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EVERYONE who talks about synthetic vs. bioidentical hormones uses these terms incorrectly. This video explains why Premarin® is NOT synthetic and estradiol IS synthetic.

. . . Bioidentical hormones . . . literally   everyone i have ever heard talk or write about  hormones has used these terms incorrectly.   on today that’s all about the imprecise use   of these terms. i’m going to clarify, once and for  all, the difference between “natural hormones,”   hormones.” now i will say at

The outset   quite a bit of overlap between those terms.   but i don’t feel like it’s helpful . . . i feel  like a lot of patients, especially, are confused   by the terms. and so i hear a lot of physicians,  nurse practitioners, physicians assistants using   clarify all 3 of those terms and really help   us

All understand how we need to be using those  terms. i want to look at some specific hormones   from i help patients and  healthcare practitioners with easy to understand   are about hormones and hormone optimization.   help you maybe understand a little bit more   in regard to hormones and hormone

Optimization   confusing because they don’t always line up   with the actual reality of what those terms mean.  my wife and i had a friend who was a pastor and   in grand rapids, michigan. he spent his life   with words – words in hebrew, in greek, in german  (because a lot of theological texts are written   in

German) as well as, of course, in english. and  he had a very interesting statement that he said,   personally to us. he said that “words don’t have  meanings, they have uses.” so that’s always stuck   with me – that that words are defined by the way  we use them. the oxford english dictionary is   word “natural” as defined in

The oed has the   derived from nature; not made or caused by   humankind.” the word “natural” comes from the  old french, from the original latin “naturalis,”   or quality. the oed talks about “synthetic.”   made by chemical synthesis, especially to   “synthetic” is from the late 17th century,   so that would

Be around 1680 something. that was  based on the french and goes back to the latin   and it also goes back to the greek. so one of the  things that we look at when we look at etymologies   and the derivation of words is where did that  word first appear. and the word “bioidentical”   is a little hard to pin down. the first time

The  word bioidentical appeared, at least in pubmed,   which is basically a database of published journal  articles, was in about 2001 in advanced nurse   practitioner in an article entitled  a natural option for perimenopause and beyond” by  cr walker. so the term “bioidentical” really means   “exactly the same chemical

Structure as hormones  found in your body.” so, we can look at these   hormones in some general categories. what i’d  like to look at is some hormones that are actually   armor® thyroid is a thyroid replacement hormone  that contains a couple of different human hormones   and t3 or lyothyronine. armor® thyroid,  

Np® thyroid and any of the other brands of thyroid  replacement products come from desiccated pork   that just means “dried.” so, essentially,   in the butchering process of pork, the thyroid  gland is removed from the pig and then it is dried   and through some process, which is not really a  chemical process it’s more of a

Physical process,   a fine powder and then it’s added into a   tablet form. there are some other ingredients  that are added to it to make it into a solid   tablet. but essentially, that thyroid medication  or those two thyroid hormones are not chemically   the dried thyroid gland of pigs. the bottom line   is

That armor® thyroid and np® thyroid and other  similar, animal-derived thyroid hormones, are   “natural” they are not synthetic and they’re also  they can’t be considered bioidentical because of   the other contaminating hormones that may be in  them. the second hormone that i want to look at   is called premarin®. premarin®

Also goes by the  generic name “conjugated equine estrogens.” now,   conjugated equine estrogens are “natural.” they  come from a natural source. that natural source,   believe it or not, is the urine of pregnant mares.  there are a couple of hormone drugs that came on   the market probably over 50 or 60 years ago one is 

Called perganol® and another is called menopur®.   those are hormones that are primarily used in  fertility treatments, but they are derived from   the urine of roman catholic nuns, with the express  permission of the pope. premarin® was developed   in the 1940s by basically taking the urine of  pregnant mares, drying it,

And creating a tablet.   completely “natural” source of hormones.   it is completely natural. it does not rely on  chemical synthesis. there’s a way that i know   premarin® is a naturally sourced product. i have  personally taken a premarin® tablet and cut it in   half and smelled it. it smells, oddly enough, like 

Horse pee . . . very strongly, i might add. now,   if that’s not a natural product, i don’t know what  is. so, i hear so many people, especially doctors,   about premarin® being a “synthetic hormone.”   a hormone that comes from a natural source.   the natural source where premarin® comes from  is the urine of pregnant

