In Speaking with Women April 14, 2013Posted by Lyn in : Hormone Therapy Joy, Hot BHRT Topics , add a comment
I recently spoke to 3 women’s groups….on the same day. I probably won’t do that again because I found even I have limits to what I can do in one day (!), but I found the whole experience to be enriching, enlightening, and empowering! What it reinforced for me was that women’s needs really are universal. We all have the need to be seen, heard and validated; for our stories to be believed; and for our needs to be met. I know from first-hand experience that we put ourselves last on our list….if we even make our list at all….and women are tired. We are multi-tasking nurturers who hold our families together and the amount of energy we expend every day is astounding! So it is no wonder when I speak to groups of women, no matter how large or small, I see women who are giving it all they’ve got……and sometimes it just isn’t enough. So what to do? I think where we come in at our Happy Hormone Cottage is we GET what women are going through. We understand because we have been there. So we listen, we evaluate and then we help devise a strategy to bring back our joy of life. Here is what I know- typically right around age 35, women’s progesterone levels begin to deplete, and sometimes this happens at an even younger age. We are working with a 24 year old currently, whose progesterone levels were low. How do we know this? Because we checked them! She is now in her 3rd month on our hormone therapy & a supplements (progesterone and adrenal vitamins, along with vitamin D)and she emailed me yesterday that she feels so much better, “I am a 9 out of 10 and so excited to feel so much better!” This is the same gal whose was prescribed 3 antidepressants and a sleeping aid by her healthcare practitioner. When she asked about having her hormone levels checked, the response was, “You are way too young to be having hormone issues.” I am so happy for her that she listened to her mother (also a client of ours) who urged her to come and see us. These are the success stories we love to hear about! And especially from someone so young. What we know is that no matter what the age, when our progesterone levels begin to deplete, we can experience symptoms that can rob us of our joy of life, because progesterone is responsible for sleep, anxiety, depression, mood, aches & pains, sugar cravings and balancing estrogen to help prevent breast cancer. Compound this with exhausted adrenal glands, that can also negatively impact the thyroid….and we have tired women! So listening to women and then validating their journey is where it all begins for us! Once we educate them to hopefully “level the playing field,” they can speak with their own healthcare practitioner, to be open to the possibilities. See, I may not know a lot, but I do have a couple of truths that I live by:
-people do what is most important to them
-what we place our attention on, determines the quality of our lives
-when we know better, we do better
So I just want to continue to be open to the possibilities and to continue to positively impact women’s lives. I feel like we have paved the way for our women to at least begin to dialogue with their doctors to also be open to the possibilities. Together, we CAN make a difference in our best lives naturally!
“Your Facility Changed My Sister’s Life” March 20, 2013Posted by Lyn in : Case Studies In Natural Compounded Hormone Therapy, Hormone Therapy Joy , add a comment
I just received the following email:
My sister told me her visit to your facility changed her life. Is there a doctor you would recommend in the Las Vegas area who can help me regulate my hormones? Thank you so much. Allison”
I love getting these types of emails. After all, our passion for women helping women is what we DO. It IS life changing for those with the courage and strength to pursue this alternative to current standard of care. Does what we do help every single woman? The short answer is “No.” We work with women who get to their doctor’s office, don’t get approval on our recommendations, so just go home. They don’t have what it takes: grit, determination, the confidence to choose their experiences over their beliefs or the beliefs of their doctor, energy etc to get their needs met. So what we do does not help these women because they won’t allow it. I have to say that our goal is both educating our women in customized bioidentical hormone replacement therapy AND empowering them so they CAN pursue their journey. And if they hit a brick wall, they have the strength and confidence to keep going and, with our help, find another practitioner to work with. Luckily, we now have our own doctor who works with us at our facility (as well as his own), so our triad of the client, the doctor and us is a successful closed system. Our clients who go to our doctor DO get their needs met. They are heard, validated, and our recommendation for their natural hormone balance is approved. Then we can offer the on-going support that helps make this journey successful. What makes customized, compounded bhrt different is that we listen to our body’s biofeedback to adjust dosing. Because we have the compounding pharmacist with us who actually makes our natural hormone therapy, our doctors depend on his knowledge and expertise to guide them in making adjustments to dosing. In fact, one of the biggest advantages to using customized bhrt is that we CAN adjust dosing as needed. Notice how this is so much different than using the popular estrogen patch, that ob gyns prescribe for the common hormone imbalance complaint of hot flashes. This is all estradiol all the time, and way too strong. AND, women over the age of 35 are already estrogen dominant, so how does one justify putting even more estrogen into the system? This would be like inflating a tire already full of air with even more air. Is it necessary? Does it make sense? Not to us. Especially when we know that estrogen is a FAT STORER. This is why women complain of weight gain, brain fog and have an increased risk for breast cancer…it is this estrogen dominant component. So using the estrogen patch, estrogen gel or popular “estrogen product of the month” doesn’t make sense to us.
