Working through Difficult Hormones Cases using Labs and Methylation

Working through Difficult Hormones Cases using Labs and Methylation

February 11, 2020 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST
Dr Carissa Doherty

Cholesterol is biosynthesized by all cells and is an essential structural component of cell membranes. Cholesterol is a precursor for the biosynthesis of steroid hormones, bile acids and vitamin D. Assessing a hormone case without a cholesterol value means we don’t have the full picture. If there is low cholesterol or inflammatory cholesterol then good hormones can’t be made. Cholesterol is metabolized to estradiol in the liver. These metabolic pathways. detoxification pathways require fuel in the form of vitamins and minerals. When important detoxification pathways aren’t working, then cholesterol is converted to cortisol, instead of testosterone and estradiol, but can also create inflammation hormones. As clinicians, our job is to figure out what pathways are working and not working. Using labs as assessment tools, we can get a strong baseline, and see if our plans work when follow up testing shows changes.

Hormones interact with our DNA to influence metabolic enzyme control. Our genetics have a part to play in which pathways get priority and which pathways we have difficulty. If we stabilize and support our weak pathways, we can generate balanced hormones. Enzymes such as the COMT break down neurotransmitters, but this enzyme is also necessary in safely detoxifying estradiol. When this enzyme is less efficient, inflammatory estrogens can build up in tissue. Knowing which pathways could use support may help find a direction for treatment.

Blood sugar dysregulation, thyroid function, liver detoxification pathways and bowel function are also key factors to assess hormone irregularities. Assessment via labs tests is also necessary for looking at a difficult hormone regulation case to obtain a clear picture.

Speaker bio:

Dr. Carissa Doherty, ND

Experiencing significant changes in her health using alternative treatments is what committed Carissa Doherty to becoming a Naturopath. Carissa completed her premedical studies in 1998 at the University of Guelph obtaining a Specialized Honours degree in Bio-Medical Toxicology. During her undergraduate years, Carissa was fortunate enough to be one of the first people in Canada to work in product development with inulin, a complex carbohydrate, now used widely in the supplement industry as a pleasant tasting fibre.

In 2002, Carissa received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. While a student at CCMN, Carissa was selected to be a naturopathic intern at the Anne Johnson Health Station, a naturopathic outreach clinic where Gerontology, MS and Spinal Injuries were a focus. During her training, Carissa was selected to attend the Ontario Medical Student Conference as a Naturopathic Representative.

Carissa and her sister Sonya Doherty, ND opened The Natural Care Clinic in Burlington in 2005. Their approach in treating chronic illness has become world renowned drawing patients to the Natural Care Clinic from all over Ontario, Canada, the United States and Europe.

In addition to a general family practice, Carissa takes a special interest in hormone health, fertility, Lyme disease, methylation medicine and environmental medicine.

Advanced Training

  • Future Plan IDADs conference and mentorship
  • Living well with Lyme with Dr. Richard Horowitz 2016
  • Sheicon 2016 (methylation medicine)
  • Bioidentical hormones PCCA 2015
  • Restorative medicine conference 2016 for thyroid health and bioidentical hormones
  • Environmental Medicine 2013
  • Intravenous training with Dr. Paul Saunders 2012
  • CAPPA training 2011

Free webinar with CE credits
CE Credits: CONO: Category A: General -1.0 credit
British Columbia: Category C- General -1.0 credit
AANP: General -1.0 credit
OANP: General -1.0 credit


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