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October 29, 2018

What is glyphosate?

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world. It is applied to the leaves of plants to kill both broadleaf plants and grasses. People apply it in agriculture and forestry on lawns, gardens, and weeds. Its residues are found on the staple crops of the Western diet—sugar, corn, soy and wheat—as well as in many processed foods made with these crops.

Monsanto pioneered the genetic engineering of corn, soybeans, and other crops to survive the chemical, which turned the “Roundup Ready” franchise into a multibillion-dollar franchise. These Monsanto items are full of glyphosate since they are genetically modified to be immune to its withering effects.

In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a unit of the World Health Organization, classified glyphosate as likely having the potential to cause cancer. The classification prompted a wave of lawsuits and regulatory challenges in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. However, the United States is far behind Europe in banning chemicals in food.

New EWG (Environment Working Group) tests have found glyphosate in all Cheerios and Quaker Oats Cereals sampled.

“How many bowls of cereal and oatmeal have American kids eaten that came with a dose of weed killer? That’s a question only General Mills, PepsiCo, and other food companies can answer,” said EWG President Ken Cook

The Journal Entropy strongly argued how toxic glyphosate is to humans by shedding light on exactly how glyphosate disrupts mammalian physiology. Dr. Seneff described the mechanism by which the glyphosate in Roundup disrupts human biological processes. Glyphosate disrupts the functioning of beneficial gut bacteria and inhibits the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes produced by the gut microbiome. CYP enzymes are critical because they detoxify the multitude of foreign chemical compounds that we are exposed to in our modern environment today. Because of this, we are even more vulnerable to the effects of other chemicals and environmental toxins.

The negative impact of glyphosate exposure is slow over months and years as inflammation gradually gains a foothold in the cellular systems of the body.

The consequences of this systemic inflammation are most of the diseases and conditions associated with the Western lifestyle:
• Gastrointestinal disorders
• Obesity
• Diabetes
• Heart Disease
• Depression
• Autism
• Infertility
• Cancer
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Alzheimer’s disease
• And the list goes on and on and on…

Here at The Youth Institute, BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) helps to fight systematic inflammation as well as heal it. Dr. Brannon, the Medical Director of The Youth Institute, illustrates how BHRT restores deficient hormones, repairs the body on a cellular level, improves overall health, and ultimately revitalizes the well-being of the individual.

Please contact me to learn more at our email (office@youthinstitutebhrt.com) or call us at (919) 977-3231.

https://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416
https://www.ewg.org/childrenshealth/glyphosateincereal/

Posted in Library by Tylar Brannon
September 21, 2018

 

On September 16, Kaiser Health News released an article about a California doctor treating menopause patients with bioidentical therapy. However, the Medical Board of California recently announced that the doctor has been placed on probation, claiming that she was “unaware” of potential risks of plant-based hormones. The Board sited two instances that contributed to the doctor’s probation: one of her patients developed cancer and another was treated based on an incorrect diagnosis. While these two instances are unfortunate, the article fails to mention the countless patients successfully treated for menopause by this same doctor.

With that being said, I have been a practicing board certified OB-GYN for over 25 years, specializing in diagnosing and treating abnormal uterine bleeding. A little over seven years ago, I began utilizing bioidentical therapy to treat patients at The Youth Institute (TYI). We follow a process to determine the appropriate treatment options and do so by mandating pre-labs and consultation prior to treatment. Once a treatment plan is agreed upon, we monitor conditions through quarterly labs. Additionally, if a condition presents itself that we at TYI are unable to treat, we will refer patients to other doctors who may be of greater assistance. At TYI, we also request that you provide us with your medications in order for us to better understand the whole picture. Unfortunately, medicine is not an exact science, and based upon one estimation, taking prescribed medications is the fourth leading cause of death among Americans. Our patients come first at TYI, and we use the best bioidentical treatments available. Our goal is to make patients healthier, allowing them to enjoy a better quality of life. Whether it’s FDA approved medication or safe, all-natural bioidenticals, all patients need to be treated by competent professionals.

Some of my patients will ask me if we use FDA approved synthetic hormone treatment. I tell them, we use all-natural bioidenticals and here is one very important reason why in over 25 years of medical practice. The scientific literature shows that there are significant fewer side effects than FDA- approved synthetic hormone treatment. The distinction between bio-identical and synthetic is crucial. The 2001 WHI Study stated that post-menopausal hormone therapy causes breast cancer. This study consisted of 5000 women. The estrogen used in the study was synthetic Premarine estrogen, which is derived from pregnant horses. The progesterone used in the study, was also a synthetic, called Provera, increased breast cancer 28%. Dr. Fourner conducted two studies in France with 134,000 women. Breast cancer in the bioidentical arm using bioidentical estrogen and bio-identical progesterone (the same exact structure that these women’s ovaries use to make) showed no increase. In the arm that consisted of Provara, synthetic progesterone, it increased breast cancer by 69%. The conclusion: the synthetic progesterone caused the breast cancer.

