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Micronutrient Testing: How To Find What Vitamins, Minerals, and Anti-Oxidants You Need
Micronutrient Testing: How To Find What Vitamins, Minerals, And Anti-Oxidants You Need
Chapter 1: AHDH
Chapter 2: Anxiety
Chapter 3: Asthma
Chapter 4: Autism
Chapter 5: Breast Health
Chapter 6: Celiac Disease
Chapter 7: Cognitive Function
Chapter 8: Depression
Chapter 9: Diabetes
Chapter 10: Dyslipidemia ( Abnormal Cholesterol or Triglycerides)
Chapter 11: Estrogen
Chapter 12: Fatigue
Chapter 13: Female Fertility
Chapter 14: Fibromyalgia
Chapter 15: Gastrointestinal (GI) Health
Chapter 16: Headaches
Chapter 17: Heart Disease
Chapter 18: Hypertension
Chapter 19: Hypothyroidism
Chapter 20: Inflammation
Chapter 21: Insomnia
Chapter 22: Male Fertility
Chapter 23: Methylation
Chapter 24: Neurology
Chapter 25: Obesity
Chapter 26: Pain
Chapter 27: Sleep Apnea
Chapter 28: Sports Medicine
Chapter 29: Sports Nutrition
Chapter 30: Telomeres
Chapter 31: Testosterone
Chapter 32: Weight Management
Chapter 33: Women’s Health
Micronutrient Testing Introduction
Data in this book is organized by health problems, which are presented alphabetically. Micronutrient testing is a wonderful test— one I frequently recommend—and should be considered as a primary component of any preventative, wellness, or therapeutic treatment program. This test allows the clinician and patient to be snipers in locating nutritional deficiencies instead of using a shotgun approach to nutritional supplementation.
The mineral content of our soil has been depleted by about eighty percent from the days of my great-grandparents and grandparents. The vitamin content of foods is dependent upon the mineral content in the food. Low mineral content in the soil equates to low mineral content in the fruits, vegetables, and grains and, therefore, low vitamin content as well. Even those individuals who eat only organic foods will have vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Because of what we have done to our soil, water, and air supply and the amount of toxic chemicals in the environment, nutraceutical supplementation is a must for optimum health. Even though the nutrient levels are lower in our fruits and vegetables than they used to be, it is essential to eat these foods on a daily basis. They are still far superior to any processed and packaged food. The sad truth is that even with our growing knowledge of the importance of good nutrition more Americans will go to bed tonight without having had a single serving of a fruit or vegetable.
One of the many challenges facing the clinician and the patient is determining what nutrients—vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fatty acids—that an individual needs. It is evident that we need to eat real, wholesome foods instead of packaged foods as much as possible. Generally speaking, most Americans eat too high a percentage of carbohydrates, particularly of the refined category. Certainly, as a general rule, most Americans do not eat enough vegetables. Most Americans are also lacking in good quality fatty acid intake coming from foods like avocadoes, nuts, seeds, olive oil, grass-fed beef, and ocean fish of the non-farm raised variety. Even with an optimum diet, which few of us have, nutritional deficiencies often occur due to the poor mineral content in the soil, which equates to lower vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant content in the foods, genetic variants that create a greater need for a particular nutrient, such as with the MTHFR (Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) gene variant and folate, and a high body burden of environmental toxins, such as mercury, lead, PCBs, PBAs, glyphosates (Roundup), and the like. Gene variants and environmental toxins create a greater need for specific micronutrients.
