What You Do Every Day Matters

This month marks my 60th birthday AND the 6 year anniversary of my Happy Hormone Cottage, where our goal is to replenish hormone receptors that deplete with age in all women. I’m happy to say we have evolved into a wellnessPortland facility with a focus on prevention of disease. Our expertise is not only restoring hormone balance in sex hormones, but also adrenal and thyroid health. And now, with the opening of our new BioMale Health Center for men, we have access to cutting edge technology and labs that can assess cardiac risk and over-all health assessment for our women, as well. Our clients can now come in and go full circle from the initial consultation, to convenient testing, to meeting with one of our nurse practitioners- all with the intention to, not only validate and educate women and meet them right where they are, but to get them feeling better and to ultimately prevent disease.
The fact is that what we do every single day matters. Jeff says to think about it as a 401K or an IRA for your health. Smart money advice is to set aside X amount of dollars per month with the goal of having a nice pool of money to retire in 10-20 years. Meeting this financial goal involves discipline every day. So why not have a 401K for our health? Staying committed to a healthy life style every day will improve your overall health in 5, 10 and 20 years so you can go the distance. Whether this means skipping that office donut, avoiding a fast food lunch, or blowing off a work-out…these things matter. When you look at people in their 70s with chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimers, etc., it isn’t that these people had a horrible life style, it is that they made the same choices we do every day. This is scary! Rather than give in to these daily temptations, telling yourself they don’t really matter, I would propose that we become more disciplined and proactive in regards to making good health choices every day. As noted brain specialist Dr Daniel Amen says so eloquently, “We must become warriors for our health.” I’m going to pass on spitting out the normal advice of ‘eat right, get plenty of sleep, avoid smoking and limit alcohol,’ and instead provide specific strategies for fine-tuning that warrior in you:
-There are certain foods you should avoid: wheat, including whole wheat, processed foods (foods in a box or bag), trans fats, and high fructose corn syrup.
-Limit sugar to 25 grams a day and total carbs to 80 grams a day.
-Take at least 2 grams of omega 3 DHA a day,
-30 minutes of moderate exercise (weight training, cross fit or yoga– NOT running) 3-4 times a week,
– eat lots of good fats: avocados, macadamia nuts, olive oil;
-fill your plate with 2/3 vegetables and 1/3 protein
-drink 64 ounces of water a day.
-Of course, adding optimal hormone balance to refill our hormone receptors is key.
Investing in specific health strategies like these today, proactively promotes a healthy quality of life tomorrow.
I began my hormone balance journey 10 years ago, when I was 49 and had to have a radical hysterectomy. I knew next to nothing about hormones then. Luckily, my husband, Jeff, RPh, did
and used his knowledge to guide me. Fast forward 4 years later to the opening of my Happy Hormone Cottage, where I just wanted to talk to women and share with them what I knew about the necessity of hormone balance. During the last 6 years, Jeff has gone back to school to get an Advanced Fellowship in Functional Medicine, and has spent countless hours mentoring my staff on our holistic health approach to finding and fixing the cause of issues. What I now know to be true is that hormone balance (sex hormones, adrenal glands and thyroid) isn’t only about eradicating symptoms for today, but more importantly, for the prevention of disease tomorrow. The choices we make for our health today do matter for our tomorrows. Knowing that I CAN decrease my risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, breast cancer, and insulin resistance, etc. by my choices I make now, motivates me to make the best, healthiest choices I can. I want to be a warrior for my own health! I’m worth it!

The Value of Taking Care of Ourselves Today Equals Prevention of Disease Tomorrow

