Optimal Health

We want YOU to live a Fully OPTIMIZED life.  We don’t just use medications to mask your symptoms, we determine the underlying CAUSES of your HEALTH problems and create a holistic plan to RESOLVE them.  If you have seen numerous doctors without benefit and want a physician who really DIGS Deeper, call NOW and schedule a CONSULTATION.

Our approach is patient-centered and addresses the whole person and not just the disease or symptoms you suffer from.   We spend time with you, carefully listening and looking at interactions among your genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that are affecting your long-term health.  We seek out the underlying causes of your health problems and truly help you to heal rather than just suppress your symptoms with drugs. At IHL our Functional Medicine approach to healthcare is “State-of-the-Art” in that it involves the application of advanced scientific and medical technologies for the early detection, treatment, and reversal of age-related dysfunction, disorders and diseases. “Comprehensive” in that it seeks to improve and rejuvenate every function of the body and mind. “Holistic” in that it seeks to consider every aspect of a person’s health; including the mental, physical and spiritual spheres. “Integrative” in that it combines the “best practices” from all approaches to healthcare. “Preventive” in that it incorporates aggressive actions and anticipatory treatment protocols to forestall the diseases of aging with nutritional and metabolic therapies. In short, it is the Practice of “Good Medicine.” With our approach, You can experience marked improvements in your:

  • General health
  • Mood
  • Cognitive function
  • Energy level
  • Pain level
  • Libido and sexual performance
  • Immune function
  • Body contour
  • Muscle tone
  • Body fat
  • Skin texture

We begin with a detailed look at all of your ailments and perform an extensive panel of testing.  Then we recommend a comprehensive lifestyle approach including behavior changes, optimized nutrition, supplements and natural safe therapies in addition to traditional approaches.   We believe the current system only acts reactively and does not perform a detailed health analysis until someone becomes ill; our approach is to optimize health so that existing health afflictions improve and new problems are prevented.  The  ‘after the fact’ approach to health that most people and the current healthcare system take needs to be disrupted because it is both expensive and ineffective.  Advancements in diagnostics and technology should be used to optimize health and prevent disease rather than just ‘manage’ disease once it has taken hold. When you establish as a new patient, we begin with a battery of tests that measure countless biomarkers and assess everything from nutritional deficiencies and allergies to gut function and your stress response.  Once we have obtained your detailed life and health story and analyzed the results of the testing, we recommend a comprehensive health optimization plan that typically includes everything from learning how to incorporate healthy habits into your life to prescribing supplements and natural therapies that will improve your current health conditions and resolve any deficiencies while decreasing your need for prescription medications.  We will help you to get your health where you want it to go. We have some patients who are not sick but just want to stay well and optimize their health, but we also have many patients who have seen numerous doctors without benefit and want someone that really digs deeper into their health problems and puts it all together.   We feel the current system just does not allow this to happen and so patients continue to suffer.  There are many deficiencies in the current system:  everything from the lack of focus on nutrition and lifestyle to the over-prescription of toxic medications with questionable benefit.  We believe in personal responsibility and work with those who want to take charge of their health because they know that it is their single most valuable asset.  We believe in prevention and feel that while medications at times can be life-saving, they can also be very toxic to long-term health. We feel that a holistic comprehensive approach should serve as the foundation for all who want to prevent disease and optimize their state of health.  Medications and surgical interventions, as well as cost, can be minimized this way.  It is far more expensive in terms of money and pain to get sick then to maintain good health.

Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has many different causes.  Those with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia struggle with much more than daily body pain or fatigue. They need a detailed health plan to address a variety of health concerns, including recurrent infections, brain fog, hormone imbalances, digestive complaints, and immune dysfunction.

Our approach is to analyze each case then use whatever natural therapies are needed. Most cases respond to a combination of metabolic therapy, detoxification, adrenal therapy, thyroid optimization and ozone therapy.

Let us help you find energy and relief!

Thyroid and Adrenal Problems

For an individual who has been suffering from any of the most common symptoms of a thyroid problem, everyday life can become a struggle.   Even seemingly simple tasks can become a challenge due to debilitating fatigue, frustration with weight loss, constant brain fog, or just not feeling quite like normal.  It’s at the peak of these troubles when most people normally visit their primary care provider for help.  Unfortunately, many are unable to find the answers that they desire, which leaves them at a loss for what to do next.  Some will even be evaluated or treated by an Endocrinologist but still suffer the debilitating symptoms.

