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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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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The First Step To A Woman’s Health: Being Heard – A Guest Post By Dr. Jill Stocker

Mike CarragherAge Management, Dr. Stocker, Dr.jill, Hormone Optimization, The Body WellLeave a Comment

When women come in for their first appointment with me, they often start off by saying, “I just don’t feel like myself!” or, “I look in the mirror, and I don’t recognize the person looking back at me.” They tell me they’ve lost their enthusiasm and motivation, that life just doesn’t feel the same. The wonder where the version of themselves they once knew went. As an Age Management practitioner, I know that these are indicative of real health issues, but many of these women have previously seen non-specialist doctors who have told them it’s all in their heads. The professional opinion they received was basically just, “get over it,” or “it’s part of getting older.”  Oftentimes these women are then given anti-depressant medications for their symptoms, which in turn can make a lot of their symptoms worse. What they really needed was to simply be heard. I was taught something very valuable in my medical training: the patient will tell you what’s wrong with her, it’s your job to listen. Unfortunately, most physicians tend to interrupt before a woman can truly tell her story. The average amount of time she’s listened to before being interrupted is eight seconds. So … Read More

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Human Growth Hormone Without The Pain: No Needles And A Cheaper Price Tag!

Mike CarragherHGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, The Body Well, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

  Human Growth Hormone: Believe the Hype Human Growth Hormone (HGH) has been celebrated by many as the holy grail of hormones, because it’s the most overarching in its benefits.  HGH has been shown to increase lean muscle mass, decrease body fat, stimulate collagen production and increase skin thickness, improve bone strength, and more. And it’s still gaining in popularity, as talk of its use continues by high-profile celebrities, athletes, the Beverly Hills crowd, and others who covet it to maintain youth, beauty, and a higher quality of life and health. My practice is next to Beverly Hills, so I hear about it on supermarket lines, at the gym, and at cocktail parties. This is a rare instance where I’ll tell you to believe the hype: The bottom line is, HGH works. And I know first-hand, because I prescribe it in my practice. In my experience, it’s one of the safest medications on the market. Especially at the low doses needed to obtain benefit from it. At these dosages, it has very few side effects. In my nearly 15 years of prescribing it, I’ve never had a patient who’s experienced more than a mild side effect that couldn’t be eliminated with … Read More

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4 Last Stretch Life Hacks: How To Achieve The Final Phase of Your Fitness Goal – A Guest Post By Dr. Jill Stocker

Mike CarragherAge Management, belly fat, Dr. Stocker, Dr.jill, Hormone Optimization, Image, The Body Well, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

Does this sound like you? “I eat clean, I exercise 4 times a week, I’m doing everything I can! But… I still have belly fat! I’m not as toned as I want to be! I can’t seem to gain those last few pounds of muscle!” The last stretch of any fitness goal can be the most frustrating leg of the journey. Often, achieving it takes as much work as going the first 90% of the way! What’s worse, when you hit a wall in the progress you’re used to seeing, you can lose all motivation to keep your new routines. Here are my 4 easy tips for getting you through that last intense phase of your fitness goal and feeling you’re at “peak awesomeness”. 1 Be honest with yourself. Sounds pretty simple, but now is the time to reassess: “Am I doing the best I can?” I’ve got to tell you, the answer is probably “no!” There’s always something else that can be done (the next three points on this list, for example!), and amping up your accountability is a great place to start. Where are the little places you let your vision fall by the wayside in favor of comfort? … Read More

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I Know the Reason Your New Year’s Resolutions Fell Flat (And It’s Not a Reason You Thought Of)

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Hormone Optimization, loss of energy, low energy, The Body Well, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

So your New Year’s Resolutions were a flop. Here you are, it’s the beginning of February, and they’re out the window. Probably for a few weeks already. You know the story. December 31st is filled with ideas of how to change yourself in the coming year: lose that extra 10 pounds, start a new exercise program, eat better, start a new project or job, take up a hobby, find a new relationship (or improve the one you’re in). And the list goes on. So why is it that it’s first week of February and once again your resolutions have gone by the wayside? Or worse yet, why is it that you’re actually trying but still not getting the results you hoped for? I have the answer. And I bet you haven’t thought of it. What if the answer isn’t that you lack willpower? Most people have more willpower than they even realize. What if the answer isn’t that you’re lazy? I kind of doubt you are. I’m going to suggest an answer that you probably haven’t considered. It’s a problem that you may not even know is a problem, but once solved is a game changer in every area of … Read More

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Nutrition: It’s Simpler Than You Think

Mike Carragherbelly fat, diet, inflammation, low energy, René von Gunten, Skin Care, The Body Well, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

One of the biggest barriers to good nutrition is…all the information about what constitutes good nutrition! Patients come into my office all the time expressing how confused they are by the sheer volume of information about nutrition out there, much of it contradictory: “Eat fat!” vs. “Don’t eat fat!” “Eat carbs!” vs. “Carbs are bad for you!” “Be vegan!” vs. “Veganism will mess up your body!” Unfortunately, a typical response to this feeling of being overwhelmed is just giving up. If there’s too much information, and if the advice is all over the place, what’s the use of following any of it? With the amount of nutritional information out there rising every day, it’s become very difficult for the average person to sort it all out. But nutrition is much simpler than people think. It can be broken down into two basic principles. The First Principle of Nutrition: Eat Real Food and Drink Real Water This is the foundation of nutrition, and it’s a no-brainer. Eat real food. Drink real water. If it’s a food found in nature in the form you eat it in, go for it. That’s real food. In other words, if you can grow it, you … Read More

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