Pacholec Center for Weight Loss & Anti-Aging Medicine is very excited to offer Plasma Pen Therapy to our practice! This amazing procedure tightens and smooths skin by utilizing plasma energy to target fibroblasts underneath the skin. Fibroblasts are cellular components of connective tissue which produce collagen proteins. The plasma energy is created when the probe of the pen gets near enough to the skin to cause an ionized energetic reaction, without ever actually touching the skin. A carbon crust then develops over the area "sparked" by the plasma pen, which begins the process of rejuvenation and collagen stimulation. The carbon crust is visible as small red dots, which look similar to tiny scabs that typically fall off within 3-4 days post treatment. Other than the crust that forms, there is minimal downtime and swelling may only occur for 24 hours post-treatment. See some before and after images below!
Plasma Pen Therapy not only tones, tightens and smooths the skin, but it also stimulates collagen production and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks and cellulite as well. Blepharoplasty is one of the more popular treatments, but it can be used over the entire body to target specific areas of concern. Dr. Kristen Williams, MD performs this procedure in both the St Petersburg, FL and Lutz, FL locations at Pacholec Center for Weight Loss by appointment only. A consult prior to treatment is required to go over goals and target areas. Depending on a patient's skin type, age and lifestyle factors, 1-2 treatments may be all that is needed to correct areas of concern. Each treatment lasts between 45-60 minutes and patients can resume normal activity or work immediately after. As with most procedures, strenuous exercise is not recommended for at least 24 hours post-procedure. Results are usually visible within a few days or weeks, and will continue to improve as collagen is produced. This procedure works best in combination with some of our other holistic collagen-inducing procedures and products, such as Sculptra Aesthetic, MINT PDO thread lifts and Skinade supplement drinks.
Live demo information: 01/22/21 at 12:30Pm
To introduce this new service to Pacholec Center for Weight Loss & Anti-Aging Medicine, Dr. Williams will be performing a live demonstration over Zoom on 01/22/21 at 12:30PM on our other practitioners, Dr. Pacholec and Lauren DeNeve, ARNP. She will be discussing her technique and patients will be able to see exactly what to expect during and immediately post-procedure. Exclusive discounts will be available ONLY to demo attendees and there will be a raffle available to the first 10 people to sign up and attend the demo as well! The raffle prize is a Kenesko skincare kit valued at $200, which contains collagen inducing eye, face and décolleté masks as well as a quartz roller. RSVP for the event below and call either of our St Petersburg, FL or Lutz, FL offices for any additional questions.
Call our St Petersburg or Lutz clinics for more info
Our providers at Pacholec Center for Weight Loss are excited to offer our new Detox Program just in time for the New Year! 2020 left many of us feeling sluggish, depressed, unmotivated and a couple (maybe more) pounds heavier. Let's start 2021 on a more positive note with clinically proven ways to improve energy, mental clarity, weight loss success and reduce fatigue and inflammation with a research-backed detox program! Pacholec Center for Weight Loss is excited to offer our Detox Program at an introductory discount for the month of January ONLY! Read below to find out how our detox program can benefit you and help you reach your weight loss and wellness goals quickly and efficiently!
What does the Detox Program Include?
The Detox Program offered at Pacholec Center for Weight Loss combines holistic treatments to support comprehensive phase 1 and phase 2 liver detoxification, support regular elimination, good digestion, and improve antioxidant protection. A 6-Day Detox Kit, manufactured by one of our favorite pharmaceutical-grade supplement manufacturers, Xymogen, is included to start off the month-long detox program. The supplements included in this kit include Opticleanse for liver detoxification and antioxidant protection, ColonX for supportive elimination of toxins and waste, ProbioMax DF for probiotic support to eliminate toxins, improve gut health and digestion and Drainage, which is a combination of homeopathic remedies to support elimination of toxins and reduce toxicity and inflammation within the body.
The program also includes weekly lipotropic MIC injections to further assist in liver detoxification, fat burning and energy stimulation. The lipotropic MIC injections offered at Pacholec Center for Weight Loss are a combination of B vitamins and amino acids clinically proven to improve weight loss and detoxification success. Patients exhibit the most success when they receive these injections on a weekly basis in combination with exercise, diet and supplementation.
