This week’s topic is: Overcoming Adrenaline and Hormonal Imbalance with Dr. Michael E. Platt
I am so excited to have a very special guest, Dr. Michael E. Platt, who is an award-winning author, board-certified in Internal Medicine and president of Platt Wellness Center where he specializes in bio-identical hormones, hormone balancing and the causation of illness. Listen in as Michael shares an overview of his work surrounding hormones, the root cause of excess adrenaline and how to heal without prescription medicines.
- Dr. Platt gives us an overview about his work surrounding hormones and his approach…
- Tips to fuel our brain and avoid adrenaline overdrive…
- Prescriptions and creams versus lifestyle measures…
- We discuss the negative effects of excess adrenaline…
- If excess adrenaline is the root cause of people’s issues…
- Creams versus supplements – how to know when it’s safe to take…
- Michael breaks down two different types of depression and how these relate to adrenaline…
- Why progesterone is recommended over estrogen…
- Progesterone creams and fertility…
- Excess adrenaline and sugar cravings…
- Why the progesterone cream is not a medicine and doesn’t require a prescription…
- Thoughts on supplemental testosterone…
About Dr. Michael Platt
Michael Platt is an award-winning author, board-certified in internal medicine and known internationally as an expert in bio-identical hormones. He is a wellness physician, and approaches illness from the causation.
Since 1997, the Platt Wellness Center has been a pioneer in the research and advancement of the therapeutic use of progesterone cream and other bio-identical hormones. Platt is considered an important pioneer in observational, functional, alternative, and allopathic medicine focused on bio-identical hormones and adrenaline overload.
His award-winning books, “The Miracle of Bio-Identical Hormones” and “Adrenaline Dominance, A Revolutionary Approach to Wellness”, detail his Platt Protocol: solutions for conditions modern medicine considers ‘incurable’ and that are ‘treated’ with drugs, endless office visits and tests as well as billions spent on research. He has identified many conditions that respond positively to bio-identical hormones, especially progesterone. Conditions that affect millions of people worldwide such as: ADHD, fibromyalgia, autism, depression, bipolar disorder, addictions, weight gain, anger, road rage, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and more.
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Kimberly: Hey Beauties and welcome back to our Monday interview podcast. I am so excited for our very special, very knowledgeable guest today, Dr. Michael Platt, who specializes in bioidentical hormones, hormone balancing, which is something we get asked about so much, and he’s also an award winning author. He is board certified in internal medicine and he’s the president of the Platt Wellness Center. I cannot wait to pick his brain.
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I just want to give a little reminder as we get into our show today, that as with anything, you want to make sure that you check with your doctor. The ideas expressed by our guests are not necessarily ideas that we endorse and definitely do not replace medical advice from your primary physician. I also wanted to note that I think that we talk about some really interesting concepts here with Dr. Platt. But, after talking to my doctor, I personally have elected to not do any bioidentical hormones or creams at this time. But, it doesn’t mean that this isn’t interesting information and something that I would encourage you to be open to, of course. As always, check with your doctor, see what’s best for you and your body. Sending you lots of love and enjoy today’s show.
Interview with Dr. Michael Platt
Kimberly: All right. All that said, we have Dr. Platt. I’m going to call you Michael because he’s so far, and we’re pretty informal over here, but thank you so much for coming on our podcast today. I’m glad to be here. So, tell us a little bit about your work in general. Hormones is something that feels a little bit tricky for a lot of people, shall we say. We all hear about plastics and hormone disruptors and so much in the environment and it seems so many people are having issues with hormones, whether it’s fertility or… just all sorts of health conditions. So can you give us an overview about where you’re coming from with your work?
Dr. Platt gives us an overview about his work surrounding hormones and his approach
Dr. Platt: I will do that. People need to understand that every system in the body is controlled by hormones. What’s interesting is that doctors get very little training about hormones, especially gynecologist. Women should be aware of that. But in any event, I consider myself a wellness physician and I approach problems or conditions, whatever, from the cause. In respect to that, people should also be aware that doctors are not trained to treat the cause of illness. They’re just trained to give out Band-Aids. But when you have a knowledge of hormones, it actually makes it pretty easy to practice medicine because you can actually get people better just by balancing hormones.
Kimberly: Now, are you doing that primarily through… when you say the cause, lifestyle measures or medications… tell us about your approach.
Dr. Platt: Meditation is like-
Kimberly: How many [crosstalk 00:04:27].
Dr. Platt: I put these things in the category of Band-Aids. Treating the true cause of a problem is how I approach it. I specialize in problems related to excess adrenaline. People have heard of adrenaline, they think of it as the fight or flight hormone. But what people do not realize is that the main function of adrenaline is just to make sure the brain has enough fuel. The brain actually uses blood sugar than any other part of the body. And anytime the body detects that the brain is low in fuel, it just simply puts out adrenaline to raise glucose levels. This can go on all day and all night. Adrenaline is an extremely powerful hormone. It’s a rage hormone. I mean, that’s where road rage comes from. So when people have trouble sleeping or pupil have anger issues or anxiety issues or whatever, they’re actually looking at excess adrenaline, and we can talk about-
Tips to fuel our brain and avoid adrenaline overdrive
Kimberly: What are some of the best ways to fuel our brain so we don’t go into adrenaline overdrive.
