There are many hormones that can be out of balance including but not limited to thyroid, insulin, estradiol, testosterone, progesterone, cortisol and DHEA. These hormones are all very interconnected and influence a number of bodily functions. Supporting the body with the use of *bio-identical hormones is one approach that we use to re-set an imbalance in the hormone cascade, however simply replacing hormones is by no means the complete solution. With the use of bio-identical hormones, we may find that a patient’s hormones are now in the “normal range” on blood tests however patients might still feel the same symptoms. This is why we begin treating hormone imbalances by working to support the patient’s liver, digestive system and adrenal glands (stress hormones) by working on sleep, exercise and nutrition and by replenishing nutrients that are found to be deficient with the use of supplementation. If the patient is still experiencing unresolved symptoms then it is at this point we will address the specific hormone deficiency (such low thyroid or low progesterone) with the use of bio-identical hormones. This approach provides a long term health solution since helping a person achieve overall balance first either allows for better response from subsequent individual hormone treatment or it makes treatment with one specific hormone unnecessary. We incorporate a combination of modalities to create a personalized prescription for hormonal health –which may include a nutrition prescription, detoxification, bio-identical hormones, supplements, stress management, exercise and IV therapy. Our holistic and comprehensive approach to hormone imbalances has helped thousands of patients restore their health for the long term.
*Note: Unlike Naturopathic Doctors in British Columbia and several states in the US, Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario aren’t yet able to prescribe bio-identical hormones. If bio-identical hormones are recommended for any given patient by one of our natural health care practitioners, that patient must then go with a “prescription request” to their family doctor or a doctor that we are familiar working with that is willing to prescribe this type of treatment.