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Why Weight-Loss Plateau’s happen…and what you can do about it


Ever Wonder Why You Can’t Lose Weight…

Even When You Do Everything Right?

Maybe You’re Trying Too Hard!

Finally, Here Are The Facts You Need To Melt The Fat…Once And For All!

   It’s frustrating…maddeningly frustrating. You’ve sworn that this time it’s going to be different. You’re meticulously counting your calories. You’re following your exercise routine strictly. You’re not cheating with binges.

Yet the mirror and scale aren’t lying

   The numbers on the scale aren’t budging. And the image you see in the mirror is so far from being “beach ready” that it’s almost funny…if it weren’t so depressing.

   In spite of heroic, almost super-human effort, you’re stuck in neutral. The pounds stubbornly cling, as does the fat…especially around your mid-section, the area where you least want it.

   In desperation, you may be tempted to do what all-too-many people do: double and even triple your efforts. Crank up the exercise intensity, slash calories even further to the bone, and make sure your already bland menu is even more spartan and miserable.

But more sacrifice IS NOT the answer

   It may seem quite counter-intuitive that re-doubling your efforts may backfire. But that’s what most people discover the hard way. When hard work, tons of sweat and iron-like self-discipline are not showing the results that were promised, the reaction is usually a combination of depression, frustration, anger…and a decision to try even harder.

   But before you go from running a few miles every other day to training for a marathon, and following some radical diets (The Elimination Diet, Vegan, Adkins, Paleo, Gluten-free, Pritkin, Master Cleanse, The Raw Diet, Fruitarian and Elizabeth diets, etc.), save yourself the effort by remembering two simple words…

WATER RETENTION

   Think about this. How in the world could you practically starve yourself and exercise until you drop – and still not lose weight and fat? Why, why, why?

   To answer that, consider how your body reacts to a restricted calorie regime. Normally, after beginning a serious dietary effort, the pounds come off for the first few weeks. Some of this is fat, but the mirror doesn’t reflect that, due to the increased water retention that occurs when dieting. Then, seemingly without warning, the weight drops in spurts, at times overnight.

   The explanation of this paradox is really rather simple. When calorie restriction begins, the body retains water. As we lose more fat, we hold more water. When there is an increase in calorie intake, often due to a “cheat day” in which the dieter resumes a normal eating pattern, the pounds finally drop.

   This is due to the adrenal gland releasing cortisol, the so-called “stress hormone” as a response to the stress of a dramatic drop in calorie intake. Also, many people trying to lose weight exercise far longer than normal, which kicks in an even greater amount of cortisol release. In other words, too much stress, too quick. This sets the stage for the body to retain water in excess amounts.

   Now, when the “re-feeding day” occurs, cortisol levels plummet…and the pounds finally drop. This is the logical, scientific explanation for this strange phenomena. And it also tells us in simple terms exactly why starvation diets and hours and hours of exercise don’t immediately reward you with rapid weight-loss.

   But there is one more piece to ad to the puzzle: the role of sodium. To further elaborate, let’s turn to professional athletes, for whom cutting weight is a tool of the trade.

An example from the sporting world

   Many athletes in the fitness world have become adept at manipulating the fluid balance in their bodies. In particular, competitive bodybuilders and combat athletes (wrestlers, boxers and mixed-martial artists) know how to take weight off quickly, and add it back even quicker.

   Bodybuilders need this ability to stand on the stage “ripped”, which is defined as having very low body-fat, in order to look larger and more muscular. Combat athletes need this knowledge to weigh-in at the limit of the weight division they complete in.

   Some ways of doing this are dangerous. But by relying on fluid, carbohydrate and sodium intake for short periods of time, weight can be lost and/or gained safely. Here is a simple formula that many athletes use:

  • Eight days away from the competition: double water intake, which leads to an increase in urinary fluid loss and water conservation in the body. Stay with this for two days

  • Six days away from the competition: double water intake again. At this point, you are imbibing more than four times the normal intake of water. This stimulates more water loss. Also, carbohydrates are restricted to 50-100 grams daily, and sodium intake is increased by adding a small amount of salt to drinking water. This routine continues for four days

  • Two days away from the competition: water intake is slashed four-fold. For example, you were consuming two gallons of water daily, drop it to one-half gallon. At this point, your body is used to excreting large amounts of fluid, and it takes awhile to adjust. The result? The sudden drop produces a negative water balance. Essentially, you’re dehydrating your body by forcing it to lose water in greater amounts than you’re taking in. Also, increase carbohydrate to 200-400 grams per day, which will flood the muscles with stored glycogen and draw water into the intracellular spaces. This gives a muscular and leaner look at the same time. Finally, avoid all sodium. Cut all salt out of your diet and avoid all foods high in sodium. Similar to the water manipulation described above, your body had become accustomed to excreting large amounts of sodium and will keep doing it, which results in more sodium leaving the body than coming in

  • One day from competition: cut water intake in half once again, maintain increased carbohydrate intake and keep sodium as low as possible

  • Competition day: avoid water until after the weigh-in, then refuel with water, sodium and carbohydrates

What this means to the average person

   Most people will never be faced with the need to dramatically lose weight quickly, then gain it back. But hopefully, this explanation of the process will deepen your knowledge of the science of weight loss. To summarize, remember these four simple rules for reducing water retention:

  1. Never attempt a starvation diet. If you dramatically slash your calorie intake, the result will be most unpleasant: water retention, which, as you now know, will sabotage your weight-loss plans. Keep your calorie restriction to approximately 20-25% of normal when you are trying to lose weight

  2. You don’t need to put in hours and hours of excise every day. At first glance, this seems contradictory. More exertion = more weight loss, right? WRONG! Too much exercise will pump huge amounts of cortisol into your system, which will increase water retention, thus creating another obstacle to weight-loss. Stay active, but don’t overdo it, and don’t feel guilty about taking a day off to rest and recover

  3. Have a “cheat day” or “re-feeding day”, when you eat just about anything you want. This is not a green light to go berserk and attack every doughnut shop in town. Let common sense prevail, and don’t go overboard. But as mentioned earlier, raising your calorie intake will relieve stress, lower cortisol and result in a few pounds coming off. This seems implausible, but the science is there. Just try it…it works

  4. Monitor your sodium and potassium intake. Never forget that sodium is a mineral that loads up the cells with water. Therefore, it is obvious that excess sodium intake will result in water retention. Want proof? After being super-strict with your diet, hit a restaurant for a huge, salt-loaded meal and get on the scales the next day. Potassium works exactly opposite, as it lowers the fluid level of your cells. Sodium pumps it in, potassium pumps it out. Be constantly aware of your sodium/potassium ratio, since most folks consume far more sodium than potassium…and most people are overweight. Don’t follow the crowd!

