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Haunted Sandy Springs, Songs of Harvest, Walk Through Bethlehem, and More p. 18-19

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Meet Your Neighbors

Dr. Azy Esfandiari welcomes you to her brand-new Sandy Springs office. Alongside a caring team, they will work with you to achieve the perfect smile. p. 14

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Dear Sandy Springs Neighbors, I’ve been playing basketball since I was in high school. I remember coach Robert Hamilton welcoming me to the team and challenging me at our practices. He’d say, “Laurie! You can’t eat fast food and expect to move quickly up and down the court!” Of course, I’d mumble under my breath, “My name is not Laurie. It’s Laura. And I really like McDonald’s cheeseburgers!” Well, hindsight is 20/20. I’ve been playing on basketball teams ever since my days with coach Hamilton, and he was right! What you put into your body definitely shows on and off the court. Whether practicing my jump shot for hours or hitting the weight room, coach Hamilton always pushed me to be my best.

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Christel Minotti Art Exhibit

GALLERY 4945, 4945 High Point Rd. NE. 10am-Noon on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays Free entry See works by artist Christel Minotti that explore the relationship between colors and shapes. Visit the volunteer-run gallery created by Highpoint Episcopal Community Church for a special opening reception from 5-7pm on Oct. 5. gallery4945.weebly.com

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6110 Blue Stone Rd. 6-10:30pm Free entry Community members are invited to a night of eerie entertainment and fun at Heritage Sandy Springs Museum and Park.

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3rd Annual Emily’s Trick or Treat for a Cure

Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church 3-5pm Prices vary Come dressed in a costume and take part in a massive trick-or-treating extravaganza to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

City Springs 9am-5pm $5 Explore over 90 local artisan booths at this gift market hosted by the Sandy Springs Society. Featuring handcrafted jewelry by Isea Designs Jewelry along with sculptures by Kathy Walton Arts.

6110 Blue Stone Rd. Noon-5:30pm Ticket prices vary Hosted by the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs, this fun-filled family event will delight with live music, food, a bratwurst-eating contest, and much more. Proceeds will benefit the charitable projects of the Rotary Club, the Sandy Springs Education Force STEAM program and the Shepherd Center.

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Songs of Harvest

4945 High Point Rd. NE. 7:30pm $10 Hear popular American folk songs celebrating the autumn season performed by this community choir. A wine reception will follow. northatlantavoices.org

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Little Hands, Big LOVEFEST!

The Meadow at Piedmont Park 11am-7pm Free Sponsored by Atlanta Best Media/ Best Self Atlanta, this fun family festival hosted by Children Helping Children (CHC) is orchestrated by youth and features interactive give-back projects for nonprofits. Children will learn about service, compassion, and celebrating diversity while also enjoying face painting, food trucks, and more. Preregistration is required. Turn to page 17 to find out more about CHC. chclovefest.com

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OCT. 26

6th Annual Footprints for the Future Road Race

Lost Corner Preserve 7-8:30pm Free Learn how to help your yard and garden reap the benefits of planting during the fall season. Organized by North Fulton Master Gardeners, this class will cover preparing soil, selecting shrubs, and more.

City Green at City Springs 7:45-10:45am Prices vary Support the Sandy Springs Education Force by hitting the pavement for this 5K, 10K, and fun run. Registration includes a runner’s shirt, plus, giveaways and entertainment. runsignup.com/ssef

OCT. 26

6th Annual Tower of Talent

Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center 7:30pm Prices vary  See local children perform in an inspirational concert underwritten by Michael Greenbaum, owner of Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits. This annual event has raised nearly $1.75 million for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s music therapy program.  choa.org/toweroftalent

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Santa’s Fantastical

1155 Mount Vernon Hwy. Times and prices vary Visit this winter wonderland with largerthan-life installations (think the Candy Cane Vortex), dance performances, and the chance to meet Santa Claus!  

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6110 Blue Stone Rd. 6:30-7:30pm Free Sandy Springs resident R. Craig Henderson will discuss his recent publication. In the thriller, protagonist Paul Richter races against the clock to save his soon-to-be stepdaughter, who has been abducted. heritagesandysprings.org

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“Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn”

Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center Times and prices vary This play adaptation of the popular 1942 film tells the story of Jim, who leaves behind a career in show business for a simpler life in Connecticut. cityspringstheatre.com

550 Mt. Paran Rd. NW. 6-8pm Explore Bethlehem during the time of Jesus’ birth. On your way to the live nativity, walk among shepherds and merchants while hearing angels proclaim the Good News. Other activities include kids’ crafts and cookies in the Fellowship Hall.

