I wish to thank the TV program "Dr. Phil". Ever since he aired a program on hormones people have been calling my office looking for test kits that were mentioned during the program.
The program addressed, PMS, perimenopause, and menopause and the difficulty of physical symptoms and the resulting social consequences that may occur. Wow, I made that sound rather innocuous but the truth is more like the title, "Hormones From Hell". Too often the symptoms of the above are treated and little is done or known about handling the causes of the symptoms. I have seen patients that are on Prozac or some such drug for depression when all they really need is to have there hormones balanced, naturally. This little column affords me little space to allow me to get to the point quickly.
Saliva tests for hormones are more accurate than many blood tests and measure more of the free hormone that is usable and the ratios of estrogen and progesterone can be plotted over a 28 day cycle if necessary. Second on my check list is adrenal function. If the adrenal glands are in a state of dis-stress the estrogen they produce will be lacking and possibly a major cause of hot flashes. Next is fatty acids such as Primrose or flax seed oil which are needed to make any hormone. Mineral tests are often helpful too and here a hair analysis is really helpful. Lastly are the herbs and extracts that support and assist with hormonal balance. By the way all this applies to men too!
You can have a normal life with out dangerous drugs!
Randy Schaetzke, D.C., D.I.B.A.K.