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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) generally affects people between 30 and 50 years old. In most cases, women are more likely to be affected by RA than men.

It is quite common to know someone that has RA. You may be suffering from RA or you probably know someone who does. If that is the case, you will know how bad joint stiffness feels early in the morning, and what inflamed knuckles look like.

Appropriate understanding of the disorder will lead to healthy lifestyle choices in dealing with this autoimmune disease. Better familiarity on concepts of RA can help support your current health condition.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a Chronic Inflammatory Disorder

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder wherein the immune system is attacked by foreign bodies like viruses and bacteria.

You may also experience hand pain, mainly in the knuckles and joints. It also affects the wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees and feet.

Other non-joint structures of the body may be affected such as the lungs, eyes, nerves and skin. Feelings of discomfort usually worsen and develop over the weeks and months.

Here are some general symptoms of RA:

  • Joint pain, tenderness, swelling or stiffness for six weeks or longer
  • Warm, tender, and swollen joints
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low-grade fever


The following self-care measures may help manage symptoms…


Regular low-impact activities such as walking can increase your muscle strength. This will improve your overall health and lower pressure on your joints.

Healthy Diet

Foods that are rich in antioxidants and omega fatty acids, can aid in reducing your pain and inflammation.

Apply Heat or Cold

The application of heat provides pain comfort while relaxing your painful muscles. Cold application has a numbing effect and reduces muscle spasms.

The pain and physical implications brought by rheumatoid arthritis may affect your personal, work and social life. Speak to a health care professional so you may learn the strategies that will work best for you. Although, traditionally, medications have been turned to, you may want to research and seek other options that are natural, less invasive, and promising. Talk to us today to see how we can be of help.


Dr. Roy Schmidt is one of the best regenerative medicine experts in Tennessee, with clinics in Jackson and Brentwood. New Life Medical Group services to help patients with various autoimmune disorders, such as Rheumatoid arthritis, amongst many other ailments.  He has worked a lot in Rheumatology as well, and can help you find a solution and to combat the issues you are facing with your arthritis.

Contact him today!  866-892-6262

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy – What and Why?

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy – What and Why?

What is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Hormones are responsible for some of the most important functions of the body like energy, muscle tone, quality of sleep, motivation, mental clarity, libido, and overall mood. Studies have shown, balanced hormones are essential for good health and disease prevention as we age. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) optimizes hormone levels with tiny pellets under the skin that release bio-identical estrogen and/or testosterone continuously through the bloodstream.

Patients have reported:
• Regained energy, muscle strength and a greater ability to lose weight.
• Increased mental clarity and feel younger and happier again.
• Improved quality of life while preventing age-related illness.

Why Should Women Consider BHRT?

Estrogen is the most important hormone for women; the loss of estrogen puts her at an increased risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, impaired vision and Parkinson’s disease. The longer a woman is without estrogen, the greater her risk for serious health consequences.

Estrogen receptors are in varying organs throughout the body which is why hormonal imbalances produce a variety of symptoms such as skin elasticity, moodiness, bone shrinkage and cognitive decline. Estrogen is also thought to be a natural antidepressant and mood stabilizer. This is noticeable when estrogen levels rise in the first week of menses, their overall effect is to increase the amount of serotonin available to the brain’s nerve cells leading to an increase in mood.

The brain needs normal amounts of testosterone in balance with estrogen to produce serotonin which supports emotional balance. Furthermore, the deficiency or imbalance of testosterone can lead to muscle atrophy, osteopenia, osteoporosis and pain in the muscles and joints.

Why Should Men Consider BHRT?

Studies have shown that men begin losing testosterone at a rate of 3% to 10% per year beginning at age 30. Medical research has defined the male equivalent to menopause as andropause. Symptoms of testosterone deficiency in men may include fatigue, lack of mental clarity, loss of libido, and difficulty achieving or sustaining an erection.

Hormonal treatments for men can be expensive, require daily consumption and in many cases need to be carefully timed with their partner’s sexual needs. Bio-identical hormone pellet therapy is the only method of testosterone treatment that gives sustained and consistent testosterone levels throughout the day for four to six months without any drastic “roller coaster” blood testosterone levels.

Is BHRT Therapy for you?

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalances, such as difficulty sleeping, moody, anxious, depressed, decreased muscle strength, and reduced sexual desire, he or she might be a candidate for hormone replacement therapy.

If you are interested in BHRT, you would benefit from a consultation in our clinics. Conveniently located in Jackson and Brentwood, Tennessee, Dr. Roy Schmidt and the New Life Medical Group team can assess your needs and create a treatment plan right for you. Call us at 866-892-6262.

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Recent News On Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Recent News On Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Scientists reverse brain damage on a toddler – is what the headlines reads on a news video on Good Morning America, USA Today, ABC News and other media.

It is described as a medical breakthrough, as doctors use oxygen therapy to partially reverse brain damage that incurred after a two-year old child had fallen into a family pool, in Arkansas. The child was unable to talk or walk after the damage. The family turned to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, which was applied to the child for 55 days and the results were astounding. She is now able to be alert, eat, speak and has only mild residual injury remaining.

Not A New Treatment

Although, this is not a new treatment, there hasn’t been a lot of random clinical controlled trials around the treatment. Having said that it, is a low-risk procedure which has shown positive results and many benefits.

Doctors around the country, that know and use this technique have long known about the benefits and its success capabilities.

New Life Medical Group Breakthroughs

At New Life Medical Group, we have seen our own breakthroughs and regularly receive calls from parents treating children for incidents as this, as well as adults as well.

One such story is that of a child who began HBOT, and after 40 sessions had regained the ability to speak and eat and walk. She was accepted into therapy at the Shepard Center in Atlanta for the physical therapy that helped her continue her recovery. She will go back to high school in a few weeks.

