Are you looking for a rheumatologist Farmington Hills MI?
When Dr. James Dowd wrote “The Vitamin D Cure,” he set out to change the lives of his patients and share what he has learned in more than 20 years of groundbreaking research. As a rheumatologist, Dr. Dowd has been gently and effectively treating patients who suffer from musculoskeletal diseases and systemic autoimmune diseases that cause debilitating joint pain and swelling, such as gout, osteoarthritis, lupus, tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis and other associated conditions since earning his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Dowd completed fellowship training in adult and pediatric rheumatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. In recognition of his research in superantigens, Dr. Dowd was presented the Physician-Scientist Development Award by The American College of Rheumatology in 1993.
Patients who sought treatment from Dr. Dowd for joint pain, fatigue, depression and an overall feeling of being sick and tired presented a common collection of complaints and symptoms. Patients reported feeling like they had no energy, they lost interest in activities they used to enjoy and find it difficult to get moving on even the simplest daily tasks. This commonality between patients led to the discovery that these symptoms and their underlying diseases are linked to vitamin D deficiency. The list of symptoms and diseases that are alleviated by improving vitamin D levels and balancing the acid-base intake in your diet is startling: fatigue, sleep disruption, bowl issues, bladder problems, uncontrolled weight gain or problems with concentration and memory. Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to cause or further aggravate depression, including seasonal affective disorder (SAD), fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis (osteoarthritis, gout, pseudogout, tendinitis, bursitis), Osteoporosis, Gum disease and tooth loss, as well as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, many autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosis) and cancer. Dr. Dowd discovered through his research, that many of us may need more vitamin D than what is typically recommended. Obesity and other factors affect how our bodies produce and use vitamin D, leading to deficiency. The climate where you live can have a dramatic effect on your body’s vitamin D levels, too. In the summer months, we consume more fruits and vegetables and spend more time outside, raising our vitamin D absorption and elevating mood. In the winter months, cold weather forces us to spend more time indoors, fresh fruits and vegetables are no longer in season locally, and our vitamin D levels drop. When you live in a northern climate with longer, colder winters, this extended isolation and reduced exposure to sunlight can push vitamin deficiency to chronic levels. Through adjustments in diet, and assessment of essential vitamin and mineral deficiencies, Dr. Dowd and his staff can create a treatment plan that will have you feeling a greater sense of well being, and relieve the symptoms that have stolen your joy and your comfortable mobility.
Dr. James Dowd is proud to offer his personalized care to residents of Farmington Hills and many citites throughout Michigan. Farmington Hills is part of the upscale northwestern suburbs in the metropolitan Detroit area, and is home to more than 80,000 residents. This beautiful community is often ranked as one of the safest cities in Michigan, as well as the United States. According to the 2010 census, Farmington Hills was the 30th safest city in the nation. Residents of Farmington Hills have the benefit of not only being part of metro Detroit, they are also around twenty miles northeast of downtown Ann Arbor, putting them just a short drive away from the arts, restaurants and offerings of one of America’s premier college towns. Farmington Hills is the home of the Holocaust Memorial Center, the only Holocaust Memorial in the State of Michigan. The automotive industry helps drive the economy here, with Nissan having both its Nissan Trading Corp. offices and the Nissan Technical Center North America in Farmington Hills. Mercedes-Benz and the Hitachi Automotive Services Americas are neighbors with Panasonic in a business park on 12 Mile Road that is a gem of ingenuity and automation. Before this area became a center of business, it was a settlement established by a Quaker from Farmington, New York, where the town gets its name. The original post office that was established in 1826 with the name Farmington can still be visited today as a historical site. Other Quaker families from back east founded villages nearby. In 1973, all of these outcroppings were incorporated into the city of Farmington Hills. In mid-July each year, residents celebrate the Founder’s Festival, in honor of these early settlers and the communities they built. The festival features arts and crafts, entertainment and shows, great food and a renewed sense of community with family and friends. Throughout the rest of the year, residents of Farmington Hills enjoy a beautiful parks system, which offers a wide variety of amenities, facilities, programs and a wide array of available activities. The Founders Fishing Pier provides public, catch-and-release fishing for anglers of all persuasions. At the William Grace Dog Park, your furry best friend can run and play in a safe, dog-friendly environment. The Farmington Hills Nature Center features interpretive exhibits that reflect our natural world: a life-sized animal habitat, a backyard habitat with a bird viewing area, a native fish aquarium, a library and hands-on discovery areas. The William Costick Activities Center provides a community-oriented, multi-purpose facility where citizens of all ages enjoy a wide variety of social, recreational and cultural activities, events, programs and services. It serves the recreational needs of residents with a swimming pool, multi-purpose gymnasium, three soccer fields, and meeting rooms. It’s easy to see why anyone would choose to make a home for themselves or their families in this bright, engaged community.
If joint pain and fatigue have kept you from enjoying the best of what your community has to offer, in Farmington Hills or throughout Michigan, call 1.810.225.7553 or fill out the appointment form on this page to schedule an appointment with Dr. James Dowd. Let our caring and knowledgeable staff help you find comfort and renewed hope in our specially-designed, state-of-the-art care facility. With a covered drop-off area, infusion suite, and an on-site clinical research lab, this naturally-lit, barrier-free facility offers customized care, effective treatment and warm, personalized service. Let us be your partner on a journey to a healthier you.
Rheumatologist Farmington Hills MI
The Arthritis Institute of Michigan is committed to providing high quality care and works hard to ensure that our clients are able to take full advantage of the latest research and advancements in treatment for rheumatic conditions available. Accepting new patients, we invite you to start getting the treatment you need to protect your joints and ensure a healthier life for years to come.
If you are looking for a rheumatologist Farmington Hills MI, please call our office at 1.810.225.7553 or fill out the form below to schedule your appointment.