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Did you know that in one month you can feel more refreshed and more joyous every single day? If you wake up sluggish, groan as you touch your feet to the floor and stiffly walk to the bathroom and stare into the mirror and see a sad and tired face…you may not be appreciating all that your life has to offer. There is a way to detoxify and change the way you feel as you awaken from a full night of sleep. It takes a mere 28 days to change the way you feel when you look into the mirror in the morning. The first week is simply changing what you eat and taking a few supplements. The second week is continuing on the healthy eating plan and adding a couple of shakes daily. The third week is similar as you increase the cleansing of your body and shed those toxins. The fourth week is backing down on the amount of the shakes and making a plan for the rest of your life. Your cravings have stopped, you feel refreshed and full of energy and best of all, you have a new way to look at food as medicine. Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.   -Hippocrates Contact me and let’s find a way optimize your health.
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What About Soy?
   The dark side of America's favorite health food is fully exposed in Dr Kaayla Daniel's book, "The Whole Soy Story". Dr. Daniel claims that soy is linked to malnutrion, immune system breakdown, cancer, digestive problems, cognitive  decline,  heart disease, cancer, thyroid dysfunction, reproductive difficulties and low libido. In addition, those bad- tasting, gas-producing veggie burgers, soy milks, protein powders and energy bars are not even healthy but a leading cause of allergies, asthma, ADD/ADHD, flatulence and brain fog.    From the Mercola website: Many people still want to believe the hype, thinking that these studies must somehow be wrong. But the content of soy itself should be a clue. For example, non-fermented soy products contain: Phytoestrogens (isoflavones) genistein and daidzein, which mimic and sometimes block the hormone estrogen Phytates, which block your body's uptake of minerals Enzyme Inhibitors, which hinder protein digestion Hemaggluttin, which causes red blood cells to clump together and inhibits oxygen take-up and growth High amounts of omega-6 fat, which is pro-inflammatory    It is important to read labels as soy is an ingredient in many manufactured food products and probably 100% of fast foods. Many find that an allergy to soy may suddenly surface, especially with the increase in genetically modified soy or if peanut allergic.    Fermented soy products, miso, tempeh and natto do have some health benefits. After a long fermentation process, the phytic acid and antinutrient levels of the soybeans are reduced, and their beneficial properties -- such as the creation of natural probiotics -- become available to your digestive system. The fermentation process also greatly reduces the levels of dangerous isoflavones, which are similar to estrogen in their chemical structure, and can interfere with the action of your own estrogen production.
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What is Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy? (BHRT or BIHRT) BHRT is a process whereby hormones are restored to their age-appropriate physiological levels. In fact, the term BHRT should really be replaced by that of Hormone RESTORATIVE therapy. This process can be applied to menopausal and peri-menopausal women, as well as men in andropause, or any person with a hormonal deficiency that may or may not be displaying symptoms. Basically BHRT is the practice of “safely optimising” hormones to a level appropriate to the individual’s age, rather than simply supplementing with a foreign (totally synthetic) molecule which often restores the hormones to supra-physiological levels (levels exceeding normal levels) which are abnormal to the human body. Most pharmaceutical manufacturers use a “one size fits all” approach and molecules that are altered in structure, whereas we at the Anti-aging Pharmacy use bio-identical hormones. Bio-identical hormones have exactly the same structure as those which occur naturally within our bodies. Hence, when given to an individual as a restorative measure these molecules have exactly the same effect on the body as the original hormone. Estrogen is found in three forms within the body, each differing in potency and exhibiting unique functions. Why then do most pharmaceutical companies market products containing only one estrogen, most commonly beta-oestradiol (E2)? The answer is quite simple. Oestradiol is the most physiologically active and potent form of estrogen, not to mention the cheapest. Therefore, most symptoms suffered during menopause will be alleviated by preparations containing oestradiol.  However, the importance of estrone (E1) and estriol (E3) should not be negated. Estrone’s primary function is the prevention of osteoporosis (bone density). For this reason, any related preparation should contain E1 – in minimal amounts however, due to risk of carcinogenesis (cancer). Estriol (E3) is the most protective estrogen and the one which reaches the highest levels during pregnancy. If estriol was a cause of cancer every child bearing woman would fall victim to this disease. It is very important to add E3 in high doses to any BHRT (or HRT for that matter) containing E2 and E1. E3 protects against both mammary and uterine cancer if the ratio of E3 to E1 and E2 is approximately four. So once again we pose the question… Why do most pharmaceutical companies use only one type of UNOPPOSED estrogen in their formulations? High doses of E3 can be safely given without adversely affecting the cells in the uterus. The reason being that the dose at which estriol can cause uterine cells to become carcinogenic (cancerous) and the dose at which it protects the lining of the uterus vary greatly. This is opposed to E2 dosages which have a much narrower therapeutic window. We also use bio-identical progesterone in most of our compounded creams, as progesterone acts as a precursor (building block) for estrogen and other hormones. Progesterone balances the effects of estrogen and sensitises receptors (the parts of a cell which translate messages). Progesterone also has anti-cancer effects. Bio- identical hormones do not display the same side effects as conjugated estrogens and synthetic progestin. The optimal route of administration for BHRT is trans-dermally (through the skin) to avoid the estrogens increasing the production of adverse metabolites (breakdown products) and CR–proteins (inflammatory by- products) in the liver. At the Anti-aging Pharmacy we only use bio-identical hormones in our formulations. We