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Dr. James Shoemaker

General Practice
Saint Louis, MO
41 years experience male

Locations

Office

Saint Louis

Address

1402 S. Grand, Room 004, Saint Louis
Directions

About

Bio

MD 1981, PhD Nutritional Sciences, U of IL-Urbana 1984. 25 years Director of Metabolic Screening Lab assessing genetic and nutritional causes of deranged metabolism. Inventor of Intraurethral trimix for erectile dysfunction, US Patent 6363590

Specialties
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General Practice

Holistic Medicine

Internal Medicine

Urgent Care

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
PUFA Toxicity: Most people in industrialized countries get too much polyunsaturated fat of the omega-6 kind: from either natural or partially hydrogenated corn, soy,... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Omega 3 Fat: The problem in industrialized nations is too much omega 6 fat, from soy, corn, cottonseed and safflower oils. Omega 6 fats can cause all the problems... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
No: Folic acid is unstable when heated, but the 39 other essential nutrients are fairly stable at cooking temperatures. Of course, vegetables are poor so... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Vit A Toxicity: Vitamin a can accumulate in your body and become poisonous, causing headaches and liver problems. See a local physician to find out if your diet puts... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Creatine: Creatine provides energy for short, intense muscle movement. Studies have shown it improves weightlifting performance and can speed muscle building. ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Reflux: Yes, the symptoms of hiatal hernia are made worse by lying flat because stomach contents may flow into the esophagus in this position, burning the del... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
No xenobiotics: There are thousands of chemicals that are naturally produced by living things, including amino acids, vitamins, hormones, antibiotics, fungicides, ins... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
4 Goals: Everyone in industrialized nations is at risk for the same 4 nutritional problems, but these are not solved by supplements: too much sodium (salt); to... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Flatus: Nuts, seeds and legumes may cause gas in susceptible people. Products like beano may help if taken before these foods are consumed.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Appetite Suppression: If you are of normal weight, you might choose whatever time of day works best for you, based on how energized or fatigued it makes you feel. But if y... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Exercise: Exercise, or any activity that uses calories such as fidgeting, speeds up your metabolism. Other medical phenomena that do this include cancer, serio... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Hypokalemia: Call your doctor at once--you have dangerously low potassium and are susceptible to potentially fatal heart problems. If you can, have a banana or tw... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Neutral soap: A neutral soap such as neutrogena may be used to safely remove sunblock from your face.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Liquid Diet: Ensure is a complete human diet and can sustain life indefinitely if adequate amounts are consumed, retained and digested. Some patients may need add... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
HIV DNA by PCR: When hospital workers are stuck with needles contaminated by HIV positive patients, they get a blood test called HIV dna by pcr which can tell if you ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Hypothyroidism: Although thyroid hormone contains iodine which must be obtained from the diet, extra iodine is not useful in hypothyroidism--you must see a board cert... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Second Opinion: See another doctor immediately or contact the first one and ask to be re-evaluated. Your situation has changed (worsened under observation) and a doc... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Weight Loss Program: Plan to lose no more than 2 pounds per week.  have a no carb breakfast such as eggs and lowfat cottage cheese a high-protein glucose control drink, su... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Neither: Lean meats, eggs, low fat cottage cheese and white fish or shellfish are more balanced in their Amino Acid content, and much less expensive than whey ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Diet and Exercise: Plan to lose no more than 2 pounds per week.  have a no carb breakfast such as eggs and lowfat cottage cheese a high-protein glucose control drink, su... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Carb free: It is exactly the opposite of what most people are used to, but starting the day with a high protein, zero carbohydrate breakfast makes it much easier... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Weight Loss Program: Plan to lose no more than 2 pounds per week.  have a no carb breakfast such as eggs and lowfat cottage cheese a high-protein glucose control drink, su... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Weight Loss Plan: Weight loss plan to lose no more than 2 pounds per week.  have a no carb breakfast such as eggs and lowfat cottage cheese a high-protein glucose cont... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
When: When ordering fast food, remember 3 F's: low fat, no fructose, and high fiber.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
3 x wk: Workouts 3 times per week should be enough to maintain muscle tone in someone your age. You might use a floor routine like this one which requires no... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Androgens: The dripping is more likely due to prostate enlargement from steroids such as androgens. If you are taking them, stop immediately--they can make you ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Hyperglycemia: Especially if you are overweight, you might want to go to the emergency room and have your blood sugar checked if Prednisone made you feel this way.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
