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Helping the man in your life understand
male hormonal imbalance!
by Dr. Leita Harris

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Dr. Leita J. Harris

Dr. Leita Harris was born in Panama, raised in New York City and has been living in the Inland Empire of southern California since 1986. She is the oldest of 4 children and was determined at an early age to pursue her education and become a physician. She graduated from New York University, received her medical degree at Cornell University Medical College and completed her residency at LA County/USC Medical Center. Dr. Harris has been a practicing physician in women’s health as a Gynecologist for over 30 years, 16 of those specializing in bio-identical hormone replacement.


She currently has her own private practice, Nurturing You Women’s Health & Wellness, Inc. which serves both men and women and has previously worked at Riverside Medical Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, UCR Student Health Services and as an Associate Clinical Professor at UCR School of Medicine. Her current service activity includes President of the JW Vines Medical Society, Board member of the JW Vines Foundation and Board member of the Coalition for Black Health & Wellness, among others.

She is a sought out speaker on Women’s Health in the community. She was blessed to be united with her husband, Bishop Jon S. Harris and joined with him in launching Castle Rock Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in 2001. She continues to stand in loving partnership with her husband and pastor, faithfully serving her church family in many capacities including Church Administrator, Sunday School Teacher and Director of the “Daughters of Excellence” ministry, a mentoring ministry for young ladies ages 11-18.


She is the blessed mother and stepmother of 5, Jayce Baron, Tyler, Jon II, Brandon and Kaylee and her passion is to serve the Lord to her fullest with excellence knowing that God alone will be glorified.



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How Hormone Replacement Therapy Treats Male Hormonal Imbalances?

We normally assume that hormone therapy exists as a treatment process mainly sought out by women, but the truth remains that many men experience hormonal imbalances as well. Whether these imbalances occur naturally or as a result of aging, the decline of testosterone can severely impact the significant functions of the male body. For that reason, it’s crucial to detect hormone deficiencies as early as possible!

Testosterone Replacement Therapy can treat hormone imbalances in a customized manner to fit the needs of every man affected. Fortunately, Dr. Leita Harris — a hormone expert specializing in the use of bio- identical hormones — and the experts at Nurturing You are ready to educate and provide patients with the appropriate treatments to restore testosterone levels, along with confidence.

Why Is Testosterone Important?

As the primary male sex hormone, testosterone helps men develop larger muscles, form deep voices, and grow facial and body hair. Additionally, it fuels the male libido, stimulates erections, and helps to produce sperm. Essentially, testosterone drives all of the primary male functions, which explains why low testosterone levels remain harmful to a man’s physical health and quality of life.

What Is Andropause?

Just as women experience Menopause — a drastic decline of estrogen — when they reach a certain age, men can also experience a plummet in hormone levels known as Andropause or “Low T.” It typically begins at age 30 when the male body produces less and less testosterone. The most common consequences include erectile dysfunction, thinning hair, or low sexual libido. Men experiencing these conditions should get their testosterone checked, as Andropause may also lead to increased fertility issues. Additionally, lower testosterone level can cause other side effects: lower energy, anemia, and decreased muscle mass and bone density.

What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy

And How Can It Help?

Thankfully, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can naturally restore the right amount and balance of a man’s hormones. The treatment can rebuild a man’s well-being by eliminating the frustrating symptoms of Andropause. Furthermore, HRT can reduce a man’s risk of developing an illness related to low testosterone levels, such as heart disease and diabetes.

Dr. Harris executes HRT using two different methods. The first option involves the application of topical bio-identical testosterone creams with or without a combination of testosterone precursors (like DHEA or Pregnenolone). The benefit of topical creams includes the ability to adjust the dose over a short-term period, while the downside means potentially transferring the topical preparations to children or pets; absorption remains very variable. The second method uses subcutaneous bio-identical pellets, which require insertion only two times each year and deliver a sustained release of testosterone over several

However, a minor office procedure is needed to execute the treatment. Though HRT looks different for each patient, a consultation with an expert from Nurturing You can diagnose the underlying cause of one’s hormonal imbalance. From there, it can be determined whether a patient needs interventional measures or more intense treatment protocols.

Ultimately, undergoing HRT can lead to several physical benefits. On top of increased confidence, a male patient may experience some of these outcomes: increased libido and sexual function, increased bone density, improved muscle mass, body composition, regulated mood, increased cognition, and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.


