The Virtuoso Wellness Program incorporates all of our services
into one comprehensive customized program to reverse disease and restore your health.
Current therapy directed at restoring proper hormonal balance has made tremendous strides from the old days of prescribing drugs like “Premarin & Provera,” which were responsible for excess risk of cancer and heart disease. Today’s modern bio-identical...
Medically guided personalized weight loss. We call it a weight loss program but it represents so much more. It’s way beyond weight loss, it’s personal. Quick, easy, efficient and life changing. That's a lot to promise but we stand behind that promise with proven results...
"My doctor said that my thyroid test was normal". I commonly hear this report only to discover the patient has never had a complete thyroid panel, nor had antibodies tested. The TSH, a simple screening test is not adequate for fully assessing proper thyroid function...
The process of detoxification is something our bodies do every day of our lives. Are we helping or hurting ourselves with our daily choices? Are we giving our bodies the nutrients it needs to optimize ...
Do you experience fatigue? Are you stressed? Is your sleep cycle fantastic, allowing you to restore your body each night awakening refreshed and energetic? We have just entered the enormous realm of the HPA axis...
Is your heart healthy or unhealthy? How do you know? What would you do if it weren’t healthy? Are statins a good option? Does cholesterol cause heart attacks? You have questions and you need real answers with simple solutions...
The bowel is not just some simple tube that food passes through. The gut represents some very important real estate in your body as it contains 70% of your immune system function, which impacts the brain directly...
Allergies are a reflection of the status of your immune system. If you react to food or environmental allergens then this reflects a hyper-reactive or inflamed immune response. This hyper-reactive immune response...
Your genes are not a crystal ball that predict your future. At best your genes can highlight areas of risk that allow you to take defensive action. It is a modern miracle that we are able to access the 25,000 genes that guide...
The nuts and bolts that make up your "life" are all based on the beliefs you hold and the consistency of making good decisions. We have infinite control and yet we often fall short in our execution based on disabling beliefs and circumstances we create. We want to show you a step-wise gradual progression towards creating the lifestyle that holds the joy and passion for life that you seek. Open the doors of possibility and give yourself the gift of an abundant life.&am
Your mental sharpness does NOT need to fade with time. A drop in cognition is a reflection of the inflammation in your body from many sources. Are putting the right brain fuel to power cognition and secondly ...
Competitive athletics can be exhilarating as you explore your boundaries. But are you truly reaching your maximum potential? Your coach or trainer can push you but are you recovering well, are you using the proper fuel and...
Current therapy directed at restoring proper hormonal balance has made tremendous strides from the old days of prescribing drugs like "Premarin & Provera," which were responsible for excess risk of cancer and heart disease. Today’s modern bio-identical therapies use real hormones, not drugs, and have substantial medical literature documenting their safety and benefit.
Dr. Gary Huber lectures nationally to physicians, within the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine Fellowship, on the proper use and management of hormonal therapies for the advancement of women’s health. The application of a balanced approach to replacement hormones reduces the risk for heart disease and improves bone health thus reducing risk for osteoporosis. The brain has more hormone receptors than the uterus does and, as expected, replacement of natural hormones helps support good cognition, memory, mood stabilization, and improved sleep patterns, as well as reduction or elimination of headaches, including migraines. All of this can occur with no increase in risk for cancer.
A study by Dr. Fournier followed 80,000 women who either received a balanced bio-identical hormone replacement protocol using estrogen and progesterone or no therapy of any kind and there was no difference in breast cancer occurrence between these two groups. Breast cancer is a complex topic and one we engage in with great passion, however the simple truth is: it is inaccurate to state that breast cancer is the result of estrogen. If this were true then every 25 year old women would live in fear of breast cancer. The 25 year old woman has a mountain of estrogen compared to 52 year old women who has practically none, yet it is the 52 year old that has all the risk for breast cancer. How do you explain that? The explanation is simple but it highlights the miss-information that surrounds us. There are simple answers.
