Why Should I Care About DHEA?

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, DHEA, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Estrogen, fatigue, Hormone Optimization, Libido, loss of energy, low energy, low libido, low sex drive, Progesterone, Testosterone, The Body Well, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

What is DHEA? DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is the most abundant anabolic steroid (protein-building hormone) in the body, produced mainly by the adrenal glands, but also by the brain, the gonads, and the skin. Despite the fact that we have so much of it in our bodies, it’s often overlooked, and has long been undervalued and misunderstood. We’ve know for a long time that DHEA is a precursor (basically, an ingredient) of other hormones, including testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. But we’ve only recently discovered that it has its own benefits, and quite a few of them, at that. So what does DHEA do? DHEA is an immune system stimulator, it helps elevate mood, energy, it has anti-cancer properties. It increases insulin sensitivity, which means it allows your body to integrate sugar into its cells more easily and prevents diabetes. It helps increase joint flexibility, strength and muscle mass, as well as a healthy sex drive. In other words, it’s no minor player; it’s a critical hormone! Symptoms of low DHEA are pretty much indicated by the absence of all the above: fluctuating mood, stiffness, low sex drive, and so on. Unfortunately, most people experience drops in DHEA levels beginning at around age … Read More

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How To Treat High Cholesterol The Natural Way

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Estrogen, HCG, heart, heart disease, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Testosterone, The Body Well, Thyroid, weight gainLeave a Comment

How To Treat High Cholesterol The Natural Way When you hit your mid-30s, your cholesterol levels may be in for a change. Your “bad” cholesterol (low density lipoprotein, or LDL) may start to rise and your “good” cholesterol (high density lipoprotein, or HDL) may start to drop. The Status Quo Doctors often reflexively treat these changes to prevent cholesterol-related heart issues. They do this by administering drugs called statins, which block an enzyme essential for cholesterol production, thereby lowering cholesterol in the blood. Sounds like a great, simple solution, doesn’t it? But while cholesterol levels do drop after statins are taken, a host of side effects may come along for the ride. Among the most significant of these side effects: statins also block the production of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), an antioxidant essential for oxygen utilization and energy production, particularly in heart muscle cells. Furthermore, statins’ effects on cholesterol may interfere with critical aspects of hormonal production, since cholesterol is a building block of many hormones. Other side effects may include increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes, muscle pain and weakness, neuropathy, tendon problems, memory loss, and confusion. In fact, there are over 900 studies documenting the adverse effects of taking … Read More

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Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad, and the REALLY Bad

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Cholesterol: Good, Bad, or Neither? For decades, cholesterol has suffered a bad rap because of its connection to heart attacks and coronary disease. The story started with studies conducted on rabbits in the early 1900s. Russian scientists induced clogging of rabbits’ arteries by replacing their normal vegetarian diet with a diet of pure cholesterol. Putting aside for a moment that rabbits (obviously) aren’t people, and that their diets are very different than the average American (i.e. they don’t eat meat), the cultural and medical effects of the study were profound. Doctors accepted the resulting “lipid hypothesis” (i.e. that cholesterol led to heart disease) and began to recommend low-cholesterol diets. Gone were the days of eating animal fat and chicken with the skin on; egg whites replaced whole eggs, and high cholesterol seafood like shrimp and lobster were thrown back into the proverbial ocean. The general public started to drastically change their eating habits, thinking they were reducing the risk of heart disease.  In the meantime, heart disease rates continued to rise. What people didn’t realize, and still don’t realize, is that the cholesterol in food is not the same as cholesterol in the blood. There’s a link, but it’s not as … Read More

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The Right Way To Treat Perimenopause

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What Is Perimenopause? Perimenopause, meaning “around menopause,” refers to the time when a woman’s body is making its natural transition toward permanent infertility (menopause). During perimenopause, women experience a wide variety of symptoms and bodily changes, many of which are painful and frustrating. Hot flashes, weight gain, irregular periods, night sweats, and mood swings can all accompany the widely fluctuating hormone levels during this time in a woman’s life. On top of these symptoms, the normal course of biology can cause psychological stress for women, who often view menopause as a change in identity. Relationships can suffer if a woman’s partner and other family members, friends, or coworkers are unprepared or not willing to be understanding of any resulting shifts in her behavior and mood. Unfortunately, when women seek help during perimenopause, they will more often than not find themselves receiving bad advice and treatment. Why? Because of a misunderstanding, even on the part of most doctors, of what’s going on with a woman’s hormones in the perimenopausal period. The Big Mistake Most doctors tend to treat perimenopause with the same method that they use to treat menopause: by supplementing with estrogen. After all, some of the symptoms are the … Read More

