Hormones in the face cream?

Hormones are essential for maintaining youthful tissues and youthful function… the skin is no exception to this.  

Hormones determine the skin’s “biological age”; they control many physiological processes in the skin cells and take care of circulation, collagen formation, provide moisture and promote skin cell regeneration.

At the age of 25, the endocrine glands already release fewer hormones. The circulation- enhancing effect of oestrogen declines and the falling progesterone levels induce collagen depletion. From about the mid-30’s the skin dries out faster, the circulation decreases, the strength and elasticity dwindle; the skin has clearly aged. Furthermore, declining hormone levels during menopause in women, and the andropause in men, reflect the ageing process of both skin and body.

Scientific studies show that the regular use of hormone cosmetics has a positive, regenerating effect on the skin. The drying of the skin can be reduced by up to 24 percent and the formation of wrinkles by up to 30 percent. The biochemical effect of hormones on the ageing process of the skin is indisputable.

Average wrinkle scores have been shown to be lower in hormone users than in non-hormone users (Wolff EF, Narayan D, Taylor HS. Fertil Steril. 2005 Aug; 84(2):285-8). Long-term postmenopausal hormone therapy users have more elastic skin and less severe wrinkling than women who never used hormone therapy, suggesting that hormone therapy may have cosmetic benefits. Declining hormone levels are synonymous with loss of skin elasticity and structure but also reduced elasticity and function in other tissues.

Application of topical hormone formulas has clearly been shown to significantly reduce wrinkles and improve skin hydration and elasticity.

This is why I have created my own range of BioJeune face creams filled with bioidentical hormones, to achieve non-invasive anti-ageing with significant results.

 

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The Natural Doctor Proudly Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Natural Doctor Proudly Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Our aim is to make sure that every woman considers their breast health a priority and annual check-ups become part of their routine.
To reinforce The Breast Cancer Awareness message, The Natural Doctor is offering discounted thermal breast scans throughout October offering you that ‘peace of mind’.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BREAST SCREENING WITH THERMOGRAPHY?

Benefits of Breast Screening with Thermography - The Natural Doctor Article

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“I would choose thermographic scans each time. If there is a radiation-free option, then that is the one I prefer. “

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1. How did you come to hear about Thermographic breast scans?

This was something I heard about first while living in Italy where it was available in a clinic close to where I lived. As a procedure that did not involve radiation, it was the best option for me.

2. What was your experience with Dr.Eccles?

Good.

3. How do you feel about mammograms vs Thermographic breast scan?

I would choose thermographic scans each time. If there is a radiation-free option, then that is the one I prefer.

4. How did the treatment help your situation? (mention any supplements you may have been taking).*

I have been taking nutricell plus, anti-inflammatories (three times a week) and trying to increase my cruciferous vegetable intake. All of these have contributed to an improved TH rating for me.*

5. Can you recommend Dr.Eccles for breast scanning to your friends and family?

Yes.

6. What’s one point of advice you could give to people who haven’t yet had a breast scan?

Don’t wait any longer to have a scan. Prophylactic intervention is the best way to prevent this disease.

*Results may vary from person to person

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The Natural Doctor launches new website highlighting health empowerment focus

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Dr.-Nyjon-Eccles-225x300Dr. Nyjon Eccles, a leading Integrated Medicine physician and Founder of The Natural Doctor in London UK, today announces the launch of the new website, www.thenaturaldoctor.org to promote “health empowerment” for all patients.

Dr. Eccles’ philosophy is rooted in using early-detection tools, specialized and natural treatments to prevent disease and promote wellness.

The new website has been completely redesigned to emphasise this approach, with an enhanced user-experience, extensive health information and additional patient resources. A special section highlights the early detection and prevention of Heart Disease with the newly available PULS Cardiac Test. Dr. Eccles uses the PULS Cardiac Test as an advanced, non-invasive tool to determine a patient’s risk of a Heart Attack, particularly when there may otherwise be no signs or symptoms, to allow for optimal prevention strategies.

“With it’s new design and updates, thenaturaldoctor.org supports our mission to enhance well-being’ by providing important health information that is easily accessible,” said Dr. Eccles. “We are pleased this new tool helps patients get on the path toward empowered health.”

The Natural Doctor is located in the heart of London, UK and provides comprehensive services in wellness, better ageing, cardiac disease and cancer prevention, and breast health. For more information, visit www.thenaturaldoctor.org or email info@thenaturaldoctor.org.

