Does Bioidentical Progesterone Work to Improve Health and Human Intelligence?

How does bioidentical progesterone work to promote
healthier children? Before that question is answered, we
need to explain that bioidentical progesterone (natural
progesterone) is the same progesterone produced and found
in human bodies. It is different than Provera one of the
hormones normally found in birth control pills that is not
natural to the human body.

(Note in this discussion of the effects of progesterone to
promote healthy children, both oral and cream forms of natural progesterone are assumed to possess similar human efficacy).

Did you know that high progesterone versus low progesterone
levels at the right time of your baby's life, could make the
difference between mental and physical retardation versus
robust mental and physical health, or even determine if a child's
IQ is 135, rather than the average 100? (High progesterone
means high normal levels of progesterone versus low progesterone,
meaning low normal levels of progesterone).

How does bioidentical progesterone work to improve brain
health? According to respected researcher and biologist, Dr.
Ray Peat (

Recent studies imply that about half the children
identified as hyperactive have experienced prenatal
stress. The most urgent need for progesterone therapy,
I think, is preventing a continuing epidemic of brain

Beyond that, many studies have found that the use of
natural progesterone increases a child's IQ, typically by
around 35 points and produces personalities that are
more "independent, individualistic, self-assured, self-
sufficient and sensitive" (J.M. Reinish, The Female
Patient, April, 1978, p.87).

How does bioidentical progesterone work to improve child
health? The effects of progesterone on the fetus during
pregnancy explain the increase in IQ and decrease in ADD.

It is self-evident that nutrition is an important factor in
determining a kid's health. Yet, one's genetic inheritance
is often assumed to be of equal or of more importance,
than nutrition, particularly since genes appear
unalterable. This is called the nature versus nurture

The fact is genes do not control who your child is. For more
information, click here, Bruce Lipton - The New Biology - Where
Mind and Matter Meet.

However, this belief that nature, in the final analysis,
was the ultimate determinant of human health failed to
consider the influence of child nutrition in utero, that is
to say, the effect of bioidentical progesterone on nutrition
of the fetus, the unborn baby.

Hence, when we consider the effects of progesterone
to improve child health, we must now research its effects
on the unborn baby.

Moreover, there is a crucial time during fetal development
that bioidentical progesterone produces an optimal effect.
When this vital time, called imprinting, is taken into
consideration, nutrition becomes the single most dominant
factor determining your child's health and, therefore, his
or her future success.

So, how does bioidentical progesterone work to improve child
health? The simple answer appears to be through imprinting.

Imprinting means that there exists a certain time in the
development of the unborn baby where effects of hormones,
vitamins and other internal child nutrition factors within
the womb, will have a maximal influence on, not only the
unborn baby's health, but on its later health during its
entire human life cycle.

One of the critical child nutritive factors during the
period of imprinting are the effects of progesterone. The
following excerpt gives a number of answers to the importance
of bioidentical progesterone. Sterling Morgan, in an excellent
article, cites the importance of this hormone below

"What if there was a natural substance that when used by a
pregnant woman could:

  • Protect the fetus from miscarriage
  • Increase the feeling of well being of the mother
  • Increase the potential IQ of the child, and
  • Produce calmer, less colicky babies!

That substance exists, and it is natural progesterone. We
are not speaking about a synthetic drug like Provera, but
rather one made from the extract of the Wild Mexican Yam,
which precisely duplicates the chemical structure of natural
progesterone as produced by the human body.

Ask your doctor about progesterone and pregnancy, and he or
she will probably tell you that the female produces up to 10
times more endogenous progesterone while pregnant.

If you are asking about taking progesterone during
pregnancy, you will most likely be told that it can be
harmful to the fetus. However, the doctor is talking about
synthetic progesterone, called “progestins” or
“progestogens”, not the natural substance. Synthetic
progestins are manufactured in the lab, and while they
perform some of the functions of the natural type, they
also block other important biological functions, such as the
body’s own production of progesterone.

Since a developing fetus actually requires natural
progesterone for its growth and well being, which is why the
body produces much more during pregnancy, it is easy to see
why anything which lessens the natural substance could be
harmful. Since the natural version is rather inexpensive and
unpatentable, drug companies make the synthetic kind and
then ask users to live with the many side effects.

...In an article published in 1968 in the British Journal of
Psychiatry, (Katarina) Dalton studied 60 children at the age
of one year. Twenty-nine of these were born to mothers who
used supplemental natural progesterone during pregnancy.
The mothers of the other 31 did not use any. Over 90% of
the “progesterone” children were standing by age one,
compared to only 60% of the “non-progesterone” children.
Also at age one, over 60% of the “progesterone” children
were walking, compared to about 35% of the
“non-progesterone” children.

Even more significantly, Dalton followed a different group
of 79 children and related their school grades to whether
their mothers had taken bioidentical progesterone during
pregnancy. She used a scale from 0 to 100% to measure their
scholastic achievement in various subjects at school. This
scale did not reflect actual grades received, but was an
arbitrary method of measuring success.

In all cases, bioidentical progesterone children did better
than the “non-progesterone” children, but in some cases the
results were astounding! She also discovered that the best
results occurred when the progesterone was started before
the 16th week of pregnancy. Math skills were three times as
high (60% to 20%) in progesterone children, and this was
only for those whose mothers took it before the 16th week.
For mothers who took it after the 16th week, the scores were
30%, still a 50% improvement over non-progesterone children.

