The Mammogram Controversy

July 22, 2018

DISCLAIMER: Per the FDA, Thermography should not be used as the sole device to diagnose or screen for breast cancer or other conditions. Thermography should not be used in place of mammography and is only for use in addition to other diagnostic or screening devices. Use of thermography carries the risks of a delayed or missed diagnosis.

This week’s controversial government study on Mammography created quite a bombshell leaving women confused about what they should do.

You, as my patients, should be very clear as to Mammographic screening of your breasts. I have urged all of you to use Thermography as an adjunct screening tool for breast cancer and confirm with ultrasound and MRI. Mammography for screening is considered by the FDA as the first line of defense but be aware of radiation and compression and the high incidence of false positives. As reported, for every 100 mammograms performed, almost half are false positive and result in further invasive procedures and greatly increased anxiety.

Please remember that on average the life span of a woman from first cancer cell until death is 15 years. The greatest death rates for breast cancer are between ages 40-45 years. It may be advisable to begin screening at 25-30 years of age. In this instance, if you started screening at 40 years, you could miss these early tumors. This would especially affect black women whose cancers occur earlier and are more aggressive.

Thermography has zero dangers or side effects as well as being markedly sensitive and specific. There are minimal false positives. Mammography is considered the first line of defense in diagnosing breast cancer. Thermography offers you a safe and most cost effective technique for breast cancer screening as an adjunct diagnostic tool to Mammography. The most common abnormality found in the breast is a DUCTAL CARCINOMA IN SITU, which is interpreted as STAGE 0 cancer. The great majority of these lesions will never progress to a life threatening invasive cancer and are best left alone. We have been able to literally reverse these lesions back to a normal breast using nutritional intervention, which proves you can reverse this disease process.

The present accepted standard of care results in more biopsies, which lead to lumpectomy or breast conserving surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Men are similarly affected by the standard of care for prostate cancer, which results in surgery, chemotherapy and radiation for the majority of lesions that will never threaten life.

You can reduce your risk of breast cancer and most likely all cancers by 80% with your supplementation of Vitamin D3. To achieve this, however, you must keep your Vitamin D3 level at 50 ng/ml. This equates to about 3000 to 5000 I.U. of Vitamin D3 a day.

To conclude this alert:

1)Give yourself a gift of life – schedule your Thermogram.

2)Take your Vitamin D3, 3000 to 5000 I.U. daily. Measure your blood level twice a year – once in the winter and again in the summer.

I can’t think of a better life insurance policy than this.

 

Allan D. Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.

Medical Director

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July 22, 2018

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS & INFLUENZA UPDATE

The month of October has been designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month but I hope, every day of the year, you are aware of a disease that ultimately affects one in seven women in their lifetime. In keeping with the National Breast Cancer Awareness the Center is offering a $115 discount gift (click here for coupon) those who need to repeat their annual breast exam and for anyone who has never had a Thermogram.

In 1982, the FDA approved Thermography for adjunct screening for breast cancer. With this technology we can detect changes in a breast 6-10 years before mammography and can do this without without exposure to radiation or painful compression. Thermography imaging of the breast is greater than 90% sensitive and specific, i.e., if an abnormality is present, it will rarely miss it.

It is estimated that 84% of women in North America have “Benign Breast Changes”. These changes are now known to increase risks of cancer. The exciting facts are we can reverse these changes through nutritional intervention. Evidenced based experience demonstrates your ability to decrease risks of breast cancer by at least 80% when you keep your blood Vitamin D3 level above 50 ng/ml. The addition of progesterone, iodine, Selenium and I3C/DIM reduces your risks even more.

The message today is: you don’t have to fear the scourge of breast cancer anymore if you will be aware and proactive. The Center’s Program for Women’s Health is ready to assist you. You can also visit our website at www.earlycancerdetection.com.

INFLUENZA ALERT UPDATE

There has been sufficient feedback from patients who have used the Flu Protocol, Vitamin D and sublingual INTA, to confirm its ability to quickly turn off the disease but more importantly to prevent the occurrence when exposed. Review the protocol by CLICKING HERE.

