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Female Hormone Imbalances

Hormones and Hormone Labs

By on Jan 12, 2015 in Female Hormone Imbalances | 0 comments

Since I specialize in helping women with hormonal imbalances and people who have difficulty with their thyroid gland. I thought I would take the time to discuss hormones just a bit. Hormones exert a powerful influence over all physical, intellectual and emotional behavior. Problems with weight, memory, sleep, digestion, blood pressure, high cholesterol, cravings, addictions, sexual dysfunctions, and problems associated with the immune system, are all influenced by the endocrine system. Endocrine problems lead to a wide spectrum of symptoms that in most cases can be reversed using natural methods like those therapies used at Triad Of Health Family Healing Center. A primary marker of the aging process in both men and women is a reduction in normal hormone levels which is responsible in large part for infertility, decreased energy and muscle strength, loss of libido, depression, mood swings, inability to cope, and an increase in the symptoms of PMS and menopause. Research has shown that the use of natural hormone replacement might benefit a person over a short period of time. However, one needs to be careful when using hormone replacement therapy because any hormone used causes a biofeedback mechanism that leads to the body making less of the hormone being replaced. For example, if bio-identical estradiol is given to a woman, it causes cell receptor sites throughout the body to become more sensitive to estradiol due to the increase of estradiol in the blood. The increased cell receptor site sensitivity then causes the woman’s body to make less of the estradiol. The image below shows the receptor site which has received a hormone.  The receptor site is now temporarily “full” and cannot receive any more hormones.  The receptor site has become more “sensitive” to the hormone that it has received. Here we see a number of different glands that all work together synergistically like a very well harmonized and conducted orchestra.  Every player has its part to do.  If one of the glands is playing our of tune then this will affect all of the other glands.  This is why even relatively small hormonal imbalances can have major symptoms.  If the lab work done is not specific enough to reveal exactly what the hormonal (endocrine) imbalance is...

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10 Hormone Myths

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“We put drugs of which we know little, into our bodies of which we know less, to cure diseases of which we know nothing at all.” – Voltaire Hormonal issues are often misdiagnosed and mistreated. I would like to use this newsletter to inform you of the common misconceptions associated with hormones and what you can do to protect yourself. If you would like to learn more about hormones and holistic health you can click on this link below to listen to a radio show that Dr. Skolnikoff recently did. http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/86262 Hormones are similar to the lock and key system. The lock is the receptor site and the key is the hormone. Once a lock has a key in it, it is no longer possible to put any more keys into that lock until the key is removed or the lock is changed. The hormone has an R end (receptor end) and an E end (enzyme end). The R end fits precisely into the cell receptor and unlocks the cell’s metabolic door to initiate action. The E end fits precisely with protein molecules called enzymes that transform the hormone into another hormone, or into a metabolite for excretion.6 Many people have the false belief that if they have low levels of a certain hormone such as estrogen, that if they use hormone replacement therapy orally, lingually, or transdermally (swallowing, putting under the tongue, or applying a cream to the skin) that this will INCREASE their estrogen levels. The truth is that the exact opposite is what happens. Hormones are not nutritional supplements and so they cannot be supplemented. Hormones are either balanced or imbalanced. Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that affect nearly every cell in the body. Hormones can be compared to a well-orchestrated symphony. They are made in glands from which they are released directly into the blood stream. The main female hormone glands are known as the hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, pancreas, ovaries and uterus. The music might be compared to the hormones themselves – produced/emitted by all of the different instruments – endocrine glands. The hypothalamus may be thought of as the composer and the pituitary as the conductor. The pineal gland is the...

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