Archive for July 2017

A Common “Missing Link” to Memory Health

String tired around finger, selective focus, soft focus vintage toneBy now, you are probably well aware of the main hormones for men and women; estrogen, progesterone, thyroid and testosterone to name a few. While all the hormones can make significant improvements in overall health and memory, there is one hormone (also known as the “mother of all hormones”) that is most effective with memory- Pregnenolone.

Just like all hormones, pregnenolone declines as we age. This decline will cause you to have moments where you can’t remember where you put your keys, when your anniversary is or what you walked into a room for. Seen as it is also the precursor to many other hormones, you may start to experience other symptoms such as poor moods, inability to sleep well, a loss in sex drive, and more!

Wondering how it all works? Well, pregnenolone helps to:

  • Stimulate the formation of new brain cells. Because of its ability to increase brain cell growth, it has proven to be effective in treating memory loss, mental health disorders, spinal cord injuries and more.
  • Block an over production of GABA. This non-essential amino acid is great for individuals with insomnia, migraines or seizures, as it keeps the brain calm and prevents neurons in the brain from firing, however, an over-production can cause the brain to become sluggish.
  • Protect brain cells by increasing the production of Acetylcholine. A deficiency in Acetylcholine is often found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Optimal levels will significantly improve memory and sleep cycles.

If you’ve noticed that you haven’t been able to completely alleviate symptoms of depression or short-term memory loss with thyroid supplementation, pregnenolone is worth considering and speaking to your physician about. It may just be the missing link to your balance!

If you have questions about pregnenolone, you can call one of our friendly pharmacy staff members at 281-828-9088 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Hormones: The Case for Quality

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Here’s an undeniable truth:  people love a good deal.  From toothpaste and groceries to shoes and bags, it’s fun to feel like you got a bargain.  When it comes to the end-of-season clearance on sandals, by all means, shop to your heart’s content.

Where you shouldn’t cut corners?  Your health.

As a cash-based pharmacy, it’s not uncommon for us to hear of people trying other pharmacies first because they take their insurance.  Sometimes, people leave because they can save some money.  The thing they may not realize is that not all hormones are created equal.  If the cost of the prescription is less, you might want to ask if they’re cutting corners elsewhere.  And if they are, how does that affect the way your hormones affect you?

Quality Matters 

Hormone levels are delicate.  Inaccuracies in dosages, even small ones, can make a difference.  If you’ve ever had a hormone adjustment and didn’t feel right afterward, then you may be able to relate.

It’s not unusual for us to have a guest return to our pharmacy after getting their prescriptions elsewhere because they “just didn’t feel as well.”  If this is something you’ve experienced, then here are a few quality standards to look for.

What to Look for in a Compounding Pharmacy

At Hotze Pharmacy, we’re very proud of our quality standards, because we can be confident that you’re getting just what’s on the label.  Nothing more, nothing less.

Here are a few things we’ve done to ensure quality:

  1. PCAB Accreditation: The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board is considered the gold standard in compounding, and only 6% of compounding pharmacies in the nation are certified.  We were among the first in the nation to become accredited and we’ve maintained our certification for 10 years running.
  2. Pharmacist Supervision over all Compounding Processes: While compounding can be done by technicians with only periodic checks, we have full-time pharmacist supervision over all processes.
  3. Weight Testing: This is a measure of how much active ingredient ended up in the capsule.  USP allows a 10% variance in what the capsule weighs versus what it should weigh.  At Hotze Pharmacy, any capsules that have more than a 3% variance are discarded and destroyed.
  4. Potency Testing: Although not required by law, we also send compounded samples weekly to a third-party lab to ensure that the correct amount of active ingredient is present in the capsule.
  5. All Preparations are Lactose-Free, and all creams are paraben-free. These chemicals can cause allergies and disrupt hormones.

If you think you might need some hormone adjustments, the first thing to be sure about is that you are dealing with a quality source.  If you have questions, our pharmacists are always happy to assist you.  Give us a call today, (281) 828-9088.

 

5 Common Causes of Anxiety in Women

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Anxiety affects 40 million adults in the U.S.  Women are twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder as men.

Do these sound familiar?
Are you nervous and irritable?
Do you often feel scared for no reason?
Do you feel impending doom?
Do you have feelings of panic?
Are you often ill at ease or worried?

If you have experienced anxiety, you know it can be paralyzing at times.  Things that you never used to worry about can make you feel overcome with fear now. Some women have such extreme anxiety that they don’t want to leave their home. Why does this happen? What has changed to make us feel so anxious? Could it be as simple as a hormonal deficiency? Let’s address five common causes of anxiety in women.

First of all, what is anxiety?
Anxiety is defined as a state of uneasiness and apprehension. People with anxiety can have excessive, persistent worry and fear about things that one wouldn’t usually worry about. Often this extreme anxiety can lead to a panic attack, or sudden surges of overwhelming fear that that comes without warning, accompanied by physical symptoms such as a pounding heart, sweating, and rapid breathing. When anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it becomes disabling.

5 Common Causes of Anxiety in Women

  1. Adrenal Fatigue
    Your adrenal glands are responsible for managing stress. Chronic stress, whether physical or psychological or both, cause the adrenal glands to be overworked and eventually leads to adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands simply cannot produce enough cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, to meet the demands of your body. As a result, you feel stressed out and anxious. Supplementing with bioidentical cortisol helps you to withstand stress and escape one of its most unpleasant effects, anxiety.
  2. Hypothyroidism
    Hypothyroidism results in a slowdown of cellular metabolism, which causes a drop in levels of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA has a calming effect, which prevents the brain from being overwhelmed by stimulation. Moderately low levels of GABA are linked to anxiety, panic attacks, and mood swings. At the other end of the spectrum, too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) can also bring on anxiety and panic attacks.
  3. Estrogen Dominance
    Chronically elevated levels of estrogen can induce depression and anxiety by causing functional hypothyroidism. Also, a woman with estrogen dominance (progesterone deficiency) may have the adequate levels of total cortisol in her bloodstream, but her free, available cortisol – the only form that can be used by the cells – may be too low. Estrogen impairs adrenal function in another way: it interferes with the release of cortisol from the adrenal cortex. This can be an indication of declining ovarian function and the resulting imbalance of estrogen and progesterone. Balancing the estrogen with bioidentical progesterone can help eliminate estrogen dominance and curb anxiety.
  4. Estrogen Deficiency
    Estrogen deficiency that occurs with menopause can cause anxiety. If anxiety is associated with your hot flashes, then low estrogen could be the culprit. Symptoms can be relieved with bioidentical estrogen. Keep in mind that you can be estrogen dominant and estrogen deficient at the same time. That means that you are low in both estrogen and progesterone.
  5. Low Testosterone
    Depression and anxiety are symptoms of low testosterone in women. Men aren’t the only ones that need testosterone. Women also make it in smaller amounts, and it provides lifelong benefits, including reduced anxiety. Bioidentical testosterone supplementation can help relieve your symptoms.

Natural Solution for Anxiety
The answer to relieving anxiety can often be as simple as balancing your hormones and supplementing with certain vitamins, such as magnesium, 5-HTP, inositol, rhodiola and vitamin B6.  If you’re struggling with anxiety, and you think your hormones need to be adjusted, don’t wait.  Contact your provider today.  As always, if you have questions about any of your hormones, please give one of our pharmacists a call at (281) 828-9088.

*Originally appeared on www.HotzeHWC.com