Allan Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.
Medical Director

 

 

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July 22, 2018

This past week, I had a chance to read Dr. Thierry Hertoghe’s book written for doctors and layman entitled, The Hormone Solution – Stay Younger Longer with Natural Hormone and Nutrition Therapies. Dr. Hertoghe emphasizes three principles:
* Hormone balance is everything.
* Hormones are crucial to every single function of the human body, yet unfortunately rarely do our bodies have optimum levels.
* Almost all hormone levels decline with age, which is the most crucial underlying process causing the signs and symptoms of aging as well as a host of other concerns.

These are many of the signs and symptoms of poor hormone balance and/or nutritional deficiencies:

Whereas we typically try to balance a few to several hormones, Dr. Hertoghe emphasizes balancing no less than the top 15 hormones if we want to achieve optimal health. If you personally haven’t achieved that level of health you were looking for, perhaps we should look more thoroughly at the larger spectrum of hormone balance. How would we do that? We can begin by looking at different patterns of your signs and symptoms and then measure the suspected hormone levels in your blood, urine, and/or saliva.

A practical first step to narrow the large number of possible hormones affected in any individual’s case is to study the questionnaire, click here to download and print a copy. If these symptoms seem relevant to your concerns, complete the form and make an appointment to discuss the findings. We can then test the hormones most likely to be causing your particular pattern of symptoms. Your history and a few physical findings may still offer the best clues, regardless of the measured laboratory values.

Dr. Hertogue teaches that “at best, labs are imperfect tests”. Their worst fault is that laboratory tests don’t uncover borderline hormonal deficiencies. These tests are ‘all or nothing’. However, when it comes to hormones, it is almost never a matter of all or nothing. Most of us are neither grievously ill nor in perfect health. Rather, we inhabit one of the many intermediate stages reflecting subtle glandular breakdown.

With a higher index of suspicion, a therapeutic trial may be the best way to diagnose and treat hormone imbalances. It may be at first frustrating to you to have to keep adjusting certain hormone levels till we find the dose that feels best, but in reality it is really the only way. Taking the time and having the patience and willingness to do just that will achieve the ultimate reward: a feeling of true well-being.

As you can see, hormone balance is so critical to overall health.

I would recommend that you read these two references:

1.The Hormone Solution–Stay Younger Longer with Natural Hormone and Nutrition Therapies, by Thierry Hertoghe, M.D.
Three Rivers Press, 2002

2.Ageless–The Naked Truth About Bio-identical Hormones, by Suzanne Somers
Crown publishers, 2006

Allan Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.
Medical Director, COEM
Consultant in Occupational and Environmental Medicine

 

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Natural Hormone Balancing for Men and Women

Is Something Missing from Your Health Picture?

You want to say to the doctor, “What am I missing? I just don’t feel like I used to. My energy is low, muscle strength and skin tone diminishing, mood a little flat, sex drive and performance less than desired, thinking and memory not as sharp, retaining some fluid, insomnia more frequent, some hot flashes and tender breasts. I’m told that all the tests are normal and that I’m ‘just getting old.’ I’ve lost that zest for living-and don’t know what to do.”

You may be among the millions of men and women who have some of the symptoms expressed above and have been told, “your tests are normal” and “you’re just getting a little older.” Based on your individual history, we who are interested in Preventive Medicine take such complaints seriously and look further for the cause.

Could it be hormone imbalance or deficiency?

A major piece of the puzzle could be a reduction or imbalance in your hormones. Hormone imbalances can start in a person’s teen years. Actual hormone deficiencies can start in some people in their early twenties. We would like to discuss this issue, starting with estrogen dominance or progesterone insufficiency.

The medical view on hormone replacement has come full circle. For most of the last thirty years, doctors were taught to use supplemental estrogen to help women with certain symptoms. They used a patented or synthetic hormone product obtained from pregnant mare’s urine called Premarin. This helped a number of women but was recently found to be causing breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer, as well as cardiovascular disease.

The Women’s Health Initiative scared off all medical doctors from hormone use-and rightly so.

  • The estrogens (and the synthetic progestins) are best suited for pregnant mares-not human females. These horse hormones are viewed as alien by the human body, since they are not identical to the sex hormones seen in human females.
  • Most synthetic estrogens, including Premarin, contained high amounts of estrone and estradiol, two very potent forms of estrogen.
  • The patients’ own levels of all the forms of estrogen, progesterone, and other important hormones were never measured to see if they were balanced or excessive.
  • When supplemental synthetic hormones were prescribed, they were not usually cycled to imitate the natural female menstrual cycle.
  • Finally, the “balancer” of excessive estrogen, the hormone progesterone, was only given if a woman had an intact uterus, and even progesterone was not given in its natural form but as a synthetic progestin.

