A Call to Arms for the Menfolk

OK guys, I’ll get right to the point.  How are things in the bedroom?  Not getting enough?  She wants it too much, and you can’t keep up?  Having problems getting it up, don’t last long enough, poor communication, or just on different wavelengths?   Let’s talk about it.

At McMinn Clinic, we’re not sweeping sexuality under the rug.  We’re creating a physician-led forum to get sexual issues out in the open so that we can create healthier relationships.  These issues are too important to ignore. They affect how you see yourself as a guy. They affect your partner, your marriage, and your family.

If you’re having problems in the bedroom, then let’s cowboy up and deal with it. Come visit with us this Tuesday, May 19, at 6:00 PM at McMinn Clinic.  Everyone is invited. You don’t have to be a patient at the clinic. I’ll be there, and we’ll also have a certified counselor there as well. I’m very hopeful that we can help you. I hope to see you there.

James E. McMinn, MD

New Open Forum for Men

 Hosted by McMinn Clinic

Join us for an evening of information and direct discussion about sexual health and wellness

When:       Tuesday, May 19, from 6:00-7:30 pm

Where:      McMinn Clinic-Suite 108

                  3125 Independence Drive

                  Homewood, AL

 Group Leaders:       James E. McMinn, MD and Donna Mullinax, ALC

 There is NO CHARGE to attend these meetings.  Everyone is welcome.

You do not have to be a patient to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 For more information contact McMinn Clinic at 205-868-1313


“Intimacy and Me”

Dear Patients,

 For many years I have been blessed to counsel my patients concerning the issues that they deal with in their everyday lives.  One of the most common concerns that I hear from men and women is “low libido.”  This can take on many forms, and certainly falls under the expanded umbrella I call “sexual wellness.”   Some of the more common expressions of this are pain with intercourse, low desire, difficulty with arousal, or poor or no orgasm.  These issues are very important to the affected patients, and to their relationships.   Therefore, they are important to me.

I have done my best to help my patients with these concerns, and I’m pleased that most of my patients come back feeling much better in the sexual wellness department.   However, due the epidemic proportions of complaints about sexual difficulties, we have decided to take the next step.  Starting this week McMinn Clinic will sponsor an open forum called “Intimacy and Me.”    At each meeting we will start with a specific topic, and then we’ll have time for Q&A or open discussion for whatever the group wants to talk about.

These will be casual get-togethers so bring an open mind and let’s get busy optimizing our sexual wellness.  The sessions will be moderated by me and by Donna Mullinax, a certified counselor with special interest in sexual wellness.

The first of our monthly sessions will be held this Tuesday, May 5, at 6:00 PM here at McMinn Clinic in Suite 108.  We will plan to go until about 7:30.  If you have any problems in this area, or if you just hope to take your live life to the next level, then we hope to see you here.

James E. McMinn, M.D.

 “Intimacy and Me”

An Open Forum for Women

  Hosted by McMinn Clinic

 Tuesday, May 5, 2015

 Topic for May:   Exploring Low Desire

Join us for an evening of informative education and direct discussion about sexual health and wellness

First Tuesday of each month from 6:00-7:30

 Group Leaders:   Jim McMinn, MD and Donna Mullinax, ALC

 There is NO CHARGE to attend these meetings.

We look forward to seeing you there!


3125 Independence Drive, Homewood, AL 


The Most Common Health Concerns of Women

By James E. McMinn, M.D.

I have been abundantly blessed in my life to be associated with some very special, kind, loving, smart, talented, and overall amazing women, starting with my Grandmothers, my mom, my sister, my wonderful wife, to my daughters, and finally my patients.  Over the years, I have heard the struggles of the sisterhood repeated over and over, and it brings me great joy to partner with these special women in their journey to better wellness. Revived and vibrant women are better able to lead productive and happy lives.

Fundamentally women are biologically, chemically, hormonally, genetically, mentally, spiritually, and sexually different than men.  As a result, there are a whole host of conditions and diseases that disproportionately affect women. Time after time, I have witnessed the power of a holistic integrative approach to women’s health care with attention to the fundamentals of wellness. In this edition of Natural Awakenings, we’ll explore the most common concerns of women in America today, along with practical and specific suggestions for improvement.

1.  The number one concern of women I see in my office by far is fatigue. The list of potential causes goes on and on.  Some of most common causes include poor sleep, stress, hormone dysfunction, (including adrenals and thyroid), allergies, food sensitivities, and nutritional deficiencies. More often than not, it’s not just one cause, but multiple causes acting together.  I consider fatigue to be overarching. It affects every other aspect of a woman’s life. Fatigue affects not only the patient, but also the marriage and the family.   Fatigue also has many friends such as insomnia, brain fog, weight gain, decreased libido, headaches, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome.  The key to treatment is to get to the bottom of the cause of the problem, and to then devise a targeted customized approach.   This may take a painstaking search for the needle in the haystack, but to give a woman her energy back is to give her life back.

