Sunscreen Tips for Youthful Skin

The number one thing that ages skin is sunshine. Not just the sunburn, the relentless day-to-day exposure to the sun causes the skin damage that leads to discolored spots, wrinkles and sagging skin. And don’t be fooled as most sunscreens do not protect from all the skin-damaging rays. If you want youthful skin then your… View Article

Pregnenolone Fact Sheet

Pregnenolone is the very first steroid hormone, made directly from cholesterol, and its formation is the first step to a complex process that produces all “steroid” hormones.  Common steroid hormones include estrogens, progesterones, androgens (testosterone) and glucocorticoids (cortisol). Therefore, a decline in pregnenolone can create a generalized decline in all of the steroid hormones. Pregnenolone also… View Article

DHEA Fact Sheet

DHEA, or Dehydroepiandrosterone, is produced by the adrenal gland and normally decreases with age, with levels starting to decline after the age of 30.  DHEA has two types of actions in the body: Conversion: DHEA converts in the body into more potent male and female hormones including testosterone and estrogen Actions of its own: DHEA enhances the… View Article

Major Studies Involving HRT, Summary

It is important to give patients the best information possible in regards to your risks and benefits when considering HRT.  Most of the studies done on HRT have been done on synthetic drugs that mimic your own natural hormones so it is NOT accurate to translate these studies to the use of bioidentical hormones.  However, we… View Article

What is Love?

Love of God, love of a child, love of family, love of friends, love of country. Is romantic love different than the love between close friends, self-love or a love of humanity? Is love really blind, unconditional, and thus beyond our control? The science of love is a fascinating blend of neurochemistry, biology and sociology…. View Article

Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Protocol

Naltrexone is a narcotic antagonist. It is normally used in hospitals and emergency room settings as an antidote to narcotic medication or opiate drug overdose. Low doses of Naltrexone gently block opioid receptors and will cause a rebound spike in the production of our natural internal opioids, called endorphins or enkephalins. Endorphins play a role… View Article

Cortisol Fact Sheet

Cortisol is the body’s most potent glucocorticoid. Glucocorticoid is the “family name” for a group of hormones that increase the blood glucose to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).   Glucocortocoids are either made by the adrenal cortex in the form of “natural” cortisol or are synthetically derived from natural cortisol. There are many forms of… View Article

Thyroid Fact Sheet

Thyroid is the major metabolic hormone.  It increases energy metabolism, blood flow, speed of thinking, intestinal motility, HDL (good) cholesterol and immune defenses.  Thyroid hormone decreases diastolic blood pressure, “waste products” of the cells, fluid accumulation and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Thyroid hormones have direct effects on many body systems including the cardiovascular, nervous, digestive, and… View Article

Testosterone for Men Fact Sheet

Testosterone is the predominant male hormone; it is produced in the testes and adrenal glands. Testosterone can convert to dihydrotestosterone (DHT,) the more potent male hormone. DHT produces the male sexual characteristics such as body hair, erections and a deep voice. Testosterone can also convert to estradiol, which can generate symptoms such as a female body… View Article

Testosterone for Women Fact Sheet

The daily production of testosterone in women is 20-30 times less that of men. Despite the difference in production, testosterone can be just as important in women as in men. The ovaries and the adrenal glands produce half of women’s testosterone; the other half comes from “conversion” of steroid hormones, such as DHEA, to testosterone…. View Article