As I continue my daily wellness journey with skyn ICELAND, I have had the opportunity to meet and speak with so many knowledgeable and forward thinking experts in the field of stress management. A few years ago I met Dr. Stephen Hotze when we started working with his wellness company Physican’s Preference. After speaking with him and reading his first book, I became a huge fan because I connected with what he writes about on so many levels. The health and wellness issues he addresses really hit home for me but I also believe that so many women suffer from the symptoms he discusses but never know what is wrong with them or are able to find the help, support or solutions that they need. Dr Hotze gives women hope and solutions for finding true wellness. When I heard Dr. Hotze was writing a second book I was thrilled, and when I found out it was about Hypothyroidism (which I have!) I felt it was critical to share this book with my skyn ICELAND fans and insiders. Please take the time to read my interview with Dr. Hotze — I think you will come away with a renewed perspective on your health!
—Sarah Kugelman, skyn ICELAND Founder
Sarah Kugelman: What inspired you to write your second book, Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness?
Dr. Hotze: “It was after reading Dr. Broda Barnes’ book, “Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness” in 1992 that I realized that tens of millions of people in the United States were suffering from unrecognized hypothyroidism. Since then, at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we have evaluated over 25,000 guests and treated them for hypothyroidism, which is commonly misdiagnosed or undiagnosed by their conventional physicians. Being treated for hypothyroidism, dramatically restores our guests’/patients’ health, transforms their lives and improves their world. My goal is to educate you and other Americans about the myriad symptoms associated with hypothyroidism and the remarkable benefits of treating it.”
SK: What are some tips for reducing stress?
Dr. Hotze: Feeling Stressed? Consider adding the following vitamins and minerals to your daily vitamin regimen to help fight stress: Vitamin C B-Complex Magnesium Phosphatidyl Serine GABA Green Tea Amino Acid Complex Rhodiola Be sure to take a quality multivitamin to support your body’s energy needs, as well. It is also important to get sound, quality sleep; make time to exercise; make time to relax, and…take a deep breath and breathe! Did you know that stress can also affect your hormones? Are you experiencing any symptoms of hormonal imbalance? If you are, then it is important to balance your hormones with bioidentical hormones so that you can resolve the underlying cause of your symptoms. Hormone deficiencies and hormonal imbalance can add to your stress load, as well, so it would benefit you to keep your hormones in balance.
SK: How can hypothyroidism affect the skin?
Dr. Hotze: Hypothyroidism can cause extremely dry, puffy, pale, bumpy skin. Hypothyroidism causes decreased circulation throughout the body, which, in return, causes the dry skin. Hair loss, dry and brittle hair and nails, loss of energy, weight gain and depression are other possible symptoms.
SK: What led you to develop a natural approach to medicine/treatment?
Dr. Hotze: My mother always told me, “never follow the herd because it is usually going in the wrong direction. Move away from the crowd and lead it in the right direction.” Besides my parents’ wisdom and some pivotal experiences in my personal and professional life, I’ve always liked to ask “why?”. Why does my patient feel tired all the time? Why can’t my patient lose weight even if they watch what they eat and exercise? Why is my patient tired after a full night’s rest? After practicing conventional medicine and asking “why” for many of those years, I was introduced to the use of bioidentical hormones and other natural approaches to health. After that, I never turned back because, now, I help my patients obtain optimal health and wellness, naturally – without the use of prescription drugs.
SK: Can vitamin and mineral supplements be supplied through a skincare regimen?
Dr. Hotze: In order to get all of your daily nutrients, it is essential to supplement with high quality vitamins to get the maximum benefit for your skin and overall health. While it is not possible to get all of your daily essentials through a skincare regimen, it is important to hydrate and rejuvenate your skin with a natural skincare line such as skyn ICELAND. A high quality vitamin regimen would include daily essentials such as the PowerPak which contains my proprietary Energy Formula Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin C, L-Carnetine, Nordic Naturals Fish Oil and an anti-oxidant blend with CoQ10, N-Acetyl Cystine, and L-Taurine.
SK: Why are women more likely to develop hypothyroidism than men? What steps can women take to promote thyroid, and general, health?
Dr. Hotze: Women are six times more likely to develop hypothyroidism than men and one of the most common reasons is because of the imbalance of female sex hormones that often occurs as they age. However, there are other factors. One of the best things a woman can do to promote thyroid health and overall health is to balance her sex hormones and replenish her thyroid hormones. Hormones are essential to optimal health. They increase your energy level and improve your immune system.
SK: How do you think that Hypothyroidism, Health and Happiness is different from your first book, Hormones, Health and Happiness: A Natural Medical Formula for Rediscovering Youth and Bioidentical Hormones? What are the takeaways from each?
Dr. Hotze: My newest book, Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness, is hard-hitting on hypothyroidism, specifically. In this book, I explain the optimal way to treat and diagnose hypothyroidism naturally. In my first book, Hormones, Health, and Happiness, I explain, in greater detail, how all the hormones work synergistically and the importance of overall health, as well as ways to obtain optimal health.
SK: How do hormones keep your skin looking young?
Dr. Hotze: Balanced, healthy estrogen and progesterone levels help to maintain your skin’s elasticity. As you age, your estrogen and progesterone levels decline and your skin may lose elasticity and become thin. The loss of estrogen causes a loss of collagen. Since progesterone stimulates collagen production, a loss of progesterone decreases the elasticity of skin. You may notice deeper wrinkles; your skin may start to sag; your skin may be more easily bruised and your wounds heal more slowly.
SK: Besides balancing your hormones, what are some natural ways to maintain healthy skin?
Dr. Hotze: Here are 7 ways to maintain healthy skin:
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Avoid refined sugar and simple carbohydrates
- Get a restful night’s sleep
- Limit unprotected sun exposure to 30 minutes a day
- Include omega-3 fatty acids in your diet
- Exfoliate often
- Avoid cigarette smoking