The Spit Test: Why Saliva Tests Are Used To Test Hormone Levels

I haven’t met many patients who enjoy performing a saliva test. It is often difficult to generate enough saliva to adequately measure hormone levels, but saliva testing is very important for guiding hormone therapy effectively and safely. I have spent many hours with a saliva specimen tube in hand and thoughts of my favorite food … Continued

Creams, Pills, Patches, and Pellets: The Many Forms of Bioidentical Hormones

There are many ways to take hormone therapy, and the form of hormone therapy prescribed may depend on several variables, such as effectiveness, safety, and patient preferences. The form of hormone therapy that gets the most attention is hormone creams. Most patients have heard about creams and are excited to use this form. Part of … Continued

Spouse reluctant to do anti-aging and bioidentical hormones

How to approach a reluctant spouse regarding the anti-aging treatments is a question I often get. For example, recently a sixty-year-old 6’4″ tall husband lost 110 pounds and now feels great at 215 pounds. He feels 15 years younger, filled with energy and enthusiasm for life. I treated him with a variety of natural bio identical hormones … Continued

What Does Progesterone Do? (part 1)

Progesterone is a steroid hormone that has many biological functions. It is one of the major sex hormones in women and is usually the first sex hormone to decline as a woman enters menopause. It’s also found in men, but at lower levels than in women. When I was in medical school, back in the … Continued

How You Can Reduce Your Risk Of Breast Cancer

One of the concerns associated with hormone replacement therapy is Breast Cancer. Unfortunately, the message often delivered by the media and many physicians is that hormones cause cancer and being on hormone replacement therapy increases one’s risk for breast cancer. Breast Cancer risk has many influences and it’s more complicated than whether or not one … Continued

How Long Do I Need To Take Hormones?

I often get asked this question by my patients, and I advise them to consider some important facts about hormone therapy. Most patients come to see me because they’re experiencing symptoms of hormone deficiencies and want to feel better. This is an important aspect of hormone therapy. We all want to feel better and have … Continued

The Belly Conversion: Why Testosterone Levels Decline, part 2

In my last article, I discussed the problem with Xeno-estrogens and how it disrupts testosterone production. Another common cause of testosterone deficiency doesn’t involve Xeno-Estrogens, but rather natural estrogen. All men have estrogen, and we need it to stay healthy. However, when estrogen levels become high it can cause problems. By the way, low estrogen … Continued

Vanishing Males: Why Testosterone Levels Decline, part 1

There is a growing body of evidence that shows Testosterone is on the decline. One study shows that the overall average testosterone level in men is significantly lower what it was in 1940 and a study conducted in Boston from the mid 1980’s to 2004 also showed a general drop in testosterone levels . I … Continued

When Estrogen Dominates, Part 2

In part 1 of “When Estrogen Dominates”, I described the syndrome of Estrogen Dominance. I would now like to discuss what can be done about it. How one treats estrogen dominance depends upon the cause. Also, estrogen dominance can occur because of abnormally high estrogen levels or with normal estrogen levels that are not being … Continued