Hormones In Harmony
Hormones Affect Everything
Your moods, your memory, your metabolism
Your appearance, your aging, your appetite
Your sleep pattern, your stress response, your sex drive
Think of hormones as the software program of the human computer.
Many of us are so Hormonally Challenged
– sick, tired, aging or just plain stressed out –
that we need a software update.
Where East Meets West
There are two philosophies of health care in the world. If you’ve ever had acupuncture, homeopathy, or body work then you’ve experienced energy-based medicine. If you’ve ever had surgery, taken an antibiotic, or had a cavity filled, then you’ve experienced matter-based medicine.
Of course energy and matter exist together. Eastern medicine is energy based. Western medicine is matter based. In the west, we assume that if we can’t touch it, see it, smell it, it doesn’t exist. Yet Einstein proved to us that matter and energy coexist. Matter cannot exist without energy.
If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you may have been introduced to chakras. Chakra is a Sanskrit work meaning little wheels of energy. In Eastern medicine, chakras are power points. There are seven chakras. There are seven endocrine glands in your body. Endocrine glands produce hormones. Endocrine glands line up with chakras.
Hormones are the interface between the energy of the environment and the matter of your body. The glands that produce the hormes are the power points.
East meets West in the endocrine system!
Hormones affect everything – our nervous system, our immune system, even digestion and detoxification. These tiny messengers communicate to the DNA within our cells what’s happening in the rest of our body as well as what’s happening outside in our environment.
Seven chakras. Seven endocrine glands.
– 1st root chakra corresponds with your gonads: ovaries or testes
– 2nd naval chakra corresponds with your pancreas
– 3rd solar plexus chakra corresponds with your adrenal glands
– 4th heart chakra corresponds with your thymus
– 5th throat chakra corresponds with your thyroid
– 6th third eye chakra corresponds with your pituitary gland
– 7th crown chakra corresponds with your pineal gland
From the gonads in the root chakra to the pineal gland in the crown chakra, each gland produces unique hormones that carry energy messages.
Endocrine glands produce hormones. Hormones are messengers. Hormones communicate the energy outside and within your body to the matter of your body – to your cells.
Everything is about communication. If you’re running a business and you cannot communicate with your staff, things are going to go wrong.
Same thing in your body. Miscommunication is the basis of dis-ease.
Dis-ease, not disease. Out of balance, out of harmony. Not a permanent state. Dis-ease.
Now when I say hormones, I’m not just talking about sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone. I’m not just talking about thyroid hormones or adrenal hormones. I’m not just talking about insulin or growth hormone or melatonin.
I’m also talking about the hormonal messengers that run your nervous system called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine are just smaller hormones.
And I’m talking about the hormonal messengers that run your immune system called cytokines. You may have heard of interferon or interleukin, these are cytokines, the tiniest of the hormones.
Neuro-Immune-Endocrinology: The Symphony Of Hormones
This entire system of hormones is called the neuro-immune-endocrine system. Medicine separates these into three specialties – neurology, immunology, and endocrinology – yet these three systems are dependent upon one another. To truly assess and treat a patient, I take them all into consideration.
While I’m going to focus on your symphony of hormones, your neuro-immune-endocrine system – your biochemistry – is part of the bigger picture that I call:
The DMAR® Pyramid Of Health
The DMAR® Pyramid of Health is the philosophy that I developed over many years of assessing and treating thousands of patients with hundreds of different complaints. And they all fit into this one system.
The base of the DMAR® Pyramid of Health is ENERGY. Remember, energy is everywhere, energy runs every system, and without energy, matter wouldn’t exist. So when I say ENERGY, do I mean electric energy, or magnetic energy, or light energy? Yes, all this and more.
Let’s say you walk into a conference room full of people. No one’s saying anything, but you feel uncomfortable. You somehow know something’s wrong. Perhaps the hair on the back of your neck is standing up, or your gut feels anxious, but you can feel the emotion in the room by its energy.
