Dhea Hormone Replacement

It has many functions including reversing insulin resistance, increasing strength and stamina, improving immunity, improves well-being, decreases body fat, lowers triglycerides and cholesterol, increases bone density, increases serotonin levels, improves sleep, and normal levels correlate to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.

It is hard to believe that America, a country with one of the highest standard living in the world having over 20 million people with the disease of anemia caused by unhealthy diet, and nutritional deficiency with protein and fat intake 30% more than any other country in the world. Most people understand that anemia is caused by iron deficiency in the bloodstream but in reality anemia is characterized by deficiency in the hemoglobin of the red blood cells diminishing the ability of the blood to transport oxygen to our cells and to removing carbon dioxide.

There have been some studies that corroborate that DHEA can indeed help in some areas, but there have been no clinical studies that show supplementing the diet with DHEA will have a marked benefit on reducing hypertension. Although, there has been some suggestion that an increase in DHEA may elevate blood pressure and this is something that would need to be monitored closely.

Older men with lower levels of free, or unbound, testosterone circulating in their bloodstreams could be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) than their peers. In fact, testosterone deficiency causes the accumulation of beta-amyloid, a toxic peptide in certain region in aging brain. Study show that testosterone decreases secretion of harmful beta- amyloid and increases secretion of sbeta APP alpha as result of neuroproductive effect.

Male menopause symptoms relief Contrary to popular opinions, none of the listed andropause symptoms manifest signs of old age. These male menopause symptoms may reduce through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy which is also called as androgen replacement therapy. This method is a lifelong treatment, since testosterone deficiency is generally a permanent condition

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a substance made by the adrenal gland. It is the precursor of the sex steroids estrogen and testosterone. DHEA has some male hormone effects and deficiency of DHEA contributes to fatigue, poor concentration and diminished overall body functions.

Starting at the age of 40, lower levels of DHEA and consecutively testosterone is produced in males. However, the peripheral conversion of steroids continue, which leads to increased levels of by-products like Prolactin. There is also increased stimulation of the enzyme 5-alpha reductase that leads to the breakdown of testosterone.

Alzheimer's disease is a brain disorder named for German physician Alois Alzheimer. Alzheimer's destroys brain cells, causing problems with memory, thinking and behavior severe enough to affect language communication, memory, lifelong hobbies or social life. Alzheimer's gets worse over time, and it is fatal. Over 1 million people in US alone are currently afflicted by Alzheimer's disease because of degeneration of hippocampus and cerebral cortex of the brain where memory, language and cognition are located.

Other natural inhibitors of Aromatase are Resveratrol, Chrysin, nettle root, green tea and passionflower. In addition to this, inclusion of Omega-3 fish oils, zinc and pro-bioitics in the diet also helps to increase libido and undo the affects of increased levels of estrogen in the body. These substances also counteract on the deleterious effects of high levels of insulin in the body which leads to abnormal accumulation and distribution of fat.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I have higher then normal levels of Testosterone, would it be unhealthy to take hormone replacements?
    I've been trying to conceive for about 3 years now.
    I've had 2 miscarriages.

    I'm 120 pounds and 5'9.
    I'm extremely skinny and can't gain weight no matter what I do.

    I was thinking about getting replacement hormones but I heard this is unhealthy...is this true?
    Is there anything else I can do that is safe?

    And if I do this, will I be able to gain weight and/or have children?

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      If you take hormone replacement, then you won't be able to get pregnant while you are taking them. And if you want to take hormones, you could just take birth control pills. Same hormones as menopausal women take, just different combinations and different forms, slightly. You can see if it will help you to gain weight, I'm not sure that it will or won't. Do you know why you have had the miscarriages? A common cause of miscarriages is low progesterone. So sometimes, women who keep having miscarriages take supplemental progesterone. Also, docs have been investigating the role of DHEA supplementation in fertility. Women seem to become more fertile when taking it. DHEA is converted by the body into estrogen and testosterone. Also: if you use birth control pills, it will likely lower your tesstosterone levels. But these are all just random hormone facts I'm giving you. What you should be doing is going to a reproductive endocrinologist, who will be able to better evaluate your particular case.

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a natural alternative to the male hormone replacement gel androgel?
    This is for a medical condition that I am being treated for and I am looking for a natural vitamin or supplement that helps with low testosterone.

    • ANSWER:
      There are a couple ways to answer this, but I would check with a doctor before taking any of these to make sure they would be safe for you first.
      That being said, there are a few natural products that help to support Testosterone production. Some of the big ones are DHEA (which your body converts into whichever sex hormone it needs), Tribulus, and a product I've seen called "Youth Tissue Extract" (which is from an egg ovum where the nutrients are). All of those can help with increasing Testosterone, but again, be sure to check with a doctor to make sure it would be safe for you and/or the proper doses. Good luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    Just what are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy?
    I was taking hrt but decided to stop because of the possible side effects, which include breast cancer and ovarian cancer. I don't really notice a difference since I have been off and was wondering just what are the benefits.

    • ANSWER:
      HRT is supposed to keep you having the benefits of the hormones (estradiol and progesterone) that your ovaries are not producing anymore after menopause. Those benefits include preventing bone loss, and protection against atherosclerosis, which can lead to cardiovascular problems. It can also alleviate some of the less damaging side-effects of menopause, ie hot flashes, vaginal dryness, bad skin condition, ect.

      It is true however that it can promote breast and ovarian cancers because in most cases, these cancers grow in presence of estrogens and progestagens.

      If your family has a history of BC or OC, it is a very good decision to stop taking hrt.

      However, some alternative, still experimental hrt's are being developped which use a medication called a SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator) combined to the hormone DHEA, rather than estrogen & progestagen. The SERM (a type of medication that is also used against breast cancer) has a good effect on bone & artheries while having the reverse effect on breast and uterus.

  4. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a drug for women similar to salt peter for males?
    I mean its not fair, we get older, we get hormone fluxuations, and I like to get drunk on occasion, I dont want to be an aging beer slut. Is there anything for women to take?

    • ANSWER:
      Sex Rx for Women

      If you're a woman with a low sex drive, you're probably asking, "Where's my pill?" The short answer is, don't hold your breath—but don't give up hope, either. The most promising treatments:

      >Viagra The Viagra-for-women idea isn't new: Irwin Goldstein, M.D., director of the Institute for Sexual Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, found it enhanced clitoral blood flow in rabbits way back in 1998. More recently, a study in the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that women treated with Viagra for four weeks reported marked improvement in arousal, orgasm, and sexual enjoyment (side effects were similar to those reported in men). So why aren't women hoarding their partners' pills?

      "Drugs for erectile dysfunction work well for many men because they typically want to have sex but can't," Goldstein explains. "For women there's often a different problem: In many cases what's missing is the desire." A woman's sexuality is more complicated than a man's—big surprise there—which means that boosting desire may require something other than improving circulation. For women, Viagra will likely have a better success rate for lubrication problems than libido problems, since these are less about blood flow and more about hormones and psychology.

      >Estrogen Therapy It's well known that estrogen shortages can lower libido and trigger such problems as vaginal dryness. Events such as childbirth, hysterectomy, and menopause can all cause imbalances, but so can drugs like antidepressants and, ironically, birth control pills. If eliminating problematic prescriptions doesn't correct estrogen imbalances, a woman may need estrogen replacement. For women who've been rattled by the recent controversy over estrogen pills and patches, alternatives include locally applied creams like Premarin and Estrace, and vaginally inserted drugs like Estring and Vagifem.

      >Androgen Therapy Estrogen imbalance isn't even half the problem, explains Goldstein. "There are 10 sex steroids in all, and only three are estrogens; the other seven are androgens, which most people think of as the male sex hormones. We're finding that three out of four women who see us for lack of desire have serious androgen shortages."

      Therapy typically focuses on upping female levels of testosterone. For women, topical formulations are the most common delivery method. Creams have been marketed for men for years, but gels such as Testim and AndroGel get top marks from Goldstein. The big reason: They're more effective and much easier to use. Androgens are also available in pill form—one product, Estratest, combines a type of testosterone with estrogen—but the most exciting news may be the buzz about dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a chemical cousin of estrogen and testosterone. Goldstein's research has found that women who take DHEA show substantial improvements in their self-evaluated sexual performance—though he's quick to warn that women shouldn't take it on their own. "It's sold as a supplement, but DHEA is a drug, and we don't totally understand it yet," explains Goldstein. While side effects of topical and oral testosterone therapy can include weight gain, clitoral enlargement, and unwanted hair growth, DHEA use has been linked to even scarier problems including birth defects and cancer.

      >Talking Cure A wide range of psychological factors, including depression, anxiety, a history of physical and emotional abuse, and an array of interpersonal relationship problems, can drain a woman's interest in sex. "While we never want to say that problems with sex are all in someone's head, the psychological factors are undeniable and may even be more profound in women than they are in men," says Goldstein. That's the reason all of his patients consult with a psychologist as well as a physician—and why anyone who's not enjoying sex should, too.

      >Bottom Line Women may eventually have as many drugs to choose from as their pill-popping partners. But before there's a cure, there has to be research. Think of it as pharmaceutical foreplay. "The really effective medications for men were developed once we understood the physiology of male erections," explains Goldstein. "We won't have a similar answer for women until we have that same understanding of female physiology."

      Melissa Gotthardt is a regular contributor to AARP The Magazine.

  5. QUESTION:
    how long does the withdrawal side effects from Prozac last?
    I was taking 20 mg of Prozac to help with menopause/hormone disorder and am now stopping it, taking it every other day and weaning off (doctor's orders). How long does it take for headache and dizziness and tiredness t ogo away?
    Thanks. I go back Monday to get all that treated. I think yo uare right.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, first the headache/dizziness tiredness, depression, and probably insomnia, etc... are ALL symptoms of menopause... and psychiatry isnt what you need... they cant help, basically....
      So I dont think it will take more than two weeks to come off it...
      Oprah and others are doing a lot about menopause , so let me give you some people / books to look up..... and also recommend that you have a complete hormone profile done when you settle on the right doc..... also include your FSH and TSH(thyroid).... the nine major ones to be tested (a simple blood test) are thyroid;, cortisol , DHEA, estradiol, progesterone, dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin
      Now ddr. christiane northrup has written a good book on menopause
      So has Susanne Somers....
      Dr. Phils wife goes to the www.hallcenter.com (i think that is it, look for it) in sandiego.... and recommends women go there or somewhere and have their hormones tested , then some are going onto bioidentical hormone replacement...
      research it all because there is a lot about it, at oprah.com , also...
      Your symptoms are not going away unless you treat the cause,
      I use traditional chinese medicine which I prefer, and you can research their treatment of menopause also, www.ITMonline.org take care

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the side effects of the medications for Parkinson's Disease?
    My doctor recommended using medications that is for Parkinson's Disease, to help relieve my PLMD. Has anyone ever used it, or know someone who used it? What are some of the side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Honey

      Here are some answers for you.

      Cause
      A deficiency of dopamine in the brain can be due to underlying nutritional deficiencies, cerebral vascular disease (blockage of blood vessels in brain), side effects of anti-psychotic drugs, carbon monoxide poisoning, abuse of certain designer drugs, and a rare infection (encephalitis lethargica).

      Parkinson's disease has been associated with toxic buildup of heavy metals in the body, especially mercury from dental amalgams. To slow the progression of Parkinson's amalgam fillings should be replaced, followed by a detoxification program.

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      Natural Cures

      Note: Left untreated, over time (usually years) Parkinson's can lead to severe incapacitation. Treatment with complicated drug combinations and mobility exercises can reduce the progression and severity of the disease.

      Levodopa and Sinemet are the two most commonly used drugs for treating Parkinson's disease, but Levodopa is made ineffective if taken with vitamin B6. (Sinemet does not have this problem.) Using vitamin B6 alone can be just as effective in some individuals in the initial stages of the disease. Levodopa should also be taken away from protein meals, which decrease its effectiveness.

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet with raw foods (50% to 75%), emphasizing dark green leafy vegetables, rutabagas, sprouts, sesame seeds, and sesame butter. Also drink plenty of pure, filtered water.

      People using the drug levodopa should avoid or minimize their intake of foods that are rich in vitamin B6--whole grains, oats, raw nuts (especially peanuts), bananas, potatoes, liver, and fish.

      Herbs: Passionflower can enhance the positive effects of the drug L-dopa (levodopa), producing a greater reduction in tremor. The Ayurvedic herb Mucuna pruriens, a natural form of levadopa, can also be helpful.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Assessment of individual amino acids is important. Consult an orthomolecular doctor. Other useful nutrients include GABA, calcium, and magnesium, vitamin B complex (taken away from Levodopa), lecithin vitamin C, vitamin E, evening primrose oil, multivitamin/mineral complex, and DHEA (a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands). The coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) (25-50 mg per) day administered intravenously has also been shown to produce a beneficial effect in patients with Parkinson's. Selenium is also recommended for its ability to detoxify mercury poisoning.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating Parkinson's Disease: Cell Therapy (Stem Cell Therapy), Chelation Therapy (extremely important for detoxifying from heavy metal poisoning), Craniosacral Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Holistic Dentistry, Light Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Therapy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you

  7. QUESTION:
    Now that andro is no loger available.Is there a clinically proven way to increase testosterone naturally?
    Certainly not interested in replies regarding SDI lbs etc.I said clinically proven.Please point out the source of your information.Only interested in legal stuff.
    Don't botther with tribulus terrestris either.The only clinical proof in the US is a decrease in performance.Only one study has ever shown benefits.This was in bulgaria.The same country that found Ecdysterone 4 times more powerful than Dianabol.I did say cinically proven.That means no ZMA,tribulus and plant sterols.

    • ANSWER:
      yeah legal dude:)

      its called bio-identical hormone replacement,

      also progenelone , dhea, increase testorone because are
      precursor,

      exercise

      and fasting also increases all hormones

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of Testosterone intake on behaviour.?
    Will it make a person more forward and aggressive? For how long are the effects present, are they permananent? Please explain. But im mainly interested in the changes in behaviour.
    Whats the difference between Testosterone and Steroids?

    • ANSWER:
      Good questions. There isn't a simple answer pertaining to behavioral changes.

      First, testosterone is a steroid- it is a hormone derived from a cholesterol molecule. (Cortisol, progesterone, aldosterone, estrogen, DHEA, androstenedione, & pregnenolone are steroids, too). However, testosterone & its molecular cousins that increase muscle size/strength &/or enhance secondary sexual characteristics are collectively called Anabolic/Androgenic Steroids (AAS).

      Testosterone, DHT, Boldenone, Nandrolone, & other AAS occur naturally in the body, but are present in smaller amounts than athletes like bodybuilders take. (Bear with me, as this will help explain the psychological/behavioral effects.) On average, a healthy male produces 7-11 mg of testosterone per day, totaling about 49-75 mg per week. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) generally gives a 100 mg combination of testosterone *plus* a carrier molecule (ester) that dictates how fast it is released. Thus, for a common prescription like 100 mg/wk Testosterone Cypionate (Depo Testosterone), 70 mg are actual testosterone & 30 mg are cypionate ester.

      Back to your question- there are numerous formulations of testosterone/steroids, each with different timelines of activity & different molecular pathways. This can play a role in relative aggression & confidence, though it is highly individual & variable.
      Testosterone based products like cypionate, enanthate, & propionate last for 1 week (cyp & enan) or 2-3 days (prop) & break down into estrogen (estradiol). The amount of conversion into estradiol is dependent upon how large of an injection one takes, amount of bodyfat, & individual factors. Estradiol has been implicated for problems in aggression & irritability, as it does not decrease adrenal activity & can negatively affect neurotransmitters (like dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, etc.) beyond a certain level (above 30-35 pg/mL). (In contrast, testosterone does decrease adrenal activity, a significant point since the adrenal glands produce over 50 hormones &/or neurotransmitters, many of which play a role in behavior.) The
      elevation of estradiol due to TRT/steroid usage is largely temporary & reversible (as are the psychological effects, though certain physical effects like gynecomastia may not be. An occurrence like gynecomastia is quite likely to change a man's behavior in light of his pscyhological discomfort.)

      Hence, the amount of testosterone/AAS administered can contribute to relative aggressiveness & irritability.
      Look on pubmed.gov for articles by Bhasin, Shalender & others- his study cites weekly dosages of up to 600 mg test cyp/enan with no change in aggression; other studies at similar doses find increased aggression in 5% of the individuals in the study. In proper dosage for hypogonadal (low testosterone producing) men, testosterone can alleviate irritability & anxiety.

      Some of the products named above (boldenone, nandrolone) do not convert into estrogen but may convert into progesterone, which can produce behavioral changes. However, aggression is not considered a common side effect of those who have reported usage.