About The Natural Doctor (TND)

TND was formed by Dr. Nyjon Eccles and provides services in Wellness, Better Aging, Cardiac Disease and Cancer Prevention, and Breast Health. This is accomplished by the use of early detection diagnostic tools and the use of natural molecules; both nutritional and hormones. Dr. Eccles has co-developed a state-of-the-art computer-assisted Breast Thermography system to aid in early breast cancer detection. A key part of TND philosophy is early detection in general and natural corrective measures to prevent disease. Dr. Eccles has already achieved promising results in changing breast health risk with the use of an early detection advantage. He is well recognised in the UK as one of the leading Integrated Medicine Physicians and for his pro-activeness in Health Education, Preventative Medicine and Health Empowerment. He lectures regularly in the UK and abroad on Preventative Medicine.

TND’s mission is to be instrumental in preventing and reversing disease, through continuous education, early detection and to provide alternative non-invasive natural affordable treatments.

About the PULS Cardiac TestTM

The PULS Cardiac Test, developed by GD Biosciences, is a simple blood test that identifies individuals with active, yet undetected subclinical Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), who are at risk of experiencing a Heart Attack, and for whom early intervention can help. The test measures protein biomarkers of the body’s immune response to arterial injury leading to the formation and progression unstable cardiac lesions – the #1 cause of Heart Attacks.

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Natural health alternatives for HRT to combat menopausal symptoms

The Natural Doctor, Nyjon Eccles, explains the benefits of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

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For years, HRT has been the preferred option offered to women to help address their hormone imbalances and keep menopausal symptoms at bay. Dr Nyjon Eccles, The Natural Doctor and a specialist in natural women’s health addresses other options that are now available to women and talks through the correct steps needed to help women get a full diagnostic picture before they make any decisions. 

HRT for many women is no longer a preferred option whether this be due to the negative press and risks that have been attributed to talking it but suffering and soldering through the menopause is also not an option for many women as life can be horrendous and the emotional and physical symptoms often begin between the ages of 45 and 55.

Dr Eccles takes a look at an advanced hormone balancing treatment called Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, which works by supplying your body with adequate levels of key hormones like oestrogen and progesterone and testosterone. BHRT is suitable for both men and women and works by restoring deficiencies of the key hormones it needs by using compounds that have the exact same chemical and molecular structure as those naturally found in the body. Like HRT, Bio-Identical hormones relieve the symptoms of hormone imbalance and menopause and improve quality of life and well-being.

Dr Eccles says, “Each person must have a hormone assessment test before they begin BHRT treatment which involves a comprehensive baseline hormone test that includes a urine, blood, or saliva test so we can check the following:

Oestrogen, progesterone, pregnenolone, testosterone, DHEA, Vitamin D (a hormone not a vitamin). In addition, I also look at cholesterol, which is important for hormones, plus we look at cardiovascular risks and markers for inflammation and all of this then gives me a lot of useful additional information about the patient’s physiology. Once I know what all these hormone levels are and if they are deficient we look at ways of restoring these levels which will help improve positive physiological benefits.”

When should you do this test?

Timing of when to do the hormone panel test depends on whether a woman is still menstruating and if they are no longer menstruating then any time is fine but if they still have a regular cycle then they should do the test day 19 to 21 days into their cycle.

Who should consider BHRT /natural hormone replacement therapy?

•     Suffer from moderate to severe hot flashes
•     Have reduced bone mass
•     Have premature menopause (before the age of 40) or suffer from premature ovarian insufficiency
•     Experience other menopausal symptoms
•     Who have emotional symptoms and mood swings associated with menopause
•     Have loss of libido
•     Have poor concentration and brain fog
•     Want to help support their skin collagen

How is BHRT taken/administered?

In bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, the hormones can be administered in different ways. The hormones are available as:

  • Topical gels or creams (the preferred method)
  • Vaginal creams, rings, and tablets
  • Orally

What hormones are actually used in BHRT?

