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May302005

Replacement Hormones And Their Effects

Hormones

Human Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy

In 1994, the FDA authorized the use of Human Growth Hormone for adults. For the first time, adults are now able to have their age-related deficiency of this critical hormone replaced safely with natural, pharmaceutically produced Human Growth Hormone. The results of HGH replacement are astounding. This is as big a discovery in medicine as antibiotics or the X-ray machine.

Aging can now be delayed and even reversed. Studies have shown that Biomarkers of Aging (strength, reaction time, skin elasticity, vital capacity, concentration, memory, bone density, visual accomodation, hearing,tactile sense, and others) can be reversed 10-20 years. Patients experience 1% gain in lean muscle mass per month and 2% loss of body fat per month. Skin wrinkles and age spots disappear. "It's like plastic surgery from the inside-out". Sexual vitality returns. We anticipate that with HGH replacement along with other indicated hormone replacement including nutrition and exercise, that we can now expect to live to the age of 125 in excellent health.

 

HGH

  • Rejuvinates every cell in the body

  • Aids fat loss and muscle gain

  • Helps the body heal faster

  • Strengthens bones

  • Boosts energy to youthful levels

  • Improves quantity and quality of life

EFFECT OF HGH DEFICIENCY: EFFECT OF HGH REPLACEMENT:
Increased Cardiovascular Deaths Increased Cardiac Function
Abnormal Body Fat & Distribution Increased Lean Body Mass & Decreased Abdominal Fat Even Without Exercise
Dehydration Improved Fluid Balance
Reduced Bone Density Reversal of Osteoporosis
Impaired Physical Performance Improved Exercise Capacity
Chronic fatigue, Depression Sense of Well Being
Social Isolation & Withdrawal Social Interaction & Engagement
Insomnia & Poor Quality Sleep Restorative Sleep
Skin Thinning & Reduced Healing Skin Rejuvenation & Rapid Wound Healing
Wrinkles & "Drooping Face" "Plastic Surgery from the Inside-Out"
Chronic Lung Disorders Improved Lung Function
Neurocognitive Decline & Senility Improved Memory, Alertness, and Concentration Span
Decreased Immunity & Increased Susceptibility to Infections Improved Immunity with More Natural Killer T-4 Cells
Vital Organ Shrinkage & Declining Function Vital Organ Regrowth & Improved Function

 

TESTOSTERONE 

Both Men and Women need testosterone for optimal health. Testosterone is needed for libido, muscle strength, leanness, and sense of well being.

Menopausal women have low to non-detectable testosterone levels with resultant loss of libido and increase in body fat. Return of libido and improved mood return within days of testosterone replacement by transdermal cream. Regrowth of muscle and bone occurs within months and is facilitated by a weight resistance training program.

The testosterone level in males peaks at age 17 and declines 1% per year thereafter. A middle-aged male can therefore have a testosterone level 40% below his peak in young adulthood. This problem can be compounded by the increased production of sex binding globulins, which make the lowered testosterone that is present even less effective. Loss of testosterone in males leads to atherosclerosis and heart attacks, obesity, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. These symptoms come on long before the male loses his sex drive or becomes impotent. There is no evidence that testosterone replacement therapy in males causes prostate cancer or prostate enlargement. In fact, some Urologist-Oncologists say that testosterone may decrease the incidence of prostatic hypertrophy and prostate cancer. CHI uses topical testosterone replacement as an essential part of its Hormone Replacement Theory (HRT) program for both men and women based on the patient's total and free testosterone levels and their levels of sex binding globulins.

Testosterone

  • Boosts male and female libido

  • Facilitates a healthy heart

  • Helps prevent osteoporosis

  • Fights fat

  • Increases muscle strength and improves appearance


ESTROGEN

Estrogen is an essential sex hormone that declines abruptly in women during their menopause. When women do not initiate a prompt estrogen replacement program at the time of menopause, they undergo accelerated aging manifested by: osteoporosis, senility, heart disease, loss of muscle mass, loss of skin elasticity and thickness, atrophy of the female genitalia, and depression.

Estrogen replacement therapy significantly delays or prevents this accelerated aging process seen in women following menopause. In fact, women who take estrogen replacement have half the degenerative diseases of women who do not take estrogen replacement and live an average of 3.5 years longer. What is even more amazing, is that these positive statistics are with those patients on Premarin (non-human estrogen taken from the urine of pregnant horses). With natural estrogen replacement in the form of topical creams; measure estradiol levels and adjusts dosages to pre-menopausal levels. We have every reason to believe that the anti-aging effects of natural human estrogen will be even better than with horse estrogen.

