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Natural versus Synthetic Hormone Therapy

The usual aging process leads to slow decline in the levels of estrogen and progesterone in women and testosterone in both men and women. The decline in hormone levels begins during middle age and slowly progresses long before symptoms occur. Women often experience premenopausal or postmenopausal symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, fatigue, mental fog, memory problems, insomnia, headaches, decreased libido, breast tenderness, or skin and vaginal atrophy which may affect sexual activity. For men symptoms related to low testosterone are evidenced by reduced muscle strength, irritability, mental fog, reduced concentration or erectile dysfunction. Both men and women who have hormone replacement therapy experience relief of these symptoms and receive other benefits such as increased bone strength, decreased cholesterol, cardiovascular protection, increased muscle strength, and reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s dementia.

Controversy regarding synthetically manufactured hormones is based on the known and possible negative consequences of long term use. When significant health safety concerns arose in 2002 for women using synthetic hormone replacement, millions stopped taking it according to one survey.1 Patients and physicians alike began to search for alternatives. Fortunately, several forms of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy exist and follow in a long line of drugs derived from natural plant sources. According to a Vanderbilt review, for thousands of years we’ve turned to plants for relief from disease. Examples include morphine derived from opium poppies, aspirin from willow bark, and hormones (estrogen and testosterone) from soy and yams. Thus, bio-identical hormones provide a safe and effective alternative to proprietary, synthetic hormones.

The wide assortment of available bio-identical hormone treatments often leads to confusing and complicated situations for consumers who are interested in pursuing this therapy. Bio-identical hormone preparations include creams, oral forms, injections, and hormone pellets. These approaches have differing effectiveness, side effects, absorption and metabolism depending on each preparation and route of administration. For more information contact us at http://www.greenbayintegrativehealth.com/

Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

 

 

Optimizing testosterone levels improves body composition by reducing fat mass and increasing lean body mass for both men and women. Testosterone also helps to stabilize blood glucose and insulin levels making weight loss easier.

Just as low testosterone can make weight loss more difficult, an underactive (hypothyroid) or suboptimal thyroid can also lead to weight gain and the inability to lose weight. The thyroid gland is hugely responsible for our metabolism.

Are you struggling with unwanted pounds? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Schedule your appointment online at http://www.greenbayintegrativehealth.com/  right now.

Speak with Dr. Steve today about having your hormones tested and getting on a custom, healthy-aging plan, exercise regime or get tested for food sensitivities.

Not only will you fit into those skinny jeans, you will have more energy and enjoy the benefits of disease prevention and a healthier lifestyle!

The Single Most Important Ingredient for a Healthy Marriage

Biote Pellet Hormone Therapy

IT EVEN WORKS FOR HUSBANDS WHO PLAY IN THE NFL!

When violent incidents such as those of former NFL player Ray Rice punching his fiancée, now wife, flash on our television screen, we are appalled and sickened. While this physical battering is atypical and is the end of the scale for abuse, there are many more misunderstandings and frustrations among couples where one is a professional athlete.

The best way to get a snapshot of this problem is to talk to a victim. We recently spoke with the wife of an NFL player, whose concern for her privacy and that of her husband caused her to ask us to refrain from identifying her. Her comment speaks volumes about the problems of marriages of professional athletes.

“My husband played in the NFL for more than 6 years and it was a pressure-cooker for both of us,” she said. “He was constantly worried about being injured or cut from the team and, being the closest person to him, I got the brunt of this anxiety. This pretty much drove me nuts too,” she said.

“Plus, the stress of raising three, little kids – pretty much by myself – and the constant yelling added to the problems we had,” she said. “The hormone replacement therapy helped me get a handle on the stress because I felt better…stronger. In a weird way, I became strong enough to carry both of us through this minefield,” she said.

For many years, observers of professional athletes such as physicians, psychiatrists and even team management have said they see much more of these situations than are reported. Each year, many high profile athletes have confrontations with their wives and significant others in every sport. Andrea Jones, Marketing Director for BioTE Medical, has seen it firsthand.

As the former COO of a Berlin, Germany-based professional basketball team, Jones saw what the stress of being a professional athlete did to personal relationships. Simple misunderstandings and day-to-day stress can turn someone, who is ordinarily a kind person, into an angry man.

“Athletes get paid for being aggressive on the court and on the field,” she said. “They take defeats much harder than someone in another profession. Plus, it takes them longer to turn this off when they come home.”

MEN AND WOMEN ARE JUST DIFFERENT

“According to the New York Times, the divorce rate among NFL marriages is between 60 and 80 percent,” Jones said. “This is a stunning number.”

“These misunderstandings can also lead to affairs.” she said. “And affairs are the easy way out because the athlete doesn’t have to deal with the daily pressure of a serious relationship.”

“Men have always been the ‘hunter/gatherers’ and women the nurturers. Men who are professional athletes are alpha males who spend most of their time competing with other alpha males. Wives don’t communicate in the same way these athletes communicate and as a result, simple misunderstandings can become more serious than they should,” she said.

“With a professional athlete, his career can be over in a flash,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of money, not to mention pride, at stake every time he goes out on the field, whether its practice, preseason or a game.”