And guess what, if you’re super sensitive, the people don’t even need to be there. You could walk in an hour after the angry people left, or a day, or even week later, and feel the energy of their anger.
Have you ever been to a site where many people died? Few people that visit concentration camps can deny that they feel the fear still imprinted in those places. That’s energy.
Ok, if this seems a little strange, let me ask the moms how many times have you woken up in the middle of the night knowing something was wrong with your child, rushed to her bedside and found her sick with a fever? That’s energy. Your child didn’t call out, she’s way across the hall, and you were sound asleep. Yet her fear brought you to her side like you were tethered by an invisible cord. It’s energy.
ENERGY is the base of the DMAR® PYRAMID OF HEALTH.
A pyramid has four sides.
One side is the ENVIRONMENT. Your health is affected by the environment in which you live. If the environment is toxic, your body chemistry is affected. For instance, people who live near nuclear waste, like Three Mile Island, have a higher risk of cancer.
One side is your ANATOMY. Your physical structure affects your health. That is the basis behind chiropractic and osteopathic medicine. If you’re out of alignment, your health is affected. But it’s more than that. I have many patients come to me missing body parts. A woman who’s had a hysterectomy does not have the same function as a woman who has her uterus and ovaries intact. Missing body parts, especially endocrine glands, affect how your body functions.
One side is your PHYSIOLOGY. The way your body functions is your physiology. Your physiology includes all the biochemicals – hormones, neurotransmitters, immune factors, enzymes – that run your physical body.
One side is your BELIEF. What you believe becomes. That’s the basis behind the placebo effect. If you believe enough in a treatment, it’ll work, even if that treatment is a sugar pill. And your belief can cause disease. Let me tell you a story about Linda’s niece.
Linda came to me with lump in her genital area. I didn’t like the look of it so I biopsied it. It came back as metastatic breast cancer. Only 32 years old, Linda had three young children. Linda’s fifteen-year-old niece was very concerned about her own breast health so I examined her. I reassured her that her breasts were healthy, and that she was not at risk of breast cancer like her Aunt Linda. Why? Because Linda’s niece was her husband’s sister’s child. They were not related.
Linda’s niece came to see me every month worried about her breast. I counseled her regarding how belief creates reality, trying to teach her visualizations and techniques to release her fear. Yet a few months after Linda died, her niece came to me with a breast mass in the same location of Linda’s primary tumor. Her fearful belief created her tumor.
What you believe becomes. And your belief can heal you, too!
Your Three Brains
Notice on the East meets West diagram that there are three highlighted areas – one in the head, one in the heart and one in the abdomen. These are your Three Brains. Yes, you have three brains: Your brain, your heart, and your gut. Each of these organs produces the same neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters are the hormones of the nervous system. And they’re produced by the gut as well as the heart. Ever been nervous before a big event? While your brain fusses over possible outcomes, your heart races and your stomach rumbles. Your heart and your gut make the same neurotransmitters as your brain. In fact, conventional medicine often treats irritable bowel syndrome with antidepressants and everyone knows that you can die of a broken heart (really severe depression means very little serotonin for the heart to function).
And guess what? Your brain is not number one. Nope! Your heart is your number one brain. Your gut is number two. And your brain comes in third. Third in importance. For you can’t survive without your heart or your gut, but you can survive without a fully functioning brain. That’s why people in comas can survive for years.
Your three brains make up the NEURO part of your neuro-immune-endocrine system.
Your Intelligent Immune System
Now, look at all those little dots on the figure. These represent your white blood cells, the pony express of your immune system. Remember your immune system produces hormones too, called cytokines. Your white blood cells carry the immune messages to all parts of your body.
You know when you’re under a lot of stress and you become sick? You catch a common cold virus or break out in cold sores (the herpes virus). Stress affects the adrenal glands which, in turn, affects the immune system.
