The Body Well’s Dr. Mike Carragher & Dr. Jill Stocker Named to Los Angeles Magazine’s 2018 Top Doctors

Mike CarragherAge Management, BHRT, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Stocker, Hormone Optimization, Hormone Replacement Therapy, The Body Well, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

Los Angeles Magazine and Professional Research Services conducted an exclusive peer-review survey to determine the doctors deemed the best in their field of practice by their colleagues. We were selected in their first annual, peer-review survey sent to certified doctors within Los Angeles County and I couldn’t be more proud and excited. Los Angeles’ Top Doctors are chosen through a rigorous process conducted by PRS (Professional Research Services), which includes voting by professional medical colleagues. That is the sole criteria for inclusion in the Top Doctors listing.  Listings cannot be bought, and advertising has no impact on the review process. The special recognition will appear in the April 2018 issue of Los Angeles Magazine. Both Dr. Stocker and I use The Carragher Method™, a healthy aging plan that I developed for patients for patients which includes cutting-edge hormone optimization protocols, Intelligent Physical Fitness to optimize fat loss and hormone utilization, a specific eating plan which is not a diet but an approach to nutrition which is both sustainable and geared toward supporting their hormones. The Carragher Method™ also incorporates lifestyle support in the areas of sleep and stress management. To book an evaluation with either myself or Dr. Stocker, please call Aaron Epstein, … Read More

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Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Hormones

Mike Carragheradrenal fatigue, Age Management, BHRT, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, chronic fatigue syndrome, cortisol, Dr. Carragher, fatigue, Hormone Optimization, Hormone Replacement Therapy, loss of energy, low energy, The Body Well, ThyroidLeave a Comment

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a much-talked-about but poorly defined disorder. Typically CFS presents itself as disabling exhaustion. By disabling, I don’t mean being tired in the afternoon and needing a nap. People with CFS can’t get out of bed, go out with friends, or live their best lives. They’re exhausted, and sleep isn’t helping. But CFS also has plenty of other troubling symptoms, including memory impairment, mood changes, irritable bowel syndrome, joint pains and muscle aches. CFS is also called Immune Dysfunction Syndrome because it depletes the immune system. To make matters worse, there’s no magic bullet for treating CFS, and plenty of contradictory theories about what causes it. Because it’s not well-understood, patients with CFS are often told it’s just in their heads and are subject to ridicule not only by friends and family but also by the medical community. Since women suffer from CFS more often than men, doctors with unconscious (or conscious!) sexist tendencies sometimes brush it off as “hysteria.” So: Varying symptoms, no well-defined cause, and often dismissed. No wonder people often search all over the internet for information about CFS! As you might expect the tricky nature of CFS also results in a lot … Read More

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Does Testosterone Cause Blood Clots?

Smoky MuehlsteinAge Management, BHRT, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Carragher, Testosterone, The Body WellLeave a Comment

There are so many benefits of supplementing with bio-identical testosterone, including improved cardiovascular health, better overall sense of well-being, higher energy, better sexual function, and increased strength. It’s a life-changer and even a life-saver for so many men. So why is it that since late 2014, testosterone products have been required to include an alarming warning? The warning comes from the FDA, and alerts patients and prescribing physicians of a potentially serious side effect of using testosterone: thromboembolism (basically, a blood clot). The two most common types of blood clots are deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in the deep veins of the leg; and pulmonary embolism (PE), which is a blood clot in the lungs. Both can be deadly.  When patients see or hear this warning, it justifiably causes concern. Even if they don’t see it, they may hear from their primary care physician that they should not take testosterone because of the danger of blood clots. The information is meant to protect you, of course. But the fact is is that the vast majority of research shows that testosterone does not cause blood clots. So why is the FDA label on testosterone products in the first place? What, exactly, … Read More

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Hair Loss in Men: Causes and Solutions

Smoky MuehlsteinAge Management, Anti-Aging, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Carragher, Hair Loss In Men, Hormone Replacement Therapy, The Body WellLeave a Comment

Most men are concerned about hair loss at some point in their lives, and as an Age Management Medicine & Hormone Optimization Physician, I get questions about it all the time. That’s because hair loss is a particularly anxiety-producing problem. When a man starts losing hair, his physical appearance begins to change; it can feel like a shock to his identity and sense of self. And it’s a particularly difficult problem to solve. Not only are there many different causes of hair loss, there are often multiple factors in each case, for each man. With that in mind, I’ve listed the most common causes of hair loss below, as well as their solutions. 1 Cause: Telogen Effluvium You’ve probably never heard the term “telogen effluvium” before, but it names the most common cause of hair loss: stress. Work stress, life stress, stress on the body from disease or strain, lack of sleep, and more. These environmental and lifestyle factors actually interrupt hair growth and lead to thinning. The bad news is, this kind of hair loss is bound to affect many adult men, who are immersed in stressors. The good news is, it’s a temporary and fairly reversible process. Solution: … Read More

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Will Taking Testosterone Make My Testicles Shrink?

Smoky MuehlsteinAge Management, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Carragher, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Testosterone, The Body WellLeave a Comment

A common question from my male patients when I recommend testosterone therapy is, “Is this going to make my balls shrink?” Understandably, that’s not something that they want. Let me cut to the chase here. The short answer to the question is: yes, it can. The longer, more accurate answer is: not always, and there are ways to offset this side effect. First, let me explain why testicular shrinkage can happen when testosterone is administered. The way that testosterone is normally produced in the body is via a process initiated by the pituitary gland in the brain. The pituitary gland utilizes a hormone (called luteinizing hormone or LH) which sends a signal to “turn on” testosterone production in your testicles, and, accordingly, your testicles start making testosterone, which goes into your bloodstream. When your body senses that there’s enough testosterone in your blood, it sends a signal back to the brain, which slows production. It’s a system that works remarkably well in healthy young guys. But as you age, your testosterone levels (as well as many other hormone levels) decrease. One of the ways I increase testosterone in men is by giving them a cream they rub on their body, … Read More

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4 Things Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Hormone Replacement Therapy

Mike CarragherAge Management, BHRT, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Carragher, Hormone Optimization, Hormone Replacement Therapy, The Body WellLeave a Comment

I’m an Age Management & Hormone Optimization specialist physician who regularly recommends Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), which means that in addition to the standard training of medical school, residency, and board certification (which most doctors go through), I’ve had years of additional training, education and advanced certification in this specialized field of medicine. As a result, I can tell you there is a severe lack of knowledge and an overabundance of misconceptions about Age Management Medicine and hormone replacement therapy – not just by patients, but most most physicians themselves (even many endocrinologists)!  It’s really quite shocking.  Here are four of the most important things your doctor may not know about this field: 1. Age Management Medicine isn’t a “fringe” field of medicine or a luxury service. Instead, Age Management Medicine & Hormone Replacement Therapy is preventative medicine. To feel and look your best as you age, you need a doctor who understands the complexity and fine details of the aging process and the many systems involved, particularly the endocrine (hormonal) system.  Unfortunately, many non-specialized doctors simply aren’t equipped to offer the best level of care in Age Management. Why? Because there are volumes and volumes of peer-reviewed research … Read More

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