I want to re-emphasize the fact that the mineral content of our soil in North America is only about one-seventh of what it was just 100 years ago according to the World Health Organization in 2010. Accordingly, the micronutrient content of our foods is only one-seventh of what it was 100 years ago. Therefore, nutritional supplementation is a must as our requirements are way beyond what a synthetic one-a-day vitamin can provide. Most people have multiple nutrient deficiencies that are not met by this supplement. As much as possible, supplementation should come from whole food sources. There is a vast difference between ascorbic acid and a natural vitamin C complex that also contains minerals and amino acids as well. There is also a difference between a natural vitamin and a synthetic vitamin. Naturally occurring vitamins are molecularly structured in what is known as a cis formation, while synthetic vitamins are in a trans formation. The body, in particular the cell membrane, is designed to recognize and accept the cis formation, not the trans. As to be expected, the trans formation, synthetic vitamins are absorbed less efficiently. You want to put methylated B vitamins in your body from food sources, not synthetic B vitamins made from coal tar.
Micronutrients—vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and fatty acids—are essential for proper enzyme function. Enzymes are bio-electric substances that transform one substance into another, taking away and/or adding molecules in the process. These enzymes are responsible for the transformation of one hormone into another as well as the breakdown and disposal of excess hormone in the blood. This process was discussed in 13 Secrets to Optimal Aging, the first book in the Health Restoration series.
Micronutrients are also critical in supporting specific tissues. For example, all of the cells in the body need iodine, but the thyroid, breasts, uterus, and prostate require much more than other cells. Embryologically speaking, the uterus in the woman and the prostate in the man come from the same tissue. When there is an iodine deficiency, these tissues suffer dysfunction, often noted by nodules, cysts, thickening, swelling, and the like. When there is a deficiency, the greater the need a tissue has for a particular nutrient the greater the amount of dysfunction. This is similar to the principle discussed in 13 Secrets to Optimal Aging. The greater the number of receptor sites in a tissue or organ there are for a specific hormone the greater the need and dysfunction when there is a deficiency. The heart has more testosterone receptors in the body than anywhere else other than the testicles. Therefore, when testosterone drops dramatically, the heart is at increased risk for dysfunction, and a heart attack.
Micronutrients are essential to the mitochondrial energy chain. The mitochondria of the cells is what turns the fatty acids from fats and the glucose from protein and carbohydrates in the food we eat into cellular energy. The making of this cellular energy is dependent upon multiple co-factors and numerous enzymatic transformations. Carnitine, an amino acid derivative, is a limiting factor in allowing fatty acids into the mitochondrial energy chain.
Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, and lipoic acid are the limiting factors for allowing glucose into the mitochondrial energy chain. (See chart below.) Once the respective fuels, fatty acids or glucose, enter the mitochondria there are multiple vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that are necessary to make the conversion into ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Some of these micronutrients are magnesium, manganese, iron, B6, B12, and coenzymeQ10.
Mitochondrial energy is necessary for proper liver function to help detoxify the many chemicals in the air, water, and food and is necessary for ongoing cellular repair and maintenance. It is also necessary for clearing metabolic waste from the brain. Without adequate micronutrients, cell membranes, which consist of about 80% fat, cannot function properly. Adequate fatty acid intake is critical for optimal brain function. Cell membranes are responsible for taking in nutrients to make energy, maintenance and repair as well as disposing of cellular waste, taking in the good and getting rid of the bad. For example, glutamate, a primary stimulatory neurotransmitter, is dependent upon calcium and zinc to be adequate levels to be absorbed into the neuron. In essence, it has a triple lock system: one for the calcium, one for the zinc, and one for the glutamate. This is discussed in more detail in the book Saving Out Brains: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment for Dementia and Alzheimer’s, which will be released soon in the Health Restoration series.
There are other reasons nutritional deficiencies can occur in addition to inadequate intake of proper food. A functional deficiency can occur when a nutrient is present, but it may not be properly activated, not be appropriately localized into the cell, or not have sufficient co-factors to function at a normal level of activity.
