Do Your Homework Before Getting Pellets

Note: I have made a special pellets page with lots more information. Please refer to that page as it will answer most questions.

Below is an email I received followed by my response.

Hello. Thank you for taking the time to read my email.
I have a question.
I am a 39 years old female.
I went to a doctor that dose the testosterone pellets. I’ve only done it twice last year. It’s been 5 months since my last pellet injection. I was very concerned about having this done & asked a million questions. However I don’t think my doctor had a clue what he was doing.
So here I am 5 months later & I had my blood work done because my hair is falling out & I have the worst acne ever. My blood work showed I had 3x the amount of more testosterone then a man!
How long do the pellets take to rid my system & will my hair grow back? Will I fully recover from these testosterone pellets?
I’m very worried about the mistake I’ve made & I’m hoping the side effects are not long term.
My hair was thick before & now I’m almost completely bald. Will my hair grow back & stay?
Thank you again. I’m sure you get so many emails but I’d really appreciate any advice or knowledge to help myself at this point.
Thank you,
Heather

Hi Heather,
I am never too busy to read or respond to my emails. Thank you for emailing me. For more experiences like yours with pellets, please go to my website’s blog and scroll down to my blogs on pellets. They are popular and I’ve shared close to 200 emails from women with similar horrific experiences like yours. I’ve also written a book, “Own Your Journey……to Optimal Hormone Balance” for more information, and you can order this on my online store if you are interested.
At our Happy Hormone Cottages, we don’t believe in pellets. In fact, we believe pellets give what we do a bad name. We are ALL about HORMONE BALANCE in all areas: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone (our sex hormones), cortisol from our adrenal glands, and thyroid. Let me explain. We understand from the biochemistry of our bodies that we must refill our hormone receptors that deplete as we age, because our hormones perform many, many jobs in our bodies. Why do our hormones deplete? It is part of the aging process. Think about it. Years ago, most women (and men) didn’t live much beyond their 30s or 40s so their depleting hormone levels weren’t a big deal. But now that we are living into our 70s, 80s, and sometimes our 90s, we have to replenish them to continue to be healthy AND to prevent disease. Progesterone begins depleting around age 35 and is kind of a big deal because progesterone performs significant tasks like:
-promoting sleep
-preventing anxiety
-preventing depression (progesterone gives us our ‘joy of life’ feeling)
-preventing sugar cravings
-elevating our mood
-preventing aches and pains
-helping to prevent breast cancer
When our progesterone levels dip in our mid 30s, these above issues begin to happen. Sleep is impacted. Women become fatigued. Tired women don’t want sex, so libido decreases. This negatively impacts marriages. (This explains mid-life crises and why men look to younger women for their sexual needs) This is when women become aware of their hormones, although hormones have always played a huge role in our development from girls to women to pregnancy (and then on to and through the aging process to death). And this is when having the testosterone pellets implanted become popular. Putting a whopping dose of testosterone in our bodies does not make sense to us and in fact, we understand biochemically, the dangers of doing this. We never measure hormone levels in blood, except thyroid and then we do an 11 point thyroid blood panel in conjunction with our innovative thyroflex machine. We find just having a number in blood for our sex hormones and cortisol is somewhat meaningless. It does not give us much information. We are more interested in what our hormones-sex hormones and cortisol- are DOING inside our bodies; how they are metabolizing and methylating. Then we can work with our clients to create a strategy customized just for them, using our bio-identical hormone creams compounded from plant-based powders, to refill our hormone receptors over time for optimal hormone balance. Doing so eradicates the symptoms of our hormone imbalance (sleeplessness, anxiety, irritability, fatigue, low libido, brain fog, weight gain) and, more importantly, helps prevent disease as we age. What diseases? Osteoporosis, heart disease, dementia, breast cancer. Once you understand that estrogen, which depletes during Perimenopause and drastically depletes through menopause, performs over 300 tasks in our bodies to protect our heart and our brain; and testosterone that helps build strong bone (by signaling the osteoblasts to make more), helps memory recall, gives energy and helps libido WHEN we also address our tired adrenal glands……you will understand why replacing these hormones that deplete as we age is so important. In fact, our mantra is, “Hormones are to women what water is to plants!” I hope you now understand why we simply don’t believe in pellets- supraphysiologic dosing of testosterone just does not make sense when you are immersed in Functional Medicine, holistic health, like we are.
For you specifically, these testosterone pellets will decrease over time and your testosterone level will go back to what it was. But the damage to your body is more long-lasting. You can pick up saw palmetto (we sell it on my online store) to help stop the conversion of your testosterone to DHT for your hair loss. You can also get Biotin (yes-on my online store) to help grow hair. Over time, and you will need to be patient, your hair should come back. I’m hopeful that your acne will also subside as the pellets wear off. I highly suggest you give us a call at 513-444-6343 to set up an appointment for a consultation ($25) for over the phone or in person so we can work with you to restore your hormone balance. We have 4 Happy Hormone Cottages in the Cincinnati-Dayton area. Our nurse practitioners work at 3 of them. You can do everything off-site if you live out of our area, but you will need to come and see our practitioner in person for your hormone therapy prescription.
I hope this information is helpful to you. I often wonder why women go through with pellet implantations when they sense the doctor implanting them “doesn’t have a clue what he was doing,’ and more importantly, why there aren’t lawsuits against these practitioners and the companies who make the pellets? Someone, somewhere needs to be held accountable and this madness should be stopped. We spend a lot of our time helping women who have been negatively impacted by pellets.
Take care and keep me posted. I hope you decide to work with us. We are all about hormone balance and wellness. I’m most interested in your journey to health and wellness.
Best,
Lyn