      If significant amounts of TRT/AAS are taken (equivalent to about 5 weeks worth), natural production of testosterone stops/decreases significantly. If men discontinue TRT/AAS at this time, severe depression, aggression, irritability, & anxiety may occur. Depending on individual factors & duration of use, the testes may or may not recover to baseline production of testosterone & its metabolites prior to TRT/AAS. If testosterone & its metabolites do not return to near baseline levels, this can cause permanent behavioral tendencies unless the underlying hormones & neurotransmitters are addressed.

  9. QUESTION:
    is there an alternative cure for hormonal imbalances?
    ever since i had my last baby (13 months ago) my hormones have been off the wall and menstrating has been a nightmare. is there a natural remedy for helping the body to return to normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormone Imbalance
      According to ZRT Laboratory, ÒHormone imbalance has been found to be the cause of a number of clinical situations. These conditions are:
      Progesterone Deficiency / Estrogen Dominence
      Testosterone Deficiency
      Inappropriate Hormone Replacement
      Polycystic Ovaries
      Infertility
      Testosterone Deficiency
      Multiple Hormone Insufficiency
      Age-Related DHEA Decline
      Progesterone / Estrogen Insufficiency
      Cortisol / DHEA ImbalanceÓ Each one of these has specific needs according to diet and supplementary options. In general, some of these suggestions might help: Recommended Vitamins:
      Multivitamin / mineral / antioxidant formula complex Recommended Nutrients:
      DHEA Foods to Choose:
      Proteins
      Fresh fruits and vegetables Foods to Avoid:
      Refined carbohydrates, pastas, chips, pastries, and sodas

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      More resources are available from the book, Vitamins & Minerals, written by Sara Rose and published by Hamlyn in 2003, Reader's Digest The Healing Power of Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs: The A-Z guide to enhancing your health and treating illness with nutritional supplements. Along with these two resource guides, material has been found in The Doctor's Complete Guide To Vitamins and Minerals, written by Mary Dan Eades, MD.,The Complete Guide to Herbal Medicines, written by Charles W. Fetrow, PharmD and Juan R. Avila, PharmD., a book written by Earl Meindell, RPh, PhD, Recipes for Healthy Living Dr. Earl MeindellÕs Natural Remedies For 101 Ailments. Plus, the Alternative Health Dictionary. Viable Herbal Solutions website can be a great help as well with this information.

  10. QUESTION:
    Anyone out there that can not work, or on disablity, due to anxiety?
    I was just pulled from work for the next week by my dr. for severe anxiety. I am having trouble coping with the stresses of everyday life. I feel as though I can not tread water anymore and I am sinking. I work full time, as a mortgage loan officer, I have 3 boys aunder age of 8. My stress from home and work are piling up so that I can not seem to do anything right! I would love to stop working all together as that seems as though it would help me function much better, however, we just cannot afford it as I carry the health insurance, etc.. for the family. Any suggestions as to how I can somehow remain on disabilty until my life gets back in order?

    • ANSWER:
      My anxiety was so debilitating that i took vacation after vacation leave until i ran out. Then i took sick leave and compensatory leave, man i worked the system until they all ran out. I tried anxiety medication Effexor, after the 4th day of taking it my anxiety attacks got worse, much worse. I immediately refused to take Prescriptions and opted for natural remedies that work. After i tried it i am much better and back out to work, i know i won't have to worry about anxiety again. This is what i did. After reading the book "Natural Cures They Don't Want You To Know About" by Kevin Trudeau i gained much insight into how to take care of your body and never get sick again. This is what i did to get rid of my anxiety.

      A colon cleanse
      Parasite cleanse (most ppl dont know that worms and parasites causes severe anxiety)
      Candida cleanse
      Liver/gallbladder cleanse
      Kidney cleanse
      P.S. Take the colon and parasite cleanse together so that while flushing the colon worms and parasites will be expelled along with them.

      Now while i took the cleanses one by one i supplemented my body with something that brings the body back into balance. It's called Maca Root. It is anti anxiety as well. Here is a list of what Maca Root is good for. What doctors won't tell you is that if you cleanse your body you will basically get rid of many ailments, like anxiety, depression, constipation, dizziness, insomnia, stomach problems, acne, hair loss etc. If they tell you these things then you won't need them and their pockets will be empty. Cleansing simply gets rid of built up toxins in the body that is making you sick.

      Benefits for Men

      1. Maca increases Aphrodisiac activity.

      2. Enhances libido.

      3. Increases energy, stamina and endurance.

      4. Improvement of male potency.

      5. Helps overcome depression.

      6. Found to produce a "general sense of well-being".

      7. DHEA level increases significantly in a majority of the males treated with it.

      8. Helps in stress treatment.

      9. Increases sperm count (oligospermia), count of mobile spermatozoids and mobility, formation of spermatozoids (spermatogenesis)

      10. Athletic Performance.

      11. Hormone Balancing.

      12. Increased Testosterone Levels.

      13. It helps with Erectile Dysfunction.

      14. Fertility Enhancement

      15. Helps fight acne resulted from hormonal unbalances.

      Benefits for Women

      1. Maca increases Aphrodisiac Activity.

      2. Enhances Libido.

      3. Increases Energy.

      4. It increases Sexual Stimulation

      5. Helps to overcomes depression.

      6. Found to produce a "general sense of well-being".

      7. Helps in Stress Treatment.

      8. Helps fight menopause symptoms.

      9. It reduces Hot Flashes.

      10. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HTR).

      11. Hormone balancing.

      12. Athletic Performance.

      13. PMS Associated Problems.

      14. Maca helps alleviate Menstrual Pain

      15. Corrects Menstrual Irregularity

      16. Helps with acne resulted from hormonal unbalances.

      17. Helps hormonal related skin problems

      18. It decreases stress

      19. Maca Decreases Anxiety

      And last but not least, i took Super Greens. This Greens is full of antioxidants and super powers the body, giving it maximum supplementation. When the body is acidic you develop all sorts of problems like acid reflux, heartburn, constipation, irregular periods, PMS, Insomnia, dizziness, fatigue and extreme fatigue, weakness etc. Super Green turns the body from acidic to alkaline, which is the way it is supposed to be in order to never be sick. You will never suffer from anxiety once your body's PH is Alkaline and your hormones are balance. I know this seems long but the bottom line is...

      Cleanse the body (herbal cleanses)
      Balance the body's hormones with Maca Root
      Supercharge your body with Super Greens which in turn gives you energy like never before. Below is where you can get these things. I am a proud anxiety survivor using natural methods. Smile, you will get better and conquer anxiety.

  11. QUESTION:
    what herbs are best to use for low testrone levels?
    I read in the other comments that herbs were good to use can you tell me what herbs are good for low testrone levels . Any thing else would help that you could tell us to do.. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Men's testosterone levels fall as they get older, which may contribute to health problems such as diabetes, loss of bone and muscle mass, and sexual dysfunction. Gaining too much weight can accelerate the decline in testosterone levels that accompanies aging. However, testosterone and hormone replacement is a complicated matter and there is a tendency of prescribing a higher testosterone dosage than patients require. This could also be true of natural hormones that are available over the counter. Many people may take too much not realizing the potential harmful effects of these testosterone and androgen precursors.
      There are two hormone supplements available over the counter in health food stores that could elevate low testosterone levels. These are pregnenolone and DHEA. Testosterone cream and a testosterone gel are not sold over the counter. A natural testosterone supplement taken orally is not available over the counter. Certain herbs may potentially and temporarily increase testosterone levels, for instance tribulus terrestris.

      Herbal supplements such as tongkat ali from Malaysia or tribulus terrestris extract may stimulate testosterone release, an extract called LJ100 is also availalbe. Yohimbe does not seem to influence testosterone levels but is a good aphrodisiac herb. Discuss with your doctor the natural herbal options that are available.
      Read detailed information here
      http://www.raysahelian.com/testosterone.html

  12. QUESTION:
    Can someone tell me what is going on when my heart does this?
    I am taking small doses (10mg) of thryoid t3 @t4, 10 mg dhea, I always feel nervous, and then my heart seem to go into rythmic irregulars beats if that makes any sense. Is that enough thyroid to cause this? Doctors say it is nerves, but when it starts, it will stay for hours. Any body experience the same thing? I also get an outbreak of shingles more often than I used to. Thanks for spending time on me. BC

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the thyroid can cause this. Drop your T3 for a dose and see what happens. The T4 is your storage hormone that converts to T3, while T3 is the active hormone. If that helps, discuss this with your doctor. I think T3 replacement is very, very important, but synthetics are not always the way to go. Consider a natural dessicated thyroid (Armour).

      Also, are you sure you need DHEA? What kind of test have you run for that. I would recommend a 24-hour saliva test. It will also see how your adrenl glands are functioning. Hypo people often have very tired adrenals. By the words of a doctor from CanaryClub:

      "The blood tests are hopelessly inferior to saliva for steroid measurements."

      This was a question as to why my blood DHEA was so high, but my saliva DHEA was normal.

      Edit to add: Regarding shingles, definitely make sure your adrenals are okay using the 24-hour saliva. Your immune system might be a little off. Also make sure you check for autoimmune disorder (Hashimoto).

  13. QUESTION:
    Are natural Progesterone meds OTC in Canada?
    I can get progesterone cream over the counter here in the U.S. but I'd like to know if progesterone gelcaps or suppositories are sold over the counter in Canada.
    No, there is no potential for serious side effects with NATURAL progesterone. The negative side effects are from synthetic progestins.

    • ANSWER:
      Nope. Hormone replacement therapy is entirely controlled here (unlike the US, where DHEA and pregnenolone are still available OTC.)

      As far as I know, the only hormone that's still available OTC in Canada is Melatonin.

  14. QUESTION:
    I have anxiety and after a panic attack I start shaking, I can stop if I try but is it better to ..?
    I have anxiety and after a panic attack I start shaking, I can stop if I try but is it better to just keep shaking and let it all out or try really hard and make my body stop?
    Sorry if this doesn't make sense x

    • ANSWER:
      idk, but you should try to figure out what causes anxiety - for instance anxiety is the body's natural reaction to severe health problems like low blood sugar (I saw a list once, there are other things). Of course low blood sugar can kill you so your body is right to panic. In know, I suffer from it, and eating takes care of that anxiety.

      If you older (50+, which I doubt, but which appears to be true of at least one contributor), and your panic is not caused by another health problem like low blood sugar, you may find DHEA takes care of it. I take DHEA and in minutes my panic is gone. This is hormone replacement so it must be done intelligently taken in conjunction with nutrients linked with cancer avoidance (such as calcium-d-glucarate, broccoli, selenium, iodine, pregnenolone (to make progesterone), perhaps others).

  15. QUESTION:
    What parts of the brain are affected when a male or female suffers from Postnatal Depression?
    all help is greatly appreciated=)

    thanx!!

    • ANSWER:
      View http://www.womentowomen.com on postpartum/postnatal depression, and their views about the use of antidepressants, which coincide largely with mine. Read: "Baby Blues - Goodbye Baby Blues Postpartum Depression Treatment for Postpartum Symptoms" by Healing Natural Oils, and "Natural Healing for Depression: Solutions from the World's Great Traditions And Practitioners" *** by James Strohecker and Nancy Shaw Strohecker, & Postpartum Depression Demystified: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Overcoming the Most Common Complication after Childbirth by Joyce A. Venis RNC and Suzanne McCloskey, & Postpartum Depression For Dummies by Shoshana S. Bennett and Mary Jo Codey. & Surviving Post-Natal Depression: At Home, No One Hears You Scream by Cara Aiken. View: Postpartum Depression Demystified: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Overcoming the Most Common Complication after Childbirth by Joyce A. Venis RNC and Suzanne McCloskey (Kindle Edition - Mar 7, 2007) - Kindle Book, from your bookstore, or Amazon.com. See http://your-mental-health.weebly.com/r.html & http://alternative-complementary-health.weebly.com/dr-hyla-cass---womens-health.html and get her book, or audio course, and enter her name in the searchbar at Amazon.com

      Chances are, a doctor will prescribe antidepressants, when what you would benefit from most is replacement NATURAL hormones, like estriol (NOT Premarin, which is SYNTHETIC estradiol; known to sometimes cause cancer) and supplements, like DHEA (according to Dr. Hyla Cass*** who is an expert at natural healing for women. Google: "naturopaths; (your location)" who can have them formulated by a compounding pharmacy (several are shown in appendix F ***). In the meantime/otherwise: St. John's wort helps most people; tolerance doesn't develop, and the few side effects don't occur often, and even then are normally not severe; it usually takes 2 weeks to start becoming effective, and another 2 - 4 for peak effectiveness.
      Note, however, that it can interfere with some birth control pills, and should be discontinued before surgical procedures, and not resumed until healed. Also, it may negatively impact vitamin D3 levels, so they should be optimised - see http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/12/16/my-one-hour-vitamin-d-lecture-to-clear-up-all-your-confusion-on-this-vital-nutrient.aspx View the SJW, & HYPERICUM websites via page B, at 8m.com. Most people are suggestible, to some degree, so you could either seek professional hypnotherapy, or more along such lines is on page 3, at Weebly.

  16. QUESTION:
    can lower testosterone levels cause a weaker immune system?
    i'm 20, i've lost my appetite, i'm more depressed and i have an almost diminished sex drive. i am also gaining weight abnormally.

    and more recently for the last few weeks i've been getting ill (colds and flu's) every 4-5 days.
    could all of these symptoms be connected
    how can i stop this from happening.

    • ANSWER:
      As some have said, these symptoms can definitely be related to low testosterone, though they might be accounted for by other hormonal imbalances. Confusingly, illness itself lowers testosterone (which is one reason why a single test result of low testosterone is considered insufficient without another test confirming low levels). Additionally, testosterone has been used by HIV+/AIDS patients to increase immune function; it can often stimulate the production of more T cells.

      Someone spoke of a chemical imbalance in the brain. It's actually very difficult to establish the concentration of chemicals in the brain (we can measure how much our bodies excrete [via 24 hour urine test], as well as how much is in the blood or spinal cord, but at best we can speculate the concentration of chemicals in the brain).
      However, testosterone does affect & is affected by a host of other hormones/neurotransmitters/immune related chemicals, such as dopamine, norepinephrine, thyroid hormones, cortisol, estrogen, aldosterone, DHEA, etc. You get the picture- it's a long list of chemicals that can produce a cascade or domino effect.

      Depression itself can affect functions that are considered part of the domain of testosterone (erectile function, sex drive, appetite, fat burning & muscle building, etc.) & can raise or lower cortisol, which can affect testosterone. It's worth requesting that your doctor test your testosterone levels (both free & total), as well as your thyroid hormones (particularly T4 & T3 but even better to test free T4 & free T3). Doc can draw the blood for these tests in a single sitting.