I’ve spent quite a lot of time with my dad in his Florida retirement community over the past few years and, in fact, IMG_0760recently celebrated his 88th birthday with 140 friends and family, as he sang 4 songs with a band he hired and danced the night away. The next night I photographed him taking line dancing lessons to prepare for a part in an upcoming performance of a small theater troupe he performs, sings and now dances for. In between these activities, he spent an hour on the treadmill walking 3 miles and another 30 minutes on the weight machines. This was after he had spent 2 hours in “brain gym” where memory skills are heightened. Lest you think I am making any of this up, I have pictures to prove it. And this is his slow season! Needless to say, my amazing dad is not the norm! He watches his weight, takes a supplement strategy, works out, stays active and engaged, walks his 2 dogs through-out the day every day and most of all, he has a positive, upbeat attitude except when he has watches too much CNN! Yes, he has hearing aids (which he even wears sometimes!) and has a partial bridge of teeth in his mouth, but he is going strong.
Today, we walked over to the longterm care facility on campus to visit a friend who had been recently admitted. AsIMG_0761 we walked through the hallways, I saw first-hand the ravages of old age and the pay-off for, in many cases, people whom I suspect didn’t take care of themselves when they were younger, and are paying the price now. I’m not being critical or judgmental. All I felt was deep compassion for them, gratitude for the health of my dad, and the reinforcement of my commitment to continue to take care of myself NOW so I hopefully won’t end up here in a few years. My truth is that every choice I make for myself today WILL IMPACT my health for tomorrow and the key to my quality of life tomorrow is all about PREVENTION.
This is where the departure from current standard of care comes in. Current standard of care is all about treating DIS-EASE. I am all about WELLNESS. This is why I began my Happy Hormone Cottage, and why I continue to fight for women’s rights to their best health every day. Many, many studies show the value of not only eating right, watching our weight, and exercising, but also REFILLING OUR HORMONE TANKS AS WE AGE TO MAINTAIN A HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE. You can go to my website at www.happyhormonecottage.com to read any number of studies by leading experts Dr Jeffrey Dach, Dr Kent Holtorf, Dr Erica Schwartz, Dr Jennifer Landa and more on the necessity of optimal hormone balance as a means to PREVENT DISEASE as we age. Which diseases? Heart disease, osteoporosis, breast cancer and dementia. Nothing is more true than the adage, “Hormones are to women, what water is to plants.” My goal is to educate the masses so this information becomes common knowledge. If we aren’t getting this information from our doctors, we have to get it from somewhere. Getting this information out should no longer be an uphill battle. It should be common knowledge being spread through the masses by empowered women!
What I know from my experience in working with women, and also being one, is that women are smart! When they find something that works, they want to share. Our tiny little cottage has grown from one location to five locations and now women are demanding a place for their husbands and partners to go where they can also be validated and educated for their best health naturally. And they also want their partners to take a proactive approach to their health like they are. Welcome to our new healthcare facility for men…..”Bio-Male: Preventative Healthcare for the 21st Century Man!”
The idea behind Bio-Male is the approach of treatment strategies that mimic human male biology. Our bodies are complex and dynamic systems. Drug therapy tends to disrupt normal functions to treat symptoms. Symptoms develop LONG AFTER disease is present. Fifty percent of men that have fatal heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels. This is not acceptable. Our clients will be tested on over 60 meaningful parameters that can identify cardiovascular risks at an early stage. Our goal is to identify risks and develop lifestyle and nutritional strategies to modify these risks. We will take a proactive approach to the 3 main hormones: cortisol, insulin and thyroid, and do comprehensive testing on these hormones with the goal to prevent disease. Bio-Male’s goal is to offer the best and most affordable options in preventative healthcare. I’m so excited that now our men in the Cincinnati-Dayton area finally have a place to go for a proactive approach to their health and aging, like our women do. For more information, contact us at www.biomalecenter.com or call us at 888-418-2037. Women can visit www.happyhormonecottage.com or call 513-444-6343 to make an appointment or for more information.

The Happy Hormone Cottage- A Lifetime Wellness Facility

I received another email yesterday from a 25 year old:
“Hi Lyn,
I am interested in getting my hormone levels tested. I am 25 but exhibit a lot of symptoms that indicate my hormones are not balanced: excessive sweating, hair growth, night sweats, hot flashes, weight gain, depression, anxiety, etc. I never had any of these issues until after I gave birth and I’ve been suffering ever since. I want to make an appointment to come in. Can you help me? Thank you for the information.”
The good news is “Yes, we can!” Here’s the FUN FACT about our 5 Happy Hormone Cottage locations in the Dayton/Cincinnati area. We are an educational AND a medical facility for optimal hormone balance in sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone), Cortisol and Thyroid AND WE TREAT WOMEN AGES 18-80 and sometimes even younger….and older! In essence, we are a facility for life. If I could have one wish, it would be to encourage women of all ages to question their beliefs they have been taught about their hormones and to embrace the wellness approach to optimal hormone balance, which is, “Hormones are to Women, What Water is to Plants.” In other words, when we understand and accept the fact that our hormones DO deplete with age beginning right around age 35, and sometimes younger, and they need to be replenished with hormones that are bioidentical to what our body makes, we can prevent a lot of suffering and ultimately disease. Hormones are not something we deal with just through menopause; and my Happy Hormone Cottage is NOT a menopause facility. We are a hormone facility that deals with ALL stages of life in this realm:
-irregular periods
-infertility
-perimenopause
-menopause
-healthy aging
By examining our beliefs and gathering information on the truth about hormone health, my hope is you will listen to your body and do what it takes to proactively refill your hormone receptors BEFORE issues arise. This is called prevention. Understanding that hormones play a significantly huge role in the health of our bodies through-out life, will hopefully translate to taking action as needed to stay hormonally balanced. And we have to look at the full spectrum of not only sex hormones, but cortisol-upon which stress plays a huge role and does impact sex hormones, and thyroid. Our HHC looks at the full spectrum. In fact, we are specialists. We also understand the role having the right supplement strategy plays in our health, as well as eating healthfully and exercising.
All of this good news is complicated by the fact that in this arena of hormone health, confusion reigns, and our trusted healthcare practitioners often aren’t well-versed in hormone health. I have had doctors tell me they received 4 hours of hormone education in medical school. So my recommendation is that you visit a hormone specialist like the Happy Hormone Cottage, where optimal hormone balance is what we do, what we know and what we practice.
I have seen the tide turn in my last 6 years since opening my cottage in the Heart of Centerville.
Today women want natural. They want organic. I am so happy to report that now the first question we get asked isn’t “What will my doctor say?” but “Is it natural?” Yes, it is! Optimal hormone balance is all about health, prevention of disease, and feeling our best. It is taking charge of our journey from our mid-20’s and through-out life to our best health naturally. I call this empowerment! www.happyhormonecottage.com

Happy Hormone Cottage Testimony

Good afternoon,

My name is Jana Antil and I am a patient of the Happy Hormone Cottage in Kettering, OH. I am 26 years old and began the testing and prescriptions last fall in hopes of gaining more energy, regulating my cycles, and eventually getting pregnant. I came with irregular cycles ranging from 40-60 days apart, and I had never had a a positive while taking ovulation indicator tests in my life. I had been trying for pregnancy for awhile and Clomid was the next option.

