A landmark investigation which found that hormone treatment for the menopause boosts the risk of breast cancer is riddled with flaws, a new study published on Monday alleges.
The so-called Million Women Study (MWS) unleashed headlines when it was first published in 2003. (more…)
Scientists at the University of California Riverside and Los Angeles report that a combination of vitamin D3 and a synthetic form of curcumin could help remove amyloid beta from the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients. The research was published in the July, 2009 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. (more…)
This week we compiled our top ten Women’s Health news from the last two years! These articles include valuable information on hormone balance, bone health, cancer risk reduction, heart health, and more. You’ll also see the facts on how bone drugs, estrogen replacement, and anti-depressants damage health. Be in the know. Understand how to attain and maintain optimum health for life!
Shirley is 52, and suffering from menopausal symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and mood disturbance. The next chance she had, Shirley asked her doctor for bioidentical hormones. Instead, her doctor offered her a prescription for Lexapro, an SSRI antidepressant. Shirley declined the prescription and ran out the door crying all the way home. A few days later, Shirley was sitting in my office asking, “Why won’t my doctor give me what I want, bioidentical hormones?” (more…)
In case you missed it mid-February, the popular contraceptive YAZ®/Yasmin® was briefly in the news. Stories surfaced that indicated that numerous severe and life-threatening side effects caused by YAZ® (a formula built from two synthetic hormones — ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone) were downplayed to the extreme in Bayer’s high-end-production-value ads for the product. Even the FDA mandated “cleaned-up” versions of the ads managed to make the side effects sound incidental.
We all age. This is inevitable. One of the contributing factors to this process is a decline in hormone production. For some women, these hormone changes during menopause can result in symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, irregular menstruation, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. These can be mild to severe.
Even though widely touted, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) might not be the best choice when hormonal imbalances are first detected. Slight imbalances can be fixxed with lifestyle changes, such as restricting the intake of things that cause hormone depletion (lead, for example, from unfiltered water, older paints, and contaminated foods) and exercising more to help excrete toxins that can affect hormone production. There are also herbal supplements, such as ashwagandha, that can increase production of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) which can lead to increased overall hormone production.
In moderate to severe cases, however, hormone replacement therapy may be the best solution. (more…)