BodyScience Bio Identical Hormone Replacement

 

We customize safe, natural therapies for each patient so you know your treatment is adjusted perfectly for your age, hormone levels & symptoms of:  

 

  • Peri-Menopause & Menopause

  • ​​Low Testosterone & Andropause

  • ​Thyroid Disorders​

  • Adrenal Disorders

  • Weight Gain and Management 

  • ​Hormone Related Menstruation Irregularities

  • Post Pregnancy Hormone Imbalance

 

Hormones Changes and Aging

 

Women and Men need a healthy balance of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Symptoms in people lacking adequate hormone balance can include weight gain, mood swings, lack of energy, osteoporosis, loss of muscle and skin elasticity, and changes in mental acuity. Hormonal imbalance can occur for a multitude of reasons at any age however two of the more common are Menopause in women and Andropause in Men.  The process of Menopause in woman can be a major hormonal disruptor and often causes decreased libido sex drive, vaginal dryness, bladder irritability, and hot flashes. Hormone changes caused by Menopause can be treated safely and corrected to ensure healthy aging.  The same is true for men experiencing Andropause (i.e. Male Change of Life).

  • We can help both men and women improve their health

  • We treat a wide array of conditions resulting from hormonal changes

  • MENOPAUSE, ANDROPAUSE, AND POST-PREGNANCY

What can Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy do for me?

Both men and women can experience declining hormone production as early as their mid-thirties. The greater your stress levels the more likely you are to experience early on-set of these symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalance, natural hormones may relieve your symptoms, improving your health from the inside out.... Get your energy back and feel strong and vital once again. Improve your sex-drive, sleep better, lose weight, have more focused thinking, as well as clearer, younger looking skin.

What does the Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy consist of?

Hormones are administered in the form of creams, gels, pills, injections or pellets. Over time your hormone levels will continue to be monitored and adjustments made as necessary. The key to successful results is an individualized approach created by a physician specially trained in bio-identical hormone therapy, such as Dr. Rubin at Body Science.

Menopause

 

Improve the symptoms of Menopause by re-balancing out of control hormones.  Stop suffering with weight gain, hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, dry skin and declining libido 

We are a fully licensed medical clinic with expertise in the spectrum of age related women’s health issues. 

 

Causes
During menopause, a woman's ovaries stop making eggs. The body produces less of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Lower levels of these hormones cause menopause symptoms.

Periods occur less often and eventually stop. Sometimes this happens suddenly. But most of the time, periods slowly stop over time.

Menopause is complete when you have not had a period for 1 year. This is called postmenopause. Surgical menopause takes place when surgical treatments cause a drop in estrogen. This can happen if your ovaries are removed.

Menopause can also sometimes be caused by drugs used for chemotherapy or hormone therapy for breast cancer.

Symptoms
Symptoms vary from woman to woman and can be worse for some than others. They may last 5 or more years. Symptoms may be worse for some women than others. Symptoms of surgical menopause can be more severe and start more suddenly.

The first thing you may notice is that periods start to change. They might occur more often or less often. Some women might get their period every 3 weeks before starting to skip periods you may have irregular periods for 1 - 3 years before they stop completely.

 

Common symptoms of menopause include:

  • Menstrual periods that occur less often and eventually stop

  • Heart pounding or racing

  • Hot flashes, usually worst during the first 1 - 2 years

  • Night sweats

  • Skin flushing

  • Sleeping problems (insomnia)

Other symptoms of menopause may include:

  • Decreased interest in sex or changes in sexual response

  • Forgetfulness (in some women)

  • Headaches

  • Mood swings -- including irritability, depression, and anxiety

  • Urine leakage

  • Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse

  • Vaginal infections

  • Joint aches and pains

  • Irregular heartbeat (palpitations)

 

Mood Disorders

Understanding the cause of your anxiety and depression

 

Mood results from a delicate balance of brain messengers (ie. Neurotransmitters NTs) and reproductive hormones RH’s.  This symphony of chemicals make up happiness, sadness, anxiety and depression.  An imbalance of these chemicals is one of the leading causes of anxiety disorders, mood disorders and depression.  Moodiness and decreased desire to build social relationships are the result.  Improve the treatment of your mood disorder by understanding the cause.

  • 6 NT’s make up mood: Serotonin, GABA, Dopamine, Norepinephrine, Epinephrine, and Glutamate.  Many prescription medications including Wellbutrin, Paxil and Prozac attempt to decrease anxiety and/or depression by altering NT’s.  These medications may not be a match for your specific NT imbalance which is why response to these drugs varies so widely and side effects are common.   

    • Now you can understand your brain’s chemical balance.     

  • RH’s play an important role in mood.  Testosterone levels are linked to irritability, low progesterone commonly causes increased anxiety, and elevated estrogen is associated with moodiness and even crying fits. 

    • Measuring these hormones and their balance is essential in understanding mood. 

  • The role of food, nutrition, key vitamins and digestion is commonly overlooked but it’s a major player.  Vitamins E and D are mood regulators, NT’s are made from amino acids which come from your diet and RH’s are made from cholesterol so what you eat and how you digest those foods are very important.   

