Hormone therapy is balancing hormonal systems naturally. You can think about adrenal hormones , as well as fertility problems, PCOS, endometriosis , thyroid underfunction or overfunction, Hashimoto, complaints such as PMS or to hormones related to the (pre) menopause as estrogen and progesterone. An excess of certain “wrong” estrogens and how the body should eleminate them again are again important in preventing breast cancer, fibroids, endometriosis and even an enlarged prostate in men.
How do we measure hormones?
It often starts with measuring the hormones involved through laboratory tests. This can be done through
saliva urine and blood.
After which, if necessary, you will receive targeted guidance through diet or supplementation.
Hot flashes and menopause
I remember well my first hot flash, on the way to Milan on the plane. I didn’t know how fast to take off my jacket! Those next few days, I felt such a heat wave passing by from time to time, which mostly aroused my amazement and worked on my laughing muscles. Hot flashes are the most common menopause symptoms. They usually stop two years after the last menstrual period, but some women continue to suffer for years after that. I still remember a patient of mine who had to take Tamoxifen because of breast cancer for which it was almost impractical. She also became nauseous with every hot flash, as many as 40 times a day.
Hot flashes can therefore be mild, but can also occur so frequently with tremendous ferocity that it can lead to insomnia and depression, usually prior to, or during, menstruation. At that time, estrogen levels are lowest and FSH levels are highest. Night sweats are actually hot flashes as well.
What is PMS ( pre menstrual syndrome)
Example: Mrs. N, 46, indicated that she was absolutely dysfunctional during a certain period of the month. She became downright intolerant and ashamed towards her child how she behaved.
Mrs. V had gained a lot of weight; she was clearly retaining fluid. That gave her leg pain. She had very heavy periods. Making love also hurt and she had 3 times a bladder infection which was always treated with antibiotics. She wanted a different approach now. Through hormone balancing and colon therapy with targeted nutritional advice, things are now much better. The headaches that were apparently hormonally related and that she had had all her life also disappeared.
The number of people suffering from thyroid function that is too slow (hypothyroidism) is estimated at 500,000 in the Netherlands. The thyroid gland is your body’s gas pedal. So pay attention if you experience certain symptoms such as ; fatigue, hair loss, constipation, pain in muscles and joints, feeling cold and gaining weight.
An overly rapid thyroid function is less common, its symptoms may include; weight loss, agitation, sweating attacks, palpitations and poor sleep.
The thyroid gland primarily produces thyroxine (T4). At the cellular level, this T4 must be converted to thyrosine (T3). This is the most active hormone. We call this conversion. The moment this conversion does not take place properly, the patient will have a similar picture to that of generalized thyroid sluggishness. However, the problem is then not in the thyroid gland, but in the cell wall.
The factors involved include food hypersensitivity, chronic infections, stress, enzymes, heavy metals and insulin,
How does slow thyroid function occur?
Thyroid function can become dysregulated for many reasons. The most common causes are:
– Chronic stress or an acute highly stressful event
– Blood glucose dysregulation
– Hereditary predisposition
– Use of medications wo the pill
– Infections mn from overgrowth in the intestine
– Load with toxins
– Food hypersensitivity ( gluten)
– Nutrient deficiency ( also e.g. due to poor absorption in the intestine)
Chronic stress and the thyroid gland
Chronic stress stimulates the production of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol reduces thyroid hormone production and inhibits the conversion of inactive T4 to active T3.
It appears in practice that acute, short-term but intense stress also has a similar effect on thyroid function. You can think of a serious car accident, major surgery with complications, loss of a loved one and going through violent conflict or crime.
Thyroid problems are relatively common in certain families. Ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brother and sisters if they are familiar with thyroid symptoms.
During pregnancy, increased metabolism makes extra demands on the thyroid gland. This can eventually lead to thyroid depletion during or after pregnancy. In addition, a lot of thyroid hormone gets lost during childbirth due to the large blood loss. I see this image regularly
Surgeries sometimes cause a large loss of blood, which can lead to hypothyroidism. Surgical stress reduces thyroid hormone production and inhibits the conversion of inactive T4 to active T3. Blood loss also causes the body to lose a lot of thyroid hormone.
Use of medications
A number of drugs are known to inhibit the conversion of inactive T4 to active T3. Examples include lithium, antidepressants, such as Prozac, corticosteroids (Prednisone) and the pill. Medications can also decrease absorption or increase consumption of thyroid-regulating nutrients.
Certain infections such as the Pfeiffer virus, can infect the thyroid and damage its function. Among other things, you can get tested for EBV ( Pfeiffer)
Food hypersensitivity causes a stress reaction in the body due to cytokine formation (substances that cause inflammation and put pressure on the immune system), which can upset the thyroid gland.
Too many heavy metals especially mercury often gives an auto immune problem towards the thyroid gland, think Hashimoto’s here
Deficiency of certain nutrients
Nutritional nutrients such as a deficiency of certain vitamins (e.g., B 12, B6, folic acid), minerals (e.g., selenium, magnesium, zinc), amino acids such as tyrosine, and an abnormal fatty acid profile can cause thyroid underfunction. You can have all values tested through Complimed and have any deficiencies of a particular hormone, vitamins and nutrients detected.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in women characterized by too many male hormones, irregular ovulation and menstruation and cysts in the ovaries (ovaries).
PCOS is linked to obesity, high blood sugar, insulin resistance (insensitivity of cells to insulin), abnormal blood fats (cholesterol and triglycerides), high blood pressure and lack of vitamin D.
Untreated PCOS can have serious complications, such as excessive hair growth (hirsutism), acne, infertility and depression. Women with PCOS also have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and endometrial cancer.
Allow 12 to 24 weeks to achieve improvements. The most effective way to do that achieve is by losing some weight. Often this goes very well if you avoid igG reactions to food.
- weight loss, try to lose 7% weight, which is often enough to get out of insulin resistance. If you include 20 min of brisk walking every day you will come a long way. You often notice that your periods start to become more regular. The androgens decrease and you are less likely to have cardiovascular symptoms
Investigations of Complimed
After the intake interview, I recommend a number of examinations. With the results of the examinations, I can create a personalized treatment protocol for you.
Hormone analysis :
adrenal gland ; cortisol day profile from saliva
thyroid ( T3, T4, TSH, RT3 RT4, Anti TPO, Thyrioglobulin)
neurotransmitters: neurospot ( nor-+adrenaline, serotonin, cortisol, DHEA)
melatonin ( sleep hormone)
estrogen metabolites ( test to see if they are properly broken down by the liver)
female hormones ( progesterone, estrogen testosterone)
The Dutch test is a revolutionary homone test. It consists of a very complete urine and saliva hormone profile combining sex and adrenal hormone assessments. The result is a test that provides a complete picture of sex and adrenal hormone function, giving practitioners a new perspective on their patient’s complex hormone-related health problems. The test starts at 330 euros.
pregnancy (HCG, progesterone, estradiol)
One of complimed’s specialties is cortisol measurement to see how the adrenal gland is functioning. Adrenal exhaustion is common but poorly diagnosed on a regular basis.
Hormonal deficiencies can also be properly identified and treated by us. These include menopause symptoms, infertility, PCOS and also hormonal predisposition to breast, cervical cancer and fibroids.