I have been in practice for over 40 years and through my work, as a Hormone Scholar at Environmental Estrogen Think Tank (CBR Tulane), a Clinician, a Bestselling author, a Professor at Higher Board Certification Courses for MDs, NPs and pharmacists, a Research Fellow and as a Breast Cancer Survivor for 25 years I have learned these things about hormones:




  • Whenever a doctor says that there is no answer for you, it means that they don’t have an answer for you. Never give up hope.
  • Hormones rule your body and must be respected.
  • Bioidentical hormones are much safer than synthetic as your body is designed to respond to them naturally.
  • Each person has his or her own “hormonal footprint” that must be individually tested and tracked.
  • Healthy, balanced hormones (often achieved by testing and replacing) are the best anti-aging tools.
  • Some high-risk and even breast cancer patients can take specific types of hormone therapies to stay healthy, but the doctors need to know and be experienced in the science-based protocols. I am trying my best to pass this info forward.
  • If hormone signals are blocked, your body breaking down worsens and aging accelerates.
  • Hormones are nature’s Physiologic Internet System: sending emails to cells throughout your entire body to keep you healthfully keeping on.
  • Hormone imbalances are happening earlier and earlier—in the placenta, in infants, and in teens—due to our polluted planet and chemical-laden food.
  • Hormone levels should be tracked every decade throughout life in order to help a savvy provider know which levels help you feel your best.
  • You are unique. Norms don’t necessarily apply to you. This often includes “labs”.
  • Blood (or saliva or urine) levels do not tell the whole story of hormones. Receptor functionality is where the rubber of hormone health meets the hormonal road.
  • “Receptor functionality” leans on your food choices, your digestive capabilities, nutrient levels and health of other hormones.

and most importantly, it is best to work with a team that understands this bigger picture so you can be the very best version of yourself for many years to come.

Links to More Dr. Berkson Hormone Articles 

Hormones Misunderstood

The New Understanding of Hormones

The Body’s Internet System 

Hormones Rule the Brain

Hormones, Gut and Autoimmune

The Yo-yo History of Hormones

Follow the Money in Hormones