Women’s Health & Hormone Balance

Today more than ever more women suffer from hormone imbalance. Some of the symptoms of hormone imbalance include irregular periods, heavy periods, breast tenderness, premenstrual syndrome, hot flashes/night sweats, acne, weight gain, cellulite, low libido, migraines, infertility, fatigue, depression, anxiety, testosterone deficiency, increase in body fat, erectile dysfunction and general loos of vitality and zest for life.

Hormone imbalance can include problems like a low functioning thyroid, higher than normal estrogen levels or unbalanced estrogen and progesterone known as dominance, progesterone deficiency, testosterone deficiency, and abnormalities in cortisol or insulin.

Hormone Imbalance or deficiency can be caused by a number of different factors that including underlying toxicity from heavy metals or other environmental pollutants that disrupt the normal function of the endocrine system, imbalanced bacteria in the digestive tract, stress and adrenal gland dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies, fatty acid deficiency, as well as aging.

It is important to treat, not only the hormonal imbalance, but also investigate and treat the underlying factors that are driving the hormonal imbalance. Once the underlying factors are teated your body can return to a state of optimal health and hormonal balance is regained.

During my medical training and residency, drowned in conventional medicines paradigm of what medical care is, was taught that women’s health comes down to birth control pills, hysterectomies, IUD’s, tubal ligations, pap smears, laparoscopies and commonly diagnosed problems like a PCOS diagnosis.

About Dr. Rashel

This approach is far from what true women’s health is. In fact the conventional medical treatment women receive can and often does significantly contribute to illness in many women. I have spent the last 20 plus years researching the truth of what health truly is, especially in the area of women’s health and hormones.

Most women are bombarded with pharmaceutical drugs including synthetic hormones such as oral contraceptives, synthetic hormone IUD’s like Norplant, antibiotics, and other drugs such as steroids, pain medications, antidepressants at an early age and have never had informed consent, the verbal or written thorough explanation by a physician about the possible risks and side effects of the recommended treatment. Meaning they were not fully informed about the potential side effects and consequences of the drugs they are being told to take.

Many women may seek medical care for symptoms like irregular periods, heavy or painful periods, or related symptoms like acne, bloating, mood swings, weight gain, ovarian cysts, and unfortunately most often all they get for an answer is being told to take birth control pills. I would not qualify this as medical care. Unfortunately, this can actually harm patients without addressing the actual underlying root causes of their symptoms.

They are never warned about the possible detrimental side effects of synthetic oral (sometimes known as horse urine estrogens because that’s what they are formulated from) and synthetic progestins, both the components in birth control pills. Synthetic hormone contraceptives are the same as far whether the form prescribed is oral, injected, implanted its all synthetic, or whether its a different brand or dose, they are all synthetic and can have devastating effects on health including autoimmunity, systemic inflammation, hormone imbalance, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal dysfunction, candida, leaky gut, wood clots, stroke and heart attack.

A big problem especially for younger women is that synthetic hormones block your own natural estrogen and progesterone production that you absolutely need for many health reasons, including keeping you young and healthy, the difference between a young woman and her grandmother is the young woman has her hormones, and grandma does not!

The synthetic hormones prescribed to help ‘balance’ you do no such thing and their functions are NOT the same as our own natural hormones. Actually what they actually do is cause further hormone imbalance.

You may think they are helping initially, because you may stop getting periods altogether, or periods may become increasingly light or disappear, because actually your hormones have shut down so although you may believe that your periods are at least no longer heavy for example and that this is how the all is helping you, you are now actually suffering from hormone deficiency and all its sequelae and are prone to all the side effects of the synthetic hormones. Shutting down your body’s natural hormone cycles by outside synthetic hormones, is the answer conventional medicine has to questions like why do I have acne or an ovarian cyst or irregular periods, or severe PMS? Their answer is let’s shut off your hormones completely and then you won’t complain. Glad you asked? A better approach would be to test your hormones at the correct windows in the cycle and look at which are out of balance. If imbalances are found assess what is causing the imbalance and correct that while if needed helping your symptoms with Bio-identical hormones rather than synthetic hormones.

It is important to first understand the line of thinking or unfortunately many times lack of critical thinking in conventional medicine, so we can appreciate the return to dignity and truth that Functional Medicine offers us by bringing back our focus and attention back to the actual ways your body is supposed to work, back to the basics of physiology and biochemistry and what can cause an imbalance in them.
One of my passions is women’s health and hormones and we will start with the why and answer the why. Why do I have an ovarian cyst, or acne, or weight gain and water retention around my period or mood swings or PCOS etc.

We will actually work together to investigate what is causing the imbalance in your body, reinstate balance in your hormones more naturally and if and when we use hormones they will NEVER be synthetic rather they will be bio-identical with the same molecular structure as our own hormones and will be used in a way that does not increase inflammation in the body as synthetic oral contraceptives do.

You can learn more about Bio-identical Hormone replacement therapy here.

When it comes to menopause we will work together to strengthen your body in eery way so you can better be equipped for menopause and as needed use effective and safe botanicals and or bio-identical hormones to help your symptoms as well as for anti-aging if that’s something you desire but we do this safely and effectively with natural hormones rather that synthetic hormones like Premarin, Provera or oral synthetic estrogens that some conventional doctors still use (when they don’t dismiss your symptoms as depression offering you psychiatric medication) despite documented published side effects of cancer, and death in the women’s health initiative. You can read more about synthetic vs natural hormones here

The point is that as women we deserve better. This archaic system used in conventional medicine is not valuable when it comes to a woman’s long-term health and well-being. We will ask the questions together and find the answers looking at your hormone values, nutrient values, inflammatory markers, toxin burden and gut function and no matter what stage of life you are in as a woman whether you are in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s 50’s or beyond our goal will be to optimize your health, balance your hormones, and give you your best by nourishing your health and vitality rather than using synthetic drugs and surgical organ resection as offered by conventional medicine.

Very often I see symptoms including irregular periods, PMS, menopausal symptoms, and low libido resolve. Our patients are able to maintain optimal body weight and loose unwanted pounds as well as improve their body composition and eliminate cellulite formation while following our protocols for hormone balance.

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I Am Here To Journey With You On Your Path To Optimal Health And Well-being. To Set Up A Consultation You Can Fill Out Our New Patient Inquiry Form And Or The Online Health Assessment. You Can Begin Supporting Your Hormones Now With Balancing And Nourishing Nutrients That Will Synchronize And Optimize Your Hormones While Increasing Your Energy And Sense Of Vitality With My Health Restore Female Hormone Balance Kit And Feel The Difference.

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Dr. Rashel offers a mobile and virtual practice operating in the Greater Los Angeles and Denver area. This allows greater access and flexibility to patients while maintaining the high level of personalized medicine that works with you. Dr. Rashel operates a fee for service cash based practice model that does not accept private insurance or medicare for services. All services whether in-state, telemedicine, or other are billed on a cash for service basis. No Insurance billing or insurance payment is accepted for any or all services rendered.

I am here to journey with you on your path to optimal balance and well being as a woman. To set up a consultation you can fill out our New patient inquiry form and or the Online Health Assessment. To start supporting your hormones with balancing and nourishing nutrients that will synchronize and optimize your hormones while increasing your energy and sense of vitality get started with my Hormone Health Optimizer Kit and feel the difference.


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