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Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Radiation Oncology - Atlanta 5:30-8pm Free Pencil in time for a health checkup. Men ages 45 to 75 are welcome to take advantage of this complimentary prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test screening event. To schedule your appointment and learn more about eligibility, call 404-531-4444.

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expanded children’s storytime area, self-checkout, automated book drop-off technology, and more. While there, see the works of local artists like Diana Toma, an instructor at the Abernathy Arts Center. 395 Mount Vernon Hwy. NE. afpls.org/sandy-springs-branch6

Let it rain! Visit Sandy Springs’ newly dedicated Overlook Park Rain Garden. Located in Morgan Falls Park, this rain garden is a bioretention area,

where plants and soil naturally clean stormwater runoff. By filtering out organic pollutants, the vegetation will help maintain waterways like the Chattahoochee River. 200 Morgan Falls Rd. spr.gs/overlook

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Peruse the colorful creations of painter Christel Minotti with your darling at GALLERY 4945 through Dec 1. This free, volunteer-run gallery offers exhibition space for neighborhood artists. Highpoint Episcopal Community Church, 4945 High Point Rd. NE. gallery4945.weebly.com

Admire holiday lights with your sweetheart at Sparkle Sandy Springs. Starting Dec. 8, this monthlong

event will feature over 20 festive wooden houses painted by locals. 1 Galambos Way. spr.gs/sparkle

Celebrate girl power and revel in the accomplishments of Sandy Springs women when you visit the newest exhibit at Heritage Sandy Springs Museum and Park. On display now through Oct. 1, 2020,

“Grit, Gumption, and Grace: The Women of Sandy Springs,” showcases the impact local ladies such as Nellie Jet and Mary Jane Wells have had throughout our neighborhood’s 150-year history. 6110 Blue Stone Rd. heritagesandysprings.org

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musical that examines the (often comical) emotional ups and downs of impending parenthood, at Act3 Productions (Nov. 8-24). This Sandy Springs-based semiprofessional theater company also recently won nine Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards! 6285-R Roswell Rd. act3productions.org

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2. Make over your morning breakfast routine with the help of Clean Juice Sandy Springs. From 100%-organic juices like The Immunity One with carrot, orange, and turmeric, to heartier options like its Hummus Toast, Açaí bowls and nutrient-packed salads, this new outpost is a destination for healthy food fast. 6125 Roswell Rd., Ste. 1050. cleanjuice.com 3. Cozy up with a cappuccino or cup of organic Moroccan mint tea at the second location of Café Vendôme. Inside the chic City Springs café founded by Hamid Rouchdi, visitors can savor brunch items such as a veggie omelet with free-range eggs and Gruyere cheese accompanied by roasted potatoes, fruit, and a fresh balsamic vinegar salad. 6400 Blue Stone Rd., Ste. 110. cafevendome.com 4. After much anticipation, The Select Restaurant + Bar has opened in City Springs. Diners delight in dishes—like the Grilled Spanish Octopus—all of which are inspired by the olive oil regions (Spain, Italy, and France). Cap the night with a slice of the Chocolate Cake made with chocolate crémeux, malt vanilla crème anglaise, and hazelnut crunch. 6405 Blue Stone Rd., Ste. 200. theselectatl.com 5. Beyond beautiful custom cakes with Barbie dolls and dinosaurs, Henri’s Bakery & Deli is also a prime place for specialty sandwiches. A nod to the brand’s European roots, the  French Dip sandwich comes with roast beef and your choice of provolone or Swiss cheese. Grilled to perfection, the meal is completed with a cup of au jus to dip your sandwich in. 6289 Roswell Rd. NE. henrisbakery.com

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At her new Sandy Springs office, Dr. Azy Esfandiari and team curate the pe With Digital Smile Design, you can try on your new look before treatment eve By Jennifer Colosimo

hen Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry opened in Sandy Springs this summer, Dr. Azy Esfandiari and her team had one goal—to strive for quality. They envisioned a small, privately owned boutique setting that would enable them to focus on the needs of each patient, keeping their well-being at the

forefront of every decision. The practice embodies those initial elements of excellence, including highly individualized patient care, cutting-edge cosmetic dentistry services and compassionate, general dentistry that allows every patient to feel good about their results.

Dr. Azy’s success is also in part to the influence of important mentors throughout her career. “Every person has that one mentor they look up to,” says Dr. Azy. “I am extremely blessed to have one so close to me who I can call, email, see at any time, and from whom I have learned so much.”

