(Health Secrets) Migraines, irritability, panic attacks, sleeplessness, and weight gain are powerful messages saying time is running out. They are the early signs of an aging process that will lead to pain, drugs, degenerative disease and loss of function. At the end of this road is either early death or a nursing home. The key event that starts us careening down this road is hormone decline. Once we enter hormonal decline, life is never the same again, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Bioidentical hormone replacement can restore you to the person you were when you were in your prime.
Why your doctor probably doesn’t prescribe bioidentical hormones
For nearly a century medical therapies in the U.S. have been dominated by the use of patented drugs. The goal of medical schools is to teach upcoming doctors how to prescribe them. Then later when the doctors are practicing, using patented drugs as the first-step therapy is automatic. The prescription pad is carried in their pockets where it can be easily whipped out at the end of the eight minute visit. Almost everyone who visits a conventional doctor walks out with a prescription for drugs, and nothing else is even considered.
Bioidentical hormones cannot be patented, and there are no windfall profits to be made from selling them. Bioidentical hormone replacement uses only natural substances that exactly replicate the hormones made by the human body. If you ask your doctor for hormone replacement, what you will most likely get is a patented hormone substitution drug.
Bioidentical hormones are created in compounding pharmacies to have the identical molecular structure as the hormones made by your own body. They are completely different from the synthetic hormone substitution drugs used in conventional hormone therapy (HRT) and implicated in breast cancer during the Women’s Health Initiative Study in 2002.
Unlike hormone substitution drugs, bioidenticals are not perceived by the body as foreign substances and require no detoxification. They do not threaten the immune system or cause other side effects. Bioidentical hormone replacement simply makes the hormonally deprived body sigh with relief. And unlike the one-size-fits-all regimen of HRT, bioidentical hormone prescriptions are tailored to each individual based on symptoms and test results.
Although bioidenticals have been around for several years, most doctors are unfamiliar with them, since they are never mentioned by drug salesmen. If you ask your doctor about them, he will probably say they are no good, just what the pharmaceutical companies want him to say. If you are interested in bioidenticals, it is up to you to educate yourself unless you have access to a physician who practices anti-aging medicine. There is also a growing body of OB/GYN’s who are familiar with and able to prescribe bioidentical hormones for both men and women.
An actress is trying to tell you what you should be hearing from your own doctor
In your quest for self-education about bioidenticals, you have one teacher who you can count on to tell you the truth as she knows it. Actress Suzanne Somers, a breast cancer survivor and user of bioidenticals, is a passionate educator on the subject and has written several books. Don’t dismiss her because of her acting stereotype as a dumb blond. Suzanne is amazingly intelligent and insightful on the subject of bioidenticals and brings a wealth of experience to her writing. Her books are primarily interviews with leading anti-aging physicians who are experts in bioidentical hormone replacement. After reading what they have to say, you will probably have no more doubts about bioidenticals or the need to replace declining hormones to maintain your health, vigor and zest for life.
Research supports the safety of bioidenticals
For women, bioidenticals eliminate vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, osteoporosis, sleep disturbance, migraines and emotional instability. For both men and women, they help prevent loss of brain function and loss of libido. They help prevent heart attack and keep you feeling and even looking like you did when you were in your prime and had a full complement of hormones coursing through your body. Bioidentical hormones are the best protection we have against the horrors of aging and the onslaught of degenerative diseases experienced by those in hormonal decline, and they allow men to throw out their Viagra. Yet, in the face of all this good news, many people remain apprehensive. This is because there is no campaign to make you a believer like there is to create believers for pharmaceutical products.
In Suzanne’s book, Breakthrough, she interviews gynecologist Dr. Prudence Hall, founder of the Hall Center and one of her own personal physicians. Dr. Hall references a recent study from Sweden that looked at 23,000 women for causes of death. Twelve major categories were identified. Women using bioidenticals had a decrease in every single category of death compared to women not using bioidenticals. Main causes of death were stroke, heart attack, breast cancer, and colon cancer. In each category there was a 12 to 86 percent decrease in terms of death.
The Founier Study was published in 2005 in the International Journal of Cancer. It followed 54,000 women who were taking bioidentical estrogen and either bioidentical progesterone or the synthetic drug version called progestin. Progestins are fake progesterone that is not bioidentical in any manner.
The women taking the bioidential progesterone had a 10% decrease in the risk of breast cancer, and the women taking the synthetic progestins had a 40% increase in the risk of breast cancer. These are the same progestins that were taken by the women participating in the Women’s Health Initiative in 2002. In an extension of this study, published in 2007 in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 80,000 women were evaluated. Those on bioidentical estrogen and progesterone had no increase in the rate of breast cancer. Those on the progestin hormone substitution drugs had a whopping increase of 69 percent in risk for breast cancer incidence.
A ten year study directed by Dr. Gino Tutera, the founder of hormone pellet therapy, ran from 1992 to 2002 and involved 976 women between the ages of 25 and 82. These women used subcutaneous bioidentical estrogen (estradiol) and bioidentical testosterone, and natural progesterone cream. They were followed with yearly exams. Findings indicated that using bioidentical estradiol, testosterone and progesterone produced a reduction the incidence of breast cancer, yet nearly 96 percent of the women in the study were peri-or post menopausal, the age range in which breast cancer most often occurs. Nearly 70 percent of them had used other forms of estrogen replacement therapy for an average of five years before switching to bioidentical pellet therapy.
Given that the typical incidence of breast cancer is one out of nine, there should have been many women who developed breast cancer during their ten year participation in this research. However, during the course of this study, only one patient developed breast cancer. She had used conjugated estrogen with progestins for the four years before starting the bioidentical pellet therapy. These results lend tremendous support to the conclusion that bioidentical replacement is protective and keeps away breast cancer. And they are in harmony with the fact that women do not generally develop breast cancer until they are deficient in these protective hormones, the average age at diagnosis being 60.
The de Lignieres study published in Climacteric found that the risk of breast cancer is not increased with bioidentical hormones but it is increased with progestin drug use. The findings showed that the higher the progesterone levels over the course of a woman’s life, the greater the protection from cancer.
If this information were being made available to conventional doctors, many of them would embrace bioidentical hormone therapy for their patients. As it is, they are kept in the dark by an industry that puts profits before the health of people, and also by their own lack of insight into how they are being manipulated by the pharmaceutical industry.
Bioidenticals are part of a whole health regimen
As wonderful as bioidenticals hormones are, they can’t do it all without help. Bioidenticals provide the foundation for good health. On that foundation must be added good nutrition, exercise, detoxification, stress reduction, sleep, a purpose in life, and a fulfilled heart and spirit. Your dedication to this total package is what will allow you to achieve truly vibrant health.
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