Estrogen

  • Relives menopausal symptoms

  • Increases female life expectancy

  • Protects against coronary artery disease

  • Boosts brain function

  • Helps prevent osteoporosis

  • Protects against Alzheimer's disease

  • Improves skin and muscle quality

 

PROGESTERONE

Progesterone is also a female sex hormone that keeps estrogen in balance and is therefore absolutely necessary in the female hormone replacement program regardless of whether the female has a uterus or not.

This concept is not understood by some physicians and this has lead to an increase in cancers of the uterus and breast in women on estrogen replacement, alone. Progesterone has powerful anti-cancer properties. In addition, Progesterone facilitates the action of other hormones such as thyroid, testosterone, and endorphins. Synthetic progesterones (progestins) such as Provera lack many of the beneficial properties of Progesterone and in fact actually serve to increase LDL "the bad form of cholesterol". Provera also does not have the beneficial effect that Progesterone has in increasing bone mass, reversing osteoporosis, and burning fat. CHI uses natural progresterone replacement in our female HRT program as indicated by the individual's blood levels.

 

Progesterone

  • Natural antidepressant and tranquilizer

  • Improves female libido

  • Protects against cancer

  • Boosts thyroid action

  • Helps the body use fat rather than store it

  • Helps prevent osteoporosis


PREGNENOLONE "THE SMART HORMONE"

Pregnenolone is produced from cholesterol and is the "grandmother hormone" of all steroid hormones in the body. Pregnenolone acts as a precursor to our essential steroid hormones such as DHEA, Testosterone, Estrogen, Glucocorticoids, Mineralocorticoids and therefore an ample supply is critical. We have seen deficiencies in the above hormones normalize just by adding Pregenenolone to the treatment regimen.

Pregnenolone also has significant direct effects. It is extremely important for optimal mental performance and is synthesized by the supporting neuronal cells in the brain. Studies have shown that when Pregnenolone is administered, memory is enhanced and mood is improved. Pregnenolone has nerve growth factor ability and has been used in spinal cord injury patients and stroke patients. CHI uses Pregnenolone as an essential part of its supplement program.

Pregnenolone

  • Precursor of many other hormones

  • Fights the effects of fatigue and stress

  • Relieves arthritis pain

  • Improves heart health

  • Boosts the immune system

  • Protects against coronary artery disease

  • Improves mood and memory

  • Essential to full brain function

  • Protects against Alzheimer's disease

 

DHEA 

DHEA is produced by the adrenal glands. It begins to drop when we are thirty years old and declines linearly until we die. In fact, death ensues as soon as the DHEA levels hit zero. Some people, therefore, use DHEA levels as a biomarker for aging. DHEA plays a critical role in lowering our cholesterol, keeping our hearts healthy, minimizing fat deposition, preventing the development of diabetes, arthritis, and senility. CHI uses DHEA as an essential part of our treatment program and monitors DHEA sulfate levels to assure optimal blood DHEA levels.

DHEA

  • Lowers blood cholesterol

  • Improves Heart Health

  • Slows onset or progression of diabetes

  • Favorably impacts arthritis

  • Reverses declining mental acuity

 

THYROID 

Thyroid hormone is essential for life. Proper thyroid levels are needed for optimal functioning. Conventional medicine replaces thyroid only when indirect laboratory measurements indicate that it is low. At CHI, we perform more elaborate thyroid testing including measuring the free thyroid hormone, which is the active hormone available to the cells in our body. In addition, we also carefully measure the basal body temperature which is the ultimate indicator of whether we are hyper or hypothyroid. Many times, replacement of human growth hormone or testosterone to more youthful levels creates a greater need for thyroid hormone. In these cases, we add thyroid hormone replacement to our regimen.

Thyroid

  • Controls cell growth and metabolism

  • Helps with weight maintenance

  • Improves heart and vascular health

  • Renews energy

  • Improves concentration

  • Regulates body temperature


MELATONIN

Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland and is stimulated by darkness. This is why we have a pulse of melatonin release several hours after sundown. Melatonin plays a crucial role in restful, restorative sleep , regulating our 24 hour sleep-awake cycle, and in facilitating our immune system. Studies have shown that Melatonin increased the lifespan of mice by 25%. Similar studies have shown Melatonin to reduce the risk of breast cancer in mice. Melatonin may also decrease the chance of other cancers such as prostate cancer in males. Melatonin is an extremely powerful antioxidant that is able to enter the mitochondria of cells and neutralize free radicals.

Melatonin

  • Restores youthful sleep patterns

  • Effectively treats jet lag

  • Boosts immune system

  • May have anti-cancer effects

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