Reader’s Digest recently published an article entitled “5 Vitamin Truths and Lies”. Vitamins are essential for each of us to be able to carry out all of the various chemical reactions in our bodies.

A recent article in the NY Times follows the “Vigor Quest” of baby boomer, John Bellizzi (51), retracing his journey through the male menopause known as andropause and discussing how integrative and functional medicine helped him get his edge back and regain control of his health.

The impact of diet on hormonal health is a popular topic in this community. Remember, all of your hormones work closely together – insulin, cortisol, thyroid, estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone – if one of them becomes unbalanced, it throws the others out of whack.

BodyLogicMD Chief Medical Officer Dr. Alicia Stanton was recently featured on an episode of Let’s Talk Live, discussing how using bioidentical hormones to balance your hormones can aid in disease prevention. During the segment, Dr. Stanton talks about the damaging effects of environmental toxins such as pesticides, pollution and consumer products and how they can propagate hormonal imbalance, which can lead to further disease and ailment.

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BodyLogicMD CMO and owner and operator of BodyLogicMD of Hartford, CT., Dr. Alicia Stanton proudly announces the highly anticipated release of her new book, Hormone Harmony.

Bioidentical hormones are an exact replica of the hormones that are naturally produced by the body; matching the body’s natural hormones molecule by molecule. They are referred to as “All Natural” because they are extracted from soy and yams. Bioidentical hormones are processed by a compounding pharmacist. Once the plant-based hormone is processed, its structure is identical to the estrogen, progesterone, and androgen hormones produced naturally by one’s body. This is why our bodies can metabolize them naturally as it was designed to do, with minimal or no bioidentical hormones risks or side effects.

One of the main criticisms of bioidentical hormone therapy is that “there are no studies on bioidentical hormones.” In fact, there are many excellent publications that demonstrate the benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy. Some of the studies show a greater margin of safety with bioidentical progesterone over the non-bioidentical progestin, Provera. Those that support Premarin and Provera point to a number of studies that were done. However, 26 of them were biased and, what’s worse, the bias was covered up. If Wyeth needed to “give credit” to other physicians for their research on their own products, what were they trying to cover up? What did they know that they weren’t saying? Why weren’t there independent groups that could have demonstrated the benefits of Premarin and Provera?

Bioidentical hormone specialists, Dr. Alicia Stanton and Dr. Robert Rubin of BodyLogicMD discuss why traditional doctors do not prescribe bioidentical hormones.

Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Alicia Stanton was interviewed this morning on FOX regarding "The Oprah Effect" and the anti-aging industry. She also discussed bioidentical hormone therapy.

Many things can accelerate the decline of hormone levels in both sexes. Stress levels, diet, nutrition and lifestyles all contribute to hormone imbalance. Currently, one of the main culprits is stress. This is true because the stress hormone, cortisol, is built with the same building blocks as our sex hormones, DHEA, testosterone and estrogen. The more stress we have, the more cortisol we demand and the fewer building blocks we have to make our sex hormones.

As a consumer/patient (not as a physician), one of my first big realizations as I went through my own personal transformation was the tremendous differences there are in doctors. In the quality of care and education that they possess. That was the major mantra in forming BodyLogicMD – working with the most highly trained, AMA board certified physicians. This training requires our physicians to devote several hundreds of hours in additional training (all at their expense which is extensive) to understand and apply the most effective methods of treating the symptoms associated with menopause and andropause. To help their patients feel better. We have thousands of patients that would agree. As well, President Obama will address this very same topic on Monday.

I applaud Dr. Oz's answer on Oprah show regarding andropause or as we like to call it Man-o-pause! For men Testosterone reaches a peak at around age 25-30 and then goes down at a rate of 1-2% per year which is why as Dr. Oz points out that the onset of symptoms is very slow and not very obvious to men. The changes with menopause tends to happen over a shorter period of time so women are more aware of the changes. Men may notice a lack of energy, declining memory, increased moodiness, a decrease in libido and/or erections and a loss in muscle tone, increase in fat and a loss of stamina. Levels of testosterone are easily checked in a blood test and can be corrected with testosterone therapy. In addtion to improving all of the above symptoms, replacing testosterone also decreases the risk of heart disease and alzheimer's disease and can improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels among many other benefits. Many of the changes that men tend to chalk up to aging can be improved with testosterone therapy.

It is important for men to realize the importance of stress reduction, diet and lifestyle on their hormone levels. Men should find ways to reduce their stress such as meditation, exercise, reading, journaling or enjoying nature.

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