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Endocrine Support Therapies

Feel Better Sooner with Acupuncture and East-West Functional Medicine

Compassionate Care Provided By A Doctor Who Listens

It’s frustrating to get your blood work back showing little or no obvious problem in your levels that would point to an explanation of your chronic symptoms or carrying too much weight.

 

Chronic fatigue, feeling tired but wired, hyperviligance, easily triggered emotions, and suddenly the weight of the world just got heavier are all signs of chronic stress that has simply worn down your reserves. Many times this is referred to as “adrenal fatigue” or “adrenal exhaustion”, but is commonly a misnomer. Unless you have received that diagnosis from an endocrinologist, it is likely your symptoms feel that way but are symptoms of your body’s stress hormones being chronically high for far too long. When your cortisol levels are too high for long periods of time, your body robs building blocks from other hormone processes to keep cortisol levels up to confront the perceived stressors. This in turn creates artificially low levels of other hormones, which can wreck havoc on your other systems…and your fertility.

 

Dr. Hackett has many years experience helping people manage and resolve their patterns of symptoms with acupuncture, herbal formulas, nutritional supplementation, diet, and lifestyle modifications. She has developed proprietary formulas for weight management and stress relief that are carefully calibrated to your specific needs.  she has also discovered new acupuncture points that support digestive function and stress management. There is an element of being able to “digest” or process your emotions. Some of Dr. Hackett’s points uniquely support both subtle and gross forms of digestive process.

Incredible! My PMS is gone, my hypothyroid symptoms are managed, and I lost the weight I wanted. I'm at my goal weight, finally! I feel happy and confident that I have ways to manage my emotions, energy drops, and life-long weight problems. Thank you Dr. Hackett!`` Patricia C.

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits on either side of your adam’s apple and is responsible for regulation of your metabolism, among other things. Keeping this powerful gland in balance requires the adequate production of thyroid hormone, a molecule combination of iodine with the amino acid tyrosine: triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) hormones. Every cell in your body has receptor sites for thyroid hormone and upon T3 and T4 to regulate its metabolism and generate energy. Therefore, your thyroid affects every system in your body.
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It is estimated that 10 percent of North Americans suffer from thyroid problems and that more than half of all thyroid disorders are undiagnosed. There are two main thyroid imbalances and the presenting symptoms that may indicate that you have a thyroid imbalance:

  • Hyperthyroidism –  when the thyroid is over functioning; symptoms:
  •  Fatigue or muscle weakness
  • Hand tremors
  • Mood swings
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat
  • Skin dryness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Weight loss
  • Increased frequency of bowel movements
  • Light periods or skipping periods

Some people may develop a goiter or nodules, which is an enlarged thyroid gland that feels like a swelling in the front of your neck.

  • Hypothyroidism: when the thyroid is under functioning; symptoms:
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
  • Coarse, dry hair
  • Dry, rough pale skin
  • Hair loss
  • Cold intolerance (you react to cold more than those around you)
  • Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Decreased libido

Hypothyroidism accounts for 90 percent of all thyroid imbalances and the leading cause of it is an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s disease. Why are so many thyroid conditions misdiagnosed?Since the blood tests used to diagnose thyroid conditions are not always indicative of what is actually going on in your body, Many times thyroid imbalances are misdiagnosed. Dr. Hackett likes to review your latest blood work, but relies on the subject information gathered from discussing your symptoms with your to find the best TCM approach to helping you find better balance.  In the 1970s the TSH  blood test was developed using a small sample size of 200 people to determine “normal” range for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. Hormone levels vary over time, with stress, age, stage of life…multiple variables that were not taken into account.

Your pituitary gland releases TSH in response to T4, T3 and reverse T3 levels (rT3). If you have enough T4 but if it is not converting to T3 or is converting to rT3, your TSH may be normal but your body will not have enough T3 hormone to function properly. Reverse T3 is essentially a mirror image of T3 and is a hormone produced in response to physical, environmental and emotional stress. rT3 takes up your T3 receptors in response to stress to help your body conserve calories and energy so that in time of famine we survive longer. The implications of dysfunction are for nutritional stress as well as perceived stress.

When Dr. Hackett treats thyroid imbalance, she applies the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for diagnosis and treatment, rather than depending upon blood work analysis alone since the methodology for developing the “accepted range” of proper thyroid function can easily be disputed.

