Restore Optimal Health

Remain healthy and functional as you age.

Professional artist Julia Carter paints in oils at a six-woman, working studio called Tiger Lily Art Studio and Galleries. The Vero Beach native and mother of three was barely 50 when she began to feel a little sluggish. She chalked up her sleepless nights as a foreshadowing of things to come during her “change of life.”

Regenerative Biologics Institute’s bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, part of its anti-aging medicine practice, relieved Julia Carter’s perimenopausal symptoms of night sweats and trouble sleeping.

Julia Carter

“I didn’t think I was actually in menopause yet,” she shares, “but I started getting some of the symptoms. Night sweats and trouble sleeping were my biggest issues. I’d already tried pellets for hormone replacement therapy.

“I must’ve been metabolizing the hormones in the pellets too quickly because I’d feel good for a short time, then go right back to not sleeping. The person I was seeing for the pellet therapy just said, Your blood work looks fine, even though I wasn’t fine. I was miserable. I decided I needed to try something different.”

When considering a physician with whom to share her concerns, Julia immediately thought of a long-time friend of her husband’s stepfather, who is a physician. That friend was Mel Richardson, MD, an anti-aging specialist who practices at Regenerative Biologics Institute (RBI) in Vero Beach.

Dr. Richardson has completed extensive training to become certified in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) and anti-aging medicine. He’s one of the few physicians in Florida dual certified by both Cenegenics and the Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG). He provides a full array of anti-aging treatments at RBI.

“When I heard that Dr. Richardson was doing BHRT, I thought, If anybody is smart enough to handle my situation, he is,” states Julia. “When I met with him, he listened to me, and even though my blood work looked one way, he was willing to deal with me and my symptoms, not just the blood work. That’s the first time my symptoms had been addressed.”

“Julia’s hormone pellets were lasting two to two and half months, and she received them every six months,” notes Dr. Richardson. “So for three and a half to four months, she was back to having her perimenopausal symptoms. I chose to place her on a more continuous mode of hormonal replacement to solve that problem.

“Continuous modes include patches, creams, injections and oral medications of various types. These approaches help keep a steady level of hormones in the blood. Pellet therapy works well for some people, but for others, a different approach is needed. I have to listen to the patient’s concerns in order to decide which treatment method to use.”

“Dr. Richardson developed a protocol for me to follow,” says Julia. “It included hormone patches containing progesterone and estrogen. He also recommended testosterone cream and progesterone tablets to take at night. It was a sequence of treatments, and in four days, I felt much better.”

Multifaceted Restoration

Dr. Richardson’s goal at his practice at RBI is to help his patients remain healthy and functional in life for as long as possible. He helps them do this without relying on pharmaceuticals and major surgeries. Instead, he helps his patients live better as they age using their bodies’ own natural mechanisms.

“Mine is a multifaceted restorative medicine practice focusing on preventing medical problems that are common in society, such as obesity and cardiovascular disease,” elaborates the doctor. “The protocol we follow includes exercise, diet and medical management of existing health conditions.

“At the patient’s initial appointment, we conduct a very thorough medical history and physical exam. This evaluation uncovers past and ongoing medical problems, as well as any that are linked genetically. These might include hypertension, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, thyroid disease, diabetes and vascular disease.

“We then address or work to prevent these conditions using our diet program and management of lifestyle habits such as drinking and smoking. We also encourage our patients to begin our exercise regimen.”

Following an initial evaluation, patients undergo extensive laboratory evaluations of their blood. They may also be scheduled for dual x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans, which measure bone density. The tests also measure fat percentage and location, as well as muscle mass and percentage. These are key to maintaining bone health and preventing fractures.

“As people age, both men and women can develop osteoporosis, or bone thinning, and a higher risk of fractures,” explains Dr. Richardson. “Osteoporosis develops, in part, as a result of a sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet and a genetic disposition.

“I aim to prevent osteoporosis early on by using exercise and management of hormones and supplements. This protocol helps patients avoid resorting to the prescription medications used to prevent osteoporosis or to treat it once it occurs.”

Dr. Richardson notes that the medical management of a patient’s symptoms often requires the use of BHRT. Bio-identical hormones are all-natural substances that are fine-tuned in a lab to mimic the effects of the body’s own hormones. They are safe and effective and don’t carry the risks associated with traditional hormone therapy. Bio-identical hormones are useful for a number of concerns.

“Men and women often come in and describe symptoms such as hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, mood swings, loss of sex drive, decreased energy and depression,” observes
Dr. Richardson. “These are all signs indicative of a hormone imbalance, and they all can be managed with BHRT.

“At the same time, we use the protocol to improve the patient’s diet, exercise stamina and supplement use, as well as the management of their health conditions. This entire approach helps them optimize their overall health status.

“My hope is that through this protocol, I can help my patients stay healthier and be more functional as they age. I want them to live longer and with a better quality of life.”

Immediate Response

Right away, Julia saw results from the BHRT treatment plan Dr. Richardson developed for her. In just days, she began to feel relief from her night sweats and started sleeping through the night. Her results have been consistent for the two and a half months she’s been on the treatment, with one minor hiccup that was quickly resolved.

“I did reach out to Dr. Richardson about midway through when I started having some sleepless nights, and he responded immediately,” Julia confirms. “He just bumped up my nighttime progesterone, and that solved the problem. Now, I’m feeling fine.”

For Julia, receiving hormones via pellets was not effective. She required an alternative distribution method, one that kept a steady level of the hormones in her bloodstream. Julia is delighted by the results of the switch in methods.

“I feel so much better than I did before with the pellet therapy,” she enthuses. “I think that initially the pellets were fine, but they got to the point that they weren’t working anymore. We just didn’t know how quickly my body was going to use the hormones in the pellets.

“I’m glad I now have a different avenue to do down for hormone replacement therapy. I think the method I’m on now is easier to tweak. It’s more controllable. I feel my symptoms can be managed better this way.”

Julia is also pleased by her experience with Dr. Richardson and his practice at RBI. Because he was a family friend, the doctor was already known to be knowledgeable and skilled. Julia has now seen those qualities in action as his patient.

“Dr. Richardson is totally professional and really smart,” she describes. “He seriously cares because he gave me immediate feedback when he saw that my symptoms were coming back. That immediate response is invaluable to me. I didn’t get that with my other doctor.

“I’m totally symptomless right now, and I know that if something comes up,
Dr. Richardson will respond immediately and will know where to go next. I absolutely recommend BHRT with Dr. Richardson at Regenerative Biologics Institute.”

Print This Article