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16447 N Scottsdale Rd #D-105 
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

16447 N Scottsdale Rd #D-105 
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Do You Need a Food ALLERGY Test?

Food Allergies and Intolerances elevate PGE-2 the “Master Switch” that turns fat burning off in our fat cells and causes inflammation, pain, arthritis, swelling, migraines, headaches, allergies, skin problems, stomach aches, and breast cancer.
Take charge of your weight and health. Identify and remove the Food Intolerances causing inflammation, weight gain and pain today!

Dr. Nicole Sundene

Primary Care Physician
Serving Patients in Office and via Phone Consultations

Is PGE2 a Weight Loss Hormone?

I hate this picture of myself.
I was 30 pounds overweight and miserable.
No matter how little I ate I could not lose the weight.
But my weight is not what makes me cringe the most when I look at this picture that I SHOULD LOVE of me and my adorable daughter. 

What makes me cringe the MOST is not actually my weight but HOW SICK I felt mentally and physically at the time of this picture.

I was exhausted, inflamed, depressed, anxious and in pain.

My entire attention was so focused on being a “Good Mom” and taking care of my daughter that I had stopped taking care of myself.

My diet had dramatically shifted away from the fuel I felt best on to the convenient few foods my daughter would eat. I was eating too much junk food from the Zoo, Legoland and the Aquarium.
Too many birthdays at Peter Piper Pizza and play dates at Chick Filet, Chuck E Cheese

Like a good Mom, I was so busy working hard to keep my daughter entertained and socialized that I was eating too much kid food, not exercising enough and not making my health a priority.
I was eating for fun and not for fuel.

I was disorganized with my fueling as a Mom and in a vicious cycle or stopping for Fast Food as a convenience.
 I was paying for it dearly.
I was exhausted, depressed and unhappy.
My anxiety was SO BAD I could not sleep through the night. I would wake up at 3-4am every day in a complete panic.
I could not keep my weight stable even 5 years after having my daughter. If I ate the wrong food, fried foods, too much sodium or too many calories I instantly blew up like a balloon.
I was never more frustrated than at the time of this photo.
Please don’t let that fake smile on my face fool you, I was very unhappy deep on the inside.
Today as a Naturopathic Doctor and Female Hormone Specialist it is important to me to share this uncomfortable memory so I can help other Mom’s suffering from the same problems. We try to hard as Mom’s to look perfect all the time.
What actually bothers me the MOST about this picture?
My fat face. My face was super swollen. You can see the swelling and inflammation even in my face! My hands were really swollen and my arthritis was terrible.
I was sick.
 
My hormones were out of balance, my mood was horrible.
I was not healthy and I did not feel good.
While I was busy making a happy life for my child I was a miserable Mom on the inside. 

Discover Why You Need A Food Allergy Test

Everyday is a battle and you have to make the choice each morning to fight for your health and wellness

Food allergies and intolerances can elevate PGE-2™, our “Master Switch” for inflammation. As PGE-2™ becomes elevated symptoms of inflammation rise and ironically worsen allergic response. Food allergy testing should be conducted when the patient has a breathing problem or skin rash that the doctor suspects is triggered by a food allergy, or IgE allery. Food Intolerance Testing helps us understand foods that may not cause high levels of inflammation or PGE-2™ when consumed occasionally but can continuously elevate your PGE-2™ levels when consumed daily. Food Intolerance Testing is more important for chronic inflammation related conditions. While not everyone always needs a food allergy intolerance test, oftentimes as a Naturopathic
Doctor I find it difficult to truly help patients when we are not looking at the root triggers for inflammation and immune dysfunction via Food Allergy Intolerance Testing. If you suffer from chronic symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, insomnia, irritability, depression, anxiety, migraines, joint pain, autoimmunity, coughing and wheezing, acne, eczema or any digestive symptoms such as IBS-Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diarrhea, Constipation, Abdominal Pain, Bloating and weight gain a food allergy intolerance test is usually vital to understand what the best type of diet over the long-term works the best for your body.

