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Male Sexual Health Issues Presented by Dr. Paul E. Perito

Urological surgeon Dr. Paul E. Perito says that the male reproductive system may present unusual symptoms.

There are literally dozens of issues that can affect a man’s sexual well-being, says Dr. Paul E. Perito. Many are well known, like erectile dysfunction, but there are other issues, such as retrograde ejaculation, that aren’t in the spotlight as often. In this brief article, Dr. Paul E. Perito offers information on some lesser-known defects of the male reproductive system.

Hematospermia – This condition is associated with discolored ejaculatory fluid, reports Dr. Paul E. Perito. It is widely believed that the majority of cases come from irritation to the prostate or the seminal vessels. In itself, hematospermia is not considered life-threatening condition, although in rare cases, it can present as a symptom of prostate cancer and should be checked out by medical professional, cautions Dr. Paul E. Perito.

Gender Identity Disorder: While it is not considered a physical disorder, gender identity disorder can affect a man’s ability to have sex, due to the emotional strains of severe discomfort in his own body, says Dr. Paul E. Perito. GID is characterized predominantly by the individual’s disassociation with his or her own naturally assigned gender. Dr. Paul E. Perito reports that after prolonged and comprehensive care by a mental health professional, individuals may initiate transformation of their body into the opposite sex, via surgery or hormone treatments.

Micropenis: According to Dr. Paul E. Perito, micropenis is a condition characterized by an extremely small penile shaft. In order to diagnose micropenis a surgeon will take into account both the circumference and length of the penis. Hormonal abnormalities are often the cause of this condition, which is usually identified shortly after birth, reports Dr. Paul E. Perito.

Priapism: Priapism is described as a persistent erection that is not associated with arousal, cites Dr. Paul E. Perito. Left untreated, this condition can cause structural damage as well as loss of function of the penis. Risk factors for this condition include sickle cell disease and other hematologic disorders, says Dr. Paul E. Perito. Minimally invasive surgical techniques may be used to help blood from the penis drain naturally. Less commonly, reports Dr. Paul E. Perito, a surgeon will have to create a shunt so that the blood can drain back into the body.

Penoscrotal Web: This condition gives the appearance of a “Turkey Neck” on the underside of the penile shaft. The condition may be congenital – present at birth – or the effect of an overly aggressive circumcision, reports Dr. Paul E. Perito. Surgical correction of a penoscrotal web is an outpatient procedure that involves a re-creation of the natural penoscrotal angle or a Z-plasty, which redistributes skin and renders a natural look.

According to Dr. Paul E. Perito, this is not a comprehensive list of male sexual disorders and notes that there are many issues that science has yet to find a treatment for. He recommends consultation with either a primary care physician or urologist for issues regarding male sexual health.


Dr. Paul E. Perito graduated from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine in 1988. His Coral Gables, Florida, urology center, Perito Urology, draws patients from around the globe for its innovative and updated Erectile Dysfunction treatments. Having successfully performed over 3,000 penile implants since 2005, Dr. Paul E. Perito is considered a leader in the field. His signature minimally invasive technique, The Perito Approach, has been taught to surgeons worldwide through travel and at Coral Gables Hospital, where he is Director of Urology. Dr. Paul E Perito has participated in countless medical studies in his quest to simplify the penile implant process and make the procedure safer for his patients.

Dr. Paul Perito Presents Patient Testimonials about the Titan OTR Penile Prosthesis

Alfredo is a 59 year old Hispanic and patient of Dr. Paul Perito.

How did you find out about Dr. Paul Perito?

What I did was I went online and found  I wanted to find out who this doctor everyone was talking about in South Florida was. So I went online and I learned that Dr. Paul Perito is a leader in his field. I like the way he does the surgery. His success rate, where he went to school, etc. So I learned a lot about the man and then I went on to, which is the manufacturer of the implant and I learned about how the implant was produced in all of the wonderful things that the implant and Dr. Paul Perito are doing for men all over the world.

How did you decide to get the Titan implant?

Dr. Paul Perito explained that Titan has a unique valve. I think it’s called the lock itself. And what brought my attention was that that valve prevents the implant from activating itself in any given situation. So you really have to activate the implant yourself. If you sit or cross your legs, the implant will not activate itself and that’s good to know.

How is your life after the implant?

My life turned around 180°. Just like I told Dr. Paul Perito, I’m not depressed anymore. I don’t suffer from anxiety. I look at life in a different way, I’m having the greatest time with my wife, she’s happy…I’m happy.

What are the main concerns about getting the implant?

