In mid May of 2005 I arrived at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center in Katy, Texas.
By then, I had already endured many years of health concerns and frustrations within the Houston Medical Community.
To encapsulate:
I married my husband in 1996 at age 41. Almost immediately, I began suffering from a variety of 'so-called' middle-aged female ailments. Among them: infertility, miscarriages, hormonal imbalances, higher blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, weight gain, ovarian cysts, fibroids, anemia, fatigue, major hair loss, brittle nails, slowed cognitive function, what I thought to be – IBS, acid reflux, a nonexistent libido and eventually, an unwanted hysterectomy. In short, I was a mess.
I complained openly and often to my Internist and OB/GYN. They (both female) suggested that:
1. This was how life was for middle-aged women.
2. The loss of my once glorious mane of hair was, again, something to expect in middle age.
3. My 'fatigue' was depression. I explained that I was no where near depressed, merely exhausted. I was prescribed Zoloft anyway, as it would relieve my 'flashing.'
4. I questioned my thyroid function. Repeatedly, I was told that I was normal.
Within a month or two, the Zoloft was no longer working for my hot flash symptoms. A nurse friend of mine suggested 'Effexor,' claiming that her 'flashes' were gone. After about 2 1/2 months on Effexor, my hot flashes were gone, but I very nearly was, too. First, I suffered a nasty fall at a friend's home in a 'blackout' of some sort. I notified my doctor immediately, although she never responded. I questioned my pharmacy. Could there have been a reaction? Nothing changed. Four months later, I left my bed at 11 PM to retrieve a glass of water, only to awaken on the kitchen floor after losing consciousness and falling through a wall in my home. Even after a trip to the ER with a broken shoulder, calls to my Internist went unanswered.
I was furious. Why was NO ONE listening to me? I was about to give up and accept what had become of my life. Several months had gone by when, one morning at 5:30 am, my husband awakened me. First he asked, “Please, don't be mad,” then asked when, if ever, would I be available for our business? It was then that I realized that I could not go on as I was. I realized that my poor health had also been happening to him. When he came home that evening, I told him about Dr. Hotze. I told him about all of the years I had been listening to the radio program; thinking alternately that he-Dr. Hotze- was either a “quack” or a genius. I asked my husband what he thought I should do. I told him that the treatment was not covered under our insurance. He told me that if there was even a 'snowballs chance in hell' that I could again become one tenth of the woman he married, he didn't care what it cost. With that, I made an appointment. I cancelled the appointment. I went shopping. (Don't ask.)
I told a sales friend at Neiman’s what I had done. Another salesperson interrupted us. She said that she had overheard our conversation and that, whatever I did I should NOT break my second appointment with Dr. Hotze. Quite honestly, I thought she was crazy. I even asked if she wasn't Dr. Hotze's sister or cousin. She responded that she had known of many women whose lives had been changed by Dr. Hotze. That was all. She claimed she was 'divine intervention.' I laughed…then I kept the second appointment. (P.S. Thank you, Nickie!)
When I finally arrived at the Wellness center, I was introduced to Dr. Ellsworth. Within moments of our meeting I implied that he, too, was probably – here comes that word again – a quack. I told him that for years I had listened to Dr. Hotze's radio program and thought it was a shrewd marketing scheme, if nothing else. At this juncture, he asked me why, if this was how I felt, was I even there?
I told him, as I am telling you, that I had nothing else to lose. I thought, if you can't help me, I am no worse off for trying. Money no longer mattered to me. He told me that he truly believed he could help me. I told him I was willing to follow his instructions. I started the program; and from the fourth day of the yeast-free diet to the present (still following the basic program but no longer on a completely yeast-free diet), my life is like night and day. After nearly seven years of watching helplessly as my health spiraled downhill, I am most definitely “back.”
I cannot thank Dr. Ellsworth, Dr. Hotze and all of the others who have pushed forward toward a more holistic therapeutic response to their patient's ailments. I would never have believed that I could feel as I do now. As a side benefit, I have lost 33 pounds following the program; eating and exercising correctly. I now feel as good as I have ever felt in my entire life. My 'symptoms' are all but gone.
I will never be able to thank you enough for giving me MY life back.

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AboutHotze Health & Wellness Center

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.



Do you want to live a healthy, happy, purpose-driven life? Do you want to restore your health so that your loss of energy, weight gain, joint pain, depression and lack of drive or motivation won’t hold you back from achieving your personal and professional goals?

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"At 36, I felt like I was 90 – exhausted, depressed, and cold all the time, and now I have a life of energy, focus, restored libido, and a renewed desire to be present with my family!”

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Pam White
Pam White
At Hotze Health and Wellness YOU can truly find restoration of your health and vibrant life! You will find the most caring and effective healthcare available! Don't hesitate call them today!!!
Ron Guidry
Ron Guidry
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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Caral Reeves
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Julie Hryszko
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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Shavon Sisson
Always a great experience dealing with everyone at Hotze Heath and Wellness! Everyone is kind and helpful.
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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!