Naturopath Hormone Balancing in Edmonton
TruMed Naturopaths offer Edmonton natural hormone balancing for Women's & Men's Health.
It has been a concern that a therapeutic modality recommended as an adjunct to healing and administered to promote proliferation of fibroblasts, epithelial cells and blood vessels in a wound could also lead to proliferation of malignant cells and angiogenesis in a malignant tumor. The first reported concern that hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) might have cancer growth enhancing effects appeared in a paper by Johnson and Lauchlan in 1966. In a series of patients treated with HBO2 radiosensitization, they reported a more frequent than expected incidence of metastases and an unusual pattern of metastases. The published literature from clinical reports, animal studies and cell culture studies are reviewed. Putative mechanisms whereby HBO2 could have carcinogenic effects are discussed. The processes of angiogenesis in wound healing and in cancer growth are compared and contrasted. In vitro, in vivo and clinical studies strongly suggest no more than a neutral effect of HBO2 on tumor growth. In fact some studies suggest a negative impact of HBO2 on malignant progression or formation. For angiogenesis, similarities in wound healing and cancer are striking but significant differences are found including the relative importance of angiogenic factors and the process of cessation of angiogenesis. Tumors that grow in hypoxic environments are more prone to metastases and more lethal to the patient. They are also more likely to mutate toward resistant genotypes. Discussion of postulated mechanisms of carcinogenesis including free radical and immunosuppressive effects points out why they are not likely to enhance or cause cancer growth or initiation. In conclusion, the published literature on tumor angiogenesis mechanisms and other possible mechanisms of cancer causation or accelerated growth provides little basis for HBO2 to enhance malignant growth or metastases. A history of malignancy should not be considered a contraindication for HBO2 therapy.
Naturopaths at TruMed
Dr Muradov, Dr Sumar and Dr Deol all focus on hormone balancing.
Dr. Muradov tends to use primarily herbs & vitamins to balance hormones.
Dr. Deol often uses Acupuncture to modulate hormones especially for Fertility.
Dr. Sumar often employs homeopathics for hormone balance in her Naturopath practice.
Salivary Hormone Testing is extremely helpful for a clinically relevant look at free hormone (unbound) levels active at the level of the tissues. Hormones in the bloodstream are usually bound to carrier proteins, and in this form the hormones are unable to act at their target tissues. Saliva testing measures the amount of hormone that's actually available to the target tissues – it's what we call the "the bio-available or free hormones"
Saliva testing is a non-invasive collection method where patients collect their samples with the convenience of at-home collection. Our Naturopaths have seen a lot of clinical applicability between what's seen on saliva hormone testing and what we see happening in our patients. Price wise saliva is reasonable - comprehensive testing is around $300.
Dried Urinary Hormones "DUTCH" Testing is the best way to measure adrenal and sex hormones (Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone) and their by-products providing our Naturopathic doctors a deep understanding your body’s hormone metabolism. It's new and can give great insight but can be costly - comprehensive testing is around $600.
Blood Hormone testing is the best way to look at the thyroid and allows us to see a few hormone parameters that are not available through Saliva or Blood (eg. FSH, LH). Our Naturopaths often switch to Blood hormone testing to communicate results to practitioners like your Medical Doctor. Blood based testing is the cheapest test method.
Our natural hormone treatments vary depending on your test results.
Cortisol - Many patients fear Cortisol, as it has a bad rap as a weight gain promoting stress hormone. It's a hormone released from the Adrenal glands and Cortisol is critical for energy production (increases blood levels of all fuel substrates - glucose, fatty & amino acids). Cortisol is involved in the entry of Active T3 Thyroid Hormone into cells and as such Cortisol is needed for proper Thyroid function and our Naturopaths often see co-existing Adrenal and Thyroid hormone issues in our Edmonton patients. We can accurately measure Cortisol hormone levels in Saliva or Urine.
DHEA - DHEA is, like Cortisol, is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands. Clinical trials have found that DHEA improves overall vitality, mood, energy level and libido and our Naturopathic Doctors have seen similar results in our Edmonton patients (which requires referral to a MD). DHEA hormone levels can drop along with cortisol levels in patients with Adrenal Fatigue and DHEA levels already decline with age.
Testosterone - Low testosterone can cause decreased sex drive, low energy, and depression in both Men and Women. Our Naturopaths always screen many of our male patients in Edmonton for Low Testosterone. Saliva hormone testing is one way to measure bio-available or "Free" Testosterone. Urine hormone testing is good for Testosterone and its metabolites especially in male or female acne and hair loss. Blood Testosterone testing is great for a cheap, fast, total testosterone level.
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