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New BHRT Website!

I came across this new bio-identical hormone website today and thought I would let you all know about it. It’s really informative and keeps up with BHRT in the news. Check it out here.

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Stay Young And Sexy Book Review

The book, Stay Young and Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormones: The Science Explained by Dr. Jonathan V. Wright and Lane Lenard M.D., has been released for a few weeks now and has received really great reviews. In case you are one of those people that is on the fence about bio-identical hormone replacement or just looking for more information this review should provide you with a few reasons to buy the book. It was featured in Life Extension Foundations March issue and was written by Jon Finkel.

A decade after Dr. Jonathan Wright introduced the concept of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) with the book Natural Hormone Replacement for Women Over 45, in which he explored the benefits of true hormone replacement using bio-identical human hormones, Dr. Wright, along with Dr. Lane Lenard brings to print his newest offering: Stay Young and Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement: The Science Explained.

In this follow-up book, Wright and Lane rely on their up-to-date clinical experience in order to highlight little-known scientific studies that form the foundation of support for the safety and benefits of BHRT. The book gets going debunking conventional bio-identical hormone thoughts and theories with the eye-catching title of its opening chapter: Don’t Let Your Doctor Give You Horse Urine!

This chapter refers to the use of conjugated equine estrogens (CEEs) in standard “estrogen therapy.” The use of this phrase rather than the more unpleasant one, horse urine, is not by accident, as the book states: “By carefully manipulating the language, the drug companies have convinced the vast majority of doctors, medical researchers, government regulators, media, and women themselves of an outright falsehood: that CEEs are ‘estrogen’ and that ‘estrogen’ is CEEs.” This redefining of terms has been a cornerstone of insidious patent medicine marketing for nearly a hundred years, and Stay Young blows the whistle on how careful wording has dumped billions of dollars into Big Pharma’s pockets.

Other chapters simply titled “Hormones and the Menstrual Cycle” and “Of Hormones & Drugs and Urine & Yams” act almost as an encyclopedia of everything women need to know about their bodies and hormones, while chapters later in the book answer questions about health and youth maintenance.

The final chapter of the book deals with the politics of bio-identical hormones and why the government is trying to take them away. In this startling climax, readers will get a feel for the real dangers behind government influence when it comes to medicine and what people can do to stay informed.

Suzanne Somers, who wrote the foreword for the book, perhaps says it best: “This is the real science not encumbered by pharmaceutical agendas. These doctors have gone out on a limb to bring the truth so that we can all feel better and live the joyous lives we were meant to enjoy.”

So go out and buy the book, bio-identical hormones can help you start out your summer right!

MANopause or Andropause

Today I thought we could discuss andropause because there is a chapter in the book, Stay Young and Sexy with Bio-identical Hormone Replacement: The Science Explained, that discuss why men need hormone replacement also. Just like women there comes a time in a man’s life where he begins to feel the effects of getting old and suffers symptoms similar to women’s menopause. The weight gain, irritability, forgetfulness but they don’t deal with hot flashes..lucky them. And there is no reason that men should have to suffer through those symptoms when women have options to make those issues go away. Just because a pharmaceutical company didn’t make a horse urine drug for them doesn’t mean they don’t have options. The amount of men using bio-identicals is increasing and for good reason, they find it successful. Here’s an article about andropause:

Most men don’t think abut their hormone levels or how an upset in their levels can affect them in many ways. A lot of men assume they have one hormone, testosterone, and that is all they have. Indeed, that one is important, but there are more. The midlife crisis that some men think they are going through is more likely to be a hormonal imbalance called andropause which is similar in many ways to the menopause change that women experience. Men have an option in treating this imbalance called bio-identical hormone pellet therapy.

The symptoms of andropause can be serious and can deprive you of your daily routines. You may feel depressed and wondering why, you may feel as though you will never get a decent night of sleep again, or you may feel as though you are completely exhausted even after you do sleep. You can chalk this exhaustion up to a condition termed adrenal gland fatigue. Men have two adrenal glands. Each one is positioned over each of the kidneys. These glands produce a hormone called cortisol that is for reacting to stress or strenuous physical activity.

If a man is put under too much stress for too long, his adrenal glands react by producing cortisol in a constant stream. When this happens, the next problem is when the adrenal glands grow tired and stressed. The flow of cortisol then is unregulated and the result is the upset of the hormone balance in man’s body. Thus you end up with all the awful symptoms of andropause.

If you know a man that you think may be experiencing the onset of andropause, make the time to sit down with him and explain what andropause is and what his options are to fix it.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy Could Cause Asthma

Women who used hormone replacement therapy (HRT) were 21% more likely to be diagnosed with asthma than those women who never used HRT.

Women who used estrogen-only HRT were 54% more likely to develop asthma compared to their “natural” menopause counterparts.

Estrogen and asthma pathogenesis have been studied, but the findings are equivocal. Estrogen is known to have both inflammatory and anti-inflammatory effects.

References:
http://jaci-nbop.blogspot.com/2010/02/estrogen-replacement-and-asthma-risk.html

Image source: Estriol. Wikipedia, public domain.

Another Interview With Dr. Jonathan Wright

Suzanne Somers, who wrote the foreword for the new book Stay Young and Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement: The Science Explained, has interviewed Dr. Wright for another installment in their on-going series about women’s health. Dr. Jonathan V. Wright the author of the new bio-identical book has been interviewed in Suzanne’s previous books and she considers him to be an expert on natural health remedies and bio-identical hormones. In their first interview they discussed Vitamin K and it’s health benefits. In this interview they discuss the cause and solution for weak hair and brittle nails, a common issue as women age and experience menopause. To read the interview click here and be sure to check back here for more updates on new installments.

Breast Cancer Rate Dips Seen In Affluent Women

For the past few years scientists and researchers have noticed a decline in the number of breast cancer cases reported and have been trying to determine why. This drop started occurring after 2002, the year the results of the WHI findings were released and thousands of women stopped taking their hormone replacement pills. Coincidence? I think not, and neither do the scientists especially since the decline comes from women that have estrogen receptive positive tumors. Harvard researchers studied 350,000 women with breast cancer and found the decline stems from women stopping their hormone replacement therapy. Also the group of women that this decline was most prevalent in, was white affluent women. This particular group of women was also more likely to take hormone replacement therapy than their less affluent and/ or minority counterparts. Now some may argue that this doesn’t mean bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is safe but it does tell you one thing. The increase in bio-identical hormone usage isn’t causing the breast cancer incidence rate to increase so it has to be safer on some level right? Read the article here and form your own opinion on the topic.

One More Reason To Be Cautious About HRT…or just not use it at all..

As I mentioned in a blog post last week, there are a laundry list of side effects when it comes to using hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Well it’s time to add on one more. It seems that HRT can increase a women’s chance of developing asthma. Now to be fair it says in the study that its estrogen-only therapy that causes this so I’m assuming that if you take progesterone as well you’ll be fine but really one more thing women need to worry about it. I swear it’s articles like these that make the decision to take bio-identical hormone replacement a lot easier. Read the article, “Estrogen Hormone Therapy Linked to Asthma in Study” and let me know how you feel about hormone replacement therapy .