What Really Is The Difference Between Natural and Synthetic Hormones? : Exclusive Renegade Health Interview

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I’m really excited to bring you a new two part interview series today…

About two weeks ago, I interviewed Dr. David Brownstein who is an expert clinician who helps people balance their hormones and improve their thyroid function.

Basically, he takes really tired, worn out people – people who are always achy, lethargic, have low sex drive and moody – and makes them feel like they’re themselves again.

I think you will find this interview very useful (my written comments follow!)…


Click the play button to start the call:


Here are my thoughts on this interview…

1. I interview a lot of people and this one was good.

For this interview, I hesitated to give you a summary here because I think listening to Part 1 and Part 2 of this interview is more important than reading my comments.

I interview on average about one to two experts a week these days (Which is about 100 or so a year.) When I got off the phone with Dr. Brownstein and Annmarie asked me what I thought of it, I said that I want to have him on regularly. I think he’s fantastic and I hope you do too.

Remember, he is a clinician – a person who works with people on a regular basis. As you know, here at Renegade Health, we put extra weight toward the practitioners who are seeing patients because they’re the ones that are putting theory to practice.

I’d listen to Dr. Brownstein before I followed any protocol based on a theory of health, not practice.

2. What is the difference between synthetic and natural hormones?

Sometimes your hormone system gets a little frazzled. When it does, some doctors give you synthetic hormones in hope that they do the trick. Some natural doctors are a little more savvy and understand that natural hormones are more likely to work with the body than synthetic.

Very simply put, natural hormones work best and are relatively safe (as long as they’re used smartly and monitored.) Synthetic hormones were created so that the drug companies were able to patent something natural. Basically, as Dr. Brownstein explains, these companies take a natural hormone and alter with methy- chain or carboxyl- chain to make it patentable. This is how they are able to create something that can be called intellectual property and eventually become a drug.

But as Dr. Brownstein explains, hormones and their receptors work like a lock and key, so that if something isn’t exactly right, you may not get the benefit – or worse, you may damage the receptors.

3. The best way to test for hormone imbalance.

Dr. Brownstein recommends using blood testing for monitoring your hormones. He also acknowledges that some of his colleagues who get good results use salivary testing as well.

If you find a knowledgeable practitioner, they will be able to guide you through what tests to take.

4. You rarely use one hormone at a time for the best therapy.

Just like in the body, you don’t have just one hormone being produced at a time. Your body produces multiple hormones like a conductor guides a symphony.

So Dr. Brownstein’s explanation of this, shows that he has a much deeper understanding of how natural hormone replacement can be effective than most. Hormones, when used together, are more effective.

5. Some of the most common nutrients Dr. Brownstein recommends are…

…Vitamin C, salts (unprocessed sea salt), ALA (an antioxidant), and iodine. These four he feels are necessary for most people who are having trouble with their hormones – as well as people looking to prevent some of the most common ailments.

6. Magnesium testing isn’t as accurate as you may think.

One of the most interesting things Dr. Brownstein explained was that the blood serum magnesium testing that many major labs do isn’t all that accurate. He’s been working with Quest Labs to help change the methodology to get a more exact reading.

So for now, he feels hair testing is reasonable. But regardless of the testing, he puts many of his patients on magnesium anyway since most people are deficient to begin with!

Your question of the day: Have you (or someone you know) ever taken natural or synthetic hormones? What were your (their) results?

You can find out more information about Dr. David Brownstein here: http://www.drbrownstein.com

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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