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!

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, or schedule an appointment at (513) 444-6343.