Your body has 11 main systems that work together to keep you alive!
Each system has a specific goal, but they work together for optimal health. At the core, a symptom, no matter what it is, affects more than just 1 system. Often, it may affect all 11 of the body’s systems.
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What are Hormones?
Hormones are the core part of the endocrine system. Hormones are chemicals that travel through the bloodstream that tell your organs and tissues what to do and when to do it.
What Is Hormone Therapy?
Treatment that adds, blocks, removes or restores hormones. But in order to understand hormone therapy, you must first understand how the body works.
Did you know, that your body is controlled by your hormones? A hormone imbalance, even a small one, causes many organs to not function properly. For example, a lack of estrogen in women can cause brain fog and poor vision, among other symptoms, that many women do not link to hormone deficiencies. A lack of testosterone for men can can causes low libido and lack of energy, but many men may suffer these symptoms with connecting them to a hormone deficiency. Another example: the lack of insulin can cause poor vision, low metabolism, low energy and other symptoms.
Most physicians focus on treating symptoms with prescription medicine without considering whether hormone deficiencies may be playing a role. All prescribed medication have potentially negative side effects, so we believe it is very important to consider whether hormonal imbalances are contributing to symptoms.
What causes a hormone imbalance?
Funny thing – just LIVING may cause a hormonal imbalance.
What do we mean by that? Think about how often our daily living may include…..
● Breathing polluted air
● Eating foods laced with preservatives
● Lack of exercise
● Prescription medicine with side effects
Who Hormone Therapy is for:
Anyone may possibly benefit from balancing hormones. Hormone therapy, however, cannot and will not cure every symptom or disease. What can we can and do explore, however, is whether hormone imbalances, easily triggered by many factors in our daily lives, might be contributing to symptoms such that hormone therapy might help crelieve those symptoms.
How to know if you have a hormonal imbalances?
Often, most of our patients, are unaware that they have a hormonal imbalance because they’ve gotten used to the symptoms below that might possibly be connected to hormone imbalances (but are often treated without considering hormone therapy as an alternative or additional treatment):
Changes in heart rate, Brittle or weak bones, Changes in blood sugar concentration, Irritability and anxiety, Unexplained long-term fatigue, Increased thirst, Depression, Headaches Needing to go to the bathroom more or less than usual, Bloating, Changes in appetite, Reduced sex drive, Thinning, brittle hair, Infertility, Puffy face, Unexplained weight gain or weight loss, Unexplained or excessive sweating, Difficulty sleeping, Changes in sensitivity to cold and heat, Very dry skin or skin rashes, Changes in blood pressure, Blurred vision, A bulge in the neck, Breast tenderness, Deepening of the voice in females
Now, it is important to confirm that these symptoms may NOT be caused by hormone imbalances. There are variety of potential causes for those symptoms, and it is important to secure competent medical diagnosis and treatment for any symptom of possible disease. But, we do believe that hormone imbalance is frequently not considered or tested when these symptoms are present, and that in some (not all) cases, hormone therapy can provide significant health benefits and address those symptoms actually caused by hormone deficiencies. Hormone therapy will NOT cure all of those symptoms. But for those patients who in fact are experiencing hormone imbalance, hormone therapy CAN provide significant relief.
Our unique approach for the Hormone Therapy Institute Method Hormone Therapy is a 3-step process:
1. Test - We start by testing all of your hormones to check base levels, then test how the each hormone interacts with each other hormones and the 11 body systems.
2. Review - We review all hormone levels and customize your optimal level based on your lifestyle, age and health of your organs.If your hormones are in balance, great! There is nothing further for us to do. But, if we detect hormone imbalances that we believe, based on scientific/medical analysis, could be corrected to potentially provide relief, we identify those imbalances for treatment.
3. Plan – Assuming the patient’s hormone testing indicates opportunities for potentially improved health, we create a plan to get your body to its optimal hormone levels and restore your hormones in order to potentially eliminate adverse symptoms and hopefully optimize your health potential!
Why It Often Works:
For many people who’ve tried everything else but have not received hormone testing, hormone therapy often provides a “missing link” of therapy options that can deliver improved health.
