Bio-Identical Hormones and Compounding with Tarek Elansary

Today I am chatting with Tarek Elansary all about hormones and compounding.  We specifically talk about bio-identical hormones and other innovative therapeutic options with compounding.  Tarek owns a compounding high quality pharmacy that I highly recommend and use for my own business.  

In this episode, Tarek shares so much good information including the biggest misconception about BHRT and the dangers of using estrogen orally.  He also shares the difference between 7-Keto DHEA and regular DHEA.  He wraps up the episode by sharing options for treating mast cell activation and eosinophilic esophagitis.  

If you are listening to this episode and you or someone you know are navigating through any of the health issues we discuss, I would be more than happy to support you in the journey! Feel free to reach out to me to continue this conversation: @doctor_lo

I hope you enjoy and learn something new from this episode! 

We Discuss:

  • {01:36} Tarek Elansary shares his story and background
  • {06:39} What is compounding? 
  • {10:12} Differences between HRT and BHRT
  • {11:04} Misconceptions of BHRT
  • {17:38} Dangers of  Using Estrogen Orally
  • {19:21} Hormone Effects on Cancer
  • {22:26} Benefits of Using Bio-Identical Hormones
  • {25:47} Differences in Thyroid Medications 
  • {30:52} 7-Keto DHEA vs. Regular DHEA
  • {36:23} Options for Treating Mast Cell Activation
  • {38:01} Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • {42:04} Adding LDN in Medications for Pain Relief
  • {43:47} Testing and Retesting Hormones
  • {48:03} The Health of the Gut is Key!
  • And so much more! 

Links Mentioned:

Tarek’s Website

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About The Guest: 

Tarek Elansary was born in Cairo Egypt in 1973. His family moved to the US when I was 2. He first remembered learning about physiology in the 6th grade, when he was being taught about the digestive system. He was amazed and stayed with the teacher during lunch to discuss and read more. He then asked me to teach the class. Tarek realized early on that he wanted to get a doctorate degree in medicine. He narrowed his focus to pharmacy while in college and graduated from University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy with a Doctorate of Pharmacy in 1998. He has been in gorgeous San Diego ever since.

In the first 8 years of his career, Tarek worked for different companies and struggled with the lack of clinical involvement that he craved. He bought his first pharmacy in 2006, and was finally able to practice clinical pharmacy the way he wanted. A few years later the challenge of that started to fade. He started to realize there was not much more to learn or accomplish in the limited realm of retail pharmacy and western medicine

He opened up Carmel Valley Pharmacy in 2013 with the intent to learn more about compounding and find a new more interesting approach to medicinal treatment. Tarek found this with functional/integrative medicine. He has learned an immense amount and feels that he still has so much more to learn. He finds himself able to have a much deeper and long lasting impact on a patient’s health and work much more closely with practitioners. He enjoys coming to work each day, and leaves work with such a great feeling of fulfillment.

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