Archive for Bioidentical Hormones

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.

 

What You Need to Know to Thrive in Menopause

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You have probably heard that supplementing with bioidentical hormones can alleviate many of the symptoms of menopause, and that you can actually feel like yourself again.  To understand why that is, you need to know about how the hormones work together.

During menopause, estrogen levels can drop 40-60%, progesterone levels can drop to 0%, causing two problems.  First, it creates a deficiency of both hormones, leading to frustrating symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats from lack of estrogen and fluid retention and mood swings that are classic with low progesterone.

Perhaps the greater problem, though, is an imbalance we call estrogen dominance.  While the term can be confusing, it simply means that there is not enough progesterone to balance the estrogen, bringing about its own set of problems.

You see, estrogen and progesterone work together in the body, as each makes the body more responsive to the other. Estrogen makes the target body tissues more sensitive to progesterone and vice versa. They “prime” each other’s receptors.

Estrogen dominance isn’t just limited to menopause.  It can actually happen at any point in a woman’s life, as early as puberty, during high-stress times and after childbirth.

Many of estrogen’s undesirable side effects are prevented by the presence of progesterone.  Progesterone protects cell membranes from estrogen-induced problems, and major health risks of estrogen dominance include increased risk of endometrial cancer, as well as the fact that it may promote breast cancer.  This is why using unopposed estrogen without progesterone is not recommended.

If you think you may be suffering with estrogen dominance, take a look at some common symptoms:

• Acceleration of aging process
• Allergies
• Anxiety
• Breast tenderness
• Decreased libido
• Depression
• Increased fat (especially in abdomen, hips, thighs)
• Fatigue
• Foggy thinking
• Hair loss
• Headaches
• Insomnia
• Irritability
• Memory loss
• Thyroid dysfunction (mimicking hypothyroidism)
• Fluid retention/bloating
• Vaginal dryness
• Night sweats
• Hot flashes

The good news is that reversing estrogen dominance is quite simple.  By replacing the estrogen that’s missing and balancing it with progesterone, you can thrive throughout menopause.

If you have questions about estrogen dominance and your hormones, please contact a Hotze pharmacist any time, (281) 828-9088.

The Life-Changing Benefits of Testosterone

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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.

The Top 4 Things I Love About Cortisol

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In our fast-paced society, it seems almost impossible not to feel “stressed out” at least some of the time.  While our adrenal glands do their best to pump out enough cortisol, our body’s stress hormone, sometimes they just can’t keep up.  Unfortunately, cortisol gets a bad rap.  If you’ve ever thought, “cortisol is going to make me fat,” then it might be time to give this adrenal champion a second look.

Here are the top 4 things I love about cortisol:

  1. Helps support thyroid function:  Adrenal stress reduces your body’s ability to convert T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to T3 (active thyroid hormone).  By decreasing stress, it is easier for the thyroid conversion to happen, thereby enhancing your thyroid function.
  2. Enables us to react to stress:  If our adrenal glands are fatigued, it looks a lot like depression since our thyroid won’t function properly.  Consequently, we get anxious and have low moods.
  3. Helps regulate blood sugar:  Cortisol is responsible for metabolizing carbs, protein and fat.  Your body needs cortisol to get energy from fat stores to tissue that needs it.
  4. Has anti-inflammatory properties:  Chronic inflammation can impair your immune system and lead to more serious illness, like heart disease.  In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, cortisol helps regulate blood pressure.

If you’re worried about bloating or gaining weight on cortisol, you should know that this only happens when you have chronically elevated levels.  It must be balanced with other hormones and dosed to optimal levels, so your provider’s experience with cortisol is important.  Fortunately, the Hotze medical team has been recommending cortisol for decades, so you’re in good hands.

If you have questions about cortisol, contact one of your Hotze pharmacists any time, (281) 828-9088.

Get Healthy and Spend Less

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If you have ever tried to file a claim with an insurance company, you know how frustrating it can be.  Between finding the right form to fill out, where to submit it, who to call if you have questions or what to do if your claim gets denied, the entire insurance process can be very confusing.  And things only seem to be getting worse.

This is why I am here to help. My name is Beth Lee, and I am your Hotze Pharmacy Insurance Advocate. My goal is to make the insurance process as quick and painless as possible for all of our guests!