In just two full months of following the HHC prescription, I became pregnant with my first baby who is due this September.

I am a blogger and I decided to share my testimony on the blog after I had many emails, Facebook messages and blog comments from women in their 20’s who were also struggling with infertility and wanted to know more about my story and what I did to become pregnant. Two of them are even local and I directed them to HHC and they made their consultation appointments!

I wanted to share with you the blog post I wrote that shines HHC in a new light, outside of the expected post-menopausal age and directly into the hearts and minds of 20 somethings wanting to know more about natural options of fertility before taking the route of IUI’s, IVF, etc.

If you want to read more about my story, here is the link to my blog post:

http://www.happywifehealthylife.com/2015/04/10/the-rocky-road-to-pregnancy/

Thank you so much and have a great day!

Jana Antil

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Email: newlywifehealthylife@gmail.com

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For Men Only: Bio-Male Preventative Healthcare Center to Open in West Chester

Bio-Male to Offer Preventative Healthcare for the 21st Century Man

Bio-Male Center, the first preventative healthcare center “for men only” in central and southwest Ohio, will open in West Chester on Tuesday, March 17.
Working out, vitamin and mineral supplementation and testing and treatment to optimize male hormones will be the focus of long term health strategies at Bio-Male.

Bio-Male-Logo-300x162“We want to treat the whole person biologically, helping men manage insulin, cortisol and thyroid levels,” said Bio-Male owner Jeff Hogrefe. Hogrefe is a pharmacist with an advanced degree in functional medicine. He also owns the Piqua Compounding Pharmacy in Piqua, Ohio. Jeff Hogrefe, founder of this first preventative health center for men in our region, is the husband of Lyn Hogrefe, founder of the Happy Hormone Cottage.

 

“Our bodies are complex and dynamic systems,” he said. “Drug therapy tends to disrupt normal functions to treat symptoms of disease, and symptoms develop long after disease is present. Fifty percent of men who have fatal heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels. This is not acceptable. Our men will be tested on more than 60 meaningful parameters that can identify cardiovascular risks at early stages. Our goal is to identify risks and develop lifestyle and nutritional strategies to modify these risks.”

 

Cardiovascular labs will also be conducted to identify a man’s risk for stroke or heart attack based on extensive bloodwork because standard lipid profiles fail to adequately identify cardiac risk, said Hogrefe. A male nurse practitioner will perform testing and personal training services will be available. Hogrefe said three often overlooked hormones in the body are cortisol, insulin, and thyroid. Most men do not usually have these hormones tested and addressed, yet they have a great impact on men’s overall health, he added.

“We will do comprehensive testing on these hormones,” said Hogrefe, “because there is a significant link between low thyroid and heart disease, depression, and metabolic syndrome. Identifying and managing high insulin levels and insulin resistance is critical for the prevention of diabetes and all the long-term, damaging effects to the body that occur. Cortisol is the hormone of stress and has dramatic effects on testosterone levels, body fat composition, sex drive, energy, and sleep patterns.” Other hormones Bio-Male will address are testosterone and DHEA. DHEA levels decline in men as they age, leading to decreases in mood, energy and memory.

Falling testosterone levels lead to declines in mood, sex drive, muscle size and strength, and bone development. “In keeping with our core values of mimicking normal human biology, dosing of hormones will be based on physiological dosing– exactly the amount each body needs based on lab testing and symptoms,” said Hogrefe. “If you are coming to us for a testosterone fix, we are not the place for you.”

If low testosterone is treated in a vacuum, without addressing the whole body, and supra-physiological dosing, or more than the body needs, is used, men suffer more negative health consequences, said Hogrefe. “We know this from treating hormone imbalances in women for the past 12 years,” he said. “You have to address the major hormones in the body—not just one– to have success with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.”Bio-Male-group-300x199

Supplements and other prescriptions at Bio-Male will be additional charges, but Hogrefe said his goal is to offer the best and most affordable options. “Healthcare should be consumer driven,” said Hogrefe. “I want our members to feel like this is a great value and a great service. We do expect our guys to have health insurance, as the labs that we use will want to bill for services.”

Hogrefe said he has negotiated with labs to keep billing costs low so there are no out-of-pocket charges to members. “Philosophically, I think that this is important,” he said. “Healthcare costs have gotten extremely expensive and we should all be doing our part to reign costs in.”

