detoxify the liver and cells, so you’re protected against diseases

              If you are feeling under the weather or are already sick with the common cold or flu, this advanced IV nutritional therapy formula of high dose vitamin C and other nutrients will boost your immune system.

              • Avoid getting sick by fueling your immune system with high-impact nutrients to keep you resilient
              • Obtain powerful antioxidants to fight against airborne illnesses floating around work or home
              • Maintain a healthy nervous system and improve the cardiovascular function of the body
              • Improve your body’s ability to withstand stress, intense levels of work or travel

              If you have had a long night out, this advanced IV nutritional therapy formula of essential vitamins and minerals replenishes electrolytes, rehydrates the body, and boosts your energy levels in just a few minutes.

              • Avoid headaches, dizziness after a long night with little to no sleep
              • Obtain the energy to bounce back, be productive and get things done
              • Empower your immune system to protect you, so you don’t get sick
              • Hydrate your brain and other organs, so you can function completely without putting more strain on your body
              • Be alert and ready to take on your day

              This advanced IV nutritional therapy formula helps you fight stress caused by heavy workloads and long business days. The formula also helps you recover from jet lag, while giving you a sense of sharper memory and focus.

              • Feel sharper and clearer to perform daily activities with precision
              • Improve your overall mood, so you can be more productive during your workday
              • Get energy to exercise or pick up a hobby after hours
              • Combat stress by feeling relaxed and in control over your tasks
              • Avoid getting sick by keeping your immune system strong and healthy


              How does IV Nutritional Therapy work?

              IV nutritional therapy provides you with essential vitamins and nutrients that you may not be able to absorb through the stomach due to inflammation or leaky gut issues. It also provides a higher dose than can be absorbed via food or oral supplements.

              How to prepare for your IV Nutritional Therapy treatment?

              • ATTIRE. Please wear a shirt that can roll-up above your elbow to allow access to your arm.
              • HYDRATE BEFORE EVERY IV. The more hydrated you are, the more easily accessible your veins are, making for a more
                comfortable treatment.
              • HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT. Some of the vitamins and minerals can have a temporary blood sugar, and blood pressure lowering
                effect, which can make you feel light headed during or after your IV if you haven’t eaten.
              • GET MOVING. If we are sedentary right before an IV, our vessels may be more difficult to access.
              • ALLOW YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME. Give yourself enough time to arrive so you can get comfortable and relaxed prior to your treatment. This
                will make your experience more enjoyable and effective.

              What to expect during your IV Nutritional Therapy treatment?

              The IV can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 1⁄2 hours depending on the type of IV drip you’re receiving. Please plan to stay with us for a minimum of 1 hour. During your IV you may experience coldness, stiffness, and sensation of pressure or tingling from your fingertips, up your arm and into your chest. You may also taste or smell the vitamins; often they are described as having a metallic quality. These sensations are normal and to be expected. They will resolve immediately following your IV.

              Let us know right away if you experience any discomfort during your treatment including: burning, stinging, aching or feelings of nausea or light-headedness. We offer many different solutions to improve your comfort during your IV treatment with us.

              The most common IV complication is known as an infiltration, which occurs when IV fluid leaks into surrounding tissues. Infiltration can be caused by dislodgment of the IV needle, most often by patient movement. Although this is a non-serious complication, it is important to keep your arm still during your treatment to prevent discomfort and delay to your treatment.

              Many people enjoy an immediate feeling of relaxation during their treatment. Your IV should be an experience you enjoy every time, so please let us know what we can do to make your experience the most comfortable.

              What to expect after your IV Nutritional Therapy treatment?

              Many people experience an increase in energy, mental alertness, and over all sense of wellbeing immediately following their IV treatment. These effects may be subtle or may not be noticed until the
              next day or days following treatment. You may require several IV treatments before you begin to experience a benefit.

              Chronic stress, illness, lack of sleep and poor eating habits, can all contribute to nutrient depletion. Without adequate nutrition, metabolism inside our cells becomes sluggish, leading to a buildup of waste product inside the cell. IV therapy delivers high doses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids directly into the blood stream that readily cross cell membranes to ‘kick-start’ cellular metabolism. It is therefore normal to experience mild fatigue, headache, nausea or light- headedness following your IV treatment. This is especially common after your first few IV treatments, as your body works to clear any stored metabolic waste products. You may continue with your daily activities, including exercise following your IV treatment.

