THE NEXT BIG THING
THE EXTENT of the OPIOID CRISIS PROBLEM:
History in North America
There were fewer than 3,000 overdose deaths in 1970, when a heroin epidemic was raging in U.S. cities. There were fewer than 5,000 recorded in 1988, around the height of the crack epidemic. More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year , according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Mike Strobe, AP medical writer.
Opiates such as morphine have been used for pain relief in the United States since in 1800s, and were used during the American Civil War. Opiates soon became known as a wonder drug and were prescribed for a wide array of ailments, even for relatively minor treatments such as cough relief. Bayer began marketing heroin commercially in 1898. Beginning around 1920, however, the addictiveness was recognized, and doctors became reluctant to prescribe opiates. Heroin was made an illegal drug with the Anti-Heroin Act of 1924, in which the U.S. Congress banned the sale, importation, or manufacture of heroin.
In the 1950s, heroin addiction was known among jazz musicians, but still fairly uncommon among average Americans, many of whom saw it as a frightening condition. The fear extended into the 1960s and 1970s, although it became common to hear or read about drugs such as marijuana and psychedelics, which were widely used at rock concerts like Woodstock. Heroin addiction began to make the news when famous people such as Janis Joplin, John Belushi, Jim Morrison and Lenny Bruce, whom most people did not know were addicted, died from overdoses. During and after the Vietnam War, addicted soldiers returned from Vietnam, where heroin was easily bought. Heroin addiction grew within low-income housing projects during the same time period. In 1971, congressmen released an explosive report on the growing heroin epidemic among U.S. servicemen in Vietnam, finding that ten to fifteen percent were addicted to heroin. "The Nixon White House panicked," wrote political editor Christopher Caldwell and declared drug abuse "public enemy number one". By 1973, there were 1.5 overdose deaths per 100,000 people.
Modern prescription opiates such as vicodin and percocet entered the market in the 1970s, but acceptance took several years and doctors were apprehensive about prescribing them. Until the 1980s, physicians had been taught to avoid prescribing opioids because of their addictive nature. A brief letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in January 1980, titled "Addiction Rare in Patients Treated with Narcotics", generated much attention and changed this thinking. A group of researchers in Canada claim that the letter may have originated and contributed to the opioid crisis. The NEJM published its rebuttal to the 1980 letter in June 2017, pointing out among other things that the conclusions were based on hospitalized patients only, and not on patients taking the drugs after they were sent home. The original author, Dr. Hershel Jick, has said that he never intended for the article to justify widespread opioid use.
In the mid-to-late 1980s, the crack epidemic followed widespread cocaine use in American cities. The death rate was worse, reaching almost 2 per 100,000. In 1982, Vice President George H. W. Bush and his aides began pushing for the involvement of the CIA and the U.S. military in drug interdiction efforts, the so-called 'War on Drugs.' By comparison, the opioid epidemic was killing on average 10.3 people per 100,000 in 2016, with the highest rates including over 30 per 100,000 in New Hampshire and over 40 per 100,000 in West Virginia.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2016, more than 11 million Americans misused prescription opioids, nearly 1 million used heroin, and 2.1 million had an addiction to prescription opioids or heroin.
While rates of overdose of legal prescription opiates has leveled off in the past decade, overdoses of illicit opiates have surged since 2010, nearly tripling.
Between 4-6% of people who misuse prescription opioids turn to heroin, and 80% of heroin addicts began by abusing prescription opioids.
In 2014, it was estimated that more than half a million Americans had an addiction to heroin.
Oxycodone is the most widely-used recreational opioid in America. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that about 11 million people in the U.S. consume oxycodone in a non-medical way annually.
Oxycodone was first made available in the United States in 1939. In the 1970s, the FDA classified oxycodone as a Schedule II drug, indicating a high potential for abuse and addiction. In 1996, Purdue Pharma introduced OxyContin, a controlled release formulation of oxycodone. In 2007, Purdue paid $600 million in fines after being prosecuted for making false claims about the risk of drug abuse associated with oxycodone. In 2010, Purdue Pharma reformulated OxyContin, using a polymer to make the pills extremely difficult to crush or dissolve in water to reduce OxyContin abuse. The FDA approved relabeling the reformulated version as abuse-resistant.
