The ongoing controversy over what constitutes “organic” or “natural” foods continues to perplex the average American family, particularly the parent who is charged with buying groceries. While they are typically more expensive to buy, organically grown fruits, vegetables, fish and meat are becoming more and more popular because they seem to be healthier than those which are doused with pesticides or grown as genetically modified organisms.
The basic concern about synthetically manufactured foods or drugs involves the unintended consequences of their long-term consumption. What happens to the health of a child if he or she eats nothing but processed food during their childhood years? Any reputable nutritionist will offer countless statistics and case examples of this “synthetic” or processed food causing obesity, Type II diabetes, heart disease and other long-term chronic problems.
This controversy concerning the benefits of “natural versus synthetic” composition is also evident with regard to the substances used in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
Life-Saving Drugs Made From Plant Sources
The pellets used in the BioTE® hormone replacement therapy are made from plant sources. As such, they are completely natural. They follow in a long line of drugs which were derived from plant sources.
According to the world famous Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, the history of medicine is replete with plants which became drugs.
“For thousands of years, we’ve turned to plants for relief from disease. For example:
- Morphine is derived from opium poppies and has been in use since 3400 B.C.
- Digitalis has been used to treat heart arrhythmia and congestive heart failure since the 16th century. It is derived from a plant called foxglove.
- A close analog of Aspirin was used by Hippocrates as early as 420 B.C. and was originally derived from the bark of a type of willow tree.
- Novocaine, the first local anesthetic, is derived from a slight chemical modification of a natural component of coca leaves.”
How Pellet Therapy Works
BioTE® Medical uses pellet therapy, as opposed to oral or transdermal forms, because this provides sustained hormone levels in the bloodstream throughout the day for up to 4 or 5 months. The oral and transdermal approaches can have a “roller coaster” effect causing mood and energy fluctuations in the patient.
According to Mark Hincher, (RPh) Director of Business Development for AnazaoHeath Corporation, the company responsible for making the BioTE® pellets, these are completely natural.
“They contain natural plant sources of estrogen and testosterone,” he said. “A compounding pharmacist, using strict Federal Food and Drug Administration guidelines, compounds the pellets.”
“These pellets are the approximate size of a grain of rice and are placed in the fatty tissue, underneath the skin,” Hincher notes. “The dosage release mimics that of healthy ovaries and testicles.”
The implantation of these pellets is done by a certified BioTE® Medical practitioner during a routine office visit.
Avoiding the Unintended Consequences
There have been many advances in synthetic or processed foods and plants. However, the controversy regarding such synthetically manufactured substances such as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) is based on the concern of the possible negative consequences which are not clear at this time. Will these synthetic materials result in unintended health consequences in the future? No one can be certain.
However, aspirin, made from the natural willow bark, has proven to be the most important and safe drug in history. If you would like to get more information on why the natural compound of BioTE® hormone replacement therapy is healthier than those which are synthetically made, contact us.
Article Source: “Why Risk the Unintended Consequences of Synthetic Hormones?” bioET Medical. November 26, 2014