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Hormone Therapy Raises Risks, Even Early On

Here’s an article that discusses the findings of Harvard researchers who discovered that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) offers none of the protection against health risks and may actually increase the risk of a heart attack. This study basically proved what they started to find during the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) until they stopped it because they realized that they were putting women’s lives in danger. Enlighten yourself by reading the article here and educate other women so that they know about the dangers of HRT. For more information about the differences between synthetic hormones and bio-identical hormones read the book, Stay Young and Sexy with Bio-identical Hormone Replacement: The Science Explained by Dr. Jonathan V. Wright and Lane Lenard Ph.D with a foreword by Suzanne Somers.

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Stay Young and Sexy With Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement: The Science Explained

It’s been more than a decade since Dr. Jonathan Wright introduced the concept of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) with the book Natural Hormone Replacement for Women Over 45 (Wright JVW, Morgenthaler J. Smart Publications, 1997), at a time when only a handful of clear thinking, knowledgeable doctors had ever heard about bio-identical hormones.

Many women first learned the truth about HRT and BHRT from that first book; others later heard about it from TV celebrity Suzanne Somers, who described her personal experiences with a different version of BHRT in the first of a series of books. But the real stampede away from HRT and toward BHRT began in 2002 with the premature termination of a large, government-funded study—the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI)—the results of which confirmed that the risks of conventional HRT unquestionably outweighed its benefits.

In their new updated book, authors Wright and Lenard will bring to light many examples of “forgotten” or “ignored” scientific studies combined with up-to-date clinical experience that provide solid support for the safety and benefits of BHRT.

Buy the book here.

Menopause and High Cholesterol

I don’t know about you guys but I had NO IDEA that menopause could cause women to have high cholesterol! It normally doesn’t appear the list of fatty foods, stress, and weight so I don’t think anyone would make the connection. Luckily we have the medical world to do tests and research for us so that we are educated on these kinds of topics. I found this great article by Dr. Stephen Center on BodyLogicMD’s website about the connection and steps you can take to reduce your increase of LDL when you start menopause.

Dr. Stephen Center Discusses the Connection Between Menopause and High Cholesterol

The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SAWN) has followed more than 3,000 American women since 1996. The study indicated that the onset of menopause significantly increases LDL (“bad” cholesterol) cholesterol levels in women. LDL cholesterol attaches to the inner walls of arteries, forming plaque buildup and eventually constricting blood flow from heart. It’s important that women nearing menopause are proactive about their health, to avoid the potential risk of heart disease and other health complications.

Here are some steps that I recommend women take to improve their overall health and wellness and eliminate the risk of health challenges associated with aging.

Bioidentical hormones – High LDL cholesterol during menopause is often the result of an estrogen deficiency. As women enter perimenopause, estrogen levels begin to gradually decline and continue throughout menopause. Bioidentical hormones replace the estrogen hormones that the body no longer produces.  In addition to alleviating menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, weight gain, hair loss and mood swings, bioidentical estrogen, when combined with customized fitness and nutrition, can significantly reduce a woman’s risk of developing heart disease.

Exercise – Physical fitness increases blood flow and eliminates plaque buildup along the arterial walls. Cardiovascular fitness is classified as any activity that gets the heart rate up and increases breathing. Experts say that daily exercise can reduce a woman’s risk of heart disease by 50%.

Stress reduction – Stress reduction techniques control the release of the stress hormone, known as cortisol. Cortisol is released by the adrenal glands as a “fight or flight” response to stress. Unfortunately, the overproduction of cortisol often leads to a variety of conditions often typified by metabolic syndrome, such as adrenal fatigue, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Stress reduction techniques, such as breathing exercises and mediation help to slow the heart rate and in turn prevent cortisol imbalance.

Nutrition – Nutrition is paramount in disease prevention. A variety of foods have been proven to lower the risk of heart disease such as salmon, lettuce, apples, almonds, olive oil, red wine and soy products. Many of these foods fight inflammation and rid the body of free radicals, which often result in oxidative stress.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Might Shrink Brains

This article isn’t exactly new, in fact it came out a little over a year ago but for those of you that missed it, here it is. One more item added to the long list of negative side effects of hormone replacement therapy.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Might Shrink Brains

Just another reason to be cautious of those synthetic hormones.

Coping with Menopause Naturally

Here is a great article from Dr. Robin Terranella on natural way of coping with menopause. Remember Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is fantastic but it can only do so much and the rest is up to you.