2.  The next most common concern of women is weight gain or trouble losing weight.  We all know about the effects of proper eating habits and exercise on weight.  These are essential aspects of any weight maintenance program.  However, there are two other aspects that are also important but often underestimated.  First is the power of the mind.  It all starts with intention.  From there we need to do goal setting, create a plan, and build in tracking, monitoring, and accountability.  The other major underappreciated component is the importance of hormone and neurotransmitter balancing.  Hormone imbalance, low thyroids, and dysfunctional cortisols and neurotransmitters can all make it very difficult to loose weight.  It’s truly is like swimming upstream against a swift tide of extra pounds.

3.  The third most common concern is hot flashes / night sweats:  These two don’t always run together, but many times they are co-conspirators in the plot of misery.  For those who have experienced them or witnessed them, they are profound.  I have seen many a nurse just dripping with sweat, while standing in front of the air-conditioned vent.  The night sweat portion can keep a woman up all night. Together or separate these can be debilitating and must be taken seriously.  Usually, they are due to estrogen dysfunction, however low adrenals and low serotonin may also contribute to hot flashes.  The good news is that these symptoms are usually quite treatable with bio-identical hormones.

4.  The fourth most common concern of women is low libido.  There is no reason to feel that we necessarily have to give up this part of our life as we grow older.  Healthy sexuality is important for the woman, her partner, her family, and it is important for overall health.  Unfortunately, low libido is a very common problem; there are often multiple contributing factors such as stress, kids, fatigue, medications (especially anti-depressants), vaginal dryness, pain with intercourse, and relationship issues.  Hormones also play a major role in libido.  It is hard for a woman to have any interest if she is deplete of testosterone.  Estrogen, DHEA, and thyroids, and neurotransmitters also play a major role in a woman’s sexuality. In most women, optimizing hormone balance with bio-identical hormones can significantly enhance low libido.

5.  Insomnia is the fifth most common concern of women.  Approximately 60 million Americans suffer from lack of sleep.  This can have far reaching consequences on obesity, fatigue, depression, mental illness, autoimmune disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches, and low libido.  Hormones and neurotransmitters can play major roles in sleep quality.  Bio-identical progesterone and serotonin precursors tend to promote getting to sleep, while estrogen supplementation promotes staying asleep.

6.  The next most common concern is hair loss.  A woman’s hair loves estrogen, while it generally does not care for testosterone.   Thyroid dysfunction (low or high) can also damage hair.  Nutritional deficiencies, low stomach acid, inadequate protein, and low iron may also result in hair loss.

Other common concerns of women include “brain fog,” depression, anxiety, mood swings, and irritability.  These conditions are frequently, but not always, due to treatable organic causes.  A search for hormone dysfunction, toxins, nutritional deficiencies, infections, drug side effects, or neurotransmitter imbalance, accompanied by an appropriate treatment regimen may result in a significant improvement in the above symptoms, and in turn may profoundly enhance a woman’s quality of life.


Hypnosis for Weight Loss

2 New Classes Starting Next Week!
When:         Monday 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm*                         Where:  McMinn Clinic 
           OR   Tuesday 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm*                        3125 Independence Dr
Weigh-in:   15 minutes prior to meeting                              Suite 114
                                                                                            Homewood, AL 35209

Session begins: March 16 (Mon) or Mar 17 (Tues), 2015 
Session length: 6 Consecutive Mondays* or Tuesdays*

*To build cohesiveness within the group, please register for either the Monday session OR the Tuesday session. Days are not interchangeable. 

Cost: $95 for 6 Week Session Enrollment: 
 Limited to 20 Class Members

To register call McMinn Clinic at (205) 868-1313 or come by our office at
3125 Independence Drive, Suite 108, Homewood, AL 35209

Program Leader and Hypnotist: 

Donna Mullinax, BCH, CI
(256) 454-7353

Sessions Include:
Nutrition Information
Behavior Modification Suggestions
Group Discussions
This Hypnosis for Weight Loss session can be used independently or in conjunction with other weight loss programs.

McMinn Clinic also offers individual hypnosis appointments for stress management, insomnia, relaxation, and other areas of concern/interest.

Get Your Mojo Back with Dr. Mac

 By Dr. McMinn

I saw a 70 year old gentleman yesterday.  He first came to see me a couple of years ago. He had started to feel that life was slipping away from him. He had no energy, decreasing cognitive function, no life drive, no sex drive, and was somewhat depressed.  We got him on the “get your mojo back with Dr. Mac” program, and now he’s doing great. He is exercising again, eating better, and sleeping great.  His energy is back, his life drive is back, and he and his wife of 40 years are like newlyweds again.

He is a great example of the basic principles of integrative medicine, functional medicine, and optimization.

-Integrative medicine- we used a combination of traditional and alternative therapies.

-Functional medicine- we got to the root cause of his problems. We didn’t just treat the              symptoms with drugs.

-Optimization- He didn’t have a “disease.”  He just felt awful, and had no hope of ever             getting better. We got him “optimized” and now he has a much better quality of life.