What causes thyroid dysfunction? Systemic inflammation is a common root in the development of thyroid function imbalance.  The disruption of your endocrine system created by inflammation interfers with the conversion of T4 to T3, depressing thyroid receptor site sensitivity. The inflammatory response is triggered by: chronic stress, chronic insufficient sleep, poor nutrition, toxins burdening your organ function,  digestive function imbalance, and over- or under-exercising. All of these areas assessed from a holistic perspective with Dr. Hackett. Additional blood work can be done at Eastern Holistic Arts to further determine any other imbalances. How chronic stress disrupts your endocrine function:

Stressors are factors that require the body adjust homeostasis radically. It’s not just pressure from work and family or social life, but also rapid blood sugar/insulin swings, stomach dysfunction, food intolerances (especially gluten), chronic infections, lack of proper rest or exercise, toxicity and autoimmune problems.  When the autonomic nervous system is in a constant state of hyper-vigilance,  the chronic adrenal stress created depresses hypothalamic and pituitary function, both of which direct thyroid hormone production. Therefore, anything that disrupts the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis will also suppress thyroid function.
Sleep: Your thyroid is dependent on several other hormones such as melatonin and growth hormone. Melatonin is a hormone derived from the serotonin that you release at night, that helps you sleep soundly and restoratively. Human Growth Hormone is released at intervals during deep sleep. The lack of deep sleep disrupts the release of this hormone.

Nutrition: Nutrient deficiencies or excesses can trigger or exacerbate thyroid symptoms. A diet rich in foods that contain Iodine, D-3, Omega 3, B12 and Selenium support thyroid health. Foods that can possibly disrupt thyroid function include: soy, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, sugar, preservatives and alcohol. TCM theory also takes into account the energetic qualities of foods, such as hot (chills) or cold (ice cream), and how they impact your digestion. TCM nutritional balance not only is suggestive of balanced tastes in proportion with moderate calorie intake (amount and type), but also how much you fill the stomach itself.
If you clench your fists and hold them together, that represents the normal internal volume of your stomach. In TCM nutrition, 80% of that volume is considered a full stomach because the organ itself needs to move in order to digest the food properly. Nutrient-dense vegetables and at least two litres of water a day will put the amount of denser, richer foods at even smaller proportions than you think are ‘necessary’ for a proper meal. Over-consumtion of calories is a well-known, but quickly ignored factor in endocrine disruption. Simply paying closer attention to how much food your body really requires will go a long way toward rebalancing your overall health.

According to TCM diagnosis theory, one of the main causes of thyroid imbalance is Kidney energy deficiency. This rarely relates to the actual organ, but rather to the associated meridian (or energy) channel and its relationship as foundational to the whole system of the body’s energy. Kidney Essence (Jing) is the fundamental substance for birth, growth and reproduction and is the motivating force of all physiological processes. A weakness in that energy is often related to: overwork, poor sleep habits, overconsumption of food and alcohol, drug abuse, poor food choices, and unmanaged levels of stress.

Left untreated, thyroid disease can lead to obesity, general aches and pains, infertility, and heart disease. A TCM doctor works with each patient to find their unique pattern through analyzing their constellation of symptoms to formulate a treatment plan. Depending upon your specific imbalance, Dr. Hackett will design a combination of dietary advice, botanical medicine, acupuncture, and lifestyle changes to effectively treat your whole system to restore your long-term health.

Feeling tired and wired? Are you having disrupted restless sleep, feel exhausted during the day, but cannot rest? If you have had a prolonged period of high stress and have driven yourself to the point of exhaustion, you may have adrenal fatigue.

Chinese medicine can do a great deal to help. A combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and certain supplements, can help you recover your sleep, peace of mind, and overall health. You probably are already aware of the burden placed on your health by the fact that you’ve been stressed-out for far too long or things have just piled up and you can’t take one more thing. There is a way to break the cycle. There are several contributing pattern according to TCM theory that contribute to the exhaustion you are feeling, along with treatment plans designed especially for you by Dr. Hackett.

