Bioidentical Hormone Restorative Therapy - Why Haven't You Heard of It?
To answer that - because taking hormones is considered a controversial topic. This would be due to the outcome of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study which was halted ahead of schedule, in 2002, after it was found that HRT (hormone replacement therapy), a combo drug of synthetic oestrogens and progestins commonly known as PremPro, increased the risk of both heart disease and breast cancer.
However, not all hormone therapies that are prescribed and taken are created equally. HRT and BHRT (bioidentical hormone restorative therapy) are two very different therapies.
Unfortunately, since the WHI study, both synthetic and bioidentical hormones have been bundled together as 'bad' and disease-causing. This, of course, is totally untrue. We have bundled the very ugly and very bad (HRT) together with the very, very good (BHRT) and classified them ALL as 'scary'! We are looking at two very different scenarios here: hormones that cause disease - synthetic - and hormones that protect from disease - bioidentical.
It is important for everyone to understand the difference between these two forms of hormones and their therapies - synthetic and bioidentical - and to have the correct information, otherwise we will never get over this misconception of bad meets bad.
The major difference between bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones (and this stands for all pharmaceutical drugs, not just synthetic hormones) is that they set-up new reactions which the body is unfamiliar with. In short, they declare war on our physiology; they mess with it! Bioidentical hormones, on the other hand, restore normal physiological pathways with optimal body response. In other words, they work, they offer us optimal health and longevity. They create harmony in the body - not disharmony!
The body doesn't produce synthetic hormones, never has done, and never will do. So why then, should we replace our declining hormones with alien or counterfeit ones - ones that have never ever existed in the body? And ones that have been seen to create detrimental and lethal health issues. It just doesn't make sense. Instead, we should restore the missing hormones with bioidentical ones, identical to the ones we produce in the body. Ones that do not cause health issues but rather enhance our health.
Hormones - The Human Network of Health
Hormones are miracle molecules that are naturally produced in the body (endogenous) and keep us alive and functioning. They are precious - we have been blessed with them and we need to keep them in the body at the correct levels and ratios if we want to remain healthy, vibrant and young.
With age, our hormones decline. When hormones decline, our health, both physical and mental, also declines, leaving us in a weak position. Maintaining optimal hormone levels is key to keeping us young, beautiful and sexy. And it is the most independent factor for a healthy, strong and vibrant immune system, and for keeping our hearts, brains, bones, joints, and bodies in general functioning correctly.
Hormones are messaging machines which all interact with each other to literally form 'a human network of health' - they are, in fact, what helps us 'keep it all together'! With a decline, we begin to fall apart slowly but surely. This is when the first signs or symptoms of ageing become apparent: withered, wrinkled and thinning skin; loss of muscle tone; weight gain; low sex drive; low mood; aching joints - these are just a few of the myriad of health issues that occur with hormonal decline. This is what is known as the ageing process. And this, of course, is also valid for men too - they don't get away scot-free either.
When we restore these declining hormone levels with bioidentical ones, we 'keep it all together', slow the ageing process, hold off chronic disease, and regain and/or maintain our health. It is never too early to start - the sooner, the better.
Let's Take a Look at the Good (Bioidentical Hormone Restorative Therapy)
Bioidentical hormones are an exact copy of the hormones produced in the body, they act and are read by the body exactly as our own. They are life-giving molecules that protect and enhance our declining and maturing health. They do not challenge it in any shape or form - they are safe and efficient when prescribed by an expert doctor. BHRT, if not followed and prescribed correctly, can be just as detrimental as synthetic hormones. It is important to find a doctor qualified in this speciality.
They aid us in ageing with style, grace, vibrancy and energy, and in maintaining that easy movement of youth, that clarity of thinking, sexuality, sensuality, and zest. What more could you ask for? When we are healthy, feel and look good, each stage of life is wonderful.
I admit, there is no magic bullet for the so-called 'fountain of youth' but, if I were to tell you that bioidentical hormones were also the golden key to better sex, a leaner body and a more youthful skin, would you believe me? You'd better! Typically, women taking bioidentical hormones look and act 10 to 15 years younger than women who don't. And did I mention weight loss and thicker hair too?
If you have read my book, "The Menopause Cure - Hormonal Health", written with Dr Sergey Dzugan, and/or checked out my website, you will have understood the importance of restoring your body with bioidentical hormones, rather than synthetic, and the huge benefits these natural molecules provide. Life is fun again!