Male Hormone Imbalance – Low Testosterone Symptoms and Treatment in San Diego

Men of all ages experience problems with low testosterone levels. This can cause fatigue, low libido, low bone density and difficulty maintaining peak muscle recovery and performance.

At Spark Health, in addition to testosterone replacement therapy, we find the underlying cause of low testosterone levels and balance the male endocrine system to support healthy hormone synthesis.

It is important when prescribing and managing testosterone therapy that lab results are regularly checked to ensure that the right dose is being administered. Testosterone levels need to be in healthy, safe and effective ranges for an optimal sense of well-being.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Spark Approach to personalized medicine, give us a call at (858) 228-4188.

Chronic Fatigue

If you are experiencing chronic fatigue, know that it’s common to struggle finding the answer to what exactly is causing your low energy. Rather than simply recommending general supplements, Health Spark doctors run extensive tests that examine thyroid and adrenal functions, hormone levels, iron metabolism and more.

Looking inside your body to uncover the cause allows the root of what is making you feel fatigued to be treated. Our doctors will then work with you to develop a personalized treatment protocol designed for long-lasting improvement in energy and mood.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Spark Approach to personalized medicine, give us a call at (858) 228-4188.

Functional Lab Testing – Specialty Lab Tests in San Diego

At Spark Health, we approach lab testing and interpretation in a unique way. Rather than simply looking to see if patient lab values fall within a wide, normal range, we look at achieving the ideal values for optimal health, wellness and symptom management.

 

Spark Health doctors discuss lab findings with our patients in detail, so they understand not only what the values mean individually, but how they come together to form the big picture of how the body functions as an environment. Many patients undergo lab testing without receiving the right information and guidance to then address their health challenges and achieve their wellness goals. Spark Health doctors ensure that patients have a true understanding of how their body functions.

 

If you’re interesting in learning more about the Spark Approach to personalized medicine, visit us at mysparkhealth.com, or call us at 858.228.4188.

Naturopathic Doctor Visit at Spark Health

The initial appointment at Spark is an extremely in-depth and thorough visit to see the full picture of your body’s state of health. During this appointment you and your doctor will work together to establish your health goals, address specific challenges you’re experiencing and determine what specialized lab tests to run.

Your Lab Review Appointment is a very eye-opening and empowering visit. Your doctor will review in detail all of the findings from the specialty lab tests that were run so that you understand exactly what is going on inside of your body, and explain how each of these results has been playing a role in the complete picture of your current health.

Your personalized health plan built to address the individual needs of your body, so that together you and your doctor will have a road map that will successfully guide you to excellent health. If you’re interesting in learning more about the Spark approach to personalized medicine, visit our website at mysparkhealth.com, or give us a call at 858.228.4188.

 

 

Dr. Aliza Cicerone: Women Leaders

Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND, FABNO
Owner and Medical Director, Spark Health
Solana Beach, California

Greeting us with a warm welcome and sparkling smile, Dr. Cicerone is immediately engaging and full of life. She is a physician with a true heart for healing and who describes her role in the lives of her patients with words like “partner”, “advocate” and “navigator”. She describes it as a “privilege to share the lives of my patients” – the ups and downs that make us human on our path to optimal health.

Tell us more about your approach to medicine.
For me it’s all about empowering patients- being patient centered and helping them realize they have a true say in their own health. Many people don’t really realize they can change their health in dramatic ways! I tell them, “This is about YOU and what’s right for you.” Each person needs to pay attention to what’s inside and to what’s right for them. Each person is unique- which is why we use the term Personalized Medicine and designed a logo that shows an individual fingerprint.

I partner with my patients to navigate the best path to look, feel and perform best in every important area. I am deeply committed to a holistic approach and take the time needed to explore causes that sometimes aren’t obvious. Our time together is a conversation between equals in a safe place where each of us can be Real. Sometimes they cry, sometimes I cry or we find ourselves laughing and sharing stories about our pets and kids and everyday stuff that makes us who we are! It’s not ‘command-control’ between doctor and patient. I strive to create an environment of empowering support that helps people own their health and take control.

Why the name Spark Health?
Our name speaks to that process of getting in touch with the part of each person that ignites the passion . . .