      Many men are given antidepressants when in point of fact they have low testosterone & are only medicating the symptom while masking the problem. That was how my docs tried to handle the problem at first. I belong to a group that deals with testosterone related issues & testosterone replacement: (http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/hypogonadism2/ )

  17. QUESTION:
    What do all these abbreviations mean in the baby world?

    • ANSWER:
      2WW = 2-Week Wait
      47XXY = Klinefelter's Syndrome

      ACA = Anti-cardiolipin Antibodies
      ACTH = Adrenal Corticotropic Hormone
      AF = Aunt Flo (menstruation)
      AH, AZH = Assisted Hatching
      AHI = At-home Insemination
      a.i = alt.infertility newsgroup
      a.i.a, aia = alt.infertility.alternatives newsgroup
      a.i.p, aip = alt.infertility.primary newsgroup
      a.i.s, ais = alt.infertility.secondary newsgroup
      AI = Artificial Insemination
      AIH = Artificial Insemination from Husband
      ANA = Anti-nuclear Antibodies
      AO = Anovulation
      AOA, AVA = Anti-ovarian Antibody
      APA = Anti-phospholipid Antibodies
      APTT = Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time
      ART = Assisted Reproductive Technology
      ASA = Anti-sperm Antibody
      ASRM = American Society of Reproductive Medicine
      ATA = Anti-thyroid Antibody
      AWOL = A Woman On Lupron

      B2 = Baby Two (mailing list)
      BA = Baby Aspirin
      BBT = Basal Body Temperature
      BCP = Birth Control Pills
      BD = Baby Dance (sex)
      BFN = Big Fat Negative
      BFP = Big Fat Positive
      BG = Blood Glucose
      BMS = Baby-making Sex
      BSE = Breast Self-Exam
      BT = Balanced Translocation
      BW, b/w = Bloodwork

      C# = Cycle Number
      CAD = Carbohydrate Addict's Diet
      CAH = Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
      CALP = Carbohydrate Addict's Life Plan
      CASA = Computer-assisted Semen Analysis
      CB = Cycle Buddy CBAVD = Congenital Bilateral Absence of the Vas Deferens
      CCCT, CCT = Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test (Clomid Challenge Test)
      CD = Cycle Day
      CD56+ = Natural Killer Cells
      CF = Cervical Fluid
      CM = Cervical Mucus
      CMV = Cytomegalovirus
      CNM = Certified Nurse Midwife
      COH = Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation
      COW = Curse of Womanhood (menstruation)
      CP = Cervical Position
      CPFM = ClearPlan Fertility Monitor
      CVS = Chorionic Villae Sampling

      D&C = Dilation & Curettage
      D&E = Dilation & Evacuation
      DE = Donor Eggs
      DES = Diethylstilbestrol (a synthetic estrogen)
      DHEAS = Dihydroepiandrosterone Sulfate
      DI = Donor Insemination
      DIPI = Direct Intra-peritoneal Insemination
      DOR = Diminished Ovarian Reserve
      DOST = Direct Oocyte-Sperm Transfer
      DPO = Days Post-Ovulation
      DPR = Days Post-Retrieval
      DPT = Days Post-Transfer
      DP3DT = Days Post 3-Day Transfer
      DP3DT = Days Post 5-Day Transfer
      Dx = Diagnosis

      E2 = Estradiol
      EB, EMB = Endometrial Biopsy
      EDD = Estimated Due Date
      ENDO = Endometriosis
      EPO = Evening Primrose Oil
      EPT = Early Pregnancy Test
      ET = Embryo Transfer
      ETF = Embryo Toxic Factor
      ETA = Embryo Toxicity Assay
      EW, EWCM = Eggwhite Cervical Mucus

      FBG = Fasting Blood Glucose
      FI = Fasting Insulin
      FET = Frozen Embryo Transfer
      FF = Fertility Friend or Fat Friendly
      FHR = Fetal Heart Rate
      FP = Follicular Phase
      FM = Fertile Mucus or Fertility Monitor
      FSH = Follicle Stimulating Hormone
      FTTA = Fertile Thoughts To All
      FUR = False Unicorn Root
      FV = Fertile Vibes

      GD = Gestational Diabetes
      GI = Gastrointestinal
      GIFT = Gamete Intra-fallopian Transfer
      GnRH = Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone
      GP = General Practitioner
      GTT = Glucose Tolerance Test

      HbA1c = Glycosylated Hemoglobin (also called Glycohemoglobin)
      hCG, HCG = Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
      HCP = Health Care Practitioner
      HEPA = Hamster Egg Penetration Assay
      hMG, HMG = Human Menopausal Gonadotropin
      HP = Hannah's Prayer (Christian infertility / pregnancy loss group)
      HPT = Home Pregnancy Test
      HRT = Hormone Replacement Therapy
      HSC = Hysteroscopy
      HSG = Hysterosalpingogram

      IBT = Immunobead Binding Test
      ICI = Intra-cervical Insemination
      ICSI = Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
      IF = Infertility
      IGTT = Insulin and Glucose Tolerance Test
      IM = Intra-muscular (WRT injections)
      INCIID = International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
      IOR = Immature Oocyte Retrieval
      IR = Insulin Resistant
      ITI = Intra-tubal Insemination
      IUFD = Intra-uterine Fetal Demise
      IUGR = Intra-uterine Growth Retardation
      IUI = Intra-uterine Insemination
      IVC = Intra-vaginal Culture
      IVF = In Vitro Fertilization
      IVIg = Intravenous Immunoglobulin

      LAD = Leukocyte Antibody Detection Assay
      LAP = Laparoscopy
      LH = Luteinizing Hormone
      LIT = Leukocyte Immunization Therapy
      LMP = Last Menstrual Period (start date)
      LO = Love Olympics (sex)
      LP = Luteal Phase
      LPD = Luteal Phase Defect
      LSP = Low Sperm Count
      LUF, LUFS = Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome

      MAI = Miscarriage After Infertility (mail list)
      MC, m/c, misc. = Miscarriage
      MESA = Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
      MF = Male Factor
      m.h.i, mhi = misc.health.in

  18. QUESTION:
    Can I reverse thinning hair due to menopause.Could it be the hormone replacement causing this?deb?
    Is it because I am taking hormone replacements that my hair has changed so drastically.It is limp and thin and I loose lots everyday.What can I do.It seems like my blood tests are ok.Anyone out there who can guide me..I am feeling real sad about this sudden change in my appearance.thanks so much
    debbie

    • ANSWER:
      Hi
      Firstly what is normal for one woman is not necessarily the case for another - and blood tests indicating normal might not be normal for you . I suggest that you check to see if you have any other signs of oestrogen deficiency even with HRT. I too had thinning hair but since starting carefully tailored hormones growth is improving.But it is very important to get the balance right and you might need some DHEA or your estrogen adjusted.
      I highly recommend a book by Thierry Hertoghe -The Hormone Solution there are check lists to see if you are suffering any deficiencies.
      Another thing to check is your shampoo - many of today's products are little more then powerful detergents which can easily damage the hair. I'm planning on making my own according to a Victorian recipe but in the meantime I went into the health shop and picked a shampoo without loads of unwanted paint stripping ingredients and the improvement is yet greater.
      Another place to investigate is John Redmond endocrinologist and specialist on hair loss. He does have a website so google it

  19. QUESTION:
    Please help me with these abbreviations?
    I keep reading questions and answers on here and I keep seeing all these abbreviations.

    AF
    BFP
    DPO
    FF
    BBT
    MRW
    GL
    EWCM
    BBT
    MTP
    BFN
    STAT
    IUI
    GYN
    HCG
    BCP (I assume this means Birth Control Pill)

    What do all these stand for?

    • ANSWER:
      a.i.p, aip = alt.infertility.primary newsgroup
      a.i.s, ais = alt.infertility.secondary newsgroup
      AI = Artificial Insemination
      AIH = Artificial Insemination from Husband
      ANA = Anti-nuclear Antibodies
      AO = Anovulation
      AOA, AVA = Anti-ovarian Antibody
      APA = Anti-phospholipid Antibodies
      APTT = Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time
      ART = Assisted Reproductive Technology
      ASA = Anti-sperm Antibody
      ASRM = American Society of Reproductive Medicine
      ATA = Anti-thyroid Antibody
      AWOL = A Woman On Lupron

      B2 = Baby Two (mailing list)
      BA = Baby Aspirin
      BBT = Basal Body Temperature
      BCP = Birth Control Pills
      BD = Baby Dance (sex)
      BFN = Big Fat Negative
      BFP = Big Fat Positive
      BG = Blood Glucose
      BMS = Baby-making Sex
      BSE = Breast Self-Exam
      BT = Balanced Translocation
      BW, b/w = Bloodwork

      C# = Cycle Number
      CAD = Carbohydrate Addict's Diet
      CAH = Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
      CALP = Carbohydrate Addict's Life Plan
      CASA = Computer-assisted Semen Analysis
      CB = Cycle Buddy CBAVD = Congenital Bilateral Absence of the Vas Deferens
      CCCT, CCT = Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test (Clomid Challenge Test)
      CD = Cycle Day
      CD56+ = Natural Killer Cells
      CF = Cervical Fluid
      CM = Cervical Mucus
      CMV = Cytomegalovirus
      CNM = Certified Nurse Midwife
      COH = Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation
      COW = Curse of Womanhood (menstruation)
      CP = Cervical Position
      CPFM = ClearPlan Fertility Monitor
      CVS = Chorionic Villae Sampling

      D&C = Dilation & Curettage
      D&E = Dilation & Evacuation
      DE = Donor Eggs
      DES = Diethylstilbestrol (a synthetic estrogen)
      DHEAS = Dihydroepiandrosterone Sulfate
      DI = Donor Insemination
      DIPI = Direct Intra-peritoneal Insemination
      DOR = Diminished Ovarian Reserve
      DOST = Direct Oocyte-Sperm Transfer
      DPO = Days Post-Ovulation
      DPR = Days Post-Retrieval
      DPT = Days Post-Transfer
      DP3DT = Days Post 3-Day Transfer
      DP3DT = Days Post 5-Day Transfer
      Dx = Diagnosis
      E2 = Estradiol
      EB, EMB = Endometrial Biopsy
      EDD = Estimated Due Date
      ENDO = Endometriosis
      EPO = Evening Primrose Oil
      EPT = Early Pregnancy Test
      ET = Embryo Transfer
      ETF = Embryo Toxic Factor
      ETA = Embryo Toxicity Assay
      EW, EWCM = Eggwhite Cervical Mucus

      FBG = Fasting Blood Glucose
      FI = Fasting Insulin
      FET = Frozen Embryo Transfer
      FF = Fertility Friend or Fat Friendly
      FHR = Fetal Heart Rate
      FP = Follicular Phase
      FM = Fertile Mucus or Fertility Monitor
      FSH = Follicle Stimulating Hormone
      FTTA = Fertile Thoughts To All
      FUR = False Unicorn Root
      FV = Fertile Vibes

      GD = Gestational Diabetes
      GI = Gastrointestinal
      GIFT = Gamete Intra-fallopian Transfer
      GnRH = Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone
      GP = General Practitioner
      GTT = Glucose Tolerance Test

      HbA1c = Glycosylated Hemoglobin (also called Glycohemoglobin)
      hCG, HCG = Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
      HCP = Health Care Practitioner
      HEPA = Hamster Egg Penetration Assay
      hMG, HMG = Human Menopausal Gonadotropin
      HP = Hannah's Prayer (Christian infertility / pregnancy loss group)
      HPT = Home Pregnancy Test
      HRT = Hormone Replacement Therapy
      HSC = Hysteroscopy
      HSG = Hysterosalpingogram

      IBT = Immunobead Binding Test
      ICI = Intra-cervical Insemination
      ICSI = Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
      IF = Infertility
      IGTT = Insulin and Glucose Tolerance Test
      IM = Intra-muscular (WRT injections)
      INCIID = International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
      IOR = Immature Oocyte Retrieval
      IR = Insulin Resistant
      ITI = Intra-tubal Insemination
      IUFD = Intra-uterine Fetal Demise
      IUGR = Intra-uterine Growth Retardation
      IUI = Intra-uterine Insemination
      IVC = Intra-vaginal Culture
      IVF = In Vitro Fertilization
      IVIg = Intravenous Immunoglobulin

      LAD = Leukocyte Antibody Detection Assay
      LAP = Laparoscopy
      LH = Luteinizing Hormone
      LIT = Leukocyte Immunization Therapy
      LMP = Last Menstrual Period (start date)
      LO = Love Olympics (sex)
      LP = Luteal Phase
      LPD = Luteal Phase Defect
      LSP = Low Sperm Count
      LUF, LUFS = Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome

      MAI = Miscarriage After Infertility (mail list)
      MC, m/c, misc. = Miscarriage
      MESA = Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
      MF = Male Factor
      m.h.i, mhi = misc.health.infertility newsgroup
      MIFT = Micro Injection Fallopian Transfer
      m.k.p, mkp = misc.kids.pregnancy newsgroup
      MMR = Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine
      MRI = Magnetic Resonance Imaging

      NEST = Non-surgical Embryonic Selective Thinning
      NK = Natural Killer Cells (CD56+)
      NORIF = Non-stimulated Oocyte Retrieval In (office) Fertilization
      NP = Nurse Practitioner
      NSA = Non-surgical Sperm Aspiration

      O, OV = Ovulation
      OASIS = Overweight & Seeking Infertility Support (mail list)
      OB = Obstetrician
      OB/GYN = Obstetrician/Gynecologist
      OC = Oral Contraceptives
      OD = Ovulatory Dysfunction
      OHSS = Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
      ONNA = Oh No, Not Again (mail list)
      OPK Ovulation Predictor Kit
      OPSS = Overweight & Pregnant Support (mail list)
      OPT = Ovulation Predictor Test
      OTC = Over The Counter
      OTTC = Overweight & Trying To Conceive (mai

  20. QUESTION:
    what are the side effects for women using testosterone cream for loss of libido?

    • ANSWER:
      Testosterone Therapy for Women Printer friendly page

      Women normally have circulating in their blood 3 major sex hormones: oestrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Each of these is produced by the ovaries. Oestrogen is also made throughout the body but particularly in body fat. Testosterone can also be made in other parts of the body from hormones (DHEA and DHEAS) that are produced by the adrenal glands.

      At the time of natural menopause or surgical removal of the ovaries oestrogen and progesterone levels fall precipitously.

      Testosterone and DHEAS levels however fall more gradually with increasing age such that a woman in her forties has on average only half of the testosterone and DHEAS circulating in her bloodstream as does a woman in her twenties. After a woman has her ovaries removed by surgery testosterone levels can fall by up to fifty percent. However testosterone does not change across menopause, although this varies somewhat between women.

      Testosterone and other related hormones (DHEA and DHEAS) in the body (also known as androgens) have known physiological roles in women. Firstly, oestrogen is actually made from testosterone and DHEA, and without the ability of our bodies to make testosterone we cannot make oestrogen. Testosterone and DHEA appear to have direct independent effects in different parts of the body, and some women may experience a variety of physical symptoms when their blood levels fall. Such symptoms may include:

      impaired sexual interest (loss of libido or sexual desire), and lessened sexual responsiveness

      lessened wellbeing, loss of energy.

      Testosterone therapy may be beneficial for some women who have had their ovaries surgically removed or in some cases who have significant symptoms in the form of loss of libido, fatigue and diminished wellbeing.

      Caution
      Testosterone therapy will not be the answer for someone who has a poor partner relationship, depression or poor wellbeing due to other causes.

      Measuring Testosterone
      All women should have a blood test to measure their testosterone level before starting any testosterone replacement mainly to exclude higher levels of testosterone.

      There is no set level of testosterone below which suggests or guides treatment, but it is essential that women with normal or high levels are not misdiagnosed and treated with androgens.

      Women should also have thyroid disease and iron deficiency excluded as possible causes of their symptoms by having a blood test for these conditions.

      Most methods for measuring testosterone are fairly imprecise and become even more inaccurate when blood levels of testosterone are low. Blood should be taken ideally between 8:00am and 10:00am as testosterone levels vary throughout the day. For women who have regular cycles, blood should not be taken during the menstrual phase as testosterone levels are low at this time in most women and thus the result may be misleading. Thus blood should be drawn at least 8 days after the start of menstruation.

      Recent Jean Hailes research has shown no relationship between testosterone levels and loss of libido and sexual dysfunction. Therefore levels cannot be used to diagnose androgen insufficiency, only to ensure levels are not elevated. Levels of testosterone also cannot guide replacement of testosterone.

      The factors that do influence libido are discussed by psychologist Dr Amanda Deeks PhD, in her "10 tips for understanding and improving your libido".
      [More on the 10 tips is available at Libido]

      10 tips for understanding and improving your libido
      1. What influences your libido? We all have our own individual levels of sexual desire or libido. More...
      2. Assess your own libido How would you describe your level of sexual desire? Do you desire sex frequently, sometimes, every now and then or never? A low libido is only a problem if you perceive it to be a problem. More...
      3. Why do you have sex? There are many reasons for having sex and lust is only one of these. More...
      4. Check your desire switch When we first get together with our partner there is often a lot of sex and a lot of intimacy. You just can’t keep your hands off each other! At the beginning of a relationship we want to impress and make a greater effort to please our partner. Over time this level of desire might drop away. More...
      5. Understand the physical We often jump in to sexual relationships without really understanding or knowing what actually happens to our bodies when we become intimate. More...
      6. Accept your libido may be
      different to that of a man Just as there are individual influences on our sexual libido there may also be some differences between men and women when it comes to desire. More...
      7. Stop comparing We often think that everybody is having more sex than we are, or that young beautiful, thin people have lots of sex. We want to know the average number of times couples have sex so we can compare where we are at. More...
      8. Watch out for depression and
      anxiety 1 in 5 adult Australians will experience an anxiety or depressive disorder. As you can imagine mood disorders impact negatively on libido. More...
      9. It’s okay not to always feel
      desire when you have sex Some women feel that they should desire sex every time they have it. They say they would feel fake if they have sex and they don’t feel desire. So, if they don’t feel desire then they don’t have sex. It’s okay to have sex even though we don’t feel desire. More...
      10. Seek help if you need to If you have thought about your libido and are worried about something or it is causing you problems then it is important to do something about it. More...
      Dr Amanda Deeks PhD, The Jean Hailes Foundation

      For those women with persistent low libido in whom lifestyle and relationship issues have been addressed, testosterone therapy may be appropriate. Therapy may improve libido, especially in oophorectomised women.

      However with libido and testosterone therapy in women, there are areas that need further research, these include:

      defining the clinical features of androgen insufficiency in women

      appropriate testing/investigation

      appropriate testosterone preparation availability for women

      safety data on longer term use.

      If Testosterone Therapy is used
      Testosterone can be taken as tablets, by injection, as an implanted pellet, as a skin patch, gel or spray.

      Currently no form of testosterone therapy is officially approved in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for women. However for many years testosterone has been in used in public hospital specialist clinics, and in private practices for postmenopausal women with low testosterone levels. Decisions on use need to be made in partnership between women and their doctor.