Our goal is to help every patient be the best that he or she can be at every stage of life.


Don’t Suffer Needlessly

This patient first came to McMinn Clinic several years ago experiencing issues and challenges that many women face including migraines, low energy, brain fog, joint aches, irregular and painful menstrual cycle, PMS,  and night sweats.  She was unable to exercise because of the pain in her joints, and this had resulted in significant weight gain.  These issues were affecting her ability to function at work, and she was not able to be the mom that she wanted to be to her young children.

 Dr. McMinn worked with the patient to evaluate and balance her hormones.  Now, the patient indicates that her headaches and night sweats have stopped, her brain fog and PMS have subsided, her menstrual cycles have regulated, and she is excited with her newfound, boundless energy.

 Because her joint pain is gone, she is now exercising regularly and is pleased with the 30 pounds she has lost.  She says that she is back at 100%.  She feels that she is approaching perfection in mind, body, and spirit.

Although he hears similar stories daily, Dr. McMinn never tires of listening to the life-changing successes his patients are experiencing. Many women suffer needlessly.  With proper attention, many women can get complete relief from their symptoms.  They can get their lives back and once again fully enjoy their families, their lives, and each new day.


By Dr. James E. McMinn

I had a lady in last week who has been on the hormones for a while. When she first came in to see me she had all of the usual concerns including terrible hot flashes, night sweats, brain fog, low libido, vaginal dryness, pain with intercourse, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and fatigue.  She was spiraling downhill quickly, with no hope of any significant quality of life.

Now, she’s feeling GREAT!  In fact, I asked her the question, “What separates you now from perfection in mind, body, and spirit?” She said, “I’m there!”  Furthermore, she said that she’ll never get off her bioidentical hormones.   ”If they want to take away my hormones, they’ll have to pry them out of my cold dead hands.”

Now that’s “optimization.”

Hypnosis For Weight Loss-Session 1


Due to the success last month, McMinn Clinic is again offering Session 1

Hypnosis for Weight Loss-Session 1


  • Tuesday 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Weigh-in 6:45 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Session begins February 24, 2015
  • Session Length: 6 Consecutive Tuesdays



McMinn Clinic

3125 Independence Drive

Homewood, AL  35209


Cost:               $95 for 6 Week Session


Enrollment:    Limited 20 Class Members



McMinn Clinic

(205) 868-1313

3125 Independence Drive

Homewood, AL  35209


Program Leader and Hypnotist: 

Donna Mullinax, BCH, CI

(256) 454-7353

  • Board Certified Hypnotist (NGH)
  • Certified Instructor of Hypnosis (NGH)
  • Educational Specialist, Counselor Education


Meetings Throughout Session Will Include:

  •   Hypnosis
  •   Education
  •   Nutrition Information
  •   Behavior Modification Suggestions
  •   Group Discussions


Did you know…

  • hypnosis can create a sense of heightened awareness, focus, and attention?
  • hypnosis is a state in which a person becomes highly responsive to suggestions?
  • hypnosis can be used to alter a person’s behavior and eating habits?
  • research indicates that hypnosis can be effective in losing weight and maintaining weight loss?


This Hypnosis for Weight Loss session can be used independently or in conjunction with other weight loss programs.


McMinn Clinic also offers individual hypnosis appointments for stress management, insomnia, relaxation, and other areas of concern/interest.

Good Health Starts in the Gut

After seeing various gastric doctors over a five-year period and being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, then later diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, this patient had three major inflammatory episodes during the first seven months of 2014.  One resulted in a seven-day hospital stay and another resulted in a 20 pound weight loss within a month’s time. The conventional medication he had taken for four years was no longer effective in addressing the intense pain, ongoing bloody diarrhea, and other symptoms that often left him unable to work or even leave home.

Understanding that there was no cure in conventional medicine, this patient came to see Dr. McMinn in August, 2014.  By focusing on the concept of functional medicine to identify the root cause of the pain and diarrhea, and by using integrative medical techniques, Dr. McMinn worked with the patient to heal his gut by changing his gut flora.  Addressing the root cause of the patient’s medical issue not only relieved his pain and other challenging symptoms, but, by creating a healthy gut, also alleviated many of his food allergies, as well as enabling him to absorb needed supplements.  The integrative treatment included changes in diet, as well as supplements, nutritional IV treatments, and an anti-inflammatory drink to heal the lining of the gut.  According to the patient, he has had no inflammatory episodes in the seven months since he has been seeing Dr. McMinn.  “I use to take supplements, but didn’t absorb them.  Now I absorb the supplements I take. ”

The patient has been quite pleased with his results.  “Before, I was so drugged-out, I could hardly go.  I had it bad.  It was horrible.  It’s much better now.  I am very pleased with what we have accomplished.  I am very pleased with Dr. McMinn.  I like how he thinks about things and how he treats his patients.”

Do you or someone you know deal with gut health issues?  Come see Dr. McMinn and get your personalized gut health program.