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Beyond Hormones

Hormone replacement therapy enhances well-being. Omitting hormone replacement when symptoms and findings indicate deficiency will prevent optimal recovery. However, hormone replacement alone may not be sufficient. Improving health is a comprehensive undertaking.

Health is not static. It is modifiable through healthy food choices and changes in lifestyle. Many of my patients come to our office seeking alternative approaches to drugs and surgery. Many are looking for ways to eliminate certain drugs that are causing adverse side effects or making them sick. They also want to avoid taking certain drugs because they have seen what those drugs have done to people they know. They intuitively know that natural approaches to resolve the root cause of a problem or disease is far better than just treating the symptom of the disorder.

It is better to avoid breaking a hip by increasing bone density with nutrients and hormones along with a program to improve balance and strength than to have to deal with the pain and cost of a hip replacement and its potential complications of wound infection and blood clots in the leg.

Heart disease is preventable and reversible if corrective action is taken early enough. Many patients feel that pharmaceuticals are much like band aids, treating only the symptoms but not the cause of disease. Drugs can have adverse or even toxic side-effects requiring the need to take other drugs to offset the original adverse event which may require even another drug to offset that adverse effect creating a vicious cycle.

Nutritional status and consistent daily exercise are the foundation to good health which comes from within. The modern American diet is so deficient in nutrients, so overladen with calories, salt, sugar and fat that just modest alterations in food choices can lead to improvement in health within a reasonably short period of time. Dietary changes affect the course of heart disease, diabetes mellitus, auto-immune diseases, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, arthritis, and a host of other conditions. The advice given by Hippocrates centuries ago is still relevant today, “Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.