Carla’s Story – Depression, Weight Gain, Hair Loss, Cold all the Time

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My journey toward better health is a simple one.  It’s not a jaw-dropping story of amazing feats or gigantic steps.  In fact, it could be anyone’s story.  In my case, the way it ends is the way it begins.

Growing up in a warm, loving family you might say I had it all including great health.  A top athlete in my high school days, and still an avid golfer and diver, I have always maintained an interest in my health and discovering a more common sense approach to wellness.  Don’t get me wrong.  I live and work in the real world and am not immune to the challenges and excesses of modern day joie de vivre. But, as the years clicked by, I began to notice subtle changes in the way my body responded to physical and emotional stress.  Lately, I had been depressed, I’d gained weight, and experienced an unrelenting chill in my bones that required me to wear sweaters in the middle of summer.  Oh, and did I mention hair loss?  In addition, I wanted an alternative to the birth control pill I had been taking my entire life.  I had never wanted the pill in the first place but it was my only option against daily accidents.

“Lately, I had been depressed, I’d gained weight, and experienced an unrelenting chill
in my bones that required me to wear sweaters in the middle of summer.”

For years, I spent my professional life in the pressure-cooker world of Advertising Sales.  Luckily for me, it suited me.  I liked the pace, the people and the hard work and the money and rewards.  But one day, it suddenly dawned on me, that living in the twenty-first century, I might need to find a little insurance to carry me into the later years of my life–in a more healthy and natural way.  At the same time, my cousin, Carol Lehr, an award-winning TV producer and published author of the holistic health book, Your Body Can Talk, inspired me with her commitment to wellness.  I began to read, research and ask questions.  Urged by Carol and others, I was determined to beat my depression, fatigue, and weight-gain.  It was no small feat that I eventually found my way to a brand new healthy start to the second half of my life.

In the meantime, the treadmill of life seemed never-ending as I hit the ground running every day.  One particular morning I hugged my Schnauzer, Ziggy goodbye and gave a treat to my African gray parrot, Grayson as I rushed out the door to the airport.  As usual, my heart was pounding as I found my seat on the packed airplane.  I was rushing off on another of my frequent airline business trips.  While flipping through an airline magazine I noticed an ad for something called The Hotze Clinic.  The ad talked about a new, holistic approach to health, alternatives to synthetic drugs, and successful treatment of otherwise untreatable ailments.  Hmmm…I wondered if the Hotze Clinic could guide me to better health.

A few days later, I was back home on the freeway driving to work.  Fiddling with the radio, I randomly came across a radio show.  The announcer was interviewing an alternative health practitioner named Dr. Hotze.  I remembered the airline ads and from then on, I caught the radio show whenever I could.  It always seemed to be talking directly to me about symptoms that I was experiencing on a regular basis.  Many of the health questions that had troubled me—the depression, weight-gain and chills, were suddenly being addressed for others.  Yet, I hesitated.  With my busy life, going to the Hotze clinic seemed a bit daunting.  The questions, the tests, the diagnoses.  I so wanted to find answers for my fading health, but it seemed like such a huge production and then, of course, the expense.

So, I sought treatment elsewhere at my local gynecologist.  After all, what could Hotze do that my own gynecologist couldn’t!  When I recounted my symptoms of depression, weight gain, coldness, and hair loss, the gynecologist agreed to give me a more thorough T-4 thyroid test.  Like many others, I anxiously awaited the testing results as proof that I needed help with my thyroid.  I just knew I had the answer!  But, to no avail–my test results came back within range.  Whose range?  I wondered.  Certainly not mine. “There’s no need to work on your thyroid,” I was dismissed.  Would I like a mood enhancer to get me through the depression?  How about some chocolate ice cream on the side?  Forget it!  I called Hotze the next day.

What a totally different medical experience.  When I placed my first call to the Hotze clinic I was immediately surprised by the professionalism and level of caring I found. A staff-member (who always seemed to be smiling on the other end of the phone line) greeted me.  She gladly took down all of my information and reassuringly answered questions, while offering me the first glimmer of hope that I would be truly helped. Shortly after that I was called for my phone interview.   As I retold my story, the nurse took down an extremely thorough medical history screening.  Before I knew it, an hour had passed and the “smiling” staffer had made it all seem like a pleasant chat.

Soon after, I was on my way to the Hotze clinic for real.  The actual office visit reminded me of a trip to a fine spa.  I was greeted at the door by name and offered a glass of water before my consult with the doctor.  I felt both at home and comfortable–not fearful or anxious at all.  A helpful nurse ushered me into an examination room, which was beautifully furnished; warm in both color and temperature.   My blood was then drawn painlessly and expertly by the nurse on duty, a very important factor for me!  After my blood work, I expected a loving pat on the hand.  Instead, a fabulous plate of fresh turkey, ham and cheese with fruit, nuts and a hot chocolate was laid out in front of me.  Was I dreaming?  This was no ordinary doctor’s visit.