Read more about our view on pellets here

Understanding Adrenal Fatigue

 

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Stress…Stress kills! Stress makes you sick. Stress makes you fat! Stress makes you skinny! Stress makes you cranky – Stress interrupts your sleep. And stress makes everyone a little crazy. But how is stress defined? I’ve asked several doctors this question and I get blank stares. In truth, stress can be defined and measured quite simply. Our body responds to stressful stimulus by signaling our adrenal glands to release a chemical called cortisol. Cortisol can be measured in either saliva or urine. To best determine one’s stress, cortisol should be measured at 4 different times during the day: first thing in the morning, late morning, late afternoon and bedtime. People with a fairly normal stress level have a very predictable pattern: a rise first thing in the morning with a gradual decline throughout the course of the day. People under much stress will have a cortisol pattern that doesn’t follow the normal curve. Their cortisol pattern, along with their symptoms, will give insight into their stress level and how to best treat it. Symptoms of a cortisol imbalance or excessive stress are commonly:

Weight gain

Hot flashes

Forgetfulness

Brain fog

Hair loss

Heart palpitations

Inability to fall asleep

Anxiety

Inability to stay asleep

Fatigue
As you can see, stress is a very real problem in today’s fast paced culture. So what to do? Over the past 10 years of dealing with women and their hormonal issues, I have found that the women hardest to successfully treat with bioidentical hormones are the ones with significant stress/adrenal fatigue. I’ve learned that the brain is responsible for the signaling of the adrenals to release cortisol. There are several herbal or natural products that can have an effect on the brain. These products are called adaptogens. When used correctly, these adaptogens can both energize the brain or calm it down.

The Happy Hormone Cottage has created two separate adrenal support products using the well—studied adaptogens at the proper therapeutic dosing.

 

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Our Adrenal Support therapy consists of proprietary formulations designed to produce a healthy cortisol curve – highest energy levels upon awakening, lowest energy levels at bedtime. We customize these supplements specifically for our clients and they can be found nowhere else. Adrenal Support 1 is taken in the evening and at bedtime to calm down the brain. It helps us fall asleep and stay asleep, and it prevents early morning awakening that so many people struggle with.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Adrenal Support therapy consists of proprietary formulations designed to produce a healthy cortisol curve – highest energy levels upon awakening, lowest energy levels at bedtime. We customize these supplements specifically for our clients and they can be found nowhere else. Adrenal Support 2 is used in the morning and in early afternoon to energize the brain. This product helps improve: energy, mood, and even libido.

Our Adrenal Support therapy consists of proprietary formulations designed to produce a healthy cortisol curve – highest energy levels upon awakening, lowest energy levels at bedtime. We customize these supplements specifically for our clients and they can be found nowhere else. Adrenal Support 2 is used in the morning and in early afternoon to energize the brain. This product helps improve: energy, mood, and even libido.

 

 

 

 

Taken together, the goal is to normalize and recreate the natural cortisol pattern.  When a normal cortisol pattern is reestablished, then all of those stress-related symptoms of weight gain, foggy thinking, etc. tend to disappear.  Not only are we having success with women coming to the Cottage, but also in the men coming to our BioMale Center.  For more information, or to purchase either of these products, please click on our online store, or call our compounding pharmacy at 937-773-1778.

To Do or Not To Do/ Clearing Up the Hormone Confusion

This just in. Another email from a struggling woman, needing help, and confused on what to do next. I love clearing up the confusion, myths and untruths surrounding hormones. Maybe this information will also help you.

Dear Lyn,
I had a hysterectomy back in 1997. I have not taken any kind of hormone medicine since for fear of the dangers. I am 50 year old now and am seeking some kind of treatment. I have no sex drive and I wonder if that’s part of the hormone changes with my hysterectomy. I haven’t had a sex drive in a long time. Plus, I have lots of mood swings. My doctor gave me an anti depressant thinking it would help. I need to know your thoughts and if your treatment is covered by medical insurance. Looking forward to hearing from you.

