BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 22 Many of us watched Tiger Woods' press conference last week apologizing for his wandering ways. He's not the first celebrity to face scandal and there may be more to blame than his moral compass for his behavior. Beverly Hills anti-aging experts Eve Michaels and Karen Norris of www.SimplyAgeless411.com contend that an over-abundant supply of testosterone, combined with low levels of dopamine, could have played a significant role in Tiger's out-of-character actions that destroyed his once squeaky-clean image.
"Hormone imbalances are routinely overlooked and/or misdiagnosed in both men and women," explains Michaels. "While we are in no way condoning or making excuses for Tiger's behavior, we do believe it's important to consider the possibility of a biological connection."
Michaels and Norris explain that the combination of high testosterone levels and low levels of dopamine in the body can create a potent cocktail that can lead to sexually aggressive and erratic behavior, as well as physical manifestations such as hyper-perfectionism, excessive sweating and early hair loss.
"This biological predisposition, along with the fame, the fortune and beautiful women throwing themselves at him, could very well have contributed to his misguided and bizarre behavior," Norris says.
Beverly Hills hormone specialist Ryan Stanton, MD, agrees that the potential relationship between Wood's behavior and a hormone imbalance could be a factor. "Addictions in general are propagated by spikes and falls in dopamine levels," he says. "Some people use sexual variation or promiscuity/infidelity to achieve this unfortunate vicious often self-defeating cycle."
Doctors are just beginning to discover the dramatic effects that hormone and brain chemistry imbalances can have on behavior and overall health. This was one of the topics discussed at the recent annual American Academy of Anti-Aging ("A4M") Physician's Fellowship Conference.
"All forms of addiction, including sexual addiction, are compulsions that are linked to a brain chemical imbalance," Dr. Eric Braverman told the crowd gathered at the conference. Dr. Braverman is a best selling author and Clinical Assistant Professor of Integrative Medicine in Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. "All of us are vulnerable to the addiction cycle when there is a loss of dopamine," he says.
Regulating dopamine levels can be achieved, and the addiction can be managed, say Michaels and Norris. "But many of the drugs that doctors prescribe to alter dopamine levels are highly addictive themselves," Michaels says. "Eating the right foods and taking the right supplements stimulate the brain to produce higher levels naturally. Finding the right physician is critical to accurate diagnosis and effective treatment."
Finding those doctors, says Michaels and Norris, is challenging. "This is still a relatively new field of medicine, integrating conventional medications, bio-identical hormone therapies and lifestyle and nutrition, and it has not yet been universally embraced. Only recently have medical schools added Integrative Medicine to their curricula."
Michaels & Norris are passionate about bringing the topic of hormonal imbalances and hormone replacement to the forefront. Their Los Angeles-based website (www.SimplyAgeless411.com) provides extensive information on a variety of anti-aging topics and has helped people get to the right doctors. Their new national website debuts in March, 2010 and will feature a virtual community where people can discuss their anti-aging and hormonal issues at no cost with top integrative medical doctors around the world.
"It's taken the SimplyAgeless team more than two years to compile a list of about 1500 of the top integrative medicine physicians in the United States," Norris says. "Believe it or not, it could be that Tiger Woods just hasn't gotten to the right doctors."
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