In the heart chakra lies the thymus – an endocrine gland responsible for programming the white blood cells to know the difference between you and other. Other what? Germs: viruses, bacteria, fungi, even weird cells like cancer. White blood cells (WBC) attack other and spare you. They do so best when you are asleep. Under the influence of melatonin produced by the pineal gland in the crown chakra, the body shuts down normal daytime function and switches into nocturnal mode. The adrenals stop producing the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol and begin to produce metakephalins that stimulate the thymus to program the WBC’s. All hormones, all the time!
High stress means high adrenalin and cortisol production interfering with sleep and effectively turning off the immune system, making you vulnerable to infection and over a very long period of time, cancer.
Your WBCs can travel anywhere in the body, even pass the blood brain barrier delivering messages called cytokines. Cytokines are the tiniest of the “hormones”. These minute messengers instigate the immune response, whether that’s a breakout of hives in response to an allergen or the attack of an invading virus. The amazing WBC carries on its cell membrane information about all the hormones, all the neurotransmitters, and all the cytokines in the body during its lifetime.
The neuro-immune-endocrine system is a massive communication network that makes the global internet look like child’s play.
So if the neuro-immune-endocrine system is the software for the human computer, what’s the operating system? We’ll talk about that next…
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The Operating System: Your Hypothalamus
In the center of your brain, your hypothalamus lies vastly unappreciated. Part neurological tissue and part endocrine tissue, your hypothalamus is largely ignored by neurologists as a primitive brain structure. Endocrinologists pay it little heed because they cannot measure its hormones without sacrificing the lab animal. But your hypothalamus is crucial to life.
Your hypothalamus orchestrates your entire symphony of hormones. If your hormones are harmonious, you are healthy, vital, youthful, and vibrant. If your hormones are out of harmony, you are sick, tired, aging, stressed, and eventually dis-eased!
Your Hormones Sing & Your DNA Dances
Your Hypothalamus is the Maestro of Your Entire Symphony!
Feed the the hypothalamus and harmonize the symphony of hormones so the dance of DNA expresses health and vitality.
A biochemical symphony controls your body’s function. Hormones, neurotransmitters and immune factors act as biochemical messengers that sing to your DNA. If you’re hormones are in harmony, your DNA dances health.
These “hormones” control all of your body’s functioning—digestion, detoxification, growth, repair, sleep, sex drive, reproduction, stress response, metabolism, body composition, immunity, healing, cognition, learning and memory.
Neuro-Immune-Endocrinology – the Symphony of Hormones
I have been taking care of patients of all ages for nearly 30 years. While my conventional training focused on the treatment of the symptoms of disease, my intuition guided me to search for the underlying roots of dis-ease.
As a nurse practitioner using intuitive integrative medicine, I perceive the roots of dis-ease…biochemical, psychological, spiritual. Yet I believe healing is innate, encoded within our DNA.
Your Hypothalamus – The Maestro
When I left conventional medicine to practice Intuitive Integrative Medicine, I started to see the most challenging cases. That’s when I began to assess and focus my treatments on the symphony of hormones produced by the neurological, immune, and endocrine systems.
That’s when I discovered, rather rediscovered, the HYPOTHALAMUS.
The hypothalamus is a crucial organ in your brain that runs the entire neuro-immune-endocrine systems. And when the “hormones” produced by the neuro-immune-endocrine system are out of balance, the body malfunctions which we call dis-ease.
Although, we learn about the hypothalamus in premed anatomy and physiology classes, by the time we begin our health care practice, we forget the importance of this primitive brain structure. We just don’t appreciate the hypothalamus. We cannot measure the hormones the hypothalamus produces, so we don’t deal with it.
Yet the hypothalamus plays a vital role in the orchestration of the symphony of hormones. Hormones directly control the DNA and most dis-ease is a result of hormonal miscommunication.
When Hormones Sing, DNA Dances.
