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Topic – Hormonal Imbalance
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RC: Hello everyone, this is Liz Harvey coming to you from our razorcast™ studios in New York City where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the United States.
In today’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. Andrew Shepherd. Dr. Shepherd is the founder and serves as Chiropractor and Nutritionist of Mountain Health Chiropractic and Wellness in Plano, Texas. Originally, Dr. Shepherd is from New Zealand. He has lived in over 14 countries around the world and is the author of two books, “Health Put In Your Reach” and “Forever Young.”
Dr. Shepherd has been published in “Chiropractic Economics” and has appeared on the Veria Health and Wellness Network. Currently, he has two shows running on the Genesis of Healing Network run by the Discovery Channel.
Mountain Health Chiropractic and Wellness has been recognized as “America’s Top Chiropractors in Plano, TX” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America. We welcome him here today as Dr. Shepherd is widely considered to be one of the top chiropractors in the country and a contributing member of our national network of industry professionals.
Today we are going to talk about a very important topic: Hormonal Imbalance.
RC: Hi Dr. Shepherd how are you today?
Dr. Andrew Shepherd: Hello Liz I’m doing fantastic and thanks for having us here on the show today.
RC: Well thanks for being here.
Question 1: What are the different types of hormones and what roles do they play in our bodies?
RC: So I’m going to jump right in. What are the different types of hormones and what roles do they play in our bodies?
Dr. Andrew Shepherd: Well that’s a great question and we could talk on this for the next day so I’m going to try and keep this as simple as we can and just kind of give you an overview.
Firstly we need to understand that the hormones in the body are regulated by what we call the endocrine system. The endocrine system is made up of many different glands and organs and it controls the way that the body actually functions. So the endocrine system produces hormones that travel to all parts of our body and help to maintain our tissues and organs.
So we’re going to just touch on a few areas that are governed by the endocrine system: reproduction, stress response, growth and sexual development, body energy levels, internal balance of body systems, bone and muscle strength. So that’s good for you to kind of start with. Now what our endocrine system does is it produces, stores and releases those hormones when they’re needed and when it all works properly, the body is able to function smoothly as it was designed.
So let’s take a look at some of the glands of the hormone system. Many of you will have heard about the adrenal glands. These are little ‘e’ shaped glands that sit above the kidneys and one of their major functions is to regulate energy levels and also stress. One of the hormones produced by the adrenals under extreme stress is cortisol. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone and also as the fat hormone. If you’ve wondered why you just can’t get rid of that spare tire from around the belly, chances are your cortisol levels are way too high and you’re not dealing with stress properly. So we would want to go and take a look at the adrenal system.
Next we’ve got the hypothalamus and its job really is to help out the pituitary gland which is kind of one of the master glands in the body. In our ovaries they’re going to produce our estrogen and progesterone. Our pancreas, very important, that’s insulin and insulin regulation. Helps us digest the sugars into our bodies. Our parathyroid gland, that’s for our bone development and strength. Our pineal gland secretes melatonin, has a lot to do with how balanced the body is – emotions, whether you’re sleeping well, whether you’re able to get to sleep and stay asleep. Testes, they produce testosterone and also important for bone mass. So yes, ladies need testosterone as well, not only the men. Thymus gland is crucial to the immune system and particularly in children. Actually after leg pains generally the thymus gland turns to fat. So the thymus is not a player in adults but super important in the functioning of the endocrine system and the immune system in children. And lastly, the thyroid which kind of controls our metabolism and our energy regulation.
Question 2: What are some common conditions associated with a hormonal imbalance?
RC: Okay and what are some common conditions associated with a hormonal imbalance?
Dr. Andrew Shepherd: Hormonal imbalances are going to become relatively obvious relatively quickly and they are not just the property of elderly people or women with cycle changes, those kinds of things. They can effect anybody from literally young teens through to late adults. Respective as such so some of the things that we’re going to be commonly noting are cholesterol disorders – either high cholesterol, high triglyceride, an imbalance between the HDL’s and the LDL’s – Osteoporosis – that’s a big one, when the hormones are out of balance osteoporosis is a big one – Hypo or hyper thyroid conditions known as Graves or Hashimoto’s diseases, diabetes, hypertension, infertility, menopause and a number of different metabolic disorders.
Question 3: What can people do naturally to help correct a hormonal imbalance?
RC: Okay and what can people do naturally to help correct a hormonal imbalance?