A Bio-Male initiation fee will cost $350, plus a monthly fee for as long as a man stays in the program. Fees cover extensive lab testing worth several thousand dollars two to three times per year; an initial, hour-long consultation and two, follow-up, 30-minute consults; direct email access to staff for questions; and a comprehensive, individualized healthcare strategy.

“We hope to include testosterone therapy as part of the package eventually,” said Hogrefe, “but there are conflicting laws that need to be ironed out by state and federal regulators before we can fully commit to that.”

Hogrefe is married to Lyn Hogrefe, CEO of Happy Hormone Cottage (HHC), which has offices in Mason, Crestview Hills, Ky., Kettering, Vandalia and Piqua. HHC tests and treats women for hormone imbalances with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and strategies that include exercise, diet and supplementation.

The Hogrefes are advocates of functional, or preventative medicine, which focuses on testing to determine the cause of disease, then working with clients to prevent it.

Bio-Male is located at 7908 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Suite J, in the West Chester Professional Office Complex near Cincinnati Dayton and Tylersville roads. Men are free to stop in any time to sign up, ask questions and meet the staff. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception is planned for April.

For more information or to make an appointment, go to www.cincinnatiwellnesscenter.com or call 888-418-2037.

Happy Hormone Cottage Adds Innovative Thyroflex to Test Women for Thyroid Issues

Happy Hormone Cottage of Kettering, Ohio is first in central and southwestern Ohio to acquire the Thyroflex to test women’s thyroid levels. Thyroflex is FDA-approved and has a 98.5 to 99 percent accuracy level; results help doctors determine dosage for prescription thyroid medicine.thyroflex

The Happy Hormone Cottage (HHC) in Kettering and Mason, Ohio has acquired central and southwest Ohio’s first Thyroflex machine, which tests women’s thyroid levels to
determine dosage for prescription thyroid medicine. The Thyroflex tests women’s thyroid levels with 98.5 to 99 percent accuracy. It is FDA approved.

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland in the base of the neck that monitors metabolism and controls many of the body’s systems from brain to bowel to libido and fertility. One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime, according to the American Thyroid Association. Low thyroid is a hereditary condition that can also cause fertility problems, miscarriages, premature births and severe developmental problems in children.

Undiagnosed low thyroid can also lead to heart disease, insulin resistance, arthritis, osteoporosis, depression and dementia.

“Over the past five years, women have been seeking us out to get their hormones checked and then balanced,” said Lyn Hogrefe, CEO at Happy Hormone Cottage. “The focus has been mainly on balancing estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and cortisol. The Thyroflex acquisition allows us now to test and educate women on thyroid, too.”

Until now, testing thyroid was always a challenge because the firm was limited by the use of blood tests for testing TSH, T3, and T4 in men and women, said Hogrefe.

The problem with current thyroid blood testing is that it doesn’t acknowledge the role of thyroid in the body, said Jeff Hogrefe, a pharmacist and owner of the Piqua Compounding Pharmacy in Piqua, Ohio. Hogrefe holds an Advanced Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine in Boca Raton, Fla.

The Hogrefes are husband-and-wife advocates of functional medicine who own complimentary businesses.

“Thyroid does not have any effect in the blood, said Jeff Hogrefe. “In order for thyroid to be effective, it must leave the blood and enter the cells. Once inside the cells, thyroid (T3) travels to the mitochondria (think energy
factory) and is involved in a complicated chemical reaction to produce energy for the cell. “Without thyroid, there is a significant lack of energy and the cell either loses function or dies. There are a great many processes that effect thyroid’s ability to get in the cell and work its magic. When testing only blood, the assumption is that all these processes are working effectively and this clearly isn’t the case. This is why so
many women don’t feel their thyroid medication is working.”

The Thyroflex is a four-minute, FDA-approved test that measures the speed–in milliseconds– of a reflex in the arm. During an in-office evaluation, a small hammer connected to a computer is used to strike the brachioradialis tendon located near the elbow. The computer measures the rate and caliber of the reflex response to determine
thyroid function. The longer it takes for a reflex response, the more thyroid hormone a person generally needs, said Hogrefe.

The Thyroflex was invented by Dr. Daryl Turner, a native New Zealander now living in Arizona who has developed a number of non-invasive medical testing devices and medications and founded organizations including NiTek Medical Group; the Thyroid and Adrenal Research Institute; and For Need nonprofit organization.
The Thyroflex has been featured on the nationally-syndicated Dr. Phil show and mentioned in mainstream functional medicine books. Turner said Thyroflex machines are used to conduct thousands of thyroid tests per day in 12 countries worldwide.

“Most general practitioners know that TSH is not a good indicator of thyroid levels,” said Turner. “But that is the way they were taught and why some still use blood tests.”
Turner said medical experts have estimated that up to 80 percent of men and women have low thyroid levels. “Women tend to be more aware of the lethargy and fatigue, weight and menstrual problems caused by low thyroid than men,” he said. “Men tend to brush it off, but women tend to talk about it.”

Lyn Hogrefe said that women who have had blood tests for thyroid issues are often told that they test “normal,” but when they are tested on the Thyroflex machine, they typically test low. Additionally, she said women diagnosed with low thyroid, or hypothyroidism, have told her they felt they were undertreated because they did not experience improvement when taking thyroid medication.

