It has been a long time since a movie has generated the emotional response of American Sniper. This war drama picked up six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor and has set a new box office record – $90.2 million in its opening weekend. Many of these ticket buyers seem to have strong opinions about the film because it touches a raw nerve in the families and friends of military personnel who have experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The film tells the real-life tale of Chris Kyle (played by actor Bradley Cooper), who has been called the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. Kyle was a Navy SEAL and served four tours in the Iraq War, received several commendations for valor and was credited with 160 confirmed kills. The action of American Sniper alternates between Kyle’s time in the field and his home life with wife Taya (played by actress Sienna Miller) and their two children. With tragic irony, Kyle was gunned down at a shooting range in his native homeland of Texas by Eddie Ray Routh, a Marine veteran allegedly suffering from PTSD.
Controversy has become the back-story on American Sniper. Film producer Michael Moore and actor Seth Rogen have used social media to vilify the movie, the director of the movie (Clint Eastwood) and the late Chris Kyle. However, for every critic there are many Americans, including Medal of Honor winner, Dakota Meyer, who view the film as an accurate depiction and Mr. Kyle as a hero.
This real-life story and riveting movie raise many questions including: “what can be done to prevent the debilitating effects of PTSD among the men and women who protect our country from harm?’’ The specialists in hormone replacement therapy at BioTE Medical® deal with PTSD daily and have insights about how this condition can be mitigated. More on this later.
First, here’s a brief look at American Sniper.
What is PTSD?
Many medical experts feel Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has been around for hundreds of thousands of years. Evolution, which encourages the “survival of the fittest,” has ensured the “fight or flight” response has been hardwired in the psyche of every human being.
When traumatized or severely frightened, the human body releases adrenaline, increasing blood pressure, heart rate, and increasing glucose to the muscles. Humans run faster and fight harder when in this state. However, this stress response is supposed to shut down when this danger has ceased and this usually occurs with the release of the hormone cortisol. If there is not enough cortisol in the body, the traumatized individual will continue to feel the effects of the adrenaline rush. This leads to PTSD.
According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, “During this type of event, you think that your life or others’ lives are in danger. You may feel afraid or think that you have no control over what is happening.”
The agency also notes, “Going through trauma is not rare. About 6 of every 10 (or 60%) men and 5 of every 10 (or 50%) women experience at least one traumatic event in their lives. Women are more likely to experience sexual assault and sexual abuse in childhood. Men are more likely to experience accidents, physical assault, combat, disaster, or to witness death or injury.
- About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.
- About 5.2 million adults have PTSD during a given year. This is only a small portion of those who have actually gone through a traumatic life event.
Can Balancing Hormones Positively Affect PTSD?
It seems logical that if hormones cause the “fight or flight” syndrome, balancing these hormones can help victims of PTSD “smooth out” this jagged psychological condition. The founder and medical director of BioTE Medical®, Dr. Gary S. Donovitz agrees with this premise and has other thoughts about American Sniper and PTSD.
Click here for the medical reasons for using hormone replacement therapy for treating PTSD.
Bradley Cooper Speaks Out on American Sniper
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Oscar-nominated star, Bradley Cooper, expressed his opinion about the movie and the effects of PTSD.
“For me, and for Clint, this movie was always a character study about what the plight is for a soldier,” said Cooper. “I can’t control how people are gonna use this movie as a tool, or what they pick and choose whatever they want. But it would be short-changing, I think.”
“If it’s not this movie, I hope to God another movie will come out where it will shed light on the fact of what servicemen and women have to go through, and that we need to pay attention to our vets. It doesn’t go any farther than that. It’s not a political discussion about war, even…It’s a discussion about the reality. And the reality is that people are coming home, and we have to take care of them.”
If you or a loved one is experiencing the terror of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, there is hope. Please contact your physician or CLICK HERE for a medical analysis of your hormone levels.
Every year at this time, as regular as the ball dropping over Time’s Square, millions of well-meaning men and women vow to lose weight. Gym memberships are purchased, fad diet websites are visited and even high-tech fitness wearables are strapped on to wrists, ready to capture the “moderate to vigorous physical activities” which are about to take place!
Then, in February, just in time for Valentine’s Day, all bets are off. Exercise classes are missed, empty calorie junk food is consumed in copious quantities, those shiny new treadmills are turned into very expensive clothes hangers and those pounds that were supposed to be shed (not surprisingly) come back, and this time, with a vengeance.
“During the first month of the new year, many people attempt a drastic diet,” noted Dr. Tami Horner, weight loss specialist and trained BioTE® Medical practitioner in Pinellas Park, Florida. “They get temporary weight loss, but unfortunately the overwhelming number of them can’t keep this excess weight off.”