Underlying reasons for a functional nutritional deficiency include malabsorption from the gastrointestinal tract, lack of transportation to the appropriate tissue, inability to pass through the cell membrane, lack of intracellular activation storage, or a lack of concentration or activity of essential co-factors. Eating a food or swallowing a pill does not ensure that cells can use those nutrients. The nutrient must pass through the stomach, be absorbed by the small intestine, pass through the liver, be taken by the blood to the cells in the body, and then must pass through the cell membrane where other nutrients are needed as part of the recipe. To circumvent this process, I recommend sublingual and transdermal products that have liposome technology. Liposome technology encloses the nutrient or hormone with phosphatidylcholine, a naturally occurring fat found in the cell membrane. The cell membranes allow the liposome carrying the nutrient through more readily. Another good choice for taking nutraceuticals is isotonic preparations, which also allow for increased absorption.
By design, this used to be a somewhat simple process for an individual as long as s/he ate a variety of colorful and wholesome food. However, because of the amount of processed foods containing trans-fats, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, aspartame, and tens if not hundreds of other chemicals that the average person consumes on a daily basis, obtaining necessary nutrients is significantly more challenging these days. The more man-made chemicals we ingest the more nutrients we need to detoxify our bodies. This detoxification is in addition to the normal fuel a person needs every day for cellular energy to maintain, repair, and replicate his/her body.
Certain tissues contain and need more of a specific nutrient than other tissues. For example, very cell in the body needs iodine. However, the thyroid, breasts, uterus, and prostate contain the majority of this nutrient. When iodine levels are low, these tissues suffer greater dysfunction, causing symptoms that can manifest as nodules or goiter in the thyroid, lumps in the breast, uterine fibroids, or prostate enlargement. Both the uterus and prostate need a great amount of zinc compared to other tissues in the body. Deficiency of zinc can also cause similar symptoms in the prostate and uterus.
Key micronutrients are essential in the process of mitochondria energy production for ongoing cellular repair, maintenance, and duplication as well as the production of the many thousands of essential chemicals that cells make. For example, the parietal cell in the stomach is designed to make and secrete hydrochloric acid that then stimulates pancreatic enzymes and bile to be emptied into the small intestine where absorption takes place. The parietal cells are dependent upon zinc and thiamine, a B vitamin.
Deficiencies of either can cause less hydrochloric acid to be secreted, which in turn causes less pancreatic enzymes and bile to be secreted. The food is not well digested, and more deficiencies occur because the vitamins and minerals are not broken out from the protein in the food.
Many different type of cells in the body are dependent upon the same specific micronutrients. The beta cell in the pancreas produces insulin, which is necessary to transport the sugar (glucose) into the cells to be used for energy. The osteoblast is a new bone cell. The beta cell in the pancreas and the osteoblast in the bone are dependent upon Vitamin D (among many other nutrients) to function properly. If there is not adequate vitamin D available, type II diabetes or osteoporosis can manifest.
SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing measures 33 specific nutrients, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and metabolites that are essential contributors in mitochondrial energy production, the detoxification of dangerous hormone metabolites, the regulation of neurotransmitters, gene regulation, and hormone synthesis, and immune response.
Specatracell’s micronutrient test includes testing for (vitamins)—Vitamin A, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, biotin, folate, pantothenate, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin K; (minerals)—calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper; (amino acids)—aspargine, glutamine, serine; (fatty acids)—oleic acid; (antioxidants)—alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, cysteine, glutathione, selenium, Vitamin E; (metabolites)—choline, inositol, carnitine; (carbohydrate metabolism)—chromium, fructose sensitivity, glucose-insulin metabolism; Spectrox (for total anti- oxidant function); and Immudex (immune response score).
Micronutrients affect many functions in the human body
Micronutrients profoundly affect hormonal health. Conversely, hormones profoundly affect nutrient levels. The nutrient hormone interaction is quite intricate, so evaluating one in the context of the other provides a clearer picture of what is going on with each patient. The ways that micronutrients influence hormones are many and varied (See 13 Secrets to Optimal Aging—Book 1 of Health Restoration series.) Micronutrients act on hormone precursors. Vitamin D, which is not a vitamin but actually a hormone, is also a hormone precursor for other steroid hormones.
