Hormones in Harmony

Living abundant joy through bio-psycho-spiritual balancing

Location: Ojai, California, United States

Welcome to Hormones in Harmony where I shall share pearls of wisdom gathered over two decades of consulting with the hormonally challenged. As a holistic nurse practitioner specializing in neuro-immune-endocrinology, I have merged my western education with eastern philosophies, but the key to being a successful healer is to embody physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. At 54, married for 32 years with two grown children, I strive to keep my Hormones in Harmony with a positive attitude, a loving environment, and faithful consumption of Genesis Gold.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Could My Symptoms Be Hypothalamic?

The good news is that I’ve been getting a lot of questions related to the hypothalamus lately.

The bad news is that there are so many people not getting hypothalamic help.

This is a classic question that I believe should be addressed in detail:

I showed my naturopath the ingredients of Genesis Gold and he said "You have been on several of these but perhaps it is the combination of them that could work." Is it the actual combination of ingredients? Do my symptoms sound to you as though they are hypothalamic in nature? (severe exercise intolerance, temperature intolerance, gastrointestinal issues, brain fog, insomnia, hormonal problems, constant/frequent urination, anxiety, fatigue coupled with strange frenetic energy, etc...)

Yes, it is the combination of ingredients...that works.

And Yes, I do think it is your hypothalamus that is the root of your problems.

When I first started treating hypothalamic dysfunction fifteen years ago, I was prescribing multiple bottles of supplements for my patients then was constantly adjusting dosages. I found that putting it together allowed for lower dosages and better results.

Think of it like Mrs Field's Cookies. While all chocolate chip cookie recipes have the same basic ingredients, her recipe produces a superior cookie.

Yes, Genesis Gold has all the herbs and micronutrients to support the neuro-immune-endocrine system that are typically recommended for hormonally challenged patients, no where else will you find them all in one bottle working together to balance the hypothalamus.

Sacred Seven contains all the same amino acids you will find in free form aminos, yet it's the way they are put together that is specific to supporting the hypothalamus.

A very challenging patient with hypothalamic dysfunction consulted with me two months ago. With adrenal deficiency, thyroid imbalance, glucose intolerance, depression, anxiety, insomnia, vestibular imbalance (meaning she could not walk without support due to severe neuromotor dysfunction) plus no sex steroid production after a total hysterectomy, this patient was at her wit's end.

Now on disability, she had been to seven different medical specialists over the past ten years, five different alternative healers, and multiple supplements by her own research. On her own accord, she stopped everything except some bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and started taking Genesis Gold.

Two weeks later, she came into the office walking on her own. She was sleeping, had more energy, and experienced a stability in her moods that was unparalleled by all the anti-depressants, anti-anxiety and other natural and illicit mood stabilizers she had tried over the years.

The key to her healing, I believe, is that she was ripe. She had done all her homework, tried lots of other therapies, and finally sat before me and surrendered to healing.

In the past, the patients who have not had such dramatic healing, well, they were not ripe...not ready to heal... She actually said, "I surrender to whatever healing you have in store for me." And then she did the work.

It took work to accept healing. She had no idea how resistant she had been before taking Genesis Gold. Oh, that is one of the gifts of Genesis Gold, you become very aware of what your body needs, what you need emotionally, how your relationships affect your health, how your past affects your health, how your environment is helping or hindering your healing. Then over time, you learn to make the changes necessary to heal completely.

It may seem strange that a supplement could affect your psycho-emotional, body awareness. Yet that is what I intended when I created Genesis Gold. I intended it to upregulate the DNA to optimize health to heal body, mind and soul. And that is what has happened over the years. It just happens faster when you are ripe for healing...like fruit, then it's sweeter. If you try to force healing, it's like picking unripe fruit...the results are bitter...and may be seen as side effects.

A few of my past Genesis Gold patients had side effects due to detoxing so stopped taking it. Then years later, they come back and start again...and guess what? No side effects! They realize that they were not ready before.

I have learned to accept that I cannot force healing, that the patient heals herself, I am just a coach, an advisor, a cheerleader during the healing process.

I hope this helps you. I know it’s helped me clarify the healing process.

Thank You!

Deborah Maragopoulos MN FNP
Intuitive Integrative Medicine

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hormone Pellets

Thank you, dear readers, for your inspiring inquiries regarding hormones.

I recently received this question regarding hormone pellets.

To: deborah@lovedance.com

Are you a doctor?

I read your article on Seattlepi.com posted on May 23, 2008.

I have some questions regarding estrogen and testosterone shots. I wasn't sure if you could answer some questions or not.

I had very low readings for estrogen, testosterone and progesterone and my doctor suggested Mesopellet.

The following paragraph is from his website:

These pellets are approximately the size of a lentil and are derived from botanical products, mostly soy products and formulated and customized just for you in a compound pharmacy. The reason he uses Bio-Identical Hormones is that they possess the identical structure of human hormones inserted under local anesthesia. The procedure is simple, after local anesthesia is administered the pellet is placed painlessly under the skin either in the hip or buttocks.

Do you know anything about this procedure and would you recommend it?

Thank you, T

Dear T,

No, I am not a doctor. I am a board certified family nurse practitioner specializing in neuro-immune-endocrinology with twenty years experience in natural hormonal therapies.

Yes, I do have experience with hormone pellets. Although the hormones used are plant derived bio-identical, it is very difficult to regulate levels once the pellets are implanted. If you have a reaction they cannot be removed. Furthermore, your body does not make hormones at the same level every day. If you use transdermal or sublingual hormone replacement therapy, you can adjust the hormones daily according to your needs. Your body also needs at least a 3 day break from hormones every month (like a period) to clear the cell receptor sites so that they do not become desensitized and eventually resistant to the hormones.

I prescribe plant derived bio-identical hormones for my patients suffering with the symptoms of hormonal transitions--like menopause-- but I also recommend natural supplements to enhance the body's ability to make its own hormones, balance the hypothalamus which orchestrates the hormonal symphony, and provide micronutrient cofactors to help the body safely metabolize the hormones.

Genesis Gold® is the natural supplement I developed to help patients get their hormones in balance. Genesis Gold® supports their use of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy by providing necessary micronutrients to safely metabolize and detoxify the hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Most of my patients using Genesis Gold® have been able to cut down and even discontinue HRT with evidence of their own natural production.

The beauty of a complete natural supplement that balances the hypothalamus is that other aspects of aging and the resultant imbalances are also addressed. Genesis Gold® improves immunity, balances brain chemistry improving memory and mood swings, balances other hormones produced by the adrenals and thyroid, enhances metabolism, improves digestion and assimilation of nutrients, enhances detoxification and cellular energy production.

Thank you for your inquiry.

Blessings of Abundant Health,

Deborah Maragopoulos MN FNP

Intuitive Integrative Medicine

Full Circle Family Health