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Ask the Patch Pro: Local Doctor Answers Reader Questions Thursday

Patch is teaming up with Dr. Nick Barnes, a Maximized Living Doctor, this week to get all of your health questions answered.

Dr. Nick Barnes from Maximized Living this week's St. Louis Patch Pro.
Dr. Nick Barnes from Maximized Living this week's St. Louis Patch Pro.
Patch wants to help find the answers to all your questions about living a healthy life That's why this week, we are teaming up with Dr. Nick Barnes, a Maximized Living Doctor in the St. Louis area

In the latest edition of "Ask the Patch Pro," Dr. Barnes will answer readers' questions in the comment section of the Patch sites on Thursday, Aug. 1. 

Have a question? Ask below in the comment section. 

More about Dr. Nick Barnes: 

Dr. Nick Barnes is a Maximized Living Doctor who has been in practice in the St. Louis area since 2008. He has helped thousands of individuals and families achieve TRUE health by applying the Maximized Living 5 Essentials. He has recently opened his second office in Rock Hill, MO, and this brand new state of the art health center is called Health From Within. 

Dr. Nick's mission is to transform the way people view and manage their health in order to prevent and reverse sickness and disease. His vision is to see individuals and families all across the community getting well and staying well. Because of this mission and vision, Dr. Nick travels across the country learning what the latest research and most advanced treatments in order to help more people fight and reverse disease. Dr. Nick looks forward to helping you and your family transform your health! 


