Spokane Naturopathic Medicine | Doctor Lindsay Donahue
July 23rd, 2017
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BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

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“Anti-aging” is a popular marketing word today. One of the first questions I am often asked is, if I do Bioidentical Hormone Replacement therapy. People feel GREAT on hormones! The debate is whether they are actually necessary. The endocrine (hormonal) system and neurological system affect each other intimately and supplying extra hormones can disrupt this balance. The neurological and endocrine systems are complex using: feedback loops, circadian rhythms, receptor specificity and receptor concentrations in cells and tissues. The endocrine system relies strongly on circadian rhythms which are affected profoundly by sleep patterns. Often when a hormone is supplied, the gland responsible for its production atrophies, due to negative feedback systems.

Instead of prescribing hormones, I often find detoxification and toxicity drainage of organ tissues and cells helps normalize and balance hormones. I also find normalizing sleep patterns, supplying healthy essential fatty acids, using homeopathics, and botanicals help regulate the body’s hormones.

As we age, endocrine glads often decrease in size and endocrine hormone production decreases, we simply need less as we grow older. The body moves from the more “Yang” state of youth to a more “Yin” state, this change is natural. When a woman stops menstruating she is leaving her childbearing years behind and as she enters menopause, she moves into a more spiritually open and reflective time in her life.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) are big in todays “anti-aging” medicine. I find there are instances where women and men really benefit from Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. However, in my experience, most women and men benefit most from detoxification, cellular toxicity drainage, and balancing the body with lifestyle alterations, healthy eating, botanicals, nutraceuticals, and homeopathics.