We refer to the adrenal gland as the “furnace” of our metabolism.  In a similar analogy, we can consider the thyroid gland as the “thermostat” for our metabolism.  It regulates the rate of metabolism of virtually every cell and tissue in the body and it is subject to control by the hypothalamus of the brain and the pituitary gland.  Thyroid dysfunction can occur due to problems with the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, the thyroid itself, tissue metabolism and conversion of thyroid hormones, and the action of the hormones at the receptor sites.  There is no symptom that is unique to the thyroid.  Each of the symptoms listed below can be due to a number of different problems, including adrenal problems.  The pattern helps to establish the diagnosis and is supported by the results of laboratory tests.  Many of the symptoms of hyperfunction (too high) and hypofunction (too low) overlap

Do You Suffer from These Typical Thyroid Symptoms? 

  • Decreased energy, fatigue
  • Weight gain or struggle to lose
  • Weight loss
  • Feel “too hot”
  • Feel “too cold”
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Dry skin and brittle nails
  • Thinning or loss of outside portion of eyebrowBody temperature below 97.6
  • Hair thinning
  • Brain “fog” (trouble with learning, memory, making decisions) • Depression
  • Dislike tight collars or turtlenecks
  • Sore/tender/swollen lower neck
  • Heart palpitations
  • Constipation/gas/bloating
  • Menstrual problems – or irregularity
  • Fertility problems/miscarriages
  • Loss of sex drive

At Innovative Health & Longevity, we understand that this type of struggle can interfere with your life and become a major source of stress. It’s for this reason that we prioritize in- depth care that makes your concerns our concerns. Whether you’ve been suffering for months or years, we will uncover what’s really going on with your thyroid so you can begin moving in the direction towards better health.

Our approach is simple:  listen to our patients and provide them with the care that we would want to receive ourselves.  Dr. Qadir suffered from extreme fatigue and low body temperature for years before she was diagnosed with an autoimmune thyroid disease.  She understands how you feel.

Over recent years the sensitivity of laboratory testing of thyroid hormones has improved markedly.  We are now able to measure precisely the “free” or active amounts of  hormones present in the blood.  Unfortunately, many people still suffer from undiagnosed thyroid dysfunction due to either incomplete testing or poor interpretation of the results.  According to JAMA, a premier medical journal, physicians suspecting thyroid dysfunction should check TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone – the pituitary hormone that stimulates the thyroid gland) and T4 (the precursor or pre-hormone that is secreted by the thyroid gland).  Unfortunately, this strategy completely misses looking at the most potent or “active” thyroid hormone which is T3.  Since the thyroid gland secretes 90% T4 and 10% T3, the majority of T3 (the active hormone) is derived from the body tissues converting the T4 into T3.  Well, guess what?  Some people do not convert T4 to T3 very effectively and since most doctors are not taught to check T3, they never find out!

There are many reasons for poor conversion of T4 into T3 and stress is one such reason.  We have very few patients in our practice who are not stressed.  Stress favors the conversion of T4 into another thyroid hormone that is little known about called Reverse T3.  If our metabolism was a car, T3 would be the accelerator, and Reverse T3 would be the brake.  Yes, we can measure Reverse T3 also, but JAMA et al do not advise it and few physicians have ever heard of it even though it was identified in the 70’s.  We are far beyond the stage of having to rely on basal body temperatures (many things aside from your thyroid can effect basal body temperature), but numerous people are still suffering due to undiagnosed thyroid dysfunction.

It is possible to have ‘normal’ TSH test result while still suffering from hypothyroidism symptoms.  In many cases, even when treatment with Synthroid/Levothyroxine or even Armour is started, it does not work well. This is why we use a variety of comprehensive tests to determine the root cause of the issue and develop holistic solutions that replete deficiencies, correct imbalances and treat conditions contributing to your thyroid symptoms.   You are unique as an individual and your health care needs are also unique.  This is why we give your personalized care tailored to you specifically; no generic solutions that leave you stalled in the vicious cycle of deteriorating health.

Don’t give up hope.  We have helped numerous patients suffering from varying degrees of thyroid dysfunction regain their energy and vitality.

