Custom compounded mixtures of bioidentical hormones are naturally synthesized from plant sources. The pharmaceutical companies cannot patent any natural plant chemicals, however chemicals that are altered in molecular structure can be patented. The pharmaceutical companies make synthetic hormones such as Premarin, Provera and Prempro so they can patent them and profit from there sale. Multiple studies have shown an increased risk of side effects and cancer with synthetic hormones. In contrast, there is overwhelming body of evidence that supports bioidentical hormones are safer and have less side effects than synthetic hormones replacement.
Bioidentical hormones have the same chemical structure as hormones produced in the human body. There have been many studies demonstrating their safety. At this time, with the ready availability of bioidentical hormones, there is no reason to use non-human formulations. There is a track record of benefit and safety for women taking controlled doses of these hormones, in carefully selected formulations, under medical supervision. Horse hormones and progestins for hormone replacement should become obsolete. Patient demand will make this happen.
Men need testosterone to regulate bodily functions and perform at the levels expected of them — competitively, athletically and sexually. However, in today’s society, artificial chemicals and pollutants are negatively affecting the general testosterone levels of men and having an adverse impact on their sleep, energy, sex drive, body shape, mental clarity and alertness. By the age of 30, statistically, most men will have lower testosterone levels than those of previous generations. The effect of pesticides, genetically modified foods, obesity, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, estrogen added to meat, aging and stress levels all have deteriorative effects on natural testosterone.