Thyroid function is typically assessed initially using TSH levels. The thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is secreted by the pituitary gland in response to decreasing thyroid hormone levels in the body. With autoimmune destruction of the thyroid, secretion of TSH increases in response to low circulating levels of the thyroid hormone.  In the

In the new age of functional medicine, patients are still confused by the approach I take as I evaluate their complaints of peri menopause. Most female patients in their 40′s have an imbalance in progesterone and estrogen and this leads to symptoms of agitation, sleep disturbance, brain chatter, anxiety, mood swings. As

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

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

In women who are entering menopause, estrogen levels are either too high or too low. Estrogen influences the production of serotonin - a neurotransmitter that regulates mood. Irritable Men Syndrome or Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS) is the term used to describe the mood swings in men. Although Irritable Male Syndrome is most often caused by high stress and/or low testosterone; high estrogen levels can also cause irritability in men.

Make the commitment to "go green" and manage stress naturally on Earth Day this Wednesday, April 22nd. With the increased level of stress we are managing, it's important to take steps to protect your adrenal glands. Adrenal fatigue can set in after your adrenals have been forced to work extra hard for a long period of time. BodyLogicMD offers top 10 tips to manage stress naturally and avoid adrenal fatigue.

I know that there is a middle ground in the bioidentical hormone debate. Suzanne Somers is on one side of the debate. I would welcome another show with Dr. Streicher, Dr. Northrup and a few doctors who use the lower dose regimens and combinations of pharmaceutical and compounded prescriptions. Many of the physicians trained by the American Academy of Anti-Aging and the Institute of Functional Medicine practice in a more conservative manner than what was described on Oprah’s shows. Overall, I love the conversation and the fact that there are so many points of view. It gives everyone a chance to ask questions and learn more for themselves.

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