The Complexity of Autism: Why isn’t there one cure?

Anyone with a child with autism has already done their share of research to try to help their child. They know that the statistics show that autism is on the rise. Why are they on the rise and why do we have such trouble helping these patients. I can only guess what has caused autism rates to rise. There are … Read More

Low Testosterone and Mitochondrial Function

In a functional medicine clinic, your practitioner will look into mitochondrial function as a possible cause of disease. Mitochondrial function can play a role in many psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and ALS. However, mitochondrial function plays a huge role in the synthesis of sex hormones as well. In addition to being the powerhouse of … Read More

Low Testosterone and Dopamine

Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that is involved in your reward cascade. When people are risk takers, they typically have low dopamine. People who are more likely to worry and be careful, typically have high dopamine. But how does this play a role with testosterone. These two chemicals are closely related. They actually run together, so to speak. As dopamine goes … Read More

Low testosterone and Autoimmunity

Autoimmunity can strike anywhere in the body. Multiple Sclerosis is autoimmunity of the lining of the immune system. Psoriasis is autoimmunity of the skin. Hashimoto’s is autoimmunity of the thyroid. Autoimmunity can also affect the testicles. In this instance, the immune system will mount an assault on this tissue and break it down over time. This is a big problem. … Read More

Low Testosterone and DHT

This is the sixth video in Dr. Ball’s video blog series on finding the cause or causes of low testosterone. Instead of just giving you testosterone replacement, one thing that we can do is check the levels of DHT. This stands for dihydrotestosterone. This chemical is a powerful androgen but it is unable to be utilized in the same way … Read More

Low Testosterone, Estrogen, and Aromatase

This is the fifth video in our series on testosterone. Most people do not know this, but there is a chemical that your body can make that causes your testosterone to turn into estrogen. This chemical is called aromatase. In a functional medicine or alternative medicine clinic, a person with low testosterone is going to have their estrogen checked. This … Read More