We employ a comprehensive approach to hormones and monitor metabolites (breakdown products) of hormones as well as the other factors that influence hormone function such as thyroid and adrenal cortisol patterns. We monitor overall risk factors and modulate therapy to reduce risk while increasing benefits such as improved sex drive, energy levels, and overall sense of well-being.
We take equal passion and commitment to the restoration of hormones in men. Simply applying some testosterone cream does not begin to address the depth of care needed to ensure good long-term health in the male physiology. Modern approaches reported in the current medical literature contain significant inaccuracies. For example, there is a general thought that testosterone only absorbs at a 10% rate and this has been shown to be completely inaccurate. In fact there is not a single study on the planet to show that this idea is true yet it has been such a long standing myth that most doctors subscribe to. This leads many patients to be given excessively high doses of topical testosterone leading to side effects and increased risk for prostate problems.
Biologically Identical HRT utilizes hormones that are identical in structure and function and bio-identical to what your body produces. With an individualized approach to hormone therapy, we can determine your hormone levels, compare the benefits vs. risks of all possible therapies (creams, patches, tablets, or pellets) and help you choose the ideal replacement protocol to normalize your hormone balance. What are the benefits?
Our approach is individualized to meet your specific needs. Education is key and we will help you understand how your body works so you can play a role in improving your own long-term health. To learn more read our discussion "Are Bio-Identical Hormones Right For Me?"
"I came to Dr. Huber in August looking for relief from hot flashes and night sweats that were making my life miserable. No sleep, fatigue, and so mentally foggy that I would stop in the middle of my sentence and forget what I was even talking about. My daughters were telling me my memory was horrible and in fact they had to drive me to my first appointment, as they were afraid I would get lost or forget where I was going. I am 55 years old and had a hysterectomy 4 years ago. I have no sex drive, no energy and feel much older than I am. Dr. Huber and Chelsea started me on a course of treatment to restore my natural hormones and within weeks I couldn't stop smiling. Flashes GONE, sweats GONE, sleep has returned as my long lost friend and my mind is springing back to life. I can't believe the difference and I can't believe how fast it all changed. I just can't stop smiling. I’m really optimistic about what my life can be moving forward."
Medically guided personalized weight loss.
We call it a weight loss program but it represents so much more. It’s way beyond weight loss, it’s personal. Quick, easy, efficient and life changing. That's a lot to promise but we stand behind that promise with proven results. Our approach was developed by Dr. Gary Huber and is unique to anything you have ever seen. Years of research and development have resulted in what we think is the perfect solution, as we seek out and locate the errors in your personal metabolism. Yes the pounds will definitely melt away but far beyond that is the growing swell of understanding, personal growth, mental development, and life skills that are set in place to carry you forward forever.
The program includes the following:
The Huber Personalized Weight Loss Program guarantees weight loss like no other program anywhere in the country. We find success where others have failed because we look at your personal physiology in a unique fashion, which explores the relationship of thyroid performance in the light of adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalance, and insulin resistance. Studies have proven that weight loss of 10% of total body mass results in significant change to cardiovascular parameters, and improve health markers to reverse hypertension, diabetes, and other degenerative disease conditions. Our weight loss program accomplishes the goal of 10% weight loss or more in 99% of its patients in less than 12 weeks. In some cases this occurs in the first 4 weeks.
Many of our patients alter their physiology so dramatically that they are able to reduce or eliminate their need for medication. Diabetes commonly reverses and other inflammatory issues such as arthritis, psoriasis, headaches, and sleep issues either improve or resolve.
Invest in yourself. The best health care plan in the world is maintaining a healthy body. Read some of our patient’s stories and allow yourself the opportunity to discover your ideal health.
Chelsea Caito is a Registered Dietitian and Lifestyle Coach here at Huber Personalized Medicine
Penny Krebs is a Registered Medical Assistant, and Director of Weight Loss at HPM.