To further enhance our patient's success on the Detox Program, our providers at Pacholec Center for Weight Loss have also included 2 Myer's Cocktail IV infusions with 1 Glutathione infusion for optimal detoxification support. The Myer's Cocktail infusions should be administered bi-weekly and the glutathione infusion is only recommended on a monthly basis. Myer's Cocktail and Glutathione work synergistically to detoxify the liver, reduce inflammation, improve fat burning and weight loss success, reduce memory loss and improve attentiveness among a suite of other benefits.
The Detox Program offered at Pacholec Center for Weight Loss is a great way to achieve your weight loss and wellness goals effectively and quickly in 2021! While we can't promise 2021 will be "the best year yet", this program will definitely give you the tools to set good intentions, stay motivated and purge all the toxicity that 2020 threw at us over 12 long months. Open a new chapter in 2021 with energy, mental clarity and positivity by joining our month-long Detox Program at an introductory price! Call one of our clinics below for more information or to schedule your next appointment!
Temptations abound during the holiday season! Chocolates, popcorn, candy and desserts seem to be staring you in the face everywhere you turn and can derail you from your weight loss goals. Dr. Pacholec has compiled a list of some of the best ways to ward off temptation and stick to your goals during the holiday season. Read below for more tips on how to lose weight successfully before the new year!
Our 2nd annual weight loss challenge is officially underway! We have about 30 people who have registered to be a part of it this year, so to keep you all on track we are offering some great deals exclusive to our challenge participants. Our patients have had great success losing weight by doing the Energy Boost IV frequently (at least twice a month) or by doing a combination of the MIC lipotropic shots with our new GOAL amino blend injection on a weekly basis. In combination with appetite suppressants and meal replacement shakes, such as OptiCleanse, these services will significantly improve your weight loss success over the next six weeks!
One male and one female winner will be selected and winners will get FREE services on IVs, aesthetic products and weight loss supplements. Watch the video below to learn more. 2020 has been a tough year, but there is still time to end it on a good note! Good luck to all of our challenge participants! Follow us on social media (Instagram and Facebook) for more motivation as the challenge progresses.
G.O.A.L (Glutamine, Ornithine, Arginine and Lysine)
What is the Keto Diet?
A ketogenic diet refers to a low-carbohydrate way of eating that encourages high-quality proteins and healthy fats. The reduction in carbohydrate intake allows the body to shift toward a metabolic state that promotes the breakdown of fats rather than sugars. The breakdown of fats results in the production of ketones and your body enters a metabolic state known as “ketosis”. In a standard American diet, 15% of caloric intake comes from proteins, 35% comes from fats and 50% comes from carbohydrates. In a ketogenic diet, 20% of caloric intake comes from proteins, 70% from fats and only 10% from carbohydrates. Research suggests that people who follow a ketogenic diet have improved mental acuity, less risk of insulin resistance, improved weight loss outcomes, increased energy and improved cardiovascular health.
What is an Alkaline Diet?
If you have been homeschooling your kids during the pandemic, the term “alkaline” may be pretty familiar! Alkalinity is a measure of the pH scale, which refers to the total hydrogen ion concentration in a solution. The more hydrogen ions available, the more acidic a solution becomes and the less hydrogen ions available, the more alkaline a solution becomes. The pH scale ranges from 1-14. A neutral pH is 7, and human blood is about 7.4, which makes it slightly alkaline. The ocean has a pH of 8.1 and the optimal pH for a pool is also 7.4, which is equivalent to human eyes and mucous membranes. Optimal soil pH for best bioavailability of nutrients is 6-7 for fruit and vegetable farming. Acidic soils with pH less than 6 have reduced calcium and magnesium and alkaline soils with pH greater than 7 may result in unavailable minerals such as iron, manganese, copper and zinc. As a result of the agricultural revolution in the last 10,000 years, our soils have become much more acidic and conventional farming techniques lead to a diet that is poor in magnesium, potassium and fiber, but rich in saturated fats, simple sugars, sodium and chloride (salt!).