Micronutrients also catalyze hormone synthesis. Zinc, for example, is a required co-factor in the synthesis of testosterone as well as over 300 other enzymatic functions. Similarly, selenium is required to convert thyroid hormone T4 into the biologically active hormone T3. The intermediary, androstenedione can either convert to testosterone or estrone. Decreased conversion to testosterone is related to deficiencies in Coenzyme Q10, alpha lipoic acid, Vitamin E, and zinc. Co-factor deficiencies directly impact hormone conversion and production.
Micronutrients serve as strict components to hormones. The amino acid, aspartic acid, is a key structural component of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Micronutrients regulate enzymes that act on hormones. Vitamin C inhibits aromatase, which is an enzyme that converts testosterone to estradiol. Vitamin C has also been shown to increase progesterone. The nutrient/hormone/enzyme relationship is both powerful and intricate.
Micronutrients detoxify dangerous hormone metabolites: Folic acid, B6, B12, as well as minerals like magnesium and antioxidants like glutathione, are needed to convert dangerous estrogen metabolites into benign or even beneficial metabolites. In fact a deficiency of specific micronutrients increases the risk of certain cancers (breast, uterus, ovarian, prostate) by inefficient metabolism of carcinogenic estrogen by-products.
Micronutrients affect neurotransmitters that regulate hormones. A good example of this is the interaction of vitamin B6, prolactin, and dopamine. Vitamin B6 is a co-factor for dopamine, which inhibits prolactin secretion, thus telling the pituitary to increase testosterone. Micronutrients activate genes that regulate hormones. Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants directly affect genetic expression, including genes that regulate hormones. For example, Vitamin A activates the gene that controls the release of thyroid stimulating hormone.
Conversely, hormones alter nutrient levels. Hormones directly impact the function of several nutrients. For example, thyroid hormone stimulates the production of the copper transport protein, ceruloplasmin. Similarly, prolactin stimulates intestinal calcium absorption. The hormonal influence on micronutrients states is complex. For instance, micronutrients are essential to the healthy tissue function of organs. The prostate gland has more zinc than any other tissues in the body. Zinc is essential in the production of HCL in the stomach and in immune response. It is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body.
Micronutrients, in addition, are essential in the energy production within the mitochondria of the cells. Many of the B vitamins, magnesium, Coenzyme Q10, and L-carnitine are all co- factors involved in this energy production. Deficiencies of any of these micronutrients inhibit energy production, contributing to cellular dysfunction of the liver and inhibiting detoxification processes. The lack of these co-factors also affects the ability of the heart to contract, reducing oxygenated blood throughout the body. SpectraCell’s Micronutrients Testing provides the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available measuring functional deficiencies at the cellular level.
To make the relevance of nutritional deficiencies more real to you, let me show you what the research indicates concerning micronutrient deficiencies and some common conditions that you, your family, or friends might be suffering from.
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Medical care in the U.S. is in trouble; Big trouble. We spend far more on health care than any other country. We take more prescription drugs than any other people on the planet. What do we get for having the most expensive health care and for taking the most drugs? When compared to every other major Western country, we have a shorter life span and more chronic illnesses. In fact, on nearly every health indicator we finish dead last or next to last.
Clearly what we are doing is not working. We need a better path.
Dr. Kelly Miller’s book, 13 Secrets to Optimal Aging: How Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy Can Help You Achieve A Better Quality Of Life And Longevity, provides such a path to get us out of the mess we are in.
I was trained as a conventional family practitioner. When I began practicing what I was taught, I quickly realized something was terribly wrong. I found myself treating my patients with too many drugs that were not treating the underlying cause of their illness and then having to use other drugs to treat the side effects from the first drug used. Most importantly, I realized my patients were not getting better nor were they going to get better with the therapies I had available. I quickly realized that I could not, in good conscience, practice medicine this way for the next 40 years.
