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

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

A patient of mine brought to my attention, a series of articles that appear in the “Ask Amy” advice column that appears in the Chicago Tribune.  A male follower of “Ask Amy” wrote in to ask her about “Sexless Marriages”.  He referred to previous “Ask Amy” articles where she blamed a lack

Osteoporosis is defined as a thinning and weakening of bone tissue.  The statistics regarding osteoporosis and the health problems associated with it are staggering, and it’s one of the most concerning issues facing woman as they enter menopause.  Although previously considered a disease that only affects women, osteoporosis has also been recognized

The Thyroid gland and its hormones influence almost every cell in your body, and when it doesn’t functioning well, you won’t function well.  It is often difficult to pinpoint what is causing your health problems, but if you consider all of individual symptoms, they may help define a specific issue.  Thyroid disease

One of the concerns associated with hormone replacement therapy is Breast Cancer. Unfortunately, the message often delivered by the media and many physicians is that hormones cause cancer and being on hormone replacement therapy increases one’s risk for breast cancer. Breast Cancer risk has many influences and it’s more complicated than whether

Diabetes is a disease that can lead to a variety of health problems and is a growing health concern around the world. Every day, 4100 people are diagnosed with diabetes, and it is projected that 44 million people have diabetes by the year 2034, nearly doubling the current prevalence of the disease.

There is a growing body of evidence that shows Testosterone is on the decline. One study shows that the overall average testosterone level in men is significantly lower what it was in 1940 and a study conducted in Boston from the mid 1980’s to 2004 also showed a general drop in testosterone

In part 1 of “When Estrogen Dominates”, I described the syndrome of Estrogen Dominance. I would now like to discuss what can be done about it. How one treats estrogen dominance depends upon the cause. Also, estrogen dominance can occur because of abnormally high estrogen levels or with normal estrogen levels that

Hormones work to together in harmony to help regulate how our bodies function. In women, this is most evident with progesterone and estrogen. These two hormones work in tandem to orchestrate a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle to prepare her body for pregnancy. Balance between these two hormones is vital for numerous other

Whether you are a serious athlete or more of a recreational weekend warrior, nutrition is a very important aspect of athletic performance. You can expect your engine to run well when you supply it with good fuel. This of course starts with a healthy diet. Without going into great detail about diet,

The USA Today published an article summarizing a study that appeared in The Archives of Internal Medicine this week. The study concluded that elderly women who take vitamins on a regular basis had a higher mortality rate than those who don’t. It is good that studies like this are being conducted. It

The dominant male hormone is testosterone and almost all men will experience a decline in testosterone levels as they age. Testosterone is a powerful hormone that influences many functions in the body. When testosterone levels drop, many men will start to experience a variety of symptoms such as fatigue, low libido, and

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