Dr. Platt: Again, if you’re looking at ways to prevent this rise in adrenaline, what it means is providing the brain with the fuel that it requires, and there are basically two different fuels that the brain needs to function. One is glucose, and actually the best source of glucose for the brain comes from vegetables. Now, candy and soda are great sources of glucose, but the problem is they also stimulate the release of a lot of insulin. Insulin is the hormone that lowers glucose levels. So you wind up actually putting out even more adrenaline by doing candy and soda. Vegetables, especially green vegetables, green vegetables are zero glycemic. They don’t produce any insulin at all. If people are wanting to lose weight, they have to understand they can eat as many vegetables as they want, they will not gain weight.
Dr. Platt: The other fuel which may be even more important are ketones. I’m sure everybody who’s listening has heard of a ketogenic diet, which I do not recommend because they’re very tough diets too.
Kimberly: Yes. Thank you, Michael. We do not recommend them either, especially for women, especially longterm.
Dr. Platt: But you can actually get ketones from either coconut oil or MCT oil. Coconut oil is great for cooking because it has a real high heat threshold and MCT oil can be added to anything. People may have heard of bulletproof coffee, which is coffee with MCT oil and sometimes a tablespoon of butter. If people are adding glucose and ketones into their meal plan, that’s one way of helping to control the adrenaline. The final effective measure for controlling adrenaline is the use of a 5% progesterone cream, which is actually over the counter, you don’t need a prescription for it, but it’s the exact strength. 5% means 50 milligrams per pump, and that’s the exact strength you need to block adrenaline.
Dr. Platt: People that have problems with excess adrenaline, for example, road rage, you can get rid of it in 24 hours. Children that are bed wetters, and bed wetting is only caused by excess adrenaline, you can get rid of that in 24 hours rather than wait for years to clear out. And the first evidence of some of [inaudible 00:08:24] adrenaline is with babies that have colic. Colic is marked by excess adrenaline. All you need to do is take this 5% progesterone cream and rub it on the baby’s belly, and in about three minutes it’s gone.
Prescriptions and creams versus lifestyle measures
Kimberly: Well, Michael, from my perspective, I love… you really got me when you were talking about vegetables and coconut oil, which is part of lifestyle, we recommend that in our recipes. But what would you say to someone like me who’s a little bit wary of… when I say I use prescriptions and creams like that as a last resort, do you think it’s possible to not have to use those creams and just balance with lifestyle measures, or are you talking about more extreme conditions to use those creams?
Dr. Platt: Well, actually it’s all a matter of different people have different amounts of adrenaline. You have to remember, adrenaline is a very powerful hormone. Frankly, I don’t think I’ve ever had a patient where eating correctly alone actually solved the problem. But you’re talking about this progesterone, it’s bioidentical, it’s the exact hormone that people produce. Most doctors think of progesterone as a woman’s hormone, but men and women have the identical hormones, different levels, but exactly the same hormone. So it’s not a woman’s hormone, and there’s no downside to it. You can’t overdose on it. So it’s an extremely… I understand, I don’t like drugs either, and I had spent a lifetime trying to get people off medication.
Kimberly: Right. Well, back in the day, a couple of decades ago, bioidentical hormones for women became quite popular. But then there was all this talk about being connected with cancer.
Dr. Platt: Well, actually some of that-
Kimberly: I know there’s a lot misinformation about it. Tell us about that.
Dr. Platt: Okay. Well, you’re talking about the Women’s Health Initiative that brought that to people’s attention, but that was not bioidentical estrogen. That was Premarin and-
Kimberly: [inaudible 00:10:39].
Dr. Platt: It’s bioidentical for horses, but not for women. But let me tell you something, the most bioidentical estrogen there is, is what a woman produces in her own body. And that causes six different cancers. So just because something is bioidentical does not mean that it’s safe. However, what’s nice about bioidentical progesterone, it prevents every cancer that estrogen causes. So we’re talking about an extremely safe, beneficial hormones. In men, estrogen is what causes prostate cancer. So that’s why progesterone is good for men. It helps prevent prostate cancer. It controls insulin, which is the hormone that puts on fat around the middle, but it blocks adrenaline. We’re talking about… within minutes, it blocks adrenaline.
We discuss the negative effects of excess adrenaline
Kimberly: Besides having road rage, what are some of the other negative effects of excess adrenaline? I imagine it’s quite inflammatory in the body, it accelerates aging.
Dr. Platt: Well, it does accelerate things.
Kimberly: In different ways.
Dr. Platt: It shortens telomere, just the one thing that shortens telomeres. You may have heard of fibromyalgia?
