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Wellness & Anti-Aging – NEW COLUMN by Caitlin Kaufman

Caitlin Kaufman here. I work at The NY Center of Wellness and Anti-Aging, previously known as Men’s Health of Smithtown, LLC. I am a Medical Assistant, and it is legitimately all that I know. I have been working for and with physicians for over 10 years now. For anyone who may not know, I draw blood, vital patients up for the physician, follow through with any necessary testing that may be needed, pending the reason for the visit, may it be a head cold, sore throat, or even just a yearly physical. In simplest terms, I have worked as a physician’s right hand since I was fresh out of high school. I am trained in the front end of an office and the back end, giving me the versatility to be able to go where I am needed. I have worked in offices ranging from assisting with stem cell treatments, PRP injections, IV Nutrient therapy, assisting plastic surgeons with MOHS procedures to basic primary care performing standard physicals.

 

I think it’s safe to say I have finally found my place, bringing me to where I am now. Running an entire practice between my husband and myself with our physician. Hopefully educating and bringing hormone replacement therapy to a more mainstream type of medicine, where people feel safe and understand, it’s just part of life.

I think it’s more than fair to say that I am not the same person who walked into Brian’s office about three years ago. First, let’s get this out of the way – I am NOT a bodybuilder; I never have been and never will be. I keep myself in shape, but let’s be real, my training is not even considered training by 99.9% of the people reading this. I walked into his office very jaded about hormone replacement therapy and rightfully so with my experience, but once Brian learned how I felt, he was determined to show me otherwise.

 

I can feel the judgement already, “What could this girl who knows nothing about our lives tell us about bodybuilding.” I can tell you this, half of you probably don’t even take an estrogen blocker and if you do, its only because your buddy told you to make sure you take this pill, so you don’t get” bitch tits,” not because you know why you need to take it. I can also tell you that regardless how great your guy is, you’re poisoning yourself and if you’re going to use hormones for enhancement purposes, use them right. It contradicts itself when you look great out the outside, but you’re septic on the inside because you don’t know what you’re putting into your body.

 

I went from working in medical offices where the patients were almost always sick, NEVER happy to see you and big pharma really controlled everything with the insurance companies to working in an office where the patients were healthy, active, aware of their bodies and most of all happy because, let’s face it, no one’s happy when you feel like shit.

 

The more I learned about hormone replacement therapy, I learned that a mid-life crisis is real. It’s called andropause for men and menopause for women. Doors started opening left and right, more and more made sense. This isn’t an’ if’ treatment, it’s a ‘when,’ and that’s not even breaking into peptides. The saddest part of this all is that society doesn’t want people educated on this because then those trips to the doctor stop when you start feeling better. You stop taking all those medications because now you’re training and eating habits are changing. You’re sleeping better, so your moods are better, and the list is endless.

 

 

What humors me more than anything is how quickly a female can be given birth control pills “all hormones,” but actual hormones are never considered. I may not be a bodybuilder, but I take care of them, and my husband creates the programs tailored to each patient with the physician by his side, so I do know at the very least how to make you feel better and make sense of what works and why.

 

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