 . . . to be really healthy and in control of his or her well-being. That special Spark in your eyes and walk that says you are alive and well!
One of my favorite things is to see people who come in on Day One a bit downcast, tired or just not their best– and then one, two or three months later they are truly different people: they come in with a huge sparkle in their eyes, a different spirit- happy and engaged!  It’s just amazing. I love it and that’s why I’m here!

What advice can you give for women who are starting up or growing a new business or department?
First of all, I like to ask “What’s the worst thing that can happen?” I’ve failed before- so what?  I get up again! Who’s telling you can’t do it? Don’t let fear immobilize you!Another thing important for women in particular is that there is a pressure to “do it all and have it all” – but in reality nobody has that- it’s just a façade. Give up perfectionism! Pick the thing that makes you happy, that you are good at, and do whatever you can to make that happen. I’ve seen my friends take a seed and grow it. They start slowly, methodically- without trying to be biggest and best overnight. Just keep taking the next step that’s in front of you!

Also, just because you have a great idea doesn’t mean you know the best action steps to take next!  I finally realized you don’t have to do it on your own- in fact you can’t really and succeed. You have to be open to letting people help. Doctors often make poor business managers- so I partnered with a person with business expertise. Hiring a business manager or coach lets you focus on what you are good at!

Lastly, I realize that for my business I have to be authentic. I have to walk the walk, be the healthiest I can be or I can’t give my patients everything they deserve!  If you run yourself into the ground, how can you help others… what example are you setting?

How do you hope to grow your business?
This is our flagship location here in Solana Beach and we will continue to keep it at full capacity. We keep our practice here contained, a “one stop shop”, so patients don’t have to go all over the place to get lab work or supplements or other services. Our integrative model, offering a wide variety of treatments and therapies in one place is catching on, and our ability to work easily with conventional doctors is a huge plus. We like to be close to people’s homes or businesses so our next step is to launch satellite clinics in other regions in California and expand.

Finally, we like to ask, what truly makes your heart sing?
Personal transformation! Giving people the tools to make life easier. Life doesn’t have to be a struggle -it can be beautiful and joyful every single day. It doesn’t have to be reserved for the one to two weeks a year of vacation when you can finally get away! That just doesn’t work very well and it is too much pressure! Elements of pleasure, joyfulness and letting loose need to be built in every day. Helping others create a daily wellness lifestyle that works for them is such a joy to me.

Another big thing is the opportunity to educate and provide others with options and a variety of paths to achieve the outcome – including conventional physicians who sometimes don’t realize the expertise a Naturopathic Physician can bring. As an expert in combining conventional and naturopathic oncology treatments, I’m able to be a great resource to other docs- which is another privilege.

What is a Licensed Naturopathic Physician (ND)? How are you different from a naturopath?
A licensed ND is regulated like an MD with a national organization that oversees standards of practice. Just like MDs, a ND completes four years of post-graduate medical school and a residency, and is licensed by the state. However, ND programs focuses on incorporating complementary and natural therapies into conventional treatment approaches. In the states that license NDs, they are qualified as primary care physicians and usually combine conventional and non-conventional treatments, partnering with their patients to achieve the best outcomes.

A naturopath, on the other hand, is usually a non-medical health professional who has completed courses offered online or in-person that vary according to personal interest.

Dr. Aliza Cicerone, ND FABNODr. Cicerone’s credentials and practice
Dr. Aliza Cicerone earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She holds an additional Board certification in Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO). Dr. Cicerone began her career as a staff physician at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. To her surprise, she discovered after a few years doing exactly what she had thought she had always wanted to do, that her true longing was to start a practice of her own. Since then Spark Health has become an industry leader in personalized natural medicine offering services such as hormone balancing, weight loss, pain management, detox programs, vitamin shots and IV nutrient therapy. Dr. Cicerone’ special focus is cancer treatment and survivorship.

Learn more at www.mysparkhealth.com or visit her lovely location in Solana Beach.

Food Sensitivity Testing & Allergy Testing

Food sensitivities are different from food allergies in the reaction that they create in the body. Many doctors test only immediate food allergies, such as peanuts, that cause an immediate, anaphylactic reaction, but this does not give information about how repeated exposure to certain foods over a longer term can impact health.

