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The Science of Hormone Therapy

When you consider that hormones are involved in nearly everything that goes on in your body, it’s no wonder that an imbalance in hormones can result in many health problems. Hormone imbalance can occur at any age, and many hormones decline with age. Aging accelerates as hormone levels decline. As hormone levels decline, health declines. Hormone balance is greatly influenced by diet and lifestyle choices. Replacing the bio-identical hormones deficiencies can balance and correct many of these age related changes.

For many years, the only available treatment was the synthetic hormone drugs produced by the big pharmaceutical companies. The biggest sellers feature imitations of estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. Unlike bio-identical hormones, synthetics are crafted to differ structurally from human hormone. This basic difference is intentional and essential. It allows the patenting of synthetic hormones and patented medications generate big profits. These non-identical imitators do reduce some symptoms of hormone deficiency, but they cannot restore the balance that supports good health. Built-in dissimilarities prohibit synthetic hormones from communicating with many receptors that control crucial body functions. This creates an environment for potentially serious health problems.

On the other hand, bio-identical hormones are molecule-by-molecule, exactly the same as the hormones (estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisol, dhea, estradiol and estriol) present in the human body. Bio-identical hormones are pure biologically-identical hormones extracted from plants or synthetically manufactured. They work in the body just like the hormones our bodies produce. Bio-identical hormone prescriptions are developed in a compounding pharmacy, a specialized facility that customizes each prescription to the individual patient. We send the compounding pharmacy instructions specific to your test results and our compounding pharmacists develop the pill, capsule, cream or pellet for you based on those instructions. That isn’t possible with mass-produced pharmaceutical synthetics.

Bio-identical hormones have the same chemical structure as hormones produced in the human body and their safety has been well documented by many case studies. In fact, with the ready availability of bio-identical hormones, there is no reason to use non-human formulations. There is a track record of benefit and safety for women taking controlled doses of these hormones, in carefully selected formulations, under medical supervision. Horse estrogen hormones and synthetic progestins for hormone replacement should become obsolete. Patient demand will make this happen.

Bioi-denticals can provide vital support to the body’s organs, tissues and cells. In fact, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, when administered properly, can be virtually side-effect free.