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What do gut health, arthritis and diabetes have in common? Maybe everything.
The number of Americans with autoimmune disease is on the rise, and recent studies have found a connection between gut health and these potentially fatal conditions.
Over 23.5 million Americans are affected by over 80 identified autoimmune diseases, making them among the most prevalent diseases in the U.S. according to the National Institutes of Health. Common autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, Graves’ disease, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and lupus.
The growing consensus is autoimmune diseases are likely caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Among them is a condition known as “leaky gut.”
With leaky gut, toxins and bacteria are allowed to enter the bloodstream by passing through the lining of the intestines. This can then provoke an autoimmune response in those genetically susceptible to autoimmune disease.
At WellcomeMD, we use advanced labs to better understand your genetics, gut health and microbiome (the helpful bacteria we rely on to process food). These labs equip you to make informed nutritional and lifestyle decisions, reduce guesswork and get results.
With our advanced genetic testing, we can often detect hard-to-diagnose autoimmune diseases such as lupus, celiac disease and Sjögren syndrome, among others. Then we can offer strategies to halt or even reverse the effects of these conditions.
For example, if a patient is diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), advanced testing could clarify the patient’s gut health. With this context, small changes in nutrition and eating habits could address the cause of the IBS rather than writing a prescription to address the symptoms.
Our doctors, Neal Carl and Mary Colfer, are double board-certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. They combine their traditional medical background with their understanding of advanced lab testing to help you create, manage and execute a plan for your optimal health.
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NEAL CARL, MD
Neal Carl, MD is board certified by the American Academy of Family Practice and by the American Board of Anti-Aging / Regenerative Medicine (ABAARM), with expertise in hormone imbalances and weight loss.
Dr. Carl was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He attended The Collegiate Schools, followed by an undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, and attended medical school at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Carl completed his residency at Chesterfield Family Practice. There he had the opportunity to train with multiple specialists in cardiology, pulmonary, orthopedics, endocrinology, and rheumatology. He served as Medical House Officer at Chippenham and Johnston-Willis hospitals during his residency.
Dr. Carl believes in a proactive approach to each individual’s health and wellness. He has a professional passion for preventive medicine and the care of acute and chronic illness. Dr. Carl has a passion for helping patients maintain or regain optimal vitality and wellness as they age.
Mary Colfer, MD is board certified in Emergency Medicine and by the American Board of Anti-Aging / Regenerative Medicine (ABAARM), with expertise in functional medicine, nutrition, hormone balancing, and meditation.
Dr. Colfer was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Tech and attended medical school at the Medical College of Virginia at VCU. Dr. Colfer completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia and she practiced emergency medicine for 14 years. She also served as the medical director for the Fan Free Clinic for two years.
Dr. Colfer believes that real healing is best facilitated using Western modalities in conjunction with other healing philosophies. Her practice is devoted to evidence-based, functional medicine. She works with her patients to develop safe, individualized treatment plans based on the latest scientific breakthroughs.
Dr. Colfer sees men and women. She is an ally of the LGBTQ+ community and has training and experience in trans-health.
MARY FRAZIER COLFER, MD
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