Clearing Up the Confusion About Hormone Replacement Therapy

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

February 5, 2020

You know, I actually met Suzanne Somers one time…

The woman is 75 years old and she’s absolutely radiant! Full lush hair, great skin – and if you believe it – her and her husband are sexually active all the time.

Wanna know her secret? Balanced hormones.

This may be an issue you’ve given consideration…

Once you hit your 40’s, it’s hard not to consider the idea of taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) at some point. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female.

Believe me. I know both scenarios by heart.

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Maybe you’re a man with a flagging libido, low energy, loss of muscle mass and problems in the bedroom. Then, those television commercials for testosterone therapy can look pretty appealing.

Suddenly, you’ll be manly again! Your muscles will rapidly pop back to life, right along with your libido. Those embarrassing breasts will disappear, and your zest for life will return.

Once you imagine these results, it’s hard to focus on anything else.

And if you’re a woman in the grips of menopause…

Well, anything sounds good when it comes to getting rid of those hot flashes and regaining your sanity. If the same “anything” kicks up your desire and ability to have a pleasurable bedroom experience — all the better. Not to mention the improved health of your bones, skin and hair!

Either way you look at it, these results make the idea of HRT sound like nirvana.

But it may be short-lived if you turn to synthetic hormone treatment…

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Synthetic Hormones Come with a Boatload of Side Effects

For instance, synthetic testosterone replacement in men can trigger prostate enlargement and prostate cancer.

It may also increase red blood cell mass and blood clotting. This, in turn, raises your risk of stroke and heart attack. In some men, it can even increase the chances of developing breast cancer.

And women! The news is even worse for you.

One of the greatest research disasters in history occurred with the Women’s Health Initiative. In this study, postmenopausal women took part in estrogen and progesterone therapy. Except that it wasn’t estrogen and progesterone that was being used, it was synthetic chemicals!

The results were so devastating that the trial was called to a halt. It turned out that the therapy ended up increasing the risks of heart disease, coronary artery disease, stroke, blood clots, dementia and breast cancer.

Another drug I recommend against is called Premarin – which stands for “pregnant mare’s urine.” It’s another form of fake estrogen with some nasty side effects… not to mention the cruel treatment of the horses involved.

Well, with concerns like these, I don’t recommend synthetic hormone replacement therapy for anyone. However, there is a better way…

How to Get the Benefits of HRT Without the Problems

Okay, back to Suzanne Somers for just one second… as you can imagine, she found another way to achieve her youthful body without taking dangerous manmade chemicals.

The secret is something called bio-identical replacement therapy, or BHRT. And it works equally as well for men as it does for women.

Now, if you go to a mainstream doc, chances are good you’ve never heard of this type of treatment before. But those of us who practice integrative medicine are “in the know.”

Exactly what is it that we know?

  • Synthetic hormones aren’t identical to those found in the human body. In fact, they aren’t hormones at all. They’re manmade and designed as a “one-size-fits” all solution. So they have nothing to do with your own, personal physiological make-up, or normal metabolism of those hormones.
  • Plant-based, bio-identical hormones are exact copies of the hormones your body naturally produces. This means your body will naturally respond to them and give you the results you’re looking for… stronger bones, more energy, thicker skin, better hair…
  • Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is much less expensive than synthetics. And since it works better, too, you get more bang for your buck.

My recommendation?

If your sex hormones are low and your symptoms are consistent with those levels, then you’re probably serious about correcting the problem. Find an integrative physician in your area that specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.

He or she will run a complete hormone panel to find out which hormones you’re low on. Then, they’ll work together with a compounding pharmacy to customize a therapy that’s exactly right for you.


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