   Losing wait is never easy. But the way all-too-many people attempt it makes a difficult task nearly impossible. However, now that you are armed with the knowledge of the science behind weight-loss, you will be able to avoid the landmines that snag so many, take the pounds and inches off…and keep them off!

The Thyroid Gland: An Unsung Hero


   Football is a team sport, and all of the players must perform at their peaks for the team to succeed, regardless of their positions. But there are two indisputable facts about the importance of those roles.

   First, the highly skilled players on the offense (quarterbacks, running backs and pass receivers) get the most publicity, and are considered the “glory players”, since they put points on the board.

   But many experienced football coaches and fans know that the game is decided “in the trenches”, by the performance of both the offensive and defensive linemen. Without the blocking and tackling that goes on, mostly unnoticed, every single time the ball is snapped, there could be no exciting, spectacular plays. This leads to two other conclusions:

  • When the linemen block efficiently, opening up huge holes for the running backs, and protecting the quarterback, their team usually wins. Yet the linemen remain anonymous

  • When the linemen are mentioned on the news, all-too-often it is a result of a penalty they committed at a crucial time. In other words, they aren’t appreciated when they do their job. When they don’t, they catch hell, since so many things go wrong

This also applies to the Thyroid Gland

   Think about it. How many of us even know how important the thyroid gland is, or how much work it does? Perhaps it’s time to take a detailed look at this remarkable gland to appreciate all of the vitally important functions it performs, every minute of our existence.

   The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly, and resides in the throat, slightly below the Adam’s Apple. The thyroid is classified as an endocrine hormone, which means it produces hormones. In this case, the thyroid pumps out the hormones that regulate our metabolism.

   Metabolism is defined as “The chemical and physical processes that occur within the body to maintain life.” The thyroid regulates this by controlling the efficiency and speed at which our cells operate.

   The thyroid is, without a doubt, one of our most important glands…some would argue that it is THE MOST important, since thyroid hormones regulate many of the other hormonal glands. If the thyroid hormones are not secreted in precise amounts, our cells slow down in performing their life-preserving roles of synthesizing the proteins needed for cellular growth and removing waste.

   The thyroid gland is responsible for:

  • Insuring that our cells remain healthy, and use energy efficiently

  • Regulating our metabolism by controlling our body-fat levels and our bone makeup

  • Assisting our nervous system

  • Helping our cognitive ability by enhancing brain functions

  • When we’re young, it assists the production and release of growth hormone and allows us to grow

  • Regulating our body temperature

   When the thyroid is malfunctioning, a condition called hypothyroidism results, with several adverse, potentially serious side effects. Here are a few of them:

  • Fatigue

  • Dry Skin

  • Premature aging

  • Infertility

  • Constipation

  • Depression

  • Osteoporosis

  • Muscle weakness

  • Weight-gain

  • Decreased appetite

  • Diabetes

  • Cancer

  • Cognitive impairment

  • Hair loss

  • Intolerance to heat and cold

  • And more…many, many more. This parade of horrors just keeps on coming

   One of the hormones produced by the thyroid gland is called Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), also referred to as thyrotropin. It’s purpose is to manufacture the thyroid gland’s production of thyroxine (T4), which is crucial to regulating our energy metabolism. T4 is the main hormone produced by the thyroid gland. It’s function is to navigate through the blood to certain targeted cells, then convert to triiodothyronine (T3).

   T4 is not as active as T3. A good analogy is this: T4 delivers the instructions from the thyroid, then T3 gets to work to carry out the mission.

   In its free form, “free T3” is the more active form of the thyroid hormones. If your levels of T3 are scraping bottom, that’s exactly how you’ll feel. Many feel that free T3 should be the “gold-standard) of thyroid function, since it plays the end role in boosting your metabolism.

   When testing for thyroid functioning, physicians start with TSH. If the TSH number is high, it is an indication that the thyroid gland is working harder than normal, in an effort to maintain the correct level of thyroid hormone. In the worst case scenario, this could be a precursor to a heart attack, or other types of coronary artery problems called sub-clinical hypothyroidism (SCH).

   Thyroid hormones work in a circular, feedback method. The hypothalamus gland manufactures thyroid-releasing hormone (TRH), and the pituitary gland produces TSH. When the “engine’ is humming along and fine-tuned, your levels of the hormone rise to what is needed, then the production stops. T3 and T4 are in perfect balance.

   T3 and T4 are the two vital hormones that regulate all of the cells in the body. But their precise, fragile balance can be upset. Here are a few things that can cause imbalance between these hormones:

  • Nutrition. As with so many health problems, much of the trouble begins with what you eat. Luckily, in spite of the mountains of conflicting ill-advised nutritional guidelines endlessly touted by Internet “foodies” and government agencies, common sense rules. Bad fats, bad carbs, junk food, fast food, processed food, artificial sweeteners and anything loaded with preservatives and chemicals must be kept to a minimum – or better still, avoid them completely. Eat smart, and be tough about the junk. Soy and gluten can also cause problems for some people. Finally, make sure to get a sufficient amount of iodine in your diet. Without it, your thyroid will not have enough of the raw materials necessary to produce the thyroid hormones you need

  • Stress. A certain amount of stress is inevitable, and can actually be beneficial. But excess, chronic stress is devastating to your body in many ways…including your thyroid. Exercise, meditation, sports and hobbies are common stress-busters. But whatever works for you is great. Don’t ignore stress. Be aware of when it is getting out-of-control, and deal with it

  • Too much exercise. Working out and staying active is a great stress-buster, as was mentioned above. But over-training can present its own problems. Over-training can cause hormone depletion, over-stress and damage your bones, weaken your immune system, flood your body with cortisol (“the stress hormone”), slow your healing processes down to a crawl, and leave you feeling “burnt out”. If you are new to exercise, start slow and listen to your body. Don’t be afraid to get sufficient rest, and at times take a break if your body is sending signals that scream “slow down”

  • Toxins in the environment. This is especially problematic, since many of these chemicals that are capable of wreaking havoc on your thyroid are disguised in everyday items found in your kitchen and bathroom. Chlorine, fluoride and bromine are antagonistic to your iodine receptors, and are found just about anywhere and everywhere: flours, bakery items, plastic, hot tub treatments, the water that flows from your kitchen faucet, and many more seemingly harmless objects. The key is to educate yourself on the ingredients in what you have in your house, and when possible replace them with products that contain safer components

   To better understand the importance of the thyroid, consider the lint trap in your dryer. Without a lint trap, huge amounts of lint would accumulate in the dryer vent hose, with several bad consequences: lowering the dryer’s efficiency, which shortens it’s life span, and bumps up the risk of fire.

