Hormone imbalance, hormone allergy
The Roby Institute specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of the root causes of many common diseases and chronic conditions. Rather then reactively treat symptoms, we focus on understanding the causes of the patient’s condition or disease and work to prevent the cause from affecting the patient’s standard of living.
It is our belief that these disorders and conditions often involve hormone imbalances and allergies within the patient’s hormones.
If you experience symptoms such as those listed here and have not been able to find a successful treatment, please contact us for a consultation. The Roby Institute accepts most insurance and is a preferred provider of Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Healthcare.
Hormone imbalance, hormone allergy
Hormone imbalance is a type of allergic reaction experienced by women from before puberty to old age. It is a heightened reaction to the normal function of hormones. It occurs in almost all women during the premenstrual part of their cycle.
The most common disorders associated with ordinary hormone imbalance reactions are:
• Weight problems
• Loss of short-term memory
• Skin problems
• Mood swings
• Diminished sex drive
Hormone allergy—This phenomenon seems clear to the women who experience it, but it is not widely recognized by their physicians.
Hormone changes—It is well known that as we age our skin changes. Older women experience bruising on their arms, dryness from the neck down, oiliness from the neck up, wrinkles and “age” spots. Younger women may experience “acne” or red spots on their face, scalp, bosom and upper back. In one case a twenty-year-old woman was shaving twice a day and the hair on her head was so thin you could see her scalp in all areas. She also had coarse, long hair on her arms and legs and a thick thatch of hair on her bosom. Her doctor had found all of her hormones to be “within normal limits.”
Menopause is defined as the end of ovulation: no more eggs. Fairly profound changes begin to take place and they accelerate as the years go by. Primarily you are no longer fertile. You are out of warranty, and nature is going to get rid of you. Menopause is characterized by low levels of estrogen, a condition not found in teenage girls.
Adrenaline—Obviously some hormones are of greater consequence than others. Of all the hormones, adrenalin is the top priority in the eyes of nature. Anybody who didn’t make enough adrenalin (in the last two million years) was eaten by the bears. They certainly didn’t live long enough to grow to child-bearing age so, of course, the deficiency could never be passed on. This is what is known as a lethal gene. If you are so unlucky as to be born with this genetic material you don’t have to worry about skin problems.
On the other hand, enough adrenalin and more, much more, is one of the more common traits I see in my female patients. Excess adrenalin is often the case. These are intense, type A personalities. They are often professional women who frequently raise children (and husbands). They have one or two jobs and they seem to have the sole responsibility for the house, the yard and the dog and the cat. They are tired. They are overweight. They don’t feel attractive and they don’t feel like having sex. If that weren’t enough, they complain to their doctor, who examines them carefully and does a few tests and explains to them that they “are just fine. There is nothing wrong with you.” So what are your choices? Either you are imagining things…or you have indeed lost your mind (along with your car keys).
Estrogen—Nature’s next most important hormone for women is estrogen. Reproduction of the species is Mother Nature’s second highest priority for us, right after surviving long enough to do it using our abundant supply of adrenalin. If there is a hormone imbalance, then a woman would be unable to reproduce. Mother Nature works very hard to correct such imbalances. The imbalance can obviously involve any of the many reproductive hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, L.H., F.S.H., etc.), but for this discussion, I’m going to concentrate on low estrogen relative to progesterone.
DHEA—The precursor for all of our hormones is DHEA. Think of it as the most basic building unit, like a brick. Since we can only make a limited amount of DHEA “bricks” with which we construct our brick hormone houses, then any shortage of DHEA bricks from the factory must result in a lower supply of some hormones.
Hormone imbalance—Hair patterns may be an indicator of hormone imbalance and hormone allergy. How can we be sure it’s hormonal? I find that the earlier a girl’s periods begin, the greater the hormone imbalance or hormone allergy and the more pronounced the problem. The symptoms invariably get worse each month when the estrogen drops, about a week before the period begins. Hormone imbalance often disappears during pregnancy when all the hormones are high, especially estrogen. It increases (or begins) after childbirth, or almost invariably by mid to late thirties. Okay, now we know what the problem looks like. So, what do you do about it?
Correct the Imbalance!
What’s the best solution? Address the stress factors. Block the hormone allergy. Adjust the hormone imbalance. This usually means boosting the estrogen, testosterone, thyroid and DHEA. We block hormone allergy using weak dilutions of progesterone in the form of sublingual drops (visit my home page and see the section on my new publication on Hormone Allergy). Very rarely it is necessary to adjust cortisol levels. We also urge dietary changes. Try a low-fat, low-carb diets, like the South Beach Diet and the best diet I have ever been, The Ideal Protein Diet (see www.idealprotein.com). Try to remember that sugar is not your friend. Get lots of movement (walking as opposed to running, for example). I suggest at least one hour daily of slow walking, within the proper heart-rate range for fat burning, to get rid of adrenalin. We suggest appropriate nutritional supplements for adrenal and metabolic support. We urge stress reduction in any form available to you. Personally, I am particularly fond of prayer. Spirituality has been a powerful health force for far longer than medicine has been in existence. I urge all my patients to use it.
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Russell Roby, MD
Gary Albertson, DO
H. Legere, MD
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