Is Any Hormone
by Dr. Gerald
This is a
question that I am asked almost daily and many times a day. Maybe
we should just let nature take its course when it comes to hormonal
problems; after all, were not going to live forever. Its
interesting that when people get pneumonia, or diabetes or have
a heart attack or stroke, most would not think twice about whether
to treat the problem or "let nature take its course."
"You know, doctor, there has been so much bad written about
hormones that Im kind of afraid to take them."
Perhaps we should look at the evidence and also, consider seriously
the differences between synthetic hormone substitution and bio-identical
hormone re-balancing. A very large study was reported on July 17,
2002 in a well-respected medical journal, The Journal of the American
Medical Association, which involved 16,608 post-menopausal women
ages 50 to 79 years. The study had been stopped prematurely because
of the very high incidence of breast cancer, cardiovascular and
cerebrovascular events. For non-medical people, that means heart
attacks and strokes. It was after this that many physicians began
to suggest that maybe we ought to "let nature take its course."
This was quite a shift in attitude by conservative mainstream medicine.
Unfortunately, the medical establishment has not been doing what
they thought or said they were doing that is, they were doing
synthetic hormone substitution and calling it hormone replacement
therapy. At best, they have been poorly informed. There is now a
large and growing body of evidence that shows that not all hormones
are created equal. The establishment has largely ignored this body
The hormones are a complete system of chemicals that signal and
control all of the complex inter-related functions that keep us
alive, breathing, taking in nutrients, expelling toxins and wastes
and keeping the race going through procreation. It is all very complex
and difficult for even well trained medical people to understand
and keep track of this fabulous interplay.
For the most part, the functions that we consider unique to the
female gender are controlled by two groups of hormones; the estrogens
(as there is more than one) and progesterone. In fact, there are
many more hormones involved that come from the brain (pituitary,
hypothalamus and pineal gland), the thyroid gland, ovaries, adrenal
glands, skin and fat cells. For the sake of time, simplicity and
to facilitate some degree of understanding, well leave
that latter group out.
Lets look at the effects of estrogens that your body makes. The
estrogens in conjunction with other hormones cause breast and uterine
cells to grow and divide, fat cells to grow and divide and growth
centers in long bones to cease dividing and growing. In addition,
some of that inter-play just mentioned causes an egg to be released
from the ovaries. The estrogens can improve the cholesterol profile,
slow the loss of calcium from the skeleton and in normal conditions
do not stimulate blood clotting.
Progesterone, that your body makes, helps to control the growth
and division of cells caused by the estrogens and exerts a calming
effect by causing the brain to make a natural anti-depressant called
serotonin. Progesterone also helps calcium to be incorporated into
the bone. Rapidly falling levels of the estrogens and progesterones
cause menstruation to occur.
Synthetic hormone substitution involves the use of totally man
made extremely potent estrogenic substances (as in oral contraceptive
pills) or a complex mixture of estrogens from pregnant mares urine
that contains at least three estrogenic substances that humans are
unable to metabolize since they are unique to horses. As well, the
predominant estrogen (estrone) is most often associated with excessive
cell growth and division. If the uterus and ovaries have been removed,
most mainstream doctors usually prescribe only estrogens. This results
in a major hormonal imbalance that can predispose to the development
of cancer in the breast, and in the lining in the uterus, if it
is still present.
Provided that hormone levels are monitored from time to time, bio-identical
hormone replacement is extremely safe. The most accurate way to
do this is with a saliva test. A number of different labs around
the country do these test but the most accurate are performed at
ZRT laboratories in Beaverton, Oregon. The test is performed at
home with saliva being collected first thing in the morning and
sent in the regular mail, with a report being sent in two weeks.
The results are extremely reliable and very helpful to a trained
individual in adjusting the hormones to more youthful levels. Hormone
replacement should not be attempted with out testing and regularly
Two other major hormone systems impact the levels and effectiveness
of the sex hormones the thyroid gland and its production
of thyroid hormones and the adrenal glands and their production
of stress hormones including cortisol. So important is the latter,
that if cortisol levels are not brought to normal, all other hormone
replacement attempts will be futile.
Since we take a comprehensive approach to problems, the following
1. Eat a nutritionally sound diet with regular small meals to avoid
Insulin spikes which lead to
significant weight gain. This can affect your cells natural ability
to behave and respond normally.
2. Dont forget your nutritional supplements since you can
no longer get your nutrition exclusively from foods unless they
are all grown organically or hydroponically with all of the necessary
trace elements. The best supplements on the market carry the USANA
label "nutritionals you can trust."
3. Discuss with your health professional your desire to live a
long and healthy life through adjusting
your hormones safely to a more youthful level. This can be done
by the above recommended
method and then having true bio-identical hormone replacement or
adjustment when indicated.
IS, "DO YOU NEED HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND IF SO HOW
Schedule an appointment with my office or with a physician that
prescribes only non-synthetic hormone replacement therapy and
the saliva testing. The results will indicate if your body needs
hormonal balance of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid.
If you have further questions, these may be addressed to Dr. Gerald
Miller @ 1960 NW 167th Place Suite 103, Beaverton, Oregon, 97006-4805
Miller is my personal doctor and I highly recommend him for
natural balanced hormone therapy. Its wonderful to have
a doctor that believes in preventative medicine while at the same
time prescribes only safe hormone replacement. If you would like
to talk with me personally call my toll free number at 1-800-337-8225,
email@example.com, or click on the link below" Kathy
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