OxyContin was removed from the Canadian drug formulary in 2012. In June 2017, the FDA asked the manufacturer to remove its injectable form of oxymorphone (Opana ER) from the US market, because the drug's benefits may no longer outweigh its risks, this being the first time the agency has asked to remove a currently marketed opioid pain medication from sale due to public health consequences of abuse.
There have always been drug addicts in need of help, but the scale of the present wave of heroin and opioid abuse is unprecedented. In Maryland, the first six months of 2015 saw 121 fentanyl deaths. In the first six months of 2016, the figure rose to 446. from Christopher Caldwell, senior editor The Weekly Standard.
Fentanyl, a newer synthetic opioid painkiller, is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, with only 2 mg becoming a lethal dose. It is pure white, odorless and flavorless, with a potency strong enough that police and first responders helping overdose victims have themselves overdosed by simply touching or inhaling a small amount. As a result, the DEA has recommended that officers not field test drugs if fentanyl is suspected, but instead collect and send samples to a laboratory for analysis. "Exposure via inhalation or skin absorption can be deadly," they state.
Fentanyl-related deaths increased by 540 percent across the United States since 2015. This accounts for almost "all the increase in drug overdose deaths from 2015 to 2016", according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Fentanyl-laced heroin has become a big problem for major cities, including Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago. Its use has caused a spike in deaths among users of heroin and prescription painkillers, while becoming easier to obtain and conceal. Some arrested or hospitalized users are surprised to find that what they thought was heroin was actually fentanyl.
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FEDERAL OPIOID STRATEGY:
In April 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services announced their "Opioid Strategy" consisting of five aims:
Improve access to prevention, treatment, and recovery support services to prevent the health, social, and economic consequences associated with opioid addiction and to enable individuals to achieve long-term recovery;
Target the availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs to ensure the broad provision of these drugs to people likely to experience or respond to an overdose, with a particular focus on targeting high-risk populations;
Strengthen public health data reporting and collection to improve the timeliness and specificity of data and to inform a real-time public health response as the epidemic evolves;
Support cutting-edge research that advances our understanding of pain and addiction leads to the development of new treatments, and identifies effective public health interventions to reduce opioid-related health harms; and
Advance the practice of pain management to enable access to high-quality, evidence-based pain care that reduces the burden of pain for individuals, families, and society while also reducing the inappropriate use of opioids and opioid-related harms.
SAMHSA administers the Opioid State Targeted Response grants, a two-year program authorized by the 21st Century Cures Act which provided $485 million to states and U.S. territories in the fiscal year 2017 for the purpose of preventing and combating opioid misuse and addiction.
Michigan, which introduced the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS), allowing doctors to check when and what painkillers have already been prescribed to a patient, and thereby help keep addicts from switching doctors to receive drugs.
As of April 2017, prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) exist in every state. A person on opioids for more than three months has a 15-fold (1,500%) greater chance of becoming addicted. PDMPs allow pharmacists and prescribers to access patients’ prescription histories to identify suspicious use. However, a survey of US physicians published in 2015 found only 53% of doctors used these programs, while 22% were not aware these programs were available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was tasked with establishing and publishing a new guideline, and was heavily lobbied.
The addiction problem starts with focusing on treating SYMPTOMS (the pain) instead of taking the most extensive need to treat the real, true CAUSE of the PROBLEM.
OUR PROGRAM starts by identifying that many causes of pain can be treated medically. Use of nandrolone relieves muscle and joint pain, testosterone therapy results in more strength that may reduce injury. Blocking environmental toxins with stanozolol reduces inflammation and autoimmune reactions.
Methadone has been used for opioid dependence since 1964, and studied the most of the pharmacological treatment options. It is a synthetic long acting opioid, so it can replace multiple heroin uses by being taken once daily. It works by binding to the opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, activating them, reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings while suppressing the "high" that other opioids can elicit. The decrease in withdrawal symptoms and cravings allow the user to slowly taper off the drug in a controlled manner, decreasing the likelihood of relapse. It is not accessible to all addicts. It is a regulated substance, and requires that each dose be picked up from a methadone clinic daily. This can be inconvenient as some patients are unable to travel to a clinic, or avoid the stigma associated with drug addiction.
Naloxone can be used as a rescue medication for opioid overdose or as a preventative measure for those wanting to stop using opiates. It is an opioid antagonist, meaning it binds to opioid receptors, which prevents them from being activated by opiates. It binds more strongly than other drugs, so that when someone is overdosing on opioids, naloxone can be administered, allowing it to take the place of the opioid drug in the person's receptors, turning them off. This blocks the effect of the receptors.
