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Hormones and Aging

Provided you have made the right lifestyle, dietary and nutrient adjustments, and outside of the genetic changes which happen with age, the gradual decline of the hormone systems of the body determines the rate at which we age more than any other factor.

We have known about hormones in medicine for over 100 years. However, because of the philosophical foundation of life, which has rested on the certainty of death, medicine has been very slow to adapt this knowledge to prevent and reverse aging. The unconscious assumption has been that it would be somehow sacrilegious to life itself to interfere with the inevitable decline leading to death. Those bonds of being and thinking are now being broken.

Ask yourself this question: at what age in your life did you feel best, most vital, most optimistic? For most people the answer will be somewhere between 20 and 25. Therefore, why not do a survey of the hormone systems of the body and, by supplementation of orthomolecular human hormones, return each one to the levels you enjoyed at age 20-25. When you do this, within a few days you begin to feel better. Within a few months you feel as you did when you were that age. And within a few years your appearance begins to reflect how young you feel.

Now, no-one is saying that you will appear to be 20 years old again, but the removal of 10-20 years of what you thought were the irreversible changes in appearance of aging is a very attainable goal.

The hormones DHEA, melatonin, pregnenolone, the estrogens, testosterone, and HGH (human growth hormone) all help regulate the rate at which we age along with the physical and mental expressions of aging, and each of these items are now available. The best use of these items is not being made however, because they are sold over the counter and people have no idea what their levels of these hormones are before or after they start on them. The idea is to supplement exactly to ideal levels enjoyed at age 20, not to simply load up on some hormones you may or may not need. Other hormones, such as the natural human estrogens (estrone, estriol, and estradiol) and testosterone are now available by prescription. However, to get the best results, all of these hormones should be tested before supplementation and supplementation should be aimed at providing optimal levels, not simply high levels. When it comes to hormones, not enough is bad, but too much can be worse.

Hormone replacement therapy is coming fully into its own and by itself can cut morbidity and mortality statistics in half. If you have not requested to be tested for the adrenal, sex, and thyroid hormones, you are missing the boat and a powerful ticket to good health.

The problem, of course, is finding the right doctor to order these tests. Many doctors are still stuck in the philosophical rut of the past when aging was not considered a disease but an inevitable process, Many people have gone to their doctor with this or that complaint only to be told, “Well, what do you expect? You are getting old. Learn to live with it. We are all going to die!” It is best if you screen your doctor first before making the appointment.

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Human Growth Hormone
In addition to the adrenal, sex, and thyroid hormones, there is one more hormone which is extremely important—the most important one—in that it has more to do with the changes of aging than any other, namely human growth hormone, or HGH.. HGH is secreted by the pituitary gland of the brain, the master gland which regulates the entire hormone system. In fact, 40% of the anterior pituitary cells are “somatocytes,” cells which make HGH. Based on the number of cells devoted to the job, nature seems to think the production of HGH is critically important.

In childhood, HGH causes the growth of long bones and this brings a person to his or her final height. Traditionally, this was all HGH was thought to do. New research shows that every cell in the body has HGH receptors and that HGH is doing a host of jobs in human metabolism in every organ in the body. There are even receptors in the brain, the activation of which results in the production of endorphins molecules, which keep one’s mood even and upbeat. Skin cells respond to HGH with even growth producing the smooth appearance of children’s skin. Cells in the brain respond by literally coming back to life (about 10% of the brain cells become non-functional each decade of life). Thus, HGH is the latest and most effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, although the large double blind clinical trials have not yet been done.

One consistent effect of HGH deficiency is irritability and when a person receives replacement therapy this reverts to a profound sense of well being. Bone cells respond by making new bone and osteoporosis reverses, although this effect requires two or more years for completion. Fat cells respond by giving up their little lives as they are burned for energy. The weight gain around the middle, which is so characteristic of HGH deficiency, melts away in a few months. Muscle cells respond by becoming larger and stronger, especially in the upper body. The strength and endurance of youth reappears. Many people are able to read without reading glasses again as the diary muscle of the eye becomes stronger again.

Given the many function of HGH, it, more than any other hormone, determines the physical changes which are an expression of aging. Predictably, levels of HGH fall off progressively with age. With what we know about HGH, it really should be renamed to HVH: human vitality hormone.

Total Hormone Rejuvenation Therapy
The idea is to bring all your hormone levels back to the level you enjoyed when you were in your early twenties. After that, your hormone levels have been, almost surely, on a downhill course. You may have called it “normal aging,” but another term for it would be “multiple system degenerative disease.”

If it is not necessary to have the problems brought on by the symptoms of the disease called aging, then why put up with it?

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