BHRT: Doctors and the use of bio-identical hormone therapy

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From the website of Jerry Tennant, MD, MD (H), PScD.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Menopausal symptoms are annoying and sometimes debilitating to many women.  For many years, standard therapy was Premarin, a form of oestrogen from horse urine. Rarely was progesterone included.  Eventually, it was recognised that the most important issue with hormones is balance.  Oestrogen must be balanced with progesterone.  Without progesterone in adequate amounts, one has what is called “oestrogen dominance”.  It is oestrogen dominance that causes many of the side effects of hormone inadequacy.

 

Because one cannot patent natural substances, pharmaceutical companies modify natural products so they will have a similar effect but they can patent the modified compound and thus make a profit from it.  Such a substance is progestin, a synthetic progesterone.

 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) established the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) in 1991 to address the most common causes of death, disability and impaired quality of life in postmenopausal women. The WHI addressed cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. The WHI was a 15 year multi-million dollar endeavour, and one of the largest U.S. prevention studies of its kind. The three major components of the WHI were:

* a randomised controlled clinical trial of promising but unproven approaches to prevention;

* an observational study to identify predictors of disease;

* a study of community approaches to developing healthful behaviours.

 

 

The study was discontinued after seven years because it was clear that the synthetic hormones were increasing risks—see below.  This has made many women fear the use of hormones of any type.

 

It appears that the use of bio-identical (same of the human makes) hormones instead of synthetic hormones have the reverse effect.  These hormones must be compounded by a compounding pharmacy since regular drug companies have no interest in these natural compounds as they can’t patent and pay the cost of getting the FDA to approve them.  If one company paid the FDA the millions of dollars it would take to get them approved, all of their competitors could make/sell them with no opportunity for the first company to recover the millions of dollars paid to the FDA to approve them.  Thus there is a constant effort to discredit bio-identical hormones in the U.S.  Since the FDA can’t control the use of natural substances, they have recently received authority to enforce severe requirements upon compounding pharmacies.  This increases the cost of bio-identical hormones above the price affordable by most consumers.  Thus there is a problem:  synthetic hormones are harmful and bio-identical hormones are helpful but difficult to afford.  However, women who can find them at an affordable price usually feel amazingly better without the risks of synthetic hormones.

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Hormones and Breast Cancer The findings from the Women’s Health Initiative by Dr David Zava

Hormones and Breast Cancer The findings from the Women's Health Initiative by Dr David Zava

Natural progesterone has a much safer profile than all forms of synthetic progestins, not only for the breasts, but for nearly all tissues of the body, including the reproductive tissues, the cardiovascular systems, and the brain. There is a plethora of published literature on this subject.

For those who are unsure about the striking differences in safety profiles of synthetic progestins versus natural progesterone as regards breast cancer risk, several clinical trials have clearly shown the superiority of natural progesterone. In a 2005 review of clinical studies comparing synthetic progestins to natural progesterone, Campagnoli and co-authors concluded that: “The balance of the in-vivo evidence is that progesterone does not have a cancer-promoting effect on breast tissue. …..We therefore suggest that when hormone therapy is indicated, preparations containing progesterone and not a synthetic progestin should be used. In this way the risk of endometrial cancer is minimised without increasing the risk of breast cancer.”
So why are the news media confusing synthetic progestins with natural progesterone? Too often information such as this is streamlined in mainstream media by those who have power, money and the ability to shout the loudest. Large pharmaceutical companies have a strangle hold on funding for universities, who gets grants, what gets published, whose opinions get press, the success of women’s health organisations and journals they represent.
 
“The decision on natural hormone therapy is one between a patient and physician; natural hormones, when properly balanced, allow the body to function at its optimal level.”

 
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What is the NUMBER 1 secret to a health happy menopause?

The number one secret to a healthy, happy menopause is hormonal balance. 

The best way to achieve this is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, BHRT, which has been the biggest breakthrough in recent years. Shun synthetic hormone replacement therapy, HRT, like the plague! Many doctors treat menopause as a disease, prescribing synthetic hormones which make millions for  the drug companies. Instead, using only natural, bio-identical hormones, helps to relieve these distressing symptoms. Let me explain that more fully. Bio-identical means that it is identical to the same hormone that your body produces, and will fit exactly with the receptors in your body and comes from a natural source.
When doctors prescribe HRT, they are referring to synthetic hormones, such as oestrogen, estradiol, synthetic progesterone, progestin etc. in the form of tablets, injections, capsules, implants or creams.  These don’t fit your bodies receptors properly and cause confusion and disruption, not to mention ill health.
In 2002, researchers called a halt to a huge government- run study of hormone replacement therapy, used by millions of women under the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). Researchers discovered that the long-term use of synthetic oestrogen and progestin significantly increased women’s danger of stroke, blood clots, heart disease and invasive breast cancer.
Bio-identical hormones, however,  can help protect your body from cancer, stroke, and heart disease as well as other diseases related to inflammation and early ageing. The best form of BHRT is the natural hormone, progesterone, also known as the mother hormone. This is because it is the precursor to all the other hormones, including testosterone, and is vital in their manufacture.
If you are between the ages of 35 and 55, there are important truths you need to know. Symptoms can start  as long as 10 years before. Most doctors’ advice is hopelessly out of date. Many of them  know little or nothing about the benefits of bio-identical hormone therapy, although there are some enlightened ones out there. This is often not their fault as they were never taught about it in medical school, in the same way that learning about nutrition probably took up less then a day! What they were taught consists primarily of information from drug companies whose purpose is to sell the synthetic hormones of HRT, for obvious reasons. As I said before, this is a major break through in treating hormonal imbalances and inflammation, especially if combined with organic, healthy, unprocessed foods, good nutritional supplements, enough sleep and regular exercise. This can benefit your overall health and wellbeing physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I will go into this in more detail in my next post.
As a world expert on bio-identical hormone replacement says, “We age because our hormones decline… our hormones don’t decline because we age.”

A woman’s hormonal system, with all its ebbs and flows, like those of the earth’s tides and the moon, acts as an link between your emotional life and your body. Mess with your hormones and you may  undermine your ability to grow spiritually.’