To answer Allison’s email, yes we can help her even in Las Vegas! She can connect with us via phone for her consultation, do her hormone testing through us, we can write her recommendation for her natural hormone balance and we can guide her in how to find a doctor in her area. But where the rubber meets the road-at the doctor’s office-THIS piece of the journey is all on her. SHE will have to have the strength and courage to get her needs met. And, yes, this may mean going to more than one doctor. It does take time to find the right doctor for us. And make no mistake. We DO know our bodies better than anyone and we have permission to put our experiences above our beliefs and to question our beliefs and the beliefs of our doctors. Be prepared to do so. It is all part of the journey to our best health naturally. It may not be the easiest path, but it is necessary as our FIRST step to wellness. We deserve nothing less.
“Let Me Talk This Over With My Doctor” March 3, 2013Posted by Lyn in : Hot BHRT Topics, Menopause , add a comment
I understand our trust in and attachment to our doctors. We have shared with them personal issues, built a relationship with them, and trusted them to help solve our health issues. So I get it when women come to us to get tested, get treated, get better and want to run our strategy by their trusted health care practitioner. After all, what we do is different. Our Happy Hormone Cottage is an educational resource center of women helping women get educated in the arena of natural hormone balance. It is also a resource center that helps facilitate each woman’s journey to wellness by reestablishing optimal hormone balance that becomes imbalanced through the aging process.
We provide the take home testing kits to determine current hormone levels at the capillary level, and our compounding pharmacist and holistic health expert analyzes these test results, symptom sheet and medical history of each client, so he can write his recommendation for the doctor. HHC offers support to the doctor with this written recommendation, and to the client with a phone call explaining our recommendation, and interpreting the client’s test results so she is prepared for her doctor visit. For best results, we recommend our clients make an appointment with our in-house doctor, who is a Functional Medicine and anti-aging doctor, who understands and encourages natural hormone balance as a wellness and disease prevention strategy. Those clients who do this, sail through on their way to their best health naturally. For those clients who take all of their information and our strategy back to their doctor for approval, their journey isn’t always smooth sailing. The clients with doctors who are more open minded and willing to think outside the box of conventional medicine typically fare well. These doctors may not understand our testing procedures or the art of compounding bio identical hormone therapy, but their attitude is one of accepting their patient’s request for how she would like to treat her body. So he agrees to give it a try, and the results are usually highly favorable. These are the success stories we like to hear. But not all clients are successful. Those clients who haven’t done their homework in bio identical hormone replacement therapy or, worse, have done their homework but still defer to the limiting views of their own doctor are the ones who aren’t successful because their doctor doesn’t approve our strategy. I understand that what we do is not taught in medical school because it doesn’t involve drug therapy. Our testing measures and our holistic health approach aren’t within the parameters of conventional medicine. So taking our ‘get tested, get treated, get better’ wellness philosophy that is in the world of Functional Medicine to a conventionally trained doctor is risky. You wouldn’t take your expensive imported car to a Ford dealership, would you? So why take your body, that is suffering from a hormone imbalance (women over 35 have hormone imbalance)and needs customized, compounded bio identical hormones, to a conventional doctor who specializes in anything BUT this approach? Isn’t this just asking for failure? If your beloved pet went to a vet who wasn’t willing to try various strategies to heal your pet, wouldn’t you find a new vet? So why do we settle for so much less for ourselves? So when those clients tell me they are going to talk over our strategy with their doctor, I always raise my eyebrows and wish them luck because my experience is the outcome probably won’t be favorable. Because what we do is different, the doctor who isn’t open minded, will struggle, and often will relay the myths that have been passed on to him (by drug reps, inaccurate media reports, faulty literature, sometimes written by the pharmaceutical companies, perpetuating these myths.) These are the clients who simply don’t get better. Remember, what we put our attention determines the quality of our lives. What we practice is what we have. If you do nothing to positively impact your health, today is the best day you will have. So the choice is yours: continue on the same path with the same program to get the same results……or let us support you on a new path to wellness? I think the answer is clear.
