Mood disorders are among the most common complaints I see in my anti-aging practice. The most common symptoms are anxiety and depression. However common associated symptoms are fatigue, insomnia, difficulty concentrating and memory problems. One of the challenges I always face in treating a new patient is tackling numerous symptoms in just
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“The Anti-Inflammation Diet” The anti-inflammation diet may have an imposing name, but it goes down easy. Mediterranean and traditional Japanese foods lead the pack in inflammation-lowering eating plans. They provide plenty of tasty options for the culinary minded, the casual cook and the restaurant eater, too. Inflammation is a normal immune-system response
Here it is again. That time of year when thoughts turn to the changes we want to make for the next year. We may tell ourselves: “this year things are going to be different!” You know what happens. Some changes are made which are gradually discontinued and we return to our old
Progesterone is a critical ovarian produced steroid hormone that plays specific roles throughout a woman’s life. For women who are premenopausal, progesterone production begins around mid-cycle, rises to a peak @ day 21 of the typical cycle, and then plummets in the absence of pregnancy, triggering a period @ 2-5 days later.
What is 1,25 hydroxycholecalciferol? Drum roll please!………………..you may know it as “Vitamin D” “Vitamin” D is not a vitamin; it is a critical hormone! It is produced largely by your body in response to direct sunlit to large areas of exposed skin (meaning with no protective sun block). In the middle of
It is quite common for female patients of mine to question me concerning the need for estrogen as part of their bioidentical hormone regimen This is especially true if they don’t have symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. In fact most physicians will only recommend estrogen to woman who have
Today is November 1, the first day of American Diabetes Month. Very often I hear the question how can I avoid diabetes as I get older? The first step is to try to maintain and ideal body fat/body weight. If you have access to body fat testing, ideally men in their 30s
I just had the pleasure of speaking at a medical conference on bioidentical hormones sponsored by the International Hormone Society at the San Diego Harbor Marriott. My subject was testosterone deficiency and replacement, with an emphasis on testosterone pellet implantation. I was struck by some of the questions the attending doctors asked
Quite often new patients ask me: “After I am seen for my initial consultation, why can’t I start all of my hormones at the same time? I really want to feel better as soon as possible!” The answer is “hormonal balance.”. Starting all needed hormones together or in the wrong order can
A chiropractor friend of mine, Skip George, taught me many years ago that we spend much of our lives in flexion. What this means is that our waist is bent forwards, our shoulders are rolled forwards, and our head is forward. If we do the exercise discussed in the previous blog with
One of the most common complaints I seen in my anti-aging practice is chronic neck and back pain. Typically patients who complain of these symptoms tell me that they spend much of the day sitting, especially sitting in front of the computer. When I ask them about their posture most people tell
Many men and women seeking hormone replacement therapy from anti-aging doctors like myself ask about the safety of the hormones that we prescribe. The reason for this concern, often mentioned to them by their family doctors, is that the Women’s Health Initiative, the Nurses Study and other studies show that “hormones” were
Why am I so tired? This question is asked of me by many if not most new patients. Quite a few of them have already seen their regular doctors and have failed to get a satisfactory answer. When I meet these patients the easiest way to answer their questions is to look
A recent CDC release reports that antidepressant drug use has skyrocketed in the last 10 years. Is depression some kind of epidemic? They also found that a sizable percentage of patients treated with these types of drugs did not actually have a diagnosis of depression. Quite often they were given the drug
Dr Steve Center has been selected as one five speakers at University Compounding Pharmacy’s annual bioidentical hormone replacement therapy symposium at the San Diego Marriott on October 27-29, 2011. He will be speaking on testosterone replacement therapy.