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Nurturing You

Seasons and Change

by Dr. Leita J. Harris

How timely that I am launching this column at the change of seasons - definitely not an accident. Spring happens to be my favorite season for so many reasons. As I reflect on some of the simple meanings of what SPRING represents it breathes life into me and I hope into you as well: newness, rejuvenation, awakening, new life, breaking forth, change for the better, new Birth, new Beginnings, etc. I taught in our Women’s Sunday School class this past Sunday that it is so incredible how “seeds” are buried that will spring forth when the time is perfect. Seeds represent potential. Seeds cannot be planted in soil that will not be nurturing nor can it be planted at the wrong time or it will fail.

The change of seasons can also be applied to seasons of our life and as a medical doctor who specializes in the care of women, the “seasons” can be applied to different decades of life. Each decade brings a new set of “challenges” for our health and wellness and it is imperative that we are aware of this and make every effort to be proactive in managing it. Think about you in your 20’s vs the 30’s vs 40’s, 50’s, etc. literally a whole new set of conditions that can involve our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being.


Merriam Webster defines “Nurture” as “to supply with nourishment, to educate, to further the development of”. Cambridge dictionary adds: “to take care of, feed, and protect someone or something” (and I like this one) “to help a plan or a person to develop and be successful.” YES! Nurturing is decisive, it is a plan for success. My passion is to assist women (and men) to live their optimal lives, full of vitality, energy, wellness, purpose, fervor and this takes a PLAN. It is very intentional and as we like to say, does not happen by accident.

My goal with this new column is to address the concerns that will enable us as Sharper Women to live lives full of vitality. Education is imperative for if you are not aware, how can you make changes? How can you decide and plan what to do to enhance your health and wellness? We will be open to suggested topics, as I like to “hear from you” to let us know what is most important to you in addition to sharing areas that you may not be aware is important.

I am truly excited to be a part of this team of phenomenal contributors that will add value to your lives. Let’s introduce you to YOU.


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Vitamin D and Zinc

by Southeast Compounding Pharmacy

Perhaps best known for its functions relating to bone growth and strength, vitamin D has many other surprising benefits. Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin, is naturally produced by your body when your skin is exposed to sunlight. However, it is important to ensure your body is receiving adequate levels of vitamin D through eating certain calcium rich foods and taking supplements.


Vitamin D was discovered in the early 20th century when people began to notice that rickets (softening and weakening of the bones in children was becoming more and more common in the winter months in northern locations as it become more common for children to work in factories or go to school instead of working outdoors in fields. It was noticed that children who took cod liver oil regularly very rarely got rickets, and as we know now cod liver oil is extremely rich in vitamin D.


People who do not have have the necessary levels of vitamin D in their body are at risk of developing bone abnormalities such as osteoporosis (fragile bones) or osteomalacia (soft bones). Recent studies have also shown that vitamin D is also important for preventing disease, such as heart disease and the flu, as we get older. Vitamin D has also been known to play a role in helping symptoms of depression and mood regulation.


A recent study also showed that vitamin D can be beneficial if you're trying to lose weight when a group of people regularly taking vitamin D supplements were able to lose more weight than a group of people taking a placebo supplement. In an era where most of us work and go to school indoors, vitamin D deficiency is becoming more common, especially in children. Therefore ensuring your vitamin D levels are where they should be by taking supplements or eating a careful diet is very important.


Similar to vitamin D in that it protects heart health and boosts your immune system, zinc is also an important supplement to consider taking. Second only to iron as the most abundant trace mineral in your body, zinc is also known to help stabilize blood sugar levels as well as keep your skin and eyes healthy.


Accounting for approximately 33% of deaths worldwide, heart disease is a very serious problem. Several studies have shown that regularly taking zinc supplements can reduce your levels of LDL cholesterol and blood triglycerides, high levels of which are linked to heart disease. Other studies have shown that a higher intake of zinc was correlated with lower levels of systolic blood pressure in younger women.


Zinc supplements have also been shown to help with vision, especially when used to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss around the globe. The amount of zinc supplement you should take for maximum benefit depends on the type, as different supplements may contain varying amounts of elemental zinc. Typically, adults should have between 15-30 mg of elemental zinc as a daily dosage.


Here at Southeast Compounding Pharmacy we can compound a large variety of high quality zinc and Vitamin D containing supplements in dosage forms such as infusions and injections. Since each medication we compound is tailored specifically to the needs of each individual patient we are able to provide a more effective product than what is available over the counter.

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