Dr. Joe Altamirano, Medical Director and HRT Specialist for Pure Life Institute says hello and welcome!

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Greetings from Pure Life Institute!  We hope this blog is helpful.  Our goal is to provide helpful, reliable information on HRT (hormone replacement therapy) that you can use to determine if you are a candidate for treatment, and to offer my services to you as a qualified HRT specialist.   I am excited at the potential possibilities of making you feel like you haven’t felt in years!

Best Wishes for better health,

Dr. Joe Altamirano, M.D.

Medical Director and HRT Specialist


13372 Newport Ave. Ste A. Tustin, CA 92780

(714) 505-0433

What is HRT?

HRT is simply replacing the hormones that your body no longer produces in the amounts necessary and conducive for optimum health.  It’s no different than a diabetic who needs insulin, although not as immediately life threatening.

Who needs HRT?

For many of us, after the age of 40, and sometimes as early as 35, our bodies simply stop producing vitally necessary hormones in the amount necessary to keep us healthy.  If you’re suffering from chronic pain, if you’re feeling sluggish and tired with lack of motivation, depressed, anxious, fearful, with lack of sexual desire or libido, along with diminished sexual performance, then you are most likely in need of HRT.  If you’re having trouble with weight loss or getting rid of body fat, along with trouble firming up muscles even though you’re dieting and exercising, YOU ARE A LIKELY CANDIDATE!

A simple blood test can determine whether or not your hormones are at a satisfactory level and in balance with your other hormones.

Is HRT safe?

Customized natural hormonal therapy or what we call “bio-identical” HRT is the ONLY way to replace hormones safely.  Studies have shown that patients using hormones that are biologically IDENTICAL to what your body makes live longer than those who do not.  *If you are taking synthetic hormones such as Premarin, Prempro or progestin (clinically proven to cause cancer and heart disease), you need to see a specialist immediately to replace them with a safe, bio-identical alternative.

How do I know if my doctor is qualified to perform my HRT?

Because HRT/Anti-aging medicine is a specialized area of medicine, your doctor should be board certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging/Regenerative Medicine to insure that they have received the necessary prerequisite education to interpret and monitor your lab and HRT results, and to curtail any possible side effects.

Everybody knows why women in menopause need HRT, but why do men need it?

Although not as obvious or well known as menopause, andropause (the gradual decrease of testosterone in aging men) has been linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, as well as all the other manifestations previously listed above.  Properly managed HRT is the only effective treatment to increase testosterone and dramatically improve your quality of life.

Can women benefit from HRT before they reach menopause?

Absolutely.  Because HRT is frequently misunderstood, even among doctors, many younger women don’t know to seek out help with their female problems except to see their gyneocologist.  Many female problems can be remedied simply by adding a little testosterone!

Why has there been so much controversy regarding the use of steroids/male hormones?

As with any drug that makes you feel good, there is always the propensity to misuse and abuse.  In the case of professional athletes, some are merely looking to enhance their physical abilities by any means necessary to help elevate their careers.  Some of them will find help thru the “underground,” while others will find a doctor who is willing to put their license on the line to prescribe to them when in fact there is no medical reason to prescribe it.  In many of these cases, however, these athletes are suffering from the same aging maladies as the rest of us, and are merely taking their prescriptive medication to keep them healthy and playing at their full potential as their careers are winding down.

Why is HRT considered an anti-aging specialty in medicine?

If you’re over 40 right now, or especially if you’re over 50, 60 or above, you might well remember a time in your life when you felt really good all the time.  That time, I bet, was when you were 18 to 21, a time when your sex hormones were peaking.  You might remember feeling like you owned the world, like you knew all the answers.  Your sexual energy and exuberance were thru the roof and you felt like you could walk thru walls.  With the right HRT program, you can feel that way again.  You can do things again that you haven’t been able to do in 20 years.  You feel better.  You look better.  You perform better.  HRT literally rewinds the clock back to a more youthful time of your life.

What makes PURE LIFE INSTITUTE any different from all the other HRT clinics around, or even my own doctor?

Most HRT clinics will prescribe estrogen/progesterone, testosterone and human growth hormone as the foundation of their HRT program.  We are unique in that we also offer customized medications and other hormone compounds which can additionally help with chronic pain syndromes such as arthritis, muscle wasting syndromes from disease, injury or surgery, as well as metabolic issues such as weight loss, insulin resistance, fat loss, and muscle firming and toning. Along with the compounded medications, we feel that vitamins are important in maximizing your optimum health. If you’re suffering from muscle, joint or nerve pain, our physical therapy dept. is ready to help you!

Will my insurance cover the cost of my HRT?

Unfortunately, no.  Anti-aging medicine is not a covered entity with most insurance plans.  Our office is not affiliated with any PPO’s or any insurance carriers, including Medicare.  Therefore, all services rendered will be processed as “out of network” by your insurance carrier.

Is HRT affordable?

Absolutely.  The Initial visit is $350. Once your an established patient a realistic foundational HRT program can be as little as $200 per month for female or $215 for a male.  We do require a yearly visit with the doctor with anual blood work to ensure your medications are functioning properly and are meeting your needs. Treatment prices can be higher based on individual need.

How can I get started?

Simply call our office, PURE LIFE INSTITUTE, in Orange County, CA at (714) 505-0433.  We will pre-screen you, and send you out a lab form to get your blood drawn and tested.  The results will be faxed directly to my office and I will go over them with you when you come in for your appointment.  If you desire, I can offer you a complimentary 15 minute consultation over the phone to answer some questions and give you some idea if you’re a good candidate for HRT. Please be patient as my appointments book fast. That’s all there is to it!

Call us today!  (714) 505-0433


Dr. Joe Altamirano, M.D.

Medical Director and HRT Specialist


13372 Newport Ave. Ste A Tustin, CA 92780

(714) 505-0433



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