Myofascial Medicine –Natural Hormone Clinic
The MyoMed Natural Hormone Clinic The MyoMed Natural Hormone Clinic comprises a group of medical practitioners and nurse consultants.
As we get older our production of hormones decreases. This leads to an increased rate of tissue degeneration. Our body begins to physical y break down, our immune system becomes weaker, and our chances of cardiovascular disease and cancer increase. By restoring hormones to youthful levels the rate of ageing is slowed.
Types of Hormone Replacement Therapy Plant Products A number of different preparations are sold over the counter in health food stores and chemists labeled as natural hormone therapy. These are plant products that contain steroids similar to human hormones. These are “safe” in that they are part of the food chain, but they tend to be weak and are useful for women with mild symptoms.
Pharmaceutical DrugsMost of the current “hormone replacement therapy” is with hormones that are not bio-identical. They are compounds that do not normally exist in our bodies. Generally these artiﬁcial compounds may be obtained from other animals (eg. Horses), or chemically altered to make them different to our own natural forms. This allows them to be patented and marketed as new drugs. As they are not a perfect match to our own hormones and are often associated with side effects.
Hormones that natural y exist in our bodies cannot be patented and therefore there are limited ﬁnancial incentives for the drug companies to make or promote them.
Natural Hormone Replacement TherapyNatural HRT as practiced by MyoMed uses hormones exactly the same as those produced by your own body. These more correctly are cal ed bio-identical hormones. They do not have the same side effects as the drugs.
Bio-identical hormones are synthesized in the laboratory from plant products, mainly soy or wild yam.
Bio-identical hormones are used to supplement deﬁcient levels in the body. By restoring the hormone levels, the body is brought back into balance. This wil optimize the immune system, maintain the cel ular repair mechanisms and slow down other destructive processes. The body is then more able to deal with daily stresses and physical chal enges that can otherwise lead to premature ageing. Speciﬁc Hormones Hormones commonly replaced are estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, melatonin and thyroid.
EstrogensThese are secreted by the ovary, help regulate the menstrual cycle in the reproductive years, and affect many different body tissues. There are three natural y occurring human estrogens, estrone, estradiol, and estriol
Estrone (E1)There is evidence that this estrogen may cause breast cancer. This hormone is not included in the hormone replacement therapy regimes at the MyoMed Natural Hormone Clinic.
Estradiol (E2)This is the most potent natural estrogen. This is the hormone that helps prevent osteoporosis.
Estriol (E3) This is the estrogen most beneﬁcial to the vagina and cervical tissue. Scientiﬁc evidence suggests that this hormone may decrease the risk of breast cancer.
Symptoms of Estrogen Deﬁciency• hot ﬂushes
ProgesteroneThis is the “feel good” hormone. It is a natural antidepressant. It protects against breast and uterine cancer. It is a natural diuretic. It balances estrogen.
Symptoms of Progesterone Deﬁciency• irregular or heavy periods
Thyroid hormonesThese hormones direct the synthesis of more mitochondria in the cel s. Mitochondria are the energy factories of the cel . They convert oxygen to chemical energy, just like the energy in a torch battery. Returning thyroid hormones to this high normal range maintains fresh batteries in al your cel s. Speciﬁc Hormones Testosterone
Women make a smal amount of testosterone. It is required for strength, conﬁdence, balance and co-ordination, and interest in sex.
Symptoms of Testosterone Deﬁciency• decreased muscle tone
• decreased arm pit, pubic and body hair
DHEA stands for dehydroepiandrosterone. It is made by the adrenal glands. It is sometimes cal ed the youth hormone. It is similar to testosterone and af ects many dif erent tissues in the body.
Symptoms of DHEA Deﬁciency• difﬁculty handling stress
DHEA is similar to testosterone in its action and in some cases replacement with DHEA alone is sufﬁcient to remove the testosterone deﬁciency symptoms. Melatonin This hormone is secreted by the pineal gland in the brain. It controls the sleep/wake cycle. Production begins when the lights go out and ceases when the light returns.
As we get older the production of melatonin decreases. Our sleep is shorter and lighter. The capacity of teenagers to sleep “al day” after prolonged bursts of activity is a result of their high levels of melatonin. As we get older we tend to wake in the early hours of the morning and sleep restlessly from that point on.
Taking melatonin replacement therapy improves the quality of the ﬁrst four hours of sleep. This is the deep sleep component where the body physical y repairs itself. It also al ows for a more complete and longer period of sleep al owing the second half of the sleep cycle to be more restful.
Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant and may offer protection against cancer. Other properties of melatonin are listed below.
The consultants at the MyoMed Natural Hormone Clinic are trained to design a
speciﬁc hormone package to suit your individual situation. How Do I Take Hormones? Troche
At the MyoMed Natural Hormone Clinic we recommend the use of troches for replacement of estrogen, progesterone, DHEA and testosterone. These are smal lozenges that are placed between the cheek and the gum in the back of the mouth and are al owed to dissolve. This takes approximately 30 minutes. They are smal and therefore not noticed by others when they have been placed in the mouth.
