Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
At The Waterdown Clinic of Functional and Integrative Medicine we are proud to offer the latest in preventive personalized medicine. Too often we hear of people who wait for serious symptoms to crop up before seeking treatment. Why not take an interventionary approach that can get the body into optimum balance before health issues even present themselves?
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a functional, holistic approach to achieving the ideal balance of hormone levels in the body that men and women generally experience in youth. By supplementing the body’s naturally produced hormones with bio-identical, plant-derived hormones in a way that mimics natural cycles, the common complaints associated with decreased or unbalanced hormone levels in the body can be reduced or eliminated.
The Centre for Hormonal and Integrative Care provides treatments for women and men of all ages that safely and naturally alleviate the symptoms of hormone imbalance. With factors such as chemical toxicity in our home and work environments and the damaging effects of stress and anxiety, more and more people are feeling the early warning signs of insufficient hormone levels. At The Waterdown Clinic of Functional and Integrative Medicine our goal is to help minimize the ill effects of aging.
WHAT HORMONES DO:
Hormones are substances produced in the body by a series of organs called glands. Your glands are part of a complex system that includes the thyroid, pituitary gland, adrenal glands, ovaries, testes and more. Each hormone that your body secretes has a specific function that helps to regulate the action of cells all over the body, so they act as messengers to keep the body function properly. Specific hormones regulate hundreds of biological processes and there is no organ that is untouched by the work that hormones do.
As we get older, hormone production tends to slow down, and the results of decreased hormone levels often lead to uncomfortable effects that we commonly associate with the aging process. In addition, factors in our modern world, including the consumption of pesticides and chemicals can disrupt normal hormone production and lead to imbalanced
hormone levels. Our wellness and nutrition page provides more information about effects of commonly used chemicals on our endocrine system.
WHAT WE DO at The Waterdown Clinic of Functional and Integrative Medicine:
Bio-mimetic hormone replacement therapy is a system of using plant-derived natural hormones to mimic the body’s original, healthy hormone cycles. Bio-mimetic hormone replacement therapy uses plant-derived hormonal compounds, taken primarily from wild yam and soy that can be compounded into pills and creams and prescribed in varying amounts throughout the month to mimic natural body cycles.
If you’d like to learn more about the personalized health care offered by Dr. Kiellerman, an expert in human identical hormone replacement at The Waterdown Clinic of Functional and Integrative Medicine, please visit the contact area. We’ll help you to find the functional, holistic therapies you need to manage chronic conditions and improve your overall wellness. We look forward to meeting you!
The Miracle of Natural Hormones
Conventional wisdom and medicine has taught us that aging is ‘normal’, and that the progressive deterioration in health that we experience beginning in our middle years is inevitable.
There is a new, exciting, scientific and medical revolution that refutes the notion that the downward spiral of physical and mental decline, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, senility, weak bones, and insomnia is unavoidable as we age.
The key to a fantastic quality of life, is to replenish all the hormones that begin their precipitous decline, sometimes as early as in our mid 30’s. Replacing, optimizing, and balancing these hormones is both art and science, and one of the important foundations of PREVENTIVE and RESTORATIVE medicine.
Committing to healthy lifestyle choices such as optimal nutrition and hydration, stress management, adequate sleep, prayer and meditation, and exercise are foundational to good health. Bioidentical Hormone replacement is the ‘icing on the cake’ therapy that has been proven to restore energy, zest for life, sleep, wellbeing, reduce illness, and improve overall function.
Hormones are molecules that are manufactured from cholesterol, in our adrenal glands, ovaries, testes, pancreas, thyroid, pineal and pituitary glands. These hormones function as messenger cells from the central nervous system, directing virtually every function of the human body, including our reproductive, immune, and metabolic systems.
As we age, our hormone production, and our cellular sensitivity to these hormones diminishes. We begin to feel unwell. Quality of life declines. We are told this is ‘normal’ and to be expected. We are given prescriptions for anti-CHOLESTEROL and anti-depressant medications. (Remember that the hormones that control every bodily function are manufactured from CHOLESTEROL? It is no surprise that these medications come with a plethora of side effects that compound the discomforts of aging.)
Bioidentical hormone prescription products, are created in a laboratory from the plants Yam and Soy to be molecularly structured exactly like those produced in the human body. They fit and function perfectly into their own specific receptors on your cell walls, to deliver their unique messages and to enhance health.
