Integrative and Regenerative Medicine

Integrative medicine addresses the physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. Dr. James Skeen takes into consideration the patient’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances and goes beyond treatment of symptoms and addresses the causes of an illness. He invites the patient to partner in the healing process. He uses effective interventions that are natural and less invasive when possible and uses all healing sciences to facilitate the body’s innate healing response. Dr. Skeen promotes prevention and encourages healthy behaviors for self-care.

Please call 336-778-1950 to make an appointment with Dr. Skeen, MD

Dr. Skeen and his staff treat:
ADD/ADHD, Anxiety & Depression, Asthma, Candida, Chronic Infections, Diabetes, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Gastrointestinal Problems, Headaches, Heart Disease, Hypothyroidism, Immune System Disorders, Insulin Resistance, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Kidney Dysfunction, Lyme Disease, Memory Loss, Menopause & Andropause, Neurochemical Imbalance, Neurodegenerative Disorders, Nutritional Deficiency, Pain Management, Rashes, Sinusitis, Testosterone Issues, Thyroid Imbalance, Toxin Exposure
Weight Loss/Weight Gain


Therapies                                                                                      Stem Cell Treatments 

Bio Identical Hormones
Chelation
Detoxification
Dietary Plans
Genetic Testing
Natural Medicines
Neurodegenerative Therapy
Neurotransmitter Testing
Nutritional Testing
Nutritional IV Therapy
Parasite Analysis
Skin Care
Vitamin & Mineral Supplements

What is a "Bioidentical" Hormone?
Hormones affect many areas of health, including mood, metabolism, and sexual and reproductive function.   Bio-identical hormones are molecule to molecule identical to and act exactly like the hormones that your body produces. Even though they are produced in a laboratory, they are far more natural to your body than synthetic hormones.

Hormone Therapy designed specifically for your body
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is most often prescribed to ease the symptoms of menopause, but it can also be used to treat a variety of conditions, including PMS, Moodiness, Infertility, Postpartum depression, weight gain, endometriosis, fibrocystic breasts, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances, hot flashes, night sweats, decreased libido, and painful sexual intercourse.  Each woman's body is different and BHRT is compounded specifically for a woman's individual need.  

Our providers work closely with each patient to start and maintain a bio-identical hormone replacement regimen that brings hormones back into balance and closely mimics what the body has been doing naturally for years.    The providers will continue to work with the patient to assure the BHRT is working correctly, adjusting the dosage if necessary.

COMMENTS FROM PATIENTS

I have been a patient of Dr. Skeen's for many years. Being a disabled Army Ranger, and an amputee, I have tried to avoid knee and hip surgery. Orthopedists have tried steroid injections, only to provide minimal relief. The grinding and the pain would come back, only worse. Since the PRP treatment in my knee, the grinding has stopped. Every day, it feels a little better. I am so thankful for Dr. Skeen and his staff at Via Renew Greensboro for allowing me to be a part of this innovative therapy.
-James Gregorio, Wounded Warrior

Many thanks to Dr. Skeen at Via Renew Greensboro for what has turned out to be a turning point in my life. On September 1, Dr. Skeen performed a PRP procedure on my shoulder. Within two weeks, I was feeling great relief of my pain, but also had a new outlook on the possibility of a full recovery. I am a professional landscaper *which requires tremendous wear and tear on the body* and suffered with my shoulder pain for many years. I had limited range of motion, and at times could not raise my arm without severe pain. It has now been six weeks since treatment, and I can truthfully state that I am at least 90% recovered in range of motion and pain relief. The professionalism of Dr. Skeen and his staff and the comforting environment made this experience worthwhile. I cannot fully express my appreciation and gratitude for the amazing result of a pain free shoulder. 
- Danny Burns, owner of Precipigation Landscape 

Regenerative Therapy
PRP

Blood is made up of 93% red blood cells, 6% white blood cells, 1% platelets and plasma. Platelets are best known for their function of blood-clotting to stop bleeding and are a critical component in the healing of an injury. They are extremely rich in the connective tissue growth and healing factors. 