              It is important to continue to stay hydrated and eat regular meals. Minor bruising of the IV site is common and should resolve within the week. If you experience redness, swelling or pain of your arm or at your injection site, please contact us right away. If you have any questions or concerns following your IV treatment, please contact our office to speak with one of our IV Therapists.

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                Intestinal Health Recovery Dr Julia Ward

                Intestinal Health Recovery

                In TreatmentsFebruary 9, 2023




                Your digestive system is a cornerstone of your overall health. It breaks down foods and extracts the nutrients your body needs, then eliminates waste. Poor food choices, bad bacteria, viruses, parasites, caffeine, alcohol, antibiotics and NSAIDs can cause damage to the gastrointestinal tract, which can lead to a condition commonly referred to as “leaky gut.” This can impair the body’s immune system and cause a host of issues such as allergies, skin problems, poor performance and weight gain. Dr. Ward helps patients remove toxins from their diet, repair damaged intestinal linings and restore healthy gut bacteria for optimal intestinal health.

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                  Adrenal Fatigue Dr Julia Ward

                  Adrenal Fatigue

                  In TreatmentsFebruary 9, 2023

                  Adrenal Fatigue

                  The adrenal glands have a big job. They’re responsible for producing, secreting and regulating specific hormones in your body, including cortisol. They work constantly and have a huge functional capacity — just like your heart or lungs. The term “adrenal fatigue” has been used to explain a group of symptoms that are said to occur in people who are under long-term mental, emotional, or physical stress.

                  What is Adrenal Fatigue?

                  The term “adrenal fatigue” is a bit misleading. The adrenals are glands, not muscles that can be fatigued.  However it is far easier to say adrenal fatigue rather than hypothalamic pituitary axis dysfunction.

                  Adrenals are glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They are responsible for producing cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. These hormones are produced when we are under stress, either physical or emotional.

                  Cortisol should spike early in the morning then come down in the afternoon and evening. The below chart shows the upper and lower limits of cortisol throughout the day. Urinary free cortisol is a measurement of the cortisol in the urine that is not attached to other substances. Free cortisol represents the active form of the hormone. The urine measurement directly reflects the blood level of cortisol. It can also be tested in the saliva but it can be more difficult to fill a tube with saliva versus just peeing on a strip of paper for the dried urine test. It is not worth measuring cortisol in the blood due to the very short half life of cortisol.

                  The normal range is 10 to 100 mcg/24 h. Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Note: mcg/24 h = micrograms per 24 hours

                  What are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue?

                  The symptoms of adrenal fatigue can vary depending on the individual, and they may overlap with other medical conditions. Some common symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue include:

                  • Fatigue and low energy levels
                  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
                  • Brain fog or difficulty concentrating
                  • Mood swings, anxiety, or depression
                  • Cravings for salty or sweet foods
                  • Low blood pressure
                  • Digestive issues, such as bloating or constipation
                  • Muscle weakness or pain
                  • Reduced libido
                  • Weakened immune system, leading to increased susceptibility to infections

                  What are four stages of adrenal fatigue?

                  There are 4 stages of adrenal fatigue. It is important to measure cortisol throughout the day to understand which stage you are in as treatment varies according to each one.

                  1. Alarm stage: In this stage, the body is experiencing acute stress, such as a sudden illness, injury, or emotional trauma. During this stage, the adrenal glands respond by releasing high levels of cortisol and adrenaline
                  2. Resistance stage: If the stress continues, the body enters the resistance stage, in which the adrenal glands continue to produce high levels of cortisol in order to cope with the ongoing stress
                  3. Exhaustion stage: If the stress persists for a long period of time, the adrenal glands may become overworked and begin to produce insufficient levels of cortisol, leading to symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping
                  4. Burnout stage: In this final stage, the adrenal glands are no longer able to produce enough cortisol to meet the body’s needs, leading to a state of chronic fatigue and a weakened immune system

                  What to do if you suspect you have adrenal fatigue?