My response:
You are exactly right. Our hormones in our body perform many important tasks. As we age, as we have hysterectomies, whatever the cause, all women (and men) need to replace their hormone levels. We like to use Bioidentical hormones to replace these hormones in our bodies by refilling our hormone receptors with hormone creams created in a lab from plant-based powders. These hormones mimic in our bodies the hormones that we lose as we age, or from surgery. This is why they are called bioidentical. This has nothing to do with the drugs acting as hormones that were developed back in the 1960s by drug companies, and that were found to cause cancer and other health risks. Sadly, still today there is a lot of confusion, myth and untruth swirling around hormone replacement:
-is it harmful?
-will it cause Cancer?
-isn’t all hormone replacement (HRT) the same?
Our job at the Happy Hormone Cottage is to help clear up this confusion and to help educate women on the truth. You can go to my website at www.happyhormonecottage.com and click on Readings & Resources, to find studies, articles and books on the truth and the importance of refilling our hormone receptors as we age with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Our truth, based on studies by forward-thinking doctors immersed in Functional Medicine (focused on holistic health, anti-aging and the prevention of disease), and on the biochemistry of our body, is that all women over the age of 35, and sometimes even younger, need to refill their hormone receptors for a high quality of life and to prevent disease as we age. It always intrigues me that WE know this information, yet when we go to our doctors for help, we are often prescribed, as you were, antidepressants, or sleeping aids, or estrogen patches (for hot flashes) that help the symptoms but do not fix the cause of our issues…..which is hormone imbalance.
To answer your question on insurance, at our HHC, we do not have an insurance biller, but we do provide you with cpt codes so you can submit your testing kit and your nurse practitioner visit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Many women are getting reimbursed well. We also accept flex spending and HSA cards. A word on our testing methodology. We use an innovative, user-friendly take home dried urine strip testing kit that provides us with valuable information on not only your hormone levels, but more importantly how your body is using your hormones. This helps us know what your body needs in both sex hormones and in adrenal health, so we can create a strategy to heal your body by restoring hormone balance.
What is your next step? Check out my website, read an article or two, check out the following books to get educated and empowered:
-Natural Hormone Balance by Dr Uzzi Reiss
-Bioidentical Hormones 101 by Dr Jeffrey Dach
-any book by Suzanne Somers on hormones
When you are ready, give us a call at 513-444-6343 to schedule your appointment for your consultation ($25). Our goal is your best health naturally. Refilling your hormone receptors with customized compounded Biodentical hormone creams in the dosage your body needs to refill your hormone receptors is what we do, what we are known for, and why the women we work with speak so highly of us. I look forward to working with you!
Warmly,
Lyn

I Love What We Do……Fixing the Cause of Issues Like Libido

I just read the recent study, “Female ‘Viagra’ Only Modestly Increases Sexual Satisfaction,” which found that the new drug approved by the FDA to treat low sexual desire in women, Addyi, only “increases the sexual response in females by half of one sexual encounter a month.” I have to say I smirked when I read this. So let me get this straight…..women take this drug daily, with reported side effects like nausea, dizziness, fatigue and sleepiness…..for a benefit of one half of “one sexual encounter a month.” Seriously? This explains the low number of prescriptions written for this drug. After reading this article, I couldn’t help but be excited and proud all over again, that what we do at our Happy Hormone Cottage every single day is to fix the cause of issues, including libido, and not just band-aid symptoms with drug therapy.
Let’s talk libido in women. We know and understand that as we get older, by our mid-to-late 30s, our hormone receptors begin to deplete and we begin to experience issues related to this decrease in hormone production. (Progesterone, estrogen and testosterone) The most common symptoms reported at this stage are sleeplessness, anxiety, fatigue, and quite often, a lower libido. As women grow into their mid-to-late 40s, we can add weight gain, irritability, vaginal dryness, memory issues, hot flashes, and a significant decrease in libido. And if we include our tired adrenal glands, (responsible for cortisol production) that diligently try to keep up with our stress levels, and are often over-worked to the point of adrenal fatigue, we are at the point of no return. Let’s be clear. Tired and stressed women do not want sex! I often joke in my presentations, that there must not be a lot of sex in Ohio because most of the women I meet are exhausted! So what to do? I can tell you what we at our Happy Hormone Cottages don’t do. Our nurse practitioners don’t get out their prescription pads and prescribe anti-depressants, “female Viagara,” or big pharma hormone products- synthetic or otherwise! We actually begin by educating our women on the CAUSE of their issues, which can be explained in two words- hormone imbalance, whether it is with our sex hormones, cortisol and/or thyroid. So what to do? We offer cutting edge technology to test our hormones that not only tell us hormone (progesterone, estrogen, testosterone and cortisol) levels, but more importantly HOW our hormones are operating IN our bodies. We gather valuable information that is so much more informative than just giving us a number from a blood draw. From here, we work with each client to create a customized strategy that addresses in-depth the cause of her issues- her hormone imbalance. What we know in terms of libido is that just addressing our sex hormones is not enough in recovering our libido. We must also address our tired, over-worked adrenal glands. So we create a strategy that includes not only refilling depleted hormone receptors with customized, compounded hormone creams made from plant-based powders, but we also address adrenal dysfunction and adrenal fatigue. Jeff, R Ph, FAARM, has developed a proprietary blend of herbal adaptogens in two amazing adrenal support products that work on the brain to effectively deal with the symptoms of stress. These supplements effectively change cortisol curve patterns to give women energy during the day, and allows them to sleep at night. So over time, typically within a couple of months, adrenal dysfunction is healing and women are feeling more rested because they are sleeping at night, and more energetic during the day. By refilling hormone receptors for optimal hormone balance AND healing adrenal issues, libido returns. Even in our clients with flat-lined cortisol curves, true adrenal fatigue, adrenal function comes back over time as we work to not only refill hormone receptors, but also heal broken adrenal glands. Notice how our strategy works to FIX the cause of the issue, and is not about prescribing a drug that band-aids the symptoms. Doesn’t this just makes sense? For years, many doctors have been prescribing anti-depressants and sleeping aids for hormone imbalance issues such as anxiety and sleeplessness. My response is, “But you aren’t Prozac or Ambien deficient. You are most likely progesterone deficient. So let’s do viable hormone testing (not blood work) to see how your body is doing in regards to your hormones, so we can actually address and fix the problem.” Our strategy is working, and has worked for the past 7 years at our Happy Hormone Cottages. Women are sleeping; their fatigue is going away; their joy of life (progesterone related) is returning; they are hormonally balanced and addressing their cortisol issues. The bottom line is that by doing this and fixing the cause of their issues-hormone imbalance and adrenal fatigue- libido is returning. And really…isn’t this the point? Fixing the cause of hormone issues naturally by refilling depleting hormone receptors and addressing adrenal fatigue is the way we roll. For more information or to make an appointment for your consultation, call us at 513-444-6343 or visit us online at www.happyhormonecottage.com.

