Intro to Bio-Identical
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Dr. Wright is recognized as the “Father of
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy” by his peers
Doctors are often spurred to action by their patients. This happened to Dr. Jonathan V. Wright, recognized as the “Father of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy (BHRT)”, when a patient suffering symptoms of menopause informed Dr. Wright that she “wasn’t a horse” and that she’d prefer to replace her disappearing ovarian hormones with the exact same molecules that menopause was taking away. This stimulated what turned out to be the very first comprehensive “bio-identical hormone replacement therapy” program in North America. The bio-identical hormones included were estradiol, estriol, estrone (for technical reasons, this third estrogen is not used as much now) along with progesterone, DHEA, testosterone and thyroid.
The word about BHRT spread with reports of “I feel like myself again”, then came articles and books (including the very first book on this topic by Dr. Jonathan V. Wright and Dr. Lane Lenard in 1997) and many other publications. Since 2004, BHRT has been given enormous publicity.
Since the early 1980s, comprehensive BHRT has grown from one woman, one physician, and one compounding pharmacy to hundreds of thousands of women, several thousand physicians and compounding pharmacies. Keep reading to learn more about what BHRT is, where it originated, how it can help you and what you should look for in a treatment program.
Why is it Important to Copy Nature?
Along with many philosophies associated with medical care through the ages, the principles of “First, Do No Harm” and “Copy Nature” have endured. In hormone replacement programs that strive to provide hormone applications in a cycle and style that duplicates, as best as possible, what occurs naturally prior to menopause, we see the ideology of “Copy Nature” at work.