203: Licorice + Topical Steroid Exposure - Should You Be Concerned? (PART 1) w/ Dr. Carrie Jones


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There has been a lot of controversy recently about licorice root and using it in people who have had excessive exposure to steroids. It's my hope that my guest today will clear up some misconceptions.

This conversation isn't meant to tell you whether or not licorice (and other adaptogenic herbs) are appropriate for you. Instead, we're sharing some science behind things so you can make a more educated decision.

My guest today is Dr. Carrie Jones, an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women’s health and hormones.

Dr. Carrie graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), School of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she also completed her 2-year residency in women’s health, hormones and endocrinology.

Later, she graduated from Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Health program with a goal of doing more international education. She was adjunct faculty for many years teaching gynecology and advanced endocrinology/fertility and has been the Medical Director for 2 large integrative clinics in Portland.

Dr. Carrie is the Medical Director for Precision Analytical, Inc, creators of the DUTCH hormone test.

Join us as we talk about licorice and topical steroids.

Have you been concerned about licorice? Tell me about it in the comments!

In this episode:
  • What are corticosteroids?
  • What is cortisone?
  • What are mineralocorticoids?
  • What is licorice root?
  • What is a cortisol pattern supposed to look like?
  • What is the 11β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase enzyme (11b-HSD)?
  • Why people going through Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW) are wary of using licorice root
  • Is licorice a steroid?
  • Could licorice root be helpful, and what are generally considered safe dosages?

“We have steroid hormones, steroid hormones come from cholesterol. So, that's your cortisol, that's your testosterone, that's your estrogen, estradiol, estrogen, progesterone.” [0:56]

“Giving licorice is not the same as giving cortisol. It's not a bio-identical for cortisol.” [16:31]


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