Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Mitochondrial Health

Mitochondria, Hormones, & Cortisol w/ Dr. Carrie Jones



Have you heard of adrenal fatigue and how that can ruin your energy and motivation along with screwing with your hormone levels? It turns out that is a myth and adrenal fatigue does not actually exist! Dr. Carrie Jones, today’s guest on The Red Light Report, explains why adrenal fatigue is misunderstood and clarifies what is actually going on with the adrenals and what we can do about. She is also a bonafide hormone expert and is obsessed with mitochondrial health, both topics of which are thoroughly discussed in this episode!

Dr. Carrie Jones is a Naturopathic Physician who is board certified in Naturopathic Endocrinology (FABNE) with a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) having over 15 years in the field of functional and integrative medicine. As former Adjunct Faculty for the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), she has taught courses in both Gynecology and Advanced Endocrinology.

Dr. Jones has been the Medical Director for two large integrative clinics in Portland, Oregon and is currently the Medical Director for Precision Analytical Inc, creators of the most cutting edge hormone test on the market, the DUTCH Test. As a result, she has been honored to lecture all over the world on the topic of hormones and has had the privilege to consult with the premier health care practitioners on the hormone status of their patients.

Understanding adrenal and sex hormones can be a complicated topic. So Dr. Jones has taken full advantage of her spunky and keen personality to create fun, educational content on her Instagram page – @dr.carriejones  – where she nurtures a nonjudgemental environment and aims to educate and empower anyone wanting to learn.

Enjoy listening and learning from one of the best!

Dr. Mike Belkowski and Dr. Carrie Jones discuss the following:

– How she got into hormone therapy
– The biggest culprits to hormone balance caused by modern technology
– How the female body naturally prepares itself for fertility
– Cortisol and its affect on our adrenal glands and our body
– How mitochondria and cortisol interacts
– Key indicators of an overabundance of cortisol
– How we can control cortisol levels with our environment
– How the system works to protect you
– Her approach at assessing patients
– Circadian rhythm and its importance to healthy cortisol and melatonin levels
– Testosterone and how men produce it during sleep
– Sleep deprivation and its short-term benefits vs long-term effects
– Blue light blockers and changing your screen’s light
– Biohacking and how it shouldn’t be a crutch to replace good habits
– The keto diet, how it affects estrogen levels, and how it affects women vs men
– The Mitochondria and its role in hormone production
– Biogenesis and how our mitochondria fuse together and have evolved over time
– How the mitochondria are environmental “sensors”
– Red light therapy and the results she has seen from it
– Research on red light therapy and pain reduction
– Red light therapy recommendations for people on the fence
– Daily habits you can do to improve your health, wellness, and longevity

Works cited:
Skin adhesive low-level light therapy for dysmenorrhoea: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, pilot trial: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22648444/

Follow Dr. Carrie Jones on Instagram:
@dr.carriejones

Visit her website:
http://www.drcarriejones.com/

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One thought on “Mitochondria, Hormones, & Cortisol w/ Dr. Carrie Jones
  1. Precision Analytical claims that DUTCH is superior in comparison to serum and saliva hormone tests, because DUTCH is more accurate in measuring cortisol and cortisol metabolites.

    But is it?

    Not according to Disha Narang, MD, a board certified endocinologist.

    She told me this:

    Not a single one of these tests is useful for a legitimate practitioner. First of all, there’s been zero validation via randomized controlled trials to prove that the DUTCH test is accurate.

    Also, metabolites are never used in clinical practice. It’s very rare for any of the metabolites to be low – that would mean you have dysfunctional enzymes that convert estrogen.

    In my experience, the DUTCH is used by providers like naturopaths to say ‘your metabolites are low’ and sell you a supplement.

    Karl Nadolsky, DO FACE, and board certified in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism, agrees.

    While the variety of tests in DUTCH may ultimately become validated methods of testing some hormones, there is no currently validated clinical indication for using it. We must have a keen clinical consideration for why, how and when to check any specific hormone lab when evaluating patients for endocrine diseases (excess, deficiency, etc). Having a random slew of hormones checked in the Dutch method does not help diagnose any endocrinopathy at this time that I am aware of.

    There is also no benefit to testing four times in a day. Cortisol, for example, follows a circadian rhythm – so it’s naturally low in the evening and higher in the morning. The DUTCH test will show this, but that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you.

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