      For many years the most commonly used form of therapy for women has been with a testosterone implant pellet. This is a very small pellet which is implanted in the fat of the front lower abdomen, using a small incision (less than 1cm). The procedure takes approximately ten minutes to perform. The pellet releases testosterone over a period of 3 to 6 months, after which time it needs to be replaced. We most commonly recommend the use of 50 mg of the testosterone implant, although rarely 100 mg is required.

      Testosterone tablets (Andriol®) are available on prescription however they are only available in a dose form developed for men, and much less is known about their action in women or about what is the most suitable and effective dose. The use of testosterone tablets by women can not be recommended.

      Testosterone injections can also be used, however these result in very high levels of testosterone as they were developed for use in men, and little is known about the actual release dynamics of the injections in women. Their use cannot be recommended other than for a very short term trial of administration to guide the likelihood that chronic therapy will be effective.

      Testosterone skin patches have been developed and are now undergoing research trials which are addressing their safety and efficacy. Similarly studies are underway evaluating the safety and effectiveness of a testosterone gel and a skin spray in women.

      A testosterone cream is available in Western Australia that has been approved by Western Australian health authorities for use in women. It is called Androfeme®. This cream has been used in some short term studies, however there is no long term safety information regarding its use.

      Some physicians and pharmacists are promoting the use of testosterone and DHEA (another androgen) in the form of lozenges (also called troches), which are sucked in the mouth or given as creams. These have been labelled as being "bio-identical" however they are no more bio-identical than the other forms of testosterone that are available or undergoing research. The lozenges result in extremely high blood levels of testosterone, well above those appropriate for women. There is no research evidence that they are safe or even effective, and their use cannot be recommended.

      A recent well-designed trial of two years of DHEAS therapy suggests no benefits on well-being, libido, sexual function, cardiovascular risk factors and other ageing related endpoints. More research is needed. DHEAS is currently banned from importation into Australia and is not approved for use.

      Side Effects of Testosterone Treatment
      Short-term side effects of testosterone therapy appear uncommon when testosterone is used in appropriately selected women and given in the appropriate dose. However side effects will occur in any woman if the dose of the testosterone is in excess of her needs. Such side effects include masculinisation with acne and excess body hair, scalp hair loss, fluid retention, deepening of the voice, enlargement of the clitoris and adverse effects on blood cholesterol. It is our experience that these side effects are rarely encountered if the appropriate dose of testosterone is administered and blood levels are regularly monitored.

      Women with severe acne or severe excess body hair, or with thin scalp hair should not use testosterone. Women with very low levels of SHBG may be at increased risk of side effects of testosterone and therapy should be used very cautiously with careful monitoring. Similarly, testosterone should not be used by women who are pregnant or lactating or who have a suspected cancer. Some studies have shown that high levels of testosterone are more common in women who develop breast cancer, however there is no data to indicate any association between testosterone replacement and breast cancer.

      Testosterone levels must be monitored during treatment and blood levels achieved with therapy should be kept within the normal range for women.

      The current settings in which testosterone therapy may be beneficial in women include
      Early ovarian failure.

      Symptoms due to menopause following surgical removal of the ovaries, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

      Symptoms in women with premature spontaneous menopause

      Warnings
      Any woman using testosterone during child-bearing years must have reliable contraception as testosterone may result in virilization of a female foetus if it is used after conception.

      All women using testosterone cream should have a blood test after 3 weeks use and should be reviewed at 6 to 8 weeks by their doctor.

      No woman should continue treatment beyond 6 months if a clear benefit has not been achieved.

      There is no information regarding the safety of the use of testosterone in women long term.

      Testosterone is not currently approved for use in women by the TGA and FDA pending further research.

      Useful Resources

      Hormones

      Until menopause, a woman produces three different natural female hormones.

      Hormone Therapy Benefits

      Short term use of hormone therapy (HT) may be useful for women experiencing more severe symptoms of menopause.

      Hormone Therapy Side Effects

      Some women may experience nausea, fluid retention, breast enlargement and discomfort, particularly during the first few months of taking HT.

  21. QUESTION:
    Anyone else with Hypothyroidism? Does your meds help you?
    I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism during my recent pregnancy and the doc put me on Synthroid 100miu. Even though my blood test are back in the normal range, I've suddenly gained twenty pounds, feel exhausted, depressed and many other low thyroid symptoms. Can your medicine just not be working even though blood test are ok? Clearly my body says otherwise! Despite eating right and exercising, I am still gaining weight, losing hair and feel miserable! What other medications are there and what works for you?

    • ANSWER:
      Most cases of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (autoimmune hypothyroidism).

      "New research has shown that Hashimoto's patients with high thyroid antibodies report more symptoms than patients with low thyroid antibodies, even if their thyroid function test is normal. In other words, thyroid replacement is not enough to ameliorate symptoms of autoimmune thyroid disease."

      Effective strategies for addressing the autoimmune aspect of Thyroid disease include:

      Avoid wheat.
      Correct vitamin D deficiency
      Improve gut flora
      Reduce stress
      Correct underlying adrenal issue, such as DHEA or cortisol imbalance.
      Correct oestrogen dominance. Consider using Natural progesterone.
      Detoxify mercury and other toxins. (Testing for mercury toxicity is available at Sensible-Alternative Clinic).
      Supplement selenium to lower thyroid antibodies. Also helps with conversion of T4 to T3.
      Correct an iron deficiency.
      Herbal medicine Bupleurum, Turmeric, Rehmannia and others.
      Other Naturopathic treatments for thyroid.

      Herbal medicines Withania or Coleus to increase production of thyroid hromone. (See Best Herbs for Women article.)
      Iodine (not kelp). Use with caution in Hashimoto's disease.
      Amino acid tyrosine which is the building block for thyroid hormone.
      Vitamin B6 and Vitamin A to improve function of the thyroid gland.
      Selenium and zinc to ensure conversion of T4 to T3.
      Coconut milk/ coconut oil provides medium chain fatty acids to normalise gut flora and stimulate metabolic rate.
      Exercise
      Sleep

      Thyroid disease >>>
      http://www.sensible-alternative.com.au/metabolic-hormones/thyroid-article

      Selenium lowers TPO >>>
      http://www.drdach.com/Selenium_Hashimotos.html

      Vitamin D and Hashimotos >>>
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX08cfVpRPM

      ***

      "In the vast majority of thyroid patients, if not all, Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothyroxine, Unithroid, Eltroxin, Levaxin, Norton, Eutrosig, Oroxine and any other “T4-only” medications are NOT doing the job as a sole treatment, according to the worldwide experience of patients and certain observant doctors… unless you think that an elevator that goes up to the 5th-floor-only on a 50 story building is “doing the job.

      Yes, you might feel better than before you got on, and your symptoms may be “improved”. Some do report that. But most all patients on T4 medications are left with their own degree of symptoms due to an inferior treatment."

      "the TSH RARELY corresponds to how a patient feels. There is a large majority of patients who have a “normal” TSH, even in the “one” area of the range, and have a myriad of hypo symptoms."

      "So what’s the solution? Patients and their wise doctors are returning to a medication that was successfully used from the late 1800’s onward: natural desiccated thyroid hormones, more commonly known as Naturethroid, Erfa’s Canadian “thyroid”, Armour, etc. They are made from pig glands, meets the stringent guidelines of the US Pharmacopoeia, and gives patients EXACTLY what their own thyroids give them—T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin."

      T4 only meds do not work >>>
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work/

  22. QUESTION:
    I'm 17 and I'm taking Halodrol pills (legal steroids) for football. Is that bad?
    I need it for my football. I have combines to attend and camps to go to and coaches to impress. Is it worth it to risk my health in hopes of playing college ball and being in the best shape of my life.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no such thing as a "legal" anabolic steroid.

      Halodrol is not an analobolic steroid -- it's a supplement that Gaspari Nutrition markets as a replacement for a pro-hormone product they used to sell called Halodrol-50. Most pro-hormones are now illegal as well.

      It's very difficult to find out what the new version of Halodrol contains, since the ingredients are obscured by a lot of the usual supplement marketing hocus pocus. It does contain DHEA, which no one under the age of 40 has any business taking (you have plenty of DHEA at your age and more of it will cause your body to stop naturally producing it.)

      You should also know that Gaspari Nutrition was exposed in 2005 by the Washington Post as having low-levels of illegal steroids in their "legal" supplement blends.

      Finally, let's just say you were considering even illegal steroids. I think you already know the answer to whether you should risk your healthy in hopes of playing college ball, otherwise, you wouldn't be asking the question.

      You do NOT need to use performance-enhancing drugs -- especially at your age when your hormones put in you one of the most naturally anabolic phases of your life -- to be competive in high school or college sports. In fact, if you get caught using them in college, your career will be more or less instantly over.

      Take care of the fundamentals like a hard work in the gym, great nutrition, educated lifting programs and a results-based attitude, and you'll do fine without the roids.

      Also, remember that your mind is always more valuable than your body. Make sure to get a good education and work on your brain, not just your muscles.

      Let's just say that you were good enough to not just play college ball, but also pro football. You know that the career expectancy for pro players is actually quite short -- and they are not the highest paid athletes. Wear and tear to your body is extremely high and you'll need to have another career in your back pocket, since football won't be there forever.

      Bottom line, skip the lame, overpriced, over-hyped supplements and be the best you can be. You'll be happier and healthier that way.

      Best of luck!

  23. QUESTION:
    esterfied prohormone what is it ?
    can it cause gynecomastia (man boobs)

    does it make you lathargic ?

    i took one days dose of it and is this bad ?

    my main concern is i dont wanna be larthargic, would one days does do this to me ?

    • ANSWER:
      Dj D-
      Everything you could ever want to know about esterfied hormones is at the following web site:

      Prohormone / Prosteroid FAQ - Everything You Need to Know! - [Forums]Prohormone / Prosteroid FAQ By pogue Included here are some of the most common ... Even if the product is esterfied, it is still a good idea to take it ...

      www.ironmagazineforums.com/supplements/27368-prohormone-prosteroid-faq-everything-you-need-know.html - 199k - Cached - Similar pages

      ...Prohormone / Prosteroid FAQ
      By pogue

      Included here are some of the most common questions asked about prohormones. This has been compiled into information based on some scientific studies, but mostly from user feedback after years of success using prohormones. Please keep in mind that this document might have some errors and you will need to do much more reading before you decide whether or not use prohormones.

      1. What are prohormones?

      Prohormones are synthetically manufactured compounds which convert to anabolic hormones via enzymes in the liver; hormone precursors. They are commonly abbreviated as PHs.

      2. What are they used for?

      Prohormones are used by athletes looking to increase size, strength, endurance, reduce recovery time or add lean body mass. They are most often used for increasing muscle mass or reducing bodyfat levels. Life extension groups are also increasingly using prohormones as a means of hormone replacement therapy, as an alternative to prescription drug use.

      3. Do they have side effects?

      Yes. Prohormones can have the same side effects as anabolic steroids, and are dependant upon the user as to which side effects one might experience. Some side effects are acne, hair loss, breast tissue enlargement, and prostate swelling. The potential for these side effects does exist, but it can be reduced if one uses proper precautionary measures (see below). Generally, if a person is genetically predisposed to a side effect it will occur (i.e.: if someone has a history of male pattern baldness in the family, it could be assumed that this could be a side effect experienced if certain prohormones are used)

      4. Which prohormones convert to which compounds?
      Here is a list:
      4 androstenediol (4AD or 4diol) converts to testosterone
      19 nor-4-androstenediol (Nordiol or nordiol) converts to nortestosterone or nandrolone
      1 androstenediol (1AD) converts to 1-testosterone (dihydroboldenone)
      1,4 androstenedione and 1,4 androstenediol (1,4andro or Boldione) converts to boldenone and slightly converts to estrogen (the diol version does not convert to estrogen)
      5 alpha androstenediol (5AA) converts to DHT
      3 beta androstenediol (3 beta) converts to DHT
      3 alpha androstenediol (3 alpha) converts to DHT
      4 hydroxy androstenedione converts to 4 hydroxy testosterone which is an aromatize inhibitor (blocks formation of estrogen)
      7-KETO-DHEA does not convert to any active anabolic compounds
      1-testosterone (1-test) is already an active compound and does not need to undergo conversion

      Compounds you want to avoid:

      5 androstenediol (5AD or 5diol) converts to testosterone at a very low rate and is an estrogen agonist
      4 androstenedione (andro) converts to testosterone and estrone (estrogen)
      19 nor-4-androstenedione (norandro) converts to nortestosterone and estrogen
      DHEA converts to androstenedione and can be converted to all other hormones
      Pregnenolone converts to progesterone and can be converted to all other hormones

      5. How do prohormones work?

      Basically, when they are administered into the system, they are broken down in the liver and converted to their target hormone via certain enzymes. There have been a number of quotes describing how much of the hormone is converted, but there is no definitive answer as to how much of the prohormone is converted into its target active. Once a certain amount is created, the enzymes used for conversion become saturated and no more can be converted. This is true with all the compounds, except for 1-testosterone which really isn�t a prohormone.

      6. What do the target hormones do?

      Each hormone works in different ways once it is converted, but essentially it attaches to an androgen receptor in the cells of your body. This in turn increases nitrogen retention and protein synthesis, meaning that your body is in a constant anabolic state (assuming you are continuously supplying your body with the hormone). Here is a brief description of each hormone and what it does.

      Testosterone is the primary male hormone responsible for development of the sex organs and muscle growth. Testosterone is both anabolic and androgenic�anabolic meaning it causes muscle growth and androgenic meaning that it causes development of secondary sex characteristics. Testosterone converts to both DHT and estrogen in its parent form. Testosterone is often the primary hormone used on a cycle of steroids. It is a mass builder, and will often help with unwanted androgenic side effects of other steroids. Although conversion to estrogen can cause many unwanted side effects on its own, testosterone should generally be the base to any cycle.

      Nandrolone is an anabolic hormone, with not as much androgenic potential. It attaches to the androgen receptor with greater affinity than testosterone, but can cause a loss of libido and generally stays active in the system much longer than does testosterone. This is the �safest� choice for users who want to avoid most common side effects.

      DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is the primary androgenic hormone in the body. It is responsible for increases in strength, as well as most of the unwanted side effects common with steroids. DHT is converted from testosterone via the 5 alpha reductase enzyme. DHT receptors are high in the scale, skin and prostate; high DTH levels are the most common cause of prostate swelling, acne, and male pattern baldness.

      Boldenone is a veterinary hormone, which is commercially sold as Equipoise. Equipoise is known as an alternative to nandrolone when using steroids. It provides an increase in appetite, with some fat burning potential. Boldenone converts to estrogen at about half the rate of testosterone. Those who are looking to avoid some of the stronger androgenic side effects also commonly use it. 1-testosterone is the 5 alpha reduced version of Boldenone.

      7. How do I take prohormones?

      There are three common routes of administration for prohormones. These are usually based on their efficacy (i.e. how much is absorbed). Since the liver and stomach lining breaks down prohormones rather efficiently, taking them orally is the poorest route of administration. Most users prefer transdermal (topical) administration. When taken this way, you apply it to your skin and it will continue being absorbed over a period of 12 hours or so. Cyclodextrins or sublingual methods are also commonly used, which is where the prohormones are dissolved under the tongue. This also has a high level of absorption and works well. There are also some products on the market which are sold as �intraoral� or �intranasal�. These are meant to be sprayed into the nostril prior to your workout, and are generally only meant as preworkout boosts, not for a cycle of prohormones.

      Some manufactures have started selling prohormones in oral form with an ester attached. This, in theory, will allow it to be slowly absorbed for many hours similar to the other methods, but to my knowledge, there have been no studies demonstrating that this method increases bioavailability.
      (continued for many pages on the web site...)

  24. QUESTION:
    If one has chronic low cortisol, and other sex hormones produced by the adrenals..?
    Then how come there isn't adrenal insufficiency doesn't exist according to doctors?
    Like.. so if someone has low hormones produced by the adrenals, there's just nothing a doctor can do? That's so stupid.. that doesn't even make sense.
    How can an organ either be functioning perfectly, or not functioning at all??? which would be addisons disease which they test for differently.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure I can answer all your questions, and I understand why you are asking: "How can an organ either be functioning perfectly, or not functioning at all???", I would say the following two things: 1) Your adrenals are NOT the only glands/organs responsible for secreting sex hormones. This is the primary function of the ovaries in women and the testes in men. The adrenal glands take over secretion of minute amounts of estrogens after a woman goes through menopause. (I'm not quite sure what happens in men after male menopause, as I'm not one...) This is one of the reasons HRT used to be offered to women. There are also instances where HRT has been available and offered to men, as well. You could ask your healthcare practitioner about this, and inquire as to whether you are a possible candidate or not. 2) Just because a disease, condition or syndrome can be identified and diagnosed, does NOT mean there is any treatment, or a viable treatment that is both safe enough for the patient and has some clinically measurable guarantee of efficacy, safety or success that can be offered. You've heard of the "treatment killing the patient, and not the disease"? And I assure you, adrenal insufficiency most PROFOUNDLY does INDEED exist. And think about this: Until one has an embolism, an asthma attack, a heart attack or infarction, one's lungs, one's circulation, and one's heart, respectively could all be said to be functioning perfectly well, so your point about "functioning perfectly, or not functioning at all???" is a bit suspect. Yes, sometimes there is a long, slow, measurable decline, and sometimes there is a sudden emergent cessation of function. That's just the way things are, and it TOTALLY makes sense, whether you like it or not. Not meaning to be harsh here, just stating what the reality is.

