Endocrinology

 

Hormones are the messengers that our bodies use to communicate between organs and tissues. They are used to regulate very important physiological and behavioral activities, such as digestion, metabolism, respiration, tissue function, sensory perception, sleep, excretion, lactation, stress, growth and development, movement, reproduction, and mood. Without a healthy functioning endocrine system, many of these functions will be affected.

 

There are many factors that can affect the functioning of the endocrine system, including physical and emotional stress, gastrointestinal dysfunction, infections, genetic mutations, food sensitivity/allergy, heavy metal toxicity, poor diet and lifestyle, lack of exercise, and more. For most endocrine-related conditions, improvement of overall health is the first step. Dr. Fong also prescribes hormone balancing and boosting herbs and bio-identical hormones when needed. 

 

Scroll down to read the most common endocrine-related diseases we treat, and our endocrine treatments, or click to read about The NaturalStart Method.

 

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Endocrinology Diseases We Treat

  • Adrenals are responsible for the “fight or flight” response and are directly affected by stress. Although "fight or flight" is meant for a short term response, many people in modern society live in this state 24/7. The adrenals eventually cannot maintain this response any longer and the result is Adrenal Fatigue or Adrenal Exhaustion. Symptoms include fatigue, sleep issues, thyroid dysfunction, weight gain, inflammation, and more.

  • Symptoms of an under functioning thyroid include fatigue, weight gain, constipation, hair loss and more. Symptoms of a hyperactive thyroid include difficulty concentrating, fatigue, frequent bowel movements, goiter (visibly enlarged thyroid gland) or thyroid nodules, hand tremor, heat intolerance, increased appetite, increased sweating. Thyroid dysfunction may be caused by high levels of stress, adrenal insufficiency, nutritional deficiency, selenium and iodine insufficiency, liver and kidney dysfunction, “yo-yo dieting", autoimmune disease, and food sensitivity. Dr. Fong also treats the autoimmune thyroid conditions, Hashimoto's and Grave's.

  • Blood sugar dysregulation often follows dysregulation in the pancreas, liver, and the adrenal glands. These three organ work together to regulate and normalize blood glucose levels. Adrenal fatigue and can lead to insulin resistance causing the glucose levels to rise and making it hard for the body to lower them, therby causing diabetes. The symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, excessive thirst, increased hunger, weight loss, tiredness, lack of interest and concentration, tingling sensation or numbness in the hands or feet, and blurred vision.

  • Difficulty losing weight is often due to a number of factors, including metabolic dysfunction, blood sugar dysregulation, poor diet and lifestyle, toxin overload, nutrient deficiencies, and hormonal imbalance. Dr. Fong will put the puzzle pieces together to uncover the root cause of your weight problems. Her goal is the bring balance to your system, and when your body is in equilibrium, excess fat gets burned off and your weight goals can be achieved..

  • Dysfunction with the female hormone system presents as PMS, menopause, menstrual irregularity, low libido, menstrual headaches, and problems with fertility. Oftentimes these conditions have a variety of causes and can be resolved with better care of general health. For example, mood swings during the menstrual cycle can be the result of poor thyroid function. Poor liver function or dysbiosis can cause imbalance between progesterone and estrogen. These hormonal imbalances can be improved by better care of overall health, hormone boosting herbs, and bio-identical hormones when needed.

  • Dysfunction with the male hormones system presents as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), impotence, erectile dysfunction, and low libido.  BPH is an enlargement of the prostate causing pressure on the urethra. This may lead to interruption of urinary flow, a feeling of incomplete evacuation after urinating, a feeling of urgency before urinating, pain, burning, or impotence. BPH can lead to prostate cancer. These hormonal imbalances can be improved by better care of overall health, hormone boosting herbs, and bio-identical hormones when needed.

  • The Endocrine system is extensive and dynamic. In addition to the specific diseases listed here, we treat all endocrine-related diseases. There are many factors that can affect the functioning of the endocrine system, including physical and emotional stress, gastrointestinal dysfunction, infections, genetic mutations, food sensitivity/allergy, heavy metal toxicity, poor diet and lifestyle, lack of exercise, and more. For most endocrine-related conditions, improvement of overall health is the first step.

Endocrinology Treatments

  • Bioidentical hormones are hormones that are identical to those produced by your body.  They are derived from plants and work perfectly with all the systems of your body, as nature intended. Bioidentical hormones are custom formulated for you based upon your unique profile, which is determined by both your medical history and laboratory testing, to restore optimal hormonal support. They differ from conjugated hormones, such as birth control pills, that disrupt normal metabolic pathways by introducing non-bioidentical compounds which do not properly breakdown in the hormonal cascade.

  • Supplements, herbs and homeopathy can address the root cause of the hormonal imbalances and also act medicinally to alleviate the symptoms and protect the body from further damage, while the root cause of the symptoms are also being addressed. After evaluating you with an extensive intake, physical exam, and laboratory testing, Dr. Fong will prescribe a customized treatment plan for you. The eventual goal for you is true endocrine balance, where you will not need any support, conventional or naturopathic, because the "root cause" of the imbalance has been addressed.

  • Toxins act as endocrine disruptors and are the leading cause of almost all endocrine-related disease. At NaturalStart Medicine, our goal is to identify the source of toxicity in your system and then work to cleanse and flush those toxins out of your system. We offer a la carte detoxification treatments, including colon hydrotherapy, bio-electric lymphatic drainage, ionic foot cleanses, and IV and IM nutrition, as well as general and customized detoxification programs to address the root cause of your disease. 

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