“Once thyroid therapy has been initiated, re-testing can be performed to titrate to the proper and effective dose of thyroid,” she said. “Having the proper amount of thyroid entering the cells is critical to improve symptoms of low thyroid.”

Lyn Hogrefe said it’s important for cortisol issues and estrogen/progesterone balance to be addressed simultaneously because they can have a dramatic impact on thyroid function. “Although not our current recommendation, we will test new clients for thyroid function if they are symptomatic or feel they have been inadequately treated with thyroid therapy,” said Lyn Hogrefe.

“As always, the Happy Hormone Cottage’s mission statement is ‘women helping women for wellness.’ We are all about educating women so they can own their journey to their best health naturally.”
Happy Hormone Cottage has offices in Kettering, Mason, Piqua, and Vandalia, Ohio and Crestview Hills, Ky. It has helped more than 6,000 women achieve hormone balance over the past five years.

Cost of Thyroflex testing is $60, plus the cost of a nurse practitioner’s fee. Testing is conducted in the Mason and Kettering offices only.

For more information, email info@happyhormonecottage.com, or schedule an appointment at (513) 444-6343.

The Truth About Heart Disease

It is that time of year again when we are encouraged to wear red to increase awareness of heart disease in women. Here are the unsettling facts about heart disease in women:
-Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing one woman every minute
-90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease
-Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen
-While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease
The Go Red for Women’s message is simple- “It’s time to focus on finding, and becoming the solution. It’s time to go red!”
Further information from the American Heart Association in terms of how to prevent heart disease specifies “caring for your heart through a healthy diet and regular physical activity is the secret weapon to preventing heart disease. While many may assume that popping a few pills that your healthcare provider prescribed is enough to quell symptoms or prevent a heart attack, the real preventative power lies with real changes to your lifestyle, which can reduce the risk factor for heart disease by as much as 80%.” They go on to list Life’s Simple Seven:
-Get active: 40 minutes of aerobic exercise 4 times a week
-Control Cholesterol
-Eat better (veggies, fish, unrefined fiber-rich whole-grain foods, less sugar and saturated fats)
-Manage blood pressure
-Lose weight
-Reduce blood sugar
-Stop smoking
In addition, they add these helpful hints:
-Know your family history of heart disease
-Get the sleep you need
-Practice portion control with your food
-Reduce stress in your life
My favorite part in the AMA’s information is their section entitled HEART HEALTHY AT 50:
“As women age, we lose some of our body’s natural defenses against heart disease. This can happen because of changes in hormones from menopause, which can affect your cholesterol levels. Also, type 2 diabetes usually develops in women after age 45. Hormonal changes that usually take place in our late 40’s and 50’s make our health an even greater consideration as we age. Understand how menopause could impact your heart health and learn more about hormonal treatment therapies. Play an active role in your healthcare and work with your doctor to determine if you have any heart disease risk factors. If you are already at risk, ask your doctor how you can reduce it:
-Get heart screenings
-Know your numbers
-Watch what you eat
-Get physical”
About a year ago, I wrote an article entitled “Customized Bioidentical Hormones and Heart Health” where I talked about what we know in regards to positively impacting the prevention of heart disease. We know that bioidentical estrogen has positive effects on cardiovascular health because it is a vasodilator and actually relaxes the endothelial lining of the blood vessels, thus lowering the risk of blood clots. Bioidentical progesterone is a natural diuretic. It lowers blood volume, thus lowering blood pressure and putting less stress on the cardiovascular system. In addition, testosterone therapy impacts the effectiveness of the heart by improving muscle contractility and strength.
It is important to understand that maintaining cardiovascular health with physiological dosing of BHRT (estradiol, progesterone and testosterone), along with diet, lifestyle and nutritional supplements can greatly impact cardiovascular health. Current belief by Functional Medicine doctors and anti-aging experts concur that cardiovascular disease is caused by inflammation, stress and an overactive immune response. Furthermore, foods that contain transfats, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup can cause excessive inflammatory reactions within the linings of blood vessels that lead to clots and cardiovascular events (stroke and heart attack). Taking omega 3’s, aged garlic, niacin, resveretrol and N-acetyl cystine in conjunction with drug therapy (low dose statins and ace inhibitors) can greatly reduce inflammatory factors and help prevent cardiovascular events. These strategies offer the best protection and prevention of heart disease.
Compare the difference in the body of knowledge and the health tips between the American Medical Association and A4M (American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine) And I have to ask WHY? Why isn’t the knowledge I know, common knowledge? Why isn’t our current standard of care up to speed with this important life-changing information? There are studies (www.happyhormonecottage.com/Resources & Reading/Practitioner’s Resources) available. We give them out at our Happy Hormone Cottages.
Wearing red to promote heart health awareness, like wearing purple to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s, is not a bad thing. It just isn’t enough. We need to continue to spread the word on the truth of hormone balance and how IT positively impacts heart health. The truth is that the latest information shows that “refilling our hormone tanks” is critical for the prevention of heart disease, breast cancer, dementia and osteoporosis. We need to continue to get the word out by educating and empowering women so they can educate their doctors. We MUST stop focusing on menopause and broaden the perspective to HORMONE IMBALANCE that plagues all women after age 35. Yes, the 7 Healthy Heart Tips make sense. But, in addition, we need to be refilling our hormone tanks for our best health naturally. Estrogen alone performs over 300 jobs in our bodies. We begin to lose our estrogen as we enter menopause (whereas we begin to lose progesterone around age 35….thus we consider this a hormone imbalance issue as opposed to a menopause issue). If we don’t replenish our estrogen receptors, how are these jobs going to get done? And I don’t consider slapping on an estrogen patch or taking an estradiol pill refilling our hormone receptors. I’m talking about physiological dosing of customized BHRT for EACH woman based on her test results (and not determined through blood serum).
It is imperative we do everything we can to own our own journey to our heart health by not only adopting the 7 Healthy Heart Tips from the AMA, but by also REFILLING OUR HORMONE TANKS, reducing the foods we eat that contain transfats, sugar and high fructose corn syrup, taking omega 3’s and the other supplements mentioned above that reduce inflammation and help prevent cardiovascular events. And yes, we can continue to wear red! I only hope we can continue to broaden our perspective to include this holistic health approach discussed above, as well.

