Fighting Fatigue

Fatigue, an extreme feeling of lethargy that typically results from illness, mental exertion or physical exertion, can significantly impact quality of life. Not only can it play a part in diminished mental health and happiness, it can also hinder sufferers from making the nutritional, behavioral and physical changes that might help relieve their symptoms.

What Causes Fatigue?

Because fatigue may be caused by many factors, it is often difficult to pinpoint one specific cause. In general, however, most cases of fatigue are attributable to three key areas: lifestyle, medical issues, and psychological issues.

  • Lifestyle factors that may contribute to fatigue include alcohol and substance abuse, excessive physical activity or inactivity, poor nutrition and unhealthy eating habits, use of certain medications, and inadequate sleep.
  • Psychological issues that may contribute to fatigue include stress, anxiety, depression and grief.
  • Many medical issues may contribute to feelings of fatigue, including anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease, obesity, sleep apnea, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and more.

Fatigue may be caused by one or several of these factors, which can make fighting it difficult.

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CFS is characterized by long-term, chronic fatigue that is not improved by rest, that can get worse after physical or mental exertion, and which is accompanied by other symptoms, such as muscle pain, headaches, and post-exertion malaise.

Despite extensive research, it is not yet known what causes CFS, although there do appear to be certain types of infections that may trigger it. These include Epstein-Barr virus infection, rubella, enterovirus infection, human retrovirus infection, and other infectious disorders. There is also some evidence that allergic diseases and immune deficiencies may have a role in developing CFS.

Can Weight Loss Combat Fatigue?

Although those suffering from fatigue may feel too tired to exercise, regular exercise at safe, sustainable levels can help combat the many underlying issues that cause fatigue, such as obesity, stress and anxiety, poor sleep, and related medical issues.

Studies have shown regular exercise to be effective for not just those suffering from standard fatigue, but for those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome as well. It is important, however, that those not used to regular exercise start with a small exercise regime, gradually increasing the length and intensity of their workouts to a safe level. For many, shedding weight is not nearly as difficult as maintaining a healthy weight over the long term, which is why making sustainable lifestyle changes is so important.

Other Ways to Fight Fatigue

In addition to regular exercise (and the health benefits that accompany it), there are other steps fatigue sufferers can take to restore energy levels. These include:

  • Staying hydrated
  • Cutting out caffeine and alcohol
  • Eating well and maintaining adequate nutrient levels
  • Limiting unnecessary medications (such as tranquilizers and cold medications)
  • Maintaining good sleep habits

At Solstice Health, we are committed to harnessing the body’s natural ability to heal itself. To learn more about our nutritional and alternative medical treatments, including medical weight loss, call or visit our office today.

11,000 Pounds Lost and Counting

As we move into another new year offering medical weight loss programs founded on the Ideal Protein system, we’re proud of the huge achievements our participants have made. Not only have those participants who stuck with the Solstice Weight Loss Protocol lost an incredible amount of weight, they’re enjoying the benefits of having a sustainable, healthy lifestyle:  better body weight, better energy levels, and better health.

We congratulate all of our participants on the steps they’ve taken to take control of their health and improve their lives. And, we encourage anyone who is struggling with their weight or coping with the most common symptoms of metabolic syndrome (such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure) to learn about our program. It works, and we have the pounds to prove it!

Why Our Weight Loss Program Works

Unlike high protein diets that may work in the short term but rarely provide long-term benefits, our medically supervised weight loss program is a four-phase plan designed to meet the health and weight goals of each of our participants by providing the one-on-one coaching and nutritional education they need to achieve their goals and maintain healthy body weight.

Participants in our program can expect:

  • Quick weight loss that doesn’t sacrifice muscle mass
  • Nutritional education to understand how the body uses foods for energy and stores fat
  • A pancreatic “reset” that results in improved metabolic functioning
  • Diminished health problems related to blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure issues
  • Increased energy levels with fewer cravings

Because our protocol is based on sound science, participants who follow it as prescribed have a 100% success rate. It is, admittedly, incredible. More importantly, our protocol teaches participants how to maintain a healthy lifestyle for life. Our participants learn what refined sugar products and processed do to the body, why following an Ideal Protein diet based on organic, natural foods helps correct the many metabolic problems from which so many Americans suffer, and what lifestyle changes are needed to meet their goals.

