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Hormone Function

  • Hormones are the bodys chemical messengers that transport information from the brain to the glands, from the glands to the cells and from the cells to the brain.
  • Hormones rejuvenate, regenerate and restore our bodies.
  • As doctors, we were taught that as we age, our hormones decline. It is now clear that as our hormones decline, we age!
  • Hormones are considered at their peak from age 25-30 years, the same period when the body is at its strongest and healthiest.
  • Diet and exercise will not be as effective if your hormones are not balanced correctly.

Why Hormones Decline

Hormones decline as we age every year after the age of 30. The human race has never lived as long as we are living today - just 100 years ago it was not uncommon for us to pass away in our 50's and 60's! Advances in healthcare, vaccinations, sanitation and food preservatives have dramatically increased life span! I now have patients in there 90's who travel, play golf, and enjoy sex, not necessarily in that order - but 50 is now just "middle age". Menopause has always occurred around age 50, and the glands that produce our hormones do not regenerate and continue to decline, producing fewer hormones with each passing year.

As we age, it becomes increasingly important for both men and women to keep their hormones balanced to protect against fatigue, mood swings, disease, obesity and to enjoy an overall healthier sense of well being.

 

The Era of Natural Progesterone and Natural Estrogen is Here!

Hormones that are made from plants are called Phyto-hormones. Phyto-estrogens refer to plant compounds with estrogen-like activity. Phyto-progesterones are plant componds with progesterone-like activity.

There are thousands of plants that have estrogen-like and progesterone-like substances. In 1936, Japanese scientists discovered a species of wild yam. They extracted very valuable chemicals out of the root called Diosgenin and Sarasapogenin. These and soybean extracts are converted for USP grade progesterone in the United States. This product is almost chemically identical to the progesterone produced in our bodies.

Hormone Confusion

The problem starts here. Because bio-identical hormones are cheap and readily available the pharmaceutical companies take USP grade progesterone and turn it into Progestins and synthetic estrogens. These synthetics are then patented and can be sold for large amounts of money, but unfortunately they are not at all identical to our body's natural progesterone and estrogen and therefore can cause many side effects you will be reading about below.

See for yourself - Progesterone vs Progestin - see the difference??:

Can you tell the difference between these 2 molecules??:

Molecular structure                Estradiol chemical structure

Testosterone                                 Estrogen (Estradiol)

Looking at the chemical structures of estrogen and testosterone, they seem to be very similar.  In fact, the only difference between these two hormones is a single double bond and one carbon atom (left hand corner the H versus the "HO, and the extra CH3).

Without having to go into complex and boring details about organic chemistry, the only difference between estrogen and testosterone is a single electron.  Its that small and seemingly insignificant variation that separates whether a baby will manifest male or female characteristics. Pretty impressive, isnt it?   

If a single electron can produce such a massive difference between men and women, imagine what an entire, long chain of artificial chemical additives can do to an existing hormone like estrogen or progesterone when they made into a chemically altered estrogen or progestin in a laboratory to make a patentable product! 

Switch to Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause and Osteoporosis

WHY?

Because research shows a high risk of cancer in women who take synthetic hormones.

The numbers were reported in the 3%-4% range! BUT.... In 1995 the Nurses Health Study published reports of up to 46% risk of breast cancer! (this was upheld by the WHI study - see www.whi.org. In addition to this a Million women Study conducted in the U.K stated a risk factor increase of 66% ) This is shocking and appalling to me. As a physician I have an ethical responsibility: "First do no harm" I felt then, as I do today, that synthetic hormones DO HARM a woman, causing many problems which you will read about on this page. My mission is to inform women and have my patients take Natural Hormones which will not harm their bodies but rather help them through PMS, the passage of Menopause, and Osteoporosis.


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