But physicians like us who practice natural medicine differ from all of the above. We use special compounded pharmaceutical hormones, derived from wild yams, which are made in identical proportions to human hormones and prescribed in the lowest amounts required to “balance” the patient. We call these bio-identical hormones.

Careful monitoring with frequent testing, and following rhythmic cycling patterns for hormones, are two powerful ways to protect the patient. Care is also taken to balance all the hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol) to create a coordinated symphony. For example, optimal DHEA levels have been proven to correlate with longevity. [NOTE: Natural Hormone Balancing is best done under the guidance of a physician knowledgeable in the use of bio-identical hormones-beware of self-treating based on symptoms alone with over the counter products!]

As Anti-Aging physicians have known for years, when a man or woman has the right amount of hormones, in the correct balance, the body begins to look and function at an optimal level of wellness. The skin and muscle tone change, making a visual difference to family and friends. Energy, mood and sexual function begin to return to a level not known for several years.

Since hormones are the biggest coordinators of the body’s physiology, changes can be dramatic.
The rapid decline of body functions that takes place after the age of forty-five can be significantly lessened. Being fully functional with body and mind intact as we enter the seventh to the ninth decade is a possibility. Physical, mental, and emotional debilitation can be avoided, but be aware that symptoms of hormone imbalances and deficiencies can begin as early as in our twenties.

What is the solution for hormone imbalance?

Just knowing the possible symptoms of hormone imbalance doesn’t always help to determine what your own individual hormone levels might be.

A thorough hormone evaluation of the major hormones, through saliva and blood tests, measures hormone levels over time and identifies relative imbalances. Likewise, thyroid testing also requires a careful study of all fractions of the thyroid hormone in order to adequately assess true thyroid function, and not just the routine TSH testing done at most doctors’ offices. Most importantly, careful laboratory testing of all the major hormones, paired with careful consideration of a patient’s own individual medical and family history, allows appropriate natural bio-identical hormones to be supplied to correct imbalances. With this comprehensive approach, results can be dramatic.

If you are interested in learning more about your own hormone balance and deficiencies, call “The Center” at (843) 572-1600. A comprehensive diagnostic evaluation may be what you need for true health and well-being. Natural Hormone Balancing may be that missing piece in your health program that makes all the difference.

The references below are written for the average layman. The specific scientific citations can be found in the back of these books:

1) Hotze, Stephen M, M.D. Health, Hormones, and Happiness. Houston, TX: Forrest Publishing, 2005.

2) Lee, John, M.D. What Your doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer. New York NY: Warner Wellness, 2003.

3) Lee, John, M.D. and Hopkins, Virginia. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause. New York, NY: Warner Books, Inc. 1996.

 

 

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July 22, 2018

“We should be able to enjoy living near coastal areas without fear of mold issues. Proper assessment and care of indoor environments makes all the difference!”

Assessment Of Mold In Indoor Environments

By John H, Albrecht, Albrecht Consulting, LLC

www.albrechtenvironmental.com

So, you say you have mold? Or you suspect mold is in your house, and you do not know what caused it? Should you have it tested? If so, whom should you call?

These are all questions that may plague the average homeowner, when faced with an unknown allergen. Many clients believe it must be “that mold stuff I saw on TV or on that full page newspaper ad I saw the other day.” I hope the following helps you make more of an educated decision, when determining your particular course of action.

What are you reacting to? – First of all, are you sure it is mold that is your main concern or is it possibly another environmental trigger? Have you been tested for other allergens? A fair analogy may be changing the oil in your car because it “knocks” going up a hill, when all along it may be a timing problem, which the oil change will not fix.

Moisture – Addressing the source of the problem – Now that you know you are reacting to mold, you need to be aware that many well known websites say to address moisture as the main culprit. Think about your house, and make a note of any moisture sources that would contribute to mold growth. Examples include water leaks, which are obvious, but a majority of complaints in buildings stem from VAPOR LEAKS.