At Solstice Health, we are committed to providing programs that provide lifelong benefits. To learn more about our medical weight loss programs, or direct primary care, call or visit our office today.

 

Getting Over a Weight Loss Slump

Staying motivated while trying to lose weight can be challenging, especially when you’re in the middle of a weight loss slump. The unfortunate reality is that the vast majority of people trying to lose weight encounter a plateau at some point. And it’s precisely then that many people fall off the weight loss wagon.

If and when you meet your slump, consider these three factors:

How Are You Eating?

Most dieters remember to restrict their caloric intake and eat “clean” when they start their weight loss programs, but then, as time moves on, unhealthy foods and excess calories begin creeping back into their diets. If you started off strong but now find yourself eating lots of “treats” or have stopped eating portion controlled meals of healthy foods, you could simply be consuming too many calories again to stay in weight loss mode.

If you started off with a solid weight loss plan that included a nutritionally adequate and balanced diet, the key is to stick to it and not let your old eating habits creep back in.

How Are Your Workouts?

Some dieters forget that as they lose weight, they’re likely to lose some muscle too, which slows their metabolism a bit. As you lose weight, it’s important to maintain and occasionally increase your level of physical activity to keep your metabolism going strong, otherwise you’ll feel like you’re doing all the work but not seeing much for your efforts.

The three easiest ways that you can increase your physical activity are to increase the amount of time of your workouts, increase the intensity of your workouts, and start integrating physical activity throughout the sedentary parts of your day.

How Are You Sleeping?

Studies have shown that people deprived of an adequate night’s sleep are more likely to eat unhealthy, high-carb foods, eat bigger portions, and don’t feel like they have the energy they need to exercise. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts, so make sure you’re getting the 7 – 9 hours of sleep per night that’s recommended.

At Solstice Health, we offer a comprehensive Milwaukee medical weight loss protocol that teaches participants how to lifelong weight loss. Patients who follow our protocol as prescribed have a 100% success rate and find a dramatic reduction in the incidence and severity of weight-related health conditions.

Do Something for Yourself

150 LBS Lost

When Kristi came to us, she was her own biggest challenge. Our first goal was to let her know that we believed in her journey–and encourage her to believe in the same thing. Once Kristi felt that her goals were achievable, she became unstoppable. We are proud of Kristi and where her journey with Solstice Health has brought her. This is Kristi’s story, in her own words.

“When I walked into Solstice in January 2015 I felt defeated and scared. Scared for my life and scared I couldn’t do anything about it. I was afraid to fail. I met with Dr. Murray and felt comforted in the fact that he knew I could do it, Christina knew I could do it, and now the hard part was me believing in myself.”

“After the first week I lost 8 lbs, and I felt proud. For the first time in so long I could say that I did something for myself, and was proud. I kept on going and week after week the pounds just kept coming off.”

“I was 311 pounds when I walked into Solstice. I was a ticking time bomb and now I can say that I am healthy and have more energy than imaginable. I can now be the mom I want to be and the mom my son deserves. We play, dance and even jog together. He is proud of me and tells me that he is happy I can do so many things with him now.”

“I can honestly say that Dr. Murray, Christina, and the entire Solstice team has saved my life. Their support and encouragement has been amazing and exactly what I needed.”

“I have recommended Solstice to so many people, and always will. Ideal Protein itself is such a great product, but you can’t beat the team at Solstice. They are simply amazing.”

At Solstice Health, we offer a comprehensive medical weight loss protocol that teaches participants how to achieve healthy, realistic goals. Called the Solstice Weight Loss Protocol, our plan focuses on eating and exercising properly to achieve lifelong, whole-body results. Patients who follow our protocol as prescribed have a 100% success rate and find a dramatic reduction in the incidence and severity of weight-related health conditions.

Attend a FREE Weight Loss Seminar presented by Dr. Murray, Thursday, March 10 at 6:30pm.
Location: 17043 West Greenfield Avenue, New Berlin, WI.

Dr. Murray will discuss our medically supervised natural weight loss program: Ideal Protein, and will also spend some time talking about stem cell therapy treatments and our direct primary care model.

