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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


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What is the difference between releasing factors and stimulating hormones?

What is the difference between releasing factors and stimulating hormones?

Nomenclature: Hi. Scientific research has a long and storied history full of nomenclature inconsistencies. Those terms are interchangeable. ...Read more

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My sister is of 36-years and Tyroid Stimulating Hormone levels are 5.04 uiU/mL....need your help to understand?

My sister is of 36-years and Tyroid Stimulating Hormone levels are 5.04 uiU/mL....need your help to understand?

Borderline number: The TSH is thyroid stimulating hormone. It is the most sensitive indicator of thyroid function. It is produced from the pituitary gland and it tells the thyroid how much hormone to make. The higher it is the more underactive the thyroid is. The lower it is the more overactive the thyroid is. A TSH of 5 is borderline. It may normalize or increase. She should have this monitored every 6 months. ...Read more

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What are sex hormones?

What are sex hormones?

Sex hormones: The pituitary gland controls both testosterone and estrogen with higher T levels in men and higher E levels in women. Could you let me know why you asked this question - I would be grateful. ...Read more

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What exactly is a hormone?

What exactly is a hormone?

BIG question!: Hi. In general terms, a hormone is a substance made in one place in the body and active at other places (the target tissues). Hormones bind specific receptors in target tissues and modify cell/tissue function. Hormones come in 4 broad categories: peptides/proteins, steroids, biogenic amines, and fatty acid metabolites. I've got monster textbooks that try to answer that question! :-) ...Read more

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What is the function of hormones?

What is the function of hormones?

Hormones: There are many hormones and I strongly recommend you go to a nearby library and have the team show you a few books about hormones. Take you time reading them. If you find concerns please contact your doctor. ...Read more

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How to cure the hormone inbalance?

How to cure the hormone inbalance?

Questions?: There are thousands of hormones. Which do you think is out of balance, and why? Contact your doctor. ...Read more

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How should I rebalance my hormones?

Blood test: Notice that dr. Dasilva talks about "optimal" blood levels. This is different than "normal range". It is very important to optimize hormone levels to get the most out of bhrt. All lab test results follow a bell curve, so if your levels are on the lower end of the curve, that places you in lowest end of the population being studied. Normal range means nothing in my opinion. ...Read more

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What causes change in hormone levels?

Hormone levels: Environmental toxins and endocrine disrupters, stress, nutritional deficiencies and genetic factors can all lead to fluctuating levels of all of the hormones produced by the endocrine system at any given time. ...Read more

Melanocyte (Definition)

These are the cells in the bottom layer of the epidermis (the part of the skin that on the outside that is continually regrowing). They inject melanin pigment into the surrounding cells. Common pigmented lesions of the skin are composed of various arrangements of ...Read more