This is an all-too-common scenario. In fact, the workout facilities which are packed in January and vacant in February have become a cliché. However, this doesn’t have to happen.
There’s More to Weight Loss Than Diet or Exercise
Dr. Horner practiced family medicine for several years before she realized the impact of a medically-supervised weight loss practice on the health of her patients. She had first-hand experience of the potentially lethal conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer which can occur in obese patients. Now, she sees weight-loss patients exclusively and she’s found how complicated their issues are.
“When they decide to lose weight, most people think about diet only,” she said. “In fact, there are many other medical factors which contribute to a person’s inability to lose and keep off weight. These include inflammation in the body, toxicity and hormone imbalance.”
In a medically-supervised weight-loss program, each of these factors, as well as diet and exercise, are included. However, the most recent advances in hormonal balancing hold the greatest potential for helping patients shed the pounds and keep them off.
“I’ve found that older men and especially post-menopausal women who are trying to lose weight will struggle until their hormones are balanced,” she said. “In fact, it’s almost impossible to lose and keep weight off without balancing one’s hormones.”
“The hormone replacement therapy, delivered by the BioTE® Medical pellets, allows the other weight-loss tactics such as diet and exercise, to work more efficiently,” Dr. Horner said.
The Proof is in the Patient
One of Dr. Horner’s weight loss patients, a 61-year old man from the Tampa Bay area, whose identity will be withheld in order to maintain his privacy, shared the frustrations of the millions of people who sincerely wanted to lose weight, but are unable to. Despite participating in vigorous exercise (6 days a week!) and changing his diet, he was unable to lose weight.
“Six month ago I weighed 229 pounds,” he said. “I now weigh 210 and I have never felt better!”
“In just a few days after I had the pellet procedure in Dr. Horner’s office, I felt a dramatic increase in my energy,” he noted. “This super-charged my weight-loss program which included a change in my diet – more lean protein and greens and less starches and bread – and more exercise.”
“This hormone balancing helped a whole lot. I had more energy and could do more physical activity. It’s a very positive cycle,” he said.
Dr. Horner added, “About 5 years ago, I learned about the advantages of hormone replacement therapy and now I can’t imagine a weight-loss program without it.”
Almost anyone can lose a few pounds by starving themselves and undertaking a rigorous exercise program which might be even be dangerous. However, it might be necessary to balance the body’s hormones in order to keep these pounds off. Click here to find the location of a trained BioTE® Medical practitioner near you.
The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness. However, for many it means depression and anxiety. This season can be a trigger for remembering loved ones who have been lost, financial problems and even the minor annoyances can be exacerbated by everyone else exhibiting so darn much good cheer!
According to the federal agency charged with monitoring the health of U.S. citizens, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in ten Americans say they are depressed. In the CDC report Current Depression Among Adults – United States, the following groups are more likely to be depressed:
- Persons 45-64 years of age
- Blacks, Hispanics, non-Hispanic persons of other races or multiple races
- Persons with less than a high school education
- Those previously married
- Persons without health insurance coverage
“If you have less desire to do things you once enjoyed and now nothing interests you in the slightest, you may be experiencing depression,” noted Dr. Cory Rice, an internal medicine physician and certified practitioner of BioTE® Medical hormone replacement therapy and who splits his time between his Addison, Texas office and his office in the Dallas suburb of Forney, Texas. “While many things could be causing this, this depression could also be due to an imbalance in hormones.”
It’s Not Just SAD
The depression many experience around the holiday season is often attributed to a condition known as “seasonal affected disorder” (SAD). According to an article in Yahoo News, experts at the well-respected Cleveland Clinic estimate “about half a million Americans suffer from SAD and an additional 10 to 20 percent of the U.S. population are hit by a milder form of the winter blues.”
The report notes the common symptoms include “anxiety, irritability, fatigue, and sadness. Sufferers might find themselves craving more carbohydrates and sleep, while withdrawing from social activities.”
These same symptoms of depression can also be due to hormone imbalance. In fact, some medical experts feel SAD might be just another term for hormone imbalance.
Serotonin is usually associated with the body’s ability to relax and fall asleep. However dopamine more directly affects mood.
According to Psychology Today, “Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Dopamine also helps regulate movement and emotional responses, and it enables us not only to see rewards, but to take action to move toward them.”
Individuals with low dopamine may also be prone to substance abuse and other addictions. When this substance abuse is combined with depression, the mental state of the person can spiral down further.
Such was the case with one of Dr. Rice’s patients who was experiencing serious depression and whose anonymity will be protected by not disclosing her name or address. She summed up her feeling after receiving the BioTE® Medical hormone pellets in one word.