Who should I hire? Know your Inspector – A competent engineer or building inspector, who can look objectively at your building, and is there as an unbiased expert, should be hired to assess the cause and origin of moisture intrusion. Ask questions as to their licensing and the years of experience the inspector has before hiring the consultant. Once the moisture issue is properly diagnosed, a plan can be implemented for mitigation of the moisture, and possibly mold if encountered. Too many times clients will hire a tradesman to look at moisture issues or they will see an ad in the paper for a “free crawl space inspection”. If an air conditioning (HVAC) technician arrives to do an inspection of the building, what deficiencies do you think he will be most focused on?

Visual Inspection – Now that you have selected your inspector, the inspection can begin. A good inspection should begin within the structure to look for obvious signs of problems. It should proceed to the attic, then should proceed to the crawl space. If you are testing that day, don’t allow the inspector to enter or open the attic. They will bias the sampling. A good diagnostician will typically find issues with a building during the visual inspection, if there is a mold issue. If it is a vapor issue, plan on it being a more difficult assessment.

Testing – There is significant debate about what type, if any, of testing to use for indoor air quality testing. The Indoor Air Quality Association Annual Conference in 2007 cited particle counting by instrumentation as a viable means of assessing problematic areas.

For air sampling, there are several types of cassettes for capturing particles. Some cassettes use higher flow for capture of particulate, and some specialize in a lower flow for sampling. Some hygienists will like to test using agar plates, so they can identify the species of mold present. It’s all very confusing, but it goes back to picking the person you are most comfortable with and matching the level of assessment with the need for data.

Report – The report should identify the visual findings and should discuss the laboratory findings, if samples were taken. Conclusions and recommendations should be included that address the main problem, as the diagnostician sees it, and long-term solutions for repair. In some cases, the consultant will be able to estimate the cost for mold cleanup, based on their experience in the field. This can be very helpful, so ask the inspector if they have any experience with cleanup, and if so, in what capacity.

Cleanup – Finally, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification (IICRC) publishes an industry standard for mold cleanup called IICRC Standard S520. This standard succinctly addresses the requirements of parties involved in the cleanup of mold. The objective is to return the site to a Condition 1, Normal Fungal Ecology. You can find this document at www.IICRC.org.

Post-cleanup Sampling – Current real estate law in South Carolina mandates disclosure of mold in real estate transactions. If you have a mold incident, you will need documentation from the independent consultant to verify to the buyer that it was handled properly. This will typically involve more testing, so be prepared to have the consultant close at hand to see the project through. It will save you money in the long run.

For additional information about mold exposure, please see the article, Household Mold: Toxin? Infection? Allergy?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mr. John Albrecht received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Citadel in 1985 and has been a Professional Engineer licensed in South Carolina (License #13896) for the last 18 years. He was an Environmental Engineer for the Department of Defense from 1987-1991, and began working in the private sector in 1991. Since 1993, Mr. Albrecht has managed his own environmental consulting firm in Charleston. Since 2000, the firm has focused solely on indoor air quality, building science, and energy efficiency issues. The firm was awarded the Emerging 10 Award for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce in both 2003 and 2004. Mr. Albrecht holds accreditation from the American Indoor Air Quality Council as a Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC).

 

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July 22, 2018

The Effects of Toxic Molds on Personality and Brain Functioning

By Nancy A. Didriksen, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist

This sobering article by a licensed and experienced Neuropsychologist is meant to emphasize the seriousness of chronic toxic mold exposure. Mold toxicity requires proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment, since it is now being shown that mold mycotoxins can cause chronic, toxic brain injury in exposed individuals.

There are many types of brain injuries. These may occur as a result of blows to the head, gunshot wounds, accidents, strokes, sports injuries, electrical and lightning injuries, migraine headaches, vascular problems, degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, and from normal pressure hydrocephalus. Brain injury may also occur as a result of infectious processes such a HIV infection and AIDS, herpes simplex, Lyme disease, from a variety of brain tumors, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, oxygen deprivation, carbon monoxide poisoning, metabolic and endocrine disorders such as diabetes or hypothyroidism, and toxic conditions such as exposure to excessive amounts of alcohol, solvents, heavy metals, pesticides, and street drugs.

More recently, the effects of toxigenic molds on brain functioning are being studied. There have been numerous studies performed on other types of brain injuries and relatively few studies to date on the effects of the molds which give off toxic substances called mycotoxins.

