Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What are Bioidentical Hormones?

A:    Bioidentical hormone preparations are medications that contain hormones that are an exact chemical match to those made naturally by the human body. Synthetic hormones are generally made by drug companies, are approved by the FDA, and are sold in standard doses.  Most bioidentical hormone preparations are made at special pharmacies called compounding pharmacies, which make the preparations on a case-by-case basis for each patient.  The key to understand is that bioidentical hormones are identical to the molecular structure of hormones made by the human body.  Often called “Natural Hormone Therapy” because bioidentical hormones act in the body just like the hormones we produce naturally.  

Q: Why Aren't Compounded Bioidentical Hormones FDA approved?

A:    It’s not that compounded bioidentical hormones are not FDA approved. A person’s individualized dose has not been FDA approved.  Bioidentical hormone substances have been FDA approved for use in the USA for decades. It is up to a practitioner to prescribe the proper individualized dose which many times is referred to as “off-label” use.  The FDA cannot approve anything that does not come in a standardized dose.  That doesn't mean that compounding is bad. Compounding can be useful for patients who are allergic to an additive in an FDA-approved product, but the purpose of compounding is to do it on a patient-by-patient basis, so there's nothing that's submitted to FDA to evaluate, so they're not technically FDA approved.

Q: What happens in the body regarding weight gain/loss when estrogen and progesterone are out of balance?

A:    Low Progesterone/High Estrogen causes weight gain.  There are a variety of reasons for this occurrence: Sugar cravings due to increased insulin levels (Progesterone helps to lower insulin), more fatty tissue growth causing fat cells to produce more Estrogen, fluid retention (Progesterone is a natural diuretic), decreased Thyroid function (Low Progesterone causes the liver to produce Thyroid Binding Globulin), and Poor sleep quality.

Estrogen is the primary female sex hormone. It gives women hips and breasts, buffers mood, and keeps you on task by regulating serotonin. Estrogen is responsible for the first half of your menstrual cycle, it boosts sex drive, helps maintain bone density.

Estrogen dominance is when you have too much estrogen compared with progesterone. Having a little bit too much estrogen in the body causes a number of symptoms, and makes losing weight very challenging, if not impossible. 

Progesterone is important for your overall sense of equilibrium or well-being.  It is the hormone that allows you to soothe yourself.  Progesterone raises body temperature making it more “thermogenic” which is a boost to your metabolism, and helps your Thyroid perform more efficiently.  Progesterone is a natural diuretic, which means it helps you release excess fluid in your body.  Progesterone is very beneficial in treating premenstrual symptoms (PMS) such as mood swings and migraine headaches, and It dramatically decreases pre and post-menopausal symptoms.

When progesterone is too low, you’re more likely to develop endometriosis and problems with uterine bleeding, possibly even cancer. When you have too much estrogen, you have a greater risk of infertility and endometrial cancer, a malignancy arising in the lining of your uterus, and breast cancer.  You need an expert to diagnose and treat your specific condition.

Q: Could being tired all the time be caused by an estrogen and progesterone imbalance?

A:   Normally you have 100 to 500 times more progesterone than estrogen in your body. If your ratio is off, you may have symptoms of estrogen dominance, including being tired, weight loss resistance, depression, fatigue, breast tenderness.  Many women report feeling like they have PMS, or that they fly off the handle more easily than they used to when their Progesterone levels are low.  This can also be true for low Estrogen. 

Being tired all of the time may also be related to Testosterone deficiency and Hypo-Thyroidism (Low Thyroid Function) as well as Adrenal Dysfunction in women of all ages.

Q: What other hormones play a role in weight loss/gain?

A:    Other hormones that affect weight loss/gain are Cortisol, Insulin, Leptin, Testosterone, Thyroid, and Vitamin-D3. High leptin causes weight gain and excessive hunger. Leptin is nature’s appetite suppressant. When you’ve had enough to eat, leptin signals your brain to stop eating.

When you are overweight your fat cells produce excess leptin.  When your brain gets bombarded with leptin signals from too many fat cells, it shuts down from overwhelm. Leptin levels keep rising, receptors stop functioning, your body doesn’t get the leptin signal, and you don’t feel full. You keep eating the wrong foods in an addictive pattern, and you keep gaining weight.

Cortisol is the main stress hormone and is released in response to stress, but most of us run around stressed all the time. All those stress hormones wreak havoc over time, and make you store fat—especially in your belly. High cortisol is also linked to depression, food addiction, and sugar cravings, so that you overeat the wrong foods like cookies and processed foods. What’s the net result? You get fat.

Low Cortisol levels also contribute to fatigue and weight gain.  You need an expert to determine the root-cause of why your body is expressing itself with a variety of symptoms.

Vitamin-D3 has been shown in medical studies to be related to increased body weight.  Vitamin-D3 assists in balancing blood sugars and insulin levels, which is one way to maintain healthy Thyroid function and keep your body weight in the ideal range.

Testosterone is a vital hormone in both men and women for a strong, heathy body, and improved quality of life.  Protection of the Heart, Bones, Brain, and Breast Tissue is a critical function of Testosterone in human physiology.  Testosterone is calming to the nervous system, supportive to Adrenal function, and plays a role in feeling motivated.  Testosterone has also been shown to support the immune system, improve sleep quality, reduce chronic pain, shorter recovery time from physical activity or surgery, improved mental/cognitive function, and libido.