“This word is defined as ‘exceedingly or unbelievably great; beyond what is ordinary or usual; exceptional or remarkable,’” she noted in an email interview. “This is the most concise description I can give regarding the way I felt after only a few days of receiving the hormone balancing pellets from Dr. Rice at the Forney Wellness Medical Center.”
“This patient was of an age when her hormone levels had been reduced,” Dr. Rice noted. “After determining this through tests, we recommended the pellets to help balance her hormones. After a simple, in-office procedure, she was on her way to feeling much better!”
“My general outlook on life, my feeling of well-being, my energy level and my mental clarity, were all immensely improved,” the patient gratefully stated.
“In my practice, I treat more women for depression and other symptoms of hormone imbalance,” Dr Rice notes. “However, both genders are affected. Women will tell you how they feel in great detail and men, well men won’t tell you much of anything,” he smiled.
“Both genders tend to ask their physician for anti-depressants to deal with their gloomy moods,” he said. “However, this can lead to dependency and when these medications are stopped, the depression can return with a vengeance.
Don’t Worry. Be Happy.
Whether it’s the winter funk, too many work or family demands, sad memories of past holidays or any number of other factors, no one should be depressed or anxious, especially if this can be corrected with hormone replacement therapy. If you would like to find a trained, licensed BioTE® practitioner near you, just click here.
With three young children, an entrepreneurial husband and an extremely busy medical practice to run, Dr. Wesley Brady should have been tired enough to fall asleep at the dinner table. While she was mentally and physically exhausted, for several years there was something that caused this Dallas physician to spend hours every night tossing and turning, unable to sleep. She was a part of an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans who suffer from insomnia and it was wrecking her health.
“Like many women who juggle a full-time job, marriage and childcare, I often struggled with insomnia,” Dr. Brady said. “I would often find myself wide-awake long past midnight, sorting the next day’s activities, unable to relax at all.”
After learning and being trained in hormone replacement therapy for her patients, Dr. Brady decided to take the advice of the well-worn proverb found in the fourth chapter of the book of Luke: “Physician heal thyself.” In a simple office procedure, she had BioTE® pellets injected under her skin and the effect was almost immediate.
“Since adopting the BioTE regimen, my insomnia is 90% better,” she noted. “I have made no other lifestyle changes, so BioTE gets all the credit. I now sleep much more soundly and for 7 to 8 hours, consistently. I’m looking forward to my next pellet!”
Sleepless in America
The problems associated with insomnia and sleep deprivation were the subjects of a recent television program produced by The National Institute of Health, The Public Good Projects and the National Geographic Channel. It aired on November 30, 2014, and the information presented was eye-opening.
Sleeplessness, which medical experts define as getting less than six hours per night of sleep, is a risk factor for many life-threatening diseases. For example, a lack of sleep can cause obesity which can lead to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Without the restorative effect of sound sleep, mental disorders such as depression, anxiety attacks and substance abuse are more likely to occur. Even the destruction of the brain tissue found in people who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, can be exacerbated by sleep deprivation.
The prescription drugs, taken by millions of people to induce sleep, can also cause problems. As one physician in the NatGeo show noted, “These drugs are available to almost everyone and bad things can happen in the middle of the night.”
Click here for a quick look at this National Geographic Channel special report: “Sleepless in America.”
Insomnia is a By-Product of Hormonal Imbalance
“It’s rare that one factor causes insomnia,” notes Dr. Tim Blend a physician and trained BioTE practitioner in Sarasota, Florida. “There are always multiple reasons for sleeplessness.”
Factors such as thyroid imbalance, low testosterone or cortisol level can prevent the neurotransmitters in the brain from functioning correctly. This leads to wakefulness,” he said.
Dr. Blend notes that few people show up in his examining room, complaining of insomnia. “In most cases, the patient makes an appointment to see us because he or she is experiencing chronic fatigue, excessive weight gain or low libido,” he said. “Once we check their hormone levels, and often find them extremely low, we prescribe the hormone replacement therapy. In a matter of a few days, the typical response from the patient is: ‘I haven’t slept this well in years!’”
Another physician, in another part of the country expressed similar sentiments.
“I’ve been practicing medicine for 34 years and there is no doubt that low hormones are extremely disruptive to the health and sleep habits of many patients,” noted Dr. Randy Birken, another doctor trained to administer the BioTE® pellets whose practice is located in The Woodlands, Texas.
“It is critical that the metabolic hormones and the brain hormones, also known as neurotransmitters, are optimized because they work synergistically,” he said. “Hot flashes and night sweats are symptoms of unbalanced hormones and these can also lead to sleeplessness.”
