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The Holtorf Medical Group Blog is designed to share timely information on topics that our patients and friends want to hear about. Every month a new topic is discussed and they are archived so that you go back and read them over again. The Holtorf Medical Group Blog prides itself on providing pertinent information that will help all patients find information that they are looking for.

Should You Get a Second Opinion?

When in Doubt Seek a Second Opinion, Research Says

Spreading the word about the seriousness of misdiagnosis can help change the unspoken stigma that sometimes exists surrounding seeking out a second opinion. A retrospective study published this spring in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice followed the medical …

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Is Your Physician Treating 17 Years Behind the Research?

Is Your Physician Treating 17 Years Behind the Research?

Multiple well-respected and reliable medical journals such as The Annals of Internal Medicine and The Journal of American Medical Association, have investigated the current knowledge and practice of doctors. Another similar study titled “Clinical Research to Clinical Practice-Lost in Translation,” …

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Depression and Hormone Imbalances

Decoding Depression: Is It Your Hormones?

No matter the age, race, gender, or social standing, one can experience depression. Too many people who have depression have had friends, loved-ones, and strangers tell them to simply “get over it” or “it will pass, just give it time.” …

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SHBG (Sex-Hormone Binding Globulin) and Thyroid Testing

SHBG: Broadening the Scope of Hypothyroid Testing

Once a diagnostic and treatment protocol has been established, it becomes difficult to modify when new information challenges the norm. Few situations highlight this more than the reliance on TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) for hypothyroidism. Since the 1980s, TSH has been …

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Causes and Cures for Fatigue

Understand Fatigue, Gain Independence

It is almost expected that Americans experience fatigue, stress, and exhaustion on a regular, sometimes daily, basis. It is commonplace to hear that one is in desperate need of a nap, or simply doesn’t have the will or energy to …

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Tips for Weight Loss Success

Independence from Excess Weight: Tips for Weight Loss Success

By understanding what is causing the body to retain excess body fat, what needs to be done to resolve it, and implementing techniques to improve weight loss, we can celebrate independence from weight in addition to the country’s freedom this …

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The Impact of Alcohol on Thyroid Function

The Impact of Alcohol on Thyroid Function

Excessive alcohol usage, in the form of chronic dependence and/or binge drinking, is a significant expense for the health care system costing nearly $2.9 billion dollars a year. With such a great monetary cost associated with drinking, it is not …

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Is There a Link between Headaches and Thyroid Disease

Headaches and Thyroid Disease: Is There a Link?

According to Dr. John Clause Krusz, thyroid and endocrine hormones may have significant influence regarding the development of headaches and migraines. Furthermore, dysfunction in these regions may inhibit treatment of head pains. Thyroid dysfunction in the form of hypothyroidism may …

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Prostate Health

Men’s Health: Achieving Prostate Health

The occurrence of prostate conditions has steadily increased overtime. According to John R. Lee, M.D., as stated in his book, Hormone Balance for Men, it is estimated that benign prostate disease is experienced by over 40 percent of American men …

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Men’s Health: The Truth About Testosterone

Men’s Health: The Truth About Testosterone

Popular culture and sporting scandals often portray testosterone as a magical substance that offers super-human ability with accompanying “roid rage.” Although this can occur when testosterone is abused, it does not mean that one should demonize this helpful hormone. The …

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