We at The Youth Institute follow the highest standards of medical care.

Please contact me to learn more at our email (theyouthinstitutecary@gmail.com) or call us at (919) 977-3231.

Posted in Library by Tylar Brannon
May 7, 2018
PTSD & BHRT - A Fresh New APproach

It’s not news to anyone in the military community that many of our honorable veterans return from active service suffering, often in silence, from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or “PTSD.” Standard clinical protocol in V.A. hospitals across the nation for treating PTSD include long-term prescriptions of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) or Serotonin & Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs). Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, and Effexor are examples of the most commonly prescribed anti-depressants for PTSD and related conditions such as depression and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Some doctors may also prescribe other types of anti-depressants, Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors, Antipsychotics, Beta-blockers, or Benzodiazepines if SSRIs and SNRIs prove ineffective.[i]

The central issue with all these medications is that they do not fundamentally address the root of the problem. They rarely resolve the disorder, but rather, “numb” the individual by temporarily masking his/her symptoms. All of these drugs come with a laundry list of unpleasant and/or dangerous side effects including drowsiness, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, dry mouth, dizziness, diarrhea, vision problems, headaches, heart palpitations, erectile dysfunction and suicidal thoughts. [ii]

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious and devastating condition resulting from emotional and/or physical trauma. About 30% of soldiers who have served in war zones are later diagnosed with PTSD.[iii] The treatment for their suffering, which can last for years, is typically limited to counseling and use of prescription drugs. Symptoms of PTSD include difficulty sleeping, nightmares, flashbacks, mental exhaustion, and significant emotional distress anytime the victim is reminded of the traumatic event(s).[iv] The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that 20 American military veterans per day commit suicide because of PTSD.[v]

Moreover, PTSD is not limited to the military population. In fact, it is estimated that 5.2 million people in the United States are currently suffering with this debilitating condition.[vi]

PTSD and BHRT – New Solutions

Fortunately, a new and effective alternative method of treatment is available. Rather than masking the problem with drugs, some PTSD patients have discovered something that works better than anti-depressants; specifically, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, which is infinitely safer, in addition to being more effective.

And here is why. The brain controls the production of hormones, and many of the symptoms of PTSD are amplified by low testosterone.[vii] Chronic anxiety and depression have been proven to lower natural hormone levels,[viii] and low levels of hormones can trigger more anxiety and depression.[ix] These two conditions, sadly, worsen over time in a negative feedback loop.

Simply balancing a person’s testosterone, estrogen and progesterone back to normal levels can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of PTSD, allowing him or her to return to a healthy, vibrant life. It is a safe, proven and effective solution.

BHRT – All-natural solutions

Unlike synthetic hormones, bio-identical hormones are created from vegetables or plants, such as yams or soy. They are formulated to replace your natural hormones exactly, with an identical chemical structure. In fact, the body cannot distinguish them from the biological hormones it already produces. Because of their purity, bio-identical hormones do not cause the same unpleasant and dangerous side effects as synthetic hormones.[x]

In addition to the reduction or elimination of the symptoms of PTSD, patients on bio-identical hormone replacement therapy experience improved strength, higher bone density, development of lean muscle mass, lower cholesterol levels, deeper sleep, greater concentration, higher levels of energy, a heightened interest in sex, and an overall sense of well-being.[xi]

Pellets Provide Gradual Hormone Release

Bio-identical hormones are administered in the form of tiny, subcutaneous pellets that are inserted underneath the skin, using an anesthetic, every three to four months. The BHRT pellets are placed in the upper part of the buttocks and slowly dissolve over time, which mimics the gradual secretion of the body’s natural hormones.

Dr. Gregory Brannon Provides Solutions

Dr Greg Brannon - Medical Director, The Youth Institute BHRTAs a medical doctor and an expert in anti-aging medicine, I have helped thousands of men and women regain their health and happiness through the use of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. For the past 7 years, my team and I have been doing pellet therapy in my North Carolina BHRT offices, and the results have been phenomenal. I have had the pleasure of advising military men and women, many of whom have become my patients. It is a joy and a privilege for me to be able to restore the strength, vitality, and emotional and physical well-being of those who have made the sacrifice of serving in our armed forces.

If you would like to learn more about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for the treatment of PTSD, depression, TBI, or other adverse health conditions, please visit our website at:

https://www.youthinstitutebhrt.com/

I look forward to scheduling a consultation with you and answering any questions you may have one-on-one.

Dr. Gregory Brannon, M.D.