Many states have made Narcan® available for purchase without a prescription. Additionally, peace officers in many districts have begun carrying Narcan® on a routine basis.
Vivitrol® is an long-lasting injectable form of naloxone that blocks the effects of opiates for four weeks. This eliminates the need to remember to take Narcan® on a daily basis. Naloxone is sometimes administered with other drugs such as buprenorphine, as a way to taper off buprenorphine over time. See Suboxone®. The monthly injection costs of Vivitrol® are$1500.00.
Starting in June 2018, our office will be testing a naltexone 100 mg implant pellet. Four 100mg implants will be implanted at 6 week intervals for individuals referred by an addiction medicine specialist. The costs will be approximately one quarter the cost of Vivitrol®.
Buprenorphine is used similarly to methadone, with some doctors recommending it as the best solution for medication-assisted treatment to help people reduce or quit their use of heroin or other opiates. It is claimed to be safer and less regulated than methadone, with month-long prescriptions allowed. It is also said to eliminate opiate withdrawal symptoms and cravings in many patients without inducing euphoria. Probuphine is an implantable form of buprenorphine lasting six months.
Unlike methadone treatment, which must be performed in a highly structured clinic, buprenorphine, according to SAMHSA, can be prescribed or dispensed in physician offices. Patients can thereby receive a full year of treatment for a fraction of the cost of detox programs.
Probuphine® are four 74.2 mg implants that are inserted under the skin in the upper arm and are supposed to last for 6 months and release 8 mg of buprenophine daily. The cost is $4950 and may be covered by insurance. Most insurance companies find 60 f the oral tablets of Butrans®/ Subutex® more affordable at $100 per month.
DEATHS INCREASE EXPONENTIALLY- WORSE EXPECTED
According to CDC director Thomas Frieden:
"As overdose deaths involving heroin more than quadrupled since 2010, what was a slow stream of illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, is now a flood, with the amount of the powerful drug seized by law enforcement increasing dramatically. America is awash in opioids; urgent action is critical."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), death rates from synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, increased over 72% from 2014 to 2015. In addition, the CDC reports that the total deaths from opioid overdoses may be under-counted, since they do not include deaths that are associated with synthetic opioids which are used as pain relievers. The CDC presumes that a large proportion of the increase in deaths is due to illegally-made fentanyl; as the statistics on overdose deaths (as of 2015) do not distinguish pharmaceutical fentanyl from illegally-made fentanyl, the actual death rate could, therefore, be much higher than reported.
Those taking fentanyl-laced heroin are more likely to overdose because they do not know they also are ingesting the more powerful drug. The most high-profile death involving an accidental overdose of fentanyl was singer Prince.
Fentanyl has surpassed heroin as a killer in several locales: in all of 2014 the CDC identified 998 fatal fentanyl overdoses in Ohio, which is the same number of deaths recorded in just the first five months of 2015.
The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio stated:
"One of the truly terrifying things is the pills are pressed and dyed to look like oxycodone. If you are using oxycodone and take fentanyl not knowing it is fentanyl, that is an overdose waiting to happen. Each of those pills is a potential overdose death."
Fix the Pain:
The problem with medical treatment is that we, the public, and the patients have been programmed to find the easy 'fix' by taking a pill to treat the symptom. This is the philosophy of most internists, psychiatrists and family medicine practitioners. It is not as easy as a surgeon's plan to 'cut it out'.
When the symptom is pain, then the treatment is going to be 'forever' under the present herd mentality. What we do differently is to identify the hormonal effects of the originating pain, and, by replenishing these normal hormones, hope t re-establish a normal homeostatic milieu.
Insomnia can be caused by constant pain. However, the pain reduces the natural levels of hormones so sleep worsens for those with lower levels of gonadal (male and female) hormones. The addition of estrogen for women will lower their brain's FSH which causes the hot flush. Good sleep is REM sleep: REM sleep raises human growth hormone levels. Low levels of IGF-1 (biomarker for hGH) is associated with fibromyalgia symptoms: total body aches and pain. Therefore, having the body naturally make more hGH naturally by taking estradiol (women) and testosterone (anabolics) men and women, is a first step for reducing the CAUSE of the pain. hGH has a 75% positive response for those with fibromyalgia symptoms when used for 9 months, However, it is expensive at $600- $1500 per month. But if it can reduce pain medication dependency, it is a good third-line direction to take for these individuals.