Just a few short tests later, I met my personal physician.  Dr. Sheridan strolled into the consultation room welcoming and confident.  My first appointment with him was unlike any meeting with any doctor that I’ve ever had before.  Dr. Sheridan listened!  He allowed me to do most of the talking and I asked every question I could think of until no more remained.  During more than an hour with me, Dr. Sheridan worked continuously entering every bit of information that I gave him into the personal laptop he carried.  I poured out my heart and my concerns: getting off of birth control, my crazed hormones, my weight-gain, lost hair, depression and more.  I just couldn’t face all this as I approached the age of fifty.  And mind you, that is still several years away!

“Tell me doc, am I going to make it?”  I hadn’t lost my sense of humor, but, looking back, I honestly was not the Hotze clinic’s easiest case. Time and lack of care had allowed my body to become imbalanced to a serious extent.  I knew that I had problems, but I never knew how to find the right answers.  And, then, at last “the fix!” Dr. Sheridan had uncovered several health challenges for me to work on.  I had an under active thyroid, Candida Albicans, adrenal insufficiency, and hormonal imbalances to name a few.  Many of my problems were connected.  Like the skin of an onion, one by one Dr. Sheridan peeled away the problems that slowly allowed my body to recover.

After eleven long months of healing, my under active thyroid responded to natural Armour thyroid.  My adrenals rallied with gentle doses of cortisol.  On top of that, treatment for my Candida Albicans helped me drop fourteen pounds!  I felt so empowered!  Never in twenty years of dieting had I had such results.  And, thanks to my healthy thyroid, my body now feels warm for the first time in a long time.

My success at the Hotze clinic quickly inspired others.  My personal trainer and several other friends had been unsuccessful with their weight problems– until observing me during my three-month Candida clearing/weight loss regime.  Through Hotze, I was not only changing my life but the lives of everyone around me who wanted to participate in the success of their own health as well.

Weight under control and rid of yeast, I was ready to embark on balancing my hormones for good.  I have no idea what my poor body was thinking, but I didn’t have a menstrual period for five months after initially stopping the pill under the clinic’s direction. This concerned me, as I was not ready for menopause!  However, Dr. Sheridan at Hotze assured me that it would take time for my body to readjust to the changes–after years of the pill on top of my already “out of whack” thyroid and adrenals.  Sure enough, as my thyroid slowly came back on line, and with the help of natural progesterone, my natural period returned without any of the former depression, mood swings or weight gain.  What a relief!

The last challenge that the Hotze clinic solved for me was my problem of increased hair loss.  Until the day I went to Hotze I lived in fear each time I looked at my comb.  Clumps of hair were everywhere in the shower, on the sink, and on my collar.  Everyone knows a woman’s crowning glory is her hair. Well, my crown was disintegrating before my eyes.  Luckily, Janet at Hotze continuously monitored my thyroid and refined the dosage of natural Armour thyroid perfectly.   After a few weeks, I could see and feel lots of beautiful new hair growth.  No, I’ll never have a thick mop on my head, but what I have is all mine.

Today, the difference in my life and health is amazing.  I have so much more energy and my spirits are twenty times higher.  My hair is fuller, I’m thinner, and no cold or hot flashes.  I no longer experience those lows during the month that used to make me question my life, my job and all my relationships!  I find myself singing for no reason, so watch out!  I just want to tell everyone about this wellness lifestyle.

I can only sum up my experience at the Hotze clinic as a life-changing health transformation.  I continue to tweak my program with Dr. Sheridan and the nurses at the clinic.  Thankfully, no phone call ever goes unwelcome.  No question is ever left unanswered.  I can say with true conviction that The Hotze Clinic is a hot-line to a life-line of health and wellness.  Aside from caring for their many, many patients, the staff at Hotze is continually researching and advocating for our health rights and protection.  Even now, Hotze health activists, lead by Dr. Hotze himself, are at work in our nation’s capitol fighting for the rights of Compounding Pharmacies to continue providing bio-identical hormones to women in need across the country.  Daily, the staff keeps us abreast of health freedoms that most people don’t even know are being abused or threatened.

What price is your health worth?  Don’t wait until you lose your precious health to ask that question.  Get the answers today.  I’ve learned not to be afraid to invest in a body that will last a lifetime. My greatest wish is to be able to share this wellness attitude and program with anyone who needlessly suffers with the symptoms of age or disease-related illness. Go ahead!  Splurge on yourself in the only way that really matters.  I promise, with the help of the Hotze clinic your life story will change for the healthy best just as mine has.  It’s just that simple.

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