   The thyroid gland also mimics the air filter in your furnace. When it’s clogged, the flow of warm air is impeded. As a result, the furnace will be forced to work longer and harder to keep keep the temperature where you want it. This can increase your gas bill, as well as eventually wear out your furnace.

   Earlier, the term sub-clinical hypothyroidism was mentioned. This refers to the gray area where the TSH is elevated and the thyroid is operating lower than it should, yet not so low as to cause the patient to be diagnosed with hypothyroidism. There may be a few symptoms of the condition, but they are very subtle. To make matters worse, many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism are the same symptoms that result from natural aging. This is why they are often overlooked.

   The definition of SCH is “a condition where TSH levels are elevated, but thyroxine levels fall within the normal range.” This condition has been linked to coronary artery disease (CAD), which dramatically increases the risk of heart attack, blockage of the arteries and chest pain (angina).

   There are two common treatment approaches. Many people have benefited from beginning their treatment with a natural thyroid product like Armour Desiccated Thyroid. There is also a newer pharmaceutical prescription known as Synthroid. Do not hesitate to study the advantages and side effects of both approaches, and discuss this with your endocrinologist.

   Treatment is tricky, since a fine line must be drawn. Over-treatment can cause more harm than benefits with many possible side effects: bone weakness that could lead to the dreaded osteoporosis, muscle weakness, abnormal heartbeat, nausea, and this – “other unusual medical events”. This last quote was copied off the synthroid web page.

   One the other hand, under-treatment could allow several problems that are under-the-surface to grow into serious issues, since you will not have enough medication to deal with your hypothyroidism.

What you can do to keep your thyroid functioning at its best

   To sum up, after reading the above information, hopefully you’re convinced that the thyroid deserves the best treatment you can give it. Here are some ideas to keep in mind. Some of them have already been mentioned, but a good review will tie things together:

  • Eat smart. Hi-octane nutrition (fresh vegetables and fruits, lean protein healthy fats, “good” carbs and adequate hydration) is a great place to start

  • Get off the couch with the right physical fitness routine. Not too little, and not too much. Strive for a balance between strength, cardiovascular endurance training, flexibility and balance. All are important

  • Control stress. There are many ways of doing this. What’s the best way for you? The way that you enjoy, and will continue to follow. Please don’t neglect this

  • Avoid environmental toxins. Read labels, and research. This also includes medications as well

  • Get medical help. If you have any of the symptoms of hypothyroidism mentioned above, contact your physician and get your thyroid tested. If needed, consider medication, and discuss this in detail with your health-care provider

When you begin a hormone replacement therapy regime at our clinic, we will maintain constant surveillance of all of your important glands, including the thyroid.

Remember, the thyroid gland is your “offensive line” for your path to good health. Set the right environment for it to do its job.

What you need to know about the Hypothalamus Gland


The small gland that does such a huge job

   When considering Human Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy, the first gland that comes to mind is the pituitary gland. This is due to the fact that the pituitary is the gland responsible for producing and secreting growth hormone.

   But all of the other glands in the body play vital roles as well. In fact, most glands work as a team, in the correct balance. Growth hormone replacement therapy can help to maintain that all-important balance. Here’s a look at the vitally important hypothalamus gland.

   The hypothalamus acts as an internal regulator of many bodily functions, such as the electrode and fluid ratio, body weight and blood pressure. It receives feedback from the body, and makes the necessary adjustments to keep these functions in the correct balance.

   A good way to look at the hypothalamus is to envision it as a “command message center”, acting as a link between the brain and the pituitary, adrenals and other organs by delivering the brain’s signals. For a more precise, scientific explanation, the hypothalamus is a link between the central nervous system and the endocrine system. The body temperature, energy levels and circadian rhythm are all in balance as a direct result of the hypothalamus.

   For example, imagine that the brain receives a danger signal, or stimulus. Immediately, the signal is sent to the hypothalamus, which then sends out corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH). This hormone’s main function is to act as the hypothalamus glands’ message service to the pituitary gland. This results in the pituitary firing up adrenocrticotropic hormone (ACTH), which causes the adrenal glands to make cortisol, the so-called “stress hormone”. Through a series of complex chemical interactions, cortisol kicks in the body’s “fight-or-flight” mode, and prepares us to deal with the danger.

   This is done due to the many functions of cortisol. This hormone is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, and prevents bleeding by drawing in the blood from the surface and delivering it to the muscles.

   At some point, the cortisol reaches the needed level, and the signal goes back to the hypothalamus to “switch off”. This is merely one of the life-saving roles that this tiny yet powerful hypothalamus gland plays. Here are several others: the hypothalamus gland:

  • Signals thirst and hunger

  • Helps to stabilize mood

  • Regulates libido

  • Assists with metabolism and growth

  • Regulates fluid and electrolyte balance, body weight, body temperature and blood pressure

  • Makes constant adjustments if any of these delicate balances are out-of-whack

  • Influences sleep cycles

The gland is located above the pituitary gland and the brain stem (medulla oblongata) and below the thalamus gland.

A small but mighty engine

   If all of the above functions weren’t enough, the hypothalamus has still more roles. In addition to the corticotropin-releasing hormone mentioned earlier, there are several more hormones secreted by the hypothlamus gland:

  • Oxytocin. Also known as “the love hormone” and “the cuddle hormone”, oxytocin is the hormone most responsible for cooperation and bonding, as well as processing social information. One fascinating fact: oxytocin is antagonistic to the powerful male hormone testosterone. But the two different hormones need each other. Testosterone is great for aggression as needed (in serious competition), and oxytocin, which is great for when the day is done, the (“hunt”) is over and it’s time to calm down, switch off the aggression and return to the family. Men will quite often have higher levels of testosterone than oxytocin. But a healthy hypothalamus will strive to keep oxytocin levels adequate

  • Vasopressin, also known as Anti-diuretic hormone(ADH). This hormone’s task is to retain sufficient levels of water in the body. Vasopressin swings into action when the body is suffering from dehydration. It this by slowing down the kidneys to reduce the flow of urine. In large amounts, vasopressin can also increase blood pressure by causing moderate vasoconstriction (the narrowing of blood vessels as a result of tightening their walls), thus conserving more bodily fluid. Also, some users of vasopressin analogues (compounds of related molecular constructions) report brain-boosting benefits, and consider vasopressin a nootropic (smart drugs and cognitive enhancers). Many have claimed rapid, temporary improvements in writing, speaking, memory and over-all mental clarity when faced with a need for peak mental performance, such as giving a speech or taking an exam