I think the main concern is the feeling. Is it different than before? And I tell them no, it’s actually better. Because before you have to worry should I slow down, should I go faster, if I have an orgasm… That’s the end of it. With the implant, you don’t have to worry about that.

Are your orgasms different now that you have the Titan implant?

They are much better. They’re more intense because I have the peace of mind that I’m not going to reach orgasm and go flaccid. Before this implant, “my friend” would go up and down when he wanted. Now he goes up and down when I want him to, with no side effects. I was worried that after my surgery with Dr. Paul Perito that I would lose some sensation. I have not.

Is there anything you wish you would have done differently?

I would’ve done this 10 years ago. Instead of going through all of the injections, the Viagra, the hassles…if I would’ve known about Dr. Paul Perito and the Titan OTR, I would’ve done it at least 10 years ago.

What do you want men to know about getting an implant?

I would advise them to go and see Dr. Paul Perito, because he is the top doctor in his field. And he will help you. He is very frank – he will tell it like it is.

What advice would you give a man suffering with erectile dysfunction?

I would tell him not to be afraid of the unknown. This implant is the best thing – go and do it. Go and meet with Dr. Paul Perito. Because the other methods, yes they work but they are only temporary. And to think, now, that for whatever number of years I’ve got left on this Earth, I can live a happy sexual life. All thanks to Dr. Paul Perito and the Titan OTR implant.

For more information about Dr. Paul Perito or schedule an appointment, please contact the office at 305-444-2920.


Dr. Paul Perito is a 1988 graduate of the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine. His practice, Perito Urology, is considered one of the foremost Erectile Dysfunction treatments centers in the world. Since 2005, Dr. Paul Perito has successfully performed more than 3,000 penile implants, establishing him as a leader in the field. He has streamlined the procedure, making it not only more efficient, but safer, by the development and actualization of a minimally invasive approach. Aside from contributing extensively to medical publication libraries, Dr. Paul Perito heads the training center at Perito Urology where his technique is taught to an audience of surgeons from across the globe.

The information contained in this article is provided by Dr. Paul Perito for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat or diagnose any condition.

The Balancing Act on Lifetime with Dr. Leslie Zebel

The following segment aired on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television. Joining the show was licensed mental-health counselor, Dr. Leslie Zebel, to discuss what is needed for healthy relationships and what is needed to be left behind in past relationships.

The Balancing Act Lifetime Host Beth Troutman:  We’re always welcoming relationship advice that we can all benefit from whether we’re in one or we’re looking for one. Dr. Leslie Zebel is a licensed mental-health counselor and is joining us on The Balancing Act to talk about the things that you need in order to have a healthy relationship. Leslie, what are we looking for when it comes to a healthy relationship? What should we strive for in order for the relationship to succeed?

Leslie: The first thing I would think about is, what is your attitude about relationships? Most people just think that they’re one destructive disaster after another and they get upset because they don’t turn into marriage or they don’t turn into an engagement.  You should look at relationships like a learning experience and use that to learn, grow and have fun.

The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television: If someone seems to be having the same type or failed relationship, what would your advice to them be? Is it about them or the person that they are choosing? Please tell The Balancing Act viewers what the real issue tends to be.

Leslie: It is about them and there is a reason why they are choosing the people they are with.  A lot of times all of us will repeat emotional patterns. If you’re doing that then the same feelings are going to carry over to the next relationship and you have to look at why you keep doing that to yourself.

The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television: It seems that the emotional pattern is what really has to change. If we don’t change the type of person we choose then we have no hope of finding a healthier relationship than the last.  I know that a lot of this pattern is unconscious and we have to understand that as well.

Leslie: It’s very unconscious and I am sure some of The Balancing Act viewers are aware of this unconscious emotional pattern.

The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television: There’s an underlying issue that needs to be brought to the surface and dealt with. People seem to carry their issues from one relationship to the other, so how do we change those patterns?

Leslie: People do carry their emotional baggage with them and they also find that they’re communicating in similar ways in these new relationships. They find themselves in similar destructive patterns that they’re finding themselves either being criticized or they’re feeling like a victim in relationships, they’re feeling judged and losing themselves. When that starts to happen, its lack of skills on their part and their partner’s part.  Both partners need to have very good, healthy communication skills that are kind and caring which makes each person feel good about themselves.

The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television: What else should we be striving for? How do we work toward getting to that place? What are the things that we should focus on?

Leslie: I think that you need to focus on getting yourself as healthy as possible. If you go into a relationship depressed, you’re just going to have a depressed relationship. If you work on being the best you can be, sharpening your communication skills and your conflict resolution skills, then you will learn how to feel good about yourself.  Then you are going to have better relationships and you are going to choose people who have those similar parts in themselves.

