A hormone is a chemical messenger that carries a signal from one cell to another. A hormone is produced by one tissue and carried through the bloodstream to another tissue to cause physiological activity, such as growth or metabolism.
A bioidentical hormone is a compound with the exact molecular structure as a hormone produced by the human body. Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormone therapy fits perfectly into the hormone receptors found in the cells of the body and produce natural, biological results least likely to produce undesirable side effects.
The hormones used in bioidentical hormone therapy are formulated from plants and made identical to the estrogens, progesterone, cortisol and testosterone produced in the human body.
Unlike hormones used in bioidentical hormone therapy, synthetic or counterfeit hormones are drugs that are not identical to the hormones produced by the human body. Since a hormone’s molecular structure determines its role in the body, the smallest of changes to its molecular structure can completely change the physiologic effect. These synthetic hormones do not fit perfectly into the receptor sites in your body’s cells. That is why these drugs can never restore optimal health.
In fact, a wealth of research conducted over the past several decades clearly shows that synthetic female hormones such as Premarin® , Provera®, and Prempro® may cause serious disease. Major studies, such as the Women’s Health Initiative in the United States and the Million Women Study in Great Britain, have documented that these drugs increase the risk of life-threatening ailments such as breast cancer, heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, and Alzheimer’s disease.
The common side effects caused by drug company counterfeit female hormones are:
• Fluid retention
• Weight gain
• Decreased cellular assimilation of thyroid
• Decreased mental sharpness
• Breast swelling and tenderness
• Breast cancer
A hormone is a chemical substance produced by the body that controls and regulates the activity of certain cells or organs. Hormones are essential to life. Hormones play important roles throughout the body, in the heart, brain, muscles, bones and other major organs and tissues. They control our metabolism, immune system, reproduction, growth and development, digestion and moods. Hormones also interact with the hormones produced by other glands. Because this is such a delicate process, it is important that hormones remain balanced in order to keep your body functioning at its peak.
Symptoms of hormonal imbalance can happen at any time during your life. First of all, as we age, our hormones decline. Quite simply, the aging process is the result of declining hormone levels. Levels of most hormones peak in our twenties and begin a slow, inexorable decline thereafter.
Women, for instance, can become estrogen dominant during the following phases of their life:
• After childbirth
• When taking birth control pills
• During midlife
• When placed on counterfeit estrogen hormones prior to or after menopause
Because of the chemical assault that our bodies receive from our environment on a daily basis, bioidentical hormone therapy is all the more important as we age during modern times, in both men and women.
Dr. Hotze discusses estrogen dominance and the benefits and uses of progesterone in treating it.
Dr. Hotze explains estrogen deficiency.
Dr. Hotze discusses the benefits and uses of testosterone.