Q: What is BHRT?
BHRT stands for Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement. The premise of that is that the human body was designed to run optimally with its natural hormones. For the first time in human history, we are living beyond the expected life span for which we were designed.
Q: Does this mean you will function as my primary care doctor?
No. We don't want to be your primary care doctor. We will be happy to work with your doctor and support them in their relationship with you. We believe we can bring you to balance and focus on keeping your well. Your primary doctor is usually focused on managing the traditional medical problems you may have, which we are focused on reversing.
Q: Are there any side effects from the treatment?
BHRT has been successfully practiced for over 30 years by its leading practitioners and found to be very safe. In fact, it's safer. That's why we do it.
Q: Why is there an issue with insurance and this program?
Insurance is typically designed to pay for disease. Insurance companies require doctors to fill out many forms and prove what they are doing by listing numbers of details, many of which may not be relevant to your immediate needs or concerns.
Q: How soon will it be before I feel differently?
Lifestyle changes cause subtle changes in your internal chemistry. You may not feel much change right away. Some changes, however, happen within weeks. Brain fog often gets better pretty quickly. But hormones are sort of like the navigation system on a big ship. You turn gently on the ocean and head a different way. The new port is very different than the original destination.
Q: Where do these natural hormones come from?
Most hormones are based on the cholesterol molecule that is derived from plants. They become bioidentical in that they are precisely the same chemical compound as the natural hormone you make. They have the precise same effect your naturally made hormones have, provided you take a dose precisely designed just for you. We will show you pictures of the chemical formulas of what the artificial hormones many pharmaceutical companies call "estrogens" and "progestins".
Q: Why doesn't my regular doctor prescribe natural hormones?
This is a new field and it's pretty complicated. The Anti-Aging Fellowship that offers the most comprehensive training program takes two full years of study to accomplish with over 240 hours of lecture time and two major exams. That's a lot to ask of a busy doctor to learn.
Q: Who supplies the hormones that I need?
One of the biggest changes you will notice with us is that one size only fits you. Each person is unique. The traditional pill from a pharmaceutical company is designed to fit millions as a blockbuster. But it may not be the right dose for you. We will use prescription drugs when they make sense. But most of your hormones will be precisely mixed by a pharmacist who takes the precise dose you need and makes it into a formula for you. That formula may be a cream, a lotion, a pill, a shot or a drop in water, but it will be precisely yours.
Q: How do I know that the supplements you recommend are pure and correct?
This is an important question as some supplements have been found not to have active ingredients. We have spent considerable time and effort checking our sources and have developed a list of safe and sound companies. For example, not all fish oils are the same. The cheap ones may be free of mercury, but not of dioxins and PCBs. Ultra-purified fish oils are better.
Q: How do you test my levels accurately?
This is the best question! Recent research suggests blood tests are better than saliva. This is still argued over but our experience supports it. You usually get a slightly higher dose and can tell. You feel better when you use blood to monitor your progress.
Q: Can you different forms of hormones?
Of course. Some folks like creams, some prefer shots. Pellets last for 3 months and are claimed by some to be the most natural. Some prefer sublingual lozenges. We have expertise and experience in all of these methods.
Q: If I'm young, do you have ideas to raise hormones without giving them?
YES, for men and women.