Mark: Hi, it’s Mark Bossert from Top Local Lead Generation. We’re here today talking with Dr. Nicholas Jensen from Divine Elements. They’re a Naturopathic and Wellness Clinic in Vancouver. How’re you doing today Dr. Jensen?
Nicholas: Great, thanks Mark. Good to see you.
Mark: So you can reach Divine Elements at their website at divineelements.ca or you can give them a call. Today we’re talking about hormone imbalance which is something that’s really quite the coming thing in the world and Dr. Jensen is going to give us some insight on discovering your hormone signature. So first why don’t we just find out a little bit about you, Nicholas? Who are you?
Nicholas: Good, thanks Mark. I’m a Naturopathic Physician. I graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in 2007 with my beautiful wife. So we co-own our family wellness clinic here, Divine Elements and my specialty is really helping people find their hormone signature. So I call myself a Naturopathic Physician, also a Wellness Consultant because we’re not just looking at the basic fundamental errors that just show up over time but we’re also looking at enhanced quality of life and live as long and healthy as we can.
Mark: So, what the heck are hormones and what is a hormone imbalance?
Nicholas: Yes, great question and it’s definitely something that can seem quite complicated but at the end of the day it’s kind of a simple matter. Essentially hormones regulate so many pieces of operating systems in our body and basically an imbalance can be set up in many different ways but if you look at our modern lifestyle with the caffination and staying up too late and over doing it with stress, the types of food we’re eating; we’re bombarded constantly with ways that throw our bodies out of balance and one of the first places it shows up is in the hormonal system. Just an interesting side note is our hormones actually decline by fifty percent from ages 25 to 40, so this is a significant role that this plays on us over time. If you look at any of the major chronic illnesses that do show up over time, they’re usually age related illnesses and in fact they’re so closely related to the hormone system, so it’s definitely an important area for discussion.
Mark: So how do you discover if your hormones are out of balance?
Nicholas: So, there are many different ways of doing it as far as testing and consultation concern, in this clinic here what we really want to discover is that hormonal signature and so we’ve kind of coined that term because hormones aren’t just what you see on a blood test. They’re really about the quality of life, how you’re spending your time with your family, friends, what you’re doing for exercise, what kind of nutrition you’re putting in your body, so all these factors are taken into account but when people are coming in to really look at that hormonal system and a huge part of that is actually addressing things in the blood work as well, so people come in, we get an initial assessment through that lab work, we have them watch a detailed video describing the whole hormonal process and on the first visit we put together a strategic plan to deal with those unique systems, symptoms that are showing up for an individual. And some of those, just to go over some of those typical symptoms, could be anything from fatigue, to weight gain, insomnia, depression, just the change in mood for many men and women; it’s a feeling of loss of mojo that definitely shows up over time and just a general lack of that zest, that quality of life so those are definitely the more common things that show up for people but the hormones because they play such a ubiquitous role in the body that it can look like a multitude of different things.
Mark: O.K., so I suspect maybe my hormones are out of balance. What do I do?
Nicholas: The first thing you do is definitely call the clinic and ask and talk to our receptionist and our office managers who have valuable information to share on whether or not you’d be a good candidate for the program and if need be we do offer fifteen minute free consultations to really address if this is an area worth looking into and once people decide that, yes this is something you want to do and you want to work with us as physicians, Naturopathic doctors then we get going. We make sure you get your blood work done; we sign you up for your consultation and get you started on a hormone balance program.
Mark: That’s great. So is there like one story about this that kind of the before and after that you, I’m kind of springing this on you, but is there a good story that you could tell about an example of how this has affected some’s life?
Nicholas: The wonderful thing about working with hormones is there are so many stories and each day that we get to see these people, we get hear about these profound effects that show up in people’s lives. And one in particular yesterday, just had a patient of my wife’s actually who was commenting on her progress and she was in a real difficult . . . I think we lost you there.
Mark: Yup. So you were talking about this lady
Nicholas: Yes, great, thanks Mark. Yes so my wife’s patient just yesterday was talking about her road to wellness just over this three month period which is very common for a lot of the patients. Basically she was coming in, she was overweight, she wasn’t sleeping, hot flashes were getting out of control, basically she felt like she was out of control, she lost that handle and real sense of self that seems to disappear with the chronic stress and whatnot that shows up in people’s lives. So she was eating poor, no energy, again not sleeping; in a short period of time she got her life back because she was sleeping again, she had that energy to go and start to get active. She’d completely transformed the way she was eating and she’s a new woman, where as in the medical system she may have been a prime candidate for anti-depressant medications and all sorts of different medications that basically aren’t serving her in the long run and just after a short period of time she gets her life back and at the end of the day this is just the beginning. She’s got a lot of work to do but to see such profound change after such a short period of time is quite phenomenal and it’s definitely on par with what most people do feel once they get going.
Mark: That’s awesome. So we’ve been talking with Dr. Nicholas Jensen. We’re going to explore this a lot more over the next few weeks but you can reach him and his wife Sonya at their Naturopathic Wellness Clinic, Divine Elements in Vancouver. divineelements.ca or you can call them at 604-568-3735. Thanks a lot Doctor Nicholas.
Nicholas: Thanks so much Mark. Have a great day.
Mark: Hi, it’s Mark Bossert from Top Local Lead Generation. We’re here today with Dr. Nicholas Jensen from Divine Elements. We’re going to be talking about weight loss and thyroid function. How’re you doing today Nick?
Nick: Great Mark, how’re you doing?
Mark: I’m good. Hey, so um, first of all what is the thyroid gland?
