Restless Leg Syndrome – Are you seeing the right doctor?

When most of us hear the word “Restless Leg Syndrome” we think of lying there at night trying to go to sleep with our leg or legs twitching involuntarily. Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, is believed to affect more than 10 million adults in the United States.While it may be primarily a twitch, it is also often described as an itchy sensation and even feeling like throbbing or bugs crawling on your legs. It makes sleep a near impossibility.

There is no one single test for RLS. General practitioners will usually refer the patient out to a variety of specialists. RLS may stem from a variety of causes including genetic issues and lack of iron. It has also been closely associated with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s.

The most common referrals made are:

  • Neurologists –Neurologists have special training in treating nervous disorders including peripheral neuropathy and Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Sleep specialists – Lack of sleep can be one of the most troublesome symptoms.
  • Pain specialists – When these sensations are more severe, patients may see a pain specialist in hopes of some assistance alleviating these sensations. This is usually accomplished through medications including: Dopaminergic agents, Benzodiazepines, Opiates, Anticonvulsant, Alpha2 agonists.

The one that is often overlooked and ironically the most likely is sending the RLS patient to consult with a Vein Specialist. Chronic venous insufficiency is often an underlying cause of this disorder. It has been estimated that more than 25% of the population suffers from some level of venous deficiency. Despite this it quite often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as other issues.

Studies show that proper vein treatment can help to relieve symptoms of restless leg syndrome. According to a study in the journal Phlebology, in patients with restless leg syndrome who presented venous insufficiency, 98% of patients found relief from restless legs syndrome symptoms by treating their venous insufficiency, and 80% had long-term lasting relief.

Before medicating a patient for symptoms of RLS – A Vein Specialist should always be consulted in order to rule out venous insufficiency first.

Dr. Magnant is the premier Vein Specialist in South West Florida. If you are experiencing symptoms of RLS or have had a diagnosis of RLS we invite you to give us a call at 239-694-VEIN (8346) or visit our website

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Is the milk you are drinking damaging your health?

Got Milk?
We are all familiar with the infamous ad campaign featuring adorable kids and celebrities wearing milk mustaches and touting the benefits of milk, but is drinking milk actually healthy for you?

While RAW and Organic milks may offer some benefits, conventional store bought factory farmed leaves a lot to be desired and may actually be damaging your body.

Low fat milk in particular has been promoted as a low calorie drink full of calcium. The USDA actually recommends drinking 3 glasses a day. The problem with that theory is that the calcium in cows milk is barely absorbable by humans and actually depletes calcium supplies in the bones having the opposite of the desired effect and adding to the likelihood of osteoporosis induced fractures in the later years of life.

Amy Lanou Ph.D., nutrition director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C., states that:
“The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk and have the most calcium in their diets. The connection between calcium consumption and bone health is actually very weak, and the connection between dairy consumption and bone health is almost nonexistent.”
A far better way to keep your bones strong and build bone health is by consuming foods not only rich in calcium but also rich in collagen.

As far as the low fat part of the equation goes yes it is lower in fat. It is not however lower in sugar (lactose) ringing in at around 14g per glass. At the recommended 3 glasses a day you are consuming 42g of sugar just from the milk you are drinking. Your body needs the fat in order to assimilate the Vitamin D. Without it, you are not processing that properly either.

Today’s milk is pasteurized and homogenized. This removes bacteria and viruses but also removes much of the nutrition. This heat processing of the milk can lead to a long list of digestive issues. Added to this milking cows are now often given antibiotics and may also be injected with rBGH (a growth hormone)to increase production. It has been linked to cancer in milk drinkers as well as accelerated growth in children.

Additional effects drinking conventional cows milk may cause:
Lactose intolerance
Elevated risk for cancers
Elevated risk for MS
Increased inflammation
Possible increased cholesterol levels
*Interestingly – Fermented milk products like cheese, sour cream and yogurt do not have the same dangers.

Milk has become a staple food item for many Americans. It is not easy for many to think of giving it up but there are some wonderful replacements on the market today that are far healthier for you. – Rice Milk, Hemp Milk, and Almond Milk – are all good substitutes. (*Steer clear of Soy. Most of the soy crops are GMO and soy boosts estrogen levels abnormally).

Don’t be fooled my slick ad campaigns. Do your own research and next time someone asks “Got milk?” you can smile and say “No”.


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