Energy is needed for every cell in the body to function: energy is anabolic--energy is anabolic hormones. DHEA is an over-the-counter supplement in the US (and illegal in Canada?!) that feeds every cell Taken in dosages of 20 to 100mg a day in divided doses has been associated with muscle and pain relief and longer life-expectancy.
FIX THE PAIN
The two major causes of headache pain are the cyclical migraine headaches that are knife-like and send the sufferer into noise, sound and light aversion. The last 24- 48 hours, and being 6 times more frequent in women, are hormonally driven. Medication that keeps the estrogen levels stable, will prevent migraines. These treatments include the estradiol patch or pellet used for 70 years. Laboratory testing descdribe here as the panel should make the diagnosis. Lichten has popularized keeping the estradiol levels stable and low with danazol and now the Novel Mixed Androgen Treatment Protocol. With low doses of nandrolone and stanozolol, there is no longer the fluctuation of estradiol that sets off he migraine. Up to 80% of women will find relief with this therapy in the first 6 - 12 months.
CHRONIC TENSION TYPE HEADACHE:
Muscle contractions cause a tight band to extend around the head at the temples and down the neck. This is caused by a head-forward position, repeated strain and rebound from muscle contracting medications such as caffeine, codeine, and sumatriptan (Imitrex®). Yes, the medications used to treat migraine cause muscle contraction headaches. The appropriate treatment for these tension type headache are muscle relaxer: a cream containing ibuprofen (keto-profen), Flexeril®, and DMSO 10% seems to work well. Prescription Voltaren® 1% gel is another alternative. The chiropractor or acupuncturist are able to temporarily relieve the muscle spasms. Physical therapy can relax the muscles and reeducate the individual as to the cause and offer long-term options of reeducation The medical doctor can use injections of Novacaine® to both diagnosis these TT headaches and when used in a 10-day series of day 1, day 3 and 10 may give relief to two-thirds of individuals WHEN THE HORMONAL TRIGGER IS CONCURRENTLY TREATED. Failure to resolve the cause of the hormonal migraine results in treatment failure for the TT headache. Treat Both!
Cluster headaches are called 'ice-pick' headaches because of their severity and that some individuals have killed themselves to stop the pain. These are more often in men and men who ingest large quantities of alcohol. Research shows that these men have low testosterone levels-- not dissimilar to the women with low levels of estrogen triggering their migraines. The medication DHE-45 may be helpful in the emergency situation, but testosterone pellets that keep the testosterone levels above the 'cluster' threshold are best. Cluster headaches may be preventable with long-term pellets therapy. Laboratory testing described in the Panel should diagnose the CAUSE of CLUSTER.
The two major causes of abdominal pain are the woman's pelvic organs (uterus, tubes, and ovaries) from endometriosis and enlarging cysts of the ovaries. Both of these are hormone influenced and most can be suppressed. Older therpay included the oral contraception and the medication Lupron®. By lowering estrogen levels, these hormone sensitive tissues/ organs can reduce back to normal size. and the disease state resolve. When conventional therapy fails, the Novel Mixed Anabolic Therapy Protocol with nandrolone and stanozolol offers a high level of success even in the most extreme cases of endometriosis. While fibroids in the uterus can enlarge, they are not usually painful. They can shrink in size with long term therapy begun when the uterus is 2 to 3 times normal size.
CROHN'S DISEASE(CD) and ULCERATIVE COLITIS(UC):
Almost 200,000 colon surgeries are performed annually on the 1.6 million CD and UC sufferers in the United States. The pain from their colon can be most severe: pain medication may necessitate morphine in the hospital. since the failure rate to 'cure' the disease is so high, addiction within this severely affected group is common. The breakthrough in treatment of these chronic inflammatory diseases with the Novel Mixed Anabolic Treatment Protocol offers a treatment directed at the CAUSE of the disease. AS the medication can be continued indefinitely, the need for pain medication can be dramatically lessened and addiction relieved at the cause.
The surgeons prefer to use Novacaine® local anesthesia for incisional pain relief and longer acting ibuprofen-like medications, Torado® intramuscular injections for post-operative pain. There are also pain infusion pumps and for the most severe pain, intrathecal (spinal) pain pumps. The medication used in the pumps may not be an opioid or additive medication.
