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My Mission and Ideology

by Sharon Thurow on 12/17/17

I am here to let you know the background of my clinic mission and ideology. I started to dream about opening my own practice years before its inception in 2007. I decided to just visualize and put this dream into reality and became Thurow Primary Preventive Healthcare. It is a long clinic name but I remember thinking, how can I make people understand that I am not simply a primary care clinic, but encourage and stress prevention as well. So that became the beginning of Thurow Primary. 

I was trained traditionally in Western Medicine and was happy with this for a while, as it was easy to plug patients into medications and address symptoms, but never really making the patient feel better, just managed well with example for HTN or DM. There was a pc that was missing. I started to get involved with Metagenics and Nutrition Dynamics which put the focus on looking for the cause of the cause of the medical problem. I integrated supplements into the patient regimen if they were agreeable. I always work as a team player because in reality, it is their body and health-not mine.

 I started to realize that the majority of the immune system and the key too many health issues starts in the gut-when breached, causes local and systemic inflammation, and then I began to integrate probiotics with different formulas into their treatment plan along with putting the emphasis on lifestyle. This includes eating a non-processed diet, adequate hydration with usually ½ your body weight in oz. of water, exercise and stress reduction with doing activities that you enjoy.


I also realized that the patient had to have the motivation to address their health as they were the ones in charge. 

I had a patient that had heavy monthly cycles with pain and anemia, and started to have an elevation in her blood pressure also. She is 35 years old and I decided to find out what was going on with her body and delve that much further. After labs were obtained, realized that she was pre-diabetic (increasing the risk for type 2 DM which is starting to impact a huge population in the United States) and with this came systemic inflammation. Her bp, menstrual cycles all impacted by that metabolic problem. She gained weight and also noted that her estrogen levels were elevated increasing her risk for breast cancer. We sat down and came up with a plan. I offered her traditional medication therapy and she only wanted natural supplement alternatives.


She works 3 jobs in order to raise her 3 children as a single mom, but decided it was important to invest in her health. After being on this regimen for 6 months, able to turn everything around to normalize. This is just one example of a successful outcome when working as a team player with the patient in order to turn her health around and avoid the complications from DM. I always look for the prevention ant NOT a watcher and wait to see what happens. The patient needs to take action NOW and take care of their health for the rest of their life. 

Integrative Practice

by Sharon Thurow on 02/09/16

This week, I have decided to blog about my practice and why I do what I do. I spent years in “the system” and I could not, in good conscience, continue to prescribe medications that did not cure anything at all. Don’t get me wrong-there is a time and a place for conventional western medicine-how I was trained. I got tired of seeing no improvement in my patients and, often, as each year went ticking by, they did not improve or got worse. Why? I asked myself…

Fortunately, I got involved with integrative functional medicine and started to look for the cause of patients’ medical conditions. I expanded on what I was already doing to include holistic medical care. I started to learn about gut health and soon came to realize that everything started there. Imagine that-your gut being the key to one’s health! I continued to delve into this further and soon came to realize that from the gut came inflammation caused by a condition that affects everyone to some degree called intestinal permeability or “leaky gut.” This is when the gut gets overwhelmed with triggers including, but not limited to, antibiotics, aspirin or NSAID products (e.g., Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil), gluten, GMO foods (genetically modified foods), and stress. When this happens and the body can no longer keep up with “cleaning” the toxins and free radicals from the intestine these actually start to leak into the blood stream and become the basis for inflammation. I have written about this before, but I just could not believe how this could affect an individual and their medical conditions manifested in the form of hypertension, hypothyroidism, and even autoimmune diseases.

I have finally found my niche in the health care field. I can identify causes through blood testing with a Singulex panel (full panel that includes cardiac risk biomarkers) that can help to identify one’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, autoimmunity, and hormone issues. By identification of these biomarkers, I can help a patient address their risks before they become a problem- a proactive approach. I also utilize a stool test from Genova Diagnostics that helps to identify intestinal overgrowth (yeast and other bacteria and organisms) as well as food sensitivity testing. All of this information is so valuable and helps to really look at the cause of your medical risks/conditions.

