Book Club Tuesday, October 14th 6-7:30pm

Optimal Digestive health: A Complete Guide

Edited By Trent W. Nichols, MD and Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH

A comprehensive and integrative approach to achieving digestive health using mainstream, complementary, and alternative therapies

• Offers complete information on herbal and homeopathic remedies, supplements, diets, medical tests, and environmental toxin reduction

• Includes a step-by-step diet to help readers moderate their carbohydrate intake and balance blood sugar levels

• Contains effective therapies for 30 digestive disorders, from candida to ulcers

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 90 million Americans suffer from digestive disorders. Drawing on the expertise of 25 practitioners,Optimal Digestive Health explores the symptoms, possible causes, medical testing, and effective treatments for 30 digestive disorders, from candida and colitis to ulcers. In addition, the authors explain the role digestion plays in many other health conditions, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches, mood swings, immune function, and skin problems. They provide clear information on detoxification, food allergies, and environmental factors, as well as meditation, qigong, and yoga. A step-by-step diet is offered to help readers moderate their carbohydrate intake and balance their blood sugar–keys to health and weight loss. Optimal Digestive Health demystifies the use of herbal therapies, acupuncture, biofeedback, and Ayurveda in the treatment of digestive disorders, pairing the best of mainstream medicine and complementary therapies with intelligent self-care for an integrated patient-centered approach to healing.

Read with us or just come and listen to the discussion
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HCG Weight Loss at McMinn Clinic

RELEANA Weight Loss

HCG is the active ingredient in Releana. HCG is a natural hormone which helps you burn stored fat to cause rapid weight loss. HCG activates the hypothalamus gland and causes your body to use your stored fat for energy, similar to the way your body uses calories you eat for energy. This medication is taken twice daily and it is done in conjunction with a low-calorie diet. You will work with the dietitian in the office and she will help you through each phase of the program to help you lose the weight and keep it off.


1 bottle of Releana (a 4 week supply)

1 hour initial visit with dietitian to get started with program

5 weigh ins (per patients decision)

30 minute wrap-up appointment with dietitian when bottle is finished.

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Wellness Connection – BOOK CLUB August 12th

Please join us on Tuesday, August 12th from 6:00 – 7:30pm

The Metabolic Plan: Stay Younger Longer  by Stephen Cherniske

The choice is yours: You can add forty or more vigorous, fulfilling years to your life. It sounds like science fiction, but in fact it’s cutting-edge science grounded in exciting new research. InThe Metabolic Plan, internationally renowned biochemist Stephen Cherniske reveals the medical breakthroughs that enable all of us to extend our lives—and the quality of our lives—starting today.

Far from giving out due to inevitable wear and tear, the human body is naturally endowed with astonishing powers of renewal, self-repair, and regeneration. The secret to unlocking these powers lies not in genetic tinkering or a high-tech fix but in “tricking” your body into adopting the metabolism of a twenty-year-old. The Metabolic Plan offers a comprehensive diet and exercise regimen specifically tailored to boost antioxidant levels, combat disease, increase muscle, reduce fat, and enhance memory and vision. Cherniske shares the age-defying properties of such cutting-edge supplements as 7-Keto and debunks myths about acid/alkaline foods. Here too are detailed metabolic plans geared to the different needs of men and women and to every decade of our lives—so we’ll know exactly what to focus on when.

Longer life, more energy, improved health, a pervasive sense of well-being: It’s all within our grasp. At once revolutionary and eminently practical, this is the book that finally solves the puzzle of aging.

We will meet at The McMinn Clinic. Follow the signs
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Wellness Connection FILM CLUB July 8th

Join us on Tuesday, July 8th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm to view and discuss:

Anticancer with Dr. Davis Servan-Schreiber

Anticancer has been a bestselling phenomenon since Viking first published it in fall 2008. Now, a new edition addresses current developments in cancer research and offers more tips on how people living with cancer can fight it and how healthy people can prevent it. The new edition ofAnticancer includes:• The latest research on anticancer foods, including new alternatives to sugar and cautions about some that are now on the market
• New information about how vitamin D strengthens the immune system
• Warnings about common food contaminants that have recently been proven to contribute to cancer progression
• A new chapter on mind-body approaches to stress reduction, with recent studies that show how our reactions to stress can interfere with natural defenses and how friendships can support healing in ways never before understood
• A groundbreaking study showing that lifestyle modification, as originally proposed inAnticancer, reduces mortality for breast cancer by an astounding 68 percent after completion of treatment
• New supporting evidence for the entire Anticancer program

We will meet across the hall from The McMinn Clinic – just follow the signs.

