by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© December 2018, L.D.
Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for
educational purposes only. It is
not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health
has made it possible to replace some common hormones such as estrogen,
progesterone, thyroid hormones and others. However, using a development program, it is usually possible
to restore the body’s normal hormone production unless the gland has been
surgically removed or otherwise damaged (such as radioactive iodine used to
damage the thyroid gland).
Many doctors do not
believe this, but it is our experience.
Restoration of glandular activity does not occur immediately, and may
take several years of following a program. For this reason, do not stop hormone medication when beginning
a development program.
restore the natural balance of the hormones by activating the seven physical
energy centers of the body, which in turn affects the glands. For details about the centers, read The Energy Centers.
PROBLEMS WITH BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY
1. Hormone therapy can cause cancer. We mention this as a warning, because
it can occur. Worsening some types
of hormone-dependent cancers is probably the biggest danger of the use of
natural or so-called bio-identical hormone therapies.
For this reason
alone, we would warn the reader:
A. AVOID ALL
SYNTHETIC HORMONE REPLACEMENT, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, FOR THIS REASON. The only exception we can think of is
the use of insulin for severe diabetes.
A development program may take care of diabetes in time, but insulin
might be needed until health can be rebuilt.
B. Avoid all
bio-identical hormone therapy, especially estrogens. These are known carcinogens, and it does not matter if they
are synthetic or natural (bio-identical).
2. Bio-identical hormone therapy is not bio-identical at all. The reasons are:
a. So-called bio-identical hormones are synthesized products. By this I mean these products are
extracted from plants, mainly.
Then they must be processed, in some cases, to purify them and to
otherwise make them acceptable for human use. They may be the same chemically as our hormones, but they
are not necessarily identical to human hormones. They should be called “similar” hormones, not identical.
bio-identical hormones are delivered in ways that are totally unnatural. Our bodies produce hormones as they are needed, using a complex feedback system
that involves the pituitary gland, hypothalamus, and other structures that
carefully regulate their production, secretion and ultimate destruction.
therapies attempt to sidestep this delicate balancing system. While this therapy can relieve some
symptoms, it is not natural
or bio-identical. It is a
drug therapy, and a symptomatic approach to healing.
The body’s natural hormone
secretion varies every minute of every day and night. It depends on hundreds of factors such as lifestyle, diet,
mental attitude, stressors, illnesses and many others. This is impossible to duplicate with
hormone replacement therapy of any kind.
substitutes a rigid and strict routine for the delicate balancing act the body
performs all day with its hormone secretion. This will eventually upset the body.
3. Hormone replacement seriously upsets the delicate hormone
feedback systems in the body. This is especially
true of the steroid hormones (DHEA, pregnenolone,
estrogen, progesterone, cortisone, androsterone and
testosterone). However, it is true
of taking thyroid hormone replacement, insulin replacement and others as
well. Testosterone therapy is one
of the least harmful in this respect.
other words, hormone replacement, including bio-identical hormone replacement
therapy, may do more harm than good by upsetting the delicate feedback
mechanisms of the body that are designed to regulate hormone production.
Giving one hormone
always affects others, and may affect many areas of physical functioning. The feedback system is quite complex
and not well understood. It is difficult,
if not impossible, to adequately monitor the system to know how much one needs
on a daily or hourly basis.
Bio-identical or any hormone replacement therapy violates the ‘chaos principle’
of the body’s complex, self-regulating system. This principle is that the body must alter the amounts of hormones
continuously, in response to stress and other factors, in order for the whole
system to function properly.
This is called a chaos principle because the constant changing of the
hormone secretion introduces a certain amount of chaos into the human system
that is necessary for its proper functioning.
5. Hormone therapy rarely addresses the root causes of
illness. Instead, it mainly treats symptoms. Causes of hormone imbalances include nutrient
deficiencies, toxic metal excesses, toxic chemicals, the
effects of radiation, emotional imbalances and stress from other causes. The only time hormone replacement
addresses a root cause is when the gland that produces the hormone has been
surgically removed or is so damaged so that it cannot function.
Menopause. In the case of
menopause, it is true that the ovaries stop or drastically reduce their hormone
secretion. However, in most cases,
the body handles this change of life very well. In
other words, menopause is not a disease that requires treatment. This applies to surgically-caused
menopause (removal of the ovaries) as well as that which occurs with age.