“My doctor said that my thyroid test was normal”.
I commonly hear this report only to discover the patient has never had a complete thyroid panel, nor had antibodies tested. The TSH, a simple screening test is not adequate for fully assessing proper thyroid function. In fact no lab test can completely define the performance of thyroid hormone in your body, as there are too many other variables.
There are a multitude of factors that affect your ability to make T3 (your active thyroid hormone) and allow it to engage the cell receptors effectively. The presence of plastic elements, such as bisphenol, which is found in plastic bottles, can block the thyroid receptor and prevent thyroid hormone from engaging the cell. A lack of iodine can lead to poor enzyme function and thus the inability to activate appropriate thyroid hormone. The receptors for thyroid hormone can be altered by dozens of genetic variations, making them less effective. Excess estrogen can stimulate excess binding proteins that bind to thyroid hormone and prevent it from doing its job. The impact of stress and cortisol will definitely alter proper thyroid function. These are a just a few of the many potential pitfalls that lead to thyroid symptoms, and these can't begin to be uncovered with simple lab tests.
TSH as a screening tool has been shown in many medical studies to be less than ideal and I have seen countless patients who have clear thyroid problems while maintaining a perfectly normal TSH. Any accurate assessment of thyroid performance must include screening of adrenal function, as well as hormones and insulin. These endocrine systems work together in concert, not independently.
Once diagnosed, there are multiple therapeutic options that can be used to treat thyroid inefficiencies, which are not drug based. Our goal is to always encourage natural healthy function and eliminate variables that might deviate from this path. Optimizing appropriate thyroid performance is key to reducing cardiovascular risk, controlling blood sugar, supporting mood and energy and allowing for proper performance of every cellular system in the body.
The process of detoxification is something our bodies do every day of our lives. Are we helping or hurting ourselves with our daily choices? Are we giving our bodies the nutrients it needs to optimize the detox process or are we making matters worse with daily exposures to easily available toxins? How about our genetic predisposition for detoxification? Do we have a weak link that we can address? With the proper guidance you exert tremendous control in this area.
There are more than 100,000 chemicals approved for industrial use and these elements spill into our environment every day offering risk for exposure. Understanding where you are most likely to gain exposure will help you reduce overall intake into the body.
Heavy Metal toxicity
We are exposed to mercury, lead, arsenic, tin, aluminum and other toxic heavy metals on a daily basis and as these levels accumulate they impact every aspects of our cellular physiology. Metals have been shown to adversely affect bowel function, drive heartburn, and cause nutrient malabsorption issues. Metals alter cardiovascular performance thus increasing risk for high blood pressure and heart disease. Neurologic issues such as headaches, poor cognition, numbness and neuropathies have been attributed to metal toxicity. Metals are common disruptors of our endocrine system and affect thyroid, insulin, and sex hormone function leading to fertility issues, blood sugar problems and any number of symptoms related to thyroid dysfunction.
The good news is that these heavy metal toxins can be identified and removed from your body.
Other toxins like pesticides, herbicides, plastics, and thousands of other chemicals can be addressed. We will assist you in the detox process and educate you so that you can participate in your best defense on an ongoing basis.
Do you experience fatigue? Are you stressed? Is your sleep cycle fantastic, allowing you to restore your body each night awakening refreshed and energetic? We have just entered the enormous realm of the HPA axis. This is your “stress response system” or what is commonly referred to as “Adrenal Fatigue” and is directly responsible for how you feel on a day-to-day basis. The health and status of your stress response system (cortisol) will directly impact how your insulin, thyroid and sex hormones behave. This plays a major role in your risk for developing chronic degenerative diseases. This is a frequent central theme for many of our patients and we are experts in identifying difficulty and restoring function.
