Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bio-Identical Hormone replacement therapy: Bio-Identical hormone therapy is just that hormones that are “identical” in molecular structure to your own hormones. As we age, we notice sometimes subtle other times dramatic changes in sleep, concentration, body weight, and mood. These symptoms are often due to hormone depletions. As a whole body, stress, diet. Lifestyle, gut, can cause hormones to fluctuate dramatically. Wendy Finkelstein PA-C takes these factors into consideration when balancing hormones and utilizes specialized test from state of the art laboratories that include not just blood but urine to evaluate markers of poor hormonal detoxification and genetics that play a very important role.
Almost everyone over the age of 40 (and in many cases over 30) begins to experience hormone imbalance. Over your lifetime, you are exposed to environmental and dietary toxins, which contribute to the natural decline of hormones as you age. Though there are many forms of hormone imbalance, menopause is among the most common in women. Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when ovarian production of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone begin to decline. Although menopause is medically defined as the time during which a woman ceases to menstruate for at least 12 months, the onset can occur up to 10 years before that, in a stage referred to as perimenopause.
Women can suffer from symptoms of hormonal imbalance at any point in the life cycle, as hormonal changes can be affected by several factors, including stress, diet, pregnancy, childbirth, perimenopause, and menopause. This is why most practitioner recommend that women have their hormone levels checked by age 30 to establish a baseline.
Men: Symptoms of Declining Testosterone
Loss of energy
Loss of muscle mass or decreased results with workouts
Increase in body fat and/or breast tissue
Loss of libido
Loss of morning erection
Proven Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Reduction in symptoms brought on by menopause and andropause
Facilitated weight loss
Increased lean muscle mass/decreased body fat
Increased skin elasticity/fewer wrinkles
Decreased anxiety and depression
Improved memory and mental faculty
Higher energy level with greater stamina
Increased bone density
Women: Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance
Irritability, mood swings and depression
Loss of libido
Low energy levels
PMS, headaches and foggy thinking
Weight gain or unstable blood sugar
Vaginal dryness and/or pain with intercourse
Hot flashes and night sweats
Men & Hormone Therapy
For men, most complaints stem from a gradual decline in testosterone. Symptoms of hormonal decline in men can manifest in many ways, from emotional, psychological, and behavioral changes to loss of energy, decreased stamina and sexual dysfunction. Although a decline in hormone levels will occur with age in virtually all men, there is no way to predict who will experience andropause symptoms of sufficient severity to seek medical help. This is why it is critically to know that low testosterone levels can severely impact a man’s quality of life and may expose him to more significant health problems like heart disease, osteoporosis and stroke.
Mindset / Life Coaching
Wendy, along with her team of psychosynthesis life coaches, recognizes and supports the necessary shifts that are essential for optimal healing to take place.
Wendy strongly believes that he best opportunities to heal occur when the physical body is in service to the soul, also known as Nephesh. These two components must be synthesized in order for the body to be awakened to a new frequency.
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Metabolic Performance Panel and Micronutrient Testing
Wouldn’t it be great to know which vitamins you may be missing? Which nutrients you could easily incorporate into your diet? Which supplements you can add to your daily routine? Most of us think we know what a healthy diet looks like, but we also hear conflicting information all around us. eat for your blood-type, eat smaller meals more often, eat all your meals in an 8 hour period, low calorie, low fat, low carb, high fat, high protein, take probiotics, take prebiotics, take this supplement, take
this vitamin drink this shake.
Link to Urinary metabolomic testing from Physicians Lab offers the most accurate results for biomarkers in the body. Physicians Lab’s method of collecting is simple and fast. The testing is easy to complete, requiring only a few drops of a first morning void urine sample. Physicians Lab has developed a novel LCMS/ MS assay to quantify 50 curated biomarkers in human urine. The results provide detailed information on how the body is metabolically balanced and are driven by algorithms to determine outcome-based recommendations which are supported by peer reviewed clinical literature and population wide association studies. The report is an on-demand analysis of phenotypical information to be used independently or compliment nutrigenomic testing. Providing personalized nutrition for individuals allows for an optimal diet, improved metabolic performance and disease prevention.
The Metabolic Performance Profile creates a personalized approach to optimal health through examining certain biomarkers of genetics, diet, lifestyle, environment, metabolism and detoxification to make assessments in the following areas:
Cellular Energy Production
B-Vitamin and Methylation
Inflammation and Oxidative Stress
Essential and Non-Essential Amino Acids
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More than 75% of all patients have significant genetic weaknesses and expend their valuable income on nutritional supplements. Without genetic validation of enzyme function, many supplements are not effectively delivered at the cellular level. Just because a patient has a (+ / +) or even a (+ / -), does not mean they have or will have a disease. It just means they have a predisposition to a condition, if exposed to the right environment, it may ignite that gene expression. A Genomic SNP is like a crack in the foundation of a bridge. Having knowledge of where the cracks are in our foundation, would tell us where not to put the most stress.
