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Are "bioidenticals" really bioidentical? - James - 06-18-2012 05:48 PM

I have a major problem with the term "bio-identical". There is no real way to determine that these hormones are 100% identical to the body’s own progesterone.

These hormones are not natural either as some sites claim. These are pharmaceutical drugs synthesized in a lab from plant sterols. And as with all pharmaceutical drugs they carry health risks.

When a substance like this is synthesized there is no way to make sure all the atoms are in the same position and all the bond angles are the same.

The sugars glucose, fructose and galactose for example are all written as C6H12O6. Yet they are totally different sugars because of the different positions of atoms and bond angles.

Many vitamins, such as vitamin E, that are synthesized are said to be "bioidentical" to their natural counterparts. Yet natural vitamin Es, as with many vitamins, have a more pronounced effect on the body than their synthetic counterparts. So there are obviously differences.