I just returned from a week long hormone seminar listening to doctors from across the U.S. and Canada share their experiences and cases on hormone health and balance. The education was insightful and it added more options for helping you to stay in balance.
What Do Hormones Do?
Hormones are those important very small proteins that act as messengers. Basically they deliver a signal to either specific glands or special tissues. This signal may stimulate cells to “turn on” or if levels are too high – to turn off. To complicate matters, there are some hormone messengers that are lookalike molecules. What they do is look and fit just like a hormone which fools the body into thinking it is real. What winds up happening is the cell receptors get blocked with the lookalike hormone which can bind up the cell and not allow it to function. A person like you can begin to feel a little out of sorts, a bit tired and then you lose your get up and go energy. A very good example like this occurs with the thyroid gland. When there are subtle changes and/or blockages in the thyroid and adrenal hormone interactions, you can begin to feel robbed of your energy and vitality eventually leading to a loss of endurance. Does that describe you?
The function and interaction of hormones is an area best addressed by a practitioner experienced with what is now recognized as “functional medicine”. Too often conventional laboratory tests are not sensitive enough to measure these imbalances or often the full panel of thyroid function is not done. When your labs come back as “normal” most likely you are experiencing a functional hormonal imbalance which is treatable not always with replacing hormones but balancing the hormones you have.
Some basic causes of hormone imbalances:
- Estrogen like chemicals found in plastics (known a phthalates) can mimic estrogen.
- Change of life periods for women – estrogen progesterone imbalance
- Change of life periods for men – estrogen and testosterone imbalance
- Long periods of unrelenting stress can block thyroid receptors.
- High night time adrenal hormone can block melatonin needed for sleep.
Dr. Jeanne is fondly known as the “Hormone Goddess”. With many years of experience and consulting in a national hormone testing laboratory, she can help with hormone restoration. Call her office 503 720-8999 to set up an appointment. A complimentary 15 minute telephone appointment is available if you want to discuss your particular situation.