  • Prolactin-releasing hormone (PRH). As the name of this hormone implies, it releases Prolactin (PRL). Prolactin stimulates production and secretion of milk, and also plays a vital role in motherhood by raising levels of oxytocin, which develops a heightened degree of sensitivity and allows deep bonding between mother and baby

  • Thytropin-releasing hormone (TRH). This hormone stimulates the release of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). This hormone is produced in the hypothalamus and released, then moves through the median eminence to the pituitary gland, where it begins to secrete Thyroid Stimulating Hormone to balance the levels of Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3). These two hormones are key internal regulators of the body, and perform a wide array of functions

  • Growth hormone-releasing hormone (GH-RH). This important hormone stimulates the release of growth hormone, which is the building-block of the human body. Growth hormone is responsible for building muscle tissue, rejuvenating cells, maintaining optimal mental function, easing joint aches and pains, and sending energy shooting through the body

  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). This hormone is released by the hypothalamus into small blood vessels to the pituitary gland, where it produces two other hormones: Follicle-stimulating hormone and Luteinizing hormone. These hormones flow into general circulation and act directly on the testes and ovaries to initiate and maintain their reproductive functions. As with other hormones, the level of both these substances is a delicate balance: too low levels will prevent a child from developing through puberty. Too high levels will result in a condition called pituitary adenomas (tumors). Fortunately, this rarely occurs

Problems with the hypothalamus

   A severe injury to the head can result in Hypothalamic Disease. Also, several other causes such as radiation, infection, malnutrition, surgery and brain tumors all can result in a damaged hypothalamus. Due to the proximity of the hypothalamus to several other glands, injury to the gland can have a large number of adverse effects. Worse, it can be challenging for physicians to determine if the cause of the problems originate in the hypothalamus or the pituitary gland.

   Women undergoing long-term hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may experience their estrogen receptors breaking down in the hypothalamus, leaving them more vulnerable to cancer. Exercise seems to offer the best prevention against this problem.

   Fortunately, hormone blood tests are effective, and point the doctors in the right direction. When undergoing hormone replacement therapy at our clinic, we will constantly monitor this all-important gland.

   As you can see, the hypothalamus is indeed “a small but mighty engine”. This gland plays a role in so many of the body’s internal functions that it is tempting to ask: “what happens in the body that this gland does not have a hand in?” The answer: “Not much”!

Recent Study Confirms: Testosterone DOES NOT Increase Heart Attack Risk!


Scientific evidence backs up what millions of men already knew

   You’ve heard the drumbeat of advertisements on the radio, and seen the incessant commercial interruptions on television from law firms. The familiar refrain goes something like this “If you or your loved one has suffered a heart attack, stroke, or any adverse side effect as a result of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), contact our law firm at…”

   The implication is clear. Testosterone, when given to elderly men in an effort to combat the debilitating effects of aging, is dangerous…and at times, even fatal. Certainly not something to be taken lightly. In fact, after hearing enough warnings, it may seem like no one should ever undergo such treatment.

   If that weren’t bad enough, many men have been refused TRT by their own physicians. This refusal was then followed by a verbal lecture (at times, more like a scolding) that went something like “At this time, we just don’t understand the risks”, or “more research is needed”.

   Similar to a few doctors who have been saying for 50 years that “vitamin supplements are useless” (in spite of mountains of evidence to the contrary), you may suspect that you will hearing the same thing about testosterone replacement 50 years from now…long after you’re gone. To put it bluntly, you don’t have another 50 years to wait.

But now there is scientific evidence to prove that TRT is safe

   Fortunately, a recent multi-year study demonstrated the health benefits of testosterone for protecting men ages between 58 to 78 from the ravages of heart disease and stroke. These finding flew directly in the face of previous notions that insisted testosterone increased health risks for those problems…undoubtedly, much to the chagrin of the law firms looking to cash in.

   The study was conducted by a research team from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The team studied 755 male patients, ranging from 58-78 years, who suffered from serious coronary artery disease, which is the most common type of cardiovascular disease. In addition, the men also suffered from low testosterone levels.

   The patients were divided into three separate groups. Each group received different doses of testosterone, administered intravenously or by gel. At the end of the first year, 64 patients who were given placebos suffered serious adverse cardiovascular events. By contrast, merely 12 who took medium doses of testosterone and 9 who took high doses suffered the same life-threatening problems.

   After 3 years, 125 patients who had not received testosterone therapy experienced severe cardiovascular events, whereas only 38 medium-dose and 22 high-patients had the same problems. Subjects receiving testosterone as part of their follow-up treatment fared conclusively better than patients who had not been given testosterone supplementation. The non-testosterone-therapy patients were an astonishing 80 percent more likely to suffer an adverse event.

   The methods of the study were observational — admittedly, one of the weakest kinds of scientific research — but its authors concluded that the results should lead to more rigorous trials on testosterone therapy in the future.

   The new Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute study corroborates the findings of a 2015 Intermountain study, which found that taking supplemental testosterone didn’t increase the risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke for men who had low testosterone levels and no prior history of heart disease.

   These studies refute prior research suggesting that testosterone replacement therapy can increase the risk of cardiovascular problems. Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required manufacturers of all approved testosterone products to add labels outlining the danger.

   Dr Brent Muhlestein, co-director of cardiovascular research at the Intermountain Medical Center said: “The study shows using replacement therapy to increase testosterone to normal levels in androgen-deficient men doesn’t increase their risk of a serious heart attack or stroke. He added: “That was the case even in the highest-risk men: those with known pre-existing heart disease.”

   A randomized clinical trial was now needed to clarify the picture, he said.

   Dr Muhlestein added: ” The FDA’s warning was based on the best clinical information available at the time. As further information, like our research, becomes available – and especially after a large randomised clinical outcomes trial can be accomplished – hopefully the FDA will be able to change its warning.”

   “Although this study indicates that hypo-androgenic men with coronary artery disease might actually be protected by testosterone replacement, this is an observational study that doesn’t provide enough evidence to justify changing treatment recommendations,” said Dr. Muhlestein. “It does, however, substantiate the need for a randomized clinical trial that can confirm or refute the results of this study.”

   In addition to Muhlestein, other researchers involved in the study were Tami L. Bair, RN; Heidi L. May, PhD; Viet Le, PA; Donald L. Lappé, MD; and Jeffrey L. Anderson, MD.

   The Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute consists of clinical and research professionals who aim to advance cardiovascular treatment. Intermountain Medical Center is the flagship facility for the Intermountain Healthcare system.

