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What you need to know about Food Sensitivities

Food sensitivities may be triggering issues such as allergies, eczema, sinus conditions, joint pain, migraine headaches, brain fog, and fatigue.

Do you have chronic issues that seem to get better when you eat right?  Have you considered the possibility that you might have a food sensitivity?  A few years ago I took a test myself to see if I had food sensitivities.   I was shocked at what I found out.

Let me explain what I mean by food sensitivity.  Food sensitivity occurs when a person has difficulty digesting a particular food. This can lead to symptoms such as intestinal gas, abdominal pain or diarrhea.  Let me be clear, I am not discussing food allergies.  A true food allergy is when a microscopic amount of the food has the potential to lead to a serious or life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis.  Think peanut allergy.

How many of us deal with intestinal gas, abdominal pain or diarrhea?  Many patients that I talk with are using medications like Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid and other stomach acid suppressing medications to deal with some of these symptoms.  Could it be that these symptoms are caused by what we are eating?  Is the medicine curing you of the sensitivity?  Maybe not, the solution may come from avoiding the food that is causing the symptom.  Actually the medications listed above could be causing more harm than just taking care of the symptoms.  To learn more about how these medications may be harmful, you can read a previous blog by clicking here.

How do I find out which foods I am sensitive to?

I am sure you already know what foods you are more sensitive to.  Think about the last time you had Mexican, Italian, and Ice cream.  Did you bloat up with gas?  Maybe even had diarrhea?  In all three food options there is a lot of dairy.  Most of us (65%) are sensitive to dairy.  So you can figure this out with an elimination diet.  Elimination diets take several weeks and can be difficult.  The quicker way is to do what I did.  Get a blood test.  The blood test analyzes almost 100 different foods that most people eat.  When the results come back it categorizes the foods that you are sensitive to in groups of most severely sensitive, moderately sensitive and mildly sensitive.  If you are interested in getting this test click here and I will get a kit ready for you.

Once we have the test results back I can help you with your plan.

What results should I expect if I go through with adjusting my diet for food sensitivities?

Here is what the goal is.  If you eliminate the foods that you are sensitive to for 90 days and then slowly re-introduce them you may be able to eat the foods again without sensitivity.  During the 90 day elimination your gastrointestinal tract has time to heal.  Healing the gastrointestinal tract allows for proper absorption of nutrients that boosts your immune system.  Once the immune system is back healthy you will feel better, look better, and you will be able to prevent illnesses and diseases.  By the way, the immune system is your anti-cancer system.  Why wouldn’t you want to take care of a system that can prevent cancer?

Just so you know I tested sensitive to 29 out of 100 foods that were tested.  For more information on this contact me or comment below.


8 Vitamins/nutrients that need to be checked for ADD and ADHD

Why do we try to put everyone on the same ADD medication to treat problems that are so unique and different for each patient? 

Do you feel like you or your child is getting the same old medication that “should” help but isn’t? 

Are you seeing results that you are happy with? 

Are you concerned about taking these stimulant medications for a long time?   

When are you going to decide to take you or your child off of these medications? 

These are the questions I want to help you with.   There is so much more that can be done to fine tune you or your child’s medication with vitamins and other nutrients.  The first thing we need to do is to do some testing.  Genetic testing may help narrow the list of ADD/ADHD medications that “should” work.  I have recently teamed up with a company that specializes in what is called Micro-nutrient testing.  Let me briefly explain.

When you go to the doctor and they test your blood they are testing for infections, inflammation, heart issues and some vitamins and minerals.  Micro-nutrient testing tests the critical nutrients that can keep your brain and the rest of your body working like it should work.  I am using this type of testing in my pharmacy practice to find out why you or your child is not responding to the medication as most individuals “should” respond.  This type of testing (Micro-nutrient) is not new.  Regel Pharmalab realizes that we have the capability to find answers to common issues that regular medication is not able to correct.

What if you or your child was able to correct the nutrient deficiency and not need the stimulant medication anymore?  Wouldn’t that be a huge benefit to you and your family to know that you or your child doesn’t need a medication to feel normal or to be their best in the classroom?

What are you going to do with this information?

Why not stop by and get started finding answers today?  The summer will soon be over and your child can benefit this upcoming semester.

Tired of Nail fungus?

