I've always worried about the dangers of non-bioidentical hormones. And after you read this, you'll be worried too.

Non-bioidentical hormones are often given to women to help manage the symptoms of menopause and prevent osteoporosis, but I've found them to be as unpredictable and dangerous as a hungry coyote.

Researchers in Amsterdam recently began a study on tibolone, a hormone not available in the United States but widely used around the world. But we'll never know what the full results of this study would have been. They had to pull the plug on the research early when they realized just how dangerous it was.

The study, published in The Lancet Oncology, included thousands of women who had survived breast cancer. But for them, the fight wasn't over yet – thanks to tibolone.

As the study progressed, the researchers began to notice an alarming trend among these women: a higher risk of a breast cancer recurrence. Not a little bit higher, but a whopping 40 percent higher than the placebo group.

It's not just a significant number — it's a shocking one. I've always said the biggest problems with these things aren't just what we know they'll do – but what we still don't know about them. And this latest research bears me out.

You see, non-bioidentical hormones are not shaped like regular hormones, so they don't attach properly to your genes. Shape is important because once these types of hormones bind to your genes, the consequent vibration delivers the message. However, hormones that have an altered shaped cannot cause the proper vibration. That changes the messages your genes are sending to the rest of your body. And that can lead to these wild, unpredictable, and frightening results. What will we learn next about non-bioidentical hormones? Whatever it is, I'm pretty sure it
won't come as good news to the millions of women who rely on them. And while tibolone isn't prescribed in the United States, I believe some of the dangers and unpredictability of this product are shared by other non-bioidentical hormones that are commonly used here.

But there's no reason to even fool with these, because there's a readily available alternative. They're called bioidentical hormones, and even folks like Oprah Winfrey have turned to them for help dealing with menopause. These safer, more effective and more natural hormones are, as the name suggests, identical to the ones already in your body. Not only that, but they can be custom-tailored to meet your body's specific needs.

Sounds good, right? Not to Big Pharma. See, here's the dirty secret about hormone therapy: the only reason that synthetic hormones exist is because the drug companies can't patent the bioidenticals. It's not allowed, because you can't patent something that's identical to what's already in your body. That would be like trying to patent a nose or a toe.

So they had to make up their own kinds of hormones, different hormones, in order to make more money off them. Once again, their interests lie not in the best solutions – just the most profitable ones.

But you don't have to fall for that old trick. And you don't have to be a TV star to take advantage of bioidentical hormones. You just need to take a look at the May issue of Health Revelations, where I'll have all the details for you. If you're undergoing hormone replacement therapy (or considering it for the future), be sure to give that a read before your next trip to the doctor's office.