IT DOES TAKE A VILLAGE TO RAISE CONSCIOUSNESS February 11, 2013Posted by Lyn in : Case Studies In Natural Compounded Hormone Therapy, Hot BHRT Topics , add a comment
As a public school educator for 30 years, I understand the importance of education.
My hope for educating my middle years women (and men!) who begin to experience hormone imbalance symptoms in their mid-30′s, and often younger, is that this knowledge will promote a change in behavior. The longer I work in this arena of women’s health, the more I question how and why we give our power away in this area of our health. At what point do we stop thinking for ourselves and hand over our authority to our doctors and current standard of care? We recently had a 24 year old new mom come to our facility for a consultation and help with her severe post-partum depression. It was so severe that her ob gyn sent her to a psychiatrist, who put her on 3 heavy-duty drugs. When our client’s mother asked the phychiatrist to please check her hormone levels, the phychiatrist scoffed and said, “She is way too young to be worrying about her hormones!” In desperation, this concerned mom brought her 24 year old daughter to us for help so we tested her hormone levels and found her progesterone (the hormone that helps fight depression and anxiety) to be significantly below normal. Our doctor started her on progesterone topical cream hormone therapy that was customized for her, and within days, our client could tell a real difference in her mood and how she was feeling. Interesting, huh?
We just had another client, who has been with us for close to 4 years, whose doctor sent her to a specialist for urinary issues. This specialist wasn’t familiar with our customized, compounded bio-identical hormone therapy (customized BHRT) so he suggested she stop and instead use the BHRT he was familiar with: an estrogen gel product and a progesterone capsule-both made by a pharmaceutical company. Our client made sure it was a BHRT product, BUT what she didn’t know was that this estrogen gel is 60 times stronger (!) than our topical estrogen cream, that we always dose for the body’s physiological needs AND that the progesterone capsule converts to allapregnenolone, while very little converts to progesterone. So instead of continuing to be hormonally balanced with the exact amount of estradiol/estriol and progesterone her body needs, she was being grossly over-dosed. This new therapy prescribed to her by her specialist is creating significant imbalance between estradiol and progesterone and will lead to such symptomology as weight gain, hot flashes, brain fog, irritability, and anxiety. More importantly, the excessive estrogen is relation to progesterone (we call this estrogen dominance) increases the risk of breast cancer, based on current literature. Needless to say, when our client learned the facts about these products, she stopped immediately and returned to our hormone therapy that is customized for HER body’s needs based on valid lab work and her body’s biofeedback. And she asked us to please email her doctor to educate him on the facts. Truly, education is everything! With hormone balance, it isn’t just about whether or not the product is bio-identical. It is also critical that it is dosed properly, which means in our opinion, that it should be customized for each woman, based on her specific body’s hormone needs. Doesn’t this just make sense?
I have a lot of horror stories from women who didn’t stand up for themselves and their bodies with their doctors and have paid the price BUT I can tell you that over the past 4 years, I have seen the tide turn. More and more women today are getting educated on their bodies and more and more women want natural, they want to be heard and validated, and want to have a voice and be more assertive with their health care practitioners. And because of this, in this arena of women’s health and hormone imbalance issues, more and more doctors are coming on board and working with us. This is good news! The reality is that it does take a village to raise the consciousness for our best health naturally!
IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW January 21, 2013Posted by Lyn in : Hormone Therapy Joy, Hot BHRT Topics , add a comment
When I began my Happy Hormone Cottage endeavor 3.5 years ago, my intention wasn’t to become a women’s health advocate. I just wanted to share the story of my struggles with hormone imbalance issues with women and share all I have learned along my own path, in hopes of helping women with their own struggles. And because I am an educator at heart, I know that the most productive way to make a change for the better is to educate these women in their options for natural hormone balance. Why? Because what I know from being in the classroom for 30 years is that learning is a change in behavior. And when we positively impact a woman by encouraging her to change her behavior…. her entire family, inner circle and community is changed for the better. This is still my path and my passion. I just never realized how very difficult this entire journey is. I didn’t know in August of 2009 when I hung a sign out in front of our tiny little cottage that said, “We talk to women!” that what I was doing by talking about natural hormone balance and educating women was so adamantly opposed by current standard of care. All I knew was that every woman I talked to had the same hormone imbalance issues I had, were ALL being prescribed antidepressants and sleeping aids to address their issues, so these women were just drugged. They didn’t feel any better nor were their hormone imbalance issues being fixed. They weren’t being heard, but didn’t have the knowledge or confidence to dialogue with their doctor. For most women it didn’t even occur to them TO discuss these issues with their doctor in a different paradigm. And I learned that much of this is because the balance of power between our doctors and their patients is so skewed. We shouldn’t feel intimidated or afraid to speak up about our own bodies and advocate for ourselves. We have the right to do this. And we should be doing this. What I know is that the BEST way to treat a hormone imbalance is to check existing hormone levels and then prescribe bio-identical hormones that are customized for each woman AFTER checking hormone levels, to replace the depleted hormone levels in our body that deplete with age. But I had no idea how territorial and resistant many doctors are to ANY options other than what they are used to, even if the products they are prescribing have significant health risks. And even those women whose doctors did recognize a hormone issue, were handed an rx for an estrogen patch, spray or gel because our doctors are visited by drug reps who push all estrogen all the time. Why? Because what I know is women over the age of 35 are already estrogen dominant….so why in heavens name would one be prescribed even more estrogen? Does this even make sense?? And then these women wonder why they have gained weight, have brain fog and an increased risk of breast cancer. I’ve learned that many of our healthcare practitioners don’t know the difference between progestin (synthetic progesterone) and progesterone (the actual hormone.) I’ve learned that most ob gyns are taught somewhere along the line that women without a uterus don’t need progesterone. But what I have learned is that progesterone is used for its protective benefits for the heart, brain & other body organs, along with performing many other critical tasks. In fact, it is our first line of defense in any hormone imbalance (which most women have after the age of 35, and sometimes younger.) We just worked with a 24 yr old whose body was desperate for progesterone, yet whose doctors put her on 3 heavy duty drugs for her depression. She really needs progesterone! But no one even considered she could have a hormone imbalance because she is only 24. When we tested her progesterone levels, we found them to be way below range. Interesting, huh? My “favorite” story is the 34 girl who had a genetically high risk for breast and uterine cancer, so she had these parts removed….only to allow her doctor to slap an estrogen patch on her so she wouldn’t get hot flashes…..and this is the gal we worked with who knew that this “strategy” can involve a heightened risk for cancer. When I finished beating my head against the wall, I just have to ask “Why? Why do we allow this? What is wrong with this picture?”
I have learned that just like in any profession, there are good doctors and not-so-good doctors. And while, luckily, most of the doctors WE work with are agreeable to our therapy and are willing to let us mentor them, we have a few who have become resistant to any help at all. Here is what I have learned: those doctors who want us to work with them and their clients as a triad, a 3-way partnership, are the ones who clients do the best. Let’s face it. Doctors aren’t trained in the art of compounding. Our compounding pharmacists have been doing this since 1994. That is a l-o-n-g time to get really good at something. And the tricky part of achieving hormone balance is after the 3rd month, when we have to listen to the body’s biofeedback to make adjustments to dosing. There is an art and a science to this. So the doctors our clients go to who appreciate our compounding pharmacists’ suggestions and use them AND then have us make their therapy, are the ones whose clients do the best. We tell our clients with doctors who don’t “allow” us to work with them (and these are the clients WE have sent them. Does this seem to scream “lack of integrity” to anyone besides me???) they may want to leave and go to a doctor who does work well with us because we have their back. Our clients whose doctors work well with us are the ones who, hands down, do the best long term. The good news is that we have a doctor coming to work with us on our campus in the next few weeks (yay!) so this will no longer be an issue. We no longer have to be at the mercy of doctors who don’t get what we do; are threatened by what we do; are too arrogant to believe that we could know what we are doing because, after all, “we aren’t doctors.” My response to this is, “How is this working for you? Are your patients better with your “strategy” or are they just drugged? Are you checking hormone levels and then replacing them in a balanced approach by looking at all 3 sex hormones…or are you just slapping on an estrogen patch?” Come on, people! This can’t be this hard. I think my bumper sticker sums this up the best, “Condemnation without Investigation is the Height of Arrogance.”
I recently sent one of my employees to a local women’s networking meeting, to hear a Dayton ob gyn discuss menopause. I almost fell out of my chair when I read
her notes that this doctor, in discussing the use of the synthetic drug masking as a hormone, Premarin, (conjugated estrogens made from pregnant mare’s urine) said, “There is nothing more organic than horse urine.” Really? Where has this doctor been? Here’s a clue-how about checking women’s hormone levels first and then customizing a hormone replacement strategy based on the needs of her body, using bio-identical hormones that mimic the hormones made in our bodies? Exactly why would I want to put horse urine into my body today when we have so many more viable options? And one of our experts in the field says he can’t find even one study on the safety of Premrin. Interesting, huh? Continuing to hold on to the old-school path of prescribing synthetic hormones that were introduced in the 1950′s is much like continuing to drive an Edsel in spite of the advancement in the automotive industry in the past 60 years. Every time I think of his comment, I can feel my heart start to palpitate!
I have learned that when we look at the body holistically, our clients do the best. This is why also we check adrenal glands and thyroid as the FIRST step to WELLNESS.
What I know now is that the science of Functional Medicine is the philosophy that works best for what we do, so we can look at the body as a whole and approach it in terms of prevention of disease and over-all WELLNESS. So our Happy Hormone Cottage is a WELLNESS FACILITY where we focus on the prevention of disease and anti-aging strategies that begin with hormone balance in 3 critical areas (including adrenal fatigue and thyroid balance), as the FIRST step to wellness. I have learned that using the proper supplements customized for each client drastically optimizes hormone balance and positively impacts over-all health. Our “must have” supplements include 5000 units of vitamin D daily, along with 2000 units of a high quality omega 3. When talking fish oil, you DO get what you pay for. That is why we carry one of the best fish oils on the market today. (check out my online store for more information.) I have learned that eating clean, or at least not eating wheat products (no flour) and for those with gluten sensitivity, not eating gluten, can make a huge difference in how we feel, in our blood sugar levels and inflammatory responses. I also know that making a lifestyle change by eating differently as well as working out, positively impact our health and wellness.
Finally, I have learned that treating a disease does NOT create health and that we Do have a choice in our life experiences. Sadly, we often choose our beliefs
over our experiences and we need to rethink this because, quite frankly, it isn’t working. My truth is that what we place our attention on determines the quality of our lives.
So knowing what I know now, I have to place my attention on being a women’s health advocate. If not me, who? I know the time is NOW to make a change for the better. And what better way to do it than by changing the life of women, one woman at a time?