View More:’t it be nice this summer to have clean clear toenails?  I wrote a little about this subject a few years ago.  Check it out click here.  In the last few years a couple new products have been produced for topical nail fungus.  You may have heard of Jublia and Kerydin.  My cost for these medications are over $1000.00 each for less than a half ounce.  The price for gold today is ~ $600.00 for a half ounce.  It is truly amazing what is going on right now with the cost of medications.

We are seeing this with brand name medications and generic medications as well.  Prices are climbing and there does not seem to be a ceiling.  For an interesting read on this read this story “A $2,500 tube of cold-sore cream? Now that stings” from the LA times in March of 2015.  (Click here)

Here are some steps you can take to prevent toenail fungus.

  1. Don’t wear the same shoes every day.  Rotate your shoes.  Allow the sweat to dry.
  2. Apply foot powder to inside of shoe to dry shoes more efficiently.
  3. Keep nails trim and clean daily.
  4. If you like pedicures, ask what preventive measure are taken to prevent nail fungus.

If you are interested in getting rid of a nail fungus that you already have, click here.  I will contact your physician for you.

New year, New Goals – Start with Detox

It is time to Detox

The beginning of a new year always makes me refocus.  I try to plan ahead and figure out how to get better (in all aspects of life).  Today I would like to mention two things that I have found in 2017 that have made a difference in my health.  Physical exercise and detoxification programs.

Are you physically better than you were this time last year?  Do you have less pain?  Lower cholesterol?  Fewer headaches?  Fewer stomach issues?  Less tired?  If so, how did you do it?  If not, why not?

We all need motivation to get us to do something.  Eating better and exercising are two of the areas where I am not easily motivated to make a change.  I have found that I am motivated if someone else is going to join the fight with me.  I recently joined my wife, Summer, in a 10 day detox that we have available at Regel Pharmalab.  Her goal was to lower her cholesterol.  Her cholesterol has always been normal until this year.  Instead of starting to take cholesterol medications, she asked her physician to give her a chance to bring it down with diet and exercise.  He gave her 4 months to bring it down.  She researched the options and settled on the 10 day Metagenics Detox program as well as making better choices.


The detox program is designed not only to detox the gastrointestinal tract but also the liver.  We both liked the idea of doing this program because it was only 10 days.  The program includes a suggested menu for the 10 days, a detox support capsule and a detox powder that we made as a shake.  It was not the most pleasant 10 days, but it went well.  There was not a time that I felt hungry.  This detox is not designed to help you lose weight.  It is designed to clean out the gastrointestinal tract as well as the liver.  Cleansing the liver has been shown to help you eliminate excess cholesterol.

Well, it worked.  Summer’s cholesterol dropped significantly and cholesterol medication was not needed.  I have to say that she continued a three times a week program of walking for ~ 3 miles during the detox.


I was introduced to F3 in September of 2016 and a small group of men started meeting in January of 2017.  I cannot tell you how much easier it is to get up 3 to 4 times a week from 5:30 to 6:15 and workout with a close group of men.  F3 ( or the three Fs stand for Fitness, Fellowship and faith.  The free workout (Fitness) will bring you to a workout.  The friends (fellowship) that are formed will motivate you to come back for more workouts.  The faith will bring you closer.  Men need close friends.  Men need to lead.  Men need to connect with men that are one or two steps ahead in their relationships with their spouse and God.

I can say that since last January I am stronger physically, socially and spiritually.  If you want more information about F3, go to or  We really are impacting the community all over Memphis one “sad clown” at a time.

Fitness, Fellowship, Faith

How about you?  Are you physically better than last year?  How did you do it?  Comment below.

Contact me for more information on the Detox and F3 anytime

I needed a lifestyle change. Are you “Man” enough?

In my quest to help patients (and myself) find ways to prevent chronic disease, I have had plenty of crazy ideas.  As we all should know chronic disease is usually a product of poor choices related to diet and exercise.  Yes, I can help you improve your nutrient and hormone balance, but there is nothing more powerful in preventing chronic diseases than diet and exercise.  This is often referred to as a lifestyle change.

