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The skinny on bio-identical hormone replacement.


Hormonal imbalances can cause many undesirable symptoms and can even contribute to long-term development of serious conditions and diseases.  See the graphic below for a brief list of symptoms related to hormonal imbalances:



Symptoms of various hormonal imbalances in the body.  Bio-identical hormone replacement can help alleviate these symptoms, but doesn't fix the root cause of the imbalances.

Symptoms of various hormonal imbalances in the body. Bio-identical hormone replacement can help ease these symptoms, but doesn’t fix the root cause of the imbalances.

I’m often asked for my opinion on bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.  Here is my answer in my latest video.  I Hope you find value in it! If you do, please like, comment, and share this video with your friends.

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The key to vibrant health that modern medicine overlooks.

short history of medicineModern medicine has its strong points, especially when we consider how effectively it treats and heals acute, life-threatening injuries or conditions.  If you are badly injured in a car accident, having a heart attack, stroke or other acute symptoms of that nature, EMS, first responders and emergency room staff can literally be the difference between life and death for you.  They are a godsend!  Modern medicine is also adept at early diagnosis of chronic diseases such as CVD and cancer.  

But what does modern medicine do for us to help us build our health and stay healthy to avoid those chronic diseases and to live a long, happy and healthy life?  Let’s take a look at some statistics: 

As a nation, we are sicker than ever. We’re suffering from record levels of autoimmune disorders, cancer, heart disease, alzheimer’s, autism & digestive ailments like GERD & IBS:




It is fair to say that if you go to a doctor for treatment these days you are going to experience one or a combination of the following 5 outcomes:

  1. A non-diagnosis – aka they have no clue what is wrong with you and it’s “likely in your head”.  
  2. A diagnosis and prescription drugs.
  3. A diagnosis and surgery.
  4. A diagnosis and chemo.
  5. A diagnosis and radiation.  

Pills, surgery, chemo, radiation.   That is the way modern medicine attacks our health issues today.  Agreed?

I’m not saying that this approach is ALWAYS bad.  sometimes pills are necessary.  Sometimes surgery is necessary (again, especially in acute emergency situations).  However, there are 2 problems with this method:

  1. None of those options seek to discover and eliminate the cause of your symptoms.  They only seek to squash the symptoms.  For instance, if you have chronic sinus infections you’ll be prescribed an antibiotic like augmentin.  It will kill the infection.  But does it find and eliminate the root cause of why your immune system is compromised?  Does it take your diet and lifestyle into account and find out what areas of your body are malfunctioning or out of balance, and create a lifestyle reboot of sorts to help restore balance and function?  Not even close.  Thus, you will just keep getting sicker and sicker as your body continues down the road of malfunction while only addressing symptoms and not the underlying cause.
  2. Pills, chemo, & radiation involve some of the most toxic substances we can put in our bodies.  From heavy metals to many pharmaceutical drugs and chemo/radiation, these toxins serve to further disrupt our bodies’ normal function while alleviating symptoms.  Surgery many times removes body parts that are necessary for optimal bodily function. 

Antibiotics, for instance, kill an infection, but also are known to cause increased intestinal permeability and gut dysbiosis, both of which are intimately connected with onset of autoimmune conditions.  It also leads to food sensitivities, as a widening of the tight junctures in the small intestine that are supposed to keep I digested food particles out of the blood stream are now letting them through.  What follows is an immune reaction and the creation of antibodies against those food particles.  So, kill the infection, destroy the lining of your small intestine, and cause food sensitivities.  Good trade-off?   I don’t think so…

The same goes for prescription AND OTC painkillersstatin drugs, antacids, and immune suppressing drugs.  They all have one key element in common:  They treat the symptoms and ignore the causes.

Symptoms don’t just appear out of nowhere.  Our bodies are brilliant organisms that do a terrific job of shifting and adapting to constant insults and assaults on their cellular function.  Over time, the burden of these chronic insults from diet, lack of sleep, stress, lack of exercise, and the thousands of chemicals, toxic metals, pesticides and preservatives take a toll on our bodies and impairs functionality at the cellular level.  It might take years of functional loss at this level before symptoms ever even appear.  

So, if you are one of those people proudly burning the candle at both ends and bragging to friends and family about how much you are able to take on and how productive you are on such little sleep and with intense stress levels (you know who you are), the message to you is: you are human, and it will catch up to you.  One day, one or more symptoms will smack you over the head like a sledgehammer and you’ll think “woah…what is this?  I am healthy!  One day I’m fine and the next day this?  What gives???”  That’s because your body was silently losing function at the cellular level for years before your symptoms appeared.  And that happened because you weren’t taking care of it properly.  

You had too many holes popping up in your ship and you finally ran out of material to plug the holes!  


Plugging leaksAnd now your ship is starting to sink.  Now here is the question:  Do you just need more plugs, or do you want to find out what is causing the holes and eliminate that?  Because the answer to that question is the ultimate determinant between vibrant health and simply surviving for the rest of your life on a cabinet full of pharmaceutical drugs or surgeries.  

This is the type of stuff that I work on with my clients: implementing a total paradigm shift in the way they view their health and especially their symptoms.  Symptoms are not just a nuisance that need to go away.  They are our bodies way of communicating to us that something is malfunctioning and needs our attention.  Once we start viewing symptoms in that way we start to ask “why?”   Why am I feeling this symptom?  What is my body trying to tell me?   And then we can begin our detective work and find the cause.  