CAN WE DO BETTER? December 29, 2012Posted by Lyn in : Hot BHRT Topics , add a comment
I’ve worked with women for a few years now; listened to their stories and struggles, with compassion for their journey, as it revolves around what I understand is hormone imbalance; and championed their cause for their best health naturally. I’ve listened, held their hand, offered a tissue when needed, all the while validating their experience. And I know that the single most important thing I can provide our women with is two-fold:
-educating them about their options for natural hormone balance
-encouraging them to examine their beliefs in this arena, so they can be assertive with their healthcare practitioner.
Standing in the way are a couple of simple truths. The first truth is that we tend to choose our beliefs over our experiences. This is never more apparent to me than when women who know something isn’t right with their bodies, and have known this for awhile (most women over 35 want the same few things: to sleep, lose weight, have energy and regain libido), have gone to their doctor for help, and accepted any number of current standard of care “treatments” (antidepressants, sleeping aids, the latest estrogen-of-the-month product, or doing nothing because ‘this is just how you are supposed to feel” or “this too shall pass….”) yet feel no better, and in some cases feel worse. So these women who just know there has to be a better way, have searched for me and found me, have become educated in natural hormone balance, have done their saliva testing and filled our their online profile card, symptom sheet and medical history, and for whom we have sent our recommendation to their doctor for their natural hormone balance and they are excited about the hope of finally feeling better…..only to meet with their doctor for approval (this is where the rubber meets the road) and they once again, choose the beliefs of their doctor over their experience. They convince themselves that because their doctor has doubts about natural hormone balance (not taught in medical school, not pushed by drug reps, out of their realm of experience) their own experience of their bodies and its hormone imbalance issues (validated by their saliva test results) must not be valid. They choose their beliefs (or their doctor’s beliefs) over their experience. This brings me to my second truth that whenever there is an imbalance of power in a relationship, like that between a doctor and patient, the influence (power) that the doctor has is out of balance. This makes it more difficult for some women to choose their experience over their beliefs. Yet do this we must so we can treat the issue to feel better. The simple truth is that a hormone imbalance is only fixed by replacing depleted hormone levels that deplete with age. This is called the aging process. Replacing these depleted hormone levels with actual hormones customized for each woman based on the needs of her body, is an important key to WELLNESS–this along with taking the proper supplements, eating right, and working out–is key to optimal health and vitality.
So can we do better? Can we choose our experience over our beliefs and then find a doctor to validate this experience by being willing to work with us for our best health naturally? Can we do better? Yes, we can….and we must.
HERE’S WHAT I KNOW December 9, 2012Posted by Lyn in : Hot BHRT Topics , add a comment
I don’t know a lot but I do know two things:
1) What we place our attention on determines the quality of our lives
2) Treating a disease does NOT create health
I am SO happy that our intention at our Happy Hormone Cottage is to educate and empower women to invest in their BEST health naturally. See, we are a WELLNESS facility. We are ALL about finding the CAUSE of issues and fixing that for EACH individual for 3 reasons: to get rid of the symptoms, to help with anti-aging, and to prevent disease. This sounds like WELLNESS to me. And why is this important? Because treating a disease does NOT promote health and wellness. Yes, what we do at our HHC is not the easiest path. We have to educate our trusted doctors to listen to OUR needs, validate what WE want to try, and then approve our ideas to give it a whirl. This is most likely outside their comfort zone. Why? This natural hormone balance is not taught in medical school. So we have to encourage our doctors to become motivated to learn about this so we can work together for the best HOLISTIC health of our clients. We also have to learn to listen to our bodies (we call this biofeedback) so we can adjust dosing as needed. After all, this is customized for each individual. What makes us unique is we check existing hormone levels first BEFORE recommending a strategy for wellness to your doctor. We also recommend annual hormone testing-preferably with blood spot testing (not the conventional blood serum approach) so we are all on the same page: our clients, our doctors and our compounding pharmacists. We encourage this partnership among the 3 parties so we can ALL work together for our best health and wellness. We love to work with doctors who embrace our approach FOR their clients, which is our Functional Medicine approach that treats the body holistically for WELLNESS. Working together can only benefit our clients and promote wellness. I also understand that using our hormone creams daily is not as easy as some other approaches, but like brushing and flossing our teeth is extremely important and the pay off is huge. Again, what I know is what we place our attention on determines the quality of our life. AND I also know that achieving and maintaining hormone balance is JUST the first step. We have to continue to use our hormone balance strategy, which also includes key supplements like vitamin D and Omega 3′s for LIFE. Once we have hormone balance in 3 key areas: sex hormones, adrenal glands and thyroid…..we have to maintain that and then we can go on and determine other potential areas of risk for disease. Our strategy is a strategy for life. Why? Because what we place our attention on determines the quality of our lives. I personally don’t want to be the typical 60-70 year old woman who gets a disease that could have been prevented because she did not place her attention on WELLNESS.