About a year ago I visited my brother-in-law in Knoxville, TN.  He asked me to get up on game day (Saturday) at 6:00am to go to a workout with him.  I thought to myself, 6:00am is 5:00am central time.  That is a bit early to be working out, and also I haven’t really been working out much lately.  I wasn’t about to let my brother-in-law in on this bit of information because that is what guys do, right?  “I thought I can hang with this guy”.  The next morning I roll out of bed and hop in his jeep and off we go.  We pull up to a dimly lit parking lot in a park.  I thought, “this is odd, where’s the gym?” A bunch of guys in black t-shirts are stretching out and hanging out chatting.  When we walk up to the group they start saying hello to someone named “Proton”.  I soon realize they are talking to my brother-in-law.  As I was being introduced to several of them they all had odd names.

One was “Crawdad”, another “P-nut” on and on it went.  I also noticed that there was not much common about each of them, some were in school, some had blue collar jobs and some white collar.  Their group didn’t seem to care what race, religion, or nationality you were.  There were only a couple things that were common among this group.  They were all men, they all had a weird name, most had a black t-shirt, and they were all crazy enough to wake up on Saturday morning at 6am to go to a workout.

About that time a 30ish year old guy named “Woodshack” starts gathering the group into a big circle around an american flag sticking out of the handle of a shovel.  He quickly gets everything started with some exercises.  I have watched a military movie or two to know we were doing each exercise in cadence.  He then instructs us to “Mosey” over to the baseball field now that the warm-up is over.  At this point we are in lines like I remember in football practice and starting to do shuttle runs, lunges, squats and an assortment of exercises.  At this point I am trying to remember if I had ever heard of a 40 year old acquiring asthma?

I am not giving up yet but through the sweat I realize that I am at the back of the pack with a guy that is 60ish.  I am not sure but I think they assigned him to make sure no man was left behind.  We are jumping on stuff, pulling up on stuff and running all over the place.  Meanwhile these jokers are chatting the whole time, making jokes and just having a grand old time.  Me, I am wheezing so loud the neighborhood dogs are barking back.  I realize that we have been going for 45 minutes straight without much of a break.  Woodshack leads the group on what seems to be the last exercise.  Run up the hill and touch a building called the Asylum.  When he said hill I thought that is not a hill, in Memphis we call that a mountain.  So, me and my new 60ish year old buddy work our way up the hill and we finally make it.  We “mosey” back to the parking lot and the rest of the group is already doing some kind of not stop abdominal torture.  This lasts for several minutes and I am now to the point of not caring anymore and giving up.  Crawdad then says recover and everyone is on their feet.

Next is the part that I thought was unique and different about these guys.  Crawdad then asked all the new guys to come to the center and they named each one of us.  I was assigned the name “Escobar”.  I believe that this is because I am a pharmacist (drug lord) from Memphis.  Crawdad then gives a little talk on something that had challenged him spiritually that week then we huddled up and prayed.

A few things were revealed to me during this hour of torture.

First, these men came together regularly and bonded while pushing each other to their limits.  They were friends and accepted any and all men.  The friendships that they formed were not the kind that changed as soon as their job changed.  They were not the friends of their wives husbands.  They joked with teach other but they pulled for each other and helped each other.  These men were learning how to lead each other which translated over to leading their families, leading their churches and leading at work.

If you know someone that needs accountability, discipline and better health send him to  We recently started this in Memphis and any man can get up to 6 workouts a week.  We have 4 locations throughout Memphis.  All workouts are free and are always outdoors.  All workouts are peer lead and are difficult.  All workouts will change you as a man.

Join us for a workout, if you are man enough.

Regel Rectal Rocket

Have you ever wondered what we are doing in the lab?  Here is a little sample of us preparing one of our favorite options for hemorrhoids.

If you need some relief from your hemorrhoids give me a call.



A Satisfied patient makes my job exciting!

My hope every day is to leave work with satisfied patients.  Patients that are seeing results and not just getting by.  I love to hear how our team is making a difference in your life.  I work with an amazing team of problem solvers that are dedicated to help find answers to medication related problems.  What a powerful combination when your physician and our team come together to find answers.

Here are a few examples of patients that have succeeded in finding answers.

“Regal Pharmalab has been a wonderful experience for me.  I was suffering from hormone imbalance and they were pro-active about getting me back on track.  The customer service is always wonderful and the staff responds to me with wisdom and compassion.  It has been a joy to have Regal Pharmalab on my side.  My doctors all know their name and agree with my choice to use them for my pharmaceutical needs.  Thank you for taking such great care of me.  Peace be with you. Kris C”

“I have felt like a brand new person since on the bio-identical cream. A lot more energy and greater sense of well-being. Thank you!”