With the help of a patient, I began researching the use of natural items in order to provide the body with the optimal level of nutrients which allow it heal from injury but also to maintain optimal health.
One of the first items I started using were bio-identical, natural hormones. My father was my first patient treated. A combination of bio-identical, natural testosterone and natural thyroid hormone had a dramatic positive effect on his health. Once I saw the changes in my father I knew that was the type of medicine I wanted to practice. Now, 21 years later, I still find medicine interesting and I still research and use natural therapies.
Dr. Miller has written a much-needed book which explains the theory and practice of how to incorporate the use of bio-identical, natural hormones in order to treat illness and to help maintain optimal health. He also explains, in an easy-to-read format the proper tests to order in order to evaluate the hormonal system. Dr. Miller also provides case histories which further help the reader understand the importance of balancing the hormonal system with bio-identical, natural hormones.
Every patient that I see gets a hormonal and nutritional evaluation. I have witnessed countless patients improve their health by using bio-identical, natural hormones in order to provide the body with the raw materials it needs to optimally function.
Dr. Miller’s book is a must-read for those seeking a healthy approach. My colleagues would do well to read this book and learn about how important it is to have a balanced hormonal system. I highly recommend this book for all interested in natural healing methods.
David Brownstein, M.D.
Author of 13 books including Overcoming Thyroid Disorders and Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It.
I could not have written this book without the support and encouragement of my best friend, and soul mate, Dr. Debra Hoffman. She’s the best person I have ever known. I would also like to thank my mentor, Dr. Paul Tai, for his patient and enthusiastic teachings in Aging and Regenerative Medicine. I give thanks to my sister, Dr. George Ann Gregory for her editing and to my brother, Bruce Miller, and my long-time patient, Teresa Ellis, who were constantly googling data for me. Thank you to Jennifer Brown for her transcription, Deepali Gupta for her illustrations, and Emz Wright for the book cover.
I have been guided by the following Biblical passages.
Proverbs 8:1-36, 9:1
Does wisdom not cry out, and understand lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors: “To you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of men. O you simple ones, understand prudence, and you fools, be of understanding heart. Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips, will come right things. For my mouth will speak truth: wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him that understands, and right to those who find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; For wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared to her. “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and perverse mouth I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, all the judges of the earth. I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me. Riches and honor are with me, enduring riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, and my revenue than fine silver. I transverse the way of righteousness, in the midst of justice, That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries. “The Lord possessed me, at the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I have been established from everlasting. From the beginning, before there was an earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth; while as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, or the primal dust of the world. When He prepared the heavens, I was there, when He drew a circle on the face of the deep, When He established clouds above, when He strengthened the fountains of the deep, When He assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters would not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth, Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him, Rejoicing in His inhabited world, and my delight was with the sons of men. “Now therefore, listen to me my children, for blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord; But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death.” Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars; NKJV
Give instruction to a wise man, he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. For the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied and the years of thy life shall be increased. NKJV
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not trust and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. NKJV
This book is designed to educate those curious about hormone therapy, how to use hormone therapy safely, and to maximize their results for optimal aging. It is also designed to educate the reader about the hormones in the body, the many functions they perform, and how they work together. In my clinical experience of over 35 years of helping over 15,000 patients, I have found there are four basic concerns middle-aged and elderly people share about the aging process. I hate to even use terms like middle-aged and elderly, as I have just turned age 60, and don’t feel like either of these.
The first concern many people have about aging is that they are afraid they won’t retain their mental faculties. Many of my friends and patients have had to take care of spouses or parents who suffered from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. They do not want to wind up that way, and there is no reason they should have to. As you will soon learn, many of the hormones that are discussed in this book are involved in the function of memory and recall.