Millions of women do
fine without hormone replacement at menopause. If symptoms arise such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness or
others, in all cases her adrenal glands and perhaps thyroid gland are not
functioning well. As health
improves on a development program, the symptoms usually vanish without the need
for hormone replacement. We have
only rarely encountered a situation when hormone replacement is needed at
menopause. For details, read
6. Hormone replacement therapy often masks underlying problems. As with all symptomatic therapies,
hormone replacement therapy may give relief from some symptoms. However, underlying problems such as
heavy metal toxicity, nutrient deficiencies or chemical toxicity continue
unrecognized and unaddressed. This
often leads to more serious illness in the future.
7. Even so-called bio-identical hormones are toxic. This is most evident with insulin. Every physician is familiar with the
care that must be used in administering insulin, even though modern insulin is
technically a bio-identical hormone.
Too much or too little can cause a fatal reaction.
When we hear doctors say that natural hormones are not toxic, we
cringe because it is not true.
Estrogens, cortisol, cortisone, progesterone,
DHEA, pregnenelone and the others are all powerful
substances that all have toxic effects when not produced inside the body in
just the right quantity at just the right time.
8. A hormone's metabolic effect is what is most important, not its
serum, urine or saliva level.
However, serum, urine or saliva are the way
hormone levels are usually measured.
This is particularly a problem with thyroid and adrenal hormone
effects of hormones are extremely complex and not easy to measure. The effects depend not only upon the
level of circulating hormone, but often moreso on how
much of the hormone actually enters the cells and is metabolized properly
within the cells. For this
reason, cellular tests such as hair mineral testing often reveal a very
different picture than blood, urine and saliva tests that only measure
circulating hormone levels.
9. Hormone replacement therapy is costly. The costs include 1) the hormones, 2)
repeated testing that is absolutely required to prescribe them properly and 3)
longer-term costs because one must usually stay on them for years. Other hidden costs may be the damage they
cause to the body.
In addition to the
financial burden, one becomes dependent on tests and doctors that in itself extracts a human cost. Cost is not important if it saves a life, but it is
important for most people, especially if less expensive alternatives such as
development can be used instead.
MYTHS OF HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
1. Bio-identical hormone therapy is a natural or naturopathic
therapy. No! It is an allopathic and symptomatic approach. Just because some naturopaths offer
hormone replacement therapy does not make it a natural therapy. No hormone replacement therapy is ever
natural because hormones are supposed to be produced within the body.
only natural approach to hormone correction is to rebuild the organ or gland
that produces the hormones. This can be
done in over 90% of the cases using development science.
2. Hormone replacement is just like taking vitamins, minerals or
other substances needed by the body. Absolutely not! Hormones
are supposed to be produced inside the body, in complex combinations, and in
quantities that vary every minute of the day and night.
In contrast, vitamins, minerals
and other phytochemicals are supposed to be obtained
from outside of the body from our food, water or other supplements. Most can be stored, and they can be
ingested in rough quantities at mealtimes, with no harm at all to the
body. The body has complex
buffering systems that protect one from ingesting too much calcium at a meal,
for example. This is not true of
hormones and it makes hormone therapy intrinsically far more toxic and
This is an extremely important
difference between supplements of vitamins and mineral therapy versus hormone
therapy. Yet most holistic and
naturopathic doctors think that natural hormones are just like natural minerals
and vitamins. They could not be
Once a person’s hormone levels have become low due to age, toxicity, disease or for other reasons, one must take replacement
hormones to restore normal body functioning. This
is not true. However, most
medical, holistic and naturopathic doctors do not know how to truly restore the
body, in our experience. The
articles on this website and our books can help correct this problem.
Bio-identical hormones are the same as those produced within the body. This is not true. The reasons are explained in the
Bio-identical hormones are non-toxic. This has been discussed above. All hormones are toxic substances to a degree.
Hormone replacement schedules can mimic the body’s own production of hormones. This is never true because the
body changes the level of its hormones minute by minute, and this can never be
duplicated with pills, patches, shots or any other manmade delivery system.