      "A mild to moderate adrenocortical deficiency can substantially reduce your quality of life, yet this condition is not recognized by most doctors, who only think of the adrenal gland's condition as being at either extreme - normal or in overt failure (Addison's disease).

      For the large number of people in between, physiologic replacement doses of oral cortisol can make a dramatic difference. Because of side effects induced by larger doses, many doctors are reluctant to use it and many patients are thus deprived of a valuable and needed therapy. Physiologic doses of cortisol (5-25mg per day) are safe. Lab testing can confirm the diagnosis of mild adrenocortical deficiency. A doctor experienced with cortisol use should be consulted; a typical prescription is 5mg four times per day, with an emphasis on early morning use if later doses keep you up at night, or if fewer doses are taken.

      For those concerned about taking a hormone perhaps for life, a more natural approach to strengthening the adrenal gland can be tried. This may include vitamin C, PABA, adrenal glandulars, ACE (Adreno-Cortico-Extracts) injections, licorice root, ginsengs, TMG (tri-methyl-glycine) and DHEA among other possibilities."

      So, as you can see, there ARE indeed some treatments. If you can't get any satisfaction from your current practitioner, ask for referral to an orthomolecular biologist or an endocrineologist with specialty in Naturopathic medicine.

  25. QUESTION:
    can I take a testosterone booster, an HGH, and DHEA at the same time?
    I have very low testosterone levels and I want to raise them. I just started taking a testosterone booster called "NOVEDEX XT" and all I have read about it is that it will get my levels up. But I have an extremely large amount of people telling me to also use DHEA and a HGH (human growth hormone) called "SYTROPIN" (pump spray in the mouth)..... but I do not know if I could (should) take these at the same time???? The test booster I can only take for 8 weeks tops (manufacturer recommendations)?? I am a 41 year old male and I do not work out but I used to be VERY active,, just don't have the energy anymore for the past 3 years.... please help and I thank you in advance for any information

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a doctor. See an endocrinologist. It is not good to mess around with hormones, especially those purchased over the internet where one has no idea of the real ingredients or the side effects. Hormone replacement is just that - and side effects are from too little or too much, not really from the meds themselves. So adding hormones to a mess does not accomplish anything when you do not know the source if the issue.

      Comprehensive testing is the way to go - you could have a vitamin deficiency, a pituitary tumor, thyroid problems - it could run the gamut. Just tossing in hormones when the system runs on feedback only wrecks the whole train - not a fix.

      It is difficult to get testing unless you can find the right doctor - but do so as in the long run, you will spend less money and feel better.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is testosterone the only hormone related to sex drive?
    I have taken a testosterone treatment for a month. I have been using some drug that bonds to testosterone to lower its concentration in blood. However, i haven't noticed a decrease in my sex drive. The dose i have taken was 1/2 of those who take hormone replacement therapy.

    Moreover, my girlfriend's sex drive is very high, despite she has also low testosterone concentration (which is 10% of men have) and I have more friends who are females but have much more higher sex drive.

    So what's the reason that testosterone considered the reason of sex drive? Estrogen is not related to sex drive, as I had a look at wiki. Progesterone and DHEA is thought to be dependant.

    I have noticed that my sex/masturbation frequency was a bit lower, however I was equally interested in sex. So what's the reason testosterone thought to be dependant on sex drive?

    • ANSWER:
      Not sure, but if you want to increase your own sex drive naturally, eat a lot of green and kalamata olives.

  27. QUESTION:
    Hormone imbalance.......?
    Please no rude answers, please!!

    I have had some test results back from the doctor that show I am low in testosterone. I had a baby 4 months ago. Is there anything I can do to naturally raise my testosterone levels to normal? I don't want to do hormone replacement therapy.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is an herbal remedy which the body converts to testosterone and has been linked to improving hormone balance for women with low testosterone levels. You can get it from a health food store.
      Take it in small quantities at first as it can have the same effects as testosterone including hair growth, acne, etc.

  28. QUESTION:
    I have been on the Corticosteroid 'Prednisolone' now for 10 years. I am now 24 and am wanting to get off it.
    Anyone know if DHEA has ever been used as a replacement therapy for people who may have adrenal exhaustion after long-term use of corticosteroids? I'm always tired, nauseated, irritable and don't feel like a real man anymore. Wondered if it was depression because of the steroids, or maybe a genuine lack of certain hormones that are needed, that may have been depleted? Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      You really need the expert advice of an endocrinologist;

  29. QUESTION:
    Surgical menopause -- 33 years old - hair loss?
    Hello! I had a total hysterectomy about three months ago. I immediately had hot flashes, night sweats, all the good stuff.... after about six weeks of misery, I went to my doctor and he put me on Premarin (hormone replacement). Now it seems that I'm experiencing hair loss - i've had it for quite a while, but it's becoming noticeable now and it's still happening. I can't decide if the Premarin is fixing it, or if it's causing it! Any ideas? I don't have any other side effects from the Premarin that I can tell. i've seen that hair loss is a side effect of surgically induced menopause, so maybe I just haven't been on the medicine long enough to fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      Premarin won't cause hair loss but you might need to add DHEA and testosterone for hormone balance. Your hair should improve but you have had major surgery and surgical menopause so your system needs time to recover. When a person suffers trauma the hair and skin is the first to suffer as the body diverts resources to essential functions. Ask your doctor for a referral to an endocrinologist or menopause clinic to get your hormones properly balanced.
      My mother had a similar experience to you and used Premarin and her hair was fine - however she didn't endure six weeks of surgical menopause before I forced her to see the doctor and get her hormones sorted out.

  30. QUESTION:
    re: bio idential hormone replacement therapy, can dhea, progesterone, or estrogen cause weight gain?

    • ANSWER:
      Hard to say from your question. Are you taking all of those or are you asking can any particular one of them cause it? IF you are taking any (or all) of them with a doctor's monitoring in order to be sure that you are getting the right combination for your unique needs, then I'd say "no" they should not be associated with weight gain. In fact, many women find they lose weight once they get their hormones balanced.

  31. QUESTION:
    HRT & AntiDepressants?
    I am 33 and recently had a bi-lateral oopherectomy (both Ovaries & Tubes removed) in October of 2009. I am currently taking HRT by way of Estrogen (pill form) and Progestrin (Mirena IUD). In addition I am also taking an antidepressant (Wellbutron) which I was taking pre-surgery.

    I am still having a lot of Hot Flashes & Night Sweats, but I am most concerned with my mood. I cannot get in under control. I seriously go from cool/calm to crying irrationally or enraged. I cannot control it and it is very disheartening to put my family through these rough mood swings (not to mention they are exhausting).

    Is it possible that the Hormone Replacement Therapy and Antidepressant are cancelling each other out of interacting negatively? Or am I just crazy?

    • ANSWER:
      Get on the first bus or plane and go see one of these people thehallcenter.com feelingfff.com or go join the canaryclub.org with some of these doctors contributing there and a support forum where you can ask questons.

      they can help you.
      It isnt enough to just put people on those hormones, and do no testing or checking. If one hormone is off, so are the others , including the thyroid, which regulates everything.
      You need much better help and answers than what you are getting.
      YES, the hormones are thought to regulate moods, and by hormone experts, thought to be the basic cause and contributor to most if not all 'mental illness'
      just balancing the thyroid has remitted more than 20% of bi polars , which is serious illness.
      Please call a compounding pharmacy at least and ask them who the hormone doctors are in your area that test and balance hormones.
      If they are not testing youro thyroid, sex,adrenal, cortisol , dheas levels, you need someone who understands hormones. Many doctors dont.
      Go read suzannesomers.com books at barnes and noble, she lists doctors in her books also.
      dearpharmacist.com can tell you what nutrients your meds are sapping, and the interactions, butyour pharmacist should be able to tell you that also.
      best wishes

  32. QUESTION:
    what is AF and all these abreviations people use.?
    i know TTC is trying to conceive. but what are all the other ones

    • ANSWER:
      LOL Lexi's right.
      From babystepsforum.com

      For general acronyms used in e-mail, bulletin boards, etc, please visit: http://www.muller-godschalk.com/acronyms.html

      The following are fertility related acronyms:

      2WW 2 Week Wait (from transfer until pg test)
      ACA Anti-cardiolipin Antibody
      ACTH Adrenal Corticotropic Hormone
      AF Aunt Flo, After Flow, Period, or Menstrual cycle
      AH Assisted Hatching
      AI Artificial Insemination
      ANA Anti-nuclear Antibodies
      APA Anti-phospholipid Antibodies
      APTT Activated Partial Thrombo Time
      ART Assisted Reproductive Technology
      ASA Anti-sperm Antibody
      ASRM American Society of Reproductive Medicine
      ATA Anti-thyroid Antibody
      BA Baby Aspirin
      BBT Basal Body Temperature
      BCP Birth Control Pills
      BD Baby Dance (sex)
      Beta HCG pregnancy test
      BFN Big Fat Negative
      B/W, b/w Bloodwork
      CAH Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
      CASA Computer-assisted Semen Analysis
      CB Cycle Buddy
      CBAVD Congenital Bilateral Absence of Vas Deferens
      CCCT, CCT Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test (Clomid Challenge Test)
      CD Cycle Day
      CF Cystic Fibrosis
      CM Cervical Mucus
      CMV Cytomegalovirus
      CNM Certified Nurse Midwife
      COH Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation
      CP Cervical Position
      CPFM ClearPlan Fertility Monitor (Brand Name)
      CVS Chorionic Villae Sampling
      D&C Dilation & Curettage
      D&E Dilation & Evacuation
      DE Donor Eggs
      DES Diethylstillbestrol (a synthetic estrogen)
      DH Dear Husband
      DHEAS Dihydroepiandrosterone Sulfate
      DI Donor Insemination
      DIPI Direct Intra-peritoneal Insemination
      DOR Diminished Ovarian Reserve
      DPO Days Post-Ovulation
      DPR Days Post-Retrieval
      DPT Days Post-Transfer
      DP3DT Days Post 3-Day Transfer
      DP3DT Days Post 5-Day Transfer
      DW Dear Wife
      Dx Diagnosis
      E2 Estradiol
      EB, EMB Endometrial Biopsy
      ENDO Endometriosis
      EPT Early Pregnancy Test
      ER Egg Retrieval
      ET Egg Transfer
      ETA Embryo Toxicity Assay
      ETF Embryo Toxicity Factor
      FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
      FBG Fasting Blood Glucose
      FET Frozen Embryo Transfer
      FI Fasting Insulin
      FF Fertility Friend
      FHR Fetal Heart Rate
      FP Follicular Phase
      FM Fertility Mucus or Fertility Monitor
      FRED First Response Early Detection (Brand Name)
      FSH Follicle-Stimulating Hormone
      FTTA Fertile Thoughts to All
      GD Gestational Diabetes
      GI Gastrointestinal
      GIFT Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer
      GnRH Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone
      GP General Practitioner
      GTT Glucose Tolerance Test
      hCG, HCG Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
      hMG, HMG Human Menopausal Gonadotropin
      HCP Health Care Practitioner
      HEPA Hampster Egg Penetration Assay
      HPT Home Pregnancy Test
      HRT Hormone Replacement Therapy
      HSC Hysteroscopy
      HSG Hysterosalpingogram
      HX History
      IBT Immunobead Binding Test
      ICI Intra-cervical Insemination
      ICSI Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
      IF Infertility
      IGTT Insulin and Glucose Tolerance Test
      INCIID International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
      IM Intramuscular injections
      IOR Immature Oocyte Retrieval
      IR Insulin Resistant
      ITI Intra-tubal Insemination
      IUGR Intra-uterine Growth Retardation
      IUI Intra-uterine Insemination
      IVC Intra-vaginal Culture
      IVF/ET In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer
      IVF In Vitro Fertilization
      IVIg Intravenous Immunoglobulin
      LAD Leukocyte Antibody Detection Assay
      LAP Laparoscopy
      LH Luteinizing Hormone
      LIT Leukocyte Immunization Therapy
      LMP Last Menstrual Period (start date)
      LOL Laughing Out Loud
      LP Luteal Phase
      LPD Luteal-Phase Defect
      LSP Low Sperm Count
      LUF, LUFS Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome
      MAI Miscarriage After Infertility
      MC, m/c, misc. Miscarriage
      MESA Microsurgical Epidiymal Sperm Aspiration
      MF Male Factor
      MMR Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine
      MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
      NK Natural Killer Cells (CD56+)
      NORIF Non-stimulated Oocyte Retrieval In (office) Fetilization
      NP Nurse Practitioner
      NSA Non-surgical Sperm Aspiration
      O, OV Ovulation
      OB Obstetrician
      OB/GYN Obstetrician/Gynecologist
      OC Oral Contraceptives
      OD Ovum Donor, Ovulatory Dysfunction
      OHSS Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
      OPK Ovulation Predictor Kit
      OPT Ovulation Predictor Test
      OTC Over the Counter
      P4, Prog Progesterone
      PA Physician's Assistant
      PAI-1 Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1
      PAF, PANFERT Pregnancy After Infertility
      PCO Polycyctic Ovaries
      PCOD Polycystic Ovarian Disease
      PCOS Polycystic Ovarian Syndrom
      PCP Primary Care Physician
      PCT Post Coital Test
      PESA Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration
      PG Pregnant
      PGD Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis
      PI Primary Infertility
      PID Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
      PIO Progesterone In Oil
      PLI Paternal Leukocyte Immunization
      PMS Pre-menstrual Syndrome
      PMN Perinatal Mortality
      POC Products of Conception
      POF Premature Ovarian Failure
      PROM Premature Rupture of Membranes
      PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
      PZD Partial Zona Dissection
      RE Reproductive Endocrinologist
      R-hFSH Recombinant Human Follicle Stimulating Hormone
      RI Reproductive Immunologist
      RIP Reproductive Immunophynotype
      ROS Reactive Oxygen Species
      RPL Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
      RSM Recurrent Spontaneous Abortion
      Rx Perscription
      SA Semen Analysis
      SART Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
      s/b, S/B Stillbirth
      SCORIF Stimulated Cycle Oocyte Retrieval
      SHG, SonoHSG Sonohysterogram
      SI Secondary Infertility
      SLE Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
      SPA Sperm Penetration Assay
      SPALS Subsequent Pregnancy After a Loss Support
      S/S Signs/Symptoms
      STD Sexually Transmitted Disease
      SubQ Subcutaneous injection
      SUZI Sub-zonal Insertion
      T1 Type I Diabetic - Juvenile Diabete
      T2 Type II Diabetic - Insulin Resistant, Adult Onset
      T4 Thyroxine
      TEBG Testosterone-Estradiol Binding Globulin
      TDI Therapeutic Donor Insemination
      TESA Testicular Sperm Aspiration
      TESE Testicular Sperm Extraction
      TET Tubal Embryo Transfer
      TL Tubal Ligation
      TORCH Toxoplasmosis, Other, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus & Herpes test
      TR Tubal Reversal
      TRH Thyroid Releasing Hormone
      TSH Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
      TTC Trying To Conceive
      TTCAR Trying to Conceive after Reversal
      Tx Treatment
      TZD Thiazolidinediones
      UR Urologist
      US, u/s Ultrasound
      UTI Urinary Tract Infection
      V Vasectomy
      VR Vasectomy Reversal
      WBC White Blood Count
      WHR Waist to Hip Ratio
      WNL Within Normal Limits
      ZIFT Zygote Intra-fallopian Transfer

  33. QUESTION:
    congenital adrenal hyperplasia?
    was wondering if anyone else had it. or if you know any info about it.

    • ANSWER:
      I do not have that particular disorder, but I had my adrenals removed so I have done a lot of research on adrenals.

      CAH has two types - the difference being if you have to take salt or not. They are even called Type 1 and Type 2. It is genetic. It needs to be treated very carefully as anything with the adrenals can be potentially life threatening. CAH has more issues as it also effects the male/female parts in development of children. Adrenal glands play a part in secreting a precursor hormone for androgens that become both estrogen and testosterone. I have to take DHEA since I have no adrenals.

      That is where all adrenal diseases are pretty similar (although every person is different), as the patient has to take replacement steroids - the amount to be determined by the extent of the damage or if full replacement is needed - if salt is needed then salt tablets and florinef is necessary and as well, an emergency kit with an emergency injection of quick acting steroids, needle, contact numbers, alcohol pads, etc. need to be close by for those times when oral steroids cannot be taken. I also get a script for anti-emitics (such as zofran or phenergan) to keep me from throwing up as that can be dangerous for a person with adrenal issues.