Kimberly: Yes, of course.
Dr. Platt: 10 million people in this country have fibromyalgia. And even to this day, they keep on saying that there’s no cure for it, and yet I tell people that do have fibromyalgia that if they’re going to have chronic pain, it’s the best thing they can have because it’s the easiest chronic pain condition to get rid of. What it all comes down to is treating the cause of problems, and that’s what doctors have a problem doing. But fibromyalgia you can eliminate in three days to three weeks. Chronic interstitial cystitis, also considered incurable, that goes away in two weeks. You may have heard of PMDD, premenstrual dysphoric disorder?
Kimberly: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Dr. Platt: And again, found in 8% of women that are menstruating, and again considered incurable, and yet it’s all caused by excess adrenaline. You may have heard of women that vomit throughout their entire pregnancy. This is also caused by excess adrenaline. It’s a number one cause of anxiety, it’s a number one cause of insomnia, and your listeners may be interested to know that excess adrenaline is the number one cause of weight gain. And nobody talks about this. You can say, “Well, wait a minute-“
Kimberly: How does it relate to cortisol? Because we hear about cortisol a lot causing belly fat.
Dr. Platt: Well, it does, but what stimulates the production of cortisol is adrenaline because-
Kimberly: It’s precursor.
Dr. Platt: Yeah. Because adrenaline is what creates stress and the body responds to stress by putting out cortisol and-
Dr. Platt: Go a head.
Kimberly: Oh, sorry, Michael. I was going to say go back to that for a second because there’s a percentage of people that have these conditions, which is really important they hear this, but for the people that don’t, when you’re talking about adrenaline causing the shortening of telomeres, just so everybody’s on the same page. Guys, the telomeres are the little caps on your DNA, so to speak, that help to protect your chromosomal integrity, is the way I think of it, doctor. Basically, if you’re telomere is shortened, it’s the root cause of aging in many ways, isn’t it?
Dr. Platt: Well, it shortens the lifespan. Yes.
Kimberly: Yes.But the chromosomal formation can get damaged. It means your skin can age faster or different conditions can arise in your organs easier. Am I right?
Dr. Platt: It’s absolutely correct.
If excess adrenaline is the root cause of people’s issues
Kimberly: Wow! So adrenaline… today there’s so many people that have anxiety as you know, there’s so many people with insomnia. So do you think that… you keep talking about causation, that excess adrenaline is the root of many of these people’s issues?
Dr. Platt: Absolutely, yes. It’s the number one cause of insomnia, but adrenaline peaks at 2:30 in the morning, and a lot of people get up that time to urinate because again, adrenaline get people that urge to urinate. On television they talk about an overactive bladder in women. But that overactive bladder is caused by adrenaline. And some women are now getting Botox injections in the bladder, which means that for the next three months, they’re going to have to self catheterize themselves. They probably don’t tell these women that before they do the injection. But adrenaline… so it peaks around 2:30 in the morning and if you remember adrenaline being released only to raise sugar levels. Think about sugar, it doesn’t matter whether you’re eating sugar or if the body’s making sugar, if you don’t burn it up, the body stores it as fat in your fat cells.
Dr. Platt: And then when the body releases adrenaline it creates stress, then the body responds to that by putting out cortisol, and the first thing cortisol does, it also raises glucose levels through a different process. So while people are sleeping or trying to sleep, they’re putting out two hormones that raise sugar levels. And this is why I’m saying it’s probably the number one cause of weight gain, weight gain that occurs while people are sleeping and nobody ever talks about it.
Creams versus supplements – how to know when it’s safe to take
Kimberly: How do we know taking this cream is safe long term? And why do you recommend the cream over a supplement?
Dr. Platt: Oh, okay. Basically they have drugs that block adrenaline, they’re called beta blockers, which are antithyroid drugs and they take away the libido, they cause impotence. So I don’t recommend drugs, and I don’t think of progesterone as a drug even though it is a hormone. But like I say, it’s an over the counter… that’s how safe that it is, just over the counter. It’s even safe to get to babies that have colic. Keep in mind that when the fetus is in the womb, it gets exposed to incredibly high levels of progesterone. I mean, levels that cannot be duplicated.
Kimberly: Well, Michael, I’m seven and a half months pregnant right now.
Dr. Platt: Well, actually women that use progesterone while they’re pregnant give birth to babies that are extremely intelligent and happy babies, it’s a very, very safe hormone.
Kimberly: Well, how do we know it’s high quality if it’s over the counter? You’re talking to someone that’s very wary of buying stuff and putting it on, or using things. I really do a lot of research before I recommend anything or use it. How do we know? We put this cream on… You have to understand for the average person or maybe a person like me that’s really on the spectrum of more natural saying, “I’m going to take a hormone cream,” sounds a little scary.
Dr. Platt: Okay. Well, actually when you talk about prescription drugs, they are the third leading cause of death.
