Halo Primary & Pediatric Care

with a wellness focus

Halo doctors take care of you and your family when you’re sick and help manage health issues and chronic illness. We treat a broad scope of health conditions such as:

Halo’s Primary & Pediatric care is different.

What makes Halo doctors different from other physician and concierge practices is Halo’s proactive medical care that focuses on helping sustain your health and get in front of potential future health issues affecting quality of life.

Our wellness-focused approach is personalized based on your individual situation and designed to educate you on how to make small and big changes to your lifestyle.

  1. We start out with a detailed assessment that includes executive blood panels that tell us much more than a standard blood panel. This means hormone levels, including stress hormones, metabolic markers, and more.
  2. We review your results in depth and help you establish a plan to make lifestyle changes that can improve and correct issues before they become a larger health problem.
  3. We guide you to set goals for continually sustaining, improving and monitoring health information such as your blood pressure, EKG, heart rate, diet, nutrition and fitness.
  4. We educate you on age management, anti-aging treatments and minimizing inherited health risks with early screening and proactive monitoring.
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Halo’s Hormone Optimization

for Age Management & Quality of Life

Hormone optimization therapy can relieve age-related symptoms that result from the natural loss of hormones due to aging. In addition to restoring quality of life, individuals can feel more youthful and energetic. Often, hormone loss or imbalance is a contributing factor to mood swings, irritability, anxiety, depression, and lack of motivation. Hormone therapy can also improve or slow the signs of physical aging, improve skin radiance & texture, slow hair loss and thinning and improve and slow down memory loss.

Hormone Optimization Therapy is an option for individuals who may have certain symptoms with no other underlying health condition to explain the symptoms:

What hormones are prescribed for hormone optimization?

When it comes to hormones, many people think first of sexual hormones, such as testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen and Halo doctors look first at these important hormones. However, as we age, the body’s ability to produce hormones dramatically decreases, and in addition to low hormone levels, hormones can become out of balance. There are dozens of hormones that are critical to your body’s functioning that helps sustain your cells and organs and contribute to vitality. Hormone optimization therapy helps to counteract the adverse effects of the body’s natural hormonal decline due to aging. When hormones are restored to optimal levels, it helps you feel and look your best and decreases your risk of chronic disease.

When lab results indicate your hormones are out of balance, Halo doctors can help you restore them to more youthful levels, through peptide therapies, IV therapies, and other types of hormone replacement therapies.

IV Therapy

a commitment to invest in your health & well-being

Halo Health Concierge Doctors offer our patients IV Therapy to benefit and boost nutritional health. Most of our elective IV therapies are administered in our office. Occasionally we are able to administer elective IV therapies at your home or office alongside regularly scheduled medical appointments. Contact our office to inquire.

Why choose IV Therapy?

Amino acids, nutrients, vitamins, and metabolism boosters help optimize your body’s health & performance to aid in:

Improved Metabolism – by pulling fat from storage to use as fuel (lipotropic agent).

Cleansing the Liver – of fat and detoxifying liver tissue.

Stimulating nerve conduction – improving focus and concentration, reducing anxious and depressive symptoms. Used in the treatment of ADHD, bipolar, autism, dementia, and nerve pain.

Raising acetylcholine levels – to keep energy consistent.

Building and repairing tissues –  making chemicals and proteins needed by the body, and repairing the immune system.

Increasing androgen receptors – to promote muscle growth.

Destroying homocysteine – in the body can help reduce coronary heart disease and strokes.

Enhancing energy & boosting endurance – in those with low vitamin B & D levels.

Benefits of IV Therapy

General nutritional health – IV therapy can help replenish nutrients, minerals & vitamins essential to health, mood, and skin tone.

Recovering from cold/flu – IV therapy can help boost your immune system to reduce the length and effects of illness.

Recovering from illness/surgery – IV therapy can help patients with chemotherapy, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and dialysis feel better.

Immune system – IV Therapy can strengthen the immune system to fight off pathogens that lead to illness.

Before and after sports competitions – IV therapy helps marathoners, bodybuilders and other athletes perform their best and recover more quickly.