      Hydradation, the proper amount of salt (in my case, a high amount of salt), and taking the meds properly to mimic a healthy body is what helps feel best. It is not always easy.

  34. QUESTION:
    is hormon relacement therapy uselfull for resevrsing age effects?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormone replacement therapy [HRT]
      HRT is one of several medical specialties of the endocrine systems, dealing with hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, melatonin and DHEA that decline in production as we age. While many of these hormones can be replaced to deter some of the effects of aging, HGH goes far beyond the effect of any one of these hormones to not only slow down biological aging but also to significantly reverse many of the effects of aging. Researchers have proven that HGH therapy can reverse the effects of aging by as much as 10 to 20 years with less than one year of treatment. HGH replacement therapy is the key to rejuvenation and to adding years of vitality on to your life. HGH is the key for life extension and healthy aging.

      How are hormones replaced?
      There are several methods of replacing hormones, but the most effective way to replace HGH is taken by daily injection, It is easy and painless. Testosterone is replaced using either weekly injections or a transdermal topical gel formulated to your needs that is applied to the surface of the skin in the morning.

      Does HRT work?
      This is not a fanciful search for the fountain of youth. It is medical science at it best. Over the years there have been thousands of case studies and medical trials that provide absolute, conclusive evidence that hormone therapy works and has many benefits that result in better health, energy and sexuality. It is board certified doctors using sophisticated lab tests and treatment protocols to produce life-altering results. We have men and women tell us there was life before and after marriage, before and after children and now before and after hormone therapy.

      When should I think about replacing hormones?
      In the typical person, hormones start to decline by the mid to late twenties. By age 35 declines are sufficient that symptoms maybe evident. The best time to start replacing hormones is between age 35 and 55. However it is never too late. There are people in their 80's that have benefited from from hormone replacement therapy.

      How safe is it?
      There are numerous studies that have come out over the past years that have attested to the safety of natural hormone replacement.

  35. QUESTION:
    Antiaging agents,do they really benefit people? For how much period one should take these pills?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, of course, most products have been only out for a few years, so there aren't any long-range studies to refer to. However, there are enough studies of active seniors to know that the youngest looking and acting and healthiest ones all have one thing in common...levels of human growth hormone (HGH) that are normally associated with younger adults. What is still being learned is the best ways to raise those levels.

      While he strongly advocates exercise to raise hormone levels, when that isn't enough, my friend who is an anti-aging physician prefers to recommend hormone-raising "precursors." Products that give the body the nutrients it needs to raise the hormones on their own. DHEA and stacked amino acids are his first line of recommendations. There are HGH replacement products, but he only recommends those for clients with significantly low levels.

      Another factor that influences HGH are maintaining healthy levels of the sex hormones...male and female. Women should seriously consider bioidentical hormone replacement (over Premarin/Prempro). Men should consider testosterone gels.

      He also encourages his clients to get periodic hormone level tests to make sure they aren't overdoing it. While there are blood tests you can get from a doctor, there are saliva tests that you can get now and mail in to a lab for testing.

      Hope that helps.

  36. QUESTION:
    H1N1, HAIR LOSS, HRT HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY - WHICH CAUSED MY HUSBAND'S HAIR TO FALL OUT?
    My husband had his hormones tested on 3/31/10 by blood test. Here are the results: (No hair loss at this point, full thick head of hair, no male pattern baldness in family, no history of hair problems)
    testosterone, serum - 163 (low)
    testosterone % - 29 (normal)
    testost, F+W - 47.3 (normal)

    TSH .461

    Estradiol, Sensitive - 10 (normal)
    DHEA sulfate - 19.4 (Low)
    Progesterone - less than 0.1 (Low)
    Cortisol - PM - 2.6 (normal)
    Vit. D - 21.1 (Low)
    PSA - .7

    On 4/4/10 he went to the emergency room with symptoms of H1N1 and was told he had bronchitis, so the next week he stayed in bed and by 4/10/10 he was in critical condition and on a ventalator for 12 days almost dying. In the hosptial the doctors gave him lots of different antibotics, but refused to give him the Tamaflu until the CDC called to confirm his diagnosis of H1N1, then he began to improve.

    When he got out of the hospital, the APN who did his bloodwork for HRT Therapy said his hormones were at extremely low dosages and that he needed to come in right away for treatment.

    She knew of this condition with H1N1 and started him with 1 shot of 250 cc of testosterone cynpionate and 7 days later put him on a testosterone cream dosage of 100 mg per day. He took this dosage for approximately 3 weeks and then began to get a few pimples so he reduced his cream dosage to 75 mg for the next two weeks. He went back to the APN for follow up blood work and at this time had no problems with the therapy or major side effects. At the office visit, she gave him another 200 cc of testosterone cynpionate - he continued with the 75 mg daily dosage of the testostone cream. About 12 days after this his hair began falling out or thinning rapidly at the sides of his head. He called the APN and asked for help, but she refused to call him back. He continued with the daily dosage of 75 mg of testostone cream for another week at which time he just stopped the cream completely. Two weeks later he went for repeat blood work, here are the results: (At this point, his hair is very thin at sides of head and back of head, but not the crown or top)

    On 7/2/10 the blood results are as follows:

    Comp. Metabolic Panel - all in normal range except glucose 115(high)

    Testosterone, serum - 139 (Low)
    Testosterone % - 20.5
    Testosterone F+W - 28.5 (Low)
    Dihydrotestosterone - 18
    TSH - .916
    T4, Free, Direct - 1.07
    Estradiol, Sensitive - 16
    DHEA sulfate - 15.4 (Low)
    Calcium, Ionized, serum - 4.8
    Triodothyronine, free, serum - 2.8
    Vit. D - 29.7

    Today, my husbands hair is still falling out, more thinning at sides, back, top and now starting to thin at the crown.

    He has been to see an Internist, Dermatologist, asked the APN who gave him the hormones and nobody wants to comment on what is causing his hairloss.

    Please only individuals with specific knowledge about this topic provide him with any information you may have.

    I would like to know if the amount of testosterone that he was given is a high amount? If this would cause hair loss? Will it grow back? When will it stop falling out? Could he have another problem?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to secure a very competent lawyer & go from there.

  37. QUESTION:
    Has Anyone had Adrenal Gland issues?
    I was wondering if anyone has had personal experience with Adrenal Gland problems and what did you do to treat it? I've searched the internet and there is a lot of stuff there but I just wanted to get a first hand account from someone. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I had to have mine removed as they were diseased. I had a pituitary tumor that kept signaling them to give out cortisol and it made them enlarged, and then the ceased to function well.

      Adrenals are very delicate glands and necessary for life. If you take an external source of adrenal hormones, such as corticosteroids in an inhaler, prednisone for an infection or treatment of a disease or as some one else suggested, just dessicated gland (which I do not recommend as you really cannot control the dosage effectively), the adrenal glands sense it and shut down partially or fully depending on the dose. Then you need to wean carefully to "wake up" the adrenal so it will function again before you stop the medication. If not, some will experience symptoms that vary from minor to major up to and including death. I have almost died from not getting steroids in time. It is not something to mess with.

      You did not give symptoms as to why you think it is adrenals. Did you have cortisol testing? Was your sodium low? Is our blood pressure low? Potassium high? Do you crave salt? Those are signs.

      The only treatment is replacement steroids, salt, florinef, DHEA if that is needed (not everyone needs it) and a really great doctor so your dose is optimized for you - too much does damage as well as too little.

  38. QUESTION:
    Pregnenolone -pinched nerves &arthrititis?
    Pregnenolone -pinched nerves &arthrititis

    Anybody use pregnenolone for pinched nerves and arthritis ?

    It is an otc (over the counter legal steroid precursor geared to the elderly)

    i am trying it it is a dhea precursor . It feels like the nsaid mobic .

    i feel looser and not as stiff.

    in addition it feels as if my learning switch was set to on .

    i dont know what good doses are for it . Doses range from 10 mg's oral to 600 mg's injection .

    I started slow one 30 mg pill per day and will ramp up to 3x30 mg pills per day .

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnenolone -- The Basics

      Pregnenolone, like DHEA, is a steroidal hormone manufactured in the body. Pregnenolone is a precursor hormone synthesized from cholesterol, principally in the adrenal glands, but also in the liver, skin, brain, testicles, ovaries, and retina of the eyes.

      Steroids are a large family of structurally similar biochemicals that have sex-determining, anti-inflammatory, and growth-regulatory roles. Indeed, pregnenolone is the grand precursor from which almost all of the other steroid hormones are made; including DHEA, progesterone, testosterone, the estrogens, and cortisol. Despite its powerful metabolites, pregnenolone is acknowledged to be without significant side effects, with minimal or no anabolic, estrogenic or androgenic activity.

      Pregnenolone has been found to be 100 times more effective for memory enhancement than other steroids or steroid-precursors in laboratory mice. Pregnenolone appears to be the most potent memory enhancer yet reported in animals. Pregnenolone has been reported to not only make people smarter but happier and enhance ones ability to perform on the job while heightening feelings of well-being. Pregnenolone has also been reported to reduce high stress induced fatigue.

      As is the case with the steroid-hormone precursor DHEA, pregnenolone levels decline with age. Many physicians and scientists believe that replacement of pregnenolone to youthful levels is an important step in the treatment of aging and symptoms of aging. Pregnenolone may be one of the most important hormones because it seems to have a balancing effect. It is a precursor to many other hormones and may be able to bring the levels of other hormones up or down as needed.

      Other benefits of pregnenolone may include stress reduction and increased resistance to effects of stress, improvement of mood and energy, reduced symptoms of PMS and menopause, improved immunity, and repair of myelin sheaths.

      Pregnenolone also operates as a powerful neurosteroid in the brain, modulating the transmission of messages from neuron to neuron and strongly influencing learning and memory processes. As with DHEA, pregnenolone levels naturally peak during youth and begin a long, slow decline with age. By the age of 75 our bodies produce 60% less pregnenolone than the levels produced in our mid-thirties. For this reason pregnenolone is one of the biomarkers of aging. Like counting the rings of a tree, by measuring the level of pregnenolone at any given point of a person's life, it is often possible to make an educated guess as to his or her age.

      Some other hormones that decline with age are DHEA, the estrogens, testosterone, progesterone and growth hormone.These are considered biomarkers of aging as well. Since pregnenolone provides the initial raw material from which all the other steroid hormones are made, some of our other hormones will decline in a parallel fashion. While our youth-giving hormones are diminishing, loss of quality-of-life progressively settles in. We slowly begin to experience physical and mental decline; loss of energy, memory loss, visual and hearing impairment, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and sexual decline, just to name a few. Supplementing small amounts of these neuro-hormones may slow these age-related processes, improving one's quality of life by rejuvenating the body to more youthful functioning.

      Pregnenolone -- A Little History

      Research on pregnenolone, as well as usage of pregnenolone, dates back as far as the 1930's. Human studies were conducted in the 1940's on factory workers to test the effect of pregnenolone on anti-fatigability and autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis. The results were successful and improvements were noted. Even though pregnenolone was proving to be not only effective, but safe as well, it was discarded when Merck's newly introduced pharmaceutical agent, cortisone, was announced to be a cure-all for rheumatoid arthritis in 1949.

      Soon after cortisone and cortisol came into use, the synthetic steroid hormones dexamethasone, and later prednisone, were introduced. Remember that these steroids are hundreds of times more powerful than pregnenolone (or DHEA for that matter). Because they could be patented, it was more politically and economically advantageous for pharmaceutical companies to promote these drugs rather than pregnenolone. Additionally, these steroids were very fast acting compared to pregnenolone. Users and doctors preferred the quick fix. However, these steroidal compounds proved to have serious downsides, including compromising the immune system and inducing osteoporosis, among other serious complications.

      Even though cortisone and cortisol are stress hormones that are natural to the body, they have historically been and continue to be administered in pharmacological doses rather than at physiological amounts natural to the body. The pharmacological levels at which cortisone and cortisol are generally administered give them a risk profile not unlike that of the synthetic hormones.

      Scientists have been studying the impact of hormones on learning and memory for many years. Various studies have found that pregnenolone enhances motivation, the ability to acquire knowledge, and long-term memory. A research group of industrial psychologists conducted studies in the 1940's to test pregnenolone on students and workers for the ability to enhance job performance. They found that the students/workers had a markedly improved ability to learn and remember difficult tasks.

      It is also amazing that pregnenolone not only enhanced job performance of the students/workers; but they additionally experienced heightened feelings of well-being. The same research group performed a study on factory workers to see if pregnenolone could improve their work productivity. Productivity increased most notably in the workers whose situations were considered the most stressful; for example, the workers who got paid per piece and whose living depended on their productivity. Improvement was noted, but less so, in workers who got paid a fixed wage regardless of their productivity levels. Not only did pregnenolone improve productivity for both groups, but the workers also reported enhanced mood.

      As previously mentioned, despite successful results, research on pregnenolone halted in the 1950's when cortisone became available as an immediate cure-all. Because pregnenolone, unlike cortisone, couldn't be patented, pharmaceutical companies had no financial incentive to pursue the research. It is unfortunate that pharmaceutical companies are governed by a financial system and healthcare systemthat imposes the requirement that for a molecule to be profitable it must be patentable. If there were half as many studies done on pregnenolone as the patented drugs, pregnenolone's therapeutic potential would be expected to be far reaching.

      Where is pregnenolone found?

      Human studies show that there are much higher concentrations of pregnenolone in the nervous tissue than in the bloodstream. Animal studies indicate that pregnenolone is found in the brain in ten-fold larger concentrations than the other stress-related hormones (including DHEA).

      Common Causes Of Adrenal Stress

      Anger
      Fear
      Worry/anxiety
      Depression
      Guilt
      Overwork/ physical or mental strain
      Excessive exercise
      Sleep deprivation
      Light-cycle disruption
      Going to sleep late)
      Surgery
      Trauma/injury
      Chronic inflammation
      Chronic infection
      Chronic pain
      Temperature extremes
      Toxic exposure
      Malabsorption
      Maldigestion
      Chronic illness
      Chronic-severe allergies
      Hypogycemia
      Nutritional deficiencies

      Associated Symptoms And Consequences Of Impaired Adrenals

      Low body temperature
      Weakness
      Unexplained hair loss
      Nervousness
      Difficulty building muscle
      Irritability
      Mental depression
      Difficulty gaining weight
      Apprehension
      Hypoglycemia
      Inability to concentrate
      Excessive hunger
      Tendency towards inflammation
      Moments of confusion
      Indigestion
      Poor memory
      Feelings of frustration
      Alternating diarrhea and constipation
      Osteoporosis
      auto-immune hepatitis
      auto-immune diseases
      Lightheadedness
      Palpitations [heart fluttering]
      Dizziness that occurs upon standing
      Poor resistance to infections
      Low blood pressure
      Insomnia
      Food and/or inhalant allergies
      PMS
      Craving for sweets
      Dry and thin skin
      Headaches
      Scanty perspiration
      Alcohol intolerance

      Functions of DHEA

      Functions as an androgen (a male hormone) with anabolic activity. Anabolic refers to the building or synthesis of tissues.

      Is a precursor that is converted to testosterone (a male hormone). Is a precursor to estrogen (a female anabolic hormone)

      Reverses immune suppression caused by excess cortisol levels, thereby improving resistance against viruses, bacteria and Candida albicans, parasites, allergies, and cancer.

      Stimulates bone deposition and remodeling to prevent osteoporosis.

      Improves cardiovascular status by lowering total cholesterol and LDL levels, thereby lessening incidences of heart attack.

      Increases muscle mass. Decreases percentage of body fat.

      Involved in the thyroid gland's conversion of the less active T4 to the more active T3.

      Reverses many of the unfavorable effects of excess cortisol, creating subsequent improvement in energy/ vitality, sleep, premenstrual symptoms, and mental clarity.

      Accelerates recovery from any kind of acute stress (e.g., insufficient sleep, excessive exercise, mental strain, etc.).

      What Cortisol Does

      Mobilizes and increases amino acids, the building blocks of protein, in the blood and liver.

      Stimulates the liver to convert amino acids to glucose, the primary fuel for energy production.

      Stimulates increased glycogen in the liver. Glycogen is the stored form of glucose.

      Mobilizes and increases fatty acids in the blood (from fat cells) to be used as fuel for energy production.

      Counteracts inflammation and allergies.

      Prevents the loss of sodium in urine and thus helps maintain blood volume and blood pressure.

      Maintains resistance to stress (e.g., infections, physical trauma, temperature extremes, emotional trauma, etc.).

      Maintains mood and emotional stability.

      Excess Cortisol

      Diminishes cellular utilization of glucose.

      Increases blood sugar levels.

      Decreases protein synthesis.

      Increases protein breakdown that can lead to muscle wasting.

      Causes demineralization of bone that can lead to osteoporosis.