The word “stress” can be misleading, a better word might be “demand”. If you have a high demand life with a busy schedule and an endless “To Do” list then your body is under physiologic stress. You can endure periods of transient stress but ongoing demand, or several strong stressors (divorce, job change, moving, loss) back to back can alter your response leading to change in sleep and energy patterns. These systems do not simply return to normal once the pressure is off. Alterations in your circadian rhythm and stress hormones like cortisol, DHEA, dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine can remain dysfunctional leading to poor physiology that contribute to the development of diabetes, high blood pressure and risk for degenerative disease like Alzheimers and cancer.
There are proven strategies to rebalance this critical response system and restore sleep and energy to reclaim a vibrant life. It starts with claiming a lifestyle that fuels you for success and is supported by daily choices that keep you strong and healthy.
Is your heart healthy or unhealthy? How do you know? What would you do if it weren’t healthy? Are statins a good option? Does cholesterol cause heart attacks? You have questions and you need real answers with simple solutions.
No one wants to meet a cardiologist in the emergency room and hear bad news. You are born with a healthy heart and every year of your life you make decisions that either promote or destroy its ability to function. A healthy heart is something you build and protect throughout years of healthy habits. Many of us receive fair warning that the health of our heart and blood vessels is beginning to fail. You may get told you have mild hypertension, slightly elevated blood sugar, or a rise in cholesterol, which represents your body begging for a change in habits.
If you listen, your body will tell you. Your heart disease is not born out of genetics. Your genetics only represent 5% of your risk for heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. The vast majority of people with horrible heart issues walked into it one day at a time, as 95% of the risk comes from lifestyle habits and diet. This is great news because this means we are in control. This also means we can greatly alter or even reverse the course of the disease with the adoption of better habits. Drugs may help us slow down the progression but they don't hold a candle to the power of food, exercise, sleep, and healthy choices that modify our bodily functions.
It was proven more than 20 years ago that cholesterol is NOT the cause of heart disease. The majority of people who suffer a heart attack have NORMAL cholesterol levels. The real cause of heart disease is "inflammation".
It is easy to see that we ALL have risk for heart disease. Heart disease is the #1 killer in America because not only are we all at risk, but we may be taking excessive risks with our daily decisions. However, there is tremendous hope and powerful solutions we can adopt that are easy. To have a healthy heart you don’t need to exercise an hour every day, you don’t have to give up steak, you don't have to live off sprouts and steamed broccoli, and you definitely don't have to stop having fun. In fact you may find you have more fun as you mindfully select your daily practices and habits, as they lead to increased energy, clearer brain function, increased ability to relax, deeper sleep, and an overall better mental outlook. Feeling trapped by an unhealthy existence in an unhealthy body causes frustration but taking control of your health and your destiny is liberating and joyful.
Our approach to a healthy heart starts at the ground floor of your very existence and explores your habits, nutrition, stress and entire lifestyle. We explore lab tests that uncover metabolic errors or evidence of inflammation that can’t be seen with a heart CT calcium score or even a stress test. We go far beyond the standard cholesterol panel and evaluate the health of the blood vessels and the driving forces behind the elevation in cholesterol if it is present. We also use traditional tools such as CT calcium score to evaluate the physical structure of the vessels or a stress test to assess the physiologic function of the system under physical activity.
Today’s leading physicians are not content to look at static numbers like fasting blood sugar and cholesterol panel because we know that this does not tell the entire story and often overlooks many existing problems. Catching the biochemical changes early and altering the course before it causes harm is the best and least expensive path to preventing chest pain, heart disease and emergency room nightmares.
We have a unique and clinically proven approach to Metabolic Syndrome that reverses the disease process of diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and weight gain. Whether you are looking for prevention, have a strong family history of heart disease or have already suffered damage from a prior heart attack we welcome the opportunity to help you discover your ideal health and add life to your years.
So what causes inflammation in our body?