Boosting energy & metabolism – Providing nutrients that are essential for enhancing metabolism.

Hangover relief – IV therapy relieves hangover symptoms.

Addiction recovery – Specialized IV treatments, like NAD+, help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms during recovery.

Anti-aging – Specialized IV treatments, like NAD+, may slow aging by boosting cellular health.

We offer these Nutritional Additives in our IV Therapies

GLUTATHIONE

Glutathione improves the health of your cells. It acts in your body:

  • As an anti-aging agent
  • To help fight obesity
  • As a liver detoxer
  • To prevent and reverse acne and wrinkles
  • To improve age spots, brown spots and dark eye circles by protecting the skin against oxidative damage

MIC – METHIONINE | INOSITOL | CHOLINE

Amino acids are the building blocks of your cells that act in your body:

  • To break down fat & boost metabolism
  • To improve gut-nerve function
  • To help keep energy consistent during workouts
  • To help treat some seizure disorders, dementia and alcoholism
  • To help reduce anxiety and improve mood, concentration and attention span
  • To regulate leptin, a key fat regulator in your body

IRON

Iron is needed to make hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that acts in your body:

  • To enable your blood cells to carry oxygen in the body
  • To treat fatigue
  • To treat anemia
  • To increase energy

VITAMIN D

Vitamin D receptors are found in cells all over the body affecting:

  • Weight loss and metabolism
  • Hormone regulation
  • Preservation of telomeres for anti-aging benefits
  • Improvement of mood
  • Sustaining energy

ZINC

Zinc supports your body’s T-cells that occur in various organ systems, tissues and bones:

  • To help increase immunity.
  • To aid in jet lag and post travel immunity
  • To maintain thyroid function and regulate hormones
  • To enhance athletic performance
  • To help heal wounds
  • To help libido in men.

MAGNESIUM

Magnesium creates cellular energy and boosts energy production to promote activation of enzymes in your cells which help:

  • Reduce fatigue
  • Regulate muscle and nerve function
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Mitigate migraines frequency and severity
  • Decrease GI irritation such as constipation, cramps, flatulence and indigestion

K-CARNITINE

L-Carnitine builds stamina playing a crucial role in producing energy by mobilizing fatty acids to aid in: 

  • Decreasing LDL cholesterol
  • Promoting muscle growth
  • Aiding recovery from exercise
  • Increasing stamina
  • Helping prevent fat storage
  • Inducing fat metabolism

B COMPLEX – B6& B12

B Complex is active at the cellular level in the function of your brain and nervous system acting:

  • To support nervous system
  • To regulate blood sugar levels
  • To support red blood cells
  • To nourish skin, hair and nails
  • To enhance energy and boost metabolism

VITAMIN C

Vitamin C can help your body at a cellular level by:

  • Helping fight inflammation
  • Helping produce collagen which aids in repairing wounds
  • Helping fight heart disease risk factors
  • Helping lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides

NAD+ IV Therapy

What is NAD+?

Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide

A coenzyme needed to stay alive. As a “helper” molecule, it binds to other enzymes to facilitate reactions at the molecular level which produce positive outcomes on your health.

How does the amount of NAD+ in my body affect my health? 

Low levels of NAD+ are often accompanied by negative health consequences. As you age, your NAD+ supplies decline. Recently, research has shown that NAD+ has positive impacts at a cellular level on the aging process, inflammation, sleep cycles, immunity, oxidative stress, and brain & nerve function.

NAD+ and your body

Why is NAD+ necessary for my body? 

The depletion of NAD+ can negatively affect the health and functioning of your body at the cellular level. Here are a few conditions that can suppress levels of NAD+:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Natural aging
  • Brain injury or trauma
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Substance abuse
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
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NAD+ and Aging

NAD+ levels decline as we age, leading to a decline in the function of cells and organs. As you age, the telomeres in your DNA shorten which increases disease risk. Recent studies show that replenishment of NAD+ slows this process.

