There are 67 known human hormones and they all interrelate, which means it requires an in-depth medical understanding to properly replace hormones. There are thyroid hormones, sex hormones, brain hormones (neurotransmitters), stomach hormones, and others such as vitamin D and insulin. When these are balanced, they provide a healthy appearance, restful sleep, stamina, mental clarity and enhanced immunity.
It is impossible to overemphasize the importance of normal thyroid function. Every organ, every tissue, every cell is dependent upon thyroid hormones. Thyroid controls metabolism, energy, body temperature, supports circulation and heart health, joint health, and other vital energetic reactions in the body. Thyroid is critical in conditions of lowered immunity.
Thorough testing is essential to balancing thyroid function. Mineral status, adrenal function, intestinal health, yeast, medications, etc interfere with thyroid function. Some patients do well with typical synthetic replacement, but most respond best to "natural" replacement.
Male and Female Homones
The American lifestyle interferes with healthy hormone function. Men and women, young and old, are at risk for hormone imbalances. Testing is important to establish need and to monitor replacement. Hormones may be replaced topically, orally, or by injection.
We provide bio-identical hormone replacement therapy because it is the only non-chemical way to balance hormones and bring a body to optimal health. All methods of hormone replacement are not equivalent as identified below:
bio-identical hormone replacement therapy
Synthetic hormone replacement therapy
The chemical structure is identical to human hormones (bio-identical).
Testing is based on tissue levels through saliva or blood to assure need and proper replacement.
Hormone prescriptions are precise for each individual. Dosage combinations are unlimited.
Hormone degradation occurs through normal pathways in a few hours to days, eliminating worrisome accumulation of hormones.
Synthetic hormones typically prescribed are not identical to human hormones.
Treatment may be based on symptoms and testing is rarely performed.
The prescribed levels are often partially incorrect as dosage choices are very limited and mass-produced.
Synthetic estrogens (xenoestrogens) build up in tissue and are difficult to detoxify. Synthetic estrogens can persist in tissue 6-12 months.
The adrenals produces a number of life-saving hormones including: cortisone, cortisol, DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, pregnenalone and adrenaline.
The first role of cortisol in humans is to release sugar for energy in stressful circumstances. The second role is to reduce inflammation. The adrenals maintain male and female hormones after andropause and menopause.
Adrenal disorders may lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, infertility, mood disorders and heart disease. Symptoms of adrenal weakness include fatigue, weight gain, hypoglycemia, and decreased libido. Symptoms of adrenal stress include insomnia, night sweats, binge eating, high blood pressure, irritability, daytime fatigue and “the tired and wired” syndrome. Salivary hormone testing provides a complete 24-hour evaluation.
All adrenal hormones are made from cholesterol. Too little cholesterol inhibits production of the adrenal hormones. Cholesterol is necessary for the production of these hormones. As a side note, too little cholesterol is related to illness, aging, psychiatric conditions, Alzheimer's, autoimmune disease and heart disease.