What Are Hormones.
Hormones are chemicals produced by organs in your body called glands. Glands in the body are numerous and are divided into two categories: exocrine and endocrine glands. There are also several specialized glands related to your skin (the human intergumentary system) that are derived from apocrine or sebaceous gland precursors.
The exocrine glands are about 43. The glands produce and secrete substances onto an epithelial surface through a duct (Epithelial tissue is a sheet of cells that covers a body surface or lines a body cavity.
There are two forms of epithelial tissue in the human body:
- Covering and lining epithelium– forms the outer layer of the skin; lines open cavities of the digestive and respiratory systems; covers the walls of organs of the closed ventral body cavity.
- Glandular epithelium– surrounds glands within the body.
The endocrine glands are glands that secrete their products, hormones, directly into the blood. The major glands of the endocrine system include:
- Adrenal. Secrete hormones that in uence metabolism, blood chemicals, and body characteris cs, in uence the nervous system’s response to and defense against stress.
- Hypothalamus. Activates involuntary body func ons such as sleep and appetite.
- Pineal. Controls daily biological cycles.
- Pituitary. Produces hormones that have in uence over other endocrine glands.
- Thyroid. Produces hormones that stimulate body heat production, bone growth and metabolism.
- Thymus. Plays a role in the body’s immune system.
- Pancreas. Secretes insulin, which controls the body’s blood sugar levels
- Ovaries. Influence female characteristics
- Testes. Influence male characteristics
A mountain of data is showing direct correlations between low testosterone, thyroid hormone levels and the development of heart disease. There were literally hundreds of medical articles pointing out the connection.
Hormone Imbalance Treatment
Because hormones help maintain the body’s homeostasis and repair injuries, it only makes sense that illness follows hormone imbalances.
When used appropriately, natural, bioidentical hormonal therapies are safe and effective. It is better to use combinations of low-dose hormones rather than using single hormones in large doses.
Difference Between Natural And Synthetic Hormones.
Natural, bioidentical hormones are substances, usually derived from soy or yams. They imitate the body’s own hormones, structurally and chemically. They include
- natural testosterone,
- natural progesterone,
- pregnenolone, and
- natural estrogens.
Because bioidentical hormones mimic human hormones in structure and function, they are more effective and safer because their chemical structures are exactly the same as the body’s own hormones. Therefore, the body has the proper receptors for those hormones and adequate detoxification methods for removing them from the receptors.
According to most naturopathic doctors, the use of natural, bioidentical hormones provides some of the most satisfying and successful results in the treatment of problems cause by hormonal imbalance in the body. Yet, there is a movement, largely pushed by the Big Pharma cartel, to make the use of natural, bioidentical hormones illegal.
The reason why pharmaceutical companies prefer to produce synthetic hormones is because they can’t patent natural products (such as vitamins C and E, or magnesium). But Big Pharma can patent unnatural, chemically altered substances — and patentable products are worth a lot more money. Unfortunately, the profit incentive is more important for Big Pharma than patients health.
Why Synthetic Hormones Are Not A Good Substitute.
Natural, bioidentical hormones and the endogenous hormones (the hormones that our bodies produce) have the exact same chemical structure. By contrast, synthetic hormones have slightly different chemical structures than our hormones.
The hormone progesterone, produced in the adrenal glands of both men and women, and in women’s ovaries, is released into the bloodstream, where it travels throughout the body, binding to cell receptors.
This binding of the hormone to its receptor, make a chemical reaction occur: when progesterone binds in the bones cells, the bone building cells — called osteoblasts — are stimulated to make new bone tissue.
The synthetic version of progesterone most commonly used in the United States is the synthetic version, is medroxyprogesterone, a drug often used as birth control — marketed under the brand name Provera. This synthetic hormone is associated with a host of serious adverse effects including invasive breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, and irreversible osteoporosis.
When a woman takes a synthetic hormone, like Provera , it also binds to the progesterone receptor like natural progesterone and bioidentical progesterone do but the side chains of Provera’s chemical structure make it a foreign substance for your body.
In fact, the Provera molecule has two additional side chains — called a methyl and a carboxyl chain, which do not fit right on the progesterone receptor in your body.
Because of this foreign substance, Provera does not have the same response that the hormone progesterone has when it binds to the progesterone receptor -like building bone tissue.
And unfortunately, the body doesn’t have a good detoxification capacity for foreign substances like Provera. With the consequence that the synthetic hormone remains in the body much longer than the natural hormone progesterone
And it is this long-lasting characteristic of Provera that causes many of the adverse effects of the drug, like the increased risk of blood clotting, breast cancer, heart attacks and irreversible osteoporosis.
All The Bioidentical Hormones
- It helps treat endometriosis, osteoporosis, and PMS symptoms,
- Acts as a natural diuretic
- Is a natural antidepressant.
- It facilitates thyroid activation by helping convert inactive (T4) to active (T3) thyroid hormone.
- It helps improve libido (for both man and woman),
- It maintains proper cell oxygenation,
- Normalizes blood sugar levels,
- Protects against fibrocystic breast disease.