   The findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 65th annual scientific session in Chicago.

   Previous research has found that testosterone replacement treatments may also help men over-65 walk quicker and reduce depression. The findings provide evidence that a ‘male menopause’ may strike men as they age, with dropping levels of testosterone affecting their mood and sexual drive.

   Some experts think that similar to women, a drop in male sex hormones may be responsible for many of the problems men experience in later life, including fatigue and mood changes. They insist it is not necessary for men to suffer as they get older, and should have access to hormone replacement therapy HRT) in the same way that women are able to receive HRT as they endure menopause.

   But the theory is controversial, with many scientists arguing that a gradual decline in testosterone levels is a natural and healthy part of aging – and does not require artificial treatments. There have been concerns about testosterone therapy increasing the risk for coronary events, including warnings added to labels about the increased risk.

   Another study found that treating over-65s with testosterone gels for a year increased their testosterone levels to that expected in a man of 30. This did not improve their energy, but did improve their mood and depressive symptoms.

   As an added bonus, sexual drive, sexual frequency, and the distance they could walk in six minutes also increased.

   The take-away? Don’t let the fear of adverse side effects deter you from contacting our clinic. We have the know-how, experience and desire to guide you along the path of fighting old man aging with as many weapons as possible. This may include testosterone replacement therapy.

   Contact us. After we’re sure that testosterone therapy can be administered to you safely, we can begin to turn back the aging clock. Working as a team, nothing can hold us back. Let’s get going!

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Sermorelin: Frequently Asked Questions


What is Sermorelin?

   Sermorelin is a synthetic drug derived from Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone (GH-RH). GH-RH is the hormone that produces Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Although a synthetic hormone, sermorelin is structurally identical to GH-RH. GH-RH operates as a chemical messenger that signals the pituitary gland to send more growth hormone to be delivered to the body. GH-RH is secreted by the hypothalamus gland.

   Sermorelin contains the same 44 peptides proteins that are in GH-RH, and scientists have proven that sermorelin has the same effect on the body as GH-RH: promoting additional amounts of HGH from the pituitary gland.

Why should I consider using Sermorelin?

   Great question, and a simple answer. Growth hormone is so important to our overall health. Human growth hormone is responsible for the explosive growth seen in puberty and teenage years. Want proof? Consider the fact that children who suffer from low levels of growth hormone grow at a much slower rate than normal, and fail to attain the size of their peers. When we reach the end of adolescence and are at our final adult height, the epiphyseal plates of our long bones are sealed, and our levels of growth hormone drop, since the body no longer feels the need for HGH to perform its intended function.

But we still need adequate levels of growth hormone to stay at a high level of physical and mental conditioning, as well as keeping our energy levels high and all systems in our bodies functioning at optimum levels.

When we reach full growth, do we still need growth hormone?

   The answer is a loud, resounding “YES”! Here’s why. When the level of growth hormone secreted by the pituitary gland slows down, the aging process accelerates…with its parade of debilitating health problems:

  • Increasing muscle weakness and loss of muscular tone and strength

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Ever-annoying joint aches and pains

  • Brain fog and inability to concentrate

  • Stiffness of muscles and joints, with a maddening loss of flexibility

  • Dry, weathered skin, with wrinkles making an unwanted appearance

  • Increasing difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep

  • The pounds pile on, resulting in increased layers of disease producing blubber, especially in areas least desired

  • More frequent colds, influenza and other afflictions due to a weakened immune system

  • And more…many many more, too numerous to list

   The scientific reason behind this is simple. At age 20, the pituitary gland’s production of growth hormone is approximately 500 micrograms daily. Unfortunately, a decade later, the level of HGH produced begins to drop at a rate of (on average) one percent per year, or ten percent per decade.

   Do the math. By age 80, our levels of human growth hormone have dropped to about ONE-HALF of what they were at age 30! It’s no co-incidence that 80-year old people suffer far more afflictions that younger people…and the lack of HGH is one of the main causes of this regrettable condition.

   Numerous studies have concluded that by age 80, the pituitary gland pumps out a mere 60 micrograms of HGH…or even less. To fully appreciate the magnitude of this loss, compare that to the standard measurement for low growth hormone levels which is considered to be 200 micrograms. The pituitary gland isn’t just slowing down…it’s went on strike!

   As mentioned earlier, this “work slowdown” begins around age 30, and gets progressively worse…unless you do something about it. This is why you need to consider the benefits of sermorelin

What are the benefits of Sermorelin?

   To answer that, let’s go back in time. Remember those teenage years, when you could eat just about anything you wanted, then fall into a deep, restorative sleep…and wake up in the morning and still be able to see your abdominal muscles (“abs”)? Or have the ability to process information and solve problems with laser-like precision? Or have enough energy to do what you wanted, when you wanted, with no thoughts of “slowing down to rest” or “taking a breather”?

   For all-too-many aging folks, these days are long-ago, in the far distant rear-view mirror. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Sermorelin may not be able to take you all the way back to those days, and most people wouldn’t want that, even if they could attain it.

But sermorelin can work wonders when it comes to reversing the debilitating conditions listed above. For example, sermorelin replacement therapy can…

  • Awaken your long-slumbering muscles, and surprise you when your strength comes roaring back. This happens in two ways. First, even if you don’t exercise, added growth hormone zooms through your body while you sleep, giving your internal organs the energy they need to strengthen your muscles. Second, you will, perhaps for the first time in years, actually feel like working out! This creates a great feedback loop: more stamina = more exercise = more weight loss

  • Skyrocket your energy levels, and stomp out constant fatigue

  • Ease the pains, aches and creakiness of your joints

  • Zap your brain fog, and make you want to keep your brain active. As an added benefit, this will make fighting the dreaded Alzheimer’s Disease much easier, and give you reason and the willpower to do it

  • Move easier, with more fluidity and flexibility

  • Watch your skin regain much of its youthful glow. This is a result of the role growth hormone plays in preserving the intracellular fluid that connects most of the cells throughout the body. This fluid allows our cells to make and share the building blocks of life. By boosting this fluid, sermorelin plays a vital role in the health of the skin. The skin is our first line of defense against the elements, and suffers tons of abuse. When the muscles of the face weaken, the result is sagging, lines and wrinkles. By strengthening the muscles just below the skin of the face, the wrinkes and lines evaporate, due to being stretched out of existence

  • Finally find it easier to fall into a deep, restorative and uninterrupted sleep

