A Mid-Life Checkup
To keep your car running smoothly, you probably take it in for regular oil changes and other routine maintenance. As the car ages, you might also take it in for a 50,000-mile checkup to make sure it is still performing properly.
While most people realize the importance of preventive maintenance for their vehicles, many do not realize that a comprehensive mid-life checkup is equally important to preventing long-term problems and enhancing
their performance “down the road.”
A mid-life checkup provides you and your healthcare practitioner with an opportunity to discuss your family medical history, evaluate your current health condition and screen for potential future problems. It also provides a valuable baseline for monitoring the many...
Obesity: It's Complicated!
How many of us made a New Year’s resolution to really buckle down (both literally and figuratively speaking) and lose that extra weight? Here it is the beginning of April and all we have to show for it is frustration! Why is it so hard?
Statistically, the number of people struggling with obesity continues to rise at an alarming rate. Yet, most medical professionals still maintain that it is only a question of energy intake (food) and energy expenditure (exercise). If only it was that simple.
In his book Glandular Failure-Caused Obesity, Dr. William B. Ferril offers a look at another hormone imbalance as a potential contributor to the obesity problem. His description of how the loss of hormone balance can lead to...
Are All Estrogen Metabolites Created Equal?
Written by Kathy Lynch, PharmD - Women's International Pharmacy
As estrogen breaks down in the body, some by-products are considered to be more beneficial than
others. For example, 2-hydroxyestrogen metabolites are believed to help guard against breast and prostate cancers. However, this protective effect occurs only after a process called methylation, which takes place in the liver.
To fuel the methylation pathway, the body must have adequate amounts of methionine, which is found in meat, fish and dairy products. In addition to maintaining a low stress level, adequate amounts of magnesium, B6, B12, folate (B9), SAMe, MSM and betaine also help the liver perform this life-saving
Due to genetics, some individuals simply do not methylate well. Testing of estrogen metabolites is available through hormone testing labs.