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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q:  Do you collaborate with my current doctor(s)?

A:  Yes, we will convey as much or as little information as you desire us to convey.  We are happy to coordinate your care so that everyone is on the same page.

Q: Do you accept medical insurance?

A:  We do not accept any form of medical insurance or Medicare/Medicaid. However, the office will provide you with an itemized bill with traditional ICD-9 codes and CPT codes at the end of your consultation and you may easily file that with your insurance company.
You may also use pre-tax dollars from a Health Savings Account (HSA) to pay for your consultations and lab fees.
We recommend calling the office prior to your appointment and requesting our billing codes so that you may check with your insurance carrier as to the amount they will reimburse you for your visit.

Since Dr. Lovegrove is a medical doctor that your insurance will recognize for our services, the claims are often at least partially reimbursed or applied to your respective deductible.

Q:  If I decide to come for your initial, no-cost consultation, how long will Dr. Lovegrove spend with me?

A:   This appointment will take approximately 10-15 minutes to briefly review your health concerns and determine if we can help you, review what testing that we recommend, and the cost of the program that Dr. Lovegrove suggests for you.  We do not provide any treatment in this initial consultation.  

Q:  Do you see patients from outside the local Charleston area?

A:  Yes, we have patients that come to us from all over the U.S for their health concerns.  In many cases, we will just set up the initial, no-cost consultation over the phone (if you prefer) to save you a visit here if you are coming from far away.


Q:  What kind of medication or treatment do you typically give your patients?

A:  We do not have a “cookie-cutter” approach.  After extensive testing, medical history, and analysis, we customize a regimen that is unique to what your body needs.


Q:  If I become a patient, do I still need to keep my primary care or family practice doctors?

A:  We encourage our patients to maintain their relationship with their current primary care doctor.  We do not manage an emergency or urgent care needs.  We act as a consultant for your health concerns.  Our healthier patients will use us for their preventative or restorative needs and use an urgent care center for their more urgent needs.

Q: What is our Recommended Reading list?

121 ways to live to 121 Years and More

       by Dr. Ron Klatz and Dr. Robert Goldman, Basic Health Publications, 2007

How to Achieve Healthy Aging, 2nd Edition [Paperback]

       by Neal Rouzier, MD, WorldLink Medical Publishing, 2008

Stay Young & Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement: The Science Explained

       by Jonathan Wright, MD, Smart Publications, 2009

The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First

       by Mark Hyman, MD, 2008

The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life

       by Daniel Amen, MD, 2013

The Edge Effect

       by Dr. Eric Braverman, 2005

8 Weeks to Optimum Health

       by Dr. Andrew Weil, 2007

Spontaneous Healing

       by Dr. Andrew Weil, 2000

Healing Anxiety and Depression

       by Daniel Amen, MD, 2003

Recommended Reading on Nutrition

Vitamin D Deficiency

       by Dr. Michael F. Holick, New England Journal of Medicine 2007;357:266-81

Iodine: why you need it, why you can’t live without it

       by Dr. David Brownstein, 2006

Grain Brain

       by David Perlmutter, MD, 2013

Wheat Belly

       by William David, MD, 2011

Blood Sugar Solution

       by Mark Hyman, MD, 2012

True Food

       by Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, 2012

Recommended Reading on Detoxification

The New Detox Diet

       by Elson Haas, Celestial Arts, 2004

10-Day Detox Diet

       by Mark Hyman, MD, 2014

Recommended Reading on Brain Health

The Better Brain Book

       by Dr. David Perlmutter, Riverhead Books, 2004

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness

       by Daniel Amen, MD, 1998

Grain Brain

       by David Perlmutter, MD, 2013

The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First

       by Mark Hyman, MD, 2008

Recommended Reading on Arthritis

Overcoming Arthritis

       by Dr. David Brownstein,

Recommended Reading on Cardiology

The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology

      by Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, Basic Health Publications 2008

Reverse Heart Disease Now: Stop deadly plaque before it’s too late

      by Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, Wiley 2008

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Heart Disease

       by Mark Houston, 2012

The Statin Disaster

by David Brownstein, MD

Recommended Reading on Cancer

Keeping aBreast

       by Dr Kahlid Mahmud, Author House, 2005

Recommended Reading on Anti- Aging

Ultimate Anti-Aging Program  

       by Gary Null, Ph.D. Broadway Books, 1999

The Anti-Aging Revolution

       by Dr. Ron Klatz and Dr. Robert Goldman, Basic Health Publications, 2007

Recommended Reading Auto-Immune Disease

The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases

       by Amy Myers, MD, 2015

Recommended Reading Mind-Body Pain

Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection

       by Dr. John Sarno

Recommended Reading Men’s Hormones

The Andropause Mystery: Unraveling Truths About the Male Menopause

       by Robert S. Tan, AMRED Publishing, January 2001

Sex For Life: The Lover’s Guide to Male Sexuality

Chapter 4 – Male Menopause: It’s Real and It’s Preventable

       by Dr. David Saul, Apple Publishing, 1999

Male Sexual Fitness: Causes and Solutions for Andropause (Good Health Guides)

       by Eric R. Braverman, MD, McGraw Hill – NTC, March 1999

Understanding Men’s Passages: Discovering the New Map of Men’s Lives

       by Gail Sheehy, Random House, May 1999

The Testosterone Solution: Increase Your Energy and Vigor With Male Hormone Therapy

