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241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

sorry no checks

We have encountered several instances where we received personal checks as a form of payment and the check was returned unpaid due to account closing, change in account, or insufficient funds.  We realize sometimes it can be an honest mistake, but we do want to emphasize that we stopped taking checks as payment since November 2016 and there will be no exceptions.

Payment is rendered at the time of service.  We accept many forms of payment for our weight loss & hormone replacement services:  Cash, VISA, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX, CareCredit, and certain FSA or HSA plan if the card is a Mastercard or VISA and scan in our machine.

& CASH

Thank you for your understanding.

Happy Father’s Day

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241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

We wanted to wish you all a Happy Father’s Day as we welcome our own new addition to the Elevation family.

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Remy is almost a week old 🙂

 

Obviously, Dr. Cooper will be out of the office on maternity leave until mid July, we will however have prescribers available in her place to assist existing and new patients with their weight loss until she returns.

Tracking For Now and Later

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When most people first come to see us, their introduction included several urgings as to the importance of tracking calories.  We know that this advice will sometimes fall on deaf ears, but we wanted to take time to reiterate the importance of tracking calories when attempting to lose weight through diet.

Whether you are using appetite suppressants, HCG, or just plain old dieting, you will find that errors in estimating calories can add up throughout the day to a surprising degree. If you doubt this, test yourself on a variety of everyday foods and compare this to what you can find on any number of calorie counter websites. Even if you do well in this controlled setting, I would be cautious to trust your instincts in the real world, especially if these instincts have already played a role in your weight gain.

Also keep in mind that with lower calorie diets, such as those used with HCG or by certain individuals with slower base metabolisms,  the margin for error is far smaller. Overestimating by 50 calories per meal make a much bigger difference for someone eating 800 calories a day than someone eating 1600.

Finally, we want to encourage you to begin tracking calories not just for now but also for the future. We have found that the best way to prevent post-diet weight rebounds is by spending adequate time tracking your calories when attempting to eat at “weight maintenance” diet. By getting feedback through your tracker you can better train your body to feel satisfied with the appropriate amount of food for you to avoid subsequent weight gain.

A free app we recommend to track is MyPlate Calorie Counter from Livestrong.

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MaiLan tracked this as 1 cupcake 🙂

.. About Making B-12 Appointments

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emmwl-weir2017Until now we have offered through our website the opportunity to book appointments for our various B-12 injections. We have done this in an effort to better accommodate those with less flexible schedules, however we have found it to cause more confusion than good so we have decided to remove the option from our appointment scheduler.

Don’t worry, this change will not limit the times during which you can come in for B-12 injections but rather you may still come in at any time during which we have regular hours. If our open sign is on, you can come on in for shots.

So to further clarify, no appointments need to be (no can be) made for B-12 injections, appointments are available only for new fills or refills on prescription medications, and only required during non-walk in Physician hours.

Zuchini Noodles with Meat Sauce (247 calories per serving)

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It’s been awhile since we had a recipe posting, but we’ve been saving this savory low-carb, recipe for Spring.  We use a vegetable spiralizer (found in local home goods store or on Amazon). A vegetable spiralizer is definitely a safer alternative for your fingers to a mandolin slicer.  If you don’t have the tools, you can chop the zucchini into thin slices with a knife and still serve a great meal.

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Zucchini Noodles with Meat Sauce (247 calories per serving, 23 g of carbs)
*prep time 10 min, cook time 20 minutes*
Serves 10

Ingredient Calories Carbs
93% lean beef, 2 lb 1379 calories
Zucchini, 12 large, washed 648 calories 80 grams
Tomato sauce, canned, 28 oz 227 calories 52 grams
Tomato paste, canned, 6 oz 139  calories 32 grams
Onion, 1 medium, minced 46 calories 11 grams
Parmesan cheese, grated, 1 tsp (optional) 10 calories per serving
Water, 3/4 cup
Garlic, minced, 2 tsp
Oregano, 2 tsp 
Sugar, 2 tsp 32 calories 8 grams
Salt, 1 tsp
Basil, 2 tsp (fresh or dried)
Black pepper, ½ tsp
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Sugar, spice, and everything nice.. MaiLan thinks it would be nicer if we can put 2 lb of sugar instead of 2 tsp

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Combine ground beef, onion, garlic, oregano, basil, sugar, salt, black pepper, and 1/4 cup of water in a large saucepan on medium heat.