For more information please contact Preston Robinson at:

The Menopausal Vagina- The Forgotten Organ

The Menopausal Vagina- The Forgotten Organ

As I listen to the concerns of my peri-menopausal, and menopausal  patients, I am amazed at the number of women who have severe vaginal dryness, vaginal atrophy, and pain with intercourse.  This terrible triad often results in a torture in the bedroom, a sexless marriage, and ultimately a needless divorce.  Other repercussions of declining vaginal health may include frequent urinary tract infections, urine leakage, and weakening of the pelvic floor muscles.  These suffering women have plenty of doctors. They see their internist every year for a “complete physical exam.”  He or she checks the patient’s heart, lungs, and nervous system,  but the exam is actually somewhat incomplete, since the internist hardly every checks the health of the vaginal tissues.   She then goes to her gynecologist for her “annual” where she gets a PAP and a breast exam to screen for cancer, but the issues of vaginal dryness, and pain with intercourse is usually not discussed, and is not addressed. Bottom line, none of these medical professionals are addressing her vaginal health, and the woman is left to suffer in silence, as she spirals downward into a life of increasing dryness, painful sex, no sex, self doubt, and sometimes divorce.

It breaks my heart to see this happen, because in the vast majority of cases a decline in vaginal health with changing hormones is totally unnecessary.   With proper care, vaginal health can easily and safely be maintained, and in most cases it can actually be restored as women go through life’s changes.  Vaginal dryness- gone. Pain with intercourse- a thing of the past. The love life can be enjoyable and robust once again.

The first step is to find a doctor who will take the time to listen to your concerns, and will take you seriously. I’ve had patients who were told by their doctor “ why are you concerned about libido, you’re 52.”  Or they are given a pat on the back and told “you’re just getting old.”  That’s not acceptable.  You have the right to maintain optimal vaginal health just as much as you have the right to maintain good heart health.   It is also your right to have a healthy sexual relationship as long as you want to, and this right should be supported by your doctor.

The next step is to get on a customized vaginal health program to bring this important organ get the respect it deserves.  If you have vaginal dryness, pain with intercourse, or increasing urinary tract infections talk to your medical provider about a vaginal health program, or come see us at McMinn Clinic for a thorough evaluation and a personalized treatment plan.  Take care of your whole body for your whole life,  including “the Forgotten Organ.”

Hormone Pellets for Women

Hormone Pellets for Women

Hormone replacement therapy clearly represents one of the most important cornerstones of anti-aging medicine.  While it is correct to assert that aging causes hormone decline, it is just as apt to say that to a great degree hormone decline is the mechanism by which we age.

Every woman is unique as to how she expresses hormone decline. The average of menopause is about 51 years old. However, long before then, at about age 35 a woman’s hormones may start to tumble. Some women sail through the entire process and barely blink, while for others it is a profound, life- altering experience.  The classic symptoms are the hot flashes, night sweats, poor sleep, weight gain, vaginal dryness, low libido, pain with intercourse, anxiety, irritability, irregular periods, “brain fog,” depression, and mood changes. The mood changes may feel like an out-of-body experience. She knows that she is being ill-tempered with her husband or kids, but she can’t stop. She is being driven, like a puppet on a string, to say things that she really doesn’t mean.  Real-time she can’t help it, but later she regrets it.

Thankfully, there is a cure with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.  The hormones used in this approach are 100% identical to those already in the body, unlike many other hormones which are different than those naturally in the body.  The issue then becomes, what is the best mode of administration for these hormones. There are several different options including topicals (creams and gels), shots, pills, and pellets.  The ideal route depends on each individual woman.  However, many of my patients love the convenience and effectiveness of the hormone pellets.

Hormone pellets come in 2 varieties:  estrogen, and testosterone. They are inserted under the skin in the area of the upper/ outer buttocks via a simple and virtually painless procedure. They start to take effect in a couple of days, and they generally last about 3-4 months. The pellets reach a peak level and maintain tissue levels without any fluctuations.  Most women who get the pellets seem to love them, and almost always come back for more. The hormone pellets relieve menopausal symptoms, maintain bone density, restore a normal sleep pattern, and they improve sex drive, libido, and sexual response.  In some women, they may also improve energy, relieve depression, improve memory and concentration, and improve body composition (more muscle mass, and less fat mass).

Call McMinn Clinic at 205-868-1313, and ask about bioidentical hormone pellets with Dr. McMinn. You’ll be glad you did.

Autoimmune Disease- Immune Function Gone Wild!

