Announcing My New Website
I'm delighted to announce my new website
is "live". Please go to
www.drginahoneyman.com and take a look. Your
input is valuable so please let me know if there are
any topics you would like me to discuss. In time I'll
have more information about the scientific
underpinnings of metabolic rehabilitation and how it
can apply to a variety of health problems. My
newsletters from the past year are archived on the website. Your questions are always welcome
so feel free to send them via the "Ask Dr. Honeyman"
link you'll find on all of the pages.
Expanded Resting Metabolic Rate Testing Capabillity
The Center for Metabolic Health can test the resting
metabolic rate for children of any age. Many mothers
of young children have expressed their concern that
their children may also have thyroid-related problems.
Of course they want their children to avoid the
struggles that they have had to get proper diagnostics
and treatment. With the indirect calorimeter that I have
now I can easily test young children since the child is
at rest during the testing process. All the child (or
adult) has to do is relax and breathe normally while
sitting inside a transparent plastic bubble. Children
like the novelty of wearing the "space helmet" and
once they realize that the process is completely
noninvasive they relax.
One of my most sincere hopes is that we can spare
these actively growing and learning young people the
misery of hypometabolic symptoms like pain, fatigue,
poor memory and concentration (ADD, ADHD??),
depression, anxiety, and many other symptoms. You
can fill out my
Self-Test with your child to see if he or she
has symptoms of a slow metabolism. Feel free to fax
or mail the test to me and we can schedule a free 15
minute telephone consultation to discuss your child's
I've added the option of a free 15 minute telephone
consultation with me to help determine if you will
benefit from metabolic rehabilitation. The purpose is
to discuss general information about your symptoms
and metabolic rehab. Please have your list of
questions ready so we can cover as much as
possible during our consult. You can fill out the
Initial Evaluation Forms or the
Self-Test and send them to us
prior to our consultation so I can have a head start on
knowing your situation. We do have to schedule
appointments for these so call the Center at
303.413.9100 and my assistant will be glad to find a
time when we can meet over the telephone.
Public Health Concerns
I've talked with several patients and friends lately who
have expressed concerns about health problems that
have gotten a lot of notice in the media recently. One
is drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). People who flew
on the airliner at the same time as Andrew Speaker,
the man who was initially diagnosed with extensively
drug-resistant TB, were alerted so they could follow up
with testing and treatment if necessary. His form of TB
was later reclassified to multi-drug-resistant TB when
he underwent testing at National Jewish Medical and
Research Center in Denver. This form does respond
to some medications so his prognosis is much better
than originally thought. However, this scare does
bring our attention to the possibility of contracting a
serious disease from simply sitting next to somebody
on an airplane.
Another serious pathogen is methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that is found in
hospitals and other health care facilities. This is
extremely difficult to treat effectively. The patients who
contract it are often in a compromised health situation
to begin with, so they have a reduced chance of
responding readily to other antibiotics. However,
some generally healthy people have a surgery or an
accident that lands them in the hospital and puts them
at risk for acquiring MRSA.
There are many things we can do to give ourselves an
advantage when it comes to fending off these and
other pathogens that can cause serious infections.
Improving host resistance is the concept that is used
in the world of infectious disease control. This means
that you, the organism that plays host to these
uninvited guests, must be stronger than they are so
that you don't become ill. There are many things that
you can do to strengthen your immune system and
hopefully prevent these or other pathogens from
- Eat a wholesome diet, preferably organically-
produced foods to minimize the load of pesticides and
other contaminants. Be sure to drink clean water such
as reverse osmosis filtered water. Avoid fast foods,
processed foods, and anything artificial like colors,
flavors, and sweeteners.
- Take a solid foundation of nutritional
supplements. A product such as All One Vitamin
Powder by Nutritech will provide most of the wide array
of nutrients and amino acids we all need. If you use
this product you will still need to take a few other
supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids in the form
of fish oil or flax seed oil. The book I coauthored, "Your
Guide to Metabolic Health" has a list of necessary
supplements and the reasons they are so vital for
health. You can also call the Center at 303.413.9100
to get a list of supplements sent to you.
- Use some kind of stress management technique.
Stress can lower our ability to prevent or fight
infections so we need to find ways to effectively
manage stress. Chronic stress can cause us to lose
the flexibility in our nervous systems to easily shift out
of the "fight or flight" response and back into a resting
state. My favorite techniques are the "Relaxation
Response" and meditation.
- Engage in regular exercise of a moderate
intensity. We need both aerobic exercise and
resistance training for the greatest benefits. Choose
activities that you enjoy doing to be sure that you stick
- Get chiropractic adjustments regularly, even once
a month for maintenance. Research has shown that
white cell count increases dramatically after an
adjustment. White cells are first-line defenders in the
- Be sure you have adequate thyroid hormone
regulation since this powerfully controls the immune
system. Resting metabolic rate testing is the way to
find out if you have adequate thyroid hormone
regulation of your tissues. Learn more about this on
Services page of my website.
- Get tested to be sure your cortisol levels are not
too high or too low. Cortisol is also a major modulator
for the immune system and levels that are too high or
too low can lead to poor immune system responses.
It's easy to perform a salivary adrenal profile so feel
free to call my clinic for more information.
How can I get the lab tests I need?
My doctor won't order all of the basic lab work that I need to start the process of metabolic rehab or even do a telephone consultation!! What can I do??!!
I often hear this comment as people start the process
of metabolic rehabilitation or telephone consultations.
Patients need to have some basic blood tests done
ahead of time so we can fully discuss their treatment
plan. The blood tests are a necessary part of the
diagnostic process. I strongly encourage people to
their insurance plan if they have one to get the tests
covered and reduce their out-of-pocket costs. Their
primary care doctors usually order the basics such as
a lipid profile, complete blood count (CBC), and a
comprehensive metabolic panel but the only thyroid-
related test that they can get is the TSH. I also need to
see a free T4, free T3, and a thyroid antibody group but
many doctors won't order these. It's simple for me to
order these tests for people in Colorado or the states
above and below, but billing issues prevent me from
ordering this type of lab in other states.
There is a solution for this frustrating dilemma. Direct
Labs allows consumers to order their own lab work at
very reasonable costs. You arrange with Direct Labs
to have a requisition sent to a draw site near you and
the results are sent directly to you. Finding a draw site
is easy - just enter your zip code and choose the
distance you're willing to travel and you will generally
have several choices. You can order your tests from
Labs website or call 1-800-908-0000 to speak
with a representative. Your test results are emailed or
snail mailed according to your preference.
With your permission I can also access your results
online. Now we will have the information we need to
get started with your metabolic rehab or telephone
consultation. Feel free to call the clinic at
303.413.9100 to discuss which tests you will need.
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.
Several people have reported problems with the order
form page when they click on "How to order the book".
This link goes to the order form page of drlowe.com.
Please be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the
page to find the link to click to order "Your Guide to
"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, MST. Please call the clinic at 303-413-9100 for
information and to schedule appointments.