And, unlike synthetic hormones, progesterone does not increase the risk of heart attacks. In fact, studies show that progesterone may actually decrease cardiovascular risk.
Progesterone is produced in the adrenal glands of men and women, as well as in women’s ovaries (during menstruation, it prepares the uterus for implantation of a fertilized egg).
Bioidentical progesterone is made from plant products and has the same chemical structure as the progesterone that is produced in the human body.
- acts as a natural antidepressant
- is a natural diuretic,
- helps to activate thyroid hormone,
- improves libido,
- protects against breast disease,
- can even prevent osteoporosis
- treats symptoms of PMS
- normalizes irregular feminine periods
- help infertile women conceive.
Dr. David Brownstein, a top naturopathic physician in the USA, recommends as optimal serum levels of progesterone:
- for menstruating women are 15 to 26 ng/ml (on day 20 of cycle),
- for postmenopausal women, 2 to 6 ng/ ml.
- for men, optimal levels are 0.5 to 1.5 ng/ml.
- And for dosing of progesterone, he recommends:
- 10 to 100 mg/ day for women, and
- 5 to 10 mg/day for men (men with prostate problems may need larger doses).
Estrogens are a group of steroid hormones are produced in the adrenal glands of both men and women; women also produce estrogen in the ovaries.
In females, estrogens regulate the menstrual cycle. They are effective for helping overcome menopausal symptoms, as well as slowing down and even improving many signs of aging. Bioidentical estrogen can help menopausal women who complain of memory difficulties.and mood swings that occur at the onset of menopause.
In males, estrogens are needed for the maturation of sperm.
The most commonly varieties of natural estrogens used in naturopathic medicine are Estradiol and Estriol which are helpful for treating the symptoms of menopause, and can also slow osteoporosis, improve skin tone, and stop memory loss.
Women taking plant-based natural estrogen had no increased risk of clots.
The synthetic version of estrogen hormone, most commonly used in conventional medical practice in the USA is Premarin which is produced by pregnant mares, therefore it is still a foreign substance in the human body.
Premarin too has been associated with increased risk of blood clots and strokes -especially when prescribed orally, and unfortunately this is the most commonly prescribed form in conventional medicine, instead of topical therapy
Testosterone Health Benefits
Bioidentical testosterone too has the exact same structure as human testosterone, it can be given either as an injection or a topical application. The only side effects are occasional acne or moodiness.
Testosterone is useful in the treatment of
- autoimmune disorders,
- cardiovascular disease. There is a great body of evidence supporting the use of testosterone in treating cardiovascular disease. Natural, bioidentical testosterone is also invaluable in treating congestive heart failure and atherosclerosis.
- congestive heart failure,
- neurodegenerative disorders,
- low libido,
- lung function,
- muscle mass,
- ulcers and injuries healing,
Natural allopathic treatment suggests using either the most effective injectable or transdermal delivery of testosterone instead of oral dosing,
There is no valid research that supports that testosterone therapy increases the risk of prostate cancer and heart disease. But there are more than 50 years of research demonstrating that higher testosterone levels are associated with lower risk of heart disease for men.
Cardiac patients should be checked for their hormonal status, which most cardiologists never do.
When using testosterone for a long period of time there is only one issue to be aware of: testosterone stimulates bone marrow to produce more red blood cells consequently, long-term use of high doses of testosterone can increase the thickness of the blood.
The patient’s hemoglobin level has to be tested periodically. It is recommended that a pint of blood be drawn (phlebotomy) be drawn if the level goes above 18 g/dL,
There is no plant-based bioidentical thyroid hormone available for use.
The closest form to our own thyroid hormone is desiccated thyroid hormone, which comes from porcine glandular thyroid. Desiccated thyroid contains t four different types of thyroid hormones — T4, T3, T2, and T1. while the commonly prescribed synthetic form levothyroxine, which contains only T4.
For the best result from thyroid therapy it must be considered the balancing of thyroid and and adrenal glands: you could be imbalanced on either side — either the thyroid or the adrenals. Optimal results occur when they’re balanced. In case of unbalance it is important to use bioidentical, natural adrenal hormones before or simultaneously with thyroid hormone.
For supporting of the adrenal glands, vitamin C (approximately 2 to 6 grams) and unrefined salt (1 teaspoon) per day are adequate for most patients.
Other Forms Of Natural Bioidentical Hormones
- Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)
- Human growth hormone (HGH)
- Desiccated thyroid hormone. This is not natural, bioidentical hormone, but it is the closest thyroid to the human own and much better than the commonly prescribed synthetic levothyroxine versions.
Why Big Pharma Promotes Synthetic Hormones
Evidently there is much more profit in synthetics than natural, bioidentical hormones. Natural products can’t be patented. And, once created and patented a new synthetic drug, the company has exclusive rights to sell that substance for years, therefore reaping enormous profits.
This goes on throughout the pharmaceutical industry.