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) is a ground breaking non-operative treatment option that relieves pain by naturally promoting healing of musculoskeletal conditions.  PRP therapy is a long lasting, permanent solution using the body's natural healing process, and does not wear off over time as with a traditional pain injection. Studies suggest that growth factors released by platelets recruit reparative cells, may augment tissue repair, and accelerate soft tissue healing.

In an office visit, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient, just like in a routine blood test. The blood is placed into a centrifuge, and is spun at high speeds separating the blood into red blood cells and concentrated platelets.  The red blood cells are discarded and concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) above normal values is left and ready to be used in the treatment process. .The PRP is injected into the injured tendon, ligament, muscle, joint, or disc that has been the source of pain and has not healed. The number of injections varies based on each patient’s individualized condition but typically range anywhere from two to six injections done over time. Patients typically experience significant reduction in pain after the first or second injection. PRP injections are not usually painful. However the discomfort level depends on the part of the body being treated. 

PRP treatment works most effectively for chronic ligament and tendon sprains/strains that have failed other conservative treatment, including but not limited to:

          *  Partial rotator cuff tear
          *  Torn labrum (shoulder)
          *  Bicipital tendinitis
          *  Tennis elbow & golfer’s
          *  Bursitis
          *  Baker's Cyst
          *  Patellar Tendonitis
          *  Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis
          *  Torn medial or lateral meniscus (knee)
          *  Partial tear of Anterior or Posterior Cruciate ligament (knee)
          *  Moderate to severe arthritis of major joint (shoulder, hip, knee, ankle)
          *  Hamstring & hip strains
          *  Ankle and Knee sprain
          *  Lumbar spine disc pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction


 From the Desk of Dr. James T. Skeen MD

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE

I remember my Grandmother saying when I was a boy.  “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It sure seemed to make sense then, but even more so now. 

Western Medicine has made huge strides in curing diseases.  Pharmaceutical companies have developed potent antibiotics and cancer treatments; but they are not so successful in the prevention department.  Look around you.  There is an epidemic of obesity and diabetes in the US.  One third of American adults are on at least five prescription medications.  One quarter of American women are on an antidepressant.  For the first time in our nation’s history, life expectancy is decreasing.

The changes underlying age-related disease begins long before symptoms are noticed.  By the time the symptoms begin, a diagnosis is made, and traditional treatment begun, the disease process has been developing for decades.  Let’s look at some of the most common age-related diseases:

Heart Disease

A heart attack is the first sign of heart disease in two thirds of cases.  These patients have normal cholesterol and normal exercise tolerance. You may see your Cardiologist, have a normal examination, a normal EKG, a normal stress test, and the next day have a heart attack and your world is changed forever. Do you think that a person is healthy, until one day they have crushing chest pain?  Heart disease begins in adolescence, but it can be reversed! 

Hypertension

A well-designed study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine in 2015 (the SPRINT study) compared patients whose systolic blood pressure (BP) was less than 120 with those whose systolic BP was 120-139 mm Hg. (Systolic BP is the higher number).  For decades systolic pressure of 120-139 mmHg was considered “Pre-hypertension” and not treated.  The study was stopped early because of the striking findings: if your systolic pressure is “pre-hypertensive”, you have a huge increase in risk of heart attack, stroke or death. Over two years later, the powers that be finally changed their recommendations to treat systolic pressure over 130.  This is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t go far enough.  If your systolic pressure is over 120-130, your risk of heart attack and stroke are increased, but do your doctors tell you that?  BP drugs don’t reverse the damage, don’t treat the root cause and they have side effects.  Why not prevent HPB and reverse the damage already done?  It is very possible!

Diabetes

Elevated blood sugar causes microvascular damage in your heart, brain and kidneys and the deposition of glycoproteins when your glucose is in the high normal range!  By the time your traditional doctor diagnoses diabetes, that small vessel damage is advanced and you are already at risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. Dietary changes and traditional diabetic medicine are appropriately recommended by your doctor, but will not reverse the changes.  Why not stop Diabetes before receiving a diagnosis and reverse any damage already done?  You can do it!

Cancer

By the time a cancer is large enough to be detected by MRI or Mammogram, there are cancer cells spreading throughout your bloodstream.  Removal of the mass and radiation therapy may not completely remove the problem.  Chemotherapy destroys dividing cells, including all the healthy cells in your body.  The idea is to kill the Cancer before you kill the patient.  This certainly is one approach, but is the idea of rolling the dice to see if you or the cancer dies first appealing?  Why not detect cancer earlier and live your life in ways that prevent cancer?  This CAN be done.