The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television: How big of an issue is forgiveness and how do we know when to forgive and when to walk away?

Leslie: Forgiveness is learned and a lot of times we do exactly what we saw our parents do.  Forgiveness is a day-to-day thing that involved the little things and the big things in life.  To forgive is to make the choice that you want to and it is a process.  Working through the sadness and disappointment and being able to put it behind you and not bring it up in another relationship and clobber your partner with it.

The Balancing Act Lifetime Television: Thank you so much for sharing so much important information with The Balancing Act viewers and family.

The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television is the only morning show in America produced by women specifically for women. Every morning, The Balancing Act on Lifetime hosts Danielle Knox and Kristy Villa tackle the issues that face today’s woman. Popular show segments include Live weather updates with Mark Mancuso, surprise celebrity visitors, and news about the latest trends affecting your life, home, career and family. The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television airs daily on Lifetime at 7 a.m. ET/PT. For more information, visit The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television’s website at

A Vision is Born: How Madison Pharmacy Associates Revolutionized the Field of Women’s Health

Madison Pharmacy Associates’ founder Marla Ahlgrimm saw the need to start a pharmacy specializing in women’s health when she realized her own boss was unsupportive of the work she and her associates were doing to help women manage the symptoms of PMS. “Women are all neurotic anyway and should be on tranquilizers,” Madison Pharmacy Associates’ Marla Ahlgrimm recalls the manager saying.

Still, starting a new business isn’t easy. When she and a colleague decided to found Madison Pharmacy Associates, a Madison, Wisconsin based business focused on women’s health, she found almost everyone tried to talk her out of it. Financial institutions balked at the idea and the Madison Pharmacy Associates founders learned they’d have to interpret state and federal regulations to meet their own business’ specialized focus.

According to Madison Pharmacy Associates’ Ahlgrimm, most Americans had never heard the term premenstrual syndrome or PMS, although research had been done in Europe on the syndrome. Madison Pharmacy Associates focused on developing unique treatments for women dealing with irritability, mood swings, depression, headaches and other moderate to severe symptoms each month.

Because PMS was a new field, Madison Pharmacy Associates had to develop all of the educational materials. The staff at Madison Pharmacy Associates introduced customized natural hormone prescription compounding which is now provided from pharmacies through out the country.

Madison Pharmacy Associates’ Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph. recalls the challenges of starting a new business. “Gearing up to start a small business means confronting questions about financing,” states the co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates.  “How will I know how to do everything from bookkeeping to managing employees? What if I make a wrong decision?  Will I have the energy to make the business grow?”

Over time, Madison Pharmacy Associates worked through all of these issues and more, becoming one of the country’s foremost leaders in the field of women’s hormonal health. Beginning small—in the early days, Madison Pharmacy Associates was only 700 square feet—Madison Pharmacy Associates gradually added experienced pharmacists, nurses, and health educators who added to Marla Ahlgrimm’s vision.

“In contemplating starting a business, the most important challenge lies in evaluating and following your personal values which, while tangible and immeasurable, not only define your path to success, they insure it,” Marla Ahlgrimm, co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates, concludes.

The information in this article has been previously published and is provided as a reference resource by Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph. Madison Pharmacy Associates was sold in 2011. Marla Ahlgrimm is also the co-founder and President of Cyclin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The company sells proprietary products for the women’s health market as well as ProCycle PMS and ProCycle Gold products. For more information, go online to

Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm Explains the Process of Screening for Thyroid Problems


As a woman gets older, she may dismiss symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, and painful joints as a natural part of the aging process. But Marla Ahlgrimm, founder of Women’s Health America, regularly sees patients suffering from these very symptoms and, in some cases, hormone therapy can return a woman to a happy, healthy life. Marla Ahlgrimm reports that, according to the National Thyroid Institute,

millions of women have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and many more remain undiagnosed. A pioneer in the field of women’s health, Marla Ahlgrimm explains that thyroid related symptoms can mimic some symptoms of PMS and menopause making treatment frustrating if symptoms don’t improve. Several tests are available to identify thyroid problems early and begin treatment, Marla Ahlgrimm says.

The better way to test, Marla Ahlgrimm explains, is to use the sensitive serum TSH test combined with a “free T4 and free T3” test. This is the most thorough and accurate test, and according to Marla Ahlgrimm, it’s sensitive enough to identify thyroid disease even in its earlier stages. “TSH is thyroid stimulating hormone, produced by the pituitary gland,” pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates, states. “TSH stimulates the thyroid gland to produce triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), which regulate the metabolism of fat, protein, and sugar.” Hypothyroidism happens when the TSH level is high, T4 level is too low, or when the T4 level is normal and T3 level is low.

