New Jersey Bio-identical Doctor – Johanan Rand, M.D.
Our hormones don’t decline because we age, rather we age because our hormones decline. The choice to do something about it is now yours. Bio-Identical hormone optimization can have a significantly positive impact on your health.
It is very important to understand that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is very different from the conventional synthetic pharmaceutical hormones. Hormones which are considered bioidentical hormone replacement therapy are structurally and chemically similar to ones natural hormones, and are made from natural sources (soy or yam). This is in complete contrast to synthetic hormones which are structurally and chemically different and the body sees them as foreign. In addition, the synthetic hormones clearly have been linked to multiple health issues such as breast cancer and heart disease. The safety and benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has been shown in numerous medical journals to improve anxiety, depression, sleep problems, menstrual bleeding and sexual function; and have not been linked to any health issues or increased cancer risk.
Customized Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Programs
After a thorough review of one’s medical history and subjective complaints hormones are assessed most often using blood levels. There are some hormones however which must be assessed using saliva testing. A detailed analysis is then conducted and your deficient hormones are then replaced with a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy program. Typically, women are placed on Estrogen, Progesterone, Thyroid as well as Dhea and Testosterone. The dosage prescribed is specific to your lab results and are prescribed by a medical doctor to a compounding pharmacy. A compounding pharmacy is very different from your conventional pharmacy as your doctor can prescribed a specific custom dose as well as a specific delivery mechanism. Conventional medications have fixed doses as well as fixed delivery mechanisms. This is the case with synthetic hormones which are made from a pregnant mare’s urine (and is only natural if you are a horse). Synthetic hormones have the direct opposite protective effect from that of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the preferred method of replenishing ones hormones. We know that we age as our hormones decline. These declining hormone levels have been shown to increase ones risk for heart disease, osteoporosis, tooth decay, vaginal atrophy and urinary tract infections, Alzheimer’s disease, breast and uterine cancer as well as sarcopenia (loss of muscle strength and tone). Conventional medicine practices popular thinking medicine. Conventional medicine has failed in managing these health related issues and dealing with the real issues – quality of life. Not only have synthetic hormones failed in treating and addressing quality of life issues, but multiple published peer review medical journals clearly demonstrate health related issues including heart disease, stroke as well as cancer. By giving the body the exact molecular structure of one’s own hormones, and in the correct dose, and the proper delivery method one can achieve a balance in their hormones and hence the ultimate biologic response of these hormones.
Before your doctor decides to put you on an antidepressant medication or an anti-anxiety medication or an insomnia medication ask yourself this question. Am I suffering from a Prozac deficiency? Am I suffering from a Xanax deficiency? Am I suffering from a ambien deficiency? I think you are beginning to see my point!
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the only safe and efficacious method for addressing your health related issues and restoring your hormones and preventing the chronic diseases associated with aging. Allow yourself to do your own thinking and review of the medical journals and it will be clear that when ones hormones are in the upper quartile of the normal range, via a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy program optimum health is achieved. Do not fear hormones, but rather fear the lack of hormones as well as the synthetic forms of these hormones. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is individualized based medicine, not driven by the pharmaceutical industry but rather by products found in nature. These products cannot be patented and therefore “big pharma” wants nothing to do with this class of hormones. They would much rather see you on their synthetic hormones.
Do not allow yourself to fall victim to this popular thinking model. “The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand but in what direction we are moving”. (Oliver Wendell Holmes).
Diminishing libido, waning energy, decreasing lean muscle, increasing muscle fat, along with other problems that affect our sexual, physical and mental health, can be linked to sub-optimal hormone levels. Both men and women rely on a critical balance of hormones, and low levels contribute to a steady decline in our performance and our appearance.
If you are feeling “burnt out,” starting to experience “quality of life issues” or are just going through the often talked about “mid-life crisis,” schedule a comprehensive medical evaluation today, that will show if you have a hormone deficiency.