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2. Stir to crumble and brown the meat.

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3. Stir crushed tomato, tomato paste, and 1/2 cup of water into the pan until a rolling boil. Simmer on low and stir occasionally for another 5-10 minutes.

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We had every intention to use fresh tomatoes, but someone else claimed them.

4. While the meat sauce is simmering, use a vegetable spiralizer to turn the zucchini into noodles.

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5.  One zucchini (33 calories, 6 g carbs) will yield about 2 cups of zucchini noodles. A serving is 3 cups of zucchini noodles.  Spiralize the zucchini into desired thinness.  You may want to request for help from an experienced taste tester.

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4. In a large microwave-safe bowl or plate, microwave the zucchini for 2-3 minutes on high for every 3 cups you plan to serve.

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5. Combine zuchinni noodles with 8 oz of meat sauce. Add on a tsp of grated Parmesan cheese if desired.  Serve and enjoy!

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Each serving is under 300 calories, which works with both the HCG and phentermine diet plan.

Now Offering Hormone (HRT) / Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)

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If you’ve come in and spoken with us about any of our programs, you undoubtedly remember hearing about how important it is to use your diet and exercise to maintain an appropriate balance of hormones. Starting in our 30s, our bodies begin to slow down production of hormones such as Testosterone and HGH, which in turn results in an unfortunate accumulation of body fat and a regular decline in muscle mass and natural energy levels.

In order to be sure and help as many people as possible reach their fitness goals, we here at Elevation Medical Weight Loss is now offering both male and female hormone replacement therapies (HRT). We use bio-identical hormones for men (testosterone) and women (estrogen and or progesterone).  In order to begin, Dr. Cooper will send you for some blood work testing to determine if such therapy would be of benefit to you.

There is an unfortunate stigma commonly associated with hormone supplementation, especially when the treatment involves testosterone replacement therapy (TRT); however this is mostly the result of abuse. By properly monitoring and treating low hormone levels, you can safely and quickly regain much of the energy and confidence that we tend to lose as we age.

The benefits of hormone therapy are far reaching and impact everything from baseline energy and exercise endurance, to increasing muscle mass and sexual performance. When paired with our recommended exercise and diet plans, you can see changes in your fitness and general well being that far exceed what you could achieve with standard diet and exercise techniques alone.

We’ve put together some information to answer commonly asked questions regarding hormone replacement (HRT) or testosterone replacement therapy (TRT):

How safe is hormone replacement?
We use bio-identical testosterone therapy for men, and estrogen and or progesterone for women.  These hormones are naturally produced in your body.  Based on your blood work, which is the most accurate form of testing for hormonal imbalances, Dr. Cooper will design a dose that you will feel your best in within 1-2 week with minimal side effects.

What is the difference between hormone replacement for men vs women in your program?
Generally, men will need testosterone to help them feel like they’re in their 20s or 30s again.  Women’s hormone replacement may consist of estrogen and or progesterone to minimize of perimenopausal, menopausal, and age related symptoms.

What kind of work-up do I need?
Blood work provides the most accurate and best indicator of how your body is operating.  Both men and women will need a very comprehensive hormone panel before starting.  We test for: full blood count (CBC), metabolic panel with liver profile (CMP), Free & Total Testosterone, LH, FSH, Estradiol (sensitive assay), TSH, DHEA-S.  We will need prostate level (PSA) for men over 40 year old, and then an annual PSA.  We do not use saliva testing.