The thyroid testing test can be expensive, but Marla Ahlgrimm points out that the price has decreased over the years. The test involves a blood sample which must be analyzed by a laboratory and most clinic laboratories perform this test. The test should always be done in women of menopausal age, Marla Ahlgrimm recommends, and three main factors should be taken into consideration before undergoing the sensitive serum TSH test: family history, presence of an autoimmune disease, or enlarged thyroid or goiter.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates, additional tests are available, such as a “free T4 and free T3” test. But this test measures the amount of T4 and T3 that is “free” or available to act in the thyroid receptors as compared to total T3 and Total T4 where much of the thyroid hormone is bound to protein and unavailable.

Hypothyroidism: Underactive Thyroid

Hypothyroidism has two forms, says Marla Ahlgrimm, primary and secondary. In primary hypothyroidism, the thyroid itself malfunctions, producing too little T4 and causing symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, and depression, explains Marla Ahlgrimm. Primary hypothyroidism can be caused by disease or an autoimmune condition, according to Dr. Marla Ahlgrimm. Secondary hypothyroidism has several causes. One can be that the pituitary gland isn’t producing enough TSH. Unlike primary hypothyroidism, the pituitary gland is malfunctioning instead of the thyroid, Marla Ahlgrimm says. While the causes may be different, the results are similar—you may feel lethargic and depressed, among other symptoms. The thyroid test can detect both primary and secondary hypothyroidism, signaling your doctor to do further tests, adds Marla Ahlgrimm.

Probably the most common cause of thyroid deficiency symptoms in aging women is due to subclinical hypothyroidism when TSH is slightly elevated and T4 and T3 are low.

Prescription Options

Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm says many doctors will prescribe Synthroid, which is a synthetic form of T4 but many others prefer natural thyroid or desiccated thyroid.  One brand is called Armour Thyroid which contains T3 and T4 as well as other thyroid hormone derivatives naturally found in the thyroid gland. Your doctor also can prescribe a customized thyroid hormone prescription prepared by a pharmacist for you. Available both in a prescription tablet and capsule form, thyroid must also be closely monitored, cautions Marla Ahlgrimm.

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Marla Ahlgrimm Discusses Effective Over the Counter Relief for Women with PMS

You are in the drug store or supermarket and a product labeled “PMS Reliever,” or “PMS Vitamin” catches your eye. Which vitamins and minerals are most useful for PMS patients? That’s a question pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm hears almost daily. Some studies, says Ahlgrimm, emphasize that vitamin B6, when taken as part of a B-complex vitamin that also contains magnesium, is helpful in relieving certain PMS symptoms, especially bloating and depression. Here are some additional facts provided by Marla Ahlgrimm to keep in mind about over the counter products.

Eating six smaller meals May help with PMS and weight loss, says Dr. Marla Ahlgrimm. Ahlgrimm is a compounding pharmacist, not a doctor, but that doesn’t stop her patients from referring to her that way. As part of her lauded treatment for PMS, Ahlgrimm often works with women to minimize symptoms by making changes to their diets. Dr. Marla Ahlgrimm recommends a balanced diet, split between six snacks rather than three regular meals. Women should not see considerable weight gain by doing this. In fact, says Dr. Marla Ahlgrimm, eating smaller meals and healthier foods may help relieve water retention and stop bloating which will lead to minimal weight gain and possibly even weight loss.



Adequate levels of magnesium in the body, notes Marla Ahlgrimm, are important to regulate muscle relaxation, blood sugar, and to promote sound sleep. Furthermore, Ahlgrimm says that magnesium may have a role in reducing the chance of heart attack, stroke and hypertension, while preventing migraines, especially in pregnant women. Magnesium is also used to prevent pregnant women from developing toxemia (pregnancy induced high blood pressure), which can be threatening to the mother and her developing fetus, reports Marla Ahlgrimm.

Helping patients battle PMS with proper nutrition, Marla Ahlgrimm believes women can reduce PMS symptoms through diet. “Dr.” Marla Ahlgrimm, who is a pharmacist rather than a physician but is often mistaken for one, recommends a diet emphasizing complex carbohydrate snacks every 3 hours. This, says Dr. Marla Ahlgrimm, is absolutely essential to manage fluctuations in blood sugar. Adrenalin is known to be released when blood sugar levels dip, causing anxiety, irritability, mood swings, cravings for sweets, and fluid retention. Dr. Marla Ahlgrimm, author of Self-Help for Premenstrual Syndrome, points to her own recent findings that low blood sugar has an effect on the progesterone receptor.