Alzheimer’s

When you are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you have had abnormal changes in your brain for years, if not decades.  Traditional medicine offers no cure for Alzheimer’s.  By the time the diagnosis has been made, you are doomed to declining mental function. Unable to care for yourself, you live out the rest of your days in a Nursing Home.  Why not take steps to reverse and prevent the horror of dementia before the diagnosis is made? 

Why don’t your doctors do better at prevention?  Don’t they care?  Having been a traditional doctor, I can guarantee that they do care.  The problem is that, until the last few decades, the knowledge was not available on disease prevention and reversal.  Most doctors are overwhelmed; seeing 50 or more patients a day, managing electronic medical records, fighting insurance companies while making an ever-decreasing income and dealing with intrusive regulations.  They don’t have the time or the energy to get off the beaten path of traditional medicine. 

Traditional medicine has not led us astray, rather we have neglected Prevention.   Wouldn’t it be better to eat well, exercise, take the right supplements, and maintain optimum hormone levels to avoid chronic disease? Better to avoid taking multiple, expensive medications with unwanted side effects and interactions?  Better to eliminate multiple trips to the doctor and the pharmacy and save some money?

The hospital, insurance, pharmaceutical, agricultural and industrial community makes billions of dollars from disease and the traditional treatment approach.  For instance, once a patient has cancer, he or she is worth $300-400,000. If these industries focused on health, they would not survive.  I don’t think that these are bad people, but with that kind of financial incentive, it is easy to turn a blind eye. 

Maybe it’s time to listen to our elders: “An ounce of prevention…”   to live longer and be active and healthy. 

It’s simple.  To stay healthy, do the following things:

  1. Eat a healthy diet. 
  2. Take appropriate, pharmaceutical grade supplements.
  3. Achieve optimum hormones.
  4. Exercise regularly.
  5. Maintain uninterrupted sleep.
  6. Avoid toxins and eliminate the toxins in your body. 

Let the experts at Integrative Life Solutions Wellness Clinic help you avoid disease by reversing damage you may already have to achieve a happy, healthy and productive life. 

We want you to be the great grandparent who still feels and looks great!

Call 336 778 1950 for a consultation appointment.


THE PERFECT PHARMACEUTICAL

Most of us would think of the perfect pharmaceutical agent as one that is effective, inexpensive, and without significant side effects.  It also should be non-addictive and easy to stop; once it is no longer needed.  Oh, and it should fix the problem permanently, so it is no longer needed.

Pharmaceutical executives, however, might have a different take on what a perfect agent might be.  It would certainly be expensive and only available from one manufacturer.  It would treat a common problem, so that many patients would need to buy it.  It might even be addictive, so that ever increasing doses would be necessary for the same effect.  It probably wouldn’t cure the condition it was prescribed to treat, but merely mask the symptoms.  The perfect pharmaceutical might even create a situation in which the condition it treated would worsen if the agent was withdrawn.  The common properties of these perfect agents amount to profit.  Sell a lot, corner the market, and be sure that once people start on it, they probably will be on it for life.  It might even create new problems so that patients need to buy a second, third or even a fourth drug!

Hmmm.  Sounds a little like tobacco, doesn’t it?

So, let’s see if there really exists such a “perfect drug.”

How about “Mother’s Little Helper.”  You may be too young to recognize this term, but it was used to describe the first diazapine.  Diazapines are a group of drugs (Valium, Xanax, Clonazepam, Ativan, etc.) that treat anxiety and insomnia.  And in this high stress world, how many people don’t occasionally have some anxiety or trouble sleeping?

Diazapines are addictive; if you take them for more than two weeks or so, you begin to need more drug for the same effect.  The withdrawal symptoms are; guess what - anxiety and insomnia.  So, when you stop taking them, you suddenly become aware of how much you need them.  They become a part of your life.  Diazapines also cause the Pineal gland to stop making melatonin, which is the natural sleep hormone, so you can’t sleep without them.