Shaun Roland July 31, 2013 at 10:21 PM
DR. Barnes, I am now getting health coverage after not having it for over a year. I disliked my last doctor because he wouldn't really listen and i got the sense he was always in a rush. I am a single man and don't really like going to family practices with lots of kids and long wait times I would like to find a quality doctor that will discuss long term health. Any suggestions.... I ask my friends but haven't gotten much help.
Mary Sizemore August 01, 2013 at 10:36 AM
After struggling for a few years to lose weight after having children, I was recently diagnosed with an underactive thyroid. My doctor prescribed 88mcg of Synthroid, and I've been on it now for 8 weeks. I have been working out 4-5 days per week since January (doing P90X), and watching what I eat, but I still have not seen any weight loss. I have about 25 lbs to lose, and I feel like I'm working so hard to lose it, but can't get the results I need. Do you have any suggestions how I can be more effective with my diet and exercise so that I can finally see results?
Dr. Nick Barnes August 01, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Hi Shaun, This is a great question, I get this a lot when people are searching for a doctor. There are a couple things to consider…What is your definition of health? When you say "long term health", what do you mean exactly? What I find is that most medical doctors don't have time or training to discuss true long term health goals and in fact they are trained and great at dealing with the traditional testing, prescription, and treating sickness. In order to find a doctor that you want, let me know your specific goals. Feel free to email me and we can discuss further. You can reach me at Drnickbarnes@gmail.com. A doctor should look at your body as a whole and not in pieces. A doctor should follow the principles that coincide with the fact that your body is designed to heal. There are vital essentials that must be applied not only to your body but to the lifestyle of a person with the main goal being to supper the body's ability to heal, not to inhibit it. I refer a lot of people to www.maximizedliving.com to find a doctor that meets this criteria.
Dr. Nick Barnes August 01, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Hi Mary! I find many women struggle with this problem and there a few things that need to be looked at. I am going to ask questions and if you would like to answer them privately, please email me at drnickbarnes@gmail.com. 1. How old are you? 2. What do you do for a living (sedentary job, home manager, etc.)? - this will give me an idea of what activity your doing during the day. 3. How many hours of sleep are you getting per night and when? 4. What nutrition plan are you doing currently? Can you send me a 3 day food journal of what and when your eating and drinking? - timing of exercise, food, and water intake play a big role. 5. Have you looked into Armour medication for your thyroid? This is a better option and is easier on the body 6. How much water are you drinking? 7. When are you working out? 8. Have you had anyone analyze your toxicity in your lifestyle? These questions are vital for me to give you an accurate answer. I work with a lot of people who have a desire to lose weight and/or struggle with a under active thyroid. I am here for you simplify this and let you know that there is hope. There are 5 main essentials that need to be addressed - Mindset/Stress, Nerve System, Nutrition, Exercise, and Toxicity. Go to www.Healthfromwithinstl.com to see more.
Sarah Carroll August 01, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Hi Dr. Barnes, I would like to know your thoughts on Herbalife or Body by Visalus products. I have several friends pestering me to try both, but I find that healthy eating and excercise is what works for me. They say that you have 'rapid' weight loss with these products, but i'm cautious and don't mind the slow and steady approach.
Vicki Nave August 01, 2013 at 01:58 PM
I am a busy mother of 3. I have tried pretty much any and every diet out there. It works for a couple weeks but then I fall off the wagon and can't get back on. I feel like I just have no will power even though I'd like to lose some weight more than anything. I hear myself saying, "I'll get serious tomorrow." Any ideas on how to change my way of thinking?
Dixie Benge DeFosset August 01, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Dr. Barnes - How do you feel about the weight loss dietary supplements - Pure Green Coffee Bean with svetol and Garcinia Cambogia?
John August 01, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Hi Dr. Barnes, I know I need to lose a bit of weight and so far have lost about 40 pounds since October. But since March I have not been able to lose weight. I have been exercising (riding a stationary bike, regular bike, and walking more than usual) but I can't seem to shed anymore pounds. I have watched what I have been eating more so since October but feel like I have hit a level that is just not doing it anymore. I am not one to run/jog due to bad knees and feet due to military service, but I just wonder what else can I do to lose the next 40.
Dr. Nick Barnes August 01, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Hi Sarah! The problem with "rapid" weight loss is that it seems to be temporary. When I am asked about the different companies out there that sell supplements or other nutrients, the first question I need answered is what are the ingredients?! The true way to get well and healthy (a side effect is losing weight) is to put the right things in your body! Many times, numerous companies have bad ingredients in their formulations. I want to be careful on addressing different brands, but would be happy to answer anything specifically over email drnickbarnes@gmail.com. Send me the ingredients of the products your referring to.
Dr. Nick Barnes August 01, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Hi Vicki! This is where most people don't realize they are struggling, so the simple fact that you have recognized this is a huge victory! Mindset is the foundation of everything we do with our health. We have to address our big WHY we want to get healthy and lose weight. Our why can not be because we want to lose weight to look or feel better, although that is nice too. Your big why needs to be about something or someone else. For instance, being an awesome role model for your kids and being healthy for your grandchildren. For me, I have a couple big whys and I have to revisit these daily. 1. I have to be well and healthy in order to live out gods will for my life 2. My parents and grandparents showed me everything but what true health is and because of that I had lost them to unnecessary sickness and disease, so I refuse to not set the example and be the leader for my children and grandchildren. This does not happen overnight. You are designed to be an overcomer, we just need to get out of our own way. You can do it, just get the why down and the how is easy! I can help you further, please just email me at drnickbarnes@gmail.com.
Dr. Nick Barnes August 01, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Hi John! This sounds like it could be a toxicity issue. I can help you but there are some questions that I need you to answer first (email me the response - drnickbarnes@gmail.com)... 1. How old are you? 2. What do you do for a living (sedentary job, home manager, etc.)? - this will give me an idea of what activity your doing during the day. 3. How many hours of sleep are you getting per night and when? 4. What nutrition plan are you doing currently? Can you send me a 3 day food journal of what and when your eating and drinking? - timing of exercise, food, and water intake play a big role. 5. How much water are you drinking? 6. When are you working out? 8. Have you had anyone analyze your toxicity in your lifestyle? There may be just a couple small tweaks that you need to do get to the next level. Hang in there! Good job!

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