Links to References:

[i] https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/what-are-treatments-for-posttraumatic-stress-disorder#3

[ii] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/ssris/art-20044825

[iii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1297500/

[iv] https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/ptsd-overview/basics/symptoms_of_ptsd.asp

[v] https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-veterans-commit-suicide-at-rate-of-20-a-day-va-says-1467908311

[vi] http://www.ptsd.ne.gov/what-is-ptsd.html

[vii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4520791/

[viii] https://news.utexas.edu/2010/09/27/stress-hormone-blocks-testosterones-effects-study-shows

[ix] https://www.healthline.com/health/low-testosterone/depression

[x] http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2009/10/Bioidentical-Hormones/Page-01

[xi] https://www.youthinstitutebhrt.com/

Posted in BHRT Hormone Treatments, Library by Jack
February 19, 2018

Download the Ketogenic Diet – Dr Greg Brannon MP3

Hello, I’m Dr Greg Brannon, the medical director here at the Youth Institute. Confusion. What do I eat, this diet and that diet, this diet. Let’s clear the confusion up. Previously in American history, and across the world now, they eat more organically and naturally. There is less cardiovascular disease, less diabetes, less obesity. See, it’s important that we understand what nutrition really is. What has happened in the last hundred years, the best health aspects of America have occurred because of hygiene, clean water, soap, washing hands, but the sad part is these diseases of obesity and diabetes and cancer and cardiovascular disease have increased in the last hundred years, while supposedly our medical care has been better. And yes, our medical care is phenomenal for Traumas, and accidents, and these high tech surgeries, but overall, when I get back to the basis of nutrition that keeps our body healthy… See our body is built not just to exist, but to thrive in this environment if given the right supplementation, the right hormone balance, and the right nutrition.

See, we’ve become accustomed to literally these chronic diseases. The question is why? Where’d they come from? Thomas Jefferson said, if a people ever allows the government to tell them what foods to eat and what medicine to take, they’ll be in the worst state of tyranny. Let that sink in. See the government is not the best caretaker of you. The king and queen is in the mirror. That’s you and I. Knowledge is power. We can’t rely on so called experts and simply wait for them to the ivory towers upon high coming down and tell us how to eat. That’s been proven not to be beneficial. I believe in experts. I believe information is critically important, but we should read as much as possible and absorb as much as possible because the responsibility in your health falls upon you.

What’s very interesting is, previously in American history when we had less heart attacks in obesity and diabetes, we didn’t have the government involved in the diet. 1977 was a very interesting time. That’s when the grain companies lobbied to push through the government to have an American Standard Diet based upon government regulations. Let that sink in. Government regulations pushed through by the grain company. The Food Pyramid. When you look back at the data of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Atherosclerosis, Metabolic Syndrome, pauses to ovarian syndrome, they’ve all increased since the mid seventies when we became a more of a fat and protein society to more of a carbohydrate eating society. That causes the insulin resistance and causes all the complications we have. So let’s back up here and say OK, moving politics, because when government gets involved, their coercive involvement of pushing their, their, their dollars and their, and their power about regulations – that actually skews the free market. Let’s let you and I dictate what we want to eat by using the free market and our own knowledge.

So when I want to do here at the Youth Institute is really very important. This is not a weight clinic. What we look at, very simply, is you as the individual. We know that the foundational base built is crucial on having physiological, levels, uh, levels of biological hormones proper without that proper hormonal balance and nothing really works. They have the right supplementation that this co factors to let the enzymatic processes that our bodies already have to be at their optimal. Then we supply it the right nutrition. That’s what’s crucial. So the American Standard Diet versus what we’ve heard about ketogenic diets, Paleo diets, these other kinds of diets around the world, anything that moves away from a high carbohydrate diet is better. But it looks like the literature we looked at before previously, last 50-100 years is we ate predominantly fat. Healthy fat has been the mainstay of a healthy diet over the last thousands of years.

So we look at America, it’s 50 percent carbohydrate, 35 percent fat and only 15 percent protein, but that has led, as I talked about, living with these chronic aspect of diseases. A ketogenic diet is very important. About 70 percent essential healthy fats, 20 percent of high quality proteins and 10 percent of carbohydrates from non starchy aspects like leaf green leafy vegetables, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, some low glycemic lentils, the healthy type of carbohydrates. See a ketogenic diet is this – it’s very low in carbohydrates, moderately high in high quality dietary proteins and high in quality high essential fats. The biochemistry is very interesting on this. It’s that the way our body works is our body can use either sugar or fat for energy, and protein as well, but it’s important to save protein for our structural and enzymatic aspects of our life, so essentially between fat and sugar.

