I believe you are right on spot oaktownboy, I am a 21-year old guy and personally I suffer with hives, candida, some degree of anxiety and am generally quite stressed.. This all relates to what some practitioners tend to label "syndrome x", "estrogen dominance", "adrenal fatigue". For a long time i have been following the anti-candida trail with some cleansing, antifungals, probiotics, etc. The time is come to do to a new puzzle. I have already made an appointment with an practioneer using hair mineral analysis (from trace, inc.) late august. Adrenal weaknesses and wonky mineral ratios seem more and more likely to me as the culprit. And when the endocrine balance is out of control this will put a big burden on the liver, and so goes digestion -> leaky gut, etc.
From my perception the key here are adrenals and liver, prolonged stress and bad diet will affect adrenals and cortisol levels, messing around with the autonomic nervous system and altering the body to a more sympathetic constitution. In other terms, "fight or flight". This will deplete body of zinc, B-vits, Mg, and then wreak havoc on the whole system (blood sugar, yeast, hair loss, anxiety). Some people say that depletion of zinc and retained copper causes estrogen imbalance. Other explanations may be xenoestrogens (plastics, etc.), congenital insufficiency of nutrients. If this is the chicken, leaky gut, candida, allergies, hives, etc is the egg, if your understand my stupid analogy? :)
So far, I haven't got into the question of hormone replacement therapy, but I have read somewhere that additional pregnenolone and progesterone will help a estrogen imbalance. Zinc is highly needed to inhibit conversion of testosterone to estradiol and feeds the prostate in general. Saw Palmetto could also help you to inhibite the testosterone to DHT and I also urge you to check up your mineral ratios! For more infos on testosterone problems you should check out this forum: http://recover.forumup.org
. It's dealing with adrenal fatigue, testosterone/estrogen imbalances and sexual problems for men..
Anyone here you could tell us some about Liver Flushes and balancing male hormonal problems (prostate, lack of libido, depression)?