Here are a few of the ways I can help:

  • Help you understand the terms of your policy or benefits
  • Guide you through the process of filing your insurance claim
  • Locate and provide the correct claim forms for your policy
  • Contact your insurance provider to answer questions about your claim on your behalf

When you are trying to get or stay healthy, the last thing you need is to worry about hassling with your insurance company. So whether you are a brand new guest or have been on our program for years, if you have questions about your insurance claims, please contact me at (281) 828-9088.

 

Beauty Products: What NOT to Use

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Finding a good skincare regimen can be intimidating. When you walk the aisles of your beauty department, there are so many options and each have a different claim about health and beauty. Whatever product you choose to use, Hotze Pharmacy wants to help you select products that are the best – not just for your skin, but also for your overall health. You might not even realize how dangerous some ingredients are in the products you use every day.

Hotze Pharmacy recommends that you AVOID these ingredients:

-GMO’s
-Petrochemicals
-Phthalates
-Sulfates
-Synthetic Colors
-Dyes
-Fragrances
-Triclosan
-PEG
-MEA
-TEA
-DEA
-Paraben Preservatives.

We are proud to offer natural prodcuts made by Andalou Naturals that rejects all of the above ingredients. We have skincare and hair care lines for all types. Give us a call or come by our store to order yours! Whatever beauty products you use, make sure you choose the most natural option!

New Website/ Prescription Order Online FAQ

1- What is the best way to communicate to Hotze Pharmacy if I need assistance?
You can call us at 281-828-9088 or e-mail Pharmacy@HotzePharmacy.com.

2- Can I use my same username and password in the new system?
Yes, but you must register with the new system for the user name and password to be valid. Your user name and password must comply with the requirements as noted on the registration page.

3- My system is not allowing me to register, and I am receiving an error message. What should I do?
You should install a more recent internet browser. We recommend Google Chrome. You can download it by clicking the following link:
https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/

4- Can I use any web browser?
The minimum Brower Support is Chrome 31+; Firefox 26+; Internet Explorer 9+; Safari 5+.

5- I closed my window while I was waiting for the code/token, what should I do?
You will have to start over. Please open one window for your email box and one window for the Hotze Pharmacy website.

6- I finished the process and I still did not receive the code (“token”). What should I do?
Please check your junk mail. If it is not there, please contact Hotze Pharmacy for assistance.

7- Can I register using my phone?
It depends on the type of phone you have. This is not recommended because you need 2 windows open in your web browser to register. A personal computer is the ideal way to register.

8- I see that my prescription has refills available but it is not allowing me to fill, what should I do?
If the prescription is a new prescription that was put on hold, please contact Hotze Pharmacy for assistance. We will need to “release” this prescription for you the first time. Subsequent refills should be available to refill online.

9- Last month I filled one month supply. I want 3 months at this time, what should I do?
The portal will allow you to fill exactly what you received the last time. Should you require any changes, including quantities, please contact Hotze pharmacy for assistance.

10- I have a Yahoo or YMail email account, and have not received a token to register. Why?
Our software developer and our IT department are aware of this issue, and are currently working on resolving it. Please contact Hotze Pharmacy for assistance in placing your order.

How to Refill Your Prescription

1. Refill
This page displays a list of active scripts, excluding inactive or expired, and the number of eligible refills. The most recent fill and current status are shown. Prescriptions that were put on hold will not be available for refill through the website the first time. Please contact Hotze Pharmacy for assistance at 281-828-9088 or by e-mail Pharmacy@HotzePharmacy.com

To refill a prescription:
1. Select the Refill button for each script to add to the order.

2.Once all scripts have been selected, select Continue. Please note: you will only be able to refill the quantity you refilled the previous time. For any changes to quantity or any changes to your prescriptions, please contact the pharmacy at 281-828-9088 or by email at pharmacy@hotzepharmacy.com for assistance. We are currently working on having the software developer implement a “Comments Field” for your convenience. Also, it is always a good idea to have your prescription number to validate which prescription you need to refill.

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2. Shipping
Please select how to receive the prescriptions. Options include: Mail, or Pickup. For Mail, there is a Rush Shipping (Overnight) option for a fee ($30).