Our bodies stores about 36 hours of sugar as glycogen in your muscle and in our liver. After our 36 to 40 hours of no sugar, our body will deplete that sugar and then turn to adipose. What’s important is about a three week span, if you could actually deplete the glycogen, become an adipose burner, a fat burner. We actually now become our body wants it, wants to use that. There’s a couple of reasons for this. Ketones, which is a byproduct of, the ketone in our bodies. The byproduct of fat metabolism and used as an energy source is actually like the the currency of fat energy – is three times more efficient than sugar. It actually helps protect the Mitochondria. It actually is a cleaner energy source, meaning there’s less free radicals, less damage, so it takes less energy to actually utilize sugar, to utilize fat versus sugar as energy. The benefits of this is interesting. At the brain, using ketones, which I get three times more efficient than sugar, the ketone bodies as energy for the brain, it’s been shown to have actually more nerve and synaptic growth with that within the brain, connections themselves, which has a mental alertness, increases improved cognitive ability and mental sharpness.

Blood sugar metabolism, helps fight insulin resistance – our bodies keeping our blood sugar at a constant level, not these peaks, these peaks, peaks and valleys. Also, it’s very interesting – our cardiovascular health is shown that the actually the Mitochondria, and the cardiac tissue actually uses energy better as a fat cells, again, have more efficiency to the heart and fit and vascular system. A byproduct, this is not the goal of this, but a byproduct is to lose weight, but what I’m saying is to be the healthy weight, you’re supposed to be. A little, just weight losing by itself is not the end all be all. As long as it falls together with a natural losing of weight meaning I have a portion of muscle and adipose together. All this is based upon the foundational principle of having the hormones balanced at the optimal physiological level.

You do the right supplementation and that allows you to be the best you can be. One little interesting thing on sugar – Dr Otis Warburg in 1924, actually he won the Nobel Prize in 1931 if I’m correct on that, he actually showed that cancer cells only grow in glycolysis, which is using sugar. It actually cannot grow, in a ketotic state. That’s a very interesting aspect because the cancer cells need sugar and fat is their enemy. See, we don’t get fat. We don’t get unhealthy by eating fats. We get unhealthy by eating too many sugars in a proportion that is not built physiological for our body.

So the sum of this little video up here is this – you are what you eat. Don’t allow ignorance to be our excuse. Let’s attack out there. Google. The research world is out there. Do your research. Do your work. Ask questions. Understand that it’s very important that we age and age gracefully. We have to regain our youthful exuberance for life, but we need a healthy, healthy body to do that. We do that – tomorrow can be better than today. Again, this is Dr Greg Brannon, at The Youth Institute, the medical director. I thank you for your time.

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June 28, 2017

Testosterone therapy in men with androgen deficiency syndromes: an Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline.

The primary objective was to update the guidelines for the evaluation and treatment of androgen deficiency syndromes in adult men.

Thank you to the Authors for a job well done. Greg Brannon MD.

Bhasin S, Cunningham GR, Hayes FJ, Matsumoto AM, Snyder PJ, Swerdloff RS, Montori VM; Task Force, Endocrine Society.

OBJECTIVE:

Our objective was to update the guidelines for the evaluation and treatment of androgen deficiency syndromes in adult men published previously in 2006.

PARTICIPANTS:

The Task Force was composed of a chair, selected by the Clinical Guidelines Subcommittee of The Endocrine Society, five additional experts, a methodologist, and a medical writer. The Task Force received no corporate funding or remuneration.

CONCLUSIONS:

We recommend making a diagnosis of androgen deficiency only in men with consistent symptoms and signs and unequivocally low serum testosterone levels. We suggest the measurement of morning total testosterone level by a reliable assay as the initial diagnostic test. We recommend confirmation of the diagnosis by repeating the measurement of morning total testosterone and, in some men in whom total testosterone is near the lower limit of normal or in whom SHBG abnormality is suspected by measurement of free or bioavailable testosterone level, using validated assays. We recommend testosterone therapy for men with symptomatic androgen deficiency to induce and maintain secondary sex characteristics and to improve their sexual function, sense of well-being, muscle mass and strength, and bone mineral density. We recommend against starting testosterone therapy in patients with breast or prostate cancer, a palpable prostate nodule or induration or prostate-specific antigen greater than 4 ng/ml or greater than 3 ng/ml in men at high risk for prostate cancer such as African-Americans or men with first-degree relatives with prostate cancer without further urological evaluation, hematocrit greater than 50{11ec5d4ffb95386a7ead9a4c5941bf1aadd378ea750d3f5f48948cd3f1f66c72}, untreated severe obstructive sleep apnea, severe lower urinary tract symptoms with International Prostate Symptom Score above 19, or uncontrolled or poorly controlled heart failure. When testosterone therapy is instituted, we suggest aiming at achieving testosterone levels during treatment in the mid-normal range with any of the approved formulations, chosen on the basis of the patient’s preference, consideration of pharmacokinetics, treatment burden, and cost. Men receiving testosterone therapy should be monitored using a standardized plan.

To view the complete study, click on the link below.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20525905

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