Hello my Brothers and Sisters,
It is great to be connecting in with you all again after such a long absence. I have been digging deep into who I am and discovering my ever evolving purpose. As I drop the masquerade, I can see that my life has a lot less surface shimmer but is so much fuller and more beautiful than I could have ever imagined!
Please note: I am not a medical practitioner, nor do I have a medical background. This is a full disclaimer that voids myself and any staff or representatives posting at FIFO Wellness from being responsible for any actions you take in regards to your own health.
Always consult a medical practitioner before making changes.
That being said, it’s time to talk Hormones and TBI ;)
TBI, or Traumatic Brain Injury is real. It has an enormous range of symptoms and often goes undetected. These can range from mood swings, low testosterone (for women too), upset menstrual cycle, depression, aggravation, decreased libido, loss of muscle mass, fat tissue gain and social abnormalities just to name a few. One of the major effects TBI has is on the Neurosteriods in the brain (1) and Interventional endocrinology is something I am currently researching as a means of managing it.
1. I am not necessarily advocating HRT (hormone replacement Therapy) as a first means of intervention. I always explore natural treatments first. However, researching this has given me great cause to investigate further, and see how else I can improve my own life, health and relationship with my beautiful Fiance Alicia. I have hopes my journey will assist you also :)
2. As a young adult I had gynecomastia (from an undiagnosed severe dairy intolerance- not steroids) and was on HRT for about a year and a half, so I know both sides of the fence. I am seeking a long, happy medication free life. I am sure you are after similar :)
One of the leading MDs in this emerging Field is Dr Mark Gordon, who is doing a lot of his own clinical based research on TBI in post war trauma suffers, but he strongly advises that TBI can affect anyone, even if you didn’t get knocked out. Just a bump to the head in the right (or wrong) spot can start the myriad of cascading Endocrinological issues (2). Dr Gordon has gained a lot of popularity since his latest interview on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast #1056. You can find out more about Dr Gordon’s work here.
From Dr Gordon’s extensive clinical practice, it appears that a lot of people, myself included think…
“I’ve never had a Brain injury, I’m fine….”
But then I begin to feel into that question and realise that “Wait a minute!” I have had many knocks to the head, starting back at school footy. The next incident, and the biggest was my motorbike accident where I was in hospital for 3 days and the doctors told my family that they didn’t know if I would ever recover. After then, I had a huge Snowboarding wipe out and ended up in hospital again, followed by another concussion playing footy with the boys on site only 3 weeks later. My most recent was a knee to the side of the head during a sparring session in Ju Jit-su. I was out for a few minutes….. Not good.
“But to be honest, I sort of thought being knocked out was a good manly thing to have happen to me!”
That is, until l started to make the link between my low energy, low testosterone, low libido, anemia and TBI!
Okay great Steve, you’ve got me thinking….so what can I do?
Well I’m going to tell you the 1st thing I did followed by a second option if you feel inclined. There will be more to come in the following weeks..this is a big topic and I will share as I learn myself :)
Firstly, if you have any of those symptoms or are even just curious, please go and get your blood work done. If you have read my book Fifo: There’s a healthier way you will see the basics listed already :) In combination with Robbwolf.com and what I have pieced together from Dr mark Gordon’s talks, these are the biomarkers I would advise to get checked from your Bulk Billing GP.
Note: You don’t have to bulk bill, however the costs can be quite high if you go through a naturopath etc...and why not put all those tax dollars you pay to good work. What is more important to the government than a healthy, law abiding, tax paying citizen? Give a little, get a little, or in the case of FIFO workers, give A LOT! Any way we’re getting off topic, here’s the blood work:
From my book:
Complete blood count (white blood cells, haemoglobin and platelet count)
Complete thyroid panel (TSH, Free T3 and T4, TPO)
Complete lipid panel (total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, HDL and VLDL if possible)
Adrenal panel (Cortisol, DHEA, DHEAS)
Complete metabolic panel (electrolytes, kidney and function, fasting glucose)
Complete hormone panel (total testosterone, free testosterone, Estradiol, GH stimulation tests, IGF-1, SHBG and for women add Progesterone as well)
Renal function panel
Extras from my research on TBI and Dr Mark Gordon. (This is for men and women):
LH (Luteinising Hormone)
FSH (follicle stimulating Hormone)
(ACTH) adrenocorticotropic hormone
Now, you may find that your GP or similar is reluctant to get all this work done, especially if it doesn't fall under his/her normally investigated blood work. So you may have to warm them up to this and request. Getting at least the basic panels done first such as the FBC, Thyroid, Hormone and lipid panels is a good start.
Please be gentle, polite and aim to create a lonnnnng term relationship with your GP. If you don't like them, please get a new one. You have hit the jackpot if you have a GP that can Bulk bill and is happy to work with you on your evolving health journey, trust me :)
The good news is that you don’t have to know what they all are! The idea is to get the blood tests done and see which ones are low or in the low-normal range. From their you can continue to work with your GP or see a specialist in the field if anything is skewiff, but more on that in the next post. I want to go into available options such as Visiting my Functional medical doc and talking to my GP.
Please let us know what if any your experiences have been in the comments below! Any comment you leave will be treated with respect, and responded to diligently!
I look forward to continuing this evolving journey with you, and overcoming low testosterone, low libido, Anemia & TBI!
Yours in Health & Wellness,