Endocrinology is the study of the endocrine system and its glands – the adrenals, pancreas, ovaries, gonads, thyroid, pituitary, and hypothalamus – often referred to under the blanket term of ‘hormones’. These glands secrete hormones and communicate and regulate through feedback systems. When one of these glands is overworked, it effects all the others. The traditional western medical model seeks to correct imbalances in this system by replacing, suppressing, or supporting the dysfunction through pharmaceutical agents or hormone replacement; however, this approach often incurs side effects.
Currently, bio-identical hormones are in popular use as practitioners attempt to regulate imbalances that pervade the population due to adrenal fatigue occurring from years of unremitting stress. While adding bio-identical hormones to a depressed system may appear to bring balance initially, the presence of these hormones will signal the glands that they no longer have any need to produce them, which encourages those glands to further shut down and potentially atrophy. (An example of this is Addison’s syndrome, the complete shut down of the adrenal glands due to excessive steroid use –as John F. Kennedy experienced from steroid administration for back pain.)
Through a simple series of salivary or urine lab tests, Functional Endocrinology can identify fluctuations in your endocrine system that will not be evident in testing based on the standard health care model. These fluctuations can be early signs of disease and may lead to pathologies down the road. Functional endocrinology systematically addresses this core regulatory system and helps restore its balanced regulation naturally using condensed food and herbal supplementation, diet,exercise, lifestyle coaching, and acupuncture.