E-mail us at IHL@innovativehealthohio.com for Dr. Qadir’s E-book entitled “Thyroid Recovery made Unbelievably Simple.”

Bio Identical Hormones & Hormone Imbalance

Hormone Imbalance & Deficiency:  MENOPAUSE AND ANDROPAUSE

Menopause and Andropause are natural conditions that every woman and man will face eventually. In the case of menopause, around the age of fifty a woman’s ovaries stop producing the hormones that have been keeping her body young, strong, and healthy. The same thing happens to men in Andropause. Only with men it is not as sudden. Lack of these vital hormones is the major reason for the weakness and frailty that eventually happens as we age.  Our treatments combine effective natural therapeutics, nutritional interventions and bio-identical hormone therapy when appropriate.  Replacing the hormones as they become deficient is one of the best things we can ever do to stay strong and vital as we get older.

Chronic Pain

Medication-Free Innovative Chronic Pain Treatments

Prolozone® is a nutrient/oxygen injection technique developed and pioneered by Dr. Frank Shallenberger. It is excellent for all forms of musculo-skeletal and joint pain including chronic neck and back pain, rotator cuff injuries, degenerative and arthritic hips and knees, degenerated discs, and shoulder and elbow pain. The good thing about Prolozone is that because it actually corrects the pathology of the disorder, there is a 75% chance for the chronic pain sufferer to becoming permanently pain free.

 

What is Prolozone?

Prolozone is derived from the Latin word “proli” which means to regenerate or rebuild, and the word ozone. Ozone is the most highly active form of oxygen in the universe. Prolozone uses the power of oxygen to stimulate damaged tissues, joints, ligaments, and tendons to heal. 

 

How Does Prolozone Work?

The reason that some injuries completely heal and others don’t has to do with circulation. In order for a damaged area of the body to regenerate and heal, it must have the critical elements that only the blood can provide: vitamins, minerals, and oxygen.

Of these, by far the most important is oxygen. Low levels of oxygen cause an accumulation of lactic acid, which is what causes pain. Prolozone works in three ways. First, anti-inflammatory medications are injected into the injured area to reduce inflammation and swelling. This leads to increased circulation. Next, the area is treated with vitamins and minerals that are critical for healing.

And finally, the area is infiltrated with oxygen in the form of ozone. The result is that the tissues get what they need to heal. And as they heal, the circulation to the area is re-established, and the treatment is complete. The response to treatment varies from person to person, but most people only need from 3-5 treatments.

 

Is Prolozone the Same as Prolotherapy?

No. Prolozone uses oxygen to stimulate healing. Prolotherapy uses inflammation to trigger the healing response. Although Prolotherapy can be effective, it has some limitations. Prolotherapy is extremely painful. Pain usually persists for days to weeks after a treatment. Patients receiving Prolozone feel immediate improvement, with very little to any pain at all during the treatments. Next, prolotherapy requires many injections, whereas Prolozone only requires a few. This means that Prolozone is faster and much less expensive. Prolozone therapy is also more effective in stimulating regeneration of the cartilage in damaged joints. Prolotherapy is usually not able to do this.

The efficacy of ozone, even without the entire Prolozone protocol, has been proven in many international clinical studies.

 

Conditions that Respond to Prolozone:

  • Anything associated with pain: chronic neck and back pain, rotator cuff injuries, degenerative and arthritic hips and knees, degenerated discs, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ, sciatica, heel spurs, neuromas, tennis elbow, sciatica, sinus infections, pelvic disorders, dental infections, post orthopedic surgery pain, non-union fractures, scars, any sports injury, and pelvic floor syndrome.
  • The value of Prolozone is that it actually results in a correction of the pathology of the disorder. Many of the chronic pain sufferers who undergo this therapy become permanently pain free.
 

What You Can Expect with Prolozone:

  • Immediate decrease in pain.
  • Soft and hard tissue regeneration.
  • A true cure of some chronic injuries and degenerative processes.
  • The response to treatment varies from person to person, but most people only need from 3-5 treatments.
  • No pain and zero side effects
When I first started, I had aches & pains in almost every joint. Now, just 2 months later, I am virtually pain-free! It’s amazing!
Michelle S.