ARTHRITIC and OSTEOARTHRITIS BONE PAIN:
The most common visits to the physician office is for back and joint pain. The first pain treatment should be an oral ibuprofen or Toradol® injection medication. A short boost of corticosteroids may next be used. We find that these individuals with chronic pain have developed a catabolic state with low levels of testosterone. Nandrolone, the first derivative of testosterone, in weekly injections of 40 to 60 mg often relieve the pain and assist in healing. While these diseases are rarely healed, nandrolone can relieve the inflammation that chronically cause pain.
All Addiction Sufferers are
low in Testosterone
What has not been realized is that all chronic medical and psychological conditions drain the body of 'energy.' Energy is the ability to manufacture and use 'testosterone.' Part of the depression, sexual dysfunction, and low energy state of individuals suffering from addiction is due to low levels of bio-available testosterone. Replacement of these hormones may reduce these noted symptoms, improve mood and may help recovery.
H.I.S. Hormone Replacement Therapy
Men over the age of 40 (and in many cases with any condition that is chronic or causes daily pain) begin to experience hormone imbalance. Personally, it was fatigue, lack of sexual drive and performance then even night sweats. It took me 25 years to determine that the cause wa exposure to the tons of environmental and dietary toxins dumped into our air, water and food every day. These are estrogenic toxins -- they accelerate our natural decline of hormones with age. In order to balance your hormones for optimal health and wellness, it is critical to be evaluated by a highly trained physician - including comprehensive lab testing and in depth initial questionnaires - prior to creating a personalized treatment plan.
Is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for You?
Many factors can contribute to conditions and diseases that can occur at any stage in life, resulting from an imbalance of hormones:
HRT is approved for the relief of andropausal symptoms (Low-T) and the prevention or treatment of heart disease. Below are some other benefits linked to HRT:
HRT improves muscles function - A study from Uppsala University Hospital Sweden, reported in The Journal of Physiology that HRT improved muscle function in men, even down to the muscle fiber.
The study found that even though individual muscle fibers did not change in size, the muscles of HRT users showed greater strength by generating a higher maximum force compared to non-HRT users. It is thought that using HRT, at least in part, reduces modifications of muscle contractile proteins that are linked to aging."
HRT reduces heart failure and heart attack risk - males with the greastest level of bio-available testosterone show a dramatically lower risk of heart attack and heart failure, a team of Danish researchers reported in the BMJ.
HRT with testosterone not only maintains a man's virility, but also his mental focus, prevents depression and imprves his quality of life.
HRT reduces heart failure and heart attack risk - females who receive HRT soon after the menopause have a dramatically lower risk of heart attack and heart failure, a team of Danish researchers reported in the BMJ.
HRT lowers mortality in younger postmenopausal women - an article published in The American Journal of Medicine informed that HRT "almost undoubtedly" decreased mortality in women whose menopause arrived early.
As a result of hormone imbalance related to these conditions, you may be experiencing one or a combination of what have become known as the classic symptoms of aging:
Low sex drive
What are bioidentical hormone therapy services?
A comprehensive review of symptoms, medical, family and personal history
Testing - saliva, urine and/or blood laboratory analysis
Natural hormone balancing
Quality compounded pharmacy
Highest quality supplements
Stress reduction plans
The good news, for both men and women, is that hormone loss and imbalance is easily correctible. Through state-of-the-art diagnostic hormone testing, using saliva, urine and/or blood analysis, we can determine your hormone levels and your unique bioidentical hormone needs.
No one treatment is correct for everyone. There are many individuals over the years that all of us have treated but to no avail. It is not our desire or intent to suggest that one treatment is the best. Rather, we propose that those who avail themselves of medical care must first educate themselves and then actively discuss with their health professionals what options are available in their individual medical care:
Our first goal, therefore, must be
TREATMENTS FOR THE WHOLE BODY'S WELL-BEING
OPTIONS THAT ARE SAFE, COST-EFFECTIVE, AND AVAILABLE:
Then we can hope to LIVE LONGER & BETTER in a life style that supports
RENEWED ENERGY, and
LONGEVITY in a purposeful life..
Therapy for Men
Regardless of age, addiction starts either with a legal prescription medication for pain or due to recreational drug experimentation. Those who are recreational drug users may become addicted because of the drug users intent.
Our Unique Program Offers
Disulfiram (Antabuse®) pellets for alcoholic userdisorder (AUD).
