Dr Schore attended Dr Diana
Schwarzbein's postgraduate courses in nutrition and bioidentical hormone
balancing therapy and completed her examinations for her Level I and Level II
HRT which required a grade above 90% in order to be listed on her website as a
There are almost as many ways of
prescribing hormones as there are practitioners. However they all agree that
bioidentical hormones are
safer than conventional hormones and appear (when accompanied by sound nutritional
practices) to be preventative of the degenerative diseases common in our aging
population, among them osteoporosis, heart disease, and dementia.
Dr Schore chose to incorporate Dr
Schwarzbein's teachings into his practice, because they are multi-system
oriented and discourage a simple "this-for-that" strategy. They encourage
practitioners to be cognizant of all levels of the patient at all times and to
honor principles of good nutrition.
The basic rules of HBT are simple:
1. Identify which hormones are
2. Replace the missing hormones with
the same hormones.
3. Mimic normal physiology as closely
4. Monitor hormone therapy with
Important to remember is that it
takes a lot of work on the part of the patient and doctor to monitor HBT. Every
body is different and it is most important to honor those differences --
allowing your body to self-heal by feeding it healthy food, managing stress
appropriately, avoiding drugs and toxic chemicals, and exercising regularly.
About 80% of distressing menopause and andropause symptoms will subside if these
basic rules of good living are respected. Then, if you still need HBT, it will
work much better for you.
For more information about HBT, read
The Program, by Diana Schwarzbein, MD and The Sexy Years, by
Suzanne Somers (available from booksellers); also read
the forms referenced in the right column of our
Patient Forms page.
If you are a HBT patient
of COREhealth and need a refill of your prescription, please give us two
weeks notice. It's best that you calculate your hormone needs in advance, then
call the pharmacy. If refills are not authorized, they will contact us for
authorization. However, if refills are not authorized, it's almost always
because a follow-up visit is necessary before we can refill your prescription.
Please plan ahead. If you are too busy to plan ahead, consider that there may be
too much stress in your life.
Also, on the day you have your blood
drawn to measure hormone levels, remember that you take your morning dose of
hormones after the blood is drawn not before you go to the lab.
updated November 28, 2007