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- Bio-identical Hormones
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- Cardio-beam Pulsewave
- Chelation Therapy
- Herbal Therapy
- Intravenous Nutrition
- Metabolic Testing
- Research Option
- Weight Loss
- Women’s Health Care
LIve Better... Longer
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all die young . . . late in life?
As members of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians, we know that there really is no such thing as anti-aging – but we also know that although we all have to get old, you don’t have to get sick and old!
Science is beginning to reveal that vibrant energy, mental clarity, freedom from pain, lowered disease risk and good sex are possible late into life if we work on it. Although modern medicine has extended our lifespan – it hasn’t exended our health span! (Health span is the time you spend health, happy and fruitful)
At Health Builders Wellness Center, our focus is on extending and optimizing your health span. Our bio-marker longevity plan involves measuring dozens of “bio-markers” – tests that when considered all together – identify how healthy you are aging. And anti-aging isn’t for the aged, as 75% of health outcomes later in life are influenced while you are in your 30s, 40s and 50s.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapies (BHRT)
Since the early 1900’s, doctors and health care practitioners on staff at Health Builders Wellness Centers have been writing about, lecturing and educating their patients / public about the dangers of conventional hormone replacement. This is at a time when the standard of care was to prescribe these drugs… as a matter of fact, premarin was the #1 prescribed drug at the time!
Can you imagine the look on women’s faces when they heard from us that these drugs could make them sick?
By 1996, we were convinced that the medical community was not listening to the scientific community – after careful review of current scientific literature, we were convinced that women (and men) needed a more conservative, yet effective, scientific approach to conventional hormone replacement.
in 1997, Health Builders Wellness Center began offering their patients the option of Bio-identical hormone replacement therapies – the very first medical office in Ocean County to do so!
In 2001, representatives from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) voted 8-1 to add synthetic estrogen to the nation’s list of cancer causing agents.
In 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was halted due to the clinical outcomes linking synthetic hormone replacement therapies with increased risk of stroke, heart attacks, breast and uterine cancers, and Alzheimer’s disease. The natural medicine community was vindicated! Since 2002, there have been multiple studies that have substantiated the potentially carcinogenic properties of synthetic hormones.
In contrast, BHRT is formulated in a compounding pharmacy to have exactly the same molecular structure as the hormones produced within the body. The body recognizes these hormones. They are the keys that fit exactly into the body’s “hormone’s receptor locks.” Medical research supports the fact that when bio-identical progesterone and estrogens are administered in physiological doses (e.g. in dosages that re-establish the body’s optimal values and ratio) cancer risk is reduced.
Bio-identical hormones may include:
|• DHEA||• Human growth hormone|
|• DHT||• Insulin|
|• Estradiol||• Melatonin|
|• Estriol||• Progesterone|
|• Estrone||• Testosterone|
What conditions or symptoms may benefit from BHRT?
BHRT has helped people experiencing the following in the case of:
|• Depression||• Osteoporosis treatment and preventions|
|• Unhealthy aging||• PMS|
|• Irregular menstruation||• Menopause|
|• Fatigue||• Sexual dysfunction|
|• Hot flashes||• Cardiovascular disease treatment and prevention|
|• Increase sex drive||• Increase and preservation of bone mass|
|• Decrease body fat||• Improve sleep patterns|
|• Decrease cholesterol||• Improve immune function|
|• Improve skin texture||• Improve cognitive skills|
|• Increase energy levels||• Increase muscle mass and strength|
Is BHRT the same as natural hormone replacement therapies?
“Natural hormone therapy” (NHRT) and BHRT are not synonymous. The term “natural” can refer to the source of the hormone, or can refer to the chemical structure. Although all hormones utilized in BHRT are natural with regards to their chemical structure, not all hormones utilized in BHRT are derived from plants; some are derived from animals.
It is also a misconception that plants contain “natural hormones.” Plants do contain hormone-like chemicals that are often used as starting chemicals (i.e. percursor molecules) then bio-identical hormones are made in the laboratory. Many plants including wild yam (diosorea) and soybean plants do contain these precursor molecules, often referred to as phytoestrogens but the human body does not possess the chemical / co-factors required to convert the precursor to useful hormones – this must be done in a lab. These phytochemicals that are found in extracts of soy and black cohosh are not bio-identical to human hormones; they differ from and are much weaker in effect than hormones utilized by the body.
Is hormone replacement also for men?
Yes, men frequently experience declines in testosterone levels that correlate with the hormonal changes that women experience at menopause, however men typically have a slower and more subtle hormonal decline, and develop symptoms over a period of time. These symptoms can include depression, low energy, sexual dysfunction and weight gain. When hormones are replaced or restored back to physiologic levels considered normal for younger males, men may experience a dramatic reversal of many of these changes.
In clinical trials, hormone replacement therapy for men has produced:
Testosterone therapy for men may also have tremendous potential to slow or halt the progression from a pre-diabetic condition to overt diabetes. In fact, cardiovascular disease, the # 1 cause of death in this country, is contributed to by a lack of testosterone. As testosterone values decrease, often there is a direct increase in multiple cardiovascular risk markers including total LDL cholesterol values.
How is it determined which hormones I might need, or if a hormone imbalance exists?
Treatment with bioidentical hormones is predicated on physical examination, medical history, symptoms and laboratory testing. Laboratory testing to access hormone values is done through testing blood, saliva or urine; it is the combination of these tests that give the most comprehensive assessment of hormone levels, relative use by body tissues and potential cancer risk. Although blood serum hormone testing is, by far the most common technique practiced by most mainstream physicians in the United States, our office has found hormone testing through saliva to be of tremendous value. Saliva hormone testing has only been available for the past twelve years, therefore, there is considerably less published information on its usage, but we believe that it will one day be part of mainstream medicine and we look forward to that day.
How do I obtain bio-identical hormones once it is determined that I have a need?
Some of the bio-identical hormones are available over the counter, while others are available only by a medical doctor’s prescription. Our medical doctor, after taking a history, reviewing laboratory results and considering your symptoms, will write out a prescription for you to obtain these hormones.
Every person is unique – therefore, the prescription is customized for your individual needs. These medications are prepared by a specialized compounding pharmacy and can be delivered via capsules, topical cremes or gels, oral troches or suppositories.
Most patients under our care for BHRT are also seen by our nutritionist, as some hormone imbalances are corrected only by nutritional approaches. Utilizing nutritional therapies to support BHRT is what sets our office apart from other offices that offer BHRT.
Most patients under our care for BHRT are seen anywhere from 2-4x during the first year, and 1–2x a year thereafter. We place great emphasis on restoring these hormones back to levels associated with peak performance and health. Therefore, periodic monitoring / retesting is essential to ensure that appropriate dosage adjustments are made.
Does insurance cover BHRT?
Some insurance plans do, some don’t. Some insurance plans will even pay for the hormone prescription, while others may not.