However, from the studies that have been performed and the observations that have been made of patients who have been exposed to toxigenic molds and evaluated, a pattern of deficits is being revealed. This pattern of deficits is strikingly similar to the pattern of deficits observed in individuals who have been exposed to other neurotoxic substances, such as pesticides, solvents, and heavy metals, thereby suggesting that these molds have neurotoxic properties.

Dr. Marshall Mandell reported brain reactions, including an inability to concentrate and confusion, during testing with various mold extracts in 1976. Other studies performed, beginning in 2001, have reported chronic, toxic brain injury apparently related to exposure to toxigenic fungi. Personality changes have also been observed.

Patients being tested undergo a variety of neuropsychological and personality tests to determine exactly what areas of cognitive functioning are being affected. Deficits are found primarily on measures of higher cortical functioning (executive functions) including the ability to regulate one’s behavior, plan, solve problems, reason in an abstract manner, and initiate actions.

A decline in general intellectual functioning as measured by IQ tests has also been observed. Deficits are generally on measures of information processing speed, attention and concentration, and perceptual organization. Verbal abilities are not as adversely affected.

Deficits in memory functioning are also observed, particularly in incidental memory. Incidental memory is like the memory requirements of everyday life when one is simply expected to remember information without being specifically told to recall the information. Memory for visual information is slightly more impaired than verbal memory. Overall, scores on a formal measure of memory fall close to the average for the population. However, what is important to remember is that the average educational level for the group of patients being observed is very close to a four-year college degree. Scores for college level individuals are usually expected to be in the high-average to superior ranges on neuropsychological tests.

Overall, the majority of patients score in a mildly impaired range on the most widely used and researched neuropsychological test battery in the U.S., the Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Battery, despite relatively good IQ scores. Scores also suggest that brain damage is diffuse (all over the brain), rather than localized to one specific area.

Patients experience a variety of physical, psychological, and neurocognitive symptoms. The following are the most frequently reported symptoms on the Physical Symptom Checklist by patients exposed to toxigenic molds: easily fatigued, low energy, muscle weakness, trouble remaining asleep, aches and pains, sexual dysfunction, headaches, trouble falling asleep, sinus discomfort, and heart problems. The top 12 psychological symptoms include present performance inferior to prior performance or level of functioning, overwhelming exhaustion, fatigue or weariness, “this is not me”, difficulty getting started in the morning, “cloudy, foggy, spacey”, worry about bodily dysfunction, diminished self-confidence, tension, loss of interest in sexual activity, inability to cope well with daily or other stressors, feeling of losing control of one’s life and destiny, and loss of interest in activities. The most frequently reported neurocognitive symptoms include decreased immediate and short-term memory, decreased concentration, decreased attention, difficulty remembering the names of things or people, losing words, intellectual inefficiency (hard to think), easily distracted, decreased comprehension, poorly organized (“scattered”), and losing train of thought.

Psychological and personality/behavioral functioning is also affected as indicated by the number of psychological symptoms endorsed on the checklist and by the results on personality tests. Patients exposed to toxigenic molds indicate that they are more confused and fatigued and sometimes more depressed, anxious, and angry than they were prior to the toxic exposure. They also report a reduced level of vigor and activity. However, overall they appear generally psychologically healthy, with depression, anxiety, and poor coping ability secondary to ill health which sometimes results in a disabled condition.

Those exposed to toxigenic molds also experience a variety of losses to which they must adjust, including loss of home and belongings, loss of income, loss of ability to function as they had in the past in all areas, loss of personal freedom, and loss of relationships. Exposure to toxigenic molds, like other neurotoxic substances, results in the reduction of the level of comfort, achievement, satisfaction, and effectiveness of the majority of individuals exposed.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Nancy Didreksen received her Ph.D. in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine from the University of North Texas in 1986, with a research emphasis in psychoneuroimmunology. As an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of North Texas, she has continued research into the adverse neuropsychological effects of environmental toxins and has published approximately 40 professional papers. For the past 25 years, she has also maintained a private practice in psychology in Richardson, Texas, where she evaluates and treats environmentally and chronically ill patients, in both in-patient and out-patient settings.

 

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July 22, 2018

Luke Curtis, my co-author of the review article on the Adverse Health Effect of Indoor Mold, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, wrote another important paper on the effects of mold that I would like to share with you.