Hormone therapy works because we are implementing basic biology and chemistry analysis of the human body: all 11 body systems are affected by hormones, hormones flow through the bloodstream and tell each organ what to do and when to do it.
Since, we know how hormones work, it would make sense that, if we balance all hormones, THEN, all hormones will send the right messages to all organs. And once all organs are getting the right messages, then, all symptoms can potentially be improved when other options have failed to deliver positive results. For those patients who have experienced negative symptoms but have never had hormone testing and therapy, the results can be very positive.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
How long does it take to feel better?
Of course this depends on your symptoms and health condition, and whether your symptoms are connected to hormone imbalances or deficiencies. Each patient is different and has different symptoms. There are varying causes of those symptoms. If our testing indicates hormone therapy may be helpful, we love to customize each patient’s hormone therapy. We think every patient is unique, and may require a personalized plan.
Why don’t more physicians incorporate hormone therapy into their practices?
We are not sure how other practices or doctors work, however, we do know that healthcare is reimbursed largely by public and private health insurance plans and those plans tend to focus on diagnosing and treating illness with specific interventions like prescribed medications and procedures. Those are very important aspects of healthcare. But, hormone therapy is typically outside plan reimbursement, so physicians lack plan reimbursement incentive to explore hormone therapy. Physicians who are aware of hormone therapy benefits may try to incorporate it into traditional plan-reimbursed healthcare, but, that may mean the physician lacks any reimbursement for that work. Additionally, the notion that health can be “optimized” rather than fixed with a specific intervention (meds, procedures) is not what plans budget for or are designed to reimburse. we have been studying over a decade, 11 years to be exact to develop our system—you can only imagine how difficult it would be for a plan to manage wellness services that do not connect to a specific symptom, and instead aim for improved overall health. For us, learning about horomone therapy and the benefits of these tests and services was something that happened after medical school. Our approach is based on years of following prescription protocols and our patients sometimes not seeing positive results. We then decided to change the way we looked at the process, we decided to incorporate hormone testing and therapy, and for many patients the results have been very positive.
Do you take insurance?
We do not take insurance, not because we don’t want to, but because, traditional insurance companies do not cover our treatment. We wished all doctors followed our hormone testing and treatment system, and we wish plans reimbursed for this system, but as we have explained above that is not how plan-reimbursed healthcare works. Insurance is designed to fund the diagnosis and treatment of a specific condition or illness. Hormone testing and treatment system implementation is designed to evaluate hormone balance (which may or may not qualify as an “illness” and then balance the hormones towards optimizing health (which may or may not “treat” a specific symptom-it may be simply contributing to overall wellness). Plans are not designed to reimburse for these types of wellness services.
We recommend our partners Advance Care Credit. You can apply here and you may be approved to cover your care here at HTI.
How quickly can I get an appointment?
We are lucky in that our services are in high demand. We begin all new doctor patient relationships with asking each new prospective patient to complete a questionnaire to see if it is a good fit for both of us before scheduling an appointment. After completing this process, our appointments run about 3 weeks out.
Why is there a screening process?
We do have a screening process because we realize that our hormone testing and treatment process is not for everybody. Even though most people have a hormonal imbalance, we have found that only certain people want to do something about it. We want to work with those willing to change their lifestyle, reduce their stress levels, and also make dietary changes—there is no one magic cure to health challenges. We know that hormone testing and treatment can make a very positive difference, but, improved health involves a wide range of factors. Some patients are simply not ready to invest their personal and financial resources toward improved health. We’ve found that those patients looking for a quick fix or a prescription to fix the symptoms are not the right patients for us.
Has hormone therapy not worked?
Hormone therapy alone is not guaranteed to cure any disease or fix all or any symptoms. It may help a lot, but it may not. It all depends on what is meant by not worked. After completing hormone therapy, your body may reveal a deeper problem with a specific organ or system, however, at that point you will know which system needs to be reviewed. We always think hormone therapy is making a positive contribution toward overall health, but, it is not a miracle cure for all diseases or symptoms.
Do you see patients outside of Las Vegas?
Yes, we do. As a matter of fact, patients fly in from several states as well as a couple of countries to have Dr. Wells help them.