  • Watch the pounds drop, as the fat and inches melt away

  • Get far more benefit from your exercise routine

  • Enjoy the return of your old, optimistic way of life

  • Bask in the security of an “iron-clad” immune system, strengthened by Sermorelin

  • Lower cholesterol. Low growth hormone levels can result in a slow metabolism, which causes numerous problems like elevated cholesterol. This can lead to severe health conditions (i.e., heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular disease, etc.), which can be avoided by restoring your HGH levels

  • Give you “bones of steel”. Another devastating consequence of aging and accompanying low growth hormone levels is the dreaded disease that afflicts so many older folks: osteoporosis. High growth hormone levels give you the protection you need to ward off this nightmare by promoting calcium retention

  • And, as a result of all of the above benefits, regain your zest for life. Feel better, think better, look better and BE BETTER

   All of these changes occur as a result of sermorelin ramping up your pituitary gland’s natural ability to blast out more growth hormone. As mentioned earlier, when the level of human growth hormone drops due to aging, the body suffers immeasurably, in a wide array of weaknesses and illnesses. Restoring your hormone balance will restore the functioning of your organs to optimum levels, and allow them to begin attacking the adverse conditions resulting from aging.

   Also, sermorelin cranks up the liver’s output of Insulin-Like Growth factor One (IFG-1). This is accomplished by the increase in growth hormone secreted by the pituitary that makes its way to the liver. The liver then produces more IGF-1. Why is this important?

   For the same reasons that restoring growth hormone levels are important. IGF-1 is particularly important for conditioning, since it boosts lean muscle mass and blowtorches fat. IGF-1 accomplishes this by moving fat from the problem areas of the body (where it loves to accumulate) and breaking down adipose tissue for energy. This results in added stamina, causes your libido to explode, promotes neurogenesis (the birth of new neurons in the brain, which helps brain function), and speeds up recovery from injury.

   Still another benefit of sermorelin is the restoration and preservation of the hypothalmic axis (HPA), also known as the limbic-hypothalmic-pituitary-adrenal axis (LHPA axis). This axis plays a vital role in maintaining the delicate balance between three endocrine glands: the hypothalamus, the pituitary and the adrenal.

   The relationship between these three glands regulates our reaction to stress, and controls many of our body’s functions: emotions, energy storage, digestion, and the immune system. The interaction of these glands is complex, but to keep it simple, the job of this axis is to keep your hormones at the exact levels needed.

   Similar to a thermostat, not too hot, not too cold. The axis raises the hormone levels to where they perform correctly, then switches them off. For example, if the hypothalmic axis is not functioning optimally, too much cortisol (“the stress hormone”) may be released, resulting in excess stress flooding the body. Then the adrenal gland is forced to work overtime, and may become exhausted. The result is constant fatigue.

   There are countless other examples of the importance of the hypothalmic axis, but the point should be well-taken: it’s continued smooth operation is so vital to your hormone balance. Sermorelin will protect the axis, and allow it to do its job as intended.

What is the difference between Sermorelin and Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy?

   Both sermorelin replacement therapy and human growth hormone replacement therapy work wonders when it comes to restoring youthful levels of HGH in the body. However, at times the body does not handle HGH as well as sermorelin. If excess levels of growth hormone are administered, natural HGH production by the pituitary gland may fall off. This may result in a period during which the body is unable to produce natural growth hormone levels…possibly for quite some time.

   Also, on rare occasions, growth hormone replacement therapy may result in side effects like arthritis and carpel tunnel syndrome. And, HGH replacement therapy may cause temporary blood sugar fluctuations due to rapidly rising or quickly lowering IGF-1 levels.

   But these side effects do not occur with sermorelin. This is due to sermorelin’s ability to coax the body into producing more natural growth hormone as a result of sermorelin therapy causing episodic production of human growth hormone. This is exactly the way the pituitary gland secretes the hormone.

   As you can see, as effective as growth hormone replacement therapy is, it may not be the most expeditious method to restore growth hormone levels.

   The only downside to choosing sermorelin over growth hormone is that it takes somewhat longer to see the results of the therapy. This is due to an injection of HGH pumping high levels of the hormone into the body quickly, and it continues at a faster pace than when the body produces its own growth hormone. But many feel that the lower risks of side effects is well-worth the wait.

Why should I choose sermorelin over HGH Replacement Therapy?

   As mentioned earlier, they both have the proven, demonstrated ability to restore your long-depleted growth hormone back to its youthful levels, with all the attending benefits. But sermorelin has a few advantages:

  • Sermorelin is safer than HGH, since the body regulates sermorelin easier than pure human growth hormone. If the level of sermorelin in the body is a bit excessive, the pituitary gland will signal the hypothalamus gland to lower endogenous (having an internal cause or origin) manufacturing of Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone. Additionally, the hypothalamus gland produces somatostatins (hormones that are widely distributed throughout the body) that will reduce and monitor the amount of sermorelin or GH-RH that can be absorbed by the pituitary

  • Sermorelin produces a far more natural ebb-and-flow of growth hormone production that doesn’t occur with pure human growth hormone injections. HGH injection give the body a large blast of growth hormone, which then slowly recedes over several hours

  • By rousing the pituitary gland more naturally, sermorelin stimulates the hypophyseal portal system, a network of blood vessels which connect the front part of the pituitary with the hypothalamus, strengthening this all-important connection and allowing fast communication between these two glands

  • Finally, off-label use of sermorelin is not in violation of any federal, state or local laws. HGH Replacement Therapy, while certainly not illegal, has several more restrictions concerning its off-label usage

Does sermorelin need to be injected?

   Yes. Subcutaneous (under the skin) injection is currently the only method of delivering sermorelin. But this is quick, simple, painless and has advantages that you will read about below

Is Sermorelin safe?

   YES! Sermorelin is injected, not taken orally. The benefit of this is that the liver and kidneys are taken out of the equation, since they will not be involved in filtering sermorelin; it will be delivered directly to the pituitary gland. Also, sermorelin injections contain fewer amino acids. This is important because sermorelin is only needed in small amounts to obtain maximum benefits.

   Consequently, there is no reason to flood the body with huge amounts of amino acids, which may strain the already overworked liver and kidneys. These remarkable organs perform countless filtering duties, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-in and year-out. The liver and kidneys are all-too-often taken for granted, but if they stop, you stop! They do not need an additional burden, and injectable sermorelin will not add to their work load.

   However, there are some folks who should not undergo sermorelin replacement therapy. If you are pregnant, make sure you discuss this with your physician and get expressed, written permission. This is also true if you are nursing your baby.

   Cancer patients also need to exercise caution, since there exists the possibility, however slim, of excessive growth hormone levels causing the cancer to spread.