40 Nutrients: There are 40 essential nutrients that you need every day: 13 vitamins, 15 minerals, 10 Amino Acids (from protein) and 2 fatty acids. If you consume o... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Salicylate: It may, because it contains a locally acting anti-inflammatory related to aspirin: bismuth sub-salicylate. You should be aware of the aspirin-like qu... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Water Rinse: When you first stand up after lying down, you might notice your nose clearing for a moment. Use this chance to snuffle some water from your cupped ha... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
HIV DNA by PCR: When hospital workers are stuck with needles contaminated by HIV positive patients, they get a blood test called HIV dna by pcr which can tell if you ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Malabsorption: There are many other possible causes for B12 deficiency besides autoimmunity: any cause of malabsorption anywhere in the digestive tract from the stom... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Waistline: There is no such thing as "spot reduction" through exercise. If you want to lose body fat in general, add 6 miles of walking or 3 miles of running ev... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
NSAIDs: Naproxen (aleve) only has to be taken twice a day and is as safe as Ibuprofen and safer than Acetaminophen (tylenol), but any of these can upset your ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Lifestyle Change: Patients often claim they want diet and exercise advice, but do not follow it. It is easier for both doctors and patients to use pills. However, the... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
1-Step Metabolomics: Any physician can order the most broad-spectrum screen for metabolic disorders: "one-step metabolomics". Here is a link to a video demonstration of t... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
If: If you are vegetarian, are you getting enough iron and can you absorb it? Consider a supplement.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Yeast in bowel: You may have a yeast (fungus) infection of your bowel. There are effective anti-fungal medicines which may help, available by prescription. Please s... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Weight loss program: Weight loss plan to lose no more than 2 pounds per week.  have a no carb breakfast such as eggs and lowfat cottage cheese a high-protein glucose cont... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Galactosemia: Galactosemia is a genetic disorder that causes cataracts and is the only cause of cataracts that is completely curable if galactose is removed from th... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
I. V. Glucose: Most classical inborn errors are defects in the enzymes that break down amino acids, so stopping the body from breaking down its own proteins is an im... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Maybe: The classic inborn errors are genetic defects in single genes that code for enzymes that help turn your food into you. Down syndrome is due to having... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Weight Loss Program: Plan to lose no more than 2 pounds per week.  have a no carb breakfast such as eggs and lowfat cottage cheese a high-protein glucose control drink, su... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Biotin: I promise you biotin does nothing specific for hair growth. It's just that a genetic disease called "biotinidase deficiency" can cause baldness, so p... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
See an MD: This is not normal for someone your age and you should see a doctor soon to be evaluated for depression, sleep problems, hormones and drug use.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Rinse: To minimize hair loss, rinse the scalp every 2 weeks with 95% ethanol (available at liquor stores--caution, flammable!) to remove dihydrotestosterone ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
150 g Sugar: It takes a dose of about 150 g of sugar (sucrose, half fructose, half glucose) to induce triglyceride formation. If the rest of your meal has 90 g of... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
Limit B6: Do not take more than 50 mg of b6 per day--it can cause nerve problems.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 41 years experience
UTI Rx: Let the doctor who prescribed the penecillin know your symptoms and urinalysis/urine culture results and leave the phone number of your pharmacy so a ... Read More

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Mar 8, 2013
Dr. Shoemaker Responce time is immediately. with a sense of urgency that understands what could happen if urgent responses do not take place. Thank you so much. I ate some oranges
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Shoemaker is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Shoemaker is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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I've recently started taking vyvanses but this has been going on before I started taking the medicine. Everything else I have take before
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I'm starting my medicine today, Kivexa & Efavirenz. Thanks for the advice. Appreciated it ...
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Thanks, I have pillows mask. Made skin around nose&upper lip red&raw. Could not make it stop. Ready to give up on this whole thing...

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1981MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois Division of Nutritional Sciences
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS HOSPITAL

Awards

Top General Practitioner, First Place, Missouri - Winter
2013
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