You are invited to take a look through the following list. If you can check off several of these items as applying to you, it may be time to take stock and take time to heal yourself…

  • experienced long periods of stress that have affected my well being
  • one or more severely stressful events that have affected my well being
  • overwork with little play or relaxation for extended periods
  • suddenly run out of energy
  • extended, severe or recurring respiratory infections
  • taken long term or intense steroid therapy (corticosteroids)
  • end to gain weight, especially around the middle (spare tire)
  • history of alcoholism and/or drug abuse
  • have environmental sensitivities
  • have diabetes (Type II, adult onset, NIDDM)
  • suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome
  • have an eating disorder
  • have one or more other chronic illnesses or diseases
  • often crave food high in fat and feel better with high fat foods and high protein foods (meats, cheeses)
  • Most productive at night, best sleep between 6am and 9am, feel best after noon meal

Recently:

  • ability to handle stress or pressure has decreased
  • have decreased tolerance, people irritate me more
  • less productive at work, easily distracted
  • have decreased in cognitive ability. I don’t think as clearly as I used to
  • thinking is confused when hurried or under pressure
  • tend to avoid emotional situations or find them overwhelming
  • tend to shake or am nervous when under pressure
  • suffer from nervous stomach indigestion when tense
  • have many unexplained fears/anxieties
  • sex drive is noticeably less than it used to be
  • get lightheaded or dizzy when rising rapidly from a sitting or lying position
  • have feelings of graying or blacking out
  • chronically fatigued; a tiredness that is not usually relieved by sleep
  • feel unwell much of the time
  • notice that my ankles are swollen — the swelling is worse in the evening
  • usually need to lie down or rest after sessions of psychological or emotional pressure/stress
  • muscles sometimes feel weaker than they should
  • hands and legs get restless — experience meaningless body movements
  • become allergic or have increased frequency/severity of allergic reactions
  • Small, irregular dark brown spots have appeared on my forehead, face, neck and shoulders
  • sometimes feel weak all over
  • have unexplained and frequent headaches
  • frequently feel colder than most people around me and do not tolerate cold well
  • have low blood pressure
  • often become hungry, confused, shaky or somewhat paralyzed under stress
  • have lost weight without reason while feeling very tired and listless
  • have feelings of hopelessness and despair
  • have times of nausea and vomiting for no apparent reason

Traditional Chinese Medicine’s early techniques for diagnosis of Diabetes II/DM  involved looking at certain subjective symptoms, such as: sugary smelling sweat or urine, unusually high cravings for certain foods, degree and concentration of body fat, degree of thirst, frequency of urination, dryness of the skin, qualities of the pulse and appearance of the tongue, just to name a few. Technology has brought us sophisticated methods to monitor all kinds of levels and functions in the body. Dr. Hackett brings together traditional and practical methods for helping you begin your recovery from this age-old illness in a way that combines safely with your current medications.

Her treatment plans include acupuncture and herbal medicine, dietary therapy, stress reduction meditation techniques, exercise and qi gong. There are multiple factors involved with building your best health. Chronic illness can never be resolved with a ‘magic bullet’. Diabetes Mellitus develops over time and is directly related to lifestyle choices. Make some new choices and improve your health.

 

Acupuncture treatment, in itself, can help effectively support lower blood sugar levels, reduce appetite and thirst, improve blood flow and circulation therefore preserving nerve function. Herbal medicine may  help limit the amount of medication you ultimately take. Dietary therapy starts with giving you some suggestions to begin incorporating on your own. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, Dr. Hackett can help you make practical incremental changes to support your best health for the days and decades to come.

 

How effective is acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Diabetes?
Chinese Medicine doctors have prescribed herbal formulas to treat diabetes for at least one thousand years. The scientific community, in the US and China, has been investigating many of the herbs of used in the Chinese medicine formulas. Studies have recently found that berberine, a phytochemical present in a common herb, has insulin-sensitizing effects. It is one example of several herbs the support the body’s natural regulation of sugar.

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Diabetes Has Scientific Backing
Recent studies that included 1,391 people showed that Chinese herbal formulas helped to control blood sugar in people with prediabetes at high risk of developing diabetes. New research is developing in China around several single herbs and some classical formulas that date back nearly one thousand years.http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/10/14/us-chinese-herbs-idUSTRE59D31Y20091014

Can Western and Chinese Medicine be used together for Diabetes?
In China acupuncture and herbal medicine are prescribed together with traditional Western diabetes drugs, but blood sugar levels are monitored very carefully. If a combined approach appeals to you, the possibility of reducing your medication usage exists as an effective treatment for diabetes. Chinese herbs and acupuncture treatments can help to reduce pharmaceutical medication dosages and reduce the side effects. It is necessary to work closely with your healthcare providers though. Dr. Hackett can give you strategies for managing your symptoms to gradually move toward better health.

