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Boron, #5 on the periodic table of elements, has impressive health benefits. Boron is naturally obtained from our water and food, however, in North America, most of us do not get enough for optimal health. Boron deficiency is due to the combination of lower soil content, modern agricultural techniques and not eating enough of foods higher in boron content such as organic fruits, nuts, legumes, and vegetables. In the United States, we only consume 1-2 mg of boron, whereas the ideal intake is closer to 6-10 mg.
Boron deficiency is associated with an overall decline in health, including bone and muscle loss, arthritis, brain fog, sex hormone dysfunction, lower fertility, increased cancer risk, and increased toxicity issues with heavy metals and fluoride.
5 Reasons to Love Boron
1. Bone, Muscle and Mineral Health
Boron improves vitamin and mineral metabolism, especially concerning vitamin D, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus regulation. Boron reduces abnormal calcium deposits while improving bone density and strength. Boron also improves joint health and can help increase muscle mass. In areas where boron is low in the soil, animals have less muscle and both animals and people have more arthritis. For example, in Israel, the average intake of boron is high at 5-10 mg/day and only 0.7% of its population develops arthritis. Conversely, in the U.S where boron intake is estimated to be less than 3 mg/day, arthritis rates are estimated to be about 10-20%. What if osteoarthritis is already present? A small placebo controlled study showed adding 6 mg of boron relieved osteoarthritis in 50% within 3 months versus only 10% in the placebo group.
2. Hormone Health
In animal studies, boron depletion is linked with fertility problems and birth defects, suggesting boron is necessary for both conception and healthy fetal development. Boron also supports hormone health by improving testosterone and estrogen levels, and helps relieve menopausal symptoms and PMS.
3. Brain Health
Higher boron levels are correlated with improved response times when performing cognitive and psychomotor tasks. When contrasted with the high boron intake, low dietary boron resulted in significantly poorer performance on tasks emphasizing manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, perception, and both short-term and long-term memory.
A 2.2% solution of boric acid is safe to use in the eyes to help clear up pink eye. Boric acid suppositories can be used to clear up vaginal fungal infections (but not during pregnancy). Boron reduces Candida/yeast overgrowth in the GI tract.
5. Other Uses
Boron has been shown to reduce heavy metal and fluoride toxicity. Higher boron intake is also associated with improved wound healing, lower rates of certain cancers (i.e. breast and prostate). Preliminary evidence suggests boron also helps fight diabetes and reduces heart disease risk factors, along with reducing some types of abnormal heart rhythms.
How does boron do so many amazing things?
If boron could be patented, scientists would show more interest in boron research. Despite all of what we know about boron, we need more research on this important trace mineral. Right now, evidence points to boron being necessary for healthy cell membranes and optimal internal cell signaling.
What is the recommended dosage?
Ideal daily intake (food + supplements): Adults = 6-10 mg/day, children 3-6 mg/day. Boron can be obtained by eating organic fruits, vegetables and nuts. Adults can take 6 mg of a boron supplement to ensure adequate intake. Boron is naturally consumed during pregnancy; however, since studies are not done during pregnancy to ensure safety, I recommend getting boron through food during pregnancy rather than supplements. Boron appears safe while breast feeding. You can obtain your boron at Hotze Vitamins. Call (800) 579-6545 or visit www.hotzevitamins.com.
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Unfortunately, depression is one of the most common mental health conditions. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 16 million adults in the United States have experienced at least one episode of major depression. Although depression is more common in women, it also occurs at significantly high levels in men.
Signs of Depression in Men
Everyone feels down or has trouble sleeping occasionally. But depression is not the same thing as an occasional blue mood. Depression can occur at any age and affect anyone regardless of income or lifestyle.
Classic signs of depression may include:
Feelings of sadness
Loss of interest in activities
Men may also have different signs of depression than women. Common signs of depression in men may include the following:
Anger: Men that have depression are more likely to show signs of anger and hostility than women. Men may hide certain emotions, such as sadness. Instead, they may anger easily or become aggressive.
Substance abuse: Men may not seek treatment as often as women. They are more likely to self-medicate and use drugs and alcohol to cope with depression.
Physical issues: Depression can lead to physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomach aches, and chest pain. Both men and women may develop physical symptoms. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, men are more likely to see a doctor for physical symptoms than emotional ones.
Left untreated, men with depression are at a higher risk of engaging in risky behaviors, such as dangerous driving, unsafe sex, and drug use. Men are also at a higher risk of suicide than women. Women may attempt suicide more often than men, but men are more likely to die due to suicide.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, men are 3.5 times more likely to die by suicide than women. Middle age men are at the highest risk. Men tend to use more lethal means of suicide, such as a gun.
Common Causes of Depression in Men
There are several common causes of depression in men. In some instances, more than one factor may contribute to depression. The following factors may contribute to depression in men:
Genetics: Depression appears to have a genetic link. Men that have a family history of depression, such as a parent or sibling, are at an increased risk of developing depression.
Life circumstances: Various circumstances in life can contribute to depression in men. For example, losing a job, financial problems, and the loss of a loved one are all upsetting situations that can lead to emotional issues, such as depression.
Illnesses: Physical diseases can sometimes cause symptoms of depression in men. Illnesses, such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer, and traumatic brain injury may lead to symptoms of depression.
Although depression is common in men, they are less likely to seek treatment than women. Some men are hesitant to talk about their emotions and may not even recognize their symptoms as depression. For other men, they may downplay their symptoms and not want to admit they have a problem. A reluctance to seek help may greatly decrease quality of life.
The Link Between Low Testosterone and Depression
One of the most common causes of depression in men is low testosterone. Testosterone is a hormone that is produced in small amounts in women but in larger levels in men. Testosterone contributes to muscle strength, sex drive, and sperm production in men. It also has a role in mood.
In a study published in the Journal of Psychoneuroendocrinology, 3,179 older men were followed for ten years. The men did not have a history of depression at baseline. The study was performed to determine if low serum testosterone levels were associated with an increased risk of depression in men.