My staff and I are ready to work with you and take the time to find out the cause of the cause. No more medications just for symptom control. When you eat a healthy diet, exercise, maintain appropriate water intake, work at stress reduction, include needed supplements and medications, you, with our help, can have a better path to health. Contact us today! 

What Is Helping You Now, Could Actually Be Destroying Your Gut!

by Sharon Thurow on 01/21/16

Have you ever experienced diarrhea with antibiotic use? This is due to a imbalance in the normal intestinal flora and possible overgrowth of pathogens, unfriendly or dangerous bacteria.  There is a lot of research regarding even a single use of antibiotics. It could permanently change the gut flora (micro biota) & decrease good bacteria protecting your gut. The use of antibiotics can potentially let bad bacteria overtake your gut environment, causing dysbiosis.  Imbalanced micro biota in the gut is also a factor in autoimmunity, when your body doesn’t recognize its own tissues and attacks them.

Your gut is responsible for approximately 80% of your immunity to fight against disease. The gut is naturally permeable to very small molecules in order to absorb vital nutrients from the food that you eat. In fact, regulating intestinal permeability is one of the basic functions of the cells that line the intestinal wall. The destruction of healthy gut bacteria (flora) can make the mucosal lining more susceptible to leakage. When your gut is leaky, things like toxins, microbes, undigested food particles, and more can escape from your intestines and travel throughout your body into your bloodstream. Your immune system marks these foreign toxins as pathogens and attacks them.  A lack of healthy gut bacteria is associated with allergies, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Hashimotos Thyroiditis (most common cause of hypothyroidism or slow thyroid), IBD, and general autoimmune reactions happen when this all comes into play.

How can you heal this now leaky gut?

1.      Replace the good. Add back the essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption, such as digestive enzymes (Spectrazyme Complete by Nutri-dyn)

2.      You need to restore the gut-friendly bacteria and micro biota with probiotics. One option could be UltraFlora Spectrum (a Nutri-Dyn product)

3.      You must work on repairing the intestinal lining with glutamine which heals the intestinal lining (for example, Glutagenics from Nutri-dyn).

Antibiotics are sometimes needed in the setting of illness and should be used with careful consideration. You should try to take steps to increase your immunity through a healthy diet, exercise, adequate water intake and the daily use of probiotics. Natural alternatives with antimicrobial properties include Candibactin AR, a formula designed for intestinal microbial balance and proper digestion. It is aimed at harmonizing digestive and respiratory function, believed to be essential for a strong immune function.  An alternative could be Candibactin BR for intestinal illnesses, a berberine formula for healthy intestinal environment to support immune and detoxification functions.

At Thurow Primary Preventive Healthcare, we take your health and the use of antibiotics seriously. As our patient, you receive the opportunity to purchase Nutri-Dyn products on-site in our clinic or for a 10% discount online. Call to make an appointment today! It would be our privilege to be a part of your health management and care team.Top of Form

Why Am I So Tired?!

by Sharon Thurow on 01/05/16

When a patient sees me for the complaint of fatigue, I start to think about the various causes of this vague symptom. It is just a symptom, but one that can overtake quality of life. There are different causes of fatigue that may include lifestyle, anemia, diabetes, and thyroid among others….


With my patients, I focus on three areas of health: sleep, diet, and exercise, If you aren't getting good sleep, it's hard to eat well, and it's hard to exercise.

Adults need to sleep for 7 to 9 hours as well as eat a balanced diet of lean protein, fruits and vegetables. Exercise is imperative and should be done most days of the week. Dehydration is a very common cause of fatigue. Adequate intake should be half your body weight in ounces of water.   Imbalance in any of these areas, can ultimately lead to fatigue.