While your actual blood pH shouldn’t veer off from 7.4, the types of food you eat can modify your pH in your saliva and urine. Measuring these values is a good indication of cellular health! In general, vegetables and fruits lead to a more alkaline urine pH and grains, meats, dairy, sugar, caffeine and processed foods and sodas lead to a more acidic urine pH. In fact, soda has a pH of 2.5! When you consume a majority of acidic foods, you can induce a state of “chronic low-grade acidosis” which leads to inflammation, insulin resistance, a decrease in bone density and the inability for your body to metabolize important minerals like magnesium, calcium and potassium.
Conversely, if you consume mainly alkaline-rich foods, you can benefit your overall health in a variety of ways. Research suggests that an alkaline diet favors bone growth, prevents bone loss and reduces osteoporotic fracture risk. This is of huge importance to women especially, who are at greater risk for osteoporosis as they age and as they go through menopause. Alkaline foods also increase lean muscle mass, optimizes availability of minerals such as magnesium, and reduces chronic inflammation. Magnesium is a crucial mineral that has been shown to reduce anxiety, improve sleep, reduce headaches and improve digestion. Nutrient soil depletion along with an acidic diet means that up to 80% of Americans are low in this important mineral! You can supplement with magnesium, but if your urine pH is not more alkaline, it will not become bioavailable.
If you are worried that you may be low in some of the minerals discussed here, we have a few different types of pharmaceutical-grade nutrients you can supplement with. At Pacholec Center for Weight Loss, we carry bio-available Magnesium Citrate and Magnesium Glycinate as well as a Mineral Blend (MinRex) to help you replenish your cells and achieve a more alkaline state. You can pick these supplements up in either our online store or in either of our Lutz, FL or St Petersburg, FL locations.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting refers to meal timing restrictions and while there are many types of fasting intervals that are observed, the most common and successful is the 16/8 ratio of fasting/feeding. The process of fasting activates autophagy, which allows the body to digest its own cells and tissues and removes harmful toxins, damaged proteins, and increases the production of ketone levels. When intermittent fasting is combined with the keto diet, it allows the benefits of autophagy to be achieved more efficiently.
Autophagy is achieved when the body is starved of protein and when carbohydrates are restricted, so combining keto with intermittent fasting increases efficiency and leads to faster ketosis, faster weight loss, decrease in oxidative stress and inflammation, enhanced mental acuity and more stable blood sugar levels.
For women particularly, intermittent fasting works best with a 15/9 or 16/8 window. This means that you should fast for 15 or 16 hours between dinner and breakfast (7pm-10am) and then eat two healthy keto-alkaline meals with a protein shake or light meal in the 8 or 9 hour feeding window. We have a variety of pharmaceutical-grade protein meal replacement shakes that are keto-friendly, so ask your practitioner for more information at your next visit or browse our online store!
If you have never tried intermittent fasting before, start slow! You can start with a 12/12 window and work your way up to 15/9 or 16/8. The most difficult issue with intermittent fasting is going to be changing your existing habits, such as eating comfort foods, late night binging, snacking between meals or eating a carb-heavy breakfast early in the morning. Give yourself time to adjust and set goals to achieve. If you feel like you are craving a late-night snack, try some hot water with lemon or herbal tea. Hot drinks also give us a sense of comfort and can trick your brain into feeling like you have been satiated.
There is an overwhelming amount of research on how intermittent fasting is beneficial, especially for women! Health benefits include reduced breast cancer risk, reduced risk for menstrual problems, assistance managing PCOS symptoms, reduction in body weight, improved reproductive health in early adulthood, improved mental health during menopausal transition, decreased risk of insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease, as well as reduced symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress levels.
How does the Keto-Alklaine Diet combined with Intermittent Fasting Work?
If you are struggling with weight loss, menopause, insulin resistance, brain fog or other hormonal imbalances, this may be the diet for you! Our practitioners will work with you to make sure you are adhering to the keto-alkaline diet and intermittent fasting properly and eating appropriate foods. You will begin a ketogenic plan to consume at least 70% of your caloric intake from healthy, alkaline fats found in dark, leafy greens, vegetables, nuts and seeds. 20% of your caloric intake should come from high-quality, non-processed organic or free-range beef, poultry or fish. Eating pounds of bacon will not provide you the results you are looking for here! Our physician supervised ketogenic program provides a comprehensive nutritional guide with individualized recommendations from our providers to help you stay on track.