The bowel is not just some simple tube that food passes through. The gut represents some very important real estate in your body as it contains 70% of your immune system function, which impacts the brain directly as well as the cardiovascular system and every organ in your body. The cause of most degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disease such as Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis is "inflammation" and the gut represents one of the most common sources of inflammation in our body. We pour sugar, processed foods, food chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, plastics, fluoride, chlorine, pharmaceuticals, and all sorts of nasty elements into our mouth and thru our digestive track each and every day, assaulting our immune system and thus creating a protective immune response that leads to inflammation.
The health of our gut and immune system goes way beyond diet, and encompasses the impact of stress and toxins as they alter immune function. Simple gut problems such as gas, bloat, constipation, diarrhea and heartburn are often just symptoms of a much deeper problem.
The good news is that this GI system is infinitely amenable to therapeutic interventions. It is quite common to eradicate years of symptoms in a matter of weeks. You do not have to live with IBS and it is not healthy to use "acid blocker" medications for more than a few weeks. We will identify the true cause your original insult and use natural products to restore gut function and return the immune system to a balanced state of "tolerance" and proper function.
Allergies are a reflection of the status of your immune system. If you react to food or environmental allergens then this reflects a hyper-reactive or inflamed immune response. This hyper-reactive immune response puts you at greater risk for asthma, autoimmune diseases, headaches, joint pain, heart disease and even Alzheimers. It's a poorly known fact that your brain contains more immune cells than nerve cells and therefore your immune system will often have direct impact on the brain, contributing to headaches, mood disorder, anxiety & depression, sleep patterns and even alter seizure threshold.
The majority of your immune system lies within your intestines. Anything that disturbs this immune system increases your risk for developing allergies to food or environmental elements. There is an exhaustive list of things that can create this dynamic including: antibiotics, food chemicals, excess sugar, certain foods such as wheat, chemicals found in plastic and other food containers, excessive stress, poor sleep, and general poor lifestyle patterns. The symptoms that result from food allergies may surprise you: headache, muscle pain, joint pain, sleep disturbances, skin rashes, ear nose and throat congestion, snoring, and this can all occur with or without any stomach or bowel issues such as reflux, heartburn, diarrhea, gas and bloating.
We test for allergies and treat them employing liquid allergen drops that are placed under your tongue. The purpose of sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT allergy drops) is to decrease your food sensitivity and environmental allergies so that exposure to the offending allergen will result in fewer and less sever symptoms. SLIT allergy drops have been shown to lead to an alteration of your immune system’s response. These alterations may permit you to tolerate exposure to the allergen with fewer symptoms. You, in effect, become “immune” to the allergen.
SLIT allergy drops avoid needles and remove the weekly office visit, as this is therapy you do yourself at home. It is equally effective to traditional “shot” therapy and has been studied and applied for more than 60 years now. Sublingual immune therapy has been shown in multiple studies to be safer than subcutaneous (injections given under the skin) therapy. There have been very few cases (6) of anaphylaxis reported in the world literature as a result of sublingual therapy. All of these anaphylaxis cases have occurred using a protocol that is different from the one we use here at Huber Personalized Medicine. We follow the LaCrosse method of sublingual therapy, which has never resulted in an anaphylactic reaction, EVER.
If you find yourself relying on seasonal medication like Zyrtec or Claritin, realize that these medications do nothing to affect the cause of the disease they simply reduce the symptoms. Reversing the cause of the disease process entails addressing the immune response at its core and reversing sensitivities.
We work to rebalance your immune function so that the system is not hyper-reactive. We use non-drug elements that have a great track record for re-establishing proper immune function. Identifying and treating allergens is a powerful tool for impacting the course of autoimmune diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohns and Lupus. Even type 1 diabetes can be dramatically impacted if caught early enough in the disease process to reverse the immune issue that is destroying the pancreas.