Magnesium and calcium have a reciprocal relationship in the body, says Marla Ahlgrimm. When muscles lose magnesium, it is replaced by calcium, which contracts or stiffens the tissue. Magnesium acts to increase calcium absorption in the body, while calcium can interfere with magnesium absorption. Although some calcium/magnesium tablets contain twice as much calcium as magnesium, Ahlgrimm notes that women with PMS benefit from reversing the ratio  – two times the amount of calcium vs. magnesium. Procycle PMS is a nutritional supplement specifically developed for women with PMS – Marla Ahlgrimm points out that it contains the beneficial 2:1 ratio of magnesium to calcium.

Do you crave chocolate during PMS? Dr. Marla Ahlgrimm advises against giving into the urge. While not a physician, Dr. Marla Ahlgrimm is often referred to by the title “Dr.”, as a result of her years of pioneering work in the field of women’s health. She says that chocolate can cause blood sugar levels to rise rapidly and fall, making PMS symptoms more intense. According to Dr. Marla Ahlgrimm, simple sugars can cause a roller coaster effect on blood sugar levels. In fact, many of the sugary snacks and beverages women consume during PMS create a self-induced hormone imbalance. Six small meals per day, notes Ahlgrimm, can help PMS sufferers.


Oil of Evening Primrose

Oil from the evening primrose flower contains linoleic acid, which boosts the body’s output of a hormone like substance called PGE1 prostaglandin, notes Marla Ahlgrimm. There are studies that suggest the PGE1 lowers the hormone prolactin, which helps to alleviate symptoms or breat tenderness. Ahlgrimm suggest taking the oil of evening primrose capsule with at least 600 mg of vitamin C daily and a B complex vitamin for best absorption.

“Dr.” Marla Ahlgrimm recommends well-Balanced diet for hormonal balance

Ahlgrimm, who is actually a pharmacist rather than a doctor but is often called Dr. Marla Ahlgrimm by her patients, has found that a well-balanced meal has benefits beyond general overall health. For women, Ahlgrimm says, a diet filled with a balance of lean-cut meats, low-fat dairy products, vegetables, whole grains, and fresh fruit is essential in gaining control over your PMS symptoms. Dr. Marla Ahlgrimm is quick to emphasize, however, that fruit should be limited, since it is high in sugar. Sugary foods and beverages can cause blood sugar levels to rapidly rise and fall, making PMS symptoms more intense.


Making your choice

According to PMS Access founder Marla Ahlgrimm, “Controlled studies show that the balanced combination B vitamins, magnesium, and calcium found in Procycle PMS significantly reduce PMS symptoms. This supplement formula has been used since 1982 by women and health practitioners to help manage PMS with good results.” When adding vitamin/mineral supplements to a PMS self help plan, Ahlgrimm suggest comparing the ingredients, price and quality of the other nutritional supplements with Procycle PMS. “A nutritional supplement is an important part of the foundation of any PMS management program,” concludes Marla Ahlgrimm, noting that 65 percent of women with PMS find relief from their symptoms using self-help methods, diet and exercise, stress reduction and vitamin/mineral supplementation.

Women should limit chocolate and alcohol during PMS, says world-renowned leader in women’s health issues.

Dr. Marla Ahlgrimm (as her patients call her) has bad news for women. Chocolate and alcohol can exacerbate PMS symptoms and should be avoided during the time women traditionally crave them most. While not a medical doctor, Dr. Marla Ahlgrimm is well respected in her field and is often mistakenly called “Dr.”, mostly due to her pioneering work in the field of PMS. Controlling your PMS, Dr. Marla Ahlgrimm explains, simply means to enjoy chocolate and alcohol in moderation, not that they are completely forbidden. If you do give in to these cravings occasionally, make sure to have some other food in your stomach first to avoid a drop in blood sugar.


Advice from Dr. Naveed Fazlani: Recommended Screenings for Patients Over 50

Once patients hit fifty, regular screenings become a routine part of life. However, Dr. Naveed Fazlani says, screening and treatment intervals can be confusing to patients, who often read conflicting reports. Dr. Fazlani, who regularly works with patients suffering high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, clears up the confusion by detailing a few critical issues that require screenings after the age of fifty.

By the age of fifty, the risk of hypertension in post-menopausal women has begun to catch up with men’s risks, according to Dr. Fazlani. For patients that have high blood pressure, regular monitoring will become important after age fifty, he states, with medications available to lower it. To keep blood pressure levels low, Dr. Fazlani explains that your physician may start you on an exercise program and have you reduce your sodium intake.

