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Thomas Lee Abshier, ND

Naturopathic Doctor
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

Libido, Energy

Menopause, Osteoporosis

Weight, Diabetes

1414 NE 109th Ave.

Portland, Oregon

(503) 255-9500

(503) 255-1888 fax

Naturopathic Medicine
The Holistic Healing Paradigm

Orthomolecular/Functional Medicine – (Hormones, Nutrition, Herbs, Homeopathy)

With the Goal of Restoring the Body’s God Given Pattern of Health
Removing the Resistance to Cure w/ Proper Nutrition, Lifestyle, Relationships, & Body Mechanics

Using Lab Tests & Clinical Judgement to Diagnose Errors of Metabolism and Genetics

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Thomas Lee Abshier, ND

During young adulthood, the glandular output is greatest.  As the body ages, glandular output gradually decreases.  In the case of menopause, the output of estradiol and progesterone precipitously drops upon depletion of the ovaries’ supply of eggs.  (With menopause and sex hormone secretion cession, the rate of bone loss increases significantly, as does risk of cardiovascular disease, and the increased risk of Urinary Tract Infections with thethinning of the vaginal and urinary mucosa.)  The health/vitality/resilience of the body roughly tracks hormonal levels.  Youthful vitality may return to a degree as the hormone levels are returned to their young adult optimums by Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).  

The hormones used in BHRT are synthesized from  soy and yam.   After synthesis, these molecules are identical to those produced and used naturally by the body.  Some synthetic drugs use molecules similar to human hormones but modified slightly – these are foreign to the body, and not recommended.

Cellular metabolism is regulated by a symphony of hormones, including: thyroid (T3 and T4), testosterone, DHEA, estradiol, progesterone, hGH (human Growth Hormone), melatonin, pregnenalone, vitamin D, cortisol, oxytocin, and others.  Deficiency of one hormone may cause symptoms.  Replacing that single hormone may be effective in reversing a particular symptom.  But, since the hormones all stimulate pieces of the metabolic network, the most holistic approach to health restoration is to supplement the entire suite of the major hormones to their youthful optimums.

Hormone Replacement Therapy:

  1. Assess hormone levels via blood serum levels of  the entire suite of the major hormones.  (Lipids, PSA, CBC are also followed.)
  2. Prescribing appropriate doses of Bioidentical Hormones
  3. Retesting hormone levels in 4-6 weeks
  4. Adjusting the prescribed dose
  5. Retesting again, etc. until the patient is both symptom free, and at optimal levels.  

Considerations and Cautions in BHRT

The patients who are the most likely to benefit most from BHRT include:

Testosterone Replacement for men may:

Testosterone Replacement for Women may help:

Estrogen Replacement may help:

HCG Therapy (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin):

Melatonin Therapy may:

Oxytocin Therapy may:

DHEA Therapy may help:

Pregnenolone may help:



I spoke with a person, not my patient, who had undergone the full suite of BHRT that changed his life.  He had an onset of epilepsy which required drugs to control his seizures; that left him depleted and listless, barely able to function.  After reaching the therapeutic target for his BHRT on all his hormones, his energy returned to full level, even though he was still taking the seizure medications.