“I Don’t Do Hormones. They Cause Cancer”

I was at a recent book signing for my book, “Own Your Journey,” and a cute little lady of around 80 years old walked by, saw my “Own Your Journey to Optimal Hormone Balance” sign and said, “I don’t do hormones. They cause cancer.” I had to laugh! It struck me as funny that she would think I was sitting there promoting cancer; as if I was handing it out. “Step right up and get your cancer.” Goodness! But the sad truth is that much confusion remains, and is often perpetuated by the media, in this area of hormone balance. With the 2002 report from the Women’s Health Initiative on hormones: WH1-estrogen plus progestin, much confusion and misinformation reigns. I actually began my Happy Hormone Cottage in 2009 for the express purpose of clearing up this confusion. My job is to fill the gap between the information we often receive from our healthcare practitioners and the media vs the truth of hormones and hormone replacement. The best, simplest article I have read on this recently is by Dr Jennifer Landa, “Combatting Weight Gain After Menopause,” published October 6, 2014. Dr Landa writes, “Part of why Bioidentical HRT gets a bad rap-and so many women miss out on the relief it provides-is because conventional HRT, in which synthetic hormones are used, was shown to increase risk of breast cancer, heart attack and other problems for women in a 2002 landmark study called The Women’s Health Initiative. As a result, many doctors were too quick to assume that all hormone replacement therapy is dangerous. BUT IT JUST ISN’T SO. These women were taking synthetic, non-bioidentical hormones that are different from what the body produces naturally. Synthetic hormones pose higher risk because they aren’t the same as what your body produces-so they have unnatural consequences.

Bioidentical hormone therapy, by contrast, uses more natural hormones that biologically mirror those made by your ovaries. Research shows that the specific combination of Bioidentical estradiol and progesterone improves bone strength, reduces weight, and improves cholesterol levels in women. And in case all the hype about hormone replacement and breast cancer has scared you, rest assured: **A very large study in France (the Fornier study) showed that there is no increased risk of breast cancer among women taking a combination of estrogen and progesterone. Progestins, however, are the synthetic of progesterone and have been shown to increase breast cancer risk (Provera and Prempro) so you will want to avoid those.”

Dr Landa continues, “While the goal of Bioidentical HRT is to get your estrogen levels back up, which will help ward off the pounds, keep your bones strong and your heart healthy, it cannot be safely prescribed unless progesterone is also prescribed. I recommend that you ask for estradiol, the most commonly prescribed estrogen, through the skin, as well as micronized progesterone, a form that is the same as what your body produces naturally. For a more personalized hormone therapy approach, you may consider seeing a hormone specialist with additional training in Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.”

Thank you, Dr Landa, for this information. I also highly recommend Dr Jeffrey Dach’s new book, “Bioidentical Hormones 101- Made Exceedingly Simple” as an easy-to-read informative resource on the truth of Bhrt. He also wrote a great article, “Waking Up from the Synthetic Hormone Nightmare,” where he uncovers the 7 Myths and Misconceptions of Bhrt. He also writes about the fact that there are at least 60 documented “studies” that were written by ghost writers. Ghost writers are hired by drug companies to write about the benefits of their hormone product, downplaying their risks, while shedding doubt on the benefits and truth of Bhrt. And doctors are reading these “studies.” So is it any wonder that there is so much confusion and misinformation in this area of women’s health? Not to beat a dead horse, but this is exactly why we each must own our journey to natural hormone balance. And this begins by being willing to question our beliefs!

Our Happy Hormone Cottage is exactly one of those “hormone specialists” Dr Landa writes about. Our purpose is two-fold:

-as an educational facility that validates each woman’s journey and then educates her on her options (we have studies, readings & resources on our website, and books on Bhrt) to clear up the confusion.