      Interferes with skin regeneration and healing.

      Causes shrinking of lymphatic tissue

      Diminishes lymphocyte numbers and functions

      Lessens SIgA (secretory antibody productions). This immune system suppression may lead to increased susceptibility to allergies, infections, and degenerative disease.

      Balancing Your Meals For Blood Sugar Control

      To maintain proper adrenal function it is imperative to control your blood sugar levels and the following guidelines will help you do that:

      Eat a small meal or snack every three to four hours.
      Eat within the first hour upon awakening.
      Eat a small snack near bedtime.
      Eat before becoming hungry. If hungry, you have already allowed yourself to run out of fuel [low blood sugar/ hypoglycemia], which places additional stress on the adrenal glands.
      An excessive ratio of carbohydrates to protein results in excess secretion of insulin, which often leads to intervals of hypoglycemia. The body, in an attempt to normalize blood sugar, initiates a counter-regulatory process during which the adrenals are stimulated to secrete increased levels of cortisol and adrenalin. It follows that an excessive intake of carbohydrates often leads to excessive secretion of cortisol. This contributes to chronic cortisol depletion and consequently, adrenal exhaustion. Reduced DHEA is an early sign of adrenal exhaustion.

      In order to stabilize blood sugar, you must maintain a balance between two hormones, glucagon and insulin, which are produced by the pancreas. Protein in the diet induces the production of glucagon Carbohydrates in the diet induce the production of insulin. Insulin promotes fat (energy) storage. When excess carbohydrates are eaten, the body produces large quantities of insulin and little glucagon. This high level of insulin results in more fat being formed and stored.

      When insulin is high and glucagon is low, the adrenals are called upon to produce excess cortisol (see later on in the document what cortisol is all about) as a back-up response to help raise blood sugar in the absence of adequate glucagon. This occurs at the expense of the adrenal glands, contributing to adrenal exhaustion.

      Balance Your Meals

      The optimal level of insulin to glucagon is achieved by a diet that contains carbohydrates balanced with proteins in a ratio of approximately two to one, that is, approximately two grams of carbohydrate per gram of protein and gram of fat per meal or snack.

      The Role of Fat

      A small amount [3/4 tsp. to 1 tsp.] of fat (butter) or cold pressed vegetable or seed oil should be a part of each meal in order to help control the rate of entry of glucose (blood sugar) into the bloodstream.

      In order to make balancing this glycemic control diet easier, you can purchase books containing nutritive value charts, as well as ones containing a glycemic index These charts will enable you to quickly locate foods you would like to eat, and help determine whether they are in appropriate balance for your meals.

      Making the Most of Meal Balancing

      As there is no exact dietary balance that applies to all people, it is critical to understand each person's role in the development of an ideal eating plan. In order to determine how well a blood sugar balanced diet is working, one must pay attention to one's own body.

      For example, if you feel mentally and physically alert throughout the day, this is generally a good sign that you are eating frequently enough and in the right balance. Eating small, carefully balanced meals every 4-5 hours will preclude hunger and fatigue in most people. It is up to each person to become aware of how they respond to the meals they eat. A properly balanced meal with good digestion and absorption should sustain mental and physical energy for 4-6 hours.

  39. QUESTION:
    Any women taking DHEA?.......?
    If you are taking DHEA, for various reasons, have you noticed any changes, good or bad, with taking the DHEA supplementation?
    What is your personal dosage and when do you take it?
    Do you feel that it is helping you?
    I'm sorry, you must have thought I knew nothing about this. I do. The point was, I wanted to know about how "other" women responded to the treatment and if they felt it had helped them or not and what their personal experiences were. Again, I apologize for not making myself clear but thank you for posting the info for others.
    Renie, I'm not the one that gave you the thumbs down either. That was rude of someone to do so and yet did not leave their own answer.

    • ANSWER:
      The female body is very sensitive to taking DHEA supplements. If you are taking too much you will notice hair falling out.

      DHEA can increase serum estrogen levels in women and eliminate the need for estrogen replacement therapy in some women.

      To help protect cells (especially breast cells) from excessive proliferation in response to estrogen, women taking DHEA should also take:

      ■Melatonin - 500 mcg to 3 mg nightly
      ■Vitamin E Succinate - 400-800 IU daily
      ■Mega Soy Extract - 135 mg twice daily (40% isoflavone extract)
      ■Indole-3-carbinol - 200 mg twice daily
      ■Vitamin D3 - 1000-1400 IU daily

      Women should consider estrogen and testosterone testing when they take their DHEA blood test in order to evaluate DHEA's affect on their blood levels of estrogens.

      Women who have been diagnosed with an estrogen-dependent cancer should consult their physicians before beginning DHEA therapy. Some studies indicate that higher serum DHEA protects against breast cancer, but no adequate studies have been done to evaluate the effects of DHEA in breast cancer patients. If DHEA were to elevate estrogens too much, this could theoretically increase the risk of estrogen receptor positive breast cancer cells proliferating faster. Women taking DHEA should refer to the Female Hormone Modulation protocol for information about restoring youthful hormone balance.

      Caution:

      DHEA can be converted into testosterone (and estrogen). These sex hormones and their metabolites can promote benign and malignant prostate cell proliferation. Women with estrogen-dependent cancer should consult their physicians before beginning DHEA therapy.

      Individuals with existing liver disease (such as viral hepatitis or cirrhosis) might consider taking DHEA sublingually (under your tongue) or using a topical DHEA cream to reduce the amount of DHEA entering the liver. DHEA is converted by the liver into DHEA-s (dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate). Those with liver disease should carefully monitor liver enzyme levels to make sure that DHEA therapy is not making liver disease worse.

  40. QUESTION:
    Calling all guys I need some advice?
    My husband all of a sudden is having problems with getting hard. Let me explain.... We can be taking a shower together and he gets hard. We can be fooling around and he gets hard. Just when we get ready to "do the deed" nothing. This absoletly hurts me, it makes me feel like I can't turn on my husband. He swears up and down thats its not me, he doesn't show other signs of cheating. He tells me I'm beautiful and he loves me everyday. I just don't understand this problem that has just came to be. We been married for 2 years together for 3. And its been fine except for a month or so ago. Oh and he's only 25 its not like he's 60! Please HELP

    • ANSWER:
      This is the same thing that happened to me, only it happened when i was around 19 or 20. He is probably going through andropause, or early male menapause. Yes, guys go through menapause too. It usually happens to men in their 40s and 50s. I too had a sudden change in my erections. When i was 18 or younger, i would get an erection anytime i wanted. All of a sudden when i was about 19 or 20, i realized i couldnt get hard when i wanted to anymore. As time went by, i was losing my erection during sex. IT eventually got so bad that i wasnt getting erections hardly ever, and i was losing my erection about 95% of the time my gf and i had sex.

      No pills are going to cure him. Viagra and other erectile dysfunction pills only mask the problem. Do you want your boyfriend to have to take a pill before sex? That means no spontaneous sex action anymore!

      There is nothing wrong with you. I'm sure he still finds you very sexy, but his hormones are not high enough to keep him interested. He can get hard in the shower and such, but he is burning too much testosterone at these times that his body can handle. That is why he loses it when it comes time for sex. Same thing happened to me.

      First off, he needs to see a doctor. He needs to get his hormones checked. Get testosterone, DHEA, Growth hormone (if possible) and estrogen and estrodial checked. There could either be an inbalance (too much estrogen causes testosterone to decline) or just a slow output by his pituatary gland. Also check LH and FSH levels (signals from brain to testicals to make testosterone).

      Im sure in his case, his levels will be in normal range. Conventional doctors wont treat him if he is in normal range, and im sure if they decided to, insurance wouldnt pay for it.

      I am getting bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. The hormones are plant derived and altered to be the exact same hormone as men produce, hence the name "bio-identical". They are much safer than the synthetic ones used by most conventional doctors. It is also not that expensive. The cost per hormone is about 30 bucks a month. However, there is a few charges of a couple hundred bucks to get the tests done and to get rechecked every 6 months, but it is completely worth it!

      Research a little bit about bio-identical hormone therapy at,

      www.renewman.com

      A man can go through andropause at early ages. You dont have to be 40 or 50 or 60 years old to be considered for hormone therapy. IT happened to me at 19 and 20. It sounds like the same exact thing.

  41. QUESTION:
    Can TSH test came out normal, does it mean my thyroid is normal?
    I have a horrible side effects like all what you know about a person who just panic and having anxiety..

    the doctor told me to do a test for TSH ( thyroid Stimulating hormone) and it came out 2.55 uIU/ml

    which was written normal..

    Normal TSH is ( 0.27 - 4.2 )
    does that make me feel safe that my thyroid is normal.. I have heard about T3, T4.. and some strange names for thyroid test...

    can TSH be enough to tell me that it is working well

    I am worried and kind of panicing .. afraid.. my anxiety is killing me please help me

    and I am about to ask the doctor for Adrenal hormone test... so tell me how it works?

    does it take from blood?

    I have anxiety and panic disorder.. as I know.. and can my adrenal test tell me what's wrong?

    what kind tests I have to take to be sure that all what I feel is from adrenal rush into my body..
    I feel horrible .. sad disapointed.

    now my prolactin level is high.. and my period is late.. can anxiety rise my prolactin level up?

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The normal range has changed for TSH, it is .3 to 3 with the IDEAL range being . 3 to 2. (The labs have not changed their paper work yet to catch up)If yours is at 2.55, it is a little high and should be at least around 2, and between 1 and 2 ideally. but it isn't critical or anything like that, it is barely out of the ideal range, but in the normal range.
      Off just a little , could make a difference,in how you feel, but a doctor won't necessarily say that.
      You should keep an eye on the TSH (have it tested once a year )and if you can find a doctor to test the T3/T4, then do that. Some wont' test anything besides TSH and T4, ,because they say the hormones for thyroid work in a loop, there is a lot of difference in opinion about what to test., but you need your body to be able to convert the T4 to T3 which is the active form of thyroid hormone that you need.
      So, your TSH isn't that bad, but slightly elevated, which MAY mean you should watch it over the months and if it goes higher you may need some thyroid replacement.
      Good for yu for having it tested.
      A blood test for adrenal hormones is all it is. Ask your doctor to test for cortisol, sex, adrenal , dheas levels there. Many don't test for cortisol, and they should.
      Cortisol is a stress hormone and if one hormone is off, there are probably others off as well.
      Cortisol high levels can cause your symptoms as well, and can indicate adrenal glands overworked, weak or even serious adrenal disease.
      Something sounds like it is off , but you should not panic. That your tSH is in the normal range, and slightly elevated for the 'ideal' range, is a good sign that your bascially ok.
      I don't know about the prolactin , but I hope you find a doctor that knows how to test and not have to rely on yours or your current doctors lack of knowledge.
      You need someone who knows what they are doing.
      Some osteopathic doctors are trained in hormone replacement and may know hormones, and some obgys are trained. You could call a compounding pharmacy and ask them for a list of doctors expert in testing and treating hormones. examples thehallcentervenice.com feelingfff.com
      Here is a free self help method you can go learn and apply to all your fears and panics so to bring them down to nothing quickly eftuniverse.com click on 'get started free' or therapists at eftmasters.com
      Something is off in your body, and sometimes all it takes is a healthier diet, proper vitamins and minerals , sleeping enough,exericse.
      Here is a lot of good information, and answer to yur questions
      thyroid.about.com
      elaine-moore.com
      drugs.com

  42. QUESTION:
    How do I get my body to produce more of its own Estrogen without using hormone replacement therapy?
    After the birth of my daughter two years ago, my body went nuts!! I have been seeing a TCM doctor off and on for the past year. I've gotten better but I just can't seem to get back to normal. I've done acupuncture, drank herbal teas, gone to the chiropractor, had massages, made some dietary changes but it still isn't enough. I think my adrenal glands are shot. My TCM doctor also says that my spleen is crashing. I got pregnant a few months back but it was a blighted ovum. Probably b/c I ovulated too late when I got pregnant. I am trying to learn yoga and get my exercise back up. Does anyone have any other suggestions out there??

    • ANSWER:
      research DHEA, I've taken it for years and it has really helped me out.

  43. QUESTION:
    Addison's Disease Treatments?
    Hiya- I have severe adrenal weakness-- essentially I am addison's but I look 'normal' in labwork.
    I want to know how other people treat their addisons. Has anyone had success taking DHEA and or pregnenolone-- does that compensate for the lost hormones or do I sitll need RX steroids?

    • ANSWER:
      How do you know you have adrenal weakness?
      I do know adrenals will test normal for a while and then suddenly give up without notice.
      The adrenals produce several hormones - cortisol is the one most essential to live and not to be messed with. DHEA is good - but only necessary for those with primary addison's and if you need the help with testosterone and estrogen. If you take it and do not need it then you run the risk of throwing your entire hormone system out of balance.
      Pregnenolone is something that I am not familar but I looked it up and it is a neurosteroid, not a corticosteroid. Cortisol is a corticosteroid and needs to be replaced with the same - the closest replacement is hydrocortisone which is an RX.

      If you crave salt, you should take salt tablets but not the kind that has the potassium buffering as potassium should be avoided. You should know the symptoms of an adrenal crisis (when sodium drops and potassium rises, hence why potassium is to be avoided).

      Another medication that is sometimes taken is florinef which will help hold salt. Addison's is essentially not being able to hold on to salt - which is essential. Getting tired or sweating too much, fevers, vomiting etc. can all be very dangerous. Know your limits.

      I treat mine by taking HC, florinef, salt and a small amount of DHEA but I have no ovaries therefore no other source of androgens.

  44. QUESTION:
    any suggestion for hot flashes night sweats.?
    need some help i can,t sleep properly at night . what is good source natural treatment or regular Doctor

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you find a health care provider who works with natural hormone replacement. Ask about one at a compounding pharmacy- regular doctors usually aren't interested in working in that area. They just want to give you a pill to shut you up.

      This provider will probably suggest saliva testing for your hormones. It is the most accurate way to test for hormones. "Saliva measures the free, 'bioavailable' fraction of steroid hormones that have moved out of the bloodstream and into the tissue -- NOTE: Blood and urine measure "total" levels."**

      I suggest you take the full panel- Estradiol, Progesterone, Testosterone, DHEA, and Cortisol- so you can see your full hormonal picture. Then your provider can prescribe topical natural hormones to bring you back into balance.

      I was a mess. I was very low on everything. I'm feeling MUCH better now and virtually NEVER have a hot flash or night sweats!!

      Thoroughly explore the website below and you'll be a long way towards saying good-bye to those pre- and post-menopausal symptoms!! I recommend this for all women over the age of 40.

  45. QUESTION:
    calcium replacement post total hip?
    What is the drug of choice post total hip, where the bones were so soft, cement had to be used. I always thought once the calcium was out of the body, it would never be effectively replaced (post menopausal)

    • ANSWER:
      Don't listen to Yaybob. Calcium carbonate is simply limestone - a rock. It is an inorganic form of calcium and not easily assimilated by the body. Your body can assimilate 90% of the calcium in Calcium orotate, about 85% of Calcium aspartate, and calcium ascorbate is also a good organic choice. Use one of these three types.

      However, calcium alone will NOT do you any good. Your body requires magnisium for the calcium to be utilized by the body. If you do not suppliment with magnisium also, too much calcium can build up in your body and lead to calcium deposits in arteries and muscles, and kidney stones, etc... You need at least a 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnisium. For example, if you are taking a 1000mg of calcium supplment, make sure you are also taking at least 500mg of magnesium. (Some dr. advocate up to 1:1 ratio for those trying to build bone, not just maintian. This should only be done during the building phase, not as a life-time habbit.)Magnesium suppliments should be taken in the form of Magnesium gluconate or Cheatlated magnesium for best absorption.

      And, yes, vitamin D is also a necessary component. If you can't be in direct outdoor sunlight at least 15 minutes each day, then supplment with 400 IU on the days you can't get natural vit D (sunlight).

      Since you are post-meno, try supplimenting with DHEA. It is a vitamin hormone. It will not only help with your bone regrowth but most women experience other improvments as well.

      I would highly suggest you utilize vitamins over prescription drugs. Drugs are expensive and come with a load of side effects, adverse reactions, and don't perform any better (most actually harm your body) than vitamin supplements.

      Best wishes.

  46. QUESTION:
    Pituitary Tumor questions.?
    I have a pituitary tumor causing me to have low testosterone (I'm 20 and look 15). Basically it's like I started puberity grew a little hair under the pits and 3 whiskers on the face then it came to a abrupt halt and has not continued.

    When I have the tumor removed will it correct my hormones, making me look more my age, grow more hair, etc?

    Also is the surgery a overnight in hospital or a in and out surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had pituitary surgery and know a lot of others that have had it.

      Removing the tumor may or may not correct the hormones depending on where the tumor is and how much damage is done while the tumor is being removed.