Autoimmune Conditions

There is an epidemic of autoimmune conditions.  These include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, celiac disease, thyroid disease and many others.  All of these conditions have a common root cause:  an out of control immune response (systemic inflammation) that results in your body attacking its own tissues.  Your immune system is your defense against invaders.  It is your armed forces and must be able to distinguish self, friend and foe.  Autoimmunity occurs when your immune system gets confused and your own tissues get attacked.

Your body is generally fighting something – an infection, a toxin, an allergen, a food or a stress response – and somehow the attack (inflammation) gets out of control and the attack is redirected to your joints, your brain, your thyroid, your gut or sometimes your whole body.   The immune confusion can result from a process referred to as molecular mimicry (a portion of a germ or toxin look to the immune system like a portion of the body).

Conventional treatments generally include medications that in some way suppress or turn down the immune response.  While this works to decrease the attack on the victimized organ or organs, it also results in decreased immunity and thereby increased risk of serious (even life threatening) infections and cancer.

There is another way – by getting to the root of why the immune system went rogue in the first place.  Where there is no known cure for autoimmune disease, there are five key elements at the root of all autoimmune conditions:  chronic GI dysfunction (‘leaky gut’), gluten intolerance, toxins, chronic infections, and stress.

Our approach is based on getting to the root of the problems – removing the elements that derailed your immune system and strengthening your immune system rather than suppressing it by incorporating holistic lifestyle and integrative therapies. 

Digestive Complaints and Leaky Gut

Chronic gastrointestinal problems can lead to numerous health issues including Autoimmune and Neurologic problems.  Often the symptoms are labeled with a broad diagnosis (GERD, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Constipation) and the underlying cause is ignored.  The best approach involves optimizing digestive health through lifestyle-based approaches and identifying the underlying cause using advanced Functional Testing.  The testing can include determination of adequacy of stomach acid production, characterizing dysbiosis, identifying food sensitivities, diagnosing nutritional deficiencies and more

Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes

No more Fear of Kidney failure, Amputation, Neuropathy or Blindness!

Finally, a Doctor who wants to help you REVERSE your DIABETES and minimize or eliminate your need for medications.  We don’t just ‘manage’ your diabetes.

Rarely is diabetes listed as the cause of death; however, it accelerates the aging process and is the underlying cause of many chronic diseases that are deadly, including heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.  Diabetes was traditionally categorized as Type I (Juvenile Onset – affecting children) and Type II (Adult Onset – affecting adults).  Now we are seeing an epidemic of Type II Diabetes among children.

This epidemic is felt to be driven by poor diet and the lack of exercise. However, the hidden culprit is only now getting press. New research is linking toxins (including BPA in plastics) to the growing number of childhood cases of Type II Diabetes.  Type I Diabetes, an autoimmune condition in which the body mounts an immune attack on the insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas, has been linked to genetic predisposition and toxins already.   Unfortunately, the toxic causes of Type II Diabetes are still not considered in the treatment of this new epidemic.

Until you understand the flaws of the drug-based system you are locked into, you will never be able to understand why you continue to suffer with Type II Diabetes (when it is often curable), take one drug after another (perhaps including insulin injections), continue to gain weight, continue to lose quality of life, and live with the fear of compli-cations.

In truth, the “complications of diabetes” are largely created by drug treatments themselves (plus the inferior if not dangerous dietary advice given to patients). There is no other disease process, in my opinion, which illustrates our nation’s healthcare woes more than diabetes.

If you have diabetes and continue to suffer with ill health related to it, if you are sick of being prescribed yet another drug, if you are seeing your life basically boil down to a struggle just to get through the day, then you are reading this at exactly the right time.

Many diabetics just like you across the U.S. have said enough. They have decided to reverse their condition. They no longer accept the sacred medicine mantra that the best that can be done for a diabetic is to swallow one drug after another in hopes of only slowing down the inevitable progression of the disease.

Discover how you too may be able to reverse your diabetes and put your health on a new trajectory.

We offer comprehensive programs that are customized to you.  You are taught exactly what to eat, how to exercise optimally for reversing your diabetes and what nutrients to supplement with.  You will regain your health naturally and may be able to return to a normal A1C without medications.

Weight Loss

Every year Americans spend an estimated $33 billion on products and services to help them with weight loss. Yet despite all these costly efforts, nearly two-thirds of adults in America are overweight or obese.

