EXCITING VALIDATION FOR NATURAL HORMONE THERAPY! August 5, 2013Posted by Lyn in : Hormone Therapy Joy, Hot BHRT Topics , 2comments
A recent study by 2 well respected doctors in our field, Erika Schwartz, MD and Kent Holtorf, MD, is really exciting for me to read because it validates what I have know for a long time- that replacing depleted hormone levels, that deplete naturally through the aging process, is the key to living a longer, higher quality life! This study, also on my website under Recommended Resources and Readings, “Hormone Replacement Therapy in the Geriatric Patient: Current State of the Evidence” clears up misconceptions and confusion in this area of synthetic hormones vs bioidentical hormones that is prevalent in current standard of care. Check out this next information:
“By the year 2025, there will be 1.1 billion women older than the age of 50 in the world. The magnitude and significance of this number must be addressed from the perspective of the primary care practitioner who is now faced with an exploding number of aging women seeking to maintain, and even improve, their health. In these authors’ opinions, women who are menopausal and postmenopausal should no longer accept a pat on the back and an antidepressant as a best therapy for postmenopausal symptoms often caused by aging and its attendant loss of hormones. We as physicians need to expand our knowledge and expertise to be able to provide aging women with safe and effective approaches to aging-to provide then with sound information to help them make the best decisions for their individual situation.” Yes! This is what I have been preaching for the past 4 years and exactly WHY I opened my Happy Hormone Cottage in the first place. What we do at our HHC, natural hormone replacement therapy, IS science-based medicine. Just because it is not yet a part of current standard of care does not mean it is not valid or backed up by study after study. What we do is personalized care, meaning we compound individual therapies from a doctor’s prescription for each individual, based on his or her body’s needs. This is as opposed to taking a drug for the masses with a one-size-fits-most dosing, made by a pharmaceutical company. Our studies and science-based information IS out there. It needs to be studied and understood by our physicians for our best over-all health.
The study continues with the following perspective: “With the transition of the baby boomers into the geriatric population, a significant movement away from the disease-centric model and toward PREVENTION AND WELLNESS maintenance and enhancement is taking place. The scientific literature suggests that hormone supplementation with estrogen, progesterone testosterone, growth hormone, and thyroid hormone has the potential to improve the quality of life and to prevent, or reverse, the many symptoms and conditions associated with aging, including fatigue, depression, weight gain, frailty, osteoporosis, loss of libido and heart disease. When attempting to find the ideal balance for the individual patient, physicians should be concerned not only with improving their patients’ life spans, but also their HEALTH SPANS-the duration of time a person experiences a high-quality, vigorous, and enjoyable life.” Yes, yes, yes! This is why my Happy Hormone Cottage is a Wellness Facility. We understand that optimal hormone balance (this means measuring hormone levels and replacing depleted levels with physiological dosing in the exact amounts the body needs….and maintaining these optimal levels for life) is just the FIRST step to wellness. From here we can move on to cardiovascular health and addressing metabolic syndrome (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, weight gain).
The study concludes with, “In summary, based on the literature reviewed and the state of the evidence in our clinical experiences that span decades and includes tens of thousands of women the authors believe that aging women should not be deprived of hormone therapies. Many studies and practical clinical experience demonstrate on an ongoing basis the safety and efficacy of bioidentical hormones (the HHC believes these should be personalized and customized physiological dosings based on the individual needs of each woman) for improved well-being, elimination of symptoms of menopause, and even prevention of chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, hyperlipidemia, clotting disorders and atherosclerosis. We also recommend the individual physician become well versed in the scientific literature presented in this article and work with each patient individually to provide her with the best possible care.” Amen! I couldn’t have said this better myself!
For more information or to make an appointment for your first step on your journey to wellness, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 513-444-6343. Kentucky women, email email@example.com and call 859-360-6696. We are women helping women and we look forward to serving you!
MY MOST POPULAR BLOG EVER! June 17, 2013Posted by Lyn in : Hot BHRT Topics , 2comments
My January 8, 2012 blog “I Get Asked This Question A Lot” has generated much discussion that is still on-going today. What’s all the fuss about? The use of pellets as a hormone replacement option and why we at our HHC simply don’t believe in them as a viable hormone balance strategy for women. A client of mine told me she was at her young son’s baseball game recently and overheard a woman behind her saying how she had just gotten her first pellet implantation. She turned around and said, “Oh, I’m so sorry! You need to go to the Happy Hormone Cottage!” I think our nurse practitioner says it best when she says, “Topical hormone creams are better!” So what is all the fuss about? Let me explain!
