Progesterone to the Rescue
A new player has been revealed to us for the war on anxiety. It is an old friend employed in a powerful new way. Dr. Michael Platt, MD in his book, The Miracle of Bio-identical Hormones not only reviews the great effects of progesterone for the customary female ills (PMS, infertility, menstrual cramps, fibroids, ovarian cysts, breast cancer, endometriosis but also anxiety, ADD, ADHD, insomnia and panic attacks) not only in females, but also in males and children.
Dr. Platt lectured at the Nevada Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association meeting in September and entitled his talk “Adrenalin Dominance.” Adrenalin is both a neurotransmitter (stimulating brain chemical) as well as a hormone. He feels it is virtually unrecognized by the medical community and that it has a profound affect on health. Conditions such as fibromyalgia, ADHD, depression, insomnia, anger (including road rage), RLS (restless leg syndrome), chronic interstitial cystitis, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), hyperemesis gravidarum (vomiting of pregnancy), PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder), bed-wetting in children, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), alcoholism and drug addiction are all related to adrenalin dominance. In addition, adrenaline can exacerbate conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and weight issues.
Adrenalin dominance can be defined as the persistent release of adrenalin in response to non-threatening stressors. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in the brain is a powerful stimulus to the release of adrenaline. Low blood sugar in the brain is the primary cause for a person to have excess adrenalin other than danger or survival issues.
Progesterone is Also an Adrenal Hormone
As we have often discussed the adrenal cortex, the outside of the adrenal gland, which sits on top of the kidneys, is worn down by stress. One of the cortex’s main jobs is to store blood sugar in the liver. When the adrenal can’t store blood sugar in the body, the brain signals for the adrenalin in the adrenal medulla (middle part of the adrenal gland) to dump into the blood stream to convert fat into sugar. It works great, people don’t die, but they get the adrenalin surge, which brings all of the behavior and illness symptoms with it. Progesterone is an adrenal hormone, which is high in the cascade of adrenal hormones to support strong blood sugar storage.
Our clinic is famous for a weekly time-release adrenal complex shot with B12 and folic acid. It gives blood sugar for the body for up to one week, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin A and a low sugar, low food allergy diet (milk, gluten, soda, gum) diet support the adrenal to maintain blood sugar. Supporting neurotransmitter burnout by administering amino acid precursors of serotonin and norepinephrine are also important. Getting rid of as much life stress as possible, emotional stress, viruses, parasites, heavy metals, etc. all help take the load off the adrenal. We are generally able to gradually eliminate conventional anti-anxiety drugs with this process as well.
Progesterone for All
Since 1975, I have prescribed topical progesterone cream administration for all the female issues listed above. It is also very, very helpful for anxiety in men and women and is good for ADD, insomnia and bed wetting in children. This is a new frontier in bio-identical hormone therapy. However, not everyone resonates with progesterone. Overdose may cause fatigue in some. It is recommended that individuals be tested (energetic testing) for their specific sensitivity.
• Platt, MD, Michael. The Miracle of Bio-identical Hormones. Clancy Lane Publishing. Rancho Mirage, CA, 2007.
• Williams, MD, Robert H. Textbook of Endocrinology. Saunders Company. 1974.
Written By Michael Gerber, MD, HMD | For more info, contact Gerber Medical at (775) 826-1900, or visit online at gerbermedical.com.