Food allergies and intolerances can elevate PGE-2™, our “Master Switch” for inflammation. As PGE-2™ becomes elevated symptoms of inflammation rise and ironically worsen allergic response. Food allergy testing should be conducted when the patient has a breathing problem or skin rash that the doctor suspects is triggered by a food allergy, or IgE allery. Food Intolerance Testing helps us understand foods that may not cause high levels of inflammation or PGE-2™ when consumed occasionally but can continuously elevate your PGE-2™ levels when consumed daily. Food Intolerance Testing is more important for chronic inflammation related conditions. While not everyone always needs a food allergy intolerance test, oftentimes as a Naturopathic
Doctor I find it difficult to truly help patients when we are not looking at the root triggers for inflammation and immune dysfunction via Food Allergy Intolerance Testing. If you suffer from chronic symptoms such as Headaches, Fatigue, Insomnia, Irritability, Depression, Anxiety, Migraines, Joint pain, Autoimmunity, Coughing, Wheezing, Acne, Eczema or any Digestive Symptoms such as IBS-Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diarrhea, Constipation, Abdominal Pain, Bloating and Weight Gain a Food Intolerance Test is usually vital to understand what the best type of diet over the long-term works the best for your body.

BASIC

PRO

BASIC

Home Food Allergy Test Kit Package 

For Only $395

Benefits:

  • 184 Foods and Spices IgG Food Allergy Intolerance Testing
  • ​FREE 30 Minute Consultation with Dr. Sundene to Review Your Food Allergy Test Results
  • FREE Custom Allergy Friendly Menu Plan  

PRO

3 Month Food Allergy Manager Package 

For Only $895

Benefits:

  • 184 Foods and Spices Ig G Food Allergy Intolerance Testing
  • ​1 hour New Patient Naturopathic Consultation
  • 3 Monthly Follow Up Appointments to Review Nutrition, Meal Plans, Herbs and Supplements
  • ​(In office or Phone Consults)
  • FREE Custom Allergy Friendly Menu Plan
  • ​Get your food allergies managed with expert guidance in a 3 month program designed to help identify and remove food triggers while healing your body from Leaky Gut Syndrome and other causes of chronic digestive and skin problems.  

Basic

Pro

PGE-2™ Diet 30 Day Meal Plan

For Only 

$497 PACKAGE

Benefits:

  • PGE-2™ Diet Plan
  • ​PGE-2™ Diet Colored Chart
  • ​30 Day PGE-2™ Friendly Meal Plans
  • ​PGE-2™ Recipes 

PGE-2™ Diet 30 Day Meal Plan

For Only 

$1997 PACKAGE

Benefits:

  • PGE-2™ Diet Plan
  • ​PGE-2™ Diet Colored Chart
  • ​30 Day PGE-2™ Friendly Meal Plans
  • ​PGE-2™ Recipes 
  • ​Food Intolerance Test: 184 Foods and Spices IgG
  • 3​ Consultations with Dr. Sundene 
  • ​Custom Food Allergy Menu
  • ​Custom Herb and Supplement Plan 

BASIC

PGE-2™ Diet 30 Day Meal Plan

For Only 

$497 PACKAGE

Benefits:

  • PGE-2™ Diet Plan
  • ​PGE-2™ Diet Colored Chart
  • ​30 Day PGE-2™ Friendly Meal Plans
  • ​PGE-2™ Recipes 

PRO

PGE-2™ Diet 30 Day Meal Plan

For Only 

$1997 PACKAGE

Benefits:

  • PGE-2™ Diet Plan
  • ​PGE-2™ Diet Colored Chart
  • ​30 Day PGE-2™ Friendly Meal Plans
  • ​PGE-2 Recipes 
  • ​Food Intolerance Test: 184 Foods and Spices IgG
  • ​30 Minute Consultation with Dr. Sundene to Review Results
  • ​Custom Food Allergy Menu
  • ​Custom Herb and Supplement Plan 
  • ​Leave “Get your food allergies” 

When you sign up for either program above we will contact you within 24-48 hours to insure your food allergy test kit is mailed with tracking information. If you do not receive a tracking confirmation text or email please call us immediately at (480) 837-0900. If you require assistance with collecting the blood please also call us for support and to answer your questions. We are happy to walk you through the test collection process over the phone. 