NAD+ levels decline with age

Research shows NAD+ levels in the body decline by about 50% by the age of 50. By the age of 80, NAD+ levels are reduced to only 10%. This partially explains the decline in cognitive function and ability to repair cellular damage with aging. Research shows NAD+ levels in brain tissue, hair & skin decrease as you age.

NAD+ & Substance Abuse. 

In some patients, NAD+ has been shown to significantly reduce the severity of cravings associated with opiate and alcohol withdrawal as well as reduce the number of relapses.

How to boost NAD+ levels in your Body

You cannot absorb NAD+ from your diet, but there are dietary precursors that do help your body make NAD+. You can increase NAD+ levels in your body by:

  • Intravenous (IV) NAD+ administration is the most effective way to boost the level of NAD+ in your body.
  • Exercising, (along with many other physical benefits), increases NAD+ levels.
  • Eating raw foods rich in Vitamin B which help increase NAD+ levels.
  • Eliminating processed foods which can make it harder for your body to produce NAD+.
  • Consuming higher levels of proteins. Proteins obtained from poultry, fish, mushrooms, nuts, and eggs are excellent sources of NAD+ precursors.
  • Intermittent Fasting. When you are fasting, your body produces more NAD+ to convert fat into energy. 

Peptide Therapies – Boosting Wellness and Cellular Health

Halo Health Concierge Doctors offer peptide protocols that help your body’s cells perform as they are designed. The selected naturally occurring peptide therapies offered by Halo Health help toward getting and keeping your body in optimal performance and health.  When properly administered, peptides communicate with different parts of the body, binding to receptors on the cell surface, potentially enhancing the function of the entire body by signaling messages for cellular optimization.

Fat loss, sleep, muscle building, healing from injury or surgery, reduction of inflammation, and anti-aging are several areas that peptide therapy can significantly improve. Because peptides are mostly naturally occurring in the body, they are well tolerated when administered via injection. We consult with our patients and help you consider whether peptide therapy might help you achieve your personal health and fitness goals and improve one or more conditions that affect your quality of life and sustainment of health and vitality.

What are Peptides?

They are short strings of amino acids that naturally occur in the body. There are over 7,000 peptides identified that communicate with parts of the body. As we age, our bodies produce less peptides.  One example that many are familiar with is collagen peptide, which makes up cartilage, bone and skin. As aging occurs, the body makes less collagen which causes skin to lose elasticity & youthful vibrancy. This results in wrinkles and aged appearance. Loss of collagen also contributes to osteoporosis, brittle nails and muscle loss. Beauty product companies are now offering forms of collagen and other combination absorbable peptides in skin products to help slow the effects of skin aging.

How is Peptide Therapy Administered?

Peptides are injected for optimal absorption and bioavailability. Peptides are smaller and more broken down than proteins and therefore may be easier to absorb, allowing them to entire the bloodstream more quickly via injection, avoiding breakdown in the intestines and stomach. Modified peptides administered orally can avoid breakdown in the intestines and stomach however they cannot be absorbed into the blood due to cells in the intestinal wall which inhibit absorption. Halo administers naturally occurring peptides via injection which cannot avert the breakdown that occurs in the gastrointestinal tract. Proteins are essential in our diet and are comprised of various peptide bonds. During digestion and assimilation of proteins, there are numerous enzymes in the intestines and stomach responsible for the breakdown of peptide bonds. As a result, any medication which contains naturally occurring peptides, cannot avert the

How Do Peptides Work?

To understand the benefits of cellular health and how it affects aging, it is important to understand the benefits of increased Human Growth Hormone in the body. HGH acts on many tissues throughout the body. In children and adolescents, it stimulates the growth of bone and cartilage, along with many other growth benefits. 

Within the body, there are lot of different hormones that react with cells and trigger different biological processes. Often these are peptides, either cyclic versions or straight, linear ones. When a peptide eventually breaks down it just breaks down into amino acids, and amino acids are basically cellular food.

There are many kinds of peptides which work on different areas of the body. Halo Health administers several types of peptide therapies based on each patients goals and condition. Specifically, there are peptides that can increase our own body’s production of GHRH from the hypothalamus, which then naturally releases more of your own human growth hormone.

