Archives for March 2015

Testosterone Therapy Available at Garden Of Health

guyTestosterone is the go-getter hormone. It gives us stamina, confidence, lean muscle mass, and strength. More and more men and women are deficient in Testosterone because of the conversion to Estrogen in men and and adrenal insufficiency in women.

Testosterone deficiency leads to lethargy, depression, low sex drive, and fat gain. Testosterone therapy is available in creams, injections, and sublinguals.

Initial testing would involve a blood test to check Testosterone levels, Estrogen, PSA (for men), cholesterol, liver enzymes, and sex hormone binding globulin. The ideal ranges for men is 500ng/dl or above. For women the range is 15-70ng/dl.

Here at Garden Of Health we offer a program that includes an initial overview of systems and weekly follow ups along with an administered Testosterone injection each week. At the initial visit, we look at thyroid function, digestion, energy levels, cardiovascular, immune system and family history. At the follow ups, we will review dietary recommendations to detox the liver and enhance fat mobilization.

We are conveniently located in downtown Scottsdale. Call 480-535-7868 for more information on this cost effective program to increase stamina and decrease fat.

Benadryl linked to Dementia

brainA recent study published by Jama concluded that the use of anti-cholinergics such as Benadryl and Tricyclic antidepressants increased the risk for developing Dementia (including Alzheimers) by 54% if taken for 3 years or more. Anticholinergics block the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, in the brain. Acetylcholine helps with memory and mood in the central nervous system and declines with age.

Many take benadryl for sleep and not just for allergies. There are many alternatives that do not carry the unwanted risks to the brain that should be offered to the patient. Herbs such as stingy nettles and acupuncture is great for chronic sinus congestion. Insomnia responds to lifestyle changes such as meditation, yoga and behavioral modification. Insomnia also responds well to acupuncture and correcting the circadian rhythm in cases of cortisol imbalance.

In short, it is wise to first explore a natural treatments before resorting to more invasive ones. Naturopathic physicians have a large tool box from which to select the most appropriate modality for the patient. This is especially important when treating a chronic disease over a long period of time. Putting the patient on long term medications can increase the risk for more serious diseases that come with age such as Dementia and Alzheimers.