“Sleep is Health”
Like millions of Americans, physicians work hard and deal with enormous stress. As such, they are not immune to the debilitating effects of sleeplessness. Dr. Wesley Brady – wife, mother and physician – has years of professional training and experience with patients who sometimes desperately need her help. Because of this, she has first-hand knowledge of the science behind hormone replacement therapy.
“I inform all my patients that medical research is clear – sleep is health,” she notes. “For most adults, 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night is crucial to optimize an adult’s immune system, libido, mental faculties and overall well-being.”
If you have trouble falling asleep, it’s possible your hormones are out of balance. To find a physician who is trained in hormone replacement therapy, click here.
The ongoing controversy over what constitutes “organic” or “natural” foods continues to perplex the average American family, particularly the parent who is charged with buying groceries. While they are typically more expensive to buy, organically grown fruits, vegetables, fish and meat are becoming more and more popular because they seem to be healthier than those which are doused with pesticides or grown as genetically modified organisms.
The basic concern about synthetically manufactured foods or drugs involves the unintended consequences of their long-term consumption. What happens to the health of a child if he or she eats nothing but processed food during their childhood years? Any reputable nutritionist will offer countless statistics and case examples of this “synthetic” or processed food causing obesity, Type II diabetes, heart disease and other long-term chronic problems.
This controversy concerning the benefits of “natural versus synthetic” composition is also evident with regard to the substances used in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
Life-Saving Drugs Made From Plant Sources
The pellets used in the BioTE® hormone replacement therapy are made from plant sources. As such, they are completely natural. They follow in a long line of drugs which were derived from plant sources.
According to the world famous Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, the history of medicine is replete with plants which became drugs.
“For thousands of years, we’ve turned to plants for relief from disease. For example:
- Morphine is derived from opium poppies and has been in use since 3400 B.C.
- Digitalis has been used to treat heart arrhythmia and congestive heart failure since the 16th century. It is derived from a plant called foxglove.
- A close analog of Aspirin was used by Hippocrates as early as 420 B.C. and was originally derived from the bark of a type of willow tree.
- Novocaine, the first local anesthetic, is derived from a slight chemical modification of a natural component of coca leaves.”
How Pellet Therapy Works
BioTE® Medical uses pellet therapy, as opposed to oral or transdermal forms, because this provides sustained hormone levels in the bloodstream throughout the day for up to 4 or 5 months. The oral and transdermal approaches can have a “roller coaster” effect causing mood and energy fluctuations in the patient.
According to Mark Hincher, (RPh) Director of Business Development for AnazaoHeath Corporation, the company responsible for making the BioTE® pellets, these are completely natural.
“They contain natural plant sources of estrogen and testosterone,” he said. “A compounding pharmacist, using strict Federal Food and Drug Administration guidelines, compounds the pellets.”
“These pellets are the approximate size of a grain of rice and are placed in the fatty tissue, underneath the skin,” Hincher notes. “The dosage release mimics that of healthy ovaries and testicles.”
The implantation of these pellets is done by a certified BioTE® Medical practitioner during a routine office visit.
Avoiding the Unintended Consequences
There have been many advances in synthetic or processed foods and plants. However, the controversy regarding such synthetically manufactured substances such as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) is based on the concern of the possible negative consequences which are not clear at this time. Will these synthetic materials result in unintended health consequences in the future? No one can be certain.
However, aspirin, made from the natural willow bark, has proven to be the most important and safe drug in history. If you would like to get more information on why the natural compound of BioTE® hormone replacement therapy is healthier than those which are synthetically made, click here. This website will lead you to the licensed medical practitioner near you.
The bedroom has become a very unhappy place. According to medical experts, the libidos of both men and women are lackluster, at best. This depressing problem has many causes but if a recent survey held by BioTE Medical is accurate, hormone replacement therapy is a part of the solution.
The results of this survey strongly suggest that hormone replacement therapy can dramatically enhance sex drive in both men and women.
According to the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA), one in three women in this country experiences low sex drive. Research from this group notes “Symptoms can include a decreased desire to have sex, fewer sexual thoughts and fantasies, as well as sexual responsiveness.”
Perhaps even more damaging are the emotional effects of low libido. This can cause or exacerbate depression, create job and family pressure, low self-esteem and, when anti-depressants are used to overcome this malaise it can cause even more problems such as chemical dependency.
Women are More Likely to Suffer Low Libido Than Men
The two genders are not equal in terms of the incidence of low libido. Dr. Gary Donovitz, founder and medical director of BioTE Medical offers this snapshot of the prevalence of low sex drive among women and men.
The BioTE Intimacy Survey
In an effort to determine the effects of hormone replacement therapy on the sex drives of recent recipients of the BioTE pellets, participants were randomly solicited and 85 responded to the survey. Each respondent was anonymous, which encouraged complete candor.While this is not a sufficient number of respondents to qualify as numerically significant, it does present interesting anecdotal data.