……and My Doctor Suggested I Go on The Pill to Balance Everything Out…..

Emails! I get emails! I always enjoy hearing first hand or reading via emails from women across the country, about their experiences they endure before coming to see us at our Happy Hormone Cottage. I also get emails from concerned husbands who have heard about us. Here is the latest one:
“Hi Lyn! I was talking with my wife this week end as she expressed interest in learning more about your Happy Hormone Cottage. She has been dealing with some thyroid issues for the past year or so–as well as some mood swings and fatigue. She has been on some medication and her bloodwork continues to check out fine. I believe they have had her take vitamin D and other supplements, too. Her Ob Gyn also suggested she go on the birth control pill “to balance it all out.” Anyway, the results of her work with her doctors really aren’t there so we talked about looking into what you guys offer. She knows a lot of what she is feeling could be stress-related and a lack of sleep, too–but everything I have seen and read sounds like you may be able to help her. Your thoughts?”
My response: “I’m happy you emailed! We treat hormone imbalance issues for sex hormones (progesterone, estrogen and testosterone as needed), adrenal glands (cortisol) and thyroid, as needed. Your first step is to have your wife give us a call at 513-444-6343 to schedule a step one 45-60 minute consultation at an HHC office closest to you. Cost for this appointment is $25.
At this consultation, we would get her issues and symptoms, answer her questions and talk about our testing methods. We use cutting edge technology in determining not only our hormone levels, but more importantly, how they are (or aren’t) working in our bodies. This technology is a take-home dried urine strip testing kit that is then sent to a lab in Oregon, where the results are analyzed and sent back to us. The information we glean from this testing method is so valuable and allows us to do what we do with such a high percentage success rate. Whereas blood labs simply provide you with a number, our dried urine strip testing method shows metabolization of our hormones and their methylation pathways. With this knowledge, we can even reroute our hormone pathways from a breast cancer promoting methylation pathway, to a breast cancer protective methylation pathway through using methylating supplements. Amazing stuff! This dried urine test also addresses cortisol, including diurnal cortisol. This is important because we must also fix our adrenal glands to actually feel better, more rested and more energetic. Fixing our adrenal fatigue with our proprietary adrenal supplements also heals libido in about an 8 month time frame. It does take time to refill hormone receptors with our customized and compounded bioidentical hormone therapy, and to heal adrenal glands to feel better. Most of our clients notice a difference in how they feel within 3 weeks and by the 3rd month when your wife would need to check back with our nurse practitioner, if she is like most of our clients, she will be feeling 90% better.
A note on thyroid: We have had good success with our thyroid protocol. Whereas most doctors and endocrinologists just check TSH, T4 and maybe T3, we use an 11 point thyroid blood panel AND we also have the innovative thyroflex machine that actually tells us how our thyroid is functioning in our bodies, since 85% of thyroid is found in our tissues and only 15% is found in our blood. It just makes sense to also check the thryoid in our tissues…..and not just test 3 parts of thyroid found in blood. This gives us a real handle on treating thyroid issues and actually getting our clients to feel better by fixing the issue.
I find it typical that your wife’s ob gyn suggested she go on the birth control pill “to balance her all out” when birth control pills are all synthetic hormones that actually suppress our real hormones that we have in our bodies. Our truth is that this is the very worst things we can to do our bodies (besides being offered an anti-depressant for a hormone imbalance, which is another typical standard of care response. My response is always, “I doubt that you are prozac-deficient. It is more likely you just need progesterone!”) Our philosophy, based on the biochemistry of our bodies, is that we balance our hormones by refilling our depleting hormone receptors that deplete with age (and stress) with bioidentical hormones that are made from plant-based powders, and customized for each woman.
I hope this information helps you and your wife. Feel free to ask more as needed. We are here for you, and live our passion of women helping women. You can also check us out more on our website at www.happyhormonecottage.com.
Warmly,
Lyn”

What is your Wellness Strategy?