RSVP by Tuesday, March 8th here https://solsticewi.com/events

New Berlin Weight Loss Doctor

New Berlin Weight Loss Doctor

Medical Weight Loss Doctor Tim Murray has a location in New Berlin at:
17043 West Greenfield Avenue
New Berlin, WI 53151
Schedule a time to meet with Dr. Murray at your convenience by calling (262) 354-3100

Oconomowoc Weight Loss Doctor

Oconomowoc Weight Loss Doctor

Medical Weight Loss Doctor Tim Murray has a location in Oconomowoc at:
1020 Oconomowoc Parkway, Suite B
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Schedule a time to meet with Dr. Murray at your convenience by calling 262-239-7353

Your New Year’s Weight Loss Goals

If you’re like 66% of people who make yearly resolutions, you’ve set some new year’s weight loss goals for yourself,  which is great. With the ever-increasing prevalence of obesity in the U.S., it’s easy to forget what a healthy weight looks like, and having fitness goals is the first step to getting healthy.

Unfortunately, if you’re like 73% of people who make weight loss resolutions, you’re also going to give up before you achieve your goal. Since nearly half of Americans make new year’s resolutions, that’s a lot of failed fitness goals year after year.

So, what can you do to increase your chances of successfully losing weight? Here are three ways that you can help yourself be successful.

Be Realistic

Don’t set yourself up to fail by setting a goal that you can’t possibly achieve. Half of the battle when it comes to weight loss is psychological, because if you can’t keep yourself motivated, you won’t sustain the changes you need to achieve your goals. That means that you need to set healthy, realistic goals for yourself, which means no “nevers” (Are you really NEVER going to eat chocolate again?) and finding a realistic goal weight.

Have a (Good) Plan

If you’re serious about your fitness resolutions, it’s vital that you have a good weight loss plan in place, and not just some fad diet or all-liquid cleanse. A good fitness plan will help you map out the many lifestyle changes you’ll need to achieve your goal weight and to sustain it.

Focus on Your Health, Not Just Your Weight

Since most people make fitness goals because they want to lose weight, it can be hard for them to shift their focus from their weight to their overall health, but doing so is key. By focusing on your overall health, you’ll find it easier to understand the importance of making sustained lifestyle changes, particularly when it comes to the foods you eat and your levels of physical activity.

These three steps may seem small, but they can fundamentally change how successful you are at achieving your new year’s weight loss goals. Because, really, wouldn’t it be nice to start next year with a new set of resolutions instead of the same old ones, again?

At Solstice Health, we offer a comprehensive weight loss protocol that teaches participants how to achieve healthy, realistic goals. Called the Solstice Weight Loss Protocol, our plan focuses on eating and exercising properly to achieve lifelong, whole-body results. Patients who follow our protocol as prescribed have a 100% success rate and find a dramatic reduction in the incidence and severity of weight-related health conditions.

Waukesha Weight Loss Doctor Tim Murray founded Solstice Health in 2013 with the vision of giving people back control of their health, healthcare decisions, and dollars.

 

Ideal Protein

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Ideal Protein is nutrition on auto pilot. It was recently ranked by DietsInReview.com as the most popular weight loss program in 2015.

With Ideal Protein, we offer a medically developed natural weight loss protocol that gives dieters what they really need, a structured plan that empowers people with the knowledge to put an end to constant dieting.

Learn to eat smarter so that you can sustain a lifestyle that will assist you in achieving and maintaining better well being.

Dr. Murray’s 4 phase program will educate you on how your body packs on pounds and what you should be eating in order to maintain a stable weight.

Phase One – Primary weight loss phase – You will lose 100% of your weight loss goal during this Phase.

Phase Two – The amount of Ideal Protein products you consume will drop from 3 to 2, hence reducing the cost as you make progress.

Phase Three – Focus on weight stabilization and gradually reintroduce carbohydrates and healthy fats into your diet.

Phase Four – Apply the smarter eating education you have received from your personal weight loss coach.

Solstice Health members enjoy a weight loss program that is specifically tailored to their individual needs. Women lose on average 2-4 pounds per week while men lose on average 4-7 pounds per week, simply based on higher muscle mass.

With the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method, not only can you lose weight, but once you lose your excess pounds, you will experience improved health benefits. What are you waiting for? Contact us for more information today!

 

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy, which involves the use of stem cells to treat or prevent certain diseases or conditions, is one of a handful of alternative medical treatments gaining in popularity because it allows patients to avoid high-risk, invasive surgical techniques and long recovery times.