“Being a ‘sportswife’ requires a woman to recognize that their husbands are ‘divas’ – someone whose every whim is catered to,” Jones says. “If he comes home from practice or a road trip and she immediately hands him the baby and says ‘you take care of him for a while,’ he will not process this well. In fact, wives of athletes who have recently given birth, are excellent candidates for hormone replacement therapy because it helps them get through postpartum depression and weight-gain which further exacerbates the husband/wife hostility,” she said.

HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY CAN SAVE SPORTS MARRIAGES

With her background in professional sports management, combined with her knowledge of hormone replacement therapy gained from BioTE Medical, Andrea Jones has a unique perspective on overcoming the interpersonal stress couples face where one is an athlete.

While there is on-going discussion with the professional sports leagues and player’s unions about hormone therapy for active players, the critical time for the player’s psyche comes when he decides it’s time to retire. Several NFL players have taken their own lives after retiring from the game.

“Former players will often go into deep depressions,” Jones notes. “After playing their chosen sports since they were in elementary school and earning recognition and accolades, suddenly becoming just another guy on the street can be difficult for an athlete to handle. It is at this time when the athlete is an excellent candidate for the therapy which BioTE Medical provides, “she said.

THE MEDICAL FACTS ABOUT HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY: IT’S ABOUT BALANCE

Whether it’s the stress and anxiety of being a professional athlete’s wife or the depression an athlete experiences when he or she retires, hormone replacement therapy can help to smooth out these rough edges. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is designed to replace what one’s body can no longer produce. The pellets used in this therapy use hormones derived from natural plant sources to replicate the body’s normal hormonal levels.

We asked BioTE Medical founder, Dr. Gary Donovitz, to explain how this approach works to help both the athletes and their spouses overcome the stress that can lead to violence.

If you believe you or your spouse’s anxiety, listlessness and fatigue might be the result of hormone deficiency, click here to be directed to the nearest BioTE medical practitioner.

Thank you BioTE Medical

Source: http://www.biotemedicalblog.com/2014/10/02/the-single-most-important-ingredient-for-a-healthy-marriage/

Why Thyroid

Provided by BioTE Medical

Tired all of the time? Keep gaining weight for no apparent reason? Hands cold all of the time? Eyebrow and hair thinning? Dry skin, dry hair, brittle nails? You have asked your provider about these symptoms because you are SURE it is your thyroid, but alas your thyroid blood tests come back “NORMAL”!

These are complaints BioTE providers hear time and time again. Most providers understand traditional hypothyroidism, where we look at ONE thyroid lab test (the TSH) and forget the most important one (the free T3). Or worse yet, we ONLY look at the labs, and never look or listen to the patient! Historically medical professionals have been taught if the TSH is normal, then your thyroid is working just fine. According to Dr. Mark Starr, thyroid guru, ” centuries ago, before thyroid tests were available, the ultimate test of whether or not a patient was hypothyroid was the patient’s response to a trial of thyroid hormones. Confirmation depended upon improvement or resolution of their symptoms.

Now Imagine THAT FOLKS! Actually treating PATIENTS and not LAB tests! Dr.Starr also states, since the advent of thyroid blood testing, of which there is no scientific data, there have been scores of patients left erroneously untreated.

This brings me to my next topic: Type 2 hypothyroidism; a phenomenon whereby the thyroid gland produces “normal” amounts of thyroid hormone, but the cells are unable to utilize the hormone properly. Other medical experts call this “thyroid hormone resistance” very similar to Type 2 Diabetes, also known insulin resistance. Symptoms are identical to hypothyroidism: sluggish metabolism, cold hands, thinning hair, extreme fatigue and so forth. MOST people suffer from Type 2, rather than Type1 hypothyroidism, and because Type 2 is so widely misunderstood and misdiagnosed, hundreds of thousands of people are living with this miserable state day in and day out.

How do we acquire Type 2 Hypothyroidism, or thyroid resistance? Number one on the list: environmental toxins. These toxins interfere with every aspect of thyroid metabolism and include: petroleum and petroleum byproducts; pesticides, herbicides and fungicides; heavy metals, among them mercury, arsenic, lead, aluminum, barium, and cadmium; organic solvents and numerous other synthetic chemicals that are present in our food and other aspects of our every day lives. Another HUGE factor in thyroid resistance is Iodine deficiency! A few others worthy of mention: the lack of mineralization for growing our produce, AND UNDER-utilizing SALT! REAL salt is our fiend folks! And I am not talking Morton’s, I mean unrefined SEA salt.

According to the literature, a host of other disease states may be attributed to thyroid resistance: heart disease, digestive disorders, liver malfunction, lupus, muscular pain, neurological impairment, sinusitis, TMJ, and sleep apnea.

So how will my provider know if I am thyroid resistant, you ask? Besides simply listening to the patient’s symptoms, hypothyroidism can be Observed by the astute provider: puffy face and lips, thinning or lack of hair, missing the outer third of the eyebrows, swollen skin, lack of alertness, slowed speech, hoarseness, and cold extremities, weight gain and the tendency toward chronic infections.

How is Type 2 hypothyroid treated? Very simply, by replacing thyroid hormone, specifically with compounded t4t3 or desiccated thyroid, also known as Armour Thyroid and a few other brands. Moreover, checking iodine levels, and ensuring adequate levels of vitamin C, b vitamins, and nutritional support. Oh yes, and of course making sure you are working with a BioTE provider who is well versed in all things thyroid, and not just conventional approaches.