I heard a doctor at our recent anti-aging conference in Hollywood, Florida (Academy of AntiAging and Regenerative Medicine) say, “People would rather spend money remodeling their kitchen than spend it on their health!” I’m thinking most people would rather spend money on just about anything other than their health….unless, of course, it is covered by insurance. And I’m wondering why exactly is this? The more I know, the more I realize how very critical it is to OWN OUR JOURNEY to our very best health. The key operative words here are ‘To Be PROACTIVE.” Here is what I know: by the time symptoms of a disease/condition show up in our body, it has been developing for 5-10 years! I find this fact scary. The time to do something about it is at the very beginning or even better, BEFORE the disease even starts.

So having said this, what is YOUR wellness strategy?
-to hope for the best and do nothing
-to take a chance and hope you are one of the lucky ones
-to not think about it
-to get a yearly physical and be done with it
-to delay it until there is an issue
-to grab vitamins off the shelf at the grocery store and hope they work
-to embrace the philosophy, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”

I used to think this way. Then the closer I got to middle-age, the more I began to realize how my actions today and every day DO affect my health and well-being tomorrow. Now that I’m IN middle-age, (and many of my friends are, too) I look around me and I understand the truth of this.
The fact is, those of us who invest in our health today have a significantly higher chance of being healthy tomorrow. So what might a helpful, beneficial wellness strategy look like?

1. Understand that you have to think for yourself and own your journey to your best health. This means taking responsibility for your actions in a plethora of areas:
-what you eat
-how you exercise
-how you view current standard of care’s limitations.
This will most likely involve a paradigm shift. Understand that we live in a country that focuses on dis-ease and not wellness. We typically go to our doctor when we don’t feel well. Our healthcare system (including insurance and drug companies) is focused on treating disease; which means by the time you see your doctor, you already have it. Yes, we DO also spend time and money on screening for diseases like: mammograms (Breast cancer detection), colonoscopies (colon cancer detection) PAP smears (detects cervical and uterine cancer) and PSA tests for men (detects prostate cancer). But I have to point out that screening for a disease is NOT the same as preventing a disease. Again, by the time a disease is detected, it has been developing in our bodies for years.

2. Understand that we ARE what we eat! Reading labels is imperative AND eye-opening. Dr David Purlmutter links eating wheat with a heightened risk of Alzheimer’s. We know consuming high amounts of sugar can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes. High fructose corn syrup does not get metabolized like sugar does. Instead it goes directly to the liver where it gets converted to fat. Obesity is a growing problem in our country, which promotes diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Eliminating or cutting back on wheat, gluten, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup are positive steps in owning what we eat. And let’s talk about how our soybean and corn crops are sprayed with toxins like Round-Up (pesticides) and our crops are genetically modified and the environmental toxins that we are exposed to daily…..and we are set up for sickness and disease.

3. Your awareness that there ARE steps you can take to prevent disease:
> Be accountable for your health every day and believe that the choices you make today DO and WILL affect your health tomorrow. Every day DOES matter. A huge area of awareness and ownership is hormone health. Understand that the latest research shows “Hormones are to Women What Water is to Plants.” Refilling our hormone receptors as we age IS a definitive Wellness Strategy. This includes adrenal and thyroid health. Owning your journey in this arena of women’s health by educating and empowering yourself is imperative. Visit www.happyhormonecottage.com for more information. Our Recommended Readings section has the latest books and studies. Knowledge is power.
>   Find a Functional Medicine practitioner or facility, like my Happy Hormone Cottage, that promotes Holistic Health, and works to determine AND prevent your health risks. Are you aware that my Happy Hormone Cottage now offers extensive lab work for women (and men, through our sister company- BioMale Center for men) all billed to insurance, that provides a full lab panel from two prestigious labs: AML and HDL laboratories? The AML panel is a comprehensive blood panel that focuses on insulin, hormones, adrenal glands and thyroid. The HDL panel determines cardiovascular risk.  With this knowledge, we are able to determine the correct holistic health strategy that will decrease your odds of getting a disease and increase your chance of staying healthy.

> 4. Practice gratitude every day. I believe attitude is everything.  My 89 year old Dad still lives independently in a retirement village in Florida, walks his 2 dogs multiple times a day, works out in the fitness center 3 days a week, sings in a band and recently recorded his 2nd CD. His attitude is positive and upbeat. I think this speaks volumes!

