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As a Hamilton Ontario Bioidentical Hormone Specialist, Kristina Janicas, N.P. of Concession Integrative Health, uses advanced anti-aging protocols, such as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to increase vitality and improve the overall quality of life. Kristina Janicas, N.P. endeavors to listen to patient’s needs and concerns, while really taking the time to evaluate lifestyle factors, social habits, stress levels, environmental factors, and hormonal balance. After taking all of a patient’s history and current health factors into consideration Kristina Janicas, N.P., will develop a customized treatment plan to suit the individual. At the Hamilton Ontario Bioidentical Hormone based clinic, patients can feel confident that they will receive comprehensive care in a warm and caring environment, and Kristina Janicas, N.P., will use only the most effective treatment protocols to help patients recover their health and wellness.
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Kristina Janicas is a licensed nurse practitioner. She can diagnose and treat illness, order tests and prescribe medications.
During your initial consultation, Kristina takes the time to learn about your medical history, evaluate lifestyle factors, social habits, stress levels, environmental factors, lab values and current medications. She then develops a customized treatment plan to suit you that can include both traditional and alternative treatment options.
What sets Kristina apart as a nurse practitioner is her knowlege, professionalism and experience. She is now completing her fellowship with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine ("A4M"), which supplements her practice of anti-aging, regenerative and functional medicine. She has a thorough understanding of hormone replacement therapy, sexual health therapy and disease prevention and management.
Her extensive experience and training includes specialized psychotherapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, narrative therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy aiding in the treatment of those with post-traumatic stress disorder, psychiatric disorders and chronic pain.
Kristina has been published in the Ontario Journal for Developmental Disabilities regarding the use of exercise in the treatment of individuals with an intellectual and developmental disability. She has experience and formal training in traditional Chinese acupuncture and personal training.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has enhanced the health and wellbeing of individuals who have suffered from undesirable symptoms and conditions due to hormonal imbalances and deficiencies.
An intricate balance of hormones in our body is essential to living optimally. As we age, the decline in hormones in our bodies can cause fatigue, weight gain, hot flashes, low libido, migraines, pronounced pms symptoms, heavy and painful menstruation, insomnia, anxiety, mood disturbances and acceleration in the aging and disease process.
Bioidentical Hormones that are prescribed are identical in their molecular structure to the hormones that are produced in the human body but are derived from natural plant based sources, like wild yams or soy.
The required homone supplement in the appropriate preparation using the lowest and most effective dose keeping safety at the forefront in then prescribed along with any other supplement including vitamins and minerals that may be needed.
A variety of options of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is offered including compounded topical creams, vaginal suppositories, troches (lozenges) and sublingual drops.
Individuals suffering from sexual issues are an important focus of the clinic. These include decreased libido, post-traumatic stress disorder, performance anxiety, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. Causes can be hormonal imbalances, medication effects, nutrient depletion and/or psychological.
Individuals are assessed for any depletion using serum and/or saliva tests and supplemented accordingly with the lowest and most effective dose for the individual.
Adrenal fatigue is a common manifestation in our modern day society where people are unable to relax and are placed under enormous pressures by everyday life.
Our adrenal glands protect us from the effects of stress, whether it be psychological, emotional, physiological (metabolic), environmental and biological, the hormones secreted by our adrenals influence all physiological processes in our body.
Ones susceptibility to develop certain kinds of disease and their ability to respond to critical illness is significantly influenced by the adrenal glands. Some conditions associated iwth chronic stress are cancer, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, weight gain, insomnia, PMS, Hypothroidism, asthma, digestive disorders, infection, dermatologic disorders and hair loss.
Specialized techniques using a four point cortisol saliva test and symptomatic assessment are used to identify the hormonal imbalances and nutrient deficiencies.
Signs and symptoms of thyroid problems are depression, weight gain, brittle nails, cold hands and feet, cold intolerance, dry skin, constipation, swollen eyelids, poor outer eyebrow growth, irritability, poor memory, hair loss in the front and back of head, fatigue, insomnia, high cholesterol, PMS, infertility, nutritional imbalances, acne, tendency to develop allergies, hypertension, difficulty swallowing, headaches, muscle cramps and weakness, and morning stiffness. Feeling restless, nervous, emotional, irritable, sleeping poorly and "always on the go", hand tremor, losing weight despite an increased appetite, palpitations, sweating, a dislike of heat and an increased thirst.
Patients can be assessed for thyroid issues with traditional serum tests and offered different options to support the thyroid gland with synthetic, desiccated porcine thyroid gland or compounded thyroid hormone. These options are tailored to the individual.
Chronic diseases may significantly impair everyday physical and mental functions as well as reduce one's ability to perform daily activities.
These conditions include Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, cardiovascular diseases (heart disease and stroke), cancer, diabetes, arthritis, back problems, asthma, and depression. Preventative and management options are discussed. These will included vitamin and mineral therapy, topical pain medications and behaviour therapy.
An autoimmune disorder occurs when the body's immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissue by mistake. There are more than eighty types of autoimmune disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Hashimoto's disease, Addison's disease, and systemic lupus. Common symptoms include: fatigue, fever, general ill feeling, joint pain and rash. Our nurse practitioner will diagnose the disorders and treat using hormone, vitamin and antioxidant treatments as well as physical therapy.
Nutrient depletions can be a significant factor in a wide range of health problems. As a result of a stressful life with a poor diet, medications we take, a decline in the foods supply's nutrient content, and environmental pollution we are left vulnerable. This alternative therapy provides instant benefits allowing essential nutrients to enter the bloodstream intravenously.
Intravenous therapy options can include: Myer's Cocktail (containing vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants), detoxification and heavy metal removal therapy.
This aspect of treatment will benefit those suffering from migraines, chronic diseases, acute and chronic pain, malabsorption issues, exposure to environmental toxins, diabetes, cancer or patients suffering from stress (including hangovers) and chronic fatigue.
A migraine is a throbbing, unilateral headache often associated with nausea, vomiting, photophobia, or a sensory, olfactory (smell) or audbile aura occurring prior to migraine.
Factors that trigger migraines fall into several categories such as: dietary including lack of certain nutrients, environmental, hormonal, lifestyle and medications.
Hormonal triggers which usually occur before a woman's cycle, pregnancy and menopause will cause migraines. Balancing out hormones with Bioidentical hormones will help.
Weight loss support and lifestyle coaching is used to achieve one's personal goals.
Methods such as reviewing exercise routines, recommendations on current diet, detecting hormonal deficiencies and recommending supplements are offered.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique for unblocking chi (or qi) by inserting needles at particular points on the body to balance opposing forces of yin and yang.
Chi is an energy that is believed to flow through the body along 14 main pathways called meridians.
When yin and yang are in harmony chi flows through the body and a person is healthy. When a person is sick, diseased or injured there is an obstruction of chi along one of the meridians. Traditional Chinese medicine has identified some 500 specific points where needles are to be inserted for specific results.