Balancing hormones can reverse the signs and symptoms of ageing. This does not only include the physical signs, such as sagging skin, abdominal fat, cellulite, reduced muscle tone, and weak bones, it also includes mental and emotional symptoms such as depression, anxiety, foggy headedness, and reduced memory. Reduced levels of hormones are not the only cause of the signs and symptoms of ageing, but they are the biggest.
When i talk about beneficial hormone therapy I am not talking about the pharmaceutical drugs the medical system is passing off as hormones. I am talking about hormones that are the same as our body produces naturally, also known as bio-identical hormones. You will see the pharmaceutical substitutes in common hormone therapies such as birth control pills or what the medical system refers to as hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The substitute female hormones were proven dangerous in at least 2 large population studies. The worst of these drugs are the one's they pass off as progesterone, called progestins. One of these progestins is Provera, still a favourite of many OB/GYN physicians. The progestins are also found in all but a few recent birth control pills. It is estimated that these progestins increase the risk of Cancer, Heart Disease, and Stokes by about 10 times. By comparison, the much maligned horse estrogen, Premarin, only increases the risk of Cancer and Heart Disease by about 2 times.
Bio-identical estrogen and progesterone, on the other hand, decrease the risk of Cancer and Heart Disease. The studies are small, and as such are not recognized by the medical community, so the tendency is to group bio-identical hormones in with the dangerous progestins and synthetic estrogens. Those with the money have no financial interest in funding a million dollar double blind placebo controlled study showing how protective the bio-identical hormones can be, so they can always claim there is not enough research.
It is an uphill battle for those of us using bio-identical hormones. In order to correct the imbalances that a large number of our patients come to us with, we must deal with the mis-information presented by the media and the medical elite. Many of the doctors of BC are quick to dismiss bio-identical hormones, even though they have little idea of the difference between drugs that are generally incompatible with our bodies and hormones that are identical to what our bodies produce naturally. Our bodies hormones only create unwanted symptoms when they are out of balance, while the drugs they call hormones will create unwanted symptoms at all but the smallest of doses.
Balancing the bodies natural hormones, including growth hormone, the thyroid hormones, cortisol, DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and others, improves our health and well being, and slows, or in some cases reverses, the signs and symptoms of ageing.
Did you know?
- Inflammation is a healing process and without inflammation there would be no healing
- Ice, anti-inflammatories, and corticosteroids (cortisone shots) will slow (and in many cases prevent) healing, but they will reduce pain
- reduction in pain does not mean that an injury is healed, in fact cortisone shots (the most potent of the anti-inflammatories) put an athlete at risk of a tendon rupture due to weakening of the tissue
- muscle (muscle belly, not tendon) injury is one of the few cases where inflammation should be suppressed due to the risk of compartment syndrome, but muscle has extensive blood flow and will rapidly heal itself despite the suppression of inflammation
- most sports injuries are to tendons or ligaments, not muscle, and if the injury lasts more than a couple of weeks it is almost definitely tendon, ligament, cartilage, meniscus, or bone, and any of the anti-inflammatory techniques (including ice) will decrease healing to these tissues
- ice and anti-inflammatories are still the most recommended treatments for sports injuries, yet there is no evidence to support their use in healing of an injury, only in reducing pain and a reduction in swelling (muscle only), and weak evidence for speeding up return to play (mostly due to pain reduction)
- oh yes, if you sever a body part you might want to put it on ice while you are transported to the emergency department. Even though some might argue this theory applies to sports injury, the benefit of ice to slow the death of tissue that has been severed from the body (and has zero blood supply) does not translate to preventing further damage in a connective tissue injury
- anti-inflammatories will speed up the destruction of cartilage in “arthritis”, but they may decrease the pain
- chronic inflammation (arthritis, tendinitis, etc) is most likely caused by a tissue that has not been able to heal properly and the level of inflammation is too low to heal the damaged tissue and may only be able to slow any further damage; in these cases the inflammatory process has to be re-stimulated in order to fully heal the injury and only then will the low level of inflammation (and resulting pain) go away
is a safe and effective way to selectively stimulate the bodies inflammatory process in the area of injury, to speed up the healing process or to re-stimulate an area that previously failed to repair itself