There are a number of peptides that have been developed to assist the pituitary gland in releasing increased amounts of growth hormones. These amino acids stimulate our pituitary gland to make and excrete more human growth hormone into the bloodstream. The boosts in production can assist in potentially lessening the effects of aging, improving many health conditions related to aging.

Benefits Of Peptides

There is considerable and robust evidence supporting the remedial effects of increased human growth hormone including several significant benefits such as increased muscle mass, decreased body fat, improved athletic performance and exercise capacity, protection from fractures, a reduced risk of future heart disease and improved brain function. [Peptides & Brain Function]

A number of studies have also demonstrated improvements in psychological well-being, with specific improvements in energy and improved sleep quality (fewer awakenings, increased duration of deep sleep). Enhanced psychological well-being reduces healthcare consumption and the number of sick days an individual experiences overall.

Halo’s Medically Supervised Weight Loss

Halo’s Physician supervised weight loss combines nutrition counseling, fitness recommendations, peptide therapies and FDA approved weight loss medications when medically indicated. Peptide therapies are often used to help curb hunger & increase fat metabolism. Medications work via different mechanisms, phentermine is an example that works on the brain to reduce hunger, cravings and improve mood and energy. Other drugs work in the gut or periphery with insulin resistance and diabetes. Saxenda, metformin and tirzepatide are examples of these type medications.

“Lose Fat, not Weight”

We don’t want our patients to lose weight. We want them to lose fat and increase muscle. Increasing muscle increases calorie burning since muscle is the furnace of your body, the more muscle in the body, the more calories are burned. This is why it’s important to increase weight bearing exercise during any weight loss regime. Even small increases amounting to 15 minutes a day of exercise will help. As patients see success and start to feel and look better, usually people are motivated to increase physical activity.

Halo Physician Weight Loss measures your success

Understanding your body’s composition is important to know how best to create a pathway for weight loss. Halo uses a computerized scale that measures your total percent body fat and visceral fat (located around the intestines and mid-body) which is associated with metabolic syndrome. Muscle weight, bone weight, and water weight are measured, and a baseline is set. As a person loses fat, the amount of fat loss vs the amount of lean body loss is tracked to make sure you are not losing muscle that keeps your metabolism burning calories.

Underlying Medical Issues affecting Weight

Often weight loss by calorie counting is not successful. The “calorie-in, calorie-out” formula does not account for underlying medical problems such as hormonal imbalances and deficiencies, diabetes, nutritional issues such as leptin resistance, autoimmune diseases, and side effects of medications that affect overall metabolism. Some people have a very slow metabolism due to low lean body mass. Halo takes the time to measure these important indicators prior to beginning any medically supervised weight loss program.

Halo’s Approach to Metabolic Optimization

There are many benefits to making sure the body’s metabolism is working as it should. Halo subscribes to the belief that monitoring and correcting metabolism is one of the most straightforward ways to optimize health, fitness and well-being and help you achieve faster and better results toward fitness and vitality. When the metabolism is working, the benefits are great:

Halo Doctors Help Correct the Causes of Metabolic Malfunctions

Using executive blood panels, Halo doctors will monitor your labs and order additional tests when indicators suggest metabolic dysfunction. Many treatments are available, such as peptides, nutritional vitamin and mineral supplementation and hormone therapies.

What Factors Contribute to Metabolic Malfunctions?

Halo offers in-office IV therapies, cellular blood testing for nutritional deficiencies and toxicities and physician supervised on-going monitoring that helps our patients keep their metabolism optimized.

Halo Medical Aesthetics

Wellness. Inside & Out. Halo doctors subscribe to the belief that wellness starts inside at the cellular level of our bodies and extends to the outside: how we look. When we are healthy, we look good, and we feel good. Taking care of the outside of our appearance can be equally important psychologically to how healthy our body is at any point in time.

Halo’s Aesthetic Anti-Aging & Age Management Services

In our beautiful office in Raleigh, Halo offers Medical Aesthetics to include: