Friday, 24 October 2014 17:35 Written by MIguel Velazquez
Dr. Jeff Donohue

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

 

 

As we age and begin to approach mid-life, men and women often find themselves thinking about hormone therapy and whether it is the right thing for them to do. While traditional methods of hormone replacement have been shown to increase your risk for certain types of cancer and heart disease, there are more natural options available to you. Many people are choosing to take a more natural approach to hormone health through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT.
BHRT offers patients who are looking for relief from their imbalanced hormones a more natural option and none of the synthetics that are found in traditional hormone therapy.

 

Bioidentical Hormones Defined

Bioidentical hormones are created to replicate the chemical structure of hormones in your body and come from naturally occurring sources, such as yams and soy. Specialized compounding pharmacists can determine your current hormone level and then create a bioidentical hormone regime that fits with your body and needs. Large pharmaceutical companies are unable to patent bioidentical hormones due to the fact that each patient's regimen is customized. When going through menopause or andropause, bioidentical hormones can be more appealing to patients because they are derived naturally and the body can metabolize them safely.

 

BHRT at BodyLogicMD

At BodyLogicMD, Dr. Donohue will assess your hormone imbalance symptoms to decide if you are an appropriate candidate for BHRT. Services for BHRT include a comprehensive review of symptoms, medical, family and personal history, accurate testing: saliva, urine and/or blood laboratory analysis, ongoing evaluations with a highly-trained physician, natural hormone balancing using bioidentical hormones, a customized fitness program, stress reduction plans and nutrition planning.
Common Hormone Imbalance Symptoms

coupleFor women:

  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings

For men:

  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Loss of energy
  • Poor mental focus
  • Weight gain

 

Dr. Jeff Donohue

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Jeffrey A. Donohue, M.D., is the leading provider of BHRT in the Greater Atlanta Metro area. He is a member of the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine and has completed the fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Donohue earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 1992 and completed his residency in Family Practice at the University of Alabama College of Community Health Services in 1995. Dr. Donohue received the Resident Excellence in Teaching Award in 1994 and was the Chief Resident in 1994-1995. He was Board Certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Family Practice in 1995.

Board Certifications, Associations and Training:

  • Member of BodyLogicMD, a national network of highly trained physicians specializing in Natural Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
  • Member of the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine
  • Extensive training in anti-aging provided by the fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine
  • AMA Board Certified Family Practice
  • Board Certified in ABOM American Board of Obesity Medicine
  • Board Certified in Regenerative and Functional Medicine

 

BodyLogicMD of Atlanta

2941 Piedmont Rd. NE, Suite C | Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: (404) 334-5781 | www.atlanta.bodylogicmd.com

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Friday, 27 September 2013 14:25 Written by MIguel Velazquez
Dr. Robert W. Toth

Balancing Hormones-Naturally

 

 

FEMALE HORMONES

Hormone imbalances can affect women throughout their lives, from painful menstruation and infertility to menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and weight gain. Certain cancers and osteoporosis can also be attributed to hormone imbalances. It is important to understand the physiology of how hormones interact to maintain a fine balance within the body.

What makes your Hormone Balancing Program unique?

When it comes to properly balancing hormones you have to evaluate the entire array of hormone levels to determine the root cause of the imbalance. Hormone levels are constantly changing throughout the female cycle, and therefore the typical blood sample test only shows a snapshot of the hormone levels, not the entire spectrum. I employ saliva testing rather than blood samples which allows for samples to be taken every three days throughout the course of the cycle. The samples are taken by the patient conveniently in the comfort of her own home and there are no needles or lab visits. Saliva testing gives the most accurate depiction of when and where the hormone imbalances occur so that a program can be tailored to each patient's needs.

What can I expect once the results have been obtained?

Once the results have been obtained I do a comprehensive review of the findings and then have a detailed consultation with the patient to explain the results and give recommendations on how to correct any hormone imbalances.

How do you correct hormone imbalances?

Each case is unique and depending on the individual needs of each patient I recommend specific natural supplements to correct the hormone imbalances I don't believe in utilizing estrogen replacement unless absolutely necessary, and find that most cases do not require "replacement". If I do recommend estrogen enhancement I use all natural estrogen pellets which are taken sublingually in small doses to limit the side effects.

MALE HORMONES

How do I know if I have low testosterone?

Symptoms related to low testosterone are vastly different than those of women with hormone deficiencies and are much more subtle. Physical signs such as increased belly fat and decreased muscle tone typically arise long before any decrease in libido. Health risks related to low testosterone include elevated blood pressure and increased cholesterol levels. Chronic fatigue and lack of mental focus are also early signs of low testosterone.

How can you increase low testosterone naturally?

To accurately correct a testosterone deficiency I have to see the levels of all the hormones involved in the production of testosterone. I utilize saliva testing because it tests all of the hormones involved and allows a more accurate picture as to the cause of the problem. I have never supplemented testosterone, I always correct the underlying problem which causes the deficiency. This may involve natural supplementation, change in diet, lifestyle changes and exercise.

Additional Services

• Pain Management
• Cleansing Programs
• Cholesterol Lowering Program
• Allergy Testing
• Massage Therapy
• Pediatric Care

 

Perimeter Wellness Center

(404) 845-0044

750 Hammond Drive Bldg 18
Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328
www.perimeterwellnesscenter.com

 

Dr. Robert W. Toth is National Board certified and has been leading a multi-specialty healthcare practice for 13 years. He has served as team Chiropractor for the Atlanta Silverbacks and the Georgia State football team.

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