What is PGE-2™? 

PGE2™ or Prostaglandin E2 is an inflammatory molecule that inhibits fat burning and increases pain, swelling, inflammation, redness, fatigue, allergies and estrogen.
A diet high in PGE-2™ will elevate estrogen levels causing estrogen dominance which further elevating PGE-2™, weight gain and inflammation. When PGE-2 is high it signals our fat cells to actually stop Lipolysis or "Fat Burning" and also increases estrogen production.

Is PGE-2™ Making Me Fat?

Research studies show that PGE-2™ is the “Master Switch” that turns fat burning OFF in our fat cells. When PGE-2™ is high fat burning is halted. Patients that struggle to lose weight and also have any of the following PGE-2 related symptoms such as arthritis, pain, swelling, chronic fatigue, headaches, migraines, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, allergies and breast cancer should consider a PGE-2™ lowering diet plan to reduce inflammation

Where Does PGE-2™ Come From?

PGE-2™  becomes elevated when we eat foods that we are intolerant and allergic to. It also becomes elevated in response to dietary consumption of arachidonic acid. By learning to reduce arachidonic acid in our diet, avoid our food allergens and intolerances and adding in PGE-2™ suppressing foods we can lose weight and fight chronic pain. 

PGE2™ is what was making me unable to lose my post partum baby weight because until I switched my diet to reduce my levels of PGE-2™ my weight, pain and fatigue cluster would not improve. Paying attention to PGE-2™ was and still is necessary for me personally to feel good and have pain free days.
 
If you are struggling to lose weight AND also have swelling, pain, arthritis, headaches and other signs of PGE-2™ elevation then you most likely have persistently elevated levels of PGE-2™ inhibiting your fat burning potential. We can work together on diet and lifestyle modifications to lower your PGE-2™ and unplug or unclog your metabolism.

Top Sources of PGE-2™

  •  Foods Allergies & Food Intolerances
  • ​ Arachidonic Acid 
  • ​ Too Much Omega-6 

How Does PGE-2™ Affect Metabolism?

I jokingly refer to Prostaglandin E2 as the “Annoying Red Headed Step Child” of the Hormonal Weight Loss World. PGE-2™ is the more annoying and less thought about cause of weight gain and hormone imbalance. While PGE-2™ is not the MOST popular weight loss hormone we think of such as TSH in Hypothyroidism, PGE-2™ is still an ANNOYING AND FRUSTRATING little known cause of weight gain that many of my patients suffer from and cannot get under control without a targeted program designed specifically to address and lower the abnormally high PGE-2™ levels. Especially when combined with other metabolic issues such as Metabolic Syndrome, Prediabetes, Insulin Resistance and Estrogen Dominance. PGE-2™ is also the Mother of Estrogen Dominance and therefore an important "Hormone" that we address to keep our hormones in proper balance and prevent breast cancer.

But just like the “Annoying Red Headed Step Child,” PGE2™ will also keep screaming in your face until you decide to pay attention to it and get it under control.

Is Prostaglandin E2 a Weight Loss Hormone?

While I think of PGE-2™ as a hormone being a “Hormone Doctor” PGE-2™ is technically not a hormone as it is not made by a specific gland, but as a prostaglandin it does have the capacity to act in a multi-factorial manner very similar to how a hormone works. The purpose of PGE-2™ is to cause swelling during an injury or infection which brings more blood flow to an affected area so it can be healed. When PGE-2™ remains constantly elevated the body continues to swell and inflammation now impedes fat burning. Lets think of PGE-2™ as the evil person that goes in to your fat cells and flips the fat burning switch to OFF

I don't know about you...but I want to be burning as much fat as I possibly can at all times! But when our PGE-2™ Levels are high and we are inflamed we are not burning fat at our true metabolic potential. Our thyroid and other metabolic hormones could all look perfect on paper yet we still struggle to have that perfect metabolism. PGE-2™ tells the body "We are on fire and in an emergency state." When you are on fire you don't care about weight loss or fat burning. Your primary concern is putting out the fire. 