> 5. Continue to serve others and work to make a difference in the lives of others. This is why I began my foundation-The Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation, whose mission is to “promote and support integrative health initiatives which prevent, treat or cure cancers that affect women.” I intend for this to be my legacy. Visit www.womenshealthinitiatives.org for more information.

My hope for you is that you don’t take your health for granted. Investing in yourself by protecting your health is the greatest gift you can give yourself. Having a daily wellness strategy can help guarantee a higher quality of life for the long haul. What steps will YOU today take to develop YOUR WELLNESS STRATEGY for YOUR healthiest tomorrow? Women, call us at 513-444-6343 to set up your step one consultation at our Happy Hormone Cottage. Men, you can call Jeff at 513-600-9879 to get started on your wellness strategy at our BioMale Center. Make 2016 your year to fully invest in you!

Why A Foundation?

I began my Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation in early 2014. We received accreditation from the IRS in June, 2014. So why start a foundation? Several reasons impacted my decision. First, I wanted to leave a legacy that would carry on long after I’m gone AND that would have the greatest impact on women’s health. Since founding my Happy Hormone Cottage in 2009, I see with great clarity the impact women’s health has on every part of our families and even our communities. Traversing my own health crisis, I found my niche to help women by championing them to live their best lives naturally through educating and encouraging them to own their journey to natural hormone balance. Six years, 5 Happy Hormone Cottages, and 2 books later, women are feeling better and spreading the word! From this endeavor came my desire to begin a foundation that matters to women everywhere. Right away, I recognized the impact that cancer has on us all and decided this would be a wonderful way to support women, their families and our community.
With cancer, where would I put my energies? There were so many directions to choose from. What I knew I didn’t want was anything to do with the standard of care treatment. My HHC philosophy is based on thinking outside the box of standard of care and big pharma, to Functional Medicine and holistic health.  I wanted to go in a similar direction with my foundation, that focused on the prevention of this disease and the holistic treatment of it that provides options outside the horrific ravages of chemotherapy, our only standard of care option, besides radiation and surgery. I knew there had to be other options besides cutting it out, burning it out or chemically destroying it with the awful side effects and destruction of our immune system.
My first step, which was brilliant, was to hire Kelly Brown as my executive director. She had worked in the nonprofit world previously, understood my vision, and brought a wealth of information to the table. From there, we formed a Board of Advisors, spent several months developing a great website (www.womenshealthinitiatives.org) and have worked tirelessly to build awareness of our vision and to raise money for our goal. What are we trying to do? We believe women’s cancers can be prevented, treated or cured by looking at the body as a whole. We believe pharmaceuticals are not the only answer to this disease. We know there are pioneering scientists, physicians and others who are successfully predicting, preventing, treating, and curing cancer through nutrition, supplementation, and other integrative means. We are supporting their endeavors by raising money and growing awareness of their initiatives. We are daring greatly to put prevention ahead of detection and looking beyond the status quo as the only avenue for the treatment of cancer.
What makes my foundation different? We are asking the hard questions:

1)Why does cancer still exist despite the billions of dollars raised by numerous charities to defeat it?

2)Why is it that we dedicate the entire month of October to Breast Cancer, yet the number of new breast cancer cases has remained steady for over 40 years?

3)We want to know how much of the millions of dollars raised by other cancer foundations is actually going toward the research in the treatment, prevention or cure for cancer? *ALL OF THE MONIES RAISED BY MY FOUNDATION-100%- GOES DIRECTLY TO OUR FOUNDATION GOALS. None of the money goes toward administrative costs.

4)We want to know why chemotherapy has only extended survival in some cancers by 2.1%?

5)We question why survivors of late stage lung cancer, breast cancer and colorectal cancer has only been extended by 2 months through standard of care chemotherapy over the past 20 years?

In our search for answers, we found pioneering researchers, scientists and doctors who are not just thinking outside the box, they’ve thrown away the box! We are committed to their research and treatments. Our current initiative supports the Rosenberg Integrative Cancer Treatment and Research Institute, where Dr Mark Rosenberg and his team are treating and defeating cancer. His research is showing great promise in clinical trials but funding is critical. Therefore, my foundation is committed to building awareness and raising money on behalf of his organization. Dr Rosenberg calls this program at his institute, “New Hope for Cancer,” and we are pleased to help support him in every way that we can. Dr Rosenberg has concentrated his efforts on altering the cancer environment, while blocking as many pathways of cancer growth as possible. His goal: to convert an acutely progressive terminal disease into a chronic disease that can be managed indefinitely. Cancer affects us all. Personally, I can think of no greater way to impact women, their families, our communities, our world than to support Dr Rosenberg and his New Hope for Cancer initiative! I hope you share our passion!
For more information, or to donate to this amazing cause, please go to www.womenshealthinitiatives.org and click on “Donate.” Or you can email Kelly@womenshealthinitiatives.com.