Most of the survey respondents were 35 and older.
- 25 – 35 years…..2.35 %
- 35 – 50 years…54.12 %
- 50+ years……..43.53 %
When asked how long the respondent had been with his/her partner, most had been together for more than 10 years.
- 1 – 5 years…..20.73%
- 5 – 10 years…15.85%
- 10+ years……63.41%
Since hormone replacement therapy is relatively new to the practice of medicine, most of the respondents had been using the pellets for 3 years and less. Here’s how the longevity of usage broke down.
- Less than a year….44.71%
- 1 – 3 years…………40%
- 3+ years……………15.29%
The results of the next section of the survey are extremely illuminating. Why? Remember these respondents are current BioTE Medical patients and their responses differ widely from the norm of other American couples.
The question for this section was: How Often Do You Have Sex?
- Once a week………………….25.61%
- A couple of times a week…..28.05%
- More than twice a week……46.34%
Results from the world famous Kinsey Institute suggests these BioTE Medical patients are experiencing the joy of sex with much more frequency than the non-pelleted individuals. In its most recent survey the Institute notes:
Among Partnered Men, 25 to 29 years
27.1 % had sex 2 to 3 times per week
Among Partnered Men, 30 to 39
39 % had sex 2 to 3 times per week
Among Partnered Men, 40 to 49
25.3% had sex 2 to 3 times per week
Among Partnered Women, 25 to 29 years
28.7 % had sex 2 to 3 times per week
Among Partnered Women, 30 to 39 years
18.2 % had sex 2 to 3 times per week
Among Partnered Women, 40 to 49
31.4 % had sex 2 to 3 times per week
Having low libido can affect many other areas of a person’s life and undergoing hormone replacement therapy can result in big changes. Dr. Donovitz explains.
How Has Your Sex Life Changed Since Your Were Pelleted?
The anonymity of this BioTE Intimacy Survey allowed respondents to candidly comment on the changes in their sex life since beginning the therapy. In fact, some were a little too “colorful” for this space. Enthusiasm was the overwhelming sentiment expressed!
Here are some of the actual comments, taken verbatim from the final question of the survey:
- “I’m back to my mid 20′s level.”
- “It is amazing!”
- “We have sex more often and it lasts longer.”
- “It’s more frequent, intense, and there is better endurance.”
- “I’m much more interested in sex and orgasms happen so much quicker!”
- “Libido has gone up for both of us. We have sex much more often.”
- “Sex has improved significantly. We used to only have sex about once a month, now at least couple times a week. More enjoyable. Easier to climax.”
- “My wife desires it more and is now more accommodating to different positions.”
- “Increased dramatically, especially since my wife is on it as well.”
- “It has helped me in so many ways. Sex drive is great, sleeping is great, no more joint pain, I like myself again.”
- “No longer have vaginal dryness, more libido, and better orgasms!”
- “More consistent, more desire, better physique so I feel sexier”
- “Increased libido! The desire is back and it’s AWESOME!”
- “Before pellets I used to say I could never have sex again and be just fine. Of course my husband wasn’t fine with that. Now I even initiate it now and then. It has changed the whole dynamic of our relationship in and out of the bedroom.”
- “We have sex 8 to 12 times a week! Does that answer your question?”
- “Libido increased significantly. I am no longer tired at the end of the day and I actually look forward to sex with my husband.”
- “I have stronger erections. More frequent sex.”
- “Improved in all aspects. Didn’t realize how things had changed until after pelleting.”
The Joy of Sex
Experiencing the joy of sex can dramatically change your life – physically and emotionally. Just ask one of the participants in this survey. While it’s perfectly normal to experience low libido as a part of aging, hormone replacement therapy can increase sex drive and change lives. To find a trained BioTE Medical practitioner near you, just click here.
The feelings mothers and fathers have upon seeing their newly born baby are almost impossible to express. The pride and joy have been the subjects of poems and songs and yet neither do justice to the emotions experienced by the birth of this sweet little person. Unfortunately, the joy often turns to sadness for some new mothers when the baby blues take over.
“There are many reasons for postpartum depression,” noted BioTE founder and medical director, Dr. Gary Donovitz. “Some are based on pre-existing psychological factors, but the condition is often based on hormonal imbalance and it can be corrected medically.”
This condition can happen to any new mother, including the rich and famous. In fact, the prevalence of postpartum depression has been amplified by the many well-known mothers who have experienced the condition. In 2005, actress Brooke Shields brought the subject to the attention of mothers everywhere with the publishing of her book: Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression.
When well-known celebrities such as Ms. Shields come forward and share their personal story, it encourages others, who might feel embarrassment or shame, to admit that they too have experienced this extreme sadness after childbirth. Actress Amanda Peet experienced this condition in 2008 after the birth of her daughter Frankie.