Mares. it is not   a synthetic hormone. it is not made by chemical  synthesis. it is also not bioidentical,   found in human ovaries and in human bloodstreams,   but only a very small amount. the primary human  estrogen is called estradiol and premarin® has   maybe 5% estradiol. it also contains a little  larger amount

Of a hormone called “estrone,” which   is a human estrogen. but in addition to those,  it has up to 10, possibly 17, maybe even as high   of which are not found in humans at all   but are really horse estrogens and metabolites  or so-called breakdown products of those horse   estrogens. so, the bottom line for premarin®

Is  it is “natural.” it is not “synthetic.” in spite   of what many, many people will say . . . and it  is not bioidentical, which is why there may be   some problems. i consider premarin® to be somewhat  of a dirty drug. it has a lot of contaminants. we   are in premarin® because no one has ever   explicitly published

An exact breakdown of all  of the ingredients of premarin®. now, that would   never happen in today’s pharmaceutical industry,  but premarin® is a very old drug, over 75 years   gets by, kind of “grandfathered in,” if you will,   (supposedly) what the actual ingredients are. so   armor® thyroid and premarin® are both

“Natural.”  they’re not “synthetic.” but they’re also not   bioidentical. ok, i’m going to look at another  category of hormones that are synthetic and   not natural but they are bio-identical. so, when  we take a look at estradiol, that is the most   prominent human estrogen. it’s also the one that  is the most effective,

The most helpful for things   like hot flashes and night sweats and irritability  and weight gain. it’s the most helpful for things   like vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy that’s  caused by menopause and the loss of hormones.   source. all of the estradiol that’s on the market  is from a chemical synthetic source. estradiol

Is   not natural. it is completely synthetic and it is  also bioidentical, meaning that the estradiol that   is produced by chemical synthesis is exactly the  same chemical structure as the estradiol produced   hormone that is not naturally produced. there is   people believe, including the majority of   doctors that

I listen to. if you hear a doctor  on youtube talk about “natural progesterone,”   that is really using the language imprecisely,  because progesterone is only really available   through a synthetic chemical process. it does not  come from a natural source. there are no plants   and no animals that we can derive progesterone 

From. they are not of . . . progesterone is   not available naturally. it is only available  through chemical synthesis . . . at least not in   economically viable amounts. let me emphasize  is also . . . not only is it not natural   bioidentical. progesterone that doesn’t have any   chemical additions to its structure is

Identical  to the progesterone made in the corpus luteum,   which is a part of the ovary that’s left behind  after ovulation. that’s the primary place that   progesterone comes from in the human body. now,  ethinyl estradiol is a chemically synthesized   version of estradiol that has an ethinyl group  added to its chemical

Structure. now, what that   does is it makes ethinyl estradiol more potent  (more powerful) but it also, more importantly,   characteristics when it’s given to women.   it is actually used as a birth control. ethinyl  estradiol is not natural. ethinyl estradiol is   only made available by chemical synthesis but  it is also

Not bioidentical. medroxyprogesterone   sounds a lot like progesterone but we have that  medroxy group, which is a slight chemical addition   medroxyprogesterone is not natural. there is no   natural source of medroxyprogesterone. it can  only be produced through chemical synthesis.   so it is, by definition, synthetic. it is

Also not  bioidentical and because it’s not bioidentical it   out in when it’s used in human females. now,   what we’ve seen in the women’s health initiative  is that women given medroxyprogesterone   had an increased risk of breast cancer as well  as multiple other things – blood clots and   several others. there are

Several studies which  illustrate, especially one called the epic-e3n   2000s, that showed that progesterone – synthetic   behave the same way medroxyprogesterone does. and,   in fact, protects women against breast cancer.  i want to encourage all of us to be much more   precise in the way we use these terms natural, 

Synthetic, and bioidentical and to recognize   that there are situations, probably the majority  of situations, where the type of hormone that is   hormone that is also a bioidentical hormone   and it is not from a natural source. now, i’m not  saying that natural source hormones are all bad.   there can be some use for

Them. in the future, if  you hear someone talking about “natural hormones,”   better idea of what they should say and what they  should mean when they use those particular terms.   click the “like” and “subscribe” buttons   to get notified anytime i post a new video.   hey, thanks so much for watching and i’ll look 

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