The hypothalamus orchestrates our entire system. Feed the hypothalamus and harmonize the symphony of hormones so the dance of the DNA expresses health and vitality.
What could I feed the body to tap into the genetic potential for health and wellbeing? After much research and soul searching, I surrendered and in my dreams a formula was revealed…
The first seven nights I awoke each morning from my dreams and wrote what I remembered—sets of seven amino acids. Each corresponding to the hypothalamic control of the endocrine glands. Seven times seven.
After following my intuition and paying close attention to my dreams. I began clinical studies. I believe what we intend becomes. So I mixed the plant based amino acids with the intention to heal the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual body— the precursor to the full Genesis Gold® formula…
Like any scientist, I was my own guinea pig…
I took the special Genesis Gold® amino acids along with my patients in the first pilot study. But first I took myself off bio-identical hormone replacement therapy I had been using to treat runner’s amenorrhea. I also stopped all other supplementation.
Within two months, I had my first normal menstrual cycle in over 20 years. I also craved meat…which was disturbing since I had been a vegetarian for seven years. But I had decided to “listen” to my body like I instructed my patients…so I ate meat. And felt great! In fact, my mild anemia cleared up. Then I began craving orange vegetables—pumpkins, yams, butternut squash.
So I ate them too and did not suffer from the winter blues. Interesting.
Granted, I had put on five pounds, my overweight patients do not gain, most lose the extra body fat. I apparently needed to gain…the same amount of weight I gained each time I conceived. In spite of my gynecologist’s warning that with such low body fat, I was probably infertile, my two children came to me in dreams (like Genesis Gold®), so I let my body take over AND it gained five pounds AND I conceived.
Not since my pregnancies had I been so attuned to my body. It was like my DNA was talking…loudly…telling me what to eat, when to rest, and how much to exercise. Genesis Gold® amino acids changed my life. I slept well for the first time…having suffered somnambulance—sleep walking nearly every night for 18 years was exhausting.
Yet I could no longer exercise. Now I usually instruct my patients on regular exercise. But I was fanatic. I only had 12% body fat, I had been running competitively since high school and had competed as a triathlete for seven years before conceiving Genesis Gold®. Almost as soon as I began the Genesis Gold® amino acids, I could not even think about running without my Achilles tendon aching horribly. So I walked. I learned to dance. I rode my horse. And when my body said it was ok to run, I enjoyed the scenery for the first time ever.
Once I found the best manufacturer for Genesis Gold®, I switched to the full formula. I am better supported, no more outrageous cravings to fill in my nutritional deficits. And I eat well. We grow most of our own fruits and vegetables and buy organic, but even I cannot gather all the nutrients necessary to support my body, mind, and soul in our modern world. So now with Genesis Gold®, I can eat anything I desire and I feel great.
Over the past thirteen years, I have maintained that crucial five pounds, no more, no less, without obsessive exercise. And I’m now going through menopause at 55, although my three younger sisters have been menopausal for the past eight years—a testament to how stress robs you of your hormonal competence without the hypothalamic support of Genesis Gold®.
As a healer dealing with the Hormonally Challenged, I need extra hypothalamic and genetic support to maintain optimal health. Although Sacred Seven® amino acids are in Genesis Gold®, I take extra Sacred Seven® amino acids to help me maintain my creative energies…to help you, my patients, my colleagues and myself heal…body, mind and soul.
Healing Takes Time
Hormonal transitions like perimenopause, andropause, even aging can be very challenging especially with the change in metabolism.
Everything that lasts takes its own sweet time to ripen and mature – Especially Optimal Health.
And you want to feel better NOW… yet true Balance comes with Time
Your energy is low, your motivation is poor, your sex drive is gone
You sleep poorly and have trouble handling stress
You gain weight and lose muscle tone
Your current state of health did not happen overnight. Who you are now is a result of years of choices. Lifestyle choices including what you eat, when you sleep, how much activity you get, what toxins you’ve been exposed to, even your belief systems affect your health.