Over the course of the ten-year study, about 4.2 percent of the men developed depression. The men that developed depression tended to be older with the average age being 77. The study also indicated that low levels of testosterone were associated with depression in older men.
In another study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers reviewed the medical records of 278 men for two years. All the men were over the age of 45 and had no diagnosis of depression when they started the study.
The study indicated that men who had low testosterone were four times more likely to develop clinical depression. The study also showed men with low testosterone also had lower rates of physical activity and higher rates of obesity.
The exact reason why low testosterone may cause depression in men is not fully understood. One theory is low testosterone may have an effect on brain chemistry including lowering levels of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in mood.
Low testosterone may also cause problems, such as decreased sex drive, fatigue, decreased mental sharpness, indecisiveness and loss of muscle mass and strength. Another theory is that these complaints may be worrisome to men and lead to depressed mood.
Testosterone levels in men can drop for a variety of reasons. One of the most common reasons for low testosterone is aging. As men age, their testosterone naturally starts to decrease. Other possible causes include hypogonadism, xenoestrogens in the environment, chemotherapy, radiation, genetic abnormalities, stress, kidney disease, pituitary gland dysfunction, and a side effect of certain medications.
Natural Treatment for Depression in Men
It’s important to understand that treating depression in men may take a varied approach. There is not a one size fits all treatment. It may take a combination of cognitive or behavior therapy, along with lifestyle changes, such as exercise and improving sleep habits, to ease symptoms of depression.
One approach that is helpful for men with depression and low testosterone is replacing testosterone deficiency with bioidentical testosterone. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 790 men were enrolled in a study to determine if raising testosterone levels improved mood in men with low testosterone.
Study participants were given either testosterone gel or a placebo for one year. The study indicated that increasing testosterone levels to a normal range for men between age 19 and 40 improved mood and decreased depressive symptoms.
Bioidentical testosterone treatment involves determining the correct level of hormone replacement for each individual. Each man is different. Bioidentical testosterone is customized hormone replacement therapy for a man’s unique situation.
One of the advantages of bioidentical hormones is it matches the testosterone naturally produced in a man’s body. Improving testosterone levels naturally to a normal range may improve mood and also provide additional benefits, such as increased energy, stamina, and sex drive.
Do you have low testosterone levels?
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Snyder, P. J., Bhasin, S., Cunningham, G. R., Matsumoto, A. M., Stephens-Shields, A. J., Cauley, J. A., & Ensrud, K. E. (2016). Effects of testosterone treatment in older men. New England Journal of Medicine, 374(7), 611-624. Retrieved from https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1506119
You exercise like you always have, lift weights at the gym, but your muscles still aren’t as toned as they used to be. You’re having difficulty getting rid of that extra weight around your belly. What’s going on? Discover the link between low T (or low testosterone), weight gain, and the loss of strength and muscle mass.
Most of us understand the link between the male hormone testosterone and masculine characteristics such as body hair, muscle mass and a deep voice. Testosterone is, after all, known to make body builders big, and men aggressive and virile.
However, what some of us may not understand is the connection between low testosterone, weight gain and muscle loss. But declining testosterone levels do lead to just that, along with many other symptoms and conditions which can both reduce your quality of life and have dangerous health ramifications.
However, there is hope, although first let’s get you up to speed on the connection between your testosterone levels, body fat and muscle mass.
Testosterone and Men’s Health
Testosterone has many roles in the body, such as regeneration of red blood cells, regulating libido and maintaining bone mass. There is also a strong connection between testosterone and men’s health, since it helps maintain cardiovascular health and even mental health. In fact, low testosterone is not only associated with an increased risk of heart attack, cancer and diabetes, but also depression, lack of focus and mood instability, as well.
It should also be noted that while testosterone is known of as an androgen – or male hormone – which is produced in the male testes. Women also produce small amounts of it in their ovaries.
Even though testosterone plays important roles in the female body, the effects of low T and other testosterone-deficiency-related conditions are most prevalent in men.
What are the Symptoms of Low Testosterone?
Testosterone levels typically peak in men during their late teens to early adulthood. Men’s ability to produce testosterone also begins to decline between 1-3% per year starting around age 40, which is normal and referred to as “andropause.”
Symptoms of low testosterone include:
Low sex drive
Decline in sexual ability
Increased body fat
Diminished muscle mass, strength and tone
Lack of initiative, assertiveness and drive
Decline in sense of well-being and self-confidence
Gynecomastia (enlarged breasts)
Testicular atrophy (1)
However, some men experience an abnormal decline in testosterone due to factors other than aging, which can cause the same symptoms of low testosterone and andropause. This abnormal decline may be due to a variety of factors, such as:
Too much iron
Cirrhosis of the liver
Excessive estrogen production, such as from environmental disruptors such as xenoestrogens
Acute illness, such as kidney disease
Genetic conditions (2)
However, whether from normal aging or from abnormal conditions, low testosterone levels can have a negative effect on your weight and BMI (body mass index).
How does Testosterone Affect your Weight?
Your testosterone levels have a direct affect on your metabolism, which is why older men experiencing age-related testosterone decline typically carry a “spare tire” around their middle. This is because this important male hormone is responsible for an active metabolism, which is why bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy in older men usually results in leaner body mass.
Testosterone is also responsible for the increased muscle mass of men, so along with low T comes a decrease in the muscle mass.
This may have to do with the small amount of circulating testosterone in the body that is converted to estradiol, which is a form of estrogen necessary for a healthy metabolism. As men age and produce less testosterone, they also produce less estradiol. The combination of loss is likely the culprit in the accumulation of body fat along with a decline in muscle mass. (3)
Is all My Weight Gain due to Testosterone Decline?
While older men can usually point to decreasing testosterone levels as the main reason for weight gain and depletion of muscle mass, other factors—namely, diet, nutrition and exercise—can also play in.
For instance, if you rely on the Standard American Diet (SAD), it is likely that you will become overweight no matter what your testosterone levels are.
