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Lower Your Stress

Published on October 30, 2016 by

Stress is a growing problem in today’s world and it is causing chronic illnesses, along with fatigue, headaches, insomnia, abdominal issues, etc. Stress is nothing to ignore. The connection between stress and illness has been well documented. Stress has been connected with a disruption of our hormones, among other things.

The body is designed to function beautifully. When the body is functioning optimally, there are no symptoms and there is no disease. If symptoms are present, this means that there is a disruption in how your body is functioning. It is important to seek the underlying cause of the symptoms and restore the body to optimal functioning.

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Stress is defined as anything that can interfere with the function of the body. Stress can come in the form of mental/emotional, physical, or chemical. Chemical stressors are often overlooked, and they can come from the chemicals that you use on a daily basis in your personal care or cleaning products.

It is important to address ways that you can deal with emotional stress–do things like meditation, yoga, exercise, regular down time, unplugging from electronics, counseling, writing things down, floating in epsom salt, letting go of worries/guilt, setting boundaries, etc. Physical stress is self evident and it makes sense to minimize any physical stresses on your body. Get regular massages, stretch regularly, address sources of physical pain, etc. To reduce chemical stress, replace products that you use regularly with safer, less toxic products. This may take some time but it is well worth it. Everything we do adds up, reduce whatever stress you can: mental, physical, and chemical.

The adrenal glands produce a variety of hormones. One major function of the adrenal glands is to produce the stress related hormone, cortisol, and they also produce the sex hormones (Testosterone, Estrogen, Progesterone, and DHEA–this role increases as we age). When we encounter short lived stress, the cortisol is produced in higher amounts and helps us feel good and recover. With chronic stress, the cortisol is produced at an increased rate over a long period of time. Initially, this helps us to be able to work on overdrive and feel OK. But, over time the adrenal glands eventually tire out.

This leads to a decrease in cortisol output as well as a decrease in the sex hormones. The result is fatigue, brain fog, a decrease in vitality, a reduced ability to repair and heal, an increase in aches and pains, sleep issues, depression, anxiety, irritability, weight issues, blood sugar fluctuations, etc.

All symptoms have a cause and it is important to get to the cause in order to have a long term fix. A close look at the adrenal glands and hormone system should be the initial step in anyone having the above issues. Hormonal deficiencies should be fixed before attempting to work on other aspects of malfunction. To fully recover and help your body function optimally it is critical to address: nutrition, rest (you must get adequate rest), exercise (the right type and quantity for you), stressors (must be reduced and/or dealt with more effectively), supplementation, and hormone balancing (utilizing bio-identical hormones).

By addressing all of these areas, you can feel vital and happy. You can greatly reduce your risk for chronic illnesses and cancer.

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Testosterone pellets: For Men & Women

Published on July 25, 2016 by

We live in an imperfect world that has chemicals in our food, water, personal care products, cleaning products, etc. We are under stress from living in today’s rushed and “connected” world. We eat more processed foods and consume more sugar and gluten than past generations. All of this contributes to a hormone imbalance.

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Replacing your deficient hormones is one part of feeling optimal. Testosterone in particular is often found to be low in both men and women. Testosterone helps you to think more clearly, sleep better, have focus, be in a good mood, and recover better from exercise; among other things. When your Testosterone is low you may feel moody, grumpy, have more aches and pains, feel tired, have brain fog, etc. It is not just the “sex” hormone.

Bio-identical Testosterone pellets are a great way to replace Testosterone for both men and women. They are about the size of a thin tic tac. The pellets are placed in the fatty area of your buttock area–somewhat near your hip in a simple procedure in the office. The Testosterone is released in small amounts on a consistent basis: just like your body should be doing but is not. When you have increased blood flow (from increased activity) your body will draw more Testosterone for its increased needs.

Bio-identical Testosterone pellets provide you with the Testosterone that your body needs in a manner that closely resembles what your body should naturally be doing but is not because of all of the hormone disruptors surrounding us. Proper hormone balancing is an important part of feeling optimal and getting out of the “rabbit hole” of not feeling good.

