In conventional medicine, Adrenal gland function is rarely considered in a work up for fatigue or insomnia or mood issues. If by chance it is, Cortisol levels are checked with either an "AM" or "PM" test with a range wide enough to be normal in anything other than pathological disease states like a tumor or Addison's disease.Read More
The Constellation of Hormones
Most people don't know how many different hormones there are in the body nor how crucial each one is to how we function. If we want to feel energetic & engaged in our lives they need to be present & they need to be balanced. I have 25 years of experience helping Patients re-balance their hormones. Read below and see if you relate to any of the information. Then come in & we'll talk about it!
As a doctor, I analyze your ALL of your hormones and correct imbalances.
Reproductive hormones made largely by the ovaries & testes play a large role in women and in men. For women PMS, irregular menses, menstrual cramps, infertility, fibroids, ovarian cysts, peri-menopausal & menopausal fatigue, irritability, depression, sleep disorders, loss of libido and weight gain can all result from changes in estrogens, progesterone and testosterone (yes, women have testosterone, too, just less than men). Analyzing these hormone levels & correcting imbalances is a much more successful approach than medicating the symptoms with the likes of Ambien & Prozac.
Our Thyroid gland produces several hormones that are often overlooked. Most Primary Care doctors (and even many Endocrinologists) who do not check TOTAL Thyroid function. They look only at one hormone called Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (or TSH) which is made by the Pituitary gland in the Brain. If the Thyroid is producing too little of its Thyroxine hormone (or T4), the Pituitary will secrete more TSH to stimulate the Thyroid to increase its production. TSH and T4 have, therefore, an inverse relationship. When one is up, the other is down. When everything's in balance they are both "in the normal range". The problem is not everyone's normal range is the same even though lab tests would have us believe they are. And, further, there is a third hormone to be considered. Triiodothyronine (or T3) is what the T4 produced by the Thyroid becomes once it enters the body's circulation. Each T4 molecule needs three available iodine molecules to transform itself into T3 which is the hormone our tissues need. T4 is weak in its action. T3 is strong - if the body can make it. You can readily see that simply testing the TSH of someone complaining of fatigue is incomplete. It usually results in a Patient being told that their Thyroid is within "normal" range and not part of why they feel so unenthusiastic about their lives.
Addressing the Thyroid has helped many of my patients to feel like themselves again.