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For Mail, the address from your Patient Profile, as well as an option to add a new address, are displayed. New addresses are inserted in your Patient Profile as a Delivery address upon selecting Continue.
NOTE:New addresses are added to Patient Profiles even if you log out prior to submitting the order.

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3. Billing
All stored cards from the Patient Profile are available options. You have the ability to select a stored card, add a new credit card, or pay at pickup.

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If you select New Credit Card, the following page appears to enter new credit card information. If a card is expired, you can update the expiration date by selecting the expired card and selecting Continue.

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4. Verify
You can verify the order before submitting for processing.
•The Ship To field displays the address from step 2 (Shipping)
•The Pay With fields displays payment option selected during step 3 (Billing). For credit cards, the type of card, the last four digits of the card number and expiration date display.
•All prescriptions in the order appear, including information about required Refill Authorizations, and the fill date of the previous fill displays for all selected scripts.
•Once information has been confirmed, the patient selects Submit Order. A confirmation number appears. Currently, this is the patient’s date of birth, plus the current date/time stamp. (DOBMMDDYYYYHHM

How to Create Your Hotze Pharmacy Online Account

Go to http://www.hotzepharmacy.com

1) Click on the tab “REFILLS”

2) Click on “Order Prescription Refills”
step 2

3) Click on “Register”
step 3

4) Enter a valid prescription number located on any of your containers from Hotze Pharmacy (number is located on the top left corner of your prescription label)

5) Enter your date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)

6) Enter your email address that you use to communicate with Hotze Pharmacy.

7) Click on “Register”. DO NOT close the software. Open your email account in a new window.
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a) Check your e-mail box. You will have an e-mail with a code (token). It may also be in your junk mail box. Copy that code and paste it on field 8. This is a case sensitive field. To copy the number, double click on the number until it is highlighted, right click and choose the option “copy” Go to the field number 8 and right click and choose the option “paste”.

b) If you did not receive an e-mail with the code that means the e-mail address you have on file with Hotze Pharmacy is not current. Please call Hotze Pharmacy for further assistance (281-828-9088 or e-mail Pharmacy@HotzePharmacy.com)

c) If you received an error message, your internet browser is not compatible. Please install a newer version of the Chrome by copying this link and pasting on your internet browser: https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/

Follow the directions for installation. When it is completed open the new Chrome window, and go to Hotze Pharmacy website (http://www.hotzepharmacy.com/) and start on step 1 again.

8) Copy that code (token) received in email and paste it on field 8
9) Enter your user name (it could be your old one)
10) Enter your password (it could be your old one)
11) Re-enter your password for accuracy
12) Click on “Continue”
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Congratulations! You will read a message in green saying you’re successfully registered to the new system!
13) Enter your user name
14) Enter your password
15) Click on “login”

Now you will be able access your records.

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Cleanse Your Body in the New Year

Have you signed up for Yeast-Free with Me?

Yeast-Free with Me (YFWM) is more or less a support group for those embarking on a journey of eating yeast-free. The 30-day challenge begins on January 12, 2015 and was designed to help guide you through the yeast-free eating plan. For 30 days we will encourage one another to eat right, feel better, accomplish goals and lead the healthiest life possible.

Why give up yeast?

Have you been struggling to lose weight? Do you tend to have cravings for carbohydrates, sugars, or anything starchy? Do you feel fatigued or sluggish? These can all be signs that you suffer from yeast overgrowth.

If you have ever taken an antibiotic, eaten antibiotic-injected meat or dairy products, taken birth control pills, or steroids then you are susceptible to candida overgrowth and its varied symptoms.
By cleansing your diet and your body of yeast you will completely reboot your system, changing your cravings and habits and the way you think about food.

What do I need to do?

You can find out all you need to know about YFWM at www.yeastfreewithme.com. Once you sign up, one of the first things you’ll want to do is contact your doctor to request an antifungal medication called Nystatin. During YFWM, we’ll walk you through when and how to get started, but here’s what you need to know about this yeast-killer. Nystatin has been in use for over fifty years and is a safe, effective agent for eradicating yeast in the colon. It is not absorbed systemically, and it does not affect the beneficial bacteria that normally inhabit the colon.

If you have any questions about Nystatin, contact Hotze Pharmacy to find out how you can start and set yourself up for success!