Blood, urine and saliva tests are accurate to assess how much replacement
hormone is needed at any time. We find this is simply not
true. What matters is the effect of the hormones, rather than just the level of
For example, many patients have
normal serum thyroid tests.
However, they suffer from symptoms of hypothyroidism and benefit greatly
from a program to improve thyroid activity. Other people have abnormal serum thyroid hormone or TSH
levels. However, hormone
replacement does not solve their health problems.
WHY HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY RELIEVES SYMPTOMS SOME OF THE
TIME, BUT NOT ALL OF THE TIME
report to us that taking replacement hormones, such as Naturethroid
or others, helps in some cases, but not in others. This is somewhat of a mystery to doctors and patients alike.
is that hormone imbalances are not simply about hormones. They are often about other factors
related to one’s hormones. These
1. Moving the
hormones from the gland where they were produced to where they are needed in
the body. This is a problem with
2. Moving the
hormones through the cell walls.
They can move in too fast or too slowly.
3. Problems with
hormone receptors, which allow the body to utilize the hormones. This is an intra-cellular problem.
4. Possible problems
with the feedback mechanism that tells the brain when to secrete more
tests cannot distinguish well between all of these problems. When blood tests indicate low hormone
levels, many doctors just prescribe replacement hormones. However, if the problem is with
circulation, cell permeability, or hormone receptors, then simply adding more
hormones will not help much, if at all.
This is why hormone replacement therapy relieves symptoms only some of
programs use a different method to correct hormone imbalances. Rather than just give more hormones,
the program is aimed at correcting all of the imbalances along the pathway from
the original production of hormones, to their movement to and into the cells,
and their utilization inside the cells.
As we do this, most hormone imbalances go away without the need for
replacement hormones, no matter what the age of the person. This method will not work if one’s
thyroid or other gland has been removed surgically or destroyed with
radiation. In this case,
replacement hormones are needed.
WHEN HORMONE REPLACEMENT IS HELPFUL AND/OR NEEDED
Insulin for type 1 diabetes, at times. Type 1 diabetes can often be corrected with a development
program, but it can take a number of years. Insulin is needed to sustain a person during this time. Insulin may also useful in emergencies.
Causes for Type 1
diabetes may be 1) an infection in the pancreas that reduces insulin
production, or perhaps 2) a toxic metal or chemical such as iron or manganese
in the pancreas that reduces insulin secretion.
Type 2 diabetes. Most Type 2
diabetics can lower their blood sugar with dietary and lifestyle changes alone,
however. In particular, they must
reduce carbohydrates drastically and make sure they are well-hydrated
– with water, not coffee, tea, juices, soda pop, etc.
Fruit should be
eliminated completely. Most grains
must be eliminated as well, especially wheat. Replacing them with cooked vegetables three times daily
improves health and causes rapid weight loss in most cases. They also need animal protein and a few
Most must drink more
spring water, and must stop drinking coffee, alcohol and other caffeinated
beverages. If they will do this,
the blood sugar level usually plummets within days or a week.
type 2 diabetics are also toxic with iron, manganese, lead, cadmium, mercury
and other heavy metals. Many need
more bioavailable chromium, zinc and manganese. For much more on this topic, read Diabetes on this website. Several other articles on this website discuss Carbohydrates, Fruit-eating,
Fructose, and Sugar.
Replacement. If the thyroid gland has been removed surgically, or destroyed by
irradiation or RAI, thyroid hormone replacement is often needed.
If the thyroid gland is present in the body and has not been
irradiated to destroy it, we find that thyroid replacement hormones, even
natural thyroid hormones, are usually not needed. In fact, they get in the way of overall
healing and literally stop healing at deeper levels at a certain point.
Doctors often say
that one must stay on the thyroid hormones for life. However, most people who follow a development program can
slowly reduce their synthetic and/or natural thyroid hormones.
In most cases,
natural or synthetic thyroid hormone replacement simply masks deeper
imbalances. These are, in almost
all cases, iodine deficiency, and toxicity with copper, mercury, fluoride,
bromides, and chlorides from the environment. Other possible causes for low thyroid can be selenium and
zinc deficiencies, and more subtle imbalances such as an imbalanced oxidation
rate, pituitary tumors, and even muscle tension in the neck area or
chiropractic problems in this area of the body.
cause of thyroid problems is a compensation for adrenal gland weakness. Exhaustion of the sympathetic or
fight-or-flight nervous system also contributes to thyroid imbalance.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also called
Hashimoto’s disease. This condition is
common. It is an infection in the
thyroid that is associated with reduced hormone output. In almost all cases, the infection goes
away quickly on a development program.
