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Balancing Your Hormones
 
It is challenging to maintain a healthy hormone balance in today’s world. We live in a sea of synthetic chemicals, our food is laced with hormones and pesticides (many of which are converted in the body into powerful estrogen-like compounds called xenoestrogens), and we often take synthetic estrogens and progesterones for a variety of “medical” reasons. We are consuming more and more soy products, which are loaded with plant estrogens and progesterones. Plus, we are under a great deal of stress in our everyday lives. These factors all can have a significant impact on hormone levels. Conditions such as PMS, menopause, fibrocystic breast conditions, osteoporosis, heart disease, and even some cancers, such as those from the breast, ovary, and uterus, are strongly related to estrogen levels. The FDA has recently categorized estrogen as an official carcinogen.

It is possible to measure hormone levels and determine if they are appropriate for you. At the Health Medicine Center (HMC) we measure levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol in saliva (to measure the active free form of these hormones), as well as thyroid function tests, when there are problems related to women’s health issues. Based on the results of these tests it is generally possible to treat these conditions quite effectively. We pay attention to how your body detoxifies hormones, and to nutritional approaches that can manipulate their levels. Lifestyle strategies play an important role in regulating hormone levels. This includes getting enough exercise, eating healthy foods, getting adequate sleep, and reducing stress.

A Case History
Chris had PMS most all her life. Month after month she was plagued with bloating, fluid retention, severe pain in her back and low abdomen, and she was irritable. Nobody wanted to be around her just before her period. One morning Chris came to work at the HMI and was doubled over with pain, was sweating, and hadn’t slept the entire night—her PMS was out of control. She stopped by my office to see if the photonic stimulator was available to treat her pain. Within five minutes of treating her with infrared light, her symptoms had totally cleared and she began to feel her normal self. Chris worked that day!

Chris was then worked up with salivary hormone testing for levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol. She was found to have low progesterone levels, which suggested that she was likely having anovulatory cycles. By adjusting her hormonal balance with small doses of topical natural progesterone during the last half of her cycle Chris’ recurring PMS finally cleared.
 

 

   
   

Health Medicine Center
1620 Riviera Ave
Walnut Creek, CA  94596

Tel: (925) 935-7500
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