The Post-Menopausal Health Panels

Literally, menopause means the cessation of the monthly menstrual cycle and signals
the end of a woman's natural childbearing years. Menopause is neither a disease nor an
illness, it is a natural and usually gradual change in glandular function. It has its origins
in the beginning of menses and culminates in a series of hormonal changes that result in
the cessation of menstrual flow. This transition produces a variety of bodily
manifestations and symptoms, and is due to changes in production of hormones and the
timing of their release.

Various body parts undergo change and can produce one or more of the following
symptoms:

Endocrine
* Bleeding irregularities
* Vaginal dryness
* Hot flashes / sweats
* Changes in sex drive

Nervous system
* Insomnia
* Nervousness, irritability
* Headache
* Mood Changes
* Depression

Metabolic changes
* Skin aging / cosmetic changes
* Osteoporosis
* Altered fat and carbohydrate metabolism
* Atherosclerosis

What can you do about it?
There are several therapeutic options which may minimize or even eliminate many of
the symptoms:

1. Treat symptoms using synthetic hormones without hormone level testing.
2. Treat symptoms using natural hormones without any testing.
3. Treat and correct symptoms using natural hormones with testing for hormone levels
before & after treatment.

Why should you test?
Hormones are powerful substances that control multiple functions throughout the
body. Hormone levels should be sufficient and balanced. Too much or too little of them
is not conducive to long-term emotional, mental and bodily health.

By not measuring the hormones before and after treatment your hormone picture is, at
best, an educated guess, since hormone levels from woman to woman can vary 200 -
1,500%. In fact many women need only one hormone, while others require 3 or 4
different kinds.

Just as you cannot balance your bank account without numbers on your bank
statements, hormone testing provides both a basis for treatment and proximity to your
goal.

One can then:

* Customize natural hormone dosing to meet individual needs.
* Optimize hormone levels for minimum dose to relieve symptoms.  
* Avoid overdosing.
* Achieve appropriate and compatible physiologic levels of several hormones.
* Increase sense of "well being" by removing underlying hormone deficit and
imbalances.

What do we test for and what does it tell you?
We test for male and female natural hormones. One, two, six or eight of them,
depending on the need. We utilize your saliva as a sample for measuring hormones,
such as Testosterone, DHEA, Progesterone, Estriol, Estrone, Estradiol,
Dihydrotestos-terone,* and Androstenedione.*
The brain derived regulating hormones, FSH** and LH,** are also measured to help
assess efficacy of control and feedback between the brain and ovaries.

Saliva hormone values reflect the tissue concentration of your hormones. Blood and
serum contains the total hormone, but your tissues are only bathed with the active or
effective fraction as found in saliva. Active fraction measurements are superior to
blood and urine measurements both in diagnosis and treatment.

How can we help you?

Let us take a common example:
A woman suffers from several symptoms-migraines, hot flashes and emotional fragility.
She is having irregular periods, one every 6-8 months. Her doctor treats her with
natural estrogens, but he does not do any testing to determine quantities or types of
hormones that will meet her specific needs. The symptoms are under control, but her
risks are the following:

* Increased blood pressure
* Endometrial cancer (uterine cancer)
* Fibroid growth
* Gallbladder disease
* Over 15 years, at least twice the risk of breast cancer

What could we have found out if we had tested her saliva hormone levels? We would
have known that she has too much estrogen, not enough progesterone to balance the
estrogen, low DHEA, and marginal testosterone.

But, she felt good on the estrogen, many will say. Yes, however, the silent killers
(cancer, blood pressure, heart disease) rarely make anyone feel bad at the start. Her
best course is a new treatment plan, designed around the objective saliva hormone
measurements.

Ask us for the PHP-1 or the Expanded PHP-1 Panel to measure your hormones.


With salivary hormone testing, guesswork is past news.
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