Immune response, inflammation, methylation, energy production, hormonal health, GI health and detoxification continue to emerge as the cornerstones of health and wellness. These cornerstones are all founded in how patients express their genes (epigenetics) and metabolize products (metabolomics). By identifying genetic predispositions as bumps in the road and making recommendations on how to modify both epigenetic expression and metabolism, practitioners have a road map to avoid the rocky roads and keep each patient on smooth pavement. Nephesh Health can make supplementation and lifestyle recommendations for each patient’s specific genetic makeup and then track epigenetic progress through monitoring the affected metabolic pathways of each genetic predisposition in either Hormone or Metabolic Performance Profiles. With Nutrigenomic testing, practitioners can identify common SNPs and use that information to either change the expression of those genes or support the pathways below the altered genes by introducing missing cofactors and nutrients.
23 and Me has gained popularity in the last few years, however many individuals are left with confusing data that is not applicable to their daily lives. Nephesh can now, with your permission, access your raw data and assess what SNPs may be important to address. Nephesh offers a free 15 minute nutrigenomic consultation for more information about this service.
Peptide therapy is the use of peptides in treatment to direct cells to perform the function specific to the peptide being used. Since our bodies naturally produce many kinds of peptides, there are many different types of peptide therapy, all of which are used to trigger a specific function within the body.
Aesthetics / Functional Dermatology
Aging is a call for celebration and an opportunity to feel grateful. I believe by deconstructing the common paradigms of the aging process we can fully emerge into our youth at any age. Partnering with our bodies and collaborating with knowledgeable caring doctors, providers, coaches and specialists can allow us to truly harness and reclaim what it means to be and feel beautiful inside and out. My goal is to support you in aligning your physical and mental health with a tailored natural looking appearance so that you can fully experience a joyful lifestyle that amplifies your own unique exquisiteness. Wendy Finkelstein embodies the art of integrative health with a heartforward empathetic approach which validates the human experience
Wendy Finkelstein is a board certified Physician Assistant with over a decade of exclusive dermatological and cosmetic experience. She believes the skin is an important gateway in and out the body and upholds the motto, if we are not skin conscious than its permeability and functions can be detrimental to our overall health. Coupled with her expert skills in cosmetic and general dermatology, Wendy has a skilled eye when it comes to injectables such as Botox, Dysport, Restylane, Juvederm products and is also an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, acne, psoriasis, eczema and many other common dermatologic disorders
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
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Hyperbaric Medicine is a rapidly evolving discipline in health care. It is centereed around the delivery of oxygen (O2) at increased pressure as treatment for a wide range of diseases and medical conditions.
Our immune system, as much as we try to protect it, is at the mercy of our emotions and lifestyle. Where the inner world and outer worlds collide is often manifested in DiS-ease, The unfortunate truth is that no matter how many supplements or medications we take, if we do not address the importance of "BREATH" and OXYGEN we cannot harness our own healing power, and as a result, like an engine from an old car, we are only left with fumes to operate on.
Oxygen therapy, like the deepest fullest breath, is the fundamental reset button that may just give you the power to re-align your energy centers and harmonize not just your psychological clarity, but the physical stamina to reclaim your health goals.
Heart Rate Testing (HRV)
HRV is becoming a fundamental and essential biofeedback tool that can assess a person’s autonomic nervous system. Many diseases originate from stress and sympathetic overdrive.
HRV is the variation between heartbeats. When there is high variation, the individual spends more time in a relaxed state and has good stress coping strategies., Metabolic flexibility and resiliency is so important in today’s world. Over the past few decades, research has shown a relationship between low HRV and worsening depression or anxiety. A low HRV is even associated with an increased risk of death and cardiovascular disease.
People who have a high HRV may have greater cardiovascular fitness and be more resilient to stress. HRV may also provide personal feedback about your lifestyle and help motivate those who are considering taking steps toward a healthier life. It is fascinating to see how HRV changes as you incorporate more mindfulness, meditation, sleep, and especially physical activity into your life. For those who love data and numbers, this can be a nice way to track how your nervous system is reacting not only to the environment, but also to your emotions, thoughts, and feelings.
Mitochondria are thought to be an ancient bacterium that we inherited so that we could breathe oxygen and make energy. The reason why we breathe is because we have mitochondria. 95% of all energy is made by our mitochondria. Mitochondria utilize oxygen and the electrons acquired from food to allow for every cell in our bodies to function.
Mitochondria comprise 10-15% of our total body weight. This equivalent to a sim card in a smart phone. What happens when your phone dies? When our supply of energy cannot keep up with the demand for energy, inflammation, fatigue, and autoimmune disease ensue. The Mitochondria, like the gut and the brain also become leaky.
Surprisingly, we can now detect mitochondrial decay well before we get the” DIAGNOSIS” In other words, the mitochondria, and its ability to hold the bodies voltage is at the heart of disease prevention. We see examples of poor mitochondrial and metabolic flexibility every day in the form of obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, chronic fatigue, autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia and more. When our mitochondria are damaged our cells and their receptors malfunction. When are cells malfunction, tissue and organs can no longer do their jobs.
Mitochondrial Rescue is unique protocol that supports the mitochondria and its ability to make clean energy and improve our regenerative, self-healing capacity.
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