An important aspect of your treatment is your diet. Of course you have heard that over and over from your healthcare providers and in the news. But what about the cravings? Everyone can tell you what you already know, but it is you who has to live with your cravings and eating habits. They are hard to manage and even harder to change, without the right tools. You are very likely already eating to support your better health, but the things that undermine your best efforts can take the wind out of your sails to continue. That’s where we come in. A one-step-at-a-time approach will net you results over the long term, but immediate results can be seen if you put in the work.

Some beneficial foods that clear heat and nourish the body’s fluids (imbalances that are common with DM) include: spinach, turnips, pears, soybeans, millet, Chinese yam, water chestnuts, mung beans, and sea cucumbers. Bitter melon helps to control blood sugar levels (ask for my delicious recipe!). Hot and spicy foods, alcohol, heavy fatty meats, and smoking add to the heat and congestion that aggravate your symptoms.

Diabetic Neuropathy can be treated with homeopathic medicine injections, nutritional supplements and herbal formulas. This is a specialized treatment. Please inquire.

Prediabetes is an early warning of diabetes and can also be called “Dia-besity”. If your blood glucose level (blood sugar level) is higher than normal, above 90, but it’s not high enough to be considered diabetes. It is an indication that you could develop type 2 diabetes if you don’t make lifestyle changes sooner rather than later. Acupuncture and East-West functional medicine can help support you in establishing and maintaining better habits.

Symptoms of 
Diabetes develops very gradually, so when you’re in the prediabetes stage—when your blood glucose level is higher than it should be—you may not have any symptoms at all. You may, however, notice that:
  • you’re hungrier than normal, but feel bloated discomfort after eating and possibly some upper abdominal pain
  • you have difficult to control sugar cravings
  • you’re not losing weight, despite eating less
  • you’re thirstier than normal
  • you have to urinate more frequently
  • you’re more tired than usual
  • you may or may not have candida overgrowth
Causes and Risk Factors
Prediabetes develops when your body begins to lose sensitivity to insulin or its ability to produce insulin (called insulin resistance).  Insulin is a hormone necessary for the body to utilize glucose and absorb into the cells via the bloodstream.  If you don’t create enough insulin or if you’re insulin resistant, too much glucose in your blood which leads to a higher-than-normal blood glucose level and perhaps prediabetes. Your A1C number on your blood work shows what your average blood sugar levels are over time. A high number means consistently higher than healthy blood sugar levels.
Researchers aren’t sure what exactly causes the insulin process to go awry in some people. There are several risk factors, though, that make it more likely that you’ll develop pre-diabetes. These are the same risk factors related to the development of type 2 diabetes:
  • Weight: If you’re overweight (have a body mass index—a BMI—of higher than 25), you’re at a high risk for developing prediabetes. Especially if you carry a lot of extra weight in your abdomen, you may develop prediabetes. The extra fat cells can cause your body to become more insulin resistant.
  • Lack of physical activity: This often goes hand-in-hand with being overweight. If you aren’t physically active, you’re more likely to develop prediabetes.
  • Family history: Prediabetes has a hereditary factor. If someone in your close family has (or had) it, you are more likely to develop it.
  • Race/ethnicity: Certain ethnic groups are more likely to develop prediabetes, including African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans.
  • Age: The older you are, the more at risk you are for developing prediabetes. At age 45, your risk starts to rise, and after age 65, your risk increases exponentially.
  • Gestational diabetes: If you developed diabetes while you were pregnant, that increases your risk for developing prediabetes later on.
  • Other health problems: High blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol (the “bad” LDL cholesterol) increase your risk of getting type 2 diabetes.
  • PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) also raises the risk for prediabetes because it’s related to insulin resistance. In PCOS, many cysts form in your ovaries, and one possible cause is insulin resistance. If you have PCOS, that means you may be insulin resistant and therefore at risk for developing pre- diabetes.
 