One of my new favorite authors, Kathryn Simpson who wrote the book “Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue Handbook” says that “every case of hypertension, metabolic syndrome, heart disease (and almost every other chronic condition) should be evaluated for adrenal involvement. Since traditional medicine hasn’t gotten up to speed on this critical health issue yet, it’s incumbent on us women to advocate for ourselves.” I agree with her 100%. This is the case with much of what we do: it isn’t yet on the radar of conventional medicine and it won’t be until conventional medicine and our current standard of care changes it focus from drugging to mask the symptoms TO doing what it take to PREVENT disease in the first place. What we practice is what we have. So what about you? Are you going to invest in your best health naturally today, so you can create a life of wellness? Is one of the focuses of your attention going to be on maintaining hormone balance for life for wellness? Hormone balance is the first step. It is not the end all and be all of health. It is simply a necessary first step. But doing this sends the message that a focus of your attention for your life is on wellness and preventing disease so you can have the quality of life you so richly deserve.
Again, what we practice is what we have.
HORMONE BALANCE AND WELLNESS November 26, 2012Posted by Lyn in : Case Studies In Natural Compounded Hormone Therapy, Hormone Therapy Joy , add a comment
Emails! I get emails! One I received today by a current client had an interesting point I want to elaborate on. She is a happy client who says, “I am committed to this journey to natural hormone balance for myself and my family. I thank you and your husband for the guidance and help you give so many in this process of life. The ones who get through it with no problem are the lucky ones, but now the rest of us who do not are also lucky and blessed that there are people like yourselves so willing to help.”
My response to this client is, “So glad you are committed to your best health naturally! I do want to comment on your observation that “some lucky women get through this phase of life with no problems….”. This actually isn’t true. All women (and men)after age 35 experience hormone imbalance issues. This manifests itself in symptoms such as:
Weight gain (etrogen dominance)
And a whole host of other issues…
It is up to each woman to “get tested, get treated, get better” as a strategy to WELLNESS. What we do by replacing depleted hormone levels is actually anti-aging and disease prevention. So it is the wise woman who proactively treats her hormone imbalance. As we age, our hormone levels drop accordingly, so they have to be replaced. Customizing hormone therapy (sex hormones, adrenal glands and thyroid) for each client AND taking supplements recommended to optimize hormone balance is critical for WELLNESS. So our opinion is, we all need to be doing this…not just those that may have more significant symptoms.
Finally, this strategy is something you will do for life to keep your hormone levels up, healthy and functioning. Here is a good example:
Did you know that when we stop having periods, our estrogen levels have dropped significantly and will never recover on their own. Yet estrogen does 300 jobs in our bodies. 300! How will these jobs get done if we don’t replace our estrogen levels? Well, the answer is, “they won’t.” So then we are ripe for disease: heart disease, dementia, osteoporosis and breast cancer. Yet very few doctors in our current standard of care (conventional medicine) ever check hormone levels……so we are very rarely ever WELL. What IS focused on is illness and band aiding symptoms……not finding the cause of disease. In the words of Dr Phil, “How is this working for us???” I have to say quite frankly that it isn’t.
Interesting, huh? Just thought I’d share! Food for thought and discussion!