Likewise, if you lead a sedentary lifestyle which forgoes exercise, it is likely that you will experience more depletion of muscle mass than from low T alone.
Therefore, and no matter what your age, it is recommended that you avoid processed foods, trans fats and high-glycemic “white” foods such as sugar, white flour and hydrogenated fats in favor of multi-colored vegetables, lean meats and other natural whole foods. Additionally, adding exercise—especially resistance (weight) training—can not only help you maintain muscle mass, but help improve your testosterone levels, as well. (4)
The takeaway? Eating right, exercising and staying away from environmental disruptors such as synthetic fragrances, plastic water bottles and soy products will do your health, BMI and testosterone levels the most good.
What About T-boosting Supplements?
While there are some natural ways to boost your testosterone levels using supplements, not all options are completely safe. For instance, some commercially obtained testosterone boosters used by athletes have been shown to cause liver damage, even though all instructions were followed for a nominal boost in T levels. While this may not cover all supplements designed to increase androgens, it is nonetheless reason for concern. (5)
Many T boosters also have limited human studies to prove effectiveness, which means you are often relying on a manufacturer’s word that the product works and is safe. (6)
That said, common T boosters include DHEA, which is a precursor to testosterone that has been shown to successfully improve levels of free testosterone in middle-aged men, particularly when used in unison with high intensity exercise including weight training and HIIT (high intensity interval training). (7)
Here are other ways you can boost your testosterone levels naturally:
Getting enough consistent, good quality sleep, since deep sleep helps your body regenerate your hormones.
Eating right and losing weight, since it works both ways (i.e. low testosterone leads to weight gain and weight gain leads to low testosterone). For instance, excessive sugar consumption has been shown to lead to low testosterone levels, along with weight gain.
Reducing stress, since stress has been shown to increase the body’s cortisol levels while decreasing testosterone.
Using a vitamin D and zinc supplement for those low in these important nutrients. (8)
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Bioidentical testosterone can safely and effectively improve testosterone levels. As the name indicates, bioidentical hormones are molecularly identical to the hormones produced by the human body.
Bioidentical hormones are also typically administered in low doses to gradually bring serum testosterone back to optimum levels. This goes along with blood testing and observance of clinical conditions to ensure that you are on the right dose for your body’s need, and is in sharp contrast to the steroid abuse often associated with professional athletes and weightlifters which DOES carry the risk of many dangerous health conditions and is absolutely NOT recommended, no matter what your t-levels are.
At Hotze Health and Wellness Center, we recommend bioidentical testosterone therapy for men to achieve optimal health and wellness. Keep in mind that blood tests are not the be-all and end-all of diagnosis. We consider clinical symptoms to be equally if not more important, both for identifying testosterone deficiency and for evaluating the effects of treatment using bioidentical hormones for men. After all, the goal is optimal health and wellness, not specific levels on a lab test.
Low testosterone is a condition men face as they get older and experience andropause. Other conditions such as poor diet, obesity and genetic conditions can also lower your testosterone levels and lead to excessive body fat, reduced muscle mass and increased risk for chronic disease.
However, by getting regular resistance exercise along with an eating program, such as the Hotze Optimal Eating Program, that avoids processed foods and is rich in organic fruits and vegetables, lean grass-fed meats, poultry and fresh fish, you can slow the onset of andropause. You can also add a vitamin D and zinc supplement along with DHEA, both of which can also help boost your T levels.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the safest and most effective way to get your testosterone levels back to normal so you can feel great again and be the vibrant, lean, muscular man you deserve to be.
However, merely accepting low testosterone can leave you feeling depressed, overweight, fatigued and with low sex drive, along with other conditions and dangerous health risks.
For the sake of your weight, muscle mass and overall health, you deserve healthy testosterone levels!
We Can Help
We believe that you deserve to have a doctor and a team of professionals to coach you onto a path of health and wellness, naturally, without the use of pharmaceutical drugs, so you can enjoy a life-changing health transformation.
Take our symptom checker to find out if you are suffering from symptoms of low testosterone. We can help. Please call our Wellness Consultants for a complimentary consultation at 281-698-8698. It’s time to get your life back!
Join Dr. Hotze and his special guest, Terry Lesch today as they discuss how a healthy eating plan along with natural supplements can reduce your need for prescription medications – which are toxins to your body. Find out how Terry turned back the clock, regained his energy and is ready to challenge his grandchildren when he retires later this year!
From Medicated to Motor Running! Terry Lesch’s Story of Success - YouTube
Stacey Bandfield: Thank you for joining us today on Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution. I’m Stacey Bandfield here with Dr. Hotze, founder of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center and all things naturally well. Today we have a fantastic guest, but before that, I want to make sure I remind everybody that if you have not downloaded our podcasts yet, all you have to do is go to hotzepodcast.com, that’s H-O-T-Z-E-podcast.com. We have a great guest today, Terry Lesch. Dr. Hotze is going to explain how he got up and running again, and got his motor again. When you find out his passion, his hobbies, you’ll know why I say he got his motor running.
Dr. Hotze: Thank you Stacey, and thank each one of you for joining us today on Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution. Remember, I believe you need a doctor and a staff of professionals who can coach you to onto a path of health and wellness, naturally, so as you mature you have energy, you have vitality, you have enthusiasm for life without pharmaceutical drugs. If that makes sense to you, I’m glad you’re listening. I want you to listen up, because we’ve got a good friend of mine and a guest, Terry Lesch, who has joined us today. Terry has been a guest here at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center since January of 2018. He came because his wife had come here a year or so prior to that and had done very well. Terry, welcome to the program.
Terry Lesch: Thank you Dr. Hotze. I appreciate it.
Dr. Hotze: Well it’s great to have you here. Why don’t you just tell our listeners a little bit about yourself, where are you from, where’d you end up going to school, and what kind of work you’re in?