My experience with hundreds of patients exposed and injured by mold demonstrated the multi-systemic nature of toxic mold exposure. However, I never fully realized the pathophysiology of these effects. Luke and his co-authors demonstrated that there is a major imbalance and dysfunction to the endocrine system specifically to growth hormone, thyroid, and the adrenal hormones.

To be specific, 51% were growth hormone deficient, 81% were thyroid deficient, and 75% were ACTH deficient. All of the seventy-nine patients were fatigued and 94% had chronic fungal sinusitis. In all of the deficient patients who were given supplemental growth hormone, thyroid, and cortisol, the fatigue was improved.

Of special interest to me was that only seventeen out of seventy-nine patients were aware of being mold exposed.

This paper documents what I always say, “Many physicians do not have the foggiest idea of what is wrong with a patient.” The field of Environmental Medicine is a new and exciting approach to the care of complex ill patients. We are trained and experienced to try and find the causes of disease.

In our practice, we see a large number of hormone deficient patients identified by hormone testing. Now, after reading Luke’s paper, I have added Insulin Growth Factor One (IgF1) to our evaluation of sick, tired patients to identify growth hormone deficiency. Although doing an endocrine work up is an additional expense, it is worth it if you identify the cause and can treat it successfully.

Treating deficient patients with Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is not as easy or as reasonable as the cost of thyroid or adrenal hormones. But if you are dragging and just not recovering from your chronic debilitating illness, a trial for one to three months may be well worth it. Unlike the other hormones that can be taken orally, growth hormone is given like insulin- by daily subcutaneous injections. Up until now, insurance companies have refused to pay for this treatment.

As Luke’s paper points out, there are now only 60,000 people with the accepted diagnosis that are receiving growth hormone. However, if toxic mold is causing this hormone loss, then the number of people who could benefit is closer to 4.8 million. There are secretagogues or mimics of HGH that are a fraction of the cost of the whole hormone and importantly may work almost as well.

Call the office if you would like to discuss this alert with me. Also, CLICK HERE if you would like to read the entire article.

Allan Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.
Medical Director
Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine

 

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Natural Hormone Balancing for Men and Women

Is Something Missing from Your Health Picture?

You want to say to the doctor, “What am I missing? I just don’t feel like I used to. My energy is low, muscle strength and skin tone diminishing, mood a little flat, sex drive and performance less than desired, thinking and memory not as sharp, retaining some fluid, insomnia more frequent, some hot flashes and tender breasts. I’m told that all the tests are normal and that I’m ‘just getting old.’ I’ve lost that zest for living-and don’t know what to do.”

You may be among the millions of men and women who have some of the symptoms expressed above and have been told, “your tests are normal” and “you’re just getting a little older.” Based on your individual history, we who are interested in Preventive Medicine take such complaints seriously and look further for the cause.

Could it be hormone imbalance or deficiency?

A major piece of the puzzle could be a reduction or imbalance in your hormones. Hormone imbalances can start in a person’s teen years. Actual hormone deficiencies can start in some people in their early twenties. We would like to discuss this issue, starting with estrogen dominance or progesterone insufficiency.

The medical view on hormone replacement has come full circle. For most of the last thirty years, doctors were taught to use supplemental estrogen to help women with certain symptoms. They used a patented or synthetic hormone product obtained from pregnant mare’s urine called Premarin. This helped a number of women but was recently found to be causing breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer, as well as cardiovascular disease.

The Women’s Health Initiative scared off all medical doctors from hormone use-and rightly so.

  • The estrogens (and the synthetic progestins) are best suited for pregnant mares-not human females. These horse hormones are viewed as alien by the human body, since they are not identical to the sex hormones seen in human females.
  • Most synthetic estrogens, including Premarin, contained high amounts of estrone and estradiol, two very potent forms of estrogen.
  • The patients’ own levels of all the forms of estrogen, progesterone, and other important hormones were never measured to see if they were balanced or excessive.
  • When supplemental synthetic hormones were prescribed, they were not usually cycled to imitate the natural female menstrual cycle.
  • Finally, the “balancer” of excessive estrogen, the hormone progesterone, was only given if a woman had an intact uterus, and even progesterone was not given in its natural form but as a synthetic progestin.

