Bio-Identical Hormones Explained: Dr. James Occhiogrosso

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Natural Health Practitioner specializing in natural anti-aging and sexual issues James Occhiogrosso joins the show. He discusses bio-identical hormones, progesterone as being protective against cancer and strokes…


James Occhiogrosso is a Natural Health Practitioner specializing in natural anti-aging and other male and female health issues and author of the book “Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life.” He maintains an active practice helping both men and women overcome hormonal and sexual issues associated with aging, including erectile dysfunction, lack of libido, PMS and menopausal problems, and often acts as an advisor for men with prostate cancer whose doctors recommend a “watchful waiting” or “active surveillance” approach. Salivary home hormone test kits as well as bio-identical hormone creams are available at his website, via phone at 239-498-1547, or via email to You can also sign up for his free “Health Naturally” newsletter on his website.

Eric Michaels: In the recent past, appearances by Suzanne Somers and other celebrities have sparked a lot of interest in bio-identical hormone replacement for anti-aging, but conventional medical practitioners dispute its safety. What exactly are bio-identical hormones? And, are they safe?
Dr. Occhiogrosso: The term “bio-identical” refers to substances that are identical to those produced by the human body.  Prescription hormone replacement therapy is produced either synthetically or from animals and is not bio-identical.  The human body has difficulty recognizing non bio-identical substances hence they create problems.  This is one of the reasons pharmaceutical drugs have more side effects than natural substances.  For example: red yeast rice can lower cholesterol levels nearly as effectively as prescription cholesterol lowering drugs.  But, red yeast rice has mild side effects when compared to the prescription drugs.

Prescription hormone replacement therapy (HRT) consists of synthetic estrogens and synthetic progesterone, otherwise known as progestin.  These artificial estrogens have been implicated in the development of breast and other cancers, and synthetic progestin has been linked to an increased risk of a  stroke.  The Women’s Health Initiative study—which was supposed to prove the benefits of prescription hormone replacement therapy for women—was terminated early due to the increased risk of breast cancer and stroke in the study participants.

Bio-identical hormones, on the other hand, have not been linked to any of these problems. In fact, according to Dr. John R. Lee, M.D., bio-identical progesterone is somewhat protective against both stroke and cancer.

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