Hormone Optimization Therapy involves using bioidentical hormones - hormones that have the exact same structure as those found in the human body- in order to increase the levels of hormones that are declining because of the aging process or other causes, in order to restore optimal function and health to the individual. Without these chemical messengers, our cells cannot grow, divide and produce everything we need to stay healthy. Without hormones, are cells die faster than they can be replaced.
There is perhaps no other area of medicine more misunderstood than the field of natural hormone replacement therapy. On the one hand, there are conventional physicians who believe that if certain hormones decline due the aging process (such as the poorly named "sex hormones"), then we should not treat to optimize those levels. On the other extreme are those who believe that "natural" hormones should come from pigs or plants that exist in nature, and prescribe medications such as desiccated pig thyroid and call it natural, when in fact it is truly only natural if you are a pig.
There does not exist anywhere in nature hormones that are the exact same structure as those found in the human body. Therefore, all bioidentical hormones are in fact made, or synthesized, in order to be identical to those that our body produces. Many of the bioidentical hormones are derived from plant sources, but need to be altered in order to be the same structure as our human hormones. If not the same structure, then the hormone will not only not work effectively, but likely will also be treated as an "outsider" by the immune system, causing allergic or other destructive reactions.
In the near future, Dr. Carr will provide much more information on this "controversy" as it is so misunderstood, yet so important. At CARR Medical Group, most of our time and focus is spent on optimizing hormone levels that have diminished due to aging. This area of medicine is intensely individual, requiring frequent doctor - patient interactions which is certainly not the norm in a system that waits for symptoms before it address changes in health.
One size does not fill all when it comes to hormones. For now, please understand that optimizing hormones that decline due to aging is not only necessary to live an active life, but also for proper functioning of virtually every cell in the human body. No class of substances in the human body more precisely determines who we are than hormones. From our height and weight to our gender and risk for diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer's, our identity is determined by hormones. To say "you don't need hormones" is at best uninformed. Life begins as a hormonal event, and all of life's stages are driven by hormone changes. Without hormones we cannot exist. These fascinating little chemicals determine who and what we are, period.
Therefore, optimizing hormones should not be a choice, any more than it is for a diabetic that needs insulin (a hormone) or someone with low potassium that needs replenishment. Without using bioidentical hormones, we cannot enjoy healthy aging with strong bones, optimal metabolism and mood, as well as many other functions.
Dr. Carr has developed a comprehensive, detailed and individualized evaluation based on years of education and experience in order to assess not only your hormonal needs but also addressing concerns you may have regarding cancer prevention, cognitive decline and other aspects associated with the aging process.