I want to thank each and every one who sends me e-mails every day from every corner of the world.
Since we started the DrErika community, increasing numbers of women have been sharing their lives' good and not so good experiences with me.
I am grateful to all and promise to expand my educational efforts, continue being available to you and provide you solutions to help you feel better, get better health care and become stronger and more powerful in your own lives.
To offer more help we started the online and telephone consultation options on the home page.
The options are there for you when you scroll down the right side of the home page.
Here's what happens once you click on the consultation options.
Consultation Form - Online/Telephone
You fill out a questionnarie about your medical and surgical history, latest blood and other test results, family history, symptoms, diet, exercise, medications and supplements.
I have developed this questionnaire after working with thousands of women over the past 30 years. The questionnaire helps me find out more about you. It helps me listen to YOU.
When you write to me in free form, you tend to focus on the things that bother you. It makes sense but it leaves out very important information about you.
The questionnarie minimizes this tendency and ensures I get the critical bits of information that helps me expand my knowledge of you.
Once you submit the questionnaire an MD, usually me, reviews the questionnarie.
I have developed specific protocols for determining your qualifications for the hormones. The protocols take into consideration a number of variables including age, height, weight, medical history, symptoms, diet, exercise, stress and general life habits.
If the online consultation doesn't offer enough information, you will be asked to have a telephone consultation. All telephone consultations are done with a physician, also...sometime me, who follows my protocols.
Once the consultation is completed (whether online or telephone) and you have qualified for the natural hormones, a prescription is written for you and sent to Bryce Rx Laboratories in Stamford Connecticut. The lab will fill the prescription again as per my protocols and send you the hormones to your home.
Customarily we work with one or two months supply. I always recommend you use your own physician to watch you physically and not use us exclusively. While you do not need to be physically seen by a physician to take natural hormones- nothing on the physical examination would preclude you from using the hormones for a few months- I strongly encourage you to have a regular physician.
A good primary care physician will work with us, and will be receptive to anything you do to make yourself better. A good physician will listen to you and offer supportive advice and be part of YOUR team.
My team will follow up with you every two months to find out how you are doing and how best to support your efforts to feel better and stay well.
I am here to be a member of YOUR team with the goal of helping you balance your life with better energy and longer lasting vitality and health.