Menopause is a natural phase in a woman’s life. It is the transition between her childbearing years to a time when she is no longer ovulating or menstruating.  For a healthy woman, it can be a time of growth and creativity. Western medication sometimes combats the symptoms of menopause by prescribing hormone replacement in an attempt to rebalance the system and combat the hormonal imbalance. When synthetic hormones WHICH ARE are used, it can lead to a variety of problems including putting a woman at risk for cancer. Synthetic estrogen carries with it serious health risks including cancer. However, bioidentical hormones are a more natural option that can achieve the same balancing results without putting a woman at risk.

Diet

One of the keys to creating health and happiness during menopause is to approach it from a natural health point of view. In addition to the bioidentical hormones, there are diet choices that will help combat the effects of menopause. Yams contain trace amounts of estrogen, and some believe eating them is a viable alternative to taking estrogen supplements. Health professionals debate their efficiency since a woman would have to eat massive amounts of this root vegetable to gain significant benefit. But if the food is added to your diet in addition to other treatments, there may be some benefit. Body creams made with yams may also offer some relief from the hot flashes associated with menopause. The creams are made with a high concentration of nutrients, allowing estrogen to enter the body through topical application.

Soy is another food sometimes included in diet recommendations for menopausal women. Soy also contains trace amounts of estrogen which may ease hot flashes and mood swings during menopause. It may also increase bone density and lower cholesterol levels. There is debate over the health benefits, and some believe that elevated amounts of soy in a diet may increase the risk of developing breast cancer, so speak with your doctor about whether soy is right for you.

Removing foods from your diet may be beneficial too. Substances like alcohol, caffeine, and foods high in saturated fat and salt can exacerbate menopausal symptoms. Women who have enjoyed a glass of wine with dinner, only to have their face flare up with red blotches and heat patches shortly after understand how alcohol can trigger hot flashes. The same is true for caffeine and spicy foods. Limiting sodium and saturated fat will increase heart health and prevent weight gain, both important health factors as a woman ages. Anything that taxes the digestive system can worsen your menopause symptoms.

Exercise

In addition to diet adjustments, consider adding exercise to your daily schedule if you have not already done so. Physical activity combats depression, anxiety, and fatigue, which are all common during menopause. There are also connections between obesity and increased estrogen production, which can lead to serious illness. If a woman was overweight her whole life, and now she is taking estrogen supplements to combat the effects of menopause, the body may have stored of estrogen that could trigger the development of endometrial cancer in the later years of her life. She is also at a greater risk for heart disease and stroke if she is overweight. If you have struggled with weight and fitness for years, menopause is an excellent time to incorporate fitness into your lifestyle.

There are also herbal remedies thought to help the effects of menopause. Red clover, black cohosh, and dong quai are popular among natural healthcare providers, but patients should discuss their current health problems and any medications they are using before incorporating herbal therapies into their treatment plan. Natural does not necessarily mean there are no side effects and patients should rely on the expertise of a trained professional when using herbal therapies.

Achieving a healthy balance in the body during menopause and during all phases of your life should be your number one goal. When the body is hormonally balanced, it functions at its optimal level. This means you are able to resist illness and disease, and have high energy levels. The natural health providers at Southwest Integrative Medicine will help your body achieve this balance. Contact them if you would like to combat the discomfort of menopause naturally.

Mental and Physical Health During Menopause

The changes women and men experience during menopause are not only physical but mental as well. And depending on a persons mental mindset the physical symptoms may feel worse than they actually are. Bio-identical hormones can help both types of symptoms but they can only do so much. Here is a great article I found written by Marilyn Mitchell, MD BHSP of Chicagohealers.com.

Midlife and menopause changes are unique because they are often profound and so unexpected. As healthy adult women, we do not expect to have such disruption in our physical, mental, and emotional bodies. Some women feel like they are “not themselves” as they experience sleep disruption, hot flashes, labile emotions and personality changes. From a purely physiologic standpoint, the ovaries are beginning to decrease their functions of producing hormones and ovulating. This transition is rarely smooth. From an energetic standpoint, a woman experiences major shifts in the auric field, energy templates, and chakra systems that support the body. It is difficult to imagine empowerment when there is so much disruption going on.

How do we listen or even consider empowerment when there are changes happening on so many levels? The first step is to acknowledge that this is a time of great change and learning. The old patterns of daily living, thinking, and coping may be outmoded at this time. Gentleness with yourself is important. Next, develop a plan for moving through this transition with grace. Be flexible with your plan.

Guidelines for an empowerment plan through midlife/menopause:
Physical: First, get as comfortable as you can. It is difficult to think about any other aspects of transition when you are having symptoms, and are perhaps sleep deprived.
1) A holistic practitioner can help with remedies for sleep, hot flashes, mental clarity and other symptoms. These may include dietary changes, supplements, herbals, acupuncture, and natural bioidentical hormones.
2) Include exercise in your daily routine, especially an activity like yoga, tai chi or stretching for developing and maintaining strength, flexibility and inner connection and mindfulness.
3) Re-evaluate your diet and supplements to be sure you are supporting yourself nutritionally, as our needs change during this transition.

