Author Archive for Lucia McEntee, RPh

Put a Little Hormone Love in Your Heart

Wedding couple holding hands. Hands, rings, bracelets, cuff links, cuff closeup.I’m going to let you in on a little secret of love for February. A secret that will increase smile frequency, improve skin tone, and give you more joy. You ready for it? Two words: cuddle hormone.

You may chuckle, but in all seriousness, there is a cuddle hormone and its scientific name is oxytocin. This love hormone is released when an individual engages in activities such as snuggling, hugging, and social bonding. You see, there is a scientific and genetic draw towards physical touch and socialization (women aren’t just making it up!).

This small amino acid peptide is believed to be involved in a wide variety of physiological functions. Individuals who are low in oxytocin are typically more likely to have trust issues and may have a harder time connecting with new people in their life. Physical signs can include limited emotional expressions, pale face, and dry eyes. They may also experience a decline in sex drive and ability to feel enhanced pleasure.

On the flip side, women and men with adequate levels of oxytocin are associated with more willingness to trust, the capacity to adapt to emotional circumstances, increased generosity, and more radiant skin.

So, since it is the month of love, after all, you may find that it’s the perfect time to take advantage of this happy hormone, as it might be the extra spice you need to more closely bond with your significant other and to emit joy to all those you love.

At Hotze Pharmacy, oxytocin is carefully compounded in small sublingual tablets in varying strengths to address each guest’s needs. If you believe you would benefit from oxytocin, then contact your provider today to discuss your symptom concerns.

May you have a love-filled month of February!

The Perfect Skincare Minus The Harmful Chemicals

Okay, let’s be honest. Our appearance matters. No man or woman wants to show signs of aging, uneven skin tone, scarring or acne. The golden question remains however, which skincare products are best to use?

Mainstream media will tell you that your gateway to beauty resides in Olay, Estée Lauder or even Chanel. All of which cost between $20- $400, which is a large range for products that all come with the same promises!

So here’s a little secret that will save you from going out and spending hundreds of dollars trying all the over-the-counter miracle creams: read the label. Many skincare products on the market include a host of chemicals, including parabens, which are synthetic preservatives found in foods, cosmetics and personal care products. The main issue with parabens is that they mimic estrogen and will disrupt your hormone balance.

Men with an increase in estrogen will notice an onset of fat around the midsection and in their breast tissue. Too much estrogen can also decrease sperm count. In women, excess estrogen will throw them into a state of “estrogen dominance,” which can increase the risk of cancers and contribute to unwanted weight gain.

At Hotze Pharmacy, we believe that less is more when it comes to skincare ingredients. That is why we developed a skincare line that is all-natural and free of the harmful chemicals that ultimately speed up the aging process.

The Hotze Skincare RX line includes:

Hotze Powerful AM –A morning thirst-quencher for your skin. This strong combination of vitamins C and E invigorates, repairs damage from toxins and UV rays, and prevents future damage to the skin. Reduce look of lines and wrinkles plus protects and hydrates the skin in one step.

Hotze Powerful PM– A proprietary blend of anti-aging ingredients that work at a cellular level to regenerate healthy, firm skin. This evening moisturizer promises to work hard while you rest, immediately smoothing rough, dry skin.

Hotze Skin Night Repair-A blend of anti-aging ingredients that work at a cellular level to regenerate young, healthy, firm skin, this evening moisturizer promises to work hard while you rest. Your skin will be transformed seemingly overnight.

Hotze Eye Renewal Cream– Boosted with natural moisturizers, anti-oxidants, and caffeine, this renewing eye cream helps firm and smooth the delicate eye area while also decreasing puffiness and dark circles underneath. All eyes will be on you!

Hotze Skin Renewal Cream– Designed for daily use on the face and décolletage, this nutrient-rich lightweight cream tones and tightens the skin, evens out the complexion, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Hotze Skin Revitalizer Oil– This rich, intensely hydrating blend of oils is a perfect alternative body moisturizer to the chemical-laden products commercially available on the market. Perfect for the whole family to use.