The Importance of Questioning What We Read and Believe

Today I overhead a “healthcare expert” state, “There are studies that say supplements aren’t good for you, and in fact, some studies show that supplements can even be harmful.” Seriously? This is such a good example of several things:
> >Don’t believe everything you read
> >Understand the truth about studies
> >A healthy practice is to question what we read, and then to question our beliefs about it
Let’s look at these supplement studies. About 90% of these studies on supplements don’t standardize their supplements and they are using sub therapeutic dosing.  Many of the studies are just surveys that don’t even follow the scientific process with an objective and an endpoint. So to base one’s beliefs on these so-called studies is unfortunate. Believing everything we read without question, and then to pass on these beliefs to others, can continue to perpetuate the myths and false information surrounding some healthy and beneficial practices.
Let’s look at omega 3’s as an example.  A “study” came out about a year ago stating that omega 3’s increase the risk of prostrate cancer. This appeared on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. This “study” correlated higher risk of prostate cancer with higher levels of omega 3’s found in the serum of the men in this “study.” In other words, they tried to correlate cause and effect between 2 random ideas that gave negative “information” about omega 3’s. This “study” didn’t even discuss these men in the study taking omega 3’s. Because of this article, those who believe everything they read could now falsely believe that taking omega 3’s can cause prostate cancer.  This type of false fact article happens often. The TRUTH about omega 3’s is this:
>Taking 2000 mg a day is optimal for pushing thyroid into the cells of the brain for brain clarity
>Omega 3s raise metabolism, and help burn fat.
>Most importantly, omega 3’s help reduce inflammation.
Since most diseases START with inflammation, taking omega 3’s is CRITICAL for preventing inflammation and disease! If I were to believe the article mentioned above, I could potentially be setting myself up for failure. This is a great example of NOT believing everything I read, and continuing to question my beliefs.
I hear this same type of generalization with hormone therapy: “I asked my doctor if I needed hormone therapy and he said no.” Is this the end of the discussion? We aren’t motivated to think for ourselves and possibly take charge of our own health? Really? My suggestion is that when we choose to unequivocally believe what we read and what we are told without question, this makes it too easy. It closes the lid on more discussion that could shed light on important information. I think a BETTER practice might be to ask why. WHY are you saying I don’t need hormone therapy? WHERE are you getting your information? If it is through the media with the same false information that has been recycled over and over again for the past 10 years, and often with the pharmaceutical industry agenda, I encourage you to most definitely QUESTION your beliefs, the beliefs of your healthcare practitioner, and to begin to EDUCATE YOURSELF.
I see the same issues with ads I read for drugs for menopause-relief symptoms. There is a new drug on the market for feminine vaginal dryness that mimics estrogen, but it’s not estrogen. After reading the important safety information and the common side effects, (good grief!) I have no idea who would seriously consider taking this drug. Why not just use estriol? Estriol is E3, our gentle, calming estrogen that babies in the womb swim in. Estriol travels to the breast tissue and uses its protective benefits in helping to prevent breast cancer, and it is great for feminine dryness. It is also found in our bodies, but depletes as we age. So replacing estriol as we age is a strategy we endorse. So why don’t doctors typically prescribe estriol? Because most doctors don’t know a lot about it and it is not FDA-approved. Why not? No drug company has put up the money to fund a clinical study until recently. It is in clinical trials now for use in the treatment of MS. **This is the beauty of educating yourself in this area of women’s health and in connecting yourself to respected hormone facilities like ours, with healthcare practitioners and a medical director who are in the know, have the latest valid information and really understands the latest information out there on hormone balancing therapy.
The bottom line? Don’t believe everything you read and make it a practice to QUESTION YOUR BELIEFS. Your best health naturally may just depend on it!

“My Doctor Told Me I Was Fine”

