Thanks to some great trauma specialists at U of Pittsburgh, I was able to resume studies within a few weeks and complete my degree on time, but the next decade was occupied not only by residency and practice, but by repetitive reconstructive surgeries and physical therapy. I was so frustrated to try and fail over and over again at running and backcountry skiing. The brain injury kept me edgy and sleepless. Pain was my constant companion. By age 40, I was getting fat in spite of an increasingly restricted eating style, and my muscles were too weak to hike steep slopes, in spite of increasing time spent working out. My gut stopped working, my libido disappeared, and I truly began to lose my joy in life. My doctors told me that I was doing everything that I could and that I would have to adjust to this new normal. After all, I was 40 years old! How could I expect more than this?
Hormone balancing alone won’t make you well if you are not watching other aspects of your body chemistry and addressing them. If you balance some of your hormones but you don’t address inflammation and glycation, you will still suffer the consequences, including higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and cancer. Proper nutrition and exercise won’t make you well if you aren’t improving your hormones, or aren’t paying attention to your unique genetic makeup that determines how you handle various chemicals in your environment and what proteins your cells manufacture. Getting and staying healthy involves paying attention to many aspects of your health – hormone balance, nutrition, exercise, genetics, telomere health, micronutrient absorption, brain health, and the health of your microbiome (the bacteria that live on and in you). Cenegenics looks at all of these things to help you to be the healthiest you can be.