4 Takeaways from Our Conversation with Dr. Will Cole on Hormones & Adaptogens

Written by Julie Obradovic

This week, I had the incredible opportunity to interview Dr. Will Cole for our first #ChatAutism podcast of 2017. Dr. Cole is a leading functional medicine practitioner who specializes in treating chronic conditions such as thyroid issues, autoimmunity, hormonal dysfunction, digestive disorders, and more. He clinically investigates the underlying factors of these conditions and customizes a health program based on his patient’s need… something we’re very familiar with in the autism community!

Our enlightening conversation centered on the impact of hormonal dysfunction on our gut and brain health. I reminded Dr. Cole that optimizing gut health is arguably the cornerstone of the biomedical approach to treating autism, but that for many of us, treating hormonal dysfunction is often a missing piece of the puzzle.

1) Hormone Dysfunction is a Message from Our Gut

Dr. Cole confirmed that hormones have a powerful role to play in our gut and brain health, from helping regulate our smooth muscle in the intestines (to help us go regularly), to producing our “feel good” hormones, to even stabilizing our energy levels, sleep patterns, and moods. For many of our children, as well as us caretakers, problems in these areas may be an indication of a hormone issue.


2) Testing is Key

We discussed how to test for hormone imbalances. Dr. Cole explained that a simple salivary panel run by a practitioner trained to read the results could be an extremely informative way to start. From there, a potential treatment protocol can be created to meet the individual patient’s needs.

3) Adaptogens Rock!

One method of treatment we explored was the use of adaptogens. Adaptogens are safe plant-based herbs used to balance hormones. Dr. Cole again recommended that a knowledgeable practitioner should advise you on which ones to use, why, and how to add them to any treatment protocol. If they are recommended, they can be dosed in a variety of ways. Sprinkling them on food, adding them to a drink, or even taking them as a pill are some of the possibilities to incorporate them into your biomedical plan.

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4) Our Gut is Our Second Brain (And Yours Might Be Leaky…)

In only thirty short minutes, we also discussed our hormones and their impact on our anxiety and high cortisol levels. And Dr. Cole really peaked my interest in something I had never heard of before, a condition he called, “Leaky Brain Syndrome!” I have heard of leaky gut syndrome, but never leaky brain! He gave a fascinating explanation of not only what it is, but also of the fact that our gut really is our second brain and how we should treat it as such.

I highly recommend tuning in to our conversation available for free on iTunes. Dr. Cole is a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker, and we hope to hear more from him soon.

For more information on hormone health or to learn more about Dr. Will Cole, DC, visit his website at www.drwillcole.com. You can also find him on Twitter @DrWillCole

Until next month, GR families and friends, I wish you nothing but health, healing, and hope on your path to recovery. At Generation Rescue, we are dedicated to bringing you the best information and most qualified experts out there to help you achieve it, so don’t forget to subscribe our emails and our podcast.

Julie Obradovic

National Programs Manager & Host of #ChatAutism

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