I was at a recent networking event signing copies of my new book, “Own Your Journey…..to Optimal Hormone Balance,” and a gal came up to me and said, “Oh, I don’t need hormones.” I asked her how she knew this. Her response, “My doctor ran tests and said so.” Not wanting to be disagreeable, I simply smiled, but the truth is, she is most likely not fine. Just checking the box and listening to her doctor might be enough for her, but it doesn’t work for me and it most certainly doesn’t work for women over 35. Why 35? This is when our aging bodies begin to make less progesterone. Making less progesterone means we become estrogen dominant. The bad news here is that estrogen dominance raises the risk of breast cancer. The importance of progesterone can not be overstated. Progesterone has several major tasks in our bodies:
-helps us sleep
-helps depression
-reduces anxiety
-improves our moodiness and irritability
-alleviates aches and pains
– stops sugar cravings
-balances estrogen to reduce the risk of breast cancer
This gal was about my age or older, so I assume she is post-menopausal, which means she now also doesn’t produce enough estrogen. Estrogen for what? For the 300 jobs it performs in the body, not the least of which is protecting the heart from heart disease and protecting the brain from dementia. So now she doesn’t have the progesterone or the estrogen she needs. So she is ripe for disease. And let’s talk testosterone. Testosterone also depletes with age, so by age 50, we have about half of what we used to. Testosterone helps build new bone by signaling the osteoblasts to build new bone. It also helps energy, memory recall and libido. This is why so many older people develop osteoporosis. Instead of using testosterone supplementation, they are told by their healthcare practitioners to drink milk or take calcium, or even worse, to take one of the big pharma bone drugs on the market. Google any of the side effects of these “bone building” drugs and I hope you decide not to take them. They do have an effect on the body, but building good strong bone is not one of them. We, at our Happy Hormone Cottage, are all about fixing the cause of the problem. Refilling our hormone tanks with customized bioidentical hormone replacement therapy fixes the problem.
Let’s talk about the tests her doctor most likely ran. If s/he is checking hormones in blood, they have already been depleted by the heart and the ranges are so big, one would have to be dead to be out of range. This is why we do not use blood work to check sex hormone levels or cortisol. (Thyroid levels? Yes we use blood work in our 11 point thyroid panel.) There are just so many better ways available to do this. So if he is not running informative lab work, how valuable is his assessment? The bottom line is, this gal is not informed on the importance of refilling her hormone tanks and her doctor also can’t advise her because he hasn’t read the latest studies and information. Why not? It is not part of the big pharmaceutical agenda, which is selling drugs for the masses. Our truth, substantiated by studies (go to www.happyhormonecottage.com/Resources/Reading) is that, as Dr. Prudence Hall says, “Hormones are to women what water is to plants.” We MUST refill our hormone tanks to go the distance and live a high quality of life as we age. This just makes sense!
So what to do to spread the word on this important topic? Continue to walk our walk of women helping women by offering consultations to educate women on the importance of refilling our hormone receptors; continuing to build awareness in natural hormone balance and encouraging women to think for themselves and to become educated and empowered in knowing what is best for their bodies; by giving back to our community through our FoundWHIF-logo-final-webation (the Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation) whose mission is preventing breast cancer; and continuing to positively impact the lives of the women in our community and beyond. Ours is a grassroots movement where real change is occurring. I’m proud of how far we have come!

Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation plans Oct. 3 fundraiser to benefit New Hope for Cancer

Contributed By: Melinda Zemper | Oak Tree Communications, LLC

Nonprofit Seeks to fund research to make cancer a chronic disease, not a fatal one.

The Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation (WHIF), with offices in Mason and Dayton, will host a fundraiser and silent auction on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Rec West, 965 Miamisburg- Centerville Road in Dayton.

One hundred percent of proceeds will go to the New Hope for Cancer project at the Rosenberg Integrative Cancer WHIFchoice - 08Treatment and Research Institute in Boca Raton, Fla., said Kelly Brown, WHIF executive director. Cost to attend is $50 per person.

WHIF seeks to help women live longer, healthier lives. Its mission is to prevent, treat or cure cancers in women.

“So many of us have a relative or friend who has had terminal cancer,” said Brown. “We are very excited about supporting New Hope for Cancer because it is on the cutting edge of cancer treatment and prevention.”

Dr. Mark Rosenberg is medical director of the Institute for Healthy Aging and director of the Integrative Cancer Therapies Fellowship with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine in Boca Raton.

WHIF funds will provide New Hope for Cancer treatment to those who cannot afford it and to develop a new drug to treat advanced-stage cancer that focuses on altering the cancer environment, blocking as many pathways of cancer growth as possible in order to convert a progressive, terminal cancer into a chronic disease that can be managed indefinitely, according to the New Hope for Cancer center.

“What really excites us about the New Hope for Cancer is that Dr. Rosenberg has identified commonalities in the ways that all cancer cells grow and developed medical strategies that inhibit that growth without chemotherapy,” said Brown. “We want to support his efforts and help him break through faster. We also want to support some of his patients who are literally paying out of pocket to stay alive, as most insurance companies do not yet cover Dr. Rosenberg’s holistic treatment.”

The fundraiser will include healthy food, wine, chocolate, Jazzercise demonstrations and a silent auction. Dress is informal.

Lyn Hogrefe, CEO of Happy Hormone Cottage, underwrites the foundation’s operating expenses, which allows for all funds raised to be dedicated to New Hope for Cancer.

“Investing in people and the community is so important; it has always been where my heart is,” said Hogrefe. “The greatest cause I know is health, wellness and the prevention of disease. We all know someone affected by cancer, so it is an easy mission to get behind. And it feels really good to be able to make a difference.”

Foundation offices in Mason are at 6860 Tylersville Rd, Suite 10, adjacent to the Happy Hormone Cottage office.

Its Dayton office is located at 5459 Far Hills Ave, Suite 201 in Kettering.

To register to attend, donate, or for more information, go to www.womenshealthinitiatives.org, contact Brown at Kelly@womenshealthinitiatives.org or call (937) 371-4838.