   Also, if you are using corticolsteriods (hydrocortizone, dexamethazone and prednisone), be aware that these may be effected by semorelin. Make sure to get clearance from your doctor. Another caution flag comes out if you are taking levothyroxine for hypothyroidism. Once again, discuss this with your personal physician

What about cost? Is sermorelin expensive?

   More good news: sermorelin therapy is approximately 10-15% cheaper than HGH replacement therapy. Also, a vial of sermorelin can last as long as 30 days, which is twice as long as growth hormone. Safe, beneficial results at half the cost!

What about dosage of Sermorelin?

   We will make a determination of the dosage you need, based upon your medical history, a physical exam, your family history and your blood work. We will provide continual monitoring while you are undergoing sermorelin replacement therapy, and you will be instructed to keep us informed of any and all symptoms.

   Sermorelin is most effective if administered prior to bedtime. This is vital, since growth hormone is naturally released while sleeping, and thus sermorelin is more effective when taken before sleep. It is advisable not to eat late at night, since sleeping on an empty stomach will help the circadian rhythm and allow the body to turn its full attention and resources to repair and regenerating, rather than digestion.

   And, if you miss a dose, don’t worry…it’s no big deal. Just resume your normal schedule the next night. There is no proven benefit for doubling-up dosage to make up the missed dose, so we don’t recommend doing it.

Why should I choose your clinic?

   Another great question, and an important one. Our clinic has decades of experience in administering growth hormone replacement therapy. We specialize in this area, and pride ourselves in being on the “cutting-edge” of all new developments and breakthroughs in this exciting field.

   We will protect you from the ever-increasing number of growth hormone scams that seem too good to be true. They seem that way for a reason…they are! Fake web pages with fantastic promises, dispensing pills, patches and sprays are a multi-pronged threat to your health, wealth and possibly your freedom. Many of these pages are selling impure products, manufactured under filthy, uncontrolled conditions, with virtually no safety measures.

   If that weren’t bad enough, these products are worthless, expensive and possibly illegal. Steer clear of this siren song by joining our team.

   Finally, we don’t use a “cookie-cutter” approach to your sermorelin therapy. You are a unique individual, and we recognize that. Your comprehensive program will include specific recommendations for nutrition, reducing stress, supplements and exercise in addition to your sermorelin regime. All of this will be designed for you and only you.

   Don’t waste another day. Let’s get going…NOW!

What you need to know about Statin Drugs


What you need to know about Statin Drugs

The Complete Story…How They Work…The Good and Bad

Once you have come to our clinic to begin Human Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy, we will immediately begin a holistic approach to attacking the ravages of aging and maintaining your good health. Our program is not limited to growth hormone (HGH) replacement therapy. Part of your treatment includes the latest research and methods of treating the wide array of potential health problems that you may be suffering from, as well as preventing future problems. This includes pharmaceutical drugs, such as statins, the most commonly prescribed cholesterol-fighting medicines.

The Problem

While there are many medical issues that are a source of disagreement among scientists, physicians and researchers, there is one topic that virtually everyone is agreement: high levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) cholesterol is a serious and potentially deadly risk to both your health and your life.

Elevated LDL cholesterol levels increase your risk for cardiovascular disease. This is due to LDL cholesterol from your blood barging into your arteries at ever-increasing amounts. When this happens, LDL is oxidized, which sets off a chain of events that eventually results in the formation and accumulation of atherosclerotic plaque, resulting in a condition called Atherolsclerosis.

Atherolsclerosis is a hardening of the arteries due to a build up of plaque on the inner walls, and often leads to heart attacks and strokes. The causes of this condition are the usual suspects in many other health problems: poor nutritional habits (too much junk food, processed food and sugar); genetics; sluggish thyroid; obesity and large-waist circumference; diabetes; smoking and lack of exercise (i.e., being a couch-potato).

Statins have become a popular choice to treat cholesterol problems, and for many, they are effective and often well-tolerated. Statins are one of the most frequently prescribed classes of drugs, and more than twenty-five percent of adults age 45 and older take statins.

How Do Statins Work?

Statins have been used primarily to treat high cholesterol. Statin drugs, like atorvastatin, pravastatin, and simvastatin, work by inhibiting a liver enzyme that is involved in the production of cholesterol. They are most effective at lowering levels of LDL cholesterol and may also contribute to increasing levels of High-density lipoprotein HDL (“the good cholesterol”).

In the most recent analysis of statins for primary prevention in patients who have not had a previous cardiovascular event, a 14 percent reduction in all-cause mortality and a 25% reduction in fatal plus non-fatal cardiovascular events was reported. However, the validity of these numbers has been questioned; some researchers have claimed that studies conducted by scientists without conflicts of interest did not find any reduction in cardiovascular events, in contrast to studies paid for by pharmaceutical companies. 

Like most medications, statins have both good and bad sides. In many cases, the benefits outweigh the risks. Here is some information about statins that will make you think beyond your cholesterol number.

The Good

Cholesterol is the single greatest risk factor for heart disease and a major risk factor in stroke and disease of the arteries. Statins reduce harmful cholesterol by slowing its production in the liver.

You may think of cholesterol as just a number, but using statins has other benefits to your cardiovascular system. Research has shown that statins may reduce the incidence of heart attack, stroke and death in people without cardiovascular disease. In fact, statins have a primary role in cardiovascular disease prevention. They’re proven to reduce heart attack and stroke by reducing harmful cholesterol which thickens arteries and increases risk of clots.

A review of 90,000 statin users by the Medical Research Council in Oxford and the University of Sydney concluded that risk of fatal heart attack or stroke fell by about a third. Benefits started immediately, increased the longer statins were taken and cholesterol continued to fall. The study reported statins are especially valuable to people at high risk of heart attack or stroke and also protect patients whose cholesterol was considered normal.

Additionally, statins have a few side effects that appear to be helpful, such as improving endothelial function (the balance between vasodilating and vasoconstricting substances produced by (or acting on) the endothelium, which controls platelet adhesion, coagulation and immune function) and reducing inflammatory markers.

Other studies have reached the same conclusion: statins save lives. Cardiovascular disease is the America’s biggest killer, causing approximately 610,000 deaths a year. It’s estimated that statin use has prevented thousands of heart attacks, strokes or deaths from cardiovascular disease. These drugs especially benefit those who have suffered heart attack or stroke, or have angina or peripheral arterial disease.

Statins have been tried and tested for 20 years. They’ve been in use for over a decade and most trials, involving tens of thousands of patients, continued for five years or more.