Are you ready for change but you are not sure what to do? Are you overwhelmed by all the diets that are in the news? We can help you customize a plan based on your individual needs and genetics.

Health consequences of being overweight:

• Sleep Apnea
• Heart Failure
• Metabolic Syndrome
• Coronary Artery Disease
• High Blood Pressure
• High Cholesterol
• Diabetes
• Fatty Liver
• Angina
• Stroke
• Chronic Pain

With your health at stake, the risks are too great to give up on losing weight, which means you cannot allow the inevitable failure of fad diets or diet pills to deter you.
The Innovative Health & Longevity weight loss programs are doctor supervised clinically comprehensive weight loss and lifestyle management programs. We help patients every day take the weight off and keep it off! There are many health conditions that contribute to weight gain (thyroid problems, hormone imbalance, poor nutrition, mental and emotional problems, and/or vitamin deficiencies). We will fully evaluate you and determine the right treatment plan for YOU.

 

Food Allergies causing your unexplained symptoms?

Food allergies can occur by excessive reaction of your immune system to foods. Not all reactions to food are due to allergy. They can occur from over-eating, spoiled food and from the chemicals inherently present in some foods (tyramine in red wine, histamine in strawberries, pesticides on conventionally grown non-organic foods). It is estimated that over 1/3 of the population has food allergies, food intolerance or food sensitivity. Food ‘allergy’ is generally defined as a reaction to a food that is mediated through the IgE antibody and produces an “immediate-type” of reaction. See below. This causes acute reactions such as sneezing, runny nose, rash, wheezing and at worst, anaphylaxis. Food ‘intolerance’ is generally considered as a reaction to chemicals inherently present or added to foods. Food ‘sensitivity’ is often used as a broad term that includes many different types of reactions that are not mediated through IgE, including abdominal pain, reflux, joint inflammation, headaches, and numerous others.

Low dose allergen immunotherapy (LDA)

Low dose allergen immunotherapy (LDA) is a unique method of immunotherapy, far different from other allergy treatments currently available. It has been employed to treat multiple conditions and appears to be a long-lasting treatment option for allergy and many autoimmune illnesses. It has also been employed for many conditions not generally assumed to be due to any type of allergy or autoimmune disease.

Conditions treated successfully with LDA include hay fever, dust mite allergy, perennial rhinitis, asthma, urticaria (“hives”), eczema (dermatitis) of most all varieties, angioedema (swelling of the face, lips, etc.), food (or food additive/preservative) allergy or intolerance, adverse responses to chemicals (multiple chemical sensitivity, or MCS), ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder), autism, Tourette’s syndrome, irritable bowel disorders, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, migraine and other headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and systemic lupus erythematosis.

LDA immunotherapy is extremely low dose and administered infrequently. Treatment is required only every two months initially for approximately 12 months. After that time, the treatment interval may generally be extended to three months or longer. Most adults with significant problems require 16 of 18 treatments at these intervals of two months or less often, at which time treatment often may be discontinued. Of the approximately 50% of patients who cannot discontinue LDA after 16 to 18 treatments without return of some symptoms, the majority will continue treatment longer at intervals of 6 months to a year. Children (under 12) may often stretch their treatments out earlier, and stop sooner without return of symptoms. Children as young as 1 month of age have been treated safely.

The response to LDA does not take long to appear, and certainly over 60% of patients note a significant positive response with their first treatment. Almost all patients respond positively by the third treatment, and if no response is noted by then, we generally reevaluate the situation. About 1 in 25 patients does not respond with strongly positive results until having had 6 treatments. The overall response rate for all conditions treated with LDA is approximately 65% to 95%, depending on the condition being treated. The overall failure rate (no improvement) is about 10%.

Since LDA is compounded by a large compounding pharmacy, and used by prescription for specific patients, it is not regulated by the FDA the same way as a product sold by commercial manufacturers. It is legal for patients and physicians to use, but is not “FDA Approved.” There is no insurance coverage for LDA. It is administered either by injection or as drops under the tongue (sublingual).

Chronic Infections

Despite numerous antibiotics, antivirals and antifungal medications many continue to suffer with chronic infections such as Lyme and EBV.  Our approach is to optimize your health and your immune system so you can win the war against these critters using immune enhancing vitamins and herbals. We also use UBI, Ozone therapy, and IV Vitamin C.  Prescription medications can be combined as necessary.