Pellets are small implantable fused hormones that are typically testosterone and maybe estradiol, that are inserted under the skin of the hip with local anesthesia. Usually pellets are reinserted every 3 months. Clinical studies were done in men to determine dosing and men were given dosing every 4-5 months. The dose for women was extrapolated from the doses for men, and herein lies the problem: women tend to need more insertions (about every 3 months) and there is an unpredictable conversion to dht (dihydrotestosterone) and/or estradiol. Some women do fine on pellets, while others, if they convert mostly to estradiol, will gain weight. If these women convert these pellet implants mainly to dht, they will start showing masculinizing symptoms such as: male pattern baldness, facial and body hair, acne and voice deepening, among other serious health issues. And once these issues develop, it is too late. The damage has already been done. Symptoms often materialize after the 3rd and 4th pellet insertion (i.e. about a year). Another concern is that these pellets often lead to extremely elevated levels of testosterone that is much higher than normal female physiology.
For me personally, pellets for women simply don’t make sense. All that testosterone being implanted continuously has to go somewhere. Women simply aren’t meant to metabolize all that testosterone. And when it converts to estrogen it is problematic. Women over the age of 35 are already estrogen dominant. This is the weight gain piece. Remember these 5 words:
“ESTROGEN IS A FAT STORER!” So why would I want to put even more estrogen into my already estrogen dominant body? Even more importantly is the fact that estrogen dominance can lead to a heightened risk of breast cancer. So for me to put anything in my body with this risk just doesn’t make sense.
What we do at our HHC that sets us apart is that we DOSE OUR TOPICAL HORMONE CREAMS PHYSIOLOGICALLY for our bodies. When considering hormone balance, it is important to balance the 3 major sex hormones of estradiol, progesterone and testosterone. In fact, our first line of defense at our HHC is always progesterone. What we know is that women who are still having their monthly cycles don’t need estrogen. So we never give estrogen to women who are still having regular periods. We check your hormone levels first (using cutting edge urine analysis from Precision Analytical Lab) and then we customize your hormone replacement therapy for you and each individual client. It is this physiological dosing that achieves hormone balance. When we give each woman the hormone dose SHE needs with a daily application of her topical cream and we adjust this dosing slightly over time, based on the biofeedback from HER body, AND we recheck these levels annually to maintain this hormone balance, we have happy women who are issue-free. And isn’t this the point of hormone replacement therapy? To restore hormone balance as an anti-aging strategy AND to prevent disease? And for how long do we recommend we use this natural hormone replacement therapy? My response is a frank, “Until we are dead!” Why wouldn’t we do this? As we age and our bodies lose their ability to make their own hormones so the risk of disease increases, and we have found a reliable, safe and responsible way to restore this balance with physiological dosing of topical hormone creams, why in heaven’s name would we ever stop?
Let’s Work Together to Save Bioidentical Hormones June 7, 2013Posted by Lyn in : Hot BHRT Topics , 1 comment so far
Let’s Work Together to Save Bioidentical Hormones
June 6, 2013
The U.S. Senate is about to give the FDA unprecedented new powers, which would include the right to ban bioidentical hormones. We need to act now to prevent this from happening. Otherwise, we will soon lose access to a safe, effective, and valuable therapy that many Whitaker Wellness patients and others depend on.
I urge you to contact your Senators and Congressman today by going to the website www.mymedsmatter.com and sending each one an email instructing them to oppose S.959, which gives the FDA the authority to restrict and eliminate bioidentical hormones.
The U.S. Senate will vote on S.959 within the next 2 weeks, so we must act now to stop this bill from passing.
To learn more about this proposed legislation and how you can help stop it, read the information below from my friend and colleague, Steven F. Hotze, MD.
Senate Prepares to Pass Bill Giving FDA
Authority to Ban Bio-Identical Hormones
The U.S. Senate is preparing to give the FDA the right to ban your bio-identical hormones. You need to act now to prevent this from happening.
You need to contact your Senators and Congressman today by going to the website www.mymedsmatter.com and send them an email, instructing them to oppose S.959. The provisions contained in S.959 give the FDA the authority to restrict and eliminate the bioidentical hormones upon which millions of women and men depend.
Five years ago, the FDA tried to ban the most commonly compounded bio-identical hormone treatments. The agency failed because it did not have the authority to do so, but S.959 would give the FDA the authority to do that and much more.
On May 22, 2013, the U.S. Senate Health, Energy, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved S.959, which would give FDA unprecedented control over compounding pharmacies and the medications upon which patients depend. Currently, all pharmacies, including compounding pharmacies, are under the jurisdiction of their respective state boards of pharmacy. Now the FDA wants to regulate compounding pharmacies and help Big Pharma by eliminating the competition of bio-identical hormones.
The U.S. Senate will vote on S.959 within the next 2 weeks, so you must act now to stop this bill from passing.