“I just wanted to thank you for getting my prescription ready so quickly.  Everyone there is so professional and friendly.  Regel is the pharmacy I tell everyone about if they need anything compounded.”

“I think you are the best at serving your customers according to their individual needs. And you do it with concern, humor, patience and knowledge. Very pleased with your pharmacy!”

“From the very first time I picked up the phone and called your office last week and Josh answered the phone, I have been nothing been excited to learn more about Regel and your services. It’s like I finally felt that someone knows exactly how I feel and that there is hope to making me “ME” again. There’s nothing more frustrating than not feeling good and not knowing what to do especially after you’ve tried everything you can think of. And this has been going on for almost 2 solid years. So with that said, I know I’m on the right track. I just have to give this time and with your help I know we will find the old “ME” again.”

“I went to Regel Pharmalab to begin my hormone replacement therapy in the most natural way I could find.  I immediately noticed a reduction in my menopause symptoms. I had much more control over my emotional reaction to my daily stress.  I later tried hormone pelleting, but returned to Regel for the controlled, daily dose because the pelleting caused uneven levels at the beginning and towards the end of the pellet life. This fluctuation caused facial acne for the first time since puberty, and the initial dose of testosterone caused increased aggression for me.  I believe that topical, daily doses of bio-identical hormones are the best possible delivery of replacement hormones!  Thank you Regel Pharmalab for your product, but mainly for your great customer service in presenting, explaining, and regulating the doses of your hormones!  Marty H”

Thank you again for letting our team be a part of your success.

Josh Regel, Pharm.D.

It is time to start taking a pro-biotic

75 Billion CFU

Let’s be honest, if you took everything that someone told you that you need, you would be overwhelmed.  Supplements, vitamins, minerals, herbs, pro-biotics, essential oils and the random witches brew that is the new fountain of youth.  All of this adds up and can be expensive and sometimes harmful.  So, “What should I be taking?”  I have been answering this question the same way for over 12 years now and I don’t see a reason yet to change my answer.  I personally take 5 items.  The picture below shows 6 items.  The Zinc on the end is in the Active Life Nutrient Multi-Vitamin.

My essentials

I am writing this article because I have witnessed patients and family members respond to Pro-Biotics within a couple weeks.  If you have not decided to take a pro-biotic yet, let me help you make a decision.

Why pro-biotics?

The first time I decided to take a pro-biotic was when I asked a pharmacy student to compare the flu shot with a pro-biotic on preventing the flu.  The results were the same.  Both prevented the flu equally.  I thought to myself, great! no more flu shots for me.  By the way, to this day I have not had another flu shot (more on this in a future post).  The gastrointestinal tract is one of the most important systems for our immune system.  Most infections come by way of the gastrointestinal system.  Oh, I need to be clear, the GI system starts in the mouth.  So, seeing your dentist is very important.  A healthy GI tract is key in preventing sick days.

Reason 1 – Prevention of flu and other bacterial, fungal, and viral infections

What can a weakened immune system create?  A weakened immune system prevents, not only the clearing of infections, but also the elimination of irregular growing cells.  Irregular growing cells are what can become cancer cells.

Reason 2 – Promoting healthy immune system for cancer prevention

Stomach issues are one of the most common problems that I hear complaints about.  From reflux, GERD, Gas to constipation and diarrhea we all struggle at times with a normal GI tract.  Most of these issues involve inflammation in some part of the GI tract.  Patients that have a diagnosed inflammatory bowel disease have seen remarkable results when taking a pro-biotic.  Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis and Irritable Bowel are all examples of inflammatory conditions in the GI tract.

Reason 3 – Resolving symptoms of Inflammation in the GI tract

“Leaky Gut” This new condition is now being recognized by physicians.  Let me explain a bit about leaky gut.  The inflammation that I discussed above allows for larger molecules to be absorbed and enter the blood stream.  These larger molecules cause the immune system to respond and attack.  This creates more work for an already weak immune system.  The condition known as food sensitivities is caused by leaky gut.  Many of us are lactose intolerant.  Cows milk is God’s designed milk for a cow.  Some of the proteins that are in cows milk are not designed for our body to tolerate.  Therefore you might get bloated, gassy, have a loose stool and other issues.  Did you know that acne, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema have been linked to sensitivity to lactose?  If you have been to our pharmacy and have picked up a medication for an inflammatory skin issue like these our advise is always to eliminate dairy products for a month and see if your skin condition improves.  Most of the time there is a notable improvement.  This is just one example of what leaky gut is responsible for.  I could go on but I will save it for another post.