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“We invest in the best, most up-to-date technology, and we care about quality, not quantity,” says Dr. Azy. “We are one of the very few offices here in the Atlanta area that offer Digital Smile Design—a service that allows patients to explore the idea of altering their smile before treatment begins. We can design a smile for our patients, and show them exactly what it will look like before they make any commitments.”

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She pays it forward, expending the expertise she’s gained to general dentistry, including routine cleanings, teeth whitening, composite fillings and more, as well as cosmetic dentistry, including the latest technology for smile makeovers, Invisalign®, and Botox®, to name a few. Her five-person team is purposeful in its size, creating an intimate setting to provide dedicated attention to each patient’s wants and needs. “We believe the best outcomes come from achieving our patient’s goals. It is always about the patient—what makes them feel their best,” she says. “We listen to what our patients want, before telling them what they need, and our entire team is invested in the patient’s progress.” As a result, it’s no surprise her patients are invested in her, too. “As mentioned in my chapter [of Dr. Goldstein’s book], I believe successful dental treatment is measured not only by the doctor, but also by the patient. The inability to fulfill my patients’ expectations and needs results in a failure—even if it’s the most beautiful smile to everyone else. I treat every patient as I would my own family member, and their comfort puts me at ease.” Dr. Azy lives in Sandy Springs with her husband, Arash, and 2-year-old daughter, Sophia. They love traveling, music and local restaurants—a few favorites being Brooklyn Cafe, Rumi’s Kitchen, and Kaiser’s Chophouse. boutiqueforcosmeticdentistry.com, Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry, 5975 Roswell Rd., Ste. D-229, Sandy Springs, 678-701-6753. The content for this article is brought to you by Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry.

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School buddies Logan Miller and Logan Hodgson, both 14, paved the way for the Miller family to get more involved in the community. The Sandy Springs family already enjoyed giving back locally through fundraising efforts for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta but were looking for more hands-on opportunities. As the founder of Children Helping Children (CHC), an organization teaching kids to be philanthropic leaders, Hodgson’s mom, Michelle, knew the perfect way the Millers could help.

Q: How did your family get involved with CHC?

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Q: How has CHC benefited your family? Kurt: This organization gives our family an outlet to reach out and make a difference in other people’s lives. It creates a sense of empathy that inspires us to want to do more.

Q: What does CHC mean to your family? Kurt: It means being part of a giving group of people. Whenever we go to LOVEFEST-Free Family Philanthropic Festival, our kids love all of the booths, especially the shoe-cleaning station. It’s designed for volunteers to clean donated sneakers that will later be given to less fortunate kids and teens. The experience cultivates a spirit to serve others using your unique skills and talents. The message of this organization tells everyone that they contributed something special. CHC allows everyone’s ‘light to shine,’ as Michelle says.

Q: What are some Sandy Springs spots your family likes to frequent? Kurt: My wife and I love going to our kids’ sporting events. Logan, and Baillie, 12, play tennis with the North Atlanta Tennis Academy. We usually grab a bite to eat at Hearth Pizza Tavern or Casi Cielo. On Saturdays, we spend time at the Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market. chcatlanta.org

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Kurt Miller: My wife, Katie, and Michelle [Hodgson] became good friends when our sons met at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. Michelle reached out to her so we could join CHC. In 2010, we began volunteering and immediately saw what it meant to our kids to be committed to something special at their young age. This organization has been close to our hearts since then. Katie is now on the Advisory Board [a group of former Senior Board of Directors members that provide advice and aid to current board members] and has helped CHC gain corporate sponsorships. We’re hoping Logan will want to be a part of the Junior Board of Directors in the future.

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Make a day or a night of it! Check out these fun pla OCTOBER OCT. 3-DEC.1 Christel Minotti Art Exhibit GALLERY 4945, 4945 High Point Rd. NE. 10am-Noon on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays Free entry See works by artist Christel Minotti that explore the relationship between colors and shapes. Visit the volunteer-run gallery created by Highpoint Episcopal Community Church for a special opening reception from 5-7pm on Oct. 5. gallery4945.weebly.com

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6th Annual Footprints for the Future Road Race See OCT. 26 for details

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Little Hands, Big LOVEFEST! The Meadow at Piedmont Park 11am-7pm Free Sponsored by Atlanta Best Media/ Best Self Atlanta, this fun family festival hosted by Children Helping Children (CHC) is orchestrated by youth and features interactive give-back projects for nonprofits. Children will learn about service, compassion, and celebrating diversity while also enjoying face painting, food trucks, and more. Preregistration is required. Turn to page 17 to find out more about CHC. chclovefest.com

