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Bioidentical Hormones at GMA

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What are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bio-identical hormones are substances that are identical to the hormones produced naturally by the body. Hormones are chemical messengers that are secreted directly into the blood, which carries them to organs and tissues of the body to exert their functions. These bioidentical substances [Read more…]

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New Treatments for Methylation and Chronic Illness

The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Today
Friday, May 29, at 2 PM Pacific

New Treatments for Methylation and Chronic Illness

I am delighted to be joined today by Alan Vinitsky, MD who has extensive experience treating chronic illness, with a particular interest in understanding and treating the autonomic nervous system, environmental exposures, hormonal dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies. He has some new insights into imbalances in methylation and will bring this into today’s discussion.

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Hyperparathyroid Disease: Much more common than you might think and often overlooked

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Hyperparathyroid Disease: Much more common than you might think and often overlooked

Today, I will be joined by Babak Larian MD, an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon who is well known for his work with diagnosing and treating hyperparathyroidism. The four parathyroid glands sit behind the thyroid gland and control calcium metabolism. It has become clear in recent years that this diagnosis for fatigue and cognitive impairment (as well as elevated calcium levels) is much more common than we had appreciated. Dr. Larian will bring to us the newest information about this condition, and we will talk with one of his patients who will share with us how this impacted her life.

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Bio-Identical Hormones for Women

The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Today
Friday, January 16, at 2 PM Pacific

Bio-Identical Hormones for Women

Today we will be joined by Dr. Carolyn Torkelson to discuss the use of bio-identical hormones in women. We will review the symptoms and medical benefits of natural hormone replacement as well as the risks.

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Testosterone: New Controversies, New Answers

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The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Today
Friday, January 2, at 2 PM Pacific

Testosterone: New Controversies, New Answers

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Today, Dr.Teitelbaum and I will be joined today by our guest, Dr. Gene Shippen, who is a widely-recognized expert in understanding and treating hormonal imbalances. He is the author of the classic The Testosterone Syndrome and will provide our listeners with up-to-date information on the importance of testosterone and how to treat its deficiency. Please join us for this important show.

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Lyme, Neurotoxins, and Hormonal Factors

Originally published in the Townsend Letter
July 2014

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Wayne Anderson, ND, and Robert Gitlin, DO
An interview with Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH

Wayne Anderson, ND: It is my privilege to be here with Robert Gitlin, DO, an experienced Lyme-disease practitioner, trained in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, with expertise in the endocrine system and hormones. We would like to offer our perspectives on how guiding hormone therapy in the Lyme patient differs from treating other patients, given that intracellular infections have their own unique effects on the endocrine system.

I think that currently one of the problems in medicine is an excessive focus specifically on Lyme disease. What sometimes gets missed is the fact that this is a constellation of toxic influences that all have the same mechanism of action. Our patients may be struggling with infectious processes caused by borrelia or co-infections like babesia, bartonella, ehrlichia, or mycoplasma, as well as toxins such as mold species, petro-based chemicals, and heavy metals. All of those infections and toxins affect the regulatory systems of our body: the brain and nervous system, and the immune and endocrine systems. [Read more…]

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Thyroid and Adrenal Problems: What You Don’t Know May Be Hurting You

The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Today
Friday August 15 at 2:00 PM

Thyroid and Adrenal Problems: What You Don’t Know May Be Hurting You

Today we will address the controversial issues of adrenal and thyroid deficiencies, which are closely inter-related. These problems are almost universal in chronically ill patients and they will address the difficulties with diagnosis and treatment so that listeners will better understand their therapeutic options.

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What Can Bio-identical Hormone Therapy Do for You?

Elizabeth Large, NDBy Elizabeth Large, ND

Current research on hormones brings new information to the discussion concerning the safety of hormone replacement therapies. The outcome of the Womens Health Initiative in 2002 reported that estrogen therapy increased risk of heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, blood blots, with some decreased risk of colon cancer and osteoporosis. Because of that study, estrogen received a bad rap, and a lingering fear of hormones remains. However, in the past 11 years, research has elucidated the difference between the animal derived estrogens and synthetic progestins previously used and bio-identical hormones. Bio-identical hormones are hormones with a molecular structure identical to our own. What is becoming clear is that the benefits of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) far outweigh the risks for the majority of women and men if used properly. Safety depends on what type of hormones, how they are taken, your metabolism (detoxification), and the hormone levels in relation to other hormones.

Hormone optimization, nutrition, stress reduction, and exercise are all necessary factors for healthy aging. Hormonal treatment to correct deficiencies, if used safely, can improves quality of life, decrease overall inflammation and provide anti-aging properties. Adrenal hormones, thyroid, progesterone, testosterone and estrogen must be balanced in relation to one another to function properly. In this article I will discuss the current research behind hormonal therapies: estrogen, progesterone and testosterone for both men and women. In coming articles, I will discuss adrenal hormones: cortisol, pregnenelone and DHEA and the complexity of estrogen detoxification.

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What’s Wrong With Me?

The article is short and is supposed to be about an unclear auto-immune disease but it is about our patients. I’m sorry, but the full article is only available to subscribers or can be purchased from The New Yorker. – Eric Gordon MD

I had an autoimmune disease. Then the disease had me.

by Meghan O’Rourke
August 26, 2013 published in The New Yorker

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Illness narratives usually have startling beginnings—the fall at the supermarket, the lump discovered in the abdomen, the doctor’s call. Not mine. I got sick the way Hemingway says you go broke: “gradually and then suddenly.” One way to tell the story is to say that I was ill for a long time—at least half a dozen years—before any doctor I saw believed I had a disease. Another is to say that it took hold in 2009, the stressful year after my mother died, when a debilitating fatigue overcame me, my lymph nodes ached for months, and a test suggested that I had recently had Epstein-Barr virus. Still another way is to say that it began in February of 2012, on a windy beach in Vietnam; my boyfriend and I were reading by the water when I noticed a rash on my inner arm—seven or eight vibrantly red bumps. At home in New York, three days later, I had a low fever. For weeks, I drifted along in a flulike malaise that I thought was protracted jet lag. I began getting headaches and feeling dizzy when I ate. At talks I gave, I found myself forgetting words. I kept reversing phrases—saying things like “I’ll meet you at the cooler water.” . . .
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Meghan O’Rourke, Personal History, “What’s Wrong With Me?,” The New Yorker, August 26, 2013, p. 32

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Why Might You Want to Use Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Elizabeth Large, NDBy Elizabeth Large, ND

You have probably heard a lot about hormone replacement therapy, both good and bad. Let’s look at some of the details of why you might consider using hormone replacement therapy as part of comprehensive, effective, and safe support for your overall health.

It could lengthen your healthy, functional life span.
It can help retain physical vigor, mental clarity and youthful appearance.
It has anti-aging effects on:

  • Skin
  • Hair
  • Sexual health
  • Brain function
  • Bone health
  • Maintaining ideal body weight/weight loss
  • Blood sugar control

It helps relieve menopausal symptoms: [Read more…]