Monday, January 19, 2015


Exciting news! Dr. Tutera, the physician who trained Dr. Ashford to perform bio-identical hormone pellet replacement, is seeing great results with early-onset Parkinson’s patients using SottoPelle® hormone replacement therapy. These patients continue to make remarkable strides in a variety of areas.

Parkinson’s patients using SottoPelle® report:
    Reduced progression of symptoms
    Decreased need for certain medications
    Improved fitness and endurance
    Improved balance and coordination
    Increased mobility and flexibility
    Reduced tremor

When Parkinson’s disease (PD) strikes, it causes the failure and death of critical nerve cells in the brain, called neurons. Parkinson’s mainly affects neurons in an area of the brain called the substantia nigra. These particular neurons produce dopamine. Dopamine, in turn, communicates with the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. As PD progresses, dopamine production decreases. This leaves a person unable to control movement in a normal way. And this inhibits the ability to exercise and maintain fitness.

SottoPelle® hormone replacement – specifically testosterone replacement – allows those with Parkinson’s to once again exercise. It gives them the motivation, endurance and stamina to make headway in physical fitness, just as it does in those without the disease.  In addition to this, the estradiol pellets increases dopamine production and decreases inflammation in the female brain, as does the testosterone in the male brain.

The steady flow uniform supply of needed hormones in the blood stream around the clock for months at a time appears to be beneficial.  Parkinson’s patients using SottoPelle® experience significant improvements in their conditions.  Bio-identical Hormone Replacement with Hormone pellets isn’t a cure-all for the disease, but it can forestall the disease’s progression. This helps patients become more functional with less medication. 

Melvin Ashford, MD
Minnesota Women’s Care
OBGYN and Pelvic Specialty Care Center