Terry Lesch: I grew up here in Houston. Moved here in 1959. My father was in the oil business. I continued on after I graduated from the University of Texas with my marketing degree. Have been in that business now for about 43 years. I was just looking for a life change because I was overweight and not healthy. My wife came in and got herself healthy from Dr. Hotze, which was just a miracle. Now I’ve…
Dr. Hotze: It’s a miracle I could get anybody healthy.
Terry Lesch: Well…It’s been a great process for me. I was on cholesterol medicine. I was on heart medicine. Just various normal doctor meds that they think they can fix you with.
Dr. Hotze: And how are you feeling?
Terry Lesch: I feel more energetic.
Dr. Hotze: How did you feel when you came in?
Terry Lesch: Oh how did I…
Dr. Hotze: Describe your..
Terry Lesch: Sluggish, not very motivated.
Dr. Hotze: When you came in, on a scale of 0 to 10, 10 being brimming with energy, 0 being no energy, what were you?
Terry Lesch: Four.
Dr. Hotze: ou were a four on a good day.
Terry Lesch: Absolutely.
SteDr. Hotze: What about your weight?
Terry Lesch: I was about 185, so I was overweight. I had been in pretty good shape, working out and physically in decent shape, but then 5, 10 years ago I just stopped doing all that. I gained a bunch of weight.
Dr. Hotze: How was your mental focus, mental sharpness?
Terry Lesch: Oh, losing my memory, not knowing. My brain fog was killing me. I was hurting all over. Figuring it was just normal aches and pains because of age.
Dr. Hotze: Right. So you ended up coming in and I think you saw Dr. Ellsworth.
Terry Lesch: Dr. Ellsworth. Matter of fact, I was here yesterday. He’s done a great job.
Dr. Hotze: I know as we age several things happen. One, most Americans end up getting poor eating plans in their lives. They don’t eat right. Eat a lot of carbs, end up gaining weight. This is the carbs, wheat products, other grain products, corn, potatoes, rice, all convert to sugar. Sugar raises your insulin level. Then you get resistant to insulin and insulin ends up driving the sugar into fat so you gain weight. Then one thing leads to another. You get high blood pressure. You may get diabetes. I don’t think you ever had any diabetes.
Terry Lesch: No.
Dr. Hotze: But you had high blood pressure. You end up getting inflammation in your arteries and you don’t think as clearly because you have all this sugar floating around in your blood and it binds to proteins all over your body. It’s called glycation. That makes your cells function less than adequately and your arteries don’t function as well. You get a whole host of health problems. You just don’t feel well. It’s just what happens as you age. Everybody attributes aging and the doctors are going to give you a bunch of drugs, which are toxins, and they’re going to end up making you feel worse. I like to say as you get on all these drugs you get sicker, quicker.
Anyway, you came in and saw Dr. Ellsworth. We took a look at you. He determined that you had all the signs and symptoms of low thyroid. Put you on some thyroid. Checked your testosterone. At your age your testosterone would be expected to be in the gutter. Yours was, so we put you on some testosterone and got you on a good healthy eating program, which is elimination of the simple carbohydrates, the bread products, the pizzas, pastas, cookies, cakes, all the things Americans eat. As a matter of fact, the American diet is 70% simple carbohydrates. That’s what the American Heart Association, Diabetic Association says, eat a lot of grains. Well, grains are simply starches, which are sugar molecules hooked together, so you can end up raising your sugar level, which raises the inflammation in your body. Inflammation leads to a host of health problems, particularly problems with coronary artery disease and problems with Alzheimer’s and dementia. You just don’t function as well.
Anyway, he put you on a good healthy eating program. Now how much weight have you lost?
Terry Lesch: I’ve gone from 185 to 151.
Dr. Hotze: That’s a significant weight loss.
Terry Lesch: And three to four inches waist.
Dr. Hotze: You’ve gone from what, 30?
Terry Lesch: Well 37/38 down to a 32/33.
Dr. Hotze: That’s pretty significant. Have you had to get some clothes…
Terry Lesch: Yes sir. I’ve had to have everything taken in. I had to buy new blue jeans because they couldn’t take them in. My wardrobe has totally changed. If you can notice I do have my rings on today, but they’ve got ring guards on because I have lost weight in my hands.
Dr. Hotze: How long did it take you before you began to feel well on the program?
Terry Lesch: Probably about six months, I would think.
Dr. Hotze: You hit gradual and steady improvement and by the time you got to six months, that’s when you were feeling good?
Terry Lesch: Yes absolutely, which in somebody’s lifetime is nothing.
Dr. Hotze: Right.
Terry Lesch: I mean it’s just been a blessing. My energy level has just been…
Dr. Hotze: On a scale of 0 to 10, what’s your energy level now?
Terry Lesch: 9 1/2, 10.
Dr. Hotze: That’s pretty good.
Terry Lesch: Absolutely.
Dr. Hotze: Did you ever think it would be that way again?
Terry Lesch: No. Absolutely not.
Dr. Hotze: Now can Sue Ellen tell a difference?
Terry Lesch: Absolutely. My kids are complaining. They go, “Dad, you’ve lost too much weight. You look too skinny.” I’m going I feel better than I have ever felt.
Dr. Hotze: That’s tremendous. How has this affected your work? How have you done in your work?
Terry Lesch: Oh my work is better than ever. I mean my concentration, being in sales, having to close deals, having to see people, go in and having the attitude of just talking and being myself, that’s even improved.
Dr. Hotze: o your coworkers can tell a difference and Sue Ellen can tell a difference?
Terry Lesch: My boss, who I don’t see very often, who I work for, he goes, “Man, you’ve lost 50 pounds.” I said, “Well, 48.” “Are you okay?” “Better than I’ve ever been.”
Dr. Hotze: Well, now I know you have, as a hobby you collect cars don’t you?
Terry Lesch: Yes sir.
Dr. Hotze: What kind of cars do you collect?
Terry Lesch: My little brother had a 1971 Chevelle 396, red and black. Well, I was so energetic I was online, found a 1974 54 Chevelle red and black, so I got it. While I was purchasing it, I saw a 1939 Ford super deluxe Woody…
Dr. Hotze: Oh my goodness.