S.959 is in response to a tragedy caused by contaminated injections distributed by New England Compounding Center (NECC), which had no connection with bio-identical hormones. The FDA already has the authority to prevent the recurrence of that tragedy, but Big Pharma is using this as an excuse to eliminate competition by compounding pharmacies that do not even sell such injections.
Now, having proved itself incompetent in dealing with the NECC, the FDA wants to expand its jurisdiction over thousands of compounding pharmacies which ultimately will lead to banning bio-identical hormones and other compounded medications upon which millions of patients rely.
Here’s the short version on how S.959 can harm you and interfere with your access to the bio-identical hormones that you take:
1) This bill would give the FDA the right to ban certain components of compounded bio-identical hormones if, in the opinion of the FDA, they pose “public health concerns.” In 2005, Wyeth, a pharmaceutical company, filed a complaint with the FDA, asking that all bio-identical hormones that contained the human estrogen hormone estriol be banned. Estriol is one of the most common components of bio-identical hormones, so this action would have disrupted the lives of countless women. The FDA ignored the voices and comments of more than 77,000 patients and physicians who opposed the Wyeth complaint and three years later in 2008 they sided with Wyeth, even though the FDA could not document a single adverse event with estriol. Fortunately, the FDA did not have the authority to enforce its decision in 2008. If S.959passes, then the FDA would have that authority.
2) FDA would be given the authority to ban your bio-identical hormones by declaring them to be “similar” to the drug-company drugs which are counterfeit hormones.
The FDA has been openly hostile to bio-identical hormones and compounding pharmacies for over 20 years. The FDA only recognizes bio-identical hormone therapy as a marketing term. With this hostile attitude that refuses to even recognize this important medication that millions of women take, what do you think FDA will do when they get full authority to determine whether women can have access to bio-identical hormones? Drug companies would love to eliminate the competition for their synthetic counterfeit hormones.
Please go to www.mymedsmatter.com today and email your Senators and Congressmen and have them oppose S.959. We are all for increased safety, but the NECC tragedy should not be used to deny you the bio-identical hormones that you need. Tell Congress what you think. Click here to enter your ZIP Code and address and send emails to Congress!
“IT SAVED MY LIFE! EVERY WOMAN SHOULD READ THIS!” June 2, 2013Posted by Lyn in : Case Studies In Natural Compounded Hormone Therapy, Hormone Therapy Joy , 2comments
I came across a blog posting recently at myfitnesspal.com with the title, “I got my life back and lost weight too.” The first sentences really caught my eye when the blogger says, “It saved my life! Every woman should read this.” So I did (!) and discovered it was about my Happy Hormone Cottage! Read what she says:
“I was diagnosed with about everything under the sun and put on just about every medication known to man and none of them worked. I was obese and addicted to food. I had horrible food cravings like a drug addict. I had no energy. I was depressed, anxious and nervous all the time. I had anxiety and panic attacks that landed me in the emergency room. I cried constantly over nothing. I had severe insomnia. I was diabetic. I had digestive problems and mysterious aches pains and random rashes. I was moody, cranky and sometimes downright hateful and mean. My periods were irregular and erratic. I had clotting and all kinds of awful things. I had severe headaches frequently and atleast a mild headache every day. Most days I couldn’t even leave my house and some days I couldn’t get out of bed. almost every day of my life I wished I was dead and some days I would actually research ways to kill myself on the internet (if you feel like this seek help immediately because there is always light at the end of the tunnel) and vow that as soon as my kids graduated from high school and moved out I would end my misery.
nobody would help me and the few people who did care enough to help were clueless as to what the problem could possibly be so I did the research on my own and it took me about 3 or 4 years to figure it out but I finally did, I had a severe hormonal imbalance. A hormonal imbalance can create all kinds of problems from barely noticeable to severe and it’s easy to diagnose and fix. I found an amazing place called The Happy Hormone Cottage where I got tested and discovered that I was estrogen dominant and did not have enough progesterone and now I am on an all natural bio-identical progesterone cream which is very inexpensive. I take it once a day and rub the cream into my wrists. I have only been on it for 6 months and all of my symptoms are gone. I have tons of energy, no food cravings, no depression, anxiety, panic attacks. I’m no longer diabetic and I sleep fine at night and no more headaches. I’ve also lost 42 pounds in 6 months and I haven’t even started to exercise yet. It also treats PMS and PMDD. This is something that everyone should look into just to be sure. not having enough progesterone can also cause pcos and miscarriages. A healthy progesterone level helps you carry a baby to term and give birth to a healthy baby.
I don’t think anyone should have to go through what I went through not even for a day. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy so if I can help even one person get help it is definitely worth it.
