Another stepchild in medicine: DHEA
In the past years a few quite important substances were discussed in length in this bulletin:the ones that are often quite ignored by the medical profession even if they do not belong to "alternative-complementary" medicine but to regular conventional medicine.


 Discussed were in length-among other things- : vitamin B12, vitamin D, iodine in connection with thyroid problems and recently Niacin in connection with cholesterol
Slowly Vitamin D is getting the attention it should have
Today I would like to mention a  substance ,found in body of every one and belonging to one of the  adrenal  hormones : DHEA [it is examined in the blood as DHEA-sulphate=DHEAS] 

[The adrenals are small,but very important glands situated on/above the kidneys]

This hormone seems to be hardly known by doctors and if it is examined it is mostly done by endocrinologists to check for an excess, for example in women with excessive hair growth [hirsutism],acne or polycystic ovary.

 A lack [low level] is mostly ignored and often not looked for.
There is still a lot unknown about the significance of low levels of blood DHEAS : when to supplement or not,  in what dose and for how long
Clearly supplementing with DHEA    can be extremely important in some diseases such as Lupus erythematodes [S.L.E], a very serious disease,
This is true especially for the new developed supplement,called 7-keto DHEA[ which in contrast to regular DHEA ] does not cause some hormonal side effects like hair growth and acne as it [ in contrast to DHEA ] does not convert to hormones like testosterone,estrogen or progesterone]
When testosterone levels [free and total testosterone] are found to be low,supplementing with 7- keto DHEA may to a lot of good to restore sexual dysfunction
7-keto DHEA can be used both for men AND women.
In the U.S.A this supplement is available without prescription but it is not wise to use it without the guidance of a doctor who is familiar with its use.
Some patients with a -so called -post traumatic stress disorder have reacted excellent to 7-keto DHEA when no other treatment had any success.
DHEA has been used with good results in young women with anorexia nervosa.
The "Pill" may significantly decrease the serum concentration of DHEAS ,not a positive sign in general.

DHEA may stimulate bone formation  a finding of particular interest for both the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
Chromium picolinate supplements which are often used-as an extra help in the treatment of diabetes- are often also very useful as "mood-elevators" [when somebody is "moody"]
It seems that chromium increases plasma DHEA in postmenopausal women and maybe [?] this is one of the mechanisms of its positive effect on "moodiness".
In short: it may be worth in certain cases to have your blood levels of DHEAS being checked and to discuss it with a doctor interested in this field.
Dr .Rudolph Ballentine,an American psychiatrist,who I personally consider to be one of the most broad-minded physicians of our century,which an amazing capacity of combining traditional medical systems and a astute physician,states that a small dose of DHEA[ 5 mg, 5 times per week] does him a lot of good and that more over stimulates him.
[In many cases DHEA is used in a much higher dose ,especially in S.L.E]
His book "Radical Healing" is a must for anybody interested in real healing,
I think there is no better book written in this field ![temporarily unavailable]
May chodesh Av with all it past sorrows in Jewish history brings us all  a radical healing connecting again all that was severed and disconnected  by our failure sometimes to listen to our highest purpose in life!