       by Dr. Aubrey Hill, Prima Publishing, January 1998

The Testosterone Syndrome

       by Dr. Eugene Shippen, 2001

Maximize Your Vitality and Potency

       by Jonathan V. Wright, MD, & Lane Lenard, Ph.D., 1999

Recommended Reading Women’s Hormones

The Sexy Years

       by Suzanne Somers, Random House, 2004


        by Suzanne Somers, Crown Publishers, 2006

The Natural Hormone Makeover

       by Dr. Phuli Cohan, Wiley 2008

The Natural Superwoman

       by Dr. Uzzi Reiss, Penguin, 2007

Natural Hormone Balance for Women

       by Dr. Uzzi Reiss, Pocket Books, 2001

Adrenal Fatigue

       by Dr. James Wilson, Smart Publications 2001

Overcoming Thyroid Disorders

       by Dr. David Brownstein, Med Alt Press, 2002

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause

       by Dr. John Lee, Time Warner Books, 1999

Hormone Replacement Therapy in Women: The Evidence

       by Dr. Sangeeta Pati, European Journal of Anti-Aging Medicine, March 2006

Cardiovascular effects of medroxyprogesterone acetate and progesterone: case of mistaken identity?

       by Dr. R. Kent Hermsmeyer, et al, Nature Clinical Practice, www. Nature.com, June 2008

Novel Perspectives for Progesterone in Hormone Replacement Therapy, with Special Reference to the Nervous System

       by Dr. Micheal Schumacher et al, published in Endocrine Reviews, July 2007, 28(4):387-439

Recommended Journals

  • The field of anti-aging medicine is the most rapidly growing medical specialty with more than 30,000 physicians worldwide in 80 countries. ~ American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, 2005
  • Women receiving hormone replacement immediately after menopause have reduced heart attacks, strokes, bone fractures, and Alzheimer’s. They also have significant improvements in sexual function, mood, skin, energy, and sleep. ~ Euro J Anti-Ageing Med Mar 2006, Journal of General Internal Med 2006
  • Men receiving hormone replacement when levels are low (andropause) have reduced heart attacks, strokes, and risk of Alzheimer’s. They also have improved mood, confidence, motivation, sexual function, muscle mass, energy, and strength. ~ Eur J Endocrinol. 2006, Eur Heart J. 2006, Curr Drug Targets CNS Neurol Disord. 2005
  • In both men and women, sexual function improves sharply after the restoration of normal levels of testosterone, DHEA, and nutrition (i.e. Vitamin B-12, nitrogen). ~J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2006, Fertility and Sterility 2004, Int J Impot Res 2005,
  • Growth hormone and aggressive nutritional supplementation speed recovery from muscular, skeletal and surgical injuries significantly. ~ Hormone Res 1996
  • Preventing sugar spikes is the best way to prevent diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, skin aging and cancer. ~ International Anti-Aging Magazine, 2006
  • High sugar consumption and meats increase cancer risk ~ John Hopkins University and American Cancer Society, 2005.
  • Inositol pentakisphosphate from beans slow cancer cell growth ~ Sackler Institute,2005
  • Men with higher levels of B-6, B-12 and folate had better retention of verbal and spatial skills ~ Tuft’s University, 2005
  • Exercising 2 times per week cuts Alzheimer’s risk in ½. It also cuts risk of heart attack and stroke. ~ Finnish Study, 2005, American Journal Cardiology 2006
  • Gum disease increases risk of Alzheimer’s by 50%. Flossing prevents this. ~ University of South Carolina, 2005
  • Eating broiled or baked fish 1 to 4 times per week cuts down stroke risk by 28%, while eating fried fish or fish sandwich increased stroke by 37% ~ Harvard University, 2005
  • Beta-glucan from Oat kernels penetrate the skin reducing fine lines and wrinkles ~ Canadian researchers, 2005
  • Alpha and Beta hydroxyl acids promote natural skin exfoliation and cell renewal ~ American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine, 2005
  • Radiation levels (which cause cancer) from cell phones increase 10-fold inside a closed vehicle. ~ Science and Technology Team, UK
  • J Am. Heart Assoc. 2015;4:e001726
  • J. Am. College of Cardiol. 2015;65:1273-82

Recommended Aditional Published benefits

Testosterone  improves cognitive function, memory, Alzheimer’s (Aging Male 2003, J Clin Metab 2002, J Clin Endocrine 1999)

Testosterone protects against atherosclerosis and plaque rupture, (J Endocrine 2003, J Clin Endocrine 1999)

Growth Hormone protects against beta-amyloid plaques (J Neuroscience 2001)

Testosterone protects against Cardiovascular disease (NEJM 2004)

Testosterone improves mood and erections (Androl 1992)

Testosterone improves depression (Am J Psychiatry 2003)

Testosterone reduces angina Circulation (2000), reduces atherosclerosis (J Endocrin 2003), improves CHF Heart (2003)

Testosterone improves strength and body comp (Mayo Clin Proc 200), improves DM (Aging Male 2003)

Testosterone increase coronary blood flow circulation (1999)

Growth Hormone increases bone density

Growth Hormone decreases abdominal obesity in men

Growth Hormone decreases fatigue

Increases energy, vitality, well being, self-control decreases anxiety, depression

No evidence of increased cancer or Cardiovascular disease (NEJM 2004)

  • Older adults with a brighter outlook on the future, have 77% less chance of dying from stroke or heart attack than their pessimistic peers. ~ Netherlands researchers, 2005
  • The power of deep breath: shallow breathing leads to a low oxygen, acid state in which our chemical reactions do not function optimally. ~ Science of Breathe,1998
  • Stress increases the hormone cortisol, which impairs the immune system, anti-cancer mechanisms, thyroid function, fat burning, vascular health, brain function and almost every other repair and maintenance function in the body. In that, it is the plague of the 21st century. ~ J Trauma Stress. 2006, J Nucl Cardiol. 2006