Patients with food sensitivities experience a variety of symptoms, including diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, fatigue, anxiety, poor concentration, and low mood. By testing for food sensitivities, we take guesswork out of the equation so that you have a clear sense of which foods to include and avoid in your diet, and put a plan in place for symptom relief in both the short and long term. If you’re interesting in learning more about the Spark approach to personalized medicine, visit our website at mysparkhealth.com, or give us a call at 858.228.4188.

Ways To Boost Your Energy Every Day

The afternoon approaches and you find yourself low on energy. As usual, most automatically go right for the coffee or a energy drink. Rather than putting a bandaid on your persistent fatigue, let’s look at ways to boost your energy.

Food is fuel, and the correct food is medicine. Incorporating healthy foods and simple steps into your daily routine, will fill your energy reserves and you’ll feel balanced with natural energy.

 

1. Eat a balanced diet.


Avoid sugar and processed foods, think the more natural the better.  Fill your diet with proteins, whole grains, and vegetables, rather than easy to grab processed foods.  If you have questions on what foods to eat, stop in today for our Food Sensitivity Lab Test.  Learn all the foods you are allergic to and your reactivity to each one.

By having a balanced diet, your body will slowly break down the food, supplying a consistent dose of energy throughout the day.

 

2. Drink plenty of water.

Many who complain of exhaustion or fatigue find themselves not drinking enough water.  Headaches can also be caused by this.  For optimal health, women are recommended to drink a minimum of 8 cups of water a day, while men will need more, about 12.  For exact amounts ask your Naturopathic doctor today.  If you are exercising or live in warm climate, you will need to consume more water.

 

3. Try healing herbs.

There are a number of herbs that may positively increase energy levels, including Siberian ginseng and Ashwagandha.

 

4. Exercise regularly.

If you find yourself skipping your evening workouts, try to reprogram your body to do this first thing in the am.  You will leave with more energy and increased mental focus.

 

5. Eat small, frequent meals.

To maintain energy levels you will need to eat frequently throughout the day.  Small meals with snacks in between will maintain your energy.  Frequent meals will maintain metabolism.

 

6. Sunlight is good.

Time in the sunlight will adjust your mood and allow the body to produce Vitamin D.

 

7. Take a nap.

As we become adults we forget to nap, or simply say we don’t have time.  Napping research shows to improve memory, boost energy, and increase alertness.  A nap of 15-30 minutes will show increased well-being.

 

8. Take deep breathes.

Take deep breathes throughout the day.  Release tension and stress, but also increase energy with oxygen.

 

9. Consult your doctor.

If you want internal answers to your body, contact us today for lab testing, food sensitivity testing, hormone testing, and dietary support.

 

The Spark Health Team – 858-228-4188

Food Sensitivity Testing

FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTING / FOOD ALLERGY TESTING

 

What is a food allergy?

Food allergies and food sensitivities are abnormal responses to a food component triggered by the immune system in the form of immunoglobulins (IgE, IgG, IgA, IgM), representing either an immediate or delayed reaction.

 

How do I know if I need a food allergy test?

We recommend that people do this test to gain greater awareness and insight as to what effects their body and health. Often people are allergic to things that they had no idea they were allergic to. Just because you don’t have strong physical symptoms does not mean your body is not producing some type of inflammation due to a slight or moderate allergy. Most of Spark Health’s patients say this is one of the most insightful and eye-opening test they have ever done.

 

How is the food sensitivity testing done?

We perform a complete IgG blood test then send it to the lab. From there we are able to check if you are allergic to 93 different foods.  

 

What do the results show?

Test results show what foods not to eat together and each level of reactivity from slight, moderate and severe. 

 

How long do the results take?

Receiving the test results back from the lab my vary, but often it can take about 3 weeks to get the full results back.

 

What treatment can you receive for food allergies?

Based on your symptoms and test results, our team of Spark doctor will create a personalized health plan which may include a customized dietary, supplements, and IV nutrient therapy.

 

How do you know if you need an allergy test?

Ultimately the best way is to talk it over with one of our doctors so they can help you determine if this is the best test for you. Often our patients report that they were experiencing a wide array of symptoms such as brain fog, feeling sluggish, lack of energy, bloating, inflammation, sinus congestion, itchy skin, or headache.

 

Call Spark Health at 858.228.4188 to schedule your appointment today.