Bioidentical hormones produced in specialized laboratories are finely powdered, making them highly absorbable. Specialized pharmacies, called Compounding Pharmacies can custom blend micronized hormones into individualized, doses and delivery methods, prescribed by a knowledgeable medical Doctor, Nurse Practitioner or Naturopathic Doctor.
One such Pharmacy located in nearby Ancaster Ontario, Trutina Pharmacy, is a brand new, state of the art compounding facility that specializes in top quality compounds that are shipped to patients across Canada.
Synthetic hormones are NOT human identical, and have been patented and promoted by Pharmaceutical companies. Numerous studies, including the Women’s Health Initiatve, and PEPI have proven Premarin and Provera to be dangerous, causing heart disease, strokes, and cancer.
Do not confuse synthetic with bioidentical.
They are completely disimilar.
The FEAR FACTOR regarding hormone replacement has arisen from media, pharmacists and doctors extrapolating the harmful effects of synthetic hormones to natural human identical hormones.
The Waterdown Clinic of Functional and Integrative Medicine’s expertise in providing this specialized treatment sets us apart in the region.
Our Medical Dr, prescribes bioidentical (human identical made exactly as your body would create), natural, disease preventing hormones, only.
The major players, are thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and melatonin.
Thyroid deficiency causes extreme fatigue, mental confusion, lack of energy, weight gain, depression, dry skin, hair loss, low body temperature, constipation and high cholesterol. This condition is often unrecognized, and undertreated. Several blood test markers will accurately determine this deficiency. Treatment with adequate specialized natural thyroid medication reverses these debilitating symptoms. Optimal thyroid function is ESSENTIAL to human health. Synthetic T4 preparations (levothyroxin, eltroxin, synthroid)may improve blood test markers, but usually do little to improve symptoms.
Estrogen protects against heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, memory disorders, vaginal thinning/dryness, thinning skin. Estrogen deficiency results in menopausal symptoms, urogenital atrophy, incontinence, sagging skin, sagging breasts, increased skin wrinkling, fatigue, depression, mood swings, decreased libido….all correctable by natural biologically identical estrogen replacement therapy.
Natural progesterone enhances and balances the actions of estrogen. It protects against cardiovascular disease, breast and uterine cancer, is a natural tranquilizer, aids sleep, and stimulates bone formation!! Recent studies have shown that progesterone is better than Tamoxifen at protecting against breast cancer.
Testosterone replacement in both men and women helps reduce subcutaneous and visceral body fat, increases lean muscle mass, normalizes blood clotting, raises HDL, prevents diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and cognitive decline. In men, libido and erectile dysfunction improve with natural testosterone therapy. Optimizing testosterone in women relieves menopausal symptoms, strengthens bone, restores energy, and improves skin elasticity and collagen. Testosterone replacement is a highly effective treatment for osteoporosis, with only positive side effects.
A recent summary article in the New England Journal of Medicine, January 2004, concluded “We reviewed decades of research and found no evidence that testosterone therapy causes prostate cancer.” In fact, prostate cancer incidence is much more prevalent in later life when testosterone levels decline.
DHEA improves the function of the immune system, improves brain function, relieves stress, increases energy, reduces body fat and cholesterol, thereby preventing diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It has also been shown to be highly effective in treating disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.
Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland. An extensive review of melatonin in the January 1997 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, extolled its’ virtues, including powerful antioxidant effects, potential benefit in the treatment and prevention of cancer, immune system and sleep enhancing properties, regulation of circadian rhythms, and age ameliorating effects.
Over 50 years of research in the fields of endocrinology and immunology has clearly demonstrated that maintaining hormones at youthful, ’29 and holding’ levels, prevents the debilitating and often fatal illnesses associated with aging. No one wants the hormone levels of an 80 year old! Where do you want YOUR levels to be??
Schedule an appointment today to discuss how individualized hormone replacement therapy can optimize your health.
Your Vitality is Our Passion!
Simple Hormones Educational Videos
We are excited to be sharing in your journey to optimal health.
To help you along this journey, please find attached a link to a package of educational videos.
Once you have clicked on that link, click on the “For Menopause” button to sign into the Women’s program or click on the “For Men” button to get to the Men’s program
After clicking that button, you will be taken immediately to an information page with a video that explains the 30-second signup process . . .
click the “Get started for FREE” button
enter your first name
enter a valid email address
enter a password in 2 boxes – requires at least 6 characters
check 2 boxes – agree to receive emails and agree to the terms
click “Sign Up”
You will be taken to the program where you can start watching the videos on any device – desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
There are 18 videos for Women (about an hour) and 11 for Men (about 40 minutes).
Each program is separate and requires a separate login.