                  1. Get tested. Make sure you do either a dried urine test or saliva test. Testing cortisol in the blood is not ideal as the half life is very short – this makes it inaccurate
                  2. Identify the major stressors in your life and try to lessen them. This may mean making lifestyle changes such as meditation (even 5 minutes twice daily – can make a huge difference) or yoga.
                  3. Eat a healthy diet composed of whole, clean, unprocessed foods
                  4. Prioritize quality sleep
                  5. Consult with a functional medicine doctor about which herbal remedies are best for you. This can be different for each person depending on what stage of adrenal fatigue they are in. This is also why it is so important to test first
                  6. Get regular exercise. Even walking around the block or out in a park will be extremely beneficial

                  Adrenal Fatigue Dr Julia Ward

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                    Bioidentical Hormones Therapy Dr Julia Ward

                    Bioidentical Hormones Therapy

                    In TreatmentsFebruary 9, 2023

                    Bioidentical Hormones Therapy

                    Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are the three main sex hormones. Men and women have all three just in differing amounts. These start to decline as we age but especially women once we pass child bearing years they take a nose dive.

                    What are bioidentical hormones?

                    There are synthetic hormones – i.e. Premarin & Provera – and then there are “natural” or bio-identical hormones. Bio-identical means that they are chemically identical to what your body produces. This is in contrast to the synthetic hormones which usually come from pregnant horse urine.

                    Bioidentical hormones are processed hormones designed to mimic the hormones made by your body’s glands. Taking bioidentical hormones can help people who experience symptoms of low or unbalanced hormones. This is often the case for people experiencing symptoms of perimenopause or menopause.

                    There are many reasons for maintaining the sex hormones at youthful levels. Dealing with symptoms of menopause is one of them: hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, mood swings, irritability, fatigue, insomnia, and weight gain (just to name a few). There is a common misconception that women go “through” menopause. As if menopause is only the time in which they experience hot flashes, night sweats, etc. Many women believe that once these symptoms stop they are “through” and don’t need to worry about any thing else. In fact, once you are in menopause you are never done with it. Your body will never go back to producing the estrogen, progesterone & testosterone that it once did when younger. If you want to age gracefully with as little signs of aging as possible you will need to have your hormones balanced and at youthful levels. This is really the cornerstone of any “anti-aging” program.

                    Bioidentical vs. synthetic hormones

                    The term “synthetic” is typically used to describe hormones that aren’t bioidentical. One example is Premarin (conjugated estrogens), a synthetic hormone product that was first approved to treat menopause symptoms in 1942. It contains a mixture of estrogens from the urine of pregnant horses.

                    Synthetic hormones were put under the spotlight in 2002, when the initial results of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) were released. This was the largest women’s health prevention study ever conducted. The findings showed that hormone therapy in postmenopausal women could raise the risk of breast cancer, blood clots, heart disease, and other conditions.

                    Since then, bioidentical hormones — specifically compounded products — have been promoted as a safer alternative.

                    What are the benefits of Bioidentical Hormones Therapy?

                    The main benefit of Bioidentical Hormones Therapy is the relief you get from menopause symptoms that can interfere with your life. Hot flashes are more than a nuisance. They can really interfere with your quality of life and make a good night’s sleep impossible.

                    Bioidentical Hormones Therapy can also help relieve vaginal dryness, pain, and itching so you can resume intimate relations with your partner. Other benefits, studies show, may include, reduced risk of heart disease, dementia, and osteoporosis.

                    Other benefits include:

                    • Increased bone density
                    • Increased muscle mass
                    • Decreased fatty tissue
                    • Brain/memory protective
                    • Heart protective
                    • Improves arterial elasticity
                    • Lowers blood sugar
                    • Restores sleep
                    • Improves collagen in skin – reduces wrinkles
                    • Decreases inflammation: less joint pain
                    • Reverses incontinence
                    • Increases overall energy
                    • Increases libido

                    Who is a good candidate for Bioidentical Hormones Therapy?

                    Bioidentical Hormones Therapy is worth considering if you’re experiencing menopausal symptoms that interfere with your daily life. Dr. Ward will determine whether you’re a good candidate for Bioidentical Hormones Therapy after a thorough examination, medical history, and consultation regarding your expectations and goals. Both men and women, usually 40 years and older can benefit from Bioidentical Hormones Therapy.

                    What are the different ways of using bioidentical hormones?

