Dr Channey is a leader in Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men and Women
Signs of Imbalance
Have you not felt your best for so long that you are not sure if it is possible to feel well again?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) refers to the provision of exhogenous hormones manufactured from plant sources that are molecularly identical to the hormones produced in the human body - thereby restoring progressive depletion of hormones as aging occurs. The resulting return of hormone levels to that of a much younger person acts to reset declinig physiologic pathways responsible for symptoms of aging, thereby decreasing risk of chronic diseases associated with aging and restoring vitality. The desired goal is not so much to restore years to ones life, but to add life to the rest of ones years.
Every cell in the human body has hormone receptors allowing communication of body function at the cellular level. As we age our body becomes less and less efficient at producing adequate amounts of hormones needed for youthful physiologic functioning. Simultaneously, the amount of hormone receptor sites within all cell membranes decline. The above ”double-whammy” results in a precipitous decline in youthful bodily functions leading to a poor feeling of health and to increasing risk of diseases of aging including all cancers, obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, declining bone density leading to increased risk of hip fracture, organic brain dysfunction (ie Alzheimers Dz) and many other diseases typically associated with aging. When our bodies are hormone imbalanced, it directly effects our mood, appetite, energy level, metabolism, weight, physique, sex drive, immune system and even behavior.
Who Needs Hormones?
Hormone depletion can be present even at birth as a result of genetic deficiency. Onset of hormonal imbalance can occur spontaneously during puberty in women causing disruptive symptoms which can be treated more safely with BHRT instead of Birth Control Pills. Even young women can become permanently menopausal in their twenties (spontaneous premature ovarian failure) or as a result of chemotherapy. In the above population, life-long BHRT is a much safer alternative to Birth Control Pills to prevent chronic diseases associated with menopause. PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is the most common endocrine disease in women, can occur at any age after puberty, and should be treated lifelong with BHRT - not Birth Control Pills.
The most common reason to consider BHRT is for treatment of Menopause (Perimenopause) in women, and for treatment of ”Andropause” or ”low-T” in men - symptoms usually begin for either gender in the late 40s or early 50s years of age. Symptoms for men and women can be similar and equally debilitating. The most common complaints unique to women consist of abnormal uterine bleeding (change in menstrual pattern), vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, and frequent vaginal or bladder infections. Symptoms shared by both sexes may comprise anxiety, depression, insomnia, hot flashes, dry skin, loss of libido, cognitive dysfunction (memory loss or inablility to focus), loss of energy, fatigue, poor job performance, hair loss, progressive obesity and loss of muscle mass.
Aside from symptom management perhaps the best indication for BHRT is for decreasing risk of all diseases associated with increased risk of mortality. Countless literature reviews have demonstrated the safe use of BHRT in deminishing risk of obesity, cancer of all types, adult-onset diabetes, elevated cholesterol, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, osteoporosis, bone fractures, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Given the strong correlation between BHRT and prevention of diseases, where do you wants your hormone levels to be?
Why dont all doctors perscribe hormones?
Hormones are manufactured by specialized cells (glands) which are secreted into our blood stream provoking behavior and health of targeted tissue throughout the body. As the body ages hormone levels generally decrease resulting in progressive target tissue dysfunction.
If bioidentical hormones are so safe and effecatious, why don’t all doctors prescribe them? Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones cannot be patented - a distict disadvantage for profiting in the Pharmaceutical industry. Synthetic hormones are sructurally different than their natural counterparts so can be marketed as unique and somehow more valuable. Pharmacutical companies can hold patents on synthetic hormones for 20 years during which time marketing drives up cost while deminishing the advantages bioidentical hormone therapy from physician and lay consciousness.
Although manufactured in the same manner as synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are molecularly identical to those produced naturally in the body. Just as a key fits perfectly into its keyhole, bioidentical hormones attach to receptors on target cell membranes with normal physiologic effect. Synthetic hormones attach to the same natural cell membrane receptors but not in the exact way as their natural counterparts due to altered molecular structure - the result of which may trigger an unwanted cellular (protein) expression such as induction of cancer, blood clot, stroke,or other tissue damage.