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The Best Treatment For PMS That You’ve Never Heard Of

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What is PMS? Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the most common complaint of premenopausal women.  PMS involves a variety of physical, mental, and/or behavioral symptoms related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. These symptoms typically occur during in the two weeks before a woman’s period starts, which is known as the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. They usually become most intense in the 2-3 days prior to the period and then resolve after the first day or two of flow.  The symptoms are nothing to laugh at or make light of. For many women, PMS’s accompanying headaches, bloating, food cravings, breast tenderness, mood swings, cramping, and other symptoms, can be debilitating. Why do women experience PMS in the first place? There can be several reasons, but typically it relates to fluctuating hormone levels prior to menstruation, specifically falling progesterone levels. Progesterone is a hormone secreted in women’s bodies by the ovaries (and to a lesser amount by the adrenal glands). Progesterone levels rise in preparation for the implantation of an embryo at pregnancy.  I often refer to progesterone as the “feel good hormone” because when levels are optimal (i.e. high), women report feeling euphoric, relaxed, and confident. If no embryo implantation … Read More

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Five Testosterone-Boosting Foods!

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The 5 Best Foods To Boost Your Testosterone Guest blog by René von Gunten, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner at The Body Well If you want to optimize your testosterone levels, there’s an easy option available to everyone: Make sure your diet is supporting you! Providing your body with the right nutrients and cofactors to support and stimulate testosterone production is simple enough. Here are five easy-to-find foods that can help: 1. Salmon Salmon has a high Vitamin D content, one of the highest of all foods, in fact. Most other fish don’t even come close! Optimal Vitamin D levels are strongly correlated with optimal testosterone levels in several studies. You don’t have to eat salmon every day, but have a single portion regularly, once a week. And be sure to eat wild- or line-caught salmon, not farmed. Salmon in the wild are exposed to sunlight regularly, so D levels are much higher. 2. Oysters Oysters are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They’re a raw food, an organ meat, and they’re nutrient dense. They also have high mineral content; I call them the multi-mineral of the natural world. One mineral found in abundance in oysters is zinc, which, has been shown in several studies to increase testosterone production. On top of … Read More

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Why Can’t I Fall (or Stay) Asleep?

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Dr. Stocker, Dr.jill, fatigue, Hormone Optimization, loss of energy, low energy, Melatonin, stress, The Body Well, weight gainLeave a Comment

When a patient comes in saying that they’re having trouble falling (or staying) asleep, the first thing I do is check in with their sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene is everything you do before bed; good sleep hygiene helps you fall asleep, stay asleep, and sleep deeply. Much of sleep hygiene relates to your exposure to light before and during sleep. Here’s a quick breakdown of some good sleep hygiene vs. bad sleep hygiene habits for you, as they relate to light exposure: The common factor: light You’ll notice a common factor here: light. It could be the lights in the bedroom, the glow of a laptop screen, or the green blip of a computer charger. Light is one of the most significant factors for being able to have a restful night’s sleep. Why? Both light and the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted from devices affect the pineal gland and stimulate brainwaves, respectively. If you reach up and touch between your eyes, you’ve located your pineal gland; it’s right between the eyes, in the brain. The gland perceives light right through the skin and skull, which is why it’s sometimes referred to as the “third eye.” The “goodnight hormone” When the sun … Read More

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Stress Is A Hormone Problem

Mike Carragheradrenal fatigue, Age Management, belly fat, cortisol, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Dr. Stocker, Dr.jill, fatigue, Hormone Optimization, loss of energy, low energy, stress, The Body Well, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

Are you stressed out? I bet I can guess the answer. The truth is, most people that come to see me are holding an inordinate and unhealthy amount of stress.  I don’t just mean the rushing, nervous, phone-checking, frazzled, distracted patients. They’re obviously stressed out, sure. But stress presents itself in every form imaginable. Stress is the number one health problem of our time. It’s linked to nearly all other health concerns, either causing or exacerbating them. So what is stress? Here’s the short answer: Stress is a cascade of events in the body set off by a thought, an action, emotion, a physical problem, or a life situation (also known as stressors). It can be beneficial or detrimental; stress isn’t bad or good in and of itself. But let’s face it, people rarely say, “I’m so stressed, life is great!” When you’re experiencing stress in a positive way, you call it by other names, like “motivation” or “excitement.” To get into how stress adversely affects your health, we need to differentiate between an acute stress state, which is normal, and an ongoing stress state, which is much more problematic. When people say they’re stressed, they’re usually referring to an ongoing … Read More

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