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What are hormone pellets?

Published on February 5, 2016 by

Bio-Identical pellets

Bio-Identical are used in both men and women to treat hormone deficiencies and imbalances. Sterile pellets are small, about the size of a grain of rice, containing compressed bio-identical hormones. They are placed beneath the skin in the upper part of your buttocks area in the fat. It is a simple office procedure.

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This method of bio-identical hormone delivery allows the body to slowly draw out small, physiologic doses of the needed hormone, providing for a more consistent steady-state delivery. The pellets typically dissolve over a period of three to four months, sometimes lasting up to six months. The timing depends upon how fast your body uses up the hormones. After a few pellet insertions you will know how often to get re-pelleted/

Pellet hormone therapy has been used since the late 1930s and is often considered one of the most natural ways to deliver hormones to the body. The hormones are identical to the body’s own both structurally and biologically. Because the body does the work on its own once the pellets are inserted, many people find this type of hormone therapy easier than other forms.

Testosterone Pellets

Both men and women are prescribed testosterone pellets for a variety of reasons. They can be used in the treatment of conditions such as:

  • Menstrual headaches
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Night sweats
  • Migraine headaches
  • Urinary Problems
  • Low libido
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty gaining muscle
  • An inability to recover after exercise
  • Decreased memory or focus
  • Brain fog
  • Insomnia

Each pellet is custom-prepared to meet the patient’s specific needs and goals. Only the best available ingredients are used to provide a high quality, sterile pellet.

Women may also receive an Estrogen pellet if needed.

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Declining Hormones

Published on March 24, 2015 by

Imagine moving around and being able to do the things that you love to do. Perhaps you are already feeling vital and strong, but perhaps you are like the majority of people out there who yearn for a body that serves them better. Are you feeling tired, achy, moody, flabby or just feel that you have passed your peak?? Men and women both can feel this way and it is not the way that you have to age. Having a slow decline in your health is not your destiny—you can live with vitality and when it is your time to go, leave this earth quickly and not after a slow deterioration over 30, or more years.

With modern sanitation, medicine, and an abundance of food we are living longer lives. Unfortunately with longer lives we are seeing a marked increase in the number of chronic illnesses and the number of years that an individual is alive but is in a deteriorating state. We can not avoid dying but we can shorten the dying process and increase the number of years that we live feeling younger. If you are all about the quality of life then continue reading.

Declining hormones, along with poor lifestyle choices, are largely responsible for the slow deterioration that we are seeing all around us. The good news is that we have the capability to prevent this slow deterioration, and even reverse some of it . This gives us the ability to live long AND vital lives, not just long lives.

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Decreased levels of Testosterone, Thyroid, Estrogen (women only), Progesterone, and Growth Hormone are often experienced for years before a person seeks medical attention. The decline can be subtle, especially for men, and is often misdiagnosed as depression, anxiety, the normal aging process, or simply that nothing is wrong with the person. The problem lies in the fact that the majority of doctors are not specially trained in detecting hormone imbalances as they are taught to look at normal values and they are not allowed the proper time to get to know you and your unique needs. Let’s face it–you do not want to be average, you want to be above average, right?? The “normal” values do not represent optimal.

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Andropause: Male Menopause

Published on January 7, 2015 by

Men go through a hormonal change but unfortunately it is largely ignored or treated incorrectly. Men’s Testosterone starts to decline around age 30. It is a slow, gradual decline over the next few decades. Stress and chemical hormone disrupters expedite this decline.

Hormone Pellets and Their Benifits

As a man’s Testosterone decreases he may have fatigue, loss of muscle mass, poor recover from workouts, emotional changes, sleep disturbances, a decrease in morning erections, a lowered sex drive, and other diverse symptoms. Long term potential risks of low Testosterone are osteoporosis, dementia, and an increased risk of heart disease. Replacing your Testosterone can potentially mitigate these long term problems and can definitely help to bring back your vitality and performance.