Dr. Platt: So I understand your concern. I’ve had my own 5% progesterone cream manufactured, so I can guarantee that the progesterone cream that I have is an excellent and high quality type progesterone. But you’re right, I can’t make that claim about other progesterone creams. But like I say for my own progesterone cream, it’s called Platt Pro 5%, is extremely safe. And I’ve been dealing with using progesterone myself for 20 years.
Kimberly: Who shouldn’t take it? Is there anybody you found, “Okay, this doesn’t work.” What underlying conditions-
Dr. Platt: There’s one condition or one type of person that should not use it. These are people that have what is called type 3 diabetes. The other name for type three diabetes is insulin resistance in the brain. It’s the number one precursor to Alzheimer’s. In fact, some people call Alzheimer’s type 3 diabetes. The reason why somebody who has type three diabetes shouldn’t use progesterone is that one of the benefits of progesterone is that it blocks insulin. And by doing this, it prevents people from getting sleepy between 3:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon, insulin usually peaks. There are a lot of people that get sleepy in a car. So this prevents people from everything. I used to have to slap my face when I was driving, trying to keep my eyes open. I have not had one episode of sleepiness and a car for 20 years since I started using progesterone.
Kimberly: Have you noticed a difference? Because adrenaline is so… it’s exhausting, right? You go in that huge peak… what it takes to have road rage or to feel that. Do you find in general that you have, or your patients have more energy and they need less caffeine?
Dr. Platt: Well, I’m going to pass on that one.
Kimberly: We’re talking about something different here.
Dr. Platt: Well, I haven’t noticed that one way or the other. People enjoy coffee. When people have a lot of adrenaline, very often they don’t tolerate caffeine because to both stimulants. The only complaint I’ve ever had from a male when on progression, he said it made him too compassionate. This is a fellow who had a lot of anger to begin with. And so he missed his anger. Actually it’s a good thing to become more compassionate, today’s day and age.
Michael breaks down two different types of depression and how these relate to adrenaline
Kimberly: So adrenaline… it’s more someone that tends towards the spectrum of anxiety, anger, not for people that have, let’s say, depression or low energy.
Dr. Platt: I’m going to take issue with that. There are basically two different types of depression. One is what’s called a reactive depression, where people react to something that has happened, like the death of somebody in their family or the loss of a job or whatever, that’s a reactive depression. But a lot of depressions are what are called endogenous depressions, where it comes from within and people are depressed [inaudible 00:21:22]… internalization of anger. And the number one cause of anger is excess adrenaline. So it’s certainly the number one cause of anxiety and it’s a very common causes of depression.
Kimberly: So you say depression is often masked anger.
Dr. Platt: Exactly.
Kimberly: Wow. That’s really interesting.
Dr. Platt: Well, look at people that are caretakers. Their life is on hold while they’re taking care of somebody. That creates anger, believe it or not.
Kimberly: And resentment. Yeah. And built up stress. Wow!
Dr. Platt: Yeah. I share your concern about medication, but when it comes to progesterone, to me, getting the right preparation-
Kimberly: Right. So you were saying, in the past women don’t necessarily want excess estrogen, which can lead to imbalances and issues and fertility issues and weight gain issues. But[inaudible 00:22:33]. Sorry.
Dr. Platt: I look at estrogen as being a very toxic hormone.
Why progesterone is recommended over estrogen
Kimberly: So what would you say about when someone’s going through menopause and they’re in their 50s or so and they’re going through a hard time with menopause, and some people are taking different things to… you would probably call them Band Aids.
Dr. Platt: Well, the primary thing I would recommend is progesterone
Kimberly: Surprise! Surprise! Now, why is that?
Dr. Platt: Because first of all, it’s a natural antidepressant. It’s a feel good hormone for women. And also it helps build bones. It prevents cancer caused by estrogen. It’s a very beneficial and it blocks adrenaline. Look at all the women on birth control pills, they’re not ovulating, which means that actually they have no progesterone. And so they start developing fibroids, and endometriosis, and fibrocystic disease, and gallbladder disease, and asthma, and migraine headaches. All these things are caused by excess estrogen, which is a toxic hormone. And what’s nice about progesterone, it blocks estrogen, and it blocks insulin, and a box adrenaline. It blocks the three most toxic hormones in the body. I want you to become a believer.
Kimberly: I’m really open to this, doctor. I think it’s really interesting. Let me ask you a question. Have you heard of vitex berry?
Dr. Platt: Of course.
Kimberly: Because that’s something I’ve heard in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, they’ll recommend to boost progesterone. Do you think that’s effective?
Dr. Platt: I don’t think it really boosts progesterone, but it is used to help balance hormones.
Kimberly: Do you think it’s just not that strong?
Dr. Platt: Well, what it all comes down to is that whatever works. But there’s nothing more effective than progesterone for balancing hormones.
Kimberly: Wow! So progesterone across the board is the number one hormone that you recommend for men and women?
