As I have written previously, a healthy gut is imperative for good overall health.  Although we think of the gut as internal, it’s actually one of our biggest connections to the outside world. A great deal of what enters our body does so through the gut, and if the gut doesn’t handle

Yes, testosterone is the male dominant hormone, but women need it too!  When I first started as a Bioidentical Hormone Specialist, women would be somewhat taken aback when I recommended testosterone therapy for them.  I would often receive a response like “Testosterone?  Isn’t that for men?  Why do I need that?”   As

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) issued the following revised position statement, which is in favor of hormone therapy for women in menopause: http://www.menopause.org/psht12.pdf This may seem like an earth shattering statement based on new information, but I feel this is a long overdue statement.  The practice of Hormone Therapy was essentially

Weight gain and menopause seem to go together.  Many of my female patients describe rapid weight gain as they approached and entered menopause.  I hear them say,”I don’t know what happened.  I eat the same and exercise same, but I don’t dress the same because I can’t fit into my clothes any

March is National Nutrition Month so I am resending out a few thoughts about nutrition.  Many health problems are caused by poor nutrition and many of them can be treated with proper nutrition.  It is amazing how little emphasis is given to nutrition in traditional medical education.  Although nutrition is a complex

DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is one of the most abundant steroid hormones in the body, but there is some mystery about what DHEA actually does.   It’s known that DHEA levels decline as we age, and it is thought that DHEA has many important functions that keep us feeling young.  You can find many claims about

Osteoporosis is an insidious disease.  You cannot feel it as it gradually approaches.  One day, your doctor orders a bone density test for you, and you find out that your bones have lost density and you have osteoporosis.  I see many women and even some men in this situation and they are

There are many symptoms associated with menopause, but the symptom that epitomizes menopause is the Hot Flash.  About 85% of women will experience Hot Flashes as they approach and enter menopause. Some women will have intense, frequent Hot Flashes, while others have mild, infrequent Hot Flashes.   Often, Hot Flashes decrease in frequency

As I have discussed in other thyroid articles, diagnosing an underactive thyroid (Hypothyroidism) involves a comprehensive review of a patient’s medical history, symptoms, and tests results.  Once the diagnosis is made or suspected, treatment can be initiated.  However, a complete understanding of thyroid function is necessary to implement effective treatment. So, before

The thyroid is an important, butterfly shaped gland located in the neck. It produces hormones that influence almost every cell in the body, and people with an unhealthy thyroid will experience a variety of symptoms. The influence of thyroid hormones is extremely diverse, and it would be a monumental task to list all of

I have been writing quite a few articles on hormone therapy lately and have mentioned bio-identical hormones in many of those articles. I realized that I have never offered an explanation of what a bio-identical hormone is. Bio-identical hormones have been getting a great deal of attention in the media lately, so

In “What Does Progesterone Do?, part1“, I discussed how progesterone works in concert with estrogen to orchestrate the monthly changes associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle and how progesterone balances the effects of estrogen to maintain a woman’s sexual health. However, progesterone does not only influence sexual organs and tissues. It has

I haven’t met many patients who enjoy performing a saliva test. It is often difficult to generate enough saliva to adequately measure hormone levels, but saliva testing is very important for guiding hormone therapy effectively and safely. I have spent many hours with a saliva specimen tube in hand and thoughts of

There are many ways to take hormone therapy, and the form of hormone therapy prescribed may depend on several variables, such as effectiveness, safety, and patient preferences. The form of hormone therapy that gets the most attention is hormone creams. Most patients have heard about creams and are excited to use this

Progesterone is a steroid hormone that has many biological functions. It is one of the major sex hormones in women and is usually the first sex hormone to decline as a woman enters menopause. It’s also found in men, but at lower levels than in women. When I was in medical school,

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