Nick: Yeah, basically I want to touch in on the thyroid function just because we touched on weight loss and it’s such a hot topic, um so basically the thyroid gland is a gland that sits at the level of the neck. Everyone’s got one, some people have one that’s working a little bit better than others, so pieces that we’re are really looking for when it comes to thyroid function is looking at your levels of T4, T3 and in the blood. T4 is your inactive form of thyroid hormone, T3 is an active. All that really means is that these are levels on a blood test that we are able to see how active thyroid is. Now, the unfortunate piece is that standard medical practice is to look for something called TSH which is if you’ve ever had blood work done then mostly likely that’s a marker that’s been checked on someone and if there’s a, only if TSH registers high which equals hypothyroid is there ever any concern or cause to look at a T4 level. Actual fact is when you want to, what you want to look for is all these levels in the blood. You want to look TSH, T4, T3, something called reverse T3, a thyroid antibodies, excuse me, that gives us a much clearer picture, objective picture of what’s going on with the thyroid hormone.
Mark: So, how does all that work together to create signs of an imbalanced thyroid gland?
Nick: So, for most people, I mean, taking you back to weight loss, weight loss is such a huge struggle for so many people and obviously diet is a factor but with regards to the thyroid function, if thyroid is not working well, and we’re just going to be talking about hypothyroid for today. Hypothyroid means under functioning metabolism, so T3, the active form of thyroid hormone is actually what determines that but some other common signs and symptoms would be low mood or depression which are very common, feeling cold all the time is a big concern for a lot of people, I mean, it’s less of a concern in the summer months but definitely once winter hits there’s many people who are just constantly feeling that cold, right down to the bone and that’s a very common sign, other ones would be hair loss or hair thinning, dry hair and skin, feeling like their nails are always cracked and brittle and slow wound healing. So these are all some of the more common signs of thyroid imbalance or hypothyroid symptoms.
Mark: So, that’s an awful lot of areas of the body that are being affected.
Nick: Absolutely. The reality is that the body is more likely to go into a hypothyroid state mostly because our nutritional capacity or what we’re taking in regularly is not up to par so with those feelings of feeling cold all the time, the cold extremities, the body is basically giving us messages and saying, you know, things could definitely be better. Why are we, you know, why are we not listening to our symptoms and why are we allowing these symptoms to take control of our lives and why, what are we not listening, what are we not doing, what are we choosing not to do. So, the problem is that so many people are suffering needlessly with these symptoms and we don’t need to. The standard medical practice is to give medication called Synthroid, so across the board if there’s a thyroid imbalance going on, Synthroid is the medication of choice. The problem with Synthroid is Synthroid is only bolstering T4’s affects. T4 is again, inactive thyroid hormone, so people can be on this medication for years and have very little effect on any of their symptoms because T4 is not converting into the active form of thyroid hormone. There are some very simple things that you can do to help up regulate thyroid function.
Mark: So, why would someone be on a medication that isn’t solving the problem?
Nick: Well, this is the problem is that too many people are trusting a system that’s, they’re not listening to their own intuition any more, they’re not listening to the call that things are not working and I ask people this, I say, why are you taking medication that’s not serving you, why are you taking a medication that’s not doing anything, um, nothing noticeable anyways. There are some people that gain a little bit of benefit because T4 is low but the reality is most people are not receiving the benefit, and so that’s a question we pose everybody who’s on the medication that’s not doing what it’s supposed to.
Mark: Right, so, o.k. how do you solve that thyroid imbalance?
Nick: So, for most people, like everything we do in the clinic here, we always start off with nutritional changes, lifestyle changes. There’s so much to be said for what you put in your body and how it metabolizes and absorbs and what the outcome is. We can be deficient in some of the very common nutrients that help to regulate thyroid function like zinc and iodine and selenium. Just bolstering those alone sometimes creates the change that people need to see in order to have a change in the symptoms. Often times through our Truebalance Bioidentical Hormone Program we often prescribe a hormone called desiccated thyroid which is basically it’s a complete support for the thyroid function. It’s not just addressing the T4. So, once we get all the blood work done, once we get the questionnaires filled out, and once we do our consultation we’re able to really determine this hormonal signature that people are presenting with and address the symptoms directly by adjusting nutrient intake, lifestyle changes, and in those cases adding desiccated thyroid. And just this past week actually, a patient emailed who’d just recently been put on desiccated thyroid through the program and has reported loosing over eight pounds, feeling fantastic, she’d wrote such a beautiful email about how well she was doing and it was a such a simple, the only thing she changed at this point was just adding a desiccated thyroid and selenium and cutting out the Synthroid and she’s started to feel like how she always knew she could feel, so that was a big victory and a big aha moment, when things are addressed properly its, some amazing things can happen for people.
Mark: That’s really amazing and gratifying to hear that there’s, there is help, because I know this is a pretty common thing, is that right?
Nick: Absolutely and a big percentage of people who come in for hormonal imbalance do have a thyroid imbalance as well and we can’t look at these things as independent obstacles, I mean, then this is again the problem with a disease treatment model as opposed to a health model. When we’re looking at the whole body we’re seeing the whole picture and seeing all these different hormones play an intricate role together so, we address the whole person, we address the root cause and amazing things can happen.
Mark: So that’s awesome. So, we’ve been talking about weight loss and thyroid function learning some pretty amazing things from Dr. Nicholas Jensen from Divine Elements. You can reach them at Divine Elements.ca or give them a call 604-568-3735. Thanks a lot Nick.
Nick: Thanks a lot Mark, have a great day.
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