Dr. Platt: Right. And we’re talking about progesterone cream. I am not recommending the oral progesterone, which is what most doctors use. Oral progesterone goes straight to the liver and converts into a different hormone called allopregnanolone. So it is not progesterone. Women that have pellets inserted… pellet doctors always use oral progesterone, which means they’re not protecting women that are getting estrogen pellets. And the problem, again, with estrogen pellets is that once you start bleeding from the uterus, it doesn’t stop. They have to have a hysterectomy.
Kimberly: Oh, so the cream, in contrast, doesn’t go to the liver. It goes right into the bloodstream.
Dr. Platt: It goes directly into the bloodstream, and there are thousands of receptive sites throughout the body for progesterone. It’s a drug of choice for traumatic brain injuries. You could say to me, “Well, how does somebody know that they have excess adrenaline?” Well-
Kimberly: Right. [crosstalk 00:25:51] road rage. Indications?
Dr. Platt: Other than anxiety and anger, when people have excess adrenaline, they very often carry a lot of tension in the back of the neck. And you may have heard of people that get tinnitus, a ring in the ears, that’s caused by excess adrenaline. And then almost all headaches are caused by tension in the neck, which means that almost all headaches are caused by excess adrenaline. And they have a certain headache called atypical neuritis, which cause appreciating headaches and they’re always mistaken for migraines. And yet they’re 50 times more common than migraine headaches and nobody’s ever heard of these headaches. These headaches go away immediately when you start using progesterone and applying it to the back of the neck.
Kimberly: Oh, you were talking about babies putting it on their bellies, are you meant to put it on… where does the average person put the cream? I mean, besides the neck, if they’re tense in their neck, let’s say you don’t have neck tension.
Dr. Platt: Yeah. The most common place is the inner forearm. You put one pump on the forearm, you rub the two forearms together, and it goes directly into the bloodstream. People that get cramps in their calves or feet, you massage it into the cramps to go away in about 30 seconds. People with the restless legs syndrome, they massage it into the top of their thighs and that goes away and about 30 seconds. But basically the forearm, the inner forums [inaudible 00:27:25] the most common. And the other common place is the back of the neck because there’s a lot of tension there.
Kimberly: So doctor, besides your own experience for 20 years… I know you have your whole Platt Wellness Center with research, have you done any bigger studies or long term studies with women or people using this cream and seen any adverse side effects?
Dr. Platt: Well, I’ve never seen an adverse side effect of progesterone ever, ever.
Kimberly: But can you have too much progesterone? [inaudible 00:27:56] you take the cream too much or too long?
Dr. Platt: You cannot overdose it. You can use it 20 or 30 times a day. You’re not going to overdose on it.
Kimberly: Why is that?
Dr. Platt: You have to remember, first of all, that when women are pregnant, their progesterone level goes… if a normal progesterone level goes up to about 26 or so, when they’re pregnant, it goes up to like 460 milliosmoles and-
Kimberly: Well, that’s me right now, doctor.
Dr. Platt: Exactly. That is you. By the way, is your baby doing a lot of kicking?
Dr. Platt: Okay. That’s your friend, adrenaline, also, which means that your baby may have colic when he is born. If you don’t want to stay up all night with a baby crying, you may have to bite the bullet and use some progesterone cream on his belly.
Kimberly: I thought he was kicking because he’s happy. He kicks when I play music.
Dr. Platt: Okay. I’m going to assume that you’re a very creative type woman.
Dr. Platt: Okay. Please keep in mind the creative people had the most adrenaline.
Dr. Platt: If you look at the music industry, and everybody in the music industry is creative, if you look at the amounts of drugs and alcohol, and people get into drugs and alcohol just to relax when they have a lot of adrenaline. Right. Same thing in Hollywood, very creative people, also a lot of drugs and alcohol. So creative people, they’re very… I’m going to describe you, you’re probably very intuitive about people. You have premonitions and deja vu type feelings. When the phone rings, you’ll either know who it is or you’ll say, “I was just thinking about you.”
Dr. Platt: And you’ll find that animals are very attracted to you, and so will small children be very attracted to you. You actually have the same ability as a psychic or a clairvoyant because this is how they operate. Because when people have a right brain with a lot of adrenaline, the adrenaline allows you to tap into the energy that goes through the air, a lot of energy from cell phones and Wi-Fi and satellites… and because you can tap into that energy, that’s why you’re very intuitive about people and have premonitions. You also have the same ability as a dog or a horse whisperer. This is how they operate.
Kimberly: So when you take the progesterone though, does it take away that intuition?
Dr. Platt: It does not. It just enhances it, because you’re you’d be able to focus better. One thing we didn’t talk though is ADHD, and ADHD is all about adrenaline. And again, it’s a condition that you can actually get rid of in 24 hours just by lowering your adrenaline. ADHD… I wrote a book called Adrenaline Dominance… and just to give you an idea of how off the radar this is, it’s the only book ever written that talks about adrenaline and the clinical consequences. I separate things into the good, the bad and the ugly in terms of how I feel. And the only condition I put in the good section is ADHD. See most people think of ADHD as a learning disorder and it’s not.