Terry Lesch: The old surf…
Dr. Hotze: What year?
Terry Lesch: 1939.
Dr. Hotze: Good night.
Terry Lesch: Then the guy that is working on my vehicles found a 1967 Shelby red and white 350 Cobra convertible.
Dr. Hotze: Wow.
Terry Lesch: Then yesterday he called and ended up getting a 1973 Bronco, which is the hottest new car on the market.
Dr. Hotze: Wow, that’s great. You’re enjoying your life?
Terry Lesch: Oh, I retire May 19th and I’m ready. I’ve got nine grandkids and they better watch out.
Dr. Hotze: Well, Terry I want to thank you so much for sharing your story because there are a lot of men out there who are our age, I’m 68 you’re 63, so you’re still a young man, so enjoy your youth while you have it sir, but a lot of individuals as they get into their 50s and 60s, just don’t feel well. You lived that for a long time and now it’s simple to get yourself back on a path to health and wellness, naturally. That’s what we do here at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center. I want to congratulate you…
Terry Lesch: Thank you.
Dr. Hotze: …primarily, Terry because you did a 180 and took charge of your health.
Terry Lesch: Absolutely.
Dr. Hotze: Here’s the problem with most Americans, especially men and women as they get in midlife or their 40s and 50s, what happens is they’re going down the health highway on the wrong side of the road. They’re just trucking along not thinking about anything. Next thing you know they’re going to end up going over an overpass and running into a big truck, hit a Mack truck or something. It’s going to whack them, kill them, or cripple them.
You made a choice to get on the right side of the health highway and go the right way. That was your decision. Your wife can’t make you do it. The government can’t make you do it. Your doctor can’t get you in good health. Your company is not in charge of that. You’re in charge of your health, and you took charge of it. You get the credit for it. We simply coach our guests on a path to health and wellness, make recommendations. But Terry is like a health athlete and he was in the health Olympics and he’s got a gold medal right now. He did it because he followed our recommendations.
If you want to get yourself on a path of health and wellness, if you want to have a life changing health transformation that will really change your life and give you energy and vitality and enthusiasm as you mature, give us a call at 281-698-8698. Thank you again, Terry, for joining us today sir.
Terry Lesch: Absolutely Dr. Hotze, thank you for everything.
Dr. Hotze: You’re welcome sir.
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Dr. Hotze discusses the benefits of optimal testosterone for men.
Benefits of Optimal Testosterone - YouTube
Stacey Bandfield: Welcome to Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution. I’m Stacey Bandfield, here, with Dr. Steven Hotze, founder of The Hotze Health & Wellness Center. Thank you for joining us today. And as always, if you have not yet had a chance to download our podcast, we always have new stuff coming out, always informational great stuff that you can use right away to improve the quality of your life, naturally. All you have to do is go to hotzepodcast.com. That’s H-O-T-Z-E podcast.com. Dr. Hotze, I believe today you’re going to talk about testosterone. Isn’t that right?
Dr. Hotze: That’s right. Are you ready to put a tiger back in your tank? Hello, I’m Dr. Steve Hotze and I believe that you, and everybody, needs to have a doctor and a staff of professionals who can coach them onto a path of health and wellness naturally, so as you mature you enjoy a better quality of life. One of the key ingredients to health, for men, is good healthy testosterone levels. Testosterone is the quintessential male hormone.
Benefits of Optimal Testosterone In Men
It governs the development of young boys, as they turn into young men.
It develops their secondary sex characteristics.
It causes the production of sperm.
It increases the man’s libido.
It also increases his muscle tone and his muscle mass.
It stimulates the production of red blood cells.
You might notice older men, as they get older, they get a pasty, gray look. Well, their blood counts begin to fall down into a low range of normal rather than staying in an upper range of normal, so they don’t have that good, “reddy”, healthy look. That red look, because they don’t make as many red blood cells. Testosterone is important for the production of redblood cells. And red blood cells carry what? Oxygen to the tissues, to the cells, so the cells can produce energy within the power plants of the cells, the mitochondria.
Red blood cells are important, and to get red blood cells, you have to have good levels of testosterone. Testosterone also strengthens and helps males develop their bone mass. It keeps the bones strong. So, as men age and their testosterone levels inevitably decline, they’ll get osteopenia and osteoporosis. Just as a little background, remember, testosterone peaks somewhere around a man in the age group of 20 to 25, 18 to 25, in that age. That’s where his testosterone peaks, and then gradually, over time, it declines 2 to 3% a year. So by the time a man’s 40, his testosterone level maybe half of what it was when he was in his early 20s. And when he’s 50, it could a third. When he’s 60, a quarter, so testosterone levels peak after puberty, and then they gradually decline.
That is when men begin to experience their health problems. What happens? Well, also, testosterone, I should mention, is important in the production of the active thyroid hormone,which governs ourmetabolism. Testosterone really plays a profound effect on men’s overall health. As men’s testosterone levels decline, what happens? Well, they lose brain function. Their brains don’t function as well. They lose their initiative, their assertiveness, sense of well-being, self-confidence, moods, goal orientation, drive, directiveness, decisiveness and analytical ability.And, as we mentioned, red blood cells go down, muscle tone goes down, they lose their romantic moods, inclinations, their libido, and their bone development begins to deteriorate, so they have osteopenia and osteoporosis.
The Natural Solution: Bioidentical Testosterone
What can be done? Well, when you’ve lost the tiger in your tank, which is the testosterone, you can supplement testosterone. There are several ways to do it, injectably, you can do it by cream, or you can do it by oral capsules. I happen to think that shots are the best way to take it. They’re long-acting and you take a shot a week of a determined amount based upon your blood level. We check your blood level here, at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, for your free testosterone, not your total testosterone, but the free available testosterone in the blood. It’s important to note, if you have a conventional doctor check your testosterone, the lab values change every 10 years. So there’s a range for 20 to 30 years old. Then there’s a range for 30 to 40, 40 to 50, 50 to 60, 60 to 70, and the range gets lower, and lower, and lower.