It takes at least three months for your hypothalamus to reset itself and come into a healthy balance. If you’ve been stuck for years, it’s going to take months to optimize your health. Real healing takes about a month for every year you’ve been sick.
I created Genesis Gold® to help our bodies heal naturally.
Choosing to take Genesis Gold® is making a commitment to your future health.
For those newly ill, most recently out of balance, it may take weeks or months to optimize their health.
For those out of balance for many years, it’ll take longer.
It’s like making the choice to quit smoking. Let’s say you’ve smoked a pack a day for thirty years. You feel worse before you feel better. You cough up pretty yucky stuff as your lungs clear out years of toxicity. It’ll take at least thirty months to restore healthy lung function.
Same with Genesis Gold®. Most people find Genesis Gold® when their health is truly challenged. Oftentimes they’ve tried many therapies before finding my website, reading an article, or being referred by a friend. I counsel them that according to how long they’ve been ill is reflected by how long it’ll take to restore wellness.
Those who commit to taking Genesis Gold® as their daily foundational support will keep optimizing their health.
Genesis Gold® has adaptogenic herbs to help support your adrenals, sea vegetation to support your thyroid, whole plant nutrients to optimize your hormone production, digestion, detoxification, immunity and energy production as well as the Sacred Seven® amino acids to balance your hypothalamus. Genesis Gold® provides foundational support for lasting change.
Which product should you take – Genesis Gold® or Sacred Seven®?
Adding extra Sacred Seven® to Genesis Gold® for the first few months or during times of extreme stress will provide the hypothalamus with extra support to speed the healing process.
Balance Comes With Time
After eighteen years of no menses, it took two months of taking Sacred Seven® before I had my first normal period.
Yet not until I started taking Genesis Gold® was I able to stop taking all the other supplementation to support digestion, detoxification, and hormone metabolism.
And when I began the menopausal roller coaster a few years ago, I added back Sacred Seven® to my Genesis Gold® to help me flow through this hormonal challenge as gracefully as possible.
Do you have to take Genesis Gold® forever?
No, of course not. But I will.
Why? Because I want to feel this great all the time.
I always want this level of energy – enough to get everything I need to get done and do everything I love to do.
I always want to sleep deeply, to dream, to remember my dreams.
I want optimal health. And I don’t want to take drugs.
I don’t want to just treat symptoms. I always want my body to talk to me. To tell me what it needs.
I know how to eat for my body but I’m not going to follow a strict diet to be healthy. I don’t have to with Genesis Gold®. I can have dessert or wine or cheese and I don’t have to pay for it…
My body detoxes perfectly with the help of Genesis Gold®.
My metabolism hums along at a youthful pace so I don’t have to wear those extra calories I consume.
Plus I have lots of energy to stay active. You won’t find me sitting around. Being sedentary is one of the biggest factors in all disease and leads to early death.
I want to be this active and healthy and vital when my grandkids have children of their own!
In 2015, I went to Nicaragua on a medical relief trip. I spent the week traveling through mountain roads to help the poor, jumping in and out of the back of a pickup truck to deliver food baskets, fit children with shoes, and provide needed medical care.
I’m 55 and the teenagers who were helping couldn’t keep up with me! They thought I was in my thirties! Bless them!
So will I ever stop taking Genesis Gold®? Probably not. Oh, I’ll take breaks twice a year like I have for the past sixteen years. Once after the holidays and once around the summer solstice, I take a break from Genesis Gold® and do a dietary liver cleanse. It’s up to you, of course. See how you feel.
With Genesis Gold®, I sleep soundly, have lots of energy, my hormones are balanced, and I’m a lot happier! I wish optimal health for you too! You can click here to see what my happy clients have experienced.
May Genesis Gold® help keep Your Hormones in Harmony®,
Deborah Maragopoulos MN FNP