BHRT is not prescribed by most medical providers because it is not tought in medical school or residency training programs. It must be learned afterward over many years of independant study requiring dedicated time, travel, and financial burden - then the practice of BHRT msut be applied to hundreds of patients over many years, as is the case with Dr Channey
Furthermore, academic institutions responsible for board certifications are financially supported by Big Pharma - creating immense bias to support synthetic (patented) treatments over BHRT. The truth is that the only hormones ever associated with harmful outcomes in scientific literature are of the synthetic variety.
A Real Solution
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) helps patients improve their overall health. All therapies and services are provided by Dr Stephen Channey, one of the areas top physicians. Dr Channey has gone through extensive training to become Advanced BHRT Certified by WorldLink Medical Academy and brings over 20 experience to each case.
BHRT is typically used for men and women to minimize progressive decline with age, referred to as menopause in women and ”andropause” in men.
Consultation, Evaluation, & treatment
Treatment with BHRT requires specific post graduate training which is not tought in medical schools or physician resident programs:
The art of administering BHRT safely must be learned by years of continuous CME eduucation and through years of continuously practicing on patients. The ammount of training and years of experience in treating patients with BHRT ensures optimal results while minimizing risk. Determining the optimal BHRT treatment is based proper lab testing, then evaluating labs in order to prescribe a customized treatment regimen which is continued for life with interval monitoring by a qualified physician.
Thorough lab testing will determine the current hormone levels and provide a baseline of treatment. All programs begin with a full spectrum test provided by Quest Diagnostics.
Our fully accredited pharmacy in Ocala, Florida will compound the exact medication dosage specificly for you. Under the direction of Dr Channey all lab results are reviewed and the optimal dosage determined in order to bring balance and restore the vitality of youth. Some over-the-counter and some non-BHRT prescription medications may be recommended.
Within six to eight weeks a new lab screening will determine the progress made and further medication adjustments will be made to achieve optimal levels.
With a balanced hormone,, restored energy levels and daily wellness are usually realized. Medications are purchased in 90 day increments. Under a BHRT program with Dr Channey, long lasting balance is maintained and the energy and vigor of youth is realized. All treatments are considered a ”trial” and can be voluntarily discontinued by the patient at any time. Less than 5% of patients choose to discontinue based on unwanted side-effects.
Are all delivery methods equal?
Each individual is unique and the best hormone delivery route depends largely on the existing condition and the desired outcome over time.
Available modalities include pill, capsule, troche (under tounge), suppository, topical cream or patch, intramuscular or subcutaneous injection, or pellet insertion. Pellets are small, sterile (PEZ-sized) implants inserted under the skin during an office visit that release hormones into your body very slowly and continuously over time.
Pellets are ideal for those who are forgetful about taking oral medication or desirous having maximal physiologic blood levels. Pellets need to be replaced every 2-4 months depending on individual body metabolism and frequency of excercise. Injections can be prescribed to be placed into muscle or under the skin.
Creams can be used to deliver hormones directly into your blood stream through your skin on almost any body site. Skin absorption depends upon time of year (humid or dry) and condition of your skin (hydrated, dry, irritated). Not all of application sites are equally permeable
Symptoms of low testosterone in men?
A low level of testosterone in a man means more than just a low sex drive or erectile dysfunction (ED). Symptoms consistent with low testosterone are:
Low sex drive
Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Loss of muscle mass
Increased body fat (especially in the waist area)
Decreased bone mass
Lower mental capacity
Additionally, studies have shown there are some conditions that are consistent with low levels of testosterone including:
Symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women?
There are a variety of symptoms from hormone imbalance in women including:
Decreased sex drive
Cold hands and feet
If your menstrual cycle has stopped before menopause, or if you are experiencing this or any other symptom of menopause, you may have low estradiol. An increase in UTIs, depression or painful intercourse may also indicate low estradiol in women.
How do you restore the balance?
Contact our office, schedule an office visit with Dr Channey to discuss your history and begin to test your current hormone levels. Based on your comprehensive consultation and thorough blood work panel, Dr Channey will determine if you are a candidate for BHRT therapy and you can choose the plan that is right for you.