What Are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are highly specialized cells that are the foundation of our organs and tissues. Not only do humans grow from an initial, limited pool of stem cells that forms shortly after fertilization (embryonic stem cells), persisting stem cells (adult stem or tissue-specific stem cells) repair injured tissues and replace those cells that die off on a daily basis as a natural part of living. Stem cell treatment holds so many promises due to two rather miraculous properties of these cells: their ability to self-renew and their ability to differentiate.

For some, there are perceived ethical conflicts based on political or religious objections to our use of stem cells to treat disease and illness, but this is often due to a misunderstanding of what cells are typically used in our stem cell therapies. At Solstice Health, we only use autologous (which means “one’s own”) cells from a patient’s own adipose (fat) or bone marrow tissues. These are adult cells, and they have nothing to do with the embryonic cells that cause so much ethical concern.

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

Many patients don’t realize that blood marrow transplants (which are also called hematopoietic stem cell transplants and are one of the earliest forms of stem cell therapy), have been in use for more than 40 years. Bone marrow transplants are a proven therapy for the nearly 20,000 people who are diagnosed each year with a life-threatening blood condition like leukemia or sickle cell anemia.

Although our stem cell therapies do not require donors, the process by which we use patients’ stem cells to treat injury is the same. First, we harvest the necessary adipose or bone marrow cells from a patient. Then, we use minimally invasive procedures to  introduce concentrated amounts of the harvested cells into the area of injury.

In our experience, this targeted infusion of cells promotes additional stem cell activity and recruitment, which promotes healing, growth and regeneration of damaged tissue. This is why stem cell therapy of this sort is often called regenerative stem cell therapy, because it is about literally regenerating new, healthy cells to replace damaged ones.

Is Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy Dangerous?

Although there is some level of risk associated with any medical treatment, because our therapies are minimally invasive and use autologous cells (which minimizes the risk of rejection), risk is significantly reduced for our patients. To ensure the integrity of our processes and the safety of our patients, our protocols are certified by the Institutional Review Board (IRB, which is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

At Solstice Health, we are committed to harnessing the body’s natural ability to heal itself for the betterment of our patients. To learn more about our stem cell therapy treatments, call or visit our office today.

Maintaining Medical Weight Loss

For many, losing weight is the smaller fight in a much larger battle: maintaining an ideal weight after the diet ends. The problem for these weight watchers is that they plan to lose weight by dieting rather than by adopting long-term lifestyle changes that will result in sustainable results.

In general, those that maintain a healthy, balanced weight have two weapons that those who gain the weight back do not:

  1. They understand how to eat to maximize weight loss and well being.
  2. They have a proven plan for achieving their results.

The Importance of Having a Plan

Many people think that because they are on a diet they have a plan. This is not true. A diet is not a plan. It is simply a restriction of what one eats. A plan is a detailed proposal for achieving a goal. The difference may seem slight but it is, in fact, quite large. A plan takes into consideration the end goal (such as maintaining a healthy weight), while a diet does not—it is simply a tactic someone uses to lose weight.

Unfortunately, few people understand this difference, nor do they have the nutritional and behavioral understanding necessary to create a sustainable plan. This is where the Solstice Medical Weight Loss Protocol can help.

The Solstice Plan

The Solstice Weight Loss Protocol is a four-phase plan designed to help participants achieve their weight loss goals and maintain results. A customized plan that is specifically tailored to meet the individual needs of each participant, our plan provides the one-on-one guidance and essential nutritional education often needed to make the lifelong lifestyle changes necessary to maintain a healthy weight long after active participation in the program ends.

Over the course of each phase, the Solstice Plan focuses on teaching participants:

  • Why they gain weight
  • How obesity and poor nutrition cause life-threatening conditions
  • How to eat and exercise to promote weight loss and health
  • How to maintain a healthy weight for life

Patients who follow our program as prescribed have a 100% success rate. More than that, many find that the chronic, obesity-related conditions related to high insulin, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure that they suffered while overweight disappear once they achieve a healthy body weight and lifestyle.

No more fad diets. No more ups and downs. No more questioning whether a food is healthy for you or not. The Solstice Weight Loss Protocol just provides the tools and support participants need to achieve their weight loss goals.

At Solstice Health, we are committed to providing natural treatments and programs that provide lifelong benefits. To learn more about our medical weight loss programs, call or visit our office today.