And the cause usually has to do with poor diet, poor sleep, poor exercise habits, poor mechanisms or protocols to cope with external and internal stressors, and a lack of properly supporting bodily function through intelligent supplementation.  Unfortunately, this holistic view of the body and lifestyle as a major factor in disease prevention and building health is vastly overlooked by the conventional medical community.

If you are interested in building your overall health, restoring optimal function, energy and vitality to your body, this is where you need to start.  Change your perception of what health is and what symptoms are, and change your life!  

I hope this was helpful and if you have any further interest in this topic you can always fill out the contact form on my site OR schedule a FREE consultation with me.  


Rick Gold, Functional Wellness, FDN Practitioner
Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

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Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted.  The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of the author.  Rick is not a doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian and he does not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.


How I work.

A lot of people ask me to explain what I do as a Functional Wellness Practitioner. My philosophy is to take a deeper and customized approach to address your health.

A few important distinctions about my practice:

  • While following the healing protocols that I recommend may indirectly reduce or eliminate your symptoms, I don’t specifically treat symptoms because I know that everything you are experiencing points to malfunction and “dis-ease” occurring in your body. There are no “normal” symptoms. A truly healthy person should rarely if ever experience low energy, fatigue, random headaches, joint pains, digestive discomfort, etc.  Just because everyone is feeling those same symptoms that doesn’t mean that they are normal. It just means that everyone is experiencing malfunction in their bodies.
  • When it comes to the health and wellbeing of my clients, I don’t guess, I test!

Your symptoms could be stemming from any number of underlying issues and I don’t (nor should anyone) pretend to be smart enough to guess what those underlying issues are.

Frequent headaches may be caused by dehydration, food sensitivities, heavy metal toxicity, pathogens, leaky gut, or it could be that your spine is out of alignment.

How do you really know what is causing those headaches without functional lab testing?  That’s where I come in.

During the initial consult with clients I get a snapshot of how they are feeling and the symptoms they are experiencing. At that point, I do not offer any recommendations.  Instead, I use functional lab work (saliva, urine, blood, stool, and hair) to uncover potential hidden malfunctions in the following bodily systems:

– Steroid Hormone Balance (Cortisol, DHEA, Pregnenolone, Testosterone, Estradiol, Progesterone, and Melatonin). I also have access to in-depth thyroid function panels.

– Digestive system (gut dysbiosis, leaky gut, find pathogens, bugs, food sensitivities, celiac). I also run labs that tell me how well you are digesting and absorbing the food you eat.  There is a saying: “you are what you eat”.  Well, you can take that a step further: “You are what you digest and absorb”.  In other words, you can eat all of the healthiest foods on earth, but if your digestive system is malfunctioning you simply aren’t going to digest and absorb enough of those nutrients to have any beneficial impact on your health.

– Immune system (Is your immune system functioning properly?  Is it overactive and clearly fighting something off, like a persistent low-grade infection, or food particles that have leaked into your bloodstream?)

– Detoxification (toxicity from metal, exposure to pollutants, liver function)

– Neurotransmitters

Additionally, I have access to advanced blood panels that provide deep analysis of heart health, cancer risk, inflammation levels, and much more.  Click on the services page on this website for a more complete description.

This may sound strange, but I actually prefer to work with people who have already seen their doctor or several specialists, and perhaps other health coaches and are still struggling with health issues and complaints; Someone who feels ill but their doctor tells them “everything looks fine”.  Those are the people who really appreciate this very important difference in how I work.  With the use of functional labs I am usually able to uncover the root cause(s) behind most of their symptoms.

Once I find these hidden malfunctions, or “healing opportunities”, I then tailor a specific healing protocol for my clients based on their situation.  I teach my clients how to make a dramatic impact on their overall health through the use of a holistic “self-care” model.  We address all areas of their bodily function by designing a protocol that requires lifestyle changes and deep commitment in the following areas:

– Diet – Guide the client through the process of determining their specific metabolic type and using a service that can tailor an eating plan for them.  Additionally, I recommend total removal of foods from their diet that have shown to be inflammatory on their food sensitivity panel.

– Rest – Regardless of the clients’ situation (night shifts, sleep disorders, etc.), we work to find a way to get them the proper rest needed for healing.

– Exercise – I suggest specific forms of exercise based on the clients’ current situation (health, age, schedule, etc.)

– Stress Reduction – There are two types of “bad” stress that negatively impact our health.  The first is mental and emotional stress or stress from trauma.  I suggest ways for the client to alleviate those stressors.  The second type is hidden internal stressors which I have discussed in this article.  To address the hidden internal stressors we use the lab work to uncover them and the natural protocols to alleviate them.

– Supplementation – I build customized supplement protocols for the client that contribute to long-term healing of those hidden malfunctions and also provide some immediate symptom relief.

A closing thought:

  • The protocols that I run with my clients are not magic pills.  It takes time, effort, and significant lifestyle changes in order for them to heal.  Some protocols may take months and some may take years.  It is likely that the client has (knowingly or unknowingly) spent decades doing damage to their bodies.  It’s nearly impossible to turn all of that damage around in a few months.

Thanks for reading!

Rick Gold, FDP

Schedule a free 20 minute consultation with Rick Gold.

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted.  The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of the author.  Rick is not a doctor, nutritionist, or dietician and he does not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.