Kimberly: Yes. And they take Adderall.[inaudible 00:31:25].
Dr. Platt: Well, if people didn’t have ADHD, Adderall would give them ADHD because it increases your adrenaline levels. And the reason why they use that is that it numbs the brain. It just overwhelms the brain with adrenaline. That’s why most kids don’t do not like Adderall and Ritalin, Strattera.
Kimberly: So can this help get someone off Adderall?
Dr. Platt: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. You know what, in Canada, at least at one time, they took Adderall off the market because it was killing too many children. Sudden death is one of its side effects. Here in this country, that’s not a concern. But I guess in Canada they were concerned about the children dying from it.
Kimberly: Wow! That’s incredible.
Dr. Platt: But the whole thing about ADHD, it’s not alerting disorder, it’s an interest disorder. In other words, if they’re interested, they’ll focus. If they’re not interested, they’ll get distracted very easily.
Dr. Platt: But once you lower adrenaline, then they focus on everything. And you can do that, like I say, within 24 hours, you get a significant drop in adrenaline just by eating correctly and using progesterone cream.
Progesterone creams and fertility
Kimberly: Oh my Gosh. Now tell us about fertility for a moment. Being pregnant, doctor, for my second time, we are obviously getting a lot of questions, a lot of interest. We have a pregnancy and fertility course we’re releasing in June. We’re really excited. So it was just something top of mind in the community right now. And you just hear so much about a lot of women unfortunately struggling with fertility issues and turning to different treatments like IVF and other things. Can this help them?
Dr. Platt: As you may or may not know, the number one reason why women cannot get pregnant is low progesterone level.
Kimberly: Yes. That’s why I’d always heard people were recommended to take vitex.
Dr. Platt: Well, why not take the hormone itself? The number one reason why women have miscarriages is a low progesterone.
Kimberly: Why do people have low levels of progesterone?
Dr. Platt: It’s everything. When it comes to hormones, it’s always a genetic. If your parents had low progression levels, then you can have a low progesterone level. It’s just like adrenaline, when kids have ADHD, one or both parents also have ADHD.
Kimberly: But it seems like it’s on the rise. It seems like more people have issues with fertility now than they did 10 years ago. So it can’t be everybody’s parents now suddenly have more issues.
Dr. Platt: Well, I think there’s a worldwide epidemic, not only of this COVID-19 virus, but there’s a worldwide epidemic of low progesterone levels.
Kimberly: But does that have to do with modern living and stress? I feel like something must be causing it besides the genetic component.
Dr. Platt: Well, I have my own theory that I think that this is nature’s way of slowing down population growth.
Dr. Platt: People don’t realize that we don’t make vitamin D from the sun anymore. Even though they still tell people to go out in the sun to get vitamin D, but we don’t convert sun light into Vitamin D anymore.
Kimberly: Why is that?
Dr. Platt: Well, that’s just it, people say, “Well, why does that happen?” I think that again, this might be nature’s way of slowing down population growth, or it could be the pollution in the air. I’m not sure.
Kimberly: Do you think that now even getting… because that’s the main way, I feel like I get vitamin D is getting sunlight. Why would it suddenly not be able to convert in your body?
Dr. Platt: Well, if you don’t take vitamin D and if you’ve ever had a vitamin D level, I can guarantee that your vitamin D level is below normal. I can guarantee it. They’ve done studies in Hawaii, they’ve done studies in Costa Rica. Everybody there is low on vitamin D.
Kimberly: Well, my levels doctor, I do have to get my blood drawn for different reasons and pregnancy, and I don’t have low vitamin D levels. I think there is some vitamin D in my prenatal. But prior to that they were always not low.
Dr. Platt: They’re above 30?
Kimberly: Yes. I would check that and I would also check the 12. I would check certain things because I’ve been vegan for so long and everything was always great levels.
Dr. Platt: Yeah. I’m very suspicious of the that because I’m in Southern California just like you and I check vitamin D levels in every one of my patients. And I have never ever had a patient with a normal vitamin D level that was not taking vitamin D, ever.
Kimberly: But why do you think all of a sudden we can’t convert it from sunlight?
Dr. Platt: If you go back far enough, we used to also make our own vitamin C. And right now man, guinea pigs and fruit bats are the only mammals that don’t make their own vitamin C. Things change, but I’m not sure why things change. They just change.
Kimberly: Okay. Well, let’s go back to progesterone for a minute. So do-
Dr. Platt: You talk about fertility. Well, remember, again, it’s all genetic. People inherit their propensity towards certain problems with hormones from their parents.
Kimberly: But, doctor, there’s so many women having issues. And like I said, 10 years ago, it just didn’t seem like people were having this many issues with hormones and fertility and estrogen. It just seems like… or maybe we don’t know the answers, it might be environmental, it might be toxic chemical. It just seems like there is a big rise, for some reason.