Six months after the birth of her daughter Coco, comedic actress Courteney Cox couldn’t sleep and had other symptoms of postpartum depression. Singer Marie Osmond also shared her experiences with her book Behind the Smile: My Journey out of Postpartum Depression. Other celebrity moms who publicly discussed their struggle with this condition include: Bryce Dallas Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Carnie Wilson, Lisa Rinna and, no doubt, many others who suffered in private.
Almost One Million Mothers a Year are Affected
According to the non-profit organization Postpartum Progress, there are more women suffering from this condition than sprain their ankles or suffer a stroke. The organization estimates that each year more than 950,000 women in the U.S. experience postpartum depression. They based this number on statistics presented by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2008 PRAMS research.
The National Institute of Health notes that most cases of “baby blues” are not severe and in these circumstances the symptoms go away within a few days after birth. However, postpartum depression can cause “feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness and a loss of interest in the baby.” The federal health agency notes these feelings can progress to where mothers can have thoughts of hurting themselves or their child.
What Causes Postpartum Depression?
“After delivery, hormones in the new mother can change dramatically,” notes Dr. Donovitz. “They can go from very high levels of progesterone to very low levels. Testosterone levels can also drop precipitously. This change in hormone balance can lead to postpartum depression,” he said.
“By using natural hormone pellets, we can optimize the hormones in the new mother’s system,” he said. “This allows us to mitigate the symptoms without resorting to anti-depression drugs which can lead to chemical dependence.”
“New mothers have gained weight, which they want to lose,” Dr. Donovitz points out. “And they have low sex drive which further exacerbates their feelings of inadequacy. Hormone replacement therapy can help alleviate both of these conditions and this helps the mother to overcome postpartum depression. Plus, with BioTE hormone replacement therapy, a new mother can breastfeed her child with no concern,” he said.
Not every new mother experiences postpartum depression. What factors determine who experiences this condition and who doesn’t?
“Not everyone experiences the precipitous drop in hormones,” he said. “On the other hand, some mothers have pre-existing anxiety issues and this can lead to postpartum depression. Multiple births (twins, triplets) tend to cause this condition as well,” he said.
“This condition can continue for months after the birth event,” Dr. Donovitz said. “If postpartum depression is not checked it can turn into chronic anxiety disorder. We recommend the hormone optimization continue until the condition subsides.”
“Getting the pellets saved my life.”
Mothers who experience postpartum depression can wrestle with feelings they never thought they would have to deal with. While they are often unable to express their unthinkable urges, one BioTE patient who underwent the natural hormone replacement therapy expressed her heartfelt thanks for its effect on her.
(In respect for her privacy, we have not identified this patient)
“The thing that scared me the most about this depression was that it rendered me unable to love and care for my children like I wanted to. I was pretty much powerless to overcome these feelings. Getting the pellets saved my life.”
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How Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Change This
Once thought to be a disease primarily affecting post-menopausal women, osteoporosis is now a serious concern for men’s health. In a recently released study, (Osteoporosis in men: why change needs to happen) researchers have found that men are twice as likely to die from the effects of osteoporosis than women.
Osteoporosis, derived from a Greek word which means “porous bones,” is a progressive bone disease characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density. This can lead to an increased risk of fracture and this is the cause of many deaths among older women and men.
According to BioTE Medical founder Dr. Gary Donovitz: “With osteoporosis, the bone mineral density is reduced, bone micro architecture deteriorates, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone are altered. Hormone replacement therapy can help to alter this deterioration,” he said.
According to WebMD, the form of osteoporosis most common among women after menopause is primary type 1, also called postmenopausal osteoporosis. Primary type 2 osteoporosis, also called senile osteoporosis, occurs after age 75 and is seen in both females and males at a ratio of 2:1. Secondary osteoporosis may arise at any age and affect men and women equally.
Research Shows a Dramatic Mortality Rate Among Men
In an October 2014 article published in the “Economic Times” (United Kingdom), researchers noted that men are not being adequately diagnosed or treated for osteoporosis, with those suffering a hip fracture twice as likely to die compared to women.
“One-third of all hip fractures worldwide occur in men with mortality rates as high as 37 percent in the first year following fracture. This makes men twice as likely as women to die after a hip fracture,” said professor Peter Ebeling, the lead study author and head of the department of medicine at Monash University in Australia.
The report continued, noting in the United States the number of hip fractures among men is expected to increase by 51.8 percent from 2010 to 2030, and in contrast the number among women is expected to decrease 3.5 percent. Osteoporosis experts warn that “…as men often remain undiagnosed and untreated, millions are left vulnerable to early death and disability, irrespective of fracture type. The report highlights that the ability of men to live pain-free lives in the old age is being seriously compromised.”