Each formula has been compounded according to the same stringent quality standards you expect from Hotze,assuring the highest quality of skincare. Hotze Pharmacy’s purpose is to help individuals balance their hormones naturally, and since skincare is absorbed by the body, ingredients matter. So ask yourself, is it really working disrupting your balance all for your moisturizer?

If you are interested in trying products from our skincare line, we are here to assist you! Call us today at 281-828-9088.

Why Hormone Quality Matters

According to Hotze Health & Wellness Center, when it comes to hormone imbalance, bioidentical hormones are the optimal solution. Because of the precise dosing, the quality of these hormones is vitally important. So, how do you know if the hormones you are taking are high quality? For starters, listen to your body.

Celia got natural relief for her menopausal symptoms using bioidentical hormones. However, when she decided to switch pharmacies in order to save money, her health slowly declined. The truth is that pharmacy quality standards can vary greatly depending on where you go. As an example, compounding pharmacies are legally granted up to a 10% variance in the weight from capsule to capsule. This means that you are not guaranteed your proper dosage when you go to fill your hormone prescription.

At Hotze Pharmacy, we strive for a weight variance of less than 1%, and if it’s more than a 3% variance, we throw it away. Weight testing is an internal measure that can indicate that the capsule ingredients have been distributed uniformly across the compounded batch. Beyond that, we also send samples of hormones each week to a 3rd party lab (the same lab used by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy) for potency testing. This is intended to verify that the correct amount of active ingredient, i.e. estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, etc., is contained within the capsule. The result? You can have peace of mind knowing that you’re getting exactly what the doctor ordered.

Watch Celia share with Dr. Hotze how much better she feels now that she switched back to high quality hormones.

 

The Life-Changing Benefits of Testosterone

active older man

As a man ages, his testosterone levels decline steadily. This typically starts in his thirties and continues throughout his life. Despite the well-documented role of testosterone in cardiovascular and bone density, the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy are often overlooked. While this includes a healthy libido, there are significant benefits beyond that, which can be life-changing.

Take a look at some of the things testosterone does for men:

  • Improves muscle mass, strength and tone, and increases stamina and endurance.
  • Protects the heart and arteries, decreases risk of heart disease, and lowers blood pressure by dilating the aorta and coronary arteries of the heart. Men with arteriosclerosis generally have low testosterone levels.
  • Helps maintain a healthy metabolism and improve energy.
  • Improves libido.
  • Enhances cognitive function and memory. It is crucial for maintaining mental sharpness and clarity.
  • Plays a role in building strong bones.
  • Increases assertiveness, initiative and sense of well-being. It improves self-confidence and drive.
  • Decreases body fat around the waist.
  • Improves moods, and relieves anxiety and depression.
  • Improves sleep and sleep apnea. Low testosterone causes men to wake up frequently, snore, and feel fatigued after waking.

Not Just for Men

Women produce smaller amounts of testosterone than men even in the prime of life. However, that does not mean that they are spared the effects of a decline in levels of this hormone. The benefits, besides enhancing sexual desire and pleasure, are: improves the tone of vagina and bladder, decreases body fat, improves muscle strength and bone density, enhances the function of thyroid hormone, relieves anxiety and depression and promotes clearer thinking.

Dosing & Quality

Testosterone comes in both injectable and compounded forms (transdermal cream, sublingual tablets and capsules). When choosing compounds, it’s vital that quality standards are followed.

At Hotze Pharmacy, for example, we have a machine that tests them individually and gives us a complete report with accuracy, standard deviation, and more. In addition, we regularly send samples of compounds for testing to the same outside laboratory that is used by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. This is above and beyond what is required by law. By testing these samples we validate our ingredients, our processes and procedures, so you can feel confident that you’re getting just what the doctor ordered.

In fact, if you have ever switched to a different pharmacy and noticed that you weren’t feeling quite the same, it could be due to a difference in quality standards. In addition to those outlined above, this could include additional fillers, lactose and other ingredients that could cause a reaction. If you think this may have happened to you, our Hotze pharmacists are always available to answer your questions. Give us a call at (281) 828-9088.