Diagnosis
Your may want to monitor your blood glucose levels if you’re overweight (have a body mass index—BMI—of over 25) and if you have one or more of the risk factors listed above.
An important question for you to answer with this diagnosis is to understand why comfort foods, over-eating, and other “insulating” behaviors are more important than doing things that support your best health. Dr. Hackett can help you explore that through a mindfulness meditation technique she has developed to explore the deeper workings of your mind.
Even if you aren’t overweight and don’t have any of the risk factors, testing your blood glucose level more frequently beginning when you’re 45, because the risk of developing prediabetes increases with age. Because there are so many possible complications of diabetes (e.g., heart problems and nerve problems), it’s a good idea to be vigilant about detecting blood glucose abnormalities early.
Treatments
Dr. Hackett and the American Diabetes Association agree that lifestyle changes are critical to reversing your trend into a diabetes diagnosis:
  • Eat well:  The goal of the meal plan is to control your blood glucose level and keep it in the healthy, normal range. Your meal plan will be made just for you, taking into account your overall health, physical activity, and what you tend to eat.
  • Exercise: When you exercise, your body uses more glucose, so exercising can lower your blood glucose level. Also when you exercise, your body doesn’t need as much insulin to transport the glucose; your body becomes less insulin resistant. Since your body isn’t using insulin well when you have prediabetes, a lower insulin resistance is a very good thing. Of course, there are all the traditional benefits of exercise: it can help you lose weight, keep your heart healthy, and help improve your sleep and mood.The American Diabetes Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week—that’s 30 minutes five days a week. Easy activities such as walking, bike riding, or swimming can get you to that level in no time.
  • Lose weight: If you’re overweight, you should get started on a weight loss program as soon as you’re diagnosed with prediabetes. Losing just 5 to 10% of your weight can significantly reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The combination of eating well and exercising more is a great way to lose weight—and then maintain your new, healthy weight.
  • TCM: acupuncture and herbal medicine with nutritional supplementation, some of which are food concentrates are effective alternatives to drugs and help you stay on track comfortably.
  • Metformin: is the recommendation from the American Diabetes Association says that metformin should be the only medication used to prevent type 2. It blocks the liver from making more glucose when you don’t need it, thereby keeping your blood glucose level in a better range.
Dr. Hackett will have you keep a close watch on your blood glucose levels, monitoring them to track your progress in your program to better health.

A natural process of aging that is typically very unpleasant for American women. Menopause does not seem to have nearly the same effect on women in China. It’s an interesting fact that 75% of American women experience noticeable menopausal discomfort, while only 10% of women in Asia experience the same. Some of the differing factors involved in the the very different experiences between the two cultures are dietary and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) related, natural medicine, unlike the most common Western treatment for menopause: hormone replacement therapy.

Treating menopausal symptoms is one of  Dr. Tracy’s specialties. Acupuncture and botanical/nutritional medicine is very effective for the resolution of the symptoms associated with the Change in your life:
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  • hot flashes
  • night sweats
  • dry skin and hair
  • insomnia
  • urinary frequency/incontinence
  • vaginal dryness and/or pain
  • constipation
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • poor mental focus and memory issues

Dr. Hackett’s treatments are designed to give you results quickly, so you can move through life feeling more like yourself again.

The difference between using Chinese herbal formulas as opposed to the latest single “wonder” herb or food circulating in health food stores is balance. TCM formulas have been in existence for hundreds of years. The ingredients are well known to support better hormone balance through providing the body with hormone building blocks so that it can generate what it needs. Your endocrine system is a delicate balancing act of multiple hormones that are constantly in flux. Dr. Hackett finds the combination that will best suit your specific pattern, whether you are perimenopausal or menopausal.

Why suffer another day?

Typically starting around age 35, women experience intermittent fluctuations in their hormones. The changes in your cycle, body temperature regulation, mood, sleep, and digestion can all be effected by your body’s natural journey through hormonal decline. How much stress you cope with, how much alcohol you drink, and what your diet is like can have a significant influence on the severity of what your perimenopausal picture looks like.

You may start to notice changes to your skin and hair, sudden weight gain, unusual changes to your period, intense irritability, body temperature swings, night sweats, hot flushes/flashes (sometimes occurring with nausea), digestive problems, sleep disruption (waking at the same time every. single. night.), loss of appetite but you can’t lose weight, memory loss, and brain fog.

 

Dr. Hackett designs a treatment plan just for you that changes as your patterns change. She focuses on making sure you are comfortably resolving your symptoms and transitioning through the fluctuations in your health as you age…gracefully.

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