Normalizing the levels of all the thyroid hormones takes longer, but it
occurs, as well. The use of
thyroid hormone replacement will slow the corrective process in all cases and
is usually not needed.
If one is already
taking thyroid replacement hormones, development practitioners do not take
people off prescribed medication, as this can be dangerous. Please work with your doctor on
reducing your medication. Always
reduce the amount of hormone medication SLOWLY, and wait at least several
months after you begin a development program before starting to reduce your
more on this topic, read Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Quitting
Grave’s disease or
hyperthyroidism. While hormones are
not prescribed for this condition, it is a common thyroid imbalance that, in
our experience, is due to a toxin in the pituitary gland, or due to stress,
copper or mercury toxicity.
The solution is
never to destroy the thyroid gland with surgery or radiation. It is to address the causes, as is done
with a development program, and the condition goes away permanently.
If stress, copper or
mercury are the causes, it often disappears in a few
months. If a pituitary toxin must
be removed, it takes a few years to completely resolve. Development programs need special
modifications for Grave’s disease.
For more details, read Grave’s Disease.
Emergencies. As with the other
hormones, thyroid hormone can be helpful in rare emergencies for a short time
only. For more information about
thyroid problems and natural approaches to solving them, see the article on
this website, Thyroid Disease.
disease. According to
medical texts, cortisol or cortisone replacement therapy are needed in these cases. We have assisted a number of people who have a diagnosis of
Addison’s disease. Most have
recovered without the need for permanent hormone replacement therapy.
Other hormones. The principle is the
same. If the gland or organ that
produces the hormone has been removed surgically or damaged or atrophied beyond
repair, then hormone replacement is needed.
A possible exception
to this is the surgical removal of the ovaries. In these cases, often the ovarian hormones
can be made by the adrenal glands and other sites in the body. In some cases, ovary removal, which
should be done only rarely in the case of overwhelming pathology, can render
some women so unwell that hormones may be the only answer for a while, until
they improve their overall health.
Then they should not be needed at all.
Topical hormone therapy, for example, for dermatitis and other skin
problems, is far less toxic than ingesting corticosteroids. However, it will eventually thin the
skin if used repeatedly.
Therefore, it should be used only occasionally, if at all.
therapy for emergencies.
For example, cortisone may be used for a few days to stop swelling of
the brain after a head trauma. As
long as it is not a longer-term therapy, it can be life-saving.
a person will not or cannot follow a development program. In these cases, hormone replacement is
the second best choice as it may provide relief from symptoms. This
might occur if a person is very old, very ill, or simply unable or unwilling to
follow a strict diet, lifestyle, supplement and detoxification program.
Melatonin. This hormone is secreted by the pineal
gland. It is helpful for many
people to promote restful sleep, especially if one has jet lag, for example. It appears to be fairly safe,
especially for occasional use.
progesterone, testosterone and natural thyroid. These are
occasionally helpful remedies for premenstrual syndrome, fatigue and problems
related to aging. However, we find
they are rarely needed if one will follow a development program. They might be needed for a short time,
if one has a lot of toxic metals to remove that will take months, for example. These approaches are described
elsewhere on this website in articles such as Premenstrual
DEVELOPMENT AND HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
hormone therapy saves one’s life, another problem with it is that it slows and
possibly stops what is called on this website spiritual or mental development. This is a precise process that is
described in several articles on this site including Introduction To Development, Development – Why And Why Now? and others.
reasons why hormone replacement therapy of any kind slows or stops development
include the following:
Any therapy that is even slightly toxic is not helpful for
Any therapy that restricts the normal feedback systems of the body
is harmful for development. All
hormone replacement therapies do this to some degree, as they cannot perfectly
mimic the body’s self-regulating tendencies.
All therapies that involve the use of synthetic
substances, in particular, often slow development.
