May 2011

Dr. Chris Heimlich D.C., Founder of the Heimlich Institute…elaborates:

Just because menopause is a natural process in a woman’s life, that doesn’t mean it will be an easy transition.

With great compassion, I have to acknowledge for many women it can be a rollercoaster ride. With all the xenoestrogens in our diet, with the pressure and stress most women experience in our society, it’s not uncommon to have hormonal dysregulation. And with 2 million more women entering menopause each year, we are talking about a growing health concern. 

Menopause is clinically defined as “the permanent, natural cessation of menstruation.”

A woman is considered menopausal when menstruation has stopped for at least

six months and she is over 45 years of age. Ideally, the ovaries and adrenals produce estrogen and progesterone during the fertile years. The adrenal glands make estrogen by converting the male hormone testosterone to estrogen. But what happens if the adrenal glands are exhausted? Who picks up the slack? Fat cells can also manufacture

estrogen, but that’s not an appealing option. After age 40, hormones start their descent; and by the time a woman is post menopausal, estrone is reduced by 60%,

estradial by 90%, and progesterone by 60%. The closer a woman is to her 50’s, she may have intense symptoms such as hot flashes. 60% of all women experience some form of hot flashes lasting for 1-5 years. 10-20% experience hot flushes for life.

Other symptoms are: night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings, headaches, irritability and anxiety, insomnia, weight changes, fatigue, low libido, and heart palpitations.

Diet is extremely important when it comes to limiting the severity of menopausal symptoms. Blood sugar and hormonal fluctuations are connected. If blood sugar is

not balanced and regulated, hormonal fluctuations are more erratic and intense, food cravings and hot flashes feel intolerable. Subsequently, sugar, refined flours, and too many simple carbohydrates should be strictly avoided.

We can use a questionnaire to help them determine which hormone may be out of balance. There are also salivary tests that can be performed as well.  Menopause complications can be a result of too much estrogen, estrogen deficiency, improper estrogen ratio or estrogen dominance, adrenal fatigue, excess androgens, or progesterone deficiency. Women can have elevated estrogen levels and still have hot flashes. The thing to remember is that with menopause, or any health label, you have to look at the whole person.  You have to take all the pieces of the puzzle and put them together to see the big picture.  It is possible to help women without hormone replacement.  The key to this is getting the body functioning as optimally as it can by supporting, but not over stimulating the systems that need help.

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Dr. Chris Heimlich, DC comments:

I treat chronically ill patients every day.  We see patients from four different countries.  My patients suffer with fibromyalgia, fatigue, brain fog, autoimmune conditions, insomnia…you name it. Unfortunately, many of them have been to previous doctors who didn’t listen, got frustrated when it took more than a 10 minute office visit to diagnose them, or never really let them explain what was going on with their body. You could say they have “been through the ringer”.

Our approach is completely different. We look at the complex interactions between the brain, hormones, adrenal and HPA axis, GI system, and immune system. We get to the bottom of the problem and create huge turn-arounds for those with fibromyalgia, fatigue, Hashimoto’s Disease, and many other conditions.

We improve physiology and function because we are measuring everything, and making the necessary dietary, lifestyle, and supplemental changes that promote positive change.

My patients are a pleasure to work with because they have seen the other side. They are grateful and appreciative of the comprehensive approach we take. My patients and I truly work together to restore hope and function.

When you lose your health…what else do you have? In our office we restore hope…one patient at a time. For every patient I have had the opportunity to work with, I thank you for that opportunity.

If you suffer and would like to see how our Put all the Pieces of the Puzzle Together Approach can help you, call us at 480-991-9355.


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