Dr. Platt: I have to apologize because I don’t have the answer to that you’re looking for when it comes to that.
Kimberly: No, I understand. You don’t know.
Dr. Platt: But there are a lot of things in the environment that disrupt hormones. There’s no question. Plastics and whatever. It’s almost like it’s not a perfect world.
Dr. Platt: I’m kidding. It is not a perfect world.
Kimberly: So after all your research and all your work, you really stand behind this 5% progesterone cream for men and women to take long term or to take in periods and to go on and off or… what is your recommendation?
Dr. Platt: Definitely longterm. And I don’t cycle progesterone, I have women use it every day. And for that it’s because the body produces insulin and adrenaline every day.
Kimberly: Right. You talked about the specific conditions, but in general, do you see people getting calmer and losing weight easier and just feeling a better sense of wellbeing?
Dr. Platt: What’s very nice about getting people’s hormones at balance is to hear somebody say, “Doc, in my entire life, I’ve never felt this good.” And doctors don’t get that. I had a fellow that came in a while ago, and the reason he came in is that every morning he would wake up and vomit, every morning. And the only thing that causes that kind of vomiting is adrenaline, there’s nothing else that will cause that. And he had severe fibromyalgia, severe. This guy was just pouring out adrenaline. So I put some progesterone cream on his arm and had him rub the two arms together. We started talking again, and about five minutes after I put on the cream, he sat back in his chair and he looked at me and he said, “Doc, in my entire life, I have never felt this good.” He did. And after he left my office, he’s never again had an episode of vomiting. Let me tell you something, it’s nice to be able to do that for people.
Kimberly: Of course. The lifestyle methods that we talk about here a lot in our community have to do with diet. We talk about meditation a lot and just unplugging, and tuning out, and breath work, and working with your emotions. This is another interesting tool that people can actually explore, because according to everything we’ve talked about here today, adrenaline is a root cause of a lot of issues.
Dr. Platt: People with IBS, people with PTSD, people with bipolar disorders, alcoholism, it’s all related to excess adrenaline.
Excess adrenaline and sugar cravings
Kimberly: What about sugar cravings?
Dr. Platt: Well, people have sugar cravings when the brain crave sugar. And again, giving the brain the ketones through MCT oil and coconut oil and the vegetables, you can actually reduce those cravings, just by giving the brain the fuel that it needs. So people should understand that eating correctly is just as important as progesterone cream is when it comes to adrenaline. Medicine is a passion for me, and getting people well is very rewarding. It really is. I can’t press upon that.
Kimberly: What is the name of your most recent book? Is it the Adrenaline Dominance book?
Dr. Platt: The most recent book is called The Platt Protocol for Hormone Balancing, but that’s a manual for doctors.
Dr. Platt: But before that was Adrenaline Dominance. And then before that was a book called The Miracle of Bioidentical Hormones. I should let people know that the experts for the medical board here in California felt the ideas in that book were so dangerous I shouldn’t be practicing medicine.
Kimberly: They thought what?
Dr. Platt: The medical board is completely, 100% funded by drug companies.
Kimberly: Right, right.
Dr. Platt: So their major concern is the business of medicine. I’ve never been good for the business of medicine because I-
Kimberly: Because you’re helping people get off meds.
Dr. Platt: Exactly. Yeah, exactly.
Why the progesterone cream is not a medicine and doesn’t require a prescription
Kimberly: Tell us again why the cream is not a med, because identical to what your body produces?
Dr. Platt: Yeah, its exact hormone that the body produces. It’s completely safe. Easy to use. You don’t need a prescription for it. I guess what I’m saying is that people can actually get better on their own without having to go through their doctors.
Kimberly: That’s exciting news.
Dr. Platt: Well, just by eating correctly and using the cream, they can actually heal themselves. They can get rid of conditions that doctors keep on saying are incurable.
Thoughts on supplemental testosterone
Kimberly: I have another side question, doctor, another hormone question, but not about progesterone. Something that seems to be rising with men is taking testosterone. As they age, low T, something you hear about a lot. I was watching the documentary, The Game Changers, and that was something that came up. So what do you think about taking supplemental testosterone?
Dr. Platt: Again, it’s a hormone that I would recommend for men if they’re low in testosterone. And unfortunately, I treat people, I don’t treat lab tests. And the reason for that is that hormones go up and down at different times of the day, during the month, whatever. So you can never go wrong treating a person, but you can go offly wrong trying to treat a lab test. You may have heard of a condition called adrenal fatigue?
Dr. Platt: It’s a non-existent condition. It’s all based on a saliva test where they look at the cortisol level in saliva. Unfortunately, when people have a lot of adrenaline, adrenaline cuts off blood supply to the salivary gland because it’s a survival hormone and the salivary glands are not needed for survival. So they get a low cortisol and based on that low cortisol, they diagnose adrenal fatigue. If they did a blood test, they would actually find out that the cortisol level is high. But based on that saliva test, very often these doctors, they put people on court cortisone when they’re already have high levels of cortisone, and that’s not a happy hormone, that causes weight gain and osteoporosis and brain damage. So that’s what I’m saying you should always treat the patient rather than the test.
