The human body has a set of intrinsic signals that send us messages about the current state of our bodies. This is particularly true when it comes to our hormonal levels and other hormone-related concerns.
In this episode, we are joined by Dr Sharzad Green, a practising pharmacist who specializes in menopause. For over 20 years, she has been providing private hormone consultations for patients concerned with various reproductive health problems like hormonal imbalance and perimenopause, menopause, andropause, and PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).
Listen to the whole podcast and discover the delicate balance of solving hormonal problems. Tune in and find out how Dr Green, through her experience, shaped the best method for prescribing what her patients need concerning their hormone-related issues.
Let's go through a brief rundown of this episode:
(1:21) How Dr Green's background as a pharmacist brought her to her current business in hormone consultations
(4:34) How private consultations via teleconferences work
(7:01) Saliva tests determine where you are in life in terms of the hormones you produce (i.e., perimenopausal, postmenopausal, etc.)
(9:10) The flashlight metaphor: Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands work overtime for an extended period and become less potent than they used to be.
(13:42) Menopause and adrenal fatigue syndrome often come hand in hand.
(15:38) Everybody has a different body composition. There is no cookie-cutter approach to solving particular hormonal problems.
(17:16) Adrenal fatigue is complex. Understanding the source of your adrenal fatigue is essential before jumping on to any supplements. Lifestyle habits also need to change.
(20:22) There is no easy answer to the weight-gain or weight-loss difficulties that you face during menopause.
(23:20) It's ok to order supplements from Amazon since it's an easily accessible avenue, but make sure to enter transactions only with reputable supplement companies.
(27:20) Adaptogens are herbs that help your body cope with stress.
(28:40) Referring patients to Fullscript, an Amazon-like website for supplements, helps them acquire supplements from secure sources without the added hassle of scouring through thousands of available choices.
(29:24) Glandular supplements are supplements made out of dried and powdered adrenal glands of pigs or cows. Dr Green doesn't recommend this type because of autoimmune disorder risks.
(34:10) Despite what vegans say, meat is still an essential aspect of human nutrition.
(37:39) Lifestyle management to avoid hormone supplements: ingesting the lowest dose or doing it for the shortest period brings a quality of life to women.
(40:31) In the age of increasing research results with opposing results, it's crucial to remain analytical of what you read and what you consume.
(44:10) Is there a difference between the bio-identical and pharmaceutically-manufactured hormones?
(46:22) Research can be flawed, especially when mathematical computations leave a lot of factors unaccounted for.