Christine, I’m so sorry you are going through this experience. We always and only recommend physiological dosing of hormones and we always start with progesterone. Since you have had a hysterectomy, you will also need estrogen, and down the road, maybe testosterone. But we always check hormone levels (not using blood serum) to determine exactly what hormones and what dosing your body needs. Pellets take at least 3 months to wear off, before getting levels checked. Why don’t you go to my website, click on “Begin Your Journey,” scroll down to the bottom where it says “type in your zip code here.” Up wil pop a list of drs who work with bhrt in your area. You will need to call those dr offices and ask if that dr works with compounding labs on personalized bhrt for his patients. When you find a dr, email me at lyn@ and I can direct your next step. When you find a dr, we can work with you over the phone to guide your next steps. Hope this info helps! Hang in there!
Saturated fat raises HDL lipoproteins (they are not cholesterol even if people call them that, they are a protein that carries cholesterol, cholesterol has NO TYPES, it is carried around by different types of LIPOPROTEINS; trying to explain it in a way that is understandable). HDL is considered “good”, but it’s a flawed misconception. HDL carries cholesterol away from sites in the body, while LDL carries it to those sites. This is equivalent to saying the ambulance driving to the site of a crash is a “bad ambulance” and the ambulance carrying the paramedics and patient back to the hospital is a “good ambulance”. See how dumb that is? It’s the same dang ambulance doing two different functions. Further, there are several sub-types of LDL, two being LDL and VLDL, which are both essential in maintaining the body’s health. The problem arises with chronic inflammation from oxidation, which raises VLDL to intolerable levels, and too much of a good thing is bad, so it’s STILL not “bad cholesterol”, there’s just too much of it because it’s essential in the repair of the damage causing the inflammation. Inflammation is a response from the body telling the repair system that it needs help, and cholesterol is the repair guy. Saturated fat puffs VLDL up in to LDL, which is large and puffy and can’t be forced into the arterial walls through oxidation. The fact that cholesterol is at the site of the arterial plaque means absolutely nothing; it would be the same as blaming the band-aid for the scratches being under it or blaming the ambulance for the accident. Saturated fats also lower triglycerides, which is what you should really be looking out for, not cholesterol. High triglycerides does not mean avoid those, either, it means something is damaging your body and raising them, which ‘vegetable’ oils cause and saturated fat reduces.