It was thrilling to have had the opportunity to speak to such an influential group of well-accomplished women. These types of engagements allow me to execute on one of the pillars of my practice, which is to educate men and women about strategies to avoid disease and achieve optimal health. I truly hope that my message was heard by many that struggle with health issues and those that have good health and want to keep it that way. In one-half hour, I couldn’t possibly do justice to the complex topics that I touched on, but I do believe that my “real” message got through. YOU have to get educated and make informed decisions about your health. Comments and feedback are welcome!

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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.

In April of this year, I published the first edition of my newsletter, Focus on Wellness,  that I had planned to be a quarterly publication.  Quite a few patients read it, and I generally got positive comments, but it just didn’t seem to fit in a “right now” world.  Publishing quarterly meant that I would have to hold onto all of my thoughts for 3 months until it was time for the next edition. 

In July, we had begun assimilating content for the July edition of Focus on Wellness, but we never got it published.  Then, just a few days ago, Andre, my Chief Strategy Executive, suggested that I start blogging in lieu of continuing with the newsletter, so less than a week later we have launched my blog.  I am confident that this tool will better serve my current and future patients much better and I am committed to adding meaningful content weekly.

So, stay tuned.