You may go to your doctor and get your free testosterone check, usually, they check total testosterone. But they check your free testosterone, they’ll go, “Well, it’s within the range.” But it’s within the range for whatever age group you’re in. It may not be where it was when you were in 20 to 30, and you want your testosterone level to get up to the levels it was when you were a young man, because that’s when you felt your best. That’s when you were at your peak.
What I encourage you to do is to get yourself back on track by getting your testosterone level checked and then getting on an appropriate dose. Don’t go to any places that have one dose, one size fits all. Get your testosterone checked out, and then get on the appropriate dose that gets you at a level where you were when you were in peak health. That’s when you were much younger. Don’t hesitate to give us a call here at Hotze Health & Wellness Center, if you’d like to have that evaluated.
Stacey Bandfield: Absolutely, and I just want to add about the injectables. If you do decide to go with the shot, the nice thing is, you don’t necessarily have to come here to get that shot. You can administer it yourself, at home. Isn’t that right Dr. Hotze?
Dr. Hotze: Or have…
Stacey Bandfield: Or have someone administer it for you, but you don’t have to feel like you have to be here in the office to get that done. And just really quickly, my husband has been on testosterone for years, and when he had to go off of testosterone for a month, that’s another story, but had to go off of it for a month, wow, you really notice the difference. His initiative…
Dr. Hotze: He was manageable then, wasn’t he?
Stacey Bandfield: Right.
Dr. Hotze: Come here good boy. You’re a good boy, come here.
Stacey Bandfield: That’s right. His initiative, his drive, the brain function, I mean, all of that just really dropped and he could see that very quickly. I know it sneaks up on men because it’s a gradual decline over the years.
Dr. Hotze: Right.
Stacey Bandfield: But, definitely, it’s very important to get on that, and just really have an optimal quality of life. You can call us at 281-698-8698 for that complimentary health consultation. That’s 281-698-8698. Thank you for joining us today here, at Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution.
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January is Thyroid Awareness Month. Are you wondering if you might have hypothyroidism? Are you finding yourself tired all the time? Is it difficult to concentrate at work or remember people’s names? Do you also have symptoms such as unexplained weight gain, trouble sleeping, constipation, muscle and joint pain, depressed moods and more? If so, then you may have done your research and concluded that you most likely do have hypothyroidism.
What a relief. You feel a sense of accomplishment now that you have finally identified what is wrong. The next step is to get officially diagnosed and treated by your doctor. Sounds easy enough, right? Unfortunately, this is where a very frustrating journey begins for most people in their quest to get a proper hypothyroidism diagnosis. In addition, once that diagnosis is obtained, there’s another battle to get the right treatment.
If you are confused or frustrated about the best way to find out if you have hypothyroidism, let us help shed some light on this issue. Here are 5 thyroid myths you need to know to help you get the right answers.
5 Thyroid Myths You Need to Know
1. The TSH blood test is the best way to diagnose hypothyroidism. “My doctor said my blood work is normal.” We can’t tell you how many times we have heard that statement. Just because your lab tests come back in the normal range does not mean that you don’t have hypothyroidism.
The TSH blood test is not the most accurate way to diagnose hypothyroidism. While your thyroid gland may be producing enough thyroid hormones so that the TSH blood test falls within the normal lab range, your cells may not be able to use those hormones efficiently, which is why you would still have symptoms of hypothyroidism. It’s as simple as that.
2. Synthroid is the gold standard treatment for hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, conventional doctors are taught that Synthroid is the treatment of choice for hypothyroidism. Synthetic thyroid medications, such as Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid and Levothyroxine, contain only a synthetic version of T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone.
Your cells must be able to convert T4 to T3, the active form of thyroid hormone, in order to produce energy. For this reason, many people still experience all the symptoms of hypothyroidism even though they are taking these medications. We recommend desiccated thyroid, which contains both T4 and T3.
3. An endocrinologist is the best type of doctor to see for hypothyroidism. Endocrinologists are taught to take the conventional route to both diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism, a route that fails many of thousands of patients. This means that not only will you most likely be denied a proper diagnosis due to the limitations of the TSH blood test, but also if you are fortunate enough to be diagnosed, you will be treated with Synthroid.
4. If you have hypothyroidism, then you will gain weight. While it is common to gain weight with hypothyroidism, not everyone does, so don’t let that fool you if you have other symptoms of low thyroid function. It could still be possible that you have hypothyroidism.
5. Hypothyroidism only occurs in women. While hypothyroidism tends to occur more often in women, men can have hypothyroidism, too. Even children can have hypothyroidism. Anyone can have it. At birth, newborn babies are checked for hypothyroidism since it could severely hinder their growth and development. If symptoms of hypothyroidism are present, then it is definitely worth getting evaluated, no matter what your gender or age.
Number of adults in U.S. with diagnosed sinusitis: 29.4 million (CDC.gov)
Do you feel like your head is going to explode? Is the pressure behind your eyes unbearable? Are you so congested that you can’t breathe?
Sinus infections can be absolutely miserable. Your head feels like it’s been invaded by a foreign substance and the sinus pressure can be extremely painful. It can be near to impossible to try to work, go to school or take care of your family when you feel this way. If dealing with painful sinus infections has become a way of life for you, especially during the fall and winter months, then we are here to finally offer you some answers for relief.
What is a sinus infection?
A sinus infection, also called sinusitis, is inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses. The infection can also spread to your ears and chest. It can be caused by allergies, a bacterial or fungal infection, or even by chemicals such as air pollution, cigarette smoke, or fragrance. People with a weak immune system, allergies or asthma have a greater risk of getting sinus infections.
Sinuses are air filled cavities found within your cheeks, behind your forehead and eyebrows, on either side of the bridge of your nose and behind your nose. The main function of the sinuses is to protect you from dust, dirt, allergens, pollutants or any foreign substance by cleaning the air that enters your nose when you breathe. When your sinuses become filled with fluid, bacteria can grow and cause an infection.