The second concern many people have about aging is that they will lose the ability to ambulate on their own. Loss of mobility in the aging population is caused by several factors including arthritic dysfunctional joints (spine, hips, knees, and feet), strokes or heart attacks, fractures from falls, balance problems, neuropathies, or generalized de-conditioning following an extended hospitalization. The sex hormones are naturally anti-inflammatory, encourage muscle and bone strength and health, and enhance and maintain neurological, cardiovascular, and immune health.
The third concern many people have about aging is a loss of libido or sexual function. Half of divorces of middle-aged couples in the U.S. today are probably related to sexual disinterest or dysfunction. Libido, the desire for sex is natural, and a reflection of a healthy status of an individual. The information in this book will help both men and women have a better understanding why erectile dysfunction occurs in men and why women become disinterested or experience painful sex. The good news for both men and women is that these problems can almost always be resolved without medication and without unpleasant or dangerous side-effects.
The fourth concern many people have as they age is that they will become un-attractive to their spouse or the opposite sex-- that no one will find them attractive any more. They worry they will be too fat, too saggy, too wrinkly, or the like. As you will learn, the hormones help maintain muscle tone and mass, bone strength, reduce fat, wrinkles, and moisturize the tissues. Supplementing bio-identical hormones in a balanced manner has a positive effect on your muscles, bones, heart, and your skin, even your face.
There are several important concepts that are presented in this book. One important fact that many are not aware of is that most of the hormones in the body are derived from cholesterol. Most of us have been inappropriately conditioned to think that the lower an individual’s cholesterol is the better. This is just not true. Adequate cholesterol levels are essential to having optimal hormone production. The second fact is that there is vast difference between synthetic hormones and bio-identical hormones, and it is the synthetic hormones, not the bio-identical hormones, that are associated with increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and some cancers, not bio-identical hormones. The third fact is that there are multiple ways to test and administer the hormones. If you are already on a hormone replacement therapy, you might want to re-consider the methodology you are currently using.
The next important concept to understand is that only physiological doses of bio-identical hormones should be used. This means that an individual should not be taking a higher level of hormones than a younger, healthy version of themselves could produce on their own. Dosing of hormones should be individualized, based on the genetic, bio-chemical, and physical attributes of each person. Another important concept to appreciate is that a single hormone deficiency NEVER exists. Because of the complex interrelationship of the endocrine system, and cascading of the sex hormones, having a single hormone deficiency is impossible. Each hormone has both synergistic and antagonistic hormones that are influenced by a deficiency in that hormone.
Another important aspect of understanding sex hormones is that the measurement of the levels of hormones only represents half of the equation in optimal hormone function. The other, equally important aspect of the equation is receptor sensitivity. Even if the hormone level appears optimum-- if there is not appropriate receptor sensitivity, the individual will have deficiency symptoms because the hormone is unable to bind to the receptor and, therefore, the cell cannot use the hormone. Actually, the more receptors an organ, or tissues have for a particular hormone the more important that particular hormone is to the function of those tissues or organ. A hormone deficiency/imbalance will produce dysfunction first in those tissues, or organ, having the greatest number of cell receptors. An example of this is the increased risk of one hundred percent for a heart attack in men when their testosterone levels have become reduced by half of what their levels were when they were age 25 because of the tremendous amount of testosterone receptors in the heart. Ultimately, our hormone levels reflect, in many ways, our relative health or health potential. Low levels of hormones are the reflection of the cumulative effects of genetic variances, emotional, mechanical, nutritional, and environmental stressors on the body. The levels are a scorecard on how well an individual is doing in the aging process. Is the individual doing average, above average, or below average?
Supplementing the hormones will help improve body functions immediately and dramatically, but consideration should be made as to what is the cause or what are the causes for this hormone depletion. For example, advertisements ask men do you have low T (testosterone)? The next question-- if it is a yes-- should be why do you have low testosterone? Is it because of emotional stress, or is it because of insulin and blood sugar dysregulation, for example? While supplementing with testosterone will help, the causes, such as emotional stress, must be eliminated or the insulin/blood sugar dysregulation corrected. Eliminating the cause will result in rising testosterone levels, and need for supplementation will be reduced. A similar approach should be taken in analyzing the most common problem aging women have with low progesterone levels. Consideration should be given as to what is causing the deficiency.
