Naturopathic Endocrinology

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is based on the incorrect assumption that your body becomes incapable of producing appropriate amounts of hormones simply because we reach a certain age. Your body does alter its hormone production as you pass through the stages of life, but hormone problems are a function of how healthy you are, not how old you are.

Any hormone replacement, whether it is natural or not, actually causes the body to slow down the production of its own natural hormones, including melatonin, DHEA, progesterone and human growth hormone. HRT does not treat the cause of any problem, it only addresses-and perpetuates-the symptoms.

Women are no longer willing to accept the risks associated with synthetic hormones, and are searching for safer alternatives. The negative side effects of traditional hormone replacement therapy is well documented and includes cancer, gallstones, blood clots, high blood pressure, liver disease and cataracts.

New research is continually emerging. An estimated two million women are now using synthetic, natural “plant-derive” and synthesized “bio-identical” hormones. The problem for the consumer is education. They simply do not know what their base line hormone levels are before and during product usage and what effects long-term usage will produce.

A Naturopathic approach to balancing hormones begins with saliva testing and homeopathy. It incorporates diet, nutrition, dental health, exercise, emotional release work, colonics and herbology.

Stop Replacing Hormones, Rejuvenate Them

The Reality
Thousands of saliva test results (before and after) indicate homeopathic formulas stimulate needed amounts of hormones even with women who have undergone surgery for a complete hysterectomy.

Homeopathic remedies, in general, are not effective in a formula with natural or synthetic hormones, coloring, preservatives, flavoring, essential oils or fragrance, vitamins, and herbs. In this case, the homeopathic remedies will be neutralized and will not work.

Women with hysterectomies can produce enough of their own hormones by using homeopathic formulas. HRT will only exasperate the condition, causing dependency, adrenal cortisol stress and toxic levels of hormones.

Diet and exercise has a great influence on hormonal balance. Caffeine dehydrates the adrenal glands affecting cortisol levels and sugar exhausts them. An endocrine rebuilding diet is a must for all hormonally challenged patients.

Root canals and other dental problems (focal disturbances) can be the main cause of accelerated aging and hormonal imbalances.

The synthetic U.S.P. hormonal creams sold over-the-counter, synthesized from soy or wild yam, are no longer natural. In addition, they have not been thoroughly researched for safety. They are mass marketed, mostly as a cosmeceutical, throughout health food stores and health professionals.
Hormones are dispensed without hormone saliva testing to determine hormonal status.

Biological age is more important than chorological age when determining proper hormone ratios and patients programs.

The consumer does not always follow directions making it hard to administer the precise amount the body needs. The amount and quantity used of these preparations can easily overload the body, causing abnormal hormone ratios and liver toxicity.

ALL hormone replacement whether applied topically or taken orally, causes organs and glands to slow down or stop production of naturally produced hormones.

Adrenal cortisol levels are related to hormone production. Long Term Use of HRT has been linked to breast cancer. Natural and Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy has side effects. No randomized trial has found a reduced risk of heart attack, premature death or chest pain among women taking hormones.

In fact, HRT may actually harm women with existing heart disease.

The Myths

  • Hormone replacement protects against osteoporosis and heart disease.
  • Hormone replacement treats the cause of the problem.
  • Once the body slows down the production of naturally occurring hormones you need to start HRT.
  • Diet does not matter.
  • Traditional synthetic HRT does not have side effects.
  • Natural and Bio-identical HRT does not have side effects.
  • Women with hysterectomies can no longer produce certain hormones.
  • Women with hysterectomies need HRT.
  • HGH is safe for consumption.
  • Melatonin is safe for consumption.
  • DHEA is safe for consumption.
  • HRT is necessary for women after 40 years of age.
  • Very high levels of progesterone from natural HRT, as seen in blood and saliva testing, is not toxic.
  • Natural hormone replacement is safe, if monitored. (The fact is that all hormone replacement will stop or slow down the ability of the body to produce its own hormones).

First, Saliva Testing
Saliva collection is simple, non-invasive, and can be performed in the privacy of one’s home.

Saliva testing is not nearly as accurate if the collection time of the saliva does not correlate to the TCM Five Element Theory. Having a patient give a saliva specimen at any convenient time will not yield specific and accurate measurement of hormones related to meridians, organs and glands that are producing hormones.

Saliva testing measures the levels of circulating hormones available to body tissues.

Saliva is considered a better indicator of biologically active hormone levels than serum – more accurately reflecting the body’s functional hormonal status.

Over 20 years of research has proven the effectiveness of using saliva (instead of serum or urine) as a diagnostic medium to measure the “free” (unbound) bioavailable, biologically active fraction of circulating hormone. These concentrations are independent of saliva flow rate.

It is also an accurate method of evaluating how HRT, topical hormone creams, sublingual drops, diet; herbal therapy and exercise influence hormone levels.

Cortisol and Adrenal “STRESS” 
First, let us briefly look at one of the chief causes of most hormonal problems- ADRENAL STRESS.

Causes of Adrenal Stress are:
o Environment: internal and external
o Dental Foci / Heavy Metals
o Genetic Blueprint
o Emotional / Identity Imprints
o Diet and Nutrition
o Scar Tissue

The prominent field of Psychoneu-roimmunology has researched the effects of emotional stress on the human body to find that stress is an important factor in immune related problems. The marker used to measure stress is the adrenal steroid hormone cortisol. Hormones are a powerful influence over all physical, intellectual and emotional behavior. Prolonged exposure to stress may be devastating to the body and mind. My research indicates through a thousand salivary tests before and after that low cortisol stress is more common than high cortisol stress. Although if the cortisol is elevated it will then plunge to a low level. However, test results indicate that when two or more cortisol levels are elevated, there is a strong probability that the patient has diabetes or a genetic predisposition for it. If one cortisol level is elevated, it may indicate hypoglycemia. This can be treated most effectively with my homeopathic formulas. To the contrary, if HRT is used in this situation, it will act just like any hormone and create further stress. Think of the fact that when you administer insulin to a diabetic, the body then becomes dependent and lazy, eventually ceasing all production of its own insulin.

The Ancient Wisdom of Chinese Medicine
Saliva testing and hormone ratio interpretation according to biological age, not chronological age is crucial for creating the patients program.

The target collection times need to be performed according to the “Chinese Medicine Body Clock” (see figure below).

A comprehensive NuFem 24-hour circadian endocrine profile will reveal hormone levels and the health of corresponding organs and glands. In addition, this interpretation includes a suggested dietary regime to cleanse and rejuvenate endocrine function.

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE BODY CLOCK:
Fire
intestines; thyroid; adrenals; pituitary; hypothalamus
Emotions:
Pituitary And Hypothalamus – unresponsive;
Earth
Heart – excessive joy; shock; trauma; guilt;
Thyroid And Adrenals – paranoia, confusion;
Water
Small Intestines – vulnerable
Organs: stomach / spleen and pancreas
Wood
Emotions: disgust; despair, low self-esteem
Organs: kidney and bladder
Metal
Emotions: fear, irritability
Organs: gallbladder and liver
Organs:
Endocrine system (male and female); heart ; small
Organs: lungs and large intestines
Emotions: grief
This Article was first published in Explore! For the Professional, Volume, 11, Number 4, September, 2002.

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