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OUR ANTI-AGING THERAPY PROGRAM
At The Center Of Integrative Medicine we have a unique approach to hormone replacement therapy as a part of our anti-aging program:
- We only use natural, or bio-identical, hormones.
- We optimize hormone levels for each individual patient based on age, sex, and other clinical factors.
- We dose hormones twice a day to mimic your own body’s natural hormone patterns or use sustained released formulations.
We treat issues addressed by pills, creams, or hormone pellets.
HORMONE OPTIMIZATION: THE BELL CURVE
Hormone levels are optimized for each individual on a bell curve, very much like the way the bell curve is used in school grading. For example, when you take a test in school your grade depends on where your score fell along the bell curve. Although the students who were on the low end of the bell curve passed, they didn’t do as well as those who were at the upper end.
This works very much the same way with hormone levels. When you are tested for hormones most laboratories look at whether or not you fall within a “normal rage”. However, these ranges are not scaled based on a patient’s age, race, sex, or other underlying medical factors. Therefore, they most often are an inaccurate representation of how well your hormones are working in your body.
NATURAL BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONES
Estrogen and Progesterone Replacement for Women
Estrogens are hormones that cause feminizing effects in the body. There are hundreds of different types of estrogens available in nature and created synthetically; however there are only two that are made naturally in women: Estriol and Estradiol. According to a large research study conducted on women and hormones, these are the only two that can be safely used in replacement therapy. Other synthetic or plant estrogens such as Premarin®, Premphase ® and Prempro® can cause significant health risks when used in women.
At Internet Medical Clinics™ we use bio-identical hormone replacement, which means natural estrogen and progesterone, in order to ease symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings, fatigue, poor energy, slow metabolism, weight gain, an inability to focus and concentrate and other discomforts associated with menopause. Natural bio-identical estrogen and progesterone can be taken as a cream or capsule or through the insertion of a timed-released pellet under the skin placed three to four times a year.
Humans make 2 kinds of thyroid hormones: Thyroxine 3 and Triiodothyronine 4. When a patient is suffering from insufficient thyroid hormone he or she may experience weight gain, poor energy levels, hair loss and hair thinning, swelling, cold extremities, depression and sleep disturbances. Natural thyroid replacement given twice daily as an oral tablet can help alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms.
strength, decreased exercise tolerance, mental sharpness and recovery from injury. The preferred route of administration of testosterone is as an insertion of a timed released pellet under the skin twice a year. It may also be used as a cream-used twice daily or as an intramuscular injection every 7-10 days.
Anti-oxidants are small substances found in food that are very important in neutralizing harmful chemicals that damage our cells and tissues. We encourage our patients to take a daily natural anti-oxidant regimen which can help protect the organs which produce hormones and prevent further decline in production levels. It is recommended that you eat six servings of raw fruits and vegetables a day in order to maintain healthy antioxidant levels.