Insulin resistance is a pathological condition in which cells fail to respond normally to the hormone Insulin.  This means your cells do not properly absorb the glucose (sugar) your body receives from digesting carbohydrates and sugars from the food you eat. Your liver stores the excess blood stream glucose in fat cells. The body must remove excess glucose from the blood stream to protect from organ damage over time.  A vicious cycle ensues in that Insulin resistance causes weight gain, greater sugar addiction, and further increased Insulin resistance. A proper individualized diagnosis, and the right nutrition plan can solve this condition.

Q: Can Get Well Scottsdale help with Thyroid problems like Hypothyroidism?

A:    Yes… absolutely.  Dr. Mark Starr, one of our mentors, has been an essential pioneer in the research and treatment of a condition known as Hypothyroidism.  In simple terms, Thyroid hormones control the efficiency at which all of our cells work.  Hormones sent by the thyroid gland help regulate body temperature, metabolism and cerebral function.  It is also known that Thyroid hormones can even contribute to your overall energy levels & well-being.  There are over 100 symptoms associated with Hypothyroidism, and the most common symptoms are fatigue and weight gain.  Age is irrelevant… Hypothyroidism can and does affect all ages.

Thyroid hormone therapy is probably the safest and most beneficial cholesterol-lowering agent, yet it is infrequently used for this! Thyroid hormone therapy is most responsible for the improvement in metabolism, increasing your energy levels.  If you feel you may be experiencing hypothyroidism symptoms, our expert team here at Get Well Scottsdale will gladly discuss this with you during your consultation.

 

Q: What can IV Drip Nutrition/Hydration/Vitamin/Immune Therapy help with?

A:    IV Drip Nutrient Therapy has been shown to be more effective for correcting intracellular nutrient deficits by forcing nutrients into the cell.  Most patients have mild to severe gut absorption issues which makes it difficult for them to absorb what they need from oral supplements.

IV Drip Nutrient Therapy has been shown to support people who are immune compromised, physically or emotionally stressed, work in areas of high pathogen exposure, frequent travelers, gastro-intestinal disorders, asthma, migraines, Fibromyalgia, Fatigue/Chronic Fatigue, depression, Hypothyroidism, seasonal allergies, and even alcohol/drug addiction recovery.  IV Drip Nutrition Therapy has been shown to be a very effective liver detoxification treatment.  IV Hydration Therapy is utilized as an effective hangover recovery treatment.

Q: I’m only half the man I used to be. Are there any natural alternatives to taking the “little blue pill” to help me with Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

A:    Yes! We use an all-natural, safe, effective treatment known as Acoustic Sound Wave Therapy.  This therapy opens existing blood vessels in the penis and helps stimulate the growth of new blood vessels (Angiogenesis) and eliminates the micro-plaques in existing blood vessels.  This therapy naturally improves blood flow which leads to better and more satisfying erections. 

The advantages of this method of Erectile Dysfunction Therapy are:  Completely Non-invasive, Drug-free, and no known side effects resulting in enhanced and more spontaneous erections, improved sexual performance, increased penile sensation, and better orgasms

Acoustic Sound Wave Therapy is a simple in-office procedure, with each treatment taking only 20 – 30 minutes.  We recommend a series of 6 weekly treatments for optimal results.  This Erectile Dysfunction Therapy provides long-lasting results with no downtime and is the only known protocol that addresses the true cause of ED (e. poor blood flow). 

Get Well Scottsdale’s Acoustic Sound Wave Erectile Dysfunction Therapy sends acoustic waves into the genital area, and through mild shear stress, triggers a series of biological reactions that result in the release of angiogenic factors. In other words, it promotes the repair of existing blood vessels and the creation of new blood vessels, resulting in improved blood flow. Better blood flow translates to better erection quality and sexual performance.  Our patients have experienced over a 93% success rate with this therapy, and many have had benefit after the first treatment.

 

Q: Why haven’t I heard of this ED Therapy before?

A:    Most men unfortunately, have only been presented with surgical or FDA approved patented drug “solutions” which have been shown to be temporarily effective at best.   While Acoustic Sound Wave Therapy has been used in Europe for nearly two decades, it's relatively new in the U.S. and Canada.  This revolutionary ED Therapy is making its way onto top media outlets such as Men’s Health Magazine and Fox News because it has been shown to be very effective in relieving the symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction in practices across the country.  Acoustic Sound Wave Therapy is the safest, non-invasive, drug-free, effective ED treatment available to men.  No significant adverse events have ever been reported.

At Get Well Scottsdale, our main goal is to help you Get Well, Be Well, and Stay Well. We know as we age, we tend to acquire some undesirable symptoms, and while some are inevitable, there is a lot we can do to continue feeling Young, Healthy, and Vibrant.

Our approach to achieving your Optimal Health and Vitality is founded on evidence-based nutritional & hormonal optimization.  Our team at Get Well Scottsdale will evaluate your individual lifestyle choices, current health condition/symptoms, and then provide you with a Personalized, Preventive, and Proven plan for you to achieve your Optimal Health Goals.

Give us a call today to schedule your initial consultation now.

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