Audra Foster, N.D. – Santa Cruz Bioidentical Hormones Specialist
Santa Cruz Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Audra T. Foster, N.D. is a board certified Naturopathic Doctor, who has been in practice since 1997. She specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for both men and women. Dr. Foster is an expertise in treating menopause and andropause, in addition to a wide variety of hormone disorders such as fertility, libido issues, osteoporosis, PMS, thyroid disorders, and gynecological concerns.
She is licensed as a primary care physician in California, and as a Naturopath she treats the root cause of a patient’s concern, not solely their symptoms. Dr. Foster utilizes a variety of Naturopathic therapies such as bioidentical hormone replacement, botanical medicine, IV nutritional therapy, HCG weight loss therapy, homeopathy, and nutritional supplementation.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy in Santa Cruz, CA
Bioidentical hormones are unique because they are formulated from organic sources, such as soy or yams, and they are identical in molecular and structural function to the hormones produced in the human body. Because of this, the body is able to recognize them and metabolize them more easily than synthetic hormones, and their natural structures can help to reduce or eliminate side effects.
Another benefit to bioidentical hormones is that they can be compounded to fit individual needs. After determining present hormone levels and concluding excesses and deficiencies, bioidentical hormones can be prescribed to match exact levels and needs. Each person and his or her conditions are unique, and bioidentical hormones should be prescribed to match these needs.
Contrary to bioidentical hormones, synthetic hormones are usually made from animal waste, such as the urine of a pregnant horse, and because horse hormones are not identical to human hormones, people can experience vicious side effects from synthetic hormones. With synthetic hormones, sometimes the body will allow a hormone to attach to a cell that it should not be attaching to, thus, blocking the receptor site for the hormone that it is specific for.
Another downfall to synthetic hormones is that they cannot be compounded to fit individual needs. Because people have different levels of deficiencies, too much of one hormone can cause an even greater imbalance. For example, if a woman is deficient in progesterone and not estrogen, and then, she takes estrogen, estrogen dominance can occur. Estrogen promotes tissue growth, and progesterone inhibits it. If estrogen is in excess, it can cause breast and uterine tissue to continue to grow, which can cause uterine or breast cancer.
Dr. Foster’s goal is to establish and maintain optimum health and to promote wellness for patients in the Santa Cruz county area. While health is defined as the state of optimal, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being, wellness is defined as a state of health, characterized by a positive emotional state. Santa Cruz BHRT Specialist, Dr. Foster, strives to increase the patients level of wellness, regardless of the level of health or disease. Emphasis is placed on diagnosing, treating and preventing the cause of disease, and not merely the symptoms. An integrated approach is taken incorporating natural remedies, noninvasive therapies, counseling, and education to facilitate the body’s inherent healing abilities. Dr. Foster hopes to be a teacher, mentor, guide, and friend to her patients.
She always implements a diet and exercise program with each patient, as well as advice on stress management. As a Naturopathic Doctor in beautiful Santa Cruz, Dr. Foster believes that with the honor of being a Bioidentical Hormone Specialist, comes a dedication to humanity to improve the health and well being of her community.