Bioidentical progesterone children scored much higher than
non-progesterone in verbal reasoning skills, academic
subjects, and significantly better in physical education and
English. In fact, the only skill where non-progesterone
children scored almost as high as the progesterone children
was in crafts.

Finally, children whose mothers used bioidentical progesterone
were about seven times more likely to gain entrance to a
university than their non-progesterone counter parts....

Finally, when does bioidentical progesterone work best
to improve child health? It works optimally through
imprinting when the unborn infant is started on
progesterone prior to the 16th week of pregnancy.

Note that Dr. Dalton, not only concluded natural
progesterone is safe to use during pregnancy, she
recommended it.

For unbiased information, concerning the effects of
progesterone, thyroid and other nutrients, search the internet
for books and articles by Dr. Katerina Dalton, Dr. Ray Peat
and Dr. John Lee.

Does bioidentical progesterone work in other ways?

(The chief cause of early pregnancy loss is failure of
increased progesterone production). Some doctors find that
women with autoimmune fertility related problems are best
treated with progesterone through the 16th week.-

Does bioidentical progesterone work in still other ways?

In a 1997 study (see:
Formby and Wiley, they found other potential child nutrition
affects, such as:

  • Progesterone Boosts the Gene that Causes Cancer Cells To

  • Estrogen Boosts the Gene that Cause Cancer Cells Not to

  • Topical Progesterone reduced cell proliferation by 410%

  • Topical Estrogen increased cell proliferation by 223%

  • Topical Estrogen/Progesterone combination reduced cell
    proliferation by 16%

Does bioidentical progesterone work in yet more ways?
Dr. Uzzi Reiss, Beverly Hills gynecologist and obstetrician
confirms these findings and adds:

Progesterone, on the other hand, is the most protective
breast hormone...It increases the activity of a gene called
P53, which protects us from cancer. It also down regulates
and decreases the function of BCL2, a gene that causes
cancer. Progesterone prevents cells from replicating.
Progesterone causes adhesion in the cell. There are many
other detailed functions of progesterone that decrease
cancer in the body. It also moves estrogen from a strong
state to a less strong state. Medroxyprogesterone acetate
(progestin), on the other hand, does the opposite. (See:

Points to remember regarding the effects of progesterone

  1. Because of the dominance of imprinting, child nutrition
    is the single most important factor determining the mental
    and physical health of your child.

  2. Progesterone babies stood and walked sooner than
    non-progesterone babies.

  3. Scholastically, every progesterone child outperformed
    the non-progesterone babies.

  4. Math skills proved three times higher for progesterone
    children who began taking progesterone prior to the
    sixteenth week of pregnancy.

  5. Progesterone children scored significantly higher in
    verbal reasoning skills, academic subjects, English and
    physical education.

  6. The critical period of imprinting appeared to be prior
    to the sixteenth week of pregnancy.

  7. Progesterone adults were seven times more likely to
    gain entrance to a university than non-progesterone adults.

  8. Progesterone could raise children's IQ by 35 points (to
    about 135) and greatly decrease, if not eliminate, the
    plague of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders.

  9. One way progesterone blocks cancer is by boosting the
    gene causing cancer cells to die, as well as, exhibiting
    other cancer blocking affects.

How does bioidentical progesterone work to preserve the brain?

Prior to birth, there is a natural die off of brain cells.
It appears that progesterone supplies increased glucose to
the baby's brain decreasing this brain cell die off.

Some conclusions, regarding bioidentical progesterone are:

  1. Prospective mothers should consider seeing a child
    nutrition oriented medical professional prior to and during
    their pregnancy.

  2. Consider what the effects of such a child nutrition
    program would be if advertised and instituted on a national
    basis! For example, it could virtually eliminate mental
    retardation. It could, not only decrease the likelihood of
    diseases, like Alzheimer's and cancer, but of all human
    diseases later in life. The results for our children and
    our nation could be revolutionary from both health and
    economic perspectives.

  3. Such a child nutrition program, if instituted nation
    wide, could prevent the coming health care economic

Given the above information, regarding the healthful effects
of natural progesterone on child nutrition, the question
comes to mind, why haven't these revolutionary positive
affects been publicized? Unfortunately for child nutrition,
the answer, according to this video,
is that good health
means less profit for the large pharmaceutical corporations.

How does bioidentical progesterone work for the large
pharmaceutical companies?

Widespread use of progesterone, as part of a national
pregnancy nutrition program could prove an economic
nightmare for the large pharmaceutical corporations.

In this regard, the phrase, follow the money, appears very
appropriate when applied to the pharmaceutical industry.
According to the following article, cited by Dr. Joseph

"On the matter of the 'fact creation' process, renowned
author John Le Carre recently stated:

"Big Pharma [the industry in general] is engaged in the
deliberate seduction of the medical profession, country by
country, worldwide. It is spending a fortune on
influencing, hiring and purchasing academic judgment to a
point where, in a few years' time, if Big Pharma continues
unchecked on its present happy path, unbought medical
opinion will be hard to find." (The Nation, New York,
Interview with John Le Carre, 9th April 2001)"

A bioidentical progesterone quiz can be found by clicking here.