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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Lose Weight By Flipping A Coin: Try This Weight Loss Life Hack Now – by Rene Von Gunten, NTP

Smoky MuehlsteinAge Management, belly fat, Dr. Carragher, Hormone Optimization, René von Gunten, The Body Well, weight gainLeave a Comment

One of the most daunting things about trying to lose weight or gain muscle is that it’s a long-term commitment. If you want to have and keep a new kind of body, you have to live a new kind of life. After all, the way you were living before didn’t get you the body you wanted. That means your dedication will need to be ongoing and long lasting. Since losing weight and gaining muscle often involves giving up the level of carbohydrates and sugar you’re used to, as well as making new decisions about other types of food, it can be a big shift in your daily life. That can be an overwhelming thought for people just starting their journey to a better and healthier body. Life is stressful enough without adding healthy eating to the list of things you’ve got to be constantly responsible for. To make things worse, when you do set out on your journey and mess up, you can experience feelings of guilt and shame that make you want to give up all together. What can you do to make the whole process easier? Easy: flip a coin. The Coin Toss Solution The Coin Toss 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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Everyone Has Food Sensitivities: Here’s A Free Way To Check For Yours!

Mike CarragherAge Management, fatigue, inflammation, René von Gunten, The Body WellLeave a Comment

Whether you know it or not, you have food sensitivities. How can I be so sure? Well, because almost everybody has some kind of food sensitivity: foods that don’t resonate with your body, that cause some sort of stress on your system. This stress can show up as fatigue, brain fog, itchiness, bloating, lack of clarity, and more. The prevalence of food sensitivities has to do with many factors, and there are plenty of theories about why they’re so common. One major culprit is the level of other everyday stressors we face: work stress, environmental stress, poor quality water, lack of sleep and more. Introduce a food that your body is not in tune with and your already-stressed immune system is going to be pushed over the edge. In other words, food sensitivities may be more noticeable than ever because people have reached (or are nearly at) their peak stress thresholds on a daily basis. Because of this, you obviously want to avoid foods that are introducing yet another disruption to your health. The problem is, it’s not always easy to figure what foods are causing your issues. Many people try to uncover food sensitivities with lab testing. There’s the … 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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