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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

drthomas@naturedox.com

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

hGH
Human Growth Hormone Therapy
It has been called the Anti-Aging Hormone


hGH therapy does not halt aging or prevent death, but hGH deficiency produces the symptoms of aging, because tissues without stimulation by hGH will atrophy.  Human Growth Hormone (hGH) is produced by the pituitary, under the influence of the hypothalamus.  hGH stimulates the release of IGF1 from the liver, which then affects target organs and tissues throughout the body.  Growth Hormone and IGF1 both affect receptor sites on the surface of cells which trigger various metabolic processes.  


hGH secretion and levels naturally diminish with age, resulting in the attendant loss of youthful muscles, skin, joints, mental acuity, sexual desire and performance.  hGH can be administered by injection, (secretagogue and precursors are administered orally).  hGH is secreted in pulses by the pituitary and stays in the bloodstream for only a short time, and thus cannot be easily measured directly.  Serum IGF1 levels are used as the surrogate laboratory markers of IGF1 therapy.  Ideal levels are those of young adulthood.  

hGH is not given by itself, and is usually the last of all the hormones to be supplemented as part of the suite of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.  Thyroid, DHEA, Testosterone, (Estradiol and Progesterone for women only), melatonin (for sleep), pregnenalone (for memory) are supplemented first.  After these hormones have been brought up to the levels of young adulthood, then IGF1 is used as the market for determining the dose necessary to bring hGH up to that same level.  


Some symptoms that may be related to hGH deficiency:


Obtaining hGH:


Dosing regimen:


Therapeutic Response:


Side Effects and precautions: