Dr. David Minkoff’s Health Blog

Optimum Health Report #329

Dr. Minkoff - a doctor with tremenduous experience in treating various diseases

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Dr. Minkoff will be hosting a Question & Answer Seminar at Nature’s Food Patch.


Seating is limited, so you will want to get there early.

Think about your question ahead of time.

All questions will be collected at the beginning of the evening and placed in a box.

Dr. Minkoff will answer each question that he selects at random.

WHEN: Thursday, July 20 @ 6.30pm
WHERE: Nature’s Food Patch 1225 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, FL 33755

Well Women Care


Are you one of the many thousands of women for whom a well woman exam is only an annual Pap smear and a manual breast exam? Then read on…

The biggest killers of women are:

  1. Cardiovascular disease ASVD (heart attack and stroke) and hypertension.
  2. Cancer.
  3. Lung disease, obesity, diabetes and bone fractures.

A thorough Well Woman Exam should be able to reveal the pre-cursors to all of these. It should be an opportunity to ask any questions about issues which may be causing you concern, from fertility to cancer signs to inherited disorders. It should provide you with an annual report on your overall state of health, and not just give the “ok” to your breasts and reproductive organs. Identifying minor issues which may have the potential to develop into a serious illness is what a Well Woman Exam should do.

At LifeWorks, a Well Woman exam consists of a pap smear which is designed to detect premalignant and malignant cells in your cervix. Also included is a pelvic exam which checks the female organs and a manual breast exam which checks for lumps or abnormalities. We also include a Hemoccult test which looks for blood in the rectum and a body composition analysis which records percentages of: fat, muscle, bone, water, visceral fat, metabolic rate and physique rating.

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Our Nurse Practitioner Sue has special focus on women’s health.

She performs the Well Woman exams at LifeWorks; guiding female patients from puberty to post-menopause and helping them make informed choices about their individual requirements.

Dr. Springer talks about Colitis, IBS and Crohns




I came to Jennifer Baer in May not only for a checkup but also to see if she could take care of a burping problem that I was having. For the last 16 or 17 months prior to my appointment with Jennifer, I had been constantly burping. That’s right – burping all of the time except when I was sleeping or eating. I had been to see my PCP numerous times and had blood work done, adhered to the fodmap diet for 8 weeks, eliminated all supplements and medications, etc. Nothing worked. The burping continued. As of one week before seeing Jennifer, my PCP’s latest thought was that my problem was stress. He was in the process of setting up an appointment for me with a mental health professional! During my session with Jennifer, she muscle tested me and found that I responded positively to a bacterium. She gave me a supplement and after taking it for 8 days, the burping stopped completely. If I had not seen Jennifer, I would be sitting in front of a mental health professional still burping! Thank you, Jennifer, for relieving me of this awful problem.
– Darlene C.


Migraines and Headaches

Most headaches can be resolved as soon as the cause has been correctly pinpointed. Up to one quarter of the population has a migraine headache at some time in their life and about 10 percent have them regularly. The classic migraine begins with a warming “aura” – flashing lights in one eye, blurring, blind sports, distortion of vision, and tingling of the arms or face. After about 30-60 minutes the headache begins, usually on one side but sometimes all over. It is a pounding, excruciating pain which usually lasts for four to six hours.

Attacks may be triggered by a number of things, including:

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  • food
  • alcohol in general and red wine in particular
  • chocolate and caffeine
  • fasting
  • stress
  • strong emotional reactions
  • fatigue
  • changes in the weather
  • altitude
  • hormonal changes

There are two other types of headache:

  1. Cluster headaches
    People can get these headaches daily or several times a week. They last for about an hour and the pain is almost exclusively on one side of the head, often around or behind the eye.
  2. Tension headaches
    Nearly everyone gets tension headaches. They are sometimes caused by involuntary tensing of the face and neck muscles over a long period, usually after concentrating hard or because of stress. The pain is a steady ache, which can last for hours or days, around the back of the head and neck, in the forehead, and around the eyes.

At LifeWorks we find the cause of your migraine headaches and set you free of them. For more information call LifeWorks at 727 466 6789.

LifeWorks Accepts Care Credit
LifeWorks is happy to announce that we are now accepting CareCredit cards. For many people CareCredit can provide an easier way of financing you and your family’s healthcare needs*. For more information go to carecredit.com

*Subject to credit approval.


About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.