by Brad West ND
Balancing the intricate and fragile endocrine systems within the body, brain, organs, and cells is something we are designed to do naturally and without much assistance, if any at all. However, due to modern living habits, diet and toxic exposures combined with little education as well as poor testing and training in our medical system, there is now a critical need for hormone balancing for achieving better health.
Thyroid, testosterone, estrogens, progesterone, cortisol, DHEA, and insulin are among the most well known and useful to test and support. Testing has come a long way regarding these endocrine hormones, whether it is one’s testing blood levels, saliva and urine, or using old-fashioned diagnostic techniques.
Usually out of balance due to long term stresses on the body, hormone symptoms can range widely from simple aches, acne, hair-loss, and fatigue to full-blown insomnia, depression, anxiety, and massive weight gain or loss. These imbalances dramatically increase the risk in chronic illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular, autoimmune and metabolic diseases, food allergies, and osteoporosis.
Within the modern medical world there are now great advancements in diagnosing and treating hormone imbalances, yet most doctors are untrained or unwilling to help in this area. Sometimes they actually cause harm by under or over treating hormone imbalances. Too often high doses of synthetic hormones are considered acceptable while other types of hormone therapy, considered not proven or scientific, is ignored.
Although piecing it all together using tools, such as Google, is now possible with many success stories, books, articles and info online, self-treating is often unwise and ultimately unsuccessful, which can lead to more frustration and time-delays. Instead of gambling or struggling, finding a hormone-literate practitioner can save time and be life changing and even life saving for those in need.
Balance i.e. curing, is an important area to focus on as palliating symptoms with drugs, herbs, diet, and other treatments are often only helpful for the short term and can actually prolong the “dis-ease.” In some cases, it may be best to work with a professional. To find an ideal practitioner you will want to know that they have thorough training in both traditional and modern medicine, with a goal of curing while also honoring the body, the patient, and nature’s laws. An experienced practitioner will use appropriate modern testing combined with traditional signs and symptoms such as body temperature, energy, pulse, skin, hair, and nail conditions combined with the patients history to help arrive at a logical diagnosis and treatment plan.
Not all situations warrant hiring a professional and many good quality supplements and supportive therapies currently exist. Though it is not advised to use over-the-counter hormones, such as DHEA or progesterone and estrogen without knowledge and support, they are available and have been used successfully by many people. Depending upon the severity, some people may be able to directly treat the cause (or stresses) itself, some may only need the guidance of an expert to get started, and some will require more support and comprehensive approach. The good news is efficacious tests and natural treatments are now available to help individuals regain hormone balance and thus good health.