Suzanne Somers, Oprah Winfrey and Robin McGraw (Dr. Phil’s wife) have done a great job of stimulating the thoughts of many women who are experiencing peri-menopause/menopause that getting their hormones in balance is one of the keys to achieving the energy and vitality of their younger years. When most people think of hormones, the four that immediately come to mind are estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. In her latest book (Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness), Suzanne Somers has clearly done a phenomenal job of conveying that there are eight pillars for achieving optimal health, but many people only resonate with the hormone message. I speak with many people who feel that once their estrogen, testosterone, DHEA and progesterone levels are balanced that they will magically feel and look younger; however, the reality is that our bodies produce hundreds of hormones, and putting the major focus on only four of them cannot produce the kind of impact that most people are searching for when is comes to their health.

I agree wholeheartedly that hormone balance is an extremely important key for achieving optimal health. However, I subscribe to a more complete, functional medicine-based approach, where I focus on optimizing all of the systems of the body, not just hormone levels. For that reason, many of my patients initially come to me for hormones, but we end up focusing on metabolism, body composition, thyroid optimization, nutritional supplementation, healthy eating, detoxification, lifestyle changes and gastrointestinal issues in addition to balancing their hormones. This approach is helping my patients achieve the optimal health they deserve.

I am going to stop for now with Part 1, but this is just an introduction. I am very passionate about these topics and I will be publishing “More Than Hormones: Part 2, Part 3…..” and so on. At this point, I don’t know how many parts there will be, so I invite to you subscribe to my blog so that you won’t miss the next article. I won’t publish on this topic every week, but you can check back every couple weeks for more of my thoughts.