Bio-Identical Hormones are Superior to
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has gained increasing national attention as the new “sexy” treatment for age management in men and women as well as maintaining balance against hormonal imbalances caused by menopause in women. There are so much controversies and “camps” of though as to what is more effective- bio-identical hormones or synthetic hormones.
It is true that in 2002, a comprehensive synthetic hormone therapy study involving synthetic estrogen versus synthetic estrogen and progestin, was halted abruptly. Specifically, the 2002 study was halted because of increased negative and sometimes fatal outcomes using synthetic hormones.
Yet during the late 1960’s, a horse’s urine derived estrogen called Premarin was widely used and in vogue to help with menopausal symptoms. However, while it helped with menopausal symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, and in some cases insomnia, majority of women experienced weight gain, fluid retention, and emotional lability. Shortly thereafter in the 1970’s, Progestin was added to Prmarin to be called Prempro. This helped somewhat, but the incidences of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, bone mass loss, and countless other devastating side effects mounted.
The 2002 study and preceding studies of WHI were fatally flawed because it focused only on the effects of the synthetic hormone drugs (Premarin and Prempro), and neglected to include Bio-Identical Hormones.
Why choose Bio-Identical Hormones?
Bio-Identical Hormones are not new. It has been used successfully since the late 1930’s with much acceptance now in European and Asian continents. Long-term European studies have shown efficacy and safety of Bio-Identical Hormones (Wall Street Journal 2009, Schwartz, Holtorf, and Brownstein).
So much in fact, for whatever the reason, United States of America continues to cling onto a treatment modality so onerous in nature that one can’t help but imagine why this is so. That debate can be left for those politically inclined and will not be discussed here. But when you consider the lobbying efforts of Wyeth and now Pfizer (who consequently owns Wyeth now), you can connect the dots there.
Bio-Identical hormones are safe, effective, and bring balance to the overall hormone concentration in a human body. If done using physiological amounts with focus on addressing the hormonal imbalance, it allows patients to get their “life back” and enjoy the remainder of their years.
This is significant since the 40’s today is equivalent to the new middle ages. That means that we have over 50% of our lives to live. To become enslaved to the vagaries of aging process and lack of consistent availability of pharmaceutical treatments is just not right.
Bio-Identical hormones involve achieving balance between the body’s metabolism and hormones. These include Testosterone, Estrogen, and Progesterone as well as Thyroid, Adrenal Health, Metabolic aspects. Since Bio-Identical hormones are exact copy of what your body makes, and not derived synthetically in a lab or derived from foreign animal source, it makes sense that such overwhelmingly positive results have been gained by using Bio-Identical hormones and why it is so in-vogue right now.
Why Suzanne Sommer loves Bio-Identical hormones!
An interesting read is 2009 article by US News with Suzanne Sommers. In this article, the author, Deborah Kotz also included a non-partial, but main-stream physician named Dr. Fugh-Berman. The response is pretty typical of those doctors who are indoctrinated in synthetic hormones, in that there their position is that “there’s no evidence that bio-identical hormones are safer and more efficacious”. Yet in the same article, he points out that there are vast long term European studies that shows complete corroboration that bio-identical hormones are effective and safe. Additionally Dr. Fugh-Berman continues to cite WHI study which only focused on the effects caused by synthetic hormone drugs while completely ignoring the available European long term studies of bio-identical hormones.
The best course of action for men and women considering hormone therapy to enhance their health and achieve health optimization is to seek experienced physicians that bridge both mainstream medicine and anti-aging medicine. Camelback Health Care is a leader in providing highest quality family medicine and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) for both men and women with a track record of success.
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