Every month, one million people in the world turn age sixty five. In the U.S. the average sixty-five-year-old American is on six to ten prescription medications. The United States of America constitutes only five percent of the world’s population, yet accounts for fifty percent of the consumption of prescription medications worldwide.
The United States ranks first in cancer and cardiovascular disease in the world.
We have been living longer than we did one hundred years ago, but we have not been living well as we age as a society. Even though the U.S. prides itself in what an advanced health care system we have, the Brits, the Greeks, and the Japanese have better longevity and with less debilitating disease as they age. For the first time in fifty plus years, predicted longevity rates have decreased for our children. The average American who doesn’t die of a heart attack or metastatic cancer much too often spends their last months or years in a nursing home, in a diaper, unable to ambulate on their own, and unable to recollect the people they love and the events that shaped their lives.
This book is part of the remedy to avoid such an existence. This book is about the pursuit and realization of a higher quality of life, a longer healthier life. The thirteen secrets contained in this book are your hormones. Natural bio-identical hormones are not the complete solution for perfect health, but they are a powerful tool to enhance optimal aging. You must still eat wholesome foods, drink pure water, get regular quality sleep, get regular exercise, breathe fresh clean air, and renew your mind with positive thoughts. However, there is no doubt that this approach adds many quality years to your life. This information is life-changing and life-saving. I wish you the best in your pursuit of health and happiness.
Kelly Miller, DC NMD FASA FBAARM CFMP
13 Secrets to Optimal Aging: How Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy Can Help You Achieve A Better Quality Of Life And Longevity.
Chapter 1: Why Should I Consider Taking Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy?
Chapter 2: How Do Our Hormone Systems Work?
Chapter 3: How Are Hormones Made?
Chapter 4: What is Liposome Technology?
Chapter 5: Cholesterol, the Source
Chapter 6: Pregnenolone
Chapter 7: Progesterone
Chapter 8: Cortisol
Chapter 9: Aldosterone
Chapter 10: DHEA
Chapter 11: Testosterone
Chapter 12: Estrogen
Chapter 13: Growth Hormone
Chapter 14: The Adrenals
Chapter 15: The Thyroid
Chapter 16: Melatonin
Chapter 17: Vitamin D
Chapter 18: What Hormones Do We Test For?
Chapter 19: Different Testing Methods for Hormones
Chapter 20: Different Hormone Delivery Systems
Chapter 21: At What Age Should I Start Testing?
Chapter 22: What Happens If I Start Hormone Therapy And Stop?
Chapter 23: Symptoms/ Solutions
Chapter 24: Your Next Step
About the Author
13 Secrets to Optimal Aging is the first of a seven book series called Health Restoration. George Ann Gregory, PhD will be the editor for this series.
Top Customer Reviews
By Eric Messersmith on October 2, 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I have studied this topic for years, have worked in the field of health and wellness for over 25 years now, plus have a degree in comprehensive wellness. I have devoured many books on this and similar subjects such as: "Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st-Century Stress Syndrome", "Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired: Living with Invisible Chronic Illness", "Hack Your Depression", and "Stop The Thyroid Madness", and many more. I have searched the internet forwards and backwards on endocrine related topics due to the fact that I possess an endocrine related issue of my own. This book is by far one of the best I have ever laid my hands on! It MAY get a little too science geeky for some readers, but I doubt it will be of a concern; given the fact that Dr. Miller explains things so very well. I highly recommend it!
P.S. Keep in mind you can go to many different specialists, or read many different books, and get totally different prospective diagnosis, and protocols for treatment. Dr. Miller's book looks to be 95% on target. I say only 95% because the endocrine system is only 100% understood by the one whom created it! Its system of "checks and balance" is extremely complex!
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