Interviewer: Doctor, an increasingly popular practice that we hear a lot
about is hormone replacement. How does that fit into it when we talk about
some of the other hormones that you've mentioned?
Dr. James L. Wilson: Let's look at a hormone as being the tip of the tail
of a dog. Let's look at the entire physiology of the body as being the dog.
We would much rather treat the dog than the tail. The reason for it is
because it's easier. It's much easier to pat the dog and get him to quit
wagging his tail, rather than chase the tail all over the place, and try to
hold the tail. Each one of those tails is a hormone you're trying to
Why don't we look at the basic physiology and biochemistry? Let's balance
that and either simultaneously or after we balanced it, then use what
hormones we need. We know the adrenal secretes significant amounts of DHES,
DHEA, cortisol, aldosterone, testosterone, andostanodyon, estrogen, all
three estrogens, progesterone, pregnenolone.
If we can get the adrenal strong, either before or while we're treating,
then we're going to find, for example if we're treating menopausal
problems, that we need less hormone. Sometimes not even any at all. If
we're treating PMS, most of the time we don't need drugs. Once in a while,
but most of the time not. Usually 400 milligrams of magnesium and balance
the adrenal glands is great.
One of the ways that people will know is that they crave chocolate during
their periods when they're having PMS. Well, why do they crave chocolate?
Because it's very high in magnesium. Once we start adding the magnesium,
and sufficient magnesium has been absorbed into the tissues, the woman will
lose her desire for the chocolate.
We can decrease the amount of hormone used sometimes even the hormones at
all, once they get balanced. One of my favorite topics was to find third
world country doctors and ask them about health in that third world. One of
my favorite questions was to ask him what about menopause in your country?
Without exception, they'd go, "It's really kind of a non-issue." You'd say,
"Why?" He says, "It's just a pretty smooth transition. There's a couple of
herbs they sometimes use, but really there's not much to talk about."
Dr. Wilson: Yeah, I wouldn't describe that in North America. It's because
the women in the cultures were so much more balanced. They hadn't had the
stresses, the poor food, the lack of sleep, the pushing themselves
constantly so that by the time they got into the premenopause,
perimenopausal period, they hadn't gone through 30 years of pedal to the
medal being a soccer mom and executive secretary, and all the other things
working themselves to the bone. They got a chance to just let that happen
If we can get that body back to being strong, most of the problems that we
talk about with hormonal issues will start to diminish. I'm not decreasing
the value of replacement hormones. It's just it's not as good a medicine to
simply try to replace a hormone. Take the adrenals, for example. They
secrete over 50 hormones. There's no way you're going to replace all 50
hormones, especially not in the way that it's being secreted. Hormones are
secreted at different times of day, in different amounts. They are in
balance with other hormones.
For example, there's a cortisol/testosterone interrelationship, there's
cortisol/estrogen interrelationship, there's a estrogen/progesterone
interrelationship, there's a thyroid/estrogen interrelationship. The
cognizant doctor has to be aware of these relationships, and what they mean
in this person to know the proper amounts of hormone to give them, and
sometimes at what time of day.
The body is very wise in the thousands and thousands of years it took to
create this homeostatic mechanism that we have. There's no way we can
emulate that totally from the outside. During certain times, it is good to
replace those hormones with the appropriate hormone, and in the appropriate
One of the ways that we know how much to give is we can look at a daily
secretion of each hormone, and know that we should probably never go over
that particular daily secretion rate. Otherwise, we're probably going to
get into side effects, or we're going to push another hormone down, or
we're going to cause other health problems. It takes a wise doctor to
balance hormones well.
That wise doctor will also know how to balance the thyroid and the adrenal
glands before they get into very much thyroid replacement, or into sex
hormone replacements, because they know the physiology. They know once they
balance the adrenals and thyroid, 80 percent of their problem has probably
gone away. Then they need to touch up here and there, and here and there.
My suggestion to your audience if they have a doctor who their first jump
is to immediately want to prescribe hormones, try to find a doctor who
understands the physiology and the biochemistry better that looks at ratios
of the different hormones of each other, that takes the time to explain
what's happening in your body versus, here take this.
There are doctors out there, and at the Aforium Conference every time I go
here, I meet doctors that are doing this. In almost all medical conference
I lecture at now, I meet dozens of doctors that are practicing this wiser
kind of medicine. I'm happy to report that there's a growing number. I'm
sadly having to report there's still a tremendous lack of those doctors.