Question from LindaW: What’s up with bioidentical hormones? Is it okay to take them?
Bioidentical progesterone is a joke. Don’t even think about buying it. Then, consult your doctor with your health concerns.
Bioidentical progesterone is sold on numerous web pages after having been popularized by John Lee and now Joseph Mercola (and by findings that hormone replacement therapy isn’t safe for everyone). It’s unscientific and dangerous.
As stated on some web site: ‘Bioidentical hormone therapy has all of the good effects of HRT with none of the severe side-effects that have caused so many women looking for menopause relief to steer away from traditionally administered HRT.’ First they have you send in a saliva sample to determine your hormonal needs. Look at this site. Yes, hormonal treatment does need to be tailored to each person, but no published study shows that you can learn squat from saliva tests.
“ZRT Labs, a respected provider of hormone testing products”
Respected by whom? for what? “I respect them for making me oodles of money” probably.
They over inflate the risks of being on conventional hormone therapy and encourage people to get off therapys that have been shown to be good risk benefits for certain people, self-diagnoses, take silly tests, and then self medicate with something that hasn’t been shown to be effective. Now, if their method was so much better, why don’t they just run a trial and get it approved by the FDA, that way they’d make tons of money and help more people. I think you know why they aren’t doing this.
Bioidentical hormones can be dangerous. Studies have shown that hormone levels in the products can vary widely, so you never really know what you are going to get. More than a third of these mixtures failed FDA quality tests but they are powerless to take them off the market due to a loophole in the laws.
Bioidentical’ hormones are made from yam compounds that are synthetically alterted. Some conventional medicine hormones for hormone replacement therapy are made from yams. Others are made from horses. These sites like to make a big deal about this First, so much for bioidentical; let me ask you, when you think about your body would you consider yourself closer to a yam or a horse? Second, yams are yams, so ‘bioidentical’ hormones really have no advantage over commercial yam derived hormones, except for the fact that they are shoddily manufactured. Third, the commercial equine hormones are metabolized by your body to convert into the exact chemical structure that your body makes.
Bioidentical hormones will cost the consumer more because insurance won’t cover it.
The claims on some of these sites (Lee’s and Mercola’s, specifically) are plain ridiculous. Also Lee’s book “Hormone Balance Made Simple”, makes me chuckle. Look for my book which is being published next month, “Neurosurgery Made Simple”
So there you have it, not proven effective, may not be safe, is expensive, not natural. Sounds great doesn’t it? “Natural” and “Bioidentical” don’t really mean anything, they’re just marketing ploys to get you buy their boneheaded products. Thanks for the question Linda, I think the tone of your question sort of answered yourself. If you feel uncomfortable with doing something to your body, don’t do it. Get some more info and talk to your Doctor (and ask your friendly neighborhood toxicologist while you’re at it!).