Dr. Andrew Shepherd: That’s a difficult thing to answer. There are really not a lot of avenues that you can do yourself when you notice that things are malfunctioning within the hormone system. The first suggestion that I have is get yourself to some kind of a doctor whether it be a natural doctor, whether it be an endocrinologist who specializes in the hormones, your general practitioner. It really doesn’t matter just get somewhere where they’re able to just evaluate what is actually going on. When we have the information that we need, then we’re able to suggest what you may or may not be able to do yourself. Because the list of things can be extensive or it can be very small. Supplementation may be required, changes in lifestyle may be required, in certain extreme cases surgeries may be required to actually remove or change the way particular glands are functioning.
Question 4: Can you explain Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?
RC: Alright and can you explain Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy or BHRT?
Dr. Andrew Shepherd: Absolutely. Bioidentical Hormones are “natural” hormones. Now there’s a lot of confusion out there right now about what is actually bioidentical. What is a natural hormone? What’s a synthetic hormone?
Potentially, bioidentical hormones are ones that are identical structure to those made in our own bodies. So when something is synthesized in laboratory irrespective of whether it comes from a natural source or if it’s an actual chemical that we’re able to synthesize, there is a genetic lock and a key. If you want to imagine Lego blocks and when you put them together they are either put together correctly and nice and tight or you can kind of squish them on there and make them fit not quite so tight but it looks okay but the structure is not the same. The structure is not the way that it was designed. That’s what’s going to happen with a hormone that’s synthesized in a lab. So the body sees it, it recognizes it, but it doesn’t recognize it completely. It’s not always able to use it the way that it’s designed as opposed to a bioidentical where it sees it as though you had actually made it within your own body yourself.
Generally for the most part, bioidentical hormones are synthesized but they are synthesized from plants and because of that the body is not able to distinguish between the bioidentical hormones and the ones you actually naturally produce. The advantage of it is it doesn’t shut down. Providing the body with high levels of artificial hormones can reverse conditions, absolutely, however what it will tend to do is shut down the body’s natural production of those hormones which can be catastrophic and in some cases it’s actually necessary. But for the majority, what we’re trying to do is increase or in some cases decrease the productions of certain hormones by helping to stimulate the body to up-regulate or increase its own production and that’s what the bioidentical hormones are actually able to do.
Question 5: Who is your typical patient for this therapy?
RC: Okay and maybe you can describe who is your typical patient for this bioidentical hormone replacement therapy? What type of person or why would they want to undergo this therapy?
Dr. Andrew Shepherd: One thing I have learned over the years, Liz, is there is no such thing as a typical patient or a typical condition or a typical disease. It’s so case specific and it really can be somebody, perhaps a teenager going through puberty, that doesn’t understand what’s happening that may be having inappropriate hormone secretions or responses at certain times.
Again we would defer to some kind of lab testing whether it be blood testing or saliva testing and just case history obviously with a condition like that. It could be a woman who’s going into pre-menopause or post-menopause. There are certain changes obviously within that kind of environment. It could be somebody who’s gone through a hysterectomy. It could be a male that’s having low testosterone because of diet, because of lifestyle, because of previous medications that may be shutting down. It could be an elderly person who’s having issues with the parathyroid so they’re starting to become more osteoarthritic, bone density is decreasing.
So really the gamut can be literally anybody because we do all have hormones and unfortunately as we age, particularly our anti-aging hormones and our sex hormones after the age of thirty-five start decreasing significantly. (HGH) Human Growth Hormone is really one of the major reasons that we age and why we start to look wrinkly and why we start to get saggy and baggy in places. Our production of that up until the age of thirty-five is significant. Once we hit thirty-five, it’s downhill from there. So from an anti-aging perspective, as opposed from just a condition specific, you can actually kind of reverse the clock by using bioidentical hormones such as HGH to be able to help the body say “Well maybe I don’t need to age quite so quickly because here is more of this youth hormone (for one of a better term) that’s able to help me turn back the clock.”
Really it can be anybody at any time or whatever condition. But like I said, whether you see somebody like myself or an endocrinologist or a general practitioner or an internist, the biggest thing that we all do is case history, what are your circumstances, what’s malfunctioning, what would you like to perhaps enhance or change and then we go back to the testing. Let’s take a look, let’s evaluate where those levels are, what’s going on and from there, we can determine what’s going to be an appropriate treatment mechanism for you.
RC: Alright well thank you so much Dr. Shepherd. We know you’re extremely busy so I just want to thank you for your time and your help today.
Dr. Andrew Shepherd: Absolutely it was my pleasure. Thanks for having me on the show.
RC: And for our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with Dr. Andrew Shepherd, you can either go online at www.PlanoChiropractorNow.com or call (972) 212-5725 to schedule an appointment.
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