OCT. 25 Haunted Sandy Springs 6110 Blue Stone Rd. 6-10:30pm Free entry Community members are invited to a night of eerie entertainment and fun at Heritage Sandy Springs Museum and Park. heritagesandysprings.org

OCT. 26 3rd Annual Emily’s Trick or Treat for a Cure Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church 3-5pm Prices vary Come dressed in a costume and take part in a massive trick-or-treating extravaganza to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Georgia Chapter. emilyshalloweenparty.com

OCT. 26 6th Annual Footprints for the Future Road Race City Green at City Springs 7:45-10:45am Prices vary Support the Sandy Springs Education Force by hitting the pavement for this 5K, 10K, and fun run. Registration includes a runner’s shirt, plus, giveaways and entertainment. runsignup.com/ssef

OCT. 26 6th Annual Tower of Talent Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center 7:30pm Prices vary  See local children perform in an inspirational concert underwritten by Michael Greenbaum, owner of Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits. This annual event has raised nearly $1.75 million for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s music therapy program.  choa.org/toweroftalent

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OCT. 28 Fall in GA - The Best Time to Plant Trees & Shrubs Lost Corner Preserve 7-8:30pm Free Learn how to help your yard and garden reap the benefits of planting during the fall season. Organized by North Fulton Master Gardeners, this class will cover preparing soil, selecting shrubs, and more. facebook.com/ northfultonmastergardeners

NOVEMBER NOV. 6 Titles @ Twilight: R. Craig Henderson: “Solemn Vows, Mission Continued”

City Springs 9am-5pm $5 Explore over 90 local artisan booths at this gift market hosted by the Sandy Springs Society, featuring handcrafted jewelry by Isea Designs Jewelry along with sculptures by Kathy Walton Arts. sandyspringssociety.org

NOV. 15 Songs of Harvest 4945 High Point Rd. NE. 7:30pm $10 Hear popular American folk songs celebrating the autumn season performed by this community choir. A wine reception will follow. northatlantavoices.org

NOV. 15-JAN. 5 Santa’s Fantastical 1155 Mount Vernon Hwy. Times and prices vary Visit this winter wonderland with largerthan-life installations (think the Candy Cane Vortex), dance performances, and the chance to meet Santa Claus!   santasfantastical.com

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6110 Blue Stone Rd. 6:30-7:30pm Free Sandy Springs resident R. Craig Henderson will discuss his recent publication. In the thriller, protagonist Paul Richter races against the clock to save his soon-to-be stepdaughter, who has been abducted. heritagesandysprings.org

DEC. 8-31 Sparkle Sandy Springs City Green at City Springs Dawn to Midnight Free entry See 6-foot-tall wooden houses decorated for the holidays illuminate at dusk. spr.gs/sparkle

Santa’s Fantastical See NOV. 15-JAN. 5 for details

DEC. 13-22 “Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn” Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center Times and prices vary This play adaptation of the popular 1942 film tells the story of Jim, who leaves behind a career in show business for a simpler life in Connecticut. cityspringstheatre.com

DEC. 14-15 Walk Through Bethlehem 550 Mt. Paran Rd. NW. 6-8pm Explore Bethlehem during the time of Jesus’ birth. On your way to the live nativity, walk among shepherds and merchants while hearing angels proclaim the Good News. Other activities include kids’ crafts and cookies in the Fellowship Hall. stjohnatlanta.org

EVERY SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH, NOW THROUGH DEC. 14 Bluefin Tuna Filleting Demonstration 6125 Roswell Rd. 3-5pm $150 See Jackie Chang, executive chef of District M, fillet a 100-plus-pound bluefin tuna before feasting on a five-course meal featuring sashimi, nigiri, and dessert. districtmatl.com

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It is well-established that women are more health-conscious than men. They tend to eat healthier, pamper their skin, floss their teeth daily, and go to the doctor regularly. Men, on the other hand, manage to put off these annual wellness visits. In fact, men are also more likely than women to make unhealthy choices such as smoking, excessive drinking, and aggressive driving. So how can women move the needle? I would imagine that most women turn the page when they see an article about men’s health. Whether it’s a husband, father, brother, or good friend, share these health tips with your loved ones. In fact, most of these articles also contain helpful advice for women. Of course, the best mentors teach by example. As already mentioned, this is where women have a head start. However, men can be oblivious to those cues. Nevertheless, it is much easier to make healthy decisions when the people around you make the same choices. Repeatedly making these favorable choices—particularly for shared activities—will heighten the awareness of healthy lifestyle decisions.

