Why Do I Feel This Way?
Outside the Box
I hope to get you thinking outside the box concerning your health. Consider health care in the United States. Too many Americans have become lazy not only concerning their health but in their acceptance of what doctors tell them to do. I think most people realize that taking drug after drug after drug is not the way to achieve maximum health. Please don’t misunderstand me: there are times when medications can save lives. The amount of medications that I see being taken by many of my patients, however, is appalling. Let me give you an example of a regular medical interchange between myself and a new patient in my office. We will refer to this patient as Sally. She comes into my office after having completed her paperwork. Before looking at this information, I introduce myself and proceed to ask her some questions.
“Well, Sally, why are you here?” “First of all, Doctor, I’m tired all the time. I don’t know why, but over the years I’ve just lost the energy I used to have. I’ve also gained weight. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to lose this extra 15 or 20 pounds that I’m carrying around. I’m also usually constipated and have dry skin, dry hair, and seem to be cold all the time—especially my hands and feet.”
“Do you have any mental or emotional symptoms?” “Well, yes, I have some problems with anxiety. Things really get to me and I seem to have a much shorter fuse. Also, I’m just not sleeping. Usually I can go to sleep alright but then wake up at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning and lie there thinking about how tired I’m going to be the next day.”
On and on the story goes. I ask her if she has been to her primary care doctor.
“Yes, he ran some tests on me and, after looking at the tests, said everything looked good.” “Do you believe that?” “No.” “Why not?” “Because I just don’t feel good, even though the entire test the doctor ran on me said that everything is normal. I just don’t feel like myself.”
Parenthetically, I tend to believe the patient more than I believe the patient’s doctor.
“Well, Sally, what did your doctor recommend?” She frowns. “Well, he prescribed an anti-depressant for me.” “Are you depressed?” “Well, no, I didn’t think I was,” “Well, then, why are you taking an anti-depressant?” “Because my doctor told me to.” “And has it helped?” “Well, I don’t have any real lows any longer, but I certainly don’t have much joy in my life. I’m just kind of here; I showed up for life and that’s about it.”
It's Not Depression
If I could tell you how many times that same conversation replays itself in my office every week it would shock you. These women are not depressed; they are hormonally out of balance. I think they realize that it has something to do with their hormones, yet they say nothing because their doctor never mentions it. Perhaps he ran a test called TSH, but 90% of the time that test will come back as normal. Why? He is not checking the right things. He is not running any hormone tests when most of these women are completely out of balance. How do I know this? Because we actually run those tests that tell us about hormones. This is where you need to begin learning: how to return to your doctor and tell him the exact tests you want taken. If he is not willing to run the tests, it is time to start looking for a new doctor.
Tragically, 72% of the women that see us for bioidentical or natural hormone therapy are taking anti-depressants. Our goal, when possible, is to gradually reduce their dosages, eventually getting them off anti-depressants and onto things that will make them feel better (such as bioidentical hormones).
I had an interesting conversation several months ago with a physician colleague of mine. He was having a difficult time understanding why we use hormone therapy when, in his opinion, the loss of hormones is a natural part of the aging process and is not something with which we should interfere. The following conversation ensued:
“You’re kidding, right?” I said. “No.” “Why are you wearing glasses?” “Because my vision is poor,” he said simply. I countered, “So, you have a hard time reading books up close, right?” “Correct.” “That poor eyesight is just a natural part of aging. You’re interfering with the natural aging process by wearing those glasses, so I would like you to take those off right now.” He laughed and admitted, “Point taken.”
For many of us, hormones will begin to decline near the age of thirty. A woman in her thirties will see a decline in her energy levels, sex drive, ability to handle stress, and many other symptoms—all signs of low hormone levels. Thus, we have two choices: we can ignore those signs, allowing the aging process to continue, or we can fight back. Nearly every patient that comes into my office is taking some type of vitamin or mineral supplement. I ask them why. They automatically reply that they do it to be healthy, to live longer, etcetera. I then ask them if they take hormones when their hormone levels are low. The response? “Well, no. I didn’t know that I should.”
That is the purpose of this book: to educate you on not only how to lengthen your life span, but how to improve it with BHRT. Not only do I think these bioidentical hormones will work for you—I know they will. We have thousands of case studies where women have come in with a poor quality of life and six months later write letters or send emails saying that their lives have changed for the better and they are telling everyone.
I once had an interesting conversation on the phone with a patient’s medical doctor. He had called to inquire as to why we had put his patient on bioidentical hormones. I told him we had run some lab tests on her and found that she was in very short supply of several of the hormones necessary to make her healthy. He announced that he did not believe in bioidentical hormones. I couldn’t help chuckling before I replied that I didn’t realize we were addressing a theological debate. I then went on to inform him that our blood tests had shown his patient to be low in several vital hormones; we were simply trying to create an optimal lifestyle for her by restoring them. The patient returned to her regular doctor for a checkup feeling better than she ever had. He was somewhat upset by her transfer to natural hormones from his prescribed anti-depressant. It is understandable for him to be upset, but the fact remains: she felt better on natural hormone therapy and was greatly relieved to not be taking the mind-altering drug he had prescribed. The doctor and I agreed to disagree. So, dear reader, let’s get started. I’m going to explain the world of BHRT and how it can change your life—prepare to take it all in.
Having a healthy balance of hormones is critical to a fulfilling life where Dr. Jones leads the way. His wellness program also includes nutritional analysis and modifications, whole-food dietary supplementation, personalized exercise programs, a blockbuster medical weight loss program, if needed, and education regarding your pH balance.