Why is it best suited for menopausal women?
Unfortunately, one of the side effects of menopause and hormonal shifts is weight gain, specifically abdominal visceral fat (i.e. that stubborn belly fat which never seems to go away no matter how much you diet and exercise), which is also the most difficult to get rid of! Too much weight gain can also exacerbate menopausal symptoms, like mood swings, sleep problems, decrease in lean muscle mass, and increase in hot flashes. It may also lead to insulin resistance, which increases your risk for heart disease, dementia and diabetes. Getting older is so much fun! While it may feel like all of this is out of your control and many traditional doctors will just tell you it’s the consequence of aging, don’t get disheartened! Our practitioners at Pacholec Center for Weight Loss are specifically trained to help women overcome hormonal imbalances, lose weight and achieve a life full of energy and good health! Our practitioners will first work with women to achieve optimal hormonal balance through bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Once your hormones are on the right track, the weight may start falling off on its own, or you may need an extra dietary push in the right direction. Our practitioners will work with you to help you overcome stubborn weight loss by incorporating the keto-alkaline diet and intermittent fasting. As discussed above, there is a plethora of research on how well this approach works, especially for women! Call either of our Lutz, FL or St Petersburg, FL locations for more information and to start your journey towards better health today!
Pharmaceutical-Grade Keto Diet Supplements Recommended by Dr. Pacholec, Ms. DeNeve and Dr. Williams:
Metagenics Ketogenic Shake (Chocolate or Vanilla): 20g of fat, 5g of MCT per serving + 25 essential vitamins and minerals. You can add additional fats to your shake by blending avocado, almond butter, peanut butter, chia seeds or shredded coconut for extra flavor and fat.
Designs for Health KTO-360 Powder (Vanilla): 16g of total fat, 16 g of protein from collagen peptides and only 3 g net carbs. This meal replacement shake features collagen peptides and fats from avocado oil powder, grass fed butter powder and the medium chain triglyceride caprylic acid (C8).
Designs for Health KTO-ElectroPure: this unflavored liquid can be added to your drink of choice to help combat “keto fatigue” by replenishing your body with important electrolytes including 75 mg magnesium and 300 mg chloride sourced from ionic trace minerals, 150 mg sodium (from seawater), and 150 mg potassium (as potassium chloride). Workout enthusiasts will also benefit from using this liquid after a workout to replenish their cells!
Designs for Health KTO-C8 100: 100% pure caprylic acid sourced exclusively from coconut oil. Each 1-Tbsp serving provide 14 grams of caprylic acid convenient for adding to coffee or tea, using in shakes and smoothies, or incorporating into recipes as needed. There are four main types of MCTs (C6, C8, C10 and C12) and C8 is the most efficient at increasing ketone levels and is easily digested and absorbed by the body.
Designs for Health KTO-Bar: This coconut hemp chocolate functional food bar contains 15 grams of fat, 10 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and only 2 net carbs, making it an ideal and convenient snack or meal replacement for anyone following a low-carb or keto diet. It’s generous fiber supply also makes it a good candidate for people following the keto-alkaline diet as well!
Metagenics Keto Soup (Savory Chicken Flavor): 14 grams of fat, 20 grams of protein, 4 grams of carbs and 3 grams of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) per serving. The soups come in individual packets and you just add water and serve! A quick, convenient, and easy way to stay on top of your keto diet. Try adding a tbsp of ghee or a serving of MCT Oil for extra fat intake.
Metagenics Exogenous Ketones (Berry Blast Flavor): 1 scoop of the beta-hydroxybutyrate salts mixed with water induces acute ketosis within 15-minutes!