Many years ago as a young doctor, it seemed that autoimmune disease was relatively rare. However, this dreaded disease has become the most prevalent cause of chronic illness in our land, affecting over 23 million Americans.  Autoimmune disease is basically a case of a confused immune system. The main role of the immune system is to protect the body from outside invaders, such as viruses and bacteria.  Think of it as our own personal homeland security department. The immune system constantly roams the body looking for any breaches in security. When it detects an outside invader, it sends out alarm bells which then cause “antibodies” to swoop down on the uninvited invader.  Unfortunately, every now and then, the security system gets confused and it mistakenly thinks that a part of our normal body is “non-self” and it attacks the innocent normal tissue with antibodies, often rendering the attacked tissue seriously harmed, or even useless. Some examples would be when the immune system attacks the pancreas it causes that organ to shut down, which leads to type 1 diabetes.  Likewise, the confused and overly ambitious immune system may attack the gut- causing Crohn’s disease; the thyroid- causing Grave’s thyroiditis; or the joints- causing rheumatoid arthritis.  Other forms of autoimmune disease include lupus, celiac disease, MS, blood disorders, and myasthenia gravis.   In fact, there are now over a hundred known autoimmune diseases, and there are approximately forty more diseases which are suspected of being autoimmune in nature.  These diseases are often crippling, and they usually last a lifetime.

What causes the immune system to go haywire?  Since autoimmune disease seems to run in some families, there seems to be a genetic predisposition.  However, there is often a trigger such as a virus, which starts the ball rolling down the path of immune dysfunction.  Other triggers are thought to be chronic stress, antibiotics, poor diets, gut health, alterations in the “human microbiome,” and toxins (including heavy metals and pesticides).

Just a few words about the human microbiome: this has emerged as one of the hottest areas of medical research these days. It has to do with the critters that live on us and in us.  In fact, there are more bacterial cells in your body than human cells!  Establishing and maintaining a proper mix of “good bacteria,”  “bad bacteria,” and yeast is vitally important for overall health including immune regulation. In fact, C-section babies have been found to have more autoimmune disease than vaginal birth babies. The reason for this is that the C-section babies don’t get colonized with the bacteria from the vaginal vault like vaginal birth babies, which goes on the affect their “microbiome” and thus their propensity to get autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune disease may be extremely difficult to treat.  There are many drugs out on the market these days, which may be helpful, but many of them may have a significant side effect profile.  I have found that a plan which includes significant dietary changes, detoxification, stress reduction, treating any occult infections, and optimizing the microbiome may be quite helpful in bringing about some relief for many of these patients.

As with many difficult to treat diseases, an integrative medical approach, which utilizes multiple modalities, as well as a functional approach, which looks for and treats the underlying root cause may be a valuable adjunct to the treatment plan for patients with autoimmune disease.

Wellness Connection – February Meeting

Our next book club meeting will be on FEBRUARY 11, 2014, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

AntiCancer, A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PHD

This is the moving story of how a researcher and scientist who believed only in conventional treatments was transformed into an integrative physician who realized the importance and power of the body’s natural defenses against chronic disease. Dr. Servan-Schreiber’s advice details how to find the right blend of traditional and alternative health care; how to develop a science-based anticancer diet (and the small changes that can make a big difference); the top ten household products to replace; understanding the effects of helplessness and “unhealed wounds” both physical and emotional, and how to regain balance; and how to reap the benefits of exercise, yoga, and meditation. Anticancer takes us on an inspiring personal journey and ultimately guides us to a new way of life.

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December SPA Special

Purchase three Dermaplane Facials and receive one free!

Dermaplaning is a technique where the outer layers of skin are exfoliated with the use of a blade. Dermaplaning is an effective way to resurface the skin. Along with exfoliating it also helps remove the unwanted velus hairs from the face. Usually, you can see a difference after the first treatment.

Call to schedule your appointment today!!

Bio-Identical Hormones with Pellets

Welcome to McMinn Clinic, the “Go To Place for Wellness” in Birmingham, Al.  where Dr. James E. McMinn, M.D. specializes in bio-identical hormone pellet therapy for women and men.

Natural Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be delivered using tiny pellets. Implanted just under the skin, pellets consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones providing optimal therapy and usually without adverse effects. The hormones in pellets are 100% identical to those created by the human body and are derived from natural plant-based ingredients.

One or more pellets (depending on the needs of the individual, and based on lab results) are inserted in the upper outer buttock. Local anesthesia is administered then a small incision is made. The pellets are then inserted and the area is closed with steri-strips. The entire procedure takes about 5 minutes.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask Dr. McMinn or the staff at McMinn Clinic.  Also, see a more detailed explanation of pellets by Dr. McMinn at