Hormone Replacement Therapy to Treat Osteoporosis
“Unfortunately, treating osteoporosis is often not a priority, especially among men.” said Dr. Donovitz. He suggested bio-identical hormone replacement treatment to help stem this troubling medical trend.
“As men age, their testosterone levels decrease,” he said. “Men who have low, naturally-occurring testosterone can increase this with hormone replacement therapy to bring their levels back to normal. This slows bone thinning and reduces calcium loss. This decrease in bone density can be reversed with BioTE natural hormone therapy,” Dr. Donovitz noted. “…and the pellets we use enable the testosterone to be absorbed much quicker than other methods.”
The Risk of Osteoporosis is Higher than Prostate Cancer
In response to this study, John A. Kanis, president of the International Osteoporosis Foundation said, “It is estimated that the lifetime risk of experiencing an osteoporotic fracture in men over the age of 50 years is up to 27 percent (–) higher than that of developing prostate cancer.” If you are concerned about the effects of osteoporosis and are interested in learning more about the BioTE Medical hormone replacement therapy, click here. We will help you find a medical specialist near you.
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If two-thirds of the population of the United States became ill, urgent news bulletins would flash on every television and radio network, there would be three-inch headlines in every newspaper and there would be panic in the streets. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal agency charged with discovering and controlling epidemics and disease in the United States, this is the current situation and the epidemic is obesity.
The CDC notes more than 69 percent of the U.S. adults over 20 years are considered overweight or obese. Almost 3 in 4 American men (74 percent) are suffering from this disease and the prevalence of obesity is a staggering 36 percent among both men and women.
BioTE Medical founder and medical director, Dr. Gary Donovitz notes: “This epidemic of obesity, especially among adults 50 and older, doesn’t have to continue. There is a medical response which effectively treats the cause.”
What Factors Cause Obesity?
While there are many physical and psychological reasons someone might become overweight or obese, in general this condition is a result of an energy imbalance. Each single calorie is a unit of energy. The body takes in this energy through eating or drinking, and ideally expends it keep the body running with functions like moving, breathing and other life essentials. This is sometimes known as “burning calories.” Body weight will remain at a consistent level when the amount of energy (or calories) taken in exactly matches the amount of energy used.
When the body takes in more energy / calories than are burned, however, this leads to the energy imbalance mentioned above. Taking in an excess amount of calories and failing to burn them off leads to weight gain and obesity.
“Age, genetics, nutrition (or the lack thereof), emotions and even income can affect weight gain,” noted Dr. Donovitz. Recently, another factor has been discovered which affects obesity – hormone imbalance. The consequences of this condition can be deadly.
Consequences of Excess Body Weight
According to the CDC, there are serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. The agency research has shown “as weight increases to reach the levels referred to as ‘overweight’ and ‘obesity,’ the risk for the following conditions also increases:
• Coronary heart disease
• Type 2 diabetes
• Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Dyslipidemia (high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
• Liver and gallbladder disease
• Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
• Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
• Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)
Balancing Hormones and Reducing Fat
“Over time, as someone ages, hormones are lost,” notes Dr. Donovitz. “The medical term for this is ‘metabolic syndrome’ and it results in a reduction in estrogen and the body becoming insulin-resistant. This condition causes weight to increase and this typically comes in the form of belly fat.”
Medical researchers have long noted that body fat distribution plays an important role in the development of obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke and some forms of arthritis. Fat around the abdomen is a higher risk factor for disease than fat stored in the hips and thighs. “When the metabolism slows in older men or women, belly fat is formed,” says Dr. Donovitz. “And no amount of exercise can get rid of this fat. Every cell is supposed to make energy and when this doesn’t occur, there is no protein made.”
“By optimizing the testosterone and estrogen with hormone replacement therapy it is possible to have ‘reverse aging.’ The balanced hormones in one’s body allow for faster metabolism, deeper sleep and a quicker burning of calories.”
Meet Larry Medcalf: He Lost 50 Pounds of Excess Weight
“I’m a 56 year-old guy who doesn’t like to exercise,” laughs Larry Medcalf. “Over a three year period I went from 248 pounds to 198 pounds as a result of the BioTE hormone replacement pellet therapy.”
By losing the excess belly fat, Larry reduced his chances of contracting serious diseases such as heart attack, stroke and even cancer. However, losing this weight was not the most important thing for him.
“For me, losing the weight was secondary,” he says. “Having the energy to get up and truck through the day was the best part! Because I had more energy, I didn’t spend the day lying around. I got more exercise and started eating better.”
