Picture this, you have been to doctor after doctor and haven’t felt good for ages. You know something is wrong with you, but no one has the answer. You and your husband are hoping that you can find a doctor who will be able to tell you what you desperately want to hear – what is wrong with me and what it is the treatment.
Instead you hear, “So you are losing all of your hair, they make cute wigs down the street. Check into it.”   Or, “Bio-identical hormones are dangerous and you should not be taking any hormone that doesn’t come from an OB/GYN.” Or how about, “Your daughter’s illness is all in her head. She needs to see a psychiatrist.”
All of these are my story and I didn’t get any help until I met Dr. Hotze and his wonderful clinic in the early 1990’s. My introduction to the Hotze Clinic began with my daughter’s migraine headaches.   Every night after school she came home with a headache, blurry eyes and vomiting. She would go straight to bed and get up about 9 PM to do her homework. Her treatment started with our regular doctor who could find nothing wrong. She was referred to an internist who found nothing wrong and in turn referred her to a gastroenterologist. Our daughter went through all kinds of tests and the last doctor told me to find her a good psychiatrist, because this was all in her head. My husband even said that it sounded like a good idea to him. While discussing my daughter’s health problems with teachers I worked with, one suggested Dr. Hotze. Dr. Hotze did the allergy tests and put her on a special rotation diet. Long story short – we found out that certain foods caused the headaches and we were able to control them. My daughter went off to college, and I forgot about the clinic.
About two years later, I had a new teaching job with lots of stress. I began gaining weight even though I was eating less. I was tired, depressed, had no energy, and started losing hair.   My husband even called me bitchy. One day I got in the shower, put my hands through my hair, and out came a huge handful of wet hair. I put the hair in a baggie and went to my regular doctor who then referred me to a dermatologist. The dermatologist told me to go to an endocrinologist. The endocrinologist put me through all kinds of tests and told me that by thyroid was okay. He told me it was probably just stress and to just buy a nice wig.
In the mean time, other teachers at work were noticing my symptoms. While eating lunch, I went into kind of a stupor.   Another teacher was talking to me and I wasn’t responding. She was so concerned that she led me to the school nurse. The school nurse told me it was time to do something and to get another opinion. Remembering how Dr. Hotze had helped my daughter, I decided to visit him. Dr. Hotze did allergy and blood tests. He also did some thyroid tests and explained that allergies can affect the thyroid.   I studied hypothyroidism on the internet and read some books. My symptoms matched and things started to make sense to me. I started on allergy shots at the time. I now do the drops. I also started on Armour Thyroid. My life gradually became my own again!!! Everything was good for about ten years.
In the mean time, I started menopause. My OB/GYN put me on Premarin, but my legs hurt so much that we changed to Prempro. I went on for about nine or ten years. When I would go in to Dr. Hotze for my yearly checkup, he would tell me that I needed to take the bio-identical hormones. Unfortunately, I had been feeling so good that I didn’t listen. Also my OB/GYN didn’t think bio-identical was a good idea.
Then came the Prempro scare!! Anyone taking Prempro most likely remembers the newscasts. I quit cold turkey. Soon the hot flashes, pounding heart, and fast heartbeat started. My blood pressure skyrocketed. I woke up in the middle of the night thinking I was having a heart attack. I had anxiety attacks so bad that I would get to work and my husband would have to come and drive me home. Imagine not being able to go shopping alone for fear of fainting or being afraid to drive home.
I went to the cardiologist and was put on blood pressure medicine. In the mean time, I remembered the bio-identical hormones and went back to the Hotze Clinic. I started estrogen and progesterone, but due to an additional health problem, I was only able to take the progesterone. Shortly into my treatment my Armour Thyroid stopped working. We tried T3 and T4 thyroid treatments, but my blood pressure shot up even higher. I am convinced that when I stopped the Prempro it messed up my hormone balance. It took a while but my blood pressure came down and I was able to stop taking the blood pressure medicine – which I’m not sure I ever needed in the first place. The pounding heart has also disappeared. I still have some hair loss and weight problems, but I think I will be able to conquer that as Dr. Ellsworth has me on the yeast free diet and is helping me figure out how to balance my different hormones. We are working to get my thyroid healthy again. I am not 100% yet, but I am getting there.
During the last 10 years or so, my faith in doctors has dwindled greatly. Most are afraid to try anything out of the ordinary and instead prescribe drugs. If it would not have been for Dr. Hotze’s clinic, I think I would have still been searching for answers or probably just given up. I have been learning more about my body and the signals it sends me. I am now a believer in vitamins and the holistic approach.    I am gradually reclaiming my life again for the second time. Just because you are in your 50’s, you do not have to settle for low energy and a substandard life. Don’t let your regular doctors tell you that there is nothing wrong with you! Check out all the alternatives. Mainstream medicine isn’t always the answer!

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Since 1989, Hotze Health & Wellness Center has helped over 33,000 patients get their lives back using bioidentical hormones that restore hormones to optimal levels, strengthen immune systems, and increase energy levels. Our treatment regimen addresses the root cause of hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, menopause, perimenopause, low testosterone, allergies, and candida.

Led by best-selling author, radio host and leading natural health expert, Steven F. Hotze, M.D., our medical team has over 100 years’ combined medical experience backed by a staff of nearly 100 caring professionals who provide an environment of hope and extraordinary hospitality for each of our patients, who we call our guests. It is our deepest desire to help you obtain and maintain health and wellness naturally so that you may enjoy a better quality of life, pure and simple.



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Doctors are not the final authority in our journey of achieving/maintaining health and wellness but having a good team of doctors in your support and guidance community is not only helpful it is wise and also essential. The team and staff at Hotze Health and Wellness are health professionals that you can trust to help you navigate all the misinformation that may be keeping you separated from your optimal level of health.
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Julie Hryszko
I’ve been a guest at this facility for 15 years. They are the most efficient, thorough and caring group of individuals I’ve ever experienced. Dr Hotze looks to change the way a typical doctor treats patients and looks for root causes to eliminate medical issues instead of treating “symptoms”. My life has improved 100% since my initial visit. The cost of the treatments are worth it.
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Kori Misson
I cannot accurately describe in words how I feel about this practice and the entire staff. I have had quite a few health issues throughout the years, rheumatoid arthritis, sjogrens, weight gain, hair loss, irritability, and that is just the beginning. I had pretty much given up on feeling good, just decided to "live with it" and hope for the best. Two very close friends love the Hotze Wellness Clinic and they have experienced life changing health. Made my appointment and from the beginning I felt heard. Not a in and out fast food style practice. They are looked and are looking at my entire body for overall health and wellness. Connections from mind and body to clinical blood work, even dental questions....they care and I feel as if I can trust them. I am on a path to complete wellness and my goal is to have my RA back in remission as it once was....make yourself a priority. Having hope is an incredible feeling!