The risk of heart attack and stroke also increases as you age, according to Dr. Naveed Fazlani, who recommends a daily dose of aspirin to help thin the blood and reduce risks. If you are still engaging in tobacco consumption, he may recommend tobacco cessation counseling, as you’ll begin to notice more health problems as you get older if you keep smoking.

Cancer becomes a concern for doctors of patients over fifty as well, he says. Physicians will conduct screenings for lung cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, and breast cancer. Dr. Fazlani points to American Cancer Society recommendations that women over age 40 have mammograms each year. Patients should have colorectal screenings every five years, Dr. Fazlani indicates, but after age 50 men should discuss exams for prostate cancer with their physicians.  Good news for women, Dr. Fazlani reports, is that the American Cancer Society allows cervical cancer screening to slow down to every three years from age thirty on. By age 70, women may choose to stop having pap smears altogether, he adds, assuming the past three pap smears have been normal.

An annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all adults, Dr. Naveed Fazlani points out, but as you get older that yearly vaccination may become more vital than ever. Dr. Fazlani also recommends a one-time pneumococcal vaccination at age 65, as well as a vaccine to protect against a varicella-zoster infection.

Dr. Naveed Fazlani, board certified in Internal Medicine, has been actively practicing in the Cincinnati area since 1996. Dr. Naveed Fazlani is founding partner of Midwest Medical Group in Mt. Healthy, a fourteen-physician practice that provides outpatient and hospitalist services. For more information, visit

A Question and Answer Session with Dr. William Howland About Food Allergies

Austin, Texas-based allergist Dr. William Howland has many specialties. However, one area of particular interest to Dr. Howland is food allergies. According to Dr. William Howland, a little known fact about food allergies is that they tend to be regional. For instance, Dr. William Howland reports that in the United States peanut allergies have risen substantially during the last decade, but that peanut allergies in China are rare. Dr. William Howland notes that no research has been able to ascertain the discrepancy between the two countries. Many aspects of food allergies remain a mystery. Recently, Dr. William Howlandsat down for a question and answer session with Zrylw to discuss food allergies.

Zrylw: What are common allergies in children?

Dr. William Howland:First of all, thank you for having me. Now to answer your question,the most common allergies in children areeggs, milk, peanuts, soy and wheat.

Zrylw:Do children grow out of food allergies?

Dr. William Howland:Most children grow out of their egg and milk allergies. However, peanut allergies tend to last a lifetime.

Zrylw:What foods do adults tend to be allergic to?

Dr. William Howland:I have seen many cases of allergy to fin fish, peanuts, shellfish and tree nuts.

Zrylw:What are some food allergy symptoms?

Dr. William Howland:Food allergy symptoms include – but aren’t limited to – hives, difficulty breathing, itching in the mouth, tongue, palms or feet and in severe cases shock can occur.

Zrylw:Why do our bodies react to certain foods in such a drastic way?

Dr. William Howland:People with food allergies have their immune system go into overdrive when a food allergen is introduced. Then the allergy antibody IgE is released to fight the food. With repeated exposure, the IgE clashes with cells that trigger an allergic reaction.

Zrylw:Are food allergies fatal?

Dr. William Howland:Oh yes, they can be fatal at times. Some children are so allergic to peanuts, for instance, that their teachers and fellow students cannot have peanuts in the classroom.

Zrylw: What can patients do to control their food allergies?

Dr. William Howland:The most important treatment is complete avoidance of that food.  Patients with food allergy need to be tested by an allergist to determine their sensitivities.  Sensitive patients should always carry an auto injecting epinephrine syringe to use in an emergency.  Unfortunately there are presently no ways to decrease food allergy sensitivity.

Zrylw:Is there a difference between food allergies and food intolerance?

Dr. William Howland:There is a very big difference between the two. The IgE anti-body doesn’t cause food intolerance. And even though food intolerance can make a patient feel very uncomfortable or create pain, dangerous and life threatening reactions do not occur with food intolerance.

Zrylw:Well, I think we’ve pretty much covered the basics of food allergies. Do you have anything that you would like to add, before we let you go?

Dr. William Howland: The only thing I would like to add, is that anyone who thinks they have a food allergy should make an appointment to consult with an allergist. And thank you for having me!

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About Dr. William Howland

Growing up in Austin, Texas, Dr. William Howland suffered with allergies. Experiencing them firsthand made the decision to specialize in asthma and allergies as a medical doctor an easy one. Since his return to Austin in 1991, Dr. William Howland has been helping Texans cope with Austin’s extreme allergens.