Researchers have investigated the potential health benefits of taking statins. There is evidence that statins may reduce the risk of:

  • Heart attack and death in people with heart disease regardless of cholesterol levels
  • Cardiovascular events and death in people who are at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease
  • Heart attack, stroke, and death in people with elevated levels of C-reactive protein, a sign of inflammation in the body
  • Cardiovascular events in women who have cardiovascular disease
  • Surgery to improve blood flow to the heart and unstable angina in women

Statins may also help lower blood pressure

The Bad

Larger doses of statin drugs are associated with greater likelihood of side effects, and additional risk factors such as other drugs, older age, diabetes and high triglycerides also increase the likelihood of adverse effects.

If your doctor prescribes statins, some common side effects that you may have include:

  • Nausea or diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Pruritus (Itchy skin)
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation

Serious possible side effects include:

Memory loss and confusion. Memory loss is reported by some, but the evidence is inconclusive. Therefore, the debate continues over whether statins may have damaging effects on brain function. Approximately 17 percent of patients who take a statin experience some mental confusion. Although this is not an extremely high level, it still is enough to warrant trying to lower high cholesterol levels with better nutrition and lifestyle changes.

Elevated blood sugar levels and increased risk of diabetes. It is now accepted that there is an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in statin users. One study reported a 9 percent increase in risk, another reported a 13 percent increase in risk. The reason for this is that statins appear to promote diabetes by interfering with insulin secretion by the beta cells of the pancreas and by lowering insulin sensitivity.

Liver damage. Taking statins can result in elevated liver enzymes, which is a sign of the liver working harder and may cause liver damage. This side effect has been reported by some statin users. However, once again, the evidence is inconclusive, since many people experience no liver problems while using statins.

Muscle pain or weakness. Some people who take statins develop muscle damage. In extreme cases, the body may release the protein myoglobin, which can cause kidney damage. The most common adverse effects of statins are myopathies (reduced muscle function), which may be caused by impaired energy production in the mitochondria of the muscle cells. These side effects include muscle pain (myalgia and myositis) and a severe breakdown of muscle called rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis can also lead to kidney and liver dysfunction. More serious muscle breakdown occurs rarely and is usually reversible on stopping the drug. In a small number of cases muscles can be severely damaged. Muscle damage caused by one statin, cerivastatin (Baycol) was severe and widespread enough (several hundred deaths) for it to be withdrawn from the market in 2001.

Cancer. There have been numerous scientific studies about the use of statins and the risk of cancer, but the evidence is conflicting.

Kidney damage. A study examining Canadian healthcare records for 2 million patients who had been newly prescribed a statin, and found an increase in the incidence of hospitalization for acute kidney injury during the first six months of statin use. This was worse with high potency statins in particular. Again, this is due to the increased chance of the body releasing the protein myoglobin, which can damage the kidneys and, as mentioned earlier, also can cause muscle pain

Due to the negative effects of statins on skeletal muscle, there is evidence that statins may also blunt the beneficial conditioning effects of aerobic exercise. The likelihood of muscular side effects depends on the dose of the statin, and these side effects are more prevalent in physically active patients

A team of researchers from Japan and the U.S. has compiled and described possible molecular mechanisms by which statins could actually accelerate heart disease. The authors make the argument that the abnormalities caused to the energy production machinery in skeletal muscle imply that heart muscle could be similarly damaged.

Cataracts. Previous studies that have looked at the link between statin use and cataracts have produced conflicting results. Some say there is an increased risk, others say there is not, and some show inconsistent associations. In light of this, doctors are urged to carefully consider the risks versus the benefits of statin use, especially for prevention. As with other side effects, further studies are needed

Women and statins. All agree that both sexes with heart disease should consider statins. But discussion continues over whether women at moderate risk of heart attack and stroke should take statins. Studies of men and women have shown a reduced risk with statins for both genders. However, the number of women participating was insufficient to produce definitive results. Until a large-scale trial assesses effectiveness in moderate risk women, statins should be avoided in most lower risk women. But for those at moderate risk, the drug should not be ruled out

In day-to-day living, these side effects can cause some users to have difficulty climbing stairs, suffer from constant fatigue and have sore muscles, especially after activity. These side effects must be noted If they persist or worsen, the drug dosage must be adjusted or the drug use may have to be stopped. However, this is not the case for most people taking statins.

The Bottom Line

If you have elevated cholesterol, changing your nutritional intake and getting off the couch should be your first course of action. Medication is unnecessary in most people who make the appropriate lifestyle changes. A nutrient-loaded choice of foods such as cruciferous vegetables, nuts, beans and berries work synergistically to bring LDL cholesterol down and restore the arteries back to good operation.

Clean, powerful nutrition has been found to have the ability to reduce cholesterol by 33 percent within two weeks. Unlike taking a statin while continuing poor eating habits, a diet based of vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, organic grass-fed meats and adequate water intake for proper hydration delivers multiple benefits: dramatically lowering your risk of heart disease, annihilating atherosclerotic plaque while causing cholesterol levels, blood pressure and inflammation to plummet. A healthy lifestyle of smart eating and the right fitness routine also gives your body the strength to ward off diabetes and cancer, and gives you an “iron-clad” immune system.

In addition, nutritional supplements are an important part of the equation. Statins are potentially toxic to the mitochondria because they may deplete the body’s levels of co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10), an important component of mitochondrial energy production. Cardiac muscle tissue is especially vulnerable to CoQ10 depletion because of its high energy demands. Our clinic will monitor your levels of this vital substance, and recommend supplementation as needed.

However, if, in spite of your positive lifestyle changes, your cholesterol levels stubbornly remain high, statin use may be warranted. In that case, the above information should allow you to make an informed decision.

Restoring your HGH levels is the key

By making the decision to slow down and potentially halt the aging process, you are aware that AGING ITSELF plays a huge role in all afflictions, including increased risk of heart attack, stroke and elevated cholesterol levels. You can choose to remove the cause or treat the symptom. Treating the symptom with statin drugs does not reverse heart disease and carries the risk of adverse effects.

Removing the cause with a medically-supervised growth hormone replacement therapy, combined with health-promoting nutrition, physical fitness and stress-reducing lifestyle changes will not only reduce cholesterol but also reduce blood pressure, heart disease and deliver strong protection against diabetes, dementia and cancer.

We have all bases covered. The whole program. A synergistic blend of hormone restoration to your youthful levels…the right nutritional plan…a fitness routine personalized for you…the latest advice on health-promoting supplements…and medical supervision of any condition that may require prescription drugs…we leave nothing to chance.

So give us the chance to deliver on our promise. Contact our clinic. Don’t waste another day. Contact us NOW!

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