Spiritual/Energetic: Strengthen your connection to inner wisdom. Evaluate your choices about life and health based on this inner guidance.
1) Take time to stop and meditate at least 5-10 minutes twice a day for relief from mind chatter and an opportunity to listen within. Take mini breaks during the day to breathe consciously for one minute.
2) Acknowledge 5 things you are grateful for each day. This will attract more gratifying things into your life.
3) Schedule an energy healing to support your transition and bring more alignment on the physical, emotional and energetic levels.

Mind/Emotions: Listen to your emotions as guidance, and choose thought patterns that support you.
1) Connect with support that is healthy for you: friends, family, a support group, health practitioner, counseling. Be aware that your support may come from places or people other than those we usually count on. As we change, those around us may have to adjust, too.
2) Educate yourself about the changes you are experiencing through reading, seminars, discussions with your health care provider.
3) Evaluate everything you hear/experience through your inner guidance and emotions, to be sure it resonates for you. Be open to changing your mind, as the Wise Woman may have a new perspective.

A Free Online Hormone Replacement Self-Test Questionnaire

Jonathan V. Wright, MD, in partnership with Smart Publications, has just launched a free online hormone replacement self-test questionnaire so that women can get a good idea if they need to consider going to a doctor to get blood tests of their hormone status. The questionnaire can be found atstayyoungandsexy.com.

Dr. Wright is an expert in the treatment of women in pre-menopause and menopause, using bio-identical hormones, and has written a new book called Stay Young and Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement: The Science Explained. The book has been published by Smart Publications and will be formally released on Valentines Day this year.

This easy-to-use questionnaire provides a numerical score that can assist a woman in evaluating her current hormone levels and provides information that can guide her toward the next step in bringing her hormones back into balance if required.

According to the publisher, John Morgenthaler of Smart Publications, this hormone replacement assessment can give a woman a “sort of preliminary indicator of whether or not she might need to do more investigation into her hormone status by working directly with a doctor.”

In addition to the free hormone replacement self assessment, the new stayyoungandsexy.com website offers information on where to find a knowledgeable and understanding bio-identical hormone replacement doctor, as well as a foreword from the book by bio-identical hormone replacement champion, Suzanne Somers.

About Jonathan V. Wright, MD:

Dr. Jonathan Wright is the Medical Director of Tahoma Clinic in Renton, Washington where he also practices medicine. A Harvard University (A.B. 1965) and University of Michigan graduate (M.D. 1969), Dr. Wright has taught natural biochemical medical treatments since 1983 to thousands of physicians in the USA, Europe, and Japan. In 1982, Dr. Wright personally developed the use of bio-identical estrogens in daily medical practice, and was the first to use DHEA in private practice. He originated successful natural treatment for elimination of childhood asthma and D-mannose treatment for E. coli urinary tract infection, and discovered cobalt’s effect on estrogen detoxification.

In 1973, Dr. Wright founded Tahoma Clinic, which focuses on disease prevention and treatment by natural biochemical means. Tahoma Clinic is staffed with medical doctors, naturopathic physicians, nutritionists, allergists, nurses and administrative personnel committed to the vision of providing patients with the best holistic medical care. The infamous 1992 FDA Tahoma Clinic “raid” (“The Great B-Vitamin Bust”) was a major impetus for Congressional reform of vitamin/mineral regulation. Dr. Wright continues to be an advocate for patient freedom of choice in healthcare.

Dr. Wright is internationally known for his books and medical articles. He has authored/co-authored 11 books, selling over 1.1 million copies, with two texts achieving best selling status: “Book of Nutritional Therapy” and “Guide to Healing with Nutrition”.
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright.

Dr. Wright authors Nutrition and Healing, a monthly newsletter emphasizing nutritional medicine in medical practice that reaches over 90,000 in the USA, and another 20,000 or more worldwide.

Along with Alan Gaby, M.D., Dr. Wright routinely presents the comprehensive and scientifically documented “Nutritional Therapy in Medical Practice” seminar which has helped numerous health professionals gain insight into nutritional approaches for disease. Dr. Wright speaks nationwide at various medical association conferences on varied topics including nutritional medicine, natural hormone replacement therapies for men and women, the natural treatment of cardiovascular diseases, asthma, diabetes, D-mannose for bladder infection, Vitamin D usage and laboratory testing, clinical uses of nutrient elements, and many other subjects.