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• Stick to the calendar for those necessary doctor visits

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• Drive safely We all want to please others, but sometimes men need to hear what’s best for them. Don’t be afraid to say that a second basket of tortilla chips is a bit much while waiting for that order of fajitas. Point out when they’re looking fatigued and suggest a little more exercise and sleep. Approaching these sensitive issues can be difficult, but not as difficult as losing that loved one.

• Don’t smoke • Wear sunscreen • Take out the trash (are you still reading?) Sometimes men need a kick in the pants. Women are the best coaches for a healthy lifestyle. That’s one reason you never hear that women need a kick in the skirt.

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“With water polo, we’ve noticed that kids stick with swimming longer because it gives them an outlet,” she says. Some have even become coaches. “To see them working with their kids, encouraging them and teaching them how to be strong swimmers and to do things the right way is fun for me,” she says. There’s no better testament of a great coach than someone who inspires an athlete to become a coach themselves.

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Drish has also been named the assistant athletic director and head volleyball coach. In addition, she’ll take on the role of teacher by leading a few classes in the Weber Sports Sciences Academy curriculum, one of the only programs of its kind in the state. “We have extremely good, hardworking kids that are willing to put in the effort [for a college accredited program]. They’ll work hard as a team on the field and on the court; these classes give them a sense of sports while still focusing on their academics.”

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Andrew Tulowitzky The Galloway School Upper Learning Athletic Director and Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Building relationships is at the top of Andrew Tulowitzky’s coaching to-do list. ANDREW T A ROUS ULOWITZKY GIV ING PEP ES PLAYER TALK T S BEFO RE THEY O HIS GET BA ON THE CK COURT.

“Kids are more apt to work hard for you if they know that you really care about them and their well-being, not just on the court, but outside of the

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Scott Mandy Marist School Physical Education Department Chair, Varsity Boys Lacrosse Head Coach, and Strength and Conditioning Coach Scott Mandy knows sports. As a physical education teacher and coach for nearly two decades, Mandy says he most enjoys watching his players grow inside and outside of sports. “Marist is a very competitive school to enter, and an even more competitive academic environment,” he says.

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The Truth About The Effects of Aging By Paul E. Cox, MD, MS

Before you give in to “normal aging,” get your hormones checked. You may not have suddenly become depressed, anxious or fatigued for no reason. Too often, those of us in our late 30s, 40s and 50s are told by our physicians that our experiences with our mind and bodies are just “normal parts of aging.” Fortunately, it may not just be aging that has you feeling different. It might be your hormones and that means there is something we can actually do to change how you feel and what is happening to your body for the better.

So, before you give in to “normal aging,” get your hormones checked. You may not have suddenly become depressed, anxious or fatigued for no reason. There could be a biological reason that you don’t feel like yourself anymore. You may not need an antidepressant, AMBIEN®, or ADDERALL® for your new problems. You may just need to get your hormones right.

I was taught as a resident (training) physician that when someone in this (my) age range complained about lack of energy, poor sleep, decreased concentration, increased anxiety, weight gain, muscle loss, etcetera, that the patient might be depressed, have anxiety, insomnia or just signs of normal aging. The reality is that all of these symptoms and more (worsening premenstrual syndrome for women, lack of sex drive in men and women, and irritability, just to name a few) are very often the direct result of hormonal changes in our bodies.

Let’s be honest, hormones are not the cause of every problem we encounter through the aging process. But, I am convinced that they can be a large part of why we feel, think and look different as we age. If they are a part of that problem, why not find out what is going on and fix that first? As someone who has experienced hormonal deficiency first hand and thought it was depression, I can tell you that there isn’t a medication in the world that can make up for a hormonal deficiency. And what is more natural than giving our bodies and our brains the natural molecules they need for us to function and feel our best?

The good news is that these changes are easily detectable in blood work and easily treated with hormonal therapies directed at the specific imbalances. Make no mistake, this is not your grandmother’s hormone therapy of an estrogen patch or pill without any labs to follow the results. It’s also not the old-time testosterone therapy for men, which was usually a shot of testosterone every two weeks without any labs. No, state-of-the-art hormonal therapy is based on sound scientific evidence and labs that tell us which hormones your body and brain needs, how much of these hormones your body and brain needs, and when your body and brain needs them. Notice, I said brain. There is a growing body of literature that demonstrates that the human brain needs these hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid hormones) to function at its best. Better brain and better body function simply means a better you.

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