Women’s bodies have many different hormones and estrogen is a group of compounds but BHRT focuses on key hormones such as:

Estrogens

 Recognized as one of the primary female sex hormones, estrogens are a group of compounds that play a crucial role in women’s menstrual and reproductive cycles. As far as structural changes go, estrogens help:

  • Accelerate one’s metabolism (always good for losing weight)
  • Improve brain function
  • Minimize bone reabsorption while increasing bone formation
  • Keep the vagina moist and more youthful
  • Keeps skin more supple and youthful
  • And MORE

In bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, two types of estrogen are prescribed most of the time. They are:

Estradiol

For pre-menopausal women, estradiol comprises the majority of estrogen that the body produces. It serves as a growth hormone for tissues of the reproductive organs – adding more support to the lining of the vagina, fallopian tube, the cervical glands, and the endometrium.

Estriol

Produced by the body during pregnancy but also an important estrogen in pre-menopausal women, this hormone has been used to minimize the symptoms of multiple sclerosis in pregnant women.

Progesterone

This hormone, which can be used orally or transdermally, has been approved by the FDA for treating endometrial hyperplasia and for relieving menopausal symptoms. Moreover, it has been proven to be extremely reliable in treating menopausal sleep problems.

Why consider Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

  • Safe and effective relief from menopausal symptoms like decreased sex drive, night sweating, hot flashes, mood swings, etc.
  • Higher energy levels
  • Better metabolism and decreased body fat
  • Increased bone mass
  • Enhanced immune system
  • Better-looking skin
  • Devoid of the side effects of synthetic hormones

How long do you need to take it for?

This really depends on what the reason is they are taking them for. Most women elect to keep taking them to get the functional and anti-ageing benefits afforded by being on them. Advantage – No known downsides as with the synthetic hormones. Yearly monitoring is important in any event.

How much does it cost?

Depending on what hormone you need each hormone is about £50 each and on average three to four are prescribed per month.

Dr Eccles believes, “The overall positives of natural hormones is they don’t have some of the downsides that synthetic hormones may have.”

Finally Dr Eccles says “Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can be an effective remedy against menopausal symptoms … but only if it’s administered in a way that suits the individual and that’s why the correct testing is needed and patients need to monitored and to get the levels optimal for that individual.”

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How I finally managed to have a baby

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Shona is 43 and now has a lovely 3 month old daughter thanks to Dr Eccles’ help. She had years of illness, a very low immune system and had an underlying fatigue, foggy brain, achey muscles and swollen glands that made life miserable. Shona had been trying to fall pregnant for at least 3 years before she came to see Dr Eccles.

1. How did you come to hear about Dr Eccles and his work with hormonal imbalances?

I was referred by my kinesiologist Marian Bourne. We had got as far as we could with homeopathy to boost my hormones. I was trying to fall pregnant without success for about 3 years at this point.

2.What was your experience with the appointment and the outcome?*

At first I was nervous. I hadn’t had pleasant experiences with doctors and specialists. I had undiagnosed health issues for some time, and kept getting fobbed off.

Meeting Dr Eccles was a relief. Here was a specialist who listened to me and to my research that I had done in desperation. He was interested, kind, and had an easy strategy to follow. We tested my hormones and based on the results, Dr Eccles prescribed D3 and additional DHEA. I started feeling better almost immediately. After another test and a tweak of the levels, Dr Eccles added progesterone cream to encourage any pregnancy I might have.

I felt so much better, happier, more capable, more energy, no longer invisible and within a couple of months I fell pregnant naturally.*

3. What did Dr Eccles Prescribe?

A combination of nutritional supplements and hormonal treatments including creams.

4. How did the treatment help your situation?*

My first pregnancy sadly ended in miscarriage, but I continued to feel better and better within myself. The old aches and nerves and lethargy were long gone. I’m sure that my new level of health helped me cope with the loss and to keep trying. We took a bit longer to get pregnant the second time, but it was successful, resulting in my beautiful baby girl.*

5. Can you give some advice to women out there that may be suffering with similar issues?

Women seem to think they have to suffer through these things. It’s a very strange cultural belief, that somehow we don’t deserve good health. We also tend to believe that we are not worth paying to go private for. Yet the years I spent feeling unwell and depressed over the lack of answers was years lost.
Dr Eccles explained to me that a huge proportion of us are deficient in D3 for instance, and without that we can’t make other hormones. And without hormones we just don’t function.

Please don’t delay going to see Dr Eccles. He is passionate in this area and you are bound to be feeling better so much faster.

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*Results may vary from person to person

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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

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Last year Amchara were provided with a lot of interesting information and statistics about vitamin D by Dr Nyjon Eccles of Harley Street, a leading and respected UK Integrated Medical Physician who has built an excellent reputation for his practices in Complimentary Medicine.

