The Functional Medicine Approach: Bio-identical Hormone Replacement
There is a growing belief that one of the ways we have most profoundly affected our environment and possibly “spoiled our nest” is through the widespread use of artificial chemicals that act as endocrine disrupters, molecules that act like hormones but actually impair our own body’s ability to recognize, respond to, and metabolize our own natural hormones. This phenomenon seems to have especially influenced the normal functions of estrogens, progesterones, and androgens (of which the most important is testosterone). Most prescribed hormone replacement therapies also use synthetic hormones or non-human hormones which may explain why so many women have an adverse reaction to such prescriptions. Testing and individualized therapy using hormones identical to those manufactured by the human body helps many men and women relieve bothersome symptoms that can have powerful adverse effects on quality of life.