When replacing Testosterone you want to use bio-identical (biologically identical) Testosterone. The best form is directly absorbable into your blood stream and gives you hormones when you need them, just as your testes would do if the functioned properly. Bio-identical pellets are the only way to this. This is given to you through an easy office procedure ever 3-6 months. As a result of this treatment you can expect to have an improved energy level, increased sense of well being, increased cognition, and overall function.

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Testosterone and Fatigue

Published on August 25, 2014 by

“Mark” a 48 year old gentleman came to my office complaining of fatigue, an increase in aches/pains, an increase in irritability, and a decreased ability to build muscle. He still ha a good libido but had noticed a decrease in morning erections. He had seen his regular doctor who told him his labs were normal and that he needed to exercise more but he was too tired to do that. Mark knew there was something else going on. When I reviewed his symptoms and his lab results we both agreed that he suffered from low Testosterone. At first he was concerned about the risks associated with replacing Testosterone based on recent news releases. We went over the study that the news was citing. The news reports were telling men that Testosterone replacement increased heart disease risk.

Andropause - Menopause For Men

However, the study being cited had tested older, high heart disease risk men whose Testosterone level was never in an optimal range and they were treated for too short a time to even show a benefit. Optimal Testosterone levels are around 600-1400 depending on the male, men in this study were averaging levels in the 300 range. This was a poorly done study and it is a shame that it was used to scare men away from seeking help.

In fact, there are many studies showing that when Testosterone levels are optimized and given enough time to work, that Testosterone actually is protective for the heart as well as the brain. Remember that the normal Testosterone lab values are not optimal–they are simply the expected values based on testing the male population—both ill and healthy. You want optimal levels if you want a life of vitality.

Hormone Pellets

Optimizing a man’s Testosterone level involves replacing his Testosterone along with starting healthy lifestyle changes. Testosterone is best replaced with bio-identical Testosterone–biologically identical to what your body is designed to respond to. Mark was given the choices on replacing his Testosterone. Creams which are applied twice a day. There are synthetic gels and patches on the market but they are not bio-identical-using them can cause unforeseen complications since they are chemically different from what your body is designed to work with. A compounding pharmacy makes the bio-identical Testosterone. You can not buy it at a regular pharmacy. A quality compounding pharmacy offers safe and effective bio-identical creams.

Creams are painless but you do need to remember to apply them daily and there can be a pulse like absorption after application. In addition you do need to be careful about getting the Testosterone cream on others. Testosterone injections are another possible form of Testosterone replacement and they tend to be more effective than creams but your liver has to process it into a bio-identical Testosterone. There is also a pulse like absorption and you need an injection once to twice a week. This mode of replacement requires the most monitoring by lab work.

Testosterone pellets are bio-identical and are absorbed on a more constant level with a natural increase when your cardiac input increases–similar to your natural physiology. They work very effectively. Testosterone pellets have been well documented to protect the heart, bones, and brain as well as resolve symptoms. It does involve an in office procedure where the pellets are inserted in the fatty tissue of your buttocks and it is the more costly of the three choices. Which form of Testosterone replacement a man chooses depends on the individual.

Mark chose Testosterone pellets and after about 2-3 weeks he felt better-he has energy, is able to build muscle, feels mentally balanced and can pole vault out of bed again. He also has the focus to get back into the gym and fine tune his diet to include more vegetables (organic) and less processed foods.

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How do bio-identical pellets work?

Published on July 23, 2014 by

Bio-identical pellets are made of an inert substance that holds it together along with either bio-identical Testosterone or Estradiol. If you require Estradiol it is one small pellet. Men, and also women, require Testosterone. There are different dosages (mg) of Testosterone pellets (25 mg up to 200 mg) and which mg pellet and how many Testosterone pellets you receive depends on the end dose that you require. This dosage is based on whether you are a man or woman, your weight, your baseline Testosterone level, and your activity level; among other things. A hormone specialist can determine what you require after your consultation.

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The Bio-identical pellets release a small amount of the hormone that they contain into the blood stream at a fairly constant level–a lot like your glands would do if they were functioning properly. When you have an increased cardiac output (I.e. with exercising) then you will get an increased amount of the hormone. This helps you to recover better from exercising.

