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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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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Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Replacement is Still on the Rise in Los Angeles

Mike CarragherAge Management, Dr. Carragher, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, The Body Well, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

As a physician specializing in hormone replacement, I am asked frequently about Human Growth Hormone (HGH).   There is a certain fascination with Human Growth Hormone (HGH) with people who live in or around Los Angeles, partially because of its popularity with celebrities, but also because of our city’s obsession with staying young and vibrant.  A large number of people from Los Angeles are interested in anti-aging in general, whether it’s Human Growth Hormone or other interventions that help us look and feel younger. Human Growth Hormone is a vital component of the human endocrine system. It is secreted by the pituitary gland, a small gland located at the base of the brain that produces several hormones. In childhood and adolescence this hormone is necessary to promote growth in height. In adulthood, its presence leads to a healthier body composition and is responsible for such important jobs such as: Keeping your body lean Decreasing fat accumulation Stimulating collagen production and increasing skin thickness Strengthening your bones Protecting your organs from the decline that occurs with age Promoting more rapid hair and nail growth Improving circulation Giving a more favorable cholesterol profile Helping protect you from the consequences of aging Unfortunately, natural … Read More

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Inflammation and Your Hormones 101

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, chronic inflammation, cortisol, DHEA, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Stocker, Estrogen, HCG, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, inflammation, Progesterone, Testosterone, The Body Well, ThyroidLeave a Comment

When a patient comes into my office with multi-system complaints — for example, they have gastrointestinal distress and poor recovery from exercise, or they have headaches and joint pains — one of the prime suspects is chronic inflammation. “Inflammation” has become a buzzword recently, appearing in articles with trendy titles like “Eat These Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods” or “Take This Supplement for its Anti-Inflammatory Properties.”  But there’s still plenty of confusion about the term “inflammation.” Is it good? Is it bad? Why all this fuss over it? Let’s clear all of that up. Inflammation, simply defined, is a response your body has to any insult or injury. A perfect example: the processes that result from injuring your ankle when you’re jogging. It’s a great morning, you’re feeling good jogging around the block, and suddenly you trip over a bump on the sidewalk and twist your ankle. The area gets red, it heats up, it gets swollen, and it hurts. This is acute inflammation; the injury is followed immediately by your body’s response with special substances that act as chemical mediators to initiate the healing process.  This is a necessary response, and critical so that your body heals. So in this … Read More

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4 Pathways To Fat Loss (Including 2 You Might Have Overlooked!)

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, cortisol, DHEA, diet, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Estrogen, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Testosterone, The Body Well, Thyroid, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

One of the top reasons people schedule evaluations with me is because they’re having a hard time losing body fat. It’s a classic problem of aging: For men and women fat typically gathers around the midsection. Not only is it unsightly, but it increases risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer. And the extra fat isn’t there for lack of trying to burn it off! Patients come in baffled, telling me they’re meeting with a trainer four or more days a week, doing everything “right,” or working harder than they’ve ever worked before to lose it. What they’re often forgetting is that as we get older we have a harder time keeping body fat off and lean muscle mass on. Different periods in our lives require different approaches to our health. To help, below are four fat loss strategies. The first two will be familiar (but the details may be different than the ones you’re used to). The second two are commonly overlooked. Diet & Exercise: The Two Obvious Solutions (That Are Usually Done Wrong) No surprises here: Diet and exercise are major factors in how much fat you’re putting on or taking off. When it comes to diet, … Read More

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Suzanne Somers and Dr. Mike Carragher Talk Hormones in Men

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, cortisol, DHEA, Dr. Carragher, fatigue, HCG, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Libido, loss of energy, low energy, low libido, low sex drive, Melatonin, stress, Testosterone, The Body Well, Thyroid, Uncategorized, Video, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

I was recently asked to be interviewed by the incomparable Suzanne Somers on the benefits of Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) in men.  Suzanne has done so much to educate women on the benefits of BHRT in women.  But men also suffer from declining hormone levels as they age, and testosterone is usually not the only hormone that needs to be replaced! Men are also frequently told that their hormone levels are “normal” by their physicians, who are all to often unaware that it’s not just a lab number that indicates hormone deficiency or need for replacement. Watch this great interview and learn about the effects that declining hormone levels have in men and what you can do about it. To schedule an Age Management/Hormonal Optimization evaluation, call 1-323-874-9355

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Extra Belly Fat? Stop Running and Lift a Weight! Weight Training for Healthy Aging

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, cardiovascular health, Dr. Carragher, heart, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Testosterone, The Body Well, weight gainLeave a Comment

When it comes to healthy aging and exercise, most people think of jogging, endless steps on the elliptical, or hopping on a stationary bike and riding to nowhere. But if cardio is all you’re doing, you’re missing out on a critical component for healthy aging and disease prevention: weight training. Weight training stimulates increased production and recruitment of key anabolic hormones – namely human growth hormone (HGH), testosterone, and DHEA – that are essential for optimal aging processes and health. Who’s Doing What at the Gym Take a look around when you go to the gym: Typically, the older folks are the ones doing most of the cardio, while the younger people are the ones in the weight room pumping iron. If you’re becoming one of the cardio only people, I’ll let you in on a little secret: if you want a better body as you age, and better health overall, you should do the opposite! As you age, weight training becomes more, not less, important. Here’s Why: The Hormonal Effect of Exercise Cardio, for the most part, is aerobic exercise, which means it requires oxygen to get done.  But weight training, especially heavier weight training, is largely anaerobic, meaning … 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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