You have four sets of sinus cavities:
Symptoms of a Sinus Infection
Facial pain or tenderness Nasal stuffiness Headache Nasal discharge Nasal congestion Pressure or pain in sinuses, around eyes and cheeks Fever Nasal or postnasal drainage that is discolored Sore throat Cough Ear ache Fatigue Nausea Pain in upper jaw and teeth Blockage in your nose
If you’ve been suffering from chronic sinus infections, then you know that doctors will prescribe antibiotics and decongestants. You should know, however, that these medications do nothing to prevent the reoccurrence of sinus infections. Think about it. With all the antibiotics and over-the-counter medications you have taken over the years, why are you still getting sinus infections? Because you are not solving the underlying cause of why they occur in the first place.
15 Tips for the Prevention and Treatment of Sinus Infections
1.Sublingualallergydrops are an effective immunization to help prevent sinus infections from occurring. By giving a dose under the tongue of the very substances to which a person reacts, a good blocking antibody is built up, which blocks the allergy reaction. Allergy drops desensitize the individual to the allergens to which they are reacting. Research shows that sublingual allergy drops improved asthma and seasonal allergy symptoms in most patients by as much as 40% compared with a placebo or other allergy medication. (1)
2. Colloidal Silver is a natural antibiotic that kills bacteria and is used to fight infections naturally. It does not cause an overgrowth of intestinal yeast like prescription antibiotics do.
3.Xlear NasalSpray soothes and moisturizes the sinus and nasal passages, and Xylitol helps kill bacteria in the sinus cavity.
4. Neti Pot can be used to rinse your sinus of pollen.
5.Vitamin Cworks as a natural antihistamine that may help reduce allergy symptoms. It helps increase immune system function and supports the adrenal glands.
6.Vitamin D improves your immune system and is a natural anti-inflammatory.
7. Zincis an essential mineral that plays a key role in many functions of the body and supports the immune system.
8. Colostrumhelps regulate and balance the immune system.
10.Optimal adrenal function is needed to ensure adequate cortisol production. Cortisol is both your natural antihistamine and a natural anti-inflammatory hormone. It is essential for good health as it boosts your immune system, increasing resistance to infections and inflammation.
11. Garlichas antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. It helps boosts immune system function. Garlic has been used around the world for centuries because of its incredible healing powers and ability to fight illness and disease.
12. Spices such as chili peppers help clear your sinuses and open the blocked nasal airways.
13. Heat compress or hot wash cloth placed over your forehead can help break up the sinus congestion.
14. Stay hydrated and drink a lot of water to keep your sinuses moist and loosen and thin out the mucus.
15. Acupuncture or acupressure can be used to relieve sinus pressure and pain.
How Toni Overcame Sinus Infections
Toni was sick all the time with sinus infections. Watch to hear how she was able to prevent having a sinus infection ever again by taking Dr. Hotze’s allergy drops.
Allergies and Sinus Infections - Toni B.'s Story - YouTube
We Can Help
If we could tell you that you that there is a way to stop your sinus infections from occurring in the first place, would that be of interest to you? At Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we believe that instead of masking your allergy symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs, you can correct the underlying cause with allergy drops. We have been successfully treating our guests with allergy drops for decades, as well as restoring thyroid function and hormone balance to boost your immune system.
Let us help you optimize your hormones and treat your allergies to get your immune system in tip-top shape. Contact a wellness consultant today for a complimentary wellness consultation at 281-698-8698. It’s time you got the relief you deserve and make your sinus infections thing of the past.
Heart Disease is #1 Cause of Death in Both Men and Women
Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing nearly 380,000 people annually.
About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year – that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
You may hear from time to time that someone you know passed away suddenly, and it turns out the cause was a heart attack. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence in people with heart disease. Heart disease is known as a silent killer. You may not have any symptoms at all until you are actually having a heart attack, and by then it’s often too late.
So what can you do to protect yourself from having a heart attack? How do you know if you are at risk? Today we are going to address these issues.
What is Coronary Artery Disease?
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a result of plaque buildup in the arteries, called atherosclerosis, which blocks blood flow to the heart and increases the risk for heart attack.
Signs You are Having a Heart Attack
It’s important to catch the signs of a heart attack as soon as possible so that you can get emergency help. Call 911 if you experience any of the warning signs:
Chest discomfort (Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes – or it may go away and then return. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.)
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body (pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach)
Shortness of breath
Breaking out in a cold sweat
Why a Heart Scan Can Save Your Life
You may be thinking, “How do I know if I have plaque or a blocked artery?” A heart scan is the only non-invasive way to determine whether you have coronary artery disease. If you find out that you have plaque buildup, then you can do something to reverse it. It’s best to catch it as early as possible.
If you are over 40 years old, then you should have a heart scan performed. At Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we offer heart scans with an EBCT scanner. EBCT is non-invasive, open, and safe, and emits the lowest radiation in the CT industry. Have peace of mind knowing that heart disease can be detected, safely and comfortably, in its earliest stages.
Ways to Prevent (and Reverse) Heart Disease
There is no time like the present to do all that you can to prevent and reverse heart disease:
Eat a healthy diet of organic fruits and vegetables
If you are a current guest of our Wellness Center and have not had a heart scan, then call us today to schedule your heart scan at 281-579-3600. If you are not yet a guest of our Center, please call our Wellness Consultants at 281-698-8698 for a complimentary wellness consultation. We include a heart scan in your initial consultation with the doctor.
Don’t wait – having a heart scan can save your life!
Men, if you’re thinking of taking Viagra for low libido or erectile dysfunction, then you need to read this post, because your vision could depend upon it. A new study published in the Retinal Cases & Brief Reports Journal demonstrates that irreversible damage to color vision in men is linked to the erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra. This further confirms the fact that vision changes are a possible side effect of Viagra. Did you know that vision loss is also possible?