The problem is that they are pushing less effective -and dangerous synthetic products -always associated with many serious adverse effects, just because you can’t patent a natural and much cheaper bioidentical hormone.
So, because Big Pharma can’t patent natural progesterone because it is a naturally occurring substance. To get around this obstacle, Big Pharma alters the structure of natural progesterone and creates Provera — a patentable form of the hormone.
There simply is no reason to use a synthetic hormone when natural, bioidentical versions are readily available.
Unfortunately doctors, especially gynecologists, generally do not understand the difference between a natural and synthetic versions, so it is up to the patient to do the necessary homework and research before taking any hormone.
Natural hormone therapies have very few adverse effects when used in low doses, and most of them can be managed by lowering the dose.
It is best to work closely with competent compounding pharmacists to have your natural hormones prepared to treat your hormonal imbalance . You can find a local compounding pharmacy at iacprx.org.
If you suffer with not feeling well, feeling tired, moody, or brain-fogged, have a full hormonal and nutritional workup performed.
Major Causes Of Hormonal imbalances
Hormonal imbalances are being caused by three major factors:
- hormone-disrupting chemicals in the environment,
- nutritional imbalances,
- use of synthetic hormones.
Pollution of the environment with hormone-disrupting chemicals is a modern day disaster. They have become so ubiquitous that we face em a daily basis. It is best to avoid contact with these substances
These substances have chemical structures that mimic our own hormones. Therefore they are able to bind to and stimulate our bodies’ hormone receptors. Because many of these chemicals mimic the structure of the sex and adrenal hormone estrogen, they cause overstimulation of the estrogen receptors, resulting in an estrogen-dominant imbalance.
The estrogen-dominant state imbalance may be a contributing factor in the epidemics of both breast and prostate cancers.
Hormone Disrupting Chemicals
Avoid contact as much as you can with:
Bisphenol (BPA) linked to breast and other endocrine cancers as well as problems with obesity and heart disease.Used in canned foods to prevent food from sticking. Also found in receipts printed on thermal paper, like those found in many credit card machines.
FDA refused to ban BPA in the United States. This is just another example of the government not working to protect us.
Dioxins Are produced when chlorinated products are heated. Disrupt hormone signaling in the body. The sweetener Splenda is a common source of dioxins. It is found in many consumer food products, including sodas, gum, and candy.
Phthalates Found in plastic products such as food containers, PVC pipe, and many cosmetic products. In males, phthalate exposure has been linked to poor sperm quality as well as reduced testosterone production. Mothers with high phthalate levels have an increased risk of delivering male children with an abnormal urethral opening and shorter penises.
Perchlorate A by-product of many manufacturing processes. It has also been found in municipal water supplies, as well as in beer, wine, and wheat products. Until next time.
Organophosphate pesticides Contained in the chemicals commonly used on lawns. Pesticides interfere with hormone signaling in the body, disrupt testosterone communication, lower testosterone levels, and raise estrogen levels. They also disrupt thyroid hormone levels.
Triclosan. A chlorinated, antibacterial chemical that is found in many household products, including:
- Cleaning supplies
- Hair products
- Kitchen utensils
- Liquid hand soaps
- Shaving cream
- Trash bags
An endocrine disrupter that has been shown to depress thyroid hormone concentrations.
The ADA provides its seal of approval to many brands of toothpaste that contain triclosan. Triclosan has some antibacterial e ects. but continual usage of triclosan will result in triclosan- resistant bacteria. it is best to avoid toothpaste with triclosan.
Avoid liquid soaps. Liquid soaps that are advertised as antibacterial contain triclosan.
PBDEs. PBDEs are used as a ame retardant in common household items, including computers, televisions, radios, and other electronic products.
Both PBDEs and PCBs (A similar substance, polychlorinated biphenyls, are chlorinated compounds that are used as coolants for manufacturing processes). They contain a class of toxic, nonmetal elements called halogens, which interfere with iodine in the body. These halogens cause the body to excrete iodine. As a result, both PBDEs and PCBs can cause or worsen iodine de ciency.
The best solution to PBDE and PCB exposure is to ensure adequate iodine intake, which will block the absorption of bromine and chlorine and help the body detoxify from these chemicals.
Iodine A fundamental nutrient required for production of all the hormones in the body. If you do not have sufficient iodine intake, your major glandular tissues (thyroid, ovaries, uterus, testicles, breasts, prostate, and pancreas) will be negatively a ected. Modern society is facing an epidemic of problems in glandular tissues: one in seven U.S. women have breast cancer; one in three men have prostate cancer. And more people are being diagnosed with thyroid cancer than ever before. All of these issues can be traced to iodine deficiency.
Other nutrients that are crucial for hormone functioning include B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and chromium, as well as vitamins C and D.
What You Can Do
Minimize your exposure to the compounds mentioned above.
Eat whole foods free of pesticides and hormones.
Drink adequate amounts of water to help the body ush out toxic compounds.
Take the right vitamins and minerals, including iodine and vitamin C, which keeps the antioxidant pathways and detoxification pathways running smoothly.
Until next time.