Reason 4 – Reduce “Leaky Gut”

Which one should I choose?

This question is why you come to Regel Pharmalab.  At last count we have 8 different choices for a pro-biotic.  We can help you select the one that will fit you best.  If you want the basics here is what to look for:

  1. Refrigerated – Make sure you choose a pro-biotic that is sold in the refrigerated section and keep it in the refrigerator.
  2. CFUs – These are the amount of bacteria in the capsule that have been tested to perform the task of forming colonies.   Your pro-biotic needs at least 10 Billion CFUs.
  3. The Strains of Bacteria – I recommend taking a pro-biotic with at least 5 different strains of bacteria.
  4. Bifidobacteria – This specific strain has been shown to be very effective and sometimes is left out of the capsule.

For more information on this subject I have written a couple other posts you can find them by clicking on the links:

The Core of health – Probiotics for Gut Health

5 Reasons why I take probiotics.

Let me know how I can help you resolve your health problems.  I look forward to solving your medication problems.

Comment below if Pro-biotics are working for you.

Are you “Rocking it”? 5 tips for preventing kidney stones.

Have you had the pleasure of having a kidney stone?  If you have I would recommend you take a look at your nutrients.

Kidney stones can be extremely painful, and in some cases, patients may require medical treatments or even surgery to remove them.  Most people that I have talked with about kidney stones would do anything to avoid the pain of passing a kidney stone.  Chances are if you have had a kidney stone your are likely to have another one.  My hope in writing this is to help you avoid having to suffer through this again.

The Basics

The most common type of kidney stone is calcium oxalate. Patients with these stones exhibit hypercalciuria (elevated urine calcium) and hyperoxaluria (elevated urine oxalate).  Simply put, we want to reduce the calcium and oxalate from our urine.  To reduce the chances of a recurrence of these stones, patients should follow dietary adjustments to calcium, protein, sodium and oxalate. Calcium from food sources should be encouraged over calcium from supplements. Calcium from food sources will bind with oxalate in the intestine and prevent it from moving to the kidneys and urine. High protein and high sodium diets can increase calcium in the urine, so moderate protein and sodium consumption should also be recommended. Water intake should be high enough (minimum six liters per day) to increase urine output so that the patient needs to urinate every two to three hours through the day. Because vitamin C degrades into oxalate in the body, vitamin C intake should stay at or under the recommended daily allowance (RDA), which is 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women. Due to its low bioavailability, there is no current consensus on the effects of dietary oxalate in stone formation. However, most physicians will recommend lower intakes. One surprising nutritional fact is that cranberries are high in oxalates. Spinach is also high in oxalates, but kale is low. As a guideline, you can find a list of foods that are highest or lowest in oxalates online here.

5 Steps to prevent Kidney Stones

  1.  Get calcium from food sources.  Do not take as much calcium from supplements.
  2.  Limit your sodium intake and monitor your protein intake.  50 to 100 grams of protein is safe to consume.
  3.  Increase water intake to 6 liters per day.
  4. Limit Vitamin C intake
  5. Limit foods with high oxalates (Cranberries, Spinach, etc) See link for list.

If you have struggled with kidney stones what advice would you share?  Please comment below.

Your thyroid may not be working

“I have always thought that my thyroid was not working right, but my doctor says my thyroid is fine”.  This is something that I keep hearing.  I also hear “my doctor says my thyroid is fine but I feel terrible.”  If you are interested in having our staff review your thyroid give me a call.  Every week we are helping patients find balance with thyroid.

Did you know that thyroid medication is one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the US?  Our staff nurse Anita Hester, RN has written about thyroid imbalance.  You can review it here and here.

It is time to get answers to the reason you feel:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain
  • Puffy face
  • Hoarseness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Elevated blood cholesterol level
  • Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
  • Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
  • Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
  • Thinning hair
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Depression
  • Impaired memory

We have a nurse, two pharmacists and a physician trained in functional medicine to help you finally get it right.

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