Condition: Increased Heart Rate and Infertility
Symptoms: 37-year old female patient reported having racy heart while working out and inability to get pregnant. She also reported a history of miscarriages.
Findings: A neuro-endocrine panel was completed which showed adrenal fatigue due to overproduction of stress hormones which was also suppressed the production of sex hormones. The patient also had a lack of feel good hormones such as dopamine, taurine, and serotonin. The blood work reported that the patient was pre-diabetic due to the high amounts of stress hormones that were keeping blood sugar high. The patient was also severely iron deficient, which contributed to infertility.
Treatment: The patient underwent a 2-phase program. Phase 1 focused on improving the function of the adrenals and decreasing stress hormones. We also increased the production of her feel good hormones through supplements. Phase 2 focused on hormone balancing to increase progesterone and DHEA production. We also focused on improving iron levels through diet and supplementation.
Conclusion: The patient’s blood sugar, adrenaline, and cortisol decreased. The patient’s heart rate stabilized and remained in normal ranges during endurance workouts. Upon retesting, the patient was not absorbing iron properly, so we opted to test for Candida yeast in the gut and a genetic mutation called MTHFR which can effect fertility. She was positive for the MTHFR gene mutation and the Candida antibodies. We did a Candida cleanse for the gut and then resumed her hormonal support with the addition of the MTHFR support. She is currently absorbing the iron and reports feeling better than she has in years. She and her husband are currently trying to get pregnant.
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