PGE-2™ in my mind is the “Missing Weight Loss Mystery Hormone” when all my patient’s other hormones are PERFECT yet they still cannot release the weight.

How Can We Silence The Screaming PGE2™ Child?

When you place your hand over a screaming child’s mouth you can succeed in getting them to temporarily stop screaming. 

But What Happens When We Take Our Hand Off?

The child will just SCREAM LOUDER! Therefore we can conclude that putting your hand over a screaming child’s mouth does not stop their screaming and it may even get you kicked. Any attempts to suppress the screaming will just result in MORE SCREAMING!

When I was eating toddler foods and party foods and not following my gluten free low PGE-2™ Diet I was suppressing my fat cells from burning fat while also driving up my estrogen dominance pushing my Post Partum hormones further out of balance.

Just like any WRONG ATTEMPTS to lose weight when we ignore PGE-2™ will just result in MORE WEIGHT GAIN BACK when we stop our latest WRONG ATTEMPT plus a “Kick” in the form of a handful of other PGE-2™ related problems like migraines, stomach aches, fatigue, arthritis, depression and anxiety.

Instead of telling PGE-2™ to SHUT UP we need to calm it down and soothe it in the same manner we would an angry child. We need to LISTEN TO and try to UNDERSTAND where our PGE-2™ is coming from! You can learn how to eliminate PGE-2™ from your diet with my PGE-2™ Diet  that also includes a 30 day meal plan, PGE-2™ lowering recipes, and a colored PGE-2™ Foods Chart for your refrigerator.

If you feel like your PGE2™ and Metabolic hormones are out of balance, have pain, cramps, stomach aches, allergies, skin problems, depression, anxiety and mood issues please call to schedule an appointment (480) 837-0900 or schedule your appointment or Food Allergy Intolerance Testing Below. 

About Dr. Nicole Sundene

About Dr. Nicole Sundene

She is a Naturopathic Doctor in Scottsdale, AZ with over 20 years of experience in health care. She worked for 8 years as a Family Medicine nurse prior to working as a Naturopathic Doctor for the past 13 years. As a result of her diverse experience she practices an integrated style of medicine using herbs and supplements before prescribing medications. She is considered a leading expert in the Naturopathic field of Women's Health and how it pertains to Gynecology, Mental Health and Endocrinology. She enjoys the challenge involved in solving complex chronic disease and hormonal health problems with the least amount of prescription medications necessary. 

She is a Naturopathic Doctor in Scottsdale, AZ with over 20 years of experience in health care. She worked for 8 years as a Family Medicine nurse prior to working as a Naturopathic Doctor for the past 13 years. As a result of her diverse experience she practices an integrated style of medicine using herbs and supplements before prescribing medications. She is considered a leading expert in the Naturopathic field of Women's Health and how it pertains to Gynecology, Mental Health and Endocrinology. She enjoys the challenge involved in solving complex chronic disease and hormonal health problems with the least amount of prescription medications necessary. 

What is PGE2?

I jokingly refer to Prostaglandin E2 as the “Annoying Red Headed Step Child” of the Hormonal Weight Loss World. PGE2 is the more annoying and less thought about cause of weight gain. While PGE2 is not the MOST popular weight loss hormone we think of such as TSH in Hypothyroidism, PGE2 is still an ANNOYING AND FRUSTRATING little known cause of weight gain that many of my patients suffer from and cannot get under control without a targeted program designed specifically to address and lower the abnormally high PGE2 levels. Especially when combined with other metabolic issues such as Metabolic Syndrome, Prediabetes, Insulin Resistance and Estrogen Dominance.
Just like the “Annoying Red Headed Step Child,” PGE2 will also keep screaming in your face until you decide to pay attention to it and get it under control. Or in my case it was literally screaming in my “Fat Face” and causing it to swell up. My face was swollen and inflamed from excess PGE2 in this picture. That is what makes it hard for me to look at. 

BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE TAKE OUR HAND OFF? 

