Blog Archive

Is Dementia in Your Future? It Doesn’t Have to Be! Oct 31st, 2022

People who come to Prestige Wellness Institute aren’t just looking for relief from chronic pain, more energy, better cholesterol, or a happier gut.  They want more out of life.  They want to be working, traveling, gardening, reading, hiking, building, sewing, and dancing well into their 80s and 90s—not sitting in...

Concussion: Treat It Now, Keep Your Brain Later Oct 17th, 2022

Mike took a spill on his bicycle recently.  He wasn’t going very far, so he didn’t want to waste the time to look for his helmet.  Hitting his head and injuring his shoulder and elbow on the sidewalk, he took a couple minutes to get back on his feet.  He...

When COVID Doesn't Want to Let Go Oct 13th, 2022

John fell ill with the novel Coronavirus in June 2020. For the next two months after he “recovered”, he was so short of breath that he had to wear oxygen day and night, and still couldn’t walk more than 100 feet without taking a rest. His daily 5-mile run was...

The Power to be You Again Oct 3rd, 2022

The Power to Be You Again Ray Andrew, MD When Sonia first came to my office, she was miserable.  “I was ready to kill my husband.  He drove me crazy!”  She was also depressed, had no energy, no libido, insomnia, and frequent hot flashes.  Her doctor had prescribed some estrogen...

Retrain Your Brain - Find out how tonight Aug 24th, 2022

I was horrified as Angela (not her real name) and her husband recounted their experience with ECT (electroconvulsive therapy).  I had witnessed ECT during my psychiatry rotation in residency training.  In a nutshell, a severely-depressed patient who fails to get better on psychotherapy and every imaginable drug is put under...

What Is Your Heartburn Telling You? Apr 1st, 2021

Heartburn has become so common that a handful of drug companies make billions of dollars a year by suppressing it one day at a time with acid-blocking pills. For some, heartburn is no more than an uncomfortable nuisance, prompting them to keep a bottle of Tums close at hand. For...

Too Much Of A Good Thing? Mar 21st, 2021

When one of my sons was 13, he approached me in the kitchen one morning and said, “Dad, why is my face twitching?”  “Are you taking vitamin D?” I asked.  “Yes.”  “How much?”  “One squirt.”  “One squirt!?!  How much did I tell you to take?”  “One drop.”  “Are a squirt...

It's the Terrain Sep 2nd, 2020

In the 1800s, the French chemist Louis Pasteur popularized the germ theory, proposing that microorganisms are the cause of most diseases.  This paved the way for antibiotics—which kill both good and bad bacteria—and vaccines—which seek to prevent single diseases.  By contrast, Pasteur’s friend, physiologist Claude Bernard, taught that the ‘terrain’...

Major Autohemotherapy and Coronavirus Aug 27th, 2020

I was shocked the other day to read a report in MedPage Today about the use of MAH (major autohemotherapy) in the treatment of severe Coronavirus (aka COVID-19).  It was a summary of the recent publication, “Potential Role of Oxygen–Ozone Therapy in Treatment of COVID-19 Pneumonia” in the American Journal...

Could It Be Your Thyroid? Aug 23rd, 2020

There is a meme circulating of a plaque on a doctor's wall saying:  "Please don't confuse your Google search with my Medical Degree."  It is true that we can learn just enough to be hazardous to our health using the internet.  At the same time, the internet has enabled an...

Don't Take Hormones Until You Read This Apr 19th, 2020

I recently saw Margaret for a follow-up appointment after her first hormone pellet implants.  Turns out she had seen her gynecologist for her annual exam in the interim.  Her gynecologist voiced her strong disapproval of Margaret having undergone bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, especially considering that her mother had died of...

Intimacy Doesn't Have To Be A Chore Apr 8th, 2020

With the world in virtual lockdown, and nothing worth watching on the news, what are couples supposed to do but, well…you know.    During her 2-month hormone replacement follow-up visit, Frederica excitedly reported a discovery she had not anticipated.  For her entire married life, she had generously agreed to please...

What you can do about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Mar 12th, 2020

Coronavirus.  It’s on everyone’s mind these days. What can you do to protect yourself?  Panic. Run to the store and empty all the shelves. Then go into a cave or the desert until the pandemic (and all the hysteria that surrounds it) dies out.   Don’t want to do that? ...

Don't Be Fooled By New Study On Hormone Replacement Therapy Sep 4th, 2019

"Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer Link Confirmed," the headline reads. On August 29, the British medical journal The Lancet published the results of a large meta-analysis titled, "Type and timing of menopausal hormone therapy and breast cancer risk: individual participant meta-analysis of the worldwide epidemiological evidence".  The researchers combined...

Autoimmune Disease: Invest in your health today, or pay for disease later May 1st, 2019

When I first met Linda (not her real name) eight years ago, she was searching for a local doctor so she wouldn't have to keep going to her endocrinologist and gynecologist.  Her husband was getting tired of her driving an hour and a half each way, even to get her...

The Cure for Postpartum Depression? Mar 26th, 2019

Please watch this video.   Imagine my excitement when I read the following headline this morning: "Zulresso Approved as First Treatment for Postpartum Depression." "The Food and Drug Administration has approved Zulresso [also known as Brexanolone]...for the treatment of postpartum depression in adult women." Zulresso is "an analogue of the...

Join us for Elevated Learning at the Utah Wellness Symposium at the Salt Palace, May 10-11, 2019 Mar 24th, 2019

Please watch this short video. After you have watched the short video, visit https://www.elevatedlearningevents.com to get your tickets. In my first talk, I will be sharing a vision for health and health care in the 21st century. In my second talk, I will: Debunk common myths about testosterone; Demonstrate why...

What's the Best Diet? Mar 5th, 2019

It's invigorating to see what some of the great minds from all over the world are doing to help their patients. If Dr. Shallenberger's name sounds familiar, it might be because he is the Editor of the Second Opinion newsletter, which highlights cutting-edge therapies for everything under the sun. This...

Ready To Boost Your Athletic Performance To A New Level?* Feb 24th, 2019

Most people think IV therapy is only used in hospitals or in emergencies. IV therapy is also extremely effective in delivering nutrition to our bodies. It’s a natural way to get total absorption of the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids your body needs. When you take pills by mouth, your...

Preventing Atrial Fibrillation With Testosterone Feb 8th, 2019

Please watch this video.  Or, if you prefer, read the text without the images: Welcome to The Medical Minute with Dr. Ray Andrew. Today's Medical Minute is about atrial fibrillation. The rate of atrial fibrillation increases with age, especially in men. Atrial fibrillation is 50% more common in men than...

1 in 3 - Do You Suffer From Low Testosterone? Feb 3rd, 2019

Please watch this video.  Or, if you prefer, read the text without the images:   Welcome to the Medical Minute with Dr. Ray Andrew.Today, I was looking through some articles and ran into one from 2006 about the prevalence of testosterone deficiency in American men. I think you will find...

What Your Doctor Doesn't Know About Progesterone Jan 27th, 2019

Please watch the following Progesterone Video.  Or, if you prefer to read: Not a day goes by that I don't talk to one or more patients about thewonderful hormone called progesterone.  I often wish I could tell everyonethe whole story at once.  So today I decided to do just that. In medical...

The Medical Minute - Communicate With Your Functional Medicine-Trained Doctor Dec 22nd, 2018

Please watch the following short video:   https://youtu.be/VZqPzt83HmY   There is so much MISinformation and DISinformation in the health sphere today.  Expert committees, advocacy groups, medical organizations, government agencies, friends, bloggers, and a dizzying array of websites provide convincing but conflicting health advice.    While most of it is well-intentioned,...