You may be someone suffering with migraines, arthritis, mood disorder, fibromyalgia or other diagnosis and not realize that your undiagnosed allergies are playing a role in the ongoing progression of your diagnosed issue. Getting to the cause of any medical issue offers greater promise of resolving the problem and the potential to reduce your dependency on prescription medication.
Your genes are not a crystal ball that predict your future. At best your genes can highlight areas of risk that allow you to take defensive action. It is a modern miracle that we are able to access the 25,000 genes that guide how our body operates. Years ago this type of information was not available and as it became available it initially cost thousands of dollars. But today we can access our genetic code for a very reasonable cost and allows us to view the information that can help steer year towards better choices to preserve our health.
Certain genes such as the ApoE gene can offer direct guidance related to our diet allowing us to make adjustments to reduce risk for heart disease and Alzheimers. Other genes highlight cancer risk, which allows us to take preventative action early in an effort to neutralize this risk. Detoxification pathways can be explored and therapeutic interventions employed to help remove toxins more efficiently thus lowering risk for disease as well improve the quality of how you feel on a daily basis.
We are able to explore genes that tell us how well we are able to metabolize and use vitamin A and vitamin D. These are key nutrients that affect the immune system as well as dozens of cellular processes and can be easily corrected with proper diet and supplementation allowing us to correct our genetic misfortune.
So what is lifestyle anyway? We hear that word so much but what does it mean? Lifestyle is our greatest freedom to select who we want to be. It is our personal stamp of authority on all of life’s choices. If we make no conscious decisions about who we want to be then we are by default asking society, circumstance and chance to dictate who we become. That's scary. Russian roulette at it’s finest.
Most of us would say that we want to be healthy but then may struggle to really define what that means. If I can't define it then how can I achieve it? What are the right steps, in what order and what myths do I need to avoid?
Hopes and desires are great, but who we become is fueled by beliefs and actions. This is where the rubber meets the road. Are you truly making decisions, nurturing good beliefs and then engaging those beliefs with definitive actions? We feel strongly that you can become anyone you want to be. We know with confidence that we can design a path that will deliver you to your desired destination. Whether you want to be a high-end athlete or simply lose 20 pounds and rediscover good sleep and good energy.
You are the sole creator of your destiny and full control over who you are and who you become. Lets look at a few factors related to lifestyle so that we can begin to define its scope:
All the elements in your life, good or bad, are there because you have either attracted them or chosen them. If you look around and find yourself unhappy with your present situation just know that this is OK. This is simply where you are NOW, at this present moment. It does not dictate where you might be in a day, or a week, or a year from now. Infinite change and infinite possibilities are available to you. So lets get busy and design a lifestyle that gets you excited and draws from you the passion, the energy and vigor for life that you envision.
New areas that you may want to explore:
To get you started on your path to making better informed decisions, go look at a few of the following articles and nutritional thoughts:
Your mental sharpness does NOT need to fade with time. A drop in cognition is a reflection of the inflammation in your body from many sources. Are putting the right brain fuel to power cognition and secondly are we putting toxins and other chemicals that are causing an erosion of mental function? There are always reasons for this decline and it is not your genes and it is not simply father time playing a cruel joke. Get your swagger back. Regain your edge. Feel sharp and think sharp. It's a choice and we can help.
Competitive athletics can be exhilarating as you explore your boundaries. But are you truly reaching your maximum potential? Your coach or trainer can push you but are you recovering well, are you using the proper fuel and is it possible that you actually damaging your body or engaging increased risk for injury? We have worked with countless athletes from novice to professional to provide guidance on:
Our athletic endeavors are a piece of our personality and they allow us to express our passion. They fuel our sense of accomplishment and provide a deep sense of self as we strive to discover our personal limits. At Huber Personalized Medicine we provide knowledge of cellular physiology that helps to remove limits so that you can explore new heights and take your game to a higher level. We want to protect you from hidden gremlins in your training that be robbing you of your maximal output but also protect you from practices that may be increasing your risk for injury.
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