This new research reported on a case of persistent retinal toxicity associated with a high dose of Viagra (sildenafil citrate) intake in which a 31 year old man with no medical history presented with complaints of bilateral multicolored photopsias (flashes of light) and erythropsia (red-tinted vision), shortly after taking Viagra. He was found to have cone photoreceptor damage. The patient’s symptoms and the photoreceptor structural vision changes persisted for several months. The conclusion of the study was that Viagra is typically associated with transient visual symptoms in normal dosage. At high dosage, it can lead to persistent retinal toxicity in certain individuals.
Dangers of Erectile Dysfunction Drugs
Besides Viagra, medications for erectile dysfunction include Cialis, Levitra, Stendra, Staxyn and Adcirca. They are chemicals that are foreign to your body. These drugs come with many side effects, including some very dangerous ones. Take Viagra, for instance.
Side effects of Viagra include:
Warmth or redness in face, neck or chest
Stuffy nose, nosebleeds
Sleep problems, insomnia
Can’t differentiate between green and blue
Loss of hearing
Ringing in the ears
Heart attack symptoms – chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating
Vision changes or sudden vision loss
Erection is painful or lasts longer than 4 hours, damaging the penis
Swelling in hands, ankles or feet
Shortness of breath
Light-headed feeling, like you might pass out
Safe, Natural Solution for Erectile Dysfunction: Hotze Function Peptide Therapy
Peptides are molecules consisting of two or more amino acids. They are simple chemical messengers that help regulate the body, and when we lose peptides, we tend to see a decline in function.
Hotze Function Peptide Therapy is used to help improve sexual dysfunction in both men (erectile dysfunction and impotence) and women (sexual arousal disorder). Unlike Viagra and other related medications, Hotze Function does not act upon the vascular system, but directly increases sexual desire via the nervous system. It is compounded in sublingual tablets.
Our very own Dr. Donald Ellsworth was recently interviewed about the benefits of peptides for low libido:
“Well, what’s very interesting and encouraging is from dose one in many cases, especially in men, they’ll see a response. It’s very good at both increasing interest, as well as erectile function. Women, interestingly, one of the things that many women will complain of is that they kind of feel a little bit left behind in this area because there are, relatively speaking, more tools available for men than for women. In this particular product, the HotzeFunctionPeptide can help women in sexual interest, and it takes actually a little bit of a higher dose, but even used on an as-needed basis, women have seen benefits, and if used daily can see even more benefits.”
“Well, what’s interesting is because they go directly to the cell surface and send a signal directly to the cell, so peptides can have an effect that is, in some cases, almost immediate.”
Improving Libido with Peptides
Watch as Dr. Hotze and Dr. Donald Ellsworth discuss the benefits of peptides for libido, not only for men, but for women, as well:
Improving Libido with Peptides - YouTube
Get Your Love Life Back on Track
Don’t take a chance on a prescription drug that has dangerous side effects. Protect your health and take a natural approach to improve your libido. HotzeFunctionPeptide could be just what you need to turn your love life around. Call HotzePharmacytoday for your prescription of HotzeFunctionPeptide at 281-828-9088.
I think we’d all agree that we could use more energy these days. You wake up tired. You take the kids to school and go to work, dragging yourself through the day tired. Getting a work out in may not even be an option for you because you just don’t have any energy. Then you go to bed tired, and the next morning the cycle begins again. It’s hard to remember what it felt like to feel truly energized.
Here are 7 ways boost energy naturally:
1. Get a Good Night’s Sleep – First and foremost, make sure you are getting between 7 to 9 hours of sound sleep each night. Lack of sleep can really zap your energy for the next day.
2. Check Your Thyroid Function – Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function, directly affects your energy levels because it slows down your metabolism. It’s is important that a doctor evaluates you according to your symptoms, clinical history and body temperature, and not just on a single blood test. It’s also important to get the proper treatment with desiccated thyroid
3. Check Your Adrenal Function – Adrenal fatigue is a condition that occurs when the adrenal glands cannot produce enough cortisol to meet the demands of your body. Your adrenal glands are worn out, so you feel increasingly fatigued. The solution is to supplement with bioidentical cortisol to help support your adrenal glands.
4. Eat a Healthy Diet – Eat lots of organic fruits and veggies. Cut out the junk food, processed food and fast food. Diets high in sugar and simple carbs cause blood sugar spikes and drops, and can make you sluggish.
5. Detox Regularly – Toxins cause us to feel tired, sick, gain weight and contribute to the development of chronic disease. It’s important to detoxify the body of environmental toxins and hormone disruptors such as pesticides and plastics. Besides a detox program, there are things you can do every day to help your body detox, such as drinking lots of water, eating organic, leafy greens and vegetables, sweating it out, and taking antioxidant supplements.
6. Get Up and Move – Believe it or not, making time to exercise each day can help increase your energy. It helps circulate oxygen to your cells. Go for a brisk walk. Exercising will also help you sleep better.
7. Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation – TheAmerican diet is sorely lacking in adequate nutrition, leading to host of nutrient deficiencies which deplete energy. Common issues like stress, a poor diet, and exhausted adrenal glands deplete your body’s stores of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients that you need to feel your best.
Here are our top 2 must-have vitamins to help boost your energy:
Energy Formula Multivitamin – Energy Formula fulfills those essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients that you need, and surpasses the recommended daily amount so that you don’t just get enough “to get by” but are able to function at your absolute best and enjoy the life you were designed to live. It provides you with more than 27 essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. It improves overall energy production at a cellular level, offers cardiovascular and immune support, helps to decrease stress levels and improve mood.
B-Complex – B vitamins should be at the foundation of your vitamin regimen. B vitamins are water-soluble (which means they are excreted through urine and not stored in fat) and they are also very easily depleted from your body through common daily activities such as exercise, stress, caffeine and taking prescription drugs. B-Complex is a blend of the most highly absorbable forms of each B vitamin, including B12, all which work synergistically with one another to replenish your B vitamin stores, give you back your energy, reduce stress, and detoxify your body naturally.
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