Center for Metabolic Health, LLC
Dr. Gina S. Honeyman
How can we be healthy when our planet is facing global warming and we have so many problems with toxins in our environment?
Evolve - to come forth gradually into being; develop;
undergo evolution; (Biol.) to develop by a process of
evolution to a different adaptive state or condition.
(excerpts from the Random House Webster's
We are having to adapt to a changing environment and
this includes addressing our metabolic issues. In all
of my literature reviews I have not yet found a research
article that refutes the data I've collected on damage to
the thyroid system and neurotransmitters from PCB's
and other chemical toxins. Since these issues are so
basic to our general health including the ability to have
a strong immune system, it makes sense to focus on
them with diagnostics and clinical care.
How do I know if NED is causing my pain, fatigue, or my brain fog?
Since I presented my concerns and information about
NED in my February newsletter, I've received several
letters with personal stories of exposures to a variety
of harmful substances including carbon monoxide,
molds, DDT, pesticides, and radioactive fallout from
above-ground nuclear testing in the mid-twentieth
century. Some of the stories were about extreme
exposures and others were less obvious.
W.S., a man who worked as a lineman for a telephone
company in the late 1960's, experienced an obvious
exposure to PCB's from the oil in a ruptured telephone
transformer. He had such a rapid decline in health that
his workman's compensation claim was
uncontested. PCB's have since been banned, but
exposures continue to occur as the old transformers
and electronics devices are
dismantled in this country and abroad. While this
nature of exposure isn't common, the insidious
exposure that happens in small amounts over a
longer span of time is common. According to the
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
report issued in 2000, we all have measurable
amounts of PCB's in our bodies.
Julia C. replied, "You got me thinking about my
health problems, and how would I know if I'm having a
problem due to NED? I don't feel as good as I think I
should, but my doctor said that my blood tests with my
yearly physical looked fine. My TSH level was in the
normal range so my doctor said I don't have a thyroid
problem. My doctor says that I'm just getting older (I'm
43) and I can't expect to feel as good as I did when I
was younger. He said that maybe I have a "touch of
fibromyalgia" because I have some vague aches, my
sleep isn't great, and I fatigue easily. He prescribed
an antidepressant for me because he thought I might
be depressed. I didn't take it because I don't think that
I am, but I know I'm not OK. Could environmental
toxins be causing my problems? I grew up on a
potato farm in Wisconsin and my family moved to
Houston 15 years ago. The cropdusters sprayed the
fields with pesticides and I can see the junk in the air
here in Houston. How would I know if I have a high
enough level of toxins to hurt my health?
What kind of testing do I need to see if NED is damaging my metabolism?
Standard laboratory blood tests can be used to
measure levels of PCB's, mercury, and many
other chemicals. Hair analysis is well-suited to
measure heavy metals like mercury and cadmium
since it reflects long-term exposures. PCB's are
stored in the liver and adipose tissue (fat) and do get
excreted over time by the GI tract. It stands to reason
that a slow metabolic rate may contribute to a slower
rate of excretion from these tissues. The longer the
toxin remains in your body, the more damage it can do.
It's interesting to know whether or not you have
measurable levels of these chemicals, and at the
same time these levels won't tell us if your
metabolism has been impaired by them. If you
suspect that you have a problem with this, start with
the usual thyroid-related blood tests including a TSH,
free T4, free T3 level, and a thyroid antibody group. The
next step is to actually measure your resting metabolic
rate with a device called an indirect calorimeter.
You can read about this in the
Services section of my website.
Your resting metabolic rate is an indication of how well
thyroid hormone is controlling the function of your
tissues. Bioelectric impedance is also used to
measure the fat-free percentage of your body since
this can also affect your resting metabolic rate. I'll
interpret the results of all of these tests and teach you
how to use metabolic rehab to get well.
Imagine what your life would be like if you were well....
As I'm helping a new patients understand how to work
with my metabolic rehab protocol, I like to help them
set some personal goals. I ask, "What do you miss
doing the most?" "What would you like to learn? "What
would make you happy?" What is your vision of
In 1996 a fibromyalgia patient was referred to me with
the chief complaints of severe widespread pain,
muscle stiffness, and frequent migraine headaches.
She told me that when she got well she wanted to
learn to dance the tango. Not only did she learn it, she
now teaches tango and has built a community of other
dancers, including other instructors. She travels to
Buenos Aries for intensive seminars to refine her
technique - and has a lot of fun doing it!!
Metabolic rehab is a process, and I've found that
people tend to stay on track with their treatment
protocol and monitoring much better when they have a
goal that brings joy to their lives. Not all of us want the
same things - your goal may be to hone your creative
writing skills or play more with your grandchildren. The
most important thing is to stay on track with metabolic
rehab so you can feel well enough to fulfill your
New Staff Member
I'm delighted to introduce Lisa, my future Clinical
Medical Assistant. Lisa is an intern from the Clinical
Medical Assistant program at Front Range Community
College and upon graduation will join the staff at the
Center. Lisa is well-educated in all aspects of
practice management, from assisting with testing to
administrative functions. She is dedicated to serving
My dear friend, Catherine, has been invaluable to me
by serving as my Practice Administrator during the
transitions in the clinic, and she'll soon to be
accepting a new position. I'm grateful that she will still
be here for a few more weeks to help with Lisa's
orientation to the Center's policies and procedures.
We'll miss Catherine but offer our sincere
congratulations and warmest wishes for her success
as she ventures forth in her next adventure.
I don't want it to sound as if I think that any and all
health problems are only related to poor thyroid
regulation due to NED. There are certainly many,
many health problems that are not related to poor
thyroid hormone regulation and I would not want
anyone to limit his or her search for diagnosis and
treatment to this alone.
Your Guide to Metabolic Health
Another tool you can use to help in your recovery
is "Your Guide to Metabolic Health", the book I
coauthored. It is the by-the-numbers guide to
metabolic rehab. Many people have used the
information in this book and, with just a few
troubleshooting consultations with me, have gotten
well. Some people have asked their local library to
order the book so others may use it as well.
"Helping people get well, one person at a time."
My emphasis at the Center for Metabolic Health
remains on high-precision metabolic rehabilitation,
metabolic evaluations, and telephone consultations.
We're available Monday through Thursday from 9:00
am until 5:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am until 1:00
pm. Please call the clinic at 303-413-9100 for
information and to schedule appointments.
Please refer to www.drginahoneyman.com, for
information about the Center's services, clinic hours,
and contact information. Keep watching for dynamic
additions to the site in the next few weeks!
Dr. Gina S. Honeyman
Center for Metabolic Health, LLC