Such success stories solidify why we do what we do.

In our experience, we have learned that the sooner that treatment is applied after an injury, the better the results.

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Do you Suffer from one of these Symptoms? It Could Be Diabetes

Do you Suffer from one of these Symptoms? It Could Be Diabetes

Diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas makes insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should, which causes sugars to build up in the blood. This results in an abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in your blood and urine.


There are two main types of diabetes.

  • Type 1 Diabetes: The body does not produce ANY insulin.
  • Type 2 Diabetes: The body does not produce ENOUGH insulin for proper function.

Approximately 90% of patients with diabetes suffer from type 2 diabetes making it much more common than type 1.


Causes of type 1 diabetes include autoimmune, genetic, and environmental factors such as a virus. Causes of type II diabetes include older age, obesity, family history of diabetes, prior history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, physical inactivity, and race/ethnicity.


Some people, especially those with prediabetes, may not experience symptoms initially. In type 1 diabetes, symptoms tend to come on quickly and be more severe. Symptoms for type 1 or type 2 diabetes could include:

  • Increased thirst and extreme hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue and irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Frequent infections, such as gums or skin infections and vaginal infections
  • Male sexual dysfunction
  • Weight gain or unusual weight loss
  • Numbness and tingling in hands and feet

How Can New Life Medical Group Help You?

Diabetes care is complex and requires that many issues, beyond glycemic control, be addressed. Treatment could include diet control, exercise, home blood glucose testing, and in some cases, oral medication and/or insulin. Approximately 40 percent of people with type 2 diabetes require insulin injections.

Contact us today to see how we can help you manage your health and decrease risk and/or symptoms.

5 Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy

5 Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy uses a patient’s own stem cells to help repair damaged tissues and repair injuries. This therapy is a part of the regenerative medicine field that is rapidly growing.  A few of the many things stem cell therapy is used for include reducing joint pain, increasing motion and flexibility, and treating tendon and ligament tears.

What is a stem cell?

Before we explain some of the benefits of this therapy, it may be helpful to know a little bit more about stem cells in general.

According to the National Institute of Health,

“Stem cells are important for living organisms for many reasons. In the 3- to 5-day-old embryo, called a blastocyst, the inner cells give rise to the entire body of the organism, including all of the many specialized cell types and organs such as the heart, lungs, skin, sperm, eggs and other tissues. In some adult tissues, such as bone marrow, muscle, and brain, discrete populations of adult stem cells generate replacements for other cells that are lost through normal wear and tear, injury, or disease.”


With so many treatment options out there, you may be wondering what benefits choosing stem cell therapy provides.  Overall, because stem cell therapy utilizes biologic material harvested directly from the patient’s body, the general benefits include minimal risk, minimal recovery time and minimal worry.  Here are 5 more specific benefits to be aware of.

Avoid surgery and its many complications and risks

Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure. The stem cells are harvested from the patient’s bone marrow from the iliac crest (pelvis).

Minimal post-procedural recovery time

One of the most time consuming factors of any injury is not always the treatment itself, but actually the recovery time. With stem cell therapy, recovery time is minimal.

No use of general anesthesia

Do you not like the way general anesthesia makes your feel? Or do you simply get anxious at the thought of being put under? Stem cell therapy may be just what you need as it does not require the use of general anesthesia.

No risk of rejection

Due to using biologics extracted from the patient, there is no risk of rejection.

No communicable disease transmission

As the cells originate within your own body, there is no risk of spreading disease from or to another person.


If you feel you could benefit from stem cell therapy, you can find help at our office. Call 1-866-892-6262  or email us at  to book a consultation.

Tips to Avoid Neck Pain from Sleeping

Tips to Avoid Neck Pain from Sleeping

Your neck may be small, but it’s a crucial component of a healthy body and overall wellness. Symptoms of neck pain can include numbness, stabbing or shooting pain, inability to turn one’s head regularly, and migraines or headaches.  Neck pain is a result of cervical spine pressure or tension, nerve irritation or inflammation. Take note of what limitations you have with your neck pain and/or where the pain is centralized. The neck is an integral part in supporting and mobilizing the head, so it’s important that it is attended to before the condition worsens.

Most neck pain conditions heal within a few days or weeks, but sometimes the damage may need more than just a bit of rest and an ice-pack. This is most likely dependent on the cause of neck pain. One of the causes of neck pain is sleeping in an unusual position. Check out the below tips to avoid neck pain from sleeping.

Find the best pillow height.

It is important to find a pillow that supports the natural curve of your neck when you lie down to sleep. If your pillow is too low, you risk straining your neck. If your pillow is too high, you are also at risk of straining your neck and obstructing your breathing.

If you are a back sleeper, a thin pillow is your best option. Side sleepers need a thicker pillow to ensure that their head is in the middle of their shoulders. The height and width of your shoulder will determine the exact thickness. Sleeping on your stomach is the most detrimental position for your neck. If you must sleep on your stomach, you will need a very thin pillow or perhaps no pillow at all.

Put your phone away.

Checking your phone at night, even if just for a few minutes, can cause neck pain. When you look at your phone in bed, you may tilt your head up to 60 degrees. This angle strains your neck muscles, tendons and ligaments. Another negative about looking at your phone in bed is that the light your phone emits can actually block your body’s release of melatonin. This makes it harder to fall asleep.

Stretch your neck.

If you work at a desk all day, the strain from slouching or poor posture can cause neck pain. This pain can persist throughout your sleep. Stretching your neck before going to sleep can help loosen tight muscles from a stressful day

Are you suffering from neck pain? We can help.  Call New Life Medical Group today to schedule an appointment. 866-892-6262