This is a reduced absolute number of circulating red blood cells –which carry oxygen in your blood. When a patient does not have enough red blood cells as in iron deficiency anemia, they may feel tired, possibly dizzy when standing and even short of breath. Lack of oxygen results in fatigue.


When you eat, food is changed into sugar for energy to be stored in the cell. When there is more than the cell can store, sugar floats freely in the blood and the pancreas, which is responsible for secreting insulin- works overtime. This is what causes the cell to take up more sugar and blood sugar to be lowered in the blood –sometimes too much-as in the case of Diabetes. Low blood sugar causes fatigue.


It's a small, butterfly-shaped gland that sits in your neck. It makes a hormone that helps control how you use energy-your metabolism.  When your thyroid gland is not working normally, you don’t feel normal either.

People with an underactive thyroid are going to feel tired and may be the cause of your fatigue.

Heart Disease

Extreme tiredness is a common symptom of congestive heart failure- which happens when it doesn't pump as well as it should. You will become short of breath with exercise and sometimes even at rest. This ultimately results in fatigue.  Your primary care provider can help you determine if this is the case.

Sleep Apnea

This disorder keeps you from getting enough oxygen when you sleep due to shallow breathing or not breathing for a period of time. This means you won't get real rest during the night. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be accompanied by night time leg cramps, restless legs, or also waking up with a morning headache. A device called a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine can help keep your airways open for a solid night's sleep. Your provider will help screen you for OSA if this is suspected.


If you're a woman who's going through menopause, you may find it hard to get good sleep. Your hormones change a lot at this time, and this may result in night sweats which can keep you from getting good rest resulting in subsequent fatigue.


Stressful situations can lower hormones, for example serotonin. This can result in depression and your energy levels diminish and result in feeling tired during the day.

We at Thurow Primary listen to “your story” and a full work up is done to help identify your unique cause of fatigue. Make your appointment today.


Is Your Fat and Being Inactive Killing You?!

by Sharon Thurow on 12/30/15

Obesity is rampant throughout the United States and starting to expand world-wide. Our diet, lack of exercise with a sedentary lifestyle adds fuel to the fire. Most people who have insulin resistance don’t even know it for as many as 20 years prior to becoming diabetic. Excess belly fat actually causes inflammation and is the primary mechanism of insulin resistance. Belly fat plays a big part in the inflammation process and over time, because our largest immune system being in the belly/intestines, it becomes compromised as well. Insulin resistance does not cause diabetes but does set the stage by placing such a big demand on the pancreatic beta cells that produce the hormone, insulin. 
Insulin takes the blood sugar from the foods you eat into nutrition stored energy (glucose) into the cell. There are a limited number of insulin receptor sites that can do this job effectively. When fat cells take over the insulin receptors, the body stops listening and blood sugar flows freely to the blood, body and ultimately you become a sugar factory! As a result of this, muscle, fat and liver cells don’t respond to insulin and cannot absorb glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream. The body needs higher levels of insulin to help the sugar get into the cells for energy. The pancreas tries to keep up with the increased demand by producing more insulin. Over time though, insulin resistance can lead to type 2 diabetes mellitus and then the excess sugar leads to other serious health problems. 
Lifestyle changes are essential to addressing this epidemic problem. Diet-Mediterranean with healthy veggies, fruits, proteins and good fats, adequate water intake (1/2 your body weight in ounces of water), exercise 30min most days of the week, stress reduction through meditation, yoga or just having some fun and joy in your life, supplementation, and prescription medications can help to turn this around for you. 
In clinical practice, no single laboratory test is used to diagnose insulin resistance syndrome. We determine if a patient has insulin resistance through consultation within the clinic and by reviewing lab results. 
Would you change the course of your health if you knew what the end game was going to be-if you could be healthy? We at Thurow Primary Preventive Healthcare are here to assist you to find out the answers that could unlock the secrets to your health.