Hormone Testing

1 02, 2014

Testosterone: Just How Risky Is It?

February 1st, 2014|Categories: Hormonal Balance and Wellness, Men and Hormone Therapy, Hormone Testing|Tags: |

Two recent studies have indicated that testosterone replacement therapy causes a significant increase in the incidence of heart attacks, death, and strokes. As a result, the FDA is planning to investigate whether there should be concerns about the use of testosterone. Let me start by providing some facts: 1) Nearly 100% of men who have heart attacks have been found to have low testosterone levels. 2) The heart has more testosterone receptor sites than any other part of the body. 3) Studies done at the NIH have demonstrated that men with massive heart attacks go into severe congestive heart [...]

25 10, 2012

“The Platt Protocol for Hormone Balancing” – a wellness manual for healthcare practitioners

October 25th, 2012|Categories: Books and Resources, Hormonal Balance and Wellness, Menopause/Andropause, Hormone Testing, Excessive Adrenaline, ADHD/ADD|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As many of my readers understand, I would like to change healthcare in this country. In order to accomplish this, I feel that it is important that healthcare providers be given an alternative approach to how they practice medicine.  This blog is dedicated to those providers who are frustrated with the present system. The doctor practicing today can no longer afford to ignore bio-identical hormone replacement therapy(BHRT). Many patients are demanding BHRT, and if it is not provided by their health care practitioner, they will seek care elsewhere. Very often, in order to meet this demand, practitioners will attend [...]

4 08, 2012

Hormone Replacement – Which Doctor Do I Choose

August 4th, 2012|Categories: Hormonal Balance and Wellness, Menopause/Andropause, Hormone Testing|Tags: , , |

Hormones control every system in the body. Sometimes, they can be out of  balance from an early age, but will certainly be out of balance as you get older. Knowing this, it is somewhat surprising that doctors receive very little information about hormones while they are training, and certainly no information about bio- identical hormones. Practitioners who become involved with natural hormone replacement basically have to rely on two sources of information - studying books on hormones and/or going to seminars. Frankly, neither option provides enough knowledge to be proficient from a wellness standpoint. The reason for this is [...]

31 05, 2012

PSA Tests – To Do or Not To Do

May 31st, 2012|Categories: Books and Resources, Men and Hormone Therapy, Hormone Testing|Tags: , , , , , , |

This week the 2011 US Preventive Services Task Force draft policy for prostate cancer was released. . They gave PSA tests a D rating, indicating that it was one of the following: 1) of no benefit 2) it was not recommended, or 3) that the harm outweighs the good. The concern appears to be related to the fact that an elevated PSA test often leads to unnecessary biopsies, which in turn can lead to treatments that can result in severe side effects.  These concerns are valid. However, to encourage the elimination of a PSA screening is similar to “throwing [...]

7 05, 2012

Prostate Cancer – Is It Better To Be Poor?

May 7th, 2012|Categories: Hormonal Balance and Wellness, Men and Hormone Therapy, Hormone Testing|Tags: , , , , |

One often is under the impression that the wealthy have the advantage of better access to health care.  However, this is not always the case.  Perhaps if Steve Jobs took better advantage of what alternative medicine has to offer he may have had a different outcome – it certainly could not have been worse. Recently, Warren Buffett, 81, announced that he has prostate cancer.  He is certainly in a position to obtain the best advice money can buy.  He has a condition that can be approached from a number of different directions, obviously a situation that can benefit from [...]

24 04, 2012

Vitamin D3 Toxicity?

April 24th, 2012|Categories: Books and Resources, Hormone Testing, Breast Cancer Prevention, Diabetes|Tags: , , , , , , , |

 The Making of a New Urban Legend There are many urban legends in medicine that actually have no basis in fact.  But once they become ingrained in medical lore, few doctors will question whether they are accurate. Examples of what I feel are urban legends include the following: 1) the lowering of cholesterol prevents heart attacks, 2) flu shots prevent the flu, 3) vitamins and other supplements will only result in expensive urine, 4) natural progesterone does not have to be replaced after women have had a hysterectomy, and 6) blood tests should be done in a fasting state [...]

13 03, 2012

Do BC Pills Really Prevent Cancer of Ovaries and Colon?

March 13th, 2012|Categories: Books and Resources, Hormonal Balance and Wellness, Menopause/Andropause, Hormone Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

REGARDING THE DR. OZ SHOW ON BIRTH CONTROL PILLS On Friday, March 9, 2012, the Dr. Oz show talked about how birth control pills provide a 50% reduction in ovarian and colorectal cancer if used for more than 5 years. He had two gynecologists on his program who claimed that BC pills taken for a total of 5 years over a woman's lifetime will confer these benefits. I have to admit that I am somewhat skeptical of these claims for a number of reasons. The 1st has to do with credibility. During the introduction of these women it was [...]

15 02, 2012

Is It Time To Do Away With Fasting Blood Tests?

February 15th, 2012|Categories: Hormone Testing, Excessive Adrenaline, Diabetes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The medical system is very slow to change.  It is well represented by the remark, "This is the way it's done because this is the way it has always been done".  The time-honored approach to doing blood tests is to have them done after a 10 hour fast (or more).  But why are fasting blood tests ordered? The purpose behind doing blood tests is to determine how the patient's body is performing. How the body works from a metabolic standpoint can give the healthcare practitioner a lot of valuable information.  However, when a person fasts, the metabolic system slows [...]

13 02, 2012

Hormone Testing: Blood Test or Saliva?

February 13th, 2012|Categories: Books and Resources, Hormone Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

When I was practicing medicine, I had the option of suggesting a number of possible ways to test hormone levels in patients. Each had their own advantages and disadvantages. I will be discussing each, with no relationship to preference. Saliva testing is a popular method utilized by many practitioners. After receiving the kit, it has the advantage of being a test done at home. Depending on the tests being ordered, up to four specimens are submitted obtained at various times during the day. My own feeling is that it may be a useful kind of test from hormone screening [...]

29 01, 2012

Recommended Blood Tests for Hormonal Balance

January 29th, 2012|Categories: Books and Resources, Hormone Testing|Tags: , , |

The following is a list of blood tests that are generally recommended when reviewing overall wellness. You can ask your primary care doctor about ordering them for you. It is up to you and your doctor which of the tests she/he feels comfortable in ordering as they do need to have diagnosis codes. Therefore; your doctor may choose to order all or some of these tests. Some tests may not be covered by your insurance and therefore, the payment will be your responsibility. You can call the lab directly for the prices of the lab tests ahead of time, [...]