Metagenics Phyto Moringa Powder (Berry Blast Flavor): This meal replacement shake will help you stay on top of your keto-alkaline goals! Formulated with the 70:20:10 ratio of fat, protein, and carbohydrates, it also contains grass-fed and pasture-raised collagen peptides types I and III to support skin, nails, bones, and joint health. MCTs are sourced from coconuts, organic moringa leaf extract, and an organic phytonutrient blend of 12 superfruits, greens and herbs to help you stay on track with your keto-alkaline diet.
Most of these products can be purchased on our online store and all of these products are in stock at Pacholec Center for Weight Loss locations in Lutz, FL and St. Petersburg, FL. Call one of our offices for more information or to make your next appointment!
Glutathione is one of the body’s most effective antioxidant and detoxifying substances, especially for the brain, liver and skin. Glutathione is a naturally occurring antioxidant and dramatically improves the detoxification and rebuilding process in the body. You immune system requires Gluthathione to function properly.
Glutathione has also been shown to have strong anti-aging benefits, improving skin tone, texture and preventing formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Celebrities all over the world have endorsed Glutathione for its antioxidant and anti-aging benefits, leading to nicknames such as the "Master Antioxidant" or the "Lightening Agent" due to its ability to decrease pigmentation. Read below for more information!
Three Immune Functions of Glutathione Include:
Three Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Functions of Glutathione Include:
At Pacholec Center for Weight Loss, we offer Glutathione as an oral spray, or as an add-on IV treatment to one of our other nutritive IV drips. Contact one of our offices for more information or to set up your next appointment!
Coronavirus is a hot topic among patients, clinicians and travelers alike. At Pacholec Center for Weight Loss, we want to provide our patients with the tools and resources to protect themselves safely and effectively. Despite the rapid expansion of the virus and daily terrifying reports by the media and our cohorts on social media, your individual risk of contamination remains very low. In fact, your risk of getting the flu is much higher, with 2020 primed to be the worst year for contraction of the flu on record. Boosting your immune system with vitamins, herbs and good hygiene practices will help you fight off any impeding viruses, bacteria or fungi that hope to pick up residence and wage war in your body.
How to Reduce Your Risk of Contracting a Viral Infection
Viral infections are opportunistic predators, which prey on the young, the elderly and those with compromised or weakened immune systems. So, how do you make sure your immune system is in healthy optimal condition? Follow the recommendations from our practitioners at Pacholec Center for Weight Loss below!
6 Ways to Boost Your Immune System and Protect Your Body from Viral Infections
1.Get a Weekly or Bi-Weekly IV Vitamin Infusion Treatment
3.Boost Your Fiber Intake & Support Your Microbiome
4.Consider Peptide Therapy
Along with supporting your immune system, it is important to also practice good hygiene! Your immune system won’t have to work so hard if you are able to keep out the pathogens in the first place. Proper hand washing and sterilization, especially in crowded places like restaurants, airports or shopping malls is the best way to prevent the spread of viruses and harmful bacteria. However, supporting your immune system with proper nutrition, vitamin supplementation and herbal support will help protect you and your loved ones should you come into contact with some type of pathogen. You can call one of our offices for more information or order some of the supplements discussed above from our online store.
Growth hormone deficiency increases as we age, causing a loss in muscle mass, decreased libido, and a reduction in skin elasticity and bone density. It can also contribute to weight gain or stubborn weight loss. Peptide therapy is a relatively new anti-aging treatment, which can reverse the effects of aging by rejuvenating the release of growth hormone in the body. The Ipamorelin/CJC 1295 formula which our practitioners recommend does this by stimulating production of IGF-1 by the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. This combination also inhibits the release of somatostatin from the pituitary gland, which is a growth hormone inhibitory factor (GHIH). As compared to Sermorelin, Ipamorelin/CJC 1295 has a longer half-life, higher efficacy and more pronounced anti-aging benefits.
7 Uses and Benefits of Ipamorelin + CJC 1295
The Ipamorelin/CJC 1295 combination is a new and improved formula for Sermorelin, which eliminates many of the negative side effects patients used to experience from using Sermorelin. Adverse reactions and side effects are limited but may include reactions at the injection site, including redness, swelling or flushing of the face. In clinical trials, less than 1% of patients experienced dizziness, headache or hyperactivity after long-term treatment with peptide therapy. Overall, the peer-reviewed literature on the safety and efficacy of exogenous growth hormones have found that there are no potential side effects.