In addition to his private practice at the Allergy and Asthma Center of Austin (, Dr. William Howland researches new medicines and treatments for asthma and allergies through his research group, Sirius Clinical Research. Dr. William Howland has spent the past fifteen years experimenting with various treatments, determined to find relief for allergy sufferers across the region.

Unlike many other areas, Austin has three distinct allergy seasons, including wintertime when Cedar Fever affects residents, Dr. William Howland says. Austin’s Mountain Cedar tree is said to be the highest pollen-producing plant in the world, with allergy season for this plant beginning around December of each year and sending many Austin residents to experts like Dr. William Howland for treatment.

Upon first visiting Dr. William Howland’s offices, a new patient may be tested to determine his or her specific sensitivities. Dr. William Howland performs skin tests with a variety of local allergens, with reactions usually taking place within fifteen minutes. Once testing is complete, the patients meets with Dr. William Howland to discuss results and treatment plans.

When you meet with Dr. William Howland, you can feel confident that you are in capable hands. A magna cum laude graduate from the University of Texas, Dr. William Howland obtained his MD from the medical branch of the University of Texas at Galveston. Board certified with the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, Dr. William Howland practiced in South Carolina and Florida before returning to his hometown of Austin.

A respected author and speaker, Dr. William Howland’s writing has been featured in many medical journals. His regular segment on allergies, shown on the local ABC affiliate KUVE’s newscast, covers such topics as how allergies affect a student’s school performance and allergens in your own garden.

In his spare time, Dr. William Howland plays in a cover rock band, Code Blue. The band performs hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, covering the best rock songs of all time.  Dr. William Howland is bassist for the band, as well as singing lead and backup. He co-founded the band with Austin fireman Joe Augeri and they’ve played weddings, parties, and other events at venues in Austin, Dallas, and San Diego for the past fifteen years. Dr. Howland also helps with lighting and sound for the band.

Dr. William Howland lives in Austin with his wife and two children.

Best Naperville dentist Recommends Healthy Diet for Whole Mouth and Body Well Being

Dr. Chiann Gibson says a well balanced diet aids in tooth and gum development and overall oral health.

Smiles By Dr. Gibson, voted one of the best Naperville dentist offices, educates patients on a variety of oral care and hygiene methods. One of those is eating well. This best Naperville dentist explains that the foods people consume affect the mouth.

The dental professionals at this best Naperville dentist office encourage patients to vary their diet to include plenty of dairy, vegetables, grains, and fruit. As Dr. Chiann Gibson explains, the best food delivers nutrients to the body, and a healthy body sets a good stage for healthy teeth and gums.

Dairy, says the best Naperville dentist, contains calcium, which is vital for strengthening teeth and also building strong bones. Yogurt, milk, and cheese are fabulous sources for calcium, but the best Naperville dentist cautions against the high fat content they contain. Low fat options are available and contain the same amounts of calcium says the staff at Smiles By Dr. Gibson.

According to the best Naperville dentist, vegetables are also an essential component to whole mouth health. Dr. Chiann Gibson recommends a versatile diet filled with plenty of green veggies; she knows that leafy vegetables are another great source of calcium. As a Naperville dentist, she urges her patients and staff to do the same.

Whole grains are also important. They contain B vitamins, iron and magnesium. These nutrients, explains the Naperville dentist, are the best key to gum health. As an added benefit, grains contain plenty of fiber, another important piece in the whole health puzzle, says best Naperville dentist.

Many fruits are a no-brainer, as this Naperville dentist knows it is often the best way to get children to eat fresh food. Fruit, explains Naperville dentist Dr. Gibson, encourages saliva products. Saliva is the mouth’s main tool for depositing minerals in the mouth, hence combating tooth decay.

Overall, a healthy diet is good for the whole body, not just the mouth and teeth. It makes sense to eat a well-balanced variety of foods, says Dr. Chiann Gibson.

The best Naperville dentist professionals at Smiles by Dr. Gibson can be reached via their website at or by calling 630.357.3333

About Best Naperville Dentist Dr. Chiann Gibson

Recognized by many as the “best Naperville dentist,” Dr. Chiann Gibson is no stranger to awards. Not only is Dr. Gibson the best Naperville dentist, she is considered one of the medical community’s premiere female dentists. Having been featured on the cover of the American Association of Women Dentists magazine, Dr. Gibson is committed to helping boost the self-esteem of her clients, one smile at a time.

Long before she opened her Naperville dental practice, Dr. Chiann Gibson was a graduate from Tufts University. There, Dr. Gibson was a Merit Scholar, winning awards for her work in operative dentistry and prosthodontics. During her time at Tufts, the future best Naperville dentist worked as a clinical instructor.

