Dr. Craig Reese, DC. PC.
3000 Center Green Dr. Suite 230
Boulder, CO 80301

Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
April 2017 Newsletter

I’m loving these warm days and snow-free golf courses but I know it’s spring and the big storms always come.  Hope you are getting outside to enjoy this great weather!

Water Filters
Last month I warned that the parasites return to our tap water every spring and you need to filter your tap water before drinking.  I know you want my recommendation on which filter but there are too many for me to keep up on.  Fortunately, the Environmental Working group has updated their water filter reviews and you can go to http://www.ewg.org/research/ewgs-water-filter-buying-guide to find a system that will work for you.

I recently spent a weekend in California attending a revised edition of a seminar I had taken in the past called Functional Endocrinology.  It was taught by Dr. Datis Kharrazian who wrote the best thyroid and best brain books available today.  He rarely teaches weekend seminars any more since he is so busy with research at Harvard and professor duties at Loma Linda college.
Currently there are 3 models by how we treat hormones in this country:

  1. Conventional Hormone Replacement:
    1. Synthetic hormones
    2. Birth control pills
    3. Drugs like Premarin/Provera which are synthetic estrogen and progesterone
    4. Levothyroxine for thyroid
    5. Little if any testing done to evaluate current hormone levels
  2. Bioidentical Model:
    1. Symptom model-treat with bioidentical hormones regardless of lab levels to suppress symptoms.
    2. Deficiency model-test for low lab levels and treat with bioidentical hormones. 
    3. Anti-aging model-work to re-establish youthful levels of certain sex hormones using bioidentical hormones.  You hear these clinic’s ads on TV, radio and in print.
  3. Functional Endocrine Model:
    1. Support body’s ability to make hormones
    2. Reestablish hormone feedback loops
    3. Support hormone biotransformation (break down and excretion from the body)
    4. Support receptor site response
    5. Identify underlying causes of hormone imbalance
    6. Consider endocrine disruptors (chemicals in the environment that mimic hormones)

Model #1 is often employed where a young girl just started her cycle has irregular periods so they put her on birth control pills to regulate them.  This does create a false cycle and it appears to have worked until she comes off the pill.  Then the irregular or heavy cycles are back since they didn’t fix the underlying problem.

Perimenopause women also get the same treatment when their periods start to change.  Birth control pills are less successful in this instance so then they go on to using synthetic hormones.

Model #2 was used originally by a lot of natural practitioners, like me, starting back in the 90’s.  Most of us soon realized that this was not the correct way to balance the endocrine system.  When you give a hormone from the outside, you suppress the body’s production of it on the inside.  It does create instant changes in symptoms but they always come back or get worse over time.
The anti-aging model is really popular for the same instant change it creates.  Who wouldn’t feel good with the hormone levels of a 20-year-old? Arnold and Stallone are still ripped at 70 thanks to growth hormone, testosterone and other androgens.  Unfortunately, the people doing these programs are really guinea pigs that may develop serious problems down the road.
Model #3 is about treating the body to make it healthier and the hormones will usually balance themselves.  Realize most endocrine problems are not due to hormone deficiency.  Most hormone problems are due to impaired hormone clearance, endocrine receptor disruption and altered pituitary-gland feedback loops.

There are 4 main areas that must be addressed to balance someone’s endocrine system:

  1. Support and stabilize blood glucose.
  2. Balance essential fatty acids (Omega 3 & 6)
  3. Support liver biotransformation (the ability to detox the chemicals and poisons in our environment)
  4. Normalize gut function and flora. (infections, good bacteria, more fermented foods, clean diet, etc.)

I will go into more detail on these next month but there is something I want you to work on in the meantime.

There are two reactions from food you should never get.  The first is that food makes you feel better.  If you get shaky, irritable, tired, etc. when you don’t eat, your blood sugar is dropping and you are creating insulin spikes. Insulin spikes damage your brain, gut, hormone receptors, etc.

Many people have lost their normal hunger mechanism and so they can’t rely on that to tell them when to eat.  If you experience these symptoms, then you need to start eating by the clock instead of by your hunger level.  Eat every 3-4 hours and snack on protein and fat as needed to keep your blood sugar stable. 

If you eat and get tired or need to nap after meals, that is also a bad reaction.  It too is from insulin spikes usually from eating too fast and/or too much food at one time.  You need to eat slower and less food to keep this from happening.  Avoiding both blood sugar reactions is a giant step to improving your health and it costs you nothing.  Neither of these reactions are normal but they are both extremely common and need to be controlled.  Food should only make you not hungry after you eat it.  That’s your homework for now…