The Happy Hormone Cottage is in Ohio but everything can be done over the phone or computer so they can help anyone in any state all over the USA. There are also other companies that do the same thing it doesn’t matter which one you go to as long as you make sure it is all natural bio identical hormones and not synthetic. It does require a prescription from your doctor and is completely safe. your doctor will determine from your test results if you need it and how much you need. I know this is a weight loss site and I’m posting it here because before I got on the progesterone I couldn’t lose weight no matter what I tried and believe me I tried EVERYTHING but now that I’ve got the progesterone the weight is just falling off which is just an added bonus. The best thing is I’m happy again and I got my life back.. I hope this helps. Good luck everyone and God bless.”
I am SO very happy we could help and have such a positive, life-changing effect on someone’s life. But this is what we do every day. We ARE women helping women. And we DO make a difference every single day. And now that we have our own nurse practitioner on staff, we are so happy that we can impact women without current standard of care standing in our way. But I do disagree with the writer of the blog above when she says, “The Happy Hormone Cottage is in Ohio and they can help others in any state because much of what they do can be done over the phone and computer. But there are other companies who do the same things. Your doctor will determine from your test results if you need hormone therapy and how much….” This is simply NOT true. I actually do NOT know of any other company who does what we do:
-offer an initial free consultation
-offer easy, affordable, cutting edge take home testing for hormone levels in several key areas
-write the recommendation FOR the practitioner
-offer a second free consultation to go over how to use the therapy and supplements
-provide free monthly follow up phone calls and emails
-provide excellent customer service that is immediate and validating
-provide access to the compounding pharmacists who make the therapy and write the
-provide holistic health care in the realm of Functional Medicine that focuses on disease
prevention and anti-aging
To go to your doctor and have him/her check hormone levels in anything other than blood serum is rare (almost unheard of) and most healthcare practitioners certainly do not have the training to be able to write a strategy for natural, optimal hormone balance. We just have not found this approach to be successful. This is why we like to partner with doctors who are open to being mentored in all of the nuances of customized, compounded hormone therapy. Those doctors who allow us to do so are the ones with the most satisfied clients. And we can help you find those doctors in other states. We look forward to serving you!
COTTAGE HAPPENINGS! May 14, 2013Posted by Lyn in : Hormone Therapy Joy, Hot BHRT Topics , add a comment
We have lots going on at our Happy Hormone Cottage facilities! Women are happy, we are growing, and blessed to be changing the face of hormone imbalance on a daily basis. I think over the past 4 years, what has been most impactful for me, is the opportunity I have had to speak with women about the truth of hormone imbalance: what it looks like, why it happens, and what they can do about it. As an educator of over 30 years and a public speaker, I have had the privilege of speaking to many women about this natural aging process and the latest research on ways to help prevent disease by reestablishing optimal hormone balance as naturally as possible AND make this their first step to wellness. My mantra for the year continues to be “What We Place Our Attention On Determines The Quality of Our Lives,” and I continue to not only live this in my own life, but stress this importance to the women I work with, speak with and meet. My message is always the same: YOU are in charge of your journey so YOU will have to do what it takes for YOUR best health naturally. And because this message is different than what we traditionally hear at our healthcare practitioners’ offices, you DO have permission to DO WHAT IT TAKES to meet the needs of your body as you age, with preventative measures that work to fix our health issues, and not just band-aid them.
With our continuing quest to stay on the cutting edge of all things hormonal, we are very excited to announce our partnership with Precision Analytical Lab and their forward-thinking technology with testing hormone levels in urine. This super simple take-home kit uses urine samples on strips of paper to analyze not only our sex hormones, but also cortisol, metabolites and the methylation pathway. We are finding this information to be extremely helpful for our women in not only measuring current hormone levels of new clients, but also for our women currently on hormone therapy. The risk of contamination from the topical hormone creams is significantly reduced and the information we can collect allows us to make the best recommendation we can for our clients on their hormone journey. The cost of this kit is comparable to our saliva testing and is reimbursable by many insurance providers.
Finally, we are pleased to announce the addition of our own Nurse Practitioner, Angela Rothstein, to our Kettering and Mason facilities. She is working with us full time to meet with our clients to start them on their journey to wellness, as well as to work with them on the successful continuation of their hormone journey. She will work closely with Jeff in not only hormone balance, but also in Functional Medicine, so we can continue to focus on holistic health, anti-aging and disease prevention. Women can also meet with Angela on our new weight loss program, which is a special passion of hers. The beauty of working with Angela is you can still keep your current ob gyn for your gyn needs and see Angela for your BHRT needs. If you are currently working with a doctor who is not meeting your expectations in this area, you are also free to come in and meet with Angela. Please call us at 513-444-6343 for more information and to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!
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?