Neil Hirschenbein, M.D. – San Diego Bioidentical Doctor
Dr. Hirschenbein has been prescribing bio-identical hormone replacement therapy since 1993, and he has treated several thousand men and women.
Due to his experience and reputation in regards to bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Hirschenbein has been asked to present at multiple national and international conferences, and for this reason, he has accumulated patients throughout the U.S. and across the world.
Dr. Hirschenbein practices comprehensive medicine and treats each patient as a unique individual. Dr. Hirschenbein seeks to find the underlying cause of his patients’ complaints, and he treats the root of the disease, not just the symptoms.
Fifteen years ago, Dr. Hirschenbein’s practice became more integrative, and he was among the first group of physicians to become Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Hirschenbein uses his unique knowledge to guide patients through age related symptoms and to help them live healthier, happier lives.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is one of Dr. Hirschenbein’s main tools in helping patients to combat age related disease. While hormone replacement therapy has been around for over 60 years, it has only recently become more effective, studied, and safe. Bio-identical hormones are unique in that they are identical in chemical and molecular structure to the hormones made by the human body. While bio-identical hormones are made from plant sources, such as soy or yam, synthetic hormones are made from animal hormones.
Because animal hormones are not exact in chemical structure to human hormones, many women suffered with unpleasant side effects. In the past, this may have caused some women to develop breast and uterine cancer, and this could have occurred for two main reasons. First of all, synthetic hormones are unable to be customized, and the dosages given for different hormones are the same, despite the body’s hormone levels and symptoms. Secondly, synthetic hormones do not always go where they should.
There are three types of estrogen, and if a woman that happens to have high levels of estrone is given synthetic hormones and cannot adjust the dosages, she may begin to produce excess amounts of breast and uterine tissue. Estrone is one of the three types of estrogen, and its job is to produce breast and uterine tissue, which is necessary because cells always need to be repaired and replaced.
However, excess amounts could cause too much tissue production, which could lead to cancer.
Another reason bio-identical hormones may be a safer option than traditional hormone replacement therapy is that synthetic hormones enter the body and can attach themselves to a hormone cell receptor that they are not specific to. For example, synthetic estrogen could attach itself to a progesterone receptor, and this could cause the body’s natural progesterone to be blocked, which could cause hormonal havoc within the body.