The demographic trends over the past 20 years don’t lie. Americans are living longer and longer. In order to maximize those “golden years,” many will be investigating medical remedies which offer a better quality of life. Balancing the body’s hormones could be one of those remedies which can allow for healthy aging.
For more information how hormones derived from natural plant sources can help reduce the obesity epidemic, click here., or call 877. 992. 4683. We will direct you to a medical practitioner trained in hormone replacement therapy near you.
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It even works for husbands who play in the NFL!
When violent incidents such as those of former NFL player Ray Rice punching his fiancée, now wife, flash on our television screen, we are appalled and sickened. While this physical battering is atypical and is the end of the scale for abuse, there are many more misunderstandings and frustrations among couples where one is a professional athlete.
The best way to get a snapshot of this problem is to talk to a victim. We recently spoke with the wife of an NFL player, whose concern for her privacy and that of her husband caused her to ask us to refrain from identifying her. Her comment speaks volumes about the problems of marriages of professional athletes.
“My husband played in the NFL for more than 6 years and it was a pressure-cooker for both of us,” she said. “He was constantly worried about being injured or cut from the team and, being the closest person to him, I got the brunt of this anxiety. This pretty much drove me nuts too,” she said.
“Plus, the stress of raising three, little kids – pretty much by myself – and the constant yelling added to the problems we had,” she said. “The hormone replacement therapy helped me get a handle on the stress because I felt better…stronger. In a weird way, I became strong enough to carry both of us through this minefield,” she said.
For many years, observers of professional athletes such as physicians, psychiatrists and even team management have said they see much more of these situations than are reported. Each year, many high profile athletes have confrontations with their wives and significant others in every sport. Andrea Jones, Marketing Director for BioTE Medical, has seen it firsthand.
As the former COO of a Berlin, Germany-based professional basketball team, Jones saw what the stress of being a professional athlete did to personal relationships. Simple misunderstandings and day-to-day stress can turn someone, who is ordinarily a kind person, into an angry man.
“Athletes get paid for being aggressive on the court and on the field,” she said. “They take defeats much harder than someone in another profession. Plus, it takes them longer to turn this off when they come home.”
Men and Women are Just Different
“According to the New York Times, the divorce rate among NFL marriages is between 60 and 80 percent,” Jones said. “This is a stunning number.”
“These misunderstandings can also lead to affairs.” she said. “And affairs are the easy way out because the athlete doesn’t have to deal with the daily pressure of a serious relationship.”
“Men have always been the ‘hunter/gatherers’ and women the nurturers. Men who are professional athletes are alpha males who spend most of their time competing with other alpha males. Wives don’t communicate in the same way these athletes communicate and as a result, simple misunderstandings can become more serious than they should,” she said.
“With a professional athlete, his career can be over in a flash,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of money, not to mention pride, at stake every time he goes out on the field, whether its practice, preseason or a game.”
“Being a ‘sportswife’ requires a woman to recognize that their husbands are ‘divas‘ – someone whose every whim is catered to,” Jones says. “If he comes home from practice or a road trip and she immediately hands him the baby and says ‘you take care of him for a while,’ he will not process this well. In fact, wives of athletes who have recently given birth, are excellent candidates for hormone replacement therapy because it helps them get through postpartum depression and weight-gain which further exacerbates the husband/wife hostility,” she said.
How Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Save Sports Marriages
With her background in professional sports management, combined with her knowledge of hormone replacement therapy gained from BioTE Medical, Andrea Jones has a unique perspective on overcoming the interpersonal stress couples face where one is an athlete.
While there is on-going discussion with the professional sports leagues and player’s unions about hormone therapy for active players, the critical time for the player’s psyche comes when he decides it’s time to retire. Several NFL players have taken their own lives after retiring from the game.
“Former players will often go into deep depressions,” Jones notes. “After playing their chosen sports since they were in elementary school and earning recognition and accolades, suddenly becoming just another guy on the street can be difficult for an athlete to handle. It is at this time when the athlete is an excellent candidate for the therapy which BioTE Medical provides, “she said.
The Medical Facts About Hormone Replacement Therapy: It’s About Balance
Whether it’s the stress and anxiety of being a professional athlete’s wife or the depression an athlete experiences when he or she retires, hormone replacement therapy can help to smooth out these rough edges. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is designed to replace what one’s body can no longer produce. The pellets used in this therapy use hormones derived from natural plant sources to replicate the body’s normal hormonal levels.
We asked BioTE Medical founder, Dr. Gary Donovitz, to explain how this approach works to help both the athletes and their spouses overcome the stress that can lead to violence.
If you believe you or your spouse’s anxiety, listlessness and fatigue might be the result of hormone deficiency, click here to be directed to the nearest BioTE medical practitioner.