Posts Tagged 'synthetic hormones'

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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Bio-Identical Hormones: The Debate

Here’s a great article from Senior Magazine about Bio-Identical Hormones. Bio-Identical Hormones: The Debate. It’s well written, educational and truthful..kind of like the book Stay Young and Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormones: The Science Explained By Dr. Jonathan Wright and Lane Lenard Ph.D. The books comes out this weekend so don’t forget to buy it and learn everything you need to know about Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement.

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.

Stay Young and Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement, Book Review

Can a book actually change your life?

This one can!

Written by renowned alternative health doctor Jonathan V. Wright and esteemed medical writer Lane Lenard, PhD, Stay Young and Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement is the result of nearly 30 years of research and clinical experience, and it will absolutely enhance the health and well-being of anyone who reads it.

Unflinchingly honest, the authors of Stay Young and Sexy dispel the rumors and set the record straight regarding bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Like any good book describing a complex medical subject for a non-medical audience, the authors have gone to great lengths to clairfy, and explain the concepts that allow the reader to understand and absorb the material presented.

The first part of the book explores the history of hormone replacement. These first few chapters read like a good old-fashioned who-done-it, as villains, victims, motives and conspiracies are revealed. What’s interesting about this approach is that it makes you the reader, feel like the hero as you uncover the facts that have allowed pharameceutical companies and their co-conspirators in the FDA to foist horse hormones upon generations of unsuspecting women with disastrous consequences.

And feeling like a hero is empowering! As you read on and better understand the role hormones play in the body, this feeling of knowledge and empowerment fills you with the strength and determination to take personal responsibility for your own hormonal health. It’s a fascinating journey. One wrought with twists and turns as powerful forces play word games in an attempt to deceive you into thinking the hormones they manufacture are safe and effective.

For example, the authors spend more than a dozen pages outlining the “hormonal shell games” the pharmaceutical companies play to convince you that what they are selling are “natural hormones” and that bio-identical hormones are inferior. Once you understand that they can get way with this because indeed, a horse hormone is natural (at least for a horse), you are in a much better position to evaluate bio-identical hormones (hormones identical to those produced in the body) that are produced from a vegetable source.

Armed with background information and alerted to the dangers of the “patent medicine” industry, Stay Young and Sexy deftly moves you toward the positive health benefits of bio-identical hormones and ever closer to the promise the title implies.

Authors Wright and Lenard know that most women initially are drawn to hormone replacement because they want to maintain their health, retain their youthful beauty, and relieve the unpleasant symptoms of menopause.

It is with this in mind that the bulk of the book is focused on clearly and concisely explaining how bio-identical hormones can help women look better, feel better, and protect their health.

Entire chapters are devoted to relieving the most common symptoms of menopause, preventing and reversing osteoporosis, and how bio-identical hormones can protect you from heart disease.

Not to be left out though, are men. There is also a chapter entitled “Hormones for Him: Why Men Need BHRT, Too” that delves into the importance of replacing testosterone as men age.

But again, the bulk of the book explains how hormones work in the body, how aging diminishes the supply of hormones available, and why bio-identical hormone replacement can protect you from disease and help you “Stay Young & Sexy.”

The book also tackles head on the cancer-causing effects of traditional hormone replacement and makes a solid argument in favor of bio-identical hormone replacement to reduce cancer risk and prevent cancer. While this chapter is somewhat complicated, the authors do a terrific job addressing the hormonal causes of breast and ovarian cancer. Again, the villains are shown for what they are and pharmaceutical drugs like PremarinR,ProveraR and PremproR are held accountable for their cancer-causing affects. Likewise, selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs), drugs developed by drug companies to ward of the cancer-causing effects of their hormone drugs, are also shown to be far inferior in not only their ability to protect against cancer, but to also have their own unique set of dangerous side effects.

At the heart of the book is the concept that taking bio-identical versions of three human estrogen hormones-estriol, estradiol, and estrone-along with bio-identical progesterone, in customized and balanced dosages, can allow a postmenopausal woman to feel better, protect her body from disease, and retain her youthful look and feeling.

The doctors explain how to get the most out of bio-identical hormone replacement by recommending various tests to measure hormone levels in the body. They also spend time explaining what they call the “triad” relationship between you, your BHRT doctor, and a competent compounding pharmacist. They detail how to identify a doctor who specializes in BHRT and provide information to help the reader find a compounding pharmacy that can create their customized bio-identical hormone replacement prescription.

Doctors Wright and Lenard have spent nearly five years creating Stay Young & Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement and the effort clearly shows. Each chapter is meticulously referenced, and they have taken the time to create a companion website at http://www.stayyoungandsexy.com.

Author and actress Suzanne Somers-herself a patient of Dr. Wright and a well known champion of bio-identical hormones-wrote the foreword to the book and said, “Dr. Jonathan V. Wright and Dr. Lane Lenard will one day be known as the doctors who changed medicine against all odds and against violent opposition.”

Stay Young & Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement- The Science Explained is 536 pages that truly has the potential to change the lives of millions of people for the better. It delivers upon the promise in the title and readers who follow the advice the book offers will indeed “Stay Young & Sexy”!



Menopausal Hormone Litigation Documents

Wyeth (not Pfizer) knew for over 30 years the possible harmful side effects of their drugs, Premarin (pregnant mare urine), Provera (synthetic progesterone), and Prempro (a combo of the former two). Even the FDA had its doubts about their safety but Wyeth talked, wrote and paid the company out of those problems by hiring doctors to promote the use of their menopausal drugs. Opponents of bio-identical hormones say that there are no studies showing the benefits of bio-identical hormone therapy vs. synthetic hormones, but now there is evidence of the harm synthetic hormones can have and it came right from the horses mouth. (No pun intended) Check out the unsealed documents from Wyeth, courtesy of the New York Times.

Menopause Article in New York Times

There was article published on Saturday in The New York Times that has been making its rounds on the internet and if you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, then please take the time now. The article is called “Menopause, as Brought to You by Big Pharma” and it highlights all the fallacies Wyeth used over the decades to promote its synthetic drugs. Some of the things the article mentioned weren’t news to me, but nonetheless I was still shocked to find out how long this lying has occurred. It never ceases to amaze me the tactics people and companies will use to gain profit despite the suffering it causes for others. In then end it mentions Suzanne Somers, who wrote the foreword for our book, and her use of bio-identical hormones. The article is long but take some time right now to educate yourself and share it with others. Check it out here.