So I met with a woman we’ll call Penny who began her progesterone therapy a couple of months ago. She heard of me through a friend, sat in on a Happy Hormone Hour and thought, being age 50, it might be a good idea to do a saliva test and get her hormone and cortisol levels checked. When her lab work came back to us, her levels were off, but not horribly. Let’s just say I’ve seen a lot worse! But she wasn’t really symptomatic. Her biggest complaint was her stress level, which we did address with James Wilson’s (Adrenal Fatigue) Adrenal Rebuilder and Super Adrenal Stress Vitamins. So she is feeling better and has more energy. But when Penny went to her ob gyn for her annual check-up last week and she told him she was using progesterone cream customized for her body, her doctor asked her, “Oh for heaven’s sake! Why are you doing that??!!” And because Penny didn’t have a really good answer, she felt intimidated enough to stop her progesterone therapy. I can’t help but be disappointed for Penny. Obviously, she didn’t have the necessary educational tool to be able to justify and explain her use of the customized natural hormone therapy. And because this is not taught in medical school and because this is not the standard of care currently in our society, Penny is the biggest loser. She doesn’t understand that you replace depleted hormone levels as a great defense against disease and aging. Remember the biggest rule of all:  “DISEASE OCCURS BEFORE SYMPTOMS APPEAR,” so doesn’t it make sense that if replacing depleted hormone levels helps prevent disease (dimentia, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis,etc), it is probably a good strategy to consider? I, for one, certainly wouldn’t:

  1. do nothing.
  2. use drug therapy.
  3. listen to a doctor who isn’t knowledgeable in this area.

Would you go to IHOP to get your car worked on? Of course not! So why would you go to a traditional practitioner who hasn’t been educated in holistic health options, and isn’t interested in fixing the problem as much as just band-aiding it…and take his advice?
You know I really don’t blame the doctor. He is just practicing medicine the way he was taught. The thing is that in this area of women’s (and men’s ) health, I just don’t believe drug therapy is the answer. Let’s check depleted hormone levels and replace those with customized natural hormone replacement therapy. It just isn’t rocket science. In fact, wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in a country where we didn’t always dose for the masses and promote a one-size-fits-all therapy for everyone with all dysfunction and diseases?? Just askin’.

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