are able to customise a preparation according to the individual’s specific needs and DO NOT use a “one size fits all” approach. Furthermore, we make use of all the various estrogens, combining them according to doctors’ prescriptions. At the Anti-aging Pharmacy we have developed a delivery system (hydrogel) which optimises the absorption of hormones via the skin. The most difficult aspect of this form of absorption is getting adequate amounts of the drug into the blood (bio-availability) so as to reach the target tissues (organs). In this regard, the liposomal gel which we have developed is a stable combination of oil and water, making a semi solid cream which enhances the penetration of drugs into the blood stream, whether the drug is water soluble or fat soluble. The liposomal gel allows the desired drug to pass into adipose tissue (fat) below the layers of the skin. When adequate levels within the adipose tissue are reached, the drug will pass into the bloodstream and be delivered to the desired target organs. If you have any queries relating to BHRT you can contact Wayne at the Anti-aging Pharmacy on 011 4630310
Save Your Skin: Ask for a thyroid test. The largest organ of your body, the one that covers you, can tell tales about your thyroid.  Is your skin dry, wrinkled and pale?  Are you losing your hair and eyebrows? Are you noticing your memory is toast and you cannot focus your foggy brain as you slog through life fatigued and grumpy?  Are you constipated and depressed with heart palpitations and an ever expanding waistline? Were you crying at your last physical when you explained that you feel like an anxious, bloated, insomniac? Were lab test ordered and you hoped they would show why you feed so debilitated and unable to enjoy life? Then you get the call from your health care provider: all your tests are normal. Don’t take normal for an answer, call back and politely request a redo. Let them know that you need the “full monty” of tests to determine if that beautiful butterfly shaped gland in your neck is functioning, or if the hormones it produces are performing as nature intended.  Thyroid hormones control your metabolic rate and have receptors on almost all tissues in your body. They help maintain healthy weight, body temperature, and enable your cells to produce energy. They also influence your mood as they directly act on your brain, GI tract, gallbladder and liver function.  No wonder you feel like an itchy, exhausted, puffy, angry wreck. The traditional medical model that is commonly used to test for thyroid function is the TSH: Thyroid stimulating hormone. TSH is produced by the anterior pituitary when the hypothalamus is alerted that the  thyroid hormones circulating in your body are too low. If your blood test for TSH is too high, it means that you have thyroid issues and you will usually be given a prescription for a thyroid pill. If your TSH is within the reference ranges of “normal”, you won’t. However, the TSH level is not the big thyroid picture. If you dig into the growing number of books, blogs, support groups and functional medicine supporters, you will find that there is so much more to the thyroid story and you must ask for a more complete thyroid panel. Ask for free T3, free T4, reverse T3, thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO), thyroglobulin antibodies (TgAb), along with Vitamin D, ferritin, total iron (TIBC), and B-12 for starters. You may run into a medical professional that has not yet studied beyond the TSH. If that happens, a great place to order some of your own tests is www.zrtlab.com. There are many great books to get you comfortable with the basics of thyroid function and how you can help yourself discover what to do about fatigue, weight changes, depression, anxiety, rising cholesterol, gut dysbiosis (bowel issues), autoimmunity, muscle/joint aches, and problematic hair, skin and nails. According to the author of Why Do I Still Have Symptoms? When My Thyroid Test is Normal, Dr. Datis Kharrazian, 90% of hypothyroidism is due to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and if it is left unchecked, the result can be the destruction of your thyroid.  Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease that can be genetic and become active due to physical, chemical or emotional stressors. When faced with unrelenting stress, the adrenal glands release amounts of cortisol that can upset the delicate balance of thyroid function. The symptoms of depleted thyroid hormone and decreased sensitivity at the tissue receptors leads to decreased digestion, increased leaky gut syndrome, insulin resistance  and inflammation everywhere. This is when, without the proper testing and diagnosis, you could be prescribed a number of medications to treat symptoms. Finding out why you have symptoms is ultimately important to save your thyroid and restore your health. Dr. Izabella Wentz has the hottest book, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause, and the most informative website, www.thyroidlifestyle.com. Both are about using lifestyle interventions to find and treat the root cause of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and other thyroid related problems. As with many health care professionals, Dr. Wentz has a personal story to tell and describes how her body was damaged by the immune system overload that began with an unhealthy gut. She provides proof that you can heal your thyroid and get on a path to regain your health and vitality. She recommends eliminating foods, such as gluten, dairy, and soy that are causing inflammation and autoimmune illness and encourages focusing on nutrient dense foods that will decrease inflammation, stop autoimmune response, and contain intestinal microbial overgrowth. Dr. Sara Gottfried is the author of The Hormone Cure. Dr. Sara describes the thyroid as one of the Charlie’s angels and has a unique hormone balancing program designed to get you back to your luscious self. Get wise to the fact that how you eat, sleep, exercise, supplement and eliminate stress may determine how successful you are at feeling fantastic once again. Look for supplements that can support your thyroid when needed. A test exists to determine if you are iodine deficient and is recommended in the book  Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It by Dr. David Brownstein. He writes about specific nutrients like Selenium and Zinc that may help reduce TPO antibodies (the ones that destroy your thyroid) and help convert T4 to the active thyroid hormone, T3. Your skin may give you some hints about your thyroid health. Let all the other clues urge you to take action to do exactly what needs to be done to help you live your best life.
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