Michael Platt
In Defense of Cholesterol, is it bad or good?

In Defense of Cholesterol, is it bad or good?

Statistically, 75% of people who have heart attacks actually have a low cholesterol. It is important to understand that nature is a lot smarter than we are. One of it’s primary concern is survival, and cholesterol is a major player when it comes to survival. Every hormone in the body is made with cholesterol, and hormones control every system in the body. It is a strong component of the immune system, helping the body to fight cancer. Every cell wall is made with cholesterol, including the cell walls of arteries. Arterial walls are under constant attack by free radicals and...

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Michael Platt
Addiction

Addiction

The Mis-Treatment of Addiction: Michael Jackson, RIP, June 25, 2009 Michael Jackson died of a propofol/benzodiazepam overdose at the age of 50. For most of his adult life he acknowledged his problem with addiction, and on multiple occasions he entered various rehab programs to help him deal with this illness. It can certainly be postulated that these programs dealing with drug abuse failed to help him for one simple reason: they did not approach his problem from the underlying cause of why he needed drugs. Of course, not treating the cause of illness is an inherent part of our medical system. It...

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Michael Platt
Common misdiagnosis between Adrenal Fatigue and Adrenal Dominance

Common misdiagnosis between Adrenal Fatigue and Adrenal Dominance

Adrenal fatigue is a diagnosis used mostly in alternative medicine, usually among naturopathic physicians. The diagnosis is based on the theory that the adrenal gland, if underfunctioning, can fail to produce sufficient quantities of cortisol. Treatment often involves prescribing cortisol in addition to addressing diet, timing of eating, and amount of rest. I have two concerns about this diagnosis and its treatment. First, adrenal fatigue may actually be adrenaline dominance, a condition of adrenal overfunctioning rather than underfunctioning. Second, prescribing cortisol for a condition possibly already associated with a high cortisol level may have unintended consequences. Cortisol, if given inappropriately,...

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Hormone Therapy for Men

Hormone Therapy for Men

In some ways, hormone replacement in men is more important than it is for women. The most important hormone to replace in men is testosterone. It usually peaks around the age of 20, and then starts to decline yearly. Around the ages of 50 to 60 it has often decreased to a level where symptoms become noticeable. The classic changes that occur most often relate to a decrease in libido (loss of interest in sex) and erectile dysfunction. However, there are other aspects to testosterone replacement that men should be aware of. For example, almost 100% of men that have...

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