The child will just SCREAM LOUDER! Therefore we can conclude that putting your hand over a screaming child’s mouth does not stop their screaming and it may even get you kicked. Any attempts to suppress the screaming will just result in MORE SCREAMING!
Just like any WRONG ATTEMPTS to lose weight when we ignore PGE2 will just result in MORE WEIGHT GAIN BACK when we stop our latest WRONG ATTEMPT plus a “Kick” in the form of a handful of other PGE2 related problems like migraines, stomachaches, fatigue, arthritis, depression and anxiety.
Instead of telling PGE2 to SHUT UP we need to calm it down and soothe it in the same manner we would an angry child. We need to LISTEN TO and try to UNDERSTAND where our PGE2 is coming from!
In order to truly understand where PGE2 is coming from we must first understand PGE2.

Is Prostaglandin E2 a Hormone?

While I think of PGE2 as a hormone being a “Hormone Doctor” PGE2 is technically not a hormone as it is not made by a specific gland, but it does have the capacity to act in a multifactorial manner very similar to how a hormone works. The purpose of PGE2 is to cause swelling during an injury or infection which brings more blood flow to an affected area so it can be healed.
When PGE2 remains constantly elevated the body continues to swell and inflammation now impairs fat burning.
When we are inflamed we are not burning fat at our true metabolic potential. Our thyroid and other metabolic hormones could all look perfect on paper yet we still struggle to have that perfect metabolism.
PGE2 in my mind is the “Missing Weight Loss Mystery Hormone” when all my patient’s other hormones are PERFECT yet they still cannot release the weight.
If you feel like your PGE2 and Metabolic hormones are out of balance, have pain, cramps, stomach aches, depression, anxiety and mood issues please call to schedule an appointment (480) 837-0900 or simply book your PGE2 Weight Loss Program below.

Food IS Medicine

Eating foods we are allergic and intolerant to elevate our PGE-2™. If your personal nutritional plan is not properly customized to a menu that helps you avoid your own personal individual allergies and intolerances, your PGE-2™ levels will remain constantly elevated thus inhibiting fat burning, raising your estrogen levels and causing overall hormone imbalance, swelling pain, inflammation and the myriad of painful PGE-2™ related chronic diseases. While I can and should test a full panel of your metabolic hormones, the foundation to healthy weight and hormones over the long term is through proper balanced diet targeted specifically at lowering foods in your diet that increase PGE-2™ as well as avoiding allergens and intolerances that specifically spike your personal levels of PGE-2™.

Eating foods we are allergic and intolerant to elevate our PGE-2™. If your personal nutritional plan is not properly customized to a menu that helps you avoid your own personal individual allergies and intolerances, your PGE-2™ levels will remain constantly elevated thus inhibiting fat burning, raising your estrogen levels and causing overall hormone imbalance, swelling pain, inflammation and the myriad of painful PGE-2™ related chronic diseases. While I can and should test a full panel of your metabolic hormones, the foundation to healthy weight and hormones over the long term is through proper balanced diet targeted specifically at lowering foods in your diet that increase PGE-2™ as well as avoiding allergens and intolerances that specifically spike your personal levels of PGE-2™. 
Get my FREE GUIDE “Is Prostaglandin E2 Making You Fat?” HERE

If you would like to schedule an appointment to address weight loss and hormone balance from a holistic standpoint please call (480) 837-0900 or visit my website to book your own consultation or Hormone package HERE.

Dr. Nicole Sundene
Naturopathic Medical Doctor
16447 N Scottsdale Rd #D-105
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
www.ScottsdaleNaturopathic.com
(480) 837-0900


Get my FREE GUIDE “Is Prostaglandin E2 Making You Fat?” HERE
If you would like to schedule an appointment to address weight loss and hormone balance from a holistic standpoint please
  call (480) 837-0900 or visit my website to book your own consultation or Hormone package HERE.
Dr. Nicole Sundene
Naturopathic Medical Doctor
16447 N Scottsdale Rd #D-105
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
www.ScottsdaleNaturopathic.com
(480) 837-0900

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