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Hormones are chemical messenger molecules that enable cells of our body to communicate with each other. Very small amounts of hormone are required to modulate cell function. Hormones can be released in two ways: Endocrine hormones are secreted directly into the bloodstream; exocrine hormones are secreted into a duct where they flow either into the bloodstream or from cell to cell by diffusion. Examples of endocrine hormones are thyroid hormones, Estrogens, Progesterone, and Testosterone. When there is a disruption of hormone production, distribution or utilization, symptoms can occur.
What are Bio-identical Hormones?
As the name indicates, bio-identical hormones are identical in structure to the natural hormones produced in the human body. The molecular structures of Bio-identical hormones are exact replicas of your body’s natural hormones. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy differs from traditional hormone replacement therapy, which uses synthetic hormones, produced from animals (often pigs and horses), which are foreign to the human body. Because the hormones that are naturally produced in humans are different than those produced in animals, your body often views these animal hormones as foreign, which can create an immune response and side effects. Your body views bio-identical hormones the same as those it produces itself and are thus a safer and more effective alternative.
Some examples of bio-identical hormones used in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy that we may choose to prescribe include: progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, DHEA, melatonin, thyroid hormones, or others as needed.
Diagnosis and Treatment
We offer Hormone tests, many of which can be done in the comfort of your home to determine your particular needs for hormone replacement therapy. Hormones are usually retested every three months for the first year and if stable, yearly thereafter.
An Integrated Lifestyle Approach to Natural Hormone Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy is one of the many tools used at Chelation Medical Center when optimizing a person’s wellbeing. Hormones regulate nearly every metabolic process in your body. When your hormones are not properly balanced, your metabolic functions are affected resulting in symptoms, reduction in quality of life, and if not treated, ultimately disease. It also becomes much more difficult for your body to benefit from optimized nutrition and fitness. With a healthy lifestyle comprised of regular exercise and a well balanced diet, bio-identical hormone therapy or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be a great adjunct to a preventive health strategy.
Our goal is to help people achieve their maximum level of health. As each piece of the wellness puzzle (nutrition, fitness, hormones, and lifestyle) is put into place, your health and vitality will not only return to normal, but will reach their optimal levels. Hormone tests can be ordered directly from our website prior to visiting or phone consulting with Dr. Psonak by clicking HERE.
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