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In the latest issue of WHATSUPP:
- Feed Your Skin Starve Your Wrinkles - book of the month
- Another reason to donate blood regularly
- Smile for health (and the health of others!)
- Learn how to prepar and eat artichokes
- Ongoing pain in neck or shoulder?
- Breast Thermology - a valuable tool for breast cancer prevention
In the latest issue of the Apple Press:
- Eating for Acid/Alkaline
- Recipe for Majorcan Vegetable Stew
- Book recommendations
- Green Smoothies
Natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be used as part of an antiaging program for women and men. Although hormone replacement therapy is most often thought of in a female context, many men benefit from additional testosterone (as do some women). For men, testosterone is available in injection, gel and sublingual pellet form. The hormones DHEA, pregnenolone and thyroid also are important in an antiaging approach for both men and women.
In reference to women and hormones, several major research studies, especially the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study (HERS), revealed serious health concerns associated with conventional hormone replacement therapy. To consider these findings in light of alternative medicine, it is essential to understand the difference between conventional hormone use and natural bioidentical hormones.
Conventional hormone replacement therapy primarily uses synthetic hormones not found in nature or natural hormones not natural to a human being. For example, progestin is the conventionally used substitute for the hormone progesterone. Drug companies do not use natural progesterone because the molecule for progesterone is found in nature and cannot be patented. Without patenting, the drug company cannot own the molecule. Anybody can use it and anybody can synthesize it. Consequently, there is no profit to be made. However, if the molecular structure is “tweaked” in a seemingly innocuous manner, there is now a new molecule that is a new product that can be patented and owned by a drug company for the potential of major profit. Progestins are an example of this. A “natural” hormone in the conventional sense is Premarin. Premarin is estrogen conjugated from the urine of a pregnant mare. It is a natural hormone, but not natural to a human being. All of the major studies on hormone replacement therapy have used conventional hormones, not natural bioidentical hormones.
Natural bioidentical hormones are hormones that are synthesized to be identical on the molecular level to the molecule of hormone as it is found in nature. A molecule of estrogen or progesterone synthesized to be bioidentical is the same molecular structure of estrogen or progesterone as found in the human body. Consequently, there is the potential that the body’s utilization of the hormones may be more natural without the side effects associated with conventional hormonal replacement therapy. Conventional doctors do not usually use natural bioidentical hormones. Drug companies are often the primary educators for physicians on the use of hormone products. Research uses conventional hormones because there is money from the patented products to fund research. With research revealing serious safety concerns regarding conventional hormones, their use is being reevaluated.
The term “bioidentical” is a recently popularized term to describe something that alternative medicine physicians, including the physicians at Preventive Medicine Group, have been doing for years as natural hormonal replacement therapy for men and women. Testing is done for progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, DHEA, thyroid, and possibly growth hormone. Depending on the outcome of these tests, the doctor will write a prescription for the natural version of the hormone. These prescriptions are filled at a compounding pharmacy. Compounding pharmacies are not your typical neighborhood drug store. They are pharmacies that actually mix the special hormone formulation. There are a few compounding pharmacies in the Cleveland area as well as others throughout the country that do business via mail order.
The biggest criticism of natural hormones is that they have not been extensively researched. The reason for this, as described previously, is that they do not have financial backing due to lack of patenting. However, there have been some research studies done on the natural hormones over the years and these studies do point to them being a safe product to use. Clinical experience and observations of alternative medicine practitioners using them also indicates that the natural hormones do not seem to have the side effects associated with the conventional hormones. It must be admitted, however that no hormone is without risk. Any well-administered natural hormone replacement program should be administered within the context of a healthy dietary lifestyle, a well-designed nutritional supplement program, testing and treatment for heavy metals, and a regular program of exercise. Of course, not smoking and avoiding other habits hazardous to one’s health are also recommended.
Natural bioidentical hormones offer women a potentially safer option for hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms and bone health. They also offer anti-aging potential for men and women. Hormone replacement therapy is all about balance. There are many hormones in the body, and although estrogen is most commonly linked with menopause, estrogen needs to be considered together with other hormone levels. Estrogen natural to the human body is not a single substance but at least three different forms: estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3). Estradiol is the primary hormone secreted by the ovaries. Estrone is made from estradiol and hormone precursors and estriol is made from estrone and estradiol with the ovaries making a small amount directly. Estrone and estradiol are very effective in relieving symptoms of menopause but are associated with cancer. Estriol is a weaker estrogen but when used in higher doses can relieve menopausal symptoms. Research has indicated that estriol is not linked with increased cancer risk and some early research indicates it might even help to prevent cancer and that the inclusion of estriol in an estrogen mix reduces the production of a cancer causing metabolite of estrogen. Taking natural progesterone along with the estrogen also reduces cancer risk. The physicians at Preventive Medicine Group use a combination of estrogens and progesterone. In some cases, natural progesterone by itself can be effective, especially in instances of menstrual irregularities in pre-menopausal women. Depending on individual need, other hormones as described earlier may comprise part of a person’s total hormone program. Testosterone, for instance, is considered the male hormone. However, just as men have small amounts of estrogen in their system, women have small amounts of testosterone. For some women, the inclusion of testosterone is a positive addition to their hormonal balance. For men, especially middle-aged and older men, additional testosterone is extremely beneficial as men go through a form of male menopause termed andropause and may help with sexual function.
Recommended reading on natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for women:
- Miracle of Natural Hormones by David Brownstein, M.D.
- Natural Hormone Replacement for Women over 45 by Jonathan Wright, M.D.
- Natural Hormone Balance by Uzzi Reiss, M.D.
- What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause by John R. Lee, M.D.
- What Your doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause by John R. Lee, M.D.
Recommended reading on testosterone for women and men:
- Testosterone Deficiency: The Hidden Disease by E. Barry Gordon, M.D.
Recommended reading on testosterone for men:
- Testosterone for Life by Abraham Morgentaler, M.D.
- The Tesosterone Syndrome: The Critical Factor for Energy, Health and Sexuality - Reversing Make Menopause by Eugene Shippen and William Fryer
Popular recommended reading for women and men:
- Breakthrough by Suzanne Somers