Do I need to fast before obtaining blood work?
No, fasting is not necessary.  Evidence as demonstrated by the Journal of American Medical Association, JAMA, see article here.

Where can I go for blood testing?
At any LabCorp nationwide.  The closest LabCorp to our Pittsburgh/Green Tree location is off exit 67 on I-376.  You may use the same LabCorp if you live in Weirton.  The closest location to our Weirton clinic is either in East Liverpool, OH, or Candiz, OH.  For more locations visit this link here. No appointments needed.

How long do I need to be on this treatment program?
As long as you want to be.  Similar to eating healthier and leading a more active lifestyle, if you feel your best on hormone or testosterone replacement therapy and your lab work shows positive results, we can continue you on the program.

Who would consider a consult for treatment?
Men who are between the ages of 30-65 who do no longer have the energy or workout recovery that they had in their prime and wish to regain them.

What are the symptoms of testosterone deficiency?
Erectile dysfunction (ED), reduced sex drive & spontaneous morning erections, increased joint/muscle pain, teste decreasing in size, low sperm count or infertility, night sweats, fatigue, memory issues, mental fogginess, difficulty concentrating, decrease muscle mass and strength, increase body fat & waist size.

What about treatment for women? Who would benefit from hormone replacement therapy?
If you are between the ages of 40-65 or younger who had a hysterectomy, oopherectomy (removal of ovaries), or suffering from perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms.  

What are the symptoms of testosterone deficiency?
Symptoms of hormone deficiency or imbalance includes: weight gain, hot flashes, irregular menses, dry hair/skin, hair loss, night sweats, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, fluid retention, headaches, depression/anxiety/mood swings, fatigue, forgetfulness, and more.

How much does hormone replacement or testosterone therapy cost?
Initial consult questionnaire by phone, email, or in person is of no charge.  If you are a candidate for either hormone or testosterone replacement therapy, you can call us or send us payment information for the initial lab work.  Within the same business day, you will receive an order requisition to go to a local LabCorp for testing.  

      • Summary of all pricing:
        • Initial Consult/Blood Work testing $250.  
        • 12-week Testosterone Replacement Program for men $875, which includes all supplies, medications, physical exam, and follow-up labs 8-10 weeks into the program.
        • 12-week Hormone Replacement Program for women $650, which includes medications, physical exam, and follow-up labs 8-10 weeks into the program.
      • There are no hidden fees or contracts. Though you can consider the $250 necessary to obtain a comprehensive hormone panel to be your one time “start-up fee”.

What kind of treatment or regimen can I expect on testosterone replacement (TRT) or hormone replacement (HRT)?

    • We prescribe testosterone injections and generally 2 other medications.  The treatment consist of:
      • Testosterone 40 mg – 100 mg injected under the skin (SQ) twice a week
      • HCG 25-50 units (250-500 IU) twice a week during the first week of the month (week 1, week 3, week 5, week 8, week 11)
      • Anastrazole (Amiridex) 0.25 mg – 1 mg twice a week.
        • All dosing above can be done during the same day, twice a week.
    • For women, we prescribe an estrogen and or progesterone cream, gel, or tablet. 

Pricing for Hormone & Testosterone Replacement Therapy
*no hidden fees, no contracts agreements*

Male testosterone initial consult/lab work order  $250 Female HRT initial consult/lab work order $250
12-week testosterone program $875 

(includes all medications, supplies, and follow-up blood work panels at 10 weeks)

12-week hormone program $650

(includes all medications and follow-up blood work panels at 10 weeks)

How do I get started on hormone therapy?
You can either call us at 412-304-2016 for both Weirton and Pittsburgh (Green Tree) location to answer a few questions regarding symptoms and your goals of therapy, or contact us here. You should receive a response on the same business day.

Send us questions and we will frequently update our website with more information.