CONFUSING HORMONE-RELATED SITUATIONS ON HAIR MINERAL ANALYSES
mineral analyses often reveal more about hormone cellular effects than they do about
circulating hormone levels. This
is a very complex subject. It is,
however, a very helpful measure in some cases. Here are a few of the most confusing situations that practitioners
encounter when evaluating hormone metabolism and trying to use serum, urine,
saliva and hair for assessment:
A hair analysis indicates low adrenal and thyroid effect or response (slow oxidation), but adrenal and thyroid hormone levels are normal. This occurs often. It means that hormone secretion is okay, but the body is not able to respond to the hormones. Reasons for this include:
Š The hormones the body is secreting may not be of good enough quality to act properly.
Š A deficiency of a co-factor or releasing factor is making the body’s hormones less effective.
Š Reduced cell permeability is reducing the hormone’s ability to enter the cells.
Š Once in the cells, the body is not able to utilize the hormones properly.
A person is on “adequate” hormone replacement according to serum or saliva hormone tests, but a hair analysis and the person’s symptoms indicate low hormone effect. This is extremely common. It means the replacement hormones are not balancing the body enough, and could be making things worse by upsetting the body’s natural hormone feedback systems.
The reason for this is the problem is not a lack of hormones, but usually such causes as toxic metals, nutrient deficiencies and other biochemical imbalances. A development program will slowly enable the person to get off the replacement hormones after a time. In some cases, staying on the replacement product slows or can even stop progress. However, I do not take people off prescription drugs, as that is a more personal decision that is often made best with the approval of the prescribing doctor.
Serum or saliva hormone levels are low, but a hair analysis reveals fast oxidation or an excessive hormone effect. This is also very common. Possibly, excessive cell permeability (if fast oxidation is present) is allowing hormones to enter the cells faster than is ideal. It is an adaptive mechanism and part of the alarm reaction. In this case, taking supplemental hormones can be very dangerous and can even lead to death. However, convincing a client of this fact can be difficult, especially if the person feels better on the hormones.
Other causes for low
thyroid and adrenal hormones in a fast oxidizer, for example, include a
temporary stress reaction, or that the hormone test was done at a time when
hormones were low, while a hair mineral test represents an average reading over
a three month time period. Other
complicating factors are also possible, such as a falsely elevated sodium or
potassium reading due to using a water softener, swimming in pools often, or
for some other reason that should be checked carefully. Finally, the hair test reflects the
stress response, and not hormone levels.
This must be recalled and one needs to understand both types of tests to
evaluate the differences properly.
However, in most cases, giving thyroid or adrenal hormones to fast
oxidizers is not helpful and can be dangerous!
A hair analysis shows a complex metabolic
pattern such as four lows, four highs or another, but hormone levels appear
within normal limits. The same
principles apply. The development
program will slowly undo the complex patterns on the hair analysis. Stopping supplementary hormones is
often helpful if the client desires it, and is best done with the blessing of
the prescribing doctor for legal reasons.
The client has Grave’s disease or hyperthyroidism, but a hair analysis indicates sluggish thyroid activity and slow oxidation. This is the rule, not the exception. See the article on Thyroid Disease for a deeper understanding of why this occurs in almost every case.
WEANING YOURSELF OFF
A fact that is not well known is that therapy with hydrocortisone, Prednisone and related products often causes a low level of B-complex vitamins. The only way to remedy this in the short term is to take extra amounts of vitamin B complex. When one does this, many people find it much easier to wean themselves off hydrocortisone therapy. This is a research topic.
HORMONES IN OUR FOOD AND WATER
We are all getting a little
hormone replacement therapy.
Common examples of hormones ingested from the food or water are:
and others found in dairy products and meats. Some of these occur naturally, and many are chemicals fed to
the livestock to increase their weight or for other reasons. Dairy products containing these hormone
residues generally make the product far less healthful.
and a few other foods contain genistin and other
compounds that bind to estrogen binding sites in the body. We do not think this is healthful, although some would
disagree. A major reason
traditional populations have fermented their soy products is to destroy these chemicals.
Contaminated tap water. Most American and Western European municipal water supplies
contain residues of medical drugs, including hormones. Once again, this is not considered a
Some pesticides and plastic materials contain hormone-like
toxic chemicals that can mimic estrogens. These are very common today, unfortunately, and also quite