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The Hormone Solution Podcast with Karen Martel

Welcome to The Hormone Solution Podcast with Karen Martel – your personal invitation to a world of hormone health, sustainable weight loss, holistic well-being, and embracing life's stages with a big old dose of vitality and confidence.

Jun 26, 2021

Join for this information packed Q&A! 


Is there any point having my blood test done when every cycle is different to the last? Symptom wise and sometimes length wise.


I have been keto, carnivore and fasting with extended fast periodically for a year and a half with no weight loss. I am post menopausal and started HRT 6 months ago. I feel all of the thyroid symptoms but can't get anyone to listen. Thyroid labs look good except T3 is below optimal and RT3 is 30.1. I can't get into the endocrinologist for 6 months and fear he won't listen either. I feel in my heart pure T3 would get me on the way to healing and finally get my insulin down to be able to lose the 40 pounds that I gained in 4 months. I also have high ferritin that I read can keep insulin high.


Dr. Brownstein mentioned a specific type of iodine supplement to take. I’m currently working with my physician on my iodine levels and was wondering what the supplement was called/ what it included. If I remember correctly, he said you needed iodine and iodide in it?


I am 50 years old and for the most part feel pretty good despite the fact that I am in perimenopause. I am struggling with perimenopause weight gain, (gained 30 pounds since October) sleep. I am finally getting my hair to grow back in the front and my dry skin is getting better, my nails are healthy again. I eat as clean as possible. At this time, I can’t afford to go see a functional doctor. So, I have been thinking of buying over the counter estrogen and progesterone bioidentical products. What would you recommend? Thank you for all the information you share with us!


Can a woman safely take a compounded bioidentical progesterone PILL? Is there a big difference between it vs cream?

Wondering how you feel about bioidentical progesterone in pill form. Is it as safe as cream


Thanks – I always find your podcasts very interesting and there was a single “nugget” which I would like to know more about….. I would like to know more about how a vision test can determine toxicity levels?


Are there optimal numbers we should strive to hit for estrogen, testosterone and progesterone when taking HRT or a ratio between them so we know if they need adjusted to feel our best?


Hi Karen. Thank you for taking questions for your Saturday podcast. I’m a 46 y.o. who’s really bothered by the uncertainty of when my period is coming. It seems I’m into my Perimenopause stage and my cycle could be 19 days one month and others 29, I recently had a record of 41 days! Is there anything we can do other than bio identical hormones to help having more predictable/regular cycles? Thanks! 

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