Hormone Balance and Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

August 24, 2009


Sharon welcomed the listeners and talked about the importance of water in life and life in water. She said that it is imperative for everyone to realize the importance of water, to drink plenty of water and to carry water with them if they are unsure of a water source. Dehydration, or lack of water, is out of control in our world and causes or contributes to ailments from allergies to obesity.

Guest: Nisha Jackson, PhD

Nisha Jackson, PhD (Medford, OR), Ventana Wellness and Integrative Medicine Clinic. "Hormone Balance, Hormone Replacement and BHRT."

Sharon's first guest was Dr. Nisha Jackson, founder of the Ventana Wellness and Integrative Medicine Clinic in Medford, Oregon. The clinic attempts to integrate traditional medicine with several types of complementary medicines to increase patient options.

Dr. Jackson's expertise is hormonal imbalances, which are found more often in women but also in men. Hormonal imbalances can affect weight, menses, facial line, sleep, mood and much more. Imbalances typically begin to occur after age 35 to 40. Many doctors treat the resulting multiple symptoms of hormonal imbalance one at a time rather than seeking an underlying, unifying cause.

Hormones are chemical messengers in the body. Hormone production can decrease due to age, stress, diet or sleep habits.

For the body to function optimally, estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, dopamine and many other hormones must be produced in the right amounts at the right time of day and under the correct stimuli. Water is also an important component of all health and is vital to Dr. Jackson's "anti-inflammatory diet" which regulates hormone production through control of fluid intake, carbohydrates, proteins, etc.

Depression can be caused by stress, diet or poor lifestyle choices. Blood sugar, brain chemistry and hormones can also play a part.

It is important not to mis-combine dietary supplements. For example, calcium and magnesium should always be taken at night, not in the morning, and they should never be taken with thyroid medication.

Once hormones are out of balance, they usually won't self-correct. One solution is to take natural supplements to raise hormone levels. Women typically lose 40% of their progesterone production by menopause and this can be replaced.

Dr. Jackson then discussed diet and "toxic stress." She defined "toxic stress" as "stress that is continuous and without let-up." The result can be overproduction of the hormone cortisol, resulting in obesity (particularly around the middle), muscle pains, fatigue and poor sleep patterns. We require more cortisol during the day than at night so timing is as important as total intake.

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Note: The Dr. Jackson interview was supposed to discuss Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) but there was not enough time. According to Wikipedia: "Bioidentical hormones" exactly mimic the chemical structure of hormones created by the human body, while some of those used in standard hormone replacement are synthesized in a laboratory or from animal sources and differ slightly from human hormones "Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy" is a marketing term that refers to the treatment of symptoms of menopause using hormones molecularly identical to endogenous hormones. There is no evidence to support BHRT being superior to conventional hormone replacement therapy (

Categories: Alternative medicine and therapies; diet and nutrition; health and wellness; 2009