      Make sure you get a very experienced surgeon and that surgeon may not be in the one closest to you. Do not be afraid to travel to expertise as this is a very specialized surgery and you need to find the best and one who does more than 50 a year (more than 500 is the best).

      Make sure you get ALL your hormones checked. Even if your male hormones are off, your female hormones need to be checked (even if you are a male, you need them) as they are closely related and one converts to the other when the body needs it. And your adrenals are involved as well as a a precursor hormone is produced there.

      After the surgery, you will need testing and then have to take appropriate replacement medications such as estrogen, testosterone, DHEA and possibly other hormones to bring you back to normal. It will take time to get back into a balance. Once your hormones get balanced, you should be able to get your hair and look more mature.

      Pituitary surgery does require you to stay in the hospital for a few days. The surgery takes a few hours and the stay is to monitor for diabetes insipides (water diabetes), and rare CSF leaks. Depending on the surgeon, some will put you in ICU for a night for monitoring and some will just put you in regular rooms right away. Some will release you in a day but want you close by for a week just in case. Some will want packing, some will not.

  47. QUESTION:
    A friend's back, in need of a scratch?
    So, a person I know has major scoliosis, which is causing sciatica, and a quadruple vertebral fusion from being morbidly obese. He is very ambulatory, which is what Doctors believe to be the problem. With his weight (well over 400LBS) he shouldn't be moving like he does without losing weight, but his weight remains fairly static regardless of physical exertions.
    Despite the many biological reasonings for this (his thyroid and hormone panels came back as normal), I want to know if there are any surgical procedures that are being toyed around with that could prevent him from becoming paralyzed from this condition, even if only temporarily. I imagine that if he were to become bound to a chair or bed, he'd almost certainly die, from either his health or his own will...
    I'm not sure if the first poster actually read the question, but thanks for your time...?
    To CC.
    Bariatric surgery isn't plausible for him, you have to drastically reduce caloric intake with those surgeries and the amount of calories needed to keep his body from chewing away skeletal muscle (the first thing to go in times of need, not fat) is well over the amount he can eat in a day after such a surgery.

    His biochemistry is stuck in the stone age, his body thinks if it doesn't perserve all of what he doesn't use then he will die, but it's killing him. He also refuses to do cosmetic surgeries such as liposuction...
    Should've added this, didn't think about it...

    Heart problems run in his family, as well, so should his body start to chew away muscle, he could be speeding along his meeting with the wooden box...
    Problem is that he is not bed ridden, which is why he has the problem in the first place. He shouldn't be moving around, playing sports, and so on at his weight, but he does.

    You'd think that it would make him lose weight, but it does not. Otherwise, however, he is healthy. Cholesterol is great, blood sugar is fine. His body doesn't want to lose the weight, and the more calories he burns, the more of what he eats is converted into fat.
    I'm sorry, I don't mean to shoot everything down, but he's stubborn, very stubborn. We've had all these conversations a million times before.

    I just wanted to know if there was something I was missing...
    Interesting, thank you.

    But, I'm not sure it applies, he's only 19. And it's hard enough to get him to see one doctor, let alone an array of them.

    I kind of need incontrovertible proof that something applies to him. Not something he can shoot down...

    Because if he can, he will.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe he should look into gastric bypass (bariatric) surgery, but tell him to really do his homework on it because that surgery can be very dangerous. He can also go see a natural doctor who specializes in bioidentical hormones. It could be his hormones are messed up, toxins in his body, chemical Imbalances, ect and a natural doctor can run some tests and possibly help him with natural remedies, hormone replacement, cleanses, supplements, ect. Below are some websites I found in a quick search. Good luck.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gastric-bypass/HQ01465

      http://naturalbiohealth.com/

      That one guy...
      He probably couldn't get lipo anyway, it could be very dangerous at his weight. There are people who have been even heavier than your friend, and bed ridden who have lost weight. If he really wants to do it than he has to follow whatever it is he is told to do, only I would not go to a regular doctor. Have him go to a natural doctor who specializes in bioidentical hormones, and weight loss, maybe a nutritionist too. Do a search for someone in his area and ask him to just go and see what they say. I hope he finds help before it's too late.

      EDIT:
      It really does sound like his hormones are messed up, yes, men get hormone deficiency. There are so many different hormones besides testosterone that men have like pregnenlone, DHEA, melatonin, HGH, Thyroid, adrenals, cortisol, insulin, rogestrone & even estrogen. As we age we lose hormones, they continue to decrease and then we suffer from many things, one of them being unexplained weight gain that we cannot control no matter how good we eat and if we exercise or not. Men go through what is called andropause, and it can start in your early thirties now. When you get checked at a mainstream doctor like he did, and they do blood work, they will come back, as they did, saying that your hormone levels are normal. Ok, normal for what? What they mean is normal for his age, so if you are in your thirties, middle aged, or older, then what that really means is that you actually have declined hormones because as we age our hormones decrease, and decreased hormones are normal for men thirties and up. The good news is that we now have doctors out there who know this and can replace these hormone deficiencies back to normal, and we don't have to suffer the problems associated with this decline in hormones anymore. All you have to do is get checked by a good bioidentical ND and find out what hormones are down and get them replaced with bioidentical hormones to bring them to where they should be, where they were in your younger years. Never take the synthetic hormones because they are very bad for you and can cause even more problems. I'm telling you to talk with him about this possibility and ask him to go see an ND who specializes in bioidentical hormones. It could be a combination of hormones, toxicity, chemical imbalance, the correct supplementation for him, and nutrition.

  48. QUESTION:
    Can stopping flaxseed and flax oil after using them for a few months cause a hormonal imbalance?
    I started taking a triple omega capsule with flax oil in it last December and started eating two tablespoons of ground flaxseed on most days of the week in January. When I went to the doctor for my annual physical in March, she found out that my eosinophil count was very high, around 40% when it should be MUCH lower. She told me to cut out anything new I'd started using over the past year, when my last count was done, which was normal. She wanted me to stay off them for three months until follow-up blood work could be done. I cut out the flaxseed, capsule with flax oil, and other things I'd started using. Within a few days, I was feeling much better. Shortly after, I tried some Smart Balance buttery spread on some toast and started having the stomach pains and nausea that I'd had in the two weeks leading up to my doctor appointment. That's when I realized it was most likely the flax that was causing my problems. Just a few days later, I began to notice that I was waking up much earlier in the night than normal. The following week, I was on a work trip to Las Vegas and was so exhausted after the first night, when we stayed out very late, but I could never catch up on rest. I don't think I ever slept more than six hours while there. It was an absolutely miserable trip, and I never left the hotel and convention complex the entire time I was there after that first night. It was hard enough getting through the conference I was attending itself, and I didn't get anything out of that either. I felt like a zombie. When I continued to have problems after I got home, I began starting back on the supplements that I had stopped at my doctor's instruction, desperate to see if I could improve my sleep. I switched the triple omega capsule for a fish oil capsule, and it seemed like things started to get a little better. I went on a family vacation where everything seemed to go really well. However, when I got back home, I started having problems again. I think the Vegas trip and my disappointment upon returning from vacation and having problems again contributed to my mental issues with sleep and insomnia, and things got a lot worse. I began sleeping 7 to 8 hour days followed by days with no sleep at all. My allergist gave me an antihistamine prescription to try, but it wasn't long before I began to tolerate it. I finally went to my primary doctor, and she prescribed me Ambien. While I was on the Ambien, I began to think about the fish oil I was using and found it could cause insomnia. I decided to try to see if I could find a triple omega without flax oil, and I found one at Walgreen's called Arctic Naturals Total Omega. I could tell that my sleep improved with it and that it was just as bad as with the fish oil when I took no capsule at all. My doctor switched me from Ambien to Restoril, and I slept even better on that. After about three weeks on sleep medication, I went off it. I had sleeping problems in the days that followed, which I felt were due to stopping the medication. However, the problems continued in spite of being off them for almost two weeks. That seemed rather long for a rebound effect. Other than my mental hang-ups about sleep, I started looking into possible other causes. I'd read that flaxseed can have an effect on estrogen in the body. Excess estrogen can cause insomnia. What I'd like to find out, and I've found absolutely nothing on this so far, is how (if at all) the flaxseed may have affected my hormones when I stopped using it and the capsule with flax oil. Did stopping them cause my hormones to go out of balance? If so, how long will it take for them to get back into balance, and will I need to go on medication in order for the balance to be reinstated? I'm assuming this imbalance (as well as possibly the absence of the omega supplement) could have caused my initial insomnia and may still be causing it now if this imbalance can last for months. I'm having blood work done next week to recheck my eosinophils, and I've asked for my hormones to be checked as well, but I would really love to find out some information before then. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
    Another thing worth mentioning is that I take a 50 mcg Levothyroxine tablet daily for underactive thyroid. I hadn't even realized that flaxseed affected thyroid function until after I'd begun having problems with it. My thyroid levels were checked at the same appointment in March, and while they were normal, they were lower than the last time they were checked, which was last September. I'd also read that people who have thyroid problems may also have problems with their estrogen levels.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Retrogir,

      Hormonal imbalances produce symptoms such as hot flashes, migraines, fibrocystic breasts, heavy menstrual bleeding, ovarian cysts and night sweats in a woman. Men too experience some of these symptoms, such as hot flashes and excessive sweating. They can deteriorate a person's health, cause his mood to fluctuate and can lead to low fertility as well. The following Buzzle article brings forth the causes of hormonal imbalance in men as well as women. Have a look...

      High Estrogen Levels
      High estrogen levels in the body is one of the common causes behind hormonal imbalance. The excessive estrogen in the body, could result from a number of factors, such as, if the woman is on a birth control pill, if she suffers from stress and anxiety, if the progesterone levels in her body are falling and if she has undertaken hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

      Natural Aging Process
      In men, hormonal imbalances are caused due to the low production of testosterone by the testes, as a person ages. When men age, it's not just testosterone levels which fall, but the estrogen levels increase too. This weakens the bones and the muscles, reduces the sex drive and causes hormonal imbalances in the body.

      Stress and Anxiety
      Hormonal imbalance in young women and men, could result from stress and anxiety. Stress is often associated with symptoms, such as, weight gain/loss, loss of muscles, high blood pressure, dizziness, excessive hair growth on the face and imbalances in the blood sugar. Researches have shown that when a person suffers from stress, it brings down the levels of progesterone in his body. This is because the progesterone in the body is utilized to create adrenal corticosteroids, a type of hormone which protects the body from stress. However, when under stress, the body does not make enough progesterone, leading to adrenal exhaustion. This disturbs the estrogen-progesterone ratio in the body, causing an excess of estrogen and hormonal imbalance.

      Cosmetics
      Petroleum based cosmetics such as mineral oil, petroleum jelly, talcum powder, liquid paraffin, etc. can cause hormonal imbalances and make the skin dry. They stimulate the production of certain hormones in the body, resulting in this condition.

      Non-organic Foods
      Taking a diet of non-organic foods which are rich in estrogen, can cause excess of estrogen in the body, leading to a hormonal imbalance. Non-organic animals are given estrogen steroids to fatten their bodies. When a person eats the meat of such livestock, estrogen enters his bloodstream, resulting in hormonal imbalance in the process.

      Eating Disorders
      Eating disorders, such as bulimia, cause an imbalance of hormones in the body. When a person suffers from these disorders, the levels of estrogen and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) fall in the body.

      Environmental Toxins
      Insecticides, paints, herbicides, pesticides, plastics, varnishes, personal care products - all these contain environmental toxins, which can cause hormonal imbalances in the body. They cause excess of xeno-estrogens in the body, which prohibit the good estrogen in the body to do its job properly.

      To counter the effects of hormonal imbalances in the body, taking a healthy, balanced diet, made up of organic fruits and vegetables, is very important. Some of the nutrients that should be made a part of the diet are vitamins B and C, magnesium, potassium, zinc, amino acids, manganese and proteins. These nutrients especially help in taking care of hormonal imbalance caused by stress and anxiety.

      Giving up on cosmetics which contain petroleum, maintaining the normal thyroid levels in the body, taking care of the colon health, exercising everyday, and making a point to sleep for seven to eight hours everyday - these are some of the natural ways to keep the right balance of hormones in the body. Besides these, alternative medication such as taking certain herbs, hormone replacement therapy and allopathic medicines are some of the popular treatment options. Although hormonal imbalances can be rarely treated completely, but with these treatments and making the above suggested changes in one's lifestyle, its symptoms can definitely be kept under control.

      TAKE CARE!

  49. QUESTION:
    why is my girlfriend always so sleepy, she's only 29 but is always ready to sleep!?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with most of the answers....low iron...pregnancy?....blood tests....seeing a doctor. But if she needs energy, she needs maca root. Maca is for both men and women. Maca increaes energy levels, decreases anxiety, depression,

      Benefits (uses) Of Maca root for Men

      1. Maca increases Aphrodisiac activity.

      2. Enhances libido.

      3. Increases energy, stamina and endurance.

      4. Improvement of male potency.

      5. Helps overcome depression.

      6. Found to produce a "general sense of well-being".

      7. DHEA level increases significantly in a majority of the males treated with it.

      8. Helps in stress treatment.

      9. Increases sperm count (oligospermia), count of mobile spermatozoids and mobility, formation of spermatozoids (spermatogenesis)

      10. Athletic Performance.

      11. Hormone Balancing.

      12. Increased Testosterone Levels.

      13. Maca helps with Erectile Dysfunction.

      14. Fertility Enhancement

      15. Helps fight acne resulted from hormonal unbalances.

      Benefits (uses) Of Maca root for Women

      1. Maca increases Aphrodisiac Activity.

      2. Enhances Libido.

      3. Increases Energy.

      4. Maca increases Sexual Stimulation

      5. Helps to overcomes depression.

      6. Found to produce a "general sense of well-being".

      7. Helps in Stress Treatment.

      8. Helps fight menopause symptoms.

      9. Maca reduces Hot Flashes.

      10. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HTR).

      11. Hormone balancing.

      12. Athletic Performance.

      13. PMS Associated Problems.

      14. Maca helps alleviate Menstrual Pain

      15. Corrects Menstrual Irregularity

      16. Helps with acne resulted from hormonal unbalances.

      17. Helps hormonal related skin problems

      18. Maca Decreases Stress

      19. Maca Decreases Anxiety
      The site www.peruvian-maca.com

      Another good brand of maca is Imperial Gold Maca.

  50. QUESTION:
    Parkinson's Disease - successful treatment?
    I have an older relative who's in the early stages on Parkinson's Disease. She's using the current drug therapies to reduce symptoms, but, of course, every year her overall health and mobility diminishes. Does anyone know of any successful alternative therapies or up-and-coming mainstream therapies that have had success with arresting this illness. Thanks very much.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi ANword

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Although the cause is unknown, an imbalance of two brain chemicals, dopamine and acetylcholine, seems to be involved. A deficiency of dopamine in the brain can be due to underlying nutritional deficiencies, cerebral vascular disease (blockage of blood vessels in brain), side effects of anti-psychotic drugs, carbon monoxide poisoning, abuse of certain designer drugs, and a rare infection (encephalitis lethargica).

      Parkinson's disease has been associated with toxic buildup of heavy metals in the body, especially mercury from dental amalgams. To slow the progression of Parkinson's amalgam fillings should be replaced, followed by a detoxification program.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Note: Treatment with complicated drug combinations and mobility exercises can reduce the progression and severity of the disease.

      Levodopa and Sinemet are the two most commonly used drugs for treating Parkinson's disease, but Levodopa is made ineffective if taken with vitamin B6. (Sinemet does not have this problem.) Using vitamin B6 alone can be just as effective in some individuals in the initial stages of the disease. Levodopa should also be taken away from protein meals, which decrease its effectiveness.

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet with raw foods (50% to 75%), emphasizing dark green leafy vegetables, rutabagas, sprouts, sesame seeds, and sesame butter. Also drink plenty of pure, filtered water.

      People using the drug levodopa should avoid or minimize their intake of foods that are rich in vitamin B6--whole grains, oats, raw nuts (especially peanuts), bananas, potatoes, liver, and fish.

      Herbs: Passionflower can enhance the positive effects of the drug L-dopa (levodopa), producing a greater reduction in tremor. The Ayurvedic herb Mucuna pruriens, a natural form of levadopa, can also be helpful.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Assessment of individual amino acids is important. Consult an orthomolecular doctor. Other useful nutrients include GABA, calcium, and magnesium, vitamin B complex (taken away from Levodopa), lecithin vitamin C, vitamin E, evening primrose oil, multivitamin/mineral complex, and DHEA (a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands). The coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) (25-50 mg per) day administered intravenously has also been shown to produce a beneficial effect in patients with Parkinson's. Selenium is also recommended for its ability to detoxify mercury poisoning.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating Parkinson's Disease: Cell Therapy (Stem Cell Therapy), Chelation Therapy (extremely important for detoxifying from heavy metal poisoning), Craniosacral Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Holistic Dentistry, Light Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Therapy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you


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