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 Memory Loss, Insomnia, Despair: HORMONE DEFICIENCY
TBy Dr. Donna Becker
he slender, nervous appearing woman told me she was the CEO of a company and thought
maybe she was losing her mind. She forgot things, couldn’t sleep, made lists and then forgot about making a list, night sweats and hot flashes. Several doctors had done complex tests involving genes, allergy testing and vitamin levels, but nothing had really helped. She brought her labs and medication list at the free 15 min. consult
Her medications included a tiny estradiol secreting device which she inserted into the vagina every 3 months. Despite this vaginal estradiol, her blood level was very low. Estradiol nourishes the brain and helps to improve memory, stops the temperature dysregulation which was wrecking her sleep. The blood level desired is around 50- 100, and she was non-detectible.
“Are you taking progesterone and testosterone,” I asked. No, she was told that she didn’t need progesterone as she had no uterus. If you want to sleep, be calm, receptive in sex, and have thick, mucoid secretions, you most definitely do need progesterone. With estradiol only, secretions are thin and watery and don’t do the job of lubrication when you most want it.
Testosterone enhances sexual energy and, I believe based on years of prescribing it and using it myself, mental focus, drive (for lack of a better word), and most importantly worthiness. Testosterone seems to help with self-worth and has been found in men in high dose to alleviate depression.
She agreed to make a full appointment after I told her that I believed that I could help her. We discussed in detail the risks and side effects of hormone replacement therapy, which some doctors and researchers
   believe might cause blood clots, cancer, or strokes. The WHI study, did NOT show that estradiol caused cancer. I reminded her that one could have all the above-mentioned maladies whether taking hormones or not.
Dr. Donna Becker, in practice for over 30 years with a focus on hormone replacement for the past 15 years. Affiliations include; institute for functional Medicine, The American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine, and Certification in hormone replacement therapy with World Link Medical (not recognized by the TX board of Specialities). Call for a free 15 min. consult: 210-545-5224,
Dr Donna Becker
Specializes in anti-aging & health maintenance medicine.
(210) 545-5224
      Focus of Treatments:
• Hormone restoration to healthy young adult levels
• Thyroid issues
• Hot Flashes/Night Sweats
Call to schedule your FREE consultation.
(210) 545-5224 Dr. Donna Becker
• Moodiness, “Emotionality”
• Loss of Libido
• Brain Fog
• Men’s issues: erectile
dysfunction, fatigue, weight gain
• Insomnia
• Bone Loss
• Vitamin Deficiencies
• Blood levels guide treatment.
The Enhancement Of Life
       Check For Signs & Symptoms Of
Breast Cancer With A Self-Exam
BEy Rachele Lind
arly detection and early treatment is key when it comes to fighting cancer – and that can be especially
true of breast cancer. Breast self-exams are a powerful way for women to stay aware of their breast areas so that any changes can be reported to your doctor.
Morton S. Kahlenberg, M.D., FACS is the Medical Director of the Baptist Network for Cancer Care, Baptist Health System. A board certified general surgeon specializing in the surgical treatment of cancer, Dr. Kahlenberg, a fellow of the American College of Surgeon, is widely regarded as one of America’s foremost surgical oncologists. He has published in leading cancer journals and is consistently listed among the region’s ‘Best Doctors.’
According to Dr. Kahlenberg, women
  should perform a self-exam monthly and look for any changes, new lumps or bumps and nipple discharge.
“The technique is simple: soap and water in the shower and small circles as if you were massaging your tissue,” Dr. Kahlenberg explained.
And although monthly breast self- exams don’t replace mammography, according to Dr. Kahlenberg, they are very important.
“[Breast self-exams] should be thought of as another means of early detection,” he stated.
Know what’s normal for you, understand the way your breasts normally look and feel, and this may help you notice if there is a change in your breasts. And don’t forget to schedule your mammogram!
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