Do you ever feel like something just isn’t right with your body? It could be your hormones. Hormone levels influence mood, concentration, sex drive, and many other aspects of physical and mental health.
When they get out of balance, you could experience a host of negative effects.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF HORMONE IMBALANCE:
- Reduced memory and ability to focus
- Sleep problems
- Anxious, irritable, or depressed
- Joint pain
- Decreased muscle strength
- Reduced libido and sexual performance
BENEFITS OF BALANCED HORMONES INCLUDE:
- Regain strength and energy
- Feel happier, younger, and more energetic
- Greater mental clarity
- Decreased risk of age-related illness
- Easier to lose weight
- Restore or increase your sex drive
To determine your hormone levels, we begin with an extensive panel of blood tests. You may have your blood drawn in the office, or our expert phlebotomist will come to your home to draw your blood privately and safely. You may use your insurance to pay for your tests, or we can run a complete hormone panel for $185.00. There is a modest fee for mobile phlebotomy which is not covered by insurance.
Our tests are much more thorough than the required standards. The hormone panel includes the standard tests you’d get at your regular doctor’s office, plus tests for electrolytes, liver and kidney function and a complete look at the components of your blood: white blood cells which fight infection, red blood cells which carry oxygen, and platelets, which are important to clotting and immune function.
We test levels of sex and thyroid hormones for men and women very thoroughly. We also test for vitamins D, B12, and other nutrients if indicated.
Barbara Mack, M.D. has over 30 years of experience practicing medicine and over 15 years offering Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Dr. Mack believes that men and women deserve to feel healthy and youthful at all ages, and her clinic, based in University Place, Washington and serving the Tacoma area, works to help patients restore balance and vitality.
We take the time to listen to, and take seriously, each patient’s concerns. We begin with extensive diagnostic tests to help patients identify any existing hormonal imbalances. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has forever changed the way that men and women respond to the aging process, and it can restore good health from the inside out.
WHAT MAKES LIFESTYLE MEDICINE DIFFERENT?
If you feel dissatisfied with the traditional model of healthcare, you’re not alone. More Americans than ever are frustrated by doctors who don’t take the time to listen to their needs, and prescription medications that seem to cause more problems than they solve.
Fortunately, there is a more natural and personal mode of healthcare. Doctors who practice Lifestyle Medicine focus on the whole person, which includes the mind, body, spirit, community, and environment. This is a radically different approach than standard Western medicine that treats diseases and injuries one symptom at a time. As a former ER doctor, Dr. Mack believes traditional allopathic medicine is absolutely the correct approach to acute medical problems such as broken bones and heart attacks. Unfortunately, allopathic medicine is not well-suited for planning a healthy lifestyle that prevents chronic issues through adopting lifelong positive practices. This is why your regular doctor has not been able to satisfy your health concerns.
By the time people reach middle age, their bodies are undergoing radical hormonal changes. For women, progesterone is the first hormone to start declining, followed by estrogen. When these two hormones are out of balance, women can experience a wide range of debilitating
symptoms. These may include migraine headaches, insomnia, weight gain, mood swings, and lower libido. Men, who start losing testosterone around age 30, experience many of the same symptoms. Doctors who solely practice allopathic medicine aren’t well-equipped to offer lasting relief.
Dr. Mack believes that the primary function of her job as an integrative medicine practitioner is to help you become the best possible version of yourself. She isn’t here just to treat a symptom and send you home. As a key tenet of holistic medicine, Dr. Mack seeks to understand the many facets of your life that may contribute to you feeling unwell. When you visit for your first appointment, she sets aside a full hour to listen and ask questions so she can incorporate your answers into an effective treatment plan.
If you are experiencing issues related to hormone imbalance, talk to Barbara Mack, M.D. to learn more about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Combined with an overall wellness plan, this treatment is designed to bring your hormones into optimal balance so your body can function at its best. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can improve your daily life by boosting your energy and libido, and relieving the many symptoms associated with hormonal decline, dominance, or imbalance. This approach to hormone balancing uses plant-based ingredients with an identical cellular and molecular structure to that of human hormones. Because of this organic basis, patients experience fast symptom relief without the side effects associated with synthetic and pharmaceutical remedies.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is customized for every patient, in keeping with the integrative approach to medicine that Dr. Mack believes in so strongly. Unlike many standard medications for hormone-related conditions that treat every patient the same, your BHRT prescription is created for your body’s unique needs. This is why Dr. Mack spends so much time meeting with patients personally. While the results of your saliva and blood tests are important in determining your treatment plan, the way you experience your symptoms is equally important. With a commitment to self-care and a custom-tailored Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy restoring your hormones to their optimal balance, you will feel ready to take on life again.
So I’ve been on hormone therapy for a few years and but hated having to constantly inject myself every 2 weeks and the hormone fluctuations were rough sometimes. I decided to look around from pellet therapy and found Dr. Mack provided what I was looking for. When I finally got a chance to meet her, she was so sweet and really attentive, not only that, she noticed my hypothyroidism from my blood test (something I totally forgot to ask her about when I was there!)
I started my journey to better health in January of 2015. Since then I’ve lost 60 pounds and feel great. As well, I’ve started working with their functional medicine doctor, Dr. Mack. She is compassionate, kind and oh so knowledgeable. Every step of the way I’ve been monitored physically and nutritionally… I cannot express it enough that if you are looking for a journey to better health this is definitely the place you should start!