Hormones

The use of human bio-identical hormones is useful in a variety of conditions. These may include estrodial, etrone, estriol, progesterone, DHEA, cortisol, pregnenolone, and testosterone. May also include issues of insulin resistance, as well as other hormones that are less commonly known.

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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

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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

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

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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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Lyme, Neurotoxins, and Hormonal Factors: Wayne Anderson, ND, and Robert Gitlin, DO

An interview with Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH
Two experts, a naturopath and an osteopath, offer 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.

Mold and Mycotoxins: Often Overlooked Factors in Chronic Lyme Disease

by Scott Forsgren with Neil Nathan, MD, and Wayne Anderson, ND

Environmental exposure to toxic molds and the production of mycotoxins resulting from fungal colonization in the body can be significant in terms of symptom presentation, as well as both the severity and duration of the illness. The article focuses on three mycotoxins that can be readily measured via laboratory testing, providing a useful tool for practitioners working with patients with mold-associated illnesses. [Read more…]

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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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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…]

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What You Need to Know About Insulin Resistance

Why is it so hard to lose weight?  Why do I gain weight when I use nothing but stevia to sweeten my food?  Why is my cholesterol so high when I eat hardly any?  Why does everyone in my family get high blood pressure, strokes or heart attacks?  Why does my husband snore so badly when he’s not even overweight?  All these questions and more are easily answered when you understand insulin resistance.

Our ancestors faced starvation.  In ancient times, before we had cash to buy groceries; before we had canned or smoked or dried food; our “wealth” and indeed our insurance against famine was the nutrition we stored in our body fat.  In primitive societies into the present day, body fat is desirable. [Read more…]