    • Digestion issues including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Leaky Gut Syndromes (LGS) are associated with mood disorders since they can prevent your body from getting the ingredients needed to make both NT’s and RH’s.

Testing

 

To understand your body’s Brain Messengers and the steps required to rebalance them we will identify:

Neurotransmitter (NT’s) Levels:  This urine test measures the 6 primary brain messengers and their balance with each other.

Reproductive Hormone (RH’s) Levels: This blood panel looks at your RH’s and whether they may be making you feel lousy mentally.   

Do you have the right ingredients/nutrition so your body can properly make up the right brain symphony:  This is a blood test that measures the building blocks needed to manufacturer your mood chemicals. 

Essential vitamins:  this is a blood test measuring the key vitamins associated with mood.

 

Program and Pricing

 

This is a three month program during which time you will be completing your testing and meeting with a mood specialist for interpretation of your results.  Your plan of care will be carefully guided by Dr. Alex Ferro

Migraine Relief

 

Take control of your migraines

 

Migraines are the most common headache disorder bringing people to their doctor.  Although they are thought of as a severe pounding headache associated with nausea and vomiting, migraines can present differently from one person to another. Sometimes a migraine is so bad you may need to go to the ER, other times the only thing you can do is lay in a cold dark room, often times it could be a just a mild headache associated with a bad mood

Migraine pain can be incredibly debilitating.

There are many medications aimed at reducing the pain but migraine days typically become wasted days and most suffers don’t feel much like working or socializing even after taking them.  Once a trigger occurs, you can take medications before the migraine to try to avoid the headache or during in hopes of reducing it, however, these medications may not be very effective if your migraine triggers have not been eliminated. 

 

“The reason medications often reduce your pain but headache days still feel lousy is because you have not eliminated your migraine trigger.”  

 

“The key is to migraine relief is to identify your unique migraine triggers and eliminate them!” 

Although medical migraine experts do not fully understand the cause of migraine, we can agree that they result primarily from two things: genetics and environmental triggers.  We have known about the  genetic component for centuries since many migrainers have a family member who suffers with them as well,  the ”trigger link” had been less clear, however.  This is because common triggers such as chocolate, cheese and caffeine are well studied but migraines can persist even when you avoid all of the common causes and there-in lies the link between your genetics and your unique triggers otherwise known as your personal migraine activators (PMAs).  

Have you ever wondered why you get a migraine when you have avoided all of the common triggers? Until recently, the concept of “unique” or “hidden” activators was unknown.  We now understand that  coded into your DNA are personal migraine activators (PMAs) and these PMAs are different from one person to another!  

 

“Knowing your PMAs (i.e. the things that are toxic to your body) is one of the most powerful tools in your migraine management.”

 

Treatment for migraines not really about medications, it’s about avoiding PMAs. Some culprits, like weather, are unavoidable however most PMAs can be controlled. Common personal migraine activators (PMAs) include hormonal imbalances (often seen during menstruation in women, testosterone fluctuations in men) as well as medications, chemicals and foods that can be toxic uniquely to you.   

The bottom line: certain hormonal imbalances, chemicalsand foods are uniquely TOXIC to your body and migraine is often your body’s way of letting you know that it does not like what you are exposing it to.

 

“Reducing migraine episodes comes down to knowing and avoiding your PMAs.”

 

HOW CAN YOU DECRESAE YOUR RISK OF GETTING A MIGRAINE?  The first order of business is to modify your risks and this is accomplished by (1) determining which PMAs are coded into your DNA including hidden food intolerance and allergy activators   (2) identifying possible hormone imbalances. 

At Body Science, we are experts at testing for and uncovering your unique personal migraine activators (PMAs).  We have created an incredibly powerful genetic and hormone identifier panel to give you the information you need to understand your PMAs and avoid them.  Our medical director, Dr. Bruce S. Rubin, is a board certified neurologist.  He has been conducting research and treating migraines for close to 20 years.  Dr. Rubin is also a member of the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine.   

 

“Your genetics and hormone levels in combination with your unique PMAs determine how and when you get your next migraine.” 

 

“Understanding your personal migraine activators (PMAs) can significantly reduce the number of migraine days and pain as well as to improve the efficacy of your current medications.”

 

Although prescription medications are often helpful, they are fraught with side effects.  In collaboration with the team at Body Science, Dr. Rubin has developed the family of Migraine Relief all natural products which have been shown to significantly decrease the frequency of migraine attacks.   This scientifically proven group of supplements is made in the USA with all natural ingredients.  The do not cause side effects or interfere with other medications and have helped thousands of patients.

 

PCOS

Achieve a healthy balance between Progesterone, Estrogen and Testosterone.  Improving the balance of your hormones will reduce hair growth on your face and body, allow you to lose weight, reduce moodiness and irritability, decrease the risks associated with uncontrolled PCOS including diabetes.

 

1. Testing hormone levels to diagnose PCOS

 

2. Treatment to reduce excess hormone load including a PCOS Detox

 

3. Treatment to rebalance proper hormone homeostasis

5. Cosmetic treatments designed to address acne and hair growth

 

6. Genetic testing for the most common and treatable cause of PCOS

 

7. Screening and treatment of excess blood sugar and diabetes

 

We are a fully licensed medical clinic with expertise in PCOS and Women’s Health.  We have been helping women improve their PCOS symptoms and enjoy the life they want without estrogen and testosterone getting in the way.

PCOS: Polycystic ovary syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition in which a woman has an imbalance of a female sex hormones. This may lead to menstrual cycle changes, cysts in the ovaries, trouble getting pregnant, and other health changes.

 

Causes
PCOS is linked to changes in hormone levels that make it harder for the ovaries to release fully-grown (mature) eggs. The reasons for these changes are unclear. The hormones affected are:

 

Estrogen and progesterone, the female hormones that help a woman's ovaries release eggs

Androgen, a male hormone that is found in small amounts in women

 

Normally, one or more eggs are released during a woman's cycle. This is known as ovulation. In most cases, this release of eggs occurs about 2 weeks after the start of a menstrual period.

 

In PCOS, mature eggs are not released. Instead, they stay in the ovaries with a small amount of fluid around them. There can be many of these, however, not all women with the condition will have ovaries with this appearance.

 

These problems with the release of eggs can contribute to infertility. The other symptoms of this disorder are due to the hormone imbalances.

 

Most of the time, PCOS is diagnosed in women in their 20s or 30s, however, it may also affect teenage girls. The symptoms often begin when a girl's periods start. Women with this disorder often have a mother or sister who has similar symptoms.

 

Symptoms
Symptoms of PCOS include changes in the menstrual cycle, such as:

 

Not getting a period after you have had one or more normal ones during puberty (secondary amenorrhea)

Irregular periods that may come and go, and be very light to very heavy

 

Other symptoms of PCOS include:

 

Extra body hair that grows on the chest, belly, face, and around the nipples

Acne on the face, chest, or back

Skin changes, such as dark or thick skin markings and creases around the armpits, groin, neck, and breasts

 

The development of male characteristics is not typical of PCOS and may indicate another problem. These changes may include:

 

Thinning hair on the head at the temples, called male pattern baldness

Enlargement of the clitoris

Deepening of the voice

Decrease in breast size

 

Adrenal Health for Men

The hidden cause of Low Testosterone

 

Above average Cortisol usage (i.e. overstress) leads to adrenal fatigue and is the primary cause of low Testosterone in younger men.  In order to correct decreased Testosterone in this case it is typically not advisable to prescribe or use Testosterone as the disrupted cortisol pathway can often times:

 

  • Trigger the conversion of supplemented Testosterone into the hormone Estrogen. Commonly seen when men take Testosterone supplementation and experience weight gain, fatty pockets around the pectoral muscles of the chest (i.e. gynecomastia) and may also see an increase in moodiness.

  • Facilitate the conversion of supplemented Testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).  Commonly seen when men take testosterone supplementation and experience enlargement of the prostate, increased irritability and occasionally increasing acne.

  • Causes a decrease the amount of Natural Testosterone being made by that man.  Artificially increasing Testosterone abruptly typically triggers the body’s negative feedback loop (i.e. the body senses an increasing amount of the hormone so the brain signals the testes (through the use of luteinizing hormone) to reduce the amount of Testosterone being made.

Testing

 

To understand your body’s Cortisol and its impact on your Testosterone, we will be measuring:

1. How much Cortisol are you capable of making?  This blood test determines total levels of cortisol, the precursor DHEA and Testosterone.

2. How and when you are using your Cortisol?  This saliva test identifies your cortisol “rhythm” and provides a map of your body’s cortisol utilization throughout the day and into the night.

3. Are you able to make enough Cortisol and are you using it up too quickly?  This 24 Hour Urine test is essential to determine if your body has the appropriate building blocks to manufacture the cortisol it needs and to maintain it.  

 

Program and Pricing

 

The average time to correct the overuse of cortisol is three to six months.  During that time, you will be completing your testing and receiving the treatment indicated.  Your treatment will be tailored to your degree of Cortisol imbalance which has seven distinct stages.  

Low Testosterone

 

Improve Testosterone production by re-routing mis-used Testosterone that is converting into Estrogen and DHT or being hijacked to make cortisol.  Develop improved libido, erection strength and duration, improved focus and concentration along with muscle building potential and exercise endurance, experience a reduction in body fat stores, enhance weight reduction and improve overall male health.

 

1.  Identify the testosterone pathway to see where your body’s natural testosterone is going and correct “problem pathways”

2.  Stop the hijacking of your Testosterone by the stress hormone cortisol

“Low T” is a common problem that can manifest in many different ways.  It is easy to diagnose with a blood test but can be difficult to treat with lasting success because the causes are many.  It is not as simple as a blood test showing low testosterone levels or going home with a cream or injection.  Testosterone levels can decline normally with age, however, there are multiple causes (i.e. adrenal fatigue, conversion to estrogen, etc.) that may be causing your testosterone to plummet.  Our program is designed to identify the root causes of your “Low T” and correct them.  

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