He says that around 80% of his patients are deficient in vitamin D, and this staggering statistic urged us to a do a bit of research and put together this article to make our readers aware of the importance of vitamin D in our diets.

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In the article recently written by Dr Eccles, he refers to a recent review of medical literature which interestingly shows that almost all cells and tissues in the human body have vitamin D receptors, showing that vitamin D plays an important role in many of our body’s functions and systems. Yet most of us are deficient in vitamin D, and in this article we look at what this means, what vitamin D is and does, and how you can get adequate vitamin D in your body.

 

What Is Vitamin D?

According to Dr Eccles’s article, vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that comes in two main forms: vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). UVB rays from natural sunlight help to increase the levels of D3 in the body, and a Caucasian person’s body creates 20,000 IU of vitamin D by sunbathing for 20 minutes. Caucasians whose skin has less melanin (pigment) in it synthesises vitamin D six times more quickly than darker skinned people.

Dr Eccles says that vitamin D is not a vitamin at all it acts as a steroid hormone and it is created in the human body from cholesterol. The vitamin D3 is carried to the liver and kidneys where a special enzyme converts it to an active form. This special enzyme is also found in other parts of the body including the brain, skin, colon and more, proof that the body needs vitamin D throughout to do all of its jobs properly. Vitamin D only lasts in the liver for 3 weeks, meaning that it needs to be replenished frequently.

The Role Of Vitamin D In The Body

Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for the body and it plays a vital role in many functions of the body. It is effective in helping to prevent prostate cancer, breast cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity and depression. Vitamin D also helps the body to absorb calcium and phosphate from the foods that we eat. This shows why vitamin D is so important in its role for bone health.

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People who have inadequate levels of vitamin D in the body have been shown in many studies to be more closely linked to obesity, and the results of the studies show that those who are overweight seem to be less able to convert vitamin D to the active form, meaning that the vitamin D isn’t doing its job properly in the body.

There is also a strong link between vitamin D deficiency and cancer according to various studies, says Dr Eccles. Studies in both animals and humans have shown that having enough vitamin D in the body helps the body to prevent and fight cancer more effectively. Vitamin D stops the growth of new blood vessels and has anti-inflammatory effects, and it activates special genes in the body that kill off bad cells, all of which help the body with fighting and preventing cancer.

Another interesting fact to note is that as we get older, our skin is less able to convert sunlight into vitamin D, meaning deficiency is more likely as we age.

How Do I Get Vitamin D?

Interestingly, vitamin D is created naturally by the body when your skin is exposed to sunlight. According to an article from Natural News, it is almost impossible to get the vitamin D that your body needs for all its functions from your diet and so it is essential that you get lots of sunlight to allow your body to generate the vitamin D that it needs. The light from the sun that you need can’t penetrate glass, and so you won’t get enough by being in the home or the car you have to actually get out and about and have the sun’s rays penetrating your skin directly to be able to benefit from it. The further away from the equator you live, the more sunlight exposure you need to allow your body to generate adequate levels of vitamin D.

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Dr Eccles also says that certain foods are rich in vitamin D, including fatty fish like salmon and tuna, eggs, meat and mushrooms. There are also now many foods available on the shelves that are fortified with vitamin D due to the high numbers of people who are deficient. He also stresses however that no food source of vitamin D is anywhere near as good for getting adequate vitamin D levels as the levels created by the body from getting enough natural sunlight exposure.

Want To Know More Or Seek Advice?

If you’d like more information or would like to seek advice or treatment, you can visit Dr Eccles at The Chiron Clinic on Harley Street in London.

Dr Eccles and his team offer a range of beneficial services for your health, including natural cancer support, radiation-free breast cancer screening, and a range of Well Man and Well Woman services to help you stay in tip-top healthy condition.

At Amchara Detox Retreat, we also offer a range of retreats where you can detox your body, learn about natural nutrition and alternative medicines, practice yoga, learn about the importance of a healthy diet and raw foods and more.