The bio-identical hormone pellets give your body what it needs in as close to physiologic doses as is possible. Your body uses up the pellets at an individual rate and most people require a re-pellet after 3-6 months. Over time most people end up being able to have their pellets last 5-6 months.

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Bio-identical Pellet therapy

Published on June 5, 2014 by

Most people have heard about bio-identical creams for Testosterone and/or Estrogen, but many people do not know about bio-identical pellets. Pellet therapy has actually been around for many years and is quite safe and effective.

bio-identical hormone pellets

A bio-identical pellet is made of either Testosterone or Estradiol along with an inert substance that holds it together. A Testosterone pellet for men is about the size of a tic-tac. A Testosterone pellet for women is half as thick and an Estradiol pellet is about 1/5 the length. The pellets are inserted under the skin into the fatty tissue in the upper outer part of your buttocks, near the hip area after a local anesthetic is applied. This is a fairly painless outpatient procedure.

The bio-identical pellets secrete the hormone(s) into the blood stream over a period of three to five months (each person uses up their pellets at a different rate). Testosterone has many different functions in your body and is typically the most deficient hormone. How fast your body uses up the pellets depends on how deficient your body is along with your body’s daily demands. Bio-identical pellet therapy most closely resembles your body’s natural hormone secretion and tends to be more effective than the use of Testosterone or Estrogen creams. The choice of the type of therapy used should be customized to your needs.

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Bio-identical Hormone Pellets

Published on February 18, 2014 by

When replacing your hormones with bio-identical hormones you have several options: capsules, creams, troches, and pellets. Pellet therapy is not well known but has been around for decades. It is a safe and effective way to get Testosterone (men and women) and Estrogen (women). The dosage that you receive is customized based on your age, sex, weight, activity level, symptoms, and lab work.

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Bio-identical pellets are about the size of a tic-tac (but thinner)and are placed in the fat in the upper outer quadrant of your buttocks. This is done in an office setting after local anesthesia is applied. The procedure takes mere minutes and is very well tolerated. The area is slightly sore for a few days for women and about a week for men. It is easily tolerated and the incision site is so small no sutures (stitches) are needed.

For women it is advised that for four days they avoid exercise that works the buttocks muscles and avoid baths and jacuzzi tubs. Basically you are not to immerse your incision site in water or heavily work your buttocks for four days after the procedure. Walking and showering is fine. For men we advise the same restrictions but for seven days. (Men get more Testosterone pellets than women do.)

The hormones in the pellets are released over time and most closely resemble the body’s natural hormone production. With initial pellet therapy it may take one to three weeks to feel the effect of the hormones and then the results are maintained over a period of three to six months. If there is no effect four weeks after the initial pellet insertion then consult with your physician. Lab work and a possible booster may be in order.

Once your hormones balance your physician will work with you to come up with an optimal time for you to re-pellet–this is dependent on your body’s needs and usage of Testosterone and/or Estrogen. Bio-identical hormone replacement is a customized therapy that is individualized to you.

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Long Term Weight Loss

Published on July 1, 2013 by

Have you struggled with losing those few extra pounds that you put on?? Or are you struggling to lose more? Do you seem to yo yo up and down with your weight?? You are not alone. Everyone knows what to do to lose weight and yet if it were that simple, no one would have any weight issues. Losing excess weight and keeping it off for the long term involves balancing a complex network of your mind, your diet, your sleep patterns, your hormones, your exercise, and your toxic load.

Weight Loss and Hormones

My suggestion is to start with one piece of the puzzle and get that piece working, and then move onto the next. If you can work on several pieces at once, that is great; however, many people feel overwhelmed and fail if they take on too much at once. Your goal is long term weight loss, with you maintaining a healthy weight: feeling vital and having the energy to do the things that you want to do in life for the long term. With that goal in mind, it makes sense to focus on one piece of the puzzle and then another, and another; doesn’t it?? It is a continual process that gets you to your goal and keeps you there. And, yes, change takes work and change does not always come easily; but it is worth it!!! First decide that you want to achieve a healthy weight, then next decide what you want to focus on first.

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