Natural, biologically identical hormones mimic the shape and function of our own endogenous hormones. The body treats and processes them in the same way it has processed its natural hormones for years. They are safe, have few side effects, and can have a rejuvenating and proactive effect.
Unfortunately, many of the hormones regularly prescribed are not identical to those found in the human body. As the body works to metabolize these foreign substances, it can produce toxic by-products, which can cause side effects such as bloating, mood swings, water retention and serious problems as heart disease and cancer.
We offer both static (same dose) and Wiley (rhythmic) protocols for both men and women.
The Wiley Protocol is a trademarked delivery system consisting of bio-identical estradiol-progesterone and testosterone in topical creams dosed to mimic the natural hormones produced by your body when you were in your 20’s. The creams vary in their amounts throughout a 28-day cycle to mimic the level of youth when heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease were not immediate concerns. Approximately 80% of females with a uterus will have perfectly normal regular menstrual periods every 28 days. While Dr. Banyas is able to prescribe several different hormone replacement protocols, the Wiley Method is the preferred choice of most of our patients.
Estrogen was the first commonly replaced hormone and there has been much controversy over the last four decades. Conclusions of studies like the Women’s Health Initiative have left women scared, vulnerable and confused. However, the study only focused on the synthetic non-biologically identical hormones that can have negative effects on the female body. Bio-identical estrogen mimics exactly what the body makes. It is essential for muscle tone, skin smoothness, hair texture and sex drive. It can also help deter osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Bio-identical progesterone (the exact molecule your body makes) should be a life-long partner of estrogen. They balance each other and work synergistically to promote optimal female health. Progesterone helps stimulate bone growth, heart healthy function and boosts mood and well-being.
Although primarily a male hormone, women also benefit from its supplementation. Levels decline with age in men and women. At optimal levels, testosterone increases bone density and formation, enhances energy and sex drive, decreases body fat, increases muscles strength, lowers blood pressure and modulates cholesterol levels.
This gland regulates temperature, metabolism and cerebral (brain) function, which generate energy and warmth. Insufficient levels result in fatigue, increased cholesterol levels and increased risk of coronary artery disease. With age, thyroid levels gradually decline resulting in a decreased metabolism, which affects all cells and organs. Low thyroid causes low energy, loss of motivation and thinning hair, skin and nails.
This regulates the circadian rhythm as well as the deep stage of sleep. Studies suggest the immune system is stimulated during these periods of deep rest. It has been praised as a powerful antioxidant and a potential anti-cancer agent. There are numerous studies showing that melatonin can scavenge free radicals, induce youthful sleep patterns and possibly slow the aging process.
This hormone is often referred to as the “master hormone” or “healing hormone” and is necessary for repair and restorative abilities at the cellular level, and its positive effects are beyond those of any other hormone. It enhances testosterone and estrogen. Benefits include increase in lean muscle mass and decreased total body fat, increased overall energy levels, improved quality of life, improved skin tone, improved skin thickness, improved cognitive performance, improved sleep, improved cardiac and lung function and improved cholesterol profile.
HGH is naturally produced in the pituitary gland and plays a role in cell regeneration and maintaining healthy tissue including vital organs and the brain. The benefits include increased muscle strength, better fracture healing, enhanced weight loss, stronger bones, reduced cardiovascular disease, improvement in erectile dysfunction, improved mood and cognitive functioning and deeper sleep.