At age 49, my patient Rachel felt like she was falling apart. She had suffered a tragic stress a few years earlier, from which she was still struggling to recover. Now, in addition, she was beginning to experience Perimenopause. She had absolutely no energy, was cold all the time, had vaginal dryness and zero sex drive, felt weak and shaky if she skipped a meal, had gained 15+ pounds in the last year or two. was developing cellulite in her thighs, buttocks and arms and was experiencing heart palpitations. She felt anxious, depressed, irritable, mentally dull and was losing her short term memory.
She had taken Ambien and Valium for the stress and poor sleep in the past, but they didn’t fix her problems and made her feel even more sluggish. She needed a doctor who would look at the whole picture of her health. She needed a doctor who would prescribe a comprehensive treatment that would address all of her symptoms and treat the underlying bio-chemical causes of those symptoms. That’s what I do. That is what Naturopathic Medicine is all about: treating the whole person with medicines made by nature that work in harmony with the body to stimulate the positive actions required to restore truly dynamic health.
Top 5 Lifestyle Causes of Fatigue
- Lack of Sleep
- Poor Diet
- Lack of Exercise
- Drugs (Beta Blockers)
Top 5 Tests for Bio-Chemical Causes of Fatigue
- CBC Test for Anemia (Iron or B12 Deficiency)
- Thyroid hormones(TSH, freeT3, freeT4)
- Adrenal Hormones: Cortisol, Aldosterone, Adrenaline, Norepnephrine & Dopamine
- CoEnzymeQ10 (B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Folic Acid, Vitamin C)
- Total Testosterone Bio-Available Testosterone Blood Test
After my comprehensive visit with Rachel I was confident that Rachel had multi-system, multi-gland dysfunction. Her stress level and the typical decline in hormones around Perimenopause had caused her to hormones to take an unusually rapid decline. The best way to treat a multi-glandular dysfunction is to treat all of them at once. When all of the hormone secreting glands are treated at the same time, it is like a well tuned orchestra coming together again after a long absence. Together they create a powerful resonating melody that cannot be matched by any one of them individually. Likewise, when all of the hormones are supplemented together, they resonate as one dynamic whole to bring about incredible energy and optimal health and vitality.
So how did Rachel do on the Bio-Identical Hormone Treatment? After one month she returned to report that she was “feeling great! She said, “it is a totally incredible difference. I am so happy now. I’m no longer irritable all of the time and I have so much more energy now, including my sex drive, which is incredible. Plus, I’m sleeping great, I can get up early in the morning, stay up all day and I get all my house work done. My kids can tell a huge difference. They are so glad that their Mom is finally back! Its an amazing difference and it feels great.”