More patients are turning to natural medicine for solutions to a wide range of hormonal dysfunction, from infertility, to thyroid disease, to metabolic syndrome. Because endocrine disorders inherently require a holistic and integrative approach, Dr. Perchemlides’ practice has naturally become very endocrine-focused.
Naturopathic medicine looks at the body as a whole in order to understand how, when one system is not working properly, it causes other problems in the body. Therefore a successful treatment for an endocrine illness must consider not only the affected hormone pathways but also all other systems of the body that might be interacting with the hormones in question. For example, when treating a condition such as endometriosis, a Naturopathic approach will consider not only the reproductive tract but also the liver, since it’s healthy function directly affects the healthy function of the hormone produced in the reproductive tract. Likewise, when treating osteoporosis a Naturopathic approach will consider all the organs involved in calcium metabolism– the skin, liver, kidney, thyroid, parathyroid, and gastrointestinal tract. This is a vast departure from a strictly conventional practice, which generally considers the systems of the body in isolation, treating only symptoms without considering possible root causes or other physiological interactions.
Endocrine disorders Dr. Perchemlides has treated successfully include:
- Pituitary disorders
- Pineal disorders
- Blood sugar metabolism disorders
- Lipid Metabolism disorders
- Thyroid metabolism disorders
- Adrenal metabolism disorders
- Reproductive hormone disorders
Causes of endocrine disorders can be quite varied, ranging from infections and tumors to environmental and lifestyle factors. Endocrine disrupters are found in high levels in non-organic foods cultivated with pesticides, in our water supply, and in the air we breath. Acknowledging that both endogenous and exogenous factors contribute to hormonal imbalance also requires us to acknowledge that a multifaceted, holistic treatment–one that combines thorough diagnostics and integrative medicine with nutritional and lifestyle interventions–is the most effective.