-as a medical facility where we test our clients hormone levels in several areas: sex hormones, adrenal glands and thyroid, using our innovative FDA-approved Thyroflex machine. Our nurse practitioner writes the customized prescription therapy for each client based on both lab results AND the issues brought to the 45-60 minute consultation where she addresses concerns and questions by our clients. Our hormone prescriptions are compounded micronized progesterone, bi estrogen and testosterone (as needed and based on our cutting edge lab testing) creams that are used vaginally so all hormone receptors can be refilled. Refilling depleted hormone receptors that deplete with age is necessary for preventing diseases as we age. We never limit our perspective to “menopause.” We opt for the bigger perspective of hormone imbalance, that starts around age 35, and sometimes younger. Finally, we do NOT believe in giving our bodies supra-physiological doses of any one hormone. This does not make sense to us and our functional medicine/holistic health perspective. We only give physiological doses of our Bhrt creams. This means we only give each woman what her body needs. We follow up with each client frequently, have them come back for a 3 month follow up visit with our nurse practitioner, and recheck hormone levels in all 3 areas, as needed, annually. I am proud of our journey over the past 5+ years, and I am excited to embark on the next 5 years of validating, educating and treating women for their highest quality of life.
For more information, or to schedule your consultation, call us at 513-444-6343. We look forward to serving you!

So Many Women……..So Much New Research!

I look around me every day to the women over 35 I see, and I think to myself, “You really need me. I have such compassion for you. How will I get the truth, based on research and studies, to you? When will you begin to question your beliefs and be open to this truth?” You see, I opened my Happy Hormone Cottage in the Heart of Centerville more than 5 years ago, to talk with women about their bodies and holistic health. I knew I couldn’t change standard of care, doctors’ opinions or big pharmaceutical company’s agendas. But I knew I could impact women, one woman at a time. Women showed up, were validated, educated, treated and got better. They began to tell their family and friends, who in turn told their inner circle, and word spread. We have 5 local Happy Hormone Cottages and we have a good reputation in the community for really helping women understand their bodies, embrace a holistic hormone path, and empower a change for the better. As an educator for over 30 years, I understand that real learning involves a change in behavior. This is why we are an educational facility first, and a medical facility second.
So my new campaign is centered around this new research: “We need to REFILL OUR HORMONE TANKS for a high quality of life that is disease preventative.” I think many women assume that our HHC only deals with menopause, so if they aren’t of that age, it doesn’t apply to them. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are all about building awareness around the subject of hormone imbalance:

> What It Is: Hormone imbalance is what happens to women over age 35 when their progesterone levels begin to deplete. This happens to ALL women and is part of the aging process. This attendant loss of progesterone leads to estrogen dominance and introduces the potential for a wealth of issues:
-sleeplessness
-anxiety
-depression
-moodiness/irritability
-sugar cravings
-aches & pains
-increased risk of breast cancer
-since estrogen is a FAT STORER, weight gain becomes an issue (think “love handles”)
-accompanying this is often adrenal fatigue and irregular/inconsistent cortisol levels

> Who It Happens To: As stated above, hormone imbalance affects all women over the age of 35, and often younger, as part of the aging process. We have some 20 year olds on therapy. Hormone imbalance happens to everyone. Yes, even men! Again, hormone imbalance is part of the aging process.

> How We Correct This Imbalance: Correcting hormone imbalance happens by refilling our hormone tanks with individualized, customized therapy that can be adjusted as we age. Refilling our hormone tanks is KEY for a life with a lower risk for disease (heart disease, dementia, osteoporosis and breast cancer). In short, it is our anti-aging strategy.

So, if hormone imbalance happens to everyone and is part of the aging process, why aren’t our healthcare practitioners all over this? We know our doctors have our best health at heart. They are good guys. The problem is doctors know what they know. Most don’t know hormone imbalance. Why not? It isn’t taught in medical school and there is a lot of newer research that doctors would have to wade through. Therefore, most of our doctors, unless they are trained in Functional Medicine (the study of holistic health) don’t know this piece. In addition, they are visited by drug reps for the latest, greatest drugs to band-aid symptoms of issues. So for hot flashes, estrogen patches are given. For anxiety and depression, antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds are prescribed. For sleep issues, a sleeping aid is prescribed. See the difference?In contrast, OUR nurse practitioner checks hormone levels in cutting edge, dried urine strip testing, and using these labs and your body’s biofeedback, creates a customized, compounded strategy that refills our hormone tanks, heals exhausted adrenal glands and addresses proper supplementation. It is a strategy for life that fixes the cause of the imbalance. This is very different than slapping on an estrogen patch, which promotes even more estrogen dominance and raises our risk for breast cancer; not to mention weight gain. Why do we do this?
Knowing this information now, what will prevent you from visiting our HHC to REFILL YOUR HORMONE TANKS? Let’s address the excuses:

1) Expense- Initial consultations cost $25. Cost of testing and to see our nurse practitioner is reimbursable by most insurance policies. The cost of therapy and supplements is about the cost of a latte a day. Progesterone is $1 a day. I always ask the question, “Hm-m-m-m,
how much will it cost to address a disease that could have been prevented by refilling your hormone tank?” I am reminded of Dr Prudence Hall’s famous quote, “Hormones are to women, what water is to plants.”