To help pay for college, Chiann Gibson competed in pageants, catching the attention of Miss Universe pageant owner Donald Trump, who would later dub her the “official dentist of Miss Universe.” Mr. Trump credited best Naperville dentist Dr. Gibson “a dedication to her profession” and credited her with “that ability to create that perfect smile.” A former Mrs. United States of America, Dr. Gibson became the best Naperville dentist because she knows the confidence a winning smile can instill in a young woman.

“I achieved a beautiful smile through orthodontia,” the best Naperville dentist told Woman Dentist Journal. “This also resulted in an improved confidence level. I’m glad I can do the same for others today.”

Her practice, Smiles by Dr. Gibson, specializes in cosmetic dentistry with an emphasis on giving patients a beautiful smile. Dr. Gibson achieved the reputation of best Naperville dentist through a dedication to helping others. With a vast clientele that includes celebrities and some of Naperville’s most prominent citizens, Dr. Gibson is not only the best Naperville dentist, she is also well-respected as a public speaker, with memberships in the American Association of Women Dentists and the American Dental Association, among many other organizations.

In 2006, Tri-Delta Sorority honored the best Naperville dentist with the “Distinguished Alumni” award, which Dr. Gibson received along with a number of public figures, including Dixie Carter, Senator Elizabeth Dole, and Katie Couric.

A published author, best Naperville dentist Dr. Gibson writes a column called Open Wide, which appears in The Naperville Sun Times. Her work has also been published in dental magazines. Her speaking engagements include conferences for the American Dental Association and the California Dental Society.

Smiles by Dr. Gibson offers a wide variety of services from this best Naperville dentist, including veneers, dental whitening, Invisalign braces, gum lifts and implants. Dr. Gibson believes in thinking of her work as “smile design,” as she knows that changing your smile can often alter your entire face, giving you the look you’ve always dreamed of having.

In addition to serving as the best Naperville dentist, Dr. Gibson is married to award-winning TV host Jim Gibson. They live in Sugar Grove and have a son, Jim III. In their spare time, the Gibsons are active in charity work, producing the annual Fight Night in Washington, D.C.

William Howland MD | Are You Suffering From Allergies or Infections?

Austin-based allergist William Howland MD helps patients by determining whether they are suffering from allergies, colds or sinus infections. The symptoms of allergies and infections are similar, which can be confusing to patients before they consult with William Howland MD.

For instance, a patient with a clear runny nose, a stuffy nose and watery eyes could be suffering from either from allergies or an infection, William Howland MD explains. However, if a patient has colored mucus, a fever, muscle aches, a sore throat or swollen glands, then those symptoms would indicate to William Howland MD that he or she has an infection.

William Howland MD walks patients through the determination process. Allergies are reactions to otherwise harmless substances that affect people who are sensitive to them, William Howland MD explains. People with allergies tend to have a genetic predisposition toward them, adds William Howland MD. He also notes that patients who have allergies may have symptoms involving the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, the skin or the whole body.

Respiratory allergies are often seasonal due to Ragweed in the fall, Mountain Cedar pollen in the winter or Oak pollen in the spring, points out William Howland MD. Or, they could be caused by exposure to common allergens such as cats, dust or even mold. These same symptoms can manifest themselves at the beginning of a cold. Allergist William Howland MD can help determine what is causing those symptoms and prescribe antihistamine and or decongestant medications.

Colds, however, are caused by viruses – and there are more than 300 viruses that can attack the respiratory tract, according to William Howland MD. Children tend to get more colds than adults with the average being between 4-12 colds per year. Adults on the other hand only average between 2-6 colds a year, William Howland MD states.

The difference between cold symptoms and allergy symptoms are slight, but systemic symptoms tend to accompany the nasal and eye symptoms with a cold. Body aches, coughing, hoarseness, or feeling run down are symptoms of a cold, with fevers occurring with approximately 20% of colds, notes William Howland MD. Other symptoms of a cold are a sore throat or swollen glands. William Howland MD also associates colored mucus from a patient’s chest, nose or throat with cold symptoms.

A native of Austin, Texas, William Howland MD has been voted one of the best doctors in Austin by the magazine Austin Monthly. In addition to his busy private practice, Allergy and Asthma Center of Austin (, William Howland MD conducts research in the field of allergies and asthma, seeking to find new medications to ease symptoms. William Howland MD works with patients who suffer from asthma and hives and allergic reactions to insect bites, drugs and foods. Dr. William Howland MD sees patients as young as four years old and has a special interest in Cedar Fever, a wintertime allergy that affects Texans. His research has been widely published and he hosts a regular televised segment on KVUE news about allergies.