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Our review of Dr Nyjon Eccles; The Natural Doctor

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The Natural Doctor’s clinic on Harley Street, where he offers nutritional, hormonal and anti-ageing medicine
The quick read: An expert in nutritional, hormonal and anti-ageing medicine. Dr Nyjon Eccles has spent many years studying and researching natural and non-invasive ways to improve cellular health. His mission is to empower people to better health, mainly by testing people for things not routinely tested by their GPs and advising on supplementation. He set up The Natural Doctor at 69 Harley Street in 1998 to specialise in breast health and cancer support work, and he devises nutritional programmes for private clients all over the world suffering from conditions such as hormonal imbalance, adrenal fatigue and diabetes. You can have sessions with him at his clinic on Harley Street, or by Skype or telephone.

How was it for us: I first encountered Dr Eccles in a telephone consultation before embarking on a de-stress retreat at Verdura spa in Sicily – though he is an independent doctor, he advises the spa on their wellbeing programmes. ‘How are you?’ was his very first question, which he asked in a gentle voice. ‘Tired’, I said, not quite realising until then just how tired I really was. Years of travelling as a journalist and firing on all cylinders in my life in general had given me a certain feeling of tiredness that I couldn’t explain away anymore by a couple of restless nights sleep. But real help was at hand, for this wasn’t just a chat based on feelings – Dr Eccles had my real blood, saliva and urine test results in front of him on which to base his advice, from carefully devised DIY tests I’d done at home in Devon.

Dr Eccles explained that I was suffering from a low ratio of DHEA in my blood, the youth-giving, anti-ageing parent hormone that declines when we are stressed and as we get older, but that gives us hormone and adrenal support and helps regulate many of our other hormones (which is why it’s a supplement favoured by anti-ageing experts). Increasing my DHEA levels would support my adrenals and make me less tired, he said – and it was a relief to hear there was something practical I could do instead of wondering about why a good sleep the night before hadn’t already cured me of my tiredness.

Classified as a medicine in the UK, DHEA is only available on prescription, so I was slightly wary of it. But Dr Eccles reassured me that the only side effect was oily skin, that he himself had been taking it for years, and that it was available over the counter in the US. (He provides his own pharmaceutical grade supplements to his UK clients, but also suggested that Life Extension are his tried and trusted brand of choice).

It turned out I was also low in Vitamin D, Iodine and Omega 3 – typical, in fact, of most westerners. ‘If we all ate more like the Japanese, we’d be far more healthy’, said Dr Eccles. He advised me to eat more seaweed (particularly kelp) to increase my iodine levels, and to embark on a course of supplements to increase the levels of DHEA, Vitamin D and Omega 3 in my body.

I have gone on to have two more sets of blood tests, three months apart, and two more phone consultations with Dr Eccles, to check the levels each time, and my journey continues. The idea is that slowly, over time, I will change my physiology and take stress off my system. I’ve always found him to be friendly, kind, straight up and with a generous sense of humour. And I’ve also learnt some marvellously interesting things.

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The Natural Doctor, Nyjon Eccles

Over 70% of people in the western word are deficient in Vitamin D, for example, which is vital for immune and bone support and to protect the heart and nervous system – yet it’s not routinely tested by GPs. About 50% of Europeans are also deficient in iodine, mainly because of diet, and we’re also usually low in Omega 3 and should be taking at least 2.5g of it a day – more if we already have an existing inflammatory condition such as arthritis or bowel disorder.

What fascinates me most is that Dr Eccles is doing what I think my GP should be doing anyway – checking, on a cellular level, how my body really is, routinely measuring physiological imbalances and correcting these imbalances to reduce my risk of ill health and today’s degenerative diseases. I live in hope.

More on Dr Eccles: Nyjon has an excellent reputation for his practice of evidence-based Complementary Medicine, and is one of the leading Integrated Medicine Physicians in the UK – he is acknowledged in “Who’s Who” in Medicine & Healthcare, 2011-2012, for outstanding contributions in the Medical field, and received a Medical Science Award of Excellence 2011 for Natural Medicine Research. He is also pioneering the introduction to the UK of Medical Infrared BreastThermal Imaging, for very early non-invasive detection of breast cancer and screening of musculoskeletal disorders.

What’s queenly: Dr Eccles is an advisor for some health retreats – including the wellbeing programmes run by Verdura spa in Sicily and the healing programmes on offer at Amchara detox retreat in Somerset.

What’s lowly: If you’re doing blood tests at home, you might need some patience – there’s something excruciating about pricking your own finger and dropping your blood onto a piece of card.

Prices: Introductory consultations cost £250, either in person, by telephone or via Skype. Follow ups are £200 at the clinic or £150 via tel/Skype.

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