What Makes Our HCG Program Different Than What You Might Expect

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HCG injections are a popular, safe, and effective method to lose weight.  Typically, if you follow our meal plan and calorie guidance, you can expect to lose 15-35 lbs a month.  Our HCG diet program may differ from many alternatives in the Pittsburgh area in ways that make the program very flexible. Our HCG program is:

  • Accessible to almost everyone
  • Simple to follow.  No loading phase or pre-binging required
  • The program is customized for you
    • HCG can be mixed (reconstituted) with either bacteriostatic (medical-grade) water, or a combination of cyanocobalamin/Lipotrophic/Fat Burner B-12 solution to enhance efficacy and improve fat loss.
    • Titratable dosing.  During your visit, we will guide you through drawing up the HCG from the vial into small, insulin syringes for dosing.
      • Since the same 125 IU or 150 IU does not work for everyone, you have the option of increasing or decreasing your dose to maximize treatment.
        • Women tend to do better at lower doses, ranging from 100 IU – 150 IU.
        • Men tend to do well at higher doses, ranging from 150 IU – 200 IU.
  • We use the smallest injection insulin-type needles possible, 31 gauge– so that you will barely feel a pinch.
  • No limit on wearing makeup or using certain shampoos, deodorants, or lotions
  • No hidden fees or start-up costs.  Our HCG program is $195 and includes everything you need for 30 days

How to Use HCG injection syringe on the stomach

This video illustrates how to self-administer HCG diet injections for rapid fat loss at Elevation Medical Weight Loss in Pittsburgh & Weirton

Several FAQs regarding HCG injections

What does your HCG program consist of?
Our program is a 30-day diet plan geared for rapid fat loss.  The 30-day HCG program comes in a 5000 IU vial that you use 125-175 IU daily.  We do not offer drops, since in our experience the most effective HCG protocol is by injection. This injection is given using a tiny needle that goes just beneath the skin.  The needle is about as thin as a fishing line and ⅓ inch long.

I really would like to try the HCG program to jumpstart my weight loss, but I am not comfortable with needles.  How do I know that I can perform the injections myself?
The needles we use are ultra-fine insulin syringes, and so you should barely feel the injection. Above is a video to demonstrate how simple it can be for you to perform the injection.  Also, we would be more than happy to walk you through an actual demonstration with sterile water when you come by the clinic.

What are the side effects?
HCG shots are generally very well tolerated.  During the first couple of days, a few people may experience morning nausea and irritability, similar to other methods involving calorie-restrictions; however, if you quickly consume 15-20 grams of simple carbohydrates, you will find quick relief of these symptoms.
For women who have heavier menstrual cycle, you may experience more intense symptoms associated with your flow, such as cramping and slightly heavier bleeding.  This may be alleviated by avoiding HCG use during 3-4 days of your menstrual cycle.  In fact, we recommend to abstain from HCG use during the heavier days of your cycle for the same reasons.

What are the benefits beside rapid weight loss?
Proper usage in the morning will increase your energy and suppress hunger.  This effect is maximized when you follow our simple dietary instructions of eating unprocessed foods.  You will feel “normal” while on a calorie restriction for rapid fat loss without symptoms of fatigue or starvation.

What can I do to maximize my success on the HCG program?
Besides following our basic instructions on diet and hydration, most people choose to add phentermine along with a combination of B-12 & Fat Burner/Lipotrophic shots.  The phentermine (Adipex) works synergistically with HCG to provide the best result.  We have had many clients described this particular combination as “easy”.

Will I gain the weight back after I lose it?
We are not in control of your appetite or behavior and so we can make no guarantees, however we aim to provide you with the necessary tool and guidance to keep off the weight that you lose.  We can assure you that if you are smaller frame, you will continue to lose weight eating double the calories of the prescribed HCG diet (1200-1600 calories a day), or under 2500 calories/day for the large frame bodies.  In summary, through proper counseling and guidance, you will keep the weight off and continue to lose more fat if you make an active effort in improving your health and well-being.