Hormone Therapy

Hormone Balancing


ARE YOUR HORMONES & STRESS MAKING YOU SICK?

We are exposed to STRESS constantly. Our lives are busier and the world is more complex than ever. Being constantly in touch with cell phones and email has its advantages, but it also adds to the stress in our daily lives (remember, any interruption is a small stress). Other stressors to our body include pollution, foods with poor nutrition content, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and many of the medications we take (especially when they cause side effects).

Stress causes actual changes in our hormone levels. Different people respond to stress in different ways. Short bursts of stress often lead to temporary hormone disturbances that recover. Longer exposure to stress leads to more profound hormone alterations in multiple hormone systems and many of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty Falling or Staying Asleep
  • Anxiety or Irritability
  • Abdominal Weight Gain
  • Foggy Thinking and Disorganization
  • Feeling Tired All of the Time
  • Menstrual Period Changes

Stress can target hormone imbalances in your thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive hormones that ultimately lead to depression and anxiety disorders, chronic fatigue, memory problems, and obesity. Many medications for depression or sleeping pills do not treat the underlying hormonal imbalance that is causing the symptoms and will sometimes make the symptoms worse by further exaggerating the imbalance. 

ADDITIONAL STRESS RELATED INFORMATION

THE TRUTH ABOUT CORTISOL, ENERGY AND WEIGHT

  • Does Cortisol Make Me Fat or Tired?
  • Do Caffeine Addicts Have a Cortisol Problem?

We are hearing a lot about Cortisol lately. A number of over the counter diet pills are touting the blocking of cortisol as the remedy for weight gain in the abdomen. But most people who need to lose weight actually have LOW cortisol levels.

Cortisol is made by the adrenal glands that sit on upper pole of our kidneys. When exposed to any stress, our adrenal glands are supposed to release Cortisol in preparation to "fight or flight". When a Cortisol surge is followed by some kind of exercise, our body works stronger and more efficiently until the stress is gone. If we continue to be exposed to stress without any form of stress release and proper nutrition support, then our adrenal glands become overworked resulting in overproduction of cortisol. It is this overproduction of cortisol without exercise that causes the accumulation of belly fat, carb cravings, spikes in blood pressure and blood sugar, and difficulty falling asleep at night.

However, when stress continues even longer, or when other hormone systems in our body are unbalanced, the adrenal gland becomes unable to produce enough cortisol to respond to even the smallest stress. The result is called adrenal fatigue. These people now have foggy thinking, irritability, and are tired most of the day, but have trouble sleeping at night. They will often get uncontrollably drowsy at breaks during the day, or while driving home from work. If you need caffeine throughout the day just to function, then you could have adrenal fatigue. Once the adrenal gland is in fatigue, frequent doses of caffeine are craved just to get a tiny burst of energy from your depleted adrenals. Up to 60% of Americans may have some sort of Adrenal Fatigue.

Cortisol-blocking diet supplements will actually make the person with adrenal fatigue feel worse and even gain weight. Believe it or not, people who have adrenal problems can lose weight and feel better just with restoration of natural balance than with the use of  diet pills!

The answer lies in your individual testing. With super-sensitive blood testing or saliva testing, we can best determine your cortisol output at four times in the day. Then we can help your body handle stress better and lose weight with the proper adrenal support or suppression as indicated by your testing. This coupled with some small dietary alterations and well-timed exercise will end your cravings and allow you to lose weight in the healthiest manner for the long term!

ROLE OF HORMONES IN WEIGHT GAIN

Weight gain is caused by imbalance of hormones and nutrients, accumulation of toxins in the bowel and liver, which do not allow stubborn fat to be released, and stressors in the mind and body. Hence, we find ourselves faced with “stubborn” weight and fat, which is resistant to calorie restriction and exercise. This program is designed to restore optimal metabolic balance and give you back your shape!

Hormones: The main hormones responsible for weight gain are insulin, cortisol (the stress hormone) and thyroid. As we age, and other hormones decline, we may become “insulin resistant”. In times of stress, the stress hormone cortisol increases and adds to this picture (see section on the Role of cortisol and stress on weight gain). In this state, there are insulin highs and insulin lows. We store fat in insulin-dependent areas such as the lower abdomen, thighs, under the arms and under the chin. When insulin and sugars swing low, approximately 30-60 minutes after a meal, we “crash” (i.e. cravings, severe fatigue, headache, dizziness). As we age, thyroid hormone function declines. Sometimes your lab for thyroid may be within the “normal” range, but it is still not in the “optimal” range for your metabolism. In this program, we will optimize these hormones, so you feel good and lose weight.

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IV Therapy


INTRAVENOUS VITAMIN  THERAPY - MYERS COCKTAIL 

Myers’ Cocktail is a formula of intravenous vitamins and minerals that was pioneered by the late Dr. John Myers, MD. Many of the patients who found relief with these infusions sought continued treatments from Dr. John Myers, MD, a renowned nutritional medicine expert who became one of the major proponents of this treatment. Working with these patients, Dr. Malik found that Dr. Myers had been successful in treating a surprisingly large number of clinical conditions with this nutrient infusion. The “Cocktail” includes magnesium, calcium, B-vitamins (including B12), and Vitamin C and is given by a slow IV push or slow infusion to achieve concentrations of nutrients that are not obtainable with oral administration.

For certain patients, this treatment can be seen as a multivitamin administered directly into the bloodstream. If patients have difficulty digesting food or for another reason do not receive full benefit from taking vitamin pills, they may respond well to an IV nutritional regimen. For other patients, this therapy provides a targeted treatment for a variety of medical conditions.

Myers’ Cocktail uses vitamins and minerals that have known nutritional benefits and low potential for serious side effects. Patients who receive treatments may experience a sensation of heat, which is likely due to magnesium. Magnesium may also cause lower blood pressure with lightheadedness if administered too rapidly. Some patients, such as those taking digoxin, should avoid treatment, and a physician’s evaluation is needed to ensure its safety. All IV infusions share the risks of pain, infection, or inflammation at the injection site.

References:

Gaby A (2002). “Intravenous nutrient therapy: the “Myers’ Cocktail””. Alternative Medicine Review. 7 (5): 389–403. Ali, A; Njike, VY, et al. (2009). “Intravenous Micronutrient Therapy (Myers’ Cocktail) for Fibromyalgia: A Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study“. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 15 (3): 247–25.

USES OF I.V. VITAMIN  THERAPY

  • Nutritional Deficiency due to poor nutrition or malabsorption
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Anti Aging treatments
  • Helps heal the injuries faster
  • Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia patients may benefit 
  • Helps moitigate "Hangover" symptoms
  • Adjuvant and supportive therapy in cancer patients

Side Effects Of IV Vitamin Therapy

There are very few side effects associated with high doses of intravenous vitamin C along with other Vitamins added to the Myers Cocktail. A very small percentage of the population has a deficiency in the enzyme known as Glucose-6-Phospate Dehydrogenase, or G6PD. This enzyme is found in the blood and is necessary for the production of glutathione in red blood cells. Glutathione is a powerful anti-oxidant and is able to reduce hydrogen peroxide in the protection of normal cells. A simple blood test is used to determine the presence of this enzyme. High dose vitamin C is contraindicated in patients with an iron overload disease. It is also contraindicated in patients with renal insufficiency or renal failure, or those undergoing dialysis. Such patients will be evaluated and the formulae modified to prevent such side effects

Individual results and response to therapy may vary. Call for your individualized consultation today.

* Results are not guaranteed and individual results may vary

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