How to Use
Ipamorelin/CJC 1295 is a daily injection prescribed by one of our practitioners and created by an accredited and fully licensed compounding pharmacy. The medication is shipped to the patient's house with instructions on how to self-administer. If you are interested in learning more, please call Pacholec Center for Weight Loss at either our Lutz, FL or St Petersburg, FL location.
Happy New Year to all of my wonderful patients! 2019 marked 20 years since I opened my practice in Lutz, FL; it’s hard to imagine it has been so long! Back in 1999, Central Pasco Weight Loss Center began in a shared office suite with Dr. Diana Calderone in a building that was surrounded by oaks, ferns, farms and cows. State Rd 54 certainly did not look like the sprawling metropolis it is today.
Over the past 20 years, many of you have trusted me with your care and I have truly appreciated all of your warmth and love as I have supported and guided you on your weight loss, wellness and anti-aging endeavors. There have been many special moments I have enjoyed with each of you. I have been honored to watch your children grow from babies to young adults. I have also enjoyed treating your close family members, including your brothers, sisters, parents and friends. You are each so special to me and I wanted to write this letter to make my feelings known.
For most of these past 20 years, it was just me and a small staff, but as time and technology have progressed, I have tried to keep up with the modernization as well. Fortunately, I now have a wonderful Practice Manager, Lauren Partridge (who also happens to be my amazing daughter) who has helped me catch up with the digital world. Together, we have grown the practice to include two offices across Tampa Bay, added additional practitioners, transitioned to electronic records with electronic prescribing capabilities and expanded our online presence via Instagram, Facebook and YouTube!
Many of you have also met our nurse practitioner, Lauren DeNeve, ARNP, who has been with us for the past year and a half. She specializes in functional medicine and has had many years of experience treating patients with all kinds of hormone issues, including perimenopause, menopause, and thyroid and adrenal issues. She has a special interest in Hashimoto’s thyroid disease and other autoimmune diseases as well. Her expertise in functional medicine has been a great asset to our health team and has helped many of you overcome stubborn weight loss to better meet your goals!
More recently, I have also hired a new physician for my practice, Dr. Kristen Williams, MD. She has a special interest in aesthetics and facial procedures and is very knowledgeable with pharmacology and nutrition. She has introduced MINT thread lift procedures to the practice, which have already been quite popular and successful for many of our patients! Her compassion and friendly attitude have allowed her to already build strong relationships with many of you even though she has only been with us since October 2019.
I am also excited about all the new changes coming our way for 2020. Our St Petersburg location has been growing since its inception in 2018 – we are excited to celebrate our 2-year anniversary in February! A few months ago, we began IV vitamin and nutrition therapy, which has proved to be both popular and successful for many of our patients. As an anniversary present, we will be adding on a few more formulas devised for athletic performance, recovery and energy – so stay tuned for more information and discounts regarding that! Ms. DeNeve and Dr. Williams continue to grow the aesthetics aspect of our practice and are excited to introduce a few new types of filler treatments in the coming year. We also joined Brilliant Distinctions a few months ago and are happy we have been able to offer our aesthetic patients discounts and loyalty rewards on Botox and facial filler procedures through this program.
Overall, I just want to thank each of you for all your years of love and support to me and my staff. Even if you are no longer a patient or come in only once or twice a year, I wanted you to know that I appreciate each and every one of you; you have all touched my life in different ways! Let’s all continue our pursuit of health, happiness and wellness for 2020!
Our 20-Year Anniversary Sale has now finished. Please call one of our offices for more information or to set up your next appointment.
Barbara Pacholec, MD
Dr Pacholec is Board Certified in Bariatric Medicine and Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. She has run a successful practice specializing in medical weight loss, hormone replacement therapy and anti-aging/regenerative and functional medicine for the past 20 years in Lutz, FL in Tampa Bay. In January 2018, she opened a satellite practice in St Petersburg, FL which also specializes in medical weight loss, hormone replacement therapy, and anti-aging/regenerative and functional medicine.