Anabolic (5 forms of testosterone) Replacement.
Naltrexone and/or probuphine pellets for opioid, oxycotin and heroin addicton.
Bonding Hormones to 'block' environmental toxins
Women have hormonal and other biochemical issues that makes addiction more of a problem for this gender. Our research will hopefully find whether changing the hormonal levels will reduce depedency and recovery.
Our Unique Program Offers
Disulfiram (Antabuse®) pellets for alcoholic userdisorder (AUD).
Anabolic (5 forms of testosterone) Replacement.
Naltrexone and/or probuphine pellets for opioid, oxycotin and heroin addicton.
Bonding Hormones to 'block' environmental toxins
About Edward Lichten, M.D.
Introduction: Biography of Edward M. Lichten, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.O.G.
Edward Lichten is a 68 year old board certified physician who was mentored by the legendary gynecologist Frederick P. Zuspan, M.D. Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University. Trained in the most advanced surgery for cancer, Dr. Lichten chose to pursue a search for the medical imbalances that contribute to and cause disease.
Background Information: "Anti-aging" and Disease Research:
Since the 1960's, gynecologists treated menopause with the addition of estrogen and testosterone to revive sex drive. Until just 20 years ago, no one connected imbalances of 'hormones' with non-gynecologic disease states such as PMS, migraine, men'pause, diabetes and inflammatory diseases. Lichten's Research since the 1980's:
Dr. Lichten discovered in the early 1980's that there were two non-surgical diseases of women that could be treated effectively with hormones instead of expensive tranquilizers and potentially dangerous medications. His work identified that pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) and migraine could be prevented by stabilizing a woman's fluctuating hormone. For majorities of these women, there were no more Prozac® or Imitrex®; no more uncontrolable mood or raging headaches.
What has been overlooked are Hormones! Main stream medical research had failed to consider that realize that many chronic inflammatory diseases are mediated through hormones! That is why a 50-year old's broken bones take longer to heal than a 15-year old's. When we add back the hormones in balance, such as estrogen and testosterone, she can stay more alert, involved, active and recover faster--LIVING BETTER and LONGER!
The Most Radical Breakthrough is using Testosterone to Treat Men and now Women for Disease!
In the 1990's, Dr. Lichten experienced what is now called andropause; 'men'pause for men. Night sweats, fatigue, erectile dysfunction, weight gain and depression became his way of life. When searching for a hormonal cause, Dr. Lichten discovered that the laboratory blood tests explained the disorder: men were experiencing a men' pause (equivalent to a woman's menopause). All of his symptoms disappeared and he was able to build muscle tone, mental acuity, and endurance not realized since his 20's with small doses of natural, bio-idential injectable testosterone (not creams)!
Testosterone Reverses Need for Diabetic Medication:
As his women patients saw the difference testosterone made for Dr. Lichten, they edemanded their husbands to be seen for the miraculous 'fountain of youth' hormone treatments. The third man to be seen, Joe. N. was a 295 pound, 5-foot 9-inch male with diabetes. On testosterone, he lost 85 pounds in the first year and discontinues all his diabetic medications the first month. Now, 24 years later, Joe. N. is still not clinically diabetic.
The Clinical Research:
Buoyed by the anti-diabetic effects of testosterone is a multitude of men, Dr. Lichten enlisted James Sowers, M.D., Professor and Chairman of Endocrinology at Wayne State to co-sponsor a university approved clinical study. The results proved that:
1) all diabetic men are low in testosterone, 2) adding back testosterone would reduce the need for insulin by 50% and oral agents nearly completely, and 3) the men on testosterone did not report any low blood sugar complications. A large clinical study using more potent testosterones is being planned as clinical research from Harvard, England and Switzerland support exactly what Dr. Lichten published to the Internet 10 years ago.
Putting It All Together:
As the author of the Textbook of Bio-identical Hormones, Dr. Lichten has put together some of the missing pieces that underlie most chronic disease-- hormone imbalances. These hormones can be measured in common laboratory blood tests (See Booking an Appointment). While vitamin D3 deficiency links to insomnia; low growth hormone to fibromyalgia; thyroid to hair loss, fatigue and weight gain; adrenals to afternoon fatigue; pancreas to diabetes and digestion; and the sex hormones of estrogen and testosterone to everything from Alzheimer's to heart disease, obesity and ulcerative colitis.
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