But physicians like us who practice natural medicine differ from all of the above. We use special compounded pharmaceutical hormones, derived from wild yams, which are made in identical proportions to human hormones and prescribed in the lowest amounts required to “balance” the patient. We call these bio-identical hormones.

Careful monitoring with frequent testing, and following rhythmic cycling patterns for hormones, are two powerful ways to protect the patient. Care is also taken to balance all the hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol) to create a coordinated symphony. For example, optimal DHEA levels have been proven to correlate with longevity. [NOTE: Natural Hormone Balancing is best done under the guidance of a physician knowledgeable in the use of bio-identical hormones-beware of self-treating based on symptoms alone with over the counter products!]

As Anti-Aging physicians have known for years, when a man or woman has the right amount of hormones, in the correct balance, the body begins to look and function at an optimal level of wellness. The skin and muscle tone change, making a visual difference to family and friends. Energy, mood and sexual function begin to return to a level not known for several years.

Since hormones are the biggest coordinators of the body’s physiology, changes can be dramatic.
The rapid decline of body functions that takes place after the age of forty-five can be significantly lessened. Being fully functional with body and mind intact as we enter the seventh to the ninth decade is a possibility. Physical, mental, and emotional debilitation can be avoided, but be aware that symptoms of hormone imbalances and deficiencies can begin as early as in our twenties.

What is the solution for hormone imbalance?

Just knowing the possible symptoms of hormone imbalance doesn’t always help to determine what your own individual hormone levels might be.

A thorough hormone evaluation of the major hormones, through saliva and blood tests, measures hormone levels over time and identifies relative imbalances. Likewise, thyroid testing also requires a careful study of all fractions of the thyroid hormone in order to adequately assess true thyroid function, and not just the routine TSH testing done at most doctors’ offices. Most importantly, careful laboratory testing of all the major hormones, paired with careful consideration of a patient’s own individual medical and family history, allows appropriate natural bio-identical hormones to be supplied to correct imbalances. With this comprehensive approach, results can be dramatic.

If you are interested in learning more about your own hormone balance and deficiencies, call “The Center” at (843) 572-1600. A comprehensive diagnostic evaluation may be what you need for true health and well-being. Natural Hormone Balancing may be that missing piece in your health program that makes all the difference.

The references below are written for the average layman. The specific scientific citations can be found in the back of these books:

1) Hotze, Stephen M, M.D. Health, Hormones, and Happiness. Houston, TX: Forrest Publishing, 2005.

2) Lee, John, M.D. What Your doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer. New York NY: Warner Wellness, 2003.

3) Lee, John, M.D. and Hopkins, Virginia. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause. New York, NY: Warner Books, Inc. 1996.

 

 

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July 22, 2018

Because a woman’s intricate hormonal balance determines how she feels, looks, and functions, hormone testing and monitoring can be essential to her aging gracefully and beautifully. The Center’s Natural Hormone Balancing Program is one of the most loved and appreciated programs we’ve offered to date.

 

Hormone evaluation is one area where it is critical to have professional testing and monitoring based on years of clinical experience in order to achieve optimal hormone balance. In addition, laboratory results must be interpreted in light of a woman’s total health history and family history.

 

If your laboratory test results indicate a need for hormone balancing, our doctors recommend or use only bio-identical hormones and/or other natural therapies. These do not increase cancer risk but have been shown to actively prevent cancer when used in proper balance. We believe in partnering with each patient to arrive at a course of treatment that will not only support female hormone balance and relieve any uncomfortable symptoms, but also support every other aspect of health over time, without additional risk.

 

An important part of addressing hormone balance is to accurately assess whether

 

 

 

all the major hormones (all three forms of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA) not only exist in proper quantities but in proper ratios to each other. Thyroid and insulin levels are other important hormones that must be considered. Test procedures need to adequately reflect levels over time, not just the quantity of hormones circulating in the blood on one particular day.

With accurate assessment of a woman’s hormonal balance, any necessary fine-tuning can be applied—always with natural, bio-identical hormones.

Typical comments have been: “I got my life back,” “My long-lost energy returned,” and “My mental clarity improved tremendously and my depression is gone.” Through careful assessment, using only natural and bio-identical hormones, women can safely restore that all-important part of a woman’s health–her delicate hormonal balance.

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