The Importance of Commitment and Patience with BHRT November 16, 2012Posted by Lyn in : Case Studies In Natural Compounded Hormone Therapy , 1 comment so far
I recently received an email from a relatively new client whose hot flashes are now gone and who is experiencing brain clarity once again, as in no more brain fog (two symptoms of a hormone imbalance) which she says are “HUGE!” But because she is having some energy issues and her libido is still nonexistent, she is considering stopping therapy. My initial response to myself was “really? Why would she do that when her body is responding to treatment and she is doing better?” Then I recognized that this is where the education of natural hormone replacement therapy comes into play, along with realistic expectations, commitment and patience. Read my response to her below:
Let me share some information with you on natural hormone therapy and its goal, so you can make the most informed decision for your body. What BHRT (bio identical hormone replacement therapy) is about is REPLACING depleted hormone levels that deplete with age. This depletion of our hormone levels is the cause of disease. So when we can measure your existing hormone levels with valid testing (saliva and blood spot) and then replace in your body what it no longer makes for itself, then we can focus on WELLNESS. This sort of goes against current standard of care, which is about band aiding symptoms; while WE are about finding the cause of disease and treating that. I’m not sure about you, but by the time we already have a disease, it’s kind of late to try to prevent it, isn’t it?
I’m not sure what your expectations were when you came to us, but to have no more hot flashes and clarity of thinking is a big deal. It does take time to replace low/depleted hormone levels, that begin to deplete around age 35. The lower they are when you begin therapy, the longer it takes. I urge you to also be sure you are taking your adrenal vitamins daily, since massaging and healing tired adrenal glands is key in improving libido. This process takes about 8 months. But I always ask the question, “How long has your libido been missing?” The answer is typically longer than 8 months. So your expectations for natural hormone therapy need to be realistic. Finally, achieving hormone balance and taking your supplements we gave you a strategy for is critical in positively impacting your energy level as well. The valuable piece in all of this is that WE provide you with a strategy. But you are the one who needs the commitment and patience for our program to work.
The bottom line for me for you is, where else can you go to achieve your best health naturally/ where your body’s biofeedback drives therapy and determines the best course of action? I contend that if our healthcare practitioners had a viable strategy for us that worked to prevent disease, while at the same time, eradicating our symptoms of a hormone imbalance AND focused on wellness, we would go to them. But health care in our country is focused on drugging for the masses to band aid symptoms. Personally, I believe we deserve better. But it is up to each of us to make that decision for ourselves.
Valuable Information October 31, 2012Posted by Lyn in : Hot BHRT Topics , 2comments
I received an email today I was happy to address and think the information is valuable to share. Here goes:
“Lyn, in light of the recent scare with steroid injections and fungal meningitis outbreak….supposedly created at a compounding pharmacy out east. What assurances do we have that the Piqua Medicine Shoppe has very high standards in their manufacturing process? Could you and Jeff address this please and reassure us. Thanks, Sherry.”
Here is my response:
“Hi Sherry, Thank you for your email and for your questions. The New England Compounding Lab was a sterile compounding lab specializing in intrathecal therapy whose injections were shot directly into the spine. They were a true manufacturer and under the guidelines of the FDA. We are a small compounding lab (nonsterile only) whose focus is topical creams: hormone therapy, veterinary care, pain creams etc.) Jeff has no interest in ever compounding intrathecal therapy, nor do most small compounders. Since we make compounded therapy for customized dosing, we are under the stringent guidelines of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.”
Jeff adds his thoughts below:
“Sherry, the Piqua Medicine Shoppe is a nonsterile compounding pharmacy. We follow USP 795 regulations. Sterile compounding follows USP 797. As of September, we sold our regular prescription pharmacy to CVS so we could focus on compounding only. We just purchased a Resodyn mixer to custom mix our hormone medications. We are the only compounding pharmacy in the world to have this machine. This allows us accuracy that is 30-50 times more accurate than other compounding pharmacies, and better than most manufacturers. We are very excited! We test a great deal of our compounds for potency to validate all of our processes. Rest assured you are getting product in the range of 99.8-100.2%. This is unheard of with traditional compounding or the manufacturing processes. I hope this information helps reassure you that you are in the best hands possible. Warmly, Jeff”