                    Below is a list of the different ways that bioidentical hormones can be replaced. Keep in mind that we do NOT want to take estrogen or testosterone in a pill form. This will lead to:

                    • liver inflammation
                    • weight gain
                    • high blood pressure
                    • high cholesterol & triglycerides
                    • gallstones

                    Here are the different ways of using bio-identical hormones:

                    1. Creams –
                      • Advantages: you can control the amount of hormones going into your body on a daily basis and it is non-invasive
                      • Disadvantages: some people have absorption issues; it may rub off on someone close to you; it takes longer to get you balanced; hormone levels have to be tested a different way (dried urine test) as they don’t show up in the blood when doing this transdermal route. Because of this extra step in testing it generally takes women longer to get balanced. You also have to remember to put it on twice daily – this can be challenging for someone suffering from brain fog. I don’t recommend creams for men. Because they need a much higher dose than women the cream that they would use is much more likely to rub off onto someone else or just have absorption issues.
                    2. Injections –
                      • Advantages: you control the amount of hormone going into you
                      • Disadvantages: you have to stick yourself with a needle and you need to remember to do it. Traditionally injections have been done once per week. This is less than ideal as it causes your hormone levels to go up and down like a roller coaster. I recommend doing a “micro-dose” injection every day or every other day.
                    3. Troches (like a mint that dissolves between gum & cheek)
                      • Advantage: non-invasive
                      • Disadvantage: you are going to swallow some of the hormone this way causing all the negative side effects listed above. I don’t ever prescribe these.
                    4. Pellets (looks like a grain of rice that gets inserted under the skin in the flank or bikini area)
                      • Advantages: this is by far and away my most favored delivery method for hormones:
                        • takes less than 5 minutes to place
                        • you don’t have to remember to do anything
                        • lasts 3 months for women and 4 months for men
                        • we can easily and accurately follow the blood levels of hormones
                        • this is the fastest way to feel better
                      • Disadvantages: once the pellets are placed they can not be taken out – they just dissolve over time. That being said, I have never seen a “bad reaction” from pellets. That is because we are not putting in a foreign drug into the body but something that it naturally produces (just not enough of).

                    With all the above treatments women are also prescribed oral progesterone. This is the one hormone that is safe to take by mouth.

                    How to prepare for your Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?

                    You can prepare for your appointment with Dr. Ward by:

                    • Tracking your symptoms: List your symptoms, how often and when they occur, as well as their severity
                    • Listing your medications: Include any prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, as well as supplements, dosage and how often you take them
                    • Preparing questions: Write down questions before your appointment with Dr. Ward

                    Dr. Ward will draw a complete and very detailed hormone panel prior to treatment to assess your options and to help you make the most informed decision possible.

                    What to expect during your Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?

                    This depends on which treatment you elect to replace hormones.

                    How do you feel after your Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?

                    After the pellets are inserted you usually don’t feel much of anything for about 1-2 weeks.  Then the benefits start kicking in.  Male patients may feel the benefits sooner from pellets due to the fact that they have a much bigger dose than women.

                    How long is the recovery, and are there any risks or side effects to Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?

                    Many people and a lot of older doctors as well have a negative view of hormone therapy. “I thought they caused cancer?” is a common question. This stems mainly from a large trial that was done in the 1990’s. It was called the Women’s Health Initiative Study. They put hundreds of thousands of women all across the US on Premarin & Provera. They had to stop the study before it was done because women were dying of stroke, heart disease, and breast cancer. This is when most traditionally trained doctors said – “ok – we will no longer prescribe hormones”. They never made the distinction between synthetic and bio-identical. Why? Why are bio-identical hormones not “standard of care” or mainstream? Big Pharma can not patent bio-identical hormones and thus can not make billions off of them. Long ago the Supreme Court ruled that companies can not patent something that occurs in nature (i.e. water).

                    More common side effects can include:

                    • Increased facial hair
                    • Acne
                    • Scalp hair loss

                    These side effects are generally minimal to non-existent as we do not overdose hormones.

                    Can Bioidentical Hormone Therapy be combined with any other treatments to enhance results?

                    This is a great treatment to accompany anything which aims to reduce inflammation, improve mood & sleep, improve skin, increase muscle mass, and decrease fat.

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