Kimberly: But if we say our adrenaline’s very high, it’s not that your adrenals are producing so much hormone that they get exhausted, you’re saying that adrenal fatigue doesn’t really exist because they’ll just keep producing [inaudible 00:46:05].
Dr. Platt: Fatigue is really what I call adrenaline dominance. And all the symptoms of adrenal fatigue are those of adrenaline dominance, except they call it adrenal fatigue because of the saliva test.
Kimberly: So the saliva tests are inaccurate?
Dr. Platt: They are when you have a lot of adrenaline, and I would say the majority of the population is too much adrenaline.
Kimberly: Yeah. There’s so many of those tests. I went into this fashion place, they want me to take a saliva test. And you’re right, people can base a lot on something that is going up and down with your saliva.
Dr. Platt: Right. When people have excess adrenaline, they very often have cold hands and cold feet. And that’s because adrenaline cuts off blood supply to the hands and feet, but it’s always mistaken for a low thyroid. But adrenaline also cuts blood supply to the intestines because they are not needed for survival. And that’s where irritable bowel syndrome comes from. [inaudible 00:47:07]. And as I said before, it causes a tension in the neck and that cuts off blood supply to the inner ear where the ringing comes from. But it also cuts off blood supply to the salivary glands. People with chronic anxiety always complained about a dry mouth, and that’s because they’re not making saliva.
Kimberly: Wow! So fascinating.
Dr. Platt: Well, it’s hormones.
Kimberly: So, because you didn’t learn about hormones in medical school, where did you start going deeper into this and doing your own research?
Dr. Platt: My mother died of breast cancer at the age of 61.
Kimberly: Sorry to hear that.
Dr. Platt: That’s quite a while ago. Right after she died, it suddenly hit me that I had inherited her hormones. Remember I said men and women who had bioidentical hormones. She was basically thin except she had a belly, she had a pot belly, if you will. And the only thing that caused that is increased insulin. And the fact that she had breast cancer, I knew she was low in progesterone. So I said, “Well, maybe there’s a connection between the insulin and the progesterone.” We had a problem because I kept on getting sleepy and having to slap my face when I was driving. So I started using progesterone and I never got sleepy again. That’s what really opened my eyes to hormones.
Dr. Platt: And I read as much as I could. That’s when I started learning about hormones.
Kimberly: It changed the direction of your work.
Dr. Platt: But if you ever read my books, what you’ll notice is that there are no references in my books, journal articles or whatever, because everything I’ve learned from talking to my patients. But I had the advantage of spending about two hours with every one of my patients, and you learn about how the body operates.
Kimberly: Well, I’ll definitely read your books, doctor, and thank you so much for sharing this really fascinating information with me. When I read your bio, I was interested and a little bit skeptical, I have to say. Someone that doesn’t really take much else and just really focuses on lifestyle and eating and meditation, but I have to say that you’ve definitely opened my eyes and thank you so much for sharing and being with us today.
Dr. Platt: It’s been my pleasure. I apologize for the dogs that were barking in the background. I have five rescue dogs.
Kimberly: Aww! No, you don’t have to apologize, doctor. We are happy you rescued those puppies and give them [inaudible 00:49:57].
Dr. Platt: But I should mention that progesterone is very good for dogs also.
Kimberly: Oh, where would you put it on a dog?
Dr. Platt: Inside the ear, because it’s like skin inside the ear. For dogs that have separation anxiety, or dogs that are aggressive, or dogs that have asthma or seizure disorders, it gets rid of all these things.
Kimberly: Wow! Well, thank you for that. I’m sure a lot of our listeners have dogs. We have a dog that isn’t great around other dogs. So maybe that’s something we can try when we take them on walks.
Dr. Platt: Exactly.
Kimberly: [inaudible 00:50:33] lunges a little bit. It just seems endless that you say here. So thank you so much, doctor.
Dr. Platt: It’s been my pleasure.
Kimberly: Beauties, we’re going to link to Dr. Platt’s site, but it is Platt with two T’s, plattwellness.com. His books again, are The Miracle of Bioidentical Hormones, and The Adrenaline Dominance: A Revolutionary Approach to Wellness book. We’ll link to those. Very fascinating, especially if you are struggling with any of these conditions or you know anyone that’s struggling. It’s definitely something to think about trying out for yourself. Thank you Beauties so much for tuning in. We will be back here Thursday for our next Q & A segment. Till then, we have lots and lots of information for you, beauties, on mysolluna.com, we have vlogs, we’ve free recipes, we have meditations, we have lots of other podcast you may be interested in, the podcast notes from today. We’re also on social media at @_KimberlySnyder. Thank you again, so much Beauties. Sending you so much love, and see you back here on Thursday.