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Early Menopause

July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Hey Doc|

Hey Doc, I wanted to know if this is a beneficial product to use if I am in early menopause? I had my daughter at 30, went on menara contraceptive for 5 years at age 33. About half way through I started getting hot flashes. I didn't think much of it. I had the contraceptive removed at age 38, then had my tubes tied. After the surgery I have never had a period and my hormones test positive for menopause. My doctors couldn't explain it. They wanted me to go on synthetic estrogen hormones. I refused. I am now [...]

Cortisol and Adrenaline Dominance

May 30th, 2017|Categories: Hey Doc|

Hey Doc, Can progesterone cream be used throughout the female cycle if being used for adrenaline dominance issues? Also, does high cortisol as determined by a 4-pt saliva test indicate adrenaline dominance? -Julia _________________________________________________________________________ Dear Julia, Progesterone cream can be used throughout the female cycle in order to maximize its effect on managing adrenaline and insulin. The only exception to this in those situations when a woman is trying to get pregnant. In that case, progesterone should not be used for the first 7-10 days of the cycle to avoid the possibility that it might prevent ovulation. A high [...]

BC Pills Cause Tumor Growth?

May 15th, 2017|Categories: Hey Doc|

Hey Doc, I am wondering if birth control can cause tumor growth. My 16-year-old niece had a schwannoma tumor removed two years ago. There was a small piece left connected to spine. they monitor it and no growth until recently. Found out she had started taking birth control pills and wondering if this could have caused it. -Julie ____________________________________________________________ Dear Julie, An interesting question. BC pills are known to increase certain brain tumors such as gliomas. Schwann cells produce myelin which is how nerves communicate. Progesterone is the strongest stimulant to the production of myelin, so needless to say [...]

Eczema and Excess Adrenaline

May 8th, 2017|Categories: Hey Doc|

Hey Doc, Dr.Platt, this article regarding the safety of progesterone in children is so helpful and came at an opportune time for me. I am using progesterone myself for adrenaline and estrogen dominance and it is helping. My son is 2 years old and has constant wakings throughout the night, refuses naps and eczema that has no known cause. I myself have had eczema in the past and it's also been in my family (mothers side) I believe the eczema is related to adrenaline he is experiencing even at the young age of 2. He loves to be scared [...]

Should I Cycle My Progesterone Use?

April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Hey Doc|

Hey Doc, Question about progesterone: What about its effect during a woman's menstrual cycle? Will it stop or alter the cycle if used day 1 to to say day 7? In other words, if it is used for something like anxiety, can it be used on a daily basis or should it be avoided during menses. Or should the dosage be adjusted during the menses? -Darleen _______________________________________________________________________ Darleen, The only time it might alter the cycle is if you are close to your menopause. Progesterone can certainly be used daily, and should be used daily if there are concerns [...]

Am I Producing Insulin?

March 1st, 2017|Categories: Hey Doc|

Hey Doc, Was told by endocrinologist there is no test to determine if I still produce insulin. That's not correct, is it? If I'm currently on insulin, does that hinder the test? Want to get off of it…. -Sue Dear Sue, There actually is a test to determine if you are still producing insulin. It is called a C-peptide test. Your taking insulin should not affect the test. The Doc

What To Do For High Cholesterol?

December 1st, 2016|Categories: Hey Doc|

Hey Doc, Shared cholesterol info with 50-year old son and the harm of statin drugs–he chose to go off statin and recent blood test shows over 500 cholesterol and triglycerides. He went back on statin. I had never heard of over 500. What can he do? He has a very poor diet to begin with and he's working on that…I'm fearful for him. -Sue ________________________________________________________________________ Dear Sue, A cholesterol level that high is unusual and almost always is inherited from one of the parents. Do you know what his cholesterol was before he first started on a statin? I [...]

Progesterone and Insulin Resistance

November 18th, 2016|Categories: Hey Doc|

Hey Doc: So how do you use progesterone cream if you have insulin resistance? What do you do for insulin resistance? -Rebecca Dear Rebecca Insulin resistance is most commonly associated with type II diabetes. In this situation, a person's insulin has trouble getting sugar into cells resulting in elevated blood sugars. In this situation you would want to use progesterone in the usual fashion by applying it about 1-3 minutes before eating. This would help control insulin levels as well as sugar level increases from adrenaline. There is another type of insulin resistance that is not as well known. [...]

Hey Doc Series/Will Progesterone Affect the Menstrual Cycle?

October 31st, 2016|Categories: Hey Doc|

Hey Doc: I agree that progesterone cream would be safe and beneficial for my daughter. Two things: (1) Her hormones are beginning to move her toward puberty. Will using progesterone for her anxiety, anger, anxiousness, weight, adrenaline dominance etc have a negative effect on her budding menstrual cycle? (2) She has an extremely low tolerance for pain and refuses to visit the doctor. Can I safely give her progesterone cream without having her levels checked? -Tiffany Dear Tiffany, Progesterone may bring on her cycle if she has enough estrogen, but will not have an adverse effect on her cycle. You [...]

Hey Doc Series/Progesterone and Gout

October 24th, 2016|Categories: Hey Doc|

Hi My husband is currently started Platt Pro, his sugar numbers are getting better, but he is having a flare up of his gout problem. Can this be connected to this cream? He has had problems with gout for years. Thank you, SHIRLEY Y Dear Ms. Shirley. Let me start off by saying that progesterone cannot precipitate a gout attack. It cannot elevate uric acid levels. Is it possible he has taken some aspirin or a diuretic recently, or perhaps had some alcohol - these are substances that can elevate uric acid levels. In the meantime, since progesterone down-regulates [...]

Hey Doc Series/Progesterone for Children?

October 7th, 2016|Categories: Hey Doc|

Hey Doc... I have most of the info I need to help our family in your book "Adrenaline Dominance", but it did not give any information about using the cream for small children. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to start with 50mg a day for them or if they get smaller doses. I am also wondering about breastfeeding while using the cream. I would greatly appreciate any info you could share in regards to this. Thank you so much. -Sarah S. -------------------------------------------- Dear Sarah, Progesterone cream is extremely safe to give to children of any age. It [...]

Do I Really Need Estrogen?

September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Hey Doc|

Do I Really Need Estrogen? Hey Doc… I’m confused.  I have read numerous books on the menopause and yours seems to be the only one that does not encourage estrogen use.  In fact, your book seems to be located outside the box with regard to many traditional approaches to medicine.  However, they all seem to make sense.  Can traditional medicine, including hormone doctors, be so far off base when it comes to treating patients? —R.B. in Santa Monica- Dear R.B., There are many urban legends in medicine.  Once they become entrenched it is extremely hard to disentangle them.  Examples [...]