"At Whole Family Wellness Center, we have a strong emphasis on hormone health, natural fertility, thyroid and autoimmune disorders. "

Natural Hormone Treatment

Hormone Health

When the hormone system is in balance it runs like a “well-oiled machine”. Not exactly. But when your hormones are in balance, you are full of energy, have good moods, a healthy appetite and digestion, you are full of life!

Fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, weight gain, night sweats or hot flashes, loss of libido, hair thinning, dry skin are all signs of imbalance. In women, there may be many of these symptoms, including irregular or heavy menstrual cycles, menstrual cramping, infertility, fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or migraines.



Hormone Health Doctor

Dr. Igor Schwartzman Portland Hashimoto's Specialist

Dr. Schwartzman has a strong interest in hormone health, Hashimoto’s and thyroid disorders. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of natural health, medicine, and research at both the Harvard School of Public Health and Boston University. He is an expert in lifestyle/preventative medicine and natural health. 

The entire endocrine / hormone system is always on and it creates a symphony. Hormones make a deep, meaningful music on a daily basis, each one playing over the other. Together, every 24 hours they cover a number of functions including your metabolism, temperature regulation, growth, cellular repair and regeneration, reproductive system control, sleep, mood, energy and appetite, to name a few.

Your brain and nervous system are the main conductors of this well-orchestrated “hormonic” orchestra, also known as the endocrine system.

The endocrine system is made up of eight individual glands, including the pineal body, hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, the reproductive organs (ovaries and testes), and the pancreas. All of the glands produce and secrete hormones, which act as chemical messengers on all of the organs in the body. Hormone levels are directly affected by stress, immune system changes, fluid changes and nutrient-content in the blood.

Your hormones may fluctuate and contribute to your varying symptoms. Dr. Schwartzman’s unique approach to hormone balancing, re-regulation, and harmony does not always, or even often require hormone replacement. In order to access a greater sense of hormone harmony, he has found the mental, emotional, spiritual, (and, physical) must all be incorporated as the essential elements of health and healing.

[There are certainly instances when bioidentical hormones may be appropriate, or even necessary.]


 

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormones are the juice that make women sparkle.  They are what give you your libido and your creative juices, make your skin glow, enable you to have babies, give you the energy to make it through the day, enable you to think clearly, build and protect your bones, and drive your metabolism.

During the time of transition, women’s hormones naturally begin to change.  If you feel exhausted, have hot flashes, have no libido or energy, feel depressed / cranky / impatient / irritable, or experience a myriad of other symptoms – you may need help with hormone balancing. Hormone therapy, or bioidentical hormone therapy may be an appropriate treatment plan.

Interestingly, in 1900, the life expectancy for women was 48 years; in 1998 it was 80 years.  The average age for menopause, defined by a full year without menstruation, is 52. This number has not changed.  At the turn of the century women died with their hormones in full swing.  Today women live for 30 YEARS without hormones!  This is significant as hormones affect so many functions in a woman’s body from cardiovascular to bone to brain health.

There is a commonly held misunderstanding that hormone changes and menopause are “natural” – and should be left alone to naturally resolve.  This could not be farther from the truth for many women!  If your hormones become imbalanced in your thirties and you does nothing about it, your hormones will continue to get worse over time.  An unhealthy body cannot return to hormonal balance without intervention, which simply means bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). A healthy body can make a lot of progress with natural interventions, but this may not be enough for all women.  Women who enter menopause with unbalanced hormones tend to have the most severe symptoms.

The first step in our process of identifying any hormone imbalances is to utilize a comprehensive and noninvasive testing. Our assessment is based on a functional approach to testing hormones. There are several ways to test hormones, our preferred method is measuring 
salivary levels of the sex hormones in the body. This technique helps to identify the bioavailable, or freely circulating hormones, in the body. Although this is a viable testing approach that has been used extensively for several decades and shown to be consistently accurate by the scientific community, it is not generally offered by most physicians or clinics.


 

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Doctor

Dr. Neville serves as a staff physician at Labrix Clinical Services Laboratory, a recognized leader in hormone testing and analysis. Dr. Neville utilizes latest methodologies in hormone testing. She helps you take the first step to identify any hormone imbaladr laura nevillences utilizing a comprehensive and noninvasive testing methodology. This technique helps to identify the bioavailable, or freely circulating hormones, in the body. Although this is a viable testing approach that has been used extensively for several decades and shown to be consistently accurate by the scientific community, it is not generally offered by most physicians or clinics. Her assessment is based on a functional medicine approach to testing and understanding hormone imbalances. 

If you feel exhausted, have hot flashes, have no libido, feel depressed, experience moodiness, impatient, irritable, or experience a myriad of other symptoms – you may need help with hormone balancing. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may be an appropriate treatment plan. As one of Portland’s expert doctors in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Neville has a deep understanding of the hormone system uses bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to help you overcome the many conditions related to hormone decline or imbalance. Your symptoms of perimenopause, menopause, hypothyroidism, or adrenal fatigue, to name a few, can be signs of severe hormone dysregulation. Dr. Neville creates individualized programs that incorporate all aspects of your health, and when necessary, she incorporates bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and functional medicine into her treatment approach.

Bioidentical Hormone Treatment Solutions

We believe that naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, and proper nutrition can facilitate hormone restoration and re-balancing. Our natural hormone treatment approach is individualized and supports the natural healing process of the body.

Please contact us with your questions about natural hormone treatment and to get scheduled.

What is Thyroid and Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune disease is the loss of the integrity of the immune system, which causes the destruction of different tissues and organ systems in the body. It is as though you are “allergic to yourself”.

Beyond Medicine


There is an epidemic of overhwelm that is all around. Are you more depressed, anxious, lacking energy, unable to sleep, having pain, and more? Having tried a lot of things, including natural remedies, or medications and still feeling unwell? Beyond medicine is an approach to help you harness your own ‘inner-medicine’ that is essential to your long-term healing.

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