So, are diazapines harmful?  Recent research shows that if you take diazapines for more than three months, you have a risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.  If you take them for more than 6 months, the increase is 75 percent!  They also make you sedated, less likely to exercise, depressed, and lower your IQ score.  This may lead to any number of additional pharmaceuticals like stimulants, antidepressants or cognitive enhancers. Diazapines do not treat the underlying cause of the problem and make behavioral psychotherapy much less effective! Why not treat the underlying cause, which may be suboptimal hormones, low-grade inflammation, inadequate nutrition, lack of exercise, or a stressful job or relationship?  That approach requires more time and effort, and certainly wouldn’t make a major profit for Big Pharma. But, the rewards may result in a healthier you!

How about antidepressants?  Most everyone I know gets depressed, from time to time.  So many people need antidepressants, right?  Why do so many people who start an antidepressant, have a problem stopping it?   Many antidepressants lower SAMe, which is a natural feel good hormone.  They alter the level of neurotransmitters in the brain; and lower the same chemicals in the gut, the heart, and all other tissues.  The brain is actually very good at regulating the levels of neurotransmitters, so the brain will alter the level at which the transmitters are produced to neutralize the effect of the antidepressant. When many people try to stop the antidepressants, they become more depressed.  Many antidepressants also cause weight gain, altered thinking patterns, and even suicide.

Antidepressants must be very effective, and supported by strong experimental evidence, to be used so much; right?  Wrong.  Antidepressants research shows a very mild positive effect compared to placebo.  Regular exercise has a much stronger effect on mood!  And depression is often secondary to hormone deficiency (20 percent of women over 60 take antidepressants) or nutritional deficits. Why not treat depression with nutrition, hormone optimization, and exercise? 

Let’s look at everybody’s favorite bad boy, narcotics.  Opioids are certainly effective for acute pain, everybody who has had a broken bone or a hernia repair knows that.  But for chronic pain, not so much.  Numerous research studies fail to show a decrease in pain, or an increase in function, from narcotics used for chronic pain.  Yet, they have been prescribed in huge doses for decades. Opioids create hormone deficiency, addiction, sedation, and depression. They contribute to an unending cycle of decreased function, productivity loss and a nationwide epidemic of opioid addiction.

Pharmaceutical companies promoted expensive, long acting narcotics for chronic pain.  They created a myth that pain was undertreated in this country.  Big Pharma invented the slogan, “pain is the fifth vital sign.” Although doctors and hospitals bought it, science did not support the program.  While Big Pharma profited billions; patients, their families and the fabric of our society suffered the consequences. 

Many other examples of imperfect drugs, appearing “perfect,” from the corporate perspective include the following:

Follow the money.

  1. Statins. They are great at lowering cholesterol, not so good at lengthening or improving life. The Harvard “Doctors Study” states that by lowering cholesterol by 40 points, risk of death increases hundreds of times over in the next decade. Statins decrease CoQ10 and B12. A renowned Japanese statin researcher published a paper titled, “Statins Simulate Arteriosclerosis Heart Failure.” Why are statins so dangerous in Japan, yet so essential in the U.S.?
  2. Proton pump inhibitors (Omeprazole, Protonix, Nexium, etc.) decrease gastric acid production, cause hypertension, kidney failure, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease significantly, but are very helpful in treating reflux. They also are mega billion-dollar drugs for Big Pharma. 
  3. Antibiotics are overprescribed, overused in humans and animals (recently, there were more antibiotics given to animals in North Carolina than to humans in the entire United States!). They are occasionally necessary, even lifesaving, but cause kidney problems and destroy your normal gut flora. 

                                           And the hits just keep on coming.

So, what should you do; avoid any pharmaceutical?  Of course not.  But ask your doctor the following questions, whenever a drug is prescribed:

  1. How does this drug work to treat the problem?
  2. What are the side effects?
  3. Is there a natural alternative, including hormones, nutraceuticals, life-style and diet changes?
  4. Is there an exit strategy?
  5. Most importantly, do not take any pharmaceutical until you know it is the right decision and that the rewards outweigh the risks.

For more information on natural alternatives and disease prevention, contact Integrative Life Solutions, to ensure a long, healthy and productive life.

James T. Skeen, MD
Integrative and Regenerative Health

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