The hormones in the troche are directly absorbed into the bloodstream across the lining of the mouth. They do not have to go through the digestive tract or the liver. When the hormones are seen by the cel s of the body they are identical in al respects to your own hormones. They are bio-identical. Your body’s cel s believe that you have made them. This is truly natural hormone replacement therapy. Safety of Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy This is a confusing topic and it is important for you to understand the facts.
There have been several large trials from the United States and United Kingdom on conventional HRT. For example, Premarin (a combination of estrogens col ected from urine of horses) and Provera (a synthetic drug mimic of progesterone) have been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer and heart disease, by factor of 1.26 and 1.29 respectively. This means that for every 10,000 women using this combination per year, there were an extra 8 cases of breast cancer and 7 cases of heart attacks. There were, however, 5 less hip fractures and 6 cases less of colon cancer.
There are no large population studies on natural hormone due to the lack of interest by the conventional drug companies and lack of appropriate research funding by the relevant government bodies.
It is therefore not possible to say that it is safe to use natural hormone replacement therapy for long periods of time. We do know that it was safe for you to use your own natural hormones from the time you went through puberty until your own production of those hormones decreased as you began to grow old. By restoring your hormones to the levels you experienced when you were young you wil be better protected against cancer and degenerative il ness. If this approach is accompanied by correct eating habits, high dose anti-oxidants, nutritional supplements, and a healthy lifestyle it is our belief that the ageing process is slowed and good health promoted.
Medico-legal y there is no guarantee. For each of you it is a personal life decision. You are presented with the fol owing alternatives.
1. Continue to age “natural y” without hormone replacement therapy. Your risk factors for
disease and your probability of death wil depend on your genetic predisposition and your
overal lifestyle. If you have symptoms of hormone deﬁciency these may continue.
2. You can take “natural” plant based products sold over the counter from health food stores
and pharmacists. These are general y considered to have no long term side affects but are
weak. They are also plant hormones so they are not bio-identical.
Some people ﬁnd it more comfortable to use these products because they are from the food
chain and if they remove the symptoms of hormone deﬁciency that is a reasonable approach.
4. You can use man made drugs to treat the symptoms of hormone deﬁciency. Being artiﬁcial
substances they have been rigorously analysed and have many known and documented
5. You can use hormones that are exactly the same as your own. It is as safe or unsafe as your
own hormones were when you were young. This is the program offered at MyoMed. Scientiﬁc Evidence Provera, the commonly prescribed artiﬁcial progestogen, is reported in the product literature as having the fol owing warning. • The doctor should be alerted to the earliest manifestations of thrombotic disorders. Discontinue medication pending examination if there is sudden partial or complete loss• Increased risk of birth defects such as heart and limb defects if taken during the ﬁst four months of pregnancy. (Note: Natural progesterone in normal pregnancy is secreted in large amounts
by the mother and placenta to nourish the pregnancy. Does this tel us something?)
This conﬁrms the difference between natural progesterone and synthetic progestogens.
• Beagle dogs given this drug developed malignant mammary nodules. …may cause some degree of ﬂuid retention… a decrease in glucose tolerance has been observed in some patients… diabetic patients should be careful y observed… patients who have a history of mental depression should be careful y observed… weight gain may be associated with the use of Provera…… effective prolonged use of this drug on pituitary, ovarian, adrenal, hepatic, or uterine functionis unknown.Anaphylaxis (an al ergic reaction that can be fatal), thrombo phlebitis, pulmonary embolism, nervousness, insomnia, fatigue, depression, dizziness, headache, tremor, skin reactions, acne, nausea, elevation in blood pressure.Scientiﬁc Evidence The table below il ustrates the positive effects of natural progesterone and compares them against the negative effects of the artiﬁcial hormones cal ed progestens. Progesten is the general term for the group of artiﬁcial progesterones of which Provera is one.
thrombophlebitis (blood clots in legs)
pulmonary embolism (blood clots in lungs)
The artiﬁcial progesterone is dangerous. Bioidentical progesterone nourishes the body. Natural Hormone Replacement for Men The male equivalent of the menopause is the andropause. From approximately 40 years of age the production of testosterone and DHEA decreases and from that point on, but normal y in the 50’s, men begin to suffer symptoms of ageing. The fol owing are the most common.
• sleep disturbance, early morning waking, night sweats• daytime fatigue• decreased physical strength / loss of muscle mass and tone• less able to recover the next day fol owing physical exercise• joint and muscle pain• irritability• decreased interest in sex or decreased performance• less aggressive at setting and achieving goals• poor balance and coordinationNatural hormone replacement therapy is by way of troches.
With men the only absolute contra-indication to testosterone replacement therapy is active prostate cancer. Once this is screened and checked on a regular basis, replacement therapy is safe, and has been shown to be protective against heart disease and other il nesses in some scientiﬁc studies. Notes
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