2) Time- I believe we all do what is most important to us. Our health is the most important thing we have. I think the more important question is, how can we NOT make the time to do what it takes to keep our body functioning at optimal levels? As our hormone receptors begin to deplete at age 35, the biggest complaint I hear from women is that they have lost their joy of life. Their energy is waning, their libido is gone, they are gaining weight, and they are tired. What a sad way to live. We must refill our hormone tanks for a high quality of life full of energy, libido, and a zest for life. We know this is best accomplished through hormone balancing of all of our sex hormones and cortisol AND by looking at the function of the thyroid with our new innovative Thyroflex machine.

3) Knowledge-In this arena of hormone balance, it truly is up to us to own our own journey. The research IS out there. But the media likes to recycle the 10 year old misinformation and myths surrounding BHRT, with the big pharmaceutical agenda, so the waters are kept muddy on purpose and confusion reigns. Our goal at the Happy Hormone Cottage is to UN-confuse our clients by sharing with them the latest research in the form of studies (written by doctors) and a plethora of books and articles. You can go to my website at www.happyhormonecottage.com and click on Resources/Readings for the latest information. *We also provide a Practitioner’s Resources section full of studies, for healthcare practitioners to aid them in their information gathering and knowledge-base, as well. I urge you to send your doctors there. If they are engaged in learning about this information along with you, it allows for a more well-rounded, honest conversation based on truth….and not misinformation that was gleaned from a newspaper article or seen on tv with misinformation and untruths.

I hope this information is helpful in clearing up the truth about hormone balance. We MUST REFILL OUR HORMONE TANKS for our BEST HEALTH NATURALLY. We MUST OWN OUR OWN JOURNEY. I look forward to serving you at our cottage, to help answer your questions, provide you with the latest information, and to guide you on your path to a healthier life. We are women helping women for wellness and we look forward to working with you!

We Help Women All Over the Country

This email just in: “Hi Lyn, I am looking to get more information on your services. I am out of your area. Can you work with me and other women like me, who don’t live near you? I am interested in hormone testing as well as thyroid testing. I went through menopause very early, along with having other issues that I suspect may be hormone related. Other questions I have are -once you are so on Bhrt, are you on it for life? Are there long term side effects? Looking forward to hearing back from you. Thank you!”
My response: “Thank you for your email. We DO work with women all over the country. You can set up a phone consultation by calling our office at 513-444-6343. Through this consultation, you can get information and education on hormone imbalance (a much broader perspective than menopause) and the necessity and importance of refilling our hormone tanks as we age. You will also be able to purchase a dried urine strip testing kit, and we can ship it to you. This is cutting edge technology and gives us great information on your body and its hormones and adrenal glands, including how your body methylates and metabolizes its hormones. From there, you would make an appointment with our nurse practitioner, Angela, at either our Cincinnati or our Dayton location. She would use your test results and your body’s biofeedback to create a customized Bhrt (Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy) strategy for you. Our compounding pharmacy would ship your hormone therapy to you, or you could stop by and pick it up on your way back home. At your 3 month follow-up appointment with Angela, she could work with you and your thyroid and our Thyroflex machine. We like to start our clients on hormone therapy before we address the thyroid. It seems to be easier on the body this way.
When I began my cottage 5+ years ago, my intention was to simply educate women on their bodies as they age. I looked around and saw young women in their 30s and 40s struggling with hormone imbalance issues of sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, fatigue, low libido, and weight gain. I recognized the great need that existed to educate women on hormone balance and their bodies. What I know is that our bodies begin to become hormonally imbalanced around the age of 35. Studies show we must refill our hormone tanks as we age so we can not only eradicate these hormone imbalance symptoms, but most importantly so we can live a high quality of life, disease-free. And we must continue to refill these hormone tanks throughout our life. If we don’t, how will our bodies perform all the jobs it needs to, as we age? It is this attendant loss of hormones that aren’t replaced, that contribute to heart disease, dementia, osteoporosis and breast cancer. You can go to my website at www.happyhormonecottage.com and click on “Resources/Readings” section to read the plethora of studies on this topic and the importance of refilling our hormone receptors as we age. Yet still, most of our doctors continue to believe outdated, archaic information that is perpetuated by the media, with the big pharma agenda. This is why we MUST take charge of our journey to our best health naturally. If we don’t, today is the best day we will have. This is why women all over the country are finding my Happy Hormone Cottage and are willing to make the trip to see our nurse practitioner, Angela. The fact that we are also a Suzanne Somers Forever Health affiliate gives us great credibility in this field of hormone replacement and wellness.
Long term side effects? A life of health! Why? Because we are not putting drugs masking as hormones into our bodies. We are refilling our hormone tanks with actual hormones made from plant-based powders that mimic the hormones our body used to make, but due to the aging process, no longer can. So the long term “side effect” is a life free from disease. Sadly, conventional standard of care in our country is not focused on wellness. It is focused on disease. Pharmaceutical companies make one size fits all drugs to band-aid symptoms. I want to help women find and fix the cause of their issues. See the difference? A life of disease vs a life of wellness. Which path will YOU choose? Www.happyhormonecottage.com. Women helping women for wellness.”